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Cumulative list of unanswered Questions for Written Answer


No. 13 10 MARCH 2010

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

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

5 January (19 January)

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Equality and Human Rights Commission or its predecessor bodies in recent years initiated investigations into alleged or actual discriminatory activities by the BBC and Channel 4; if so, when such investigations commenced; when any ended or were discontinued; and why. [GEO] HL1005

9 February (23 February)

Lord Ramsbotham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the intended stationing of a tender for nuclear-powered submarines in the British Indian Ocean Territory will involve the USS Emory S Land; and, if so, whether they will examine the stationing of the vessel at the US naval base at La Maddalena/Sardinia in 2007 and the circumstances of its withdrawal and the closing down of that base. [MoD] HL1994

22 February (8 March)

Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was paid by the Home Office and its agencies to (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) KPMG, (c) Deloitte, (d) Ernst & Young, (e) Grant Thornton, (f) BDO Stoy Hayward, (g) Baker Tilly, (h) Smith & Williamson, (i) Tenon Group, (j) PKF, (k) McKinsey and Company, and (l) Accenture, in each of the past five years for which information is available; how they monitor contracts with those firms; and how the department reports (1) during, and (2) at the end of, contracts to Buying Solutions. [HO] HL2088

Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was paid by the Department for Work and Pensions and its agencies to (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) KPMG, (c) Deloitte, (d) Ernst & Young, (e) Grant Thornton, (f) BDO Stoy Hayward, (g) Baker Tilly, (h) Smith & Williamson, (i) Tenon Group, (j) PKF, (k) McKinsey and Company, and (l) Accenture, in each of the past five years for which information is available; how they monitor contracts with those firms; and how the department reports (1) during, and (2) at the end of, contracts to Buying Solutions. [DWP] HL2092

Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was paid by the Department of Energy and Climate Change and its agencies to (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) KPMG, (c) Deloitte, (d) Ernst & Young, (e) Grant Thornton, (f) BDO Stoy Hayward, (g) Baker Tilly, (h) Smith & Williamson, (i) Tenon Group, (j) PKF, (k) McKinsey and Company, and (l) Accenture, since its creation; how they monitor contracts with those firms; and how the department reports (1) during, and (2) at the end of, contracts to Buying Solutions. [DECC] HL2093

Lord Newby to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was paid by the Ministry of Defence and its agencies to (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) KPMG, (c) Deloitte, (d) Ernst & Young, (e) Grant Thornton, (f) BDO Stoy Hayward, (g) Baker Tilly, (h) Smith & Williamson, (i) Tenon Group, (j) PKF, (k) McKinsey and Company, and (l) Accenture, in each of the past five years for which information is available; how they monitor contracts with those firms; and how the department reports (1) during, and (2) at the end of, contracts to Buying Solutions. [MoD] HL2096

Lord Newby to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was paid by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and its agencies to (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) KPMG, (c) Deloitte, (d) Ernst & Young, (e) Grant Thornton, (f) BDO Stoy Hayward, (g) Baker Tilly, (h) Smith & Williamson, (i) Tenon Group, (j) PKF, (k) McKinsey and Company, and (l) Accenture, in each of the past five years for which information is available; how they monitor contracts with those firms; and how the department reports (1) during, and (2) at the end of, contracts to Buying Solutions. [FCO] HL2098

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guests were entertained at the official residence of the First Sea Lord during 2009 who were (a) royalty, (b) ministers, (c) other senior officers, (d) MPs, (e) overseas visitors, and (f) other VIPs. [MoD] HL2122

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guests were entertained at the official residence of the Second Sea Lord during 2009 who were (a) royalty, (b) ministers, (c) other senior officers, (d) MPs, (e) overseas visitors, and (f) other VIPs. [MoD] HL2123

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guests were entertained at the official service residence of the Commander-in-Chief Fleet during 2009 who were (a) royalty, (b) ministers, (c) other senior officers, (d) MPs, (e) overseas visitors, and (f) other VIPs. [MoD] HL2124

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guests were entertained at the official service residence of the Deputy Commander-in-Chief Fleet during 2009 who were (a) royalty, (b) ministers, (c) other senior officers, (d) MPs, (e) overseas visitors, and (f) other VIPs. [MoD] HL2125

Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will withdraw and reissue their Home-educated children with special educational needs (SEN) guidance letter of February 2010 with (a) appropriate annotations to the reference to powers which will come into being if the current Children, Schools and Families Bill is enacted; (b) provision being made for inter-agency consultation on the best interests of the child before a school attendance order is sought; and (c) spelling and grammatical errors and malapropisms corrected. [DfCSF] HL2165

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Jerusalem Centre for Photography in Jenin, the Zakat Hospital in Tulkarem, the Prosthesis Factory in Qalqilia, the Islamic Relief for Care of Orphans in Tubas and Salfeit, the Nafha Society for Defence of Prisoners and Human Rights in Naablus, the School for Deaf Children in Ramullah, the Christian Wafa Charity Society in Bethlehem, or the Al-Aqsa School for Orphans in Hebron have previously received British or European Union funding. [FCO] HL2179

23 February (9 March)

Baroness Warsi to ask Her Majesty’s Government who has been consulted as part of the Maurice Smith Review of the provisions which prevent the promotion of racism in schools; and on what dates. [DfCSF] HL2193

Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received or made in relation to the future of the musical instrument collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. [DCMS] HL2199

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guests were entertained at the official service residence of the Adjutant General during 2009 who were (a) royalty, (b) ministers, (c) other senior officers, (d) Members of Parliament, (e) overseas visitors, and (f) other VIPs. [MoD] HL2218

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guests were entertained at the official service residence of the Commander-in-Chief Land during 2009 who were (a) royalty, (b) ministers, (c) other senior officers, (d) Members of Parliament, (e) overseas visitors, and (f) other VIPs. [MoD] HL2219

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guests were entertained at the official service residence of the Commander Allied Rapid Reaction Corps during 2009 who were (a) royalty, (b) ministers, (c) other senior officers, (d) Members of Parliament, (e) overseas visitors, and (f) other VIPs. [MoD] HL2220

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guests were entertained at the official service residence of the Commander-in-Chief Air during 2009 who were (a) royalty, (b) ministers, (c) other senior officers, (d) Members of Parliament, (e) overseas visitors, and (f) other VIPs. [MoD] HL2221

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guests were entertained at the official service residence of the Chief of the Air Staff during 2009 who were (a) royalty, (b) ministers, (c) other senior officers, (d) Members of Parliament, (e) overseas visitors, and (f) other VIPs. [MoD] HL2222

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guests were entertained at the official service residence of the Deputy Commander-in-Chief Personnel (Royal Air Force) during 2009 who were (a) royalty, (b) ministers, (c) other senior officers, (d) Members of Parliament, (e) overseas visitors, and (f) other VIPs. [MoD] HL2223

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 22 February (WA 227-8), which part of the Ministerial Code describes the constitutional conventions and principles governing the circumstances in which Ministers of the Crown may seek to influence the advice given by Law Officers of the Crown to the Executive on matters of law or the public interest. [AGO] HL2229

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what level of digital radio usage has been measured in the last three years; whether they plan to increase the ability to receive digital radio signals; and what is their assessment of the quality of such reception. [DCMS] HL2250

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Myners on 27 January (WA 329-30), whether they can apply HM Treasury’s retrospective reliance on section 228 of the Banking Act 2009 to incur similar expenditure in the case of the depositors with the Presbyterian Mutual Society. [HMT] HL2251

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their most recent estimate of (a) the costs, and (b) the total financial effects by income decile, of increasing the stamp duty threshold to £250,000 for (1) first-time buyers, and (2) all house buyers, for each of the next five years. [HMT] HL2261

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their most recent estimate of the cost to central Government of providing every council with top-up funding to mitigate for council taxpayers the effect of an expected rise of 2.5 per cent starting in 2011-12. [HMT] HL2266

24 February (10 March)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guests were entertained at the official service residence of the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff during 2009 who were (a) royalty, (b) ministers, (c) other senior officers, (d) Members of Parliament, (e) overseas visitors, and (f) other VIPs. [MoD] HL2275

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guests were entertained at the official service residence of the Deputy Supreme Allied Command Europe during 2009 who were (a) royalty, (b) ministers, (c) other senior officers, (d) Members of Parliament, (e) overseas visitors, and (f) other VIPs. [MoD] HL2276

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guests were entertained at the official service residence of the United Kingdom Military Representative to NATO during 2009 who were (a) royalty, (b) ministers, (c) other senior officers, (d) Members of Parliament, (e) overseas visitors, and (f) other VIPs. [MoD] HL2277

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guests were entertained at the official service residence of the Commander Joint Force Command Headquarters Brunssum during 2009 who were (a) royalty, (b) ministers, (c) other senior officers, (d) Members of Parliament, (e) overseas visitors, and (f) other VIPs. [MoD] HL2278

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guests were entertained at the official service residence of the Deputy Commander Joint Force Command Brunssum during 2009 who were (a) royalty, (b) ministers, (c) other senior officers, (d) Members of Parliament, (e) overseas visitors, and (f) other VIPs. [MoD] HL2279

Baroness Warsi to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Equality and Human Rights Commission spent on (a) public relations consultants, and (b) public affairs consultants, in each of the last three years; and for what purposes. [GEO] HL2284

Baroness Warsi to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many reports they have received of people working illegally on the Parliamentary Estate. [HO] HL2286

Baroness Warsi to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many illegal immigrants have been found to be working for the Ministry of Defence and its agencies in each of the last five years. [MoD] HL2287

Baroness Fookes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to increase the number of male teachers in primary schools. [DfCSF] HL2290

Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead on 22 February (WA 233-4), which European Union countries have asked for information from them about the issues arising from the United Kingdom’s arrest warrant procedure; and when those requests were made. [FCO] HL2292

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 24 February (HL2012), how many complaints received by the UK Border Agency concerning excessive force used by contractors in removing people from the United Kingdom have been upheld in each of the last five years; and what consequent action they took in respect of (a) companies, and (b) individuals. [HO] HL2310

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many improvised explosive devices have been successfully defused by British forces in Helmand province this year. [MoD] HL2321

Lord Burnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many housing starts there were in each quarter of the last two years for (a) the private sector, (b) registered social landlords, and (c) council housing. [CLG] HL2335

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether efficiency savings can be made by subsuming the work of the National Extremism Tactical Co-ordination Unit. [HO] HL2339

25 February (11 March)

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisations, bodies, agencies or others have requested an extension to the period for consultation on a bill of rights for Northern Ireland; and what were the reasons given for such requests. [NIO] HL2343

Baroness Warsi to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many illegal immigrants have been found to be working for the Department for International Development and its agencies in each of the last five years. [DfID] HL2348

Baroness Warsi to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many illegal immigrants have been found to be working for the Department of Energy and Climate Change and its agencies since its creation. [DECC HL2350

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average purchase price, excluding value added tax, of a 500-sheet ream of white A4 80 gsm photocopier paper paid by the National Archives in the latest period for which figures are available; and how much it spent in total on all photocopier paper in the last year for which figures are available. [MoJ] HL2354

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average purchase price, excluding value added tax, of a 500-sheet ream of white A4 80 gsm photocopier paper paid by the Independent Safeguarding Authority in the latest period for which figures are available; and how much it spent in total on all photocopier paper in the last year for which figures are available. [DfCSF] HL2355

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in relation to the nomenclature of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, they have a definition of “culture”. [DCMS] HL2364

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the chair of the Bill of Rights Forum, Mr Chris Sidoti, has been engaged by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; if, so, in what capacity; at what cost; and whether the Northern Ireland Office was consulted on the matter. [NIO] HL2366

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 22 February (WA 210-11), why the provision of passport numbers on confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) forms is compulsory; and what checks are made to ascertain whether CAS forms originate from a legitimate Tier 4 sponsor. [HO] HL2367

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the categories of bonuses which have been available to officials of the Northern Ireland Office in each of the last four financial years; how much was allocated under each heading; and to how many officials. [NIO] HL2368

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the Department for International Development’s budget for Afghanistan was allocated to (a) Helmand province, and (b) other provinces of Afghanistan, in each of the last three financial years. [DfID] HL2369

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the Department for International Development’s budget for Afghanistan was allocated to each sector of development in each of the last three financial years. [DfID] HL2370

Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what provisions are in force for the control of nuclear waste and pollution in the British Indian Ocean Territory; and what contingency plans exist should a nuclear incident occur. [MoD] HL2377

1 March (15 March)

Baroness Warsi to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many illegal immigrants have been found to be working for the Department for Children, Schools and Families, its predecessors and its agencies in each of the last five years. [DfCSF] HL2379

Baroness Warsi to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many illegal immigrants have been found to be working for the Ministry of Justice, its predecessors and its agencies in each of the last five years. [MoJ] HL2381

Baroness Warsi to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many illegal immigrants have been found to be working for Communities and Local Government, its predecessors and its agencies in each of the last five years. [CLG] HL2382

Baroness Warsi to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much Communities and Local Government, its predecessors and its agencies spent on (a) public relations consultants, and (b) public affairs consultants, in each of the last three years; and for what purposes. [CLG] HL2384

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 10 February (WA 135-7), what were the services provided to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) by Hanover Communications during 2007 and 2008; what were the public relations matters that necessitated such services; whether such services were in addition to those provided by the HFEA’s Head of Communications and Press Officer; and whether the HFEA’s Head of Inspection received the same financial support to fulfil the Authority’s regulatory role. [DoH] HL2385

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 27 January (WA 337), to what the Chief Executive of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) was referring when writing in the internal memo placed in the Library of the House that “something clearly has gone wrong - badly wrong over a sustained length of time”; how that was communicated by the HFEA to the public; how long the Authority’s Head of Inspection had been aware of those issues; and how the relevant concerns are being addressed. [DoH] HL2386

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 8 February (WA 81-2), why the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) does not hold a record of the particular witnessing system used in each licensed centre; how that relates to moves towards risk-based regulation following the Toft report; and how Trish Davies affected the way the HFEA ensures compliance, as described by the HFEA Chief Executive in his press statement on 11 January 2010. [DoH] HL2387

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 22 February (WA 214), which employees of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority have been responsible for the loss of records following requests by researchers; and why losses that could only be described at disproportionate cost were not included amongst the cases of misconduct described in the Written Answer on 8 February (WA 81-2). [DoH] HL2388

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 8 February (WA 81-2), why the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority’s Compliance Report for February 2009 stated there were no Grade A incidents at the time; how the HFEA had reclassified the grades of serious incidents; why; what were the dates for the initial reporting of incidents 01073 and 01079 at centre 0102; and at what point incidents 01073 and 01079 were subsequently classified as Grade A incidents (as described in the HFEA’s press statement on 4 January). [DoH] HL2389

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 8 February (WA 81-2), whether incident 01079 at centre 0102 was considered by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to be closed on 23 March 2009; whether incident 01073 at centre 0102 was initially considered by the HFEA to be closed before 23 March 2009; and why the HFEA contacted Mr Yacoub Khalaf again regarding those incidents after contact with the Sunday Times on 24 April 2009 (prior to publication of an article on 26 April 2009). [DoH] HL2390

Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will issue a direction under article 14 of the Town and Country Planning Act (General Development Procedure) Order 1995 (SI 1995/419) to Surrey Heath Borough Council restricting the grant of planning permission for the proposed mosque near the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst until the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has personally determined the application, in view of concerns about the possible association of the mosque with extremist organisations. [CLG] HL2391

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average purchase price, excluding value added tax, of a 500-sheet ream of white A4 80 gsm photocopier paper paid by each Regional Development Agency in the latest period for which figures are available; and how much they spent in total on all photocopier paper in the last year for which figures are available. [BIS] HL2395

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average purchase price, excluding value added tax, of a 500-sheet ream of white A4 80 gsm photocopier paper paid by the Health and Safety Executive in the latest period for which figures are available; and how much it spent in total on all photocopier paper in the last year for which figures are available. [DWP] HL2399

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the Olympic Delivery Authority formally to respond to the recent National Audit Office report on co-ordination between bodies responsible for the 2012 Olympic Games. [DCMS] HL2402

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their forecast of the number of on-shore and off-shore windfarm units in 2015. [DECC] HL2403

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether HM Treasury uses international investment banks to provide advice on debt reduction instruments. [HMT] HL2406

Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many consultant posts exist for the diagnosis and treatment of autism; and whether there are plans to increase that number. [DoH] HL2407

Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many health professionals working in primary care are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of autism; and whether they plan to increase that number. [DoH] HL2408

Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the spread of professionals trained in the diagnosis and treatment of autism is proportionate to demand across the country; and what proposals they have for the distribution of those skills. [DoH] HL2409

Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any decision to end the ability to pay by cheque will be contingent upon the provision of a telephone to every rural dwelling in the country. [HMT] HL2410

Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Huw Irranca-Davies, on 8 February (HC Deb, col 680W), why the area of new woodland planting declined from 2000 to 2009; why the amount in 2006 to 2009 was lower than previous years; and whether they expect that trend will continue. [DEFRA] HL2411

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the revised version of Working Together to Safeguard Children. [DfCSF] HL2414

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will decide whether to opt in to the proposal for a European Protection Order. [MoJ] HL2416

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any forced marriage protection orders have been made in cities with large British Asian populations such as Blackburn, Bradford or Leicester. [MoJ] HL2417

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken further to their assessment of the initial impact of the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 to reach Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities and to encourage them to respond to the object and purpose of the Act. [MoJ] HL2418

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the circumstances surrounding the death on 23 February of Mr Orlando Zapata, a political prisoner in Cuba; and whether they have raised, or intend to raise, his death with the government of Cuba. [FCO] HL2419

Lord Condon to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many emergency service personnel from the United Kingdom have been deployed to assist in Chile following the recent earthquake. [DfID] HL2420

Lord Acton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Iraqi refugees there are in countries neighbouring Iraq. [DfID] HL2423

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 24 February (WA 305-6), what was the expenditure on legal aid per capita in (a) Northern Ireland, and (b) England and Wales in each of the last three years. [MoJ] HL2424

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the agreement at Hillsborough Castle increased the annual Northern Ireland legal aid budget final allocation from £80 million in 2008-09 to £100 million this year; and why there has been a one-off allocation over the next two years of a further £12 million. [MoJ] HL2425

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Myners on 22 February (WA 174-5), whether they will apply the common law powers permitted by the Ram doctrine to enable Treasury Ministers to repay those retail deposits in the Presbyterian Mutual Society not protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme; and what is the total amount paid under the Ram doctrine to United Kingdom depositors in Icelandic banks. [HMT] HL2426

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in their activities in the United Nations they give greater weight to territorial integrity than to self determination. [FCO] HL2435

2 March (16 March)

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average purchase price, excluding value added tax, of a 500-sheet ream of white A4 80 gsm photocopier paper paid by (a) Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, and (b) the Office of Public Sector Information, in the latest period for which figures are available; and how much they spent in total on all photocopier paper in the last year for which figures are available. [MoJ] HL2437

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average purchase price, excluding value added tax, of a 500-sheet ream of white A4 80 gsm photocopier paper paid by (a) the Local Better Regulation Office, (b) the Competition Commission, (c) the Certification Officer, (d) the Union Modernisation Fund Supervisory Board, (e) the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Advisory Board, (f) Enterprise and Business Support, and (g) the Consumer Council for Postal Services, in the latest period for which figures are available; and how much they spent in total on all photocopier paper in the last year for which figures are available. [BIS] HL2438

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total expenditure, excluding value added tax, on photocopier paper by (a) the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and (b) the Government Equalities Office, in the latest year for which figures are available. [GEO] HL2439

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total expenditure, excluding value added tax, on photocopier paper by (a) Buying Solutions, (b) Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, (c) the Valuation Office Agency, (d) the Government Actuary’s Department, and (e) HM Treasury, in the latest year for which figures are available. [HMT] HL2440

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total expenditure, excluding value added tax, on photocopier paper by (a) the Environment Agency, (b) the Waste Resources Action Programme, and (c) the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the latest year for which figures are available. [DEFRA] HL2442

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 19 January (WA 224-5), whether the use of women’s eggs for research is considered a serious matter by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority; and how the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Acts provide for an egg producing an embryo by parthenogenesis. [DoH] HL2443

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) received a copy of the document by Dr Alexandra Plows and others entitled Should scientific researchers be allowed to ask women to provide their eggs for disease research?—A statement of concerns in response to the current HFEA consultation; how the HFEA responded to each of the points raised therein; and why the HFEA did not include that document alongside annex F in the paper for a meeting held on 21 February 2007 (agenda item 8). [DoH] HL2444

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government from whom the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority obtained permission to reproduce the “Summary of Edinburgh meeting” in a document published on its website. [DoH] HL2445

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Children, Schools and Families Bill will place a requirement on Catholic, Jewish, Anglican and Muslim voluntary aided schools to provide children with details of abortion clinics and abortion referral agencies. [DfCSF] HL2447

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 8 February (WA 81-2), when Trish Davies highlighted that laboratory operators were the source of the majority of errors reported as “category A incidents”; and what solution was proposed by Dr Stephen Troup of Liverpool Women’s Hospital at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's annual conference on 15 March 2005. [DoH] HL2448

Baroness Warsi to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Department for Transport and its agencies spent on (a) public relations consultants, and (b) public affairs consultants, in each of the last three years; and for what purposes. [DfT] HL2449

Baroness Warsi to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Department for International Development and its agencies spent on (a) public relations consultants, and (b) public affairs consultants, in each of the last three years; and for what purposes. [DfID] HL2450

Baroness Warsi to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and its agencies spent on (a) public relations consultants, and (b) public affairs consultants, in each of the last three years; and for what purposes. [DEFRA] HL2451

Baroness Warsi to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Department of Health and its agencies spent on (a) public relations consultants, and (b) public affairs consultants, in each of the last three years; and for what purposes. [DoH] HL2453

Baroness Warsi to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Ministry of Defence and its agencies spent on (a) public relations consultants, and (b) public affairs consultants, in each of the last three years; and for what purposes. [MoD] HL2454

Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to the draft CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Order 2010, whether large organisations and the public sector will be expected to reach the same level of carbon reduction that the Borough of Woking did in the 1990s through use of combined heat and power. [DECC] HL2456

Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to assist universities in helping any staff who have to leave as a result of reduced budgets cuts by providing advice on job placements and retraining. [BIS] HL2457

Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to assist universities to meet reduced budgets by introducing more cost-effective approaches to teaching. [BIS] HL2458

Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage universities to offer multi-disciplinary courses. [BIS] HL2459

Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will examine how multi-disciplinary courses such as those in United States and Scottish universities could be introduced more widely in English universities. [BIS] HL2460

Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received in relation to the Boundary Commission’s proposal to remove the name “Moresk” in the new warding arrangements for Cornwall; how they will respond to those representations; and how they intend to proceed thereafter. [CLG] HL2461

Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in citing data provided by the British Wind Energy Association, they have assessed the methodology used to collect those data. [DECC] HL2462

Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money each department provides to the British Wind Energy Association; and for what purposes. [DECC] HL2463

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom passports were reported (a) lost, and (b) stolen, during each of the last five calendar years; and how many of those were lost in transit between the Identity and Passport Service and the recipient. [HO] HL2465

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which prisoners in custody in England and Wales are victims of rape or other sexual violence. [MoJ] HL2466

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 12 November 2009 (WA 181), what further consideration they have given to reviewing the guidance about the Access to Work scheme for disabled councillors. [DWP] HL2467

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to use brownfield sites for housing in England, rather than using green belt land. [CLG] HL2470

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what forecast they have made of the effects of the recent reduction in international gas spot prices on the United Kingdom natural gas sector. [DECC] HL2472

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people in Northern Ireland access the Northern Ireland Court Service website each week. [NIO] HL2474

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Northern Ireland Court Service consultation document entitled Public Prosecution Service to commence proceedings without recourse to a lay magistrate will be advertised in the Northern Ireland weekly and daily press. [NIO] HL2475

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many consultation documents were published by the Northern Ireland Court Service during the past five years; and, of those, how many were published (a) on the Court Service website only, and (b) in the press only; and how many individuals (rather than organisations) responded to (1) those published on the website only, and (2) those published in the press only. [NIO] HL2476

Lord Colwyn to ask Her Majesty’s Government, with regard to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport report Live Music: An Analysis of the Sector, of 28 January, (a) what is the definition of the term “professional musician”, and (b) how many professional musicians are included in the total of “those employed in live music performance” in 2006 and 2008. [DCMS] HL2477

Lord Colwyn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the dates of the research sources for the numbers of professional musicians in 2006 and 2008 cited in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s report Live Music: An Analysis of the Sector under the heading “increases in those performing music—are there more musicians?”. [DCMS] HL2478

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the locations of the 140 trained Pashtun speakers serving in Her Majesty’s armed forces who are not deployed to Afghanistan. [MoD] HL2481

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been affected by incidents of data loss at the Ministry of Defence in each of the last five years. [MoD] HL2482

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many personnel deployed to Afghanistan are capable in the following languages: (a) Farsi, (b) Hazaragi, (c) Uzbek, and (d) Pashto. [MoD] HL2483

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the criteria by which Commissioners of the Infrastructure Planning Commission are recruited; and what are the professional and other qualifications and relevant experiences of each of the Commissioners so far recruited. [CLG] HL2484

Lord Stevens of Ludgate to ask Her Majesty’s Government why Her Majesty’s ambassador in Panama required a new residence; what was the cost of the new residence; what was the cost of the opening ceremony for it, including travel; and whether a European Union embassy is being opened in Panama. [FCO] HL2487

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government which are the 20 countries whose nationals have been issued most national insurance numbers since 2002; and how many numbers have been issued to all foreign nationals since 2002. [DWP] HL2488

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Crawley on 13 January (WA 155-6), what criteria were used in the 2011 census ethnic question prioritisation exercise; what was the scoring system used to decide only to add the category of Gypsy or Irish Traveller to White ethnic group; what other categories were considered; and why an Irish category was included in 2001 and will be maintained it in 2011. [CO] HL2489

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 9 December 2009 (WA 127), how many United Kingdom service personnel died during the period 1919 to 31 August 1921; and what details the Commonwealth War Graves Commission hold about such servicemen. [MoD] HL2490

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 10 February (WA 151-2), whether they will publish the agreement reached with the Republic of Ireland on the closure of the 2003-06 European Union healthcare costs account and the settlement for 2007-09; whether it differs from the United Kingdom’s arrangements with other European Union countries; and how payments will be calculated for 2010 and future years until new arrangements are in place. [DoH] HL2491

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House all correspondence they had with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in February 2010. [NIO] HL2493

Lord Jenkin of Roding to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the fundamental review of the GB Security and Quality of Supply Standards for the planning and operation of the electricity transmission system to be completed and its proposals to be published. [DECC] HL2494

Lord Acton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Young of Norwood Green on 1 March (HL Deb, col 1187), what public information is provided on the functions of the Information Commissioner’s Office in relation to unsolicited recorded telephone messages. [MoJ] HL2495

3 March (17 March)

Baroness Warsi to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, its predecessors and its agencies spent on (a) public relations consultants, and (b) public affairs consultants, in each of the last three years; and for what purposes. [BIS] HL2496

Baroness Warsi to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Department of Energy and Climate Change and its agencies has spent on (a) public relations consultants, and (b) public affairs consultants, since its inception; and for what purposes. [DECC] HL2497

Baroness Warsi to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Department for Children, Schools and Families, its predecessors and its agencies spent on (a) public relations consultants, and (b) public affairs consultants, in each of the last three years; and for what purposes. [DfCSF] HL2498

Baroness Warsi to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and its agencies spent on (a) public relations consultants, and (b) public affairs consultants, in each of the last three years; and for what purposes. [DCMS] HL2499

Baroness Warsi to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Home Office and its agencies spent on (a) public relations consultants, and (b) public affairs consultants, in each of the last three years; and for what purposes. [HO] HL2500

Baroness Warsi to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Ministry of Justice and its agencies spent on (a) public relations consultants, and (b) public affairs consultants, in each of the last three years; and for what purposes. [MoJ] HL2501

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total expenditure, excluding value added tax, on photocopier paper by the Department for International Development in the latest year for which figures are available. [DfID] HL2503

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total expenditure, excluding value added tax, on photocopier paper by (a) the Central Office of Information, (b) the UK Statistics Authority, (c) the National School of Government, and (d) the Cabinet Office, in the latest year for which figures are available. [CO] HL2504

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total expenditure, excluding value added tax, on photocopier paper by the Audit Commission in the latest year for which figures are available. [CLG] HL2506

Lord Cameron of Dillington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional funds they have or will commit to research over the next three years as part of the G8 $20 billion commitment for global food security which states “investment in and access to education, research, science and technologies should be substantially strengthened at national, regional and international level”. [DfID] HL2508

Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Office of Fair Trading has decided that estate agents do not require regulation. [BIS] HL2509

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many major hospital capital schemes costing more than £500,000 were started and completed in England in each year since 1997-98 in (a) acute hospitals, and (b) psychiatric hospitals; how many of those were private finance initiative schemes; how many were in London; and what the total expenditure on those projects was in each financial year since 1997-98 in (1) London, and (2) the rest of England. [DoH] HL2510

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust projects in England were (a) started, and (b) completed, in each year since 1997-98 in (1) London, and (2) the rest of England; and what the total expenditure on those projects in each year was in (i) London, and (ii) the rest of England. [DoH] HL2511

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many community hospital capital schemes costing more than £250,000 were (a) started, and (b) completed, in (1) London, and (2) the rest of England, in each financial year since 1997-98; and what the total expenditure was on those projects in each financial year in (i) London, and (ii) the rest of England. [DoH] HL2512

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many capital schemes costing more than £250,000 were (a) started, and (b) completed, in each financial year since 1997-98 in (1) London, and (2) the rest of England; and what the total expenditure was on such projects in each financial year in (i) London, and (ii) the rest of England. [DoH] HL2513

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government which applications for NHS Foundation Trusts ministers approved to go forward to Monitor in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09, and (c) 2009-10; and which of those applications have been approved by Monitor. [DoH] HL2514

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government which applications to merge hospital trusts or other NHS organisations have been made to the Co-operation and Competition Panel since its establishment. [DoH] HL2515

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the public consultation period for a bill of rights for Northern Ireland has been extended to 31 March; how many responses had been received from individuals at the conclusion of the initial consultation period; and how many (a) daily newspapers, and (b) weekly newspapers, the original public consultation invitation was advertised in. [NIO] HL2516

Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty’s Government which provisions of the Magna Carta remain in force in Scotland. [MoJ] HL2518

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for a new long-term tree planting campaign, involving all United Kingdom households, similar to that in China. [DEFRA] HL2519

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect all inland, coastal and estuary waters to meet the ecological standard set by the European Union Water Framework Directive (2000/60 EC) by 2015. [DEFRA] HL2522

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the criteria by which the Environment Agency will allow exceptions if some waters do not reach the ecological standard set by the European Union Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) by 2015. [DEFRA] HL2523

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have given to representations by the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) that United Kingdom water quality standards will not reach the necessary level by 2015 on the current rate of progress. [DEFRA] HL2524

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last made representations to the government of Cuba about conditions in Cuban prisons (a) directly, and (b) via European Union representatives. [FCO] HL2525

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Union negotiators dealing with Turkey’s membership application have received assurances concerning (a) a timetable for constitutional and criminal justice reforms, including greater freedom of expression, (b) the implementation of international covenants ratified by Turkey, (c) internal democratic and civic dialogue, including with all national, religious and linguistic minorities, (d) the peaceful celebration in 2010 of the New Year (Newroz), and (e) reducing discrimination against women and better protecting them against violence and honour killings. [FCO] HL2526

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are giving to negotiations involving the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organisation for Migration for the return to Turkey of refugees from Iraq and elsewhere. [FCO] HL2527

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Turkey about any effect of the return of refugees to Turkey on peaceful resolution of the Kurdish situation. [FCO] HL2528

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will propose in the appropriate international fora the establishment of a professionally facilitated and independent process of conflict resolution between the Turkish authorities and representatives of ethnic, linguistic and other minorities. [FCO] HL2529

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discussed with the government of Turkey when the human rights package of 19 January by Turkey’s Minister for the Interior will be fully implemented. [FCO] HL2530

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Union presidency received a response from the government of Turkey to their statement of 11 December 2009; and, if so, in what terms. [FCO] HL2531

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the partnership arrangement between the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council for access to SOCA’s ELMER database was established; for what purpose it was established; for how long the arrangement is to run; and on how many occasions the Council has accessed the database. [HO] HL2532

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what public or private bodies other than the Government security services and the police have direct access to the ELMER database of the Serious Organised Crime Agency. [HO] HL2533

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many individuals are recorded on the Police National Computer. [HO] HL2537

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, following reports of recent attempts by North Korea to sell weapons and military equipment to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, what is their assessment of the effectiveness of the United Nations sanctions on the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and what steps they will take to prevent the flow of arms into areas of conflict. [FCO] HL2538

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they have given or plan to give to the family of Nassima Sadia, who was taken from the United Kingdom to Algeria in 2007. [FCO] HL2540

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the context of the provisions of the Belfast Agreement, what discussions they have had about funding to the Irish and Ulster-Scots communities in Ireland. [NIO] HL2541

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the ethnic breakdown of the employees of the Northern Ireland Equality Commission. [NIO] HL2542

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to limit the population growth of the United Kingdom. [CO] HL2543

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the means by which the Writ of Summons of an hereditary peer can be overridden or annulled. [MoJ] HL2544

4 March (18 March)

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total expenditure, excluding value added tax, on photocopier paper, by (a) the Department for Work and Pensions, and (b) each of its agencies in the latest year for which figures are available; and what was the average purchase price, excluding value added tax, of a 500-sheet ream of white A4 80 gsm photocopier paper paid by each of the Department for Work and Pensions’s agencies in the latest period for which figures are available. [DWP] HL2548

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total expenditure, excluding value added tax, on photocopier paper by the Scotland Office in the latest year for which figures are available. [SO] HL2549

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total expenditure, excluding value added tax, on photocopier paper by the Ministry of Justice in the latest year for which figures are available. [MoJ] HL2550

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total expenditure, excluding value added tax, on photocopier paper by (a) the Department of Health, and (b) the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency, in the latest year for which figures are available. [DoH] HL2551

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total expenditure, excluding value added tax, on photocopier paper by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in the latest year for which figures are available. [BIS] HL2552

Baroness Warsi to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Food Standards Agency spent on (a) public relations consultants, and (b) public affairs consultants, in each of the last three years; and for what purposes. [DoH] HL2553

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead on 4 March (HL2336), whether any other department keeps statistics on how many British citizens have been refused entry to the United States or other countries; and, if not, whether they have assessed the usefulness of doing so. [FCO] HL2554

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was paid by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, its predecessors and its agencies to (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) KPMG, (c) Deloitte, (d) Ernst and Young, (e) Grant Thornton, (f) BDO Stoy Hayward, (g) Baker Tilly, (h) Smith and Williamson, (i) Tenon Group, (j) PKF, (k) McKinsey and Company, and (l) Accenture, in each of the past five years for which information is available; how they monitor contracts with those firms; and how the department reports to Buying Solutions (1) during, and (2) at the end of, contracts. [BIS] HL2558

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will pursue treaties or co-operation agreements with Kyrgyzstan covering (a) double taxation, (b) protection of investment, and (c) culture and education. [FCO] HL2559

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will pursue treaties or co-operation agreements with Tajikistan covering (a) double taxation, (b) protection of investment, and (c) culture and education. [FCO] HL2560

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the no-child policy applicable to United Kingdom-based diplomatic staff posted to Ashgabat and Dushanbe. [FCO] HL2561

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to persuade universities to encourage students to study less favoured European languages such as Polish, Italian, Serbo-Croat and the Baltic languages. [BIS] HL2562

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have made to the recent report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases. [DoH] HL2563

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will pursue bilateral agreements on climate change with other countries, following the lack of a full agreement at the Copenhagen climate change conference in December 2009. [DECC] HL2564

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they intend to give to the private sector promoters of the European supergrid for sustainable supplies of electricity without generating carbon emissions. [DECC] HL2567

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the responses to their second public consultation on prisoners’ voting rights, which concluded on 29 September 2009; and what is their evaluation of the responses. [MoJ] HL2568

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the view expressed by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in the Interim Resolution of 3 December 2009 that the delay in implementing the Hirst judgment has given rise to a risk that the next general election will be conducted in a way that does not comply with the European Convention on Human Rights. [MoJ] HL2569

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Prison Service has expressed concerns about enabling sentenced prisoners to vote in parliamentary elections. [MoJ] HL2570

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Electoral Commission has suggested to them that prisoners could be enfranchised through a system of postal voting or proxy voting involving a modification to the existing declaration of local connection in electoral law. [MoJ] HL2571

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Dalits are employed by the Department for International Development in their offices in India and Nepal (a) in total, (b) in clerical positions, and (c) in senior management. [DfID] HL2572

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will address the concerns of British aid agencies about the ability of soldiers from the provincial reconstruction teams in Afghanistan to manage development projects and earn the trust of local communities. [MoD] HL2573

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government on what grounds the Department of Health has instructed primary care trusts in the east of England that they cannot seek service providers from outside the National Health Service; and whether ministers will allow the Co-operation and Collaboration Panel to complete their examination of cases of community services changes of provider that they have been instructed by the Department of Health to cease. [DoH] HL2574

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many single farm payments are outstanding for the years 2007 and 2008; how many farmers have not received full payment of their 2007 and 2008 entitlements; and how much is outstanding from 2007 and 2008. [DEFRA] HL2575

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government in how many cases where single farm payments are outstanding the delay is due to computer problems at the Rural Payments Agency. [DEFRA] HL2576

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many upland farmers are overdue single farm payments for each of the years from 2004 to 2009; and how much is outstanding for each of those years. [DEFRA] HL2577

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many allotments were closed in England in each of the years from 2000 to 2009. [CLG] HL2578

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are monitoring the payment by the government of Turkey of compensation of €40,000 to 20 journalists, awarded in January by the European Court of Human Rights. [FCO] HL2579

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the government of Turkey about the conditions of imprisonment of Mr Abdullah Ocalan on Imrali island, following comments made by his lawyers. [FCO] HL2580

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the open letter to the Prime Minster dated 1 February concerning the banning of political parties in Turkey and the arrests of elected representatives and a defender of human rights. [FCO] HL2581

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the comments by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Shaun Woodward, about withdrawing £800 million of funding for policing and justice gave adequate consideration to the safety of the community in Northern Ireland; and whether the comments were intended only to influence the decision by the Northern Ireland Assembly on whether to devolve policing and justice. [NIO] HL2582

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they hold on shipwrecks around the British overseas territories; and what measures have been taken to secure their historic value for those territories. [FCO] HL2583

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Myners on 1 March (WA 318), whether they will estimate the cost to HM Treasury of introducing a zero duty rate on beers of 2.8 per cent ABV and below. [HMT] HL2585

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the advantages of forming a south Atlantic federation of overseas territories for the Falkland Islands and St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. [FCO] HL2587

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many four-star generals there are in the army; and what responsibilities are undertaken by each of them. [MoD] HL2589

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children of service background attending private schools in the United Kingdom are paid for out of public funds; of those, how many are children of (a) officers, (b) non-commissioned officers, and (c) other ranks; and what is the total annual cost involved. [MoD] HL2590

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment the Head of the Civil Service has made of the evidence given by the Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Executive to the Public Audit Committee of the Scottish Parliament regarding the departure of the Director General of Transport Scotland from his post; and whether they will consider what action might be appropriate. [CO] HL2591

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what department funds Historic Royal Palaces in relation to the Tower of London; what was the total funding for the 2008-09 financial year; and whether any of those funds are used in connection with any activities of the Constable of the Tower. [DCMS] HL2592

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration has been given by the Ministry of Defence to dispensing with the 10 official service residences as part of the defence review. [MoD] HL2593

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation has taken place with the Scottish Executive on the 2011 census; and whether they were asked for their views on including a question on Scottish Standard English. [CO] HL2594

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 2 March (WA 338), what incentives are in place to increase the number of personnel serving in Her Majesty’s armed forces who speak the Dari Persian language, known as “Farsi e Dari” or “Farsi”, one of the two official languages of Afghanistan. [MoD] HL2595

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many officer cadets serving in the Officers’ Training Corps (a) regularly attended training prior to the suspension of their pay, and (b) regularly attend training currently. [MoD] HL2596

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Snatch Land Rovers are in use by Her Majesty’s armed forces deployed in Afghanistan (a) within a base’s perimeter, and (b) on patrols outside those perimeters. [MoD] HL2597

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (a) Warthog vehicles, and (b) Viking vehicles, will be deployed to Afghanistan by the end of (1) 2010, (2) 2011, and (3) 2012. [MoD] HL2598

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government what funds are available to Her Majesty’s armed forces in Afghanistan for development aid; and what is the approval authority for the use of those funds. [MoD] HL2599

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the number of British service personnel wounded by improvised explosive devices, whether measures are being taken to increase the capacity of field hospitals at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. [MoD] HL2600

5 March (19 March)

Lord Quirk to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin on 3 March (WA 354-5), what importance they attach to educational qualifications; and why they do not monitor and record the educational qualifications of teachers serving in primary and secondary schools. [DfCSF] HL2601

Lord Rea to ask Her Majesty’s Government what factors were considered before the decision to proceed with the full introduction of Summary Care Records in the National Health Service before the publication of the final report by the independent evaluation team. [DoH] HL2602

Lord Rea to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to ensure that primary care trusts and GP practices are prepared and supported prior to and during the introduction of Summary Care Records. [DoH] HL2603

Lord Rea to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how the public information programme informing patients about Summary Care Records in the National Health Service and the choices open to them. [DoH] HL2604

Lord Selsdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 14 November 2007 (WA 25), under which Acts and secondary legislation listed in the Schedule to the Powers of Entry etc. Bill [HL] officials of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and of public or private bodies answerable to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills or otherwise exercising powers of entry can enter and search the homes or business premises of United Kingdom citizens. [BIS] HL2605

Lord Selsdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 14 November 2007 (WA 25), under which Acts and secondary legislation listed in the Schedule to the Powers of Entry etc. Bill [HL] officials of Communities and Local Government and of public or private bodies answerable to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government or otherwise exercising powers of entry can enter and search the homes or business premises of United Kingdom citizens. [CLG] HL2606

Lord Selsdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 14 November 2007 (WA 25), under which Acts and secondary legislation listed in the Schedule to the Powers of Entry etc. Bill [HL] officials of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and of public or private bodies answerable to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs or otherwise exercising powers of entry can enter and search the homes or business premises of United Kingdom citizens. [DEFRA] HL2607

Lord Selsdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 14 November 2007 (WA 25), under which Acts and secondary legislation listed in the Schedule to the Powers of Entry etc. Bill [HL] officials of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and of public or private bodies answerable to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport or otherwise exercising powers of entry can enter and search the homes or business premises of United Kingdom citizens. [DCMS] HL2608

Lord Selsdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 14 November 2007 (WA 25), under which Acts and secondary legislation listed in the Schedule to the Powers of Entry etc. Bill [HL] officials of the Home Office and of public or private bodies answerable to the Home Secretary or otherwise exercising powers of entry can enter and search the homes or business premises of United Kingdom citizens. [HO] HL2609

Lord Selsdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 14 November 2007 (WA 25), under which Acts and secondary legislation listed in the Schedule to the Powers of Entry etc. Bill [HL] officials of the Department for Transport and of public or private bodies answerable to the Secretary of State for Transport or otherwise exercising powers of entry can enter and search the homes or business premises of United Kingdom citizens. [DfT] HL2610

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total expenditure, excluding value added tax, on photocopier paper by the Department of Energy and Climate Change in the latest year for which figures are available. [DECC] HL2611

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total expenditure, excluding value added tax, on photocopier paper by (a) the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and (b) each of its agencies in the latest year for which figures are available; and what was the average purchase price, excluding value added tax, of a 500-sheet ream of white A4 80 gsm photocopier paper paid by each of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s agencies in the latest period for which figures are available. [DCMS] HL2612

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 19 January (WA 235), whether they will publish the average purchase price, excluding value added tax, of a 500-sheet ream of white A4 80 gsm photocopier paper paid by the Ministry of Justice in the latest period for which figures are available. [MoJ] HL2613

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average purchase price, excluding value added tax, of a 500-sheet ream of white A4 80 gsm photocopier paper paid by the Office of Government Commerce in the latest period for which figures are available. [HMT] HL2614

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether (a) solar panels, and (b) a small wind turbine, are considered by the Valuation Office Agency when assessing the capital value of a dwelling for a council tax valuation or revaluation. [CLG] HL2615

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the Office of Government Commerce document Saving money on office stationery, what is the annual expenditure by public sector organisations on office stationery; how many different framework agreements there are across departments covering office stationery according to the Office of Government Commerce and Buying Solutions’ records; and what is the total value of each framework agreement. [HMT] HL2616

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made, or intend to make, a comparative assessment of the effects of religious anti-conversion laws in Indian states and the proposed anti-conversion legislation in Sri Lanka, and in particular their effects on freedoms protected by international human rights agreements to which the states are signatories. [FCO] HL2617

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have directly or via the European Union made representations about religious freedoms to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. [FCO] HL2618

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government on which occasions the Food Standards Agency have asked the GM advisory committees (ACAF, ACNFP and ACRE) to scrutinise the scientific dossiers submitted by applicants for GM approvals. [DoH] HL2619

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is a requirement for scientific studies outside the control of the applicant to be submitted during the assessment and approval process for genetically modified crops and foods. [DEFRA] HL2620

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the indirect effects on all life-forms of producing herbicide-tolerant genetically modified crops and foods, including the presence of toxic chemical residues, are taken into account during the assessment and approvals process. [DEFRA] HL2621

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 17 December 2008 (WA 43), what has been the advice of the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes on the implications of research studies on the safety of genetically modified crops. [DoH] HL2622

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding was provided by the Department for Work and Pensions for the Medical Research Council’s PACE Trials; from whom they received a request for funding; who authorised the release of funds; and whether the Department has funded any other MRC research projects. [DWP] HL2623

8 March (22 March)

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many websites of central public bodies were found to be in operation by the Central Office of Information in its departmental websites reviews. [CO] HL2624

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance has been given to contractors working on or maintaining the National Identity Register on whether staff are permitted to engage in industrial action without breaching section 29(3) of the Identity Cards Act 2006. [HO] HL2625

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual expenditure of each of the 750 arms-length bodies mentioned on page 53 of Putting the frontline first: smarter government; and which arms-length bodies are being (a) merged, and (b) abolished. [HMT] HL2626

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made of the total cost of office energy bills to departments. [HMT] HL2627

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average annual net immigration in each year since 1997, according to household projections. [CO] HL2628

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment the Office for Government Commerce has made of the total public sector procurement budget for (a) stationery, and (b) photocopier paper. [HMT] HL2629

Lord Selsdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 14 November 2007 (WA 25), under which Acts and secondary legislation listed in the Schedule to the Powers of Entry etc. Bill [HL] officials of the Department for Children, Schools and Families and of public or private bodies answerable to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families or otherwise exercising powers of entry can enter and search the homes or business premises of United Kingdom citizens. [DfCSF] HL2630

Lord Selsdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 14 November 2007 (WA 25), under which Acts and secondary legislation listed in the Schedule to the Powers of Entry etc. Bill [HL] officials of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and of public or private bodies answerable to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs or otherwise exercising powers of entry can enter and search the homes or business premises of United Kingdom citizens. [FCO] HL2631

Lord Selsdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 14 November 2007 (WA 25), under which Acts and secondary legislation listed in the Schedule to the Powers of Entry etc. Bill [HL] officials of the Department of Energy and Climate Change and of public or private bodies answerable to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change or otherwise exercising powers of entry can enter and search the homes or business premises of United Kingdom citizens. [DECC] HL2632

Lord Selsdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 14 November 2007 (WA 25), under which Acts and secondary legislation listed in the Schedule to the Powers of Entry etc. Bill [HL] officials of the Ministry of Justice and of public or private bodies answerable to the Secretary of State for Justice or otherwise exercising powers of entry can enter and search the homes or business premises of United Kingdom citizens. [MoJ] HL2633

Lord Selsdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 14 November 2007 (WA 25), under which Acts and secondary legislation listed in the Schedule to the Powers of Entry etc. Bill [HL] officials of the Wales Office and of public or private bodies answerable to the Secretary of State for Wales or otherwise exercising powers of entry can enter and search the homes or business premises of United Kingdom citizens. [WO] HL2634

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead on 2 February (WA 18) and 22 February (WA 209), and following the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights on 5 March that the Immovable Property Commission in Northern Cyprus provides accessible and effective redress for Greek Cypriot complaints about deprivation of property following the 1974 Turkish intervention, whether the Secretary of State for Justice intends to seek to have the decision in the Apostolides v Orams case referred back to the European Court of Justice. [FCO] HL2635

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government what were (a) the tendering processes employed, and (b) the companies chosen, for all opinion polls conducted by the Northern Ireland Office during the past three years. [NIO] HL2636

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of each opinion poll commissioned by the Northern Ireland Office in the past three years. [NIO] HL2637

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government which Northern Ireland Office minister determined the requirements of and sanctioned the opinion poll conducted by the Northern Ireland Office during the week beginning 1 March. [NIO] HL2638

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government which minister or official in the Northern Ireland Office devised the wording of questions used in the opinion poll conducted during the week beginning 1 March; and what was the full wording of the questions. [NIO] HL2639

Baroness Turner of Camden to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made to change the name of Council Tax Benefit to Council Tax Rebate; and when they will commence the process of changing it. [DWP] HL2640

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether as a United Nations Security Council member they support Armenia or Azerbaijan in their respective claims regarding Nagorno-Karabakh. [FCO] HL2641

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any information has been released following a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office relating to the visit of the Shadow Foreign Secretary, William Hague, to China in 2006; if so, to whom; and when. [FCO] HL2642

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any information has been released following a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office relating to the visit of the Shadow Foreign Secretary, William Hague, to Cuba in March 2009; if so, to whom; and when. [FCO] HL2643

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the effects on the health, education, work, and social and religious life of the Palestinian population of the present position of the West Bank barrier and those caused by 578 closure obstacles (as reported by the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs); and what responses they have received. [FCO] HL2644

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the proportion of Israel’s exports to the European Union that are fully or partially made in the Palestinian Occupied Territories; and what is their response to the recent ruling of the European Court of Justice that such goods fall outside the European Union-Israel Association Agreement, and are therefore subject to duty. [BIS] HL2645

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made this year to the government of Israel about their blockade of Gaza, in particular (a) the closing of the Keren Shalom crossing for two days per week, (b) the restriction of the Karni crossing to wheat movements only, (c) the closing of the Nahal Oz crossing since 1 January, (d) the reduction in heavy oil imports for Gaza Power Plant, (e) the decline in truckloads entering Gaza, and (f) the ending of all imports of glass since 17 February; and what responses they have received. [FCO] HL2646

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the government of Iran for clemency for Mr Mohammad Amin Valian, who was sentenced to death after admitting throwing stones at security forces. [FCO] HL2647

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the 89 complaints received by the UK Border Agency in 2009 alleging assaults by escorts or custody officers were upheld; how many were referred to the Crown Prosecution Service; and what penalties were applied to the two contracting companies concerned. [HO] HL2648

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Brett on 1 March (WA 317), whether they will ascertain from the United States authorities how many persons held by them at Bagram or elsewhere in Afghanistan have been transferred there from other countries. [FCO] HL2649

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the view expressed by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in the Interim Resolution on 4 March urging the Government “to rapidly adopt measures, of even an interim nature,” to comply with the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in Hirst (No 2) before the general election. [MoJ] HL2650

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost of the P-NOMIS offender management database; why Gypsy, Roma and Travellers are not identified as an ethnic category recorded therein; and when they will be. [MoJ] HL2651

Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any dispute concerning the boundaries of the British Indian Ocean Territory Exclusive Economic Zone with any neighbouring states; and, if so, whether they intend to resolve those disputes prior to any declaration of a Marine Protected Area. [FCO] HL2652

Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with the government of the Maldives about the proposal to create a Marine Protected Area in the British Indian Ocean Territory Exclusive Economic Zone. [FCO] HL2653

The Duke of Montrose to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in preparing a Marine Policy Statement under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009; and whether they made a draft of the Marine Policy Statement available to the Scottish Government when it was drawing up the Marine (Scotland) Bill. [SO] HL2654

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the recent poll carried out for the Northern Ireland Office about the transfer of policing and justice powers to the Executive cost; how many people were polled; and when. [NIO] HL2655

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has visited the United States on official business since 1 January; if so, when; for what purpose; and at what cost. [NIO] HL2656

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the proposed arrangements on redundancy that have led to the dispute with the Public and Commercial Services Union. [CO] HL2657

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 5 January (WA 50), how many pensions are paid to British nationals in Ireland; and how many recipients are over 90 years old. [DWP] HL2658

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Norwood Green on 10 February (WA 154), what are the estimated net and gross annual export earnings for the higher education sector from overseas students attending publicly funded higher education institutions. [BIS] HL2659

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the members of Broadband Delivery UK; and what are their positions, relevant practical, theoretical and educational backgrounds, remuneration, monthly time commitments, and periods of appointment. [BIS] HL2660

9 March (23 March)

Lord Bates to ask the Chairman of Committees how much in rent, business rates and utility bills has been paid to date for the House of Lords’ part of 14 Tothill Street. [CoC] HL2661

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers local authorities have been given since May 2005 which increase their ability to levy fixed penalty notices. [CLG] HL2662

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a summary of key property types and their values, as referred to on page 5 of the Valuation Office Agency’s document Council Tax Wales Revaluation 2005: Post Evaluation Review of the operational aspects of the project. [HMT] HL2663

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times the NHS Litigation Authority has been successfully sued in the last three years. [DoH] HL2664

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many employment tribunal cases the NHS Litigation Authority has (a) won, (b) lost, and (c) settled out of court. [DoH] HL2665

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to update the “Fact Files” page of the website of the Government Office for the North East to carry data on unemployment in the north east region after August 2009. [DWP] HL2666

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 1 March (WA 332), what assessment they have made of the work carried out by the Research and Radionavigation Directorate of the General Lighthouse Authorities of the United Kingdom and Ireland on the eLORAN navigation system. [DfT] HL2667

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 1 March (WA 332), what factors will determine the future funding of the Research and Radionavigation Directorate of the General Lighthouse Authorities of the United Kingdom and Ireland on the eLORAN navigation system. [DfT] HL2668

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 1 March (WA 332), what programme milestones have been achieved by the Research and Radionavigation Directorate of the General Lighthouse Authorities of the United Kingdom and Ireland on the eLORAN navigation system. [DfT] HL2669

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with other interested parties on the eLORAN navigation system. [DfT] HL2670

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the accounts of Trinitas Services Ltd for the last five years. [DfT] HL2671

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representation Trinity House has on the board of Trinitas Services Ltd. [DfT] HL2672

Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) Instrument Meteorological Conditions Rating will be available as an endorsement to the proposed European licence scheduled to replace the CAA Private Pilot Licence. [DfT] HL2673

Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of girls are withdrawn from sex and relationship education in state schools in England; what proportion of girls in state schools in England became pregnant in the last five years for which records are available; and what proportion of them had withdrawn from sex and relationship education. [DfCSF] HL2674

Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the appropriateness of funding by legal aid of research carried out on the claimants and controls in connection with the measles, mumps and rubella/measles and rubella vaccine litigation. [MoJ] HL2675

Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of any purported ethical approval for the blood tests to detect the presence of the measles virus carried out on the claimants and controls in research funded by legal aid in connection with the measles, mumps and rubella/measles and rubella vaccine litigation. [DoH] HL2676

Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of any purported ethical approval and clinical indication for lumbar punctures funded by legal aid performed on the claimants in connection with the measles, mumps and rubella/measles and rubella vaccine litigation. [DoH] HL2677

Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to recover legal aid money paid to Dr Andrew Wakefield in connection with the measles, mumps and rubella/measles and rubella vaccine litigation. [MoJ] HL2678

Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to recover legal aid money paid to Alexander Harris solicitors in connection with the measles, mumps and rubella/measles and rubella vaccine litigation. [MoJ] HL2679

Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to recover legal aid money paid to Jeremy Stuart-Smith QC, Simeon Maskrey QC, and Augustus Ullstein QC in connection with the measles, mumps and rubella/measles and rubella vaccine litigation. [MoJ] HL2680

Lord Smith of Clifton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people are on the National Haemoglobinopathy Register. [DoH] HL2681

Lord Smith of Clifton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have been taken to ensure that all patients with sickle cell disease and thalassaemia are on the National Haemoglobinopathy Register. [DoH] HL2682

Lord Smith of Clifton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have been taken to ensure that the National Haemoglobinopathy Register is connected to centralised electronic records through the National Health Service National Programme for IT. [DoH] HL2683

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 4 March (WA 363), what independent involvement there is in the three investigations into allegations of race or sex discrimination, bullying or victimisation in the Crown Prosecution Service; and whether any of the investigations involve senior managers investigating staff members of their teams. [AGO] HL2684

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of alleged race or sex discrimination, bullying or victimisation were lodged against the Crown Prosecution Service with employment tribunals in (a) 2007, and (b) 2008; what were the outcomes in each case; and what remedial action has been taken by the Crown Prosecution Service. [AGO] HL2685

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff of the Crown Prosecution Service were disciplined in (a) 2008, and (b) 2009, for breaches of the staff code of conduct with regard to race or sex discrimination, bullying, harassment or victimisation. [AGO] HL2686

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 4 March (WA 364), whether there has been any independent assessment of the Crown Prosecution Service’s performance regarding race and sex equality, discrimination, bullying, harassment and victimisation affecting its staff since 2007; and, if not, whether such a review is planned. [AGO] HL2687

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they will have with managers of United Kingdom airports to ensure that security screening devices do not offend Muslim and other ethnic and religious groups. [DfT] HL2688

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of when airport screening devices will have technology which will prevent passengers from having to be inappropriately exposed. [DfT] HL2689

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to request retrospective tax payments from non-domiciled United Kingdom citizens who have given undertakings about their tax status. [HMT] HL2690

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review options for funding United Kingdom political parties from public funds and disallowing overseas donations. [MoJ] HL2691

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider increasing the investigative and summoning powers of the Electoral Commission. [MoJ] HL2692

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the report on the collision between the British and French nuclear submarines in the Bay of Biscay in 2007. [MoD] HL2693

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government to whom the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland makes a request for the support of the armed forces if he decides that the civilian authorities in Northern Ireland require it. [NIO] HL2694

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government to whom the relevant chief constable of the relevant police force makes a request for support by the military if there is a national security concern in any part of the United Kingdom. [HO] HL2695

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of serving full-time regular officers in the Police Service of Northern Ireland are (a) Roman Catholics, (b) Protestants, and (c) followers of other religions. [NIO] HL2696

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many full-time regular officers in the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) are former officers of An Garda Síochána who joined the PSNI under the lateral entry procedure. [NIO] HL2697

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many full-time serving officers of the Police Service of Northern Ireland speak (a) Irish Gaelic, and (b) Mandarin or Cantonese. [NIO] HL2698

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) became aware of a car being on fire following the bombing at Newry Courthouse on 22 February; at what date and time the fire service extinguished the fire; at what date and time the PSNI visited the site at which the car was located; where the car is now; and whether the PSNI requested the support of the army to investigate the car. [NIO] HL2699

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the conclusions of the assessment by the EU Police Mission in the Palestinian Territories (EUPOL COPPS) of the criminal justice system run by the Palestinian Authority; and how the EU is providing support or training for the Palestinian prison service. [FCO] HL2700

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government who will decide whether the European Union Border Assistance Mission in Rafah can resume work at the crossing into Gaza; and what criteria will be used to make that decision. [FCO] HL2701

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the European Commission’s General Report on the Activities of the European Union for 2009 devotes three sentences to “war, refugees and forgotten crises” and does not mention the war in Lebanon in 2006 or the blockade of Gaza by Israel. [FCO] HL2702

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Union Council of Ministers has approved a visit by the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Ashton of Upholland, to Gaza; and, if so, when it will take place. [FCO] HL2703

Lord Morris of Manchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the finding of the National Audit Office that capacity at the Headley Court rehabilitation centre and other providers for troops disabled in Afghanistan and other deployments will soon be exceeded; and what action they are taking. [MoD] HL2704

Lord Morris of Manchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 10 February (WA 158) regarding RESCARE’s representations about the interpretation and implementation of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, what comments he has received from the charity’s chairman; and whether there is any further action they will be taking. [MoJ] HL2705

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government what legal advice they have sought on the Secretary of State for Health’s policy of making the National Health Service the preferred provider of NHS care; and what the advice was on how that policy complies with procurement law. [DoH] HL2706

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government what requirements ministers at the Department of Health will place on primary care trusts in the east of England before they tender with the independent sector for the provision of their community services; and when the Department will issue new guidance on that issue. [DoH] HL2707

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the initial findings of the Co-operation and Competition Panel’s review of the processes of the Great Yarmouth and Waveney Primary Care Trust for tendering their community services. [DoH] HL2708

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have raised with the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo the case of Lt Col Innocent Zimurinda, a senior FARDC army officer, who is suspected of human rights abuses; and whether they will make representations to that government for impartial investigations into the alleged abuses and for his suspension from the Congolese army pending the outcome of the investigations. [FCO] HL2709

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to engage in long-term reintegration projects for Rwandan refugees living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and wishing to return to Rwanda. [DfID] HL2710

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to provide increased funding for the repatriation of Rwandan civilians leaving the Democratic Republic of the Congo and returning to Rwanda. [DfID] HL2711

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the government of Rwanda’s progress towards achieving the principles in the Harare Commonwealth Declaration, with particular reference to the forthcoming Rwandan presidential election. [FCO] HL2712

Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children are not in full-time education because they are caring for another member of the family (a) in England, (b) in Greater Manchester, and (c) in the City of London. [DfCSF] HL2713

Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were in receipt of incapacity benefit as a result of mental health problems in each of the last five years. [DWP] HL2714

Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many retailers in each district of Greater Manchester were convicted for selling alcohol to minors in each of the last five years. [DCMS] HL2715

Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether private parking companies are required to display a person’s right of appeal on the face of a parking penalty notice. [DfT] HL2716

Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average annual salary of (a) primary head teachers, and (b) secondary head teachers, in each of the ten districts of Greater Manchester. [DfCSF] HL2717

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 9 March (HL2546), whether their plan to let the East Coast franchise in 2011 takes account of the experience of the previous two franchises. [DfT] HL2718

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 9 March (HL2546), whether their plan to let the East Coast franchise in 2011 takes account of their intention to review the franchising process. [DfT] HL2719

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 9 March (HL2546), whether their plan to let the East Coast franchise in 2011 takes account of the state of the economy and any effects thereof on the competitiveness of bids. [DfT] HL2720

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 9 March (HL2546), whether their plan to let the East Coast franchise in 2011 takes account of their intention to introduce a significantly revised timetable in mid-2011. [DfT] HL2721

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many days there are between the close of nominations for parliamentary elections and (a) the last day for receipt of postal vote applications, and (b) polling day. [MoJ] HL2722

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many days there are between the close of nominations for elections to the European Parliament and (a) the last day for receipt of postal vote applications, and (b) polling day. [MoJ] HL2723

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many days there are between the close of nominations for elections to the Scottish Parliament and (a) the last day for receipt of postal vote applications, and (b) polling day. [SO] HL2724

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many days there are between the close of nominations for elections to the National Assembly for Wales and (a) the last day for receipt of postal vote applications, and (b) polling day. [WO] HL2725

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for improving road and rail connections between north and south Wales. [WO] HL2726

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government which ten local authorities have the highest rate of unemployment in the United Kingdom. [DWP] HL2727

Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the members of Her Majesty’s reserve forces they estimate they have up to date addresses for. [MoD] HL2728

Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many members of the Territorial Army have been called out for service in the past five years. [MoD] HL2729

Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many members of Her Majesty’s reserve forces have been called out for service in the last five years. [MoD] HL2730

Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what training obligations there are on members of Her Majesty’s reserve forces; and how many have undertaken them in the last 12 months. [MoD] HL2731

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy target on under-18 conceptions; and what have been the reductions in rates each year since it was set. [DfCSF] HL2732

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding is provided annually to (a) the Department for Children, Schools and Families’s Teenage Pregnancy Independent Advisory Group, and (b) the Department of Health’s Teenage Pregnancy National Support Team. [DfCSF] HL2733

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government which Orange halls have been attacked in the last 12 months. [NIO] HL2734

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many depositors in the United Kingdom branch of Landsbanki with balances above £50,000 that were repaid by HM Treasury had addresses outside the United Kingdom; how many remain unpaid; and for what reasons. [HMT] HL2735

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Myners on 22 February (WA 174), by how much the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) is a creditor in the administration of Landsbanki Islands HF in Iceland; and why the amount the bank paid to the Financial Services Authority to cover possible compensation is confidential information which cannot be disclosed. [HMT] HL2736

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the £10 fee for issuing a confirmation of acceptance for studies form to prospective foreign students seeking a United Kingdom visa covers the cost of processing such forms; and how many have been issued since their introduction. [HO] HL2737

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to tackle corruption through measures to increase transparency in developing countries rich in natural resources, in particular in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda; and what steps they are taking to ensure that United Kingdom companies working in those countries publish details of payments made to the countries’ governments. [FCO] HL2738

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report commissioned by the Home Office from Dr Linda Papadopoulous on links between media images and aggressive behaviour; and what account they took of that report in framing the provisions of the Digital Economy Bill. [HO] HL2739

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the proposal of the Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, to introduce mandatory internet service provider-level filtering of refused classification rated internet content; and whether they intend to introduce a similar measure. [DCMS] HL2740

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are providing to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (a) to monitor resettlement of Rwandan refugees beyond the two nights spent in transit camps in Rwanda, and (b) to help those refugees to reintegrate into Rwandan society. [DfID] HL2741

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the degree to which civilians and ex-combatants returning to Rwanda from eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo return to the DRC after initial reintegration and then reattempt the process for social and economic reasons. [DfID] HL2742

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they made representations to the government of Cuba about the recent death of Orlando Zapata Tamayo, who died in prison after an 80-day hunger strike; and what assessment they have made of the position of political prisoners in Cuba. [FCO] HL2743

10 March (24 March)

Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many civil servants are in a redeployment pool. HL2744

Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Ministry of Defence civil servants are in a redeployment pool. HL2745

Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many employees of Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Associations who are remunerated by the Ministry of Defence are in a redeployment pool. HL2746

Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Ministry of Defence civil servants working in Greater London are in a redeployment pool. HL2747

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government which agencies in the north east of England receive funding for providing training for young people not in education, employment or training; and how much each agency received in 2009. HL2748

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the levels of (a) unemployment, and (b) youth unemployment, in each parliamentary constituency in the north east of England in (1) April 1997, (2) June 2001, (3) June 2005, and (4) January 2010. HL2749

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the average weekly incomes in each region and country in the United Kingdom in (a) 1997, (b) 2006, and (c) 2009. HL2750

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many VAT-registered companies were operating in each region and country in the United Kingdom in (a) 1997, (b) 2006, and (c) 2009. HL2751

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many businesses were registered in each region and country in the United Kingdom in (a) 1997, (b) 2006, and (c) 2009. HL2752

Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the policy documents that led to the Distress for Rent Rules 1988 (SI 1988/2050). HL2753

Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of clinical negligence against the National Health Service funded by conditional fee agreements in each of the last five years were closed; in how many such cases damages were paid, whether by a settlement or award by a court; and, in cases where damages were paid, what were (a) the costs of defending the cases, (b) the legal costs paid to the claimants (including (1) base costs, and (2) success fees), and (c) the amounts paid in after the event insurance premiums. HL2754

Lord Acton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many adults in the United Kingdom they estimate have never used the internet. HL2755

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they spend annually on recruitment advertising in The Guardian. HL2756

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what loans for commercial purposes have been made available from the General Lighthouse Fund or Trinity House to Trinitas Services Ltd; what were the (a) dates, and (b) amounts of the loans; and what were the (1) dates, and (2) amounts, of any repayment of those loans. HL2757

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 2 December 2009 (WA 55) and the letter from the Acting Director of Public Prosecutions in Northern Ireland dated 11 February 2010 (deposited in the Library of the House as paper DEP2010/0497), why the decision to prosecute two individuals for criminal damage to the City Church was reversed on the grounds of their age and previous good behaviour. HL2758

Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Department of Health suspended the procurement of community services in all primary care trusts in the east of England; and what assessment they have made of the effects of doing so. HL2759

Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Secretary of State for Health had received relevant legal advice before announcing on 17 September 2009 his preference for the National Health Service above other providers of healthcare. HL2760

Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Great Yarmouth and Waveney Primary Care Trust’s decision to reverse its decision to tender openly for community services was compliant with the Department of Health’s Principles and Rules for Cooperation and Competition. HL2761

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British armed forces personnel have been discharged on mental health grounds in each year since 2005. HL2762

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are funding research into the development of unmanned ground vehicles to counter the threat of improvised explosive devices. HL2763

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British embassies were without a military attaché in each year since 2005. HL2764

Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are collaborating with other Commonwealth countries and the Commonwealth Secretariat in establishing networks of marine protected areas, and in particular to help local fisheries in developing countries of the Commonwealth. HL2765

Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty’s Government which of Europe’s fish stocks have quotas above the safe biological level determined by scientists; and for which stocks they lack the scientific evidence to make such an assessment. HL2766

Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the context of their intention to support the motion to ban the international trade of East Atlantic and Mediterranean species of bluefin tuna at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) conference this month, what measures they will introduce to ensure the effectiveness of that ban; and whether they will extend the ban to other endangered species. HL2767

Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Marine Protected Area around the United Kingdom to be established under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 will be defined so as to protect fish stocks as well as biodiversity. HL2768

Lord Burnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many NHS staff have been (a) dismissed, and (b) made compulsorily redundant, in each year since 1997. HL2769

Lord Burnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many chief executives of (a) Strategic Health Authorities, (b) Foundation Trusts, (c) Primary Care Trusts, and (d) other NHS trusts, have been recruited from (1) outside the NHS, and (2) the private sector. HL2770

Lord Burnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total continuous NHS service of each chief executive of (a) Strategic Health Authorities, (b) Foundation Trusts, (c) Primary Care Trusts, and (d) other NHS trusts. HL2771

Lord Burnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the existing and proposed procedures for (a) dismissing NHS staff, and (b) making compulsory redundancies of NHS staff; and what compensation (including pensions) is payable as a result. HL2772

 
 
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