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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

FRIDAY 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]

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

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

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

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]

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Northern Ireland (Monitoring Commission etc.) Bill will be taken]

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.

[‡If the Committee stage of the Northern Ireland (Monitoring Commission etc.) Bill has been completed, the remaining stages will be taken.]

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”.

†Procedure of the House—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the 4th Report from the Select Committee be agreed to. (HL Paper 162)

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

Hunting Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Whitty] [24th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

    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.

†Anti-social Behaviour Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Baroness Scotland of Asthal]

‡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 any Commons Amendments to the Local Government Bill will be considered]

THURSDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER

[At eleven 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.

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

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

Fire Services Bill—Further consideration on Report [The Lord Rooker]

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

†*The Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider the need for search and rescue dogs to undergo six months quarantine following their return from deployment in countries not included in the Pet Passport Scheme.

†*The Lord Higgins—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider stakeholder pensions to be a success.

†*The Lord Taverne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reverse the decline in foreign direct investment in the United Kingdom.

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill—Committee [The Lord Warner] [24th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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

*The Baroness Knight of Collingtree—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to tackle the shortfall in recruitment to academic dentistry.

‡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).

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

THURSDAY 9TH OCTOBER

[At eleven o’clock]

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill will continue]

At three o’clock

†*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how their decision to set up a “Faith Communities Liaison Group” will affect the teaching of religious education in schools.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill will continue]

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.

FRIDAY 10TH OCTOBER

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

Contracting Out (Local Education Authority Functions) (England) (Amendment) Order 2003—The Baroness Ashton of Upholland to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 11th July be approved.

The Earl of Selborne—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Progress of Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (25th Report, HL Paper 109).

MONDAY 13TH OCTOBER

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill will continue]

TUESDAY 14TH OCTOBER

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

WEDNESDAY 15TH OCTOBER

‡The Lord Lea of Crondall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on African Development Strategies.

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

THURSDAY 16TH OCTOBER

[At eleven o’clock]

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill will continue]

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 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.

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.

†The Lord Mitchell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards Foetal Alcohol Syndrome.

†Patients’ Forums (Membership and Procedure) Regulations 2003—The Earl Howe to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 14th August, be annulled (S.I. 2003/2123).

†Patients’ Forums (Functions) Regulations 2003—The Earl Howe to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 14th August, be annulled (S.I. 2003/2124).

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 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]

The Lord Slynn of Hadley—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Joint Committee on the Draft Corruption Bill (HL Paper 157). [31st July]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 11th September, or unanswered after 21 days]

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)

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. [CO]    (HL3712)

7th July

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)

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]

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)

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)

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 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. [MoD]  (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. [HO]    (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 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 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)

11th September

The Baroness McIntosh of HudnallTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the British Council Trustees Annual Report and Accounts for 2002-03.    (HL4431)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord President to the supplementary question by the Lord Richard on 8th September (HL Deb, col. 3), whether European Union Commissioners and staff are bound to owe allegiance solely to the European Union, ignoring the interests of their country, in accordance with (a) the solemn declaration made by incoming European Union Commissioners; (b) Article 213 (2) of the Treaty establishing the European Community; and (c) Titles II (Rights and Obligations of Officials) and VI (Disciplinary Measures) of the European Union staff Regulations.    (HL4432)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord President to the supplementary question by the Lord Richard on 8th September (HL Deb, col. 3), whether former European Union Commissioners and staff may lose their entitlement to retirement pension if they are in breach of Article 213 (2) of the Treaty establishing the European Community or of Titles II (Rights and Obligations of Officials) or VI (Disciplinary Measures) of the European Union Staff Regulations.    (HL4433)

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.    (HL4434)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce legislation containing their proposals for longer minimum prison sentences.    (HL4435)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 8th September (WA 43-44) concerning cluster bombs in Iraq, how many people have been killed and how many have been injured in the bombing of Iraq.    (HL4436)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been killed and how many people have been injured by unexploded bombs since the end of hostilities in Iraq.    (HL4437)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they can reconcile the statement at paragraph 453 of the Explanatory Notes to the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill that £22 million of set up costs for the Commission for Health Audit and Inspection and the Commission for Social Care Inspection have already been allocated to the Department with the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 8th September (WA 68) that Parliamentary approval had not yet been obtained for £22 million for the set up of new services by those bodies.    (HL4438)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total amount of set up costs expected to be incurred in respect of the Commission for Health Audit and Inspection and the Commission for Social Care Inspection in 2003-04.    (HL4439)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will state the financial basis on which National Health Service trusts are permitted to raise income from private patients and in particular whether National Health Service trusts are required to cover all costs, including apportionments of overheads and capital charges.    (HL4440)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they monitor the financial results of private patient activity within National Health Service trusts.    (HL4441)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether National Health Service trusts are permitted to use marginal costing in arriving at charges made to private patients.    (HL4442)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have agreed to the proposals submitted to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by the National Animal Disease Information Service for expanding the network; and, if so, what is the forward plan.    (HL4443)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to Strategy for Sustainable Farming and Food, whether the promised research on the potential for further reducing agricultural emissions has begun; and, if so, what is the planned timetable.    (HL4444)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the new powers granted to British Waterways will be affected by proposals in the Water Bill to create licensed water suppliers only for supply to the largest 2000 sites.    (HL4445)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to Strategy for Sustainable Farming and Food, whether the five pilot catchment flood management plans are in place; and, if so, when the first progress report is due.    (HL4446)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 3rd June (WA 147-148), how many of the “significant discrepancies which had to be resolved before payment” (under Bovine Schemes) were traced to errors in the Cattle Tracing System; and what steps have been taken to prevent this happening again.    (HL4447)

The Lord Morris of AberavonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 8th September (WA 17-18), why there have been no visits from lawyers to the British citizens held at Guantanamo; what representations the Government have made to the United States government to allow such legal visits; why there have been no visits by British officials since April; and whether further visits by British officials have been requested and denied.    (HL4448)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 9th September (WA 107) concerning human rights, in the discussion with the government of the Irish Republic what assurances have been received about the implementation of a parallel Human Rights Programme in that country.    (HL4449)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to support the tourism industry in Strabane District Council area.    (HL4450)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 9th September (WA 108), whether the budget for the European Union Special Programme Body for 2001 and 2002 was approved by the North South Ministerial Council using the procedure of 5th December 2002.    (HL4451)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 8th September (WA 6) concerning North South Implementation Bodies since creation, whether any funds have been transferred from one financial year to the next; if so, by which body; for how much; for what purpose; and what was the approval procedure.    (HL4452)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 9th September (WA 107) concerning a DVD called Rhyming Around Belfast, what role the Department of Culture and Arts and Leisure had in its production.    (HL4453)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer from the Lord President on 9th September (WA 106) concerning Cross Border Bodies, whether the decision of the North South Ministerial Council of 19th May concerning staff remuneration of the Language Implementation Body was taken in line with the procedures issued on 5th December 2002 entitled Ministerial Decision Making Interim Procedures.    (HL4454)

The Lord PattenTo ask the Leader of the House why it is that duly appointed opposition front bench spokesman may not claim any allowance on sitting days when their duties take them away from attendance in the House, for example to speak at a conference in north-western England, or to visit a hospital in north-eastern England.    (HL4455)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made in response to the President of Al-Quds University against the decision of the government of Israel to seize almost one-third of the university grounds to make way for the “security wall”; and what representations have been made by other European Union member states.    (HL4456)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that the principles of neutrality and impartiality currently in the European Union humanitarian regulation are added to the new European Union Constitutional Treaty.    (HL4457)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will include a reference to all developing countries, as defined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, in the new European Union Constitutional Treaty.    (HL4458)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any estimate of the cost to Burkina Faso of the civil war in Ivory Coast and neighbouring countries; and what extra assistance they have provided for refugees and returnees.    (HL4459)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

11th SEPTEMBER 2003

[Tabled on the dates shown]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

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)

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.    [CO]    (HL3712)

7th July

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)

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]

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)

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)

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 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.    [MoD]  (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.    [HO]    (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 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 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 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.    [DTI]    (HL4268)

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.    [DWP]    (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 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 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 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 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 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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [DfT]    (HL4361)

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.    [CO]    (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).    [CO]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [DoH]    (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [FCO]    (HL4370)

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

[As amended on 10th September]

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.    [HO]    (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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [DCMS]    (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.    [DfES]    (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.    [DfES]    (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.    [DfES]    (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.    [DTI]    (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.    [MoD]    (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. [HMT]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [DfCA]    (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.    [DfCA]    (HL4386)

10th September

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the report from the Office of Public Services Reform entitled “Better Government Services—Executive agencies in the 21st Century”, what steps they will take to correct the situation, summarised in section 28 on page 13, that targets are too many and unprioritised and rewards and penalties bear no relation to performance.    [CO]    (HL4391)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many carers have requested an assessment of their ability to provide care in each of the years following the passing of the Carers (Recognition and Services) Act 1995 in each county and city of the East Midlands; and what was the percentage of each total which was not completed within three months of the request.    [DoH]    (HL4392)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there have been any searches for prions in the muscles of BSE or scrapie infected animals since March 2002; and, if so, what the results have been. [DEFRA]    (HL4393)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they have given in the financial year 2002-03 to each of the voluntary bodies dealing with rural stress; how much is budgeted for 2003-04; and how much is planned for 2004-05.    [DEFRA]    (HL4394)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether funding programmes, such as the LEADER+ European Community Initiative, which last longer than one year are treated in Government accounts as an irrevocable forward spending provision.    [HMT]    (HL4395)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which water courses have had restrictions relaxed following successes in the brown rot eradication campaign; and which section of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has been responsible for this.    [DEFRA]    (HL4396)

The Lord PlumbTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their priority to encourage development on brownfield sites extends to rural locations, for example redundant farm buildings; and, if so, whether they are satisfied that the local planning and highway authorities have been given clear guidance to this effect.    [DEFRA]    (HL4397)

The Lord PlumbTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have been taken towards meeting the requirements in the European Union Foot-and-Mouth Disease Directive to create “a permanently operational Expert Group to maintain expertise and assist the relevant authority in qualitative disease preparation”; whether the composition will include international expertise in foot-and-mouth disease diagnosis, vaccination and relevant new technologies; and whether appointments will be undertaken in an open and transparent manner.    [DEFRA]    (HL4398)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Prime Minister’s speech made at the Trades Union Congress dinner on 9th September was accurately represented by the text of that speech issued by his spokesman.    [CO]    (HL4399)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the United Kingdom’s opt out of the single currency provisions of the Maastricht Treaty will be preserved after the coming into force of the proposed European Constitution.    [FCO]    (HL4400)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government under the Education Act 1996, as amended, how many (a) fines and (b) sentences of imprisonment have been imposed on parents for condoning non-attendance of pupils at schools.    [HO]    (HL4401)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Parenting Orders have been made since the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into effect; and whether compulsory counselling and guidance has made parents receiving it more responsible and thus reduced youth crime and anti-social behaviour.    [HO]    (HL4402)

The Lord Hunt of Kings HeathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any plans to relocate the headquarters of the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement from Birmingham to London.    [DoH]    (HL4403)

The Lord Hunt of Kings HeathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the new platforms at the renovated Moor Street station, Birmingham, will be connected to the Birmingham to Marylebone main line.    [DfT]    (HL4404)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 8th September (WA 6) concerning Cross Border Bodies, why the audit of the 2001 accounts for Waterways Ireland has not been completed.    [NIO]    (HL4405)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 8th September (WA 8) concerning the budget for the Special European Union Programmes Body, when the approval for the budget was given; and why that information was not included in the original answer.    [NIO]    (HL4406)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 8th September (WA 8) concerning the Northern Ireland Parades Commission, what is the Commission’s budget per year broken down under normal headings.    [NIO]    (HL4407)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many bodies from suspected IRA murders have not been discovered since 1969.    [NIO]    (HL4408)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the members of the Legal Aid Board in Northern Ireland; how many are appointed; by whom; and how much they are paid.    [DfCA]    (HL4409)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 8th September (WA 6) concerning Cross Border Bodies, what is the “normal budget process each year”; whether it includes consultation with all concerned; and on what date proportionality of funding was discussed with the Ulster Scots Agency.    [NIO]    (HL4410)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many convictions for the smuggling of illegal meat have been recorded on the central database of H M Customs and Excise since 11th April.    [HMT]    (HL4412)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many additional mobile anti-smuggling detection teams and trained dogs have been deployed by H M Customs and Excise since 11th April when they took over responsibility for anti-smuggling controls on meat.    [HMT]    (HL4413)

The Lord Howell of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the current independent evaluation of the Conflict Prevention Pools, the Africa Pool and the Global Conflict Prevention Pool, will be completed; and in what form it will be published.    [FCO]    (HL4414)

The Lord JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent initiatives they have introduced to lessen waiting lists in the National Health Service.    [DoH]    (HL4415)

The Lord JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in eliminating mixed wards in the National Health Service.    [DoH]    (HL4416)

The Lord JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures have been taken to eliminate unnecessary administrative posts in the National Health Service with a view to spending Government funding on front line services.    [DoH]    (HL4417)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether—

        (a)  during the Estonian referendum on whether to join the European Union, the British Ambassador to Estonia and other Embassy staff have toured Estonia on the “Yes” campaign’s Eurobus distributing material in favour of a “Yes” vote; and

        (b)  the Government donated money to the Polish government to buy the Polish “Eurobus” for similar purposes in Poland;

and, if so, whether these activities meet the United Kingdom’s obligations under Article 41.1 of the Vienna Convention, 1964.    [FCO]    (HL4418)

The Lord SkelmersdaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of human tuberculosis were reported in each of the last seven years for which they have figures. [DoH]    (HL4419)

The Lord SkelmersdaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of human tuberculosis there were in the North-West and South-West regions of England for each of the last seven years for which they have figures.    [DoH]    (HL4420)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many days of each year since 1997 the Prime Minister of the day has been working; and, of these, on how many he has been abroad.    [CO]    (HL4421)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether further reforms will need to be made to the provisions of Titles VIII and XI of Part Three of the Treaty of Rome in the coming Inter-Governmental Conference to ensure that the European economies respond sufficiently to the measures taken under the Lisbon agenda and that the European Union meets the objective of becoming the world’s most competitive economy; and, if so, what those reforms should be.    [FCO]    (HL4422)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what monitoring they undertake of the practices of contractors appointed by local authorities to administer parking penalties in their areas.    [ODPM]    (HL4423)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what statistics they have on the income derived by local authorities from the imposition of parking penalties in their areas.    [ODPM]    (HL4424)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what legal penalties apply to the employees of contractors appointed by local authorities to administer parking penalties in their areas who themselves commit parking, traffic or other offences in the performance of their duties.    [ODPM]    (HL4425)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have agreed that United Kingdom public expenditure on the occupation and reconstruction of Iraq will be a proportionate share of United States expenditure.    [FCO]    (HL4426)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the European Commission concerning any reduction in the workforce that may result from Alstom’s proposal to reduce its United Kingdom staff by 5,000, and concerning any relationship between this reduction and the French government’s subsidy to the company.    [DTI]    (HL4427)

11th September

The Baroness McIntosh of HudnallTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the British Council Trustees Annual Report and Accounts for 2002-03.    (HL4431)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord President to the supplementary question by the Lord Richard on 8th September (HL Deb, col. 3), whether European Union Commissioners and staff are bound to owe allegiance solely to the European Union, ignoring the interests of their country, in accordance with (a) the solemn declaration made by incoming European Union Commissioners; (b) Article 213 (2) of the Treaty establishing the European Community; and (c) Titles II (Rights and Obligations of Officials) and VI (Disciplinary Measures) of the European Union staff Regulations.    (HL4432)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord President to the supplementary question by the Lord Richard on 8th September (HL Deb, col. 3), whether former European Union Commissioners and staff may lose their entitlement to retirement pension if they are in breach of Article 213 (2) of the Treaty establishing the European Community or of Titles II (Rights and Obligations of Officials) or VI (Disciplinary Measures) of the European Union Staff Regulations.    (HL4433)

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.    (HL4434)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce legislation containing their proposals for longer minimum prison sentences.    (HL4435)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 8th September (WA 43-44) concerning cluster bombs in Iraq, how many people have been killed and how many have been injured in the bombing of Iraq.    (HL4436)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been killed and how many people have been injured by unexploded bombs since the end of hostilities in Iraq.    (HL4437)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they can reconcile the statement at paragraph 453 of the Explanatory Notes to the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill that £22 million of set up costs for the Commission for Health Audit and Inspection and the Commission for Social Care Inspection have already been allocated to the Department with the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 8th September (WA 68) that Parliamentary approval had not yet been obtained for £22 million for the set up of new services by those bodies.    (HL4438)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total amount of set up costs expected to be incurred in respect of the Commission for Health Audit and Inspection and the Commission for Social Care Inspection in 2003-04.    (HL4439)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will state the financial basis on which National Health Service trusts are permitted to raise income from private patients and in particular whether National Health Service trusts are required to cover all costs, including apportionments of overheads and capital charges.    (HL4440)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they monitor the financial results of private patient activity within National Health Service trusts.    (HL4441)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether National Health Service trusts are permitted to use marginal costing in arriving at charges made to private patients.    (HL4442)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have agreed to the proposals submitted to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by the National Animal Disease Information Service for expanding the network; and, if so, what is the forward plan.    (HL4443)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to Strategy for Sustainable Farming and Food, whether the promised research on the potential for further reducing agricultural emissions has begun; and, if so, what is the planned timetable.    (HL4444)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the new powers granted to British Waterways will be affected by proposals in the Water Bill to create licensed water suppliers only for supply to the largest 2000 sites.    (HL4445)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to Strategy for Sustainable Farming and Food, whether the five pilot catchment flood management plans are in place; and, if so, when the first progress report is due.    (HL4446)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 3rd June (WA 147-148), how many of the “significant discrepancies which had to be resolved before payment” (under Bovine Schemes) were traced to errors in the Cattle Tracing System; and what steps have been taken to prevent this happening again.    (HL4447)

The Lord Morris of AberavonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 8th September (WA 17-18), why there have been no visits from lawyers to the British citizens held at Guantanamo; what representations the Government have made to the United States government to allow such legal visits; why there have been no visits by British officials since April; and whether further visits by British officials have been requested and denied.    (HL4448)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 9th September (WA 107) concerning human rights, in the discussion with the government of the Irish Republic what assurances have been received about the implementation of a parallel Human Rights Programme in that country.    (HL4449)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to support the tourism industry in Strabane District Council area.    (HL4450)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 9th September (WA 108), whether the budget for the European Union Special Programme Body for 2001 and 2002 was approved by the North South Ministerial Council using the procedure of 5th December 2002.    (HL4451)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 8th September (WA 6) concerning North South Implementation Bodies since creation, whether any funds have been transferred from one financial year to the next; if so, by which body; for how much; for what purpose; and what was the approval procedure.    (HL4452)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 9th September (WA 107) concerning a DVD called Rhyming Around Belfast, what role the Department of Culture and Arts and Leisure had in its production.    (HL4453)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer from the Lord President on 9th September (WA 106) concerning Cross Border Bodies, whether the decision of the North South Ministerial Council of 19th May concerning staff remuneration of the Language Implementation Body was taken in line with the procedures issued on 5th December 2002 entitled Ministerial Decision Making Interim Procedures.    (HL4454)

The Lord PattenTo ask the Leader of the House why it is that duly appointed opposition front bench spokesman may not claim any allowance on sitting days when their duties take them away from attendance in the House, for example to speak at a conference in north-western England, or to visit a hospital in north-eastern England.    (HL4455)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made in response to the President of Al-Quds University against the decision of the government of Israel to seize almost one-third of the university grounds to make way for the “security wall”; and what representations have been made by other European Union member states.    (HL4456)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that the principles of neutrality and impartiality currently in the European Union humanitarian regulation are added to the new European Union Constitutional Treaty.    (HL4457)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will include a reference to all developing countries, as defined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, in the new European Union Constitutional Treaty.    (HL4458)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any estimate of the cost to Burkina Faso of the civil war in Ivory Coast and neighbouring countries; and what extra assistance they have provided for refugees and returnees.    (HL4459)

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 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]

    Anti-social Behaviour [17th September]

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

Waiting for Report

    Fire Services [18th September]

    European Union (Accessions)

    Extradition

Waiting for Third Reading

    Patients’ Protection [HL] [12th September]

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

    Fireworks [15th September]

    Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Deceased Fathers) [18th September]

Sent to the Commons

    Arms Control and Disarmament (Inspections) [HL]

    Waste and Emissions Trading [HL]

    High Hedges [HL]

    Crime (International Co-operation) [HL]

    Voting Age (Reduction to 16) [HL]

    Public Services (Disruption) [HL]

    Equality [HL]

    Harbours [HL]

    Courts [HL]

    Road Traffic (Amendment) [HL]

    Sexual Offences [HL]

    Water [HL]

    London Local Authorities and Transport for London [HL]

    London Local Authorities [HL]

    Hereford Markets [HL]

Returned to the Commons with amendments

    Local Government

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

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

    Draft Electronic Communications (Networks and Services) (Penalties) (Rules for Calculation of Turnover) Order 2003

    Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 2) Regulations 2003

    Draft Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Modification) (No. 2) Order 2003

    Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Intrusive Surveillance) Order 2003

    Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Communications Data) Order 2003

    Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Directed Surveillance and Covert Human Intelligence Sources) Order 2003

    Draft Retention of Communications Data (Code of Practice) Order 2003

    Draft Retention of Communications Data (Extension of Initial Period) 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]

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
Draft Mental Incapacity Bill (Joint Committee)3.30 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

WEDNESDAY 8TH OCTOBER

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform (Select Committee)10.30 am

THURSDAY 9TH OCTOBER

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
 
 
 
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