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Cumulative list of unanswered Questions for Written Answer


No. 30 23 OCTOBER 2009

Tabled on the dates in bold and due for answer by the dates in brackets.

The Government Department responsible for answering each Question is shown in square brackets.

25 June (9 July)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce legislation enabling members of the public to have direct access to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, as well as through their Member of Parliament, in complaining of maladministration. [CO] HL4634

6 July (20 July)

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish their new Institutional Strategy with the United Nations Children’s Fund for 2009-2012, following the public consultation which ended in January. [DfID] HL4852

21 July (4 August)

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty’s Government which initiatives of the Attorney General’s Office or its agencies have been advertised in each of the last five years; how much was spent in each case; and which were carried out via the Central Office of Information. [AGO] HL5322

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government which initiatives of the Ministry of Justice or its agencies (and its predecessors) have been advertised in each of the last five years; how much was spent in each case; and which were carried out via the Central Office of Information . [MoJ] HL5334

7 September (21 September)

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 16 July (WA 262), whether they will place in the Library of the House all correspondence between the Northern Ireland Office and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in November 2008. [NIO] HL5402

Baroness Warsi to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Shahid Malik MP’s August 2009 visit to Pakistan, including his meeting with Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, was in his official capacity as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. [CLG] HL5409

Baroness Warsi to ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to paragraph 10.4 of the Ministerial Code, whether the travel expenses incurred in relation to the August 2009 visit to Pakistan by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Shahid Malik MP, were paid for, in whole or in part, out of public funds; and whether any free travel was accepted. [CLG] HL5410

Baroness Warsi to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (a) was informed of, and (b) approved, the August 2009 visit to Pakistan by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Shahid Malik MP, including his meeting with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, prior to the visit taking place. [CLG] HL5411

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government which Members of Parliament attended the meeting on 7 July between the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Mr John Denham, and MPs who have constituencies in ports; and whether they will place minutes of the meeting in the Library of the House. [CLG] HL5437

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are enough personal advisers in Jobcentre Plus offices to deal with the number of people unemployed; and, if not, how many personal adviser posts are vacant. [DWP] HL5467

5 October (19 October)

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost of uprating the basic state pension on the basis of average earnings in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2015. [DWP] HL5483

Lord Morris of Manchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many arrears payments have been made by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency to dependants of war pensions who were over the age of retirement, in receipt of the Unemployability Supplement and who died between 8 April 2006 and 6 April 2008. [MoD] HL5503

Lord Morris of Manchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many war pensioners over the age of retirement or their dependants are entitled to payment of arrears of their Unemployability Supplement from the War Pension Scheme; what measures they have taken to ensure that such people are aware of their entitlement to arrears; what measures they have taken to establish whether any such payments are outstanding; what assessment they have made of the amount of arrears; what measures they have taken to ensure that persons entitled to payment of arrears have received them; and whether there is a deadline for persons entitled to payment of arrears to claim them. [MoD] HL5504

Lord Newby to ask Her Majesty’s Government which initiatives by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and its agencies were advertised in each of the last five years; how much was spent on each; and which used the services of the Central Office of Information. [DEFRA] HL5508

Lord Newby to ask Her Majesty’s Government which initiatives by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and its agencies were advertised in each of the last five years; how much was spent on each; and which used the services of the Central Office of Information. [FCO] HL5509

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government who has access to the National Identity Register; and for what purposes. [HO] HL5511

Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the conferences and briefings given by the British Wind Energy Association to local authorities is compatible with the Nolan report recommendations that planners should be impartial and seen to be impartial. [CLG] HL5523

Baroness Hollis of Heigham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what numbers and percentages of (a) men, and (b) women will be entitled to the full basic State Pension in (1) 2020, (2) 2030, (3) 2040, and (4) 2050. [DWP] HL5545

Baroness Hollis of Heigham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what numbers and percentages of (a) men, and (b) women will be entitled to the State Earnings-Related Pension Scheme or the State Second Pension in (1) 2020, (2) 2030, (3) 2040, and (4) 2050. [DWP] HL5546

Lord King of West Bromwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they promoted 2 October as an international day of non-violence, as designated by the United Nations as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. [FCO] HL5552

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to ensure that the European Union fulfils its promise to review all expenditure in return for a cut in the United Kingdom’s rebate. [HMT] HL5554

12 October (26 October)

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in light of the level of public confidence in policing in Northern Ireland, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland will increase the frequency with which he publicly responds on policing and justice matters in Northern Ireland, rather than relying on comments by the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland. [NIO] HL5574

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Northern Ireland Office overruled a decision not to award a contract to a paramilitary-linked firm for work on police stations in Northern Ireland, as suggested by Sir Hugh Orde in the Sunday World on 26 July. [NIO] HL5577

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether European legislation allows firms with paramilitary links to undertake contracts within police stations in Northern Ireland and hindering that process would result in court proceedings, as suggested by Sir Hugh Orde in the Sunday World on 26 July. [NIO] HL5578

Baroness Sharp of Guildford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills and its predecessors spent on consultants in each of the last three years; and who are the top six consultants employed in each year by order of expenditure. [BIS] HL5579

Baroness Sharp of Guildford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they paid Sir Andrew Foster to review college capital funding following his appointment on 27 January. [BIS] HL5581

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will investigate the proposed cost and temporary build of the venue for the 2012 Olympic shooting events at Barking; and whether the costs quoted will be the final costs with no further costs to be incurred in relation to site security, windage, range equipment, operational health and safety and transport. [DCMS] HL5585

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead on 12 October (WA 10), whether their foreign policy towards the Republic of Ireland takes account of the Irish policy of only allowing those who have an Irish language qualification to live in selected parts of the country. [FCO] HL5586

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead on 12 October (WA 10), whether their foreign policy towards the Republic of Ireland takes account of the Irish policy of requiring applicants for government jobs to have an Irish language qualification. [FCO] HL5587

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead on 12 October (WA 10), whether their foreign policy towards the Republic of Ireland takes account of the proposed Irish policy of removing funding from Protestant schools. [FCO] HL5588

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the “limited number of outstanding issues” which remained to be resolved, referred to in paragraph two of the St Andrews Agreement of 2006. [NIO] HL5589

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff in the Department for Transport’s Lights, Navigation and Ports Safety Branch are partly or wholly funded by the General Lighthouse Fund. [DfT] HL5593

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether peers visiting schools as part of the Peers in Schools programme or otherwise will have to register with the Vetting and Barring Scheme run by the Independent Safeguarding Authority. [DfCSF] HL5597

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to announce the results of the first batch of approvals for local authority bids under the Sustainable Communities Act 2007. [CLG] HL5598

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what the shortfall in the supply of housing in England will be by the end of 2010; and what are the implications for waiting lists, over-crowding and homelessness. [CLG] HL5603

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the estimated number of children living in overcrowded housing conditions (a) currently, (b) forecast for 2010, and (c) forecast for 2011. [CLG] HL5604

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the most recent estimate of the costs of making the personal allowance transferable between couples for each of the next five years. [HMT] HL5607

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the most recent estimate of the total financial effect on (a) married couples with children, and (b) married couples without children of making the personal allowance transferable for each of the next five years. [HMT] HL5608

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the most recent estimate of the proportion of individuals who are married who would benefit from a transferable personal tax allowance for each of the next five years. [HMT] HL5609

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the most recent estimate of the costs of requiring councils to freeze council tax for two years and making up the difference in revenue to councils in a higher block grant. [HMT] HL5610

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the most recent estimate of the costs of increasing the couple element in tax credits to ensure that couples do not face a disadvantage when compared to lone parents for each of the next five years. [HMT] HL5611

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what rules and limitations they apply to British overseas territories wishing to borrow money to stimulate their domestic economies. [FCO] HL5612

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current status of direct rule in the Turks and Caicos Islands; and whether any charges have been brought against those mentioned in Sir Robin Auld’s report into irregularities on the islands. [FCO] HL5616

Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (a) full-time, and (b) part-time students are educated in colleges of education. [BIS] HL5620

Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many officials work in the Universities and Skills Directorate of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. [BIS] HL5628

13 October (27 October)

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the most recent estimate of the cost of raising pensioners’ personal allowances by £2,000 for each of the next five years. [HMT] HL5631

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the most recent estimate of the total financial effects by income decile of raising pensioners’ personal allowances by £2,000. [HMT] HL5632

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the most recent estimate of the cost of abolishing income tax on savings for all basic rate taxpayers for each of the next five years. [HMT] HL5633

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the most recent estimate of the total financial effects by income decile of abolishing income tax on savings for all basic rate taxpayers for each of the next five years. [HMT] HL5634

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present and projected future income from URENCO, The Tote, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and the Dartford Crossing; what is their calculation of the amount they would receive from the sales of those assets after the payment of fees and other costs of such sales; and what would be the likely saving on interest payments on the national debt, arising from those sales assuming a long-term interest rate of four per cent. [HMT] HL5635

Lord Condon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the finding of the government of Denmark’s Environmental Agency research published in 2009 that the health risks of shipping pollution have been underestimated. [DfT] HL5636

Lord Condon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider funding or supporting comprehensive research on the effects on United Kingdom coastal communities of shipping pollution, in view of international opinion about health risks from pollution from shipping emissions being underestimated. [DfT] HL5637

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government what further plans they have to provide financial incentives to meet European Union targets for new car emissions by 2015. [DfT] HL5642

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to promote the use of electric vehicles. [DfT] HL5643

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 7 July (WA 147) concerning the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Rathlin Ferry, what documentation the Agency examined when it issued the short-term passenger certificate for the MV Canna on 12 September 2008; why the certificate was issued; and what period it covered. [DfT] HL5645

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was agreed as part of the St Andrews Agreement of 2006 about the creation of a motorway between the border and Londonderry; and what part the government of Ireland will play in that arrangement. [NIO] HL5647

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what outside consultants were employed by the Northern Ireland Office from 1 September in each of the last five years; for what tasks; and at what cost. [NIO] HL5649

Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Prime Minister has been informed of the fact that the Cabinet Office has not answered Lord Lester of Herne Hill’s question for written answer of 25 June (HL4634) by 12 October, in spite of the target of two weeks. [CO] HL5650

Lord Swinfen to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to put the holder’s photograph on disabled parking permits. [DfT] HL5651

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Olympic Delivery Authority or any Highways Authorities or both undertook a transport assessment covering the road transport aspects of the Olympic Park project; and, if so, what it or they concluded about the impact on specific roads where European Union limit values for ambient air quality are being breached and may continue to be in breach. [DCMS] HL5653

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether suppliers to the Olympic Delivery Authority comply with its Guidelines on Sustainable Transport if their means of delivery contributes significantly to a breach of environmental legislation or European Union limit values for ambient air quality, such as for particulate matter along the A12. [DCMS] HL5654

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the then Minister of State at the Department for Transport, Stephen Ladyman, on 25 June 2007 (HC Deb, 522-3W), what are the current emissions figures for diesel and petrol engines. [DfT] HL5655

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce air pollution scores and greenhouse gas scores for vehicles sold in the United Kingdom similar to the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Vehicle guide; and, if so, when. [DfT] HL5656

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the then Minister of State at the Department for Transport, Stephen Ladyman, on 25 June 2007 (HC Deb, 522-3W), what are the current average emissions figures for new vehicles on sale in England and Wales. [DfT] HL5657

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes are planned to consular services in countries in (a) Africa, and (b) Asia; and when those changes will be implemented. [FCO] HL5658

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect on citizens of Sierra Leone of the decision to cease issuing visas in Freetown; and what is the estimated annual saving achieved by that decision. [HO] HL5660

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many 24-hour opening licences have been granted in each region of England and Wales since changes to licensing arrangements relating to establishments serving alcoholic drinks came into effect. [DCMS] HL5663

Lord Monson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the adult population of the United Kingdom lives in (a) mortgaged owner-occupied property, (b) unencumbered owner-occupied property, and (c) rented or free accommodation. [CLG] HL5665

Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration has been given to equipping the Watchkeeper unmanned aircraft with lightweight munitions in addition to or in place of sensor packages. [MoD] HL5669

Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the non-battlefield casualty rates amongst Her Majesty’s armed forces serving in Afghanistan compared with those for similar units serving in the United Kingdom. [MoD] HL5670

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the likelihood of imminent agreement on reform of the European Union Working Time Directive and a phased removal of the opt-out provision applicable across the United Kingdom. [BIS] HL5671

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have given to education institutions, public bodies and the police about how to respond to the activities of the English Defence League and the Casuals United in the light of disturbances in Luton, Birmingham and Harrow. [CLG] HL5672

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many businesses owned or run by women, black and ethnic minorities, and disabled people have been awarded work among the 1,036 businesses which have won work worth over £5 billion supplying the Olympic Delivery Authority. [DCMS] HL5673

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to get both parents in low-income families into work, in the light of the level of unemployment. [DWP] HL5674

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implications for children’s well-being and quality of life if both parents have low-paid jobs and long working hours in order to increase their earnings and help the Government to meet their child poverty targets. [DfCSF] HL5675

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people with autism are claiming incapacity benefit. [DWP] HL5676

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have completed their review of their guidance to the Access to Work scheme for disabled councillors. [DWP] HL5677

14 October (28 October)

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received from members of the public and organisations representing the interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people about the Equality Bill not providing them with protection against harassment, though it does protect against harassment on the grounds of race, gender and disability; and how they intend to respond. [GEO] HL5679

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to respond to reports of increased levels of homophobic attacks and abuse of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. [GEO] HL5680

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what particular help they will provide to areas such as the West Midlands, Yorkshire, Humberside and Scotland where the biggest rises in joblessness have been experienced. [DWP] HL5681

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to abolish the default retirement age; and, if so, when. [BIS] HL5682

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average number of years lost per person in England and Wales who dies prematurely from short-, medium- or long-term exposure to particulate matter (PM10). [DEFRA] HL5685

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their calculation, based on the latest advice from the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (using a six per cent coefficient for all-cause mortality), of the number of people who died prematurely in Greater London in 2005 as a result of short-, medium- or long-term exposure to particulate matter (PM10). [DEFRA] HL5686

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their calculation, based on the latest advice from the Committee on Medical Effects of Air Pollutants for sensitivity analyses (assuming a 12 per cent and a 15 per cent coefficient for all-cause mortality), of the number of people who died prematurely in Greater London in 2005 as a result of short-, medium- or long-term exposure to particulate matter (PM10). [DEFRA] HL5687

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the population in each local authority in Greater London is estimated to have been living in an area that (a) breached one or more European Union limit values for particulate matter (PM10) in 2008, and (b) is expected to breach one or more European Union limit values for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in 2010. [DEFRA] HL5688

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what harmful air pollutants are likely to be present in ambient air when concentrations of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) are high; and in what proportions. [DEFRA] HL5689

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government what further measures they propose to install insulation and micro generation of energy in schools and hospitals. [DECC] HL5694

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government what further measures they plan to direct investment in capacity towards non-fossil-fuel generation. [DECC] HL5695

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what role the Infrastructure Planning Commission will have in assessing and discovering ways of using the tides for electricity generation, particularly in the Severn river and estuary and in south Wales. [CLG] HL5696

Lord Smith of Leigh to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Air Traffic Control staff are considered critical workers and accordingly will be offered anti-swine-flu treatment. [DoH] HL5699

Lord Smith of Leigh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the efficacy, level of value for money and effects on the time of staff of local public services of Comprehensive Area Assessments in the current economic circumstances. [CLG] HL5700

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made, or will make, representations to the appropriate authorities concerning the possible change of name of the street where the Iranian Embassy is located to “Neda Agha-Soltan Avenue” to mark the death of Neda Agha-Soltan following the election in Iran in June. [CLG] HL5702

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Northern Ireland Office spent on legal fees in each of the last five years. [NIO] HL5703

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Northern Ireland Office spent on taxis from 1 September in each of the last five years. [NIO] HL5704

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 12 October (WA 16) concerning the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission obtaining funding from Atlantic Philanthropies, what other Northern Ireland non-departmental public bodies have received outside funding in the last three years. [NIO] HL5705

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 13 October (WA 24) which said there is no board-level champion for the Ulster Scots community in the Northern Ireland Office, whether they will consider appointing such a champion. [NIO] HL5706

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Bach on 13 October (WS 21-22) concerning the possible closure of magistrates’ courts, whether it is their long-term aim to abolish local magistrates’ courts and the magistracy. [MoJ] HL5709

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, following any coming into force of the Lisbon Treaty, by what means Parliament will ratify international treaties negotiated by the European Union. [FCO] HL5711

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 16 October 2008 (WA 67-68) and Lord Drayson on 5 May 2009 (WA 95-96), what advances have been made in improving the efficiency of somatic cell nuclear transfer with human oocytes, where those advances have been published; and how many fresh or failed-to-fertilise human oocytes have been used in research to pursue such advances since research licence R0152 was originally granted by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. [DoH] HL5712

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 8 May 2008 (WA 89-90), what information is provided to women who provide eggs that will be used in cloning research regarding the purposes of the research (as distinct from risks of ovarian hyperstimulation); whether specific consent is always obtained for that purpose; and whether the same information regarding the use to which donated cells may be put is always provided to those who donate tissue for research that may subsequently be used for cloning by nuclear transfer. [DoH] HL5715

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 21 January 2008 (HL Deb, col 46-47), what steps have been taken by UK Biobank to re-consent its participants regarding the creation of cloned human embryos and human admixed embryos where it is not considered by the UK Biobank Ethics and Governance Council to be clearly ruled out in the broad consent model; and what information is provided to UK Biobank participants regarding the potential use of their donated tissue to create cloned human embryos and human admixed embryos. [DoH] HL5716

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many temporary National Insurance Numbers have been granted in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [DWP] HL5719

15 October (29 October)

Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact the requirement for Criminal Records Bureau checks is having on school trips abroad and exchanges for the purpose of modern foreign language education. [DfCSF] HL5720

Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recommendations made by Sir Jim Rose in his review of the primary curriculum, what level of funding is available for the workforce development programme in support of language learning for the current year; and what funding was available in each of the last five years. [DfCSF] HL5721

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision is made for care and support for armed service personnel injured and incapacitated on duty; and how the adequacy of such provision is monitored and assessed. [MoD] HL5722

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 5 October (WA 483), what are the diverse sources from which natural gas can be imported; and how much time it takes to import supplies in each case. [DECC] HL5726

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 5 October (WA 483), whether they have estimates of the cost per mile of constructing cross-channel power cables; and, if so, what they estimate the cost to be. [DECC] HL5727

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 5 October (WA 484), when they intend to restore 3-5 Great Scotland Yard so that it is fit for occupation; and how much they expect that work to cost. [HMT] HL5728

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people are registered under the Worker Registration Scheme in respect of each of the European Union accession countries. [HO] HL5729

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ring-fence funding for the supporting people programme, in the light of the conclusion in the report by Capgemini to Communities and Local Government about the programme’s net financial benefit. [CLG] HL5733

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the level of unemployment among young people and their need to acquire skills, they will remove the 16-hour rule for persons over 21 wishing to complete full-time education and claim benefits. [DWP] HL5734

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will facilitate the provision of move-on accommodation by housing associations and local authorities for residents of hostels, foyers and supported accommodation. [CLG] HL5735

Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the approach of electric cars will be signalled to other road users, particularly in rural areas to pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. [DfT] HL5737

Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask Ofgem to promote the development of charging systems that provide an allowance of electricity or gas at a lower price than supplies above that level. [DECC] HL5738

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many farmers receiving the Single Farm Payment were wrongly paid in each year from 2005 to 2008; and how many farmers have outstanding claims for those years. [DEFRA] HL5739

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the information technology cost of the Single Farm Payment scheme in each year from 2005 to 2008, including the costs of equipment and administration. [DEFRA] HL5740

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the 34,500 cases of inaccurate payments made in 2007 to farmers in respect of the Single Farm Payment remain unresolved; and how many new cases were identified in 2008. [DEFRA] HL5741

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money has been recovered from overpayments of the Single Farm Payment in each year 2005 to 2008. [DEFRA] HL5742

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many disputes there were over mapping between farmers and the Rural Payments Agency in relation to the Single Farm Payment scheme in (a) 2007, and (b) 2008; and how many are unresolved. [DEFRA] HL5743

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the issues contained in Plantlife’s document The Ghost Orchid Declaration—Saving the UK’s wild flowers today; and what measures they will put in place to address those issues. [DEFRA] HL5744

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to remove innocent citizens from the DNA database. [HO] HL5745

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect on crime in Scotland of removing innocent citizens from the DNA database. [HO] HL5746

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the appeal made by African Peoples Advocacy regarding the process for removal from the DNA database of innocent citizens from black and ethnic minority communities. [HO] HL5747

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what lessons they have learned from the recent humanitarian visit of Argentine next of kin to the Falkland Islands. [FCO] HL5748

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to monitor the first elections under the Falkland Islands’ new constitution on 5 November. [FCO] HL5749

The Earl of Caithness to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is each department’s budgeted expenditure for the London Olympic Games in 2012. [DCMS] HL5750

The Earl of Caithness to ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions they have had with the Crown Estate regarding the current round of licensing of the Pentland Firth for tidal energy; and why the results of the licensing round have been delayed until February 2010. [DECC] HL5751

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a minister has had to approve formally each new piece of environmental legislation; and, if so, what form have such statements of approval usually taken in each of the last five years. [DEFRA] HL5752

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how each of the air quality alert bandings recommended by the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants for each air pollutant equate to (a) equivalent maximum exposure levels currently recommended by the World Health Organisation, and (b) the relevant European Union limit values for ambient air quality. [DEFRA] HL5754

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will produce estimates of deaths in 2009 due to poor air quality during summer smog episodes, as they did for 2003 and 2006. [DoH] HL5755

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage estimates the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants has given for each 10 micrograms per cubic metre reduction in exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) for (a) all-cause mortality, (b) cardiopulmonary mortality, and (c) lung cancer mortality; and in which years since 1995 these estimates were given. [DoH] HL5756

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what encouragement they will give to those who use electric road transport instead of oil-based vehicles. [DfT] HL5758

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they fulfilled their obligations under the Northern Ireland Act 1998 regarding a possible bill of rights for Northern Ireland when they sought, and in December 2008 obtained, the advice of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. [NIO] HL5759

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of people smoked in the United Kingdom in each of the last 10 years. [DoH] HL5760

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to require planning authorities to ensure that public buildings have electrical power points for electric road transport. [CLG] HL5761

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 12 October (WA 16-17), whether it is within the functions of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, under section 69 of the Northern Ireland Act, for it to seek to secure legislative implementation of its advice on a bill of rights for Northern Ireland; and whether it is permitted to expend its own funds and staff time doing this. [NIO] HL5762

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead on 12 October (WA 10), whether their foreign policy to the Republic of Ireland takes into account the recruitment of protestant officers to the Irish Police Force. [FCO] HL5763

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 26 June 2007 (WA 129-30), what consideration the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has given to findings reported in the journal Nature on 17 September 2009 (volume 461, issue 7262, pages 367-372) with regard to the renewal of research licence R0153; and, in particular, how the HFEA has evaluated comments by Peter Aldhous in New Scientist on 26 August 2009 indicating that the approach described in the paper is superior to a technique pursued at Newcastle University. [DoH] HL5764

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to make it a requirement of allowing research on embryonic stem cells that the specific consent of the donor has been given; and whether they will prevent the use of previously donated cells where there is good reason to believe that the donor would have specifically objected to their use in embryonic stem cell research. [DoH] HL5765

Lord Morris of Aberavon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the role of the Risk and Regulation Advisory Council; how often it meets; whether it publishes an annual report; and what is the annual cost of its activities. [BIS] HL5766

19 October (2 November)

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what reports they have received regarding the incidence of congenital abnormalities in babies born since the offensive in Fallujah. [FCO] HL5767

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what investigations are being ordered into the reports of congenital abnormalities in babies born in Iraq, since the war, and Fallujah in particular. [FCO] HL5768

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will recommend that reporting mechanisms be set up in Gaza, following the offensive by Israel, to investigate congenital abnormalities in babies born over the five years from 2010. [FCO] HL5769

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead on 13 October (WS 26-8) and the European Union decision to exclude Sri Lanka from the generalised system of preferences and trade scheme, what progress the government of Sri Lanka and the United Nations agencies are making towards (a) freedom of movement for internally displaced people; (b) human rights for all sections of the population; and (c) a sustainable political settlement involving all parties and ethnic groups. [FCO] HL5770

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the alleged deaths of two Palestinians, the wounding of 75 others, the destruction of 3,400 trees and the killing of 25 sheep, caused by Israeli colonists on the West Bank since the beginning of 2009. [FCO] HL5771

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases have been heard by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission in each year since it was established; and how many cases are now listed for consideration or pending a final decision. [MoJ] HL5772

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total number of life years lost in England and Wales in each of 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 for those dying prematurely for each of: (a) short-, medium- or long-term exposure to particulate matter (PM10); (b) alcohol abuse; (c) drug abuse; (d) road traffic accidents; (e) obesity; and (f) smoking. [CO] HL5773

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government along which sections of the six kilometres of roads in Greater London referred to in the Government’s time extension notification to the European Union for particulate matter they expect European Union limit values for particulate matter (PM10) not to be achieved by 2011. [DEFRA] HL5775

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the quantified impact of each named measure or effect estimated in mid-2008 and January 2009 to reduce the length of road in Greater London exceeding European Union limit values for particulate matter in 2011 from some 40 kilometres to some six kilometres. [DEFRA] HL5776

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what short-term action plans to improve air quality have been produced and implemented in Greater London. [DEFRA] HL5777

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to ensure in Greater London that European Union limit values for air quality once attained are not then exceeded. [DEFRA] HL5778

Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of serving military personnel in (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy, and (c) the Royal Air Force, are (1) single, (2) married without children, (3) married with children, (4) divorced without children, and (5) divorced with children. [MoD] HL5779

Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many members of (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy, and (c) the Royal Air Force have changed from “married” status into marital category (1) decree absolute, (2) separated, and (3) annulled, in each year since 2000; what proportion of each service’s strength this represents in each year; and what proportion of each service’s married strength this represents in each year. [MoD] HL5780

Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what marriage counselling and support is available to (a) armed forces personnel and their families, and (b) armed forces personnel serving in theatre. [MoD] HL5781

Lord Morris of Manchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the call in the Royal British Legion’s General Election Manifesto for the provision of independent legal advice at inquests for bereaved families of armed forces personnel. [MoJ] HL5782

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent request for commencement of British Council services in Turkmenistan; and what they are doing to meet demand. [FCO] HL5783

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have made to allow the Watoto Children’s Choir to arrive in January 2010 in the United Kingdom to undertake their concert tour. [HO] HL5784

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken in 2009 to enable the Watoto Children to enter and perform in the United Kingdom. [HO] HL5785

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Royal Gibraltar Regiment served in Afghanistan; and whether there is presently any problem in deploying the Regiment to Afghanistan. [MoD] HL5786

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the entitlement of Moroccans resident in Gibraltar to vote in Gibraltar elections is identical to that of Moroccans resident in the United Kingdom to vote in United Kingdom elections. [FCO] HL5787

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Union contacted the United Kingdom prior to its decisions to designate Gibraltar territorial waters as a Spanish protected location under European Union nature laws; whether the United Kingdom Permanent Representation made any representations prior to the European Union decisions; whether this European Union decision caused any problems in Gibraltar waters; and whether Spain advised the United Kingdom that it was making the application to the European Union. [FCO] HL5788

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have reviewed an application from the Greek Cypriot authorities to construct a solid waste management plant at Ormidhia within the Sovereign Base Area (SBA); in what way the SBA will consult local residents; and whether the decision to agree such a request will be made by the SBA authorities or by Her Majesty’s Government. [MoD] HL5789

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent Higher Level Stewardship Schemes in relevant areas must or may require the maintenance or enhancement of public access to access land. [DEFRA] HL5790

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the votes cast at each of the mayoral elections this year were not counted in the second round due to (1) no second preference being expressed, (2) first and second preferences being given to the same candidate, and (3) second preference being given to a candidate eliminated after the first round. [CLG] HL5791

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Triesman on 29 October 2007 (WA 144) and by Lord Darzi of Denham on 10 January 2008 (WA 216) and 18 June 2009 (WA 226), at what point the Newcastle Primary Care Trust switched to offering three cycles of in vitro fertilisation to eligible patients instead of one treatment cycle; and what is known about the impact of this change in policy on the tendency of women to provide their eggs for research involving cloned human embryos. [DoH] HL5792

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Institute of Race Relations report Spooked: How not to prevent violent extremism, which suggests that the Prevent programme for tackling extremism fosters division, mistrust and alienation. [HO] HL5793

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to increase investment in Benefits and Tax Credits to support families and children in order to help them avoid debt, stimulate the economy and meet the target to halve child poverty by 2010. [HMT] HL5794

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will introduce to ensure that parents can meet childcare costs; and whether they will ensure that the working tax credit is adequate for such purpose and to keep more parents in work. [HMT] HL5795

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will extend free school meals to families on working tax credit to ensure that they stay in work as opposed to claiming benefits. [DfCSF] HL5796

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what role they envisage for education and sport in tackling racial and homophobic hate propaganda; what resources are being made available to counter material contributing to prejudicial attitudes; and what specific community-led programmes and projects are to be prioritised for support. [DfCSF] HL5797

Lord Rowe-Beddoe to ask Her Majesty’s Government, with regard to their commitment to ensuring security of energy supply in the United Kingdom, what is the status of the outstanding consultation process on the construction of a Severn barrage. [DECC] HL5798

Lord Rowe-Beddoe to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Adonis on 19 October (HL Deb, cols 436-38), what other world capitals, of a similar or greater density and quantity of population to London, have flight paths for arriving aircraft at their principal airport passing over their centre or legislative buildings. [DfT] HL5799

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many extra posts were created in the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland as a consequence of the Criminal Justice Review’s recommendations; how many required legal qualification and how many were administrative; and what are the latest annual costs for these posts. [NIO] HL5800

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many posts requiring legal qualification and how many administrative posts in the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland (PPSNI) are estimated to be no longer needed when reporting arrangements in the PPSNI are duly simplified on the police being given responsibility for taking decisions in a range of summary cases, as announced on 6 October. [NIO] HL5801

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) how many paid staff in the Northern Ireland Office are seconded to trade unions and what facilities are made available to them; (b) in the latest year available, what is the number of days other staff spend on trade union activity or at conferences; and (c) what are the annual costs of trade union activity in the Department. [NIO] HL5802

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what benefits and public sector pension rates are normally governed by September’s RPI figure; what is the estimated cost in 2010-11 of increasing old age pensions by 2.5 per cent and not taking account of the deflationary figure of -1.4 per cent in September 2009’s RPI rate; and what rate increases or decreases will apply to other benefits and public sector pensions governed by September’s RPI figure. [DWP] HL5803

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to prosecute or seek the extradition of Pearse McAuley and Nessan Quinlivan on the charge of escaping from lawful custody at Brixton Prison in 1991; what were the statements made by ministers in respect of terrorists on the run that precluded their prosecution on terrorist charges; and what is now the Crown Prosecution Service’s accepted length of time since criminal acts were alleged to have occurred after which a prosecution would no longer be proceeded with. [AGO] HL5804

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the pension arrangements of the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; and what is the annual cost of funding those arrangements. [NIO] HL5805

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of sudden arrhythmic death syndrome and flash pulmonary oedema have been diagnosed in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [DoH] HL5806

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been invested into research into sudden arrhythmic death syndrome and flash pulmonary oedema in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [DoH] HL5807

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to monitor the elections to St Helena’s Legislative Council scheduled to be held on 4 November 2009; and whether they intend to announce their decision on the commencement date of construction of St Helena’s proposed airport before these elections take place. [DfID] HL5808

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the elections held in Botswana on 16 October 2009; and how these elections compare with the last elections held in Zimbabwe. [FCO] HL5809

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in order to minimise greenhouse gas emissions, they will assist the government of Botswana with clean coal technology expertise in its plan to become a net exporter of energy throughout southern Africa by exploiting the country’s reserves of coal and coal methane gas. [DECC] HL5810

20 October (3 November)

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the impact on inequality in Greater London if the Government obtains a time extension until 2011 to comply fully with European Union limit values for particulate matter (PM10). [DEFRA] HL5811

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will continue to seek a time extension to comply fully with European Union limit values for particulate matter irrespective of the impact on inequality in Greater London. [DEFRA] HL5812

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have not responded by legally required deadlines to the request and subsequent appeal by the Campaign for Clean Air in London in relation to information relating to a meeting that took place on 22 January 2009 between Lord Hunt of Kings Heath and the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, on air quality matters. [DEFRA] HL5813

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government on what dates in 2009 a Government minister has met the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, or his representatives, to discuss air quality related matters; and who was present at each meeting. [DEFRA] HL5814

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what new measures to improve air quality in Greater London have been agreed between the Government and the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, in 2009; by how much each new measure agreed is expected to improve air quality; and in which year it is expected to do so. [DEFRA] HL5815

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to issuing legal directions to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to improve air quality in London under the Air Quality Standards Regulations 2007 or other legal instruments. [DEFRA] HL5816

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will answer question HL4634, tabled by Lord Lester of Herne Hill on 25 June about whether they will introduce legislation enabling members of the public to have direct access to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, as well as through their Member of Parliament, in complaining of maladministration; and what is the reason for the delay. [MoJ] HL5817

The Duke of Montrose to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many areas Natural England has declared as Special Areas of Conservation under the European Habitats Directive (a) in the United Kingdom inshore area, and (b) in the United Kingdom offshore area. [DEFRA] HL5818

The Duke of Montrose to ask Her Majesty’s Government to what management regulations inshore and offshore Special Areas of Conservation are subject; whether all Special Areas of Conservation are subject to the same management regulations; and how many management regulations for Special Areas of Conservation are enforced. [DEFRA] HL5819

Lord Roberts of Conwy to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that ordinary shareholders in banks where the taxpayer has a substantial interest are given a return on their investment to restore confidence in such banks as proper places in which to invest in future.[HMT] HL5820

Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what requests have been received from the Italian legal authorities for assistance in returning to Italy antiquities allegedly exported illegally, formerly in the possession of Mr Robin Symes; and what response has been offered. [DCMS] HL5821

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what reply they have received from the government of Morocco to their demands concerning the decision to withdraw permission from students who had been given visas to attend a Talk Together event in Oxford in August, which had received funding from the British Council. [FCO] HL5822

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government on what terms they consider the fisheries agreement between the United Kingdom and Morocco should be renewed. [DEFRA] HL5823

Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people are employed by the Government Olympic Executive (GOE); how many GOE employees will be present in Vancouver for part or all of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games; and what is the budget associated with their work in Vancouver. [DCMS] HL5824

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether negotiations are taking place with other member states of the European Union about the European Union diplomatic service in advance of the possible implementation of the Lisbon Treaty; and, if so, what position they are taking on the relationship between the European Union and United Kingdom diplomatic services, particularly on the issue of maintenance of the statutes and power of the United Kingdom diplomatic service. [FCO] HL5825

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it was made clear when the articles of ratification of the Lisbon Treaty were deposited that subsequent Parliaments will have the power to de-ratify the Treaty. [FCO] HL5826

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Budgetary Report of the European Community which argues that the United Kingdom’s budgetary position poses severe risks to the sustainability of public finances. [HMT] HL5827

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of research by Professor Don Easterbrook of Washington University that there is a correlation between sea temperatures and global temperatures and that the present trend indicates thirty years of global cooling. [DECC] HL5828

Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to their report Building a Society for all ages (page 18), whether they will fund the total cost of rolling out the Financial Skills for Life programme to all those Citizens Advice Bureau offices which do not currently use it, or whether it will occur as part of the Citizens Advice Bureau operational plan in 2009-10 and 2010-11. [DWP] HL5829

Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to their report Building a Society for all ages (page 20, paragraph 15), what will happen to information input by individuals in the course of reviewing options for retirement using those interactive tools; whether the tools will be compartmentalised so that the Pension Service and private information providers will not have access to information given to the other; how long information supplied in the course of an option review will be held by the service providers; and whether it will be transferred to an archive. [DWP] HL5830

Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to their report Building a Society for all ages (pages 39-40), what is the minimum viable number of admissions for stroke damage for a hospital to have (a) a stroke physician, and (b) a dedicated stroke unit; and how many hospitals did not meet those criteria in 2008. [DoH] HL5831

Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the British Waterways Report and Accounts for 2008-09, why pension costs rose by £2.5 million and on average £1,250 per employee from 2007-08 to 2008-09, when the average salary rose by less than this. [DEFRA] HL5832

Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hours of down-time has been incurred for all mechanical, electrical or systems failures for each of the wind turbines in the installation at Rye in Sussex over the last six months. [DECC] HL5833

Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the risk factors identified following the Italian outbreak of H7N1 when devising control measures for a similar outbreak in the United Kingdom. [DoH] HL5834

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 19 October (WA 49) concerning appointments to the Northern Ireland Equality Commission, what section of the community each member of the Commission represents; and on what basis the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is satisfied that this statutory obligation has been met. [NIO] HL5835

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what payments have been made for the year 2008-09 to staff of the Northern Ireland Office over and above their normal salaries; and what percentage of staff have received such payments. [NIO] HL5836

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have funded, or intend to fund, major capital projects for the devolved administrations which are opposed to its policy on the environment. [HMT] HL5837

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they use to assess the carbon dioxide emissions of the railway system in comparison to the same volume of traffic on a motorway. [DfT] HL5838

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government in what circumstances they will allow a devolved administration to undertake an option which is more expensive than an option based on environmental considerations. [HMT] HL5839

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what revisions have been made over the last two years to the bonuses and additional payments systems to staff in the Northern Ireland Office; and whether they intend to make further changes. [NIO] HL5840

Baroness Sharples to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether armed services accommodation has been upgraded where necessary. [MoD] HL5841

Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the total administrative and legal costs incurred by the Ministry of Defence in contesting war pension claims in each of the last five years. [MoD] HL5842

Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 14 December 2008 (HL Deb, col 222), what were the total costs incurred by the Ministry of Defence in contesting the case of the late Terry Walker before his war pension was cut from 100 per cent to 40 per cent shortly before he died; and whether they will be represented when the inquest on his death is resumed. [MoD] HL5843

Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was their original estimate of the cost of reconstructing the headquarters of the Ministry of Defence; how much has so far been spent on the project; and what they now estimate will be the ultimate cost. [MoD] HL5844

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to comments made on the Today programme on 17 September, by Harold Peters, an Ascension Island councillor, concerning an alleged shortfall in the Island’s tax revenue due to the Royal Air Force paying £497,000 rather than the £1 million that is believed to have been due each year since 2002. [MoD] HL5845

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures (a) have been implemented, and (b) are planned, to prevent flooding in (1) Gloucestershire, (2) Worcestershire, and (3) Herefordshire. [DEFRA] HL5846

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Sudan regarding the conviction of Lubna Hussein under Article 152(1) of the Sudanese Criminal Act; and what assessment they have made of the punishment of the women arrested with her. [FCO] HL5847

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered ways, alongside other aid donors, of strengthening the effectiveness of the Parliament of Zimbabwe through such channels as the United Kingdom parliament, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. [FCO] HL5848

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in persuading the government of Kenya to follow the latest recommendations of Kofi Annan, in support of those of the 2008 Waki Commission; and what direct assistance have they offered or provided. [FCO] HL5849

21 October (4 November)

Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much time is required for a full review of parliamentary constituencies in the United Kingdom. [MoJ] HL5850

Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the report of the National Audit Office saying that £620 million spent by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Rural Payments Agency in administering European Union support to farmers was a “masterclass in mis-administration”, what steps will they take to penalise those responsible and to prevent a recurrence. [DEFRA] HL5851

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what further confidence-building measures they will consider in preparation for the forthcoming Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference; and whether a reduction to fewer than 100 warheads or to two “weapon-loads” will be included in such consideration. [FCO] HL5852

Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Phorm on the management of data relating to the operations of the National Health Service. [DoH] HL5853

Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Google on the management of data and national databases relating to the National Health Service. [DoH] HL5854

Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty’s Government what tendering arrangements there are to ensure that there is competition in the awarding of contracts for the gathering, management and distribution of data services relating to NHS databases. [DoH] HL5855

Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the awarding of contracts for the provision of database services for the National Health Service precludes (a) renegotiation or termination of those contracts within the contract terms, and (b) the awarding of further contracts without tendering. [DoH] HL5856

Lord Swinfen to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether servicemen wounded in Afghanistan have to pay to watch television in United Kingdom hospitals. [MoD] HL5857

Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts the Black and Minority Ethnic Women Councillors’ Taskforce has made to involve Gypsy and Traveller women; and with what success. [CLG] HL5858

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to put the new European Union directive for ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe into legal effect in the United Kingdom; and how they intend to transpose it. [DEFRA] HL5859

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the anticipated budget for the General Lighthouse Authorities for financial years 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14. [DfT] HL5860

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government which Department for Transport agencies’ budgets for 2010-11 (a) will fall by more than 5 per cent from 2009-10, (b) will fall by less than 5 per cent from 2009-10, and (c) will increase from 2009-10. [DfT] HL5861

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Marine Accident Investigation Branch, and the General Lighthouse Authorities over their budgets for 2010-11. HL5862

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the General Lighthouse Authorities will be subject to a five per cent reduction in their budgets for 2010-11. [DfT] HL5863

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will be represented at the unveiling on 8 November at the British Cemetery in Kyrenia of the memorial plaque to the 371 British servicemen who lost their lives during the Cyprus Emergency from 1955 to 1959. [FCO] HL5864

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the qualifications for appointment to the Privy Council; who has been appointed since May 2007; and what were the particular qualifications for each appointment. [BIS] HL5865

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in place for independent scrutiny of the integrity and suitability of persons nominated for membership of the Privy Council. [BIS] HL5866

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 5 October (WA 392), which Government department paid the £300,000 for the construction of two bridges for bats over the Dobwalls bypass in Cornwall; and what cost-benefit analysis was made of that project before it was undertaken. [DfT] HL5867

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Political Honours Scrutiny Committee was set up; when it was disbanded; and which committee now carries out its functions. [CO] HL5868

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government which members of the Privy Council have resigned during the last 30 years; and in what circumstances resignation from the Privy Council is required. [BIS] HL5869

Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty’s Government what they expect to be the order of precedence on diplomatic occasions involving the European President and heads of state of European Union member states. [FCO] HL5870

Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the purpose of section 54 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000. [MoJ] HL5871

Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether pirates arrested off Somalia by the Royal Navy have been brought to justice; and, if so, where. [MoD] HL5872

Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government when Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority will have the powers under the Local Transport Act 2008 to introduce quality bus contracts. [DfT] HL5873

Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much additional income a person with an annual gross income of (a) £20,000, (b) £50,000, (c) £70,000, (d) £100,000, and (e) £150,000 would receive if the income tax threshold was raised to £10,000 per annum. [HMT] HL5874

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they gave to the exclusion of the BBC from complying with the equality duties in the Race Relations Act 1976 and the Equality Act 2006. [GEO] HL5875

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration the Government Equalities Office took account of in excluding broadcasters from having to comply with the new single equality duty in respect of their broadcasting functions. [GEO] HL5876

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to review their stance on regulation, having regard to the findings of the recent Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ report on the benefits of regulation. [BIS] HL5877

Lord Norton of Louth to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 14 July (WA 198), how they define “as soon as possible” for the purposes of holding a public consultation on the impact of removing the edited version of the electoral register. [MoJ] HL5878

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the total receipts from value added tax in the United Kingdom; and what percentage of those receipts goes towards the United Kingdom contribution to the European Union budget. [HMT] HL5879

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether persons receiving public service pensions may be employed again in the public sector. [DWP] HL5880

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the number of non-motorised cycles on the roads of the United Kingdom has increased in the last ten years; and, if so, by how much. [DfT] HL5881

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the request for compensation from the government of Libya by relatives and dependants of those killed or injured by arms and explosives supplied by that government. [FCO] HL5882

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 12 October (WA 16) concerning the supply of funding by the Atlantic Philanthropies to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, why the funding was considered to be appropriate; and whether they considered the issue of equality. [NIO] HL5883

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of the Republic of Ireland concerning that government’s decision to cut the funding to Protestant schools in the Republic of Ireland; and, if they have not made representations, whether they intend to. [FCO] HL5884

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many appraisals of the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission have been presented to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland since her appointment; and whether they will place copies of such documents in the Library of the House. [NIO] HL5885

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government how long they envisage that new aircraft carriers will be able to remain at sea between refits. [MoD] HL5886

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government how long they expect refits of the new aircraft carriers will take. [MoD] HL5887

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial penalties they would incur if one new aircraft carrier was cancelled. [MoD] HL5888

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been spent on the new aircraft carrier project. [MoD] HL5889

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they envisage will be spent before completion of the new aircraft carrier project. [MoD] HL5890

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in light of the suspension of training for the University Officer Training Corps (UOTC), how many officers from the UOTC they expect will go to Sandhurst in (a) two, (b) three, and (c) four years’ time. [MoD] HL5891

Lord Cameron of Dillington to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce targets for the number of anaerobic digestion plants to be built in the United Kingdom utilising agricultural and waste products. [DECC] HL5892

Lord Cameron of Dillington to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the promotion and building of more anaerobic digestion plants would affect the need for increased national gas storage capacity. [DECC] HL5893

Lord Cameron of Dillington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve or facilitate connections to the gas and electricity grids to ensure the viability of anaerobic digestion plants and encourage their growth. [DECC] HL5894

Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask the Chairman of Committees what arrangements have been made for the subsequent re-use or recycling of computer and other electronic equipment no longer required by members or staff of the House. [CoC] HL5895

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in accordance with Rule 35 of the Detention Centre Rules 2001, incoming immigration detainees are asked at their medical examination whether they have previously suffered torture. [HO] HL5896

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether immigration detainees who are pregnant are provided with dietary supplements. [HO] HL5897

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for (a) better medical care for detainees, and (b) improved reception for mobile telephones, at Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre. [HO] HL5898

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidelines exist for the movement at short notice of immigration detainees between detention centres; and under what circumstances such movement may occur. [HO] HL5899

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they are detaining at Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre a woman who has spent eight years in England and who has a son aged four born in England, and her intended husband, who reportedly has been subject to torture. [HO] HL5900

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether prophylactic medicines are offered sufficiently in advance to detainees about to be deported to malarial countries. [HO] HL5901

Lord Monson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the government of Northern Cyprus having paid £32 million compensation to Greek Cypriots for their abandoned property in the North, whereas the government of Cyprus has paid no compensation to Turkish Cypriots for their abandoned property in the South which has since been compulsorily acquired; and what representations they have made to the government of Cyprus to pay reciprocal compensation in order to help reconciliation between the communities. [FCO] HL5902

Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many young people aged under 18 were in custody in each year since 1992. [MoJ] HL5903

Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many young people aged under 18 were sentenced to custody in each year since 1992. [MoJ] HL5904

Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many young people aged under 18 were remanded in custody in each year since 1992. HL5905

Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many young people aged under 18 were sent into custody for breach of court orders or licences in each year since 1992. [MoJ] HL5906

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they anticipate extending the Project Enhancing Capacity for Adaptation to Climate Change to include all British overseas territories. [DECC] HL5907

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will permit the construction of a second runway at Gatwick Airport. [DfT] HL5908

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the army vacated Drumadd Barracks in Armagh City; whether the Ministry of Defence still owns the barracks; if so, for what purpose they are used; and, if not, what proposals there are to dispose of the premises. [MoD] HL5909

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the British High Commission in Cyprus is located in the Greek Cypriot administered sector of the island; and how many times the present High Commissioner has visited the Turkish Cypriot administered sector of the island. [FCO] HL5910

22 October (5 November)

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Greek Cypriot government about mobile telephones and internet services across the Green Line between the southern and northern sections of Cyprus. [FCO] HL5911

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had discussions with the government of Cyprus about whether some Greek Cypriots have agreed compensation for property in Northern Cyprus which they vacated in 1974; and which authority funded the compensation. [FCO] HL5912

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the population of Southern Cyprus constituted by (a) Greek Cypriots, and (b) Greek settlers. [FCO] HL5913

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots crossing the Green Line in Cyprus each month. [FCO] HL5914

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the value of cross-Green Line trade from (a) Northern Cyprus into Greek Cypriot Southern Cyprus, and (b) Southern Cyprus into Turkish Cypriot Northern Cyprus. [FCO] HL5915

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will maintain their commitment under the Treaty of Guarantee for Cyprus following the conclusions of the settlement talks by the two Cypriot community leaders. [FCO] HL5916

Lord Stevens of Ludgate to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have issued guidance or advice to the Crown Court about whether judges should take account of the prison population in their case management or in issuing directions to juries; and, if so, what guidance or advice they issued. [MoJ] HL5917

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people are employed in the Research and Radionavigation Directorate of the General Lighthouse Authorities of the United Kingdom and Ireland. [DfT] HL5918

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the budget for 2010-11 of the Research and Radionavigation Directorate of the General Lighthouse Authorities of the United Kingdom and Ireland. [DfT] HL5919

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a cost-benefit analysis has been carried out of the Research and Radionavigation Directorate of the General Lighthouse Authorities of the United Kingdom and Ireland; and, if so, whether they will place a copy in the Library of the House. [DfT] HL5920

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff there will be in the Research and Radionavigation Directorate of the General Lighthouse Authorities of the United Kingdom and Ireland in 2010-11; and how many there are in 2009-10. [DfT] HL5921

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions personnel from the Research and Radionavigation Directorate of the General Lighthouse Authorities of the United Kingdom and Ireland visited the United States on business relating to the e-Loran project in (a) 2007, and (b) 2008; how many visits are planned for (1) 2009, and (2) 2010; and what the costs of the visits were or are projected to be. [DfT] HL5922

Lord Swinfen to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the weight and retail value of edible fish discarded by British fishermen due to being over-quota in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [DEFRA] HL5923

Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 6 July (HL Deb, cols 446-49) concerning the indigenous peoples of the Republic of Peru, how they define such indigenous people; and what are their human rights and fundamental freedoms. [FCO] HL5924

Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the full note of 24 November 1994 by Detective Chief Superintendent Eddie McIvor, Royal Ulster Constabulary, placed on the police file concerning Mr Martin McGuiness and alleged murders and acts of terrorism which was submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions. [NIO] HL5925

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were killed or seriously injured in the 37 road accidents in 2008 where lorries were involved and which might have been avoided if retro-reflective conspicuity markings had been provided; and what is the estimated cost of those accidents. [DfT] HL5926

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 5 October (WA 477-8), whether there will be sufficient diesel trains to serve those lines which will not be electrified by 2025; and how many trains will be required for that purpose. [DfT] HL5927

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many statutory instruments the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has introduced since 18 June 2007; how many created new regulations; and how many revoked or replaced existing ones. [DEFRA] HL5928

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by Lord Rooker on 18 June 2007 (HL Deb, col 7), whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is on target to save farmers £3 million by 2009-10; and how those savings will be achieved. [DEFRA] HL5929

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by Lord Rooker on 18 June 2007 (HL Deb, col 7), what progress the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is making under the simplification programme; and which of the 130 aspects of the programme are under way or have been achieved. [DEFRA] HL5930

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are in place regarding the health of alpacas and llamas in England. [DEFRA] HL5931

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they pay compensation for bovine tuberculosis to owners of alpacas and llamas; or whether such payments are decided locally in England. [DEFRA] HL5932

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government which anatomical part of llamas and alpacas is used for testing for bovine tuberculosis. [DEFRA] HL5933

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 10 February (WA 180), what is the outcome of the review of “special allowances” paid to staff of the Northern Ireland Office. [NIO] HL5934

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will research the health and financial consequences of awarding benefits to those with long-term excess alcohol consumption. [DWP] HL5935

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government by what percentage the state old age pension is lower than it would be if it had been linked to the average increase in earnings over the last ten years. [DWP] HL5936

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes they propose to regulations governing banks to ensure that branches whose headquarters are outside the United Kingdom but who trade in the United Kingdom are monitored to the same degree as those whose headquarters are in the United Kingdom. [HMT] HL5937

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in considering their foreign policy towards the Republic of Ireland, they monitor the steps taken by the government of the Republic of Ireland in implementing the Belfast Agreement as it concerns human rights in the Republic of Ireland. [FCO] HL5938

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, with regard to section 3 of the declaration of support in the Belfast Agreement of 1998, what are the definitions of equality, partnership and mutual respect governing relationships between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. [NIO] HL5939

Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much United Kingdom reared horse meat is (a) sold in the United Kingdom, and (b) exported. [DEFRA] HL5940

Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much horse meat is imported to the United Kingdom; whether it is all covered by horse passports; and how the link between the passport and the meat is made. [DEFRA] HL5941

Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty’s Government why a warrant issued under regulation 7(5) of the Marketing of Fresh Horticultural Produce Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/1361) is valid for three months; and whether that time-frame for the validity of a warrant will become the norm (a) in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, or (b) in all Government departments. [DEFRA] HL5942

Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a warrant issued under regulation 7(5) of the Marketing of Fresh Horticultural Produce Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/1361) that is valid for three months can comply with the conditions for its granting under regulation 7(4). DEFRA] HL5943

Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to regulation 9(2)(a)(iv) of the Marketing of Fresh Horticultural Produce Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/1361), why the logotype of the Rural Payments Agency would be used on a re-graded label applied to horticultural produce that has been judged to break European Union marketing rules. [DEFRA] HL5944

Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Stephen Timms, on 18 May (HC Deb, col 1184W), what the location will be of the inquiry centres at Kings Lynn and Louth when the offices close; and what is the anticipated closure date of each. [HMT] HL5945

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 20 October (WA 60), how patients over 18 are made aware of their rights to request hydration in advance of any treatment. [DoH] HL5946

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 20 October (WA 60), how requests from patients for hydration are communicated to health care professionals if they are not made in writing. [DoH] HL5947

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the rights of NHS hospital patients in respect of regular feeding in the case of those aged (a) below 65, and (b) 65 and over. [DoH] HL5948

22 October (5 November)

Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the Green Paper Shaping the Future of Care Together, whether monies levied under a Government insurance scheme or a comprehensive scheme will be held in a fund earmarked for care and support, or whether they will be paid into HM Treasury in the same way as other revenue. HL5949

Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to pages 73 to 75 and table 11.4 of the European Commission’s Impact Assessment of the proposal for a Directive on the indication by labelling and standard produce information of the consumption of energy and other resources by energy-related products (COM(2008) 778 final), whether the information on water heaters and street lighting is available in a form that allows United Kingdom Government departments and local authorities to identify the manufacturers and the model numbers of the products used in the comparisons; and, if so, where it may be accessed. HL5950

Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have access to or maintain a register of locations in the United Kingdom at which plastics are recycled. HL5951

Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty’s Government where in the United Kingdom there are plants that recycle plastics other than drinks bottles; what assessment they have made of whether the technology used at such plants is proven; and whether they plan to assist with the introduction of such technology across the country. HL5952

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Crawley on 13 July (WA 183-4), why providing options for Christian denominations in the 2011 census would not enable comparability with the 2001 census figures; what duties in relation to religious affiliation need to be fulfilled by public authorities under the Race Relations Act 1976; what are the extra Welsh religious categories that would be required were there a question on Christian denominations; whether religions other than Christianity have difficulty with their single question; and what form of equality monitoring and service planning users of census statistics undertake in relation to Christians and Buddhists. HL5953

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the annual payments in (a) 2007-08, and (b) 2008-09 to the United Kingdom from European Economic Area countries for reimbursement of healthcare costs for those countries’ nationals under EEC Regulation 1408/71; and what were the payments from the United Kingdom to those countries under that Regulation. HL5954

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many National Insurance numbers have been issued to nationals of each of the last 12 countries to have entered the European Union since their respective accessions. HL5955

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria were used in the decisions to recognise the independence of Eritrea, East Timor and Kosovo; whether those criteria will apply to Somaliland; and whether they will raise the matter in the European Union with a view to gaining agreement on the recognition of Somaliland’s independence. HL5956

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 21 July (WA 312), whether they will consult the Northern Ireland Judicial Studies Board to seek a review of the current guidelines on the assessment of general damages in personal injury cases in Northern Ireland with a view to aligning them with England and Wales. HL5957

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in exercising their foreign policy, what are the characteristics of an area by which they regard it as a country. HL5958

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Vietnam about recent arrests and sentences imposed on critics of official policy and practices, as detailed in the Amnesty International Urgent Action Notices of 8 and 9 October; and whether they have received responses to similar previous representations. HL5959

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government who paid for the United Kingdom contingent of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus in the latest year for which figures are available; and what was the United Kingdom’s contribution. HL5960

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the refurbishment of the Ledra Palace, Nicosia, in order to provide improvised accommodation for the United Kingdom contingent of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus has been completed; what was the cost; and who paid for the work. HL5961

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the ease of purchasing property in Northern Cyprus which was previously registered in the names of Turkish Cypriots or other Europeans prior to 1974. HL5962

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the number of settlers from mainland Greece who are resident in the south of Cyprus who took residence there (a) following 1974, and (b) since the referendum in 2004. HL5963

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the claim of property rights in Narosha by the land-holding foundation Efkaf. HL5964

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost to public funds in each of the last five years of the United Kingdom’s operations (including all three services) in (a) Iraq, (b) Afghanistan, (c) Cyprus, (d) Northern Ireland, (e) Germany, and (f) the Falkland Islands; and what is the budget for the current year. HL5965

Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their current and future funding commitments to the Find and Treat Tuberculosis project in London. HL5966

Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made towards the measures of success highlighted in the Chief Medical Officer’s Stopping Tuberculosis in England action plan. HL5967

Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made towards the ten recommended actions in the Chief Medical Officer’s Stopping Tuberculosis in England action plan. HL5968

 
 
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