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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

FRIDAY 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]

    †In the event of the bill being read a second time, the Lord Warner to move, That the bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

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

†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.

The Lord Grenfell—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The Future of Europe: Progress Report on the draft Constitutional Treaty and the IGC (35th Report, HL Paper 150).

Vienna Document 1999 (Privileges and Immunities) Order 2003—The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 3rd July be approved. [26th Report from the Joint Committee]

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

WEDNESDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER

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

†Local Government Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Rooker]

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

Fire Services Bill—Report [The Lord Rooker]

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]

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

Sustainable Energy Bill—Second Reading [The Baroness Maddock]

Female Genital Mutilation Bill—Second Reading [The Baroness Rendell of Babergh]

Household Waste Recycling Bill—Second Reading [The Baroness Gale]

Wild Mammals (Protection) (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill [HL]—Committee [The Lord Donoughue] [2nd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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

MONDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER

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

‡Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) (No.2) Order 2003—The Lord President (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 3rd July be approved. [25th Report from the Joint Committee]

‡Partnerships etc. (Removal of Twenty Member Limit) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003—The Lord President (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 7th July be approved.

TUESDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER

Hunting Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Whitty]

WEDNESDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER

‡The Lord Corbett of Castle Vale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to improve the regulation of the United Kingdom’s rivers, canals and other inland waterways.

THURSDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER

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

MONDAY 6TH OCTOBER

‡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.

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

TUESDAY 7TH OCTOBER

‡The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the quality and effectiveness of the United Kingdom’s railways are satisfactory.

WEDNESDAY 8TH OCTOBER

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

FRIDAY 10TH OCTOBER

[At eleven o’clock]

Ragwort Control Bill—Second Reading [The Baroness Masham of Ilton]

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 Baroness Scott of Needham Market—To call attention to the state of the bus industry; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Onslow—To call attention to the use of hydrogen-powered vehicles; and to move for papers.

The Lord Lipsey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to fulfil their manifesto commitment to review the experience of new electoral systems and the Jenkins Report, with a view to assessing whether changes might be made to the electoral system for the House of Commons.

The Baroness Maddock—To call attention to the effects of poor housing on the health and well-being of the nation; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Greengross—To call attention to corporate social responsibility; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Greengross—To call attention to women’s health and the case for a lifecourse approach; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Forum for the Future report Government’s Business—Enabling Corporate Sustainability.

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what humanitarian assistance they have provided to people living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo during the last four years of civil war in that country.

The Lord Norton of Louth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure the security of the ballot in elections held by postal voting.

The Lord Norton of Louth—To call attention to the case for improving contact and understanding between the two Chambers of Parliament; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde—To move, That this House takes note of the Pensions Green Paper Simplicity, Security and Choice: Working and Saving for Retirement.

The Baroness Park of Monmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in place for the reception of the United Kingdom passport holders from Zimbabwe who wish to stay in this country but have to prove they qualify for habitual residence.

The Baroness Wilcox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to rising levels of personal debt and its social consequences.

The Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the All-Party Parliamentary Archaeology Group report The Current State of Archaeology in the United Kingdom.

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence links breast cancer with abortion; and what measures they are taking to alert women to any risks involved.

The Lord Rogan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to introduce a tax on supermarket carrier bags.

The Lord Greaves—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the review of the Electoral Commission into Absent Voting in Great Britain.

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the role of the United Nations in maintaining security and human rights in areas affected by conflicts arising from a clash between the principles of territorial integrity and self-determination.

The Viscount Astor—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the rail ticketing arrangements at Gatwick Airport to be satisfactory.

The Baroness Rawlings—To call attention to the political situation in Brazil; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Rawlings—To call attention to the political situation in Sudan; and to move for papers.

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to tackle obesity in children.

The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will take to alleviate the recent rise in employers’ liability insurance, required for small and medium-sized enterprises by insurance companies.

The Baroness Greenfield—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what mechanisms can be used to improve communication between scientists and politicians so that there is better public understanding of scientific policies.

The Lord Campbell of Croy—To call attention to the functioning and effects of the Data Protection Act 1998; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Onslow—To call attention to the method, existing since the beginning of this session of Parliament, for the replacement of hereditary peers; and to move for papers.

The Lord Rea—To call attention to the extent of drug treatment and rehabilitation services; and to move for papers.

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To call attention to the case for the revision or replacement of Planning Policy Guidance 7 in connection with sustainable homes and livelihoods in the countryside; and to move for papers.

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To call attention to the situation of the oldest people in Britain; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Warwick of Undercliffe—To call attention to research in United Kingdom universities; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Hooper—To call attention to recent developments in Latin America; and to move for papers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Baroness Hooper—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to review the implications of taxation on the preservation and conservation of the cultural heritage of the United Kingdom.

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

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

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

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

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

        (a)  To report within six months;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether enough is being done within the educational process to attract young engineers to industry, and in particular to the automotive and motorsport industries.

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 Committee 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 ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Report from the Select Committee on the European Union, Proposals for a European Border Guard (29th Report, HL Paper 133), what legal controls and parliamentary oversight they believe should apply to new European Union structures for co-ordinating border management and to joint operations between the Member States. [10th July]

The Lord Patel—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Science and the RDAs: SETting the regional agenda (5th Report, HL Paper 140). [16th July]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

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

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

2nd June

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

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)

16th June

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)

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)

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)

25th June

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 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)

17th July

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Integrated Pollution and Prevention Control Permits have been issued to poultry farmers to date; and how long it took to issue them.    (HL4167)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have estimated the overall cost of permit fees for those applying for poultry Integrated Pollution and Prevention Control Permits—

        (a)  in the first year; and

        (b)  for subsequent years.  (HL4168)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many officials are dealing with the Integrated Pollution and Prevention Control Permit applications.    (HL4169)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Libya, when they will begin a programme to evaluate rapid technologies for testing foot and mouth disease in herds and flocks.    (HL4170)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will use their single revocation power under European Union Directive 91/414 to allow the honey fungus exterminator, Armillatox, to remain on sale at garden centres throughout the United Kingdom.    (HL4171)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many unexploded cluster bombs there are in Iraq.    (HL4172)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been killed and injured by cluster bombs in Iraq since the end of the war.    (HL4173)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to clear unexploded cluster bombs in Iraq.    (HL4174)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the announcement in the budget on 9th April that the Government are willing to consider alternative criteria for defining which energy intensive sections of industry are eligible to enter into climate change agreements, and therefore pay a reduced rate of climate change levy, what consideration they have given to the heat treatment sector which pays climate change levy costs of over £5 million per annum.    (HL4175)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which other Member States of the European Union have implemented the Race Directive by legislation which excludes discrimination based on colour from the prohibition against racial discrimination.    (HL4176)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Commission for Racial Equality have made representations about the exclusion of discrimination based on colour from the regulations implementing the Race Directive.    (HL4177)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 11th June (WA 40), whether they will provide examples of public functions performed by Ministers of the Crown acting under the Royal prerogative within a broad definition of the prerogative.    (HL4178)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Commission for Racial Equality made representations about the exclusion of discrimination based on colour from the Race Directive (Council Directive 2000/43/EC).    (HL4179)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 3rd March (WA 82)—

        (a)  what has been the total public expenditure incurred by way of contribution towards the costs of armed intervention in Iraq and the subsequent occupation; and

        (b)  what is their current estimate of the public expenditure that will be incurred to pay the costs of securing, policing and stabilising a new government in Iraq for whatever period such estimate has been made.  (HL4180)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether work is progressing on a single Equality Bill for Northern Ireland.    (HL4181)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the proposed pan-handle system for co-ordinated admission to secondary schools, whether they are confident that by the proposed start date boroughs will be effective and efficient in implementing the system and that the software will be perfected; and whether, if there are any doubts on either score, they will pilot the scheme with a small group of boroughs in its first year.    (HL4182)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the co-ordinated admissions scheme for primary schools, what problems in the current system require solution; what benefits the new system will bring; what proportion of children will be significantly better off; what implementation of the new system will cost and whether it will represent value for money.    (HL4183)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what studies and assessments have been made on the likely effect of the recently-proposed wind turbines upon both resident and migrating bird species.    (HL4184)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have appointed the Head of the Task Force Secretariat for Ethnic Minorities and the labour market; and what the postholder’s objectives and terms of reference will be.    (HL4185)

The Lord RedesdaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to the two vehicles found in Iraq and suspected of being involved in the production of weapons of mass destruction, what were (a) the components of British manufacture and (b) the companies that produced them.    (HL4186)

The Lord RedesdaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to the two vehicles found in Iraq and suspected of being involved in the production of weapons of mass destruction, how long the investigation into these vehicles will take; and whether they will publish the report of the investigation.    (HL4187)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the recent transfer of a footballer from Leeds United to Liverpool, what plans they have to make football transfer deals more transparent.    (HL4188)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what further plans they have to reduce the burden of red tape regulation affecting the small business sector.    (HL4189)

The Lord WigoderTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of the last ten years for which figures are available, in how many separate trials were convictions obtained for offences involving jury tampering.    (HL4190)

The Lord ChanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the transfer of funding from the Home Office to the Legal Services Commission will hinder the work of the Immigration Advisory Service.    (HL4191)

The Lord ChanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to improve the control of malaria and the treatment of infected children in Africa.    (HL4192)

The Lord Dixon-SmithTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002, what is the estimated percentage annual increase in the cost of insurance premiums to businesses licensed to dispose of asbestos for the years 2001 to 2002, 2002 to 2003 and 2003 and 2003 to 2004.    (HL4193)

The Lord Dixon-SmithTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002, what is the estimated percentage annual increase in the cost of insurance premiums to businesses licensed to remove asbestos from buildings and other installations for disposal for the years 2001 to 2002, 2002 to 2003 and 2003 to 2004.    (HL4194)

The Lord Dixon-SmithTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002, how many businesses have ceased removing asbestos for disposal in the years 2001 to 2002 and 2002 to 2003.    (HL4195)

The Lord Dixon-SmithTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002, how many firms now provide insurance to businesses that either remove for disposal, or dispose of, asbestos.    (HL4196)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to add to the tax duty on tobacco products an element to pay for litter collection and disposal.    (HL4197)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been paid in compensation in Northern Ireland as a result of terrorist activity in each year since 1994.    (HL4198)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been paid out in Northern Ireland in legal aid in each year since 1994.    (HL4199)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much to date the Northern Ireland Parades Commission has cost.    (HL4200)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any limitations to the scope of topics which the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission can advise on.    (HL4201)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any legal advice which they have sought from the Attorney General has been supplied to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; if so, on what subject; and whether they will place a copy in the Library of the House.    (HL4202)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take in the light of the conclusions of the Inspector, Mr D. Fenton, in his report on the South Somerset District Council local plan, published in June 2003, that “regrettably I find nothing in the plan as it is, in policy or phasing terms, which seeks to prioritise brownfield sites” (page 159, paragraph 3.5)    (HL4203)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have reason to call into question the competence, integrity or industry of any judges appointed since 1st May 1997.    (HL4204)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have concerns about the ability of any judges to achieve impartiality and fairness in trials involving members of the ethnic minorities or those living unorthodox life styles.    (HL4205)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it has been their policy to appoint as judges those whom they regarded as the most able and suitable for such office.    (HL4206)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the Home Office’s estimates of the current open market value with vacant possession of their surplus central London freehold properties Cleland House, Abell House and Horseferry House; and what professional advice they took on the risks of double-banking their exposure to the Central London office market at financial close of their commitment to their new headquarters in March 2002.    (HL4207)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the public concern of the Red Cross representative visiting Guantanamo Bay that open-ended detention is having an impact on the mental health of prisoners, how the Government will verify the fitness of any British detainees to plead before a military tribunal.    (HL4208)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 16th July (WA 125), what were the nationalities of—

        (a)  the single prisoner of war; and

        (b)  the 71 other persons captured by British forces;

and how many of the 71 other persons were on 15th July interned for imperative reasons of security.    (HL4209)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 16th July (WA 125), for how much longer they expect to keep without trial the 71 persons captured by British forces interned for imperative reasons of security; and how and by whom they expect the prisoners to be tried if they are not released.    (HL4210)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any enquiries have been made in the last five years by any staff members of Her Majesty’s Embassy in Washington about the numbers of members of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives holding valid passports for foreign travel; and, if so, what results the enquiries revealed.    (HL4211)

The Baroness Finlay of LlandaffTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any procedure is in place to ensure that each coroner works with the local community which he is appointed to serve.    (HL4212)

The Baroness Finlay of LlandaffTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the projected timetable to bring together the reports of The Fundamental Review of Death Certification and Coroner Services with the third report from The Shipman Enquiry covering similar issues.    (HL4213)

The Baroness Finlay of LlandaffTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to implement changes following the Coroners’ Officers Working Party Report.    (HL4214)

The Baroness Finlay of LlandaffTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether consideration has been given to housing Coroners’ Officers in their local hospital, rather than the police station, to enable close working relationships in line with the recommendations in the report Families and Post Mortems—A Code of Practice.    (HL4215)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the costs to the taxpayer of taking the Gulf War veteran case of Shaun Rusling to the High Court; and, if the costs are still not fully ascertainable, what is their present estimate of the total costs involved.    (HL4216)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many National Health Service patients with haemophilia are known to have been treated with plasma from donors with vCJD.    (HL4217)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the British and United States governments will produce a coherent plan, with a clear timetable, for the political and physical reconstruction of Iraq.    (HL4218)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what benchmarks they will set to convince the Iraqi people that they can trust the occupying forces both to establish law and order and to act within the law themselves.    (HL4219)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what the Bremer administration is doing to restore the Iraqi police force, civil service, judiciary, armed forces and customs services; and what resources the Bremer administration has in Iraq to achieve these tasks.    (HL4220)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what resources Ambassador Bremer possesses to conduct the government of Iraq efficiently and effectively; what funds this requires; and where those funds will come from.    (HL4221)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give an undertaking that British troops will stay in Iraq until a broadly based permanent Iraq government is established and can manage its own security.    (HL4222)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which British troops will be sent to the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan; and how many troops will be involved.    (HL4223)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made of the risk to non-motorised users from using the C602/A1065 and C603 roads as the respective alternatives to those public rights of way which have been suspended on safety grounds at RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall.    (HL4224)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment of the likely danger to the safety of lawful users of footpath 6 Eriswell, adjacent to RAF Lakenheath, was made prior to the imposition of Traffic Regulation Orders under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003.    (HL4225)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of complying with section XVII of the Defence Act 1842 when the footpath at RAF Lakenheath was closed in 1999.    (HL4226)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations have been received since 1997 from the United States Air Force or Department of Defense regarding the use of the Defence Act 1842 to close footpath 6 Eriswell, adjacent to RAF Lakenheath.    (HL4227)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any current intention to use the powers contained in the Defence Act 1842 with regard to footpaths and bridleways.    (HL4228)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in any cases where the intention is to use the powers contained in the Defence Act 1842, it is also intended that the obligation under section XVII of that Act to create a new footpath or bridleway as a reasonably convenient replacement and alternative to the closed routes will be complied with.    (HL4229)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the underlying data relating to changes in activity levels and health and community health services expenditure expressed in volume form which are shown in graphical form in Figure 7.7 of the Department of Health’s Departmental Report (Cm 5904) so that the efficiency increase of two per cent over the ten years to 2000-01 referred to in paragraph 7.100 of the Report can be analysed for each of those years.    (HL4230)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

17th JULY 2003

[Tabled on the dates shown]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

2nd June

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider intervening in any cases in the European Court of Justice involving article 4 of Directive 2000/78/EC after 2nd December 2003; and whether they accept the principle of increasing sectarian control as an exemption to the principles of equality and fairness.    [NIO]    (HL3140)

[As amended on 14th July]

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)

16th June

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)

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)

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)

25th June

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 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 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 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 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)

1st July

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 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)

2nd July

The Lord LucasTo 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 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 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 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)

3rd July

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 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)

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 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, 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)

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 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 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 how they intend to implement their strategy to combat religious discrimination.    [HO]    (HL3868)

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 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 and the United Kingdom in relation to captured persons.    [MoD]    (HL3919)

[As amended on 14th July]

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 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 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 executives.    [NIO]    (HL3931)

[As amended on 14th July]

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.    [DfCA]    (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 HyltonTo 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 Beaumont of WhitleyTo 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 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 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 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 LairdTo 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 LairdTo 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 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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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 2001; whether a business case was submitted who approved it; and whether they will place a copy in the Library of the House.    [NIO]    (HL3967)

[As amended on 14th July]

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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [MoD]    (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.    [MoD]    (HL3971)

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.    [MoD]    (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.    [MoD]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [HO]   (HL3977)

14th July

The Lord Greaves—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the criteria for defining sub-post offices as either urban or rural.    [DTI]    (HL3986)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the lack of agreement in the Select Committee on Religious Offences on whether it is expedient to repeal the Ecclesiastical Courts Jurisdiction Act 1860, they will collect information from the courts of details of the conduct giving rise to prosecutions under the Act, the outcome of the cases, and the sentences passed on conviction, so that Parliament may have the material on which to form a judgment on the susceptibility of that conduct to prosecution under other statutes.    [DfCA]    (HL3987)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will advise the Metropolitan Police to provide details of criminal offences committed on, or in the vicinity of, licensed premises, when requested to do so by the licensing authority.    [HO]    (HL3988)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give details of prosecutions brought following the injuries of two men by gunshot at the Astoria Club, Charing Cross Road, on 31st October 2001.    [LSLO]    (HL3989)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many alleged serious criminal offences were reported to the police from the Equinox Club, Leicester Square, and its vicinity, from the beginning of 2002 to the latest convenient date.    [HO]    (HL3990)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans for a review of the teaching of history in schools; and, if so, with what purpose.    [DfES]    (HL3991)

The Baroness CumberlegeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards 24-hour birthing centres.    [DoH]    (HL3992)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the Memorandum of Understanding agreed between the Cabinet Office and the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration on how Government departments should deal with requests for information under the Code of Practice on Access to Governmental Information.    [CO]    (HL3993)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to give a high priority to amending the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 so as to create a direct right of public access to the Parliamentary Ombudsman, without the need for intervention by a Member of Parliament.    [CO]    (HL3994)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 8th July (WA 22), whether any adviser or advisers from outside the Civil Service were responsible for briefing or advising them about the incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights into United Kingdom law after the general election of May 1997; and, if so, who they were.    [DfCA]    (HL3995)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is a precedent for clause 25 of the draft Civil Contingencies Bill which stipulates that emergency regulations should be treated as primary legislation so as to avoid their being suspended or struck down by the courts because the regulations have been made in excess of Ministers’ powers.    [DfCA]    (HL3996)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider clause 25 of the draft Civil Contingencies Bill to be compatible with British constitutional principles of government under the rule of law.    [DfCA]    (HL3997)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are (a) in descending order and (b) by region or nation of the United Kingdom, the 100 Parliamentary constituencies with the highest economic inactivity rates of working age people for the twelve month period ending February 2002, showing the percentage rate of economic inactivity and the corresponding rate for the twelve month period ending February 1997 in each case.    [HMT]    (HL3998)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what, in descending order, are the 100 Parliamentary constituencies with the highest increase, and measured by number of percentage points, in economic inactivity rates of working age people between the twelve month period ending February 1997 and the twelve month period ending February 2002, giving the actual rates for each constituency in both periods.    [HMT]    (HL3999)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are (a) in descending order and (b) by region or nation of the United Kingdom, the 100 Parliamentary constituencies with the highest economic inactivity rates of working age men for the twelve month period ending February 2002, showing the percentage rate of economic inactivity and the corresponding rate for the twelve month period ending February 1997 in each case.    [HMT]    (HL4000)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are (a) in descending order and (b) by region or nation of the United Kingdom, the 100 Parliamentary constituencies with the highest economic inactivity rates of working age women for the twelve month period ending February 2002, showing the percentage rate of economic inactivity and the corresponding rate for the twelve month period ending February 1997 in each case.    [HMT]    (HL4001)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the percentage rates of (a) economic inactivity and (b) unemployment for each of the regions and nations of the United Kingdom for the twelve month period ending February 2002 and the twelve month period ending February 1997.    [HMT]    (HL4002)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are (a) in descending order and (b) by region or nation of the United Kingdom, the 100 Parliamentary constituencies with the lowest economic inactivity rates of working age people for the twelve month period ending February 2002, showing the percentage rate of economic inactivity and the corresponding rate for the twelve month period ending February 1997 in each case.    [HMT]    (HL4003)

The Lord Howell of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the United Kingdom’s Schengen opt-out on border controls will be preserved under the proposed Constitutional Treaty of the European Union.    [FCO]    (HL4006)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent representations they have received from the Field Studies Council about the inclusion of fieldwork in the GCSE and A-level curricula; and what response they have made to any such representations.    [DfES]    (HL4007)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision is made for field-work within the curricula for a) science GCSE, and b) biology A-level; and whether in each case that provision is optional or compulsory.    [DfES]    (HL4008)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Teacher Training Agency will take steps to ensure that all newly qualified biology teachers have sufficient training to enable them to deliver basic out of classroom teaching in biology and other scientific disciplines.    [DfES]    (HL4009)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed National and Regional Centres for Excellence in Science Teaching will be required to provide in service training opportunities to enable practicing teachers to develop their skills in out of classroom teaching in biology and other scientific disciplines.    [DfES]    (HL4010)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to ask OFSTED to include the provision of science and biology field work as one of the criteria by which it assesses the performance of schools.    [DfES]    (HL4011)

The Lord Eden of WintonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the publication of the United Kingdom cetacean bycatch response strategy, what progress has been made with each of the recommendations as set out in section 7 of that document.    [DEFRA]    (HL4013)

The Lord ChanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the new arrangements for the funding of the Immigration Advisory Service by the Legal Service Commission will affect the work of the Service.    [HO]    (HL4014)

The Baroness WilcoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by the Lord Chancellor on 14th July, what interests Ministers will need to disclose to their Permanent Secretaries which they have not already registered in the appropriate House of Parliament.    [DfCA]    (HL4015)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the objectives of the policy Report for Ministers which is being prepared by the Local Food Sub-Group of the Working Group on Regional Food, led by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.    [DEFRA]    (HL4016)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation with, and involvement of, the groups of the local food sector are to take place to inform developing policy for the Report which is being prepared by the Local Food Sub-Group of the Working Group on Regional Food, led by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.    [DEFRA]    (HL4017)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what role the Department of Health is playing in the preparation of the Report by the Local Food Sub-Group of the Working Group on Regional Food, led by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.    [DEFRA]    (HL4018)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, given that the report by Sir Don Curry, Sustainable Food and Farming, indicated that there are different bodies of work requiring different approaches, whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have working definitions of the different sectors of interest; and, if so, what they are.    [DEFRA]    (HL4019)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have taken from Food Links UK in particular and local food projects in general on translating Local Food—A Snapshot of the Sector into policy.    [DEFRA]    (HL4020)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what timescale has been agreed for the consultation on, and production of, the Report being prepared by the Local Food Sub-Group of the Working Group on Regional Food, led by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.    [DEFRA]    (HL4021)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 12th June (WA 53) concerning unemployment in Northern Ireland, why there are no research findings available to explain the differences observed in unemployment rates between denominations within the Protestant community; and what steps they have taken to identify the factors responsible for such differences.    [NIO]    (HL4022)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, across the four largest Christian denominations in Northern Ireland, in how many (a) Parliamentary constituencies and (b) local government district areas was the highest male unemployment rate found among those giving their religion in the 2001 Census as (i) Catholic/Roman Catholic, (ii) Presbyterian, (iii) Church of Ireland and (iv) Methodist.    [NIO]    (HL4023)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, across the three largest Protestant denominations in Northern Ireland, in how many (a) Parliamentary constituencies and (b) local government district areas was the highest male unemployment rate found among those giving their religion in the 2001 Census as (i) Presbyterian, (ii) Church of Ireland and (iii) Methodist.    [NIO]    (HL4024)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are committed to progressively eliminating the differentials in unemployment rates between different denominations within the Protestant community in Northern Ireland; and what measurement techniques they intend to use to assess progress in this.    [NIO]    (HL4025)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the water quality in Lough Neagh; and what steps are being taken to improve it.    [NIO]    (HL4026)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the staff and Commissioners of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission are exempt from performance related pay; if so, why; whether this rule applies to other public bodies; and, if so, which ones.    [NIO]    (HL4027)

15th July

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes in entitlement to legal services for asylum seekers and others in England and Wales will occur when the funding of immigration advisory services is transferred to the Legal Services Commission in April 2004; and whether they intend to make any changes in the funding of these services in Scotland.    [DfCA]    (HL4043)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is possible to obtain planning approval for any residential developments along the coastline of Strangford Lough.    [NIO]    (HL4044)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what benchmarks and systems the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority uses to ensure that the standards of public examinations in England are maintained from year to year.    [DfES]    (HL4045)

The Lord LucasTo ask the Leader of the House how a Peer may register a permanent request to all Government departments that answers to his written questions should be copied to his e-mail address.    [LHoL]    (HL4046)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government with reference to the suspension on 19th April 2002 of a range of insecticides containing dichlorvos—

        (a)  what scientific, peer-reviewed evidence was used by the Advisory Committee on Pesticides in formulating the conclusion that dichlorvos might be genotoxic;

        (b)  what evidence has subsequently become available to support or oppose this conclusion;

        (c)  what research is underway to establish the truth or otherwise of this conclusion; and

        (d)  what research or data gathering they are undertaking to monitor the incidence of clothes moth infestation in England.    [DEFRA]  (HL4047)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the present headquarters of the Home Office were built; and at what cost (including fitting out and moving costs) taking inflation into account.    [HO]    (HL4048)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated total cost of building and fitting out the proposed new headquarters for the Home Office, and of moving there from the present headquarters.    [HO]    (HL4049)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the conditions in which British citizens are currently being detained by United States authorities at Guantanamo, as regards visits from their families and their lawyers; access to exercise, recreational and educational facilities; and access to books, newspapers and television. [FCO]    (HL4050)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the Military Commissions proposed for the trial of British citizens detained at Guantanamo are independent and impartial tribunals established by law, as required by Article 14 of the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.    [FCO]    (HL4051)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 15th July (HL3694), whether they participated in the negotiation of the Race Directive (Council Directive 2000/43/EC); and, if so, what reasons, if any, were expressed during the negotiations for the exclusion of discrimination based on colour from the scope of the Race Directive.    [HO]    (HL4052)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the effect of the Regulations made to implement the Race Directive (Council Directive 2000/43/EC) is that under the amended Race Relations Act 1976 victims of discrimination based on colour will be less well protected in some respects than the victims of other forms of discrimination. [HO]    (HL4053)

The Lord Judd--To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Russian government about the continued resort to torture and other forms of ill treatment by members of law enforcement agencies and federal forces operating in the Chechen Republic, and the insufficiency of action taken to bring to justice those responsible, as stated by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Punishment on 10th July.    [FCO]    (HL4054)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent developments there have been following the volcanic eruption in Montserrat; and what further action has been or is being taken.    [DfID]    (HL4055)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the estimated costs of the Iraq war.    [HMT]    (HL4056)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the estimated costs of establishing three Regional Assemblies in England.    [ODPM]    (HL4057)

The Lord Wade of ChorltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 14th July (WA 86)—

        (a)  why their response in June to the Science and Technology Committee’s Report Chips for Everything: Britain’s opportunities in a key global market relied on the Information Age Partnership in rejecting the Report’s key recommendation for a new taskforce to bring greater coherence to the United Kingdom’s new-style computer industry;

        (b)  why, if the Electronics Innovation and Growth Team has the significance now indicated, the Team was not mentioned in their June response; and

        (c)  whether they will now commission advice from the Team on the Report’s wide-ranging recommendations.    [DTI]  (HL4058)

The Baroness Howe of Idlicote—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to which statutory and other organisations United Kingdom universities are accountable; and to which they must apply for specific Higher Education funding or grants.    [DfES]    (HL4059)

The Baroness Howe of IdlicoteTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the staffing levels and annual cost of each statutory and other organisation to which United Kingdom universities are accountable or have to apply for funding.    [DfES]    (HL4060)

The Lord Scott of FoscoteTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, pursuant to Articles 24(5) and 38 of the Treaty on European Union, there are any constitutional procedures required to be followed in the United Kingdom in order for the Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance Agreements between the European Union and the United States to become binding in the United Kingdom; and, if so, what those constitutional procedures entail.    [HO]    (HL4061)

The Lord Scott of FoscoteTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with regard to the Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance Agreements between the European Union and the United States, what steps they are taking to ensure that the assurances given orally to Sub-Committee E of the European Union Committee by Bob Ainsworth MP on 4th June, recorded in a letter to the Minister dated 12th June, and concerning compliance with the European Court of Human Rights; non-imposition of the death penalty; no substitution of a capital charge; trial before an ordinary federal or state court, and not before a military tribunal; and no mutual assistance except where an investigation is in progress and the requesting authority has criminal competence, are made known to those facing extradition pursuant to the Extradition Agreement or otherwise likely to be affected by either of the Extradition or Mutual Legal Assistance Agreements.    [HO]    (HL4062)

The Lord Baker of DorkingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimates they have made of the revenue that would accrue to each of the English and Welsh universities in 2006 if fees of £3,000 per student were charged; and what revenue would accrue if each university charged the full amount to—

        (a)  the number of students fully enrolled in the current academic year;

        (b)  the number of students currently fully enrolled increased by five per cent; and

        (c)  the number of students currently fully enrolled increased by ten per cent.    [DfES]   (HL4063)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have met the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to discuss amnesties for those who have escaped custody; if so, what advice did the Government offer; and whether their advice was accepted.    [NIO]    (HL4064)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the action of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in preparing a bill of rights for Northern Ireland, when the Commission was not tasked to do so, constituted a proper use of public money.    [NIO]    (HL4065)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are areas of activity in which the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission will not operate; and, if so, what those areas are.    [NIO]    (HL4066)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 11th June (WA 41), whether the equality agenda is about equality of opportunity or equality of outcome.    [NIO]    (HL4067)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 11th June (WA 41), whether the 110 officials in the Northern Ireland Civil Service involved in promoting equality in practice promote equality of opportunity or equality of outcome.    [NIO]    (HL4068)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all the Cross Border Implementation Bodies have supplied final accounts for 2000, 2001 and 2002 to the North South Ministerial Council; and, if not, which bodies have not yet supplied such accounts and why.    [NIO]    (HL4069)

16th July

The Baroness CumberlegeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact catheter-associated urinary tract infection has on bed blocking in the National Health Service.    [DoH]    (HL4096)

The Baroness CumberlegeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made towards the 15-30 per cent reduction in hospital acquired infection, highlighted as achievable by the Public Accounts Committee.    [DoH]    (HL4097)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answers by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 14th July (HL Deb, cols. 620-621)—

        (a)  how many customers have opted for a Post Office card account;

        (b)  whether it is the case that only 57,000 accounts have been opened out of 430,000 requested; and, if so,

        (c)  how quickly this backlog will be resolved.    [DTI]   (HL4098)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it was appropriate for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs stand at the Royal Show to display a placard stating “But in the 21st century self sufficiency is no longer necessary or even desirable. What’s more, the old system is not working properly. Our farmers’ incomes are at the lowest levels since the 1930s and farm productivity is 20 per cent lower than world leaders.”    [DEFRA]    (HL4099)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will update the graph on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs website which shows “percentage of all cattle herds with reactors”, so that it shows figures for 1962-2002 instead of 1962-1998.    [DEFRA]    (HL4100)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the graph on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs website, “percentage of all cattle herds with reactors” does not show figures beyond 1998.    [DEFRA]    (HL4101)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when testing facilities at the Government laboratory in Weymouth will be improved to match those used in Holland and France which no longer rely on the most probable number system for sampling shellfish waters.    [DEFRA]    (HL4102)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect that overnight rough sleeping in the piazza in front of Westminster Cathedral will cease.    [ODPM]    (HL4103)

The Lord OuseleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, prior to the Commission for Racial Equality embarking into a formal investigation of the Prison Service in 2000, the Home Office had received reports from the Prison Service on racism in prisons; and, if so, why they did not fulfil their statutory responsibilities to take action to ensure its elimination, rather than referring the matter to the Commission for Racial Equality for investigation.    [HO]    (HL4105)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  how they will monitor the application of the requirements set out in the Divorce (Religious Marriages) Act 2002; and

        (b)  how such statistics will be collated and made available.    [DfCA]   (HL4106)

The Lord Carter—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether capital receipts from the sale of existing medical facilities in Devizes, Wiltshire, will be used to finance the building of a new community hospital in Devizes.    [DoH]    (HL4107)

The Lord Maclennan of RogartTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their position in discussions about the future relations of the European Union with Togo, following the recent presidential election in that country.    [FCO]    (HL4108)

The Lady Saltoun of AbernethyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to introduce legislation to prohibit “pyramid schemes”.    [HMT]    (HL4109)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the motion agreed by the House on 30th June calling upon the Government to revoke the Food Supplements (England) Regulations 2003, whether they have any intention of revoking these Regulations as requested by the House.    [DoH]    (HL4110)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the motion agreed by the House on 30th June relating to the Food Supplements (England) Regulations 2003, whether they will meet representatives of Consumers for Health Choice to discuss the effects of these Regulations.    [DoH]    (HL4111)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the motion agreed by the House on 30th June relating to the Food Supplements (England) Regulations 2003 and calling upon the Government to reopen negotiations with the European Union Commission, whether they will now make the case to the Commission that maximum permitted levels for nutrients in supplements should be set on the basis of safety and sound science; and when they intend to begin such negotiations.    [DoH]    (HL4112)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the motion agreed by the House on 30th June relating to the Food Supplements (England) Regulations 2003, whether they will now undertake a fundamental review of the information that is required to be included in dossiers submitted to the European Food Safety Authority in order to have nutrients and nutrient sources added to the list of permitted ingredients.    [DoH]    (HL4113)

The Lord ChadlingtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of those currently in prison were opiate users before conviction.    [HO]    (HL4114)

The Lord ChadlingtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding is being provided for the proposed new pilot supervised injecting clinics; and whether they intend to commission any ongoing independent evaluation of these clinics.    [HO]    (HL4115)

The Lord ChadlingtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in light of the 76 per cent reconviction rate, what steps are they taking to reduce the number of offenders aged between 18 and 20.    [HO]    (HL4116)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people in Warrington are drawing the retirement pension.    [DWP]    (HL4117)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people in Warrington qualify for the Pensions Income Guarantee; and how many are claiming it    [DWP]    (HL4118)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pensioners in Warrington, aged 75 or over, are receiving a free television licence.    [DWP]    (HL4119)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pensioners in Warrington draw the winter fuel allowance.    [DWP]    (HL4120)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pensioners in Warrington take the free eye test each year.    [DoH]    (HL4121)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated take up in Warrington of Pensioners Credit; and how many pensioners have in fact applied for it.    [DWP]    (HL4122)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the housing stock in Donemana, County Tyrone.    [NIO]    (HL4123)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Toomebridge bypass will be open; and what is the estimated cost.    [NIO]    (HL4124)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all Cross Border Implementation Bodies had their budgets approved by the North South Ministerial Council for the years 2000, 2001 and 2002; and, if not, which bodies did not have their budgets so approved and for what reason.    [NIO]    (HL4125)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission intends to reduce the funding of individual applicants contrary to the duty in sections 69(5) and 70 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.    [NIO]    (HL4126)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the gender balance of the employees of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; and whether this balance is consistent with domestic and European equality legislation.    [NIO]    (HL4127)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any international human rights treaty by which the Member States of the European Union are bound excludes discrimination based on colour from the prohibition against racial discrimination. [HO]    (HL4128)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are legitimate reasons why some opposite-sex cohabiting couples may be unable or unwilling to marry; and, if so, how they propose that such couples should be given equal protection under law to that proposed for same-sex couples.    [DfCA]    (HL4129)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce legislation to reform the law on cohabiting opposite-sex couples along the lines of reforms made in other common law countries, such as Canada.    [DfCA]    (HL4130)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is evidence from countries, such as the Netherlands, which have civil partnership registration schemes for opposite-sex cohabiting couples, showing that such schemes discourage those couples from marrying each other.    [DfCA]    (HL4131)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the relative cost to the public purse of including in the proposed civil partnership registration scheme opposite-sex cohabiting couples and same-sex cohabiting couples respectively.    [DfCA]    (HL4132)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether public expenditure implications influenced their decision to exclude opposite-sex cohabiting couples from the proposed civil partnership registration scheme.    [DfCA]    (HL4133)

The Baroness BarkerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which recommendations from the Laming Inquiry have been implemented; and which will be implemented within the next six months.    [ODPM]    (HL4134)

The Baroness BarkerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the total cost of implementation of the recommendations in the Laming Report (a) for each local authority and (b) in England as a whole.    [ODPM]    (HL4135)

The Lord Dixon-SmithTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated annual cost of implementing the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002.    [DTI]    (HL4136)

The Lord Dixon-SmithTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated additional cost of the implementation of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 to businesses licensed to dispose of asbestos.    [DTI]    (HL4137)

The Lord Dixon-SmithTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated additional cost of the implementation of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 to businesses licensed to remove asbestos from buildings and other installations for disposal. [DTI]    (HL4138)

The Lord Dixon-SmithTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they plan to classify inkjet cartridges for printers as consumables rather than electrical waste under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive.    [DTI]    (HL4139)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a table, in the same format as their Written Answer of 22nd May 2002 (WA 104), showing the number of cases of BSE confirmed each week in Britain during the calendar years 2002 and 2003 to date, together with the moving annual total of cases for each 52-week period. [DEFRA]    (HL4140)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish in the Official Report a table showing for each of the last five calendar years and for 2003 to date the number of category A and category B prisoners respectively who have escaped from custody, showing the location and date of escape and recapture in each case.    [HO]    (HL4141)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, given that the decline or increase in bird populations is one of the Government’s 15 indicators of sustainable development, why in Regional Quality of Life Counts are data lacking for farmland birds for four regions out of eight; and, if this is due to an insufficient number of sampling sites, what they are doing to address this.    [DEFRA]    (HL4142)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, given that Regional Quality of Life Counts shows that both farmland and woodland birds are either declining in population or not increasing to recover their previous population, whether they will increase the effort they put into biodiversity.    [DEFRA]    (HL4143)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 10th March (WA 152) in which he stated that research shows “increasing pesticide use may indirectly contribute to the decline of 20 species of song birds”, whether they have plans to gather statistics on the sales of slug pellets. [DEFRA]    (HL4144)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government by what date and in what form they have asked the Independent Steering Group running the GM-public debate to present their conclusions as to public opinion on genetically modified crops to (a) the Government and (b) the public.    [DEFRA]    (HL4145)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what evaluation procedures will be used to measure the public’s response to the GM debate.    [DEFRA]    (HL4146)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs expenditure for the most recent 12 month period on hiring, equipping and manning exhibition stands and marquees at agricultural shows, flower shows and any other similar events; and what monitoring is carried out to evaluate this expenditure.    [DEFRA]    (HL4147)

17th July

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Integrated Pollution and Prevention Control Permits have been issued to poultry farmers to date; and how long it took to issue them.    (HL4167)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have estimated the overall cost of permit fees for those applying for poultry Integrated Pollution and Prevention Control Permits—

        (a)  in the first year; and

        (b)  for subsequent years.  (HL4168)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many officials are dealing with the Integrated Pollution and Prevention Control Permit applications.    (HL4169)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Libya, when they will begin a programme to evaluate rapid technologies for testing foot and mouth disease in herds and flocks.    (HL4170)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will use their single revocation power under European Union Directive 91/414 to allow the honey fungus exterminator, Armillatox, to remain on sale at garden centres throughout the United Kingdom.    (HL4171)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many unexploded cluster bombs there are in Iraq.    (HL4172)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been killed and injured by cluster bombs in Iraq since the end of the war.    (HL4173)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to clear unexploded cluster bombs in Iraq.    (HL4174)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the announcement in the budget on 9th April that the Government are willing to consider alternative criteria for defining which energy intensive sections of industry are eligible to enter into climate change agreements, and therefore pay a reduced rate of climate change levy, what consideration they have given to the heat treatment sector which pays climate change levy costs of over £5 million per annum.    (HL4175)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which other Member States of the European Union have implemented the Race Directive by legislation which excludes discrimination based on colour from the prohibition against racial discrimination.    (HL4176)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Commission for Racial Equality have made representations about the exclusion of discrimination based on colour from the regulations implementing the Race Directive.    (HL4177)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 11th June (WA 40), whether they will provide examples of public functions performed by Ministers of the Crown acting under the Royal prerogative within a broad definition of the prerogative.    (HL4178)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Commission for Racial Equality made representations about the exclusion of discrimination based on colour from the Race Directive (Council Directive 2000/43/EC).    (HL4179)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 3rd March (WA 82)—

        (a)  what has been the total public expenditure incurred by way of contribution towards the costs of armed intervention in Iraq and the subsequent occupation; and

        (b)  what is their current estimate of the public expenditure that will be incurred to pay the costs of securing, policing and stabilising a new government in Iraq for whatever period such estimate has been made.  (HL4180)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether work is progressing on a single Equality Bill for Northern Ireland.    (HL4181)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the proposed pan-handle system for co-ordinated admission to secondary schools, whether they are confident that by the proposed start date boroughs will be effective and efficient in implementing the system and that the software will be perfected; and whether, if there are any doubts on either score, they will pilot the scheme with a small group of boroughs in its first year.    (HL4182)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the co-ordinated admissions scheme for primary schools, what problems in the current system require solution; what benefits the new system will bring; what proportion of children will be significantly better off; what implementation of the new system will cost and whether it will represent value for money.    (HL4183)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what studies and assessments have been made on the likely effect of the recently-proposed wind turbines upon both resident and migrating bird species.    (HL4184)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have appointed the Head of the Task Force Secretariat for Ethnic Minorities and the labour market; and what the postholder’s objectives and terms of reference will be.    (HL4185)

The Lord RedesdaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to the two vehicles found in Iraq and suspected of being involved in the production of weapons of mass destruction, what were (a) the components of British manufacture and (b) the companies that produced them.    (HL4186)

The Lord RedesdaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to the two vehicles found in Iraq and suspected of being involved in the production of weapons of mass destruction, how long the investigation into these vehicles will take; and whether they will publish the report of the investigation.    (HL4187)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the recent transfer of a footballer from Leeds United to Liverpool, what plans they have to make football transfer deals more transparent.    (HL4188)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what further plans they have to reduce the burden of red tape regulation affecting the small business sector.    (HL4189)

The Lord WigoderTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of the last ten years for which figures are available, in how many separate trials were convictions obtained for offences involving jury tampering.    (HL4190)

The Lord ChanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the transfer of funding from the Home Office to the Legal Services Commission will hinder the work of the Immigration Advisory Service.    (HL4191)

The Lord ChanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to improve the control of malaria and the treatment of infected children in Africa.    (HL4192)

The Lord Dixon-SmithTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002, what is the estimated percentage annual increase in the cost of insurance premiums to businesses licensed to dispose of asbestos for the years 2001 to 2002, 2002 to 2003 and 2003 and 2003 to 2004.    (HL4193)

The Lord Dixon-SmithTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002, what is the estimated percentage annual increase in the cost of insurance premiums to businesses licensed to remove asbestos from buildings and other installations for disposal for the years 2001 to 2002, 2002 to 2003 and 2003 to 2004.    (HL4194)

The Lord Dixon-SmithTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002, how many businesses have ceased removing asbestos for disposal in the years 2001 to 2002 and 2002 to 2003.    (HL4195)

The Lord Dixon-SmithTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002, how many firms now provide insurance to businesses that either remove for disposal, or dispose of, asbestos.    (HL4196)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to add to the tax duty on tobacco products an element to pay for litter collection and disposal.    (HL4197)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been paid in compensation in Northern Ireland as a result of terrorist activity in each year since 1994.    (HL4198)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been paid out in Northern Ireland in legal aid in each year since 1994.    (HL4199)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much to date the Northern Ireland Parades Commission has cost.    (HL4200)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any limitations to the scope of topics which the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission can advise on.    (HL4201)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any legal advice which they have sought from the Attorney General has been supplied to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; if so, on what subject; and whether they will place a copy in the Library of the House.    (HL4202)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take in the light of the conclusions of the Inspector, Mr D. Fenton, in his report on the South Somerset District Council local plan, published in June 2003, that “regrettably I find nothing in the plan as it is, in policy or phasing terms, which seeks to prioritise brownfield sites” (p159, para 3.5)    (HL4203)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have reason to call into question the competence, integrity or industry of any judges appointed since 1st May 1997.    (HL4204)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have concerns about the ability of any judges to achieve impartiality and fairness in trials involving members of the ethnic minorities or those living unorthodox life styles.    (HL4205)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it has been their policy to appoint as judges those whom they regarded as the most able and suitable for such office.    (HL4206)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the Home Office’s estimates of the current open market value with vacant possession of their surplus central London freehold properties Cleland House, Abell House and Horseferry House; and what professional advice they took on the risks of double-banking their exposure to the Central London office market at financial close of their commitment to their new headquarters in March 2002.    (HL4207)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the public concern of the Red Cross representative visiting Guantanamo Bay that open-ended detention is having an impact on the mental health of prisoners, how the Government will verify the fitness of any British detainees to plead before a military tribunal.    (HL4208)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 16th July (WA 125), what were the nationalities of—

        (a)  the single prisoner of war; and

        (b)  the 71 other persons captured by British forces;

and how many of the 71 other persons were on 15th July interned for imperative reasons of security.    (HL4209)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 16th July (WA 125), for how much longer they expect to keep without trial the 71 persons captured by British forces interned for imperative reasons of security; and how and by whom they expect the prisoners to be tried if they are not released.    (HL4210)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any enquiries have been made in the last five years by any staff members of Her Majesty’s Embassy in Washington about the numbers of members of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives holding valid passports for foreign travel; and, if so, what results the enquiries revealed.    (HL4211)

The Baroness Finlay of LlandaffTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any procedure is in place to ensure that each coroner works with the local community which he is appointed to serve.    (HL4212)

The Baroness Finlay of LlandaffTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the projected timetable to bring together the reports of The Fundamental Review of Death Certification and Coroner Services with the third report from The Shipman Enquiry covering similar issues.    (HL4213)

The Baroness Finlay of LlandaffTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to implement changes following the Coroners’ Officers Working Party Report.    (HL4214)

The Baroness Finlay of LlandaffTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether consideration has been given to housing Coroners’ Officers in their local hospital, rather than the police station, to enable close working relationships in line with the recommendations in the report Families and Post Mortems—A Code of Practice.    (HL4215)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the costs to the taxpayer of taking the Gulf War veteran case of Shaun Rusling to the High Court; and, if the costs are still not fully ascertainable, what is their present estimate of the total costs involved.    (HL4216)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many National Health Service patients with haemophilia are known to have been treated with plasma from donors with vCJD.    (HL4217)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the British and United States governments will produce a coherent plan, with a clear timetable, for the political and physical reconstruction of Iraq.    (HL4218)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what benchmarks they will set to convince the Iraqi people that they can trust the occupying forces both to establish law and order and to act within the law themselves.    (HL4219)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what the Bremer administration is doing to restore the Iraqi police force, civil service, judiciary, armed forces and customs services; and what resources the Bremer administration has in Iraq to achieve these tasks.    (HL4220)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what resources Ambassador Bremer possesses to conduct the government of Iraq efficiently and effectively; what funds this requires; and where those funds will come from.    (HL4221)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give an undertaking that British troops will stay in Iraq until a broadly based permanent Iraq government is established and can manage its own security.    (HL4222)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which British troops will be sent to the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan; and how many troops will be involved.    (HL4223)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made of the risk to non-motorised users from using the C602/A1065 and C603 roads as the respective alternatives to those public rights of way which have been suspended on safety grounds at RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall.    (HL4224)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment of the likely danger to the safety of lawful users of footpath 6 Eriswell, adjacent to RAF Lakenheath, was made prior to the imposition of Traffic Regulation Orders under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003.    (HL4225)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of complying with section XVII of the Defence Act 1842 when the footpath at RAF Lakenheath was closed in 1999.    (HL4226)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations have been received since 1997 from the United States Air Force or Department of Defense regarding the use of the Defence Act 1842 to close footpath 6 Eriswell, adjacent to RAF Lakenheath.    (HL4227)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any current intention to use the powers contained in the Defence Act 1842 with regard to footpaths and bridleways.    (HL4228)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in any cases where the intention is to use the powers contained in the Defence Act 1842, it is also intended that the obligation under section XVII of that Act to create a new footpath or bridleway as a reasonably convenient replacement and alternative to the closed routes will be complied with.    (HL4229)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the underlying data relating to changes in activity levels and health and community health services expenditure expressed in volume form which are shown in graphical form in Figure 7.7 of the Department of Health’s Departmental Report (Cm 5904) so that the efficiency increase of two per cent over the ten years to 2000-01 referred to in paragraph 7.100 of the Report can be analysed for each of those years.    (HL4230)

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 [16th September]

    Female Genital Mutilation [12th September]

    Household Waste Recycling [12th September]

    Ragwort Control [10th October]

Waiting for Commitment

    Patient (Assisted Dying) [HL]

    Taxation (Information) [HL]

Committed to a Grand Committee

    Extradition [10th September]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Wild Mammals (Protection) (Amendment) (No. 2) [HL] [12th September]

    Ministerial and other Salaries (Amendment) [HL]

    Prevention of Driving under the Influence of Drugs [HL]

    Criminal Justice [15th September]

    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)

Waiting for Report

    Fire Services [10th September]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Patients’ Protection [HL] [12th September]

    Local Government [10th September]

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]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    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

    Draft Vienna Document 1999 (Privileges and Immunities) Order 2003

    Thurrock Development Corporation (Area and Constitution) Order 2003

HYBRID INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for expiry of petitioning period

    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 8TH SEPTEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee B)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Speakership of the House (Select Committee)10.30 am
Draft Mental Incapacity Bill (Joint Committee)3.30 pm
Economic Affairs (Select Committee)4.00 pm
Procedure of the House4.15 pm
(Select Committee)in the Moses Room
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform (Select Committee)10.30 am

THURSDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

MONDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER

Human Rights (Joint Committee)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER

European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee F)11.00 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)3.30 pm
Constitution (Select Committee)4.00 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
 
 
 
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