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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

At eleven o’clock

Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2003—The Lord Davies of Oldham to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 15th October be approved. [28th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Telephone Number Exclusion (Domain Names and Internet Addresses) Order 2003—The Lord Evans of Temple Guiting to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 3rd November be approved. [31st Report from the Joint Committee]

The Lord Bradshaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for stimulating growth in the numbers of passengers using bus services.

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.

*The Lord Newby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the Financial Services Authority’s proposals to regulate the with profits funds of mutual life offices.

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

Criminal Justice Bill—Third Reading [The Baroness Scotland of Asthal]

‡Wild Mammals (Protection) (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Donoughue]

‡Access to the Countryside (Exclusions and Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2003—The Earl Peel to move, that an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Order, laid before the House on 24th October, be annulled (S.I. 2003/2713).

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.

*The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their consideration of airport capacity in the South East includes the option of a new airport in the Thames estuary.

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

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

†Extradition Bill—Consideration of Commons Amendments and Reason [The Baroness Scotland of Asthal]

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.

†[If messages are received from the Commons, they will be considered this day]

WEDNESDAY 19TH NOVEMBER

†[Prayers will have been read]

*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.

[If messages are received from the Commons, they will be considered this day]

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 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.

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they expect NATO to help the people of Afghanistan to defeat terrorism and improve security within the terms of the Bonn Agreement and of the revised United Nations mandate.

The Lord Howe of Aberavon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to make entry and visa arrangements for overseas students more user friendly, with a view to fulfilling the Prime Minister’s initiative to attract more of them to the United Kingdom.

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 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 13th November, or unanswered after 21 days]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

7th October

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)

9th October

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)

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)

14th October

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 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)

15th October

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)

16th October

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 what plans they have to create a pedestrian crossing at the heart of the Holywood Arches area in East Belfast. [NIO]    (HL4948)

20th October

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 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) concerning the cost of cleaning government offices in Northern Ireland, how much office cleaning has cost each year since 1994. [NIO]    (HL4979)

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 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 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 Kilclooney—To 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 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 Laird—To 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 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)

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 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 Baroness Blatch—To 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 whether they will conduct a review of the clinical advice given by the National Poisons Information Service for agrochemical and pesticide poisoning with an analysis of both agrochemical industry and independent (non-industry funded) scientific and medical research on which that advice is based. [DoH]    (HL5056)

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 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]

23rd October

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 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), 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 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 LairdTo 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 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)

13th November

The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the report on Regulatory Impact Assessments published between January and June 2003 will be issued.    (HL5552)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the next United Kingdom-China Human Rights dialogue will be held; and whether, in any discussion of religious freedom, they will express concern about death sentences passed on religious leaders, in particular Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche.    (HL5553)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Belarus on the decree banning a number of religious organisations, including the Ahmadiyya Muslims.    (HL5554)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the use and classification of material that is dredged from watercourses to maintain channel capacity.    (HL5555)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the status of material dredged from watercourses; and whether it can have more than one status.    (HL5556)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to change their policy concerning material that is dredged from watercourses; if so, whether any such change has been costed; and whether it represents the most sustainable option.    (HL5557)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Article 2 of the draft Water Framework Directive does not include a definition of wetlands because the wetlands associated with a river are included within the definition of a river; or whether a river is that area of water that is normally between two banks.    (HL5558)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, if wetlands are not included within the definition of a river in the draft Water Framework Directive regulations for England and Wales, what status they have.    (HL5559)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of internet-enabled households currently access internet services offering speeds of 512 kbps and above.    (HL5560)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many internet-enabled households subscribed to internet services offering speeds of 512 kbps and above in each year since 1999.    (HL5561)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how growth in the number of internet-enabled households subscribing to internet services offering speeds of 512 kbps and above in the United Kingdom currently compares with other European Union and G7 countries; and how it is projected to compare in 2005.    (HL5562)

The Lord ChristopherTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 5th November (WA 119), from what dates each of the affected railways’ lines serving London will have adequate power supplies to allow the new trains to be brought fully into use.    (HL5563)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to page 19 of the Annual Report of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Human Rights, whether at the time of the last United Kingdom visit to Guantanamo Bay the United Kingdom detainees were in sound mental as well as physical health.    (HL5564)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their definition of “middle-income countries”; and which countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean fall within that definition.    (HL5565)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much (i) bilateral and (ii) multilateral official development assistance they provided to the following countries for the most recent year for which figures are available: (a) Bolivia; (b) Brazil; (c) Ecuador; (d) Guyana; (e) Paraguay; (f) Peru; (g) Grenada.    (HL5566)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

Waiting for Second Reading

    House of Lords (Amendment) [HL]

    Greater London Authority Act 1999 (Repeal) [HL]

    Mersey Tunnels

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

Waiting for Third Reading

    Wild Mammals (Protection) (Amendment) (No. 2) [HL] [17th November]

    Taxation (Information) [HL] [17th November]

    Criminal Justice [17th November]

    Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) [18th November]

    Ragwort Control [18th November]

Sent to the Commons

    High Hedges [HL]

    Voting Age (Reduction to 16) [HL]

    Public Services (Disruption) [HL]

    Equality [HL]

    Harbours [HL]

    Road Traffic (Amendment) [HL]

    Patients’ Protection [HL]

    London Local Authorities [HL]

Returned to the Commons amended

    Anti-social Behaviour

    Courts [HL]

    Transas Group

    Sexual Offences [HL]

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments and reason

    Extradition [18th November]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Water [HL]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Media Ownership (Local Radio and Appointed News Provider) Order 2003

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

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

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

    Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an Association between the European Communities and their Member States and the Republic of Lebanon) Order 2003

    Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an Association between the European Communities and their Member States and the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria) Order 2003

REGULATORY REFORM ORDERS IN PROGRESS

Referred to the Regulatory Reform Committee for first-stage scrutiny

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Sunday Trading) Order 2004

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Patents) Order 2004

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

MONDAY 17TH NOVEMBER

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

TUESDAY 18TH NOVEMBER

Draft Gambling Bill (Joint Committee)9.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Speakership of the House (Select Committee)3.15 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 19TH NOVEMBER

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform (Select Committee)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
 
 
 
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