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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

MONDAY 13TH JANUARY

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†Public Services (Disruption) Bill [HL]—The Lord Campbell of Alloway to move, That the bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

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 Dahrendorf—To move, That this House takes note of the 3rd Report of the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee on Henry VIII powers to make incidental, consequential and similar provision (HL Paper 21).

†National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Increase of Endowment) Order 2003—The Baroness Blackstone to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 11th December 2002 be approved. [5th Report from the Joint Committee]

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.

Procedure of the House—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the First Report from the Select Committee be agreed to. (HL Paper 26)

†The Lord Henley—To call attention to sentencing policy and, specifically, to the debate on sentencing for burglary and firearms offences; and to move for papers.

†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.

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.

†*The Baroness Finlay of Llandaff—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to implement the recommendations in the report Reducing the Risk of Student Suicides.

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 Quirk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to encourage continued foreign language learning beyond the age of 14.

*The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce legislation to ban or to restrict smoking in public places in the United Kingdom, in line with such legislation in the United States.

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 Lord Roberts of Conwy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans for the ending of a possible war with Iraq.

*The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to preserve Britain’s artistic heritage, in light of the conclusion of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art that “through a lack of funding the system has failed totally to achieve its objective”.

†*The Lord Lloyd of Berwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the working of the Reinsurance (Acts of Terrorism) Act 1993.

†The Lord Plant of Highfield—To call attention to the role of the voluntary and community sector in service delivery in the light of the report of the Strategy Unit Private Action, Public Benefit and the Treasury’s Cost Cutting Review; and to move for papers.

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

†*The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will abolish game licences.

†*The Lord Bradshaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take following the publication by Direct Line of evidence of the dangers of using mobile phones whilst driving.

†*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to improve the economy of North-east England.

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

The Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde—To move, That this House takes note of the Pensions Green Paper Simplicity, Security and Choice: Working and Saving for Retirement.

[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.

†*The Baroness Wilcox—To ask the Leader of the House in what ways the House will be able to scrutinise this year’s budget.

[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]

TUESDAY 28TH JANUARY

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

WEDNESDAY 29TH JANUARY

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

†The Baroness Warnock—To call attention to the case for rethinking the provision of special education; and to move for papers.

[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]

WEDNESDAY 5TH FEBRUARY

        Introduction—

The Lord Bishop of Newcastle

          will be introduced.

FRIDAY 28TH FEBRUARY

†[At eleven o’clock]

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

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 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).

The Baroness Masham of Ilton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is being done to combat the spread of tuberculosis; and what facilities for treatment and after-care are available in the United Kingdom.

The Baroness Whitaker—To call attention to the developing countries in poverty which lack strong funding relationships with donor countries or international institutions; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Norton of Louth—To call attention to the case for improving contact and understanding between the two Chambers of Parliament; and to move for papers.

PART II

MOTIONS FOR BALLOTED DEBATE

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

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.

The Baroness Rendell of Babergh—To call attention to racism in the performing arts in the United Kingdom; 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 2002]

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 2002]

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 2002]

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 2002]

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 2002]

†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). [30th July 2002]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 9th January]

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 8th January (WA 221-222), whether they are in discussion with lamp manufacturers to arrive at a standard for flashing lamps.    (HL1000)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the role of the Armagh Protestant Board of Education at the Royal School, Armagh; when this Board came into existence; and what is its statutory basis.    (HL1001)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the policy statement by the Secretary of State for Defence in July 2000, which committed the Ministry of Defence to follow the planning system as closely as possible, will apply to any upgrading of RAF Fylingdales as proposed in the Department’s discussion paper on missile defence (or otherwise); whether and in what ways the North York Moors National Park Authority will have a role in this process; and whether and in what ways there will be public consultation over any such proposals.    (HL1002)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any proposals for the upgrading of RAF Fylingdales as proposed in the Ministry of Defence consultation paper on missile defence (or otherwise) will be the subject of a full environmental impact assessment; and to the major development test set out in paragraph 4.5 of Planning Policy Guidance PPG7.    (HL1003)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 5th November 2002 (WA 91) stating that they intended to introduce camera enforcement of bus lanes outside London by the end of 2002, whether the relevant regulations have now been published.    (HL1004)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether further action is planned to make waiting at marked bus stops by vehicles other than buses an offence.    (HL1005)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress Network Rail are making in reducing delays to trains caused by bridge strikes.    (HL1006)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the Highways Agency in raising an objection to a planning application which flows from the already adopted structure plan for the county of Oxfordshire.    (HL1007)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had, or intend to have, consultations with any professional sport representative body in the United Kingdom, about the effect of any current, or likely, European Union legislation concerned with collective non-competitive agreements within such bodies, and their freedom to conduct negotiations on matters of transmission and finance with (a) national or (b) European television broadcasting organisations.    (HL1008)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what dates the Council of the Isles has met since its creation; what areas were represented; what decisions were taken; and when the Council is proposing to meet again.    (HL1009)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many meetings there have been of the Joint Committee of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Irish Human Rights Commission; on what dates; and what was discussed.    (HL1010)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the role of the Language Implementation Body, set up under the Belfast Agreement of 1998, in the appointment of chief executives of the Irish Agency and the Ulster Scots Agency; how it exercises this role; whether legal opinion has been sought on these issues; if not, why; and whether it will now do so.    (HL1011)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government under what terms Gosford Castle in County Armagh was disposed of by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development; whether those terms required certain remedial works to be undertaken within a given timescale; and whether any such works have been completed.    (HL1012)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the terms of disposal of Gosford Castle in County Armagh included a provision which would allow for new building works to take place outwith the current footprint of the Castle, subject to planning permission and listed building consent.    (HL1013)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th January (WA 173) concerning Waterway Ireland, what is meant by the wording “equality scheme is set out below”.    (HL1014)

The Baroness MaddockTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with—

        (a)  the insurance industry; and

        (b)  the building and roofing industry

regarding increased insurance premiums in the building and roofing industry.     (HL1015)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when and why the Inland Revenue acquired the security holdings listed on pages 32 and 33 of the Statements supplementing the Consolidated Fund and National Loans Fund accounts; and what plans it has for these holdings.    (HL1016)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Inland Revenue increased its holding of Coral Group plc Loan Stock Certificate 2010 (Funding Bonds) from £4,166,239 nominal value at 31st March 2001 to £5,515,972 nominal value at 31st March 2002; and why it acquired a holding of £94,247 Coral Eurobet plc Loan Stock Certificates 2010 (Funding Bonds) between those two dates.    (HL1017)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will appoint a co-ordinator whose responsibility would be to promote children’s interests across Government Departments.    (HL1018)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will appoint an operational manager to oversee training for employment on release for prisoners aged 18 to 21 following the appointment of a similar manager for prisoners aged 15 to18.    (HL1019)

The Lord Norton of LouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce legislation to reduce the qualifying age for election to public office from twenty-one to eighteen years.    (HL1020)

The Lord Norton of LouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) what publicity was given to the right of electors to opt out of the electoral register made available to commercial purchasers and (b) how many electors have exercised that right.    (HL1021)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

9th JANUARY 2003

[Tabled on the dates shown]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

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)

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)

4th December

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)

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)

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 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 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 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)

11th December

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)

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 NorthbourneTo 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 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 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 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)

17th December

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 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 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 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 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.    [DTI]    (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 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.    [DWP]    (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 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have recently appointed an alternate United Kingdom Member to the Venice Commission. [FCO]    (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [ODPM]    (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.    [ODPM]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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. [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (HL936)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set out the London weighting allowance paid to workers in Government Departments.    [CO]    (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [DfT]    (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [DWP]    (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.    [LCD]    (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.    [CO]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [DfT]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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 Inquiry; what are their qualifications; and how much they have cost to date.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [HMT]    (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.    [DCMS]    (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.    [DEFRA]    (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. [CO]    (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.    [DfT]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]  (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.    [NIO]    (HL962)

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

[As amended on 8th January]

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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (HL968)

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

8th January

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether intending candidates in an election are each entitled to a copy of the relevant electoral register before submitting their nomination papers, in order that they may seek nominations from bona fide electors and fill in a nomination paper correctly.    [LCD]    (HL974)

The Lord GoodhartTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 7th January (WA167) concerning the system of appointment of Queen’s Counsel, what are the benefits which the system allegedly confers on consumers in relation to the provision of services by the legal profession.    [LCD]    (HL975)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present enrolment at Abbey Primary School, Newtownards; how many applicants for enrolment for the academic year beginning September 2002 were refused; and what proposals there are to replace the temporary classrooms at this new school.    [NIO]    (HL976)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals there are to make full use of the buildings and sites at Ards Hospital, Newtownards.    [NIO]    (HL977)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many additional homes can have their foul sewage connected to Loughries sewage works before it has reached full capacity. [NIO]    (HL978)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  when they plan to construct the link road between Portaferry Road and Comber Road in Newtownards; and

        (b)  what progress has been made to determine the planning application for the Castlebawn Development in Newtownards.    [NIO]  (HL979)

The Lord Kilclooney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Down/Ards Area Plan went online on the web; how many days were allocated for a consultation period; when the consultation period was due to end; and whether an extension for the consultation period can be made.    [NIO]    (HL980)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present system for the treatment of foul sewage from homes at Whiterock, Killinchy; and how many additional homes can be connected to this system before it reaches full capacity.    [NIO]    (HL981)

The Lord JoplingTo ask the Leader of the House whether he will instruct officials in the Cabinet Office to conduct an enquiry into the failure of the Northern Ireland Office to answer 29 questions on the House of Lords Order Paper which have been unanswered for more than four weeks, when the official target for replies is within two weeks; and whether he will publish in the Official Report the reasons why the questions which have been on the Order Paper for more than six weeks have not been answered.    [LHoL]    (HL982)

The Lord Janner of BraunstoneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many men and how many women have (a) been treated for and (b) died from disease caused by active smoking in each of the last five years for which figures are available.    [DoH]    (HL983)

The Lord Janner of BraunstoneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many men and how many women have (a) been treated for and (b) died from disease caused by passive smoking in each of the last five years for which figures are available.    [DoH]    (HL984)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is legal for research institutions to offer financial or other inducements to fertility clinics in exchange for human embryos.    [DoH]    (HL985)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is legal for human embryos to be created specifically for subsequent sale to research institutions. [DoH]     (HL986)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the running and capital costs of the Northern Ireland Hospice they fund; and what plans they have to increase funding.    [NIO]    (HL987)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether recruits to the civil service of the Republic of Ireland who work in Northern Ireland and elsewhere are required to take an oath of allegiance on appointment, and, if so, why; and whether this has been referred to the Irish Human Rights Commission.    [NIO]    (HL988)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th January (WA 168), whether they will list all the feature films which the Northern Ireland Film Commission has assisted since its creation.    [NIO]    (HL989)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th January (WA 172), on what date the job description for the chief executive of the Ulster Scots Agency was forwarded to the appropriate departments.    [NIO]    (HL990)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Waterways Ireland has any plans to restore and re-open the Ulster Canal as a tourist attraction.    [NIO]    (HL991)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the police service of the Republic of Ireland regularly patrol the two miles in Fermanagh between the Border and Teemore Cross; and what other parts of the United Kingdom are patrolled by the same police service.    [NIO]    (HL992)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask the Chairman of Committees what fairly traded products are used in the House of Lords’ restaurants and bars.    [CoC]    (HL993)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to combat shoplifting.    [HO]    (HL994)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many local heritage initiatives have been grant-aided in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, and (c) 2002; and at what cost.    [DCMS]    (HL995)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what investigations have been carried out to encourage rural transport partnership projects to develop visitor use of public transport. [DEFRA]    (HL996)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether English Nature have any plans to carry out further environmental developments along the pinewoods of Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council in 2003.    [DEFRA]    (HL997)

9th January

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 8th January (WA 221-222), whether they are in discussion with lamp manufacturers to arrive at a standard for flashing lamps.    (HL1000)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the role of the Armagh Protestant Board of Education at the Royal School, Armagh; when this Board came into existence; and what is its statutory basis.    (HL1001)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the policy statement by the Secretary of State for Defence in July 2000, which committed the Ministry of Defence to follow the planning system as closely as possible, will apply to any upgrading of RAF Fylingdales as proposed in the Department’s discussion paper on missile defence (or otherwise); whether and in what ways the North York Moors National Park Authority will have a role in this process; and whether and in what ways there will be public consultation over any such proposals.    (HL1002)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any proposals for the upgrading of RAF Fylingdales as proposed in the Ministry of Defence consultation paper on missile defence (or otherwise) will be the subject of a full environmental impact assessment; and to the major development test set out in paragraph 4.5 of Planning Policy Guidance PPG7.    (HL1003)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 5th November 2002 (WA 91) stating that they intended to introduce camera enforcement of bus lanes outside London by the end of 2002, whether the relevant regulations have now been published.    (HL1004)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether further action is planned to make waiting at marked bus stops by vehicles other than buses an offence.    (HL1005)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress Network Rail are making in reducing delays to trains caused by bridge strikes.    (HL1006)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the Highways Agency in raising an objection to a planning application which flows from the already adopted structure plan for the county of Oxfordshire.    (HL1007)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had, or intend to have, consultations with any professional sport representative body in the United Kingdom, about the effect of any current, or likely, European Union legislation concerned with collective non-competitive agreements within such bodies, and their freedom to conduct negotiations on matters of transmission and finance with (a) national or (b) European television broadcasting organisations.    (HL1008)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what dates the Council of the Isles has met since its creation; what areas were represented; what decisions were taken; and when the Council is proposing to meet again.    (HL1009)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many meetings there have been of the Joint Committee of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Irish Human Rights Commission; on what dates; and what was discussed.    (HL1010)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the role of the Language Implementation Body, set up under the Belfast Agreement of 1998, in the appointment of chief executives of the Irish Agency and the Ulster Scots Agency; how it exercises this role; whether legal opinion has been sought on these issues; if not, why; and whether it will now do so.    (HL1011)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government under what terms Gosford Castle in County Armagh was disposed of by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development; whether those terms required certain remedial works to be undertaken within a given timescale; and whether any such works have been completed.    (HL1012)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the terms of disposal of Gosford Castle in County Armagh included a provision which would allow for new building works to take place outwith the current footprint of the Castle, subject to planning permission and listed building consent.    (HL1013)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th January (WA 173) concerning Waterway Ireland, what is meant by the wording “equality scheme is set out below”.    (HL1014)

The Baroness MaddockTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with—

        (a)  the insurance industry; and

        (b)  the building and roofing industry

regarding increased insurance premiums in the building and roofing industry.     (HL1015)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when and why the Inland Revenue acquired the security holdings listed on pages 32 and 33 of the Statements supplementing the Consolidated Fund and National Loans Fund accounts; and what plans it has for these holdings.    (HL1016)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Inland Revenue increased its holding of Coral Group plc Loan Stock Certificate 2010 (Funding Bonds) from £4,166,239 nominal value at 31st March 2001 to £5,515,972 nominal value at 31st March 2002; and why it acquired a holding of £94,247 Coral Eurobet plc Loan Stock Certificates 2010 (Funding Bonds) between those two dates.    (HL1017)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will appoint a co-ordinator whose responsibility would be to promote children’s interests across Government Departments.    (HL1018)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will appoint an operational manager to oversee training for employment on release for prisoners aged 18 to 21 following the appointment of a similar manager for prisoners aged 15 to18.    (HL1019)

The Lord Norton of LouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce legislation to reduce the qualifying age for election to public office from twenty-one to eighteen years.    (HL1020)

The Lord Norton of LouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) what publicity was given to the right of electors to opt out of the electoral register made available to commercial purchasers and (b) how many electors have exercised that right.    (HL1021)

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]

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

    Road Traffic (Amendment) [HL] [24th January]

    Greater London Authority Act 1999 (Repeal) [HL]

    Health (Wales)

Waiting for commitment

    Public Services (Disruption) [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]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Licensing [HL] [13th January]

    Courts [HL] [20th January]

    Voting Age (Reduction to 16) [HL]

Waiting for Report

    Waste and Emissions Trading [HL]

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

    National Minimum Wage (Enforcement Notices) [HL]

    High Hedges [HL] [28th February]

    Police (Northern Ireland) [HL]

MEASURES IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Commons Affirmative Resolution

    Synodical Government (Amendment)

    Church of England (Pensions)

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

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

    Draft Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2003

    Draft Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2003

    Draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Cattle

    Draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Pigs

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]

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
Administration and Works (Select Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 22ND JANUARY

Refreshment (Select Committee)4.15 pm

TUESDAY 28TH JANUARY

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

WEDNESDAY 29TH JANUARY

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