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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 10TH DECEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

*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 Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their decision to equip only nine out of 25 of the Royal Air Force’s new transport aircraft with defensive aids suites will compromise the safety of the Armed Forces.

London Development Agency Bill—Second Reading

†Business of the House—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the debates on the motions in the names of the Lord Peyton of Yeovil and the Baroness Oppenheim-Barnes set down for tomorrow shall each be limited to 2½ hours.

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]

    In the event of the bill being read a second time, the Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

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

    †In the event of the bill being read a second time, the Baroness Gardner of Parkes to move, That the bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

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 Goldsmith to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 25th November be approved. [3rd Report from the Joint Committee]

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. [3rd Report from the Joint Committee]

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. [3rd Report from the Joint Committee]

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 Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take urgent measures to increase safety for passengers in buses and coaches.

†*The Lord Bradshaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to deal with bogus claimants and their lawyers who claim for damages in accidents in which they have not been involved.

†Business of the House—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That Standing Order 41 (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with on 7th January next to allow the motion standing in the name of the Baroness Scotland of Asthal to be taken before the motion standing in the name of the Lord Grenfell.

†Administration and Works—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the Lord Shaw of Northstead be appointed a member of the Select Committee.

†Statutory Instruments—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the Lord Mancroft be appointed a member of the Joint Committee in the place of the Lord Vivian.

The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To call attention to the growth of government and its attendant regulations and the case for action to reduce them; and to move for papers.

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

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 two o’clock

Judgments]

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

†*The Lord Goodhart—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to continue to make appointments of Queen’s Counsel.

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.

*The Viscount Goschen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis they consider that Network Rail’s debt should be excluded from public borrowing.

†Police (Northern Ireland) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn)]

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

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.

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.

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]

In Committee Rooms 3A and 4B

At 3.30 pm

Waste and Emissions Trading Bill [HL]—Grand Committee [The Lord Whitty] [First Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

WEDNESDAY 18TH DECEMBER

        †Introduction—

The Lord Bishop of Manchester

          will be introduced.

*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 Baroness Sharples—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to stop the spread of Japanese knotweed.

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. [Balloted debate]

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. [Balloted debate]

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.

[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Waste and Emissions Trading Bill will continue at 3.30 pm in Committee Rooms 3A and 4B]

THURSDAY 19TH DECEMBER

[At eleven o’clock]

*The Lord Carter—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the balance of trade in temperate food matters.

*The Lord Corbett of Castle Vale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of (a) men and (b) women remanded in custody are subsequently imprisoned.

†*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have taken a view on the impact on the National Health Service of the proposed Directive on the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications.

Supply of Beer (Tied Estate) (Revocation) Order 2002—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 21st November be approved. [3rd Report from the Joint Committee]

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. [3rd Report from the Joint Committee]

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. [3rd Report from the Joint Committee]

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

†*The Lord Howell of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the cost of the Saville Inquiry into the Bloody Sunday incident has yet exceeded £150 million; and, if not, whether both Houses of Parliament will be notified when it does.

†The Lord Chan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the performance of the National Health Service Appointments Commission in appointing Non Executive Directors of Primary Care Trusts is satisfactory.

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).

The Baroness Scotland of Asthal—To move, That this House takes note of the Convention on the Future of Europe.

In Committee Rooms 3A and 4B

At 3.30 pm

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

WEDNESDAY 8TH JANUARY

†*The Lord Taverne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure the independence of the Food Standards Agency.

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to combat misleading food labelling.

THURSDAY 9TH JANUARY

[At eleven o’clock]

Voting Age (Reduction to 16) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Lucas]

    †In the event of the bill being read a second time, the Lord Lucas to move, That the bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

†[At three o’clock]

†Courts Bill [HL]—Committee [The Lord Chancellor]

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.

The Baroness Greengross—To call attention to corporate social responsibility; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Greengross—To call attention to women’s health and the case for a lifecourse approach; and to move for papers.

The Lord Fowler—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to combat HIV/AIDS.

The Baroness Harris of Richmond—To call attention to the flexibility of European labour markets in the light of the Report of the European Union Select Committee Working in Europe: Access for all (Session 2001-02, 15th Report, HL 88); and to move for papers.

†The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the threat posed by North Korea to international security and to the human rights of its citizens.

PART II

MOTIONS FOR BALLOTED DEBATE

[Ballot on 18th December for debate on 8th January]

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 Campbell of Croy—To call attention to the functioning and effects of the Data Protection Act 1998; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To call attention to Her Majesty’s Government’s policy on the policing of illegal drugs; and to move for papers.

PART III

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

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

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 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]

The Earl of Selborne—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Environmental Regulation and Agriculture (36th Report, HL Paper 186, Session 2001-02). [5th December]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 9th December, or unanswered after 21 days]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

13th November

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, 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)

14th November

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)

18th November

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 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, 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)

9th December

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any data comparing traffic congestion rates in London with those of comparable cities, either in the United Kingdom or in other countries; and, if so, whether they will publish them.    (HL442)

The Lord GregsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 25th November (HL Deb, col. 613), whether they will make available additional briefing about the Arms Control and Disarmament (Inspections) Bill.    (HL530)

The Lord GregsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to change the way the Legal Services Commission funds cases which are heard before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission.    (HL531)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any involvement by Marie Stopes International in the Chinese One Child Policy.    (HL532)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Department of Health gave in each of the last five years to—

        (a)  Marie Stopes International;

        (b)  International Planned Parenthood Federation;

        (c)  British Pregnancy Advisory Service;

        (d)  Pregnancy Advisory Service;

        (e)  United Nations Population Fund; and

        (f)  Family Planning Association (United Kingdom)

for the purposes of abortion.    (HL533)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Department of Health gave in each of the last five years to—

        (a)  Marie Stopes International;

        (b)  International Planned Parenthood Federation;

        (c)  British Pregnancy Advisory Service;

        (d)  Pregnancy Advisory Service;

        (e)  United Nations Population Fund; and

        (f)  Family Planning Association (United Kingdom)

for the purposes of family planning.    (HL534)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Department of Health gave in each of the last five years to—

        (a)  Marie Stopes International;

        (b)  International Planned Parenthood Federation;

        (c)  British Pregnancy Advisory Service;

        (d)  Pregnancy Advisory Service;

        (e)  United Nations Population Fund; and

        (f)  Family Planning Association (United Kingdom)

for the purposes of any other reproductive health services other than abortion or family planning.    (HL535)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the bilateral funding commitments of the Department for International Development to reproductive health services by country for the year 2001-02.    (HL536)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of China’s now below-replacement fertility rate and ageing population, whether they will cease supporting population growth containment in China.    (HL537)

The Lord MonsonTo ask the Leader of the House whether the recently-introduced practice of omitting the full stop after clause and section numbers in Bills and Acts of Parliament respectively makes the documents in question easier to understand; and, if not, why the change was introduced.    (HL538)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Public Health Laboratories are scheduled to be transferred (a) to the Health Protection Agency; and (b) to their local National Health Service Trust; and what is the rationale underlying these decisions.    (HL539)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the Public Health Laboratories scheduled for transfer to their local National Health Service Trusts provide food, water and environmental services to local authorities; how many hold United Kingdom Accreditation Service accreditation; and what are the comparable figures for National Health Service Trust managed laboratories.    (HL540)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the Public Health Laboratories scheduled for transfer to their local National Health Service Trusts hold contracts for providing support to National Health Service microbiology departments.    (HL541)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what support the Public Health Laboratory Service provided during the recent legionella outbreak in Barrow-in-Furness.    (HL542)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made of the likely impact on public health of the transfer of Public Health Laboratories to their local National Health Service Trusts.    (HL543)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been achieved as a result of the Strategic Review of the Public Health Laboratory Service conducted in 1994.    (HL544)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in order to avoid leaving prisons without a governor, they will ask the Prison Service to call experienced governors back from retirement on a locum basis.    (HL545)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many meetings of the Northern Ireland Policing Board have been held since 1st January 2002; and how many of these Board meetings have been attended by each member of the Board.    (HL546)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what have been (a) the total salary and (b) the total expenses and allowances paid to each member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board since 1st November 2001; and whether the independent members of the Board requested an increase in salaries and allowances.    (HL547)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons in each District Council area applied to be independent members of the proposed District Police Partnerships; and what percentage of the applicants in each Council area were Roman Catholics.    (HL548)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons applied for the civilian posts in the Police Service of Northern Ireland; how many were (a) Roman Catholic and (b) non Roman Catholic; and how many Roman Catholics and non Roman Catholics were appointed.    (HL549)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the security barrier has been retained across Tower Hill, Armagh City; which authority opposes the opening of this roadway; and what proposals there are to reduce the traffic delays from the junction of Tower Hill and the Portadown Road towards Armagh City.    (HL550)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pupils attend Saints and Scholars Integrated Primary School in Armagh City; how many at present are (a) Protestant and (b) Roman Catholic; and how many pupils have left this school since 1st September.    (HL551)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total number of speeding fines imposed by Lancashire Police Force in (a) 2001; and (b) 2002 to date.    (HL552)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total number of speeding fines imposed by Merseyside Police Force in (a) 2001; and (b) 2002 to date.    (HL553)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what help has been extended to small businesses connected with the hotel trade in 2002 to date.    (HL554)

The Lord Craig of RadleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional costs, in addition to the repair cost of around £26 million, will have been incurred before HMS Nottingham is returned in November 2004 to operational tasking, including those in Australia in preparation for her recovery to the United Kingdom and her trans-shipment to Portsmouth by heavy lift ship.    (HL555)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money, in sterling, has been paid since 1st December 1999 from the Republic of Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and the Cabinet Office (a) to groups promoting the Irish language; and (b) to groups promoting Ulster Scots culture, history and language in Northern Ireland.    (HL556)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the statement in Waterways Ireland’s annual report for 1999-2000 that it was set up by legislation in the Republic of Ireland and in the United Kingdom on 2nd December 1999 is correct.    (HL557)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the British Irish Agreement Bill 2002 in the Republic of Ireland has been discussed in intergovernmental talks since 14th October.    (HL558)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the Belfast Agreement which promised equality between Irish and Ulster Scots, whether the Linguistic Diversity Branch of the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has been involved with other departments in the implementation of policy concerning language.    (HL559)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the claim of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to “be independent from every organisation” in its annual report for 2002 is consistent with the number of members who are also members of the Committee for the Administration of Justice appointed to the Commission in 1999.    (HL560)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 5th December (WA 126), whether the Belfast Agreement has been amended; and, if so, how this fits with the ethos of the Agreement, guaranteeing cross-community support for all decisions.    (HL561)

The Baroness MallalieuTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord Whitty on 3rd December (HL Deb, cols. 1048-1051), whether they will identify the “incontrovertible evidence” that deer hunting has no utility and involves cruelty.    (HL562)

The Baroness MallalieuTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord Whitty on 3rd December (HL Deb, cols. 1048-1051), whether they will identify the “incontrovertible evidence” that hare coursing has no utility and involves cruelty.    (HL563)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish an organisation chart of the senior management at the Strategic Rail Authority down to Assistant Director level.    (HL564)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with respect to each rail passenger franchise, what changes there have been in financial support agreed by the Strategic Rail Authority in the last year, both in respect of this financial year and future ones.    (HL565)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much public sector money has been allocated in each of the last five years to—

        (a)  rail freight grants; and

        (b)  rail network enhancements.  (HL566)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 21st November (WA 9), which organisation is responsible for the current programme of strengthening the parapets and crash barriers of road bridges which cross over railway lines; what is the total cost; and what is the purpose of this work.    (HL567)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

9th DECEMBER 2002

[Tabled on the dates shown]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

13th November

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, 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)

14th November

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)

18th November

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 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, 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)

19th November

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 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 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)

20th November

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, 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)

21st November

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

26th November

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 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 Byford—To 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)

28th November

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 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.    [HMT]    (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 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)

[As amended on 3rd December]

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what penalties, apart from fines, could be applied to member states under Article 229 of the Treaty Establishing the European Community.    [FCO]    (HL330)

[As amended on 3rd December]

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 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 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 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 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 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.    [MoD]     (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.    [ODPM]    (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.    [ODPM]    (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.    [DTI]    (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.    [DTI]    (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. [DTI]    (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.    [DTI]    (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.    [DTI]    (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. [HO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [MoD]    (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.    [MoD]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [DfT]    (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. [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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. [DoH]    (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 in response to a minute of 27th June; 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)

[As amended on 3rd December]

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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (HL398)

3rd December

The Baroness Williams of CrosbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider making provision for single-sex accommodation for those women refugees who request it.    [HO]    (HL403)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish their response to the United Kingdom Youth Parliament’s Manifesto and Agenda for Action 2002.    [DfES]    (HL404)

The Lord Campbell-SavoursTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Harrier jets were operational or on exercise in the Norwegian province of Finnmark on 11th March 1982. [MoD]    (HL405)

The Lord Campbell-SavoursTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a Harrier jet landed at either Tromso or the Bardufoss military airbase on 11th March 1982.    [MoD]    (HL406)

The Lord Campbell-SavoursTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a pilot received medical treatment in Norway following a flying incident on 11th March 1982.    [MoD]    (HL407)

The Lord Campbell-SavoursTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will be giving evidence to the enquiry by the Norwegian government into the loss of a Wideroe Airlines aircraft on 11th March 1982.    [MoD]    (HL408)

The Lord Campbell-SavoursTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any military aircraft were damaged during the NATO exercise Alloy Express during March 1982.    [MoD]     (HL409)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will discuss with the Government of Turkey, both directly and through multilateral channels, the following issues—

        (a)  the clearance of land-mines, which are reported to have caused 838 deaths and 937 injuries between 1990 and 2002;

        (b)  ratification by Turkey of the Ottawa Convention on Land-mines; and

        (c)  the refusal of the Turkish Registry of Births to allow parents to give Kurdish names to their children.    [FCO]  (HL410)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will arrange early release for enough sentenced prisoners to eliminate overcrowding of prisons; and whether they will issue guidance on sentencing for non-violent offences, so as to prevent future overcrowding.    [HO]    (HL411)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the making of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (Commencement No. 1) Order 2002, when they will lay a draft code of practice before Parliament.    [HO]    (HL412)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people in Northern Ireland are classified as having learning disabilities; which organisations provide support and help for these people; what steps are being taken to improve facilities included at Muckamore Abbey and Stradreagh Hospital; and whether more funding has been allocated.    [NIO]    (HL414)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the recent appointment of a Chief Executive of the Irish Language Agency, for which proficiency in Irish was a requirement, discriminates against the unionist community in Northern Ireland who do not learn Irish; and, as the Agency operates in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with offices in both, which employment laws apply and why.    [NIO]    (HL415)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps the Linguistic Diversity branch of the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has taken to advance the status of Ulster Scots under the European Charter from Part 2 to Part 3 status; and whether it has fulfilled its obligations towards Ulster Scots under Part 2.    [NIO]    (HL416)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a draft Equality Scheme was agreed at the North South Ministerial Council meeting on 14th June; and, if so, whether it applies to both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL417)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the interim Chief Executive of the Ulster Scots Agency prepared a Chief Executive’s job description during 2000; who else was involved in its preparation; and to whom it was forwarded.    [NIO]    (HL418)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the purpose of a document “The Use of Irish in Official Business” prepared and circulated by the Linguistic Diversity Branch of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure for Northern Ireland, dated 21st June 2001; to whom it was circulated; and what follow-up there has been.    [NIO]    (HL419)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 7th November (WA 154) and notwithstanding the publication of the Regulatory Impact Assessment in preparation of the Data Protection Act 1998, what were the actual costs for (i) inception of data protection regimes and (ii) annual maintenance costs of compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 for local authorities.    [LCD]    (HL420)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 7th November (WA 154) and notwithstanding the publication of the Regulatory Impact Assessment in preparation of the Data Protection Act 1998, what were the actual costs for (i) inception of data protection regimes and (ii) annual maintenance costs of compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 for Government departments. [LCD]    (HL421)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 7th November (WA 154) and notwithstanding the publication of the Regulatory Impact Assessment in preparation of the Data Protection Act 1998, what were the actual costs for (i) inception of data protection regimes and (ii) annual maintenance costs of compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 for the National Health Service. [LCD]    (HL422)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 7th November (WA 154) and notwithstanding the publication of the Regulatory Impact Assessment in preparation of the Data Protection Act 1998, what were the actual costs for (i) inception of data protection regimes and (ii) annual maintenance costs of compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 for United Kingdom companies that employ—

        (a)  fewer than 20 persons;

        (b)  between 20 and 50 persons;

        (c)  between 50 and 250 persons; and

        (d)  more than 250 persons.    [LCD]  (HL423)

The Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the reports commissioned by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions on recent e-voting trials.    [ODPM]    (HL424)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recent e-voting trials commissioned by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions were subject to the Gateway Review procedure; and, if so, what was the outcome of the review. [ODPM]    (HL425)

4th December

The Lord OuseleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) how many school sports co-ordinators have been appointed to date; (b) how they were recruited; (c) how many successful applicants were from different ethnic minority communities; (d) how many were men and how many were women; (e) how many of the successful applicants have disabilities; and (f) how it is expected that the schools sports co-ordinators will promote the achievement of race equality and good race relations as part of their operation objectives.    [DCMS]    (HL428)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the standard vaccinations that children receive in the United Kingdom contain thimerosal; for how many years these standard vaccinations have contained thimerosal; and what research has been carried out into the cumulative effects of the mercury content of thimerosal on infant children.    [DoH]    (HL429)

The Lord Lewis of NewnhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many students took GCSE, AS and A level Latin, Classical Greek, Classical Civilisation and Ancient History each year since 1998 (AS since 2001); and, if separate figures are not available for each subject, whether they would consider listing them separately to reflect the different skills involved.    [DfES]    (HL430)

The Lord Shutt of GreetlandTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the unique narrow gauge railway artefacts under the custodianship of Derry City Council would be better placed with the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.    [NIO]    (HL431)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of King’s Heath on 7th November (WA 147), whether no spending from central Government on National Health Service information technology projects and procurement has taken place over the last five years.    [DoH]    (HL432)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what funds have been committed by central Government to (a) the Integrated Care Records System (ICRS), (b) the National Health Service National Programme; (c) the National Health Service electronic appointment booking project, (d) electronic prescriptions and (e) NHSnet.    [DoH]    (HL433)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the structure of the team conducting recent e-voting trails commissioned by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions; and whether there are any proposals to change that structure in light of the gateway review of the trials.    [ODPM]    (HL434)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe there are any lessons to be learned from the Broadband Wales Programme for the promotion and take-up of broadband in England.    [DTI]    (HL435)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they respond to the report from Business2www (B2W) bench-marking central government websites which alleges that, on average, they contain 1,927 errors per page.    [CO]    (HL436)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Questions for Written Answer that refer the questioner to a website for the relevant information are an appropriate and effective way of disseminating the information being sought to both the questioner and the wider public.    [CO]    (HL437)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current terms and conditions relating to survivor benefits in the pension schemes for Members of Parliament and civil servants; and how those benefits are to be funded.    [HMT]    (HL438)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that strategic law enforcement should be given a high priority in tackling all forms of unlawful discrimination, as envisaged by the White Paper on Equality for Women (September 1974) and the White Paper Racial Discrimination (September 1975).    [LCD]    (HL439)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 27th November (WA 42), whether they are satisfied with the proportion of women and ethnic minorities working in the Fire Service in England and Wales; and, if not, what action they intend to take to increase their numbers.    [ODPM]    (HL440)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they intend to take to ensure that the political affiliations of those appointed by Ministers to public bodies, as evidenced by their political activities, more accurately reflect the political affiliations of the electorate as a whole.    [CO]    (HL441)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any data comparing traffic congestion rates in London with those of comparable cities, either in the United Kingdom or in other countries; and, if so, whether they will publish it.    [DfT]    (HL442)

[As amended on 9th December]

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current policy towards Chechnya.    [FCO]    (HL443)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the progress made in the reconstruction of the basic infrastructure of Afghanistan during 2002 is satisfactory.    [FCO]    (HL444)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the present size of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan to be an adequate response to the current security situation in Afghanistan.    [FCO]    (HL445)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Union’s condemnation of the sentencing of the journalist, Viktar Ivashkevich, in Belarus, has had any effect; and what action the Government are taking to urge the Belarusian authorities to review the verdict, given the role of the free press in foreign policy.    [FCO]    (HL446)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Nigerian Government to express their concern that the Deputy Governor of Zamfara State in Nigeria has issued a fatwa against the journalist Ms Daniel, following her report linking the Prophet Mohammed to the Miss World beauty contest in the publication This Day.    [FCO]    (HL447)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord Filkin on 2nd December (HL Deb, col. 984) that the United Kingdom will admit Afghans from Sangatte who need to be reunited with their families in the United Kingdom or have other particular vulnerabilities, what will constitute “particular vulnerabilities” for this purpose; and what support will be provided for those who come within this category. [HO]    (HL448)

The Baroness HamweeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government where the new homes funded by the Challenge Fund will be located; how many units will be built on each site; and how the funding will be distributed by location and by region.    [ODPM]    (HL449)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why patients are asked to give their religious affiliation on admission to hospital, when it appears that this information is not, or cannot be, passed on to chaplains, who may give appropriate spiritual support. [DoH]    (HL450)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have decided that deer hunting cannot meet the tests of utility and cruelty; whether they will publish those reasons; and whether they consider that mink hunting should continue in addition to ratting and rabbiting.    [DEFRA]    (HL451)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Goldsmith on 23rd July (WA 43-44), since the Appeal Committee refused on 14th November leave to appeal to the Petitioners in the cases of Regina v. Alami and Regina v. Botmeh, how many instances of human error affecting full disclosure occurred and when, both at first instance and on appeal, in the criminal cases tried in consequence of the bomb explosions on 26th July 1994, at the Embassy of Israel and Balfour House; and whether anyone has been disciplined on account of these errors.    [LSLO]    (HL452)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for Work and Pensions is within its rights to encourage claimants to open accounts with high street banks, rather than the Post Office card account.    [DWP]    (HL453)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they still plan to offer the Post Office card account, which used to be called the universal bank, or whether they plan to close this proposed scheme.    [DWP]    (HL454)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they expect rural sub Post Offices to remain open if the universal bank accounts scheme is cancelled.    [DTI]    (HL455)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are concerned that benefit claimants may be refused basic high street bank accounts.    [DWP]    (HL456)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider advancing their plans for full funding of early years education from 2004 to 2003 to assist with the provision of free places in rural areas.    [DfES]    (HL457)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Learning and Skills Council will take full responsibility for financing home to school transport for post 16 year olds, thereby protecting rural students from cuts in services consequent on county council spending pressures.    [DfES]    (HL458)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 12th March (WA 61) which indicated that there was no agreement on Northern Ireland at Weston Park in summer 2001, what was the package of measures put to parties on 1st August 2001; and what was the response.    [NIO]    (HL459)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 2nd December (WA 88), whether the wishes of parents, teachers and the community will be the basis for the development of new post primary arrangements which meet the educational needs of all children in Northern Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL460)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th November concerning the salary scales for Chief Executives of Cross Border Implementation Bodies (WA 167), what are the current salaries of the Chief Executives; and how much each Chief Executive incurred last year in expenses.    [NIO]    (HL461)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission took up under section 70 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 in 2001-02; what were those cases; what was the outcome; and how many cases they refused to assist in that period.    [NIO]    (HL462)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission who in a letter of 11th November to the Northern Ireland Court Service indicated that the Belfast Agreement requires the abolition of references to the Sovereign and neutrality and inclusiveness in the administration of justice.    [LCD]    (HL463)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when the Northern Ireland Assembly was suspended on 14th October, the six implementation bodies created by an agreement of 8th March 1999, were also effectively suspended given paragraph 5 of the Declaration of Support of the Belfast Agreement and the second recital to the relevant 8th March 1999 Agreement.    [NIO]    (HL464)

5th December

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the suicide of Mr Watson living alone in Southwark and receiving job-seeker’s allowance, as reported by the Local Government Ombudsman, what action they are taking to ensure that threats of legal action following an administrative error do not recur.    [ODPM]    (HL467)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of paragraph 4.26 of the Cabinet Office Strategy Unit report Private Action, Public Benefit: A Review of Charities and the Wider Not-For-Profit Sector (September 2002) which states that “to maintain their charitable status, independent schools which charge high fees have to make significant provision for those who cannot pay full fees”, what is meant by (i) “high fees”; and (ii) “significant provision”.    [FCO]    (HL468)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether permission has been given for Turkish air bases to be used by a United States-led coalition in the event of military action against Iraq.    [FCO]    (HL469)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they anticipate that a start date will be given to Turkey for accession negotiations to the European Union; and whether the new United Kingdom-Turkey Action Plan will advance such negotiations.    [FCO]    (HL470)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support all of the measures relating to substandard ships in European Union waters which will be proposed at the Council of Ministers in Copenhagen in the week of 13th December; if not, which measures they will not support; and why.    [DfT]    (HL471)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support a European Union regulation that takes immediate effect banning the transport of heavy fuel oil in single-hulled oil tankers.    [DfT]    (HL472)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the proposal to ban the 66 ships identified as very substandard after the Erika oil tanker disaster in 1999.    [DfT]    (HL473)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the level of inspection of ships calling at United Kingdom ports of 27.89 per cent in 2001 is adequate.    [DfT]    (HL474)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in line with France and Spain, they intend to inspect all single-hulled vessels more than 15 years old that are carrying any substance which would pose a threat to the coastal environment were it to spill .    [DfT]    (HL475)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether ships calling at Gibraltar come under United Kingdom jurisdiction; and, if so, whether the 27.89 per cent level of inspection includes inspections in Gibraltar.    [DfT]    (HL476)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Department for International Development gave in each of the last five years to—

        (a)  Marie Stopes International;

        (b)  International Planned Parenthood Federation;

        (c)  British Pregnancy Advisory Service;

        (d)  Pregnancy Advisory Service;

        (e)  United Nations Population Fund; and

        (f)  Family Planning Association (United Kingdom)

for the purposes of abortion.    [DfID]    (HL477)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Department for International Development gave in each of the last five years to—

        (a)  Marie Stopes International;

        (b)  International Planned Parenthood Federation;

        (c)  British Pregnancy Advisory Service;

        (d)  Pregnancy Advisory Service;

        (e)  United Nations Population Fund; and

        (f)  Family Planning Association (United Kingdom)

for the purposes of family planning.    [DfID]    (HL478)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Department for International Development gave in each of the last five years to—

        (a)  Marie Stopes International;

        (b)  International Planned Parenthood Federation;

        (c)  British Pregnancy Advisory Service;

        (d)  Pregnancy Advisory Service;

        (e)  United Nations Population Fund; and

        (f)  Family Planning Association (United Kingdom)

for the purposes of any other reproductive health services other than abortion or family planning.    [DfID]    (HL479)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the total grants the Department for International Development gave in each of the last five years to—

        (a)  Marie Stopes International;

        (b)  International Planned Parenthood Federation;

        (c)  British Pregnancy Advisory Service;

        (d)  Pregnancy Advisory Service;

        (e)  United Nations Population Fund; and

        (f)  Family Planning Association (United Kingdom).    [DfID]  (HL480)

The Baroness Masham of Ilton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current policy towards providing funds to Marie Stopes International.    [DfID]    (HL481)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was given and to which organisations by the Department of Health in each of the last five years for which figures are available to promote reproductive health care, abortion and family planning. [DoH]    (HL482)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which are the cluster areas for the dispersal of asylum seekers in the United Kingdom; and how many asylum seekers will be dispersed to each such area.    [HO]    (HL483)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to which places not previously used for the dispersal of asylum seekers they intend to start dispersing such persons; and how many asylum seekers are intended for each new place.    [HO]    (HL484)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which are the cluster areas for the dispersal of asylum seekers to which new dispersals have been suspended; and what are the reasons for such suspension.    [HO]    (HL485)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the call by the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, in its Special Report published on 29th November entitled The Environmental Effects of Civil Aircraft in Flight, for a tax of between £40 and £100 on every air ticket.    [HMT]    (HL486)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 22nd October (HL Deb., col.1213), whether the National High Tech Crime Unit is now fully staffed.    [HO]    (HL487)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many requests for mobile phone traffic data have been made to mobile phone companies by police forces in England in each of the last five years.    [HO]    (HL488)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many requests for computer traffic data have been made to Internet Service Providers by police forces in England in each of the last five years.    [HO]    (HL489)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what costs have been incurred by police forces in England for the obtaining of mobile phone traffic data from mobile phone companies in each of the last five years.    [HO]    (HL490)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what costs have been incurred by police forces in England for the obtaining of computer traffic data from Internet Service Providers in each of the last five years.    [HO]    (HL491)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the value of investment by central Government in information technology projects and procurement for police forces in England in each of the last five years.    [HO]    (HL492)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce greater tax concessions for the donors of charitable gifts, similar to those available in the United States, to encourage increased funding of universities and the arts by philanthropic means.    [HMT]    (HL493)

The Lord Howell of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have made to the report by the Better Regulation Task Force published in July on Local Delivery of Central Policy.    [CO]    (HL494)

The Lord Howell of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recommendation in the July report by the Better Regulation Task Force on the Local Delivery of Central Policy that the Treasury and Regional Co-ordination Unit of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister should review specific areas of cross-cutting delivery has been implemented; if so, when the Unit will report; and to whom.    [ODPM]    (HL495)

The Lord Howell of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recommendation in the July report by the Better Regulation Task Force on the Local Delivery of Central Policy that a review to map and re-engineer the delivery of skills and economic development, removing unnecessary links in the delivery chain, should be commenced within six months has been implemented.    [CO]    (HL496)

The Lord Howell of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have made to Recommendation 4 in the July report by the Better Regulation Task Force on the Local Delivery of Public Services that the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister should help local stakeholders to understand the role of Government Offices.    [ODPM]    (HL497)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take in response to the report by the British Medical Association (Asylum seekers: meeting their healthcare needs, 23rd October 2002) that asylum seekers suffering from psychological aspects of torture are not always referred to specialist centres.    [HO]    (HL498)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton (The Times, Tuesday 3rd December) that it is their intention that the Sentencing Council “should consult Parliament, probably through the Home Affairs Select Committee”, what steps they will take to ensure that consultation with members of the House of Lords also takes place.    [HO]    (HL499)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with the Channel Islands and Gibraltar with regard to their plans to amend the Road Traffic Act 1988 to introduce the recognition in Great Britain of driving disqualifications imposed in those places; and what undertakings have been given by the Channel Islands and Gibraltar to introduce reciprocal legislation for mutual recognition. [DfT]    (HL500)

The Lord MonsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the event of the present regime in Iraq being replaced by a stable democratic government, the Iraqi Kurds being sent to Britain from Sangatte will be required to return to their country of origin.    [HO]    (HL501)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many abortions have been performed on girls aged 12 and under in each of the last five years; and at what stage in gestation each abortion has been performed.    [DoH]    (HL502)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have launched an investigation into recent disclosures that human eggs are being shared or traded in at least one London fertility clinic.    [DoH]    (HL503)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the sharing or trading of human eggs is legal.    [DoH]    (HL504)

The Lord Corbett of Castle ValeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent assessment the Department for Work and Pensions has made of the facilities offered by RehabUK at its Tyne and Wear Brain Injury Centre; and with what result.    [DWP]    (HL505)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total expenditure incurred by the Department of Health on work carried out by external consultants during each of the financial years 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02.    [DoH]    (HL506)

The Baroness Rawlings--To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 28th November (HL Deb, cols. 903-06), what progress has been made to extend the east Kent pilot scheme for screening of asylum seekers for tuberculosis to all areas of the country.    [DoH]    (HL507)

The Baroness Rawlings--To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 28th November (HL Deb, cols. 903-06), what proportion of asylum seekers entering the United Kingdom via east Kent ports are infected with tuberculosis.    [DoH]    (HL508)

The Baroness Rawlings--To ask Her Majesty’s Government what screening of asylum seekers for HIV/AIDS is being done.    [DoH]    (HL509)

The Baroness Rawlings--To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost to the taxpayer of screening asylum seekers for tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.    [DoH]    (HL510)

The Lord ColwynTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost to the General Dental Services in 1999, 2000 and 2001 for—

        (a)  the total number of fillings placed;

        (b)  the total number of permanent teeth that were filled for the first time;

        (c)  the total number of deciduous teeth that were filled; and

        (d)  the total number of existing fillings that were replaced.    [DoH]  (HL511)

The Lord Colwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the total number of fillings placed in 1999, 2000 and 2001 were—

        (a)  one surface;

        (b)  two surfaces;

        (c)  three surfaces or more; and

        (d)  root lesions.    [DoH]  (HL512)

The Lord Colwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of referrals from the General Dental Services to community care or hospital care for patients who needed specialist treatment and care.    [DoH]    (HL513)

The Lord Norton of LouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, and in what circumstances, people suffering from acrophobia are treated as disabled.    [DoH]    (HL514)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 12th May 1999 (WA 148), how the medicinal claims made for fluoridation in respect of caries prevention are legally compatible with the classification of mains water artificially fluoridated at 1 part per million as a food, in the light of the provisions of the Medicines Act 1968 and of Article 1 of European Directive 65/65 and subsequent case law.    [DoH]    (HL515)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 30th June 1999 (WA 39-40), whether, following the systematic scientific review on the evidence for fluoridation which was published by the University of York in September 2000, the Medicines Control Agency now has a duty to look at the classification of products containing fluoride.    [DoH]    (HL516)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial contributions they have made to the British Fluoridation Society since 1999-2000; why they have made any such contributions; and whether they intend to make any contributions in the future. [DoH]    (HL517)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding from PEACE1 was allocated by the Special European Union Programmes Body to groups promoting aspects of Irish culture and how much to bodies promoting Ulster Scots culture; and what percentage was to groups in the Republic of Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL518)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Ministerial foreword to the Food Safety Promotion Board’s annual report for 1999-2000 is in English and Irish when there is no provision for bilingualism in the international agreement of 8th March 1999 which established the implementation body; and why the Board has been given an Irish language name.    [NIO]    (HL519)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, regarding the equality scheme of Waterways Ireland referred to in its annual report of 1999-2000, who were the more than 300 people and organisations consulted; and from whom the body sought advice on the issue of human rights.    [NIO]    (HL520)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the Grand Canal, Royal Canal and Barrow navigation by Waterways Ireland; when they will be completed; what will be the cost; and what are the benefits for United Kingdom taxpayers.    [NIO]    (HL521)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, given the side-effects to patients in recent trials conducted at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York (Wall Street Journal, 3rd December), whether they will ban the use of tissue from aborted foetuses in research for Parkinson’s disease.    [NIO]    (HL522)

The Lord Maginnis of DrumglassTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average amount spent per primary school pupil in each of the last five years in (a) England and Wales and (b) Northern Ireland.    [DfES]    (HL523)

The Earl of Mar and KellieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much public money has been spent in 2002 to date by way of grants to establish bio-diesel processing plants; and how many grants were made.    [DEFRA]    (HL524)

The Earl of Mar and KellieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the use of new and used vegetable oils as fuel for compression ignition engines will have any negative effects on the engines, the environment or the development of a viable, high quality processed bio-diesel market.    [DfT]    (HL525)

The Earl of Mar and KellieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the availability to members of the public of Hydrogen Oil Duties Act 1979 Form EX103; and where these forms are available.    [DEFRA]    (HL526)

The Lord Williams of ElvelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to publish the White Paper on Common Land.    [DEFRA]    (HL527)

9th December

The Lord GregsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 25th November (HL Deb, col. 613), whether they will make available additional briefing about the Arms Control and Disarmament (Inspections) Bill.    (HL530)

The Lord GregsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to change the way the Legal Services Commission funds cases which are heard before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission.    (HL531)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any involvement by Marie Stopes International in the Chinese One Child Policy.    (HL532)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Department of Health gave in each of the last five years to—

        (a)  Marie Stopes International;

        (b)  International Planned Parenthood Federation;

        (c)  British Pregnancy Advisory Service;

        (d)  Pregnancy Advisory Service;

        (e)  United Nations Population Fund; and

        (f)  Family Planning Association (United Kingdom)

for the purposes of abortion.    (HL533)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Department of Health gave in each of the last five years to—

        (a)  Marie Stopes International;

        (b)  International Planned Parenthood Federation;

        (c)  British Pregnancy Advisory Service;

        (d)  Pregnancy Advisory Service;

        (e)  United Nations Population Fund; and

        (f)  Family Planning Association (United Kingdom)

for the purposes of family planning.    (HL534)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Department of Health gave in each of the last five years to—

        (a)  Marie Stopes International;

        (b)  International Planned Parenthood Federation;

        (c)  British Pregnancy Advisory Service;

        (d)  Pregnancy Advisory Service;

        (e)  United Nations Population Fund; and

        (f)  Family Planning Association (United Kingdom)

for the purposes of any other reproductive health services other than abortion or family planning.    (HL535)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the bilateral funding commitments of the Department for International Development to reproductive health services by country for the year 2001-02.    (HL536)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of China’s now below-replacement fertility rate and ageing population, whether they will cease supporting population growth containment in China.    (HL537)

The Lord MonsonTo ask the Leader of the House whether the recently-introduced practice of omitting the full stop after clause and section numbers in Bills and Acts of Parliament respectively makes the documents in question easier to understand; and, if not, why the change was introduced.    (HL538)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Public Health Laboratories are scheduled to be transferred (a) to the Health Protection Agency; and (b) to their local National Health Service Trust; and what is the rationale underlying these decisions.    (HL539)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the Public Health Laboratories scheduled for transfer to their local National Health Service Trusts provide food, water and environmental services to local authorities; how many hold United Kingdom Accreditation Service accreditation; and what are the comparable figures for National Health Service Trust managed laboratories.    (HL540)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the Public Health Laboratories scheduled for transfer to their local National Health Service Trusts hold contracts for providing support to National Health Service microbiology departments.    (HL541)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what support the Public Health Laboratory Service provided during the recent legionella outbreak in Barrow-in-Furness.    (HL542)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made of the likely impact on public health of the transfer of Public Health Laboratories to their local National Health Service Trusts.    (HL543)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been achieved as a result of the Strategic Review of the Public Health Laboratory Service conducted in 1994.    (HL544)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in order to avoid leaving prisons without a governor, they will ask the Prison Service to call experienced governors back from retirement on a locum basis.    (HL545)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many meetings of the Northern Ireland Policing Board have been held since 1st January 2002; and how many of these Board meetings have been attended by each member of the Board.    (HL546)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what have been (a) the total salary and (b) the total expenses and allowances paid to each member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board since 1st November 2001; and whether the independent members of the Board requested an increase in salaries and allowances.    (HL547)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons in each District Council area applied to be independent members of the proposed District Police Partnerships; and what percentage of the applicants in each Council area were Roman Catholics.    (HL548)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons applied for the civilian posts in the Police Service of Northern Ireland; how many were (a) Roman Catholic and (b) non Roman Catholic; and how many Roman Catholics and non Roman Catholics were appointed.    (HL549)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the security barrier has been retained across Tower Hill, Armagh City; which authority opposes the opening of this roadway; and what proposals there are to reduce the traffic delays from the junction of Tower Hill and the Portadown Road towards Armagh City.    (HL550)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pupils attend Saints and Scholars Integrated Primary School in Armagh City; how many at present are (a) Protestant and (b) Roman Catholic; and how many pupils have left this school since 1st September.    (HL551)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total number of speeding fines imposed by Lancashire Police Force in (a) 2001; and (b) 2002 to date.    (HL552)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total number of speeding fines imposed by Merseyside Police Force in (a) 2001; and (b) 2002 to date.    (HL553)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what help has been extended to small businesses connected with the hotel trade in 2002 to date.    (HL554)

The Lord Craig of RadleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional costs, in addition to the repair cost of around £26 million, will have been incurred before HMS Nottingham is returned in November 2004 to operational tasking, including those in Australia in preparation for her recovery to the United Kingdom and her trans-shipment to Portsmouth by heavy lift ship.    (HL555)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money, in sterling, has been paid since 1st December 1999 from the Republic of Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and the Cabinet Office (a) to groups promoting the Irish language; and (b) to groups promoting Ulster Scots culture, history and language in Northern Ireland.    (HL556)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the statement in Waterways Ireland’s annual report for 1999-2000 that it was set up by legislation in the Republic of Ireland and in the United Kingdom on 2nd December 1999 is correct.    (HL557)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the British Irish Agreement Bill 2002 in the Republic of Ireland has been discussed in intergovernmental talks since 14th October.    (HL558)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the Belfast Agreement which promised equality between Irish and Ulster Scots, whether the Linguistic Diversity Branch of the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has been involved with other departments in the implementation of policy concerning language.    (HL559)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the claim of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to “be independent from every organisation” in its annual report for 2002 is consistent with the number of members who are also members of the Committee for the Administration of Justice appointed to the Commission in 1999.    (HL560)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 5th December (WA 126), whether the Belfast Agreement has been amended; and, if so, how this fits with the ethos of the Agreement, guaranteeing cross-community support for all decisions.    (HL561)

The Baroness MallalieuTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord Whitty on 3rd December (HL Deb, cols. 1048-1051), whether they will identify the “incontrovertible evidence” that deer hunting has no utility and involves cruelty.    (HL562)

The Baroness MallalieuTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord Whitty on 3rd December (HL Deb, cols. 1048-1051), whether they will identify the “incontrovertible evidence” that hare coursing has no utility and involves cruelty.    (HL563)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish an organisation chart of the senior management at the Strategic Rail Authority down to Assistant Director level.    (HL564)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with respect to each rail passenger franchise, what changes there have been in financial support agreed by the Strategic Rail Authority in the last year, both in respect of this financial year and future ones.    (HL565)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much public sector money has been allocated in each of the last five years to—

        (a)  rail freight grants; and

        (b)  rail network enhancements.  (HL566)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 21st November (WA 9), which organisation is responsible for the current programme of strengthening the parapets and crash barriers of road bridges which cross over railway lines; what is the total cost; and what is the purpose of this work.    (HL567)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

Waiting for Second Reading

    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] [9th January]

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

    Road Traffic (Amendment) [HL]

    Public Services (Disruption) [HL]

    Police (Northern Ireland) [HL] [16th December]

    London Development Agency [10th December]

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    London Local Authorities and Transport for London [HL]

    London Local Authorities [HL]

Committed to a Grand Committee

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

    Waste and Emissions Trading [HL] [17th December]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Licensing [HL] [12th December]

    Arms Control and Disarmament (Inspections) [HL]

    Courts [HL] [9th January]

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

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Solicitors’ Practising Certificates) 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 Jobseeker’s Allowance (Amendment) Regulations 2002

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

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

    Draft Marriage (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

NORTHERN IRELAND ORDERS 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]

    Proposal for a draft Order in Council: Strategic Investment and Regeneration of Sites (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 [laid on 3rd 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

PETITIONS FOR PRIVATE BILLS

[To be heard by the Examiners on Wednesday 18th December]

Hereford Markets11.00 am
Nottingham City Councilin Committee Room 6
Transas Group

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

TUESDAY 10TH DECEMBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
House Committee11.30 am
Economic Affairs (Select Committee)4.00 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 11TH DECEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee F)10.30 am
Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform10.30 am
(Select Committee)
Religious Offences (Select Committee)4.00 pm

THURSDAY 12TH DECEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

MONDAY 16TH DECEMBER

Human Rights (Joint Committee)4.00 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee B)4.15 pm

TUESDAY 17TH DECEMBER

European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Information Committee4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 18TH DECEMBER

Constitution (Select Committee)4.00 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
Ecclesiastical Committee4.15 pm
 
 
 
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