Written answers

Thursday, 19 July 2001

  • International Development

    • Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the work of her Department in improving access to justice in Nigeria.

    • Botswana and Namibia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on her Department's assistance to (a) Botswana and (b) Namibia.

      Green Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what are the terms of reference for the Green Minister in her Department; and if she will make a statement; (2) on what date a...

      Lord Ashcroft

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if officials in her Department have been disciplined for passing documents relating to Michael Ashcroft and his activities in Belize to...

      Belize

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when KPMG sent letters to (a) Carlisle Holdings and (b) Sonisa during its study commissioned by her Department to review the regulation...

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress she plans to make with the process of debt relief at the G8 Summit in Genoa.

      Commonwealth Development Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list, for each of the last three years, the deals established by the Commonwealth Development Corporation broken down by...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Spoiled Ballot Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many spoiled ballot papers there were in each district council area in Northern Ireland in the (a) most recent and (b) 1997 local elections.

    • Spoiled Ballot Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many spoiled ballot papers were received in each constituency in Northern Ireland at the (a) 2001 and (b) 1997 general elections.

      Royal Ulster Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he plans to publish Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary 2000–01 report on the Royal Ulster Constabulary.

      Prison Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the prison population in Northern Ireland was on (a) 7 June 2001 and (b) 22 May 1998.

      Stun Grenades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what powers he has to prosecute a civilian found (a) to be in possession of or (b) to have fired a stun grenade.

      Plastic Bullets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what response he has made to the report of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission on the recording of the use of plastic bullets in...

      Inter-regional Road Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he last met the Secretary of State for Scotland in order to discuss inter-regional road infrastructure.

      Weston Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the criteria adopted by the Government for deciding which parties should be invited to participate in the Weston Park talks; and...

      Weston Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the people invited to participate in the talks at Weston Park during the week beginning 8 July.

      Ministerial Travel

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

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many additional appointments are to be made to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; and on what date these appointments will be made.

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the extent to which the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission can extend its powers under the Paris Principles...

      Polling Stations (Disabled Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures will be taken to ensure that disabled voters have easy access to polling stations before the next Assembly elections.

      Criminal Justice Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what factors underlay the time taken to bring forward the Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill.

      Racial Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he has taken to extend legislation on racially motivated crime to Northern Ireland.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to monitor sentencing of individuals according to (a) perceived community origin, (b) ethnic origin, (c) gender, (d) sexual...

      Patten Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he has taken to ensure the records of the Patten Commission, the written submissions made to it and the transcripts of oral hearings...

      Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list for each week from Monday 23 July to Monday 8 October which departmental Ministers will be on duty (a) in the United Kingdom and...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Annual Reports

      To ask the Solicitor-General when the Director of the Serious Fraud Office intends to publish her annual report.

    • Annual Reports

      To ask the Solicitor-General when the Director of Public Prosecutions will publish his annual report.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Sporting Talent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what evaluation methods are in place for projects designed to nurture sporting talent among young people competing at a national level,...

    • Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects the Gambling Review, chaired by Sir Alan Budd, to report.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she will take to implement the recommendations by the Gaming Board for Great Britain on the stakes and prizes in gaming machines.

      Historic Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her policy is on the historic environment and the English Heritage document "Power of Place"; and if she will make a statement.

      Office of Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the Government will appoint the Chair of the Office of Communications.

  • House of Commons

    • Speaker's Advisory Panel

      To ask the President of the Council what progress has been made in setting up the Speaker's Advisory Panel.

  • Prime Minister

    • US Export Administration Act

      To ask the Prime Minister what consultations he has had with the US Administration in relation to the US Export Administration Act in the past four years; and if he will make a statement.

    • Performance and Innovation Unit

      To ask the Prime Minister what additional projects are planned for the Performance and Innovation Unit; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Duties Allowance

      To ask the Prime Minister what effect the abolition of the Office Costs Allowance will have on the Public Duties Allowance payable to former Prime Ministers.

      Business Appointments

      To ask the Prime Minister if he has received the fourth report of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments.

      Intelligence and Security Committee

      To ask the Prime Minister when he will respond to the Intelligence and Security Committee's interim report for 2000–01.

      Champion for Children

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will appoint a Cabinet champion for children; and if he will establish an inter-ministerial group on children.

      Poverty

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will set out the responsibilities of departmental Ministers for reducing poverty following the reorganisation of Government Departments.

      Electoral Arrangements

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the breakdown of responsibilities of Ministers and Government Departments for electoral systems and electoral arrangements in the UK relating to...

      Genetically Modified Maize

      To ask the Prime Minister how many representations he has received calling for suspension of the marketing consent for the Aventis genetically modified maize, known as T25.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Unsolicited Commercial Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the Government's support for an opt-out procedure for unsolicited commercial e-mails in the revised Telecommunications Data Protection...

    • Fishing Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will publish the criteria used to apportion to the regional development agencies the money for regeneration of fishing communities...

      Insolvency Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if consultants have been employed to undertake a pay and grading exercise in the Insolvency Service.

      Small Business Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what meetings she has had with the Small Business Council since 1997; and what response she has made to the recommendations contained in the...

      Small Business Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what arrangements she intends to make for awarding licences for broadband fixed wireless access at 28 GHz that remained unsold after last...

      Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Coal Authority's report and accounts for 2000–01 will be laid before Parliament.

      Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she expects to receive the annual report of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.

      Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she has received the annual reports for 2000 from the recognised supervisory bodies for company auditors under Part II of the Companies Act...

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures the Government will take to ensure that the new electricity trading arrangements do not penalise CHP and renewable generators.

      Departmental Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of bills were paid on time by Government Departments and their agencies during the financial year 2000–01.

      Research Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the outcome of the first stage of the quinquennial review of the six grant-awarding research councils will be announced; and what its...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the regional development agencies have prepared annual reports and accounts for 2000–01; and if she will make a statement.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which of the Regional Development Agencies have published an action plan as part of their corporate/business plan for 2001–02 setting...

      "Your Britain, Your Europe, Your North West"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the definition is of trading links contained in her Department's document, 'Your Britain, Your Europe, Your North West'.

      "Your Britain, Your Europe, Your North West"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for how many jobs in the North West membership of the single market is crucial according to her Department's document, "Your Britain, Your...

      Construction Industry (Women)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many women have been helped to enter the construction industry in the North West by EU funding.

      Manchester (EU Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much of the cost of remodelling the Arndale Centre and the new Exchange Square in Manchester has been met from EU funding.

      Assisted Area Status (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what discussions she has had with the European Union with regard to assisted area status in Scotland; (2) what proposals she has for...

      Third Generation Telecommunications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what appraisal was undertaken of the environmental impacts of granting licences for the development of third generation communications...

      Third Generation Telecommunications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many additional telecommunications masts she estimates will be needed in (a) urban and (b) rural areas for the effective development of...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list for (a) each county and (b) each region the percentage of electricity generated by renewable sources; and if she will make a...

      Trawlermen (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) average, (b) mean and (c) median length of time is taken to process (i) successful and (ii) unsuccessful applications from former...

      Trawlermen (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims for compensation have been received from former distant water trawlermen living in Lancashire; how many claims have been paid;...

      Energy Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what contribution the United Kingdom is making to the European Commission's MOX fuel research programme.

      Slate Quarrymen (Industrial Diseases)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will recognise emphysema and chronic bronchitis as industrial diseases for slate quarrymen and former slate quarrymen.

      Independent Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information, prior to Independent Insurance going into liquidation, was provided to (a) her Department and (b) the FSA relating to the...

  • Defence

    • Disposal Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what key targets have been set for the Disposal Services Agency for the financial year 2001–02.

    • Defence Intelligence and Security Centre Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what key targets have been set for the Defence Intelligence and Security Centre Defence Agency for 2001–02.

      Ballistic Missiles (Iraq)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of Iraq's capability to use ballistic missile technology to target surface-to-air missiles.

      Defence Diversification Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff the Defence Diversification Agency has; and where its annual reports are published.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is with regard to the siting of wind farms in tactical training areas; and what research has been undertaken in developing this policy.

      Live Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which foreign training sites are being used by the British Army; and at what percentage of those sites the British Army uses live ammunition.

      Merlin Helicopter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) budget for and (b) cost of running and maintaining the Royal Navy Merlin helicopter squadron has been in each year since they were purchased.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will undertake a review of the (a) manufacture of nuclear warheads at Aldermaston/Burghfield by AWE plc, (b) deployment of Trident 2 as the UK's...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his compliance with paragraph 105F of the International Court of Justice's Advisory Opinion on the Legality of the Threat...

      Discrimination (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 9 July 2001, Official Report, column 362W, on discrimination, how many outstanding compensation claims there are for (a) men...

      Prisoners of War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the British servicemen held as prisoners in Auschwitz during the second world war are known to be still alive; and what memorials exist to...

      Training and Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the (a) countries and (b) organisations which have received British military (i) training and (ii) assistance since 1997.

      HMS Cromer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to dispose of HMS Cromer.

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received on (a) Fylingdales and (b) Menwith Hill in relation to recent proposals to install a national missile defence system...

      Six-nation Framework Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which existing collaborative projects will become co-operative armaments programmes under the Six-nation Framework Agreement.

      Six-nation Framework Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Government Departments will be involved in approving the permitted export lists under the Six- nation Framework Agreement.

      Nancekuke

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, (1) pursuant to his answer of 11 July 2001, Official Report, column 581W, if he will place in the Library the incomplete record of materials which...

      Defence Training Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on the implementation of the Defence Training Review and related training estate matters; and if he will make a statement.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the latest estimate is of the cost of the Trident acquisition programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Carrier Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on progress with the CVF (aircraft carrier) assessment phase contracts; and if he will make a statement.

      Bowman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on the Bowman project; and if he will make a statement.

      Bowman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the impact on procurement policy, with particular reference to the willingness of each of the competitors to accept...

      Bowman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assurances he has received from TRW about its performance in respect of US digitisation programmes; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

  • Home Department

    • European Refugee Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which organisations successfully bid for funding under the European refugee fund for voluntary repatriation measures in 2000–01.

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the asylum support adjudicators will publish their annual report and accounts for 2000–01.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have arrived in (a) the county of Suffolk, excluding Felixstowe and (b) the Port of Felixstowe since 1 January.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on the shackling of asylum detainees attending hospitals for medical treatment.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the backlog of asylum appeals was on (a) 30 May and (b) 30 May 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what date he expects (a) to have completed his assessment of the fieldwork on the asylum vouchers review and (b) to make an announcement...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he is taking to ensure that asylum seekers who have been victims of torture are not detained in prisons; and if he will make a...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he intends to implement Part III of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 relating to routine hearings to review the detention of...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase the regional structure of the National Asylum Support Service; and if he will make a statement.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if guidance notes accompanying statement of evidence forms are distributed to asylum seekers in their own language; how many translated...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers are located in Southend; and how many have been sent to Southend from other areas.

      Animal Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish the Animal Procedures Committee annual report for 2000.

      Animal Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish the figures relating to scientific procedures performed on living animals in Great Britain in 2000, licensed under the...

      Voluntary and Community Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish a report on central Government funding of voluntary and community organisations.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will confirm the final 2001–02 key performance indicator targets for average cost per uncrowded prison place and average cost per...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about the performance of Her Majesty's prison services in 2000–01.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Criminal Records Bureau will publish its annual report and accounts for 2000–01.

      Immigration Appeals Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what further right of appeal on human rights grounds is available to those who had appeals pending before the Immigration Appeals Authority,...

      Oakington Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applicants have had their claims processed at Oakington detention centre since 20 March 2000; what was the outcome of each...

      James Ashley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish (a) the Wilding report and (b) the Hoddinot report into the death of James Ashley.

      Green Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what dates his Department's Green Minister attended meetings of the Green Ministers' Committee during the current Session of Parliament;...

      Sexual Offences Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals he has to implement the recommendations of the Sexual Offender Review Group; and if he will make a statement.

      Sexual Offences Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he plans to publish the Government's response to the Sexual Offences Review; (2) if he will publish a list of those who have...

      Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list for each week from Monday 23 July to Monday 8 October which departmental Ministers will be on duty (a) in the United Kingdom...

      National Black Police Association/Superintendent Dizaei

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if surveillance of Dr. Dizaei included telephone conversations on private and public telecommunication systems in connection with his...

      National Black Police Association/Superintendent Dizaei

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what basis (a) the accounts of the National Black Police Association were disclosed to the Metropolitan Police and (b) his Department...

      National Black Police Association/Superintendent Dizaei

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action has followed the formal complaint made by the National Black Police Association against the Deputy Commissioner Ian Blair, DAC...

      National Black Police Association/Superintendent Dizaei

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on who is accountable for the Metropolitan Police service investigations into Dr Ali Dizaei and Chief Inspector...

      National Black Police Association/Superintendent Dizaei

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of the investigation into Dr. Dizaei has been to date including (a) salaries of police officers and support staff, (b) cost of...

      National Black Police Association/Superintendent Dizaei

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers are working on the investigation of Dr. Dizaei.

      National Black Police Association/Superintendent Dizaei

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many statements relating to the investigation of Dr. Dizaei have been taken to date and what proportion of those statements, excluding...

      National Black Police Association/Superintendent Dizaei

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many superintendents within the Metropolitan Police in the last five years have received surveillance at the level of that carried out in...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what average length of time is spent by young people held in custody on remand before their case comes before court and is finalised.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many juvenile offenders are currently held in (a) young offender institutions and (b) elsewhere within the Prison Estate; and if he will...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applicants who have held ELR status and who have applied for ILR have been refused in each of the last three years.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what orders have been laid under section 84(4)(d) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

      Family Visitor Visa

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the effect of fees on the number of family visitor visa appeals.

      Family Visitor Visa

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many family visitor visa appeals have been funded by the Legal Services Commission in the last 12 months.

      Family Visitor Visa

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if his Department will introduce a separate application form for family visitor visa applications which draws attention to the fact that any...

      Family Visitor Visa

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate he has made of the numbers of successful family visitor visa appeals (a) at oral hearings and (b) via paper only.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of people aged 16 to 24 years reported that they had used illegal drugs during the (a) past year and (b) past month in (i)...

      Pfi/PPP

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

      Charity Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the policy of the Charity Commission in respect of an application to establish a new charity which replicates...

      Channel Tunnel (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants have been apprehended at the Channel Tunnel terminal at Cheriton this year; and how many of them have applied for...

      Channel Tunnel (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in completing the security arrangements at the Coquelles terminal of the Channel Tunnel.

      Criminal Justice and Court Services Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which provisions of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 are yet to come into force; what the planned timetable is for their...

      Criminal Court Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to change the names of criminal court orders.

      Fine Defaulters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) were imprisoned and (b) received a non-custodial sentence for fine default in each of the last 10 years for which figures...

      Reoffending

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average recorded reoffending rate was following (a) a community rehabilitation order with conditions, (b) a community rehabilitation...

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which provisions of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 are yet to come into force; what the planned timetable is for their...

      Terrorism Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which provisions of the Terrorism Act 2000 are yet to come into force; what the planned timetable is for their introduction; what orders...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the additional Probation Service staff that need to be recruited in order to deliver the accredited programme...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the backlog of unprocessed passport applications was at the end of each month since 1 January.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who is providing the Passport Service's out-sourced call service mentioned in paragraph 2.11 of the Services Corporate and Business Plan...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what legislative changes he is planning to allow the Passport Service greater access to other databases.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the incidence of internal fraud within the Passport Service.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the original budgeted estimate was for the cost of moving the headquarters and London Regional Office of the UK Passport Agency; what...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what work he has commissioned into (a) the incidence of passport fraud and (b) possible new measures to combat such fraud.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he plans to take to recover the deficit which the Passport Service is set to incur in the financial year 2001–02.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the percentage increase in the revenue of the Passport Service between 2001–02 and 2002–03; what...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports were scrapped prior to issue in (a) 1997–98, (b) 1998–99, (c) 1999–2000 and (d) 2000–01.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to recover the costs of the emergency measures introduced by the Passport Service in 1999.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for (a) new passports and (b) renewals there have been in each month since 1 January.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average processing time was for (a) a new passport application and (b) a renewal in each month of 2001 to date.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to which (a) private sector and (b) public sector databases the Passport Service is seeking access.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to letters from the hon. Member for Woking dated 30 April and 4 and 6 July, ref. V1006539, re Mrs. Verney, formerly Egorova.

      Social Action Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to ensure that Christian and church-based social action initiatives are treated equitably in the allocation of...

      Prisons (Rehabilitation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to improve the record of prisons as institutions of effective rehabilitation.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Autogas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what guidance the Government have issued on the safety of converting vehicles to use autogas.

    • Autogas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what guidelines have been issued to licensing authorities about the use of private hire vehicles which use autogas.

      Autogas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps the Government are taking to encourage the use of autogas in motor vehicles.

      Transport Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what share of national income is projected to be taken up by public investment in transport in 2011–12 and what...

      Transport Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much total UK transport capital expenditure is projected to rise in real terms by 2011 as a share of GDP.

      "The Future of Aviation"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he intends to make public the responses to the consultation document, "The Future of Aviation".

      Waste-burning Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the planning authorities that have refused applications to build waste-burning incinerators in urban...

      English Regions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received on the inclusion of those parts of Cleveland south of the River Tees in (a) a...

      English Regions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what criteria are applied in defining the Government's standard regions for England.

      English Regions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what considerations he has given to the creation of a Wessex (a) region and (b) regional assembly.

      English Regions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received about including Cumberland and Westmorland in regions based on (a) Newcastle and...

      English Regions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received on the inclusion of north Lincolnshire and north-east Lincolnshire in (a) a...

      English Regions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the Government purposes for which, at 31 May 1997, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight were included with...

      English Regions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what requests he has received that Cornwall should not be included in a region which includes Dorset, Somerset and...

      Ferry Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much public money was spent on ferry subsidies in each of the last three years.

      Local Government Funding

      Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when it is intended that the proposed changes to the general funding formula for local government will...

      Farm Diversification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when rate relief for new farm diversification enterprises will be available.

      Planning Inspectorate Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to publish the Planning Inspectorate's annual report and accounts for 2000–01.

      Regional Air Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what is the current status of work on the regional air services studies; and when he proposes to publish the regional...

      E-Government Local Authority Pathfinders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to provide funding for the 25 e-government local authority pathfinders in 2001–02.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many work days were lost due to stress-induced illness in London Underground staff broken down by (a) station...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many driver working hours are needed to run the current level of trains on London Underground each week day,...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many London Underground trains were delayed more than 10 minutes in each year since 1994–95 broken down by line.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the companies used by London Underground Limited to (a) install, (b) maintain and (c) replace London...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what is the average length of time London Underground staff stayed working for London Underground, broken down by (a)...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many trains ran per hour in (a) peak time and (b) other times in each year since 1994–95 broken down by line.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if he will make a statement on performance figures for the shadow running by the infraco companies in...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proportion of the first year of public-private partnership funding of London Underground will be spent on (a)...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many violent incidents against London Underground staff by passengers there were in each financial year since...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many trains per hour in (a) peak time and (b) other times Westinghouse Signals were contracted to provide on the...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many London Underground trains were delayed due to passenger illness in each month since 1994–95 broken...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many customers waited more than 10 minutes to purchase tickets for London Underground journeys broken down by...

      Metro Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he compiles comparisons between the performances of the metro systems of major international cities.

      Rough Sleepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many people were sleeping rough in England in (a) April, (b) May and (c) June.

  • Treasury

    • Competitiveness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact on manufacturing competitiveness of changes to the tax burden in the UK and other OECD countries in recent years.

    • Competitiveness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the UK's comparative position in international competitiveness.

      Competitiveness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of levels of taxation on the competitiveness of the UK.

      EU Structural Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement on the progress of the delivery of European Union aid to the United Kingdom's Objective 1 regions; (2) what assessment he...

      EU Structural Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what public match-funds have so far been used to support projects for which European Structural Funds have been offered in each of the four UK...

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the reduction in global carbon emissions resulting from the climate change levy.

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on recent progress in relieving the burden of debt in the world's poorest countries.

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the UK's contribution to international efforts to relieve the debt burden of the world's most indebted countries.

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of the Working Families Tax Credit in London.

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what monitoring his Department undertakes of the impact of the Working Families Tax Credit on work incentives for second earners in recipient households;...

      Children's Bond

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families will benefit from the proposed children's bond.

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what further action he is taking to develop the credit union sector.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his proposals on reducing unemployment.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of recent measures designed to reduce youth and long-term unemployment.

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how his plans for public investment will affect measures to help lone parents into work.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his planned expenditure on pensions will be in the forthcoming year.

      Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Governor of the Bank of England regarding the level of interest rates; and if he will make a statement.

      Barnett Formula

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the Barnett formula.

      Vehicle Fuel Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to change levels of taxation on vehicle fuel.

      Bank of England (Banking Facilities)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the Bank of England will extend banking facilities to companies and organisations other than Huntingdon Life Sciences in circumstances where facilities...

      Tax Burden

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of net taxes and social security contributions as a percentage of GDP in (a) 1996–97 and (b) 2000–01.

      United States Slowdown

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the impact of the slowdown in the US economy on UK exports and employment.

      Cleaner Road Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal measures he is taking to promote the use of cleaner road fuels.

      Sex Discrimination

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures aimed at removing disadvantage to women he has introduced since 1997.

      Global Health Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he is holding with his G8 counterparts on establishing the Global Trust Fund for Health.

      Government Spending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the sustainability of the existing planned rate of increase in Government spending over the next five years.

      Tobacco/Alcohol Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to tackle tobacco and alcohol smuggling.

      World Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's policy is on purchasing from firms and individuals listed by the World bank as ineligible for World bank financed contracts for...

      Independent Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if the FSA discussed with a director of the Independent Insurance Company the sale of shares to Independent's staff as a means to raise capital...

      Independent Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans the Treasury has (1) to initiate an inquiry into the role of the FSA in regulating Independent Insurance; (2) to initiate an inquiry into the...

      Independent Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if the information on Independent Insurance provided to the FSA by the French Commission de Contrôle des Assurances had already been supplied to...

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals have held the position of director of enforcement within the Financial Services Authority since 1 January 2000; for what periods they...

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to ensure that the Financial Services Authority make public (a) the operating restrictions, (b) the fines and (c) the other sanctions...

      Assets Sales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will update his estimate of proceeds from the sale of fixed assets contained in table C15 of the Financial Statement and Budget Report 2001; what...

      Single Currency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of the euro:sterling exchange rate on exports to the European Union since 1997; and what his policy is on the...

      Single Currency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assumptions his Department will make on the level and evolution of the exchange rate for the purposes of the (a) preliminary technical work on the...

      Public Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his planned level of spending on public services will be over the next three years.

      Landlords

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of landlords who benefit from the Rent a Room scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Self-assessment (Internet)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individual taxpayers who file self-assessment tax returns have registered for the Inland Revenue service for filing tax returns on the internet in...

      Self-assessment (Internet)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of (a) the fixed cost and (b) the marginal cost of providing self- assessment tax returns on the internet; and if he will make a...

      Drug Trafficking

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the policy is of HM Customs and Excise in relation to targeted investigations of major cannabis trafficking into the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton can expect a reply to his letter dated 12 June to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury with regard to Mrs....

      National Statistics Annual Report

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the National Statistics annual report for 2000–01 to be published.

      Framework Document for National Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will publish a revised Framework Document for National Savings.

      ECOFIN Council

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the outcome was of the ECOFIN Council held in Brussels on 10 July; what the Government's voting record was at the Council; and if he will make a statement.

      Excise Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government are taking to tackle excise fraud.

      National Asset Register

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to update the National Asset Register.

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the seven banks referred to by the Managing Director of the Financial Services Authority on 8 March in connection with weaknesses in money laundering...

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the results of discussions between the Financial Services Authority, the law enforcement agencies and the banks following...

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ensure that the FSA produces an interim report on Equitable Life by 20 July.

      Healthy Life Expectancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the healthy life expectancy at age 65 years for (a) men and (b) women in (i) England and (ii) Great Britain.

      Teenage Mothers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the conception rate was for under 18-year-olds per thousand women aged 15 to 17 in (a) 1998, (b) 1999 and (c) 2000.

      Registrar General (Census)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Minister of Health's powers to control and direct the Registrar General in the performance of his duties under the Census Act 1920 were rescinded;...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Sustainable Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her policy relating to supporting a sustainable agricultural economy.

    • Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many jobs have been lost in Cumbria in the (a) agricultural sector and (b) tourist industry as a result of the foot...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps were taken to ensure that farmers were aware (a) of the law surrounding slaughter of animals as a result of foot...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the proposed 20-day standstill period on the movement of sheep and cattle.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how long foot and mouth vaccination lasts after administration to livestock.

      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 milking parlours following foot and mouth disease.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date it is estimated that the last milking parlour on currently infected premises will be disinfected and reinstated...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations have been made to the Government by other countries who have suffered a foot and mouth outbreak.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will publish the protocols or guidance for the removal of ash from a foot and mouth disease burn site; (2) what...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made that vaccinated animals can act as virus carriers of foot and mouth disease.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the risk of infection of foot and mouth via the wild animal population, with...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the use of real-time video in undertaking veterinary surveillance of animal herds to detect...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers in (a) Cumbria and (b) England entered their sheep for the welfare disposal scheme when it was fixed at...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers' animals have received (a) pre-22 March stock valuations and (b) standard valuations; and how many animals...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farms within a 10-mile radius of Heddon-on-the-Wall have been infected with foot and mouth disease.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what statutory powers governed the (a) use of vaccination as an eradication policy and (b) other vaccination options...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the incidence of delays in payment of livestock compensation to farmers whose...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons a 24 hour slaughter policy was not in place in the initial confirmed cases of foot and mouth disease.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what changes were made to the foot and mouth contingency plan as a result of the updating exercises conducted in November and...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the (a) farmers and (b) farms whose stock was slaughtered out because they were categorised as (i) direct...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what basis 10 km was decided on as the distance from an infected premises for the ban on animal movement.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action the Government are taking to lift the blanket closures of footpaths and bridleways imposed by local authorities...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 4 July 2001, Official Report, columns 189–90W, how many foreign vets, from which countries,...

      Horticulture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to grant an exemption to horticulturalists from the licensing scheme for trickle irrigation.

      GMOs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the results of testing of (a) seed, (b) food and (c) feed that the Government and its agencies have...

      Flooding (Robertsbridge)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of the inability of water to escape from the upriver side of the Robertsbridge...

      Emergency Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of contingency arrangements to deal with future incidents of (a) flooding, (b) epidemics in farm...

      Rural Recovery Fund (Worcestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will extend the rural recovery fund to Worcestershire.

      IT Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the information technology contracts in excess of £500,000 let by her Department or its predecessor...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the right hon. Member for North-West Cambridgeshire will receive a reply to his letter of 18 April, forwarded by the...

      Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total UK sea bass landings were for (a) the commercial fleet and (b) other catches in 2000.

      Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with fishing industry representatives; and what assessment she has made in respect of...

      Flag of Convenience Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the anticipated costs are of meeting the claims arising from the ruling over the Factortame case brought by owners of...

      Organic Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate she has made of the levels of organic food (a) production and (b) consumption in Great Britain; what...

      Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will publish the 2000–01 Annual Report and Accounts for the Veterinary Laboratory Agency.

      Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will publish the 2000–2001 Annual report and Accounts for the Veterinary Medicines Directorate

      Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will publish the 2000–2001 Annual report and Accounts for the Intervention Board Executive Agency.

      Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will publish the 2000–01 annual report and accounts for the Central Science Laboratory.

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the findings of the review of the origin of BSE undertaken by Professor Horn will be available.

  • Education and Skills

    • Teacher Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many teacher vacancies there were at (a) January 2001 and (b) January 2000 in each local education authority; and if she will...

    • Teacher Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills why the number of vacancies for (a) mathematics and (b) information technology teachers changed between 1997 and 2000.

      Teacher Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reason teacher vacancies as a percentage of teachers in post changed from 1997 to 2000 (a) in the south-east and (b) in London.

      Grant-maintained Schools (Surrey)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding per pupil was provided to grant-maintained schools in Surrey in the year immediately prior to the end of grant-maintained...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the change in incidence of special needs children with statements between 1997 and 2001 as a proportion of...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the factors underlying the change in the incidence of special educational needs children without statement...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many appeals were heard by the Special Educational Needs Tribunal; and how many were successful in 1999–2000.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on trends in enrolment to further education.

      Lecturers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many further education lecturers have left the profession in each of the last 10 years.

      Lecturers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information she has collated regarding vacancy rates in lecturer/senior lecturer grades over the last five years, in each university.

      Schools (Investment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on her plans for public investment in schools.

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the number of individual learning accounts (a) opened and (b) used by (i) gender, (ii) age and (iii) occupation.

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many individual learning accounts have been opened under the national framework since June 2000.

      Vandalism (Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to reduce the amount of vandalism to school premises committed out of school hours.

      Pfi/PPP

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) PFI and (b) PPP contracts have been agreed by her Department in the last five years; how many have been satisfactorily...

      Education (Bedfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment has been made of the requirement for new (a) lower, (b) middle and (c) upper schools in the South-West Bedfordshire...

      Education (Bedfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in South-West Bedfordshire have school meals provided by the local authority.

      Education (Bedfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the class sizes for (a) lower, (b) middle and (c) upper schools were in Bedfordshire on 1 May; and what they are projected to be on 1...

      Plain English

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to ensure that all documents that school governing bodies are required to consider are written in plain English.

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of 16-year-olds had at least one GCSE at grade A*-G in 2000.

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of young people left local authority care with one or more GCSE at grade A* to G for the year for which she has the most...

      School Absences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of school half days were missed in the year 2000 through unauthorised absence.

      Teachers' Code of Conduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will take into account the concerns of teachers about the proposed clause 5 of the professional code of conduct of teachers, drafted...

      School Exclusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance has been issued on the circumstances in which it is appropriate for a local education authority exclusion officer to overrule...

      Nursery Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her timetable is for extending free nursery places to all three-year-olds in (a) Staffordshire and (b) England.

      Childcare (Warrington, North)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many day care places in nurseries have been created in Warrington, North since 1997.

      Childcare (Warrington, North)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many out-of-school hours childcare places have been created in Warrington, North since 1997; and how many of those places are in wards...

      School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had with religious organisations about the implications for church schools of new funding arrangements for school...

      School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance she has issued to education authorities and to learning and skills councils on future funding arrangements for transport to...

      Early Years Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what requirements she has placed on (a) local authorities and (b) pre-school settings for the preparation of and application for kitemark...

      Early Years Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will publish, for each local education authority, in respect of (a) three year olds and (b) four year olds (i) the number resident in...

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the criteria for the inclusion of organisations in her Department's anti-bullying website, "Don't Suffer in Silence".

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when her officials plan to meet representatives of the charity Bullying Online.

      Trainee Teachers (Tests)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 9 July 2001, Official Report, column 403W, how many students who obtained QTS status last summer have (a) failed...

      Chief Inspector of Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what arrangements are being made to recruit the next HM Chief Inspector of Schools in England.

  • Scotland

    • Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will publish the protocols and guidance notes for the disinfection of milking parlours in Scotland following foot and mouth disease.

    • Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when she last travelled on the London Underground in the course of her official duties.

      Motoring Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much the Treasury received from motoring fines in Scotland in each of the last five years.

      Scottish Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much public funding Scottish Homes has received each year since 1989.

      Scottish Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many performance audits Scottish Homes has conducted each year since 1989.

      Scottish Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many statutory inquiries Scottish Homes has conducted each year since 1989.

      Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list for each week from Monday 23 July to Monday 8 October which departmental Ministers will be on duty (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) in...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Bereavement Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if entitlement to bereavement payment in relation to persons abroad remains the same as that for widow's payment.

    • Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Employment Service annual report and accounts for 2000–01 will be laid before Parliament.

      Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will publish the 2000–01 annual report and accounts for each of his agencies.

      Social Security Fraud Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will publish for public consultation the draft Code of Practice governing the information gathering powers in the Social Security Fraud...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans there are to ensure that occupational pension schemes have independent chairmen.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans there are to ensure that members of an occupational pension fund benefit from it in proportion to their contributions.

      Non-state Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was contributed to non-state pensions in (a) 1999 and (b) 2000 adjusted in each case to 1997 price terms.

      Non-state Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of working age (a) men and (b) women were contributing to a non-state pension in (i) 1999–2000 and (ii) 2000–01.

      English House Condition Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of people aged 60 years or over live in a home that falls below the standard of decency set out in the English House Condition...

      Household Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what percentage of children have lived in households with incomes (a) below 60 per cent. and (b) below 70 per cent. of median household...

      Disability and Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what work (a) is being and (b) has been carried out by his Department to develop a method of collecting information on (i) the number of...

      Disability and Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people on Incapacity Benefit have not been subject to a medical to assess capacity for work for (a) 10, (b) 15 and (c) 20 years; and...

      Disability and Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of people awarded short- term Incapacity Benefit have subsequently been awarded the long-term rate for an indefinite period in...

      Disability and Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in receipt of (a) Incapacity Benefit, (b) Disability Living Allowance and (c) Severe Disability Allowance have had their...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate, for each local authority, the total amount saved in benefit expenditure in the most recent year for which figures are...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff have been employed at the Benefits Fraud Investigations Services, on average, in each year since 1997; and how many positions...

      Benefits Agency Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the three Benefits Agency Medical Services contracts awarded to SEMA with particular reference to their impact...

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received the year 2000 winter fuel payment; and what the total cost was.

      Invalid Care Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the age limit on women in receipt of retirement state pension and able to claim invalid care allowance was reduced to 60 years; for what...

      Old Age Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many women received their first old age pension payment on the date of their 60th birthday in 2000; (2) how many men received their...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Ian Stillman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received regarding the imprisonment of Ian Stillman; and if he will make a statement.

    • Ian Stillman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he is taking to secure the release of Ian Stillman; and if he will make a statement.

      'Your Britain, Your Europe'

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent by his Department on producing documents in the 'Your Britain, Your Europe . . .', series.

      'Your Britain, Your Europe'

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which of the documents in the 'Your Britain, Your Europe . . .', series has been checked for compliance with COI rules on public...

      'Your Britain, Your Europe'

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to what extent the Rural Development Plan referred to in his Department's document, 'Your Britain, Your Europe, Your Wales' is...

      EU-Israel Customs Co-operation Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what items will be placed on the agenda of the EU-Israel Customs Co-operation Committee for 23 July.

      Private Military Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance issued to British embassies requiring them to report contact with...

      US Export Administration Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consultations he has had with the United States Administration in relation to the US Export Administration Act since 1997;...

      US Export Administration Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of the US Export Administration Act in relation to the operation of UK law.

      Treaty of Rome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish a consolidated version of the treaty of Rome, as amended by the treaty of Nice.

      IT Contracts

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

      Conference against Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who will represent the Government at the World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related...

      Westminster Foundation for Democracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the annual report of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy will be available.

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will publish the next report to Parliament on Hong Kong and the Sino-British Joint Declaration.

      Yugoslavia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what changes have been made to EU sanctions in relation to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

      Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the annual report on Strategic Export Controls will be published.

      Diplomatic Immunity (Offences)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many serious offences were allegedly committed in 2000 by persons entitled to immunity by virtue of their employment by a...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of China regarding the treatment of Falun Gong members and their families.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to review the policy of critical engagement with the Chinese Government.

      UN Register of Conventional Arms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the United Kingdom submitted its 2000 return to the UN Register of Conventional Arms; and if copies of the return will be...

      World Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reason BBC World Service broadcasts are no longer available via short wave in North America; and what percentage of the...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church Buildings (Maintenance)

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, pursuant to his answer of 16 July 2001, Official Report, column 17, on Church Buildings (Maintenance), how much...

  • Health

    • Annual Reports

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

    • Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the 2000–01 annual report and accounts of the Medical Devices Agency.

      Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish the annual report and accounts of the NHS Pensions Agency.

      Breast Implants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Government will respond to the Health Committee's report on the provision of information on the safety of breast implants, HC 308, Session...

      Prostate/Testicular Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many men were diagnosed with (a) prostate and (b) testicular cancer in (i) 1971, (ii) 1980, (iii) 1990 and (iv) 2000.

      Disability Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress he has made in response to last year's Audit Commission report 'Fully Equipped' in respect of disability equipment available through the NHS.

      Disability Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned into (a) waiting times and (b) the standard of provision of disability equipment services since the...

      Health Care (Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assumptions on the level of health care cost inflation his Department is using in respect of the financial years (a) 1998–99, (b)...

      St. George's Hospital, Tooting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute beds there are at St. George's Hospital, Tooting.

      St. George's Hospital, Tooting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated for the present financial year to (a) St George's Hospital, Tooting, and (b) Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth health...

      St. George's Hospital, Tooting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were treated at St. George's hospital, Tooting, in 2000.

      Chiropodists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the role of chiropodists in the NHS, with particular reference to their screening for diabetes.

      Chiropodists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on access to chiropody services in the (a) NHS and (b) independent sector.

      Chiropodists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of proposals to regulate chiropodists in the non-state registered sector.

      Chiropodists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the representation of private chiropodists on the NPC, indicating if private chiropodists will be allowed to select their...

      Chiropodists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the competency tests proposed for private chiropodists; and for what reason those tests will not be applied to all chiropodists.

      Prosthetic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that national prosthetic services attracts the appropriate calibre of qualified personnel.

      Prosthetic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that the national prosthetic service is adequately funded.

      Prosthetic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that patients requiring modern prosthetic limbs have access to a high quality, well fitting and comfortable choice.

      Prosthetic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that the quality of prosthetic services available to patients in the UK are of at least an equal standard to those...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the PFI contracts entered into since 1997, indicating (a) the value of the PFI, (b) the name of the successful contractor, (c) those PFIs...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what central monitoring his Department undertakes of value for money obtained in Private Finance Initiative projects; and if he will make a statement.

      Consultant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the number of whole-time equivalent consultant vacancies in the NHS by specialty.

      Consultant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many consultants left the NHS in (a) England and (b) Buckingham in each year since 1980.

      Hospital Travel Costs Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to extend the hospital travel costs scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      National Service Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out the terms of reference, work programme and schedule for the national service framework reviews.

      National Service Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the implications of the National Service Framework for Older People set out in paragraph 29, page 141 of the...

      Child Protection Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children in each London borough council are registered on the child protection register; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Protection Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of children aged under 18 years registered during 1999–2000 on the child protection register had previously been registered.

      Health Care (Undergraduates)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the annual cost of providing to undergraduate students (a) free dental care, (b) free eye tests and (c) free prescriptions.

      Nursing Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nursing vacancies there are in (a) England and (b) Cumbria.

      Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many days on average were lost per employee in his Department because of sickness; and how many officials retired early from his Department in each of...

      Psychiatric Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses are qualified to work with children and adolescents in Milton Keynes; and how many this represents in...

      Psychiatric Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the waiting times are for referrals to child and adolescent psychiatric services in Milton Keynes.

      Drug Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures are in place to ensure that injections of drugs that may be life threatening are correctly and safely administered.

      Human Fertilisation and Embryology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has received applications for research for the purposes set out in the Human Fertilisation and...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the average length of time it took the UK Central Council to register nurses from overseas over the last six months for which figures are...

      Recruitment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what procedure recruitment agencies achieve recognition by an NHS trust; and what steps he takes to monitor their performance.

      Nursing Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will set out the timetable for commencement of section 49 of the Health and Social Care Act 2001 for each group affected by the provision; (2)...

      Anti-psychotic Medication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 11 July 2001, Official Report, on anti-psychotic medication, what work his Department has undertaken to explain the trend in...

      Community-based Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people aged 65 years and over receive community-based services.

      Nursing and Residential Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nursing and residential care (a) homes and (b) beds have closed in Buckingham in each year since 1997.

      Nursing and Residential Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nursing and residential care (a) homes and (b) beds have closed in Cumbria in each year since 1997.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for (1) Health how many general practitioners there were in (a) England and (b) Buckingham in each year since 1980; (2) how many general practitioners ceased...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs were appointed last year.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the recognition of health visitors as specialist nurses.

      Health Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the third report of the Health Committee, Session 2000–01, HC 307.

      Health Trusts and Boards (Membership)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what machinery is used for reviewing the panel of members of the public accepted as eligible for membership of health trusts and boards; and if he will...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 12 July 2001, Official Report, column 590W, concerning care homes, if he will place a copy of the interim report in the...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Freedom of Information Act

      Tony Wright: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when he expects to announce a timetable for implementation of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

    • Freedom of Information Act

      Tony Wright: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) how many bodies subject to the open government code of practice have indicated that they could not fully...

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department which provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 are yet to come into force; what the planned timetable is for their...

      Parental Responsibility

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will place a copy of the Government's response to the EU Commission's working document "Mutual Recognition of Decisions on...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when the letter that her predecessor undertook to write to the right hon. Member for Tonbridge and Malling at the conclusion of...

      Civil Enforcement

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what progress has been made on phase two of the review of civil enforcement.

      Public Records Act

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department which Minister in the Lord Chancellor's Department has responsibility for the execution of the Public Records Act 1958 and for...

      Magistrates

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many magistrates are in post in the St. Helens and Knowsley court service.

      Magistrates

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what measures are taken to make sure that people apply to be magistrates who declare themselves politically do not face discrimination.

      Magistrates

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the establishment figure is for magistrates in St. Helens and Knowsley.

      Magistrates

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what action the Lord Chancellor takes to monitor the (a) political balance of magistrates court and (b) residential areas from...

      Magistrates

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what action the Lord Chancellor's Department takes to make sure political balance among magistrates is maintained.

      Magistrates

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many people applied to be magistrates in St. Helens and Knowsley in 2000.

      Magistrates

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if the Lord Chancellor will make it a requirement for all people to declare their political allegiance in order to maintain the...

      Magistrates

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the current political balance of magistrates is in courts in St. Helens and Knowsley.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Government Performance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the performance of the main Departments and agencies against the six service standards for central Government over the last...

    • Government Consultations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received concerning the variations between the consultation processes undertaken by Government Departments.

      Departmental Targets

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if his responsibilities include monitoring the performance of Departments other than his own against targets set out in departmental annual reports; and if he...

      Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the first report of the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission will be published.

      Ministerial Travel

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

      Civil Service (Parliamentary Candidates)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will review the restrictions on those employed in the civil service to permit them to stand as parliamentary candidates.

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans his Department has to reduce the number of Government NDPBs.

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which Government Departments have failed to produce a regulatory impact assessment for each paper that requires an RIA.

      Sellafield

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to put the issue of Sellafield safety on the agenda of the Council of the Isles.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if it is standard practice for special advisers to co-ordinate work that costs the policies of opposition parties; and which sub-clauses of section (iv) of...

      Flags

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will instruct Departments to fly the Red Ensign on their buildings on Merchant Navy Day.

      Departmental Events

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) national and (b) international awareness events the Cabinet Office has participated in since June 1997 in the form of (i) sponsorship, (ii) departmental...

      Government Task Forces

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the purposes and membership of the Government task forces and reviews (a) which report to his Department and (b) to which his Department (i)...

  • House of Lords

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