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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 24TH FEBRUARY

At half-past two o’clock

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

†*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take to alleviate the difficulties of companies in the construction sector obtaining insurance to enable them to continue their business.

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 remaining stages) [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.

[It is expected that the House will debate the Iraq situation]

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 two o’clock

Judgments]

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.

†Nottingham City Council Bill [HL]—Second Reading

†Liaison Committee—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the First Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 57) be agreed to.

[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]

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

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, in view of the speech by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the Social Market Foundation on 3rd February, what are those areas where they consider markets cannot deliver the long term returns required.

*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]

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

[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.

†*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the working of the London congestion charge, they will facilitate the introduction of congestion charging in other cities.

‡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.

Maximum Number of Judges Order 2003—The Baroness Scotland of Asthal to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 6th February be approved. [10th Report from the Joint Committee]

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]

Water Bill [HL]—Second 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.

*The Lord Quirk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent they are satisfied with the progress of teaching, learning and administration noted in the Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools published on 5th February.

[The debate on the Water Bill may continue]

The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what barriers remain to women’s full participation in the political, economic and social life of the country.

†ROYAL ASSENT

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]

MONDAY 10TH MARCH

*The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect the prison population in the United Kingdom to rise during the next five years; if so, by what number and proportion; and what steps they are taking to enable the prison system to cope with any such increase.

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

TUESDAY 11TH MARCH

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what role they see for parish councils in the future.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how effective present legislation is in restraining excessive increases in payments made to company chairmen and chief executives.

*The Lord Taverne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the views expressed by Mr Michael Meacher MP published in the magazine The Ecologist on 17th February represent the policy of the Government.

*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hospital patients have (a) become seriously ill or (b) died as a result of methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in hospitals in each of the last five years.

‡Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 (Continuance in force of sections 21 to 23) Order 2003—The Lord Filkin to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 23rd January be approved. [9th Report from the Joint Committee]

WEDNESDAY 12TH MARCH

        Introduction—

The Lord Archbishop of Canterbury

          will be introduced.

*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.

*The Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to change sentencing provisions for causing death by dangerous driving.

*The Baroness Maddock—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure wider awareness of the Standard Assessment Procedure, to inform prospective house buyers of the energy efficiency of their homes.

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.

THURSDAY 13TH MARCH

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

†*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Russian Government on the implications for the global alliance against terrorism of the referendum planned for 23rd March in the Chechen Republic on a new constitution.

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

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).

TUESDAY 18TH MARCH

*The Lord Geraint—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the estimated tonnage of illegal meat imported into this country last year and what was the corresponding figure for 1992.

†*The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what future they envisage for the Post Office underground railway in London.

WEDNESDAY 26TH MARCH

The Lord Chalfont—To call attention to the balance between national security and individual liberty in a democratic society; and to move for papers.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

The Baroness Wilcox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to rising levels of personal debt and its social consequences.

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any new proposals for dealing with methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in hospitals.

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]

The Lord Peston—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Select Committee on Economic Affairs on Globalisation (First Report, HL Paper 5-I). [17th January]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 20th February]

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to set up a national academy of teachers of mathematics as proposed by the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education.    (HL1800)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept the Work Foundation’s findings (on 27th January 2003) that overall absence rates in 2002 were 1.5 per cent in the information technology sector; 1.54 per cent in the utilities sector; 2.23 per cent in the manufacturing sector and 7.86 per cent in the public/voluntary sector; and if so, whether they plan any action as a result.    (HL1801)

The Lord Lofthouse of PontefractTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what account is taken of the running costs of flue gas desulphurisation plants in the market for electricity generation to ensure that these plants are not at a commercial disadvantage to plants without abatement equipment.    (HL1802)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government under what circumstances they consider it constitutionally appropriate for Ministers to criticise publicly the decisions of the judiciary.    (HL1803)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to address the concern expressed by the Civil Justice Council in their report on Full Costs Recovery that the present level of fees discourages access to the courts, particularly on the part of low-wage employees and small business proprietors not eligible for legal aid.    (HL1804)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the view expressed in The Times on 20th February by the Master of the Rolls, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, that the courts system may seize up because of a funding shortfall, whether they will increase public expenditure on the courts.    (HL1805)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost per head of providing courses arranged through Learn Direct.    (HL1806)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what contracts have been awarded to the Capita Group by the Department for Education and Skills.    (HL1807)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what contracts have been awarded to the Capita Group by the Department for Transport.    (HL1808)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what contracts have been awarded to the Capita Group by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.    (HL1809)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what contracts have been awarded to the Capita Group by the Cabinet Office.    (HL1810)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what contracts have been awarded to the Capita Group by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.    (HL1811)

The Baroness Harris of RichmondTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average waiting time for the analysis of suspicious substances in each police forensic laboratory in England and Wales.    (HL1812)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the year ending 30th April 2002, what percentage of crimes notified to the Police Service of Northern Ireland resulted in either a caution or a conviction; and how that compares to the average percentage for the rest of the United Kingdom.    (HL1813)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the year ending 30th April 2002, how many incidents of burglary were notified to the Police Service of Northern Ireland; and how this figure compares to the number of notified instances of burglary in the previous two years.    (HL1814)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

20th FEBRUARY 2003

[Tabled on the dates shown]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

22nd January

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 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 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)

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

30th January

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 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)

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 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 Lester of Herne HillTo 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)

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 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 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 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)

5th February

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 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 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 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 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Lord Lloyd-WebberTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which countries in the Middle East, other than Iraq, have weapons of mass destruction.    [FCO]    (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.    [DfT]    (HL1686)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they issue to doctors on respecting Muslim patients’ objections to abortion.    [DoH]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [HO]    (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. [ODPM]    (HL1692)

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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [FCO]   (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.    [HO]     (HL1699)

17th February

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether paediatric continence will be addressed in the proposed Children’s National Service Framework.    [DoH]    (HL1701)

The Earl PeelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the new European Decision by which equids will have to have a passport, whether it would be preferable for the Decision to require that no equid be sold into the meat trade unless it has a passport.    [DEFRA]    (HL1702)

[As amended on 18th February]

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current estimate of the public expenditure required by the United Kingdom by way of contribution to the costs of the removal by armed intervention of the present regime in Iraq.    [HMT]    (HL1703)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current estimate of the public expenditure required by the United Kingdom by way of contribution to the costs of securing, policing and stabilising a new government in Iraq during each of the first three years after any removal of the current regime.    [HMT]    (HL1704)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is a condition of their support for the removal by armed intervention of the present regime in Iraq that, after any regime change, the occupying powers would seek to ensure that the new government is democratically elected and that government is conducted under the rule of law.    [FCO]    (HL1705)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is a condition of their support for the removal by armed intervention of the present regime in Iraq that, after any regime change, the occupying forces would seek to ensure that the new government respects the human rights of the inhabitants of Iraq.    [FCO]    (HL1706)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend fully to implement their ten-year plan for integrated transport.    [DfT]    (HL1707)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give effect in the United Kingdom to the guidance on judicial appointments contained in Recommendation No R(94)12, adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 11th October 1994, namely that (i) the authority taking the decision on the selection and career of judges should be independent of the government and the administration; (ii) where constitutional or legal provisions or tradition allow judges to be appointed by the government, there should be guarantees to ensure that the procedures to appoint judges are transparent and independent in practice; and (iii) there should be a special independent and competent body to give the government advice which it follows in practice.    [LCD]    (HL1708)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the mission by the United Nations Human Rights Commission to Côte d’Ivoire at the end of December 2002, and recent reports by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees of large numbers of internally displaced people fleeing the conflicts in both Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia, they consider that the situation in the region amounts to an overwhelming humanitarian crisis.    [FCO]    (HL1709)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with the Publish What You Pay Initiative in Angola; and whether they will propose to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development that a web page be established where members of the public in Angola and other countries would be able to see which multinational companies were complying with the Initiative, and how much they had paid to the host governments.    [DfID]    (HL1710)

The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government by what mechanism they keep track of targets and pledges made by Government departments; and how they monitor progress towards the attainment of these specific goals.    [CO]    (HL1711)

The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list, by Government department, (a) the number of targets which they have set themselves; and (b) what each department’s average success rate is in achieving those targets within the allotted time.    [CO]    (HL1712)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are supporting the Sudanese Memorandum of Understanding signed on 6th February; if so, by what methods; and whether they will encourage the monitors of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development and United States peace process to work towards reconciliation between the Dinka and Nuer tribes to prevent further cease-fire violations.    [FCO]    (HL1713)

The Lord NorthbourneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many accusations of sexual abuse were made against teachers by pupils and by parents respectively in England and Wales for the last year for which figures are available; and what proportion of each category is expected to lead to a prosecution.    [HO]    (HL1714)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 10th February (WA 96) concerning the press release of 3rd July 2002 on the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, how much was at that time intended to be spent on the Service in 2003-04 and 2004-05; and how these figures have since changed.    [NIO]    (HL1715)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 13th February (WA 144) concerning the appointment of a deputy chief executive to the Irish Language Agency, whether the successful applicant was confirmed in his post by the North South Ministerial Council; and, if so, when.    [NIO]    (HL1716)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why Aisha Megrahi has been refused permission to stay in Britain even though her husband is serving a life sentence in Barlinnie gaol; whether it is normal policy to refuse wives permission to stay in this country when their husbands are imprisoned here; and, if so, whether this is consistent with the European Convention on Human Rights.    [HO]    (HL1717)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they regard a couple with three or more children as a large family; and whether the United Kingdom has an unofficial two-child policy.    [DoH]    (HL1718)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will take in response to the EuroNational audit of antenatal care reported in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology which places England at the bottom of a list of ten European countries.    [DoH]    (HL1719)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to ensure that all cases of foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) are diagnosed properly.    [DoH]    (HL1720)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Cuba regarding Dr Oscar Elias Biscet, who was imprisoned by the Cuban authorities for three years following his condemnation of Cuba’s high abortion rate. [FCO]    (HL1721)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many transactions by the British Cattle Movement Service were recorded in 2002; and how many were queried by producers.    [DEFRA]    (HL1722)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of claims for the Beef Special Premium Scheme were queried by producers in 2002 because the British Cattle Movement Service records differed from those held by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.    [DEFRA]    (HL1723)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any record of how many cattle movement cards were lost in 2002 by either the Post Office or the British Cattle Movement Service.    [DEFRA]    (HL1724)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how a producer is to know whether his cattle movement card has arrived and been satisfactorily registered by the British Cattle Movement Service.    [DEFRA]    (HL1725)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the British Cattle Movement Service will not issue receipts for cattle movement orders.    [DEFRA]    (HL1726)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the British Cattle Movement Service has been approved by the European Commission.    [DEFRA]    (HL1727)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current definition of weapons of mass destruction.    [MoD]    (HL1728)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that Egypt possesses weapons of mass destruction.    [FCO]    (HL1729)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that Iran possesses weapons of mass destruction.    [FCO]    (HL1730)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that Israel possesses weapons of mass destruction.    [FCO]    (HL1731)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that Saudi Arabia possesses weapons of mass destruction.    [FCO]    (HL1732)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that Syria possesses weapons of mass destruction.    [FCO]    (HL1733)

18th February

The Lord BlakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date they first advised (a) the England and Wales Cricket Board and (b) the Professional Cricketers’ Association about the undesirability of the England cricket team playing a test match in Zimbabwe in the course of the current cricket World Cup series.    [FCO]    (HL1734)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they satisfy themselves that United Nations personnel on peacekeeping operations are fully accountable for their actions; and whether any alleged breaches by such personnel are dealt with in accordance with the rule of law.    [FCO]    (HL1735)

[As amended on 20th February]

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the reopening of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Office in Belarus, and the announcement by the new OSCE Ambassador Eberhard Heyken that he would monitor and report on institution-building, they will propose that the OSCE should offer assistance to non-governmental institutions concerned with free and fair elections, in advance of the forthcoming local elections.    [FCO]    (HL1736)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the submissions made to the United Kingdom National Contact Point for complaints against breaches of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, giving in each case the date of the original submission, the name of the company or companies involved, the country in which the breach is alleged to have occurred, the action taken, and the date of the reply by the National Contact Point.    [FCO]    (HL1737)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 18th February, whether they can estimate the proportion of asylum seekers whose applications are susceptible to influence by Government policy.    [HO]    (HL1738)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what investigations they have conducted to ensure United Kingdom motorists receive access to justice in foreign courts. [DfT]    (HL1739)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what circumstances a United Kingdom citizen, disqualified from driving by a foreign court, would be able to appeal to a United Kingdom court against the disqualification.    [DfT]    (HL1740)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether translation facilities are available to United Kingdom citizens charged with motoring offences in other European Union member states.    [DfT]    (HL1741)

The Baroness Williams of CrosbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1457, they are now investigating those United Kingdom companies and individuals listed in Annex III of the report of the “Panel of Experts” on Congo, and reminding them of their obligations under the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.    [FCO]    (HL1742)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have made with the media, and in particular the BBC, for the public to receive information in the case of emergency situations.    [CO]    (HL1743)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made to bring the National Attack Warning System (NAWS) into operation.    [MoD]    (HL1744)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to produce a draft of Emergency Planning Civil Contingencies legislation.    [CO]    (HL1745)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will supply a breakdown of the budget for Learn Direct to include annual and total amounts since its inception and a forecast for the next three years.    [DfES]    (HL1746)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the expenditure of Learn Direct to date, including the costs of setting-up the organisation, the annual running costs, and the marketing and public relations costs.    [DfES]    (HL1747)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many course enquiries have been received by Learn Direct (a) via the telephone and (b) via the website; how many course bookings have been made; and how many applicants have completed courses.    [DfES]    (HL1748)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider the decision of June 2002 to reverse the ban on antibiotic growth promoters under the “assured chicken production” scheme.    [DEFRA]    (HL1749)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have consulted the Veterinary Residues Committee and the Food Standards Agency about the use of ionophores, including Nicarbazin, Dimetridazole, Narasin and Lasalocid, in poultry and game food; and, if so, with what result.    [DEFRA]    (HL1750)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what independent advice they have received on the effects of ionophores in animal food on (a) resistance to antibiotics in humans and (b) the risks of young children exceeding acceptable daily intakes of such substances.    [DEFRA]    (HL1751)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider to be the influence and effect of Wahhabi teaching in Islamic educational establishments in the United Kingdom, especially those funded by official or charitable Saudi Arabian sources; whether they have evidence that disrespect or hatred of others may have been inculcated; and, if so, what remedies they deem appropriate.    [DfES]    (HL1752)

The Lord Walton of DetchantTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make available lactase tablets on prescription under the National Health Service in view of the benefit claimed by patients with lactose intolerance who use them regularly.    [DoH]     (HL1753)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many days in 2002 each Lord of Appeal in Ordinary sat for the purpose of judicial business in (a) the House of Lords and (b) the Privy Council.    [LCD]    (HL1754)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 13th February (WA 144), whether they (a) have not consulted and (b) will not consult any legal opinions obtained during the time of the devolved Northern Ireland Executive.    [NIO]    (HL1755)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many members of the Northern Ireland civil service are qualified to supply legal opinions; and in which departments they are located.    [NIO]    (HL1756)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the underspend in the Northern Ireland block grant in the years 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02; and which departments were responsible for what percentage of the underspend.    [NIO]    (HL1757)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the current business plans for all the North South Implementation Bodies will be passed by the North South Ministerial Council; and whether all the business plans and all decisions relating to Implementation Bodies will be placed in the Library of the House.    [NIO]    (HL1758)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the budget each year for the North South Ministerial Council Secretariat since its formation; and what is the projected budget for this year.    [NIO]    (HL1759)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the projected budgets of the Implementation Bodies for the year 2003; and what percentage increase or decrease these represent over 2002.    [NIO]    (HL1760)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect the Sexual Offences Bill will have on Northern Ireland.    [HO]    (HL1761)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Sexual Offences Bill will achieve gender neutrality for Northern Ireland in the same way as for England and Wales; and, if not, what are their reasons for treating Northern Ireland differently.    [HO]    (HL1762)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Rural Affairs Forum and their Rural Advocate have given them any advice with regard to BT’s decision to remove telephone boxes from rural areas; and, if so, how many telephone boxes are scheduled for removal in the next two years.    [DfT]    (HL1763)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received about the removal of telephone boxes from rural areas by BT in the last twelve months; from whom; and what action they have taken as a result. [DfT]    (HL1764)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many eyesight tests were administered by police at accidents involving motor vehicles in each of the last five calendar years in the United Kingdom.    [HO]    (HL1765)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that all drivers over 45 can meet the standards of the eyesight test to obtain a licence.    [DfT]    (HL1766)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals the European Commission have put forward to harmonise eyesight standards in the European Union in order to obtain a licence to drive a motor vehicle.    [DfT]    (HL1767)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have that eyesight below the standard required to obtain a licence has contributed to (a) fatal and (b) non fatal accidents in the United Kingdom.    [DfT]    (HL1768)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the current eyesight test to obtain a driving licence is sufficiently rigorous to maintain a proper safety standard.    [DfT]    (HL1769)

The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total cost to the taxpayer, including legal costs, of the dispute between the Government and the Mayor of London in connection with the London Underground Public Private Partnership.    [HMT]    (HL1770)

The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the original planned start date of the London Underground Public Private Partnership; and how far behind schedule the project now is.    [DfT]    (HL1771)

The Earl of Mar and KellieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Northern Ireland Railways are being prevented from expanding passenger services by shortage of rolling stock.    [NIO]    (HL1772)

The Earl of Mar and KellieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in comparison with the cost of rebuilding the Belfast-Bleach Green-Antrim railway, they regard the estimated £13 million for upgrading the Lisburn-Antrim railway as excessive. [NIO]    (HL1773)

The Earl of Mar and KellieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the proposal for a circular passenger service on the Belfast-Lisburn-Antrim-Bleach Green-Belfast railway line.    [NIO]    (HL1774)

The Earl of Mar and KellieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is a future for the Lisburn-Antrim railway line, after the current funding runs out in March 2003.    [NIO]    (HL1775)

19th February

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any estimate of the number of asylum seekers from Iraq who may arrive in the United Kingdom per month following any military operations against Saddam Hussein.    [HO]    (HL1777)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the estimated decline in value of publicly quoted British companies (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) in the rest of the world since 1997, both in money and percentage terms.    [DTI]    (HL1778)

The Baroness Williams of CrosbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what stage has been reached in the investigations of mass graves at Dasht-e-Leili in Afghanistan; whether they are co-operating with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the Afghan Human Rights Commission for this purpose; and what precautions are being taken to protect the evidence at Dasht-e-Leili.    [FCO]    (HL1779)

The Baroness Williams of CrosbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the wall now being built in the West Bank inside the 1967 Armistice line; and what status they expect the wall to be accorded in the “road map” for peace.    [FCO]    (HL1780)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with the suspension of the devolved administration in Northern Ireland, what detailed arrangements have been put in place to replace the North South Ministerial Council decision-making process; and whether this is an interim measure which can have no impact on long term policy or new areas of activity.    [NIO]    (HL1781)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that referring members of the public to websites for advice, for instance on travel to unstable countries or on types of hospital infection, is sufficient when many people do not have access to personal computers.    [CO]    (HL1782)

The Lord Lofthouse of PontefractTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total amount of coal burnt at coal fired generation plants with flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) equipment in each year between 1997 and 2002 compared with the amount burnt at plants without FGD.    [DTI]    (HL1783)

The Lord Lofthouse of PontefractTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total amount of sulphur dioxide emissions from coal fired generation plans with flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) equipment in each year between 1997 and 2002 compared with the amount emitted from plants without FGD.    [DTI]    (HL1784)

The Lord Lofthouse of PontefractTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average amount of sulphur dioxide emissions per gigawatt generated from coal fired plants with flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) equipment in 2002 or the latest twelve-month period available, compared with the equivalent figure from plants without FGD.    [DTI]    (HL1785)

The Lord Lofthouse of PontefractTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take to encourage a reversal of the decline in load factors at coal fired generation plant fitted with flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) equipment and the increase in coal burnt at plant without FGD.    [DTI]    (HL1786)

The Lord Lofthouse of PontefractTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much coal fired generation capacity they expect to be taken out of the market as a result of the implementation of the Large Combustion Plant Directive.    [DTI]    (HL1787)

The Lord Lofthouse of PontefractTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to impose stricter sulphur dioxide emission limits on coal fired generators that do not have abatement plant fitted.    [DTI]    (HL1788)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of satellite communications and global positioning systems, how long they expect light dues to continue. [DfT]    (HL1789)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, given their agreement of the “user pays” principle with regard to light dues, how they propose to charge dues on (a) vessels using lighthouse services but not calling at United Kingdom ports, and (b) smaller fishing and pleasure vessels.    [DfT]    (HL1790)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to publish their responses to the consultation document Light Dues Review published in May 2002.    [DfT]    (HL1791)

The Lord PattenTo ask the Leader of the House why the House of Lords does not have the same family-friendly half-term recess as the House of Commons.    [LHoL]    (HL1792)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the up-to-date position on the question of ending the North Sea drift net fishery.    [DEFRA]    (HL1793)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions they have had with the Irish Republic with a view to ending drift net fishing in Irish waters to release salmon into Welsh and western English rivers.    [DEFRA]    (HL1794)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to reduce the amount of sulphur dioxide and other polluting substances being released into the atmosphere from the generation of electricity in coal fired power stations.    [DTI]    (HL1795)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will insist on the tightening up of the rules of the blue badge scheme for motor vehicles intended for seriously disabled people.    [DfT]    (HL1796)

20th February

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to set up a national academy of teachers of mathematics as proposed by the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education.    (HL1800)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept the Work Foundation’s findings (on 27th January 2003) that overall absence rates in 2002 were 1.5 per cent in the information technology sector; 1.54 per cent in the utilities sector; 2.23 per cent in the manufacturing sector and 7.86 per cent in the public/voluntary sector; and if so, whether they plan any action as a result.    (HL1801)

The Lord Lofthouse of PontefractTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what account is taken of the running costs of flue gas desulphurisation plants in the market for electricity generation to ensure that these plants are not at a commercial disadvantage to plants without abatement equipment.    (HL1802)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government under what circumstances they consider it constitutionally appropriate for Ministers to criticise publicly the decisions of the judiciary.    (HL1803)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to address the concern expressed by the Civil Justice Council in their report on Full Costs Recovery that the present level of fees discourages access to the courts, particularly on the part of low-wage employees and small business proprietors not eligible for legal aid.    (HL1804)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the view expressed in The Times on 20th February by the Master of the Rolls, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, that the courts system may seize up because of a funding shortfall, whether they will increase public expenditure on the courts.    (HL1805)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost per head of providing courses arranged through Learn Direct.    (HL1806)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what contracts have been awarded to the Capita Group by the Department for Education and Skills.    (HL1807)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what contracts have been awarded to the Capita Group by the Department for Transport.    (HL1808)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what contracts have been awarded to the Capita Group by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.    (HL1809)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what contracts have been awarded to the Capita Group by the Cabinet Office.    (HL1810)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what contracts have been awarded to the Capita Group by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.    (HL1811)

The Baroness Harris of RichmondTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average waiting time for the analysis of suspicious substances in each police forensic laboratory in England and Wales.    (HL1812)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the year ending 30th April 2002, what percentage of crimes notified to the Police Service of Northern Ireland resulted in either a caution or a conviction; and how that compares to the average percentage for the rest of the United Kingdom.    (HL1813)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the year ending 30th April 2002, how many incidents of burglary were notified to the Police Service of Northern Ireland; and how this figure compares to the number of notified instances of burglary in the previous two years.    (HL1814)

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] [12th March]

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]

Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions) [3rd March]

Ministerial and other Salaries (Amendment) [HL]

House of Lords (Amendment) [HL]

Water [HL] [6th March]

Patient (Assisted Dying) [HL]

Hereford Markets [HL]

    Nottingham City Council [HL] [27th February]

Waiting for commitment

    Sexual Offences [HL]

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    London Local Authorities [HL]

Committed to a Grand Committee

Health (Wales) [26th February]

    European Parliament (Representation)

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

Courts [HL]

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

    Regional Assemblies (Preparations) [13th March]

Waiting for Report

High Hedges [HL] [28th February]

Licensing [HL] [24th February]

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

Public Services (Disruption) [HL]

    Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) [10th March]

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

    Draft Asylum (Designated States) Order 2003

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    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 24TH FEBRUARY

European Union (Sub-Committee C)in Washington
European Union (Sub-Committee B)4.15 pm
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
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)3.15 pm
Economic Affairs (Select Committee)4.00 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 26TH FEBRUARY

European Union (Sub-Committee D)in Aberdeen
Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform10.30 am
(Select Committee)
European Union (Sub-Committee F)11.00 am
Religious Offences (Select Committee)2.00 pm
Constitution (Select Committee)4.00 pm

TUESDAY 4TH MARCH

House Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 5TH MARCH

European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
 
 
 
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