Written answers

Monday, 2 July 2001

  • Solicitor-General

    • Fahri Bici and Avni Dudi

      To ask the Solicitor-General what conclusions she has reached concerning the three paratroopers alleged to have shot Fahri Bici and Avni Dudi.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Mercenaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures he is taking to monitor and regulate companies recruiting and selling the services of mercenaries; and when he...

    • Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to visit (a) Kuwait, (b) Libya, (c) the West Bank, (d) Jerusalem, (e) Albania, (f) Ukraine, (g) Denmark, (h)...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) when he next plans to visit (a) Bangladesh, (b) Nepal, (c) Hong Kong, (d) North Korea, (e) South Korea, (f) Malaysia, (g)...

      Settlement Application

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when a decision will be made on the settlement application under Islamabad reference 496527.

  • Defence

    • Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel took part in experiments at the chemical defence establishment at Porton Down in 2000.

    • Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a list of the titles and dates of films held by the chemical and biological defence establishment, Porton Down, which...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will instruct the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down, to conduct research to determine the long-term effects of a single dose of the...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the comprehensive survey of the service volunteer programme at the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down, announced on 1 May will examine...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if his Department will transfer films from the archives of the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down, to the Imperial War Museum.

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of technical reports compiled by the chemical and biological defence establishment, Porton Down, to record the...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the protocol drawn up by the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down, to carry out the experiment in 1989...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many papers in the MRD report series of technical papers produced by the biological defence establishment at Porton Down are unclassified; when this...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what requests he has received from Wiltshire police to assist the Operation Antler team to locate official notices which are alleged to state that...

      Lynx Helicopter Accident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when he will publish the accident report on the Lynx helicopter which crashed near Tilton on the Hill, Leicestershire on 17 May 1999; (2) if he...

      Navigation Marks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what responsibility his Department has for the maintenance of navigation marks, with special reference to moorings and lighthouses; and what plans he has...

      Aberporth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of his Department's apprenticeships at Aberporth.

      Stun Grenades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many stun grenades have been issued to the Army in the last 12 months; how many have been used in Northern Ireland in the past 12 months; what...

      RAF Training Group Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the recent agreement between his Department and the Horizon consortium to market spare training capacity in the...

      East Timor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what British forces are operating in and around the East Timor theatre; and what their role is within the United Nations contingent.

  • Work and Pensions

    • New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Coventry are in the New Deal programme; and how many had been placed in employment up to June.

    • Pensioners (Preserved Rights)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners with preserved rights who are ineligible for local authority support.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the way in which the Pension Credit will operate for claimants whose entitlement to the basic state pension is...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library (a) a summary and (b) full copies of the replies he has received to his consultation paper on the Pension Credit.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to publish the Pension Credit Bill.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people eligible for Pension Credit.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the results of and submissions to the Pension Credit consultation process will be placed in the Library.

      Benefit Claimants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to extend the provision to permit benefit claimants to undertake therapeutic work.

      Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which House of Commons Minister in his Department will have responsibility for matters relating to (a) the Child Support Agency, (b) the...

      Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to increase take-up of the Minimum Income Guarantee.

      Nirs2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the total amount of compensation (1) that he expects to be paid as a result of the problems with the NIRS2 computer...

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Walton Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will provide a breakdown of the companies and others to whom the claimed qualifying expenditure of...

    • Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what research his Department has conducted into changes in pollution following the implementation of congestion taxes.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if Railtrack has applied to the Rail Regulator for an interim review of its access charges.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proportion of delays to train services during the most recent month for which figures are available are...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many temporary speed restrictions remain in place on the national railway network in connection with gauge corner...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what progress has been made in the appointment of a public interest director to the board of Railtrack.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much money has been granted to Railtrack from public funds over the past year; and what contractual safeguards...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the financial position of Railtrack.

      Commission for Integrated Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the future role of the Commission for Integrated Transport.

      Rail Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps are being taken by his Department to promote the greater use of the railways for freight.

      National Air Traffic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what progress has been made in the contract negotiations for the National Air Traffic Services public-private partnership.

      SPADs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps he is taking to implement the recommendations of the Uff-Cullen inquiry into technical solutions to the...

      Railway Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the state of industrial relations in the railway industry.

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects the Strategic Rail Authority to (a) begin the next stage of the competition for the new Wales and...

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many additional employees have been recruited by the Strategic Rail Authority during the past year.

      Second Channel Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what progress has been made on the feasibility study for a second channel Tunnel.

      Multi-modal Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the progress of the multi-modal studies.

      Midlands-Manchester Multimodal Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will ensure that the conclusions of the multi-modal study into the transport corridor between the midlands and...

      Ladbroke Grove Rail Disaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will respond to the recommendations of Lord Cullen's inquiry into the Ladbroke Grove rail disaster.

      Bus Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps his Department is taking to encourage bus companies in the south-east of England to offer commuter...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his definition is of decent in the context of housing standards.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the target outputs for SRB-funded housing units between 1997 and 2001.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to encourage housing associations to improve the energy efficiency of their (a) existing properties...

      Housing (Yorkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what further changes he is intending to make to regional planning guidance for Yorkshire and the Humber about the...

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he plans to publish PPG8 on mobile phone masts.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received calling for health risks to be considered as part of the planning consideration...

      House Sales (Seller's Packs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to introduce legislation requiring persons selling a house to provide a pack of information to...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions for how many years the Railway Development Fund will run.

      Concessionary Bus Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he plans to equalise the age of qualification for the national concessionary bus fares scheme.

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he intends to commission a strategic study on the environmental impacts of aviation in the UK to match the...

      Ice Falls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment his Department has made of the information leaflets available to report ice falls from aeroplanes;...

      Transport Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what statistics he collates about the safety of different forms of transportation and the costs in each case of...

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the operating results of Ordnance Survey were in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Regional Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the Government plan to publish (1) a draft regional planning guidance for (a) the Nort-West and Merseyside,...

      Postal Voting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the use and conduct of postal voting during the general and local elections in June.

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what reasons underlay the decision to publish the Local Authorities (Executive and Alternative Arrangements)...

      Departmental Responsibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the areas of responsibility that have (a) been transferred from his Department to other Departments...

      Fire Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on his Department's current responsibilities in respect of funding for fire authorities.

      Positive Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent advice he has taken from other European countries which allow positive discrimination in the selection of...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to allow residents to elect to pay their council tax by 12 payments rather than 10.

  • Health

    • Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) longest and (b) shortest waiting times were for (i) heart operations, (ii) hip replacements and (iii) cancer treatment (A) in North Yorkshire...

    • Health Services (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what action the Government are taking to recruit more (a) nurses, (b) physiotherapists, (c) occupational therapists and (d) GPs in London; and if he...

      Health Services (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received about additional funding being given to London health authorities in recognition of the additional costs...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how primary care trusts will be accountable for their use of public resources.

      NHS Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many applications there were to train as a (a) general practitioner, (b) social worker, (c) physiotherapist and (d) special therapist in (i) London...

      Northwick Park Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) hospital medical staff, (b) consultants and (c) nursing and midwifery staff were employed at Northwick Park hospital in each year since 1996.

      NHS Consultants (Income Disclosure)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what disclosure he requires from consultants employed by the National Health Service of those consultants' income from private medical practice.

      NHS Staff Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses left service in the NHS in the last two years.

      Commission for Health Improvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will define the role and terms of reference of the Commission for Health Improvement.

      Alzheimer's

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures (a) have been and (b) will be introduced to help carers who look after those with Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

      Junior Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he estimates that junior doctors will be required to work a maximum of 56 hours a week. [R]

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will set out, for each Department where responsibilities have been changed since 8 June, the areas of responsibility that have been transferred (a) from and (b) to...

    • Cabinet Champions

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the Cabinet champions he has appointed to date.

      European Affairs

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the Ministers in each Government Department with responsibility for European affairs.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the items discussed and the conclusions reached during his meeting with the President of the European Commission on 25 June.

      Cabinet Committees

      To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to establish a Cabinet sub-committee on foreign affairs which would include non-Government members.

      Public Services

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will define the phrase "world class" in the context of his recent speech relating to public services.

      International Law

      To ask the Prime Minister what his policy is on advising (a) Parliament and (b) Her Majesty the Queen about violations of sovereignty and international law in the UK.

      Poverty

      To ask the Prime Minister what proposals he has to mitigate poverty in the United Kingdom.

  • Education and Skills

    • Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students were in higher education on (a) 1 May 2000 and (b) 1 May 2001; and what is the projected figure for 1 May 2002.

    • Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) female and (b) male (1) primary and (2) secondary school teachers are aged (i) 20 to 24, (ii) 25 to 29, (iii) 30 to 34, (iv) 35...

      School Meals (Stockton, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Stockton, South have school meals provided by the local authority.

      Comprehensive School System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her Department's aims for a comprehensive school system are.

      School Places (Bromley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils in the London borough of Bromley have not had an offer of a secondary school place for September.

      School Places (Bromley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to review the effects of the Greenwich Judgment, particularly with regard to the number of out-of-borough pupils in...

      LEA Councillors (Disqualifications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will have discussions with other relevant Ministers about introducing legislation to make agency teaching staff subject to the same...

      Teaching Assistants (Staffordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new posts of teaching assistant she plans to fund during the current financial year; how such funding will be distributed; and what...

      Modern Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers are qualified to teach (a) Urdu, (b) Bengali, (c) Gujerati, (d) Hindi, (e) Mandarin, (f) Cantonese and (g) modern...

      Teacher Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of teacher shortages in Castle Point (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools; and what action she will take...

      University Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many academic staff at universities in the UK resigned their posts in the first three months of this year who would otherwise have been...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the Special Advisers in her Department together with their date of appointment and their responsibilities; which of them...

      Pupil-teacher Ratios

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the pupil to teacher ratio was in secondary schools (a) in 1997 and (b) in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Maths Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many vacancies there are for mathematics teachers in English secondary schools.

      AS-Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will set out the (a) remit and (b) timetable of the review of AS-levels and details of the process of reporting the results of the review.

      AS-Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many pupils have sat the new AS levels in the current year; what the average number of subjects studied was; and what the cost of...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the areas of responsibility that have (a) been transferred from her Department to other Departments and (b) been...

      Secondary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations she has received regarding admission policies for secondary schools.

      Secondary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the Government's policy on admissions to secondary schools.

      Graduation Award

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what consultation has taken place with teachers on the introduction of the new over-arching graduation award for 19-year-olds.

      Graduation Award

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions were held with the Learning and Skills Council on the introduction of the new graduation award for 19-year-olds.

      Graduation Award

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if the new graduation award for 19-year-olds will be available to those studying at the further education colleges post-16; and if further...

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will set out the targets for recruitment into teacher training for each of the next three years for (a) BEd courses, (b) PGCE courses...

      Admission Appeals Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what analysis has been undertaken by her Department of the impact of the introduction of independent admission appeals panels on the number...

      Education Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she intends to issue the White Paper on education reform.

  • House of Commons

    • Paper Recycling

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire (Mr. Kirkwood), representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will make a statement on phase one of the House of Commons paper recycling...

  • International Development

    • Belize

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on what dates KPMG received letters from Carlisle Holdings during its study commissioned by her Department to review the regulation of...

    • Belize

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will place in the Library a copy of the report arising from the study commissioned from KPMG by her Department to review the...

      Belize

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she plans to hold meetings with the Belize Government to discuss progress on the Commonwealth Debt Initiative and the effect of tax...

      Belize

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what meetings KPMG requested with representatives of the two public investment companies during its study commissioned by her...

      Belize

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on what date she asked the Permanent Secretary of her Department to investigate a possible conflict of interest by KPMG over a study...

      Lord Ashcroft

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on what date her Department received a request for documents under the Data Protection Act 1998 from Lord Ashcroft; and on what dates...

      Lord Ashcroft

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on what date her Department received a letter from Lord Ashcroft and Carlisle Holdings regarding the remarks made at the World Trade...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Clean Coal Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has for UK involvement in the recently announced US research project into clean coal technology; and if she will make a statement.

    • Clean Coal Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if progress on the development of clean coal technology will be included in the Energy Review; and if she will make a statement.

      Working Time Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the Government's plans to consult on amending the Working Time Regulations to remove the qualifying period for...

      Competition Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many alleged breaches of the Competition Act 1998 have been reported to the Office of Fair Trading; how many investigations have been...

      Erdf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of the EU Regional Development Fund goes towards the city of Coventry; and what is the annual amount.

      Foot and Mouth (Devon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the impact of foot and mouth disease on the foreign language school industry in Devon; and if she will make a...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • City Status

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) if he will make a statement on what the criteria are for determining the award of city status to towns; (2) if he will make...

    • Open Government

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how he will monitor the Government's commitment to openness in Government Departments.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department next intend to meet the French Environment Minister.

    • Trade Effluent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what enforcement actions were taken by the Environment Agency against those sites with significant consents to...

      Abandoned Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government intend to introduce legislation on abandoned cars.

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government have to publish a paper on nuclear waste; and if she will make a statement.

      Municipal Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government have to introduce tougher controls on emissions from existing municipal incinerators; and if she...

      Municipal Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government have to introduce a moratorium on new municipal incinerators; and if she will make a statement.

      Environmental Protection Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the average spend was by local authorities for meeting their duties under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection...

      Environmental Protection Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of local authorities have met their duty under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to produce a...

      Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research she has conducted into changes in pollution following the introduction of congestion taxes.

      Anti-dumping Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the European Commission's proposal to introduce anti-dumping tariffs on urea fertiliser...

      Environment Council (Luxembourg)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the outcome was of the Environment Council held in Luxembourg on 7 June.

  • Home Department

    • Chief Inspector of Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with the chief inspector of prisons.

    • Police Recruitment (Hertfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase recruitment in the Hertfordshire constabulary.

      Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average number of police officers is per 10,000 population in (a) England and (b) Devon and Cornwall.

      Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on police numbers.

      Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report on police numbers in North Yorkshire.

      Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers and civilian staff were employed in each year since 1996 in Harrow.

      Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase the number of police (a) sergeants and (b) inspectors in England and Wales.

      Youth Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals he has for dealing with youth crime and disorder.

      Youth Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the levels of juvenile crime.

      Double Jeopardy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to introduce legislation to abolish the double jeopardy rule.

      Prisons (Rehabilitation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to improve the record of prisons as institutions of effective rehabilitation.

      Crime Prevention Partnerships

      Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of crime prevention partnerships.

      Crime Prevention Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support is being given to crime and disorder partnerships to tackle drug-related crime.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to ensure that asylum seekers are able to work while awaiting determinations by the Home Office.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of applications for asylum have been refused since July 2000; and what percentage of those refused have (a) been deported and...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to announce the outcome of the review of the voucher scheme for asylum seekers.

      Visible Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will visit a police station in Castle Point to discuss visible policing.

      Young Offenders (Secure Accommodation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on plans for the provision of secure accommodation for young offenders in Wales.

      County Police Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on maintaining the identity of county police forces.

      Police Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase the level of police recruitment.

      Police Morale

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to improve police morale.

      Police Morale

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about the level of police morale in England and Wales.

      Police Complaints System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to reform the police complaints system.

      Private Security Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to begin the registration of private security industry staff as outlined in the Private Security Act 2001.

      Mobile Police Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report on the rural mobile police station initiative proposed for north Yorkshire.

      Police Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement about his proposals to ensure the police co-operate more effectively across force boundaries; (2) what...

      Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures the Government are taking to tackle antisocial behaviour by travellers; and if he will make a statement.

      Unauthorised Traveller Encampments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice he offers to the police and local authorities on the removal of unauthorised traveller encampments, with special reference to...

      Victim Personal Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the implications for the administrative workload of the police of the introduction of victim personal statements.

      Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about his proposals for a more professional and effective police service.

      Immigration and Asylum Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when Part III of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 will be brought into effect.

      Immigration and Asylum Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what Orders have been issued under section 8(4)(d) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

      Life Sentence Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners serving life sentences have a whole life tariff.

      Hertsmere Borough Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he proposes to write to the hon. Member for Hertsmere following the meeting on 3 April between the hon. Member for Hertsmere, members of...

      Coroner System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to involve representatives of specialist non-governmental organisations in the review of the coroner system; and how he...

      Mr. Cemal Han

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will make a decision on the citizenship application of Mr. Cemal Han of Keverne Close, Aspley, Nottingham.

      Re-offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are being taken to ensure persistent re-offenders are processed quickly through the penal system.

      Football (Disorder) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will report on the operation to date of the Football (Disorder) Act 2000; and if he will make a statement.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to publish the review of sentencing; and if he will make a statement.

      Community Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received on community policing in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Visitor Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what publicity was given to the implementation of section 1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, with particular reference to the changes...

      Police Response Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) guidance and (b) targets he gives to police authorities for the time taken to respond to (i) 999 calls and (ii) other calls.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the special advisers in his Department together with their date of appointment and their responsibilities; which of them are...

      Drugs (Stafford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements he has made for the evaluation of the drug treatment and testing pilot project at Stafford.

      Investigatory Powers Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements he has made for the appointment of members of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal under section 65 of the Regulation of...

  • Treasury

    • Nirs2

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the problems with the NIRS2 computer system to be resolved.

    • Nirs2

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the total cost of the work that will be needed fully to rectify the problems with the NIRS2 computer system; (2) if he will...

      Child Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate his Department has made of the number of families with children up to (a) three years old and (b) five years old who are eligible to...

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what further action he is taking to establish a central support organisation for credit unions; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people of pensionable age lived in (a) England and Wales, (b) the county of Essex and (c) the boroughs of Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea in each year...

      Hospices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what representations he has received from the hospice movement about the taxation it pays; and if he will make a statement; (2) what changes would...

      Hospices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received about the liability of hospices for VAT; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much, and what proportion, of the income of hospices in each of the past 10 years is derived from (a) charitable giving and (b) Government...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the total cost of tax relief on employers' contributions to pensions was in (a) 2000–01 and (b) 1999–2000; (2) what was the cost of...

      VAT Theft

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue is estimated to be lost to the Treasury every year because of VAT theft.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much VAT revenue he forecasts will be raised in the current financial year as a result of the introduction of the climate change levy and consequent...

      Aggregates Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the Government plan to make separate provision for (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) England in respect of the application of the...

      Aggregates Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from the British Aggregates Association in connection with the impact of the aggregates tax.

      Aggregates Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of the aggregates tax upon each local authority in the United Kingdom in respect of the cost of purchasing...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the latest date is by which his Department will complete its assessment of the five economic tests for UK membership of the euro; and if he will make a...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the technical work which is necessary before an assessment of the five economic tests for British entry into the euro is...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the policy of his Department is on the reforms of the European Central Bank that would be needed before the UK could join the euro; and if he will make...

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 26 June 2001, Official Report, column 59W, on the Financial Services Authority, for what reason it is inappropriate to comment...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Corporal Anthony Green

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the outcome was of the investigation into the shooting of Corporal Anthony Green on 25 January.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Funding (West Midlands)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much support the Arts Council provided for projects within each west midlands local authority in each of the last three years.

    • Wembley Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the future of Wembley Stadium.

      Lottery Funding (Films)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list those films which have received National Lottery funding to date indicating (a) how much National Lottery funding they...

      Archaeological Sites and Monuments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to place a statutory duty on local authorities to maintain records of archaeological sites and monuments.

      English Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to introduce legislation to permit English Heritage to undertake overseas assignments.

      Live Entertainment Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to reform the law governing the licensing of live entertainment.

      Analogue Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the timetable for the proposed switch-off of analogue television.

      School Sports Co-ordinators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list those schools which have to date benefited from the work of school sports coordinators.

      School Sports Co-ordinators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many school sports co-ordinators have been appointed; and if she will make a statement.

      School Sports Co-ordinators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what is the annual budget of the schools sports co-ordinator programme; and what has been the expenditure to date.

      UK Sports Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the UK Sports Institute.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure platform diversity for the delivery of digital television services.

      Ealing Studios

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the future of Ealing Studios.

      Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to introduce legislation to reform the liquor licensing laws.

      Commonwealth Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will place in the Library copies of the correspondence received by her Department from Sport England about the funding of the...

      Commonwealth Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what advice she has received about the proposed funding of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester; (2) what estimate she has...

      Athletics Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects Sport England to make a further announcement about the feasibility of a new national athletics stadium at Picketts Lock.

      Picketts Lock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects the athletics facility at Picketts Lock to be completed; and if she will make a statement.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to publish a White Paper on regional governance.

    • Lord Ashcroft

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on what date his Department received a request for documents under the Data Protection Act 1998 from Lord Ashcroft; and on what date his Department replied to the...

  • House of Lords

    • Prisoners: Prevention of Self-harm

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they endorse the recommendations in Chapter 7 of the recent internal review by HM Prison Service of suicide and self-harm by prisoners and their...

    • Sporting Events: Drug-taking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they are taking to deter the use of Class A drugs at major sporting and entertainment events.

      Northern Ireland: Fuel Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that reducing taxation on fuel in Northern Ireland would improve revenue, prevent smuggling and increase employment; and whether they intend...

      Air Travel: Cramped Seating

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In view of concerns about the adverse health effects of cramped aircraft seating, the present air passenger duty arrangements appear to act as a disincentive to...

      Aviation Health Working Group

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What benefits are expected to flow from the activities of the inter-departmental Aviation Health Working Group; and over what time period.

      Aviation Health Working Group

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, given the strengthened role for the Cabinet Office in the delivery of cross departmental policies, that office will be represented on the...

      Diabetes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are considering action to improve early diagnosis and treatment of diabetes in the light of the report Too Many, Too Late from the organisation...

      NHS: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many doctors and nurses were employed in the National Health Service in the year 2000; and over what period of years the Government are planning to achieve...

      CJD Surveillance Unit Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to publish the ninth annual report of the National Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Surveillance Unit.

      House of Lords: Former MPs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many members of the House of Lords are former Members of Parliament; and, of these, how many are former Ministers, with former Cabinet Ministers shown separately.

      Rural White Paper

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to allocate parliamentary time this Session for a debate on the Rural White Paper.

      Sound Recording: Copyright Exception

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the plans to amend Section 72 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to delete reference to sound recordings.

      Morocco: Artillery Pieces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For what period a licence was given by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to refurbish 30,105 artillery pieces owned by Morocco and originally supplied...

      Animal Rights Extremists

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have recently taken to provide support to companies threatened by animal rights extremists.

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the direct costs to the tourism industry of the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001, 2002 and 2003; and what is their estimate of the number...

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