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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

TUESDAY 28TH JANUARY

At half-past two o’clock

*The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in the light of new evidence published in the British Medical Journal dated 23rd November 2002 they believe that the use of cannabis increases the risk of schizophrenia.

*The Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what priority is given to child protection by the police.

*The Viscount Falkland—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that large retailers are aware of the medical procedures in the event of customers or staff collapsing due for instance to epilepsy or diabetes.

*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to reduce losses in the transmission of electricity, estimated at £600 million a year.

†*The Lord Greaves—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what lessons should be learnt from the British National Party victory in Halifax last Thursday.

House of Lords Reform—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That, notwithstanding the practice of the House that matters already decided may not be brought forward again during the same session, the House may vote on all of the seven motions standing in the name of the Lord Privy Seal on Tuesday 4th February; and that Standing Order 41 (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with on that day so that the seven motions may be taken before other public business.

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

Courts Bill [HL]House to be again in Committee [The Lord Chancellor] [2nd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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).

WEDNESDAY 29TH JANUARY

*The Lord Chalfont—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance is given to universities on the criteria to be applied in selecting candidates for admission.

*The Lord Skelmersdale—To ask the Leader of the House what progress is being made on the establishment of a Select Committee of the House to report on the policy considerations of statutory instruments.

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have in mind to improve methods for setting the pay of British firefighters.

†*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what their policy is regarding the renewal of European Union travel sanctions against Mr Mugabe and his senior colleagues.

†*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to protect those regular and reservist service personnel who are now being refused life insurance cover.

†Standing Orders (Public Business)—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the Standing Orders relating to public business be amended as follows:

    Standing Order 42 (Business of which notice is not necessary)

    In paragraph (3), after the first sentence insert “On Thursdays Bills may also be presented after Starred Questions in the afternoon.”

    Standing Order 73 (Affirmative Instruments)

    In paragraph (1)(a) leave out “Schedule 1” and insert “the Schedule”.

    Standing Order 74 (Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments)

    In paragraph (1) leave out “Schedule 1” and insert “the Schedule”.

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.

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the comparative significance of the euro and the United States dollar to the United Kingdom economy.

In Committee Rooms 3A and 4B

At 3.30 pm

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

THURSDAY 30TH JANUARY

[At eleven o’clock]

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

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

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

[At two o’clock

Judgments]

At three o’clock

*The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to address the increasing number of elderly patients who are re-admitted to hospital within a month of being discharged.

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect to make any change in policy towards Israel in light of the result of the election there.

*The Lord Livsey of Talgarth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish the First Annual Report on combating the illegal imports of animal products required by section 17 of the Animal Health Act 2002, and whether they will publish the Service Level Agreement between Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the detection of smuggled imports.

[It is expected that proceedings after Third Reading of the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill will continue]

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).

†Regulatory Reform (Credit Unions) Order 2003—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Regulatory Reform Order laid before the House on 16th December 2002 be approved. [6th Report from the Regulatory Reform Committee]

MONDAY 3RD FEBRUARY

*The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why, in the aftermath of the International Transport Roth case, they are treating those who paid their civil penalties for carrying clandestine entrants differently from those who did not.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the functions of the Government Office for London within the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister; what are its relations with the Mayor of London; and what involvement it has in Transport for London’s Underground operation.

*The Lord Clinton-Davis—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many firms of solicitors withdrew from the legal aid scheme in 2002.

*The Baroness Sharp of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes they have made in private finance initiative procedures as a result of the shortcomings revealed by the Audit Commission Report on experience with private finance initiatives.

Waste and Emissions Trading Bill [HL]—Report [The Lord Whitty]

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

TUESDAY 4TH FEBRUARY

*The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to train any more sniffer dogs at a reported cost of £30,000 each for the detection of illegal meats in light of reports that the existing dogs have been inoperative.

*The Lord Lea of Crondall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the course of drawing up their report on the five economic tests, there are any contacts taking place with the European Union institutions, assisting common working assumptions about any path for United Kingdom entry into the eurozone.

*The Baroness Trumpington—To ask the Chairman of Committees whether the medical cover provided for Members and staff of the House of Lords and visitors to the House satisfies health and safety regulations.

*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which of the main North Sea oilfields are now producing at well below their peak levels and what steps are being taken to enhance recovery by CO2 injection or by any other method.

(1)  House of Lords Reform—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That this House approves Option 1 (fully appointed) in the Report from the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform.

(2)  House of Lords Reform—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That this House approves Option 2 (fully elected) in the Report from the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform.

(3)  House of Lords Reform—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That this House approves Option 3 (80 per cent appointed/20 per cent elected) in the Report from the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform.

(4)  House of Lords Reform—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That this House approves Option 4 (80 per cent elected/20 per cent appointed) in the Report from the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform.

(5)  House of Lords Reform—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That this House approves Option 5 (60 per cent appointed/40 per cent elected) in the Report from the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform.

(6)  House of Lords Reform—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That this House approves Option 6 (60 per cent elected/40 per cent appointed) in the Report from the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform.

(7)  House of Lords Reform—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That this House approves Option 7 (50 per cent appointed/50 per cent elected) in the Report from the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform.

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

WEDNESDAY 5TH FEBRUARY

        Introduction—

The Lord Bishop of Newcastle

          will be introduced.

*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have taken sufficient action to protect both consumer and supplier interests, given the further likely consolidation of the supermarket sector.

*The Baroness Gardener of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what career protection they will provide for general medical practitioners, hospital doctors and consultants called up as reservists for the Defence Medical Services and how they will provide medical cover for the resulting National Health Service vacancies.

*The Lord Quirk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Chief Inspector’s report on Norwich Prison, published in January.

The Lord Hanningfield—To call attention to the effects of Government policy on local government; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To call attention to the levels of pay of university teachers; and to move for papers.

THURSDAY 6TH FEBRUARY

[At eleven o’clock]

Health (Wales) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Evans of Temple Guiting]

    In the event of the bill being read a second time, the Lord Evans of Temple Guiting to move, That the bill be committed to a Grand Committee.

At three o’clock

*The Lord Hurd of Westwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the referral of government disputes to mediation or arbitration since the report of the Lord Chancellor’s Department in July 2002.

*The Baroness Masham of Ilton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider making the treatment of sexually transmitted infections and other infectious diseases a national service framework.

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many induction centres for asylum seekers are planned for the United Kingdom.

Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2003—The Lord Whitty to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 14th January be approved. [7th Report from the Joint Committee]

Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Cattle—The Lord Whitty to move, That the draft Code of Recommendations laid before the House on 9th January be approved. [7th Report from the Joint Committee]

Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Pigs—The Lord Whitty to move, That the draft Code of Recommendations laid before the House on 9th January be approved. [7th Report from the Joint Committee]

Access to Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2003—The Lord Bassam of Brighton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 19th December 2002 be approved.

Regulatory Reform (Assured Periodic Tenancies) (Rent Increases) Order 2003—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Regulatory Reform Order laid before the House on 13th January be approved. [8th Report from the Regulatory Reform Committee]

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 Cross Cutting Review; and to move for papers.

MONDAY 10TH FEBRUARY

*The Baroness Greengross—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are ensuring that vulnerable adults in care homes and using domiciliary care receive the highest standards of care and are protected from abuse.

†*The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the cost of the decision to agree to the request of the United States to use Fylingdales will be paid out of the defence budget; and, if so, at the expense of what other part of it.

Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2003—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 20th January be approved.

†Terrorism Act 2000 (Code of Practice on Video Recording of Interviews) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 23rd January be approved.

†Terrorism Act 2000 (Continuance of Part VII) Order 2003—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 23rd January be approved.

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

TUESDAY 11TH FEBRUARY

*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy in relation to the European International Year of People with Disabilities.

*The Lord Walton of Detchant—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have a view about the impending closure of King Edward VII hospital at Midhurst, and whether they will take action to restore or increase National Health Service funding in order to maintain the clinical services which the hospital provides.

*The Lord Hooson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons in the past five years have been granted leave to enter the United Kingdom as Investors under the Immigration Rules; and what checks they make on the source of the £1 million which has to be under the applicant’s control in order to meet the requirements for leave to enter with his or her dependants.

*The Baroness Massey of Darwen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the progress on the National Service Framework for Children and what are its likely implications.

‡Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2003—The Lord Evans of Temple Guiting to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 12th December 2002 be approved. [6th Report from the Joint Committee]

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

WEDNESDAY 12TH FEBRUARY

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations they have had with the Audit Commission on the private finance initiatives.

Marriage (Northern Ireland) Order 2003—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 4th December 2002 be approved.

Commissioner for Children and Young People (Northern Ireland) Order 2003—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 18th December 2002 be approved.

Audit and Accountability (Northern Ireland) Order 2003—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 19th December 2002 be approved.

Health and Personal Social Services (Quality, Improvement and Regulation) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 7th January be approved.

Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (Northern Ireland) Order 2003—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 7th January be approved.

THURSDAY 13TH FEBRUARY

[At eleven o’clock]

[Public business will be tabled]

At three o’clock

Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health (Functions) Regulations 2002—The Earl Howe to move to resolve, That this House calls on Her Majesty’s Government to revoke the Regulations laid before the House on 5th December 2002 (S.I. 2002/3007).

Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health (Membership and Procedure) Regulations 2002—The Earl Howe to move to resolve, That this House calls on Her Majesty’s Government to revoke the Regulations laid before the House on 10th December 2002 (S.I. 2002/3038).

Local Authority (Overview and Scrutiny Committees Health Scrutiny Functions) Regulations 2002—The Earl Howe to move to resolve, That this House calls on Her Majesty’s Government to revoke the Regulations laid before the House on 11th December 2002 (S.I. 2002/3048).

MONDAY 17TH FEBRUARY

†Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) Bill—Committee [The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath]

TUESDAY 18TH FEBRUARY

*The Viscount Astor—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will bring forward regulations under paragraph 11 of Schedule 23 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 to extend exemptions from the Central London road user charge.

FRIDAY 28TH FEBRUARY

[At eleven o’clock]

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

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Beaumont of Whitley]

Equality Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Lester of Herne Hill]

NO DAY NAMED

PART I

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 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 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 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.

The Lord Addington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are being taken to remove all barriers to literature for those who have difficulties accessing books in traditional print formats.

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.

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money (a) they and (b) the European Union spend each year in the United Kingdom on information about the European Union, and how these sums of money are split between (i) schools, (ii) universities and other further educational establishments, and (iii) elsewhere.

PART II

MOTIONS FOR BALLOTED DEBATE

[Ballot on 29th January for debate on 19th 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.

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.

The Earl of Onslow—To call attention to the method, existing since the beginning of this session of Parliament, for the replacement of hereditary peers; and to move for papers.

The Lord Forsyth of Drumlean—To call attention to the plight of Atlantic salmon; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Sandwich—To call attention to the international development targets in southern Africa; and to move for papers.

†The Baroness Howe of Idlicote—To call attention to the relationship between arrangements for the funding of students and student choice in British universities; 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]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 27th January, or unanswered after 21 days]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

10th December

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)

17th December

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]

19th December

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)

27th January

The Baroness Massey of DarwenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest figures for deaths of Gulf War Veterans and those amongst the control group.    (HL1298)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidelines apply to interventions in administrative procedures within Whitehall by Ministerial offices, special advisers and press officers .    (HL1299)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Downing Street press office in conversations with the Home Office press office about the deportation of Mr Peter Foster either suggested, or implied, either directly or indirectly, that it would be convenient if Mr Foster’s removal were accelerated.    (HL1300)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 22nd January (WA 97), whether by parity of reasoning the system of appointment of Queen’s Counsel should be extended, in the interests of consumers, to the appointment of Junior Counsel; and, if not, why not.    (HL1301)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 22nd January (WA 98), whether reliance on the so-called Ram Doctrine is compatible with a modern system of public law, including the principles of legality and legal certainty; and, if so, how.    (HL1302)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the statement on British Energy on 28th November 2002 (HC Deb, col. 488), what payments Mr Robin Jeffrey, the former chairman, has received as a director since 28th November 2002; and when they expect the terms of any compensation package to be settled and Mr Jeffrey to resign from British Energy.    (HL1303)

The Lord Janner of BraunstoneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will institute an immediate investigation into allegations, reported in The Sunday Telegraph of 26th January, that Dr Swiatomyr M Fostun was guilty of Nazi war crimes.    (HL1304)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations they intend holding with Bermuda, following the Boundaries Commission report, before submitting the draft Order in Council giving effect to its recommendations to the Privy Council.    (HL1305)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the enlargement of the European Union will result in a reduction in the numbers of Members of the European Parliament elected in 2004, and, if so, by how many seats; what criteria will be used to decide in which constituencies the reductions will occur; and when announcements on the matter will be made.    (HL1306)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the timetable for introducing the national electronic electoral register.    (HL1307)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made on introduction of new regulations for imprints on election leaflets; and what is the timetable for their introduction.    (HL1308)

The Lord GreavesTo ask the Chairman of Committees whether the filtering of e-mails by the Parliamentary Communications Directorate includes censorship of e-mails to and from Members of the House of Lords in line with that applied to Members of the House of Commons; if so, what guidance has been published as to what may and may not be written; what is the definition of “profanities of a sexual or offensive nature”; and who is responsible for setting the rules.    (HL1309)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the rules relating to (a) claims for job seekers’ allowance and other social security benefits by members of principal councils; and (b) deductions from and restrictions on such benefits as a result of the receipt of council allowances and time spent as a councillor.    (HL1310)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in light of the difficulties troops deploying or about to deploy to the Gulf are experiencing in securing life assurance cover, they will expedite the introduction of the enhanced death-in-service benefits proposed in their current review of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme; and whether the enhancement will apply to troops now on or deploying for active service.    (HL1311)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what figures they have for the take-up of the anthrax vaccine, in percentage terms, by service personnel now deployed or deploying to the Gulf in the Navy, the Royal Air Force and the Army respectively.    (HL1312)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what statistics they have for the number and types of hospital infections in each of the last seven years for hospital staffs and patients respectively.    (HL1313)

The Lord WaddingtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the present prescribed notices for guidance for voters at Greater London Authority elections are wrong insofar as they instruct voters to vote once for their first choice and once for their second choice at the Mayoral election, there being no requirement in law to make a second choice as well as a first.    (HL1314)

The Lord SwinfenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether servicemen in the Gulf and neighbouring countries, and those being sent to that region, are being offered multiple or combined inoculations; and whether the servicemen are asked to sign a disclaimer to the effect that if they suffer any illness in the future that may be attributed to such inoculations they will not claim compensation.    (HL1315)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any jewellery is included in the list of heritage assets belonging to the nation; and whether it would be possible to compile a list of any such jewellery, together with its value and where it is held.    (HL1316)

The Lord Howell of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, under powers available to the Secretary of State in paragraph 12 to Schedule 23 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999, the Secretary of State may limit penalty charges payable by people who have found it impossible to contact the authority administering the congestion charge.    (HL1317)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 9th January (WA 230), who were the “political parties....who remained at the conclusion of the talks and made clear their support for the [Belfast] Agreement”.    (HL1318)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 9th January (WA 230), who are the legal parties to the Belfast Agreement.    (HL1319)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 13th January (WA 5) about security measures at Foyle Valley Railway Museum, what are the expected annual costs of the measures.    (HL1320)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present number of severely disabled children; and how many there were in 1970.    (HL1321)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many severely disabled children are (a) living in institutions and (b) attending special schools.    (HL1322)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the amount and nature of care provided to severely disabled children by Social Service Departments; and what is the cost to those Departments.    (HL1323)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the present level of financial provision for families with severely disabled children compares with that in 1970; and what it consists of.    (HL1324)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (a) institutions and (b) special schools providing care for severely disabled children are in the United Kingdom; and who currently funds them.    (HL1325)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average cost of maintaining a severely disabled child (a) full time in institutions, (b) full time in a special school; and (c) at home with no full time residential carers.    (HL1326)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

27th JANUARY 2003

[Tabled on the dates shown]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

10th December

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)

17th December

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]

19th December

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)

7th January

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 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 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 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 Lord Kilclooney—To 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 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)

8th January

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 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 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)

9th January

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.    [MoD]    (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. [MoD]    (HL1003)

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.    [DCMS]    (HL1008)

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.    [NIO]    (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; whether those terms required certain remedial works to be undertaken within a given timescale; and whether any such works have been completed.    [NIO]    (HL1012)

[As amended on 13th January]

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.    [NIO]    (HL1013)

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.    [DoH]    (HL1018)

13th January

The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what time must elapse before (a) the holder of a valid British passport arriving in this country without means, and (b) an asylum seeker arriving in this country destitute, becomes entitled to accommodation and social security benefits.    [DWP]    (HL1026)

The Baroness Howe of IdlicoteTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will undertake an economic analysis of the investment required to ensure that Government programmes aimed at lifting children out of poverty reach disabled children.    [DWP]    (HL1030)

The Lord NasebyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy to ensure that the Defence Procurement Agency provide a compliant shelter for the Temporary Deployable Accommodation needs for Urgent Operational Requirements.    [MoD]    (HL1031)

The Lord NasebyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy to maximise United Kingdom content in the purchase of Temporary Deployable Accommodation for Urgent Operational Requirements.    [MoD]    (HL1032)

The Lord NasebyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Ministry of Defence’s own specialists and experts, having assessed external submissions, have recommendations for both Urgent Operational Requirements and Temporary Deployable Accommodation. [MoD]    (HL1034)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they required the United States to pay for support, help and use of facilities as a result of the Gulf war in the 1990s.    [MoD]    (HL1037)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 9th January (WA 230) concerning respect for traditions, whether the list can be recorded in the Official Report as requested; when the website address quoted in the answer will carry the list; and what equality proofing was used for the allocation.    [NIO]    (HL1039)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 9th January (WA 230) concerning the site of the Battle of the Boyne, which members of the Unionist tradition in Ireland are on the appropriate committee; and what are the grounds for considering that its progress has been good, as was suggested in an answer on 7th November 2002 (WA 174-175).    [NIO]    (HL1040)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether those on the Sex Offenders Register are subject to travel restrictions which allow them to leave the United Kingdom or to move internally or externally in the United Kingdom; if so, what are the restrictions; and how they are monitored.    [HO]    (HL1041)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 7th January (WA 167), why direct and personal answerability by the Lord Chancellor to Parliament is considered appropriate and necessary for decisions regarding the appointment of Queen’s Counsel.    [LCD]    (HL1042)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will amend the guidance given to Government Departments by the Cabinet Office on the Human Rights Act 1998 in February 2000 to include and be consistent with the guidance subsequently given by the Lord Chancellor to Departments about Explanatory Notes on Bills, indicating that they should identify the main ways in which Convention rights are thought to be engaged and explaining why the Department considers the measures in a bill to be compatible with the Convention rights.    [LCD]    (HL1045)

14th January

The Lord Hughes of WoodsideTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the issuing of visas on behalf of the Government of Zimbabwe.    [FCO]    (HL1050)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 10th December 2002 (WA 19), when the discussions with the Electoral Commission have taken or will take place; and whether they are in a position to report on the outcome.    [LCD]    (HL1053)

The Baroness GreengrossTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what negotiations have been held since 1947 with countries with which the United Kingdom still does not have a reciprocal social security agreement; what plans they have to conduct any such negotiations; and whether the governments of any of the affected countries have expressed a wish to conduct negotiations.    [DWP]    (HL1055)

The Baroness GreengrossTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated annual cost of paying the winter fuel payment to British pensioners who do not live in the United Kingdom; and how many will benefit in 2003-04.    [DWP]    (HL1056)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the restorative justice principles are now applied to all offenders aged under 18 in England and Wales; and, if not, when they expect that this will be so.    [HO]    (HL1061)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 8th November 2001 (WA 1078), what conclusions the Youth Justice Board has reached about providing independent lay representation to detained offenders aged under 18, on lines similar to those applying in Northern Ireland.    [HO]    (HL1062)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the immunisation programme for troops now deploying to the Gulf is consistent with the findings so far of the study now being undertaken at Porton Down of interactions in relation to the multiple immunisation programme adopted for troops involved in the Gulf war.    [MoD]    (HL1063)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect, as troops now deploy to the Gulf, an interim report from the Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research at Porton Down on its study of the safety or otherwise of the multiple immunisation programme adopted for troops involved in the Gulf war.    [MoD]    (HL1064)

The Lord SwinfenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following Greenland’s departure from the European Economic Community because of the Common Fisheries Policy, how Greenland’s fish stocks now compare to those of the United Kingdom and the European Union.    [DEFRA]    (HL1066)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 9th January (WA 237-238) concerning Waterways Ireland, why the annual report for 1999-2000 indicated that it was set up by legislation on 2nd December 1999 when that is incorrect.    [NIO]    (HL1068)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 9th January (WA 237-238) concerning Waterways Ireland, how many of the 70 employees at the headquarters in Enniskillen are from the Northern Ireland civil service and how many from that of the Irish Republic; and how many required Irish language to obtain employment.    [NIO]    (HL1069)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 9th January (WA 231) concerning human rights in the Irish republic, what is the measurement which indicates that the Republic’s Government has strengthened the protection of human rights to at least the equivalent level of protection in Northern Ireland. [NIO]    (HL1070)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 9th January (WA 232) concerning the North South Ministerial Council, whether the answer means that the equality scheme only applies to Northern Ireland; and, if so, why.    [NIO]    (HL1072)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 13th January (WA 24), what are their priorities for the allocation of public funds as between funding of initial teacher training primary places in (a) French, (b) Spanish, (c) German and (d) each of the other European Union languages, respectively.    [DfES]    (HL1073)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 13th January (WA 24), what are their priorities for the allocation of public funds for each element of the National Languages Strategy for England.    [DfES]    (HL1074)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of (a) syphilis, (b) gonorrhoea, and (c) chlamydia were recorded in the Greater Manchester area in the last year for which figures are available; and what are these figures expressed as a percentage increase or decrease in the previous year.    [DoH]    (HL1075)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of (a) syphilis, (b) gonorrhoea, and (c) chlamydia were recorded in the United Kingdom in the last year for which figures are available; and what are these figures expressed as a percentage increase or decrease in the previous year.    [DoH]    (HL1076)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of (a) syphilis, (b) gonorrhoea, and (c) chlamydia were recorded in Ayrshire and Arran in the last year for which figures are available; and what are these figures expressed as a percentage increase or decrease in the previous year.    [SO]    (HL1077)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the cause and circumstances of a Challenger main battle tank falling off the Oshkosh Heavy Equipment Transporter the day before it was to be demonstrated to the public.    [MoD]    (HL1078)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who will pay for the cost of inspecting and repairing any damage to the main battle tank which fell of the Oshkosh Heavy Equipment Transporter; and what is the replacement value of the tank.    [MoD]    (HL1079)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assurances they can give that heavy armoured vehicles will not fall off Oshkosh Heavy Equipment Transporters or cause them to roll over when on the public roads when in general service.    [MoD]    (HL1080)

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the in-cab noise level of the Oshkosh Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET) compares to—

        (a)  MAN contender for the HET project;

        (b)  Unipower MH8875;

        (c)  in-service Scammell Commander; and

        (d)  relevant European Union directives.    [MoD]  (HL1082)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which manufacturer has been selected as a preferred bidder for the Army’s wheeled tanker fleet.    [MoD]    (HL1083)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what practical support they are offering to help bring about a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus problem by 28th February on the basis of the United Nations Secretary-General’s proposals.    [FCO]    (HL1087)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what reply they received to the letter, dated 16th November 2002, by the Minister of Europe to Commissioner de Palacio; and whether they will place a copy in the Library of the House.    [FCO]    (HL1089)

15th January

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discovered reasons for the present scarcity of birds in the London area, in particular house sparrows and starlings.    [DEFRA]    (HL1097)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hostels for the homeless receive Government funding (a) in London and (b) in Liverpool.    [ODPM]    (HL1100)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to receive the report of Judge Peter Cory, who has examined six unresolved crimes in Northern Ireland; and whether they will place copies in the Libraries of Parliament.    [NIO]    (HL1101)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the Turkish government to respond to the Council of Europe’s Committee on the Prevention of Torture concerning conditions in Imrali Island prison and any other relevant outstanding issues raised by the committee.    [FCO]    (HL1102)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are discussing issues of child protection with the government of Honduras; and, if not, whether they will raise the killing of many young people in the last five years.    [FCO]    (HL1103)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received evidence that the new Rules under the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 are leading some new arrivals into rough sleeping and destitution, although they had claimed asylum as quickly as practically possible; and what remedial measures they have in mind.    [HO]    (HL1104)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which personnel for whom a “criminal record” check should have been secured remain exempt due to the backlog of checks by the Criminal Records Bureau.    [HO]    (HL1109)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the relaxation of the rules for criminal record checks will be lifted.    [HO]    (HL1110)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people are awaiting criminal record checks, including those who received temporary exemption.    [HO]    (HL1111)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the anticipated cost of training advanced teacher assistants to qualify for supervising whole classes in school. [DfES]    (HL1113)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will investigate the emergence of round-up resistant (glyphosate tolerant) weeds in the states of Delaware, Maryland, Western Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana and California before taking further decisions about genetically modified crops in Britain.    [DEFRA]    (HL1114)

The Lord Janner of BraunstoneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the Austrian government to seek restitution of Egon Schiele’s “Die Haüser am Meer”, currently in the Leopold Foundation in Vienna, to the British heirs of Jenny Steiner.    [FCO]    (HL1115)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to move the railway artefacts currently sited at the Foyle Valley Railway Museum to a secure vandal proof location.    [NIO]    (HL1117)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 13th January (WA 1) concerning the funding of the North/South Implementation Body, whether no funding was paid to the Ulster Scots Agency in the period 1st January to 31st March 2002.    [NIO]    (HL1118)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th January (WA 171) concerning the Linguistic Diversity Branch of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL), on what projects or conferences DCAL has co-operated with the European Centre for Minority issues which would increase awareness of the Irish language.    [NIO]    (HL1119)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th January (WA 171) concerning the Linguistic Diversity Branch of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL), on what projects or conferences DCAL has co-operated with the University of Ulster which would increase awareness of the Irish language.    [NIO]    (HL1120)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th January (WA 171) concerning the Linguistic Diversity Branch of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL), on what projects or conferences DCAL has co-operated with Queen’s University, Belfast which would increase awareness of Ulster-Scots heritage and language.    [NIO]    (HL1121)

16th January

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether direct payment to couples for consenting to their IVF embryos being used for fertility treatment is prohibited—

        (a)  by law; and

        (b)  by regulations of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.    [DoH]  (HL1126)

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether direct payment to couples for consenting to their IVF embryos being used for research is prohibited—

        (a)  by law; and

        (b)  by regulations of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.    [DoH]  (HL1127)

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether discount IVF treatment in return for gametes or embryos is permissible; and, if so, whether this is occurring.    [DoH]    (HL1128)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether discount IVF treatment in return for consent to the use of gametes or embryos is permissible; and, if so, whether this is occurring.    [DoH]    (HL1129)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the United Kingdom-China human rights dialogues, they have used the Report of the Special Rapporteur on Religious Intolerance of 22nd December 1994 as a benchmark; and, if so, what progress they consider has been made towards compliance with the Special Rapporteur’s recommendations.    [FCO]    (HL1131)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation has taken place between them and the Scottish Executive about the findings of the Expert Group chaired by Lord Ross on financial and other practical support for patients contaminated with National Health Service blood, blood products or tissue; whether they have made any suggestion that the Group’s findings should not be implemented; and whether decisions on implementation of the Group’s findings are solely for the Scottish Executive to take.    [DoH]    (HL1132)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Chief Medical Officer’s report on clinical negligence claims will be published; why it has taken so long to produce; and whether it will provide a fair resolution of the claims of haemophilia patients infected with hepatitis and HIV through contaminated National Health Service blood products.    [DoH]    (HL1133)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the figures published by the Legal Services Commission which show that successful claims in publicly funded clinical negligence cases have fallen to 24 per cent; and how this will impact on the claims for compensation from people with haemophilia who have been infected with hepatitis C by contaminated National Health Service blood products.    [LCD]    (HL1135)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will discuss with the government of Russia an extension for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s mandate to monitor human rights abuses by all parties in and arising from Chechnya.    [FCO]    (HL1136)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discovered, or will seek to discover, the number of prisoners of war now held in Afghanistan by General Dostum and other military commanders; in particular what number is held in the fortress of Sheberghan; and whether the reputation of the United States and United Kingdom governments will suffer unless all surviving prisoners are brought to trial or released.    [FCO]    (HL1137)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the response of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to the recent Department of Trade and Industry consultation Liberalising Trade in Services; and what representations the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has received on the matter.    [ODPM]    (HL1138)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they think any of the British regulatory regimes may be regarded as “more burdensome than necessary” for the purposes of the General Agreement on Trade in Services.    [DTI]    (HL1139)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that local government services which a local authority currently provides in partnership with a private or not-for-profit sector body would fall outwith the General Agreement on Trade in Services regime.    [ODPM]    (HL1140)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that they have issued procurement best practice guidelines to local authorities that have clarified the implications of Article 1.3 of the General Agreement on Trade in Services Agreement; and, if so, what wording they used.    [ODPM]    (HL1141)

The Lord SkelmersdaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which, if any, part of Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act (Information) Order 2002 has yet been brought into effect.    [HO]    (HL1142)

The Earl of Mar and KellieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the role and complement of the Royal Air Force regiment is expanding or contracting.    [MoD]    (HL1143)

The Earl PeelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is the duty of the Environment Agency to maintain and clean the arterial drains that were formerly the responsibility of the National Rivers Authority; and, if so, whether this task is being carried out in a satisfactory manner.    [DEFRA]    (HL1144)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 19th December 2002 (WA 157), by what date they expect each of the National Health Service trusts listed in the answer to comply with its statutory duty to break even.    [DoH]    (HL1148)

The Lord MancroftTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their current concerns over the use of firearms alters the answer given by the Lord Whitty to Lord Geddes on 10th May 2002 (WA 205).    [DEFRA]    (HL1151)

The Lord MancroftTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has taken into account concerns expressed by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in relation to the use of firearms to kill wild animals, as highlighted in their comments on BBC Coventry on 13th March 2002. [DEFRA]    (HL1152)

The Baroness GoldingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether bodies in Scotland have been consulted with regard to the effectiveness of trapping and shooting mink in the Western Isles.    [DEFRA]    (HL1155)

The Baroness GoldingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the eradication of the American mink.    [DEFRA]    (HL1156)

The Lord HenleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered any evidence that reveals that a significant number of farmers would resort to the use of shotguns or snares in the event of a hunting ban; and whether they have assessed the relative suffering that might occur as a result of these methods of control.    [DEFRA]     (HL1157)

The Lord HenleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the conclusions of the 1951 Scott Henderson Inquiry with particular regard to cruelty and suffering.    [DEFRA]    (HL1159)

The Lord HenleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether and how the welfare implications of dogs and horses currently involved in hunting have been considered should a ban be enacted; and whether they have considered evidence from the National Canine Defence League, the Kennel Club and the International League for the Protection of Horses.    [DEFRA]    (HL1160)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th January (WA 171) concerning the Linguistic Diversity Branch of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL), on what projects or conferences DCAL has co-operated with the University of Ulster which would increase awareness of Ulster-Scots heritage and language.    [NIO]    (HL1161)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th January (WA 171) concerning the Linguistic Diversity Branch of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL), on what projects or conferences DCAL has co-operated with Queen’s University, Belfast, which would increase awareness of the Irish language.    [NIO]    (HL1162)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have no plans to celebrate the four hundredth anniversary of the unions of the crowns of Scotland and England this year. [CO]    (HL1163)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether employees of the United Nations or any of the subsidiary organisations who are employed mainly or wholly in the United Kingdom are subject to employment law; and, if so, to which parts and why.    [FCO]    (HL1164)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any civil servants of the Irish Republic who work mainly or wholly in Northern Ireland have diplomatic immunity; if so, why; and where they are based.    [FCO]    (HL1165)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the report from the Israeli defence forces into the circumstances of the death of Iain Hook, of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, on 22nd November 2002 in Jenin camp; and whether they have seen the related statement by Caoimhe Butterly made on the same day in Jenin Hospital.    [FCO]    (HL1167)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept that the 95 to 98 per cent offer by Prime Minister Barak during the Taba talks excluded strategic ring roads and settlement access routes which would have made a Palestinian state unsustainable; and what consequences this will have for the road map being drawn up by the Quartet. [FCO]    (HL1168)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they have given to education in Southern Sudan during each of the last five years; and what form this took.    [DfID]    (HL1169)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimate of the cost to industry of complying with future legislation arising from (a) the European Union Chemicals Strategy and (b) the new Detergent Regulations.    [DEFRA]    (HL1171)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each board meeting of the Strategic Rail Authority during 2002—

        (a)  what was the date of the meeting;

        (b)  where the meeting was held; and

        (c)  how many board members attended in person.    [DfT]   (HL1172)

20th January

The Baroness Noakes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 13th January (WA 35), what they estimate to be the costs of the independent regulator during 2003-04 and 2004-05 based on the powers and duties set out in A Guide to NHS Foundation Trusts and on the basis that the number of successful applicants for National Health Service Trust status in October 2003 is (a) 5; (b) 10 and (c) 20. [DoH]    (HL1175)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it would be possible under existing legislation for (a) the Secretary of State, (b) strategic health authorities, (c) primary care trusts or (d) other bodies within the National Health Service to guarantee the borrowings of National Health Service foundation trusts or whether specific legislative powers would need to be taken in the legislation enabling the creation of National Health Service foundation trusts.    [DoH]    (HL1176)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in respect of clinical services delivered to National Health Service patients covered by standard tariffs, a National Health Service foundation trust will be obliged to charge primary care trusts the standard tariff price in all circumstances for every item of service; and, if not, in what circumstances the standard tariff could be varied. [DoH]    (HL1177)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what sources of capital in the public sector will be available to National Health Service foundation trusts as referred to in paragraph 5.13 of A Guide to NHS Foundation Trusts; and who will determine whether and on what terms public sector capital will be made available to a National Health Service foundation trust.    [DoH]    (HL1178)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a National Health Service foundation trust will be able to use the financial surpluses made by achieving efficiency gains which reduce its cost of delivery below the standard tariff which it must charge to primary care trusts for (a) reducing the tariffs for the same or other regulated services provided to primary care trusts, (b) cross-subsidising the prices charged to primary care trusts for regulated services not covered by the standard tariffs, or (c) cross-subsidising the prices of non-regulated services. [DoH]    (HL1179)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received any preliminary applications from National Health Service trusts to become National Health Service foundation trusts.    [DoH]    (HL1180)

The Lord Holme of CheltenhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are proposing any action to avert the closure of the King Edward VII hospital in Midhurst. [DoH]    (HL1181)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th January (WA 171), upon which projects or conferences the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has co-operated with the Placenames Project of Northern Ireland which would increase awareness of Ulster-Scots heritage and language.    [NIO]    (HL1182)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure was notified about the proposed appointments of four-and-a-half staff for the Ulster Scots Agency; and whether there has been any delay to these appointments.    [NIO]    (HL1183)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 15th January (WA 48) concerning the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, whether the answer means that the press release of 3rd July was correct or incorrect; and, if the latter, why.    [NIO]    (HL1184)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to redesign manhole covers in Kerr Street in Portrush, County Antrim, in such a way that noise can be reduced for residents and provide a smoother passage for motorists; and whether any new arrangements can be extended to all of Northern Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL1185)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th January (WA 173), what were the capital projects recently completed by Waterways Ireland at Limerick harbour, Boyle harbour, Ballinasloe harbour, Ballyleague in County Roscommon, Shannonbridge in County Offaly and at Scarrif in County Clare; in each case who were the contractors; and how much each is estimated to cost.    [NIO]     (HL1186)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th January (WA 170), whether paragraph 4(1)(f) of the Schedule to the Northern Ireland Act 2000 allows the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to consider legal opinions of the now suspended government of Northern Ireland. [NIO]    (HL1187)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the visiting hours at each of the detention centres at which asylum applicants are detained.    [HO]    (HL1188)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the full cost of splitting the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency into the Defence Scientific and Technical Laboratory and QinetiQ.    [MoD]    (HL1189)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the expenditure on information technology systems relating to the splitting of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency into the Defence Scientific and Technical Laboratory and QinetiQ.    [MoD]    (HL1190)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the expenditure on information technology systems for each of the last six years for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, the Defence Scientific and Technical Laboratory and QinetiQ. [MoD]    (HL1191)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the expenditure on consultants involved in, or advising on, the splitting of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency into the Defence Scientific and Technical Laboratory and QinetiQ.    [MoD]    (HL1192)

21st January

The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what regulatory arrangements govern the operation of personal injury claim management companies.    [HMT]    (HL1196)

The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any concerns about the business practices, and in particular the marketing techniques, used by personal injury claim management companies; and, if so, what action they are taking to address those concerns.    [HMT]    (HL1197)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask the Chairman of Committees what arrangements there will be for payment of the London congestion charge to be made within the precincts of the Palace of Westminster.    [CoC]    (HL1198)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will allocate additional funds in the coming financial year for social housing to meet the needs of persons discharged from prison; and, if so, how much.    [ODPM]    (HL1199)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the prisons where housing advice is available in advance of release; how soon they will extend this to all prisons; and whether they will use the services of experienced non-governmental organisations to this end.    [HO]    (HL1200)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why housing benefit is not available to those serving prison sentences of more than 13 weeks; and whether they will make it available, at least where the offender has dependants aged under 18 or is of pensionable age.    [DWP]    (HL1201)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will enable the spouse or partner of a convicted and imprisoned person to claim housing benefit from the date of the conviction. [DWP]    (HL1202)

[As amended on 22nd January]

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 14th January (WA 41), whether the practical support envisaged for the governance arrangements of National Health Service foundation trusts will include direct financial support; and whether that support will extend to both the initial creation of the new governance arrangements and to their ongoing administration.    [DoH]    (HL1203)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 14th January (WA 34), (a) what are the elements of the legislative framework which apply currently to the private finance initiative projects of National Health Service trusts; and (b) in what way, if any, that framework will need to be adapted for National Health Service foundation trusts.    [DoH]    (HL1204)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 14th January (WA 39), whether the independent regulator will have any functions in relation to private finance initiative transactions undertaken by National Health Service foundation trusts.    [DoH]    (HL1205)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 14th January (WA 33), whether a National Health Service foundation trust will be free to retain the proceeds of disposal of an asset indefinitely until the regulator is satisfied that the use of those proceeds would be used to further its public interest mandate.    [DoH]    (HL1206)

The Baroness NoakesTo 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 was less than (a) its actual borrowing at that time; or (b) its expected borrowings in the light of existing commitments for capital or revenue expenditure.    [DoH]    (HL1207)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 14th January (WA 27), whether they will define the differences between the Home Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Code and the Northern Ireland Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Code.    [NIO]    (HL1208)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 12th December 2002 (WA 48), what are the “local arrangements” for security vetting of the Northern Ireland civil service.    [NIO]    (HL1209)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Environmental and Heritage Service of the Northern Ireland Department of the Environment were consulted about the potential effect of the housing development at 10-20 Bangor Road, Holywood, County Down, would have on the Priory Church and the listed houses at Tudor Park; and, if so, what was that advice.    [NIO]    (HL1210)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to protect unlisted buildings in Northern Ireland which are valued by residents as contributing to the character of an area; whether consideration has been given to the removal of VAT on building renovation in contrast to new building work; and whether the increased demands on concentrated development within settlements will result in a change in the criteria for listed buildings.    [NIO]    (HL1211)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the percentage of planning decisions by the Northern Ireland Department of the Environment which were overturned at the subsequent Planning Appeals for each year since 1997.    [NIO]    (HL1212)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 20th January (WA 80), on what dates the necessary approvals were received from the appropriate departments for the two posts in the Irish Agency; and what were those departments.    [NIO]    (HL1213)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 9th January (WA 231) concerning the attitude of the government of the Republic of Ireland to human rights, what is meant by “to give further effect to the convention of Irish law”.    [NIO]    (HL1214)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in reference to the appointment of the Deputy Chief Executive, Director of Education Services of the Irish Language Agency, who will be in charge of the Agency’s Belfast office commencing on 17th February; on what dates this appointment was approved by (a) the Agency, (b) the North South Ministerial Council, and (c) other relevant departments; and which are those departments. [NIO]    (HL1215)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will draw to the attention of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews requirement 4.7 of the United Kingdom Sports Council’s guidelines for the recognition of governing bodies concerning equal opportunities.    [DCMS]    (HL1216)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th January (WA 52-53), what are the estimated current market value and income yield of the Inland Revenue’s security holdings listed on pages 32 and 33 of the Statement supplementing the Consolidated Fund and National Loans Fund accounts.    [HMT]    (HL1217)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th January (WA 52-53), why reasons of taxpayer confidentiality prevent them from answering the last part of Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay’s question (HL1016) on what plans they have for these holdings. [HMT]    (HL1218)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th January (WA 52-53), what are the arrangements for management of the Inland Revenue’s security holdings described in the Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay’s question (HL1016); and what performance targets are applicable.    [HMT]    (HL1219)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will explain the different circumstances under which it is possible for the Inland Revenue to acquire security holdings.    [HMT]    (HL1220)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimates they have received from (a) Credit Suisse First Boston and (b) Slaughter and May of the fees they are likely to charge for advising them in relation to the financial restructuring of British Energy plc.    [DTI]    (HL1221)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what fees they have so far paid to (a) Credit Suisse First Boston and (b) Slaughter and May for advising them in relation to the financial restructuring of British Energy plc.    [DTI]    (HL1222)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the need for hydrogen as an energy source is likely to develop considerably over the next decade; and what action they are taking to ensure that adequate supplies are available. [DTI]    (HL1223)

22nd January

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which of the main recommendations made in the Review of the Criminal Courts in England and Wales by Lord Justice Auld, and of the sentencing framework by John Halliday, have been incorporated in the criminal justice legislation currently before Parliament, or in administrative action.    [LCD]    (HL1228)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 2nd December 2002 (WA 83), whether the information contained in the footnote is correct.    [DoH]    (HL1229)

The Lord Dixon-SmithTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with regard to the search for property suitable to be used as reception centres for asylum seekers, whether they gave those responsible for briefing agents involved in the search specific instruction concerning consultation with local authorities and other interested parties.    [HO]    (HL1230)

The Lord Dixon-SmithTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with regard to the search for property suitable to be used as reception centres for asylum seekers, whether they consider that any briefing given to agents was both sufficiently clear and understood.    [HO]    (HL1231)

The Lord Dixon-SmithTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with regard to the search for property suitable to be used as reception centres for asylum seekers, whether agents seeking such properties were instructed to reveal to the present owners the purpose for which the property would be used if it were purchased.    [HO]    (HL1232)

The Lord ActonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  how much money the United Nations World Food Programme seeks to raise to aid Zimbabweans;

        (b)  how much of the sum has been committed in total; and

        (c)  how much the United Kingdom and each other donor country have committed.    [DfID]  (HL1233)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what legislation would be required to create a single English traffic area for traffic commissioners.    [DfT]    (HL1234)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for merging the six regional traffic areas; whether such proposals have the support of the traffic commissioners for England and the senior traffic commissioner; and whether such a proposal is consistent with the Government’s policies of devolution of powers to the English regions.    [DfT]    (HL1235)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take to ensure the independence of traffic commissioners following the proposed merger of their staff with the Vehicle Inspectorate; and what representations they have received concerning the proposal.    [DfT]    (HL1236)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the recommendations of the Higgs Report on corporate governance should apply to the Strategic Rail Authority and other similar non-departmental public bodies.    [DfT]    (HL1237)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the announcement by the Secretary of State for Transport to the Rail Conference on 21st January that “Next year a further £40 million grant will go to freight” means that the statement by the Strategic Rail Authority on 17th January of its intention to suspend all further rail freight grants for the present financial year and 2003-04 will be rescinded.    [DfT]    (HL1238)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the arrangement with the National Union of Students described in paragraph 4.5 of their White Paper The Future of Higher Education was submitted to competitive tender; and whether the information used to compile the proposed guide will be made available to the new guide’s commercial competitors Virgin and Push.    [DfES]    (HL1239)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th January (WA 171), on what projects or conferences the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has co-operated with the European Centre for Minority Issues which would increase awareness of Ulster-Scots heritage and language.    [NIO]    (HL1240)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th January (WA 171), on what projects or conferences the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has co-operated with the Placenames Project of Northern Ireland which would increase awareness of the Irish language.    [NIO]    (HL1241)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Privy Seal on 9th December 2002 (WA 2) and 20th January (WA 81), whether there are officials amongst the administrative staff of the Linguistic Diversity Branch of the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure with expertise in Irish language and in Ulster-Scots language and culture; and, if so, how many of each.    [NIO]    (HL1242)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 21st January (WA 85) concerning the Employment Equality Act 1998 and the Equal Status Act 2000, what information about each employee is recorded.    [NIO]    (HL1243)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many conservation officers are employed by each Planning Service Division in Northern Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL1244)

The Baroness BarkerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to recognise medical qualifications obtained by students at St George’s Medical School, Grenada. [DoH]    (HL1245)

The Baroness BarkerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance will be given to the National Health Service regarding the purchase of clinical and medical services from St George’s Medical School, Grenada.    [DoH]    (HL1246)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what reply the Secretary of State for Health will make to the correspondence from Louella Houldcroft of The Newcastle Journal, sent to him on 22nd January, about people with haemophilia infected with hepatitis C by contaminated National Health Service blood products; and whether he will be taking any action in relation to the correspondence.    [DoH]    (HL1247)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 20th January (WA 79), whether the anthrax vaccine used for troops deployed to the Gulf was licensed in 1990-91; whether the Guidelines for its use referred to by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath were in place in 1990-91; if they were in place, why they were not followed; whether any other vaccines administered to troops in 1990-91 had similar limitations on their use; and whether the instructions for the taking of pyridostigmine bromide tablets had and have now any similar limitations regarding their use.    [DoH]    (HL1248)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of King’s Heath on 14th January (WA 42), whether they will name—

        (a)  the two per cent of National Health Service trusts which have wards which do not meet the single sex accommodation standards;

        (b)  the five per cent of National Health Service trusts which do not meet the additional safety requirements for mentally ill patients; and

        (c)  the seven per cent of trusts which do not meet the standard for separate lavatory and washing facilities.    [DoH]  (HL1249)

The Baroness Noakes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 6th November 2002 (WA 114), whether the National Health Service Bank has yet agreed terms and conditions and amounts for individual health service bodies in respect of the £100 million made available to the three strategic health authorities (Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire; Surrey and Sussex; and Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire); and, if so, whether they will publish those details.    [DoH]    (HL1250)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 6th November 2002 (WA 114), whether the National Health Service Bank has made available any amounts beyond those set out in the answer; and, if so, whether they will publish details of those amounts.    [DoH]    (HL1251)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 6th November 2002 (WA 114), whether they have yet decided upon the legal form and management arrangements for the National Health Service Bank; and, if so, whether they will publish those details and state when they are expected to take effect.    [DoH]    (HL1252)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 14th January (WA 41), what statutory requirements will apply to the election of non-executive directors and chairs of the management boards of National Health Service foundation trusts.    [DoH]    (HL1253)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 15th January (WA 45), whether the existence of a private finance initiative contract has any bearing on the prudential borrowing limit to be set for National Health Service foundation trusts; and, if so, how it will be taken into account. [DoH]    (HL1254)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list (a) public Acts of Parliament and (b) private Acts of Parliament which would need to be amended or repealed if they were to attempt to end the autonomy of Oxford and Cambridge colleges.    [DfES]    (HL1255)

23rd January

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will announce how they intend to proceed on the Use Classes Order before the Licensing Bill begins its Report stage in the House of Lords, and whether they will make nightclubs a sui generis use before the bill comes into effect.    [DCMS]    (HL1260)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the insurers of Yarl’s Wood detention centre; what is the amount of the claim in respect of the fire which caused extensive damage on 14th February 2002; what negotiations have taken place regarding the claim; and what is now the position regarding insurance of each of the other establishments where asylum seekers are detained.    [HO]    (HL1261)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 16th December 2002 (WA 72-73), what selection procedures were followed before the appointment of the Independent Configuration Panel chairman by the Secretary of State; and, in particular, whether the National Health Service Appointments Commission was involved.    [DoH]    (HL1263)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the names and expertise of the members of the Independent Configuration Panel; and what appointment procedures were followed.    [DoH]    (HL1264)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the results of their independent sector usage survey for 2001-02.    [DoH]    (HL1265)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current shortfall of pilots in the Army, the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy.    [MoD]    (HL1266)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on which date units deploying to the Gulf will be allocated the new desert boots, combat jacket and combat trousers which have been ordered.    [MoD]    (HL1267)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the response from civilian consultants joining the Defence Medical Services as a result of the £50,000 “golden hello” recruitment scheme announced on 19th November 2002.    [MoD]    (HL1268)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government where the new build and refurbishment projects for 16,000 single room en suite accommodation will take place; when it will start; and when it will finish.    [MoD]    (HL1269)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action has been taken and what priority has been given to upgrade medically 2,688 Royal Navy personnel, 10,602 Army personnel and 3,833 Royal Air Force personnel, who were listed as downgraded in October 2002.    [MoD]    (HL1270)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Royal Artillery multi-launch rocket system is to be included in the troop deployment to Iraq.    [MoD]    (HL1271)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have evidence of the extent to which (a) disabled students and (b) students from ethnic minority groups face barriers in their access to opportunities for higher education; and, if so, whether they will publish the evidence.    [DfES]    (HL1272)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what barriers are faced (a) by disabled students and (b) by students from ethnic minority groups in their access to opportunities for higher education.    [DfES]    (HL1273)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current freedom of information policy and practice regarding the publication of legally privileged advice to government where such advice was given more than 30 years ago and concerns matters of legitimate public interest.    [LCD]    (HL1274)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider it to be in accordance with contemporary principles of British parliamentary democracy for legislation to be necessary (in a political, if not a legal sense) to authorise an extension of Ministers’ powers; and, if not, why not.    [LCD]    (HL1275)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have agreed to a study into the implementation of the guidance issued to the National Health Service by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence; when they expect the results of the study; and whether it will be made publicly available.    [DoH]    (HL1276)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to conduct a quinquennial review of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence; if so, when this will take place; and what the parameters for the review are to be.    [DoH]    (HL1277)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to ensure that lessons from the first two years of the Accelerating Access Initiative, a public-private partnership between United Nations agencies and research-based pharmaceutical companies, are incorporated into the Government’s policies for access to medicines in developing countries.    [DfID]    (HL1278)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what professions which work with young children require vetting of potential employees; and, if professional nannies are not included, why not.    [DoH]    (HL1279)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 22nd January (WA 103) concerning Waterways Ireland, on what dates the North South Implementation Bodies were consulted regarding equality; in what form; and which responded.    [NIO]    (HL1280)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 22nd January (WA 102), whether they consider the Provisional IRA to still be involved in any of the following activities: recruiting, re-arming, training, targeting and punishment beating.    [NIO]    (HL1281)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the response time standards set for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service; and how the standards compare with those for the rest of the United Kingdom.    [NIO]    (HL1282)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to designate a conservation area in Holywood, County Down; and, if none, why not.    [NIO]    (HL1283)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, when passing legislation on the modernising of gambling machine payment methods, whether they will deregulate to allow the use of banknotes and prepaid smart cards in addition to coinage in gaming machines. [DCMS]    (HL1284)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers the new Gambling Commission will have.    [DCMS]    (HL1285)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why two types of amusement arcade machines, namely “cranes and redemption”, are included in the Government’s definition of machines as Category D.    [DCMS]    (HL1286)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether licensed betting offices and adult gaming centres will operate under the same levels of regulation.    [DCMS]    (HL1287)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current definition of “development education”; how many government departments are involved; and what funding has been provided in England over the past three years.    [DfES]    (HL1288)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what attempts have been made to harmonise police and special branch interrogation methods within the European Union, and especially between the United Kingdom, France and Belgium; and with what results.    [HO]    (HL1289)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government by what methods they have decided to aggregate their HIV/AIDS funding for Southern Africa from separate subject headings; and how this total relates to their response to the Global Fund.    [DfID]    (HL1290)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, before the Privy Council considers the Health Professions Council’s proposed Rules, whether they consider it satisfactory that no sub-sections are proposed for chiropody and podiatry; and whether they consider that in these cases profession-specific modalities of care should be distinguished. [DoH]    (HL1291)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the Health Professions Council’s proposed Rules for its register, as they affect titles, should, in the case of chiropody and podiatry, allow for significant differences in the qualifications, knowledge, clinical expertise and experience of registered practitioners, so as to enable the public to differentiate between them.    [DoH]    (HL1292)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept that transitional entrants to the register under the Health Professions Council’s proposed “three out of five years” rule should be provided with the additional training required to meet minimum proficiency within a two-year period; and what training they believe will be necessary.    [DoH]    (HL1293)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Health Professions Council’s proposal for its key decision document that “even where an applicant does not meet the ’three out of five years’ rule, they may still be eligible for registration” can be reconciled with the stipulation in the statutory order of a “three out of the previous five years” rule; and whether such a relaxation of the statutory order is in the public interest.    [DoH]    (HL1294)

[As amended on 27th January]

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the undertakings given by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath in regard to Professional Advisory Committees on 13th December 2001 (HL Deb, col. 1526), they consider that “ad hoc” time- and task-limited professional liaison groups, as proposed by the Health Professions Council, match the spirit of those undertakings.    [DoH]    (HL1295)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in connection with the Health Professions Council’s proposed Rules, they are satisfied that the statutory order’s section on the transitional arrangement period is being adhered to.    [DoH]    (HL1296)

27th January

The Baroness Massey of DarwenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest figures for deaths of Gulf War Veterans and those amongst the control group.    (HL1298)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidelines apply to interventions in administrative procedures within Whitehall by Ministerial offices, special advisers and press officers .    (HL1299)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Downing Street press office in conversations with the Home Office press office about the deportation of Mr Peter Foster either suggested, or implied, either directly or indirectly, that it would be convenient if Mr Foster’s removal were accelerated.    (HL1300)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 22nd January (WA 97), whether by parity of reasoning the system of appointment of Queen’s Counsel should be extended, in the interests of consumers, to the appointment of Junior Counsel; and, if not, why not.    (HL1301)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 22nd January (WA 98), whether reliance on the so-called Ram Doctrine is compatible with a modern system of public law, including the principles of legality and legal certainty; and, if so, how.    (HL1302)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the statement on British Energy on 28th November 2002 (HC Deb, col. 488), what payments Mr Robin Jeffrey, the former chairman, has received as a director since 28th November 2002; and when they expect the terms of any compensation package to be settled and Mr Jeffrey to resign from British Energy.    (HL1303)

The Lord Janner of BraunstoneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will institute an immediate investigation into allegations, reported in The Sunday Telegraph of 26th January, that Dr Swiatomyr M Fostun was guilty of Nazi war crimes.    (HL1304)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations they intend holding with Bermuda, following the Boundaries Commission report, before submitting the draft Order in Council giving effect to its recommendations to the Privy Council.    (HL1305)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the enlargement of the European Union will result in a reduction in the numbers of Members of the European Parliament elected in 2004, and, if so, by how many seats; what criteria will be used to decide in which constituencies the reductions will occur; and when announcements on the matter will be made.    (HL1306)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the timetable for introducing the national electronic electoral register.    (HL1307)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made on introduction of new regulations for imprints on election leaflets; and what is the timetable for their introduction.    (HL1308)

The Lord GreavesTo ask the Chairman of Committees whether the filtering of e-mails by the Parliamentary Communications Directorate includes censorship of e-mails to and from Members of the House of Lords in line with that applied to Members of the House of Commons; if so, what guidance has been published as to what may and may not be written; what is the definition of “profanities of a sexual or offensive nature”; and who is responsible for setting the rules.    (HL1309)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the rules relating to (a) claims for job seekers’ allowance and other social security benefits by members of principal councils; and (b) deductions from and restrictions on such benefits as a result of the receipt of council allowances and time spent as a councillor.    (HL1310)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in light of the difficulties troops deploying or about to deploy to the Gulf are experiencing in securing life assurance cover, they will expedite the introduction of the enhanced death-in-service benefits proposed in their current review of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme; and whether the enhancement will apply to troops now on or deploying for active service.    (HL1311)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what figures they have for the take-up of the anthrax vaccine, in percentage terms, by service personnel now deployed or deploying to the Gulf in the Navy, the Royal Air Force and the Army respectively.    (HL1312)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what statistics they have for the number and types of hospital infections in each of the last seven years for hospital staffs and patients respectively.    (HL1313)

The Lord WaddingtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the present prescribed notices for guidance for voters at Greater London Authority elections are wrong insofar as they instruct voters to vote once for their first choice and once for their second choice at the Mayoral election, there being no requirement in law to make a second choice as well as a first.    (HL1314)

The Lord SwinfenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether servicemen in the Gulf and neighbouring countries, and those being sent to that region, are being offered multiple or combined inoculations; and whether the servicemen are asked to sign a disclaimer to the effect that if they suffer any illness in the future that may be attributed to such inoculations they will not claim compensation.    (HL1315)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any jewellery is included in the list of heritage assets belonging to the nation; and whether it would be possible to compile a list of any such jewellery, together with its value and where it is held.    (HL1316)

The Lord Howell of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, under powers available to the Secretary of State in paragraph 12 to Schedule 23 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999, the Secretary of State may limit penalty charges payable by people who have found it impossible to contact the authority administering the congestion charge.    (HL1317)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 9th January (WA 230), who were the “political parties....who remained at the conclusion of the talks and made clear their support for the [Belfast] Agreement”.    (HL1318)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 9th January (WA 230), who are the legal parties to the Belfast Agreement.    (HL1319)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 13th January (WA 5) about security measures at Foyle Valley Railway Museum, what are the expected annual costs of the measures.    (HL1320)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present number of severely disabled children; and how many there were in 1970.    (HL1321)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many severely disabled children are (a) living in institutions and (b) attending special schools.    (HL1322)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the amount and nature of care provided to severely disabled children by Social Service Departments; and what is the cost to those Departments.    (HL1323)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the present level of financial provision for families with severely disabled children compares with that in 1970; and what it consists of.    (HL1324)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (a) institutions and (b) special schools providing care for severely disabled children are in the United Kingdom; and who currently funds them.    (HL1325)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average cost of maintaining a severely disabled child (a) full time in institutions, (b) full time in a special school; and (c) at home with no full time residential carers.    (HL1326)

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] [28th February]

    Greater London Authority Act 1999 (Repeal) [HL]

    Health (Wales) [6th February]

    Equality [HL] [28th February]

    Harbours [HL]

    Regional Assemblies (Preparations)

    Hereford Markets [HL]

    Nottingham City Council [HL]

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    London Local Authorities and Transport for London [HL] [3rd February]

    London Local Authorities [HL]

Committed to a Grand Committee

    Crime (International Co-operation) [HL] [29th January]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Courts [HL] [28th January]

    Voting Age (Reduction to 16) [HL]

    Public Services (Disruption) [HL]

    Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) [17th February]

Waiting for Report

    Waste and Emissions Trading [HL] [3rd February]

    High Hedges [HL] [28th February]

    Licensing [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

    National Minimum Wage (Enforcement Notices) [HL] [30th January]

    Police (Northern Ireland) [HL] [30th January]

    Arms Control and Disarmament (Inspections) [HL] [30th January]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    London Development Agency

MEASURES IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Synodical Government (Amendment)

    Church of England (Pensions)

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Investigations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: Code of Practice) Order 2003

    Draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Disclosure of Information) Order 2003

    Draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2003

    Draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2003

    Draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Exemptions from Civil Recovery) Order 2003

    Draft Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 (Continuance in force of sections 21 to 23) Order 2003

    Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Code of Practice on Video Recording of Interviews) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

    Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Continuance of Part VII) Order 2003

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Marriage (Northern Ireland) 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

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

    Draft Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2003

    Draft Strategic Investment and Regeneration of Sites (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

    Draft Planning (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

    Draft Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

    Draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2003

    Draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Cattle

    Draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Pigs

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

    Draft Energy (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

NORTHERN IRELAND ORDER 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: 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 (Schemes under Section 129 of the Housing Act 1988) (England) Order 2003

    Draft Regulatory Reform (British Waterways Board) 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 (Housing Management Agreements) Order 2003 [8th Report]

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Credit Unions) Order 2003 [6th Report]

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Assured Periodic Tenancies) (Rent Increases) Order 2003 [8th Report]

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

TUESDAY 28TH JANUARY

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

WEDNESDAY 29TH JANUARY

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)at West Midlands
Regional Development Agency
European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee F)10.30 am
Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform10.30 am
(Select Committee)
Constitution (Select Committee)4.00 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 30TH JANUARY

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
Religious Offences (Select Committee)12 noon

MONDAY 3RD FEBRUARY

London Local Authorities and Transport for10.15 am
London Bill [HL], Unopposed Bill Committeein the Moses Room
European Union (Sub-Committee B)4.15 pm
Procedure of the House4.15 pm
(Select Committee)in the Moses Room
Human Rights (Joint Committee)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 11TH FEBRUARY

Works of Art Committee4.15 pm
House Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 12TH FEBRUARY

Ecclesiastical Committee2.30 pm
Commons Standing Committee on the2.30 pm
Convention on the Future of Europein a Commons Committee Room

MONDAY 17TH FEBRUARY

Liaison Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room
 
 
 
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