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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

[Issued 1st September 2003]

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

MONDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

†*The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask the Leader of the House whether, in the light of current practice concerning declarations of interest, any noble Lord who has been, or is, in receipt of any emolument or pension from the European Union or from any organisation funded by the European Union should declare it when speaking in debate involving the United Kingdom’s relationship with the European Union.

†*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the availability of National Health Service dental treatment satisfies the needs of patients.

†*The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they plan to provide to secure world class motor sport events in the United Kingdom, including the British Grand Prix and the World Rally in Wales.

†*The Lord Lucas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the closure of the centre for research into, and the treatment of, aplastic anaemia at St George’s Medical School, Tooting, calls into question the present system of funding centres of excellence.

Civil Contingencies—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the Earl of Shrewsbury be appointed a member of the Joint Committee on the draft Civil Contingencies Bill in the place of the Lord Marlesford.

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 Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to introduce legislation to deal with excessive payments to company chairmen and executives.

†*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the English language tests, required to be taken by foreign doctors intending to practice in the United Kingdom, are to be abolished.

†*The Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that significant expansion of airport capacity in South-East England will be in the long term interests of the residents of the area and their environment.

†*The Lord Hannay of Chiswick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much worse off the universities would be if they received no income at all from tuition fees rather than the fees set out in the January White Paper; and whether there is any viable alternative for financing higher education than the raising of tuition fees.

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

†*The Baroness Hayman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in resolving the problems highlighted by medical charities and National Health Service clinicians in relation to the implementation of the European Union Directive on Good Clinical Practice in Clinical Trials.

†*The Lord Mackie of Benshie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider BT’s system for answering queries and complaints by way of recorded voices to be in the best interests of the consumers.

†*The Lord McNally—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure that both Parliament and public are fully involved and consulted during the process of BBC Charter renewal.

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]

THURSDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER

At eleven o’clock

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

[At three o’clock]

†*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to safeguard the security and reliability of electricity supplies.

†*The Lord Dubs—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect full electricity and water supplies to be available in Baghdad and Basra.

†[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Anti-social Behaviour Bill will continue]

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

†*The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce statutory protection for historic British battlefield sites so that those using metal detectors are required to obtain licences under section 42 of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 for the use of such instruments on these sites.

†*The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the Independent Review of the National Asylum Support Service.

†*The Lord Redesdale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why information about the two vehicles suspected of being involved in the production of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq is restricted under Exemption 1c of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.

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.

†‡Policing of Airports (Belfast City) Order 2003—The Lord President (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 10th July be approved. [26th Report from the Joint Committee]

TUESDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER

†*The Earl Ferrers—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hounds they expect to be destroyed if the Hunting Bill becomes law.

†*The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further consideration they have given to introducing a financial assistance scheme for haemophiliacs and other National Health Service patients infected with hepatitis C by contaminated National Health Service blood products; and what action they are taking in this regard.

Hunting Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Whitty]

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

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.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Anti-social Behaviour Bill will conclude]

THURSDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER

[At eleven o’clock]

[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 17TH 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.

†Education (Specified Work and Registration) (England) Regulations 2003—The Baroness Blatch to move, That an humble address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 8th July, be annulled (S.I. 2003/1663).

†The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the state of United Kingdom relations with Nigeria.

†The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Post Office closures have been announced since 18th July.

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. [5th March]

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]

The Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Fighting Infection (4th Report, HL Paper 138). [18th July]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 1st September]

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner to the Written Question HL4217, how many haemophilia patients have been informed by the National Health Service that blood products from donors diagnosed with vCJD were used in their treatment.    (HL4257)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the taped conversation with the late Dr David Kelly reported to the Hutton inquiry was recorded with Dr Kelly’s consent; and, if so, whether the consent was also recorded.    (HL4258)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what legal restraints apply to the taped recording of telephone or other conversations without the recorded consent of the persons being recorded; and, where consent is given, to any subsequent tampering with the recording.    (HL4259)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 17 July (WA148), by what process the decision not to provide the information requested was taken; whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the discussions and estimates which led to that decision; and by what amount they estimated that the cost of providing the information would have exceeded the usual maximum cost allowed.    (HL4260)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will indicate the activities that have been banned by Acts of Parliament passed since 1997.    (HL4261)

The Baroness Finlay of LlandaffTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the expertise of the National Radiological Protection Board, its independence and United Kingdom-wide remit, will be preserved under the Health Protection Agency.    (HL4262)

The Lord Phillips of SudburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which local authorities have adopted the model regulations contained in the Charitable Collections (Transitional Provisions) Order 1972.    (HL4263)

The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they are taking to ensure that maximum permitted levels of nutrients in supplements under the Food Supplements Regulations are set on the basis of safety, rather than nutritional need; and what help they intend to give manufacturers to enable them to prepare dossiers for the Food Safety Authority to facilitate the addition of nutrients to the list of permitted ingredients.    (HL4264)

The Lord Willoughby de BrokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the 18 ’cross-compliance’ Directives or Regulations which farmers will have to meet in order to qualify for the Single Farm Payment under the Common Agricultural Policy.    (HL4265)

The Lord Willoughby de BrokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that local authorities are meeting their statutory obligation to control ragwort; and what action they will take if authorities do not meet these obligations.    (HL4266)

The Lord Willoughby de BrokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what studies have been carried out on the toxicity of honey produced in areas of heavy ragwort investigation.    (HL4267)

The Lord Howell of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the outputs, results and public benefits which flow from the research expenditure of £58 million by the Economic and Social Research Council in 2002-03.    (HL4268)

The Lord Howell of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will arrange for the Report of the Fourth Annual Meeting to Review the Compact between Ministers and Representatives from the Voluntary and Community Sector to be re-issued in everyday English.    (HL4269)

The Lord BlackwellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated distribution of entitlement to child tax credit and working tax credit by value across household income bands of £0 to £5,000, £5,000 to £7,500, £7,500 to £10,000, £10,000 to £15,000, £15,000 to £20,000, £20,000 to £30,000, £30,000 to £50,000, and over £50,000, or the closest bands available, once both these benefits are in place and have fully replaced previous benefit entitlements.    (HL4270)

The Lord BlackwellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is—

        (a)  the estimated numbers of those entitled to claim Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit;

        (b)  the estimated value of entitlements ; and

        (c)  the assumed take up rates underlying the published public expenditure estimates for those tax credits in 2005-06 broken down by household income bands of £0 to £5,000, £5,000 to £7,500, £7,500 to £10,000, £10,000 to £15,000, £15,000 to £20,000, £20,000 to £30,000, £30,000 to £50,000, and over £50,000 or the closest bands available.   (HL4271)

The Lord Blackwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the number of recipients and the value of payments of Council Tax and Housing Benefit in the latest available year, broken down by household income bands of £0 to £5,000, £5,000 to £7,500, £7,500 to £10,000, £10,000 to £15,000, £15,000 to £20,000, £20,000 to £30,000, £30,000 to £50,000, and over £50,000 or the closest bands available.    (HL4272)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what allowance is made in the long term annual net migration assumption for those asylum seekers who are refused permission to remain in the United Kingdom but for whom there is no evidence of departure.    (HL4273)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total flow of personal remittances from the United Kingdom in the years 1997 to 2002, together with a breakdown showing the main recipient countries and the amounts concerned.    (HL4274)

The Lord EamesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to establish a detention centre in Northern Ireland for immigration detainees at present occupying accommodation in H M Prison Maghaberry.    (HL4275)

The Lord EamesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision is made for immigration detainees within the structures of H M Prison Maghaberry.    (HL4276)

The Lord EamesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  what are the age groups of immigration detainees at present held in H M Prison Maghaberry;

        (b)  what is the average length of time during which immigration detainees are held in H M Prison Maghaberry; and

        (c)  how many immigration detainees were granted asylum in the United Kingdom following detention in H M Prison Maghaberry to date during the years 2002 and 2003.  (HL4277)

The Lord Eames—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision is made for welfare, pastoral care and access to legal representation in relation to immigration detainees currently held at H M Prison Maghaberry.    (HL4278)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to prevent further vandalism to the graves of British servicemen in war cemeteries in France.    (HL4279)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 17th July (WA 164), what inconsistencies there are in the Race Relations Act 1976 resulting from the implementation of the Race Directive.    (HL4280)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 17th July (WA 164), what evidence they possess that the European Commission and Council intended to adopt a narrower interpretation of the concept of racial discrimination in the Race Directive than in the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (“the CERD”), notwithstanding the express reference to the CERD in the preamble to the Race Directive.    (HL4281)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 17th July (WA 164), whether it is consistent with the elimination of all forms of racism and the development of policies which address all forms of racial discrimination across the European Union for the Race Directive to exclude protection against discrimination based upon a person’s colour.    (HL4282)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the offence of criminal libel under English law is compatible with the right to freedom of expression protected by Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights; and, if so, what are their reasons for this view.    (HL4283)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they impose restrictions on the publication for reward of the diaries or memoirs of serving or former Ministers of the Crown, civil servants or special advisers; and, if so, what are those restrictions.    (HL4284)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the size of the funding bid to H M Treasury last year for money to modernise the civil and family courts; and why the bid was turned down.    (HL4285)

The Lord Donaldson of LymingtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any evidence to show that the display of “Filter in Turn” signs at mini roundabouts contributes to a reduction in road rage; and, if so, whether they will encourage highway authorities to display such signs.    (HL4286)

The Lord Donaldson of LymingtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in light of the need for drivers to concentrate on the carriageway ahead rather than on its verges, they will encourage highway authorities to place reminders of speed limitations on the carriageway itself.    (HL4287)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether appointments to the Scottish Judiciary by the Judicial Appointments Board have been of higher quality than those appointed to the English and Welsh Judiciary by the Lord Chancellor since 1997.    (HL4288)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have identified a pool of potential judges of superior talent to those appointed since 1997 and who may have been unfairly overlooked.    (HL4289)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the health implications of constructing a third runway at Heathrow.    (HL4290)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to assess new studies of air quality in the Heathrow area which have emerged since the publication of the Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom—South East consultation document.    (HL4291)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to complete an assessment of how European Union limits on nitrogen dioxide will be achieved in the event that the proposal for a third runway at Heathrow Airport is approved before the publication of the Aviation White Paper.    (HL4292)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to complete an assessment on how to reduce traffic congestion around Heathrow Airport, if the proposal for a third runway is approved before the publication of the Aviation White Paper.    (HL4293)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what provisions are being made to ensure that students, professionals and public agencies have access to British Sign Language training at the Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People to NVQ and degree level in London.     (HL4294)

The Baroness WalmsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are reviewing the science GCSE and biology A-level curricula to consider the current provision for fieldwork.     (HL4295)

The Baroness WalmsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the resource implications for all secondary schools of providing science and biology fieldwork for pupils.     (HL4296)

The Baroness WalmsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the document Teaching Biology Outside the Classroom: is it heading for extinction?”, published by the Field Studies Council and the British Ecological Society.     (HL4297)

The Baroness WalmsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implications for environmental awareness of the reduction in the number of school pupils who have access to fieldwork as part of the science and biology curriculum.     (HL4298)

The Baroness WalmsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they collect centrally regarding the numbers of secondary schools which do not provide science and biology fieldwork opportunities for all pupils; and what are their strategies for encouraging the provision of such opportunities.     (HL4299)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the European Commission regarding the ruling that the rescue plan for British Energy is unlawful.    (HL4300)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what alternative proposals they have to assist British Energy and the electricity generating industry if the European Commission’s ruling that the rescue plan for British Energy is unlawful stands.     (HL4301)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the European Commission concerning the legality of the French government’s plan to subsidise Alstom by acquiring shares in the company.     (HL4302)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their view of the proposal of Alstom to halve its United Kingdom staff, which is estimated would result in 5,000 redundancies and would reduce the company’s operation in the United Kingdom from an export centre to a servicing base.     (HL4303)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people are employed in (a) industry and (b) the public sector; and whether there is any record that the figure for industry has ever been lower.    (HL4304)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the 674,000 public-sector jobs that are forecast by the Office for National Statistics and the Treasury to have been created between May 1997 and 2006 contribute to gross national product; and in what way.     (HL4305)

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]

    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 [17th 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)

    Anti-social Behaviour [11th September]

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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