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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).

WEDNESDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

        Introductions—

The Lord Vallance of Tummel

and

The Baroness Chapman

          will be introduced.

*The Lord Lucas—To ask the Leader of the House why the draft Animal Welfare Bill is not being considered by a Joint Committee.

*The Lord Shutt of Greetland—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the intestacy provisions will be updated so that, when a death occurs and there is no will, a surviving spouse can, in the majority of cases, continue to live in the matrimonial home.

*The Lord Livsey of Talgarth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will modify provisions in the Criminal Justice Act 2003 so that individuals in positions of key importance can be excluded from jury service.

†*The Baroness Hanham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why, in light of the Electoral Commission’s report of 27th August, they propose to proceed with an all-postal ballot in the referendum for the North East Regional Assembly.

†*The Lord Garden—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what role they envisage for the six Harrier GR7s that are to be deployed in Afghanistan.

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

Public Audit (Wales) Bill [HL]Consideration of Commons Amendments [The Lord Evans of Temple Guiting]

Employment Relations Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Sainsbury of Turville]

TSE (England) (Amendment) 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 18th June, be annulled (S.I. 2004/1518). [15th Report from the Merits Committee]

Christmas Day (Trading) Bill—Committee [The Lord Davies of Coity]

THURSDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER

[At eleven o’clock]

*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in setting up demonstrator plants for clean coal technology as envisaged in the Energy White Paper of February 2003.

*The Viscount Falkland—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether current food labelling regulations are adequate in view of current concerns about fat, salt and sugar content in foods.

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in place to ensure that the treatment of immigrants and would-be immigrants, including during deportation, is humane and respectful of their dignity.

*The Lord Goodhart—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they are reviewing the business appointment rules for public servants.

Housing Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Rooker]

#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.

In the Moses Room

At 3.15 pm

†Pensions Bill—Further consideration in Grand Committee [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham] [21st, 23rd and 25th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee]

FRIDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER

[At eleven o’clock]

Constitution for Europe (Referendum) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Blackwell]

Penalties for Disorderly Behaviour (Amendment of Minimum Age) Order 2004—The Baroness Scotland of Asthal to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 14th July be approved. [26th Report from the Joint Committee]

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.

MONDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER

        Introductions—

The Lord Steinberg

and

The Lord Alliance

          will be introduced.

*The Lord Dykes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent assessment they have made of the economic opportunities that would be available to the United Kingdom upon joining the European Monetary System.

†*The Viscount Goschen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is appropriate for general practitioners to be paid for referring patients to personal injury lawyers or claims management companies.

†*The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how long a “demanding...large scale operation”, as described in Delivering Security in a Changing World: Future Capabilities (Cm 6269), can be sustained concurrently with standing military commitments and an enduring small scale peace support operation, without overstretching the armed forces.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Housing Bill will continue]

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

TUESDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER

        Introductions—

The Lord George

and

The Lord Kerr of Kinlochard

          will be introduced.

*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in response to the prescribing protocol drawn up by East Sussex County Healthcare Trust which proposes to limit access to drug treatment for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking, with their European Union partners, to support the Georgian government’s efforts to restore its territorial integrity.

*The Baroness Strange—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to phase out the regimental system in the British Army.

*The Lord Chan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the past 12 months to implement the recommendations of the Department of Health report on mental health in ethnic communities.

Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Bill—Third Reading [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

Constitutional Reform Bill [HL]—House to be again in Committee (on recommitment) [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton] [10th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡The Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking 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.

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

WEDNESDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER

        Introduction—

The Baroness D’Souza

          will be introduced.

*The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further assistance they and the European Union are giving to relieve the devastation caused by the recent floods in Bangladesh.

*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment the Ministry of Defence has made of the threat to whales and other cetaceans from the testing and use of low frequency active sonar.

*The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Sudan with regard to the humanitarian crisis in Darfur.

†Civil Contingencies Bill—Committee [The Lord Bassam of Brighton] [25th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they now consider that the United Kingdom needs a written constitution.

In the Moses Room

At 3.30 pm

Human Tissue Bill—Grand Committee [The Lord Warner] [25th Report form the Delegated Powers Committee]

THURSDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER

*The Lord Smith of Clifton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions have so far been drawn up by the Department of Trade and Industry Monitoring Unit on Directors’ Remuneration, since the Unit was set up last February.

†*The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that disabled residents living on unadopted roads will be able to take full advantage of the provisions in the draft Disability Discrimination Bill.

†*The Baroness Finlay of Llandaff—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure equal access to palliative care.

†*The Lord Dubs—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to facilitate self assessment in relation to income tax; and how effective the use of the internet is in improving the accuracy of tax returns.

†#Student Fees (Approved Plans) (England) Regulations 2004—The Baroness Ashton of Upholland to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 7th July be approved. [27th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

#Regulatory Reform (Local Commissioner for Wales) Order 2004—The Lord Evans of Temple Guiting to move, That the draft Regulatory Reform Order laid before the House on 24th June be approved. [24th Report from the Regulatory Reform Committee]

ROYAL ASSENT

[It is expected that the Committee (on recommitment) stage of the Constitutional Reform Bill will continue]

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

MONDAY 11TH OCTOBER

        †Introduction—

The Baroness Royall of Blaisdon

          will be introduced.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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

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.

The Baroness Oppenheim-Barnes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what specific steps they are taking to ensure the satisfactory delivery of post by the Royal Mail; and what progress has been made to this end.

The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how current policy initiatives in the National Health Service reflect the need for specialised services and associated commissioning.

The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to delineate NATO and European Union defence responsibilities in Bosnia-Herzegovina after December 2004.

The Baroness Oppenheim-Barnes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the public are being correctly advised on using adequate protection against skin cancer.

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve security for aid, reconstruction and the supervision of elections in Afghanistan.

The Baroness Scott of Needham Market—To call attention to the role of the private sector in providing rail infrastructure; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Mallalieu—To call attention to the likely effects of the decision to decouple all livestock subsidy in England on upland rural communities; and to move for papers.

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have that the criminal justice measures announced by the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for the Home Department on 19th July will diminish anti-social behaviour.

Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2004—The Lord Borrie to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Order, laid before the House on 20th July, be annulled (S.I. 2004/1861).

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to recent developments in Sudan, with particular reference to the crisis in Darfur.

†The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the working of the Cross Border Bodies set up as a result of the Belfast Agreement of 1998; and in particular the operation of the bodies by the Northern Ireland civil service.

PART II

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

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

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 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]

The Lord Radice—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The World Trade Organization: the role of the EU post-Cancún (16th Report, HL Paper 104). [16th June]

The Lord Woolmer of Leeds—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Gas: Liberalised Markets and Security of Supply (17th Report, HL Paper 105). [24th June]

The Lord Mitchell—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Science and Treaties (3rd Report, HL Paper 110). [30th June]

The Lord Oxburgh—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Renewable Energy: Practicalities (4th Report, HL Paper 126). [15th July]

The Baroness Harris of Richmond—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Judicial Co-operation in the EU: the role of Eurojust (23rd Report, HL Paper 138). [21st July]

The Lord Scott of Foscote—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Strengthening OLAF, the European Anti-Fraud Office (24th Report, HL Paper 139). [21st July]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 7th September, or unanswered after 21 days]

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

14th June

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many equality officers are employed in the Northern Ireland Office; when each post was created; and what are the duties of these officers. [NIO]    (HL3240)

15th June

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which victims groups in Northern Ireland have been audited each year since 1990; and on what basis the audits were carried out. [NIO]    (HL3269)

17th June

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take action under paragraph 2(4) of Schedule 7 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998 against Ms Patricia Kelly who has withdrawn from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. [NIO]    (HL3316)

29th June

The Lord GlentoranTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been spent on consultations since June 2001 by each Government department in Northern Ireland. [NIO]    (HL3519)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will remove the security barriers at the Royal Courts of Justice in Chichester Street, Belfast and make the street passable to ordinary vehicular traffic, including buses. [NIO]    (HL3540)

5th July

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord President on 26th May (WA 133) and 29th June (WA 13) concerning the non-disclosure of details about discussions of the Ulster Scots Agency’s budget for 2004, why it is not possible to prove that discussions took place and the nature of such discussions. [NIO]    (HL3627)

6th July

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the closing date for applications to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is 9th July as indicated in the advertisement to the public, or 16th July, as indicated in the information pack and in the application form; and why the dates are different. [NIO]    (HL3659)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in seeking applications for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, what is meant by bodies nominating individuals; what bodies are envisaged; and whether the nominees will be treated as representatives of such bodies. [NIO]    (HL3660)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in seeking applications for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, how they propose to deal with (a) individual applications; and (b) nominations from bodies. [NIO]    (HL3661)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether appointments to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission will be made on the basis of merit alone; whether this approach will be qualified in accordance with section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998; and how the statutory requirement of representativeness will affect selection on the basis of merit alone. [NIO]    (HL3662)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who will be the independent assessor on the appointment panel for the appointments to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; and how the independence of that assessor will be determined. [NIO]    (HL3663)

7th July

The Lord RedesdaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Army Board ordered the Adjutant General, Lieutenant-General Sir Alistair Irwin, to reduce the number of army personnel; and, if so, to what level. [MoD]    (HL3670)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what resources have been allocated within the relevant Government departments to enforce the Guidance to Employers in the Health and Safety Executive’s document Driving to Work; and what action they are taking to ensure that the Guidance is acted upon. [DWP]    (HL3699)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 6th July (WA 71), how many Questions for Written Answer have so far been allocated to the Northern Ireland Office this session to date; how many have not been answered within two weeks; and what percentage that constitutes. [LHoL]    (HL3712)

8th July

The Lord KilclooneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many planning applications in Armagh City were determined in each of the past six months; and whether resources are available in the Planning Service to process these applications. [NIO]    (HL3719)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7th July (WA 79), on what dates discussions took place between officials of the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and the Ulster Scots Agency concerning the Agency’s budget; who attended those discussions; and whether minutes were taken. [NIO]    (HL3732)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider establishing a Ministry for Peace in order to give effect to the United Nations International Decade for a Culture of Peace. [CO]    (HL3745)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom would benefit from a ministry in government to deal with conflict resolution. [CO]    (HL3748)

12th July

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Government departments will adopt the Home Office policy that alcohol should not be provided from public funds for staff at official events held during normal working hours, but without the exception for senior management celebrating success and achievement. [CO]    (HL3772)

13th July

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 22nd June (WA 113), whether there was agreement between the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and the Ulster Scots Agency on the 2004 budget. [NIO]    (HL3820)

14th July

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which procurement announcements have been delayed as a result of the Comprehensive Spending Review. [MoD]    (HL3844)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House the transcript of the trial of Barbara Salisbury. [LSLO]    (HL3845)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the meeting at the Department of Health of its Recombinant Rollout Working Group on 5th July; what representations the Secretary of State for Health has received since that meeting from the Chairman of the Haemophilia Society; and whether the four commitments now sought by the Society will be met. [DoH]    (HL3853)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether AIDS-affected African countries are given any priority in the funding of education and other development programmes to assist them in achieving millennium development goals. [DfID]    (HL3856)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what reasons have been given by members of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission for resigning; and whether they will place copies of all relevant correspondence in the Library of the House. [NIO]    (HL3867)

15th July

The Lord BownessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in connection with the 2004 elections for the European Parliament, what was the percentage turnout in each of the 25 member states; what was the method of election in each state; which states use closed list systems, as in the United Kingdom; and in which states the order of candidates within the list can be varied by the voter. [DCA]    (HL3889)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what number of personnel is the refurbished Ministry of Defence head office building designed to accommodate; what are the anticipated proportions of civilian and armed forces personnel to be located there; when re-location to that building will be completed; what accommodation elsewhere will be released as a consequence; and what steps are to be taken to realise any such surplus accommodation. [MoD]    (HL3895)

The Lord Wallace of SaltaireTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to reciprocate the French government’s gesture in inviting British troops to participate in the Bastille Day parade; and, if so, how. [MoD]    (HL3906)

16th July

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the future of the Inland Waterways Amenity Advisory Council. [DEFRA]    (HL3921)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 7th July (WA 89-90), on what date the report for the United Kingdom from the International Red Cross on the treatment by coalition forces of prisoners of war and other protected persons by the Geneva Convention in Iraq was received by the Government; and on what date it was shown to Ministers. [MoD]    (HL3922)

The Baroness Finlay of LlandaffTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken or are planning regarding the Thrombolysis in Cardiac Arrest Study in the light of the approval in principle of the relevant Multi-centre Research Ethics Committee and the requirements of the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004 (S.I. 2004/1031). [DoH]    (HL3925)

19th July

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept the explanation given by the then Iraq Ambassador to the Holy See to the International Atomic Energy Authority for his visit to Niger in February 1999; and, if not, whether they have provided the Authority with any additional evidence on the purpose of that visit since the date of the letter from the Authority quoted in paragraph 502 of the Lord Butler of Brockwell’s Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction. [FCO]    (HL3926)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are obliged by treaty obligations, and if so by which articles, to notify the International Atomic Energy Authority of any evidence which comes to their attention of attempts to procure uranium ore illegally; and, if so, when they notified the Authority of intelligence referred to in paragraph 494 of the Lord Butler of Brockwell’s Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction that in 1999 the Iraqi régime made inquiries about the purchase of uranium ore in the Democratic Republic of Congo. [FCO]    (HL3927)

20th July

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 2nd July (WA 54), who decides, and according to what criteria, which depleted uranium is declared waste and which is held as a national resource. [DEFRA]    (HL3958)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 2nd July (WA 54), how much depleted uranium, by tonnage, is currently (a) waste; and (b) national resource. [DEFRA]    (HL3959)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many electors, representing what percentage of the electorate, were registered to vote by post for elections to the United Kingdom Parliament in each constituency in Northern Ireland at the latest date for which figures are available. [NIO]    (HL3960)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many electors, representing what percentage of the electorate, were registered to vote by post for elections to the United Kingdom Parliament in each constituency in Scotland at the latest date for which figures are available. [SO]    (HL3961)

21st July

The Lord PalmerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the expenses involved in producing the Hutton Report. [LHoL]    (HL3969)

The Lord PalmerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the costs involved in producing the Butler Report; and whether any members of the review committee received remuneration. [LHoL]    (HL3970)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what attempts have been made to quantify the risk that a reduction in sickness absence from work may increase the spread of infection in the workplace. [DoH]    (HL3976)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the commitment in the Comprehensive Spending Review to increase the number of criminal convictions to 1.25 million by 2007-08 is compatible with ensuring justice in individual cases. [HO]    (HL3977)

The Baroness Kennedy of The ShawsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will monitor the proportion of those involved in anti-social behaviour who—

        (a)  have been subjected to a social security benefits sanction;

        (b)  are teenagers estranged from their parents;

        (c)  have been in care;

        (d)  are smokers;

        (e)  are drug-addicts; and

        (f)  are victims of parental abuse. [HO]  (HL3984)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether funds set aside to benefit AIDS orphans will be used for sustainable development in the orphans’ own communities rather than for institutional care; and what assessment they have made of previous funding in this context. [DfID]    (HL3995)

22nd July

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations took place between the Department for Transport and the business community and local authorities in Greater Manchester before the decision not to approve Manchester Metrolink was made; and what consultation is now intended to discuss the impact of this decision. [DfT]    (HL4002)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment the Department for Transport has made of the impact of their decision not to approve Manchester Metrolink on new employment opportunities, economic activity and economic competitiveness in Greater Manchester. [DfT]    (HL4003)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations the Department of Health has received from Mrs Sue Threakall, whose husband died of hepatitis infection from contaminated National Health Service blood products, in regard to the ex gratia payments scheme administered by the Skipton Fund; what reply they are sending; and whether there is any action they will be taking. [DoH]    (HL4004)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to train wide groups of healthcare professionals who come into contact with large areas of patients’ skin to check for signs of skin cancer and for lesions. [DoH]    (HL4012)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress NITEworks has made to date in meeting the requirements of network enabled capabilities for British armed forces; and what costs it has incurred to the Treasury thus far. [MoD]    (HL4017)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which companies are currently involved in the NITEworks partnership; and what topics NITEworks is currently addressing. [MoD]    (HL4018)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their definition of “traditional,” “non-commercial” and “commercial” orchards. [DEFRA]    (HL4019)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the land where orchards have been grubbed up at any stage after the commencement of the Single Farm Payment Scheme will become eligible for the Single Farm Payment. [DEFRA]    (HL4020)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will press for the inclusion of (a) all orchards, and (b) all top fruit in the Single Farm Payment at the time of the 2007 Review. [DEFRA]    (HL4021)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have raised with the European Commission the question that top fruit could be included in the Single Farm Payment regime following the Review in 2007; and, if so, what was the outcome. [DEFRA]    (HL4022)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider using the National Reserve to make payments to commercial orchard growers. [DEFRA]    (HL4023)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the current rules applied to those entering Stewardship schemes, in particular for traditional orchard growers, will be continued; or whether those applying under the entry scheme will have more stringent requirements placed upon them. [DEFRA]    (HL4024)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the arrangements for the Secretary of State for Transport to give directions and guidance to the Strategic Rail Authority on how to exercise any of its functions, as specified in sections 206 and 207 of the Transport Act 2000, are adequate; and if not, what deficiencies there are. [DfT]    (HL4030)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what directions the Secretary of State for Transport gave to the Strategic Rail Authority to use its powers under section 206 of the Transport Act 2000 to formulate a strategy for the Rail Regulator to ensure that the outcome of the access charges regime in 2003 was affordable within the context of the Ten Year Plan. [DfT]    (HL4031)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made provision to give additional financial support to freight operators should the review of access charges by the Office of the Rail Regulator, proposed in paragraph 4.4.7 of the White Paper, The Future of Rail, result in higher charges. [DfT]    (HL4032)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Ulster Scots Agency headquarters in Belfast is obliged, if requested by a citizen of the Irish Republic, to respond in Irish. [NIO]    (HL4037)

The Lord Lea of CrondallTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Department for Transport White Paper The Future of Transport of July 2004, what are the projected capital expenditure targets for roads for the next ten years superseding those set out in the 10 Year Plan for Transport published in July 2000. [DfT]    (HL4038)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the rate of expenditure from the Global Conflict Prevention Pool in (a) the Middle East, and (b) Afghanistan has been in line with the original budget for the years 2002-03 and 2003-04. [FCO]    (HL4040)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many schools have been closed, or listed for closure in (a) the last six months, and (b) the six months prior to that; and how many of these were schools for children with moderate learning difficulties. [DfES]    (HL4041)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases have been referred to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal in the last year; and how many of these were from families seeking—

        (a)  a special school place; and

        (b)  a mainstream place. [DfES]  (HL4042)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in the last year how many families were not able to obtain the special school or part-time dual attendance provision which they sought. [DfES]    (HL4043)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in the last year how many local education authorities did not inform parents of statemented children of their legal right to choose a special school. [DfES]    (HL4044)

The Lord EamesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage a resolution of the impasse in Portadown following a peaceful “Drumcree Sunday” in July 2004. [NIO]    (HL4047)

The Lord EamesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, while respecting the independence of the Northern Ireland Parades’ Commission, they will give sufficient encouragement to that body to resolve the Garvaghy Road impasse. [NIO]    (HL4048)

The Lord EamesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost to the taxpayer of the security arrangements at Drumcree and Portadown on the final Sunday in July 2004. [NIO]    (HL4049)

The Lord EamesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost to the taxpayer of security arrangements on the occasion of the parades of Portadown Loyal Orange Lodge No.1 to Drumcree Church in 2003 and 2004. [NIO]    (HL4050)

The Lord EamesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Police Service of Northern Ireland officers and army personnel were involved in the Portadown area on “Drumcree Sunday” 2004. [NIO]    (HL4051)

The Lord EamesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to review the mandate under which the Parades Commission (Northern Ireland) operates at present. [NIO]    (HL4052)

7th September

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made, directly and through the United Nations, to the Indonesian government following recent reports that Indonesian army officers found guilty of crimes after the vote for independence in East Timor have had their sentences quashed by the High Court in Jakarta.    (HL4080)

The Lord Smith of CliftonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is possible to deprive an individual of his Baronetcy; and, if so, what is the procedure for so doing.    (HL4081)

The Lord Smith of CliftonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is possible to abolish a Baronetcy; and, if so, what is the procedure for so doing.    (HL4082)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date Dr Tony Hall commenced work as a physician for the Medical Assessment Programme of the Ministry of Defence; what were his duties and designation; in how many reports on veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf conflict he was involved; and why his employment was terminated.    (HL4083)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the value to governments and individuals of the system for individual petitions under the United Nations human rights treaties given that such petitions do not result in binding judicial decisions.    (HL4084)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their reasons for accepting the right of petition for women under the United Nations Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women while refusing to accept the right of petition for members of ethnic minorities under the United Nations Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination.    (HL4085)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government by what empirical criteria they will evaluate the merits of the right of petition under the United Nations human rights treaties, with particular reference to the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women during the two years after the coming into force of the Optional Protocol to the Convention.    (HL4086)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to publish the results of their evaluation of the merits of the right of petition under United Nations human rights treaties.    (HL4087)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will accept the right of petition under the Optional Protocol to the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and, if so, when.    (HL4088)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their review of international human rights instruments included an evaluation of the case law of the United Nations Human Rights Committee in considering complaints under the First Optional Protocol to the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and of the experience of states which have accepted the First Optional Protocol; and, if so, what were the results of that evaluation (a) as regards the case law; and (b) as regards the experience of States Parties.    (HL4089)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the reports of H M Chief Inspector of Prisons on Dover and Haslar, what steps they are taking to ensure that asylum claimants and migrants are not detained unnecessarily or for long periods.    (HL4090)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will resist European Commission proposals for the wide circulation of names and personal details of persons investigated by police or security services, and of those charged but not prosecuted or else acquitted.    (HL4091)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to proposals by the European Commission concerning the registration of bank accounts, including those of charities and commercial companies.    (HL4092)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what instructions they have given to their representatives about the drafting of measures to implement Articles 1 to 3 of the Framework Decision on Combating Terrorism (2002).    (HL4093)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will propose that the European Commission should consult with the Council of Europe concerning measures to combat terrorism.    (HL4094)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have received from the United Nations on its report on NATO’s reaction to unrest in Kosovo in the spring of 2004.    (HL4095)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what preparations have been made for the European Union to take over SFOR operations in Bosnia.    (HL4096)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what contractual arrangements they have made for the ongoing support and maintenance of the first tranche of the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft; and whether there are additional or separate arrangements for further support and maintenance as necessary.    (HL4097)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what contractual arrangements they have made for the ongoing support and maintenance of the second tranche of the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft; and whether there are additional or separate arrangements for further support and maintenance as necessary.    (HL4098)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what contractual arrangements they propose to make for the ongoing support and maintenance of the third tranche of the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft; and whether they plan to make additional or separate arrangements for the provision of such further support and maintenance as necessary.    (HL4099)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have on the support and maintenance arrangements for Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft purchased outside of the United Kingdom.    (HL4100)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, if the 2012 Olympic Games were to be held in London, it would be possible under current rules on the use of firearms and on gun clubs to stage all the shooting events which have featured in recent Olympiads.    (HL4101)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current one-year and five-year survival rates for lung cancer and breast cancer respectively; and how these survival rates compare with each of the years 1996-2003.    (HL4102)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many nurses specialise in (a) lung cancer; and (b) breast cancer.    (HL4103)

The Baroness Finlay of LlandaffTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will insert into the Explanatory Notes accompanying each Bill a table listing all the provisions that give powers to the National Assembly for Wales, in order to assist in tracking Bills as they apply to Wales.    (HL4104)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Northern Ireland Civic Forum cost in the financial year 2003-04; under what headings the cost was broken down; and with what authorisation.    (HL4105)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Northern Ireland Civic Forum staff have been reallocated to other departments since October 2002; if so, whether their salaries and expenses are scored against the new Department; and how was such expenditure approved and by whom.    (HL4106)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been paid in expenses to the Chief Executive of Waterways Ireland each year since 2000.    (HL4107)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been spent by Waterways Ireland in each year since 2000 on capital and maintenance work on (a) the Union; (b) the Royal; and (c) the Grand Canals.    (HL4108)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what ratings their auditors gave to the Audit Report for Waterways Ireland in each year since 2000; and whether they will place copies of these reports in the Library of the House.    (HL4109)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals Waterways Ireland has for the Ulster canal.    (HL4110)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish a list of those education providers which will have approved status, enabling international students proposing to study at those institutions to qualify for a visa for entry to the United Kingdom; which Department has the lead responsibility in determining whether an institution may be admitted to the approved list; and what criteria will be used in so determining.    (HL4111)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in their appraisal of the new licensing laws, they have given further consideration to a compulsory levy on the entertainment industry to pay towards the costs of policing, hospitalisation and clearing up in the early hours of the morning.    (HL4112)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are (a) the current budget; and (b) the emerging costs of Transport Direct; and when they expect that the system will be available for public use.    (HL4113)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 22nd July (WA 77) which stated that the Transport Direct website went live on 12th July—

        (a)  why there is no link between this site and the Department for Transport’s website; and

        (b)  where on the Transport Direct website the various categories of information described by the Minister can be found.  (HL4114)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the £33.7 million cost of the Transport Direct website over its first two years represents value for money.    (HL4115)

The Baroness HanhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether those dwelling in permanently moored houseboats are covered by the Protection from Eviction Act 1977.    (HL4116)

The Baroness HanhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide a full breakdown of costs and expenditure incurred by the regional referendum campaigns in the North West and the Humber prior to their announcement on 22nd July.    (HL4117)

The Baroness HanhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the costs associated with the decision to postpone the regional referendums in the North West and Yorkshire and the Humber.    (HL4118)

The Baroness HanhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their intention with regard to the monies previously allocated towards the North West and Yorkshire and the Humber regional referendum campaigns; and what is the amount in question for each region.    (HL4119)

The Baroness HanhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide a breakdown of the costs incurred for each Ministerial visit connected with regional referendum campaigns in (a) the North West; (b) Yorkshire and the Humber; and (c) the North East.    (HL4120)

The Baroness HanhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the dates of each Ministerial visit connected with the regional referendum campaigns in (a) the North West; (b) Yorkshire and the Humber; and (c) the North East.    (HL4121)

The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their intentions concerning the Hunting Bill.    (HL4122)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

7th SEPTEMBER 2004

[Tabled on the dates shown]

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

14th June

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many equality officers are employed in the Northern Ireland Office; when each post was created; and what are the duties of these officers.    [NIO] (HL3240)

15th June

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which victims groups in Northern Ireland have been audited each year since 1990; and on what basis the audits were carried out. [NIO] (HL3269)

17th June

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take action under paragraph 2(4) of Schedule 7 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998 against Ms Patricia Kelly who has withdrawn from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.    [NIO]    (HL3316)

29th June

The Lord GlentoranTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been spent on consultations since June 2001 by each Government department in Northern Ireland.    [NIO] (HL3519)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will remove the security barriers at the Royal Courts of Justice in Chichester Street, Belfast and make the street passable to ordinary vehicular traffic, including buses.    [NIO] (HL3540)

5th July

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord President on 26th May (WA 133) and 29th June (WA 13) concerning the non-disclosure of details about discussions of the Ulster Scots Agency’s budget for 2004, why it is not possible to prove that discussions took place and the nature of such discussions. [NIO] (HL3627)

6th July

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the closing date for applications to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is 9th July as indicated in the advertisement to the public, or 16th July, as indicated in the information pack and in the application form; and why the dates are different.    [NIO] (HL3659)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in seeking applications for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, what is meant by bodies nominating individuals; what bodies are envisaged; and whether the nominees will be treated as representatives of such bodies.    [NIO] (HL3660)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in seeking applications for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, how they propose to deal with (a) individual applications; and (b) nominations from bodies.    [NIO] (HL3661)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether appointments to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission will be made on the basis of merit alone; whether this approach will be qualified in accordance with section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998; and how the statutory requirement of representativeness will affect selection on the basis of merit alone. [NIO] (HL3662)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who will be the independent assessor on the appointment panel for the appointments to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; and how the independence of that assessor will be determined.    [NIO] (HL3663)

7th July

The Lord Redesdale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Army Board ordered the Adjutant General, Lieutenant-General Sir Alistair Irwin, to reduce the number of army personnel; and, if so, to what level.    [MoD] (HL3670)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what resources have been allocated within the relevant Government departments to enforce the Guidance to Employers in the Health and Safety Executive’s document Driving to Work; and what action they are taking to ensure that the Guidance is acted upon.    [DWP] (HL3699)

The Lord Jopling—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 6th July (WA 71), how many Questions for Written Answer have so far been allocated to the Northern Ireland Office this session to date; how many have not been answered within two weeks; and what percentage that constitutes.    [LHoL] (HL3712)

8th July

The Lord Kilclooney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many planning applications in Armagh City were determined in each of the past six months; and whether resources are available in the Planning Service to process these applications.    [NIO] (HL3719)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7th July (WA 79), on what dates discussions took place between officials of the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and the Ulster Scots Agency concerning the Agency’s budget; who attended those discussions; and whether minutes were taken.    [NIO] (HL3732)

The Lord Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider establishing a Ministry for Peace in order to give effect to the United Nations International Decade for a Culture of Peace.    [CO] (HL3745)

The Lord Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom would benefit from a ministry in government to deal with conflict resolution.    [CO] (HL3748)

12th July

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Government departments will adopt the Home Office policy that alcohol should not be provided from public funds for staff at official events held during normal working hours, but without the exception for senior management celebrating success and achievement.    [CO] (HL3772)

13th July

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 22nd June (WA 113), whether there was agreement between the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and the Ulster Scots Agency on the 2004 budget.    [NIO] (HL3820)

14th July

The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which procurement announcements have been delayed as a result of the Comprehensive Spending Review.    [MoD] (HL3844)

The Baroness Masham of Ilton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House the transcript of the trial of Barbara Salisbury.    [LSLO] (HL3845)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the meeting at the Department of Health of its Recombinant Rollout Working Group on 5th July; what representations the Secretary of State for Health has received since that meeting from the Chairman of the Haemophilia Society; and whether the four commitments now sought by the Society will be met.    [DoH] (HL3853)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether AIDS-affected African countries are given any priority in the funding of education and other development programmes to assist them in achieving millennium development goals.    [DfID] (HL3856)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what reasons have been given by members of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission for resigning; and whether they will place copies of all relevant correspondence in the Library of the House.    [NIO] (HL3867)

15th July

The Lord Bowness—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in connection with the 2004 elections for the European Parliament, what was the percentage turnout in each of the 25 member states; what was the method of election in each state; which states use closed list systems, as in the United Kingdom; and in which states the order of candidates within the list can be varied by the voter.    [DCA] (HL3889)

The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what number of personnel is the refurbished Ministry of Defence head office building designed to accommodate; what are the anticipated proportions of civilian and armed forces personnel to be located there; when re-location to that building will be completed; what accommodation elsewhere will be released as a consequence; and what steps are to be taken to realise any such surplus accommodation.    [MoD] (HL3895)

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to reciprocate the French government’s gesture in inviting British troops to participate in the Bastille Day parade; and, if so, how.    [MoD] (HL3906)

16th July

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the future of the Inland Waterways Amenity Advisory Council.    [DEFRA] (HL3921)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 7th July (WA 89-90), on what date the report for the United Kingdom from the International Red Cross on the treatment by coalition forces of prisoners of war and other protected persons by the Geneva Convention in Iraq was received by the Government; and on what date it was shown to Ministers.    [MoD] (HL3922)

The Baroness Finlay of Llandaff—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken or are planning regarding the Thrombolysis in Cardiac Arrest Study in the light of the approval in principle of the relevant Multi-centre Research Ethics Committee and the requirements of the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004 (S.I. 2004/1031).    [DoH] (HL3925)

19th July

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept the explanation given by the then Iraq Ambassador to the Holy See to the International Atomic Energy Authority for his visit to Niger in February 1999; and, if not, whether they have provided the Authority with any additional evidence on the purpose of that visit since the date of the letter from the Authority quoted in paragraph 502 of the Lord Butler of Brockwell’s Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction.    [FCO] (HL3926)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are obliged by treaty obligations, and if so by which articles, to notify the International Atomic Energy Authority of any evidence which comes to their attention of attempts to procure uranium ore illegally; and, if so, when they notified the Authority of intelligence referred to in paragraph 494 of the Lord Butler of Brockwell’s Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction that in 1999 the Iraqi régime made inquiries about the purchase of uranium ore in the Democratic Republic of Congo.    [FCO] (HL3927)

20th July

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 2nd July (WA 54), who decides, and according to what criteria, which depleted uranium is declared waste and which is held as a national resource.    [DEFRA] (HL3958)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 2nd July (WA 54), how much depleted uranium, by tonnage, is currently (a) waste; and (b) national resource.    [DEFRA] (HL3959)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many electors, representing what percentage of the electorate, were registered to vote by post for elections to the United Kingdom Parliament in each constituency in Northern Ireland at the latest date for which figures are available.    [NIO] (HL3960)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many electors, representing what percentage of the electorate, were registered to vote by post for elections to the United Kingdom Parliament in each constituency in Scotland at the latest date for which figures are available.    [SO] (HL3961)

21st July

The Lord Palmer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the expenses involved in producing the Hutton Report.    [LHoL] (HL3969)

The Lord Palmer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the costs involved in producing the Butler Report; and whether any members of the review committee received remuneration.    [LHoL] (HL3970)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what attempts have been made to quantify the risk that a reduction in sickness absence from work may increase the spread of infection in the workplace.    [DoH] (HL3976)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the commitment in the Comprehensive Spending Review to increase the number of criminal convictions to 1.25 million by 2007-08 is compatible with ensuring justice in individual cases.    [HO] (HL3977)

The Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will monitor the proportion of those involved in anti-social behaviour who—

        (a)  have been subjected to a social security benefits sanction;

        (b)  are teenagers estranged from their parents;

        (c)  have been in care;

        (d)  are smokers;

        (e)  are drug-addicts; and

        (f)  are victims of parental abuse.    [HO] (HL3984)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether funds set aside to benefit AIDS orphans will be used for sustainable development in the orphans’ own communities rather than for institutional care; and what assessment they have made of previous funding in this context.    [DfID] (HL3995)

22nd July

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations took place between the Department for Transport and the business community and local authorities in Greater Manchester before the decision not to approve Manchester Metrolink was made; and what consultation is now intended to discuss the impact of this decision.    [DfT] (HL4002)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment the Department for Transport has made of the impact of their decision not to approve Manchester Metrolink on new employment opportunities, economic activity and economic competitiveness in Greater Manchester.    [DfT] (HL4003)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations the Department of Health has received from Mrs Sue Threakall, whose husband died of hepatitis infection from contaminated National Health Service blood products, in regard to the ex gratia payments scheme administered by the Skipton Fund; what reply they are sending; and whether there is any action they will be taking.    [DoH] (HL4004)

The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to train wide groups of healthcare professionals who come into contact with large areas of patients’ skin to check for signs of skin cancer and for lesions.    [DoH] (HL4012)

The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress NITEworks has made to date in meeting the requirements of network enabled capabilities for British armed forces; and what costs it has incurred to the Treasury thus far.    [MoD] (HL4017)

The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which companies are currently involved in the NITEworks partnership; and what topics NITEworks is currently addressing.    [MoD] (HL4018)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their definition of “traditional,” “non-commercial” and “commercial” orchards.    [DEFRA] (HL4019)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the land where orchards have been grubbed up at any stage after the commencement of the Single Farm Payment Scheme will become eligible for the Single Farm Payment.    [DEFRA] (HL4020)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will press for the inclusion of (a) all orchards, and (b) all top fruit in the Single Farm Payment at the time of the 2007 Review.    [DEFRA] (HL4021)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have raised with the European Commission the question that top fruit could be included in the Single Farm Payment regime following the Review in 2007; and, if so, what was the outcome.    [DEFRA] (HL4022)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider using the National Reserve to make payments to commercial orchard growers.    [DEFRA] (HL4023)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the current rules applied to those entering Stewardship schemes, in particular for traditional orchard growers, will be continued; or whether those applying under the entry scheme will have more stringent requirements placed upon them.    [DEFRA] (HL4024)

The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the arrangements for the Secretary of State for Transport to give directions and guidance to the Strategic Rail Authority on how to exercise any of its functions, as specified in sections 206 and 207 of the Transport Act 2000, are adequate; and if not, what deficiencies there are.    [DfT] (HL4030)

The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what directions the Secretary of State for Transport gave to the Strategic Rail Authority to use its powers under section 206 of the Transport Act 2000 to formulate a strategy for the Rail Regulator to ensure that the outcome of the access charges regime in 2003 was affordable within the context of the Ten Year Plan.    [DfT] (HL4031)

The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made provision to give additional financial support to freight operators should the review of access charges by the Office of the Rail Regulator, proposed in paragraph 4.4.7 of the White Paper, The Future of Rail, result in higher charges.    [DfT] (HL4032)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Ulster Scots Agency headquarters in Belfast is obliged, if requested by a citizen of the Irish Republic, to respond in Irish.    [NIO] (HL4037)

The Lord Lea of Crondall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Department for Transport White Paper The Future of Transport of July 2004, what are the projected capital expenditure targets for roads for the next ten years superseding those set out in the 10 Year Plan for Transport published in July 2000.    [DfT] (HL4038)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the rate of expenditure from the Global Conflict Prevention Pool in (a) the Middle East, and (b) Afghanistan has been in line with the original budget for the years 2002-03 and 2003-04.    [FCO] (HL4040)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many schools have been closed, or listed for closure in (a) the last six months, and (b) the six months prior to that; and how many of these were schools for children with moderate learning difficulties. [DfES] (HL4041)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases have been referred to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal in the last year; and how many of these were from families seeking—

        (a)  a special school place; and

        (b)  a mainstream place.    [DfES] (HL4042)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in the last year how many families were not able to obtain the special school or part-time dual attendance provision which they sought.    [DfES] (HL4043)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in the last year how many local education authorities did not inform parents of statemented children of their legal right to choose a special school.    [DfES] (HL4044)

The Lord Eames—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage a resolution of the impasse in Portadown following a peaceful “Drumcree Sunday” in July 2004.    [NIO] (HL4047)

The Lord Eames—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, while respecting the independence of the Northern Ireland Parades’ Commission, they will give sufficient encouragement to that body to resolve the Garvaghy Road impasse.    [NIO] (HL4048)

The Lord Eames—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost to the taxpayer of the security arrangements at Drumcree and Portadown on the final Sunday in July 2004.    [NIO] (HL4049)

The Lord Eames—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost to the taxpayer of security arrangements on the occasion of the parades of Portadown Loyal Orange Lodge No.1 to Drumcree Church in 2003 and 2004.    [NIO] (HL4050)

The Lord Eames—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Police Service of Northern Ireland officers and army personnel were involved in the Portadown area on “Drumcree Sunday” 2004.    [NIO] (HL4051)

The Lord Eames—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to review the mandate under which the Parades Commission (Northern Ireland) operates at present. [NIO] (HL4052)

1st September

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether decisions of the Commission and the European Court of Justice have direct effect in non-European Union member states of the European Economic Area.    [FCO] (HL4054)

The Lord Eames—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the recently announced changes to the structures of the armed forces will affect the deployment of army, navy and air force units in Northern Ireland.    [MoD] (HL4055)

The Lord Eames—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have expressed, or intend to express, a view to the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland on the future of the full-time reserve of the Police Service; and, if so, what was the nature of that advice.    [NIO] (HL4056)

The Lord Christopher—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, given the increase in bovine tuberculosis in cattle, what research has been undertaken to establish whether—

        (a)  there are variations in incidence among organic, beef, dairy and suckling herds, or breeds generally;

        (b)  incidence has been affected by the scale (compared with the past) of in-breeding of dairy stock, increases in milk yields from cows, cross-breeding of beef cattle and greater stock movements;

and whether combinations of such factors could have altered stamina and disease resistance.    [DEFRA] (HL4057)

The Lord Fearn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the extra spending to be channelled through the Department for Culture, Media and Sport between 2005 and 2008 (stated to be increased from £1444 million in 2005 to £1674 million in 2008) will be allocated to tourism.    [DCMS] (HL4058)

The Lord Fearn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a percentage of the extra spending, to be channelled through the Department for Culture, Media and Sport between 2005 and 2008, will be used in the on-going bid for the 2012 Olympic Games.    [DCMS] (HL4059)

The Lord Fearn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many ocean-going liners visited English ports in each of the years 2001, 2002 and 2003.    [DfT] (HL4060)

The Baroness Finlay of Llandaff—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the new Higher Education Funding Council funds for the expansion of health care studies in universities is being retained in the universities as overheads to meet central costs; and whether any of these funds are being diverted to support other departments.    [DfES] (HL4061)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to exempt the Health and Safety Executive from plans to reduce the size of the Civil Service.    [DWP] (HL4062)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which of the twenty non-governmental organisations, listed in Appendix 2 to the Report on the outcome of the Inter-Departmental Review of International Human Rights Instruments, recommended acceptance of the First Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; and which of them recommended non-acceptance.    [DCA] (HL4063)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which, if any, rights or freedoms covered by the United Nations Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women are not protected by United Kingdom law.    [DTI] (HL4064)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what practical benefits are likely to result for women in the United Kingdom, in terms of equal rights with men, as a result of the right to petition the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, under the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.    [DTI] (HL4065)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is evidence, either in relation to the right of petition under the First Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights or under the legal systems of Contracting Parties to the Covenant, that a free-standing legal provision against discrimination could lead to an increase in the amount of litigation.    [DCA] (HL4066)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the Report of the Review of International Human Rights Instruments, they are aware of any other Government or independent legal expert which has expressed doubts as to whether Protocol No 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights permits a defence of objective and reasonable justification on the same basis as under Article 14 of the Convention; and, if so, which Government or independent legal expert has done so.    [DCA] (HL4067)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 22nd July (WS 43), what was the reason for the delay in publishing the outcome of their review of international human rights instruments from December 2003 when final points were resolved at a meeting of departmental representatives.    [DCA] (HL4068)

The Baroness Barker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the principle that students, as key stakeholders in higher education, should be represented on the governing bodies of universities.    [DfES] (HL4069)

The Lord Bradshaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the number of new orders for signalling work by Network Rail is placing design and manufacturing capacity in the engineering supply industry in jeopardy.    [DfT] (HL4070)

The Lord Bradshaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to publish a National Ports Strategy following rejection of the proposal for a new port complex at Didden Bay.    [DfT] (HL4071)

The Lord Bradshaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 6th October 2003 (WA 6) and the Lord MacDonald of Tradeston on 20th June 2002 (WA 105), when they will issue the necessary orders for the camera enforcement of bus lanes outside London.    [DfT] (HL4072)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 25th March (WA 112), when the Ministry of Defence now expects to deposit in the Library of the House all letters pursuant to Parliamentary Questions on the destruction in 1991 of Iraqi chemical weapons stored at Khamisiyah in southern Iraq.    [MoD] (HL4073)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any review of Dr Tony Hall’s work for the Medical Assessment Programme of the Ministry of Defence has been undertaken by the department, or is now being considered, subsequent to his widely publicised comments of 10th August on the health of service personnel and the integrity of Gulf War veterans.    [MoD] (HL4074)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Dr Tony Hall and other employees or ex-employees of the Ministry of Defence were informed of the Ministry’s policy, stated by ministers, that “it is incumbent on all those who are close to health issues and have some knowledge of them to consider very carefully the language they use when making comment” that could “cause unnecessary anxiety among Service personnel, veterans, and their families and friends,” possibly threatening their well-being; if so, by whom and when they were so informed.    [MoD] (HL4075)

The Lord Chan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Chinese government regarding the imprisonment of house church leader Xu Shuangfu and the recent apparent killing by Chinese police of two Christians, Gu Xianggao and Jiang Zongxiu.    [FCO] (HL4076)

The Lord Chan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what concerns they have raised with the Chinese government about the arrest on 6th August of some 100 house church leaders in Tongxu County, Kaifong City, Henan Province.    [FCO] (HL4077)

The Lord Chan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what concerns they have raised with the government of Sri Lanka about the apparent break-in and ransacking of the office of the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka on 3rd July 2004.    [FCO] (HL4079)

7th September

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made, directly and through the United Nations, to the Indonesian government following recent reports that Indonesian army officers found guilty of crimes after the vote for independence in East Timor have had their sentences quashed by the High Court in Jakarta.    (HL4080)

The Lord Smith of CliftonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is possible to deprive an individual of his Baronetcy; and, if so, what is the procedure for so doing.    (HL4081)

The Lord Smith of CliftonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is possible to abolish a Baronetcy; and, if so, what is the procedure for so doing.    (HL4082)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date Dr Tony Hall commenced work as a physician for the Medical Assessment Programme of the Ministry of Defence; what were his duties and designation; in how many reports on veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf conflict he was involved; and why his employment was terminated.    (HL4083)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the value to governments and individuals of the system for individual petitions under the United Nations human rights treaties given that such petitions do not result in binding judicial decisions.    (HL4084)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their reasons for accepting the right of petition for women under the United Nations Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women while refusing to accept the right of petition for members of ethnic minorities under the United Nations Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination.    (HL4085)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government by what empirical criteria they will evaluate the merits of the right of petition under the United Nations human rights treaties, with particular reference to the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women during the two years after the coming into force of the Optional Protocol to the Convention.    (HL4086)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to publish the results of their evaluation of the merits of the right of petition under United Nations human rights treaties.    (HL4087)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will accept the right of petition under the Optional Protocol to the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and, if so, when.    (HL4088)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their review of international human rights instruments included an evaluation of the case law of the United Nations Human Rights Committee in considering complaints under the First Optional Protocol to the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and of the experience of states which have accepted the First Optional Protocol; and, if so, what were the results of that evaluation (a) as regards the case law; and (b) as regards the experience of States Parties.    (HL4089)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the reports of H M Chief Inspector of Prisons on Dover and Haslar, what steps they are taking to ensure that asylum claimants and migrants are not detained unnecessarily or for long periods.    (HL4090)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will resist European Commission proposals for the wide circulation of names and personal details of persons investigated by police or security services, and of those charged but not prosecuted or else acquitted.    (HL4091)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to proposals by the European Commission concerning the registration of bank accounts, including those of charities and commercial companies.    (HL4092)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what instructions they have given to their representatives about the drafting of measures to implement Articles 1 to 3 of the Framework Decision on Combating Terrorism (2002).    (HL4093)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will propose that the European Commission should consult with the Council of Europe concerning measures to combat terrorism.    (HL4094)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have received from the United Nations on its report on NATO’s reaction to unrest in Kosovo in the spring of 2004.    (HL4095)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what preparations have been made for the European Union to take over SFOR operations in Bosnia.    (HL4096)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what contractual arrangements they have made for the ongoing support and maintenance of the first tranche of the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft; and whether there are additional or separate arrangements for further support and maintenance as necessary.    (HL4097)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what contractual arrangements they have made for the ongoing support and maintenance of the second tranche of the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft; and whether there are additional or separate arrangements for further support and maintenance as necessary.    (HL4098)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what contractual arrangements they propose to make for the ongoing support and maintenance of the third tranche of the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft; and whether they plan to make additional or separate arrangements for the provision of such further support and maintenance as necessary.    (HL4099)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have on the support and maintenance arrangements for Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft purchased outside of the United Kingdom.    (HL4100)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, if the 2012 Olympic Games were to be held in London, it would be possible under current rules on the use of firearms and on gun clubs to stage all the shooting events which have featured in recent Olympiads.    (HL4101)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current one-year and five-year survival rates for lung cancer and breast cancer respectively; and how these survival rates compare with each of the years 1996-2003.    (HL4102)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many nurses specialise in (a) lung cancer; and (b) breast cancer.    (HL4103)

The Baroness Finlay of LlandaffTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will insert into the Explanatory Notes accompanying each Bill a table listing all the provisions that give powers to the National Assembly for Wales, in order to assist in tracking Bills as they apply to Wales.    (HL4104)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Northern Ireland Civic Forum cost in the financial year 2003-04; under what headings the cost was broken down; and with what authorisation.    (HL4105)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Northern Ireland Civic Forum staff have been reallocated to other departments since October 2002; if so, whether their salaries and expenses are scored against the new Department; and how was such expenditure approved and by whom.    (HL4106)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been paid in expenses to the Chief Executive of Waterways Ireland each year since 2000.    (HL4107)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been spent by Waterways Ireland in each year since 2000 on capital and maintenance work on (a) the Union; (b) the Royal; and (c) the Grand Canals.    (HL4108)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what ratings their auditors gave to the Audit Report for Waterways Ireland in each year since 2000; and whether they will place copies of these reports in the Library of the House.    (HL4109)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals Waterways Ireland has for the Ulster canal.    (HL4110)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish a list of those education providers which will have approved status, enabling international students proposing to study at those institutions to qualify for a visa for entry to the United Kingdom; which Department has the lead responsibility in determining whether an institution may be admitted to the approved list; and what criteria will be used in so determining.    (HL4111)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in their appraisal of the new licensing laws, they have given further consideration to a compulsory levy on the entertainment industry to pay towards the costs of policing, hospitalisation and clearing up in the early hours of the morning.    (HL4112)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are (a) the current budget; and (b) the emerging costs of Transport Direct; and when they expect that the system will be available for public use.    (HL4113)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 22nd July (WA 77) which stated that the Transport Direct website went live on 12th July—

        (a)  why there is no link between this site and the Department for Transport’s website; and

        (b)  where on the Transport Direct website the various categories of information described by the Minister can be found.    (HL4114)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the £33.7 million cost of the Transport Direct website over its first two years represents value for money.    (HL4115)

The Baroness HanhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether those dwelling in permanently moored houseboats are covered by the Protection from Eviction Act 1977.    (HL4116)

The Baroness HanhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide a full breakdown of costs and expenditure incurred by the regional referendum campaigns in the North West and the Humber prior to their announcement on 22nd July.    (HL4117)

The Baroness HanhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the costs associated with the decision to postpone the regional referendums in the North West and Yorkshire and the Humber.    (HL4118)

The Baroness HanhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their intention with regard to the monies previously allocated towards the North West and Yorkshire and the Humber regional referendum campaigns; and what is the amount in question for each region.    (HL4119)

The Baroness HanhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide a breakdown of the costs incurred for each Ministerial visit connected with regional referendum campaigns in (a) the North West; (b) Yorkshire and the Humber; and (c) the North East.    (HL4120)

The Baroness HanhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the dates of each Ministerial visit connected with the regional referendum campaigns in (a) the North West; (b) Yorkshire and the Humber; and (c) the North East.    (HL4121)

The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their intentions concerning the Hunting Bill.    (HL4122)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

Waiting for Second Reading

    Life Peerages (Residency for Taxation Purposes) [HL]

    Constitution for Europe (Referendum) [HL] [10th September]

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    Medway Council [15th September]

Committed to a Select Committee

    Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill [HL]

Committed to a Grand Committee

    Pensions [9th September]

    Human Tissue [15th September]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Tobacco Smoking (Public Places and Workplaces) [HL]

    Housing [9th September]

    Highways (Obstruction by Body Corporate)

    Christmas Day (Trading) [8th September]

    Civil Contingencies [15th September]

    Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 (Amendment) [HL]

Recommitted to a Committee of the Whole House

    Constitutional Reform [HL] [14th September]

Waiting for Report

    Wild Mammals (Protection) (Amendment) [HL]

    Armed Forces (Pensions and Compensation) [8th September]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Employment Relations [8th September]

    Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery [14th September]

Sent to the Commons

    Fishery Limits (United Kingdom) [HL]

    Harbours [HL]

    Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims [HL]

    Air Traffic Emissions Reduction [HL]

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

    Smoking in Public Places (Wales) [HL]

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

    Civil Partnership [HL]

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

    Children [HL]

    University of Wales, Cardiff [HL]

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

    Public Audit (Wales) [HL] [8th September]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Sustainable and Secure Buildings

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 Local Authorities (Indemnities for Members and Officers) Order 2004

    Draft Environmental Information Regulations 2004

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2004

    Draft Legal Services Complaints Commissioner (Maximum Penalty) Order 2004

    Draft Penalties for Disorderly Behaviour (Amendment of Minimum Age) Order 2004 [10th September]

    Draft Legal Services Ombudsman (Extension of Remit) Regulations 2004

    Draft Student Fees (Approved Plans) (England) Regulations 2004 [16th September]

    Draft Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 (Amendment) and Police Reform Act 2002 (Modification) Order 2004

    Draft Business Improvement Districts (England) Regulations 2004

    Draft Roads (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004

HYBRID INSTRUMENT IN PROGRESS

Referred to a Select 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
Local Authorities (Categorisation) (England) Order 2004
[16th Report]
25th October
Local Government (Best Value Authorities) (Power to Trade) (England) Order 2004 [16th Report]25th October
Other instrument to be debated
TSE (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 [15th Report]11th September8th September
REGULATORY REFORM ORDERS IN PROGRESS

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

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

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Execution of Deeds and Documents) Order 2004

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Registration of Births and Deaths) (England and Wales) Order 2004

Reported following first-stage scrutiny by the Regulatory Reform Committee

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

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Trading Stamps) Order 2004 [24th Report]

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2004 [27th Report]

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Local Commissioner for Wales) Order 2004 [24th Report] [16th September]

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

WEDNESDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER

Draft Charities Bill (Joint Committee)9.00 am
European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee G)3.30 pm
Constitution Committee4.00 pm
Human Rights (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Bill [HL]10.30 am
(Select Committee)

MONDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee B)4.00 pm

TUESDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Economic Affairs (Select Committee)4.00 pm
Merits of Statutory Instruments4.00 pm
(Select Committee)
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER

Draft Mental Health Bill (Joint Committee)10.00 am
Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform10.30 am
(Select Committee)
European Union (Sub-Committee F)10.30 am
Medway Council Bill11.00 am
(Unopposed Bill Committee)in the Moses Room
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)3.30 pm
(Energy Efficiency)in Room 134, Millbank House
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

FRIDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER

Science and Technology (Select Committee)in Ipswich

WEDNESDAY 13TH OCTOBER

Information Committee4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 20TH OCTOBER

Procedure Committee4.15 pm
 
 
 
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