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Written answers

Wednesday, 11 July 2001

  • Health

    • Anti-psychotic Medication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the prescribing rates in the last three years for which figures are available for atypical, anti- psychotic medication.

    • Patient Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role the new strategic health authorities will have in ensuring effective patient and public involvement.

      Chiropody Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase investment in NHS chiropody services.

      Medical Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to replace the law relating to claims for medical negligence with a system of no fault compensation involving payment of...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Government intend to implement the White Paper on "Reforming the Mental Health Act"; and what plans they have to consult further to ensure that...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the pilot schemes for the availability of digital hearing aids on the NHS; and if he will extend access to digital hearing...

      Milford Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement about the future of Milford hospital; and if he will visit Milford hospital.

      Delayed Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will investigate the delay in the treatment given to Christopher Lewis, of Churchdown, Gloucestershire, by the NHS.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the future publication of inpatient and outpatient waiting lists in England; and what plans he has to publish further...

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his estimate is of the level of (a) inpatient and (b) outpatient waiting lists and waiting times at (i) East Somerset NHS Trust and (ii)...

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the length of the inpatient waiting list at East Somerset NHS Trust for each of the last 10 years; what his estimate is of the...

      Health Authority Merger

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to merge the Somerset health authority and the Dorset health authority; and if he will make a statement.

  • Defence

    • Army Personnel Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what key targets have been set for the chief executive of the Army Personnel Centre for financial year 2001–02.

    • Suez (Medals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations he has received concerning a general service medal for those who served in the Suez Canal Zone between 1951 and 1954.

      Stanoc Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list (a) the military units, (b) UK police forces, (c) UK authorities, agencies and private organisations and (d) overseas customers who have...

      NATO's Defence Capabilities Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made with NATO's Defence Capabilities Initiative since the Washington Summit in 1999.

      Japanese Internees (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many compensation payments to internees in Japanese wartime prison camps have yet to be paid; how many have been paid; how many are being...

      Japanese Internees (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes there have been to the definition of "British" when applied to civilians eligible for Her Majesty's Government's ex-gratia payments to...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the recent disturbance in the sovereign base areas in Cyprus. [R]

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the status of the border between the Republic of Cyprus and sovereign base areas after Cyprus's accession to the EU. [R]

      Macedonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) equipment and (b) personnel his Department has provided to the Government of Macedonia since 1 January.

      Pensions (Politically Sensitive Cases)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 28 June 2001, Official Report, column 132W, on pensions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the wording of the guidance...

      Junior Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the into productive service requirement is for junior officers this year; and if the requirement will be achieved.

      Nancekuke

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what materials were deposited in the sea off the North Cornish coast when CDE Nancekuke was decommissioned.

      Nancekuke

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will make a statement on the environmental assessment being undertaken at RAF Portreath.

      Nancekuke

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what sea monitoring has been undertaken since CDE Nancekuke was decommissioned.

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the comprehensive survey of the service volunteer programme at the Chemical Defence Establishment, Porton Down, announced on 1 May, will gather...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 28 June 2001, Official Report, column 133W, on Porton Down, what plans he has to assign more officials to carry out the...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 28 June 2001, Official Report, column 133W, on Porton Down, if he will arrange for service volunteers to give their...

      War in Space

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to reduce the threat of war in space.

      Army Absentees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what units of the British Army use (a) the legbrace and (b) orange shirts printed "Prisoner" in respect of absentees.

      Bermuda Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the Bermuda Regiment is part of the British Army.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what plans he has to consult Parliament about proposed amendments to the Bermuda constitution; and if he will make a...

    • Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it a requirement that there is general agreement by all relevant parties in Bermuda about the membership and...

      Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the (a) Governor and (b) Deputy Governor of Bermuda is paid; by whom; and what other allowances and emoluments accrue...

      Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will review the use of conscription in Bermuda; and if he will make a statement.

      Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the new Governor of Bermuda will be appointed.

      Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the process of consultation followed by his Department in respect of the appointment of the...

      Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will set up a constitutional conference prior to amending the Bermuda constitution by Order in Council.

      Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what dates (a) the Governor and (b) Foreign Office Ministers met (i) Bermuda Government Ministers and (ii) members of the...

      Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions a constitutional conference has been held prior to amendments being approved by Order in Council to the...

      Bermuda Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many women serve in the Bermuda Regiment; and how many were conscripted.

      Bermuda Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of conscripts to the Bermuda Regiment have not responded to their conscription call-up for each of the past five...

      Bermuda Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what Governor Masefield's role is in respect of discipline and appeals in the Bermuda Regiment; and if he will make a statement.

      Bermuda Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many conscripts from the Bermuda Regiment have served outside Bermuda in the past two years.

      Bermuda Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what punishments have been made in respect of each conscript to the Bermuda Regiment who has failed to respond to his call-up in...

      Bermuda Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people have served custodial sentences in the past two years consequent on their failure to accept conscription in the...

      Bermuda Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the establishment strength of the Bermuda Regiment is, broken down by (a) full-time officers and soldiers, indicating those...

      Bermuda Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions in the past year a leg brace has been used in respect of a Bermuda Regiment conscript; and for what purpose.

      Bermuda Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Governor's responsibility for the command and control of the Bermuda Police.

      Bermuda Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what occasions and in what circumstances the leg-brace is used by Bermuda Police.

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the proposed changes to the constitution of the Falkland Islands.

      Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he intends to bring forward legislation relating to overseas territories.

      Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what Orders in Council relating to the law of overseas territories he plans to bring forward during 2001; and if he will specify...

      Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if all overseas territories are compliant with (a) the European Convention on Human Rights and (b) other human rights standards...

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Cycle-tracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to increase the mileage of dedicated cycle-tracks by 2005.

    • London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the proposed stakeholders meeting of London Underground and the Health and Safety Executive's review of the...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) how many people used the London Underground in each of the years 1971 to 2000; (2) what estimate he has made...

      Uninsured Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his estimate is of the number of vehicles on British roads (a) without insurance and (b) which have not passed...

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the cost of reimbursing local authorities for their concessionary travel schemes in...

      Voter Turnout

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to initiate research into voter turnout at the 2001 general election; and if he will make a...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proportion of the eventual sale proceeds of the Dome site will be attributable to Lattice Properties plc.

      SPADs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many signals were passed at danger on railways in the last three years and for this year; what the figures were...

      Waterloo-Exeter Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement about the accident on 2 July on the Waterloo to Exeter main line west of Tisbury...

      M6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 3 July 2001, Official Report, column 117W, on the M6 motorway, if he will convene an early...

      Cullen Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects the second Cullen report to be published.

      Small Business Rate Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will estimate the number of businesses in England and Wales that would benefit from the proposed rate relief...

      Private Hire Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the consultation paper on private hire vehicle drivers was issued; and by what date responses are required.

      Private Hire Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) how many private hire vehicle operators in London had registered for licensing on 1 July with the Public...

      Private Hire Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to publish the consultation paper on private hire vehicles under the Private Hire Vehicles (London)...

  • International Development

    • Mine Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was spent by the UK Government on (a) humanitarian mine clearance, (b) commercial mine clearance, (c) military initiative mine...

    • Mine Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list Government expenditure on humanitarian mine clearance in 2000–01, broken down by country.

      Mine Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the organisations to which the Government have given money for the purpose of mine clearance in 2000–01...

      Belize

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her answer of 2 July 2001, Official Report, column 41W, concerning the KPMG report on Belize, for what reason the report...

      Belize

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her answer of 2 July 2001, Official Report, column 41W, concerning the KPMG report on Belize, when the report was...

      Chechnya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if she will make a statement on Russia's response to the World Bank's request for information about the budgetary impact upon it...

  • Home Department

    • Firearms (Police)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police operations there were per police force in which firearms were issued; how many authorised firearms officers were involved;...

    • Prisoners (Conditions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours were spent on purposeful activity in (a) male local prisons, (b) male open prisons, (c) male closed training prisons, (d) male...

      Prison Service (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many assaults on (a) prisoners, (b) prison staff and (c) other people in Prison Service establishments there were in (i) 1996–97,...

      Drugs Misuse (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales to initiate policies to combat drugs misuse in Wales;...

      Mr. Shiblu Rahman

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the police's role was in the provision of emergency treatment for Mr. Shiblu Rahman on 1 April in Bow; if his murder is being regarded...

      Wandsworth Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide extra financial resources for HMP Wandsworth for improvements.

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been electronically tagged in England and Wales.

      Mentally Ill Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will divert resources from the provision of further prison establishments towards the care of mentally ill prisoners in secure...

      Commonwealth Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) Jamaican, (b) Barbadian, (c) Guyanese, (d) Canadian and (e) Australian nationals were admitted as visitors during each month in...

      Commonwealth Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for extensions of stay were received in each month in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001 to the latest available date by the...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been (a) applied for and (b) granted in (i) Staffordshire and (ii) Stoke-on-Trent.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of antisocial behaviour orders in the Shrewsbury division of West Mercia Constabulary.

      Charities (Audit)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what he calculates to be the threshold level of turnover of charities needed to trigger full annual audits if the current provision had...

      Prison Staff (Salaries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will increase the salaries of prison staff in discipline and administration grades.

      Mental Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to implement (a) Part I and (b) Part II of the White Paper "Reform of the Mental Health Act".

      Feltham Young Offenders Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inmates there were at Feltham Young Offenders Prison in each of the last five years.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his predecessor (a) first visited and (b) last visited (i) Indonesia, (ii) Turkey, (iii) Saudi Arabia, (iv) South Africa, (v) Chile,...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his predecessor (a) first visited and (b) last visited (i) Canada, (ii) Australia and (iii) New Zealand.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his predecessor (a) first visited and (b) last visited, (i) Brazil, (ii) Bolivia, (iii) Mexico, (iv) Guatemala and (v) Peru.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his predecessor (a) first visited and (b) last visited (i) Rwanda, (ii) Democratic Republic of Congo, (iii) Central African Republic,...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his predecessor (a) first visited and (b) last visited (i) South Korea and (ii) Malaysia.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish a summary of the responses to the consultation "Setting the Boundaries"; and if he will make a statement on the adequacy...

      Asylum Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the outcome was in asylum cases where an appeal was received by his Department but not subsequently sent to the Immigration Appellate...

  • Education and Skills

    • A-Level Reforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action she proposes to take following the Qualification and Curriculum Authority's initial report on the implementation of the A-level...

    • Lecturers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action she is taking in conjunction with higher education institutions to improve the recruitment and retention of lecturers.

      Lecturers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what arrangements will be put in place for maintaining the value of the teaching pay initiative to further education lecturers after its expiry.

      Lecturers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average starting pay for college lecturers was in each of the last 10 years.

      Competitiveness Indicators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will publish the indicators of the competitiveness of British higher education institutions which she uses to compare them with their...

      Learning and Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations she has received on the proposed withdrawal of funding for (a) education and (b) training programmes by local learning...

      Learning and Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what arrangements she has made to transfer teaching pay initiative moneys direct from local learning and skills councils through colleges to...

      Learning and Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has for learner representation on learning and skills councils.

      Learning and Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has for greater integration between the Learning and Skills Council and the higher education funding councils; and if she...

      Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of graduates for each of the last five years receiving (a) first class honours, (b) ordinary and (c) third class honours...

      Trainee Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many trainee teachers (a) have been and (b) will be trained through the employment-based training route in each year from 2000–01...

      Trainee Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many of the trainee teachers undertaking the employment-based training route are from (a) the United Kingdom, (b) European Union...

      University Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will estimate the level of funding required if university grants had been maintained at their final level in (a) real terms and (b)...

      Departmental Title Change Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her estimate is of the total cost of (a) design, (b) stationery, (c) new name plaques and (d) other costs of the naming of her...

      University Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many academic staff, by university, left positions between 1 January and 30 March, who would have been included in the research...

      Student Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what support is available for intercalating students; and if she will make a statement.

      Modern Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 3 July 2001, Official Report, column 81W, on modern languages, how many GCSE and A-level passes, in each of the...

      Modern Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students obtained GCSE and A-level examinations in (a) Urdu, (b) Bengali, (c) Gujerati, (d) Hindi, (e) Mandarin, (f) Cantonese and...

      Pay Bands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the pay bands are for (a) school teachers and (b) further education college lecturers.

      Fosters Field, Sherborne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she plans to announce a decision on Fosters Field in Sherborne.

      Secondary Schools (Hillingdon)

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

      AS-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many universities have indicated that they will admit students on the basis of AS qualifications alone; and if she will list these...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what monitoring has taken place of the pilot areas on EMAs, including the travel EMAs; and what plans she has to extend them to enable more...

      Medical Degree Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to review the ethnic composition of entrants to medical degree courses.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Cheque Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received from the Office of Fair Trading about the operating methods of cheque shops; and if she will make a...

    • Cheque Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many cheque shops (a) are and (b) were in each of the past 10 years licensed in the United Kingdom; (2) how many cheque shop...

      Cheques Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact the Cheques Act 1992 has had upon those who do not have a bank account in terms of the price of credit.

      "Extortionate Irresponsible Lending"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the definition of the phrase "extortionate and irresponsible lending" as used by the Office of Fair Trading.

      Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on levels of inward investment into the UK.

      Telecommunications Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she has received the report by the Director General of Telecommunications for the year 2000, as required under section 55 of the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Digital Divide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what policies she is pursuing to bridge the urban-rural digital divide; and if she will make a statement.

    • Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will extend the farm business advisory scheme to form D farms; and if she will make a statement.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list (a) the numbers of vets and (b) the country from which they came who have been assisting with the foot and...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations the tourist industry has made to the Government over its handling of the foot and mouth outbreak.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many jobs have been lost as a result of the foot and mouth outbreak in (a) the agricultural industry and (b) rural businesses.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government have to protect (a) pedigree and (b) hefted sheep against infection by foot and mouth disease.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list (a) the number and (b) country of origin of vets who returned home from MAFF/DEFRA service and had not been...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of the foot and mouth outbreak has been to date.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) of the contiguous culls in Worcestershire, how many have occurred around premises believed to be infected with foot and...

      Cleaning Services Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will make a decision on the holding of a public inquiry into the explosion at the Cleaning Services Group Ltd.,...

      Tigers (Thailand)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received on the risk to tigers in Thailand and the performance of the authorities in that...

      Energy Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she is taking to encourage energy crops.

      The Soil Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions her Department has had with the Soil Association.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the impact of investment in (a) insulation and other energy efficiency measures in the home...

  • Prime Minister

    • Constituency Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to visit the communities of west Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in the St. Ives constituency.

    • Rough Sleepers Unit

      To ask the Prime Minister who has ministerial responsibility for the rough sleepers unit.

      Champions

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 2 July 2001, Official Report, column 31W, on champions, if he will list the champions.

      Voting Systems

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 3 July 2001, Official Report, column 93W, on voting systems, if it is his policy to hold a formal review of the voting systems for the...

      Working Peers

      To ask the Prime Minister what his definition is of a working peer.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Pensions Education Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what date the report of the quantitative tracking research on the pensions education campaign will be published.

    • Hospital Downrating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 5 July 2001, Official Report, column 269W, on hospital downrating, how many people would benefit in each case.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) on what criteria persons will be (a) selected for triennial screening for Incapacity Benefit, (b) passed for continued receipt and (c)...

      Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to implement EU Council directive 2000/78/EC of 27 November 2000 on age discrimination; and if he will make a statement.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the budget for special advisers' salaries was in Government Departments in (a) 1996–97 and (b) 2001–02.

    • Online Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the contribution of the e-envoy to the delivery of Government services online.

      Online Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what targets he has set for the delivery of Government services online.

      Online Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made on reaching the targets for electronic delivery of Government services.

      Social Exclusion (Brent)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the impact of Government policies in combating social exclusion in Brent.

      Information and Communication Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the work of the Government Information and Communication Service.

      Rough Sleepers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of progress on the rough sleepers strategy following the social exclusion unit report on this issue.

      UK Online

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the progress of the UK Online project.

      Cabinet Office Delivery Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the studies being carried out by the Cabinet Office delivery unit.

      Cabinet Office Delivery Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which Minister is responsible for the Policy Delivery Unit based in the Cabinet Office; and if he will make a statement.

      Business Regulation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has for reviewing the impact of regulation on business and employees.

      Government Departments (Regions)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to move Government Departments out of London to the regions.

      Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to publish a White Paper on regional government in England.

      Best Value

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to improve Best Value criteria in respect of public services that have a cross-departmental impact.

      Public Service Delivery

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how the roles of the Cabinet Office in ensuring that public expenditure delivers effective public services complement that of the Treasury.

      Public-Private Sector Exchanges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how the scheme for interchange between civil servants and private sector workers will operate in the next four years.

      Regulatory Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what further regulatory reform he plans to introduce following the implementation of the Regulatory Reform Act 2001.

      Devolution

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his responsibilities with respect to regional devolution.

      Programme Delivery

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proposals he has to review the co-ordination and delivery of Government and EU programmes in areas of high social and economic disadvantage.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he next expects to discuss further development on climate change negotiations with the US Administration.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what responsibility he has for developing the UK's climate change strategy; (2) what plans he has to visit international conferences relating to climate...

      Websites

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what action is being taken to ensure Government Departments better utilise websites.

      Women's Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his responsibilities for overseeing the work of the Cabinet Office women's unit.

      Ministerial Replies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what mechanism exists for ensuring that replies are sent to members of the public who write to Ministers.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will list the Government agencies and units for which he is responsible; and if he will make a statement; (2) if he will list the responsibilities of...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his Department's responsibilities are in relation to (a) setting and monitoring the public service agreements of Government Departments and (b) holding each...

      Performance and Innovation Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list those seconded to the Cabinet Office Performance and Innovation Unit to work on the current study of renewable energy, indicating in each case...

      Social Exclusion Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his assessment is of the impact to date of the Social Exclusion Unit; and if he will make a statement.

      Regional Co-ordination Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the purpose of the Regional Co-ordination Unit.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Legal Services Ombudsman

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when she will publish the annual report of the Legal Services Ombudsman for 2000–01.

    • 1911 Decennial Census

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many hon. Members have made representations to the Lord Chancellor this year to use his powers to open the 1911 Decennial...

  • Treasury

    • Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 4 July 2001, Official Report, column 169W, to my hon. Friend the Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws), on the private finance initiative,...

    • Crown Estate Commissioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assistance the Crown Estate Commissioners have afforded to Ipswich borough council in their appeal to the High Court in respect of their right to levy...

      Crown Estate Commissioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what expenditure the Crown Estate Commissioners have incurred in each of the last 10 years in maintenance of the Lymington river bed and foreshore.

      Child Poverty

      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, resulting from an increase...

      Working Families Tax Credit (Threshold)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost of increasing the threshold level of income at which Working Families Tax Credit starts to be withdrawn to (a) £120, (b)...

      Household Income

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

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the oral statement of the Economic Secretary of 3 July 2001, Official Report, column 229, regarding the net contributions of the UK, France and...

      Windfall Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much income his Department has received from the windfall levy.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on the VAT threshold for small businesses.

  • House of Lords

    • Legal Services Commission: Funding Criteria

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Lord Chancellor will amend the guidance given to the Legal Services Commission, under Section 23 of the Access to Justice Act 1999, so as to prescribe...

    • Legal Services Ombudsman's Annual Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to publish the annual report of the Legal Services Ombudsman for 2000-01.

      Asylum Appeals: Transfer to Appellate Authority

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many files relating to asylum applications which had been refused are awaiting transfer to the appellate authorities.

      Slopping Out in Prisons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many inmates in HM Prisons in (a) England and Wales and (b) Scotland respectively are contained in conditions in which they are required to slop out and in...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in identifying the cause of the outbreak of foot and mouth disease; and when they expect to report to Parliament on this matter.

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their latest information on the relative importance of the mechanisms for the spread of foot and mouth disease and in particular spreading by the wind,...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their latest information on the cause of the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the Craven area of North Yorkshire (the "Settle rectangle").

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has decided what period must elapse between the last notification of foot and mouth disease in...

      Peaches: EU Marketing Standards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will seek any change in the European Union directive which states that from 1 July a peach may not be offered for sale unless it has a minimum...

      Clinical Negligence System: Reform

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to introduce proposals to reform the clinical negligence system.

      Diabetes as Cause of Death

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure accurate recording of death due to diabetes on death certificates so as to get a more accurate picture of the extent to which diabetes...

      Motorway Service Station Standards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the report in the Financial Times of 30 June, what measures they will introduce to ensure that British motorway service stations provide as good a...

      Rail Fare Comparisons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have information comparing the price of rail fares in the United Kingdom with those of France, Germany and Italy; and, if so, whether they will...

      Electronic Delivery of Government Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they agree with the view expressed by the e-Envoy, Mr Andrew Pinder, that the target to deliver all government services online by 2005 will not be met...

      Broadband in the UK

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to address the current difficulties relating to broadband penetration and pricing, identified recently by the e-Envoy, Mr Andrew Pinder,...

      Regional Governance: White Paper

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have a timetable for the publication of the White Paper on Regional Governance and for a subsequent period of consultation.

      Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will introduce a measure to enable the public to have direct access to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration; and, if not, why not.

      Education and Youth Council, 28 May

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the outcome was of the Education and Youth Council held in Brussels on 28 May; and whether they will make a statement.

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