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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 3RD APRIL

At eleven o’clock

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

†Police (Northern Ireland) Bill [HL]Consideration of Commons Amendments [The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn)] [16th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2003—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 24th March be approved.

[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.

†*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take as a result of the report from the Countryside Agency State of the Countryside 2020.

*The Lord Glentoran—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many media passes to cover the war in Iraq they have allocated.

†Local Government Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Rooker] [16th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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.

In the Moses Room

At 3.45 pm

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

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 Davies of Oldham 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.

*The Lord Watson of Richmond—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether new measures are being considered to bring greater pressure to bear on Mr Mugabe and his associates in Zimbabwe.

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on promotion of food and confectionery products direct to school children; and what are the circumstances in which schools, local education authorities and Government Departments may collaborate with manufacturers in such promotions.

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

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

*The Lord Barnett—To ask the Leader of the House what would be a reasonable time between publication of a Select Committee Report and a debate on the Report on the floor of the House.

*The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what provisions are in place to deal with fallen stock.

*The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether prisoners of war taken in Iraq will be treated in accordance with the Geneva Conventions.

†*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to ensure that Parliament is fully consulted on the conclusions of the European Union Convention on the Future of Europe before the start of the proposed intergovernmental conference.

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.

†ROYAL ASSENT

[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 Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what amnesty arrangements they are making for the handing in of unauthorised firearms held by members of the public.

†*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent progress has been made towards a settlement of the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians.

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]

†*The Lord Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total number of people held in custody under the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001; what are their nationalities; and how many have been convicted.

Sexual Offences Bill [HL]—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton]

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

MONDAY 28TH APRIL

*The Baroness Pitkeathley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have been taken to improve co-operation between the National Health Service, the voluntary sector and professional organisations in tackling diseases such as prostate cancer.

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

TUESDAY 29TH APRIL

Communications Bill—Committee [The Baroness Blackstone]

‡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 Morris of Manchester—To call attention to initiatives to enhance the well-being and status of people with disabilities in the context of the European Year of Disabled People; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Pendry—To call attention to the place of tourism in the United Kingdom economy; and to move for papers.

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]

†Railways and Transport Safety Bill—Second Reading [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

Extradition Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Filkin]

At three o’clock

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

†The Baroness Noakes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the services available to patients with Motor Neurone Disease are adequate.

TUESDAY 6TH MAY

†‡The Baroness Masham of Ilton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is being done to combat the spread of tuberculosis and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome; and what facilities for treatment and after-care are available in the United Kingdom.

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

WEDNESDAY 7TH MAY

†Regulatory Reform (Sugar Beet Research and Education) Order 2003—The Lord Whitty to move, That the draft Regulatory Reform Order laid before the House on 17th March be approved. [17th Report from the Regulatory Reform Committee]

THURSDAY 8TH MAY

[At eleven o’clock]

†Courts Bill [HL]—Report [The Lord Chancellor]

At three o’clock

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

FRIDAY 9TH MAY

[At eleven o’clock]

†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).

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 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 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 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.

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To call attention to the situation of the oldest people in Britain; 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 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]

The Earl of Selborne—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Mid-Term Review of the Common Agricultural Policy: External Implications (10th Report, HL Paper 62). [27th March]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 2nd April, or unanswered after 21 days]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

25th February

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)

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 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 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)

12th March

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 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)

2nd April

The Lord Milner of LeedsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for April; and what are the major European Union events for the period between 1st May and 31st October 2003.    (HL2390)

The Baroness GoldingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding allocation Market Renewal Pathfinders can expect for 2003-04.    (HL2391)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government under the jurisdiction of the courts of which country the British subjects held by the United States at Guantanamo Bay fall.    (HL2392)

The Lord SkelmersdaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many females of school age became pregnant in each of the last twenty years for which figures are available.    (HL2393)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the visiting hours at all immigration detention centres should be the same; what changes have been made since this matter was drawn to their attention; and what further changes are planned.    (HL2394)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to regularise the position of persons who, after 30th April, are enabled to be registered as British citizens under section 13 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, but who had been previously registered as British citizens as a result of administrative error.    (HL2395)

The Lord Renfrew of KaimsthornTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 26th March (WA 81), whether they have issued any guidance for military and other personnel as to specific archaeological sites and museums in Iraq which particularly need protection in the present conflict; and whether they have drawn upon the expertise of British specialists in the history and archaeology of Iraq in compiling such guidance.    (HL2396)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is Italy’s contribution to the allied coalition in the Iraq conflict.    (HL2397)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much revenue they raise from patient charges for—

        (a)  National Health Service prescriptions;

        (b)  National Health Service dental treatment;

        (c)  National Health Service sight tests; and

        (d)  National Health Service wigs and fabric supports;

and what percentage of total National Health Service expenditure the combined figure represents.    (HL2398)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much it cost the National Health Service to provide free prescriptions to people aged 60 and over in the last year for which figures are available.    (HL2399)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the National Health Service voucher scheme for glasses cost in the last year for which figures are available.    (HL2400)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much it would cost to provide National Health Service dental check-ups free to every adult in England.    (HL2401)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much it would cost to offer eye tests free to every adult in England, taking into account both Department of Health guidance that the appropriate interval between eye tests for the majority of adults is two years and likely take-up.    (HL2402)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much it would cost to offer National Health Service eye tests to every adult in England at the current subsidised rate of £16.72, taking into account both Department of Health guidance that the appropriate interval between eye tests for the majority of adults is two years and likely take-up.    (HL2403)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer of 27th March by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham (WA 87), why if only three tenders by European Social Fund objective 3 co-financing in respect of capacity building have been rejected because their documentation was not completed properly, Jobcentre Plus produced a pro forma letter of rejection for applicants with tick boxes indicating the grounds for rejection, (for example, that the font size was too small); and whether this approach to voluntary organisations is consistent with the desire for capacity building.    (HL2404)

The Lord DixonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will respond to the proposals submitted by the Shipbuilders and Ship Repairers Association, Society of Maritime Industries and the British Marine Federation for follow-on funding to the current ’Link’ project, which is wholly committed and expires at the end of 2003.    (HL2405)

The Lord DixonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what new schemes they have to assist the British shipbuilding and ship repairing industry.    (HL2406)

The Lord DixonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money the British shipbuilding industry has received from the Shipbuilding Intervention Fund.    (HL2407)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will send expert advisers into the Northern Ireland Office to help with replies to Questions for Written Answer, since 11 out of 16 outstanding questions which have been down on the Order Paper for more than three weeks are to that Department.    (HL2408)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what type of insurance cover has been provided for the railway artefacts at the Foyle Railway Museum in Londonderry.    (HL2409)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the appointment of the chairman of the Northern Ireland Arts Council has been postponed.    (HL2410)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the conclusions of the Strategy Unit in its report Life Satisfaction: the state of knowledge and implications for government, published in December 2002, whether they now intend to appoint a Minister for Life Satisfaction.    (HL2411)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are expected to be the public sector financial and manpower costs of implementing European Union Regulation 2000/0259 on the disposal of fallen stock.    (HL2412)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to enforce European Union Regulation 2000/0259 on the disposal of fallen stock where it applies to poultry.    (HL2413)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present strength of the State Veterinary Service; and by what it is to be increased to administer European Union Regulation 2000/0259 on the disposal of fallen stock.    (HL2414)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 2nd April (HL2157), since when they have measured inflation by movements in the average weekly earnings of regular full-time men farm workers; and whether they would regard movements in the price of wheat as equally valid for the purpose of updating the price of a game licence.    (HL2415)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

2nd APRIL 2003

[Tabled on the dates shown]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

25th February

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)

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 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 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)

12th March

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 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)

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 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 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)

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 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)

18th March

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)

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 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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.    [HMT]    (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.    [FCO]    (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 respect of primary school, secondary school and further and higher education students.    [DTI]    (HL2304)

[As amended on 27th March]

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.    [NIO]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DWP]    (HL2307)

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.    [HO]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [HO]    (HL2311)

27th March

The Baroness Williams of CrosbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether “unlawful Combatants” are being held at the United States base on Diego Garcia or on United States vessels around the island; if so, whether they are being held under control of Her Majesty’s Government or of the United States; what is the legal basis on which they are held; and whether they are being granted the legal rights appropriate to their status.    [FCO]    (HL2314)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice is being issued to women regarding the effect on unborn children of exposure to cannabis.    [DoH]    (HL2315)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that the prisoners currently held by the United States government at Guantanamo Bay are being treated with dignity; and whether their human rights are being respected.    [FCO]    (HL2317)

The Earl of ShrewsburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what mechanisms they have put in place to ensure that those firearms which are surrendered to the police during the current amnesty will be collected centrally within police forces to facilitate examination by the Forensic Science Service for intelligence gathering purposes.    [HO]    (HL2318)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 25th March (WA 74), when they intend to require every driver to carry a licence when driving.    [DfT]    (HL2319)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether managers and staff of restaurants and public houses where people are able to smoke are required to be trained in treating asthma attacks, given that the passive inhalation of tobacco smoke is a trigger for those with asthma.    [DWP]    (HL2320)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support a United States-led Administration in post-war Iraq; whether they would participate in such an Administration; on what experience an Administration would be based; and how they envisage the timetable for reconstruction, based on a United Nations resolution.    [FCO]    (HL2321)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many countries are now providing (a) ground, naval and air forces and (b) logistical support for the United States-led coalition in Iraq; what is meant by a “coalition”; what are the coalition’s objectives; and which countries are involved.    [FCO]    (HL2322)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the road map for the Middle East peace settlement to be published; and when were the last exchanges with the United States government to expedite the process.    [FCO]    (HL2323)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide the number of British passports reported lost or stolen, respectively, in each of the last five years.    [HO]    (HL2324)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are taken by the Registrar General routinely to notify the Passport Agency of deaths; how many current British passports are in circulation; and how many have been returned to the authorities on the death of the holder in each of the last five years.    [HO]    (HL2325)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have been taken to create a trilingual logo for the North South Ministerial Council; and when such logo will be in place. [NIO]    (HL2327)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the affairs of the North South Ministerial Council can be scrutinised by the Northern Ireland Ombudsman.    [NIO]    (HL2328)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who or what is responsible for the delivery and safeguard of human rights in the city of Hull.    [LCD]    (HL2329)

The Earl of ListowelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they and their international partners have had with the government of Angola on developing an effective public health strategy to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in post-conflict Angola.    [DfID]    (HL2330)

31st March

The Lord TomlinsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there will be a reorganisation of the United Kingdom’s diplomatic representation in Africa.    [FCO]    (HL2332)

The Lord CarterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what their position is on reports that Northbridge Services Group is recruiting for work in Côte d’Ivoire.    [FCO]    (HL2341)

The Lord TomlinsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to update the United Kingdom’s bilateral extradition treaty with the United States.    [HO]    (HL2343)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Rimini system, which is applied by the railway authorities and relates to track worker safety, works.    [DfT]    (HL2344)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which body was responsible for introducing Rimini.    [DfT]    (HL2345)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is estimated to be the total cost of Rimini including both track maintenance and additional bus services provided when trains are cancelled.    [DfT]    (HL2346)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many train services it is anticipated will be cancelled in a typical week when Rimini is implemented.    [DfT]    (HL2347)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many lives of track workers, engaged in maintaining railway infrastructure, it is estimated will be saved as a result of introducing Rimini.    [DfT]    (HL2348)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the value attributed to lives saved by Rimini; and what is the value of a life saved by a typical road safety scheme. [DfT]    (HL2349)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are discussing with the government of India the State of Gujarat’s “Freedom of Religion” legislation and whether it infringes existing conventions on human rights; and, if not, whether they will do so as a matter of urgency.    [FCO]    (HL2350)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will describe the timetable for decisions to be made about the commercial growing of genetically modified crops, the public debate and research being undertaken; and in particular whether—

        (a)  the results of the field trials involving genetically modified crops will be published in time for them to form part of the material available to the public taking part in the debate; and

        (b)  the Government’s decision about whether to authorise commercial planting of genetically modified crops will be made during or after the conclusion of the public debate.    [DEFRA]  (HL2351)

The Lord Jopling—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering action against the practice of drivers on motorways with three carriageways cutting in from the right hand lane, overtaking one or more vehicles on the left, and cutting back into the right hand lane.    [DfT]    (HL2352)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has caused the delay in answering the concerns of the National Farmers’ Union over plans for the disposal of fallen stock following the ban on burial of carcasses on farms.    [DEFRA]    (HL2353)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the undertaking given by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on the Report stage of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill on 24th October (HL Deb, col. 1489), why they have failed to consolidate the Immigration Rules and incorporate concessions into them to coincide with the coming into effect of Part 5 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002.    [HO]    (HL2354)

[As amended on 1st April]

The Earl of Mar and KellieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they oppose the proposal to withdraw the direct Leeds to Glasgow limited passenger railway service and to replace it with a Leeds to Carlisle stopping service.    [DfT]    (HL2355)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which countries support in some form, whether political or military, the coalition currently engaged in war with Iraq.    [FCO]    (HL2356)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current purpose of the First Minister’s and Deputy First Minister’s office in Northern Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL2357)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much Waterways Ireland spent on entertainment and public relations in 2000, 2001 and 2002.    [NIO]    (HL2358)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Amos on 24th March (WA 47) that they “do not support coercive family planning practices”, whether they will cease funding the United Nations Emergencies Unit for Ethiopia, which said on 20th March that “it might be worth contemplating how far a system of reward and punishment could help implement family planning strategies”.    [FCO]    (HL2359)

1st April

The Baroness Ramsey of CartvaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any goods subject to strategic export controls have recently been approved for export to Ghana.    [FCO]    (HL2360)

The Lord PalmerTo ask the Chairman of Committees what is the cost to the House of Lords of employing Electoral Reform Services to assist with the Hereditary Peers by-election. [CoC]    (HL2369)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in the next review of the Working Time Regulations they will support the concerns of the Motorsport Industry Association.    [DTI]    (HL2370)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any discussions have recently taken place between Her Majesty’s Government and the Spanish government about the status of Gibraltar.    [FCO]    (HL2371)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any promise has been made to Spain in connection with Gibraltar in return for Spain’s support for the American-British position on Iraq.    [FCO]    (HL2372)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to achieve the widest possible availability of fully qualified interpreters of spoken languages and British sign language for those seeking services from Government Departments and other public agencies.    [CO]    (HL2373)

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 Coalition armed forces about their obligations under international and domestic humanitarian law during the military conflict in Iraq.    [MoD]    (HL2374)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether captured Iraqi prisoners (including those classed as paramilitaries) will be treated by the Coalition armed forces as prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions.    [MoD]    (HL2375)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any treaties or international agreements between the United Kingdom and the United States whose contents have not been made public; and, if so, whether they will identify the relevant treaties or agreements and give their reasons for not disclosing their contents.    [FCO]    (HL2376)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are discussing with the government of the Sudan the arrest on 11th March of a journalist from the English-language Khartoum Monitor; and whether it is internationally acceptable that individuals can be held without charge for renewable periods of 123 days.    [FCO]    (HL2377)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have in Northern Ireland as regards fine defaulters; and whether they seek to increase the use of community penalties and to reduce the use of imprisonment.    [NIO]    (HL2378)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Nations Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Sudan has been able to visit all areas in the Sudan that he wished to see; whether they are supporting the United Nations resolution to continue his mandate; and, if so, whether they will seek worldwide support for this position.    [FCO]    (HL2379)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the British Embassy in Khartoum has yet been able to complete its fact-finding visit to Darfur; and, if so, what are its conclusions.    [FCO]    (HL2380)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are supporting moves to strengthen and expand the verification and monitoring team in southern Sudan, in particular to enable it to investigate reports of abduction, rape and displacement of civilians.    [FCO]    (HL2381)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the £22 billion to be spent on “driving forward thinking and sustainable communities”, announced by the Deputy Prime Minister on 5th February, is to be spent on accommodation or facilities for Gypsies. [ODPM]    (HL2382)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with President Hosni Mubarak that the war in Iraq will create “100 Bin Ladens”.    [FCO]    (HL2383)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received about the provisions of the Regulatory Reform (Housing Assistance) (England and Wales) Order, S.I. 2002/1860, which comes into effect on 18th July 2003; whether they have concluded that primary legislation will be necessary to ensure that the administration of the disabled facilities grant is not racially discriminatory; and, if so, whether they will enter into discussions with opposition parties with a view to getting a one-clause bill for this purpose through all its stages in one day.    [ODPM]    (HL2384)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether public houses and licensed premises are exempt from the provisions of the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Act 2002 in respect of point of sale material, such as beer mats, vending machines and display cabinets.    [DoH]    (HL2385)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the provision by tobacco companies of display cabinets, free of charge, to public houses and other licensed premises to encourage impulse buying of cigars is consistent with the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Act 2002.    [DoH]    (HL2386)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the projected underspend for each Northern Ireland Department for the year 2002-03.    [NIO]    (HL2387)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any of the chief executives of the Cross Border Implementation Bodies have had cars provided for them as part of their remuneration; and, if so, what types of cars they are and what is their value (a) in capital and (b) as a percentage of the relevant chief executive’s pay package.    [NIO]    (HL2388)

2nd April

The Lord Milner of LeedsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for April; and what are the major European Union events for the period between 1st May and 31st October 2003.    (HL2390)

The Baroness GoldingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding allocation Market Renewal Pathfinders can expect for 2003-04.    (HL2391)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government under the jurisdiction of the courts of which country the British subjects held by the United States at Guantanamo Bay fall.    (HL2392)

The Lord SkelmersdaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many females of school age became pregnant in each of the last twenty years for which figures are available.    (HL2393)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the visiting hours at all immigration detention centres should be the same; what changes have been made since this matter was drawn to their attention; and what further changes are planned.    (HL2394)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to regularise the position of persons who, after 30th April, are enabled to be registered as British citizens under section 13 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, but who had been previously registered as British citizens as a result of administrative error.    (HL2395)

The Lord Renfrew of KaimsthornTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 26th March (WA 81), whether they have issued any guidance for military and other personnel as to specific archaeological sites and museums in Iraq which particularly need protection in the present conflict; and whether they have drawn upon the expertise of British specialists in the history and archaeology of Iraq in compiling such guidance.    (HL2396)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is Italy’s contribution to the allied coalition in the Iraq conflict.    (HL2397)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much revenue they raise from patient charges for—

        (a)  National Health Service prescriptions;

        (b)  National Health Service dental treatment;

        (c)  National Health Service sight tests; and

        (d)  National Health Service wigs and fabric supports;

and what percentage of total National Health Service expenditure the combined figure represents.    (HL2398)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much it cost the National Health Service to provide free prescriptions to people aged 60 and over in the last year for which figures are available.    (HL2399)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the National Health Service voucher scheme for glasses cost in the last year for which figures are available.    (HL2400)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much it would cost to provide National Health Service dental check-ups free to every adult in England.    (HL2401)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much it would cost to offer eye tests free to every adult in England, taking into account both Department of Health guidance that the appropriate interval between eye tests for the majority of adults is two years and likely take-up.    (HL2402)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much it would cost to offer National Health Service eye tests to every adult in England at the current subsidised rate of £16.72, taking into account both Department of Health guidance that the appropriate interval between eye tests for the majority of adults is two years and likely take-up.    (HL2403)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 27th March (WA 87), why if only three tenders by European Social Fund objective 3 co-financing in respect of capacity building have been rejected because their documentation was not completed properly, Jobcentre Plus produced a pro forma letter of rejection for applicants with tick boxes indicating the grounds for rejection, (for example, that the font size was too small); and whether this approach to voluntary organisations is consistent with the desire for capacity building.    (HL2404)

The Lord DixonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will respond to the proposals submitted by the Shipbuilders and Ship Repairers Association, Society of Maritime Industries and the British Marine Federation for follow-on funding to the current ’Link’ project, which is wholly committed and expires at the end of 2003.    (HL2405)

The Lord DixonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what new schemes they have to assist the British shipbuilding and ship repairing industry.    (HL2406)

The Lord DixonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money the British shipbuilding industry has received from the Shipbuilding Intervention Fund.    (HL2407)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will send expert advisers into the Northern Ireland Office to help with replies to Questions for Written Answer, since 11 out of 16 outstanding questions which have been down on the Order Paper for more than three weeks are to that Department.    (HL2408)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what type of insurance cover has been provided for the railway artefacts at the Foyle Railway Museum in Londonderry.    (HL2409)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the appointment of the chairman of the Northern Ireland Arts Council has been postponed.    (HL2410)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the conclusions of the Strategy Unit in its report Life Satisfaction: the state of knowledge and implications for government, published in December 2002, whether they now intend to appoint a Minister for Life Satisfaction.    (HL2411)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are expected to be the public sector financial and manpower costs of implementing European Union Regulation 2000/0259 on the disposal of fallen stock.    (HL2412)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to enforce European Union Regulation 2000/0259 on the disposal of fallen stock where it applies to poultry.    (HL2413)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present strength of the State Veterinary Service; and by what it is to be increased to administer European Union Regulation 2000/0259 on the disposal of fallen stock.    (HL2414)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 2nd April (HL2157), since when they have measured inflation by movements in the average weekly earnings of regular full-time men farm workers; and whether they would regard movements in the price of wheat as equally valid for the purpose of updating the price of a game licence.    (HL2415)

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]

Railways and Transport Safety [1st May]

    Hereford Markets [HL]

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    Nottingham City Council [HL]

Committed to a Grand Committee

    Water [HL] [3rd April]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

Road Traffic (Amendment) [HL]

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

Ministerial and other Salaries (Amendment) [HL]

Sexual Offences [HL] [10th April]

Patients’ Protection [HL]

    Communications [29th April]

Waiting for Report

Equality [HL] [4th April]

Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions) [3rd April]

Regional Assemblies (Preparations) [7th April]

Courts [HL] [8th May]

    Harbours [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

European Parliament (Representation) [7th April]

    London Local Authorities [HL] [8th April]

Sent to the Commons

National Minimum Wage (Enforcement Notices) [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 amendments

    Police (Northern Ireland) [HL] [3rd April]

Waiting for Royal Assent

Health (Wales)

    Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.)

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Clergy Discipline

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Audit of Health Service Bodies) Order 2003

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

    Draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Cattle

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

    Farm Waste Grant (Nitrate Vulnerable Zones) (England) Scheme 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 Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Modification) Order 2003

    Draft Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) Order 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]

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    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 3RD APRIL

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

MONDAY 7TH APRIL

Human Rights (Joint Committee)4.00 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee B)4.15 pm

TUESDAY 8TH APRIL

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.30 am
Nottingham City Council Bill [HL]11.00 am
(Unopposed Bill Committee)in the Moses Room
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)3.30 pm
Economic Affairs (Select Committee)4.00 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
Administration and Works Committee4.15 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 9TH APRIL

European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee F)11.00 am
Constitution (Select Committee)4.00 pm

THURSDAY 10TH APRIL

Religious Offences10.00 am

TUESDAY 6TH MAY

House Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 7TH MAY

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform10.30 am
(Select Committee)
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
Draft Corruption Bill4.15 pm
(Joint Committee)in Portcullis House
 
 
 
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