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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

MONDAY 28TH APRIL

At half-past two o’clock

*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]

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

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.

*The Lord McNally—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes will be introduced in the management of the Government information and communication service following the recommendations made in the Ninth Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life (Cm 5775).

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

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).

In the Moses Room

At 3.30 pm

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

WEDNESDAY 30TH APRIL

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

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the number of offenders serving prison sentences in England and Wales has been increasing.

†*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take as a result of the report commissioned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Local Food—A Snapshot of a Sector.

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]

Industrial Development (Financial Assistance) Bill—Second Reading (and Committee negatived) [The Lord Sainsbury of Turville] (Money Bill)

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 Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals to change the regulations so as to permit unqualified classroom assistants to teach in schools.

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the progress made by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development.

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

†*The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Department of Trade and Industry’s 23rd annual report of the home and leisure accident surveillance system entitled Working for a Safer World.

‡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 Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how long the Star Trek tented complex will remain in Hyde Park; whether it was granted planning permission; and, if so, by which body.

†*The Lord Sheldon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the publication of the Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life Defining the Boundaries within the Executive: Ministers, Special Advisers and the Permanent Civil Service, whether they intend to introduce legislation to cover the civil service and special advisers.

†*The Earl Ferrers—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the food for the new Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is cooked in Colchester and sent to Norwich by road.

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]

The Lord Naseby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what future they see for Friendly Societies.

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]

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.

ROYAL ASSENT

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).

Co-operatives and Community Benefit Societies Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Carter]

MONDAY 12TH MAY

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

TUESDAY 13TH MAY

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

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.

Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Audit of Health Service Bodies) Order 2003—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 2nd April be approved. [17th Report from the Joint Committee]

Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Audit of Public Bodies) Order 2003—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 3rd April be approved. [17th Report from the Joint Committee]

Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Rights of Access of Comptroller and Auditor General) Order 2003—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 3rd April be approved. [17th Report from the Joint Committee]

THURSDAY 15TH MAY

[At eleven o’clock]

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

At three o’clock

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

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.

FRIDAY 16TH MAY

[At eleven o’clock]

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).

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 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 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 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.

The Baroness Rawlings—To call attention to the political situation in Brazil; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Rawlings—To call attention to the political situation in Sudan; and to move for papers.

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to tackle obesity in children.

The Baroness Harris of Richmond—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Report of the European Union Committee on Europol’s Role in Fighting Crime (5th Report, HL Paper 43), what steps they are taking within the European Union to ensure that the Europol Convention is amended to ensure that Europol has the tools to operate effectively and is properly accountable, particularly to national parliaments.

†The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will take to alleviate the recent rise in employers’ liability insurance, required for small and medium-sized enterprises by insurance companies.

†The Baroness Greenfield—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what mechanisms can be used to improve communication between scientists and politicians so that there is better public understanding of scientific policies.

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.

†The Baroness Warwick of Undercliffe—To call attention to research in United Kingdom universities; and to move for papers.

†The Baroness Hooper—To call attention to recent developments in Latin America; 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 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 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 10th April]

The Lord BrookmanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will appoint two new members to the Animal Procedures Committee.    (HL2537)

The Lord BurlisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are able to clarify their planning policies for town centres and retail developments.    (HL2538)

The Lord ActonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any changes will be made to the Home Detention Curfew Scheme.    (HL2539)

The Lord PalmerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the procedure for withdrawing an honorary Knighthood from a foreign national.    (HL2540)

The Lord ChanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they would give to the Chinese community in the United Kingdom to avoid the fear and alarm which was generated by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) among the Chinese community in Toronto in the week beginning 7th April.    (HL2541)

The Lord ChanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they regret the postponement of an international conference on traditional Chinese medicine at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre on 25th April because more than 200 delegates were coming from China and Hong Kong.    (HL2542)

The Lord ChanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will raise with the Government of China the illicit sale of babies by Chinese women reportedly attempting to avoid fines for over-quota births under China’s one child policy.    (HL2543)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 8th April (WA 35), why it took so long to quote, as an Answer, five paragraphs from a White Paper; and whether they can be more specific as to the transfer of powers before the Third Reading of the Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill.    (HL2544)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in considering the Office of Fair Trading Report on the location of pharmacies, they will accept that the presence of a neighbourhood pharmacy has an importance, especially to the elderly and the disabled, which cannot be adequately measured in market terms.    (HL2545)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in setting up a pilot project between the United Kingdom and Cuba in the Democratic Republic of Congo to explore how Cuban doctors might be engaged in the fight against AIDS; and what is the timetable for the start up of this project.    (HL2546)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether funding will be made available from the Department for International Development for the proposed Cuba-Africa hepatitis and HIV vaccines project in Africa.    (HL2547)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions there have been, in the last year for which figures are available, of heavy goods vehicles for contravening the weight limits on suitably signed roads.    (HL2548)

The Lord SkidelskyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give the figures for the proportion of students entering Oxford and Cambridge universities from independent and state schools respectively every year since 1960.    (HL2549)

The Lord BlackwellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what rise in tax receipts would result from a one per cent rise in nominal Gross Domestic Product and its components, assuming no indexation of allowances, following implementation of measures in the Budget statement of 9th April.    (HL2550)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the reported transfusion-related acute lung injury case settled out of court by the National Blood Service, whether they plan to provide alternative transfusion plasma which does not cause transfusion-related acute lung injury more widely to avoid further compensation claims by affected patients.    (HL2551)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the reported transfusion-related acute lung injury case settled out of court by the National Blood Service, whether they will now give the risk of transfusion-related acute lung injury from blood transfusion a higher priority and take action to protect patients against the risk of transfusion-related acute lung injury.    (HL2552)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will invest to prevent up to 70,000 transfusion patients each year from continuing to be put at risk from United Kingdom-sourced, non-virally inactivated transfusion plasma.    (HL2553)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent discontinuation of human-derived follicle-stimulating hormone (Metrodin High Purity) by the Committee on Safety of Medicines because of the posed risk of vCJD, whether they have assessed the cost of possible compensation claims from transfusion of vCJD through United Kingdom-sourced fresh frozen plasma.    (HL2554)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the £88 million spent to secure safer products for haemophiliacs, and the £55 million to secure the supply of United States-sourced plasma for certain patients, whether they will consider an additional £9.6 million to supply a United States-sourced, virally-inactivated transfusion plasma for the 70,000 patients who undergo plasma transfusions each year.    (HL2555)

The Earl of ShrewsburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to trace all the current owners of self-contained air cartridge system air guns in the event of Parliament prohibiting the import, sale, transfer and manufacture of such weapons, whilst allowing the retention under licence by current owners.    (HL2556)

The Earl of ShrewsburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the estimated 70,000 current owners of self-contained air cartridge system air guns they envisage will apply for licences following prohibition.    (HL2557)

The Baroness Ramsay of CartvaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the Army trained strength from April 2001 to February 2003.    (HL2558)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the terms of reference for the non-Government review of financial support for 16 to 19 year olds; and who will be represented among those who conduct the review.    (HL2559)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the new measure of child poverty mentioned in paragraph 5.9 of the Budget report (HC 500) will attempt to assess the numbers on levels of poverty below 40 per cent of average income; and, if not, why not.    (HL2560)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what sources provide a baseline for chart 5.1 of the Budget report (HC 500), showing percentage given by decile as a result of children’s measures taken by the Government; and how they determine where the deciles divide if they do not know how many people were on each income level below 40 per cent of average income.    (HL2561)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to paragraph 5.22 of the Budget report (HC 500), whether they know what percentage of undertakers provide a funeral service costing less than £700; and, if so, what is the percentage.    (HL2562)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the names of organisations which responded to the Health and Safety Executive’s consultation on a levy charge for railway safety activities, which closed in December 2002.    (HL2563)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

10th APRIL 2003

[Tabled on the dates shown]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

13th March

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)

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, 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 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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 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)

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 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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [DoH]    (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 compensation was paid.    [HO]    (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. [MoD]    (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.    [MoD]    (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.    [LCD]    (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.    [LCD]    (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.    [FCO]    (HL2498)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure that an executive nurse is on every foundation trust board.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [LCD]    (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.    [DoH]    (HL2508)

9th April

The Baroness WilkinsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any goods subject to the European Union arms embargo have recently been approved for export to Zimbabwe. [FCO]    (HL2511)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made with the job evaluation exercise carried out for the purposes of Agenda For Change in respect of the professions allied to medicine.    [DoH]    (HL2512)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what use the results of the job evaluation exercise being carried out for the purposes of Agenda For Change will be put. [DoH]    (HL2513)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to ensure continuing quality of clinical service by the relevant professionals.    [DoH]    (HL2514)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when and how they will respond to the latest report of the United Nations panel of experts on the exploitation of natural resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo.    [FCO]    (HL2515)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have evaluated the effect on the Department for International Development’s programmes of—

        (a)  Uganda’s; and

        (b)  Rwanda’s

    defence spending in the Congo. [DfID]  (HL2516)

The Baroness Masham of Ilton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in light of the report by the Serious Hazards of Transfusion Scheme of 18 fatal transfusion-related acute lung injury cases over recent years and the potential for compensation for transfusion patients, what steps are currently being taken to protect transfusion patients from this danger.    [DoH]    (HL2517)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government following the recent publication in Blood journal that transfusion-related acute lung injury is an under-reported reaction from plasma transfusions, what steps they have taken to ensure full and effective reporting of all transfusion-related adverse incidents to the Serious Hazards of Transfusion Scheme.    [DoH]    (HL2518)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the reporting of transfusion-related acute lung injury under the guidance of the Serious Hazards of Transfusion Scheme.    [DoH]    (HL2519)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 21st October 2002 (WA 75) and 8th April 2003 (WA 26), when the interdepartmental review of international human rights instruments began; and what were the reasons for changing the timescale for completing the review from spring to summer 2003.    [LCD]    (HL2520)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of the Future Search for Ulster-Scots conference which was held by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure in 2002; what were the recommendations; and what is the timetable for their implementation. [NIO]    (HL2521)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what capital work is currently underway for Waterways Ireland; when contracts were sought; on what basis they were awarded and to whom; what are the related costs; and when the work will be completed.    [NIO]    (HL2522)

The Lord AdebowaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on drug courts. [LCD]    (HL2523)

The Lord AdebowaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what further plans they have to increase the “pilots” of drug courts in England and Wales.    [LCD]    (HL2524)

The Lord AdebowaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of drug courts.    [LCD]    (HL2525)

The Lord AdebowaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions they have had with the Council of Europe on the effectiveness of drug courts.    [LCD]    (HL2526)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest figures for the number of asylum applicants held in detention in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland; and, in each case, how many were held without charge in Her Majesty’s prisons.    [HO]    (HL2527)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will raise the subject of violence against women, including domestic violence, at the next Russo-British human rights meeting.    [FCO]    (HL2528)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are discussing with the government of Thailand the recent increase in unresolved killings, the extent to which these may be linked to illegal exports of methamphetamines from Burma and the progress of the Thai investigation into summary killing.    [FCO]    (HL2529)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the “safe house” for children at risk of trafficking for sexual exploitation, managed by West Sussex social services, is in danger of closing; and, if so, whether they will provide resources to prevent this closure. [DoH]    (HL2530)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will instruct their representatives in the European Convention on a Constitution for Europe to support the proposals made by the Swedish Minister for International and Economic Affairs and Financial Markets and the Swedish Government Representative in the European Convention, as set out in their letter to the Financial Times published on 9th April, for the treaty to lay down legally binding roles of good administration within the European Union institutions; to protect the right to freedom of expression of all European Union officials; and to improve the public’s access to documents in all European Union institutions and bodies.    [FCO]    (HL2531)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans to celebrate 300 years of British history in Gibraltar; and whether they have received any request from the Gibraltarians for general assistance on this matter.    [FCO]    (HL2532)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria the Strategic Rail Authority uses in assessing which companies are (a) pre-qualified, (b) shortlisted and (c) final choices in the bidding process for rail passenger franchises.    [DfT]    (HL2533)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that the Strategic Rail Authority has guidelines on the maximum number of franchises that any company can operate or be shortlisted for.    [DfT]    (HL2534)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money the Strategic Rail Authority expects to spend on research and development work on a proposed high speed north-south passenger line during the financial year 2003-04.    [DfT]    (HL2535)

10th April

The Lord BrookmanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will appoint two new members to the Animal Procedures Committee.    (HL2537)

The Lord BurlisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are able to clarify their planning policies for town centres and retail developments.    (HL2538)

The Lord ActonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any changes will be made to the Home Detention Curfew Scheme.    (HL2539)

The Lord PalmerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the procedure for withdrawing an honorary Knighthood from a foreign national.    (HL2540)

The Lord ChanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they would give to the Chinese community in the United Kingdom to avoid the fear and alarm which was generated by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) among the Chinese community in Toronto in the week beginning 7th April.    (HL2541)

The Lord ChanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they regret the postponement of an international conference on traditional Chinese medicine at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre on 25th April because more than 200 delegates were coming from China and Hong Kong.    (HL2542)

The Lord ChanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will raise with the Government of China the illicit sale of babies by Chinese women reportedly attempting to avoid fines for over-quota births under China’s one child policy.    (HL2543)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 8th April (WA 35), why it took so long to quote, as an Answer, five paragraphs from a White Paper; and whether they can be more specific as to the transfer of powers before the Third Reading of the Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill.    (HL2544)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in considering the Office of Fair Trading Report on the location of pharmacies, they will accept that the presence of a neighbourhood pharmacy has an importance, especially to the elderly and the disabled, which cannot be adequately measured in market terms.    (HL2545)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in setting up a pilot project between the United Kingdom and Cuba in the Democratic Republic of Congo to explore how Cuban doctors might be engaged in the fight against AIDS; and what is the timetable for the start up of this project.    (HL2546)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether funding will be made available from the Department for International Development for the proposed Cuba-Africa hepatitis and HIV vaccines project in Africa.    (HL2547)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions there have been, in the last year for which figures are available, of heavy goods vehicles for contravening the weight limits on suitably signed roads.    (HL2548)

The Lord SkidelskyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give the figures for the proportion of students entering Oxford and Cambridge universities from independent and state schools respectively every year since 1960.    (HL2549)

The Lord BlackwellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what rise in tax receipts would result from a one per cent rise in nominal Gross Domestic Product and its components, assuming no indexation of allowances, following implementation of measures in the Budget statement of 9th April.    (HL2550)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the reported transfusion-related acute lung injury case settled out of court by the National Blood Service, whether they plan to provide alternative transfusion plasma which does not cause transfusion-related acute lung injury more widely to avoid further compensation claims by affected patients.    (HL2551)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the reported transfusion-related acute lung injury case settled out of court by the National Blood Service, whether they will now give the risk of transfusion-related acute lung injury from blood transfusion a higher priority and take action to protect patients against the risk of transfusion-related acute lung injury.    (HL2552)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will invest to prevent up to 70,000 transfusion patients each year from continuing to be put at risk from United Kingdom-sourced, non-virally inactivated transfusion plasma.    (HL2553)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent discontinuation of human-derived follicle-stimulating hormone (Metrodin High Purity) by the Committee on Safety of Medicines because of the posed risk of vCJD, whether they have assessed the cost of possible compensation claims from transfusion of vCJD through United Kingdom-sourced fresh frozen plasma.    (HL2554)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the £88 million spent to secure safer products for haemophiliacs, and the £55 million to secure the supply of United States-sourced plasma for certain patients, whether they will consider an additional £9.6 million to supply a United States-sourced, virally-inactivated transfusion plasma for the 70,000 patients who undergo plasma transfusions each year.    (HL2555)

The Earl of ShrewsburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to trace all the current owners of self-contained air cartridge system air guns in the event of Parliament prohibiting the import, sale, transfer and manufacture of such weapons, whilst allowing the retention under licence by current owners.    (HL2556)

The Earl of ShrewsburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the estimated 70,000 current owners of self-contained air cartridge system air guns they envisage will apply for licences following prohibition.    (HL2557)

The Baroness Ramsay of CartvaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the Army trained strength from April 2001 to February 2003.    (HL2558)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the terms of reference for the non-Government review of financial support for 16 to 19 year olds; and who will be represented among those who conduct the review.    (HL2559)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the new measure of child poverty mentioned in paragraph 5.9 of the Budget report (HC 500) will attempt to assess the numbers on levels of poverty below 40 per cent of average income; and, if not, why not.    (HL2560)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what sources provide a baseline for chart 5.1 of the Budget report (HC 500), showing percentage given by decile as a result of children’s measures taken by the Government; and how they determine where the deciles divide if they do not know how many people were on each income level below 40 per cent of average income.    (HL2561)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to paragraph 5.22 of the Budget report (HC 500), whether they know what percentage of undertakers provide a funeral service costing less than £700; and, if so, what is the percentage.    (HL2562)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the names of organisations which responded to the Health and Safety Executive’s consultation on a levy charge for railway safety activities, which closed in December 2002.    (HL2563)

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 [9th May]

    Industrial Development (Financial Assistance) (Money Bill—8th April) [1st May]

    Hereford Markets [HL]

Waiting for commitment

    Local Government

Committed to a Grand Committee

    Water [HL] [29th 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] [28th 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

    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)

    Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions)

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Clergy Discipline

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Release of Short-Term Prisoners on Licence (Amendment of Requisite Period) Order 2003

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    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

SPECIAL PROCEDURE ORDER IN PROGRESS

Waiting for expiry of petitioning period

    Marriages Validity (Harrogate District Hospital) Order 2003 [30th April]

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

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

WEDNESDAY 30TH APRIL

European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
Constitution (Select Committee)4.00 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 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 F)11.00 am
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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