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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.

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.

*The Baroness Park of Monmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that both Houses of Parliament are able to influence decisions on the draft European Union Constitutional Treaty before it is agreed by them at the Inter Governmental Conference.

Criminal Justice Bill—Consideration of Commons Amendments [The Baroness Scotland of Asthal]

†[If a message is received from the Commons on the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill, it may be considered forthwith]

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.

†Export of Goods, Transfer of Technology and Provision of Technical Assistance (Control) Order 2003—The Baroness Miller of Hendon to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Order, laid before the House on 31st October, be annulled (S.I. 2003/2764).

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

[Unanswered after 21 days]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

21st October

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 KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

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

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

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

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

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

The Lord Laird—To 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 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 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, 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)

27th October

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 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)

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 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)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

19th NOVEMBER 2003

[Tabled on the dates shown]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

21st October

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 KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

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

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

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

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

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

The Lord Laird—To 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 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 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, 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)

27th October

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 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)

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 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)

30th October

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 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 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 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 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 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)

5th November

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 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, 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)

6th November

The Lord Taylor of Warwick—To 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 HyltonTo 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 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 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 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)

7th November

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 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 HyltonTo 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 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 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 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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)

12th November

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 how many people are registered as disabled; and how many of these suffer multiple disadvantages.    [DoH]    (HL5529)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.    [FCO]    (HL5571)

18th November

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how often imported potato stock is tested for disease control purposes.    [DEFRA]    (HL5578)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the government of the Netherlands carries out checks on potatoes exported to the United Kingdom.    [DEFRA]    (HL5579)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek compensation from the Netherlands following the outbreak of potato ring rot.    [DEFRA]    (HL5580)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps the Dutch authorities are taking with regard to placing restrictions on potato movements from the farm of origin and from contiguous farms.    [DEFRA]    (HL5581)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the contingency plans for the control of potato disease were last reviewed.    [DEFRA]    (HL5582)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many inspections were carried out in the last year for which figures are available on potato seeds by the Plant Health and Seeds Inspectors.    [DEFRA]    (HL5583)

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

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

    Criminal Justice

    Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards)

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Water [HL]

    Anti-social Behaviour

    Courts [HL]

    Ragwort Control

    Extradition

    Sexual Offences [HL]

    Transas Group

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

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

    Draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 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

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

REGULATORY REFORM ORDERS IN PROGRESS

Referred to the Regulatory Reform Committee for first-stage scrutiny

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Patents) Order 2004

Reported following first-stage scrutiny by the Regulatory Reform Committee

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Sunday Trading) Order 2004 [28th Report]

 
 
 
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