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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 12TH JULY

At three o’clock

[Prayers will have been read]

*The Lord Dubs—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of plastic bags supplied by the retail industry; and what steps they are taking to discourage their use.

*The Lord Campbell-Savours—To ask the Chairman of Committees what proposals are being considered for securing easier vehicular access to the Palace of Westminster via Black Rod’s Garden entrance and the underground car park.

*The Lord Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the event of an outbreak of pandemic influenza, they would designate ministers of religion as key workers.

*The Baroness Barker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the National Learning and Reporting System’s report on women in National Health Service mental health units.

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

Water and Sewerage Services (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006—The Lord Rooker to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 5th June be approved. [Considered in Grand Committee on 4th July]

Budget (No. 2) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006—The Lord Rooker to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 6th June be approved. [Considered in Grand Committee on 4th July]

Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006—The Lord Rooker to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 12th June be approved. [Considered in Grand Committee on 4th July]

Education and Inspections Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Adonis] [23rd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡General Lighthouse Authorities (Beacons: Automatic Identification System) Order 2006—The Baroness Crawley to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 12th June be approved. [31st Report from the Joint Committee]

‡Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts) (Amendment) Regulations 2006—The Lord Davies of Oldham to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 14th June be approved. [30th Report from the Joint Committee and 39th Report from the Merits Committee]

THURSDAY 13TH JULY

[At eleven o’clock]

*The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will instigate research into the reported statistical link between children who grow up in stable, two-parent families and favourable outcomes at school and in later life.

*The Lord Russell-Johnston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the current financial situation of the European Court of Human Rights.

*The Lord Soley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what role is being played by the Crown Prosecution Service in offering support to victims of crime.

†*The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take to mitigate the loss of 800 jobs in Devon and Cornwall announced on 4th July by the industrial minerals group Imerys.

European Organization for Nuclear Research (Privileges and Immunities) Order 2006—The Lord Triesman to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 25th May be approved. [29th Report from the Joint Committee] [Considered in Grand Committee on 4th July]

Government of Wales Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Evans of Temple Guiting]

Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill—Report [The Lord Rooker]

FRIDAY 14TH JULY

[At eleven o’clock]

The Lord Wakeham—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Economic Affairs Committee on the Economics of Climate Change (2nd Report, HL Paper 12).

Disabled Persons (Independent Living) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Ashley of Stoke]

Scotland (Petitions for a Referendum on Independence) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Earl of Mar and Kellie]

MONDAY 17TH JULY

*The Baroness Whitaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the recent White Paper on international development addresses the main problems of developing countries.

*The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what have been the implications for Her Majesty’s armed forces deployed in Basra of the recent declaration of a state of emergency in that province by the government of Iraq.

*The Lord Taylor of Holbeach—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ease pressures on public services and to assist local authorities in areas where migrant workers are concentrated.

*The Lord Jenkin of Roding—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the future of British Nuclear Fuels Limited and its subsidiary companies.

[The Lord Drayson intends to move the following two motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately]

Pensions Appeal Tribunals (Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme) (Rights of Appeal) Amendment Regulations 2006—The Lord Drayson to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 5th June be approved. [29th Report from the Joint Committee] [Considered in Grand Committee on 4th July]

Pensions Appeal Tribunals (Additional Rights of Appeal) (Amendment) Regulations 2006—The Lord Drayson to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 5th June be approved. [29th Report from the Joint Committee] [Considered in Grand Committee on 4th July]

Procedure of the House—The Chairman of the Committees to move, That the 5th Report from the Select Committee be agreed to.

International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Bill—Committee [The Baroness Whitaker]

†Piped Music and Showing of Television Programmes Bill [HL]—Third Reading [The Lord Beaumont of Whitley]

Commons Bill [HL]—Consideration of Commons Amendments [The Lord Rooker]

†Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (No. 3) Bill—Second Reading (and remaining stages) [The Lord McKenzie of Luton]

†Finance (No. 2) Bill—Second Reading (and remaining stages) [The Lord McKenzie of Luton]

The Lord Wakeham—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Economic Affairs Committee on the Finance Bill 2006 (6th Report, HL Paper 204).

†[It is expected that the Second Reading of the Finance (No. 2) Bill and the motion in the name of the Lord Wakeham will be debated together]

Constitutional Reform (Prerogative Powers and Civil Service etc.) Bill [HL]—Report [The Lord Lester of Herne Hill]

The Baroness Blood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to develop more integrated schools in Northern Ireland and to encourage the transformation of existing schools to integrated schools.

TUESDAY 18TH JULY

        Introductions—

The Baroness Jones of Whitchurch

and

The Lord Bradley

          will be introduced.

*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce legislation to protect privacy in response to the growth of pervasive computing.

*The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the advantages and disadvantages of harmonising the rates of road fuel tax and duty between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

*The Lord Lee of Trafford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made towards the appointment of a new Chairman for Visit Britain.

National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) Regulations 2006—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 5th June be approved. [30th Report from the Joint Committee] [Considered in Grand Committee on 4th July]

†Housing Corporation (Delegation) etc. Bill—Third Reading [The Baroness Andrews]

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

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Education and Inspections Bill will continue]

In the Moses Room

At 3.30 pm

Criminal Defence Service (Representation Orders and Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2006—Consideration in Grand Committee [The Baroness Ashton of Upholland] [31st Report from the Joint Committee and 40th Report from the Merits Committee]

Criminal Defence Service (Financial Eligibility) Regulations 2006—Consideration in Grand Committee [The Baroness Ashton of Upholland] [31st Report from the Joint Committee and 40th Report from the Merits Committee]

Criminal Defence Service (Representation Orders: Appeals etc.) Regulations 2006—Consideration in Grand Committee [The Baroness Ashton of Upholland] [31st Report from the Joint Committee and 40th Report from the Merits Committee]

Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) Order 2006—Consideration in Grand Committee [The Baroness Ashton of Upholland] [30th Report from the Joint Committee and 39th Report from the Merits Committee]

Regulatory Reform (Registered Designs) Order 2006—Consideration in Grand Committee [The Lord Sainsbury of Turville] [23rd Report from the Regulatory Reform Committee]

Adoption and Children Act 2002 (Consequential Amendment to Statutory Adoption Pay) Order 2006—Consideration in Grand Committee [The Lord Sainsbury of Turville] [32nd Report from the Joint Committee]

Maternity and Parental Leave etc. and the Paternity and Adoption Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2006—Consideration in Grand Committee [The Lord Sainsbury of Turville] [32nd Report from the Joint Committee]

Television Licensable Content Services Order 2006—Consideration in Grand Committee [The Lord Davies of Oldham] [31st Report from the Joint Committee]

Radio Multiplex Services (Required Percentage of Digital Capacity) Order 2006—Consideration in Grand Committee [The Lord Davies of Oldham] [31st Report from the Joint Committee]

Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) Order 2006—Consideration in Grand Committee [The Lord McKenzie of Luton] [32nd Report from the Joint Committee]

WEDNESDAY 19TH JULY

[At three o’clock]

†[Prayers will have been read]

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking at the Council of Europe and elsewhere to ensure that all rulings of the European Court of Human Rights on human rights abuses in Chechnya are fully implemented by the government of the Russian Federation.

*The Baroness Northover—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Attorney General has responded to the St Pancras Coroner’s request to consider whether cases might be brought in the United Kingdom regarding the deaths of Tom Hurndall and James Miller.

*The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will issue guidance to courts sentencing parents with direct responsibility for the care of children, so as to delay the commencement of custodial sentences until proper arrangements have been made for continuity of care.

†Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Bassam of Brighton] [20th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

THURSDAY 20TH JULY

[At eleven o’clock]

        Introductions—

The Lord James of Blackheath

and

The Lord Rowe-Beddoe

          will be introduced.

*The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Azerbaijan about the reported destruction of ancient Armenian monuments of cultural importance by Azeri troops in Nakhitchevan.

*The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to develop and increase funding for the Dance and Drama Awards scheme.

*The Lord Trefgarne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they make available to local authorities a code of practice or other guidance relating to the installation of traffic calming measures, including humps.

#The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to provide support for the families of children with autism.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Education and Inspections Bill will conclude]

MONDAY 24TH JULY

        Introductions—

The Lord Browne of Belmont

and

The Lord Bilimoria

          will be introduced.

*The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect on the United Kingdom economy if the price of oil remains at its current level.

*The Lord Campbell of Alloway—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the estimated cost and date for completion of the new supreme court.

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current state of discussions with the government of Iran about its nuclear intentions.

*The Lord Sheldon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase funding for the acquisition of works of art by both the public and private sectors.

†Parliamentary Costs Bill [HL]—Committee (on re-commitment) [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton] (Consolidation)

†[It is expected that the following three bills will be taken together]

†National Health Service Bill [HL]—Committee (on re-commitment) [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton] (Consolidation)

†National Health Service (Wales) Bill [HL]—Committee (on re-commitment) [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton] (Consolidation)

†National Health Service (Consequential Provisions) Bill [HL]—Committee (on re-commitment) [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton]

Armed Forces Bill—Committee [The Lord Drayson] [23rd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡The Lord Dykes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of current developments in the euro-zone economy.

TUESDAY 25TH JULY

[At eleven o’clock]

        Introductions—

The Baroness Butler-Sloss

and

The Lord Harries of Pentregarth

          will be introduced.

*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average waiting time for audiology services in National Health Service hospitals.

*The Baroness Rendell of Babergh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of the reduction in staff at the African Clinic at the Central Middlesex Hospital, responsible for gynaecological and antenatal treatment of patients with female genital mutilation.

*The Lord Clark of Windermere—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what responses they have received to the Department for Transport’s consultation on the new Cross Country rail franchise.

NO DAY NAMED

PART I

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the justification for requiring civil justice costs to be recovered in their entirety from those who become suitors before the court.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lord Smith of Leigh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to devolve more power to local authorities; and, if so, when they intend to do so.

The Baroness Morris of Yardley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to enhance the role of modern universities.

The Lord Campbell of Alloway—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider amending the Ministerial Code of Guidance to provide for an independent body to advise on non-financial ethical conduct.

The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the level of funding and support for the United Kingdom Film and Television Archives.

The Viscount Waverley—To call attention to initiatives for the resolution of global terrorism; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Cumberlege—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards midwife-led maternity units.

The Lord Judd—To call attention to the reform of the United Nations; and to move for papers.

The Lord Ramsbotham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce speech and language therapy into young offender institutions and secure training centres.

The Lord Truscott—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on implementing the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Industrial Strategy.

The Lord Rea—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of possible alternatives to the increasing use of the private sector by the National Health Service.

The Baroness Morgan of Drefelin—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of current cancer genetics services.

The Baroness Hanham—To move, That this House calls on Her Majesty’s Government to withdraw the Home Information Pack Regulations 2006 (S.I. 2006/1503) and to lay before Parliament revised Regulations that will not come into force for any purpose before 1st June 2008 so as to allow for further consultation on the practicality and the likely effects of the proposals.

The Lord Howarth of Newport—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve support for public museums and galleries to enable them to make new acquisitions for their collections.

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have applied the changes proposed in their Statement of Changes in the Immigration Rules retrospectively to those migrant workers who are already in employment in the United Kingdom.

The Lord Trefgarne—To move to resolve, That this House regrets the diminishing capacity of the House of Lords to hold Ministers to account.

The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the recent Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in Edinburgh.

The Baroness Rendell of Babergh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether patients whose lifestyle choices endanger their health should be charged for National Health Service treatment.

The Lord Norton of Louth—To call attention to the case for establishing a Royal Commission on the constitution; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Northover—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they are putting forward to promote the peace process in Israel and Palestine.

†The Lord Glenarthur—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of their diplomatic and deployment representation in and among the South Pacific island states and of the international bodies which work to support the region.

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 11th July, or unanswered after 14 days]

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

23rd May

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether foreign criminals who have been deported on discharge from prison are banned from re-entering the United Kingdom; if so, for how long; and whether they are liable to immediate deportation, without rights of appeal, if they return illegally while under ban from re-entry. [HO]    (HL5948)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many foreign nationals who have completed their prison sentences are currently being held in immigration detention facilities. [HO]    (HL5953)

24th May

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many foreign nationals who have been sentenced to imprisonment in the United Kingdom are currently serving their sentences in prisons in their own countries; and what rules and arrangements determine their early release. [HO]    (HL5998)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether deportation of foreign nationals who have been given custodial sentences in the United Kingdom, but who have not completed those sentences, invariably involves an agreement with the government of the country to which they are deported that they should be kept in prison in that country until they have completed their sentences, as determined by the United Kingdom rules for early release. [HO]    (HL5999)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Immigration and Nationality Directorate of the Home Office has responsibilities and powers throughout the United Kingdom; and what arrangements, if any, exist for liaison, consultation or joint decision making with the devolved authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland respectively. [HO]    (HL6000)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the courts of the United Kingdom can recommend citizens of other European Union countries who have been convicted of an imprisonable offence for deportation; and what powers they have to deport such persons. [HO]    (HL6001)

5th June

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 18th May (WA 65), where the information is held indicating on how many occasions since 1997 the Home Office has refused or omitted to give effect to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Ombudsman; and how members of the public may have access to that information. [HO]    (HL6054)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 18th May (WA 65), whether the Home Office will in future hold information about the department’s compliance with the Parliamentary Ombudsman’s recommendations in a way which permits public access to that information. [HO]    (HL6055)

6th June

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why Ms NHK (ref: EM02834) has received no response to her letter to the Home Office Nationality Policy and Special Cases Unit dated 22nd July 2005; and why she has not yet received a British citizenship certificate when it was known in January 2006 that her application was wrongly refused. [HO]    (HL6119)

12th June

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect the European Union’s policy of grubbing out vineyards and destroying or reconstituting nearly one billion bottles of wine will have on the growing British winemaking industry. [DEFRA]    (HL6275)

14th June

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 13th June (WA 17) concerning the Belfast Agreement, how it can be actively developed across its structures and functions without an Assembly. [NIO]    (HL6376)

15th June

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by the Lord Triesman on 6th June (HL Deb, col. 1131) “that there has been a certain ebb and flow between decisions taken in the legal fora of Europe and those taken here”, which decisions now taken in the legal fora of the United Kingdom were formerly taken in the legal fora of the European Union. [FCO]    (HL6395)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what mechanisms they have put in place to ensure that asylum seekers persuaded to leave the United Kingdom by payments of £3,000 do not subsequently return under other identities to claim a further payment. [HO]    (HL6396)

16th June

The Lord Jones of CheltenhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in order to protect the public from repeat offences, they will increase the flexibility given to judges sentencing those with a mental illness found guilty of manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility, attempted murder and other violent offences. [HO]    (HL6419)

The Lord Jones of CheltenhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are in place to detain those found guilty of serious violent offences who become eligible for early release, but show no sign of remorse for their previous actions. [HO]    (HL6424)

The Baroness SternTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether medically trained personnel are involved when oxygen is used in the course of restraint of children in secure training centres; and, if so, what level of medical training those personnel have. [DfES]    (HL6432)

20th June

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are providing intelligence and cooperating in other ways with the police services in Germany and other European Union and Council of Europe states to prevent the trafficking of people for sexual exploitation during the period of the current World Cup. [HO]    (HL6493)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 20th June (HL5991), whether Ministers are accountable to Parliament and to the courts for the acts and omissions of their civil servants. [HO]    (HL6494)

The Lord HanningfieldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 15th June (WA 41), whether they will describe, including the measurable element, the Department for Transport’s scheme to offset carbon emissions generated by its Ministers and officials whilst undertaking offical travel; whether the scheme includes forms of transport other than air travel; how and on what date the details of the scheme were communicated to officials within the department likely to use it; and how many times the scheme has been used since its introduction. [DfT]    (HL6496)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the company Novatech has received any public sector support; if so, what support; when; and whether they will place in the Library of the House documents about such support. [NIO]    (HL6511)

21st June

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a United Kingdom ban on imports of wild-caught birds would be compatible with (a) World Trade Organisation law; (b) European Union law; and (c) the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. [DEFRA]    (HL6523)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether senior civil servants in the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and the Strategic Investment Board are lobbying for a national stadium based on the site of the Maze prison. [NIO]    (HL6540)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to commemorate the military personnel and police who died in (a) the 1916 Easter rebellion in Ireland; (b) the 1919-21 war of independence in Ireland; and (c) the 1921-22 civil disturbances in Northern Ireland. [NIO]    (HL6541)

22nd June

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many whole-time equivalent posts there are in the Northern Ireland Civil Service; how many there were in each of the last three years, and how many of the current employees are (a) seconded; (b) temporary; (c) casual; and (d) employed by the Northern Ireland Assembly. [NIO]    (HL6549)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which major public sector employers in Northern Ireland have imposed a recruitment and promotion freeze pending implementation of the changes proposed in the Review of Public Administration; and why the Northern Ireland Civil Service is exempt from that freeze. [NIO]    (HL6550)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the current Police Service of Northern Ireland advice is that the security barriers at lower Chichester Street in Belfast continue to be required; and whether they are required by the Northern Ireland Office as a permanent installation to provide a secure area around the courts complex. [NIO]    (HL6551)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to apply Part 3 of the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages in respect of Ulster Scots. [NIO]    (HL6553)

The Lord Lee of TraffordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the salary and time requirements for all chairmen of public bodies appointed by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. [DWP]    (HL6558)

The Lord HanningfieldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much water in total and per occupant in cubic metres was consumed in the headquarters of the Department for Work and Pensions in each year since its creation. [DWP]    (HL6568)

The Lord HanningfieldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much water in total and per occupant in cubic metres was consumed in the headquarters of the Department for Communities and Local Government since its creation; and previously in the headquarters of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in each year since its creation. [DCLG]    (HL6569)

26th June

The Lord Maginnis of DrumglassTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 22nd June (WA 107), whether they intend to retain the Bobby Sands hospital block as an integral part of plans for a sports stadium at the former Maze prison site; and, if so, which department, agency or Minister is responsible for this decision. [NIO]    (HL6580)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have received from the government of Bangladesh about the type of grenades used in the attempted assassination of the British High Commissioner to Bangladesh on 21st May 2004; and what conclusions they have reached about the source of those weapons and about how terrorists acquired them. [FCO]    (HL6594)

The Lord OuseleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many incidents of hunger strikes have been recorded during the past 12 months at immigration detention centres; how many individuals have been involved; how long such incidents have lasted on average; and where those incidents have occurred. [HO]    (HL6596)

The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to ratify the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation Underwater Heritage Convention. [FCO]    (HL6599)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the statement by the President of the Pensions Appeal Tribunal in his letter to the Ministry of Defence of 4th April that, following the hope expressed by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs in October 2005 that the Tribunal’s decision in the Martin case had achieved closure of the Gulf War syndrome issue, the subsequent decisions of the Agency and the Ministry in the McGreevy case appeared “designed to undermine any such closure.” [MoD]    (HL6603)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government at what level the director of marketing and communications was designated and transferred from the Civil Service to Waterways Ireland in March 2002; and what is his current salary. [NIO]    (HL6607)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Waterways Ireland will be included in the discussions and negotiations on restoring devolution to Northern Ireland due to take place over the coming months. [NIO]    (HL6608)

27th June

The Lord Maginnis of DrumglassTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Rooker on 14th June 2005 (WA 119) and 20th June 2006 (WA 67), whether there has been a shortfall in achieving the Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety’s 2004-05 priorities for action which required boards and trusts to establish multi-disciplinary diagnostic assessment and early intervention teams. [NIO]    (HL6620)

The Lord Maginnis of DrumglassTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 20th June (WA 68), whether the multi-disciplinary early intervention team from the Foyle Health and Social Services Trust, which works in collaboration with the Sperrin Lakeland Trust, has the full-time services of a consultant paediatrician; and how many full time speech therapists are currently working with autistic children in these two Trusts. [NIO]    (HL6621)

The Lord Maginnis of DrumglassTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 20th June (WA 67), whether the multi-disciplinary early intervention team from the Newry and Mourne Trust that provides early intervention services in the Armagh/Dungannon Trust has the full-time services of a consultant paediatrician; and how many full-time speech therapists are currently working with autistic children in these two Trusts. [NIO]    (HL6622)

The Lord Maginnis of DrumglassTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 20th June (WA 67), who is the team leader for each of the seven multi-disciplinary early intervention teams operating within Northern Ireland; whether team leaders are dedicated to managing their teams full-time; what is the specific discipline of each team leader; and whether there is an overall Northern Ireland coordinator for autistic spectrum disorder. [NIO]    (HL6625)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many road bridges in North West England have been rebuilt or renewed in each of the years 2003-05. [DfT]    (HL6632)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many rail bridges in North West England have been rebuilt or renewed in each of the years 2001-05. [DfT]    (HL6633)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which coastal resorts in England and Wales have received heritage lottery grants in each of the years 2003-05. [DCMS]    (HL6634)

The Lord FearnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many rights of way have been reopened or established in the last five years in North West England. [DEFRA]    (HL6635)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have increased or intend to increase the period required before legal migrants into the United Kingdom may settle permanently; if so, what their reasons are for making such a change; and whether any change will have retrospective effect. [HO]    (HL6637)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 26th June (WA 132), how many prisoners currently serving their sentences have been recommended for deportation by the relevant court. [HO]    (HL6638)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in view of recent criticisms of the National Asylum Support Service by the Citizens Advice Bureau concerning section 4 support for asylum applicants who are unable to leave the United Kingdom for reasons beyond their control. [HO]    (HL6639)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many fatalities and serious injuries there have been on the A1 in Northern Ireland between Sprucefield and the border with the Republic of Ireland in the periods (a) 1st April 2005 to 31st March 2006; (b) 1st April 2004 to 31st March 2005; and (c) 1996 to 2001. [NIO]    (HL6642)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government under what authority the Strategic Investment Board operates in Northern Ireland; to whom it reports; and when. [NIO]    (HL6643)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the members of the Northern Ireland Strategic Investment Board; when they were appointed; by whom; and on what basis. [NIO]    (HL6644)

11th July

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each month from January 2005 to June 2006—

        (a)  how many applications for decision were received by the Information Commissioner’s Office under section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000;

        (b)  how many information notices were issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office under section 51 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the applications received under section 50 in that month; and

        (c)  how many decisions or enforcement notices were issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office for the applications received under section 50 in that month.  (HL6899)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what circumstances a consular officer at a British post abroad can refuse to accept an application for British nationality.    (HL6900)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why there is no system to track British nationality applications made at British consular posts abroad and forwarded to the Home Office for processing; and whether there is a procedure for British consular posts abroad to make enquiries on the status of an outstanding British nationality application made at that post.    (HL6901)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make reference to the erroneous refusals of British citizenship applications from solely British nationals in Hong Kong and the steps taken to remedy this in the next Six-Monthly Report to Parliament on Hong Kong.    (HL6902)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is lawful for a British Consular Post to refuse to accept an application for registration as a British citizen, for processing by the Home Office, on the grounds that the applicant has refused to surrender a travel document for retention or confiscation by the Consular Post after (a) being encouraged to do so, and (b) allowing the Consular Post to have sight of and retain copies of the travel document.    (HL6903)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Rally Ireland has been asked to repay funding supplied to it for the 2006 event.    (HL6904)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the business cases for the additional funding for the Nationalist festivals in West Belfast, Ardoyne and New Lodge announced on 10th July were (a) delivered, and (b) approved; by whom they were approved; and whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of all related documentation.    (HL6905)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government from what source transitional funding for Nationalist festivals announced on 10th July is being provided.    (HL6906)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who agreed the business case for 2006 Rally Ireland; on what basis the business case was agreed; whether economists were involved in its consideration; and what consideration was given to the guidance in the Green Book, Appraisal and evaluation in Central Government.    (HL6907)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 5th July (WA 75) concerning the proposed Police Service of Northern Ireland College; whether it remains their intention to site the College near Cookstown.    (HL6908)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 5th July (WA 78) concerning the Western Education and Library Board in Northern Ireland, when Maguiresbridge Primary School became a maintained school; and when the new school building was available for use.    (HL6909)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the appeal of 2nd July to the United Nations Secretary General by Beja doctors and intellectuals in eastern Sudan.    (HL6910)

The Baroness QuinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many health trusts in England were in deficit at the end of the financial year 2005-06; and, of these, how many were foundation trusts.    (HL6911)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what countries remain on entries PL9005, PL9008 and PL9009 from Schedule 2 to the Export of Goods, Transfer of Technology and Provision of Travel Assistance Order 2003 (S.I. 2003/2764).    (HL6912)

The Baroness TongeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning that government’s contact with Connex to build a light rail system in occupied East Jerusalem to link illegal Israeli settlements.    (HL6913)

The Baroness TongeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that produce imported from illegal Israeli settlements under the European Union-Israeli Association Agreement is labelled correctly for consumers in the United Kingdom.    (HL6914)

The Baroness TongeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the expansion of settlements and agricultural development in the Jordan Valley.    (HL6915)

The Lord OuseleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the names, ages, locations, ethnicity, marital status and prison sentences of the people who have died in custody in the last five years.    (HL6916)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which areas of England have received Assisted Area Status; and what criteria they used in the designation.    (HL6917)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent they have allocated Assisted Area Status up to the permitted maximum allocation of 23.9 per cent of the population.    (HL6918)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which 30 wards in England have the lowest workplace-based gross value added per capita; and how many fall within the designations for Assisted Area Status.    (HL6919)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why Torridge in North Devon was not designated an Assisted Area Status.    (HL6920)

The Lord HanningfieldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average total consumption of water in cubic metres of the average household in England and Wales in each of the last five years.    (HL6921)

The Lord HanningfieldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each gift received overseas and subsequently purchased in a personal capacity by the Deputy Prime Minister over the normal travellers’ allowance, how much tax and duty was paid.    (HL6922)

The Lord HanningfieldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brigton on 29th June (WA190), whether they will provide details of how each flight undertaken by the Prime Minister since April 2005 has been offset for carbon emissions.    (HL6923)

The Baroness Finlay of LlandaffTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of refunding VAT under section 33 of the Value Added Tax Act 1994 to the three public broadcasting companies incurring most VAT in 2005-06.    (HL6924)

The Baroness Finlay of LlandaffTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of refunding VAT under section 33 of the Value Added Tax Act 1994 to the national museums and galleries which made no admission charge in 2005-06.    (HL6925)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all prison catering services and shops provide a service to vegan prisoners equivalent to that provided to prisoners with no particular dietary requirements.    (HL6926)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER AWAITING ANSWER

11th JULY 2006

[Tabled on the dates shown]

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

23rd May

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether foreign criminals who have been deported on discharge from prison are banned from re-entering the United Kingdom; if so, for how long; and whether they are liable to immediate deportation, without rights of appeal, if they return illegally while under ban from re-entry.    [HO] (HL5948)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many foreign nationals who have completed their prison sentences are currently being held in immigration detention facilities.    [HO] (HL5953)

24th May

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many foreign nationals who have been sentenced to imprisonment in the United Kingdom are currently serving their sentences in prisons in their own countries; and what rules and arrangements determine their early release.    [HO] (HL5998)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether deportation of foreign nationals who have been given custodial sentences in the United Kingdom, but who have not completed those sentences, invariably involves an agreement with the government of the country to which they are deported that they should be kept in prison in that country until they have completed their sentences, as determined by the United Kingdom rules for early release.    [HO] (HL5999)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Immigration and Nationality Directorate of the Home Office has responsibilities and powers throughout the United Kingdom; and what arrangements, if any, exist for liaison, consultation or joint decision making with the devolved authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland respectively.    [HO] (HL6000)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the courts of the United Kingdom can recommend citizens of other European Union countries who have been convicted of an imprisonable offence for deportation; and what powers they have to deport such persons.    [HO] (HL6001)

5th June

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 18th May (WA 65), where the information is held indicating on how many occasions since 1997 the Home Office has refused or omitted to give effect to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Ombudsman; and how members of the public may have access to that information.    [HO] (HL6054)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 18th May (WA 65), whether the Home Office will in future hold information about the department’s compliance with the Parliamentary Ombudsman’s recommendations in a way which permits public access to that information.    [HO] (HL6055)

6th June

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why Ms NHK (ref: EM02834) has received no response to her letter to the Home Office Nationality Policy and Special Cases Unit dated 22nd July 2005; and why she has not yet received a British citizenship certificate when it was known in January 2006 that her application was wrongly refused. [HO] (HL6119)

12th June

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect the European Union’s policy of grubbing out vineyards and destroying or reconstituting nearly one billion bottles of wine will have on the growing British winemaking industry.    [DEFRA] (HL6275)

14th June

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 13th June (WA 17) concerning the Belfast Agreement, how it can be actively developed across its structures and functions without an Assembly.    [NIO] (HL6376)

15th June

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by the Lord Triesman on 6th June (HL Deb, col. 1131) “that there has been a certain ebb and flow between decisions taken in the legal fora of Europe and those taken here”, which decisions now taken in the legal fora of the United Kingdom were formerly taken in the legal fora of the European Union.    [FCO] (HL6395)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what mechanisms they have put in place to ensure that asylum seekers persuaded to leave the United Kingdom by payments of £3,000 do not subsequently return under other identities to claim a further payment.    [HO] (HL6396)

16th June

The Lord Jones of Cheltenham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in order to protect the public from repeat offences, they will increase the flexibility given to judges sentencing those with a mental illness found guilty of manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility, attempted murder and other violent offences.    [HO] (HL6419)

The Lord Jones of Cheltenham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are in place to detain those found guilty of serious violent offences who become eligible for early release, but show no sign of remorse for their previous actions.    [HO] (HL6424)

The Baroness Stern—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether medically trained personnel are involved when oxygen is used in the course of restraint of children in secure training centres; and, if so, what level of medical training those personnel have.    [DfES] (HL6432)

20th June

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are providing intelligence and cooperating in other ways with the police services in Germany and other European Union and Council of Europe states to prevent the trafficking of people for sexual exploitation during the period of the current World Cup.    [HO]    (HL6493)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 20th June (HL5991), whether Ministers are accountable to Parliament and to the courts for the acts and omissions of their civil servants.    [HO] (HL6494)

The Lord Hanningfield—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 15th June (WA 41), whether they will describe, including the measurable element, the Department for Transport’s scheme to offset carbon emissions generated by its Ministers and officials whilst undertaking offical travel; whether the scheme includes forms of transport other than air travel; how and on what date the details of the scheme were communicated to officials within the department likely to use it; and how many times the scheme has been used since its introduction.    [DfT] (HL6496)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the company Novatech has received any public sector support; if so, what support; when; and whether they will place in the Library of the House documents about such support. [NIO] (HL6511)

21st June

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a United Kingdom ban on imports of wild-caught birds would be compatible with (a) World Trade Organisation law; (b) European Union law; and (c) the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.    [DEFRA] (HL6523)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether senior civil servants in the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and the Strategic Investment Board are lobbying for a national stadium based on the site of the Maze prison.    [NIO]    (HL6540)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to commemorate the military personnel and police who died in (a) the 1916 Easter rebellion in Ireland; (b) the 1919-21 war of independence in Ireland; and (c) the 1921-22 civil disturbances in Northern Ireland.    [NIO] (HL6541)

22nd June

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many whole-time equivalent posts there are in the Northern Ireland Civil Service; how many there were in each of the last three years, and how many of the current employees are (a) seconded; (b) temporary; (c) casual; and (d) employed by the Northern Ireland Assembly.    [NIO] (HL6549)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which major public sector employers in Northern Ireland have imposed a recruitment and promotion freeze pending implementation of the changes proposed in the Review of Public Administration; and why the Northern Ireland Civil Service is exempt from that freeze.    [NIO] (HL6550)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the current Police Service of Northern Ireland advice is that the security barriers at lower Chichester Street in Belfast continue to be required; and whether they are required by the Northern Ireland Office as a permanent installation to provide a secure area around the courts complex.    [NIO] (HL6551)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to apply Part 3 of the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages in respect of Ulster Scots.    [NIO] (HL6553)

The Lord Lee of Trafford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the salary and time requirements for all chairmen of public bodies appointed by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.    [DWP] (HL6558)

The Lord Hanningfield—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much water in total and per occupant in cubic metres was consumed in the headquarters of the Department for Work and Pensions in each year since its creation.    [DWP] (HL6568)

The Lord Hanningfield—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much water in total and per occupant in cubic metres was consumed in the headquarters of the Department for Communities and Local Government since its creation; and previously in the headquarters of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in each year since its creation.    [DCLG] (HL6569)

26th June

The Lord Maginnis of Drumglass—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 22nd June (WA 107), whether they intend to retain the Bobby Sands hospital block as an integral part of plans for a sports stadium at the former Maze prison site; and, if so, which department, agency or Minister is responsible for this decision.    [NIO] (HL6580)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have received from the government of Bangladesh about the type of grenades used in the attempted assassination of the British High Commissioner to Bangladesh on 21st May 2004; and what conclusions they have reached about the source of those weapons and about how terrorists acquired them.    [FCO] (HL6594)

The Lord Ouseley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many incidents of hunger strikes have been recorded during the past 12 months at immigration detention centres; how many individuals have been involved; how long such incidents have lasted on average; and where those incidents have occurred.    [HO] (HL6596)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to ratify the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation Underwater Heritage Convention.    [FCO] (HL6599)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the statement by the President of the Pensions Appeal Tribunal in his letter to the Ministry of Defence of 4th April that, following the hope expressed by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs in October 2005 that the Tribunal’s decision in the Martin case had achieved closure of the Gulf War syndrome issue, the subsequent decisions of the Agency and the Ministry in the McGreevy case appeared “designed to undermine any such closure.”    [MoD] (HL6603)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government at what level the director of marketing and communications was designated and transferred from the Civil Service to Waterways Ireland in March 2002; and what is his current salary.    [NIO] (HL6607)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Waterways Ireland will be included in the discussions and negotiations on restoring devolution to Northern Ireland due to take place over the coming months.    [NIO] (HL6608)

27th June

The Lord Maginnis of Drumglass—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Rooker on 14th June 2005 (WA 119) and 20th June 2006 (WA 67), whether there has been a shortfall in achieving the Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety’s 2004-05 priorities for action which required boards and trusts to establish multi-disciplinary diagnostic assessment and early intervention teams. [NIO] (HL6620)

The Lord Maginnis of Drumglass—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 20th June (WA 68), whether the multi-disciplinary early intervention team from the Foyle Health and Social Services Trust, which works in collaboration with the Sperrin Lakeland Trust, has the full-time services of a consultant paediatrician; and how many full time speech therapists are currently working with autistic children in these two Trusts.    [NIO] (HL6621)

The Lord Maginnis of Drumglass—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 20th June (WA 67), whether the multi-disciplinary early intervention team from the Newry and Mourne Trust that provides early intervention services in the Armagh/Dungannon Trust has the full-time services of a consultant paediatrician; and how many full-time speech therapists are currently working with autistic children in these two Trusts.    [NIO] (HL6622)

The Lord Maginnis of Drumglass—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 20th June (WA 67), who is the team leader for each of the seven multi-disciplinary early intervention teams operating within Northern Ireland; whether team leaders are dedicated to managing their teams full-time; what is the specific discipline of each team leader; and whether there is an overall Northern Ireland coordinator for autistic spectrum disorder.    [NIO] (HL6625)

The Lord Fearn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many road bridges in North West England have been rebuilt or renewed in each of the years 2003-05.    [DfT] (HL6632)

The Lord Fearn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many rail bridges in North West England have been rebuilt or renewed in each of the years 2001-05.    [DfT] (HL6633)

The Lord Fearn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which coastal resorts in England and Wales have received heritage lottery grants in each of the years 2003-05. [DCMS] (HL6634)

The Lord Fearn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many rights of way have been reopened or established in the last five years in North West England.    [DEFRA] (HL6635)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have increased or intend to increase the period required before legal migrants into the United Kingdom may settle permanently; if so, what their reasons are for making such a change; and whether any change will have retrospective effect.    [HO] (HL6637)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 26th June (WA 132), how many prisoners currently serving their sentences have been recommended for deportation by the relevant court.    [HO] (HL6638)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in view of recent criticisms of the National Asylum Support Service by the Citizens Advice Bureau concerning section 4 support for asylum applicants who are unable to leave the United Kingdom for reasons beyond their control.    [HO] (HL6639)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many fatalities and serious injuries there have been on the A1 in Northern Ireland between Sprucefield and the border with the Republic of Ireland in the periods (a) 1st April 2005 to 31st March 2006; (b) 1st April 2004 to 31st March 2005; and (c) 1996 to 2001.    [NIO] (HL6642)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what authority the Strategic Investment Board operates in Northern Ireland; to whom it reports; and when.    [NIO] (HL6643)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the members of the Northern Ireland Strategic Investment Board; when they were appointed; by whom; and on what basis.    [NIO] (HL6644)

28th June

The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representation there is from the free software movement on the Steering Committee of the Cyber Security Knowledge Transfer Network which is sponsored by the Department for Trade and Industry.    [DTI] (HL6648)

The Lord Maginnis of Drumglass—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the 2009 completion date for a new Police Service of Northern Ireland Police College has been postponed; whether all consultants working on the project have had to cease their work; and what will be the cost of compensation for this delay.    [NIO] (HL6657)

The Lord Maginnis of Drumglass—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Patten recommendations 132, 133, 143, 144, 146, 148 and 149 relating to training, education and development of the Police Service of Northern Ireland have been implemented in full; and, if not, whether this is having any negative impact on policing in Northern Ireland.    [NIO] (HL6658)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland were on duty in the South Armagh area on each day in the week commencing 19th June.    [NIO] (HL6660)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been spent on (a) upgrading, and (b) maintaining St Joseph’s High School in Plumbridge, County Tyrone. [NIO] (HL6661)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will enforce the provisions of clause 2(2) of the Health Bill, if enacted, in domestic premises used by two or more sex workers as both their home and their place of work; and which members of the public might attend for the purpose of seeking services.    [DoH] (HL6663)

The Lord Ouseley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 26th June (WA 131-2), whether any update to the House on the organisational failings of the Home Office will include an answer to the question of what action has been taken against those who have failed to effect lawful deportations of convicted foreign nationals.    [HO] (HL6664)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how a decision is made that the cost of providing an answer to a Question for Written Answer will be disproportionate; and what level of expenditure would prompt such a decision.    [HMT] (HL6669)

29th June

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they and other member states have increased their contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees since 1st January; and, if so, by how much.    [DfID] (HL6680)

The Baroness Howe of Idlicote—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the action plan to reduce waiting times for audiology services referred to in Tackling hospital waiting: the 18 week patient pathway.    [DoH] (HL6682)

The Baroness Howe of Idlicote—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will monitor the possible re-routing of direct access audiology referrals to ear, nose and throat consultants by general practitioners anxious to expedite their patients’ treatment.    [DoH] (HL6683)

The Baroness Howe of Idlicote—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, given that referrals are subject to waiting time targets for assessments but not for the fitting of digital hearing aids, how they will ensure that audiology services do not prioritise appointments for assessment over appointments for fitting aids.    [DoH] (HL6684)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many employees there are in the Strategic Investment Board in Northern Ireland; how they were appointed and by whom; and what is their community background.    [NIO] (HL6687)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Andrews on 28th June (WA 158) concerning ethnicity, whether they recognise the Ulster Scots community as “a segment of the population distinguished from others by a combination of shared customs, beliefs, traditions and characteristics, derived from a common or presumed common past, sufficient to give them an historically determined social identity in their own eyes and in the eyes of others”.    [NIO]    (HL6688)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the funding for a national stadium for Northern Ireland will come from the Northern Ireland block grant; and, if not, from where.    [NIO] (HL6689)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to provide the Northern Ireland Events Company with more funding for community festivals; if so, how much; and when.    [NIO] (HL6690)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by the Minister of Communities and Local Government, Mr David Milliband, on 22nd June (HC Deb, col. 1452) stating that £12 million is being allocated to organisations such as the National Federation of Women’s Institutes and the Scout Association, how much each organisation is receiving; and over what period of time the money will be allocated.    [DEFRA] (HL6692)

The Baroness Hollis of Heigham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what number and percentage of men and women would qualify for the full basic state pension if the number of qualifying years were reduced to (a) 25 years and (b) 20 years in (i) 2010; (ii) 2020; and (iii) 2030; and what would be the gross and net cost of each proposal.    [DWP] (HL6694)

The Baroness Hollis of Heigham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many additional men and women would qualify for a national insurance credit by (a) 2010; (b) 2020; and (c) 2030 as carers of more than 20 hours per week for people on—

        (i)  incapacity benefit;

        (ii)  lower rates of disability living allowance;

        (iii)  income support disability premiums;

        (iv)  any other disability benefit; and

    (v)  all disability benefits;

    and how many additional years of national insurance credit would be gained as a result by carers, by median quintiles; and at what additional gross and net cost.    [DWP] (HL6695)

The Baroness Hollis of Heigham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, if carers of more than 20 hours per week were eligible for up to five years’ worth of backdated credits for caring responsibilities incurred before 2010 for a person on (a) middle and higher rate disability living allowance, and (b) on any other disability benefit, what additional number and percentage of men and women would gain; how many would be eligible for a full basic state pension in (i) 2010; (ii) 2020; and (iii) 2030; and what would be the gross and net costs.    [DWP] (HL6696)

The Baroness Hollis of Heigham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many women who have a part time job earn less than the lower earnings limit; and how many adults caring for a disabled person on any disability benefit for more than 20 hours per week have a part time job and earn less than the lower earnings limit.    [DWP] (HL6697)

The Baroness Hollis of Heigham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many women currently receive home responsibility protection (HRP) for a youngest child over the age of 12 years; and how many women currently eligible for, or in receipt of, HRP are in jobs which pay them (a) less than the lower earnings limit (LEL); and (b) more than the LEL. [DWP] (HL6698)

The Baroness Hollis of Heigham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many women currently in receipt of home responsibility protection for children over 12 years are in jobs which pay them (a) less than the lower earnings limit (LEL); and (b) more than the LEL. [DWP] (HL6699)

The Viscount Astor—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the editorial independence of the BBC would be compromised if the National Audit Office were to be given access to their accounts; and, if so, in what way.    [DCMS] (HL6700)

The Viscount Astor—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the BBC is to be made directly accountable to the licence fee payer.    [DCMS] (HL6701)

The Viscount Astor—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Audit Office’s remit over the BBC World Service affects the Service’s editorial independence.    [FCO] (HL6702)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom soldiers and personnel are now deployed or employed in the Helmand province of Afghanistan; and how many of these are directly engaged in reconstruction and development, as distinct from security and defence.    [MoD] (HL6705)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the Department for International Development’s advisory role with the United Kingdom military in Helmand province, referred to in the Department for International Development Interim Strategy for Afghanistan 2005-06; and how this role has developed in recent weeks.    [DfID] (HL6707)

The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy in respect of the availability of condoms in prisons.    [HO] (HL6709)

The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any plans to introduce a needle exchange system for drug users in prisons, such as operates in Switzerland and Spain.    [HO] (HL6710)

The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all women’s prisons offer cervical cancer screening and contraceptive advice to women prisoners.    [HO] (HL6711)

The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what resources are being made available to ensure primary care trusts are providing an adequate sexual health service to prisoners.    [DoH] (HL6712)

3rd July

The Lord Rana—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the public attendance record, they will review the role and functions of the District Policing Partnership Boards in Northern Ireland.    [NIO] (HL6714)

The Lord Rana—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider the creation of an Enterprise Zone for export-focused companies in Northern Ireland with special rates and tax incentives.    [NIO] (HL6715)

The Lord Rana—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking within the European Union to create an open market for energy supplies, and, in particular, gas.    [DTI] (HL6716)

The Lord Rana—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that manufacturing in Northern Ireland has access to the expertise and practical support provided by the Department for Trade and Industry’s Manufacturing Advisory Service. [NIO] (HL6717)

The Lord Rana—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that the interests of manufacturing industry in Northern Ireland are considered in any plan to establish a National Manufacturing Skills Academy.    [NIO] (HL6718)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the replies by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 28th June (HL Deb, cols. 1188-89), which provisions of the European Convention against Trafficking in Human Beings give rise to difficulties which are hindering the signing and ratification of the Convention on behalf of the United Kingdom. [HO] (HL6728)

The Baroness Hollis of Heigham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many women have two or more jobs which each pay less than the lower earnings limit (LEL), but which added together pay more than the LEL; and, of these, how many (a) have a youngest child under 12; (b) have a youngest child between 12 and 16 years; and (c) do not have a dependent child.    [DWP] (HL6729)

The Baroness Hollis of Heigham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional savings, both gross and net, would come from abolishing autocredits by 2010, if men and women were to continue to be eligible for the five years before state pension age.    [DWP] (HL6730)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have agreed to change the basis for reporting individual journeys funded by the Royal Travel grant-in-aid in the annual report of Royal Public Finances 2005-06 from £2,500 to £10,000; and whether this change complies with their commitment to open government.    [DfT] (HL6733)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which members of the Royal Family are in receipt of Royal Travel grant-in-aid.    [DfT] (HL6734)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which individual journeys undertaken by those in receipt of Royal Travel grant-in-aid cost between £2,500 and £10,000 during the year 2005-06.    [DfT] (HL6735)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the Memorandum of Understanding between the Keeper of the Privy Purse and the Secretary of State for Transport on Royal Travel grant-in-aid; and whether the need for greater use of sustainable transport will be included.    [DfT] (HL6736)

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many weapons were handed in to the police during the five week national knife amnesty in May and June; whether these have been categorised by type; if so, how many of each type were handed in; and how many were handed in in each of the 51 police areas of England, Wales and Scotland. [HO] (HL6737)

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the research by the Press Association which showed that there were 91 serious knife attacks in England and Wales from 24th May to 30th June, 19 of which were fatal stabbings. [HO] (HL6738)

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the powers to be conferred upon police constables by clause 12 of the Police and Justice Bill will improve their ability to detect and prosecute theft of passengers’ baggage and theft from items of passengers’ baggage by those employed at airports; and what is their estimate of the extra number of offences each year that will be prosecuted as a result.    [HO] (HL6739)

The Baroness Stern—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the length of time between each death in custody and the completion of all inquest proceedings for that death in the last five years.    [HO] (HL6740)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Mr Tom Watson, has received from Falklands veteran Graham John Cordwell of the Parachute Regiment about the production and sale for private profit of medals and medal ribbons; and whether they intend to take any action.    [MoD] (HL6743)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the posts identified in the Northern Ireland Civil Service workforce reduction plan for the period April 2004 to March 2008 were (a) filled by temporary, seconded or casual staff when identified, or were time or policy bound posts; and (b) how many of the total posts were due to disappear in the years ending March 2005 and March 2006; and how many of these posts were abolished in each of those two years respectively.    [NIO] (HL6744)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made an assessment of the number of shopping trolleys and similar items of retail equipment in the stretch of the Connswater river that runs through the Connswater shopping centre in Belfast, and in the other designated parts of that river maintained by the Rivers Agency, downstream from the confluence loop at Beersbridge Road to the bridge at the Sydenham bypass; and whether they have any plans to remove the items.    [NIO] (HL6745)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions the Lisburn Road fire station in Belfast has been called to deal with bin burning and related arson incidents in alleys in the last 12 months; and whether the local police have consequently been involved in investigations relating to such arson and in developing an approach to curb the number of these fires and to deal with those responsible.    [NIO] (HL6746)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases at the European Court of Human Rights have been judged against the United Kingdom since the appeals procedure was introduced; and how many of these judgments were appealed successfully.    [FCO] (HL6747)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, over the last twelve months, which judgments by the European Court of Human Rights were made against the United Kingdom; which of these cases were not appealed; and what were the reasons for not appealing in each case.    [FCO] (HL6748)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the incidence of absence through sickness of the staff of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board in each year since 2000.    [NIO] (HL6749)

The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are planning to revise the Health Service Circular HSC/1999/176; if so, when a revised Circular will be issued; and whether it will include new guidance for strategic health authorities and primary care trusts regarding the funding of licensed treatments or new technologies that have not been considered by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.    [DoH] (HL6750)

The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what sources of advice and information they provide on how primary care trusts and health authorities should make funding decisions for licensed pharmaceutical treatments or technologies which have not been considered by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.    [DoH] (HL6751)

The Lord Kilclooney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in what way the isolation of Northern Cyprus has been reduced since Turkish Cypriots voted in favour of the Annan Plan for a settlement in Cyprus; and what steps the European Union has taken to reduce this isolation. [FCO] (HL6752)

The Baroness Sharples—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29th June (HL Deb, cols. 1318-20), why it is considered discourteous to provide information, that is to be given as evidence to a select committee in the House of Commons, in response to a question for oral answer tabled in the House of Lords.    [HO] (HL6754)

The Lord Campbell-Savours—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 3rd July (HL6470), what was the total cost to central funds of all actions brought by the Vehicle Operations Services Agency where the Agency has not succeeded in those actions.    [DCA] (HL6755)

The Lord Campbell-Savours—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will charge to the budget of the Vehicle Operations Services Agency the cost of all unsuccessful actions which the Agency pursues in the courts.    [DCA] (HL6756)

4th July

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions Ministers or officials have met each of the potential applicants for regional casino licences since 1st January 2003.    [DCMS] (HL6757)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the contribution which a regional casino licence could make to regeneration of the Millennium Dome area.    [DCMS] (HL6758)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which officials stayed with the Deputy Prime Minister at Mr Philip Anschutz’s ranch in 2005; and what were their official responsibilities at that time.    [DCLG] (HL6759)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 3rd July (HL Deb, col. 10), what is the justification for splitting responsibility for English civil and criminal law between the Home Office and the Department for Constitutional Affairs.    [HO] (HL6760)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on which dates since 30th September 2002 the Prime Minister has met Rupert Murdoch or Richard Desmond.    [CO] (HL6761)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will amend paragraph 14.18.5 of Chapter 14 of the Home Office Nationality Instructions to reflect the provisions of section 1(6) of the British Nationality (Hong Kong) Act 1997, which does not disqualify a person from registering if he or she has acquired another nationality on or after the relevant date.    [HO] (HL6763)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 17th May (WA 37), whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of any further clarifications received from the government of Nepal. [HO] (HL6764)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 28th June (WA 146), and having regard to paragraph 3.4 of Annex D to Chapter 12 of the Home Office Nationality Instructions, on what basis a British Overseas citizen minor who has had another citizenship or nationality taken away from him due to no act, or failure to act, of his own is considered by the Home Office to have renounced, voluntarily relinquished or lost through action or inaction that citizenship or nationality.    [HO] (HL6766)

The Earl of Onslow—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 4th July, what are their reasons for stating that the case of the three Natwest Bank employees, awaiting extradition, is still sub judice.    [HO] (HL6769)

The Lord Roberts of Conwy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Drayson on 28th June (WA 162), why, given that Ministers were briefed on the letter from the President of the Pension Appeal Tribunals in preparation for the oral question on 8th June, why the Lord Drayson made no reference to that letter in his answer. [MoD] (HL6770)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Drayson on 26th June (WA 127) on military casualties in Iraq, whether they will publish the figures referred to in the Official Report.    [MoD] (HL6771)

The Baroness Tonge—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the number of specialists in sexual and reproductive health working in the National Health Service.    [DoH] (HL6774)

The Baroness Tonge—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the kidnapping of a civilian doctor and his brother from a house in Gaza, the day before the Palestinian attack on a Israeli army position when Gilad Shalit was abducted.    [FCO] (HL6775)

The Baroness Tonge—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had and what advice they have given to United Kingdom charities working in Palestine regarding the disbursement of aid to organisations and individuals in that country following the United States Treasury’s Terrorism Sanction Regulations.    [DfID] (HL6776)

The Lord Vinson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 22nd June (WA 115), what criteria are applied by local authorities in deciding whether or not to prosecute individuals under section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990; and what guidance they have issued to local authorities in this regard. [DEFRA] (HL6778)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which authority is responsible for the walkways along the river Lagan upstream from Governor’s Bridge; why and when the vegetation on either side of the walkways was recently cut back; how many fires have since been set amongst the resulting stubble; and what is the frequency and purpose of cutting back vegetation when the walkways are hard surfaced.    [NIO] (HL6779)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the powers of the Food Standards Agency to check imported meats for individual purchase are equally applicable to meat for the catering trade and meat for processed food products.    [DoH] (HL6782)

5th July

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total number of eggs obtained from patients since the enactment of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990; how many have been used for research; and how many have been used for fertility treatments.    [DoH] (HL6785)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what data are collected about hyperstimulation syndrome, and other adverse clinical effects, when eggs are collected at fertility centres for research purposes.    [DoH] (HL6786)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to raise with the governments of China, Chad, Libya and Eritrea the findings of the recent United Nations report, The Supply of Small Arms, about the continuing sale of arms to the Darfur region of Sudan.    [FCO] (HL6787)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of North Korea about its decision to test the Taepodong 2, and other missiles, on 4th July.    [FCO] (HL6788)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights about the conditions in the Rohingya refugee camps on the border between Burma and Bangladesh.    [FCO] (HL6789)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last made representations to the government of Burma and the United Nations about the Rohingya people in Burma; and whether they will make joint representations with governments of Islamic countries to raise the problems faced by the Rohingya to the appropriate United Nations bodies.    [FCO] (HL6790)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask the Leader of the House, further to her answer on 28th June (HL Deb, col. 1191), whether she will make an assessment of the extent to which the Written Answer given by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 14th June (WA 29) falls within the guidance which she gave on the need for Government departments to answer questions fully.    [LHoL] (HL6791)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have reduced the budget of the Equal Opportunities Commission.    [DCLG] (HL6792)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will update the British citizenship application form B(OS) and paragraph 12 of the guidance notes to state clearly who should sign an application made by or on behalf of a minor.    [HO] (HL6793)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any British Nationals (Overseas) or British Overseas citizens of Chinese ethnic origin, who do not possess Chinese citizenship because the person or their parents were born in countries whereby they lost their Chinese citizenship due to a national treaty between China and the relevant countries; whether any such persons have been granted British citizenship under the British Nationality (Hong Kong) Act 1997; and, based on the current Home Office understanding, which are the countries in question.    [HO] (HL6794)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House any documents, dated between 5th July 2002 and 9th October 2002, which set out the reasoning for making provision for certain British nationals without other citizenship to register as British citizens under Section 4B of the British Nationality Act 1981.    [HO] (HL6795)

The Lord Howell of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many sections or units of the proposed new merged organisation to cover all military procurement and supplies will be sited in areas of high unemployment or in the North of England.    [MoD] (HL6796)

The Lord Howell of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many acres of the guarded compound containing the Defence Logistics Organisation Headquarters at Andover, Hampshire, are occupied by abandoned and boarded up buildings; how long these buildings have been unused and unoccupied; what plans for the development of these areas have been made; and when they will be implemented.    [MoD] (HL6797)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current status of, and what outcome they anticipate on, European Union legislative proposals which concern—

        (a)  food supplements;

        (b)  herbal medicines; and

        (c)  any other area of alternative medicine.    [DoH] (HL6798)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate of United Kingdom expenditure since 1972 on the implementation of—

        (a)  the Bathing Water Directive;

        (b)  the Drinking Water Directive; and

        (c)  the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive.    [DEFRA] (HL6799)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money has been spent since 1972 on water infrastructure and supply in the United Kingdom.    [DEFRA] (HL6800)

The Lord Maginnis of Drumglass—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Rooker on 9th March (WA 168) and 17th May (WA 49), whether they are aware of any sexual assault on young girls by members of Community Restorative Justice; and whether the Police Service of Northern Ireland have any knowledge of such an incident.    [NIO] (HL6801)

The Baroness Noakes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what amount was raised from the United Kingdom financial services sector for each of the financial years 1996-97 to 2004-05 from (a) corporation tax; (b) income tax; (c) national insurance; (d) stamp duty; and (e) any other taxes.    [HMT] (HL6802)

The Lord Garden—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which targeted allowances for the armed forces are expected to generate savings with the introduction of the Joint Personnel Administration system so that the changes are broadly cost neutral.    [MoD] (HL6804)

The Lord Garden—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the new harmonised armed forces allowances are broadly cost neutral for each individual service.    [MoD] (HL6805)

The Lord Garden—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what process of consultation with members of the armed forces was undertaken before the introduction of the new harmonised allowances; and what surveys are planned to test the success of the new schemes and the new Joint Personnel Administration system.    [MoD] (HL6806)

The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what views they have expressed in international bodies on the proposed ivory stockpile sales from Botswana, Namibia and South Africa; and whether they will resist all future calls to re-open the trade in ivory. [DEFRA] (HL6807)

The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made and what steps they are taking to combat the continuing decline in the number of African elephants, particularly in respect of—

        (a)  the illegal ivory trade conducted through London;

        (b)  habitat degradation; and

        (c)  the bushmeat trade.    [DEFRA] (HL6808)

The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to moves to de-list the grade II listed Commonwealth Institute.    [DCMS] (HL6809)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they did not support a claim for compensation from United Kingdom poultry producers in relation to avian influenza while supporting claims from poultry producers from 14 other European Union member states; and, if so, why they did not support it.    [DEFRA] (HL6810)

The Lord Dykes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect their action and the action by United Nations partners to promote a just peace in the Middle East will have on radicalisation of members of ethnic minority communities. [FCO] (HL6811)

The Lord Dykes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made an assessment of the likely impact of the recent kidnapping of an Israeli soldier and Israel’s retaliatory measures on the prospects for early recognition of Israel by the Hamas government; and what steps they are taking to revive these prospects through the European Union’s representation in the Quartet.    [FCO] (HL6812)

The Lord Dykes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are holding discussions with the government of the United States to establish a date for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.    [FCO] (HL6813)

The Lord Dykes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek an urgent meeting with the government of Israel to discuss the recent attacks on civilians in Gaza. [FCO] (HL6814)

The Lord Dykes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the likelihood of the retail sector promoting increases in the purchase by consumers of 11 watt compact fluorescent lamp light bulbs, which are needed for new energy savings, without Government intervention.    [DTI] (HL6815)

The Lord Dykes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Israel about the destruction of civic facilities such as power stations and university buildings in the Gaza strip.    [FCO] (HL6816)

The Lord Kilclooney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Indonesia about the reported sentence of twelve years imprisonment given to Filip Karma and Yusak Pakage as a result of their hoisting of the flag of West Papua in Papua.    [FCO] (HL6817)

The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the operational effectiveness of the personal load carrying equipment issued to British soldiers; and what plans they have to replace, or upgrade it.    [MoD] (HL6818)

The Baroness Sharp of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have agreed the terms of reference for the post of Chief Scientist at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; if so, whether they will publish them; and, if not, what are the reasons for the delay and when they expect the terms of reference to be agreed.    [DCMS] (HL6819)

The Baroness Sharp of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend that the Chief Scientist at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport should have expertise principally in the physical and natural sciences or in the social sciences.    [DCMS] (HL6820)

The Baroness Sharp of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to advertise the post of Chief Scientist at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. [DCMS] (HL6821)

The Lord Baker of Dorking—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many accidents have occurred on the A27 between Lewes and Polegate; and how many involved fatalities in each of the last ten years.    [DfT] (HL6822)

The Lord Monson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of the United States regarding the possible use of shackling or leg irons by the United States authorities on British nationals extradited to the United States who have not been convicted of any crime.    [FCO] (HL6823)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications for review made under the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, including those made out of time and orders made for reconsideration, there have been for (a) immigrant appellants; (b) appeals from the Home Office; and (c) appeals from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.    [DCA] (HL6824)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the first indicatory budgets given to the Ulster Scots Agency by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure in each year since 2000.    [NIO] (HL6825)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been paid in grants to Rally Ireland for 2005 and 2006; from what source; after what process; and whether they will place all the documentation in the Library of the House.    [NIO] (HL6826)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what grant applications are still outstanding from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board for which the application was made more than one year ago; what is the value of each grant; what is the cause of each delay; and what steps they are taking to speed up the process.    [NIO] (HL6827)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding they estimate is spent in schools in Northern Ireland teaching (a) Irish, and (b) Ulster Scots languages.    [NIO] (HL6828)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding has already been agreed for nationalist festivals in (a) West Belfast; (b) Ardoyne; and (c) New Lodge; from what sources the funding was made available; after what process; and whether further funding will be made available.    [NIO] (HL6829)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the report from Age Concern on Promoting mental health and well-being in later life; and whether they will take any action as a result of its conclusions and recommendations.    [DoH] (HL6830)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will explain the difference between Home Office figures for homicide by shooting for the year ending 2005 as provided in the Written Answer by the Under-Secretary of State for Police and Security (HC Deb, 660W) and that provided by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 4th July (HL Deb, col. 209).    [HO] (HL6831)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the recent comments made by the Bavarian Environment Minister, Werner Schnappauf, about a fivefold increase in regulation in the German regions since the 1990s, they will make an assessment of whether there has been a similar increase in European Union regulations affecting the United Kingdom.    [FCO] (HL6832)

6th July

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many unsuccessful asylum applicants left the United Kingdom (a) voluntarily, and (b) under compulsion in each year from 2002 to 2005. [HO] (HL6833)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many unsuccessful asylum applicants who cannot return to their home country are currently receiving hard case support under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.    [HO] (HL6834)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what happened to the 37 per cent of those asylum seekers who were refused the support they applied for under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.    [HO] (HL6835)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in 2005 or subsequently any children had to be looked after by local authorities because their parents had been refused support under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.    [HO] (HL6836)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many school places in Northern Ireland were unfilled on the most recent date for which figures are available; whether they will provide a breakdown of the total showing primary, secondary and other schools separately; and how many of the unfilled places were at (a) Roman Catholic schools; (b) Protestant schools; (c) integrated schools; and (d) other schools.    [NIO] (HL6837)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect the numbers of unfilled school places in Northern Ireland to change significantly at the beginning of the autumn term 2006.    [NIO] (HL6838)

The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will issue commissioning guidance to ensure that existing levels of investment in adult audiology services are maintained whilst primary care trusts await the separate action plan promised by the Department of Health.    [DoH] (HL6839)

The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether manufacturers of products registered under the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive will be able to indicate on the label whether the products comply with organic standards of production; and, if not, what steps they will take to ensure that consumers of products registered under the Directive are able to identify whether they comply with organic standards of production. [DoH] (HL6840)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the proposed disposal route for Magnox fuel can splitter fins presently stored in vaults at the Magnox sites; and what transport methods are proposed.    [DTI] (HL6841)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe about the reported persecution of journalists in Azerbaijan, including (a) the recent arrest of the journalist Sakit Zahidov and his detention after having published poems critical of the government and senior public officials of Azerbaijan; (b) the kidnapping and alleged acts of violence against Baheddin Haziyev, chief editor of the Bizim Yol newspaper; and (c) the murder of Elmar Huseynov, an Azeri journalist.    [FCO] (HL6842)

The Lord Tyler—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what legal remedy is available to counter re-interpretation and tampering by public officials in handling decisions of the Pensions Appeal Tribunal such as that in the case of Gulf War veteran Mark McGreevy, as documented in the Tribunal President’s letter to the Ministry of Defence of 5th April. [MoD] (HL6843)

The Lord Jacobs—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why their obligations under the extradition treaty with the government of the United States have become effective before the reciprocal obligations of the United States commenced.    [HO] (HL6845)

The Baroness Thomas of Winchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to help prevent the trapping and trading of song birds across the European Union.    [DEFRA] (HL6846)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, since May 2005, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has met with Ronan Morgan, promoter of Rally Ireland; if so, when; and where they met.    [NIO] (HL6847)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which firms tendered for the public relations activity surrounding Rally Ireland in 2005 and 2006 which was sponsored by the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure; which firm was successful; and how much it was paid.    [NIO] (HL6848)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 4th July (WA 40) concerning Rally Ireland, what issues will be considered about the decision to release the reports on the Rally Ireland event.    [NIO] (HL6849)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland announced the sponsorship of Rally Ireland; and, if so, when and where the announcement was made.    [NIO] (HL6850)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the role of the political adviser to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Philip Taylor, in the sponsorship arrangement for Rally Ireland.    [NIO] (HL6851)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether legal action is being taken against the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure or its agencies concerning sponsorship of Rally Ireland.    [NIO] (HL6852)

The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any direct communication between the United Kingdom forces deployed in Helmand Province Afghanistan and the commanders of Pakistani forces deployed in the immediately adjacent Pakistani province of Baluchistan.    [MoD] (HL6853)

The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the planning assumptions as to the numbers of trained members of the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police in Helmand Province able to cooperate with United Kingdom forces deployed there; and how the actual numbers compare with these assumptions. [MoD] (HL6854)

The Lord Monson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the present condition of the citizens of Turkish Cyprus is compatible with the provisions of the 1960 treaty concerning the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus (Cmnd. 1252), the 1960 Cyprus: Treaty of Guarantee (Cmnd. 1253) and the Basic Articles of the Constitution of Cyprus guaranteed therein.    [FCO] (HL6855)

The Lord Monson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they will make to the government of Cyprus on the case for concessions to Turkish Cypriots to balance those concessions which have been pressed upon Turkey by the incoming President of the European Union.    [FCO] (HL6856)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of the past three years, what contracts have been awarded and what payments have been made to Freud Communications by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.    [DCMS] (HL6857)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of the past three years, what contracts have been awarded and what payments have been made to Freud Communications by the Cabinet Office.    [CO] (HL6858)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of the past three years, what contracts have been awarded and what payments have been made to Freud Communications by the Prime Minister’s Office.    [CO] (HL6859)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of the past three years, what contracts have been awarded and what payments have been made to Freud Communications by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and its successor departments.    [DCLG] (HL6860)

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Attorney General on 27th June (HL Deb, col. 1096) about the Jubilee Line Case Review, under what legal authority the jurors were interviewed by researchers.    [AGO] (HL6861)

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether welfare benefits are paid in respect of more than one wife in a polygamous marriage in the case of (a) wives in this country; and (b) wives abroad; and, if so, how many recipients there are in each category. [DWP] (HL6862)

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, during each of the last five years, how many terrorist attacks have been successfully averted by the police and other security personnel.    [HO] (HL6863)

The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of funding provided by the Department for International Development for the presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo, what is their assessment of the current state of the pre-election preparations.    [DfID] (HL6864)

10th July

The Lord Garden—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the announcement of the pay award for doctors and dentists in the Armed Forces has been delayed; when they will make the announcement; and whether they will fully implement the Review Body’s recommendations. [MoD] (HL6865)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take appropriate steps to evaluate the effectiveness of permit schemes for road works in reducing congestion against the costs of implementing them, before more widespread implementation takes place.    [DfT] (HL6866)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will limit the number of permit schemes for road works approved in the first instance in order that a baseline of the levels of congestion and their causes can be established and a measurement made of the effectiveness of permit schemes in reducing congestion and the associated costs of implementing such schemes.    [DfT] (HL6867)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many reports the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) has received of lorry engine control units being adversely affected by powerful radio signals; and what tests the VOSA has undertaken to check such reports of electromagnetic interference from roadside radio signals.    [DfT] (HL6868)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what standards apply as regards electromagnetic compatibility testing for all safety systems in—

        (a)  road vehicles; and

        (b)  rail vehicles;

and which agency is responsible for creating and enforcing them.    [DfT] (HL6869)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they will make as a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation regarding the destruction by the Azerbaijan authorities of the Armenian cemetery at Julfa and other Armenian monuments in the territory of Nakhichevan.    [FCO] (HL6870)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Israel on the case for (a) replacing the road bridge in Gaza recently destroyed by the Israeli Air Force, or (b) paying compensation to the Palestinian Authority. [FCO] (HL6871)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether at their meeting this year in St Petersburg the leaders of the G8 will discuss their 2005 pledge of $9 billion for the development of Gaza.    [FCO] (HL6872)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have studied the joint statement issued by the 100 leaders of the world’s main religious faiths who met in St Petersburg; and whether they will advocate this approach to global issues to the other G8 members. [FCO] (HL6873)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current deficit of the Child Support Agency; what has been their aggregate contribution to the Agency since it was formed in 1993; and whether they have made any comparisons with child support arrangements in Australia.    [DWP] (HL6874)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the current Child Support Agency’s information technology is working satisfactorily.    [DWP]    (HL6875)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take with their international partners to prevent violence spreading to the Sudanese province of Kordofan. [FCO] (HL6876)

The Baroness Barker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what budget the Department of Health has allocated for the provision of turnaround teams to work with National Health Service trusts, primary care trusts and strategic health authorities.    [DoH] (HL6877)

The Baroness Barker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many turnaround teams have been sent to work with National Health Service trusts, primary care trusts and strategic health authorities since January 2006; and what has been the cost of these teams.    [DoH] (HL6878)

The Baroness Barker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the cost of turnaround teams for National Health Service trusts, primary care trusts and strategic health authorities are met by individual trusts or authorities or by the Department of Health centrally.    [DoH] (HL6879)

The Baroness Barker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which firms supply the personnel for turnaround teams for National Health Service trusts, primary care trusts and strategic health authorities.    [DoH] (HL6880)

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent assessment they have made of safety measures on the London Underground in respect of the threat of terrorism.    [HO] (HL6881)

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many sections of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 have (a) been repealed; (b) been amended; and (c) not been brought into force.    [HO] (HL6882)

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in each of the last five years, how many employers have been prosecuted under the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 for employing illegal immigrants; how many of these prosecutions were successful; and what sentences were given.    [HO] (HL6883)

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many foreign national offenders have been released from secure hospitals in the past three years without being considered for deportation.    [HO] (HL6884)

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate have been disciplined in the past 12 months for improper practices in the handling of asylum and immigration applications.    [HO] (HL6885)

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent guidance has been issued to the Probation Service in connection with the monitoring of offenders released on licence from prison.    [HO] (HL6886)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether for ease of reference the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Ministry of Defence will report periodically on the findings of the United Kingdom research programme into Gulf War illnesses, in particular those considered by the MRC to be scientifically robust.    [MoD] (HL6887)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what procedures Gulf War veterans must comply with to have the umbrella term Gulf War Syndrome applied to recognised medical conditions for which they are already receiving an award and which are attributable to service during the 1990-91 Gulf War.    [MoD] (HL6888)

The Lord Swinfen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government from where the United Kingdom pharmaceutical industry obtains poppy seeds to produce medication from opium derivatives.    [DTI] (HL6889)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the business case for the sponsorship of Rally Ireland was supplied; and when the decision to sponsor the event was taken.    [NIO] (HL6890)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether hospitality was involved in meetings between the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Ronan Morgan, promoter of Rally Ireland; and, if so, who paid for it.    [NIO] (HL6891)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 4th July (WA 35) concerning the Royal Victoria Hospital, what is the expected percentage of joint units of telephone and entertainment for patients’ bedsides which should be working at any one time.    [NIO] (HL6892)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reform the Northern Ireland Tourist Board; what process is being used to do so; and what is the expected timescale.    [NIO] (HL6893)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times section 7 of the Education Act 1996 has been used by North Tyneside Local Education Authority to prosecute people in the last five years.    [NIO] (HL6894)

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many names have been added to List 99 by each local education authority in England in the last five years.    [NIO] (HL6895)

The Lord Dykes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of any link between the lack of a sovereign state for the Palestinians and the views of some Muslims towards the United States, the United Kingdom and other European states.    [FCO] (HL6896)

The Lord Dykes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recent reports indicating that the projected costs of the 2012 London Olympic Games have increased. [DCMS] (HL6897)

The Lord Dykes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many representations they have received from Jewish people in the United Kingdom against the government of Israel’s policies towards the West Bank and Gaza; and what is their response to those representations.    [FCO] (HL6898)

11th July

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each month from January 2005 to June 2006—

        (a)  how many applications for decision were received by the Information Commissioner’s Office under section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000;

        (b)  how many information notices were issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office under section 51 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the applications received under section 50 in that month; and

        (c)  how many decisions or enforcement notices were issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office for the applications received under section 50 in that month.    (HL6899)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government under what circumstances a consular officer at a British post abroad can refuse to accept an application for British nationality.    (HL6900)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why there is no system to track British nationality applications made at British consular posts abroad and forwarded to the Home Office for processing; and whether there is a procedure for British consular posts abroad to make enquiries on the status of an outstanding British nationality application made at that post.    (HL6901)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make reference to the erroneous refusals of British citizenship applications from solely British nationals in Hong Kong and the steps taken to remedy this in the next Six-Monthly Report to Parliament on Hong Kong.    (HL6902)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is lawful for a British Consular Post to refuse to accept an application for registration as a British citizen, for processing by the Home Office, on the grounds that the applicant has refused to surrender a travel document for retention or confiscation by the Consular Post after (a) being encouraged to do so, and (b) allowing the Consular Post to have sight of and retain copies of the travel document.    (HL6903)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Rally Ireland has been asked to repay funding supplied to it for the 2006 event.    (HL6904)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the business cases for the additional funding for the Nationalist festivals in West Belfast, Ardoyne and New Lodge announced on 10th July were (a) delivered, and (b) approved; by whom they were approved; and whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of all related documentation.    (HL6905)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government from what source transitional funding for Nationalist festivals announced on 10th July is being provided.    (HL6906)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who agreed the business case for 2006 Rally Ireland; on what basis the business case was agreed; whether economists were involved in its consideration; and what consideration was given to the guidance in the Green Book, Appraisal and evaluation in Central Government.    (HL6907)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 5th July (WA 75) concerning the proposed Police Service of Northern Ireland College; whether it remains their intention to site the College near Cookstown.    (HL6908)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 5th July (WA 78) concerning the Western Education and Library Board in Northern Ireland, when Maguiresbridge Primary School became a maintained school; and when the new school building was available for use.    (HL6909)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the appeal of 2nd July to the United Nations Secretary General by Beja doctors and intellectuals in eastern Sudan.    (HL6910)

The Baroness QuinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many health trusts in England were in deficit at the end of the financial year 2005-06; and, of these, how many were foundation trusts.    (HL6911)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what countries remain on entries PL9005, PL9008 and PL9009 from Schedule 2 to the Export of Goods, Transfer of Technology and Provision of Travel Assistance Order 2003 (S.I. 2003/2764).    (HL6912)

The Baroness TongeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning that government’s contact with Connex to build a light rail system in occupied East Jerusalem to link illegal Israeli settlements.    (HL6913)

The Baroness TongeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that produce imported from illegal Israeli settlements under the European Union-Israeli Association Agreement is labelled correctly for consumers in the United Kingdom.    (HL6914)

The Baroness TongeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the expansion of settlements and agricultural development in the Jordan Valley.    (HL6915)

The Lord OuseleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the names, ages, locations, ethnicity, marital status and prison sentences of the people who have died in custody in the last five years.    (HL6916)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which areas of England have received Assisted Area Status; and what criteria they used in the designation.    (HL6917)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent they have allocated Assisted Area Status up to the permitted maximum allocation of 23.9 per cent of the population.    (HL6918)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which 30 wards in England have the lowest workplace-based gross value added per capita; and how many fall within the designations for Assisted Area Status.    (HL6919)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why Torridge in North Devon was not designated an Assisted Area Status.    (HL6920)

The Lord HanningfieldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average total consumption of water in cubic metres of the average household in England and Wales in each of the last five years.    (HL6921)

The Lord HanningfieldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each gift received overseas and subsequently purchased in a personal capacity by the Deputy Prime Minister over the normal travellers’ allowance, how much tax and duty was paid.    (HL6922)

The Lord HanningfieldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brigton on 29th June (WA190), whether they will provide details of how each flight undertaken by the Prime Minister since April 2005 has been offset for carbon emissions.    (HL6923)

The Baroness Finlay of LlandaffTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of refunding VAT under section 33 of the Value Added Tax Act 1994 to the three public broadcasting companies incurring most VAT in 2005-06.    (HL6924)

The Baroness Finlay of LlandaffTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of refunding VAT under section 33 of the Value Added Tax Act 1994 to the national museums and galleries which made no admission charge in 2005-06.    (HL6925)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all prison catering services and shops provide a service to vegan prisoners equivalent to that provided to prisoners with no particular dietary requirements.    (HL6926)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

Waiting for Second Reading

    Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (No. 3) (Money Bill—5th July) [17th July]

    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]

    Powers of Entry etc. [HL]

    Scotland (Petitions for a Referendum on Independence) [HL] [14th July]

    Disabled Persons (Independent Living) [HL] [14th July]

    Finance (No. 2) [17th July]

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

Waiting for Commitment

    Interception of Communications (Admissibility of Evidence) [HL]

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    Whitehaven Harbour [HL]

    London Local Authorities and Transport for London

Committed to a Select Committee

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

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

    Transport for London [HL]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Scottish Parliament (Candidates) [HL]

    Armed Forces [24th July]

    Legislative and Regulatory Reform [19th July]

    Education and Inspections [12th July]

    International Development (Reporting and Transparency) [17th July]

Re-committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    National Health Service [HL] [24th July]

    National Health Service (Wales) [HL] [24th July]

    National Health Service (Consequential Provisions) [HL] [24th July]

    Parliamentary Costs [HL] [24th July]

Waiting for Report

    Violent Crime Reduction

    Animal Welfare

    Constitutional Reform (Prerogative Powers and Civil Service etc.) [HL] [17th July]

    Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) [13th July]

    Police and Justice

Waiting for Third Reading

    Government of Wales [13th July]

    Piped Music and Showing of Television Programmes [HL] [17th July]

    Housing Corporation (Delegation) etc. [18th July]

    London Local Authorities [HL]

Sent to the Commons

    Fishery Limits (United Kingdom) [HL]

    Borough Freedom (Family Succession) [HL]

    Charities [HL]

    Harbours [HL]

    Estate Agents (Independent Redress Scheme) [HL]

    Road Safety [HL]

    Commissioner for Older People (Wales) [HL]

    NHS Redress [HL]

    Compensation [HL]

    Fraud [HL]

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

    Dynamic Demand Appliances [HL]

    Police (Northern Ireland) [HL]

    Lighter Evenings (Experiment) [HL]

    Company Law Reform [HL]

    Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups [HL]

    Wireless Telegraphy [HL]

Returned to the Commons with amendments

    Health

Returned to the Commons with reasons

    Civil Aviation

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

    Commons [HL] [17th July]

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 Social Security (Graduated Retirement Benefit) (Consequential Provisions) Order 2006

Referred to a Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) Order 2006 [*39th Report] [18th July]

    Draft Television Licensable Content Services Order 2006 [18th July]

    Draft Radio Multiplex Services (Required Percentage of Digital Capacity) Order 2006 [18th July]

    Draft Criminal Defence Service (Representation Orders and Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2006 [*40th Report] [18th July]

    Draft Criminal Defence Service (Financial Eligibility) Regulations 2006 [*40th Report] [18th July]

    Draft Criminal Defence Service (Representation Orders: Appeals etc.) Regulations 2006 [*40th Report] [18th July]

    Draft Adoption and Children Act 2002 (Consequential Amendment to Statutory Adoption Pay) Order 2006 [18th July]

    Draft Maternity and Parental Leave etc. and the Paternity and Adoption Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2006 [18th July]

    Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) Order 2006 [18th July]

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 [*39th Report] [12th July]

    Draft General Lighthouse Authorities (Beacons: Automatic Identification System) Order 2006 [12th July]

    Draft Water and Sewerage Services (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 [12th July]

    Draft Budget (No. 2) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 [12th July]

    Draft Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 [12th July]

    Draft Pensions Appeal Tribunals (Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme) (Rights of Appeal) Amendment Regulations 2006 [17th July]

    Draft Pensions Appeal Tribunals (Additional Rights of Appeal) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 [17th July]

    Draft European Organization for Nuclear Research (Privileges and Immunities) Order 2006 [13th July]

    Draft National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) Regulations 2006 [18th July]

    Draft Smoking (Northern Ireland) Order 2006

NEGATIVE INSTRUMENTS


Praying time
expires
To be debated
Instruments reported by the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee
Strategic Health Authorities (Establishment and Abolition) (England) Order 2006 [37th Report]14th July
Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006 [37th Report]15th July
Code of Practice under section 53A of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995—Rights of Access: services to the public, public authority functions, private clubs and premises. [38th Report]17th July
Home Information Pack Regulations 2006 [39th Report]23rd July
Electricity Safety, Quality and Continuity (Amendment) Regulations 2006 [39th Report]24th July
Draft Code of Practice on Racial Equality in Housing England [40th Report]25th July
Draft Code of Practice on Racial Equality in Housing Scotland [40th Report]25th July
Draft Code of Practice on Racial Equality in Housing Wales [40th Report]25th July
Education (Change of Category of Maintained Schools) (Amendment) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2006 [40th Report]15th October
Constitutional Reform Act 2005 (Supplementary Provisions) Order 2006 [40th Report]20th October
Export Control (Security and Para-military Goods) Order 2006 [41st Report]22nd October
Technical Assistance Control Regulations 2006 [41st Report]22nd October
REGULATORY REFORM ORDERS IN PROGRESS

Reported following first-stage scrutiny by the Regulatory Reform Committee

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

Order referred to the Regulatory Reform Committee for second-stage scrutiny

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

Reported following second-stage scrutiny by the Regulatory Reform Committee and referred to a Grand Committee

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Registered Designs) Order 2006 [23rd Report] [18th July]

REMEDIAL ORDER IN PROGRESS

UNDER SCHEDULE 2 TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS ACT 1998

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

Draft order under paragraph 2 referred to the Human Rights Committee

    Draft Marriage Act 1949 (Remedial) Order 2006 [14th November]

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

WEDNESDAY 12TH JULY

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform10.30 am
(Select Committee)
European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.00 pm

THURSDAY 13TH JULY

European Union (Sub-Committee G)9.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.00 am
European Union (Select Committee)noon
Draft Legal Services Bill (Joint Committee)2.00 pm
Procedure Committee2.30 pm
in Committee Room G
Science and Technology (Select Committee)3.30 pm

MONDAY 17TH JULY

European Union (Sub-Committee B)4.00 pm
Human Rights (Joint Committee)4.00 pm

TUESDAY 18TH JULY

Conventions (Joint Committee)10.00 am
European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)11.00 am
(Science and Heritage) in Room 134, Millbank House
Economic Affairs (Select Committee)3.30 pm
Merits of Statutory Instruments (Select Committee)3.30 pm
House Committee4.00 pm

WEDNESDAY 19TH JULY

European Union (Sub-Committee F)10.30 am

WEDNESDAY 18TH OCTOBER

Liaison Committee4.00 pm
in Committee Room G

TUESDAY 24TH OCTOBER

Information Committee3.30 pm
 
 
 
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