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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.

WEDNESDAY 8TH JANUARY

At half-past two o’clock

*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 Clinton-Davis—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the suicide bombings in Tel Aviv on 5th January, it is still their intention to proceed with a Downing Street meeting on the Middle East Plan.

†*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they retain responsibility for the observance of international law and conventions on Diego Garcia.

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.

†*The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the International Cricket Council to move the forthcoming World Cup matches scheduled for Zimbabwe to South Africa.

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.

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.

[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 by contaminated National Health Service blood products, and for the dependants of those who have since died as a result of their infection.

*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.

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

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

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

†The Lord 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).

[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

        †Introduction—

The Lord Wilson of Dinton

          will be introduced.

*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.

†The Baroness Cumberlege—To call attention to the quality of provision for maternity services in the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

THURSDAY 16TH JANUARY

[At eleven o’clock]

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Licensing Bill will continue and conclude later today]

At three o’clock

*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 Lord Mancroft—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the statement by the Minister for Rural Affairs (HC Deb, col. 756, 3rd December), when the “incontrovertible” evidence that justifies the proposed ban on deer hunting and coursing will be published and copies placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

[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

†*The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be their policy towards immigration from the ten acceding member states of the European Union and whether United Kingdom policy differs from that of other European Union countries.

†*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the system for bringing alleged offenders immediately to overnight courts is to be continued.

†*The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are giving to Taiwan’s application to join the World Health Organisation.

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 Ackner—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the year 2002, in relation to those offences for which life imprisonment is the maximum sentence, how many applications were made by Her Majesty’s Attorney General to the Court of Appeal to review the sentences as being unduly lenient, and with what results, particularising the offences and the length of the sentence imposed by the trial judge.

†*The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the findings of the Penrose Inquiry into the conduct of the Equitable Life Assurance Society to be completed and whether they intend to make those findings public.

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

[At eleven o’clock]

[Public business will be tabled]

At three o’clock

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

[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]

MONDAY 27TH JANUARY

†*The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the arrangements made to transport Ministers to and from the Palace of Westminster have due regard to the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, to speed limits, and to individual freedom of movement.

WEDNESDAY 5TH FEBRUARY

        †Introduction—

The Lord Bishop of Newcastle

          will be introduced.

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 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.

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to preserve sufficient special schools for children with special needs to meet the demand.

†The Lord Strabolgi—To call attention to the Forty-eighth Report of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art 2001-2002 (Cm 5662); and to move for papers.

†Education Act 2002 (Modification of Provisions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2002—The Baroness Blatch to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 2nd December 2002, be annulled (S.I. 2002/2953).

†Education (Determination of Admission Arrangements) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2002—The Baroness Blatch to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 2nd December 2002, be annulled (S.I. 2002/2996).

†Education (School Information) (England) Regulations 2002—The Baroness Blatch to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 2nd December 2002, be annulled (S.I. 2002/2897).

†Education (Variation of Admission Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2002—The Baroness Blatch to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 2nd December 2002, be annulled (S.I. 2002/2898).

†Education (Admissions Appeals Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2002—The Baroness Blatch to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 2nd December 2002, be annulled (S.I. 2002/2899).

†Education (Admission Forums) (England) Regulations 2002—The Baroness Blatch to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 2nd December 2002, be annulled (S.I. 2002/2900).

†Education (Objection to Admission Arrangements) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2002—The Baroness Blatch to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 2nd December 2002, be annulled (S.I. 2002/2901).

†Education (Co-ordination of Admission Arrangements) (Primary Schools) (England) Regulations 2002—The Baroness Blatch to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 2nd December 2002, be annulled (S.I. 2002/2903).

†Education (Co-ordination of Admission Arrangements) (Secondary Schools) (England) Regulations 2002—The Baroness Blatch to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 2nd December 2002, be annulled (S.I. 2002/2904).

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 7th January, 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)

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)

27th November

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 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 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 Civil Service Commissioner’s Recruitment Code is fully observed by all departments and agencies within the Northern Ireland civil service. [NIO]    (HL384)

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)

3rd December

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

10th December

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

The Lord 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 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)

11th December

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)

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 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 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 McColl of Dulwich—To 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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)

17th December

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

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)

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 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)

7th January

The Baroness GoudieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to carry out a business process review of the six principal service personnel museums.    (HL927)

The Lord Brooke of AlverthorpeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have recently appointed an alternate United Kingdom Member to the Venice Commission.    (HL928)

The Lord Brooke of AlverthorpeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes have been made to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice for Indonesia.    (HL929)

The Lord Woolmer of LeedsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any goods subject to the national arms embargo have recently been approved for export to Iran.    (HL930)

The Lord Fyfe of FairfieldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action has been taken by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in the light of comments made by Lord Justice Schiemann, in refusing an application by the Midlands Co-operative Society for permission to appeal against a decision of the High Court not to quash a decision of the Deputy Prime Minister to allow the construction of a superstore directly opposite that of the Society at Thurmaston, that the Society’s real complaint was of maladministration.    (HL931)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving, or propose to give, to compensating the Midlands Co-operative Society for losses incurred as a result of the construction of a superstore directly opposite that of the Society at Thurmaston, permitted by the Deputy Prime Minister against the recommendation of his Inspector, in the light of comments made by Lord Justice Schiemann, in refusing an application by the Society for permission to appeal against a decision of the High Court not to quash the decision of the Deputy Prime Minister, that the Society’s real complaint was of maladministration.    (HL932)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 19th December 2002 (WA 156), whether any patient living in England or Northern Ireland could be affected by the case 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; whether any patient living in Wales could be affected; and what contact there has been between the Department of Health and both the Scottish and Welsh Executives about the case.    (HL933)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are considering on the Market Research Bureau’s recent finding that the United Kingdom has the lowest availability of recombinant for people with haemophilia in the developed world; and whether they will be taking any action.    (HL934)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to make treatment with Enbrel and Remicade available to people in Northern Ireland currently on waiting lists to receive biologic therapy for severe rheumatoid arthritis; and how widely this treatment is now available to National Health Service patients in England and Wales.    (HL935)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they reconcile the refusal to accept Gulf War Syndrome as a pensionable condition with the Army Personnel Centre’s decision in the case of Douglas Robinson, a Gulf War veteran and former Sergeant Major in the Royal Military Police, whose application for a war pension, approved by the Centre’s medical adviser, was based on Dr R G Alexander’s description of him as suffering from Gulf War Syndrome.    (HL936)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set out the London weighting allowance paid to workers in Government Departments.    (HL937)

The Lord Wallace of SaltaireTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are accountable to Parliament for their oversight of the Crown Dependencies; and, if so, how that accountability is assured.    (HL938)

The Lord Wallace of SaltaireTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to facilitate segregation at United Kingdom airports between passengers arriving from outside the European Union/European Economic Area and those arriving from inside, against the contingency that a future United Kingdom Government might decide to reduce the level of border controls between the United Kingdom-Ireland common travel area and the Schengen countries.    (HL939)

The Lord Wallace of SaltaireTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom diplomatic missions abroad now share facilities with missions of other states or international institutions.    (HL940)

The Lord Wallace of SaltaireTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which facilities are shared by United Kingdom diplomatic missions abroad; and with which other missions.    (HL941)

The Lord Wallace of SaltaireTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to extend the sharing of facilities in United Kingdom diplomatic missions abroad; and which facilities and which partners they consider most suitable for further potential co-operation or integration.    (HL942)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to increase the social fund allocation to areas which have lost their insurance cover as a result of flooding.    (HL943)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider it to be in the public interest for British political parties and Parliamentary elections to be funded by business interests; and, if not, what are their reasons for this view.    (HL944)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider it to be in the public interest for senior Ministerial appointments to public office to be subject to Parliamentary scrutiny before they are made; and, if not, what are their reasons for this view.    (HL945)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many offenders have been sent to prison for persistent burglary, under the automatic three-year sentence, since the relevant legislation entered into effect in December 1999.    (HL946)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are proposing to reduce the number of burglaries in England and Wales.    (HL947)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the present arrangements for avoiding collisions and wrecked vessels in the English Channel.    (HL948)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to deal with the unsightly nature of, and any health risk posed by, the section of the Connswater River between the Newtownards Road and Belfast Lough in East Belfast.    (HL949)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the Provisional IRA are still involved in recruiting, re-arming, training, targeting and punishment beatings; and, if so, in what activities.    (HL950)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the purpose of a document concerning political and security issues which caused some parties to leave the Northern Ireland multi-party talks on 19th December 2002; who was responsible for preparing it; whether it indicated that the IRA was still re-arming, recruiting and targeting; and what were the circumstances surrounding its supply to a member of the media.    (HL951)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the valuation process to assess market value for a residence in Cultra in North Down which they sold to a former senior civil servant in the Anglo Irish Secretariat who is now involved with the Boundary Commission; and whether the full normal procedures were adhered to.    (HL952)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many researchers and messengers are required by the legal teams which they are funding and who are attending the Bloody Sunday Enquiry; what are their qualifications; and how much they have cost to date.    (HL953)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Linguistic Diversity Branch of the Northern Ireland Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure has given advice to local authorities on the use of minority languages; and, if so, whether the advice treated Irish and Ulster Scots equally.    (HL954)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy that tax law should not be discriminatory between married couples on the one hand and either unmarried cohabiting heterosexual or homosexual couples on the other.    (HL955)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what references have been made by them, or supported by any member of the Government, during or since 1997, advocating action by Her Majesty’s Government to assist any application from the United Kingdom to stage a future Olympiad; and, in respect of any such reference, what action has been taken to further that objective.    (HL956)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in the course of deliberations in, and decisions made by, the Fisheries Council of the European Union, or proposals made by its Commission, for conserving fish stocks in the Community area of the North Sea, account was taken of parallel proposals and decisions made by the Governments of Norway and Iceland, and other nations concerned with similar problems; and, if so, to what extent any of their proposals were adopted or rejected by the European Commission or Council, respectively; and for what reasons.    (HL957)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what total sum would be required, if the Lord Chancellor were to retire today, to provide the tax free lump sum and purchase on the open market the index-linked pension to which he is entitled.    (HL958)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce legislation similar to section 5 of Anton’s Law, passed by the United States Congress and signed into law by President Bush, to require the installation of lap and shoulder seatbelts in all rear seats of new cars.    (HL959)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the dates of the closure of (a) O’Neill Memorial School, Castlereagh and (b) Castle Gardens Schools, Newtownards; and what proposals there are for the future use of these buildings or their disposal.    (HL960)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  what is the population of Downpatrick and of Newtownards;

        (b)  at which locations in each of these towns the new Down/Ards Area Plan is on display; and

        (c)  whether the display complies with the requirement of equal opportunity for the residents of both towns to be consulted and comment upon this Area Plan.  (HL961)

The Lord Kilclooney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what restrictions there are on enrolment at the Royal School, Armagh; how the number of boarders at this school impacts upon total enrolment; and whether an increase in the number of boarders at the school means that there must be a restriction on the number of day pupils at the school.    (HL962)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why Paddington Station was closed on the afternoon of Tuesday 7th January.    (HL963)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications were received from (a) Roman Catholics and (b) non-Roman Catholics for each recruitment competition to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.    (HL964)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many successful applications were accepted from (a) Roman Catholics and (b) non-Roman Catholics for each recruitment competition to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.    (HL965)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (a) Roman Catholic and (b) non-Roman Catholic recruits to the Police Service of Northern Ireland have successfully completed all elements of the training course.    (HL966)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the original physical fitness requirements for all recruits to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.    (HL967)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current physical fitness requirements for all recruits to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.    (HL968)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the physical fitness requirements demanded of new recruits to the Metropolitan Police.    (HL969)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

7th JANUARY 2003

[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)

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)

27th November

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 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 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 Civil Service Commissioner’s Recruitment Code is fully observed by all departments and agencies within the Northern Ireland civil service.    [NIO]    (HL384)

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)

3rd December

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

10th December

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

The Lord 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 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)

11th December

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)

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 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 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 McColl of Dulwich—To 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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)

17th December

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

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 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 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.    [DWP]    (HL819)

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

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. [DfES]    (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.    [DfES]    (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.    [DfT]    (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.    [DfT]    (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.    [DoH]    (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. [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (HL829)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the relationship between strategic health authorities and National Health Service foundation trusts.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DWP]    (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.    [ODPM]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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. [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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. [HO]    (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [DTI]    (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.    [DTI]    (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.    [DTI]    (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. [DTI]    (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. [DTI]    (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [FCO]    (HL854)

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

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.    [DfT]    (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.    [DfT]    (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.    [NIO]    (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. [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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. [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (HL866)

19th December

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for January; and what are the major European Union events for the period between 1st February and 31st July 2003.    [FCO]    (HL871)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Atomic Energy (Americium) Order 2002 came into force on 1st December when the Dual-Use Items (Export Control) (Amendment) (No 2) Regulations 2002 applied from 21st August. [DTI]    (HL874)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, under paragraphs 5(4)(a) and (b) of the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002, how long a period will be allowed to elapse in each case before the enforcement authority may take the measures referred to in paragraph 5(1).    [DTI]    (HL875)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether under paragraph 4(m) of the Wireless Telegraphy (Public Fixed Wireless Access Licences) Regulations 2002 it is not possible for the Secretary of State to refuse to renew a licence. [DTI]    (HL876)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they have undertaken to determine how many homeless persons living on the streets have at some stage been discharged from, or have chosen to leave, the armed forces.    [CO]    (HL879)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they give to armed forces personnel who are homeless after leaving their period in service.    [MoD]    (HL880)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held in the past six months with voluntary agencies to determine how further assistance might be given to ex-forces personnel to ensure that they are not homeless; and what are those agencies.    [MoD]    (HL881)

The Lord MancroftTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimates have been made of the costs of a deer management scheme on Exmoor.    [DEFRA]    (HL882)

The Lord MancroftTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Minister will publish an impact assessment on the integrity of the deer herd on Exmoor in the event of a ban on hunting.    [DEFRA]    (HL883)

The Lord MancroftTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what direct consultations they have held with farmers and land managers on Exmoor about the implications of a ban on deer hunting for the future of the deer herds.    [DEFRA]    (HL884)

The Lord MancroftTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have considered for the collection of fallen stock in those areas of Exmoor currently hunted by the three stag hound packs; and what will be the costs.    [DEFRA]    (HL885)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what monitoring has been carried out by statutory agencies of the continuing provision made for people benefiting from vocational rehabilitation training provided by the Rehab UK Greater Manchester Brain Injury Centre after the centre was forced to close. [DoH]    (HL886)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what study has been made of subsequent provisions for trainees at the Rehab UK Greater Manchester Brain Injury Centre who had not completed their full courses at the time of its closure; and at what cost to public funds in each case.    [DoH]    (HL887)

The Baroness GoldingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what research has been carried out into alternative methods of culling wild mammals in order to enable the registrar proposed under the Hunting Bill to reach an objective and scientific judgment as to the method of “least suffering”.    [DEFRA]    (HL888)

The Baroness GoldingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals are being considered to ensure that where hunting is prohibited alternative methods of species management are conducted in such a way that animal suffering is not increased and that best practice is always observed.    [DEFRA]    (HL889)

The Baroness GoldingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what further research recommended by the Report of the Burns Committee of Inquiry into Hunting with Dogs in England and Wales of 2000 has been carried out; when it will be published; and whether copies will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.    [DEFRA]    (HL890)

The Baroness GoldingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when any further research recommended by the Report of the Burns Committee into Hunting with Dogs in England and Wales of 2000 not yet carried out will be carried out.    [DEFRA]    (HL891)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the results of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority’s 1993 consultation on sex selection are in the public domain.    [DoH]    (HL892)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set out the terms of reference of the Commission under Mr Adair Turner announced in the Pensions Green Paper.    [DWP]    (HL893)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there will be an independent appointments process for members of the Turner Commission on Pensions to ensure that they are genuinely independent; and whether they will be appointed in accordance with the Nolan principles.    [DWP]    (HL894)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend the Turner Commission to include representatives of all three main political parties.    [DWP]    (HL895)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how often and when they expect the Turner Commission to report; and how long members will serve in the first instance.    [DWP]    (HL896)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many crimes of violence were reported from the West End Central and Charing Cross police sectors of the Metropolitan police in 2001.    [HO]    (HL897)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many late night licences have been withdrawn on evidence presented by the Metropolitan Police.    [DCMS]    (HL898)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many parking attendants were assaulted in the West End during 2001; and how many of those who committed these offences were charged with a racially aggravated offence within the meaning of section 39 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.    [HO]    (HL899)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have been advised that a ban on deer hunting and coursing was compatible with the United Kingdom’s obligations under the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development 1992, with specific reference to Principle 22 of that declaration; and, if so, by whom.    [DEFRA]    (HL900)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to prevent deer or hare coursing which is currently unlawful.    [DEFRA]    (HL901)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect the hare population in England to rise or to fall, should currently lawful coursing be banned. [DEFRA]    (HL902)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether NATO European member states provide and are likely to provide sufficient marine patrol aircraft to meet the necessary or desirable levels of security over the seas around Europe.    [MoD]    (HL903)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the Belfast Agreement of 1998, what criteria were used in the appointment of commissioners to the Irish Human Rights Commission established by the Belfast Agreement; whether at any stage extra commissioners were appointed to reflect Irish society better; and, if so, why this facility was not accorded to the Ulster Scots, Protestants and British communities.    [NIO]    (HL904)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 16th December (WA 80) concerning the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, whether a press release from the Executive Information Service of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety of 3rd July which refers to spending in the current year and in 2003-04 indicated that £16.2 million was being made available to the Service; whether it will outline how the full £16.2 million will be spent on the Service during period; and whether the press release was correct.    [NIO]    (HL905)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 16th December (WA 80), whether they will now consider methods of accrediting private ambulances in order to ensure a quality of service in which members of the public will not be placed at unnecessary risk.    [NIO]    (HL906)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the action of Galway County Council in restricting planning permission to only those who speak Irish fluently will be considered by the Irish Human Rights Commission established by the Belfast Agreement; and, if not, why.    [NIO]    (HL907)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland have a linguistic diversity policy which treats Ulster Scots on an equal footing with Irish, as required in the Belfast Agreement of 1998; and, if not, why and when one will be available.    [NIO]    (HL908)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what district councils and other organisations have been consulted about the corporate plan for the National Museums and Art Galleries for Northern Ireland; and when the process of consultation will be completed. [NIO]    (HL909)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews complies with the criteria for governing body status laid down by the sports councils of the four home countries of the United Kingdom.    [DCMS]    (HL910)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  what is the increase in the retail prices index excluding mortgage interest payments (RPIX) as compared with the relevant month a year ago for each of the 12 months ending 30th November;

        (b)  in respect of each month, what was the figure for the depreciation of owner occupied houses which has been a component of the index since 1995; and

        (c)  what percentage this represents for each of the relevant months’ figures.    [HMT]  (HL911)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 18th December (WA 106), whether they will provide the names of personnel in each position shown on the organisation chart of the Strategic Rail Authority.    [DfT]    (HL912)

The Lord ReaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have held any discussions with any individuals or organisations about an alternative deer management scheme on Exmoor in light of the proposed ban on deer hunting.    [DEFRA]    (HL915)

The Baroness GaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the fact that passive smoking increases the risk of asthma in children, when they plan to implement a ban on smoking in public places.    [DoH]    (HL916)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their priorities for the allocation of public funds to improve the teaching, learning and study of particular foreign languages, as distinct from foreign languages generally, in accordance with the National Languages Strategy, referred to in Languages for All: Languages for Life: A Strategy for England. [DfES]    (HL918)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their priorities for the allocation of public funds to improve the teaching, learning and study of French, German, Spanish, Russian and Chinese languages respectively in primary and secondary schools in accordance with the National Languages Strategy referred to in Languages for All: Languages for Life: A Strategy for England.    [DfES]    (HL919)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the holder of the title and role of Queen’s Counsel may have that removed; and, if so, under what circumstances.    [LCD]    (HL920)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make a statement internationally making it clear that MV Prestige was not bound for Gibraltar and had no connection with Gibraltar.    [FCO]    (HL921)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the European Union Commissioner for Transport, Loyola de Palacio, about her remarks in relation to MV Prestige and Gibraltar.    [FCO]    (HL922)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how often MV Prestige called at Spanish ports in the last five years; at which ports it called; and when such visits were made.    [DfT]    (HL923)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 19th December (WA 163), when they intend to publish their response to the United Kingdom Youth Parliament’s Manifesto and Agenda for Action 2002.    [DfES]    (HL924)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the letter from the Lord Bach to the Lord Morris of Manchester dated 2nd December concerning smallpox vaccine—

        (a)  whether the vaccine was administered routinely to members of HM forces until the mid 1970s, and how many members of HM forces, if any, suffered serious adverse reactions or fatalities;

        (b)  which other vaccines administered to troops deploying to the Gulf in 1990 have had similar side effects for a small number of service personnel; and

        (c)  what is the result of the combined immunisation programmes for those who do react adversely;

    and whether they will place a copy of the Minister’s letter in the Library of the House. [MoD]  (HL925)

7th January

The Baroness Goudie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to carry out a business process review of the six principal service personnel museums.    (HL927)

The Lord Brooke of AlverthorpeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have recently appointed an alternate United Kingdom Member to the Venice Commission.    (HL928)

The Lord Brooke of AlverthorpeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes have been made to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice for Indonesia.    (HL929)

The Lord Woolmer of LeedsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any goods subject to the national arms embargo have recently been approved for export to Iran.    (HL930)

The Lord Fyfe of FairfieldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action has been taken by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in the light of comments made by Lord Justice Schiemann, in refusing an application by the Midlands Co-operative Society for permission to appeal against a decision of the High Court not to quash a decision of the Deputy Prime Minister to allow the construction of a superstore directly opposite that of the Society at Thurmaston, that the Society’s real complaint was of maladministration.    (HL931)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving, or propose to give, to compensating the Midlands Co-operative Society for losses incurred as a result of the construction of a superstore directly opposite that of the Society at Thurmaston, permitted by the Deputy Prime Minister against the recommendation of his Inspector, in the light of comments made by Lord Justice Schiemann, in refusing an application by the Society for permission to appeal against a decision of the High Court not to quash the decision of the Deputy Prime Minister, that the Society’s real complaint was of maladministration.    (HL932)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 19th December 2002 (WA 156), whether any patient living in England or Northern Ireland could be affected by the case 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; whether any patient living in Wales could be affected; and what contact there has been between the Department of Health and both the Scottish and Welsh Executives about the case.    (HL933)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are considering on the Market Research Bureau’s recent finding that the United Kingdom has the lowest availability of recombinant for people with haemophilia in the developed world; and whether they will be taking any action.    (HL934)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to make treatment with Enbrel and Remicade available to people in Northern Ireland currently on waiting lists to receive biologic therapy for severe rheumatoid arthritis; and how widely this treatment is now available to National Health Service patients in England and Wales.    (HL935)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they reconcile the refusal to accept Gulf War Syndrome as a pensionable condition with the Army Personnel Centre’s decision in the case of Douglas Robinson, a Gulf War veteran and former Sergeant Major in the Royal Military Police, whose application for a war pension, approved by the Centre’s medical adviser, was based on Dr R G Alexander’s description of him as suffering from Gulf War Syndrome.    (HL936)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set out the London weighting allowance paid to workers in Government Departments.    (HL937)

The Lord Wallace of SaltaireTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are accountable to Parliament for their oversight of the Crown Dependencies; and, if so, how that accountability is assured.    (HL938)

The Lord Wallace of SaltaireTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to facilitate segregation at United Kingdom airports between passengers arriving from outside the European Union/European Economic Area and those arriving from inside, against the contingency that a future United Kingdom Government might decide to reduce the level of border controls between the United Kingdom-Ireland common travel area and the Schengen countries.    (HL939)

The Lord Wallace of SaltaireTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom diplomatic missions abroad now share facilities with missions of other states or international institutions.    (HL940)

The Lord Wallace of SaltaireTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which facilities are shared by United Kingdom diplomatic missions abroad; and with which other missions.    (HL941)

The Lord Wallace of SaltaireTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to extend the sharing of facilities in United Kingdom diplomatic missions abroad; and which facilities and which partners they consider most suitable for further potential co-operation or integration.    (HL942)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to increase the social fund allocation to areas which have lost their insurance cover as a result of flooding.    (HL943)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider it to be in the public interest for British political parties and Parliamentary elections to be funded by business interests; and, if not, what are their reasons for this view.    (HL944)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider it to be in the public interest for senior Ministerial appointments to public office to be subject to Parliamentary scrutiny before they are made; and, if not, what are their reasons for this view.    (HL945)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many offenders have been sent to prison for persistent burglary, under the automatic three-year sentence, since the relevant legislation entered into effect in December 1999.    (HL946)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are proposing to reduce the number of burglaries in England and Wales.    (HL947)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the present arrangements for avoiding collisions and wrecked vessels in the English Channel.    (HL948)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to deal with the unsightly nature of, and any health risk posed by, the section of the Connswater River between the Newtownards Road and Belfast Lough in East Belfast.    (HL949)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the Provisional IRA are still involved in recruiting, re-arming, training, targeting and punishment beatings; and, if so, in what activities.    (HL950)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the purpose of a document concerning political and security issues which caused some parties to leave the Northern Ireland multi-party talks on 19th December 2002; who was responsible for preparing it; whether it indicated that the IRA was still re-arming, recruiting and targeting; and what were the circumstances surrounding its supply to a member of the media.    (HL951)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the valuation process to assess market value for a residence in Cultra in North Down which they sold to a former senior civil servant in the Anglo Irish Secretariat who is now involved with the Boundary Commission; and whether the full normal procedures were adhered to.    (HL952)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many researchers and messengers are required by the legal teams which they are funding and who are attending the Bloody Sunday Enquiry; what are their qualifications; and how much they have cost to date.    (HL953)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Linguistic Diversity Branch of the Northern Ireland Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure has given advice to local authorities on the use of minority languages; and, if so, whether the advice treated Irish and Ulster Scots equally.    (HL954)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy that tax law should not be discriminatory between married couples on the one hand and either unmarried cohabiting heterosexual or homosexual couples on the other.    (HL955)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what references have been made by them, or supported by any member of the Government, during or since 1997, advocating action by Her Majesty’s Government to assist any application from the United Kingdom to stage a future Olympiad; and, in respect of any such reference, what action has been taken to further that objective.    (HL956)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in the course of deliberations in, and decisions made by, the Fisheries Council of the European Union, or proposals made by its Commission, for conserving fish stocks in the Community area of the North Sea, account was taken of parallel proposals and decisions made by the Governments of Norway and Iceland, and other nations concerned with similar problems; and, if so, to what extent any of their proposals were adopted or rejected by the European Commission or Council, respectively; and for what reasons.    (HL957)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what total sum would be required, if the Lord Chancellor were to retire today, to provide the tax free lump sum and purchase on the open market the index-linked pension to which he is entitled.    (HL958)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce legislation similar to section 5 of Anton’s Law, passed by the United States Congress and signed into law by President Bush, to require the installation of lap and shoulder seatbelts in all rear seats of new cars.    (HL959)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the dates of the closure of (a) O’Neill Memorial School, Castlereagh and (b) Castle Gardens Schools, Newtownards; and what proposals there are for the future use of these buildings or their disposal.    (HL960)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  what is the population of Downpatrick and of Newtownards;

        (b)  at which locations in each of these towns the new Down/Ards Area Plan is on display; and

        (c)  whether the display complies with the requirement of equal opportunity for the residents of both towns to be consulted and comment upon this Area Plan.  (HL961)

The Lord Kilclooney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what restrictions there are on enrolment at the Royal School, Armagh; how the number of boarders at this school impacts upon total enrolment; and whether an increase in the number of boarders at the school means that there must be a restriction on the number of day pupils at the school.    (HL962)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why Paddington Station was closed on the afternoon of Tuesday 7th January.    (HL963)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications were received from (a) Roman Catholics and (b) non-Roman Catholics for each recruitment competition to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.    (HL964)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many successful applications were accepted from (a) Roman Catholics and (b) non-Roman Catholics for each recruitment competition to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.    (HL965)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (a) Roman Catholic and (b) non-Roman Catholic recruits to the Police Service of Northern Ireland have successfully completed all elements of the training course.    (HL966)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the original physical fitness requirements for all recruits to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.    (HL967)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current physical fitness requirements for all recruits to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.    (HL968)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the physical fitness requirements demanded of new recruits to the Metropolitan Police.    (HL969)

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 [16th January]

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] [13th 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]

    Arms Control and Disarmament (Inspections) [HL] [23rd January]

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 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

    Draft Access to Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

    Draft Audit and Accountability (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

    Draft Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

    Draft Health and Personal Social Services (Quality, Improvement and Regulation) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

    Draft Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (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]

    Proposal for a draft Order in Council: Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 [6th March]

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 (Credit Unions) Order 2003 [6th Report]

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

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
Economic Affairs (Select Committee)4.00 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

THURSDAY 16TH JANUARY

London Development Agency Bill,10.15 am
Unopposed Bill Committeein the Moses Room
European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

TUESDAY 21ST JANUARY

European Union (Select Committee)3.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 22ND JANUARY

Refreshment (Select Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 29TH JANUARY

Commons Standing Committee on the4.30 pm
Convention on the Future of Europein a Commons Committee Room
 
 
 
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