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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

THURSDAY 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.

*The Lord Phillips of Sudbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in the event of a merger of the Community Fund with the New Opportunities Fund they will protect the independence, devolved structure and funding of the Community Fund.

[Proceedings after Third Reading of the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill may 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?

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]

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.

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

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.

†The Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their policies for academic performance and social behaviour take account of the impact of Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, and Hypoglycaemia.

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.

†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.

†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]

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.

†Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2003—The Baroness Ashton of Upholland to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 20th January be approved.

†Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2003—The Baroness Ashton of Upholland to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 20th January 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.

*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the value and the terms of reference of the contract awarded to MCM Research by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the problems of noise and disorder arising out of the Licensing Bill; and whether there are any links between the company and the alcohol industry.

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.

*The Lord Campbell of Alloway—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the terrorist threat, they have any plans to suspend the United Kingdom’s obligations relating to asylum and the European Convention on Human Rights.

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]

Sexual Offences Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton]

At three o’clock

[The debate on the Sexual Offences Bill may continue]

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] [9th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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.

*The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to take any action to improve the cleanliness of Britain’s roads.

†[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) Bill will continue]

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

WEDNESDAY 19TH FEBRUARY

*The Lord Geddes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy regarding the abolition of Light Dues.

†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. [Balloted debate]

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

THURSDAY 20TH FEBRUARY

[At eleven o’clock]

†Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Rooker]

    †In the event of the bill being read a second time, the Lord Rooker to move, That the bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

TUESDAY 25TH FEBRUARY

†*The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they can help to achieve multi-party democracy and poverty reduction in Nepal as a means of confronting the threat from Maoism.

THURSDAY 27TH FEBRUARY

[At eleven o’clock]

†[Public business will be tabled]

At three o’clock

†*The Baroness Perry of Southwark—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that an amendment is needed to the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 to remove the exemption of the Church of England from the provisions of the Act.

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 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.

†The Baroness Gale—To call attention to the illicit trafficking of people; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Carlile of Berriew—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the way in which the courts deal with issues surrounding children who commit criminal offences and their families is satisfactory.

PART II

MOTIONS FOR BALLOTED DEBATE

[Ballot on 26th February for debate on 19th March]

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 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 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 29th 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)

7th January

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 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)

29th January

The Lord Prys-DaviesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making with regard to the recruitment of the Legal Services Ombudsman.    (HL1362)

The Lord Prys-DaviesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish revised estimates of farm income, output and productivity of agriculture during 2002.    (HL1363)

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to whom they have sent the Department for Transport’s Consultation Exercise: Proposed Amendment to the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 and Regulation 37 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986.    (HL1364)

The Baroness Perry of SouthwarkTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the Church of England is a public authority within the meaning of the Human Rights Act 1998.    (HL1365)

The Lord ActonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much bilateral and multilateral aid is given to Zimbabweans by (a) the United Kingdom; and (b) the European Union, broken down by member state.    (HL1366)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the mental and physical health problems associated with cannabis use, the Department of Health made any representations to the Home Office in connection with the policies of de-classifying cannabis to class B and of reduced enforcement activity by the police.    (HL1367)

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), under what legislative authority financial support will be given to applicants for National Health Service foundation status prior to the passing of legislation allowing the creation of National Health Service foundation trusts.    (HL1368)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 16th January (WA 60), what clinics have had funding made available to them from the Medical Research Council (MRC), or have applied for such MRC funding, to enable them to employ nurse co-ordinators to counsel couples on the donation of their embryos for research purposes.    (HL1369)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance have general practitioners, hospital doctors, accident and emergency staff and other health care professionals in the North West of England received regarding patient treatment in the event of a major biological, chemical or nuclear incident; and what mechanisms are in place to enable these health care professionals to implement any such guidance.    (HL1370)

The Earl of ShrewsburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Whitty on 23rd January (HL Deb, col. 879) regarding game licences, how licences for taking and dealing in game—

        (a)  discourage poaching;

        (b)  encourage compliance with close seasons for the conservation of quarry species; and

        (c)  protect food safety.  (HL1371)

The Earl of Shrewsbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Whitty on 23rd January (HL Deb, col. 879), what are the implications of game licences for gun laws.    (HL1372)

The Lord Mackie of BenshieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the cost of a unit of electricity produced by wind power compares with a unit produced by a nuclear power station.    (HL1373)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many non-industrial civil servants they employed in each of the ten years to 2002.    (HL1374)

The Lord Wedderburn of CharltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to provide the drafts of regulations to be proposed under Parts 2 and 3 of the Employment Act 2002.    (HL1375)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the capital value of the Lord Chancellor’s pension scheme.    (HL1376)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 27th January (WA 128), whether the entitlement to a copy of the relevant electoral register before submitting nomination papers applies to candidates for local government councillors, mayoral, London Assembly, Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly elections.    (HL1377)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many investigations have taken place on suspicion of fraud and terrorism offences into businesses owned or operated by Muslims in each of the last five years; how many have involved raids on premises; and how many arrests, prosecutions and convictions have taken place as a result.    (HL1378)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what statute-based rules now apply to the surveillance and reporting of activity in bank accounts belonging to individuals and to businesses; when the present rules were introduced; whether the surveillance and reporting of activity in bank accounts differs according to categories of people and businesses and assessed degrees of fraud and other offences; and whether the rules or practices in relation to Muslim individuals and Muslim-owned businesses, or those from predominantly Muslim countries, are in any ways different from those which apply to individuals and businesses in general.    (HL1379)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are able to estimate the amount of money that has been removed from the United Kingdom in the past year, and its effect on the United Kingdom economy, due to legitimate Muslim-owned businesses sending funds abroad due to the present climate of opinion and events in this country.    (HL1380)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to publish the results of the consultation into the creation of the Health Protection Agency.    (HL1381)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to ensure that the agencies responsible for responding to any acts of bioterrorism are not prevented from responding by work involved in the preparation for establishing the Health Protection Agency.    (HL1382)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to ensure that the performance of the agencies responsible for responding to any acts of bioterrorism will not be affected by any confusion of responsibilities arising from the creation of the Health Protection Agency.    (HL1383)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to ensure that accommodation currently used for public health work is protected when the management of public health laboratories transfers to their local National Health Service trusts.    (HL1384)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to ensure the continuance of the contribution of the Public Health Laboratory Service to health and safety after 1st April.    (HL1385)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to ensure the continuance of the current work done by the Public Health Laboratory Service on pneumococcal disease when the laboratory network is separated from the other functions in the Health Protection Agency.    (HL1386)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 28th January (WA 141) concerning Connswater River, when the study of pollution management will be completed; and what steps they propose to take in the interim.    (HL1387)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Privy Seal on 12th December 2002 (WA 48) and on 27th January (WA 138) about security vetting, how many posts in the Northern Ireland civil service are classified as sensitive posts or higher; how many of those postholders possess valid security clearances; whether any civil servants whose security clearances have expired were in post on 12th December 2002; and, if so, why.    (HL1388)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who appointed the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to act as human rights advisers to the Police Service of Northern Ireland; when this was done; and why.    (HL1389)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission was unrepresented at the graduation of the Police Service of Northern Ireland on 23rd August 2002.    (HL1390)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is developing a strategy for the United States; what is its statutory basis; and whether the Commission has consulted the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.    (HL1391)

The Lord Smith of LeighTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the revaluation of council tax will impact on the amount paid by council taxpayers in different tax bands by region.    (HL1393)

The Lord Smith of LeighTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in how many local authorities there is significant underspending on social services.    (HL1394)

The Lord Smith of LeighTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to develop the new freedoms for “excellent” and “good” local authorities.    (HL1395)

The Lord Smith of LeighTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to judge the representations about whether English regions will be in the first round of referendums for elected regional assemblies.    (HL1396)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence Final Appraisal Determination of photodynamic therapy for age-related macular degeneration; and what action they will be taking.    (HL1397)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many patients with classic with no occult subfoveal choroidal neovascularisation (CNV) will receive treatment as recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in the Final Appraisal Determination of photodynamic therapy for age-related macular degeneration.    (HL1398)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many patients with predominantly classic subfoveal choroidal neovascularisation (CNV) will receive treatment as part of the clinical studies recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in the Final Appraisal Determination of photodynamic therapy for age-related macular degeneration.    (HL1399)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many patients with predominantly classic subfoveal choroidal neovascularisation (CNV) will not receive treatment as part of the clinical studies recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in the Final Appraisal Determination of photodynamic therapy for age-related macular degeneration.    (HL1400)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will fund the clinical studies recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the Final Appraisal Determination of photodynamic therapy for age-related macular degeneration; and what assessment they have made of the cost of these studies.    (HL1401)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will continue to fund treatment for patients with predominantly classic subfoveal choroidal neovascularisation (CNV), who currently receive treatment with photodynamic therapy but who may be excluded from treatment on the basis of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence’s Final Appraisal Determination of photodynamic therapy for age-related macular degeneration.    (HL1402)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Autumn Performance Report 2002, what steps are being taken to improve the number of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in English Nature’s control that are failing the Public Service Agreement target; what steps are being taken to improve the area of Sites of Special Scientific Interest under the control of the Ministry of Defence that are failing the Public Service Agreement target; and how soon the hitherto unassessed areas of Crown land will be assessed.    (HL1403)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Autumn Performance Report 2002, which Common Agricultural Policy schemes are only partially administered by the Rural Payments Agency; and which organisation or organisations share their administration.    (HL1404)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Autumn Performance Report 2002, why the number of days of poor air quality in both urban and rural areas rose by approximately 20 per cent from 2000 to 2001.    (HL1405)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ contribution will be to the recycling and composting of household waste.    (HL1406)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Autumn Performance Report 2002, why there is no target under Objective 3; and at what level of imports of food normally produced in the United Kingdom will the food supply chain be deemed to fail the sustainability test.    (HL1407)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

29th 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 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 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)

9th January

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.    [DfES]    (HL1018)

13th January

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)

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 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 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 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)

15th January

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 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, 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 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 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 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.    [DTI]    (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.    [DTI]    (HL1141)

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 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 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)

20th January

The Baroness NoakesTo 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 they have received any preliminary applications from National Health Service trusts to become National Health Service foundation trusts.    [DoH]    (HL1180)

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, 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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.    [MoD]    (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 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 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 BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidelines apply to interventions in administrative procedures within Whitehall by Ministerial offices, special advisers and press officers .    [CO]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [LCD]    (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.    [LCD]    (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.    [DTI]    (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. [HO]    (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [LCD]    (HL1306)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the timetable for introducing the national electronic electoral register.    [ODPM]    (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.    [LCD]    (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.    [CoC]    (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.    [DWP]    (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. [MoD]    (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. [MoD]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [ODPM]    (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.    [MoD]    (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.    [DCMS]    (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.    [DfT]    (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”.    [NIO]    (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. [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (HL1326)

28th January

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they monitor the problems of families with severely disabled children.    [DoH]    (HL1329)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set up an inquiry into the extent of the problems of families with severely disabled children.    [DoH]    (HL1330)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the results of their consultation on the operation of the Employment Relations Act 1999.    [DTI]    (HL1331)

The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy in relation to flood control in the Upper Severn Basin on the Wales/Shropshire border.    [DEFRA]    (HL1332)

The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy in relation to the use of water for the generation of electricity in Wales.    [DTI]    (HL1333)

The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how long Chief Superintendent Ellie Baker, of the West Midlands Police, has been suspended from her post; and when a decision is likely to be reached on whether disciplinary or other proceedings will be taken against her.    [HO]    (HL1334)

The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many police officers above the rank of Inspector had been suspended on pay for six months or more on 1st January 2003; and what was the total amount of gross salary and other emoluments paid to those officers during their periods of suspension.    [HO]    (HL1335)

The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many police officers above the rank of Inspector were suspended on pay in each police force in England and Wales on 1st January 2003.    [HO]    (HL1336)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 27th January that “the point...of the new funding flow system that we shall be introducing into the NHS...is that there will not be financial incentives for health...authorities to cause real difficulties for the patients involved” (HL Deb, col. 967), whether they will set out in detail how the new funding flow system will provide incentives in respect of the older patients who are the subject of delayed discharge from National Health Service acute or geriatric care; and when the new system will affect such patients. [DoH]    (HL1337)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 27th January (WA 133), whether the deficits of National Health Service trusts at 31st March 2002 as listed in the answer exceeded 0.5 per cent of the turnover of the National Health Service trust; and, if so, whether they will name those National Health Service trusts and state the expected recovery period of the deficit.    [DoH]    (HL1338)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information covering periods since the last audited accounts they or strategic health authorities hold about the retained deficits of National Health Service trusts.    [DoH]    (HL1339)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 27th January (WA 134), for each of the National Health Service trusts listed in the answer, what its cumulative surplus or deficit was at 31st March 2001 and at 31st March 2002.    [DoH]    (HL1340)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that sustainable development is assessed within local authorities’ Comprehensive Performance Assessment.    [ODPM]    (HL1341)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any of the Environmental Services Performance Indicators in the Comprehensive Performance Assessment are designed to encourage the protection and enhancement of the natural environment; and, if so, which ones.    [ODPM]    (HL1342)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Comprehensive Performance Assessment gives sufficient weight to councils with excellent sustainable development practice.    [ODPM]    (HL1343)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a local authority is appraised on its delivery of quality of life (as defined by the Audit Commission) in the Comprehensive Performance Assessment; and, if not, why not. [ODPM]    (HL1344)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken by the Teacher Training Agency to increase substantially the number of male teachers in state primary and secondary schools.    [DfES]    (HL1345)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon--To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 19th December (WA 165), what powers and prerogatives of the Crown, Government and Parliament of the United Kingdom would be transferred to the European Central Bank or other institutions of the European Union in the event of the United Kingdom’s accession to the euro currency system.    [HMT]    (HL1346)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon--To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 20th January (WA 75), with respect to the outcome of the December meeting of the Fisheries Council of the European Union, what consideration was given to methods of conservation adopted in fishing areas worldwide which are comparable to the North Sea; to what extent such methods were adopted or rejected; and, if rejected, for what reasons.    [DEFRA]    (HL1347)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon--To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 13th January (WA 13-14), and with respect to European Union regulations directly applicable in the United Kingdom, by what means any person or corporate body can ascertain in respect of a particular topic (a) those regulations which are still in force; (b) those which have expired; and (c) those which replace earlier regulations.    [FCO]    (HL1348)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon--To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 13th January (WA 13-14), whether they will take steps to ascertain the number of European Community regulations which came into force in the United Kingdom on 1st January 1973; and which publications list those regulations, noting those which are still in force.    [FCO]    (HL1349)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to advertise to affected communities the creation of new induction centres for asylum seekers; and over what period.    [HO]    (HL1350)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum seekers have had their initial applications wrongly refused over each of the last three years, both in-country and at the port of entry; and what proportion they were of all those who were eventually granted asylum.    [HO]    (HL1351)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to provide smaller accommodation centres for asylum seekers in urban areas.    [HO]    (HL1352)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the advertising hoardings on the side of the Witham by-pass on the A12 have been raised in height; and whether they will arrange for a quarterly photographic record to be made of this site in order to detect any interference with the planting on land belonging to the Highways Agency.    [DfT]    (HL1353)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the amount of litter along the A14 trunk road between the M11/A11 link road and the A12 at Ipswich is acceptable; and, if not, what steps they intend to take to keep this road clean.    [DfT]    (HL1354)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 28th May 2002 (WA 138), whether they will update the table to show the amount paid out for legal aid in each month, indicating for each month how much was paid out for legal aid in asylum cases.    [LCD]    (HL1355)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what sum the Lord Chancellor intends to make available in the present financial year for legal aid for asylum cases.    [LCD]    (HL1356)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available, what is the total number of asylum cases which went to appeal and the total sum in legal aid which was paid out in respect of these cases; and in how many cases the appeal was upheld.    [LCD]    (HL1357)

The Lord Howie of TroonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many students from the top three social classes went to university in 1960 and how many in the most recent year for which records are available; and how many students from the bottom three social classes went to university in the same years.    [DfES]    (HL1358)

The Lord Howie of TroonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the statistical information on which the proposition that in a life time graduates earn £400,000 more than non-graduates over the same time is based.    [DfES]    (HL1359)

The Lord NewbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to extend the one per cent cap on fees chargeable for stakeholder pensions to unit trusts and investment bonds.    [HMT]    (HL1360)

29th January

The Lord Prys-DaviesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making with regard to the recruitment of the Legal Services Ombudsman.    (HL1362)

The Lord Prys-DaviesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish revised estimates of farm income, output and productivity of agriculture during 2002.    (HL1363)

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to whom they have sent the Department for Transport’s Consultation Exercise: Proposed Amendment to the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 and Regulation 37 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986.    (HL1364)

The Baroness Perry of SouthwarkTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the Church of England is a public authority within the meaning of the Human Rights Act 1998.    (HL1365)

The Lord ActonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much bilateral and multilateral aid is given to Zimbabweans by (a) the United Kingdom; and (b) the European Union, broken down by member state.    (HL1366)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the mental and physical health problems associated with cannabis use, the Department of Health made any representations to the Home Office in connection with the policies of de-classifying cannabis to class B and of reduced enforcement activity by the police.    (HL1367)

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), under what legislative authority financial support will be given to applicants for National Health Service foundation status prior to the passing of legislation allowing the creation of National Health Service foundation trusts.    (HL1368)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 16th January (WA 60), what clinics have had funding made available to them from the Medical Research Council (MRC), or have applied for such MRC funding, to enable them to employ nurse co-ordinators to counsel couples on the donation of their embryos for research purposes.    (HL1369)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance have general practitioners, hospital doctors, accident and emergency staff and other health care professionals in the North West of England received regarding patient treatment in the event of a major biological, chemical or nuclear incident; and what mechanisms are in place to enable these health care professionals to implement any such guidance.    (HL1370)

The Earl of ShrewsburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Whitty on 23rd January (HL Deb, col. 879) regarding game licences, how licences for taking and dealing in game—

        (a)  discourage poaching;

        (b)  encourage compliance with close seasons for the conservation of quarry species; and

        (c)  protect food safety.  (HL1371)

The Earl of Shrewsbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Whitty on 23rd January (HL Deb, col. 879), what are the implications of game licences for gun laws.    (HL1372)

The Lord Mackie of BenshieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the cost of a unit of electricity produced by wind power compares with a unit produced by a nuclear power station.    (HL1373)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many non-industrial civil servants they employed in each of the ten years to 2002.    (HL1374)

The Lord Wedderburn of CharltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to provide the drafts of regulations to be proposed under Parts 2 and 3 of the Employment Act 2002.    (HL1375)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the capital value of the Lord Chancellor’s pension scheme.    (HL1376)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 27th January (WA 128), whether the entitlement to a copy of the relevant electoral register before submitting nomination papers applies to candidates for local government councillors, mayoral, London Assembly, Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly elections.    (HL1377)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many investigations have taken place on suspicion of fraud and terrorism offences into businesses owned or operated by Muslims in each of the last five years; how many have involved raids on premises; and how many arrests, prosecutions and convictions have taken place as a result.    (HL1378)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what statute-based rules now apply to the surveillance and reporting of activity in bank accounts belonging to individuals and to businesses; when the present rules were introduced; whether the surveillance and reporting of activity in bank accounts differs according to categories of people and businesses and assessed degrees of fraud and other offences; and whether the rules or practices in relation to Muslim individuals and Muslim-owned businesses, or those from predominantly Muslim countries, are in any ways different from those which apply to individuals and businesses in general.    (HL1379)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are able to estimate the amount of money that has been removed from the United Kingdom in the past year, and its effect on the United Kingdom economy, due to legitimate Muslim-owned businesses sending funds abroad due to the present climate of opinion and events in this country.    (HL1380)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to publish the results of the consultation into the creation of the Health Protection Agency.    (HL1381)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to ensure that the agencies responsible for responding to any acts of bioterrorism are not prevented from responding by work involved in the preparation for establishing the Health Protection Agency.    (HL1382)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to ensure that the performance of the agencies responsible for responding to any acts of bioterrorism will not be affected by any confusion of responsibilities arising from the creation of the Health Protection Agency.    (HL1383)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to ensure that accommodation currently used for public health work is protected when the management of public health laboratories transfers to their local National Health Service trusts.    (HL1384)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to ensure the continuance of the contribution of the Public Health Laboratory Service to health and safety after 1st April.    (HL1385)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to ensure the continuance of the current work done by the Public Health Laboratory Service on pneumococcal disease when the laboratory network is separated from the other functions in the Health Protection Agency.    (HL1386)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 28th January (WA 141) concerning Connswater River, when the study of pollution management will be completed; and what steps they propose to take in the interim.    (HL1387)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Privy Seal on 12th December 2002 (WA 48) and on 27th January (WA 138) about security vetting, how many posts in the Northern Ireland civil service are classified as sensitive posts or higher; how many of those postholders possess valid security clearances; whether any civil servants whose security clearances have expired were in post on 12th December 2002; and, if so, why.    (HL1388)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who appointed the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to act as human rights advisers to the Police Service of Northern Ireland; when this was done; and why.    (HL1389)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission was unrepresented at the graduation of the Police Service of Northern Ireland on 23rd August 2002.    (HL1390)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is developing a strategy for the United States; what is its statutory basis; and whether the Commission has consulted the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.    (HL1391)

The Lord Smith of LeighTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the revaluation of council tax will impact on the amount paid by council taxpayers in different tax bands by region.    (HL1393)

The Lord Smith of LeighTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in how many local authorities there is significant underspending on social services.    (HL1394)

The Lord Smith of LeighTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to develop the new freedoms for “excellent” and “good” local authorities.    (HL1395)

The Lord Smith of LeighTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to judge the representations about whether English regions will be in the first round of referendums for elected regional assemblies.    (HL1396)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence Final Appraisal Determination of photodynamic therapy for age-related macular degeneration; and what action they will be taking.    (HL1397)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many patients with classic with no occult subfoveal choroidal neovascularisation (CNV) will receive treatment as recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in the Final Appraisal Determination of photodynamic therapy for age-related macular degeneration.    (HL1398)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many patients with predominantly classic subfoveal choroidal neovascularisation (CNV) will receive treatment as part of the clinical studies recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in the Final Appraisal Determination of photodynamic therapy for age-related macular degeneration.    (HL1399)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many patients with predominantly classic subfoveal choroidal neovascularisation (CNV) will not receive treatment as part of the clinical studies recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in the Final Appraisal Determination of photodynamic therapy for age-related macular degeneration.    (HL1400)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will fund the clinical studies recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the Final Appraisal Determination of photodynamic therapy for age-related macular degeneration; and what assessment they have made of the cost of these studies.    (HL1401)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will continue to fund treatment for patients with predominantly classic subfoveal choroidal neovascularisation (CNV), who currently receive treatment with photodynamic therapy but who may be excluded from treatment on the basis of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence’s Final Appraisal Determination of photodynamic therapy for age-related macular degeneration.    (HL1402)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Autumn Performance Report 2002, what steps are being taken to improve the number of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in English Nature’s control that are failing the Public Service Agreement target; what steps are being taken to improve the area of Sites of Special Scientific Interest under the control of the Ministry of Defence that are failing the Public Service Agreement target; and how soon the hitherto unassessed areas of Crown land will be assessed.    (HL1403)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Autumn Performance Report 2002, which Common Agricultural Policy schemes are only partially administered by the Rural Payments Agency; and which organisation or organisations share their administration.    (HL1404)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Autumn Performance Report 2002, why the number of days of poor air quality in both urban and rural areas rose by approximately 20 per cent from 2000 to 2001.    (HL1405)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ contribution will be to the recycling and composting of household waste.    (HL1406)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Autumn Performance Report 2002, why there is no target under Objective 3; and at what level of imports of food normally produced in the United Kingdom will the food supply chain be deemed to fail the sustainability test.    (HL1407)

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) [20th February]

    Sexual Offences [HL] [13th February]

    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] [3rd February]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Courts [HL] [4th February]

    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 Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2003

    Draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) 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 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

    Draft Budget (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

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

    Draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) 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 (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]

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Schemes under Section 129 of the Housing Act 1988) (England) Order 2003 [10th 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]

THURSDAY 30TH JANUARY

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)in Geneva
European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
Religious Offences (Select Committee)12 noon

MONDAY 3RD FEBRUARY

London Local Authorities and Transport for2.30 pm
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 4TH FEBRUARY

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 5TH FEBRUARY

European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am

TUESDAY 11TH FEBRUARY

Economic Affairs (Select Committee)4.00 pm
Works of Art Committee4.15 pm
House Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 12TH FEBRUARY

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform10.30 am
(Select Committee)
Ecclesiastical Committee2.30 pm
Commons Standing Committee on the2.30 pm
Convention on the Future of Europein a Commons Committee Room
Constitution (Select Committee)4.00 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

MONDAY 17TH FEBRUARY

Liaison Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 25TH FEBRUARY

House of Lords Reform (Joint Committee)10.00 am
 
 
 
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