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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.

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).

Harbours Bill [HL]Third Reading [The Lord Berkeley]

MONDAY 19TH MAY

*The Lord Hunt of Chesterton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what lessons they are pressing upon the United Nations, its agencies and its member countries about greater collaboration in monitoring international health and security dangers, including improved verification and exchange of information.

*The Lord Mackie of Benshie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the break-up of Milk Marque is in line with their policy of encouraging cooperation in the farming community.

*The Baroness Turner of Camden—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether action will be taken to ensure that civilian casualties of the conflict in Iraq are compensated for injuries and loss.

*The Lord Barnett—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have asked the House of Lords Appointment Commission, chaired by the Lord Stevenson of Coddenham, to recommend a new list of peers.

†Business of the House—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That Standing Order 41 (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with on Tuesday 10th June to allow the motion standing in the name of the Lord Brookman to be taken before the motions standing in the names of the Lord Norton of Louth and the Lord Scott of Foscote.

Local Government Bill—The Lord Rooker to move, That it be an instruction to the Grand Committee to which the Local Government Bill has been committed that they consider the Bill in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 19
Schedule 1
Clauses 20 to 42
Schedule 2
Clauses 43 to 101
Schedule 3
Clauses 102 to 106

Schedule 4
Clause 107
Schedule 5
Clauses 108 to 126
Schedules 6 and 7
Clauses 127 and 128.

Courts Bill [HL]—Third Reading [The Lord Chancellor]

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

In the Moses Room

At 3.30 pm

Railways and Transport Safety Bill—Grand Committee [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey] [18th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

TUESDAY 20TH MAY

*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, taking into account the priorities identified by the Royal Society and the United Nations Environment Programme, the issues surrounding spent depleted uranium ordnance are being addressed.

*The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is still their intention that the national register, required by section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997, should be operational in the summer of 2004.

*The Lord Monro of Langholm—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many school playing fields have been sold in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 respectively; and what percentage of applications that represents in each year.

*The Lord Vincent of Coleshill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to improve the Armed Forces Pension Scheme with respect to the Death in Service Benefit paid to the spouses of those killed in action.

†Communications Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Baroness Blackstone] [14th Report of the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡Patients Protection Bill [HL]—Committee [The Baroness Knight of Collingtree]

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.

*The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are celebrating the life and achievement of Samuel Pepys, founder of the professional Navy, on the tercentenary of his death on 26th May 1703.

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made towards defining the role of the United Nations in the reconstruction and political rehabilitation of Iraq.

Water Bill [HL]—The Lord Whitty to move, That the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 33
Schedule 1
Clause 34
Schedule 2
Clause 35
Schedule 3
Clauses 36 to 54
Schedule 4

Schedule 8
Clauses 55 to 78
Schedule 5
Schedule 6
Clauses 79 to 93
Schedule 7
Schedule 9
Clauses 94 to 97.

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. [Balloted debate]

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. [Balloted debate]

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.

THURSDAY 22ND MAY

[At eleven o’clock]

†[Prayers will have been read]

*The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to recent developments in Sudan, in the light of reports of continuing military attacks on civilians by the government forces in violation of the Peace Agreement.

*The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent representations they have had from the Royal British Legion in relation to the problems and needs of veterans of the first Gulf War and the dependants of veterans with undiagnosed illnesses who have died subsequent to the conflict.

*The Lord McNally—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent initiatives have been pursued by the Department for International Development to help resolve the difficulties faced by the Biharis community in Bangladesh.

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

MONDAY 2ND JUNE

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they foresee a peacekeeping or other role for NATO in Iraq.

*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 Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how serious a threat they consider the development of uranium enrichment facilities within Iran poses.

*The Lord Taverne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have that longer sentences are an effective deterrent to crime.

‡The Viscount Astor—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in bringing forward passports for horses.

In the Moses Room

At 3.30 pm

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

TUESDAY 3RD JUNE

*The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to persuade the World Trade Organisation to include the welfare of animals as a justification for discrimination in trade.

*The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to remove Augustine Chihuri, the Commissioner of the Zimbabwe Republic Police, as Honorary Vice-President of Interpol.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the restrictions imposed by the Financial Services Authority under the Money Laundering Regulations 1993, requiring firms to obtain and record sufficient evidence of the identity of their clients, and seek to eliminate those restrictions which obstruct legitimate business without causing any inconvenience to those whose aim is to launder money.

*The Lord Dubs—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with European Union partners in preparation for the forthcoming World Trade Organisation meeting in Cancun, Mexico.

‡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.

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

In the Moses Room

At 3.30 pm

Extradition Bill—Grand Committee [The Lord Filkin] [18th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

WEDNESDAY 4TH JUNE

*The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are discussing with the government of Israel the destruction of Palestinian houses and olive trees since 1967 and the prohibition on the building of rainwater reservoirs in the Occupied Territories.

†*The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what legal advice they are offering to British citizens who have bought, or are contemplating buying, property in the Turkish-occupied area of northern Cyprus, following the recent opening of the border between the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot areas.

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).

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).

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).

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

THURSDAY 5TH JUNE

[At eleven o’clock]

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

At three o’clock

†*The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to promote the sustainable use of the world’s water resources.

†*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to extend the fixed penalty notice system to drunkenness and other anti-social behaviour.

†*The Baroness Maddock—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals to help bring back into use flats over shops that are lying empty.

Water Bill [HL]—Report [The Lord Whitty]

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they intend to do to address the social deprivation of Gypsies and travellers.

[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Railways and Transport Safety Bill will continue at 3.45pm in the Moses Room]

FRIDAY 6TH JUNE

[At eleven o’clock]

Patient (Assisted Dying) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Joffe]

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).

†Race Relations Act 1976 (Amendment) Regulations 2003—The Lord Filkin to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 8th May be approved.

Regulatory Reform (British Waterways Board) Order 2003—The Lord Whitty to move, That the draft Regulatory Reform Order laid before the House on 28th April be approved. [19th Report from the Regulatory Reform Committee]

MONDAY 9TH JUNE

†*The Baroness Howe of Idlicote—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the duty imposed under section 17 of the Children Act 1989 “to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children within their area who are in need” is being satisfactorily interpreted by local authorities throughout the United Kingdom.

‡Co-operatives and Community Benefit Societies Bill—Committee [The Lord Carter] [18th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡Broadcasting (Independent Productions) (Amendment) Order 2003—The Baroness Blackstone to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 1st May be approved. [18th Report from the Joint Committee]

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

TUESDAY 10TH JUNE

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).

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).

The Lord Brookman—To call attention to the state of the United Kingdom steel industry and of United Kingdom manufacturing generally; and to move for papers.

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

WEDNESDAY 11TH JUNE

†*The Baroness Rendell of Babergh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether creationism is being taught in schools.

The Lord Palmer—To call attention to the situation in the British countryside; and to move for papers.

The Lord Cobbold—To call attention to the long term effectiveness of current national and international polices on drugs; and to move for papers.

Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 8th May be approved.

Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 8th May be approved.

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

THURSDAY 12TH JUNE

[At eleven o’clock]

[It is expected that the Report Stage of the Water Bill will continue]

At three o’clock

*The Earl Ferrers—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to discontinue making recommendations for the appointment of Queen’s Counsel.

[It is expected that the Report Stage of the Water Bill will continue]

The Baroness Whitaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they can help the developing countries in poverty which lack strong funding relationships with donor countries or international institutions.

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 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 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 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.

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 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 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 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.

The Lord Dubs—To call attention to preparations for the forthcoming World Trade Organisation meeting at Cancun, in the light of discussions within the European Union and the pursuit of global trade justice for the poorest countries; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their negotiating priorities with regard to the proposals for the Common Agricultural Policy mid term review.

The Baroness Elles—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are considering in order to combat illicit trafficking in people.

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discussed with the Disability Rights Commission the review of the Disability Discrimination Act.

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will clarify the decision making process involved in the North South Ministerial Council and the Cross Border Implementation Bodies and explain how and on what basis recent decisions were taken; and whether they will give undertakings about future decision making.

The Baroness Buscombe—To move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that Her Majesty may give directions that the husbands of women peers may be seated in the Chamber when She is present.

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their understanding of the causes of poverty in the United Kingdom.

The Lord Thomas of Gresford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept the legitimacy of pre-emptive armed attack as a constituent of the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter; and, if so, whether they will define the principles upon which it will be exercised.

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.

PART II

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

The Lord Jopling—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the Report from the Select Committee on the European Union, EU—Effective in a crisis? (7th Report, HL Paper 53), they are content with the current capability of the civilian aspects of the European Security and Defence Policy. [5th March]

The Lord Woolmer of Leeds—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on “Open Skies” or Open Markets? The Effect of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) Judgments on Aviation Relations Between the European Union (EU) and the United States of America (USA) (17th Report, HL Paper 92). [9th May]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 15th May, or unanswered after 21 days]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

8th April

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)

10th April

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)

15th May

The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes have been made to the guidelines on the rules of engagement for the use of baton rounds by the Armed Forces in Northern Ireland.    (HL2889)

The Baroness WilkinsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the Cabinet Office Departmental Report 2003.    (HL2890)

The Lord DesaiTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Annual Report.    (HL2891)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the new rules on disposal of fallen stock will provide storage containers or whether farmers need to provide them.    (HL2892)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how often approved contractors will be contracted to collect fallen stock from each farm under the new rules on the disposal of fallen stock.    (HL2893)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what a farmer is expected to do with any decomposing carcasses if, under the new rules on disposal of fallen stock, a contractor takes over three days to collect them from a farm.    (HL2894)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the new rules on disposal of fallen stock do not allow farmers to share a small capacity incinerator unless they take out a waste management license, provided that the incinerator remains small scale.    (HL2895)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what monitoring of any increase in the fly-tipping of carcasses they will undertake.    (HL2896)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how long the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is taking to reply to written queries about the operation of the new rules on disposal of fallen stock.    (HL2897)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what new weapons, weapon systems or items of significant equipment were used in Iraq in recent hostilities; and what assessment has been made of their effectiveness.    (HL2898)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government from which contractors new weapons or equipment, used in the Gulf this year, were obtained.    (HL2899)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a timetable exists, or is being prepared, for organising effective policing in Iraq, for destroying surplus and illicit weapons and for disarming the civilian population.    (HL2900)

The Lord CarterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the United Kingdom will be able to meet the European Union indicative targets for biofuel use in 2005 and 2010.    (HL2901)

The Lord CarterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what level of duty rebate is required for biofuel to achieve two per cent of the market share of the United Kingdom road transport fuels.    (HL2902)

The Lord KimballTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the investigations by the State Veterinary Service into the health of the red deer on Baronsdown on Exmoor.    (HL2903)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which countries in the European Union have yet to implement Directive 1997/74/EC on the welfare of laying hens; which of those countries export eggs to the United Kingdom; how much such imports cost, giving figures on an individual basis by country; and whether they will ban all egg imports from European Union countries which have not implemented the Directive.    (HL2904)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as reported in an article in the February edition of Poultry World, planning law or planning guidance has been updated to require wheeled free range egg production units to have planning consent on each occasion when they are moved; when was this done; and by what instrument.    (HL2905)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Press Release 4/02 of the 7th January 2002 on the LEADER+ European Community Initiative, whether matched funding from Government, which lasts beyond one year, is treated in Government accounts as an irrevocable forward spending provision.    (HL2906)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any local authorities have reduced their budgets for food hygiene enforcement work; if so. which ones; and whether there is correlation between any such reduction and an increase in food poisoning cases in the area concerned.    (HL2907)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what current acreage of energy crops are being grown for use by electricity generators; whether a target amount has been set, and by which year.    (HL2908)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering applying the renewables obligation conditions to the wood panel industry.    (HL2909)

The Baroness Howe of IdlicoteTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated number of young carers in the United Kingdom; and how many are members of the recently formed young carers organisation.    (HL2910)

The Baroness Howe of IdlicoteTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the acceptance by young carers of family responsibilities exposes them to the risk of being bullied at school.    (HL2911)

The Baroness Howe of IdlicoteTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the support given to young carers by local education authorities and schools.    (HL2912)

The Baroness Howe of IdlicoteTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether additional responsibilities of young carers and the necessary support they are likely to need is adequately covered in initial and subsequent teacher training.    (HL2913)

The Baroness Howe of IdlicoteTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Curriculum’s citizenship agenda covers the role played by young carers; and whether, where appropriate, these issues can be illustrated by the experiences of pupils.    (HL2914)

The Lord Howie of TroonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what amounts for each year since 1997 have been claimed by each health authority under the Bellwin scheme.    (HL2915)

The Lord Howie of TroonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes to the Bellwin scheme, as recently announced by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, are proposed to the way in which sums can be claimed under the scheme.    (HL2916)

The Lord Howie of TroonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the present arrangement in the Bellwin scheme where a claim can be made after a percentage of budget is to be changed; and what change is to be made.    (HL2917)

The Lord TrefgarneTo ask the Chairman of Committees whether there are any facilities available within the Palace of Westminster for cash payment of the congestion charge.    (HL2918)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what machinery exists to evaluate the working and cost-effectiveness of the North/South Secretariat in Armagh.    (HL2919)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is meant by the expression “not to introduce any new policies” in the area of Cross Border Implementation Bodies in the Statement of Clarification by the Two Governments in Response to Certain Concerns Regarding the Agreement of 19th November 2002.    (HL2920)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any public money has been paid to Fintona Development Association in County Tyrone since 1997; if so, from what body; and how much.    (HL2921)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have cut the budget of the Ulster Scots Agency by 16 per cent; whether they considered the policy effect of the cut; whom in the Agency they discussed the policy changes with; and what other factors influenced the decision.    (HL2922)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the activity since 1999 of the two sections of the Language Implementation Body is satisfactory; whether they have received representations from the government of the Irish Republic on this activity; and, if so, what were the representations.    (HL2923)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 14th May (WA 35) concerning smoking chambers in the Royal Victoria Hospital, which were the interested parties within the Trust which were consulted.    (HL2924)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage by value of new leases granted on non-residential property will be in disadvantaged areas after 1st December 2003.    (HL2925)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 12th May (WA 22-24), how the cost of exempting disadvantaged areas from stamp duty on the grant of new leases on non-residential property can be included in the overall estimate if it is not separately identifiable.    (HL2926)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 12th May (WA 22-24), what use the “previous yield transaction data” on which estimates of the annual cost to the Exchequer of the abolition of stamp duty on non-residential property purchases in disadvantaged areas were based; how many such transactions there were; over what period; and what were the average and total values of relief given.    (HL2927)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 12th May (WA 22-24), what has been the capital value of new non-residential properties developed in each of the last three years for which figures are available in the fifty wards listed.    (HL2928)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

15th MAY 2003

[Tabled on the dates shown]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

8th April

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)

10th April

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)

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.    [LSLO]    (HL2564)

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.    [FCO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (HL2583)

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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (HL2597)

29th April

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current status of the bid by the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital with the Royal Free Trust for new hospital development.    [DoH]    (HL2628)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the equality agenda in Northern Ireland; who drafted it; who agreed it; and where may it be located.    [NIO]    (HL2629)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many officials, of what rank, and at what cost, are employed in each department in Northern Ireland, and in the Northern Ireland Office, promoting equality.    [NIO]    (HL2630)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for assessing the impact of Northern Ireland civil service equality officers, and for balancing costs against measurable results.    [NIO]    (HL2631)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have reviewed the impact of Northern Ireland anti-discrimination and equality law since 1973; if so, on how many occasions; whether they have published the results of these reviews; and when they intend to review the impact of the Equality Commission established under the Northern Ireland Act 1998.    [NIO]    (HL2632)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what capital projects and track maintenance have taken place on the Northern Ireland Railway Companies line between Ballymena and Londonderry since 1st January 1997; and what new capital and maintenance work is proposed for this line in the next two years.    [NIO]    (HL2634)

The Lord Renfrew of KaimsthornTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why coalition forces failed to protect the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad against looting despite the earlier warning given to the United States Defense Department by Professor McGuire Gibson of the University of Chicago in a meeting with officials on 24th January, and to the Prime Minister by officers of the All Party Parliamentary Group in a letter dated 11th February. [FCO]    (HL2641)

30th April

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals there are to provide direct financial aid to the fishing vessels in Northern Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL2651)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 28th April (WA 68), whether the Italian Government has declared publicly the nature of their involvement or contribution to the allied coalition in Iraq.    [FCO]    (HL2652)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many MOT certificates have been issued in the last five years by each of the MOT test centres in Northern Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL2653)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average waiting time for applications to be processed in each of the MOT test centres in Northern Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL2654)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the 300 sites in Iraq, provisionally identified by the United States Department of Defense as likely to hold weapons of mass destruction and how many of the further 700 sites identified by the United States State Department have so far been examined by Allied forces; whether any sites, not previously identified, have been discovered and examined; and how many of these are within the area of operations of the British forces.    [MoD]    (HL2655)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Successor Identification Friend or Foe system will be available for installation in ground attack aircraft, and what progress has been made in the Identification Friend or Foe system for armoured vehicles.    [MoD]    (HL2657)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what “Identification Friend or Foe” (IFF) equipment is fitted to Challenger 2 tanks, Warrior Armoured Vehicles and Scimitar Reconnaissance Vehicles.    [MoD]    (HL2658)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the recent use of C-17 sorties, they will change over the Tornado F3 airframes in the Falkland Islands; and whether the A400M will be capable of undertaking similar missions carrying the Tornado or its replacement.    [MoD]    (HL2659)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who provided the funding for the range of smoking chambers which the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, has decided to build; and why the hospital has not banned smoking in common with other hospitals in Northern Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL2660)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who set the proportionality funding between Her Majesty’s Government and the Government of the Irish Republic for the Cross Border Implementation Service; and on what basis.    [NIO]    (HL2661)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which proportions of the funding between Her Majesty’s Government and the Government of the Irish Republic for the Cross Border Implementation Service have been altered over the last four years; how and why; who took these decisions; and on what basis.    [NIO]    (HL2662)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 29th April (WA 90), what are the detailed costs of Waterways Ireland for 2001 and 2002; and how much was spent in Northern Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL2663)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is a target timescale for the answering of written parliamentary questions in the House of Lords by the Northern Ireland Office; if so, what it is; how many have exceeded the target since 1st January 2002; and why.    [NIO]    (HL2664)

1st May

The Lord Clarke of HampsteadTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Attorney General’s consultation paper on Pre-Trial Witness Interviews by Prosecutors is to be published.    [LSLO]    (HL2673)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether acceptance trials of the Mark 2 Hostile Artillery Location system (HALO) have been completed.    [MoD]    (HL2674)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the installation of the Mark 2 Hostile Artillery Location system (HALO) will begin; and when the process of installation is expected to be completed.    [MoD]    (HL2675)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the anticipated in-service life of the Mark 2 Hostile Artillery Location system (HALO); and how will the cost of this equipment be calculated taking into account annual depreciation and carrying cost.    [MoD]    (HL2676)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many women were invited by Mr Jay Garner to the meeting held in Baghdad on 28th April to plan the future of Iraq; and whether they will propose to Mr Garner that further meetings on the proposed interim authority or on reconstruction should consist of equal numbers of men and women.    [FCO]    (HL2678)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is now the policy towards multilateral action on arms control and disarmament with particular reference to nuclear, biological and chemical weapons; and what commitments on behalf of the United Kingdom remain central to their policy in each of those spheres.    [DfID]    (HL2688)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many late payments are outstanding from the Rural Payments Agency; and whether they will list the number of late payments or failures to pay per month over the last nine months.    [DEFRA]    (HL2691)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cattle have been slaughtered over the past five years as part of the campaign against tuberculosis.    [DEFRA]    (HL2694)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have given to local authorities with regard to the disposal of fallen stock following the burial ban coming into force on 1st May.    [DEFRA]    (HL2696)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of pensioners lack a full contribution record; and what percentage of those lacking such a record are in receipt of the Minimum Income Guarantee.    [DWP]    (HL2701)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the breakdown of Incapacity Benefit by region.    [DWP]    (HL2702)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of university entrants were from social groups C2, D and E—

        (a)  in 2002;

        (b)  in 1992;

        (c)  in 1982; and

        (d)  in 1972.    [DfES]  (HL2705)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the number of prisoners, broken down by ethnic group, who obtain employment within a year of release.    [HO]    (HL2706)

The Lord AddingtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the number of people between age 50 and retirement age, broken down by gender, who are not employed and who have been exempted from the actively seeking work rules.    [DWP]    (HL2707)

The Lord AddingtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the number of people subject to benefit sanction in whole or in part.    [DWP]    (HL2708)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 30th April (WA 101) concerning the ability of Northern Ireland Departments to move money from one financial year to another as underspend, whether this applies to Cross Border Bodies and to other government organisations; and, if not in either case, why.    [NIO]    (HL2713)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 30th April (WA 101) concerning Cross Border Implementation Bodies, who approved the remuneration package of the Chief Executive of the Special European Union Programmes body and when; on what basis it was calculated; and how it relates to the remuneration package of the chief executives of other Cross Border Bodies.    [NIO]    (HL2714)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 30th April (WA 102), what are the details of the professional fees of £173,000 for Waterways Ireland; who were the consultants in receipt of these fees; how they were appointed; for what tasks; and how much did each task cost.    [NIO]    (HL2715)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 30th April (WA 102) concerning set up costs for Cross Border Bodies, what are the details of the furnishing and fittings costs for the Special European Union Programmes.    [NIO]    (HL2716)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal (WA 103) concerning set up costs for the North South Ministerial Council, what are the details of the £7,257 spent on carpets and the £13,271 spent on other items.    [NIO]    (HL2717)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 30th April (WA 102) concerning the underspend of Northern Ireland Departments moved from 2001, 2002 and 2003, what, in each case, was the underspend spent on.    [NIO]    (HL2718)

6th May

The Baroness GreengrossTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in which of (a) the 10 European Union accession countries; and (b) the 13 other possible European Union member countries, the United Kingdom state pension is not currently uprated; and how many people in receipt of a United Kingdom state pension live in each country.    [DWP]    (HL2721)

The Baroness GreengrossTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate of the percentage and number of people in receipt of a United Kingdom state pension who live outside the United Kingdom whose state pension is—

        (a)  uprated; and

        (b)  not uprated.    [DWP]  (HL2722)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what occasions they have raised with the Chinese Government the case for a dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama; and what response they have had.    [FCO]    (HL2723)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what subjects they intend to raise with the Chinese representatives at the forthcoming United Kingdom-China human rights dialogue; and whether they will ask how the recommendations made by the United Nations Rapporteur on Religious Intolerance in the report on his 1994 visit to China have been implemented.    [FCO]    (HL2724)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Convention on Human Rights has been incorporated into the domestic legislation of each of the Crown Dependencies; and, if not, when such incorporation will take place.    [LCD]    (HL2725)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 1st May (WA 120), whether they consider that legislation is necessary to give effect to decisions of the European Court of Human Rights where a breach by the United Kingdom of the European Convention on Human Rights relates not to a provision of incompatible domestic legislation but to an incompatible rule of common law.    [LCD]    (HL2726)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 28th April (WA 65), when and in what circumstances the Manual of Military Law, contributed to in relation to international humanitarian law by Sir Hersch Lauterpacht and Colonel Gerald Draper, ceased to be published and issued to members of the armed forces, and what written guidance is now published and issued in its place.    [MoD]    (HL2727)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will request the United States Government either to determine by legal process whether British citizens detained at Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo are guilty of terrorist acts or to release them to Her Majesty’s Government.    [FCO]    (HL2728)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the Israeli Government in relation to the recent study, undertaken by international aid donors under the auspices of the World Bank, about the adverse effects of the security walls being constructed on the West Bank upon the Palestinian economy and the human rights and freedoms of Palestinians.    [FCO]    (HL2729)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal and the Lord Bach on 9th April (WA 26 and WA 40-41), whether their proposal to introduce an across the board balance of probabilities standard of proof in armed forces compensation arrangements will decrease the number of awards made under those arrangements; and, if so, whether unsuccessful claimants will be forced to apply for assistance through the civil benefits system.    [MoD]    (HL2730)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 9th April (WA 40-41), whether people who have served in the armed forces should continue to receive the benefit of the reasonable doubt standard of proof, which permits claimants to receive assistance while research is carried out into the cause of any apparent new medical condition.    [MoD]    (HL2731)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 10th April (HL Deb, cols. 381-2), whether they have received any information since that date about the fate of more than 600 Kuwaiti prisoners taken by the Iraqis in the first Gulf War.    [FCO]    (HL2732)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what amount of European Union Aid Funds is at present not allocated; over what period it will be used; and what is the likely split between continents and between sectors, such as health, education and debt relief.    [DfID]    (HL2733)

The Baroness WalmsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether disinfecting equipment is made available to prisoners who use drugs intravenously; if so under which Prison Service Order such provision is made; and how frequently prisoners are provided with such equipment.    [HO]    (HL2734)

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 for the North/South Implementation bodies—

        (a)  whether in each case there were discussions with the Boards before the budgets were decided;

        (b)  if so, when and what was agreed;

        (c)  on what authority any changes were then made to each budget; and

        (d)  which, if any, political advisers were involved and what advice did they offer to the Ministers concerned.    [NIO]  (HL2735)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is meant in the joint statement issued in conjunction with the Irish government on 18th December 2002 by “care and maintenance” in relation to cross border bodies.    [NIO]    (HL2736)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the legal status of the financial memorandum entitled “The North/South Language Body—Financial Memorandum” which was supplied to that body on its creation.    [NIO]    (HL2737)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date consultations took place with the Northern Ireland political parties before the exchange of letters with the Irish government of 19th November 2002, which replaced the North/South Ministerial Council arrangements.    [NIO]    (HL2738)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what further measures, beyond consultation with the Magistrates Association, they are taking to tackle the conviction rates for those caught smuggling illegal meats into the United Kingdom.    [HMT]    (HL2739)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider collecting centrally information on the number of convictions made each year for the smuggling of illegal meat.    [HMT]    (HL2740)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the measures they are taking to combat illegal meat imports will deter potential smugglers, particularly when only a small number of those that are caught are prosecuted.    [HMT]    (HL2741)

The Lord ActonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners committed suicide in Styal women’s prison in each year from 1993 to the present date.    [HO]    (HL2742)

7th May

The Lord LamingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the new contract for general practitioners refers to general practitioners’ responsibilities for child protection; and, if not, why not.    [DoH]    (HL2747)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what response has been received by the Minister for the Environment, Michael Meacher, to his letter to the Chairman of the Food Standards Agency, Sir John Krebs, concerning the environmental benefits of organic farming; if no reply has yet been received, when one is expected; and whether they will place a copy in the Libraries of both Houses.    [DEFRA]    (HL2748)

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

        (a)  the call by the British Medical Association in Scotland for trials of genetically modified crops to be stopped immediately to safeguard public health; and

        (b)  the move by Devon and Lancashire County Councils and three other local authorities to restrict genetically modified foods and crops.    [DEFRA]  (HL2749)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have detected any shortcomings in the quantity and effectiveness of humanitarian relief to Iraq; what action they are taking to put right any such shortcomings; and what they are doing to ensure that the occupying powers are fulfilling their humanitarian obligations.    [DfID]    (HL2750)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that any new United Nations resolution on Iraq ensures the return of Dr Blix and United Nations inspectors to play a full part in the location, destruction and eradication of manufacturing potential of and for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.    [FCO]    (HL2751)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest estimates to date of the number of—

        (a)  civilians killed;

        (b)  civilians wounded;

        (c)  Iraqi service people killed;

        (d)  Iraqi service people wounded;

        (e)  coalition service people killed; and

        (f)  coalition service people wounded

        as a result of military action since the beginning of the most recent war in Iraq.    [MoD]  (HL2752)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest estimates of the financial cost to the United Kingdom of the most recent war in Iraq; and what are the latest estimates of the financial resources so far specifically earmarked by the United Kingdom for humanitarian relief, reconstruction and political rehabilitation of Iraq.    [HMT]    (HL2753)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept the methodology employed by the World Bank to calculate how many of the world’s people are living below the poverty line; what independent studies they have made of the advantages and disadvantages for (a) the rich and (b) the poor in developing countries where neo liberal policies including privatisation, deregulation and reductions in social spending are being given priority; and what was the conclusion of any such studies.    [DfID]    (HL2754)

[As amended on 8th May]

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the proportion of the European Union’s aid budget spent on the world’s poorest countries in each of the last ten years; and what action they are taking to ensure that the eradication of poverty is given the highest priority by the European Union.    [DfID]    (HL2755)

The Earl of Mar and KellieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that the railway line between Lisburn and Antrim will be maintained after the withdrawal of passenger services so that it will be available for a possible circular service in the future. [NIO]    (HL2756)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what directions they have given the Environment Agency regarding the discharge of technetium-99 into the Irish Sea from Sellafield.    [DEFRA]    (HL2757)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when was the most recent discharge of technetium-99 into the Irish Sea from Sellafield.    [DEFRA]    (HL2758)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is still their intention to impose a moratorium on the discharge of technetium-99 into the Irish Sea from Sellafield.    [DEFRA]    (HL2759)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to respond to the letter of 1st April from the Norwegian Minister of the Environment regarding the discharge of technetium-99 into the Irish Sea from Sellafield.    [DEFRA]    (HL2760)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbotsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the significance of the difference between the definition of “adopter” in the Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Adoption Pay (General) Regulations 2002 (S.I. 2002/2822) and that in the Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Adoption Pay (Administration) Regulations 2002 (S.I. 2002/2820).    [DTI]    (HL2761)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbotsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why, given that any increases under the Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) (No 2) Order 2002 (S.I. 2002/2927) are only supposed to reflect increases in the index, the proposed increases vary between 1.7 per cent and 4 per cent.    [DTI]    (HL2762)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbotsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they introduced the variety of changes in fees payable under the Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/547).    [DWP]    (HL2763)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbotsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the intent specified in paragraph 2 (13) of the Patents Act 1977 (Electronic Communications) Order 2003 (S.I. 2003/512) does not also apply in paragraph 2 (6).    [DTI]    (HL2764)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbotsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisation set the safety limit for thiomersal laid down in the Cosmetic Products (Safety) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/835).    [DTI]    (HL2765)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbotsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why in the Electricity (Approval of Pattern on Construction and Installation and Certification) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I. 2002/2139) the sum charged by the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority for meter examiners is under £45 an hour while that for inspectors is £110 an hour.    [DTI]    (HL2766)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th April (HL2098) concerning budgets for Cross Border Implementation Bodies, why are sterling pounds referred to as GBPs and not UKPs.    [NIO]    (HL2767)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 2nd April (WA 132) concerning Cross Border Implementation Bodies, on what date the budget for 2003 was agreed between the Northern Ireland Department of Finance and its counterpart in the Republic of Ireland’s government; on what date the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure was informed; when the cut was announced; in what form was the announcement; and in what way did it observe the policy of transparency.    [NIO]    (HL2768)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the approved minutes of the Ulster Scots Agency, part of the Language Implementation Body, are received by the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure; and, if so, for what purpose they are used.    [NIO]    (HL2769)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the provision of pensions for staff of the Cross Border Implementation Bodies.    [NIO]    (HL2770)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the political advisers to the North South Ministerial Council.    [NIO]    (HL2771)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many life support ventilators are currently available for operation in each of the private and public sectors; how many trained staff are estimated to be available to operate them; what estimated percentage of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome sufferers need to be put on ventilators; and how many beds are estimated to exist in United Kingdom hospitals which would be suitable for patients with SARS where suitable isolation could be provided.    [DoH]    (HL2772)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 24th September 2002 (WA 191), why no letter has been received by either Lord Jopling or the Library of the House; when that answer will be provided; and whether the Ministry of Defence still adheres to the guidelines that all Questions for Written Answer should be dealt with within two weeks.    [MoD]    (HL2774)

8th May

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why Peace Two grant money has not been made available to organisations which are Ulster Scots; whether such money can now be made available; if so, through what mechanism; and what encouragement can be given to Ulster Scots groups.    [NIO]    (HL2775)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average waiting time between an appointment with a general practitioner and a hospital appointment and between a hospital appointment and surgery in Northern Ireland for hip replacements, heart surgery and general surgery; and how the waiting times compare with the average in the rest of the United Kingdom.    [NIO]    (HL2776)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the number of beds available in the Health Service in Northern Ireland in all the medical specialities; and how that compares per head of the population with the rest of the United Kingdom.    [NIO]    (HL2777)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis and with what information and advice they agreed to the cut in the budget for 2003 for the Cross Border Language Implementation Body; with whom there was consultation; on what date; and what was the result of that consultation.    [NIO]    (HL2778)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal of 25th March (WA 72) and 30th April (WA 101) concerning set up costs for Waterways Ireland, why the figures provided differ; and which figure is correct.    [NIO]    (HL2779)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbotsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the definition of “market” in the Electronic Communications (Market Analysis) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/330) includes the provision of services to educational establishments and the National Health Service.    [DTI]    (HL2781)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbotsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the definition of “responsible person” in the Nuclear Industries Security Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/403) could include a person who is not a director of the company involved.    [DTI]    (HL2782)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbotsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government under what regulations the Secretary of State for Defence controls “nuclear premises”, which are excluded from the Nuclear Industries Security Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/403).    [DTI]    (HL2783)

The Lord Phillips of SudburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases have been prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office in each of the last five calendar years; and how many have resulted in convictions.    [LSLO]    (HL2784)

The Lord Phillips of SudburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions for insider dealing have been brought by the Special Fraud Office or any other Government agency in the last five calendar years; and how many have resulted in convictions.    [LSLO]    (HL2785)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the preparedness of Primary Care Trusts to assume responsibility for specialised commissioning has improved since the Department of Health conducted a review last year.    [DoH]    (HL2786)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will protect spending on specialised services in real terms for a further year given the delay in publication of the Hutton review.    [DoH]    (HL2787)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what happens if a Primary Care Trust declines to join a commissioning consortium as recommended in the recent guidelines on specialised commissioning.    [DoH]    (HL2788)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the decisions of a commissioning consortium for specialised services will be binding on a Primary Care Trust which declines to join the consortium.    [DoH]    (HL2789)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will monitor and report the effectiveness of the new arrangements for specialised commissioning.    [DoH]    (HL2790)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the Convention on the Future of Europe, chaired by Valéry Giscard D’Estaing, makes development spending in the eradication of world poverty central to its recommendations.    [FCO]    (HL2791)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the latest estimate of the number of civilians (a) killed and (b) wounded in Iraq, including the Kurdish self rule area, since the end of the recent major military activity, as a result of the detonation of unexploded ordnance; and whether they will review the use of cluster bombs in military operations. [MoD]    (HL2792)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the United States administration on the need to avoid—

        (a)  the impression that Iraqi oil wealth is being used to fund American companies to enable them to repair damage done by the coalition; and

        (b)  the impression that there is a long term strategy for foreign control of the industry;

    and what was the outcome of any such discussions.    [FCO]  (HL2793)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they were a party to the decision to appoint Dan Amstutz, a former senior executive of the grain exporter Cargill, to oversee the agricultural reconstruction of Iraq; and, if so, why this decision was made in preference to appointing one of the experienced agricultural development specialists available within the United Nations system.    [FCO]    (HL2794)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent studies they have made of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and of the consequences of its collapse; and what were their conclusions on necessary international action to meet any such threat.    [DEFRA]    (HL2795)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what specific actions they are taking through the United Nations to implement Security Council Resolution 1325 to safeguard the rights of women in Iraq.    [FCO]    (HL2796)

[As amended on 14th May]

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel about the conduct and training of Israeli Defence Forces in recent actions leading to the death or injury of United Kingdom citizens; and with what results.    [FCO]    (HL2797)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have made to the latest United Nations Relief and Works Agency appeal for the West Bank and Gaza; and how this compares to the contributions of other European Union member states and the United States.    [DfID]    (HL2798)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a list of the public functions performed by Ministers of the Crown acting under the Royal prerogative rather than under statute.    [LCD]    (HL2799)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 6th May (WA 134), whether they will act in accordance with the obligations imposed under the Geneva Convention, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights in their treatment of Iraqi prisoners within their custody, including the transfer of Iraqi prisoners to the custody of the United States authorities.    [MoD]    (HL2800)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 6th May (WA 134), whether the arrangements they have agreed with the coalition partners will ensure that Iraqi prisoners within the custody and control of those partners will have the protection of the Geneva Convention and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.    [MoD]    (HL2801)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Baroness Andrews on 7th May (HL Deb, col. 1092) and in the light of the report Contraception and Sexual Health 2001 published in 2003 by the Office of National Statistics on behalf of the Department of Health, whether they believe that the average age of those prescribed the morning-after pill is 28.    [DoH]    (HL2802)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Baroness Andrews on 7th May (HL Deb, col. 1092), whether they believe that the possibility of sexually transmitted infections will not be detected by general practitioners if women visit them for the purposes of obtaining emergency contraception.    [DoH]    (HL2803)

9th May

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government where the United States internment facility or facilities in Iraq are situated; and how many prisoners are detained in each.    [MoD]    (HL2807)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners in total have been captured by British forces in Iraq and transferred to a United States internment facility; and, of that total, how many have been citizens of—

        (a)  Iraq;

        (b)  the United Kingdom;

        (c)  the United States; and

        (d)  other countries.    [MoD]  (HL2808)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all prisoners captured by British forces in Iraq are, in their view, prisoners of war.    [MoD]    (HL2809)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any prisoners held in Iraq are considered to be “enemy combatants” rather than prisoners of war.    [MoD]    (HL2810)

The Lord Lea of CrondallTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Retail Prices Index Advisory Committee has been abolished.    [HMT]    (HL2811)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the programme for the extension and improvement of the sewage works at Whiterock, Killinchy, County Down; whether planning approval is required; and, if so, when the application for planning permission will be submitted.    [NIO]    (HL2812)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent have the submissions received on their draft equality regulations argued for (a) the use of primary rather than secondary legislation, or (b) a single Equality Act extending beyond the employment field.    [LCD]    (HL2813)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will in future offer a preliminary view to Parliament on the compatibility of proposed European legislation not only with the European Convention on Human Rights but also with the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.    [LCD]    (HL2815)

12th May

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have received from the United Nations about the cost of the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) in 2002; whether they will place copies of reports made by UNMOGIP to the Security Council in the Library of the House; and whether they will propose to the Security Council that UNMOGIP be asked to submit a special report on civilian casualties caused by shelling across the Line of Control.    [FCO]    (HL2819)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make arrangements to enable the registrar of deaths to notify agencies of both central and local government of a person’s death.    [HMT]    (HL2820)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether statistics are gathered on the operation of section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, and if not, why not.    [HO]    (HL2821)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether medieval history should be supported by public funds in British universities.    [DfES]    (HL2822)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the recent remarks by the Secretary of State for Education, Charles Clarke, concerning medieval history, what other subjects they consider are not worthy of study.    [DfES]    (HL2823)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have studied the statement by the United States government that genetically modified crops do not increase yields; and that by the directors of Oxfam, Christian Aid, Save the Children, Cafod and Action Aid on the relationship between genetically modified crops and poverty and malnutrition in the developing world; and, if so, what response they made.    [DEFRA]    (HL2824)

The Lord ActonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial penalties have been imposed on the contractors for (a) Hassockfield, (b) Medway and (c) Rainsbrook secure training centres in each of the last two years; and by how much in respect of each performance measurement.    [HO]    (HL2825)

The Lord ActonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average cost per week of a place at (a) Hassockfield, (b) Medway and (c) Rainsbrook secure training centres.    [HO]    (HL2826)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the role of political advisers attached to the Northern Ireland First Minister and Deputy First Minister’s office.    [NIO]    (HL2827)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in connection with the North/South decision making process, whether they will lodge all papers relating to the setting of implementation bodies’ budgets for 2003 in the Library of the House. [NIO]    (HL2828)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to develop further the railway connections to Belfast International Airport and Belfast City Airport.    [NIO]    (HL2829)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in Northern Ireland, existing former railway track beds will be preserved for future transport use.    [NIO]    (HL2830)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current average age of Translink’s bus fleet in Northern Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL2831)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been convicted of speeding in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.    [NIO]    (HL2832)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made, and what remains still to be done, to prepare Ministers of the Crown and their Departments as well as other public authorities, for the coming into force of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.    [LCD]    (HL2833)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider whether it is feasible to accelerate the timetable for the coming into force of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.    [LCD]    (HL2834)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that, as a matter of constitutional principle, it is within the exclusive province of the independent judiciary, free of interference by the Executive, to interpret prescribed sentencing guidelines and apply them to the circumstances of the individual case so as to ensure the proportionality of the sentence to those circumstances.    [LCD]    (HL2835)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish their legislative proposals to create a legal framework of rights and obligations for unmarried cohabiting partners of the same sex.    [LCD]    (HL2836)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding they have made available for wildlife projects in Burma; and how this money is being spent.    [DfID]    (HL2837)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what funds are currently available to assist internally displaced people in Burma and to provide education for Burmese refugees in refugee camps on the Burma border.    [DfID]    (HL2838)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what contacts they have had with Iraq’s neighbours on the possible whereabouts of Saddam Hussein and unaccounted-for senior members of his regime; and whether they are confident that they are not now resident in any neighbouring country.    [FCO]    (HL2839)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have on the amounts and whereabouts of monies reported to have been deposited in banks outside Iraq by or on behalf of Saddam Hussein and his family; and whether any action is open to them to facilitate the repatriation of these funds to the people of Iraq.    [HMT]    (HL2840)

13th May

The Lord OrmeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the results will be known of the pilot scheme implementing the recommendation of Sir Robin Auld, that the Crown Prosecution Service should take responsibility for determining the charge from the outset of a case. [LSLO]    (HL2842)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to reduce the numbers of prisoners held on remand pending trial, in particular those not charged with violent crimes.    [HO]    (HL2843)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the review by Mr J Heavens of suicides at H M Prison Brixton; and whether they have proposals for limiting deaths in custody throughout the prison system.    [HO]    (HL2844)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in providing National Health services for convicted prisoners suffering from treatable mental ill-health.    [DoH]    (HL2845)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in conjunction with the governments of the United States and Norway, they are discussing with the government of the Sudan methods for preventing breaches of the current cease-fire, and in particular the necessary clearances for flights by the Verification and Monitoring Team.    [FCO]    (HL2846)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Sudan Verification and Monitoring Team will be able to investigate outbreaks of violence in Darfur province. [FCO]    (HL2847)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are giving financial support to the non-governmental organisations “C-Far” (Centre For Adolescent Rehabilitation) and “Youth at Risk”.    [HO]    (HL2848)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any talks have taken place between the United Kingdom and Spain in relation to the territorial waters between Gibraltar and Morocco.    [FCO]    (HL2849)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what research has been undertaken to ascertain whether areas of hard water in England and Wales have fewer cases of heart disease than other areas; and, if such is the case, what further related health research has been carried out in these areas.    [DoH]    (HL2850)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what help has been given to St. Paul’s cathedral through heritage and lottery funding towards its present restoration costs. [DCMS]    (HL2851)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what grant has been given to the British Film Industry during each of the last four years and the current year to date.    [DCMS]    (HL2852)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to establish a railway link between Portadown and Armagh.    [NIO]    (HL2853)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage and support private sector involvement in bus transportation in Northern Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL2854)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce park and ride facilities alongside Northern Ireland Railways locations at Trooperslane, Templepatrick, Corrs Corner, Scarva, Knockmore and Tillysburn.    [NIO]    (HL2855)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage the development of bus corridors and lanes throughout Northern Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL2856)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 12th May (WA 1), in what form and on what date the Ulster Scots Agency was informed by the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs of the change in the provision for the North/South Language Body.    [NIO]    (HL2857)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 12th May (WA 2) which indicated that the Irish Government could not set the budgets which include contributions by the United Kingdom Government, how this Answer is consistent with the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 12th May (WA 1) which indicated that the Irish Government set the North/South Language Body’s budget on 12th November 2002 and announced it in the Irish Parliament on 3rd December 2002 when the United Kingdom Government only agreed the budget on 26th February 2003.    [NIO]    (HL2858)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support or sponsor the European Union Disability Directive proposed for adoption in this European Year of Disabled People.    [DWP]    (HL2859)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 30th April (WA 109), what plans they have for the return to the United Kingdom of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, the Black Watch, the Irish Guards, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and the two squadrons of the Queen’s Royal Lancers, currently serving in the Gulf region.    [MoD]    (HL2860)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with press reports that morale amongst the armed forces reservist medical personnel is low; and, if so, what action is in hand to prevent resignations within this group.    [MoD]    (HL2861)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they are reluctant to extradite Adu Qatadar, Abu Hamza, Omar Bakri and Bashir Nafi, all of whom are thought to be involved in terrorism.    [HO]    (HL2862)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention to purchase or lease additional C-17 aircraft.    [MoD]    (HL2863)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why 33 Field Hospital in Iraq was replaced by reservist medical personnel two days prior to the onset of hostilities; why it was sent to a transit camp; and what duties 33 Field Hospital carried out during the Iraq conflict.    [MoD]    (HL2864)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information is being given to employers of reservists serving in Iraq regarding their return to the United Kingdom and subsequent demobilisation.    [MoD]    (HL2865)

The Baroness Warwick of UndercliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their position on the recent shootings of Britons in the Occupied Territories.    [FCO]    (HL2866)

14th May

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 10th March (WA 152), what evidence they have that song thrushes are in decline in United Kingdom gardens.    [DEFRA]    (HL2868)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 10th March (WA 152), what evidence they have that the use of slug pellets is increasing in United Kingdom gardens.    [DEFRA]    (HL2869)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 10th March (WA 152), what work they are doing to establish whether increased usage of slug pellets in gardens is having an impact on the United Kingdom song thrush population and on other birds and mammals, especially those whose habitat is mainly gardens.    [DEFRA]    (HL2870)

The Lord Smith of LeighTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the criteria and weightings for allocating “Positive Activities for Young People” funding; and whether they can justify the wide variation in funding neighbouring authorities in Greater Manchester. [DfES]    (HL2871)

The Lord Smith of LeighTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria have been determined to allocate the £50 million funding to assist local authorities with the implementation of the Community Care (Delayed Discharges) Act 2003.    [DoH]    (HL2872)

The Baroness Finlay of LlandaffTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any accident and emergency departments that have taken extraordinary measures to meet their waiting time targets during the recent monitoring week commencing 24th March. [DoH]    (HL2873)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a Bill in draft form criminalising trafficking in people for purposes of exploitation, other than sexual. [HO]    (HL2874)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to stop the large-scale demolition of Palestinian houses being carried out by the Israeli Army at Nazlat Issa in the West bank, Rafah in Gaza and Kafr Kassem in Israel.    [FCO]    (HL2875)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the advice reported to have been given recently in a letter by Health and Environment Ministers to the Deputy Prime Minister, that steps are now necessary to facilitate new fluoridation schemes because these represent the best way of preventing dental decay, was given; whether it represents Government policy; and, if so, whether it was given with or without the advice of the Chief Medical Officer.    [DoH]    (HL2876)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the suggestion reported to have been made recently in a letter by Health and Environment Ministers to the Deputy Prime Minister, that people who do not wish to receive fluoridated water through the mains supply will be able to use water filters, was made; whether it represents Government policy; if so, what the approximate costs of installing and maintaining filters will be; and who will bear those costs.    [DoH]    (HL2877)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to introduce compulsory fluoridation of water throughout England.    [DEFRA]    (HL2878)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a free vote on water fluoridation will be given to Members of Parliament in advance of the Water Bill completing its passage through (a) the House of Lords and (b) the House of Commons. [DEFRA]    (HL2879)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Medical Research Council took evidence into claims that fluoridated water affects the immune system, the reproductive system, child development, bone cancer and stomach complaints as part of the report released on 5th September 2002.    [DoH]    (HL2880)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will allocate the £0.5 million to create a rural evidence base as announced on 7th April; what specific projects will benefit; and whether a timetable has been laid down for the results from such work.    [DEFRA]    (HL2881)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has decided to use lay testers to reduce the backlog of overdue bovine tuberculosis tests.    [DEFRA]    (HL2882)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the cost of the Krebs badger trials to date; and when the final report of these trials will be published.    [DEFRA]    (HL2883)

The Baroness Ramsey of CartvaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to respond to Professor Anthony Everitt’s report on the Radio Authority’s access radio experiments.    [DCMS]    (HL2884)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce uneconomic competition between Translink’s bus service and its rail service.    [NIO]    (HL2885)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the policy of transparency is applied to the decisions of the North/South Ministerial council set up under the Belfast Agreement of 1998.    [NIO]    (HL2886)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 12th May (WA 1-2) concerning the budget of the Language Implementation Body, whether Unionist political advisers were consulted about the decision to cut the budget by 16 per cent.    [NIO]    (HL2887)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how long North/South Implementation Bodies can continue to exist under the Belfast Agreement without the existence of a Northern Ireland Assembly.    [NIO]    (HL2888)

15th May

The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes have been made to the guidelines on the rules of engagement for the use of baton rounds by the Armed Forces in Northern Ireland.    (HL2889)

The Baroness WilkinsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the Cabinet Office Departmental Report 2003.    (HL2890)

The Lord DesaiTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Annual Report.    (HL2891)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the new rules on disposal of fallen stock will provide storage containers or whether farmers need to provide them.    (HL2892)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how often approved contractors will be contracted to collect fallen stock from each farm under the new rules on the disposal of fallen stock.    (HL2893)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what a farmer is expected to do with any decomposing carcasses if, under the new rules on disposal of fallen stock, a contractor takes over three days to collect them from a farm.    (HL2894)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the new rules on disposal of fallen stock do not allow farmers to share a small capacity incinerator unless they take out a waste management license, provided that the incinerator remains small scale.    (HL2895)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what monitoring of any increase in the fly-tipping of carcasses they will undertake.    (HL2896)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how long the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is taking to reply to written queries about the operation of the new rules on disposal of fallen stock.    (HL2897)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what new weapons, weapon systems or items of significant equipment were used in Iraq in recent hostilities; and what assessment has been made of their effectiveness.    (HL2898)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government from which contractors new weapons or equipment, used in the Gulf this year, were obtained.    (HL2899)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a timetable exists, or is being prepared, for organising effective policing in Iraq, for destroying surplus and illicit weapons and for disarming the civilian population.    (HL2900)

The Lord CarterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the United Kingdom will be able to meet the European Union indicative targets for biofuel use in 2005 and 2010.    (HL2901)

The Lord CarterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what level of duty rebate is required for biofuel to achieve two per cent of the market share of the United Kingdom road transport fuels.    (HL2902)

The Lord KimballTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the investigations by the State Veterinary Service into the health of the red deer on Baronsdown on Exmoor.    (HL2903)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which countries in the European Union have yet to implement Directive 1997/74/EC on the welfare of laying hens; which of those countries export eggs to the United Kingdom; how much such imports cost, giving figures on an individual basis by country; and whether they will ban all egg imports from European Union countries which have not implemented the Directive.    (HL2904)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as reported in an article in the February edition of Poultry World, planning law or planning guidance has been updated to require wheeled free range egg production units to have planning consent on each occasion when they are moved; when was this done; and by what instrument.    (HL2905)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Press Release 4/02 of the 7th January 2002 on the LEADER+ European Community Initiative, whether matched funding from Government, which lasts beyond one year, is treated in Government accounts as an irrevocable forward spending provision.    (HL2906)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any local authorities have reduced their budgets for food hygiene enforcement work; if so. which ones; and whether there is correlation between any such reduction and an increase in food poisoning cases in the area concerned.    (HL2907)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what current acreage of energy crops are being grown for use by electricity generators; whether a target amount has been set, and by which year.    (HL2908)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering applying the renewables obligation conditions to the wood panel industry.    (HL2909)

The Baroness Howe of IdlicoteTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated number of young carers in the United Kingdom; and how many are members of the recently formed young carers organisation.    (HL2910)

The Baroness Howe of IdlicoteTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the acceptance by young carers of family responsibilities exposes them to the risk of being bullied at school.    (HL2911)

The Baroness Howe of IdlicoteTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the support given to young carers by local education authorities and schools.    (HL2912)

The Baroness Howe of IdlicoteTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether additional responsibilities of young carers and the necessary support they are likely to need is adequately covered in initial and subsequent teacher training.    (HL2913)

The Baroness Howe of IdlicoteTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Curriculum’s citizenship agenda covers the role played by young carers; and whether, where appropriate, these issues can be illustrated by the experiences of pupils.    (HL2914)

The Lord Howie of TroonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what amounts for each year since 1997 have been claimed by each health authority under the Bellwin scheme.    (HL2915)

The Lord Howie of TroonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes to the Bellwin scheme, as recently announced by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, are proposed to the way in which sums can be claimed under the scheme.    (HL2916)

The Lord Howie of TroonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the present arrangement in the Bellwin scheme where a claim can be made after a percentage of budget is to be changed; and what change is to be made.    (HL2917)

The Lord TrefgarneTo ask the Chairman of Committees whether there are any facilities available within the Palace of Westminster for cash payment of the congestion charge.    (HL2918)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what machinery exists to evaluate the working and cost-effectiveness of the North/South Secretariat in Armagh.    (HL2919)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is meant by the expression “not to introduce any new policies” in the area of Cross Border Implementation Bodies in the Statement of Clarification by the Two Governments in Response to Certain Concerns Regarding the Agreement of 19th November 2002.    (HL2920)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any public money has been paid to Fintona Development Association in County Tyrone since 1997; if so, from what body; and how much.    (HL2921)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have cut the budget of the Ulster Scots Agency by 16 per cent; whether they considered the policy effect of the cut; whom in the Agency they discussed the policy changes with; and what other factors influenced the decision.    (HL2922)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the activity since 1999 of the two sections of the Language Implementation Body is satisfactory; whether they have received representations from the government of the Irish Republic on this activity; and, if so, what were the representations.    (HL2923)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 14th May (WA 35) concerning smoking chambers in the Royal Victoria Hospital, which were the interested parties within the Trust which were consulted.    (HL2924)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage by value of new leases granted on non-residential property will be in disadvantaged areas after 1st December 2003.    (HL2925)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 12th May (WA 22-24), how the cost of exempting disadvantaged areas from stamp duty on the grant of new leases on non-residential property can be included in the overall estimate if it is not separately identifiable.    (HL2926)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 12th May (WA 22-24), what use the “previous yield transaction data” on which estimates of the annual cost to the Exchequer of the abolition of stamp duty on non-residential property purchases in disadvantaged areas were based; how many such transactions there were; over what period; and what were the average and total values of relief given.    (HL2927)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 12th May (WA 22-24), what has been the capital value of new non-residential properties developed in each of the last three years for which figures are available in the fifty wards listed.    (HL2928)

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] [6th June]

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    Hereford Markets [HL]

Committed to a Grand Committee

Local Government [2nd June]

Railways and Transport Safety [19th May]

    Extradition [3rd June]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

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

Ministerial and other Salaries (Amendment) [HL]

Sexual Offences [HL] [19th May]

Patients’ Protection [HL] [20th May]

Communications [20th May]

Prevention of Driving under the Influence of Drugs [HL]

    Co-operatives and Community Benefit Societies [9th June]

Waiting for Report

Water [HL] [5th June]

    Road Traffic (Amendment) [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

Harbours [HL] [16th May]

    Courts [HL] [19th May]

Sent to the Commons

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]

Equality [HL]

London Local Authorities and Transport for London [HL]

London Local Authorities [HL]

    Nottingham City Council [HL]

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Clergy Discipline [21st May]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Uncertificated Securities (Amendment) (Eligible Debt Securities) Regulations 2003

    Draft Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003

    Draft Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003

    Draft Race Relations Act 1976 (Amendment) Regulations 2003

    Draft Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Amendment) Regulations 2003

    Draft Lay Magistrates (Eligibility) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

    Draft Enterprise Act 2002 (Part 8 Domestic Infringements) Order 2003

    Draft Enterprise Act 2002 (Supply of Services) Order 2003

    Draft Race Relations Act 1976 (Seamen Recruited Abroad) Order 2003

    Draft State Pension Credit (Decisions and Appeals-Amendments) Regulations 2003

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

    Draft Broadcasting (Independent Productions) (Amendment) Order 2003

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

    Draft Enterprise Act 2002 (Anticipated Mergers) Order 2003

    Draft Enterprise Act 2002 (Protection of Legitimate Interests) Order 2003

    Draft Referral Orders (Amendment of Referral Conditions) Regulations 2003

REGULATORY REFORM ORDERS IN PROGRESS

Reported following first-stage scrutiny by the Regulatory Reform Committee

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

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Gaming Machines) Order 2003 [19th Report]

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Regulatory Reform (British Waterways Board) Order 2003

SPECIAL PROCEDURE ORDER IN PROGRESS

Waiting for expiry of resolution period

    Marriages Validity (Harrogate District Hospital) Order 2003 [21st May]

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

MONDAY 19TH MAY

Economic Affairs (Sub-Committee on the Finance Bill)3.15 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee B)4.15 pm
Human Rights (Joint Committee)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 20TH MAY

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Economic Affairs (Select Committee)4.00 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
Draft Corruption Bill (Joint Committee)5.00 pm

WEDNESDAY 21ST MAY

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

THURSDAY 22ND MAY

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

TUESDAY 3RD JUNE

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)3.00 pm
House Committee4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 4TH JUNE

European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

TUESDAY 10TH JUNE

European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 11TH JUNE

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform5.00 pm
(Select Committee)
 
 
 
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