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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.

MONDAY 24TH APRIL

At half-past two o’clock

*The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how considerations of passenger safety and security and cost influenced their decision not to include an option for driver-only operation in the new South West Trains franchise inquiry.

*The Lord Roberts of Llandudno—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the 69 new passport interview offices will be fully operational by the deadline of the last quarter of 2006.

*The Lord Howell of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the new guidelines being proposed for the supply of sensitive nuclear materials by the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the introduction of Housing Information Packs; and whether, prior to their introduction for all home sales, there will be a full assessment of their effectiveness and benefits based on the results of the pilot scheme.

Animal Welfare Bill—The Lord Bach to move, That the bill be committed to a Grand Committee.

Procedure of the House—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the 3rd Report from the Select Committee be agreed to. (HL Paper 153)

National Lottery Bill—Report [The Lord Davies of Oldham]

‡The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the new European regime for the import of bananas is in the best interests of the United Kingdom.

In the Moses Room

At 3.30 pm

†Health Bill—Further consideration in Grand Committee [The Lord Warner] [16th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

TUESDAY 25TH APRIL

*The Lord Bishop of Winchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to assist the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to gain control of the exploitation of the mineral resources of the country.

*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that United Kingdom industry is in a position to deploy carbon capture and storage technology in a full scale test by 2009.

*The Baroness Walmsley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have changed their policy on the criteria for turning existing schools into academies.

Conventions—The Lord President (Baroness Amos) to move, That, accepting the primacy of the House of Commons, it is expedient that a Joint Committee of the Lords and Commons be appointed to consider the practicality of codifying the key conventions on the relationship between the two Houses of Parliament which affect the consideration of legislation, in particular:

    (A)  the Salisbury-Addison convention that the Lords does not vote against measures included in the governing party’s Manifesto;

    (B)  conventions on secondary legislation;

    (C)  the convention that Government business in the Lords should be considered in reasonable time;

    (D)  conventions governing the exchange of amendments to legislation between the two Houses;

    and that the Committee should report by Friday 21st July 2006.

Dynamic Demand Appliances Bill [HL]—Committee [The Lord Redesdale]

Work and Families Bill—Report [The Lord Sainsbury of Turville]

In the Moses Room

At 3.30 pm

Company Law Reform Bill [HL]—Further consideration in Grand Committee [The Lord Sainsbury of Turville] [9th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

WEDNESDAY 26TH APRIL

[At three o’clock]

*The Lord Donoughue—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made to reform the Charter of the United Nations, especially with reference to any re-designations.

*The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the law on parental responsibility with particular reference to the rights and responsibilities of fathers.

*The Lord Sheldon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the expenditure by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport is allocated to sport; and how this is expected to rise over the next five years in comparison with that of culture.

†[The Lord Rooker intends to move the following three motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately to the extent desired]

†Planning Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2006—The Lord Rooker to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 8th March be approved. [Considered in Grand Committee on 18th April]

†Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006—The Lord Rooker to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 13th March be approved. [Considered in Grand Committee on 18th April]

†Terrorism Act 2000 (Revised Code of Practice for the Identification of Persons by Police Officers) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006—The Lord Rooker to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 15th March be approved. [22nd Report from the Joint Committee] [Considered in Grand Committee on 18th April]

Violent Crime Reduction Bill—Committee [The Lord Bassam of Brighton] [12th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡Local Government (Boundaries) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006—The Lord Rooker to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 22nd March be approved. [Considered in Grand Committee on 18th April]

    The Lord Smith of Clifton—To move, as an amendment to the above motion, at end to insert “but this House regrets that the arrangements proposed for seven councils will not provide sufficient local identity, engagement, accountability for decisions or accessibility of the public to political representatives, as expressed by the majority of parties in Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Local Government Association”.

In the Moses Room

At 3.45 pm

Childcare Bill—Further consideration in Grand Committee [The Lord Adonis]

THURSDAY 27TH APRIL

[At eleven o’clock]

*The Baroness Sharples—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new initiatives they have in mind to combat the spread of Japanese knotweed.

*The Lord Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to improve the educational achievements of children from the poorest indigenous and British Muslim communities in state-run schools.

*The Lord Howarth of Newport—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further plans they have to ensure that cyclists abide by road traffic laws.

The Lord Patten of Barnes—To call attention to the role of British and other European universities in the promotion of research and development; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Bowness—To call attention to the Government’s proposals for the structure and role of local government; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Perry of Southwark—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Energy Efficiency (2nd Report, HL Paper 21).

TUESDAY 2ND MAY

*The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support the application by Taiwan for observer status at the World Health Assembly.

*The Lord Bishop of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the Bulgarian government about the case of Michael Shields.

*The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the army has a sufficient number of helicopters to meet its transport capability needs; and, if not, when they expect to acquire the additional helicopters necessary.

House Committee—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the First Report from the Select Committee be agreed to. (HL Paper 152)

    The Lord Barnett—To move, as an amendment to the above motion, at end to insert “except that the annual salary of the Lord Speaker should be the same as the annual salary of the Chairman of Committees (£79,382 at 1st April 2005)”.

    †The Lord Trefgarne—To move, as an amendment to the motion standing in the name of the Chairman of Committees, at end to insert “except that the annual salary of the Lord Speaker should be £50,834”.

†‡Housing (Empty Dwelling Management Orders) (Prescribed Exceptions and Requirements) (England) Order 2006—The Baroness Hanham to move to resolve, That this House calls upon Her Majesty’s Government to revoke the Order laid before the House on 22nd February (S.I. 2006/367). [26th Report from the Merits Committee]

†‡Housing (Management Orders and Empty Dwelling Management Orders) (Supplemental Provisions) (England) Regulations 2006—The Baroness Hanham to move to resolve, That this House calls upon Her Majesty’s Government to revoke the Regulations laid before the House on 22nd February (S.I. 2006/368). [26th Report from the Merits Committee]

In the Moses Room

At 3.30 pm

†Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Bill [HL]—Grand Committee [The Lord Adonis] [17th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

WEDNESDAY 3RD MAY

[At three o’clock]

*The Earl of Dundee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they propose to reduce the death rate among young drivers.

*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to enable an increase in the capacity of the East Coast main line.

*The Baroness Hayman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with the implementation of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.

‡Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006—The Lord Hunt of Wirral to move to resolve, That this House calls upon Her Majesty’s Government to revoke the Regulations laid before the House on 7th February (S.I. 2006/246). [25th Report from the Merits Committee]

Government of Wales Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Evans of Temple Guiting]

[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Bill will continue at 3.45 pm in the Moses Room]

THURSDAY 4TH MAY

[At eleven o’clock]

*The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the legal basis for the proposed European External Action Service.

*The Lord Ramsbotham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether sufficient probation resources are in place to ensure the satisfactory introduction of “Custody Plus” later this year.

†*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the African Union to encourage it to ensure that a response is received from the government of Zimbabwe to the recent report of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights.

The Lord Turnbull—To call attention to issues relating to pensions in the light of the 2nd report of the Pensions Commission; and to move for papers.

The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein—To call attention to recent developments in Latin America; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Gale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further measures they are taking to assist people with Parkinson’s disease and their carers.

[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Childcare Bill will continue at 2 pm in the Moses Room]

MONDAY 8TH MAY

*The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Egypt about the recent attacks on Coptic Christians.

†*The Lord Dykes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what principal subjects they raised at the European Union ECOFIN Council on 5th May.

†*The Lord MacLaurin of Knebworth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage United Kingdom self-sufficiency in organic food.

Electoral Administration Bill—Report [The Baroness Ashton of Upholland]

†[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Bill will continue at 3.30 pm in the Moses Room]

TUESDAY 9TH MAY

*The Lord Moran—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to ensure that the British organ building industry is permanently exempted from the provisions of European Directives 2002 95/EC and 2002 96/EC which after 1st July may make it illegal to build in the European Union new musical instruments containing both lead and electric parts.

*The Baroness Scott of Needham Market—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the parameters of the second Barker Review of the planning system.

*The Lady Saltoun of Abernethy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of the United States about the possibility of military action against Iran.

[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Health Bill will continue at 3.30 pm in the Moses Room]

WEDNESDAY 10TH MAY

[At three o’clock]

*The Lord Chidgey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to classify the Democratic Republic of Guinea, Conakry, as a “fragile state” in the context of their strategy for aid disbursement.

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to have made all Single Farm Payments.

*The Lord Hoyle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of the United States on its decision to deny the United Kingdom access to stealth technology used in the F35 and to cancel plans for a second engine for the fighter to be built by Rolls-Royce and General Electric.

THURSDAY 11TH MAY

[At eleven o’clock]

†*The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further steps they will take to promote the effectiveness of closed-circuit television footage in combating crime and terrorism.

The Lord Wright of Richmond—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Economic Migration to the EU (14th Report, HL Paper 58).

[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Health Bill will continue at 2 pm in the Moses Room]

FRIDAY 12TH MAY

[At eleven o’clock]

Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Joffe]

NO DAY NAMED

PART I

The Baroness Northover—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further aid they are providing to assist the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

The Lord Northbourne—To call attention to the causes of family dysfunction and breakdown and to their cost to the nation; and to move for papers.

The Lord Northbourne—To call attention to the role and responsibilities of fathers; and to move for papers.

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the First Report from the Committee for Privileges, Code of Conduct and Members’ Interests, (Session 2003-04, HL Paper 69) in particular its recommendation that Members of the House in receipt of pensions from the European Union do not normally need to declare such pensions as a financial interest when taking part in debates on European Union matters; and, if so, why.

The Baroness Neuberger—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to recent reports by the Royal College of Psychiatrists for the Healthcare Commission and the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health on in-patient care in acute mental health wards.

The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their proposals for increasing charges for general aviation.

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider continuing United Kingdom membership of the European Union to be in the national interest.

The Baroness Hooper—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what developments they envisage in policies on education and cultural heritage for the Overseas Territories.

The Baroness Cox—To call attention to the security, humanitarian and human rights situation in North Korea; and to move for papers.

The Lord Norton of Louth—To call attention to the case for establishing a fixed date for Easter; and to move for papers.

The Lord Hoyle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to persuade the owners of sports stadiums to make those stadiums non-smoking areas.

The Baroness Noakes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the administration and management of H M Revenue and Customs are satisfactory.

The Baroness Noakes—To call attention to the use of mixed sex wards in the National Health Service; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Shephard of Northwold—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the production of bio-fuels in the United Kingdom.

The Lord Luke—To call attention to the role of speed cameras and the number of traffic police; and to move for papers.

The Lord Dykes—To call attention to present security problems in Afghanistan; and to move for papers.

The Viscount Bridgeman—To call attention to the problem of hospital acquired infection; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Listowel—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy for children’s homes.

The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to counter the dangers of nuclear proliferation.

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in implementing the Water Framework Directive.

The Lord Blaker—To call attention to the situation in Zimbabwe; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Hooper—To call attention to the situation in Paraguay; and to move for papers.

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to honour their commitment that family carers of people with lifelong severe intellectual impairment should be at the heart of decision-making about their relatives’ accommodation, health care and support.

The Lord Bishop of Rochester—To call attention to the issue of integration and multi-culturalism in a plural society; and to move for papers.

The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in their follow up to the Commission for Africa’s report they will assess the human and economic cost of road traffic damage, injuries and deaths in developing countries.

The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to develop their relations with Kazakhstan.

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will bring forward legislation to reform the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Botswana about its treatment of the bushmen of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

The Earl of Dundee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to develop the role of non-governmental organisations in establishing policies for social cohesion throughout Europe.

The Baroness Northover—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to combat AIDS across the world and its effect on children.

The Baroness Harris of Richmond—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect the plans to merge the 43 police forces in England and Wales will have on the fight against crime.

The Lord Dubs—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will now introduce legislation to grant pardons to the troops in the British Armed Forces who were shot for alleged cowardice and desertion during the First World War.

The Lord Trefgarne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the expected in-service date for the first of the planned new Royal Navy aircraft carriers.

Renewable Energy Zone (Designation of Area) (Scottish Ministers) Order 2005—The Duke of Montrose to move to resolve, That this House calls upon Her Majesty’s Government to revoke the Order laid before the House on 14th November 2005 (S.I. 2005/3153).

The Lord Hanningfield—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the environmental impacts of a second runway at Stansted airport.

The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Commission on Boundary Differences and Voting Systems’ report, Putting Citizens First: Boundaries, Voting and Representation in Scotland.

The Lord Northbourne—To call attention to the report of the Commission on Families and the wellbeing of children entitled, Families and the State—Two way support and responsibilities; and to move for papers.

The Lord Lea of Crondall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making towards introducing a national scheme of road pricing.

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the situation in Sudan, with particular reference to Darfur and the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

The Lord Dykes—To call attention to recent developments in the euro-zone economy; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Nepal about restoring multi-party democracy and constitutional government.

The Baroness Walmsley—To call attention to developments in the teaching of science in schools; and to move for papers.

The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme on small pharmaceutical companies.

The Lord Luke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the teaching of history in schools in England and Wales is satisfactory.

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To call attention to the report of Power: An Independent Inquiry into Britain’s Democracy; and to move for papers.

The Lord Campbell of Alloway—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements have been made to enable the refuelling at military airfields of civilian aircraft with passengers destined for extraordinary rendition.

Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Descriptions) (England) Order 2006—The Baroness Hanham to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Order, laid before the House on 22nd February, be annulled (S.I. 2006/371). [26th Report from the Merits Committee]

Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation and Other Houses (Miscellaneous Provisions) (England) Regulations 2006—The Baroness Hanham to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 22nd February, be annulled (S.I. 2006/373). [26th Report from the Merits Committee]

Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006—The Baroness Hanham to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 22nd February, be annulled (S.I. 2006/372). [26th Report from the Merits Committee]

Selective Licensing of Houses (Specified Exemptions) (England) Order 2006—The Baroness Hanham to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Order, laid before the House on 22nd February, be annulled (S.I. 2006/370). [26th Report from the Merits Committee]

The Baroness Whitaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they respond to calls for environmentally sustainable fishing and logging policies.

The Lord Moser—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposals in the Treasury’s Consultation Document, Independence for Statistics, are intended to ensure independence in all Government departments, and not only in the Office of National Statistics.

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To move, That this House regrets the Government’s insistence that civil justice costs be recovered in their entirety from those who became suitors before the court.

The Lord Chidgey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making in response to the situation in the Democratic Republic of Guinea, Conakry, having regard in particular to the impact on emerging democratic institutions in Sierra Leone.

The Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the treatment of stroke victims, in light of the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, Reducing Brain Damage: Faster access to better stroke care (HC 452).

The Lord Chidgey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are planning in response to the recent report of the Africa All-Party Parliamentary Group, The Other Side of the Coin; the UK and Corruption in Africa.

The Baroness Scott of Needham Market—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making on housing market renewal pathfinder programmes.

The Lord Taverne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to contribute to the stabilisation of population growth in Africa.

Water Resources (Abstraction and Impounding) Regulations 2006—The Baroness Byford to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 10th March, be annulled (S.I. 2006/641). [30th Report from the Merits Committee]

Gangmasters Licensing (Exclusions) Regulations 2006—The Baroness Byford to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 13th March, be annulled (S.I. 2006/658). [30th Report from the Merits Committee]

Gangmasters (Appeals) Regulations 2006—The Baroness Byford to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 13th March, be annulled (S.I. 2006/662). [30th Report from the Merits Committee]

Gangmasters (Licensing Conditions) Rules 2006—The Baroness Byford to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Rules, laid before the House on 13th March, be annulled (S.I. 2006/660). [30th Report from the Merits Committee]

Railway and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006—The Lord Bradshaw to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 20th March, be annulled (S.I. 2006/599). [30th Report from the Merits Committee]

†The Earl Ferrers—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to take action to prevent European Union Directive 2002 95/EC (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) and European Union Directive 2002 96/EC (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) from preventing the making in the United Kingdom of pipe organs for cathedrals, churches and other places from 1st July 2006.

†The Lord Astor of Hever—To call attention to the level of support for the families of children with autism; and to move for papers.

PART II

MOTIONS FOR BALLOTED DEBATE

[Ballot on 3rd May for debate on 25th May]

The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To call attention to the reconstruction of Iraq; and to move for papers.

The Lord Giddens—To call attention to the future of the European social model; and to move for papers.

The Lord Dubs—To call attention to the case for affordable housing to accommodate families and those living in overcrowded conditions; and to move for papers.

The Lord Sheldon—To call attention to the case for a Civil Service Act; and to move for papers.

The Baroness O’Cathain—To call attention to the rise in gas prices and the implications for energy policy; and to move for papers.

The Lord Lucas—To call attention to the consequences of decriminalised parking regimes; and to move for papers.

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To call attention to the disposal of allotment land in England in 2004 and 2005; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Perry of Southwark—To call attention to the role of non-departmental public bodies in the conduct of Government; and to move for papers.

The Lord Bishop of Oxford—To call attention to steps which could be taken to reduce inequality in society; and to move for papers.

The Lord Foulkes of Cumnock—To call attention to the progress of devolution in Scotland in light of issues raised in the Arbuthnot Report; and to move for papers.

PART III

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]

The Lord Sutherland of Houndwood—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Ageing: Scientific Aspects (First Report, HL Paper 20). [21st July 2005]

The Baroness Thomas of Walliswood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Report of the European Union Committee on Paediatric Medicines: Proposed EU Regulation (20th Report, HL Paper 101), what steps they are taking to ensure that the proposed European Union Regulation on Medicinal Products for Paediatric use will meet satisfactory ethical standards on implementation, that the incentives proposed will be effective, equitable and proportionate and that the working of the Regulation will be rigorously reviewed.

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 20th April]

The Earl of Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with regard to the Council of Europe Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine 1997—

        (a)  whether they have signed this Convention;

        (b)  if they have not signed it, what are their reasons for not doing so, and whether they have plans to do so in the future; and

        (c)  how many countries have now signed it.  (HL5244)

The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government for what purpose a Mission System is required for the future aircraft carriers.    (HL5245)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will outline the work to be done under the contract reportedly awarded to Insyte for the demonstration phase of the Future Carrier Mission System.    (HL5246)

The Lord GoodladTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made an assessment of the cost of a matching grant to cover VAT paid by charities on the cost of fundraising activities.    (HL5247)

The Lord GoodladTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the most recent estimate of the amount of irrecoverable VAT paid by charities.    (HL5248)

The Lord GoodladTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the cost of a matching grant for VAT costs incurred by charities in respect of building work on charitable buildings.    (HL5249)

The Lord GoodladTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will implement the exemption in Article 13A(1) of the European Union Sixth VAT Directive.    (HL5250)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29th March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of which specific recommendations, the Cabinet Office has refused or omitted to give effect to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Ombudsman.    (HL5251)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29th March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of which specific recommendations, the Department for Constitutional Affairs and its predecessors have refused or omitted to give effect to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Ombudsman.    (HL5252)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29th March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of which specific recommendations, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has refused or omitted to give effect to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Ombudsman.    (HL5253)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29th March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of which specific recommendations, the Department for Education and Skills and its predecessor refused or omitted to give effect to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Ombudsman.    (HL5254)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29th March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of which specific recommendations, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and its predecessors have refused or omitted to give effect to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Ombudsman.    (HL5255)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29th March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of which specific recommendations, the Department for International Development has refused or omitted to give effect to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Ombudsman.    (HL5256)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of people in England and Wales who did not have access to a National Health Service dentist on 1st April; and on what basis that estimate is made.    (HL5257)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that statistical returns from prisons in the public and private sector are accurate and up-to-date.    (HL5258)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government under what circumstances figures showing activity time and time out of cell had been misrepresented in half of all the local prisons and one-third of all the training prisons inspected by H M Inspector of Prisons in 2004-05.    (HL5259)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to obtain accurate reports from prisons in the public and private sectors of the amount of time currently spent by inmates out of cell and engaged in constructive activity.    (HL5260)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that initial, and any subsequent, assessments of prisoners routinely follow them into and between prisons.    (HL5261)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the effectiveness of Offender Risk Assessment Systems, bearing in mind that privately managed prisons do not have access to the technology that supports such systems.    (HL5262)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have had from the British Veterinary Association on the issue of docking working dogs’ tails; and what reply they are sending.    (HL5263)

The Lord ActonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the drugs (a) Oxaliplapin; (b) 5 SU; and (c) Aloxi are used widely in the National Health Service for the treatment of bowel cancer.    (HL5264)

The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of the last ten years for which figures are available—

        (a)  how many people were convicted of motoring offences, including those resulting from automatic cameras; and

        (b)  how many parking fines were issued.  (HL5265)

The Viscount Goschen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of the last ten years for which figures are available—

        (a)  what proportion of drivers had driving licences with no endorsements; and

        (b)  how many people were banned from driving.  (HL5266)

The Viscount Goschen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which ten speed cameras in the United Kingdom generate the greatest income from motoring fines; and what is the amount generated from each of those cameras.    (HL5267)

The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for the last twelve months for which figures are available, what was the total number of fixed penalty notices issued by Government departments, agencies and contractors; and what was the total amount of fines and charges raised.    (HL5268)

The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what regulations govern the level of parking fines.    (HL5269)

The Lord Roberts of LlandudnoTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the representations made by each of the Police Authorities in Wales regarding the police force mergers were for or against those mergers.    (HL5270)

The Lord Roberts of LlandudnoTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the political composition of each magistrates’ court in Wales.    (HL5271)

The Lord Maginnis of DrumglassTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent they are able to provide financial support and medical intervention to children with Aids in Zimbabwe; and whether the government of Zimbabwe is active in cooperating with those who provide such overseas assistance.    (HL5272)

The Lord Maginnis of DrumglassTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many investigators are currently employed in the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland; and what is their primary duty.    (HL5273)

The Lord Maginnis of DrumglassTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Police Service of Northern Ireland detectives are currently and primarily tasked to investigate the £26 million Northern Bank robbery.    (HL5274)

The Lord Maginnis of DrumglassTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons have been charged and convicted in relation to the £26 million Northern Bank robbery.    (HL5275)

The Lord Maginnis of DrumglassTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the finding of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland against Constable Michael Brentnall and what was the charge for which he was tried by a jury at Belfast Crown Court; what time elapsed between the beginning of the Police Ombudsman’s investigation and a verdict being reached; whether this police officer was suspended from duty and for how long; and what was the outcome of this case.    (HL5276)

The Lord Maginnis of DrumglassTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the finding of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland against Detective Constable Brian Wilson and what was the charge for which he was tried by a jury at Downpatrick Crown Court; what time elapsed between the beginning of the Police Ombudsman’s investigation and a verdict being reached; and what was the outcome of this case.    (HL5277)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McKenzie of Luton on 8th March (WA 145), when the report entitled Tax on the Boardroom Agenda—Views of Business, dated February 2006, was published; and whether they will place a copy of that report in the Library of the House.    (HL5278)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take in response to the conclusions of the report entitled Tax on the Boardroom Agenda—Views of Business that “there is a clear desire for tax simplification for large corporates” and “whilst it is not dominant, a lack of trust [between H M Revenue and Customs and large corporates] appears to be a recurring theme”.    (HL5279)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 18th April (WA 190) concerning the Smithsonian Institution’s Folklife Festival in 2007, what Ulster Scots activities have been offered for inclusion in the Festival by the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.    (HL5280)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there was an overpayment of £3,100 by the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure to the Ardoyne Nationalist Festival in 2004; and, if so, what were the circumstances in which the overpayment was made.    (HL5281)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 18th April (WA 214) concerning allegations about the treatment of a pupil in North Tyneside, why the answer was provided by the Northern Ireland Department of Education.    (HL5282)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the recent allegations concerning the treatment of a pupil at Woodlawn Special School in North Tyneside, they intend to introduce guidelines on the cleansing of special needs pupils.    (HL5283)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 18th April (WA 224) about Waterways Ireland, since its creation, what directions have been given to the body concerning (a) employment practices; (b) staff harassment; and (c) financial control; if any directions were given, who gave them; and when they were given.    (HL5284)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to advise the Police Service of Northern Ireland on the case for instructing recruits in languages other than English, including Ulster Scots.    (HL5285)

The Lord DykesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to respond to the views expressed by Iraqi political parties and reflected in public opinion polls that they should announce a date for the withdrawal of United Kingdom forces in Basra and neighbouring zones.    (HL5286)

The Lord DykesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the system through which the European Union (EU), and the United Kingdom when acting as agents of the EU, can ensure that funds sent to Palestinian citizens for purposes such as education and health, as well as for the salaries of public sector employees, are used for legitimate rather than illegitimate purposes.    (HL5287)

The Baroness Perry of SouthwarkTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 18th April (WA 171), why they take the view that the difference between mean calculated emissions and mean as-built emissions identified in the 2004 Building Research Establishment study supports the conclusion in the Energy Efficiency Innovation Review that less that five percent of the expected carbon gains from the 2002 revision of building regulations were lost through non-compliance.    (HL5288)

The Baroness Perry of SouthwarkTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 18th April (WA 171), whether they take the view that the statement in the Energy Efficiency Innovation Review that less that five percent of the expected carbon gains from the 2002 revision of building regulations were lost through non-compliance was inaccurate.    (HL5289)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will extend the deadline of 15th May 2006 for the completion of the 2006 single farm payments.    (HL5290)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many full payments of the 2005 single farm payments they hope to make before the partial payments commence.    (HL5291)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many farmers still have non-validated claims for single farm payments outstanding.    (HL5292)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether 2005 single farm payments which are made after 5th April will be liable for taxation payable in advance of receipt of the payments.    (HL5293)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will pay interest on monies outstanding to farmers on their 2005 single farm payments.    (HL5294)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will invite the European Commission to extend the deadline of June 2006 for the completion of the 2005 single farm payments.    (HL5295)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

20th APRIL 2006

[Tabled on the dates shown]

[The Government department responsible for answering each Question is shown in brackets]

6th February

The Baroness GreenfieldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to act on the recommendations in the report Meeting of Minds from the Second European Citizens’ Convention held in Brussels in January.    [DfES] (HL3877)

8th March

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 10th January (WA 35-42), what is the position regarding the execution of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights of 10th May 2001 in T.P. and K.M. v United Kingdom.    [DfES] (HL4571)

9th March

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what amendments have been made to the Northern Ireland Act 1998; for what purposes; and when.    [NIO] (HL4592)

13th March

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 10th January (WA 34-42), why they have not taken remedial action under section 10 of the Human Rights Act 1998 to give full effect to the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights which found breaches of the Convention rights in the following cases: (a) Hirst; (b) Paul and Audrey Edwards; (c) Connors; (d) S.C.; (e) H.I.; (f) Quinn; (g) John Murray; (h) Kevin Murray; (i) Magee & Averill; (j) J.T.; (k) T.P. & K.M.; and (l) Roche.    [DCA] (HL4624)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to expand the use of Individual Support Orders.    [HO] (HL4628)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to extend Intervention Orders to adults whose anti-social behaviour is not drugs-related.    [HO] (HL4629)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to extend Individual Support Orders to adults.    [HO] (HL4630)

The Lord Rana—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will recall the Northern Ireland Assembly or its Education Committee to consider the current proposals to reform post-primary education in response to concerns expressed over the restructuring. [NIO] (HL4632)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are proposing to remove, from 1st April 2006, the upper limit of 80 per cent of market value which can be purchased by the occupiers of rural shared- ownership houses; if so, why; and whether they have made an assessment of the potential impact on the future supply of affordable housing.    [ODPM] (HL4641)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Training for Women Network in Northern Ireland has received an application for Peace II Extension funding from the West Tyrone Voice.    [NIO] (HL4652)

14th March

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people under the age of 18 who appear on the national DNA database have never been cautioned, charged or convicted of a criminal offence.    [HO] (HL4687)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many complaints have been received from each Cross Border Implementation Body about staff bullying since 2002; and what action they have taken.    [NIO] (HL4692)

15th March

The Lord Maginnis of Drumglass—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 9th March (WA 168), whether they are aware of any sexual assault on young girls by members of Community Restorative Justice; if so, whether any such incidents have been dealt with by the police.    [NIO] (HL4720)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when they sought suggestions for a site for a National Stadium for Northern Ireland, they already had a preferred site in mind.    [NIO] (HL4741)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what agreement exists with Sinn Féin and the Irish Republican Army concerning the creation of a National Stadium for Northern Ireland; when any such agreement was made; and by whom.    [NIO] (HL4742)

The Lord Roberts of Llandudno—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the set-up costs of a strategic police force for Wales will be; and how they propose that it will be funded.    [HO] (HL4749)

16th March

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners at present serving custodial sentences have been recommended for deportation after their release. [HO] (HL4759)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 15th March (WA 241) concerning soccer in Northern Ireland, what changes in governance and administration they requested from the Irish Football Association; and whether those changes are being enacted.    [NIO] (HL4780)

20th March

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish in the Official Report paragraphs 14 to 18 of the statement dated 18th December 2003 submitted by the Chief Caseworker for Nationality Casework in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate of the Home Department to the High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division, in the case of Mustapha Abdulhusein Ebrahim v Secretary of State for the Home Department.    [HO] (HL4794)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conditions must be satisfied to entitle a British citizen to be issued with a British passport.    [HO] (HL4803)

The Lord Rana—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many young people are studying for science and technology degrees at Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster in the current academic year; and how many studied for these degrees in 1997-98.    [NIO] (HL4807)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many police officers in Northern Ireland were released under the terms of the Patten settlement; and what was the cost of the voluntary severance arrangement.    [NIO] (HL4814)

The Lord Donoughue—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many offences of (a) murder; (b) physical assault; (c) sexual assault; and (d) armed robbery have been committed by individuals on remand or early release from prison since 1st January 2000.    [HO] (HL4821)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recent report of the Trades Union Congress Slaying the Red Tape Myths which alleges that the burden of red tape is a myth, that business exaggerate costs and fail to state which regulations should be abandoned.    [DTI] (HL4834)

21st March

The Lord Kilclooney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when it became possible to sell Northern Ireland beef in the rest of the European Union; in which European Union countries Northern Ireland beef is being promoted at present; and what proposals there are to promote Northern Ireland beef in the European Union in future.    [NIO] (HL4864)

The Lord Fearn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many garden festival sites, created in the last 10 years, remain intact; and how many have been re-developed.    [DEFRA] (HL4873)

22nd March

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Paymaster General, Dawn Primarolo, on 10th March (HC Deb, 1802W), why the number of callers to H M Revenue and Customs encountering an engaged tone has risen to 6.3 million in the first nine months of 2005-06 from 3.1 million in the whole of 2004-05. [HMT] (HL4914)

23rd March

The Lord Kilclooney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any nation within the European Union has more than one rate of corporation tax within its sovereign territory; and whether consideration will be given to implementing a system of different corporation tax rates in the various regions of the United Kingdom.    [HMT] (HL4936)

24th March

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 18th January (WA 124), whether the decision by Waterways Ireland to purchase chocolates for all staff in 2002 was taken by the Senior Management Group; and, if not, who took the decision and why.    [NIO] (HL4942)

27th March

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 20th March (WA 18), what are the criteria for deciding whether legislation is reforming legislation for the purpose of triggering the powers contained in Part 1 of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill.    [CO] (HL4952)

The Lord Smith of Clifton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was spent each year on external management consultants by the Department of Health and its agencies from 2000 to 2005.    [DoH] (HL4959)

The Lord Smith of Clifton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was spent each year on external management consultants by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and its agencies from 2000 to 2005.    [ODPM] (HL4960)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made an agreement with Sinn Féin concerning any form of memorial at the site of the former prison at the Maze; if so, what was that agreement; and when was it made.    [NIO] (HL4965)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the four main political parties in Northern Ireland have agreed to the site of a national stadium; if so, in what form the agreement was arrived at; and which members of each party were parties to the agreement. [NIO] (HL4966)

28th March

The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the financial terms and conditions upon which units of the Macedonian army will be enlisted to serve under British command in Afghanistan.    [MoD] (HL4979)

The Lord Smith of Clifton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was spent in each year on external management consultants by the Home Office and its agencies from 2000 to 2005.    [HO] (HL4981)

The Lord Smith of Clifton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was spent in each year on external management consultants by the Department of Trade and Industry and its agencies from 2000 to 2005.    [DTI] (HL4985)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether clauses contained in loan agreements to political parties requiring the identity of the donors and the terms of loans to remain confidential can be overridden where the public interest in disclosure so requires.    [DCA] (HL4991)

The Lord Steinberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received from grammar schools and the public in Northern Ireland regarding educational achievement relative to the rest of the United Kingdom.    [NIO] (HL4993)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in each of the last five years as a percentage and in total, how much funding the Northern Ireland Film Commission has given to (a) films related to Irish culture; and (b) films related to Ulster Scots culture. [NIO] (HL4999)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to create jobs in the Castlederg area of County Tyrone.    [NIO] (HL5000)

29th March

The Lord Mason of Barnsley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which particular projects in Doncaster, Barnsley, Sheffield and Rotherham have benefited from Objective One funding since its inception; and how much each project has received.    [ODPM] (HL5015)

The Lord Smith of Clifton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was spent in each year on external management consultants by the Department for Education and Skills and its agencies from 2000 to 2005.    [DfES] (HL5022)

The Lord Smith of Clifton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was spent in each year on external management consultants by the Department for Work and Pensions and its agencies from 2000 to 2005.    [DWP] (HL5023)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the exact locations of HMS Kent from 25th January to 27th January; and when and how HMS Kent’s active sonar was used during this period.    [MoD] (HL5025)

The Earl of Lindsay—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the two-tier Firearms Advisory Committee will be established.    [HO] (HL5026)

The Earl of Lindsay—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why there has been a delay in establishing the Firearms Advisory Committee.    [HO] (HL5027)

The Earl of Lindsay—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the first meeting of the Firearms Advisory Committee will take place.    [HO] (HL5028)

The Earl of Lindsay—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the response to the Home Office 2004 consultation paper, Controls on Firearms, will be published.    [HO] (HL5029)

The Earl of Lindsay—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the last meeting of the Firearms Consultative Committee took place.    [HO] (HL5030)

The Lord Mancroft—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the publication of the response to the Home Office 2004 consultation paper, Controls on Firearms, has been delayed.    [HO] (HL5041)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recommendation of the Timor Leste Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation concerning the role of the United Kingdom in the conflict in Timor Leste between 1974 and 1999; and whether they will propose that the report should be considered by the United Nations Security Council.    [FCO] (HL5052)

The Lord Vinson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in light of the £5,000 penalty to be introduced under the European Union Waste Directive for householders who burn plastic waste, what is the definition of air pollution for these purposes to which householders and those responsible for monitoring compliance should refer.    [DEFRA] (HL5053)

The Lord Smith of Leigh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they can ensure that the information made available to the public through Dr. Foster’s website on health and social is accurate; and whether health trusts can correct inaccurate and misleading information. [DoH] (HL5060)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate, on the latest figures available, of the percentage of all pensioner households which are eligible to claim pension credit.    [DWP] (HL5066)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what evidence the statement by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (HC Deb, 28th March, col. 695) that “we have closed the productivity gap with Germany” was based.    [DTI] (HL5069)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to create new employment in the Donemana area of County Tyrone.    [NIO] (HL5074)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average attendance of staff in the Northern Ireland Civil Service during 2005; and how that figure compares with that for the rest of the United Kingdom.    [NIO] (HL5075)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which bodies or individuals provided background information about Ulster Scots language, culture, identity and history which informed the relationship of the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure with the Ulster Scots Agency.    [NIO] (HL5076)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action the Northern Ireland Tourist Board has taken in each of the last two years to increase tourist interest in (a) Ulster Scots culture; and (b) the Irish culture in Northern Ireland.    [NIO] (HL5077)

30th March

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 29th March (WA 114-5), whether any of the centres devoted to the treatment of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) will be based in psychiatric departments; and, if so, in which hospitals.    [DoH] (HL5079)

The Lord Kilclooney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on which dates in 2006 Mr Bruce Robinson, Second Permanent Secretary at the Northern Ireland Department of Finance and Personnel, visited the Republic of Ireland; at which locations in the Republic he attended meetings; and what were the subjects discussed at each meeting.    [NIO] (HL5080)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have agreed to the request from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees that asylum applicants from Darfur should not be removed to Khartoum.    [HO] (HL5090)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will resist the draft proposal from the European Commission which would allow 0.9% contamination of organic foods and feeding-stuffs by genetically modified commodities.    [DEFRA] (HL5091)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have examined scientific studies from the Russia Federation and New Zealand on allergies in rats and mice following consumption of genetically modified soya and peas respectively; and whether they will bring the studies to the attention of relevant bodies and encourage further research.    [DEFRA] (HL5092)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is standard policy in Northern Ireland for letters of offer for grant aid to be issued after an event has taken place; and, if so, whether all the grant-issuing bodies have been informed of the practice.    [NIO] (HL5109)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 29th March (WA 124) on Peace II funding, who chaired the selection process for intermediary funding bodies to offer grants; who was on the panel and what groups were selected; and what undertaking was made that funding would be provided on a cross community basis.    [NIO] (HL5110)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Inter Trade Ireland has been asked to repeat a recruitment advertising campaign due to an incorrectly formatted advertisement; and, if so, when; for what reason; and how much the repeat campaign cost.    [NIO] (HL5111)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the religious make up of the employees of Inter Trade Ireland on 1st January in every year since its creation.    [NIO] (HL5112)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to use the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill to place restrictions on the sale and use of two, three and four wheeled motorised ride-on vehicles by children.    [NIO] (HL5113)

The Lord Pendry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the pending consultation on security staff at sport and other events in relation to the Private Security Industry Act 2001, what guidance the Home Office has given to the Association of Chief Police Officers on the implementation of that Act as it applies to stewards at sporting events.    [HO] (HL5114)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to clause 7(c) of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Control of Vaccination) (England) Regulations 2006, what work has been done to check use-before dates recommended by manufacturers; and how those dates will be monitored in the future.    [DEFRA] (HL5119)

The Lord Neill of Bladen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage the establishment and continuing viability of village shops run by volunteers, bearing in mind that many commercially-based shops have closed in recent years.    [DEFRA] (HL5120)

18th April

The Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Union Directive on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances, to be effective from 1st July 2006, will ban the use of electrical components in church organs with lead pipes; and, if so, what advice they will give to a church which has contracted to purchase a new organ of traditional construction with lead pipes and utilising an electric blower.    [DTI] (HL5124)

The Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the purpose of the new European Union Directive on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances, to be effective from 1st July 2006.    [DTI] (HL5125)

The Baroness Finlay of Llandaff—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding is being allocated to the roll-out of the bowel cancer screening programme for the financial year 2006-07 and for each of the following years until 2009.    [DoH] (HL5126)

The Baroness Finlay of Llandaff—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many faecal occult blood testing kits for the bowel cancer screening programme have been ordered for the first year of the screening programme from April 2006 to March 2007.    [DoH] (HL5127)

The Baroness Finlay of Llandaff—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were tested for bowel cancer as part of the screening pilot in Rugby between April 2005 and March 2006.    [DoH] (HL5128)

The Baroness Finlay of Llandaff—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people will be tested for bowel cancer as part of the screening programme between April 2006 and March 2007.    [DoH] (HL5129)

The Baroness Finlay of Llandaff—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many lives they estimate have been saved as a result of the bowel cancer screening pilot in Rugby since 2000; and what are the estimated improvements in cancer survival in (a) 2006-07; (b) 2007-08; and (c) 2008-09 as a result of the bowel cancer screening programme.    [DoH] (HL5130)

The Lord Inglewood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McKenzie of Luton on 30th March (WA 157), whether they have signed Annex K of the Sixth European Union VAT Directive.    [HMT] (HL5131)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29th March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of specific recommendations, the Department for Work and Pensions has refused or omitted to give effect to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Ombudsman.    [DWP] (HL5132)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29th March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of specific recommendations, the Home Office has refused or omitted to give effect to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Ombudsman. [HO] (HL5133)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29th March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of specific recommendations, H M Treasury has refused or omitted to give effect to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Ombudsman. [HMT] (HL5134)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29th March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of specific recommendations, the Department of Trade and Industry has refused or omitted to give effect to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Ombudsman.    [DTI] (HL5135)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29th March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of specific recommendations, the Department for Transport has refused or omitted to give effect to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Ombudsman.    [DfT] (HL5136)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29th March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of specific recommendations, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has refused or omitted to give effect to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Ombudsman.    [FCO] (HL5137)

The Lord Hoyle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Canadian government in relation to the Canadian seal hunt.    [FCO] (HL5138)

The Lord Hoyle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have proposals to prohibit the trade in harp and hooded seal products.    [DEFRA] (HL5139)

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review their management of cochlear implant treatment.    [DoH] (HL5141)

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Trusts or specialist commissioning groups direct cochlear implant treatment.    [DoH] (HL5142)

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will issue guidelines on the planning of resources to provide adequate treatment for cochlear implants. [DoH] (HL5143)

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will recommend that Primary Care Trusts should form commissioning groups with a view to (a) providing a higher level of cochlear implant rates and a uniform rate across the United Kingdom; and (b) setting targets for cochlear implants.    [DoH] (HL5144)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all complaints against the police are recorded; and, if so, where records of such complaints are kept.    [HO] (HL5145)

The Lord Jenkin of Roding—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what lessons were learned by Government Departments and agencies from the exercise Common Ground recently carried out by the European Union to test their readiness to cope with a pandemic flu outbreak; whether there are any plans for further such exercises; and, if so, what would be the aims of such exercises. [DoH] (HL5146)

The Lord Jenkin of Roding—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans exist for the sharing of information on stocks of antiviral vaccines between nations in Europe in preparation for a flu pandemic.    [DoH] (HL5147)

The Lord Jenkin of Roding—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what differences emerged from the exercise Common Ground between the plans of different European countries with regard to restrictions on the movement of goods and people in the event of a flu pandemic. [DoH] (HL5148)

The Lord Walton of Detchant—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the United States March of Dimes Global Report on Birth Defects, what action they are taking to support the World Health Organisation and other relevant agencies in their international programmes directed towards reducing the toll of preventable birth defects, not only in developed countries, but more especially in developing countries.    [DfID] (HL5149)

The Lord Ramsbotham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the proportion of responses to the consultation document Restructuring probation to reduce re-offending that were opposed to the proposal.    [HO] (HL5150)

The Baroness Morgan of Drefelin—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the paper, Childhood cancer in relation to distance from high voltage power lines in England and Wales: a case-control study (the Draper Report).    [DoH] (HL5151)

The Baroness Morgan of Drefelin—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current assessment of the progress of the stakeholder consultation process to consider what action should be taken to reduce the exposure of the population to the harmful effects of electromagnetic fields.    [DoH] (HL5152)

The Baroness Morgan of Drefelin—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to protect children attending schools located in close proximity to high voltage overhead power lines.    [DfES] (HL5153)

The Lord Maginnis of Drumglass—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what active liaison they have with the governments of Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands concerning the continuance of their self-imposed embargo on drift netting to protect common salmon feeding grounds within their jurisdiction.    [DEFRA] (HL5154)

The Lord Maginnis of Drumglass—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent representations they have made to the government of the Irish Republic regarding the introduction of a self-imposed embargo on drift netting in order to protect and restore salmon stocks in the North Atlantic; and what were the results of those representations. [DEFRA] (HL5155)

The Lord Maginnis of Drumglass—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what active liaison they have with the governments of the United States and Canada concerning the North Atlantic Salmon Fund efforts to achieve restoration of North Atlantic salmon stocks.    [DEFRA] (HL5156)

The Lord Maginnis of Drumglass—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the total salmon catches within the European Union for the years 1961 to 1963; 1971 to 1973; 1981 to 1983; 1991 to 1993; and 2001 to 2003; what has been the percentage decline in total salmon catches over these periods; and what has been the Irish Republic’s drift netting share as a percentage of the total salmon catch in each of these periods.    [DEFRA] (HL5157)

The Lord Maginnis of Drumglass—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 10th February (WA 125), whether they have made representations to the government of the Irish Republic on the obligations under the European Union Habitat Directive and the United Nations Law of the Sea in respect of drift netting of North Atlantic salmon; and what were the results of those representations. [DEFRA] (HL5158)

The Lord Maginnis of Drumglass—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 10th February (WA 125), what liaison they maintain with the North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF); and whether they support NASF’s objective to protect stocks of Atlantic wild salmon.    [DEFRA] (HL5159)

The Lord Rana—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have proposals to centralise emergency trauma care for Northern Ireland at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. [NIO] (HL5160)

The Lord Rana—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve access to emergency ambulance services in Northern Ireland, particularly in remote rural areas. [NIO] (HL5161)

The Lord Rana—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will establish a dedicated helicopter ambulance service for Northern Ireland.    [NIO] (HL5162)

The Lord Rana—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many students from (a) China, and (b) India currently study at (i) postgraduate, and (ii) undergraduate level in Northern Ireland universities and colleges.    [NIO] (HL5163)

The Lord Rana—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the eight million visitors that Tourism Ireland indicated that it had helped to attract to Ireland last year included Northern Ireland in their itineraries.    [NIO] (HL5164)

The Lord Rana—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to co-ordinate Northern Ireland engagement in the planning of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. [DCMS] (HL5165)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the Community Infrastructure Fund has been allocated to: road, rail, light rail, bus, cycling and walking schemes.    [DfT] (HL5166)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the reasons for their announcement that they intended to abstain in any vote on the introduction of European driving licences at the Transport Council on 27th March.    [DfT] (HL5167)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which suppliers of SAP2005 software for checking compliance of dwellings to Part L 2006 of the Building Regulations have had their programmes approved by the Building Research Establishment and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister; and on what dates.    [ODPM] (HL5168)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what performance levels have been set in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Code for Sustainable Homes for Level 1 (the entry level) and Level 3 (the required level for publicly-funded dwellings) in terms of percentage improvements over Part L 2006 of the Building Regulations.    [ODPM] (HL5169)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the estimated extra costs of dwellings to meet the energy element of Level 1 and Level 3 of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Code for Sustainable Homes; and on what basis the designs were developed and compliance checked.    [ODPM] (HL5170)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what extra funding has been added to the Housing Corporation and Registered Social Landlords’ budgets for construction of new homes in 2006-07 to allow for extra costs in building, in line with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3; and on what basis this was decided. [ODPM] (HL5171)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to allow members of the public to communicate with the Pensions Service by e-mail.    [DWP] (HL5172)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to each of the recommendations by the Children’s Commissioner in his report on Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre.    [HO] (HL5173)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a person applying for a British passport abroad must be ordinarily resident in the country in which the passport application is made.    [HO] (HL5174)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 26th October 2004 (WA 187), why the website of the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong still indicates that persons of Nepali ethnic origin under 21 years of age on 4th February 1997 retain Nepalese citizenship; whether the Nepalese authorities have confirmed that section 9(1) of the Nepal Citizenship Act 1964 applies equally to a minor whose parents or guardians acted lawfully in obtaining British nationality on behalf of and for the benefit of the child; and whether section 9(2) of that Act provides that a Nepali minor who lawfully acquired British nationality otherwise than by birth immediately loses citizenship of Nepal.    [HO] (HL5175)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will update the information for solely British ethnic minorities of Indian origin published on the website of the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong to state that any child born in Hong Kong after 3rd December 2004 to parents, both of whom are British National (Overseas) or British Overseas citizens (under the Hong Kong (British Nationality) Order 1986), or to parents, one of whom is such a person and the other is a citizen of India, automatically acquires British Overseas citizenship at birth, and is entitled to register for full British citizenship under section 4B of the British Nationality Act 1981 provided the birth has not been registered at an Indian Consulate.    [HO] (HL5176)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of persons of Nepali origin from Hong Kong who may qualify for British citizenship under (a) the British Nationality (Hong Kong) Act 1997, and (b) section 4B of the British Nationality Act 1981.    [HO] (HL5177)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether security at RAF Ballykelly has been reviewed following the recent incident when a commercial flight landed there in error. [MoD] (HL5178)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of complaints made by members of staff of Waterways Ireland to the sponsoring department about bullying and mismanagement by the Chief Executive.    [NIO] (HL5179)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding has been agreed in Northern Ireland under the Neighbourhood Renewal Project; for what purpose; and in which cases the provision of a mobile phone was agreed and why.    [NIO] (HL5180)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in what circumstances people born or resident in the Irish Republic may obtain a British passport.    [HO] (HL5181)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the concept of parity of esteem and equality outlined in the 1998 Belfast Agreement, whether they intend to make arrangements to provide British passports on demand to residents of the Irish Republic. [HO] (HL5182)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in view of the concept of parity of esteem and equality outlined in the 1998 Belfast Agreement, whether they will take steps to ensure that Ulster Scots language and culture are accorded the same status, funding and recognition as Irish languages and culture.    [NIO] (HL5183)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what monitoring of the working of the Data Protection Acts they have undertaken; and whether they have in mind any proposals to amend the legislation.    [DCA] (HL5184)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which, if any, of the United Nations Resolutions relevant to Israel have been implemented by Israel since 1949.    [FCO] (HL5185)

The Baroness Noakes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Warner on 28th June 2005 (WA 19) and 5th December 2005 (WA 82), whether they have now determined the future status of NHS Professionals; and, if so, whether they will now give substantive answers to the written questions (HL742) and (HL743) tabled by the Baroness Noakes.    [DoH] (HL5186)

The Lord Ouseley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people are currently subjected to control orders; how many are British citizens; and how many are foreign nationals.    [HO] (HL5187)

The Lord Ouseley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum seekers’ children have been imprisoned since 2003; and for what periods.    [HO] (HL5188)

The Lord Ouseley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum seekers have attempted self-harm since 2003; and how many have been put on self-harm watch over the same period.    [HO] (HL5189)

The Lord Ouseley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many detained asylum seekers have been assessed as having mental health illnesses since 2000.    [HO] (HL5190)

The Lord Ouseley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in place to tackle and eliminate alleged racist behaviour on the part of staff, especially detention guards, at reception and detention centres.    [HO] (HL5191)

The Lord Steinberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to improve the manufacturing sector and to increase factory output.    [DTI] (HL5192)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Drayson on 29th March (WA 112), how they are able to gauge whether military bases on United Kingdom soil but outside United Kingdom jurisdiction have adequate regard to the rights of United Kingdom citizens if no central record of reported incidents is kept.    [MoD] (HL5193)

The Lord Dykes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in light of the increasing usage of the euro as an international currency, they will commission an independent enquiry into future United Kingdom membership of the euro.    [HMT] (HL5194)

The Lord Foulkes of Cumnock—To ask the Chairman of Committees what was the total amount of Financial Assistance for Opposition Parties (Cranborne money) paid to—

        (a)  the Conservative Party;

        (b)  the Liberal Democrat Party; and

        (c)  the Convenor of the Crossbench Peers

in each of the last five years; and, in each case, how much of that money was paid for staff salaries; whether any of the staff concerned were, or had been, Members of the House of Lords; how many of those staff worked in the headquarters of the party concerned; how many were registered as secretaries or research assistants in the House of Lords; and to which Members they were registered.    [CoC] (HL5195)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbots—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why paragraph (2) of regulation 20 of the Working Time Regulations 1998 has been revoked.    [DTI] (HL5196)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what small-scale sustainable development projects they intend to support in Helmand province, and on what scale, to help reduce poverty and improve security in Afghanistan.    [DfID] (HL5197)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the position of migrant domestic workers under the proposed managed migration policy; and how they will ensure that they receive protection from abuse.    [HO] (HL5198)

The Lord Hanningfield—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice, guidance or other material has been drawn up by the Home Office regarding the possibility of a legal challenge to the Secretary of State for the Home Department’s plans for police force restructuring in England and Wales; and whether they will place a copy of any such advice in the Library of the House.    [HO] (HL5199)

The Lord Hanningfield—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representation, written or otherwise, the Home Office or Secretary of State for the Home Department received from the Welsh First Minister regarding their plans for police force restructuring in Wales; and whether they will place a copy of any such correspondence in the Library of the House. [HO] (HL5200)

The Lord Hanningfield—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of each letter or other form of correspondence received by the Home Office regarding its plans for police force restructuring in England and Wales from (a) each Chief Constable or police force; (b) each local authority; and (c) each police authority in those areas affected.    [HO] (HL5201)

The Lord Hanningfield—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether officials or Ministers within the Home Office have had contact with officials or Ministers within the Law Officers’ Department regarding a possible legal challenge to their plans for police force restructuring in England and Wales.    [HO] (HL5202)

The Lord Hanningfield—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the likely change in the police precept to the council tax arising from the possible merger of police forces throughout England and Wales.    [HO] (HL5203)

The Lord Hanningfield—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Drayson on 13th March (WA148), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the advice that was provided to Defence Ministers on the media handling of the 100th fatality of British service personnel in Iraq.    [MoD] (HL5204)

The Lord Bradshaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 29th March (WA 129), why the new franchise tender document does not introduce a requirement to introduce Driver Only Operation (DOO) working, bearing in mind that the trains used in the South West franchise area are equipped for DOO and the guards could be transferred to revenue protection and on board safety patrols. [DfT] (HL5205)

The Lord Bradshaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 29th March (WA 128), why other bodies were involved prior to the completion of the initial investigation by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB), bearing in mind that the RAIB has primary responsibility for accident investigation and draws attention to other bodies where further action by them appears merited. [DfT] (HL5206)

19th April

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, having regard to the fourth data protection principle and the fact that some individuals who were believed to be dual British and Indian or Nepali nationals are in fact solely British, they will update the records held in the Other Nationalities field of the central register of British Nationals (Overseas) to remove data indicating that individuals simultaneously hold both British National (Overseas) status and Indian or Nepali citizenship.    [HO] (HL5207)

The Lord Rana—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure the direction of lottery funding to the 2012 Olympic Games will not impact adversely on other charitable causes.    [DCMS] (HL5208)

The Lord Rana—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent steps they have taken through aid and other programmes to increase economic and education opportunities in (a) India, and (b) Pakistan in order to reduce poverty.    [DfID] (HL5209)

The Lord Rana—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of possible improvements to international emergency responses following (a) the Asian tsunami; (b) the recent earthquake in Pakistan; and (c) the drought in the Horn of Africa nations.    [DfID] (HL5210)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29th March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of which specific recommendations, the Department of Health has refused or omitted to give effect to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Ombudsman.    [DoH] (HL5211)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29th March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of which specific recommendations, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has refused or omitted to give effect to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Ombudsman.    [ODPM] (HL5212)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29th March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of which specific recommendations, the Treasury Solicitor’s Department has refused or omitted to give effect to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Ombudsman.    [LSLO] (HL5213)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29th March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of which specific recommendations, the Northern Ireland Office has refused or omitted to give effect to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Ombudsman.    [NIO] (HL5214)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29th March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of which specific recommendations, the Ministry of Defence has refused or omitted to give effect to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Ombudsman.    [MoD] (HL5215)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to ratify the Palermo Protocol which seeks to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children, supplementing the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime.    [HO] (HL5216)

The Lord Maginnis of Drumglass—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 29th March (WA 117), which towns in Northern Ireland have Child Contact Centres; how much funding each centre received during (a) 2003; (b) 2004; and (c) 2005; and how much funding is planned for each centre in the current year. [NIO] (HL5217)

The Lord Maginnis of Drumglass—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any charges were brought against any individual relating to the serious assault on Police Constable Michael Brentnall.    [NIO] (HL5218)

The Lord Maginnis of Drumglass—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions against serving or retired police officers recommended by the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland have been tried by a jury since 1st January 2005; and what has been the verdict in each concluded case.    [NIO] (HL5219)

The Lord Maginnis of Drumglass—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions against serving or retired police officers recommended by the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland have been dealt with by a resident magistrate since 1st January 2005; and what has been the outcome in each concluded case.    [NIO] (HL5220)

The Baroness Noakes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McKenzie of Luton on 18th April (WA 220), whether they—

        (a)  have accepted the recommendation in the report HMRC Online Services that the XBRL computer language should be used for the filing of company tax returns;

        (b)  have considered the degree to which XBRL is currently used by businesses of all sizes;

        (c)  have considered the additional costs to businesses of all sizes of being required to use XBRL;

        (d)  have compared the relative costs and merits of XBRL with alternative methods of company tax return filing from the perspective of the companies which will be affected; and

        (e)  consider that the Partial Regulatory Impact Assessment issued by H M Revenue and Customs on 22nd March adequately deals with the costs and burdens associated with the compulsory use of XBRL.    [HMT] (HL5221)

The Lord Hanningfield—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost of each proposed police merger in England and Wales. [HO] (HL5222)

The Lord Hanningfield—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 18th April (WA 202), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the minutes of each meeting of the Restructuring Finance Working Group since October 2005.    [HO] (HL5223)

The Lord Hanningfield—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any Minister, special adviser or official has travelled on the Royal train since 1997; and on each occasion (a) what was the purpose of the journey; (b) what were the starting point and destination; (c) what was the estimated cost of the journey; and (d) whether a member of the Royal Family was present during the journey.    [DCA] (HL5224)

The Lord Hanningfield—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate the Home Office has made of the likely change in the number of police officers and other staff following the completion of its proposed police mergers in each force area.    [HO] (HL5225)

The Lord Hanningfield—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what work has been undertaken and assessment made by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister regarding the level of police precept with regard to council tax in those areas subject to proposals for police force restructuring.    [ODPM] (HL5226)

The Lord Hanningfield—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations, written or otherwise, the Home Office received from the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police regarding their plans for police force restructuring in England and Wales; and whether they will place a copy of any such representations in the Library of the House.    [HO] (HL5227)

The Lord Acton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 18th April (WA 167), when they estimate the National Institute for Clinical Excellence will complete its appraisal of Avastin.    [DoH] (HL5228)

The Lord Jopling—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which legislation prevents dental hygienists from de-scaling patients’ teeth without a specific referral by a qualified dentist; and whether a referral must be renewed after a certain period of time.    [DoH] (HL5229)

The Lord Goodlad—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing in relation to the position of former Foreign and Commonwealth Office staff who retire elsewhere in the European Union and are refused the E106 form for healthcare on the basis of insufficient class 1 national insurance contributions in the last two years of service where those two years were spent overseas.    [FCO] (HL5230)

The Lord Hayhoe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many palliative care consultants are in post in the National Health Service in England and Wales; and how many vacancies there are currently for such consultants.    [DoH] (HL5231)

The Lord Ouseley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pensioners were subject to legal proceedings during 2003-04 and 2004-05 for failure to pay their council tax.    [ODPM] (HL5232)

The Lord Ouseley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they have taken to tackle racist attitudes and ethnic segregation following the disturbances in the northern towns in 2001; and whether they have made an assessment of the impact of these measures.    [HO] (HL5233)

The Lord Ouseley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they have tackled the issues of misinformation and lack of effective engagement with all communities through appropriate communications, which were identified as key issues causing racial conflict in the report Community, Pride, not Prejudice, which preceded the disturbances in Bradford in 2001. [HO] (HL5234)

The Lord Ouseley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made an assessment of the extent to which their policies and practices in relation to asylum seekers, refugees and immigration might indirectly run counter to the provisions of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 on the promotion of good relations.    [HO] (HL5235)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what positions are currently unfilled in H M Revenue and Customs in Northern Ireland; and, in each case, why the post is vacant. [NIO] (HL5236)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 19th April (WA 197) concerning funding for Altnarveigh House, in what way the application did not meet the reconciliation criteria.    [NIO] (HL5237)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 19th April (WA 161), why the Arts Council of Northern Ireland provides four times as much funding for Irish culture than for Ulster Scots culture; and what steps the Council is taking to make more funding available to Ulster Scots activity.    [NIO] (HL5238)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to restore and promote as an attraction the Black Pig’s Dyke; and whether they will involve the government of the Republic of Ireland in these plans.    [NIO] (HL5239)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 18th April (WA 183) concerning allegations of religious discrimination at the Cross Border Implementation Body entitled Inter Trade Ireland, when the urgent enquiry will be completed; and whether its findings will be published.    [NIO] (HL5240)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 18th April (WA 222) concerning time taken to pay grants by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, why 29 applications were not paid within 18 months; who the applicants for the grants were; and how much was involved.    [NIO] (HL5241)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Drayson on 18th April (WA 184) about the publicly stated comments of incapacitated veterans of the Iraq war, why the mobility restricted veteran Corporal Corrigan was left without the ability to reach his home independently after being flown back to RAF Halton.    [MoD] (HL5242)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Crown Estate is exempt from any restriction on the use of hoses for watering gardens; and, if so, whether the Crown Estate Board intends to comply with any such local restrictions on a voluntary basis. [HMT] (HL5243)

20th April

The Earl of Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with regard to the Council of Europe Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine 1997—

        (a)  whether they have signed this Convention;

        (b)  if they have not signed it, what are their reasons for not doing so, and whether they have plans to do so in the future; and

        (c)  how many countries have now signed it.    (HL5244)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government for what purpose a Mission System is required for the future aircraft carriers.    (HL5245)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will outline the work to be done under the contract reportedly awarded to Insyte for the demonstration phase of the Future Carrier Mission System.    (HL5246)

The Lord GoodladTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made an assessment of the cost of a matching grant to cover VAT paid by charities on the cost of fundraising activities.    (HL5247)

The Lord GoodladTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the most recent estimate of the amount of irrecoverable VAT paid by charities.    (HL5248)

The Lord GoodladTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the cost of a matching grant for VAT costs incurred by charities in respect of building work on charitable buildings.    (HL5249)

The Lord GoodladTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will implement the exemption in Article 13A(1) of the European Union Sixth VAT Directive.    (HL5250)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29th March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of which specific recommendations, the Cabinet Office has refused or omitted to give effect to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Ombudsman.    (HL5251)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29th March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of which specific recommendations, the Department for Constitutional Affairs and its predecessors have refused or omitted to give effect to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Ombudsman.    (HL5252)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29th March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of which specific recommendations, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has refused or omitted to give effect to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Ombudsman.    (HL5253)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29th March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of which specific recommendations, the Department for Education and Skills and its predecessor refused or omitted to give effect to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Ombudsman.    (HL5254)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29th March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of which specific recommendations, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and its predecessors have refused or omitted to give effect to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Ombudsman.    (HL5255)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29th March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of which specific recommendations, the Department for International Development has refused or omitted to give effect to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Ombudsman.    (HL5256)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of people in England and Wales who did not have access to a National Health Service dentist on 1st April; and on what basis that estimate is made.    (HL5257)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that statistical returns from prisons in the public and private sector are accurate and up-to-date.    (HL5258)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government under what circumstances figures showing activity time and time out of cell had been misrepresented in half of all the local prisons and one-third of all the training prisons inspected by H M Inspector of Prisons in 2004-05.    (HL5259)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to obtain accurate reports from prisons in the public and private sectors of the amount of time currently spent by inmates out of cell and engaged in constructive activity.    (HL5260)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that initial, and any subsequent, assessments of prisoners routinely follow them into and between prisons.    (HL5261)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the effectiveness of Offender Risk Assessment Systems, bearing in mind that privately managed prisons do not have access to the technology that supports such systems.    (HL5262)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have had from the British Veterinary Association on the issue of docking working dogs’ tails; and what reply they are sending.    (HL5263)

The Lord ActonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the drugs (a) Oxaliplapin; (b) 5 SU; and (c) Aloxi are used widely in the National Health Service for the treatment of bowel cancer.    (HL5264)

The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of the last ten years for which figures are available—

        (a)  how many people were convicted of motoring offences, including those resulting from automatic cameras; and

        (b)  how many parking fines were issued.    (HL5265)

The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of the last ten years for which figures are available—

        (a)  what proportion of drivers had driving licences with no endorsements; and

        (b)  how many people were banned from driving.    (HL5266)

The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which ten speed cameras in the United Kingdom generate the greatest income from motoring fines; and what is the amount generated from each of those cameras.    (HL5267)

The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for the last twelve months for which figures are available, what was the total number of fixed penalty notices issued by Government departments, agencies and contractors; and what was the total amount of fines and charges raised.    (HL5268)

The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what regulations govern the level of parking fines.    (HL5269)

The Lord Roberts of LlandudnoTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the representations made by each of the Police Authorities in Wales regarding the police force mergers were for or against those mergers.    (HL5270)

The Lord Roberts of LlandudnoTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the political composition of each magistrates’ court in Wales.    (HL5271)

The Lord Maginnis of DrumglassTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent they are able to provide financial support and medical intervention to children with Aids in Zimbabwe; and whether the government of Zimbabwe is active in cooperating with those who provide such overseas assistance.    (HL5272)

The Lord Maginnis of DrumglassTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many investigators are currently employed in the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland; and what is their primary duty.    (HL5273)

The Lord Maginnis of DrumglassTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Police Service of Northern Ireland detectives are currently and primarily tasked to investigate the £26 million Northern Bank robbery.    (HL5274)

The Lord Maginnis of DrumglassTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons have been charged and convicted in relation to the £26 million Northern Bank robbery.    (HL5275)

The Lord Maginnis of DrumglassTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the finding of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland against Constable Michael Brentnall and what was the charge for which he was tried by a jury at Belfast Crown Court; what time elapsed between the beginning of the Police Ombudsman’s investigation and a verdict being reached; whether this police officer was suspended from duty and for how long; and what was the outcome of this case.    (HL5276)

The Lord Maginnis of DrumglassTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the finding of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland against Detective Constable Brian Wilson and what was the charge for which he was tried by a jury at Downpatrick Crown Court; what time elapsed between the beginning of the Police Ombudsman’s investigation and a verdict being reached; and what was the outcome of this case.    (HL5277)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McKenzie of Luton on 8th March (WA 145), when the report entitled Tax on the Boardroom Agenda—Views of Business, dated February 2006, was published; and whether they will place a copy of that report in the Library of the House.    (HL5278)

The Baroness NoakesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take in response to the conclusions of the report entitled Tax on the Boardroom Agenda—Views of Business that “there is a clear desire for tax simplification for large corporates” and “whilst it is not dominant, a lack of trust [between H M Revenue and Customs and large corporates] appears to be a recurring theme”.    (HL5279)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 18th April (WA 190) concerning the Smithsonian Institution’s Folklife Festival in 2007, what Ulster Scots activities have been offered for inclusion in the Festival by the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.    (HL5280)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there was an overpayment of £3,100 by the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure to the Ardoyne Nationalist Festival in 2004; and, if so, what were the circumstances in which the overpayment was made.    (HL5281)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 18th April (WA 214) concerning allegations about the treatment of a pupil in North Tyneside, why the answer was provided by the Northern Ireland Department of Education.    (HL5282)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the recent allegations concerning the treatment of a pupil at Woodlawn Special School in North Tyneside, they intend to introduce guidelines on the cleansing of special needs pupils.    (HL5283)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 18th April (WA 224) about Waterways Ireland, since its creation, what directions have been given to the body concerning (a) employment practices; (b) staff harassment; and (c) financial control; if any directions were given, who gave them; and when they were given.    (HL5284)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to advise the Police Service of Northern Ireland on the case for instructing recruits in languages other than English, including Ulster Scots.    (HL5285)

The Lord DykesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to respond to the views expressed by Iraqi political parties and reflected in public opinion polls that they should announce a date for the withdrawal of United Kingdom forces in Basra and neighbouring zones.    (HL5286)

The Lord DykesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the system through which the European Union (EU), and the United Kingdom when acting as agents of the EU, can ensure that funds sent to Palestinian citizens for purposes such as education and health, as well as for the salaries of public sector employees, are used for legitimate rather than illegitimate purposes.    (HL5287)

The Baroness Perry of SouthwarkTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 18th April (WA 171), why they take the view that the difference between mean calculated emissions and mean as-built emissions identified in the 2004 Building Research Establishment study supports the conclusion in the Energy Efficiency Innovation Review that less that five percent of the expected carbon gains from the 2002 revision of building regulations were lost through non-compliance.    (HL5288)

The Baroness Perry of SouthwarkTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 18th April (WA 171), whether they take the view that the statement in the Energy Efficiency Innovation Review that less that five percent of the expected carbon gains from the 2002 revision of building regulations were lost through non-compliance was inaccurate.    (HL5289)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will extend the deadline of 15th May 2006 for the completion of the 2006 single farm payments.    (HL5290)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many full payments of the 2005 single farm payments they hope to make before the partial payments commence.    (HL5291)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many farmers still have non-validated claims for single farm payments outstanding.    (HL5292)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether 2005 single farm payments which are made after 5th April will be liable for taxation payable in advance of receipt of the payments.    (HL5293)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will pay interest on monies outstanding to farmers on their 2005 single farm payments.    (HL5294)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will invite the European Commission to extend the deadline of June 2006 for the completion of the 2005 single farm payments.    (HL5295)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

To be heard by the Examiners on Tuesday 25th April at 11.30 am

    HBOS Group Reorganisation [25th April]

Waiting for Second Reading

    Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill [HL] [12th May]

    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]

    Powers of Entry etc. [HL]

    Wireless Telegraphy [HL]

    Merseyside Local Authorities (Prohibition of Smoking in Places of Work) [HL]

Waiting for Commitment

    Interception of Communications (Admissibility of Evidence) [HL]

    Animal Welfare [24th April]

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    Whitehaven Harbour [HL]

Re-committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    London Local Authorities [HL]

Committed to a Select Committee

    Liverpool City Council (Prohibition of Smoking in Places of Work) [HL]

    London Local Authorities (Prohibition of Smoking in Places of Work) [HL]

    London Local Authorities and Transport for London

    Transport for London [HL]

Committed to a Grand Committee

    Company Law Reform [HL] [25th April]

    Health [24th April]

    Childcare [26th April]

    Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups [HL] [2nd May]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Constitutional Reform (Prerogative Powers and Civil Service etc.) [HL]

    Scottish Parliament (Candidates) [HL]

    Government of Wales [3rd May]

    Dynamic Demand Appliances [HL] [25th April]

    Violent Crime Reduction [26th April]

Waiting for Report

    Work and Families [25th April]

    National Lottery [24th April]

    Electoral Administration [8th May]

    Lighter Evenings (Experiment) [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Police (Northern Ireland) [HL]

Sent to the Commons

    Fishery Limits (United Kingdom) [HL]

    Borough Freedom (Family Succession) [HL]

    Charities [HL]

    Children and Adoption [HL]

    Harbours [HL]

    Estate Agents (Independent Redress Scheme) [HL]

    Road Safety [HL]

    Commons [HL]

    Commissioner for Older People (Wales) [HL]

    NHS Redress [HL]

    Compensation [HL]

    Fraud [HL]

    Parliament (Participation of Members of the House of Commons) [HL]

Returned to the Commons amended

    Civil Aviation

MEASURES IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions)

    Pastoral (Amendment)

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

[The Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee has drawn attention

to those instruments marked * in the reports indicated]

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

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Enterprise Act 2002 (Disqualification from Office: General) Order 2006

    Draft Planning (Application to the Houses of Parliament) Order 2006

    Draft Collection of Fines (Final Scheme) Order 2006

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Planning Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 [26th April]

    Draft Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 [26th April]

    Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Revised Code of Practice for the Identification of Persons by Police Officers) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 [26th April]

    Draft Local Government (Boundaries) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 [26th April]

NEGATIVE INSTRUMENTS


Praying time
expires
To be debated
Instruments reported by the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee
Housing (Empty Dwelling Management Orders) (Prescribed Exceptions and Requirements) (England) Order 2006 [26th Report]25th April2nd May
Housing (Management Orders and Empty Dwelling Management Orders) (Supplemental Provisions) (England) Regulations 2006 [26th Report]25th April2nd May
Housing (Interim Management Orders) (Prescribed Circumstances) (England) Order 2006 [26th Report]25th April
Selective Licensing of Houses (Specified Exemptions) (England) Order 2006 [26th Report]25th April
Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Descriptions) (England) Order 2006 [26th Report]25th April
Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006 [26th Report]25th April
Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation and Other Houses (Miscellaneous Provisions) (England) Regulations 2006 [26th Report]25th April
Medicines for Human Use and Medical Devices (Fees Amendments) Regulations 2006 [27th Report]29th April
Commission for Social Care Inspection (Fees and Frequency of Inspections) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 [27th Report]29th April

Praying time
expires
To be debated
Elections (Policy Development Grants Scheme) Order 2006 [28th Report]5th May
National Care Standards Commission (Commission for Social Care Inspection) (Fees) (Adoption Agencies, Adoption Support Agencies and Local Authority Fostering Functions) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 [28th Report]6th May
Water Resources (Abstraction and Impounding) Regulations 2006 [30th Report]6th May
Gangmasters Licensing (Exclusions) Regulations 2006 [30th Report]9th May
Gangmasters (Licensing Conditions) Rules 2006 [30th Report]9th May
Gangmasters (Appeals) Regulations 2006 [30th Report]9th May
Building and Approved Inspectors (Amendment) Regulations 2006 [30th Report]11th May
Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 [30th Report]12th May
Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Registration) Regulations 2006 [30th Report]12th May
Nuclear Reactors (Environmental Impact Assessment for Decommissioning) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 [31st Report]12th May
Railway and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006 [30th Report]13th May
REGULATORY REFORM ORDERS IN PROGRESS

Proposals for Orders referred to the Regulatory Reform Committee for first-stage scrutiny

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Agricultural Tenancies) (England and Wales) Order 2006

Reported following first-stage scrutiny by the Regulatory Reform Committee

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Public Service Vehicles) Order 2005 [14th Report]

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Registered Designs) Order 2006 [17th Report]

REMEDIAL ORDER IN PROGRESS

UNDER SCHEDULE 2 TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS ACT 1998

[The date in brackets is the date of expiry of the statutory period]

    Draft Marriage Act 1949 (Remedial) Order 2006 [16th Report from the Human Rights Committee] [14th May]

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

MONDAY 24TH APRIL

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)at the National Gallery
(Science and Heritage)
European Union (Sub-Committee B)4.00 pm
Human Rights (Joint Committee)4.00 pm

TUESDAY 25TH APRIL

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Economic Affairs (Select Committee)3.30 pm
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)3.30 pm
(Water Management)in Room 134, 2 Millbank
Merits of Statutory Instruments (Select Committee)3.30 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 26TH APRIL

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform10.30 am
(Select Committee)
European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Select Committee)3.30 pm
in Room 134, 2 Millbank
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.00 pm
Constitution Committee (Select Committee)4.00 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 27TH APRIL

European Union (Sub-Committee G)9.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

WEDNESDAY 3RD MAY

European Union (Sub-Committee F)10.30 am
Procedure Committee11.30 am
in Committee Room G
Refreshment Committee4.15 pm
in Committee Room G
 
 
 
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