House of Lords : Cumulative list of unanswered Questions for Written Answer

No. 56 15 November 2011

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 September (19 September)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to protect the operational independence of the police in England and Wales. [HO]   HL11639

4 October (18 October)

Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what sanctions can be imposed on companies who employ trafficked individuals. [HO]   HL12093

Lord Roberts of Conwy to ask Her Majesty’s Government what amount they will allocate to the Welsh government for the freezing of council tax. [WO]   HL12132

Lord Roberts of Conwy to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether money allocated for freezing council tax in Wales is restricted to that purpose and cannot be used for other purposes. [WO]   HL12133

12 October (26 October)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last met the Welsh Local Government Association leadership; and what matters were discussed. [WO]   HL12376

Lord Janner of Braunstone to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they anticipate that British military operations in Libya will end. [MoD]   HL12399

18 October (1 November)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers, or (c) officials, in the Home Office use private email accounts for dealing with matters of Government business. [HO]   HL12542

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice is given to (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials, in the Home Office about the use of private email accounts for dealing with matters of Government business. [HO]   HL12543

The Duke of Montrose to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pieces of primary and secondary legislation passed by Parliament since 1998 have included Welsh language sections; and on what basis the decision to include such sections was taken in those instances. [WO]   HL12556

Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the humanitarian needs in ethnic areas of Burma where the government restricts access by international agencies. [DfID]   HL12561

19 October (2 November)

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people held United Kingdom driving licences in 2008, 2009 and 2010; and of these in each year (a) how many had 12 points, (b) how many were disqualified during that year, (c) how many appeals were made against disqualification, (d) how many appeals were upheld and for what reasons, (e) how many had more than 12 points, (f) how many requests there were to reduce the period of disqualification, and (g) how many requests were granted. [DfT]   HL12620

20 October (3 November)

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cars were given an MOT test in 2008, 2009 and 2010; how many cars in each year failed their MOT; and of those cars failing, how many (a) were three years old, undergoing their first MOT, (b) were four years old, undergoing their second MOT, and (c) passed their MOT after initially failing an MOT. [DfT]   HL12651

25 October (8 November)

Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government who authorises the annual number of Crossbench peers appointed by the House of Lords Appointments Commission. [CO]   HL12784

26 October (9 November)

Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty’s Government what instructions have been given by the Cabinet Secretary to civil servants regarding the release of details of ministerial diaries to parliamentarians. [CO]   HL12819

Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Henley on 18 October (HL Deb, col 157), how many persons who originally entered the United Kingdom on (a) an overseas domestic worker (visitor) visa, (b) an overseas domestic worker (other) visa, and (c) an overseas domestic worker (diplomat) visa, applied for indefinite leave to remain in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how many of those applications were successful. [HO]   HL12835

27 October (10 November)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the contribution of MOT tests for motor vehicles to road safety. [DfT]   HL12876

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisations they consulted regarding their proposals to require biennial, rather than annual, MOT tests for motor vehicles more than three years old. [DfT]   HL12877

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of potential job losses as a consequence of their proposals to require biennial, rather than annual, MOT tests for motor vehicles more than three years old. [DfT]   HL12878

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the likelihood of a rise in insurance premiums as a result of their proposals to require biennial, rather than annual, MOT tests for motor vehicles more than three years old. [DfT]   HL12879

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to raise the age at which a vehicle first requires an MOT certificate from three to four years. [DfT]   HL12880

Baroness Gibson of Market Rasen to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of in-bound tourists enter the United Kingdom by air each year. [DCMS]   HL12888

31 October (14 November)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the total public expenditure incurred by the Chilcot inquiry to date. [CO]   HL12923

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Chilcot inquiry is expected to be concluded. [CO]   HL12924

Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty’s Government why Government support has been withdrawn from the European Centre for Modern Languages in Graz; and whether the views of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills were sought and taken into account before the decision was made. [DfE]   HL12925

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Professor Declan Murphy’s original evidential medical report relating to Gary McKinnon has been submitted and accepted in its entirety for consideration by the Home Secretary. [HO]   HL12934

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 26 October (WA 168), once commercial negotiations have been completed between the manufacturer and the financier of the new stock for London Midland, why further negotiations involving the Department for Transport are necessary. [DfT]   HL12952

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 27 October (WA 175–6), in the light of more sophisticated means of detecting the use of vehicles which are not insured through the increased use of police vehicles equipped with automatic number plate recognition equipment, to what they attribute the fall in numbers of convictions. [DfT]   HL12954

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made an assessment of whether the Metropolitan Police have adequate intelligence about the gangs in Greater London, where they are located, and who their leaders are. [HO]   HL12970

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to prevent members of gangs in Greater London from being involved in criminal activity. [HO]   HL12971

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they do not support the proposed moving of Heathrow Airport to the Thames Estuary; and under what conditions they would support such a move. [DfT]   HL12981

1 November (15 November)

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of how many people were in attendance at the demonstration as part of the annual march against deaths in custody on 30 October; how many police officers were deployed for this event; how many arrests were made; for how long people were kettled in Whitehall, and why; how many complaints have been made about the actions and behaviour of the Special Territorial Support Group Officers; and what threat to public order this event represented. [HO]   HL13000

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the police tactics and behaviour at the demonstration against deaths in custody on 30 October will contribute to (a) improved community–police relations, and (b) the avoidance of any future disturbances as a result of perceived police brutality against minority ethnic and deprived communities. [HO]   HL13001

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many police officers have been disciplined for gross misconduct on the grounds of race or sex discrimination during the past five years; with what outcomes; and in which constabularies. [HO]   HL13002

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any police officers have been dismissed from the service on the grounds of racial discrimination or racist conduct; and, if so, how many and in which constabularies. [HO]   HL13003

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 27 October (WA 182) which stated that human rights law applies to all parts of the United Kingdom, why there is a separate Human Rights Commission for Northern Ireland. [NIO]   HL13005

Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in implementing the recommendations of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, highlighted by the report of the Children’s Rights Alliance for England. [DfE]   HL13019

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 31 October (WA 220), whether they will encourage the re-introduction of trolleybuses as an alternative to trams. [DfT]   [I]

Category 10: Non-financial interests (e)

President & Trustee, British Trolleybus Association

 HL13020

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that the benefits from feed-in electricity tariffs will be directed as far as possible to relieving fuel poverty, and that new installations are concentrated in the areas where alternative forms of generation will function most efficiently. [DECC]   HL13025

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the new system for providing interpreters and translators yet applies to the UK Border Agency (a) in respect of initial and substantive interviews for asylum seekers with inadequate command of English, and (b) for oral hearings before Asylum and Immigration Courts or Tribunals; if not, when they expect it to do so; and whether they will keep the quality of interpretation under review. [HO]   HL13027

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 27 October (WA 175), how many of those convicted of driving whilst disqualified in each of the last three years were involved in accidents. [DfT]   HL13032

2 November (16 November)

Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the Healthier Lives Green Paper and the Vision for Social Care, what assessment they have made of the progress made in providing preventative services that overcome social isolation amongst older people. [DH]   HL13045

Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual cost to (a) the National Health Service, and (b) local authorities, of the total delayed days of transfers from acute care in England; and what assessment they have made of the underlying causes of the increase in delays since March 2011. [DH]   HL13047

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 20 October (WA 91), whether using "all of the tools available to them to ensure that the banks live up to their promises" equates to the Prime Minister’s statement on 12 October (HC Deb, col 325) that they are "forcing the banks to lend". [HMT]   HL13048

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the potential misselling of credit default swaps that are more limited in their effectiveness than suggested to purchasers. [HMT]   HL13050

Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people who were sentenced as children to be detained during Her Majesty’s pleasure under section 53 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 and sections 90 to 92 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000, remain in prison today, having been sentenced (a) between 2000 and 2005, (b) between 1995 and 2000, (c) between 1990 and 1995, (d) between 1985 and 1990, (e) between 1980 and 1985, and (f) before 1980; and what was the age of each child when sentenced. [MoJ]   HL13061

Lord Morris of Manchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to be able to answer Question for Written Answer HL12379 regarding the Bomber Command memorial, tabled on 12 October. [DCMS]   HL13069

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many doctors and solicitors have been struck off in each of the last three years for being complicit in insurance claims regarding staged car accidents. [DfT]   HL13070

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many veterans from the armed forces are in receipt of war pensions as a result of their service in the Gulf from 1990–91; and how many of these claimants list the chronic effects of organophosphate poisoning as one of their health conditions. [MoD]   HL13071

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government which medical consultants the Ministry of Defence consider have the requisite knowledge and expertise to advise them on the chronic effects of organophosphate poisoning. [MoD]   HL13072

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) on how many occasions they have met officials from UNUM Provident; (b) on how many occasions officials from UNUM Provident have been members of advisory committees or working groups of the Department for Work and Pensions or the Department of Health, and (c) which other insurance companies have been involved in similar activities. [DWP]   HL13073

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 12 October (WA 235–6), whether the meeting between the Highways Agency and Natural England on the future of building bridges for bats over roads has taken place; and whether they will in future evaluate the cost-effectiveness of bat bridges in the context of constraints on public spending. [DfT]   HL13078

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government what functions not directly related to the functions of specialist commissioning and clinical commissioning groups they propose to transfer to the National Commissioning Board from bodies to be abolished under the Health and Social Care Bill; and what was the cost of providing those functions in the last financial year for which figures are available. [DH]   HL13083

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce measures to make veterinary nursing a profession regulated by statute in order to offer the public a better assurance of the quality of service they receive and to safeguard the health and welfare of animals cared for by veterinary nurses. [DEFRA]   HL13094

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to ensure capital spending on schools following the ending of the Building Schools for the Future programme. [DfE]   HL13097

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the use of the internet by terrorist groups; what plans they have to prevent money laundering by such groups; and what discussions they have held within the European Union and the United Nations on co-ordinated measures to disrupt terrorist activity on the internet. [HO]   HL13098

The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the commitments made by the Minister for Youth Justice, Crispin Blunt, on 25 October (HC Deb, col 233) that the Government will ensure the retention of the experience and operational expertise of the Youth Justice Board’s senior staff, whether (a) the proposed post of Director of the Youth Justice Division in the Ministry of Justice will be a permanent post, (b) the Chief Executive of the Youth Justice Board will be offered the post on a permanent civil service contract in line with the other posts transferring from the Youth Justice Board, and (c) if the post should become vacant in the future, it will be filled following open competition by a person with substantial operational experience of the youth justice system. [MoJ]   HL13100

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 25 October (WA 133), why they permit non-European Union students studying below degree level sponsored by a higher education institution to work part-time during term time and full-time during vacations; and how they monitor the impact and nature of each permission. [HO]   HL13105

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government what communications they have had with police and social services authorities in North Yorkshire about the case of Mrs Barbara Hofschröer and over what time period; whether, and if so how, the case was referred to Interpol; and what action they now propose to take to resolve the issue. [HO]   HL13106

Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 25 October (WA 131–2), what are the representation targets for ethnic origin, disability and gender within the Senior Civil Service; and why policies on representation covering "religion/belief, sexual orientation, age, gender identity and educational/social background" are to be left to be set by each Department. [CO]   HL13107

3 November (17 November)

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimates they have made of the number of deaths and serious injuries that would occur if the current frequency of MOT tests was decreased so that the first test takes place after four years, and subsequent tests every two years. [DfT]   HL13109

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what oil price they used in their latest work on transport appraisals; when this work was done; and how the price used compares to the current market price of oil. [DfT]   HL13110

Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of patient self-referral to physiotherapy for (a) patients, and (b) the National Health Service; and how this model of care could be facilitated in the new commissioning arrangements under the Health and Social Care Bill. [DH]   HL13114

Lord Gilbert to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last discussed with the German defence minister the government of Germany’s decision to reduce its orders for Eurofighters, military helicopters and the A400M. [MoD]   HL13115

Lord Gilbert to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have held or plan to hold any discussions with other members of the A400M consortium or with the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company about the consequences for the Government of Germany’s decision to reduce its order for the A400M. [MoD]   HL13119

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 2 November (WA 272), why they are using a weighting factor of 100:1 for measuring the relative road damaging factor of a heavy lorry compared to a motor car, in the light of the technical evidence contained in paragraphs 376–81 of the Report of the Inquiry into Lorries, People and the Environment, published in 1980. [DfT]   HL13130

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 2 November (WA 265), what steps they are taking to reduce expenditure on lawyers in the Department for Transport. [DfT]   HL13131

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 31 October (WA 192), whether it remains their policy to levy on private United Kingdom financial services institutions any shortfall between what may be recovered and the £0.8 billion owing to HM Treasury after repayment of deposit balances above £50,000 in the failed Icelandic bank Landsbanki. [HMT]   HL13139

Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of statistics produced by the Department of Health showing that between January and March 2011 75 per cent of all acute delayed transfers were of people aged 75 or over, whether they will reverse the decision to stop collecting this data in this form, given its role in helping to understand the relationship between the National Health Service and social care provision for older people. [DH]   HL13140

Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the totals for each month since March 2011 for delayed transfers of care across England categorised as (a) awaiting completion of assessment, (b) awaiting public funding, (c) awaiting further non-acute (including primary care trust and mental health) NHS care (including intermediate care, rehabilitation services etc), (d) (i) awaiting residential home placement or availability, (ii) awaiting nursing home placement or availability, (e) awaiting care package in own home, (f) awaiting community equipment and adaptations, (g) patient or family choice, and (h) disputes. [DH]   HL13141

Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with a view to introducing an impact test to examine the effects of policy proposals on those aged over 65 following the Westminster Hall debate in the House of Commons on 6 September. [DH]   HL13142

Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer at the Conservative Party Conference that the Government would cut carbon emissions "no faster than our fellow countries in Europe" represents Government policy. [HMT]   HL13145

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress the Middle East Quartet has made towards a comprehensive peace in the Middle East. [FCO]   HL13152

7 November (21 November)

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will undertake a consultation on collective worship in schools with a view to updating their 1994 guidance on the matter, covering, inter alia, the extent of references to a supernatural being and the provision of information on the right to withdraw children from collective worship. [DfE]   HL13159

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (a) managers, and (b) other staff, were employed at Broadmoor Hospital on 1 November; and how many (1) managers, and (2) other staff, are being made redundant. [DH]   HL13160

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government how Broadmoor Hospital and other special hospitals are to be managed under the provisions of the Health and Social Care Bill. [DH]   HL13161

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the timetable for waste collection authorities to bid for funding from the Weekly Collections Support Scheme; and from what date they intend to release grants under that scheme. [DCLG]   [I]

Category 10: Non-financial interests (b)

Member, Pendle Borough Council

 HL13162

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether councils which receive funding from the Weekly Collections Support Scheme can expect to continue to receive such support for weekly collections in future years. [DCLG]   [I]

Category 10: Non-financial interests (b)

Member, Pendle Borough Council

 HL13163

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether bids for funding from the Weekly Collections Support Scheme must be made for proposals that cover the whole of the area of a waste collection authority, or whether bids may be made for proposals that cover only a part of such an area. [DCLG]   [I]

Category 10: Non-financial interests (b)

Member, Pendle Borough Council

 HL13164

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether bids for funding from the Weekly Collections Support Scheme may be made by councils which already operate a weekly collection scheme in order to subsidise the continued operation of that scheme. [DCLG]   [I]

Category 10: Non-financial interests (b)

Member, Pendle Borough Council

 HL13165

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether funding from the Weekly Collections Support Scheme will be available for waste collection authorities which wish to operate a separate food waste collection, or whether it will only be available to those which wish to operate weekly collections of general waste including food waste. [DCLG]   [I]

Category 10: Non-financial interests (b)

Member, Pendle Borough Council

 HL13166

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government which waste collection authorities have expressed an interest in applying for funding from the Weekly Collections Support Scheme. [DCLG]   [I]

Category 10: Non-financial interests (b)

Member, Pendle Borough Council

 HL13167

Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government what timetable is in place for completing the coastal path as set out in the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 and what budget has been allocated for this. [DEFRA]   HL13169

Lord Eden of Winton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving to the implementation of a property bond scheme such as that proposed by HS2 Action Alliance in order to compensate for the devaluation of properties affected by the planned High Speed Rail 2 Project. [DfT]   HL13170

Lord Eden of Winton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Iraq concerning recent developments at Camp Ashraf; whether they have had discussions with the European Union and the United States of America about immediate threats to the safety of the residents at Camp Ashraf; and what action they are taking at the United Nations Security Council on reaching a peaceful resolution before the end of December. [FCO]   HL13171

Lord Hall of Birkenhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the film, broadcasting, and entertainment industries will have sufficient access to wireless spectrum for radio microphone and radio camera use in the next five years. [DCMS]   HL13172

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve fire safety in housing. [DCLG]   HL13173

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment have they have made of the barriers facing first-time buyers seeking to buy a home in London. [DCLG]   HL13174

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action would need to be taken to require institutional investors to publish records of their voting at meetings of United Kingdom-listed public companies; and whether they have plans to bring in this requirement. [BIS]   HL13179

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to require United Kingdom defined-benefit pension schemes to operate within the European Union Solvency II Directive. [DWP]   HL13182

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether progress was made at the G20 meeting in Cannes on the promotion of resolution, or living will, plans for banks; and, if so, what was the nature of that progress, and what are the implications for United Kingdom banks. [HMT]   HL13183

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the arrangements for segregating client funds from those of advisers, investment managers, banks and broker dealers are effective, in the light of the failure of MF Global and its subsidiaries; and whether the Financial Services Authority intends to devote more resources to this risk area. [HMT]   HL13184

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Earl Attlee on 6 October (HL Deb, col 1211), whether the route of the former Lewes–Uckfield line is safeguarded by Wealden and Lewes District Councils and by East Sussex County Council; and whether any new county road construction in Uckfield crossing the route of the line and proposed new station will use a bridge to enable the line to be reopened at a later stage. [DfT]   HL13185

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to propose any new process in the appointment of members to a police authority service who have resigned from other police services. [HO]   HL13186

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the arrangements under which a complaint made against a member of the police is not investigated if that member resigns from the force. [HO]   HL13187

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to make energy companies reduce retail prices of fuel in line with any reduction in the price at which fuel is supplied to them. [DECC]   HL13188

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to end fuel smuggling and money laundering in Northern Ireland. [HMT]   HL13190

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 25 October (WA 134) concerning the Independent Commission on Banking, how the salary of £60,000 per year for the chairman for two days work per week was arrived at; and how it was agreed. [HMT]   HL13191

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are taken by electoral registration officers to ensure that the requirements allowing qualifying Commonwealth citizens to vote are met when a Commonwealth citizen applies to be registered to vote in United Kingdom elections and referendums. [CO]   HL13196

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the release of Mr Hassan Yousef, re-arrested on 1 November in the West Bank together with his son Mosab Hassan Yousef. [FCO]   HL13197

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have regarding the use of British-made surveillance tools in political repression in the Middle East and North Africa; and to which countries in those regions such equipment has been sold. [FCO]   HL13202

Lord Jacobs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the £35 billion in taxes which they estimate is lost to the United Kingdom each year results from (a) illegal tax evasion, and (b) legal tax avoidance. [HMT]   HL13204

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to extend the NHS Ombudsman Scheme to cover the private sector. [DH]   HL13205

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff of the UK Border Agency are naturalised citizens of the United Kingdom; and how many are not citizens of the United Kingdom. [HO]   HL13207

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any former or current asylum seekers have been employed in the UK Border Agency. [HO]   HL13208

8 November (22 November)

Baroness McDonagh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what market research and analysis of consumer demand was conducted during business planning in advance of the launch of the Money Advice Service; whether demand has been above or below expectations; and whether the Service has been supported with sufficient marketing and promotion. [HMT]   HL13210

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to broaden the range of products and services offered by community post offices. [BIS]   HL13212

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to expand the banking products offered through post offices. [BIS]   HL13213

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have taken a decision on the proposed closure of the North East Public Health Observatory; if not, when they will do so; and what are the criteria which would lead to closure. [DH]   HL13217

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 17 October (WA 27), whether the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, as the Irish government’s nominee to the United Nations Human Rights Council, remains subject to rules of procedure that prevent him discussing the human rights situation in the Republic of Ireland, and whether those rules will require him to recuse himself when any Northern Ireland issues are discussed. [NIO]   HL13219

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 31 October (WA 192), whether and how they intend to levy on the United Kingdom financial services sector the shortfall of the unrecovered amount of compensation paid to Landsbanki depositors; when they estimate the levy would be imposed; and what proportion and amount the United Kingdom’s claim to the Landsbanki estate represents. [HMT]   HL13220

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many private sector providers are highly trusted sponsors (HTS) for general purposes, how many have A and B rating, how many Confirmations of Acceptance for Studies for non-European Union nationals non-HTS providers are permitted to assign from 21 April 2011–25 April 2012 in total; and what that figure is expected to be for the following year. [HO]   HL13221

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their latest proposals on public sector pensions made to public sector trade unions will be withdrawn in the event of strike action by those unions; and what is their estimate of the cash flow gap between public sector pension contributions and pension payments in the next five years (a) if the latest proposals had not been made, and (b) if the latest proposals are accepted. [HMT]   HL13223

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the statement by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on 8 November that "The Government actively discourages all trade with Iran. We take any reports of exports being misused overseas seriously. It does not appear that the exporter has broken the law", (a) what steps they took to discourage Creativity Software from trading with Iran, and when; (b) what consideration they have given to reports detailing the use of British exports in Iran; (c) which Ministers were involved in that consideration; (d) whether the Government’s Law Officers were consulted in determining whether the law had been broken; and (e) whether they intend to ban Creativity Software from further exports of telephone intercept equipment to Iran. [BIS]   HL13224

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they provide to local authorities about the provision of subsidies for school transport for young people attending faith schools; and what assessment they have made of the equality implications of local authorities withdrawing such subsidies. [DfE]   HL13225

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to provide support for school transport for young people, regardless of whether they attend faith schools, whose journey is greater than three miles. [DfE]   HL13226

Lord Tombs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the total subsidy to be provided for wind power for the period 2000–2050. [DECC]   HL13227

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the current relations between Turkey and Israel as far as they affect United Kingdom economic and strategic interests. [FCO]   HL13228

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of Turkey’s foreign policy towards Syria as far as it affects United Kingdom economic and strategic interests. [FCO]   HL13229

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of Turkey’s foreign policy towards Iran as far as it affects United Kingdom economic and strategic interests. [FCO]   HL13230

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of Turkey’s foreign policy towards Iraq as far as it affects United Kingdom economic and strategic interests. [FCO]   HL13231

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the civil liberties of Kurds living within Turkey and whether they accord with those international agreements to which both the United Kingdom and Turkey are signatories. [FCO]   HL13232

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of Turkey’s foreign policy towards Armenia as far as it affects United Kingdom economic and strategic interests. [FCO]   HL13233

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 31 October 2011 (WA 213–14), what percentage of the annual funding for the Department for International Development they estimate reaches projects on the ground. [DfID]   HL13234

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 31 October 2011 (WA 213–14), what are the projects funded by the Department for International Development which have been stopped over the last five years due to the discovery of corruption. [DfID]   HL13235

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government when was the last time a Minister of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office spoke in person or by phone to the Chief Minister of Anguilla; and what were the subject matters discussed. [FCO]   HL13238

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the Palestinian National Authority for the release of Shaykh Muhammad Skafi and Muhammad Dhuqan, a student of Al-Najah University. [FCO]   HL13239

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they will take following the military assault on the city of Homs, and the apparent breakdown of mediation by the Arab League. [FCO]   HL13240

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have received concerning those held in prison in Bahrain following recent protests and demonstrations; and whether they will assess the extent to which such persons will be accorded due process. [FCO]   HL13242

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 7 November (WA 14), whether the Government has ever had a Treasury risk register. [HMT]   HL13243

Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Lord Howell of Guildford to Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead on 8 November, what action the Government propose to take, directly, through the European Union, or through other organisations, to develop the role of the African Union and its military and security capability in protecting stability in the East and Horn of Africa. [FCO]   HL13244

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Israeli government concerning the 30 October attack on Rafah in Gaza, which killed 12 people. [FCO]   HL13245

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the ability of Hamas leaders to control the activities of Islamic Jihad in Gaza. [FCO]   HL13246

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency concerning the strike by schoolteachers in United Nations schools following the suspension of a head teacher for sharing a platform with Hamas, the governing party in Gaza. [FCO]   HL13247

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to UNESCO concerning the state of the Mughrabi Bridge leading to the Temple Mount in East Jerusalem. [FCO]   HL13248

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel to persuade them to allow International Atomic Energy Authority inspectors into Israel. [FCO]   HL13249

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning its failure to accede to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. [FCO]   HL13250

9 November (23 November)

Lord Hollick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what operational information is supplied by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) to enable the Home Office to monitor the performance of the UKBA on a weekly and monthly basis. [HO]   HL13251

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had any contact with the Finucane family since the meeting between the Prime Minister and Mrs Finucane on 11 October. [NIO]   HL13252

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Sir Desmond de Silva QC has begun his examination of available materials in the Patrick Finucane case. [NIO]   HL13253

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what administrative or other assistance they are providing, either by way of access to records or provision of personnel, to Sir Desmond de Silva QC to assist him in conducting his examination of records in the Patrick Finucane case. [NIO]   HL13254

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether bank lending data under Project Merlin, as published by the Bank of England, is collected and produced according to the Bank’s Statistical Code of Practice; and, if not, what are the implications of this for the reliance that can be placed on the data. [HMT]   HL13255

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the demand for bank credit from small and medium-sized enterprises falls short of commitments made by banks under Project Merlin. [HMT]   HL13256

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 1 November (WA 224–5), whether HM Treasury ministers or officials have received copies of any minutes of a meeting of the Court of the Bank of England since May 2010; and, if so, which meetings, when those were received, and from whom. [HMT]   HL13257

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 1 November (WA 225), how they ensure that the Court of the Bank of England is effective as the governing body of the Bank. [HMT]   HL13258

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Chancellor of the Exchequer last had a meeting with the Chairman of the Court of the Bank of England. [HMT]   HL13259

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government to whom the Court of the Bank of England reports; and what form this reporting process takes. [HMT]   HL13260

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they have funded since 2001 to validate pen-side test kits which verify the presence of foot-and-mouth disease virus; and whether there are any validated kits available in the United Kingdom. [DEFRA]   HL13261

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure that the children of parents misdiagnosed with fabricated or induced illness, Münchausen’s syndrome by proxy, or borderline personality disorder are not subject to the recently announced fast track adoption procedures. [DfE]   HL13262

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the remit of the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment’s review of organophosphates does not include examination of their effect on the heart, lungs, autonomic system and mitochondria. [DH]   HL13263

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the fact that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is categorised by the World Health Organisation’s mandatory International Categorisation of Diseases as a neurological disease, why Department for Work and Pensions guidelines define CFS/ME as "an illness that is characterised by physical and mental fatigue and fatigability". [DWP]   HL13264

Lord Roberts of Conwy to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost of the Commission on Devolution in Wales; and what will be the fees payable to the commissioners. [WO]   HL13266

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 3 November (WA 287–8), whether the United Kingdom’s High Commissioner in Delhi and Ambassador in Beijing will now raise the issues of sex-selective abortion, female infanticide and male infanticide in India and China respectively. [FCO]   HL13267

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 3 November (WA 287), whether the United Kingdom representative to the United Nations has raised the issue of gendercide affecting (a) female, and (b) male, babies in 2011 to date. [FCO]   HL13268

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessments they have received of the nutritional state of children in Gaza. [DfID]   HL13269

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many winter fuel payments were made, and at what total cost, to former United Kingdom residents abroad, in each of the last five years for which figures are available, according to country. [DWP]   HL13270

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of savings to public funds from making winter fuel payments liable to basic and higher rates of income tax. [DWP]   HL13271

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of winter fuel payments to higher rate income tax payers this winter; and what proportion that represents of the total. [DWP]   HL13272

The Lord Bishop of Ripon and Leeds to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that residents are able to fulfil their religious obligations through making financial gifts in those immigration removal centres which are seeking to remove the use of cash from their premises. [HO]   HL13273

Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the submission of competitive climbing as a potential Olympic sport from 2020, they will consider providing support funding for elite athletes in this discipline through UK Sport. [DCMS]   HL13275

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether Eritrea has fully complied with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1907 of 23 December 2009. [FCO]   HL13276

Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the report of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons on HM Prison Aylesbury about the use of force by staff, what action they are taking to ensure records on the use of force are complete and regularly scrutinised. [MoJ]   HL13277

Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve the access to showers at HM Prison Aylesbury. [MoJ]   HL13278

Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to screen the toilets in cells designed for one prisoner but holding two in HM Prison Aylesbury. [MoJ]   HL13279

Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have made to the finding by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons that in adjudications at HM Prison Aylesbury there is "insufficient exploration of circumstances and evidence before a finding of guilt". [MoJ]   HL13280

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 7 November (WA 18–19) concerning the celebration of the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta in 2015, what organisation they will work with in Northern Ireland to arrange celebrations there. [MoJ]   HL13281

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what instructions they have given to those banks in which they have an investment to reduce the length of time required to clear a cheque. [HMT]   HL13282

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what instructions they have given to those banks over which they have control to reduce the length of time for a bank to clear a cheque. [HMT]   HL13283

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the economic advantages of having two fully staffed embassies in Rome. [FCO]   HL13285

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any direct payments for the BBC World News television service; and what assessment they have made of the level of coverage the service gave to the Commonwealth Heads of Government conference in Perth. [DCMS]   HL13286

Lord Donoughue to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether changes to the Pet Travel Scheme that come into effect on 1 January 2012 will require pets entering the United Kingdom from the Republic of Ireland to have additional rabies vaccinations. [DEFRA]   HL13287

Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Equality and Human Rights Commission about the impact of spending cuts on local community relations and equality councils. [HO]   HL13288

Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many local community relations and equality councils were in receipt of grant funding by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and local authorities in each of the last three years for which figures are available. [HO]   HL13289

Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many local community relations and equality councils in receipt of funding by the Equality and Human Rights Commission are due to have that funding withdrawn; and which they are. [HO]   HL13290

Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of changes in legal aid franchising on the advisory services provided by community relations and equality councils. [MoJ]   HL13291

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the purpose and latest position of the European Union Gendarmerie Force; how many police are in training, from which countries, and where; and whether they will authorise the use of its services in the United Kingdom. [HO]   HL13292

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (a) British people, or (b) other nationals, have been extradited annually by the United Kingdom to each European country under a European Arrest Warrant (EAW); how many have been held in custody or imprisoned under an EAW; and how many are awaiting extradition. [HO]   HL13293

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Creativity Software about their activities in Iran; who was present and on what dates; and whether they have established whether Creativity Software have servicing contracts for surveillance technology which they have sold to Iran. [BIS]   HL13294

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about the frequency of visits by British engineers and technicians to Iran; and what is the value of service contracts between British companies and Iran. [BIS]   HL13295

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government which United Kingdom companies have sold surveillance equipment to Iran, Syria, Bahrain, Egypt, Tunisia and Libya; and what discussions they have held with the companies, and on what dates, about the purposes for which such equipment could be used. [BIS]   HL13296

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with European Union Member States on establishing an effective framework to deter the misuse of European technologies involved in human rights violations and to prevent the resale of American technologies, on which an export embargo has been placed, via secondary companies based in Europe. [BIS]   HL13297

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 7 November (WA 8), how have the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority confirmed that gamete providers whose resulting embryos were used in research without their consent were promptly notified by licensed staff at the centres concerned. [DH]   HL13298

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Minister for Civil Society, Mr Nick Hurd, on 17 October (HC Deb, 719W), whether the concept of service in return for custom is recognised by the Charity Commission with respect to Gift Aid contributions. [CO]   HL13299

10 November (24 November)

Earl Baldwin of Bewdley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the statement by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency in its lay summary for licensed product 00036/0103 that this "contains sodium fluoride, which helps prevent tooth decay" indicates that toothpastes with added fluoride require medicinal product licences. [DH]   HL13300

Earl Baldwin of Bewdley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 7 February (WA 18–19), whether they have made progress in deciding whether to reduce the fluoride concentration in United Kingdom water fluoridation schemes; and why they need to await consultations in the United States. [DH]   HL13301

Earl Baldwin of Bewdley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 1 November (WA 233–4), what is their authority for the view that fluoride when added to mains water to protect children’s teeth does not constitute a medical treatment as opposed to a medicinal product. [DH]   HL13302

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the Luxembourg compromise of January 1996 is still valid in European Union decision-making. [FCO]   HL13303

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis the Financial Secretary to the Treasury considers that the Luxembourg compromise is available for effective use in the European Council. [FCO]   HL13304

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have a veto over any proposal for a financial transaction tax under Article 311 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union; and whether they will use such a veto if a financial transaction tax is formally proposed. [HMT]   HL13305

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government who reviews the performance of the Court of the Bank of England, the Governor and the Deputy Governors; and to whom and how they report. [HMT]   HL13306

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 9 November (WA 49), whether HM Treasury or the Financial Services Authority have reviewed the criteria and processes used by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association in determining a credit event and the reliance that can be placed on credit default swaps in calculating net risk-weighted assets of United Kingdom banks. [HMT]   HL13307

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government by how much the value of the taxpayer’s investment in Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland has fallen since May 2010; and whether they judge current market conditions to be suitable for the sale of Northern Rock. [HMT]   HL13308

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to review the arrangements under which the margin triggers on Italian and French sovereign bonds traded in London and cleared through LCH.Clearnet are established by entities under the supervision of French regulators. [HMT]   HL13309

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Prime Minister on 9 November (HC Deb, col 280), how they will be "making our views known" on unacceptable bonus payments at Royal Bank of Scotland. [HMT]   HL13310

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government which tram and light rail projects they have supported financially in the last five years; how much they have spent on each of those projects; how far each of those projects has been developed; and what are the plans for those projects that have yet to be completed. [DfT]   HL13311

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial support they have provided or will provide for the forthcoming relocation of Merseytravel’s headquarters. [DfT]   HL13312

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Police National Computer is still operated and managed by the National Policing Improvement Agency; and, if so, whether there are any plans to change that arrangement. [HO]   HL13313

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government which bodies have rights of access to the Police National Computer. [HO]   HL13314

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the rules governing who may access the Police National Computer are set centrally, or whether each body with rights to access it sets its own terms. [HO]   HL13315

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that the new Payments Council system for switching current accounts will allow personal customers to refuse to allow the sharing of their personal data and transaction details beyond that required by law. [HMT]   HL13316

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ban Chinese lanterns on the grounds of posing a threat to livestock. [DEFRA]   HL13317

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations against any proposal for the military to nominate a majority on the council to draft a new constitution for Egypt. [FCO]   HL13318

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will deploy diplomatic efforts to prevent any dilution of provisions of the Ottawa Convention on anti-personnel landmines and the 2008 Oslo Treaty on Cluster Munitions in any future United Nations convention; and whether they will explore the possibility of securing an international ban on the manufacture of both types of weapons, to include weapons yet to be developed. [FCO]   HL13319

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have raised with the interim government of Egypt (a) the duration of emergency law, (b) the possibility of a review by normal criminal courts of sentences passed by military tribunals, (c) freedom of expression for individuals and the media, and (d) freedom to organise and take part in strikes; and, if so, what responses they have received. [FCO]   HL13320

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have been invited to send observers to the parliamentary and presidential elections in Egypt. [FCO]   HL13321

Baroness McDonagh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the costs associated with revising and re-branding the former Money Made Clear website as the Money Advice Service website on 4 April 2011, including staff costs. [HMT]   HL13322

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 8 November (WA 32), which 10 charities have received the largest amounts of money from the Department for International Development over the last five years; and what sums were received by those charities. [DfID]   HL13323

Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 7 November (WA 18), whether they will publish on 1 December their response to the European Commission’s Green Paper on pre-trial detention; and, if not, why not. [MoJ]   HL13324

Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish in draft the proposed qualified one-way cost shifting regulations to be made under clause 25 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill and any related rules of court. [MoJ]   HL13325

Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the qualified one-way cost shifting regulations will involve assessment of a losing claimant’s ability to pay at the end of a case; and if so, whether they have conducted a cost/benefit analysis of such a provision, including in relation to court time and the complexity and confidentiality of individuals’ financial affairs. [MoJ]   HL13326

Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to a regime offering a presumption of unqualified one-way cost shifting, capable of being displaced in advance for good reason by an opponent and with the court otherwise able to apply sanctions for misconduct; and what were the conclusions of any such consideration. [MoJ]   HL13327

Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether recovery of after-the-event insurance premiums from losing parties in litigation is being abolished other than for clinical negligence cases, or whether this will only happen once qualified one-way cost shifting rules apply to such cases. [MoJ]   HL13328

Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty’s Government, if after-the-event premiums will not be recoverable in any type of claim except clinical negligence cases, how claimants who do not have before-the-event insurance, cannot afford after-the-event premiums and otherwise cannot afford the risk of losing a claim will obtain access to justice in other types of claim; and why qualified one-way cost shifting is not being applied to such claims (other than personal injury claims). [MoJ]   HL13329

Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, given the requirements of European Union law to ensure certainty in relation to costs before commencing litigation, they are proposing a difference in domestic law cases; and if so, why. [MoJ]   HL13330

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many members of the staff of the UK Border Agency and its predecessor bodies have been convicted of criminal offences in connection with their official activities over the last seven years; and, in each case, what was the name of the offender, the date and nature of the offence and the sentence received. [HO]   HL13331

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in place for internal and external checks on the integrity and honesty of the staff of the UK Border Agency. [HO]   HL13332

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government in which overseas diplomatic missions staff of the UK Border Agency are based; how many are in each mission; and how many of those have full diplomatic status and how many are locally employed non-United Kingdom passport holders. [HO]   HL13333

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government in what circumstances a pirate captured by a Royal Navy ship would be entitled to claim asylum in the United Kingdom; and whether there is an obligation on Her Majesty’s Government to convey any such asylum seeker back to the United Kingdom at public expense. [HO]   HL13334

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pirates have been captured or arrested by Royal Navy ships in the last two years; and what has been done with them. [MoD]   HL13335

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total cost to public funds to date of the e-borders system; and when they expect the system to be fully operational at all points of entry to the United Kingdom. [HO]   HL13336

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the recent Information Tribunal ruling, whether they still consider the Duchy of Cornwall to be a private estate; and if the Duchy is now a public authority, what are the consequences. [DEFRA]   HL13337

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government in what capacity their Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland attends functions in Northern Ireland. [FCO]   HL13338

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have proposals to stop smokers from obstructing entrances of public buildings; and what assessment they have made of whether the practice contributes to passive smoking. [DH]   HL13339

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many non-European Union students were detected overstaying their visas in 2010; how many of those sought political asylum in the United Kingdom; and how many were compulsorily returned. [HO]   HL13340

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government why public sector schemes do not have to pay into the Pension Protection Fund; how many pension schemes are members of the Fund; and which occupational pension schemes are or have been the subject of the Fund’s compensation. [DWP]   HL13341

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are investigating whether all people on the electoral register, or only non-United Kingdom nationals, could have their nationality and immigration status checked by Electoral Registration Officers with the UK Border Agency; and to what other entities they are considering extending similar checks. [CO]   HL13342

Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff previously employed at Latchmere House prison have been redeployed within the Prison Service. [MoJ]   HL13343

Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether those prisoners previously resident at Latchmere House and still in prison elsewhere benefit from employment programmes similar or equivalent to those which existed at Latchmere House. [MoJ]   HL13344

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they will provide on the preparation of local plans and other development plan documents following the withdrawal of Planning Policy Statement 12, in particular relating to the preparation of core strategies, adopted proposals maps, area action plans and supplementary planning documents. [DCLG]   [I]

Category 10: Non-financial interests (b)

Member, Pendle Borough Council

 HL13345

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Communities and Local Government Plan-making Manual is still in place as advice to local planning authorities; whether they intend to withdraw, revise or replace the manual; and, if so, when this will take place. [DCLG]   [I]

Category 10: Non-financial interests (b)

Member, Pendle Borough Council

 HL13346

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria will be used for allocating funding to waste collection authorities from the Weekly Collections Support Scheme if the bids received exceed the amount of money available; and whether in that case funding will be allocated on the basis of full funding for a proportion of the bids or a percentage reduction across the board. [DCLG]   [I]

Category 10: Non-financial interests (b)

Member, Pendle Borough Council

 HL13347

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the exchange of correspondence between the Prime Minister and Simon Davies of Privacy International concerning the sale of surveillance technology in the Middle East and North Africa, and place copies in the Library of the House. [CO]   HL13348

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 19 October (WA 71–2), what steps were taken by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to ensure that gamete providers were informed that embryos were used in research without their consent at Centre 0102 between 20 December 2005 and 2 May 2006; what were the circumstances under which this came to light; which concerns associated with properly informed consent pertained to Research Licence R0075 and Research Licence R0133 at the time; and what has been the history of relations with the HFEA of the Person Responsible for Research Licence R0075 and the Nominal Licensee for Research Licence R0133. [DH]   HL13349

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recent findings of the head of the United Nations Office of Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs, Baroness Amos, on food shortages, famine and malnutrition in North Korea following her visit to that country. [FCO]   HL13350

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government how their criticism of regimes which seek to manipulate or intercept social networking sites, text messaging or electronic communications relates to the role of British companies selling such surveillance equipment to the same regimes, with the knowledge of Her Majesty’s Government. [BIS]   HL13351

Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield to ask the Chairman of Committees what assessment he has made of the possibility of providing greater electronic access for the public to historic Hansard data on the Millbank Systems experimental web domain; what plans have been made to host the information on the parliamentary website; and what steps are being taken to digitise data that is not currently available on the experimental website. [CoC]   HL13352

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to address the findings of the Kay Review in respect of investors’ fiduciary duties. [BIS]   HL13353

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to improve investor oversight of listed companies. [BIS]   HL13354

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to improve companies’ reporting of environmental and social risks. [BIS]   HL13355

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make further representations to the government of Vietnam regarding the illegal trade in black rhino horns and its impact on the rhino population. [FCO]   HL13356

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of early intervention musculoskeletal physiotherapy in reducing sick leave, and enabling people on sick leave to return to work. [DH]   HL13357

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the potential savings to the welfare benefits budget of ensuring that people with musculoskeletal problems have early access to physiotherapy to enable them to remain in employment. [DH]   HL13358

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many railway stations in the London Boroughs and the City of London will be closed as part of the McNulty Review. [DfT]   HL13359

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government who will have responsibility for procuring Crossrail’s rolling stock. [DfT]   HL13360

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government for how many toll roads and bridges they or government agencies are responsible; and what charges have been levied for each of them in each year since 1996 (or the year they were opened if later) until the last year for which records are available. [DfT]   HL13361

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will implement proposals for armed guards to be based on United Kingdom merchant vessels. [DfT]   HL13362

Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are in place to ensure that dying individuals who do not have an advance care plan, which should ensure that their end-of-life wishes are discussed and recorded, are identified and receive good quality end-of-life care. [DH]   HL13363

Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many households have been disconnected from their energy supply in each month of the last five years; and for what reasons and by which energy supplier. [DECC]   HL13364

Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty’s Government when secondary legislation under the Energy Act 2011 relating to the Green Deal will be available; and what opportunity there will be for discussion and scrutiny prior to orders being laid before Parliament. [DECC]   HL13365

14 November (28 November)

Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to comply with the requirements of the Aarhus Convention in relation to forms of environmental nuisance and similar cases. [DEFRA]   HL13366

Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty’s Government, if after-the-event insurance premiums are to be irrecoverable, how claimants will fund own-side experts’ fees to ensure access to justice; and whether they have given consideration to experts being permitted to work on a conditional fee basis. [MoJ]   HL13367

Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Secretary of State for Justice, Kenneth Clarke, on the compatibility of the provisions of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill with the rights under the European Convention on Human Rights, how the proposals are compatible with those rights in relation to ensuring access to justice; and what similar assessment they have made in respect of the Bill’s compatibility with the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms. [MoJ]   HL13368

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of the Boorman review, in respect of improving sickness absence rates in the National Health Service. [DH]   HL13369

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the National Health Service reforms contained in the Health and Social Care Bill on people living with Parkinson’s Disease. [DH]   HL13370

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the funding per pupil in voluntary aided schools will be less than the funding per pupil in an academy in the same local authority area, if the local authority central spend equivalent element of an academy’s general annual grant is disregarded. [DfE]   HL13371

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that local authorities will receive the equivalent amount, compared to academies in their area, of local authority central spend equivalent grant per pupil for schools which they continue to maintain. [DfE]   HL13372

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reduce instances of metal theft. [HO]   HL13373

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment have they made of the case for a licensing regime for scrap metal dealers. [HO]   HL13374

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to ban cash transactions for large-scale or high-value scrap metal transactions. [HO]   HL13375

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of delays suffered by rail commuters due to metal theft in the last full year for which figures are available. [DfT]   HL13376

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of churches that have been damaged due to metal theft in the last full year for which figures are available. [DCMS]   HL13377

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the proportion of power cuts that are due to metal thefts. [DECC]   HL13378

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to make the wearing of helmets by cyclists on public roads compulsory. [DfT]   HL13379

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Strathclyde on 9 November (WA 62) concerning answers to Questions for Written Answer, what are the criteria used to determine appropriate occasions for the Government to refer to websites in those answers. [CO]   HL13380

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Strathclyde on 9 November (WA 62), whether they will ensure that when acronyms are used in answers the full name is used at least once as an aid to those who are dyslexic or have other reading difficulties. [CO]   HL13381

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that anyone injured while in the armed forces will not be made redundant by the armed forces against their will. [MoD]   HL13382

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 10 November (WA 95) concerning their recognition of countries, when the Vatican City was so recognised. [FCO]   HL13383

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Questions for Written Answers tabled by members of the House of Lords have been answered by each Government department in each month since May 2010. [CO]   HL13384

Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty’s Government, when considering the proposed feed-in tariff "contract for difference", what assessment they made of the wholesale power price paid to small intermittent power generators below 20MW in capacity. [DECC]   HL13385

Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the suitability of Ofgem’s retail market reform tariff simplification proposals for small energy retailers. [DECC]   HL13386

Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of liquidity in the wholesale power markets in relation to Ofgem’s retail market reform tariff simplification proposals. [DECC]   HL13387

Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce the mandatory reporting of wholesale power prices through the balancing and settlement code. [DECC]   HL13388

Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether bioliquids will be included in the renewable heat incentive. [DECC]   HL13389

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will commission an independent review of the Bank of England’s record on forecasting for economic growth compared with that of other forecasters; and whether they will commission an audit of the Bank of England’s processes to determine whether there are in-built biases that overestimate growth and under-estimate inflation. [HMT]   HL13390

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will audit the Bank of England’s record of forecasting inflation and benchmark the outcomes against those of independent forecasters. [HMT]   HL13391

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government why Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint has been appointed to advise the Chancellor of the Exchequer on banking and financial service issues; and whether this represents the assumption by Lord Green of responsibilities previously held by another minister. [HMT]   HL13392

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to stop the payment of bonuses at Royal Bank of Scotland, as stated by the Prime Minister when interviewed on BBC Radio 2 on 11 November. [HMT]   HL13393

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to bring about further sterling devaluation to reverse the deterioration in the United Kingdom’s international trade account. [HMT]   HL13394

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the procedures to deal with rights of way that are crossed by the path of the High Speed 2 railway; and what safeguards will be put in place to avoid the closure of such rights of way. [DfT]   HL13395

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to abolish Standards for England; and what action they are taking on complaints that are currently being dealt with by Standards for England. [DCLG]   HL13396

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recent statement by the Roman Catholic bishops of Sudan about the current violence and the risks of renewed conflict in both Sudan and South Sudan. [FCO]   HL13397

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will increase the funds available for construction and refurbishment of social housing. [DCLG]   HL13398

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of whether there will be more or fewer United Kingdom house sales in 2012 compared with 2011. [DCLG]   HL13399

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the relative benefits to the economy of building work and quantitative easing. [HMT]   HL13400

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to reinforce the joint United States-United Kingdom protest to the government of Israel about their withholding of tax collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority. [FCO]   HL13401

Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the NHS Commissioning Board will ensure clinical commissioning groups commission appropriate services for patients with inflammatory bowel disease, and in particular patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. [DH]   HL13402

Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the NHS Commissioning Board’s commissioning guidance to clinical commissioning groups on the discharge of their commissioning functions will cover the commissioning of services for patients with inflammatory bowel disease, and in particular with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. [DH]   HL13403

Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government what support the Department of Health and the NHS Commissioning Board will provide in establishing a clinical network for inflammatory bowel disorders and associated gastroenterological conditions. [DH]   HL13404

Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the NHS Outcomes Framework will help people who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease, and in particular Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. [DH]   HL13405

Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the NHS Commissioning Board and clinical commissioning groups will promote the involvement of patients with inflammatory bowel disease, in particular Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, in the decisions made about the provision of health services. [DH]   HL13406

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the judgment of the Supreme Court in Jones v Kernott, whether they will introduce legislation on the rights and duties of cohabiting couples. [MoJ]   HL13407

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 10 November (WA 75), who will make the decision in response to the request that the Merchant Navy Medal become part of the United Kingdom honours system to the extent that it can have a place in the order of wear, in recognition of the service of the merchant marine and to mark the Diamond Jubilee. [CO]   HL13408

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what statistics or estimates they have of the number of accidents involving British lorries that have occurred in mainland Europe in each of the last five years. [DfT]   HL13409

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of bringing in individual voter registration on the number of people available for jury service. [CO]   HL13410

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the impact of bringing in individual voter registration on the size of the electoral register. [CO]   HL13411

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Burma about reports of violations of human rights in Kachin State. [FCO]   HL13412

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Burma about reports of attacks by soldiers of the Burmese army on the Assemblies of God church in Muk Chyik village, Wai Maw Township, Kachin State, on 6 November. [FCO]   HL13413

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Burma about an order issued on 14 October in Phakant Township, Kachin State, requiring Christians to submit a request for permission whenever they wish to engage in acts of religious devotion; and whether they will make representations to the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion or Belief to seek an invitation to visit Burma to investigate reports of violations of freedom of religion or belief. [FCO]   HL13414

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to address the situation of internally displaced Kachin people along the China–Burma border; and what steps they will take to increase funding to the Thailand–Burma Border Consortium to provide humanitarian assistance to refugees and internally displaced peoples along the Thailand–Burma border. [DfID]   HL13415

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Creativity Software have sold surveillance technology to the government of Yemen; what was sold and when; and whether they will list all export licences, detailing (a) the names of companies, (b) the dates of transactions, and (c) the sums of money involved for the sale of surveillance technology to Yemen, Iran and Syria over the past five years. [BIS]   HL13416

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they introduced the British company, Detica, to the previous government of Tunisia; and whether surveillance technology was subsequently sold to the government of Tunisia. [BIS]   HL13417

Lord Jacobs to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many ministers in the House of Lords are remunerated and to which parties they belong; how many ministers in the House of Lords are not remunerated and to which parties they belong; and for what reasons some ministers are not remunerated. [CO]   HL13418

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to bring into force the remaining parts of Schedule 3 to the Criminal Justice Act 2003. [MoJ]   HL13419

15 November (29 November)

Baroness Miller of Hendon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they have given to the police and other appropriate authorities concerning the prosecution of any protesters who are alleged to have caused long-term obstruction of the highway or to have committed similar public order offences.   HL13420

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the response by the United Kingdom representative at the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination meeting in Geneva to the discussion on caste on 24 August.   HL13421

Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many police stations have closed since May 2010.   HL13422

Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the salaries of the six highest-paid civilian individuals currently employed by the Ministry of Defence.   HL13423

Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will suspend personal tax paid on interest income whilst interest rates are below inflation.   HL13424

Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Football Associations of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland concerning the implications of participating in the Team GB Olympic football team on the future rights of the teams of the four nations of the United Kingdom to participate in international football competitions.   HL13425

Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the International Olympic Committee to have England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales recognised as separate nations for the purposes of participation in the Olympic Games from 2012 onwards.   HL13426

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government with what organisations they have had discussions on the subject of metal theft.   HL13427

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of war memorials that have been damaged as a result of metal theft.   HL13428

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions there have been for metal theft offences in each year from 1996.   HL13429

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the War Memorials Trust about the protection of memorials from metal theft or damage.   HL13430

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the use of anti-theft devices such as ultraviolet fluorescent fluids to protect war memorials from damage or theft.   HL13431

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for greater use of anti-theft devices such as ultraviolet fluorescent fluids to combat crime.   HL13432

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their definition of structural deficit refers to the cyclically-adjusted net borrowing figure; whether this includes or excludes capital spending; how capital spending is defined in this data point; and whether the Office for Budget Responsibility uses the same definition in its publications.   HL13433

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 10 November (WA 87), whether the financial failure of a United Kingdom-based central counterparty and trade repository, operating under the organisational, prudential and conduct requirement of the European Union Regulation on Over the Counter Derivatives, Central Counterparties and Trade Repositories (EMIR), would result in eligibility for financial support from European Union authorities, or whether the burden would fall on the United Kingdom.   HL13434

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 8 June 2010 (WA 33), what progress they have made in developing measures to increase the visibility to lorry drivers of pedestrians and cyclists; how they are encouraging fleet operators to improve visibility through physical measures and training; and what lessons they have learned from schemes such as the Crossrail lorry driver safety programme.   HL13435

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 10 November (WA 82), whether the reports to the European Commission working group on the Agency Worker Directive, on which they base their understanding that the majority of European Union member states that have transposed the Directive have done so on the basis of day one equal treatment rights, are publicly available; and whether they will place them in the Library of the House.   HL13436

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 24 November 2010 (WA 327), which 11 member states are unlikely to have complied with the European Union Welfare of Laying Hens Directive ban on battery cages by 1 January 2012; what is the current annual level of egg and egg product imports from those states; and how they will implement their intention of prohibiting egg and egg product from hens in such cages from entering the United Kingdom.   HL13437

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Department for International Development has made a grant of £90 million to the BBC World Service Trust; what proportion of the Trust’s income this grant represents; how they have assessed the cost effectiveness of this grant; and whether they will place copies of the grant application correspondence in the Library of the House.   HL13438

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 31 October (WA 222), whether they will continue their policy of providing funding for employers’ contributions for members of public sector pension schemes which open their membership to non-public sector employees.   HL13439

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to make smoking in road vehicles which contain young children illegal.   HL13440

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish their annual assessment of countries at risk of violence, the early-warning system, as outlined in their Building Stability Overseas Strategy.   HL13441

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 14 September (WA 78), whether there is any formal mechanism for collaboration between the Department for International Development’s Private Sector Department and UK Trade and Industry, or whether this is on an ad hoc basis.   HL13442

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 14 September (WA 78–79), what is their "practical assessment" of the situation on the ground in Syria and Bahrain.   HL13443

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government what formal process they undertook to decide their 20 priority high-growth and emerging markets in their five-year strategy Britain Open for Business.   HL13444

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint on 15 September (WA 92), what is their "well established set of criteria" for allocating resources to overseas markets.   HL13445

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have decided on the exact level of additional personnel and finance resources they will allocate to the 20 priority high-growth and emerging markets identified in their five-year strategy Britain Open for Business.   HL13446

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the statement issued by the International Democrat Union expressing their concerns about Belarus and the prosecution of Ales Bialiatski.   HL13447

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that the number of attacks on and killings of Colombian human rights activists, and the Colombian government’s response, form part of discussions with President Santos during his visit to the United Kingdom.   HL13448

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will discuss with President Santos of Colombia, during his visit to the United Kingdom, what measures his government has put in place to prevent attacks against human rights activists and to increase their protection.   HL13449

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will raise with President Santos of Colombia, during his visit to the United Kingdom, what measures have been put in place by his administration to ensure attacks against human rights activists are punished appropriately.   HL13450

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will obtain specific commitments to improve the human rights situation in Colombia from President Santos of Colombia during his visit to the United Kingdom, before progressing with the Britain Open for Business programme which will support commerce between Colombia and the United Kingdom.   HL13451

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty’s Government why alcoholic beverages will be exempted from obligations to declare nutritional information on product labels as part of the Food Information Regulation.   HL13452

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will respond to the European Commission’s review of the exemption of alcoholic beverages from the obligation to declare nutritional information on product labels as part of the Food Information Regulation.   HL13453

Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the methodology used by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to calculate the value of a drug was last changed.   HL13454

Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Chairman and Chief Executive of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence were appointed; and what is the normal intended tenure for those two positions.   HL13455

Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any form of legal aid will be available to the Pakistani cricketer Salman Butt for any appeal against his prison sentence for spot fixing.   HL13456

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 17 Oct (WA 29), whether they will require the Mayor of London to publish details of the number of residents from Fish Island who (a) responded to, and (b) supported, his proposal to designate their homes as falling within the boundary of the proposed Mayoral Development Corporation for the purposes of planning applications before giving consent to the inclusion of this part of Tower Hamlets.   HL13457

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 11 Oct (WA 229), which part of the responses by Homeless Link and the National Association of Welfare Rights Advisers to the March 2010 consultation on reform of the Social Fund justify the claim that these organisations support the provision of goods and services instead of cash for Community Care Grants.   HL13458

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many young adult offenders aged 18–20 from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets have been held in (a) young offender institutions, (b) local prisons, and (c) other parts of the secure estate, in each year since 1992.   HL13459

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applicants were on the waiting list for the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme in each London Borough in each year since 2004–05; and how many flats or bungalows became available to let under the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme in each of those years, broken down by county.   HL13460

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government which developments have been supported with Homes and Communities Agency funding in (a) the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and (b) the London Borough of Islington, within the current Spending Review period; what was the level of grant in each instance; and how many (1) social rented homes, (2) affordable rented homes, and (3) low cost home ownership units are being delivered with such funding within each scheme.   HL13461

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to regulate exports by British-based companies which are associated with human rights violations.   HL13462

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what mechanisms exist to ensure that export policy is aligned with the United Kingdom’s foreign policy.   HL13463

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has made regarding the concerns raised by the sudden halting of the GRNOPC1 trial in the United States; and what are the implications for Phase 1/2 trials to treat Stargardt’s Disease in patients at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London with stem cells derived from embryos.   HL13464

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 23 June 2010 (WA 182–3) and 14 November 2011 (WA 105), why the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) had required the Newcastle Fertility Centre to submit details regarding the use of hundreds of human eggs under research licence R0122 if these were not used to bring about the creation of embryos and if the use of human eggs for research purposes is not otherwise regulated by the HFEA; and which other licensed centres have been similarly required to submit details to the HFEA regarding numbers of eggs used in research without disclosing the specific purposes for which such eggs were used.   HL13465

Prepared 16th November 2011