Lord Swinfen: Yes or no?
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, does the Leader of the House agree that the referendum held in the 1970s was on our remaining in a common market of some six countries, which is totally different from the European Union as it is today?
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, what is the total amount diverted from charities to the Olympic Games?
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, the noble and learned Lord said that Prime Ministers were responsible to Parliament for the vast majority of their decisions. For what decisions are they not responsible to Parliament?
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, what are the Government doing to co-ordinate the work between different NGOs to ensure that they are not acting in rivalry with each other and that the wheel is not continually being reinvented?
Lord Swinfen: My Lords—
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, do the rules apply to political advisers, who may have the same sort of inside information?
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, what effect does deforestation have on the potential for flooding?
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, why should this wait until after a board of inquiry? Cannot an application for funds be made today?
Lord Swinfen: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have carried out or commissioned any research into the amount of heat received by the Earth from the Sun in the last 20 years; whether this research revealed any change in the amount of heat received; and, if so, what that change has been.
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, in the 1960s and 1970s one could borrow only one and a half times one's income and up to 85 per cent of the value of a property. Today one can borrow up to 125 per cent of the value of the property and about five times one's annual income. To what extent has that affected the rate of bankruptcies?
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, would it help to reduce the drug problem in this country if we and other states bought up the poppy crop in Afghanistan for legal use?
Lord Swinfen: I hesitate to intervene in this debate. I do so only because I was rather disappointed that the noble Lord, Lord Lofthouse, failed to move the last amendment. Perhaps the Minister can help me. If the first chairman is to be a lay person, but not any subsequent chairman, could not subsequent chairmen bring with them the baggage of the legal profession and use their position as chairman to lay...
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, how many farming businesses have gone bankrupt as a result of this government fiasco?
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, what place do monogamous sexual relationships have in the Government's sexual health campaign?
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, the public gave a considerable amount of money as a result of the tsunami. Has there been a general accounting of all the money raised, how it has been spent and planned spending? I feel that the public have an idea that their money is not being properly used.
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, what is the policy on disinfecting beds and lockers between occupation by different patients?
Lord Swinfen: My Lords, the Minister gave a long answer to the noble Baroness, Lady Darcy de Knayth, but did not actually answer her question. How is the information to be gathered from small and medium-sized businesses?
Lord Swinfen: asked Her Majesty's Government: From where the United Kingdom pharmaceutical industry obtains poppy seeds to produce medication from opium derivatives.
Lord Swinfen: asked Her Majesty's Government: What have been the receipts from gold reserve sales since 1997; and what would be the current market value of the gold reserve sold.