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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

TUESDAY 1ST JULY

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

*The Lord Goodhart—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the government of China or Hong Kong about the terms of the National Security (Legislative Provisions) Bill which is about to be considered by the Legislative Council in Hong Kong.

Liaison Committee—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the Second Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 126) be agreed to.

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

    †The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld—To move, That the order of commitment be discharged.

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

    †The Lord Donaldson of Lymington—To move, That the order of commitment be discharged.

Communications Bill—Further consideration on Report [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

‡The Lord Chan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to implement the recommendations in the Department of Health report on mental health in ethnic communities, Inside, Outside.

In Committee Rooms 3A and 4B

At 3.30 pm

Extradition Bill—Further consideration in Grand Committee [The Baroness Scotland of Asthal] [18th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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.

*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the refusal of social services officials to expunge from their child abuse registers allegations against individuals of Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy, which prove to be false, is an abuse of the human rights of the individuals concerned.

*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to recognise and commend examples of brownfield development where environmental considerations have been well-served.

†*The Lord Livsey of Talgarth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact different levels of decoupled Common Agricultural Policy support in various European Union countries is likely to have on the future profitability of United Kingdom farming.

†*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what form of consultation they intend to undertake with regard to the discretionary national elements of Common Agricultural Policy reform.

Hereford Markets Bill [HL]—Third Reading

†Gambling—The Lord President (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That it is expedient that a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons be appointed to consider and report on any clauses of a draft Gambling Bill presented to both Houses by a Minister of the Crown, and that the Committee shall report on the draft Bill by 8th April 2004.

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]

†Speakership of the House—The Lord President (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That it is expedient that a Select Committee of 11 Lords be appointed to consider the future arrangements for the Speakership of the House in the light of the Government’s announcement that it is intended to reform the office of Lord Chancellor, and to make recommendations; and that the Committee shall report by the end of the session.

Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (No. 2) Bill (Money Bill)—Third Reading [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

In Committee Rooms 3A and 4B

At 3.45 pm

Fire Services Bill—Grand Committee [The Lord Rooker]

FRIDAY 4TH JULY

[At eleven o’clock]

Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Port Waste Reception Facilities) Regulations 2003—The Lord Davies of Oldham to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 19th June be approved.

Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Deceased Fathers) Bill—Second Reading [The Baroness Pitkeathley]

Community Care Plans (Disapplication) (England) Order 2003—The Lord Warner to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 12th June be approved. [22nd Report from the Joint Committee]

Fireworks Bill—Second Reading [The Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale]

Immigration (Provision of Physical Data) Regulations 2003—The Lord Evans of Temple Guiting to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 12th June be approved. [23rd Report from the Joint Committee]

Asylum (Designated States) (No. 2) Order 2003—The Lord Filkin to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 17th June be approved. [23rd Report from the Joint Committee]

Official Secrets Act 1989 (Prescription) (Amendment) Order 2003—The Lord Filkin to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 19th June be approved. [23rd Report from the Joint Committee]

Patients’ Protection Bill [HL]—Report [The Baroness Knight of Collingtree]

MONDAY 7TH JULY

*The Lord Blackwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will undertake to provide Parliament with an article by article analysis of the draft European Constitution, setting out where and how proposed European Union powers differ from those in existing Treaties and what scope is provided for the future extension of European Union powers.

*The Lord Sheldon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the role of the civil service in advising them on their recent decisions on constitutional changes.

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the effect on neighbouring countries of the situation in Zimbabwe.

†*The Lord Bradshaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are proposing to deal with the problem of retaining police officers in forces around London.

†Criminal Justice Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Baroness Scotland of Asthal]

‡Social Security (Jobcentre Plus Interviews for Partners) Regulations 2003—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 25th June be approved.

TUESDAY 8TH JULY

*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require strategic health authorities to monitor and keep the Government informed about the progress being made regarding the formation of consortia to purchase specialised services; and whether they will give strategic health authorities the power to require primary care trusts to form consortia for the purchase of such services.

*The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence POSTCOMM will require from Royal Mail in order to determine whether it will be able to meet its performance after withdrawal of its rail freight services.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the Joint Intelligence Committee was consulted on the contents of the dossier on weapons of mass destruction.

*The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions were held with the United States, prior to the military action against Iraq, about plans for post-war security and reconstruction.

‡Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2003—The Lord Bach to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 28th April be approved. [18th Report from the Joint Committee]

‡Armed Forces (Review of Search and Seizure) Order 2003—The Lord Bach to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 28th April be approved. [19th Report from the Joint Committee]

[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Extradition Bill will continue at 3.30pm in Committee Rooms 3A and 4B]

WEDNESDAY 9TH JULY

*The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will respond to increasing concerns about security in Afghanistan.

*The Baroness Sharp of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many teachers are likely to lose their jobs as a result of the financial problems encountered by schools in England in the next school year; and how many teaching and other staff posts will remain unfilled for the same reason.

†*The Lord Hunt of Chesterton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current and planned expenditure on reducing the adverse effect of natural disasters in developing countries and how much of this expenditure is devoted to preventative measures.

Water Bill [HL]—Committee (on re-commitment) in respect of fluoridation (and remaining stages) [The Lord Whitty]

THURSDAY 10TH JULY

[At eleven o’clock]

ROYAL ASSENT

Local Government Bill—Report [The Lord Rooker]

At three o’clock

*The Viscount Craigavon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what importance they are giving to reproductive health in their commitment to meeting the internationally-agreed Millennium Development Goals.

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

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

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

FRIDAY 11TH JULY

[At eleven o’clock]

Electricity and Gas (Modification of Standard Conditions of Licences) Order 2003—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 12th June be approved. [23rd Report from the Joint Committee]

Insolvency Act 1986 (Amendment) (Administrative Receivership and Urban Regeneration etc.) Order 2003—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 12th June be approved. [23rd Report from the Joint Committee]

National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) Regulations 2003—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 19th June be approved. [23rd Report from the Joint Committee]

National Lottery (Funding of Endowments) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Walpole]

Budget (No. 2) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003—The Lord President (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 17th June be approved.

Representation of the People (Form of Canvass) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2003—The Lord President (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 13th June be approved. [23rd Report from the Joint Committee]

Representation of the People (Form of Canvass) (England and Wales) Regulations 2003—The Lord Filkin to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 9th June be approved. [22nd Report from the Joint Committee]

Representation of the People (Form of Canvass) (Scotland) Regulations 2003—The Lord Filkin to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 9th June be approved. [22nd Report from the Joint Committee]

Contracting Out (Functions in relation to the Management of Crown Lands) Order 2003—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 11th June be approved. [22nd Report from the Joint Committee]

Greater London Authority Elections (Election Addresses) Order 2003—The Lord Rooker to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 18th June be approved. [23rd Report from the Joint Committee]

MONDAY 14TH JULY

*The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many benefit recipients have opted for Post Office Card Accounts since the introduction of the direct payment programme.

‡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.

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

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.

*The Baroness Greengross—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish updated guidance on the National Health Service’s obligations to provide continuing care following the Health Ombudsman report published in February 2003.

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

WEDNESDAY 16TH JULY

Anti-social Behaviour Bill—Second Reading [The Baroness Scotland of Asthal]

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

[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Extradition Bill will continue at 3.30 pm in Committee Rooms 3A and 4B]

THURSDAY 17TH JULY

[At eleven o’clock]

†*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many representations they have made to the United States government concerning Guantanamo Bay and its detained “unlawful combatants”, as they are described by the United States administration; and what was the outcome of their representations.

FRIDAY 18TH JULY

[At eleven o’clock]

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

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 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 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 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 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).

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.

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how their proposals to create a Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and a Judicial Appointments Commission will secure the independence of the judiciary.

The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made in developing and improving community equipment services.

PART II

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]

The Lord Smith of Clifton—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Select Committee on Animals in Scientific Procedures (HL Paper 150, Session 2001-02). [24th July 2002]

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

The Lord 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 30th June, or unanswered after 21 days]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

7th May

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

        (a)  civilians killed;

        (b)  civilians wounded;

        (c)  Iraqi service people killed;

        (d)  Iraqi service people wounded;

        (e)  coalition service people killed; and

        (f)  coalition service people wounded

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

8th May

The Lord Judd—To 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)

13th May

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 from which contractors new weapons or equipment, used in the Gulf this year, were obtained. [MoD]    (HL2899)

2nd June

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 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 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 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)

4th June

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 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, 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, 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 Lord HyltonTo 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 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)

6th June

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 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 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 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 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 DubsTo 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)

30th June

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will launch Round 5 of the Beacon Council scheme.    (HL3685)

The Baroness GaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether sanctions against Zimbabwe have recently been extended.    (HL3686)

The Lord BurlisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Nations sanctions against Liberia have recently been extended.    (HL3687)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the 2002 Annual Report on Strategic Export Controls will be published.    (HL3688)

The Lord BrookmanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes have been made to the composition of the United Kingdom delegation to the North Atlantic Parliamentary Assembly.    (HL3689)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) what representations they have made to the Syrian authorities on behalf of Mr Jamil Bassam and Mr Ibrahim Khodabandeh, refugees from Iran who were resident in the United Kingdom for more than 20 years and who were arrested during a visit to Syria in April and were returned to Iran on 12th June; and (b) whether, during his forthcoming visit to Iran, the Foreign Secretary will inquire about the health and location of these two persons.    (HL3690)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is anything in the preparatory work on the Race Directive (Council Directive 2000/43/EC) indicating an intention by the European Commission or Council to exclude discrimination based on a person’s colour from the scope of the Directive.    (HL3691)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 24th June (WA 11), what they consider to have been the reasons for the exclusion of discrimination based on colour from the scope of the Race Directive.    (HL3692)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 24th June (WA 11), what they consider to be the reasons why the European Commission and the Council adopted a narrower concept of racial discrimination in the Race Directive than in the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, notwithstanding that all Member States are parties to the Convention, and that the International Convention is specifically referred to in Recital (3) of the Directive.    (HL3693)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the exclusion of discrimination based upon a person’s colour from the protection of the Race Relations Act 1976 (Amendment) Regulations 2003 is in accordance with the universal right to equality before the law and protection against discrimination for all persons recognised by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, referred to in Recital (3) of the Race Directive (Council Directive 2000/43/EC); and, if so, what are their reasons for this view.    (HL3694)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that it is compatible with the purpose of the Race Directive, as described in Article 1 of the Directive, to exclude discrimination based on colour from “a framework for combating discrimination on the grounds of racial or ethnic origin, with a view to putting into effect in the Member States the principal of equal treatment”.    (HL3695)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which adviser or advisers from outside the Civil Service were responsible for briefing them in April 1997 about the incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights into United Kingdom law.    (HL3696)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 31st January 2001 (WA 66) on the promotional role of the British Fluoridation Society and the Lord Warner on 26th June (WA 39), whether they believe that evidence from the British Fluoridation Society about the public acceptability of fluoridation is likely to be reliable.    (HL3697)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 26th June (WA 39), why they describe the evidence of risks to overall health from fluoridation found by the National Health Service Centre of Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York (and discussed in the report of their systematic scientific review in 2000 in section 8.5 on bone problems, sections 9.1 and 9.6 on cancer and section 10 on other negative effects) as “no evidence”.    (HL3698)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what adjustments have been made to the population projections published by the Office of National Statistics in their Spring 2003 edition of Population Trends in the light of the revised international migration estimates 1992-2001 which they published on 12th June; and when the adjusted projections will be published.    (HL3699)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much financial aid has been provided to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in each of the last five years.    (HL3700)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, given that the new Security bill for Hong Kong passed its Committee Stage in eight hours and is likely to become law on 9th July, what discussion they are having with the government of China on this subject.    (HL3701)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they and the Commonwealth Secretariat are in touch with the government of Uganda concerning the restoration of order in the northern and north-eastern regions of that country.    (HL3702)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the “Lords Resistance Army” in Uganda is causing a humanitarian disaster, following the displacement of the great majority of the 281,000 people in the Acholi region and the abduction and enslavement of some 20,000 civilians; and, if so, whether they will propose any helpful action.    (HL3703)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that an independent organisation or supranational body can be found to mediate in the conflict concerning Aceh in Indonesia; and, if so, which.    (HL3704)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they and other humanitarian groups are able to provide emergency aid to 140,000 displaced people in 14 refugees camps in Aceh.    (HL3705)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will propose that the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) be expanded to cover Liberia and Guinea; and, if so, whether the force would be reinforced and used wherever the most urgent need might be.    (HL3706)

The Lord Hunt of Kings HeathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in developing integrated community equipment services.    (HL3707)

The Lord Hunt of Kings HeathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the review by Derek Wanless into prevention and the wider determinants of health will be open to public comment and engagement.    (HL3708)

The Lord Hunt of Kings HeathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which external organisations have been invited or commissioned to submit evidence to the Derek Wanless Review on prevention and the wider determinants of health.    (HL3709)

The Lord SwinfenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect genetically modified crops have on the supply of food to wildlife.    (HL3710)

The Lord SwinfenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are all the duties of the Lord Chancellor other than his Parliamentary and Governmental duties.    (HL3711)

The Lord McNallyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the more general criticisms made of the BBC coverage of the Iraq War made by Alistair Campbell represent Government policy.    (HL3712)

The Lord McNallyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Minister accepts overall responsibility for Alistair Campbell’s department.    (HL3713)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who took the decision to prosecute the former Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, Lord Condon, and his successor, Sir John Stevens, for breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.    (HL3714)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they were informed of (a) the possibility and (b) the intention to prosecute the former Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, Lord Condon, and his successor, Sir John Stevens, for breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974; and whether on any occasion the Government was invited to comment on or offered a comment on the possibility or intention to prosecute.    (HL3715)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total cost to the public purse of the prosecution of Lord Condon and Sir John Stevens for alleged breaches of health and safety legislation.    (HL3716)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the acquittal of Lord Condon and Sir John Stevens for alleged breaches of health and safety legislation, they regard it as a sensible use of the public purse for one public body to prosecute another after remedial notices have been complied with; and what benefits, if any, they see as flowing from this prosecution.    (HL3717)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to take forward the debate on the extent to which the requirements of health and safety legislation should be permitted to fetter the duty of police officers to preserve life.    (HL3718)

The Lord Baker of DorkingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to provide a dual carriageway on the A27 between Lewes and Polegate.    (HL3719)

The Lord Baker of DorkingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reduce congestion and delay on the A27 at Arundel.    (HL3720)

The Lord Baker of DorkingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to provide a northern bypass to Worthing on the A27.    (HL3721)

The Lord Baker of DorkingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the teaching grant paid to St George’s hospital medical school and to Queen Mary’s medical school in each of the last five years.    (HL3722)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the quality of water currently available for drinking in East Belfast; and, if not, what steps they are taking to improve the quality.    (HL3723)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they fund activities of GM Nation; and, if so, by how much per year.    (HL3724)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they have conducted consultation meetings about the future of genetically modified products.    (HL3725)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis persons were invited to a seminar held by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission on 26th June; and whether the invitation list can be placed in the Library of the House together with a list of those who attended.    (HL3726)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

30th JUNE 2003

[Tabled on the dates shown]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

7th May

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

        (a)  civilians killed;

        (b)  civilians wounded;

        (c)  Iraqi service people killed;

        (d)  Iraqi service people wounded;

        (e)  coalition service people killed; and

        (f)  coalition service people wounded

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

8th May

The Lord Judd—To 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)

13th May

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 from which contractors new weapons or equipment, used in the Gulf this year, were obtained.    [MoD]    (HL2899)

2nd June

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 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 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 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)

4th June

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 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, 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, 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 Lord HyltonTo 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 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)

6th June

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 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 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 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 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 DubsTo 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 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 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)

11th June

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 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 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 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)

12th June

The Lord LairdTo 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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.    [HO]    (HL3437)

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.    [HO]    (HL3439)

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. [HO]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (HL3444)

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.    [DoH]    (HL3446)

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.    [FCO]    (HL3448)

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. [FCO]    (HL3450)

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.    [CO]    (HL3454)

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.    [DfID]    (HL3457)

18th June

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many weapons and what quantities of ammunition and explosives have so far been—

        (a)  recovered, and

        (b)  destroyed

        in the British sector of Iraq.    [MoD]  (HL3461)

The Lord Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the value of annual exports of the United Kingdom aerospace industry.    [DTI]    (HL3465)

The Lord JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the value of annual exports of the United Kingdom steel industry.    [DTI]    (HL3466)

The Lord JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the numbers who completed a modern apprenticeship in each of the last five years in England and Northern Ireland.    [DfES]    (HL3467)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 16th June (HL Deb, col. 522) concerning the Capita contract for the Criminal Records Bureau, what “further checks” are contemplated; over what time they will be introduced; and what their cost will be.    [HO]    (HL3470)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the average degrees of consanguinity between brother and half-sister, and that between blood uncle and niece, are identical.    [DoH]    (HL3471)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the powers of the Lord Chancellor; when, by whom and by what means they were conferred on the holder of that office; and by what means and authority they can be alienated.    [DfCA]    (HL3472)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the duties of the Lord Chancellor; when, by whom and by what means they were imposed on the holder of that office; and by what means and authority they can be alienated.    [DfCA]    (HL3473)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the privileges of the Lord Chancellor; when, by whom and by what means they were conferred on the holder of that office; and by what means and authority they can be alienated.    [DfCA]    (HL3474)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the powers, duties and privileges of the Lord Chancellor on 30th January 2003; which, if any, of them have since been alienated; and by whom, by what means and under what authority such alienation has been accomplished.    [DfCA]    (HL3475)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their plan for a public building for the proposed Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.    [DfCA]    (HL3476)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend the proposed Supreme Court for the United Kingdom to determine Scottish appeals in criminal cases.    [DfCA]    (HL3477)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what resources are being allocated by the Department of Health and the Food Standards Agency to delivering their policy objectives for missing nutrients and maximum permitted levels for nutrients within the provision of the Food Supplements Directive.    [DoH]    (HL3480)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent representations they have received from the National Association of Health Stores in relation to the provisions of the Food Supplements Directive and the Food Supplements (England) Regulations; and what response they have made to those representations.    [DoH]    (HL3481)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the conclusions of the Regulatory Impact Assessment undertaken by the Food Standards Agency in relation to the Food Supplements (England) Regulations; and what steps they intend to take to address the issues of missing nutrients which pose a threat to the United Kingdom food supplements industry.    [DoH]    (HL3482)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why (a) boron, (b) silicon and (c) sulphur are omitted from the list of nutrients permitted for use in food supplements after July 2005 under the provisions of the Food Supplements (England) Regulations; and what specific steps they intend to take to ensure that they are added to that list.    [DoH]    (HL3483)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact upon consumer choice and the United Kingdom food supplements industry of the possible setting by the European Union of maximum permitted levels for nutrients in food supplements at levels substantially lower than those which are currently permitted in the United Kingdom.    [DoH]    (HL3484)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when last they discussed their policy objectives for food supplements with counterparts in other member states; with whom such discussions were held; and what progress was made.    [DoH]    (HL3485)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Andrews on 4th April (WA 154), why a recent case of transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI) was settled by the National Blood Service out of court; and how many other cases of TRALI have been settled and at what total cost to the Department of Health.    [DoH]    (HL3486)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Andrews on 4th April (WA 154), how the provision for future compensation claims relating to transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI) will be reconciled with the continuing risk to patients of serious illness or death from fresh frozen plasma transfusions. [DoH]    (HL3487)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they are not funding a commercially available fresh frozen plasma which is treated in such a way that there is no risk of SARS, or other unknown, potentially fatal emerging (lipid-enveloped) viruses, being transmitted.    [DoH]    (HL3488)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why previously untransfused males are perceived as the safest possible blood donors with respect to transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI) when a product, widely used in other countries, which can eliminate the risk of TRALI is commercially available.    [DoH]    (HL3489)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Andrews on 1st May (WA 126-127), why they do not think that high levels of safety are achieved through pooled plasma products, despite them being virally inactivated; and what evidence they have against pooled products to support this view. [DoH]    (HL3490)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they will not consider funding a pharmaceutically licensed, virally inactivated, pooled, fresh frozen plasma, which could eliminate the risk to patients of transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI) and the risk of infections such as HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.    [DoH]    (HL3491)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the timetable for the review of local government structures in two-tier areas in the three northern regions of England. [ODPM]    (HL3492)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost within each region, both centrally and to each local authority, of the review of local government structures in two-tier areas in the three northern regions of England.    [ODPM]    (HL3493)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what ways the electors will be consulted on the review of local government structures in two-tier areas in the three northern regions of England.    [ODPM]    (HL3494)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the reviews of local government structures in two-tier areas in the three northern regions of England will take into account any representations they receive in favour of the status quo; and whether they will include the fact they have received such representations in their reports.    [ODPM]    (HL3495)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the position with regard to ongoing reviews of electoral boundaries in local authorities such as Lancashire which are included in the review of local government structures in two-tier areas in the three northern regions of England.    [ODPM]    (HL3496)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they are stipulating or intend to stipulate in relation to the geographical, economic or social nature, community relationships, size or other matters relating to proposed unitary authorities in the review of local government structures in two-tier areas in the three northern regions of England. [ODPM]    (HL3497)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in reaching a decision on 11th June concerning future increases for the salaries of staff in Raphoe, the North South Ministerial Council followed paragraphs 5 and 6 of its decision-making procedure dated 5th December 2002; and, if so, on what date was the consultation with the Ulster Scots Agency. [NIO]    (HL3499)

19th June

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a mechanism to reduce the cost of borrowing in the Northern Ireland energy market remains a priority policy.    [NIO]    (HL3507)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to introduce legislation to reduce the cost of borrowing in the Northern Ireland energy market sector; and what proposals there are to ensure that customers benefit from that reduction.    [NIO]    (HL3508)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether re-financing of the contracts for Ballylumford power station; the Moyle Electricity Interconnector; and the Northern Ireland to Scotland gas pipeline is near completion; and how the customer will benefit from these transactions.    [NIO]    (HL3509)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many firms have tendered for the construction of the natural gas pipeline to the North West of Northern Ireland; how many of these firms are based outside Northern Ireland; and what is the present timetable for the provision of the gas pipeline.    [NIO]    (HL3510)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the functions of the Department of Constitutional Affairs insofar as they relate to England.    [DfCA]    (HL3511)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the powers of the regional chambers in the three northern regions of England to express opinions, publicise those opinions and otherwise campaign, in relation to the establishment of elected regional assemblies in their regions or of one or other system of local government reorganisation in any part of their areas; and to spend money in so doing.    [ODPM]    (HL3512)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether and when the regional chamber will cease to exist in an English region in which an elected regional assembly is set up. [ODPM]    (HL3513)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what ways their proposals for elected regional assemblies will, in the words of the Deputy Prime Minister in his statement of 16th June, reduce bureaucracy.    [ODPM]    (HL3514)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many quangos exist in the North West, in Yorkshire and Humberside, and in the North East; and which ones in each region they intend to abolish if an elected regional assembly is established.    [ODPM]    (HL3515)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to whom the Government offices for the regions will be responsible following the establishment of elected regional assemblies in their areas.    [ODPM]    (HL3516)

The Lord Mackie of BenshieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for the area in Whitehall containing the statues of three Generals of World War II; and why the site is often full of litter.    [MoD]    (HL3517)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about appeals against refusal of planning permission for development of Gypsy sites in the latest 12 months for which figures are available.    [ODPM]    (HL3518)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will review and compare the application of immigration detention centre rules as they currently operate in removal centres.    [HO]    (HL3520)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present United Kingdom contribution to the new European Union force in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo; and what plans they have to vary or increase it.    [FCO]    (HL3521)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why castration of pigs as an excepted operation may be performed within Wales within four weeks but in England within eight days.    [DEFRA]    (HL3522)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend that the proposed Supreme Court for the United Kingdom will have its own budget and management as well as its own building.    [DfCA]    (HL3523)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have recommended a virally inactivated fresh frozen plasma for specific sub-groups of transfusion patients when a licensed, virally inactivated product is commercially available.    [DoH]    (HL3524)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Andrews on 1st April (WA 123-124), what scientific evidence they have to support the belief that non-virally inactivated single unit plasma (which is currently used in the United Kingdom) is preferable to virally inactivated pooled plasma.    [DoH]    (HL3525)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have regarding the existence of postcode lotteries for specialised services; and for which services does this apply.    [DoH]    (HL3528)

The Lord Rawlinson of EwellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the powers of the Attorney General will be included in the review of the constitutional powers.    [DfCA]    (HL3533)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether issues of international trade affecting developing countries should not be taken in isolation but should be discussed in conjunction with debt relief, development aid, poverty reduction, the environment, movement of labour and health; and, if so, what steps they will take to achieve this.    [DfID]    (HL3534)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are helping the International Labour Organisation to achieve a living wage for workers in the developing world, in particular for primary producers and migrant workers.    [DfID]    (HL3535)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will urge the World Trade Organisation to adopt and give its support to the eight Millennium Development Goals. [DfID]    (HL3537)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider providing expert trade negotiators to assist the twenty-four developing states, who are at present largely unrepresented at sessions of the World Trade Organisation.    [DfID]    (HL3538)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what contacts Health Ministers have had with the Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre in Manchester in regard to its potential, through a partnership between the University of Manchester, the Christie Hospital Trust and Cancer Research UK, to play the role of a national centre with networks of collaboration offered by Cancer Research UK and the Government’s National Cancer Research Institute.    [DoH]    (HL3539)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what equipment funding they have given to the Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre in Manchester; what this funding represents as a percentage of the total cost of building, equipping, recruiting staff for and running the centre over the next five years; and whether, in consultation with Professors Pat Rice and Terry Jones, they will consider further funding in recognition of its status as a world class centre of excellence in molecular imaging of patients to advance cancer treatment and the investigation of brain disorders.    [DoH]    (HL3540)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether pulmonary rehabilitation should be available to all patients who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; and who would benefit from such treatment.    [DoH]    (HL3541)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are able to access pulmonary rehabilitation.    [DoH]    (HL3542)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether current guidance on the provision of pulmonary rehabilitation is adequate.    [DoH]    (HL3543)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the current funding of pulmonary rehabilitation is adequate.    [DoH]    (HL3544)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what procedure is being used to close service traffic on the railway line between Lisburn and Antrim; and what is its legal basis.    [NIO]    (HL3546)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will confirm that in future all decisions by the North South Ministerial Council during suspension of the Northern Ireland Assembly will be taken in accordance with the proper procedures, including full consultation with all bodies concerned and full transparency at all stages; and whether they will also ensure that the decisions are taken in accordance with the Belfast Agreement of 1998.    [NIO]    (HL3547)

[As amended on 20th June]

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House all papers relating to decisions of the North South Ministerial Council; and whether they will ensure that they include their origins and reference numbers and that all stages of the decision-making process are clearly marked.    [NIO]    (HL3548)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which European Union PEACE I funded programmes have been reported to, or investigated, by the Government’s Internal Audit Service; in which cases irregularities were uncovered; and how much money was involved in each case.    [NIO]    (HL3549)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which European Union PEACE I funded programmes have been reported to, or investigated, by the Northern Ireland Audit Office; in which cases irregularities were uncovered; and how much money was involved in each case. [NIO]    (HL3550)

20th June

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which European Union PEACE 1 funded programmes have been reported to, or investigated by, the police; in which cases irregularities were uncovered; and how much money was involved in each case.    [NIO]    (HL3554)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which European Union PEACE 1 funded programmes have been reported to, or investigated by, the European Commission; in which cases irregularities were uncovered; and how much money was involved in each case.    [NIO]    (HL3555)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which European Union PEACE 1 funded programmes have been reported to, or investigated by, the European Commission Fraud Office; in which cases irregularities were uncovered; and how much money was involved in each case.    [NIO]    (HL3556)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is currently in charge of the Verification and Monitoring Team (VMT) in Sudan; and what response the VMT is making to recent reports of helicopter gunship deployment by the government of Sudan to Eastern Upper Nile.    [FCO]    (HL3560)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take if reports of helicopter gunship deployment by the government of Sudan to Eastern Upper Nile are verified.    [FCO]    (HL3561)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the deployment of Alenia Marconi radar-tracking equipment to Sudan was allowed in view of the embargo on the sale of dual-use equipment to Sudan until peace has been brokered.    [FCO]    (HL3562)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 17th June (WA 90), whether they will set out in the Official Report the policy areas which became subject to qualified majority voting or co-decision after entry into force of the Single European Act 1987. [FCO]    (HL3564)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 17th June (WA 90), whether they will set out in the Official Report the policy areas which became subject to qualified majority voting or co-decision after entry into force of the Treaty on European Union 1993 (Maastricht).    [FCO]    (HL3565)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 17th June (WA 90), whether they will set out in the Official Report the policy areas which became subject to qualified majority voting or co-decision after entry into force of the Treaty of Amsterdam 1999. [FCO]    (HL3566)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 17th June (WA 90), whether they will set out in the Official Report the policy areas which became subject to qualified majority voting or co-decision after entry into force of the Treaty of Nice 2002.    [FCO]    (HL3567)

23rd June

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 17th June (WA 90-91), what policy areas became subject to European Law upon the entry into force of the European Communities Act 1973 and the United Kingdom’s accession to the European Economic Community.    [FCO]    (HL3569)

The Lord CarterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the breakdown of the population of the United Kingdom in the age brackets used in the National Census; and what is the number of disabled people in those age brackets.    [HMT]    (HL3570)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to publish the results of the Interdepartmental Review of Human Rights Instruments before the autumn.    [DfCA]    (HL3571)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 17th June (WA 93), which individuals and organisations made representations seeking amendments to the draft Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 to ensure religious organisations could continue to comply with doctrinal beliefs or strongly held religious beliefs of their followers.    [DTI]    (HL3572)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 17th June (WA 93), whether they intend to give guidance about the meaning of Regulation 7 (3) of the Employment (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003; and, if so, how they will ensure that such guidance is taken into account by courts and tribunals in interpreting and applying Regulation 7 (3).    [DTI]    (HL3573)

The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children in families were held in removal centres in the United Kingdom in the first quarter of 2003 for—

        (a)  1-7 days;

        (b)  7-14 days; and

        (c)  longer than 14 days.    [HO]  (HL3574)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the event of approval being given for the importation and growing in the United Kingdom of genetically modified foods, whether they will ensure that full product liability lies with the bio-technology companies. [DEFRA]    (HL3575)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, as regards genetically modified plants and food, whether there is evidence—

        (a)  from Canada that weeds resistant to three herbicides are spreading; and

        (b)  from North America that genes from modified oilseed rape and maize have crossed into non-modified plants.    [DEFRA]  (HL3576)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, as regards genetically modified plants and food, whether there is evidence that antibiotic genes in modified plants could increase antibiotic resistance in humans.    [DoH]    (HL3577)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, as regards genetically modified plants and food, whether there is evidence that consumers of genetically modified foods are suffering increased allergies, especially through eating soya products.    [DoH]    (HL3578)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they assess the views of the Royal Society on the potential dangers of genetically modified foods in baby foods and to pregnant and breast-feeding mothers, elderly people and those with chronic diseases; and what are the risks of genetically modified DNA transferring itself to bacteria in the human gut, with adverse consequences for metabolism, organ development, and the immune and endocrine systems.    [DoH]    (HL3579)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in their opinion, genetic-modification of plants and animals is a procedure radically different from traditional and conventional plant and animal breeding; and, if so, whether they will say so.    [DEFRA]    (HL3580)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Written Answers published in the Official Report of the House of Lords since 1st January have required to be corrected in later Official Reports; and what steps have they taken to reduce such incidents.    [CO]    (HL3581)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans have they to improve welfare for greyhounds.    [DEFRA]    (HL3582)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many convictions have been successful in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years for cruelty to animals.    [NIO]    (HL3583)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many convictions have been successful in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years for the viewing of a television set without a licence.    [NIO]    (HL3584)

24th June

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider to be the status in international law of the security wall and fence now being built by the government of Israel in the occupied West bank; and whether there are procedures under international law whereby Israelis and Palestinians thus adversely affected may claim compensation. [FCO]    (HL3585)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will propose to the “Quartet” that Israel’s security fence be moved back to the “Green Line” and that full access be restored to all towns and villages.    [FCO]    (HL3586)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that electronic tagging could help to reduce the numbers of those remanded in custody pending trial. [HO]    (HL3587)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the government of Israel to contribute to the budget of the United Nations Works and Relief Agency in the current year.    [FCO]    (HL3588)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following President Putin’s visit to London, they have discussed with Russian representatives the possibility of human rights monitoring in and around Chechnya by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe or the Council of Europe.    [FCO]    (HL3589)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the recent closing of the last major independent television network in Russia, they have discussed independence of the media with Russian representatives. [FCO]    (HL3590)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Baroness Blackstone on 7th May (HL Deb, col. 1086) that the “Star Trek” promoters were contributing “an extra £10,000 or so” to improve the ground on which the exhibition was held in Hyde Park, what this improvement comprised over and above the reinstatement of grass.    [DCMS]    (HL3591)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what area of grass in Hyde Park had been allocated to “Star Trek” since early December 2002; and when this area will be restored to public use.    [DCMS]    (HL3592)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which events planned for Hyde Park in 2003 will restrict public access; what are the dates of such restrictions; and what are the approximate areas involved.    [DCMS]    (HL3593)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Great Western Railway line near Slough was closed for approximately twenty-four hours following the fire on 19th June; and who gave the instruction to close it for so long.    [DfT]    (HL3594)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the decision to close the Great Western Railway line on 19th June was reviewed at any point in the ensuing twenty-four hours.    [DfT]    (HL3595)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the closure of the Great Western Railway line on 19th June, any assessment was made of the safety implications and cost to travellers of using alternative routes or modes of transport.    [DfT]    (HL3596)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the closure of the Great Western Railway line on 19th June, compensation is payable; by whom and to whom will compensation be payable; and what will be the cost to public funds.    [DfT]    (HL3597)

The Baroness WalmsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether current legislation regarding sexual offences and offences against the person which criminalises sado-masochistic sexual activity when that activity results in no lasting harm or injury is contrary to the Human Rights Act 1998.    [HO]    (HL3598)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what safety checks are made, and by which body, on river craft operating on the River Mersey in all its reaches.    [DfT]    (HL3599)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what safety checks are made, and by which body, on river craft operating on the River Thames in all its reaches.    [DfT]    (HL3600)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many zoos operate in the north west of England; and what are the principal regulations to which they are subject.    [DEFRA]    (HL3601)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many sea defences have been completed in England within the last ten years; what are their locations; and how many of them received Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food grant.    [DEFRA]    (HL3602)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve the road between Southport and Ormskirk (A570) following the amalgamation and transfer of services between Southport Hospital and Ormskirk Hospital under the Ormskirk and Southport Health Trust.    [DfT]    (HL3603)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the British troops deployed in the recent conflict with Iraq have still undiagnosed illnesses.    [MoD]    (HL3604)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the numbers of evictions from social housing in each of the last three years.    [ODPM]    (HL3605)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what priority is given to expanding regional airports to redress the economic imbalance between the South East and the rest of the United Kingdom; and what consultation Ministers have had with the regional airports on this matter.    [DfT]    (HL3606)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many reviews of security in the Northern Ireland Office there have been in the past year, including those currently underway; who is undertaking these reviews; whether any of the reviews have reported; and when those which have not yet reported will report.    [NIO]    (HL3607)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a review of sexual assault legislation in Northern Ireland is currently underway; and, if so, when it will report.    [NIO]    (HL3608)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many convictions for selling tobacco products to minors have been successful in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. [NIO]    (HL3609)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve public transport in rural areas in Northern Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL3610)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the rate of unemployment in Strabane District Council area; and what steps they are taking to reduce that figure.    [NIO]    (HL3611)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether money allocated to a Cross Border Implementation Body can be transferred from one financial year to the next for the same purposes, after discussion with the Department of Finance.    [NIO]    (HL3612)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many deaths by suicide were recorded among students at (a) universities; (b) further education colleges; and (c) schools, since January 2003, and for each year for the past five years.    [HMT]    (HL3613)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many deaths by suicide were recorded among members of the armed forces since January 2003, and for each year for the past five years.    [MoD]    (HL3614)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking following reports that British-made Scorpion armoured vehicles are being used by the Indonesian forces in Aceh.    [FCO]    (HL3615)

25th June

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their proposed £1.4 million lifetime limit for preferential tax treatment on the capital value of the pension which someone could receive will apply to—

        (a)  the Prime Minister;

        (b)  the Speaker of the House of Commons;

        (c)  the Chancellor of the Exchequer; and

        (d)  all other individuals whose pensions are paid from public funds;

        and, if the answer to any of these questions is no, why not.    [HMT]  (HL3621)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their exit strategy from Iraq.    [MoD]    (HL3622)

The Lord WaddingtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to introduce legislation to reform the gambling laws.    [HO]    (HL3623)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the interests of patients and general practitioners will be protected as the current electronic transmission of prescription pilots are replaced by a national programme for such services.    [DoH]    (HL3624)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans are in place to ensure continuity of care for patients who have grown to rely upon electronic transmission of prescription services as part of the current pilots, as wider plans are made to replace the pilots by a national programme.    [DoH]    (HL3625)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans are in place to avoid disruption to general practitioner practices that have supported the Department of Health’s electronic transmission of prescription pilots, as wider plans are made to replace the pilots by a national programme.    [DoH]    (HL3626)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to amend the regulations relating to coal fired electricity generation to ensure that power stations equipped to burn coal cleanly are not placed at a disadvantage in the market.    [DTI]    (HL3627)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is evidence of increased lignin and coarse fibre in genetically modified maize, or an increase in malformed bolls in genetically modified cotton.    [DEFRA]    (HL3628)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether viruses or bacteria have been introduced into genetically modified plants for the purpose of increasing their resistance to herbicides.    [DEFRA]    (HL3629)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have authorised police inquiries into Ukrainian former members of the German SS who may be in Britain; and whether, and on what grounds, the National Health Service has any right or duty to release medical records in respect of such persons without consent.    [HO]    (HL3630)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual cost of all Government publications in Northern Ireland; and in particular what was the cost of publishing Criminal Justice Review for Northern Ireland: Implementation Plan.    [NIO]    (HL3631)

The Lord MonsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to curb the proliferation of litter caused by the placing of unsolicited advertising material under the windscreen wipers of parked cars; and whether this practice constitutes a threat to road safety.    [DEFRA]    (HL3632)

[As amended on 26th June]

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will estimate the annual monetary value in United States dollars of gross transfer at the farm gate through prices higher than world level applied to the dairy industry in the United Kingdom; and how much in United States dollars this amounts to per cow in the United Kingdom.    [DEFRA]    (HL3633)

The Lord JoplingTo ask the Chairman of Committees what is the reason that franked envelopes have to be issued in small packages and signed for by Peers, whereas, for Members of the House of Commons, they are freely available on Members’ desks and to their secretaries as well as in the Library.    [CoC]    (HL3635)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Privy Seal on 17th January (WA 1) and the Lord President on 24th June (WA 7) concerning underspending of funding, whether the date for the return of funds is 31st March.    [NIO]    (HL3637)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to improve the quality of housing stock in Artigarvan, County Tyrone.    [NIO]    (HL3638)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plays they have to modify or end light dues.    [DfT]    (HL3639)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 24th June (WA 7), when the Department of Education will issue its decision on whether the Board’s conclusion regarding Mr Burke is correct.    [NIO]    (HL3640)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 24th June (WA 8), whether they believe that the Belfast Education and Library Board acted in accordance with the ethos of the Belfast Agreement of 1998 by not encouraging Ulster Scots participation in the DVD Rhyming Round Belfast; who selected the schools who took part; and on what basis.    [NIO]    (HL3641)

26th June

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask the Leader of the House for how many hours per week during session 2001-02 the Lord Chancellor sat on the Woolsack; and what proportion of the total sitting time this represents.    [LHoL]    (HL3647)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to raise the issue of atrocities by the Burmese military against the Karen, Karenni and Shan people in Burma at the United Nations Security Council.    [FCO]    (HL3649)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will lobby the United Nations Security Council for a global arms and investment embargo against Burma. [FCO]    (HL3650)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will lobby at the United Nations Security Council for the setting up of an International Criminal Tribunal on Burma to try members of the Burmese military regime for alleged atrocities against the Karen, Karenni and Shan people.    [FCO]    (HL3651)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have information that the Burmese military are committing against the Karen, Karenni and Shan people in Burma any or all of the following crimes under international law: crimes against humanity, war crimes or genocide; and what reasons they have for their conclusions.    [FCO]    (HL3652)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, since the beginning of 2003, on how many occasions the British Ambassador in Rangoon raised concerns with the Burmese military regime regarding atrocities against the Karen, Karenni and Shan people; and what response the Ambassador received on each occasion.    [FCO]    (HL3653)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, since the beginning of 2003, on how many occasions they have participated in a European Union demarche to the Burmese regime regarding atrocities against the Karen, Karenni and Shan people.    [FCO]    (HL3654)

The Lord Williams of ElvelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they propose to make concerning the Lord Chancellor’s patronage of Church of England benefices when the office of Lord Chancellor no longer exists.    [DfCA]    (HL3655)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to MENCAP’s recent report on family carers, entitled Breaking Point; and whether they will be taking any action on its findings.    [DoH]    (HL3656)

The Earl of Mar and KellieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of Royal Mail’s decision to withdraw from rail transport because it cannot reclaim the VAT, they will allow Royal Mail to reclaim the VAT on rail transport. [HMT]    (HL3657)

The Baroness Sharp of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to consult on draft regulations under section 21 of the Education Act 2002 on the respective roles and responsibilities of the local education authority, the governing body and the head teacher; and whether they have reached any conclusions about the relationship between the prospective regulations and the code of practice on local education authority-school relations.    [DfES]    (HL3658)

The Baroness Sharp of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the one-month consultation period on the draft guidance and regulations on greater collaboration between, and federation of, maintained schools meets Government guidelines on consultation. [DfES]    (HL3659)

The Baroness Sharp of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to introduce regulations on the control of school premises under section 31 of the Education Act 2002.    [DfES]    (HL3660)

The Baroness Sharp of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to consult on draft regulations on the staffing of maintained schools under sections 35 and 36 of the Education Act 2002.    [DfES]    (HL3661)

The Baroness Sharp of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to commence the arrangements for reducing communications with schools as provided under section 38 of the Education Act 2002.    [DfES]    (HL3662)

The Baroness Sharp of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to make an order commencing section 175 (duties of local education authorities and governing bodies in relation to welfare of children) of the Education Act 2002, and consult on draft guidance under subsection (4).    [DfES]    (HL3663)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Arabic speakers, qualified as linguists and interpreters, the armed forces deployed for the commencement of Operation TELIC.    [MoD]    (HL3664)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many calls and of what type have been received in the last month by the BFG Post-Operation TELIC Helpline and the Confidential Support Line operated by the Soldiers’, Sailors’, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.    [MoD]    (HL3665)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will make an announcement concerning the next stage of the Future Rapid Effect System; and when the last of the FV430 series of vehicles will be withdrawn from service.    [MoD]    (HL3666)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many, and which, primary care trusts currently inform adults requiring cochlear implants that there are no funds for the foreseeable future.    [DoH]    (HL3667)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 25th June (WA 21) concerning waiting lists in Northern Ireland since 1st January, whether all possible facilities for paediatric renal isotope scans have been in use; and, if not, why.    [NIO]    (HL3668)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 25th June (WA 24) concerning monitoring of Members’ communications, what is the “Wilson doctrine”; and whether it covers Members of the House of Lords.    [HO]    (HL3669)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what provisions the five Education and Library Boards in Northern Ireland have for those who are not of the Irish culture to be informed about their cultures; and whether the Boards conform with the Belfast Agreement pledge of parity of esteem for all.    [NIO]    (HL3670)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans the Belfast Education and Library Board have to form connections with Scotland to support the Ulster Scots community.    [NIO]    (HL3671)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans the Northern Ireland Department of Education have to facilitate the promotion of Ulster Scots language, culture and identity.    [NIO]    (HL3672)

27th June

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what statistics they will publish on the operation of juxtaposed controls on Eurostar and at French ports.    [HO]    (HL3675)

The Baroness Sharp of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to make an order commencing section 176 (consultation with pupils) of the Education Act 2002, and consult on draft guidance under subsection (1).    [DfES]    (HL3676)

The Baroness Sharp of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to implement the earned autonomy provisions in sections 6 to 10 of the Education Act 2002. [DfES]    (HL3677)

The Baroness Sharp of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the evaluation of the first phase pilots of Care Direct is likely to be published.    [DoH]    (HL3678)

The Baroness Sharp of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how, given that the evaluation has not yet been published, they propose to take account of the lessons learned from the Care Direct first phase pilots in setting up the new Third Age Service.    [DoH]    (HL3679)

The Baroness Sharp of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was spent, authority by authority, on preparing second phase pilots of Care Direct, including the cost of staff planning time; and what and how much compensation the local authorities involved have received, or are likely to receive, for costs incurred as a result of abandoning the pilots.    [DoH]    (HL3680)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the effect on the Strategic Rail Authority budget—

        (a)  for 2003-04; and

        (b)  for 2004-05

of transferring the Connex South East franchise to South Eastern Trains.    [DfT]    (HL3682)

30th June

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will launch Round 5 of the Beacon Council scheme.    (HL3685)

The Baroness GaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether sanctions against Zimbabwe have recently been extended.    (HL3686)

The Lord BurlisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Nations sanctions against Liberia have recently been extended.    (HL3687)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the 2002 Annual Report on Strategic Export Controls will be published.    (HL3688)

The Lord BrookmanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes have been made to the composition of the United Kingdom delegation to the North Atlantic Parliamentary Assembly.    (HL3689)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) what representations they have made to the Syrian authorities on behalf of Mr Jamil Bassam and Mr Ibrahim Khodabandeh, refugees from Iran who were resident in the United Kingdom for more than 20 years and who were arrested during a visit to Syria in April and were returned to Iran on 12th June; and (b) whether, during his forthcoming visit to Iran, the Foreign Secretary will inquire about the health and location of these two persons.    (HL3690)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is anything in the preparatory work on the Race Directive (Council Directive 2000/43/EC) indicating an intention by the European Commission or Council to exclude discrimination based on a person’s colour from the scope of the Directive.    (HL3691)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 24th June (WA 11), what they consider to have been the reasons for the exclusion of discrimination based on colour from the scope of the Race Directive.    (HL3692)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 24th June (WA 11), what they consider to be the reasons why the European Commission and the Council adopted a narrower concept of racial discrimination in the Race Directive than in the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, notwithstanding that all Member States are parties to the Convention, and that the International Convention is specifically referred to in Recital (3) of the Directive.    (HL3693)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the exclusion of discrimination based upon a person’s colour from the protection of the Race Relations Act 1976 (Amendment) Regulations 2003 is in accordance with the universal right to equality before the law and protection against discrimination for all persons recognised by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, referred to in Recital (3) of the Race Directive (Council Directive 2000/43/EC); and, if so, what are their reasons for this view.    (HL3694)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that it is compatible with the purpose of the Race Directive, as described in Article 1 of the Directive, to exclude discrimination based on colour from “a framework for combating discrimination on the grounds of racial or ethnic origin, with a view to putting into effect in the Member States the principal of equal treatment”.    (HL3695)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which adviser or advisers from outside the Civil Service were responsible for briefing them in April 1997 about the incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights into United Kingdom law.    (HL3696)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 31st January 2001 (WA 66) on the promotional role of the British Fluoridation Society and the Lord Warner on 26th June (WA 39), whether they believe that evidence from the British Fluoridation Society about the public acceptability of fluoridation is likely to be reliable.    (HL3697)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 26th June (WA 39), why they describe the evidence of risks to overall health from fluoridation found by the National Health Service Centre of Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York (and discussed in the report of their systematic scientific review in 2000 in section 8.5 on bone problems, sections 9.1 and 9.6 on cancer and section 10 on other negative effects) as “no evidence”.    (HL3698)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what adjustments have been made to the population projections published by the Office of National Statistics in their Spring 2003 edition of Population Trends in the light of the revised international migration estimates 1992-2001 which they published on 12th June; and when the adjusted projections will be published.    (HL3699)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much financial aid has been provided to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in each of the last five years.    (HL3700)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, given that the new Security bill for Hong Kong passed its Committee Stage in eight hours and is likely to become law on 9th July, what discussion they are having with the government of China on this subject.    (HL3701)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they and the Commonwealth Secretariat are in touch with the government of Uganda concerning the restoration of order in the northern and north-eastern regions of that country.    (HL3702)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the “Lords Resistance Army” in Uganda is causing a humanitarian disaster, following the displacement of the great majority of the 281,000 people in the Acholi region and the abduction and enslavement of some 20,000 civilians; and, if so, whether they will propose any helpful action.    (HL3703)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that an independent organisation or supranational body can be found to mediate in the conflict concerning Aceh in Indonesia; and, if so, which.    (HL3704)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they and other humanitarian groups are able to provide emergency aid to 140,000 displaced people in 14 refugees camps in Aceh.    (HL3705)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will propose that the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) be expanded to cover Liberia and Guinea; and, if so, whether the force would be reinforced and used wherever the most urgent need might be.    (HL3706)

The Lord Hunt of Kings HeathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in developing integrated community equipment services.    (HL3707)

The Lord Hunt of Kings HeathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the review by Derek Wanless into prevention and the wider determinants of health will be open to public comment and engagement.    (HL3708)

The Lord Hunt of Kings HeathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which external organisations have been invited or commissioned to submit evidence to the Derek Wanless Review on prevention and the wider determinants of health.    (HL3709)

The Lord SwinfenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect genetically modified crops have on the supply of food to wildlife.    (HL3710)

The Lord SwinfenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are all the duties of the Lord Chancellor other than his Parliamentary and Governmental duties.    (HL3711)

The Lord McNallyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the more general criticisms made of the BBC coverage of the Iraq War made by Alistair Campbell represent Government policy.    (HL3712)

The Lord McNallyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Minister accepts overall responsibility for Alistair Campbell’s department.    (HL3713)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who took the decision to prosecute the former Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, Lord Condon, and his successor, Sir John Stevens, for breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.    (HL3714)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they were informed of (a) the possibility and (b) the intention to prosecute the former Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, Lord Condon, and his successor, Sir John Stevens, for breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974; and whether on any occasion the Government was invited to comment on or offered a comment on the possibility or intention to prosecute.    (HL3715)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total cost to the public purse of the prosecution of Lord Condon and Sir John Stevens for alleged breaches of health and safety legislation.    (HL3716)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the acquittal of Lord Condon and Sir John Stevens for alleged breaches of health and safety legislation, they regard it as a sensible use of the public purse for one public body to prosecute another after remedial notices have been complied with; and what benefits, if any, they see as flowing from this prosecution.    (HL3717)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to take forward the debate on the extent to which the requirements of health and safety legislation should be permitted to fetter the duty of police officers to preserve life.    (HL3718)

The Lord Baker of DorkingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to provide a dual carriageway on the A27 between Lewes and Polegate.    (HL3719)

The Lord Baker of DorkingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reduce congestion and delay on the A27 at Arundel.    (HL3720)

The Lord Baker of DorkingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to provide a northern bypass to Worthing on the A27.    (HL3721)

The Lord Baker of DorkingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the teaching grant paid to St George’s hospital medical school and to Queen Mary’s medical school in each of the last five years.    (HL3722)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the quality of water currently available for drinking in East Belfast; and, if not, what steps they are taking to improve the quality.    (HL3723)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they fund activities of GM Nation; and, if so, by how much per year.    (HL3724)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they have conducted consultation meetings about the future of genetically modified products.    (HL3725)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis persons were invited to a seminar held by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission on 26th June; and whether the invitation list can be placed in the Library of the House together with a list of those who attended.    (HL3726)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

[The date in square brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]

Waiting for Second Reading

    Greater London Authority Act 1999 (Repeal) [HL]

    House of Lords (Amendment) [HL]

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

    European Union (Accessions) [3rd July]

    Fireworks [4th July]

    Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Deceased Fathers) [4th July]

    National Lottery (Funding of Endowments) [11th July]

    Anti-social Behaviour [16th July]

Waiting for Commitment

    Patient (Assisted Dying) [HL]

Committed to a Grand Committee

    Extradition [1st July]

    Fire Services [3rd July]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

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

    Ministerial and other Salaries (Amendment) [HL]

    Prevention of Driving under the Influence of Drugs [HL]

    Sunday Working (Scotland) [1st July]

    Aviation (Offences) [2nd July]

    Marine Safety [1st July]

    Criminal Justice [7th July]

    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]

Re-committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Water [HL] [9th July]

Waiting for Report

    Communications [1st July]

    Local Government [10th July]

    Patients’ Protection [HL] [4th July]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Railways and Transport Safety [3rd July]

    Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (No. 2) (Money Bill—24th June) [3rd July]

    Co-operatives and Community Benefit Societies [3rd July]

    Hereford Markets [HL] [2nd July]

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] [3rd July]

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Clergy Discipline

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Port Waste Reception Facilities) Regulations 2003

    Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No. 2) Order 2003

    Draft Avian Influenza and Newcastle Disease (England and Wales) Order 2003

    Draft Social Security (Jobcentre Plus Interviews for Partners) Regulations 2003

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

    Draft Armed Forces (Review of Search and Seizure) 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

    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

    Draft Greater London Authority Elections (Election Addresses) Order 2003

    Draft Official Secrets Act 1989 (Prescription) (Amendment) Order 2003

    Draft National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) Regulations 2003

REGULATORY REFORM ORDERS IN PROGRESS

Reported following first-stage scrutiny by the Regulatory Reform Committee

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

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

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

TUESDAY 1ST JULY

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Economic Affairs (Select Committee)4.00 pm
Draft Corruption Bill (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
Administration and Works (Select Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 2ND JULY

Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
Constitution (Select Committee)4.00 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 3RD JULY

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
Committee of Selection4.15 pm
(Select Committee)in the Moses Room

MONDAY 7TH JULY

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

TUESDAY 8TH JULY

House Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 9TH JULY

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform (Select Committee)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee F)11.00 am

TUESDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER

Procedure of the House4.15 pm
(Select Committee)in the Moses Room
 
 
 
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