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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.

MONDAY 14TH JULY

At half-past two o’clock

Clerk of the Parliaments—Mr Paul David Grenville Hayter LVO will make the Declaration in the required form.

Clerk Assistant—The Lord Chancellor to move, That this House do approve the appointment by the Lord Chancellor, pursuant to the Clerk of the Parliaments Act 1824, of Mr Michael Graham Pownall to be Clerk Assistant of the House in place of Mr Paul David Grenville Hayter LVO appointed Clerk of the Parliaments.

Reading Clerk and Clerk of Outdoor Committees—The Lord Chancellor to move, That this House do approve the appointment by the Lord Chancellor, pursuant to the Clerk of the Parliaments Act 1824, of Mr David Richard Beamish as Reading Clerk and Clerk of Outdoor Committees of the House in place of Mr Michael Graham Pownall appointed Clerk Assistant.

*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 Dubs—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent report by the Institute of Civil Engineers regarding a future shortfall of energy in the United Kingdom.

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations they are having with the governments of France, Canada and the United States on arrangements for the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the landings by allied forces in Normandy in June 1944.

*The Lord Goodhart—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they believe that the disclosure of information relating to occasions on which Ministers have reported to their private secretaries potential conflicts of interest under the Ministerial Code of Conduct would be contrary to the public interest.

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

‡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.

In Committee Rooms 3A and 4B

At 3.30 pm

Fire Services Bill—Further consideration in Grand Committee [The Lord Rooker]

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.

*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce a bill to control high hedges.

*The Viscount Goschen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional support they would be able to give to Zimbabwe, in the event of a return to democracy in that country.

†*The Lord Plumb—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Libya, whether they have completed their contingency plans for dealing with the possible threat of its spread to the United Kingdom.

‡The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new help they are considering for service men and women with Gulf War illnesses.

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

WEDNESDAY 16TH JULY

*The Lord Clinton-Davis—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to improve the situation of those speech and language therapists who will suffer financially from the implementation of the Agenda for Change.

*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in protecting the marine environment.

*The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last conducted a survey of the national infrastructure; and whether they will consider the appointment of a Chief Government Engineer to ensure that there is a co-ordinated, long-term and sustainable approach to its renewal.

Local Government Bill—Further consideration on Report [The Lord Rooker] [23rd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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.

*The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made to secure a successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

*The Baroness Gale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the statement of the Chief Medical Officer in his Annual Report 2002 that the public sector, particularly central government departments and the health service, should take a lead and this year set dates by which their premises should become entirely smoke-free; and whether this should apply to the Parliamentary Estate.

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

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

FRIDAY 18TH JULY

[At eleven o’clock]

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

    In the event of the bill being read a second time, the Baroness Scotland of Asthal to move, That the bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

MONDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Warner]

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.

TUESDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER

Fireworks Bill—Committee [The Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale] [23rd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean—To move, That this House takes note of the draft Constitutional Treaty produced by the Convention on the Future of Europe.

WEDNESDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER

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

European Union (Accessions) Bill—Committee [The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean]

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]

FRIDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER

[At eleven o’clock]

Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Redesdale]

Sustainable Energy Bill—Second Reading [The Baroness Maddock]

Legal Deposit Libraries Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Tope]

MONDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER

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

THURSDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Criminal Justice 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.

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 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.

The Lord Scott of Foscote—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Report from the Select Committee on the European Union, If At First You Don’t Succeed...Takeover Bids Again (28th Report, HL Paper 128), whether they regard the proposed European Union Takeovers Directive as being, on balance, in the interests of the United Kingdom; and, if not, what changes they regard as necessary or desirable to the terms of the proposed Directive. [4th July]

The Lord Jopling—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on A Fractured Partnership? Relations Between the European Union and the United States of America (30th Report, HL Paper 134). [8th July]

The Baroness Harris of Richmond—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Proposals for a European Border Guard (29th Report, HL Paper 133). [10th July]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 11th July]

The Baroness Ramsay of CartvaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the Department of Health’s annual report for 2003.    (HL3960)

The Lord Livsey of TalgarthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what specific protection is given to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to prevent leisure developments from proceeding.    (HL3961)

The Lord Livsey of TalgarthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which bodies are responsible for protecting the special nature of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in—

        (a)  England; and

        (b)  Wales.  (HL3962)

The Lord Livsey of Talgarth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what planning processes would apply to the development of a new motor racing circuit within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.    (HL3963)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7th July (WA 3) concerning the Special European Union Programmes Body, on what basis was the proportionality of the payment for the administration budget for the two governments modified between 2000 and 2003; who approved the change; and what procedure was used.    (HL3964)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the creation of pension provision for staff of the Implementation Bodies set up after the Belfast Agreement of 1998; and what, if any, difficulties are still outstanding.    (HL3965)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many offices the Special European Union Programmes Body have; where they are located; how much each office cost to set up; and how much it costs to run each office.    (HL3966)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7th July (WA 3) concerning the Special European Union Programmes Body, why the budget was increased for 2003; whether a business case was submitted who approved it; and whether they will place a copy in the Library of the House.    (HL3967)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7th June (WA 3) concerning the Special European Union Programmes Body, whether the budget for 2000 was approved by the North South Ministerial Council; and if so, on what date.    (HL3968)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7th July (WA 3) concerning the Special European Union Programmes Body, whether a business case was submitted for the additional funding approved on 30th October 2001; if so, who approved it; and whether they will place a copy in the Library of the House.    (HL3969)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money has been allocated for Army recruits and their training in the financial year 2003-04; and how many people can be recruited.    (HL3970)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures or proposals are in place to accelerate medical consultations and operations for Her Majesty’s Armed Forces personnel.    (HL3971)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the working hours, unsocial hours and operational commitments of the Armed Forces, whether they will ensure the X factor is renewed by the Armed Forces Pay Review Body in its 2004 report.    (HL3972)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Challenger 2 tanks currently exist at the Royal Armoured Corps training establishments and at the British Army Training Unit Suffield; how many are in the armoured squadron at the School of Infantry, Warminster; and how many are in reserve.    (HL3973)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what further response there has been to the initiative for the recruitment of consultants of a £50,000 ’golden hello’ into the Defence Medical Services, introduced on 19th November 2002, since preliminary figures were disclosed on 12th February.    (HL3974)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what guarantees RO Defence Ltd have given to provide sufficient propellant whenever necessary, especially in time of operations; which firms currently make ammunition for the Armed Services; and whether propellant should be in this country prior to its use in the manufacture of ammunition.    (HL3975)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what statistics are maintained by police forces in England and Wales of criminal offences motivated by racial or religious hatred and homophobia; and whether convictions for offences aggravated by any of these factors are separately recorded for publication in national statistics.    (HL3976)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many offences were—

        (a)  reported to police forces in England and Wales; and

        (b)  prosecuted

    in 2002 for incitement to commit offences against persons identified by their sexual orientation.   (HL3977)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

11th JULY 2003

[Tabled on the dates shown]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

2nd June

The Lord Laird—To 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)

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 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)

10th June

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 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)

11th June

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 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)

16th June

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 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 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 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 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)

18th June

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 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 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)

19th June

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 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 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 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 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)

23rd June

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)

24th June

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 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 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 members of the armed forces since January 2003, and for each year for the past five years.    [MoD]    (HL3614)

25th 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 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)

26th June

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 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 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)

30th June

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.    [FCO]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [HO]    (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. [HO]    (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.    [HO]    (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”.    [HO]    (HL3695)

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.    [FCO]    (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.    [FCO]    (HL3702)

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.    [FCO]    (HL3704)

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.    [FCO]    (HL3706)

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.    [HMT]    (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.    [HMT]    (HL3709)

The Lord SwinfenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are all the duties of the Lord Chancellor other than his Parliamentary and Governmental duties.    [DfCA]    (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.    [MoD]    (HL3712)

The Lord McNallyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Minister accepts overall responsibility for Alistair Campbell’s department.    [CO]    (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. [DWP]    (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.    [DWP]    (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.    [DWP]    (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.    [DWP]    (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.    [DWP]    (HL3718)

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.    [NIO]    (HL3723)

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

1st July

The Lord Wade of ChorltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have consulted the Information Age Partnership about the recommendations in the Science and Technology Committee’s December 2002 Report, Chips for everything: Britain’s opportunities in a key global market, and, if so, when they did so and what practical actions have resulted.    [DTI]    (HL3732)

The Lord Hunt of Kings HeathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the model constitution in relation to governance structures for National Health Service Foundation Trusts.    [DoH]    (HL3736)

The Baroness Finlay of LlandaffTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will enable new United Kingdom graduates who have been unable to register with the Health Professions Council whilst the register has been closed from 27th June to 9th July to have immediate registration to allow them to take up employment as registered professionals after 9th July.    [DoH]    (HL3737)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the political and operational arrangements for the European Union military force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, what is their policy towards the respective responsibilities of the United Nations Security Councils and the European Council when intervention by European Union forces outside the European Union is being planned or undertaken.    [FCO]    (HL3738)

The Lord AcknerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which, defining each, of the Lord Chancellor’s functions relative to the administration of justice and in particular criminal justice do they propose to transfer to (a) the Home Office and (b) the Department for Constitutional Affairs.    [DfCA]    (HL3740)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which persons or organisations they have consulted about the provisions of clause 61 of the Anti-social Behaviour Bill.    [HO]    (HL3741)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 30th June (WA 54), whether they consider that it is their responsibility to plan the maximum desirable size of the prison population in England and Wales; and, if so, what do they consider is the maximum desirable size of the prison population in current circumstances.    [HO]    (HL3744)

The Lord Janner of BraunstoneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities there are in the United Kingdom.    [DoH]    (HL3745)

The Lord Janner of BraunstoneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities are living in residential care in the United Kingdom; what percentage of adults this represents; and how many public and how many private care homes are supporting them.    [DoH]    (HL3746)

The Lord Janner of BraunstoneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities are attending day services in the United Kingdom; what percentage of adults this represents; and how many day centres are supporting them.    [DoH]    (HL3747)

The Lord Janner of BraunstoneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many day services which are not based in day centres are supporting adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities in the United Kingdom.    [DoH]    (HL3748)

The Lord Janner of BraunstoneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff are supporting adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities in residential care in the United Kingdom.    [DoH]    (HL3749)

The Lord Janner of BraunstoneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff are supporting adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities in day services in the United Kingdom.    [DoH]    (HL3750)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are willing to permit the public to express views during the consultation period for the White Paper on Civil Partnership: a framework for the legal recognition of same-sex couples, on their decision to exclude opposite sex couples from the benefits of the scheme.    [DTI]    (HL3751)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the justification for proposing to treat opposite sex cohabitants less favourably than same sex cohabitants as regards claims for financial loss under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 and fatal injury applications under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.    [DTI]    (HL3752)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what solution they propose for opposite-sex couples who choose not to marry and are vulnerable in the way described in paragraph 2.8 of the White Paper on Civil Partnership.    [DTI]    (HL3753)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their view that an increase in the number of black, Asian and female persons and persons of different sexual orientation would improve the overall quality of the judiciary.    [DfCA]    (HL3754)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have died since 1963 in England and Wales at the hands of persons previously convicted of homicide.    [HO]    (HL3755)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering devolving extra powers and duties to Belfast City Council and other local authorities which have demonstrated their capacity to share power.    [NIO]    (HL3756)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are making representations to the government of Indonesia about the recent use of 36 Scorpion armoured vehicles (supplied by the United Kingdom) for purposes of internal repression in Aceh, Indonesia.    [FCO]    (HL3757)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure in Iraq that British forces searching private or religious premises are always accompanied by an interpreter.    [MoD]    (HL3758)

2nd July

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many oil wells, refineries and related facilities are now functioning in Iraq; whether Iraq is now self-sufficient in petroleum products; and when they expect it to be producing for export.    [FCO]    (HL3768)

The Baroness GoldingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions there have been under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 2000 relating to the prohibition of the release of non-native species of animals; and what were the animals to which the prosecutions referred.    [DEFRA]    (HL3773)

The Lord Lea of CrondallTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current obligations in United Kingdom law arising from European Union Directive 80/987 in regard to the rights of employees for occupational pension benefits in bankrupt companies.    [DWP]    (HL3774)

The Lord HigginsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 24th June (WA 13)—

        (a)  for what reason the cost of liabilities for the Pensions Protection Fund was taken as being less than the full insurance buyout cost;

        (b)  what was the ratio of the full buyout cost to the MFR for the sample examined;

        (c)  whether the benefits costed included a full allowance for pensions to increase in accordance with the normal rules of the scheme; and

        (d)  whether any allowance was made for there to be a correlation between the size of a pension deficit and the probability of the insolvency of the sponsoring company. [DWP]   (HL3776)

The Lord Lucas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the research papers on which were based the views about the different performance prospects of poor and rich children in The Guardian on 22nd January, which were said to be related to remarks by a Minister in the Department for Education and Skills. [DfES]    (HL3779)

The Lord PalmerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual revenue from speed cameras in the United Kingdom; and who receives this revenue.    [DfCA]    (HL3781)

The Earl PeelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discretion they have secured under reform to the Common Agricultural Policy to introduce regulations on the Single Farm Payment (SFP) to deal with the problem that SFP may be stripped from land by outgoers.    [DEFRA]    (HL3782)

The Earl PeelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what researchers have advised, and what representations they have received about, on potential problems with regard to environmental degradation and new lettings, arising from transferability of Single Farm Payment without land.    [DEFRA]    (HL3783)

The Earl PeelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of their objective for the Tenancy Reform Industry Group “to maintain the area of let land”, they will consider Regulations to ensure that transferability of Single Farm Payment without land is managed in a way that is equitable as between the owner and the tenant.    [DEFRA]    (HL3784)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 1st July (WA 76), which body or individual will be responsible for the appointment of members of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. [DfCA]    (HL3785)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 2nd July (HL3441), whether they consider that the Race Directive (Council Directive 2000/43/EC) was intended to give effect to the universal right to equality before the law for all persons, including persons discriminated against on the basis of their colour; and, if not, why not.    [HO]    (HL3786)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans the Northern Ireland Department for Education currently has to support children who are dyslexic.    [NIO]    (HL3787)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans the Northern Ireland Department of Education currently has to support children who are dyspraxic.    [NIO]    (HL3788)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the number of Government employees in County Fermanagh.    [NIO]    (HL3791)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 30th June (WA 53) concerning the North South Ministerial Council, why the political parties in Northern Ireland were not consulted; and whether that is consistent with the Belfast Agreement.    [NIO]    (HL3792)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving to the call from the Broadband Stakeholder Group that more spectrum, specifically frequencies at 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz and above, should be released for the purposes of establishing wireless broadband services.    [DTI]    (HL3796)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they respond to the 2003 IDC/World Times Information Society Index indicating that the United Kingdom has slipped out of the ten top-performing countries from its seventh place of last year.    [DTI]    (HL3797)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Amos on 8th April (WA 19), whether they have asked the United States authorities to give the Government access to all the facts of the nine individual cases of the British subjects held at Guantanamo Bay, which are necessary to determine their status; and, if not, why not.    [FCO]    (HL3798)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Amos on 28th April (WA 61), what is the current response of the United States authorities to the Government continuing pressure on them to make decisions on the future of the British detainees at Guantanamo Bay; and for how long the Government are prepared to tolerate their detention without trial.    [FCO]    (HL3799)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in their view, the national security of either the United States or the United Kingdom would be put at risk if the nine British subjects held at Guantanamo Bay were now to be transferred to United Kingdom custody.    [FCO]    (HL3800)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 30th June (WA 63), whether they will list the countries and the number of nationals from countries other than Iraq.    [MoD]    (HL3801)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people, other than prisoners of war, have been captured by British forces in Iraq and are still being held by them.    [MoD]    (HL3803)

3rd July

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will enforce the law if attempts are made to use the eggs of aborted unborn babies in fertility treatments. [DoH]    (HL3810)

The Earl of ShrewsburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide a detailed breakdown of the numbers and types of illegally held firearms handed in during the recent firearms amnesty.    [HO]    (HL3811)

The Lord Norton of LouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the dates on which final lists of Ministerial responsibilities were published by each of the Departments affected by the Ministerial changes announced on 12th and 13th June.    [CO]    (HL3812)

The Lord Thomas of MacclesfieldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are giving to the Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre in Manchester; and whether they have any plans to increase their support.    [DoH]    (HL3813)

The Lord ColwynTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations have taken place with primary care trusts, voluntary-aided organisations and charities, following the closure of the bidding on the contract for digital television access to NHS Direct, to ensure best value, best practice and that the potential of emerging technology is exploited for real operational use.    [DoH]    (HL3814)

The Lord OuseleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the exclusion of protection against discrimination on the grounds of skin colour in the Race Relations Act 1976 (Amendment) Regulations 2003 is in accordance with the non-regression principles as set out in the European Union Race Directive, in so far as existing race relations legislation provides protection against colour discrimination whereas the Regulations do not.    [HO]    (HL3815)

The Lord Mackenzie of CulkeinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made towards the incorporation of biometric identification into British passports.    [HO]    (HL3818)

The Lord Mackenzie of CulkeinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to introduce iris, fingerprint and facial recognition systems at British airports.    [HO]    (HL3819)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the victims of age discrimination in the fields of education, housing, the provision of goods, facilities and services to the public, and public sector provision, should be given equal legal protection to that enjoyed by the victims of sex and race discrimination; and, if not, why not.    [DTI]    (HL3820)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to paragraph 4.21 of Civil Partnership: A framework for the legal recognition of same-sex couples, whether they will ensure that same-sex marriages lawfully entered into in Canada and elsewhere, are recognised in England and Wales; and, if not, why not.    [DTI]    (HL3823)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is now responsible for (a) the appointment of Lords of Appeal in Ordinary; and (b) the appointment of judges in England and Wales.    [DfCA]    (HL3824)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 11th June (WA 44) which indicated that the Ulster Scots Agency was not informed about a proposed change in its budget by the Department of Community, Rural and Gaelacht Affairs, why the Answer of 12th May (WA 1) indicated that it was so informed by that Department.    [NIO]    (HL3825)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 11th June (WA 45) concerning the budgets of Implementation Bodies, on what date and in what form were the special advisers in the office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister consulted about the proposed cut in the Language Body’s budget. [NIO]    (HL3826)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 17th June (WA 88) concerning PEACE II implementing bodies, which are the 47 bodies; on what basis they are selected; and by whom.    [NIO]    (HL3827)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 11th June (WA 43) concerning the North South Implementation Bodies, how long they can continue to exist under the Belfast Agreement without the existence of a Northern Ireland Assembly.    [NIO]    (HL3828)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 11th June (WA 44) concerning the North South Language Body, whether the “Financial Memorandum” referred to applies in the Irish Republic.    [NIO]    (HL3829)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 26th June (WA 31) concerning sewerage arrangements in Portrush, whether they will ensure that the new process to be installed next year is of the tertiary treatment type.    [NIO]    (HL3830)

The Lord Renfrew of KaimsthornTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent they are aware of the continuing and systematic looting of archaeological sites in Southern Iraq, such as Umn al Akareb (ancient Umma); and what steps coalition forces are taking to diminish this systematic destruction of Iraq’s cultural heritage.    [FCO]    (HL3831)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with Ayatollah Ali Sistani’s proposal that the Iraqi constitutional assembly should be elected, and that its recommendations should be put to the Iraqi people for their approval in a referendum; and, if so, what arrangements they will seek to make for this purpose.    [FCO]    (HL3833)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will accept the advice of the British Medical Association to ban the advertising of alcohol.    [DoH]    (HL3834)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the Disabled Facilities Grant is extended to people who live on Gipsy sites run by local authorities or registered social landlords, and not only to those who live in “qualifying park homes”.    [ODPM]    (HL3835)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they are making, together with the United States, to establish the numbers and, where possible, the identities of Iraq’s military personnel who fell in the most recent war so that they can be properly commemorated; and what arrangements they are similarly making, for welfare reasons, to establish the numbers and identities of the wounded; and how soon they expect this work to be completed.    [MoD]    (HL3838)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to the most recent war in Iraq, what arrangements they are making, together with the United States, to establish how many civilians were killed; how many civilians were wounded as the result of the employment of cluster bombs; how many civilians have been killed and how many civilians have been wounded by the denotation of unexploded cluster bombs; and how many unexploded cluster bombs and bomblets have so far been rendered safe since the end of the war.    [MoD]    (HL3839)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 30th June (WA 62-63), whether the Answer indicates that they do not know whether there is any correlation between increased effort in actively seeking work and increased success in obtaining employment.    [DWP]    (HL3841)

4th July

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to ensure that British citizens detained by the United States are not tried before special military tribunals.    [FCO]    (HL3844)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the judicial and administrative authorities of the United Kingdom will be entitled to refuse to sanction the extradition of individuals to the United States, under the new United States-United Kingdom Extradition Treaty, in the event that extradition would be incompatible with United Kingdom constitutional principles or with the rights protected by the European Convention on Human Rights, or the common law.    [FCO]    (HL3845)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in their discussions with the Irish government the issue of human rights protection as required in the Belfast Agreement of 1998 has been discussed; and, if so, what is the response.    [NIO]    (HL3846)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Privy Seal on 3rd June (WA 138-139) and the Lord President on 30th June (WA 52) concerning proportionality of funding for 2003, whether the procedure followed was that set out on 5th December 2002 and entitled Ministerial Decision-Making Interim Procedures; and whether it was consistent with the letter from the Northern Ireland Secretary of State to David Trimble MP of 19th December 2002 and with the Written Answer of the Lord Privy Seal on 14th January (WA 28); and, if so, on what date were the working party meeting and the consultations on the cross-community basis and with the Ulster Scots Agency.    [NIO]    (HL3847)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Privy Seal on 14th January (WA 28) and the Lord President on 30th June (WA 53) concerning the North South Ministerial Council, whether they can demonstrate that all decisions of the council since 15th October 2002 have been consistent with the assurance given in the answers.    [NIO]    (HL3848)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reduce smoking in public places in Northern Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL3849)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any encouragement will be given to local government councils in Northern Ireland to take action against those who sell tobacco products to minors and what action will be taken against those councils who decline to undertake such tasks.    [NIO]    (HL3850)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 25th June (WA 20), whether the North South Ministerial Council’s decision of 19th May concerning staff remuneration of the Language Implementation Body was taken in line with procedures issued on 5th December 2002 entitled Ministerial Decision-Making Interim Procedures.    [NIO]    (HL3851)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to which government department are fees imposed under the Competition Commission (Penalties) Order 2003 payable.    [DTI]    (HL3852)

7th July

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that no-one is extradited from the United Kingdom to the United States, or any place over which the United States exercises effective control, under the new bilateral and European Extradition Treaties with the United States, to face a trial before a special Military Commission or other court or tribunal that does not comply with the requirements of fairness contained in the European Convention on Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.    [HO]    (HL3858)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to amend the Race Directive so as to ensure that it contains express language defining racial discrimination to include discrimination based on colour.    [HO]    (HL3859)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that a Minister of the Crown, civil servant, or special adviser has been wrongfully defamed in their governing reputation by the BBC in its coverage of the Iraq war and its aftermath; and, if so, whether they have any intention to bring civil proceedings for libel.    [CO]    (HL3860)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the existing chaplaincy arrangements for all faiths at Immigration Detention Centres; and whether there are plans for any improvements.    [HO]    (HL3861)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what agricultural commodities have been exported by the European Union to the Republic of Moldova in each of the last three years with the benefit of subsidy under the Common Agricultural Policy; and what was the quantity of each such product and the net price in Moldova.    [DEFRA]    (HL3862)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what solutions the Water Service for Northern Ireland have considered for the problem of unstable and faulty manhole covers on the Province’s road system; and when any such solutions will be implemented.    [NIO]    (HL3863)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what areas of Northern Ireland have been given Targeting Social Need status; what are the criteria for selection; who makes the selection; and what the benefits are for such areas.    [NIO]    (HL3864)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis money was allocated by the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure to the production of a DVD entitled “Rhyming Round Belfast”; how the professional participants in the DVD were selected; on what basis; and by whom.    [NIO]    (HL3865)

The Lord OuseleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the proposed Equality Commission to become operational; and whether there will be an accompanying single Equality Bill.    [DTI]    (HL3866)

The Lord OuseleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Departments of State have faith advisers or units.    [CO]    (HL3867)

The Lord OuseleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to implement their strategy to combat religious discrimination.    [HO]    (HL3868)

The Lord OuseleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the estimated cost of the Commission for Racial Equality’s Formal Investigation into H M Prison Service at £1.5 million represents value for money; and what benefits they expect from such expenditure.    [HO]    (HL3869)

The Lord OuseleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Departments of State have failed to reach their employment targets for minority ethnic staff and women at senior levels of the civil service; and what new measures are proposed to remedy any failings.    [CO]    (HL3870)

The Lord OuseleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what minority ethnic staff networks exist in different Departments of State; what financial support is given to each; and what benefits have accrued to date.    [CO]    (HL3871)

The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to assist in the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 in areas of conflict.    [FCO]    (HL3872)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will arrange a Ministerial visit to the Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre in view of its role in cancer treatment and the investigation of brain disorders.    [DoH]    (HL3873)

The Lord BlakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the current situation in Zimbabwe is one of peace and security in the sense in which those terms were used by the G8 nations in regard to Africa in the recent G8 summit at Evian.    [DfID]    (HL3874)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have received from (a) the Indonesian authorities and (b) non-governmental organisations, about the number of civilians missing and killed in Aceh since the introduction of martial law on 19th May; and what additional steps they will now take, in conjunction with the United Kingdom’s partners in the European Union and the United Nations Security Council, for the restoration of the Cessation of Hostilities and a resumption of negotiations for a political solution of the problem of the territory’s constitutional status.    [FCO]    (HL3875)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the proposal by the United Nations Secretary-General that the strength of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) should be increased to 11,000 troops, and that an arms embargo be imposed on Ituri and the Kivus; and why the mandate of MONUC was extended only to 30th July, when the Secretary-General had asked for it to continue until June 2004.    [FCO]    (HL3876)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will collect and publish statistics of the number of licensed premises and their aggregate capacity, the number of offences of violence against the person and the number of calls to the ambulance service, for every area in which corresponding figures are available in England and Wales, so that licensing authorities can pay regard to this evidence in carrying out their duty to promote the prevention of crime and disorder under section 4 of the Licensing Act 2003.    [DCMS]    (HL3877)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the replies by the Baroness Ashton of Upholland (HL Deb, 2nd July, col. 876), under what circumstances something that has been proved to be false can be considered also to be accurate.    [DfES]    (HL3878)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether people, particularly pensioners, who wish to collect their pensions or other benefits in cash from their local post office will continue to be able to do so.    [DWP]    (HL3879)

8th July

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take action to secure a timetable whereby the Hong Kong Legislative Council would move first to popular election of a majority of members and then to full election.    [FCO]    (HL3885)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will use their best endeavours to secure the re-opening of Gaza Airport to international flights.    [FCO]    (HL3886)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the imported content of plywood used in the United Kingdom over the last five years; whether some grades are being made from home-grown timber or from a mixture of home-grown and imported; and whether they consider that plywood should be developed as an outlet for British timber. [DEFRA]    (HL3887)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether greater use could be made of home-grown timber in the production of wooden flooring; and, if so, what action they will take.    [DEFRA]    (HL3888)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask all members of the Quartet to contribute financially to groups in religious, Parliamentary and business life able to support the negotiations required by the Road Map and the wider Middle-East Peace Process, for example the Permanent Committee for the Implementation of the Alexandria Declaration.    [FCO]    (HL3889)

The Lord OuseleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many compliance notices have been issued by the Commission for Racial Equality to public bodies which are not meeting their statutory duty under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 to eliminate unlawful racial discrimination and promote equality of opportunity and good race relations between people of different racial groups.    [HO]    (HL3890)

The Lord OuseleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the progress being made by public bodies to comply with the requirements of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 is satisfactory; and what steps they propose to take with regard to those public bodies which did not produce policies and schemes as required by 31st May 2002, and still continue to disregard their statutory duty.    [HO]    (HL3891)

The Lord OuseleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect institutional racism to have been eliminated from the policies and practices of public bodies; and what involvement the victims of discrimination will have in the evaluation processes.    [HO]    (HL3892)

The Lord OuseleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they monitor the equality outcomes of any procurement compliance policies and practices of approved contractors and suppliers; and, if so, what benefits they can point to.    [CO]    (HL3893)

The Lord QuirkTo ask Her Majesty’s Government with respect to each of the following in England and Wales—

        (a)  comprehensive schools;

        (b)  secondary modern schools;

        (c)  grammar schools;

        (d)  independent schools;

        (e)  sixth-form colleges; and

        (f)  further education colleges

what is the percentage (and what is the total number) of post-16 full time students attending.    [DfES]    (HL3894)

The Lord QuirkTo ask Her Majesty’s Government with respect to each of the following in England and Wales—

        (a)  comprehensive schools;

        (b)  secondary modern schools;

        (c)  grammar schools;

        (d)  independent schools;

        (e)  sixth-form colleges; and

        (f)  further education colleges

what is the percentage (and what is the total number) of students gaining three A grades at A level.    [DfES]    (HL3895)

The Lord QuirkTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of undergraduate students at—

        (i)  Oxford and Cambridge; and

        (ii)  the “Russell Group” of universities

came from each of the following in England and Wales—

        (a)  comprehensive schools;

        (b)  secondary modern schools;

        (c)  grammar schools;

        (d)  independent schools;

        (e)  sixth-form colleges; and

        (f)  further education colleges.    [DfES]  (HL3896)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they reconcile their opposition to the legalisation of euthanasia with their decision to adopt a neutral position on the Patient (Assisted Dying) Bill.    [DoH]    (HL3897)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the abortions of girls under 16 years of age have led to criminal prosecution of those individuals responsible for making these girls pregnant in the last five years for which statistics are available. [DoH]    (HL3898)

The Lord CarterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 22nd May (WA 107), what are the “greater environmental benefits” of bioethanol produced from lignocellulosic feedstocks.    [DfT]    (HL3899)

The Lord CarterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with companies which have the resources to produce in the United Kingdom the amounts of biofuels necessary to meet the European Union guidelines for 2005 and 2010.    [DfT]    (HL3900)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 7th July (WA 1), why it is more appropriate to keep responsibility for the content of the criminal law with the Home Secretary rather than with a Minister of Justice with responsibility for the whole of English law, criminal as well as civil.    [DfCA]    (HL3901)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what mechanisms are available for Members of both Houses, residents’ associations and other interested parties not represented on the Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s Advisory Group to make comments on the latest version of the Draft Guidance on the Licensing Bill.    [DCMS]    (HL3902)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of the Home Office’s decision to pilot the collection of biometric data from Sri Lankan nationals applying for United Kingdom visas, how and where the data so collected will be stored; and how access to the data by the police and other law enforcement agencies, whether United Kingdom-based or not, will be administered.    [HO]    (HL3904)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis they estimate that there would be a £39 charge for the issue of proposed identity cards containing biometric data; and whether it includes an allowance for the cost of appropriate infrastructure, card readers, and associated hardware.    [HO]    (HL3905)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Filkin on 26th June (WA 36), what are the range of factors and circumstances in which they believe it is appropriate for a referendum to be called.    [DfCA]    (HL3906)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision they have made for members of the Northern Ireland civil service, who have a hidden disability such as dyslexia or dyspraxia, in promotion boards and similar procedures.    [NIO]    (HL3907)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they make for candidates for entrance into the Northern Ireland civil service who may be dyslexic or dyspraxic or have another hidden disability.    [NIO]    (HL3908)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7th July (WA 5) concerning the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, what the Board has done to exploit opportunities which are unique to Northern Ireland and to develop a visitor experience that is based on the region’s culture and natural attributes as regards Ulster Scots.    [NIO]    (HL3909)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7th July (WA 6), what part funding the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has provided to groups for events and projects which could benefit tourism on the north coast of County Antrim.    [NIO]    (HL3910)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7th July (WA 3) concerning the funding of North South Implementation Bodies, what is meant by “a standard arrangement which has already been agreed in respect of other North South Bodies”; who this was agreed by; and why the agreement covers the North South Language Body.    [NIO]    (HL3911)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7th July (WA 6) concerning the Ulster Scots Agency, whether they can confirm that no action was taken by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure concerning movement of funds from one financial year to the next as a result of the minutes of 2nd November 2001 of the Ulster Scots Agency.    [NIO]    (HL3912)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 12th June (WA 62), whether the details of the upgrade are confidential between the United States and the United Kingdom governments; and how any necessary planning permissions will be obtained, given that they should be subject to public consultation.    [MoD]    (HL3913)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they have issued with regard to the notification of tuberculosis in wild animals, especially deer; and, if none, whether they intend to issue such guidance.    [DEFRA]    (HL3914)

9th July

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have requested the United States government to transfer the British citizens detained at Guantanamo Bay into British custody; if so, what was the United States reply; what reasons were given for it; and, if Her Majesty’s Government has not made such a request, why not.    [FCO]    (HL3918)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 8th July (WA 32), whether they will place in the Library of the House the papers documenting the “arrangement” between the United States in relation to captured persons.    [MoD]    (HL3919)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have requested or intend to request the United States government to extradite British citizens detained in Guantanamo Bay to face trial in this country for terrorist or other serious criminal offences; and, if not, why not.    [FCO]    (HL3920)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United States has provided them with evidence indicating that British citizens detained in Guantanamo Bay have committed terrorist or other serious criminal offences.    [FCO]    (HL3921)

The Lord SkidelskyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many candidates sat examinations in Russian at GCSE and A level respectively in each year since 1990.    [DfES]    (HL3922)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 8th July (HL Deb, col. 134), under what legal code the police and judicial system in Iraq are operating.    [FCO]    (HL3923)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans there are to restrict the movement, sale, and export of cuprous scrap within and from Iraq in order to reduce the looting and damage to publicly owned electrical installations.    [FCO]    (HL3924)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the first order for refrigerated containers for British military use in Iraq on operation TELIC was placed; whether it was fulfilled; and, if not, why not.    [MoD]    (HL3925)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7th July (WA 4) concerning the budget of the Language Implementation Body, why consideration was not given to changing the proportionality of the two governments’ input into the budgets for 2003, 2004 and 2005.    [NIO]    (HL3926)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7th July (WA 3) concerning the budgets for the North South Implementation Bodies, whether it is possible to move funds from one financial year to the next.    [NIO]    (HL3927)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7th July (WA 3) concerning the European Union Special Programmes body, on what dates the budgets for 2001 and 2002 were approved by the North South Ministerial Council; and whether the budget for 2003 was approved using the procedure of 5th December 2002.    [NIO]    (HL3928)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the current waiting time for an MOT at the Belfast centre is almost two months; and, if so, what steps they are taking to change this state of affairs as a matter of urgency.    [NIO]    (HL3929)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make available on a website and in the Library of the House the minutes of the Foyle Carlingford and Irish Lights Implementation Body.    [NIO]    (HL3930)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why it was considered necessary to provide cars for two of the chief executives of Cross Border Implementation Bodies and not the other chief executive.    [NIO]    (HL3931)

The Baroness Harris of RichmondTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the expiry of the deadline for implementation of European Union Directive 2001/55 on Temporary Protection in the event of a mass influx of displaced persons in December 2002, what steps have been taken to implement this Directive in the United Kingdom.    [HO]    (HL3932)

10th July

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will obtain and publish, in relation to the British citizens facing the possibility of trials before Military Commissions in Guantanamo, copies of—

        (a)  President Bush’s Military Order of November 2001 authorising trials outside the normal federal and military courts;

        (b)  the Military Commission Order of March 2002;

        (c)  the eight Military Commission Instructions issued by the United States Defense Department on 30th April 2003; and

        (d)  the Defense Department’s announcement made in May 2003 of the appointment of officials who will administer the Military Commissions.    [FCO]  (HL3933)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is the case that, under the rules published by the United States government for the trial by Military Commissions of British citizens and others held at Guantanamo—

        (a)  the Military Commissions structure and composition will be under the complete control of the President with no appeal to any civil court;

        (b)  the jurisdiction of the Military Commissions will cover areas not previously subject to military law or military courts;

        (c)  Military Commission trials may take place wholly in secret; and

        (d)  a guilty verdict for capital and other offences may be made by a two-thirds vote of Commission members.    [FCO]   (HL3934)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is the case that, under the rules published by the United States government for the trial by Military Commissions of British citizens and others held at Guantanamo—

        (a)  defendants will be denied a legal remedy for violation of any procedural or other protections in the Military Commission Instructions that might benefit them;

        (b)  Military Commission defendants may be represented without their consent by Military Commission lawyers assigned to them;

        (c)  as regards civilian defence lawyers, unless a defendant or his family or friends can provide funding, civilian defence lawyers will have to pay for their own security clearance investigations and all personal and case-related expenses, and will largely confined to the premises of Military Commission proceedings;

        (d)  communications between defendants and their lawyers may be monitored by the Defense Department;

        (e)  potentially exculpatory information may be withheld from military defence counsel if the prosecution does not intend to introduce such evidence at trial.    [FCO]   (HL3935)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, as regards the investigation by the Ombudsman into complaint A33/02 (under the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information) concerning the denial of information about the development of policy leading up to the Human Rights Act 1998, what were the reasons for the issue of a certificate by the Cabinet Secretary under the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 preventing the Ombudsman from having access to the information in suitably redacted form relating references to the views of particular Ministers or of Ministers collectively, so as to enable the Ombudsman to complete her investigation into the complaint.    [CO]    (HL3936)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  whether they have assessed the number of patients who have come to rely on electronic transmission of prescriptions in the Electronic Transmission of Prescriptions pilots now being terminated;

        (b)  what timeframes are being agreed for ceasing electronic prescriptions;

        (c)  what the costs would be for extending the pilots until a “sustainable, national prescription service” can be developed by the National Programme for National Health Service Information; and

        (d)  what their estimated timescale is for the development of electronic transmission of prescriptions nationwide.    [DoH]  (HL3937)

The Lord Elton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 8th July (WA 21), whether they will list individually the “wide range of powers, duties and privileges which have been conferred over time” on the Lord Chancellor and the means by which each can be alienated from the holder of that office.    [DfCA]    (HL3938)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 8th July (WA 21), whether, if the word “important” were deleted from the sentence “None of the important powers, duties or privileges of the Lord Chancellor has been alienated since 30th January”, the statement would still be true.    [DfCA]    (HL3939)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement on transport investment by the Secretary of State for Transport on 9th July (HC Deb, col. 1175), what is the congestion category attributed to the following motorway sections in the Strategic Rail Authority’s Sensitive Lorry Miles; results of analysis, May 2003 and accompanying documentation—

        (a)  M11, junctions 8-9;

        (b)  M1 from M25 to Milton Keynes;

        (c)  M1, M62, A1(M) and M18 in South and West Yorkshire; and

        (d)  M25 three lane sections.    [DfT]  (HL3940)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they can confirm that $4 billion, arising from the oil-for-food programme and earmarked for the benefit of the Kurdish Autonomous Region of Iraq, is now held in a United Nations controlled French bank account; and, if this is true or partly true, whether they will seek the immediate release of the money for the purpose for which it was intended.    [FCO]    (HL3941)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have reason to believe that elements of Turkish military forces, other than the men arrested in Sulaimaniya and since released, are still in Northern Iraq; and, if so, whether they will seek their immediate removal, whether through NATO or otherwise.    [FCO]    (HL3942)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  what action they or their allies took in Iraq before the outbreak of war to incapacitate all known scud missiles, similar weapons or other weapons of mass destruction;

        (b)  how successful this action proved to be;

        (c)  how many such weapons were incapacitated;

        (d)  how many such weapons remained operational; and

        (e)  by what date such action was completed.    [MoD]  (HL3943)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether British farmers could be sued or prosecuted for having, without intent, genetically modified plants among their crops, as is the case in Canada; and, if so, what steps they intend to take to prevent this.    [DEFRA]    (HL3944)

The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 23rd June (WA 5), why the annual salary cost of the 800 economists employed by the Government Economic Services is not held centrally.    [HMT]    (HL3945)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  what proportion by value of the work contracted to Capita Hartshead by the Criminal Records Bureau is undertaken in the United Kingdom; and

        (b)  what is the total annual value of contracts between the Criminal Records Bureau and Capita Hartshead.    [HO]  (HL3946)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  what proportion of prisoners’ complaints about racist incidents are upheld;

        (b)  how many prison staff have been dismissed since April 2002 as a result of findings of racial discrimination or harassment at employment tribunals;

        (c)  what systems exist in the Prison Service for staff and prisoners to report racist incidents to third parties; and

        (d)  what figures are available on re-calls to prison for breaches of parole, broken down by ethnic group.    [HO]  (HL3947)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they can confirm reports of the whereabouts of Kuwaiti prisoners of war and other persons missing since the Gulf war; and what action they are taking.    [FCO]    (HL3949)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost of United Kingdom personnel who are continuing the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq; and how this compares with the cost of personnel engaged in reconstruction.    [MoD]    (HL3950)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government under the terms of the Road Map, what share of the cost of reconstruction of Palestinian property and infrastructure demolished by Israel defence forces will be borne by the government of Israel.    [FCO]    (HL3951)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what contribution they are making to recruitment and training of soldiers for the new Afghan army; under what timetable; and with what results.    [MoD]    (HL3952)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Afghan refugees in the United Kingdom have been resettled in Afghanistan since 2001; how many have been sent back forcibly; and how many have returned to the United Kingdom.    [HO]    (HL3953)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that consumer goods that comply with the European Union directive on medical devices are also subject to the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1998.    [DTI]    (HL3954)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 8th July (WA 24) concerning the Belfast Education and Library Board, in view of the large Ulster Scots community in Belfast and the requirement in the Belfast Agreement for parity of esteem, why the Board has no plans to form connections with Scotland.    [NIO]    (HL3955)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 8th July (WA 25) concerning the Northern Ireland Department of Education, what steps they have taken to encourage schools to introduce aspects of the Ulster Scots language, literature and culture as part of the Cultural Heritage and Education for Mutual Understanding.    [NIO]    (HL3956)

The Lord LaidTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 8th July (WA 23), whether all papers concerning decisions of the North South Ministerial Council, including minutes of meeting and memoranda, were placed in the Library of the House, as requested.    [NIO]    (HL3957)

The Lord LaidTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 8th July (WA 24) concerning a DVD entitled “Rhyming Round Belfast”, whether a business case was presented to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure for the DVD’s funding; if so, for how much; and how long it took to process.    [NIO]    (HL3958)

11th July

The Baroness Ramsay of CartvaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the Department of Health’s annual report for 2003.    (HL3960)

The Lord Livsey of TalgarthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what specific protection is given to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to prevent leisure developments from proceeding.    (HL3961)

The Lord Livsey of TalgarthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which bodies are responsible for protecting the special nature of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in—

        (a)  England; and

        (b)  Wales.  (HL3962)

The Lord Livsey of Talgarth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what planning processes would apply to the development of a new motor racing circuit within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.    (HL3963)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7th July (WA 3) concerning the Special European Union Programmes Body, on what basis was the proportionality of the payment for the administration budget for the two governments modified between 2000 and 2003; who approved the change; and what procedure was used.    (HL3964)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the creation of pension provision for staff of the Implementation Bodies set up after the Belfast Agreement of 1998; and what, if any, difficulties are still outstanding.    (HL3965)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many offices the Special European Union Programmes Body have; where they are located; how much each office cost to set up; and how much it costs to run each office.    (HL3966)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7th July (WA 3) concerning the Special European Union Programmes Body, why the budget was increased for 2003; whether a business case was submitted who approved it; and whether they will place a copy in the Library of the House.    (HL3967)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7th June (WA 3) concerning the Special European Union Programmes Body, whether the budget for 2000 was approved by the North South Ministerial Council; and if so, on what date.    (HL3968)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7th July (WA 3) concerning the Special European Union Programmes Body, whether a business case was submitted for the additional funding approved on 30th October 2001; if so, who approved it; and whether they will place a copy in the Library of the House.    (HL3969)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money has been allocated for Army recruits and their training in the financial year 2003-04; and how many people can be recruited.    (HL3970)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures or proposals are in place to accelerate medical consultations and operations for Her Majesty’s Armed Forces personnel.    (HL3971)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the working hours, unsocial hours and operational commitments of the Armed Forces, whether they will ensure the X factor is renewed by the Armed Forces Pay Review Body in its 2004 report.    (HL3972)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Challenger 2 tanks currently exist at the Royal Armoured Corps training establishments and at the British Army Training Unit Suffield; how many are in the armoured squadron at the School of Infantry, Warminster; and how many are in reserve.    (HL3973)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what further response there has been to the initiative for the recruitment of consultants of a £50,000 ’golden hello’ into the Defence Medical Services, introduced on 19th November 2002, since preliminary figures were disclosed on 12th February.    (HL3974)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what guarantees RO Defence Ltd have given to provide sufficient propellant whenever necessary, especially in time of operations; which firms currently make ammunition for the Armed Services; and whether propellant should be in this country prior to its use in the manufacture of ammunition.    (HL3975)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what statistics are maintained by police forces in England and Wales of criminal offences motivated by racial or religious hatred and homophobia; and whether convictions for offences aggravated by any of these factors are separately recorded for publication in national statistics.    (HL3976)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many offences were—

        (a)  reported to police forces in England and Wales; and

        (b)  prosecuted

    in 2002 for incitement to commit offences against persons identified by their sexual orientation.  (HL3977)

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]

    Anti-social Behaviour [18th July]

    Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) [12th September]

    Legal Deposit Libraries [12th September]

    Sustainable Energy [12th September]

    Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) [8th September]

    Hunting

Waiting for Commitment

    Patient (Assisted Dying) [HL]

    Taxation (Information) [HL]

Committed to a Grand Committee

    Extradition [10th September]

    Fire Services [14th 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]

    Criminal Justice [14th July]

    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]

    European Union (Accessions) [10th September]

    Fireworks [9th September]

    Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Deceased Fathers) [10th September]

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

Waiting for Report

    Local Government [16th July]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Patients’ Protection [HL]

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]

    Water [HL]

    London Local Authorities and Transport for London [HL]

    London Local Authorities [HL]

    Hereford Markets [HL]

Returned to the Commons with amendments

    Communications

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Vienna Document 1999 (Privileges and Immunities) Order 2003

    Draft Contracting Out (Local Education Authority Functions) (England) (Amendment) Order 2003

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) (No.2) Order 2003

    Draft Partnerships etc. (Removal of Twenty Member Limit) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

HYBRID INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for expiry of petitioning period

    Thurrock Development Corporation (Area and Constitution) Order 2003 [16th July]

    Draft Policing of Airports (Belfast City) Order 2003 [8th September]

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]

MONDAY 14TH JULY

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

TUESDAY 15TH JULY

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Speakership of the House (Select Committee)11.00 am
Mental Incapacity Bill (Joint Committee)3.30 pm
Civil Contingencies Bill (Joint Committee)3.30 pm
Economic Affairs (Select Committee)4.00 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
Draft Corruption Bill (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 16TH JULY

European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee F)11.00 am
Constitution (Select Committee)4.00 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

TUESDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER

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

WEDNESDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform (Select Committee)10.30 am

THURSDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
 
 
 
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