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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

WEDNESDAY 8TH OCTOBER

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the governments of the other European Union countries about the recent closure by force by the government of Zimbabwe of the Daily News newspaper of Harare.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in the next five years there will be sufficient electricity to meet all foreseeable demands and, if not, what action they propose to take to ensure that any likely deficiency is made good.

*The Lord Jenkin of Roding—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take in the light of the failure of TXU (UK) Ltd and Maverick Energy Ltd to comply with the Renewables Obligation by paying the £23.6 million due from them by 1st October.

*The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they regard current policies in Iraq to be consistent with the legal advice which the Prime Minister received from the Attorney General.

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

‡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).

THURSDAY 9TH OCTOBER

[At eleven o’clock]

†Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Warner] [24th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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.

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

*The Lord Roberts of Conwy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the economy is meeting the Chancellor’s growth targets for 2003 and 2004; and, if not, what will be the effect on public finances.

†*The Baroness Miller of Hendon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take action to avert a second strike by postal workers.

[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

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

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

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 Andrews to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 11th July be approved. [27th Report from the Joint Committee]

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).

Sustainable Energy Bill—Committee [The Baroness Maddock]

MONDAY 13TH OCTOBER

*The Lord Campbell of Alloway—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether rules of engagement have been ordained for all coalition forces in Iraq concerning the opening of fire other than in self-defence, when death or injury may be occasioned, on refusal to stop a vehicle at a road block; and, if so, whether compliance with such rules affords any immunity from legal process.

*The Lord Goodhart—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the full text of the advice given to them by the Attorney General on the legal basis for the use of force against Iraq; and the instructions for the giving of that advice.

*The Baroness Sharples—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Weatherill amendment for the retention of 92 elected hereditary peers until stage 2 of House of Lords reform was negotiated on terms which were regarded as binding by those who gave it their assent.

†*The Lord Dubs—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the reconstruction of Afghanistan and the creation of a stable and peaceful society.

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

‡The Lord Dubs—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take following the outcome of the World Trade Organisation talks in Cancun.

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

TUESDAY 14TH OCTOBER

*The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how successful their late payment legislation has been, and whether more can be done to help small businesses with late payment of commercial debt.

*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the case for a comprehensive bill on disablement.

*The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will propose further reduction in European Union agricultural export subsidies, in particular the phasing out of subsidies on sugar and milk exports over the next four years.

†*The Lord Bradshaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003, what progress is being made in promoting a Traffic Regulation Order banning mechanically propelled vehicles from using national trails such as The Ridgeway.

†Household Waste Recycling Bill—Third Reading [The Baroness Gale]

Fire Services Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Rooker]

‡Employment (Northern Ireland) Order 2003—The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 8th September be approved.

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

WEDNESDAY 15TH OCTOBER

*The Lord Watson of Richmond—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to ensure that food relief to the people of Zimbabwe will not come under the control of Zanu-PF.

*The Lord Best—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will undertake a review of Part M of the Building Regulations, as revised in 1999, concerning the accessibility of all new homes.

*The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the current plans for judicial procedures at Guantanamo Bay will permit fair trials of those detained there.

‡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]

At three o’clock

*The Viscount Astor—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they are asking all horse and pony owners to apply for horse passports when the required statutory instrument has neither been laid before nor approved by Parliament.

†*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Iraq Survey Group is accountable to the British Government; and, if so, how this is reported to Parliament.

†*The Lord Turnberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Strategy Unit’s recent report about the adverse effects of “binge” drinking, what practical steps they are taking to combat heavy alcohol consumption.

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

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”.

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]

Electronic Communications (Networks and Services) (Penalties) (Rules for Calculation of Turnover) Order 2003—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 8th September be approved. [27th Report from the Joint Committee]

MONDAY 20TH OCTOBER

        Introduction—

The Lord Bishop of Liverpool

          will be introduced.

†*The Lord Northbrook—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect a deterioration in the public finances compared to Budget estimates.

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

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

TUESDAY 21ST OCTOBER

†*The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Commission remains the appropriate body to initiate European Union legislation.

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

Hunting Bill—Committee [The Lord Whitty]

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

WEDNESDAY 22ND OCTOBER

*The Baroness Boothroyd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to recover the amount owing to the National Health Service by overseas visitors, known as National Health Service tourists, who have unlawfully obtained free medical treatment.

Extradition Bill—Report [The Baroness Scotland of Asthal]

THURSDAY 23RD OCTOBER

†[At eleven o’clock]

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

At three o’clock

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

MONDAY 27TH OCTOBER

†*The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are reviewing the level of benefits paid to war widows whose husbands died before the advent of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme.

WEDNESDAY 5TH NOVEMBER

        Introduction—

The Lord Bishop of Durham

          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 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 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 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).

The Lord Moynihan—To call attention to the case for a new government policy for sport and recreation; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To move to resolve, That this House declines to approve the draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Intrusive Surveillance) Order 2003.

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To move to resolve, That this House declines to approve the draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Communications Data) Order 2003.

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To move to resolve, That this House declines to approve the draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Directed Surveillance and Covert Human Intelligence Sources) Order 2003.

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To move to resolve, That this House declines to approve the draft Retention of Communications Data (Code of Practice) Order 2003.

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To move to resolve, That this House declines to approve the draft Retention of Communications Data (Extension of Initial Period) Order 2003.

The Lord Hooson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will explore the potential of harnessing tidal power to produce electricity; and in particular whether they will set up a full study of the feasibility and cost of harnessing the tides in the Severn estuary.

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 7th October, or unanswered after 21 days]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

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)

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)

8th September

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. [NIO]    (HL4324)

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 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 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 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 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 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)

10th September

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 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 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, 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 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 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)

11th September

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. [DoH]    (HL4440)

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. [DoH]    (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. [DEFRA]    (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. [DEFRA]    (HL4444)

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. [DEFRA]    (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. [DEFRA]    (HL4447)

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. [NIO]    (HL4449)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to support the tourism industry in Strabane District Council area. [NIO]    (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. [NIO]    (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. [NIO]    (HL4452)

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. [NIO]    (HL4454)

12th September

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the number of government jobs in Strabane District Council area. [NIO]    (HL4466)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 10th September (WA 122) concerning cross border implementation bodies, whether the bodies are consulted about their yearly budgets; and, if not, why not. [NIO]    (HL4467)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 10th September (WA 123), whether the provision of a car for the chief executive is a matter only for the implementation body. [NIO]    (HL4468)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 10th September (WA 123), on what date the appropriate departments and the North South Ministerial Council approved the provision of a car for the chief executive of the Special European Union Programmes Body. [NIO]    (HL4469)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the housing stock in Ballymagorry, County Tyrone. [NIO]    (HL4470)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 10th September (WA 124) concerning equality in Northern Ireland, whether their policy is to promote equality of opportunity or of outcome. [NIO]    (HL4471)

15th September

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have refused to have British prisoners of war from Afghanistan returned to Britain in early 2002 or subsequently. [FCO]    (HL4486)

The Lord WakehamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their policy remains that advice to Ministers by officials is not published. [DfCA]    (HL4489)

The Lord WakehamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what occasions advice to Ministers by officials during the current conflict in Iraq has been published. [CO]    (HL4490)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is appropriate that members of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission who have withdrawn from the Commission’s activities, but are still members, should still receive their salaries. [NIO]    (HL4491)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what judicial reviews were taken against public authorities in Northern Ireland in the last three years; which failed; and who paid the costs in each case. [NIO]    (HL4492)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisation has the contract for the removal of cigarette ends from the entrance to government offices in Northern Ireland; and how much it costs each year. [NIO]    (HL4493)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek compensation from the Libyan government for any terrorist crimes committed by the IRA using weapons supplied by that government. [FCO]    (HL4494)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the capacity of the unionist, loyalist and Ulster Scots communities in Northern Ireland to apply successfully for funding from PEACE II. [NIO]    (HL4495)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any of the departments in Northern Ireland are European Fund Implementing Bodies for “Sustainable Tourism Developments based on Cultural Resources” and, if so, which; what allocations have been made; and for what purposes. [NIO]    (HL4496)

16th September

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are discussing with the United States authorities the continued imprisonment without trial in Guantanamo of persons aged under 16 and over 60; and, if not, whether on humanitarian grounds they will do so. [FCO]    (HL4511)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they require social service departments to report to a central point any evidence of trafficking of—

        (a)  children under 18; and

        (b)  adults;

        and whether such a requirement is in accord with international obligations. [DWP]  (HL4512)

The Lord Fearn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Sites of Special Scientific Interest are situated in North West England; and where such sites are located. [DEFRA]    (HL4515)

The Baroness Howe of IdlicoteTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the proposed profile of spending that is expected to result from the changes to the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme announced in this year’s Budget. [DEFRA]    (HL4519)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, before embarking upon the war in Iraq, they assessed the extent of risk of obstruction, resistance and armed opposition to the occupation of Iraq; and, if so, what was their assessment of the extent of the risk. [FCO]    (HL4521)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, before embarking upon the war in Iraq, they were warned by the Intelligence and Security Services of the United Kingdom or the United States that there was likely to be a significant obstruction, resistance and armed opposition to the occupation of Iraq. [FCO]    (HL4522)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether denying convicted prisoners the right to vote amounts to an additional punishment; and whether this is compatible with Article 25 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as interpreted by the United Nations Human Rights Committee. [FCO]    (HL4523)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether denying prisoners the right to vote affects their ability to persuade Ministers of the Crown and those responsible for the Prison Service to improve the conditions in which they are imprisoned. [HO]    (HL4524)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners are serving sentences for non-payment of television licences. [HO]    (HL4532)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what work has been done to the railway line from Ballymena to Portrush and Londonderry in each of the last five years; how much it cost; and what work is proposed for the next five years. [NIO]    (HL4533)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase Ulster Scots cultural tourism in County Antrim. [NIO]    (HL4534)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will refer the arrangements for the allocation and inheritance of public house licences to the Equality Commission for assessment of their adherence to current equality law and good practice. [NIO]    (HL4535)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many smoking rooms are maintained by the Northern Ireland Civil Service; how frequently staff are permitted to visit such rooms and for what length of time; what are the annual staffing and office space costs involved; and when these arrangements will be terminated in line with their policy on smoking. [NIO]    (HL4536)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of the new underpass at Belfast City Airport; what is the estimated number of cars currently using the underpass; and what was the estimated use when the decision was taken to construct the underpass. [NIO]    (HL4537)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the refusal by a professional to become involved with the placement of children for adoption by same sex couples on the grounds of conscience is grounds for dismissal. [DTI]    (HL4540)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what protection in law there is for a professional who for reasons of conscience is unable to agree to placing children for adoption with same sex couples. [DTI]    (HL4541)

7th October

The Lord JoplingTo ask the Leader of the House whether she intends to reinforce the existing convention that Questions for Written Answer should be given replies within two weeks; and what steps she intends to take in connection with those Departments who have failed to provide replies to 52 Questions which have awaited replies on 7th October for between three and twelve weeks.    (HL4653)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether four children aged 13, 14 and 15, together with two men aged 88 and 98, are still held at Guantanamo Bay (Cuba); and whether they are asking the United States authorities to release the young and old prisoners.    (HL4654)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many suicide attempts there have been by prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay (Cuba); and whether they are asking the United States authorities to improve conditions for all prisoners, in particular by giving them a minimum of one-hour exercise per day.    (HL4655)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy as regards the disarming of militants and criminals in Liberia; what plans they have for child soldiers to be rehabilitated and re-integrated with their families; and whether the experience of Caritas Makeni in Sierra Leone will be studied and applied.    (HL4656)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 6th October (WA 22), whether they will ask Mr Moazzam Begg, now in detention at Guantanamo (Cuba), whether he was arrested at Islamabad in February 2002, whether he previously fought in Afghanistan and to verify his replies with the Pakistan government.    (HL4657)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the statutory guidance relating to the Licensing Act 2003 is to be published.    (HL4658)

The Baroness GreengrossTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom state pensioners in receipt of the United Kingdom state pension live in the Philippines; and how many Filipino state pensioners live in the United Kingdom.    (HL4659)

The Baroness GreengrossTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom pensioners living in the Philippines receive a frozen state pension; how many receive an annually uprated state pension; and whether they can estimate the annual cost of paying their state pensions.    (HL4660)

The Baroness GreengrossTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the social security reciprocal agreement with the Philippines providing for the annual uprating of the state pension was signed; and when it was implemented.    (HL4661)

The Lord HoosonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total financial cost to the British Treasury, to date, of financing the preparation for and participation in the war in Iraq and the restoration of law and order and essential services in that country.    (HL4662)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what diplomatic protection they have given to United Kingdom nationals whose farms and other properties in Zimbabwe have been unlawfully seized, occupied or damaged in breach of the domestic laws of Zimbabwe.    (HL4663)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they have given to United Kingdom nationals whose farms and other properties in Zimbabwe have been unlawfully seized, occupied or damaged in breach of the domestic laws of Zimbabwe to enable them to seek legal remedies, whether in the courts of Zimbabwe or internationally.    (HL4664)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to discourage sexually discriminatory behaviour by male police officers towards women police officers and members of the public, in light of the 1997-1998 and 2002-2003 Reports of the Police Complaints Authority.    (HL4665)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Northern Ireland Railways Templepatrick station will be opened.    (HL4666)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the main conclusions of the A D Little Report of April 2002 into Northern Ireland Railways.    (HL4667)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the prison population in Northern Ireland on 1st September in each year since 1994.    (HL4668)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current establishment figure for the Police Service of Northern Ireland; and how that compares with the proposed figure for 2003.    (HL4669)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what they mean by weapons of mass destruction; and which countries they consider to be in possession of such weapons.    (HL4670)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the budget for 2003 for both sections of the Language Implementation Body; and how it compares with the budget for 2002.    (HL4671)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether qualification for the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens will lead to the selection of a Great Britain’s women’s wheelchair basketball team.    (HL4672)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to make representations to the International Olympic Committee to investigate alleged cases of American Olympic medallists who have had positive drug tests but have subsequently been cleared on appeal by United States track and field officials.    (HL4673)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention to provide long term funding for Sportsmatch.    (HL4674)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to continue funding Sportsmatch from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport via Sport England and retain Sportsmatch as an organisation independent from Government.    (HL4675)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to increase funding for Sportsmatch in order to keep pace with demand for Sportsmatch programmes.    (HL4676)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 6th June (WA 200), whether they will publish a similar table showing on 31st March 2002 the number of British citizens in prison in each country in the European Union; and how many, if any, in each country have been held in custody for—

        (a)  longer than three months without being given bail;

        (b)  longer than six months without being given bail;

        (c)  longer than three months without being charged;

        (d)  longer than six months without being charged;

    how many were subsequently released having been in jail longer than three months without standing trial; and how many were subsequently released having been in jail longer than six months without standing trial.  (HL4677)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 6th June (WA 200), whether the answer that no British citizen in any European Union country had been held for over three months without being charged meant that each prisoner in each country at that date had been told he would definitely stand trial; and, if not, what is the meaning of “without being charged” in the Answer.    (HL4678)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 6th June (WA 200), how many prisoners in each European Union country were held for over six months at 31st March 2003 without being given bail.    (HL4679)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 6th June (WA 200), how many British citizens in each country in the European Union held for over three months on 31st March 2003 without being given bail were subsequently released without standing trial.    (HL4680)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 6th June (WA 200), how many British citizens in each country in the European Union held for over six months on 31st March 2003 without being given bail were subsequently released without standing trial.    (HL4681)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that the European Union Public Procurement Directive as drafted will enable environmental and social needs to be adequately taken into account.    (HL4682)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the United Kingdom delegation advising the European Commission on any changes necessary to fulfill the aims of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Sustainable Food Procurement Initiative.    (HL4683)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they will give to United Kingdom Members of the European Parliament on the Conciliation Committee regarding amendment 95 to Article 53.1 in the Classical Directive and amendment 50 to Article 55.1 in the Sectoral Directive.    (HL4684)

The Baroness Williams of CrosbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are urging Ethiopia and Eritrea to accept the conclusions of the Boundary Commission on the location of the border between the two states and to implement those conclusions.    (HL4685)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 20th May (HL Deb, col. 685), what progress has been made in the establishment of a national register, as required by section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997; whether the project became operational on 31st August 2003 as predicted in the answer; and, if so, how many police forces are now able to use it.    (HL4686)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give their latest estimate of the total annual cost to public funds of the House of Commons, the House of Lords and the European Parliament, expressed in pounds sterling per Member.    (HL4687)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

7th OCTOBER 2003

[Tabled on the dates shown]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

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)

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)

8th September

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.    [NIO]    (HL4324)

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 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 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 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 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 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)

10th September

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 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 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, 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 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 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)

11th September

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.    [DoH]    (HL4440)

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. [DoH]    (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.    [DEFRA]    (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. [DEFRA]    (HL4444)

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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [DEFRA]    (HL4447)

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.    [NIO]    (HL4449)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to support the tourism industry in Strabane District Council area.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (HL4452)

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. [NIO]    (HL4454)

12th September

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the number of government jobs in Strabane District Council area.    [NIO]    (HL4466)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 10th September (WA 122) concerning cross border implementation bodies, whether the bodies are consulted about their yearly budgets; and, if not, why not.    [NIO]    (HL4467)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 10th September (WA 123), whether the provision of a car for the chief executive is a matter only for the implementation body.    [NIO]    (HL4468)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 10th September (WA 123), on what date the appropriate departments and the North South Ministerial Council approved the provision of a car for the chief executive of the Special European Union Programmes Body.    [NIO]    (HL4469)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the housing stock in Ballymagorry, County Tyrone.    [NIO]    (HL4470)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 10th September (WA 124) concerning equality in Northern Ireland, whether their policy is to promote equality of opportunity or of outcome.    [NIO]    (HL4471)

15th September

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have refused to have British prisoners of war from Afghanistan returned to Britain in early 2002 or subsequently. [FCO]    (HL4486)

The Lord WakehamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their policy remains that advice to Ministers by officials is not published.    [DfCA]    (HL4489)

The Lord WakehamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what occasions advice to Ministers by officials during the current conflict in Iraq has been published.    [CO]    (HL4490)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is appropriate that members of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission who have withdrawn from the Commission’s activities, but are still members, should still receive their salaries.    [NIO]    (HL4491)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what judicial reviews were taken against public authorities in Northern Ireland in the last three years; which failed; and who paid the costs in each case.    [NIO]    (HL4492)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisation has the contract for the removal of cigarette ends from the entrance to government offices in Northern Ireland; and how much it costs each year.    [NIO]    (HL4493)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek compensation from the Libyan government for any terrorist crimes committed by the IRA using weapons supplied by that government.    [FCO]    (HL4494)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the capacity of the unionist, loyalist and Ulster Scots communities in Northern Ireland to apply successfully for funding from PEACE II.    [NIO]    (HL4495)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any of the departments in Northern Ireland are European Fund Implementing Bodies for “Sustainable Tourism Developments based on Cultural Resources” and, if so, which; what allocations have been made; and for what purposes.    [NIO]    (HL4496)

16th September

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are discussing with the United States authorities the continued imprisonment without trial in Guantanamo of persons aged under 16 and over 60; and, if not, whether on humanitarian grounds they will do so.    [FCO]    (HL4511)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they require social service departments to report to a central point any evidence of trafficking of—

        (a)  children under 18; and

        (b)  adults;

        and whether such a requirement is in accord with international obligations.    [DWP]  (HL4512)

The Lord Fearn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Sites of Special Scientific Interest are situated in North West England; and where such sites are located.    [DEFRA]    (HL4515)

The Baroness Howe of IdlicoteTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the proposed profile of spending that is expected to result from the changes to the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme announced in this year’s Budget.    [DEFRA]    (HL4519)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, before embarking upon the war in Iraq, they assessed the extent of risk of obstruction, resistance and armed opposition to the occupation of Iraq; and, if so, what was their assessment of the extent of the risk.    [FCO]    (HL4521)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, before embarking upon the war in Iraq, they were warned by the Intelligence and Security Services of the United Kingdom or the United States that there was likely to be a significant obstruction, resistance and armed opposition to the occupation of Iraq.    [FCO]    (HL4522)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether denying convicted prisoners the right to vote amounts to an additional punishment; and whether this is compatible with Article 25 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as interpreted by the United Nations Human Rights Committee.    [FCO]    (HL4523)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether denying prisoners the right to vote affects their ability to persuade Ministers of the Crown and those responsible for the Prison Service to improve the conditions in which they are imprisoned. [HO]    (HL4524)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners are serving sentences for non-payment of television licences.    [HO]    (HL4532)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what work has been done to the railway line from Ballymena to Portrush and Londonderry in each of the last five years; how much it cost; and what work is proposed for the next five years.    [NIO]    (HL4533)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase Ulster Scots cultural tourism in County Antrim.    [NIO]    (HL4534)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will refer the arrangements for the allocation and inheritance of public house licences to the Equality Commission for assessment of their adherence to current equality law and good practice.    [NIO]    (HL4535)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many smoking rooms are maintained by the Northern Ireland Civil Service; how frequently staff are permitted to visit such rooms and for what length of time; what are the annual staffing and office space costs involved; and when these arrangements will be terminated in line with their policy on smoking. [NIO]    (HL4536)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of the new underpass at Belfast City Airport; what is the estimated number of cars currently using the underpass; and what was the estimated use when the decision was taken to construct the underpass. [NIO]    (HL4537)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the refusal by a professional to become involved with the placement of children for adoption by same sex couples on the grounds of conscience is grounds for dismissal.    [DTI]    (HL4540)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what protection in law there is for a professional who for reasons of conscience is unable to agree to placing children for adoption with same sex couples.    [DTI]    (HL4541)

17th September

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times the publication of the Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan Draft has been postponed; and when it will be published. [NIO]    (HL4552)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what circumstances the Northern Ireland Department of the Environment would feel it necessary to employ professional advocates at Planning Appeals Commissions hearings.    [NIO]    (HL4553)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have a policy to reduce the need for payments from the Northern Ireland Compensation Agency by promoting greater understanding amongst all sections of the community.    [NIO]    (HL4555)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which recommendations from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence have not been implemented in Northern Ireland and why. [NIO]    (HL4556)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 10th September (WA 119) concerning renal isotope scanning service in Belfast, how much funding has been made available; and when the service will be reinstated.    [NIO]    (HL4557)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what resources have been transferred from local authority child protection services to the implementation of section 17 of the Children Act 1989 in accordance with the Directive entitled “Refocusing Children’s Services”, issued by the Department of Health in 1996.    [DoH]    (HL4558)

The Lord SelsdonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which mammals and other animals are classified as “vermin”.    [DEFRA]    (HL4559)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, during the private briefings for opposition party leaders, prior to the Iraq campaign, the leaders were told of the Joint Intelligence Committee’s assessment “that any collapse of the Iraqi regime would increase the risk of chemical and biological warfare technology or agents finding their way into the hands of terrorists, not necessarily Al-Quaida,” as reported in the Intelligence and Security Committee’s Report (Cmd 5972, page 34).    [CO]    (HL4560)

The Lord Jenkin of RodingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have not yet ratified the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety; and whether they expect to have ratified in time to participate in the first meeting under the Protocol in February 2004.    [DTI]    (HL4561)

The Lord PalmerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what technologies, if any, are currently available to convert woody biomass into bioethanol; and what is the estimated cost per tonne of such fuels.    [DEFRA]    (HL4564)

18th September

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what legal restraints apply to the failure by manufacturers to undertake repairs to or replacement of household refrigerators that break down within the guarantee period, when such breakdown has health and other consequences for children, vulnerable elderly people or others in special need. [DTI]    (HL4568)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the higher prevalence of deaths among older vulnerable people during this year’s exceptionally high summer temperatures; and what action they are taking in response to these deaths.    [DoH]    (HL4569)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision is planned for passengers to move the 400 metres between London Stratford international and domestic stations.    [DfT]    (HL4570)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is intended to move Eurostar’s maintenance and servicing facility from North Pole to Temple Mills in London. [DfT]    (HL4571)

The Duke of MontroseTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the findings of the research on the effect of fishing for sand eels, currently being carried out for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by a boat based at Grimsby, to be made public.    [DEFRA]    (HL4577)

The Baroness Sharp of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which statutory instruments under the Education Act 2002 have had to be amended subsequently due to an error or omission in the original instrument.    [DfES]    (HL4584)

The Baroness Sharp of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to commence Schedule 2 to the Education Act 2002.    [DfES]    (HL4585)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are giving or plan to give to the local authorities in the Hull area to help with the improvement of quality of life there.    [ODPM]    (HL4592)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been spent to date per year on consultancy work by—

        (a)  Waterways Ireland;

        (b)  Enterprise Ireland;

        (c)  Food Safety Board;

        (d)  Tourism Ireland;

        what was the purpose of the work; and who conducted it.    [NIO]  (HL4594)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the internal staff costs of each of the North South Implementation Bodies for each year since their creation.    [NIO]    (HL4595)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the senior official currently on secondment as Chief Executive of Action Mental Health in Northern Ireland will return to a post in the Department of Employment and Learning.    [NIO]    (HL4596)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff the following Departments (or the total of those parts of their predecessor departments with the same functions) employed in 1997 and 1992 (a) in London and (b) in the rest of the South East England: Culture, Media and Sport; Customs and Excise; Education and Skills; Work and Pensions; Health; Trade and Industry; Home Office; Constitutional Affairs; and the Office of National Statistics.    [HMT]    (HL4600)

6th October

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions in the last five years a police force has declared a “scene of crime” on—

        (a)  the Highways Agency road network; and

        (b)  the Network Rail network.    [HO]  (HL4603)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which police force declared that the slow speed derailment of a train at Kings Cross station on 6th September was a “scene of crime”; and for how many hours this remained in force.    [HO]    (HL4604)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the declaration of a “scene of crime” at Kings Cross Station on 16th September following a slow speed derailment contributed to re-establishing normal rail services in the shortest possible time.    [HO]    (HL4605)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which regulations cover the provision of road crash barriers at bridges crossing over railway lines; and whether Department of Transport papers H9/73 or TD19/85 are still in force.    [DfT]    (HL4606)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the proportion of road vehicle drivers who are “at work” as defined by the Health and Safety Executive document of September Driving at Work.    [DWP]    (HL4607)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to ensure compliance with the Health and Safety Executive document of September Driving at Work.    [DWP]    (HL4608)

The Lord QuirkTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many undergraduate places at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge in the year 2001 were awarded to pupils from each of the following institutions—

        (a)  comprehensive schools;

        (b)  sixth-form colleges;

        (c)  independent schools;

        (d)  grammar schools; and

        (e)  further education colleges.    [DfES]  (HL4609)

The Lord Quirk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many undergraduate places in the year 2001 in the Russell Group of Universities as a whole were awarded to pupils from each of the following institutions—

        (a)  comprehensive schools;

        (b)  sixth-form colleges;

        (c)  independent schools;

        (d)  grammar schools; and

        (e)  further education colleges. [DfES]   (HL4610)

[As amended on 7th October]

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what statistics they have on violent attacks on people who work in convenience stores for each of the last three years and the current year to date; what is the average time taken by police forces to respond to emergency calls from them; whether they are content with current response times; and what action they are taking to work with retailers to combat violent crime in their stores.    [HO]    (HL4611)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask the Leader of the House what consideration is being given to replicating in the House of Lords the procedure of the House of Commons on Written Ministerial Statements.    [LHoL]    (HL4612)

The Baroness GreengrossTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the late payment legislation applies to contractual payments by local authorities to voluntary organisations. [DTI]    (HL4613)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to improve aircraft technology so that relevant pollutants around Heathrow Airport will meet European Union limits in 2010.    [DfT]    (HL4614)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had any discussions with BAe Systems and other manufacturers regarding the timetable for the launch of new aircraft technology over the next ten years and the potential effects of that technology.    [DTI]    (HL4615)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to create a citizens’ information register to bring together the existing information held by the Government and their agents on the citizens of the United Kingdom.    [HMT]    (HL4616)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 15th September (WA 155), when they will be able to inform Parliament of the public expenditure that has been, and is likely to be, incurred in relation to the first year of the occupation of Iraq, including the cost of securing Iraq, policing it, and stabilising a new government in Iraq.    [MoD]    (HL4617)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 17th September (WA 179), whether, and if so how, the amendments made to the Race Relations Act 1976 by the 2003 regulations are compatible with the right to equality before the law and the equal protection of the law, including the right to equal treatment before Employment Tribunals, for non-white individuals as well as white individuals.    [HO]    (HL4618)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have the capacity and means to ascertain the manner in which other member states of the European Union have excluded discrimination based on colour from their domestic legislation implementing the Race Directive.    [HO]    (HL4619)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any European or Commonwealth states have legislative chambers that are wholly unelected.    [DfCA]    (HL4620)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether diet is a key ingredient in reducing anti-social behaviour; and, if so, whether they will introduce supplements in prisoners’ diet containing essential vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. [HO]    (HL4621)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any evidence that BAe Systems has used bribes to promote sales of Hawk jet-trainers and attack aircraft at various times since 1996 to India, South Africa and Qatar; if so, what offences they consider may have been committed; and what action they intend to take.    [DTI]    (HL4622)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recent European Union statement calling for the registration of arms brokers.    [MoD]    (HL4623)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy concerning the proposal to the G8 meeting held in June, by the President of Brazil, for a tax on international arms trading.    [FCO]    (HL4624)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total cost to public funds, including expenditure on policing and security, of the recent Defence Systems and Equipment International (DSEI); and what benefits they estimate to have accrued to the British economy.    [MoD]    (HL4625)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether allied forces in Afghanistan are holding prisoners in underground cellars at Bagram airbase; whether there have been any deaths in custody there; whether sensory deprivation during the flight from Bagram to Cuba has affected the mental health of the prisoners; and what representations they have made, or are making, to the United States government.    [FCO]    (HL4626)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the European court ruling in the case of Hacene Akrich, the United Kingdom remains sovereign in respect of its immigration policy.    [HO]    (HL4627)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why invitations and supporting letters from the North South Ministerial Council Joint Secretariat to Board members of the Ulster Scots Agency referred to Northern Ireland as “the North”; what is their policy regarding the naming of Northern Ireland in this way; and whether the North South Ministerial Council Joint Secretariat in Armagh is aware of that policy.    [NIO]    (HL4628)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will arrange a corporate governance seminar for the staff of the North South Ministerial Council Joint Secretariat. [NIO]    (HL4629)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the signalling system used by Northern Ireland Railways complies with the railway’s current network standards for intercity traffic.    [NIO]    (HL4630)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the passenger service from Knockmore Railway Station to Belfast is to be reinstated.    [NIO]    (HL4631)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many consultants’ reports have been produced on Northern Ireland Railways activity since January 1996; by whom; and for what purpose.    [NIO]    (HL4632)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the review of the Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985 will be available.    [NIO]    (HL4633)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the obligation under the Jobseekers Act 1995 on claimants to prove that they are actively seeking work carries a corresponding obligation on employers to acknowledge receipt of applications and their rejection where appropriate; and, if not, whether they take the view that there should be such obligation on employers.    [DWP]    (HL4634)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the performance of the Office for National Statistics is satisfactory.    [HMT]    (HL4635)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, whether, in relation to their increases in public expenditure on public services over recent years, they accept the conclusions of the Office for National Statistics that “using government’s contribution to GDP, output growth lagged behind the increase in inputs...This suggests that, over time, resources were being used less efficiently” (Economic Trends, No. 596, July 2003, p.27).    [HMT]    (HL4636)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  how many claims have been received by the Financial Ombudsman Service; and

        (b)  how many of those claims have been successful.    [DTI]  (HL4637)

The Lord Taylor of Warwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why on 12th September the Office for National Statistics introduced a new methodology for assessing economic growth.    [HMT]    (HL4638)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what dates since 30th September 2002 the Prime Minister has met Mr Rupert Murdoch or spoken to him on the telephone respectively.    [CO]    (HL4639)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Home Secretary has yet made a decision on whether or not to issue an Order to Proceed under the Extradition Act 1989 against the Iranian ex-Ambassador to Argentina, Mr Hadi Soleimanpour.    [HO]    (HL4640)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Department of Health sent guidance to hospitals and primary care trusts saying that they did not have to find money for photodynamic therapy for nine months.    [DoH]    (HL4641)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what authority the Department of Health has to set aside the rule that guidance for the National Institute for Clinical Excellence should be implemented within three months.    [DoH]    (HL4642)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the claim that thousands of people with age-related macular degeneration will go blind if photodynamic therapy is not available for nine months.    [DoH]    (HL4643)

The Lord AdebowaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  how many people have been moved from long-stay hospitals to alternative accommodation since the publication of the Valuing People White Paper;

        (b)  which long-stay hospitals continue to provide accommodation for people with a learning disability; and

        (c)  how many people with a learning disability remain in long-stay hospitals and alternative accommodation.    [DoH]  (HL4644)

The Lord Roberts of Conwy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many new jobs have been created since the Government came into office in 1997 in (a) the public and (b) the private sectors.    [DTI]    (HL4645)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many new jobs have been created since they came into office in 1997 by region in the United Kingdom; and how many were in (a) the public and (b) the private sectors in each region of the United Kingdom.    [DTI]    (HL4646)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total cost of the Government’s New Deal for Lone Parents in 2002-03; and how much of the total was received directly by the participants.    [DWP]    (HL4647)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the lump sum, announced at the Labour Party Conference to be received in return for deferring the state pension for five years, will be taxable; if so, why; and at what rate.    [HMT]    (HL4648)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 6th October (WA 14-15) concerning the sale of the Dome, whether they will explain the term “should go unconditional in spring 2004”.    [ODPM]    (HL4649)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to whom English Partnerships is accountable for management of the Dome.    [ODPM]    (HL4650)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government from whom English Partnerships derives authority for expenditure on security and maintenance of the Dome; and whether the expenditure is subject to any limits.    [ODPM]    (HL4651)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much income, after the deduction of related expenditure, has been generated from events held at the Dome since its closure to the public in January 2000.    [ODPM]    (HL4652)

7th October

The Lord JoplingTo ask the Leader of the House whether she intends to reinforce the existing convention that Questions for Written Answer should be given replies within two weeks; and what steps she intends to take in connection with those Departments who have failed to provide replies to 52 Questions which have awaited replies on 7th October for between three and twelve weeks.    (HL4653)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether four children aged 13, 14 and 15, together with two men aged 88 and 98, are still held at Guantanamo Bay (Cuba); and whether they are asking the United States authorities to release the young and old prisoners.    (HL4654)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many suicide attempts there have been by prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay (Cuba); and whether they are asking the United States authorities to improve conditions for all prisoners, in particular by giving them a minimum of one-hour exercise per day.    (HL4655)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy as regards the disarming of militants and criminals in Liberia; what plans they have for child soldiers to be rehabilitated and re-integrated with their families; and whether the experience of Caritas Makeni in Sierra Leone will be studied and applied.    (HL4656)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 6th October (WA 22), whether they will ask Mr Moazzam Begg, now in detention at Guantanamo (Cuba), whether he was arrested at Islamabad in February 2002, whether he previously fought in Afghanistan and to verify his replies with the Pakistan government.    (HL4657)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the statutory guidance relating to the Licensing Act 2003 is to be published.    (HL4658)

The Baroness GreengrossTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom state pensioners in receipt of the United Kingdom state pension live in the Philippines; and how many Filipino state pensioners live in the United Kingdom.    (HL4659)

The Baroness GreengrossTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom pensioners living in the Philippines receive a frozen state pension; how many receive an annually uprated state pension; and whether they can estimate the annual cost of paying their state pensions.    (HL4660)

The Baroness GreengrossTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the social security reciprocal agreement with the Philippines providing for the annual uprating of the state pension was signed; and when it was implemented.    (HL4661)

The Lord HoosonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total financial cost to the British Treasury, to date, of financing the preparation for and participation in the war in Iraq and the restoration of law and order and essential services in that country.    (HL4662)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what diplomatic protection they have given to United Kingdom nationals whose farms and other properties in Zimbabwe have been unlawfully seized, occupied or damaged in breach of the domestic laws of Zimbabwe.    (HL4663)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they have given to United Kingdom nationals whose farms and other properties in Zimbabwe have been unlawfully seized, occupied or damaged in breach of the domestic laws of Zimbabwe to enable them to seek legal remedies, whether in the courts of Zimbabwe or internationally.    (HL4664)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to discourage sexually discriminatory behaviour by male police officers towards women police officers and members of the public, in light of the 1997-1998 and 2002-2003 Reports of the Police Complaints Authority.    (HL4665)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Northern Ireland Railways Templepatrick station will be opened.    (HL4666)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the main conclusions of the A D Little Report of April 2002 into Northern Ireland Railways.    (HL4667)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the prison population in Northern Ireland on 1st September in each year since 1994.    (HL4668)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current establishment figure for the Police Service of Northern Ireland; and how that compares with the proposed figure for 2003.    (HL4669)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what they mean by weapons of mass destruction; and which countries they consider to be in possession of such weapons.    (HL4670)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the budget for 2003 for both sections of the Language Implementation Body; and how it compares with the budget for 2002.    (HL4671)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether qualification for the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens will lead to the selection of a Great Britain’s women’s wheelchair basketball team.    (HL4672)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to make representations to the International Olympic Committee to investigate alleged cases of American Olympic medallists who have had positive drug tests but have subsequently been cleared on appeal by United States track and field officials.    (HL4673)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention to provide long term funding for Sportsmatch.    (HL4674)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to continue funding Sportsmatch from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport via Sport England and retain Sportsmatch as an organisation independent from Government.    (HL4675)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to increase funding for Sportsmatch in order to keep pace with demand for Sportsmatch programmes.    (HL4676)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 6th June (WA 200), whether they will publish a similar table showing on 31st March 2002 the number of British citizens in prison in each country in the European Union; and how many, if any, in each country have been held in custody for—

        (a)  longer than three months without being given bail;

        (b)  longer than six months without being given bail;

        (c)  longer than three months without being charged;

        (d)  longer than six months without being charged;

    how many were subsequently released having been in jail longer than three months without standing trial; and how many were subsequently released having been in jail longer than six months without standing trial.  (HL4677)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 6th June (WA 200), whether the answer that no British citizen in any European Union country had been held for over three months without being charged meant that each prisoner in each country at that date had been told he would definitely stand trial; and, if not, what is the meaning of “without being charged” in the Answer.    (HL4678)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 6th June (WA 200), how many prisoners in each European Union country were held for over six months at 31st March 2003 without being given bail.    (HL4679)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 6th June (WA 200), how many British citizens in each country in the European Union held for over three months on 31st March 2003 without being given bail were subsequently released without standing trial.    (HL4680)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 6th June (WA 200), how many British citizens in each country in the European Union held for over six months on 31st March 2003 without being given bail were subsequently released without standing trial.    (HL4681)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that the European Union Public Procurement Directive as drafted will enable environmental and social needs to be adequately taken into account.    (HL4682)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the United Kingdom delegation advising the European Commission on any changes necessary to fulfill the aims of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Sustainable Food Procurement Initiative.    (HL4683)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they will give to United Kingdom Members of the European Parliament on the Conciliation Committee regarding amendment 95 to Article 53.1 in the Classical Directive and amendment 50 to Article 55.1 in the Sectoral Directive.    (HL4684)

The Baroness Williams of CrosbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are urging Ethiopia and Eritrea to accept the conclusions of the Boundary Commission on the location of the border between the two states and to implement those conclusions.    (HL4685)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 20th May (HL Deb, col. 685), what progress has been made in the establishment of a national register, as required by section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997; whether the project became operational on 31st August 2003 as predicted in the answer; and, if so, how many police forces are now able to use it.    (HL4686)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give their latest estimate of the total annual cost to public funds of the House of Commons, the House of Lords and the European Parliament, expressed in pounds sterling per Member.    (HL4687)

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]

    Ragwort Control [17th October]

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 [8th October]

    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]

    Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) [9th October]

    Sustainable Energy [10th October]

    Female Genital Mutilation [10th October]

    Hunting [21st October]

Waiting for Report

    European Union (Accessions) [21st October]

    Extradition [22nd October]

    Anti-social Behaviour [23rd October]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) [10th October]

    Legal Deposit Libraries [13th October]

    Fire Services [14th October]

    Household Waste Recycling [14th October]

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]

    Patients’ Protection [HL]

    London Local Authorities and Transport for London [HL]

    London Local Authorities [HL]

    Hereford Markets [HL]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft 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

    Draft Education (Amendment of the Curriculum Requirements for Fourth Key Stage) (England) Order 2003

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Thurrock Development Corporation (Area and Constitution) Order 2003

    Draft Employment (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

    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

REGULATORY REFORM ORDERS IN PROGRESS

Referred to the Regulatory Reform Committee for second-stage scrutiny

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Business Tenancies) (England and Wales) Order 2003

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Gaming Machines) Order 2003

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

WEDNESDAY 8TH OCTOBER

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform (Select Committee)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
Draft Mental Incapacity Bill (Joint Committee)3.30 pm

THURSDAY 9TH OCTOBER

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

TUESDAY 14TH OCTOBER

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Draft Civil Contingencies Bill (Joint Committee)4.00 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
House Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 15TH OCTOBER

Speakership of the House (Select Committee)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee F)11.00 am
Constitution (Select Committee)4.00 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

MONDAY 20TH OCTOBER

European Union (Sub-Committee B)4.00 pm
Human Rights (Joint Committee)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 21ST OCTOBER

Draft Gambling Bill (Joint Committee)9.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)3.30 pm
(Science and International Agreements)
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 22ND OCTOBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)3.30 pm

MONDAY 27TH OCTOBER

Committee for Privileges4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 28TH OCTOBER

House of Lords Reform (Joint Committee)10.00 am
Procedure Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room
 
 
 
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