Written answers

Monday, 9 July 2001

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Commonwealth Games 2002

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the Government's financial support for the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

    • Culture Online

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what has been the cost to public funds to date of developing Culture Online.

      National Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the proposals for (a) Pickett's Lock athletics stadium and (b) Wembley Stadium.

      Community Sports Stadiums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to expand community sports stadiums throughout the country.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to publish his timetable for the review of local government finance; and if he will make a statement.

    • Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what moneys have been allocated to Scotland from the Railway Development Fund.

      Electoral Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he intends to bring section 141 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 into force; how...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what responsibilities his Department has for the sale of the Millennium Dome and the regeneration of the Greenwich...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what responsibilities Lord Falconer has for the sale of the Millennium Dome and the regeneration of the Greenwich...

      Public-Private Performance Comparisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what methods his Department uses to make direct comparisons of improved performance in the public and private...

      Transport Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the outcome was of the Transport Council meeting held in Luxembourg on 27 to 28 June.

      Bus Deregulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact of deregulation on securing a comprehensive network of public bus services.

      A3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the traffic figures for the A3 between Robin Hood roundabout and Roehampton Lane for each of the last...

      A3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish the accident figures for the A3 between Robin Hood roundabout and Roehampton Lane for each of the...

      Kemble/Swindon Rail Track

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions his Department has had with Railtrack on the re-doubling of the track between Kemble and Swindon.

      East-West Rail Route

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to take forward the proposals in the Strategic Rail Authority's London East/West Study.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when guidance will be issued to local planning authorities on new consultations on the siting of mobile phone masts.

      Fire Brigade Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what methods are used by fire brigades to train those involved in decision making on arrival at an incident.

      Fire Brigade Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what advice his Department has given to fire brigades about using virtual reality in training.

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what consideration was given to bus and rail travel concessions for the disabled in Scotland and Wales when guidance...

      Housing (Slough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many permanent dwellings were completed in Slough by (a) private companies, (b) registered social landlords and...

      Positive Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 2 July 2001, Official Report, column 22W, on positive discrimination, if he will publish...

      A12 Bypass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much of the A12 bypass from Margaretting to Boreham has a concrete surface; and what plans there are to replace...

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many staff were employed by the Strategic Rail Authority at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Dvla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what appeal process is available to those who disagree with decisions by the DVLA to refuse driving licences.

      Driving Licences (Drugs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on which date it was decided that persistent misuse of drugs was a relevant disability in respect of revocation of...

      Driving Licences (Drugs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on what research the DVLA based its decision to revoke driving licences on the grounds of persistent drug misuse in...

      Driving Licences (Drugs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many driving licence applications were (a) refused and (b) withdrawn, on the grounds of misuse of drugs in each...

      Home Zone Challenge Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what arrangements have been made for local authorities to apply for funding from the home zone challenge fund.

      Local Authority Spending Formula

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the spending formula for local authorities in...

      Urban Capacity Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will conduct a review of urban capacity studies completed by local authorities to ensure that they comply with...

      Local Authority Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the average level of debt of local authorities in England and Wales is.

      Local Authority Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if she will list the local authorities in England and Wales which are debt-free.

  • International Development

    • Animal Conservation Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the support given by her Department to animal conservation schemes in each of the past four years.

  • House of Commons

    • Recycling

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what arrangements exist for (a) recycling and (b) re-using waste generated within the...

  • Health

    • Health Authority Borders (West Midlands)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria he will use when deciding the borders of new health authorities in the West Midlands; and if he will make a statement.

    • Mental Health Services (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the level of occupancy of all acute mental health units in London (a) in the last month for which figures are available and (b) in the same month...

      Care Home Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations he has received in connection with the implementation of standards 21.3 and 22.2 of the "National Minimum Standards for Care...

      Leigh NHS Walk-in Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have presented to the NHS walk-in Centre at Leigh Infirmary since it opened; and of these how many had to be referred on to a local...

      Foot and Mouth (Milk Products)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the safety of milk and milk products, with particular regard to the foot and mouth outbreak.

      Mental Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the proportion of total NHS spend used to provide mental health services in (a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01 and (c) 2001–02.

      Heart Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance has been issued to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to enable it to develop a clinical guideline on the investigation and...

      Complementary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals he has to extend the provision of complementary and alternative medicine, with particular reference to acupuncture, chiropractice,...

      National Cancer Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to monitor the delivery of the national cancer plan.

      NHS Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to (a) compile and (b) publish performance statistics for each consultant employed in NHS hospitals.

      Health Services (Dudley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the number of acute beds in the Dudley group of hospitals which are unavailable to incoming patients as a result of being...

      Health Services (Dudley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will investigate the care of medical patients on surgical wards in the Dudley group of hospitals.

      MMR Inoculations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to provide assistance to the recent study by the World Health Organisation into the effects of vaccines containing mercury used for MMR...

      Herbal Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in defining conditions for the safe use of traditional herbal products; and if he will make a statement.

      PFI Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if it is his policy that all NHS private finance initiative schemes should include transferring responsibility for the management of NHS ancillary staff...

      Health Authority Restructuring (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of the proposed health authority restructuring for Essex.

      Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what further staffing support he plans to provide to hospices.

      Christie Hospital NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the (a) total level of investment and (b) source of funding for the recent expansion of the Christie Hospital NHS Trust.

      Christie Hospital NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to visit the Christie Hospital NHS Trust in Manchester; and if he will make a statement.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department's research programme into the effects on health of mobile phone technology has been established.

      Disabled People (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are registered as disabled in the (a) Colchester, (b) North Essex, (c) Harwich and (d) Braintree constituencies.

      Student Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase the amount of money available to student nurses in receipt of a full bursary.

      Student Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of the bursary system on the recruitment and retention of student nurses.

      Student Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received to extend the availability of loans to student nurses in receipt of a full bursary.

      Student Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many student nurses were in receipt of a bursary in the (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2000–01 academic years; and how many of those have dropped out...

      Student Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on increasing the value of bursaries for student nurses.

      Nursing Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for each NHS region and trust the number of three month vacancy rates for nurses and expenditure on agency nurses, indicating both the...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will set out the timetable for considering the establishment of a fund to support the development of carers services under the Carers and...

      HSC 2000/28

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to assess the level of compliance with his guidance HSC 2000/28.

      Care Services (Older People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out the work programme of the National Workforce Development Board and its associated care group workforce teams; and if he will make a...

      Intensive Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many intensive care beds there are in England in (a) the NHS and (b) the private sector.

      Intensive Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients from private hospitals transferred to NHS intensive care beds in the last year for which figures are available.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he plans to introduce to reduce deaths caused by the mis-use of (a) painkillers and (b) anti- depressants.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in (a) identifying and (b) reducing the levels of (i) mis-use and (ii) over-use of neuroleptic drugs in residential homes for...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of those who use (a) heroin and (b) methadone under medical prescription who have died in each of the past...

      Allocation of Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what mechanism the formula for the allocation of resources between health authorities takes account of (a) transient populations and (b) numbers of...

      Parking Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much revenue was raised by NHS trusts for car parking charges in financial years (a) 1999 and (b) 2000.

      Bed Blocking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds were blocked in each NHS trust, in each of the last three years, by elderly patients waiting to be transferred to residential care; and if...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures he proposes to extend observance of human rights in (a) the Commonwealth and (b) elsewhere.

    • The hon. Member for Neath

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department received from the South African Government about the hon. Member for Neath (Peter Hain),...

      UK Tourists (Assistance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the average number of requests for assistance per year from UK tourists to local consular offices and their equivalents was...

      Embassies (Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost of running each of Her Majesty's embassies, broken down by (a) staff cost, (b) transport...

      "Rogue States"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of (a) the definition of "rogue state", (b) the states that can be so defined and (c)...

      Lord Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the role of Lord Levy on behalf of Her Majesty's Government, including to whom he is accountable,...

      United Nations Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals the Government have for reforming the structure of the UN.

      Plan Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the progress of Plan Colombia and of the United Kingdom's involvement.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the implementation of sanctions against Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Burmese Government about continuing violations of human rights being committed against...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he has discussed Burma with his predecessor.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings he has had since his appointment with representatives of the Indian Government; and if he will make a statement.

      Malaysia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the detention without trial in Malaysia under the Internal Security Act of 10 members of the...

  • Northern Ireland

    • James Alfred Cornhill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the outcome was of the investigation into the shooting of James Alfred Cornhill on 19 April 2000; and what views were expressed by the...

    • RUC (Complaints)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the outcome was of the investigation into complaints against the RUC made by David McCombe and Padraig McCracken.

      Police Weaponry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many police officers have attended overseas conferences and training events on use of less-than-lethal arms and weaponry in the past 12...

      Plastic Baton Rounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many claims have been submitted by police officers for injuries allegedly caused by faulty equipment associated with the discharge of...

      Shoot-to-kill Incidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what response he has made to rulings of the European Court of Human Rights on alleged shoot- to-kill incidents in Northern Ireland on 1 June.

      Robert Hamill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Royal Ulster Constabulary officers who were present at the scene of the death of Robert Hamill on 27 April 1997 (a) have since left and...

      Patten Reforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland by what means non-governmental organisations and victims' support groups may assist in monitoring implementation of the Patten reforms on policing.

      Criminal Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will publish a draft Criminal Justice Bill for Northern Ireland; and what steps he is taking to improve the record of the police service...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Auld Report

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when the Auld report will be published.

  • Trade and Industry

    • ATM Machines (Sub-post Offices)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations have been made by the Government to the Post Office about its proposal to charge a levy for the use of ATM machines in...

    • Employees Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the compatibility of the EU directive establishing a general framework for informing and consulting employees...

      Employees Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her estimate is of the cost to industry of implementing the EU directive establishing a framework for informing and consulting employees.

      Office of Science and Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the review of the Office of Science and Technology carried out in her Department includes an examination of the research councils.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the special advisers in her Department together with their date of appointment and their responsibilities; which of them are...

      Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent assessment she has made of the impact of regulation on UK productivity.

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to implement paid parental leave for parents with children aged five years or under.

      Rural Recovery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will reply to the letter of the hon. Member for Mid-Worcestershire of 7 May concerning the Rural Recovery Fund.

      Mirlees Blackstone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what instructions she has given to the Export Credits Guarantee Department in support of Mirlees Blackstone of Hazel Grove in their bid to...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what average compensation payment has been paid to former miners suffering from (a) vibration white finger and (b) respiratory diseases.

  • Wales

    • St. David's Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Minister of the Welsh Assembly concerning declaring St. David's day a bank holiday in Wales.

    • Regeneration Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the distribution of regeneration funds in Wales.

  • Defence

    • National Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the role of RAF Fylingdales in the missile defence system.

    • National Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the benefits to the United Kingdom of the missile defence system proposed by President Bush.

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with his United States counterparts concerning national missile defence.

      Aircraft Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many new aircraft his Department plans to procure for the RAF; and if he will make a statement.

      BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to which Governments he has made representations in the last six months on matters relating to future defence business in which BAE Systems has an interest.

      Bowman Communications System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the award of the Bowman contract.

      Suez (Medals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations he has received about awarding a service medal to those who guarded the Suez Canal Zone in the 1950s.

      European Defence Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the European Defence Force will have a planning capability separate from NATO.

      European Defence Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what advice he has received from his senior military advisers about the likely effectiveness of the proposed European defence force.

      A400m

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the A400M.

      Service Strengths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects each of the three services to reach their full manning strength.

      Defence Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress he is making in recruiting medical and nursing staff into the defence medical services.

      Discrimination (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made by his Department in setting compensation claims for those service men and women discriminated against on the basis of their...

      Type 45 Destroyer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on progress on the type 45 programme.

      Ship Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many ships his Department plans to procure for the Royal Navy; and if he will make a statement.

      Macedonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his NATO counterparts on Macedonia.

      Army Training Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to provide more UK-based training facilities for the Army.

      Army Deployments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the five largest deployments of British forces abroad.

      Personnel Shortfalls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the shortfall of service men in (a) the Army, (b) the Marines, (c) the Royal Navy and (d) the RAF; and to what extent the...

      HMS Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what instructions were given to the official stenographer relating to amending evidence given by witnesses at the inquiry into the sinking of HMS...

      Stun Grenades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the international code is for identification of the country of origin on munitions, with particular reference to stun grenades.

      Fertility Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proposals he has to extend fertility treatment to service personnel and their families.

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of his Department's report on bullying published in 1973–74 and on infantry bullying of young recruits...

      Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assistance has been (a) asked for and (b) given to the US Government in transferring US personnel from Bad Aibling to Menwith Hill; and if he will...

      Tanker Replacement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the engines which will power the rival bids on the tanker replacement programme.

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) civilian and (b) military personnel were employed by DARA at RAF St. Athan on 1 July.

      MOD Housing (Gosport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) acquisitions and (b) disposals of MOD housing are (i) in hand and (ii) planned in the Gosport constituency.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many additional claims for the Minimum Income Guarantee (a) have been received, (b) have been processed and (c) were successful as a result...

    • Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the timetable is for publishing the results of the quantative tracking research on pensioners' awareness of the Minimum Income Guarantee;...

      Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners have become newly entitled to the Minimum Income Guarantee in each year since 1997 as a result of (a) benefit increases,...

      Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons people who have responded to the Minimum Income Guarantee take-up campaign have had their claims refused, indicating the...

      Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) single and (b) married pensioners who have made a successful claim to the Minimum Income Guarantee as a result of the take-up...

      Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) letters have been sent out, (b) telephone calls have been made to the MIG claim line, (c) postal packs have been sent out, (d)...

      Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the number of elderly people entitled to the Minimum Income Guarantee but not claiming it; and if he will make a...

      Statistics and Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the publication dates of statistics and reports due to be released by his Department and the agencies under his Department in...

      International Labour Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the effect on his Department's policies of the creation of a new world commission on the social dimension of...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if a non-resident parent's responsibility to support a child will end if that child is adopted under the child support system to be introduced...

      Retirement Pension (Payday Regulations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate has been made of the savings to public funds from the retirement pension payday regulations contained in section 5 of the...

      Benefit Entitlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to require people to have their name on the electoral register as a requirement for receipt of benefit.

      Departmental Website (Search Facility)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to offer a search facility on the Department for Work and Pensions website in addition to the link to UK Online.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will provide tables similar to those in the Annex to the consultation paper on the Pension Credit (Cm 4900), showing how the scheme would...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he proposes to take to achieve the aim, set out on page 24 of the consultation paper on the Pension Credit (Cm 4900), that...

      New Deal for Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the progress of the New Deal for Lone Parents in Coventry.

      New Deal for Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the evaluation of the New Deal for Lone Parents will be published.

      Serps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have contracted back into SERPS from contracted-out money purchase pension schemes and approved personal pensions in each of...

      Interpreting Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on the provision of interpreting services at Jobcentres and social security offices.

      Stakeholder Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if life insurance cover may be included in the minimum contribution level needed for a group personal pension to be accepted as an alternative...

      Stakeholder Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research his Department is undertaking to assess the income levels of people who invest in stakeholder pensions.

      Stakeholder Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions are taking place between the Government and Opra to ensure there is a clear set of guidelines by which to determine which...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Car Boot Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is of the number of arable farms which benefit from income from car boot sales; and if she will make a...

    • Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the impact on energy use of providing home buyers with tailored energy efficiency advice on properties.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what is the average interval between application and granting of moneys for the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (a) in total,...

      Plutonium MOX Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the text of the letter sent to the hon. Member for Blaenau Gwent, dated 11 May, concerning the remit of...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions her Department has had with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport regarding help for businesses that...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria she has published for the re-opening of public footpaths following the foot and mouth outbreak.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the advice her Department is offering to local authorities on the re-opening of footpaths...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when and by what means the Government announced its intention to hold an inquiry into foot and mouth disease; if she will...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the Government's plans to hold an independent public inquiry into the foot and mouth crisis.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to allow an independent audit of the official foot and mouth statistics.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what changes there have been for official statistical purposes to the definition of foot and mouth carcase disposal since 20...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date the Government defined the foot and mouth outbreak as an epidemic.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information the Government have received from studies of the genetic fingerprint of the virus responsible for the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what scientific advice the Government have received on the type and the overseas geographical source of the viruses...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the duties of EU member state Governments in respect of information and instructions received...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the number of (a) calves, (b) lambs and (c) piglets that have been included in the foot and...

      Farm Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the terms of reference for the proposed independent commission on farming and food will include improvements in farm...

      Potato Harvest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations (a) she and (b) her predecessor received about extending the date limit on harvesting potatoes on...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many submissions were made to the consultation on the UK Fuel Poverty Strategy; how many of these responses recommended...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when preparations began (1) for the transfer of responsibility for environmental sustainability to the new Department for...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the role of rural advocate will change because of the creation of her Department.

      Quangos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the number of quangos previously overseen by the former Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the former...

      Tractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what limit was agreed by the EU Employment and Social Policy Council on tractor use and the length of the transition period.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the division of responsibility for tourism between her Department and the Department for...

      Food Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the division of responsibility for food and food safety between her Department, other...

      Agriculture Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which Minister in her Department will in normal circumstances attend meetings of the Agriculture Council.

      Fishmeal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the restrictions in the use of fishmeal in animal feed.

      South African Meat Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) value and (b) volume of meat products exported from South Africa to the United Kingdom was in each (i) year and...

      Fox Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what effect the cessation of fox hunting with dogs as the result of foot and mouth disease has had on the total number of foxes.

      Petrol Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received calling for the introduction of third party monitoring of wetstock at petrol retailers.

      Petrol Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what initiatives are being undertaken to ensure that petrol retail site managers are fully trained to assess wetstock risks.

      Mobile Telephone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice she gives to local authorities in relation to planning applications for mobile telephone masts; what research her...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to clean the roof of the dome; and if she will make a statement.

      Vitamins and Minerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the work of the ad hoc expert advisory group on vitamins and minerals.

      Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will provide a detailed list of the responsibilities of the Ministers in her Department.

  • Education and Skills

    • Trainee Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what is the drop out rate for teacher training courses for (a) PGCE and (b) BEd courses (i) for each institution and (ii) for each year...

    • Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students dropped out of university courses in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000 and (e) 2001.

      SSAs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average annual standard spending assessment is for each (a) primary school and (b) secondary school pupil in England; what the...

      Vice-chancellors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to scrutinise the effectiveness of vice-chancellors.

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the anticipated revenue is from tuition fees in England and Wales for each of the years 2002–03 to 2006–07; and if she will...

      School Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment has been made of the need to build (a) new primary and (b) new secondary schools in the West Chelmsford parliamentary...

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the effectiveness of equal opportunities policies for all staff in higher education institutions.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the notional national pay scales for (a) lecturers and (b) administrative and support staff in the further...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many colleges have not implemented the full awards of the notional national scale; and if she will make a statement.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many unfilled vacancies there are in the further education sector for lecturer posts; and how many there were in (a) 2000, (b) 1997 and...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time (i) lecturers and (ii) administrative and support staff were employed in the further education...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the further education colleges that have (a) implemented and (b) failed to implement the nationally recommended pay...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans the Government have to restore college lecturers' pay levels to parity with the teaching profession.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many unfilled further education lecturer posts there were in each of the last 10 years.

      School Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the availability and accessibility of drinking water for pupils in schools; what plans she has to introduce...

      School Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the impact of dehydration on pupils' concentration, learning behaviour and educational performance; and if...

      Contract Lecturers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if Silver Book contract lecturers in further education are eligible for payments under the Teachers' Pay Initiative.

      Teacher Training Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of the Teacher Training Agency budget was spent in (a) the northern region and (b) Stockton in the last financial year.

      Blenheim High School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the impact of the withdrawal of capital funds for the completion of Blenheim high school in Epsom and Ewell...

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the future of funding for school sixth forms following the introduction of learning and skills councils.

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of national spending on teachers' remuneration was spent on supply teachers in the last year for which figures are available.

      "Schools — Building on Success"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what meetings have been held with outside bodies to discuss the Green Paper 'Schools—Building on Success'.

      "Schools — Building on Success"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to allow private sector companies to recruit and manage teaching staff in schools which are deemed to be (a) successful...

      "Schools — Building on Success"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the meetings (a) she and (b) other ministers in her Department have had with representative bodies and others to discuss...

      "Schools — Building on Success"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations she has received in respect of the Green Paper, 'Schools—Building on Success'.

      Teachers (Stoke-on-Trent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers were employed in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Stoke-on- Trent in each year since 1997.

      Infant School Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many appeals were made to local education authorities in respect of infant places in schools for children in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c)...

      Teachers' Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the budget is in their first year of operation for teachers' threshold payments; and how much has been spent on the preparation and...

      Teachers' Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations she has received in respect of the legality of departmental regulations allowing school governors to use teacher...

      Teachers' Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she will take to make regulations allowing governors to use teacher appraisal results to set pay levels.

      Vulnerable Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures (a) have been and (b) will be introduced to make the mapping and tracking of vulnerable young people not in education,...

      School Achievement Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the scheme for school achievement awards was devised; and what consultation took place before its introduction.

      School Achievement Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the criteria for the allocation of school achievement awards were announced; and if he will publish them.

      School Achievement Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools received school achievement awards; and for what reasons schools received two separate allocations under the school...

      Vocational A-Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2001, Official Report, column 442W, how units in the vocational A-Level course are graded; and what are...

      General Teaching Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the answer of 26 April 2001, Official Report, column 364W, what is the value of the standard rate which is paid by the General...

      General Teaching Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers had not paid the General Teaching Council fee by 15 June 2001.

      General Teaching Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what nominations the General Teaching Council has received for the election to the position of chairman.

      General Teaching Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the answer on 26 April 2001, Official Report, column 364W, when the chief executive of the General Teaching Council will write...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the answer of 26 April 2001, Official Report, column 363W, what financial penalties are levied on schools for non-compliance...

      Adult Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the findings of the OECD report, "Education at a Glance", in respect of UK adult literacy rates.

      School Teachers Review Body

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list (a) each review that the STRB has been asked to conduct in the last year and (b) each matter that STRB has been asked to...

      Initial Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list each institution which offers an ITT course, indicating for each (a) how many students are on an ITT course and (b) how...

      Trainee Teachers (Tests)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total cost is of introducing the teacher trainee tests.

      Trainee Teachers (Tests)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers who completed their trainee skills tests last year and are now in their induction year in schools have (a) not passed the...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations she has received on the modularisation of GCSEs.

      School Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to introduce 10-yearly inspections for successful schools.

  • Treasury

    • Construction Industry Training Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to introduce a tax through the Construction Industry Training Board; and if he will make a statement.

    • Crime Prevention Devices (VAT)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the fiscal impact of lifting VAT on security and crime prevention devices and equipment.

      Economic Stability

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what forecast he has made of future economic stability; and what contingency plans he has made for changes to his economic policy in the event of a serious...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy not to increase VAT rates during this Parliament.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to compensate the National Insurance Fund for the loss of contribution income from employers resulting from the introduction of (a) the...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by how much the National Insurance Fund balance at the end of the year 2000–01 exceeded the minimum level recommended by the Government Actuary.

      Drug Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths were attributable to the use of (a) paracetamol, (b) dothiepin, (c) co-proxamol, (d) all antidepressants and (e) ecstasy in each of the past...

      Telecoms Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of revenues telecoms companies in the UK paid in tax and licence fees in 1997; and what proportion they pay in the current year.

      Child Care Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on the child care tax credit during 2000–01; how many families received it; what the average amount was per family; and what his...

      Corporate Bribes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department has taken to ensure that British companies spending money on corrupt practices overseas are not able to claim such expenditure as...

      Transparency International Corruption Index

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the change in ranking of the UK in the Transparency International Corruption Index; and if he will (a) make a statement on...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Public Opinion Research

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much revenue has been raised by projects undertaken by the People's Panel for clients other than his own Department for each financial year for which the...

    • Public Opinion Research

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister by what process he ensures that other Departments follow Cabinet Office guidelines on publication of research into public opinion and attitudes; and if he will...

      Departmental Responsibility (Regions)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the recent division of regional responsibilities between different Departments.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent assessment his Department has made of the scale of rough sleeping and homelessness among older people; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average cost of obtaining an antisocial behaviour order is; (2) what the cost of unsuccessful antisocial behaviour order...

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the recent report from the Metropolitan Police Public Order Unit about the difficulties of obtaining...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) antisocial behaviour orders and (b) antisocial behaviour contracts have been issued.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been successfully applied for in each of the local authorities in Greater Manchester.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evaluation has been made of the effectiveness and ease of implementation of antisocial behaviour (a) contracts and (b) orders; and what...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how often antisocial behaviour orders have been used; and what assessment has been made of their effectiveness.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued since the relevant provisions of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into effect in...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in respect of (a) juveniles and (b) adults; and if he will make a statement.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress he is making into the investigation concerning the (a) Landmark and (b) Inn on the Park in Liverpool in respect of asylum...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers, broken down by nationality, are being held in prison.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers held in prisons have applied for bail; and how many such bail applications have been successful.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have been held in prison since the policy was introduced; how many asylum seekers have been deported from prison; how...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the average time taken between the receipt of (a) an asylum appeal and (b) an immigration appeal to the Independent Appellate...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the number of occasions on which action has been taken against NASS-contracted landlords in respect of the provision of...

      James Ashley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the Police Complaints Authority to produce its report into the fatal shooting of James Ashley; and to whom the report will be...

      Oldham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the principal recommendations were of the 1993 report of the Commission for Racial Equality on the housing policies and practice pursued...

      Avon and Somerset Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in the Avon and Somerset police force for each reporting period since 1980; what forecasts he has made...

      Drunkenness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list in descending order the greatest percentage change in the number of offences of drunkenness from 1990 to 1999 in each...

      Rural Police Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recruits to the North Yorkshire police will be made possible by the Rural Police Grant; how long the Rural Police Grant will be in...

      Mentor Financial Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the Chief Constable of Northumberland on the progress of the investigation into Mentor Financial...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many juveniles aged 15 and 16 years have been remanded (a) in adult prisons and (b) in total in each of the last 10 years; and what has...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many secure unit places for juvenile offenders there are in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what private sector criminal justice initiatives his Department supports for (a) juvenile offenders and (b) young offenders; and if he will...

      Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on preparations for Holocaust Memorial Day 2002.

      Oakington Reception Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of new asylum seekers, by nationality, were sent to Oakington Reception Centre in the last three months for...

      Oakington Reception Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of asylum seekers sent to Oakington Reception Centre have had their case dismissed, broken down by nationality; and if he...

      Immigration Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his plans to reform immigration legislation.

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate (Country Assessments)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what updates to Immigration and Nationality Directorate country assessments have been made in the last six months; and if he will make a...

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate (Country Assessments)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the Immigration and Nationality Directorate has published a country assessment of Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.

      Neighbourhood Watch

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost is of supporting Neighbourhood Watch schemes in (a) Lancashire and (b) the South Ribble constituency.

      Neighbourhood Watch

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what restrictions exist on making the name and address of Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators available to hon. Members.

      Neighbourhood Watch

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Neighbourhood Watch schemes exist in (a) Lancashire and (b) the South Ribble constituency.

      Police Numbers (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average number of police officers per 10,000 population was in (a) England and (b) Essex on (i) 1 May 1997 and (ii) the latest date...

      Police Numbers (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) funded and (b) actual police officers there were in the Essex constabulary on (i) 1 May 1997 and (ii) the latest date for which...

      Doctors (Heroin Prescriptions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what instructions his Department has given to police forces in the past four years concerning approaches to doctors licensed to prescribe heroin.

      Drug Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the percentage of the population who have used (a) cannabis, (b) cocaine, (c) amphetamines, (d) ecstasy and (e) heroin...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to abolish the criteria of fitness for operational duty as a condition of serving in the police force.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will implement Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary's recommendation to combine the recruitment and retention functions of the...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to promote redeployment into civilian roles within the police force, for those no longer fit for operational duty.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people retired from the police force in 2000 (a) in total, (b) on medical grounds and (c) on medical grounds with an injury award.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals he has to tighten the criteria for injury awards for those taking early retirement from the police force on medical grounds.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces apply the criterion that recruits may not have more than a three millimetre gap between their front teeth; and what plans...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to review the practice of senior policemen being suspended on full pay pending investigation for misdemeanour.

      Quantum Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department has spent so far on the Quantum project; and what benefits it has produced in terms of providing (a) updated...

      Cricket Match Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will introduce legislation to make it an offence for members of the crowd at (a) international cricket matches and (b) other...

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recourse is available to men who have been (a) acquitted of rape charges and (b) charged with rape but the charges were later withdrawn,...

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many men charged with rape were subsequently (a) acquitted and (b) had charges withdrawn in each of the last 10 years for which figures...

      Parenting Classes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the projects that his Department is funding in the current financial year that (a) provide parenting classes for adults and...

      Life Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions took place for offences carrying a potential life sentence in each year since 1974; how many resulted in conviction;...

      Mediation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support has been given by his Department to Mediation UK in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement about...

      Charity and Voluntary Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the review of charity and voluntary sector policy.

      Air Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were recorded involving the use of an air weapon in each year from 1997.

      Electoral Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations his Department has received since 1997 in favour of permitting citizens of other EU member states to vote in general...

      Royal Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of royal travel by (a) the Royal Flight, (b) the Royal Train and (c) commercial airlines in the last year before the...

  • President of the Council

    • People's Peers

      To ask the President of the Council when the House of Lords Appointments Commission intends to launch its regional road shows to attract applications from aspiring people's peers

  • House of Lords

    • Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will hold an inquiry similar to the Northumberland Committee to establish the full facts relating to the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease in...

    • Council of Europe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What priority they accord to the work of the Council of Europe in the wider European context.

      Council of Europe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What priority they accord to the work of the Council of Europe given their policy of "zero growth" in the Council's budget; and what is their rationale for...

      European Political Parties: Proposed Council Regulation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is a legal basis under the Treaty on the European Union for the proposals for a Council regulation on the statute and financing of the European...

      European Political Parties: Proposed Council Regulation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the proposal for a Council regulation on the statute and financing of European Political Parties (COM (2000) 898-C5-0081/2001) is compatible with the...

      Personal Pension Contribution Statistics

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will estimate the numbers of personal pension policy holders who do not contribute the full contribution permitted by Inland Revenue rules in each of...

      Stakeholder Pensions: Cost of Tax Relief

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What increase in the level of tax relief they expect in 2001-02 arising from the introduction of the stakeholder pension.

      Life Assurance Industry Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the advisers to the Ron Sandler Review on the life assurance industry have been appointed; and whether their names will be made public.

      Turkey: Economic Reforms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much financial help has been provided to Turkey by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and related agencies since 1 January 2000; whether the IMF believes...

      Pakistani Asylum Applicants: Medical Foundation Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the recommendations made by the Medical Foundation in its report on Pakistani asylum applicants who claimed to be victims of torture.

      Undetermined Asylum Applications 1995-98

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will estimate the number of persons who claimed asylum before 1 July 1995 and 1 July 1998 respectively and who have not yet had decisions on their...

      Tobacco Advertising and Promotion: Ban

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to introduce a Bill on the advertising of tobacco products.

      Doctors and Nurses: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the extra 20,000 nurses and 10,000 doctors that they propose to attract to the National Health Service they estimate will be trained in the United...

      Air Pollutants: Research

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have for further research on the issue of the long-term effects of air pollutant exposure in the United Kingdom in view of recent press coverage of...

      Air Pollutants: Research

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to fund new research on the effects of air pollutant exposure within the home, given that particle levels within the home are typically higher...

      Type 2 Diabetes: Early Identification

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will establish national targeted programmes to identify Type 2 diabetes early.

      Asperger's Syndrome: Diagnosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of adults with Asperger's Syndrome are not diagnosed until beyond 16 years of age.

      Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Community Care Assessment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their latest information on the number of adults with an autism spectrum disorder who have had a community care assessment.

      NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency: Annual Business Plan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency will publish its annual business plan.

      Coal Mine Methane: Utilisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will classify coal mine methane (CMM) as green in status where it can be captured and removed as a waste gas by making it a source of energy.

      Commonwealth Games: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the adequacy of funding for next year's Commonwealth Games; what representations they have received about funding of the games;...

      UNHCR: UK Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evaluation they have made of the nature and scale of worldwide need to which the United Nations High Commission for Refugees should be responding; and what...

      Freedom of Information Act: Implementation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 19 April (WA 138), what are the reasons preventing them from bringing the Freedom of Information Act...

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