Written answers
Monday, 20 December 2004

  • Electoral Commission Committee
    • Circular EC34/2004
      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what the status is of Electoral Commission Circular EC34/2004; and whether it is binding on...
    • Circular EC34/2004
      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission whether political parties were consulted before the publication of Circular EC34/2004 by the...
    • Circular EC34/2004
      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what estimate the Government have made of the impact on general election turnout of Electoral...
    • Departmental Expenditure
      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what the total expenditure of the Electoral Commission has been in each year since its...
    • Political Party Registration
      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what steps the Electoral Commission are taking to prevent the malicious or confusing...
    • Political Party Registration
      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission if the Electoral Commission will place in the Library the guidelines it follows when...
    • Political Party Registration
      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what advice the Government have given the Electoral Commission on (a) the registration of...
    • Voting Lists
      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what advice the Government have given the Electoral Commission on the provision of absent...
  • Solicitor-General
    • Iraq
      To ask the Solicitor-General how many pages the Attorney General's legal advice to Her Majesty's Government on the legality of initiating hostilities against Iraq produced in March 2003 comprised.
  • International Development
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what effect instability in Afghanistan is having on his Department's reconstruction effort in the country.
    • Arab World (Sexual Health)
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the recent statements by Mohammed Imad al-Daker, consultant on HIV/AIDS at UNICEF,...
    • Departmental Costs
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the total cost to his Department was for the use of external consultants in each of the last two years.
    • Departmental Files
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many departmental files have been destroyed in each of the past five years.
    • Departmental Files
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what changes have been promulgated in each of the past five years to the guidelines or other criteria for the retention or destruction...
    • Invoices
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the average length of time was between the date of invoices issued to his Department from a supplier and payment by the Department...
    • Iraq
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what provision has been made for (a) housing, (b) feeding and (c) schooling for women and children who have left their homes in...
    • Ministerial Meetings
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list his official engagements over the last six months; who was present at each meeting; what the (a) date and (b) location...
    • Sickness Absence
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many day's sick leave were taken by civil servants in the Department in each year since 1997; and what the sickness absence rate...
    • Sudan
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of reports of attacks on food aid convoys in Darfur; how many such attacks have been (a)...
    • Uganda
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he has received representations from (a) the authorities in Uganda and (b) his Department's in-country programme office in...
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
    • Agency Staff
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the membership is of the (a) Joint Nature Conservation Committee, (b) Advisory Committee on Business and Environment,...
    • Bee Disease
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many bee disease inspectors there were in each year since 1997; and how many she expects there to be in 2005–06.
    • Bee Disease
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has held with Bee Disease Insurance Ltd. regarding her intended reductions to the Bee Health Programme.
    • Bee Disease
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many outbreaks of European Foulbrood have occurred in bee stocks in each year since 1997.
    • Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Totnes dated 22 October, concerning a constituent, Richard Jones,...
    • Departmental Advertising
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many television advertisements her Department has commissioned on (a) terrestrial and (b) satellite television channels...
    • Departmental Files
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it is the policy of the Department to retain for the benefit of future (a) historians and (b) applicants under the...
    • Departmental Files
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many departmental files have been destroyed in each of the past five years.
    • Departmental Files
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what changes have been promulgated in each of the past five years to the guidelines or other criteria for the retention or...
    • Departmental Refurbishment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the departmental refurbishment projects that (a) are in progress and (b) that will start in the next six...
    • Document Shredding
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department has spent on acquiring shredding equipment for office use in each year since 1997.
    • Document Shredding
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff hours have been spent shredding documents in each month since January.
    • Document Shredding
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what factors underlie the increase in the rate of files shredded by her Department since January 2003; and if she will make a...
    • Document Shredding
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the criteria used to decide which documents and files should be shredded; and what mechanism exists to...
    • Equipment Leasing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the equipment leasing arrangements entered into by her Department in each of the last two years; and what...
    • Fisheries
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the total EU fishing catch was taken in waters within the (a) UK 12 mile limit and (b) UK 200 mile or...
    • Gyms
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many gyms are available to staff in the Department; and what the cost of providing them was in the last year for which...
    • Horse Passports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many horse passports have been issued to date, broken down by issuing authority.
    • National Forest Company
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people are employed by the National Forest Company; what its running cost was in the last year for which figures are...
    • Pesticide Run-Off
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the latest research on pesticide run-off into water supplies; and what her Department's...
    • Special Advisers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether departmental special advisers have written to external (a) bodies and (b) individuals in their official capacity...
    • Taskforces
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department spent on task forces and similar bodies in each year since 1997.
  • Wales
    • Departmental Files
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what changes have been promulgated in each of the past five years to the guidelines or other criteria for the retention or destruction of departmental files.
    • Plant Health
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 8 December 2004, Official Report, columns 547–48W, on National Assembly for Wales, when responsibility for powers relating...
    • Special Advisers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on how many occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 departmental special advisers travelled (a) domestically and (b) abroad in an official...
  • Prime Minister
    • Christmas Cards
      To ask the Prime Minister (1) how many hours of his staff time were taken up in preparation of Christmas cards in 2004; (2) how many of his staff have responsibility for preparing Christmas...
    • Departmental Staff
      To ask the Prime Minister (1) how many of the staff employed by his Department have a declared disability; (2) how many women there are in senior positions in his Department.
    • Freedom of Information Act
      To ask the Prime Minister how many staff in his Department have been employed to deal with Freedom of Information Act 2000 issues in (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003 and (d) 2004; and how many staff...
    • Freedom of Information Act
      To ask the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a list of those documents held by his Office that (a) may be disclosed under Freedom of Information Act 2000 provisions and (b) have been...
    • Gangmasters
      To ask the Prime Minister if he will set up an inquiry into the co-ordination of policy and the issuing of press statements by the Home Office and the Department for Trade and Industry regarding...
    • Mr. Alistair Campbell
      To ask the Prime Minister (1) for what reasons telephone calls intended for Mr. Alistair Campbell are officially routed to Mr. David Hill's secretary; (2) what proportion of the salary of Mr....
    • Parliamentary Questions
      To ask the Prime Minister to how many written parliamentary questions he responded with an answer which included the formulation, 'I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave . . .' during the...
    • Working Time Regulations
      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 13 December 2004, Official Report, column 823, on the Working Time Regulations, how many and what percentage of officials in his private office...
  • Cabinet Office
    • Correspondence
      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what his target time is in 2004–05 (a) to reply to letters from hon. Members and (b) for the officials in his office to reply to letters...
    • Equipment Leasing
      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list the equipment leasing arrangements entered into by the Duchy in each of the last two years; and what the cost is to public funds in...
    • IT Contracts
      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the (a) projected cost at the time of tender and (b) actual cost at the time of completion was for each IT contract commissioned by the Duchy...
  • Transport
    • Bus Lanes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents took place in bus lanes in each year since 1997.
    • Car Insurance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the average cost of car insurance for newly qualified drivers under the age of 25 years.
    • Departmental Expenditure
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) new builds, (b) demolition rebuilds and (c) private finance initiative projects in his Department in each...
    • Departmental Refurbishment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his estimate is of the cost of building refurbishment carried out by his Department in each of the last two years.
    • European Railway Agency
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the role of the European Railway Agency.
    • Human Rights Act
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cases have been brought against his Department under the Human Rights Act 1998; and what the cost has been in (a) legal fees to defend cases...
    • M6 Toll Road
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure that emergency vehicles with activated blue light beacons are not hindered at toll booths when...
    • M6 Toll Road
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's policy is towards the charging of emergency vehicles for using (a) the M6 toll road and (b) other toll roads; and if he will make...
    • Metro Line 3
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact on the start date for Metro Line 3 of the Jacobs Inquiry into the Metro extension in Birmingham; and if he...
    • Rail (Bicycles)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions (a) he and (b) the Strategic Rail Authority has had with train companies about their policies regarding the carrying of bicycles on...
    • Strategic Rail Authority
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by what mechanisms Strategic Rail Authority staff's pay and conditions will be protected if they transfer to its replacement organisation in his Department.
    • Railways
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to encourage Network Rail to improve the conditions in (a) railway stations and (b) railway arches.
    • Railways
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many crimes against a person have been committed at (a) rail stations that meet secure station status and (b) all other stations in each year since...
    • Road Accidents
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of road accidents involving (a) fatalities, (b) serious injuries, (c) minor injuries and (d) damages and in...
    • Traffic Management Act
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the timetable is for (a) consultation and (b) implementation of regulations to be introduced in 2005 under the provisions of the Traffic...
    • Train Horns
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will impose on train operating companies either a (a) mandatory modification of existing train horns or a (b) retrofitting of alternative...
    • Train Protection Systems
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which different train protection systems are in use; and what timescales are involved in moving to a fully comprehensive system.
    • Transport Council
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the outcome was of the Transport Council held on 9 to 10 December; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting...
    • Young Persons' Railcard
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of (a) the terms of the Young Persons' Railcard and (b) the utility to young people seeking training or education of...
  • Education and Skills
    • Child Care
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many day care places by each type of provider there were in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne in each year from 1996 to 2001; and how many...
    • Education (Lewisham)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many childcare places have been provided in the Lewisham, Deptford constituency since 1997.
    • Exeter University
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of whether adequate alternative provision will be made for the undergraduate chemistry students if the...
    • Faith Schools
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many faith schools there were in England in each year since 2000, broken down by religion.
    • Family Resolutions Projects
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when CAFCASS first agreed the Family Resolutions project.
    • Government-funded Agencies
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list (a) the resource budget, (b) staffing levels and (c) administration costs for each Government funded agency for which she...
    • Keele University
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what discussions the Higher Education Funding Council for England has had with the University of Keele on proposals to close the...
    • Schools (Asbestos)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each local education authority in England have been identified as having classrooms and...
    • Sefton Education Authority
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the Government have given Sefton education authority dispensation to remove the small schools funding formula.
    • Special Schools (Gloucestershire)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the future provision of special school places in Gloucestershire.
    • Student Loans
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her latest estimates are of the numbers of students expected to take out fee loans in 2006 for the (a) standard fee and (b) variable...
    • Sure Start (Pendle)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children are involved in the Sure Start schemes operating in Pendle.
  • Defence
    • Air Cadets (Pendle)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons air cadets attended cenotaphs in Pendle on Remembrance Sunday without their rifles; and if he will make a statement.
    • Eurofighter Typhoon
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what timescale he plans for the implementation of Tranche 3 of the Eurofighter Typhoon project.
    • Future Rapid Effect System
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to what extent the changes to the Army's force structure is linked to preparations for the Future Rapid Effect System and the development of a medium force.
    • Gulf War-related Illnesses
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will set up an ex-gratia scheme to deal with claims for Gulf War-related illnesses; and if he will make a statement.
    • Military Clothing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the garment which the Minister of State indicated on 8 December 2004, Official Report, column 156WH, had been tested by four separate test houses...
    • Military Clothing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether, during his Department's assessment visit to factory 3533 in China, officials saw British Army camouflage fabric being (a) processed and (b)...
    • Personnel Surveys
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list recent surveys he has conducted on bullying in the armed forces, broken down by the date (a) carried out and (b) results were published;...
    • Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Under-Secretary of State and Minister for Veterans will respond to the letter of 16 November 2004 from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan...
    • Royal Navy Test Reactor
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current status is of the dispute between the United Kingdom and the European Commission over the provision of data on the Royal Navy test...
    • Scottish Regiments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which Scottish Infantry Regiments he has visited since 1 January 2004; and on what dates the visits were made; (2) which headquarters of Scottish...
    • South African Nationals
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the level and type of assistance given by (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Air Force and (c) the Royal Navy to serving officers...
    • Warship Support Agency
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the (a) gross operating cost, (b) net operating cost, (c) net cash outflow from operating activities and (d) cost of capital charge for the...
    • Young Military Personnel
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many 16 and 17-year-olds are serving in (a) the Royal Navy, (b) the Army and (c) the Royal Air Force.
  • Trade and Industry
    • Clergy (Employment Legislation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether section 23 of the Employment Relations Act 1999 applies to ministers of religion and their employees.
    • Coalminers' Compensation Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which 10 solicitors in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland have received most money from her Department in respect of coal industry compensation claims.
    • Coalminers' Compensation Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to ensure that widows due coal health compensation payments receive such payments before they die; and how many...
    • Coalminers' Compensation Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will ensure that coal health compensation payments due to widows but not paid before they die are made to the widow's next of kin.
    • Coalminers' Compensation Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry with whom her Department has discussed the consequences of the coalminers' compensation scheme being an issued case.
    • Coalminers' Compensation Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she has taken to ensure that solicitors overcharging on the Coalminers' Compensation Scheme refund the Treasury.
    • Coalminers' Compensation Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the total of additional fees charged by solicitors under the Coalminers' Compensation Scheme.
    • Counterfeit Medicines
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures she has taken to evaluate the risk to patients from counterfeited medicines in the medicines supply chain in the EU.
    • Departmental Websites
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether her Department's .gov.uk. websites comply with the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines adopted by the...
    • Employment Status Review
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the recommendations resulting from the Employment Status Review will be published.
    • Energy Act
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what advice she has given to Ofgem with regard to section 83 of the Energy Act 2004.
    • Energy Supply
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the implications for the UK of the EU Directive on the Security of Energy Supply.
    • Fuel Poverty
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what estimate she has made of the number of pensioners in Burton who are living in households suffering from fuel poverty; and how this...
    • Gangmasters
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reasons the proposals by the Home Secretary relating to the regulation of gangmasters prior to the Morecambe Bay cockling tragedy...
    • Gas Prices
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact of the differential in wholesale gas prices between the UK and the EU on the (a) competitiveness of...
    • Maternity Leave
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will estimate the take-up rate of maternity leave entitlement with statutory maternity pay since the changes implemented in April 2003.
    • Medicines (Packaging)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what mechanisms are in place to prevent tamper-proof packaging on medicines being removed by commercial middlemen.
    • Ministerial Visits
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list combined heat and power schemes which she has visited since taking her post.
    • Newspaper Distribution (Rural Areas)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the Office of Fair Trading about a block exemption from the EU competition legislation on newspaper...
    • Nuclear Energy/Nuclear Material
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the sections on (a) nuclear energy and (b) nuclear materials of the United Nations Secretary-General's...
    • Nuclear Energy/Nuclear Material
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the role of nuclear energy in the UK meeting its Kyoto targets.
    • Parliamentary Questions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will reply to the question from the hon. Member for Birkenhead, reference 200988, tabled on 25 November.
    • Parliamentary Questions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she expects to reply to the question tabled by the hon. Member for Eddisbury on 29 November on the cost of printing her Department's...
    • Radioactive Waste
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her policy is on the European Commission's proposal for a council directive on the supervision and control of shipments of radioactive...
    • Radioactive Waste
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her Written Statement on the updated policy on intermediate level radioactive waste substitution of 13 December 2004, Official...
    • Renewable Energy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will respond to the recommendations made by the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution in its report, Biomass as a Renewable...
    • Research and Development
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the change in the level of research and development funding has been since 1997, in (a) cash and (b) percentage terms.
    • Rural Subsidy (Post Offices )
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has held with relevant agencies on extending the rural subsidy to post offices beyond 2008.
    • Science Budget
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the change in the level of the science budget has been since 1997 in (a) cash and (b) percentage terms.
    • UK Trade and Investment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of UK Trade and Investment's budget is directed towards (a) inward investment and (b) trade promotion; and what plans she has...
  • Constitutional Affairs
    • "Representative Claims: Proposed New Procedures"
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the outcome was of the consultation on "Representative Claims: Proposed New Procedures".
    • Absent Voters
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the Department's policy is on political parties being supplied with absent voting lists outside an election period;...
    • Christmas Cards
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many hours of staff time were taken up in preparation of Christmas cards in 2004.
    • Christmas Cards
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many Departmental staff have responsibility for preparing Christmas cards.
    • Christmas Cards
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what percentage of official Departmental Christmas cards included a contribution to charity in their cost; and which...
    • Christmas Cards
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the cost of postage was for official Departmental Christmas cards in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.
    • Christmas Cards
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the cost was of purchasing official Departmental Christmas cards in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.
    • Christmas Cards
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many official Christmas cards were sent out by the Department in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.
    • Departmental Advertising
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs in which Muslim newspapers the Department advertises; and what kinds of advertising the Department places in Muslim...
    • Devolution
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment he has made of the benefits of devolution to the people of (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland.
    • Gyms
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many gyms are available to the staff in the Department; and what the cost of providing them was in the last year for...
    • Housing Possession Court Duty Schemes
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment he has made of the Legal Services Commission evaluation of housing possession court duty schemes; and...
    • IT Contracts
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the (a) projected cost at the time of tender and (b) actual cost at the time of completion was for each IT contract...
    • IT Systems
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the reasons are for the increase in the cost of running the Money Claim Online software systems between 2002 and...
    • IT Systems
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the cost will be of rolling out the Exchange Hearing Information by Internet Technology scheme to every Crown court...
    • Legal Aid (Civil Cases)
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much was spent on non-family legal aided civil cases in each of the last 20 years; how many cases involved (a) legal...
    • MEPs
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what measures the Department has taken to ensure that the UK complies with the requirement that Members of the European...
    • Parents Without Care
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what criteria have to be satisfied by a parent without care, where there is a failure of the parent with care to comply...
    • Political Party Registration
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the Department's policy is on individuals or organisations seeking to register a political party using words which...
    • Prenuptial Agreement
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate he has made of the percentage of divorce cases in which a prenuptial agreement is enforced in court.
    • Prenuptial Agreement
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment he has made of the consequences for court time and costs of making prenuptial agreements binding.
    • Prenuptial Agreement
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether he plans to make prenuptial agreements legally binding except where upholding an agreement would cause...
    • Document Shredding
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what factors underlie the increase in the rate of files shredded by his Department since January 2003; and if he will...
    • Sickness Absence
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many day's sickness leave were taken by civil servants in the Department in each year since 1997; and what the...
    • Special Advisers
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) whether the Secretary of State has been informed of breaches of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers in the...
    • Special Advisers
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether departmental special advisers have made speeches in their official capacity since May 1997.
    • Special Advisers
      To ask Parliamentary Under Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether departmental special advisers have been responsible for authorising instances of departmental spending since...
    • Special Advisers
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether departmental special advisers have given instructions to permanent civil servants without the explicit...
    • Special Advisers
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether departmental special advisers have made appearances before parliamentary Select Committees in their official...
    • Taskforces
      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much his Department spent on taskforces and similar bodies in each year since 1997.
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the measures to curb heroin production in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
    • Bellis Report
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library copies of the reports he requested from each Department on the steps that they have taken to...
    • Bolivian Natural Gas
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place between Her Majesty's Government and Bolivia regarding its claim on the Atacama corridor in...
    • China
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he will take to seek greater protection for the Christian community in China.
    • China
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will intercede in the case of Father Zhang Rongliang a church leader arrested in Henan province to seek his release.
    • China
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his policy towards the maintenance of the EU arms embargo against the People's Republic of China;...
    • China/Africa (Trade Deals)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the major trade deals between China and African countries of which the Government is aware; and if he will make...
    • Departmental Costs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost was of (a) in-house canteen and (b) other catering services provided by his Department in each of the last two years.
    • Equipment Leasing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the equipment leasing arrangements entered into by his Department in each of the last two years; and what the...
    • Embassy Staff
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether non-EU nationals employed in residences of UK ambassadors and high commissioners throughout the world are required (a)...
    • Embassy Staff
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his recruitment policy is for staff who (a) prepare food, (b) serve food and fulfil other related hospitality and reception...
    • EU Constitution (Referendum Campaign)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what requirements there are for the declaration of receipt of EU funds by academics during the course of a referendum campaign...
    • EU Funding
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much EU funding was allocated to the Council of the Bar and Law Societies of the European Union in the last year for which...
    • EU-China Arms Embargo
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the likely implications of ending the EU-China Arms embargo on (a) the UK defence industry and...
    • EU-China Arms Embargo
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2004, Official Report, column 476W, whether the Government would be bound by a decision of...
    • European Constitution
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list changes to the English text of the European Constitution that have occurred since the Intergovernmental...
    • Indonesia
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will seek a legal opinion as to whether the UN General Assembly resolution 2504, passed on 19 November 1969, precludes the...
    • Ministerial Visits
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what ministerial visits are planned for each Minister in his Department in the next six months; and if he will make a statement.
    • Parliamentary Questions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what target his Department sets for the maximum acceptable time to respond in full to a parliamentary question; and what...
    • Resignations (Misconduct)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairshow many locally engaged staff have been dismissed or resigned as a consequence of misconduct in each of the past three years;...
    • Resignations (Misconduct)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Foreign Service staff have been dismissed or resigned as a consequence of misconduct in each of the past three years;...
    • Spratly Islands
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place between Her Majesty's Government and (a) China, (b) Taiwan, (c) Vietnam, (d) Malaysia and (e)...
    • Sudan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of recent reports of (a) attacks on aid convoys in Darfur and (b) aerial bombings by the...
    • Taskforces
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent by his Department in each year since 1997 on taskforces and similar bodies.
    • Uganda
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the meetings held in the last 18 months between (a) himself, (b) members of his Department and (c) UK...
  • Treasury
    • Inland Revenue/HM Customs and Excise Merger
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many redundancies he expects there will be when the Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise are merged; and if he will make a statement.
    • Inland Revenue/HM Customs and Excise Merger
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is his policy to bring Customs and Excise under the remit of The General and Special Commissioners of Tax.
    • Alcohol-related Deaths
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for how many deaths within (a) North Southwark and Bermondsey and (b) the London borough of Southwark alcohol was found to be a primary cause in each of the...
    • Child Trust Fund
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in the constituency of Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber (a) would have been eligible for the Child Trust Fund in 2004 and (b) he...
    • Christmas Cards
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many hours of staff time were taken up in preparation of Christmas cards in 2004; (2) how many Departmental staff have responsibility for...
    • Coal Mining
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what consideration he has given to fiscal incentives to assist the coal mining industry in (a) flue gas desulphurisation and (b) clean coal technology.
    • Combined Heat and Power Schemes
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much financial support has been directed to combined heat and power schemes as a result of (a) the enhanced capital allowances programme and (b)...
    • Departmental Costs
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of (a) in-house canteen and (b) other catering services provided by his Department in each of the last two years.
    • Departmental Costs
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the equipment leasing arrangements entered into by his Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost is to public funds in...
    • Departmental Policies
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on Middlesbrough, South and...
    • Ecofin
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the outcome was of the ECOFIN Council held on 16 November; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and...
    • Ecofin
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the outcome was of the ECOFIN Council held on 7 December 2004; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record;...
    • Exports (Manufactured Goods)
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the (a) value and (b) percentage of exports which comprised manufactured goods in the last year for which figures...
    • Financial Services Ombudsman
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how long on average it took the Financial Services Ombudsman to investigate complaints in the last year for which figures are available.
    • Freedom of Information Act
      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a list of documents held by his Department that (a) may be disclosed under provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000...
    • Gross Domestic Product
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues regarding the level of net taxes and social security contributions as a proportion of gross...
    • Gross Domestic Product
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the (a) proportion, (b) percentage and (c) value of gross domestic product that is contributed by the manufacturing industry.
    • Human Rights Act
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases have been brought against his Department under the Human Rights Act 1998; and what the cost has been in (a) legal fees to defend cases and...
    • Income Tax (Wandsworth)
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people living in the London borough of Wandsworth pay income tax at (a) the basic rate and (b) the higher rate; and if he will make a statement.
    • IT (Disciplinary Procedures)
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in his Department have (a) received official warnings and (b) faced disciplinary procedures following breaches of IT policy in each year...
    • Special Advisers
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will list the attributable interviews that his Department's special advisers gave to (a) newspapers, (b) journals, (c) books and (d) other media...
    • Special Advisers
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether departmental special advisers have attended meetings with external (a) bodies and (b) individuals, in their official capacity and without Ministers,...
    • Special Advisers
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether departmental special advisers have made speeches in their official capacity since May 1997.
    • Special Advisers
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether departmental special advisers have been responsible for authorising instances of departmental spending since May 1997; (2) whether...
    • Special Advisers
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether departmental special advisers have written to external (a) bodies and (b) individuals in their official capacity since May 1997.
    • Special Advisers
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether departmental special advisers have made appearances before parliamentary select committees in their official capacity since May 1997.
    • Stamp Duty
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate has been made of the revenue expected from stamp duty land tax on commercial leases in (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06.
    • Stamp Duty
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what mechanism is used to ensure that stamp duty collected by conveyancers is not collected in error in relation to properties that are subject to...
    • Tax Credits
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the processing of tax credit claims.
    • Tax Credits
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many interim giro payments for tax credits were made by the Inland Revenue in (a) 2003–04 and (b) the current tax year; and how many of these were...
    • Tax Credits
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Inland Revenue expects to introduce fully automated reconciliations of payments authorised against payments made with regard to the processing of...
    • Tax Credits
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the delays experienced by Mrs. Jennifer East, a constituent, in her dealings with the Tax Credit Office.
    • Tax Credits
      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of tax credits on the number of children living in poverty in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency.
    • Tax Credits
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff have been seconded to the team dealing with overpayment of tax credits; and at what cost.
    • Unemployment
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people under 25 years of age were unemployed and claiming benefit in Burton on 1 December (a) 1997 and (b) 2004; (2) how many long-term...
    • Unemployment
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the ratio of young jobless people, including those on New Deal programmes, to the total number of unemployed persons was in each of the last 10...
    • Working Tax Credit
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints the Inland Revenue has received concerning (a) incorrect awards and (b) overpayment of working tax credit.
    • Working Tax Credit
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make the formula used in the calculation available to recipients of working tax credit.
    • Working Tax Credit
      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what reasons underlie the policy that recipients of working tax credit who have been overpaid have to wait until April 2005 for repayment; and if he will...
    • Working Tax Credit
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of claimants in Scotland benefiting from the childcare element of the working tax credit; and what percentage this...
    • Working Tax Credit
      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have been overpaid working tax credit; and how much has been (a) overpaid and (b) repaid.
  • House of Commons Commission
    • Broadband Access
      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission how many honourable Members have broadband access in their constituency offices; and how many...
    • Electrical Equipment
      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) what percentage of electrical equipment was removed for replacement from offices on the...
    • Energy Use
      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) what targets have been set on reducing energy use on the parliamentary estate; and if he...
    • Energy Use
      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission how many computers there are on the parliamentary estate; and what the estimated average daily...
    • Parliamentary Press Lobby
      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) what the cost was of the provision of (a) desks and (b) telephones for the parliamentary...
    • Parliamentary Works of Art
      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will list works of art and artefacts (a) purchased and (b) sold by the Palace of...
    • Visitors Badges
      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission for what reasons the decision was taken that the public would no longer be provided with...
  • House of Commons
    • Electronic Pass Readers
      To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee (1) if he will make a statement on the reliability of electronic door pass readers on the Parliamentary Estate; (2) what percentage...
  • Northern Ireland
    • Agency Offices
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland at how many locations in Northern Ireland the offices of the Social Security Agency and the Training and Employment Agency have been amalgamated...
    • Blind and Partially Sighted Persons
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many adults are registered blind or partially sighted in each constituency in Northern Ireland.
    • Blind and Partially Sighted Persons
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding in each Education and Library Board area was used to provide appropriate literature and equipment for blind and partially...
    • Blind and Partially Sighted Persons
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children and young persons under the age of 18 years are registered blind or partially sighted in each constituency in Northern Ireland.
    • Delayed Discharges
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the response of 2 November 2004, Official Report, column 236W if he will estimate the costs resulting from delayed discharges in the...
    • Departmental Costs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of refurbishing each ministerial private office was in each of the last two years.
    • Electrical Equipment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many items of electrical equipment were used by his Department in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) cost and...
    • Departmental Expenditure
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent by his Department on (a) new furniture and (b) hired furniture in each year since 1997.
    • Departmental Expenditure
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of refurbishments in his Department was in each year since 1997; and what the planned expenditure is for 2005–06.
    • Departmental Expenditure
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent by his Department on lighting in each year since 1997.
    • Ethnic Minorities
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the extent to which his Department's policies meet the needs of ethnic minorities.
    • Foreign Legislatures
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions have taken place with the Government of the Irish Republic on participation of hon. Members in the lower house of the...
    • Health Funding
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Department for Health, Social Services and Public Safety has allocated to (a) general practitioner pay awards, (b) changes to...
    • Housing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in receipt of housing benefit have been allocated accommodation in the private sector by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive...
    • NHS Digital Hearing Aids
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will permit public private partnerships to be established in the Province to provide access to NHS digital hearing aids.
    • Paramilitary Prisoners
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has received from former paramilitary prisoners regarding perceived discrimination against their children in the...
    • Physical Punishment (Children)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his policy is on the use of physical punishment of children by their parents in Northern Ireland.
    • Cluan Place Investigations
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many hours between 1 August 2003 and 31 July 2004 were spent actively investigating the attempted murders of five persons at Cluan Place on...
    • Cluan Place Investigations
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been detained and questioned in connection with the attempted murder of five persons at Cluan Place in East Belfast on the...
    • Cluan Place Investigations
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many officers are investigating the attempted murder of five persons on the weekend of 3 to 4 June 2002 at Cluan Place.
    • Roads (Expenditure)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total expenditure on roads in Northern Ireland has been in each of the last three years.
    • Sickness Absence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many days sick leave were taken by civil servants in the Department in each year since 1997; and what the sickness absence rate was in each year.
  • Work and Pensions
    • Accidents at Work
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in how many accidents at work the influence of (a) alcohol, (b) illegal drugs and (c) legal pharmaceuticals were a contributory causal factor...
    • Age Prejudice
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what requirements are placed upon Jobcentres to comply with the voluntary Code of Practice, Age Diversity at Work, A Practical Guide for...
    • Benefit Fraud
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many suspected cases of benefit fraud were (a) referred to and (b) investigated by his Department in each year since 1997.
    • Benefit Fraud
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of (a) fraud and (b) error in social security benefits excluding jobseeker's allowance, income support and housing...
    • Benefit Fraud
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many interventions on benefit claims identified as high risk his Department carried out in each year since 1997.
    • Benefit Payments (Newcastle)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women receiving (i) incapacity benefit and (ii) severe disablement allowance there were in each ward of the City of...
    • Cellulose Fibres
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what studies he has carried out in conjunction with Health and Safety Research into the safety of materials containing cellulose fibres.
    • Child Support Agency
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Child Support Agency cases concerning constituents in Strathkelvin and Bearsden were being investigated on the latest date for which...
    • Child Support Applications
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on the processing of child support applications; and if he will make a statement.
    • Council Tax Benefit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average reduction in council tax bills for (a) an average household and (b) an average pensioner household in England due to council...
    • Departmental Advertising
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in which Muslim newspapers the Department advertises; and what kinds of advertising the Department places in Muslim newspapers.
    • Departmental Establishments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) full-time, (b) part-time and (c) temporary jobs his Department and its Executive agencies have had in (i) the Scottish Borders and...
    • Departmental Estate
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the (a) annual cost and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by (i) his Department, (ii) agencies and (iii)...
    • Departmental Events
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by his...
    • Departmental Costs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) new builds, (b) demolition rebuilds and (c) private finance initiative projects in his Department...
    • Departmental Files
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether it is the policy of the Department to retain for the benefit of future (a) historians and (b) applicants under the Freedom of...
    • Departmental Files
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many departmental files have been destroyed in each of the past five years; (2) how many departmental files have been destroyed in...
    • Disability Benefits
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for (a) attendance allowance and (b) disability living allowance, under the special rules requiring the submission of a...
    • Disability Discrimination Bill
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the effect of the proposed Disability Discrimination Bill on political parties; and if he will place in the...
    • Disability Living Allowance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how long on average people waited for (a) an appeal and (b) an appeal result for disability living allowance in the last period for which...
    • Document Shredding
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much his Department has spent on acquiring shredding equipment for office use in each year since 1997 to date; (2) how many staff...
    • Document Shredding
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what factors underlie the increase in the rate of files shredded since January 2003; and if he will make a statement.
    • Document Shredding
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the criteria used to decide which documents and files should be shredded; and what mechanism exists to ensure that documents...
    • Employment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the back to work help for the over 50s in Scotland.
    • Employment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action he is taking to extend awareness of employment opportunities in the UK to EU nationals who are (a) resident in the UK and (b)...
    • Engagements
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list his official engagements over the last six months; who was present at each meeting; what the (a) date and (b) location was of...
    • Financial Assistance Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate of average payout underpinned the £400 million total for the financial assistance scheme.
    • Gender Pay Gap
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the gender pay gap among staff in his Department.
    • Gyms
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many gyms are available to the staff in the Department; and what the cost of providing them was in the last year for which figures are...
    • Housing Benefit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for housing benefit extended payments were made in each year since 1997–98; and how many of those applications were...
    • Human Rights Act
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases have been brought against his Department under the Human Rights Act 1998; and what the cost has been in (a) legal fees to defend...
    • Incapacity Benefit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants failed to attend their Personal Capability Assessment in each of the last 12 months; and for how many of...
    • Incapacity Benefit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Scotland and (b) Midlothian received incapacity benefit in the period (i) 1990 to 1997 and (ii) 1997 to 2004.
    • Incapacity Benefit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of incapacity benefit there were in each ward in Wrexham in (a) 1997 and (b) 2004.
    • Incapacity Benefit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have had their incapacity benefit stopped during the last 13 months.
    • Income Support
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the constituency of the Rhondda claim income support.
    • Invoice Payments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of time was between the date of invoices issued to his Department from a supplier and payment by the Department of the...
    • Jobcentre Plus
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are employed by Jobcentre Plus; what the running cost of the body was in the last year for which figures are available; and if...
    • Jobcentre Plus
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many organisations took part in the consultation exercise on the proposed Jobcentre Plus roll-out programme in Lanarkshire this year;...
    • Learning Allowance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions where he plans to pilot the learning allowance; and if he will make a statement.
    • New Deal
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals have benefited from the (a) New Deal for Young People, (b) New Deal 25 plus, (c) New Deal 50 plus, (d) New Deal for...
    • New Deal
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in (a) Leeds and (b) Leeds, West have found work through the New Deal for Disabled People in each year since its...
    • New Deal
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of those leaving the new deal for long-term unemployed aged (a) 25 to 29, (b) 30 to 49 and (c) 50+ years found (i) employment...
    • North Sea Fishing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what regulations determine minimum fishing distance between fishing vessels and North Sea rigs.
    • Pension Credit (Scotland)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate has been made of the total number of people eligible to claim pension credit in Scotland.
    • Pension/Benefit Payments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements his Department has put in place to ensure cash payments to pensioners are made in the event of information technology failure.
    • Pension/Benefit Payments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will ensure that pension payments due on Christmas Eve are paid earlier.
    • Pensions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in respect of how many pensions contracted-out rebates have been paid in each year since 1997; and what the average payment was.
    • Sickness Absence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many days sick leave were taken by civil servants in the Department in each year since 1997; and what the sickness absence rate was in each...
    • Special Advisers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether departmental special advisers have made appearances before parliamentary select committees in their official capacity since May 1997.
    • Timber
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the refurbishment projects in his Department that (a) are in progress and (b) will start in the next six months; what action is...
    • Winter Fuel Payment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners are in receipt of winter fuel payment in Coventry.
    • Winter Fuel Payment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people in Scotland eligible to claim (a) the winter fuel payment of £200 and (b) the additional...
    • Women Pensioners
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his oral answer of 13 December 2004, Official Report, column 1382, on women pensioners, how many (a) older elderly people and (b)...
    • Work-based Learning
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the role of his Department in working with other agencies to stimulate work-based learning.
    • Working Neighbourhoods Pilot
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on progress with the working neighbourhoods pilot scheme.
    • Young Disabled People
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disabled people up to the age of 21 years are receiving state benefits due to their disability.
  • Culture Media and Sport
    • Battersea Power Station
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when Battersea Power Station was last inspected by English Heritage; and what the outcome of the inspection was.
    • Christmas Cards
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many hours of staff time were taken up in preparation of Christmas cards in 2004.
    • Christmas Cards
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many departmental staff have responsibility for preparing Christmas cards.
    • Christmas Cards
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of official departmental Christmas cards included a contribution to charity in their cost; and which charities benefited...
    • Christmas Cards
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of postage was for official departmental Christmas cards in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.
    • Christmas Cards
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost was of purchasing official departmental Christmas cards in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.
    • Christmas Cards
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many official Christmas cards were sent out by her Department in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.
    • Civil Service Property
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many items of civil service property within her Department are unaccounted for, broken down by type.
    • Conferences
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many conferences were (a) attended by officials from her Department, (b) cancelled by and (c) facilitated by her Department in each...
    • County Hall
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when County Hall, London, SE1 was last inspected by English Heritage; and whether English Heritage judged at the most recent inspection...
    • Departmental Expenditure
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent by her Department on (a) new furniture and (b) hired furniture in each year since 1997.
    • Departmental Expenditure
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department spent on (a) indoor bought plants, (b) indoor hired plants, (c) outdoor bought plants and (d) outdoor hired...
    • Departmental Expenditure
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of refurbishments in her Department was in each year since 1997; and what the planned expenditure is for 2005–06.
    • Departmental Expenditure
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent by her Department on lighting in each year since 1997.
    • Electrical Equipment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many items of electrical equipment were used by her Department in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (a)...
    • Departmental Initiatives (Young People)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list each programme and initiative launched by her Department to help young people since 1997; and which of those programme...
    • Disabilities
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of the staff employed by her Department have a declared disability.
    • Ethnic Minorities
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the extent to which her Department's policies meet the needs of ethnic minorities.
    • International Sports Bodies
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list international sports bodies based in the UK, broken down by location.
    • International Sports Bodies
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list international sports bodies which have left the UK since 1997, broken down by year of departure.
    • IT (Disciplinary Procedures)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff in her Department have (a) received official warnings and (b) faced disciplinary procedures following breaches of IT...
    • Licensed Premises
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the proposed change in fees payable by licensed premises consequent upon the provisions of the Licensing...
    • Ministerial Meetings
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list her official engagements over the last six months; who was present at each meeting; what the (a) date and (b) location...
    • Motor Racing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what financial assistance the Government has provided to Formula One racing in each year since 1997; and what the planned level of...
    • Senior Women
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many women there are in senior positions in her Department.
    • Special Advisers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if she will list the attributable interviews that her Department's special advisers gave to (a) newspapers, (b) journals, (c)...
    • Special Advisers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether departmental special advisers have made appearances before parliamentary Select Committees in their official capacity since May 1997.
    • Taskforces
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department spent on task forces and similar bodies in each year since 1997.
    • Telephone Useage
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many non-geographic 0870 telephone numbers are in use by her Department; and what services can be accessed by calling each of them.
    • Telephone Useage
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much revenue her Department has received from the use of non-geographic 0870 telephone numbers for the period 1 October 2003 to 30...
    • VisitBritain
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if she will make a statement on her strategy for meeting the National Audit Office recommendations made in its recent report on...
  • Health
    • A and E Departments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many accident and emergency departments there are in England.
    • Abortions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women over 24 weeks pregnant have received abortions in Spanish clinics paid for in whole or part from public funds in each of the last three years.
    • Acute Spinal Cord Injury
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of findings of research in (a) the US and (b) the UK into the early use of methylprednisolone in acute spinal cord...
    • Antidepressants
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what publicly-funded support is available to people who wish to stop taking antidepressant medication.
    • Audiology Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place to ensure that the present funding levels for NHS audiology services are maintained after April 2005.
    • Benjamin Road Day Centre
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what day services are available to people with mental health problems at the Benjamin Road Day Centre in Wycombe.
    • Bradford Foundation Hospital Trust
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) who will meet the £11 million projected deficit of the Bradford Foundation Hospital Trust; and whether Monitor has approved any borrowing by...
    • Breast Care
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will review the role of clinical nurse specialists in breast care, with particular reference to (a) new roles being undertaken by breast care...
    • Breast Care
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy (a) to recommend to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence that it introduce guidance on the maximum caseloads for...
    • Breast Milk Banks
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase the number of breast milk banks; and if he will make a statement.
    • Cancer Care
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make available through cancer networks financial audits of the last week of life of cancer patients.
    • Care Homes (Cleanliness)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who is responsible for monitoring the implementation of infection control standards in care homes.
    • Care Homes (Cleanliness)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress the Public Health Medicine and Environmental Group has made on updating the existing guidance on infection control in nursing homes.
    • Celebrating our Cultures
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether additional training will be offered to general practitioners through "Celebrating our Cultures" on recognising mental illness in ethnic minorities.
    • Cialis (Counterfeiting)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the route of access for the counterfeit supplies of the drug cialis that were recently discovered in the legitimate wholesale medicines...
    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase the availability of cognitive behavioural therapy.
    • Coventry Primary Care Trust
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what budget was granted to the Coventry Primary Care Trust in each of the last three years.
    • Dental Nurses
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the merits of training dental nurses to conduct simple regular dental check-ups.
    • Dental Practice Board
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the likely impact of the new dentists' contract on the workload of the Dental Practice Board.
    • Dentistry
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists he expects to recruit from (a) Poland, (b) Germany, (c) Denmark and (d) Spain in 2004–05.
    • Dentistry
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the recruitment agencies used to recruit dentists from (a) Poland, (b) Germany, (c) Denmark and (d) Spain; and what the cost of using them...
    • Dentistry
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of dentists' time was spent on NHS work on (a) 1 April 1990, (b) 1 April 1997 and (c) 1 April 2004.
    • Dentistry
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists moved to entirely private practice in each month of the latest year for which figures are available.
    • Dentistry
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental practices are operating in North Dorset constituency; and how many of those practices are accepting new adult patients.
    • Dentistry
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average annual payment made by the NHS to a dentist working full-time, and with a wholly NHS patient list, was in each of the last three years.
    • Dentistry
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to improve NHS dental provision in Bolton, North-East.
    • Dentistry
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS registered dentists there were in (a) St. Ives constituency and (b) Cornwall in each of the past 10 years for which records are available.
    • Dentistry
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists have practices in the Coventry area; and what steps are being taken to recruit more dentists to the area.
    • Departmental Costs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the cost of (a) ministerial cars and drivers and (b) taxis for his Department in each of the last two years.
    • Depression
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people he estimates to have (a) mild and (b) severe depression.
    • Depression
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been diagnosed with (a) mild and (b) severe depression in each of the last five years.
    • Doctors Surgeries
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors' surgeries there are in England.
    • Electronic Clinical Records
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what regulations he expects to propose in respect of the National Programme for IT electronic record sharing under section 60 of the Health and Social...
    • Employment Terms and Conditions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what schemes (a) are in place and (b) are being assessed by his Department to encourage employers to use temporary job modifications to help people back...
    • Fluoride
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned on the causes of bone cancer which has included assessment of exposure to fluoride.
    • Foundation Hospitals
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on which matters foundation hospitals are required to report to the (a) Healthcare Commission and (b) Monitor.
    • Midwives
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many wards have been closed over the last year because of midwife shortages.
    • Health Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what capital investment his Department has made in the Lewisham, Deptford constituency in the past three years.
    • Health Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff there have been in the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Trust in each year of its existence, set out in the same manner as in his answer to...
    • Health Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were on NHS (a) alcohol and (b) drug rehabilitation schemes in the Newcastle City Primary Care Trust area in each year since 1998–99.
    • Hospitals (Manchester)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment was made of the (a) available and (b) future capacity of each Greater Manchester NHS hospital to perform operations of the kind planned...
    • Hospitals (Manchester)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the waiting times were in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004 for each hospital in Greater Manchester for the areas of surgery due to be undertaken by the Greater...
    • Hospitals (Manchester)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money was (a) paid by and (b) withheld from each Greater Manchester primary care trust (i) for the last two financial years and (ii) in the next...
    • Irradiation Treatment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether irradiation treatment of (a) fruit, (b) vegetables, (c) cereals, (d) bulbs and tubers, (e) spices and condiments, (f) fish and shellfish and (g)...
    • Jobs Website
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who produced the business case for the jobs.nhs.uk website project; and if he will publish it.
    • Jobs Website
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on the jobs.nhs.uk website to date; and how much he expects to spend on the website in (a) 2005–06 and (b) 2006–07.
    • Mental Health
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in implementing in the north-west the national service framework for mental health.
    • Mixed-sex Wards
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mixed-sex wards there are in hospitals in Greater London; and if he will make a statement.
    • Monitor
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of the re-branding of the Regulator of Foundation Hospitals as Monitor, including the cost of designing the new logo.
    • MS Decision Maker Website
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hits have been recorded on the MS Decision Maker website since it was set up; and what assessment he has made of its usefulness in helping those...
    • NHS Cleaning Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which NHS trusts cleaning services are (a) directly managed and (b) outsourced.
    • NHS Plus Initiative
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress with the NHS Plus Initiative.
    • NHS Staff
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Government's plans to increase the numbers of (a) school nurses and (b) community matrons are based on the recruitment into these posts (i) of...
    • NHS Trusts (Budgets)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the NHS trusts which have indicated that they expect a deficit exceeding 1 per cent. of their budget for 2004–05.
    • Occupational Health
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department is taking to improve its capacity to raise standards of occupational health in the labour force.
    • Occupational Health
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what indicators he (a) publishes and (b) monitors on the relative performance of EU member states on occupational health matters.
    • Parliamentary Questions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the questions from the hon. Member for Birkenhead, references 201524 and 201525, tabled on 29 November.
    • Primary Care Trusts (Compulsory Purchase)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what powers of compulsory purchase primary care trusts (PCTs) have; and how many compulsory purchase orders have been issued by PCTs since their inception.
    • Skipton Fund
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the Skipton Fund is used for administrative purposes, broken down by (a) rent, (b) business rates, (c) phone costs, (d) utilities, (e)...
    • Surgical Urology
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of surgical urology treatments in (a) Bournemouth, (b) Winchester, (c) Southampton and (d) Dorchester was in the last period for...
    • Temporary Accommodation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effects on the health of families of living in temporary accommodation.
    • Vaccine Stockpiles
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms the Health Protection Agency has agreed with its equivalent agencies in the European Union to achieve common standards and stocks of...
    • Ward Housekeepers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of hospitals have ward housekeepers in place in the NHS in England.
  • Deputy Prime Minister
    • A3
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reason the public inquiry into the realignment of the A3 at Hindhead has been adjourned; when he expects the inquiry to end; and on what date he expects...
    • A303
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when a decision will be announced in respect of the public inquiry into the A303 strategic improvement.
    • Affordable Housing
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the status is of the rural exceptions policy for the provision of affordable housing in rural areas; and if he will make a statement on forthcoming targets.
    • Christmas Cards
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many hours of staff time were taken up in preparation of Christmas cards in 2004.
    • Christmas Cards
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many departmental staff have responsibility for preparing Christmas cards.
    • Countryside Signage
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the level of signage in the countryside; if he will issue new guidelines to local authorities on (a) how to seek early removal of...
    • County Hall
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what payments have been made by the Shirayama Corporation in respect of the outstanding balance on the purchase price of County Hall, London, SE1 from the...
    • Departmental Budget/Expenditure
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish a regional breakdown of his Department's budget allocations for 2004–05 for planned (a) revenue and (b) capital expenditure on its (i)...
    • Departmental Budget/Expenditure
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on energy costs incurred by his Department in each of the last two years.
    • Departmental Budget/Expenditure
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost was of (a) in-house canteen and (b) other catering services provided by his Department in each of the last two years.
    • Departmental Budget/Expenditure
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total cost to his Department was for the use of external consultants in each of the last two years.
    • Departmental Files
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what changes have been promulgated in each of the past five years to the guidelines or other criteria for the retention or destruction of departmental files.
    • Domestic Violence
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) Supporting People scheme reviews of local women's refuges are consistent across the country, (b) Supporting People...
    • East of England Regional Chamber
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many members the East of England Regional Chamber has; and how much members are paid, including expenses.
    • East of England Regional Chamber
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many unelected representatives there are in the East of England Regional Chamber; and who appointed each unelected representative.
    • East of England Regional Chamber
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many staff were employed by the East of England Regional Chamber in each of the last two years; and what the total staff costs were in each year.
    • Energy Efficiency
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received concerning the incorporation of (a) micro generation of renewable energy, (b) domestic combined heat and power units and (c)...
    • Energy Efficiency
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he has received the results of the survey undertaken for the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes regarding levels of compliance with the 2002 changes...
    • European Union Decade of Roma
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what national targets he has set for improvements in the (a) economic status and (b) social inclusion of the gypsy and traveller communities for the duration of...
    • Fire and Rescue
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list (a) national incidents, (b) incidents in the South East region and (c) new dimension scale incidents involving fire and rescue services that have...
    • Freedom of Information
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether it is the policy of the Department to retain for the benefit of future (a) historians and (b) applicants under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 the...
    • Green Belt
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans the Government have to alter the green belt designation.
    • Homelessness
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people within the Greater London area are classified as homeless; and what the figures have been in each of the last three years.
    • Homelessness
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much financial assistance has been spent on assisting rough sleepers in the Greater London area in each of the last three years.
    • Housing
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what criteria he applies to the acceptability of plans for housing in the Green Belt.
    • Local Government Finance
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much Government grant was given to Oxfordshire county council in each of the last 10 years.
    • Muscular Dystrophy
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the timetable for his review of grants and allowances for those suffering from muscular dystrophy and their carers.
    • National Planning Guidance
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which national planning guidance notes issued since May 1997 have altered guidance in relation to the green belt.
    • Neighbourhood Renewal
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the Government Office for the North West was consulted when the neighbourhood renewal funding earmarked for wards with high levels of deprivation was...
    • Regional Spatial Strategies
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether regional spatial strategies require approval by the (a) Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and (b) Government Office for the Region.
    • Rent Assessment Panels
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether decisions on appointments to rent assessment panels may be appealed against.
    • Repossessions (Pendle)
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many houses in Pendle were re-possessed as a result of missed mortgage payments in each year since 1990.
    • Shredding
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the criteria used to decide which documents and files should be shredded; and what mechanism exists to ensure that documents and files are not...
    • Sick Leave
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many days sick leave were taken by civil servants in his Office in each year since 1997; and what the sickness absence rate was in each year.
    • Social Housing
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the waiting lists for social housing for each local authority in the Greater London area are; and if he will make a statement.
    • Social Housing
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of the additional £430 million Housing Corporation social housing grant available annually for new affordable housing from 2007–08...
    • Taskforces
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much his Department spent on taskforces and similar bodies in each year since 1997.
    • Wandsworth
      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much Government money has been provided to the London borough of Wandsworth in each of the last five years.
  • Home Department
    • Category A Prisoners
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he has taken to prevent escapes of Category A prisoners.
    • Women Prisoners
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to reduce the number of women serving short-term prison sentences.
    • Identity Cards
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the estimated cost of an identity card scheme.
    • Identity Cards
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the conclusions of the Home Office Science and Technology Reference Group's examination of the identity cards programme.
    • Identity Cards
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what entitlement British nationals who are long-term residents abroad will have to the identity cards proposed by the Government.
    • Identity Cards
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions in the last two years (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) officials in his Department have met (i) Aurora Computer...
    • Identity Cards
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has conducted into the potential benefits of a national identity database for combating (a) crime and (b) illegal...
    • Identity Cards
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to combat the production of counterfeit identity cards in the event of the introduction of identity cards.
    • Antisocial Behaviour
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received concerning antisocial behaviour towards homeowners by groups of adolescents under 16 years of age.
    • Airguns
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to bring forward proposals (a) to make the sale of all types of airguns to under-18s illegal and (b) to license the general...
    • Burgled Householders (Prosecutions)
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicted burglars have successfully sued householders whose houses they have attempted to burgle following incidents occurring...
    • Class A Drugs
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average sentence was in each of the last six years for people charged with supplying Class A drugs to children.
    • Class A Drugs
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were arrested for dealing in Class A drugs in each of the last six years.
    • Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the question from the hon. Member for Cotswold, tabled on 29 November, ref 201515, regarding applicants for British...
    • Cycling
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cyclists have been charged in Greater London for riding bicycles during the hours of darkness with no visible lighting being...
    • Demography
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his latest estimate is of the number of people who (a) move home and (b) get married in a year.
    • HGV Drivers
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Government have to bring forward proposals to include heavy goods vehicle drivers as a shortage occupation for the purposes of...
    • Immigration
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are waiting for decisions on their applications for permanent leave to remain in the United Kingdom.
    • Immigration
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his letter of 15 September to the hon. Member for Banbury, if his Department will confirm the immigration status of Amer Ali.
    • Immigration
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many children are being held in detention solely under Immigration Act powers; and how many of these have been held for more than...
    • Immigration Control (Domestic Violence)
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will change the immigration and benefits rules to exempt victims of domestic violence subject to immigration control from the no...
    • Information Misuse
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances of misuse of computer information and databases by (a) civil servants, (b) police officers and (c) immigration officials...
    • Negligent Driving (New Offence)
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will bring forward proposals to introduce an offence of causing death by negligent driving.
    • North Yorishire Police
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on funding for North Yorkshire Police for 2005–06.
    • Passports
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of the (a) adult and (b) total population of the UK held a passport in each of the last 20 years.
    • Passports
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the proportion of pensioners who own a passport.
    • Drugs
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average sentence in each of the last six years was for people charged with supplying Class A drugs.
    • Port Security
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many weapons have been seized at ports of entry to the United Kingdom in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) type of weapon and (b)...
    • Press Releases
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many press releases have been issued by his Department in each month of 2004; and if he will make a statement.
    • Sentencing Guidelines
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received on altering sentencing guidelines for murder.
    • Special Advisers
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether departmental special advisers have made speeches in their official capacity since May 1997.
    • Special Advisers
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether departmental special advisers have been responsible for authorising instances of departmental spending since May 1997.
    • Special Advisers
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether departmental special advisers have given instructions to permanent civil servants without the explicit authorisation of Ministers...
    • Special Advisers
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether departmental special advisers have written to external (a) bodies and (b) individuals in their official capacity since May 1997.
    • Special Advisers
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether departmental special advisers have made appearances before parliamentary select committees in their official capacity since May 1997.
    • Vicious and Sex Offenders' Register
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made on rolling out the Vicious and Sex Offenders' Register.
    • Young Offenders
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long it took on average in the last year for which figures are available from arrest to bringing a young offender before courts in the...
  • House of Lords
    • Northern Ireland: Liquor Licences
      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many liquor licences were in use in Northern Ireland in 2003 in respect of: (a) public houses; (b) restaurants; (c) hotels; (d) clubs; and (e) other types of...
    • Afghanistan: NATO Support
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are continuing to make representations to NATO allies such as Italy and Spain on the need for all NATO members to deliver their agreed contributions...
    • Turkmenistan
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What conditions they propose to set for any increase or renewal of European Union aid to Turkmenistan; and whether they will seek to ensure that the response of...
    • G8: African Issues
      asked Her Majesty's Government: In relation to G8 discussions of African issues: (a) what priority they will give to deterring corruption on the part of the private sector and governments; (b)...
    • Diplomatic Missions: Unpaid Traffic Fines
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What diplomatic missions or international organisations in the United Kingdom have members who are recorded as having failed to pay penalties for illegal parking...
    • Countryside Alliance: Membership by Judiciary
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Department for Constitutional Affairs has given any guidance to any members of the judiciary concerning membership of the Countryside Alliance.
    • Legal Aid: Immigration Act Detainees
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Legal Services Commission requires solicitors to complete a four-page form before they can obtain legal aid to visit Immigration Act detainees.
    • Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman: Case of Constable Trevor Purcell
      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many court appearances were made by Constable Trevor Purcell in the case brought by the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman for alleged dangerous driving during...
    • Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman: Case of Constable Trevor Purcell
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will refund in full, with incidental expenses, the total cost to Constable Trevor Purcell of defending the case brought by the Northern Ireland Police...
    • Freedom of Information Act 2000
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are confident that all government departments, agencies and non-departmental public bodies will be able to meet the terms of the Freedom of...
    • Defence Industrial Policy
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take steps to identify the key technologies required to sustain the manufacture of defence equipment; and whether they will publish this...
    • Future Rapid Effects System
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What military requirement the Future Rapid Effects System (FRES) is planned to meet.
    • Royal Engineers: Chatham and Minley Barracks
      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect the bidding process for the public/private partnership for the redevelopment of the Royal Engineers barracks at Chatham and Minley to close.
    • London: Strategic Road Network
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take if the influence of Transport for London over the network of borough strategic roads proves to be insufficient for that body to fulfil...
    • A14
      asked Her Majesty's Government: To whom the Highways Agency has contracted the upkeep of the A14 trunk road between the M6 motorway junction and the A12 junction; whether they are satisfied with...
    • Department for Work and Pensions: Software Upgrade
      asked Her Majesty's Government: With regard to the proposal to upgrade 128,000 Department for Work and Pensions computers from Windows 2000 to XP, what account they are taking of the difficulties...
    • Rebated Gas Oil
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are any proposals to eliminate the use of "red diesel" or "gas oil" for agriculture, construction plant, or generators; and, if so, what is proposed.
    • Pensions: Taxation
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is their policy that most savers with pensions savings of £1.5 million or more should pay higher rate tax; and whether they will review this policy...
    • Financial Reporting Council: Disclosure of Information
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Inland Revenue or HM Customs and Excise are able to supply details of taxpayers' affairs on an individual named basis to the Financial Reporting...
    • Acoustic Neuromas
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the population is estimated to have acoustic neurones.
    • Bank Charges: Small Firms
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will instruct the Office of Fair Trading to review high street banks' account charges to small firms, in light of two recent studies published by the...
    • Mobile Phones: Use on Petrol Station Forecourts
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 17 November (WA 177), whether the risk of spilling petrol while dispensing petrol into a vehicle is...
    • Employment Tribunals: Independent Experts
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what circumstances in Section 6(2) of the Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I. 2004/2351) a tribunal...
    • Employment Tribunals: Reimbursement of Costs
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What reimbursement of costs is available to participants in employent tribunals when the chairman fails to attend a meeting which he has set up under Section 27(1)...
    • Nuclear Power Stations
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which nuclear power stations in the United Kingdom were built and are operated by (a) the public sector; and (b) the private sector.
    • Nuclear Power Stations
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 7 December (HL Deb, col. 736), whether it is correct that the power stations which gave rise to nuclear...
    • Asylum Seekers: Deportation from UK
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps are being taken to ensure that asylum seekers who are deported from the United Kingdom to their country of origin are not ill treated.
    • Asylum Seekers: Accommodation
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 11 November (WA 94), under what provisions of the Code of Conduct on Access to Government...
    • British Nationality: Hong Kong
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what circumstances a person who is a British overseas citizen by virtue of Article 6(2) or 6(3) of the Hong Kong (British Nationality) Order 1986 can be...
    • Terrorism: Extradition of British Citizens
      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many British citizens have been extradited for terrorist-related activities since 2001.
    • Religious Hatred: Incitement
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is a problem of incitement to religious hatred in England and Wales; what is their estimate of the extent of the problem; and upon what data the...
    • Prisoners: Reoffending
      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many early release prisoners in England and Wales have reoffended, whether under licence or not, in the last five years for which figures are available.
    • Stolen Goods: Sale
      asked Her Majesty's Government: When, pursuant to Section 20 of the Kent County Council Act 2001, they will lay before Parliament the report on the workings of the Act submitted to them by the...
    • Roma and Kurds: Immigration Criteria
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What criteria immigration officials use to determine whether an individual seeking to enter the United Kingdom is (a) a Roma or (b) a Kurd; and for which other...
    • Alcohol: Under-age Drinking
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations the Home Secretary has received from Peter Marks, Chief Executive Officer of United Co-operatives, concerning under-age drinking and alcohol...
    • Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What response they have made to the observations of Mr Paul Evans, Head of the Police Standards Unit, that crime and disorder in the form of violence outside pubs...
    • Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they agree with the view expressed by the Nottinghamshire Chief Constable and other senior police officers, that the level of alcohol is related to the...
    • Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures, other than public information, they are taking to combat harmful drinking; and whether they will advise government departments and other public...
    • Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the proposed timetable for the implementation of the National Alcohol Strategy; and What evaluation of the National Alcohol Strategy they propose to carry...
    • Smoking: Public Opinion
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the findings of the consultation and public surveys on attitudes to smoking, referred to in paragraphs 70, 71, 74, 75 and 76 of the...
    • Food Supplements
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What penalties exist for those manufacturers and retailers of food supplements found guilty of placing on the market after July 2005 products which contain...
    • Food Supplements
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What benefits will result from the removal from the market, after July 2005, of food supplements which are accepted as safe by United Kingdom regulatory...
    • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
      asked Her Majesty's Government: In view of the finding of the Lancet report in 1998 on the presence of inflammatory bowel disease amongst autistic children, whether they will offer such children...
    • MMR: Department of Health Website
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the cost to the taxpayer for the years 2003–04 and 2004–05 as a result of Whiteloop running the Department of Health website "MMR the facts".
    • Ealing: Vulnerable Children and Adults
      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of the recent report by the Commission for Social Care Inspection, what action they are taking to ensure that the London Borough of Ealing addresses the...
    • Diabetes: Patient Education and Screening
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that primary care trusts are providing: (a) adequate education to diabetics for their self-management; (b) individually...
    • HIV: Testing of Immigrants by Overseas Countries
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which overseas countries require HIV tests of potential immigrants.
    • Foot and Mouth Disease
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the European Commission decision to disqualify £599 million of Britain's claim arising from the foot and mouth outbreak, whether they will give an...
    • Foot and Mouth Disease
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs veterinary surgeon, who was present when Northumberland County Council took a video on 24 February...
    • Badgers
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the estimated badger population for each of the English and Welsh regions in 1975, 1985 and 1995; and what are the most recent population estimates.
    • National Bee Unit
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are satisfied that the proposed reduction of £250,000 to the funding of the National Bee Unit in England will have no adverse effect on the...
    • BSE Testing
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will close the Date-Based Export Scheme when the Over Thirty Months Scheme is closed.