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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.

TUESDAY 4TH NOVEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

*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 renewal of student visas fits into their strategy for overseas students.

*The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their current policies to ensure adequate security in southern Afghanistan will allow its people to move safely towards reconstruction and democratic rule.

†*The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that their proposals for a Commission for Equality and Human Rights do not weaken existing legal protection against unlawful discrimination and that the Chair and members of the Commission are appointed in a way that demonstrates their independence.

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

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

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

‡The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the range and quality of the coverage of political events by the media, in particular by the BBC, are satisfactory.

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.

*The Lord McNally—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to protect the public interest regarding the future of ITV in advance of Ofcom taking up its responsibilities on 29th December.

*The Lord Lloyd-Webber—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to strengthen current copyright law, with particular regard to unauthorised exploitation of material which was not intended for the public domain.

†*The Lord Campbell-Savours—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the influence of individual and institutional donors on political parties should be more closely regulated.

†*The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to obtain the co-operation of the United States in the implementation of the new European Union Directive on unsolicited e-mails.

‡Education (Amendment of the Curriculum Requirements for Fourth Key Stage) (England) Order 2003—The Baroness Ashton of Upholland to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 30th October be approved.

‡Regulatory Reform (Business Tenancies) (England and Wales) Order 2003—The Lord Rooker to move, That the draft Regulatory Reform Order laid before the House on 17th September be approved. [25th Report from the Regulatory Reform Committee]

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

THURSDAY 6TH NOVEMBER

[At eleven o’clock]

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

At three o’clock

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

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have developed their policy on the issue of undergraduates’ contributions to the cost of their tuition.

*The Baroness Massey of Darwen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will respond to the recommendations in the Audit Commission report on services for disabled children.

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

FRIDAY 7TH NOVEMBER

[At eleven o’clock]

Wild Mammals (Protection)(Amendment) (No. 2) Bill [HL]—Report [The Lord Donoughue]

Postal Services Act 2000 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2003—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 14th October be approved. [28th Report from the Joint Committee]

Taxation (Information) Bill [HL]—Committee [The Lord Saatchi]

Dental Auxiliaries (Amendment) Regulations 2003—The Lord Warner to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 15th October be approved. [28th Report from the Joint Committee]

Fishing Vessels (Decommissioning) Scheme 2003—The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton to move, That the Scheme laid before the House on 16th October be approved. [28th Report from the Joint Committee]

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.

MONDAY 10TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received from the Secretary General of the Royal British Legion about vaccines used by the Ministry of Defence during the 1990-91 Gulf War and the renewed call for a full public inquiry.

*The Lord Bradshaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals for revision or modification of the existing system of hallmarking of precious metals.

*The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure that recent British aid to Zimbabwe will not be used for political ends.

*The Baroness Greengross—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to reduce international development funding to middle income countries.

‡Northern Ireland (Date of Next Assembly Poll) Order 2003—The Lord President (Baroness Amos) to move, That the Order laid before the House on 22nd October be approved. [29th Report from the Joint Committee]

‡Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections) (Amendment) Order 2003—The Lord President (Baroness Amos) to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 22nd October be approved. [29th Report from the Joint Committee]

‡Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections and Periods of Suspension) Act 2003 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2003—The Lord President (Baroness Amos) to move, That the Order laid before the House on 22nd October be approved. [29th Report from the Joint Committee]

‡Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections and Periods of Suspension) Act 2003 (Consequential Modifications No. 2) Order 2003—The Lord President (Baroness Amos) to move, That the Order laid before the House on 29th October be approved.

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

TUESDAY 11TH NOVEMBER

*The Baroness Wilcox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect the tax legislation introduced in the Finance Act 2003 will have on the development of “spin out companies” in Britain’s universities.

*The Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their view of current levels of household debt.

*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what reports they have received this year about the state of human rights in Uzbekistan.

†*The Lord Watson of Richmond—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are considering to prevent non-accredited universities being set up in the United Kingdom and charging substantial fees for degrees which have little value.

‡Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Modification) (No. 2) Order 2003—The Baroness Scotland of Asthal to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 11th September be approved. [27th Report from the Joint Committee]

    †The Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts—To move, as an amendment to the above motion, at end to insert “but this House notes that the Order may lead to increased use of cannabis with risks to the health of young people and regrets that the Order is being made before the Government’s proposals concerning Class C drugs have been finalised”.

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

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.

*The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards their legal liability for accidental contamination by genetically modified crops.

Extradition Bill—Third Reading [The Baroness Scotland of Asthal]

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

THURSDAY 13TH NOVEMBER

[At eleven o’clock]

[Public business will be tabled]

At three o’clock

*The Baroness Northover—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the increase in aid to Iraq is at the expense of aid to other parts of the world.

*The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to publish and respond to the Lord Haskins’ Rural Delivery Review.

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to recent developments in Zimbabwe.

The Lord Hannay of Chiswick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they see the prospects for Iran’s relationship with the rest of the world in the light of the recent visit by the Foreign Secretary.

ROYAL ASSENT

MONDAY 17TH NOVEMBER

*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the aims of the Right to Read Charter championed by the Royal National Institute for the Blind.

*The Baroness Sharp of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why students who become disabled during their period of study are denied access to disability benefits available to students who are disabled at the outset of their studies.

†*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they mean by “keeping the nuclear energy option open” and what is the cost of so doing.

TUESDAY 18TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Quirk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take in respect to the Briefing published in October by the Prison Reform Trust on the current state of purposeful activity in Her Majesty’s Prisons.

*The Lord Lea of Crondall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many wind turbines of typical current design would be needed to generate the amount of electricity currently generated by Britain’s nuclear power stations.

*The Lord Thomson of Monifieth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress was made at the Commonwealth meeting on human rights and democracy in the Cameroon Republic on 31st October.

WEDNESDAY 19TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are now their world trade priorities following the collapse of the conference in Cancún.

*The Baroness Knight of Collingtree—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will have discussions with the relevant authorities with a view to the removal of the displays in Parliament Square.

†*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what public financial assistance is available to students applying for admission to university.

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

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

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

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

†The Baroness Blatch—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 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 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 Ponsonby of Shulbrede—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the European Union is developing its policy towards Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus.

†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.

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]

The Lord Grenfell—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The Future of Europe: The Convention’s Draft Constitutional Treaty (41st Report, HL Paper 169). [29th October]

The Lord Norton of Louth—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Select Committee on the Constitution on The Draft Constitutional Treaty for the European Union (9th Report, HL Paper 168). [21st October]

The Lord Radice—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Is the European Central Bank Working? (42nd Report, HL Paper 170). [30th October]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 3rd November, or unanswered after 21 days]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

18th September

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

7th October

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)

8th October

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 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 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)

9th October

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 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 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)

13th October

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 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 Lester of Herne Hill—To 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 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)

3rd November

The Lord DesaiTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Madrid Donors Conference on Iraq.    (HL5284)

The Lord Graham of EdmontonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to review the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.    (HL5285)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 29th October (WA 45-46), in respect of the former Employment Service Estate to be outsourced by the Department for Work and Pensions to Land Securities Trillium, whether they will place in the Library of the House full details of the “transparent and demonstrable calculations” necessary to ensure that value for money is obtained.    (HL5287)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of the former Employment Service Estate to be outsourced by the Department for Work and Pensions to Land Securities Trillium, who has undertaken ongoing independent scrutiny to ensure the robustness of the outcome; how the results of that scrutiny have been reported; when; and to whom.    (HL5288)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the freehold properties in the former Employment Service Estate are to be transferred to Land Securities Trillium at a price of £100 million compared with the agreed valuation of £128.4 million.    (HL5289)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much direct expenditure under the Common Agricultural Policy took place in each of the twelve regions and nations of the United Kingdom in the most recent financial year for which data exist.    (HL5290)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan any further revisions to the tables of public expenditure in the English regions in Chapter 8 of Public Expenditure—Statistical Analyses 2003 (Cm 5901).    (HL5291)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with government Ministers from the Republic of Somaliland; and whether they agree with the submission by those Ministers that the international community should pay more attention to an administration which is founded on the principles of democracy and the rule of law.    (HL5292)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have provided no opportunity for public debate on the report commissioned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on noise from licensed premises.    (HL5293)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs provided no opportunity for debate at their Noise Forum on 29th October on the report which they had commissioned on noise from licensed premises and which was published on the same day.    (HL5294)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have asked for responses by 17th November 2003 to the proposals for changes to the law on asylum, in the document New legislative proposals on asylum reform, issued on 27th October, when the Cabinet Office Code of practice on written consultation, issued in November 2000, says (Criterion 5, page 16) that a minimum of 12 weeks should be allowed except in cases where there are “circumstances which unavoidably require a consultation period less than twelve weeks”; and why the document does not state “Ministers’ reasons for departing from the code; and what special measures ... have been taken to ensure that consultation is nevertheless as effective as possible”, as further required by the Code.    (HL5295)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many troops are now deployed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo; and what further steps they consider should be taken by the United Nations Security Council to secure the peace of the region.    (HL5296)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have received from the authorities in Somaliland about the murder on 20th October of the British teachers Richard and Enid Eyeington at their school in Berbera; and whether they will offer assistance to those authorities in improving their capacity to deal with terrorist crimes directed against aid workers.    (HL5297)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Financial Services Authority will announce the results of the first enforcement actions covering stock market abuse.    (HL5298)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why in one year the United Kingdom has fallen from 11th to 15th place in the World Economic Forum’s overall competitive ratings.    (HL5299)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether small and medium-sized companies will have to repay tax credits under the research and development tax credit scheme, due to confusion over the definition of “research and development”.    (HL5300)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in order to protect credit card consumers from exploitative interest rates, they will set a standard method for calculating annual percentage rates of interest.    (HL5301)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is lawful for a political party which discriminates on racial or ethnic grounds to register under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000; and, if so, whether they consider that the law should be changed.    (HL5302)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the requirements for the provision of first aid equipment, the presence of trained first aid staff, and a nominated member of staff as the lead “first aider” on (a) inter-city trains and stations, and (b) other trains and stations in the United Kingdom.    (HL5303)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the provisions and requirements of the Telephone Preference Service apply to the telephoning of electors by political parties and elected representatives; and, if so, in which respects.    (HL5304)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to alter the functions or reduce the powers of H M Inspector of Prisons.    (HL5305)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 30th October (WA 64), why St Patrick’s Day and 12th July are not listed for Northern Ireland.    (HL5306)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to shorten the time taken by the Northern Ireland Office in answering questions for written answer.    (HL5307)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Northern Ireland Equality Commission is opposed to religious discrimination in all sectors of employment; and, if not, why not.    (HL5308)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is opposed to religious discrimination in all sectors of employment; and, if not, why not.    (HL5309)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage the appropriate agencies to prosecute people who have broken the law by bringing into the United Kingdom illegal meat for their own consumption.    (HL5310)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage the appropriate agencies to prosecute people when they have broken the law by bringing into the United Kingdom illegal meats for consumption by friends and members of their community.    (HL5311)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage the appropriate agencies to prosecute people for bringing into the United Kingdom illegal meats for commercial use, such as for use in a restaurant.    (HL5312)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have a policy not to prosecute people for bringing illegal meats into the United Kingdom.    (HL5313)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the policy of Customs and Excise for pursuing the conviction of people caught bringing illegal meat into the United Kingdom.    (HL5314)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost to the Health and Safety Executive and the railway industry in the collection of information, analysis and production of the monthly reports on Signals Passed at Danger.    (HL5315)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been killed or seriously injured in each year since the Health and Safety Executive reports on Signals Passed at Danger were introduced in the year 1997-98.    (HL5316)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current cost to individual members of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme of the benefits it confers; and when and by how much the cost to them has changed since the scheme was introduced.    (HL5317)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the cost to individual members of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme of the planned improvements to the scheme due to take effect in 2005.    (HL5318)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

3rd NOVEMBER 2003

[Tabled on the dates shown]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

18th September

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

7th October

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)

8th October

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 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 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)

9th October

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 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 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)

13th October

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 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 Lester of Herne Hill—To 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 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)

14th October

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 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 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)

15th October

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 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, 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 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)

16th October

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 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 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 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 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 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.    [NIO]  (HL4936)

17th October

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To 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 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 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)

20th October

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 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 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 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)

21st October

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all police forces monitor and publish the number of religiously-motivated incidents.    [HO]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [LSLO]    (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.    [HO]    (HL4996)

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.    [DTI]    (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.    [HO]  (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [FCO]    (HL5003)

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.    [DTI]    (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (HL5009)

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.    [CO]    (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [HO]  (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.    [HO]    (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.    [HO]  (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [FCO]    (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. [FCO]    (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [DfCA]    (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.    [HO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (HL5029)

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.    [FCO]    (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [FCO]    (HL5033)

22nd October

The Lord StrathclydeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Chancellor on 18th September (HL Deb, col. 1066) that “attempts were made to reach a consensus. This House rejected an elected element and voted for an appointed-only Chamber” and that the Government intended to proceed to legislate for an appointed-only House of Lords, whether the same principle will be applied in the case of hunting, where unsuccessful attempts have been made to reach a consensus and where the House of Lords has on a free vote rejected a ban on hunting and voted for registered hunting; and, if not, why not.    [DEFRA]    (HL5038)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the interim analytical report by the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit on alcohol misuse, they will set an example by reducing the budget for alcohol in every Government department by 25 per cent.    [CO]    (HL5039)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much military aid they are giving Colombia in 2003-04; and what is the projected amount for 2004-05.    [DfID]    (HL5041)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to monitor the performance by Colombia of its human rights obligations, as required by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and incorporated in the Declaration of the London Meeting on International Support for Colombia in July 2003; and whether they will develop a public strategy for aligning their aid policy to specific performance of those obligations. [FCO]    (HL5042)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what public statements have been made by Foreign Office Ministers during visits to Colombia or at international meetings about violations of human rights in Colombia.    [FCO]    (HL5043)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consult their European Union partners on a visa ban against Colombian officers implicated in human rights violations.    [FCO]    (HL5044)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the route across Hyde Park Corner through Wellington Arch is closed to cyclists but not to horses; and why no suitable safe alternative route was provided for cyclists.    [DfT]    (HL5046)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  what has been the total cost of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning since it was appointed;

        (b)  what has been the contribution of the government of the Republic of Ireland towards that cost;

        (c)  whether the accounts of the Commission are audited;

        (d)  to whom the auditor’s report is presented; and

        (e)  whether any such auditor’s report is available.    [NIO]   (HL5047)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff are employed by the Criminal Records Bureau in the United Kingdom; whether the Bureau uses other agencies in the United Kingdom; and how many people are employed overseas on the Bureau’s work.    [HO]    (HL5050)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  what are the names and qualifications of the two gender experts who have been assigned to Iraq;

        (b)  what is the length and purpose of their assignment; and

        (c)  what is the cost of sending them and supporting their work.    [DfID]   (HL5054)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the information on which the clinical advice on lindane poisoning provided by the National Poisons Information Service was based in August 2000; and what were the sources of that information.    [DoH]    (HL5055)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 16th February 2000 (WA 156), what progress is being made in the three year programme of research into the understanding of the key elements for immunological control of sheep scab; whether they consider vaccination against sheep scab a viable proposition; and, if so, when they consider that it will be introduced.    [DEFRA]    (HL5057)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the undertaking given by the Lord Whitty during the debate on the TSE (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I. 2002/843) on 15th May 2002 (HL Deb, cols. 378-416), they have—

        (a)  considered ways of ensuring that representations can be made against a notice of intended slaughter issued by a veterinary inspector; and

        (b)  considered bringing in further regulations setting up an independent appeals adjudicator nominated by the British Veterinary Association;

    and, if so, with what results.    [DEFRA]   (HL5058)

The Lord Mason of Barnsley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to ensure that cod fish stocks in Britain have a sustainable and profitable future.    [DEFRA]    (HL5060)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost of the National Health Service per head of population for each of the years 1991-92 to 2002-03 for (a) England; (b) Wales; (c) Scotland; and (d) the United Kingdom.    [DoH]    (HL5063)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost of the National Health Service per head of population for each of the years 2003-04 to 2005-06 for (a) England; (b) Wales; (c) Scotland; and (d) the United Kingdom.    [DoH]    (HL5064)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that the Channel Tunnel Rail Link infrastructure will be used for domestic train services.    [DfT]    (HL5065)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they ensure that the charges made by National Health Service trusts for services offered to private patients cover the full costs of those services.    [DoH]    (HL5066)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether National Health Service trusts are required to keep any records showing the financial result of the services offered to private patients; and, if so, what form those records take.    [DoH]    (HL5067)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they define cross-subsidy for the purpose of ensuring that charges for services offered to private patients are not cross-subsidised by National Health Service resources.    [DoH]    (HL5068)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay--To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will correct the statement made by the Lord Privy Seal (HC Deb, 16th October, col. 261) that 89 of the 92 hereditary peers are Conservatives.    [CO]    (HL5070)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay--To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the present numbers of Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat life peers; what percentage each represents of the three-party total of life peers; and what percentages the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties received of the total votes cast for these three parties at the 2001 general election.    [DfCA]    (HL5071)

The Baroness Sharp of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimates they have made of the annual cost of servicing the total outstanding debt on the income contingent student loan scheme in each of the three years after the proposed introduction of increased tuition fees; and how such estimates are derived.    [HMT]    (HL5075)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they are ceasing the 10 per cent tax relief on stocks and shares ISAs from April 2004 when they are seeking to encourage savings.    [HMT]    (HL5078)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Office for National Statistics understated Britain’s latest national accounts by £800 million.    [HMT]    (HL5079)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is a shortage of Crown Prosecution Service members in any parts of the country; and what special attention is being given to those areas.    [LSLO]    (HL5084)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent Crown Prosecution Service work is delegated to agency staff; and what action is being taken to bring this work in-house.    [LSLO]    (HL5085)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 9th September (WA 105), in what form and by whom the Ulster Scots Agency was informed about its budget being reduced by 16 per cent by the Eire government.    [NIO]    (HL5086)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 9th September (WA 107), what progress has been made in the provision of pensions for staff of the implementation bodies.    [NIO]    (HL5087)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 8th September (WA 5), whether all the bodies have now supplied final accounts for 2000, 2001 and 2002 to the North South Ministerial Council; if not, which bodies have not yet supplied such accounts; and why.    [NIO]    (HL5088)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 8th September (WA 8), why proportionality of the Special European Union Programmes Body was taken into consideration in the consideration of the 2003 budget; and why the proportionality of the Ulster Scots Agency was not considered.    [NIO]    (HL5089)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 15th July (WA 91), whether they will place in the Library of the House all documentation, including e-mails, letters, memoranda and minutes of meetings, concerning the discussions between the Departments on the setting of the budget for the Ulster Scots Agency in 2003.    [NIO]    (HL5090)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 15th July (WA 96) concerning the budget of the Ulster Scots Agency, why the Agency was not allowed to transfer funds from one financial year to the next for specific projects.    [NIO]    (HL5091)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 9th October (WA 67), whether the Department of Health will revise the Written Answer given by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 20th January (WA 79) with regard to the administration of anthrax vaccine in conjunction with other vaccines. [DoH]    (HL5092)

[As amended on 23rd October]

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 9th October (WA 67), what were the standing procedures which should have been followed to ensure that personal medical records were accurately kept during the 1990-91 deployment for the Gulf and that they were fully updated on return to the United Kingdom; what steps have been taken to improve the procedures in the light of lessons learned from the 1990-91 deployment; and on what dates.    [MoD]    (HL5093)

[As amended on 23rd October]

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 9th October (WA 67), what is the procedure by which individual service and ex-service personnel have access to their personal medical records for the information of their general practitioners; what steps have been taken to improve the procedure; and on what dates.    [MoD]    (HL5096)

[As amended on 23rd October]

23rd October

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of their wish to encourage more entrepreneurship and business start-ups, why the number of small business closures rose by more than five per cent last year.    [DTI]    (HL5100)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the five allegedly racist police officers who were exposed in the BBC programme The Secret Policeman were allowed to resign, rather than being sacked.    [HO]    (HL5102)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  how often the four members of the Independent Monitoring Commission have met;

        (b)  how often the two United Kingdom members of the Independent Monitoring Commission have met; and

        (c)  what payments and expenses will be available to each of the members of this monitoring commission.    [NIO]   (HL5103)

The Lord Kilclooney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new proposals there are to restrict the fishing of prawns in Strangford Lough; whether a consultation document will be issued; if so, to whom it will be made available; and what is the proposed timetable. [NIO]    (HL5104)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the priorities of the Human Rights Policy Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for 2004-05; and how this Department’s budget for that year compares with that for year 2003-04.    [FCO]    (HL5105)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have found a means of amending the definition of “qualifying park homes” for the purposes of Schedule 3 to the Regulatory Reform (Housing Assistance) (England and Wales) Order 2002, so that disabled facilities grants are available to people who live on Gypsy caravan sites.    [ODPM]    (HL5106)

The Lord SkelmersdaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which orders give directions about retention of communications data under the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001; and on which dates such orders were made.    [HO]    (HL5107)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 9th October (WA 75), why the Ministry of Defence did not until after 22nd January 2003 ask the Committee on Safety of Medicines to review the licensing information on the administration of anthrax vaccine.    [MoD]    (HL5108)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 9th October (WA 67), what proportion of vaccinations for anthrax in 1990-91 were given in the United Kingdom before deployment; and what proportion were given in theatre.    [MoD]    (HL5109)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 9th October (WA 67), how the multiple vaccination process was changed since 1990-91; and for what reasons.    [MoD]    (HL5110)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 9th October (WA 67), whether the Ministry of Defence is satisfied that the current study into the administration of anthrax vaccine, now being carried out at Porton Down, accurately replicates the intervals between doses as used in 1990-91 and the conditions under which the vaccine was given.    [MoD]    (HL5111)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether those commissioned and funded by them to undertake research in relation to Gulf War illnesses had already been, or are now being, informed of the disclosures that were made to Parliament in the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 9th October (WA 67) regarding the multiple immunisation programme adopted by the Ministry of Defence for troops deployed to the Gulf in 1990-91.    [MoD]    (HL5112)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average rate of funding per student at British universities; and how it compares (adjusted for inflation) with the average rate of funding ten years ago.    [DfES]    (HL5114)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how funding levels for British universities compare with funding levels for state and private universities in the United States.    [DfES]    (HL5115)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answers by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 22nd October (HL Deb, cols. 1609-12)—

        (a)  what is the justification for creating a high-level steering group of Ministers from six Government departments exclusively to consider the most effective means of achieving greater involvement of the faith communities in policy making and delivery across Whitehall;

        (b)  what is meant by the reference to “developing and implementing policy”; and

        (c)  whether they envisage that the group or any successor body will be involved (directly or indirectly) in consultation on Government policy.    [HO]   (HL5116)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answers by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 22nd October (HL Deb, cols. 1609-12), in relation to the Jewish community, what response they made to the recent report by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (David Graham, Secular or religious? The outlook of London’s Jews) indicating that the majority of respondents to a survey of the Jews in London and the South-East “located themselves on the secular side of the secular-religious continuum”. [HO]    (HL5117)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answers by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 22nd October (HL Deb, cols. 1609-12), whether they consulted representatives of the reform and liberal sections of the Jewish community before deciding to invite only the Chief Rabbi to represent the interests and views of religious Jews.    [HO]    (HL5118)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answers by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 22nd October (HL Deb, cols. 1609-12), whether the 76.8 per cent of the United Kingdom’s population referred to as regarding themselves as “having some religious affiliation” is regarded by the Government as equivalent to their having some religious belief; and, if so, upon what evidence this is based.    [HO]    (HL5119)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many safety camera partnerships are currently in place; and when each was established.    [DFT]    (HL5120)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of citizens of the United Kingdom who are normally resident—

        (a)  elsewhere in the European Union, including the Accession States ; and

        (b)  outside the European Union.    [FCO]  (HL5123)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what legislation has been enacted for Northern Ireland since 1st January 1998 which has discriminated against anyone on the grounds of religion.    [NIO]    (HL5124)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 10th September (WA 122) concerning consultation about the 2003 budget with the Ulster Scots Agency, whether this was contrary to the Financial Memorandum for the Cross Border Implementation Bodies. [NIO]    (HL5125)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what legal advice they have received about their actions in creating 144 smoking chambers for the civil service in Northern Ireland; and whether they are liable for any subsequent damage to the health of employees. [NIO]    (HL5126)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is a proper use of public funds to facilitate smoking in the Northern Ireland civil service through the funding of 144 smoking chambers.    [NIO]    (HL5127)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the mission statement for the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure for the years 2003 and 2004; whether it includes the concept of developing cultural understanding and tolerance; and, if not, why not.    [NIO]    (HL5128)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who developed and approved the business plan for the North South Ministerial Council; what are the objectives of the Council; which body monitors them; and whether they will lodge a copy of the business plan in the Library of the House.    [NIO]    (HL5129)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which British and Afghan non-governmental organisations they have supported in Afghanistan since November 2001. [DfID]    (HL5130)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how United Nations Resolution 1510, which widens the mandate of the International Security Assistance Force, will specifically help in the protection of humanitarian workers in southern Afghanistan.    [MoD]    (HL5131)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what conversations they have held with other NATO members about the strength and future deployment of International Security Assistance Force troops in provinces outside Kabul.    [MoD]    (HL5132)

The Lord ReaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, at the high level meeting on Cameroon to be hosted by the Commonwealth on 29th October, they will press the Cameroon government to take steps to improve the fairness and transparency of its parliamentary and presidential electoral process.    [FCO]    (HL5133)

The Lord ReaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, at the high level meeting on Cameroon to be hosted by the Commonwealth on 29th October, they will insist that the registration of voters is full, fair and transparent.    [FCO]    (HL5134)

The Lord ReaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, at the high level meeting on Cameroon to be hosted by the Commonwealth on 29th October, they will insist that there are safeguards to ensure the neutrality and independence of officials involved in the administration of elections.    [FCO]    (HL5135)

The Lord ReaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, at the high level meeting on Cameroon to be hosted by the Commonwealth on 29th October, they will insist that the independence of members of the National Elections Observatory is protected.    [FCO]    (HL5136)

The Lord ReaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, at the high level meeting on Cameroon to be hosted by the Commonwealth on 29th October, they will consider making economic assistance to Cameroon conditional on improvements in the electoral process. [FCO]    (HL5137)

The Lord ReaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will, if necessary in conjunction with the World Health Organisation and the International Atomic Energy Authority, commission a full radiometric survey of the area of South Iraq which they control, including but not restricted to battle zones of the first Gulf War.    [MoD]    (HL5138)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what revenue they expect to receive from the film company in return for unrestricted and sole access to the Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner during the week beginning 20th October.    [DCMS]    (HL5139)

The Lord MonsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will have discussions with the relevant authorities with a view to banning the use of loudhailers in Parliament Square; and, if so, whether any such ban should apply only when Parliament is sitting or at all times.    [DEFRA]    (HL5140)

27th October

The Lord ReaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will, if necessary in conjunction with the World Health Organisation and the International Atomic Energy Authority, assist Iraqi health personnel to conduct an appropriate high quality epidemiological survey of the area of South Iraq which they control so as to assess persistent Iraqi claims of increased rates of cancer and congenital abnormalities since 1991. [FCO]    (HL5145)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy in regard to the provision of secure and adequately serviced overnight parking for heavy lorries.    [DfT]    (HL5146)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the research staff involved in the current study at Porton Down into the safety or otherwise of the multiple immunisation programme adopted by the Ministry of Defence for troops deployed in the 1990-91 Gulf War had already been, or are now being, informed of the disclosures made in the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 9th October (WA 67) on vaccines used during the conflict; and, if so, on what date they were informed.    [MoD]    (HL5147)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider the Royal British Legion’s call for a full public inquiry into the still medically unexplained illnesses of troops deployed in the 1990-91 Gulf War.    [MoD]    (HL5148)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider it to be in line with good commercial practice for airlines to deny boarding to passengers who have bought a valid ticket; and whether they will enquire into Air France’s policy of overbooking on some of its flights from Newcastle.    [DfT]    (HL5149)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which prisons do not yet have a visitors’ centre (whether on prison service land or not); and how long they estimate it will take to provide such centres for all prisons.    [HO]    (HL5150)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Ministers of the Crown have a duty to respect the independence and impartiality of the civil service.    [CO]    (HL5151)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether special advisers are empowered to perform executive functions on behalf of Ministers of the Crown; if so, what is the source of such powers; and what are the executive functions.    [CO]    (HL5152)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 1st July (WA 95), whether they will place in the Library of the House the responses from the 16 faith groups who submitted responses on the draft Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 and sought amendments to ensure that religious organisations could continue to comply with doctrinal requirements or strongly held religious beliefs of their followers.    [DTI]    (HL5153)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to remedy overpayment of income tax by taxpayers as a result of tax code mistakes.    [HMT]    (HL5154)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much benefit from the new child tax credit and pension credit systems is unclaimed; and what steps they will take to encourage it to be claimed.    [DWP]    (HL5155)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to review policy on nutrition to establish the level of nutrient intake which achieves optimum health rather than simply avoiding diseases of nutritional deficiency.    [DoH]    (HL5156)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action has been taken to promote to other European member states the methodology for establishing safe levels of nutrient intake adopted by the Expert Advisory Group on Vitamins and Minerals; and what further plans they have for promoting their policies of case-by-case reviews of published literature on nutrient safety.    [DoH]    (HL5157)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many patients have been treated for peripheral neuropathy as a result of vitamin B6 intake in each of the last ten years.    [DoH]    (HL5158)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to compensate manufacturers and retailers for the cost of removing from shelves and destroying those safe and appropriately labelled products marketed in accordance with current Government policy but which will become illegal in July 2005 under the provisions of the Food Supplements (England) Regulations on the basis that they contain ingredients missing from the list of permitted nutrients and nutrient sources.    [DoH]    (HL5159)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 8th September (WA 66), whether male donors means male “untransfused” donors.    [DoH]    (HL5160)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the evidence that the switch to male (untransfused) donors would reduce the incidence of transfusion-related acute lung injury (as reported in the 2001-02 Serious Hazards of Transfusion Scheme report) and not lead to any new or increased levels of existing transfusion related complications.    [DoH]    (HL5161)

The Lord Corbett of Castle ValeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a copy of the Correctional Services Review, conducted by Mr Patrick Carter for the Cabinet Office Strategy Unit, will be placed in the Library of the House.    [CO]    (HL5162)

The Lord Corbett of Castle ValeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners convicted of sex offences have been assessed as suitable for the sex offender treatment programme (SOTP); how many have undergone such a programme; and what are the estimated extra resources needed to ensure that all such prisoners are given SOTP before release.    [HO]    (HL5163)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 10th July (WA 53), how they are “carefully monitoring the extent of compliance” with assurances “that British-built military equipment should not be used offensively or to violate human rights” in Acheh.    [FCO]    (HL5164)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the television licensing authority in Bristol does not give an e-mail address for customers to use in correspondence.    [DCMS]    (HL5165)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the Resolution adopted by the Governing Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union at their meeting in Geneva on 3rd October, in which they regretted the decision of the Turkish Court “not to grant bail to the four former MPs ... who have already spent seven years in prison owing to an unfair judgment”; and if so, whether they will seek to ensure that this case is mentioned in the forthcoming report of the European Commission’s Regular Report on Turkey’s Progress towards Accession, in connection with Turkey’s compliance with Copenhagen Principles.    [FCO]    (HL5166)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many officers of the Metropolitan Police are engaged in the investigation of offences under section 134 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988; how many alleged offences have been investigated since the Act came into force, and in respect of how many of them have files been sent to the Attorney General, either to request him to exercise his powers under section 135 of the Act or as a preparatory act with a view to a possible subsequent request.    [HO]    (HL5167)

The Viscount AstorTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for ensuring that there is sufficient electric power for the national rail network; and to which Government department they report.    [DfT]    (HL5168)

The Viscount AstorTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for planning and implementing the future planned electric power requirement for the national rail network. [DfT]    (HL5169)

The Viscount AstorTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Government department is responsible for the strategic overview of the power requirement of the national rail network.    [DfT]    (HL5170)

The Baroness Turner of CamdenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the miners’ pension scheme is slipping into deficit; if so, why they continue to deduct significant sums from the scheme; and whether, in the circumstances, the 1994 deal should be revised. [DTI]    (HL5171)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the decision of OFTEL to revise their definition of broadband by dropping the requirement that internet connections should be capable of delivering real-time video content; and, if so, what is the rationale underpinning this decision.    [DTI]    (HL5172)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the definition of broadband as an expression of data transfer speed in (a) Germany, (b) France, (c) Sweden, (d) Spain, (e) Japan, (f) South Korea, (g) Australia, (h) the United States and (i) Canada differs from that in the United Kingdom; and, if so, how.    [DTI]    (HL5173)

The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will clarify the statement by the Baroness Amos on 13th October (HL Deb, col. 697) that the meeting of the Committee on Agriculture did take place and they were present.    [DfID]    (HL5174)

28th October

The Baroness BarkerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have not provided the House of Lords Printed Paper Office with sufficient copies of the consultation document, Civil Registration: Delivering Vital Change, for Members of the House.    [HMT]    (HL5181)

The Baroness Williams of CrosbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current estimated rate of unemployment in Iraq.    [FCO]    (HL5182)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what weight is given to maintaining family links, especially those between parents and children, when prisoners are allocated to prisons.    [HO]    (HL5183)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which prisons are able to offer child-centred visits (as pioneered in Northern Ireland).    [HO]    (HL5184)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for involving spouses and partners of prisoners in sentence planning.    [HO]    (HL5185)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the number of children taken into care in the past five years primarily because of the imprisonment of one or both parents. [DfES]    (HL5186)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make the resettlement sections of prisons responsible for the administration of existing visitors centres.    [HO]    (HL5187)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the government of Azerbaijan following post-presidential election arrests, including those of members of Musavat, an opposition party; if so, with what result; and, if not, whether they will raise the matter in the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.    [FCO]    (HL5188)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they require from drivers over 60 to provide to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency proof of adequate eyesight when applying for or holding driving licences.    [DfT]    (HL5189)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in which European Union member states driving licensing authorities require drivers over 60 to submit evidence of a satisfactory eye test when applying for or holding driving licences.    [DfT]    (HL5190)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will now review the law to ensure that United Kingdom citizens overseas involved in brokering arms deals are brought within the jurisdiction of United Kingdom law.    [MoD]    (HL5191)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any plans to disregard war widows’ pensions when calculating council tax relief and housing benefit.    [MoD]    (HL5192)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with regard to a switch to male (untransfused) donors, whether they can give an assurance that this significant change in policy will be piloted and validated before a national change takes place.    [DoH]    (HL5193)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 8th September (WA 66) about the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Blood and Tissue for Transplantation and given that single donor fresh frozen plasma is responsible for the majority of transfusion-related acute lung injury incidents, what evidence the Committee considered in reaching their recommendations to use single donor plasma only.    [DoH]    (HL5194)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether screening of donors’ blood for human leukocyte antigens (HLA) antibodies, which cause transfusion-related acute lung injury, has been considered; if so, whether it is a viable, realistic and cost-effective option; and on what grounds nationwide screening has not been implemented. [DoH]    (HL5195)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, bearing in mind that males are less likely to donate blood and more likely to have received a transfusion than females, the use of plasma sourced exclusively from male, previously untransfused, donors will provide enough fresh frozen plasma for the 70,000 patients who require it each year. [DoH]    (HL5196)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the recent meeting between the Food Standards Agency and the European Food Safety Authority on the difficulties anticipated by industry in preparing dossiers of information to support the inclusion of substances on the lists of nutrients and nutrient sources appended to the Food Supplements Directive; and whether they will indicate what specific plans the Food Standards Agency has to continue that dialogue.    [DoH]    (HL5197)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to raise with the appropriate European Commissioner the concerns of the United Kingdom about the interpretation which the Commission may propose for Article 5 of the Food Supplements Directive.    [DoH]    (HL5198)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what specific plans they have to liaise at political level with other European Union member states as part of their strategy for achieving the best possible maximum permitted levels for nutrients under the provisions of the Food Supplements Directive.    [DoH]    (HL5199)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about the attendance at and progress made at the meeting held on 23rd October between the Food Standards Agency and a number of stakeholder organisations to discuss their concerns about the Food Supplements Directive.    [DoH]    (HL5200)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Food Standards Agency has any plans to establish a constructive dialogue with the Health Food Manufacturers Association, the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and other stakeholder organisations to explore ways of improving the evidence base for the assessment of nutrient safety.    [DoH]    (HL5201)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Inland Revenue intends to claw back money it overpaid under the child tax credit scheme.    [HMT]    (HL5202)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will simplify the Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme so that small and medium-sized companies can have better access to early-stage funding.    [DTI]    (HL5203)

The Lord OuseleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how policies aimed at helping poor families to climb out of social exclusion are affected by the lack of accessible legal aid. [DfCA]    (HL5204)

The Lord OuseleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many additional civil servant posts have been created in the years—

        (a)  2001-02;

        (b)  2002-03; and

        (c)  2003-04 (first six months).    [CO]  (HL5205)

The Lord Ouseley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of new civil service posts created since the year 2001-02 are designated as front-line service delivery jobs.    [CO]    (HL5207)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether under equality law in Northern Ireland a potential employer is permitted to ask an applicant for a job if he or she is a smoker; if not, why; and whether it is possible for an organisation to employ only non-smokers. [NIO]    (HL5208)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the head of the Northern Ireland Office in Washington was appointed; by whom; and using what criteria.    [NIO]    (HL5209)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, under the arrangement for the North South Ministerial Council, whether the departments of the government of Eire are given equal status to the government departments in Northern Ireland; and, if so, whether it is possible for the government of Eire to insist on agreement from the Northern Ireland departments for any decisions.    [NIO]    (HL5210)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to develop or support Ulster Scots cultural tourism in the local council areas of Larne and North Down. [NIO]    (HL5211)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 8th October (WA 61), whether Libyan-supplied weapons have been used by the IRA; if so, in which incidents; whether there were any fatalities; what was the cost of any damage caused; and what were the amounts of any compensation paid to businesses and families.    [NIO]    (HL5212)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will indicate the roundabouts on the A1 trunk road, detailing in respect of each the date on which they plan to replace the roundabout with another form of road junction.    [DfT]    (HL5213)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will indicate those Government departments or agencies whose enforcement officers, compliance officers or inspectors receive remuneration which includes any element related to the penalties or fees which they charge those whom they examine, inspect or monitor, indicating in respect of each such department or agency the regulatory area concerned.    [CO]    (HL5214)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to upgrade the A14 trunk road between Felixstowe and the A1; and what are the timescale and costs anticipated for any such upgrading.    [DfT]    (HL5215)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the container traffic to or from the port of Felixstowe arrives at or leaves that port by rail; and what plans they have to increase that proportion.    [DfT]    (HL5216)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any records of the proportion of containers leaving the United Kingdom which are empty.    [DfT]    (HL5217)

29th October

The Baroness NorthoverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to implement United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.    [FCO]    (HL5220)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Vietnam about persecution of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, and encourage the European Union to raise the matter.    [FCO]    (HL5221)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the permissions granted to officials from Ministries of the Interior of foreign countries to visit detained asylum seekers, giving the dates of the visits, the names of the countries, and the number of detainees seen on each visit.    [HO]    (HL5222)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the draft law tabled in the Turkish Grand Assembly by the Turkish government banning the use of the letters W, Q and X is consistent with the Copenhagen Principles.    [FCO]    (HL5223)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek assurances from the Turkish government that international journalists and non-governmental organisations, particularly those from European Union countries, will be permitted free access to south eastern Turkey to observe the situation over the next five months and make assessments as to whether the conditions exist for free and fair local elections to be held in the spring of 2004.    [FCO]    (HL5224)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to remedy the potential conflict of interest in the operation of Business Link, in its dual role as a broker of advisory services to small firms and as a provider of such services.    [DTI]    (HL5225)

The Lord StewartbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons currently hold ordinary accounts with the National Savings Bank; what are the total sums deposited in such accounts, the rate of interest currently paid, and the maximum sum which can be deposited in any one account; when that maximum was most recently changed; and what it would be if increased by inflation for the period since it was last altered.    [HMT]    (HL5226)

The Lord StewartbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether liquid milk sold by retailers as “British” has to be produced from cows in the United Kingdom; and whether labelling requirements for the origin of liquid milk are being adhered to by the retail trade.    [DoH]    (HL5227)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the electors of Gibraltar will have the right to vote at the next election of the European Parliament in 2004.    [DfCA]    (HL5228)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the electors of Ceuta and Melilla will have the right to vote at the next election of the European Parliament in 2004. [FCO]    (HL5229)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what the Department for Work and Pensions is spending on research on older people; and whether the Department has undertaken specific research on black and ethnic minority elderly people.    [DWP]    (HL5230)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the Fourth Geneva Convention applies for the protection of civilians in the occupied territories, or whether they consider Israel to be the legal administrator of the territories pending determination of their status, and hence, not bound by the Fourth Geneva Convention. [FCO]    (HL5231)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will include reference to the need to act proportionately in accordance with Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights and section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998 when regulating entertainment under the Licensing Act 2003 and giving guidance under section 182 of that Act.    [DCMS]    (HL5232)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider to be the obligations of local authorities in acting compatibly with the rights of live musicians under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights when regulating entertainment under the Licensing Act 2003.    [DCMS]    (HL5233)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether women in mixed sex clubs that discriminate on grounds of sex have weaker or fewer voting rights as a result of the repeal of Schedule 7 to the Licensing Act 1964.    [DCMS]    (HL5234)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Hungary, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Russia and Syria refused invitations to the Defence Systems and Equipment International Exhibition; and, if so, what reasons they gave for not attending.    [MoD]    (HL5235)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to take legal action against companies which exhibited arms and ammunition at the Defence Systems International Exhibition without first obtaining the required licences; and if not, why not. [MoD]    (HL5236)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their normal practice to recover from the organisers the cost of policing events held on private premises to which the public do not have free access; and whether they intend to recover the cost of policing the Defence Systems International Exhibition from Spearhead Exhibitions Ltd.    [MoD]    (HL5237)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether since 13th August authorisation of stop and search under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 for the whole of Greater London has resulted in the arrest or charging of any suspected terrorists; and if so, how many.    [HO]    (HL5238)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether authorisations under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 are now in force outside London; and whether the level of threat is sufficiently high to justify extending the authorisation for Greater London beyond November 2003.    [HO]    (HL5239)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether devolution of central government functions in Northern Ireland to elected representatives or institutions can be achieved by secondary legislation, or whether it requires primary legislation.    [NIO]    (HL5240)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the September monitoring round for the re-allocation of funds in Northern Ireland, which departments received more funds; and for what purpose.    [NIO]    (HL5241)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each year since 2000, how much funding the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure was allocated; what was the underspend each year; and what were the reasons for any underspend.    [NIO]    (HL5242)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government from what sources the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure receive advice on Ulster Scots culture, history, language and identity.    [NIO]    (HL5243)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they discuss with the government of Eire the budgets for North South Implementation Bodies but not the issue of proportionality of contributors; and, if so, why.    [NIO]    (HL5244)

The Baroness UddinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a decision will be made on United Kingdom participation in the Baku-Tiblisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline before an assessment has been conducted as to the project’s compliance with World Bank safeguard policies, both on paper and in project implementation.    [DTI]    (HL5245)

The Baroness Williams of CrosbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what grounds they object to providing the government of Nigeria with the material it has requested to enable it to recover state funds taken out of the country by relatives of the late dictator, General Sani Abacha.    [FCO]    (HL5246)

The Baroness Williams of CrosbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they consider that a Nigerian court ruling barring further investigations into the money taken out of Nigerian state funds by the Abacha family requires clarification, when courts in Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Jersey and Great Britain have already ruled that the judge concerned lacks competence in the case.    [FCO]    (HL5247)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what evaluation has been made of the safety justification and risk-based evidence of the decision of the safety authorities to fit the train protection and warning system at terminal station platforms; and whether they will publish the results.    [DfT]    (HL5248)

30th October

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to their response to the 6th Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, whether they will make it standard practice to disclose any meetings they have with proprietors of newspapers or broadcasters, or persons acting on their behalf.    [CO]    (HL5254)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether existing and future contracts to repair Iraq’s oil sector have been and will be made on the basis of open competitive tendering; and, if not, why not.    [FCO]    (HL5255)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will estimate, for each year, what percentage of—

        (a)  men; and

        (b)  women

aged between 60 and 75 now receive income from current employment.    [HMT]    (HL5256)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated net additional cost to the Exchequer, in each year from 2006 to 2015, of increasing the basic state pension in 2006 by—

        (a)  £10 a week for single people aged 75-79 inclusive; and

        (b)  £15 for single people aged 80 and over

    with corresponding increases for couples in both cases, and with the basic state pension uprated in line with average earnings thereafter.    [DWP]  (HL5257)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect Deloitte and Touche to complete their independent research on price caps for the Child Trust Fund; and whether they will place the full results in the Library of the House when the research is completed.    [HMT]    (HL5258)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many square metres of the former Employment Service Estate, to be outsourced by the Department for Work and Pensions to Land Securities Trillium, can be vacated under the contract in each year up to 2018.    [DWP]    (HL5259)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government by what process the Valuation Office arrived at a rental value yield basis of 12.2 per cent in its recent valuation of the freehold properties in the former Employment Service Estate.    [HMT]    (HL5260)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Valuation Office was instructed to value the Employment Service Estate on a vacant possession basis when the Department for Work and Pensions are committed to occupy and pay an annual charge on the majority of the Estate for the next 15 years.    [DWP]    (HL5261)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the decision by the Office of Fair Trading to let the Wales and the Borders franchise to Arriva Trains on the ground that Arriva operates bus services in part of the area covered, whether transport operators should have available a public interest defence when proposing through or joint tickets and services.    [DfT]    (HL5262)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons have been convicted of entering or attempting to enter the United Kingdom using false or forged documents in the last five years; how many such persons have subsequently been granted refugee status or exceptional leave to remain; and how many cases for financial compensation are pending.    [HO]    (HL5263)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce further regulation for the long-term care funding market.    [HMT]    (HL5264)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what protection employees will have against losing pension savings due to employers’ insolvency in the period prior to the Pension Protection Fund being launched in 2005.    [DWP]    (HL5265)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average United Kingdom household’s annual water bill, adjusted for inflation—

        (a)  before the implementation of the European Union water Directives; and

        (b)  today;

        and what is their estimate of the average bill in five years time.    [DEFRA]  (HL5266)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will identify the various European Union water Directives; how much the United Kingdom has so far spent on implementing these Directives; and how much they estimate remains to be spent on their implementation.    [DEFRA]    (HL5267)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases there have been of water poisoning in the United Kingdom in the 10 years (a) before; and (b) since the introduction of the European Union water Directives.    [DEFRA]    (HL5268)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will request the appropriate European Commissioner to take action against the discharge of raw sewage from Brussels into the river Meuse.    [DEFRA]    (HL5269)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Bach on 27th October (HL Deb, cols. 1-4), what proportion of war widows whose husbands died before the advent of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme are in receipt of their own state retirement pension; and, for those widows not in receipt of their own state retirement pension, what is the maximum pension they can receive.    [MoD]    (HL5270)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what benefits are payable to war widows aged 70 or over who are—

        (a)  pre 1973 war widows with their own state retirement pension;

        (b)  pre 1973 war widows without their own state retirement pension;

        (c)  post 1973 war widows with their own state retirement pension; and

        (d)  post 1973 war widows without their own state retirement pension.    [MoD]  (HL5271)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what benefits will be payable when the planned changes to the Armed Forces Pension Scheme take effect in 2005 to war widows aged 70 or over who are—

        (a)  pre 1973 war widows with their own state retirement pension;

        (b)  pre 1973 war widows without their own state retirement pension;

        (c)  post 1973 war widows with their own state retirement pension; and

        (d)  post 1973 war widows without their own state retirement pension.    [MoD]  (HL5272)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure agreed to reduce the 2003 budget of the Ulster Scots Agency by 16 per cent.    [NIO]    (HL5273)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 29th October (WA 39) concerning the incorrect title given to Northern Ireland by the North South Ministerial Council, on how many occasions the incorrect title was used; what were those occasions; and why the title was incorrect.    [NIO]    (HL5274)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 29th October (WA 39) concerning the incorrect title given to Northern Ireland by the North South Ministerial Council, what is their policy regarding the naming of Northern Ireland; whether they issued instructions on this point to departments; if so, what those instructions said; and why they were not adhered to in this case.    [NIO]    (HL5275)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 29th October (WA 39) concerning the incorrect title given to Northern Ireland by the North South Ministerial Council, who took the decision to use the word “North”; and why the occasion referred to was considered less formal.    [NIO]    (HL5276)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure have not arranged the extra budget for the Language Implementation Body agreed in June.    [NIO]    (HL5277)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether maladministration of a Northern Ireland Department towards a Cross Border Body can be referred to the Parliamentary Ombudsman; if not, why; and what other machinery exists to cope with such issues.    [NIO]    (HL5278)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what refinements are planned to the Health Resource Group system of evaluating the costs of surgical and other procedures to ensure that those National Health Service foundation trusts with a high proportion of more complex cases can be reimbursed on a fair basis.    [DoH]    (HL5280)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that the long term contracts to be entered into by National Health Service foundation trusts are capable of providing an adequate level of reimbursement to those trusts which have a higher than average proportion of complex treatments and procedures.    [DoH]    (HL5281)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the current system of support for academic research in National Health Service hospitals, in particular the effect of the Culyer levy on certain teaching hospitals outside London; and, if so, when. [DoH]    (HL5282)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the cap on private patient income included in the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill allows some flexibility for the Independent Regulator for those foundation hospitals whose level of private patient income in 2002-3 was atypically low.    [DoH]    (HL5283)

3rd November

The Lord DesaiTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Madrid Donors Conference on Iraq.    (HL5284)

The Lord Graham of EdmontonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to review the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.    (HL5285)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 29th October (WA 45-46), in respect of the former Employment Service Estate to be outsourced by the Department for Work and Pensions to Land Securities Trillium, whether they will place in the Library of the House full details of the “transparent and demonstrable calculations” necessary to ensure that value for money is obtained.    (HL5287)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of the former Employment Service Estate to be outsourced by the Department for Work and Pensions to Land Securities Trillium, who has undertaken ongoing independent scrutiny to ensure the robustness of the outcome; how the results of that scrutiny have been reported; when; and to whom.    (HL5288)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the freehold properties in the former Employment Service Estate are to be transferred to Land Securities Trillium at a price of £100 million compared with the agreed valuation of £128.4 million.    (HL5289)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much direct expenditure under the Common Agricultural Policy took place in each of the twelve regions and nations of the United Kingdom in the most recent financial year for which data exist.    (HL5290)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan any further revisions to the tables of public expenditure in the English regions in Chapter 8 of Public Expenditure—Statistical Analyses 2003 (Cm 5901).    (HL5291)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with government Ministers from the Republic of Somaliland; and whether they agree with the submission by those Ministers that the international community should pay more attention to an administration which is founded on the principles of democracy and the rule of law.    (HL5292)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have provided no opportunity for public debate on the report commissioned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on noise from licensed premises.    (HL5293)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs provided no opportunity for debate at their Noise Forum on 29th October on the report which they had commissioned on noise from licensed premises and which was published on the same day.    (HL5294)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have asked for responses by 17th November 2003 to the proposals for changes to the law on asylum, in the document New legislative proposals on asylum reform, issued on 27th October, when the Cabinet Office Code of practice on written consultation, issued in November 2000, says (Criterion 5, page 16) that a minimum of 12 weeks should be allowed except in cases where there are “circumstances which unavoidably require a consultation period less than twelve weeks”; and why the document does not state “Ministers’ reasons for departing from the code; and what special measures ... have been taken to ensure that consultation is nevertheless as effective as possible”, as further required by the Code.    (HL5295)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many troops are now deployed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo; and what further steps they consider should be taken by the United Nations Security Council to secure the peace of the region.    (HL5296)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have received from the authorities in Somaliland about the murder on 20th October of the British teachers Richard and Enid Eyeington at their school in Berbera; and whether they will offer assistance to those authorities in improving their capacity to deal with terrorist crimes directed against aid workers.    (HL5297)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Financial Services Authority will announce the results of the first enforcement actions covering stock market abuse.    (HL5298)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why in one year the United Kingdom has fallen from 11th to 15th place in the World Economic Forum’s overall competitive ratings.    (HL5299)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether small and medium-sized companies will have to repay tax credits under the research and development tax credit scheme, due to confusion over the definition of “research and development”.    (HL5300)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in order to protect credit card consumers from exploitative interest rates, they will set a standard method for calculating annual percentage rates of interest.    (HL5301)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is lawful for a political party which discriminates on racial or ethnic grounds to register under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000; and, if so, whether they consider that the law should be changed.    (HL5302)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the requirements for the provision of first aid equipment, the presence of trained first aid staff, and a nominated member of staff as the lead “first aider” on (a) inter-city trains and stations, and (b) other trains and stations in the United Kingdom.    (HL5303)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the provisions and requirements of the Telephone Preference Service apply to the telephoning of electors by political parties and elected representatives; and, if so, in which respects.    (HL5304)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to alter the functions or reduce the powers of H M Inspector of Prisons.    (HL5305)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 30th October (WA 64), why St Patrick’s Day and 12th July are not listed for Northern Ireland.    (HL5306)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to shorten the time taken by the Northern Ireland Office in answering questions for written answer.    (HL5307)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Northern Ireland Equality Commission is opposed to religious discrimination in all sectors of employment; and, if not, why not.    (HL5308)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is opposed to religious discrimination in all sectors of employment; and, if not, why not.    (HL5309)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage the appropriate agencies to prosecute people who have broken the law by bringing into the United Kingdom illegal meat for their own consumption.    (HL5310)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage the appropriate agencies to prosecute people when they have broken the law by bringing into the United Kingdom illegal meats for consumption by friends and members of their community.    (HL5311)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage the appropriate agencies to prosecute people for bringing into the United Kingdom illegal meats for commercial use, such as for use in a restaurant.    (HL5312)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have a policy not to prosecute people for bringing illegal meats into the United Kingdom.    (HL5313)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the policy of Customs and Excise for pursuing the conviction of people caught bringing illegal meat into the United Kingdom.    (HL5314)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost to the Health and Safety Executive and the railway industry in the collection of information, analysis and production of the monthly reports on Signals Passed at Danger.    (HL5315)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been killed or seriously injured in each year since the Health and Safety Executive reports on Signals Passed at Danger were introduced in the year 1997-98.    (HL5316)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current cost to individual members of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme of the benefits it confers; and when and by how much the cost to them has changed since the scheme was introduced.    (HL5317)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the cost to individual members of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme of the planned improvements to the scheme due to take effect in 2005.    (HL5318)

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 Thursday 6th November at 10.30 am

    Mersey Tunnels

Waiting for Second Reading

    House of Lords (Amendment) [HL]

    Greater London Authority Act 1999 (Repeal) [HL]

Waiting for Commitment

    Patient (Assisted Dying) [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]

    Hunting

    Ragwort Control [4th November]

    Taxation (Information) [HL] [7th November]

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    Transas Group

Waiting for Report

    Wild Mammals (Protection) (Amendment) (No. 2) [HL] [7th November]

    Criminal Justice [4th November]

    Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) [6th November]

Waiting for Third Reading

    European Union (Accessions) [4th November]

    Extradition [12th November]

    Anti-social Behaviour [12th November]

Sent to the Commons

    Arms Control and Disarmament (Inspections) [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]

Returned to the Commons amended

    Fire Services

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

    Courts [HL]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Waste and Emissions Trading [HL]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

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

    Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections and Periods of Suspension) Act 2003 (Consequential Modifications No. 2) Order 2003

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

    Draft Telephone Number Exclusion (Domain Names and Internet Addresses) Order 2003

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    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

    Draft Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections) (Amendment) Order 2003

    Northern Ireland (Date of Next Assembly Poll) Order 2003

    Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections and Periods of Suspension) Act 2003 (Consequential Modifications) 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

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

TUESDAY 4TH NOVEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)3.30 pm
(Science and International Agreements)
Economic Affairs (Select Committee)4.00 pm
in Committee Room G
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
House Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 5TH NOVEMBER

Transas Group Bill10.30 am
(Unopposed Bill Committee)in the Moses Room
Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform (Select Committee)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee F)11.00 am
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 6TH NOVEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
in Committee Room 5

MONDAY 10TH NOVEMBER

Speakership of the House (Select Committee)3.15 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee B)4.00 pm
Liaison Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room
Human Rights (Joint Committee)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 11TH NOVEMBER

Administration and Works Committee4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 12TH NOVEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

TUESDAY 18TH NOVEMBER

Draft Gambling Bill (Joint Committee)9.30 am
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
 
 
 
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