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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

Items expected to be taken during an adjournment are marked # (lunch) or ‡ (dinner).

THURSDAY 10TH JUNE

At eleven o’clock

*The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are confident that NATO will meet its deadline of 28th-29th June for putting in place five provincial reconstruction teams in Afghanistan.

*The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to encourage immigration to St Helena in view of the depopulation of the island.

*The Earl of Dundee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that European Union accession negotiations for Croatia should begin following the meeting of the European Council on 17th-18th June.

*The Lord Livsey of Talgarth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce an incentive scheme for the public to deposit badger carcasses found on roads in veterinary collection points to assist in the campaign against tuberculosis in badgers and cattle.

Pensions Bill—Second Reading [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham]

Armed Forces (Pensions and Compensation) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Bach]

    In the event of the bill being read a second time, the Lord Bach to move, That the bill be committed to a Grand Committee.

#The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the risk-sharing scheme, designed to allow eligible patients with multiple sclerosis to have access to beta interferon and glatiramer acetate in controlled trials, is working satisfactorily.

MONDAY 14TH JUNE

*The Baroness Whitaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to increase their international aid budget.

*The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any British trade or jobs would be lost if the United Kingdom left the European Union and maintained its trading relationship with the European Union Single Market.

*The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage cross-Channel rail freight from 2005-06.

Ipswich Market Bill—Second Reading

Higher Education Bill—Further consideration on Report [The Baroness Ashton of Upholland]

‡The Lord Wakeham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take following the Independent Review of Government Communications.

TUESDAY 15TH JUNE

        Introductions—

The Baroness Falkner of Margravine

and

The Baroness Henig

          will be introduced.

*The Lord Williams of Elvel—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what their response is to the paper from the David Hume Institute entitled Tilting at Windmills: the economics of wind power.

*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether effective action is being taken to reduce the amount of litter on beaches and in the sea.

*The Viscount Tenby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to arrange for the removal of the long-standing displays in Parliament Square.

*The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what circumstances it is justifiable to withhold from an adult with parental responsibility for a child of 14 information concerning that child’s health and welfare.

Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill—Committee (on recommitment) [The Baroness Scotland of Asthal]

In the Moses Room

At 3.30 pm

†Employment Relations Bill—Further consideration in Grand Committee [The Lord Sainsbury of Turville]

WEDNESDAY 16TH JUNE

        Introductions—

The Lord Howard of Rising

and

The Lord Hart of Chilton

          will be introduced.

*The Lord Carlile of Berriew—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to bring in legislation to implement the Carter review on the proposed National Offender Management Service.

*The Lord Sandberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the United States or coalition authorities about the whereabouts and status of Saddam Hussain and the legal procedures envisaged for bringing him to trial.

*The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their late payment of commercial debt legislation is assisting small companies; and whether they are enforcing the requirement for large companies to publish payment particulars in their annual reports.

Procedure of the House—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the 2nd Report from the Select Committee be agreed to. (HL Paper 99)

The Lord Phillips of Sudbury—To call attention to matters which may inhibit access to justice; and to move for papers.

The Lord McNally—To call attention to the case for moving power from Westminster and Whitehall to local government and democratically-elected regional assemblies; and to move for papers.

Gangmasters (Licensing) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Carter]

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

THURSDAY 17TH JUNE

[At eleven o’clock]

*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether National Health Service Primary Care Trusts are obliged to make National Health Service dental treatment available to all patients resident in their catchment areas; and what obligations they have to provide such treatment to non-resident patients.

*The Lord Sheldon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to publish a draft bill on the Civil Service.

*The Lord Renton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, given their intention to take steps to reduce smoking in the United Kingdom, why they continue to support European Union subsidies towards the growing of tobacco.

*The Lord Quirk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the legal status of the bodies known as the American University in London and the American University of London; and what action is being taken with respect to their activities.

Children Bill [HL]—Report [The Baroness Ashton of Upholland]

#Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 (Amendment) Order 2004—The Baroness Scotland of Asthal to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 12th May be approved. [19th Report from the Joint Committee]

#Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Conditional Cautions: Code of Practice) Order 2004—The Baroness Scotland of Asthal to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 26th April be approved. [16th Report from the Joint Committee]

†#British Transport Police (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Order 2004—The Lord Davies of Oldham to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 20th May be approved. [20th Report from the Joint Committee]

MONDAY 21ST JUNE

        Introductions—

The Lord Tunnicliffe

          will be introduced

and

Irvine Alan Stewart Laidlaw, Esq.

          will be introduced as a Baron.

*The Lord Chan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to ensure that United Kingdom residents travelling to tropical countries on holiday are given appropriate advice on protection against common infections.

*The Lord Hannay of Chiswick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the appointments to Iraq’s financial institutions by Mr Ahmed Chalabi, a member of the Governing Council, will promote good governance and the financial integrity of those institutions.

*The Lord Walton of Detchant—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of their intention to abolish some quangos, whether they expect to review the constitution and functions of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Bill—Committee [The Lord Filkin]

[It is expected that the Report stage of the Children Bill will continue]

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

TUESDAY 22ND JUNE

        Introductions—

†Lord Carter of Coles

          will be introduced

and

Patricia Morris, OBE

          will be introduced as a Baroness.

*The Earl of Sandwich—To ask the Chairman of Committees what is being done to ensure that original documents which highlight United Kingdom constitutional history continue to be displayed in the House for the benefit of Members and visitors.

*The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the United States government about the maltreatment of Iraqi prisoners; and whether such maltreatment is the result of official United States policy.

*The Lord Archer of Sandwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the negotiations with the United States for the renewal of the Mutual Defence Agreement have been concluded; and whether there will be an opportunity for Parliament to debate its terms.

*The Lord Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the government of Bosnia-Herzegovina is meeting the 16 conditions under the European Union accession process and the NATO partnership for peace.

†‡The Earl of Selborne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Report of the European Union Committee on European Union Waste Management Policy (47th Report, HL Paper 194), what steps they are taking to improve the development and implementation of European Union waste legislation.

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

WEDNESDAY 23RD JUNE

        Introductions—

Dr Peter Truscott

          will be introduced as a Baron

and

Margaret Mary Wall

          will be introduced as a Baroness.

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what increases in the budgets of protected landscapes they will make available in light of the emphasis on biodiversity and environmentally friendly agriculture in the mid-term review of the Common Agricultural Policy.

The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath—To call attention to Her Majesty’s Government’s policies on healthcare and on public health; and to move for papers.

†Town and Country Planning (London Borough of Camden) Special Development Order 2004—The Baroness Hamwee to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Order, laid before the House on 6th May, be annulled (S.I. 2004/1231). [8th Report from the Merits Committee]

THURSDAY 24TH JUNE

[At eleven o’clock]

Civil Partnership Bill [HL]—Report [The Baroness Scotland of Asthal]

#The Baroness Trumpington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they see the future of rural veterinary practices in the United Kingdom.

FRIDAY 25TH JUNE

[At eleven o’clock]

Broadcasting (Original Productions) Order 2004—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 10th May be approved. [19th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Regulatory Reform (Museum of London) (Location of Premises) Order 2004—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Regulatory Reform Order laid before the House on 6th May be approved. [18th Report from the Regulatory Reform Committee]

Carers (Equal Opportunities) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Ashley of Stoke]

Sustainable and Secure Buildings Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Dholakia]

†Seed Potatoes (Fees) (England) Regulations 2004—The Baroness Byford to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 13th May, be annulled (S.I. 2004/1316).

†Feeding Stuffs, the Feeding Stuffs (Sampling and Analysis) and the Feeding Stuffs (Enforcement) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2004—The Baroness Byford to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 11th May, be annulled (S.I. 2004/1301).

TUESDAY 29TH JUNE

†Traffic Management Bill—Report [The Lord Davies of Oldham]

†‡Asylum Support (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2004—The Lord Avebury to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 13th May, be annulled (S.I. 2004/1313).

THURSDAY 1ST JULY

†[It is expected that the Report stage of the Civil Partnerships Bill will continue]

TUESDAY 6TH JULY

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Government departments are committed to the preservation and enhancement of national parks.

†*The Baroness Finlay of Llandaff—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the likely duration of the Patient Information and Advisory Group; and what plans are in place to enable the transfer of information about National Health Service patients in the absence of informed consent when the Group ceases to exist.

NO DAY NAMED

PART I

The Lord Northbourne—To call attention to the Government’s progress in fulfilling their commitment to be “tough on the causes of crime”; and to move for papers.

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

The Baroness Stern—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the independence and accountability of H M Inspectorate of Prisons are not compromised.

The Lord Gray of Contin—To move, That this House takes note of the Energy White Paper, published in February 2003, entitled Our Energy Future—Creating a Low Carbon Economy.

The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve relations with Taiwan.

The Lord Norton of Louth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to recommend the greater use of Special Public Bill Committees in the House of Lords.

The Lord Norton of Louth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the method of determining members’ allowances in local authorities.

The Baroness Sharp of Guildford—To call attention to political involvement in decisions affecting the university and research sectors; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Massey of Darwen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the British Medical Association report Adolescent Health, with particular regard to obesity and sexual health.

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they found it necessary to announce in 1999 a target for the eradication of child poverty, which they have now had to abandon.

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on recent developments in Georgia.

The Baroness Rawlings—To call attention to the political situation in Brazil; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on recent developments in Hong Kong.

The Lord Clinton-Davis—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to improve aviation security, and whether they intend to raise this issue in the appropriate international fora.

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will work to create as soon as possible a United Nations or multinational Interim Authority for the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.

The Lord Livsey of Talgarth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to improve access to justice in mid-Wales.

The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent mental health patients should be able to exercise choice in the way they are treated under the National Health Service.

The Lord Norton of Louth—To call attention to the case for improving contact and co-operation between the two Houses of Parliament; and to move for papers.

Food Benefit Schemes (Northern Ireland) Order 2003—The Lord Clement-Jones to move to resolve, That this House calls on Her Majesty’s Government to revoke the Order laid before the House on 8th January (S.I. 2003/3202).

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made since 11th September 2001 with their programmes to expand awareness of other cultures and with global citizenship education.

The Baroness Barker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards access to personal information relating to individuals who receive, or have received, social care, or who have been adopted; and whether they have any proposals for change.

The Lord Bishop of Oxford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking, together with international agencies, to shut down websites that give access to violent pornography.

The Baroness Buscombe—To call attention to the significance of intellectual property rights protection for the creative industries; and to move for papers.

The Lord Mitchell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to reduce the incidence of foetal alcohol syndrome.

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are being taken to develop an international strategy to end the killing of street children in Central and South America.

The Baroness Whitaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they respond to recent initiatives to strengthen the United Nations in the face of current threats to world peace and security.

The Lord Dearing—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes are desirable to schools’ inspections so that they make the best possible contribution to the quality, effectiveness and well-being of education.

The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving to how business rates for small businesses are levied.

The Lord Harrison—To call attention to Her Majesty’s Government’s contribution to maintaining the architectural heritage of England’s churches, and to how their functions as places of worship can be sympathetically combined with other ways of serving the whole of their local communities; and to move for papers.

The Lord Baker of Dorking—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to mark the publication of the new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography as a record of those men and women who have shaped Britain’s past.

The Lord Greaves—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made on the introduction in England of the access provisions in Part I of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

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

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the present bio-security arrangements for the control of disease in agriculture and horticulture are adequate.

The Baroness Hooper—To call attention to recent developments in Latin America; and to move for papers.

The Lord Grantchester—To call attention to the provision of affordable housing as part of rural regeneration; and to move for papers.

The Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to speed up payment of compensation for mineworkers and former mineworkers who suffer from bronchitis and emphysema; and to control the legal fees associated with such claims.

The Lord Dubs—To call attention to the enlargement of the European Union on 1st May 2004 and to what Her Majesty’s Government could do to ensure that the British people are kept fully informed of issues affecting Britain’s membership; and to move for papers.

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report by the Commission on Women and the Criminal Justice System.

The Lord Maginnis of Drumglass—To call attention to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the consequences of the referendum on the Annan Plan; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Northover—To call attention to the case for assistance to deal with the increasing number of orphans as a result of HIV/AIDS in Africa and elsewhere; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Gale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to improve the position of women in prison.

The Lord Selsdon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in what ways their policy for encouraging a just and lasting peace throughout the Middle East differs from that of the United States.

The Baroness Rawlings—To call attention to the Departmental Report 2004 for the Department for International Development; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Greengross—To call attention to the physical, mental and financial abuse of older people; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To call attention to the state of the marine environment and to the progress made in establishing a marine landscape classification; and to move for papers.

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to ensure that their plans for the establishment of the National Offenders Management Service receive adequate Parliamentary scrutiny.

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the progress and performance of Patients’ Forums.

The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their relations with Colombia.

The Lord Bishop of Rochester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in light of the international situation, what they are doing to support enlightened religious attitudes in this country and overseas.

The Lord Clarke of Hampstead—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy in relation to violations of human rights in Iran.

The Baroness Northover—To call attention to the case for further aid to assist the reconstruction and security of Afghanistan; and to move for papers.

Horse Passports (England) Regulations 2004—The Viscount Astor to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 20th May, be annulled (S.I. 2004/1397). [10th Report from the Merits Committee]

The Lord Newby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take to safeguard the interests of Caribbean banana growers.

Potatoes Originating in Egypt (England) Regulations 2004—The Baroness Byford to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 21st April, be annulled (S.I. 2004/1165).

The Baroness Hanham—To move, That this House calls on Her Majesty’s Government to revoke the Royal Parks and Other Open Spaces (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I. 2004/1308), which came into force on 10th May, and to lay before it in its place regulations which require a resolution agreeing to the proposed change by each of the local authorities which abut or contain a Royal Park before the Royal Parks Agency may alter the speed limit in that Royal Park.

The Lord Turnberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take to redress the drop in clinical academic staffing levels in medical and dental schools.

The Lord Selsdon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are giving to the Export Credits Guarantee Department in the development of worldwide British interests and trade.

The Lord Williams of Elvel—To call attention to the report of the Richard Commission on the powers and electoral arrangements of the National Assembly for Wales; and to move for papers.

PART II

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

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

The Lord Slynn of Hadley—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Joint Committee on the Draft Corruption Bill (HL Paper 157). [31st July, Session 2002-03]

The Lord Grenfell—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee: Annual Report from the Committee (44th Report, HL Paper 191). [27th November]

The Lord Peston—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Select Committee on Economic Affairs on Aspects of the Economics of an Ageing Population (4th Report, HL Paper 179). [10th January]

The Lord Williamson of Horton—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on the Working Time Directive: a Response to the European Commission’s Review (9th Report, HL Paper 67). [8th April]

The Lord Bowness—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on EU Development Aid in Transition (12th Report, HL Paper 75). [29th April]

The Baroness Harris of Richmond—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the report from the Select Committee on the European Union, Handling EU asylum claims: new approaches examined (11th Report, HL Paper 74), what progress they have made in developing their proposals for regional protection areas and what view they take of the proposals of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for the determination of asylum claims on an European Union basis, including the establishment of European Union reception centres. [30th April]

The Lord Norton of Louth—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Select Committee on the Constitution on the Regulatory State: Ensuring its Accountability (6th Report, HL Paper 68). [6th May]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 9th June, or unanswered after 21 days]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

18th March

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they have paid to paramilitary prisoners support groups in each year since 1999. [NIO]    (HL2010)

22nd April

The Lord SelsdonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which documents issued by Government departments are accepted as proof of identity; and for which purposes. [CO]    (HL2510)

23rd April

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many criminal offences have been created in Acts and Regulations sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs since its inception. [DEFRA]    (HL2533)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that data collected by Government departments and their agencies are not subject to inappropriate and illegal access by the staff of such organisations. [CO]    (HL2536)

28th April

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total cost of the Joint Combat Aircraft project (a) to date, and (b) to completion of the procurement cycle. [MoD]    (HL2597)

4th May

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why, according to the Departmental Report 2004 of the Cabinet Office (CM 6226, April 2004), total net administration costs for the Cabinet Office have almost doubled between 1998-99 and 2002-03. [CO]    (HL2654)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom passports were reported (a) lost, and (b) stolen in each of the last five years; how many were recovered; how many were replaced; and what steps are in force to cancel the validity of lost or stolen passports. [HO]    (HL2667)

5th May

The Lord CarterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what compensation will be paid to farmers and growers who cannot harvest their crop owing to the suspension of visa services in Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania and China and who cannot obtain alternative labour to pick crops in May and June. [HO]    (HL2686)

The Baroness BloodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the review of the sex offences consultation will be published by the Northern Ireland Office. [NIO]    (HL2696)

The Baroness BloodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the ratio of registered child-care places to children under eight years old in Northern Ireland. [NIO]    (HL2698)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 23rd April (WA 63) concerning the budget of the Ulster Scots Agency, who calculated the budget for 2004; on what basis it was calculated; after what consultation; and with whom. [NIO]    (HL2703)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 23rd April (WA 63) concerning the budget of the Ulster Scots Agency, on what date in 2001 the Agency acquired the premises in Donegal. [NIO]    (HL2704)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord Bach on 4th May (HL Deb, col. 1030) that United Kingdom personnel in Iraq “are subject to United Kingdom law, as they would be in the United Kingdom”, whether United Kingdom personnel are accountable for breaches of human rights in Iraq as they would be in the United Kingdom; and, if not, what is the position. [MoD]    (HL2713)

6th May

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the consultative meeting with Waterways Ireland took place, at which the 2004 budget for Waterways Ireland was considered; who attended the meeting; and whether they will place copies of the minutes of the meeting in the Library of the House. [NIO]    (HL2730)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what factors were taken into consideration in the decision to allocate proportionality of funding for the Irish Language Agency for each year since 2000. [NIO]    (HL2731)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 22nd April (WA 55) concerning the 2004 budget for the Irish Language Agency, who attended the meetings on18th September and 2nd October 2003; where these meetings were held; and whether they will place copies of the minutes of the meetings in the Library of the House. [NIO]    (HL2732)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 22nd April (WA 55), whether the Republic of Ireland’s Official Languages Act 2003 applies to all implementation bodies which have locations in the Republic of Ireland. [NIO]    (HL2733)

10th May

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications have been made since the passing of the Extradition Act 2003 for the extradition of persons from the United Kingdom to those countries which are operating the European Arrest Warrant; and how many of those applications were in respect of British citizens. [HO]    (HL2739)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications have been made since the passing of the Extradition Act 2003 for the extradition of persons to the United Kingdom from those countries which are operating the European Arrest Warrant; and what were the nationalities of the persons who were the subjects of those applications. [HO]    (HL2740)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Arrest Warrant is operative between the A8 countries (the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia) and the United Kingdom. [HO]    (HL2741)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have a policy for Northern Ireland Departments to discourage racism; if so, what is that policy; how does such a policy operate; and whether it extends to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. [NIO]    (HL2747)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which consultants were commissioned by the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure in 2001 to work with the Ulster Scots Language Society to help develop a strategic planning capacity. [NIO]    (HL2748)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in respect of the 2004 budgets for Cross Border Implementation Bodies, it is possible for a body to receive up to a 40 per cent increase on its 2003 budget under the policy of care and maintenance; and if so, on what basis. [NIO]    (HL2749)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what instructions and guidance have been given to members of the armed forces and other United Kingdom personnel and contractors in Iraq as to the obligations imposed by the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment. [FCO]    (HL2751)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any legal or disciplinary measures have been taken against any members of the armed forces or other United Kingdom personnel or persons employed by contractors in Iraq for breaches of international human rights law or international humanitarian law; and, if so, whether they will publish the details of the measures taken. [FCO]    (HL2752)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken since the occupation of Iraq to ensure that—

        (a)  members of the armed forces and other United Kingdom personnel and persons employed by contractors there comply with international human rights and humanitarian law;

        (b)  there are effective safeguards and sanctions against abuse whether by torture or other forms of inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; and

        (c)  there are effective remedies for any victims of such abuse. [FCO]   (HL2753)

The Lord Palmer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they could have prevented the publication of photographs allegedly showing the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners by coalition forces. [MoD]    (HL2764)

11th May

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether—

        (a)  the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence;

        (b)  the Chief of the Defence Staff;

        (c)  the Permanent Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and

        (d)  the Secretary of the Cabinet

were aware of, and if so approved, the initial decision that the International Committee of the Red Cross February interim report to Ambassador Bremer on coalition facilities in Iraq should not be shown to Ministers; and on what date it was shown to Ministers. [MoD]    (HL2769)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether senior civil servants and senior military officers are given general guidance or training on how to judge whether to bring to the attention of Ministers politically sensitive documents or information which they receive from officials of foreign governments. [MoD]    (HL2770)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether instructions have been given to the civil service and to military commands to ensure that Ministers are made aware of politically sensitive information which is received by officials or other employees of the Government. [MoD]    (HL2772)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have been notified by the International Criminal Court of attempts by any party to bring a case against the United Kingdom Government in respect of the war against Iraq or the occupation of Iraq by British troops. [MoD]    (HL2785)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the practice of hooding prisoners at the moment of arrest has been used in Iraq; and why it was not stopped by Ministers when it was reported on television. [MoD]    (HL2786)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they approve of the use of sleep deprivation, disorientation techniques and other non-violent ways of putting pressure on prisoners in Iraq; whether they have communicated their views to the United States government; and whether they are satisfied that such techniques are not supported by the United States authorities with respect to certain prisoners in Iraq. [MoD]    (HL2787)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have been kept informed of the conditions in which members of the previous Iraqi government, including Mr Tariq Aziz, are held, and of how they are interrogated; whether these conditions are appropriate; and whether they accord with the Geneva Convention relating to prisoners of war. [MoD]    (HL2789)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 6th May (WA 125) concerning the 2004 budgets for Cross Border bodies, whether in purchasing terms the Irish Agency received a higher increase than the Ulster Scots Agency. [NIO]    (HL2802)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any newspaper publishing companies have been granted aid in Belfast in the last five years; if so, which companies; when such aid was granted; and for what reason. [NIO]    (HL2803)

12th May

The Lord Maginnis of DrumglassTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total cost of installing the Northern Ireland Office’s new telephone switchboard; when the switchboard became operational; whether there have been any unexpected difficulties with the new system; and whether operator response times have improved. [NIO]    (HL2804)

The Lord Maginnis of DrumglassTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether operator response times for the Northern Ireland Office telephone system are monitored; and, if so, what is the average response time for each financial year from April 1999 to March 2004; and what operator response target times have been set to be achieved by March 2005. [NIO]    (HL2805)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to the statement concerning the 2004 budget of the Language Implementation Body in the record of Cross Border Decisions IP/LAN II, with whom did the departments agree the 2004 business plans, where and on what dates; and what is meant by “the 2003 baseline position”. [NIO]    (HL2816)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the corporate plan and the business plans of the Ulster Scots Agency have been agreed by the appropriate Northern Ireland Departments and by the North South Ministerial Council. [NIO]    (HL2817)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 10th May (WA 1) concerning the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, what were the interviews for the Cultural Affairs Office; how many interviews were held; and why the interviews were conducted in the United States. [NIO]    (HL2818)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what hospitals in Northern Ireland have a total smoking ban; which have a partial ban; and which have no ban at all. [NIO]    (HL2820)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed European Constitution, if ratified by every member state, would become a common Constitution for the member states of the European Union. [FCO]    (HL2822)

13th May

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was spent on purchasing alcohol by the Home Office in each of the financial years 1997-98 to 2002-03. [HO]    (HL2824)

The Lord PlumbTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to preserve the native red squirrel from extinction; and what action they are taking to control grey squirrels. [DEFRA]    (HL2826)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will establish an independent civilian-led investigation into alleged unlawful killings by British Forces in Iraq; and whether they will compensate the families of persons unlawfully killed by members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. [MoD]    (HL2828)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are ensuring that British Forces in Iraq fully understand current instructions to treat prisoners and detainees in accordance with the Geneva Conventions and to use the minimum necessary force in dealing with insurgents and demonstrators. [MoD]    (HL2829)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights should be empowered to seek judicial review of breaches of section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998 by public authorities. [HO]    (HL2833)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which of the following recommendations made by the International Committee of the Red Cross in its Report of February 2004 they have accepted and implemented—

        (a)  to respect at all times the human dignity, physical integrity and cultural sensitivity of the persons deprived of their liberty held under their control;

        (b)  to set up a system of notifications of arrest to ensure quick and accurate transmission of information to the families of persons deprived of their liberty;

        (c)  to prevent all forms of ill-treatment, moral or physical coercion of persons deprived of their liberty in relation to interrogation;

        (d)  to set up an internment regime which ensures the respect of the psychological integrity and human dignity of the persons deprived of their liberty;

        (e)  to ensure that all persons deprived of their liberty are allowed sufficient time every day outside in the sunlight, and that they are allowed to move and exercise in the outside yard;

        (f)  to define and apply regulations and sanctions compatible with international humanitarian law and to ensure that persons deprived of their liberty are fully informed about such regulations;

        (g)  to investigate thoroughly violations of international humanitarian law in order to determine responsibilities and prosecute those found responsible for violations of international humanitarian law; and

        (h)  to ensure that battle group units arresting individuals and also staff in charge of internment facilities receive adequate training enabling them to operate in a proper manner and fulfil their responsibilities as arresting authority without resorting to ill-treatment or making excessive use of force. [HO]  (HL2834)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord Bach on 12th May (HL Deb, col. 378), when and in what circumstances Ministers were first informed of the practice of hooding; what was the nature of the practice; and what were the reasons for its abandonment. [MoD]    (HL2835)

The Lord CarterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that when Government documents are to be issued in formats accessible to disabled people such formats are available at the same time as the publication of the original documents. [CO]    (HL2837)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord President on 29th March (WA 127) and 10th May (WA 1) concerning the 2004 budget of the Ulster Scots Agency, why they state that “proportionality was maintained at the same level as in previous years as no new factors have emerged” if there was no consultation between the Agency and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. [NIO]    (HL2851)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Tutsi women raped by Hutu militiamen during the genocide in Rwanda have had access to HIV drugs and nutritional programmes funded by the international community; and whether their imprisoned attackers are being supported by these programmes. [DfID]    (HL2855)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what pressure they have exerted on the Rwandan government to make women victims of rape by Hutu militiamen a priority for medical and welfare programmes. [DfID]    (HL2856)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will raise with the Rwandan government the concerns of the Rwanda Survivors Fund that failure to care for raped women may result in their deaths before they are able to testify against their attackers. [DfID]    (HL2857)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 8th July 2003 (WA 31-32) concerning the arrangement for the transfer of prisoners of war, civilian internees and civilian detainees that was declassified on 11th November 2003, how many prisoners of war, civilian internees and civilian detainees have been transferred from the United Kingdom as the detaining power to the United States as the accepting power; and how many in each of those categories are still held by the United States as the accepting power. [MoD]    (HL2859)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 8th July 2003 (WA 31-32) concerning the arrangement for the transfer of prisoners of war, civilian internees and civilian detainees that was declassified on 11th November 2003, how many prisoners of war, civilian internees and civilian detainees transferred to the United States as the accepting power have been repatriated or removed to territories outside Iraq; and why. [MoD]    (HL2860)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 8th July 2003 (WA 31-32) concerning the arrangement for the transfer of prisoners of war, civilian internees and civilian detainees that was declassified on 11th November 2003, how the United Kingdom has enforced the responsibility of the United States as the accepting power for maintaining and safeguarding all such individuals; and how many visits have been made to such prisoners of war, civilian internees and civilian detainees, using Her Majesty’s Government’s full right of access. [MoD]    (HL2861)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 30th April (WA 106-107), whether they now believe all persons captured by United Kingdom forces in Iraq and transferred to United States control have been treated humanely and decently; and what inquiries they have made and actions they have taken to ensure they have been so treated. [MoD]    (HL2862)

17th May

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether interrogation techniques involving physical or mental coercion have been used by members of the British armed forces or other United Kingdom personnel; if so, what is the nature of such techniques; and whether they are compatible with international human rights and humanitarian law. [MoD]    (HL2868)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is photographic evidence obtained by video recordings of interrogation techniques used by the Coalition Forces in Afghanistan, Iraq or Guantanamo Bay. [MoD]    (HL2869)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord Bach on 12th May (HL Deb, col. 377) that hooding has not been used in interrogation in Iraq, whether that statement is compatible with the report of the International Committee of the Red Cross of February 2004, and with the explanation of the hooding practice given by the Secretary of State for Transport on 14th May. [MoD]    (HL2870)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to extend to Northern Ireland the provision whereby elderly people no longer have to sell their homes in their lifetime to pay for long term care. [NIO]    (HL2873)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention that the Northern Ireland civil service should recruit a reasonable proportion of former offenders, subject to the usual safeguards of suitability for particular posts. [NIO]    (HL2874)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have on the numbers of dead and displaced in Darfur and the number of refugees in Chad; what help is being provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; and whether they intend to increase the humanitarian response. [DfID]    (HL2880)

The Baroness BloodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Regional Child’s Death Review arrangement in Northern Ireland has been completed; and on what date it is expected to be implemented. [NIO]    (HL2881)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the policy of the Offenders Learning and Skills Unit (OLSU) of the Department for Education and Skills towards the employment by OLSU of ex-offenders. [DfES]    (HL2883)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, from 2003 to date, whether officials of the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure have attended events illustrating Ulster Scots culture, language, history and identity; and which events they attended. [NIO]    (HL2887)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been spent each year to date in restoration by Waterways Ireland of the Royal Canal and the Union Canal; what is the projection for the future; and when restoration will be completed. [NIO]    (HL2888)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Waterways Ireland have started any new projects in the last eighteen months. [NIO]    (HL2889)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord President on 6th April (WA 21) and 13th May (WA 47) concerning consultants employed by the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, who was on the evaluation panel which selected the consultants; and why consultants with expertise in the Ulster Scots language were not employed. [NIO]    (HL2890)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 13th May (WA 47) concerning the grant scheme of the Irish Language Agency, which of the Cross Border Implementation bodies which provide grants have had their grant schemes approved; when such approval was given; and which schemes have yet to be approved. [NIO]    (HL2891)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what their plans are to implement the recommendations of the Research Development Statistics Paper 220, Information dissemination to potential asylum seekers in countries of origin and/or transit, including the recommendations (a) to extend UKvisas mandate to cover asylum procedures and (b) to expand the United Kingdom membership of the main Immigration and Nationality Directorate User Panel to include more representatives of ethnic minority groups and refugee organisations. [HO]    (HL2892)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether David Veness, Assistant Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police, is chairman of the seven-nation Olympic Advisory Group. [FCO]    (HL2906)

18th May

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the cases of Fariboz Grasvindi, Mokhtar Haydari and Faroq Haydari, following their hunger strike and admission to hospital in the United Kingdom; and whether they will not be deported to Iran if to do so would endanger their lives. [HO]    (HL2908)

The Lord Renfrew of KaimsthornTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are planning to offer the Iraqi State Organisation for Antiquities and Heritage after 30th June to encourage the conservation and curation of the historic heritage in Iraq. [FCO]    (HL2913)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Minister of State for the Armed Forces on 13th May (HC Deb, cols. 513-515), whether they will seek the permission of the International Committee of the Red Cross to publish the report of February 2004, together with the second report specific to United Kingdom detention facilities in Iraq. [FCO]    (HL2923)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the total annual financial cost if the Civil Partnership Bill were amended so as to backdate to 1988 (the date applicable to surviving widowers) survivor pension benefits for civil partners in public service schemes; and what is the basis of each element in that calculation. [DCA]    (HL2924)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners have been released on the home detention curfew scheme since January 1999; what were the categories of offences for which they had been sentenced; how many such prisoners were released in each category; and, in relation to each category, what was the average sentence received. [HO]    (HL2937)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many offences were committed by prisoners while released on the home detention curfew scheme since January 1999; what were the category of offences committed by prisoners while released on the scheme; and how many offences were similar in character to those for which the prisoners had originally been sentenced. [HO]    (HL2938)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 6th May (WA 125) what impact the decision not to allow expenditure of £600,000 by the Ulster Scots Agency on community events during the marching season will have on the recommendation that community leaders should “actively engage in efforts to achieve as peaceful a marching season in 2004 as that experienced in 2003”. [NIO]    (HL2944)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 6th May (WA 125) concerning the Republic of Ireland’s Official Languages Act 2003, when the code of practice reflecting the legal and policy frameworks established in both jurisdictions will be ready; whether a copy will be placed in the Library of the House; and whether it will refer to the Official Languages Act 2003. [NIO]    (HL2945)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure define culture. [NIO]    (HL2946)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date the North South Ministerial Secretariat became aware of the involvement of Cross Border Implementation Bodies in the Republic of Ireland’s Official Languages Act 2003; what action the Secretariat took; and when. [NIO]    (HL2947)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 17th May (WA 53) concerning the Republic of Ireland’s Official Languages Act 2003, whether there was any discussion between the North South Ministerial Secretariat and the appropriate Government departments and the Eire government on the Act; if so, when such discussions took place; and what was their nature. [NIO]    (HL2948)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government since October 2002 whether any discussions concerning Cross Border Implementation Bodies have been referred to political advisers; if so, to whom; and, if not, for what reason. [NIO]    (HL2949)

19th May

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many permits were issued under the sector based immigration scheme over the past year; which ten countries produced the highest level of applications; and in which sectors they were employed. [HO]    (HL2953)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff are employed in the Immigration and Nationality Department of the Home Office; and what is the breakdown by ethnic origin and by nationality. [HO]    (HL2955)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 5th April (WA 184), on what date in August 2003 the application for funding for the 2003 West Belfast Festival arrived with the Belfast Regeneration Office; when the decision was made to pay the funding; how much it was; and on what basis it was awarded. [NIO]    (HL2956)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 22nd April (WA 56), what was the percentage increase in Northern Ireland civil servants’ salaries between £135,584 to £229,449 from 1st April 2004; how this compares with the last increase; and when was that increase made. [NIO]    (HL2957)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many schools they estimate will need to close their sixth forms due to a requirement to extend the provision of courses offered at A-level, if the Costello Report into education is implemented in Northern Ireland. [NIO]    (HL2959)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 18th May (WA 75), whether Mr ...’Ríagaín attended the Ulster Scots Future Search from 28th to 30th November 2002; and whether he gave consultancy advice to the Department directly after that event; and, if so, why that information was not provided. [NIO]    (HL2961)

The Lord ReaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their most recent estimate of the total cost to the United Kingdom of the military operations in Iraq; and what is the ongoing additional burden on the defence budget of the continued occupation of Southern Iraq. [MoD]    (HL2962)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 5th May (WA 122), why they do not hold figures centrally for Government expenditure on focus groups. [CO]    (HL2963)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 5th May (WA 122), whether they will provide for every Government department separately the expenditure on focus groups in the years 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2002-03. [CO]    (HL2964)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 12th May (WA 44) on business costs and taxation since 1997, why no mention was made of the levy on privatised businesses; and why the answer gave tax rates but made no mention of costs. [DTI]    (HL2965)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 12th May (WA 44), whether the volume of regulation with which businesses have to comply has increased or declined since they took office in 1997. [DTI]    (HL2966)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they make any estimates of the costs of each new regulation to business. [DTI]    (HL2967)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Government departments have required, or currently require, Health Impact Assessments, as advocated by the BSE Inquiry Report 2000; and in respect of which of their policies. [DoH]    (HL2970)

9th June

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make a grant to the mountain rescue teams of England and Wales, in view of the recent grant made by the Scottish Parliament to the Scottish rescue teams.    (HL3156)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their position on Bosnia-Herzegovina joining Partnership for Peace by the end of June 2004.    (HL3157)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what help they are giving, either individually or as part of a concerted approach, to each of the countries of South-Eastern Europe, in order to combat the trafficking of persons for exploitation.    (HL3158)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what ways they are supporting the proposal to create a parliamentary assembly for South-East Europe.    (HL3159)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why support was withdrawn from Kaltuma Ahmed and Shamsa Noor, both from Somalia, before their asylum claims had been finally decided; and what is their present status.    (HL3160)

The Duke of MontroseTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what conditions would need to be met, beyond the cessation of hostile activities, in order for the Government to press for the implementation of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries debt relief process for the Sudan.    (HL3161)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have been informed of the advice given to the United States government by Pentagon lawyers concerning the legality of the use of harsh methods of interrogation in Guantanamo or Iraq.    (HL3162)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made of the implications for professional and voluntary sport in the United Kingdom arising from the latest version of Article III-182 of the draft European Constitutional Treaty.    (HL3163)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is meant by the term “promoting...openness in sporting competitions” within the latest version of Article III-182 of the draft European Constitutional Treaty.    (HL3164)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation has taken place with sports bodies about proposals within Article III-182 of the draft European Constitutional Treaty to give the European Union a legal competence in sport.    (HL3165)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support a European Union legal competence for sport; and whether they agree with the latest version of Article III-182 of the draft European Constitutional Treaty.    (HL3166)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for the governance of sport in the United Kingdom.    (HL3167)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the membership of the Winter Olympic Sport Group; when the Group was set up; who chairs the Group; and what decisions the Group has reached.    (HL3168)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7th June (WA 1) concerning a reception at 10 Downing Street on 11th May, whether there were any representatives of Ulster Scots culture present; and, if so, how they were selected.    (HL3169)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 23rd April (WA 63) concerning disclosure of information under Part 2, paragraph 2 (mutual discussion and advice) of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information, whether it is possible to disclose numbers of meetings to the Chairman of the Agency with whom the discussions were held.    (HL3170)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a senior judiciary “reflective of the community in Northern Ireland” in accordance with the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2004 will be appointed on the basis of merit.    (HL3171)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2004 will lead to an increase, or a diminution, in the involvement of the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor in the affairs of Northern Ireland.    (HL3172)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many additional civil servants have been employed to implement section 2 of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000; and by which of the specified authorities listed in Schedule 1A to the Act they were employed.    (HL3173)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the cost of implementing section 2 of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000; and how this compares with any estimate given during the passage of the bill.    (HL3174)

The Lord Willoughby de BrokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the 6,000-10,000 horses slaughtered in the United Kingdom for human consumption are for consumption in the United Kingdom.    (HL3175)

The Lord Willoughby de BrokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of farmers have now signed up to the new fallen stock disposal scheme to be run by the National Fallen Stock Company.    (HL3176)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all six seats for Cyprus in the European Parliament have been allocated to the electors in Greek Southern Cyprus.    (HL3177)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made to establish an office of the European Union in Northern Cyprus since the referendum on the Annan Plan.    (HL3178)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes have taken place since the referendum on the Annan Plan in contacts between the Government and (a) the election authority in Northern Cyprus and (b) diplomatic representatives of the Turkish Cypriot government in foreign countries.    (HL3179)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress there has been, since the referendum on the Annan Plan, to remove obstacles to trade between Turkish Cyprus and the European Union; and whether such imports still require approval from the Greek Cypriot authorities.    (HL3180)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding has been allocated by the European Union to Northern Cyprus since the referendum on the Annan Plan; and whether such funds will be forwarded to authorities in Turkish Northern Cyprus or to authorities in Greek Southern Cyprus.    (HL3181)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Ercan Airport in Northern Cyprus has been re-opened; and what progress, since the referendum on the Annan Plan, is being made to allow direct flights from the nations of the European Union to Ercan Airport.    (HL3182)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving to the implications for British troops deployed to the 1990-91 Gulf conflict of the United States Accounting Office’s new findings, published on 6th June, on the number of coalition troops potentially exposed to chemical warfare agents, including sarin and cyclosarin, from fallout from the destruction of the Iraqi chemical arms bunker at Khamisiyah in Southern Iraq in March 1991; and whether they will revise their estimate of the number of British troops who could have been affected.    (HL3183)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

9th JUNE 2004

[Tabled on the dates shown]

[The Government department responsible for

answering each Question is shown in brackets]

18th March

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they have paid to paramilitary prisoners support groups in each year since 1999.    [NIO]    (HL2010)

22nd April

The Lord SelsdonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which documents issued by Government departments are accepted as proof of identity; and for which purposes.    [CO]    (HL2510)

23rd April

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many criminal offences have been created in Acts and Regulations sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs since its inception.    [DEFRA]    (HL2533)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that data collected by Government departments and their agencies are not subject to inappropriate and illegal access by the staff of such organisations.    [CO]    (HL2536)

28th April

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total cost of the Joint Combat Aircraft project (a) to date, and (b) to completion of the procurement cycle.    [MoD]    (HL2597)

4th May

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why, according to the Departmental Report 2004 of the Cabinet Office (CM 6226, April 2004), total net administration costs for the Cabinet Office have almost doubled between 1998-99 and 2002-03.    [CO]    (HL2654)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom passports were reported (a) lost, and (b) stolen in each of the last five years; how many were recovered; how many were replaced; and what steps are in force to cancel the validity of lost or stolen passports.    [HO]    (HL2667)

5th May

The Lord CarterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what compensation will be paid to farmers and growers who cannot harvest their crop owing to the suspension of visa services in Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania and China and who cannot obtain alternative labour to pick crops in May and June.    [HO]    (HL2686)

The Baroness BloodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the review of the sex offences consultation will be published by the Northern Ireland Office.    [NIO]    (HL2696)

The Baroness BloodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the ratio of registered child-care places to children under eight years old in Northern Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL2698)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 23rd April (WA 63) concerning the budget of the Ulster Scots Agency, who calculated the budget for 2004; on what basis it was calculated; after what consultation; and with whom.    [NIO]    (HL2703)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 23rd April (WA 63) concerning the budget of the Ulster Scots Agency, on what date in 2001 the Agency acquired the premises in Donegal.    [NIO]    (HL2704)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord Bach on 4th May (HL Deb, col. 1030) that United Kingdom personnel in Iraq “are subject to United Kingdom law, as they would be in the United Kingdom”, whether United Kingdom personnel are accountable for breaches of human rights in Iraq as they would be in the United Kingdom; and, if not, what is the position.    [MoD]    (HL2713)

6th May

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the consultative meeting with Waterways Ireland took place, at which the 2004 budget for Waterways Ireland was considered; who attended the meeting; and whether they will place copies of the minutes of the meeting in the Library of the House.    [NIO]    (HL2730)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what factors were taken into consideration in the decision to allocate proportionality of funding for the Irish Language Agency for each year since 2000.    [NIO]    (HL2731)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 22nd April (WA 55) concerning the 2004 budget for the Irish Language Agency, who attended the meetings on18th September and 2nd October 2003; where these meetings were held; and whether they will place copies of the minutes of the meetings in the Library of the House.    [NIO]    (HL2732)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 22nd April (WA 55), whether the Republic of Ireland’s Official Languages Act 2003 applies to all implementation bodies which have locations in the Republic of Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL2733)

10th May

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications have been made since the passing of the Extradition Act 2003 for the extradition of persons from the United Kingdom to those countries which are operating the European Arrest Warrant; and how many of those applications were in respect of British citizens.    [HO]    (HL2739)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications have been made since the passing of the Extradition Act 2003 for the extradition of persons to the United Kingdom from those countries which are operating the European Arrest Warrant; and what were the nationalities of the persons who were the subjects of those applications.    [HO]    (HL2740)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Arrest Warrant is operative between the A8 countries (the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia) and the United Kingdom. [HO]    (HL2741)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have a policy for Northern Ireland Departments to discourage racism; if so, what is that policy; how does such a policy operate; and whether it extends to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.    [NIO]    (HL2747)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which consultants were commissioned by the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure in 2001 to work with the Ulster Scots Language Society to help develop a strategic planning capacity.    [NIO]    (HL2748)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in respect of the 2004 budgets for Cross Border Implementation Bodies, it is possible for a body to receive up to a 40 per cent increase on its 2003 budget under the policy of care and maintenance; and if so, on what basis. [NIO]    (HL2749)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what instructions and guidance have been given to members of the armed forces and other United Kingdom personnel and contractors in Iraq as to the obligations imposed by the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment. [FCO]    (HL2751)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any legal or disciplinary measures have been taken against any members of the armed forces or other United Kingdom personnel or persons employed by contractors in Iraq for breaches of international human rights law or international humanitarian law; and, if so, whether they will publish the details of the measures taken.    [FCO]    (HL2752)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken since the occupation of Iraq to ensure that—

        (a)  members of the armed forces and other United Kingdom personnel and persons employed by contractors there comply with international human rights and humanitarian law;

        (b)  there are effective safeguards and sanctions against abuse whether by torture or other forms of inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; and

        (c)  there are effective remedies for any victims of such abuse.    [FCO]   (HL2753)

The Lord Palmer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they could have prevented the publication of photographs allegedly showing the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners by coalition forces.    [MoD]    (HL2764)

11th May

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether—

        (a)  the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence;

        (b)  the Chief of the Defence Staff;

        (c)  the Permanent Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and

        (d)  the Secretary of the Cabinet

were aware of, and if so approved, the initial decision that the International Committee of the Red Cross February interim report to Ambassador Bremer on coalition facilities in Iraq should not be shown to Ministers; and on what date it was shown to Ministers.    [MoD]    (HL2769)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether senior civil servants and senior military officers are given general guidance or training on how to judge whether to bring to the attention of Ministers politically sensitive documents or information which they receive from officials of foreign governments.    [MoD]    (HL2770)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether instructions have been given to the civil service and to military commands to ensure that Ministers are made aware of politically sensitive information which is received by officials or other employees of the Government.    [MoD]    (HL2772)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have been notified by the International Criminal Court of attempts by any party to bring a case against the United Kingdom Government in respect of the war against Iraq or the occupation of Iraq by British troops.    [MoD]    (HL2785)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the practice of hooding prisoners at the moment of arrest has been used in Iraq; and why it was not stopped by Ministers when it was reported on television.    [MoD]    (HL2786)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they approve of the use of sleep deprivation, disorientation techniques and other non-violent ways of putting pressure on prisoners in Iraq; whether they have communicated their views to the United States government; and whether they are satisfied that such techniques are not supported by the United States authorities with respect to certain prisoners in Iraq.    [MoD]    (HL2787)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have been kept informed of the conditions in which members of the previous Iraqi government, including Mr Tariq Aziz, are held, and of how they are interrogated; whether these conditions are appropriate; and whether they accord with the Geneva Convention relating to prisoners of war.    [MoD]    (HL2789)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 6th May (WA 125) concerning the 2004 budgets for Cross Border bodies, whether in purchasing terms the Irish Agency received a higher increase than the Ulster Scots Agency.    [NIO]    (HL2802)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any newspaper publishing companies have been granted aid in Belfast in the last five years; if so, which companies; when such aid was granted; and for what reason.    [NIO]    (HL2803)

12th May

The Lord Maginnis of DrumglassTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total cost of installing the Northern Ireland Office’s new telephone switchboard; when the switchboard became operational; whether there have been any unexpected difficulties with the new system; and whether operator response times have improved.    [NIO]    (HL2804)

The Lord Maginnis of DrumglassTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether operator response times for the Northern Ireland Office telephone system are monitored; and, if so, what is the average response time for each financial year from April 1999 to March 2004; and what operator response target times have been set to be achieved by March 2005. [NIO]    (HL2805)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to the statement concerning the 2004 budget of the Language Implementation Body in the record of Cross Border Decisions IP/LAN II, with whom did the departments agree the 2004 business plans, where and on what dates; and what is meant by “the 2003 baseline position”.    [NIO]    (HL2816)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the corporate plan and the business plans of the Ulster Scots Agency have been agreed by the appropriate Northern Ireland Departments and by the North South Ministerial Council.    [NIO]    (HL2817)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 10th May (WA 1) concerning the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, what were the interviews for the Cultural Affairs Office; how many interviews were held; and why the interviews were conducted in the United States. [NIO]    (HL2818)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what hospitals in Northern Ireland have a total smoking ban; which have a partial ban; and which have no ban at all.    [NIO]    (HL2820)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed European Constitution, if ratified by every member state, would become a common Constitution for the member states of the European Union.    [FCO]    (HL2822)

13th May

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was spent on purchasing alcohol by the Home Office in each of the financial years 1997-98 to 2002-03.    [HO]    (HL2824)

The Lord PlumbTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to preserve the native red squirrel from extinction; and what action they are taking to control grey squirrels.    [DEFRA]    (HL2826)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will establish an independent civilian-led investigation into alleged unlawful killings by British Forces in Iraq; and whether they will compensate the families of persons unlawfully killed by members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.    [MoD]    (HL2828)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are ensuring that British Forces in Iraq fully understand current instructions to treat prisoners and detainees in accordance with the Geneva Conventions and to use the minimum necessary force in dealing with insurgents and demonstrators.    [MoD]    (HL2829)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights should be empowered to seek judicial review of breaches of section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998 by public authorities.    [HO]    (HL2833)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which of the following recommendations made by the International Committee of the Red Cross in its Report of February 2004 they have accepted and implemented—

        (a)  to respect at all times the human dignity, physical integrity and cultural sensitivity of the persons deprived of their liberty held under their control;

        (b)  to set up a system of notifications of arrest to ensure quick and accurate transmission of information to the families of persons deprived of their liberty;

        (c)  to prevent all forms of ill-treatment, moral or physical coercion of persons deprived of their liberty in relation to interrogation;

        (d)  to set up an internment regime which ensures the respect of the psychological integrity and human dignity of the persons deprived of their liberty;

        (e)  to ensure that all persons deprived of their liberty are allowed sufficient time every day outside in the sunlight, and that they are allowed to move and exercise in the outside yard;

        (f)  to define and apply regulations and sanctions compatible with international humanitarian law and to ensure that persons deprived of their liberty are fully informed about such regulations;

        (g)  to investigate thoroughly violations of international humanitarian law in order to determine responsibilities and prosecute those found responsible for violations of international humanitarian law; and

        (h)  to ensure that battle group units arresting individuals and also staff in charge of internment facilities receive adequate training enabling them to operate in a proper manner and fulfil their responsibilities as arresting authority without resorting to ill-treatment or making excessive use of force.    [HO]  (HL2834)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord Bach on 12th May (HL Deb, col. 378), when and in what circumstances Ministers were first informed of the practice of hooding; what was the nature of the practice; and what were the reasons for its abandonment.    [MoD]    (HL2835)

The Lord CarterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that when Government documents are to be issued in formats accessible to disabled people such formats are available at the same time as the publication of the original documents.    [CO]    (HL2837)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord President on 29th March (WA 127) and 10th May (WA 1) concerning the 2004 budget of the Ulster Scots Agency, why they state that “proportionality was maintained at the same level as in previous years as no new factors have emerged” if there was no consultation between the Agency and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.    [NIO]    (HL2851)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Tutsi women raped by Hutu militiamen during the genocide in Rwanda have had access to HIV drugs and nutritional programmes funded by the international community; and whether their imprisoned attackers are being supported by these programmes.    [DfID]    (HL2855)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what pressure they have exerted on the Rwandan government to make women victims of rape by Hutu militiamen a priority for medical and welfare programmes.    [DfID]    (HL2856)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will raise with the Rwandan government the concerns of the Rwanda Survivors Fund that failure to care for raped women may result in their deaths before they are able to testify against their attackers.    [DfID]    (HL2857)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 8th July 2003 (WA 31-32) concerning the arrangement for the transfer of prisoners of war, civilian internees and civilian detainees that was declassified on 11th November 2003, how many prisoners of war, civilian internees and civilian detainees have been transferred from the United Kingdom as the detaining power to the United States as the accepting power; and how many in each of those categories are still held by the United States as the accepting power.    [MoD]    (HL2859)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 8th July 2003 (WA 31-32) concerning the arrangement for the transfer of prisoners of war, civilian internees and civilian detainees that was declassified on 11th November 2003, how many prisoners of war, civilian internees and civilian detainees transferred to the United States as the accepting power have been repatriated or removed to territories outside Iraq; and why.    [MoD]    (HL2860)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 8th July 2003 (WA 31-32) concerning the arrangement for the transfer of prisoners of war, civilian internees and civilian detainees that was declassified on 11th November 2003, how the United Kingdom has enforced the responsibility of the United States as the accepting power for maintaining and safeguarding all such individuals; and how many visits have been made to such prisoners of war, civilian internees and civilian detainees, using Her Majesty’s Government’s full right of access. [MoD]    (HL2861)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 30th April (WA 106-107), whether they now believe all persons captured by United Kingdom forces in Iraq and transferred to United States control have been treated humanely and decently; and what inquiries they have made and actions they have taken to ensure they have been so treated.    [MoD]    (HL2862)

17th May

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether interrogation techniques involving physical or mental coercion have been used by members of the British armed forces or other United Kingdom personnel; if so, what is the nature of such techniques; and whether they are compatible with international human rights and humanitarian law.    [MoD]    (HL2868)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is photographic evidence obtained by video recordings of interrogation techniques used by the Coalition Forces in Afghanistan, Iraq or Guantanamo Bay.    [MoD]    (HL2869)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord Bach on 12th May (HL Deb, col. 377) that hooding has not been used in interrogation in Iraq, whether that statement is compatible with the report of the International Committee of the Red Cross of February 2004, and with the explanation of the hooding practice given by the Secretary of State for Transport on 14th May.    [MoD]    (HL2870)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to extend to Northern Ireland the provision whereby elderly people no longer have to sell their homes in their lifetime to pay for long term care.    [NIO]    (HL2873)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention that the Northern Ireland civil service should recruit a reasonable proportion of former offenders, subject to the usual safeguards of suitability for particular posts.    [NIO]    (HL2874)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have on the numbers of dead and displaced in Darfur and the number of refugees in Chad; what help is being provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; and whether they intend to increase the humanitarian response.    [DfID]    (HL2880)

The Baroness BloodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Regional Child’s Death Review arrangement in Northern Ireland has been completed; and on what date it is expected to be implemented.    [NIO]    (HL2881)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the policy of the Offenders Learning and Skills Unit (OLSU) of the Department for Education and Skills towards the employment by OLSU of ex-offenders.    [DfES]    (HL2883)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, from 2003 to date, whether officials of the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure have attended events illustrating Ulster Scots culture, language, history and identity; and which events they attended.    [NIO]    (HL2887)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been spent each year to date in restoration by Waterways Ireland of the Royal Canal and the Union Canal; what is the projection for the future; and when restoration will be completed.    [NIO]    (HL2888)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Waterways Ireland have started any new projects in the last eighteen months.    [NIO]    (HL2889)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord President on 6th April (WA 21) and 13th May (WA 47) concerning consultants employed by the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, who was on the evaluation panel which selected the consultants; and why consultants with expertise in the Ulster Scots language were not employed.    [NIO]    (HL2890)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 13th May (WA 47) concerning the grant scheme of the Irish Language Agency, which of the Cross Border Implementation bodies which provide grants have had their grant schemes approved; when such approval was given; and which schemes have yet to be approved.    [NIO]    (HL2891)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what their plans are to implement the recommendations of the Research Development Statistics Paper 220, Information dissemination to potential asylum seekers in countries of origin and/or transit, including the recommendations (a) to extend UKvisas mandate to cover asylum procedures and (b) to expand the United Kingdom membership of the main Immigration and Nationality Directorate User Panel to include more representatives of ethnic minority groups and refugee organisations.    [HO]    (HL2892)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether David Veness, Assistant Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police, is chairman of the seven-nation Olympic Advisory Group.    [FCO]    (HL2906)

18th May

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the cases of Fariboz Grasvindi, Mokhtar Haydari and Faroq Haydari, following their hunger strike and admission to hospital in the United Kingdom; and whether they will not be deported to Iran if to do so would endanger their lives.    [HO]    (HL2908)

The Lord Renfrew of KaimsthornTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are planning to offer the Iraqi State Organisation for Antiquities and Heritage after 30th June to encourage the conservation and curation of the historic heritage in Iraq.    [FCO]    (HL2913)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Minister of State for the Armed Forces on 13th May (HC Deb, cols. 513-515), whether they will seek the permission of the International Committee of the Red Cross to publish the report of February 2004, together with the second report specific to United Kingdom detention facilities in Iraq.    [FCO]    (HL2923)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the total annual financial cost if the Civil Partnership Bill were amended so as to backdate to 1988 (the date applicable to surviving widowers) survivor pension benefits for civil partners in public service schemes; and what is the basis of each element in that calculation.    [DCA]    (HL2924)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners have been released on the home detention curfew scheme since January 1999; what were the categories of offences for which they had been sentenced; how many such prisoners were released in each category; and, in relation to each category, what was the average sentence received. [HO]    (HL2937)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many offences were committed by prisoners while released on the home detention curfew scheme since January 1999; what were the category of offences committed by prisoners while released on the scheme; and how many offences were similar in character to those for which the prisoners had originally been sentenced.    [HO]    (HL2938)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 6th May (WA 125) what impact the decision not to allow expenditure of £600,000 by the Ulster Scots Agency on community events during the marching season will have on the recommendation that community leaders should “actively engage in efforts to achieve as peaceful a marching season in 2004 as that experienced in 2003”.    [NIO]    (HL2944)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 6th May (WA 125) concerning the Republic of Ireland’s Official Languages Act 2003, when the code of practice reflecting the legal and policy frameworks established in both jurisdictions will be ready; whether a copy will be placed in the Library of the House; and whether it will refer to the Official Languages Act 2003.    [NIO]    (HL2945)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure define culture.    [NIO]    (HL2946)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date the North South Ministerial Secretariat became aware of the involvement of Cross Border Implementation Bodies in the Republic of Ireland’s Official Languages Act 2003; what action the Secretariat took; and when.    [NIO]    (HL2947)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 17th May (WA 53) concerning the Republic of Ireland’s Official Languages Act 2003, whether there was any discussion between the North South Ministerial Secretariat and the appropriate Government departments and the Eire government on the Act; if so, when such discussions took place; and what was their nature.    [NIO]    (HL2948)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government since October 2002 whether any discussions concerning Cross Border Implementation Bodies have been referred to political advisers; if so, to whom; and, if not, for what reason.    [NIO]    (HL2949)

19th May

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many permits were issued under the sector based immigration scheme over the past year; which ten countries produced the highest level of applications; and in which sectors they were employed.    [HO]    (HL2953)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff are employed in the Immigration and Nationality Department of the Home Office; and what is the breakdown by ethnic origin and by nationality.    [HO]    (HL2955)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 5th April (WA 184), on what date in August 2003 the application for funding for the 2003 West Belfast Festival arrived with the Belfast Regeneration Office; when the decision was made to pay the funding; how much it was; and on what basis it was awarded.    [NIO]    (HL2956)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 22nd April (WA 56), what was the percentage increase in Northern Ireland civil servants’ salaries between £135,584 to £229,449 from 1st April 2004; how this compares with the last increase; and when was that increase made.    [NIO]    (HL2957)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many schools they estimate will need to close their sixth forms due to a requirement to extend the provision of courses offered at A-level, if the Costello Report into education is implemented in Northern Ireland. [NIO]    (HL2959)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 18th May (WA 75), whether Mr ...’Ríagaín attended the Ulster Scots Future Search from 28th to 30th November 2002; and whether he gave consultancy advice to the Department directly after that event; and, if so, why that information was not provided.    [NIO]    (HL2961)

The Lord ReaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their most recent estimate of the total cost to the United Kingdom of the military operations in Iraq; and what is the ongoing additional burden on the defence budget of the continued occupation of Southern Iraq. [MoD]    (HL2962)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 5th May (WA 122), why they do not hold figures centrally for Government expenditure on focus groups.    [CO]    (HL2963)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 5th May (WA 122), whether they will provide for every Government department separately the expenditure on focus groups in the years 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2002-03.    [CO]    (HL2964)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 12th May (WA 44) on business costs and taxation since 1997, why no mention was made of the levy on privatised businesses; and why the answer gave tax rates but made no mention of costs.    [DTI]    (HL2965)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 12th May (WA 44), whether the volume of regulation with which businesses have to comply has increased or declined since they took office in 1997. [DTI]    (HL2966)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they make any estimates of the costs of each new regulation to business.    [DTI]    (HL2967)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Government departments have required, or currently require, Health Impact Assessments, as advocated by the BSE Inquiry Report 2000; and in respect of which of their policies.    [DoH]    (HL2970)

20th May

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Food Standards Agency will undertake a risk analysis of infectious diseases entering the United Kingdom through imports of illegal meats and bushmeat, similar to the animal based study conducted by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.    [DoH]    (HL2983)

The Lord Maginnis of DrumglassTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the terms of reference for the current electoral office enquiry in Northern Ireland; who is conducting that enquiry; by whom the appointment was made; who determined the terms of reference; and what has been the cost to date and to which Department.    [NIO]    (HL2991)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the United States-United Kingdom Bilateral Defence Acquisition Committee was established; what are its terms of reference and membership; how often it has met; and how its deliberations are to be made public.    [MoD]    (HL2998)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 11th March (WA 185) concerning the Cross Border Implementation Bodies and their current policy of care and maintenance (which only allows for the continuation of existing policies), whether stopping an existing policy is currently regarded as a new policy initiative.    [NIO]    (HL3009)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made since 1st March by the Ulster Scots Future Search, organised by the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.    [NIO]    (HL3010)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 19th May (WA 90), what is their estimate of the financial cost of providing survivor pensions in public service pension schemes if the propensity of opposite sex couples to marry continues at current levels for the next five years.    [HMT]    (HL3012)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 19th May (WA 90), what are the “normal actuarial assumptions” upon which the Government Actuary’s Department bases its estimate of the impact of making survivor pension benefits for civil partners apply to all the past service of the relevant scheme members.    [HMT]    (HL3013)

[As amended on 21st May]

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 19th May (WA 90), who are the “relevant scheme members” upon which the Government Actuary’s Department based its estimate. [HMT]    (HL3014)

Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 19th May (WA 90), what would be the estimated annual financial cost of backdating to 1988 survivor pensions for civil partners in public sector schemes, calculated on the assumption given in the Women and Equality Unit Consultation Paper dated June 2003 that the take up rate would only be around 10 per cent of the marriage rate.    [HMT]    (HL3015)

21st May

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the level of Government grant paid to Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) during each of the past five years; and what is the total amount of Government funding paid to ASH since its inception. [DoH]    (HL3021)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the languages, histories, cultures and identities of the Ulster Scots and the Irish should be treated equally; and why bodies representing Ulster Scots culture do not receive the same level of resources as bodies representing Irish culture.    [NIO]    (HL3022)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 20th May (WA 95), whether they will provide minutes of the consultations held in preparation of the 2004 North South Language Body budget.    [NIO]    (HL3023)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what new initiatives Tourism Ireland have introduced since 19th November 2002.    [NIO]    (HL3024)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 20th May (WA 96), whether the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure objected to the Ulster-Scots Agency’s organisation of the Washington reception in 2001.    [NIO]    (HL3025)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 20th May (WA 95), whether the procedures outlined applied for the 2003 budget of the North South Language Body; if so, when consultations were held with the agencies; and why the budget was changed later in the year.    [NIO]    (HL3026)

24th May

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what meetings they have held with Formula One Management and the British Racing Drivers Club on the subject of retaining the British Grand Prix.    [DCMS]    (HL3027)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take in the light of the Department of Trade and Industry Motorsport Competitiveness Panel recommendation that the Motorsport Development Board should access appropriate resources to ensure that the United Kingdom continues to host key world class motorsport events.    [DTI]    (HL3029)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the United States government how many prisoners and detainees they are holding at places outside the United States; where they are located; and what plans the United States government have for bringing them to trial or releasing them.    [FCO]    (HL3032)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there have been any meetings between their officials and those of the Eire government on issues relating to the Official Languages Act 2003; and, if so, when, where and with whom the meetings took place, and whether they will place the minutes of the meetings in the Library of the House.    [NIO]    (HL3033)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what increases there have been in salary and expenses for civil servants from the United Kingdom and from Eire working on the Cross Border Implementation Bodies, since the bodies were created, expressed in monetary and percentage terms for all grades.    [NIO]    (HL3034)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why funding for the 11th July bonfire celebrations was removed from the Ulster-Scots Agency’s draft budget for 2004, given the importance of safety and family enjoyment to these celebrations.    [NIO]    (HL3035)

25th May

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which local authorities have not replied to the Government’s request for information following the publication of Social Care for Deafblind Children and Adults LAC (2001) 8.    [DoH]    (HL3036)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many, and what proportion of, local authorities have—

        (a)  identified and made contact with deafblind people in their care;

        (b)  assessed the needs of deafblind people;

        (c)  provided appropriate services to deafblind people;

        (d)  provided one-to-one support for deafblind people; and

        (e)  one member of senior management with responsibility for deafblind services.    [DoH]  (HL3037)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence and incidence of actinic keratosis in England.    [DoH]    (HL3041)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they have commissioned into the incidence of pre-cancerous skin lesions in England.    [DoH]    (HL3042)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date the Ministry of Defence received the report from QinetiQ of the findings of test flights undertaken to establish whether the Eurofighter Typhoon was safe to be accepted into service; to which Minister the report was given; on what date; and what was the consequential Ministerial decision.    [MoD]    (HL3049)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what further representations the Ministry of Defence have received about the case of war pensioner Alexander Izett, on which Lieutenant-Colonel Graham Howell of the British Forces Health Service in Germany reported; and whether they are considering any further action in this case.    [MoD]    (HL3050)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will implement a common funding formula for all schools in Northern Ireland; and, if so, what would be the consequences for schools in Belfast, especially those in “Targeting Social Need” areas. [NIO]    (HL3051)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations took place with officials of the Eire government before that government announced on 3rd December 2003 the relocation of the Irish Language Agency to Donegal.    [NIO]    (HL3052)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when Mr Frank McGuinness and Ms Patricia Kelly withdrew from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; whether they are still in receipt of salary and expenses; and, if so, why, in view of Government responsibility under paragraph 2(4) of Schedule 7 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998, they were not dismissed.    [NIO]    (HL3053)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which political parties will be officially consulted about the appointment of the Chairman of the Ulster Scots Agency.    [NIO]    (HL3054)

26th May

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 24th May (WA 110) on nuclear submarines, whether the radioactivity in the reactor compartment and the reactor itself is located in the surface of the steel; and, if so, whether it could be removed by heavy shotblasting.    [MoD]    (HL3055)

The Lord HanningfieldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children have been taken into care in each of the past five years.    [DoH]    (HL3056)

The Lord HanningfieldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the restrictions to the Right to Buy scheme.    [ODPM]    (HL3058)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the full-time Reserve of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL3062)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners due for deportation were held in H M Prisons after the expiry of their sentences, at the most recent date.    [HO]    (HL3063)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in how many cases in each of the last two years use was made of the provision for deporting foreign national prisoners 4½ months before the expiry of their sentences.    [HO]    (HL3064)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to improve co-operation between the Immigration and Naturalisation Department and the Prison Service.    [HO]    (HL3065)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will discuss with the International Organisation for Migration the resettlement in third countries of people trafficked for exploitation who cannot be repatriated and for whom there is no local employment, with particular reference to the United Kingdom, Bosnia and Kosovo.    [FCO]    (HL3066)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 12th May (WA 45-46), whether any part of the Gulf Veterans’ illnesses research will provide information on potential adverse consequences of the Ministry of Defence’s decision to plan the timing of the anthrax immunisations of troops involved in the 1990-91 Gulf conflict differently from that in the marketing authorisation and to give fewer immunisations than were recommended.    [DoH]    (HL3069)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support an increase in the provision of utility helicopters and Hercules transport planes to enhance NATO’s capability in Afghanistan and allow individual Provincial Reconstruction Teams to be reinforced quickly if they should be threatened.    [FCO]    (HL3070)

The Lord GlentoranTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which victims’ organisations in Northern Ireland have received public funding since 10th April 1998; and how much has been allocated to each organisation.    [NIO]    (HL3078)

The Lord GlentoranTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much public money has been given to ex-prisoners’ welfare organisations in Northern Ireland since 10th April 1998; which such organisations have been in receipt of public funds; and how much each has received.    [NIO]    (HL3079)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 25th May (WA 117), what operational arrangements have been made for the decision-making process relating to the budget and business cases for the Language Implementation Body.    [NIO]    (HL3080)

27th May

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they decided to publish the Code of Practice for the United Kingdom Stem Cell Bank after the establishment of the Bank.    [DoH]    (HL3081)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 26th May (WA 147), whether any compensation has been paid to Environmental Tectonics Corporation by the Ministry of Defence in respect of the ending of that company’s contract.    [MoD]    (HL3083)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the contract under which Capita operate the Criminal Records Bureau requires a separate application to be made by a person in respect of each activity for which clearance is required.    [HO]    (HL3084)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the amount and value of Afghan narcotics production and export in the calendar year 2004. [FCO]    (HL3087)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 26th May (WA 133) concerning the Ulster-Scots Agency, how much has been paid by the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure to consultants for advice on the proposed academy in each year since 2000.    [NIO]    (HL3088)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 26th May (WA 133) concerning disclosure of information and the 2004 budget of the Ulster-Scots Agency, what is meant by “internal discussion.”    [NIO]    (HL3089)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure removed the funding from the Ulster-Scots Agency’s requested budget for 2004, when a proportion of it was specifically aimed at resolving the annual dispute at Drumcree.    [NIO]    (HL3090)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will instruct the Strategic Rail Authority to suspend all further refranchising work until the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review.    [DfT]    (HL3091)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the draft Invitation to Tenderers for the East Coast Main Line franchise has not been issued for consultation to rail industry stakeholders; and why the consultation period is six weeks when Cabinet Office guidelines require a twelve-week period.    [DfT]    (HL3092)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to whom the draft Invitation to Tenderers for the East Coast Main Line franchise has been issued.    [DfT]    (HL3093)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will call upon Israel to remove illegal settlement outposts in accordance with United Nations and Quartet requirements.    [FCO]    (HL3095)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by the Lord Warner to the Unstarred Question on misleading food labelling on 5th May (HL Deb. cols. 1204-10), what developments there have been in policy making on the effects of misleading food labelling on child health.    [DoH]    (HL3096)

7th June

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have asked the Government of China to commute the death sentence on the Tibetan Buddhist leader Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche; if so, what has been the response; and, if any response was negative, whether they will continue to raise this matter and to ask that he be afforded a re-trial.    [FCO]    (HL3097)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to persuade the organisers of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2004 to withdraw their invitation to a band from the Chinese Army.    [MoD]    (HL3098)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 25th May (WA 125) regarding taxation, whether they will publish this information in the Official Report.    [HMT]    (HL3099)

The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their view on the draft European Directive on equal treatment between men and women with regard to access to goods and services, particularly the right of individuals to ask to be seen by healthcare professionals of a particular gender.    [DoH]    (HL3100)

The Lord ChristopherTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Inland Revenue staff have been (a) prosecuted, and (b) otherwise disciplined for corruption, fraud or misconduct of a similar nature in each of the last 10 years, analysed by grade and division of revenue concerned.    [HMT]    (HL3101)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their present military commitment in Northern Ireland, in terms of numbers, units and roles; what changes in this commitment have taken place over the past two years; and whether they are contemplating any future changes in the commitment.    [MoD]    (HL3102)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present United Kingdom military commitment in Kosovo, in terms of numbers, units and roles; whether any future changes in this commitment have taken place over the past two years; and whether they are contemplating any future changes in the commitment.    [MoD]    (HL3103)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present United Kingdom military commitment in Sierra Leone, in terms of numbers, units and roles; whether any future changes in this commitment have taken place over the past two years; and whether they are contemplating any future changes in the commitment.    [MoD]    (HL3104)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present United Kingdom military commitment in Afghanistan, in terms of numbers, units and roles; whether any future changes in this commitment have taken place over the past two years; and whether they are contemplating any future changes in the commitment.    [MoD]    (HL3105)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current United Kingdom military deployment in Germany, in terms of numbers, units and of bases; what changes in this commitment and in these bases have taken place over the past two years; and whether they are contemplating any future changes in the commitment and bases. [MoD]    (HL3106)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current situation in relation to the Sovereign base areas in Cyprus, with particular reference to the United Kingdom’s offer to surrender some parts of these areas to a re-united Cyprus.    [FCO]    (HL3107)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish their reasons for refusing to comply with the recommendations by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration in relation to the complaint by Ms Branigan, a journalist employed by the Guardian, of a failure by the Department of Health to comply with the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.    [DoH]    (HL3108)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions and in what circumstances they or their predecessors have refused to comply with recommendations by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration since that officer was established by Parliament.    [DCA]    (HL3109)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what undertakings or assurances were given by Ministers during the passage of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as to the percentage of the costs of providing information under the Act that would be paid by members of the public.    [DCA]    (HL3110)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the BBC received any funding by way of grant or loan from the European Union in the period 2000-2004; if so, what was the amount paid in each year; and for what purpose.    [DCMS]    (HL3111)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the BBC or any of its employees receive any financial assistance or benefits in kind from the European Union towards the provision and upkeep of their news and current affairs services in Brussels or elsewhere in the European Union; and, if so, what is the value and nature of such assistance. [DCMS]    (HL3112)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review their decision to allow over-the-counter sales of the “morning-after” pill following the decision of the United States Food and Drug Administration to ban such sales.    [DoH]    (HL3113)

The Lord OuseleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to propose legislation to provide security of tenure for Gypsies and Travellers living on local authority sites, following the ruling on 27th May of the European Court of Human Rights that the United Kingdom’s existing legislation failed to protect Gypsies’ rights in accordance with the right to respect for private and family life under the European Convention on Human Rights.    [ODPM]    (HL3114)

The Lord Walton of DetchantTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made towards constructing dual carriageways on the A1 highway in north Northumberland; and whether they can now publish a timetable relating to schemes already approved.    [DfT]    (HL3115)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by the Lord Warner on 5th May (HL Deb, cols. 1204-10) on misleading food labelling, what consideration the Department of Health has given to the statement by Dr Catherine Humphries entitled Promotion to Children—a Case for Controls; and whether they will be take any action.    [DoH]    (HL3116)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by the Lord Warner on 5th May (HL Deb, cols. 1204-10) on misleading food labelling, what decision the Department of Health has taken with regard to its funding of the Obesity Awareness and Solutions Trust in pursuit of Ministerial commitments urgently to aid and educate the public about obesity.    [DoH]    (HL3117)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the financial package negotiated with Barbara Cassani in her new role as one of the Vice-Chairmen of the London 2012 Olympic Bid includes the same remuneration she received as Chairman of the bid; and whether they will provide details of the agreed terms and conditions for all the Vice-Chairmen.    [DCMS]    (HL3118)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there has been any change in policy following the statement by the Prime Minister on 25th May that in response to the International Olympic Committee Report on London’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games “we are committed to Crossrail and the other major London projects”; and when they intend to announce the funding requirements and parliamentary timetable necessary to ensure completion of Crossrail in time for the Games in 2012. [DfT]    (HL3119)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there has been any change in policy following the statement from the Minister for Transport, Mr Tony McNulty on 25th May (HC Deb, col. 410WH) that “The notion still put about by mischievous and irresponsible parties that Crossrail was ever part of the Olympic bid is nonsense, and it always was.”    [DfT]    (HL3120)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the constituent parts of the first class transport system required for the London bid for the 2012 Olympic Games to be successful, in the event that the East London Line, Crossrail and the Jubilee Line extension are not in place by 2012.    [DfT]    (HL3121)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent opportunities the European Union common position on Cuba has created for dialogue on matters of concern to the United Kingdom Government.    [FCO]    (HL3122)

The Lord Howie of TroonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what budget has been set for establishing a Special Health Authority for National Health Service Professionals; and whether funds from past National Health Service Professionals start-up costs will be transferred to the new Authority.    [DoH]    (HL3123)

The Lord Howie of TroonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what ongoing financial support is expected to be required by the National Health Service Professionals Special Health Authority.    [DoH]    (HL3124)

The Lord Howie of TroonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the National Health Service Professionals Special Health Authority is expected to be self-funding.    [DoH]    (HL3125)

The Lord Howie of TroonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Department of Health will publish a business plan for the National Health Service Professionals Special Health Authority.    [DoH]    (HL3126)

The Lord Howie of TroonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional charges and fees National Health Service Professionals currently makes to National Health Service Trusts for providing its services; and what are the levels of those charges and fees.    [DoH]    (HL3127)

The Lord Howie of TroonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the costs paid by National Health Service Trusts to National Health Service Professionals is (a) paid to the nurse or health worker; and (b) retained by National Health Service Professionals. [DoH]    (HL3128)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Tourism Ireland or the Northern Ireland Tourist Board have helped to promote Loyal Order parades in Northern Ireland during the last five years; and, if so, in what way.    [NIO]    (HL3129)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the public money provided to the Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission for Irish culture has been allocated; if so, to whom; whether there was a business case for such allocations; who scrutinised any such case; and whether they will place copies of any business case in the Library of the House.    [NIO]    (HL3130)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who recommended the current members of Her Majesty’s High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland for appointment and when; whether this was solely on the basis of merit; and whether they will provide information about the gender, age, ethnic origins and community background and the part of Northern Ireland with which the judges regard themselves as being most closely associated.    [DCA]    (HL3131)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who recommended the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland for appointment and when; whether this was solely on the basis of merit; and whether they will provide information about his age, ethnic origin and community background and the part of Northern Ireland with which he regards himself as being most closely associated.    [DCA]    (HL3132)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who recommended for appointment the members of Her Majesty’s Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland and when; whether this was solely on the basis of merit; and whether they will provide information about the judges’ gender, age, ethnic origins and community background and the part of Northern Ireland with which they regard themselves as being most closely associated.    [DCA]    (HL3133)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what the term “reflective of the community in Northern Ireland” (as used in the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2004) means; whether the term is the same as representative of the community in Northern Ireland; and how and in what way the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission was representative of the community in Northern Ireland.    [NIO]    (HL3134)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when work will begin on the A66 bypass at Temple Sowerby in Cumbria, in view of the undertaking given at the Public Enquiry that work would begin in the Spring of 2004.    [DfT]    (HL3135)

8th June

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the United States Administration concerning the recommendations of the report by the United States Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba which focuses on forcing a regime change in Cuba.    [FCO]    (HL3136)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the United States proposals to consider activating Title III and fully enforcing Title IV of the Helms-Burton Act 1996; and what would be the ramifications of activating Title III for British business interests in Cuba.    [FCO]    (HL3137)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support measures to encourage holidaymakers to visit Cuba as part of the policy of constructive engagement, dialogue and trade promotion with the Cuban Government.    [FCO]    (HL3138)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will take to improve United Kingdom and European Union relations with Cuba in the fields of tourism, trade investment, business and cultural exchanges.    [FCO]    (HL3139)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider Cuba to have ownership of a biological, chemical or nuclear weapons capacity. [FCO]    (HL3140)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the key elements of their policy towards the government and people of Cuba.    [FCO]    (HL3141)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 27th May (WA 160), how the provision for survivors of marriage is taken into account in public service pension schemes, and upon what financial basis.    [HMT]    (HL3142)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 7th June (WA 1), whether they will publish the statistics to which they have access of Iraqi civilian deaths and injuries.    [FCO]    (HL3143)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in aid programmes for Africa, and in their discussions with relevant governments, priority is being given to the needs of children suffering from HIV/AIDS and of those orphaned by the disease.    [DfID]    (HL3144)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are discussing with the government of Vietnam the situation of the Montagnard minorities, in particular, reported killings and woundings on 10th and 11th April, the ending of martial law, the release of prisoners of conscience and the restoration of full religious freedom.    [FCO]    (HL3145)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Whitty on 28th April (HL Deb, col. 770) that most traditional orchards are already under countryside stewardship schemes, what is their response to the estimate of the local authority that less than 30 per cent of traditional orchards in Somerset are in such schemes.    [DEFRA]    (HL3146)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to seek a derogation for traditional orchards so that they do not have to comply with the “permanent crops” rules under the single farm payment.    [DEFRA]    (HL3147)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many grants have been given for the establishment of traditional orchards over the last three years by (a) the Countryside Agency and (b) local authorities.    [DEFRA]    (HL3148)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what United Kingdom standards are applied by the Department for Transport to road bridge expansion joints with regard to noise generated by road traffic crossing the structure; and whether these standards have changed since 1984.    [DfT]    (HL3149)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to appoint members to the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission provided for in the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002.    [DCA]    (HL3150)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will appoint the lay members to the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission before, at the same time as or after the appointment of the judicial members and the legal professional members. [DCA]    (HL3151)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland is required to nominate to the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission judicial members who reflect of the community there.    [DCA]    (HL3152)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the General Council of the Bar and the Law Society in Northern Ireland are required to nominate to the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission legal professional members who reflect of the community there.    [DCA]    (HL3153)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their criteria for the selection of the senior judiciary.    [DCA]    (HL3154)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the representations about the Skipton Fund sent to the Department of Health by the Lord Morris of Manchester on behalf of the Haemophilia Society in Scotland; and whether they will be taking any action.    [DoH]    (HL3155)

9th June

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make a grant to the mountain rescue teams of England and Wales, in view of the recent grant made by the Scottish Parliament to the Scottish rescue teams.    (HL3156)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their position on Bosnia-Herzegovina joining Partnership for Peace by the end of June 2004.    (HL3157)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what help they are giving, either individually or as part of a concerted approach, to each of the countries of South-Eastern Europe, in order to combat the trafficking of persons for exploitation.    (HL3158)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what ways they are supporting the proposal to create a parliamentary assembly for South-East Europe.    (HL3159)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why support was withdrawn from Kaltuma Ahmed and Shamsa Noor, both from Somalia, before their asylum claims had been finally decided; and what is their present status.    (HL3160)

The Duke of MontroseTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what conditions would need to be met, beyond the cessation of hostile activities, in order for the Government to press for the implementation of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries debt relief process for the Sudan.    (HL3161)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have been informed of the advice given to the United States government by Pentagon lawyers concerning the legality of the use of harsh methods of interrogation in Guantanamo or Iraq.    (HL3162)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made of the implications for professional and voluntary sport in the United Kingdom arising from the latest version of Article III-182 of the draft European Constitutional Treaty.    (HL3163)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is meant by the term “promoting...openness in sporting competitions” within the latest version of Article III-182 of the draft European Constitutional Treaty.    (HL3164)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation has taken place with sports bodies about proposals within Article III-182 of the draft European Constitutional Treaty to give the European Union a legal competence in sport.    (HL3165)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support a European Union legal competence for sport; and whether they agree with the latest version of Article III-182 of the draft European Constitutional Treaty.    (HL3166)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for the governance of sport in the United Kingdom.    (HL3167)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the membership of the Winter Olympic Sport Group; when the Group was set up; who chairs the Group; and what decisions the Group has reached.    (HL3168)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7th June (WA 1) concerning a reception at 10 Downing Street on 11th May, whether there were any representatives of Ulster Scots culture present; and, if so, how they were selected.    (HL3169)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 23rd April (WA 63) concerning disclosure of information under Part 2, paragraph 2 (mutual discussion and advice) of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information, whether it is possible to disclose numbers of meetings to the Chairman of the Agency with whom the discussions were held.    (HL3170)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a senior judiciary “reflective of the community in Northern Ireland” in accordance with the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2004 will be appointed on the basis of merit.    (HL3171)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2004 will lead to an increase, or diminution, in the involvement of the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor in the affairs of Northern Ireland.    (HL3172)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many additional civil servants have been employed to implement section 2 of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000; and by which of the specified authorities listed in Schedule 1A to the Act they were employed.    (HL3173)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the cost of implementing section 2 of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000; and how this compares with any estimate given during the passage of the bill.    (HL3174)

The Lord Willoughby de BrokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the 6,000-10,000 horses slaughtered in the United Kingdom for human consumption are for consumption in the United Kingdom.    (HL3175)

The Lord Willoughby de BrokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of farmers have now signed up to the new fallen stock disposal scheme to be run by the National Fallen Stock Company.    (HL3176)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all six seats for Cyprus in the European Parliament have been allocated to the electors in Greek Southern Cyprus.    (HL3177)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made to establish an office of the European Union in Northern Cyprus since the referendum on the Annan Plan.    (HL3178)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes have taken place since the referendum on the Annan Plan in contacts between the Government and (a) the election authority in Northern Cyprus and (b) diplomatic representatives of the Turkish Cypriot government in foreign countries.    (HL3179)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress there has been, since the referendum on the Annan Plan, to remove obstacles to trade between Turkish Cyprus and the European Union; and whether such imports still require approval from the Greek Cypriot authorities.    (HL3180)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding has been allocated by the European Union to Northern Cyprus since the referendum on the Annan Plan; and whether such funds will be forwarded to authorities in Turkish Northern Cyprus or to authorities in Greek Southern Cyprus.    (HL3181)

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Ercan Airport in Northern Cyprus has been re-opened; and what progress, since the referendum on the Annan Plan, is being made to allow direct flights from the nations of the European Union to Ercan Airport.    (HL3182)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving to the implications for British troops deployed to the 1990-91 Gulf conflict of the United States Accounting Office’s new findings, published on 6th June, on the number of coalition troops potentially exposed to chemical warfare agents, including sarin and cyclosarin, from fallout from the destruction of the Iraqi chemical arms bunker at Khamisiyah in Southern Iraq in March 1991; and whether they will revise their estimate of the number of British troops who could have been affected.    (HL3183)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

Waiting for Second Reading

    Age-Related Payments (Money Bill—9th June)

    Sustainable and Secure Buildings [25th June]

    Armed Forces (Pensions and Compensation) [10th June]

    Carers (Equal Opportunities) [25th June]

    Pensions [10th June]

    Gangmasters (Licensing) [16th June]

    Highways (Obstruction by Body Corporate)

    Civil Contingencies

    Life Peerages (Residency for Taxation Purposes) [HL]

    Ipswich Market [14th June]

Waiting for Commitment

    Housing

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    University of Wales, Cardiff [HL]

Committed to a Select Committee

    Constitutional Reform [HL]

    Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill [HL]

Committed to a Grand Committee

    Employment Relations [15th June]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Tobacco Smoking (Public Places and Workplaces) [HL]

    Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) [21st June]

Recommitted to a Committee of the Whole House

    Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) [15th June]

Waiting for Report

    Wild Mammals (Protection) (Amendment) [HL]

    Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) [HL]

    Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery

    Traffic Management [29th June]

    Fire and Rescue Services

    Higher Education [14th June]

    Civil Partnership [HL] [24th June]

    Children [HL] [17th June]

    Statute Law (Repeals) [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Mersey Tunnels

Sent to the Commons

    Fishery Limits (United Kingdom) [HL]

    Harbours [HL]

    Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims [HL]

    Air Traffic Emissions Reduction [HL]

    Patents [HL]

    Energy [HL]

    Human Rights Act 1998 (Making of Remedial Orders) Amendment [HL]

    Health Protection Agency [HL]

    Smoking in Public Places (Wales) [HL]

    Public Audit (Wales) [HL]

    Civil Service (No. 2) [HL] (formerly Executive Powers and Civil Service [HL])

    University of Manchester [HL]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Gender Recognition [HL]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

[The Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee has drawn attention

to those instruments marked * in the reports indicated]

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

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Tobacco Advertising and Promotion (Brandsharing) Regulations 2004

    Draft Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002 (Consequential Provisions and Modifications) Order 2004

    Draft Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2004

    Draft Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) Order 2004

    Draft Transport Act 2000 (Consequential Amendment) Order 2004

    Draft Rights of Re-entry and Forfeiture (Prescribed Sum and Period) (England) Regulations 2004

    Draft Uranium Enrichment Technology (Prohibition on Disclosure) Regulations 2004

    Draft Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Audit of Public Bodies) Order 2004

    Draft Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Audit of Health Service Bodies) Order 2004

    Draft Stansted Airport Aircraft Movement Limit (Revocation) Order 2004

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Conditional Cautions: Code of Practice) Order 2004 [17th June]

    Draft Broadcasting (Original Productions) Order 2004 [25th June]

    Draft Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 (Amendment) Order 2004 [17th June]

    Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2004

    Draft British Transport Police (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Order 2004

    London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (Area and Constitution) Order 2004

    Draft Budget (No. 2) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004

HYBRID INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Hybrid Instruments Committee

    West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (Area and Constitution) Order 2004

NEGATIVE INSTRUMENTS


Praying time
expires
To be
debated
Instruments reported by the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee
Social Security (Habitual Residence) Amendment Regulations 2004 [6th Report]18th June
Allocation of Housing and Homelessness (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2004 [6th Report]18th June
Child Benefit and Guardian’s Allowance (Administration) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 [6th Report]18th June
Tax Credits (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 2) Regulations 2004 [6th Report]18th June
Tax Credits (Residence) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 [6th Report]18th June
Child Benefit (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 [6th Report]18th June
Allocation of Housing Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004 [6th Report]18th June
Homelessness Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004 [6th Report]18th June
Immigration (European Economic Area) and Accession (Amendment) Regulations 2004 [6th Report]18th June
Town and Country Planning (London Borough of Camden) Special Development Order 2004 [8th Report]24th June23rd June
Horse Passports (England) Regulations 2004 [10th Report]8th July

Praying time
expires
To be
debated
Instruments not reported by the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee
Seed Potatoes (Fees) (England) Regulations 20041st July25th June
Feeding Stuffs, the Feeding Stuffs (Sampling and Analysis) and the Feeding Stuffs (Enforcement) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 200429th June25th June
Asylum Support (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 20041st July29th June

REGULATORY REFORM ORDERS IN PROGRESS

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

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Trading Stamps) Order 2004

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2004

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Unsolicited Goods and Services Act 1971) (Directory Entries and Demands for Payment) Order 2004

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Patents) Order 2004

Reported following first-stage scrutiny by the Regulatory Reform Committee

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Patents) Order 2004 [6th Report]

    Draft Regulatory Reform (National Health Service Charitable Trust Accounts and Audit) Order 2004 [11th Report]

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Local Commissioner for Wales) Order 2004

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Museum of London) (Location of Premises) Order 2004 [25th June]

SPECIAL PROCEDURE ORDER IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Chairmen’s Report

    Northumbrian Water Limited (Land at the Public Car Park, West of Dunes Court, Beadnell) Compulsory Purchase Order 2003

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

THURSDAY 10TH JUNE

Finance Bill (Sub-Committee)10.00 am
European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
Constitutional Reform Bill [HL] (Select Committee)4.00 pm

MONDAY 14TH JUNE

Science and Technology (Select Committee)3.30 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee A)4.00 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee B)4.00 pm
Economic Affairs (Select Committee)4.00 pm

TUESDAY 15TH JUNE

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.30 am
(Practicalities of Renewable Energy)in Room 134, Millbank House
Merits of Statutory Instruments4.00 pm
(Select Committee)
House Committee4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 16TH JUNE

Draft Charities Bill (Joint Committee)9.00 am
European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee F)10.30 am
Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform10.30 am
(Select Committee)
European Union (Sub-Committee G)3.30 pm
Constitution Committee4.00 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
Human Rights (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

TUESDAY 22ND JUNE

European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm

TUESDAY 29TH JUNE

Works of Art Committee4.00 pm

WEDNESDAY 30TH JUNE

Audit Committee10.30 am

TUESDAY 6TH JULY

Administration and Works Committee4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 7TH JULY

Information Committee4.15 pm

 
 
 
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