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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.

TUESDAY 3RD DECEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

*The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have advised electricity distribution companies in the United Kingdom of ways to reduce the risk of supplies to rural areas being interrupted as a result of severe weather.

*The Lord Roberts of Conwy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are concerned about the current level of household debt, and whether they propose to take any action.

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to deal with emergencies arising from a breakdown of the central London congestion charging scheme.

*The Lord Hurd of Westwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to deal with the results of overcrowding in H M Prisons.

†*The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the £45 billion additional expenditure for education by 2006 announced in the Chancellor’s Pre-Budget Report on 27th November breaks down between early years, primary, secondary, further and higher education.

Waste and Emissions Trading Bill [HL]Second Reading [The Lord Whitty]

    In the event of the bill being read a second time, the Lord Whitty to move, That the bill be committed to a Grand Committee.

Medical Act 1983 (Amendment) Order 2002—The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 14th November be approved. [First Report from the Joint Committee]

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what their response is to recent developments in Burma (Myanmar).

WEDNESDAY 4TH DECEMBER

*The Baroness Wilcox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the impact of the introduction of the euro on price convergence in the euro zone.

*The Baroness Masham of Ilton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many residential drug treatment centres there are in England for people aged under 17.

*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of their discussions with Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Leader of the Justice and Development Party in Turkey.

†*The Lord Wright of Richmond—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Israeli government about the continuing expansion of illegal settlements on Palestinian territory.

†*The Lord Ackner—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what medical tests, if any, are mandatory in relation to those seeking asylum or seeking to immigrate to the United Kingdom; and, if none, why this is so.

The Lord Dholakia—To call attention to the role of local communities and of penal institutions in preventing crime and in rehabilitating offenders; and to move for papers.

The Lord Roper—To call attention to the need for more effective planning for emergencies between Government departments, local government and the other bodies concerned; and to move for papers.

The Lord Oxburgh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that there will be sufficient well-trained engineers in the future.

THURSDAY 5TH DECEMBER

[At eleven o’clock]

Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002—The Earl of Onslow to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 31st October, be annulled (S.I. 2002/2675).

Contracting Out (Functions in Relation to Applications for Patents) Order 2002—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 5th November be approved. [40th Report, Session 2001-02, from the Joint Committee]

European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Agreement on Trade, Development and Co-operation Between the European Community and its Member States and the Republic of South Africa) Order 2002—The Baroness Crawley to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 7th November be approved. [First Report from the Joint Committee]

Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Designation of Public Authorities) Order 2002—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 24th October be approved. [40th Report, Session 2001-02, from the Joint Committee]

Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 2002—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 18th November be approved.

Housing Support Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2002—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 18th November be approved.

Potato Industry Development Council (Amendment) Order 2002—The Lord Whitty to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 23rd October be approved. [40th Report, Session 2001-02, from the Joint Committee]

Air Quality (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2002—The Lord Whitty to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 14th November be approved. [2nd Report from the Joint Committee]

[At two o’clock

Judgments]

At three o’clock

*The Lord Mackie of Benshie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how charges for inspection are fixed in the case of environmental bodies such as the Environment Agency.

*The Lord Bradshaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will bring forward proposals to pay Special Constables.

*The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration has been given to the provision of satellite television dishes to all Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships; and what would be the cost involved.

The Lord Bishop of Oxford—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Select Committee on Stem Cell Research (HL Paper 83, Session 2001-02).

The Lord Carter—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their view of the environmental, economic and agricultural advantages of a viable bio-fuel industry in the United Kingdom.

MONDAY 9TH DECEMBER

*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that efforts to contain the threat of ballistic missiles through the negotiation of multilateral arms control agreements have now failed.

*The Baroness Maddock—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reform the “right to buy” for social housing tenants.

*The Lord Burnham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are being made by the Heritage Lottery Federation to photograph all listed dwellings in the country and what exemptions will be allowed for house owners who do not wish their property to appear on a website.

*The Baroness Miller of Hendon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are able to guarantee the continuity of electricity supplies following the collapse of an electricity supply company; and what support they plan to provide for companies currently running at a loss.

Courts Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Chancellor]

The Lord Lucas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the way that recycling targets for local authorities are set and administered.

TUESDAY 10TH DECEMBER

*The Lord Lipsey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are monitoring developments in the Scottish Executive’s policy of free personal care for the elderly.

*The Baroness Greengross—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation they have had with the leaders of the member countries of the New Economic Programme for African Development and the African Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries regarding the situation in Zimbabwe.

*The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what budget will be allocated to the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health in order to ensure that the arrangements for replacing Community Health Councils are adequately resourced.

†The Lord McIntosh of Haringey—To move, That this House takes note with approval of Her Majesty’s Government’s assessment as set out in the Pre-Budget Report 2002 for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993.

National Minimum Wage (Enforcement Notices) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Sainsbury of Turville]

High Hedges Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Baroness Gardner of Parkes]

Synodical Government (Amendment) Measure—The Lord Bishop of Guildford to move, That this House do direct that, in accordance with the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919, the Measure be presented to Her Majesty for the Royal Assent.

Church of England (Pensions) Measure—The Lord Bishop of Guildford to move, That this House do direct that, in accordance with the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919, the Measure be presented to Her Majesty for the Royal Assent.

Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Statutory Powers of Stop and Search) Order 2002—The Lord Falconer of Thoroton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 13th November be approved. [2nd Report from the Joint Committee]

Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cash Searches: Code of Practice) Order 2002—The Lord Falconer of Thoroton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 25th November be approved.

Jobseeker’s Allowance (Amendment) Regulations 2002—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 20th November be approved. [2nd Report from the Joint Committee]

Social Security Commissioners (Procedure) (Tax Credits Appeals) Regulations 2002—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 28th November be approved.

Tax Credits (Appeals) (No. 2) Regulations 2002—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 28th November be approved.

The Lord Thomas of Swynnerton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to resolve the problem of Gibraltar.

WEDNESDAY 11TH DECEMBER

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many school playing fields have been sold for other purposes in each of the five years 1997-2001.

*The Lord Williamson of Horton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of recent research on the effect on the brain of the drug ecstasy, they will increase their efforts to warn young people of the potential damage from the use of this drug.

*The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the Church of England’s decision to discharge the Rev David Peachell, a Gulf war veteran, on grounds of “Gulf War Illness” and the release without question of his army pension in consequence of that decision, what consideration they will be giving to the implications for other ex-service men and women.

The Earl of Listowel—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are working with the Government of Angola and the international community to consolidate peace in post-war Angola.

THURSDAY 12TH DECEMBER

[At eleven o’clock]

Licensing Bill [HL]—Committee [The Baroness Blackstone] [First Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

[At three o’clock]

*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Winter Fuel Payment has been extended to any other groups of people in the last two years; if so to whom; and whether they intend to extend it further in the next two years and if so to whom.

*The Lord Goodhart—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take to improve the collection of fines by the courts.

*The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the working of the Press Complaints Commission.

MONDAY 16TH DECEMBER

*The Lord Dubs—To ask the Chairman of Committees whether he will consider the advantages of merging the House of Lords and the House of Commons Refreshment Departments.

†*The Lord Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they mean by “Islamic terrorist”.

†*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the function of the Social Exclusion Unit and what is its annual cost.

Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Northern Ireland) Order 2002—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 21st November be approved.

Harbours (Northern Ireland) Order 2002—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 21st November be approved.

Company Directors Disqualification (Northern Ireland) Order 2002—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 25th November be approved.

Environment (Northern Ireland) Order 2002—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 25th November be approved.

Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 2002—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 25th November be approved.

Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 (Amendment of section 46(1)) Order 2002—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 27th November be approved.

TUESDAY 17TH DECEMBER

*The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in implementing the Strategic Defence Review, particularly in respect of the capability to engage in expeditionary warfare on land.

*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take to recover the staff who have been persuaded to leave the National Health Service to join the private healthcare sector.

*The Baroness Scott of Needham Market—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the introduction of a carnet system for foreign hauliers.

*The Lord Hoyle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their view on Postcomm’s recent proposals to open up the United Kingdom postal market to competition.

‡Access to Justice Act 1999 (Solicitors’ Practising Certificates) Order 2002—The Baroness Scotland of Asthal to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 13th November be approved. [First Report from the Joint Committee]

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Licensing Bill will continue]

WEDNESDAY 18TH DECEMBER

*The Lord Denham—To ask the Leader of the House whether he will draw the attention of the House to Standing Order 22 (Lords not to converse whilst the House is upon business).

*The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in the light of new evidence published in the British Medical Journal dated 23rd November they believe that the use of cannabis increases the risk of schizophrenia.

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving to introducing legislation to protect people with mental incapacity.

THURSDAY 19TH DECEMBER

[At eleven o’clock]

Supply of Beer (Tied Estate) (Revocation) Order 2002—The Baroness Blackstone to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 21st November be approved.

Flexible Working (Procedural Requirements) Regulations 2002—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 21st November be approved.

Companies (Fees) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2002—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 21st November be approved.

Regulatory Reform (Removal of 20 Member Limit in Partnerships etc.) Order 2002—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the draft Regulatory Reform Order laid before the House on 24th October, Session 2001-02, be approved. [29th Report, Session 2001-02, from the Regulatory Reform Committee]

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Licensing Bill will continue]

[It is expected that the Regulatory Reform (Special Occasions Licensing) Order 2002 will be taken today]

TUESDAY 7TH JANUARY

In Committee Rooms 3A and 4B

At 3.30 pm

†Crime (International Co-operation) Bill [HL]—Grand Committee [The Lord Filkin]

NO DAY NAMED

PART I

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To call attention to the levels of pay of university teachers; and to move for papers.

The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for the future ownership and control of postal addressing.

The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their policies when faced with overwhelming humanitarian crises and massive violations of human rights in other countries.

The Lord Moynihan—To call attention to the state of the United Kingdom’s relations with Cuba; and to move for papers.

The Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the performance of the Civil Aviation Authority in regulating low-cost airlines.

The Lord Hoyle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the review of the Control of Trade in Endangered Species (Enforcement) Regulations 1997 (COTES).

The Baroness Massey of Darwen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will respond to the needs of families with disabled children as highlighted in the Barnado’s report Still missing out?

The Lord Palmer—To call attention to the situation in the British countryside; and to move for papers.

The Lord Bradshaw—To call attention to the trends in the number of road deaths and casualties; and to move for papers.

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the quality and effectiveness of the United Kingdom’s rail infrastructure are satisfactory.

The Baroness Scott of Needham Market—To call attention to the state of the bus industry; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Finlay of Llandaff—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to preserve the expertise and quality of the Public Health Laboratory Service.

The Baroness Finlay of Llandaff—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to tackle the threat that obesity poses to the health and well-being of the nation.

The Lord Turnberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in response to the recent draft EC Directive which would allow doctors from other European Union countries to practise for 16 weeks without registration.

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they still expect to meet the international development targets in southern Africa.

The Lord Freyberg—To call attention to the role of design in improving public services; and to move for papers.

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the comparative significance of (a) the euro and (b) the United States dollar to the United Kingdom economy.

The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to promote the well-being and competitiveness of the United Kingdom’s soap and detergent industry.

The Baroness Noakes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the services available to patients with Motor Neurone Disease are adequate.

The Lord Northbourne—To call attention to the role of parents in providing for the needs of the nation’s children in the 21st century and to the case for making available more encouragement and support for parents; and to move for papers.

The Lord Freeman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether progress to date with the efficient use of resources in East Africa arising from debt relief and increased direct overseas aid is satisfactory.

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To call attention to the case for the abolition of the judicial functions of the House of Lords and the creation of separate Supreme and Constitutional Courts; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Hooper—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to review the implications of taxation on the preservation and conservation of the cultural heritage of the United Kingdom.

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To call attention to the coal industry, the development of clean coal technology and the maintenance of a mining engineering industry within the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Onslow—To call attention to the use of hydrogen-powered vehicles; and to move for papers.

The Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts—To call attention to the impact of Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, and Hypoglycaemia on academic performance and social behaviour; and to move for papers.

The Lord Lipsey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to fulfil their manifesto commitment to review the experience of new electoral systems and the Jenkins Report, with a view to assessing whether changes might be made to the electoral system for the House of Commons.

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

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are being put in place for commissioning of specialised health services from April 2003.

The Baroness Maddock—To call attention to the effects of poor housing on the health and well-being of the nation; and to move for papers.

The Lord Thomas of Gresford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the law, practice and procedure of Public Interest Immunity in criminal cases.

†The Viscount Waverley—To call attention to the causes of terrorism; and to move for papers.

PART II

MOTIONS FOR BALLOTED DEBATE

[Ballot on 4th December for debate on 18th December]

The Baroness Oppenheim-Barnes—To call attention to the impact of traffic conditions on the life and economy of London; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Warnock—To call attention to the case for rethinking the provision for special educational needs; and to move for papers.

The Lord Tombs—To call attention to the problems in the electricity supply industry created by the absence of a strategic decision mechanism; and to move for papers.

The Lord Norton of Louth—To call attention to the nature of the British Constitution and the consequences of constitutional change; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Moynihan—To call attention to the decision by the British Olympic Association to support London’s aspirations to host the 2012 Olympic Games; and to move for papers.

PART III

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

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

The Baroness Harris of Richmond—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Working in Europe: Access for All (15th Report, HL Paper 88, Session 2001-02). [11th March]

The Lord Crickhowell—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Reducing the Risk: Regulating Industrial Chemicals (13th Report, HL Paper 81, Session 2001-02). [12th March]

The Lord Grenfell—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Responding to the Balkan challenge: the role of EU aid (20th Report, HL Paper 107, Session 2001-02). [4th May]

The Lord Smith of Clifton—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Select Committee on Animals in Scientific Procedures (HL Paper 150, Session 2001-02). [24th July]

The Lord Grenfell—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The Convention on the Future of Europe (30th Report, HL Paper 163, Session 2001-02). [1st August]

The Baroness Harris of Richmond—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on A Common Policy on Illegal Immigration (37th Report, HL Paper 187, Session 2001-02). [28th November]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 2nd December]

The Lord Hughes of WoodsideTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the human rights situation in Iraq.    (HL363)

The Lord Hughes of WoodsideTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for December; and what are the major European Union events for the period between 1st January and 30th June 2003.    (HL364)

The Baroness GaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish (a) the aggregate amount of civil defence grants to be made for the financial year 2003-04; (b) the amount of grant to be paid to each local authority; and (c) the formula or other criteria used to determine the allocation between authorities.    (HL370)

The Lord BurlisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the repair of HMS Nottingham.    (HL371)

The Lord Howie of TroonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the internal review of mistaken taxation of some Armed Forces invalidity pensions has been completed.    (HL372)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in the five years preceding the Chinook ZD 576 crash there was one, or more than one, Chinook accident in the Royal Air Force; if so, on which dates; and whether the Royal Air Force held inquiries.     (HL373)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many firefighters and related administrative workers operate in Glasgow; and how many service personnel are now operating in Glasgow.    (HL374)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average rate of pay of firefighters in the United Kingdom, and (in sterling) in France, Germany and Holland.    (HL375)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money they expect British Energy to pay to Enron under the proposed Standstill Agreements described on page 6 of the “Announcement of restructuring proposals and extension of HMG loan facility”, which was made on 28th November and deposited in the Library of the House.    (HL376)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the terms and the duration of the amount of the “out of the money power purchase agreements” and “contracts for differences” between British Energy and Enron noted on page 6 of the “Announcement of restructuring proposals and extension of HMG loan facility”, which was made on 28th November.    (HL377)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the British taxpayer is underwriting an agreement which will enable payments to be made to Enron.    (HL378)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following their estimate of an annual cost of £150-£200 million for the next ten years, what is their estimate of the annual cost to the Government from 2012 to 2086 of its “significant contribution” to British Energy’s historic nuclear fuel liabilities managed by BNFL.    (HL379)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to statement by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 28th November (HL Deb, col. 916), what is the limit of the commitment by the Government to underwrite the proposed “solvent restructuring” of British Energy, expressed both in an amount and in time.    (HL380)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that copies of Prison Standing Orders and Instructions are available to prisoners through prison libraries.    (HL381)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the implementation of recruitment policies and practices in the Northern Ireland civil service is satisfactory; and whether the same criteria are applied to the Northern Ireland civil service as to the civil service in England and Wales.    (HL382)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what vetting procedures are applied to civil servants in Northern Ireland; and whether the same procedures are applied to civil servants in England and Wales.    (HL383)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Civil Service Commissioner’s Recruitment Code is fully observed by all departments and agencies within the Northern Ireland civil service.    (HL384)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of service personnel now available for deployment in the event of a resumption of hostilities against Iraq have been vaccinated against anthrax; whether any of them have suffered side effects; and whether the Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research at Porton Down is content that combining the anthrax vaccine with other vaccines and protective measures could not involve harmful long-term side effects.    (HL385)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 7th November (WA 161), what reply they are sending to the further representations made to them by Major (Retired) Christine Lloyd, a Gulf War veteran; and whether there is any action they will be taking.    (HL386)

The Baroness SharplesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they estimate that it should take three years to implement the introduction of an entitlement card when many companies are already geared up to produce such cards.    (HL387)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff are currently employed at the Strategic Rail Authority, broken down into—

        (a)  freight;

        (b)  passenger franchise management;

        (c)  strategy;

        (d)  infrastructure management;

        (e)  finance;

        (f)  human resources;

        (g)  communications; and

        (h)  other;

and what changes in structure are planned in the next six months.    (HL388)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what type of material is supplied to a woman contemplating an abortion in the National Health Service; and whether they will place in the Library of the House examples of such material given.    (HL389)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any booklets or other information are given by the National Health Service to a woman contemplating an abortion that would show foetal development.    (HL390)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the abortion procedures are explained in detail by the National Health Service to a woman contemplating an abortion.    (HL391)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the adverse consequences of an abortion are discussed by the National Health Service with a woman contemplating an abortion.    (HL392)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 28th November (WA 66) concerning the Chief Executive of the Irish Language Agency, what was the memorandum from a Government lawyer to the British Joint Secretary of the North South Ministerial Council of 8th July; whether they received legal opinions authorised by Tha Boord o’ Ulster Scotch dated 24th April, 21st May and 22nd June; whether these and any other opinions can be placed in the Library of the House; and why these were not referred to in the answer.    (HL393)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is a draft international agreement between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland regarding the six implementation bodies in the eventuality of suspension lasting for a certain period of time; why such an agreement was not signed; whether it has been discussed in London/Dublin talks since 14th October; and whether they will publish the draft international agreement.    (HL394)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 6th November (WA 123) concerning the Linguistic Diversity Branch of the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, who has provided expert advice on Irish Language and on Ulster Scots culture, language and history since 1st December 1999; what the topic was; and how much was paid in each case.    (HL395)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 28th November (WA 68), whether they will in future refer to the two states in the island of Ireland by their legal titles.    (HL396)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th November (WA 171), whether a new board member was appointed to the Ulster Scots Agency; whether arrangement was made for the appointment of a Chief Executive not agreed by the North South Ministerial Council; and, if so, when.    (HL397)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the suspension of the Northern Ireland Assembly on 14th October, the North South Ministerial Council created by an agreement of 8th March 1999 following the Belfast Agreement was also effectively suspended, given paragraph 13 of Strand Two of the Belfast Agreement.    (HL398)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

2nd DECEMBER 2002

[Tabled on the dates shown]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

13th November

The Baroness Howe of IdlicoteTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of disabled children currently living at home could be classified as “children living in poverty”.    [DWP]    (HL8)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the risk of transfusion-related acute lung injury from blood transfusion has been given a lower priority to date than the theoretical risk from vCJD; and why no action to protect patients against the risk of transfusion-related acute lung injury has been taken.    [DoH]    (HL24)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what further measures they plan in order to reduce the level of hepatitis B transfusion-transmitted infection, stated in the SHOT annual report 2000-01 to be eight cases over six years.    [DoH]    (HL25)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in light of the recent discovery of West Nile virus in the United Kingdom and recent transmission issues relating to the virus in the United States—

        (a)  what plans they are making to prevent spread of the virus through blood and plasma transfusions in the United Kingdom; and

        (b)  what validation studies were conducted to ensure that Methylene Blue inactivation of United States plasma will remove the risk of transmission of pathogenic viruses, including WNV, from United States-sourced blood and plasma products available in the United Kingdom.    [DoH]  (HL26)

The Lord Jenkin of Roding—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they did not consult the representative bodies of local authorities before announcing their proposed reforms to tackle delays in discharging older people from hospital.    [DoH]    (HL46)

The Lord Jenkin of RodingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they will not reconsider the principles of their proposed reforms announced in April to tackle delays in discharging older people from hospital, in the light of the representations from the Local Government Association and others.    [DoH]    (HL47)

The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what kind of administration they foresee for Zimbabwe in a post-Mugabe era.    [FCO]    (HL49)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that any arrangements made in the North South Ministerial Council during direct rule will be accountable, open and transparent and handled on the British side by politicians and not civil servants.    [NIO]    (HL61)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Privy Seal on 6th November (WA 119-121) concerning the appointment of a Chief Executive to the Irish Language Agency, where the meeting of the North South Ministerial Council of 27th November 2001 was held; who attended; and what else was discussed. [NIO]    (HL62)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th November (WA 176-177) concerning the Food Safety Promotion Board, how the operation of the Employment Equality Act 1998 and the Equal Status Act 2000 can be monitored if the religious breakdown of the employees is not noted; and what information about each employee is recorded.    [NIO]    (HL63)

The Lord NorthbourneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons were awarded the National Diploma in Social Work last year; and how this figure compares with each of the previous five years.    [DfES]    (HL66)

14th November

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that county councils such as Cumbria County Council which have been seriously affected by foot-and-mouth disease should seek to establish a forum in which the public sector agencies covering environment and health would meet on an annual or more frequent basis. [DEFRA]    (HL70)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that, where appropriate, county councils such as Cumbria County Council which have been seriously affected by foot-and-mouth disease should build on the foot-and-mouth disease task force model and create similar, but smaller, groups to help take forward initiatives related to the county’s post-foot-and-mouth disease recovery and regeneration.    [DEFRA]    (HL71)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will undertake or commission further work into the emotional, social and mental health consequences of foot-and-mouth disease in Cumbria; and whether the research should be extended to encompass children.    [DoH]    (HL74)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th November (WA 166) concerning the Northern Ireland block grant, what is the underspend for the year 2002-03.    [NIO]    (HL89)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 10th June (WA 1-2)—

        (a)  how many life peers there are in each of the three parties and on the Cross-Benches; and

        (b)  if no further life peers are created, what statistically would the number in each party be likely to be in each of the next 30 years.    [LCD]  (HL97)

18th November

The Lord Inglewood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in counties seriously affected by foot-and-mouth disease they will encourage the relevant development agencies and county councils to build on existing initiatives to establish an intensive programme of regional economic monitoring that will provide the detailed up-to-date data necessary to allow business support initiatives to be targeted to the needs for economic regeneration. [DEFRA]    (HL101)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage county councils in counties seriously affected by foot-and-mouth disease to build on the work of the Restriction Review Team to establish regular meetings between responsible bodies and key stakeholders to develop methods and policies to protect and enhance countryside access.    [DEFRA]    (HL103)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will match their plans for a community development venture fund in urban areas with a similar fund in rural areas. [DEFRA]    (HL104)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what increase in student numbers for courses devoted to European studies there have been in Britain’s higher education institutions over the past (a) five years and (b) ten years; and whether they will consider widening grants to higher education institutions to promote European studies, similar to the euro 7.2 million given to the European Research Institute at Birmingham University. [DfES]    (HL113)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether vehicles will be able to travel along the new Newtownstewart by-pass in Northern Ireland before Christmas; and when this by-pass will be opened.    [NIO]    (HL117)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the former Minister for Regional Development in the Northern Ireland Devolved Executive requested an allocation of £48 million to this Department for the purchase of new trains in the present financial year; when these trains were due for delivery; whether any of this £48 million has been re-allocated to other Departments; and whether all this £48 million will be spent during the present financial year.    [NIO]    (HL119)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, and if so from whom, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has received representations about the possible miscarriage of justice in the cases of Alami and Botmeh (1996), in addition to the 21 representations to the Home Office mentioned in the Written Answer of 24th July by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton (WA 96-97).    [FCO]    (HL124)

The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to extend their subsidy of central heating for domestic users to solar water heating.    [DTI]    (HL130)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to ensure that families and elderly residents in private residential care homes have complaints fully investigated; what actions management can be required to take; what monitoring is in place; what sanctions are available; and what compensation is available to residents if there is evidence of negligence and abuse.    [DoH]    (HL132)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding or resources have been made available to the Irish Language Agency, similar to that referred to in the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 6th November (WA 120) concerning two assistant editor posts, in each year since 1999; and for what the funding or resources were used.    [NIO]    (HL138)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many full-time permanent employees there were in each cross-border body, set up under the Belfast Agreement of 1998, taking the Irish Agency and the Ulster Scots Agency separately, currently and for the year 2000 and the year 2001.    [NIO]    (HL139)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th November (WA 174), how many representatives of the Ulster protestant, Ulster Scots, and Ulster unionist communities in the Irish Republic are members of the Irish Human Rights Commission.    [NIO]    (HL140)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 6th November (WA 120) concerning the appointment of two assistant editor posts for the Irish Language Agency, on what date the Agency was informed that North South Ministerial Council approval was required and that approval could be given at a meeting of 9th October; who provided that information; why the same facility was not offered to the Ulster Scots Agency; who designed the job specifications and salary scale; and which Departments approved them.    [NIO]    (HL141)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to make digital hearing aids available in Northern Ireland on the National Health Service.    [NIO]    (HL142)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their definition of a tobacco smoke-free workplace, given that passive or involuntary smoke inhalation can trigger asthma attacks.    [DoH]    (HL148)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to introduce a public awareness campaign on the dangers of passive smoking.    [DoH]    (HL149)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when people with asthma can expect to be protected from passive smoking at work.    [DoH]    (HL150)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to require tobacco manufacturers to provide additional health warnings on cigarette packets about the dangers of passive smoking including asthma.    [DoH]    (HL151)

19th November

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what more the United Kingdom and the European Union can do to promote the Free Trade Area amongst the European Union’s 12 partner countries bordering the Mediterranean; and whether they support political, social and economic reforms in the area, in conjunction with the removal of barriers in the agricultural and service sectors and the introduction of greater flexibility on rules of origin in the textile and clothing industries.    [FCO]    (HL154)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many managerial staff, at each grade and for each region of the National Health Service, have been granted concessionary pension benefits arising from early retirement during the financial years 2001-02 and 2002-03 to date.    [DoH]    (HL158)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many managerial employees of the National Health Service who took early retirement in the financial years 2001-02 and 2002-03 to date were aged 61-65, 56-60, 51-55, and 50 and under respectively.    [DoH]    (HL159)

The Lord MonsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 24th July (WA 73), whether they will make it clear to all persons recommended for the grant of a life peerage that the peerage so granted may be time-limited if Recommendation 103 in the Report of the Royal Commission on Reform of the House of Lords is implemented.    [LCD]    (HL165)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in how many cases people have been committed to prison by magistrates’ courts for local tax default since the poll tax was introduced; and how many such committals were subsequently declared unlawful by the High Court.    [LCD]    (HL166)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have had concerning the penalty of committal to prison in default of payment of community charge, council tax and other local taxes; and whether they have any plans to amend the law to abolish the penalty.    [ODPM]    (HL167)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 6th November (WA 119), whether they propose that the Security Service team should also conduct an independent and authoritative review of security in the entire Northern Ireland civil service.    [NIO]    (HL174)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they intend to make to the Government of Israel concerning the potential loss of greenhouses, olive trees and citrus trees, belonging mainly to Palestinians, which would result from the erection by Israel of a long security fence.    [FCO]    (HL177)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people under 18 years of age are currently detained in adult prisons; and when the Government intend to apply the Children Act 1989 to such cases.    [HO]    (HL180)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many posts within the Northern Ireland civil service are classed as sensitive posts or higher; how many of those post holders possess valid security clearances; whether any Northern Ireland civil servants whose security clearances have expired are still in post; and, if so, why.    [NIO]    (HL181)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 6th November (WA 123), whether this means that the Linguistic Diversity branch of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure in Northern Ireland does not contain officials with expertise in the Irish language and in Ulster Scots language and culture; and, if not, why not.    [NIO]    (HL182)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th November (WA 174) concerning the Irish Government’s respect for tradition, what were the 137 organisations involved in a wide range of cross-community education research and outreach programmes in 1999 and 2000; how much each received and for what project; what percentage went to groups in the Irish Republic; and what was the equality proofing for the allocations.    [NIO]    (HL183)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether exposure to tobacco smoke for people with asthma often leads to more severe symptoms such as reduced lung function, lower quality of life and increased use of the health service; and whether they will now ban smoking in the workplace or in public areas.    [DoH]    (HL184)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the two parts of the Language Implementation Body, as an international body set up under the Belfast Agreement of 1998, have an equal relationship with the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and its counterpart in the Government of the Irish Republic.    [NIO]    (HL185)

20th November

The Lord Smith of CliftonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the allowance granted to those members of the Northern Ireland Police Board who are also Members of the Legislative Assembly has been increased by £10,000 per annum.    [NIO]    (HL187)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their Starter Home initiative for key workers extends to rural areas; and, if so, to which ones.    [ODPM]    (HL193)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why a gap on top of the wall between Cluan Place in East Belfast and its neighbouring areas used by a sniper to shoot into the Cluan Place community on the night of 18th November was not repaired; when it will be repaired; and what other steps are being taken to assure the security of the residents.    [NIO]    (HL194)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether non smokers, particularly those with asthma or other respiratory conditions, face risks from passive smoking; and what plans they have to change the situation.    [DoH]    (HL195)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th November (WA 169), which Departments of which Governments approved the job descriptions and salary scales of the new appointees listed; and at what meetings of the North South Ministerial Council they were approved.    [NIO]    (HL196)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th November (WA 176-177), whether the answer means that employees of the Food Safety Promotion Board are subject to Republic of Ireland law and at the same time Northern Ireland law; and, given the differences between the two systems of law, how they resolve potential conflicts.    [NIO]    (HL198)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Smoking Kills White Paper in 1998, when they plan to implement the Approved Code of Practice, or any other measure that would effectively ban smoking in workplaces.    [DoH]    (HL199)

The Lord Peyton of YeovilTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether adequate arrangements exist for the disposal of intermediate nuclear waste following the dismantling of Hinkley Point nuclear power station.    [DTI]    (HL200)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what recommendations have been made by the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission investigation into compulsory voting.    [LCD]    (HL201)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many overseas residents’ visits were made to the United Kingdom in (a) the first and (b) the second quarters of 2002.    [DCMS]    (HL203)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the total employment figures in the first quarter of 2001 and the first quarter of 2002 in tourism-related industries in (a) England and (b) Great Britain.    [DCMS]    (HL204)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many regional development agencies employ personnel specifically dealing with tourism in their areas.    [DTI]    (HL205)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to commission an independent review of the work of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority in the light of, amongst other things, the report from the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee earlier this year and the disclosures in the Sunday Telegraph on 10th November by embryologist Dr Sammy Lee.    [DoH]    (HL206)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 7th November (WA 144), for exactly how long the Department of Health has known about dangers inherent in in vitro fertilisation and other assisted reproductive technologies.    [DoH]    (HL210)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 6th November (WA 111), whether—

        (a)  no Minister or official from the Home Office formally agreed the specification for the contract with Capita to process criminal record checks; and

        (b)  no Minister or official from the Home Office was responsible for the actual procurement of the contract with Capita to process criminal record checks.    [HO]  (HL211)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who authorised the Criminal Record Bureau to draw up a specification for, and procure, a contract with Capita for processing criminal record checks.    [HO]    (HL212)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is authorised to see personal bank and building society details which appear on an application form for a criminal record check; and what guarantee there is for the applicant that such information cannot be used or abused.    [HO]    (HL213)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who set the parameters with regard to both financial and service levels for the Criminal Records Bureau to agree a specification for, and procure, a contract with Capita for processing criminal record checks; and what were these parameters.    [HO]    (HL214)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what predictions were made and by whom of the number of criminal record checks in the contract with Capita; and over what periods.    [HO]    (HL215)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any penalty clauses were built into the contract with Capita to process criminal record checks; whether any such clauses have been invoked; and to what effect.    [HO]    (HL216)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the 83 public consultations the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs instigated since 1st June 2001 have been responded to and acted upon.    [DEFRA]    (HL219)

21st November

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total annual value and number of dishonoured cheques received by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for the last convenient period.    [DfT]    (HL225)

The Lord Pilkington of OxenfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether copies of the consultation document on school admissions were sent to all schools and governing bodies; and who else received the consultation document.    [DfES]    (HL228)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government by what date under the terms of the European Union End of Life Vehicles Directive was the United Kingdom to have the Directive transposed into British law; and when will this take place.    [DTI]    (HL229)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government from what date car owners will be required to pay the increased cost of treatment required by the European Union End of Life Vehicles Directive when disposing of old vehicles; and what is their estimate of the charges likely to be required.    [DTI]    (HL230)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government from what date all vehicle dismantlers have to provide a certificate of destruction to certify that the cars they treat are disposed of in a manner that complies with the European Union End of Life Vehicles Directive.    [DTI]    (HL231)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a Post Office box number meets the imprint requirements for election leaflets.    [LCD]    (HL232)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 28th October (WA 2), whether, in addition to lists of successful applicants for absent votes, the application forms or other written applications for postal votes are also available for inspection.    [LCD]    (HL233)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding has been provided annually for Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships since their establishment. [HO]    (HL234)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the accountability and governance arrangements for National Health Service Professionals.    [DoH]    (HL235)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the expected financial outcome for National Health Service Professionals for 2002-03    [DoH]    (HL236)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any central money has been made available to National Health Service Professionals during 2002-03; and, if so, how much.    [DoH]    (HL237)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether National Health Service providers are obliged to use the services of National Health Service Professionals if they wish to hire agency nurses.    [DoH]    (HL238)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether National Health Service Professionals has a finance director who holds a recognised accountancy qualification. [DoH]    (HL239)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what objectives have been set for National Health Service Professionals for 2002-03 and for its chief executive (or other senior responsible manager).    [DoH]    (HL240)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many non-civil servant advisers have been employed in the Department for Education and Skills to assist Ministers since May 1997; and how many remain on the payroll.    [DfES]    (HL241)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the tax credits that are available for clearing contaminated land extend to rural areas.    [HMT]    (HL243)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what communication took place during the week beginning 4th November between the Department for Transport and the Health and Safety Executive, and between the Department for Transport and Network Rail, over the planned reinstatement of points 2182A at Potters Bar during the weekend of 9th-10th November; and whether the Department for Transport was responsible for the cancellation of the planned work.    [DfT]    (HL244)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether traffic planners in the South-East are required to take special account of congestion caused by journeys to and from Heathrow; and, if so, what radius from Heathrow is covered by the requirement.    [DfT]    (HL247)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Primary Care Trusts and other National Health Service commissioning bodies are responsible for ensuring that the standards of clinical governance required by the Trusts are adhered to by contractors, including general practitioners, who provide clinical services on behalf of the Trust.    [DoH]    (HL250)

The Baroness BuscombeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the number of members of each local authority in England and Wales falling within the definition of a “Licensing Authority” in clause 3(1) of the Licensing Bill, indicating in each case how many members of the authority are members of an executive established under Part II of the Local Government Act 2000.    [DCMS]    (HL251)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 5th November (WA 92-93), whether they have received representations about bringing lighthouses around Britain and Ireland under the British-Irish Council; and, if so, from whom.    [DfT]    (HL252)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 6th November (WA 122), how the terms CTC (counter terrorist check), SC (security check) and DV (developed vetting) relate to the more familiar negative and positive vetting concepts.    [NIO]    (HL253)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  whether the post of the interim Chief Executive of the Ulster-Scots Agency, appointed in 1999, was advertised either internally or externally to the civil service; and, if so, whether they will place a copy of the job advertisement in the Library of the House;

        (b)  how many applications were received;

        (c)  which Departments were represented on the appointment committee; and

        (d)  what equality procedure was involved.    [NIO]  (HL254)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th November (WA 167-170), why the Chief Executive Officers of the Cross-Border Bodies, set up in 1999, have not yet been provided with a pension; what other Cross-Border Implementation Body posts do not have pension provision; and what steps are being taken to make such provision.    [NIO]    (HL255)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th November (WA 167-170), whether Tourism Ireland is an Implementation Body; if not, why it was included in the Written Answer; under what legislation it was set up; what its relationship is to the Cross-Border Implementation Bodies; and whether it is a government agency.    [NIO]    (HL256)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 6th November (WA 127), who are the parties to the Belfast Agreement; what are the obligations of the Irish Government under the Belfast Agreement; and to what extent, if at all, they consider that the Irish Government has honoured its obligations.    [NIO]    (HL257)

25th November

The Lord TomlinsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what role the Attorney General plays in the firefighters’ dispute.    [LSLO]    (HL260)

The Baroness Turner of CamdenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any savings have been made in legal aid expenditure since the introduction of the Conditional Fee Agreements Regulations in April 2000; and, if so, how much.    [LCD]    (HL262)

The Lord SwinfenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the additional daily cost to the police of the firefighters’ strike.    [HO]    (HL263)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th November concerning a North South Ministerial Council (WA 171-172), whether the reference to the “administration” in the North refers to Donegal County Council, who administer the most northerly part of the island of Ireland; if not, what part of the answer covers the northern part of the island of Ireland; and what is the appropriate title for that part of the island.    [NIO]    (HL264)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 6th November (WA 118), who are the parties to the IRA ceasefire; what was its date; whether there are any written terms; and whether there are any provisions regarding its monitoring.    [NIO]    (HL265)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 6th November (WA 121), which official, and of what rank, advised the United Kingdom and Irish Governments; and whether the official belongs to the United Kingdom or the Irish Government.    [NIO]    (HL266)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 6th November (WA 121-122), whether the community background information sought is available anywhere; and, if so where.    [NIO]    (HL267)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether civil servants from the Republic of Ireland who are operating in a part of the United Kingdom, namely Northern Ireland, have diplomatic immunity; and, if not, what is their status.    [FCO]    (HL269)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent representations the Department for Work and Pensions has received from Rehab UK about the future of its Tyne and Wear Brain Injury Centre; and what action they are taking. [DWP]    (HL270)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the estimated cost to the National Health Service of the additional employment rights being granted to temporary workers by the proposed new European Directive.    [DoH]    (HL271)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost to the National Health Service in 2001-02 of temporary workers, broken down between the cost of doctors, nurses and other staff categories.    [DoH]    (HL272)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the cut in stamp duty for property in disadvantaged areas includes any rural districts.    [HMT]    (HL274)

26th November

The Baroness GreengrossTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide an estimate of what number and percentage of people aged over state pension age would pay (a) no tax, (b) tax at starting rate, (c) tax at basic rate and (d) tax at the higher rate if there were no age-related tax allowances for people aged 65 and over.    [HMT]    (HL277)

The Baroness GreengrossTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was spent on age-related allowances for people aged 65 and over in 2001-02.    [HMT]    (HL278)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they are advocating to ensure that the election of Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland’s successor as Director General of the World Health Organisation is open and transparent; what qualifications they will be rating most highly in candidates; and whether they will be seeking a commitment by candidates to the Alma-Ata declaration Health for All.    [DoH]    (HL279)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hospital consultants are currently under suspension; and what proportion of the total this represents. [DoH]    (HL280)

The Lord HayhoeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions are taking place with strategic health authorities to determine whether the additional funds intended for hospices are reaching front line services; and what action is contemplated if shortfalls are established or suspected.    [DoH]    (HL281)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Articles of the Schengen Acquis will be implemented by the provisions of the Crime (International Co-operation) Bill [HL].    [HO]    (HL282)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how private ambulance organisations in Northern Ireland are accredited; and how their activities are monitored.    [NIO]    (HL283)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the £16.2 million promised to the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service for capital investment in a press release of 3rd July has been allocated; and what projects are included in the proposed investment.    [NIO]    (HL284)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the 72 recommendations contained in a Strategic Review of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, published in February 2000, have been carried out; whether sufficient funds have been made available; and, if not fully implemented, when they will be.    [NIO]    (HL285)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average age and mileage of the current fleet of ambulances in the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service; and how this average compares with the normally expected age and mileage for ambulances in England. [NIO]    (HL286)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the report into Administration in Northern Ireland will be published next August; and, if not, when.    [NIO]    (HL287)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the standard percentage of emergency calls answered within eight minutes by the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service; and what is the comparable figure for England.    [NIO]    (HL288)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the status of the independent reconfiguration panel being set up to consider major service changes in the National Health Service.    [DoH]    (HL289)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the members of the independent reconfiguration panel.    [DoH]    (HL290)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proceedings of the independent reconfiguration panel will be published.    [DoH]    (HL291)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the advice of the independent reconfiguration panel will be made known, including whether the Secretary of State for Health accepts the panel’s advice.    [DoH]    (HL292)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the independent reconfiguration panel will consider all major service changes; and, if not, what criteria will determine whether the panel considers such changes.    [DoH]    (HL293)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in reducing disparity of funding between primary schools and post primary schools in Northern Ireland; and whether they have any plans to provide equality of funding for the primary school children of Northern Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL296)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated number of Greek Orthodox, Latins, Maronites and Anglicans living within Turkish Northern Cyprus. [FCO]    (HL297)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated number of (a) Greek Cypriots living in the Karpaz Peninsula of Northern Cyprus; (b) Turkish Cypriots living in (i) Larnaca and (ii) Pafos in Southern Cyprus; (c) Turkish Cypriots living in Kokkina in Northern Cyprus and (d) Maronites living in Northern Cyprus.    [FCO]    (HL298)

27th November

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the role of development aid in the peace process and resolution of conflict in southern Sudan; and whether such aid through civil society organisations would assist or inhibit that process over the coming months.    [DfID]    (HL300)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial support they have provided to the Morley Gallery at Morley College in Westminster Bridge Road during each of the years 1997-2002; and what their response would be to any threat of closure by the Board of Governors.    [DCMS]    (HL301)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Special Constables there are.    [HO]    (HL302)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the present enrolments in each of the primary, secondary and grammar schools in the Strangford constituency; and what were the equivalent figures five years ago.    [NIO]    (HL303)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many boarders there are at each of the schools in Northern Ireland which enrol boarders.    [NIO]    (HL304)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 25th November (WA 22), who are the current and prospective users of the 2 gigahertz band; what they use it for; and what are the “recent changes” that he referred to.    [DTI]    (HL305)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 27th November (HL137) concerning funding of the Language Implementation Body, whether the financial year of the Boord o’Ulstèr-Scotch is the calendar year; whether the £304,826 underspend listed for 2001 was made available to the Boord in 2002; whether it is still available; and, if not, why.    [NIO]    (HL306)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 25th November (WA 25-26), whether there is any logical principle capable of distinguishing between the agreement on pensions reached with the former Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia in 1958 and that reached with Canada in 1960.    [DWP]    (HL307)

The Lord Smith of LeighTo ask Her Majesty’s Government by how much prescribing budgets are being overspent by region; and to what extent this is affecting health services. [DoH]    (HL308)

The Lord Smith of LeighTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the future of the Tote; and over what timescale they intend to achieve this change.    [DCMS]    (HL309)

The Lord Smith of LeighTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are concerned about the apparent under-enumeration in the 2001 census among males aged 20-44.    [HMT]     (HL310)

The Baroness BrigstockeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  how many privately-funded institutions of further and higher education there are in the United Kingdom;

        (b)  how many students are enrolled in these institutions, and how many of these students are from overseas; and

        (c)  what arrangements there are for ensuring that these institutions are bona fide educational establishments and are of good quality.    [DfES]  (HL311)

The Baroness Hayman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish figures for the actual spending on cancer services funded under allocations announced under the Cancer Plan for the financial year 2001-02.    [DoH]    (HL312)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Rural Proofing Report, whether all departments have now made arrangements to include a short rural proofing section within their annual departmental reports; and, if not, which departments have not. [DEFRA]    (HL313)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Centre for Management and Policy Services has built rural proofing into their policy-making courses for civil servants; if not, what progress has been made; and when it will be complete.    [CO]    (HL314)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Rural Proofing Report (page 10), in which departments the distribution of the checklist was limited or delayed; and, if any, where it still has not been fully implemented.    [DEFRA]    (HL315)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Rural Proofing Report, whether all departments have now appointed a liaison person with a cross-cutting or corporate function.    [DEFRA]    (HL316)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Rural Proofing Report (page 20), how many rural, one-stop, primary healthcare centres have been opened since the production of the report.    [DoH]    (HL317)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 24th September (WA 251), whether tables 5.1 to 5.5 in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs departmental report for 2002 have yet been re-issued in corrected form.    [DEFRA]    (HL318)

28th November

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the report in The Times on 18th November, whether they will re-schedule public service agreement targets which have not yet been met, have not yet been assessed or have experienced slippage; and, if so, when the new target times will be made public.    [HMT]    (HL321)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which departments were unable to arrange for the Chairman of the Countryside Agency to meet the Secretary of State in connection with his Rural Proofing Report.    [DEFRA]    (HL322)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether rationalisation of magistrates’ courts might be better accomplished by closing some courts in towns and cities, and retaining others in surrounding rural areas, to reduce the travel problems of rural dwellers while allowing public transport from areas of concentrated population.    [LCD]    (HL323)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in implementing rural proofing region by region.    [DEFRA]    (HL324)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the ages of the members of the Committee on Standards in Public Life; and whether they will encourage the Committee to include members’ ages in future annual reports.    [CO]    (HL325)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of students who gained their first degrees in 2002 from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge and each member of the “Russell Group” of universities received (a) a first class honours degree and (b) a 2(1) honours degree.    [DfES]    (HL326)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which public enterprises will fall under the remit of the new Shareholder Executive; and to which Minister it will report.    [DTI]    (HL327)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 20th November (HL Deb, cols. 373-374), whether, in view of Articles 2, 4, 43, 46, 98 and 99.1 of the Treaty Establishing the European Community, tax harmonisation could be proposed by the European Commission as single market legislation.    [HMT]    (HL328)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 20th November (HL Deb, cols. 373-374), what sanctions exist if European Union member states refuse or fail to pay fines levied under Articles 226-229 of the Treaty Establishing the European Community.    [FCO]    (HL329)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 20th November (HL Deb, cols. 373-374), what penalties, apart from fines, could be applied to member states under Article 229 of the Treaty Establishing the European Community.    [FCO]    (HL330)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 27th November (HL Deb, cols. 743-744), what is the position with the European Bus Directive; and whether the future of the double decker bus is assured.    [DfT]    (HL331)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money has been expended from public funds to meet the costs of the introduction of the cup and cone device for MK1 rolling stock which has now been abandoned.    [DfT]    (HL332)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are planning to give evidence to the new inquiry initiated by the Government of Norway into the circumstances surrounding the crash of the Wideroe Airlines Twin Otter mail and passenger plane at Mehamn, Norway, on 11th March 1982, in view of witnesses’ reports that Royal Air Force Harriers were seen on a flight path close to the crashed aircraft. [MoD]    (HL333)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they keep records of owners using the Pet Travel Scheme; and whether these records include the names, addresses and details of the owners and their pets.    [DEFRA]    (HL334)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the event of an outbreak of rabies, they are satisfied that the records of owners and their pets using the Pet Travel Scheme would enable them to track down any pet suspected of bringing in the disease. [DEFRA]    (HL335)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they have taken, and intend to take, to strengthen the protection of homosexual people against crimes motivated by hatred and, in particular, incitement to violence against homosexual people in song lyrics and the public broadcasting of those songs.    [HO]    (HL336)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  how many firemen died in 2001;

        (b)  how many firemen were injured in 2002; and

        (c)  how many civilians died in fires or as a result of fires in 2001.    [ODPM]  (HL337)

The Lord Jacobs—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were employed in the National Health Service in 1997; and how many are employed in 2002.    [DoH]    (HL338)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in which areas of Lancashire digital hearing aids are provided by the National Health Service; what are the criteria for making decisions on whether they are provided; and when it is intended that they will be provided throughout the county.    [DoH]    (HL339)

The Lord Norton of LouthTo ask the Leader of the House what progress has been made to ensure that bills carried over from one session to another are subject to a specified time limit.    [LHoL]    (HL340)

The Lord Norton of LouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what training is provided to senior Ministers to assist them in the running of their departments.    [CO]    (HL341)

The Lord Norton of LouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision exists for the dissemination to senior Ministers of “best practice” advice in the running of Government departments.    [CO]    (HL342)

The Lord Norton of LouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what training is provided for senior civil servants to enable them better to understand the role and procedures of both Houses of Parliament.    [CO]    (HL343)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total cost of providing for the presence of the Northern Ireland Film Commission at the last Cannes Film Festival. [NIO]    (HL344)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what public funds have been allocated by the Northern Ireland Film Commission to each film it has supported during the past two years.    [NIO]    (HL345)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, since the creation of the Northern Ireland Film Commission, how much it has grant aided films from an Irish background and how much from an Ulster Scots background.    [NIO]    (HL346)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the confidence-building dialogue between the State Peace and Development Council in Burma and Daw Aung San Su Kyi of the National League for Democracy to have stalled; if so, whether their policy will toughen in line with the statement in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Country Profile of Burma; and what form a tougher policy towards Burma would take.    [FCO]    (HL347)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect they consider the changes proposed to Turkey’s constitution by Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan will have on Turkey’s candidacy for European Union membership.    [FCO]    (HL348)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to persuade the Turkish Cypriots to accept the United Nations Secretary-General’s plan for Cyprus as the basis for continued talks.    [FCO]    (HL349)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the figures contained in CARE Afghanistan’s report published on 30th September that in the four recent post-conflict settings of Bosnia, Kosovo, Rwanda and East Timor, international donors spent an average of $250 per person in aid, while in Afghanistan they have pledged $75 per person for 2002 and $42 per person per year over five years.    [DfID]    (HL350)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to combat Burma’s status as one of the largest producers in the world of opium for illicit consumption, and as a major supplier of methamphetamines.    [FCO]    (HL351)

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 do not permit cycles to be fitted with any lamp which automatically emits a flashing light; and whether they will consider changing these regulations to allow cyclists to use them legally.    [DfT]    (HL352)

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, given that some cyclists prefer to use lamps which automatically emit a flashing light in contravention of the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989, whether there are safety advantages to such lamps.    [DfT]    (HL353)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 6th November (WA 121) concerning the funding provided by the Northern Ireland Arts Council to Irish and Ulster Scots, whether the Council has an action plan to develop a position of equality in funding; and, if not, why not.    [NIO]    (HL354)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th November (WA 174-175), what progress has been made by the inter-departmental committee established in January 1998 to develop the Battle of the Boyne site; what is the purpose of the committee; who are its members; how much it has spent; and what are the grounds for considering that its progress has been good.    [NIO]    (HL355)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th November (WA 173) concerning the Human Rights Commission in the Republic of Ireland, what is meant by the “Good Friday Agreement”; whether this is the Belfast Agreement; if so, what they consider the appropriate title to be; and what is meant in the answer by “(North and South)”.    [NIO]    (HL356)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications their Embassy in Dublin has had for British citizenship in each month since 1st January 1999; how many were accepted; and how many were rejected.    [FCO]    (HL357)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the undertaking in the Belfast Agreement of 1998 signed by the Government of the Irish Republic, in which the Irish Government said they would take steps to further strengthen the protection of human rights to at least an equivalent level of protection as in Northern Ireland, what steps have been taken to date.    [FCO]    (HL358)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the next meeting is scheduled under the “Brussels Process”.    [FCO]    (HL359)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the complaints made to Her Majesty’s Government by the Spanish Government about Gibraltar.    [FCO]    (HL360)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for the supervision of financial services in Gibraltar.    [FCO]    (HL361)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government with which United Kingdom region Gibraltar will be put for voting purposes in the next European Parliamentary Elections. [LCD]    (HL362)

2nd December

The Lord Hughes of WoodsideTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the human rights situation in Iraq.    (HL363)

The Lord Hughes of WoodsideTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for December; and what are the major European Union events for the period between 1st January and 30th June 2003.    (HL364)

The Baroness GaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish (a) the aggregate amount of civil defence grants to be made for the financial year 2003-04; (b) the amount of grant to be paid into each local authority; and (c) the formula or other criteria used to determine the allocation between authorities.    (HL370)

The Lord BurlisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the repair of HMS Nottingham.    (HL371)

The Lord Howie of TroonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the internal review of mistaken taxation of some Armed Forces invalidity pensions has been completed.    (HL372)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in the five years preceding the Chinook ZD 576 crash there was one, or more than one, Chinook accident in the Royal Air Force; if so, on which dates; and whether the Royal Air Force held inquiries.     (HL373)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many firefighters and related administrative workers operate in Glasgow; and how many service personnel are now operating in Glasgow.    (HL374)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average rate of pay of firefighters in the United Kingdom, and (in sterling) in France, Germany and Holland.    (HL375)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money they expect British Energy to pay to Enron under the proposed Standstill Agreements described on page 6 of the “Announcement of restructuring proposals and extension of HMG loan facility”, which was made on 28th November and deposited in the Library of the House.    (HL376)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the terms and the duration of the amount of the “out of the money power purchase agreements” and “contracts for differences” between British Energy and Enron noted on page 6 of the “Announcement of restructuring proposals and extension of HMG loan facility”, which was made on 28th November.    (HL377)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the British taxpayer is underwriting an agreement which will enable payments to be made to Enron.    (HL378)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following their estimate of an annual cost of £150-£200 million for the next ten years, what is their estimate of the annual cost to the Government from 2012 to 2086 of its “significant contribution” to British Energy’s historic nuclear fuel liabilities managed by BNFL.    (HL379)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to statement by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 28th November (HL Deb, col. 916), what is the limit of the commitment by the Government to underwrite the proposed “solvent restructuring” of British Energy, expressed both in an amount and in time.    (HL380)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that copies of Prison Standing Orders and Instructions are available to prisoners through prison libraries.    (HL381)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the implementation of recruitment policies and practices in the Northern Ireland civil service is satisfactory; and whether the same criteria are applied to the Northern Ireland civil service as to the civil service in England and Wales.    (HL382)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what vetting procedures are applied to civil servants in Northern Ireland; and whether the same procedures are applied to civil servants in England and Wales.    (HL383)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Civil Service Commissioner’s Recruitment Code is fully observed by all departments and agencies within the Northern Ireland civil service.    (HL384)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of service personnel now available for deployment in the event of a resumption of hostilities against Iraq have been vaccinated against anthrax; whether any of them have suffered side effects; and whether the Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research at Porton Down is content that combining the anthrax vaccine with other vaccines and protective measures could not involve harmful long-term side effects.    (HL385)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 7th November (WA 161), what reply they are sending to the further representations made to them by Major (Retired) Christine Lloyd, a Gulf War veteran; and whether there is any action they will be taking.    (HL386)

The Baroness SharplesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they estimate that it should take three years to implement the introduction of an entitlement card when many companies are already geared up to produce such cards.    (HL387)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff are currently employed at the Strategic Rail Authority, broken down into—

        (a)  freight;

        (b)  passenger franchise management;

        (c)  strategy;

        (d)  infrastructure management;

        (e)  finance;

        (f)  human resources;

        (g)  communications; and

        (h)  other;

and what changes in structure are planned in the next six months.    (HL388)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what type of material is supplied to a woman contemplating an abortion in the National Health Service; and whether they will place in the Library of the House examples of such material given.    (HL389)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any booklets or other information are given by the National Health Service to a woman contemplating an abortion that would show foetal development.    (HL390)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the abortion procedures are explained in detail by the National Health Service to a woman contemplating an abortion.    (HL391)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the adverse consequences of an abortion are discussed by the National Health Service with a woman contemplating an abortion.    (HL392)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 28th November (WA 66) concerning the Chief Executive of the Irish Language Agency, what was the memorandum from a Government lawyer to the British Joint Secretary of the North South Ministerial Council of 8th July; whether they received legal opinions authorised by Tha Boord o’ Ulster Scotch dated 24th April, 21st May and 22nd June; whether these and any other opinions can be placed in the Library of the House; and why these were not referred to in the answer.    (HL393)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is a draft international agreement between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland regarding the six implementation bodies in the eventuality of suspension lasting for a certain period of time; why such an agreement was not signed; whether it has been discussed in London/Dublin talks since 14th October; and whether they will publish the draft international agreement.    (HL394)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 6th November (WA 123) concerning the Linguistic Diversity Branch of the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, who has provided expert advice on Irish Language and on Ulster Scots culture, language and history since 1st December 1999; what the topic was; and how much was paid in each case.    (HL395)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 28th November (WA 68), whether they will in future refer to the two states in the island of Ireland by their legal titles.    (HL396)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th November (WA 171), whether a new board member was appointed to the Ulster Scots Agency; whether arrangement was made for the appointment of a Chief Executive not agreed by the North South Ministerial Council; and, if so, when.    (HL397)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the suspension of the Northern Ireland Assembly on 14th October, the North South Ministerial Council created by an agreement of 8th March 1999 following the Belfast Agreement was also effectively suspended, given paragraph 13 of Strand Two of the Belfast Agreement.    (HL398)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

Waiting for Second Reading

    Waste and Emissions Trading [HL] [3rd December]

    High Hedges [HL] [10th December]

    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]

    National Minimum Wage (Enforcement Notices) [HL] [10th December]

    Patients’ Protection [HL]

    Voting Age (Reduction to 16) [HL]

    Wild Mammals (Protection) (Amendment) (No. 2) [HL]

    Courts [HL] [9th December]

    Road Traffic (Amendment) [HL]

    London Development Agency

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    London Local Authorities and Transport for London [HL]

    London Local Authorities [HL]

Committed to a Grand Committee

    Arms Control and Disarmament (Inspections) [HL] [19th December]

    Crime (International Co-operation) [HL] [7th January]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Licensing [HL] [12th December]

MEASURES IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Synodical Government (Amendment) [10th December]

    Church of England (Pensions) [10th December]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Flexible Working (Procedural Requirements) Regulations 2002

    Draft Supply of Beer (Tied Estate) (Revocation) Order 2002

    Companies (Fees) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2002

    Draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cash Searches: Code of Practice) Order 2002

    Draft Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 (Amendment of section 46(1)) Order 2002

    Draft Social Security Commissioners (Procedure) (Tax Credits Appeals) Regulations 2002

    Draft Tax Credits (Appeals) (No. 2) Regulations 2002

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Potato Industry Development Council (Amendment) Order 2002

    Draft Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Designation of Public Authorities) Order 2002

    Draft Contracting Out (Functions in Relation to Applications for Patents) Order 2002

    Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Agreement on Trade, Development and Co-operation Between the European Community and its Member States and the Republic of South Africa) Order 2002

    Draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Solicitors’ Practising Certificates) Order 2002

    Draft Medical Act 1983 (Amendment) Order 2002

    Draft Housing Support Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2002

    Draft Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 2002

    Draft Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Northern Ireland) Order 2002

    Draft Harbours (Northern Ireland) Order 2002

    Draft Company Directors Disqualification (Northern Ireland) Order 2002

    Draft Environment (Northern Ireland) Order 2002

    Draft Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 2002

    Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Statutory Powers of Stop and Search) Order 2002

    Draft Air Quality (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2002

    Draft Jobseeker’s Allowance (Amendment) Regulations 2002

NORTHERN IRELAND ORDER IN COUNCIL IN PROGRESS

Waiting for completion of statutory procedures under section 85(4)(a) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998

    Proposal for a draft Order in Council: Health and Personal Social Services (Quality, Improvement and Regulation) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 [laid on 2nd December]

REGULATORY REFORM ORDERS IN PROGRESS

Orders referred to the Regulatory Reform Committee for first-stage scrutiny

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Business Tenancies) (England and Wales) Order 2003

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Assured Periodic Tenancies) (Rent Increases) Order 2003

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Housing Management Agreements) Order 2003

Orders reported following first-stage scrutiny by the Regulatory Reform Committee

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Sugar Beet Research and Education) Order 2003 [27th Report, Session 2001-02]

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Special Occasions Licensing) Order 2002 [27th Report, Session 2001-02]

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Credit Unions) Order 2002 [29th Report, Session 2001-02]

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Removal of 20 Member Limit in Partnerships etc.) Order 2002

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

TUESDAY 3RD DECEMBER

House of Lords Reform (Joint Committee)10.00 am
European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.30 am
(Fighting Infection)
Economic Affairs (Select Committee)4.00 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Administration and Works (Select Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 4TH DECEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.00 am
European Union (Sub-Committee F)10.30 am
Constitution (Select Committee)4.00 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 5TH DECEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.20 am

MONDAY 9TH DECEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee B)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 11TH DECEMBER

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform10.30 am
(Select Committee)
 
 
 
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