Written answers

Tuesday, 17 July 2001

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • National Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public funding has been allocated to each of the national museums and galleries to facilitate the introduction of free...

    • Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to make further funds available for the marketing of Britain as a tourist destination.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the European Investment Bank regarding assistance for tourism businesses affected by foot and mouth...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she was first informed about deduction of VAT from the money paid to the British Tourist Authority as part of the tourism recovery...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proposals she has to encourage domestic tourism in England.

      British Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many British Museum staff have been made redundant, dismissed, or taken early retirement over the past 12 months; at what costs; and...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received about (a) the BBC's application for new children's channels and (b) network digital radio channels.

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how she monitors the actions of the BBC in providing a distinctive schedule of benchmark quality programmes on all its services.

      Drug Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who represented her Department at the meeting of the first international drug testing seminar on Wednesday 4 July; and if she will make...

      Drug Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many full-time equivalent staff have been employed to test for drug usage per sport in Britain in each of the last five years.

      Drug Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many drugs tests were conducted per sport (a) in Britain and (b) outside Britain on British sportspeople in each of the last five years.

      Formula One

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with the motor racing industry about the future of Formula One racing facilities; and if she will...

      Digital Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to encourage the introduction of commercial digital radio.

      Voluntary Sports Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what measures her Department is taking to encourage the work of voluntary sports clubs; (2) what recent representations she has...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what has been the total amount spent on the dome by the Millennium Commission and NMEC Ltd. since 31 December 2000; and what is the...

      IT Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the information technology contracts in excess of £500,000 let by her Department or its predecessor since April...

      Gambling Review Body

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will publish the report of the Gambling Review Body.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the contracts awarded to W. S. Atkins, Buro-Happold and Kvaerner by his Department and its...

    • Lorries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on what date the impounding of trucks running without O licences will be implemented by the Vehicle Inspectorate.

      Lorries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he intends to introduce HGV lanes on strategic routes; and at what locations he has trialed such schemes. [R]

      Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what mechanism will be used to allocate the 5 per cent. stake in NATS to staff under the Government's proposals for...

      Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials have held in the last month with representatives of the airline...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he last travelled on the London Underground in the course of his official duties.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what directions he has given to London Underground Limited and London Transport regarding future arrangements for the...

      Integrated Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on progress towards better integration between railway stations and (a) cars, (b) buses,...

      Rail Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on his plans to upgrade rail freight routes to major ports.

      Rail Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the potential for switching imports of fruit and vegetables from road to rail; and if...

      Park-and-ride Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what progress has been made in the last 12 months with introducing park- and-ride schemes in towns.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much of the trunk road network has been given a lower noise surface in the past 12 months; and when he intends...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list each of the roads in the Highways Agency Targeted Programme of Improvements indicating in each case...

      East Thames River Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to construct new East Thames river crossings for (a) road and (b) rail; and what the timetable for...

      Multi-model Transport Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to make a decision on the findings of the (a) West Midlands to North West, (b) North/South movements...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many fatalities there were per million passenger miles on the railways in each of the last 10 years; what the...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has (a) made to and (b) received from Railtrack about the continued enforcement of speed...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has (a) made to and (b) received from each of the train operating companies about the...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will set out the timetable for completion of the inspection schedule used by Railtrack to assess track...

      PPG25

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what action his Department intends to take to develop Planning Policy Guidance Note Number 25; and if he will make a...

      PPG25

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will publish new planning guidance on flooding.

      Second Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of the number of (a) second homes entitled to a 50 per cent. council tax discount and (b)...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many (a) second homes and (b) other dwellings entitled to the 50 per cent. council tax discount there are in each...

      Silverhill (A21)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will ensure that the storm drain for Silverhill on the A21 is reconstructed so that it drains into the river...

      Private Finance Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the PFI contracts on local authority leisure centres entered into since 1997, indicating (a) the...

      Private Finance Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many (a) PFI and (b) PPP contracts have been agreed by his Department over the last five years; how many have...

      Channel Tunnel (Rail Freight)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what work his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the viability of freight traffic using the Channel...

      Central Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what evaluations his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) reviewed into the operation of Central Railway.

      Train Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what measures exist to require train companies to regulate the number of passengers that trains may safely carry (a)...

      Boundary Changes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will decide on the recommendations of the Local Government Commission regarding the boundary changes in the...

      Rough Sleepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 9 July 2001, Official Report, column 1408W, concerning rough sleepers, how many rough...

      IT Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the Information Technology contracts in excess of £500,000 let by his Department or its...

      M25 (Resurfacing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will publish the timetable for decision making and the subsequent development and execution of plans to...

      Fleet Driver Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had with the Driving Standards Agency regarding fleet driver training and the applicability...

      Fleet Driver Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what consultations the Driving Standards Agency is undertaking regarding fleet driver training; and when these...

      Jubilee Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on how many weekdays this year the Jubilee underground line has been run without interruption.

      Regional Chambers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the outcome was of the Government's consultation on the proposed fund for regional chambers.

      Local Government Commission for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what progress has been made on the transfer of the Local Government Commission for England to the Electoral...

      Flooding (Kimpton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will provide financial assistance to North Hertfordshire district council under the Bellwin Scheme in respect...

  • Solicitor-General

    • IT Contracts

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will list the information technology contracts in excess of £500,000 let by her Department or its predecessor since April 1991, giving in each case the...

    • Homosexual Convictions (Appeal to ECHR)

      To ask the Solicitor-General if the appeal made by five of the men convicted at Bolton Crown court of homosexual activity in private has been listed for a hearing at the European Court of Human...

  • Prime Minister

    • Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Prime Minister when he last travelled on the London underground in the course of his official duties.

    • Energy Policy Review

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the expertise available to the energy policy review.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Prime Minister which is the lead Department for delivering the Government's sustainable development policy following the reorganisation of Government Departments; and how his office...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent representations he has received in respect of nuclear reprocessing at Sellafield.

      Peers

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 11 July 2001, Official Report, column 566W, which peers created since 2 May 1997 were working peers; and which were not.

      Peers

      To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to distinguish formally between those peers that (a) were and (b) were not ennobled through the Appointments Commission.

      Srebrenica Massacre

      To ask the Prime Minister what plans the heads of Government of European Union member states have to mark the sixth anniversary of the massacre at Srebrenica.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Capitol Publishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations her Department has received on the homeworking company Capitol Publishing.

    • Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims for miners' compensation are outstanding in (a) Cynon Valley and (b) the rest of Wales.

      IT Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the information technology contracts in excess of £500,000 let by her Department or its predecessor since April 1991,...

      Broadcasters (Fair Trading)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what powers the Office of Fair Trading has to prevent the abuse of market power by broadcasters.

      Sub-Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many sub-post offices closed in the first quarter of the 2001–02 financial year.

      Business Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she intends to take in respect of the reports (a) 'Economic Regulators' and (b) 'Local Shops: a Progress report on Small Firms...

      Enterprise Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many enterprise grants were awarded in the south-west in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001.

      Enterprise Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the size of the fund for enterprise grants in the south-west was in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001.

      Enterprise Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many enterprise grants were awarded to businesses in the Forest of Dean in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001.

      Enterprise Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the (a) largest and (b) smallest amount awarded in enterprise grant in the south-west in (i) 2000 and (ii) 2001.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she last travelled on the London underground in the course of her official duties.

      Energy Resources Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the Performance and Innovation Unit's Energy Resources Review will examine the options set out in the report on interim storage of spent...

  • Health

    • Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what date the NHS and local councils will have concluded the work set out in paragraph 7.19 of the National Service Framework for Older People; and...

    • Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment the Task Force for Older People has made of delivery of the National Service Framework for older people to date.

      Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the remit, membership and reporting lines of the national implementation group for the National Service Framework for Older People are; and how the...

      Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the extra numbers of staff required to establish the falls services described in paragraphs 6.37 and 6.38 of the National...

      Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out how many (a) consultants in old age medicine and (b) consultants in rehabilitation there were in each of the last three years for which...

      Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the assessment working group to provide the further evidence referred to in paragraph 2.44 of the National Service Framework for Older People.

      Respite Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will define (a) respite health care and (b) specialist health care support, set out in paragraph 16 of HSC 2001/015: LAC (2001)18.

      Patient Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for reforming patient consultation in the national health service; and if he will make a statement.

      National Cardiothoracic Transplant Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision will be made to meet the additional travelling expenses of transplant patients receiving extended post-operative care following the...

      Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the World Health Organisation figures relating to SSRI antidepressants and benzodiazepines; and if he will issue further...

      Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his assessment is of the therapeutic value of antidepressants compared with placebos.

      RSI and Fibromyalgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines he has issued to general practitioners and hospitals regarding RSI and fibromyalgia; and what recent clinical studies of these have been...

      National Institute for Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what means NICE defines and identifies experts to advise their appraisal committees.

      National Institute for Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the membership of the Appraisal Committee following recent appeals against NICE.

      Road Accident Casualties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money NHS hospitals have claimed from motor insurance providers to recover the cost of treating road accident casualties over the last three years.

      Fraud (NHS)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he will take to tackle the rise in fraud in the NHS.

      Children Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Government will report on the operation of the Children Act 1989.

      Nursing Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to fulfil the pledge made in the NHS Plan to introduce free nursing in nursing homes.

      Organ Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people in the United Kingdom of Asian heritage have registered as organ donors; what percentage of the total this represents; and if he...

      Acute Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of staffing levels in acute NHS hospitals in respect of the ability of the service to provide comprehensive diagnosis...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the support available to those adults on low incomes and with child care needs who wish to enrol as (a) a trainee nurse and...

      Bursaries (Nurses)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated saving is from the proposal to withdraw bursaries from nursing students from non- European countries.

      Bursaries (Nurses)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact on the recruitment of nurses in the United Kingdom of the proposal to withdraw bursaries from student nurses...

      Bursaries (Nurses)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the provision of bursaries to nursing students from non-European countries.

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will announce the borders of the new strategic health authorities.

      Hospital Readmissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were readmitted to hospital within two months of being discharged for each of the past 10 years.

      Bed Blocking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations have been cancelled in east Sussex, in each quarter of 2000 and 2001, as a result of hospital beds being occupied by (a) delayed...

      Bed Blocking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute hospital beds were unavailable in east Sussex to incoming patients as a result of their occupation by (a) delayed discharge patients who...

      Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish an annual report under section 22 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970.

      Hospital Waiting Times (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the Mid Essex Hospital Services Trust area were waiting for in-patient treatment for (a) more than 18 months, (b) up to 18 months, (c)...

      Nursing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what deadline strategic health authorities will have to align continuing NHS health care criteria, described in HSC 2001/015: LAC (2001)18.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 9 July 2001, Official Report, column 343W, concerning carers, for what reasons his Department is revising the Hospital...

      Stroke Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to ensure that all those who suffer a stroke are admitted to a specialist stroke unit; (2) what measures he plans to increase the...

      Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to give assistance to carers of people with Alzheimer's and dementia.

      Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to improve the quality of life of those with Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

      Doctor Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) consultants she estimates are employed full-time in private sector acute hospitals.

  • International Development

    • Palestinian Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action she is taking to encourage economic development in the Palestinian Authority areas.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the Government's policy on establishing a UN tribunal on Burundi; and if he will make a statement.

    • Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what efforts are being made to investigate war crimes and human rights abuses in Burundi; and if he will make a statement.

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support he gives to NGOs and human rights groups investigating war crimes and human rights abuses in Rwanda and Burundi;...

      Ian Stillman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the case of Ian Stillman; and what action he has taken on his behalf.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken by the UK Government to encourage the Israeli Government to lift the blockades in the Israeli...

      Macedonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what financial aid his Department has provided to the Government of Macedonia since 1 January.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last travelled on the London underground in the course of his official duties.

      Shageldy Atakov

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what further contact he has had with the Turkmen Foreign Minister concerning the continuing incarceration of Shageldy Atakov;...

      Hezbullah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement concerning the kidnapping of Elchanan Tannenbaum by Hezbullah.

      Green Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) on what date a Green Minister was first appointed in his Department; when subsequent appointments were made; and if he...

      EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings he has had to discuss the impact on the English legal system of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

      War Crimes Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place with the authorities of Republika Srbska regarding bringing Radovan Karadzic and General...

      War Crimes Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the failure by NATO forces to arrest Radovan Karadzic and General Mladic.

  • Wales

    • Flooding (North Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly about flooding in north Wales.

    • Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he last travelled on the London underground in the course of his official duties.

      IT Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the information technology contracts in excess of £500,000 let by his Department or its predecessor since April 1991, giving in each...

  • Home Department

    • James Ashley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the cost of the internal police investigations which were established following the shooting of James Ashley.

    • James Ashley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what investigations have been initiated to discover the source of the leak of documents relating to the internal police investigations into...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for granting leave to remain for nurses recruited from abroad to work in the NHS after their initial contract has expired.

      Extradition Requests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) on what date he last received an extradition request for Nadhmi Auchi; and for what reasons this request was refused; (2) on how many...

      Extradition Requests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many extradition requests have been received from the French authorities since 1 May 1997; how many have been acceded to; how many have...

      Forced Marriages

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he has taken since the publication of the report on forced marriages.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who entered the United Kingdom in (a) 1998, (b) 1999 and...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the countries from which the majority of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children come to the United Kingdom.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 3 July 2001, Official Report, column 100W, on asylum seekers, what plans he has to monitor the reasons for...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people sought asylum in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years; and what proportion were refused.

      IT Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the information technology contracts in excess of £500,000 let by his Department or its predecessor since April 1991,...

      Police Recruitment (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many extra police officers have been recruited in (a) Chorley and (b) Lancashire since May 1997.

      Wrongful Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to receive the working party report on support for prisoners who have been wrongly convicted; to whom he intends to make the...

      Homosexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to introduce legislation to decriminalise sexual activity between consenting men.

      Drug-related Murders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of drug-related murders in (a) London, (b) England and (c) the UK in each of the last 10 years; and...

      Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when a decision is expected on changes to section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

      Sri Lankan Tamils

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Sri Lankan Tamils seeking asylum in the UK have been deported from the UK in each of the last five years; and if he will make a...

      Sri Lankan Tamils

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Sir Lankan Tamil asylum seekers are held in (a) prison and (b) detention centres.

      British Nationality Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time is for a citizen of Thailand married to a British citizen to apply successfully for British nationality.

      Asylum Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken from receipt of an asylum appeal is by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate to (a) the sending of the...

      Corruption Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if new legislation concerning corruption and money laundering will make bribery of a foreign official a crime; and if bribery of a foreign...

      Animal Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many animals were involved in quality control testing for vaccines produced in the UK in each of the last three years.

      Feltham Young Offenders Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action has been taken in each of the last five years to improve (a) education, (b) training, (c) employment and (d) recreation...

      Police Officers (Retirement)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to amend the scheme for retirement of police officers on health grounds.

      Fire Risk Categorisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will publish Her Majesty's Fire Services Inspectorate's comments on the fire risk categorisation survey which have been made...

      Women Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to restructure the prison estate to accommodate the number of women being given custodial sentences and those people being...

      Leave to Remain

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to replace the current application forms for foreign nationals wishing to apply for leave to remain in the United Kingdom.

  • Education and Skills

    • Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many infant children had approval for home education in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000; and if she will make a statement.

    • Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the percentage of children entitled to free school meals is in (a) schools previously designated as specialist schools, (b) schools...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will extend free school meals to those on Working Families Tax Credit; and if she will make a statement.

      IT Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the information technology contracts in excess of £500,000 let by her Department or its predecessor since April 1991,...

      Universities (Public-Private Partnerships)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will list those universities that have agreed public-private partnerships to provide students with residential accommodation;...

      Teachers' Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the forecast rise in teachers' pay will be for 2003–04 in (a) real and (b) cash terms.

      Child Care (Coventry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new childminder places have been set up in Coventry through the early years development programme and the child care partnerships.

      Funding (Suffolk)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been spent per head on (a) primary and (b) secondary education in (i) the county of Suffolk, excluding Ipswich and (ii) the...

      Funding (Suffolk)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what additional resources her Department will provide for (a) Suffolk county council and (b) Ipswich for education in the next financial year.

      School Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to reform mainstream schools admissions policy in England.

      School Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if the guarantee that school sixth form funding will be maintained in real terms, once learning and skills councils take responsibility for...

      Further Education Lecturers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action she plans to take in respect of further education colleges which do not award annual pay increases to silver book contract lecturers.

      Standard Spending Assessment (Bedfordshire)

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

      Literacy and Numeracy Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of 11-year-olds achieved level 4 or above in the key stage 2 tests for (a) literacy and (b) numeracy in (i) 2000 and (ii) 2001.

  • Defence

    • Army Training and Recruiting Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Key Targets for the chief executive of the Army Training and Recruiting Agency for the financial year 2001–02 are.

    • Low-flying Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the pattern of military low-flying activity in the United Kingdom during the training year 2000–01.

      Duke of York's Royal Military School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Key Targets for the chief executive of the Duke of York's Royal Military School for the financial year 2001–02 are.

      Bloody Sunday Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on progress with the police investigation into the destruction of rifles pertinent to the Bloody Sunday inquiry.

      Nuclear Weapons (Accidents)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the circumstances of each of the accidents involving UK nuclear weapons referred to in the answer given by the then...

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent estimate is of the levels of depleted uranium, monitored in Kosovo and Serbia, arising from the use of allied depleted uranium munitions.

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish details of the depleted uranium-based 'Charm 3' ammunition referred to the letter from the then Minister for the Armed the Forces, the...

      Explosives (River Tamar)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research his Department has undertaken into the presence of explosives on the bed of the River Tamar, with particular reference to the risks to the...

      Throckmorton Airfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his future plans for Throckmorton airfield.

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was the advice of the Medical Research Council on the feasibility of an epidemiological study on the effect of research on service volunteers at...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on what dates the Ethical subgroup of the Defence Scientific Advisory Committee Medical Committee scrutinised the experiment in 1989 in which...

      Aberporth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proposals he has to ensure the continuation of the apprenticeship scheme at QinetiQ, Aberporth after 2004.

      Aberporth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the training budget is being transferred from DRE Aberporth to his Department; and what the timetable for the transfer is.

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the British Army stopped using live ammunition at the Dol Dol range.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last travelled on the London Underground in the course of his official duties.

      Defence Equipment Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what costs were incurred by his Department in providing armed service personnel support to defence equipment demonstrations in the last 12 months.

      Defence Export Services Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the net operating costs of DESO and related support functions were for the financial years (a) 1997–98, (b) 1998–99, (c) 1999–2000...

      Portsmouth Harbour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions have taken place regarding the dredging of Portsmouth Harbour in relation to the Future Aircraft Carrier procurement project; and if he...

      Nuclear Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what tests have been conducted on (a) military service personnel from the United Kingdom and Commonwealth forces in Australia, in respect of exposure to...

      Pay (Locally Engaged Overseas Staff)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in which British overseas defence establishments locally engaged staff are paid below local poverty datum lines; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the level of defence spending is forecast to be as a proportion of gross domestic product in 2003–04.

      Pardons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement regarding the granting of pardons to those who were executed for cowardice during the First World War.

      Air Group Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated air group personnel is of each CVF.

      Spearfish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Spearfish torpedo will be in service with fleet submarines.

      Apache Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Apache helicopters will be in service by the end of (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003.

      Apache Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Army pilots are qualified to fly the Apache helicopter.

      Apache Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Army's Apache helicopters will become operationally available.

      Meteor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Meteor programme and its development contract.

      Meteor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects all partner nations to sign the memoranda of understanding on the A400M and the Meteor programme.

      C130

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to begin retiring the RAF's C130Ks from service.

      C130

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the RAF's inventory is of C130 aircraft; and how many of them are operationally available.

      HMS Ocean

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of HMS Ocean.

      Tomahawk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which fleet submarines have been given Tomahawk capability; which submarines are scheduled to receive this capability; and when the conversion work will...

      Asraam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects ASRAAM to enter into service with the RAF; and if he will make a statement.

      Harrier GR7

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many RAF pilots have been trained to fly Harrier GR7 for carrier operations.

      MR(Trigat)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what savings will accrue to the defence budget following the cancellation of the MR(TRIGAT) programme.

      Astute Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the entry into service date is of each of the Astute class submarines.

      IT Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the information technology contracts in excess of £500,000 let by his Department or its predecessor since April 1991, giving in each...

  • Scotland

    • Oil Fabrication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the future for oil fabrication in Scotland.

    • Rosyth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met the First Minister and the Transport Minister to discuss progress on the Rosyth ferry port development.

      Brownfield Sites (Lanarkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he next intends to discuss the regeneration of Lanarkshire's brown field sites with the First Minister.

      Scottish Ambassador

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she has had with the First Minister on the Scottish Executive's proposals to appoint a Scottish Ambassador.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many pensioners in Scotland she estimates will receive payments under the Winter Fuel Payments scheme next winter.

      Air Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps she is taking to seek to improve the regulation of air links to and from Scotland.

      Anti-drugs Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will make a statement about new proposals to seize the assets of convicted drug dealers.

      Anti-drugs Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will make a statement on the effectiveness of the anti-drugs strategy in Scotland.

      NHS Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations she has received from the Scottish Executive for her to make representations to the Treasury for additional money for the NHS in...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she has had with the British Tourist Authority on the effects of foot and mouth disease on the Scottish tourist industry.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the British Tourist Authority in encouraging overseas tourists to visit Scotland.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when she next plans to meet the British Tourist Authority to discuss the attractions which Scotland offers in culture, historical sites and industrial...

      Energy Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will set out the Government's targets for the proportion of electricity to be produced by nuclear, fossil and renewable energies in the next 20...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions she has had with the First Minister on the foot and mouth epidemic; and if he will make a statement.

      Assisted Area Status (Arbroath)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent representations she has made to the EU and the Department of Trade and Industry concerning assisted area status for Arbroath.

      European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans she has to undertake a review of the incorporation of the European convention on human rights into Scottish law.

      Single Currency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding the convergence of the Scottish economy with the euro zone.

      IT Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list the Information Technology contracts in excess of £500,000 let by her Department or its predecessor since April 1991, giving in...

      Barnett Formula

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she has held with the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on the operation of the Barnett Formula.

      Free Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many pensioners in Scotland are benefiting from the provision of free television licences to those aged over 75 years.

  • Advocate-General

    • Proceeds of Crime Bill

      To ask the Advocate-General what measures she is recommending to the Government to ensure that the Proceeds of Crime Bill will comply with the Human Rights Act 1998.

    • Road Traffic Cases

      To ask the Advocate-General on how many occasions she has given advice on the implications of the European human rights convention on road traffic cases.

      European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask the Advocate-General if she has intervened in the recent ECHR challenge to the prison regime in Barlinnie.

      Scottish Planning Law

      To ask the Advocate-General what effect the recent ECHR challenges have had on Scottish planning law.

  • House of Commons

    • Early-day Motions

      To ask the President of the Council if he will bring forward proposals in respect of early-day motions.

    • Private Bill Procedure

      To ask the President of the Council what plans he has to bring forward proposals to reform the Private Bill procedure.

      Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the President of the Council to ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what plans the Commission has in respect of the renewal of...

      Scrutiny

      To ask the President of the Council what proposals he plans to bring forward to improve scrutiny of the executive by the House of Commons.

      Scrutiny

      To ask the President of the Council what plans he has to increase the amount of pre-legislative scrutiny.

      Terms of Service

      To ask the President of the Council what plans he has to bring forward proposals to reform the rules relating to hon. Members' terms of service.

      Waste Paper

      To ask the President of the Council to ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much waste paper was produced by the House in each of...

      Parliamentary Committees

      To ask the President of the Council if he will commission an inquiry into the roles of (a) the Scottish Parliament's committees and (b) House of Commons Standing Committees in respect of legislation.

  • President of the Council

    • IT Contracts

      To ask the President of the Council if he will list the Information Technology contracts in excess of £500,000 let by his Department or its predecessor since April 1991, giving in each case...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Self-Regulation

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when the Lord Chancellor last met the Law Society to discuss self- regulation for the legal profession; and if he will make a...

    • Auld Report

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

      Court Dress

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what plans he has to review court dress.

      Victims and Witnesses

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what progress has been made in providing assistance to victims and witnesses at all court centres.

      Handcuffs

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what guidance the Lord Chancellor has given on the visibility of handcuffs worn by defendants in court.

      Young Offenders (Merseyside)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what his estimate is of the Merseyside courts' progress towards meeting Government targets on the time between arrest and court...

      Judicial Appointments

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what ethnic monitoring is undertaken of judicial appointments.

      Complaints

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what his policy is on dealing with complaints against magistrates.

      Contingency Fees

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what assessment she has made of the benefits of introducing contingency fees as a method of payment for lawyers in personal injury...

      Child Contact Orders

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many child contact orders resulted in further court action involving (a) violence and (b) death in each of the last five years.

      Child Contact Orders

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what analysis her Department carried out on the number of murders of (a) partners and (b) children resulting from child contact...

      Child Contact Orders

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many child contact orders have resulted in further court action; and what the (a) average and (b) largest number of further...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when the Lord Chancellor last travelled on the London underground in the course of his official duties.

      Justices of the Peace

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on the appointment of justices of the peace.

      IT Contracts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will list the Information Technology contracts in excess of £500,000 let by his Department or its predecessor since...

      Libra Project

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will place a list of the reasons for the increase in the value of the Libra project in the Library; if liquidated damages...

      Public Trust Office Annual Report

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when she will publish the Public Trust Office's annual report and accounts for 2000–01.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Police Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will provide details of the new Police Fund in Northern Ireland and indicate when he expects to appoint trustees to the Fund.

    • IT Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the Information Technology contracts in excess of £500,000 let by his Department or its predecessor since April 1991,...

      Royal Ulster Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time Reserve RUC officers there were at (i) 1 June 2001 and (ii) 22 May 1998.

      Royal Ulster Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many regular RUC officers there were at (a) 7 June 2001 and (b) 22 May 1998.

      Disturbances, (Ardoyne)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the cause of disturbances in Ardoyne, Belfast from 20 June; how many civilians and police were injured on each...

      John Stokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the findings of the coroner's inquest into the death of John Stokes while in police custody were; how many days elapsed between death and...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Green Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she chaired the first meeting of Green Ministers during the current Session of Parliament; when subsequent meetings are...

    • Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average time is for compensation payments for those holdings that (a) lost stock, (b) lost fodder and (c) bore the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many samples of deer have been taken for foot and mouth disease analysis; and how many have tested (a) positive and (b)...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of the national (a) flock of sheep and (b) herd of cattle has been culled as a result of the slaughter...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many foot and mouth disease carcases are being stored pending rendering.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is of (a) the tonnage of ash to be taken away from and (b) the number of locations of pyre sites in Cumbria.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what dates over the last 10 years, MAFF/DEFRA contingency plans for foot and mouth disease were submitted to the EU or...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration the Government have given to varying compensatory valuations at different stages of the foot and mouth...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her assessment is of when foot and mouth disease will be eradicated in the United Kingdom.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what dates over the last 20 years divisions or regions of MAFF/DEFRA were tested or updated on the contingency plans for...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the protocols and guidance notes for the disinfection of all buildings, including sheds with cobbled...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many animals were killed as part of the 3 km cull in Cumbria.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases of foot and mouth have been detected because of surveillance visits by vets from her Department.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) cattle and (b) sheep, on how many farms in (i) England and (ii) Cumbria, have been have been slaughtered because...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints she has received from (a) organisations and (b) members of the public about the conduct of the military...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she takes to ensure consistency in the advice her Department is offering to farmers on biosecurity relating to...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what has been the cost to date of the operation to eradicate foot and mouth in the Ribble Valley.

      Hedgerows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the proposed timetable is for consultation on the revised draft Hedgerows Regulations; and if she will make a statement.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement about the progress of her review of the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals;...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the measures she is taking to improve animal welfare.

      Commission on the Future of Food and Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) who will lead the commission to consider the future of food and farming; (2) what the intended timetable is for the...

      Wildlife Crime (Birds of Prey)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are in place to (a) stop wild birds of prey being illegally sold in the United Kingdom and (b) detect and...

      Flood Defence Schemes (Robertsbridge)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will instruct the Environment Agency to commence work immediately on the flood defence schemes for Northbridge street...

      Flood Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to amend the funding arrangements for flood protection measures; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when she met the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions to discuss inter-departmental...

      Departmental Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans her Department has for future joint decision making in conjunction with the Department for Transport, Local...

      Departmental Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans her Department has for future joint decision making in conjunction with the Department of Trade and Industry; and...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her timetable is for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy to reflect environmental concerns more closely; and if she...

      Biotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the consultation exercises that have been undertaken over the last five years on farm animal biotechnology...

      State Veterinary Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many vets were employed by the Government Veterinary Service on 1 May (a) 1995, (b) 1997, (c) 1999 and (d) 2001.

      Census

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the June farming census will be held; and what plans she has to alter the usual questions.

      Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what targets she has set for the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science for 2001–02.

      Forestry Commission (Expenditure)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals she has to amend the Forestry Commission Departmental Expenditure Limits for (a) 2001–02, (b)...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Ministerial Replies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 11 July 2001, Official Report, column 573W, on ministerial replies, if he will list by Department, the number of letters from members...

  • Work and Pensions

    • UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the reservation taken by the UK to article 22 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    • Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what studies he has conducted into the timescale and evidence for material changes in capacity for working.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish the details of his planned changes to Incapacity Benefit before laying the regulations before the House.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what is the average amount of time people currently claiming Incapacity Benefit have been in receipt of that benefit; (2) what...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in receipt of Incapacity Benefit have been subjected to a new capability for work test as a result of (a) section 61 of the...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will provide a breakdown of recipients of Incapacity Benefit by type of incapacity; and if he will make a statement.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for Incapacity Benefit were refused in (a) 2000 and (b) this year to date.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what has been the cost of Incapacity Benefit in each year since 1995 (a) in cash terms and (b) at current prices.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what evidence he has collated on the numbers of claimants of Incapacity Benefit who are capable of (a) full-time work on a sustained...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people suffering from diabetes are in receipt of Incapacity Benefit.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will set out the most recent figures for the review periods set for Incapacity Benefit, indicating how many recipients fall into each...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to review the regulations which exclude term time only workers from claiming Jobseeker's Allowance during the school holidays.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people (a) under and (b) over the age of 16 years and suffering from diabetes are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, listed by...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what reviews are under way within his Department to examine the eligibility criteria for Disability Living Allowance for those diagnosed as...

      IT Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the information technology contracts in excess of £500,000 let by his Department or its predecessor since April 1991,...

      Basic Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many single retirement pensioners receive (a) 100 per cent. of basic rate retirement pension, (b) 90 to 99 per cent. of basic rate...

      State Second Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the accrual rate implied by the state second pension in each £1,000 band of income up to £20,000 a year in the SSP in...

  • Treasury

    • Devolved Government Referendums

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost to public funds was of the referendums on devolved government in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) London.

    • Housing Wardens

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his plans to extend VAT to services provided by housing managers or wardens; and what estimate he has made of the revenue...

      Asbestos Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that the financial services industry is adequately prepared for meeting future claims for compensation relating to the...

      Biodiesel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the cost per tonne of carbon saved in biodiesel production.

      Green Ministers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) on what date a Green Minister was first appointed in his Department; when subsequent appointments were made; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Drug Seizures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value was of illegal drug seizures at points of entry to the UK in each of the past five years; and what the observed effect was on the street...

      Manufacturing Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his predictions are for manufacturing growth over the 2001–02 financial year.

      Community Investment Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to introduce (a) pilot schemes for community investment tax credits, (b) independent monitoring of the effectiveness of community...

      Revenue Losses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to obtain a more accurate account of the revenue losses outlined in the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General published on 9...

      Roques Report

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Roques report, referred to in section 5.3 of Comptroller and Auditor General's report published on 9 February, will be published.

  • House of Lords

    • Immigration Detainees: Religious Needs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will issue instructions to the managers of Immigration Acts detention centres to consult appropriate authorities of each religion when appointing...

    • Highdown Prison: Late Arrival of Prisoners at Court

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What inquiries they have made into the repeated late arrival of prisoners from Highdown prison at Guildford Crown Court; and whether the degree of co-operation...

      Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation: Redress

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What legal redress and physical protection are available to women in the United Kingdom who have been "trafficked" or trapped into prostitution; and whether they...

      Prison Service: Environmental Performance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress the Prison Service has made towards improving its environmental performance.

      Prison Estate: Women and Immigration Detainees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to restructure the prison estate to accommodate the number of women being given custodial sentences and those people being detained for...

      Foreign Nationals: Application for Leave to Remain

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to replace the current application forms for foreign nationals wishing to apply for leave to remain in the United Kingdom.

      Public Trust Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to publish the Public Trust Office's annual report and accounts for 2000-01.

      Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are registered with the United Nations RWA (Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East); what is...

      Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evidence they have that Palestinian refugees in Lebanon will be fully consulted in any final peace settlement under United Nations Resolution 194; and what...

      Libya: Goods Subject to Export Controls

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any goods subject to strategic export controls have been approved for export to Libya.

      Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill: Human Rights Statement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a statement has been made under the Human Rights Act 1998 in connection with the Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill.

      Ilisu Dam

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they continue to guarantee assistance to the Ilisu Dam project in Turkey against the advice of expert opinion and House of Commons Select Committees.

      Nuclear Weapons: Safety

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide information on the circumstances of each of the accidents involving UK nuclear weapons referred to in the answer given by the then...

      French and German Teaching

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their plans to promote the more widespread teaching of French and German to pupils in primary and secondary schools.

      Language Teaching

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What their position is on a proposed pilot project for teaching foreign languages in primary and secondary schools in England which is at present under discussion...

      Education Reform White Paper

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the White Paper on education reform.

      Remploy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the future of the Remploy Factory in Barnsley; what disposal strategy has been agreed; and to what extent the workforce has been affected.

      Warrington: Pensioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many pensioners there are in the Warrington area.

      Appeal Tribunals: President's Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When he will publish the first annual report of the president of appeal tribunals on the standards of decision-making in cases coming to appeal tribunals.

      Nursing Home Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to make information available on the number of nursing home residents who are found to fall within the continuing healthcare eligibility...

      Nursing Home Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will indicate, in cases where a potential resident plans to move to a nursing home in another health authority or local authority area: (a) which...

      Nursing Home Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether from October 2001 those persons who currently fund their own nursing care will: (a) be informed in writing of the outcome of the nursing assessment and the...

      Nursing Home Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What monitoring of fee levels in nursing homes is planned to ensure that residents' fees are reduced by the nursing home to a level to cover living and personal...

      Nursing Home Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to ensure that any increases in the costs of registered nursing care through inflation and wages rises will be covered by the National Health...

      Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act: Annual Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish an annual report under Section 22 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970.

      Children Act

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will report on the operation of the Children Act 1989.

      Flood Risk and Planning Permission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action is being taken to ensure that local authorities take heed of, and act on, professional warnings of flood dangers before granting planning permission...

      Palace of Westminster: Stone Restoration

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What steps are being taken to complete the cleaning of the fabric of the Palace of Westminster.

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