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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

Items marked are expected to be taken during the dinner adjournment.

MONDAY 16TH DECEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†Consolidated Fund Bill—Third Reading [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey] (Money Bill)

†Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill—Third Reading [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey] (Money Bill)

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.

†Licensing Bill [HL]—House to be again in Committee [The Baroness Blackstone] [First Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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]

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

*The Lord Williams of Elvel—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the teaching of modern foreign languages in schools.

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 Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether National Health Service breast screening techniques are sufficiently accurate.

*The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to move beyond the enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Countries initiative towards full debt sustainability in sub-Saharan Africa.

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

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).

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 Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the standards in non-grammar schools in local education authority areas where selection for secondary schools takes place.

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]

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

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.

†High Hedges Bill [HL]—Committee [The Baroness Gardner of Parkes]

At three o’clock

†Public Services (Disruption) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Campbell of Alloway]

MONDAY 13TH JANUARY

†‡The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what help they are giving to secure peace and good governance in Sudan.

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

†[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Crime (International Co-operation) Bill will continue at 3.30 pm in Committee Rooms 3A and 4B]

TUESDAY 14TH JANUARY

†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.

WEDNESDAY 15TH JANUARY

†[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Waste and Emissions Trading Bill will continue at 3.30 pm in the Moses Room]

MONDAY 20TH JANUARY

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 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.

†The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Forum for the Future report Government’s Business—Enabling Corporate Sustainability.

†The Lord Avebury—To call attention to homelessness and social deprivation of Gypsies and travellers; and to move for papers.

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]

†The Lord Wade of Chorlton—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Chips for Everything: Britain’s opportunities in a key global market (2nd Report, HL Paper 13, Session 2002-03). [12th December]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 12th December]

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many directly applicable Regulations of the European Community have had, without further enactment, the force of law in the United Kingdom (a) at the time of accession to the Community; and (b) in the course of each calendar year subsequent to that of accession until the year 2001; and whether they will place in the Library of the House the reference numbers, names of each such regulation and year of application, listed under the headings of the principal and other departments of state.    (HL649)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House the titles of each Act of Parliament, and part thereof, concerning the powers and responsibilities of (a) the Bank of England, (b) clearing banks in the United Kingdom; (c) the Financial Services Authority; (d) credit institutions or companies; and (e) markets and exchanging bodies; and concerning rules of auditing or statutory declarations, which are currently within the scope of European Regulations, Directives, or other directly applicable requirements and those, and any others, which would be transferred from the powers and prerogatives of Parliament to any institution of the European Community in the event of its accession to the euro currency system.    (HL650)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the powers and prerogatives formerly within the powers of the national parliaments or assemblies and governments, respectively, of each member state of the European Community which were transferred to the European Central Bank, or other Community institution, respectively, on their adherence to the euro currency system.    (HL651)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken, or intend to take, to publish or distribute an authenticated and consolidated version of the core Treaties of the European Community and Union, including the Protocols in force, as they will operate from 1st January 2003, or later, as specified in the Treaty of Nice or other Treaty.    (HL652)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House those parts of any statement, speech, or publication made by any current Ministers between 1997 and the general election of 2001 which concerned (a) further privatisation of public services; (b) top up fees for graduate courses; (c) revenue raising by foundation hospitals; and (d) changes to the laws concerning industrial disputes.    (HL653)

The Lord NorthbourneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to take action to ensure that local authority childcare homes have adequate funding and enough appropriately trained staff to provide the care that damaged children need.    (HL654)

The Lord NorthbourneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many professionals are employed in ante natal clinics and are trained to offer advice to prospective parents on the emotional needs of young children; and what proportion of the total this represents.    (HL655)

The Lord NorthbourneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many health visitors are trained to offer advice and support to young parents and prospective parents in relation to the emotional needs of young children; and what proportion of all health visitors this represents.    (HL656)

The Lord NorthbourneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of mothers and fathers (respectively) attending ante natal clinics have received advice not only on child birth and physical care of the young child but also on the emotional needs of young children and the kinds of care appropriate to fulfilling those needs.    (HL657)

The Lord NorthbourneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were—

        (a)  the number of births registered in the most recent year for which statistics are available;

        (b)  the number of mothers who attended ante natal clinics in the same year;

        (c)  the number of fathers who attended ante natal clinics in the same year; and

        (d)  the percentage of mothers and fathers (respectively) attending who followed through the whole course.  (HL658)

The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept the findings of the recently published Joint Chief Inspector’s Report on Arrangements to Safeguard Children—

        (a)  that “many services [are] under pressure and experiencing major difficulties in recruiting and retaining key skilled and experienced staff” (paragraph 1.15); and

        (b)  “that failures to provide an adequate response by Social Services Departments are often due to staff shortages within children’s teams in Social Services” (paragraph 1.19);

    and, if so, what action they propose to take.  (HL659)

The Baroness Greengross—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what address the Department for Work and Pensions writes with information regarding pensions and benefits when a person has been in hospital for more than six weeks.    (HL660)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that adequate safeguards are in place to prevent the further sale of the smallpox virus following its sale by the United States to Russia and by Russia to Iraq.    (HL661)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the high level of expertise in specialist palliative care can be maintained during the proposed enquiry into the work of Northern Ireland Hospice Care.    (HL662)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for delivery of palliative care for the Northern Ireland Hospice.    (HL663)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that the enquiry team into Northern Ireland Hospice Care will have sufficient power to ensure that all parties act upon the recommendations.    (HL664)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, if a National Health Service foundation trust was unable to satisfy the Independent Regulator that the proceeds from the disposal of an asset would not be used to further the Trust’s public interest mandate, what mechanism would be used to remove the proceeds from the Trust.    (HL665)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a National Health Service foundation trust will be free to enter into complex financial instruments such as hedging contracts, swaps and other derivative products; and, if not, how any restrictions will be effected.    (HL666)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the financial duties for National Health Service foundation trusts will include the requirement to achieve a rate of return on assets.    (HL667)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a National Health Service foundation trust is required to charge standard tariffs for all of its activity; and, if so, how it can thereby achieve increases in the range and volume of services delivered to National Health Service patients, given that those services must also be charged at a standard tariff.    (HL668)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a National Health Service foundation trust would be able to carry out any work for National Health Service patients without charge.    (HL669)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a National Health Service foundation trust will be free to invest surplus financial assets as it wishes.    (HL670)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether National Health Service foundation trusts will be able to carry out work for private patients through the medium of (a) subsidiary companies or (b) public private partnership arrangements.    (HL671)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the “strict limits” on the provision by National Health Service foundation hospitals of services to private patients as referred to in paragraph 3.4 of A Guide to NHS Foundation Trusts will be defined; and whether those limits will be fixed for all time or whether it would be possible for a National Health Service foundation hospital to apply for a revision to the limits.    (HL672)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have estimated the costs of setting up an Independent Regulator for National Health Service foundation trusts; and, if so, whether they will publish their estimates.    (HL673)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose that the Independent Regulator’s decision on matters relating to National Health Service foundation trusts will be absolute or whether any appeal mechanisms will be set up.    (HL674)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose that the Secretary of State for Health will have a power of direction over the Independent Regulator for National Health Service foundation trusts.    (HL675)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what ways the Independent Regulator for National Health Service foundation trusts will be independent of the Secretary of State for Health.    (HL676)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the Commission for Racial Equality, the Disability Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunities Commission should perform their functions with respect to the enforcement of the anti-discrimination legislation independently from Government influence regarding the Commissions’ decisions to assist individual claimants, to conduct investigations, to issue non-discrimination notices, or to bring proceedings in their own name; and, if not, what is the Government’s perception of the proper relationship between the Commissions and the Government with respect to the exercise of such functions in relation to law enforcement.    (HL677)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which National Health Service trusts had an income and expenditure deficit in their 2001-02 annual accounts; and what was the amount of each trust’s deficit for that year.    (HL678)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether National Health Service foundation trusts will be classified to the public sector or the private sector in the national accounts.    (HL679)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have consulted the Office of National Statistics about the classification of National Health Service foundation trusts in the national accounts; and, if so, what advice they have received.    (HL680)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they use for determining whether an organisation is a part of the National Health Service.    (HL681)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is possible for a National Health Service foundation trust to be classified to the private sector in the national accounts and also be treated as a part of the National Health Service; and, if so, whether any other private sector organisations could be treated as part of the National Health Service.    (HL682)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the Prudential Code referred to in paragraph 5.17 of A Guide to NHS Foundation Trusts.    (HL683)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to encourage general practitioners regularly to review the prescriptions which they give to their patients.    (HL684)

The Lord Renfrew of KaimsthornTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to counter the increasing scale of art crime; and what progress the Home Office is making with the establishment of a stolen objects database relating to cultural property.    (HL685)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total expenditure incurred by the Department of Trade and Industry on work carried out by consultants during the financial years 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02.    (HL686)

The Baroness BuscombeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total expenditure incurred by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on work carried out by consultants during the financial years 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02.    (HL687)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will explain what “suitable comfort” means in relation to Private Finance Initiative schemes for National Health Service foundation trusts as mentioned in paragraph 5.22 of A Guide to NHS Foundation Trusts.    (HL688)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the amounts due under Private Finance Initiative contracts will be treated as borrowing for the purpose of the borrowing limits to be set for National Health Service foundation trusts.    (HL689)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the consequences for a National Health Service foundation trust of its borrowing limit being reduced as part of its annual review if the reduced limit exceeded (a) its actual borrowings at that time; or (b) its expected borrowings in the light of existing commitments to revenue or capital expenditure.    (HL690)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend that any borrowings by a National Health Service foundation trust from the private sector could be guaranteed by the Secretary of State for Health, strategic health authorities, primary care trusts or any other body within the National Health Service.    (HL691)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Government will act as the lender of last resort for National Health Service foundation trusts if they are unable to borrow from private sector sources.    (HL692)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why National Health Service foundation trusts will not be allowed to use their regulated assets as security for borrowing.    (HL693)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list all the categories of persons to whom the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal is being distributed, other than the categories included in the Written Answer by the Baroness Blackstone on 4th November (WA 155), indicating the number of medals being issued to each of these other categories.     (HL694)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will arrange for all children to learn the international phonetic alphabet before they reach school leaving age.    (HL695)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  what is the present price of a game licence;

        (b)  when the price of this licence was last changed;

        (c)  how many game licences have been issued during the most recent year for which figures are available;

        (d)  how many post offices in the United Kingdom are able to supply game licences;

        (e)  what is the total gross annual revenue from such licences;

        (f)  what is the total annual cost of administering the scheme; and

        (g)  whether they regard the game licence as a necessary and cost effective way of raising revenue.  (HL696)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions for taking game without a licence there have been in the most recent twelve month period for which figures are available.    (HL697)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will estimate, in respect of the most recent year for which information is available, what would have been the additional revenue from income tax if the following rates of income tax on taxable income above the then higher rate threshold had applied: 40 per cent up to £100,000; 50 per cent on the slice of taxable income between £100,000 and £500,000; 60 per cent on the slice of taxable income between £500,000 and £1,000,000; and 70 per cent on the slice of taxable income above £1,000,000, assuming that all other parts of the tax system remain unchanged.    (HL698)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was, for the most recent year for which figures are available, the number of United Kingdom taxpayers whose personal taxable income exceeded £100,000, £250,000, £500,000, £1 million, £5 million and £10 million respectively.    (HL699)

The Lord Howie of TroonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which department is responsible for consulting stakeholders on draft proposals from the European Commission for a Directive on safety in vehicle tunnels; and what steps have been taken to consult fire safety interests.    (HL700)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the Shannon navigation by Waterways Ireland; what is the total cost to date; and when it will be completed.    (HL701)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government under what circumstances the interim Chief Executive of the Ulster Scots Agency, appointed in 1999, was retired; and whether there were any outstanding matters concerning his handling of the accounts and the staff of the Agency.    (HL702)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 11th December (WA 1) which indicated that there are no pension provisions currently for Chief Executives of Cross Border Bodies, whether the Controller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland has commented on this issue; and, if not, why not.    (HL703)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 10th December (WA 24) concerning the Irish Human Rights Commission and its lack of representation from Ulster protestants, Ulster Scots and Ulster Unionist communities—

        (a)  what information was sought from applicants that informed the answer that no one from the groups mentioned applied;

        (b)  what was the recruitment process;

        (c)  whether any special activity aimed at these groups was undertaken during the process;

        (d)  whether the lack of appointments from these groups was drawn to the appropriate Minister’s attention; and, if so, by whom and when; and why no action was taken.  (HL704)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 10th December (WA 24), whether the composition of the Irish Human Rights Commission was referred to the Equality Commission in the Irish Republic; and, if so, by whom, when and what action resulted.    (HL705)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that in any military intervention in Iraq the 1949 Geneva Conventions and their additional Protocols will not be breached, especially with respect to ensuring that food and water supplies will not be jeopardised in such a way that the health and survival of the civilian population is endangered.    (HL706)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what analysis has been made of the relative costs of (a) an adequately staffed and resourced United Nations inspectorate in Iraq to contain the possibility of any deployment of weapons of mass destruction; and (b) a military intervention; if so, what was the outcome; if not, whether they will ensure that such an analysis is made without delay.    (HL707)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what evaluation they have made of food and water security in Iraq; and of the vulnerability of the supply system for food and water.    (HL708)

The Lord TurnbergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the research and development budget for the National Health Service in each of the last five years; and what percentage of the total National Health Service budget these represented for each of these years.    (HL709)

The Lord TurnbergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much transitional funding will be provided for the Health Protection Agency as it takes over the responsibilities currently provided by the Public Health Laboratory Service.    (HL710)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they oppose the European Parliament amendments to the proposals for revision of the European Union Public Procurement Directives, which would permit wider use of social criteria at the award stage.    (HL711)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review their position in the light of the recent European Court of Justice ruling in the Helsinki Concordia Bus case (C513-99) which reinforces the principles of the Commission v. France ruling (C225-98) relating to the scope for inclusion of social considerations in the award stage of a contract.    (HL712)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have taken legal advice on the practice of deporting people who have children born in this country and are therefore British subjects and ineligible for deportation and its compatibility with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.    (HL713)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an order of deportation confers authority on those who execute it to deny deportees access to their possessions; and whose property such possessions are after deportation.    (HL714)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

12th DECEMBER 2002

[Tabled on the dates shown]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

19th November

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)

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 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 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)

26th November

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 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.    [DWP]    (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”.    [HO]    (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 to which new dispersals have been suspended; and what are the reasons for such suspension.    [HO]    (HL485)

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 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.    [HMT]    (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.    [HMT]    (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.    [HMT]    (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.    [HMT]    (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 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 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, 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 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.    [DfID]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DfID]    (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.    [DfID]    (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.    [LHoL]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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. [DoH]    (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. [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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. [DoH]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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. [NIO]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [DCMS]    (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.    [MoD]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [DfT]    (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.    [DfT]    (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.    [DfT]  (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.    [DfT]    (HL567)

10th December

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been achieved as a result of the Strategic Review of Pathology conducted by the Department of Health in 1995.    [DoH]    (HL571)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the objectives of their pathology modernisation programme; and how these compare with what has been achieved by the managed network of Public Health Laboratories.    [DoH]    (HL572)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of Public Health Laboratories have adopted standard methods; and what are the comparable figures for National Health Service microbiology laboratories.    [DoH]    (HL573)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Public Health Laboratories scheduled for transfer to National Health Service Trusts hold Clinical Pathology Accreditation accreditation; and how this compares with National Health Service microbiology laboratories.    [DoH]    (HL574)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what number of Public Health Laboratories report to the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre; what are the comparable figures for National Health Service microbiology laboratories; and what proportion of the surveillance data collected comes from each source.    [DoH]    (HL575)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Welsh strategy for controlling infectious diseases differs from that set out in Getting ahead of the curve. [DoH]    (HL576)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 26th March (WA 36), whether figures are now available for the number of prosecutions under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 in 2001.    [HO]    (HL577)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they can confirm recent reports of an announcement from the Home Office at the Streaming Media Europe event that current proposals for introducing a data retention regime under the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 are to be abandoned.    [HO]    (HL578)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what the implications are for the voluntary regime of data retention currently being negotiated with internet service providers of a recently reported announcement suggesting that the scheme has been abandoned.    [HO]    (HL579)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the context of data retention, there are incompatibilities in the existing law which have proved insurmountable in terms of delivering a scheme, whether voluntary or mandatory, as provided for in the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.    [HO]    (HL580)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 2nd December (WA 45-46), whether they consider the British detainees at Camp X-ray in Cuba to be in good health; whether the men can receive and send letters to their families; and when they expect that British officials will next visit the detainees.    [FCO]    (HL581)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what success they have had in recent years in increasing demand for home-grown timber, and in particular thinnings; and how they view prospects for wood products in—

        (a)  gluing technology and laminated timber;

        (b)  long fibre spruce round-wood; and

        (c)  renewable energy, including industrial heating and combined heat and power. [DEFRA]  (HL582)

The Lord Freyberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 9th December (WA 8-9), whether their proposal to amend the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 will permit flashing lamps to be used as an alternative to steady lights or only in conjunction with steady lights.    [DfT]    (HL583)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether unpublished information concerning United Kingdom nationals and foreigners resident in the United Kingdom collected by or on behalf of the Criminal Records Bureau remains at all times within the legal jurisdiction of the United Kingdom.    [HO]    (HL584)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their use of trained birds of prey to remove pigeons from government buildings is compatible with their policies towards animal rights and welfare.    [DEFRA]    (HL585)

The Lord Craig of RadleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the delay in the entry to service of the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft to the end of 2002 announced in Parliament on 23rd May (HC Deb, 477W) and the further announcement on 5th December (HC Deb, 84WS) of another delay to the end of June 2003, what will be the hand-over dates of the first operational aircraft to the air forces of the partner countries in this programme; and what financial and other penalties will be borne by the Ministry of Defence resulting from this further delay.    [MoD]    (HL586)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of the Republic of China and to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees about the forced repatriation of North Korean refugees from China to North Korea.    [FCO]    (HL587)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action has been taken by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees or Her Majesty’s Government’s representatives in China on behalf of North Korean refugees.    [FCO]    (HL588)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many North Korean refugees there are in China; when they fled there; and what efforts have been made by the international community on their behalf.    [FCO]    (HL589)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they would offer to a waste collection or disposal authority that is currently achieving a recycling level of over 25 per cent if it wishes to encourage home composting of organic waste, but is reluctant to do so because it needs to collect this waste centrally in order to meet its 2005-06 recycling targets.    [DEFRA]    (HL590)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in reconciling their desire to see organic domestic waste recycled by waste authorities with the difficulties posed by the Animal By-Products Order.    [DEFRA]    (HL591)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to make it possible for people adversely affected by centralised waste recycling facilities to be offered compensating benefits, such as cheaper electricity from a power-generating incinerator. [DEFRA]    (HL592)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to give incentives to householders to participate in kerbside recycling schemes, or to penalise those who do not.    [DEFRA]    (HL593)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to encourage at-home recycling as envisaged by “Waste Not, Want Not”; and how they propose to adjust waste authority recycling targets to take into account success in at-home recycling. [DEFRA]    (HL594)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in light of the Performance and Innovation Unit’s Report Privacy and data-sharing: The way forward for public services (April 2002), they will publish the “Ram” doctrine.    [LCD]    (HL595)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which public authority is responsible for ensuring that roadworks in London are carried out with reasonable speed, with respect for the needs of road users and residents, and in accordance with an overall plan for London road transport.    [DfT]    (HL596)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the safeguards to ensure that contractors are permitted to carry out road works in London with reasonable speed and with respect for the needs of road users and residents.    [DfT]    (HL597)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will be taking action to assist beneficiaries of the Thalidomide Trust in claiming back their tax credit entitlements.    [HMT]    (HL598)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response, as guarantor power, to the fact that the settlement for Cyprus proposed by the United Nations does not provide for input by the United Kingdom to the stationing of troops from foreign powers in Cyprus.    [FCO]    (HL599)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as guarantor power, they have no input or responsibility for minority religious groups in both Northern and Southern Cyprus.    [FCO]    (HL600)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the present United Nations proposals for a Cyprus resettlement recommend that there be two police services operational in Northern Cyprus: (a) one under the control of the “Component State” in North Cyprus and (b) the other under the control of the “Common State” of Cyprus.    [FCO]    (HL601)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when was the last time that the Gate Lodge at the main entrance to the Stormont Estate was occupied; and what proposals there are to attract new occupants.    [NIO]    (HL602)

The Earl of Mar and KellieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the sustainable waste fuel for compression ignition engines derived from waste cooking oil and called modified waste vegetable fat (MWVF) is eligible for the 20 pence per litre duty rebate for bio-fuels. [HMT]    (HL603)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many racist incidents were reported to third party reporting centres before being reported to the police within the last twelve months.    [HO]    (HL604)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether police forces have been undertaking surveys of satisfaction for victims of racist attacks; and whether any national analysis of the satisfaction level is available.    [HO]    (HL605)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, of those convicted of racially motivated offences who are either on probation or in custody, how many are on behavioural programmes run by the Probation Service, Youth Offending Teams or others designed to change racist offending behaviour.    [HO]    (HL606)

11th December

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what reduction has taken place in the consumption of electricity from combined heat and power during the last year; and whether action is to be taken to redress this contraction.    [DTI]    (HL611)

The Lord Janner of BraunstoneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek assurances from President Assad of Syria that he will (a) take all measures within his power to shut down terrorist bases and training camps in Syria and (b) curb the terrorist activities of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah.    [FCO]    (HL612)

The Lord Janner of BraunstoneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations they have had with President Assad of Syria to bring about peace in the Middle East.    [FCO]    (HL613)

The Lord Janner of BraunstoneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current state of British-Syrian relations in the light of President Assad’s visit to the United Kingdom. [FCO]    (HL614)

The Lord Janner of BraunstoneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why President Assad of Syria will meet (a) Her Majesty The Queen in Buckingham Palace and (b) the Prince of Wales.    [FCO]    (HL615)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the operational capacity in all the prisons in England and Wales and in Wandsworth Prison respectively at the beginning of 2002 and at the latest convenient date; and what were the corresponding numbers of staff in all prisons and in Wandsworth at those dates.    [HO]    (HL616)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give details of the London weighting allowance paid to each category of public sector worker; whether the differences in the amounts paid are objectively justifiable; and if so, on what grounds. [HMT]    (HL617)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the spending on alcohol prevention and treatment is commensurate with the level of alcohol-related harm.    [DoH]    (HL618)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of deaths directly attributable to alcohol misuse in each of the years from 1994 to 2001.    [DoH]    (HL619)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the integration of the management of prison dental services into health care, through joint working with the Dental Practice Board and health care managers in prison, has reduced the average waiting time for treatment of dental patient inmates.    [HO]    (HL620)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when was the first licence for embryonic stem cell research issued by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority; to whom; and for what purposes.    [DoH]    (HL621)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many licences have been issued to date by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority for embryonic stem cell research; to whom; and for what purposes.    [DoH]    (HL622)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many licences have been issued to date by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority for the creation of human embryos via cell nuclear replacement; to whom; and for what purposes.    [DoH]    (HL623)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to commission an independent annual review of embryonic stem cell research.    [DoH]    (HL624)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether or not they intend to direct the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to communicate to the public—

        (a)  all licence applications received by the Authority prior to the granting of any licence;

        (b)  the results of all licence applications including a detailed explanation of the Authority’s decision;

        (c)  the identity of all peer reviewers;

        (d)  an explanation of why there is no alternative research subject matter where permission is granted for research upon human embryos; and

        (e)  the results of all licensed research.    [DoH]  (HL625)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the additional £40 million funding for stem cell research recently announced by them will be devoted exclusively to adult stem cell research.    [DTI]    (HL626)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide copies of the Handbook for Prison Staff, recently published by the International Centre for Prison Studies, to British Missions overseas, asking them, wherever possible, to bring it to the attention of prison authorities in those countries.    [FCO]    (HL627)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, during the three previous suspensions of the Northern Ireland Assembly under the Northern Ireland Act 2000, what happened to the North South Ministerial Council and to the six implementation bodies.    [NIO]    (HL628)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what cases and on what dates the Parliamentary Commissioner for Complaints has made findings of maladministration regarding the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.    [NIO]    (HL629)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 5th December (WA 126) concerning the North South Ministerial Council, under what legislation any reports and statements will be laid before Parliament.    [NIO]    (HL630)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 9th December (WA 2) concerning the two parts of the Language Implementation Body, whether the answer is yes or no.    [NIO]    (HL631)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 9th December (WA 4) concerning the North South Ministerial Council, which part of the title of the Council “North and South” refers to the administration in the most northerly part of the island of Ireland; and whether those titles “North and South” are appropriate.    [NIO]    (HL632)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Irish Agency has recruited employees for its offices in Northern Ireland; whether Irish Language proficiency was a requirement; if so, why; and under what equality law they were recruited.    [NIO]    (HL633)

The Lord Mackie of BenshieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, given that the Environment Agency is required to operate a full cost recovery regime, how much do the size and cost of the work feature in the calculations of the inspection charges.    [DEFRA]    (HL634)

The Lord Mackie of BenshieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the new body, IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control), has the necessary experience of agriculture to carry out inspections at reasonable speed and cost; and, if not, whether charges will be reduced or waived during its learning period.    [DEFRA]    (HL635)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to review Family Visitor Appeals in the light of the concern expressed by the Citizens Advice Bureau.    [HO]    (HL636)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the timetable for publication of the Report on the circumstances of the fire at the Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre.    [HO]    (HL637)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the timetable for the publication of the Commission for Racial Equality’s formal investigation into the Prison Service.    [HO]    (HL638)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what details they have of the blood donor in Scotland found recently to have vCJD and from whom plasma had been used to manufacture haemophilia treatment by the National Health Service; and what guidance they are giving to patients who could be affected.    [DoH]    (HL639)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Quartet engaged in the Middle East peace process has accepted the Taba proposals of January 2001 as a “starting point”; if not, which members of the Quartet rejected them; and on what grounds.    [FCO]    (HL640)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Taba proposals gave the Israeli government control of main roads and strategic communications in the West Bank and Gaza; and whether such control would deny the principle of the sustainability of a Palestinian state.    [FCO]    (HL641)

The Lord JoplingTo ask the Chairman of Committees why the House of Commons Commission in setting up an initial feasibility study for visitor facilities for the Houses of Parliament did not do so in conjunction with the House of Lords; and what representations have been made on behalf of the House of Lords.    [CoC]    (HL642)

The Lord JoplingTo ask the Chairman of Committees why the consultants’ meetings about setting up a visitor centre for the Houses of Parliament with thirteen representatives of the House of Lords only included one peer; and what instructions the other twelve representatives of the House of Lords had previously been given by individual peers or groups of peers with regard to their evidence or views.    [CoC]    (HL643)

The Lord JoplingTo ask the Chairman of Committees how much land within the Parliamentary Estate might be taken up by Option Five of the consultants’ report on setting up a visitor centre for the Houses of Parliament and how much land in Victoria Tower Gardens; and whether he will resist access by visitors being granted to and from a building on that site across Black Rod’s Garden and will insist that access be from outside the Parliamentary Estate.    [CoC]    (HL644)

The Lord JoplingTo ask the Chairman of Committees whether, in view of the House of Commons Commission’s action in asking the consultants who prepared the feasibility study for a visitor centre for the Houses of Parliament to examine the possibility of putting the whole visitor centre facilities in Victoria Tower Gardens, he will suggest that such a facility be built underground together with an underground car park for the House of Lords. [CoC]    (HL645)

12th December

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many directly applicable Regulations of the European Community have had, without further enactment, the force of law in the United Kingdom (a) at the time of accession to the Community; and (b) in the course of each calendar year subsequent to that of accession until the year 2001; and whether they will place in the Library of the House the reference numbers, names of each such regulation and year of application, listed under the headings of the principal and other departments of state.    (HL649)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House the titles of each Act of Parliament, and part thereof, concerning the powers and responsibilities of (a) the Bank of England, (b) clearing banks in the United Kingdom; (c) the Financial Services Authority; (d) credit institutions or companies; and (e) markets and exchanging bodies; and concerning rules of auditing or statutory declarations, which are currently within the scope of European Regulations, Directives, or other directly applicable requirements and those, and any others, which would be transferred from the powers and prerogatives of Parliament to any institution of the European Community in the event of its accession to the euro currency system.    (HL650)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the powers and prerogatives formerly within the powers of the national parliaments or assemblies and governments, respectively, of each member state of the European Community which were transferred to the European Central Bank, or other Community institution, respectively, on their adherence to the euro currency system.    (HL651)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken, or intend to take, to publish or distribute an authenticated and consolidated version of the core Treaties of the European Community and Union, including the Protocols in force, as they will operate from 1st January 2003, or later, as specified in the Treaty of Nice or other Treaty.    (HL652)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House those parts of any statement, speech, or publication made by any current Ministers between 1997 and the general election of 2001 which concerned (a) further privatisation of public services; (b) top up fees for graduate courses; (c) revenue raising by foundation hospitals; and (d) changes to the laws concerning industrial disputes.    (HL653)

The Lord NorthbourneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to take action to ensure that local authority childcare homes have adequate funding and enough appropriately trained staff to provide the care that damaged children need.    (HL654)

The Lord NorthbourneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many professionals are employed in ante natal clinics and are trained to offer advice to prospective parents on the emotional needs of young children; and what proportion of the total this represents.    (HL655)

The Lord NorthbourneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many health visitors are trained to offer advice and support to young parents and prospective parents in relation to the emotional needs of young children; and what proportion of all health visitors this represents.    (HL656)

The Lord NorthbourneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of mothers and fathers (respectively) attending ante natal clinics have received advice not only on child birth and physical care of the young child but also on the emotional needs of young children and the kinds of care appropriate to fulfilling those needs.    (HL657)

The Lord NorthbourneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were—

        (a)  the number of births registered in the most recent year for which statistics are available;

        (b)  the number of mothers who attended ante natal clinics in the same year;

        (c)  the number of fathers who attended ante natal clinics in the same year; and

        (d)  the percentage of mothers and fathers (respectively) attending who followed through the whole course.  (HL658)

The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept the findings of the recently published Joint Chief Inspector’s Report on Arrangements to Safeguard Children—

        (a)  that “many services [are] under pressure and experiencing major difficulties in recruiting and retaining key skilled and experienced staff” (paragraph 1.15); and

        (b)  “that failures to provide an adequate response by Social Services Departments are often due to staff shortages within children’s teams in Social Services” (paragraph 1.19);

    and, if so, what action they propose to take.  (HL659)

The Baroness Greengross—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what address the Department for Work and Pensions writes with information regarding pensions and benefits when a person has been in hospital for more than six weeks.    (HL660)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that adequate safeguards are in place to prevent the further sale of the smallpox virus following its sale by the United States to Russia and by Russia to Iraq.     (HL661)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the high level of expertise in specialist palliative care can be maintained during the proposed enquiry into the work of Northern Ireland Hospice Care.    (HL662)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for delivery of palliative care for the Northern Ireland Hospice.    (HL663)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that the enquiry team into Northern Ireland Hospice Care will have sufficient power to ensure that all parties act upon the recommendations.    (HL664)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, if a National Health Service foundation trust was unable to satisfy the Independent Regulator that the proceeds from the disposal of an asset would not be used to further the Trust’s public interest mandate, what mechanism would be used to remove the proceeds from the Trust.    (HL665)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a National Health Service foundation trust will be free to enter into complex financial instruments such as hedging contracts, swaps and other derivative products; and, if not, how any restrictions will be effected.    (HL666)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the financial duties for National Health Service foundation trusts will include the requirement to achieve a rate of return on assets.    (HL667)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a National Health Service foundation trust is required to charge standard tariffs for all of its activity; and, if so, how it can thereby achieve increases in the range and volume of services delivered to National Health Service patients, given that those services must also be charged at a standard tariff.    (HL668)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a National Health Service foundation trust would be able to carry out any work for National Health Service patients without charge.    (HL669)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a National Health Service foundation trust will be free to invest surplus financial assets as it wishes.    (HL670)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether National Health Service foundation trusts will be able to carry out work for private patients through the medium of (a) subsidiary companies or (b) public private partnership arrangements.    (HL671)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the “strict limits” on the provision by National Health Service foundation hospitals of services to private patients as referred to in paragraph 3.4 of A Guide to NHS Foundation Trusts will be defined; and whether those limits will be fixed for all time or whether it would be possible for a National Health Service foundation hospital to apply for a revision to the limits.    (HL672)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have estimated the costs of setting up an Independent Regulator for National Health Service foundation trusts; and, if so, whether they will publish their estimates.    (HL673)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose that the Independent Regulator’s decision on matters relating to National Health Service foundation trusts will be absolute or whether any appeal mechanisms will be set up.    (HL674)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose that the Secretary of State for Health will have a power of direction over the Independent Regulator for National Health Service foundation trusts.    (HL675)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what ways the Independent Regulator for National Health Service foundation trusts will be independent of the Secretary of State for Health.    (HL676)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the Commission for Racial Equality, the Disability Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunities Commission should perform their functions with respect to the enforcement of the anti-discrimination legislation independently from Government influence regarding the Commissions’ decisions to assist individual claimants, to conduct investigations, to issue non-discrimination notices, or to bring proceedings in their own name; and, if not, what is the Government’s perception of the proper relationship between the Commissions and the Government with respect to the exercise of such functions in relation to law enforcement.    (HL677)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which National Health Service trusts had an income and expenditure deficit in their 2001-02 annual accounts; and what was the amount of each trust’s deficit for that year.    (HL678)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether National Health Service foundation trusts will be classified to the public sector or the private sector in the national accounts.    (HL679)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have consulted the Office of National Statistics about the classification of National Health Service foundation trusts in the national accounts; and, if so, what advice they have received.    (HL680)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they use for determining whether an organisation is a part of the National Health Service.    (HL681)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is possible for a National Health Service foundation trust to be classified to the private sector in the national accounts and also be treated as a part of the National Health Service; and, if so, whether any other private sector organisations could be treated as part of the National Health Service.    (HL682)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the Prudential Code referred to in paragraph 5.17 of A Guide to NHS Foundation Trusts.    (HL683)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to encourage general practitioners regularly to review the prescriptions which they give to their patients.    (HL684)

The Lord Renfrew of KaimsthornTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to counter the increasing scale of art crime; and what progress the Home Office is making with the establishment of a stolen objects database relating to cultural property.    (HL685)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total expenditure incurred by the Department of Trade and Industry on work carried out by consultants during the financial years 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02.    (HL686)

The Baroness BuscombeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total expenditure incurred by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on work carried out by consultants during the financial years 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02.    (HL687)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will explain what “suitable comfort” means in relation to Private Finance Initiative schemes for National Health Service foundation trusts as mentioned in paragraph 5.22 of A Guide to NHS Foundation Trusts.    (HL688)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the amounts due under Private Finance Initiative contracts will be treated as borrowing for the purpose of the borrowing limits to be set for National Health Service foundation trusts.    (HL689)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the consequences for a National Health Service foundation trust of its borrowing limit being reduced as part of its annual review if the reduced limit exceeded (a) its actual borrowings at that time; or (b) its expected borrowings in the light of existing commitments to revenue or capital expenditure.    (HL690)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend that any borrowings by a National Health Service foundation trust from the private sector could be guaranteed by the Secretary of State for Health, strategic health authorities, primary care trusts or any other body within the National Health Service.    (HL691)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Government will act as the lender of last resort for National Health Service foundation trusts if they are unable to borrow from private sector sources.    (HL692)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why National Health Service foundation trusts will not be allowed to use their regulated assets as security for borrowing.    (HL693)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list all the categories of persons to whom the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal is being distributed, other than the categories included in the Written Answer by the Baroness Blackstone on 4th November (WA 155), indicating the number of medals being issued to each of these other categories.     (HL694)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will arrange for all children to learn the international phonetic alphabet before they reach school leaving age.    (HL695)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  what is the present price of a game licence;

        (b)  when the price of this licence was last changed;

        (c)  how many game licences have been issued during the most recent year for which figures are available;

        (d)  how many post offices in the United Kingdom are able to supply game licences;

        (e)  what is the total gross annual revenue from such licences;

        (f)  what is the total annual cost of administering the scheme; and

        (g)  whether they regard the game licence as a necessary and cost effective way of raising revenue.  (HL696)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions for taking game without a licence there have been in the most recent twelve month period for which figures are available.    (HL697)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will estimate, in respect of the most recent year for which information is available, what would have been the additional revenue from income tax if the following rates of income tax on taxable income above the then higher rate threshold had applied: 40 per cent up to £100,000; 50 per cent on the slice of taxable income between £100,000 and £500,000; 60 per cent on the slice of taxable income between £500,000 and £1,000,000; and 70 per cent on the slice of taxable income above £1,000,000, assuming that all other parts of the tax system remain unchanged.    (HL698)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was, for the most recent year for which figures are available, the number of United Kingdom taxpayers whose personal taxable income exceeded £100,000, £250,000, £500,000, £1 million, £5 million and £10 million respectively.    (HL699)

The Lord Howie of TroonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which department is responsible for consulting stakeholders on draft proposals from the European Commission for a Directive on safety in vehicle tunnels; and what steps have been taken to consult fire safety interests.    (HL700)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the Shannon navigation by Waterways Ireland; what is the total cost to date; and when it will be completed.    (HL701)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government under what circumstances the interim Chief Executive of the Ulster Scots Agency, appointed in 1999, was retired; and whether there were any outstanding matters concerning his handling of the accounts and the staff of the Agency.    (HL702)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 11th December (WA 1) which indicated that there are no pension provisions currently for Chief Executives of Cross Border Bodies, whether the Controller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland has commented on this issue; and, if not, why not.    (HL703)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 10th December (WA 24) concerning the Irish Human Rights Commission and its lack of representation from Ulster protestants, Ulster Scots and Ulster Unionist communities—

        (a)  what information was sought from applicants that informed the answer that no one from the groups mentioned applied;

        (b)  what was the recruitment process;

        (c)  whether any special activity aimed at these groups was undertaken during the process;

        (d)  whether the lack of appointments from these groups was drawn to the appropriate Minister’s attention; and, if so, by whom and when; and why no action was taken.  (HL704)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 10th December (WA 24), whether the composition of the Irish Human Rights Commission was referred to the Equality Commission in the Irish Republic; and, if so, by whom, when and what action resulted.    (HL705)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that in any military intervention in Iraq the 1949 Geneva Conventions and their additional Protocols will not be breached, especially with respect to ensuring that food and water supplies will not be jeopardised in such a way that the health and survival of the civilian population is endangered.    (HL706)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what analysis has been made of the relative costs of (a) an adequately staffed and resourced United Nations inspectorate in Iraq to contain the possibility of any deployment of weapons of mass destruction; and (b) a military intervention; if so, what was the outcome; if not, whether they will ensure that such an analysis is made without delay.    (HL707)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what evaluation they have made of food and water security in Iraq; and of the vulnerability of the supply system for food and water.    (HL708)

The Lord TurnbergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the research and development budget for the National Health Service in each of the last five years; and what percentage of the total National Health Service budget these represented for each of these years.    (HL709)

The Lord TurnbergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much transitional funding will be provided for the Health Protection Agency as it takes over the responsibilities currently provided by the Public Health Laboratory Service.    (HL710)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they oppose the European Parliament amendments to the proposals for revision of the European Union Public Procurement Directives, which would permit wider use of social criteria at the award stage.    (HL711)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review their position in the light of the recent European Court of Justice ruling in the Helsinki Concordia Bus case (C513-99) which reinforces the principles of the Commission v. France ruling (C225-98) relating to the scope for inclusion of social considerations in the award stage of a contract.    (HL712)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have taken legal advice on the practice of deporting people who have children born in this country and are therefore British subjects and ineligible for deportation and its compatibility with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.    (HL713)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an order of deportation confers authority on those who execute it to deny deportees access to their possessions; and whose property such possessions are after deportation.    (HL714)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

Waiting for Second Reading

    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]

    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] [9th January]

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

    Greater London Authority Act 1999 (Repeal) [HL]

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    London Local Authorities and Transport for London [HL]

    London Local Authorities [HL]

    London Development Agency

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] [17th December]

    Arms Control and Disarmament (Inspections) [HL]

    Courts [HL] [20th January]

    National Minimum Wage (Enforcement Notices) [HL] [9th January]

    High Hedges [HL] [9th January]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Consolidated Fund (Money Bill—10th December) [16th December]

    Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (Money Bill—10th December) [16th December]

MEASURES IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Commons Affirmative Resolution

    Synodical Government (Amendment)

    Church of England (Pensions)

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Increase of Endowment) Order 2003

    Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2003

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

    Draft Flexible Working (Procedural Requirements) Regulations 2002

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

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

    Draft Marriage (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

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

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 (Assured Periodic Tenancies) (Rent Increases) Order 2003

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Housing Management Agreements) Order 2003

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Schemes under Section 129 of the Housing Act 1988) (England) 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]

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Business Tenancies) (England and Wales) Order 2003 [2nd Report]

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]

MONDAY 16TH DECEMBER

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

TUESDAY 17TH DECEMBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Constitution (Select Committee)3.15 pm
Economic Affairs (Select Committee)4.00 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Information Committee4.15 pm
Procedure of the House4.15 pm
(Select Committee)

WEDNESDAY 18TH 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)noon
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
Ecclesiastical Committee4.15 pm

THURSDAY 19TH DECEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
 
 
 
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