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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 18TH NOVEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

*The Lord Corbett of Castle Vale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with the Mayor of London and the Metropolitan Police concerning security arrangements for the State visit of the President of the United States.

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]

[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.

†*The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional steps they will take to protect Jewish and other communities in view of the attacks on the synagogues in Istanbul and other recent terrorist attacks.

†*The Lord Razzall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the United States administrator for Iraq, Paul Bremmer, as to whether British companies can compete with American companies for primary contracts authorised for the rebuilding of Iraq.

†[If a message is received from the Commons on the Criminal Justice Bill, it may be considered forthwith]

†[If other messages are received from the Commons, they will be considered forthwith]

THURSDAY 20TH NOVEMBER

†[At eleven o’clock]

†*The Lord Higgins—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any restriction on Lord Penrose’s inquiry into Equitable Life from making a recommendation that compensation should be paid to anyone found to have suffered as a result of failure of regulatory agencies to protect the interests of policyholders.

†*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what strategies they are pursuing to guarantee security of electricity supplies for the future.

†*The Lord Dubs—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of motorists driving while (a) uninsured and (b) without a road fund disc; and how many convictions for each offence there were in the most recent 12-month period.

†ROYAL COMMISSION

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]

†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.

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 17th 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)

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)

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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

27th October

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)

17th November

The Lord DesaiTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their export control policy on man-portable air defence systems.    (HL5571)

The Lord Campbell-SavoursTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total cost of rent rebates payable by local authorities to tenants in each local authority in the year 2002-03.    (HL5572)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

17th NOVEMBER 2003

[Tabled on the dates shown]

[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)

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)

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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

27th October

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)

28th October

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 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 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 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)

29th October

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 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 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)

30th October

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 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 Morris of ManchesterTo 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 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 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.    [DWP]    (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.    [DWP]    (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. [DWP]    (HL5289)

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.    [FCO]    (HL5297)

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.    [DTI]    (HL5299)

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.    [HO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (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.    [NIO]    (HL5309)

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. [MoD]    (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.    [MoD]    (HL5318)

4th November

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what statistics are collected by the Metropolitan Police on rapes and sexual assaults on women in London’s bars and nightclubs; and whether as a result of these statistics they will recommend that the managers of these establishments provide additional security.    [HO]    (HL5330)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will propose that a United Nations working party on arbitrary detentions be established to enquire into the conditions and individual status of prisoners held at Guantanamo, Cuba.    [FCO]    (HL5337)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 3rd November (WA 67-68), whether the Attorney General, in discussions with the United States administration, has raised the issue that the rules published by the United States government for the trial by military commissions of British citizens and others held at Guantanamo are under the control of the President of the United States with no right of appeal to a civil court.    [LSLO]    (HL5338)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 3rd November (WA 67-68), whether the Attorney General, in discussions with the United States administration, has raised the issue that the rules published by the United States government for the trial by military commissions of British citizens and others held at Guantanamo provide for a jurisdiction in areas not previously subject to the laws of war. [LSLO]    (HL5339)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 3rd November (WA 67-68), whether the Attorney General, in discussions with the United States administration, has raised the issue that the rules published by the United States government for the trial by military commissions of British citizens and others held at Guantanamo provide that potentially exculpatory information may be withdrawn from military defence counsel if the prosecution does not intend to introduce such evidence at trial.    [LSLO]    (HL5340)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 3rd November (WA 67-68), whether the Attorney General, in discussions with the United States administration, has raised the issue that the rules published by the United States government for the trial by military commissions of British citizens and others held at Guantanamo provide that a guilty verdict may be made by a two-thirds majority of the commission.    [LSLO]    (HL5341)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 3rd November (WA 67-68), whether the Attorney General, in discussions with the United States administration, has raised the issue that military commissions must be independent and impartial in accordance with the obligations imposed upon the United States by the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.    [LSLO]    (HL5342)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 29th October (WA 39), what is meant by “accepted usage”.    [NIO]    (HL5343)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 12th May (WA 1), whether the budget for 2003 for the Language Implementation Body was set by a department of the Eire government.    [NIO]    (HL5344)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal to Question HL2474 (12th May, WA 1) is consistent with the Written Answer to Question HL2475 (12th May, WA 2). [NIO]    (HL5345)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 10th July (WA 47) concerning the budget of the Ulster Scots Agency for 2003, why the answer indicated that the budget was considered within the context of the annual business plan; when and in what form this consideration took place; and who was involved.    [NIO]    (HL5346)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 29th October (WA 41), why the letter from the Director General of Telecommunications at Oftel was not published in the Official Report with that Answer in the customary manner; and whether they will arrange for it to be published with their answer to this Question.    [DTI]    (HL5359)

5th November

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether additional funding is being sought by the Health and Safety Commission; and whether an increase in the numbers of inspectors and the amount of preventative work, and improvements in the Commission’s scientific capacity will assist the cost effective safety regulation of the railways (taking into account the self-regulating role of the Railway Standards and Safety Board).    [DWP]    (HL5371)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the terms of reference of the Health and Safety Commission in respect of (a) road transport, (b) rail transport; and (c) other industry sectors; and what is the budget expenditure by the Commission on each. [DWP]    (HL5372)

The Lord PestonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the law relating to the prohibition of resale price maintenance applies to the retail sale of newspapers and periodicals.    [DTI]    (HL5373)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 4th November (WA 99), whether they will take steps to ensure that detainees held in prisons and removal centres under the Immigration Acts have the same rights to social visits wherever they are held.    [HO]    (HL5381)

The Lord Hunt of Kings HeathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement decided to change the name of patient forums.    [DoH]    (HL5384)

The Lord Hunt of Kings HeathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government by what statutory authority the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement changed the name of patient forums. [DoH]    (HL5385)

The Lord Hunt of Kings HeathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure the independence of individual patient forums.    [DoH]    (HL5386)

The Lord TurnbergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of all prescriptions in the National Health Service are subject to charges to patients.    [DoH]    (HL5387)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the premature publication of the September retail sales figures—

        (a)  whether they will name the individuals within the Treasury, with their job titles, who had pre-release access to those figures, indicating in each case whether this access was for briefing purposes, for management information or for quality assurance purposes; and

        (b)  whether they have now reduced the number of individuals who have pre-release access to the monthly retail sales figures; and, if so, to what number.    [HMT]  (HL5391)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why releases of market sensitive statistical information require early access by Treasury officials and Ministers, either (a) up to 40.5 hours in advance or (b) at all.    [HMT]    (HL5392)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the monthly releases of statistical information which they consider to be market sensitive, showing the numbers of individuals within the Treasury who received early access to each release in the month of September 2003.    [HMT]    (HL5393)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 11th June (WA 44), whether the reduced budget for 2003 for the Ulster Scots Agency was set by a department of the Eire government in contradiction to the agreed arrangements; and what is meant by the word “advised” in the answer.    [NIO]    (HL5394)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 9th September (WA 105), whether the reduction of the Ulster Scots Agency budget by a department of the Eire government is consistent with the agreed procedures. [NIO]    (HL5395)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 11th June (WA 45), on what date and in what form the special advisers in the Office of the First and Deputy Ministers were consulted about the budget of the Ulster Scots Agency.    [NIO]    (HL5396)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with regard to the budgets for 2004 of the Cross Border Implementation Bodies—

        (a)  on what date each Body supplied a business case to the appropriate department and how much funding was requested;

        (b)  on what date the budget was agreed with each of the appropriate departments in the cases where agreement has been reached;

        (c)  what is the amount agreed for each budget and how it compares in percentage terms with that of 2003; and

        (d)  in which cases proportionality of funding was altered since 2003, by how much and why.    [NIO]  (HL5397)

The Lord Lucas—To ask the Chairman of Committees, in the last year for which data are available, and in the equivalent period ten years ago, what was the average number of answers given to each starred question; and what was the average number of answers given during “backbench time” on statements.    [CoC]    (HL5398)

6th November

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Office of Fair Trading has taken three years to start investigating interchange fees on credit cards after concerns were first raised.    [DTI]    (HL5407)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why no voluntary agreement has been reached between the credit card industry, the Office of Fair Trading and the Department of Trade and Industry on a single method of calculating annual interest percentage rates.    [DTI]    (HL5408)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that there is a need for 108 independent regulators, as identified by the Better Regulation Task Force report Independent Regulators.    [CO]    (HL5409)

The Lord Norton of LouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what training is provided for senior Ministers in—

        (a)  the structure and administration of Government; and

        (b)  the constitutional framework and principles within which Ministers operate.    [CO]  (HL5411)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps the Home Secretary is taking, in the light of the recent report by the independent Review of Coroner Services and the third report of the Shipman inquiry on coroners and death certificates, to make cremation and coroner arrangements more effective.    [HO]    (HL5413)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will undertake public consultation on a review of burial law, including arrangements for the disposal of the dead and the exhumation of buried human remains.    [HO]    (HL5414)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will lay before Parliament the secondary legislation under the Licensing Act 2003 on—

        (a)  the procedures to be followed in making an application for a licence under the Act;

        (b)  the procedures for applying for “grandfather rights” for both a Personal and Premises Licence;

        (c)  the procedures to be followed in applying for a variation to a Premises Licence;

        (d)  the fees to be paid for a Personal Licence;

        (e)  the fees to be paid for an application for a Premises Licence;

        (f)  the annual scale of charges to be levied on Premises Licences; and

        (g)  the annual fee to be paid to register an interest in a Premises Licence.    [DCMS]  (HL5418)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners are now held by Allied forces following military combat in Iraq; how many have been brought before a tribunal to determine their status under Article 5 of the Geneva Convention; and in how many cases it is intended to bring charges of war crimes, terrorism or other crimes.    [MoD]    (HL5425)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed Commission for Equality and Human Rights will be empowered to promote and secure human rights beyond those which are directly related to equality.    [DfCA]    (HL5426)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed Commission for Equality and Human Rights will be empowered to promote and secure the rights and freedoms protected not only by the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998 but also by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the other human rights treaties by which the United Kingdom is bound.    [DfCA]    (HL5427)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed Commission for Equality and Human Rights will have investigative and enforcement powers beyond the equality field.    [DTI]    (HL5428)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards the financing of major public monuments to the memory of those who participated in battles of historic importance to the United Kingdom.    [MoD]    (HL5429)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 4th November (WA 88), what is the recruitment process for the President, Vice President and Chairmen of the Northern Ireland Commission for Employment Tribunals; and how their salaries are agreed.    [NIO]    (HL5431)

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 is meant by “normally consulted”; and whether the annual procedure is to consult the Bodies on budgetary matters.    [NIO]    (HL5432)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 13th October (WA 93), whether the car provided to the first Chief Executive of the Special European Programme Body was part of his remuneration package; whether the current Chief Executive has received a car; and, if not, why.    [NIO]    (HL5433)

The Lord KingslandTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average time between the lodging of an application for leave to appeal against a conviction in the Crown Court after a trial on indictment and, where leave to appeal was granted, the hearing of that appeal by the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) in 2000, 2001 and 2002.    [DfCA]    (HL5434)

The Lord Dixon-SmithTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the re-classification of pulverised fuel ash as waste requiring a licence by the Environment Agency will reduce the total of recycled products in the waste processing statistics by 3.5 million tonnes.    [DEFRA]    (HL5435)

The Lord Dixon-SmithTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why it is necessary to replace pulverised fuel ash with a new aggregate for purposes such as stabilising old mine workings.    [DEFRA]    (HL5436)

The Lord Dixon-SmithTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether blast furnace slag is to be classified as waste requiring a licence instead of being directly recyclable as in the past. [DEFRA]    (HL5437)

The Lord Dixon-SmithTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact the re-classification of pulverised fuel ash as waste requiring a licence will have on the total waste going to land-fill.    [DEFRA]    (HL5438)

The Lord Dixon-SmithTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the re-classification of pulverised fuel ash as waste requiring a licence is consistent with their policy for recycling. [DEFRA]    (HL5439)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of (a) the cost of establishing the proposed Supreme Court; and (b) the Court’s annual running costs.    [DfCA]    (HL5440)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number and cost of staff required to run the proposed Supreme Court efficiently.    [DfCA]    (HL5441)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many square feet of accommodation are envisaged for the proposed Supreme Court.    [DfCA]    (HL5442)

7th November

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, given their plan to reduce the number of sites which can receive hazardous waste next year, what volume of hazardous waste the United Kingdom has provision for over the next six years.    [DEFRA]    (HL5447)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much hazardous waste they expect will be imported from other countries in the next six years.    [DTI]    (HL5448)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether waste from ships imported for breaking will subsequently be exported to the country from which it came.    [DTI]    (HL5449)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will issue the hazardous waste criteria and regulations.    [DEFRA]    (HL5450)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there was any official or unofficial written or verbal discussion between the United Kingdom and United States Governments prior to November 2003 on the issue of the “ghost fleet” disposal.    [DTI]    (HL5451)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made, and what remains to be done, to prepare Ministers of the Crown and the Civil Service for the coming into force of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.    [CO]    (HL5452)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff there are in the Linguistic Diversity Branch of the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure; and what are its annual running costs.    [NIO]    (HL5453)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what role the North South Ministerial Council has in ensuring that the decision-making process for North South Bodies is correctly applied; and how any such role was fulfilled in the setting of the budget of the Language Implementation Body 2003.    [NIO]    (HL5454)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government since 1999 what “future searches” have been carried out by the Northern Ireland Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure; how much each cost; when they were commenced; when they were completed; and what was the outcome.    [NIO]    (HL5455)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy to treat all Cross Border Implementation Bodies equally and impartially.    [NIO]    (HL5456)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed European Union Regulation to remove an individual’s right to opt out of the working time directive envisages the exclusion of certain groups of people or types of employment, such as agriculture or horticulture; whether, under the proposed regulations, the period over which the hours worked would be calculated would be extended; and, if so, to what.    [DTI]    (HL5458)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many carcasses of red deer, other deer and wild mammals have been examined in each of the last 10 years; and how many were found to be infected with bovine tuberculosis in each of the last 10 years. [DEFRA]    (HL5460)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the survey carried out by the British Cattle Veterinary Association published in May 2003, which showed that 48 per cent of farms listed as being overdue a tuberculosis test should not have been on the list, whether these apparent overdue errors were due to inefficiencies within the offices of divisional managers; and, if so, what action they have taken to improve the accuracy of data on their tuberculosis database.    [DEFRA]    (HL5461)

10th November

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Office of Fair Trading will announce the results of its investigation into the price rise imposed by the London Stock Exchange on its member companies.    [DTI]    (HL5464)

The Lord Taylor of WarwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to address the current fall in output in the manufacturing industry.    [DTI]    (HL5466)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any figures of—

        (a)  expenditure on promoting exports of small arms and light weapons from the United Kingdom; and

        (b)  expenditure on controlling end uses and trafficking, together with the costs of collecting and destroying such weapons and ammunition, both in the United Kingdom and overseas.    [MoD]  (HL5467)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the war in Iraq, how many prisoners are now held by Allied Forces; whether each prisoner will be brought before a “competent tribunal” to determine his status, as required by Article 5 of the Geneva Convention; how many prisoners have already been released; and how many criminal justice prisoners are held.    [MoD]    (HL5468)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the announcement of elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly on 26th November 2003 will prevent communication between officials from the Northern Ireland Office and members of both Houses of Parliament dealing with reserved and excepted matters.    [NIO]    (HL5470)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what they mean by “acts of completion” as used in the Joint Declaration regarding the Belfast Agreement; and whether parity of esteem for the Ulster Scots community is included.    [NIO]    (HL5471)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in terms of the handling of prisoners in Northern Ireland, what is the difference between separation and segregation.    [NIO]    (HL5472)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many economists are employed by the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure in Northern Ireland; what are their qualifications; and how they were selected. [NIO]    (HL5473)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prison officers in Northern Ireland were approached by the Police Service of Northern Ireland about their security as a result of the raid on Sinn Fein offices in Stormont during 2002; and whether all security arranged as a result has been put in place.    [NIO]    (HL5474)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the fitness test for entry into the Police Service of Northern Ireland is still in place; and if not, why.    [NIO]    (HL5475)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 6th November (WA 140) and given their disclosures on 9th October of shortcomings in medical record-keeping during and after the first Gulf conflict, how the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory, Porton Down, defines a “valid ’worst case’” scenario in regard to the timing, environmental and other conditions pertaining when the 50,000 plus veterans of the conflict received their vaccinations. [MoD]    (HL5476)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 6th November (WA 135-136)—

        (a)  in what respects the arrangements for issuing passports and for Armed Forces discipline may be incompatible with the Fourth Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights; and

        (b)  whether any such incompatibility could be removed without the need for primary legislation.    [FCO]  (HL5477)

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 6th November (WA 135-136), whether it would be open to them to ratify the Fourth Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights while making a reservation or reservations to the extent that any law then in force in the territory of the United Kingdom is not in conformity with the relevant provision or provisions of the Fourth Protocol.    [FCO]    (HL5478)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Attorney General on 6th November (WA 128-129), whether Erskine May, Parliamentary Practice is correct in stating that the constitutional convention that the opinions of the Law Officers of the Crown are confidential and so are not generally disclosed is subject to the qualification that “if a Minister deems it expedient that such opinions should be made known for the information of the House, he is entitled to cite them in debate”; and, if not, what is their understanding of the correct position.    [LSLO]    (HL5479)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Attorney General on 6th November (WA 128-129), whether the study by Edwards, The Attorney-General, Politics and the Public Interest (1984) is correct in stating that the constitutional convention “enables considerations of political advantage or embarrassment to govern the decision whether to reveal” advice from the Law Officers; and, if not, what is their understanding of the correct position.    [LSLO]    (HL5480)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Attorney General on 6th November (WA 128-129), what is the justification in terms of the public interest in publishing a summary of the Attorney General’s view of the legal basis for the use of force against Iraq while withholding from public disclosure the detailed consideration of the legal issues upon which that view was based.    [LSLO]    (HL5481)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Minister was responsible for deciding to authorise publication of the Attorney General’s view of the legal basis for the use of force against Iraq while refusing to authorise public disclosure of the detailed consideration of the legal issues upon which that view was based.    [CO]    (HL5482)

The Lord RedesdaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional funds they are allocating to local authorities in order for them to discharge their functions under the Licensing Act 2003.    [DCMS]    (HL5486)

The Lord RedesdaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what recommendations they will make to local authorities with regard to how much they should charge applicants for (a) a premises licence; (b) a club premises licence; (c) a temporary event notice; and (d) a personal licence, when the Licensing Act 2003 comes into effect as expected in January 2005.    [DCMS]    (HL5487)

11th November

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will apply to intervene in the proceedings pending in the Supreme Court of the United States in relation to the British citizens detained at the naval base in Guantanamo Bay so as to seek to persuade the Court that those detained should have access to independent and impartial courts or tribunals for the determination of their civil right to liberty and of any criminal charges against them, in accordance with the requirements for the due process of law protected by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Geneva Conventions and the Constitution of the United States.    [LSLO]    (HL5493)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to sign and ratify the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of their Families which was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1990 and which entered into force on 1st July.    [FCO]    (HL5494)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will collect and publish information concerning the condition of the children of refugees and asylum-seekers within the United Kingdom and their treatment by public authorities, having regard to the obligations of the United Kingdom under international human rights law.    [HO]    (HL5495)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what institutions will have responsibility for interpreting, implementing and enforcing any new constitution for the European Union.    [FCO]    (HL5496)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what studies they have made of the action taken by the European Union or any of its constituent bodies in respect of its objective to remove internal boundaries; and whether any similar studies have been made by the governments of other European Union member states.    [HO]    (HL5497)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what studies they have made of the action taken by the European Union or any of its constituent bodies in the fight against trafficking in drugs, illegal weapons and persons; and whether any similar studies have been made by the governments of other European Union member states.    [HO]    (HL5498)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the reasons given to the Bow Street Magistrates Court that led them to extend the date by which a decision must be reached as to the issue of an Order to Proceed in the matter of the Argentinean request for the extradition of Mr Hadi Soleimanpour.    [HO]    (HL5499)

The Baroness NorthoverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which developing countries are expected to be able to manufacture their own generic drugs to treat HIV and AIDS; and whether they anticipate that this will have the effect of putting pressure on pharmaceutical companies to reduce their prices.    [DfID]    (HL5500)

The Baroness NorthoverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to submit their report, under the United Nations General Assembly agreements made in 2001, on how they are tackling HIV and AIDS. [DfID]    (HL5501)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 28 October (WA 25), whether they will provide a substantive answer to the question asked by the Lord Morris of Manchester (HL5094) instead of a reference to a Ministry of Defence paper, thereby providing information for those affected by the issue who do not have access to the House of Lords Library or to the Internet. [MoD]    (HL5502)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will arrange for a public inquiry into the death by suicide of Joseph Scholes, aged 16, on 24th March 2002 in Stoke Heath Young Offenders Institution, and into connected issues.    [HO]    (HL5503)

The Baroness UddinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the Sudanese government against the sentence of double amputation on a 16 year old Sudanese boy.    [FCO]    (HL5504)

The Baroness UddinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people are being detained under emergency legislation without any charges being made against them; and whether this is compatible with the principles of human rights.    [HO]    (HL5505)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any expected underspend during 2003 for each of the Cross Border Implementation Bodies; if so, which Bodies may be underspent and by how much; and what are the reasons for such underspends.    [NIO]    (HL5507)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the expected underspends during 2003 of the Cross Border Implementation Bodies will affect their budgets for 2004.    [NIO]    (HL5508)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 11th June (WA 44), what is meant by “the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs advised the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure of the 2003 provision for the North South Language Body”; whether the Department for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs set the budget; and, if not, what action it took.    [NIO]    (HL5510)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the employment of the economists in the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure costs per year; whether, as a unit of staff, they have submitted a business plan; and how is their performance measured.    [NIO]    (HL5511)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, under the interim procedures, agreement to a Cross Border Implementation Body’s business plan is required before the Minister can sign an order for the budget; whether the Ulster Scots Agency business plan for 2003 was agreed; and what is the size of the Agency’s budget.    [NIO]    (HL5512)

The Lord Lea of CrondallTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual tax relief for public schools with charitable status in the last financial year.    [HMT]    (HL5514)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord President on 10th November (HL Deb, col. 1088), on what basis they are able to claim that no irregularities have been detected recently in the distribution of food aid in Zimbabwe.    [DfID]    (HL5515)

[As amended on 12th November]

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord President on 10th November (HL Deb, cols. 1085-1088), what processes are in place to monitor the impartial delivery of food aid in Zimbabwe and its security from interference after distribution to beneficiaries.    [DfID]    (HL5516)

[As amended on 12th November]

12th November

The Viscount CraigavonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the general aims of the report by International Family Health, HIV/AIDS and drug misuse in Russia: harm reduction programmes and the Russian legal system.    [DfID]    (HL5519)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Filkin on 10th November (WA 159), what negative impact their 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]    (HL5522)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how it is possible to obtain an accurate account of the basis upon which they decided that the use of armed force against Iraq was lawful from a summary of the Attorney General’s view of the legal position, while access to the detailed consideration of the legal issues upon which that view was based is denied.    [FCO]    (HL5523)

The Baroness LudfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to investigate allegations of fraud and bribery of officials with regard to BAE Systems and the Al Yamamah arms contracts; and whether the Defence Exports Services Organisation will be included in the scope of any such investigation.    [MoD]    (HL5524)

The Lord Graham of EdmontonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they offer any programme, addressed specifically to the needs of disabled people, in order to assist them in finding employment.    [DWP]    (HL5525)

The Lord Graham of EdmontonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost of supporting unemployed disabled people.    [DWP]    (HL5526)

The Lord Graham of EdmontonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of those registered as disabled people who are unemployed suffer from a mental illness.    [DWP]    (HL5527)

The Lord Graham of EdmontonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have conducted any research into the number of unemployed disabled people who could benefit from a training course.    [DWP]    (HL5528)

The Lord Graham of EdmontonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people are registered as disabled; and how many of these suffer multiple disadvantages.    [DoH]    (HL5529)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made, in consultation with international agencies, of the number of street children in Central and South America; and what is the figure for each country in the region.    [DfID]    (HL5531)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they have given to projects involving street children in Central and South America in each of the last five years; and what support they plan to give next year.    [DfID]    (HL5532)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect the new Department for International Development policy on withdrawing aid to middle-income countries is likely to have on the programme of aid to street children in Central and South America.    [DfID]    (HL5533)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what breaches by the United Kingdom of the European Union fishing laws have been revealed by the European Commission; what action they intend to ascertain the truth of these allegations; and by what procedure the United Kingdom can appeal.    [DEFRA]    (HL5534)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the most recent Diet and Nutrition Survey was published; what percentage of women aged 35-49 years were found to have daily folic acid intake of less than 400 micrograms; how that level of intake compares to their recommended total daily folic acid intake from—

        (a)  normal diet; and

        (b)  supplemental sources for women in that age group.    [DoH]  (HL5535)

The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the findings of the most recent National Diet and Nutrition Survey in relation to the percentage of—

        (a)  women overall;

        (b)  women aged 19-24 years; and

        (c)  women aged 35-49 years;

    who had iron intakes below the lower reference nutrient intake.    [DoH]   (HL5536)

The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the findings of the most recent National Diet and Nutrition Survey in relation to the percentage of—

        (a)  women overall; and

        (b)  women aged 19-24 years;

    who failed to consume the reference nutrient intake for magnesium.    [DoH]  (HL5537)

The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of women aged 19-24 were found by the most recent National Diet and Nutrition Survey to be consuming less than the lower reference nutrient intake for—

        (a)  vitamin A;

        (b)  vitamin B12;

        (c)  iron ;

        (d)  manganese;

        (e)  zinc; and

        (f)  copper;

    and whether those figures represented an improvement or a worsening of the figures found by the previous such survey.    [DoH]  (HL5538)

The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the percentage of children, broken down by gender, who were found by the most recent National Diet and Nutrient Survey to be consuming less than the lower reference nutrient intake for—

        (a)  calcium;

        (b)  magnesium; and

        (c)  vitamin A.    [DoH]   (HL5539)

The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the percentage of elderly people, broken down by gender, who were found by the most recent National Diet and Nutrient Survey to be consuming less than the lower reference nutrient intake for—

        (a)  calcium;

        (b)  magnesium; and

        (c)  vitamin A.    [DoH]  (HL5540)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have asked the government of Saudi Arabia to apologise and pay compensation to British citizens who claim to have been wrongfully detained and tortured in Saudi Arabia; and what assistance they offer to British citizens in general who claim to have been wrongfully detained or tortured in pursuing claims against the authorities of the state concerned.    [FCO]    (HL5542)

The Lord MonsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 5th November (WA 120-121), whether there are plans to improve the junction where the B6403 crosses the A1 north of the Colsterworth roundabout.    [DfT]    (HL5543)

The Baroness Gardner of ParkesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Carr Hill formula, on which general practitioners’ earnings will be based, rates young people at 0.5, so that general practitioners accepting young patients have a reduced income for each of these patients; and whether they are concerned that general practitioners will refuse to accept young people on their lists as a result.    [DoH]    (HL5544)

The Baroness Gardner of ParkesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the July census date for general practitioner practices disadvantages general practitioners who operate student health services on or near campuses, given that students finishing their courses will have been removed from the general practitioner lists; and, if so, how they propose to make an adjustment to compensate for this adverse effect.    [DoH]    (HL5545)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken by the Food Standards Agency to review its assessment of the role of high carbohydrate intakes in relation to obesity; and whether that action includes a referral of the issue to the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition.    [DoH]    (HL5546)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Health Development Agency and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence have access to copies of Very low carbohydrate diets revisited by Jeff S. Volek and Eric C Westman, published by the Cleveland Clinical Journal of Medicine in November 2002; whether they have any plans to meet with representatives of Atkins Nutritionals Inc to discuss their experiences with such diets; and, if not, why not.    [DoH]    (HL5547)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent representations they and the Food Standards Agency have received from trade bodies representing the flour, potato and sugar industries in relation to the effectiveness of low carbohydrate diets; and whether it is their policy to ensure that commercial considerations do not outweigh scientific evidence when they review policy on diet and nutrition.    [DoH]    (HL5548)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to address the problem of the 60 per cent of the adult population in the United Kingdom who are already overweight or obese, in addition to the measures they are currently taking to address obesity in children.    [DoH]    (HL5549)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current costs to the National Health Service of (a) diseases and injuries caused by obesity; (b) special equipment required to handle and accommodate obese patients; and (c) staff injuries and sickness caused by handling obese patients.    [DoH]    (HL5550)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy to advise young adults who are overweight or obese of the diseases and disability that may occur as they age and of ways to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.    [DoH]    (HL5551)

13th November

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.    [FCO]    (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [DEFRA]    (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.    [DTI]    (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.    [DTI]    (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.    [DTI]    (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.    [DfT]    (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.    [FCO]    (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.    [DfID]    (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) and Grenada.    [DfID]    (HL5566)

14th November

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that the political appointments to Membership of the House of Lords reflect the proportion of votes cast for the main political parties at the previous general election; and, if not, what criteria are to be used in recommending such political appointments to the Sovereign.    [CO]    (HL5567)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what opportunities are provided in the Licensing Act 2003 for individual residents to make representations about licensing decisions.    [DCMS]    (HL5568)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the President of the United States during his State visit that the United Kingdom is opposed to the death penalty under all circumstances; and that it should not be imposed in Iraq so long as the United Kingdom shares power in the Coalition Provisional Authority.    [FCO]    (HL5569)

17th November

The Lord DesaiTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their export control policy on man-portable air defence systems.    (HL5571)

The Lord Campbell-SavoursTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total cost of rent rebates payable by local authorities to tenants in each local authority in the year 2002-03.    (HL5572)

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

    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]

    Taxation (Information) [HL]

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

    London Local Authorities [HL]

Returned to the Commons amended

    Anti-social Behaviour

    Courts [HL]

    Sexual Offences [HL]

    Criminal Justice

    Transas Group

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

    Draft Local Government Best Value (Exemption) (England) Order 2003

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    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]

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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