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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.

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.

*The Lord Burnham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to prevent further collisions in the English Channel.

†Crime (International Co-operation) Bill [HL]The Lord Filkin to move, That it be an instruction to the Grand Committee to which the Crime (International Co-operation) Bill [HL] has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 15
Schedule 1
Clauses 16 to 31
Schedule 2
Clauses 32 to 55

Schedule 3
Clauses 56 to 90
Schedules 4 and 5
Clauses 91 to 94.

†Police (Northern Ireland) Bill [HL]The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That it be an instruction to the Grand Committee to which the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill [HL] has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 20
Schedule 1
Clause 21
Schedule 2

Clauses 22 to 26
Schedule 3
Clauses 27 and 28.

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

†Regulatory Reform (Special Occasions Licensing) Order 2002—The Baroness Blackstone to move, That the draft Regulatory Reform Order laid before the House on 17th December be approved. [6th Report from the Regulatory Reform Committee]

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 McIntosh of Haringey 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 McIntosh of Haringey 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]

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.

Arms Control and Disarmament (Inspections) Bill [HL]—Committee [The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean]

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).

†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).

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 Bramall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the up-to-date information that appeared in the British Intelligence Dossier on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction published in September has now been passed to the United Nations observers for verification and any necessary action.

†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. [Balloted debate]

†The Lord Russell-Johnston—To call attention to the stability pact for the Balkans; and to move for papers. [Balloted debate]

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

In Committee Rooms 3A and 4B

At 3.30 pm

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill [HL]—Grand Committee [The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn)]

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] [First Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

At three o’clock

*The Lord Burnham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what authority they have over the operation of Transport for London.

†*The Lord Dubs—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which European Union and accession countries produce tobacco, and what is the present level of Common Agricultural Policy support for the product.

*The Earl of Onslow—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether communication systems within the Armed Forces are operating satisfactorily.

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

†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.

[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill will continue at 3.45 pm in Committee Rooms 3A and 4B]

MONDAY 13TH JANUARY

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the purpose and annual cost of the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit, and how many committees have been generated by it.

*The Lord Russell-Johnston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the operation of the self-assessment tax system is satisfactory.

†*The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new help they are considering for people infected with Hepatitis C, and for the dependants of those who have since died of Hepatitis C as a result of infection by contaminated National Health Service products.

†*The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether mixed sex wards have now been phased out in all National Health Service hospitals.

‡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]

In Committee Rooms 3A and 4B

At 3.30 pm

†Crime (International Co-operation) Bill [HL]—Grand Committee [The Lord Filkin] [2nd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

TUESDAY 14TH JANUARY

*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom sovereign bases in Cyprus will become part of the European Union on the accession of Cyprus.

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current policy towards Iraq.

*The Baroness Greengross—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to regulate the development of equity release schemes.

†*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have put in place to involve the public in their proposed public debate on genetically modified organisms; and how they propose to evaluate the public’s opinion at the conclusion of the debate.

House Committee—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the First Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 19) be agreed to.

†The Lord Grenfell—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on the Review of EC Merger Regulation (32nd Report, HL Paper 165, Session 2001-02).

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.

[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill will continue at 3.30 pm in the Moses Room]

WEDNESDAY 15TH JANUARY

*The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to enlarge the market for English and Welsh timber.

*The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what calculations they have made of the recent rate of price or cost inflation in the provision of public services, notably health care and education.

†*The Baroness Knight of Collingtree—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take following the report by the National Screening Committee on the visual screening of children.

THURSDAY 16TH JANUARY

*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to make information available to the public about the prices for which properties are sold.

†*The Lord Gilmour of Craigmillar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Israel’s settlements will be on the agenda of the Prime Minister’s conference on Palestine.

†The Baroness Cumberlege—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy concerning the changing configuration of maternity services and the impact this is having on caesarean section rates.

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

[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill will continue at 3.45 pm in the Moses Room]

MONDAY 20TH JANUARY

†Courts Bill [HL]—Committee [The Lord Chancellor] [2nd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

†‡The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to create a charities ombudsman.

TUESDAY 21ST JANUARY

†The Lord Howe of Aberavon—To move, That this House takes note of the First Report of the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform. (HL Paper 17)

WEDNESDAY 22ND JANUARY

†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?

†[It is expected the debate on the Report of the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform 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]

THURSDAY 23RD JANUARY

†[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Crime (International Co-operation) Bill will continue at 3.45 pm in Committee Rooms 3A and 4B]

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 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 railways 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 tackle the threat that obesity poses to the health and well-being of the nation.

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.

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the staffing situation of the Defence Medical Services is satisfactory; and what is their view of the future of the Services.

†The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what humanitarian assistance they have provided to people living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo during the last four years of civil war in that country.

†The Lord Norton of Louth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure the security of the ballot in elections held by postal voting.

PART II

MOTIONS FOR BALLOTED DEBATE

[Ballot on 29th January for debate on 12th February]

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

The Lord Bishop of Oxford—To call attention to the religious element in global terrorism and appropriate interfaith responses; and to move for papers.

The Lord Dubs—To call attention to the contribution that renewable sources of energy should make to the United Kingdom’s long term energy supply; and to move for papers.

PART III

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

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

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). [12th December]

†The Lord Grenfell—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on the Review of Scrutiny of European Legislation (First Report, HL Paper 15). [18th December]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 18th December, or unanswered after 21 days]

[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)

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

25th November

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

The 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)

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)

18th December

The Lord Hogg of CumbernauldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the European Union Transport Council on 5th-6th December.    (HL809)

The Lord TomlinsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the report by the Review Board of Government Contracts on its 2002 annual review of the profit formula for non-competitive Government contracts.    (HL814)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they intend to make for the inspection of youth offending teams.    (HL816)

The Baroness GaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to appoint the Appointed Person under section 290 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.    (HL817)

The Baroness GaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made by the video-on-demand industry in establishing a self-regulatory system that will ensure adequate protection for children when video-on-demand services are deregulated.    (HL818)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Green Paper Working and Saving for Retirement (Cm 5677, December 2002) contains no proposals to entitle unmarried long term cohabiting partners (whether of the same sex or opposite sex) to state pension benefits.    (HL819)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish their consultation document on civil partnerships.    (HL820)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy to encourage Ministers and Permanent Secretaries to use public transport to make their daily journeys to and from their Departments.    (HL821)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the proportion of teachers in state primary and secondary schools in the United Kingdom who are men.    (HL822)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many men and how many women are employed in the Department for Education and Skills.    (HL823)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the financial justification for the Strategic Rail Authority giving an extra £58 million of taxpayers’ money to Connex to operate its rail franchise next year; and why this franchise was not cancelled and put out to re-tender, as provided for under section 30 of the Railways Act 1993 as amended by section 212 of the Transport Act 2000.    (HL824)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the budget for expenditure of the Department for Transport for the current financial year; and what are the latest estimates for expenditure to date, forecast to year end.    (HL825)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who will carry out the independent financial review of National Health Service foundation trust applicants referred to in paragraph 7.9 of A Guide to NHS Foundation Trusts.    (HL826)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what level of financial support will be given to National Health Service foundation trust applicants during the second-stage application process referred to in paragraph 7.13 of A Guide to NHS Foundation Trusts.    (HL827)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether financial support will be given to National Health Service foundation trust applicants prior to the passing of legislation allowing the creation of National Health Service foundation trusts.    (HL828)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether National Health Service foundation trusts will be obliged to comply with all national standards and service priorities set for the National Health Service generally.    (HL829)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the relationship between strategic health authorities and National Health Service foundation trusts.    (HL830)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether National Health Service foundation trusts will have to provide the same data for central purposes as National Health Service trusts; and, if not, what will be the differences.    (HL831)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action each government department is taking to implement the findings of the report “Preventing Accidental Injury—Priorities for Action” from the Accidental Injury Task Force.    (HL832)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in relation to—

        (a)  fire safety;

        (b)  work safety; and

        (c)  risk education

to implement the findings of the report “Preventing Accidental Injury—Priorities for Action” from the Accidental Injury Task Force.    (HL833)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to involve regional directors of public health in the implementation of the recommendations in the report “Preventing Accidental Injury—Priorities for Action” from the Accidental Injury Task Force.    (HL834)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact smoking restrictions envisaged in the Health and Safety Commission’s proposed Approved Code of Practice would have on (a) consumer expenditure in the hospitality sector; and (b) tourism revenue.    (HL835)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance has been given to local authorities regarding the enforcement obligations of environmental health officers under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 in relation to risks arising from passive smoking in the workplace since publication of the advice of the Government’s Scientific Committee on Tobacco and Health in March 1998.    (HL836)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is intended that National Health Service foundation trusts will be able to use the proceeds from disposal of non-regulated assets to acquire further non-regulated assets.    (HL837)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who will determine whether proceeds of non-regulated assets are used to further a National Health Service foundation trust’s public interest objectives as referred to in paragraph 3.19 of A Guide for NHS Foundation Trusts; and what activities will be regarded as within that concept.    (HL838)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the board of governors of a National Health Service foundation trust will be free to appoint an auditor other than the Audit Commission or the National Audit Office.    (HL839)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the chair and members of the board of governors of a National Health Service foundation trust will be remunerated.    (HL840)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the chair and non-executive directors of a management board of a National Health Service foundation trust will be remunerated.    (HL841)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what ownership rights will be conferred on members of a National Health Service foundation trust.    (HL842)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made since 29th October on the establishment of a central register of individuals who have applied for, or who have been granted, a shotgun or firearm certificate required under section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997; and when the register will become fully operational.    (HL843)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are working with the support of the major religious leaders towards a ceasefire by all parties in Israel and in the Palestinian Authority covering Christmas and the New Year and, if possible, a longer period.    (HL844)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the creation of an inter-religious council for Jerusalem and the holy sites.    (HL845)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have on the numbers of prisoners of war held by the Northern Alliance and others outside the control of the government of Afghanistan who have died, been released and are still imprisoned; and whether they accept that the condition and future prospects of those prisoners reflects on the honour of the Allied Powers.    (HL846)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to support and consolidate the recent peace agreement in the Congo; and what action they will take to encourage other governments to do likewise.    (HL847)

The Lord Gray of ContinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated timescale for the closing down of the remaining United Kingdom nuclear power stations.    (HL848)

The Lord Gray of ContinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated timescale for the decommissioning of the remaining United Kingdom nuclear power stations when they no longer supply the National Grid.    (HL849)

The Lord Gray of ContinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to replace existing nuclear power stations with new nuclear power stations.    (HL850)

The Lord Gray of ContinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to replace the power generation provided by the existing nuclear power stations after their closure.    (HL851)

The Lord Gray of ContinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to meet their Kyoto commitments if nuclear power stations are not replaced by new nuclear power stations.    (HL852)

The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of landmines on the African continent; and what action, if any, they are taking to seek to eliminate landmines in Africa.    (HL853)

The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in light of the recent report published by UNICEF, what action they are taking to give children around the world a greater role in decision-making about their future.    (HL854)

The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance, if any, they are offering to HIV sufferers in the Central African Republic.    (HL855)

The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance, if any, they are offering to the starving population of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.    (HL856)

The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of HIV and AIDS on Ethiopia.    (HL857)

The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment on the performance of the Global Health Fund in tackling HIV and AIDS.    (HL858)

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 9th December (WA 8-9) and 16th December (WA 84), why they will not consider allowing cyclists to use flashing lamps as an alternative to steady lamps.    (HL859)

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 9th December (WA 8-9) and 16th December (WA 84), whether the Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations 1989 will be amended to permit the use of flashing red lights to the rear by cyclists, as recommended in their research into motor vehicles and pedal cycle conspicuity.    (HL860)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government at what meetings of the North South Ministerial Council discussions took place about the failure to make pension provision for chief executives of Implementation Bodies over the last three years; and what course of action was decided upon.    (HL861)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the Belfast Agreement of 1998 in which the Government of the Republic of Ireland promised to introduce human rights protection to at least the equivalent level as that in Northern Ireland, whether that Government has informed them of any proposals to create a police ombudsman similar to the one in Northern Ireland.    (HL862)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the Belfast Agreement of 1998 in which total parity of esteem and equality was promised to all on the island of Ireland, what is the percentage of Protestant civil servants in County Donegal; and, if it is less than 11 per cent of the population, why this is the case.    (HL863)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 17th December (WA 100) concerning unique narrow gauge railway artefacts, what steps are being taken to ensure that no vandalism is caused to the railway stock.    (HL864)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a consultant from the Community Relations Council has in the past two years been employed by the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure to examine the area of cultural traditions; if so, what was the criterion used for appointment; who interviewed the candidates; what was the job specification; whether there have been any reports; when the work will be completed; and what was the cost.    (HL865)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the Belfast Agreement of 1998 which promised parity of esteem to all on the island of Ireland, whether teacher training qualifications from Northern Ireland are recognised in the Republic of Ireland; if not, why; and what steps are being taken to rectify the position.    (HL866)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

18th 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)

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

25th November

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

The 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)

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 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 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 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.    [NIO]    (HL358)

2nd December

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 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, 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)

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 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)

4th December

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 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 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, 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 how they expect rural sub Post Offices to remain open if the universal bank accounts scheme is cancelled.    [DTI]    (HL455)

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 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 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 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 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 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)

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 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 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 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)

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 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 Tebbit—To 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.    [CO]    (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.    [HMT]    (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.    [HMT]    (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.    [FCO]    (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. [CO]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]  (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.    [DoH]  (HL659)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts—To 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.    [FCO]     (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.    [NIO]    (HL662)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for delivery of palliative care for the Northern Ireland Hospice.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]     (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.    [DoH]    (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. [DoH]    (HL683)

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.    [HO]    (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.    [DTI]    (HL686)

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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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. [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [CO]    (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. [DfES]    (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.    [DEFRA]  (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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [HMT]    (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.    [HMT]    (HL699)

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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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. [NIO]  (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [FCO]    (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. [FCO]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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. [DTI]    (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. [DTI]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [HO]    (HL714)

16th December

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what development funding has been allocated by the Government and the European Union to seaside resorts in 2002 to date.    [ODPM]    (HL722)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a draft strategy to improve mental care of black and minority ethnic groups has been produced by a national reference group working to the Mental Health Task Force; when they expect Ministers to approve the strategy; when they expect to publish the strategy; and what the reasons are for delay in approving and publishing the strategy.    [DoH]    (HL723)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Chancellor on 12th December (HL Deb, col. 377-378), why the power to recommend to the Sovereign who should be appointed Queen’s Counsel should be retained by the Lord Chancellor and not delegated instead to the Lord Chief Justice, who is independent of the Executive.    [LCD]    (HL724)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis they make their assessment of the number of winter “gritting days” for highways authorities in Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and West Yorkshire, used to determine central Government support for highways winter maintenance; and what is the amount assessed as part of their grant payments to each authority in these areas in the current year.    [ODPM]    (HL725)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether those whose exceptional leave to remain is not renewed will have the option of applying for naturalisation as British subjects. [HO]    (HL726)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what temporary housing is available to those whose exceptional leave to remain has expired and who then become homeless before the date of their removal.    [HO]    (HL727)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether local authorities will be able to appoint members to the board of governors of a National Health Service foundation trust.    [DoH]    (HL728)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to ensure that the board of governors of a National Health Service foundation trust is not dominated by a particular group of members of sectional interest.    [DoH]    (HL729)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who will determine whether a chair or a non-executive director of a management board of a National Health Service foundation trust meets criteria laid down by the independent regulator; and what will happen if a person is elected a chair or non-executive director but does not meet those criteria.    [DoH]    (HL730)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the precise legal form of a National Health Service foundation trust.    [DoH]    (HL731)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the personal legal responsibilities and duties of individuals involved in National Health Service foundation trusts as—

        (a)  members of a board of governors;

        (b)  chair of a board of governors;

        (c)  chair of a management board;

        (d)  non-executive director of a management board; and

        (e)  executive member of a management board.    [DoH]  (HL732)

The Baroness Noakes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what resources will be available to boards of governors of National Health Service foundation hospitals to enable them to carry out their functions.    [DoH]    (HL733)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether National Health Service foundation trusts will be able to transfer their existing assets as part of a Private Finance Initiative transaction.    [DoH]    (HL734)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any assessment of the willingness of the private sector to lend money for capital projects to National Health Service foundation trusts in the absence of security on the related assets; and, if so, whether they will publish that assessment.    [DoH]    (HL735)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the assets that are transferred to a National Health Service foundation trust when it is established will be transferred at the amount shown in the accounts of the National Health Service trust or at a contemporaneous valuation.    [DoH]    (HL736)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will determine what debt of a National Health Service trust is associated with particular assets that are transferred to a National Health Service foundation trust when it is established.    [DoH]    (HL737)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will explain in legal terms what is meant by the creation of “a legal lock on the assets of National Health Service Foundation Trusts” as stated by the Secretary of State for Health on 11th December (HC Deb, col. 272).    [DoH]    (HL738)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is meant by “public interest mandate” in paragraph 5.24 of A Guide to NHS Foundation Trusts.    [DoH]    (HL739)

The Lord SwinfenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any part of the European Union has opted out of the common fisheries policy; if so, when; and what effect this has had on the fish stocks of that part.    [DEFRA]    (HL740)

The Baroness Oppenheim-BarnesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Baroness Amos on 10th December (HL Deb, col. 105), on what date the visa granted to Chris Pasipamire was issued; and what length of stay in the United Kingdom it allows. [FCO]    (HL741)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what process will be used to determine the financial and other resources available to the independent regulator for National Health Service foundation hospitals.    [DoH]    (HL742)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what process will be used for the appointment of the independent regulator for National Health Service foundation hospitals. [DoH]    (HL743)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether membership of a National Health Service foundation trust will be available to people who live in Scotland and Wales.    [DoH]    (HL744)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there will be any age criteria for membership of a National Health Service foundation trust.    [DoH]    (HL745)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have calculated the potential membership communities for National Health Service foundation hospitals in London and other large urban areas; and, if so, whether they will publish those estimates.    [DoH]    (HL746)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have estimated the costs for a National Health Service foundation trust of setting up and administering on an ongoing basis a membership register on different assumptions about the size of membership communities; and, if so, whether they will publish those estimates.    [DoH]    (HL747)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 12th December (WA 57-58), whether they can now state whether the Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research at Porton Down is content that combining the anthrax vaccine with other vaccines and protective measures could not involve harmful long-term effects.    [MoD]    (HL748)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what funds, in addition to the annual vote of the Agency, are available to the Irish Language Agency.    [NIO]    (HL749)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 9th December (WA 1) concerning the Food Safety Promotion Board, how the Employment Equality Act 1998 and the Equal Status Act 2000 can be monitored if the religious breakdown of the board’s employees is not recorded; and what information about each employee is recorded.    [NIO]    (HL750)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 12th December (WA 48) about security vetting, how many posts in the Northern Ireland civil service are classified as sensitive posts or higher; how many of those post holders possess valid security clearance; whether any civil servants whose security clearances have expired were still in post on 12th December; and, if so, why.    [NIO]    (HL751)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 10th December (WA 25) about digital hearing aids in Northern Ireland, when funds will be made available for the supply of digital hearing aids.    [NIO]    (HL752)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 11th December (WA 37) concerning appointments to the Irish Agency, whether the Ulster Scots Agency asked the appropriate Departments to process four-and-a-half posts in July; and why the Ulster Scots Agency was not afforded the same treatment in terms of access to the North South Ministerial Council as the two posts for the Irish Agency.    [NIO]    (HL753)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the Belfast Agreement of 1998 the following issues have been considered by the Irish Human Rights Commission—

        (a)  the requirement for Irish language for a range of state posts;

        (b)  the special position of the Irish language in the Constitution; and

        (c)  the playing of the Angelus daily by the state television and radio networks;

    if so, what was the result; and, if not, why not.    [NIO]  (HL754)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept the recommendation of the chief inspector of prisons in her annual report that a consolidated Prison Service Order should be introduced to encapsulate best practice on safer custody; and, if so, when it will be introduced.    [HO]    (HL755)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to reduce the long delays and late arrivals of prisoners from court, and to improve the limited information received by prisons from escort contractors; and what assessment has been made of the benefits that could be secured from placing responsibility for escort services with the Prison Service.    [HO]    (HL756)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to halt the rise in the prison population, particularly in the numbers of women and young persons.    [HO]    (HL757)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the chief inspector of prisons to conduct inquiries into all deaths and serious injuries in prisons; and whether they will provide adequate additional resources for that purpose.    [HO]    (HL758)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept the finding of the chief inspector of prisons that 41 per cent of the patients in prison healthcare centres in three local prisons should have been in secure National Health Service accommodation; and what corrective action they intend to take.    [HO]    (HL759)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why immigration detainees who have not been charged with or committed any criminal offence are still being held in prison. [HO]    (HL760)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made by the Committee chaired by Sir Bernard Crick on citizenship; when the Committee will report to Ministers; and when the Committee’s report will be published.    [HO]    (HL761)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with the British Deaf Association and the Royal National Institute for the Deaf about including sign language as a language the sufficient knowledge of which could give a person the opportunity to make a successful application for naturalisation as a consequence of the implementation of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002.    [HO]    (HL762)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to ensure that the changes to the future delivery of legal services proposed in their consultation paper In the Public Interest? do not reduce the current level of consumer protection but maintain and improve access to justice.    [LCD]    (HL763)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the cost of implementing and running the custody plus scheme; and what sums have been set aside in the Home Office budget to ensure that custody plus can be fully implemented following the passage of the Criminal Justice Bill.    [HO]    (HL764)

The Lord HayhoeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 9th December (WA 14), what proportion of the additional funds intended for hospices has reached front-line services in the latest 12-month period for which figures or estimates are available; and what is the shortfall.    [DoH]    (HL765)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether rules and regulations derived from Prison Service Orders but not directly included in the Prison Rules have the power of law; and whether they are legally enforceable.    [HO]    (HL766)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is a requirement for Prison Service Orders and subsequent changes to them to be laid before Parliament in the same way as drafts and amendments to the Statutory Instrument (that is, the Prison Rules) must be laid before Parliament under the Prison Act 1952.    [HO]    (HL767)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the rules and regulations derived from Prison Service Orders but not directly included in the Prison Rules have the authority of Parliament.    [HO]    (HL768)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which body, if any, that is independent of the Prison Service has the function of monitoring rules and regulations that have a major impact on prisoners’ rights in relation to fairness, reasonableness and compliance with human rights and other legislation.    [HO]    (HL769)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will, from 30th September 2003 or earlier, split the role of the Chairman of the Financial Services Authority into the posts of Non-Executive Chairman and Chief Executive.    [DTI]    (HL770)

17th December

The Baroness Cohen of PimlicoTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the National Languages Strategy will be published.    [DfES]    (HL774)

The Baroness Cohen of PimlicoTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the joint Department for Culture Media and Sport/Strategy Unit report on sport and physical activity.    [DCMS]    (HL775)

The Baroness Ramsay of CartvaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the meeting on 17th December between the Foreign Secretary and relatives of the Lockerbie victims. [FCO]    (HL777)

The Baroness Ramsay of CartvaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes have been made in the composition of the United Kingdom delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.    [FCO]    (HL778)

The Baroness Ramsay of CartvaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent changes have been made to (a) the United Nations sanctions against Angola (UNITA) and Sierra Leone; and (b) the European Union sanctions against the Democratic Republics of Congo and Burma.    [FCO]    (HL779)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether foreign nationals may become members of National Health Service foundation trusts.    [DoH]    (HL780)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 11th December (HL Deb, col. 268), what is meant by National Health Service foundation trusts “poaching” staff; who would decide whether “poaching” had taken place; and what sanctions would be exercised and by whom in the event that “poaching” were deemed to have taken place.    [DoH]    (HL781)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the advice given to them by the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation on the allocation formula for National Health Service resources.    [DoH]    (HL782)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Boards of Governors of National Health Service foundation trusts will be able to take independent advice on matters which include the requirement to advise the management board on the trust’s forward plans as set out in paragraph 1.26 of A Guide to NHS Foundation Hospitals.    [DoH]    (HL783)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Boards of Governors of a National Health Service foundation trust will be able to remove any of the members of a management board; and, if so, on what criteria and through what process.    [DoH]    (HL784)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the Council referred to in paragraph 2.22 of A Guide to NHS Foundation Trusts.    [DoH]    (HL785)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what special rapporteurs and working groups of the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights have visited China over the last ten years; whether there are any outstanding requests for invitations by any of those bodies; and, in each case, what was the date of the request and the reply, if any.    [FCO]    (HL786)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what reply they have received from the Chinese authorities when they have raised the duty of member states to cooperate with United Nations mechanisms and those of the High Commission for Human Rights in particular at the United Kingdom-China and European Union-China human rights dialogues.    [FCO]    (HL787)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what subjects were on the agenda of the European Union-Iran human rights dialogue, held in Tehran on 16th-17th December, and in particular, whether the European Union representatives expressed any opinion about the holding of public executions.    [FCO]    (HL788)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have received from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about the alleged construction of clandestine nuclear fuel cycle facilities at Natanz and Kashan; why the visit by IAEA Director-General General Mohammed El Baradei scheduled for the week of 12th December was postponed; and whether they will remind Iran of its obligation under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to allow inspection by the IAEA of all of its nuclear activities.    [FCO]    (HL789)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the correspondence sent to the Ministry of Defence by Dr Brian Iddon MP relating to the Report of the United States Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and the response to the Report from the Hon. Leo S Mackay, the Deputy Secretary, on 28th October; whether they will place a copy of the correspondence in the Library of the House; and whether they propose to take any action.    [MoD]    (HL790)

[As amended on 18th December]

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of table 4.1 in the 2002 Spending Review—Departmental Investment Strategies Summary (Cm 5674), whether roads and railways are included in the asset value of £62,996 million; and, if so, what is the value and basis for valuation of each category.    [DfT]    (HL791)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Traffic Commissioners can properly consider a goods vehicle operator to be of good repute if that operator has been detected using “red diesel” rather than “derv” which attracts a much higher rate of fuel duty.    [DfT]    (HL792)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to reflect the “special status” of the human embryo when regulating embryo research.    [DoH]    (HL793)

The Baroness Harris of RichmondTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to set up an arrangement to allow the Ministry of Defence to contribute to the funding of the National Association of Citizen’s Advice Bureaux (NACAB) in cases where army personnel make extensive use of NACAB’s services.    [MoD]    (HL794)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 1st November (WA 48-50), whether the independent team led by Patrick Carter and appointed in September to take a fundamental look at the strategy and operations of the Criminal Records Bureau and its private sector partner, Capita, has reported to the Home Secretary with its conclusions and recommendations; and, if so, when that report and the Government’s response will be published.    [HO]    (HL795)

The Lord HenleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they give to Departments as to how long they should retain copies of correspondence between Ministers and Members of Parliament relating to constituency problems.    [CO]    (HL796)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what instructions have been given to the High Commission in Harare regarding the granting of visas to visit or study in the United Kingdom and the political or quasi-political activities of applicants.    [FCO]    (HL797)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to consult non-governmental organisations and civil society groups in Zimbabwe and bodies such as the Accountability Commission in London to help determine whether there might be a good case prima facie for refusing certain visa applications.    [FCO]    (HL798)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether consideration has been given to drawing up an advisory list of Zimbabwean nationals to whom, because of their known involvement in crimes of violence and political intimidation, visas to visit the United Kingdom should not be granted.    [FCO]    (HL799)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 16th December (HL Deb, cols. 477-478), whether they believe that the British fishing industry would have “serious problems” (HL Deb, col. 465, paragraph 6) if the United Kingdom had retained control of her fish, amounting to 75 per cent of the fish which swam in European Economic Community waters, instead of ceding control of them to the Common Fisheries Policy.    [DEFRA]    (HL800)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 16th December (HL Deb, cols. 477-478), whether, as stated in the Sunday Telegraph on 15th December, members of the political classes in the nations applying to join the European Union stand to increase their salaries twenty times if they can get a job in Brussels after accession; and, if so, whether they consider that this prospect may colour the attitude of those negotiators to the desirability of European Union membership.    [FCO]    (HL801)

The Baroness GreengrossTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 2nd December (WA 77), why the information on the Department of Health website about delayed discharge and emergency re-admission does not include the data provided by primary care trust areas; and whether in future it will do so.    [DoH]    (HL802)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 12th December (WA 48) concerning the Food Safety Promotion Agency, when the North South Ministerial Council agreed that the Agency’s foreword should be in only English and Irish.    [NIO]    (HL803)

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 Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure: Linguistic Diversity Branch, whether the Branch does not contain officials with expertise in the Irish language and in Ulster Scots language and culture; and, if not, why not.    [NIO]    (HL804)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what owners of stock should do with fallen stock when new regulations come into force next year which prohibit them from burying animals which have died.    [DEFRA]    (HL805)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 11th December (WA 42-43), how many of the increase in staff working for the National Health Service between 1997 and 2001 were (a) persons with medical or nursing qualifications and (b) qualified in professions allied to medicine.    [DoH]    (HL806)

18th December

The Lord Hogg of CumbernauldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the European Union Transport Council on 5th-6th December.    (HL809)

The Baroness GaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made by the video-on-demand industry in establishing a self-regulatory system that will ensure adequate protection for children when video-on-demand services are deregulated.    (HL818)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Green Paper Working and Saving for Retirement (Cm 5677, December 2002) contains no proposals to entitle unmarried long term cohabiting partners (whether of the same sex or opposite sex) to state pension benefits.    (HL819)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish their consultation document on civil partnerships.    (HL820)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy to encourage Ministers and Permanent Secretaries to use public transport to make their daily journeys to and from their Departments.    (HL821)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the proportion of teachers in state primary and secondary schools in the United Kingdom who are men.    (HL822)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many men and how many women are employed in the Department for Education and Skills.    (HL823)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the financial justification for the Strategic Rail Authority giving an extra £58 million of taxpayers’ money to Connex to operate its rail franchise next year; and why this franchise was not cancelled and put out to re-tender, as provided for under section 30 of the Railways Act 1993 as amended by section 212 of the Transport Act 2000.    (HL824)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the budget for expenditure of the Department for Transport for the current financial year; and what are the latest estimates for expenditure to date, forecast to year end.    (HL825)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who will carry out the independent financial review of National Health Service foundation trust applicants referred to in paragraph 7.9 of A Guide to NHS Foundation Trusts.    (HL826)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what level of financial support will be given to National Health Service foundation trust applicants during the second-stage application process referred to in paragraph 7.13 of A Guide to NHS Foundation Trusts.    (HL827)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether financial support will be given to National Health Service foundation trust applicants prior to the passing of legislation allowing the creation of National Health Service foundation trusts.    (HL828)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether National Health Service foundation trusts will be obliged to comply with all national standards and service priorities set for the National Health Service generally.    (HL829)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the relationship between strategic health authorities and National Health Service foundation trusts.    (HL830)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether National Health Service foundation trusts will have to provide the same data for central purposes as National Health Service trusts; and, if not, what will be the differences.    (HL831)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action each government department is taking to implement the findings of the report “Preventing Accidental Injury—Priorities for Action” from the Accidental Injury Task Force.    (HL832)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in relation to—

        (a)  fire safety;

        (b)  work safety; and

        (c)  risk education

to implement the findings of the report “Preventing Accidental Injury—Priorities for Action” from the Accidental Injury Task Force.    (HL833)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to involve regional directors of public health in the implementation of the recommendations in the report “Preventing Accidental Injury—Priorities for Action” from the Accidental Injury Task Force.    (HL834)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact smoking restrictions envisaged in the Health and Safety Commission’s proposed Approved Code of Practice would have on (a) consumer expenditure in the hospitality sector; and (b) tourism revenue.    (HL835)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance has been given to local authorities regarding the enforcement obligations of environmental health officers under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 in relation to risks arising from passive smoking in the workplace since publication of the advice of the Government’s Scientific Committee on Tobacco and Health in March 1998.    (HL836)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is intended that National Health Service foundation trusts will be able to use the proceeds from disposal of non-regulated assets to acquire further non-regulated assets.    (HL837)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who will determine whether proceeds of non-regulated assets are used to further a National Health Service foundation trust’s public interest objectives as referred to in paragraph 3.19 of A Guide for NHS Foundation Trusts; and what activities will be regarded as within that concept.    (HL838)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the board of governors of a National Health Service foundation trust will be free to appoint an auditor other than the Audit Commission or the National Audit Office.    (HL839)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the chair and members of the board of governors of a National Health Service foundation trust will be remunerated.    (HL840)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the chair and non-executive directors of a management board of a National Health Service foundation trust will be remunerated.    (HL841)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what ownership rights will be conferred on members of a National Health Service foundation trust.    (HL842)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made since 29th October on the establishment of a central register of individuals who have applied for, or who have been granted, a shotgun or firearm certificate required under section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997; and when the register will become fully operational.    (HL843)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are working with the support of the major religious leaders towards a ceasefire by all parties in Israel and in the Palestinian Authority covering Christmas and the New Year and, if possible, a longer period.    (HL844)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the creation of an inter-religious council for Jerusalem and the holy sites.    (HL845)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have on the numbers of prisoners of war held by the Northern Alliance and others outside the control of the government of Afghanistan who have died, been released and are still imprisoned; and whether they accept that the condition and future prospects of those prisoners reflects on the honour of the Allied Powers.    (HL846)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to support and consolidate the recent peace agreement in the Congo; and what action they will take to encourage other governments to do likewise.    (HL847)

The Lord Gray of ContinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated timescale for the closing down of the remaining United Kingdom nuclear power stations.    (HL848)

The Lord Gray of ContinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated timescale for the decommissioning of the remaining United Kingdom nuclear power stations when they no longer supply the National Grid.    (HL849)

The Lord Gray of ContinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to replace existing nuclear power stations with new nuclear power stations.    (HL850)

The Lord Gray of ContinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to replace the power generation provided by the existing nuclear power stations after their closure.    (HL851)

The Lord Gray of ContinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to meet their Kyoto commitments if nuclear power stations are not replaced by new nuclear power stations.    (HL852)

The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of landmines on the African continent; and what action, if any, they are taking to seek to eliminate landmines in Africa.    (HL853)

The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in light of the recent report published by UNICEF, what action they are taking to give children around the world a greater role in decision-making about their future.    (HL854)

The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance, if any, they are offering to HIV sufferers in the Central African Republic.    (HL855)

The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance, if any, they are offering to the starving population of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.    (HL856)

The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of HIV and AIDS on Ethiopia.    (HL857)

The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment on the performance of the Global Health Fund in tackling HIV and AIDS.    (HL858)

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 9th December (WA 8-9) and 16th December (WA 84), why they will not consider allowing cyclists to use flashing lamps as an alternative to steady lamps.    (HL859)

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 9th December (WA 8-9) and 16th December (WA 84), whether the Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations 1989 will be amended to permit the use of flashing red lights to the rear by cyclists, as recommended in their research into motor vehicles and pedal cycle conspicuity.    (HL860)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government at what meetings of the North South Ministerial Council discussions took place about the failure to make pension provision for chief executives of Implementation Bodies over the last three years; and what course of action was decided upon.    (HL861)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the Belfast Agreement of 1998 in which the Government of the Republic of Ireland promised to introduce human rights protection to at least the equivalent level as that in Northern Ireland, whether that Government has informed them of any proposals to create a police ombudsman similar to the one in Northern Ireland.    (HL862)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the Belfast Agreement of 1998 in which total parity of esteem and equality was promised to all on the island of Ireland, what is the percentage of Protestant civil servants in County Donegal; and, if it is less than 11 per cent of the population, why this is the case.    (HL863)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 17th December (WA 100) concerning unique narrow gauge railway artefacts, what steps are being taken to ensure that no vandalism is caused to the railway stock.    (HL864)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a consultant from the Community Relations Council has in the past two years been employed by the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure to examine the area of cultural traditions; if so, what was the criterion used for appointment; who interviewed the candidates; what was the job specification; whether there have been any reports; when the work will be completed; and what was the cost.    (HL865)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the Belfast Agreement of 1998 which promised parity of esteem to all on the island of Ireland, whether teacher training qualifications from Northern Ireland are recognised in the Republic of Ireland; if not, why; and what steps are being taken to rectify the position.    (HL866)

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]

    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] [13th January]

    Police (Northern Ireland) [HL] [8th January]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Licensing [HL] [19th December]

    Arms Control and Disarmament (Inspections) [HL] [7th January]

    Courts [HL] [20th January]

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

    High Hedges [HL] [9th January]

Waiting for Report

    Waste and Emissions Trading [HL]

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

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

    Draft Commissioner for Children and Young People (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

NORTHERN IRELAND ORDERS IN COUNCIL IN PROGRESS

[The date in brackets is that when the statutory procedures are completed]

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 [17th February]

    Proposal for a draft Order in Council: Strategic Investment and Regeneration of Sites (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 [18th February]

REGULATORY REFORM ORDERS IN PROGRESS

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

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

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Assured Periodic Tenancies) (Rent Increases) Order 2003 [6th Report]

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Special Occasions Licensing) Order 2002

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Credit Unions) Order 2003

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

THURSDAY 19TH DECEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

TUESDAY 7TH JANUARY

Economic Affairs (Select Committee)4.00 pm

WEDNESDAY 8TH JANUARY

Information Committee4.00 pm

THURSDAY 9TH JANUARY

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.30 am
in Millbank House

MONDAY 13TH JANUARY

European Union (Sub-Committee B)4.15 pm
Human Rights (Joint Committee)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 14TH JANUARY

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)3.30 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 15TH JANUARY

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

TUESDAY 21ST JANUARY

European Union (Select Committee)3.15 pm
 
 
 
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