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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

MONDAY 17TH FEBRUARY

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

Licensing Bill [HL]The Baroness Blackstone to move, That the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clause 1
Schedules 1 and 2
Clauses 2 to 4
Clause 177
Clauses 5 to 8
Schedule 3

Clauses 9 to 111
Schedule 4
Clauses 112 to 176
Schedule 5
Clauses 178 to 196
Schedules 6 to 8.

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 whether, following the statement by the Secretary of State for Transport that the Government and the Mayor of London have agreed to work together, they will inform the House how and when the £15 billion which they have allocated to transport in London will be spent.

Health (Wales) Bill—The Lord Evans of Temple Guiting to move, That it be an instruction to the Grand Committee to which the Health (Wales) Bill has been committed that they consider the bill in the following Order:

Clause 1
Schedule 1
Clause 2
Schedule 2

Clauses 3 to 7
Schedules 3 and 4
Clauses 8 to 10.

Crime (International Co-operation) Bill [HL]—The Lord Filkin to move, That the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 15
Schedule 1
Clauses 16 to 31
Schedule 2
Clauses 32 to 54
Schedule 3

Clauses 55 to 89
Schedule 4
Clause 90
Schedules 5 and 6
Clauses 91 to 95.

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

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) Bill will continue and be taken before the Courts Bill]

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 Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will confirm that emergency surgery facilities will remain on the Isle of Wight to support a consultant-led accident and emergency service, together with maternity and paediatric services.

Business of the House—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That Standing Order 47 (No two stages of a bill to be taken on one day) be dispensed with on Tuesday next for the purpose of taking the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Bill through all its remaining stages that day.

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] [11th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

    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] [11th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

    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 two o’clock

Judgments]

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.

†[The debate on the Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill may continue]

The Lord Fowler—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to combat HIV/AIDS.

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 Falconer of Thoroton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 30th January be approved. [10th Report from the Joint Committee]

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]

‡Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Bill—Second Reading (and Committee negatived) [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey] (Money Bill)

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.

†The Lord Redesdale—To call attention to the policy implications of the decision to upgrade the United States Missile Defence Programme at Fylingdales; and to move for papers.

†The Baroness Sharp of Guildford—To call attention to student debt in the light of the proposals put forward in the White Paper The future of higher education; and to move for papers.

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] [7th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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.

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government for how long they intend to retain the climate change levy.

†Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Sainsbury of Turville]

†[It is expected that the Report stage of the Crime (International Co-operation) Bill will continue]

TUESDAY 4TH MARCH

        Introduction—

The Lord Bishop of Sheffield

          will be introduced.

*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.

*The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to assist owners of halon fire extinguishers to dispose of them, once it is illegal to possess them.

†‡Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2003—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 5th February be approved. [11th Report from the Joint Committee]

†‡Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2003—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 5th February be approved. [11th Report from the Joint Committee]

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

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.

*The Lord Blackwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make a commitment to holding a referendum as part of the ratification process for any treaty which gives effect to a new European constitution.

*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 Fowler—To call attention to the Green Paper on saving for retirement (Cm. 5677) and to the promotion of adequate pension provision in the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

†The Baroness Park of Monmouth—To call attention to the situation in Zimbabwe; and to move for papers.

†Harbours Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Berkeley]

THURSDAY 6TH MARCH

[At eleven o’clock]

†Waste and Emissions Trading Bill [HL]—Third Reading [The Lord Whitty]

At three o’clock

*The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take following the Review of the Management of Patients with Epilepsy by the University Hospitals of Leicester National Health Service Trust.

†*The Lord Adebowale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy toward drug courts in light of the publication of the updated drug strategy and the proposed introduction of a single generic community sentence.

FRIDAY 7TH MARCH

[At eleven o’clock]

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).

Wild Mammals (Protection) (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Donoughue]

WEDNESDAY 12TH MARCH

*The Baroness Gale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have successfully given up smoking due to the smoking cessation services; and how many people they would expect to give up smoking if smoking were to be banned in all workplaces.

FRIDAY 14TH MARCH

[At eleven o’clock]

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).

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).

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 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.

The Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract—To call attention to the future of coal-fired electricity generation; 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 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 on 13th February]

The Baroness Ramsay of CartvaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the informal talks with representatives of the Cayman Islands in Lancaster House on 9th to 11th December 2002.    (HL1684)

The Lord Lloyd-WebberTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which countries in the Middle East, other than Iraq, have weapons of mass destruction.    (HL1685)

The Lord Lloyd-WebberTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are plans to extend the use of the road surface employed on the Newbury by-pass, which has proved effective in both reducing noise from the road and spray in wet conditions, when re-surfacing major roads in the future.    (HL1686)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they issue to doctors on respecting Muslim patients’ objections to abortion.    (HL1687)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 4th February (WA 19-20), whether the answer given on that date concerning the legal jurisdiction under which information held by or on behalf of the Criminal Records Bureau is held would have been completely accurate on 10th December 2002, the day on which that question was tabled.    (HL1688)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 4th February (WA 19-20), what are the names of all companies to which work on the processing of data held by or on behalf of the Criminal Records Bureau has been contracted or sub-contracted.    (HL1689)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 4th February (WA 19-20), why information is being processed on behalf of the Criminal Records Bureau on the Indian sub-continent.    (HL1690)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 4th February (WA 19-20), whether the pay and conditions of work of persons on the Indian sub-continent handling information held by or on behalf of the Criminal Records Bureau are in accordance with United Kingdom and European Union legislation on minimum pay and standards on employment.    (HL1691)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what manner they ensure fair distribution of pro formas for responses to the sounding exercise on the level of interest in each region in holding a referendum about establishing an elected regional assembly.    (HL1692)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the recent values achieved by the sale of betting shops, they intend to offer the shops of the Tote for sale by competitive tender.    (HL1693)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are still committed to encouraging the Nursing and Midwifery Council to establish a third part of its register under the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 dedicated to particular public health practitioners, including health visitors.    (HL1694)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department of Health has ruled out, or the effect of any relevant regulation is to rule out, any particular names for the third part of the register under the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001, should one be established.    (HL1695)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any names for the third part of the register under the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 have been particularly required or recommended by the Department of Health.    (HL1696)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which titles of practitioners in the public health field, regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Department of Health believes should be protected; and what steps they are taking in conjunction with the Nursing and Midwifery Council to ensure this.    (HL1697)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the event of a war in Iraq, they have calculated the cost of the damage to—

        (a)  United Kingdom-trade and international development in the Middle East and Africa, including the loss of important contracts;

        (b)  aid partnerships; and

        (c)  diplomatic ties over the next two years.   (HL1698)

The Viscount Goschen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will define the precise terms of their pledge to reduce by September the number of asylum applications by half; and whether they will specify over which periods comparisons will be made.    (HL1699)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

13th FEBRUARY 2003

[Tabled on the dates shown]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

15th January

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 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)

22nd January

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)

23rd January

The Baroness Noakes—To 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 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 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 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 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 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)

29th January

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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—

        (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 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)

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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 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.    [LSLO]    (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. [LSLO]    (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 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 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 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 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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [LCD]    (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.    [CO]    (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.    [LCD]    (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.    [LCD]    (HL1598)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the circumstances that gave rise to the Ram doctrine.    [LCD]    (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.    [DfT]    (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.    [CO]  (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.    [CO]    (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.    [CO]    (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. [CO]    (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.    [CO]     (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.    [CO]    (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.    [DWP]    (HL1607)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to increase the Access to Work budget.    [DWP]    (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.    [DWP]    (HL1609)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to promote awareness of the Access to Work Programme.    [DWP]    (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.    [DWP]    (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.    [DWP]    (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.    [DTI]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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 in parity of esteem status under the Agreement.    [NIO]    (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [FCO]    (HL1618)

11th February

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will refer to the condition of religious freedom in Uzbekistan in their statement at the forthcoming Session of the United Nations Human Rights Commission.    [FCO]    (HL1622)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Crown Prosecution Service expect to publish the Racist Incident Monitoring Annual Report for the years to the end of March 2001 and 2002.    [HO]    (HL1623)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received any reports from the Legal Services Commission, the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors and the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner about the alleged poor quality of work done by certain firms acting for asylum-seekers; whether the procedures for weeding out incompetent and exploitative advisers are working effectively; and whether they will consult the above organisations on ways of raising standards.    [LCD]    (HL1624)

The Baroness Williams of CrosbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to continue their temporary freeze on deportations of failed asylum seekers to Zimbabwe. [HO]    (HL1625)

The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the cost to public funds of obtaining information concerning the number of police officers above the rank of inspector currently suspended in England and Wales; and what is the amount of salary and other emoluments being paid to them.    [HO]    (HL1626)

The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals for the reorganisation of the police service in Wales, in relation to (a) the number of forces; and (b) any role for the National Assembly for Wales in relation to the organisation of policing.    [HO]    (HL1627)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the salaries of (a) the Lord Chancellor, (b) the Prime Minister and (c) the Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1990, 1980, 1970, 1960, 1950, 1925 and 1900.    [CO]    (HL1628)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 6th February (WA 41), whether they have a copy of the Irish government briefing paper quoted in the media.    [NIO]    (HL1629)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 6th February (WA 42) concerning any requirement for Republic of Ireland civil servants working in Northern Ireland to take an oath of allegiance, whether, given paragraph 9 of the Rights section of the Belfast Agreement of 1998, this is also a matter for the United Kingdom.    [NIO]    (HL1630)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 6th February (WA 42) concerning the site of the Battle of the Boyne, whether, given paragraph 9 of the Rights section of the Belfast Agreement of 1998, this is also a matter for the United Kingdom.    [NIO]    (HL1631)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 6th February (WA 42) concerning equality, what is the position as regards functions which cannot be partitioned between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL1632)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what contingency plans are now being prepared in liaison with intergovernmental and non-governmental humanitarian agencies for co-ordinated humanitarian operations to feed, care for and protect the civilian population in Iraq should there be war.    [DfID]    (HL1633)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 10th February (WA 76), whether there is any other profession whose members are appointed to senior positions in their profession on the recommendation of a Minister of the Crown because it helps consumers by providing “a quality mark”.    [LCD]    (HL1634)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 10th February (WA 76), whether the Lord Chancellor participates either directly or indirectly in the appointment of Treasury Counsel.    [LCD]    (HL1635)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which division of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has taken over responsibility from the former Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Arable Crops Division for issuing export certificates for animal health products; whether the target turnaround period is still five working days from receipt of the application to issue of the certificate; and what proportion of certificates are issued within this period.    [DEFRA]    (HL1636)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many sheep have been genotyped since the launch in July 2001 of the National Scrapie Plan; and how many, by breed, have so far been culled as a result.    [DEFRA]    (HL1637)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  which organisations were successful in bidding for a part of the Starter Home Initiative funds of £250 million announced in April 2000;

        (b)  how many homes have been built so far;

        (c)  how many of those are in rural areas;

        (d)  what proportion of the total build has used hitherto empty homes; and

        (e)  what proportion of the total has been built on brownfield sites.    [ODPM]  (HL1638)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to their report Sustainable Development in Government (page 7), what proportion of the £19 million expenditure on timber goes to United Kingdom producers; what plans are in place to encourage the use of United Kingdom timber; and what methods are in place to ensure that United Kingdom production is suitable for Government requirements.    [DEFRA]    (HL1639)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there has been any interim report of the work of the Illegal Food Imports Forum, particularly relating to—

        (a)  risk and the critical points for taking action;

        (b)  identification of the necessary enforcement measures; and

        (c)  the legal powers required to support the enforcement measures; and

whether the forum has identified any weaknesses in the rules governing imports from the European Union and from third world countries.    [DEFRA]    (HL1640)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to their reply to the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee’s seventh report on illegal meat imports published on 24th October 2002, whether the risk assessment promised for the autumn has been published and, if so, when; whether the prohibition of personal imports of meat and meat products extends to the diplomatic community; and when the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs intend to publish the Action Plan for 2003-04.    [DEFRA]    (HL1641)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they measure the effectiveness of the Green Claims Code they introduced in 1998; in what ways they are deterring bad practice with regard to green claims; and how many times since 1998 they have done so.    [DEFRA]    (HL1642)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what ways they support the efforts of businesses which are acting responsibly on green claims. [DEFRA]    (HL1643)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the comparative labelling scheme they intend to introduce for cars measuring energy use should be developed so that end of life recyclability of components is included. [DfT]    (HL1644)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the end of life directive for cars will result in increased anti-social car disposal by individuals; and what steps they are taking to avoid an increase in the number of burnt out cars being abandoned by their last owner.    [DTI]    (HL1645)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have estimated the number of car owners whose cars have a value of £500 or less and who have an income of less than 60 per cent of national average income who would therefore be defined as living in poverty.    [DfT]    (HL1646)

The Lord Lofthouse of PontefractTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the forthcoming White Paper on energy.    [DTI]    (HL1647)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money they have raised from 1997 to date from the levying of tax on dividends flowing into pension funds.    [HMT]    (HL1648)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are prepared to deploy lethal and humane measures to control grey squirrels, in the light of the record of non-lethal and humane measures.    [DEFRA]    (HL1649)

12th February

The Baroness PitkeathleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements have been made to debate the guidance issued by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport under the Licensing Bill.    [DCMS]    (HL1652)

The Baroness SeccombeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the source of the £95,000 paid to Sir William Stubbs following his dismissal by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills.    [DfES]    (HL1656)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask the Chairman of Committees, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Tordoff on 18th December 2001 (WA 35), whether the total waste produced by the Parliamentary Estate was reduced in the year 2001-02.    [CoC]    (HL1657)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask the Chairman of Committees whether the House of Lords takes part in the paper recycling scheme run by Bioregional, which is in operation in the House of Commons; and, if so, whether the recycled product is available for use by members of the Lords.    [CoC]    (HL1658)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask the Chairman of Committees whether every office in the House of Lords has, or should have, facilities for recycling white paper and other paper.    [CoC]    (HL1659)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask the Chairman of Committees what was the energy consumption of the Parliamentary Estate for the financial year 2001-02; whether there is a set target to reduce this consumption; and, if so, what are the targets for 2003-04 and 2004-05.    [CoC]    (HL1660)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 15th January 2002, what progress they have made on a healthy eating campaign for young adults.    [DoH]    (HL1661)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what increase in the use of slug pellets they have recorded or estimated on (a) farmland, (b) gardens and (c) horticultural holdings over the last ten years; what is the decline in the song thrush population over the same period; and whether they have evidence of a correlation between the two.    [DEFRA]    (HL1662)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the breakdown of the £95,000 paid to Sir Williams Stubbs following his dismissal by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills.    [DfES]    (HL1663)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum seekers were accommodated at the Oakington centre on each day of January.    [HO]    (HL1664)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the weekly cost of running the Oakington asylum centre.    [HO]    (HL1665)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what right a parent has to know that a son or daughter is assigned a mentor under the Connexions system.    [DfES]    (HL1666)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what qualifications are required for the post of mentor under the Connexions system.    [DfES]    (HL1667)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many mentors under the Connexions system are in post; and how many of them have been subject to a Criminal Records Bureau check.    [DfES]    (HL1668)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the cost to date of litigation under the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002.    [LSLO]    (HL1669)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many deep coal mines are still in production; what are their names; in which region they are; and how many people are employed underground and overall in the coal industry.    [DTI]    (HL1670)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether members of the armed forces currently based in the United Kingdom will be entitled to overseas allowances if and when deployed to the Gulf; and, if not, why not.    [MoD]    (HL1671)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether members of the armed forces currently based overseas and in receipt of overseas allowances will still benefit from these allowances if and when redeployed to the Gulf; and, if not, why not.    [MoD]    (HL1672)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether reserve members of the armed forces who are called up for service in the Gulf will be entitled to overseas allowances; and, if not, why not.    [MoD]    (HL1673)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will discuss with the government of Equatorial Guinea allegations concerning the use of forced labour and concerns about payments by oil companies and the current allocation of natural resources and oil revenues.    [FCO]    (HL1674)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how long the remaining modifications to convert the Challenger 2 tanks for desert operations will take on arrival in the Gulf theatre. [MoD]    (HL1675)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there will be sufficient blood stocks available at field hospitals, if the United Kingdom should enter the Gulf theatre of battle.    [MoD]    (HL1676)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the Storm Shadow stand off missile programme; and whether it will be made an urgent operational requirement.    [MoD]    (HL1677)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in place for nuclear, biological and chemical protection of United Kingdom base areas in the Gulf; and what theatre missile defence will be available.    [MoD]    (HL1678)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many e-mail terminals will each service unit in the Gulf possess for welfare e-mails; and whether there will be any security censorship of these messages.    [MoD]    (HL1679)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans are being made to commemorate the 60th anniversary of D-Day in June 2004; who will lead the national commemoration; and what support will be given to the Normandy Veterans’ Association. [MoD]    (HL1680)

13th February

The Baroness Ramsay of CartvaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the informal talks with representatives of the Cayman Islands in Lancaster House on 9th to 11th December 2002.    (HL1684)

The Lord Lloyd-WebberTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which countries in the Middle East, other than Iraq, have weapons of mass destruction.    (HL1685)

The Lord Lloyd-WebberTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are plans to extend the use of the road surface employed on the Newbury by-pass, which has proved effective in both reducing noise from the road and spray in wet conditions, when re-surfacing major roads in the future.    (HL1686)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they issue to doctors on respecting Muslim patients’ objections to abortion.    (HL1687)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 4th February (WA 19-20), whether the answer given on that date concerning the legal jurisdiction under which information held by or on behalf of the Criminal Records Bureau is held would have been completely accurate on 10th December 2002, the day on which that question was tabled.    (HL1688)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 4th February (WA 19-20), what are the names of all companies to which work on the processing of data held by or on behalf of the Criminal Records Bureau has been contracted or sub-contracted.    (HL1689)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 4th February (WA 19-20), why information is being processed on behalf of the Criminal Records Bureau on the Indian sub-continent.    (HL1690)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 4th February (WA 19-20), whether the pay and conditions of work of persons on the Indian sub-continent handling information held by or on behalf of the Criminal Records Bureau are in accordance with United Kingdom and European Union legislation on minimum pay and standards on employment.    (HL1691)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what manner they ensure fair distribution of pro formas for responses to the sounding exercise on the level of interest in each region in holding a referendum about establishing an elected regional assembly.    (HL1692)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the recent values achieved by the sale of betting shops, they intend to offer the shops of the Tote for sale by competitive tender.    (HL1693)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are still committed to encouraging the Nursing and Midwifery Council to establish a third part of its register under the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 dedicated to particular public health practitioners, including health visitors.    (HL1694)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department of Health has ruled out, or the effect of any relevant regulation is to rule out, any particular names for the third part of the register under the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001, should one be established.    (HL1695)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any names for the third part of the register under the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 have been particularly required or recommended by the Department of Health.    (HL1696)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which titles of practitioners in the public health field, regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Department of Health believes should be protected; and what steps they are taking in conjunction with the Nursing and Midwifery Council to ensure this.    (HL1697)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the event of a war in Iraq, they have calculated the cost of the damage to—

        (a)  United Kingdom-trade and international development in the Middle East and Africa, including the loss of important contracts;

        (b)  aid partnerships; and

        (c)  diplomatic ties over the next two years.   (HL1698)

The Viscount Goschen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will define the precise terms of their pledge to reduce by September the number of asylum applications by half; and whether they will specify over which periods comparisons will be made.    (HL1699)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

[The date in square brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]

Waiting for Second Reading

    Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) (Money Bill—12th February) [25th February]

    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]

    Patients’ Protection [HL] [26th February]

    Wild Mammals (Protection) (Amendment) (No. 2) [HL] [7th March]

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

    Greater London Authority Act 1999 (Repeal) [HL]

    Equality [HL] [28th February]

    Harbours [HL] [5th March]

    Regional Assemblies (Preparations) [20th February]

    European Parliament (Representation) [20th February]

    Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions) [3rd March]

    Ministerial and other Salaries (Amendment) [HL]

    House of Lords (Amendment) [HL]

    Hereford Markets [HL]

    Nottingham City Council [HL]

Waiting for commitment

    Sexual Offences [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] [18th 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]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Waste and Emissions Trading [HL] [6th March]

    London Local Authorities and Transport for London [HL]

Sent to the Commons

    National Minimum Wage (Enforcement Notices) [HL]

    Police (Northern Ireland) [HL]

    Arms Control and Disarmament (Inspections) [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 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 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 Apple and Pear Research Council (Dissolution) Order 2003

    Draft Horticultural Development Council (Amendment) Order 2003

    Draft Code of Practice on Time Off for Trade Union Duties and Activities

    Draft Asylum (Designated States) Order 2003

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

    Draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2003

    Draft Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2003

    Draft Maximum Number of Judges 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]

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
Economic Affairs (Select Committee)4.00 pm

WEDNESDAY 19TH FEBRUARY

European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee F)11.00 am
Religious Offences (Select Committee)2.00 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 20TH FEBRUARY

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

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

WEDNESDAY 26TH FEBRUARY

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform10.30 am
(Select Committee)
Constitution (Select Committee)4.00 pm

TUESDAY 4TH MARCH

House Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room
 
 
 
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