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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 16TH OCTOBER

At half-past two o’clock

*The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government for what purpose a genetically modified variety of fodder maize, named Chardon LL, was produced; whether it has been authorised for public sale and what tests for all aspects of safety have so far been carried out, both in this country and elsewhere.

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

*The Baroness Gibson of Market Rasen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any evidence that women doctors in the National Health Service are more, or less, productive than their male counterparts.

*The Lord Hoyle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they are going to reach conclusions on whether it is necessary to involve highly trained police officers and their equipment when transporting abnormal loads.

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

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] [14th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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

In the Moses Room

At 3.30 pm

Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill—Grand Committee [The Baroness Hayman] [26th and 30th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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.

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

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.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Freedom of Information Bill will be continued this day]

FRIDAY 20TH OCTOBER

[At eleven o’clock]

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

†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.

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 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.

*The Lord Chalfont—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the idea of a national flagship which would be of use in Britain’s overseas diplomatic and commercial representation.

†Police (Northern Ireland) Bill—Committee [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton]

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.

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

†[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Freedom of Information Bill will be concluded this day]

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.

*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 Northbrook—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the additional revenue accruing to the Treasury in the current financial year as a result of recent increases in the price of crude oil, given that the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s budgetary projections were based on an oil price of $20 a barrel.

†‡The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will investigate the complaint made by Durham County Education Committee against OFSTED’s conduct in relation to the inspection of certain schools in County Durham in 1997 and the subsequent actions taken by OFSTED.

†[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill will be concluded this day]

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.

*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the New Electricity Trading Arrangements (NETA) to be introduced.

†Transport Bill—Report [The Lord Macdonald of Tradeston]

†‡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.

FRIDAY 27TH OCTOBER

†[At eleven o’clock]

†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).

†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).

MONDAY 30TH OCTOBER

*The Lord Watson of Richmond—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, and if so why, they are encouraging the British Council to redirect the balance of its future resources away from Europe.

*The Lord Carver—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to support the Resolution of the New Agenda Coalition to the First Committee on Disarmament at the 55th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

*The Lord Merlyn-Rees—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reverse the decision to reduce the allowance paid to gardeners in the Commonwealth war cemeteries in European countries.

*The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much public money was invested in the Jubilee Line extension generally and Westminster Tube Station in particular.

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.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further steps they are taking to improve the economy of the north-east of England.

*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.

WEDNESDAY 1ST NOVEMBER

*The Lord Mackie of Benshie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why sufferers from multiple sclerosis cannot receive the drug Beta Interferon in certain parts of the United Kingdom while in other parts it is available.

*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any new plan to increase the recruitment of nurses throughout the United Kingdom.

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering accepting changes in majority voting and the number of European Union Commissioners at the forthcoming Inter-governmental Conference in Nice.

THURSDAY 2ND NOVEMBER

*The Baroness Lockwood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the Audit Commission’s report “Fully Equipped” in relation to Artificial Limb Services.

*The Lord Bradshaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is evidence that the financial hardships of which some road hauliers complain are the result of overcapacity in the industry rather than high fuel costs.

*The Lord Renton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that their legislation next Session is less detailed and contains more statements of purpose and of principle, and that adequate time is provided for its thorough consideration by each House of Parliament.

MONDAY 6TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Razzall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations have been received on the timing and content of the Consumer Bill; when these representations were received and from whom.

TUESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER

†*The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to reduce the harassment of 900,000 men and women each year by stalkers, as detailed in the Home Office report The Nature and Extent of Stalking.

WEDNESDAY 8TH NOVEMBER

†*The Lord Paul—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of recently published key performance indicators for universities, whether their policies have been effective in widening participation and achieving greater social inclusion.

NO DAY NAMED

PART I

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Earl 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”.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lord Brougham and Vaux—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure sufficient financial support for British competitors at the next Olympics.

Immigration Appeals (Family Visitor) (No. 2) Regulations 2000—The Lord Judd to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 13th September, be annulled (S.I. 2000/2446).

The Baroness Rendell of Babergh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they consider the arts and entertainment are keeping pace with advances towards a multicultural society in the United Kingdom.

The Lord Tanlaw—To call attention to the 14 recommendations of the Task Force report on potentially hazardous Near Earth Objects; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans to ensure that the National Lottery is operated with integrity and without interruption beyond the date of the termination of the current licence held by Camelot.

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recommendations made by the Maclean Report concerning the costs of inspection and regulation of slaughterhouses.

The Lord Carlile of Berriew—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to relieve poverty in rural areas in the light of the changes in the agriculture industry.

†The Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on compensation payments for miners and miners’ widows for bronchitis and emphysema.

†The Lord Mancroft—To move to resolve, That this House do appoint a select committee to examine the management and financial controls by the New Millennium Experience Company in its management of the Millennium Dome project.

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 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 13th October]

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will report on the outcome of the informal European Council in Biarritz.      (HL4202)

The Lord ColwynTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many full time senior dental officers, dental officers and regional dental officers assisted the previous three Chief Dental Officers (Dr Robin Wild, Mr Brian Mouatt and Professor Martin Downer); and how many full time dental officers will be available to assist the new Chief Dental Officer, Dame Margaret Seward.      (HL4203)

The Lord ColwynTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of their recent White Paper Modernising NHS Dentistry—Implementing the NHS Plan and the stated intention of improving dental care in the National Health Service, whether they intend that the Chief Dental Officer for England should be a full time post and that there should be an increase in the dental support available for that post.      (HL4204)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 11th November 1999 (WA 196-198) regarding a statement of private sector contributors to each Education Action Zone, whether they will indicate what progress has been made in providing such a statement.      (HL4205)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 11th November 1999 (WA 196-198) regarding evaluation reports on Education Action Zones, whether they will indicate what progress has been made in the publication of such reports.      (HL4206)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 4th October (WA 218) on resuscitation policy in National Health Service hospitals, whether in future they will be able to report to Parliament on clinical practice in resuscitation decision-making in National Health Service hospitals; and what information they have or will be seeking on comparative practice in non-National Health Service hospitals.      (HL4207)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 24th July (WA 22), what further steps are being taken to open up the selection of Lieutenant Governors from the field of service persons or diplomats.      (HL4208)

The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the criteria by which a company is considered to be British.      (HL4209)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the basis for the conditions which give rise to an entitlement to an exemption certificate permitting free prescription; and whether they have any plans to review these conditions.      (HL4210)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Train Protection Warning System complies fully with the European Directives on interoperability.      (HL4211)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the proposal to exclude lorry owner drivers from the provisions of the Working Time Directive.      (HL4212)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what research has been undertaken into the road safety reasons for including train drivers and employed lorry drivers within the Working Time Directive but excluding self employed drivers.      (HL4213)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a self employed lorry driver who spent four hours loading his lorry and then nine hours driving (with a mid-shift break) would—

    (a) be operating within the drivers’ hours regulations; and

    (b) if exempt from the Working Time Directive be capable of driving a heavy goods vehicle safely at the end of a 13 hour shift.      (HL4214)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a train driver would be permitted under current regulations to drive for 13 hours with only a mid-shift break.      (HL4215)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they took to ensure that the export to Sudan of the dual-use toxic precursors (triethanolamine and sodium sulphate flakes, which can be used as precursors in the manufacture of mustard gases) would be subject to end-user accountability and would not be used for the manufacture of chemical weapons; to which facilities in Sudan the chemicals were exported; and what was the stated purpose for the export of these chemicals.      (HL4216)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give an assurance that the export to Sudan of chemical agents known to be precursors for the manufacture of chemical agents such as mustard gas does not contravene United Kingdom or international arms control policies or legislation.      (HL4217)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider requesting a challenge inspection in Sudan by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to investigate reports and evidence of the manufacture and use of chemical weapons by the National Islamic Front Government of Sudan.      (HL4218)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what occasions before the G7 meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors on 23rd September have the Chancellor of the Exchequer or other senior Ministers publicly stated that the pound and the euro were mis-aligned; and, in particular, that the depreciation of the euro against other currencies including sterling was a problem of sufficient importance to warrant international efforts to prop up the euro.      (HL4219)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the London String of Pearls Millennium Festival is proving to be a success; and whether they will encourage such national treasures along the River Thames to consider opening to the public on a permanent basis.      (HL4220)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Jobrotation initiative, associated with the New Deal Scheme and supported financially by the European Social Fund ADAPT programme, which seeks to recruit staff from marginalised groups to the tourism and hospitality industries, has been a success; and whether they will expand the scheme beyond the South-East and South-West.      (HL4221)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the finding in the British National Tourism survey 1998, that 40 per cent of the adult population do not take a proper holiday, to be a cause for concern; and what measures they will take to help those who, by reason of poverty or family commitments, do not take an annual holiday.      (HL4222)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their commitment to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on the roads by 40 per cent by 2010 is compatible with the increase in the cost of a fixed penalty for some serious and endorsable offences to only £60.      (HL4223)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice and encouragement they will be giving to Chief Police Officers to achieve a reduction of 40 per cent by 2010 in the number of people killed and seriously injured on the roads, given that most constabularies are reducing their traffic departments.      (HL4224)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 29th September (WA 199), what are their current plans with regard to the Duke of York Headquarters which was to be disposed of as part of the Strategic Defence Review.      (HL4225)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 29th September (WA 199), what are their current plans with regard to the Territorial Army Centre at Horsham which was to be disposed of as part of the Strategic Defence Review.      (HL4226)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 29th September (WA 199), what was the approximate strength of the Territorial Army immediately before the implementation of the Strategic Defence Review.      (HL4227)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 29th September (WA 199), what are the current establishment and strength of the Territorial Army.      (HL4228)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the approximate number of days taken as sick leave per employee per year at the Army Base Repair Organisation Workshops at—

    (a) Sennybridge;

    (b) Colchester; and

    (c) Bovingdon.      (HL4229)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

13TH OCTOBER 2000

[Tabled on the dates shown]

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 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 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 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)

27th September

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 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 what proposals they have to encourage the catering trade to prohibit smoking in areas where food is prepared and consumed.      (HL3942)

29th September

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 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 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)

2nd October

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 in the United Kingdom as the result of (a) multiple sclerosis, (b) CJD, and (c) AIDS; what was the total amount of expenditure by the Government 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)

    [As amended on 13th October]

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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)

9th October

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are confident that the Millennium Dome can be operated by the New Millennium Experience Company until 31st December without any further moneys being made available to it from the Millennium Commission after 5th October 2000.      (HL4081)

The Baroness UddinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the wearing of trousers by girls in primary schools.      (HL4082)

The Baroness UddinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether preventing girls from wearing trousers in schools constitutes a breach of equal opportunities or human rights legislation.      (HL4083)

The Baroness UddinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Asian women have been appointed to non-governmental organisations over the past 24 months.      (HL4084)

The Baroness UddinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many locally employed staff there are at the High Commissions in Delhi, Islamabad and Dhaka; and what are their grades and status.      (HL4085)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the regulations, and the dates on which they come into effect, in the European Union’s Working Time Directive in respect of—

    (a) railway workers;

    (b) self-employed road freight transport drivers;

    (c) other road freight transport drivers;

    (d) public service vehicle drivers;

    (e) marine operatives; and

    (f) port operatives.      (HL4086)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are, for the last five years and for each of air, sea or Channel Tunnel carriers, the values of penalties imposed for contravening the Immigration (Carriers’ Liability) Act 1987, and the value of fines outstanding.      (HL4087)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are, for each carrier, the number of contraventions and penalties imposed for contravening the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, and the value of fines outstanding.      (HL4088)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they regard the posts of Secretary of State for Scotland and Secretary of State for Wales as full time in comparison to the roles of other Cabinet Ministers.      (HL4090)

The Lord NewbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the revenue yield from reintroducing a system of indexation of capital gains from 6th April 2001 and simultaneously abolishing taper relief from the same date for (a) non business assets and (b) business assets for each of the next five financial years on an assumption of unchanged asset values in real terms.      (HL4091)

The Lord NewbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people who were in employment in 1999-2000 paid Class 1 National Insurance Contributions for less than 52 weeks; for how many weeks on average those people paid National Insurance Contributions; what was their average annual income from employment; and what was their average National Insurance Contribution.      (HL4092)

The Lord NewbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many employees who were in employment in 1999-2000 paid Class 1 National Insurance Contributions for more than one job simultaneously; and what was the total number of jobs held by employees who held more than one job simultaneously.      (HL4093)

The Lord NewbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the estimated revenue yield if Class 1 National Insurance Contributions were charged on the basis of total income rather than weekly income per employer.      (HL4094)

The Lord NewbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what tax and tax credit statistics are collected on (1) a local authority and (2) a parliamentary constituency level.      (HL4095)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of milk and diary products consumed in the United Kingdom originate in each of—

    (a) the United Kingdom;

    (b) other European Union Member States; and

    (c) countries outside the European Union.      (HL4096)

The Lord Peyton of YeovilTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many days in each of the last three years all lanes on Westminster Bridge and the roads immediately leading to it have been open to normal traffic; and when they next expect them to be so.      (HL4097)

The Lord Brougham and VauxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many criminal offences have been committed with legally held shotguns in each of the last five years.      (HL4098)

The Lord Brougham and VauxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many legally held shotguns have been reported as stolen and then subsequently used in criminal offences in each of the last five years.      (HL4099)

The Lord Brougham and VauxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what decision, if any, they have made as to the recommendations they will make for subjects for inclusion in the “Working Agenda” of the Firearms Consultative Committee due to report to Parliament in July 2001.      (HL4100)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 3rd October (WA 212), whether they consider that the bringing into force of Protocol No 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights would assist the Roma in protecting them against racial discrimination across Europe in those countries which have ratified the Protocol; and, if not, what are their reasons.      (HL4101)

The Lord Onslow of WokingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the 371 charted wrecks of H M ships in United Kingdom coastal waters are known or believed to contain human remains; and what steps are taken to protect such wrecks.      (HL4102)

The Lord Onslow of WokingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many wrecks of merchant ships co-opted into military service have been charted in United Kingdom waters; and how many of these are known or believed to contain human remains.      (HL4103)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that not to be subject to passive smoking is a basic human right.      (HL4104)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the conclusion in section 12.9 of the report of the systematic scientific review of water fluoridation, published on 6th October by the National Health Service Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at York, that the quality of research hitherto has been “generally low”, whether they will indicate which of the future research needs identified in the report they intend to act upon, and within what timescale; or, if there are areas highlighted where they do not intend to instigate research, why not.      (HL4105)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the reply by the Baroness Hayman of 20th April 1999 (WA 158) that “dental fluorosis is a manifestation of systemic toxicity”, what action they propose to take following the publication of the report of the systematic scientific review of water fluoridation by the National Health Service Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, which suggested that, where water is fluoridated at 1 part per million, an estimated 48 per cent of the population suffer from fluorosis.      (HL4106)

The Lord BlackwellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what expenditure has been authorised for the development of facilities, including equipping of existing new buildings, at Epsom General Hospital; and when that expenditure is planned to take place.      (HL4107)

The Lord BlackwellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any plans to reduce the scope of accident and emergency cover or maternity care at Epsom General Hospital as part of the integration with the St Helier National Health Service Trust.      (HL4108)

The Lord BlackwellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recent announcement of regulations to restrict the backdating of Housing Benefit to three months is consistent with the assurances given by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 6th April 1998 (HL Deb, cols. 546-547) in withdrawing the proposed clause 72 of the Social Security Bill.      (HL4109)

The Baroness JegerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who was responsible for the use of imported French stone in the south portico of the British Museum when Portland stone had been contracted; and what action is being taken and at what cost to rectify this mistake.      (HL4110)

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how a 5 pence per litre cut in fuel duties would benefit people of different income groups expressed in deciles both in absolute terms and as a proportion of their income.      (HL4111)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what justification there is for exempting the first 15 pence of the value of luncheon vouchers from income tax and national insurance.      (HL4112)

10th October

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the conclusions of the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on the Audit Report; and, in particular, what steps were taken to ensure that acquisition, disposal and valuation of fixed assets are properly recorded; and that advances to implementing partners are treated as working advances, and identified clearly in the accounts.      (HL4115)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations they have undertaken on the draft Rules for Detention Centres; and whether they will submit these Rules to Parliament for comment before they are finalised.      (HL4116)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have raised the issue of the plight of the Karen, Karenni and Shan minorities in Burma at the United Nations Security Council.      (HL4117)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have urged the European Union to raise the plight of the Karen, Karenni and Shan minorities with Burma’s military regime.      (HL4118)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will urge the European Union to produce a declaration concerning the plight of the Karen, Karenni and Shan minorities in Burma in line with the European Union’s initiative concerning human rights abuses against Aung San Suu Kyi and members of the National League for Democracy.      (HL4119)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the situation of the Karen, Karenni and Shan minorities in Burma fits within the international legal definition of genocide.      (HL4120)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they raised the issue of the plight of the Karen, Karenni and Shan minorities in Burma at the recent United Nations Millennium Summit.      (HL4121)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the amount that would be lost to good causes for each week that the National Lottery ceased to operate in any period of hiatus between its operation by the present and the next operating company, in the event that Camelot does not win the new operating licence.      (HL4122)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what mechanism they have put in place to ensure that when the current National Lottery operating licence expires, there is no hiatus in the running of the National Lottery.      (HL4123)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are confident that the remaining members of the National Lottery Commission can reach a proper and fair decision on the award of the new operating licence for the National Lottery within a timescale that will enable the next operator of the National Lottery to continue the award of monies to the good causes without any hiatus, in the event that Camelot is not successful in its application to be awarded the new Lottery operating licence.      (HL4124)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport became aware that Mr Alan Howarth, Minister for the Arts, had acted as a paid adviser to Sir Richard Branson in 1992-96.      (HL4125)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport became aware that some members of the National Lottery Commission had links with Sir Richard Branson.      (HL4126)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they still hold the view put forward in the Labour Party’s manifesto, that “When the contract runs out, Labour will seek an efficient non-for-profit operator” to run the National Lottery.      (HL4127)

The Lord Dixon-SmithTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when the Millennium Dome is disposed of, the site will have been sufficiently cleared of contamination so that no liability for decontamination will fall on the purchaser as a result of contamination dating from before the site’s disposal.      (HL4128)

The Lord Gilmour of CraigmillarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average price of aircraft fuel in September.      (HL4129)

The Lord Gilmour of CraigmillarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average price of fuel for motor transport in September.      (HL4130)

The Lord Gilmour of CraigmillarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the tax on aircraft fuel is lower than it is on motor fuel.      (HL4131)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many political advisers to Ministers were in post on 30th June 1997 and on the same date in each of the following three years.      (HL4132)

The Baroness SeccombeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to appoint a permanent Chairman of the National Lottery Commission.      (HL4133)

The Baroness SeccombeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action has been taken by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton in his capacity as Minister and as a shadow director of the New Millennium Experience Company to comply with the advice given by PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PWC) at page 39 of their Project Mozart presentation that shadow directors “must be on notice and need to take urgent action to address the position after taking appropriate legal and commercial advice” in the light of PWC’s statement at page 39 that “There is clear evidence to suggest that NMEC is currently insolvent.”      (HL4134)

The Baroness SeccombeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many County Court judgments were outstanding against the New Millennium Experience Company as at—

    (a) 31st May;

    (b) 30th June;

    (c) 31st July;

    (d) 31st August; and

    (e) 30th September.      (HL4135)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will define the meanings of “parity of esteem” and “equality for all traditions”, as specified in the Belfast Agreement of 1998.      (HL4136)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are co-operating with cigarette manufacturing companies to help smokers to quit, as was stated in the BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on 10th October by a representative of the British American Tobacco Company.      (HL4137)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they received representations from the government of the Irish Republic concerning (a) the Disqualifications Bill and (b) the Police Bill for Northern Ireland; and, if so, what was the nature of those representations.      (HL4138)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of the Irish Republic to play its part against dissident Republican groups.      (HL4139)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisations operating in Northern Ireland have the word “Royal” in their title; and which of these organisations they have received representations about from the government of the Irish Republic asking for the word “Royal” to be removed.      (HL4140)

The Baroness UddinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will respond to the recommendations of the Parekh Report on the future of multi ethnic Britain.      (HL4141)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what research has been done, in the United Kingdom and the United States, into the efficacy of condoms in preventing the spread of the AIDS virus; and what have been the main findings.      (HL4142)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the date when the current business cycle which began in the second half of 1998 is likely to end.      (HL4143)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Prime Minister has any plans to meet Sir Richard Branson.      (HL4144)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Minister for the Arts, Mr Alan Howarth, has had access to papers relating to the award of the next National Lottery licence; and, if so, whether he still continues to have such access.      (HL4145)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Prime Minister was informed of the decision to exclude Camelot from the short list for the award of the next National Lottery licence.      (HL4146)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Prime Minister has met Sir Richard Branson since the passage of the National Lottery Act 1998; and whether the question of the National Lottery has arisen in any discussion between them.      (HL4147)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Ministers in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have met Sir Richard Branson since the passage of the National Lottery Act 1998.      (HL4148)

The Lord Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when Ministers in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport next plan to meet Sir Richard Branson.      (HL4149)

The Lord Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any Ministers in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have discussed the issue of the next National Lottery licence with Sir Richard Branson since the passage of the National Lottery Act 1998.      (HL4150)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the cost of collecting fees paid to National Health Service hospitals under the Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Act 1999 expressed as a percentage of fees collected (a) during the year ended 5th April 2000 and (b) since April 2000; and whether they consider these percentages to be satisfactory.      (HL4151)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why fees being collected by the Compensation Recovery Unit of the Benefits Agency on behalf of National Health Service hospitals are currently running at an annualised rate of some £70 million when, under the regulatory appraisal for the Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Act 1999, it was anticipated that fees collected would amount to £123-165 million per annum.      (HL4152)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the performance of the Compensation Recovery Unit of the Benefits Agency in collecting fees for National Health Service hospitals under the Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Act 1999 to be satisfactory.      (HL4153)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the full cost of collection of fees paid to National Health Service hospitals under the Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Act 1999 during its first year of implementation, including, if applicable, any capital charges; and what are the budgeted out-turn figures for these costs during the second year.      (HL4154)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all details of road traffic accidents which occurred prior to the coming into force of the Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Act 1999 and on which fees are potentially due to National Health Service hospitals, have been entered into the computer system of the Compensation Recovery Unit of the Benefits Agency; and, if not, when they expect this process to be completed.      (HL4155)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the number of staff employed at the Compensation Recovery Unit of the Benefits Agency in collecting fees due to National Health Service hospitals has increased, decreased or remained the same since April; and what the number of such staff is now.      (HL4156)

11th October

The Lord Willoughby de BrokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, based on the most recent census figures, what percentage of the British population consists of ethnic minorities; what is the breakdown in percentage terms between those minorities; and what percentage is the minority of Irish descent.      (HL4157)

The Lord Willoughby de BrokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they or any Government agency have given assistance, either financial or in kind, to the Runnymede Trust.      (HL4158)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Millennium Dome’s New Millennium Experience Company has, at any time, traded while insolvent; and, if so, over which periods.      (HL4159)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether scientific evidence shows that anal sex carries a higher risk to health than vaginal sex.      (HL4160)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether each of the local boards which are to be created under the Criminal Justice and Courts Services Bill will be Non Departmental Public Bodies.      (HL4161)

The Lord TrefgarneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the role and mission of the Army Base Repair Organisation’s workshop at Sennybridge; and whether in particular it is tasked to support the Territorial Army.      (HL4162)

The Lord TrefgarneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy with regard to the protection of naval wrecks as war graves and the issue of unauthorised access by divers.      (HL4163)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking together with other governments to promote the creation by the United Nations of a rapid deployment civil police force, together with the resources for a judicial capability to reconstitute a system of justice in post conflict societies.      (HL4164)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the deployment up to brigade level of United Kingdom-based forces in support of United Nations peacekeeping operations, including those in Sierra Leone, will in all circumstances only be at the explicit request of the United Nations made either by the Security Council or by the uniting for peace procedure and that all such deployment will remain accountable to the United Nations whatever the field operational command arrangements.      (HL4165)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Governors of the Overseas Territories are expected to be resident when their territories are visited by United Kingdom parliamentary delegations.      (HL4166)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether public and private sector employees can be members of trade unions in the Overseas Territories; and what is the position in each Overseas Territory.      (HL4167)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept the judgment of Mr Justice Richards that the behaviour of the National Lottery Commission towards Camelot was “conspicuously unfair” and “illegal”.      (HL4168)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, and if so how, the Immigration Appeal Tribunal and adjudicators were warned by the Home Office that they would not be empowered to protect the human rights of asylum seekers and would-be immigrants in appeals relating to decisions taken before 2nd October.      (HL4169)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that those who come before the adjudicators of the Immigration Appeal Tribunal, and are prevented by the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (Commencement No. 6 Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Order 2000, from raising human rights relating to decisions taken before 2nd October are informed by the Home Office of their right to raise human rights issues when a decision is made to remove them.      (HL4170)

    [As amended on 12th October]

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the opportunity to raise human rights objections to removal will apply to certified appeals under paragraph 5 of Schedule 2 to the Asylum and Immigration Appeals Act 1993 where the adjudicator upholds the certificate, so as to prevent the unsuccessful appellant’s summary removal without consideration of human rights objections.      (HL4171)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the reasons for the decision to deprive adjudicators and the Immigration Appeal Tribunal of the power to consider human rights issues in appeals against decisions made before 2nd October.      (HL4172)

The Lord Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 9th October (HL Deb, col. 9), whether imported food labelled as organic and not coming from an European Union country, or from one of the six countries approved by the European Union for organic food production standards, has to fulfil any qualifications or any form of verification to be allowed to be so labelled in the United Kingdom.      (HL4173)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many County Court summonses had been issued against the New Millennium Experience Company as at—

    (a) 31st May;

    (b) 30th June;

    (c) 31st July;

    (d) 31st August; and

    (e) 30th September.      (HL4174)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give, separately, the total cost of each House of the United Kingdom Parliament and of the European Parliament, for the most recent year for which figures are available, indicating in respect of each the annual cost per Member.      (HL4175)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what they regard as the maximum acceptable period for a National Health Service patient to have to wait for a biopsy for a suspected tumour, once the biopsy has been requested by a doctor; and whether there is any provision for a patient to be able to recover from public funds the cost of having the biopsy done privately in cases when the waiting period is longer than that laid down.      (HL4176)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the recent comments by Judge Henriques, they believe that the timetable for a criminal trial should be determined by the employment commitments of the accused.      (HL4177)

    [As amended on 12th October]

12th October

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton of 11th October (WA 37), whether the interests of the United Kingdom and its peoples are likely to be harmed as a result of the generality of the text of Protocol 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights; and, if so, which.      (HL4178)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton of 11th October (WA 37), whether they consider the text of Article 26 of the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to have the defects they discern in the text of Protocol 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights.      (HL4179)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton of 11th October (WA 37), what is the significance of the fact that Protocol 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights does not make clear whether “rights set forth by law” include international as well as national law.      (HL4180)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton of 11th October (WA 37), whether they consider that the text of the Preamble to Protocol 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights, “Reaffirming that the principle of non-discrimination does not prevent States Parties from taking measures in order to promote full and effective equality, provided that there is an objective and reasonable justification for those measures”, is intended to enable Contracting States to take positive measures; and, if not, what is their understanding of the meaning of the Preamble.      (HL4181)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton of 11th October (WA 37), in what respects they consider that the text of Protocol 12 does not follow the case law of the European Convention on Human Rights in allowing objective and reasonably justified distinctions.      (HL4182)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the United Kingdom Immigration Service is continuing to use a form of removal directions which states that the individual concerned has “exhausted all rights of appeal” without making clear that there is an opportunity to ask the Secretary of State to reconsider on human rights grounds.      (HL4183)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is—

    (a) the total potential cost to the Department of Health of the provision of free personal care, as defined by the Royal Commission on Long Term Care, in both 1995 and 2000 prices; and

    (b) whether the Department of Health’s proposals in response to the Royal Commission will have increased or decreased these costs.      (HL4184)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what reports the Department of Health has commissioned or undertaken in the last year on the management or administration of—

    (a) National Health Service pensions;

    (b) general procurement;

    (c) National Health Service payroll; and

    (d) drug procurement; and

    and whether these reports will be placed in the Library of the House.      (HL4185)

The Lord Gilmour of CraigmillarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any study has been undertaken of air pollution at Heathrow Airport; and what breakdown has been identified between pollution from aircraft and pollution from cars.      (HL4186)

The Lord DubsTo ask the Chairman of Committees what discussions have taken place with the House of Commons authorities regarding the return to the House of Lords of certain Commons office accommodation in the light of the extra space that will be available at Portcullis House.      (HL4187)

The Lord DubsTo ask the Chairman of Committees what was the cost of installing the Refreshment Department’s new computerised billing system; what benefits were supposed to be achieved; and what assessment he has made of the delays that have resulted.      (HL4188)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask the Chairman of Committees when Tuffini Ferraly and Taylor were appointed to survey the Houses of Parliament; how and by whom the appointment was made; what is the total cost; and whether he will give a breakdown of the costs between remuneration and estimated expenses.      (HL4189)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask the Chairman of Committees what was the remit given to Tuffini Ferraly and Taylor; and how many of their staff will be employed over what period of time.      (HL4190)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask the Chairman of Committees what guidance has been given to the staff of Tuffini Ferraly and Taylor on answering questions from Members of the House.      (HL4191)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask the Chairman of Committees what work has been undertaken previously for the Houses of Parliament by Tuffini Ferraly and Taylor; and what were the dates and cost of this.      (HL4192)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask the Chairman of Committees when it is anticipated the report of Tuffini Ferraly and Taylor will be completed; to whom it will be submitted; and when it will be available to Members of the House of Lords.      (HL4193)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the criteria by which they believe the appointment of the next High Commissioner for Refugees should be made; and what representations they have made in this respect.      (HL4194)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many life sentence prisoners were considered for release on licence since the beginning of 2000; and whether they will publish a table showing the applications determined; the number of prisoners among those applicants claiming to be innocent and not innocent respectively, and the proportion of each group who were successful in their applications.      (HL4195)

The Baroness JegerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what contributions are made from the National Health Service to hospices; and what proportion this represents of the total cost of the hospice movement, including specialised staff training courses in palliative treatment.      (HL4196)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of King’s Heath on 2nd October (WA 203), what information they have on differences in the rates of incidence of, and mortality from, prostate cancer in differing racial groups in the area of each National Health Service Trust; which three areas had the highest rates, at the latest date for which figures are available, and which three the lowest rates; which racial group appears to have the highest risks; what research on this issue has been publicly funded; and what further research is planned.      (HL4197)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what comparative information they have from other countries on differences in the rates of incidence of, and mortality from, prostate cancer in differing racial groups.      (HL4198)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 10th October (WA 31), on what assumption the estimates she previously gave to the House of the amounts by which they estimated that entitlements to Disability Living Allowance and those of retirement pensioners to Income Support went unclaimed; and, using the same assumptions, what the total amounts would be for the year 1999-2000.      (HL4199)

The Lord BurnhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Majors and Captains, and how many Warrant Officers Class I and II and Sergeants, have left the army in the current year; and what percentage these figures are of establishment.      (HL4200)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to disseminate the advice contained in the report “Interim Guidance on the Inspection and Maintenance of Multi-Storey Car Parks” published by the National Steering Committee on Multi-Storey Car Parks and to promote its implementation by car park owners, operators and local authorities to ensure that the public are protected from the risk of structural failure.      (HL4201)

13th October

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will report on the outcome of the informal European Council in Biarritz.      (HL4202)

The Lord ColwynTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many full time senior dental officers, dental officers and regional dental officers assisted the previous three Chief Dental Officers (Dr Robin Wild, Mr Brian Mouatt and Professor Martin Downer); and how many full time dental officers will be available to assist the new Chief Dental Officer, Dame Margaret Seward.      (HL4203)

The Lord ColwynTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of their recent White Paper Modernising NHS Dentistry—Implementing the NHS Plan and the stated intention of improving dental care in the National Health Service, whether they intend that the Chief Dental Officer for England should be a full time post and that there should be an increase in the dental support available for that post.      (HL4204)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 11th November 1999 (WA 196-198) regarding a statement of private sector contributors to each Education Action Zone, whether they will indicate what progress has been made in providing such a statement.      (HL4205)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 11th November 1999 (WA 196-198) regarding evaluation reports on Education Action Zones, whether they will indicate what progress has been made in the publication of such reports.      (HL4206)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 4th October (WA 218) on resuscitation policy in National Health Service hospitals, whether in future they will be able to report to Parliament on clinical practice in resuscitation decision-making in National Health Service hospitals; and what information they have or will be seeking on comparative practice in non-National Health Service hospitals.      (HL4207)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 24th July (WA 22), what further steps are being taken to open up the selection of Lieutenant Governors from the field of service persons or diplomats.      (HL4208)

The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the criteria by which a company is considered to be British.      (HL4209)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the basis for the conditions which give rise to an entitlement to an exemption certificate permitting free prescription; and whether they have any plans to review these conditions.      (HL4210)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Train Protection Warning System complies fully with the European Directives on interoperability.      (HL4211)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the proposal to exclude lorry owner drivers from the provisions of the Working Time Directive.      (HL4212)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what research has been undertaken into the road safety reasons for including train drivers and employed lorry drivers within the Working Time Directive but excluding self employed drivers.      (HL4213)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a self employed lorry driver who spent four hours loading his lorry and then nine hours driving (with a mid-shift break) would—

    (a) be operating within the drivers’ hours regulations; and

    (b) if exempt from the Working Time Directive be capable of driving a heavy goods vehicle safely at the end of a 13 hour shift.      (HL4214)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a train driver would be permitted under current regulations to drive for 13 hours with only a mid-shift break.      (HL4215)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they took to ensure that the export to Sudan of the dual-use toxic precursors (triethanolamine and sodium sulphate flakes, which can be used as precursors in the manufacture of mustard gases) would be subject to end-user accountability and would not be used for the manufacture of chemical weapons; to which facilities in Sudan the chemicals were exported; and what was the stated purpose for the export of these chemicals.      (HL4216)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give an assurance that the export to Sudan of chemical agents known to be precursors for the manufacture of chemical agents such as mustard gas does not contravene United Kingdom or international arms control policies or legislation.      (HL4217)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider requesting a challenge inspection in Sudan by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to investigate reports and evidence of the manufacture and use of chemical weapons by the National Islamic Front Government of Sudan.      (HL4218)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what occasions before the G7 meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors on 23rd September have the Chancellor of the Exchequer or other senior Ministers publicly stated that the pound and the euro were mis-aligned; and, in particular, that the depreciation of the euro against other currencies including sterling was a problem of sufficient importance to warrant international efforts to prop up the euro.      (HL4219)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the London String of Pearls Millennium Festival is proving to be a success; and whether they will encourage such national treasures along the River Thames to consider opening to the public on a permanent basis.      (HL4220)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Jobrotation initiative, associated with the New Deal Scheme and supported financially by the European Social Fund ADAPT programme, which seeks to recruit staff from marginalised groups to the tourism and hospitality industries, has been a success; and whether they will expand the scheme beyond the South-East and South-West.      (HL4221)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the finding in the British National Tourism survey 1998, that 40 per cent of the adult population do not take a proper holiday, to be a cause for concern; and what measures they will take to help those who, by reason of poverty or family commitments, do not take an annual holiday.      (HL4222)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their commitment to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on the roads by 40 per cent by 2010 is compatible with the increase in the cost of a fixed penalty for some serious and endorsable offences to only £60.      (HL4223)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice and encouragement they will be giving to Chief Police Officers to achieve a reduction of 40 per cent by 2010 in the number of people killed and seriously injured on the roads, given that most constabularies are reducing their traffic departments.      (HL4224)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 29th September (WA 199), what are their current plans with regard to the Duke of York Headquarters which was to be disposed of as part of the Strategic Defence Review.      (HL4225)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 29th September (WA 199), what are their current plans with regard to the Territorial Army Centre at Horsham which was to be disposed of as part of the Strategic Defence Review.      (HL4226)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 29th September (WA 199), what was the approximate strength of the Territorial Army immediately before the implementation of the Strategic Defence Review.      (HL4227)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 29th September (WA 199), what are the current establishment and strength of the Territorial Army.      (HL4228)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the approximate number of days taken as sick leave per employee per year at the Army Base Repair Organisation Workshops at—

    (a) Sennybridge;

    (b) Colchester; and

    (c) Bovingdon.      (HL4229)

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]

Committed to a Grand Committee

    Fur Farming (Prohibition) [17th October]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) [HL]
    Political Parties, Elections and Referendums [18th October]
    Sexual Offences (Amendment)
    Freedom of Information [17th October]
    Race Relations (Religious Discrimination) [HL]
    Horserace Totalisator Board [HL]
    Countryside and Rights of Way [16th October]
    Police (Northern Ireland) [23rd October]
    Disqualifications
    Warm Homes and Energy Conservation

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 [26th October]
    Criminal Justice and Court Services

Waiting for Third Reading

    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]
    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]
    Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) [HL]
    City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]
    Kent County Council [HL]
    Medway Council [HL]
    Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) [HL]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Health Service Commissioners (Amendment)

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 17TH OCTOBER

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
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

WEDNESDAY 18TH OCTOBER

European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 19TH OCTOBER

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

TUESDAY 24TH OCTOBER

Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 25TH OCTOBER

European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 31ST OCTOBER

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

WEDNESDAY 1ST NOVEMBER

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am

WEDNESDAY 8TH NOVEMBER

Science and Technology (Select Committee)3.45 pm

TUESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

Administration and Works (Sub-Committee)3.15 pm
in the Moses Room

 
 
 
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