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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

TUESDAY 3RD JUNE

At half-past two o’clock

*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 Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why, given the United Kingdom’s responsibility as an occupying power under international law, no steps were taken to protect Basra University from looters.

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

‡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.

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 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 Carter—To ask the Chairman of Committees when the Procedure Committee will discuss the arrangements for Thursday sittings.

†*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence the public will have so that they may form an opinion as to the environmental impact of genetically modified crops and what account the Government will take of that opinion when deciding whether to authorise commercial growing of those crops.

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).

In the Moses Room

At 3.30 pm

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

THURSDAY 5TH JUNE

[At eleven o’clock]

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

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 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.

*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for dealing with the increase in fly-tipping.

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

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

In the Moses Room

At 3.45 pm

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

FRIDAY 6TH JUNE

[At eleven o’clock]

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

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.

*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the replacement of the current 3-digit telephone number for directory enquiries with sixteen 6-digit numbers with varying charges and providing varying services represents an improvement for customers.

*The Lord Chalfont—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the proposal for a European Defence Union now being floated by France and other member countries of the European Union.

*The Lord Higgins—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to adopt the harmonised index of consumer prices (HICP), used by the European Central Bank as a measure of the level of inflation; and, if so, what are the purposes for which such a measure might be used.

†Sexual Offences Bill [HL]—Further consideration on Report [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton]

‡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 Lord Davies of Oldham 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 Campbell-Savours—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to establish a Defence Exports Scrutiny Committee.

*The Baroness Massey of Darwen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made on developing the National Service Framework for Children.

*The Lord Barnett—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 19th May (HL Deb, col. 495), whether the Prime Minister’s future statement will include the issue of whether there will be a House of Lords Reform Bill in this Parliament.

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have concluded that referenda are in principle unsuitable for major decisions on European Union matters.

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.

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).

State Pension Credit (Decisions and Appeals—Amendments) Regulations 2003—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 14th May be approved. [20th Report from the Joint Committee]

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).

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]

[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 Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the capitalised value of the Lord Chancellor’s pension.

*The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have obtained from the government of Israel an acknowledgement of responsibility for the shooting of Mr James Miller, cameraman and director, by a soldier of the Israeli army on 2nd May.

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 policies on drugs; and to move for papers.

Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Amendment) Regulations 2003—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 8th May be approved. [20th Report from the Joint Committee]

Race Relations Act 1976 (Amendment) Regulations 2003—The Lord Davies of Oldham to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 8th May be approved. [20th Report from the Joint Committee]

[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]

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

At three o’clock

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present unemployment rate for (a) England, (b) the Southern region and (c) the Northern region.

*The Lord Jenkin of Roding—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when Government funds will be committed for their share in the MOSAIC small satellite programme, to match those committed by the two Research Councils involved.

†*The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set out the constitutional question concerning entry into monetary union to which the Chancellor of the Exchequer alluded during his television interview with Sir David Frost on 18th May.

[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.

FRIDAY 13TH JUNE

Sunday Working (Scotland) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld]

Contracting Out (Administration of the Teachers’ Pensions Scheme) Order 2003—The Baroness Ashton of Upholland to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 28th April be approved. [18th Report from the Joint Committee]

Aviation (Offences) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Corbett of Castle Vale]

†Marine Safety Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Donaldson of Lymington]

Enterprise Act 2002 (Part 8 Domestic Infringements) Order 2003—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 12th May be approved. [20th Report from the Joint Committee]

Enterprise Act 2002 (Supply of Services) Order 2003—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 12th May be approved. [20th Report from the Joint Committee]

Enterprise Act 2002 (Anticipated Mergers) Order 2003—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 29th April be approved. [19th Report from the Joint Committee]

Enterprise Act 2002 (Protection of Legitimate Interests) Order 2003—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 29th April be approved. [19th Report from the Joint Committee]

Uncertificated Securities (Amendment) (Eligible Debt Securities) Regulations 2003—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 6th May be approved. [20th Report from the Joint Committee]

MONDAY 16TH JUNE

*The Lord Steel of Aikwood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what view they take of the current extent of credit card indebtedness in the population.

*The Baroness Greengross—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation they plan to undertake regarding the implementation of the European Union Directive on age discrimination.

*The Lord Corbett of Castle Vale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional payments have been made to Capita in respect of changes to requirements made by the Government after the contract for processing applications to the Criminal Records Bureau was signed.

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

Criminal Justice Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton]

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

TUESDAY 17TH JUNE

*The Lord Hoyle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase the length of sentences to control the trade in endangered species from two to five years.

*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made by primary care organisations in England and Wales towards providing the range of care and treatment required by people recovering from mental illness.

*The Lord Clinton-Davis—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional steps they propose to empower shareholders to act when they consider that pay packages proposed for executives are too generous.

†*The Baroness Northover—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in moving towards the commitment in last year’s spending review to reduce opium production in Afghanistan by 70 per cent in five years.

†‡The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To move, That this House invites Her Majesty’s Government to withdraw the draft Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 and to lay new regulations amending regulation 7(3) so as to conform with the EC Framework Directive 2000/78/EC.

‡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.

WEDNESDAY 18TH JUNE

*The Lord Greaves—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made with their proposal to set up joint European Union holding and processing centres for asylum seekers outside the boundaries of the Union.

*The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will fund a free annual museum visit for every child, as recently proposed by the Museums Association.

The Lord Campbell-Savours—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration is being given to economy, efficiency and effectiveness in teacher recruitment.

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

THURSDAY 19TH JUNE

*The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on light pollution caused by sky glow obscuring the night sky and wasting energy.

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what their response is to recent developments in Burma (Myanmar).

TUESDAY 24TH JUNE

†*The Baroness Finlay of Llandaff—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan any action to discourage sun exposure, including the use of sunbeds, particularly amongst young people at risk of developing skin cancer.

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 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 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 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.

The Baroness Walmsley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what provisions are being made to improve cross-border vetting arrangements to prevent persons unsuitable to work with children from gaining employment with children in the United Kingdom and across the European Union.

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to assist village shops and small independent shops.

The Baroness Turner of Camden—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is now being done, following the conflict in Iraq, to address the suffering of the civilian population and to plan for a peaceful future.

†The Baroness Finlay of Llandaff—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what treatment and support are being established for potential sexual abusers and those with deviant behaviours to prevent them from committing abuse and sexually-linked crimes; and what is being done to raise awareness of such services.

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 or amended on 2nd June, or unanswered after 21 days]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

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 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)

29th April

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)

30th April

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 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 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 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 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 Lord Addington—To 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 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)

6th May

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 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 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 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 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 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 Faulkner of Worcester—To 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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)

2nd June

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have a policy on the bugging of telephone calls and monitoring of other communications of Members of the House of Lords. [HO]    (HL3023)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a table showing the total number of British citizens in prison in each country in the European Union; and how many, if any, in each country have been held in custody for longer that three months (a) without being given bail and (b) without being charged. [FCO]    (HL3082)

The Lord Campbell-SavoursTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to upgrade the Royal Navy’s Merlin Mk 1 helicopters.    (HL3093)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the official engagements of Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean for 2nd June; and why she was unavailable to answer Parliamentary Questions on that day.    (HL3094)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Written Answer by the Baroness Amos on 28th April (WA 63-64) concerning their representations to the Russian government on violence against women in that country implies that they regard the Russian government as having a reciprocal right to make representations in regard to policies, legislation or administration on social affairs in the United Kingdom.    (HL3095)

The Baroness ThorntonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the judgment in Re H and others (Minors) (Sexual Abuse: Standard of Proof) [1995], whether setting a higher standard of evidence in such cases is in the best interests of children; and, if not, what measures they intend to take to deal with the current state of the law.    (HL3096)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the numbers of evictions from social housing and numbers of suspended prison sentences for council tax arrears in each of the last three years.    (HL3097)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to change current arrangements for the enforcement of debts against poverty level incomes and the penalties that can be imposed or threatened for rent and council tax arrears.    (HL3098)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they are considering which would add forcible entry to the list of options that can be used by local authorities and bailiffs in cases of rent and council tax arrears.    (HL3099)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what further representations the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry has received from the President of the British Veterinary Association regarding the investigation into the supply within the United Kingdom of prescription-only veterinary medicines; what reply is being sent; and what action is being taken.    (HL3100)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have evidence to justify consideration of legal action against any leading members of the former regime in Iraq for crimes against humanity; and whether any action is under active consideration.    (HL3101)

The Lord AcknerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether asylum seekers and those seeking to emigrate to the United Kingdom are subject to compulsory medical examinations; and, if not, why not.    (HL3102)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many additional mobile anti-smuggling detection teams and trained dogs have been deployed by H M Customs and Excise since 11th April when they took over responsibility for anti-smuggling controls on meat.    (HL3103)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many convictions for the smuggling of illegal meat have been recorded on the central database of H M Customs and Excise since 11th April.    (HL3104)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 22nd May (WA 105), whether lack of legal status for unmarried cohabiting partners of the opposite sex causes problems for such partners in their daily lives; and, if so, whether they see arguments in favour of a civil partnership registration scheme in England and Wales for such couples, bringing with it a package of rights and responsibilities for those who register.    (HL3105)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it was the policy or practice of the Coalition Forces during the recent war in Iraq to pollute or destroy the supply of drinking water for the civilian population in Iraq.    (HL3106)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to forbid the destruction or pollution of the supply of drinking water for civilian populations in periods of war or international armed conflict, as part of international humanitarian law.    (HL3107)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the law on disposal of human bodies to be sufficiently clear; and on what public authority website executors and next of kin may check on their duties.    (HL3108)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received from the Council for the Protection of Rural England and the British Astronomical Association about light pollution; and whether they will consult these bodies as well as local authorities, lighting manufacturers and the Institute of Lighting Engineers about measures needed to reduce the problem.    (HL3109)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with particular reference to NePAD (the New Partnership for Africa’s Development), what their specific objectives are at the G8 Summit with reference to each of the following—

        (a)  the battle against AIDS;

        (b)  the elimination of polio; and

        (c)  the rights and welfare of children.   (HL3110)

The Baroness Finlay of Llandaff—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether National Health Service community nursing staff, including district nurses, have indemnity cover to manage non-invasive positive pressure ventilation devices for patients, such as those with motor neurone disease, who are ventilated at home.    (HL3111)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, to their knowledge, vehicles are being imported from outside the European Union with bull bars; and whether they will consider legislation to ban (a) the importation of vehicles fitted with bull bars and (b) retro-fitment of bull bars.    (HL3112)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in light of the recent Department of Health guidance on specialised commissioning, whether collaborative commissioning groups are intended to be a direct replacement for Regional Specialised Commissioning Groups.    (HL3113)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Regional Specialised Commissioning Groups will continue, either in their current or in a modified form.    (HL3114)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who will determine whether existing commissioning consortia are working well or whether there are good reasons for change.    (HL3115)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what criteria they will assess whether commissioning consortia are working well.    (HL3116)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what might constitute “good reasons for change” to existing commissioning consortia.    (HL3117)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, given that Primary Care Trusts and commissioning consortia members have the discretion to decide their own remit and terms of reference, what power Strategic Health Authorities and the Commission for Health Improvement have to override that discretion where the arrangements are deemed not to be working well.    (HL3118)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving to the possibility of imposing greater restrictions on the grant of work permits in the information technology sector, in light of estimates that more than 50,000 information technology professionals are currently out of work in the United Kingdom.    (HL3119)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what safeguards will be built in to the proposed Scope programme, run by the Cabinet Office Intelligence and Security Secretariat, to guarantee compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Human Rights Act 1998, with particular reference to reported proposals for cross-departmental data-sharing and matching.    (HL3120)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the budget for the National Health Service National Programme for information technology.    (HL3121)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many local National Health Service electronic patient records contracts have been cancelled; and at what cost to the public purse.    (HL3122)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how, in calculating the statistical response to the Home Office consultation on the proposal to introduce identity cards, they intend to treat the 5,029 submissions from the Stand website on the matter.    (HL3123)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government over how wide an area would the engines of motor vehicles be immobilized as a consequence of nuclear explosions of varying force; whether this would affect diesel engines; how those affected engines could be reactivated; and at what approximate cost.    (HL3124)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to clear roads in and around major cities from motor vehicles disabled as a consequence of a nuclear explosion.    (HL3125)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any recent research has discovered methods of protecting motor vehicles from being disabled as a consequence of a nuclear explosion.    (HL3126)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the results of the exercise held in March to test their plans in the event of a smallpox outbreak.    (HL3127)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many doctors and nurses comprise the cohort of immunized staff able to deal safety with any potential smallpox sufferers.    (HL3128)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current size of vaccine stocks held to meet an outbreak of smallpox, anthrax and other plagues which terrorists might use.    (HL3129)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce legislation to permit supermarkets to clamp vehicles parked in a disabled person’s space without displaying a valid Blue Badge.    (HL3130)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions they have had with the main supermarket chains in England and Wales about the misuse of disabled persons parking bays by motorists not displaying a valid Blue Badge.    (HL3131)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what health and safety guidance they have issued to servicemen when in the vicinity of Iraqi tanks that have been destroyed by ordnance containing depleted uranium.    (HL3132)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the guidance issued to servicemen when in the vicinity of Iraqi tanks that have been destroyed by ordnance containing depleted uranium varies from that given to United States servicemen; and, if so, how.    (HL3133)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the official figures will be published of the amount of depleted uranium used in the 2003 Iraq war.    (HL3134)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the decision of 19th March of the North South Ministerial Council concerning the future general pay increases for all staff employed by the Language Implementation Body was taken in line with procedures issued on 5th December 2002 entitled Ministerial Decision Making Interim Procedures.    (HL3135)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 21st May (WA 87) concerning the Peace II Grant Scheme, how the application of section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 is monitored; and by whom.    (HL3136)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for ensuring that the interim procedures for the North South Ministerial Council entitled Ministerial Decision Making Interim Procedures dated 5th December 2002 are correctly implemented.    (HL3137)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House, and on the North South Ministerial Council’s website, all documents relating to North South Ministerial Council decisions since 15th October 2002; and whether they will ensure that they are placed in a way that documents the steps taken by all parties to adhere to the process entitled Ministerial Decision Making Interim Procedures of 5th December 2002 and the letter from the Northern Ireland Secretary of State to David Trimble MP of 19th December 2002.    (HL3138)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House the draft international agreement referred to in section 5 of the Northern Ireland Act 2000; who the states parties to the agreement were; whether it was signed and entered into force, and, if not, why not; when Parliament was told about the fate of this agreement; and whether this agreement was ever reconsidered in subsequent suspensions under the Northern Ireland Act 2000.    (HL3139)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider intervening in any cases in the European Court of Justice involving article 4 of Directive 2000/78/EC after 2nd December 2000; and whether they accept the principle of increasing sectarian control as an exemption to the principles of equality and fairness.    (HL3140)

The Lord Wedderburn of CharltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their Review of Human Rights will take cognisance of the international instruments ratified by the United Kingdom on freedom of association and labour rights, especially those originating in the International Labour Organisation and the Council of Europe, and of the failure to comply with various such instruments by the United Kingdom and the steps needed to rectify such contraventions; whether they have invited representatives of the Trades Union Congress, the Confederation of British Industry or bodies representing lawyers in the United Kingdom specialising in such international labour law, to attend any meetings of the Human Rights Forum; and whether they will publish details of the occasions on which that Forum has met since 2002, and will meet in the future, and the agenda of business of such meetings.    (HL3141)

The Lord Wedderburn of CharltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether draft regulations have been produced concerning the provisions on disciplinary and grievance procedures in the Employment Act 2002; whether these drafts have been made available on the internet; whether they have been or will be made available to all those to whom they were promised in the course of debates in Parliament on the Employment Bill; and why there has been little publicity concerning their contents.    (HL3142)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

2nd JUNE 2003

[Tabled on the dates shown]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

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 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)

29th April

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)

30th April

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 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 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 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 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 Lord Addington—To 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 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)

6th May

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 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 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 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 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 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 Faulkner of Worcester—To 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [MoD]    (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.    [MoD]    (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.    [MoD]    (HL2900)

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.    [DEFRA]    (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. [DEFRA]    (HL2904)

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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [DoH]    (HL2907)

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. [DfES]    (HL2911)

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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (HL2923)

16th May

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times since 1997 and in what places have the powers contained in the Defence Act 1842 been used with regard to footpaths and bridleways.    [MoD]    (HL2932)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in each case of the powers within the Defence Act 1842 being used, section XVII of the Act has been complied with.    [MoD]    (HL2933)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is the Official Solicitor’s practice, when conducting business with legal authorities or lawyers in a jurisdiction where English is not the first language, to use English or the language of the other jurisdiction.    [LCD]    (HL2934)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis a pay award was made for the employees of Waterways Ireland from 1st October 2002; whether all employees will receive the award; what are the remuneration packages of the Chief Executive and the Deputy Chief Executive; and how they were calculated.    [NIO]    (HL2935)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date were the recommendations for the 2003-05 Budgets for all the Implementation Bodies approved by the North/South Ministerial Council under the exchange of notes arrangement (Cm 5708).    [NIO]    (HL2936)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when was the budget for 2002 for Tourism Ireland approved by the North/South Ministerial Council under the exchange of notes process (Cm 5708).    [NIO]    (HL2937)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when was a replacement Director of Tourism Ireland appointed under the exchange of notes process (Cm 5708); who was appointed; after what process; how many applications were received; and where, on which salary scale, is the successful applicant currently.    [NIO]    (HL2938)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Privy Seal on the 11th March (WA 168) and 30th April (WA 102), why in the cases of the Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development, Culture, Arts and Leisure and Social Development and the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister was more underspend carried from 2001-02 into 2002-03 than was underspent in 2001-02.    [NIO]    (HL2939)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the principles of good administration require them to deal within reasonable time with complaints of maladministration under the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information submitted to them by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration. [LCD]    (HL2941)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average amount of time, during the past five years, in which complaints of maladministration submitted by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration under the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information have been dealt with, from the initial statement of the complaint to publication of the Parliamentary Commissioner’s final determination.    [LCD]    (HL2942)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the applications received for the 3.4GHz broadband fixed wireless auction, with particular reference to the apparent involvement of the Hong Kong-based company, Pacific Century CyberWorks, in bids for all 15 regional licences.    [DTI]    (HL2943)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the terms and conditions of the 3.4GHz broadband fixed wireless auction provide for licence terms of 15 years; whether successful bidders are not required to provide bankers’ guarantees; and whether they are not under any obligation to roll out services within the period of the licence.    [DTI]    (HL2944)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to recent comments by Andrea Servida, head of sector for the information society unit at the European Commission, that the two main enablers for guaranteeing delivery of European and national objectives for Information and Communications Technology by 2005 are broadband and security.    [DTI]    (HL2945)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of any regulatory and financial burdens to be placed on United Kingdom businesses in respect of data and information technology system security, given the coming into force of the Higgs Report on corporate governance on 1st July; and, if such an assessment has been made, what are their projections for increased costs per annum to business.    [DTI]    (HL2946)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in light of the recent survey from Intel Service Solutions indicating that 88 per cent of United Kingdom businesses experience significant barriers to implementing information technology pilot projects, what measures they are taking to encourage United Kingdom businesses to take appropriate advantage of such pilots.    [DTI]    (HL2947)

19th May

The Lord BrightmanTo ask the Chairman of Committees whether he will arrange to have printed on the cover page of the House of Lords Official Report, against the words “Written Answers” in the list of contents, the serial numbers of the Questions which are answered in that issue.    [CoC]    (HL2955)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to save Manchester’s Christie Hospital from having to introduce waiting lists for life-saving chemotherapy; and what estimate has been made of the number of cancer patients whose lives will be put at risk if chemotherapy is delayed.    [DoH]    (HL2956)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many representations they have received about the threat posed to cancer patients by the cash shortfall faced by Manchester’s Christie Hospital; and what replies have been sent.    [DoH]    (HL2957)

The Lord PalmerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate has been made of biomass production in the United Kingdom in 2010, the net reduction in greenhouse gas production arising from biomass production on a year by year basis between now and December 2010 and the total cost (including writing off research) per tonne of the carbon saved.    [DEFRA]    (HL2958)

The Lord Hunt of ChestertonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the achievement of the Lundy Fisheries No Take Zone, how widely they will apply the No Take Zone tool; what the legislative basis of the tool be; and how they will support such initiatives of local communities in the future.    [DEFRA]    (HL2960)

The Lord Hunt of ChestertonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, given that the required legislation is not yet in place, what the calendar will be for the implementation of the recommendations of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development on Marine Protected Areas for the United Kingdom’s Exclusive Economic Zone.    [DEFRA]    (HL2961)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for setting and approving the level of tolls to be charged for use on the Birmingham Northern Relief Road; and what criteria are used to establish the level of tolls for different classes of vehicle. [DfT]    (HL2962)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how injury surveillance is to be continued by the National Health Service following the closure of the Home Accident Surveillance System; and what information the Public Health Observatories are collecting on consumer product involvement in accidental injuries.    [DoH]    (HL2964)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will monitor the progress on accidental injury reduction targets in “Our Healthier Nation” without the Home Accident Surveillance System.    [DoH]    (HL2965)

The Baroness GreengrossTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will announce the results of the review on domiciliary oxygen services initiated in March 2000.    [DoH]    (HL2966)

The Baroness GreengrossTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions they have reached concerning the provision of ambulatory oxygen for domiciliary use.    [DoH]    (HL2967)

The Baroness GreengrossTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the provision of liquid oxygen fitted with a conservation device will become a National Health Service prescribed product.    [DoH]    (HL2968)

The Baroness GreengrossTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was spent on domiciliary oxygen services in each of the last five years.    [DoH]    (HL2969)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the event that London secures the 2012 Olympic Games, what preferential arrangements will be made to London residents, who have been surcharged to pay part of the costs of the Games, to obtain tickets for various events.    [DCMS]    (HL2971)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the event that London secures the 2012 Olympic Games, whether a secure fence or wall will be constructed around the Olympic village to ensure the safety of competitors; and how long it will be.    [DCMS]    (HL2972)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the event that London secures the 2012 Olympic Games, what assurances will be given to competitors in the 2012 Olympic Games about their personal safety; and whether they will estimate the number of troops and police who will be deployed around the Olympic village and Games sites, together with estimates of the proportion which will be armed.    [HO]    (HL2973)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 18th March (WA 26), what factors have been identified as responsible for the unemployment differentials between different denominations within the Protestant community in Northern Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL2974)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which parties and governments have agreed to the “Joint Declaration” by the British and Irish governments of April 2003; and when and how.    [NIO]    (HL2975)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are committed to paragraph thirteen of the Joint Declaration by the British and Irish governments of April 2003 which concerns paramilitarism.    [NIO]    (HL2976)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that, if Translink travel passes for former employees in Northern Ireland are replaced by the senior Smart Pass, the same conditions will apply for former employees.    [NIO]    (HL2977)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the case of Owen Waide of Carryduff who has been refused special treatment for the conditions of Aspergers and Dyspraxia by the Northern Ireland South Eastern Education and Library Board.    [NIO]    (HL2978)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is possible under the interim arrangements of 19th November 2002 (Cmnd 5708) for the government of the Irish Republic unilaterally to set budgets for the Cross Border Implementation Bodies.    [NIO]    (HL2979)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set out the statistical basis for the statement made in the House of Lords on 14th May by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: “We subsidise every cow in Europe to the tune of two dollars a day” (HL Deb, col. 291); whether this figure also applies to the United Kingdom; if not, what would be the appropriate figure for the United Kingdom; and whether they will set out the statistical basis for the figure which does apply to the United Kingdom. [DEFRA]    (HL2980)

20th May

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what figures they have for the number of hepatitis C-infected people who entered the United Kingdom in each of the last three years as legal immigrants.    [DoH]    (HL2982)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have evaluated evidence that the genetically modified maize, Chardon LL, when fed to chickens, resulted in twice the mortality of chickens fed conventional maize; and if not, what action they propose. [DEFRA]    (HL2983)

The Lord Wedderburn of CharltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to implement European Community Council Directive 23 of 2001, dated 12th March 2001, on the approximation of the laws of Member States relating to the safeguarding of employees’ rights in the event of transfers of undertakings, businesses or parts of undertakings or businesses; and what is the reason for the delay in consultations on this Directive.    [DTI]    (HL2984)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to extend the fixed penalty notice system to drunkenness and other anti-social behaviour. [HO]    (HL2985)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Mr Alun Michael M.P. on 15th May (HC Deb, cols. 450-2), what they consider to be the “acceptable” number of abattoirs for the United Kingdom livestock industry.    [DEFRA]    (HL2986)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of overcapacity there is within the abattoir industry compared with the Meat Livestock Commission’s figures for 1999 which showed 49 per cent for cattle, 55 per cent for sheep and 27 per cent for pigs.    [DEFRA]    (HL2987)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many abattoirs have closed since 1999; and how many of these fall into small, medium or large band groups.    [DEFRA]    (HL2988)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in making their assumptions of overcapacity within the abattoir industry, they have taken into account the number of animals lost during the 2001 foot and mouth disease outbreak.    [DEFRA]    (HL2989)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 19th May (HL Deb, col. 576), whether they propose to create additional offences to ensure that the respect that ought to be shown to human remains is not violated; whether the reputation of deceased persons is to be similarly protected; or whether they intend that the sexual penetration of a corpse should, along with exhumation, be the only action to be criminalised.    [HO]    (HL2990)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how, following the closure of the Home Accident Surveillance System, they plan to compile accidental injury data relating to consumer products; and what measures are in place to ensure a continuity of information relating to injuries involving consumer products.    [DTI]    (HL2991)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimates they have made of the cost of home and leisure accidents; and how these compare with the cost of running the Home Accident Surveillance System.    [DTI]    (HL2992)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect the closure of the Home Accident Surveillance System will have on the ability to draft British Standards relating to consumer products.    [DTI]    (HL2993)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend the United Kingdom will contribute to the European Home and Leisure Accident Surveillance System following the closure of the Home Accident Surveillance System.    [DTI]    (HL2994)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations were carried out with the major users of the Home Accident Surveillance System before it was decided to close it down.    [DTI]    (HL2995)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they respond to the decision of Education Bradford to purchase high-speed Internet access well in excess of the Department for Education and Skills’ guidelines of a 2Mbps synchronous connection for primary schools and an 8Mbps synchronous connection for secondary schools.    [DfES]    (HL2996)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the projected costs to government departments of the Office of the e-Envoy charges for improvements to e-government services when the Capital Modernisation Fund (CMF) comes to an end in September.    [CO]    (HL2997)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of the intention of the Office of the e-Envoy to charge Government Departments for its services, whether they can explain the reported statement from the OeE that “the costs should be [invoiced to] where the savings are made”.    [CO]    (HL2998)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the recent publication of its 5th version, when they anticipate that the e-Government Interoperability Framework (e-GIF) will be updated to allow for wider deployment of wireless and mobile computing technology across Government, particularly in respect of broadband delivery to rural areas and the regions.    [CO]    (HL2999)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, given that the Home Secretary has reportedly reached agreement with members of the G8 to develop an iris-based biometric system as an extra check of the identities of international travellers, whether due account has been taken about the limitations of the technology as expressed by the United States Department of Defense, Marcus Kuhn of Cambridge University and others.    [HO]    (HL3000)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they confirm the accuracy of Privacy International’s calculation that a billion individual pieces of data (comprising e-mail logs and logs of Internet activity), representing requests to communications providers for access to around a million customer records, are released to the police and other official bodies in each year; and, if not, what is the true figure.    [HO]    (HL3001)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will announce the results of the review of domiciliary oxygen services, initiated in March 2000; what conclusions they have reached concerning provision of ambulatory oxygen for domiciliary use; and whether scope exists to improve the efficiency of domiciliary oxygen through the prescription of conserving devices.    [DoH]    (HL3002)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many arrests have been made in the vicinity (within one mile) of the National Security Agency Station at Menwith Hill for contravention of the byelaws relating to the Station and its environs in each of the last six years; how many individuals have been arrested and on how many different occasions in each of the last six years; how many of these arrests have resulted in a prosecution; and what were the results of each prosecution.    [MoD]    (HL3003)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many arrests have been made in the vicinity (within one mile) of RAF Fylingdales for contravention of the byelaws or other Acts relating to that installation and its environs in each of the last six years; how many of these arrests have resulted in a prosecution; and what were the results of each prosecution.    [MoD]    (HL3004)

The Baroness Finlay of LlandaffTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what provisions there are in place to ensure that cancer registries pass on timely, accurate and complete information to the Office of National Statistics; and whether there are plans to make this a statutory requirement.    [DoH]    (HL3005)

The Baroness Finlay of LlandaffTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether patients’ self referral to physiotherapy in primary care has proved cost effective; and whether such schemes will be available across the United Kingdom.    [DoH]    (HL3006)

The Baroness Finlay of LlandaffTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how comprehensive are the provisions in place for National Health Service professionals to take flexible retirement; and how many have taken up this option.    [DoH]    (HL3007)

The Baroness Finlay of LlandaffTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why physiotherapy educators and managers who do not carry a case load have not received assurances that their professional updating will allow them to remain registered with the Health Professions Council as physiotherapists.    [DoH]    (HL3008)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their proposed £1.4 million limit on the capital value of each individual’s pension rights will apply equally to people in the public and private sectors; and, if not, why not.    [HMT]    (HL3009)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there has been any underspend in the grant programmes in the years from 2000 by the European Union Special Programmes Body (one of the Implementation Bodies set up after the Belfast Agreement of 1998); if so, how much was the underspend in each year; for what reason it arose; and what happened to the funds underspent.    [NIO]    (HL3010)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the underspend of the Northern Ireland block grant by department for 2002-03; and what were the similar figures for 2001-02.    [NIO]    (HL3011)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Prime Minister on 30th April (HC Deb, col. 298), what was meant by a “period of transition” for terrorists in Northern Ireland to change to democracy; who set the period; whether it has ended; and, if not, when it will end.    [NIO]    (HL3012)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 3rd April (WA 142), concerning the Northern Ireland Civil Service and smoking, who is currently carrying out the review on smoking policy; and when the review will be completed.    [NIO]    (HL3013)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to improve the conviction rate for all crimes notified to the police in Humberside.    [HO]    (HL3014)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 2nd April (WA 132) concerning expenditure by Waterways Ireland, whether the contribution to the body’s funding is in proportion to capital expenditure; and why the government of the Irish Republic only contributed 90 per cent of the budget in 2000 but obtained 100 per cent of the capital work.    [NIO]    (HL3015)

21st May

The Baroness GreengrossTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the current members of the Cabinet Office Sub-Committee on Older People; and on what dates it has met since its establishment in 2001.    [CO]    (HL3020)

The Earl of ShrewsburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide a breakdown of the numbers and types of items handed in during the recent firearms amnesty, including those items which are defined in the Firearms Acts 1968 to 1997 as prohibited weapons.    [HO]    (HL3021)

The Earl of ShrewsburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide a breakdown of those items handed in during the recent firearms amnesty which are non functional firearms or ammunition, or those which are listed as obsolete calibres.    [HO]    (HL3022)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have a policy on the bugging of telephone calls and monitoring of other communications of Members of the House of Lords.    [HO]    (HL3023)

[As amended on 2nd June]

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have issued directions to government departments in Northern Ireland recently regarding answers to Parliamentary questions; if so, what were those instructions; and whether a copy of any documents can be placed in the Library of the House.    [NIO]    (HL3024)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of Article 33 appeals under the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991 have been successful each year to date.    [NIO]    (HL3025)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the Northern Ireland Environment and Heritage Services budget for each of the last five years; and what was the level of expenditure each year.    [NIO]    (HL3026)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average percentage of approvals upheld by the Planning Approvals Commission in Northern Ireland during the periods 1990-94 and 1995-2000.    [NIO]    (HL3027)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what percentage of Planning Approval Commission cases in Northern Ireland since 1990 has the Department of the Environment Planning Service been represented by a lawyer.    [NIO]    (HL3028)

The Lord Corbett of Castle ValeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to lessen light pollution.    [DEFRA]    (HL3029)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether United Kingdom residents in Northern Cyprus have had access to the United Kingdom Sovereign Bases at Dhekelia since 1974; whether the freedom of movement of British citizens into United Kingdom Sovereign territory has recently been prohibited; and, if so, what is the reason.    [FCO]    (HL3032)

[As amended on 22nd May]

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to ensure that United Kingdom practice complies with the record-keeping and marking of firearms requirements as set out in the United Nations Firearms Protocol, and to encourage other governments to meet the same standards of record-keeping and marking of firearms.    [HO]    (HL3033)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the rationale for excluding non-staff overhead costs from the definition of National Health Service management costs.    [DoH]    (HL3034)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the costs of headquarters and infrastructure directly and indirectly related to the staff that are included within management costs which have been excluded from National Health Service management costs for each of the three years ended 31st March 2003.    [DoH]    (HL3035)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the costs that have been excluded from the definition of management costs for 2001-02 and 2002-03 for each of the following—

        (a)  clinical excellence;

        (b)  shared services;

        (c)  health informatics services;

        (d)  national booked admissions services pilots;

        (e)  NHS Direct; and

        (f)  NHS Beacons.    [DoH]  (HL3036)

The Baroness Noakes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the costs that have been excluded from the definition of management costs for 2001-02 and 2002-03 for each of the following—

        (a)  central funding for NHS LIFT;

        (b)  development support and central funding for Health Action Zone evaluation;

        (c)  central funding for Primary Care Act pilots;

        (d)  counter fraud operation service;

        (e)  NHS Walk-In Centre pilots;

        (f)  pay modernisation implementation; and

        (g)  salary costs that have been paid for from capital.    [DoH]  (HL3037)

The Baroness Noakes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff have been excluded from the calculations of management costs for 2001-02 and 2002-03 on the basis that their salaries fell below the “salary threshold”.    [DoH]    (HL3038)

The Lord Jenkin of RodingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the figures for greenhouse gas emissions published by the Office of National Statistics are estimated on a basis which differs from that used to monitor progress against the Kyoto protocol target for the reduction of greenhouse gases; and whether they will now publish the latest figures for such emissions estimated on the Kyoto protocol target basis.    [HMT]    (HL3039)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will define light pollution as a statutory nuisance and introduce regulations to enable Environmental Health Officers to take action to stop outdoor lights shining into homes. [DEFRA]    (HL3040)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage the Highways Agency and local authorities to redesign over-lit roads and road junctions and introduce “full cut off lighting” to stop light going upwards.    [DfT]    (HL3041)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have of the increase in light pollution in recent years; and how they intend to monitor it in future.    [DEFRA]    (HL3042)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the population and the total rateable value of non-residential properties in the Blackwall ward of Tower Hamlets.    [HMT]    (HL3043)

The Lord Hunt of ChestertonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the recent White Paper on Energy, what are their plans to provide higher support levels, international centres of excellence and demonstration projects for research and development to assist United Kingdom industry develop programmes in renewable power technology including wind, wave, tidal and photovoltaic.    [DTI]    (HL3044)

22nd May

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether those who enter the United Kingdom illegally who claim asylum and who refuse to reveal what country they have come from and what country they are claiming asylum from are allowed to proceed with their asylum claim; and what administrative procedures are followed in such cases.    [HO]    (HL3048)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will estimate the value, at constant prices, of total overseas commercial industrial investment in the United Kingdom for each of the last ten years, showing separately the investment from within the European Union and from outside the European Union.    [DTI]    (HL3049)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to assist in preventing genocide in the Congo region of Africa and to establish peace and security in that region.    [FCO]    (HL3050)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be their specific objectives at the G8 Summit in June 2003 with respect to economic and social support for the people of Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Zimbabwe. [DfID]    (HL3051)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be their specific objectives at the G8 Summit in June 2003 with reference to—

        (a)  the fulfilment of NEPAD (the New Partnership for Africa’s Development) objectives on conflict prevention, management and resolution and on peacemaking, peacekeeping, peace enforcement, post-conflict resolution, rehabilitation and reconstruction;

        (b)  the establishment of a G8/African Joint Task Team on Peace Support Operations; and

        (c)  support for the African Peace and Security Agenda.    [DfID]   (HL3052)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be their specific objectives at the G8 Summit in June 2003 with reference to—

        (a)  combating the illicit proliferation of small arms, light weapons and landmines; and

        (b)  curbing the activities of arms brokers wherever they operate.    [DfID]  (HL3053)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with particular reference to their commitment to NEPAD (the New Partnership for Africa’s Development), what will be their specific objectives at the G8 Summit in June 2003 with reference to each of the following—

        (a)  the end of dumping by the industrialised world in the poor world;

        (b)  the end of subsidies for goods exported by the industrialised world to the poor world; and;

        (c)  the elimination of tariff escalation by industrialised countries, including the European Union, on processed goods exported by the poor countries of the world.    [DfID]   (HL3054)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with particular reference to their commitment to NEPAD (the New Partnership for Africa’s Development), what will be their specific objectives at the G8 Summit in June 2003 with reference to each of the following—

        (a)  quota and tariff-free exports of agricultural produce and agriculture-related goods to the industrialised world including the European Union;

        (b)  a “development box” within the World Trade Organisation Agreement on Agriculture;

        (c)  the proposals by President Chirac for a moratorium on subsidies on all goods exported to Africa during current trade negotiations; and;

        (d)  implementation of the ICO (International Coffee Organisation) Coffee Rescue Plan.    [DfID]  (HL3055)

The Lord Howie of Troon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made toward reaching their target of increasing extra care housing levels by 6900 units by 2005-06.    [DoH]    (HL3056)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to ensure that the Memorandum of Understanding for the cessation of hostilities in the Sudan, of 4th February, is fully complied with by all parties to it, particularly in the areas of Suta, Bentin and Wan.    [FCO]    (HL3057)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will use their best efforts to achieve an extension of ceasefires to the whole province of Darfur (Sudan), with effective independent international monitoring.    [FCO]    (HL3058)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will discuss with the government of the Sudan the issue of fair and impartial trials in all criminal cases and the immediate ending of cruel, inhuman and degrading punishments, together with ratification by Sudan of the International Convention against Torture.    [FCO]    (HL3059)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which strategic health authorities arranged brokerage for National Health Service Trusts and Primary Care Trusts in order to ensure that they did not fail in their statutory duty to achieve financial balance for 2002-03; and what amounts were involved.    [DoH]    (HL3060)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which, if any, National Health Service organisations, other than strategic health authorities, were involved in brokerage arrangements for 2002-03; and what amounts were involved.    [DoH]    (HL3061)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy to seek to ensure that the Iraqi oil sector is placed under direct United Nations control until the occupying authorities in Iraq have been replaced by a sovereign Iraqi Government.    [FCO]    (HL3062)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy to seek to ensure that new contracts for the reconstruction and development of the Iraqi oil sector are not made, and that any other fundamental restructuring of the sector (such as privatisation) is not undertaken, without United Nations authority.    [FCO]    (HL3063)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are made for accommodation and support of asylum seekers living in National Asylum Support Service contracted accommodation, after their applications have been refused, in circumstances where it is not possible to remove them to their countries of origin.    [HO]    (HL3064)

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), why they were unable to provide figures for the total rateable value of non-residential property in the Shaftesbury ward of Belfast and the Diamond ward of Londonderry, and whether they will provide such figures.    [HMT]    (HL3065)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish or place in the Library of the House the submissions they made to the European Commission in order to receive approval for the exemption of non-residential property transactions in disadvantaged areas of the United Kingdom from stamp duty until December 2006, and if not, why not.    [HMT]    (HL3066)

The Lord GoodhartTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British citizens have been released from detention at Guantanamo Bay.    [FCO]    (HL3067)

The Lord GoodhartTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that the continued detention of British citizens at Guantanamo Bay is lawful; and, if so, on what basis.    [FCO]    (HL3068)

The Lord GoodhartTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, if they are not satisfied that the continued detention of any of the British citizens detained at Guantanamo Bay is lawful, what action they are taking to obtain their release.    [FCO]    (HL3069)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Andrews on 12th May (WA 13), whether they will support any proposal to legalise assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia.    [DoH]    (HL3070)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the United States State Department’s Country Report 2002 for China which concludes that the Chinese Government continues to pursue a policy of coercive population control encompassing physical, psychological and economic pressure notwithstanding the presence of the United Nations Population Fund in a number of Chinese countries.    [FCO]    (HL3071)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the scope, budget and staffing of the unit set up by the European Union to monitor the activities of pro-life groups.    [FCO]    (HL3072)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, of the 9,000 patients who may be eligible to participate in the beta interferon risk sharing scheme for multiple sclerosis—

        (a)  how many were on waiting lists for treatment when the scheme started on 6th May 2002; and

        (b)  how many are now receiving treatment.    [DoH]  (HL3073)

The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how, and to whom, figures for the number of patients currently —

        (a)  on the waiting list for the beta interferon risk sharing scheme for multiple sclerosis; and

        (b)  receiving treatment on the beta interferon risk sharing scheme for multiple sclerosis,

    are being reported by Primary care Trusts.    [DoH]  (HL3074)

The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to encourage Primary Care Trusts to implement the beta interferon risk sharing scheme for multiple sclerosis.    [DoH]    (HL3075)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what specific activities the steering group set up to oversee the implementation of the beta interferon risk sharing scheme for multiple sclerosis is undertaking, and how its work will be passed down to Primary Care Trust for implementation.    [DoH]    (HL3076)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why there are no plans to publish a progress report on the implementation of the beta interferon risk sharing scheme for multiple sclerosis, and how they will ensure that an update on progress is made available.    [DoH]    (HL3077)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current estimate of the Value of Preventable Fatality of installing the European Rail Traffic Management System Level 2 on lines which the Train Protection and Warning System will already have been installed.    [DfT]    (HL3078)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to bring into effect section 16A of the Transport Act 2000, and what is their explanation for the delay of nearly three years.    [DfT]    (HL3079)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of reports by Arup Transport Planning and LEK Consulting which were used by the Strategic Railway Authority to inform their conclusion on Sensitive Lorry Miles published in May 2003.    [DfT]    (HL3080)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernon Dean on 13th May (WA 29), which government departments were involved in hearing representations from Russian officials about Mr Berezovsky; and when the meetings were held.    [FCO]    (HL3081)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a table showing the total number of British citizens in prison in each country in the European Union; and how many, if any, in each country have been held in custody for longer that three months (a) without being given bail and (b) without being charged.    [FCO]    (HL3082)

[As amended on 2nd June]

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that all aspects of the Belfast Agreement of 1998 should be implemented by all parties who signed the Agreement; and what machinery exists to monitor the implementation.    [NIO]    (HL3083)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 21st May (WA 79) concerning the status of Irish and Ulster Scots, whether the Belfast Agreement of 1998 affords both languages equality.    [NIO]    (HL3084)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 21st May (WA 83) concerning smoking in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, whether they consider that spending on facilities for smokers is a proper use of money allocated to health services.    [NIO]    (HL3085)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisations have received funding under Peace II; where they are located; how much they obtained; and for what purpose. [NIO]    (HL3086)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is on the panel which decides how money is allocated under Peace II; and how the members were selected.    [NIO]    (HL3087)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the benefits of Peace II funding have been made available to the public and groups in the related areas of Ulster; and what encouragement they have offered for applications for such funding.    [NIO]    (HL3088)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the question “whether it is right, in principle, for the State to support the housing costs of people whose behaviour brings misery to the lives of individuals and communities” (Housing Benefit Sanctions and Anti-Social Behaviour) can be answered without reference to an alternative, and if so, why; and whether prisoners in gaol are exempt from this principle, and if so, who else is exempt. [DWP]    (HL3089)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what reason they have for believing that housing benefit sanctions will diminish anti-social behaviour rather than increase it.    [DWP]    (HL3090)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to paragraph 6 of Housing Benefit Sanctions and Anti-Social Behaviour, why they believe that housing benefit sanctions will contribute to restoring a sense of social responsibility.    [DWP]    (HL3091)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they believe that housing benefit sanctions are compatible with their own social responsibility.    [DWP]    (HL3092)

2nd June

The Lord Campbell-SavoursTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to upgrade the Royal Navy’s Merlin Mk 1 helicopters.    (HL3093)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the official engagements of Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean for 2nd June; and why she was unavailable to answer Parliamentary Questions on that day.    (HL3094)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Written Answer by the Baroness Amos on 28th April (WA 63-64) concerning their representations to the Russian government on violence against women in that country implies that they regard the Russian government as having a reciprocal right to make representations in regard to policies, legislation or administration on social affairs in the United Kingdom.    (HL3095)

The Baroness ThorntonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the judgment in Re H and others (Minors) (Sexual Abuse: Standard of Proof) [1995], whether setting a higher standard of evidence in such cases is in the best interests of children; and, if not, what measures they intend to take to deal with the current state of the law.    (HL3096)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the numbers of evictions from social housing and numbers of suspended prison sentences for council tax arrears in each of the last three years.    (HL3097)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to change current arrangements for the enforcement of debts against poverty level incomes and the penalties that can be imposed or threatened for rent and council tax arrears.    (HL3098)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they are considering which would add forcible entry to the list of options that can be used by local authorities and bailiffs in cases of rent and council tax arrears.    (HL3099)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what further representations the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry has received from the President of the British Veterinary Association regarding the investigation into the supply within the United Kingdom of prescription-only veterinary medicines; what reply is being sent; and what action is being taken.    (HL3100)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have evidence to justify consideration of legal action against any leading members of the former regime in Iraq for crimes against humanity; and whether any action is under active consideration.    (HL3101)

The Lord AcknerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether asylum seekers and those seeking to emigrate to the United Kingdom are subject to compulsory medical examinations; and, if not, why not.    (HL3102)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many additional mobile anti-smuggling detection teams and trained dogs have been deployed by H M Customs and Excise since 11th April when they took over responsibility for anti-smuggling controls on meat.    (HL3103)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many convictions for the smuggling of illegal meat have been recorded on the central database of H M Customs and Excise since 11th April.    (HL3104)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 22nd May (WA 105), whether lack of legal status for unmarried cohabiting partners of the opposite sex causes problems for such partners in their daily lives; and, if so, whether they see arguments in favour of a civil partnership registration scheme in England and Wales for such couples, bringing with it a package of rights and responsibilities for those who register.    (HL3105)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it was the policy or practice of the Coalition Forces during the recent war in Iraq to pollute or destroy the supply of drinking water for the civilian population in Iraq.    (HL3106)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to forbid the destruction or pollution of the supply of drinking water for civilian populations in periods of war or international armed conflict, as part of international humanitarian law.    (HL3107)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the law on disposal of human bodies to be sufficiently clear; and on what public authority website executors and next of kin may check on their duties.    (HL3108)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received from the Council for the Protection of Rural England and the British Astronomical Association about light pollution; and whether they will consult these bodies as well as local authorities, lighting manufacturers and the Institute of Lighting Engineers about measures needed to reduce the problem.    (HL3109)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with particular reference to NePAD (the New Partnership for Africa’s Development), what their specific objectives are at the G8 Summit with reference to each of the following—

        (a)  the battle against AIDS;

        (b)  the elimination of polio; and

        (c)  the rights and welfare of children.   (HL3110)

The Baroness Finlay of Llandaff—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether National Health Service community nursing staff, including district nurses, have indemnity cover to manage non-invasive positive pressure ventilation devices for patients, such as those with motor neurone disease, who are ventilated at home.    (HL3111)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, to their knowledge, vehicles are being imported from outside the European Union with bull bars; and whether they will consider legislation to ban (a) the importation of vehicles fitted with bull bars and (b) retro-fitment of bull bars.    (HL3112)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in light of the recent Department of Health guidance on specialised commissioning, whether collaborative commissioning groups are intended to be a direct replacement for Regional Specialised Commissioning Groups.    (HL3113)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Regional Specialised Commissioning Groups will continue, either in their current or in a modified form.    (HL3114)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who will determine whether existing commissioning consortia are working well or whether there are good reasons for change.    (HL3115)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what criteria they will assess whether commissioning consortia are working well.    (HL3116)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what might constitute “good reasons for change” to existing commissioning consortia.    (HL3117)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, given that Primary Care Trusts and commissioning consortia members have the discretion to decide their own remit and terms of reference, what power Strategic Health Authorities and the Commission for Health Improvement have to override that discretion where the arrangements are deemed not to be working well.    (HL3118)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving to the possibility of imposing greater restrictions on the grant of work permits in the information technology sector, in light of estimates that more than 50,000 information technology professionals are currently out of work in the United Kingdom.    (HL3119)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what safeguards will be built in to the proposed Scope programme, run by the Cabinet Office Intelligence and Security Secretariat, to guarantee compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Human Rights Act 1998, with particular reference to reported proposals for cross-departmental data-sharing and matching.    (HL3120)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the budget for the National Health Service National Programme for information technology.    (HL3121)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many local National Health Service electronic patient records contracts have been cancelled; and at what cost to the public purse.    (HL3122)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how, in calculating the statistical response to the Home Office consultation on the proposal to introduce identity cards, they intend to treat the 5,029 submissions from the Stand website on the matter.    (HL3123)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government over how wide an area would the engines of motor vehicles be immobilized as a consequence of nuclear explosions of varying force; whether this would affect diesel engines; how those affected engines could be reactivated; and at what approximate cost.    (HL3124)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to clear roads in and around major cities from motor vehicles disabled as a consequence of a nuclear explosion.    (HL3125)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any recent research has discovered methods of protecting motor vehicles from being disabled as a consequence of a nuclear explosion.    (HL3126)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the results of the exercise held in March to test their plans in the event of a smallpox outbreak.    (HL3127)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many doctors and nurses comprise the cohort of immunized staff able to deal safety with any potential smallpox sufferers.    (HL3128)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current size of vaccine stocks held to meet an outbreak of smallpox, anthrax and other plagues which terrorists might use.    (HL3129)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce legislation to permit supermarkets to clamp vehicles parked in a disabled person’s space without displaying a valid Blue Badge.    (HL3130)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions they have had with the main supermarket chains in England and Wales about the misuse of disabled persons parking bays by motorists not displaying a valid Blue Badge.    (HL3131)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what health and safety guidance they have issued to servicemen when in the vicinity of Iraqi tanks that have been destroyed by ordnance containing depleted uranium.    (HL3132)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the guidance issued to servicemen when in the vicinity of Iraqi tanks that have been destroyed by ordnance containing depleted uranium varies from that given to United States servicemen; and, if so, how.    (HL3133)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the official figures will be published of the amount of depleted uranium used in the 2003 Iraq war.    (HL3134)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the decision of 19th March of the North South Ministerial Council concerning the future general pay increases for all staff employed by the Language Implementation Body was taken in line with procedures issued on 5th December 2002 entitled Ministerial Decision Making Interim Procedures.    (HL3135)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 21st May (WA 87) concerning the Peace II Grant Scheme, how the application of section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 is monitored; and by whom.    (HL3136)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for ensuring that the interim procedures for the North South Ministerial Council entitled Ministerial Decision Making Interim Procedures dated 5th December 2002 are correctly implemented.    (HL3137)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House, and on the North South Ministerial Council’s website, all documents relating to North South Ministerial Council decisions since 15th October 2002; and whether they will ensure that they are placed in a way that documents the steps taken by all parties to adhere to the process entitled Ministerial Decision Making Interim Procedures of 5th December 2002 and the letter from the Northern Ireland Secretary of State to David Trimble MP of 19th December 2002.    (HL3138)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House the draft international agreement referred to in section 5 of the Northern Ireland Act 2000; who the states parties to the agreement were; whether it was signed and entered into force, and, if not, why not; when Parliament was told about the fate of this agreement; and whether this agreement was ever reconsidered in subsequent suspensions under the Northern Ireland Act 2000.    (HL3139)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider intervening in any cases in the European Court of Justice involving article 4 of Directive 2000/78/EC after 2nd December 2000; and whether they accept the principle of increasing sectarian control as an exemption to the principles of equality and fairness.    (HL3140)

The Lord Wedderburn of CharltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their Review of Human Rights will take cognisance of the international instruments ratified by the United Kingdom on freedom of association and labour rights, especially those originating in the International Labour Organisation and the Council of Europe, and of the failure to comply with various such instruments by the United Kingdom and the steps needed to rectify such contraventions; whether they have invited representatives of the Trades Union Congress, the Confederation of British Industry or bodies representing lawyers in the United Kingdom specialising in such international labour law, to attend any meetings of the Human Rights Forum; and whether they will publish details of the occasions on which that Forum has met since 2002, and will meet in the future, and the agenda of business of such meetings.    (HL3141)

The Lord Wedderburn of CharltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether draft regulations have been produced concerning the provisions on disciplinary and grievance procedures in the Employment Act 2002; whether these drafts have been made available on the internet; whether they have been or will be made available to all those to whom they were promised in the course of debates in Parliament on the Employment Bill; and why there has been little publicity concerning their contents.    (HL3142)

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]

    Aviation (Offences) [13th June]

    Marine Safety [13th June]

    Sunday Working (Scotland) [13th June]

    Criminal Justice [16th June]

    Taxation (Information) [HL]

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    Hereford Markets [HL] [18th June]

Committed to a Grand Committee

    Local Government [4th June]

    Railways and Transport Safety [5th June]

    Extradition [3rd June]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

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

    Ministerial and other Salaries (Amendment) [HL]

    Patients’ Protection [HL]

    Communications [3rd June]

    Prevention of Driving under the Influence of Drugs [HL]

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

Waiting for Report

    Water [HL] [12th June]

    Road Traffic (Amendment) [HL]

    Sexual Offences [HL] [9th June]

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]

    Harbours [HL]

    Courts [HL]

    London Local Authorities and Transport for London [HL]

    London Local Authorities [HL]

    Nottingham City Council [HL]

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Clergy Discipline

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003

    Draft Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) 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

    Draft Uncertificated Securities (Amendment) (Eligible Debt Securities) 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

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

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

TUESDAY 3RD JUNE

Economic Affairs (Sub-Committee on the Finance Bill)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)3.00 pm
Economic Affairs (Select Committee)4.00 pm
House Committee4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 4TH JUNE

European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
Draft Corruption Bill (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 5TH JUNE

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

MONDAY 9TH JUNE

Human Rights (Joint Committee)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 10TH JUNE

European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 11TH JUNE

Constitution (Select Committee)10.00 am
Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform10.30 am
(Select Committee)
European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee F)11.00 am

WEDNESDAY 11TH JUNE

Hereford Markets Bill [HL]11.00am
(Unopposed Bill Committee)in the Moses Room

MONDAY 16TH JUNE

Convention on the Future of Europe7.15 pm
(Joint Standing Committee)
 
 
 
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