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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

WEDNESDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what responses they have had to the consultation papers issued by the Lord Chancellor’s Department on 5th June and the Legal Services Commission on 2nd July on proposed changes to the general civil contract for both private solicitors and not-for-profit organisations.

*The Lord Corbett of Castle Vale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report of the International Atomic Energy Agency into Iran’s nuclear weapons development.

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

    †The Baroness Pitkeathley—To move, That the order of commitment be discharged.

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 Tanlaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether asteroid 2003/QQ47 will pose a threat to United Kingdom citizens on 21st March 2014 and why a potentially hazardous Near Earth Object of this size had not been identified sooner.

†*The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent anti-terrorist exercise at Bank station.

†*The Baroness Massey of Darwen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will monitor the impact of the Green Paper Children at Risk.

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

FRIDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER

[At eleven o’clock]

†Business of the House—The Lord President (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That Standing Order 47 (No two stages of a Bill to be taken on one day) be dispensed with on Monday next to allow the Northern Ireland (Monitoring Commission etc.) Bill to be taken through its remaining stages that day.

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

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

†Northern Ireland (Monitoring Commission etc.) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord President (Lord Williams of Mostyn)]

    †In the event of the bill being read a second time, the Lord President (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That the bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

Sustainable Energy Bill—Second Reading [The Baroness Maddock]

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

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

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

MONDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER

*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.

*The Baroness Sharp of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are confident that the quality of educational provision will not be affected by the budget problems encountered by schools during this current financial year.

†*The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept that the documentation required by the Criminal Records Bureau for the purpose of standard and enhanced disclosure checks is suitable for purpose.

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

*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 people with haemophilia 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.

*The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions took place with the United States government about the administration of Iraq in the event of a military victory.

†*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making towards fulfilment of their shared commitment, contained in the conclusions of the Thessaloniki European Council, that the draft European Security Strategy shall be “subject to public debate”.

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

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 Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why energy policy has ceased to be the responsibility of a single Minister.

*The Baroness Greengross—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what regulations apply to the control of advertising on lamp posts, road signs, traffic lights and other street furniture, and how such regulations are enforced.

†*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 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]

At three o’clock

*The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide a progress report on London’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games.

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

†*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is still their intention that 10 per cent of the energy needed in England and Wales should be generated by wind turbines by the year 2010.

ROYAL ASSENT

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

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

‡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

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

FRIDAY 17TH OCTOBER

[At eleven o’clock]

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).

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

MONDAY 20TH OCTOBER

        Introduction—

The Lord Bishop of Liverpool

          will be introduced.

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.

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made towards the eradication of tuberculosis in cattle.

PART II

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

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

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 9th September, or unanswered after 21 days]

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)

17th June

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)

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 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)

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

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 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 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)

4th July

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)

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)

8th July

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)

9th July

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 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 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)

14th July

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 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 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)

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 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 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)

16th July

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 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 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)

17th July

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. [HMT]  (HL4180)

The Lord Taylor of Warwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further plans they have to reduce the burden of red tape regulation affecting the small business sector. [DTI]    (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. [DfCA]    (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. [DfCA]    (HL4191)

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. [NIO]    (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. [NIO]    (HL4202)

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. [MoD]    (HL4219)

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. [DoH]    (HL4230)

18th July

The Baroness McIntosh of HudnallTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many serious offences were allegedly committed in 2002 by persons entitled to immunity by virtue of their employment by a diplomatic mission or an international organisation, and by their dependants. [FCO]    (HL4233)

The Baroness McIntosh of HudnallTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish figures on the number of outstanding parking and other minor traffic violation fines incurred by diplomatic missions during the year ending 31st December 2002. [FCO]    (HL4234)

The Baroness McIntosh of HudnallTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which diplomatic missions in the United Kingdom owed more than £10,000 as at 30th June 2003 in respect of national non-domestic rates for office premises. [FCO]    (HL4235)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the Indian government to take action to enforce the laws against both the dowry system and sex determination tests, and to launch a public education campaign to raise the status of women. [FCO]    (HL4237)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether three members of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission can veto any proposal put to the Commission; when and why this rule was introduced; how many times it has been used, on what topics; and which members exercised the veto. [NIO]    (HL4248)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the recent publication of a letter by G. F. Riedler in Vox Sanguinis, which identifies deaths as a result of non-infective complications of blood transfusions, why they have not taken steps to prevent avoidable deaths and serious morbidity. [DoH]    (HL4251)

9th September

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the 116 doctors and 112 nurses who have been vaccinated for smallpox work in each Area Health Authority.    (HL4357)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many vaccinated nurses would normally be expected to work with one vaccinated doctor in the event of the need to deal with an outbreak of smallpox.    (HL4358)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how long immunity from smallpox lasts in an individual who has been vaccinated one, two or three times at ten year intervals.    (HL4359)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the United Kingdom population is estimated to have a degree of immunity from smallpox as a result of having been vaccinated.    (HL4360)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many weeks during the past five years parts of the M1 motorway had carriageways or hard shoulders coned off between junctions 23A and 25; and whether they will commission experts and advisors to instruct the local engineers and administrators on how to make structural changes to the carriageway in conjunction with each other, rather than separately.    (HL4361)

The Lord JoplingTo ask the Leader of the House what steps he is taking to reprimand the departments, including the Northern Ireland Office, which have failed to answer a total of 71 written questions on the first sitting day after the recess, bearing in mind that they have remained on the Order Paper for between seven weeks and 15 weeks, and that the target time for answers is two weeks.    (HL4362)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their response to the Public Administration Select Committee’s Third Report of Session 2002-03 “Ombudsman Issues” (HC 448) means that they have decided not to introduce legislation to create a public right of direct access to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration; and, if not, what are their current intentions.    (HL4363)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a list of lead contacts and departmental openness officers in the departments referred to in paragraph (c) of their response to the Public Administration Select Committee’s Third Report of Session 2002-03 “Ombudsman Issues” (HC 448).    (HL4364)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 8th September (WA 33), whether by virtue of the Regulations made to implement the Race Directive (Council Directive 2004/43/EC) the victims of discrimination based on colour will be less well protected than the victims of discrimination based on race or other ethnic origins; and, if so, in what respects will they be less well protected.    (HL4365)

The Lord Hannay of ChiswickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what scope they see in a new United Nations Security Council Resolution on Iraq for expanding the role of the United Nations in the political work required to assist the emergence of stable, democratic and generally accepted institutions in Iraq; and what they are doing to bring about such an expansion.    (HL4366)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Home Office, the Department of Social Security, the Inland Revenue or other Government agencies have taken any action to ascertain the truth of the allegations made in the Sunday Mirror on 17th August that Jerzy Kacperowicz, Ewa Huczko and Tommy Kweik are claiming political asylum from a member state of the European Union.    (HL4367)

The Lord Steel of AikwoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to meet, as requested, the representatives of English Care to discuss the financial problems of independent care homes.    (HL4368)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they and the other mediators are taking to strengthen the arrangements for monitoring and securing the current ceasefire in the Sudan, following recent violations.    (HL4369)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek the holding of thorough consultations with the people in all regions on the future constitution of the Sudan; and if so, whether they and their co-mediators would be willing to facilitate the consultations, if requested.    (HL4370)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the opposition by the Sudan Economical Forum to the imposition of a quick-fix solution to the future of the Sudan.    (HL4371)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons who have applied for asylum, or intend to do so, are at present detained in prison in Northern Ireland; and what plans they have for providing alternative accommodation for such persons.    (HL4372)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total amount of subsidy paid on agricultural exports from the European Union under the Common Agricultural Policy in each of the last five years; whether they will break this down by commodities; and what was the effect of the subsidy in reducing prices (a) in total and (b) for each commodity.    (HL4373)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have proposed a timetable for the ending of export subsidies on agricultural products from the European Union; whether they can foresee procedures that are likely to be agreed; whether these would be matched by the United States; and what outcomes they hope for from the Cancun negotiations.    (HL4374)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention to raise the licensing charges from £5 to £100 for voluntary sports clubs.    (HL4375)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether one in six pupils leaving primary school is unable to swim 25 metres, despite the legal requirement to include swimming at key stage 2 in both England and Wales.    (HL4376)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is the case that 20 per cent of United Kingdom state schools charge for swimming lessons.    (HL4377)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the level of basic water safety technique training in schools; and what programmes they have in place to improve swimming standards in schools.    (HL4378)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children under the age of 16 drown every year; whether drowning is the most common cause of accidental death amongst children; and what plans they have to reduce the number of deaths.    (HL4379)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 8th September (WA 45) in regard to the cost to the taxpayer of contesting the case of Gulf War veteran Mr Shaun Rusling, what representations they have received concerning Mr Rusling’s response to the reply; what action they are taking; and whether they will now update the reply to take account of all the costs incurred in contesting the case at tribunals and all the way to the High Court.    (HL4380)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 8th September (WA 100), when they last held discussions on the issue of war debts payable to the United States with the government of the United States.    (HL4381)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Northern Ireland Departments have sought legal advice since 12th October 2002; on what dates the advice was sought; and on what issues.    (HL4382)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been prosecuted in each of the last five years for allowing their dogs to foul public footpaths in Northern Ireland.    (HL4383)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why major updating work to MOT facilities in Northern Ireland involving the reduction in capacity was undertaken at the same time as the Department initiated a campaign to encourage the taxation of cars, thus increasing demand for MOT facilities.    (HL4384)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the basis for offering legal aid in Northern Ireland differs from that in England; and, if so, how and why.    (HL4385)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Filkin on 8th September (WA 76), why the funding of legal aid in Northern Ireland has increased over the last nine years by over 150 per cent.    (HL4386)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

9th SEPTEMBER 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)

17th June

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)

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 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)

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

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 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 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)

4th July

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)

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)

8th July

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)

9th July

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 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 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)

14th July

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 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 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)

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 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 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)

16th July

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 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 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)

17th July

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.    [HMT]  (HL4180)

The Lord Taylor of Warwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further plans they have to reduce the burden of red tape regulation affecting the small business sector.    [DTI]    (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.    [DfCA]    (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.    [DfCA]    (HL4191)

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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (HL4202)

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.    [MoD]    (HL4219)

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.    [DoH]    (HL4230)

18th July

The Baroness McIntosh of HudnallTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many serious offences were allegedly committed in 2002 by persons entitled to immunity by virtue of their employment by a diplomatic mission or an international organisation, and by their dependants.    [FCO]    (HL4233)

The Baroness McIntosh of HudnallTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish figures on the number of outstanding parking and other minor traffic violation fines incurred by diplomatic missions during the year ending 31st December 2002.    [FCO]    (HL4234)

The Baroness McIntosh of HudnallTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which diplomatic missions in the United Kingdom owed more than £10,000 as at 30th June 2003 in respect of national non-domestic rates for office premises.    [FCO]    (HL4235)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the Indian government to take action to enforce the laws against both the dowry system and sex determination tests, and to launch a public education campaign to raise the status of women.    [FCO]    (HL4237)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether three members of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission can veto any proposal put to the Commission; when and why this rule was introduced; how many times it has been used, on what topics; and which members exercised the veto.    [NIO]    (HL4248)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the recent publication of a letter by G. F. Riedler in Vox Sanguinis, which identifies deaths as a result of non-infective complications of blood transfusions, why they have not taken steps to prevent avoidable deaths and serious morbidity.    [DoH]    (HL4251)

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.    [DoH]    (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.    [MoD]    (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 editing of the recording.    [HO]    (HL4259)

[As amended on 8th September]

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.    [DoH]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [DoH]    (HL4264)

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.    [ODPM]    (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. [DEFRA]    (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.    [HMT]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [HMT]    (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.    [HMT]  (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.    [HMT]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [HMT]    (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.    [HO]    (HL4275)

The Lord EamesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision is made for immigration detainees within the structures of H M Prison Maghaberry.    [HO]    (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.    [HO]  (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.    [HO]    (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. [MoD]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [DfCA]    (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.    [CO]    (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.    [HMT]    (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.    [DfT]    (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.    [DfT]    (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.    [DfCA]    (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.    [DfCA]    (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.    [DfT]    (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.    [DfT]    (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.    [DfT]    (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.    [DfT]    (HL4293)

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.    [DfES]    (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.    [DfES]    (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.    [DfES]    (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.    [DfES]    (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.    [DfES]    (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.    [DTI]    (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.    [DTI]    (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.    [DTI]    (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.    [DTI]    (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.    [HMT]    (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.    [HMT]    (HL4305)

8th September

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the recent ban on direct flights by United Kingdom airlines to Nairobi and Mombasa this summer, they have any estimate of the cost to the Kenyan economy in terms of (a) lost revenues from tourism and (b) jobs, which have resulted from the ban.    [FCO]    (HL4314)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in their future aid programme for Kenya they will take into account the impact of the recent ban on direct flights by United Kingdom airlines to Mombasa on tourism and employment in Coast Province.    [DfID]    (HL4315)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the cost to the United Kingdom since 1st May 2003 of the occupation of Iraq.    [HMT]    (HL4316)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what have been their arrangements with the United States government for sharing the cost of the occupation of Iraq since 1st May 2003; and whether they will place the details in the Library of the House.    [FCO]    (HL4317)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the £3 billion set aside in the Budget on 9th April in a special reserve available to the Ministry of Defence for the conflict in Iraq has now been spent.    [MoD]    (HL4318)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the cost to the United Kingdom of the civil administration and reconstruction of Iraq since lst May 2003, excluding the direct cost of maintaining United Kingdom forces there.    [FCO]    (HL4319)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government with which countries outside the European Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons they have current arrangements; and how many sentenced persons have been transferred to all countries in the last three years.    [FCO]    (HL4320)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to simplify self-assessment income tax forms.    [HMT]    (HL4321)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why asylum seekers are not allowed to work for the first six months of their stay in the United Kingdom, bearing in mind the national skills shortage.    [HO]    (HL4322)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what reductions have been made to the ’modernising the civil courts programme’ during the three years to April 2003, as a result of the rejection of the funding bid by H M Treasury last year.    [DfCA]    (HL4323)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will amend the Mental Health Tribunal Rules (Northern Ireland) 1986 in the light of the declaration of incompatibility made by the English Court of Appeal in R (H) v London North and Eastern Region Mental Health Review Tribunal (2002) QB 1.    [DfCA]    (HL4324)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of illegal immigrants now in the United Kingdom.    [HO]    (HL4325)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will introduce legislation containing their proposals for longer minimum prison sentences.    [HO]    (HL4326)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, of the forecast 674,000 additional public sector jobs that will have been created between May 1997 and 2006, (including 354,000 between 1997 and 2002) how many are—

        (a)  teachers and university tutors;

        (b)  additional medical staff, such as doctors, nurses and technical staff;

        (c)  police officers and support staff;

        (d)  engaged by or on behalf of Government departments other than the Departments of Health and Education and Skills; and

        (e)  engaged by local authorities in connection with statutory duties imposed on them since May 1997.    [HMT]  (HL4327)

The Baroness Miller of Hendon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, of the £19 billion estimated increase in the annual cost to the taxpayers between 1997 and 2006 of the additional number of public sector jobs, how much is attributable to—

        (a)  additional teachers and university tutors;

        (b)  additional medical staff, such as doctors, nurses and technical staff;

        (c)  police officers and support staff;

        (d)  those engaged by or on behalf of Government departments other than the Departments of Health and Education and Skills; and

        (e)  those engaged by local authorities in connection with statutory duties imposed on them since May 1997.    [HMT]  (HL4328)

The Baroness Miller of Hendon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, of the 160,000 new National Health Service staff recruited since May 1997, how many are—

        (a)  doctors, nurses and technical staff;

        (b)  managers and clerical employees; and

        (c)  those engaged by local authorities in connection with statutory duties imposed on them since May 1997.    [DoH]   (HL4329)

The Baroness Greengross—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they, the Joint Aviation Authorities or the Civil Aviation Authority have given to amending on grounds of safety the regulations governing the seat spacing on scheduled and charter flights to take account of—

        (a)  the increasing height and weight; and

        (b)  the ageing

of the general population.    [DfT]    (HL4330)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government under which regulation transposing the European Working Time Directive into United Kingdom law are marine pilots included. [DTI]    (HL4331)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, taking into consideration the statutory duties of the Strategic Rail Authority to consult on its strategies, it is appropriate for its Director of Communications, Mr C Evans, to tell rail freight companies and the industry representative body to “stop whingeing”, as reported in the Daily Telegraph on 5th September, when they responded to the Strategic Rail Authority’s draft strategy.    [DfT]    (HL4332)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 16th January (WA 51) stating that they hoped to make the relevant regulations to introduce camera enforcement of bus lanes outside London within the next few weeks, whether these regulations have yet been published; if so, on what date; and, if not, when they will be published.    [DfT]    (HL4333)

The Lord RedesdaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether components of British manufacture from the two vehicles suspected of being involved in the production of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq could have had dual use capability.    [MoD]    (HL4335)

The Lord RedesdaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any of the components of British manufacture from the two vehicles suspected of the production of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq were bought using Export Credits Guarantee Department credits; and whether such credits were repaid by the Iraqi government.    [DTI]    (HL4336)

The Lord RedesdaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 8th September (HL4186), which foreign government passed on information about the two vehicles suspected of being involved in the production of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq that caused the Government to withhold details under exemption 1c of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.    [MoD]    (HL4337)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in line with their commitment to fund elite sportsmen and sportswomen with additional Exchequer funding to the value of £10 million per annum from financial year 2001-02 to 2004-05, they have fulfilled this pledge to date.    [DCMS]    (HL4338)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have implemented all the recommendations of the Cunningham Report to the Prime Minister on Elite Sports Funding.    [DCMS]    (HL4339)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to fund United Kingdom elite athletes at the same level, in real terms, as they were funded up to the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.    [DCMS]    (HL4340)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to cover the investment deficit for United Kingdom elite athletes in view of the reduction in lottery support for the World Class Programme.    [DCMS]    (HL4341)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the comments by the Lord Bach in the debate on Gulf War illness on 15th July (HL Deb, col. 836), whether any of the immunisations contained thimerosol.    [MoD]    (HL4342)

The Baroness Finlay of LlandaffTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when assessing the responses from the consultation exercise on the proposals to amend the National Health Service (Charges for Overseas Visitors) Regulations 1989, they will take into consideration the provision of National Health Service treatment to migrants with transmissible disease so as to limit the risk of spreading infection.    [DoH]    (HL4343)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many private finance initiative contracts for acute hospital projects have been signed since May 2001; and which projects these are.    [DoH]    (HL4344)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what potential private finance initiative contracts for acute hospitals are currently subject to bids from private sector service providers; when the bidding process for each project began; and, in the case of any such project under negotiation for longer than twelve months, what the principal reasons are for the delay in closing the deal.    [DoH]    (HL4345)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether and to what extent the introduction of rules relating to retention of employment has been a contributory factor to delays in finalising private finance initiative contracts for acute hospitals since May 2001.    [DoH]    (HL4346)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in respect of private finance initiative projects currently in the bidding process, all outstanding issues between private sector service providers and acute National Health Service trusts concerning retention of employment have now been satisfactorily resolved; if not, what issues remain to be resolved; and what is their estimate of the timescale for reaching financial close.    [DoH]    (HL4347)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Professor Sir Roy Meadow has acted as a consultant adviser to the Department of Health during the past ten years; if so, when; and to what areas of policymaking his advice related.    [DoH]    (HL4348)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to make the BBC more accountable to the public.    [DCMS]    (HL4349)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will bring the law in Northern Ireland concerning the domestic ownership of dangerous or exotic animals into line with the rest of the United Kingdom.    [NIO]    (HL4350)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ban smoking within 20 yards of the entrance to public buildings.    [DoH]    (HL4351)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when were the job advertisements which appear in the Belfast News Letter of 14th August for Waterways Ireland submitted to the appropriate Departments and the North South Ministerial Council for approval; and on what date the approval was given.    [NIO]    (HL4352)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is on the register of researchers held by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; and what were the criteria for their selection.    [NIO]    (HL4353)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that Northern Ireland Office Ministers who are required to sign North South Ministerial Council decisions as part of the procedure of November 2002 are apprised of all advice offered to the appropriate Department.    [NIO]    (HL4354)

9th September

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the 116 doctors and 112 nurses who have been vaccinated for smallpox work in each Area Health Authority.    (HL4357)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many vaccinated nurses would normally be expected to work with one vaccinated doctor in the event of the need to deal with an outbreak of smallpox.    (HL4358)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how long immunity from smallpox lasts in an individual who has been vaccinated one, two or three times at ten year intervals.    (HL4359)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the United Kingdom population is estimated to have a degree of immunity from smallpox as a result of having been vaccinated.    (HL4360)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many weeks during the past five years parts of the M1 motorway had carriageways or hard shoulders coned off between junctions 23A and 25; and whether they will commission experts and advisors to instruct the local engineers and administrators on how to make structural changes to the carriageway in conjunction with each other, rather than separately.    (HL4361)

The Lord JoplingTo ask the Leader of the House what steps he is taking to reprimand the departments, including the Northern Ireland Office, which have failed to answer a total of 71 written questions on the first sitting day after the recess, bearing in mind that they have remained on the Order Paper for between seven weeks and 15 weeks, and that the target time for answers is two weeks.    (HL4362)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their response to the Public Administration Select Committee’s Third Report of Session 2002-03 “Ombudsman Issues” (HC 448) means that they have decided not to introduce legislation to create a public right of direct access to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration; and, if not, what are their current intentions.    (HL4363)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a list of lead contacts and departmental openness officers in the departments referred to in paragraph (c) of their response to the Public Administration Select Committee’s Third Report of Session 2002-03 “Ombudsman Issues” (HC 448).    (HL4364)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 8th September (WA 33), whether by virtue of the Regulations made to implement the Race Directive (Council Directive 2004/43/EC) the victims of discrimination based on colour will be less well protected than the victims of discrimination based on race or other ethnic origins; and, if so, in what respects will they be less well protected.    (HL4365)

The Lord Hannay of ChiswickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what scope they see in a new United Nations Security Council Resolution on Iraq for expanding the role of the United Nations in the political work required to assist the emergence of stable, democratic and generally accepted institutions in Iraq; and what they are doing to bring about such an expansion.    (HL4366)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Home Office, the Department of Social Security, the Inland Revenue or other Government agencies have taken any action to ascertain the truth of the allegations made in the Sunday Mirror on 17th August that Jerzy Kacperowicz, Ewa Huczko and Tommy Kweik are claiming political asylum from a member state of the European Union.    (HL4367)

The Lord Steel of AikwoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to meet, as requested, the representatives of English Care to discuss the financial problems of independent care homes.    (HL4368)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they and the other mediators are taking to strengthen the arrangements for monitoring and securing the current ceasefire in the Sudan, following recent violations.    (HL4369)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek the holding of thorough consultations with the people in all regions on the future constitution of the Sudan; and if so, whether they and their co-mediators would be willing to facilitate the consultations, if requested.    (HL4370)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the opposition by the Sudan Economical Forum to the imposition of a quick-fix solution to the future of the Sudan.    (HL4371)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons who have applied for asylum, or intend to do so, are at present detained in prison in Northern Ireland; and what plans they have for providing alternative accommodation for such persons.    (HL4372)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total amount of subsidy paid on agricultural exports from the European Union under the Common Agricultural Policy in each of the last five years; whether they will break this down by commodities; and what was the effect of the subsidy in reducing prices (a) in total and (b) for each commodity.    (HL4373)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have proposed a timetable for the ending of export subsidies on agricultural products from the European Union; whether they can foresee procedures that are likely to be agreed; whether these would be matched by the United States; and what outcomes they hope for from the Cancun negotiations.    (HL4374)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention to raise the licensing charges from £5 to £100 for voluntary sports clubs.    (HL4375)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether one in six pupils leaving primary school is unable to swim 25 metres, despite the legal requirement to include swimming at key stage 2 in both England and Wales.    (HL4376)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is the case that 20 per cent of United Kingdom state schools charge for swimming lessons.    (HL4377)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the level of basic water safety technique training in schools; and what programmes they have in place to improve swimming standards in schools.    (HL4378)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children under the age of 16 drown every year; whether drowning is the most common cause of accidental death amongst children; and what plans they have to reduce the number of deaths.    (HL4379)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 8th September (WA 45) in regard to the cost to the taxpayer of contesting the case of Gulf War veteran Mr Shaun Rusling, what representations they have received concerning Mr Rusling’s response to the reply; what action they are taking; and whether they will now update the reply to take account of all the costs incurred in contesting the case at tribunals and all the way to the High Court.    (HL4380)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 8th September (WA 100), when they last held discussions on the issue of war debts payable to the United States with the government of the United States.    (HL4381)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Northern Ireland Departments have sought legal advice since 12th October 2002; on what dates the advice was sought; and on what issues.    (HL4382)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been prosecuted in each of the last five years for allowing their dogs to foul public footpaths in Northern Ireland.    (HL4383)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why major updating work to MOT facilities in Northern Ireland involving the reduction in capacity was undertaken at the same time as the Department initiated a campaign to encourage the taxation of cars, thus increasing demand for MOT facilities.    (HL4384)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the basis for offering legal aid in Northern Ireland differs from that in England; and, if so, how and why.    (HL4385)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Filkin on 8th September (WA 76), why the funding of legal aid in Northern Ireland has increased over the last nine years by over 150 per cent.    (HL4386)

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]

    Hunting [16th September]

    Female Genital Mutilation [12th September]

    Household Waste Recycling [12th September]

    Ragwort Control [17th October]

    Northern Ireland (Monitoring Commission etc.) [HL] [12th September]

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] [10th October]

    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]

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

    Anti-social Behaviour [11th September]

    Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) [7th October]

Waiting for Report

    Fire Services [10th September]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Patients’ Protection [HL] [12th September]

    Local Government [10th September]

    National Lottery (Funding of Endowments) [16th September]

    Fireworks

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

    Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Scallops) (England) Order 2003

    Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Scallops) (England) (Amendment) Order 2003

    Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Scallops) (England) (Revocation) Order 2003

    Draft Electronic Communications (Networks and Services) (Penalties) (Rules for Calculation of Turnover) 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

    Thurrock Development Corporation (Area and Constitution) Order 2003

    Draft Employment (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

REGULATORY REFORM ORDERS IN PROGRESS

Reported following first-stage scrutiny by the Regulatory Reform Committee

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

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

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

WEDNESDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform (Select Committee)10.30 am
Draft Mental Incapacity Bill (Joint Committee)3.30 pm

THURSDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

MONDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER

Speakership of the House (Select Committee)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee B)4.00 pm
Human Rights (Joint Committee)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)at Chatham House
(Science and International Affairs)
Draft Gambling Bill (Joint Committee)9.30 am
Draft Civil Contingencies Bill (Joint Committee)9.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Economic Affairs (Select Committee)4.00 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint 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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