Lord Trefgarne: To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have for the disposal of agricultural plastic waste, following restrictions on the import of plastic waste put in place by China.
Lord Trefgarne: My Lords, what steps are proposed to secure the disposal of the large quantities of plastic waste generated by agriculture, given that both European and Far Eastern destinations for this problem have now closed?
Lord Trefgarne: To ask Her Majesty's Government in what circumstances Ministers may order the release of prisoners serving indefinite sentences for public protection without reference to the Parole Board; and how many prisoners have been so released during the last two years.
Lord Trefgarne: My Lords, as chairman of the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, perhaps I may say that we fully accept the challenge which the Government are facing in this matter and we will do our duty as required.
Lord Trefgarne: To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what assessment he has made of the progress of works being carried out on Elizabeth Tower, including Big Ben; and when he expects those works to be completed.
Lord Trefgarne: My Lords, I wonder if the noble Lord would like to refer to the reports of the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, which has considered all these measures. The answers to his questions are in those reports.
Lord Trefgarne: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their General Aviation Strategy, published in March 2015, what steps they have taken to achieve general aviation use of military airfields; and whether they consider their commitments to general aviation in this regard to have been met.
Lord Trefgarne: To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish their aviation strategy Green Paper.
Lord Trefgarne: My Lords, can my noble friend say how many destroyers and frigates are presently available for Royal Navy service and how many of them are fully crewed?
Lord Trefgarne: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether prisoners serving sentences of imprisonment for public protection and who continue to protest their innocence are denied access to rehabilitative courses which may lead to their release.
Lord Trefgarne: My Lords, with your Lordships’ permission, I will speak for a few seconds only. My father was born in 1894, so he was just old enough to serve in the First World War, which he did—first in the Devonshire Yeomanry, then in the South Wales Borderers, and finally in the Royal Flying Corps. All I need to say is that he was there.
Lord Trefgarne: My Lords, can my noble friend confirm that these regulations will be presented to the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, to which the House normally delegates these matters?
Lord Trefgarne: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the numerical strength of (1) the Royal Navy, (2) the Royal Naval Reserve, and (3) the Royal Marines.
Lord Trefgarne: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the numerical strength of (1) the British Army, and (2) the Army Reserve.
Lord Trefgarne: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the numerical strength of (1) the Royal Air Force, and (2) the Royal Air Force Reserve.
Lord Trefgarne: Is my noble friend aware that I have a special interest in this matter? I think I was the Minister who ordered the original 11 River-class minesweepers, of which now apparently four remain. What has happened to the other seven?
Lord Trefgarne: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many persons serving indeterminate prison sentences for public protection they estimate continue to protest their innocence; and whether such persons are denied access to the necessary courses which could lead to their release.
Lord Trefgarne: The noble Lord, Lord Grocott, referred to the list of hereditary Peers who are qualified to stand in by-elections. That list has I think only one female. I hope that the noble Lord will therefore support my Private Member’s Bill to change the law of succession for peerages so that noble Baronesses can succeed in the normal way.
Lord Trefgarne: It is not in my hands at my age, I am afraid.
Lord Trefgarne: A few weeks ago, I asked the Procedure Committee to consider changing the arrangements for by-elections so that in future they would be on an all-House basis and perhaps conducted in accordance with the so-called Carter convention. I have not yet heard the result of the committee’s consideration. I have heard it informally, at least, and I wonder whether I will hear it formally.