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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

THURSDAY 27TH MARCH

At eleven o’clock

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

At three o’clock

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy that the suspension of Zimbabwe from the councils of the Commonwealth should be continued.

*The Lord Clinton-Davis—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to establish a Human Rights Commission.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will recommend the establishment of a Select Committee to consider the future of the Monarchy.

*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action will be taken as a result of the attendance of children of school age at recent protest meetings, if persons with professional responsibility for the children are implicated in encouraging such attendance.

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

†Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc) Bill—Consideration of Commons Amendments and Reasons [The Baroness Andrews]

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

Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 (Powers of Seizure) Order 2003—The Lord Bassam of Brighton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 24th February be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (Consequential and Incidental Provisions) Order 2003—The Lord Falconer of Thoroton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 28th February be approved. [13th Report from the Joint Committee]

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2003—The Lord Falconer of Thoroton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 25th February be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

In the Moses Room

At 3.45 pm

Water Bill [HL]Grand Committee [The Lord Whitty] [12th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

MONDAY 31ST MARCH

*The Lord Addington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that primary care trusts, health authorities and National Health Service trusts promote and safeguard facilities for physical activity and sport.

*The Baroness Noakes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they will not publish the names of National Health Service trusts which have not met the single sex accommodation standards.

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to shorten hospital waiting lists and the waiting times for patients on those lists.

*The Lord Corbett of Castle Vale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will appoint a waterways regulator to monitor charges for moorings on canals, rivers, marinas and inshore waters.

†Communications Bill—The Baroness Blackstone to move, That the bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

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

‡Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Procedure) Rules 2003—The Lord Filkin to move, That the draft Rules laid before the House on 18th March be approved. [15th Report from the Joint Committee]

‡Asylum (Designated States) Order 2003—The Lord Filkin to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 11th February be approved. [11th Report from the Joint Committee]

    †The Lord Dholakia—To move, as an amendment to the above motion, at end to insert “but this House regrets that the Order has been introduced before the establishment of an Advisory Panel on Country Information under section 142 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002.

TUESDAY 1ST APRIL

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to those who allege that plans for neighbourhood renewal, though sensible, may be stifled by complex representative structures.

*The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the inconvenience caused by the closure of the Central underground line, they will take steps to expedite its re-opening.

*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to take any action in respect of the policies and performance of the Medical Research Council.

*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering any new initiatives to help people with mental illness.

†‡Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) (Variation of Specified Documents) Regulations 2003—The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 4th March be approved. [15th Report from the Joint Committee]

†‡Local Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 2003—The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 4th March be approved. [14th Report from the Joint Committee]

†‡Terrorism Act 2000 (Code of Practice on Video Recording of Interviews) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003—The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 12th March be approved. [14th Report from the Joint Committee]

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

[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Water Bill will continue at 3.30 pm in the Moses Room]

WEDNESDAY 2ND APRIL

*The Lord Cobbold—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent they are committed to the accession of Turkey as a full member of the European Union.

*The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to have further discussions with European Governments about the proposed European Arrest Warrant.

The Lord Blackwell—To call attention to the proceedings of the Convention on the Future of Europe and the case for a referendum on any consequent constitutional treaty; and to move for papers.

Harbours Bill [HL]—Committee [The Lord Berkeley]

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.

THURSDAY 3RD APRIL

[At eleven o’clock]

Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill—Report [The Lord Sainsbury of Turville]

†[Any Commons Amendments to the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill will be considered]

Local Government Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Rooker]

†[At two o’clock

Judgments]

At three o’clock

*The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to ensure the security of humanitarian aid workers who operate in regions of Afghanistan outside the capital.

*The Baroness Wilcox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a list of all signed Private Finance Initiative agreements.

[It is expected that the debate on the Local Government Bill will continue]

The Lord Bishop of Winchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response both to the Final report of the United Nations Panel of Experts on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo and to recent events there.

[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Water Bill will continue at 3.45 pm in the Moses Room]

FRIDAY 4TH APRIL

[At eleven o’clock]

†Code of Guidance on Sites of Special Scientific Interest: Encouraging positive partnerships—The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton to move, That the draft Code of Guidance laid before the House on 5th February be approved.

†Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Cattle—The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton to move, That the draft Code of Recommendations laid before the House on 26th February be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Farm Waste Grant (Nitrate Vulnerable Zones) (England) Scheme 2003—The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton to move, That the Scheme laid before the House on 10th March be approved. [14th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Electricity and Gas (Energy Efficiency Obligations) (Amendment) Order 2003—The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 13th March be approved. [14th Report from the Joint Committee]

Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Modification) Order 2003—The Lord Filkin to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 12th March be approved. [15th Report from the Joint Committee]

Prevention of Driving under the Influence of Drugs Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Dixon-Smith]

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

General and Specialist Medical Practice (Education, Training and Qualifications) Order 2003—The Baroness Andrews to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 3rd March be approved. [13th Report from the Joint Committee]

MONDAY 7TH APRIL

*The Baroness Gale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to meet the specific needs of people who care for someone with Parkinson’s disease.

†*The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider their decision to deny charities VAT recovery relief.

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

‡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.

TUESDAY 8TH APRIL

†London Local Authorities Bill [HL]—Third Reading

‡The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are being put in place for commissioning specialised health services from April 2003.

[It is expected that the Report stage of the Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill will conclude]

†[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Water Bill will continue at 3.30 pm in the Moses Room]

WEDNESDAY 9TH APRIL

*The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to recent developments in Indonesia.

The Lord Bishop of Oxford—To call attention to the religious element in global terrorism and appropriate interfaith responses; and to move for papers. [Balloted Debate]

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

Code of Practice on Time Off for Trade Union Duties and Activities 2003—The Lord Davies of Oldham to move, That the draft Code of Practice laid before the House on 10th February be approved. [15th Report from the Joint Committee]

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to develop clean coal technology and to maintain the mining engineering industry within the United Kingdom.

THURSDAY 10TH APRIL

[At eleven o’clock]

†[Prayers will have been read]

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

†[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Water Bill will continue in the Moses Room]

MONDAY 28TH APRIL

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

TUESDAY 29TH APRIL

†‡NHS Bodies and Local Authorities Partnership Arrangements (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2003—The Baroness Greengross to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 11th March, be annulled (S.I. 2003/629).

WEDNESDAY 30TH APRIL

†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.

THURSDAY 1ST MAY

[At eleven o’clock]

†Extradition Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Filkin]

At three o’clock

†[It is expected that the debate on the Extradition Bill will continue]

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

The Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the All-Party Parliamentary Archaeology Group report The Current State of Archaeology in the United Kingdom.

The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive and the Food Supplements Directive pose a threat to the availability of natural health products currently on the United Kingdom market.

The Lord Campbell-Savours—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration is being given to economy, efficiency and effectiveness in teacher recruitment.

The Lord Jopling—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the Report from the Select Committee on the European Union, EU—Effective in a crisis? (7th Report), they are content with the current capability of the civilian aspects of the European Security and Defence Policy.

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence links breast cancer with abortion; and what measures they are taking to alert women to any risks involved.

The Lord Fearn—To call attention to the place of tourism in North West England; and to move for papers.

The Lord Rogan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to introduce a tax on supermarket carrier bags.

The Lord Greaves—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the review of the Electoral Commission into Absent Voting in Great Britain.

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the role of the United Nations in maintaining security and human rights in areas affected by conflicts arising from a clash between the principles of territorial integrity and self-determination.

PART II

MOTIONS FOR BALLOTED DEBATE

[Ballot on 30th April for debate on 21st May]

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 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 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 Rea—To call attention to the extent of drug treatment and rehabilitation services; and to move for papers.

The Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank—To call attention to the relationship between the judiciary, the legislature and the executive, and to judicial participation in public controversy; and to move for papers.

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To call attention to the case for the revision or replacement of Planning Policy Guidance 7 in connection with sustainable homes and livelihoods in the countryside; 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]

The Lord Peston—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Select Committee on Economic Affairs on The MPC and Recent Developments in Monetary Policy (2nd Report, HL Paper 66). [6th March]

The Lord Norton of Louth—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Select Committee on the Constitution on Devolution: Inter-Institutional Relations in the United Kingdom (2nd Report, HL Paper 28). [15th January]

The Lord Radice—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The Stability and Growth Pact (13th Report, HL Paper 72). [18th March]

The Baroness Prashar—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Joint Committee on Human Rights on The Case for a Human Rights Commission (6th Report, HL Paper 67). [19th March]

The Lord Jopling—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on EU Russia Relations (3rd Report, HL Paper 29). [15th January]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 26th March, or unanswered after 21 days]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

25th February

The Lord RixTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the future funding of the Tizard Centre, University of Kent. [DoH]    (HL1865)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering the possibility of introducing legislation to limit the role of the judiciary in interpreting the international human rights obligations by which the United Kingdom is bound. [LCD]    (HL1867)

27th February

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the pension of the Lord Chancellor will be based on the salary to which he is entitled or that which he currently chooses to accept. [CO]    (HL1920)

28th February

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of (a) males, (b) females and (c) both sexes combined, what is the employment gap between Protestants and Roman Catholics in Northern Ireland. [NIO]    (HL1963)

5th March

The Lord Corbett of Castle ValeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date it is now proposed to publish the report of H M Inspector of Prisons on the most recent inspection of H M Prison Brixton. [HO]    (HL2040)

26th March

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for a witness protection programme for individuals with knowledge of the murders of prisoners of war in Afghanistan, detailed in the report by Physicians for Human Rights.    (HL2303)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what methodology was used to establish the differentials in tariffs payable to the Educational Recording Agency Limited in primary school, secondary school and further and higher education students.    (HL2304)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Privy Seal on 25th March (WA 72 and WA 73) concerning Cross Border Implementation Bodies, what are the details of all the costs concerned.    (HL2305)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration the Department of Health has given to the Leonard Cheshire External Policy Unit report entitled A Survey of Disability Access Policies in Primary Care Trusts; and what action they will be taking on its recommendations.    (HL2306)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what further representations the Department for Work and Pensions has received from the Chairman of Rehab UK about the future of its Tyne and Wear Centre on brain injury; what reply they have sent; and what action they are taking to vouchsafe the future of the centre.    (HL2307)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the statement made by M. Giscard d’Estaing, President of the Convention on the Future of Europe, in an interview with Le Monde on 14th March that “last year Tony Blair’s government decided to organise a referendum on the euro in spring 2003 which would have created a new situation if it had been successful. Unfortunately, this option was destroyed by the Iraqi crisis” was based on information from Her Majesty’s Government, which has not been made available to Parliament.    (HL2308)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 25th March (HL Deb, col. 646), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the invitation to tender for the national firearms licensing management system and a copy of the timetable for responses, scrutiny and award of a contract to deliver that system.    (HL2309)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 25th March (HL Deb, col. 652), what agreements they have reached with terrestrial, cable and satellite broadcasters that will ensure that any special national warning will be in a format that is accessible by those who have hearing and sight impairment.    (HL2310)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set out the rules or conventions governing covert penetration of political parties by police and by the security services.    (HL2311)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

26th MARCH 2003

[Tabled on the dates shown]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

25th February

The Lord RixTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the future funding of the Tizard Centre, University of Kent.    [DoH]    (HL1865)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering the possibility of introducing legislation to limit the role of the judiciary in interpreting the international human rights obligations by which the United Kingdom is bound.    [LCD]    (HL1867)

27th February

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the pension of the Lord Chancellor will be based on the salary to which he is entitled or that which he currently chooses to accept.    [CO]    (HL1920)

28th February

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of (a) males, (b) females and (c) both sexes combined, what is the employment gap between Protestants and Roman Catholics in Northern Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL1963)

5th March

The Lord Corbett of Castle ValeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date it is now proposed to publish the report of H M Inspector of Prisons on the most recent inspection of H M Prison Brixton.    [HO]    (HL2040)

10th March

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many beds there are in National Health Service hospitals in England; and how many administrators there are in the National Health Service in England.    [DoH]    (HL2093)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the North South Ministerial Secretariat in Armagh has spent on public relations and public affairs in each of the years 2000, 2001 and 2002; and who has been responsible for delivering that service.    [NIO]    (HL2097)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who has been appointed to the North South Implementation Bodies set up after the Belfast Agreement; and for what period.    [NIO]    (HL2098)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the use of human diploid cells originating from human aborted foetal tissue as a medium for vaccines is subject to donor consent; how much such tissue is used in this way each year; and what commercial arrangements exist between the National Health Service and pharmaceutical companies to facilitate its availability for this use.    [DoH]    (HL2100)

11th March

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the arrangements for tendering via Job Centre Plus for European Social Fund Objective 3 Co-Financing in respect of capacity building are satisfactory.    [DWP]    (HL2108)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many tenders for European Social Fund Objective 3 Co-Financing in respect of capacity building have been rejected on the basis that—

        (a)  answers to each question exceeded one page of A4 paper;

        (b)  the layout of the application was altered; or

        (c)  the font size for both questions and answers was smaller than 12 point.    [DWP]   (HL2109)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of funds for capital projects, authorised by Waterways Ireland, in the years 2000, 2001 and 2002 was spent in Northern Ireland; and what percentage in the Republic of Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL2110)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the budget for Waterways Ireland was provided by the government of the Irish Republic in the years 2000, 2001and 2002.    [NIO]    (HL2111)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 10th March (WA 162-63) concerning North South Implementation Bodies’ budgets, who agreed, and when, the recommended allocations for 2003; and on what basis. [NIO]    (HL2112)

The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has expressed support for an amendment to the Sexual Offences Bill so that it applies in its entirety to Northern Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL2118)

The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received seeking a review of the law on sexual offences in Northern Ireland; and what representations they have received favouring the extension of the Sexual Offences Bill in its entirety to Northern Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL2119)

The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what significant differences there are in the laws governing homosexual offences in Northern Ireland, and England and Wales.    [NIO]    (HL2120)

The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Sexual Offences Bill will be compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights and its case law if Northern Ireland is not included in those provisions relating to homosexuals. [NIO]    (HL2121)

The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the result of the equality impact assessment under section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 on the decision not to include Northern Ireland in those parts of the Sexual Offences Bill designed to bring about legal equality as between homosexual and heterosexual offences.    [NIO]    (HL2122)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 11th March (WA 179) and 19th November 2001 (WA 115), how they explain that, whereas previously they defined broadband by reference to a minimum downstream speed of 384 kbit/s, no such minimum now exists in their definition. [DTI]    (HL2124)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 11th March (WA 179), which statement of minimum data transfer speed should be relied on as their definition of broadband, 384 kbit/s (WA 115, 19th November 2001), 512 kbit/s (WA 77, 4th November 2002), or no specified minimum (HL 1851, 11th March).    [DTI]    (HL2125)

12th March

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the outcome of the GM Public Debate will be evaluated; and whether the methods suggested will be an accurate measure of public opinion.    [DEFRA]    (HL2130)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of transfusion-related acute lung injury in the past five years have been caused by fresh frozen plasma. [DoH]    (HL2131)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why, when there is transfusion plasma currently available in the United Kingdom to the National Health Service which is licensed in the United Kingdom and sourced in the United States, the National Blood Service continues to provide patients with United Kingdom-sourced fresh frozen plasma which has not been virally inactivated.    [DoH]    (HL2132)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the move announced on 12th February towards providing haemophiliacs with safer clotting factors, why they intend to continue to supply United Kingdom-sourced plasma, which carries the risk of vCJD, to transfusion patients born before 1996.    [DoH]    (HL2133)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why, when there is transfusion plasma currently available in the United Kingdom which is licensed in the United Kingdom and sourced in the United States, the National Blood Service is still unable to implement its recommendation to provide the majority of patients born after 1st January 1996 with United States-sourced, virally inactivated fresh frozen plasma.    [DoH]    (HL2134)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they or the National Blood Service have provided financial settlement in any case of transfusion-related acute lung injury; and, if so, what level of settlement has been made.    [DoH]    (HL2135)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have assessed the cost of possible compensation claims from transfusion-related acute lung injury; and how they plan to budget for this.    [DoH]    (HL2136)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the North South Ministerial Council received copies of the Business Plans for the Implementation Bodies; when they were supplied to the appropriate departments; and which are these departments.    [NIO]    (HL2137)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy to discourage smoking amongst Northern Ireland civil servants; how many special smoking chambers there are in their premises in the Province; and whether they have plans to reduce that number.    [NIO]    (HL2138)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 6th February (WA 42), what equality schemes or arrangements apply to the functions of North South Implementation Bodies in the Republic of Ireland; how are they divided for those working on both sides of the border; and whether the Irish arrangements are to the same standard as those in the United Kingdom.    [NIO]    (HL2139)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 11th March (WA 179), how that answer relates to the commitment to deliver broadband technology that will allow “internet access at 10 times the present speed” across the European Union by 2005, as outlined in the Statement on the European Council in Barcelona by the Prime Minister on 18th March 2002.    [DTI]    (HL2140)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what data transfer speed, expressed in terms of kbit/second, forms the basis for the commitment, outlined in the Statement on the European Council in Barcelona by the Prime Minister on 18th March 2002, to deliver broadband technology that will allow “internet access at 10 times the present speed” across the European Union by 2005.    [DTI]    (HL2141)

13th March

The Lord TomlinsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a prime contractor has been selected for the assessment phase of the Future Integrated Soldier Technology (FIST) programme.    [MoD]    (HL2142)

The Lord TomlinsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a preferred bidder has been selected for the Armada Private Finance Initiative project at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Devonport.    [MoD]    (HL2143)

The Lord MitchellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what further plans they have for contingency planning for possible military action against Iraq.    [MoD]    (HL2144)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pregnancies arising out of licensed fertility treatment have been selectively terminated in each of the last five years; at what stage of gestation was each pregnancy terminated; and on what ground of the Abortion Act 1967 (as amended) was each abortion performed.    [DoH]    (HL2146)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many application forms for Northern Ireland Electoral Identity Cards have been returned to applicants for correction; and how many of these have subsequently been re-submitted for processing.    [NIO]    (HL2147)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will arrange for the litter to be removed from the verges of the M11 motorway between the A406 and the M25; and whether they will take steps to keep this section of the road clean in the future.    [DfT]    (HL2154)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 22nd May 2002 (WA 104), whether they will update the information in that answer, in the same format, showing the number of cases of BSE confirmed in Britain each week since 10th May 2002, together with the moving annual total of cases for each 52-week period.    [DEFRA]    (HL2155)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to complete their consideration of the implications of changing the system of game licences.    [DEFRA]    (HL2156)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what statistical basis they believe that if the price of a game licence had kept pace with inflation it would cost about £2,000 rather than £6.    [DEFRA]    (HL2157)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 11th March (WA 168) concerning underspend from the Northern Ireland Departments for the year 2001-02, in respect of each Department, how much of that underspend has been transferred into 2002-03.    [NIO]    (HL2159)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how long after the recruitment to the services of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces a new recruit begins training; and how many recruits currently have been waiting longer than three months to begin their training. [MoD]    (HL2160)

17th March

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers and functions which the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs currently exercises will be transferred to the proposed Regional Assemblies.    [DEFRA]    (HL2177)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 27th February (WA 57-58), what authority will the National Health Service Purchasing and Supply Agency have to require laboratories to purchase from contracted suppliers when it becomes responsible for the bulk procurement contracts of the Public Health Laboratory.    [DoH]    (HL2178)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will study the recent judgment in the Argentine of Judge J J Galeano concerning the bombings of Jewish and Israeli buildings in Buenos Aires in 1992 and 1994, to establish whether they throw light on the bombing of the Israeli Embassy in London in July 1994 and possible miscarriages of justice arising out of that violence.    [HO]    (HL2179)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 17th March (WA 4), whether any Home Office civil servant or special adviser provided information to the Daily Mail about Mr Justice Collins or his decisions.    [HO]    (HL2180)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 12th March (WA 185) concerning the Belfast Agreement of 1998, whether both governments will ensure equality of treatment to all groups.    [NIO]    (HL2181)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 12th March (WA 185), whether the Republic of Ireland civil servants working in Northern Ireland take an oath of allegiance to the Irish State.    [NIO]    (HL2182)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider de-rating the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Loyal Orange Lodge and Gaelic Athletic Association premises as a method of supporting rural community development in Northern Ireland. [NIO]    (HL2183)

The Baroness GaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given, during their discussions with the hospitality industry about the introduction of a public places charter on passive smoking, to any evidence on the effectiveness or otherwise of the protection given against the health hazards of second-hand smoke by ventilation and air cleaning.    [DoH]    (HL2184)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the report of the Strategy Unit Life Satisfaction: the state of knowledge and implications for government published in December 2002, they have now adopted a policy definition of “Life Satisfaction”.    [CO]    (HL2191)

18th March

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  when Cabinet Office vehicles were converted to use both petrol and liquid petroleum gas;

        (b)  what was the cost of the conversion for each type of vehicle;

        (c)  how much of each type of fuel has since been used by converted vehicles; and

        (d)  what has been the average cost per mile of the fuel used by each type of vehicle before and after conversion.    [CO]  (HL2195)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the main results of the recent Small Arms Conference, jointly sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development and Ministry of Defence; and why there was no agreed communiqué.    [FCO]    (HL2196)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the budgeted expenditure of the Defence Export Services Organisation for the current and coming financial years; who heads the organisation; and whether they will list its “priority markets”.    [MoD]    (HL2197)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will agree with the British Representatives to the European Convention that—

        (a)  the new treaty should enhance the powers of the committee of the regions and give stronger recognition to the regional and local dimensions of Europe; and

        (b)  the new treaty should contain positive and negative mechanisms enabling national Parliaments to uphold subsidiarity.    [FCO]  (HL2198)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any of the following companies and individuals have been responsible, since January 1991, for supplying weapons, directly or indirectly, to the Iraqi Government:

Euromac Ltd-UK
Endshire Export Marketing
Matrix Churchill
Ali Ashour Dagir
XYY Options
Meed International
TMG Engineering

International Computer Systems
International Computers Ltd
Walter Somers Ltd
International Military Services
Terex Corporation
Sheffield Forgemasters
Technology Development Group.<rj>[MoD]

    (HL2200)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any of the British Tourist Authority’s offices abroad are to be closed this year; how many, if any, are planned to be opened in the next two years; and in which countries.    [DCMS]    (HL2202)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what liaison there is between the Regional Development Agencies and the Regional Tourist Boards on—

        (a)  tourism; and

        (b)  heritage.    [DCMS]  (HL2203)

The Lord Fearn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which areas of England have Objective One status and funding; and in which year this funding expires in each area.    [DTI]    (HL2204)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what improvement grants are now available to small hotels and boarding houses.    [DCMS]    (HL2205)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what start-up help and funding are available to small new businesses wishing to enter—

        (a)  the tourism market; and

        (b)  the leisure industry.    [DTI]  (HL2206)

The Baroness Masham of Ilton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what bodies can undertake a risk assessment of farm work liable to be undertaken by a pregnant shepherdess who cannot handle ewes and lambs due to risks of infection.    [DWP]    (HL2207)

The Baroness Scott of Needham MarketTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff were employed in British Rail’s headquarters for the years 1990 to 1993.    [DfT]    (HL2208)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Crown Prosecution Service has only prosecuted three people caught importing illegal meat products; and whether they consider this a reasonable proportion of the 2000 seizures (amounting to 27,000 kilograms) in 2002.    [LSLO]    (HL2211)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what system will be made available to farmers and others from 1st May 2003 for the disposal of fallen stock.    [DEFRA]    (HL2212)

19th March

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the review by the Ministry of Defence of armed forces compensation arrangements, whether the standard of proof required to gain compensation for a medical condition caused or aggravated by military service is to change from reasonable doubt to balance of probabilities.    [MoD]    (HL2216)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of currently successful claims for compensation for a medical condition caused or aggravated by military service would fail if the standard of proof required were changed from reasonable doubt to balance of probabilities.    [MoD]    (HL2217)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received from the ex-service community expressing concern about the proposal to change the standard of proof for compensation for a medical condition caused or aggravated by military service from reasonable doubt to balance of probabilities.    [MoD]    (HL2218)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the tribunal which applies the standard proof of reasonable doubt to compensation cases related to medical conditions caused or aggravated by military service is operating satisfactorily.    [LCD]    (HL2219)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in place to ensure that claims for compensation for medical conditions caused or aggravated by military service which are accepted by the Veterans Agency for War Pensions are also accepted by the Armed Forces Pension Scheme; and whether such agreement between the two bodies is desirable.    [MoD]    (HL2220)

[As amended on 20th March]

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the disability awards given to ex-servicemen and women are commensurate with the levels of service given by those people in the course of their service careers.    [MoD]    (HL2221)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to—

        (a)  the Committee of the Regions’ opinion on “the role of the regional and local authorities in European integration”; and

        (b)  the resolution of the European Parliament of 14th January 2003 on the same subject.    [FCO]  (HL2222)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the Committee of the Regions should be empowered to refer matters which may infringe the principle of subsidiarity to the European Court of Justice.    [FCO]    (HL2223)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that membership of the Committee of the Regions should be reviewed; and, if so, what improvements they would suggest.    [FCO]    (HL2224)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the legal or contractual basis for National Health Service general practitioners with the consent of their primary care trust entering into a reciprocal arrangement whereby they will not take on any patient from within their area who wishes to change general practitioners.    [DoH]    (HL2225)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have not yet published their regulatory impact assessment on the Health and Safety Commission’s proposed Approved Code of Practice on Passive Smoking at Work; and when they intend to do so.    [DWP]    (HL2226)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept the estimate of the Health and Safety Commission that up to 2,340 lives a year could be saved by outlawing workplace smoking.    [DWP]    (HL2227)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what savings to government and business, including the National Health Service, could be made by a ban on smoking at work.    [DWP]    (HL2228)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to introduce an Approved Code of Practice on Passive Smoking at Work.    [DWP]    (HL2229)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the decision of the United States Senate to ban partial-birth abortion, they have any plans to prohibit abortion up to birth on the ground of disability.    [DoH]    (HL2230)

The Earl of ShrewsburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many self-contained air cartridge system air guns there are in circulation the United Kingdom.    [HO]    (HL2231)

The Earl of ShrewsburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention to ban all self-contained air cartridge system air guns.    [HO]    (HL2232)

The Earl of ShrewsburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in the event of a ban on self-contained air cartridge system air guns they would provide compensation to those persons affected.    [HO]    (HL2233)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 18th March (WA 22) concerning GCSE results in Hull, why grades A(star), A, B and C passes in 2001-02 are very much lower than the average in England; and what steps they are taking to improve the rate.    [DfES]    (HL2234)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost of the proposed new junction layout for Junction 19 on the M1 motorway; what is the basis for demonstrating value for money for this scheme; how many minutes delay per annum they estimate the new layout will save; and what are the values of money per minute or delay saved used to assess the benefits, separately for (a) cars and (b) heavy goods vehicles.    [DfT]    (HL2235)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Department for Transport allowed the Highways Agency to overspend its budget by £456 million; what were the reasons for the overspend; and what action they are taking to ensure that overspend by the Highways Agency does not occur again.    [DfT]    (HL2236)

The Earl of ListowelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many meetings the Secretary of State for the Home Department has had with Ministerial colleagues in the last two years with regard to children and young people who sexually abuse; and what plans he has to hold such meetings in future.    [HO]    (HL2237)

The Earl of ListowelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many meetings the Secretary of State for the Health has had with Ministerial colleagues in the last two years with regard to children and young people who sexually abuse; and what plans he has to hold such meetings in future.    [DoH]    (HL2238)

The Earl of ListowelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to develop a strategy to address the needs and risks associated with children who sexually abuse; and whether they will publish a timetable for action.    [HO]    (HL2239)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the conclusion of the Strategy Unit in its report Life Satisfaction: the state of knowledge and implications for government, published in December 2002, that “there is a case for state intervention to boost life satisfaction”.    [CO]    (HL2240)

20th March

The Baroness LockwoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Court of Appeal judgment on section 55 of the Nationality Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 affects the operation of that Act.    [HO]    (HL2242)

The Baroness Turner of CamdenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there will be a reorganisation of the United Kingdom’s diplomatic representation in Central America. [FCO]    (HL2244)

The Lord Walton of DetchantTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that the recommendations of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence relating to the treatment of dyspepsia and gastro-oesophageal reflux with proton pump inhibitors are being widely implemented within the National Health Service.    [DoH]    (HL2245)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the guidance given to civil servants and members of the armed forces governing the manner in which military action against Iraq is taken, in accordance with the principles of international humanitarian law.    [MoD]    (HL2247)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what legal sanctions and remedies are available under the laws of the United Kingdom and the United States for any breaches of international humanitarian law committed during the military action against Iraq.    [FCO]    (HL2248)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the views expressed by the Director General of the International Committee of the Red Cross, in his letter published in the Financial Times on 15th March, about the manner in which military action against Iraq should be undertaken in accordance with the Geneva Convention.    [FCO]    (HL2249)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give further consideration to the allocation of funds to assist North Korean refugees who have fled to China.    [FCO]    (HL2250)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what negotiations they have had with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Government of China about treaty obligations to provide sanctuary for North Korean refugees.    [FCO]    (HL2251)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will raise with the Government of China the arrest and imprisonment of five South Korean aid workers, working as partners of Medecin Sans Frontières, who have been jailed by the Chinese for assisting North Korean refugees.    [FCO]    (HL2252)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to re-evaluate their work with China on the issue of human rights, in the light of criticisms made in the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee Human Rights Annual Report 2002. [FCO]    (HL2253)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions in the last five years they have raised the one-child policy with Chinese government officials; and what has been the Chinese government’s response.    [FCO]    (HL2254)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will lay before both Houses a monthly report recording the number of individuals and families forced by paramilitary organisations to leave Northern Ireland and to go into exile; and listing the number of attacks carried out by such groups; and recording which factions are responsible where that is known.    [NIO]    (HL2255)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision they have made for the procurement and training of fines officers, a role proposed to be created by the Courts Bill, in light of the recently published White Paper on the forthcoming anti-social behaviour bill and its proposals for extending the use of fines as a punishment.    [LCD]    (HL2256)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many reciprocal arrangements exist within primary care trusts in England under which general practitioners, with the consent of their primary care trust, agree not to take on any patient from within their area who wishes to change general practitioners.    [DoH]    (HL2257)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what categories of people are exempt from jury service in Northern Ireland; what allowance is paid for jury service; when the allowance was last updated and on what it is based; and whether there are special arrangements for those who manage small companies and those who are self-employed. [NIO]    (HL2258)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the year ending 30th April 2002, what percentage of crimes notified to the police service in the policing area of Hull resulted in either a caution or a conviction; and how that compares with the average percentage for the rest of the United Kingdom.    [HO]    (HL2259)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to implement Directive 2002/58/EC on privacy and electronic communications.    [DTI]    (HL2260)

24th March

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action, if any, they propose to take in response to paragraph 63 of the judgment of the Court of Appeal in The Queen on the application of Q and others and the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in which it is held that “he [the Home Secretary] must, however, be prepared to entertain further applications from those to whom he has refused support who have not been able to find any charitable support or other lawful reasons if fending for themselves.”    [HO]    (HL2268)

The Earl of ListowelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to achieve accurate monitoring of the prevalence of HIV/AIDS throughout Angola.    [DfID]    (HL2269)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether section 69(3)(b) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 permits the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to issue a statement criticising the United Kingdom Government in connection with the war in Iraq; whether they accept the view of the Commission that the war in Iraq is a violation of international law; and whether public authorities are permitted to engage in such criticism. [NIO]    (HL2270)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for appointing Northern Ireland barristers to the office of Queen’s Counsel.    [LCD]    (HL2271)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the rights of audience of barristers and advocates from the other member states of the European Community who wish to appear in the courts of Northern Ireland; and how many Northern Ireland junior barristers, who are Senior Counsel in the Republic of Ireland, are treated as Senior Counsel in Northern Ireland.    [LCD]    (HL2272)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review existing legislation on asylum seekers and amend or repeal section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, as proposed by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; and whether they accept the Commission’s view that the claims of asylum seekers in Northern Ireland are not assessed in a fair and timely manner.    [HO]    (HL2273)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are plans to build a new headquarters for Waterways Ireland in Fermanagh; how much it is projected to cost; and what is the current status of the project.    [NIO]    (HL2274)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the ethnic and religious breakdown of the population of Hull.    [HMT]    (HL2275)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for the administration of the budget given to the Prison Service for young offenders aged 18 to 21.    [HO]    (HL2276)

25th March

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the decision of the United States government that China’s population policy amounts to a programme of coercive abortion and therefore to cease their funding of the United Nations Population Fund, whether they will now cease their funding of the United Nations Population Fund. [DfID]    (HL2281)

The Lord VinsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what grounds the Health and Safety Executive introduced the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 requiring experienced drivers of agricultural forklift trucks to go to the expense of obtaining a training certificate in order to be legally authorised to drive such machines; and who was consulted in the preparation of these Regulations.    [DWP]    (HL2282)

The Lord VinsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a regulatory cost impact assessment was conducted before the introduction of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998; and, if so, with what result.    [DWP]    (HL2283)

The Lord VinsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 did not contain a “grandfather clause” exempting experienced operators.    [DWP]    (HL2284)

The Lord VinsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 are due to be reviewed.    [DWP]    (HL2285)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that the United States is treating the prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay in accordance with the Geneva Convention.    [FCO]    (HL2286)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  why the Treasury has not yet instructed the Inland Revenue to abolish the limit of £150,000 for stamp duty on non-residential property purchases in Disadvantaged Areas of the United Kingdom, for which approval was given by the European Commission under state aid rules on 21st January; and

        (b)  when such instruction will be issued.    [HMT]  (HL2287)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend the abolition of stamp duty on non-residential property in Disadvantaged Areas of the United Kingdom to continue beyond 31st December 2006; and, if so, when and how they will seek the approval of the European Commission under state aid rules.    [HMT]    (HL2288)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what professional advice they have received on the effect which short-term abolition, until 2006, of stamp duty on non-residential property purchases in Disadvantaged Areas of the United Kingdom will have on valuations of long-term commercial property investments in those areas. [HMT]    (HL2289)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce legislation in the near future to make progress in removing, where possible, obstacles and restrictions which hamper the lives of disabled people.    [DWP]    (HL2290)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to give effect to Rights Brought Home: The Human Rights Bill October 1997 (Cm 3782) by introducing necessary legislation enabling them to ratify Protocol 7 to the European Convention on Human Rights and to introduce legislation incorporating into United Kingdom law the provisions of Protocol 7 regarding—

        (a)  procedural safeguards relating to the expulsion of aliens;

        (b)  the right of appeal in criminal matters;

        (c)  compensation for wrongful conviction;

        (d)  the right not to be tried or punished twice; and

        (e)  equality between spouses.    [LCD]  (HL2291)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to ratify Protocol 4 to the European Convention on Human Rights.    [LCD]    (HL2292)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 24th March (WA 59-60), whether they will give the main examples of circumstances during the past five years in which they decided, in accordance with the Ram Doctrine, that legislation was undesirable.    [LCD]    (HL2293)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place a resolution before the United Nations Security Council to ensure United Nations support for a strategy for the postwar reconstruction of Iraq, when appropriate.    [FCO]    (HL2294)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what funds will be made available to support humanitarian relief efforts in Iraq; and how much they intend to pledge towards such relief efforts in new money, rather than through existing Department for International Development funds.    [FCO]    (HL2295)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to sponsor or support resolutions critical of human rights records in (a) Zimbabwe and (b) China at this year’s annual United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva.    [FCO]    (HL2296)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what implications they consider the policies of Germany and France towards Iraq have for the European Defence and Security Policy and for the formulation of a meaningful common foreign policy.    [FCO]    (HL2297)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who was awarded funding from the Northern Ireland Office Victims Liaison Unit core funding for victims and survivor groups administered by the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council as announced on 19th March; and how much was each award.    [NIO]    (HL2298)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was paid to the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council by the Northern Ireland Office Victims Liaison Unit for administrating the core funding for victims and survivors groups’ scheme for each year since formation.    [NIO]    (HL2299)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many planning applications have been refused by the Planning Appeals Commission in Northern Ireland since the publication of Planning Policy Statement 7 in draft, on the basis of over-development or adverse impact on the surrounding character of an area, where the application did not relate to an area of townscape character or conservation area.    [NIO]    (HL2300)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the percentage of planning decisions by the Northern Ireland Department of the Environment which were overturned at the subsequent planning appeals each year from 1990 to 1996; and in what percentage of Article 33 appeals the Planning Appeals Commission position differed from the Department’s position in each year from 1990 to date.    [NIO]    (HL2301)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what protection a building of local importance has in Northern Ireland if it is deemed by the Environment and Heritage service to be unworthy of protection through listing and is not in an area of townscape character or conservation area; and, if none, what impact this lack of protection has on townscapes, given the current policy in the Regional Development Strategy for increased development within settlements.    [NIO]    (HL2302)

26th March

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for a witness protection programme for individuals with knowledge of the murders of prisoners of war in Afghanistan, detailed in the report by Physicians for Human Rights.    (HL2303)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what methodology was used to establish the differentials in tariffs payable to the Educational Recording Agency Limited in primary school, secondary school and further and higher education students.    (HL2304)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Privy Seal on 25th March (WA 72 and WA 73) concerning Cross Border Implementation Bodies, what are the details of all the costs concerned.    (HL2305)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration the Department of Health has given to the Leonard Cheshire External Policy Unit report entitled A Survey of Disability Access Policies in Primary Care Trusts; and what action they will be taking on its recommendations.    (HL2306)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what further representations the Department for Work and Pensions has received from the Chairman of Rehab UK about the future of its Tyne and Wear Centre on brain injury; what reply they have sent; and what action they are taking to vouchsafe the future of the centre.    (HL2307)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the statement made by M. Giscard d’Estaing, President of the Convention on the Future of Europe, in an interview with Le Monde on 14th March that “last year Tony Blair’s government decided to organise a referendum on the euro in spring 2003 which would have created a new situation if it had been successful. Unfortunately, this option was destroyed by the Iraqi crisis” was based on information from Her Majesty’s Government, which has not been made available to Parliament.    (HL2308)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 25th March (HL Deb, col. 646), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the invitation to tender for the national firearms licensing management system and a copy of the timetable for responses, scrutiny and award of a contract to deliver that system.    (HL2309)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 25th March (HL Deb, col. 652), what agreements they have reached with terrestrial, cable and satellite broadcasters that will ensure that any special national warning will be in a format that is accessible by those who have hearing and sight impairment.    (HL2310)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set out the rules or conventions governing covert penetration of political parties by police and by the security services.    (HL2311)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

Waiting for Second Reading

    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]

    Greater London Authority Act 1999 (Repeal) [HL]

    House of Lords (Amendment) [HL]

    Patient (Assisted Dying) [HL]

    Local Government [3rd April]

    Prevention of Driving under the Influence of Drugs [HL] [4th April]

    Extradition [1st May]

    Hereford Markets [HL]

Waiting for commitment

    Communications

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    Nottingham City Council [HL]

Committed to a Grand Committee

    Water [HL] [27th March]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Courts [HL] [27th March]

    Road Traffic (Amendment) [HL]

    Harbours [HL] [2nd April]

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

    Ministerial and other Salaries (Amendment) [HL]

    Sexual Offences [HL] [31st March]

    Patients’ Protection [HL]

Waiting for Report

    European Parliament (Representation) [27th March]

    Equality [HL] [4th April]

    Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions) [3rd April]

    Regional Assemblies (Preparations) [7th April]

Waiting for Third Reading

    London Local Authorities [HL] [8th April]

Sent to the Commons

    National Minimum Wage (Enforcement Notices) [HL]

    Police (Northern Ireland) [HL]

    Arms Control and Disarmament (Inspections) [HL]

    Waste and Emissions Trading [HL]

    High Hedges [HL]

    Licensing [HL]

    Crime (International Co-operation) [HL]

    Voting Age (Reduction to 16) [HL]

    Public Services (Disruption) [HL]

    London Local Authorities and Transport for London [HL]

Waiting for consideration of Commons Reasons

    Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) [27th March]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Health (Wales)

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

    Draft Asylum (Designated States) Order 2003

    Draft Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 (Powers of Seizure) Order 2003

    Draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2003

    Draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Cattle

    Draft Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (Consequential and Incidental Provisions) Order 2003

    Draft General and Specialist Medical Practice (Education, Training and Qualifications) Order 2003

    Draft Local Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 2003

    Farm Waste Grant (Nitrate Vulnerable Zones) (England) Scheme 2003

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

    Draft Electricity and Gas (Energy Efficiency Obligations) (Amendment) Order 2003

    Draft Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

    Draft Code of Practice on Time Off for Trade Union Duties and Activities 2003

    Draft Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) (Variation of Specified Documents) Regulations 2003

    Draft Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Modification) Order 2003

    Draft Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Procedure) Rules 2003

REGULATORY REFORM ORDERS IN PROGRESS

Referred to the Regulatory Reform Committee for first-stage scrutiny

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Gaming Machines) Order 2003

Reported following first-stage scrutiny by the Regulatory Reform Committee

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Business Tenancies) (England and Wales) Order 2003 [2nd Report]

    Draft Regulatory Reform (British Waterways Board) Order 2003 [15th Report]

Referred to the Regulatory Reform Committee for second-stage scrutiny

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Sugar Beet Research and Education) Order 2003

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

THURSDAY 27TH MARCH

European Union (Sub-Committee C)9.25 am

MONDAY 31ST MARCH

European Union (Sub-Committee B)4.15 pm
Human Rights (Joint Committee)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 1ST APRIL

House of Lords Reform (Joint Committee)10.00 am
European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)2.30 pm
Economic Affairs (Select Committee)4.00 pm
House Committee4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 2ND APRIL

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform10.30 am
(Select Committee)
European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee F)10.45 am
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
Information Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 8TH APRIL

Administration and Works Committee4.15 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 9TH APRIL

Constitution (Select Committee)4.00 pm

WEDNESDAY 7TH MAY

Draft Corruption Bill4.15 pm
(Joint Committee)in Portcullis House
 
 
 
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