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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

WEDNESDAY 18TH JUNE

At half-past two o’clock

*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 Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reject the recommendation of the Electoral Commission to abolish deposits for candidates at Parliamentary elections.

*The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts they are making to secure the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political detainees in Burma.

*The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to change the vetting system for the employment of prison officers.

†Business of the House—The Lord President (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the debate on the motion in the name of the Lord King of Bridgewater set down for today shall be limited to 5 hours.

Communications Bill—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clauses 1 and 2
Schedule 1
Clauses 3 to 27
Schedule 2
Clauses 28 to 60
Clauses 62 to 70
Clauses 74 to 103
Schedule 3
Clauses 104 to 115
Schedule 4
Clauses 116 to 156
Schedule 5
Clauses 157 to 177
Schedule 6
Clauses 178 and 179
Schedule 7
Clauses 180 to 189
Schedule 8
Clauses 190 to 196
Schedule 9
Clauses 197 to 216

Schedule 10
Clauses 217 to 267
Clause 61
Clauses 72 and 73
Clauses 268 to 289
Schedule 11
Clauses 290 to 305
Clause 71
Clauses 306 to 331
Schedule 12
Clauses 332 to 338
Schedule 13
Clauses 339 to 342
Schedule 14
Clauses 343 to 353
Schedule 15
Clauses 354 to 382
Schedule 16
Clauses 383 to 399
Schedules 17 to 19
Clauses 400 to 403.

The Lord King of Bridgwater—To call attention to defence policy and the future of the armed forces; and to move for papers.

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

In Committee Rooms 3A and 4B

At 3.30 pm

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

THURSDAY 19TH JUNE

[At eleven o’clock]

†Licensing Bill [HL]—Consideration of Commons amendments [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

Railways and Transport Safety Bill—Report [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

[At two o’clock

Judgments]

At three o’clock

*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 Lord Ackner—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to achieve the cooperative relationship required between the judiciary and the Home Office which the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf, informed the House on 21st May was missing (HL Deb, col. 882).

*The Lord Henley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to change the current system of hallmarking of precious metals.

†*The Lord Roberts of Conwy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which United Kingdom Ministerial office holder will have overall responsibility for Scottish and Welsh affairs.

[It is expected that the Report stage of the Railways and Transport Safety Bill will continue]

†Fire Services Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Rooker]

    The Lord McCarthy—To move, as an amendment to the motion that the Bill be now read a Second time, to leave out “now” and at end insert “this day six months”.

    The Baroness Hamwee—To move, as an amendment to the motion that the Bill be now read a Second time, at end insert “but this House regrets that Her Majesty’s Government have decided to take the extreme step of introducing legislation as an alternative to collective bargaining procedures in the fire service”.

    In the event of the bill being read a second time, the Lord Rooker to move, That the bill be committed to a Grand Committee.

The Lord Carlile of Berriew—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what alternatives to custody they are considering for children who commit offences.

†[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Extradition Bill will continue at 3.45 pm in Committee Rooms 3A and 4B]

FRIDAY 20TH JUNE

[At eleven o’clock]

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]

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).

†Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) (Amendment) Order 2003—The Lord Davies of Oldham to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 5th June be approved.

†Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Exemption) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2003—The Lord Davies of Oldham to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 5th June be approved.

†Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No. 1) Order 2003—The Lord Davies of Oldham to move, That the Order laid before the House on 5th June be approved.

†Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2003—The Lord Davies of Oldham to move, That the Order laid before the House on 5th June be approved.

MONDAY 23RD JUNE

*The Baroness Pitkeathley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are being taken to improve carers’ opportunities for employment and learning, for maintaining their own health and well-being, and for accessing information to help them in caring.

*The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they are taking to protect the security of women and children in Iraq.

*The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why motorists driving without insurance no longer face the risk of disqualification for a first offence.

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis they are opposing the proposal for a European Union Regulation concerning the traceability and labelling of genetically modified organisms.

Communications Bill—Report [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

‡Release of Short-Term Prisoners on Licence (Repeal of Age Restriction) Order 2003—The Lord Bassam of Brighton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 5th June be approved.

‡Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (Juxtaposed Controls) Order 2003—The Baroness Scotland of Asthal to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 5th June be approved.

In the Moses Room

At 3.30 pm

†Local Government Bill—Further consideration in Grand Committee [The Lord Rooker] [16th and 21st Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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.

*The Lord Watson of Richmond—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they intend to take to reverse the decline in the United Kingdom’s share of foreign investment from outside the European Union.

*The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many officials from the Department for International Development are currently working in Iraq.

*The Lord Howell of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the governments of the ten European Union accession states about the proposal to create the post of a full-time President of the European Union Council of Ministers.

Water Bill [HL]—Further consideration on Report [The Lord Whitty]

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

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

WEDNESDAY 25TH JUNE

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

*The Lord Maginnis of Drumglass—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether European Union sanctions against the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus have created a significant disparity of incomes between Turkish Cypriots in the north and Greek Cypriots in the south.

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with the road map for peace in the Middle East.

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.

Patients’ Protection Bill [HL]—House to be again in Committee [The Baroness Knight of Collingtree]

THURSDAY 26TH JUNE

[At eleven o’clock]

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

At three o’clock

*The Lord Goodhart—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have agreed to an Extradition Treaty with the United States which, on a non-reciprocal basis, authorises extradition of a person to the United States without the need to produce supporting information which would provide a reasonable basis to believe that the person committed the offence for which extradition is requested.

*The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will increase their contribution to the United Nations Voluntary Fund for the Victims of Torture and ask the European Union and the United States to do the same.

*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to deal with the increased demand for diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

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

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they view the state of the United Kingdom’s relations with Cuba.

[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Extradition Bill will continue at 3.45 pm in the Moses Room]

FRIDAY 27TH JUNE

[At eleven o’clock]

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

European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Pearson of Rannoch]

MONDAY 30TH JUNE

*The Viscount Goschen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the performance of Network Rail is satisfactory.

*The Lord Bradshaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the safety regulations on the railway have been amended to preclude the use of the opposite line for trains in instances where track has been signalled for that purpose.

†*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what prospect there is of achieving their objective of 10 Gigawatts of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) by 2010 as set out in the Energy White Paper (Cm 5761).

Criminal Justice Bill—Committee [The Baroness Scotland of Asthal]

‡European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Database Protection Agreement between the United Kingdom on behalf of the Isle of Man and the European Community) Order 2003—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 9th June be approved.

TUESDAY 1ST JULY

*The Baroness Gale—To ask the Chairman of Committees what action is being taken to help asthma sufferers by making the Palace of Westminster smoke free.

†*The Earl Ferrers—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether European Union regulations are being drawn up which will prevent the use of smoke-flavoured additives in food.

†*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the progress being made by specialist schools is satisfactory.

†*The Lord Razzall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is adequate competition to supply United Kingdom coinage following the collapse of the Birmingham Mint.

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

Marine Safety Bill—Committee [The Lord Donaldson of Lymington]

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

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

WEDNESDAY 2ND JULY

*The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the implications for other Gulf War Veterans of the High Court’s recent decision in the case of Shaun Rusling; and what were their total costs in contesting the case all the way to the High Court.

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

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

THURSDAY 3RD JULY

[At eleven o’clock]

European Union (Accessions) Bill—Second Reading [The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean] [21st Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

At three o’clock

*The Baroness Massey of Darwen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children they estimate to be living with parents who misuse drugs, and what account they will take of the recent report Hidden Harm from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.

*The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in light of the results of the current archaeological excavations on the Pilckem Ridge battlefield, they will encourage the government of Belgium to revise their plans for the extension of the A19 motorway across the Ypres Salient.

†*The Lord Hurd of Westwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made with the other occupying powers and the United Nations in establishing a stable and democratic government in Iraq.

†[The debate on the Second Reading of the European Union (Accessions) Bill may continue]

†The Lord Peston—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Select Committee on Economic Affairs on the Finance Bill 2003 (3rd Report, HL Paper 121).

†Taxation (Information) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Saatchi]

†The Lord McIntosh of Haringey—To move, That this House takes note with approval of the Government’s assessment as set out in the Budget 2003 for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993.

TUESDAY 15TH JULY

†*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they used in making their decision to hold local referendums on whether to establish three regional assemblies in England.

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 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 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.

The Lord Strathclyde—To move to resolve, That it is expedient that a Tribunal be established under the Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act 1921, for inquiring into a matter of definite and urgent public importance, that is to say, the matters arising from the handling of intelligence relating to Iraq, with the following terms of reference—

        (a)  To report within six months;

        (b)  After receiving the existing evidence and hearing such further evidence as necessary, to consider the extent to which the public, Ministers and Parliament were misled and, if so, by whom;

        (c)  To inquire into the actions and performance of all public and private bodies, authorities and persons involved; and

        (d)  In respect of the Tribunal’s power to exclude the public in the circumstances set out in section 2 of the above Act only to do so where they regard it as essential, having regard to the provisions of section 10(7) of and Schedule 3 to the Intelligence Services Act 1994.

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to assist street children in Latin America.

The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to respond to Recommendation 53 in their consultation document of July 2000 Setting the Boundaries—Reforming the Law on Sexual Offences that “There should be a further review of the law on prostitution”.

The Lord Clarke of Hampstead—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the role and responsibilities of the Postal Regulator (Postcomm).

Food Supplements (England) Regulations 2003—The Earl Howe to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 2nd June, be annulled (S.I. 2003/1387).

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the possibility that the introduction of the single transferable vote might increase the level of public participation in politics.

The Lord Lloyd-Webber—To call attention to the place of music in education; and to move for papers.

The Lord Thomas of Swynnerton—To call attention to Britain’s long alliance with France; and to move for papers.

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 Woolmer of Leeds—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union 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]

The Earl of Selborne—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union on Progress of Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (25th Report, HL Paper 109). [5th June]

The Viscount Colville of Culross—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Religious Offences on Religious Offences in England and Wales (HL Paper 95). [10th June]

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.

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 17th June, or unanswered after 21 days]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

1st May

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)

7th May

The Lord Hylton—To 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 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)

8th May

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)

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 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)

12th May

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)

13th May

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 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 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)

15th May

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)

20th May

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 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 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 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 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)

21st May

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 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)

22nd May

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 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)

17th June

The Lord Hogg of CumbernauldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to assist small retailers in deprived areas to improve the security of their business in the current year.    (HL3437)

The Lord Clinton-DavisTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what the outcome was of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council held on 5th and 6th June; and what their stance was on the issues discussed including their voting record.    (HL3438)

The Lord OrmeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to introduce any measures to prevent identity or document fraud in the immigration field.    (HL3439)

The Baroness Turner of CamdenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish, for every housing authority in England and Wales, the rankings which underpinned their recent decision to reduce the maximum discount available to tenants under the Right to Buy Scheme in 41 areas.    (HL3440)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the exclusion of “colour” from the grounds of unlawful racial discrimination in the Race Relations Act 1976 (Amendment) Regulations 2003 to be compatible with the universal right to equality before the law for all persons, referred to in Recital (3) of the Preamble to the Race Directive (Council Directive 2000/43/EC); and, if so, what are their reasons.    (HL3441)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total cost of the work of the Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals; whether they consider it has delivered value for money; and whether they intend to re-examine those areas in which its findings are inconsistent with those of other internationally respected bodies.    (HL3442)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the membership of the newly established panel of the European Food Safety Authority which is intended to consider the safety of food supplements.    (HL3443)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to have a dialogue with the European Union Scientific Committee for Food or the European Food Safety Authority about the information requirements for dossiers submitted for the purpose of permitting the continued use beyond July 2005 of nutrients missing from the Annexes of the Food Supplements Directive.    (HL3444)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they share the view of Food Standards Agency officials expressed at a meeting with industry representatives and the Minister for Public Health on 9th June that the European Union is now likely to set maximum permitted levels for nutrients in food supplements on the basis of nutritional need, not safety.    (HL3445)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many nutrients and nutrient sources they expect to be removed from the United Kingdom market in July 2005 under the provisions of the Food Supplements Regulations.    (HL3446)

The Lord Walton of DetchantTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria and what facilities and functions are necessary to enable any National Health Service hospital to assume the title of “University Hospital”.    (HL3447)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are being made to provide technical and financial assistance to reduce the impact of the trading arrangements of the World Trade Organisation and the Free Trade Area of the Americas on British Overseas Territories in terms of adjustment periods, special and deferential treatment and resource needs.    (HL3448)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their position on the membership of Montserrat and other British Overseas Territories of the CARICOM and OECS regional organisations.    (HL3449)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there would be implications for the United Kingdom as a result of Montserrat’s participation in the proposed CARICOM Single Market and Economy and the Caribbean Court of Justice.    (HL3450)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the housing strategy for Montserrat to cater for the 1,600 people still awaiting permanent housing.    (HL3451)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they would consider a request by the government of Montserrat for help with the repayment of loans owed by the Montserrat Development Bank for port expansion, mortgages and student loans.    (HL3452)

The Viscount GoschenTo ask the Leader of the House when he first became aware of the proposals to abolish the office of Lord Chancellor.    (HL3453)

The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that a briefing to television journalists represents the most appropriate mechanism to announce proposals for constitutional change.    (HL3454)

The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they continue to maintain that the draft European Constitution represents a “tidying-up exercise” of existing measures.    (HL3455)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Mozambique customs service is terminating its contract with the Crown Agents; whether the management objectives have been met; and what has been the effect on customs revenue.    (HL3456)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what success they have had alongside the government of Mozambique in attracting civil society to the Poverty Reduction Strategy process in Mozambique; and to what extent such participation extends beyond Maputo to other regional centres.    (HL3457)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

17th JUNE 2003

[Tabled on the dates shown]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

1st May

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)

7th May

The Lord Hylton—To 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 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)

8th May

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)

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 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.    [DfCA]    (HL2813)

12th May

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)

13th May

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 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 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)

15th May

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)

20th May

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 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 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 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 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)

21st May

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 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)

22nd May

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 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)

2nd June

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.    [DfCA]    (HL3096)

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.    [DfCA]    (HL3120)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the budget for the National Health Service National Programme for information technology.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [DfT]    (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.    [CO]    (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.    [DfT]    (HL3126)

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. [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (HL3129)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the decision of 19th May 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.    [NIO]    (HL3135)

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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (HL3140)

3rd June

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to treat printer ink and toner cartridges as “consumables” or as “waste electrical equipment”.    [DTI]    (HL3147)

The Lord Corbett of Castle ValeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the number of (a) funded and (b) non-funded specialist registrar posts in neurology in the National Health Service in England and Wales in 1996-97; and what plans there are for increases in each category.    [DoH]    (HL3148)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why, of the 40+ performance indicators announced by the Minister of State, John Hutton MP, on 31st March, none relates to specialised service provision or commissioning.    [DoH]    (HL3154)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that haemophiliac patients are given full and timely access to their medical records in order to enable them to take legal action against United States companies who have supplied plasma to the National Health Service.    [DoH]    (HL3155)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any new terminals for cruise liners are planned within the next five years in England.    [DfT]    (HL3169)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in which nations, from which there will be athletes for the Special Olympics based in Northern Ireland, there have been cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome; and what precautions are being taken to stop an outbreak of SARS in Northern Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL3171)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the capital investment for the provision of woodwork classes in each of the past ten years at (a) Ballynahinch and (b) Kircubbin.    [NIO]    (HL3172)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to paragraph 17 of the consultation paper Housing Benefit Sanctions and Anti-social Behaviour, what meaning they attach to the phrase “any sanction must take proper account of people’s circumstances”; and whether they believe these words require them to discover what alternative source of legal income is open to those so sanctioned.    [DWP]    (HL3173)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to paragraph 17 of the consultation paper Housing Benefit Sanctions and Anti-social Behaviour, whether the phrase “behaviour that the claimant could reasonably have been expected to control” applies to the behaviour of tenants’ children over the age of 18.    [DWP]    (HL3174)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, before introducing housing benefit sanctions, they will consult the Children’s Society about the possibility that parents may evict children whom they cannot control; and what would be the response to such evictions.    [DWP]    (HL3175)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to paragraph 17 of the consultation paper Housing Benefit Sanctions and Anti-social Behaviour, whether they will consult the Attorney General about the developing interpretation of Article 3 of the European Convention of Human Rights; and whether they will ask him to keep this under review.    [DWP]    (HL3176)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to paragraph 18 of the consultation paper Housing Benefit Sanctions and Anti-social Behaviour, whether their definition of hardship rests on any medical evidence.    [DWP]    (HL3177)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to ensure that the proposals in paragraphs 23 and 24 of the consultation paper Housing Benefit Sanctions and Anti-social Behaviour are compatible with Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.    [DWP]    (HL3178)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 15th January (WA 49-50) concerning parliamentary questions answered by the Northern Ireland Office, what steps have been taken to improve the prompt and accurate answering of questions; and whether they are satisfied with progress in this regard. [NIO]    (HL3179)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 13th January (WA 1) concerning the financial year for the Ulster Scots Agency, what they meant by “underspend of funds remaining at 31st March is surrendered to the Department of Finance and Personnel”.    [NIO]    (HL3181)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 15th January (WA 47-48) concerning teacher-training qualifications, what progress has been made by the authorities in the Republic of Ireland towards recognising all teacher qualifications from the United Kingdom.    [NIO]    (HL3182)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken in the past twelve months to reduce the waiting list for paediatric renal isotope scans in Northern Ireland; whether all possible facilities are currently in use; and, if not, why.    [NIO]    (HL3183)

4th June

The Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans for reducing the size of the prison population in England and Wales.    [HO]    (HL3192)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give effect to the conclusions and recommendations of H M Inspector of Prisons in relation to H M Prisons Parkhurst and Wandsworth.    [HO]    (HL3193)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the Spanish Government’s contribution to the allied coalition in Iraq.    [MoD]    (HL3198)

The Lord Smith of LeighTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 2nd June (WA 123), what were the precise weightings that were given to the particular factors to produce the distribution of “Positive Activities for Young People” funding in Greater Manchester.    [DfES]    (HL3200)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to their Consultation Paper Housing Benefit Sanctions and Anti-Social Behaviour, what rate of reduction of housing benefit is contemplated; and on what evidence this rate has been chosen.    [DWP]    (HL3202)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what they estimate will be the reduction in housing benefit spending as a result of the sanctions set out in their Consultation Paper Housing Benefit Sanctions and Anti-Social Behaviour.    [DWP]    (HL3203)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the extent of losses they estimate will be suffered by landlords as a result of housing benefits sanctions set out in their Consultation Paper Housing Benefit Sanctions and Anti-Social Behaviour; and whether landlords will receive any compensation for these losses.    [DWP]    (HL3204)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what they estimate will be the effect of their proposals set out in their Consultation Paper Housing Benefit Sanctions and Anti-Social Behaviour on the size of the pool of potential social landlords.    [DWP]    (HL3205)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether those subjected to previous benefit sanctions have a higher or lower rate of admission to hospital than other people on means-tested benefits.    [DWP]    (HL3206)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether those subjected to previous benefit sanctions are more or less statistically likely to suffer imprisonment that other people on means-tested benefits.    [DWP]    (HL3207)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what review has been carried out of the circumstances in which files relating to liability for the supply of blood products, which were compiled while Lord Owen was Health Minister, went missing; and what has been the outcome.    [DoH]    (HL3208)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 3rd June (WA 138) concerning Implementation Bodies, whether the Exchange of Notes with the government of Republic of Ireland (Treaty Series No 54 (2002) on 19th November 2002) allows changes of policy by the Implementation Bodies such as that caused by a reduction of its budget.    [NIO]    (HL3209)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 3rd June (WA 139) concerning proportionality of funding for 2003 agreed by Finance Ministers North and South and approved by the British and Irish Governments dated 19th November 2002, whether the procedure followed was that set out on 5th December 2002 and entitled Ministerial Decision Making Interim Procedures; and whether it was consistent with the letter from the Northern Ireland Secretary of State to David Trimble MP of 19th December 2002 and with an answer from the Lord Privy Seal on 14th January (WA 28); and, if so, on what date was the working party meeting and the consultations on the Cross-Community basis and with the Ulster Scots Agency.    [NIO]    (HL3210)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 3rd June (WA 138) concerning arrangements to replace the North South Ministerial Council meetings, whether there was consultation with Northern Ireland political parties on the content of the Exchanges of Notes between the British and Irish Governments on 19th December 2002; and, if not, why not.    [NIO]    (HL3211)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 3rd June (WA 140) concerning Northern Ireland Departments and underspend, what is meant by “In practice, the contributions from Northern Ireland and Ireland to North/South Bodies can be managed to address any planning issues that emerge”; and whether they can give examples when such funds have been used in that way.    [NIO]    (HL3212)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the autistic child Conor Burke of Belfast has been afforded proper support from the Belfast Education and Library Board; and, if not, whether they will review the case.    [NIO]    (HL3213)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the North South Ministerial Council’s decision of 19th May concerning salaries of the Language Implementation Body, why the decision paper entitled General Round Pay Increases for Staff for An Foras Teanga refers in paragraph 2 to the Department of Community, Arts and Leisure; when this Department was created; and who is the responsible Minister.    [NIO]    (HL3214)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance is given by the Government to the Environment Agency, the Health and Safety Executive and local authorities with regard to sites where depleted uranium is used in manufacture of ordnance or for any other purpose in the United Kingdom; and when that guidance was last updated and how.    [DEFRA]    (HL3215)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many sites are licensed to use depleted uranium in manufacturing of any kind; and what guidance is given on waste disposal of material emanating from those sites.    [DEFRA]    (HL3216)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many sites where depleted uranium has been used there have been incidents that have been investigated by the Environment Agency.    [DEFRA]    (HL3217)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 3rd June (WA 131-132), why section XVII of the Defence Act 1842 was not complied with when the bridleway at RAF Fylingdales was closed.    [MoD]    (HL3218)

5th June

The Viscount TenbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual cost of maintaining the European Parliament, the House of Commons and the House of Lords, including—

        (a)  salaries, pensions, travelling allowances, secretarial expenses and other expenses for Members;

        (b)  salaries, allowances and pensions and other costs of supporting staff;

        (c)  accommodation, including rent, operating costs and security; and

        (d)  all other administrative costs such as stationery, office equipment, publications, payments to parliamentary bodies and other relevant outgoings.    [HMT]  (HL3228)

The Viscount Tenby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the per capita cost per Member of—

        (a)  the European Parliament;

        (b)  the House of Commons; and

        (c)  the House of Lords

    for 2002-03 and the previous four years.    [HMT]  (HL3229)

The Viscount Tenby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the number of sitting days of—

        (a)  the European Parliament;

        (b)  the House of Commons; and

        (c)  the House of Lords

    for 2002-03 and the previous four years.    [HMT]  (HL3230)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as reported, imported timber from Indonesia has been ordered for the new Home Office building, in preference to homegrown hardwoods; and, if so, why Indonesian timber was ordered when oriental rain forests are at risk.    [HO]    (HL3231)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 14th January (WA 28) concerning the North South Ministerial Council, whether they can demonstrate that all decisions of the Council since 15th October 2002 have been consistent with the assurance in the answer.    [NIO]    (HL3232)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7th January (WA 171) concerning the Northern Ireland Department of Culture Arts and Leisure and which promised a letter offering more information on costings, whether such a communication was forwarded; if so, when; and, if not, why not.    [NIO]    (HL3233)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 3rd June (WA 139) concerning set-up costs for the Special European Union Programme Body, what are the details of set-up costs incurred during 2001 and 2002. [NIO]    (HL3235)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 3rd June (WA 139) concerning set-up costs for the Special European Union Programme Body during 2000, what are the details of the office costs and the £1,413.97 spent on artwork.    [NIO]    (HL3236)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 3rd June (WA 138) concerning funding for implementation bodies, how was the assessment of benefits for each jurisdiction made in setting the proportionality for 2003 of the Language Implementation Body.    [NIO]    (HL3237)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether campaign medals have been issued to British service personnel who served in Afghanistan.    [MoD]    (HL3238)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether consideration has been given to increasing pilot training in areas where the climate might allow training to be completed within a shorter time.    [MoD]    (HL3239)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the status of electronic patient records projects in the National Health Service.    [DoH]    (HL3240)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been spent on electronic patient records projects in each of the three years ended 2002-03 (a) from central funds and (b) from local National Health Service funds.    [DoH]    (HL3241)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any information technology staff employed by the National Health Service will be transferred to private sector companies as a part of the national programme for information technology in the National Health Service; and, if so, in what circumstances this would arise.    [DoH]    (HL3243)

6th June

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which bodies are involved in healthcare regulation, audit and inspection in England; and how many employees they have.    [DoH]    (HL3246)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, given the current debate about referenda, they will establish a committee or commission to look into the topic in order to suggest rules, guidelines or constitutional conventions to be laid down concerning the use and applicability of referenda in the United Kingdom.    [CO]    (HL3247)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the statement in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office poster “Did you know? The E.U. is expanding.” that “Poland has its fair share of famous people” to be patronising to the people of Poland.    [FCO]    (HL3248)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to implement the commitment given by the Home Secretary on 20th May (HC Deb, col. 876) that he would seek pre-legislative scrutiny by the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee before proposing an amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill in the House of Lords to fast-track the Law Commission recommendations on sentencing on more than one count.    [HO]    (HL3249)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the budget for the North South Ministerial Council Joint Secretariat for 2002, broken down into detailed headings; how much was contributed by each government; who approved the budget; by what procedures; and on what date.    [NIO]    (HL3250)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the allocated budget for the North South Ministerial Council Joint Secretariat for 2003, broken down into detailed headings; who approved the budget; under what procedure; and on what date.    [NIO]    (HL3251)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who set the budgets for the administration side of the European Union Special Programmes Body for 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003; when and by whom was each approved; what were those budgets; and how much was the contribution of each government.    [NIO]    (HL3252)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will arrange for the North South Ministerial Council to make a presentation to interested parties (including the public) in order to promote understanding of the working of the Council and Implementation Bodies, their tasks and the procedures used to make decisions in the past and the future. [NIO]    (HL3253)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken, in consultation with the advisors to the Rt Hon David Trimble MP and to Mr Mark Durkan, to ensure that decision making by the North South Ministerial Council is transparent, as promised in a letter from the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to Mr Trimble of 19th December 2002.    [NIO]    (HL3254)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the role of the Special European Union Programmes Body includes funding the relocation of people living in Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland even if those people are wanted by the Northern Ireland security forces.    [NIO]    (HL3255)

9th June

The Baroness Finlay of LlandaffTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is being done to ensure Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland Health Departments and academic bodies are fully represented and involved in the changes to junior medical staff training posts as set out in Modernising Medical Careers.    [DoH]    (HL3257)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 11th December 2002 (WA 45), in which section of the Food Safety Act 1990 the exemption in relation to the supply of water to any premises appears.    [DoH]    (HL3259)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the statement reported to have been made recently in a letter by Health and Environment Ministers to the Deputy Prime Minister, that opponents of fluoridation are in a minority, was made; and, if so, whether they will specify the sources on which this view is based.    [DoH]    (HL3260)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the view reported to have been expressed recently in a letter by Health and Environment Ministers to the Deputy Prime Minister, that opponents of fluoridation are “insisting on an indefinite research programme”, was expressed; and, if so, having regard to the research recommendations contained in the reports from the systematic review of water fluoridation carried out at the University of York in 2000, and by the Medical Research Council working group in 2002, what grounds they have for believing that opponents are calling for an indefinite rather than a definite programme.    [DoH]    (HL3261)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider supporting the Free and Open Source Software Foundation for Africa, and whether they will draw this initiative to the attention of other member states of the European Union.    [DfID]    (HL3263)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in order to comply with their obligations under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive, they will consider asking Computer Aid International to take all personal computers no longer required by Government Departments for re-use in developing countries.    [DfID]    (HL3264)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are supporting, both financially and by sharing information and other practical help, the South-East Europe Co-operation Initiative for combating trans-border crime; and how they assess its potential for dealing with illicit small arms and trafficking in persons.    [FCO]    (HL3265)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the seminar in Yerevan of November 2002, they will propose to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe the establishment of a centre for co-operation and joint action by the independent republics of the Caucasus, similar to the South-East Europe Co-operation Initiative for combating trans-border crime.    [FCO]    (HL3266)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what practical and detailed issues they will be raising at the Biennial Review of the United Nations Programme of Action on illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in July 2003; and whether these will include the collection and destruction of weapons in Iraq.    [FCO]    (HL3267)

[As amended on 10th June]

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are helping the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) states and governments in the Great Lakes region of Africa to develop effective policies and co-operative action to control and reduce the amounts of small arms and ammunition in private hands.    [FCO]    (HL3268)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what view the Quartet takes on the wall and fences being erected by the government of Israel, and in particular the cutting off of the town of Qalqilya from both Israel and the West Bank; and what representations the Quartet is making.    [FCO]    (HL3269)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have decided to acquire a new Consul General’s Residence in San Francisco; and, if so, on what basis that decision was reached.    [FCO]    (HL3270)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any Government Minister has visited San Francisco or Los Angeles for the purposes of the decision on whether to replace the Consul General’s Residence in San Francisco; and, if so, when that visit took place.    [FCO]    (HL3271)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether British Trade International believes that the new Consul General’s Residence in San Francisco will meet its needs. [FCO]    (HL3272)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed new Residence in San Francisco for the Consul General is capable of hosting functions of a size and style commensurate with those held in the existing Residence.    [FCO]    (HL3273)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the economic basis on which the decision to relocate the Consul General’s Residence in San Francisco will be made, including the dates of any property valuations used in the evaluation.    [FCO]    (HL3274)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in their decision of 26th February to cut by 16 per cent the budget of the Ulster Scots Agency for 2003, the underspend for 2002-03 by the Department of Culture and Arts was taken into consideration.    [NIO]    (HL3275)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the decision to cut the budget of the Ulster Scots Agency in 2003 by 16 per cent represents a concern about the activities, culture, language and identity which it promotes; if so, why; and, if not, why was the budget cut.    [NIO]    (HL3276)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the North South Ministerial Council Secretariat’s policy towards enquiries from the public about its activities in terms of telephone calls, e-mails, letters, individual visits and deputations.    [NIO]    (HL3277)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have sought legal advice since 15th October 2002 on the validity of any decisions taken by the North South Ministerial Council; if so, on which decisions they have sought advice; what were their reasons for this; and whether they will place a copy of this advice in the Library of the House.    [NIO]    (HL3278)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date and in what form the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland was informed of the desire of the government of the Irish Republic to cut the budget of the Language Implementation Body for 2003; what was his response; to whom and on what date did he respond; and whether they will place in the Library of the House all documentation they have on this topic, including e-mails, letters memoranda and minutes of meetings.    [NIO]    (HL3279)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date and in what form the Northern Ireland Department of Finance and Personnel was informed about the decision of the government of the Irish Republic to cut the budget of the Language Implementation Body; what was its response; to whom and on what date did it respond; and whether they will place in the Library of the House all documentation they have on this topic, including e-mails, letters, memoranda and minutes of meetings.    [NIO]    (HL3280)

The Lord Howell of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make a continuation of the United Kingdom contribution of 19 per cent of the European Union’s assistance programmes for the Middle East and North Africa region conditional on reform and improvement of these programmes.    [DfID]    (HL3281)

The Lord Howell of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what reports they have received from United Kingdom delegates to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, following the recent session under the chairmanship of Libya.    [FCO]    (HL3282)

The Lord Howell of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether United Kingdom government delegates serving on the United Nations Human Rights Commission voted for the recent election of Cuba as a member.    [FCO]    (HL3283)

The Lord Howell of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual salary cost of the 800 economists employed by the Government Economic Service.    [HMT]    (HL3284)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have on the state of malnutrition among those on means-tested benefits; and whether the rate among those who have been subject to benefit sanctions is higher or lower than those on means-tested benefits as a whole.    [DWP]    (HL3285)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have on whether the imposition of benefit sanctions has had any adverse effect on the ability to meet the costs of actively seeking work.    [DWP]    (HL3286)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether those who have been subjected to previous benefits sanctions have been more or less successful in finding employment than those on means-tested benefits as a whole.    [DWP]    (HL3287)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether mental illness will be a defence against the imposition of housing benefit sanctions.    [DWP]    (HL3288)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the Rail Passenger Demand Forecasting Handbook, published by the Association of Train Operating Companies.    [DfT]    (HL3289)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the proposed development on land adjacent to the otter channel, Wittersham Road, Peasmarsh, described in planning application RR/2003/1208—

        (a)  what was and is the financial relationship between the Environment Agency and any of its staff and the proposer of the above development; what checks the Environment Agency has made as to the proposer’s probity and criminal record;

        (b)  why the Environment Agency commenced work on the proposed development before any planning application had been made;

        (c)  what benefits to the local environment the Environment Agency believed would accrue from the creation in that location of fishing lakes and wildfowl shooting facilities, and the installation of a caravan;

        (d)  what benefits to floodplain management and capacity would accrue from the creation of bunded fishing lakes; and

        (e)  what is the current attitude of the Environment Agency to the proposed development. [ODPM]  (HL3290)

The Lord Dubs—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average expenditure, for the most recent year, for each pupil in a primary school in Northern Ireland; and what is the comparable figure for England.    [NIO]    (HL3291)

10th June

The Lord Patel of BlackburnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the employment and social policy, health and consumer affairs Council on 2nd and 3rd June; and what their stance was on the issues discussed, including their voting record.    [DWP]    (HL3298)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that holding four public meetings, for ticket holders only, is a sufficient consultation of public opinion in the United Kingdom on the subject of genetically modified plants, animals and foods; if so, why; and when they intend to answer Lord Hylton’s Questions for Written Answer dated 7th May (HL 2749), 12th May (HL 2824) and 19th May (HL 2983).    [DEFRA]    (HL3299)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans to meet any gap between the capacity of Her Majesty’s prisons to detain inmates in humane and acceptable conditions and any rise in the prison population in excess of that capacity. [HO]    (HL3300)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that the five tests for the United Kingdom’s entry into Economic and Monetary Union are met within a prescribed period of time.    [HMT]    (HL3301)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider it probable that the United Kingdom will enter the Economic and Monetary Union within the next five years.    [HMT]    (HL3302)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy as a member of the United Nations Security Council that the exemption for United Kingdom peacekeepers from prosecution by the International Criminal Court should be renewed; and, if so, what are their reasons.    [FCO]    (HL3303)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 6th June (WA 196) and the Government’s response to the Report of the European Union Committee on the Review of Scrutiny of European Legislation (First Report, HL Paper 15), whether they will ensure that initial explanatory memoranda about proposed European legislation will contain statements on compatibility not only with the European Convention on Human Rights but also with the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.    [FCO]    (HL3304)

The Lord RedesdaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have a policy on offsets, which are a part of the global defence trade.    [MoD]    (HL3305)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they have spent in the last year promoting the use of the morning-after pill in Northern Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL3306)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that widespread use of the morning-after pill in Northern Ireland will reduce the rate of unplanned pregnancy; and what has let them to that conclusion.    [NIO]    (HL3307)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what surveys they have carried out to indicate—

        (a)  support; and

        (b)  opposition

to the widespread use of the morning-after pill in Northern Ireland; and whether they will place in the Library of the House the results of any such survey.    [NIO]    (HL3308)

The Lord Howell of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom has now signed an agreement with Afghanistan to protect all peacekeepers who are British nationals from surrender to the International Criminal Court when it begins operations on 16th June; and how many other European states have signed similar agreements to protect their nationals.    [FCO]    (HL3309)

The Lord Pilkington of OxenfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is conducive to prisoner rehabilitation to have one education place for every twenty men in H M Prison Brixton.    [HO]    (HL3310)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what days in the year the union flag flies on the building occupied by the North South Ministerial Council in Armagh city. [NIO]    (HL3311)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date the North South Ministerial Council Secretariat in Armagh was first informed about the decision of the government of the Irish Republic to cut by 16 per cent the budget of the Language Implementation Body for 2003; by whom; in what form; and what was the Council’s response.    [NIO]    (HL3312)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the funds for the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure for 2003-04 will be allocated; whether provision for Ulster Scots activity, other than through the Ulster Scots Agency, is included in the 2003-04 budget allocation; and, if so, how much.    [NIO]    (HL3314)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the government of the Republic of Ireland concerning that government’s decision to cut by 16 percent the budget of the Language Implementation Body for 2003; if they have, in what form, on what date, and what was the result.    [NIO]    (HL3315)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who funded a video produced by the Belfast Education and Library Board entitled “Making Rhyming Round Belfast”; what Ulster Scots input is included; whether such input was encouraged; and, if so, how. [NIO]    (HL3316)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will itemise and quantify the “cost and intrusion” mentioned by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey in Grand Committee on the Railways and Transport Safety Bill on 5th June (HL Deb, GC 288) in connection with amendments about driving with uncorrected defective eyesight.    [DfT]    (HL3317)

11th June

The Lord CarterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Justice and Home Affairs Council held on 5th and 6th June; and what their stance was on the issues discussed, including their voting record.    [HO]    (HL3320)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Tourism Ireland have taken in the past year, and what steps they propose to take in the next five years, to develop tourism in Northern Ireland, particularly by United States citizens of Scots Irish background.    [NIO]    (HL3323)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure will allow funding from the New Opportunities Fund to be made available to the Ulster Scots Agency.    [NIO]    (HL3324)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals the Belfast School of Music has made for the promotion of Ulster Scots music; whether the School proposes the appointment of appropriate staff; and whom the School has consulted.    [NIO]    (HL3325)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to make meeting facilities at the offices of the North South Ministerial Secretariat in Armagh available to Implementation Body meetings.    [NIO]    (HL3326)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what public holidays are observed by the staff of the North South Ministerial Council in Armagh each year.    [NIO]    (HL3327)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money the reduction in the number of permanent staff saved the Northern Ireland civil service, by comparison between the financial years 1999-2000 and 2000-01.    [NIO]    (HL3328)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money the total increase in overtime cost the Northern Ireland civil service, by comparison between the financial years 1999-2000 and 2000-01.    [NIO]    (HL3329)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans are in place to reduce the total amount of overtime, in man years, for the Northern Ireland civil service in the financial years 2003-04 and 2004-05.    [NIO]    (HL3330)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the planning application for “the Gocean” development at Killyleagh was lodged; what progress has been made with regard to this application; and when a decision will be made.    [NIO]    (HL3331)

The Lord JoplingTo ask the Leader of the House whether he has noted that on 11th June there were 82 Questions for Written Answer which had lain on the Order Paper for over three weeks without an answer, whilst two weeks remains the target period within which answers should be provided; how many questions there were awaiting answer on 11th June which had lain between two and three weeks; and whether he will recommend the establishment of a select committee to enquire into these failures, with a power to call for Ministers, officials and others as well as papers.    [LHoL]    (HL3332)

The Lord Howell of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of the People’s Republic of China about current proposals to introduce a new set of “anti-subversion” laws to Hong Kong.    [FCO]    (HL3333)

The Lord Renton of Mount HarryTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the growth in the introduction of landscape enhancement and biodiversity schemes in English farming.    [DEFRA]    (HL3334)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the context of the decision to join the eurozone, what is their understanding of the likely effect of variable rate financing in the United Kingdom housing market on consumer spending.    [HMT]    (HL3335)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  what they consider to be the problems with the United Kingdom housing market;

        (b)  whether and in what way entry into the eurozone would affect these problems; and

        (c)  what policies they intend to adopt to mitigate the problems, so as to facilitate United Kingdom entry into the eurozone.    [HMT]  (HL3336)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their conversations arising from the visit of President Putin to Great Britain will include issues of discrimination in Russia against churches and faiths other than Russian Orthodox, particularly the refusal or non-renewal of visas for clergy who are citizens of member states of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.    [FCO]    (HL3337)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the total costs of the recent assessment of the five economic tests and the background studies; and what were the costs of (a) the physical production and delivery of the assessment and studies themselves; and (b) payments to outside experts who contributed to the studies. [HMT]    (HL3338)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, if a tenant has failed to pay a service charge of £1,000, the property on which that service charge is levied regardless of its value, could become forfeit; and, if so, whether they have any plans to change this position.    [ODPM]    (HL3339)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report of recent attacks against civilians by government of Sudan-backed forces in 10 villages in Longochok Eastern Upper Nile; and what are the implications of these attacks for the peace talks.    [FCO]    (HL3340)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 10th June (WA 20), how many lives are expected to be saved over a period of 40 years by the installation of the European road traffic management system level 2 system D.    [DfT]    (HL3341)

12th June

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the exclusion of “colour” from the grounds of unlawful racial discrimination in the Race Relations Act 1976 (Amendment) Regulations 2003 to be compatible with Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights and with the Human Rights Act 1998, and, if so what are their reasons.    [HO]    (HL3346)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the exclusion of “colour” from the grounds of unlawful racial discrimination in the Race Relations Act 1976 (Amendment) Regulations 2003 to be compatible with Article 2(2) and Article 26 of the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and, if so, what are their reasons.    [HO]    (HL3347)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the exclusion of “colour” from the grounds of unlawful racial discrimination in the Race Relations Act 1976 (Amendment) Regulations 2003 to be compatible with the United Nations International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (including discrimination based on “colour”), and, if so, what are their reasons.    [HO]    (HL3348)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the references to “discrimination based on racial or ethnic origin” and to “discrimination on the grounds of racial or ethnic origin” in the Race Directive (Council Directive 2000/43/EC) to include any distinction, restriction or preference based on race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin; and, if not, what are their reasons.    [HO]    (HL3349)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the powers conferred by the European Communities Act 1972 would authorise them to implement the Race Directive (Council Directive 2000/43/EC) to combat discrimination on the grounds of colour by delegated legislation; and, if not, why not.    [HO]    (HL3350)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the concept of racial discrimination in the Race Directive (Council Directive 2000/43/EC) is intended to be narrower than the concept of racial discrimination in the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (referred to in Recital (3) of the Directive); and, if so, what is the basis for this view.    [HO]    (HL3351)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will identify the countries to which—

        (a)  British farm and other live-stock can now be exported; and

        (b)  British meat and meat products can be sent;

        and what are the probable dates for the lifting of all remaining restrictions.    [DEFRA]  (HL3352)

The Lord Newby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people over 50 are currently in receipt of disability benefit in the United Kingdom; what proportion of the total population this represents; and what were the equivalent figures for 1980 and 1990.    [DWP]    (HL3353)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the Rural Bus Service Grant is meeting its aims.    [DfT]    (HL3354)

The Lord ActonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what programme the Civil Aviation Authority has installed to improve the performance of the travelators at Heathrow Airport.    [DfT]    (HL3355)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the lines of political and operational responsibility of the European Union military force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the United Nations Secretary General and the Security Council.    [MoD]    (HL3356)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when was the last occasion on which after the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments had reported that an Affirmative Instrument was based on doubtful or inadequate vires they nevertheless brought the instrument before the House in an unamended form; and how many such occasions there have been since 1st January 1990.    [CO]    (HL3357)

The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that the performance of the Environment Agency has been adequate in combating fly-tipping. [DEFRA]    (HL3358)

The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the ratio of prosecutions to offences in connection with fly-tipping.    [DEFRA]    (HL3359)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will identify the population of each postcode area in Scotland where stamp duty on non-residential property purchases has been abolished.    [HMT]    (HL3360)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set out their assumptions and methods of calculating the cost of £340 million to £375 million, assuming a £40,000-£66,000 salary cap, to private sector employers of introducing the Pensions Protection Fund, as noted on page 41 of Working and saving for retirement: action on occupational pensions (Cm. 5835).    [DWP]    (HL3361)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with regard to the estimated cost of £340 million to £375 million to private sector employers of introducing the Pensions Protection Fund—

        (a)  whether it is a one-off or annual cost;

        (b)  whether it is for gross insurance premiums payable or net insurance premiums payable, or simply the extra administrative cost to the employers of the fund;

        (c)  how many members of defined benefit schemes are employers expected to make payments to; and

        (d)  what are estimated to be the minimum and maximum payments into the Fund per member.    [DWP]  (HL3362)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 5th June (WA 180), whether the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure noted that the Agency minutes of 2nd and 5th November 2001 and 25th January 2002 stated that it had agreed to carry over funds to the next financial year; if so, what action the Department took on each occasion; and whether they will place any relevant memoranda in the Library of the House.    [NIO]    (HL3363)

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, by whom and on what date the Ulster Scots Agency was informed of the change in the budget of the North South Language Body. [NIO]    (HL3364)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 11th June (WA 42), why the proportions of financing between the Government and the Irish government for the Language Implementation Body have not been reconsidered in recent years; and whether they will now reconsider them.    [NIO]    (HL3365)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 11th June (WA 50), which hospitals in Northern Ireland have banned smoking and which have not.    [NIO]    (HL3366)

13th June

The Lord BurlisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what key targets have been set for the Chief Executive of the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency for the financial year 2003-04.    [MoD]    (HL3367)

The Lord BurlisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what key targets have been set for the Chief Executive of the British Forces Post Office for the financial year 2003-04.    [MoD]    (HL3368)

The Lord BurlisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what key targets have been set for the Chief Executive of the Defence Transport and Movements Agency for financial year 2003-04.    [MoD]    (HL3369)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent meetings Ministers have had with representatives of the Health Food Manufacturers’ Association to discuss the Food Supplements Directive; what issues were discussed at any such meetings; and what action they intend to take as a result.    [DoH]    (HL3373)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which minerals currently permitted for sale in the United Kingdom are omitted from the list of nutrients permitted for use in food supplements under the provisions of Annex 1 of the Food Supplements Directive.    [DoH]    (HL3374)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which chemical sources of vitamins and minerals currently permitted for sale in the United Kingdom are omitted from the list of nutrients permitted for use in food supplements under the provisions of Annex 2 of the Food Supplements Directive.    [DoH]    (HL3375)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the case of each nutrient or nutrient source currently permitted for sale in the United Kingdom but omitted from the list of nutrients permitted for use in food supplements under the provisions of the Food Supplements (England) Regulations, what action they intend to take to secure their addition to the schedules to those regulations prior to July 2005.    [DoH]    (HL3376)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans for officials of the Department of Health or the Food Standards Agency to meet the European Commission and the European Food Safety Authority to discuss any problems for United Kingdom industry of the omission from Annex 1 and Annex 2 of the Food Supplements Directive of many of the nutrients currently permitted for use in the United Kingdom.    [DoH]    (HL3377)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it remains their policy that food supplements should not be banned if they are safe and appropriately labelled; and whether they will identify the precise actions they intend to take to ensure that their policy objectives for the regulation of food supplements are met within the European Union regulatory framework.    [DoH]    (HL3378)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 2nd June (WA 118), which stated that 1,768 hectares of energy crops have so far been planted, what action they intend to take to meet their target that 10 per cent of electricity will be generated from renewable sources by 2010.    [DTI]    (HL3379)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis their policy of burning biomass, which includes wood residues, can be reconciled with the needs of the wood panel industry, which is dependent on wood residues as a basic raw material.    [DTI]    (HL3380)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that the wood panel industry in the United Kingdom will not be deprived of wood residues by the development of power stations burning wood residues.    [DTI]    (HL3381)

The Viscount AstorTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the estimated costs of implementation of the Horse Passports (England) Order 2003, published in the Final Regulatory Impact Assessment on 27th March, include costs for drawing up legislation; and if so, what are those costs.    [DEFRA]    (HL3382)

The Viscount AstorTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has agreed to fund the £500,000 required to set up the database to implement the Horse Passports (England) Order 2003.    [DEFRA]    (HL3383)

The Viscount AstorTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has agreed to provide staff to manage or assist the management of the database required for the Horse Passports (England) Order 2003.    [DEFRA]    (HL3384)

The Viscount AstorTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has agreed to provide resources to support the health aspects of the Horse Passports (England) Order 2003.    [DEFRA]    (HL3385)

16th June

The Baroness BloodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps the Northern Ireland Office will be taking to implement the recommendation contained in paragraph 10 of Chapter II in Death Certification and Investigation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland regarding child death protocols.    [NIO]    (HL3387)

The Baroness BloodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any development of child death review protocols in Northern Ireland will involve the input of relevant staff from child protection agencies.    [NIO]    (HL3388)

The Baroness BloodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Coroner’s post-mortems in Northern Ireland involving the unexplained deaths of children are carried out in conjunction with a paediatric pathologist.    [NIO]    (HL3389)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will authorise the importation of a quantity of grey squirrels from North America with a view to their release into the wild to establish whether the bark-stripping behaviour of the grey squirrels currently in the United Kingdom could be suppressed by an infusion of new bloodlines. [DEFRA]    (HL3390)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government for each of the last 50 years and in total (in so far as statistics are available) what were—

        (a)  average household earnings;

        (b)  the retail prices index;

        (c)  the price of a standard unit of housing ;

        (d)  (c) divided by (a); and

        (e)  (a) divided by (b).    [HMT]  (HL3391)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to which countries sales of digital computers, machine tools, microwave components and pre-cursor chemicals have been authorised in the last five years; and whether this included Syria and Iran.    [DTI]    (HL3392)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether warnings have been given to the civilian population of Iraq about the dangers of unexploded ordnance and of cluster bomblets in particular; and whether known sites of land mines and unexploded cluster bombs have been clearly marked.    [MoD]    (HL3393)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their intentions and future plans in respect of the international debts of Iraq.    [HMT]    (HL3394)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether South Africa is negotiating for, or has ordered, military aircraft and warships to a value of $4.8 billion from the United Kingdom and other European suppliers.    [MoD]    (HL3395)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum applicants and immigration detainees were held in H M Prisons at the most recent date, including how many at H M Prison Liverpool; and what plans they have for improving conditions in that prison.    [HO]    (HL3396)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the scheme for specialist medical care for patients with life-threatening conditions in the United Kingdom Overseas Territory of Montserrat, for whom appropriate care is not available on the island, was last reviewed; and what account was taken of the impact of the volcanic crisis in eroding the island’s medical services.    [FCO]    (HL3397)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many patients with life-threatening conditions in the United Kingdom Overseas Territory of Montserrat, for whom appropriate medical care is not available on the island, are currently awaiting help under the scheme for specialist medical care outside the territory; and whether timely referrals will be achieved in each case.    [FCO]    (HL3398)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people entitled to retirement pensions from the Pensions and Overseas Benefit Directorate of the Department for Work and Pensions reside in the United Kingdom Overseas Territory of Montserrat; what arrangements are in place for their payment; and whether timely payment of these pensions has been and is being made.    [DWP]    (HL3399)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation the Department for Work and Pensions has had with agencies in Montserrat regarding complaints of late payment of pensions to people residing in Montserrat.    [DWP]    (HL3400)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for Work and Pensions has taken or is now considering any action to avoid late payment of pension entitlements to people residing in Montserrat.    [DWP]    (HL3401)

The Lord Jenkin of RodingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom is represented, and, if so, at what level, on the Generation IV International Forum for the discussion of the next generation of nuclear electricity generating plants; and how the deliberations and recommendations of the Forum are contributing to the Government’s policy of keeping the nuclear option open.    [DTI]    (HL3402)

The Lord Jenkin of RodingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that there is a continuing supply of nuclear scientists and engineers necessary both to maintain the skills base of the nuclear industry and of its regulator, the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate, and to underpin the credibility of the nuclear option.    [DTI]    (HL3403)

The Lord Jenkin of RodingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set out the level of spending by the Department of Trade and Industry on research and development on innovations in the nuclear generation of electricity over the three years 2000-03, and the level of such expenditure planned for the next three years.    [DTI]    (HL3404)

The Lord Jenkin of RodingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what courses exist at United Kingdom universities for students wishing to study nuclear science and engineering; and how many of such students are studying these subjects at undergraduate, post-graduate and post-doctoral levels.    [DfES]    (HL3405)

The Lord Jenkin of RodingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what nuclear research and development they are providing to enable both the nuclear industry and the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate to assess the merits of the new generation of nuclear plants, such as the advanced passive design reactors and the pebble bed modular high temperature reactors. [DTI]    (HL3406)

The Lord Jenkin of RodingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will now enable the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate to start the research work that will be needed to enable them, if invited, to embark without delay on the approval procedures for the fourth generation of nuclear reactor designs.    [DTI]    (HL3407)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to whom the Lord Chancellor’s Committee on public records should now report.    [DfCA]    (HL3408)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider ways of improving the coordination of chaplaincy services between prisons, removal centres, special hospitals and regional secure units.    [HO]    (HL3409)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received representations regarding the method of handling by the Food Standards Agency press office of the publication of the recent report by the Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals; and what action they intend to take as a result of any such representations.    [DoH]    (HL3410)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it remains their policy that vitamin B6 should not be consumed at more than 10mg per day; and whether they will identify how many adverse reactions have been notified as a result of vitamin B6 consumption since that advice was given in 1997.    [DoH]    (HL3411)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to consider further the reasons why the Report of the Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals produced recommendations in relation to several key nutrients which are substantially different from the conclusions of other internationally respected regulatory bodies.    [DoH]    (HL3412)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what specific actions they intend to take to promote to the European Commission, other European Union Member States and the European Food Standards Agency their policy objectives for the setting of maximum permitted levels for nutrients in food supplements; and what those policy objectives are. [DoH]    (HL3413)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Article 5 of the Food Supplements Directive is interpreted in such a way as to ensure that maximum permitted levels for nutrients in food supplements are set on the basis of safety, not nutritional need or other political considerations.    [DoH]    (HL3414)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration was given by the Food Standards Agency to the submission of Consumers for Health Choice on the Draft Food Supplements (England) Regulations; and why the final regulatory impact assessment on these regulations identifies only one submission having been received from a consumer group and that that submission supported the principle of the regulations.    [DoH]    (HL3415)

The Baroness WalmsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to amend sexual offences and offences against the person legislation to end the criminalisation of consenting adults who engage in sado-masochistic sexual activity when that activity results in no lasting harm or injury.    [HO]    (HL3416)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their proposals to abolish the judicial function of the House of Lords and to create a Supreme Court for the United Kingdom include proposals (a) to abolish the judicial functions of H M Privy Council and (b) to make the Supreme Court the final court for the whole of the United Kingdom in criminal, civil, devolution, and other cases.    [DfCA]    (HL3417)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is now head of the judiciary with the function of ensuring the independence of the judiciary from the executive.    [DfCA]    (HL3418)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have consulted about their proposals to abolish the office of Lord Chancellor and the judicial functions of the House of Lords; and, if so, with whom.    [DfCA]    (HL3419)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their reasons for continuing to separate Ministerial responsibility for criminal justice and civil justice in England and Wales into separate Government Departments rather than to create a Department of Justice.    [DfCA]    (HL3420)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Judicial Appointments Commission will be responsible not only for the appointment but also for the promotion of members of the judiciary and others exercising judicial power, and for matters of discipline and court management and administration; and, if not, where responsibility will lie.    [DfCA]    (HL3421)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Judicial Appointments Commission will be responsible for matters concerning the judiciary throughout the United Kingdom or only in England and Wales.    [DfCA]    (HL3422)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the purpose of Crown Immunity; whether it is still appropriate today; and, if not, what plans they have to change it.    [DfCA]    (HL3423)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for a new sewerage arrangement in Portrush, County Antrim.    [NIO]    (HL3424)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to grant aid to tourism on the north coast of County Antrim.    [NIO]    (HL3425)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial support, over the past year, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board has given to the Irish cultural tourism programme and to that of Ulster Scots.    [NIO]    (HL3426)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect agreement to be reached on the European Union Takeover Directive.    [DTI]    (HL3427)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes have been made to their policy regarding the European Union Takeover Directive following the German government’s support for their position on the European Union Agency Workers Directive.    [DTI]    (HL3428)

The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the tonnage of batteries disposed of annually in the United Kingdom, in general, and nickel cadmium in particular; what is the content of heavy metal involved; what recycling facilities are (a) available now and (b) planned for the next two years.    [DEFRA]    (HL3429)

The Lord OuseleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which provisions of the Race Relations Act 1976 (Amendment) Regulations 2003 fail to meet the non-regression principles set out in the European Union Race Directive; and what are the reasons therefor.    [HO]    (HL3430)

The Lord OuseleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the reasons why “national origins” were added to the definition in the Race Relations Act 1976 (Amendment) Regulations 2003, whereas the European Union Race Directive only specified “race and ethnic” origins.    [HO]    (HL3431)

The Lord OuseleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have allowed a colour bar to be prevalent in anti-discrimination legislation by excluding “colour” discrimination from protection in the Race Relations Act 1976 (Amendment) Regulations 2003.    [HO]    (HL3432)

The Lord OuseleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations were made by the Commission for Racial Equality about the deficiencies in the Race Relations Act 1976 (Amendment) Regulations 2003; and what were the responses thereto.    [HO]    (HL3433)

The Lord OuseleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the issues arising from the extensive public consultations on the Race Relations Act 1976 (Amendment) Regulations 2003; and what were the reasons for rejecting any suggestions made by the public and organisations in responses thereto.    [HO]    (HL3434)

The Lord RedesdaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether either of the two vehicles suspected of involvement in the production of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq was purchased or obtained from the United Kingdom or the United States.    [MoD]    (HL3435)

The Lord Clark of WindermereTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Circular 84/50 dated 15th March 1950, regarding National Park boundaries, is “extant”.    [DEFRA]    (HL3436)

17th June

The Lord Hogg of CumbernauldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to assist small retailers in deprived areas to improve the security of their business in the current year.    (HL3437)

The Lord Clinton-DavisTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what the outcome was of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council held on 5th and 6th June; and what their stance was on the issues discussed including their voting record.    (HL3438)

The Lord OrmeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to introduce any measures to prevent identity or document fraud in the immigration field.    (HL3439)

The Baroness Turner of CamdenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish, for every housing authority in England and Wales, the rankings which underpinned their recent decision to reduce the maximum discount available to tenants under the Right to Buy Scheme.    (HL3440)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the exclusion of “colour” from the grounds of unlawful racial discrimination in the Race Relations Act 1976 (Amendment) Regulations 2003 to be compatible with the universal right to equality before the law for all persons, referred to in Recital (3) of the Preamble to the Race Directive (Council Directive 2000/43/EC); and, if so, what are their reasons.    (HL3441)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total cost of the work of the Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals; whether they consider it has delivered value for money; and whether they intend to re-examine those areas in which its findings are inconsistent with those of other internationally respected bodies.    (HL3442)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the membership of the newly established panel of the European Food Safety Authority which is intended to consider the safety of food supplements.    (HL3443)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to have a dialogue with the European Union Scientific Committee for Food or the European Food Safety Authority about the information requirements for dossiers submitted for the purpose of permitting the continued use beyond July 2005 of nutrients missing from the Annexes of the Food Supplements Directive.    (HL3444)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they share the view of Food Standards Agency officials expressed at a meeting with industry representatives and the Minister for Public Health on 9th June that the European Union is now likely to set maximum permitted levels for nutrients in food supplements on the basis of nutritional need, not safety.    (HL3445)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many nutrients and nutrient sources they expect to be removed from the United Kingdom market in July 2005 under the provisions of the Food Supplements Regulations.    (HL3446)

The Lord Walton of DetchantTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria and what facilities and functions are necessary to enable any National Health Service hospital to assume the title of “University Hospital”.    (HL3447)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are being made to provide technical and financial assistance to reduce the impact of the trading arrangements of the World Trade Organisation and the Free Trade Area of the Americas on British Overseas Territories in terms of adjustment periods, special and deferential treatment and resource needs.    (HL3448)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their position on the membership of Montserrat and other British Overseas Territories of the CARICOM and OECS regional organisations.    (HL3449)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there would be implications for the United Kingdom as a result of Montserrat’s participation in the proposed CARICOM Single Market and Economy and the Caribbean Court of Justice.    (HL3450)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the housing strategy for Montserrat to cater for the 1,600 people still awaiting permanent housing.    (HL3451)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they would consider a request by the government of Montserrat for help with the repayment of loans owed by the Montserrat Development Bank for port expansion, mortgages and student loans.    (HL3452)

The Viscount GoschenTo ask the Leader of the House when he first became aware of the proposals to abolish the office of Lord Chancellor.    (HL3453)

The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that a briefing to television journalists represents the most appropriate mechanism to announce proposals for constitutional change.    (HL3454)

The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they continue to maintain that the draft European Constitution represents a “tidying-up exercise” of existing measures.    (HL3455)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Mozambique customs service is terminating its contract with the Crown Agents; whether the management objectives have been met; and what has been the effect on customs revenue.    (HL3456)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what success they have had alongside the government of Mozambique in attracting civil society to the Poverty Reduction Strategy process in Mozambique; and to what extent such participation extends beyond Maputo to other regional centres.    (HL3457)

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] [27th June]

Greater London Authority Act 1999 (Repeal) [HL]

House of Lords (Amendment) [HL]

Taxation (Information) [HL] [3rd July]

Fire Services [19th June]

European Union (Accessions) [3rd July]

Fireworks

    Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Deceased Fathers)

Waiting for Commitment

    Patient (Assisted Dying) [HL]

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    Hereford Markets [HL]

Committed to a Grand Committee

Local Government [23rd June]

    Extradition [18th 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] [25th June]

Prevention of Driving under the Influence of Drugs [HL]

Sunday Working (Scotland) [1st July]

Aviation (Offences) [2nd July]

Marine Safety [1st July]

    Criminal Justice [30th June]

Waiting for Report

Water [HL] [24th June]

Communications [23rd June]

Railways and Transport Safety [19th June]

    Co-operatives and Community Benefit Societies [27th June]

Sent to the Commons

Arms Control and Disarmament (Inspections) [HL]

Waste and Emissions Trading [HL]

High Hedges [HL]

Crime (International Co-operation) [HL]

Voting Age (Reduction to 16) [HL]

Public Services (Disruption) [HL]

Equality [HL]

Harbours [HL]

Courts [HL]

Road Traffic (Amendment) [HL]

Sexual Offences [HL]

London Local Authorities and Transport for London [HL]

London Local Authorities [HL]

    Nottingham City Council [HL]

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

    Licensing [HL] [19th June]

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Clergy Discipline

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Immigration (Provision of Physical Data) Regulations 2003

    Draft Electricity and Gas (Modification of Standard Conditions of Licences) Order 2003

    Draft Insolvency Act 1986 (Amendment) (Administrative Receivership and Urban Regeneration etc.) Order 2003

    Draft Representation of the People (Form of Canvass) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2003

    Draft Asylum (Designated States) (No. 2) Order 2003

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    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 Lay Magistrates (Eligibility) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

    Draft Release of Short-Term Prisoners on Licence (Repeal of Age Restriction) Order 2003

    Draft Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (Juxtaposed Controls) Order 2003

    Draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) (Amendment) Order 2003

    Draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Exemption) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2003

    Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No. 1) Order 2003

    Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2003

    Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Database Protection Agreement between the United Kingdom on behalf of the Isle of Man and the European Community) Order 2003

    Draft Representation of the People (Form of Canvass) (England and Wales) Regulations 2003

    Draft Representation of the People (Form of Canvass) (Scotland) Regulations 2003

    Draft Contracting Out (Functions in relation to the Management of Crown Lands) Order 2003

    Draft Community Care Plans (Disapplication) (England) Order 2003

    Draft Budget (No. 2) (Northern Ireland) Order 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]

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

WEDNESDAY 18TH JUNE

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform10.30 am
(Select Committee)
European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
Hereford Markets Bill [HL]11.00 am
(Unopposed Bill Committee)in the Moses Room
European Union (Sub-Committee F)11.00 am
Constitution (Select Committee)4.00 pm
Draft Corruption Bill (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 19TH JUNE

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

MONDAY 23RD JUNE

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

TUESDAY 24TH JUNE

European Union (Sub-Committee A)9.45 am
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