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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 30TH OCTOBER

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

Transport Bill—Further consideration on Report [The Lord Macdonald of Tradeston] [30th Report from the Joint Committee]

‡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.

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 of 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

[Prayers will have been read]

*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 remind all members of the Privy Council of their duty to preserve confidentiality after discussing affairs of state confidentially with other privy councillors whatever their party.

‡Flags Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000—The Lord Falconer of Thoroton to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 23rd October be approved. [28th Report from the Joint Committee]

‡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).

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

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.

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

†Disqualifications Bill—Committee [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton]

‡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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

*The Baroness Greengross—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they will make to the Government Actuary’s statement on 17th October concerning the economic effects of early retirement on health grounds.

MONDAY 13TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are now their priorities for humanitarian and development assistance, both bilateral and multilateral, for Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional resources they are devoting to the implementation of their dental strategy.

*The Lord Taverne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the prospects for Japanese owned firms in Wales.

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.

*The Lord Campbell of Alloway—To ask the Leader of the House whether the proposed constitutional committee of this House will have a remit to advise on the exercise of the House’s guardianship of the constitution; and, if so, whether the committee’s membership will include Law Lords, one of whom could be appointed chairman.

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers they have to influence the choice and location of statues in central London.

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose any changes in policy towards Yugoslavia.

WEDNESDAY 15TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Thomson of Monifieth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, at the forthcoming Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers, they will put forward proposals to increase the funding and effectiveness of the Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships Plan.

*The Lord Brookman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the programme of track replacement, to bring some 2,000 miles of railway track up to satisfactory standards, can be completed quickly and efficiently.

THURSDAY 16TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Higgins—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether earlier winter fuel allowances have now been paid to all men between the ages of 60 and 65 entitled to them.

*The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the MORI survey for the Reader’s Digest, whether they have any plans to improve the standard of information available to the public about asylum seekers and refugees in this country.

†*The Lord Trefgarne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost to the London Ambulance Service of the wear and tear caused by the traffic calming measures now in place in many London streets.

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.

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.

The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will respond to the Health and Safety Commission’s draft Approved Code of Practice and Guidance on Passive Smoking at Work.

The Baroness Uddin—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will respond to the recommendations of the Parekh Report on the future of multi-ethnic Britain.

The Lord Chalfont—To call attention to the recent white paper issued by the Chinese government on China’s National Defence Policy; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to ensure the comprehensive subtitling of television programmes.

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 27th October]

The Lord Graham of EdmontonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the changes will be made to the Armed Forces Pension Scheme to introduce pensions for life for Armed Forces attributable widows.      (HL4408)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the patrolling of high crime areas in Nottingham by police officers carrying firearms conforms with Home Office guidance to Chief Officers of Police.      (HL4409)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the total numbers of staff employed by the Home Office on 1st January or other convenient date in 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000, and the overall staff costs in each of these years.      (HL4410)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent Foreign and Commonwealth Office Report on the work of United Kingdom consular officials, what action they can take to reduce the number of fatal accidents to British tourists in Spain and other European Union Member States.      (HL4411)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the arrangements for the repatriation of bodies to the United Kingdom of Britons dying in the European Union are satisfactory; and whether they would support co-ordinated action across the European Union to tackle this problem which confronts families at a time of highest distress.      (HL4412)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they respond to the Chief Executive of the British Tourist Authority’s view that the strength of the pound is detrimental to the promotion of British tourism.      (HL4413)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

27TH OCTOBER 2000

[Tabled on the dates shown]

27th September

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)

28th September

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)

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 when they will require all hotel and bed and breakfast accommodation to be regarded as non-smoking except where specifically advertised.      (HL3978)

3rd October

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

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)

10th October

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 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 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 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 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)

12th October

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 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)

13th October

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 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 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 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 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 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)

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 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, 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 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]

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 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 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)

23rd October

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 Northern Ireland Office in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4332)

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 Privy Council in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4333)

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 Scottish Office in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4334)

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 Social Security in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4335)

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 Trade and Industry in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4336)

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 Treasury in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4337)

The Baroness GreengrossTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much revenue would be raised if the winter fuel payment were taxed; and whether they will estimate how much more that payment would be if the money so raised were added to the current £150 winter fuel payment paid to non-taxpaying people aged over 60.      (HL4338)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the government of the Irish Republic paid in rent and expenses for the Maryfield Anglo-Irish Secretariat Office from 1985 to 1998.      (HL4339)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the government of the Irish Republic is paying for the use of offices in Windsor House, Belfast.      (HL4340)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what tasks officials from the government of the Irish Republic currently working in Northern Ireland are performing; what rank those officials hold; and where they are located.      (HL4341)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to highlight the danger of smoking on petrol station forecourts; and whether they will consider banning the sale of tobacco products from such locations.      (HL4342)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider re-imposing the ban on the sale and private use of fireworks in Northern Ireland.      (HL4343)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following recent railway accidents, any extra funding to improve rail safety will apply to all rail networks in the United Kingdom.      (HL4344)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent employers have changed their practices and procedures as a result of the Department for Education and Employment’s Code of Practice on Age Diversity in Employment.      (HL4345)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any evidence that people over the age of 50 believe that employers discriminate against older employees; and, if so, what does that evidence show.      (HL4346)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual expenditure of the European Court of Human Rights.      (HL4347)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current case load of the European Court of Human Rights, having regard to all registered applications.      (HL4348)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the budgeted expenditure for the European Court of Human Rights is sufficient to enable the Court to determine cases within a reasonable time.      (HL4349)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what dates the Minister for Science himself first saw a draft report and the final report respectively of the National Audit Office on the acquisition by the Post Office of German Parcel.      (HL4350)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who were the “number of people” within the Department of Trade and Industry referred to by the Minister for Science on 12th October (HL Deb, col. 497) to whom the draft report of the National Audit Office relating to the acquisition of German Parcel was shown on 27th June.      (HL4351)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Minister for Science reconciles his statement to the House of Lords on 11th July (HL Deb, col. 181) that, “when one refers to the Department giving authority to the report, that must mean Ministers” with his reply to a question by the Lord Razzall on 12th October (HL Deb, col. 498) that, “Noble Lords will appreciate that the Report is agreed by the Permanent Secretary, not by Departmental Ministers. It is a matter for the NAO and the Public Accounts Committee, and it is the Permanent Secretary who takes the role of accounting officer”.      (HL4352)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Sir Michael Scholar, or any other senior official of the Department of Trade and Industry, was aware when they received the draft report of the NAO on the acquisition by the Post Office of German Parcel prior to the Report State and Third Reading of the Postal Services Bill that an amendment was being proposed dealing with the matter of disclosure of major transactions in line with the Stock Exchange procedures; whether the Department’s intention to agree with the National Audit Office’s proposals was brought to the Minister’s attention prior to either of the two debates on the amendment; and, if not, why not.      (HL4353)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is still their view, as expressed by the Minister for Science on 11th July (HL Deb, col. 181) that, in comparison with inserting a provision in the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Post Office Company, disclosure of major transactions in line with Stock Exchange requirements would be “unnecessarily onerous and inflexible”; and, if so, in what way do the Post Office Company’s commercial operations differ from ordinary commercial concerns.      (HL4354)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to submit the draft Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Post Office Company to parliamentary scrutiny before it is adopted by the sole shareholder.      (HL4355)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is the case that the only person entitled to enforce the terms of the Articles of Association of the Post Office Company will be the sole shareholder; and, if so, what steps would be taken by them and what sanctions would be available if there were a breach of the Article requiring the prior disclosure of major transactions in accordance with Stock Exchange requirements.      (HL4356)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they approve of local authorities distributing voluntary questionnaires to householders with the statutory form for the electoral register; whether they have examined the distribution by the London Borough of Lambeth of a survey on energy efficiency attached to the electoral registration form; and whether they have estimated the effect of such practices on the level of electoral registration.      (HL4357)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to prevail upon the National Islamic Front government of Sudan to allow humanitarian aid and human rights organisations access to all parts of Sudan to assist with the identification, rescue and return to their homes of men, women and children who have been abducted into slavery.      (HL4358)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any evidence that women from Sudan to whom visas have been granted have been brought to this country against their will to work in enforced domestic service for any Sudanese diplomat serving in London.      (HL4359)

24th October

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 Welsh Office in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4365)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers the governors of H M Prisons have to order small items of information technology capital equipment such as printer replacements.      (HL4366)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the review, announced last year, of the rehabilitation periods contained in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 has not yet started; when it will start; and what will be the form of the review.      (HL4367)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many air passengers have suffered or died from deep vein thrombosis during, or shortly after, flights on United Kingdom carriers over the past five years.      (HL4368)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British air passengers have suffered or died from deep vein thrombosis during, or shortly after, flights on any carrier over the past five years.      (HL4369)

The Lord DonoughueTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the roadworks extending along Buckingham Palace Road began; when they were originally expected to be completed; and why on a majority of days in that period nobody was working towards completion of the works.      (HL4370)

The Lord RedesdaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Millennium Volunteer projects will achieve the two targets set for them in respect of the recruitment of volunteers by the end of this year and next year.      (HL4371)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that whenever possible satellites are used for telecommunications purposes instead of masts.      (HL4372)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that all companies installing telecommunications masts will have a statutory obligation to remove them and to rehabilitate the land on which they were sited as soon as they become technologically unnecessary.      (HL4373)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that the Public Safety Radio Communications Project will respect the statutory purposes of the national parks, especially with regard to the siting of masts and equipment.      (HL4374)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking on the recommendations in “Student Mobility on the Map” (Tertiary Education Interchange in the Commonwealth), the report of the Joint Working Group of the Council for Education in the Commonwealth and UKCOSA: The Council for International Education, July 2000.      (HL4375)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken with regard to the Council of Europe resolution (DH(2000)106) in connection with the release of personal information concerning Mr Graham Gaskin and his time in institutional care; and what actions they intend to take to ensure the early implementation of judgments such as that of the case of Mr Gaskin.      (HL4376)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have carried out into the dangers involved in using the drug Viagra in fertility treatments; what advice they have given to medical practitioners; and what knowledge they have of the use of Viagra in IVF treatments by the Assisted Reproduction and Gynaecology Centre.      (HL4377)

25th October

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 18th October (WA 91) on the Immigration (Carriers’ Liability) Act 1987, what charges were incurred and owed for each of the last five years by carriers registered in—

    (a) the United Kingdom;

    (b) each other European Union Member State; and

    (c) other countries.      (HL4381)

The Lord AveburyTo ask the Chairman of Committees how many copies of the House of Lords Annual Report were sold to members of the public; how many were given away; what was the total number printed; what was the net cost of the publication; and whether he will consider publishing it only on the web in the future.      (HL4382)

The Baroness JegerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what help is given by the National Health Service to haemophilia sufferers.      (HL4383)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 25th October that a judicial enquiry into the Omagh bombing could jeopardise legal proceedings, whether that means that there cannot be any prosecutions relating to Bloody Sunday now that a judicial enquiry has been set up to investigate those events.      (HL4384)

The Lord NorthbourneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the number and qualifications of the applicants for entry into training for the Diploma in Social Work this year; how this number compares with the same figure for each of the previous three years; and whether they propose to take any action to attract a larger number of suitably qualified applicants in future.      (HL4385)

The Lord NorthbourneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the number of persons achieving NVQ’s in Social Care in the last period for which figures are available; and whether they propose to take any action to attract a larger number of suitably qualified applicants in future.      (HL4386)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 23rd October (WA 1) that Tesco sponsorship of £500,000 due for payment to the Millennium Dome on 1st March had been withheld pending the resolution of certain issues and had not been paid over as at 23rd October, why Mrs Janet Anderson, Minister for Tourism, stated on 4th July that “At 31st May, all contractual sponsorship payments had been made” (HC Deb, col. 194W).      (HL4387)

The Lord HigginsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the definition of poverty referred to by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 28th September (HL Deb, col. 943) in relation to child poverty is that which the Government uses in relation to pensioners.      (HL4388)

The Lord HigginsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why their definition of child poverty given by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 28th September (HL Deb, col. 943) makes no allowance for the number of children in a household.      (HL4389)

The Lord HigginsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have of the reduction in the number of children living in poverty between the date of the last general election and the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s speech in Brighton on 25th September.      (HL4390)

26th October

The Baroness GaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to consolidate the United Kingdom’s national criteria against which they assess licence applications to export arms and dual-use equipment with those of the European Union Code of Conduct on Arms Exports.      (HL4396)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 25th October (WA 41), how many people in the public sector in the Cayman Islands are members of trade unions.      (HL4397)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 25th October (WA 41), why the Governor of the Cayman Islands was not present during the recent visit to the Islands by the Commonwealth parliamentary delegation; and why the Governor of Gibraltar was not present during the recent visit to Gibraltar by a United Kingdom parliamentary delegation.      (HL4398)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 25th October (WA 45), whether they will now state what steps they are taking to open the selection of Lieutenant Governors beyond the field of service persons or diplomats.      (HL4399)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the examination performance of English children at KS2, GCSE and A level still varies to a statistically significant extent according to the month of their birth; if so, what is the extent of this variation at each level; and whether the examination performance of children with unfavourable birth months might be raised by letting them start school a year later.      (HL4400)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they approve of the practice of allowing children who are falling behind at school, or who have come to England from abroad and need time to catch up, to drop back a year; and, if so, whether they will amend the format of schools performances tables so that year group performance is measured rather than age group performance.      (HL4401)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the calf serum used in the preparation of the polio vaccine which has recently been withdrawn from use came from a “controlled veterinary herd”; if so, how many animals were in the herd at the time that the serum was taken; and when (if ever) any of those animals were diagnosed as having BSE.      (HL4402)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will offer technical help to the government of Bangladesh to get the Chittagong Hill Tracts Land Commission operational and effective.      (HL4403)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what matters were discussed by the Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr John Battle, during his visit to Jakarta in October; and what agreements were reached with the Indonesian authorities.      (HL4404)

The Baroness Castle of BlackburnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give an assurance that the Government Actuary’s Report, under section 36 of the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act 2000, will be published without delay, so that the contents can be taken into account in fixing next year’s up-rating of the basic State pension.      (HL4405)

The Lord BridgesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is appropriate that the current revision of the regional strategy of the East of England Development Agency should be undertaken without consultation with individual non-governmental organisations, other than indirectly through the region’s voluntary regional chamber.      (HL4406)

27th October

The Lord Graham of EdmontonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the changes will be made to the Armed Forces Pension Scheme to introduce pensions for life for Armed Forces attributable widows.      (HL4408)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the patrolling of high crime areas in Nottingham by police officers carrying firearms conforms with Home Office guidance to Chief Officers of Police.      (HL4409)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the total numbers of staff employed by the Home Office on 1st January or other convenient date in 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000, and the overall staff costs in each of these years.      (HL4410)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent Foreign and Commonwealth Office Report on the work of United Kingdom consular officials, what action they can take to reduce the number of fatal accidents to British tourists in Spain and other European Union Member States.      (HL4411)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the arrangements for the repatriation of bodies to the United Kingdom of Britons dying in the European Union are satisfactory; and whether they would support co-ordinated action across the European Union to tackle this problem which confronts families at a time of highest distress.      (HL4412)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they respond to the Chief Executive of the British Tourist Authority’s view that the strength of the pound is detrimental to the promotion of British tourism.      (HL4413)

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]
    Sexual Offences (Amendment)
    Race Relations (Religious Discrimination) [HL]
    Horserace Totalisator Board [HL]
    Disqualifications [6th November]
    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 [30th October]
    Criminal Justice and Court Services [31st October]
    Countryside and Rights of Way [1st November]
    Fur Farming (Prohibition) [6th November]
    Political Parties, Elections and Referendums
    Police (Northern Ireland) [8th November]
    Freedom of Information

Waiting for Third Reading

    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]
    Licensing (Young Persons)
    Warm Homes and Energy Conservation
    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

    Draft Companies Act 1985 (Electronic Communications) Order 2000

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Jobseeker’s Allowance (Joint Claims: Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2000
    Energy Act 1976 (Reserve Powers) Order 2000
    Draft Flags Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000
    Farm Waste Grant (Nitrate Vulnerable Zones) (England) Scheme 2000

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

TUESDAY 31ST 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 I)10.45 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England4.10 pm
(Select Committee)
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
Procedure of the House Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room
European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

WEDNESDAY 1ST NOVEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

TUESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER

European Union (Select Committee)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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