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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.

TUESDAY 29TH APRIL

At half-past two o’clock

*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).

†*The Baroness Sharp of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why so many schools find it impossible to fund current staffing levels next year in spite of promised increases in Government funding.

Harbours Bill [HL]Report [The Lord Berkeley]

†European Parliament (Representation) Bill—Consideration of Commons Amendment [The Lord Chancellor]

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 Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the joint statement of 27th March by the United States Secretary of State and the Foreign Secretary on steps to reduce tension between India and Pakistan, they have any further initiatives in mind.

†*The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what policies the Prime Minister was announcing when he told the Financial Times of Monday 28th April that “what we have got to do is fundamentally to redraw the way the 1945 welfare state settlement is implemented”.

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]

†Equality Bill [HL]—Third Reading [The Lord Lester of Herne Hill]

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 whether, in the light of the Department of Trade and Industry’s 23rd annual report of the home and leisure accident surveillance system entitled Working for a Safer World, they will encourage the food and packaging industries to redesign food containers and cans, for example those containing corned beef.

‡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

†*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision will be made under the proposed new general practitioner contract to ensure continuance of general practitioner health centre practices on university campuses.

†*The Lord Rea—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to recover the antiquities looted from Iraq’s museums after they came under British or United States control.

†*The Lord Quirk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce waiting times for access to speech and language therapy.

[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

†*The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made on the investigation into Individual Learning Accounts.

†*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the English House Condition Survey for 2001 is to be published.

†*The Lord Clinton-Davis—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had any discussions with the sugar industries concerning guidelines on healthy eating.

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

TUESDAY 13TH MAY

†*The Baroness Greengross—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that the terms of United Nations resolution 1325 for broad participation of women in peace-building and post-conflict Iraq are being met.

†*The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set up a judicial inquiry on the facts revealed in the Stevens Report on the role of British officials in the murder in Northern Ireland of Roman Catholics by Protestant paramilitaries.

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

WEDNESDAY 14TH MAY

†*The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are being taken to strengthen the relationship with Kazakhstan.

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).

WEDNESDAY 21ST MAY

†*The Lord Lloyd-Webber—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the funds from the Standards Fund For Music are being administered for the purposes for which they were intended.

†Clergy Discipline Measure—The Lord Bishop of Winchester to move, That, in accordance with the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919, the Clergy Discipline Measure be presented to Her Majesty for the Royal Assent.

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 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 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.

†Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2003—The Lord Trefgarne to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Order, laid before the House on 1st April, be annulled (S.I. 2003/777).

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]

†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 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.

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 28th April, or unanswered after 21 days]

[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)

20th March

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)

26th March

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

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

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

27th March

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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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 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)

28th April

The Baroness Hilton of EggardonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to make public the Treasury Solicitor’s Department Corporate Plan.    (HL2564)

The Baroness Turner of CamdenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s review of their Focus Programme.    (HL2565)

The Baroness Turner of CamdenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any goods subject to the European Union arms embargo have recently been approved for export to Bosnia.    (HL2566)

The Lord Lea of CrondallTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for asking the Retail Prices Index Advisory Committee to consider issues of—

        (a)  regional prices indices; and

        (b)  alignment with European consumer price index methodology.  (HL2567)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department of Trade and Industry will be consulting the British Veterinary Association and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association about the Competition Commission’s report on the supply of prescription-only veterinary medicines before any further action is taken on the report.    (HL2568)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has had with the British Veterinary Association about the profession’s views on the rate of spread of badgers and bovine tuberculosis; and what further action they are considering.    (HL2569)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are helping the government of Columbia and the parties to the conflict in that country to reach a humanitarian agreement forbidding the recruitment of children under 18 into armed units, and treating juvenile ex-combatants as victims rather than criminals; and if so, whether they are receiving support from UNICEF and the Corps Diplomatique in Bogota.    (HL2570)

The Lord Jenkin of RodingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking following the article in Nature (Vol 421 pp 691-2) which argues that the close response to most toxins, including ionising radiation, is hormetic, which means that the body’s response to low doses is almost always beneficial rather than harmful.    (HL2571)

The Lord Jenkin of RodingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimates they have made of the savings that could be made in the nuclear generating industry if the current linear no-threshold model relating to ionising radiation were replaced by a threshold, hormetic, model as suggested in the article in Nature (Vol 421 pp 691-2).    (HL2572)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to ratify the International Labour Organisation Seafarers’ Welfare Convention 163 (1987) and the International Labour Organisation Seafarers’ Welfare Recommendation 173 (1987).    (HL2573)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the level of development on brown field sites is 90 per cent in London and less than 40 per cent in South Western England.    (HL2574)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what options are being considered for passenger and freight traffic in the study about the possible reopening of the Buxton-Matlock rail line; who are the study partners; how much each partner is contributing to the study; which customers, stakeholders and other groups have been consulted; and when the study results will be published.    (HL2575)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with regard to the proposed guided busway in Cambridgeshire—

        (a)  under what regulations it will be required to be constructed and operated;

        (b)  whether the level crossing design and operations for guided busway across roads will differ from rail level crossings;

        (c)  who will be responsible for installing and maintaining fencing, and to what standard;

        (d)  whether pedestrians will be allowed to cross the guided busway at uncontrolled crossings;

        (e)  what responsibilities the Health and Safety Executive will have for the design and operations;

        (f)  whether the guided busway will require a safety case; and

        (g)  what is the proposed frequency of operation of the guided buses.  (HL2576)

The Lord Palmer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to simplify the method of form filling for a United Kingdom resident wishing to renew their passport.    (HL2577)

The Baroness CumberlegeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are monitoring Birth Rate Plus; and, if so, which National Health Service trusts show a deficit in the number of qualified midwives, as measured by using Birth Rate Plus, and by how many full time equivalent posts.    (HL2578)

The Lord Wedderburn of CharltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their policy on rewards and benefits of company directors is represented by the speech of the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry of 25th April supporting “shareholders’ entirely justified fury about excessive rewards to directors who have been responsible for corporate failure”; by the Welsh Secretary’s view about the need to end “obscene levels of takeaways as a result of losing their jobs or misdirecting their companies”; or by the answer of the Lord Sainsbury of Turville accepting the view of the Lord Barnett that no legal meaning can be given to “excessive” and that “the answer to excessive rewards for failure depends on getting the contract right in the first place” (HL Deb, 11th March, cols. 1228-30).    (HL2579)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the government of Israel is offering compensation to the next of kin or personal representatives of the unarmed British citizens Thomas Hudnall, who was shot on 12th April near Gaza, and Ian Hook, United Nations employee, who was shot in October 2002 in Jenin; and whether they have received information about comparable cases of United States citizens.    (HL2580)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what decisions have been taken by the North South Ministerial Council since the suspension of the devolved administration in Northern Ireland.    (HL2581)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Exchanges of Notes with the government of the Republic of Ireland (Treaty Series No 54 (2002) 19th November 2002) allows changes of policy by the Implementation Bodies such as that caused by a reduction of a Body’s budget.    (HL2582)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the memorandum from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure in Northern Ireland to the Members of the Inter-department Charter Group of 2nd June 2001 which referred to the use of minority languages applies to Ulster Scots as required in the Belfast Agreement; and, if not, why.    (HL2583)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the criteria for exemption for jury selection in Northern Ireland were last reviewed or reformed.    (HL2584)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on an annual basis how many jurors are selected in Northern Ireland; and how many are actually sworn in and sit on a jury.    (HL2585)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost of building smoking chambers in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast; who took the decision to install the chambers; what consultations were held; and with whom.    (HL2586)

The Viscount AstorTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which mainline rail franchise route operators do not operate inter available ticketing.    (HL2587)

The Viscount AstorTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider it is of benefit to the consumer that South Central and Thameslink trains charge penalty fares and Gatwick Express do not.    (HL2588)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when high quality treatment, care and information from asthma trained health professionals will be available to all 5.1 million people with asthma in the United Kingdom regardless of their postcode.    (HL2589)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all staff working in the National Health Service are trained on what to do in the event of an asthma attack.    (HL2590)

The Baroness HamweeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the reported decision by W.S. Atkins plc to withdraw from a five-year private finance initiative contract with the London Borough of Southwark after only two years because the margins had failed to reach their expectations, what provisions there are in the public private partnership contracts for the London Underground to prevent a similar withdrawal in future, given that Atkins has a 20 per cent stake in the infraco Metronet, which is contracted to maintain and upgrade 70 per cent of the Underground network.    (HL2591)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Nations published its proposals for a settlement in Cyprus in the Turkish language.    (HL2592)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the official languages of the Republic of Cyprus; and, following the accession by Cypress to membership of the European Union, whether each of these languages will be used officially by the European Union.    (HL2593)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what way would the rights of Greece, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, under the Treaty of Guarantee for Cyprus, be changed as a result of the provisions in the United Nations Plan for a settlement in Cyprus.    (HL2594)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether citizens of member states of the European Union who are (a) visiting or (b) resident in Turkish Northern Cyprus will have unrestricted movement into Greek Southern Cyprus following the accession of the Republic of Cyprus as a member state of the European Union.    (HL2595)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a site in Carryduff has been acquired for the proposed St Ita’s primary school; at what stage is the planning for this school; what is its proposed enrolment; whether funds have been allocated for the scheme; and when it is programmed to begin work on site.    (HL2596)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals there are to redevelop St Joseph’s primary school in Carryduff; at what stage is the planning; what is the proposed enrolment; whether funds have been allocated for this school project; and when it is programmed to begin work on site.    (HL2597)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Amos on 28th April (HL2427), whether President Putin has ever raised any matters concerning Boris Berezovsky with the United Kingdom government.    (HL2598)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have undertaken any surveys among disabled people to ascertain their views on pre-natal screening programmes, eugenic abortion and pre-implementation genetic diagnosis.    (HL2599)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have information of fear, particularly among disabled and seriously ill people, about campaigns to legalise euthanasia.    (HL2600)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have of alleged discriminatory attitudes towards surgery for people with Down’s Syndrome.     (HL2601)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they give for determining whether a person desiring suicide should be counselled to change their mind; and whether the person’s disability or non-disability is considered as a factor for such a determination.    (HL2602)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to prevent the use of the internet to promote suicide.    (HL2603)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the statistically most likely condition for an abortion in the latest year for which figures are available in terms of—

        (a)  the marital status of the woman;

        (b)  the age of the woman;

        (c)  the gestation of the pregnancy;

        (d)  the number of previous children born by the woman;

        (e)  the number of previous abortions undergone by the woman; and

        (f)  the legal grounds under which the abortion was performed.  (HL2604)

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the number of abortions in the years 1966; 1968; 1969; 1970; 1980; 1990; and 2000.    (HL2605)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the number of—

        (a)  reported incidences of child abuse; and

        (b)  convictions for child abuse

    in the years 1966; 1968; 1969; 1970; 1980; 1990; and 2000.   (HL2606)

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the number of morning-after pills prescribed, sold or supplied in the years 1990; 1995; 2000; and 2001.    (HL2607)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the number of—

        (a)  reported incidences of unlawful sex with minors; and

        (b)  convictions for unlawful sex with minors

in the years 1990; 1995; 2000; and 2001.    (HL2608)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many late abortions were performed in each of the last ten years for which figures are available in pregnancies of—

        (a)  24 weeks;

        (b)  25 weeks;

        (c)  26 weeks;

        (d)  27 weeks;

        (e)  28 weeks;

        (f)  over 28 weeks; and

whether they will indicate the numbers and percentages of those abortions which were performed on legal grounds.    (HL2609)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give a breakdown by regional health authority of the number of abortions performed in the latest two years for which figures are available in pregnancies of—

        (a)  24 weeks;

        (b)  25 weeks;

        (c)  26 weeks;

        (d)  27 weeks;

        (e)  28 weeks;

        (f)  over 28 weeks;

whether they will indicate the grounds upon which those abortions were performed; and, whether they will indicate where appropriate the nature of any possible handicap from which the baby might have been suffering.    (HL2610)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what the latest available figures are for (i) the resident population and (ii) the total rateable value of non-residential properties in each of the following wards—

Local Authority

Ward

Local Authority

Ward

        

Camden

Holborn

Leicester

Wycliffe

  

Kings Cross

Northampton

Castle

  

Regent’s Park

Derby

Babington

  

St. Pancras

  

Litchurch

  

Somers Town

Birmingham

Ladywood

Hammersmith & Fulham

White City & Shepherds Bush

Dudley

Brierley Hill

Hackney

Moorfields

Coventry

St Michaels

Islington

Bunhill

Wolverhampton

St Peters

  

Clerkenwell

Hull

Myton

Lambeth

Bishops

Leeds

City & Holbeck

Southwark

Cathedral

Sheffield

Castle

  

Dockyard

  

Darnall

  

Riverside

Stoke-on-Trent

Shelton

Tower Hamlets

Millwall

Darlington

Central

  

St Katherine’s

Newcastle-on-Tyne

West City

Portsmouth

Charles Dickens

Sunderland

Central

Southampton

Bargate

Liverpool

Abercromby

Bristol

Ashley

Manchester

Central

  

Cabot

Preston

Central

Plymouth

Sutton

    

Harlow

Hare St & Town Centre

Belfast

Shaftesbury

Ipswich

Town

Londonderry

The Diamond

King’s Lynn

Central

    

Norwich

Mancroft

Newport (Gwent)

Stow Hill

Peterborough

Central

Swansea

Castle

Thurrock

West Thurrock

    

    (HL2611)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were their estimates in calculating the annual cost to the Exchequer of the abolition of stamp duty on non-residential property purchases in disadvantaged areas, of—

        (a)  the total current capital value of non-residential property in the 2000 disadvantaged areas;

        (b)  the proportion of this total value which will be bought and sold each year; and

        (c)  the proportion of the annual cost to the Exchequer represented by the abolition of stamp duty on purchases of existing non-residential properties, as opposed to development of new non-residential properties.  (HL2612)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the estimated cost to the Exchequer will be in the financial year 2004-05 of exempting the 2000 disadvantaged areas from stamp duty on the grant of new leases on non-residential property, at the rates proposed in the 2003 Budget.    (HL2613)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they used local authority wards in England, Wales and Northern Ireland but postcodes in Scotland when selecting the 2000 disadvantaged areas for stamp duty exemption.    (HL2614)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

28th 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)

20th March

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)

26th March

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

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

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

27th March

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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

10th April

The Lord PalmerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the procedure for withdrawing an honorary Knighthood from a foreign national.    [FCO]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [DTI]    (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.    [DfID]    (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.    [DfID]    (HL2547)

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.    [DfES]    (HL2549)

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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [HO]    (HL2557)

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.    [HMT]    (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.    [HMT]    (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.    [HMT]    (HL2561)

28th April

The Baroness Hilton of EggardonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to make public the Treasury Solicitor’s Department Corporate Plan.    (HL2564)

The Baroness Turner of CamdenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s review of their Focus Programme.    (HL2565)

The Baroness Turner of CamdenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any goods subject to the European Union arms embargo have recently been approved for export to Bosnia.    (HL2566)

The Lord Lea of CrondallTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for asking the Retail Prices Index Advisory Committee to consider issues of—

        (a)  regional prices indices; and

        (b)  alignment with European consumer price index methodology.  (HL2567)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department of Trade and Industry will be consulting the British Veterinary Association and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association about the Competition Commission’s report on the supply of prescription-only veterinary medicines before any further action is taken on the report.    (HL2568)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has had with the British Veterinary Association about the profession’s views on the rate of spread of badgers and bovine tuberculosis; and what further action they are considering.    (HL2569)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are helping the government of Columbia and the parties to the conflict in that country to reach a humanitarian agreement forbidding the recruitment of children under 18 into armed units, and treating juvenile ex-combatants as victims rather than criminals; and if so, whether they are receiving support from UNICEF and the Corps Diplomatique in Bogota.    (HL2570)

The Lord Jenkin of RodingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking following the article in Nature (Vol 421 pp 691-2) which argues that the close response to most toxins, including ionising radiation, is hormetic, which means that the body’s response to low doses is almost always beneficial rather than harmful.    (HL2571)

The Lord Jenkin of RodingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimates they have made of the savings that could be made in the nuclear generating industry if the current linear no-threshold model relating to ionising radiation were replaced by a threshold, hormetic, model as suggested in the article in Nature (Vol 421 pp 691-2).    (HL2572)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to ratify the International Labour Organisation Seafarers’ Welfare Convention 163 (1987) and the International Labour Organisation Seafarers’ Welfare Recommendation 173 (1987).    (HL2573)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the level of development on brown field sites is 90 per cent in London and less than 40 per cent in South Western England.    (HL2574)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what options are being considered for passenger and freight traffic in the study about the possible reopening of the Buxton-Matlock rail line; who are the study partners; how much each partner is contributing to the study; which customers, stakeholders and other groups have been consulted; and when the study results will be published.    (HL2575)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with regard to the proposed guided busway in Cambridgeshire—

        (a)  under what regulations it will be required to be constructed and operated;

        (b)  whether the level crossing design and operations for guided busway across roads will differ from rail level crossings;

        (c)  who will be responsible for installing and maintaining fencing, and to what standard;

        (d)  whether pedestrians will be allowed to cross the guided busway at uncontrolled crossings;

        (e)  what responsibilities the Health and Safety Executive will have for the design and operations;

        (f)  whether the guided busway will require a safety case; and

        (g)  what is the proposed frequency of operation of the guided buses.  (HL2576)

The Lord Palmer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to simplify the method of form filling for a United Kingdom resident wishing to renew their passport.    (HL2577)

The Baroness CumberlegeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are monitoring Birth Rate Plus; and, if so, which National Health Service trusts show a deficit in the number of qualified midwives, as measured by using Birth Rate Plus, and by how many full time equivalent posts.    (HL2578)

The Lord Wedderburn of CharltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their policy on rewards and benefits of company directors is represented by the speech of the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry of 25th April supporting “shareholders’ entirely justified fury about excessive rewards to directors who have been responsible for corporate failure”; by the Welsh Secretary’s view about the need to end “obscene levels of takeaways as a result of losing their jobs or misdirecting their companies”; or by the answer of the Lord Sainsbury of Turville accepting the view of the Lord Barnett that no legal meaning can be given to “excessive” and that “the answer to excessive rewards for failure depends on getting the contract right in the first place” (HL Deb, 11th March, cols. 1228-30).    (HL2579)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the government of Israel is offering compensation to the next of kin or personal representatives of the unarmed British citizens Thomas Hudnall, who was shot on 12th April near Gaza, and Ian Hook. United Nations employee, who was shot in October 2002 in Jenin; and whether they have received information about comparable cases of United States citizens.    (HL2580)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what decisions have been taken by the North South Ministerial Council since the suspension of the devolved administration in Northern Ireland.    (HL2581)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Exchanges of Notes with the government of the Republic of Ireland (Treaty Series No 54 (2002) 19th November 2002) allows changes of policy by the Implementation Bodies such as that caused by a reduction of a Body’s budget.    (HL2582)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the memorandum from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure in Northern Ireland to the Members of the Inter-department Charter Group of 2nd June 2001 which referred to the use of minority languages applies to Ulster Scots as required in the Belfast Agreement; and, if not, why.    (HL2583)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the criteria for exemption for jury selection in Northern Ireland were last reviewed or reformed.    (HL2584)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on an annual basis how many jurors are selected in Northern Ireland; and how many are actually sworn in and sit on a jury.    (HL2585)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost of building smoking chambers in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast; who took the decision to install the chambers; what consultations were held; and with whom.    (HL2586)

The Viscount AstorTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which mainline rail franchise route operators do not operate inter available ticketing.    (HL2587)

The Viscount AstorTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider it is of benefit to the consumer that South Central and Thameslink trains charge penalty fares and Gatwick Express do not.    (HL2588)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when high quality treatment, care and information from asthma trained health professionals will be available to all 5.1 million people with asthma in the United Kingdom regardless of their postcode.    (HL2589)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all staff working in the National Health Service are trained on what to do in the event of an asthma attack.    (HL2590)

The Baroness HamweeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the reported decision by W.S. Atkins plc to withdraw from a five-year private finance initiative contract with the London Borough of Southwark after only two years because the margins had failed to reach their expectations, what provisions there are in the public private partnership contracts for the London Underground to prevent a similar withdrawal in future, given that Atkins has a 20 per cent stake in the infraco Metronet, which is contracted to maintain and upgrade 70 per cent of the Underground network.    (HL2591)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Nations published its proposals for a settlement in Cyprus in the Turkish language.    (HL2592)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the official languages of the Republic of Cyprus; and, following the accession by Cypress to membership of the European Union, whether each of these languages will be used officially by the European Union.    (HL2593)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what way would the rights of Greece, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, under the Treaty of Guarantee for Cyprus, be changed as a result of the provisions in the United Nations Plan for a settlement in Cyprus.    (HL2594)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether citizens of member states of the European Union who are (a) visiting or (b) resident in Turkish Northern Cyprus will have unrestricted movement into Greek Southern Cyprus following the accession of the Republic of Cyprus as a member state of the European Union.    (HL2595)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a site in Carryduff has been acquired for the proposed St Ita’s primary school; at what stage is the planning for this school; what is its proposed enrolment; whether funds have been allocated for the scheme; and when it is programmed to begin work on site.    (HL2596)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals there are to redevelop St Joseph’s primary school in Carryduff; at what stage is the planning; what is the proposed enrolment; whether funds have been allocated for this school project; and when it is programmed to begin work on site.    (HL2597)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Amos on 28th April (HL2427), whether President Putin has ever raised any matters concerning Boris Berezovsky with the United Kingdom government.    (HL2598)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have undertaken any surveys among disabled people to ascertain their views on pre-natal screening programmes, eugenic abortion and pre-implementation genetic diagnosis.    (HL2599)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have information of fear, particularly among disabled and seriously ill people, about campaigns to legalise euthanasia.    (HL2600)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have of alleged discriminatory attitudes towards surgery for people with Down’s Syndrome.     (HL2601)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they give for determining whether a person desiring suicide should be counselled to change their mind; and whether the person’s disability or non-disability is considered as a factor for such a determination.    (HL2602)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to prevent the use of the internet to promote suicide.    (HL2603)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the statistically most likely condition for an abortion in the latest year for which figures are available in terms of—

        (a)  the marital status of the woman;

        (b)  the age of the woman;

        (c)  the gestation of the pregnancy;

        (d)  the number of previous children born by the woman;

        (e)  the number of previous abortions undergone by the woman; and

        (f)  the legal grounds under which the abortion was performed.  (HL2604)

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the number of abortions in the years 1966; 1968; 1969; 1970; 1980; 1990; and 2000.    (HL2605)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the number of—

        (a)  reported incidences of child abuse; and

        (b)  convictions for child abuse

    in the years 1966; 1968; 1969; 1970; 1980; 1990; and 2000.   (HL2606)

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the number of morning-after pills prescribed, sold or supplied in the years 1990; 1995; 2000; and 2001.    (HL2607)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the number of—

        (a)  reported incidences of unlawful sex with minors; and

        (b)  convictions for unlawful sex with minors

in the years 1990; 1995; 2000; and 2001.    (HL2608)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many late abortions were performed in each of the last ten years for which figures are available in pregnancies of—

        (a)  24 weeks;

        (b)  25 weeks;

        (c)  26 weeks;

        (d)  27 weeks;

        (e)  28 weeks;

        (f)  over 28 weeks; and

whether they will indicate the numbers and percentages of those abortions which were performed on legal grounds.    (HL2609)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give a breakdown by regional health authority of the number of abortions performed in the latest two years for which figures are available in pregnancies of—

        (a)  24 weeks;

        (b)  25 weeks;

        (c)  26 weeks;

        (d)  27 weeks;

        (e)  28 weeks;

        (f)  over 28 weeks;

whether they will indicate the grounds upon which those abortions were performed; and, whether they will indicate where appropriate the nature of any possible handicap from which the baby might have been suffering.    (HL2610)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what the latest available figures are for (i) the resident population and (ii) the total rateable value of non-residential properties in each of the following wards—

Local Authority

Ward

Local Authority

Ward

        

Camden

Holborn

Leicester

Wycliffe

  

Kings Cross

Northampton

Castle

  

Regent’s Park

Derby

Babington

  

St. Pancras

  

Litchurch

  

Somers Town

Birmingham

Ladywood

Hammersmith & Fulham

White City & Shepherds Bush

Dudley

Brierley Hill

Hackney

Moorfields

Coventry

St Michaels

Islington

Bunhill

Wolverhampton

St Peters

  

Clerkenwell

Hull

Myton

Lambeth

Bishops

Leeds

City & Holbeck

Southwark

Cathedral

Sheffield

Castle

  

Dockyard

  

Darnall

  

Riverside

Stoke-on-Trent

Shelton

Tower Hamlets

Millwall

Darlington

Central

  

St Katherine’s

Newcastle-on-Tyne

West City

Portsmouth

Charles Dickens

Sunderland

Central

Southampton

Bargate

Liverpool

Abercromby

Bristol

Ashley

Manchester

Central

  

Cabot

Preston

Central

Plymouth

Sutton

    

Harlow

Hare St & Town Centre

Belfast

Shaftesbury

Ipswich

Town

Londonderry

The Diamond

King’s Lynn

Central

    

Norwich

Mancroft

Newport (Gwent)

Stow Hill

Peterborough

Central

Swansea

Castle

Thurrock

West Thurrock

    

    (HL2611)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were their estimates in calculating the annual cost to the Exchequer of the abolition of stamp duty on non-residential property purchases in disadvantaged areas, of—

        (a)  the total current capital value of non-residential property in the 2000 disadvantaged areas;

        (b)  the proportion of this total value which will be bought and sold each year; and

        (c)  the proportion of the annual cost to the Exchequer represented by the abolition of stamp duty on purchases of existing non-residential properties, as opposed to development of new non-residential properties.  (HL2612)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the estimated cost to the Exchequer will be in the financial year 2004-05 of exempting the 2000 disadvantaged areas from stamp duty on the grant of new leases on non-residential property, at the rates proposed in the 2003 Budget.    (HL2613)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they used local authority wards in England, Wales and Northern Ireland but postcodes in Scotland when selecting the 2000 disadvantaged areas for stamp duty exemption.    (HL2614)

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]

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] [1st May]

    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

Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions)

    Regional Assemblies (Preparations)

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendment

    European Parliament (Representation) [29th April]

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Clergy Discipline [21st May]

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

    Draft Contracting Out (Administration of the Teachers’ Pensions Scheme) Order 2003

    Draft Armed Forces (Review of Search and Seizure) Order 2003

    Draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2003

    Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an Association between the European Communities and their Member States and the Arab Republic of Egypt) Order 2003

    Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Agreement establishing an association between the European Community and its Members States and the Republic of Chile) 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]

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

    Draft Regulatory Reform (British Waterways Board) 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]

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
European Union (Sub-Committee B)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

MONDAY 12TH APRIL

Human Rights (Joint Committee)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 13TH MAY

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)2.30 pm
 
 
 
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