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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

Items marked are expected to be taken during the dinner adjournment.

MONDAY 9TH OCTOBER

At half-past two o’clock

*The Lord Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the cost to the taxpayer of the provision of personal protection to Mr Salman Rushdie.

*The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have adopted or will adopt one or more of the Ten Ways to a Culture of Peace recommended by Labour Action for Peace.

*The Lord Blackwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the value of euro reserves purchased by the Bank of England from both sale of gold reserves and other market intervention since the euro was launched, and what is the loss in sterling value of those reserves at current exchange rates.

*The Lord Dubs—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent statement by the Food Standards Agency about organically grown food.

†Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill—The Baroness Hayman to move, That the order of commitment of 19th July be discharged and that the bill be committed to a Grand Committee.

†Countryside and Rights of Way Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Whitty] [24th, 26th and 27th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡The Lord Brennan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to establish a specialist Environmental Court for England and Wales.

TUESDAY 10TH OCTOBER

*The Lord Walton of Detchant—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the findings and conclusions of the Griffiths Report of 8th May reviewing the research framework in the North Staffordshire National Health Service Trust, in the light of the criticisms set out in the paper by Sir Iain Chalmers and Dr Edmund Hey, published in the British Medical Journal on 22nd September.

*The Baroness Young—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that teachers have sufficient powers to deal with disruptive children in the classroom.

*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many claims are outstanding in Wales by miners seeking compensation for chest and lung diseases as a result of employment in the mining industry.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many secondary schools based on a system of selection have changed to the comprehensive system since 1st May 1997.

Judicial Standing Orders—The Lord Chancellor to move, That the following amendments be made to the Standing Orders regulating judicial business:

Standing Order V(2)

After “granted” insert “public funding or”.

Standing Order IX

After “for” insert “public funding or”.

Standing Order XIII

After “refused” insert “public funding or”.

Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) Bill [HL]—Third Reading [The Baroness Anelay of St Johns]

Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Bassam of Brighton] [29th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the training of dentists and dental nurses in dental sedation following the abolition of the use of general anaesthetics by general dental practitioners.

WEDNESDAY 11TH OCTOBER

†*The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to remove the legal uncertainty for asylum seekers and would-be immigrants created by the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, the Immigration and Asylum Appeals (Notices) Regulations 2000, and the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (Commencement No. 6 Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Order 2000 to avoid any risk that they may breach the European Convention on Human Rights.

*The Lord Taverne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish at six-monthly intervals an assessment of progress towards meeting the five tests laid down for deciding whether the United Kingdom should join the euro zone.

*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether existing legislation is sufficient to deal with the problem of litter.

†Health Service Commissioners Bill—Third Reading [The Baroness Hanham]

‡The Lord Haskel—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the effect on the economy, on knowledge, on the nation’s health and on the environment of the Government’s science and innovation policy paper “Excellence and Opportunity”.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Countryside and Rights of Way Bill will be continued this day]

THURSDAY 12TH OCTOBER

*The Baroness Miller of Hendon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept the recommendations of the Audit Commission’s report dated 24th August on the acquisition by the Post Office of German Parcel.

*The Baroness Billingham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to improve awareness and treatment of breast cancer.

†*The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to underpin the democratic process in Serbia.

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

FRIDAY 13TH OCTOBER

[At eleven o’clock]

Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Newton of Braintree]

The Lord Walpole—To 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).

MONDAY 16TH OCTOBER

*The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government for what purpose a genetically modified variety of maize, named Chardon LL, was produced; who authorised its general sale to the public without prior tests relating to human, animal and environmental health; and why.

*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals to deal with the identification, assessment and provision of one-to-one services for deafblind people as outlined in the Deafblind Persons Bill.

*The Viscount Goschen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the increase in the volume of litigation which will be brought about by the coming into force of the Human Rights Act 1998.

†*The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have confidence in the decision-making processes of the Lottery Commission.

†[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Countryside and Rights of Way Bill will be continued this day]

TUESDAY 17TH OCTOBER

        Introductions—

The Lord Jordan

and

The Lord Luce

          will be introduced.

*The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will commission a study of the impact on the economy of St Helena of changes in the financing of public services on Ascension Island.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what skills administrators in the National Health Service require before they qualify for appointment as business managers exercising control over medical staff.

*The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are giving to charitable organisations working to promote the welfare of children in the Russian Federation.

*The Baroness Sharp of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they propose to introduce to alleviate the present shortage of teachers in schools.

†Freedom of Information Bill—Committee [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton]

†‡The Baroness Maddock—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take to implement the proposals in the Housing Green Paper.

WEDNESDAY 18TH OCTOBER

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recently reorganised London medical colleges can maintain their teaching standards and commitments as envisaged under the National Plan for the National Health Service.

*The Lord Selsdon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to decriminalise the possession and use of cannabis.

*The Lord Barnett—To ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 28th September (WA 196), on what basis the steering group to review the structure for decisions on services within the House was established.

†‡The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the practical advantages of the United Kingdom joining the Single European Currency.

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

THURSDAY 19TH OCTOBER

*The Lord Hunt of Chesterton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the current debate about the price of oil and petrol, how they are explaining to the public what their main objective will be at the forthcoming United Nations Conference on climate change at The Hague in November.

*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom’s traditional apple orchards are being sufficiently encouraged and protected by the grant schemes currently available.

*The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the current rate of progress of peace negotiations in Sudan is satisfactory.

FRIDAY 20TH OCTOBER

†[At eleven o’clock]

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

MONDAY 23RD OCTOBER

†*The Baroness Massey of Darwen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their family policies will take account of the initiatives of Parents’ Week.

†*The Baroness Trumpington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the arrangements in place to ensure that people who change their surnames are able to receive benefits to which they are entitled.

†*The Baroness Wilkins—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect the Independent Living Fund’s current financial review of its client contributions is having on their policy of “welfare to work”.

†*The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask the Chairman of Committees how it is envisaged that the House authorities will comply with the approved code of practice on passive smoking at work recently proposed by the Health and Safety Commission.

TUESDAY 24TH OCTOBER

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to avoid further erosion of the character of the countryside by advertising and by the erection of telecommunications masts.

†*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are encouraging the experiment being conducted with paving stones containing titanium oxide in order to test their effectiveness in extracting polluting substances from the atmosphere.

†*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to introduce a comprehensive system of licensing for arms brokering and trafficking.

†*The Lord St John of Fawsley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards the role of the Royal Parks Agency in relation to The Regent’s Park.

WEDNESDAY 25TH OCTOBER

*The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set up a public enquiry under a senior judge into the circumstances of the Omagh bombing and the absence of any prosecutions.

THURSDAY 26TH OCTOBER

*The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made with their plans to sell the site of the Millennium Dome.

†*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards closer political integration in the European Union.

TUESDAY 31ST OCTOBER

*The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce tax and benefit policies which will support parents who make a long term commitment to work together in partnership to care for and support their children.

†*The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to participate in further operations in support of the euro.

NO DAY NAMED

PART I

The Lord Simon of Glaisdale—To move to resolve, That the prolixity of the Statute Book has further increased, is still increasing and ought significantly to be diminished.

The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it would assist future conflict resolution if United Nations principles were modernised by clarifying the criteria when the right of self determination can supersede that of territorial integrity.

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To call attention to the United Kingdom’s present relationship with the European Union, and possible alternatives; and to move for papers.

The Lord Northbourne—To call attention to the role of voluntary youth services in combating social exclusion and promoting social inclusion; and to move for papers.

The Lord Vinson—To call attention to changes in the influence and prestige of this House and to examine how they should be addressed; and to move for papers.

The Lord Stone of Blackheath—To call attention to the case for earlier detection and palliative intervention in countries exposed to ethnic conflicts; and to move for papers.

The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that the National Institute for Clinical Excellence is operating within its remit.

The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the standards of care given to elderly patients in NHS hospitals.

The Lord Selsdon—To call attention to the future role of the pound sterling and of the euro; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their principles and policies with regard to end-user accountability for the sale of weapons and related equipment.

The Lord Simon of Glaisdale—To call attention to the Salisbury Convention in the light of recent constitutional developments; and to move for papers.

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To move to resolve, That this House regrets the conduct of the Lord Hoffmann in not disclosing his connection with Amnesty International during the House of Lords first hearing of the extradition appeal of General Pinochet; and calls on the Lord Chancellor to reconsider his support for Lord Hoffmann.

The Lord Campbell of Croy—To call attention to the present circumstances of disabled people whose disabilities were caused by wounds or injuries from enemy action in the Second World War; and to move for papers.

The Lord Chadlington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to address the high levels of suicide in the United Kingdom, particularly in prisons and amongst the young male population.

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made about the problem of litter; and what initiatives they propose to pursue, especially in those areas where the problem is most grievous.

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on further measures to limit the sale, brokering and international shipment of arms to countries involved in conflict.

The Lord Puttnam—To call attention to the case for the United Kingdom remaining competitive in the wake of recent changes in the media and communication industries; and to move for papers.

The Lord Selsdon—To call attention to the political situation in Austria and in other countries of Central and Eastern Europe; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s 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 Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will modernise the working practices of H M Coroner Service to meet the needs of a multi-faith Britain.

The Baroness Turner of Camden—To call attention to the current problems surrounding care of the elderly, including long-term residential care; and to move for papers.

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what planning and preparation are being done for the eventual withdrawal of international peace-keeping forces from Bosnia and Kosova, especially as regards permanent systems for justice and law enforcement.

The Lord Tomlinson—To call attention to the resources available to the House of Lords; and to move for papers.

The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their policies towards promoting general aviation.

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the Bowman project to provide an effective replacement for the Army’s Clansman range of radios that is both secure and resistant to electronic warfare.

The Viscount Falkland—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they share the concerns of some parents and educationalists that many children are entering formal education at too early an age.

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they consider should be taken to increase participation in sport by women and girls.

The Lord Chadlington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider the role of religion to be in Britain’s multi-cultural society.

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Countryside Agency report The State of the Countryside 2000 and in particular what proposals they have for ensuring that rural communities remain inclusive.

The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures can be taken by European Union and United Nations member states to stop the import of oil and diamonds from guerrilla and other groups challenging democratically elected governments in Africa by military means.

The Earl of Listowel—To call attention to the needs of children and of their parents and carers; and to move for papers.

The Lord Freyberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in resolving the issue of how national museums and galleries can recover VAT.

The Lord Howell of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to a requirement for light civil aircraft and helicopters to be fitted with quieter engines and, where practicable, with hush kits.

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what aid provision they have made for British-based small charities operating overseas.

The Lord Bradshaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the possibility of a world shortage of oil should influence strategic plans for the electrification of a greater proportion of the railway system.

The Baroness Hooper—To call attention to developments in Latin America; and to move for papers.

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what relationship they have in mind for the National Health Service with the private health sector.

The Lord Thomas of Gresford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the Court of Appeal decision in Heil v. Rankin and others, given on 23rd March, they will restore the scheme for compensation of the victims of violent crime assessed on the basis of common law damages, and abandon the tariff scheme which replaced it on 1st April 1996.

The Lord Vivian—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current situation in Cyprus.

The Lord Tanlaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions they have drawn regarding potentially hazardous Near Earth Objects.

The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve the care and treatment of patients with hepatitis C.

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether since 1997 their international development budget has been directed more towards the world’s poorest and most neglected communities.

The Baroness Uddin—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to incorporate the recommendations of the working group on forced marriage into their overall strategy for dealing with domestic violence.

The Lord Chalfont—To move to resolve, That it is desirable that a Select Committee be appointed to consider all the circumstances surrounding the crash of Chinook helicopter ZD 576 on the Mull of Kintyre on 2nd June 1994.

The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that in future the Queen’s Speech at the Opening of Parliament is of reasonable length, and, while containing details of the Government’s legislative programme, omits an account of past events.

The Lord Redesdale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on a referendum about the Western Sahara.

The Lord Parekh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the Human Rights Act 1998, they will amend the law so as to allow Members of the House of Lords to vote in parliamentary elections.

The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take following their consultation on “High hedges: possible solutions”.

Greater London Authority (Protected Information) Order 2000—The Baroness Hamwee to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Order, laid before the House on 8th August, be annulled (S.I. 2000/2060).

The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to revise their energy policy.

The Earl of Longford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the education currently provided in prisons.

The Lord Vinson—To call attention to the effect of disproportionate regulation on small businesses; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the increase in religious persecution in many countries; and whether they will consider measures similar to those adopted by the United States Congress.

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review their policy towards the government of Sudan, in the light of continuing violations of human rights.

The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements will be made to ensure that, if Community Health Councils are abolished as is envisaged in the National Health Service Plan, the new arrangements for empowering National Health Service users and the new Patient Advocate and Liaison Service will be independent, and will be perceived as independent, of the local National Health Service structures.

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To call attention to the case for the United Kingdom to withdraw from the Common Agricultural Policy; and to move for papers.

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Russian Federation government have yet begun to fulfil their human rights obligations as a member of the Council of Europe in the conduct of their military and security operations in the Chechen Republic, and their administration of that republic.

The Baroness Sharp of Guildford—To call attention to the recommendation in London University’s Institute for Education report that optimal class sizes in primary schools should be less than 25; and to move for papers.

PART II

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]

The Lord Lewis of Newnham—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Waste Incineration (11th Report, Session 1998-99, HL Paper 71). [21st July 1999]

The Lord Hope of Craighead—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Reforming EC Competition Procedures (4th Report, HL Paper 33). [29th February]

The Lord Jenkin of Roding—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Science and Society (3rd Report, HL Paper 38). [14th March]

The Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on e-Commerce: Policy Development and Co-ordination in the EU (14th Report, HL Paper 95). [1st August]

The Baroness Hilton of Eggardon—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The Common European Policy on Security and Defence (15th Report, HL Paper 101). [3rd August]

The Lord Hope of Craighead—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Public Access to EU Documents (16th Report, HL Paper 102). [1st August]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 5th October]

The Baroness ThorntonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish their latest report for women, Voices 2.      (HL4053)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what countervailing increase in child poverty they have attributed to the effect of parents being disentitled to benefit as a result of refusing to comply with—

    (a) the requirement to name the father under the Child Support Act 1995;

    (b) the requirement to attend one interview; and

    (c) other Government requirements, and whether they will list those requirements.      (HL4054)

The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it has been correctly reported (in The Irish Times of 27th July) that the families of the disappeared in Northern Ireland are to be offered up to £10,000 in compensation in April 2001; (a) how the families have been informed; (b) how any such compensation will be calculated; and (c) whether the compensation will be calculated according to the number of children in each family.      (HL4055)

The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 21st March (WA 19) on the future of the Services Cotswold Centre, what is the present position; and, if the Centre has been closed—

    (a) what alternative arrangements have been made; and

    (b) what savings were made as a result of the closure.      (HL4056)

The Baroness Oppenheim-BarnesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the cost to the legal aid budget over the next three years, as a result of the implementation of the Human Rights Act 1998.      (HL4057)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when a case involving an application for permission to withdraw life support from a patient in a permanent vegetative state last came before a United Kingdom court, and what was the court’s decision; whether any case of this kind has previously gone before the European Court on Human Rights in Strasbourg; and, if so, whether the decision of that court differed from the judgment reached in the United Kingdom court; and what new considerations will United Kingdom courts be required to take into account in such cases following the incorporation of the Convention into United Kingdom law.      (HL4058)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the “A” road system in East Sussex.      (HL4059)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many miles of dual carriageway there are in East Sussex.      (HL4060)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were killed on the A21 in East Sussex during 1999 and how many were (a) pedestrians; (b) cyclists; (c) passengers; and (d) drivers.      (HL4061)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were seriously injured on the A21 in East Sussex, for the last convenient period for which figures are available; and how many were (a) pedestrians; (b) cyclists; (c) passengers; and (d) drivers.      (HL4062)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what the retail price index would be, excluding mortgage interest payments (RPIX) in August if the depreciation component of the RPI for owner occupied houses had been introduced in 1950 based upon a rate of inflation since 1950 of 2,000 per cent and an increase in house prices of 4,750 per cent.      (HL4063)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representation they have made to Sinn Fein about the recent conviction in Florida of members of the IRA who were purchasing modern arms.      (HL4064)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the ruling of the European Court of Justice on 5th October concerning the marketing of tobacco products, they will now bring forward proposals to restrict the marketing of such products.      (HL4065)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will update their Written Answer of 4th May 1999 (WA 84-86) to show the top rate of direct tax on personal incomes in the United Kingdom (including where appropriate investment income surcharge and surtax and any surcharge on surtax) for each financial year since 1970-71, indicating the threshold of taxable income at which that rate applied, expressing that threshold in both current prices and 1999-2000 prices.      (HL4066)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the standard of security screening of passengers and their carry-on luggage at Naples Airport; and, if not, whether they will make representations to the Italian authorities.      (HL4067)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish an updated table showing the number of cases of BSE confirmed in Great Britain each week in the current year to date, together with the moving annual total of cases reported in each 52 week period.      (HL4068)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when work started on the establishment of a central register, as required under section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 which came into force on 1st October 1997, of persons who have applied for a firearm or shotgun certificate or to whom a firearm or shotgun certificate has been granted; and whether they will estimate the total cost of the work and the date on which the central register will be in operation.      (HL4069)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the current members of the Firearms Consultative Committee, indicating in respect of each member the date of appointment and previous relevant experience and expertise.      (HL4070)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to control the spread of ragwort.      (HL4071)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether consideration is being given to the use of traffic wardens to enforce moving traffic offences; and when they expect to announce fresh proposals.      (HL4072)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to use hypothecated funds raised from road transport operator licence fees and court awards of costs towards the better enforcement of the law.      (HL4073)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the proportion of domestic road freight being carried in vehicles of foreign companies.      (HL4074)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, taking into account the increase in lorry weights and the reduction in Vehicle Excise Duty which will come into force next year, what reduction in unit costs, expressed in pence per capacity tonne kilometres, will the operator of a maximum weight lorry enjoy, assuming fuel prices remain constant at today’s level.      (HL4075)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost of their proposal that nursing care should be free, as proposed in paragraph 15.20 of The NHS Plan.      (HL4076)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost of their proposal that the value of homes should be excluded from the calculation of means for the first three months of nursing and residential care.      (HL4077)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Secretary of State for Education and Employment’s offer to answer questions from members of the public in Bristol, published in the Bristol Evening Post of 8th September, has been made in other parts of the country; and, if so, where and when.      (HL4078)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

5TH OCTOBER 2000

[Tabled on the dates shown]

24th July

The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 26th June (WA 51) on cockpit voice and flight data recorders to be fitted to the Royal Air Force Chinook Mark 2/2A fleet as part of the Health and Usage Monitoring (HUMS) programme, how many aircraft have not yet had these recorders fitted; and when it is expected that all the fleet will have been so equipped.      (HL3579)

25th July

The Lord ChalfontTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether delivery of the special operations configured Boeing Chinook Mk.III helicopters has been delayed; and, if so, what is the reason for the delay.      (HL3624)

27th July

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have funded, or intend to provide funding for, the activities of the Committee for the Eradication of the Abduction of Women and Children in Sudan.      (HL3743)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the exchange rates of sterling and the euro are misaligned; and, if so, whether they have made public their view and communicated it to the President and Governing Body of the European Central Bank and to Ministers in the Economic and Finance Council of Ministers.      (HL3772)

21st September

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking together with other governments and international organisations to ensure that special targeted financial assistance is provided for those returned refugees and displaced people in Kosovo who are without any means to complete the construction or reconstruction of their homes.      (HL3798)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking together with other governments and international organisations to ensure that adequate funding is available for temporary shelters for those without habitable homes in Kosovo for as long as such shelters are required.      (HL3799)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking together with other governments and international organisations to ensure that adequate educational facilities and schooling are available for all children of school age in Kosovo including those of minority ethnic groups such as the Roma, Ashkalia and Serbs.      (HL3800)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether aero-engines supplied by Rolls Royce to Airbus for fitment to Airbus aircraft for export outside the European Union are counted in official trade statistics as exports to the European Union or as exports to the rest of the world.      (HL3804)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current involvement of the World Bank with Turkey; and how, in the light of its 1991 report The Challenge of Development and its 1997 framework for post-conflict reconstruction, it is approaching the following issues in Turkey—

    (a) demobilisation of conventional forces;

    (b) police training;

    (c) the needs of internally displaced people;

    (d) poverty reduction; and

    (e) the control of inflation.      (HL3809)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the Audit Commission’s Report of June 2000, they will ensure that the Departments of Health and Education and Employment issue good practice guidance to their respective local authorities regarding the effective delivery of services to asylum seekers and refugees.      (HL3810)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will instruct Forest Enterprise to take full account of the interests of private forest producers, when deciding the size of their own annual production of softwood thinnings and setting acceptable prices for it.      (HL3811)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the present commercial value of the Port of Belfast; when they expect that a decision will be made about its privatisation; and what are the probable consequences of delaying the decision, for the economy and infrastructure of Northern Ireland.      (HL3812)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce legislation to ensure that only English Members of Parliament will be able to vote on legislation concerning England alone, and similarly only English and Welsh Members of Parliament on legislation concerning only England and Wales; and, if not, why not.      (HL3813)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 19th June (WA 10), whether they will give three examples of policies that represent their new and distinctive approach, together with an evaluation of their progress to date in each case.      (HL3815)

The Lord EzraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 4th August, why a decision has been reached to reduce essential services at Crawley Hospital in advance of recommendations from the working group being set up by the South East Regional Office of the National Health Service to consider the long-term provision of acute primary and intermediate care services, having regard to the effect of long-term population growth in the area.      (HL3817)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will show in a table the top rate of capital gains tax charged on disposal of shares in publicly quoted companies in each country of the European Union.      (HL3818)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will show in a table the top rate of personal inheritance tax, or other comparable tax at death, in each country of the European Union.      (HL3819)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will show in a table the current top rate of tax on personal incomes in each country of the European Union, indicating in respect of each the threshold of income (expressed in euros and pounds sterling) at which this tax rate applies.      (HL3820)

The Lord Cope of BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list those members of the United Kingdom House of Commons during the last hundred years who have at the same time been elected members of other Commonwealth or Dominion legislatures, showing of which other legislature they were members.      (HL3822)

The Lord Cope of BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in which countries of the Commonwealth a member of the United Kingdom House of Commons is able (a) to stand for election as a member of the national legislature and (b) to sit as a member of the national legislature if so elected.      (HL3823)

The Lord Cope of BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in which countries of the European Union a member of the United Kingdom House of Commons is able (a) to stand for election as a member of the national legislature and (b) to sit as a member of the national legislature if so elected.      (HL3824)

The Lord Cope of BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a person can represent two different constituencies in the House of Commons at the same time; and whether a person who is elected to represent two different constituencies in the House of Commons at the same time can sit and vote for both constituencies.      (HL3825)

The Lord Cope of BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a member of the government of a Commonwealth or foreign country can be a Minister in Scotland, or First Minister or a member of the Executive in the Welsh Assembly.      (HL3826)

The Lord Cope of BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a member of the national legislature of a foreign country can (a) stand for election to a local authority in the United Kingdom and (b) sit as a member of a local authority in the United Kingdom if so elected.      (HL3827)

The Lord Jenkins of PutneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many governments are reported as regarding the National Missile Defence policy of the United States government as incompatible with the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty.      (HL3834)

The Lord Jenkins of PutneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether both they and the United States government are committed to the elimination of nuclear weapons as signatories to the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty.      (HL3835)

The Lord Jenkins of PutneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will refuse to cooperate with the United States government in their National Missile Defence policy.      (HL3836)

The Lord Jenkins of PutneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will request the United States government to abandon their National Missile Defence policy on the ground of hostility to the project by and within NATO countries.      (HL3837)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the reasons for deciding against the appointment of a senior lawyer, answerable to the Board of the Legal Services Commission, to oversee the work in the initial six local offices employing salaried public defenders in a way that respects and protects their professional integrity.      (HL3842)

The Lord Wedderburn of CharltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

    (a) whether they will publish the terms of the recent communication to the Government from the Commission of the European Communities under Regulation EC. No. 2679/98, 7th December 1998, relating to obstacles to free movement of goods, and the terms of their reply;

    (b) whether no action, or failure to act, within the United Kingdom constitutes an “obstacle” under that Regulation if it is lawful under the laws of the United Kingdom; and

    (c) whether they are obliged to enact any new review procedure by reason of paragraph 3 of the “Resolution of the Council and Representatives of Governments” which accompanied that Regulation.      (HL3845)

27th September

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the statement made on Newsnight on 12th September by Mr David James, the Chairman of the New Millennium Experience Company, in respect of the Millennium Dome that “the operating building costs did go over budget”.      (HL3847)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisations or companies have submitted bids since August to buy the site of the Millennium Dome.      (HL3848)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider are the implications for the directors and shadow directors of the New Millennium Experience Company of the report prepared by PriceWaterhouse Coopers on the finances of the Millennium Dome.      (HL3849)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Minister or Ministers made the decision that the bids for the Millennium Dome made by Nomura and Dome Legacy in the spring of 2000 should not be proceeded with at that stage.      (HL3850)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they had from the Royal National Institute for Deaf People to the consultation undertaken by the Departments of Trade and Industry and of Culture, Media and Sport on the forthcoming Communications Reform White Paper; and what action they will be taking to ensure that the document’s proposals provide equal access for deaf and hard-of-hearing people.      (HL3852)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 27th September, by what amounts they estimate that disability benefits and the income support entitlements of frail elderly people went unclaimed in the year 1998-99.      (HL3853)

    [As amended on 29th September]

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will update the estimates previously given to Parliament of the amounts by which they estimated that entitlements to Disability Living Allowance and those of retirement pensioners to Income Support went unclaimed, to include the year 1998-99.      (HL3854)

    [As amended on 29th September]

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking together with other governments and international organisations to ensure that, as the United Nations High Commission for Refugees scales down its operations in Kosovo, adequate resources are available to UNMIK and all those responsible for civil administration to ensure that the economic, security and other needs of returning and returned refugees and displaced people are fully met.      (HL3855)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking together with other governments and international organisations to ensure that the numbers of expatriate civilian police in Kosovo are brought up to the required level and that they have the qualifications and skills for the task in hand.      (HL3856)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards the forced repatriation of certain refugees to Kosovo on the ground that they have been guilty of a crime in the past, even when their sentences may have been long since completed; and what representations they are making to governments which pursue such a policy.      (HL3857)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their ultimate objective for the future of Kosovo is clear to all those carrying responsibility in UNMIK, KFOR, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and other administrative agencies in Kosovo.      (HL3858)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what role they envisage for the South East Europe Stability Pact in a regional policy approach to a lasting solution in Kosovo.      (HL3859)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the preparation of a new legal code for Kosovo relates to their ultimate objective for the future of Kosovo.      (HL3860)

The Lord Cope of BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a member of the House of Keys of the Isle of Man or the States of the Channel Islands can stand for election to the House of Commons and can sit, if so elected, in both legislatures.      (HL3861)

The Lord Cope of BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what circumstances an elected member of the House of Commons is prevented by law from becoming a Minister in any part of the United Kingdom.      (HL3862)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the obligation placed upon the Secretary of State by section 95 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 (information for financial and other purposes) has been interpreted annually since enactment.      (HL3863)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the increase in the estimated cost of the proposed parliamentary building at Holyrood, Edinburgh, from the original £50 million to £230 million, reported in September by the Auditor General, will involve H M Treasury, or whether any increase in costs will be borne by the Scottish Parliament from funds assigned to it for general purposes.      (HL3866)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recruitment process of Chief Probation Officers for the probation areas that are to be amalgamated and other vacancies between now and 1st April 2001 will meet the Home Office’s equal opportunities policies.      (HL3867)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the basis of the estimate announced by the Prime Minister in his speech on 31st August that a DNA database holding over three million samples will cover virtually the entire criminally active population.      (HL3868)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date they first reached agreement with Nomura that the Millennium Dome would be sold to Dome Europe, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nomura.      (HL3869)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they rejected the bid of £120 million made by Bourne/Legacy in July for the purchase of the Millennium Dome.      (HL3870)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government by how much visitor number targets must be increased in order to recoup the costs to the Millennium Dome of the lower admission prices paid by the customers of sponsors that have been allowed by the New Millennium Experience Company to offer discounted ticket schemes throughout the year 2000.      (HL3871)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the impact on the revenue of the Millennium Dome of the announcement by the New Millennium Experience Company in August that entry tickets to the Dome are to be discounted generally for the period between October and December from £20 per adult down to £12.50 when purchased from travel agents, tour operators and group organisers.      (HL3872)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they informed English Partnerships that they must consider all offers to buy the Millennium Dome site; that the offers should include those from former bidders or property developers; and that it is no longer essential to retain the Dome structure as part of the contract of sale.      (HL3873)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is still their intention, as stated by Lord Falconer of Thoroton, as sole shareholder of the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC), on 27th July (HL 581), that £53 million should be paid to NEMC from the proceeds of the sale of the Millennium Dome site.      (HL3874)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Minister or Ministers had sight of the reports presented in June 1997 to the Millennium Commission by Deloitte & Touche and by Mr Bob Stubbs prior to Cabinet approval for the Millennium Dome project.      (HL3875)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when Lord Falconer of Thoroton, the sole shareholder of the New Millennium Experience Company, first had knowledge of the findings of the report on projected visitor numbers to the Millennium Dome, prepared by Deloitte & Touche; and why those findings were rejected by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton.      (HL3876)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when Lord Falconer of Thoroton, the sole shareholder of the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC), first became aware that the management of NMEC had not constructed an asset register.      (HL3877)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when Lord Falconer of Thoroton, the sole shareholder of the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC), first became aware that the management of NMEC had not included a calculation of the costs of closing the exhibition on 31st December 2000 in the Company’s business plan.      (HL3878)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Millennium Dome was advanced a further £43 million from the funds of the Millennium Commission on 3rd August.      (HL3879)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the sum of £43 million advanced to the Millennium Dome on 3rd August was a grant or a loan; and what were the terms express or implied under which the money was advanced.      (HL3880)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the New Millennium Experience Company was trading solvently on 2nd August.      (HL3881)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Millennium Dome was advanced a further £47 million from the funds of the Millennium Commission on 5th September.      (HL3882)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the sum of £47 million advanced to the Millennium Dome on 5th September was a grant or a loan; and what were the terms express or implied under which the money was advanced.      (HL3883)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the New Millennium Experience Company was trading solvently on 4th September.      (HL3884)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are confident that the Millennium Dome will continue to be operated by the New Millennium Experience Company until 31st December without further advances of Lottery funds.      (HL3885)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 27th July (WA 84), whether any Minister informed M. Gerbeau that the Millennium Dome project was on budget at the time when he was engaged as Chief Executive to the New Millennium Experience Company; and, if so, on what basis.      (HL3886)

The Lord Jenkins of PutneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what further steps are being taken to restore democracy in Burma following the speech by Mr John Battle, MP, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office supporting the condemnation of the military regime by the United Nations.      (HL3887)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will examine the experience in the Netherlands of allowing women with the care of children, who are sentenced to imprisonment, a period of grace before starting their sentence in order to make the best possible care arrangements for their children.      (HL3888)

The Lord ReaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of estimates that 200,000 or more people in the United Kingdom may be infected with hepatitis C, whether they are developing a national strategy for this condition; what is their estimate of the current level of the hepatitis C epidemic in the United Kingdom; and what projections exist for its future course.      (HL3889)

The Lord ReaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current effectiveness and availability of treatment for hepatitis C through the National Health Service.      (HL3891)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the government of Burma (Myanmar) to ensure access by an appropriately qualified medical practitioner to James Maudsley in prison so as to assess and treat injuries reportedly sustained during recent severe beatings.      (HL3894)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Burmese government following the beating of James Maudsley by Burmese prison officials; what is known of his physical condition; what progress is being made in processing his appeal against sentence; and what further action they intend to take to secure his release.      (HL3895)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require tobacco companies to support, through funding, health education campaigns highlighting the risks of smoking.      (HL3897)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce a levy on tobacco companies to fund anti-litter campaigning.      (HL3898)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they can estimate the number of days lost to the workforce through smoking-related illnesses per year.      (HL3899)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to Queens University Belfast about its refusal to allow an exhibition stand for the Officer Training Corps at this year’s Freshers’ Fair.      (HL3900)

    [As amended on 28th September]

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which universities in the United Kingdom refuse access to their facilities for Ministry of Defence-related activities.      (HL3901)

    [As amended on 28th September]

28th September

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that the proposals by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions to relax planning controls on outdoor advertising from next year are not at the expense of their commitment to preserve the character of rural Britain from disfiguring developments.      (HL3907)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what importance they attach to the recent report from the Alliance for Childhood suggesting that computers in primary schools do more harm than good.      (HL3908)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the context of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, what progress is being made, both at United Kingdom Government level and European Union-wide, in negotiations to harmonise European and United States data protection procedures.      (HL3910)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government at what level any decision to scale down the Prime Minister’s web-addresses was taken; to what extent the Strategic Communications Unit was involved; and whether the decision is compatible with the Government’s promotion of new technology.      (HL3911)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to take any action to clarify the provisions of the Electronic Communications Act 2000 as to what constitutes a legally binding electronic transaction.      (HL3912)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the recent MORI survey conducted for Compaq, they consider that their delivery of advice to small and medium-sized enterprises, via initiatives such as the Information Society Initiative Programme for Business and the Small Business Service, is performing adequately.      (HL3913)

The Lord ColwynTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the resignation of Dr Robin Wild as Chief Dental Officer, whether the position of Chief Dental Officer has been advertised; and, if so, when.      (HL3916)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the excess winter deaths for each English region, and for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, in each year from 1998-89 to 1999-2000, with a breakdown by age for each year.      (HL3917)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider giving special tax treatment for small tourism accommodation providers to help them to adapt such accommodation in compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, as recommended by the English Tourism Council.      (HL3918)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the main conclusions of their review of Forest Enterprise’s performance, relationship with other bodies and responsiveness to customers.      (HL3920)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what quantity of British fruit and vegetables the Intervention Board redistributed in 1998 and 1999; and what is their target for this year.      (HL3921)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes in the criteria that the Intervention Board uses have been introduced to enable a more flexible approach to be taken, so that the maximum quantity of produce is redistributed rather than thrown away.      (HL3922)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether or not a reduction in road traffic accidents and reported burglaries took place during the recent petrol shortage.      (HL3923)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the total cost of—

    (a) serious injuries and fatal accidents on the roads; and

    (b) reported burglaries

    for each year of the most recent three year period for which figures are available.      (HL3924)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a list of the persons and organisations consulted on the Bail Guidance Notes for Adjudicators.      (HL3925)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a table showing the average hours of work, remuneration and allowances of chairmen and members of National Health Service Trusts; Rail Users’ Consultative Committees; Parole Boards; Probation Boards; local authorities; and Boards of Visitors.      (HL3926)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consult the Association of Chief Police Officers about measures to prevent the use of crossbows by criminals.      (HL3927)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to consult Parliament about the draft Detention Centre Rules.      (HL3928)

The Lord Willoughby de BrokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government at what price the 125 tons of gold was sold from the United Kingdom reserves in the auction beginning in June 1999; and what was the price of gold on 28th September 2000.      (HL3929)

The Lord Willoughby de BrokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the value in sterling terms of euros purchased by them subsequent to the gold sales in 1999; and by how much in sterling and percentage terms that holding has appreciated or depreciated since its purchase.      (HL3930)

The Lord Willoughby de BrokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of United Kingdom reserves are currently held in gold, euros, US dollars and other currencies or specie.      (HL3931)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why it took two hours to rescue 2,100 commuters trapped on the Central Line of the London Underground on 4th September.      (HL3933)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the breakdown on the Central Line of the London Underground on 4th September, in which 2,100 people were trapped in a tunnel for up to two hours, indicates defects in the management of London Underground; and what steps they propose to take in consequence.      (HL3936)

The Lord HigginsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 28th September to a Starred Question by the Baroness Thornton (HL Deb, cols. 942-43), why the Chancellor of the Exchequer said in Brighton on 25th September that there are “already 1.2 million children lifted out of poverty” when her replies suggest that this is not true.      (HL3937)

The Lord HigginsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether child poverty can ever be eliminated using the definition of child poverty given by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham in her reply to a supplementary question by the Lord Higgins on 28th September (HL Deb, cols. 942-43).      (HL3938)

The Lord Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider exempting enhanced economy services aboard charter airlines from the doubling of Air Passenger Duty on extra-European Economic Area flights from 1st April 2001 on the ground that these are not first or club class services.      (HL3939)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many murders of (a) members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary; (b) members of the Army; (c) civilian Protestants; and (d) civilian Roman Catholics have taken place in Northern Ireland since 1969; and how many have led to a successful conviction for murder.      (HL3940)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require the tobacco companies to support through funding the initiative on cancer detection and treatment announced by the Prime Minister on 26th September in Brighton.      (HL3941)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to encourage the catering trade to prohibit smoking in areas where food is prepared and consumed.      (HL3942)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government under what circumstances persons born in the Republic of Ireland and now resident in the United Kingdom can obtain a full British passport.      (HL3943)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the Belfast Agreement of 1998 which guaranteed parity of esteem for both cultures and traditions on the island of Ireland, they will announce arrangements to make British passports available to residents of the Republic of Ireland.      (HL3944)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the acreage of the land occupied by the Dome at Greenwich, together with its ancillary buildings and vacant land.      (HL3946)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many tons of soil were removed in the process of dealing with pollution at the Dome site; how and where it was treated; what were the minimum and maximum depths of soil removed, together with percentages of soil removed per metre of depth.      (HL3947)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what recommendations were received, when the site was acquired for the construction of the Dome complex, to deal with pollution; how much of the soil on the site was treated for pollution by means other than removal; and how much soil, and how much of the total acreage, still remains to be dealt with for pollution so that industrial, office or domestic development could be carried out on the site.      (HL3948)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the sites which were registered as common land under the Commons Registration Act 1965 where disputes over that registration remain to be settled, giving the acreages and reasons for dispute in each case.      (HL3949)

29th September

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Chinook crash in June 1994 could have been avoided if the Chinook pilots had made a turn of about 15 degrees to port, as shown on the flight plan, immediately after they changed the way point.      (HL3950)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to ensure that the level of financial support given to the voluntary youth sector by local authorities is more even and better reflects the cost of the services provided.      (HL3951)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they have taken to ensure that the voluntary youth services are fully involved in the planning, development and delivery of the ConneXions Service to young people.      (HL3952)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the costs that will be incurred by individuals who apply to become registered volunteers using the proposed Criminal Record Check and Enhanced Criminal Record Check.      (HL3953)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of costs which may be involved for voluntary sector bodies acting as “Registered Agencies” to facilitate the Criminal Record Check procedure; and what measures they have taken to ameliorate such costs for the voluntary agencies concerned.      (HL3954)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish their response to the Better Regulation Task Force report Tackling the Impact of Increasing Regulation—A Case Study of Hotels and Restaurants, published in June.      (HL3955)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will press for Article 9 of the current draft of the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights to be gender specific in the same form as Article 12 of the European Convention on Human Rights.      (HL3956)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Article 13 of the draft European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights presents any challenge to the restrictions on research specified by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990.      (HL3957)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the prohibition on financial gain from the “making of the human body and its parts” in Article 3(2) of the draft European Union Charter on Fundamental Rights would include “therapeutic cloning”; and, if so, whether they will refuse any future proposals by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to allow researchers and their financial sources to profit from the development of clinical solutions developed as a result of their research into therapeutic cloning.      (HL3958)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they and the United Nations give to British nationals who are employees of the United Nations regarding humanitarian work in Afghanistan.      (HL3959)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the advice which they and the United Nations give to British United Nations employees for Afghanistan is consistent with advice given to those serving in other countries.      (HL3960)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the annual increase in real terms in total public expenditure in £ millions and in percentage terms in every year since 1996-97; and what is now the proposed total spending and percentage increase for each year up to the end of the period covered by the Comprehensive Spending Review.      (HL3962)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in the light of the numerous failures of new escalators on London Underground, including the Jubilee Line, London Transport managers are performing adequately.      (HL3963)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many escalators were out of action on the London Underground during the latest Bank Holiday weekend.      (HL3964)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Minister of Transport can evaluate the efficiency of the London Underground if he does not use it every day.      (HL3965)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, given that on 4th September a blown fuse on a new £3 million train on the Central Line of the London Underground could not be repaired for two hours, the management of London Underground are competent to handle new investment.      (HL3966)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations the Minister of Transport has received from the Health and Safety Executive about London Underground; and, in the light of the incident on 4th September involving a blown fuse on the Central Line, whether he is considering that advice.      (HL3967)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconfirm their support for those organisations seeking to implement the Belfast Agreement of 1998, and in particular its guarantee of parity of esteem for both cultures and traditions on the island of Ireland.      (HL3968)

The Lord LairdTo ask the Leader of the House, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 12th July (WA 33) in relation to smoking and Government Ministers, whether it is in order for noble Lords, by means of the House of Lords Order Paper, to seek to persuade Ministers to offer an example advocating a particular lifestyle and to support the lifestyle of non smokers by reducing passive smoking.      (HL3969)

The Baroness CoxTo ask the Chairman of Committees whether he will review the provision of security for the Palace of Westminster in the light of a report in The Sunday Times on 30th July that the Sudanese businessman, Salah Idris, is a leading shareholder in a company which provides security systems to the Houses of Parliament, and in the light of his alleged links with the international terrorist, Osama Bin Laden.      (HL3970)

2nd October

The Lord BrettTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to use their powers under section 8B of the Immigration Act 1971, as inserted by section 8 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, to designate certain international instruments excluding certain individuals or categories of person from the United Kingdom.      (HL3973)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have proposals to require all forms of public transport and related property with public access to be non-smoking.      (HL3974)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any specific proposals to highlight the dangers of passive smoking for children over 10.      (HL3975)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the guarantee of parity of esteem for all communities in the island of Ireland, they will make representations to the government of the Irish Republic to ensure that their application of human rights law is to the same standard as that in Northern Ireland.      (HL3976)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the threat posed by dissident Republicans, they will outline measures to increase further security along the border in Northern Ireland.      (HL3977)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will require all hotel and bed and breakfast accommodation to be regarded as non-smoking except where specifically advertised.      (HL3978)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the geographical location of Northern Ireland and its land border with the Republic of Ireland, what special consideration is being given to mitigate the effects of the high cost of fuel.      (HL3979)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 27th September (WA 169), why they have no present plans to sign and ratify Protocol No. 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights at the Rome Meeting on 4th November 2000 (commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Convention).      (HL3980)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any previous United Kingdom Government failed to sign an Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights.      (HL3981)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 27th September (WA 152-153), whether he will publish a table showing for July and August the numbers of visitors admitted free to the Millennium Dome and the numbers admitted on a reduced price ticket.      (HL3982)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 27th September (HL Deb, col. 779), whether their commitment “to a long-term future for the Dome” involves a commitment to retaining the structure of the Dome as a condition of any contract of sale of the Dome site.      (HL3983)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Lord Falconer of Thoroton first became aware that the New Millennium Experience Company proposed to sign unlimited liability contracts with Zee TV regarding the staging of the Miss World contest at the Millennium Dome.      (HL3984)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts were made by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton to persuade the New Millennium Experience Company to include in their contract with Zee TV conditions which would exclude unlimited liability for compensation if the Millennium Dome were closed prior to the date of the staging of the Miss World contest.      (HL3985)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what undertakings were given to the Millennium Commission by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton and the Government as a condition of the grant of £47 million being made from Lottery funds to the Millennium Dome in August.      (HL3986)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis the monies promised to the Millennium Dome company by commercial sponsors have not yet been paid in full.      (HL3987)

The Lord SwinfenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance is being given to Bangladesh to help with the current heavy flooding and the influx of refugees from West Bengal.      (HL3988)

The Lord ChristopherTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many appeals have been decided by the English and Scottish Employment Appeals Tribunals for each year during the past five years.      (HL3989)

The Lord ChristopherTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the average annual period of time within which appeals have been determined by the English and Scottish Employment Appeal Tribunals during each of the last five years.      (HL3990)

The Lord ChristopherTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what period of time they consider to be reasonable within which the Employment Appeal Tribunals should determine appeals.      (HL3991)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions since 1945 they have called upon the armed forces to assist in maintaining law and order and to protect essential services during national strikes and national demonstrations, giving the dates, the reasons for the call out during each stoppage, the duration of each stoppage and the estimated cost of each operation.      (HL3992)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria are used to call out the armed forces to protect property and persons and the security of the State; and whether the same criteria have been used in every instance since 1945.      (HL3993)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the recent difficulties regarding the distribution of liquid fuels, they intend to amend further the Transport Bill.      (HL3994)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many drivers under 21 years of age have at least one current penalty point on their licence.      (HL3995)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government approximately how many Armed Forces Defence Driving Instructors have—

    (a) qualified recently enough so that their qualification is considered to be current; and

    (b) qualified at some point in their careers but their qualification cannot be considered to be current.      (HL3996)

3rd October

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will initiate interdepartmental discussions between Ministers and officials to re-examine the role the United Kingdom might play to provide support for the Council of Europe Development Bank, as well as in involvement in its work; and, if not, why not.      (HL3998)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to encourage appropriate international humanitarian agencies to increase their support for refugees and displaced people in and from the Chechen Republic before the advent of winter; and what financial resources they will make available to support this work.      (HL3999)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated total number of people, of men over 65 and women over 60 separately, in the United Kingdom over the age of retirement at the latest available date; what were the comparable figures in each decade since 1940; and what is the estimated number in each future decade to the year 2050.      (HL4000)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the life expectancy at birth, of men and women separately, of those born in the United Kingdom in 1999-2000; and what were the comparable estimates in each decade since 1940.      (HL4001)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what revision of the planning guidance they are considering in reference to the wish of the Civil Aviation Authority to relinquish their responsibility for safeguarding all types of aerodrome.      (HL4002)

The Lord Harris of GreenwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many organisations and individuals had by 2nd October expressed support for the Government’s proposals relating to the Prison and Probation Inspectorates; and how many had opposed them.      (HL4003)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they stated in a Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 26th July (WA 66) that “because the Wales Office only uses two cars supplied by the Government Car and Despatch Agency the provision of the level of detail requested may allow the identification of a Ministerial vehicle while it is in use” when they were able to provide similar details about the two cars supplied by the Agency to the Scottish Office in a Written Answer by the Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale on 6th July (WA 149).      (HL4004)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice is given to Government Departments in relation to the purchase of cars.      (HL4005)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how Government Departments dispose of cars after use.      (HL4006)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Government Car and Despatch Agency dispose of cars after use.      (HL4007)

The Lord RedesdaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money has been allocated to the Millennium Volunteer Project; how much money has been spent by the Millennium Volunteer Project to date; and which schemes have benefited.      (HL4008)

The Lord KimballTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimate of the number of Grade I Listed Buildings in England in public care, compared to those privately owned.      (HL4009)

The Lord KimballTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimate of the number of Grade II* Listed Buildings in England in public care, compared to those privately owned.      (HL4010)

The Lord KimballTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimate of the number of Grade II Listed Buildings in England in public care, compared to those privately owned.      (HL4011)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why, for the first time in 150 years, the Chief Medical Officer’s annual report was not published last year; and whether the Department of Health intends to publish it this year.      (HL4012)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any of the £5.8 million promised by the Prime Minister to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia last year has been given and how much has been committed.      (HL4013)

The Baroness Sharp of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate has been made of the cost of raising the threshold for repayment of income contingent student loans to (a) £13,000; (b) £15,000; and (c) £17,000 at each of the following real interest rates: (i) 0 per cent; (ii) 1 per cent; and (iii) 2 per cent annually for the years up to 2004-5, assuming student numbers continue on current trends and proportion of income taken remains at the current level.      (HL4014)

The Lord NorthbourneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money was allocated to the Government’s new ConneXions Service in the their Year 2000 Spending Review; and whether the allocation (if any) is the total amount of “additional funding” which the Minister referred to during the passage of the Learning and Skills Bill (HL Deb, 17th February, col. 1380 and HL Deb, 14th March, col. 1504).      (HL4015)

The Lord NorthbourneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many schemes under the Sure Start are “up and running”; and how many of these include as active members of the Local Sure Start Partnership one or more representatives of the Health Visitors Association.      (HL4016)

4th October

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the east-bound carriageway in Birdcage Walk is now closed; why vehicle access to Horseguards Parade is now blocked; who authorised these works; and when they expect normal traffic to be resumed.      (HL4018)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about the numbers of refugees and displaced persons wishing to return to their homes in Bosnia; how many have been able to return since the Dayton Agreement of 1995; and, if they are able to divide the total as between the two political entities in Bosnia-Herzegovina, how many have returned to each.      (HL4019)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept the need for greater external funding for basic housing for displaced people throughout Bosnia; and, if so, whether they will seek international funds for this purpose with a view to reducing long-term military and security costs.      (HL4020)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of the last five years for which figures are available, how many deaths were recorded respectively in England, Wales and Northern Ireland as the result of (a) multiple sclerosis, (b) CJD, and (c) AIDS; what was the total amount of expenditure by the Government in the United Kingdom on research into the identification, treatment, prevention and cure of each of these diseases; and what were the criteria on which this expenditure was allocated.      (HL4021)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Taiwan passport holders have been refused visas to enter the United Kingdom in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000 to the latest convenient date.      (HL4022)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what reasons were given for the refusal of visas to Taiwan passport holders to enter the United Kingdom in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000 to the latest convenient date.      (HL4023)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve relationships between the United Kingdom and Taiwan.      (HL4024)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the diplomatic status of the staff of the Taipei Representative Office in London, with a view to according them tax and legal treatment similar to that enjoyed by United Kingdom diplomatic staff in Taipei.      (HL4025)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British beaches have been named by the European Commission as failing to meet European Union bathing water standards in 1998, 1999 and 2000.      (HL4026)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the action taken by the European Commission in the European Court of Justice against the Government for their alleged failure to ensure compliance with the minimum pollution levels set down in the bathing water quality Directive.      (HL4027)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 27th July (WA 69), when they will publish their response to the United Kingdom Sport Report on Nandrolone which was published in January.      (HL4028)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to review the impact of the revised Standards of Modern Zoo Practice (published in March) on the operation of farm attractions; and when they expect such a review to be completed.      (HL4029)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a breakdown of how they arrived at their estimate that “based on a threshold of 60 per cent of median income, after housing costs, there will be a total of 1.2 million children in households lifted out of poverty as a result of measures announced this Parliament” (HC Deb, 8th June, col. 383W).      (HL4030)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes in levels of employment have been assumed in the calculation that 1.2 million children will be lifted out of poverty.      (HL4031)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes in levels of earnings have been assumed in the calculation that 1.2 million children will be lifted out of poverty.      (HL4032)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect on child poverty has been attributed to each of their measures individually.      (HL4033)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what part of the expected reduction of child poverty is attributed to parents entering work as a result of Government measures; and how much effect is attributed to which measures.      (HL4034)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in calculating reduction in child poverty through the effect of parents entering work, what allowance they have made for the effects of substitution.      (HL4035)

The Lord RoperTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in which of those member states of the Council of Europe whose citizens require a British visa there is no British Embassy or Consular Representative; and what plans they have to establish Embassies in such countries.      (HL4036)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the date of onset, the age of onset, and (where applicable) the age at death of all those who have been diagnosed as having vCJD, or having died of vCJD, or are suspected of having vCJD, and who are included in the latest statistical release on vCJD.      (HL4037)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether anyone diagnosed with vCJD has other than Met-Met at Codon 129 of the prion gene.      (HL4038)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the incidence of polio in the United Kingdom has yet declined to the point where Inactivated Polio Vaccine would be preferable to Oral Polio Vaccine, with its attendant risks of “paralytic polio”; and, if not, how the United Kingdom differs from the United States in this respect.      (HL4039)

The Viscount SimonTo ask the Chairman of Committees what will be the smoking policy in the Millbank building in both private offices and in public rooms.      (HL4040)

The Viscount SimonTo ask the Chairman of Committees whether the Health and Safety Commission’s Approved Code of Practice on smoking in the workplace will be implemented in the House of Lords.      (HL4041)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they considered it appropriate to entertain a request for the extradition to the United Arab Emirates of Mr Mohamed Lodhi, who has been convicted there in absentia on charges which carry the death penalty.      (HL4042)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider it a basic human right for a voter to have the ability to join the political party of their choice.      (HL4043)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the inspections of IRA arms dumps in June resulted in a detailed list of all the weapons and explosives on display; and, if not, what are the merits of such inspections.      (HL4044)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will arrange for the citizens of Gibraltar to take part in direct elections to the European Parliament in 2004.      (HL4045)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make all property in their ownership non-smoking.      (HL4046)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the Belfast Agreement of 1998 which guarantees parity of esteem for all on the island of Ireland, they will offer advice to the government of the Republic of Ireland on the treatment of those of its residents who consider themselves to be members of the pro-British community.      (HL4047)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they have provided since 1997 for primary and secondary education in (a) Uganda, (b) Northern Sudan, and (c) Southern Sudan.      (HL4048)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase their present commitment to primary and secondary education in Southern Sudan.      (HL4049)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they have provided to higher education and scholarships for Sudan in 1972; in 1982; and since 1997.      (HL4050)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they are giving to the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development secretariat for the peace process in Sudan; and when they intend to review that assistance.      (HL4051)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that the pilots in the Chinook crash in June 1994 were aware (a) that they were headed directly for the Mull at a height of about 400 feet and (b) that they needed to climb to a height of 2,400 feet if they were to overfly the Mull safely.      (HL4052)

5th October

The Baroness ThorntonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish their latest report for women, Voices 2.      (HL4053)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what countervailing increase in child poverty they have attributed to the effect of parents being disentitled to benefit as a result of refusing to comply with—

    (a) the requirement to name the father under the Child Support Act 1995;

    (b) the requirement to attend one interview; and

    (c) other Government requirements, and whether they will list those requirements.      (HL4054)

The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it has been correctly reported (in The Irish Times of 27th July) that the families of the disappeared in Northern Ireland are to be offered up to £10,000 in compensation in April 2001; (a) how the families have been informed; (b) how any such compensation will be calculated; and (c) whether the compensation will be calculated according to the number of children in each family.      (HL4055)

The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 21st March (WA 19) on the future of the Services Cotswold Centre, what is the present position; and, if the Centre has been closed—

    (a) what alternative arrangements have been made; and

    (b) what savings were made as a result of the closure.      (HL4056)

The Baroness Oppenheim-BarnesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the cost to the legal aid budget over the next three years, as a result of the implementation of the Human Rights Act 1998.      (HL4057)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when a case involving an application for permission to withdraw life support from a patient in a permanent vegetative state last came before a United Kingdom court, and what was the court’s decision; whether any case of this kind has previously gone before the European Court on Human Rights in Strasbourg; and, if so, whether the decision of that court differed from the judgment reached in the United Kingdom court; and what new considerations will United Kingdom courts be required to take into account in such cases following the incorporation of the Convention into United Kingdom law.      (HL4058)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the “A” road system in East Sussex.      (HL4059)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many miles of dual carriageway there are in East Sussex.      (HL4060)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were killed on the A21 in East Sussex during 1999 and how many were (a) pedestrians; (b) cyclists; (c) passengers; and (d) drivers.      (HL4061)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were seriously injured on the A21 in East Sussex, for the last convenient period for which figures are available; and how many were (a) pedestrians; (b) cyclists; (c) passengers; and (d) drivers.      (HL4062)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what the retail price index would be, excluding mortgage interest payments (RPIX) in August if the depreciation component of the RPI for owner occupied houses had been introduced in 1950 based upon a rate of inflation since 1950 of 2,000 per cent and an increase in house prices of 4,750 per cent.      (HL4063)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representation they have made to Sinn Fein about the recent conviction in Florida of members of the IRA who were purchasing modern arms.      (HL4064)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the ruling of the European Court of Justice on 5th October concerning the marketing of tobacco products, they will now bring forward proposals to restrict the marketing of such products.      (HL4065)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will update their Written Answer of 4th May 1999 (WA 84-86) to show the top rate of direct tax on personal incomes in the United Kingdom (including where appropriate investment income surcharge and surtax and any surcharge on surtax) for each financial year since 1970-71, indicating the threshold of taxable income at which that rate applied, expressing that threshold in both current prices and 1999-2000 prices.      (HL4066)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the standard of security screening of passengers and their carry-on luggage at Naples Airport; and, if not, whether they will make representations to the Italian authorities.      (HL4067)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish an updated table showing the number of cases of BSE confirmed in Great Britain each week in the current year to date, together with the moving annual total of cases reported in each 52 week period.      (HL4068)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when work started on the establishment of a central register, as required under section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 which came into force on 1st October 1997, of persons who have applied for a firearm or shotgun certificate or to whom a firearm or shotgun certificate has been granted; and whether they will estimate the total cost of the work and the date on which the central register will be in operation.      (HL4069)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the current members of the Firearms Consultative Committee, indicating in respect of each member the date of appointment and previous relevant experience and expertise.      (HL4070)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to control the spread of ragwort.      (HL4071)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether consideration is being given to the use of traffic wardens to enforce moving traffic offences; and when they expect to announce fresh proposals.      (HL4072)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to use hypothecated funds raised from road transport operator licence fees and court awards of costs towards the better enforcement of the law.      (HL4073)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the proportion of domestic road freight being carried in vehicles of foreign companies.      (HL4074)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, taking into account the increase in lorry weights and the reduction in Vehicle Excise Duty which will come into force next year, what reduction in unit costs, expressed in pence per capacity tonne kilometres, will the operator of a maximum weight lorry enjoy, assuming fuel prices remain constant at today’s level.      (HL4075)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost of their proposal that nursing care should be free, as proposed in paragraph 15.20 of The NHS Plan.      (HL4076)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost of their proposal that the value of homes should be excluded from the calculation of means for the first three months of nursing and residential care.      (HL4077)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Secretary of State for Education and Employment’s offer to answer questions from members of the public in Bristol, published in the Bristol Evening Post of 8th September, has been made in other parts of the country; and, if so, where and when.      (HL4078)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

[The date in square brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]

Waiting for Second Reading

    Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [HL]
    Healthcare Services [HL]
    European Communities (Amendment) [HL]
    Psychotherapy [HL]
    Protection of Animals (Amendment) [20th October]
    Warm Homes and Energy Conservation [13th October]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) [HL]
    Political Parties, Elections and Referendums [10th October]
    Sexual Offences (Amendment)
    Freedom of Information [17th October]
    Race Relations (Religious Discrimination) [HL]
    Horserace Totalisator Board [HL]
    Countryside and Rights of Way [9th October]
    Fur Farming (Prohibition)
    Police (Northern Ireland)
    Disqualifications

Re-committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    European Parliamentary Elections [HL] (Consolidation)

Waiting for Report

    Deafblind Persons [HL]
    Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) [HL]
    Transport
    Criminal Justice and Court Services

Waiting for Third Reading

    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]
    Health Service Commissioners (Amendment) [11th October]
    Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) [HL] [10th October]
    Licensing (Young Persons)
    Colchester Borough Council [HL]

Sent to the Commons

    Race Relations (Amendment) [HL]
    Parliamentary Commissioner (Amendment) [HL]
    Children (Leaving Care) [HL]
    Suspension of Hospital Medical Practitioners [HL]
    Trustee [HL]
    Life Peerages (Appointments Commission) [HL]
    Divorce (Religious Marriages) [HL]
    Cheques (Scotland) [HL]
    Street Works [HL]
    Insolvency [HL]
    City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]
    Kent County Council [HL]
    Medway Council [HL]
    Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) [HL]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Amendment of Section 10) Order 2000
    Draft Jobseeker’s Allowance (Joint Claims: Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2000
    Energy Act 1976 (Reserve Powers) Order 2000
    Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Notification of Authorisations etc.) Order 2000
    Investigatory Powers Tribunal Rules 2000

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

TUESDAY 10TH OCTOBER

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee3.30 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 11TH OCTOBER

European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.15 am
European Union (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room
European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 17TH OCTOBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)3.00 pm
(Aircraft Cabin Environment)
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England
(Select Committee)4.10 pm

THURSDAY 19TH OCTOBER

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

TUESDAY 24TH OCTOBER

Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

TUESDAY 31ST OCTOBER

Procedure of the House Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

 
 
 
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