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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

TUESDAY 11TH FEBRUARY

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†*The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis Sir William Stubbs was paid £95,000.

†Strategic Investment and Regeneration of Sites (Northern Ireland) Order 2003—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 14th January be approved.

    The Lord Smith of Clifton—To move, as an amendment to the above motion, at end to insert “but this House regrets the omission of representatives from both the business and community sectors on the proposed Strategic Investment Board who would ensure that the Board would be a model of social partnership and would reflect the need to involve key stakeholders as called for in the report of the PPP Working Group, Review of Opportunities for Public Private Partnerships in Northern Ireland”.

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

‡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]

In the Moses Room

Northern Ireland Orders Grand Committee

At 11.00 am

Energy (Northern Ireland) Order 2003—Consideration [The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn)]

Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 2003—Consideration [The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn)]

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 and to introduce general measures of safeguard.

†*The Baroness Thomas of Walliswood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take in response to the low numbers of women who are directors of British public limited companies.

†*The Lord Brougham and Vaux—To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what means the number of asylum applications is to be reduced by half by September.

†*The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the sources of the dossier on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction issued on 3rd February.

†Corruption—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That it is expedient that a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons be appointed to consider and report on any draft Corruption Bill presented to both Houses by a Minister of the Crown, and that the Committee should report not later than four months after any such bill has been presented to both Houses.

The Lord Harrison—To call attention to the part played by the arts in the cultural life of this country including the contribution made through free access to museums and art galleries; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Massey of Darwen—To call attention to the need for the co-ordination of health and social services to improve the life chances of children and young people; and to move for papers.

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 two o’clock

Judgments]

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 Howe of Idlicote—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements there are, and what finance will be made available, for the rollout across the country of the programme to introduce digital hearing aids for National Health Service patients.

*The Lord Archer of Sandwell—To ask the Leader of the House whether he will consider new procedures for voting in divisions in the House.

[The debate on the Sexual Offences Bill may continue]

†Budget (Northern Ireland) Order 2003—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 28th January be approved.

Energy (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.

Housing (Northern Ireland) 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.

Education and Libraries (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.

Planning (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 16th January be approved.

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).

In the Moses Room

Northern Ireland Orders Grand Committee

At 11.40 am

Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 2003—Consideration [The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn)]

Planning (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003—Consideration [The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn)]

MONDAY 17TH FEBRUARY

*The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the investigation into Individual Learning Accounts.

*The Baroness Seccombe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial impact their policy on top-up fees will have on higher education in all areas of the United Kingdom.

*The Baroness Wilcox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are concerned at the level of personal debt.

*The Lord Taverne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the law provides adequate protection against intimidation from animal rights groups.

Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) Bill—Committee [The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath] [9th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡Public Services (Disruption) Bill [HL]—Committee [The Lord Campbell of Alloway]

TUESDAY 18TH FEBRUARY

*The Viscount Astor—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will bring forward regulations under section 143 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.

*The Lord Howell of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they endorse the seven links between Iraq and international terrorism identified by Secretary of State Colin Powell at the United Nations Security Council on 5th February.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Secretary of State for Transport that the Government, Transport for London and the Mayor have agreed to work together, whether they are able to estimate how much nearer this has brought improvements in the performance and reliability of London Underground.

[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 Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the result of the Prime Minister’s recent meeting with Prime Minister Thabo Mbeki of South Africa so far as it concerned Zimbabwe.

*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what proportion unemployment has fallen in the county of South Yorkshire and in the Yorkshire region in 2002 and since 1997.

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]

Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2003—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 9th January be approved. [6th Report from the Joint Committee]

Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Investigations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: Code of Practice) Order 2003—The Lord Filkin to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 16th January be approved. [8th Report from the Joint Committee]

Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Disclosure of Information) Order 2003—The Lord Filkin to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 16th January be approved. [8th Report from the Joint Committee]

Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Exemptions from Civil Recovery) Order 2003—The Lord Filkin to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 22nd January be approved. [8th Report from the Joint Committee]

THURSDAY 20TH FEBRUARY

[At eleven o’clock]

European Parliament (Representation) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Chancellor]

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

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.

At three o’clock

*The Lord Hunt of Chesterton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, given that heating and cooling buildings consume approximately half of all the energy used in the United Kingdom, what targets they have for making changes in building regulations to ensure that future designs will use less energy and become more sustainable.

*The Lord Higgins—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the level of savings and provision of pensions.

*The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it remains their intention to introduce legislation on corporate killing.

MONDAY 24TH FEBRUARY

*The Lord Steel of Aikwood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will resume their budgetary aid programmes to Malawi and Kenya in light of political developments in both countries.

†*The Baroness Harris of Richmond—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the pass-out parades of probationer police constables held at police training centres should continue.

*The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost to date of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.

*The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider their position with regard to nurse membership of Strategic Health Authorities.

Licensing Bill [HL]—Report [The Baroness Blackstone]

‡National Assembly for Wales (Representation of the People) Order 2003—The Lord Evans of Temple Guiting to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 30th January be approved. [9th Report from the Joint Committee]

‡Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Codes B to E) Order 2003—The Lord Filkin to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 30th January be approved.

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.

*The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in what ways they are assisting the non-violent majority among Israelis and Palestinians to express their views and to co-operate towards the settlement of outstanding issues.

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department of Health has taken a view on the report by the Office of Fair Trading into The control of entry regulations and retail pharmacy services in the UK.

*The Baroness Finlay of Llandaff—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when permission will be given by the Retained Organs Commission for the respectful disposal of unclaimed residual human material retained at post-mortem examination.

Crime (International Co-operation) Bill [HL]—Report [The Lord Filkin]

WEDNESDAY 26TH FEBRUARY

*The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new help is under consideration for people with haemophilia who were infected with hepatitis C by contaminated National Health Service blood products and the dependants of those who have since died of their infection.

*The Lord Mackie of Benshie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will invite the Competition Commission to review the practice of supermarket chains taking 100 days credit before paying farmers for their produce.

*The Baroness Knight of Collingtree—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the way the Home Office deals with correspondence.

Patients’ Protection Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Baroness Knight of Collingtree]

    In the event of the bill being read a second time, the Baroness Knight of Collingtree to move, That the bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

In the Moses Room

At 3.30 pm

Health (Wales) Bill—Grand Committee [The Lord Evans of Temple Guiting]

THURSDAY 27TH FEBRUARY

[At eleven o’clock]

[It is expected that the Report stage of the Licensing Bill will continue]

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.

*The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce the spread of bovine tuberculosis.

*The Earl Peel—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Hunting Bill will compromise the sport of shooting.

[It is expected that the Report stage of the Licensing Bill will continue]

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]

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

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

Voting Age (Reduction to 16) Bill [HL]—Committee [The Lord Lucas]

MONDAY 3RD MARCH

†*The Lord Burnham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether ships chartered by the Ministry of Defence to transport British military forces to the Gulf will be re-flagged to the Red Ensign; and whether they will be required to operate with, as a minimum, a British master.

†*The Lord Sheldon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take following the speech on 3rd February by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on a modern agenda for prosperity and social reform.

†*The Lord Bradshaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they intend to implement the European Working Time Directive on the railways before they implement it on the roads.

TUESDAY 4TH MARCH

†*The Lord Hoyle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what role Gibraltar is playing in the build-up of military forces in the Gulf.

†*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the shortage in the United Kingdom of junior doctors, consultants and other trained medical staff, whether they will delay the implementation of the European Working Time Directive for United Kingdom doctors in training.

WEDNESDAY 5TH MARCH

†*The Baroness Park of Monmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to help British pensioners in Zimbabwe whose pensions are paid through the banks at the official exchange rate.

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.

†The Baroness Park of Monmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in place for the reception of the United Kingdom passport holders from Zimbabwe who wish to stay in this country but have to prove they qualify for habitual residence.

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]

The Lord Scott of Foscote—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The Future Status of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (6th Report, HL Paper 48). [4th February]

The Baroness Harris of Richmond—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Europol’s Role in Fighting Crime (5th Report, HL Paper 43). [6th February]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled or amended, on 10th February, or unanswered after 21 days]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

13th January

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)

14th January

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)

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)

16th January

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)

20th January

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 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)

10th February

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to prevent nursing home owners from failing to pass on nursing care payments to residents.    (HL1547)

The Lord Hogg of CumbernauldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will announce the television licence fees that will come into force this year.    (HL1588)

The Lord Hughes of WoodsideTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have about the role of public libraries.    (HL1589)

The Earl PeelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what qualifications the registrar will seek from those wishing to obtain a licence to use terriers to locate and bolt foxes and mink from underground for pest control purposes.    (HL1590)

The Earl PeelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what can replace the use of terriers to locate and bolt foxes and mink from underground, should any person be unsuccessful in obtaining a licence from the registrar.    (HL1591)

The Earl PeelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, if the Hunting Bill were to receive Royal Assent, what advice they would to give to gamekeepers using dogs to flush a wild mammal from cover who find themselves in a situation whereby they cannot take a safe shot to despatch the wild mammal.    (HL1592)

The Earl PeelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why a registered gamekeeper using dogs to control mammals may expect an inspector from a prescribed animal welfare body to accompany him or her whilst carrying out these pest control measures.    (HL1593)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Government of Dubai concerning the arbitrary detention of a British citizen, covered in the Opinions of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of 23rd December 1997 and 16th August 2002, and on the continued imprisonment of this person one year beyond the end of his sentence, calculated in accordance with the law of Dubai; and what response they have received from the authorities of Dubai.    (HL1594)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions during the past two years the Lord Chancellor has sat in a judicial capacity.    (HL1595)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their justification for the link between the Lord Chancellor’s salary and pension benefits and the salary and pension benefits of the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales depends upon the fact that the Lord Chancellor is the most senior judge and is entitled to sit in a judicial capacity; and, if not, what is the justification for maintaining the link in current circumstances.    (HL1596)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the work being undertaken by them in Northern Ireland in preparing a single Equality Bill is to be matched by similar work in Great Britain.    (HL1597)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what circumstances and upon how many occasions during the past five years Ministers of the Crown and their Departments have relied upon the Ram doctrine as the legal basis for the exercise of their public powers.    (HL1598)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the circumstances that gave rise to the Ram doctrine.    (HL1599)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Highways Authority or any other public authority is under a duty to ensure that public highways are able to be used safely and efficiently by road traffic during adverse weather conditions, whether by gritting the surface or otherwise.    (HL1600)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government for how long holders of each of the following offices have to serve to receive their maximum pension entitlement—

        (a)  Lord Chief Justice;

        (b)  High Court Judge;

        (c)  Cabinet Secretary;

        (d)  Speaker of the House of Commons;

        (e)  Prime Minister; and

        (f)  Chancellor of the Exchequer.  (HL1601)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which individuals whose pensions are paid from public funds become entitled to their maximum pension entitlement as soon as they are appointed.    (HL1602)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government for how long Lord Chancellors have been entitled to their full pension as soon as they are appointed.    (HL1603)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Senior Salaries Review Body, in conducting its review of the proposed 12.6 per cent increase in the Lord Chancellor’s salary, will take into account the difference between the pension entitlements of the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Chief Justice and the Cabinet Secretary.    (HL1604)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Lord Chancellor is entitled to a full pension as soon as he is appointed, in contrast to the Lord Chief Justice and the Cabinet Secretary, to whose salaries his salary is linked.    (HL1605)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 28th January 2003 (WA 142), whether they will update the answer on the basis of the Lord Chancellor receiving a salary of either (a) £184,096 or (b) £202,736.    (HL1606)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current budget for the Access to Work Programme; and by how much it has increased since 1997.    (HL1607)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to increase the Access to Work budget.    (HL1608)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their estimates of the percentages of (a) large employers; (b) small employers; and (c) all employers who are aware of the Access to Work Programme.    (HL1609)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to promote awareness of the Access to Work Programme.    (HL1610)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have set any awareness targets for employers in relation to the Access to Work Programme.    (HL1611)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any research showing whether employers are reluctant to retrain workers who become disabled or to take on new workers who are disabled because they believe there will be additional costs for their company.    (HL1612)

The Lord JordanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what amounts of export credits were given to British companies trading with Burma/Myanmar during the years 1998 to 2002; and whether there is any Government policy that will restrict the granting of export credits for trade with Burma/Myanmar on the grounds of human rights in that country.    (HL1613)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House any letters that they have sent to Northern Ireland Members of Parliament concerning 50/50 recruitment to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.    (HL1614)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 6th February (WA 43), by how much did the money paid to the Ulster Scots Agency from 1st January to 31st March 2002 reduce the underspend which was transferred from 2001 to 2002.    (HL1615)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Belfast Agreement of 1998 affects all those who live in Northern Ireland and in the Irish Republic; and, in particular, whether the Unionist, Protestant, Ulster Scots and British communities in the Irish Republic are included to parity of esteem status under the Agreement.    (HL1616)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Amos on 4th November 2002 (WA 75), 6th November 2002 (WA 103) and 25th November 2002 (WA 17) about human rights in Pakistan and the situation of Asif Ali Zardari, why they have not raised this case with the Parkistani Government in view of the court case registered by the Sindh High Court in early 2002 against certain police officers with respect to Mr Zardari’s ill treatment.    (HL1617)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Amos on 4th November 2002 (WA 75), 6th November 2002 (WA 103) and 25th November 2002 (WA 17) about human rights in Pakistan and the situation of Asif Ali Zardari, why they have not raised this case with the Parkistani Government in light of the length of the proceedings against Mr Zardari and the failure of the Pakistani authorities to comply with the Supreme Court Order for a timetable for the completion of all proceedings against Mr Zardari.    (HL1618)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

10th FEBRUARY 2003

[Tabled on the dates shown]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

13th January

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)

14th January

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)

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)

16th January

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)

20th January

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 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 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)

22nd January

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

The Lord 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 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 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 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)

23rd January

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 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 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 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)

27th January

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 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 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 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)

28th January

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 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 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 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.    [LCD]    (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.    [DfID]    (HL1366)

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

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.    [LCD]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [DTI]    (HL1379)

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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (HL1385)

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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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. [NIO]    (HL1391)

The Lord Smith of LeighTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to develop the new freedoms for “excellent” and “good” local authorities.    [ODPM]    (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.    [ODPM]    (HL1396)

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.    [DEFRA]    (HL1406)

30th January

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions in the last three months Iraq anti-aircraft facilities have “locked on” or otherwise presented serious threat to Royal Air Force aircraft engaged in legitimate duty within the No Fly Zone over both the north and south of Iraq. [MoD]    (HL1411)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken in connection with reports in the media suggesting that the standard rifle and the Challenger tanks are of unsatisfactory quality.    [MoD]    (HL1412)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action has been taken or is planned to address the areas of National Health Service provision for the management of overweight and obese patients that were identified as “patchy” in the recent National Audit Office report Tackling Obesity in England.    [DoH]    (HL1414)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Whitty on 23rd January (HL Deb, col. 880), what are the technological and operational impediments to the tagging of deer carcasses. [DEFRA]    (HL1416)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which United Kingdom companies were prosecuted in 2002 for serious environmental offences which resulted in a fine of over £1,000; what were the nature of the offences; and how much they were fined.    [DEFRA]    (HL1420)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of service level agreements that will be required after 1st April to ensure the continuance of the work done by the Public Health Laboratory Service on pneumococcal disease.    [DoH]    (HL1422)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to maintain the benefits of bulk procurement in the Public Health Laboratory Service once the network of laboratories are fragmented.    [DoH]    (HL1424)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to maintain services for food, water and environmental microbiology services when the network of Public Health Laboratories are transferred to the management of their local trusts.    [DoH]    (HL1425)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to ensure that the requirements of the Food Standards Agency for joint working between the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, the Central Public Health Laboratory and the network of Area and Regional Laboratories will continue after the formation of the Health Protection Agency on 1st April.    [DoH]    (HL1426)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of job losses recently announced in Furness, whether they will review the level of regional assistance from the United Kingdom Exchequer available in the area.    [DTI]    (HL1429)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the number of prisoners serving life sentences has increased in each of the last five years; what is the percentage increase over the whole period; and to what causes they attribute any increase.    [HO]    (HL1430)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many life-sentence prisoners have been imprisoned for longer than their judicial tariff; and what is the total of extra years served.    [HO]    (HL1431)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of low re-offending by lifers released on parole, they consider that the Life Sentence Management Unit and the Parole Board are working effectively to move prisoners towards parole and re-entry into society.    [HO]    (HL1432)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Minister of the Crown is directly and personally answerable to Parliament for the appointment of Queen’s Counsel in Scotland.    [LCD]    (HL1433)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 27th January (WA 127), whether the recommendations made by the Lord Chancellor to Her Majesty The Queen about which advocates in Northern Ireland she should appoint as Queen’s Counsel are in practice, if not in form, in accordance with the recommendations made by the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland; and, if not, on how many occasions during the past five years there have been differences between the recommendations made by the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland and the Lord Chancellor respectively.    [LCD]    (HL1434)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the event that Parliament decides in accordance with the Prime Minister’s and the Lord Chancellor’s opinion that the House of Lords should be wholly appointed, what will be the future position as regards—

        (a)  the total size of the House;

        (b)  the status of elected hereditary Peers;

        (c)  the proportions of Peers appointed to represent the interests of political parties and Cross-Bench Peers respectively;

        (d)  the method of appointment of political Peers and Cross-Bench Peers respectively; and

        (e)  the length of tenure of politically appointed Peers.    [LCD]  (HL1435)

The Lord Vivian—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the position for reservists who live alone and, on being called up by the Ministry of Defence, are forced to leave their property unoccupied for an extended period, thereby breaking the terms of their household insurance agreement.    [MoD]    (HL1444)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to limit the destructive effect on morale caused by the cancellation of “post operational tour leave” due to Operation Fresco.    [MoD]    (HL1445)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the request of United Nations weapons inspectors for more time and intelligence to complete their task will be granted; and, if so, for how long.    [MoD]    (HL1446)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, given that the leaked Iraqi intelligence reports suggest possible underwater attacks on allied vessels, whether any further anti-submarine frigates or minesweepers are to be deployed to the region.    [MoD]    (HL1447)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the meeting between the Ministry of Defence and the underwriters of Safeguard on 30th January. [MoD]    (HL1448)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many reservists, of the 2,000 called up so far, have appealed against call-up; and what action the Ministry of Defence will take if employers sue the Ministry over the length of time their employee is away.    [MoD]    (HL1449)

The Lord Campbell SavoursTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the report of the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate and H M Inspectorate of Constabulary on their thematic review of the prosecution and investigation of rape cases, their examination of the incidence of dropped cases after charge and the overturning of convictions following withdrawal of allegations by alleged victims.    [HO]    (HL1450)

The Lord Campbell SavoursTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in legislation on the crime of rape due consideration has been given to rape allegations made by alleged victims where—

        (a)  the courts have dismissed charges;

        (b)  the alleged victim has subsequently withdrawn the accusations following a period of imprisonment of the accused; and

        (c)  the police have charged the accuser of wasting police time.    [HO]   (HL1451)

The Lord Campbell Savours—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Mr Jonathon Davies, a criminal barrister and Crown Court recorder, was consulted during the course of the joint Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate and H M Inspectorate of Constabulary review of rape issues.    [HO]    (HL1452)

The Lord Campbell SavoursTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made of the amount of police time that is wasted arising out of false allegations of rape. [HO]    (HL1453)

3rd February

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is currently giving to British nationals intending to visit Zimbabwe; and whether the same advice is given to those going to Zimbabwe to participate in international sport.    [FCO]    (HL1459)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many immigrants and asylum seekers from Iraq have been allowed into the United Kingdom in each of the last five years.    [HO]    (HL1460)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are currently being taken to check the bona fides of immigrants and asylum seekers from Iraq.    [HO]    (HL1461)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether steps are currently being taken to check that immigrants and asylum seekers are not members of international terrorist organisations such as the Al Qaeda network.    [HO]    (HL1462)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether pre-sentence reports on offenders are being delayed; and whether sentences are being passed without reports or deferred.    [HO]    (HL1463)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to improve the morale, staffing and funding of the Probation Service; and whether this would be cost-effective in relation to criminal justice as a whole.    [HO]    (HL1464)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to increase funding for drug and alcohol treatment centres, whether statutory or voluntary, in the coming financial year; and what provision is being made for increasing staff numbers in such centres.    [DoH]    (HL1465)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether sensitive and caring chaplaincy arrangements for members of all faiths are important in preventing violence, self-harm and suicide in all immigration, detention and removal centres; and what plans they have in this regard.    [HO]    (HL1466)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any immigration, detention or removal centres have no chaplaincy arrangements at present; and, if so, which ones.    [HO]    (HL1467)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  why, more than a year after the end of major fighting, the nine British citizens held at Guantanamo (Cuba) and Bagram (Afghanistan) have not been either charged or released;

        (b)  whether their future depends solely on the United States government;

        (c)  if so, why; and

        (d)  whether it was correctly reported in some editions of The Times of 3rd February that British officials warned the men that there is little that Her Majesty’s Government can do to secure their release, despite their having answered intelligence questions.    [FCO]  (HL1468)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the causes of the breakdown in road, rail and air transport on 30th January following snowfalls.    [DfT]    (HL1469)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their reasons for maintaining visa control in relation to Bulgaria and Romania.    [FCO]    (HL1471)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which member states of the European Union (other than the United Kingdom) maintain visa control in relation to Bulgaria and Romania.    [FCO]    (HL1472)

The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to help ensure that the accounts of the Commission of the European Union are kept in such a way that they can be successfully audited.    [HMT]    (HL1473)

The Baroness Howe of IdlicoteTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made to date in implementing the recommendations addressed to them by the Department of Trade and Industry Foresight Panel on the Ageing Population, which reported in December 2000.    [DTI]    (HL1474)

The Baroness CumberlegeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when their conclusions concerning the review of specialised services commissioning by Primary Care Trusts will be published.    [DoH]    (HL1475)

The Baroness CumberlegeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to ensure continuity of specialised services commissioning by Primary Care Trusts from April 2003.    [DoH]    (HL1476)

The Baroness CumberlegeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government about the preparedness of Primary Care Trusts to assume responsibility for commissioning specialised services from April 2003.    [DoH]    (HL1477)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the amount of the increase in premiums charged for insurance cover for each of the establishments where asylum seekers are detained since 14th February 2002.    [HO]    (HL1479)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the Prison Service to increase visiting hours at Haslar and Lindholme to match those of privately run removal centres.    [HO]    (HL1480)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Blackstone on 9th January (WA 227), whether they agree with the statement made by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, contained on pages 2, 4, 5, 8, 9 and 10 in their publication ’Rules of Amateur Status’, that “In Great Britain and Ireland, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is the Governing Body”.    [DCMS]    (HL1481)

4th February

The Lord ChristopherTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the process by which decisions are reached within the Crown Prosecution Service in cases of complexity or seriousness.    [LSLO]    (HL1483)

The Lord Campbell-SavoursTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what further consideration they have given to the comments of the Lord Ackner on 19th November 2002 (HL Deb, col. 298) on the question of jury treatment of date rape cases in rape trials.    [HO]    (HL1485)

The Lord Campbell-SavoursTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have reviewed the work of Eugene J Kanin of Purdue University on the incidence of false declaration of rape in a metropolitan community of 70,000 inhabitants in the United States.    [HO]     (HL1486)

The Lord Campbell-SavoursTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the work of Carol Sarler on the issue of raising rape conviction rates by introducing a new charge of date rape.    [HO]    (HL1488)

The Lord Campbell-SavoursTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board has paid compensation in rape cases in each of the past three years.    [HO]    (HL1489)

The Lord Campbell-SavoursTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times recipients of compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board have been prosecuted for false claims following the making of rape allegations which subsequently turn out to be false.    [HO]    (HL1490)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the definitions of punctuality and reliability used by Virgin Trains are satisfactory, which were used in publicity exhibited by the company saying that trains were 94.4 per cent punctual and 97.7 per cent reliable in the four weeks commencing 8th December 2002.    [DfT]    (HL1491)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 16th January (WA 51-52), whether any form of physical restraint measures such as horizontal barriers just in advance of bridges have been considered as a means of preventing delays and potential damage to trains from bridge strikes. [DfT]    (HL1492)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the enrolment in each primary school in the local authority areas of Armagh City and District; and what were the equivalent enrolments at each primary school five years ago.    [NIO]    (HL1493)

The Baroness BarkerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will make publicly available the rates of hospital readmission within (a) 14 days and (b) 28 days of discharge in each Primary Care Trust area.    [DoH]    (HL1494)

The Baroness BarkerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which parts of the Hospital Discharge Workbook will form the only replacement for existing statutory guidance.    [DoH]    (HL1495)

The Baroness GreengrossTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Protection of Vulnerable Adults list was introduced.    [DoH]    (HL1496)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the future development of air transport in the United Kingdom.    [DfT]    (HL1497)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much land has been compulsorily purchased for airport development since 1st June 1995.    [DfT]    (HL1498)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people are directly employed in the aviation industry in the United Kingdom, using the latest figures available.    [DfT]    (HL1499)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what checks and investigations are made to prevent the entry of illegal drugs into the port of Liverpool.    [HMT]    (HL1500)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many employees of the British Tourist Authority and the English Tourism Council have been, or will be, made redundant because of the merger of the two bodies. [DCMS]    (HL1501)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the block grant from them and from the government of the Republic of Ireland to the Cross Border Implementation Bodies during 2002; how much was under-spent by each Body; and to which exchequer and in what proportion the under-spend is allocated.    [NIO]    (HL1502)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 3rd February (WA 3) concerning valuation of property in North Down, what were the two valuations referred to in the answer; and what was the final price settled at.    [NIO]    (HL1503)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what types of childcare workers require vetting through the Criminal Records Bureau; and why it is not considered necessary that professional nannies should be vetted by the Bureau.    [HO]    (HL1504)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is a single definition of small and medium-sized enterprises used by all government departments; and, if not, what definitions are used by each department.    [DTI]    (HL1505)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Mr McNulty, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, on 30th January (HC Deb, 789W), why the only region that shows an improvement in the re-let times for local authority dwellings between 1993-94 and 2001-02 is London; why there has been a 22 per cent average increase in re-letting times across all local authorities in England (including London); and why there has been an average increase in re-letting times across all rural authorities of 63 per cent.    [ODPM]    (HL1506)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Mr McNulty, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, on 30th January (HC Deb, 791W), why improvements in re-let times for registered social landlord dwellings between 1996-97 and 2001-02 have been achieved only by the South East region; why there has been an average increase in re-let times across all local authorities in England of 24 per cent; and why there has been an average increase in re-let times across all rural authorities of 38 per cent.    [ODPM]    (HL1507)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 13th January (HC Deb, 375W-376W), why the total of modulation receipts in England given in the columns in the table at the top of the page do not correspond to the totals given further down the page. [DEFRA]    (HL1508)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the proposals for changes to the system of farming subsidies announced on 22nd January, how many farms which have an income above the threshold for a cut in subsidy of 12.5 per cent to 19 per cent do not have a profit level sufficient to absorb the subsidy cut without making a loss.    [DEFRA]    (HL1509)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many jobs have been created in 2002 and since 1997 in the county of South Yorkshire and in the Yorkshire region. [DTI]    (HL1510)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the area of brownfield land which has been developed in the county of South Yorkshire and in the Yorkshire region in 2002 and since 1997.    [ODPM]    (HL1511)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many new businesses have been created in the county of South Yorkshire and in the Yorkshire region in 2002 and since 1997.    [DTI]    (HL1512)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to agree to Chapter 10 (Taxation) of the Special Arrangements obtained by Malta for her accession to the European Union; and, if so, whether that would lead to the United Kingdom imposing VAT on food and medicines by 1st January 2010.    [HMT]    (HL1513)

5th February

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the tonnage of coal equivalent in the annual import of electricity from France in each of the last five years. [DTI]    (HL1516)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the annual tonnages of coal imported in the last five years, giving names of the exporting countries and the annual tonnages.    [DTI]    (HL1517)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what dates did the Chief Constable announce the disbandment of the Police Service of Northern Ireland Band; what is the reason for this decision; what is the projected financial saving as a result of this decision; and how many police officers this decision will release for other policing duties.    [NIO]    (HL1518)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what contribution the Police Service of Northern Ireland Band made to community relations in Northern Ireland; where the Band was performing on 16th December 2002; what proposals there are for the disposal of the Band instruments; and how the decision to disband has been received in Northern Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL1519)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the pupils at the Saints and Scholars Primary School at Armagh City are designated as (a) Protestant; (b) Roman Catholic; and (c) other.    [NIO]    (HL1520)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the pupils at Dungannon Integrated College are designated as (a) Protestant; (b) Roman Catholic; and (c) other.    [NIO]    (HL1521)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pupils and boarders there are enrolled in the Royal School, Dungannon; and what were the equivalent numbers five years ago.    [NIO]    (HL1522)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pupils are enrolled at each primary school in the local authority area of Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council; and what were the equivalent numbers five years ago.    [NIO]    (HL1523)

The Baroness GaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they intend to introduce to encourage pregnant women to stop smoking.    [DoH]    (HL1524)

The Baroness GaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they consider appropriate to ensure protection against passive smoking in public places.    [DoH]    (HL1525)

The Baroness GaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received from the tobacco industry on measures to protect non-smokers.    [DoH]    (HL1526)

The Lord Shutt of GreetlandTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Privy Seal on 17th December 2002 (WA 100) and 13th January (WA 5) concerning Northern Ireland railway heritage, whether they see an opportunity for a new cross-border body to assist in the preservation of these artefacts and railway restoration in co-operation with the relevant local authorities and the volunteer enthusiasts of the Foyle Valley Railway Society (Northern Ireland), the County Donegal Railway Restoration Society and Cumann Traenach na Gaeltach Lair.    [NIO]    (HL1527)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will discuss with the Foreign Minister of Iran, when he visits London, human rights abuses, punishments, the treatment of religious and ethnic minorities and restrictions on free expressions of opinion in that country. [FCO]    (HL1528)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will decide the funding allocation for the Health Protection Agency to be set up on 1st April.    [DoH]    (HL1529)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what transitional funding will be allocated to the Health Protection Agency in 2003-04 to cover inevitable redundancies. [DoH]    (HL1530)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why, in a period of heightened tension, it is possible for protesters, or anyone else, to gain unauthorised access to Marchwood military port.    [MoD]    (HL1531)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what gun sight system was fitted to the Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (Tracked) interfered with by protestors at Marchwood military port; and whether it is a classified system.    [MoD]    (HL1532)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what electronic friend or foe identification system was fitted to the Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (Tracked) interfered with by protestors at Marchwood military port; and whether it is a classified system.    [MoD]     (HL1533)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Bach on 21st January (WA 87) and by the Lord Rooker on 23rd January (WA 116), what sum has been committed by the Ministry of Defence in their budget for the current financial year and the financial year 2003-04 to fund programmes which will assist with the re-housing of ex-service personnel; what programmes are currently supported by the Ministry of Defence; and what is the objective of these programmes.    [MoD]    (HL1534)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cattle herds are currently infected with tuberculosis and under restriction notice.    [DEFRA]    (HL1535)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Krebs tuberculosis trial projects are currently in hand; and how many tuberculosis tests are overdue on farms.    [DEFRA]    (HL1536)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what extra resources have been made available in both human and financial terms to catch up with the Krebs tuberculosis trials since the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in 2001.    [DEFRA]    (HL1537)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 4th February (WA 79), which of the following activities they consider the Provisional IRA is still involved in: recruitment, re-arming, training, targeting and punishment beatings.    [NIO]    (HL1538)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans Northern Ireland Railways have to improve the service on the Lisburn to Antrim railway line and to market such improvements.    [NIO]    (HL1539)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 4th February (WA 29), why response times for the Northern Ireland Ambulance service are different from those in the rest of the United Kingdom; and for how long this position has lasted.    [NIO]    (HL1540)

The Lord Campbell-SavoursTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in developing NHS Professionals as a bank for health professionals. [DoH]    (HL1541)

The Lord Campbell-SavoursTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all National Health Service trusts are working successfully with NHS Professionals.    [DoH]    (HL1542)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the findings of the Committee on Safety of Medicines have encouraged doctors to prescribe the medical drug Ebixa for patients with Alzheimer’s disease.    [DoH]    (HL1543)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to assess the medical drug Ebixa for use by patients with Alzheimer’s disease.    [DoH]    (HL1544)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussion they have had, or intend to have, with the Alzheimer Society about the use of Ebixa for patients with Alzheimer’s disease.    [DoH]    (HL1545)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that payments of nursing care money to patients with dementia are made directly to them and their carers rather than to the nursing home.    [DoH]    (HL1546)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to prevent nursing home owners from failing to pass on nursing care payments to residents. [DoH]    (HL1547)

[As amended on 10th February]

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what results have emerged from the National Care Standards Commissions regulations that nursing care homes are obliged to provide a breakdown of fees.    [DoH]    (HL1548)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will study any bloodshed, boycott or blackmail in past Olympic Games in assessing the desirability of bringing the event to London.    [DCMS]    (HL1549)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the comparative costs of regular trimming of hedges alongside the southern stretches of the M1 motorway by machine compared to the current practice of leaving hedges to grow for a long period of years followed by the traditional craft of cutting and laying by hand.    [DfT]    (HL1550)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the votes in both Houses on Tuesday 4th February, they will now propose the ending of the Joint Committee on the Reform of the House of Lords.    [LCD]    (HL1551)

6th February

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which provisions in any Treaty of the European Community or in directives or regulations arising therefrom which require public services provided directly by national or local government, or delivered by other bodies which are wholly owned by them, to be open to competition from private firms; and whether there are any judicial decisions enforcing, or exempting them from, any such requirement.    [CO]    (HL1553)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following recent deaths and homelessness in Darfur Province of the Sudan, allegedly caused by attacks of the Baggara tribes against the Fur and Massalit tribes, and in view of comments by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Sudan, the Sudan Organization against Torture and Amnesty International, they will seek to establish improved monitoring of the situation and the inclusion of Darfur in peace negotiations.    [FCO]    (HL1554)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many affordable homes they intend to provide for Gypsies, as part of the £7.4 billion investment in affordable housing and improved housing conditions referred to in the White Paper Sustainable Communities: Building for the Future; where these homes will be; and whether they consider that the investment in accommodation for Gypsies as part of this package will be sufficient to eliminate the necessity for Gypsies to camp on roadsides by the end of the year 2005-06. [ODPM]    (HL1556)

The Baroness Finlay of LlandaffTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what benefits are gained by the archiving by universities of 25 per cent of written material as laid out in the Quality Assurance Agency regulations; how much this is costing universities in storage; and how often this material has been re-accessed to ensure standardised marking over time.    [DfES]    (HL1557)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the dropping of all charges by the Crown Prosecution Service in the case of Mr Colin Skellett, whether they will list all the background briefings that were given by the police and Crown Prosecution Service to the press at the time of Mr Skellett’s arrest; and whether they will name those who authorised them.    [LCD]    (HL1558)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the case of Mr Colin Skellett, whether they will set up an independent Inquiry, under the chairmanship of a judicial figure, to examine the use of briefings by the police and Crown Prosecution Service given to the press at the time of arrest and to ascertain whether this procedure is prejudicial to the cause of justice, fair trials and the reputation of those against whom all charges are eventually dropped. [LCD]    (HL1559)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the prohibition against torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment to be protected by the Bill of Rights 1688-89 and the common law.    [LCD]    (HL1560)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to seek amendments to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the European Convention on Human Rights, or the European Convention for the Elimination of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment so as to limit or abridge the prohibition against torture or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.    [FCO]    (HL1561)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to denounce the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights or the European Convention on Human Rights or the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment.    [FCO]    (HL1562)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to seek amendments to Article 3 of the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment.    [FCO]    (HL1563)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, upon ratification on behalf of the United Kingdom on 8th December 1988 of the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, any reservation was made to Article 3 of the Convention.    [FCO]    (HL1564)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what change has been made to the form of the Writ of Summons issued to Lords Spiritual and Lords Temporal by the Crown Office (Forms and Proclamation Rules) (Amendment) Order 2002.    [LCD]    (HL1565)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps Northern Ireland Railways are proposing to take to improve the punctuality of the Enterprise train service between Belfast and Dublin.    [NIO]    (HL1566)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the terms of the Belfast Agreement of 1998 require that any support for the Irish language (as provided for in the Communications Bill now before Parliament) must be matched by equal support for the Ulster Scots language.    [NIO]    (HL1567)

The Lord GoodhartTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  what orders or regulations have been made under each of the powers referred to in paragraph 2 of Appendix 2 to the   Special Report of the Select Committee on Delegate Powers and Regulatory Reform (2002-03, 3rd Report, HL Paper 21); and

        (b)  which of those orders or regulations amended or repealed primary legislation.    [CO]  (HL1568)

The Lord Goodhart—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to ensure that the publication of Acts of Parliament in the Government website is of practical value to users by—

        (a)  incorporating in Acts as published on the website any amendments made by subsequent legislation; and

        (b)  indicating which provisions of an Act are currently in force.    [CO]  (HL1569)

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Filkin on 5th February (WA 36) that 77 per cent of the 80,315 applicants for asylum in 2000 and 68 per cent of the 71,365 applicants for asylum in 2001 were refused asylum and exceptional leave to remain, how many of those applicants had been removed from the United Kingdom by 31st January.    [HO]    (HL1570)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Amos on 24th October (WA 107), whether their statement that they “do not provide assistance to stabilise population growth” is consistent with their funding by unrestricted grants of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), whose mission statement states its “goals will contribute...to the universally accepted aim of stabilizing world population”.    [FCO]    (HL1571)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what treatments for children or adults with disabling conditions have been developed by use of human in vitro embryos since in vitro fertilisation became established in the early 1980s.    [DoH]    (HL1572)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the 600 alleged seizures of illegal meat by sniffer dogs in the last six months, how many persons have been prosecuted.    [HMT]    (HL1574)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why there have been so few prosecutions of people caught bringing illegal meats into the United Kingdom in the last year.    [HMT]    (HL1575)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to prosecute people caught bringing illegal meats into the United Kingdom.    [HMT]    (HL1576)

The Earl PeelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will define the test of competence for a person carrying out the shooting of a wild mammal under the current plans brought forward in the Hunting Bill.    [DEFRA]    (HL1577)

The Earl PeelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with the National Gamekeepers Organisation or the Campaign for Shooting about the concerns expressed by both organisations that the present Hunting Bill will limit the way in which gamekeepers can use dogs to conserve game and wild birds, despite Government pledges not to interfere with shooting.    [DEFRA]    (HL1578)

The Earl PeelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they intend to give to the 6,000 gamekeepers who use terriers to locate and bolt foxes and mink from underground for pest control purposes; and whether this practice will be illegal without registration.    [DEFRA]    (HL1579)

10th February

The Lord Hogg of CumbernauldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will announce the television licence fees that will come into force this year.    (HL1588)

The Lord Hughes of WoodsideTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have about the role of public libraries.    (HL1589)

The Earl PeelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what qualifications the registrar will seek from those wishing to obtain a licence to use terriers to locate and bolt foxes and mink from underground for pest control purposes.    (HL1590)

The Earl PeelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what can replace the use of terriers to locate and bolt foxes and mink from underground, should any person be unsuccessful in obtaining a licence from the registrar.    (HL1591)

The Earl PeelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, if the Hunting Bill were to receive Royal Assent, what advice they would to give to gamekeepers using dogs to flush a wild mammal from cover who find themselves in a situation whereby they cannot take a safe shot to despatch the wild mammal.    (HL1592)

The Earl PeelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why a registered gamekeeper using dogs to control mammals may expect an inspector from a prescribed animal welfare body to accompany him or her whilst carrying out these pest control measures.    (HL1593)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Government of Dubai concerning the arbitrary detention of a British citizen, covered in the Opinions of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of 23rd December 1997 and 16th August 2002, and on the continued imprisonment of this person one year beyond the end of his sentence, calculated in accordance with the law of Dubai; and what response they have received from the authorities of Dubai.    (HL1594)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions during the past two years the Lord Chancellor has sat in a judicial capacity.    (HL1595)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their justification for the link between the Lord Chancellor’s salary and pension benefits and the salary and pension benefits of the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales depends upon the fact that the Lord Chancellor is the most senior judge and is entitled to sit in a judicial capacity; and, if not, what is the justification for maintaining the link in current circumstances.    (HL1596)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the work being undertaken by them in Northern Ireland in preparing a single Equality Bill is to be matched by similar work in Great Britain.    (HL1597)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what circumstances and upon how many occasions during the past five years Ministers of the Crown and their Departments have relied upon the Ram doctrine as the legal basis for the exercise of their public powers.    (HL1598)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the circumstances that gave rise to the Ram doctrine.    (HL1599)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Highways Authority or any other public authority is under a duty to ensure that public highways are able to be used safely and efficiently by road traffic during adverse weather conditions, whether by gritting the surface or otherwise.    (HL1600)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government for how long holders of each of the following offices have to serve to receive their maximum pension entitlement—

        (a)  Lord Chief Justice;

        (b)  High Court Judge;

        (c)  Cabinet Secretary;

        (d)  Speaker of the House of Commons;

        (e)  Prime Minister; and

        (f)  Chancellor of the Exchequer.  (HL1601)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which individuals whose pensions are paid from public funds become entitled to their maximum pension entitlement as soon as they are appointed.    (HL1602)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government for how long Lord Chancellors have been entitled to their full pension as soon as they are appointed.    (HL1603)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Senior Salaries Review Body, in conducting its review of the proposed 12.6 per cent increase in the Lord Chancellor’s salary, will take into account the difference between the pension entitlements of the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Chief Justice and the Cabinet Secretary.    (HL1604)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Lord Chancellor is entitled to a full pension as soon as he is appointed, in contrast to the Lord Chief Justice and the Cabinet Secretary, to whose salaries his salary is linked.    (HL1605)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 28th January 2003 (WA 142), whether they will update the answer on the basis of the Lord Chancellor receiving a salary of either (a) £184,096 or (b) £202,736.    (HL1606)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current budget for the Access to Work Programme; and by how much it has increased since 1997.    (HL1607)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to increase the Access to Work budget.    (HL1608)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their estimates of the percentages of (a) large employers; (b) small employers; and (c) all employers who are aware of the Access to Work Programme.    (HL1609)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to promote awareness of the Access to Work Programme.    (HL1610)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have set any awareness targets for employers in relation to the Access to Work Programme.    (HL1611)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any research showing whether employers are reluctant to retrain workers who become disabled or to take on new workers who are disabled because they believe there will be additional costs for their company.    (HL1612)

The Lord JordanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what amounts of export credits were given to British companies trading with Burma/Myanmar during the years 1998 to 2002; and whether there is any Government policy that will restrict the granting of export credits for trade with Burma/Myanmar on the grounds of human rights in that country.    (HL1613)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House any letters that they have sent to Northern Ireland Members of Parliament concerning 50/50 recruitment to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.    (HL1614)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 6th February (WA 43), by how much did the money paid to the Ulster Scots Agency from 1st January to 31st March 2002 reduce the underspend which was transferred from 2001 to 2002.    (HL1615)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Belfast Agreement of 1998 affects all those who live in Northern Ireland and in the Irish Republic; and, in particular, whether the Unionist, Protestant, Ulster Scots and British communities in the Irish Republic are included to parity of esteem status under the Agreement.    (HL1616)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Amos on 4th November 2002 (WA 75), 6th November 2002 (WA 103) and 25th November 2002 (WA 17) about human rights in Pakistan and the situation of Asif Ali Zardari, why they have not raised this case with the Parkistani Government in view of the court case registered by the Sindh High Court in early 2002 against certain police officers with respect to Mr Zardari’s ill treatment.    (HL1617)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Amos on 4th November 2002 (WA 75), 6th November 2002 (WA 103) and 25th November 2002 (WA 17) about human rights in Pakistan and the situation of Asif Ali Zardari, why they have not raised this case with the Parkistani Government in light of the length of the proceedings against Mr Zardari and the failure of the Pakistani authorities to comply with the Supreme Court Order for a timetable for the completion of all proceedings against Mr Zardari.    (HL1618)

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] [26th February]

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

    Road Traffic (Amendment) [HL] [28th February]

    Greater London Authority Act 1999 (Repeal) [HL]

    Equality [HL] [28th February]

    Harbours [HL]

    Regional Assemblies (Preparations) [20th February]

    Sexual Offences [HL] [13th February]

    European Parliament (Representation) [20th February]

    Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions)

    Hereford Markets [HL]

    Nottingham City Council [HL]

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    London Local Authorities [HL] [18th February]

Committed to a Grand Committee

    Health (Wales) [26th February]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Courts [HL] [11th February]

    Voting Age (Reduction to 16) [HL] [28th February]

    Public Services (Disruption) [HL] [17th February]

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

Waiting for Report

    High Hedges [HL] [28th February]

    Licensing [HL] [24th February]

    Crime (International Co-operation) [HL] [25th February]

Sent to the Commons

    National Minimum Wage (Enforcement Notices) [HL]

    Police (Northern Ireland) [HL]

    Arms Control and Disarmament (Inspections) [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Waste and Emissions Trading [HL]

    London Local Authorities and Transport for London [HL]

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 Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Codes B to E) Order 2003

    Draft Climate Change Levy (Use as Fuel) (Amendment) Regulations 2003

    Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2003

    Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2003

    Draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2003

    Draft Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2003

    Draft Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Rights of Access of Comptroller and Auditor General) Order 2003

    Draft Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Examinations by Comptroller and Auditor General) Order 2003

    Draft Maximum Number of Judges Order 2003

    Draft Apple and Pear Research Council (Dissolution) Order 2003

    Draft Horticultural Development Council (Amendment) Order 2003

Referred to the Northern Ireland Orders Grand Committee

    Draft Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

    Draft Planning (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

    Draft Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

    Draft Energy (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Marriage (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

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

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

    Draft National Assembly for Wales (Representation of the People) Order 2003

    Draft Code of Guidance on Sites of Special Scientific Interest: Encouraging positive partnerships

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

    Draft Budget (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

NORTHERN IRELAND ORDER IN COUNCIL IN PROGRESS

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

Waiting for completion of statutory procedures under section 85(4)(a) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998

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

REGULATORY REFORM ORDERS IN PROGRESS

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

    Draft Regulatory Reform (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]

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

TUESDAY 11TH FEBRUARY

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Economic Affairs (Select Committee)4.00 pm
Works of Art Committee4.15 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
House Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 12TH FEBRUARY

European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee F)10.30 am
Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform10.30 am
(Select Committee)
Religious Offences (Select Committee)2.00 pm
Ecclesiastical Committee2.30 pm
Commons Standing Committee on the2.30 pm
Convention on the Future of Europein Committee Room 12
Constitution (Select Committee)4.00 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 13TH FEBRUARY

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

MONDAY 17TH FEBRUARY

European Union (Sub-Committee B)4.15 pm
Liaison Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 18TH FEBRUARY

London Local Authorities [HL]10.30 am
Unopposed Bill Committeein the Moses Room

MONDAY 24TH FEBRUARY

Human Rights (Joint Committee)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 25TH FEBRUARY

House of Lords Reform (Joint Committee)10.00 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.30 am
 
 
 
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