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

No. 69 1 March 2012

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.

27 January (10 February)

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of running the Department for Education in each of the last three years. [DfE]   HL15190

31 January (14 February)

Lord Condon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in the last two years to recruit police officers and community support officers from an ethnic minority background. [HO]   [I]

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 HL15291

8 February (22 February)

Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Saudi Arabia regarding the participation of women in their team for the London Olympics. [DCMS]   HL15560

The Earl of Courtown to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have carried out an environmental impact assessment of the extraction of peat for horticultural use. [DEFRA]   HL15566

9 February (23 February)

Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made as to whether conflicts of interest have arisen or can arise in circumstances where civilian and military officials within the Ministry of Defence are funded by overseas governments; and how many such officials are in place. [MoD]   HL15602

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their timetable for the delivery of new carriages for rail franchises based outside London and the south east which are suffering from overcrowding. [DfT]   HL15605

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 7 February (WA 57), whether it is possible to have a split site of a single school in an adjacent town, bordering county or different area of the country, so long as the original name and single admissions criteria are retained. [DfE]   HL15625

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made as to the business case for (1) electrification of the line between Swansea and Cardiff, and of the Cardiff Valley network, with electric Intercity Express Programme trains, and (2) electrification of the Cardiff Valley network and bimodal Intercity Express Programme trains; and what are the differences between each business case. [DfT]   HL15626

10 February (24 February)

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will initiate an investigation into the administration of shotgun certificates by the South Wales Constabulary. [HO]   HL15641

13 February (27 February)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether information provided in response to the consultation on the Justice and Security Green Paper (Cm 8194) is subject to publication or disclosure in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. [MoJ]   HL15694

14 February (28 February)

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 13 February (WA 142), why canal lengths were given in kilometres rather than in miles. [DEFRA]   HL15756

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 8 February (WA 65), why the lengths of coastal paths were given in kilometres rather than in miles. [DEFRA]   HL15757

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 16 January (WA 112), when the European Union Commission ruled out the option of an intra-Community trade ban on eggs produced outwith the European Union Welfare of Laying Hens Directive; what is the text of the strong warnings given to member states seeking to introduce a unilateral ban; what infraction proceedings against the United Kingdom would consist of if unilateral action was taken; and how soon they might commence. [DEFRA]   HL15763

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made, as a member of NATO, and in the light of the United Kingdom’s commitments to supporting Greece in the event of a loan default, of any current contracts for Greece to procure four frigates and four submarines from Germany and France. [MoD]   HL15769

16 February (1 March)

Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the remarks by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Mr Danny Alexander, on 10 February concerning higher rate tax relief on pensions contributions were compatible with the obligation set out in section 2.1 of the Ministerial Code (collective responsibility). [CO]   HL15847

Lord Donoughue to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assumptions are made on "write down" on the cost of wind power equipment when making provision for the subsidy for wind farm operations. [DECC]   HL15852

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the cost to public funds of lights left on in government buildings overnight in the Westminster and Whitehall area. [DECC]   HL15869

27 February (12 March)

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any countries have expressed an interest in joining the Commonwealth since 1 January 2005. [FCO]   HL15889

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the fact that Zimbabwe is no longer a member of the Commonwealth, whether they have any plans to stop Zimbabwean citizens resident in the United Kingdom voting in United Kingdom elections. [CO]   HL15890

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made towards building an airport for St Helena. [DfID]   HL15891

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance is being given to Tristan da Cunha to develop economic activity. [FCO]   HL15892

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, before providing aid to a country, they take account of the size of the defence expenditure of that country. [DfID]   HL15893

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider proposing that the Military Cross awarded to Captain John Hamilton during the 1982 Falklands conflict should be upgraded to a Victoria Cross. [MoD]   HL15894

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the term of the current Chairman of the Court of the Bank of England expires; and when the vacancy will be advertised. [HMT]   HL15895

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they have raised with the government of Egypt access in that country to fair reviews and justice for those in administrative detention, held without charge or brought before a military court. [FCO]   HL15896

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they have raised with the government of Iraq access in that country to fair reviews and justice for those in administrative detention, held without charge or brought before a military court. [FCO]   HL15897

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they have raised with the government of Israel access in that country to fair reviews and justice for those in administrative detention, held without charge or brought before a military court. [FCO]   HL15898

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they have raised with the government of Libya access in that country to fair reviews and justice for those in administrative detention, held without charge or brought before a military court. [FCO]   HL15899

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they have raised with the government of Turkey access in that country to fair reviews and justice for those in administrative detention, held without charge or brought before a military court. [FCO]   HL15900

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many internally displaced people are currently living in Afghanistan; what are their living conditions; whether plans have been made for their resettlement; and if so, who is responsible for implementing those plans. [DfID]   HL15901

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of (1) the 30 per cent cut in physiotherapy training places in London, and (2) the closure of the physiotherapy courses at the University of East London and London South Bank University, on the ability of the National Health Service to meet future demand for physiotherapy services. [DH]   HL15902

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the closure of the physiotherapy training course at the University of East London on the number of people from disadvantaged and disabled groups who have the opportunity to train in physiotherapy. [DH]   HL15903

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the closure of the part-time physiotherapy training course at London South Bank University on the number of people from disadvantaged backgrounds or who have caring responsibilities who have the opportunity to train in physiotherapy. [DH]   HL15904

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of how many gigawatts of power will be generated by wind farms in the United Kingdom in 2020. [DECC]   HL15905

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to make a decision on whether or not to resume fracking tests. [DECC]   HL15907

The Earl of Selborne to ask Her Majesty’s Government which were the tidal combined sewer overflows which released over 900,000 tonnes of storm sewage into the River Thames on 5 and 6 June 2011, as noted in paragraph 2.6.18 of the National Policy Statement for Waste Water; and what are their estimates of the tonnage attributable to each tidal combined sewer overflow. [DEFRA]   HL15908

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to mark the tenth anniversary of the Gujarat violence in India, and the first anniversary of the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti in Pakistan; if so, how; and whether they will press the governments of India and Pakistan to ensure that all people responsible for those crimes are brought to justice. [FCO]   HL15909

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take in the light of recent reports regarding sex-selection abortions being undertaken in the United Kingdom. [DH]   HL15910

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of recent reports that sex-selection abortions are taking place in the United Kingdom, they will establish an independent audit of all the authorisation forms connected with abortion provision in each private abortion provider for the past five years to determine whether any irregularities and criminal activity have occurred. [DH]   HL15911

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of recent reports regarding sex-selection abortions taking place in the United Kingdom, they will issue warnings to private clinics that such instances will be referred to the police for investigation and possible prosecution. [DH]   HL15912

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total income generated by private abortion providers in the United Kingdom over each of the past ten years. [DH]   HL15913

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the availability of resources to the Marine Management Organisation has any bearing on whether they decide to hold a public inquiry into an application for a Harbour Revision Order. [DfT]   HL15914

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the proposed changes to the regulations for using red diesel in pleasure craft due to come into force on 1 April 2012, (1) which organisations were consulted about this change, and when; (2) how many suppliers of red diesel to marine craft have committed to adding a supply of white diesel by 1 April 2012 for those customers who wish to travel to other European Union member states; (3) whether Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs have informed representatives of marine craft owners in the United Kingdom and other European Union member states that they will no longer be allowed to use red diesel in their craft for propulsion outside United Kingdom waters; and (4) whether users of pleasure craft intending to travel between the United Kingdom and another European Union member states will be able to do so legally where there are no suppliers of white diesel at their departure points in the United Kingdom, and if so, how. [HMT]   HL15915

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact the statement on 20 February by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Richard Falk, will have on Government policy, and in particular his statement that "on the basis of the information that I have received, the treatment to which Mr. Adnan has been subjected while under detention amounts to torture and cruel and degrading treatment as these terms are used and understood in relation to the Convention Against Torture, a treaty widely ratified, including by Israel". [FCO]   HL15916

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what strategy is in place to support their intention, as stated on the website of the Department for International Development, of "improving accountability, security and justice for the Palestinian people". [DfID]   HL15917

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they evaluate the success of their ongoing representations to the government of Israel with regard to securing a two-state solution; and whether talks with other European Union member states have produced any different approaches to negotiation. [FCO]   HL15918

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the agreement between British Water and the Israeli Industry Centre for Research and Development, MATIMOP, in the light of the alleged Israeli control of Palestinian water resources; and whether the technology used by the new partnership will be of benefit in water desalination within Gaza. [DfID]   HL15919

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will train Caribbean police forces in basic human rights as part of their governance and security programme in the Caribbean. [FCO]   HL15920

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of a recent confidential report by the European consuls in Jerusalem and Ramallah raising the issue of the "forced expulsion" of Palestinians from Area C of the West Bank; and, if so, what assessment they have made of that report; and whether they have plans to act on its contents. [FCO]   HL15921

Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to regulate to prevent Twitter applications extracting personal phone directories from private mobile devices without permission. [MoJ]   HL15922

Lord Roberts of Conwy to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many loans, with what total value, have been made to small and medium-sized enterprises in Wales under the Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme. [BIS]   HL15923

Lord Roberts of Conwy to ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the Export Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme and the continuation of the Enterprise Capital Funds programme have been applied to Wales, and have promoted investments there. [BIS]   HL15924

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the terms of reference and membership of the Strategy Task Force announced in UK Trade & Investment’s five-year strategy Britain Open for Business: Growth Through International Trade and Investment. [BIS]   HL15925

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the Strategy Task Force announced in UK Trade & Investment’s five-year strategy Britain Open for Business: Growth Through International Trade and Investment to deliver its final report. [BIS]   HL15926

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the process by which the membership of UK Trade & Investment’s sector group task forces and sector advisory groups is decided. [BIS]   HL15927

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in line with UK Trade & Investment’s commitment to enhance its evaluation mechanism to focus more on assessing the impact and value for money of its programmes, they will establish an independent commission for trade impact with a similar remit to the Independent Commission for Aid Impact established by the Department for International Development. [BIS]   HL15928

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the performance criteria they have set for achieving the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Charter for Business. [FCO]   HL15929

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their priorities for the next round of international development goals following the expiry of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. [DfID]   HL15930

Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether allowing non-religious parents to withdraw their children from collective worship is an adequate alternative for the parents to having their children attend worship. [DfE]   HL15931

Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment the Department for Education has made of the options open to parents who do not wish their children to attend collective worship, and of whether children who are withdrawn from collective worship by their parents are victimised by their school or their peers. [DfE]   HL15932

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to improve the management of Ashfield Young Offender Institution in the light of the recent report of HM Inspector of Prisons; and whether they will review the suitability of Serco and GEOAmey as managers or providers of services to custodial institutions. [MoJ]   HL15933

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of welfare benefit cases finalised under a Legal Services Contract were (1) appeal cases, or (2) revision cases; and, of those, how many of the appeal cases and revision cases respectively involved disabled people. [DWP]   HL15934

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of welfare benefit cases finalised under a Legal Services Contract were appeal cases; and, of those, how many were (1) appeals in relation to Employment and Support Allowance; (2) appeals in relation to Jobseeker’s Allowance; (3) appeals in relation to Incapacity Benefit; and (4) appeals in relation to Disability Living Allowance. [DWP]   HL15935

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of welfare benefit cases finalised under a Legal Services Contract were revision cases; of those, how many were (1) revisions in relation to Employment and Support Allowance; (2) appeals in relation to Jobseeker’s Allowance; (3) appeals in relation to Incapacity Benefit; and (4) appeals in relation to Disability Living Allowance. [DWP]   HL15936

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many appeals have been lodged as a result of Incapacity Benefit reassessments since October 2010; and, of those how many (1) are still pending before the tribunal, and (2) have been overturned in favour of the claimant. [DWP]   HL15937

Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with European Union Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva regarding the cutting of European Union aid to the Thailand Burma Border Consortium. [DfID]   HL15938

Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding for civil society capacity-building in Burma they provided in 2011; and what funding will be provided in 2012. [DfID]   HL15939

Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial support they provide to the International Labour Organisation Office in Burma. [DfID]   HL15940

Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty’s Government why some organisations working in the Thailand–Burma border which receive grants from the Department for International Development reclaim costs incurred from the Department for International Development rather than receiving a normal grant. [DfID]   HL15941

Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding they provide to women’s organisations for projects supporting women and children who have been subjected to rape and sexual violence by the Burmese army. [DfID]   HL15942

Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent meetings Department for International Development officials have held with civil society organisations from Burma which are based on the Thailand–Burma border. [DfID]   HL15943

Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have determined the terms of reference of their Review of the Strategy for the Civil Service 2008–13. [CO]   HL15944

Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they appointed the members of the Home Office Firearms Forms Working Group; and when they determined its work programme. [HO]   HL15945

Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have revised their estimate of the amount of savings to be achieved by awarding the contract for police and court interpreting services to a single agency; and, if so, what the revised estimate is. [MoJ]   HL15946

Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the contract with Applied Language Solutions to provide police and court interpreting services, in the light of reports of recent disruption to the courts and extra expense incurred by failure to provide adequate interpreting services. [MoJ]   HL15947

Lord Colwyn to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the NHS Medical Director will be consulting dermatologists and the British Association of Dermatologists during his review of the regulation of the cosmetic surgery industry. [DH]   HL15948

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many media enquiries they estimate the Northern Ireland Office information section receives each year. [NIO]   HL15949

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Northern Ireland Office information or media section cost in each of the last three years. [NIO]   HL15950

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they place any restrictions on the number of media questions which can be asked of the Government each day from the same source; and, if so, what are those restrictions. [NIO]   HL15951

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what they estimate is of the average cost of a media question to a government department. [CO]   HL15952

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they operate a policy of refusing to answer some media questions on the grounds of disproportionate cost; if so, what is that cost; and if not, why. [CO]   HL15953

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the cost in the past year of all departmental media sections and their activities. [CO]   HL15954

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to uprating all overseas United Kingdom state pensions annually. [DWP]   HL15955

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the increase in the number of pensioners leaving the United Kingdom to reside overseas if all overseas United Kingdom state pensions were uprated. [DWP]   HL15956

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people living outside the United Kingdom received non-uprated United Kingdom state pensions in the most recent period for which data is available, broken down by country and territory. [DWP]   HL15957

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have conducted a cost-benefit analysis of extending access to free NHS care to those pensioners who have lived in the United Kingdom for a significant period of time and then become resident overseas outside the European Union. [DH]   HL15958

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the impact of extending access to free NHS care to those pensioners now resident overseas on migration flows in and out of the United Kingdom. [DH]   HL15959

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost of uprating United Kingdom state pensions in each of the countries affected by the frozen pensions regulations. [DWP]   HL15960

Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many ministers are currently paid from public funds and how many are currently unpaid. [CO]   HL15961

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the outcome of the recent London Conference on Somalia; what were the positive results; and which of their objectives were not met. [FCO]   HL15962

Viscount Goschen to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are concerned about the illegal jamming of global positioning systems; and, if so, what action they are taking to prevent this in the United Kingdom. [HO]   HL15963

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the success rates for race and religion discrimination claimants, who have had full hearings at employment tribunals over the last four years; and what action is proposed to improve success rates. [HO]   HL15964

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to improve race and religion discrimination claimants’ representation in employment tribunal case hearings. [HO]   HL15965

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to alter equality legislation applicable to people in the labour market through the introduction of measures to make it easier for employers to hire and fire; and whether an equality impact assessment will be undertaken and published. [HO]   HL15966

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence exists about the levels of support and representation provided by the Government Equalities Office or the Equality and Human Rights Commissions or both to black and minority ethnic people who allege race discrimination. [HO]   HL15967

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional powers are envisaged by the Prime Minister to be made available to the Scottish Parliament if Scotland were not to vote for independence in a future referendum. [SO]   HL15968

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the numbers of British troops fighting in Afghanistan, they are directly involved in peace talks between the Taliban, the United States and the government of Afghanistan; and, if not, why not. [FCO]   HL15969

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 13 February concerning the speeding-up of tax free allowances (WA 138), whether they will now answer the question originally asked of whether the Deputy Prime Minister was expressing the collective view of the Cabinet in calling for a speeding-up of the increase in tax-free allowances. [HMT]   HL15970

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether pedestrians have priority on pavements. [DfT]   HL15971

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, before agreeing to the extradition of Mr Tappin to the United States, they obtained assurances that he would be treated humanely, housed in comfortable accommodation in an accessible place of detention and that arrangements would be made for his wife and family to visit him; and whether they will arrange consular visits to him. [HO]   HL15972

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will bring into effect the power conferred by the Equality Act 2010 to make age discrimination unlawful in providing goods, services and facilities, including health care, to the public. [HO]   HL15973

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have obtained their copy of the United Nations War Crimes Commission archive; and, if not, whether they will seek to do so. [FCO]   HL15974

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek publication of the United Nations War Crimes Commission archive. [FCO]   HL15975

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether British intelligence officials were involved in the rendition of Abdel Hakim Belhadj to Tripoli in 2004. [FCO]   HL15976

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 27 February (HL15541), whether the identity of all respondents to the public consultation on the Green Paper on Justice and Security, as distinct from the content or part of the content of some of the submissions, is subject to an obligation of confidence. [MoJ]   HL15977

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to including an assessment of whether children have been seen by an officer of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) in the key performance indicators for CAFCASS. [DfE]   HL15979

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service have allocated to self-employed practitioners in each quarter since the first quarter of 2007. [DfE]   HL15980

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 27 February (HL15532), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the government of Iraq in respect of Camp Liberty infrastructure and facilities. [FCO]   HL15981

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 27 February (HL15532), whether, under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the government of Iraq in respect of Camp Liberty, it was agreed that there should be a fresh water supply available to those who moved from Camp Ashraf. [FCO]   HL15982

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 27 February (HL15532), whether, under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the government of Iraq in respect of Camp Liberty, it was agreed that there should be free movement and communication between the refugees’ families and lawyers within the Camp. [FCO]   HL15983

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 27 February (HL15532), whether, under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the government of Iraq in respect of Camp Liberty, there are to be reasonable medical services provided; and what has been achieved in this respect. [FCO]   HL15984

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 27 February (HL15532), whether, under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the government of Iraq in respect of Camp Liberty, there were arrangements for United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees representatives (1) to be accommodated within the Camp, or (2) to be able to visit the Camp freely. [FCO]   HL15985

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 27 February (HL15532), whether, under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the government of Iraq in respect of Camp Liberty, it was agreed that refugees transferring from Camp Ashraf would have access to their property and belongings. [FCO]   HL15986

28 February (13 March)

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are discussing ceasefires, access for humanitarian supplies, and possible safe zones in Syria with the International Committee of the Red Cross. [FCO]   HL15987

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will discuss with the government of Turkey the arrest on 20 February of Ms Arzu Mucu and Ms Çimen Altürk, both members of the Peace and Democracy Party, and the arrests in Istanbul of ten persons connected with the Kurdistan Communities Union. [FCO]   HL15988

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they and the Quartet are making representations to the government of Israel about recent uprootings of olive trees on land at Turmus Aya, north of Ramallah. [FCO]   HL15989

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they and the Quartet are making representations to the government of Israel about the arrest by Israeli soldiers in January 2011 of Islam Dar Ayyoub from the village of Nabi Saleh, and his treatment and interrogation; and whether they are co-operating with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment regarding this case. [FCO]   HL15990

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they and the Quartet are making representations to the government of Israel about recent alleged attempts by settlers to storm the al-Haram al-Sharif compound. [FCO]   HL15991

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they and the Quartet are making representations to the government of Israel about any encroachment by the outpost of Amona, near Ofra, onto land in Zone B. [FCO]   HL15992

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Cabinet Secretary has instructed the Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Executive, Sir Peter Housden, to issue instructions to his staff to prepare for independence; and, if so, whether this accords with the principle of civil service impartiality. [SO]   HL15993

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the situation in North Korea following the death of Kim Jong-il and the succession to the leadership by his son, Kim Jong-un and of whether there has been any improvement in the North Korean government’s attitude to human rights or response to humanitarian needs in the country since the change of leadership; and what discussions they have had with the new leadership about those areas of concern. [FCO]   HL15994

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the current state of religious freedom in North Korea. [FCO]   HL15995

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of North Korea since the death of Kim Jong-il and the succession by his son, Kim Jong-un, about the possibility of access to the country for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and other humanitarian organisations and human rights monitors. [FCO]   HL15996

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are involved with the repatriation of North Korean refugees from China to North Korea; and what assessment they have made of the likely treatment of refugees repatriated to North Korea. [FCO]   HL15997

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts they are making to encourage China to abide by its responsibilities under the 1951 Refugee Convention with respect to repatriation of North Korean refugees, and to encourage China to ensure safe passage of North Korean refugees through China to South Korea. [FCO]   HL15998

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage the BBC World Service to consider establishing a Korean-language service broadcasting into North Korea. [FCO]   HL15999

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many payments of child benefit and child tax credit are made on behalf of children living abroad per year; whether such payments are temporary; whether they are payable without provision of a birth certificate; what checks are made as to entitlement; and how many such payments were made in the last year for which figures are available, in respect of residents of the 10 countries with the highest British populations; and with what total value for each country. [HMT]   HL16000

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Romanian and Bulgarian nationals have migrated to the United Kingdom since those countries acceded to the European Union; what estimates they have made of the impact on the numbers of Romanian and Bulgarian migrants to the United Kingdom of the lifting next year of all employment and social security restrictions; whether they have made any preparations for a possible large increase in annual numbers; and how many such nationals have registered for national insurance numbers since those countries acceded to the European Union. [HO]   HL16001

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the median annual pension and lump sum paid to full-time hospital consultants and medical general practitioners retiring last year; and what were the percentage employee and employer contributions where relevant. [DH]   HL16002

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government which Commonwealth war graves cemeteries were recently damaged during protests in Libya over the burning of a Koran by United States soldiers in Afghanistan; and whether they have sought or received any assurances from the new government of Libya about the future protection of such cemeteries. [FCO]   HL16003

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will release the letter from the chief executive of the Scottish Prison Service mentioned on page 48 of the Cabinet Secretary’s Review of Papers Relating to the Release of Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi, regarding the medical tests which revealed al-Megrahi had terminal cancer; what was the date of that letter; and whether they agree with the statement by the Foreign Secretary on 27 July 2011 that the medical advice which led to the release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was "pretty much worthless". [FCO]   HL16004

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the chief executive of the Care Quality Commission has resigned unconditionally or whether payments for early termination of employment have been arranged or early payment of pension has been put in place; and, if so, what sums of money are involved. [DH]   HL16005

Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the total cost of paying current salary rates to unpaid ministers in both Houses of Parliament. [CO]   HL16006

Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the additional cost incurred by paying all unpaid Commons Ministers the current ministerial salary rates, compared with them receiving only the current Member of Parliament’s salary rate. [CO]   HL16007

Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current cost incurred by paying current ministerial salaries to House of Commons ministers, as opposed to those ministers receiving only the current Member of Parliament’s salary. [CO]   HL16008

Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the additional cost incurred by paying all unpaid Lords Ministers the current ministerial salary rates, as opposed to them receiving only their attendance allowances, assuming that they attend 149 sitting days per year (the average for the past 5 years). [CO]   HL16009

Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current cost incurred by paying ministerial salaries to House of Lords ministers, as opposed to those ministers receiving only attendance allowances, assuming that they attend 149 sitting days per year (the average for the past 5 years). [CO]   HL16010

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will respond to the recommendations of the Department for Education’s Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Education Stakeholder Group, and in particular to the recommendation that the pupil premium formula should be adjusted to include Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils, whether or not they receive free school meals. [DfE]   HL16011

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support a meritocratic selection process for the next President of the World Bank. [DfID]   HL16012

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many schools, and of what types, the Secretary of State for Education has visited in this and the previous academic year; and whether there are any schools which the Secretary of State has visited on more than one occasion. [DfE]   HL16013

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the teacher turnover rate in state schools in the last five years; and what was the breakdown of teacher turnover by type of state school. [DfE]   HL16014

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint on 29 November 2011 (WA 65–6), whether they will publish the analysis undertaken by UK Trade and Investment and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to identify their 20 priority high-growth markets in Britain Open for Business. [BIS]   HL16015

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint on 29 November 2011 (WA 65–6), how much funding they provide to their private sector partners, such as the China-Britain Business Council, the UK-India Business Council, and the UK-ASEAN Business Council. [BIS]   HL16016

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint on 29 November 2011 (WA 65–6), how they ascertain and evaluate the demand from United Kingdom businesses for the services of UK Trade and Investment abroad. [BIS]   HL16017

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 27 February (WA 230), what plans they have to raise awareness amongst religious communities, and in particular British Islamic communities, about the provisions of section 1 of the Divorce (Religious Marriages) Act 2002. [MoJ]   HL16018

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the security and intelligence services were consulted during the preparation of and public consultation on the Green Paper on Justice and Security. [MoJ]   HL16019

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether responses have been made to the public consultation on the Green Paper on Justice and Security by or on behalf of the security and intelligence services. [MoJ]   HL16020

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government, following their announcement on 7 January 2011, when they intend to exercise the power conferred by section 45 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 to reduce the 30-year rule to a 20-year rule. [MoJ]   HL16021

Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish their White Paper on Special Educational Needs and Disability. [DfE]   HL16022

Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their proposed White Paper on Special Educational Needs and Disability will include measures to improve testing in schools for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. [DfE]   HL16023

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to allowing all United Kingdom citizens to vote in United Kingdom elections. [CO]   HL16024

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any audit process to ensure that the BBC is politically neutral. [DCMS]   HL16025

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the financial implications of a refusal by the Northern Ireland Assembly to accept parity with the changes to social security and housing benefit proposed in the Welfare Reform Bill. [DWP]   HL16026

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Northern Ireland Executive will be required to implement changes to social security and housing benefit contained in the Welfare Reform Bill, if it is enacted. [DWP]   HL16027

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider to be a reasonable administration fee for the return by airlines of paid Air Passenger Duty to those passengers who do not in the event travel. [DfT]   HL16028

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that Air Passenger Duty which has been paid but which has not been reclaimed by those passengers who do not in the event travel should be kept by the airline which has collected the tax or be paid to HM Treasury; and what estimates they have made of the sums involved. [HMT]   HL16029

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they take to ensure that they do not inadvertently create loopholes in the tax system. [HMT]   HL16030

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the production figures for North Sea oil in each year from 1974. [DECC]   HL16031

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many oil exploration wells have been established in the North Sea in each year since 1974. [DECC]   HL16032

Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the opinion stated by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention that the imprisonment of Filep Karma constitutes a breach of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; and whether they will raise the issue with the government of Indonesia. [FCO]   HL16033

Lord Hoyle to ask the Chairman of Committees what are the additional energy costs incurred when one House of Parliament sits and the other House is in recess over the costs incurred when both Houses are in recess. [CoC]   HL16034

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government when is the earliest they expect delivery of a new escort; and whether that new escort will replace a Type 23 Frigate or increase the total number of hulls. [MoD]   HL16035

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether three destroyers and frigates are required to ensure that one destroyer and frigate can remain on a deployed task. [MoD]   HL16036

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the possible attrition of maritime assets during operations. [MoD]   HL16037

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning its treatment of detainees in prisons, in the light of the report by Physicians for Human Rights Israel and the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel. [FCO]   HL16038

Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 27 February (WA 286), why the pardons listed since 1997 do not include the pardons granted in 2006 to 306 British soldiers executed for cowardice and similar offences in the First World War, as set out in section 359 of the Armed Forces Act 2006. [MoJ]   HL16039

Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 27 February (WA 286), why the pardons listed since 1997 do not include the 18 exercises of the Royal Prerogative of Mercy that the Northern Ireland Office confirmed as being granted since 1998 in response to a Freedom of Information request in 2010. [MoJ]   HL16040

29 February (14 March)

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Department for Education will publish its proposed review of advice for school leaders, staff, governing bodies and local authorities on the specific duties in the Equality Act 2010 that require every school to publish before 6 April 2012 information demonstrating how they are complying with the Act’s public sector equality duty, and on preparing and publishing equality objectives; how many schools will be required to publish such information; what is the estimated cost per school; and how they will monitor compliance. [DfE]   HL16041

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the management structure of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and each of its agencies; how many managers are at each level in each body; and what is the cost per year of their salaries and expenses. [BIS]   HL16042

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the management structure of the Department of Energy and Climate Change and each of its agencies; how many managers are at each level in each body; and what is the cost per year of their salaries and expenses. [DECC]   HL16043

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the percentage of civil servants employed by the Home Office who take time off work each year through smoking-related illnesses. [HO]   HL16044

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the percentage of civil servants employed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills who take time off work each year through smoking-related illnesses. [BIS]   HL16045

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the percentage of civil servants employed by the Ministry of Defence who take time off work each year through smoking-related illnesses. [MoD]   HL16046

Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government what process will be adopted for the recruitment of a new Chief Executive for the Office of Fair Trading; and whether this will use open competition. [BIS]   HL16047

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Special Areas of Conservation are partly or wholly on land owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, and on which of those have environmental impact assessments been conducted under the Habitats Directive. [DEFRA]   HL16048

Lord Liddle to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many special advisers they employed in July of each year from 1979 to 2010 inclusive. [CO]   HL16049

Lord Liddle to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the size of the Senior Civil Service, and how many civil servants were employed, in each year from 1979 to 2010 inclusive. [CO]   HL16050

Lord Liddle to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff (civil servants, special advisers, secondees or other staff) were employed in (1) the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, (2) the Performance and Innovation Unit, (3) the Policy Unit, (4) the Strategy Unit and (5) the Social Exclusion Unit, for each year since 1997. [CO]   HL16051

Lord Liddle to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many reports were produced by the Performance and Innovation Unit, and then the Strategy Unit in each year since 1997. [CO]   HL16052

Lord Liddle to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many central government agencies were in existence in each year since 1979. [CO]   HL16053

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they and the Quartet are making representations to the government of Israel about preliminary approval for 600 new homes in the West Bank near Shiloh. [FCO]   HL16054

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they and the Quartet are making representations to the government of Israel about official registration of land at Atarot in East Jerusalem as municipal. [FCO]   HL16055

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 27 February (WA 324–5), whether they will ask the European Union to examine each category of the frozen Tunisian assets, in each state, with a view to releasing them to Tunisian control for the purpose of economic development and increased employment. [FCO]   HL16056

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with North Korean refugees and exiles in the United Kingdom about their experience of the situation in North Korea, and any requirements they may have for training, development and capacity-building while they are in the United Kingdom. [DfID]   HL16057

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the assessment of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea in his February 2012 report to the United Nations Human Rights Council that "there has been a significant deterioration in the human rights situation in the country"; and what discussions they have had with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in North Korea. [FCO]   HL16058

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts they are making to encourage the government of North Korea to invite the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food to visit the country. [DfID]   HL16059

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recommendation by the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator that the international community should provide more financial support and creative solutions to overcome food shortages in North Korea. [DfID]   HL16060

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of food shortages in North Korea, and of their impact on health for children, women and the elderly in North Korea; and why the Department for International Development has no programme for North Korea. [DfID]   HL16061

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts they are making to respond to the humanitarian situation in North Korea; what discussions they have had with Baroness Amos, following her visit to North Korea on behalf of the United Nations; and in what ways they have responded to her recommendations. [DfID]   HL16062

Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 27 February (WA 260–1), when they expect the findings of the review of Promoting Equality, Valuing Diversity—A Strategy for the Civil Service 2008–13 to be made public. [CO]   HL16063

Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Strathclyde on 27 February (WA 275), and to the statement by Lord Strathclyde on 9 February (HL Deb, col 359), that "the Government are working towards the objective of creating a second chamber that reflects the share of the votes secured by the political parties at the last general election", whether they intend to create members of the House of Lords representing the UK Independence Party, the Green Party or the British National Party; and how they are calculating the number of Crossbench peers to be created. [CO]   HL16064

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, during the Strategic Defence and Security Review, the National Security Council discussed with the Ministry of Defence whether 19 destroyers and frigates were able to meet the United Kingdom’s requirements for Directed Naval Tasks, possible contingencies and attrition. [MoD]   HL16065

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Astor of Hever on 17 February (WA 194) and 14 February (WA 143–4), why the Ministry of Defence are funding a Royal Air Force seed corn initiative using ex-Nimrod aircrew; and what are the costs involved. [MoD]   HL16066

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 27 February (WA 193), whether Merlin MK2 helicopters are able to conduct area anti-submarine warfare using sonobuoys and other sensors as well as localised anti-submarine warfare. [MoD]   HL16067

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 14 February (WA 156), whether HM Treasury recognises (1) anti-piracy, and (2) anti-drug, operations as a valid commitment for Ministry for Defence forces. [MoD]   HL16068

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 27 February (WA 192–3), whether a list of enhancements required to allow the deployment of Tornado aircraft in place of Harriers to Kandahar was ever produced, or whether Tornadoes were deployed to Kandahar without any airfield modifications. [MoD]   HL16069

Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Earl Attlee on 27 February (WS 86), which ministers will have an official car allocated permanently; how many ministers will be expected to travel using public transport to, from or between their London homes, their departments, and the Palace of Westminster; and what arrangements they have made for similar journeys for the transport of official papers. [DfT]   HL16070

Lord Burnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what conditions are attached to the import of live cattle, sheep and pigs into the United Kingdom; and whether they have any proposals to change those conditions. [DEFRA]   HL16071

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Atlee on 28 February (WA 347), which franchises are in revenue support under the cap and collar mechanism; which of these franchises have not been collecting fares effectively; how fare collection is monitored; and what sanctions exist to penalise franchisees for ineffective collection of fares. [DfT]   HL16072

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Atlee on 28 February (WA 347), how many times they have found breaches in the price of regulated fares in each of the last five years; and what enforcement action was taken in each instance. [DfT]   HL16073

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Atlee on 28 February (WA 350), whether they will consider bids which are non-compliant with the Train Service Requirement specification if they can prove that there is market demand for a timetable change. [DfT]   HL16074

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the extradition to the United States of Mr Christopher Tappin, they will review present extradition arrangements with that country. [AGO]   HL16075

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Strathclyde on 27 February (WA 275), whether the Prime Minister will determine nominations for life peerages in accordance with the Government’s stated policy of "working towards the objective of creating a second chamber that reflects the share of the votes secured by the political parties at the last general election". [CO]   HL16076

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to support United Kingdom companies, or companies with a United Kingdom workforce, to obtain a larger percentage of government contracts. [CO]   HL16077

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of near field communications technology as a replacement for credit cards. [DCMS]   HL16078

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish guidance on the circumstances in which they will introduce retrospective tax measures. [HMT]   HL16079

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce a general anti-tax-avoidance law. [HMT]   HL16080

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to take action in response to the Mirrlees Review of taxation. [HMT]   HL16081

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the use of trusts to protect the beneficiaries of inherited wealth. [HMT]   HL16082

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their proposals to encourage pension and other funds to invest in public infrastructure will involve full and effective risk transfer from the Government or their agencies. [HMT]   HL16083

1 March (15 March)

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of how many farmers will not be able to submit their single farm payment claims online, as required after April 2012; and what arrangements have been put in place to address this situation.   HL16084

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether limiting the number of incoming domestic workers from overseas would make it unnecessary to remove protections from those already in the United Kingdom or shortly due to arrive.   HL16085

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will invite the government of Israel to return the equipment confiscated by Israel from Al Watan and Al-Quds Educational television stations in the Palestinian West Bank; and whether they will encourage the resolution of any subsequent technical issues concerning transmission.   HL16086

Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the expected date for the completion of the doctor’s surgery in Chorley East Ward, Lancashire.   HL16087

Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times the Chief Executive of NHS North Lancashire, Janet Soo-Chung, has held meetings with members of either House since she took up her post; and with whom those meetings were held.   HL16088

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint on 29 November 2011 (WA 65), which countries they regard as "emerging powers".   HL16089

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering, or are aware that their international partners are considering, military intervention in Syria.   HL16090

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government which United Kingdom companies have been working in Syria in the last five years; and when they ended their operations in that country, if they have done so.   HL16091

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 29 November 2011 (WA 38–9), whether in the light of India’s economic development they are considering reducing the amount of funding India receives from the British Council.   HL16092

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 29 November 2011 (WA 40), how many countries are on their internal watch-list of fragile states.   HL16093

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 30 November 2011 (WA 70), whether they have set themselves a timeline for producing proposals for more effective parliamentary scrutiny of European Union affairs.   HL16094

Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to find a cure for the Schmallenberg virus.   HL16095

Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to their estimate that more than 350,000 children and around 550,000 adults will be lifted out of poverty as a result of the introduction of the Universal Credit, (1) how long they expect reaching those figures will take, and (2) how many children and adults they estimate will be in poverty at the date of the implementation of Universal Credit.   HL16096

Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) adults, and (2) children, they estimate will be lifted out of poverty by the Universal Credit according to the after housing costs income threshold in (a) London, and (b) the United Kingdom.   HL16097

Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the currently used weekly cash amounts for the relative income thresholds set out in paragraph 7 of the response by the Government to the Second Report of the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee of Session 2003–04, Cm 6200, including the figures for before and after housing costs and relative and absolute low income.   HL16098

The Lord Bishop of Hereford to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answers by Lord Marland on 7 July 2011 (HL Deb, cols 347–9) and the Written Answer by Lord Marland on 24 May 2011 (WA 406–7) in which he stated that the Secretary of State had asked the National Nuclear Laboratory to conduct analysis and "we are expecting the findings of this study to be available by the end of the summer", whether, if the report is now available, they will place a copy in the Library of the House; and, if it is not available, why it is not available and when they expect it to be available.   HL16099

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what evaluation they have made of the importance of the Al-Aqsa Mosque as a holy site for Muslims; and what assessment they have made of the reported movements by the Israeli forces on Friday 24 February on the roof top of the mosque.   HL16100

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the judgment of the Israeli High Court on 26 December 2011 to allow 11 Israeli companies to quarry stone in Area C of the West Bank, and its compliance with Article 55 of the 1907 Hague Convention.   HL16101

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage the government of Israel to release Hana Shalabi.   HL16102

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the role of the Quartet, and of Tony Blair as its leader, in negotiating a Middle East peace process; and what is the cost of maintaining an office for this purpose.   HL16103

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning alleged human rights violations in the week ending 23 February.   HL16104

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 8 February (WA 65–6) and 27 February (WA 237), when the stem cell lines that correspond to those used in the clinical trial at Moorfields Eye Hospital were previously deposited in the UK Stem Cell Bank; and which researchers have access to the cells used in the trial.   HL16105

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of A W N Pugin on 1 March 1812.   HL16106

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask the Chairman of Committees what action is being taken in the House of Lords to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of A W N Pugin on 1 March 1812.   HL16107

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding they are providing to educational initiatives in North Korea or for North Koreans in the United Kingdom; and whether they intend to increase this funding in order to strengthen educational and cultural exchange.   HL16108

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are giving to the development of the English language in North Korea; and what Foreign and Commonwealth Office and British Council work is being undertaken in that country with respect to language development.   HL16109

Lord Glentoran to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was given early warning of the Schmallenberg virus by the European Commission; and whether British farmers were provided with any assistance in preparing for the virus.   HL16110

Lord Craig of Radley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Astor of Hever on 9 December 2011 (WA 202) and on 24 January 2012 (WA 215), when the undertaking he gave to the House of Lords on 26 October 2011 (HL Deb, col 856) to carry out an independent review of the Honours and Decorations Committee is to be fulfilled; who will chair the review; and what the terms of reference will be.   HL16111

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to introduce the enforcement of 20 miles per hour speed limits; and what actions they are taking to assist police with enforcement.   HL16112

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact automatic number plate recognition systems will have on the enforcement of speed limits.   HL16113

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 29 February (WA 359), who has led the procurement process for additional trains for the London Midland and TransPennine Express; and what has been the extent of the involvement of the Department for Transport.   HL16114

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their deadline for the removal of excessive credit and debit card surcharges.   HL16115

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they estimate that excessive surcharges for credit and debit card users cost (1) air passengers, and (2) other consumers, in the last year.   HL16116

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider it appropriate for airlines and travel companies to describe anything other than Air Passenger Duty as a tax.   HL16117

Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what role they foresee for local authorities in the roll-out of smart metering.   HL16118

Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the breakdown by age and gender of serving front-line firefighters in each county in England and Wales.   HL16119

Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the age profile of firefighters in England and Wales.   HL16120

Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the second stage of the Renewable Heat Incentive to be implemented.   HL16121

Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the potential contribution of bioliquids to reducing carbon dioxide emissions from domestic heating.   HL16122

Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have assessed the potential contribution of the second phase of the Renewable Heat Incentive to reducing fuel poverty in rural households.   HL16123

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee and the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee to produce a joint report reviewing whether the policy of quantitative easing poses any risk to systemic financial stability.   HL16124

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the members of the appointment committee to be charged with proposing the nomination of the next Governor of the Bank of England; what principles are used in appointing the membership of this committee; and whether the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee will be invited to conduct a pre-appointment hearing.   HL16125

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the steps necessary to address any investor uncertainty about client money rules as they apply to investment accounts operated through United Kingdom regulated institutions, and in particular how clients can establish the precise creditor standing of such accounts.   HL16126

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the impact on credit availability and pricing of the proposed National Loan Guarantee Scheme against the introduction by the Bank of England of an equivalent to the European Central Bank’s Long-Term Refinancing Operation.   HL16127

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the statutory instrument to implement the private rented sector compulsion provisions for energy efficiency under the Energy Act 2011.   HL16128

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) old, and (2) new, £50 notes are currently in circulation; when they plan to withdraw the old notes; and what guidance and rules have been issued to high street banks on changing the old notes for new notes.   HL16129

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require those being issued with a new United Kingdom passport, or whose United Kingdom passport is being renewed, to declare details of any other passport that they hold.   HL16130

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in force to enable persons who have been put on a watch-list by the UK Border Agency to be detected leaving or arriving in the United Kingdom if they are using a non-United Kingdom passport of which the passport service and the UK Border Agency are unaware.   HL16131

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the current cleanliness of the A13 trunk road between the M25 and Dagenham; and what steps they propose to take to improve the situation.   HL16132

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 13 December 2011 (WA 257–8), 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 past seven years; and, in each case, what was the name of the offender, the date, and the nature of the offence and the sentence received.   HL16133

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the percentage of civil servants employed by the Northern Ireland Office who take time off work each year through smoking-related illnesses.   HL16134

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much revenue they estimate they receive from the tax of those whose income is over £150,000 per year.   HL16135

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 10 February (WA 117), how many habitual residents of the United Kingdom who have worked in another European Economic Area country are claiming jobseeker’s allowance; and for how many of those the United Kingdom is seeking reimbursement from another country.   HL16136

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 10 February (WA 117), whether presentation of a Europe-wide entitlement document is necessary before citizens of other European Economic Area (EEA) countries can obtain healthcare in the United Kingdom; and how many individuals doing so have been identified from each relevant EEA country from which such healthcare costs can be reclaimed in each of the past five years.   HL16137

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much HM Revenue and Customs have paid in (1) parking tickets, and (2) vehicle clamping charges, incurred by staff in the course of their work on (a) privately owned, and (b) publicly owned, land in each of the last ten years.   HL16138

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much HM Revenue and Customs have paid in relation to speeding tickets incurred by staff in the course of their work in each of the last ten years.   HL16139

Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many arrests, prosecutions and convictions were made in each year since 2003 for soliciting of women for sexual purposes by men under section 1 of the Sexual Offences Act 1985.   HL16140

Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many arrests, prosecutions and convictions were made during 2008 and 2009 for loitering and soliciting for the purposes of prostitution under section 1 of the Street Offences Act 1959.   HL16141

Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will use the next United Nations Security Council debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict to raise concerns about the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, such as is occurring in Homs in Syria.   HL16142

Prepared 1st March 2012