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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 22ND OCTOBER

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the United Kingdom should develop a long term carbon management strategy, including fossil fuels, as recommended in the Report of the Department of Trade and Industry Technology Service Mission to the United States and Canada.

*The Lord Peston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why a committee has been set up to consult “faith communities” on policy making, while non-religious people are not similarly consulted.

*The Lord King of Bridgwater—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent changes they have made in their policy towards the proposal for structured defence and security co-operation between European Union member states.

Extradition Bill—Report [The Baroness Scotland of Asthal]

‡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).

THURSDAY 23RD OCTOBER

[At eleven o’clock]

†Human Rights—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the quorum of the Select Committee appointed to join with the Committee of the Commons as the Joint Committee on Human Rights be two.

†Gambling—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the Order of the House of 9th July appointing a Select Committee to join with a Committee of the Commons to consider and report on any clauses of a draft Gambling Bill presented to both Houses by a Minister of the Crown be amended by leaving out the words “within the United Kingdom”.

†Criminal Justice Bill—The Baroness Scotland of Asthal to move, That the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order—

Clauses 1 to 11
Schedule 1
Clauses 12 to 26
Schedule 2
Clauses 27 to 39
Schedule 3
Clauses 40 to 60
Schedule 4
Clauses 61 to 97
Schedule 5
Clauses 98 to 118
Schedule 6
Clauses 119 to 161
Schedule 7
Clause 162
Schedule 8
Clauses 163 to 169
Schedule 9
Clause 170
Schedule 10
Clauses 171 to 175
Schedule 11

Clause 176
Schedule 12
Clauses 177 to 201
Schedule 13
Clauses 202 to 206
Schedule 14
Clauses 207 to 211
Schedules 15 and 16
Clause 212
Schedule 17
Clauses 213 to 221
Schedule 18
Clauses 222 to 247
Schedule 19
Clauses 248 to 254
Schedule 20
Clauses 255 to 256
Schedule 21
Clause 257
Schedule 22
Clause 258
Schedules 23 and 24

Clauses 259 to 261
Schedule 25
Clause 262
Schedule 26
Clauses 263 to 276
Schedule 27
Clauses 277 to 280
Schedule 28
Clauses 281 to 298
Schedule 29
Clauses 299 to 301

Schedule 30
Clauses 302 to 305
Schedule 31
Clauses 306 and 307
Schedule 32
Clause 308
Schedule 33
Clause 309
Schedule 34
Clauses 310 to 314.

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

†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]

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

[At two o’clock

Judgments]

At three o’clock

*The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether as part of their modernisation programme they propose to abolish the Privy Council.

*The Lord Clinton-Davis—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to address the potential withdrawal of many solicitors from the legal aid scheme in England and Wales.

*The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what urgent steps they intend to take to ensure the long-term refurbishment of Crystal Palace as a centre of excellence for British sport, in light of the proposed closure of its 50-metre swimming pool.

†*The Earl Attlee-To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in light of the most recent bomb incidents and deaths in Baghdad, what view they take of the overall security situation in Iraq.

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

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.

*The Baroness Sharp of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to encourage parental support for children in schools given the evidence from the recent report for the Campaign for Learning that such support has an influence on performance.

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have in place to ensure that their arms export policy is coordinated with their policy towards global terrorism.

*The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether compensation payments made by Government to individuals are subject to VAT.

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

‡The Lord Chan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in “Tackling Health Inequalities”, in particular in the North West region of England.

[It is expected that the Report stage of the Extradition Bill will continue]

TUESDAY 28TH OCTOBER

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent changes there have been in their policy towards Zimbabwe.

*The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many seizures of illegal meat imports Customs and Excise have made since the Action Plan, and how many have resulted in a conviction.

*The Lord Phillips of Sudbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the Israeli policy of building a wall against the Palestinians is lawful and what discussions they have had with the Israeli government on this policy.

*The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to develop and implement the recent Department for Education and Skills initiative to promote chess in schools and colleges; and what benefits they expect will be derived from this initiative.

Crime (International Co-operation) Bill [HL]—Consideration of Commons Amendments [The Baroness Scotland of Asthal]

†Hunting Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Whitty]

‡Thurrock Development Corporation (Area and Constitution) Order 2003—The Lord Rooker to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 2nd July be approved. [25th Report from the Joint Committee]

‡Regulatory Reform (Gaming Machines) Order 2003—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Regulatory Reform Order laid before the House on 17th September be approved. [25th Report from the Regulatory Reform Committee]

WEDNESDAY 29TH OCTOBER

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to change selective secondary schools to comprehensive schools.

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in light of the report of the Better Regulation Taskforce on Better Regulation, what is their response to the Chairman’s statement that “the National Health Service is the greatest victim of regulatory excess”.

*The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will continue to support the Common Position adopted by the Council of Ministers of the European Union imposing a travel ban on named Zimbabwean individuals in the Mugabe regime.

Criminal Justice Bill—Report [The Baroness Scotland of Asthal]

‡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.

THURSDAY 30TH OCTOBER

[At eleven o’clock]

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

At three o’clock

*The Lord Addington—To ask the Chairman of Committees what steps are being taken to improve access to all areas of the House of Lords for members and staff with mobility problems.

*The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to establish an independent documentation centre for countries of origin to provide objective and up-to-date information in relation to asylum applications.

*The Lord Corbett of Castle Vale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many planning applications relating to playing fields there were between April 2001 and March 2002; and what were the outcomes.

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

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

ROYAL ASSENT

MONDAY 3RD NOVEMBER

*The Lord Sheldon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as the Wicks Committee recommends, the draft Bill on the Civil Service will receive pre-legislative scrutiny by a Joint Committee of both Houses of Parliament.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that there are adequate arrangements in place to deal with any deficiency in the supply of electricity that may occur in the coming winter.

†*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are giving to research in the United Kingdom aimed at reducing the effects of influenza in the population.

TUESDAY 4TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Roberts of Conwy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the results of the Statistics Commission review of the way official statistics relating to economic growth and other data are compiled by the Office of National Statistics.

*The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the British taxpayer pays directly or indirectly towards the allowances paid to Members of the European Parliament.

†*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the imposition of a £250 fee for the provision and renewal of student visas fits into their strategy for overseas students.

Ragwort Control Bill—Committee [The Baroness Masham of Ilton]

WEDNESDAY 5TH NOVEMBER

        Introduction—

The Lord Bishop of Durham

          will be introduced.

*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the public awareness campaigns to reduce waste and energy use referred to in Changing Patterns-The UK Government Framework for Sustainable Consumption and Production will start; and how much they intend to spend on the campaigns.

THURSDAY 6TH NOVEMBER

*The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to recent developments in Sudan.

WEDNESDAY 12TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Bishop of London—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in negotiations with the European Commission to introduce a 5 per cent rate of VAT on repairs and maintenance to listed places of worship; and when they expect the necessary changes to the European Union VAT regime to be made.

†*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what remedy is open to those who believe that they have been falsely or mistakenly accused of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy by child protection teams.

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

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

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.

The Lord Tanlaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when legislation will be introduced to limit light pollution in order to benefit Britain’s amateur and professional astronomers and to promote more astronomical knowledge in schools.

The Lord Rea—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the total costs to date in economic and human terms of the recent conflict in Iraq and the likely future costs of the occupation, reconstruction and rehabilitation of Iraq.

The Lord Selsdon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their latest proposals for constitutional reform would enhance the membership of the House of Lords.

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 21st October, or unanswered after 21 days]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

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

18th September

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 Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay—To 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. [CO]    (HL4600)

21st October

The Baroness GoldingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the second set of police performance monitors.    (HL4989)

The Lord TomlinsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to make public the outcome of the pilot testing of language analysis in determining selected asylum applications.    (HL4990)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was discussed at the Proliferation Security Initiative meeting held on 9th-10th October in London.    (HL4991)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to strengthen arrangements for government and business to share information on their security when operating in overseas markets.    (HL4992)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all police forces monitor and publish the number of religiously-motivated incidents.    (HL4993)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest available statistics for the number of faith-related incidents reported to each of the police forces in England and Wales.    (HL4994)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many faith-related incidents were prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service in England and Wales in the most recent years for which statistics are available.    (HL4995)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will exempt students from charges for visa extensions for the purpose of completing their studies in the United Kingdom.    (HL4996)

The Lord Wedderburn of CharltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications were made to industrial or employment tribunals in each of the years from 1972 to 2003; and what were the median amounts of compensation awarded in each year in each of the jurisdictions covering unfair dismissal, sex discrimination and race discrimination.    (HL4997)

The Lord Wedderburn of CharltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to bring into force section 30 of the Employment Act 2002; and whether they will publish the reasons for not already having done so.    (HL4998)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what scope they and local authorities have to align as closely as possible the catchment areas of—

        (a)  secondary schools;

        (b)  social workers and child care specialists;

        (c)  probation officers;

        (d)  youth offending teams; and

        (e)  police districts; and

    whether they have considered the potential benefits for family care and crime prevention of small administrative changes of this kind.  (HL4999)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the £74 million budget for 2003-04 of the Global Conflict Prevention Pool has so far been spent or firmly committed.    (HL5000)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are giving to programmes of the United Nations Development Programme for collecting and destroying small arms and light weapons.    (HL5001)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many and which United Nations agencies are taking part in the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum; and what are the future plans of this organisation.    (HL5002)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have evidence that British made or brokered small arms have been reaching Brazil or other central and southern American states; and whether the availability of such arms encourages gun crime.    (HL5003)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether individual patients have any legal rights of ownership to the medical records held about them by the National Health Service.    (HL5004)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals to address the problem of home and small business computers in the United Kingdom with broadband connections which are “hijacked” as spam relays.    (HL5005)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how British Embassies in the European Union can perform their consular functions in relation to United Kingdom citizens held in gaol when they have no centrally held information about the reasons why those citizens are being held.    (HL5006)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 16th October (WA 133) that information about British citizens in European Union gaols can only be obtained at disproportionate cost, whether she will give a limited and less expensive answer and update the table given on 6th June by specifying how many of those listed were subsequently released without standing trial.    (HL5007)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there has been consultation with the government of the Republic of Ireland about the prohibition of smoking in public houses and bars in Northern Ireland; and what plans there are to introduce such a prohibition.    (HL5008)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the revised timetable for applications for planning permission for the sewage disposal works at Killinchy, County Down; and when it is planned to complete this scheme.    (HL5009)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to remedy the current shortage of teachers who specialise in science.    (HL5010)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they consider the percentage of property sales accounted for by first-time buyers to be at its lowest level ever.    (HL5011)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 16th October (WA 136) which stated, “I do not know whether it will prove practicable to obtain this information, but we will look into the matter and I will write to the noble Lord as soon as possible”, why it took in excess of 13 weeks to give this answer to the Lord Avebury when the standard time is two weeks; and what admonitions have been given to departments for this delay beyond the previous assertions that departments have been reminded of the need for prompt replies.    (HL5012)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) what information they have received from the Angolan authorities about the diplomatic status of Mr Pierre Falcone; (b) whether they had received any request for information about his business activities by the French investigating magistrate; and (c) what inquiries they have made independently of any co-operation with the French judicial authorities about alleged illegal arms trading activities by companies registered in the United Kingdom or its dependencies by Mr Falcone or Mr Arkady Gaidamak, or in which either of them had a beneficial interest.    (HL5013)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in deciding the fees to be charged for applications for extensions of leave to remain by temporary residents in the United Kingdom—

        (a)  they gave special consideration to the needs of international students;

        (b)  they had consultations with universities and organisations representing students; and

        (c)  they estimated that, in the light of the Prime Minister’s initiative to promote United Kingdom higher education internationally, the charges would encourage or discourage prospective international students.  (HL5014)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in deciding the fees to be charged for applications for extensions of leave to remain by temporary residents in the United Kingdom they received representations regarding the level of these fees compared with those levied for initial visas.    (HL5015)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in deciding the fees to be charged for applications for extensions of leave to remain by temporary residents in the United Kingdom—

        (a)  they calculated that the interval between the announcement of the new system of charges and the date when those charges came into effect was adequate to disseminate the information to those who needed to know; and

        (b)  they were satisfied that the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will be able to provide a level of service for international students commensurate with the charges now being made.  (HL5016)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will promote changes in the membership of the Iraqi Governing Council, in consultation with representatives of leaders of the various communities, with a view to enhancing the confidence of the people of Iraq in the Council.    (HL5017)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that a permanent constitutional settlement in Iraq must include confirmation of the autonomy of the four northern governorates, including Kirkuk.    (HL5018)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many member states of the Council of Europe have ratified the Fourth Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights; and which member states have not ratified the Protocol.    (HL5019)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, whether the explanation by the Baroness Chalker of Wallasey in a Written Answer on 12th November 1996 (WA 92) for the Government’s decision not to ratify the Fourth Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights, namely that “Her Majesty’s Government believes that Article 3(2) of the Protocol could conflict with the United Kingdom immigration and nationality legislation by giving British Dependent Territories Citizens, British Overseas Citizens, British Subjects and British Nationals Overseas a right of entry to the United Kingdom that they no longer possess”, no longer applies given that the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 has given these categories of British citizens a right of entry into the United Kingdom.    (HL5020)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 16th October (WA 132), whether the diplomatic protection they have given to United Kingdom nationals whose farms and other properties in Zimbabwe have been unlawfully seized, occupied or damaged is of the same level as that given by the governments of Germany and the Netherlands to their nationals in Zimbabwe.    (HL5021)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Filkin on 6th October (WA 9), what practical impact the Government’s decision not to allocate funds to modernise the civil and family courts as part of the 2002 spending review will have on the way in which the components of the modernisation programme can be implemented and the timescale of that programme.    (HL5022)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 16th October (WA 134-135), whether any member states of the European Union have excluded discrimination based on colour from their domestic legislation implementing the Race Directive.    (HL5023)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 16th October (WA 128), what consideration was given as part of the Natural Resource Rural Tourism Initiative to the prospect of Ulster Scots tourism, including Scots Irish living in the United States.    (HL5024)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 16th October (WA 126), how the budget for the North South Ministerial Council was agreed under the agreement contained in the exchange notes between the two Governments dated 19th November 2002 if the issue of proportionality was not discussed with the Ulster Scots Agency.    (HL5025)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated extra annual costs of the proposed reform of the Office of the Northern Ireland Director of Public Prosecutions and its powers; and what concomitant savings will be made in the police service budget when the police abandon their prosecuting role.    (HL5026)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, regarding the recruitment of civilian staff to the police in Northern Ireland, how many recruits were sought; when they were sought; and how many were recruited.    (HL5027)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make funding available for East West school projects between Northern Ireland and Scotland similar to the Warrington Project, as required under the parity of esteem guarantee for Ulster Scots in the Belfast Agreement.    (HL5028)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their policy in Northern Ireland is to encourage the development of a multicultural society in order to ensure considerable savings on security-related issues; and, if so, whether this policy has been communicated to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.    (HL5029)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the relevant United Kingdom statute, European treaty or legislative basis for the rights of citizens of member states of the European Union, resident in the United Kingdom, to nominate, vote for or become members of local and regional government bodies and of the European Parliament.    (HL5030)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which European treaties or legislation are the basis for any United Kingdom regulation governing the creation and generation of publicly owned corporations which provide services relating to national rail, urban passenger transport, the generation and distribution of electricity, and potable water supplies and urban drainage.    (HL5031)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which current Treaties of the European Union relate to the proposals in the draft Constitutional Treaty for (a) a full time President of the European Council; and (b) the appointment of a Minister for Foreign Affairs.    (HL5032)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their opinion that the adoption of the draft Constitution Treaty for the European Union would not alter the fundamental constitutional relationship between the European Union and its member states (Cm 5897) is consistent with the innovations proposed in the draft Treaty, such as a full time President of the European Council, the appointment of a Minister for Foreign Affairs, and the extension of Qualified Majority voting.    (HL5033)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

21st OCTOBER 2003

[Tabled on the dates shown]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

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

18th September

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 Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay—To 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.    [CO]    (HL4600)

6th October

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 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 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, 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 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 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 passenger service from Knockmore Railway Station to Belfast is to be reinstated.    [NIO]    (HL4631)

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 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 Baroness Blatch—To 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)

7th October

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. [FCO]    (HL4654)

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.    [FCO]    (HL4657)

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.    [DWP]    (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.    [DWP]    (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.    [DWP]    (HL4661)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Northern Ireland Railways Templepatrick station will be opened.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (HL4667)

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.    [NIO]    (HL4669)

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.    [NIO]    (HL4671)

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.    [DTI]    (HL4682)

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.    [DTI]    (HL4684)

8th October

The Lord Bishop of OxfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many complaints from patients or patients’ families there have been about—

        (a)  burdensome treatment being excessively prolonged; and

        (b)  the premature withdrawal of artificial means of nutrition and hydration.    [DoH]  (HL4689)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the test report specified in paragraph 8 of the Measuring Equipment (Liquid Fuel and Lubricant) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/2110) does not require the inclusion of the date on which the test was carried out.    [DTI]    (HL4690)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the “comprehensive directory” specified in paragraph 2 of the Electronic Communications (Universal Service) Order 2003 (S.I. 2003/1904) will include telephone numbers hitherto ex-directory.    [DTI]    (HL4691)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect a “comprehensive directory” of all mobile telephone numbers to be available as specified in paragraph 2 of the Electronic Communications (Universal Service) Order 2003 (S.I. 2003/ 1904).    [DTI]    (HL4692)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why section 8 of the Radio Equipment and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/1903) does not require an address, telephone number or other contact point of the “responsible person” to be specified.    [DTI]    (HL4693)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government by how much the cost of legal aid has increased in England and Wales over the past nine years.    [DfCA]    (HL4696)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 6th October (WA 42), whether they will take steps to establish at the earliest possible date the number of haemophilia patients who have been informed by the National Health Service that blood products from donors diagnosed with vCJD were used in their treatment.    [DoH]    (HL4697)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current number of war widows whose husbands died in or as a consequence of the Second World War. [MoD]    (HL4698)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current average age of war widows whose husbands died as a consequence of the Second World War. [MoD]    (HL4699)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total cost, at current prices, in each of the last six years for which figures are available, of pensions paid to war widows whose husbands died before the Armed Forces Pension Scheme came into being.    [MoD]    (HL4700)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they received Judge Cory’s report about deaths arising from alleged collusion between security forces and paramilitaries in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland; and when this report will be published.    [NIO]    (HL4701)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the timescale for the introduction of the alternative to the 11 plus entrance examination to grammar schools; and whether they will honour the decision of most respondents to their consultation paper that the basis of this alternative should be academic excellence.    [NIO]    (HL4702)

The Baroness NorthoverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they plan to spend in Afghanistan in 2004; how much they spent in 2002 and in 2003 so far; and whether they will provide a breakdown of expenditures in each of these years, including the proportion spent on military operations and the proportion spent on civil reconstruction.    [FCO]    (HL4705)

The Baroness NorthoverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they plan to spend in Iraq in 2004; how much they have spent in 2003 so far; and whether they will provide a breakdown of expenditures in each of these years, including the proportion spent on military operations and the proportion spent on civil reconstruction.    [FCO]    (HL4706)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what instructions they intend to give to senior officials attending the next General Council of the World Trade Organisation in Geneva.    [FCO]    (HL4708)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make a formal proposal that the World Trade Organisation should resolve outstanding tariff and subsidy issues before proceeding to negotiate on investment and competition policy.    [FCO]    (HL4710)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are seeking to clarify the roles and relationships between member states and the European Union Trade Commissioner in trade negotiations.    [FCO]    (HL4711)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation in Cancún, what procedural improvements they would like to see in World Trade Organisation negotiations; and how these might be implemented.    [FCO]    (HL4712)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many sentenced person were repatriated to England and Wales from other countries in each of the last three years. [FCO]    (HL4713)

The Lord NorthbrookTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, under current Government forecasts, at what level of debt would they be breaching the European Community requirements. [HMT]    (HL4715)

The Lord NorthbrookTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the level of wage inflation in the health and education areas of the public sector over each of the last three years compared with growth in total expenditure in those sectors.    [HMT]    (HL4717)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the strategies prepared by the Strategic Rail Authority under section 206 of the Transport Act 2000; what was the date on which each one was approved by the Secretary of State; and what was the date at which any were superseded or updated.    [DfT]    (HL4718)

The Lord JoplingTo ask the Leader of the House whether she will have discussions with the Lord Chancellor about the fact that the Question for Written Answer asked by Lord Avebury on 14th July still awaits an answer after 12 weeks, longer than any other outstanding question, and 10 weeks longer than the convention of two weeks; and also whether his Department’s delay sets a suitable example to other Departments, who together on 8th October have 66 outstanding questions.    [LHoL]    (HL4719)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date each Chief Executive of Cross Border Implementation Bodies was appointed to his or her position since creation; on what date each received their contracts of employment; and, if any are still outstanding, why.    [NIO]    (HL4720)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to make the bus lanes in East Belfast operational 24 hours a day.    [NIO]    (HL4721)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure was first requested to allow an appointment of an Education and Language officer by the Ulster Scots Agency, why there has been a delay; and when permission will be given.    [NIO]    (HL4722)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to reduce the waiting time for those listed for an employment tribunal hearing in Northern Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL4723)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of schools in Northern Ireland are currently using electricity created by renewable energy.    [NIO]    (HL4724)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 11th June (WA 44) concerning the 2003 budget for the Ulster Scots Agency, why the budget was set by the Republic of Ireland’s Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs alone as indicated in the Answer.    [NIO]    (HL4725)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Union Foreign Minister will be able to represent and speak for the European Union at the United Nations Security Council on those occasions where there is a common European Union position as proposed in the draft European Union Constitution Treaty.    [FCO]    (HL4729)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the cost of outbreaks of bovine tuberculosis in the years 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and up to July 2003. [DEFRA]    (HL4730)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of administering the slaughter policy for cattle with bovine tuberculosis in the years 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and up to July 2003.    [DEFRA]    (HL4732)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of research programmes into the causes of bovine tuberculosis and into developing a suitable vaccine in the years 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and up to July 2003.    [DEFRA]    (HL4733)

9th October

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will describe the manner and procedure they expect to be adopted to enable Parliament to examine the outcome of the Rome Conference considering a Constitution for the European Union, which will enable both Houses to consider the implications of any Articles therein, prior to the signing of any Treaty incorporating the Articles of any Constitution agreed.    [FCO]    (HL4741)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the names of the Members of Her Majesty’s Government attending the whole, or part of, the Inter-Governmental Conference in Rome considering the draft of the proposed Constitution for the European Union and the numbers and positions of officials and staff of Her Majesty’s Foreign and Diplomatic Service; and whether their attendance represents any departure from practice relating to previous negotiations of former Community and Union Treaties. [FCO]    (HL4742)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any Member of Parliament not being a Minister of the Crown is concerned in negotiations, on its behalf, at the Rome Conference considering the draft Constitution for the European Union.    [FCO]    (HL4743)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to their statements that the proposed additions to the existing Treaty provisions of the European Communities and Union do not alter the fundamental relationship between them and Member States, whether their opinion is compatible with the proposed additional Article III-246 (Cm 5897, p. 120) that would permit decisions of the Council of Ministers currently requiring unanimity to be regarded as unanimous, even if there is abstention in, or absence from, such meetings by any representative of any Member State.    [FCO]    (HL4744)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have published, or will publish, any papers presented to the Constitutional Conference in Rome by the Italian, or other, government, together with any response made to it or them by any Minister of the Crown.    [FCO]    (HL4745)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to correct the shortages of staff in the Probation Service.    [HO]    (HL4748)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are undertaking a review of the paperwork required of police officers when making an arrest.    [HO]    (HL4750)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the police, rather than the Crown Prosecution Service, should prosecute minor offences.    [LSLO]    (HL4752)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have that the measures on data retention provided in Part 11 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 are still necessary to protect national security two years since the Act was passed.    [HO]    (HL4756)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy to reduce the workload, and the funding, of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission through the support of bodies which promote cultural tolerance. [NIO]    (HL4767)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 17th June (WA 87) concerning the budget of the Ulster Scots Agency for 2003, whether the only consideration for the budget was pressure on public expenditure in the Republic of Ireland; whether this was an acceptable reason for a delay in the implementation of its policy in a part of the United Kingdom; and, if not, whether they will ensure that such a reason is not accepted again.    [NIO]    (HL4768)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 1st July (WA 79) concerning the budget of the North South Ministerial Council for 2003-04, how much has been spent to date; whether they expect the budget to be underspent or overspent at the end of the financial year; and what is the period of the financial year in question.    [NIO]    (HL4769)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take to address the issue of weak community infrastructure in East Belfast.    [NIO]    (HL4770)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve the aesthetic quality of the Connswater River in East Belfast.    [NIO]    (HL4771)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to promoting “Living Over the Shop” initiatives in East Belfast.    [NIO]    (HL4772)

10th October

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff were employed on 1st April 1997 by (a) the Medical Devices Agency; and (b) the Medicines Control Agency. [DoH]    (HL4773)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff were employed by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency on 1st October.    [DoH]    (HL4774)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the impact on the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency of the Medical Devices Directive.    [DoH]    (HL4775)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff are expected to be employed by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency in each of the next five years.    [DoH]    (HL4776)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7th July (WA 1), in the case of the Language Implementation Body budget for 2003, how the assessment of benefits for each jurisdiction was made to allow the setting of proportionality of contribution.    [NIO]    (HL4777)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7th July (WA 1) concerning funding for Cross Border Bodies, whether that reply means that pressure on funding in either jurisdiction should only apply to activity in that jurisdiction.    [NIO]    (HL4778)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what projects have been awarded Urban Development Grants in each of the last five years in East Belfast; and how much each project was awarded and for what purpose.    [NIO]    (HL4779)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what projects have been awarded Making Belfast Work funding in each of the last five years in East Belfast; and how much each project was awarded and for what purpose.    [NIO]    (HL4780)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve the housing stock in East Belfast and undertake environmental improvements to areas of open space.    [NIO]    (HL4781)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the Commissioners for Employment Tribunals in Northern Ireland; what is their remuneration; and how they are appointed; and by whom.    [NIO]    (HL4782)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average time taken to grant requests for transfers between each of the three United Kingdom jurisdictions by prisoners whose families live in a jurisdiction other than the one where they were sentenced.    [HO]    (HL4783)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why unsuccessful asylum seekers who are not returned to Zimbabwe are not given discretionary leave to enter the United Kingdom pending substantial political change in Zimbabwe.    [HO]    (HL4784)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their policy of putting unsuccessful Zimbabwean asylum seekers into an indeterminate immigration status with no right to support or accommodation is satisfactory.    [HO]    (HL4785)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of failed Zimbabwean asylum seekers who are without any means of support or accommodation, at the latest convenient date.    [HO]    (HL4786)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as a matter of urgency, they will make the Drug Free Sport Directorate independent of UK Sport.    [DCMS]    (HL4787)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to provide the Drug Free Sport Directorate of UK Sport with the powers to establish and run independent disciplinary panels and insist on the presence of independent testing officers at all times during all testing procedures.    [DCMS]    (HL4788)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to launch an independent review into the effectiveness of anti-doping testing policies and procedures in British sport.    [DCMS]    (HL4789)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to make representations to the Football Foundation to ensure that grants to the Football Clubs should be conditional on the full implementation of UK Sport’s Statement of Anti-Doping Policy.    [DCMS]    (HL4790)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why, when UK Sport had informed the Football Association by telephone on 23rd September that Rio Ferdinand had failed to comply with a request to submit to a test, a disciplinary panel was not set up prior to that player’s next Premier League match and in advance of England’s match against Turkey on 11th October; and whether they will call for a review of the timing of disciplinary hearings.    [DCMS]    (HL4791)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received reports that the Manchester United club doctors, who are mandated under the Anti-Doping Policy agreed between the football authorities and UK Sport to ensure full compliance with the Policy, informed the independent sampling officers that Rio Ferdinand was delayed in giving a sample on 23rd September owing, inter alia, to “media interviews”; and why the doctors failed to ensure his attendance to comply with a request to submit to a test.    [DCMS]    (HL4792)

13th October

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the change in the circumstances in Zimbabwe, from the period to mid April 2003 when the phrase used in letters to asylum seekers and their representatives was that the Secretary of State was “not satisfied, on the information currently available, that unsuccessful asylum seekers can safely be returned to Zimbabwe”, to the period since then when, in the case of Dowu before the Court of Appeal on 16th April 2003, the Home Office representative Miss Susan Rogers said that “the suspension [of returns of failed asylum seekers] is based on political rather than legal grounds. It is not in place because it is considered unsafe for failed asylum seekers to return to Zimbabwe”; and what these political grounds are.    [HO]    (HL4798)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received advice from Mr Paul Bremer of terrorist activities carried out in Iraq by, or with the assistance of, agencies sponsored by the Iranian authorities; and, if so, what.    [FCO]    (HL4799)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the attacks on coalition forces and international humanitarian agencies in Iraq are being coordinated; and, if so, by what organisations.    [FCO]    (HL4800)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give details of the visiting hours at prisons and removal centres where people are detained under the Immigration Acts.    [HO]    (HL4801)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information will be available to the international donors meeting on Cameroon to be held on 29th October concerning progress towards democracy, human rights and the rule of law.    [DfID]    (HL4802)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why British exports to the European Union have fallen to their lowest level in four years, despite the recent drop in the value of sterling against the euro.    [DTI]    (HL4803)

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

        (a)  what is the total cost to business of regulations introduced since 1998; and

        (b)  of the total cost, how much is as a result of regulations which emanated from the European Union.    [DTI]  (HL4804)

The Lord Jenkin of Roding—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions they have drawn from the European Union’s study on the environmental cost of electricity, and, in particular, on the comparative external costs given for the different forms of electricity generation in the United Kingdom.    [DTI]    (HL4805)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 9th October (WA 82), what further work is needed before they are able to decide whether the public should be given direct access to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration.    [CO]    (HL4806)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 9th October (WA 83), whether they will make the list of departmental contacts available to the media and to the public.    [CO]    (HL4807)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 8th October (WA 62), whether the assessments issued by the Joint Intelligence Committees on Iraq prior to the conflict included an assessment of the risk of obstruction, resistance and armed opposition to the occupation of Iraq.    [FCO]    (HL4808)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many firearms and other portable weapons have been seized and destroyed in Kosovo by the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo and the Kosovo Force since these organisations were established in 1999; and what is their estimate of the number of authorised firearms in private ownership.    [FCO]    (HL4810)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made by international and state authorities in Bosnia-Herzegovina towards eliminating illegal and unauthorised weapons.    [FCO]    (HL4811)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the future plans and programmes of the South-East Europe clearinghouse for the control of small arms and light weapons (SEESAC), supported by the United Nations Development Programme; whether they consider these should be improved; and, if so, how.    [FCO]    (HL4812)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the outcomes of the review held in July 2003 of the United Nations Conference on illicit trade in small arms and light weapons.    [FCO]    (HL4813)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 8th July (WA 24), what provision the five Education and Library Boards in Northern Ireland have for those who are not of the Irish culture to be informed about their cultures; and whether the Boards conform with the Belfast Agreement’s pledge of parity of esteem for all.    [NIO]    (HL4814)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 8th July (WA 24), why the Belfast Education and Library Board has no plans to support the Ulster Scots community through connections with Scotland; and whether it will now make such plans.    [NIO]    (HL4815)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 8th July (WA 25), when they will introduce material and expertise available through the Ulster Scots Agency into the statutory curriculums as a part of the cultural heritage and education for mutual understanding of cross curricular themes.    [NIO]    (HL4816)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what buildings which they own in East Belfast are currently vacant.    [NIO]    (HL4817)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was spent in Northern Ireland during the months of June, July, August and September in 1996 and 2003 on—

        (a)  police overtime; and

        (b)  compensation claims.    [NIO]  (HL4818)

The Baroness Park of Monmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the reasons (beyond the “political grounds” cited in the case of Thomson Dowu) for their policy, announced in January 2002, for not returning unsuccessful asylum seekers to Zimbabwe. [HO]    (HL4820)

The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Home Secretary “deemed it safe to return [unsuccessful asylum seekers] to Zimbabwe” in May 2003 and now say, “there is no reason why nationals of that country cannot return there voluntarily”, despite the European Union statement of 12th September 2003 on the breakdown of the rule of law and the Foreign Secretary’s assessment in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Human Rights report of 2003 that Zimbabwe, like Burma, “lives in the shadow of dictatorship or serious abuse of human rights”.    [HO]    (HL4821)

The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Zimbabwe asylum seekers have returned to Zimbabwe under the Voluntary Assisted Returns programme since it was set up.    [HO]    (HL4822)

The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what the Home Office considers to be the minimum conditions that must be in place before Zimbabwe asylum seekers can safely be returned.    [HO]    (HL4823)

The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what the Home Office considers to be the minimum conditions that must be in place before unsuccessful Zimbabwe asylum seekers can be returned on a politically expedient basis.    [HO]    (HL4824)

The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Home Office consulted or informed the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and, through that Office, the British High Commission in Zimbabwe before issuing the letter of 23rd May 2003 deeming it safe for unsuccessful asylum seekers to return to Zimbabwe; and, if not, what information formed the basis for their decision.    [HO]    (HL4825)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure that electoral registration in Afghanistan proceeds in time for the national elections next summer and will be adequately supported by trained police officers and staff.    [FCO]    (HL4828)

14th October

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions, in the last twelve months for which figures are available, “points failure” has been the cause of recorded delays on the railways.    [DfT]    (HL4836)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what cooperation and assistance they, the National Criminal Intelligence Service and Europol are offering to the South Eastern Co-operation Initiative (SECI) Regional Centre for Combating Trans-Border Crime, based in Romania, in particular to SECI’s Task Force on Small Arms and Light Weapons.    [FCO]    (HL4841)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development are assisting the Southern African Development Community to harmonise and enhance weapons control; and if so, how.    [DfID]    (HL4842)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many firearms have been seized by Customs and Excise entering or leaving the United Kingdom in the current year and each of the previous four years; and whether such firearms have been destroyed.    [HMT]    (HL4843)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to ban live hare coursing in Northern Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL4844)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to make smoking in close proximity to a young child an offence under child abuse legislation.    [HO]    (HL4845)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which listed buildings have been damaged or destroyed in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and in which cases successful prosecutions have followed.    [NIO]    (HL4846)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 13th October (WA 93) concerning cross border implementation bodies, what “normally consulted” means; whether there is a requirement to consult the bodies about each year’s budget; and, if so, when the Ulster Scots Agency was consulted about the 2003 budget.    [NIO]    (HL4847)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 13th October (WA 93), why a car was provided for the Chief Executive of the Special European Union Programmes Body.    [NIO]    (HL4848)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 13th October (WA 92), what assurances they have received from the government of the Irish Republic about the implementation of a human rights programme in the Irish Republic similar to that in Northern Ireland, as required in the Belfast Agreement.    [NIO]    (HL4849)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why, after the tax credit scheme was launched in April, more than 200,000 applicants are still waiting for their money.    [HMT]    (HL4850)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why only 73 per cent of those who applied for pension credit in October 2003 are expected to receive it by October 2006.    [DWP]    (HL4851)

The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any categories of asylum seekers other than Zimbabwe citizens from whom the National Asylum Support Service has been instructed, once their asylum application has failed, to withdraw accommodation, support and the right to work.    [HO]    (HL4852)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the action plan presented to the Sports Cabinet on the conclusions reached within the Elite Sport funding review undertaken by the Rt Hon Jack Cunningham MP.    [DCMS]    (HL4853)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in co-ordinating the delivery of UK Sports Institute services throughout the Home Counties.    [DCMS]    (HL4854)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place a copy of the KPMG Report on the National Sports Centres and the English Institutes in the Library of the House.    [DCMS]    (HL4855)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what cancellations or reductions there have been against projections in World Class Programme lottery grants by Sport England and UK Sport to the national governing bodies of sport during the last eighteen months.    [DCMS]    (HL4856)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what private sponsorship has been received to support the funding of the UK Sports Institute and the English Institutes. [DCMS]    (HL4857)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what level of sponsorship funding has been secured through the Tobacco Task Force to replace the funding of World Snooker and other sports’ governing bodies following their meeting with the Prime Minister in 1997. [DCMS]    (HL4858)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Mr Stephen Timms MP on 7th July (HC Deb, 568W), how much of the £1 billion to be spent on public sector connectivity will be spent on rural access to broadband; and whether it will be “matched” to local authority spending on schools.    [DTI]    (HL4859)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Mr Stephen Timms MP on 7th July (HC Deb, 568W), whether the Government intend to promulgate a particular system of broadband delivery in rural areas; if so, which one; and how they will deal with those areas which have already invested in a different system. [DTI]    (HL4860)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Regulation 4(3) of the Entry Level Agri-Environment Scheme (Pilot) (England) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/838) means that the pilot will last for five years, or that it will be possible for later entrants to benefit for five years.    [DEFRA]    (HL4861)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the study to investigate the effect of water hardness and source of fluoride ion on bio-availability of fluoride in drinking water will be published.    [DoH]    (HL4863)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will propose to the Information Commissioner that the public would be assisted in complaining about, and providing evidence of, fraudulent collectors on behalf of data protection if they were able to do this directly on the Commissioner’s own website rather than being referred to unidentified trading standards or police offices.    [DfCA]    (HL4866)

15th October

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why it is necessary to have a lifetime cap on the total value of individual pension funds.    [DWP]    (HL4873)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how applicants who cannot operate a bank or post office card account will receive state benefits after the system of benefit payment books ceases in 2005.    [DWP]    (HL4874)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy concerning the sale and control of replica and de-activated firearms and the prevention of crimes arising from their use or their possible re-activation.    [HO]    (HL4875)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Gypsy and Traveller women have access to public health care on an equal footing with the rest of the population; and what is their response to the recommendations in the report Breaking the Barriers—Romani women and access to public health care, published at a Council of Europe conference in Strasbourg on 11th to 12th September.    [DoH]    (HL4876)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions of illegal hare coursing took place in each of the years 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002; and what was the maximum fine imposed.    [DEFRA]    (HL4877)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many illegal hare coursing events were notified to the police in each of the years 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.    [DEFRA]    (HL4878)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have instigated research into the effect of badger behaviour on crop damage and wildlife, and in particular on threatened species such as ground nesting birds.    [DEFRA]    (HL4880)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the foot-and-mouth outbreak, how many claims are still unsettled; and what are the total monies outstanding. [DEFRA]    (HL4881)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 14th October (WA 104) on promoting understanding among all sections of the community, whether they have a policy to reduce the need for payments from the Northern Ireland Compensation Agency. [NIO]    (HL4882)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times the Parliament of Northern Ireland enacted legislation discriminating against Roman Catholics or Protestants or both between 1921 and 1972, and whether they will specify the Acts and sections now judged to be directly or indirectly discriminatory on the ground of religion.    [NIO]    (HL4883)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether and when they intend to sign and then ratify Protocol No 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights; and why they have not done so to date.    [DfCA]    (HL4884)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, given that Roman Catholics made up 8.0 per cent of the Royal Ulster Constabulary whereas women made up 12.6 per cent, why reverse religious discrimination is justified regarding the police in Northern Ireland, while reverse female discrimination is not.    [NIO]    (HL4885)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have seen the legal advice referred to in paragraph 15.11 of the Patten report on policing; who has possession of the advice (if they have not seen it); and whether they will seek to have it published. [NIO]    (HL4886)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in each of the six most recent competitions for recruitment to the police in Northern Ireland, how many recruits were sought initially; and how many were recruited.    [NIO]    (HL4887)

The Lord PlumbTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the sum total of the National Debt and the United Kingdom’s Balance of Payments in each of the past five years.    [HMT]    (HL4888)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in persuading other European Union member states to share their view that any harmonised trade in articles of precious metal should have a high level of consumer protection secured by reliable independent third party verification. [DTI]    (HL4889)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what importance they attach, during the current European Union presidency working party discussions on the draft Directive on Articles of Precious Metal, to the need for harmonised trade in such articles to have a high level of consumer protection secured by reliable third party verification; and whether this objective is shared by other member states.    [DTI]    (HL4890)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many bills sponsored by the Home Office have been introduced into Parliament in the current session; what is the total number of pages in those bills when last re-printed; and how many were introduced in the following sessions—

        (a)  2001-02;

        (b)  1996-97; and

        (c)  1995-96;

and, in each case, what percentage of Government bills before Parliament in the session in question this represents. [HO]    (HL4891)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answers by the Lord President on 13th October (HL Deb, cols. 600-01), whether the advice given to them by the Law Officers was disclosed to the courts and the public in the Factortame litigation; and, if so, what is the justification for disclosing such advice in the course of judicial review proceedings but not to Parliament.    [LSLO]    (HL4892)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answers by the Lord President on 13th October (HL Deb, cols. 600-01), whether the convention adhered to by successive governments that legal advice from the Law Officers is not publicly disclosed has been departed from; and, if so, in what circumstances.    [LSLO]    (HL4893)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answers by the Lord President on 13th October (HL Deb, cols. 600-01), whether it is within the discretionary powers of the Government to decide to make an exception to the convention that legal advice from the Law Officers is not publicly disclosed.    [LSLO]    (HL4894)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord President on 13th October (HL Deb, cols. 601), what is the difference between the “views” of the Attorney General on the legality of the use of armed force against Iraq and his “advice” on this subject.    [CO]    (HL4895)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of the former Employment Service Estate which is to be outsourced by the Department of Work and Pensions to Land Securities Trillium (LST), (a) how many organisations were invited to bid for this agreement, and how many did so; (b) if there was no competitive bidding process, how is value for taxpayers’ money assured; and (c) whether there were any provisions for exclusive or preferential access to future agreements in the original PRIME agreement between the Department and LST.    [DWP]    (HL4896)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of the former Employment Service Estate which is to be outsourced by the Department of Work and Pensions to Land Securities Trillium, what is the amount of the agreed freehold valuation.    [DWP]    (HL4897)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of the former Employment Service Estate which is to be outsourced by the Department of Work and Pensions to Land Securities Trillium, what independent valuations have been carried out on these properties; when they were carried out; by whom; and on what basis.    [DWP]    (HL4898)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of the former Employment Service Estate which is to be outsourced by the Department of Work and Pensions to Land Securities Trillium, what are the total number, total area and total estimated rental value of the freehold properties in the Estate.    [DWP]    (HL4899)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of the former Employment Service Estate which is to be outsourced by the Department of Work and Pensions to Land Securities Trillium, what is the current estimated valuation of the freehold properties in the Estate on a vacant possession basis.    [DWP]    (HL4900)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of the former Employment Service Estate which is to be outsourced by the Department of Work and Pensions to Land Securities Trillium (LST), what are the estimated total payments for each year up to 2018 to LST under the proposed agreement (a) if no properties are vacated and (b) if all options to vacate properties are exercised as soon as possible.    [DWP]    (HL4901)

The Lord Powell of BayswaterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition has for the re-assessment of the dietary reference values to promote genome stability and optimal health.    [DoH]    (HL4902)

16th October

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what services SchlumbergerSema provides for the Benefits Agency and the Department for Work and Pensions.    [DWP]     (HL4909)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what services SchlumbergerSema provides for the National Health Service.    [DoH]    (HL4910)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what services SchlumbergerSema provides for the Department for Constitutional Affairs.    [DfCA]    (HL4911)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what services SchlumbergerSema provides for the Home Office, the Metropolitan Police, the Immigration and Nationality Directorate and the Prison Service.    [HO]    (HL4912)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what services SchlumbergerSema provides for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.    [DEFRA]    (HL4913)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what services SchlumbergerSema provides for the Law Officer’s Department.    [LSLO]    (HL4914)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the sudden power cuts in London in August, what contingency measures will be taken to prevent more power cuts this winter.    [DTI]    (HL4915)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why personal finance education, presently only an optional element of the national curriculum, should not be made compulsory.    [DfES]    (HL4916)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of the former Employment Service Estate which is to be outsourced by the Department of Work and Pensions to Land Securities Trillium (LST), how much space out of the total of 834,000 square metres the Department will be able to vacate with no further financial liability in each year up to 2018.    [DWP]    (HL4917)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is appropriate for the National Health Service to pay for the postage costs of circulating an invitation to a parliamentary launch of the National Mental Health Partnership.    [DoH]    (HL4919)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they provide any funding for the National Mental Health Partnership; if so, how much; and on what terms.    [DoH]    (HL4920)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will raise the continued problems of independent newspapers and broadcasters at the meeting of Cameroon’s international partners, to be held at Marlborough House on 31st October, in particular in light of the situation of Freedom FM, a private radio station in Cameroon, whose equipment was sealed by the Cameroon police in May.    [FCO]    (HL4921)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that the meeting of Cameroon’s international partners to be held at Marlborough House on 31st October will consider proposals for the elimination of corruption in Cameroon in the light of Transparency International’s ranking of Cameroon at 124th out of 133 states surveyed for corruption. [FCO]    (HL4922)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the cost to date to public funds of legal proceedings under the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002. [LSLO]    (HL4923)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, before introducing any further legislation on asylum, they will consult the Attorney General on its likely potential cost to the Government’s litigation budget.    [HO]    (HL4924)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 15th October (HL Deb, col. 936), whether the rules published by the United States government for the trial by military commissions of British citizens and others held at Guantanamo are under the control of the President of the United States with no appeal to a civil court.    [FCO]    (HL4925)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 15th October (HL Deb, col. 936), whether the rules published by the United States government for the trial by military commissions of British citizens and others held at Guantanamo provide for a jurisdiction in areas not previously subject to the laws of war.    [FCO]    (HL4926)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 15th October (HL Deb, col. 936), whether the rules published by the United States government for the trial by military commissions of British citizens and others held at Guantanamo provide defendants with no legal remedy for violation of any procedural or other protections in the military commission instructions that might benefit them.    [FCO]    (HL4927)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 15th October (HL Deb, col. 936), whether the rules published by the United States government for the trial by military commissions of British citizens and others held at Guantanamo provide that defendants may be represented without their consent by lawyers assigned to them.    [FCO]    (HL4928)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 15th October (HL Deb, col. 936), whether the rules published by the United States government for the trial by military commissions of British citizens and others held at Guantanamo provide that communications between defendants and their lawyers may be monitored by the United States Defense Department.    [FCO]    (HL4929)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 15th October (HL Deb, col. 936), whether the rules published by the United States government for the trial by military commissions of British citizens and others held at Guantanamo provide that potentially exculpatory information may be withdrawn from military defence counsel if the prosecution does not intend to introduce such evidence at trial.    [FCO]    (HL4930)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria is fully funded; and how soon they expect that objective to be fulfilled.    [DfID]    (HL4931)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that the full $1 billion top-up required for the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Trust Fund is provided so that it can play its part in the granting of debt relief; and how soon they expect that objective to be fulfilled.    [DfID]    (HL4932)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what studies they are undertaking into the issues surrounding the decline in prices for Africa’s key commodities; what necessary remedial action has to far been identified; and what consequential policy is being implemented. [DfID]    (HL4933)

The Baroness Harris of RichmondTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  how many individuals the United Kingdom has entered on the Eurodac database since it became operational;

        (b)  how many times the United Kingdom has consulted the database;

        (c)  how many times the United Kingdom has received requests for information from other member states; and

        (d)  how many positive hits on the database have resulted from these consultations.    [HO]  (HL4934)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the bank, privilege, common law and public holidays enjoyed by civil servants in each of the four countries of the United Kingdom.    [CO]    (HL4935)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost, for each of the last three years, of the six largest public-sector pension schemes in Northern Ireland in terms of—

        (a)  total employees’ contributions;

        (b)  total employers’ contributions and current percentage;

        (c)  total expenditure on paying members’ pensions and benefits; and

        (d)  the annual overall difference between the scheme’s income and expenditure.    [HMT]  (HL4936)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to clarify the table in paragraph 5(1) of the Price Marking (Food and Drink Services) Order 2003 (S.I. 2003/2253) for the benefit, in particular, of small businesses. [DTI]    (HL4937)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why no criteria are given in Schedules 2, 9 and 10 of the Wireless Telegraphy (Limitation of Number of Licences) Order 2003 (S.I. 2003/1902).    [DTI]    (HL4938)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all waste management plans submitted under the Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Port Waste Reception Facilities) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/1809) conform with best practice guidelines and legislative requirements laid down by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.    [DfT]    (HL4939)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all harbours and terminals have submitted waste management plans under the Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Port Waste Reception Facilities) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/1809). [DfT]    (HL4940)

The Baroness Howe of IdlicoteTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 10th October (WA 87-88), what arrangements have been made for work in research and education on waste disposal.    [DEFRA]    (HL4941)

17th October

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what services SchlumbergerSema provides for the Cabinet Office.    [CO]    (HL4942)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 15th October (HL Deb, col. 936), whether the rules published by the United States government for the trial by military commissions of British citizens and others held at Guantanamo provide that a guilty verdict for capital and other offences may be made by a two-thirds majority of the commission.    [FCO]    (HL4943)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 14th October (WA 99), whether they consider the Mental Health Tribunal Rules (Northern Ireland) 1986 to be compatible with the obligations imposed upon the United Kingdom by the European Convention on Human Rights, in view of the decision of the English Court of Appeal last year that the equivalent English rules are incompatible; and, if so, what is their reasoning.    [NIO]    (HL4944)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will—

        (a)  obtain powers to dredge or remove debris and rubbish from the Connswater and Knock rivers and their banks for their full length within Belfast;

        (b)  indicate who are the public sector littoral owners of those rivers who have current responsibility for such dredging; and

        (c)  enhance the Connswater river with overhanging walkways as it flows through the Connswater shopping centre in East Belfast.    [NIO]  (HL4945)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  how many car parking spaces there are on the Stormont Estate in Belfast;

        (b)  how many such spaces have been introduced since 1995;

        (c)  how much more parkland is expected to be used for car parking spaces; and

        (d)  what is their policy on car parking provision on the Estate.    [NIO]  (HL4946)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the environmental improvement scheme covering the area from the Albertbridge Road junction to the Holywood Road junction in East Belfast; and when it will be completed.    [NIO]    (HL4947)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to create a pedestrian crossing at the heart of the Holywood Arches area in East Belfast.    [NIO]    (HL4948)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 11th October (WA 95), which indicated that since the end of July 2000 21 per cent of all applications for judicial review against the United Kingdom Departments involved the Northern Ireland Administration, what steps they are taking to reduce the proportion to three per cent, which would be similar to the population of Northern Ireland as part of the United Kingdom.    [NIO]    (HL4949)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 13th October (WA 89), which indicated that job applications for Waterways Ireland were not submitted to the appropriate departments, why all the Ulster Scots Agency job applications required clearance from the departments.    [NIO]    (HL4950)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average cost of providing a lunch meal in (a) school; and (b) prison.    [DfES]    (HL4951)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to assist with the cost of obtaining employers’ liability insurance.    [DTI]    (HL4952)

The Lord Jenkin of RodingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to receive advice on the genetically modified crop farm scale evaluation results from the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment to which those results have been passed for review and advice.    [DEFRA]    (HL4953)

The Lord Jenkin of RodingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the fall in the monthly value of trades in Fixed Price Renewable Obligation Certificates since (a) 1st May 2003; and (b) 12th August 2003.    [DTI]    (HL4954)

The Lord Jenkin of RodingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total value of Renewable Obligation Certificates traded in the first compliance period.    [DTI]    (HL4955)

The Lord Jenkin of RodingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to learn the outcome of their discussions with the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets aimed at seeking a resolution of the problems caused by the administration of the TXU Europe Group not meeting the deadline for paying the sum due to the Renewable Obligation Buy-Out Fund.    [DTI]    (HL4956)

The Lord Jenkin of RodingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the state the market in Renewable Obligation Certificates on the forward programme of investment in the generation of electricity from renewable sources.    [DTI]    (HL4957)

The Lord Jenkin of RodingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will allocate the £60 million earmarked in the Sustainable Energy Bill for promoting the use of energy from renewable sources to the Renewable Obligations Buy-Out Fund, in order to restore confidence to the market in such Certificates.    [DTI]    (HL4958)

20th October

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 20th October (HL 4621), whether they will commission research into the impact of dietary supplements on anti-social behaviour. [HO]    (HL4964)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the fees paid to SchlumbergerSEMA by Government Departments and agencies are shown in any public accounts; and, if so, where they are recorded.    [HMT]    (HL4965)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether doctors employed as medical examiners by SchlumbergerSEMA are accountable to the General Medical Council.    [DoH]    (HL4966)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there have been any demonstrable savings in income support and disability benefits since the Benefits Agency Medical Services were contracted out to SchlumbergerSEMA.    [DWP]    (HL4967)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any conflicts of interest between SchlumbergerSEMA and any of its subsidiary companies with particular regard to decisions made in industrial injury benefit and disability benefit cases.    [DWP]    (HL4968)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many non-Governmental organisations, companies or corporations, other than SchlumbergerSEMA, hold contracts for the provision of services and the collection of data on behalf of Government Departments and agencies.    [CO]    (HL4969)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider merging employers’ national insurance contributions with corporation tax so as to shift the tax burden away from small businesses.    [HMT]    (HL4970)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why tax compliance currently costs per year an average of £288 per employee for small firms, but only £5 for the largest firms.    [HMT]    (HL4971)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, taking the 512,400 civil servants employed in the year to April 2003 as the baseline, by what numbers they expect the size of the permanent civil service to rise in each of the years (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06.    [CO]    (HL4972)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what monitoring takes place of the cancellation of bus services by operators contracted to provide subsidised services; how cancellations in Greater Manchester over the past year compare with those in other conurbations; and whether they have plans to require operators to compensate passengers left at the roadside by cancelled services.    [DfT]    (HL4973)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 13th October (WA 89), why the advice offered to two senior officials of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure by the chairman of the Ulster Scots Agency concerning the budget for 2003 was not provided to the Minister before she took the appropriate decision.    [NIO]    (HL4974)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 16th October (WA 128), what practical steps have been taken or are planned to support Ulster Scots cultural tourism in County Antrim by—

        (a)  the Northern Ireland Tourist Board;

        (b)  Tourism Ireland; and

        (c)  the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure;

        and whether they are satisfied with progress in this area since 1998.    [NIO]  (HL4975)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 16th October (WA 127), which Department was responsible for the incorrect title of the staff remuneration for the Language Implementation Body decision paper; and whether there are other cases of incorrectly titled papers which require or required correction.    [NIO]    (HL4976)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 16th October (WA 127) concerning North South Implementation Bodies, whether they will give these figures as a percentage of each body’s total budget for each year, separating the Language Body into the Irish Agency and the Ulster Scots Agency. [NIO]    (HL4977)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 16th October (WA 128), how many applications there have been for MoT tests in Northern Ireland in each month from October 2001 to date. [NIO]    (HL4978)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 16th October (WA 128) concerning the cost of cleaning government offices in Northern Ireland, how much office cleaning has cost each year since 1994. [NIO]    (HL4979)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a table showing the number of hours of consideration given to completed committee stages of each Government Bill in the current session in each House of Parliament.    (HL4980)

The Lord Jenkin of RodingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to restore confidence to the market in renewable obligation certificates so as to assist firms seeking finance for developing renewable electricity generation.    [DTI]    (HL4981)

The Lord Jenkin of RodingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will use some of the £100 million surplus funds raised through auctioning output from Non Fossil Fuel Obligations contracts to fill the hole in the Renewable Obligations Buy-Out Fund.    [DTI]    (HL4982)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will raise the question of the seat of the European Parliament in the Inter Governmental Conference and in particular whether it should move from Strasbourg to Brussels.    [FCO]    (HL4983)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there will be a national scheme for genotyping female sheep in 2003.    [DEFRA]    (HL4984)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether teachers may drive school minibuses as “volunteers” without having gained a D1 entitlement on their licence, by passing an appropriate test and reaching the required medical standards.    [DfT]    (HL4985)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will fund the cost of training, testing and supply cover for teachers who need to be trained to drive school minibuses in order to ensure that they are trained to a sufficiently high standard to transport schoolchildren safely.    [DfES]    (HL4986)

The Baroness MaddockTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the statement on their Sustainable Energy Policy Network website that lists as “Commitment EE6” “improvements in household energy efficiency of 5 megatonnes of carbon by 2010 and a further 4-6 mega tonnes of carbon by 2020” is accurate.    [DTI]    (HL4987)

21st October

The Baroness GoldingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the second set of police performance monitors.    (HL4989)

The Lord TomlinsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to make public the outcome of the pilot testing of language analysis in determining selected asylum applications.    (HL4990)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was discussed at the Proliferation Security Initiative meeting held on 9th-10th October in London.    (HL4991)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to strengthen arrangements for government and business to share information on their security when operating in overseas markets.    (HL4992)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all police forces monitor and publish the number of religiously-motivated incidents.    (HL4993)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest available statistics for the number of faith-related incidents reported to each of the police forces in England and Wales.    (HL4994)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many faith-related incidents were prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service in England and Wales in the most recent years for which statistics are available.    (HL4995)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will exempt students from charges for visa extensions for the purpose of completing their studies in the United Kingdom.    (HL4996)

The Lord Wedderburn of CharltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications were made to industrial or employment tribunals in each of the years from 1972 to 2003; and what were the median amounts of compensation awarded in each year in each of the jurisdictions covering unfair dismissal, sex discrimination and race discrimination.    (HL4997)

The Lord Wedderburn of CharltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to bring into force section 30 of the Employment Act 2002; and whether they will publish the reasons for not already having done so.    (HL4998)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what scope they and local authorities have to align as closely as possible the catchment areas of—

        (a)  secondary schools;

        (b)  social workers and child care specialists;

        (c)  probation officers;

        (d)  youth offending teams; and

        (e)  police districts; and

    whether they have considered the potential benefits for family care and crime prevention of small administrative changes of this kind.  (HL4999)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the £74 million budget for 2003-04 of the Global Conflict Prevention Pool has so far been spent or firmly committed.    (HL5000)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are giving to programmes of the United Nations Development Programme for collecting and destroying small arms and light weapons.    (HL5001)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many and which United Nations agencies are taking part in the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum; and what are the future plans of this organisation.    (HL5002)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have evidence that British made or brokered small arms have been reaching Brazil or other central and southern American states; and whether the availability of such arms encourages gun crime.    (HL5003)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether individual patients have any legal rights of ownership to the medical records held about them by the National Health Service.    (HL5004)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals to address the problem of home and small business computers in the United Kingdom with broadband connections which are “hijacked” as spam relays.    (HL5005)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how British Embassies in the European Union can perform their consular functions in relation to United Kingdom citizens held in gaol when they have no centrally held information about the reasons why those citizens are being held.    (HL5006)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 16th October (WA 133) that information about British citizens in European Union gaols can only be obtained at disproportionate cost, whether she will give a limited and less expensive answer and update the table given on 6th June by specifying how many of those listed were subsequently released without standing trial.    (HL5007)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there has been consultation with the government of the Republic of Ireland about the prohibition of smoking in public houses and bars in Northern Ireland; and what plans there are to introduce such a prohibition.    (HL5008)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the revised timetable for applications for planning permission for the sewage disposal works at Killinchy, County Down; and when it is planned to complete this scheme.    (HL5009)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to remedy the current shortage of teachers who specialise in science.    (HL5010)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they consider the percentage of property sales accounted for by first-time buyers to be at its lowest level ever.    (HL5011)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 16th October (WA 136) which stated, “I do not know whether it will prove practicable to obtain this information, but we will look into the matter and I will write to the noble Lord as soon as possible”, why it took in excess of 13 weeks to give this answer to the Lord Avebury when the standard time is two weeks; and what admonitions have been given to departments for this delay beyond the previous assertions that departments have been reminded of the need for prompt replies.    (HL5012)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) what information they have received from the Angolan authorities about the diplomatic status of Mr Pierre Falcone; (b) whether they had received any request for information about his business activities by the French investigating magistrate; and (c) what inquiries they have made independently of any co-operation with the French judicial authorities about alleged illegal arms trading activities by companies registered in the United Kingdom or its dependencies by Mr Falcone or Mr Arkady Gaidamak, or in which either of them had a beneficial interest.    (HL5013)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in deciding the fees to be charged for applications for extensions of leave to remain by temporary residents in the United Kingdom—

        (a)  they gave special consideration to the needs of international students;

        (b)  they had consultations with universities and organisations representing students; and

        (c)  they estimated that, in the light of the Prime Minister’s initiative to promote United Kingdom higher education internationally, the charges would encourage or discourage prospective international students.  (HL5014)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in deciding the fees to be charged for applications for extensions of leave to remain by temporary residents in the United Kingdom they received representations regarding the level of these fees compared with those levied for initial visas.    (HL5015)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in deciding the fees to be charged for applications for extensions of leave to remain by temporary residents in the United Kingdom—

        (a)  they calculated that the interval between the announcement of the new system of charges and the date when those charges came into effect was adequate to disseminate the information to those who needed to know; and

        (b)  they were satisfied that the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will be able to provide a level of service for international students commensurate with the charges now being made.  (HL5016)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will promote changes in the membership of the Iraqi Governing Council, in consultation with representatives of leaders of the various communities, with a view to enhancing the confidence of the people of Iraq in the Council.    (HL5017)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that a permanent constitutional settlement in Iraq must include confirmation of the autonomy of the four northern governorates, including Kirkuk.    (HL5018)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many member states of the Council of Europe have ratified the Fourth Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights; and which member states have not ratified the Protocol.    (HL5019)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, whether the explanation by the Baroness Chalker of Wallasey in a Written Answer on 12th November 1996 (WA 92) for the Government’s decision not to ratify the Fourth Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights, namely that “Her Majesty’s Government believes that Article 3(2) of the Protocol could conflict with the United Kingdom immigration and nationality legislation by giving British Dependent Territories Citizens, British Overseas Citizens, British Subjects and British Nationals Overseas a right of entry to the United Kingdom that they no longer possess”, no longer applies given that the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 has given these categories of British citizens a right of entry into the United Kingdom.    (HL5020)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 16th October (WA 132), whether the diplomatic protection they have given to United Kingdom nationals whose farms and other properties in Zimbabwe have been unlawfully seized, occupied or damaged is of the same level as that given by the governments of Germany and the Netherlands to their nationals in Zimbabwe.    (HL5021)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Filkin on 6th October (WA 9), what practical impact the Government’s decision not to allocate funds to modernise the civil and family courts as part of the 2002 spending review will have on the way in which the components of the modernisation programme can be implemented and the timescale of that programme.    (HL5022)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 16th October (WA 134-135), whether any member states of the European Union have excluded discrimination based on colour from their domestic legislation implementing the Race Directive.    (HL5023)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 16th October (WA 128), what consideration was given as part of the Natural Resource Rural Tourism Initiative to the prospect of Ulster Scots tourism, including Scots Irish living in the United States.    (HL5024)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 16th October (WA 126), how the budget for the North South Ministerial Council was agreed under the agreement contained in the exchange notes between the two Governments dated 19th November 2002 if the issue of proportionality was not discussed with the Ulster Scots Agency.    (HL5025)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated extra annual costs of the proposed reform of the Office of the Northern Ireland Director of Public Prosecutions and its powers; and what concomitant savings will be made in the police service budget when the police abandons their prosecuting role.    (HL5026)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, regarding the recruitment of civilian staff to the police in Northern Ireland, how many recruits were sought; when they were sought; and how many were recruited.    (HL5027)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make funding available for East West school projects between Northern Ireland and Scotland similar to the Warrington Project, as required under the parity of esteem guarantee for Ulster Scots in the Belfast Agreement.    (HL5028)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their policy in Northern Ireland is to encourage the development of a multicultural society in order to ensure considerable savings on security-related issues; and, if so, whether this policy has been communicated to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.    (HL5029)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the relevant United Kingdom statute, European treaty or legislative basis for the rights of citizens of member states of the European Union, resident in the United Kingdom, to nominate, vote for or become members of local and regional government bodies and of the European Parliament.    (HL5030)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which European treaties or legislation are the basis for any United Kingdom regulation governing the creation and generation of publicly owned corporations which provide services relating to national rail, urban passenger transport, the generation and distribution of electricity, and potable water supplies and urban drainage.    (HL5031)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which current Treaties of the European Union relate to the proposals in the draft Constitutional Treaty for (a) a full time President of the European Council; and (b) the appointment of a Minister for Foreign Affairs.    (HL5032)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their opinion that the adoption of the draft Constitution Treaty for the European Union would not alter the fundamental constitutional relationship between the European Union and its member states (Cm 5987) is consistent with the innovations proposed in the draft Treaty, such as a full time President of the European Council, the appointment of a Minister for Foreign Affairs, and the extension of Qualified Majority voting.    (HL5033)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

[The date in square brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]

To be heard by the Examiners on Monday 27th October at 10.30 am

    Transas Group

Waiting for Second Reading

    Greater London Authority Act 1999 (Repeal) [HL]

    House of Lords (Amendment) [HL]

Waiting for Commitment

    Patient (Assisted Dying) [HL]

    Taxation (Information) [HL]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Ministerial and other Salaries (Amendment) [HL]

    Prevention of Driving under the Influence of Drugs [HL]

    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]

    Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) [23rd October]

    Hunting [28th October]

    Ragwort Control [4th November]

Waiting for Report

    European Union (Accessions) [27th October]

    Extradition [22nd October]

    Anti-social Behaviour [23rd October]

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

    Criminal Justice [29th October]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Fire Services

    Female Genital Mutilation [23rd October]

Sent to the Commons

    Arms Control and Disarmament (Inspections) [HL]

    Waste and Emissions Trading [HL]

    High Hedges [HL]

    Voting Age (Reduction to 16) [HL]

    Public Services (Disruption) [HL]

    Equality [HL]

    Harbours [HL]

    Road Traffic (Amendment) [HL]

    Sexual Offences [HL]

    Water [HL]

    Patients’ Protection [HL]

    London Local Authorities [HL]

    Hereford Markets [HL]

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

    Crime (International Co-operation) [HL] [28th October]

    Courts [HL]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences)

    Legal Deposit Libraries

    Household Waste Recycling

    Sustainable Energy

    London Local Authorities and Transport for London [HL]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

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

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

    Draft Police (Complaints) (Informal Resolution) Regulations 2003

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Thurrock Development Corporation (Area and Constitution) Order 2003

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

    Draft Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2003

    Fishing Vessels (Decommissioning) Scheme 2003

    Draft Postal Services Act 2000 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2003

    Draft Dental Auxiliaries (Amendment) Regulations 2003

    Draft Retention of Communications Data (Extension of Initial Period) Order 2003

    Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Intrusive Surveillance) Order 2003

    Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Communications Data) Order 2003

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

REGULATORY REFORM ORDERS IN PROGRESS

Referred to the Regulatory Reform Committee for first-stage scrutiny

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Sunday Trading) Order 2004

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    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 22ND OCTOBER

European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform (Select Committee)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee F)11.00 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)3.30 pm
(The Practicalities of Renewable Energy)
Draft Mental Incapacity Bill (Joint Committee)3.30 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 23RD OCTOBER

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
Draft Civil Contingencies Bill (Joint Committee)3.30 pm

MONDAY 27TH OCTOBER

Committee for Privileges4.15 pm
in the Moses Room
Human Rights (Joint Committee)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 28TH OCTOBER

House of Lords Reform (Joint Committee)10.00 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)3.30 pm
(Science and International Agreements)
Economic Affairs (Select Committee)4.00 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
Procedure Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 29TH OCTOBER

Constitution (Select Committee)4.00 pm

MONDAY 3RD NOVEMBER

Speakership of the House (Select Committee)3.15 pm

TUESDAY 4TH NOVEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
House Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 18TH NOVEMBER

Draft Gambling Bill (Joint Committee)9.30 am
 
 
 
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