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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.

WEDNESDAY 9TH APRIL

At half-past two o’clock

*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 Higgins—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the increase in the number and percentage of individuals and households subject to means testing since the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s first Budget.

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the role of the United Nations in humanitarian assistance and reconstruction in, and political rehabilitation of, Iraq following the fall of the regime of Saddam Hussein.

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.

*The Baroness Howe of Idlicote—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further action they intend to take to improve co-ordination across departments in light of the National Audit Office’s Report, Developing Effective Services for Older People.

*The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they are issuing and what measures they are taking to contain the spread of Severe Acute Respiration Syndrome (SARS).

†*The Baroness Seccombe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the arrangements for this year’s post-16 examinations in secondary schools are satisfactory.

†Communications Bill—The Baroness Blackstone to move, That it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to which the Communications Bill has been committed that they consider the Bill in the following order:

Clauses 1 and 2
Schedule 1
Clauses 3 to 27
Schedule 2
Clauses 28 to 60
Clauses 62 to 71
Clauses 74 to 103
Schedule 3
Clauses 104 to 115
Schedule 4

Clauses 116 to 156
Schedule 5
Clauses 157 to 177
Schedule 6
Clauses 178 and 179
Schedule 7
Clauses 180 to 189
Schedule 8
Clauses 190 to 196
Schedule 9

Clauses 197 to 216
Schedule 10
Clauses 217 to 267
Clause 61
Clauses 72 and 73
Clauses 268 to 289
Schedule 11
Clauses 290 to 331
Schedule 12
Clauses 332 to 338

Schedule 13
Clauses 339 to 342
Schedule 14
Clauses 343 to 353
Schedule 15
Clauses 354 to 382
Schedule 16
Clauses 383 to 399
Schedules 17 to 19
Clauses 400 to 403.

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

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

†Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) Order 2003—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 27th March be approved. [16th Report from the Joint Committee]

In the Moses Room

At 12 noon

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

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.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why no decision has yet been made on the Crossrail project and how the delay will affect the London infrastructure plan.

†*The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the progress of the reconstruction operation in Afghanistan.

†*The Lord Chan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the National Institute of Mental Health report Inside Outside on improving mental health services for black and minority ethnic communities in England.

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

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

TUESDAY 29TH APRIL

*The Lord Addington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made by the Adult Basic Skills Strategy Unit in ensuring that the appropriate assessment processes and materials for dyslexic learners are being commissioned to allow access to the core curriculum for literacy and numeracy, as stated in Skills for Life.

*The Baroness Whitaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they hope to achieve for their Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative at the G8 summit in Evian in June.

*The Lord Dixon-Smith—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy that public transport fares by bus and train should rise faster than car running costs.

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 Baroness Noakes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why public sector inflation is higher than overall inflation.

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 the Charter for the New Millennium for disabled people worldwide; 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

*The Lord Higgins—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any further progress has been made in preventing the practice of credit rating agencies releasing personal financial information about an individual to family members and others thought to have a financial connection with that individual; and what steps have been taken to ensure that individuals are not denied credit because of inaccurate or inadequate information supplied by such agencies.

*The Baroness Wilcox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Comptroller and Auditor General has approved the accounting treatment of debt in the Government accounts.

*The Lord Campbell-Savours—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration is being given to a national online teacher recruitment service run on a non-profit making, self-funding basis; and what potential savings would arise for the taxpayer.

[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

*The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what initiatives they are planning to help people with asthma.

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).

WEDNESDAY 14TH MAY

The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To call attention to the case for reconstructing the international order and transforming international political institutions; and to move for papers.

NO DAY NAMED

PART I

The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for the future ownership and control of postal addressing.

The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their policies when faced with overwhelming humanitarian crises and massive violations of human rights in other countries.

The Lord Moynihan—To call attention to the state of the United Kingdom’s relations with Cuba; and to move for papers.

The Lord 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.

The Viscount Astor—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the rail ticketing arrangements at Gatwick Airport to be satisfactory.

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.

†The Lord Lea of Crondall—To call attention to progress towards the development of “mutual accountability” with African countries under the aegis of NEPAD (the New Partnership for Africa’s Development) prior to the G8 summit at Evian; 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 8th April, or unanswered after 21 days]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

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)

13th March

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)

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)

8th April

The Baroness Hilton of EggardonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service’s Corporate Plan for 2003-06.    (HL2482)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what transitional measures they have requested from the European Union in connection with the Animal By-Products Regulation due to take effect on 1st May 2003 so as to take account of the English and Welsh requirements,.    (HL2487)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they issue guidance for Ministers and Officials on overseas visits with regard to the consumption at official occasions of species which are on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species lists.    (HL2488)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders have been issued for byways open to all traffic and unclassified country roads in the last 12 months.    (HL2489)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they have issued to local authorities experiencing particular problems with motorised vehicles using unmetalled rights of way since the passage of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.    (HL2490)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum applicants are accommodated in a centre at Dungavel, Lanarkshire and how many children are of school-age; whether this is a former prison; whether the residents are allowed out by day; what provision is made for the children’s education, and whether this will be improved.    (HL2491)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Chief Medical Officer will, as requested by St George’s Hospital Medical School, revise the January 2003 “Chief Medical Officer’s up-date 35” relating to evidence to support the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy in order to reflect the successes of abstinence education.    (HL2492)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have paid compensation to prison officers from H M Prison Albany, or other prisons, in consequence of their taking part in the Sex Offenders Training Programmes; if so, in how many cases; and how much was compensation paid.    (HL2493)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are being made in Iraq for the surrender and destruction of weapons of all kinds still held by civilians and ex-military personnel in all areas controlled by allied forces; and whether they consider it reasonable that distribution of free food be made conditional on the giving up of arms.    (HL2494)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Iraqi prisoners of war are now held; how many persons are in long-term detention; and whether it is intended to bring some arrested persons to court.    (HL2495)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a guardian ad litem can be appointed for a person aged over 18; if so, whether this is possible in cases where no legal action is pending; and whether they consider that the roles of trustees and guardians are sufficient for the protection of persons lacking full mental capacity.    (HL2496)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce legislation authorising United Kingdom courts to give direct effect to decisions of the European Court of Human Rights finding breaches by the United Kingdom of the European Convention on Human Rights; and, if not, why not.    (HL2497)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are providing any assistance to enable Nigeria to implement procedures to ensure free and fair elections.    (HL2498)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure that an executive nurse is on every foundation trust board.    (HL2499)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how, given that the rights and responsibilities of the Chief Nursing Officer and those of nurses at regional level have been restricted, they will ensure effective leadership of nurses and nursing in the provision of health care.    (HL2500)

The Baroness MaddockTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to apply the European Union Animal By-Products Regulation to waste from fish and shellfish products; if so, to what shellfish products the regulation will apply; when shellfish processors were notified of the change; and whether they will make transitional arrangements so that processors have sufficient time to make alternative arrangements to replace landfill disposal.    (HL2501)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many contractors applied for the contract from Waterways Ireland for the recent installation of a slurry wall at Boyle Harbour; whether Pearse-Bachy made the lowest bid; and, if not, why they were awarded the contract.    (HL2502)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why there was an underspend of £10.1 million by the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure in the year 2001-02.    (HL2503)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many moorings have been created in Limerick by Waterways Ireland as a result of a major scheme to enter the Shannon Navigation into Limerick City.    (HL2504)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Filkin on 3rd April (WA 145), whether, if individuals present further information which they wish to be considered in relation to a decision under section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, the Home Secretary has the authority to grant support in response to these additional circumstances; and, if so, how many times this power has been exercised.    (HL2505)

The Baroness HaymanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the results of the special tracking exercise undertaken in respect of strategic health authorities use of funds allocated under the Cancer Plan to be made publicly available.    (HL2506)

The Lord ChanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the growing number of commercial underwriters who encourage those seeking to claim compensation for medical accidents to use their services to cover “no win, no fee” arrangements.    (HL2507)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many adverse incidents relating to the use of Factor VIII and Factor IX blood products used for haemophilia treatment were reported in each year from 1970 to 1987 in England.    (HL2508)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

8th APRIL 2003

[Tabled on the dates shown]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

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)

13th March

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)

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 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)

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 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 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 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. [LCD]    (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)

24th March

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)

25th March

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 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, 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 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)

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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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)

1st April

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 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 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.    [FCO]    (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.    [HMT]    (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. [HO]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [MoD]    (HL2396)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is Italy’s contribution to the allied coalition in the Iraq conflict.    [FCO]    (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.    [DoH]    (HL2398)

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.    [DWP]    (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.    [DTI]    (HL2405)

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

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

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. [NIO]    (HL2409)

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

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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [DEFRA]    (HL2414)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 2nd April (WA 135), 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.    [DEFRA]    (HL2415)

3rd April

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much revenue the National Health Service receives from charges to patients for non-clinical services such as bedside televisions, amenity beds, cancellation charges (dentistry), and for providing access to medical records.    [DoH]    (HL2423)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much it cost the National Health Service to reimburse patients entitled to help with the costs of travel to and from hospital in the last year for which figures are available.    [DoH]    (HL2424)

The Viscount AstorTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the lack of inter-available rail tickets at Gatwick Airport damaging to the tourism industry.    [DfT]    (HL2425)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have raised with the Russian Government the closure of TV6 and ORT television stations.    [FCO]    (HL2426)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether President Putin has now raised any matters concerning Boris Berezovsky with the United Kingdom Government.    [FCO]    (HL2427)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Home Office took so long to consider the application for asylum of Boris Berezovsky.    [HO]    (HL2428)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why Mr Boris Berezovsky has been refused political asylum in this country.    [HO]    (HL2429)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions they have made representations to the Russian government about the freedom of the press and other media in Russia.    [FCO]    (HL2430)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why over 40 per cent of local authorities have not reviewed their policies, and 65 per cent of those have not reviewed their Travelling people policies, to ensure compliance with the Human Rights Act 1998, as shown in the recent study by the Cardiff Law School; and what steps they will take to ensure that local authorities do comply with the Act, particularly with regard to Travelling people.    [ODPM]    (HL2431)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the NHS Bank has advanced any money to National Health Service bodies on the basis that the money will not be repaid to the Bank; and, if any money has been advanced on that basis, in what sense the NHS Bank operates as a bank.    [DoH]    (HL2432)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the terms and conditions on which monies have been paid or committed by the NHS Bank to National Health Service bodies up to 31st March 2003.    [DoH]    (HL2433)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will name the 30 health authorities that were assessed as managing significant financial difficulties at the end of 2001-02 as shown at paragraph 4.11 of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s Report on the National Health Service Summarised Accounts 2001-02 (HC 493).    [DoH]    (HL2434)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will name the 31 National Health Service trusts that incurred in-year deficits in excess of 0.5 per cent of turnover as referred to in paragraph 4.15 of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s Report on the National Health Service Summarised Accounts 2001-02 (HC 493).    [DoH]    (HL2435)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will name the 46 National Health Service trusts that were assessed as managing significant financial difficulties at the end of 2001-02 as shown at paragraph 4.17 of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s Report on the National Health Service Summarised Accounts 2001-02 (HC 493).    [DoH]    (HL2436)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will name the 17 National Health Service trusts that failed to absorb a 5.5 per cent cost of capital as referred to in paragraph 4.20 of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s Report on the National Health Service Summarised Accounts 2001-02 (HC 493), and indicate which of those trusts failed for technical reasons.    [DoH]    (HL2437)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy that Iraqi prisoners within their custody will not be transferred to United States authorities if there is a risk of their being deprived of the protection of the Geneva Conventions or of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.    [MoD]    (HL2438)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the number and types of judicial robes that a High Court judge is expected to acquire upon appointment; and what sums are available from public funds for their purchase.    [LCD]    (HL2439)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 2nd April (WA 132) concerning the budgets of the Implementation Bodies, which Unionist political adviser approved the three year cut to the Language Body’s budget; when and in what form was the approval; and whether they consider that changing the budgets for three years constitutes care and maintenance as accepted by the Ulster Unionist Party in order to keep the Bodies working during the suspension of the Northern Ireland Executive.    [NIO]    (HL2440)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 2nd April (WA 132) concerning the budgets of the Implementation Bodies, when the cuts to the Language Body’s budget were announced by the government of the Republic of Ireland; in what form was the announcement; whether the Irish Parliament was informed; and, if so, when and how.    [NIO]    (HL2441)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 2nd April (WA 132), how much was spent in Northern Ireland by Waterways Ireland during the year 2002 for capital expenditure; and how much the Government contributed to Waterways Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL2442)

The Lord NorthbourneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the long-term implications for parents and children of their policy to introduce the registration of births online.    [HMT]    (HL2443)

4th April

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will name the five National Health Service trusts that exceeded their external financing limits by more than £10,000, as referred to in paragraph 4.23 of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s Report on the National Health Service Summarised Accounts 2001-02 (HC 493).    [DoH]    (HL2445)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether recent reports suggesting that the budget of the Office of the e-Envoy is to be reduced by nearly 20 per cent in the coming year are accurate; and, if so, what are the implications of this for their e-government and e-commerce strategies.    [CO]    (HL2446)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they respond to the suggestion from the Institute of Public Policy Research that their target of placing all government services online by 2005 should be scrapped because it compromises efforts aimed at improving delivery of services on a case-by-case basis.    [CO]    (HL2447)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what methodology is in place to measure the levels of take-up of e-government services by the general public; what levels have been achieved to date; and what plans are in place to encourage further take-up.    [CO]    (HL2448)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of a recent study from the Business Software Alliance suggesting that reductions in software piracy can lead to improved national economic performance, existing measures in the United Kingdom to address this problem are sufficient.    [DTI]    (HL2449)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the response of Colin Powell to the issues raised with him by the Foreign Secretary on 23rd January in relation to the British detainees held by the United States at Guantanamo Bay. [FCO]    (HL2450)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the United States government about the treatment of prisoners captured by British and United States forces in Iraq; and whether they have agreed common criteria for treating any prisoners as not being entitled to the protection of the Geneva Convention.    [MoD]    (HL2451)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any prisoners captured by British forces in Iraq have been handed over to United States forces or control.    [MoD]    (HL2452)

The Lord HigginsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ban the export of live horses for slaughter.    [DEFRA]    (HL2453)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the proportions of parents using Special Educational Needs Tribunals who want for their children (a) mainstream school places and (b) places in special schools.    [DfES]    (HL2454)

7th April

The Lord Jenkin of RodingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to a letter to the Lord Jenkin of Roding of 28th March from the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Science and Innovation, what are their plans for the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency and the Nuclear Liabilities Fund and related matters. [DTI]    (HL2461)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which 28 National Health Service trusts significantly underachieved their financial management targets for the purposes of the star ratings as referred to in paragraph 4.29 of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s Report of the National Health Service Summarised Accounts 2001-02 (HC 493).    [DoH]    (HL2462)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many National Health Service staff and general practitioners are able to reclaim the London congestion charge; and what procedures they must follow to obtain payment.    [DoH]    (HL2463)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the cost of resources in primary care trusts, National Health Service trusts and other bodies which will be involved in processing claims for congestion charge refunds.    [DoH]    (HL2464)

The Lord Philips of SudburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government at which meeting of the Board of the Strategic Rail Authority was the decision taken to exclude FirstGroup plc from the shortlist for the competition for the new East Anglian rail franchise.    [DfT]    (HL2465)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 3rd April (WA 148), whether they will publish the guidance given to civil servants and members of the armed forces relating to duties imposed upon them by international and United Kingdom humanitarian and civil law in the conduct of military action in Iraq.    [MoD]    (HL2466)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 3rd April (WA 148), whether a manual of military law or other similar publication is distributed to members of the armed forces containing guidance about the duties imposed upon them by international and United Kingdom humanitarian and civil law; and, if so, whether they will make the publication available to the public.    [MoD]    (HL2467)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the North South Ministerial Council spent in 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2002-03; how much each government contributed; how much was spent on set-up costs and in doing so identify decorating, carpets and furniture; and how much was spent on other items.    [NIO]    (HL2470)

[As amended on 8th April]

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Northern Ireland political party advisers have agreed to decisions of the North South Ministerial Council since the suspension of the devolved administration in Northern Ireland; on what dates; what those decisions were; and in what form they were given and recorded.    [NIO]    (HL2471)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the breakdown of the set-up costs of £199,072 incurred by the Special European Union Programmes Body as part of the North South implementation process.    [NIO]    (HL2472)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the breakdown of the set-up costs of £200,000 incurred by Waterways Ireland as part of the North South implementation process.    [NIO]    (HL2473)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations they had with the Republic of Ireland’s Department for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs before that Department answered a written question in the Irish Parliament on 3rd December 2002 that outlined a cut of 16 per cent in the Government’s contribution to the Language Implementation Body.    [NIO]    (HL2474)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider it appropriate that the government of the Republic of Ireland can set budgets which include contributions by the Government of the United Kingdom.    [NIO]    (HL2475)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they can explain why the number of United Kingdom passports reported stolen, lost or unavailable increased from 31,497 in 1998 to 114,624 in 2000 and to 166,358 in 2002; and whether they will give the comparable number for the first three months of 2003.    [HO]    (HL2476)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Filkin on 4th April (WA 155-156), in what circumstances a United Kingdom passport is reported as “unavailable”; whether they have now instructed the appropriate Government authorities to distinguish in their records between passports reported lost, stolen and unavailable; and when they expect to be able to provide a numerical breakdown between these three categories.    [HO]    (HL2477)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what charges are levied on those who report their passports lost, stolen or unavailable; and what proportion of the cost to public funds of such missing passports is recovered from such charges.    [HO]    (HL2478)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the records they keep of United Kingdom passports reported lost, stolen or unavailable enable them to identify passport holders who make such reports more than once.    [HO]    (HL2479)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the United Kingdom passports reported lost, stolen or unavailable in each of the past five years have subsequently been recovered.    [HO]    (HL2480)

8th April

The Baroness Hilton of EggardonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service’s Corporate Plan for 2003-06.    (HL2482)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what transitional measures they have requested from the European Union in connection with the Animal By-Products Regulation due to take effect on 1st May 2003 so as to take account of the English and Welsh requirements,.    (HL2487)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they issue guidance for Ministers and Officials on overseas visits with regard to the consumption at official occasions of species which are on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species lists.    (HL2488)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders have been issued for byways open to all traffic and unclassified country roads in the last 12 months.    (HL2489)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they have issued to local authorities experiencing particular problems with motorised vehicles using unmetalled rights of way since the passage of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.    (HL2490)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum applicants are accommodated in a centre at Dungavel, Lanarkshire and how many children are of school-age; whether this is a former prison; whether the residents are allowed out by day; what provision is made for the children’s education, and whether this will be improved.    (HL2491)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Chief Medical Officer will, as requested by St George’s Hospital Medical School, revise the January 2003 “Chief Medical Officer’s update 35” relating to evidence to support the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy in order to reflect the successes of abstinence education.    (HL2492)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have paid compensation to prison officers from H M Prison Albany, or other prisons, in consequence of their taking part in the Sex Offenders Training Programmes; if so, in how many cases; and how much was compensation paid.    (HL2493)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are being made in Iraq for the surrender and destruction of weapons of all kinds still held by civilians and ex-military personnel in all areas controlled by allied forces; and whether they consider it reasonable that distribution of free food be made conditional on the giving up of arms.    (HL2494)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Iraqi prisoners of war are now held; how many persons are in long-term detention; and whether it is intended to bring some arrested persons to court.    (HL2495)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a guardian ad litem can be appointed for a person aged over 18; if so, whether this is possible in cases where no legal action is pending; and whether they consider that the roles of trustees and guardians are sufficient for the protection of persons lacking full mental capacity.    (HL2496)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce legislation authorising United Kingdom courts to give direct effect to decisions of the European Court of Human Rights finding breaches by the United Kingdom of the European Convention on Human Rights; and, if not, why not.    (HL2497)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are providing any assistance to enable Nigeria to implement procedures to ensure free and fair elections.    (HL2498)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure that an executive nurse is on every foundation trust board.    (HL2499)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how, given that the rights and responsibilities of the Chief Nursing Officer and those of nurses at regional level have been restricted, they will ensure effective leadership of nurses and nursing in the provision of health care.    (HL2500)

The Baroness MaddockTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to apply the European Union Animal By-Products Regulation to waste from fish and shellfish products; if so, to what shellfish products the regulation will apply; when shellfish processors were notified of the change; and whether they will make transitional arrangements so that processors have sufficient time to make alternative arrangements to replace landfill disposal.    (HL2501)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many contractors applied for the contract from Waterways Ireland for the recent installation of a slurry wall at Boyle Harbour; whether Pearse-Bachy made the lowest bid; and, if not, why they were awarded the contract.    (HL2502)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why there was an underspend of £10.1 million by the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure in the year 2001-02.    (HL2503)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many moorings have been created in Limerick by Waterways Ireland as a result of a major scheme to enter the Shannon Navigation into Limerick City.    (HL2504)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Filkin on 3rd April (WA 145), whether, if individuals present further information which they wish to be considered in relation to a decision under section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, the Home Secretary has the authority to grant support in response to these additional circumstances; and, if so, how many times this power has been exercised.    (HL2505)

The Baroness HaymanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the results of the special tracking exercise undertaken in respect of strategic health authorities use of funds allocated under the Cancer Plan to be made publicly available.    (HL2506)

The Lord ChanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the growing number of commercial underwriters who encourage those seeking to claim compensation for medical accidents to use their services to cover “no win, no fee” arrangements.    (HL2507)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many adverse incidents relating to the use of Factor VIII and Factor IX blood products used for haemophilia treatment were reported in each year from 1970 to 1987 in England.    (HL2508)

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]

Extradition [1st May]

Railways and Transport Safety [1st May]

Co-operatives and Community Benefit Societies

Industrial Development (Financial Assistance) (Money Bill—8th April)

    Hereford Markets [HL]

Waiting for commitment

    Local Government

Committed to a Grand Committee

    Water [HL] [10th 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]

    Prevention of Driving under the Influence of Drugs [HL]

Waiting for Report

Courts [HL] [8th May]

    Harbours [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions) [10th April]

Equality [HL]

Regional Assemblies (Preparations) [28th April]

    Nottingham City Council [HL]

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]

    London Local Authorities [HL]

Returned to the Commons amended

    European Parliament (Representation)

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Clergy Discipline

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

    Draft Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) Order 2003

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

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

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

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

MONDAY 28TH APRIL

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

TUESDAY 29TH APRIL

House of Lords Reform (Joint Committee)10.00 am
European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Economic Affairs (Select Committee)4.00 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.45 pm

THURSDAY 1ST MAY

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

TUESDAY 6TH MAY

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
House Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

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

TUESDAY 13TH MAY

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)2.30 pm
 
 
 
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