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Written answers

Tuesday, 10 July 2001

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Local Authority Boundaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received proposing local authority boundary changes in Merseyside; and if he will make a...

    • Harbourside, Tewkesbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what factors underlay his Department's inspector's recent decision to allow an appeal to build eight houses at...

      North Circular Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects the North Circular Road improvement programme to be completed; and if he will make a statement.

      Fuel Duty Rebate System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the impact of the rules which apply to bus and coach operators over the payment of...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans his Department has to introduce new target rents for newly built or procured properties on first lettings;...

      Departmental Staff Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many staff from his Department and its predecessor were seconded to private sector companies in (a) May 1999 to...

      Informal Public Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 4 July 2001, Official Report, columns 158–59W, what his definition is of "surplus to...

      Speed Limit (Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he plans to introduce a statutory 20 mph speed limit outside schools.

      Passenger Capacity (Commercial Airlines)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to introduce legislation to regulate the passenger seating capacity of commercial airlines.

      Departmental Title Change Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his estimate is of the total cost of (a) design, (b) stationery, (c) new name plaques and (d) other costs of the...

      Landlord and Tenants Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many applications to challenge landlords' choice of insurers under paragraph 8 of the schedule to the Landlord...

      Travel Concessions (Solent Ferries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if pensioners will be able to use the long distance travel concessions announced on 4 July on cross-Solent ferries.

      Disability Discrimination Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to extend the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to place a duty on transport operators to allow...

      Assistance Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if he will list the airports which have facilities to process assistance animals travelling on passports for...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the recent division of regional responsibilities between different Government Departments.

  • Health

    • Residential and Nursing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residential care and nursing (a) homes and (b) places he estimates there will be in (i) 2002, (ii) 2003 and (iii) 2004.

    • Mental Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how the cumulative additional investment on mental health care over three years from 1999 has been allocated (a) for each year, (b) between health...

      Mental Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list, by name of report and health authority, the independent inquiries into mental health services established under HSG (94) 27 which have...

      Mental Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list by name of subject and health authority the independent inquiries into mental health services established under HSG (94) 27 which are...

      London NHS Housing Co-ordinator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out the principal duties of the London NHS housing co-ordinator; and what targets have been set and what resources have been allocated to...

      Overseas Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Woodspring, (Dr. Fox) of 25 June 2001, Official Report, column 26W, on overseas nurses, what the nature of...

      Walk-in Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many expressions of interest his Department has received about introducing NHS walk-in centres.

      Ashworth Special Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the costs of providing additional security measures at Ashworth special hospital which arose out of the Fallon inquiry and the...

      Ashworth Special Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much it cost to erect a new security fence at Ashworth special hospital; and if he will make a statement.

      Ashworth Special Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what resources have been allocated for additional security measures at Ashworth special hospital arising out of the Tilt report; and if he will make a...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many lives were lost in NHS hospitals as a result of MRSA in each of the last 12 years.

      Hospital Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what circumstances hospitals with individual trusts but combined clinical services may apply for teaching services.

      Clinical Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce proposals to reform the clinical negligence system.

      Head Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will respond to the Health Committee's report, "Head Injury: Rehabilitation" (HC307 Session 2000–2001).

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what is the cost, per month, for each of the last six months, of the Millennium Dome to (a) the Millennium Commission, (b) Government...

    • Millennium Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the opening date of the Millennium Bridge.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on compensation for self-employed tour guides affected by foot and mouth restrictions.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she last met representatives of the British Hospitality Association to discuss the impact of foot and mouth on tourism.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the impact of the foot and mouth crisis on the hotel and tourism industry on the Isle of Wight.

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on standards of service in public libraries.

      Film Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many representatives of the Film Council attended the latest Cannes Film Festival; at what costs to public funds; and how many new...

      Diary Appointments (Cancellations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many diary appointments for the Secretary of State were cancelled on her taking office.

      Digital Terrestrial Television

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

      S4C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the subsidy to S4C was (a) in total and (b) per viewer in the last year.

      Religious Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will undertake a review into the quality and content of religious broadcasting on (a) terrestrial and (b) satellite television.

      TV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make it her policy to provide free television licences to all old age pensioners.

      TV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the timetable is for the introduction of new proposals on concessionary television licences; and if she will make a statement.

      School Sport Co-ordinators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her answer of 2 July 2001, Official Report, columns 73–77W, what measures she has taken to monitor the effectiveness...

      World Athletics Championships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what recent discussions she has had with the International Amateur Athletic Federation regarding London's ability to host the 2005...

      Tennis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to expand indoor tennis coaching facilities throughout the country.

      Space for Sport and Art Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what public funds are allocated for the Space for Sport and Art Programme; how much has been spent on this programme to date; and on...

      Sports Facilities (Audit)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if her Department has completed the audit of UK sports facilities; and if she will make a statement.

  • International Development

    • Commonwealth Development Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with representatives from the Commonwealth Development Corporation regarding the adoption of OECD...

    • Commonwealth Development Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the least developed countries that have been targeted for investment by the CDC in each of the last three years; and...

      Montserrat

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made in providing sporting facilities in Montserrat.

  • Prime Minister

    • Cabinet Committees

      To ask the Prime Minister what is the membership of each Cabinet Committee.

    • Millennium Dome

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the responsibilities of each Department of State in relation to the Dome.

      Incineration

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral answer to the hon. Member for Lewes of 4 July 2001, Official Report, column 256, on what evidence he bases his statement that incineration is a...

      Public Services

      To ask the Prime Minister which teacher trade union representatives were invited to participate in recent discussions on the future of public services held at No. 10 Downing street.

  • Northern Ireland

  • Education and Skills

    • Senior Salaries Review Body

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will publish the evidence submitted by her Department to the SSRB on returner bonus payments for teachers.

    • Value-added League Tables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will publish details of the basis of calculation for value-added league tables for the academic year 2001–02.

      Private Sector Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the local education authorities where private sector consultants have been appointed to investigate the management and...

      Further Education Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills of those students successfully completing a (a) BEd. and (b) teacher training course, how many found employment in (i) schools and (ii) the...

      Further Education Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the problems of recruitment and retention of lecturers in the further education sector; and what action she...

      Further Education (Dorset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how the Government's commitment to increase the level of funding for the lowest-funded school sixth forms will be applied by the Learning...

      Further Education (Dorset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will take steps to increase the level of funding for post-16 school education in the (a) Poole and (b) Dorset local education authorities.

      Teachers' Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers from (a) Hampshire, (b) Southampton, (c) Portsmouth and (d) the Isle of Wight local education authorities received...

      Teachers' Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what range of payments is available to returning teachers as returner bonus payments; (2) what criteria are to be used for assessing...

      Connexions Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many advisers have been employed for the Connexions Service; and how many vacancies remain.

      Education Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance her Department has given to local authorities on the role of external members of education committees in authorities with a...

      Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance her Department gave to the QCA on the new Art A-level and AS-level syllabuses.

      Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list those who were consulted prior to the determination of the new Art A-level and AS-level syllabuses.

      Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make public the remit letter of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority inquiry into AS-level examinations.

      Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many A-level exam scripts were returned to schools for checking following publication of the results for the academic year...

      Graduate Teacher Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what changes have been made to the Graduate Teacher Programme since 18 January.

      School Inspection Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will publish the evidence submitted by her Department to Ofsted for its review of the inspection regime.

      Departmental Awayday

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which Ministers and officials attended her Department's Awayday meeting; where the meeting was held; and what the cost of the meeting was.

      Classroom Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average classroom size of state schools is within the Greater London area.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Ilisu Dam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent consultations she has had with the Turkish Government about the building of the Ilisu Dam.

    • Universal Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans the Government have to ensure that customers of banks and building societies which are not participating members of the Universal...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total of (a) premiums received and (b) claims paid by the Export Credits Guarantee Department was in each business area in each of...

      Yorkshire and Humber Region (Exports)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the overall value of exports was from the Yorkshire and Humber region in each of the last five years to (a) Europe and (b) the USA; and...

      Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she proposes to review the need for statutory action in respect of age discrimination in employment.

      Small Business Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what operational targets she has set for the Small Business Service for 2001–02.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will decide which Regional Development Agency chairs and board members are being reappointed.

      Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what support her Department is giving to EMDA's involvement in regeneration in Warsop and Warsop Vale.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the Post Office on maintenance of rural deliveries in areas of foot and mouth disease.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many premises in Cumbria are not receiving a postal service to the door because of foot and mouth disease.

      International Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what notice her Department has received of alleged breaches of (a) UK sovereignty and (b) international law in areas covered by her Department...

      Planning Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations her Department has received in the last 12 months concerning reform of planning laws affecting business.

  • Home Department

    • Police Helmets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about his Department's plans to redesign police helmets; and what criteria he proposes to use to decide on the...

    • Helicopter Accident, Leicestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the coroner's inquest into those who died in the Lynx helicopter crash near Tilton on the Hill, Leicestershire on 17 May 1999 will be...

      Oldham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what remarks were made concerning Oldham in the UK periodic report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Racial...

      Oldham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what further measures he plans to take to promote improved community relations in Oldham.

      Oldham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of progress in eliminating racial discrimination in Oldham.

      Prisoners (Conditions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much time was spent unlocked in (a) male local prisons, (b) male closed training prisons, (c) male young offender institutions, (d)...

      Prisoners (Conditions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were (a) employed in industrial workshops and (b) employed in agriculture and horticulture, in (i) 1996–97, (ii)...

      Prisoners (Conditions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total number of hours of educational study was in (a) male local prisons, (b) male open prisons, (c) male closed training prisons,...

      Criminal Case Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicted prisoners have asked for a review of their cases on the basis of re-examination of evidential material for DNA proof; what...

      Prison Sentences (Women)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women have been sentenced to imprisonment for murder by courts in England and Wales during the last 12 months.

      Prison Sentences (Women)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women have been sentenced to imprisonment by courts in England and Wales during the last 12 months for abuse of children.

      Prison Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the prison population was in each year from 1989 to 2000 inclusive; what the expected totals are for 2001 to 2005; and what percentage...

      Prison Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the UK prison population is expressed as a number per 100,000 population; and what the latest figures are for other Council of Europe...

      Drug Treatment and Testing Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his assessment is of the efficacy of drug treatment and testing orders in (a) reducing drug consumption and (b) reducing participation...

      Drug Treatment and Testing Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his assessment is of the continuing effects of the drug treatment and testing orders pilot scheme undertaken in Croydon, Liverpool and...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicted offenders are being held in each young offenders institution, broken down by (a) average age, (b) average length of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on illegal settlements in the occupied territories.

    • Nice Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings he has had with ministerial counterparts from the Republic of Ireland to discuss the Nice treaty; and if he will...

      Nice Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Irish counterpart regarding the treaty of Nice.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will meet representatives of the Government of Sri Lanka to discuss human rights issues and the state's policy towards...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress in the peace negotiations in Sri Lanka.

      Jews (Iran)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the treatment of imprisoned Jews in Iran.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will meet the Foreign Minister of Israel to discuss bilateral trade and the peace process; and if he will make a statement.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about discussions which took place during the recent visit to the United Kingdom by the Prime...

      Death Penalty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his policy on campaigning internationally against the death penalty.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the political situation in Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent visit of Commonwealth Ministers to Zimbabwe.

      Kyoto Protocol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to press for international implementation of the Kyoto protocols.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Her Majesty's Government's policy on Gibraltar.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Nepalese Government.

      Peru

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Her Majesty's Government's relations with Peru.

      World Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the work of the BBC World Service.

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the prospects of self-determination for the people of Kashmir.

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in allowing human rights monitors to enter Indian-occupied Kashmir.

      Macedonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to meet with President Boris Trajkovski to discuss the situation in Macedonia.

      European Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his priorities for the European Council meetings in the coming year.

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on bilateral relations with Kenya.

      European Parliaments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals he has to strengthen relations between Parliaments in Europe.

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Western Sahara.

      UN Commission on Human Rights (Voting Records)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the recorded outcome of the vote was, how his vote was cast, and which other states voted with him at the UN Commission on...

      EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will respond to the Foreign Affairs Committee's Fifth Report of Session 2000–01: European Union Enlargement and...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been received from the Government of the Russian Federation concerning Her Majesty's Government's...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library copies of the recent proposals by Her Majesty's Government to the Security Council of the United...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent decision by the United Nations Security Council to delay a decision on sanctions...

      Nuclear Material (Russia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last reviewed the aid budget allocated to assist the former Soviet Union with a programme to contain then reduce the...

      Nuclear Material (Russia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met his Russian counterparts to agree a programme for disbursing aid to assist in containing and reducing hazards...

      Nuclear Material (Russia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) the extent of the hazards of deteriorating nuclear material (i) in the Kola Peninsula and...

      Nuclear Material (Russia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Government policy on pledging support to the Russian Federation Military Plutonium Disposition...

      Amnesty International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action his Department is taking to assist Amnesty International in securing the release of (a) U Ohn Maung, (b) U Sein Hla...

      Family Visit Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will provide a breakdown, by entry clearance post, of the number of family visit visa applications (a) received, (b)...

      Family Visit Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will provide a breakdown, by entry clearance post, of the number of family visit visa refusals in relation to which (a) an...

      The Balkans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the situation in the Balkans.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Horticultural Research Site (Efford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the future of the horticultural research site at Efford near Lymington.

    • Horticultural Research Site (Efford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what genetically- modified crops are being grown at the horticultural research establishment at Efford near Lymington.

      Whaling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress with international agreements on whaling.

      Artificial Reef Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will announce a decision on the artificial reef project off Whitsand Bay.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many CAP grants were paid directly into foreign banks in each year from 1997 to date; and how much money was paid in each...

      Beef (Special Premium Claims)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the European Commission's proposals to (a) reduce the UK national ceiling for beef special...

      Over-30-months Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will reintroduce in areas which have been declared provisionally free of foot and mouth disease the over-30- months...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if energy suppliers can meet energy efficiency targets set under the Energy Efficiency Commitment scheme by expansion of the...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to set higher targets for recycling.

      Young Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what efforts are being made to encourage young farmers in the agricultural industry, with particular reference to family and...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to reply to the letter to her predecessor from the right hon. Member for Berkwick-upon-Tweed dated 8...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letters regarding Mr. Stephen Dorey of Norton Disney of 25 May and 12 and 18 June.

      Intervention Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many administrative staff were employed by the Intervention Board in each of the last 10 years.

      Light Lambs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the need for (a) a light lamb disposal scheme and (b) a light lamb storage scheme.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations have been made by the farming community as to the use of foreign vets in efforts to eradicate the foot...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the possibility of foot and mouth disease being spread as a result of burning as...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action will be taken against the officer in Monmouthshire who attempted to shoot sheep in a field at long range.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the need to protect hill flocks; and what plans there are to do so.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many strains of the foot and mouth virus exist; whether vaccines offer protection against each; and if she will make a...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to remove all farms from D notice status within Gloucestershire.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many animals have been slaughtered as a result of foot and mouth disease.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many animals have been (a) slaughtered and (b) disposed of in each day during the foot and mouth crisis.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the duration of the current foot and mouth disease outbreak.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements are being made to compensate farmers whose livestock passed the 30-month deadline but could not be sent to...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will order a public inquiry into the current outbreaks of foot and mouth disease.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many sheep in upland areas her Department has tested for foot and mouth; how many and what percentage carried the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many documented cases have been brought to her attention involving the slaughter of animals, as part of the programme of...

      Countryside and Rights of Way Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will set out the timetable for implementing part I of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, in order to achieve...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Pension Payments (Post Office)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if it is Government policy to allow indefinitely those who wish to do so to collect their state pension in cash at a post office.

    • Occupational Pensions (Disabled People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on access to membership of occupational pension schems for disabled people when they start employment.

      Invalid Carers Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he intends to implement the changes to the invalid carers allowance detailed in his Department's press release dated 3 October 2000.

      Disability Discrimination Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to extend the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to cover private clubs.

      Departmental Title Change Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the cost of the recent renaming of his Department, including (a) design costs, (b) stationery costs, (c) new name...

      Recruit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the nationwide implementation progress of the programme Recruit.

  • Defence

    • Defence Equipment Exhibition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the countries from which buyers (a) have been and (b) will be invited to the defence systems and equipment international exhibition being...

    • Defence Equipment Exhibition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on which days the defence systems and equipment international exhibition will be open to (a) overseas customers, (b) the press, and (c) the public; who...

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the average increase in the income of (a) lone parent families and (b) couples with children in each income decile, resulting from an...

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the impact on the numbers of children in poverty in (a) lone parent families and (b) couples with children in each income decile,...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the average increase in the income of (a) lone parent families and (b) couples with children in each income decile, resulting from an...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what would be the impact on the numbers of children in poverty in (a) lone parent families and (b) couples with children in each income decile, resulting...

      Landfill Tax Credit Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from organisations in Derbyshire concerning the proposed changes to the landfill tax credit scheme; and if he will make...

      Mortality Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the mortality rates are at age 55 to 60 years, broken down by (a) class, (b) sex and (c) socio-economic ranking.

      Mortality Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average life expectancy is for those aged 60 years, broken down by (a) class, (b) sex and (c) socio- economic classification.

      Treasury Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on Departments' final running costs outturn against their final running costs limit for 1999–2000.

      Offshore Financial Centres

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on offshore financial centres and the steps he has taken in respect of their regulation and taxation.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his Department's assessment of the extent to which other Government Departments are performing in relation to the targets set...

      Widow's Bereavement Allowance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much it would cost to allow widowers whose spouses have died in the past six years to claim widow's bereavement allowance.

      Currency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the (a) retail business sector and (b) overall business sector of accepting both sterling and euro as a means of...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Family Visitor Appeals

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many family visitor appeals the Immigration Appellate Authority plans to deal with (a) at an oral hearing and (b) on the...

    • Family Visitor Appeals

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many (a) oral and (b) paper-only family visitor appeals have been received by the Immigration Appellate Authority since 2...

      Family Visitor Appeals

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many (a) oral and (b) paper-only family visitor appeals have been received by the Immigration Appellate Authority since 2...

      Family Visitor Appeals

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what is the average time taken by the Immigration Appellate Authority to process, from receipt to determination (a) oral family...

      Asylum Appeals

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time adjudicators are available to deal with asylum appeals.

      Judicial Appointments

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when the Lord Chancellor will appoint a judicial appointments commissioner to oversee judicial appointments in Northern Ireland.

      Judicial Appointments

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what further progress the Lord Chancellor has made in establishing a commission to oversee judicial appointments and Queen's...

  • House of Lords

    • Football Banning Orders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What types of evidence have been held to justify the making of orders under Sections 21A and 21B of the Football (Disorder) Act 2000; and How many appeals there...

    • House of Lords Reform

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consultation there will be before any further legislation on the reform of this House is introduced; and (a) who will be the parties to any such consultation;...

      Cabinet Committees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the membership of each Cabinet Committee.

      Children Act: Responsibilities of Fathers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With respect to Section 2 of the Children Act 1989, what are the duties and responsibilities of fathers; and where these are set out for public information.

      Judicial Appointments: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to appoint a Judicial Appointments Commissioner to oversee judicial appointments in Northern Ireland.

      Judicial Appointments: England and Wales

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What further progress they have made in establishing a commission to oversee judicial appointments and Queen's Counsel appointment procedures in England and Wales.

      Autism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they are giving to the findings of the National Autistic Society's recent survey of adults with autism and Asperger syndrome and their carers...

      Healthcare Provision: Number of Doctors in France

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have information on the number of doctors per capita in France; and, if so, whether they will publish it.

      Healthcare Provision: Comparisons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that the quality of healthcare provision in the United Kingdom should be no less favourable than the quality of such provision in other...

      General Practitioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the general practitioner per capita ratio on the lowest geographical basis for which figures are available; and What information they have about the age...

      Prevention of Torture Committee Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will agree, under Article 11 of the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, to lift the...

      Prime Minister's Envoy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What role Lord Levy will undertake on their behalf, to whom he will be accountable and what facilities, expenses and remuneration he will receive at public expense.

      Postal Voting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What research they have commissioned or intend to commission into the effect that the new provisions for postal voting had on turnout at the general election.

      Rail Franchises

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received a recommendation from the Strategic Rail Authority on the allocation of the new trans-Pennine franchise; and when they expect to...

      Saver Tickets: GNER

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received or will make representations to Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) over its withdrawal of saver tickets from the through service from...

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