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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 23RD OCTOBER

At half-past two o’clock

*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] [27th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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.

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

Freedom of Information Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton] [14th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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 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 Viscount Goschen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what criteria they consider that the publication of the magazine Voices represented an appropriate use of public funds.

‡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

†[Prayers will have been read]

*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] [30th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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).

†Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Bill—Committee [The Lord Newton of Braintree] [30th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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.

‡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.

[It is expected that the Report stage of the Transport Bill will be continued this day]

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.

Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill—Report [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

‡The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will assess their progress to date in the development policies which are specifically designed to embody the Third Way.

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.

Countryside and Rights of Way Bill—Report [The Lord Whitty]

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

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.

Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill—Report [The Baroness Hayman]

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.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are able to give an approximate estimate of the number of committees existing under the auspices of the National Health Service.

*The Baroness Sharples—To ask the Leader of the House whether she has any plans to reduce the number of hours for which it is necessary for the House to sit in Committee next session.

*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the results of the Human Rights Dialogue held between the United Kingdom and China in October.

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.

*The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to facilitate the building of an airport on St Helena.

*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.

*The Baroness Walmsley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to bring to justice the killers of two British journalists, Malcolm Rennie and Brian Peters, as well as two Australian journalists and a New Zealand journalist, at Balibo in East Timor in 1975.

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.

*The Lord Clinton-Davis—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any drain of talent from family and criminal work at the Bar is likely, following the Lord Chancellor’s proposals for criminal and family legal aid.

*The Lord McCarthy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why local railway stations no longer operate telephone advisory services, which provide the public with up-to-date information concerning such matters as train cancellations, late arrivals and the state of station facilities.

THURSDAY 9TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the United Kingdom’s reciprocal health care arrangements with other countries are in practice fully reciprocal.

*The Earl of Longford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the treatment of Ian Brady who is serving a life sentence as a patient in Ashworth Hospital, particularly in regard to visits.

TUESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Goodhart—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the responses to the consultation paper “Financial conditions for funding by the Legal Services Commission” have (a) supported and (b) opposed the proposals in that paper for taking into account the equity value in homes in assessing the liability of applicants to pay contributions to the Community Legal Service Fund.

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 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 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.

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote the marketing of British tourism to visitors from overseas.

The Baroness Ashton of Upholland—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the ambulance and paramedic services are incorporated into the modernisation programme in the National Health Service National Plan.

The Baroness Ashton of Upholland—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what strategies they are pursuing to support children in danger of exclusion from school, their families and teachers.

The Lord Phillips of Sudbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what dangers they see in the widening differentials in earnings, and what steps they propose to take to address them.

The Baroness Walmsley—To call attention to the problems of student poverty and the anomalies arising between support systems in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England; and to move for papers.

PART II

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

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

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

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

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

The 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 20th October]

The Lord Woolmer of LeedsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any information concerning the use of bovine material in the manufacture of vaccines.      (HL4310)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4311)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Department of Health in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4312)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Home Office in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4313)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Department for International Development in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4314)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Law Officers Department in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4315)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Lord Chancellor’s Department in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4316)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date the Prime Minister last announced a new Government policy specifically as a Third Way policy; and what was the nature of the announcement.      (HL4317)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, since the last general election, what policy announcements have been made by (a) the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; (b) the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; and (c) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which specifically mentioned the Third Way; and on what dates.      (HL4318)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, since the last general election, which policy changes have been made by Ministers regarding the National Health Service that have been specifically related to the Third Way approach to health care; and on what dates.      (HL4319)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their Third Way policy towards social security.      (HL4320)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they are proposing to raise the level of fines for parents found guilty of their children’s non-attendance at school when they stated in the Written Answer by the Baroness Blackstone on 18th May (WA 37-38) that they do not know the average fine levied or the number of parents who have received the maximum fine of £2,500.      (HL4321)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the definition of a criminal record.      (HL4321)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask the Chairman of Committees what consultations he had during the summer recess regarding the House of Lords management and services review, including, in each case, who was involved and when and how the consultations took place.      (HL4323)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask the Chairman of Committees what were the criteria used to select members of the steering group on the House of Lords management and services review; and who decided these criteria.      (HL4324)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether four months ago the Nigerian government requested assistance from the British Government to trace money looted and then laundered by Nigeria’s former ruler, General Abacha, as reported in The Financial Times of 20th October; and, if so, what was the Government’s response.      (HL4325)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, at the request of the Nigerian government, Switzerland and Liechtenstein have frozen funds believed to have been looted by General Abacha, Nigeria’s former ruler, and his family and deposited in accounts in those countries; and whether the United Kingdom Government have agreed to freeze similar funds believed to have been deposited in the United Kingdom.      (HL4326)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what the timetable will be for the establishment of diplomatic relations with North Korea; and how they intend to make it clear that this does not signal approval of the conduct of the North Korean regime, in terms of both its human rights record and the risk of nuclear proliferation.      (HL4327)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 2nd October (HL Deb, cols. 1223-1224) that the British Government will “continue to make our concerns known in Security Council discussions” about the Burmese regime “committing systematic atrocities on a daily basis”, on what occasions they made representations to the United Nations Security Council during 2000; and whether they will give details of those representations.      (HL4328)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what new policy initiatives they intend to take to “turn up the international heat on the regime in Burma” and “to make it realise that the international community will not stand idly by while that regime brings a potentially prosperous nation to its knees”, as stated by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 2nd October (HL Deb, col. 1224).      (HL4329)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they sought to engage China in finding a solution to the situation in Burma when hosting the October 2000 United Kingdom/China dialogue meetings; and, if so, to what effect.      (HL4330)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

20TH OCTOBER 2000

[Tabled on the dates shown]

21st September

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)

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 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)

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 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)

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 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, 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 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)

3rd October

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

4th October

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 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 assistance they have provided to higher education and scholarships for Sudan in 1972; in 1982; and since 1997.      (HL4050)

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 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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 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 send to the representatives of asylum seekers standard notifications of removal indicating 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)

    [As amended on 19th October]

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 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 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 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)

16th October

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will issue sentencing guidelines in respect of women; and, if so, when.      (HL4231)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is settled public policy that property offences and non-violent crime generally should not be punished by imprisonment, unless there are special or aggravating circumstances.      (HL4232)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy concerning mothers with children under three years old who receive custodial sentences.      (HL4233)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the date of the deadline they have imposed upon Bourne Legacy by which all outstanding information regarding the financial details of the company’s offer to buy the site of the Millennium Dome must be provided to them.      (HL4234)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans for holding a new open auction of the Millennium Dome and its surrounding land if the negotiations with Bourne Legacy fail.      (HL4235)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Bourne Legacy have been provided with a clear prospectus listing the assets of the New Millennium Experience Company; and, if not, what are the plans to provide such a prospectus.      (HL4236)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 5th October (HL Deb, col. 1684) that “discussions are taking place to finalise how the other pre-condition will be achieved, but they are almost there”, whether those discussions have now been completed; and whether, as a consequence, the pre-condition imposed by the Millennium Commission on the grant of £47 million on 4th September that that amount represented the last draw-down from the Millennium Commission is now in place.      (HL4237)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 9th October (WA 12), what are the options that have been put forward by English Partnerships to the Deputy Prime Minister for the future use of the Millennium Experience site.      (HL4238)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the method of selection and the criteria used in the appointment of members to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; which members represent the Ulster Scots Community; whether any of the Commission members have links to the Committee for the Administration of Justice; and, if so, what is the nature of those links.      (HL4239)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria and procedures were used by the Human Rights Commission in the selection of the members of the range of committees involved in consulting on the Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland; what are the committees’ compositions; and what section of society does each member represent.      (HL4240)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what investigations the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has been involved; and who initiated such involvement.      (HL4241)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what practical assistance the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has given to the victims of paramilitary violence.      (HL4242)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the remit of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission as defined in the Belfast Agreement of 1998 is to consult and to advise on the scope for defining in legislation human rights and not to draft a bill.      (HL4243)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the sources of funding for ex-prisoners and for victims’ groups in Northern Ireland; and what are the amounts of money supplied to them.      (HL4244)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to extend the Rural Bus Service Grant, the Rural Bus Service Challenge Fund and the Rural Transport Partnerships when the present schemes lapse.      (HL4245)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when consideration is given to eligibility for ill health retirement under the Police Pensions Regulations, it is appropriate in modern circumstances to require that the applicant should be able to fulfil the full range of duties of a constable.      (HL4246)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether British forces in Sierra Leone pursued a shoot to kill policy in recent operations against terrorist forces.      (HL4247)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a decision has yet been made concerning the possible prosecution of the Home Secretary’s driver who was alleged to have driven his car at a speed in excess of 100 miles per hour on the M5 motorway.      (HL4248)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have received to the conclusion of the United Nations working group on arbitrary detention and arrest, on the wrongful imprisonment of James Mawdsley by the government of Myanmar; and what information they have on his present condition.      (HL4249)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the text of the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights, as unanimously approved by the 15 European Union Heads of State and governments at the informal European Council in Biarritz, will be similarly and separately submitted for approval to the British Parliament; and, if so, when.      (HL4250)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Ministry of Defence is free to employ the legal advisers who act for their French counterparts; and, if not, why not.      (HL4251)

    [As amended on 19th October]

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the state of play of the Corpus Juris project in the European Union; and what is their attitude to it.      (HL4252)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the state of play of tax harmonisation in the European Union; and what is their attitude to it.      (HL4253)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with the European Union’s attempt to eliminate fraud and maladministration by the European Commission.      (HL4254)

    [As amended on 18th October]

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the terms and conditions for the operation of the proposed farm riding scheme; and how these terms and conditions compare with those governing existing commercial riding establishments.      (HL4255)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what licensing requirements are proposed for the farm riding establishments created under the farm riding scheme.      (HL4256)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date the proposed farm riding scheme will come into operation.      (HL4257)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the latest information available to Ministers on the impact, in the first full year following the abolition of Intra-European Union Duty-Free, on sales which were previously duty-free by European Union operators (airlines, airports and ferries); what review H M Customs and Excise are undertaking of the impact of abolition; and what representations they have had from the United Kingdom Travel Retail forum on the impact on United Kingdom operators.      (HL4258)

17th October

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information was given to the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees about the discrepancy between actual expenditure on non-expendable property of $68.4 million and the amount recorded by the MINDER system of $4 million; whether this relates only to assets acquired during the year 1999; and what amount, within this total, was paid to implementing partners.      (HL4260)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total expenditure on the MINDER system, including staff costs, up to the end of 1999.      (HL4261)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the AssetTrak system, which was intended to replace the MINDER system on 1st January, is now scheduled to come into operation; and how the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees intends to secure the integrity of records used as balances of non-expendable property that would be uploaded to the new system.      (HL4262)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether separation distances of 200 metres are adequate between genetically modified maize and other crops; if so, why; and whether they will ask the National Pollen Research Unit and the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment to examine these matters in greater depth than they had by the end of 1999.      (HL4263)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that, when it becomes clear that a railway franchise is not to be renewed, a full, punctual, safe, clean, hygienic and reliable train service is provided and that the wellbeing of passengers and staff is protected until a new operating company takes over active management.      (HL4264)

The Viscount SimonTo ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 13th October (WA 59), whether a similar smoking policy to that agreed for Millbank House will be applied to the House of Lords as a whole, to protect peers and staff from the harmful effects of passive smoking as outlined in Chapter 7 of the White Paper Smoking Kills.      (HL4265)

    [As amended on 18th October]

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Defence Medical Services Centre for Excellence will be functioning; and when the Defence Medical Services Training School will be closed.      (HL4266)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the shortfall of filled posts, listed by specialties, when the Defence Medical Services Centre for Excellence opens.      (HL4267)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many organisations have submitted tenders for the Royal Army Medical Training Centre site at Millbank, London; and how many of these organisations have been placed on the short list.      (HL4268)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what professional advice was given to the Ministry of Defence concerning the sale of the Royal Army Medical Corps site at Millbank, London.      (HL4269)

The Lord PalmerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of their representation at the informal European Council in Biarritz.      (HL4270)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 13th October (WA 58), for what security reasons the Welsh Office were unable to give the information in relation to the two cars supplied by the Government Car and Despatch Agency which was given by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 24th July (WA 15).      (HL4271)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the costs to the taxpayer of the unsuccessful separate actions brought in the Northern Ireland High Court by Mr Lawrence Rushe and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission seeking to prevent the screening of the BBC Panorama programme on 9th October on the Omagh bombing.      (HL4272)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recently reported fall in the rate of return of manufacturing companies to 6 per cent, the lowest rate of return since the first quarter of 1993, causes them concern; to what main causes they attribute the fall; and what actions, if any, they intend to take to raise the profitability of manufacturing companies.      (HL4273)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Government Department funds the Officers’ Training Corps.      (HL4274)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what difficulties the Ministry of Defence has experienced in promoting the Officers’ Training Corps at this year’s Freshers’ Fair at Queen’s University Belfast.      (HL4275)

18th October

The Baroness WalmsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the annual cost of restoring (a) housing benefit and (b) income support in vacations to students of higher education in England and Wales.      (HL4277)

The Baroness Sharp of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many students entered PGCE courses in secondary education in the academic years 1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-2000; and how many of them dropped out before completion of the course.      (HL4278)

The Baroness Sharp of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of those graduating from PGCE courses in secondary education in 1997, 1998 and 1999 pursued careers in teaching for at least a year.      (HL4279)

The Baroness Sharp of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of those entering school teaching from PGCE courses in secondary education in 1997, 1998 and 1999 dropped out of teaching within two years of graduation.      (HL4280)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what revenue would have been foregone since 1992 from duty on petrol and diesel fuel excise duties if those duties had been increased in line with the retail price index.      (HL4281)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the operation of the Army Base Repair Organisation’s workshop at Sennybridge.      (HL4282)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people are employed by the Army Base Repair Organisation’s workshop at Sennybridge in—

    (a) productive work; and

    (b) administrative functions.      (HL4283)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pieces of equipment have been outstanding for repair by the Army Base Repair Organisation’s workshop at Sennybridge, as at 9th October, for —

    (a) between one and seven days;

    (b) between seven days and two weeks;

    (c) between two weeks and one month;

    (d) between one month and two months; and

    (e) between two and six months.      (HL4284)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the prevention of a voter from joining the political party which forms the Government of the United Kingdom is compatible with basic human rights.      (HL4285)

19th October

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the needs for the provision of flu vaccination by the National Health Service; and what are the arrangements for meeting those needs.      (HL4286)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have made for the National Health Service to meet the need for flu vaccination for people under the age of 65 years.      (HL4287)

The Lord Graham of EdmontonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when was the last review and settlement of salaries and allowances for Ministers in the House of Commons; Ministers in the House of Lords; and Members of the House of Commons.      (HL4288)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received concerning the future of Rehab UK’s Greater Manchester Brain Injury Vocation Centre.      (HL4289)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have on the provision in the North West of mix-funding from local health, employment and social services agencies for helping to rehabilitate those with acquired brain injury back into work; and what advice they have received from the Social Services Inspectorate on this issue.      (HL4290)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the success of rehabilitation programmes in Greater Manchester for helping chronically sick and disabled people to obtain and retain employment; and whether they have any plans to put in place a framework of responsibility to guarantee long-term funding support for approved projects for such help from local agencies.      (HL4291)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have had requesting that their definition of sanitary products will allow for the lowering of VAT to 5 per cent on continence products; what replies they have sent; and what action, if any, they will be taking.      (HL4292)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date Ministers in the Ministry of Defence approved the adoption of 5.56 mm as the calibre of army rifle to replace the 7.62 mm self loading rifle.      (HL4293)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date Ministers in the Ministry of Defence approved the putting into production of the vehicle-mounted range of Clansman radios.      (HL4294)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date Ministers in the Ministry of Defence approved the putting into production of the portable range of Clansman radios.      (HL4295)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4296)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Cabinet Office in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4297)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4298)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Ministry of Defence in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4299)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Department for Education and Employment in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4300)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4301)

The Baroness Sharp of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the case of each “Learning from Success” conference held in September, what was the date on which it was held; what was the venue; the cost; and the number of persons attending; and what proportion of conference attendees were headteachers.      (HL4302)

The Lord Shutt of GreetlandTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the case of each “Learning from Success” conference held in September, what was the response to the question asked at the conference about who gave schools most support to raise standards; and, for each conference, what was the percentage of attendees who responded that (a) local education authorities and (b) the Government supported schools in their work in raising standards.      (HL4303)

The Baroness WalmsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many requests have been made to the Secretary of State under paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 8 to the Learning and Skills Act 2000 by local education authorities seeking to dispose of, or enter into contract, or grant the option, for a freehold or leasehold interest in land held by the authority from the date of the Act’s Royal Assent to 30 September 2000; and how many of the requested consents had been granted within—

    (a) one working day;

    (b) more than one but less than five working days; and

    (c) five or more working days.      (HL4304)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department of Health is free to employ the legal advisers who act for their French counterparts; and, if not, why not.      (HL4305)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a letter of direction was issued in respect of the Millennium Commission’s grant of £47 million to the Millennium Dome in September; and, if so, when they will put copies of that letter of direction in the Library of the House.      (HL4306)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the terms of the interim licence by which Camelot has been granted an extension to its licence to run the National Lottery until December 2001.      (HL4307)

20th October

The Lord Woolmer of LeedsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any information concerning the use of bovine material in the manufacture of vaccines.      (HL4310)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4311)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Department of Health in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4312)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Home Office in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4313)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Department for International Development in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4314)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Law Officers Department in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4315)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Lord Chancellor’s Department in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4316)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date the Prime Minister last announced a new Government policy specifically as a Third Way policy; and what was the nature of the announcement.      (HL4317)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, since the last general election, what policy announcements have been made by (a) the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; (b) the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; and (c) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which specifically mentioned the Third Way; and on what dates.      (HL4318)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, since the last general election, which policy changes have been made by Ministers regarding the National Health Service that have been specifically related to the Third Way approach to health care; and on what dates.      (HL4319)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their Third Way policy towards social security.      (HL4320)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they are proposing to raise the level of fines for parents found guilty of their children’s non-attendance at school when they stated in the Written Answer by the Baroness Blackstone on 18th May (WA 37-38) that they do not know the average fine levied or the number of parents who have received the maximum fine of £2,500.      (HL4321)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the definition of a criminal record.      (HL4321)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask the Chairman of Committees what consultations he had during the summer recess regarding the House of Lords management and services review, including, in each case, who was involved and when and how the consultations took place.      (HL4323)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask the Chairman of Committees what were the criteria used to select members of the steering group on the House of Lords management and services review; and who decided these criteria.      (HL4324)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether four months ago the Nigerian government requested assistance from the British Government to trace money looted and then laundered by Nigeria’s former ruler, General Abacha, as reported in The Financial Times of 20th October; and, if so, what was the Government’s response.      (HL4325)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, at the request of the Nigerian government, Switzerland and Liechtenstein have frozen funds believed to have been looted by General Abacha, Nigeria’s former ruler, and his family and deposited in accounts in those countries; and whether the United Kingdom Government have agreed to freeze similar funds believed to have been deposited in the United Kingdom.      (HL4326)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what the timetable will be for the establishment of diplomatic relations with North Korea; and how they intend to make it clear that this does not signal approval of the conduct of the North Korean regime, in terms of both its human rights record and the risk of nuclear proliferation.      (HL4327)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 2nd October (HL Deb, cols. 1223-1224) that the British Government will “continue to make our concerns known in Security Council discussions” about the Burmese regime “committing systematic atrocities on a daily basis”, on what occasions they made representations to the United Nations Security Council during 2000; and whether they will give details of those representations.      (HL4328)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what new policy initiatives they intend to take to “turn up the international heat on the regime in Burma” and “to make it realise that the international community will not stand idly by while that regime brings a potentially prosperous nation to its knees”, as stated by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 2nd October (HL Deb, col. 1224).      (HL4329)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they sought to engage China in finding a solution to the situation in Burma when hosting the October 2000 United Kingdom/China dialogue meetings; and, if so, to what effect.      (HL4330)

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]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) [HL]
    Political Parties, Elections and Referendums [24th October]
    Sexual Offences (Amendment)
    Freedom of Information [24th October]
    Race Relations (Religious Discrimination) [HL]
    Horserace Totalisator Board [HL]
    Police (Northern Ireland) [23rd October]
    Disqualifications
    Warm Homes and Energy Conservation [27th October]
    Protection of Animals (Amendment)

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 [31st October]
    Countryside and Rights of Way [1st November]
    Fur Farming (Prohibition) [2nd November]

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 24TH OCTOBER

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.45 am
(Aircraft Cabin Environment)
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee IIA)2.00 pm
(Human Genetic Databases)
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England4.10 pm
(Select Committee)
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Finance and Staff (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 25TH OCTOBER

European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 26TH OCTOBER

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

TUESDAY 31ST OCTOBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Procedure of the House Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 1ST NOVEMBER

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 8TH NOVEMBER

Science and Technology (Select Committee)3.45 pm
in Portcullis House

TUESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

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

 
 
 
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