Written answers

Wednesday, 4 July 2001

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the contracts of employment of the Chairman, Chief Executive and Board members of the Strategic Rail Authority...

    • Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects the Strategic Rail Authority to publish its Strategic Plan.

      Air Traffic Controllers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many air traffic controllers are at present in training; how many controllers are needed to initiate the new NERC...

      Rail Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to announce (a) the completion of contract negotiations for the new (i) Chiltern, (ii) South Central...

      Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proportion of freight went by (a) road and (b) rail in May (i) 1993, (ii) 1997 and (iii) 2001.

      Heathrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions his Department has had with British Airways concerning plans for a runway to be built along the...

      Best Value

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if he will state the estimated cost of the administration of Best Value in the fire service in the last...

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the conclusions of the review of planning policy for mobile phone masts.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will require tailored energy efficiency advice to be provided to people buying a new home.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to require local authorities to produce cycling strategies.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how the Government plan to take forward their cycling strategy.

      Single Regeneration Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what monitoring system his Department has in place to ensure that single regeneration budget programmes are delivered...

      Informal Public Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his policy is towards land used as informal open public space being developed for housing purposes; and if he...

      Surplus Farmland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of the hectarage of farmland which is surplus to agricultural requirements but cannot be...

      Election Turnout

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what studies he is undertaking into the turnouts for elections in different countries and the reasons behind...

      Disability Discrimination Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions for what reasons airlines and air carriers are exempted from the terms of the Disability Discrimination Act 1996; and...

      Planning Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the changes he intends to make in the planning inquiry system; and what consultations...

      Transport Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the role of transport infrastructure in delivery of regeneration policies.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many civil servants were employed by (a) the Department of the Environment and (b) the Department of Transport in...

      Sites of Special Scientific Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to modify the planning system in respect of protection of sites of special scientific interest.

      Noise Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on his Department's response to EU standards on noise pollution, with particular...

      A303

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to dual stretches of the A303 in Somerset and Devon; and if he will make a statement.

      Exeter to Waterloo Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will announce the award of the new rail franchise for the Exeter to London Waterloo Line; and if he will make...

      Fylingdales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what contingency plans exist in the Department for a spill out into the North Yorkshire Moors National Park as a...

      Rural Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans the Government have to increase the scope of business rate relief for rural services.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Council of Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs at what meetings of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers he plans to be represented at ministerial level for the rest of...

    • Council of Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what was his reply to the inquiry of the Latvian Chair-in-Office of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers on the...

      Mercenaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what resolutions on mercenaries were put before the 57th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights in 2001; which were...

      UK Human Rights Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Minister will attend the UN Human Rights Committee hearings on the UK Periodic report due to be discussed later this year.

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is regarding the recommendations contained in James Baker's report to the UN Security Council...

      EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what are the indicative expenditure ceilings agreed in March 1999 of (a) an enlarged Community with six additional members and...

      Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) the EU, (b) USA and (c) developing countries concerning the forthcoming...

      Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will be attending the UN conference on the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in July; and if he will make a...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will support the resolution on China's human rights record at the next UN commission on human rights.

      Council of the European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for July and the major European Union events for...

      British Overseas Territories (Citizenship)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to give British citizenship to the inhabitants of St. Helena and other former dependent territories.

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions have taken place with the Greenland Prime Minister on the ABM Treaty.

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from pressure groups in (a) Denmark and (b) Greenland about the use of Thule bases for...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received concerning the sale of passports in Eastern Europe by the Belgian Government; and if persons who...

  • Treasury

    • Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has carried out into (a) cost savings and (b) efficiency savings in total Government expenditure through the use of the...

    • Car-sharing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the additional number of journeys made by car-sharing in 2002–03 as a consequence of introducing a new passenger rate for...

      VAT (Cycle Helmets)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact on the demand for adult cycle helmets in the United Kingdom of his policy of removing VAT from the purchase of...

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his plans to halve child poverty within 10 years, indicating the benchmarks against which this is to be measured.

      Spending Plans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the annual rate of growth of total managed expenditure, in real terms, for each of the years 1999–2000 to 2003–04; what...

      Beer Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the costs and benefits of introducing a reduced rate of duty on the beer produced by small breweries; and if he...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the per capita spending of all Government Departments in each of the regions and nations of the United Kingdom was in the last 12 months for which...

      Company Cars

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 26 June 2001, Official Report, column 59W, on company cars, what assessment he has made of the impact of the loss to employees of...

      Foot and Mouth (Tourism)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the loss in tax as a result of lost tourist industry income arising from the foot and mouth outbreak.

      Contracts (Advertising)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what obligation is placed on public bodies in respect of (a) PPP, (b) PFI and (c) other financial arrangements, for advertising the relevant contracts in...

      Business Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the size of the changes in (a) costs and (b) taxes applying to business since 1997.

      VAT (Empty Homes)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many empty homes will qualify for a reduction in VAT as announced in his Budget Statement 2001.

      VAT (Empty Homes)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what criteria owners of empty properties will qualify for a reduction in VAT when renovating their properties.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been (a) arrested, (b) charged and (c) given a custodial sentence for smuggling goods across the Irish border in each of...

    • Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the job description and personal specification are for the post of Senior Legal Adviser on Human Rights to the Police Service of Northern...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will reply to the report of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission under section 69(2) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

      Police Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the terms of reference are for the monitoring project being undertaken by Consensia to observe the recruitment process of the Northern...

  • Education and Skills

    • Temporary Classrooms (Somerset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many temporary classrooms have been in use in Somerset in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

    • School Repairs (Somerset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the backlog of school buildings repair and maintenance work in Somerset; and if she will make a statement.

      Further Education Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teaching staff have (a) been employed in further education colleges and (b) left further education in each of the last four...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to increase the level of tuition fees in England and Wales; and if she will make a statement.

      Post-16 Capital Allocations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the post 16-capital allocations will be announced.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the sure start proposals will be rolled out nationally.

      Rapid Response Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will investigate the procedures by which companies and work forces can access the rapid response fund.

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects to announce the findings of the early process evaluation and customer satisfaction surveys in relation to individual...

      Digital Divide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what policies she is pursuing to tackle the problem of the digital divide; and if she will make a statement.

      AS-Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils entered AS-level modules in January; and how many of those are retaking those AS modules.

  • Prime Minister

    • Flooding (Torbay)

      To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to visit Galmpton, Torbay, to discuss flooding problems with residents.

    • National Missile Defence

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will discuss with President Bush unilateral proposals by the Rumsfeld Commission to delete article IX of the 1972 ABM treaty; (2) if he will have...

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will discuss with President Bush the concept of invulnerability through military supremacy in relation to the weaponisation of space.

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will discuss with President Putin the potential for the US policy on national missile defence to include a first strike capability.

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of UK participation in US national missile defence on the (a) global moratorium on nuclear testing and (b) prospects of a...

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will discuss with the Secretary General of the UN, President Bush's proposal for a first test of a space-based laser in 2012.

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will propose to the Presidents of (a) China, (b) France, (c) Russia and (d) the United States of America that the 1967 outer space treaty cover directed energy and...

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will discuss with President Bush the restructuring of the missile technology control regime in relation to political initiatives based on arms control and...

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will discuss the position of modifications of non-ABM radars on UK territory with (a) Washington and (b) Moscow.

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he had with President Bush before he made his speech on 1 May 2000 about the future of the 1972 ABM treaty.

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the dangers faced by the United Kingdom as a target for foreign powers, as a result of acquiescing in the construction of two new radomes...

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Prime Minister what (1) discussions he has had with President Bush about the facilities to receive information for early warning and missile-tracking satellites at Menwith Hill...

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will set up a Royal Commission to examine the consequences and implications of British participation in the extension of war-fighting into space.

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the economic and political implications of British participation in the US National Missile Defence system.

      Pine Bay Joint Space Research Facility

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will discuss with the Government of Australia UK participation in the Pine Bay joint space research facility, in relation to information detected by satellites...

      NATO Expansion

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will discuss with President Putin the commitment not to expand NATO into the former Soviet Republics.

      Engagements

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 4 July.

      Disabled People

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on ministerial responsibilities for disabled people; and what arrangements he has made for cross-departmental consultation on issues...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Walton Group

      To ask the Solicitor-General what discussions the Crown Prosecution Service has held with Merseyside police serious fraud squad concerning the investigation of the Walton Group in relation to...

  • Defence

    • Defence Military Assistance Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide a breakdown of the expenditure under the defence military assistance fund relating to (a) Zimbabwe, (b) South Africa, (c) Jordan, (d)...

    • Ballistic Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment his Department has made of the risks posed by long-range missile attacks.

      Combat Effectiveness Gender Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what has been the cost of the combat effectiveness gender study; and if he will make a statement.

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Danish Government about the use of Thule radar sites for national missile defence.

      US National Ignition Facility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on British participation in the national ignition facility at the Laurence Livermore laboratory in the US.

      RAF Training Flight Paths (Wind Farms)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact of proposed wind farm developments in Moray on RAF training flight paths; and if he will make a statement.

      Anti-satellite Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of anti-satellite weapons, called parasitic satellites.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices closed each year for the last 20 years.

    • Enterprise Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the Enterprise Bill will include measures to implement the Cruickshank review recommendations on the establishment of a payments regulator.

      Yorkshire and Humberside (Economic Growth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will take steps to ensure that the economy of the Yorkshire and Humberside region grows to the United Kingdom per capita average.

      Newspaper/Magazine Distribution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will refer newspaper and magazine wholesaling and distribution to the Competition Commission.

      Rural Sub-post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the help she provides to sustain small rural sub-post offices.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much compensation has been paid to coal health claimants.

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 25 June 2001, Official Report, column 31W, how many regulations her Department has (a) introduced and (b) reviewed...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what targets have been set for the reduction of regulation in those sectors of the utility industries where competition is fully developed;...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 25 June 2001, Official Report, column 31W, if she will list (a) public consultations held under the Consultation...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 25 June 2001, Official Report, column 30W, what operational target date the Small Business Service was set for the...

      Rover Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will break down the amount of money spent from the Rover task force in each local authority area.

      Rover Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if funding from the Rover task force will be provided for the volunteer bureau in Bromsgrove.

      Village Post Offices (Road Tax)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to allow village post offices to issue road tax licences.

      Arms Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to introduce further legislation to control the export of arms from the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      German Plutonium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to make arrangements for the treatment and return of German plutonium research reactor fuel, currently at Dounreay, to Germany.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to encourage regional development agencies to promote the (a) manufacture and (b) installation of renewable energy technologies.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Petrol Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many petrol retailers have been prosecuted in each of the past five years for not reporting leakages from underground...

    • Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average valuation price was per bovine in each week of the current foot and mouth epidemic.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many foreign vets, from which countries, have assisted the UK during the foot and mouth epidemic; and how many left the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many premises in Worcestershire were at any stage considered to be infected with foot and mouth disease; and of these,...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps were taken to inform veterinary surgeons of discrepancies between clinical diagnosis of foot and mouth disease on...

      Pigswill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the risks of using pigswill prepared to the required standards; and if she will further...

      Agriculture Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the outcome of the Agriculture Council held in Luxembourg on 19 June was.

      Landfill Tax (Fly-tipping)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research she has produced on changes in the incidence of fly-tipping following the increase in the level of the landfill...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she is expected to make a statement on the Government's policy towards air pollution.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which areas within the Yeovil constituency have air pollution above the Government's targeted limits; and if she will make a...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much illegal meat was imported into the UK and confiscated from ports and airports in the last 12 months; and if she will...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action the Government are taking to control the trade in smuggled meat, with particular reference to smuggling from...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many civil servants were employed by (a) the Department of the Environment and (b) the Ministry of Agriculture in April 1997.

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to publish the White Paper on radioactive waste.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Pensioners (Benefit Take-up)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the number of pensioners who are entitled to, but fail to claim, each benefit or allowance; what is the total...

    • Pension Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on progress to establish the new Pension Service.

      State Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the total net cost, taking into account all offsetting benefit adjustments, of increasing the single person's basic...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to extend entitlement to the winter heating allowance to people below retirement age who are unable to work because of...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders have been (a) applied for and (b) made in each police force area in England and Wales to date.

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about the Government's plans to establish anti-social behaviour units in each local authority; and what the cost...

      Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about the Government's plans to increase the powers of and the resources available to HM Chief Inspector of...

      Group Family Five Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what resources have been allocated to each Group Family Five area; and what the level of crime is in each such area, broken down by standard...

      James Ashley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for a public inquiry into the fatal shooting of James Ashley by police on 15 January 1998; and if he will make a statement.

      Postal Robberies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many robberies of (a) post offices and (b) Royal Mail vehicles there were in each police division in the year 2000; and if he will...

      Police Numbers (North Yorkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in North Yorkshire on (a) 1 May 1997, (b) 1 May 1998, (c) 1 May 1999, (d) 1 May 2000, (e) 1 May 2001, (f)...

      Huntingdon Life Sciences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the procedures for protecting the staff of Huntingdon Life Sciences.

      Police Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals he has to reform the criteria for awards of medical pensions in the police.

      HMP Garth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact in the reduction in the number of prison officers at HMP Garth on the rehabilitation programme for...

      Certificate of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which European Union member states refuse to accept the certificate of identity as a valid travel document; (2) how many certificates...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to announce his conclusions following public consultation on possible changes to the law on sexual offences.

      Police Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his plans to reform police practices, specifying which reforms will and will not require primary legislation.

      Illegal Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase the severity of sentencing for individuals found in possession of larger quantities of illegal drugs; and if he...

      Illegal Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to establish an independent inquiry into the classification of illegal drugs; and if he will make a statement.

      Avon and Somerset Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the ratio was between the number of police officers and notifiable offences in Avon and Somerset for each year from 1980 to 2001; and if...

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the numerical strength of police officers in the London Metropolitan police area in (a) April 2000 and (b) April 2001; and how many...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicted juveniles aged 15 and 16 years have been given (a) a custodial sentence and (b) a non-custodial sentence in each of the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases in each police authority have been investigated relating to the deliberate infecting of farms with foot and mouth disease...

      Asylum Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to publish the findings of his Department's review of the asylum voucher system.

      Rural Crime (Leicestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals he has to reduce crime in rural areas, with particular reference to Leicestershire.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the method for recording failed asylum seekers as leaving the country was changed to include dependants in the total figures; when the...

      Corporate Killing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish the findings of his consultation exercise on the reform of the laws governing corporate killing.

      Police Career Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to adopt mid-career exit points for police, in line with the armed services.

      Marsham Street

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of maintaining the former Department of the Environment buildings at Marsham street has been in each year since 1997; and what...

      Sentencing Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on proposals for sentencing reform.

  • House of Commons

    • Insurance Scheme

      To ask the President of the Council what plans he has to extend the insurance scheme agreed by the House on 23 May 2000.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which constituencies have received (a) less than 10 per cent. and (b) less than 15 per cent. of the national average for constituencies...

    • National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what arrangements are made to monitor the distribution of national Lottery funds.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the disparities between constituencies of grants to good causes from the national lottery.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidelines are set for the creation and distribution of the national lottery community first fund.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures have been put in place to promote applications to the national lottery community fund from the areas the fund is designed...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of the money raised from the national lottery has been used (a) in the NHS and (b) in schools; and if she will make a...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been raised each year from the national lottery, for each category of good cause, since the establishment of the national...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in relation to providing further assistance to...

      Spoliation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to introduce legislation to give effect to the recommendations of the Spoliation Committee regarding the return of...

      Sports Grounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to improve the safety of sports grounds.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the areas of responsibility that have (a) been transferred from her Department to other departments and (b) been...

      Community Sports Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to introduce charitable status for community sports clubs.

  • International Development

    • Debt Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her assessment is of the impact of measures taken to alleviate indebtedness in the poorest countries.

    • Aid Target

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the proportion of GNP given in official aid was over the course of each of the last two Parliaments.

      Street Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the projects she is supporting relating to street children.

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she expects to make an announcement on the feasibility study for an airfield on the island of St. Helena.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what actions she proposes to promote good governance in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on British aid to Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations she has received about funding of projects in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with other European states regarding the future of aid to Zimbabwe.

      Gujarat

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had with the Indian Government about further assistance in the aftermath of the earthquake in Gujarat.

      Good Governance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans she has to encourage improved governance in developing countries in receipt of British aid.

      Trade Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance she has given to developing countries to enable them to represent their interests at international negotiations about trade.

      Ilisu Dam

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on her Department's involvement in decisions on granting export credit for the proposed Ilisu...

      HIV/AIDS (Sub-Saharan Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on her policy on combating HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much bilateral aid was granted to Nepal in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Palestinian Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement about UK aid to the Palestinian Authority.

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she last had discussions with the Chinese Government regarding human rights abuses in Tibet.

      Civil Society Programmes (South-eastern Europe)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans she has to develop civil society programmes that will contribute to stability in south-eastern Europe.

      Refugees (Middle East)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support Her Majesty's Government will give to refugees and refugee resettlement in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank.

      Tanzania

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on her recent visit to Tanzania.

      Poverty Reduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will promote partnership programmes with individual developing countries committed to poverty reduction.

      Global Health Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the global health fund.

  • Health

    • TB Case, Barnet Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement concerning the risk to patients and the contraction of TB by a patient at Barnet hospital from another patient.

    • CFS/Me

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many specialist clinics for myalgic encephalitis/ chronic fatigue syndrome have (a) outreach/mobile units for severe housebound/bedbound...

      CFS/Me

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many myalgic encephalitis/chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers there are in (a) Cambridgeshire, (b) Lincolnshire and (c) Northamptonshire; (2)...

      Draft Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent representations he has received regarding the omission of health visitors from the draft Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 under section...

      Draft Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations he has received in respect of the draft Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001, part III, article 8; (2) if he will make it his...

      GM Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to ensure the labelling of processed food products includes the mention of genetically modified organisms where they are used.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research is being undertaken to investigate the effects of thiomersal in vaccines on children and links with autism.

      Campath

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if Campath has received approval from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence; what plans he has to increase its availability to NHS patients; and...

      Neo-natal Hearing Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will provide guidance to health service providers carrying out universal neo-natal hearing screening about the need to inform other...

      Strategic Review, Newcastle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to approve (a) the hospital regeneration project at the Royal Victoria infirmary site, Newcastle and (b) the new northern centre for...

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will issue his response to the review carried out by the UK national screening committee into the case for introducing a national neo-natal cystic...

      Routine Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to extend routine screening for middle-aged male patients; and if he will make a statement; (2) if he will list the diseases for...

      NHSnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when all GPs will be connected to NHSnet.

      Independent Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what additional help he intends to make available for independent hospices.

      Hospital Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times for operations in each of the hospital trusts in England and Wales are; and what the equivalent figures were in May 1997.

      Older People's Champions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance he has issued to older people's champions on the discharge of their responsibilities under the national service framework for older...

      MS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by the NHS on research into (a) the causes and (b) the treatment of MS in each of the last five years; what plans he has to...

      Care Home Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the costs of the first three months of a care home placement will be met; and what estimate has been made of these costs.

      Mental Health Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which parts of the White Paper on mental health reform, published in December 2000, are undergoing further review.

      Mental Health Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans the Government have to implement the proposals contained in the White Paper on mental health reform published in December 2000; and if he...

      Nursing Care (Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if it is his Department's policy to meet the full costs of nursing care for elderly people in nursing homes; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency will publish its annual business plan.

      Royal Hospital, Haslar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what undertaking has been given to review the decision to close the Royal Hospital, Haslar.

  • House of Lords

    • Fur Farmers: Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider making ex gratia payments to fur farmers entitled to compensation under the Fur Farming (Prohibition) Act 2000 in recognition of the...

    • Agriculture Council, 19 June 2001

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the outcome of the Agricultural Council held in Luxembourg on 19 June.

      Treaty of Nice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they anticipate that the enlargement process will be delayed as a result of the Irish referendum rejecting the Nice Treaty; and Whether they will consider...

      Council of the European Union: Forthcoming Business

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for July, and what are the major European Union events for the period between 31 July and...

      Additional Pension Recipients: Forecast

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will estimate, beginning with 2001, how many of those reaching state retirement age in each of the next five years will receive (a) income from SERPS;...

      Warrington: Benefit Recipients

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) How many pensioners in Warrington receive the £200 winter fuel payment; (b) how many pensioners over 75 in Warrington receive the free television licence;...

      Lone Parents in Work

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the target they have set themselves in the White Paper Towards Full Employment to raise to 70 per cent the proportion of lone parents in work includes...

      Ascension Island: Feral Cats

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 15 June 2000 (WA 207), what progress has been made with the Ascension Island feral cat programme;...

      Northern Ireland: Immigration Act Detainees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Immigration Act detainees have been and are still held together with convicted offenders in Northern Ireland or Scotland; if so, whether this contravenes...

      Pet Shops and Animal Rights Extremism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are aware of attacks made by animal rights extremists on pet shops; and whether they are willing to give advice to shopkeepers who may be targets.

      Assaults on Police Officers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many police officers were assaulted whilst on duty last year; and in how many of the cases custodial sentences were awarded.

      National Hi-Tech Crime Unit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the available posts within the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit have been filled; and whether they consider that recruitment to, and funding of, the unit...

      Sentencing Reform

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made on proposals for sentencing reform.

      Performance and Innovation Unit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What additional projects are planned for the Performance and Innovation Unit.

      Rail Systems: International Comparisons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What studies they have made of the engineering and operational performance of the Swiss railways, SNCF, and other national rail systems; what conclusions they have...

      London Underground and Directive 91/440

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they regard European Union Directive 91/440 on the development of railways as applicable to the London Underground railway.

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