Written answers

Friday, 20 July 2001

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • IT Contracts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the information technology contracts in excess of £500,000 let by the Cabinet Office or its predecessor since April 1991, giving in each case...

    • Departmental Units

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list for each of the units dealing with cross-cutting issues based in his Department and for each financial year for which figures are available (a)...

      Departmental Units

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which Minister in his Department oversees the work of each unit run from his Department; which Minister leads on projects arising out of their work; and what...

      Senior Managers (Guidance)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to recommend revision to his Department's guidance to senior managers on better quality services; what assessment he has made of the operation...

      Social Exclusion Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the implementation of the report of the social exclusion unit on truancy and school exclusions published in May 1998.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the top 10 companies to which his Department contracted out their construction and refurbishment work in the last 12 months.

      People's Panel

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the purpose and responsibilities are of the people's panel; for what reasons its future is under review; when the review will be completed; and if he will...

      People's Panel

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 3 July 2001, Official Report, column 124W, if he will list the title, cost and client for each of the projects included in the...

      People's Panel

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 3 July 2001, Official Report, column 124W, if the results of projects carried out for clients other than his own Department were...

      Ombudsmen

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many cases investigated and rejected by (a) the local government and (b) the parliamentary ombudsmen that have subsequently gone to judicial review have been...

      Ombudsmen

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what action he intends to take following the consultation exercise on the review of the public sector ombudsmen in England.

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the (a) subject, (b) responsible Department and (c) date of each regulatory impact assessment on which his Department has been consulted since the...

      Transport and Social Exclusion

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the Social Exclusion Unit will launch the consultation exercise for its prospect on transport and social exclusion.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what (a) national and (b) international awareness events her Department has participated in since June 1997 in the form of (i) sponsorship, (ii)...

    • Absence

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

  • Advocate-General

    • Mr. Surjit Chhokar

      To ask the Advocate-General if she will arrange to be made available to the family of Mr. Surjit Chhokar the documents presented to (a) the inquiry into the conduct of the Crown Office and (b)...

  • Prime Minister

    • Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list (a) Government expenditure on ministerial overseas visits for the financial years 1995–96 to 2000–01 and (b) all visits overseas undertaken...

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on special advisers.

      Ministerial Travel Code

      To ask the Prime Minister when he plans to publish a revised Ministerial Code on Travel by Ministers.

      Hinduja Brothers

      To ask the Prime Minister if all papers under his control relating to the Hinduja brothers were made available to Sir Anthony Hammond as part of his inquiry.

      Hinduja Brothers

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will reopen the Hammond Inquiry into the application for passports by the Hinduja brothers.

      Hinduja Brothers

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) on what date (a) he and (b) another Minister last received a communication from one of the Hinduja brothers; (2) if he will made a statement on his meeting with...

      Hinduja Brothers

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library copies of (a) the letter to him dated 25 February 1998 from the Hinduja brothers and (b) the minutes from Jonathan Powell to the right...

      Hinduja Brothers

      To ask the Prime Minister if his chief of staff wrote to the right hon. Member for Hartlepool (Mr. Mandelson) in order to communicate an offer of sponsorship for the millennium dome from the...

      Departmental Central Index

      To ask the Prime Minister which Minister and which Government Department holds overall responsibility for the operation of the departmental central index.

      Animal Experimentation

      To ask the Prime Minister for what reasons responsibilities relating to animal experimentation have been retained by the Home Office.

      Sellafield

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to ensure that the future of the mixed oxide plutonium fuels plant at Sellafield is considered as part of the energy review.

      Peerage

      To ask the Prime Minister how many persons elevated to the peerage since 1 May 1997 were resident at the time of their elevation in each region of (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d)...

      Cleave Camp

      To ask the Prime Minister what was contained in Cabinet document H(67)20 dated 7 March 1967, relating to the transfer of Cleave camp, near Bude in North Cornwall, from the Ministry of Defence to...

  • House of Commons

    • Select Committees

      To ask the President of the Council if he will bring forward proposals to enable Back-Bench Members to have greater influence in the selection of members of Select Committees.

    • Select Committees

      To ask the President of the Council what plans he has to introduce measures to increase the powers and enhance the status of Select Committees.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what (a) national and (b) international awareness events his Department has participated in since June 1997 in the form of (i) sponsorship, (ii)...

    • Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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...

      Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 (b) in London.

  • International Development

    • Economic and Social Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development for what reason the Advisory Committee on Economic and Social Research Overseas is being disbanded as a non-departmental public body.

    • GM Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list (a) the name and (b) the amount spent in each of the last four years on genetically modified related development projects.

      Absence

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

      Commission on TRIPS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the meetings of the Commission on TRIPS.

      Commission on TRIPS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the membership of the Commission on TRIPS.

      Andhra Pradesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will provide a sectoral breakdown of the funding provided by the United Kingdom Government to the Government of Andhra Pradesh...

      Andhra Pradesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what contributions the Government have made to the implementation of Vision 2020 by the Government of Andhra Pradesh; and if she...

      Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on reducing tariffs on (a) agriculture and (b) textiles in the context of...

      Mongolia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on her Department's assistance to Mongolia.

      Palestinian Authority

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

      Free Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what targets have been set by her Department to reach global free trade by 2020.

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if she will list the agricultural projects funded by her Department in Kosovo; (2) if she will make a statement on her policies...

      Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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...

      Departmental Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) national and (b) international awareness events her Department has participated in since June 1997 in the form of (i)...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Ruc

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many officers left the Royal Ulster Constabulary between 1 January and 30 June, broken down by rank.

    • Good Friday Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the effect of the Good Friday Agreement on the lives of people in Northern Ireland in respect of issues relating...

      Plastic Baton Rounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many police officers have reported (a) faults and (b) misfirings of riot guns used in the course of discharging plastic baton rounds in each...

      Plastic Baton Rounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many L21A1 plastic baton rounds are held by the police; how many old model PBRs have been withdrawn from use consequently; and what...

      Plastic Baton Rounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland by what means a spent plastic bullet round may be identified for the purposes of forensic evidence.

      Water Cannon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the costs associated with the deployment of two water cannon vehicles in Northern Ireland.

      Francisco Notarantonio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will (a) reopen the investigation of the death of Francisco Notarantonio and (b) make relevant classified information available to a...

      Stun Grenades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many stun grenades have been issued to the RUC; how many have been used in the past 12 months; what level of authorisation is required for...

      Policing Board for Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects to publish the names of the non-elected members of the new Policing Board for Northern Ireland.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what changes were made to the terms of reference of the Oversight Commissioner following the passage of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000;...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on what dates periodic reports containing objectives and timetables have been provided to the Oversight Commissioner by (a) the Government, (b)...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what correspondence he has received from the Oversight Commissioner in the last 12 months; and if he will place in the Library copies of...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on what dates he received reports from the Oversight Commissioner concerning each periodic review of progress in implementation of police...

      Johnny Adair

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the result of his inquiry into the alleged attempted poisoning of Johnny Adair in HMP Maghaberry was; and what action he has taken as a result.

      Drug Dealers (Cash Seizures)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much cash has been seized from convicted drug dealers under Section 27 of the Misuse of Drugs Act; and how much of such cash has been...

      Weston Park Talks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish as soon as possible the details of the package agreed between Her Majesty's Government and the Government of the Irish...

      Weston Park Talks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he made of the compliance of the criteria for invitations to the Weston Park talks with the provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998.

      North Belfast (Security Situation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will give an assessment of the security situation in North Belfast.

      Probation Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will publish the Probation Board for Northern Ireland's business plan for 2001–02.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Belize

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the nature of the assistance given by the British High Commission in Belize to KPMG during their...

    • Lord Ashcroft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department received a letter from the lawyers of Lord Ashcroft and Carlisle Holdings regarding remarks the Secretary of...

      Lord Ashcroft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if officials in his Department have been disciplined for passing documents relating to Michael Ashcroft and his activities in...

      Tunisia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Tunisian Government about the arrest and detention of the journalist Sihem Ben Sedrine;...

      Chechnya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action is being taken by the Government to bring an end to the ill-treatment of civilians in Chechnya by Russian forces;...

      Diplomatic Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in which British diplomatic missions locally engaged staff are paid below local poverty datum lines; and if he will make a statement.

      British Consulate (Punjab)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made to establish the British Consulate office in Jalandhar, Punjab; and if it will provide full...

      Lord Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what office accommodation, staff and other facilities have been made available to Lord Levy at the Foreign Office.

      Lord Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what classification of papers and official documents will be seen by Lord Levy.

      Departmental Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) national and (b) international awareness events his Department has participated in since June 1997 in the form of (i)...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received regarding (a) the seven Israeli soldiers and (b) the Israeli civilian, Elchanan Tenenboim,...

      Visit Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list, for each British post abroad which operates a pre-sift system for people applying for visit visas, how many...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Windsor (Mr. Trend) of 10 July 2001, Official Report, column 473W, what date has...

      Wilton Park Executive Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how the Wilton Park Executive Agency performed against the targets agreed for 2000–01; and what the agreed targets for the...

      Antarctic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what decision there has been on the location of the proposed Antarctic Treaty Secretariat.

      Antarctic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what evaluation has been undertaken by his Department of the effects of tourism in the Antarctic.

      Absence

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

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the achievements which have resulted from the policy of constructive engagement with the Chinese Government in...

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consultations his Department has had with oil companies concerning oil exploration and railway construction in Tibet.

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions HM Government's Ambassador to Indonesia held with the Indonesian authorities during his visit to the site of...

      West Papua

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has collated about the number of (a) political prisoners and (b) other persons subject to arbitrary...

      Security Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to inform the House on future occasions in which the UK's veto at the United Nations Security...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received about the causes of the bombing on 19 June of a football pitch at Tal A'far in Iraq; and if he will...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many holds on applications for imports to Iraq in the sanctions committee of the United Nations Security Council were lifted...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the Government will advocate lifting the economic sanctions imposed upon Iraq.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what UK representation will be at (a) the UN Human Rights conference in Geneva in July/August, (b) the UN conference on...

      Chagos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have been held with representatives of the Chagos Islands since their visit to the UK.

      Chagos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what visits to the Chagos Islands have been made by UK officials in the last year; and what visits are planned in the current year.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations have been made to the Government of Colombia concerning Human Rights abuses and land ownership; and...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what has been the UK financial contribution to Plan Colombia; and what is planned in the current year.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total UK diplomatic and military presence is in Colombia for the latest available date.

      Malaysia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been received from human rights groups concerning the Internal Security Act's operation in Malaysia.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Zimbabwean High Commission in London regarding acts of violence and intimidation...

      Laos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received from Laos about the persecution of Christians there; and if he will make a statement.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the economic penalties imposed on private sector firms in each of the last five years for failures to deliver in...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many PFI transactions have been overseen by his Department in each of the last 10 years; what his estimate is of the cost...

      Indian Subcontinent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many decisions by entry clearance officers refusing entry to visitors from the Indian subcontinent were overturned following...

      Entry Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 27 June 2001, Official Report, column 87W, on entry clearance, what guidance he has given about the...

      Entry Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how long a person who applied for entry clearance for settlement in (a) April, (b) May and (c) June at (i) each of the posts in...

      Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what notification he has received of meetings during the Belgian presidency of the EU where the Belgian delegation will be...

      Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has for promoting Scottish trade, tourism and inward investment; if he will list the events or activities he has...

      Azerbaijan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has made to the Government of Azerbaijan concerning freedom of assembly and political expression...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he had made to the Government of Sri Lanka concerning the suspension of the Sri Lankan Parliament;...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the top 10 companies to which his Department contracted out their construction and refurbishment work in the...

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what action has been taken following the discovery of the overspend by the Highways Agency; and how many civil...

    • Road Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was the increase in road transport journeys in the last four years; and what change was made to the capacity of...

      Road Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list (a) road widening schemes for the strategic road network, (b) major trunk road schemes, (c) new...

      Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local government and the Regions what his forecast is of the likely rate of increase in road traffic in the next four years.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if he will list the special advisers in his Department together with their date of appointment and their...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will arrange for hon. Members to visit the dome building.

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the potential liability to public funds resulting from litigation by Legacy plc over...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had with (a) the Wellcome Trust, (b) Grosvenor Estates, (c) Quintain and (d) the BBC...

      South-east Second Runway Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what progress is being made on the south-east second runway study; and when it will complete its work.

      Rail Services (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to proceed with (a) an east-west rail link in London, (b) the Thameslink 2000 project and (c) an...

      Rail Line Modernisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the timetable for the modernisation of the (a) East Coast Main Line and (b) West Coast...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what levels of payment have been made to local authorities to recompense them through the premium support grant for...

      Muslim Burial Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what advice he has issued to local authorities on the provision of burial places for the Muslim community.

      Heavy Rail Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many (a) new miles of track and (b) new stations have been opened within the heavy rail network in each year from...

      Waterloo Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proposals there are to improve the roads and environment around Waterloo station; and if he will make a statement.

      Electoral Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will complete his review of the electoral systems used in the last European parliamentary elections.

      Local Government Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what action he has taken to change the use of his powers under the Local Government Act 1974 to achieve compliance...

      Regional Differentials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what information his Department has collated on the differential difficulties in (a) recruitment, (b) market rates of...

      Housing Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proportion of children live in a home that is not defined by the English House Conditions Survey as decent at...

      Rail Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to alter targets for train operating companies in future franchise negotiations with the Strategic...

      Track Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the condition of track on Britain's railways in (a) each year since 1995–96 and (b) each month...

      Track Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many broken rails there were on Britain's railways in (a) each year since 1995–96, and (b) each month since...

      Train Operating Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the punctuality statistics for each train operating company for each month since April 1995.

      Train Operating Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list for each train operating company (a) the percentage of journeys on which maximum levels of...

      Train Operating Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the average age of fleet for each train operating company (a) was for each month since their franchise was...

      Train Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his Department's definition is of overcrowding for each train operating company (a) at present and (b) at the...

      SPADs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the number of signals passed at danger on Britain's railways in (a) each year since 1995–96 and...

      SPADs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many train drivers have been prosecuted for passing through a red light since 1990.

      Foreign Seafarers (Certification)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many certificates of equivalent competency have been issued to foreign seafarers by the United Kingdom maritime...

      Foreign Seafarers (Certification)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps the Maritime and Coastguard Agency takes to ensure that the certificates held by foreign seafarers serving...

      Foreign Seafarers (Certification)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the Government intend to extend United Kingdom work permit requirements to foreign seafarers serving on ships in...

      Foreign Seafarers (Certification)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the countries whose officer certificates are automatically recognised by the Maritime and Coastguard...

      Foreign Seafarers (Certification)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many foreign seafarers were granted United Kingdom certificates of competency in each year since the scheme...

      Maritime Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of compliance of the International Maritime Organisation's whitelist of countries with...

      Fire Service (Training)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to ensure that the training of senior officers in the fire service forms an integral part of safety...

      Fire Service (Training)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list those bodies responsible for training requirements within the fire service which are responsible for...

      Fire Service (Training)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what guidance he has issued to HMI about assessing virtual reality training in the fire service.

      Asbestos Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many deaths were caused by exposure to asbestos in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Liquid Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the potential of liquid biofuels to (a) improve local air quality, (b) save energy and...

      Liquid Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to allocate financial assistance to the development of liquid biofuels.

      Bus Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what research his Department is undertaking to establish the cost and feasibility of establishing a national school...

      Secure Stations Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when it is expected that (a) 25 per cent., (b) 50 per cent., (c) 75 per cent. and (d) 100 per cent. of stations will...

      Secure Stations Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which stations are accredited under the secure stations scheme (a) for each month since the scheme began and (b)...

      Secure Stations Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what progress has been made with the secure stations scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Secure Stations Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what progress has been made with the secure stations scheme in south east London.

      Train Passenger Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what measures he is taking to improve real time information for passengers on Britain's railways; and if he will make...

      Transport Infrastructure Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which new transport infrastructure projects initiated since May 1997 will be open before June 2006.

      Transport Infrastructure Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to speed up the processing of major infrastructure projects in the planning system.

      Temple Sowerby Bypass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the progress of the Temple Sowerby bypass in Cumbria.

      A11

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects the safety study of the A11 to be completed.

      Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many days on average were lost per employee in his Department because of sickness; and how many officials retired...

      A69

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the Government's plans to upgrade the A69 in Cumbria.

      M6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to widen that part of the M6 motorway which is in two lanes north of Carlisle.

      Departmental Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what (a) national and (b) international awareness events the Department and its predecessors have participated in...

      Allocations (Wiltshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list in (a) cash terms and (b) 2001–02 prices the SSA and AEF figures for (i) Wiltshire county...

      Allocations (Wiltshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the methodology changes made since 1997 to the formulae for calculating the standard spending...

      Traffic Accidents (Wandsworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many people were (a) killed and (b) injured in road traffic accidents in the London borough of Wandsworth in the...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the capital expenditure for the London Underground was for each year since 1994.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) for each of the last three years what key performance indicators, subdivided by infracos, were used for safety...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his estimate is of the annual rate of repayment to private financiers of the PPP he has proposed for each of the...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what has been the cost to date of consultants' evaluation of the PPP plans for the London Underground undertaken by...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what is the proposed timetable for the refurbishment and replacement of trains running on the District line of London...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many (a) escalators and (b) escalator faults in London Underground stations there were in each year since...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was the average number of train drivers working on London Underground each week day broken down by line in each...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the mean distance between train failures on the London Underground in each year since...

      Multi-modal Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the recommendations in Multi-modal Studies are designed to be consistent with the sustainability framework for...

      London Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 13 July 2001, Official Report, column 655W, on London Transport, if he will indicate the...

      London Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Leyton and Wanstead (Harry Cohen), of 13 July 2001, Official Report,...

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to extend planning controls to mobile phone masts less than 45 ft in height.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to restrict the granting of planning permission for mobile phone masts close to hospitals.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what (a) meetings he has had with and (b) requests for meetings he has received from, representatives of mobile phone...

      First North Western Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the improvements made to services by First North Western Trains on the Blackpool to...

      Conveyancing (Public Records)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what powers he has in respect of complaints from the public about access to public records held by local authorities...

      Conveyancing (Public Records)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received regarding local authorities obstructing personal searches of property and other...

      Conveyancing (Public Records)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what guidance he gives to local authorities regarding access to registers by the public under the Town and Country...

      M5/A46 Resurfacing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects (a) the M5 at Whittington and (b) the A46 at Harvington to be resurfaced with low noise surfaces; and...

      Slot Auctioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received on her Department's commissioning of a report on slot auctioning from Dot Econ;...

      Slot Auctioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received from United Kingdom airlines on the proposed introduction of a monetised slot...

      Slot Auctioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will commission a report projecting the likely bidding behaviour of airlines based on consultation with United...

      Slot Auctioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many UK airlines have indicated to his Department their support of the introduction for a monetised slot...

      Bypass Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received on the decision-making procedures for constructing bypasses under the 10-year...

      Bypass Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement about the procedures for reaching decisions on the construction of bypasses made under...

      Bypass Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions to whom the regional planning authority is accountable for reaching its decisions on the construction of bypasses...

      Bypass Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the procedures for the construction of bypasses under the 10-year transport plan.

      Stansted Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what research his Department has commissioned into the spatial and economic impact of Stansted airport's growth since...

      Urban White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on his plans for implementing the Urban White Paper.

      Urban White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many recommendations of the Urban Task Force report entitled "Towards an Urban Renaissance" have been implemented...

      M11

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what research his Department has commissioned on the development prospects of the M11 motorway corridor since 1997.

      A30/A303

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on his policy on the upgrading of the A30 and A303.

      A35

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on his policy on the upgrading of the A35 in east Devon.

      Road Designation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what criteria are applied in designating principal roads and principal destinations; (2) when he last reviewed...

      South-East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions for what reason Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are included in the Government's South-East region.

      Wessex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what requests he has received that Wessex should not be partitioned between the South-East and South-West regions.

      Rail Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the principal destinations which have no railway station.

      Harbour Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the harbour authorities in England; and how many members each authority has.

      Road Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the principal roads on which tolls are levied.

      Transport Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) how much is expended by the Government on the maintenance of transport links between Great Britain and Northern...

      South-coast Multi-modal Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what mechanisms exist to ensure the recommendations of the south-coast multi-modal study are implemented, where...

      Shared-use Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to publish the revised local transport notes on shared use facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what targets were set for Ordnance Survey in the financial year 2000–01; and for each, how far they were achieved.

      Capital Assets (Islington)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent examination he has made of the sale of capital assets by the London borough of Islington; and if he will...

      Section 106 Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will review the effectiveness of section 106 agreements.

      Noise Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the proposed EU directives on noise levels, with particular reference to traffic noise.

      Noise Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on proposals to alleviate noise from the M5 at Upton St Leonards.

      New Build (East Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received from parish councils in East Sussex regarding the number of new houses planned...

      New Build (East Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will review the number of houses to be built in East Sussex following the latest planning guidance on building...

      Bed-and-breakfast Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many homeless people were accepted into bed-and-breakfast accommodation in (a) south Oxfordshire and (b) England...

      Oxfordshire County Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the methodology changes made since 1997 to the formulae for calculating the standard spending...

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many written representations he has received from electors in the Henley constituency expressing support for an...

      SSA (Elderly Population)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will change the method of calculation of the size of elderly population used in arriving at the standard...

      SSA (Elderly Population)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the method of calculating the size of elderly population in connection with the...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many PFI transactions have been overseen by his Department in each of the last 10 years; what is his estimate of...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the economic penalties imposed on private sector firms in each of the last five years for failures to...

      Compulsory Purchase Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement regarding proposed changes to compulsory purchase orders.

      Road Fuel Gases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many HGV vehicles have converted to road fuel gases since May 1997.

      Road Fuel Gases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many public transport buses have converted to road fuel gases since May 1997.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the purpose was of his recent visit to India; what his itinerary was; what the cost to public funds was; and...

      Partnership Investment Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what progress has been made with replacing partnership investment programme funding ended under European state aid laws.

      Public Transport (Disabled Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to ensure that people with disabilities have full access to public...

      Planning Applications (Tewkesbury)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if she will call in the application for change of use of the Elizabethan Pine Shop in Church Street, Tewkesbury to a...

      SSA (Havering)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the (a) methodology changes made since 1997 to the formulae for calculating the standing spending...

      Train Services (Romford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what were the (a) punctuality and (b) reliability figures for trains running between Romford and central London in...

      Train Services (Romford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent assessment he has made of the number of, and the demand for, seats on trains travelling between Romford...

      Water Tower (Colchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on what date the public inquiry into the planning appeal in respect of the Victorian Jumbo water tower at Colchester...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the top 10 companies to which his Department contracted out their construction and refurbishment work...

      River Wye

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans the Government have to provide more bridges over the River Wye in Herefordshire.

      Railways (Scotland and the Borders)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what his policy is on (a) electrification of the east coast main line between Edinburgh and Aberdeen and (b)...

      Local Housing Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions for what reason the Government do not allow local (a) residents and (b) authorities to decide on the level of local...

      Housing (Green Belt)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans the Government have to increase the power of local residents to counter-appeal against housing...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the performance of the Government Offices for the Regions in 2000–01 was in meeting targets for issuing...

      EU Committee of the Regions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps he is taking to select English candidates for appointment to the next term of the European Union Committee...

      Access to Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what responses he has received to ""Access to Information in Local Government", a consultation paper on aspects of...

      Domestic Property (Revaluation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to revalue domestic properties in England for council tax purposes; and if he will make a statement.

      Revenue Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his plans are for distributing revenue grant to local authorities in 2002–03; and if he will make a statement.

  • Treasury

    • Retail Petrol Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when his officials last met representatives of the retail petrol industry; what was discussed at the meeting; and if he will place a copy of the minutes of...

    • Personal Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to review the £100,000 maximum binding limit for awards against firms by the Personal Investment Authority Ombudsman for the...

      Insurance Premiums

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proposals he has for reviewing the competitiveness and fairness to the consumer of the ways in which the insurance industry assesses risk in relation...

      Customs and Excise (Suspensions)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Customs and Excise officers have been suspended since 1 January; and in which areas of the country they were based.

      London Underground

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last travelled on the London Underground in the course of his official duties.

      VAT (Housing)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the percentage change in the number of housing units built annually if VAT on new housing were increased to (a) 5 per cent., (b) 7.5 per...

      National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which statistical series National Statistics ceased (a) collecting, (b) calculating and (c) publishing in financial year 2000.

      VAT (Nursing Home Fees)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost would be to HM Customs and Excise of treating fees paid by individuals to nursing homes and registered residential homes for the elderly as...

      Weatherall, Green and Smith

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) which organisations and individuals were consulted by Weatherall, Green and Smith in undertaking its work for HM Treasury on the planning system; (2)...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the guidance issued by the Office of Government Commerce on PFI contracts.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the economic penalties imposed on private sector firms in each of the last five years for failures to deliver in relation to key performance...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of the impact on the NHS of the removal of tax relief on medical insurance premiums for those aged over 60 years.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the total tax take was accounted for by (a) income tax, (b) VAT and (c) other taxes for (i) 1996, (ii) 1997, (iii) 1998, (iv) 1999 and...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if it is his policy to state the exchange rate at which the pound will be fixed to the euro in advance of any referendum on the euro; and if he will make a...

      Data Protection Act

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place all information on the hon. Member for Truro and St. Austell to which the hon. Member for Truro and St. Austell is entitled under section...

      Parliamentary Written Answers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of parliamentary written answers in his Department were redrafted by special advisers before they were sent to a Minister in each of the...

      Single People (Living Standards)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action he intends to take to improve the living standards of single, low paid, employed persons with no dependants.

      EU Structural Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what public funds are budgeted to be available for each calendar year for which budgets have been set and which would be eligible to provide the public...

      Inflation Measures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to introduce changes to the measure of inflation used by the Bank of England to achieve the Government's target of a 2.5 per cent. rate of...

      Inflation Measures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the use of the harmonised index of consumer prices as a measure of inflation in the United Kingdom.

      Inflation Measures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent consultations he has had with the Governor of the Bank of England with regard to the harmonised index of consumer prices.

      Inflation Measures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent consultations his officials have had with officials of the Bank of England with regard to the use of the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices as...

      Absence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in each of the last 10 years (a) how many days were lost per employee due to sickness and (b) how many officials took early retirement from his Department.

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the annual cost would be of extending the Working Families Tax Credit to couples without children; (2) what the annual cost would be of...

      Departmental Events

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) national and (b) international awareness events his Department has participated in since June 1997 in the form of (i) sponsorship, (ii)...

      Public Expenditure Analysis

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what factors contribute to the difference between expenditure on agriculture in the North East and in London in the published analysis of general Government...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress he has made in arranging for exemption from stamp duty in designated disadvantaged areas; when he plans to publish the list of qualifying...

      Economic Data (Scottish Borders)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if she will list in the Official Report sources of official data produced by (a) the Office for National Statistics and (b) other central and devolved...

      Economic Data (Scottish Borders)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the sources of official data produced by (a) the Office for National Statistics and (b) other central and devolved Government agencies for...

      Economic Data (Scottish Borders)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the sources of official data produced by (a) the Office for National Statistics and (b) other central and devolved Government agencies for...

      Jobless Households

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of people of working age were living in households where no one worked in the spring quarter of 2001.

      Mortality Rate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the mortality rate per 100,000 adults of working age from suicide and undetermined injury in England was in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000.

      Teenage Parents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of teenage parents was not in education, employment or training in England and Wales in January to July 2001.

      Drug-related Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of drug-related deaths that occurred in each year since 1997.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much additional CHP has been installed as a result of the concessions given to CHP under the Climate Change Levy.

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the percentage of countries eligible for additional relief under the HIPC initiative that reached their decision points by 1...

      Pesticide Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to introduce a pesticide tax; and if he will make a statement.

      Scottish Parliament Building

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the amount of revenue which will accrue to the Exchequer from VAT, national insurance contributions, income tax, and tax on...

      Foreign Currency Reserves

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the cost of holding the Government's foreign currency reserves over the past three financial years; (2) what estimate he...

      Disabled Person's Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many disabled people would be entitled to payment of the Disabled Person's Tax Credit if the rules governing receipt of an eligible disability...

      Disabled Person's Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the level of take-up of the disabled person's tax credit; and what measures have been implemented by the Government to...

      Disabled Person's Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how the disabled person's tax credit will interact with the proposed employment tax credit and integrated child credit.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of income taxpayers paid tax at each of the bands for (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999 and (e) 2000.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of income tax was taken from taxpayers paying tax at the 40 per cent. rate in each of the years 1997 to 2001.

      Employment Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what age limits will be applied to the employment tax credit when it is introduced.

      Household Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of households facing marginal deduction rates in (a) 2001–02, (b) 2000–01, (c) 1999–2000 and (d)...

      International Financial Organisations (Transparency)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of his Department's progress towards achieving more openness in the operations of the international financial institutions; and...

      Departmental Electronic Publishing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what aggregate measure of performance has been developed to monitor electronic publishing of material hitherto published on paper by his Department; and if...

      Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the discovery of bags containing census forms outside St. Hilda's East Community Centre, London.

      Government Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish his guidance to Government Departments and other Crown bodies on where Government information should be free or for payment; and, where...

      Comprehensive Spending Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to announce the results of the comprehensive spending review for financial years 2003–04 to 2006–07.

      Centenarians

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) men and (b) women over the age of 100 there are in the United Kingdom.

      Pensions Legislation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to amend legislation on pensions to take account of the recent judgment of the High Court in re Venables.

      Tax Benefit Reference Manual

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the next edition of the Tax Benefit Reference Manual will be published.

      Financial Services and Markets Act

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what transitional arrangements will be put in place as part of the entry into force of the main provisions of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.

      Property Seizures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will review his policy on the permanent seizure of a vehicle used for the illegal importation of goods when the vehicle owner is unaware of such...

      Neighbourhood Renewal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his proposals for using tax credits for neighbourhood renewal in deprived areas.

      Ophthalmic Dispensing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the application of VAT to ophthalmic dispensing.

      Whisky

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of trends in sales of whisky in the (a) UK and (b) overseas over the last five years; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Whisky

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of whisky duty levels on employment in the Scotch whisky sector; and if he will make it his policy to bring duties...

      Objective 1

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many sustainable full-time jobs were created by the Objective 1 programme during the 2000–01 financial year in each UK Objective 1 region.

      Qualifications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of working age people did not have a qualification in spring 2001 according to the Labour Force Survey.

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of working age people were in work in the spring quarter of (a) 1998, (b) 1999, (c) 2000 and (d) 2001 according to Labour Force Survey data.

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the employment rates are, on Labour Force Survey data, of (a) people over 50 years of age, (b) ethnic minorities, (c) lone parents and (d) those with...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals contribute to (a) defined benefit occupational pension schemes, (b) defined contribution occupational pension schemes, (c) group...

      Electronic Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will quantify value for money gains achieved by Government as a result of applying electronic techniques to their procurement activities.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Urban Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what grants have been made from central Government or their agencies for urban regeneration in Bradford and Oldham since May 1997.

    • Departmental Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what employment-related limitations her Department attaches to grants and loans administered (a) by her Department and (b) through other...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to review the workings of higher education establishments in relationship to the DTI review of delivery to business.

      Marconi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to assist the Marconi employees in Mid-Dorset and North Poole: and if she will take action to assist those due to be made...

      Chapelcross

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the recent accident at the Chapelcross nuclear power plant; and when she was first informed of the incident.

      Chapelcross

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry at what time the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate were informed of the accident at Chapelcross nuclear power station on 5 July.

      Chapelcross

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what enforcement action has been taken under the relevant legislation in respect of Chapelcross nuclear power station; and on what dates.

      Chapelcross

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what enforcement notices have been issued in respect of Chapelcross nuclear power station; for what reasons; and what timescales have been...

      Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she will make a statement on her Department's policies for lowering the cost of credit for those without a bank account; (2) how...

      Export Credits Guarantees (Defence)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will provide a breakdown of the amount of outstanding ECGD guarantees by value of defence equipment by country.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to implement the proposals set out in February in the Department of Trade and Industry's 'Responses to Consultations and...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment she has made of the performance of (a) electricity and (b) gas suppliers in relation to door step selling; (2) if she...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the annual expenditure has been on research, demonstration and development, since 1991, on (a) active solar power, (b) passive solar...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment she has made of the adequacy of procedures adopted by the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority, and its predecessor...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the value was of Government investment and subsidy for (a) the production of nuclear power, (b) development, planning and construction of...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will assess trends in energy provision supplied on a local level.

      Green Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when her Department's Green Minister attended meetings of the Green Ministers' Committee; on what dates meetings are planned to take place;...

      Premium Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with Premium Credit about the compliance of their instructions to policyholders of Independent Insurance Company...

      Departmental Legal Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the costs and outcome of the advice given by departmental lawyers in respect of the allegations made in the...

      Nuclear Material

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the answer of 10 July 2001, Official Report, columns 477–79W, what her estimate is of the costs of decommissioning...

      Absence

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

      Trade in Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how she will respond to the International Development Committee's recommendation on the establishment of a commission on trade in services.

      Trade in Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on what impact assessment the Government have undertaken on commitments that it has made under the general...

      Trade in Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement about the commitments the Government have scheduled under the general agreement on trade in services in the...

      Trade in Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will ensure that an assessment, independent of the WTO, is carried out of the likely impact of the extension of the general agreement...

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has for ensuring that an impact assessment of existing trade agreements has taken place before the Government develops its...

      Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what studies she has carried out on areas of the UK that are disadvantaged through the recent closure of large numbers of retail petrol...

      Road Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if her Department monitors the market share of retail transport fuels of (a) major oil suppliers and (b) hypermarkets.

      Road Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what studies are being carried out by the National Weights and Measures Laboratory on temperatures of road transport fuels delivered to retail...

      Car Pricing Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps have been taken to monitor the implementation and impact of the car pricing order; and if a progress report will be published.

      Departmental Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) national and (b) international awareness events her Department has participated in since June 1997 in the form of (i) sponsorship,...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many respiratory specialists work on the medical assessment process for compensating former miners.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment her Department has made of the total number of former miners in Merseyside potentially eligible for the compensation schemes...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many compensation claims by former miners living in the (a) Leigh constituency and (b) Wigan metropolitan authority have yet to be settled.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the compensation payments for (a) chronic bronchitis and emphysema and (b) Vibration white finger made to recipients in...

      "Your Britain, Your Europe, Your North West"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how EU structural funding has helped over 50,000 small and medium sized enterprises, according to her Department's document, "Your Britain,...

      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 combined heat and power and...

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many CHP plants that have been given section 30 consent in the last two years are now under construction; and what installed capacity...

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many CHP plants that have been given section 10 consent in the last two years are under construction; and what installed capacity these...

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she proposes to take to ensure that the new market arrangements in the electricity industry do not (a) act to increase carbon...

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will announce her decision on the proposal for combined heat and power schemes at the British Salt works at Middlewich, the Sudbrook...

      Lackenby to Shipton Transmission Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations she has received in respect of the granting of wayleaves to facilitate the construction of the Lackenby to Shipton...

      Lackenby to Shipton Transmission Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will take steps to ensure that the NGC respects the legal entry onto farmland in connection with the Lackenby to Shipton overhead...

      Lackenby to Shipton Transmission Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations she has received on the proposal for the Lackenby to Shipton overhead transmission line; and if she will make a...

      Lackenby to Shipton Transmission Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will take steps to ensure that no further work will continue on the Lackenby to Shipton overhead transmission line until foot and mouth...

      Free Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what targets have been set by her Department to reach global free trade by 2020.

      Pylons (Skin Cancer)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of evidence suggesting a potential link between pylons and skin cancer.

      Agriculture and Textiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with her European Union counterparts on reducing tariffs on (a) agriculture and (b) textiles in the...

      Patent Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what steps she is taking to ensure that external bids are subject to competition from benchmarking against a detailed in-house bid in...

      Clean Coal Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the development of clean coal technologies in assisting the Government in achieving its Kyoto environmental...

      Clean Coal Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what incentives are provided by her Department to assist in the development of clean coal technologies; and if she is intending to review the...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the contracts his Department has had with the National Institute of Agriculture and Botany in connection with GM crops or foods.

      "It's Time for Justice"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations she has received in relation to the CAFOD "It's Time for Justice" campaign; and if she will make a statement.

      Social Network Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what the level of the social network payment was in the year to 31 March; what plans she has to vary that level; and if she will make a...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to reduce the level of regulation for small businesses.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her target is for the current financial year for reducing the tax and regulatory compliance costs of small businesses.

      Icelandic Trawlermen (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will provide a breakdown by constituency of the number of (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful claims by former Icelandic waters...

      Icelandic Trawlermen (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many fishermen have received compensation from the Government's compensation scheme for former Icelandic trawlermen; how much money has...

      Icelandic Trawlermen (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information she has requested from Icelandic authorities to verify claims for compensation made by UK former Icelandic water trawlermen;...

      UK Telecoms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact of third generation licensing costs on growth and employment in the UK telecoms sector.

      UK Telecoms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what financial assistance she has given to the expansion of the UK telecommunications network in each year since 1997; and what proportion of...

      UK Telecoms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will place in the Library a map showing the geographical extent of access to (a) ISDN, (b) ADSL and (c) broadband; what steps she...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment her Department has made of the Generic Wave Energy Device, ETSU proposal number 254/1; and if she will make a statement.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money her Department has allocated to the National Assembly for Wales since 1 July 1999 for the development of the renewable energy...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with her colleagues in the National Assembly concerning the future development of the renewable energy industry...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the proposals (a) received and (b) approved under the new and renewable energy programme number 354 water technologies,...

      Universal Banking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the Halifax, Nationwide, Alliance and Leicester and Euronet Worldwide banks about making the universal...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices have (a) opened and (b) reopened in each of the last 20 years.

      Huntingdon Life Sciences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the actions taken to help provide banking facilities for Huntingdon Life Sciences; and if she will make a statement.

      Share Dealings (Daily Mirror)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects to receive his Department's report on the alleged share dealings by the editor of the Daily Mirror; and if he will make a...

      Plutonium and Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will publish figures for the United Kingdom's stocks of civil plutonium and uranium as at 31 December 2000.

      Employment Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the consultation document on employment dispute resolution will be published; and what it will contain.

      Employment Tribunal Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many employment tribunal claims were reported in each year since 1997.

      Support Packages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much public money is set aside to provide support packages for industries in difficulty.

      Export and Non-proliferation Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the draft secondary legislation relating to the draft Export and Non-Proliferation Bill will be published.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what reports she has received of job losses proposed by Royal Mail in London.

      Energy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which nuclear experts are to be (a) seconded and (b) invited to participate in the energy review being carried out by the Energy Minister for...

      BNFL

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with BNFL over proposals to build new reactors at sites on which BNFL currently operates nuclear power plants.

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what evaluation has been made of the robustness of security arrangements in place to protect the Sellafield nuclear power plant from attack or...

      Mixed Oxide Plutonium Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will provide a breakdown of the moneys to be paid to the Japanese authorities, as a result of the agreement reached in July 2000, in...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will publish the fireworks injuries statistics for the 2000 bonfire night period; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) plans and (b) targets she has to increase the operational efficiency of her Department.

      Sub-post Offices

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

      Consumer Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her plans for reforming consumers' rights.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact of the climate change levy on productivity in the manufacturing sector.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the economic penalties imposed on private sector firms in each of the last five years for failures to deliver in relation to...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many PFI transactions have been overseen by her Department in each of the last 10 years; what her estimate is of the cost savings made in...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the directors of RDAs who have announced their resignations or intention to leave since their inception.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action each regional development agency is taking to encourage the growth of credit unions in their region.

      Objective 1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she will list the Objective 1 project applications (a) approved and (b) refused European funding; and how much funding has been...

      Trade, Tourism and Inward Investment (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has for promoting Scottish trade, tourism and inward investment; if she will list the events or activities she has specifically...

      Employment Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the cost to the private sector of new employment regulations introduced since May 1997.

      Petroleum Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will announce further petroleum licensing opportunities in Great Britain and on the UK continental shelf.

      Electronic Signatures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on progress on the implementation of the European electronic signatures directive.

      Ferry Services (Isle of Wight)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what powers she has to investigate competition in ferry fares and services to the Isle of Wight; what plans she has to use such powers; and if...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the top 10 companies to which her Department contracted out their construction and refurbishment work in the last 12 months.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the Government's targets for the proportion of electricity to be produced by nuclear power in the next (a) 10 years and (b)...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Groundwater Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what help and advice has been given to farmers to help them to comply with the requirements of the Groundwater Regulations...

    • Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of money available in (a) local government, (b) county councils, and (c) West Sussex county council can be...

      Fishmeal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has made to the EU regarding the ban on fishmeal being fed to livestock.

      Departmental Restructuring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated administrative cost is of the recent changes to the Department of the Environment, Transport and the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs upon what scientific evidence the Government based their decision to implement a 3km cull strategy around infected premises.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many animals are awaiting slaughter on British farms under the over-30- months scheme due to foot and mouth restrictions.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the availability of vaccine as the basis for an eradication policy of foot and mouth disease.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information she has collated on the possibility of foot and mouth disease false negatives arising from slaughtered...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the total cost of the disinfecting operation in relation to foot and mouth...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the level of infection of foot and mouth disease in the national flock of sheep.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) sheep and (b) cattle have been slaughtered for foot and mouth disease control on welfare reasons, broken down...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people on her Department's controlled or contracted premises since 26 February (a) have been illegally killed, (b)...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make available for inspection by the farmers concerned or representatives of them all paperwork relating to the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the speed of payment of compensation to farms and businesses in Wales suffering lost revenue...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the ranks, position and qualifications of her Department's officials were who supervised the loading/unloading and...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what research she has commissioned on the possible link between United Kingdom animal welfare practices and the spread...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will permit vaccination to save (a) rare breeds and (b) pigs through which foot and mouth infection could spread.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to bring the foot and mouth outbreak under control.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what representations she has received on the effects of early stock valuations; and what plans she has to change them...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in how many cases in (a) Cumbria and (b) the rest of the UK animals have been slaughtered during the current foot and mouth...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the scope of the environmental monitoring programme established to oversee burial pits and...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if pigs caught under the 10km restriction zone from infected premises will be eligible for the animal welfare scheme.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what compensation will be payable to farmers who are unable to move their (a) pigs, (b) lambs too big for sale and (c) cattle...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress her Department is making in repealing the limit on the number of people able to participate in shooting and...

      Rights of Way (Closures)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the local authorities that have made representations to maintain the blanket closure of the rights of way...

      MAFF v. TT Smith (Mink) Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the costs awarded to MAFF following the case of MAFF v. TT Smith (Mink) Ltd. (1999) have been paid by the defendant.

      End of Life Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent discussions she has had with motor manufacturers regarding recycling of end of life vehicles; (2) what...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to monitor progress in implementing the Government's waste strategy; and if she will make a statement.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what definition her Department uses of fuel poverty; what the level is of household fuel poverty in Great Britain; what...

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to introduce a moratorium on the building of new incinerators; and if she will make a statement.

      Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what rules are used to ensure that companies take responsibility for pollution under the integrated pollution control system...

      Sites of Special Scientific Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to increase protection of sites of special scientific interest; and if she will make a statement.

      Air Quality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to change the targets of the Government's air quality strategy; and if she will make a statement.

      Air Quality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the air monitoring stations operating in Gloucestershire.

      Air Quality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions since 1997 air monitoring stations in Gloucestershire have reported pollution above recommended health...

      Air Quality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made towards meeting the targets of the Government's air quality strategy; what measures she intends...

      Air Quality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to increase air monitoring stations in Gloucestershire.

      Air Quality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she (a) has had and (b) plans with local authorities in Gloucestershire on the subject of air quality; and...

      Renewables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what role her Department intends to play in increasing the percentage of energy supplied from renewables in the United...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the extent of availability of doorstep recycling and participation in such recycling;...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much household recycling was done in Great Britain in the last 12 months; what targets her Department has set for...

      Pitsea Tip

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what investigations have been carried out regarding the deposit of poisonous or toxic waste at Pitsea tip; if he will...

      Pitsea Tip

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what action will be taken to clean up Pitsea tip and make the environment safer for residents of Castle Point; and if...

      Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the level of (a) black fish landed and (b) discards of over quota or otherwise...

      Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fishing vessels were registered on 1 January.

      Sea Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much spending on sea defences was authorised by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for each of the last four...

      Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total Government investment was in inland waterways in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley in the last five years; and...

      Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total Government investment in inland waterways was in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000.

      Droitwich Barge and Junction Canals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the viability of the re-opening of the Droitwich Barge and Junction Canals; and if she will...

      Horticulture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans she has to increase the number of nationals from countries seeking to join the EU eligible to work in the...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria are to be used in the risk assessments for the autumn-sown farm scale evaluations for GM crops.

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farm scale evaluation sites for GM crops were planted for each crop type.

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the meetings she has had with (a) Aventis and (b) the Crop Protection Association to discuss access to...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the antibiotic marker genes and the antibiotics to which they convey resistance, that have been used in the...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the tests or trials on the (a) distinctness, uniformity and stability and (b) value for cultivation and use...

      Biosafety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the United Kingdom will ratify the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

      Flooding (Vale of York)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding she will make available for a flood elevation scheme in Rawcliffe, York.

      Flooding (Vale of York)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received requesting a comprehensive review of the flood management system in the Vale of York,...

      Flooding (Vale of York)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made to repair damage to the flood defences in the Yorkshire and Humber region during the November...

      Flooding (Vale of York)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contingency plans she has to prevent flooding in the Vale of York on a scale similar to that experienced in November 2000.

      Flooding (Vale of York)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what progress has been made in the co-ordination of functions and tasks by the relevant agencies to prevent flooding in...

      Kyoto Protocol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Environment Committee of the Council of Europe on the Kyoto Protocol.

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action her Department has taken since 14 March to tackle delays experienced by householders under the home energy...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many boiler repairs and replacements have so far been completed under the home energy efficiency scheme in Dorset; and...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the applications by (a) Mr. and Mrs. Griffiths of Burton, Dorset, (b) Mrs. Donovan of Ferndown, Dorset and...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she is taking to examine the progress of EAGA in delivering the Government's home heating policy.

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people in each of the four areas of England established for the purpose of administering the home energy efficiency...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what has been the total value of work carried out since June 2000 by contractors in each of the four areas of England...

      Pollution (Edmonton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list the types of dioxins which have been present, in each of the past 10 years, in fly ash from waste...

      New Forest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the timetable is for reviewing and reappointing the Forestry Commission as the agency for managing the Crown Lands...

      New Forest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the powers available to the Forestry Commission to restrict and impose conditions upon access...

      Evesham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress of the Market Towns Initiative as it affects Evesham.

      Market Towns Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will extend the Market Towns Initiative to Chorley.

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has in respect of the Government's policy for legislation on hunting.

      Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consultation the Government have had with the tyre industry in order to implement the EU Landfill Directive; and if the...

      Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to ensure that additional tyre recovery and recycling...

      Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the Government will introduce legislation requiring tyre manufacturers to take back tyres at the end of their life.

      Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what conclusions the Used Tyre Working Group has reached with regard to necessary steps to improve the United Kingdom's scrap...

      Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the Used Tyre Working Group has completed the collection of statistics regarding used tyre disposal for 1999; how many...

      German Atomic Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent communications she has had with her German counterpart, and what exchanges have taken place at official level, in...

      Nuclear Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will request from her German counterpart papers produced on (a) the BMU Radiation Safety Commission and (b) Reactor...

  • Home Department

    • Child Abductions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children have been abducted from the UK in the last three years; and what action is taken to ensure the welfare of such children....

    • Police Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of each police force in England and Wales retired in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down...

      Police Divisions, (Cheshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the Chief Constable of Cheshire on (a) the resources allocated to, and (b) the level of crime, broken down...

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to amend the conditions of service of special constables.

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to extend to special constables the same entitlements to free travel on London Transport as applies to regular officers;...

      Police Recruitment (Medical Standards)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to introduce national medical criteria for the police initial recruitment standards.

      Police Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers who were serving within the Metropolitan police and were dismissed from the service because of misconduct in each of...

      Secretary of State (Appointment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if (a) police officers and (b) patrol cars were taken off active duty for the photo opportunity to announce his appointment as Secretary of...

      Police (Homosexual Officers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department's policy is on encouraging homosexual people to join the police force in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the performance of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in meeting its objectives in its Business Plan...

      Racial Strife

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to tackle racial strife in Bradford, Oldham and Burnley; and if he will make a statement.

      Witness Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are under a formal witness protection programme; how many people in each of the last five years on average have entered...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money was raised from speed cameras in (a) 1998, (b) 1999, (c) 2000 and (d) 2001.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was raised from speed camera fines in the last five years in Lancashire.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports mailed from the UK Passport Authority to addresses in the UK went missing in the post in each year since 1995.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints were received from customers in 2000–01 about inaccuracies in the passport received.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what international agreement would be needed to allow the introduction of a passport card.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fraudulent applications for passports were detected 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 the uses and purpose will be of the passport card referred to in paragraph 2.13 of the Passport Service's Corporate and Business Plan...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to introduce a passport card; and in which year he intends to introduce it.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision he has made to cope with the expected demand in the summer of 2001 from people whose passports were exceptionally extended for...

      Asian Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women police officers are of Asian heritage in each police force in England.

      Hertfordshire Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the recruitment targets were for, and how many officers were recruited to, the Hertfordshire police force in each year since 1997.

      Hertfordshire Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officers left the Hertfordshire police force other than through retirement in each year since 1997; and what these figures are...

      Hertfordshire Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special police officers have been recruited to serve in (a) Hertfordshire and (b) Hertsmere in each year since 1997; and what the...

      District Police Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received regarding the introduction of police forces at district level.

      Police Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans he has to create central purchasing of (a) UK police vehicles and (b) UK European vehicles; (2) how many police vehicles in...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost is of an antisocial behaviour contract.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been obtained in each police division in England; and if he will make a statement.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received on the implementation of antisocial behaviour orders; and what the key obstacles are to proceeding with...

      Black Police Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he and his predecessor last met representatives of the Black Police Association.

      Black Police Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has (a) received a copy and (b) received advice from Sir David O'Dowd on the letter dated 7 June from the Chair of the Black Police...

      Police Service (Employment Claims)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the numbers of police and civil staff of police services who have employment claims of unfair racial treatment...

      Metropolitan Police (Racism)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will invite the Commission for Racial Equality to examine whether the Metropolitan police is free of racism.

      Operation Antler

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the outcome of the Operation Antler inquiry by Wiltshire police into experiments on service volunteers at...

      Belgravia Police Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers, of sergeant rank and below were stationed at Belgravia police station, London in each year from 1996 to 2000; and...

      Leave to Remain

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people (a) with exceptional leave to remain status and (b) whose exceptional leave to remain status has expired are awaiting a...

      Asylum Seekers (Heathrow)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the estimated cost is of the construction of the proposed second detention centre for asylum seekers at Heathrow Airport; (2)...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers are being held in each prison in England and Wales.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to reform the asylum dispersal system.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what date he will have established a full timetable for ending the use of prisons for detaining asylum seekers; and if he will make a...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which prisons hold asylum seekers; and in each case, how many and since which month.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average weekly accommodation cost is being paid through NASS and other agencies, to accommodate (a) refugees and (b) asylum seekers...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) refugees and (b) asylum seekers have settled in Peterborough in the last 12 months; and at what cost to public funds.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much central Government grant has been given to (i) the Peterborough city council and (ii) other public bodies, indicating the bodies...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his estimate of the cost of the asylum voucher system; and if he will make a statement.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to complete the review of the voucher system for asylum seekers.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if it is his policy to introduce a quota for the number of asylum seekers accepted into the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

      Family Visitor Visa

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for the fall in the number of family visitor visa appeals.

      Police Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost of paying police pensions was in each of the last five years; and what proportion of that cost was met by (a)...

      Police Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to reform police pension arrangements; and if he will make a statement.

      Police Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Prison Service will introduce a key performance indicator on reducing reoffending rates; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were studying for degree courses in 2000–01.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which prisons have a telephone system which is operated by a remote call centre.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners are held in prison establishments (a) over 25 miles, (b) over 50 miles, (c) over 100 miles and (d) over 150 miles from...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide a breakdown for each prison of positive mandatory drug tests in 2000–01 by type of drug.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish for each prison the results achieved by the Prison Service on each of its key performance indicators during 2000–01.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if every prison in England and Wales has a probation service operating within the prison; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the longest period of time was an (a) male and (b) female prison inmate has been held in a segregation unit in a prison in England and Wales.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of uniformed prison officers from ethnic minority communities are working in prisons in England and Wales.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vacancies for prison officers there are at each grade at Wandsworth prison.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the number of people serving a prison sentence who suffer from mental illness; and if he will make a statement.

      ADT v. UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to comply with the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of ADT v. UK.

      999 Call Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his assessment of the operational effectiveness of the Lancashire Constabulary's 999 emergency call service.

      Police Numbers (North Yorkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on police numbers in north Yorkshire.

      Operation Napkin

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reports he has received from Gloucester Constabulary on the success of Operation Napkin.

      Police Practice (Mentally Ill People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what review he is undertaking of police practice in relation to mentally ill individuals; and if he will make a statement.

      Police (Wandsworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officer vacancies there are in each rank in the London borough of Wandsworth.

      Offenders (Referral Orders)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the referral orders for first-time offenders introduced by the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 will be rolled out...

      Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will extend the Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme pilot schemes to include Redcar.

      Firearms Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to receive the report of the Firearms Consultative Committee on detailed implications of changes to firearms legislation in...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to a letter from the hon. Member for Woking dated 11 May, ref. S1058709, regarding Mohammed Sfenjeh.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford of 23 April concerning his constituent Mr. M. Turner of Great...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the right hon. Member for North-West Cambridgeshire will receive a reply to his letter of 30 May on behalf of his constituent Mrs. Murray.

      Police Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) who is responsible for the allocation of places between appointing authorities to police authorities to ensure political...

      Electronic Services (Departmental Targets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made to meet his Department's targets to provide services electronically.

      Race Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been for incitement to racial hatred in each of the last five years (i) in each...

      Police National Computer

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received concerning the accuracy of records held on the Police National Computer and its use in relation to...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff, in each grade, were employed in (a) Greater London, (b) Humberside, (c) Northamptonshire, (d) West Yorkshire, (e) Merseyside,...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what his working estimate is of the demand for (a) basic, (b) standard and (c) enhanced disclosures for the first two years of the...

      Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the authorised police establishment was at the end of 1979; what the number of police officers in post was on 1 May 1997 for each police...

      Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many serving police officers there are in the London borough of Wandsworth (a) in total and (b) broken down by (i) rank and (ii) gender.

      Airwave Radio System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the further advice of Sir William Stewart on the potential health risks of specific frequency ranges for the...

      Chief Inspector of Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times he has met the Chief Inspector of Prisons since his appointment as Secretary of State.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times he has met Ms Ann Owers to discuss the Prison Service; and if he will make a statement.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) of the primates which, according to Table 2 of the Home Office statistics on the use of animals in scientific procedures for 1999, how...

      Commonwealth Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answers of 11 July 2001, Official Report columns 534–37W, on Commonwealth visitors, how many (a) Jamaican, (b)...

      Channel Tunnel (Illegal Immigration)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with (a) Eurotunnel and (b) the French authorities regarding illegal immigration through the Channel Tunnel; and...

      Channel Tunnel (Illegal Immigration)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants were detected after passing through the Channel Tunnel in the past two years; and if he will make a statement.

      Police Shootings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for each year since 1980, how many civilians have been shot by police; of those how many were (a) fatally wounded and (b) armed; how many...

      Police Shootings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason no decision has yet been taken in respect of the instigation of disciplinary proceedings against Sussex Police officers...

      Police Shootings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason the disciplinary hearing involving the Deputy Chief Constable of Sussex Police in respect of his involvement in the policing...

      Police Shootings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent information he has collated on (a) police shootings and (b) the results of PCA inquiries into police shootings, and if he will...

      Strangeways Prison (Phones)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many telephone lines are available at Manchester Strangeways Prison for individuals to phone about prison visits; what percentage of...

      Prison Governors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets are set for the length of time taken by Her Majesty's prison governors to reply to letters from (a) hon. Members and (b) the...

      Criminals (Litter and Graffiti)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to require criminals to clear away litter and graffiti as reparation for their offences.

      Immigration Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the French authorities regarding the removal of immigration officials from the ports of Dieppe and...

      Visa Refusals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were refused visitors visas by British High Commission offices in (a) Pakistan, (b) India and (c) Sri Lanka during the last...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Widowed Parent's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many widowers whose spouses died prior to 9 April are estimated to be eligible for the new widowed parent's allowance; how many claim forms...

    • Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women claimed incapacity benefit in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and what percentage this represents...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what is the average time to complete a review of incapacity benefit; and if he will make a statement on the factors underlying delays and the...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the (a) duration of claim and (b) type of incapacitation, of those receiving incapacity benefit; and if he will...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the 20 parliamentary constituencies with the (a) highest economic inactivity rate, (b) highest unemployment rate, (c) highest...

      Nirs 2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will estimate the number of pensioners who are currently receiving incorrect payments in respect of (a) the state retirement...

      Serps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost is of writing to pensioners about their entitlement to inherited SERPS; if all the letters have now been sent out; and if he will...

      Serps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library (a) a copy of the letter informing pensioners that they are unaffected by the changes in entitlement to...

      Benefit Entitlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact of withdrawing social security benefit from adults unwilling to have their basic skills levels...

      Executive Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the numbers of actual and whole-time equivalent employees of (a) the Benefits Agency as at 1 April, (b) the headquarters...

      Pension Forecasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will set out the target implementation dates for the provision of new pension forecasts.

      Disability Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) target times and (b) average time it took to deal with (i) revisions, (ii) renewal claims and (iii) original applications for (A)...

      Disability Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children broken down by (a) age group and (b) proportion of households with children in that age group, live in households where a...

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the information technology projects being undertaken by his Department and agencies responsible to his Department, including...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints in relation to Child Support Agency cases were received in (a) 1997–98, (b) 1998–99, (c) 1999–2000 and...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the rate was of non-compliance in (a) 1997–98, (b) 1998–99, (c) 1999–2000 and (d) 2000–01 with payment of...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many child support claimants have had to wait more than six months from the date their claim was submitted before their first payment...

      Private Finance Initiative

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

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how (1) many PFI transactions have been overseen by his Department and its predecessors in each of the last 10 years; what his estimate is of...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 12 June from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms S. B. Mqwayi.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of children were living in workless households during the spring quarter of 2001, using the Labour Force Survey.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress has been made in reducing the number of children in the United Kingdom living in poverty; and if he will make a statement.

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans his Department has to reform the benefits system in order to ensure families are not penalised through the reduction in...

      Absence

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

      Departmental Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) national and (b) international awareness events his Department and its predecessors have participated in since June 1997 in the form...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much housing benefit was paid by each London borough in the last year for which figures are available.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimates he has made of performance of ITNet in the delivery of Housing Benefit to claimants in Islington; and if he will make a...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the proposed amendment to the Housing Benefit Regulations will be brought into force.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to review the arrangements whereby Housing Benefit is not available to an adult who is paying rent to a blood relative living...

      Non-state Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of (a) people, (b) men and (c) women of working age have contributed to a non-state pension in at least three out of the last...

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many working aged people had been living in families in receipt of income support or income-based job seeker's allowance for two years or...

      Severe Disablement Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people living in the London borough of Wandsworth are in receipt of a severe disablement allowance.

      Departmental Press Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many press releases were issued by his Department (a) in total, (b) on the Minimum Income Guarantee, (c) on Benefit Fraud, (d) on the...

      Disability Working Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disabled people were in receipt of the Disability Working Allowance in September 1999.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement clarifying the JSA rules in respect of payments of additional moneys to fathers who are separated but share the...

      Pensioners (Romford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Romford benefit from (a) the Winter Fuel Allowance and (b) free television licences.

      Widows' Pension Entitlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to review the provision whereby widows lose their pension entitlement on remarriage both in terms of (a) the basic state...

      Invalid Care Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Government plan to bring forward legislation to allow carers over the age of 65 years to receive new awards of invalid care allowance.

      Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of pensioners in the Henley constituency eligible for the minimum income guarantee have so far claimed it.

      Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of pensioners in the Romford constituency who are eligible for the minimum income guarantee have claimed it.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what level of support funding is made available by his Department to care home owners; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

      Annuities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will calculate the date at which a single man of 65 years retiring today relying solely on pensions savings of £100,000 buying a...

      Stakeholder Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what size of stakeholder pension savings a woman currently of the age of 40 years will need under the current annuities system in order...

      Stakeholder Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason unisex annuities were not adopted in the regulations introducing stakeholder pensions.

      Pensioner Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to ensure that support to pensioners is increased in line with GDP growth; and if he will make a statement.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures he is taking to ensure that (a) Jobcentre Plus pathfinder offices and (b) all future Jobcentre Plus facilities are fully...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what provision is being made in Jobcentre Plus offices for private interview facilities.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what standards and targets are being set, and with what advice, to ensure disabled people's access to all Jobcentre Plus facilities.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements are being made to train staff at Jobcentre Plus in (a) disability awareness, (b) disability legislation and (c) support...

      Jobpoint Terminals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if an assessment of jobpoint touch-screen computer terminals has been carried out in terms of their accessibility to visually impaired people;...

      State Retirement Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women are in receipt of the state retirement pension in the UK.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the top 10 companies to which his Department contracted out its construction and refurbishment work out in the last 12 months.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for the (a) care and (b) mobility component of Disability Living Allowance have (i) been refused and (ii) been successful...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications were received for the (a) care and (b) mobility component of Disability Living Allowance in each of the last five years;...

      Landlord Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many prosecutions by his Department there have been against landlord fraud in the Greater London area during the last 12 months.

      Benefits (Regulatory Reform)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will begin public consultation on the introduction of changes to the Invalid Care Allowance and Vaccine Damage Payment schemes by...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will publish his annual report on the social fund for 2000–01 and the social fund commissioner's annual report.

  • Defence

    • Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the recent preliminary report by David Taylor concerning the Archer's Post training area in Northern Kenya.

    • European Trans-sonic Wind Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if his Department will contribute to the funding of the European Trans-sonic Wind Tunnel.

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of DARA at RAF St. Athan; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact of the abandonment of the move from RAF St. Athan to Cardiff international airport on the restructuring of the...

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who decided that the proposed move of DARA at RAF St. Athan was not feasible.

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the environmental costs were of the proposed relocation of DARA at RAF St. Athan to Cardiff international airport.

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the infrastructure costs were of the proposed relocation of DARA at RAF St. Athan to Cardiff international airport.

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason the Red Dragon project has been abandoned by the Defence Aviation Repair Agency.

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the consultants' report on the relocation of the Defence Aviation Repair Agency from RAF St. Athan to Cardiff International airport.

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he intends to review the contract of the Chief Executive of the Defence Aviation Repair Agency; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of the feasibility study into the proposed move from RAF St. Athan to Cardiff International Airport.

      Merlin Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the unit production cost is of Merlin helicopters.

      Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the timetable is for receiving bids and awarding contracts for the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft; and if he will make a statement.

      Chemicals (Disposal)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish past and current methods of treatment for (a) pralidoxime mesylato, (b) arsenic chloride and (c) a mixture of ethylphosphonyl...

      Barton Stacey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when the Out of Bounds for All Purposes areas will be reviewed in Barton Stacey; and if he intends to include all residential properties on his...

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the UK's participation in the down select stage of the Joint Strike Fighter programme.

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of each of the Trafalgar Class submarines was.

      Defence Intelligence and Security Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are for the conduct of the Quinquennial Review of the Defence Intelligence and Security Centre Defence Agency.

      Manning Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are for the conduct of quinquennial reviews of the three services manning agencies.

      Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what key targets have been set for the Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency for 2001–02.

      RAF Chinook ZD576

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if a member of the AAIB was present when the engines of RAF Chinook ZD576 were strip examined at Textron Lycoming's Stratford Connecticut plant.

      RAF Chinook ZD576

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on what date the engineering member of the RAF Board of Inquiry into RAF Chinook ZD576 completed the Manager's Course for Chinook Mk2; (2) if he...

      European Rapid Reaction Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will outline the commitment he proposes making from UK forces, broken down by service and composition of units, to the proposed European Rapid...

      European Rapid Reaction Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if RAF units based in Moray will be part of a UK commitment to the European Rapid Reaction Force; and if he will make a statement.

      Service Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will state for the most recent year the number of (a) civilian, including agency staff and (b) service personnel based in (i) each region or nation...

      Precision-guided Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many precision-guided missiles the UK is proposing to procure from the USA; and at what cost.

      Precision-guided Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what NATO policy is with regard to precision- guided missile availability; and how many such missiles he anticipates being available to NATO via its...

      Precision-guided Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the UK was approached to join the Netherlands-led consortium for the procurement of precision-guided missiles from the USA; and what the response...

      Defence Diversification Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's policy is for recovering costs for services provided by the Defence Diversification Agency.

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what expenditure has been incurred by his Department on evaluating the likely cost and impact of any National Missile Defence facilities located in the UK.

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which UK military officials were present during the recent National Missile Defence tests held by the United States of America.

      Service Personnel (Columbia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel from Colombia have been (a) attached to and (b) trained by UK military establishments in each of the past five years.

      Meteor Missile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the in-service date of the Meteor missile is; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the entitlement of widows and widowers to keep their armed forces pension following remarriage.

      Defence Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many defence contracts are out to tender; what time scale is placed on each contract; and what is the estimated value of each contract.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department was consulted on the proposals for off-shore wind farms at Cleveleys, Lancashire; and what comments it made.

      Mission Simulator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the software for the full mission simulator at Middle Wallop will be certified; and when he expects the Army Air Corps helicopter pilots will be...

      MOD Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his Department's approach to company accreditation, registration and certification in relation to the potential sale to...

      MOD Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if it is his Department's policy to sell his Department's redundant sites to unregistered companies.

      Armaments Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide a breakdown by nation and region of the UK of the total value of current MOD armaments contracts.

      MOD Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans the Government have to regain ownership from Annington Homes of former Ministry of Defence residential accommodation which is rented to...

      Upholder Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proceeds have been derived from the sale of the Upholder submarines to Canada.

      Upholder Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what were the refurbishment costs for the four Upholder class submarines prior to their leasing to the Canadian Government.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many PFI transactions have been overseen by his Department in each of the last 10 years; what his estimate is of the cost savings made in each...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the top 10 companies to which his Department contracted out their construction and refurbishment work in the last 12 months.

  • Health

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into relative survival rates following diagnosis of cancer in the UK and the rest of Europe.

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many urgent referrals for suspected cancer were made by general practitioners; how many such referrals were not seen within the two-week target; and...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish data on the incidence of cancer in the Avon area using the same criteria as those used by Dr. Chris Busby in his investigation of the...

      Creatine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what examination his Department has undertaken of the study by the French Food Safety Agency of the potential for cancer caused by the long-term use of...

      Nutriprem 2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent representations he has received regarding the prescription status of Nutriprem 2; (2) when he expects to announce his decision on the...

      MMR Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned into possible links between gender and MMR vaccine damage.

      MMR Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of children aged (a) 1 to 2, (b) 2 to 3 and (c) 3 to 4 years have been given MMR inoculations i) in total and (ii) in each region.

      MMR Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of children aged (a) one to two, (b) two to three and (c) three to four years have been given MMR inoculations in Oxfordshire.

      Healthy Eating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action she proposes to take to promote information and education for consumers on healthy eating.

      Ministerial Travel

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

      Prozac

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the delayed side effects caused by Prozac; (2) what research he has undertaken into the delayed side effects caused...

      UK Population Biomedical Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress in establishing the UK Population Biomedical Collection.

      Free Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the savings made by his Department since 1 April in relation to under-25 year olds residing in England receiving free...

      Free Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to prevent under-25 year olds residing in England from receiving free prescriptions in Wales; (2) what plans he has to liaise...

      Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the progress being made on the replacement of wards on Copthorne South Site at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

      Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent staff work in (a) legal services, (b) estates management, (c) IT services, (d) administration and (e) management in (i)...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to allow patients an entitlement to free dental check-ups; and if he will make a statement.

      Medicines Control Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of medicines prescribed to (a) children and (b) adults (i) do not have full marketing authorisation by the Medicines Control Agency and...

      Green Ministers

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

      New Variant CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have died from new variant CJD in each of the last five years broken down by (a) health authority and (b) unitary/district council where...

      Departmental Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) national and (b) international awareness events his Department has participated in since June 1997 in the form of (i) sponsorship, (ii)...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what clinical trials have been conducted into the use of cannabis for treatment of MS; and when the results will be published.

      Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 (b) in London.

      NHS Appointments Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the (a) criteria which the NHS Appointments Commission must apply to making appointments and (b) membership targets which they have been set.

      NHS Consultants

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

      NHS Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list by health authority the average number of hours per week consultants spend working in the NHS at the latest date for which figures are...

      St. George's Hospital, Tooting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated shortage of doctors and nurses at St. George's hospital, Tooting is.

      Hospital Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting list times are for (a) knee and (b) hip operations.

      Hospital Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list health authorities in England in order of the highest number of patients waiting for (a) an out-patient and (b) an in-patient appointment,...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of those aged over 16 years smoked in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001.

      HIV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new cases of heterosexually acquired HIV have occurred in each quarter since March 1997.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce (a) a national textphone number and (b) interactive e-mail to the NHS Direct service.

      Nursing and Midwifery Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received concerning the draft order on the Nursing and Midwifery Council; and if he will make a statement.

      Worcestershire Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the level of funding available to Worcestershire social services department.

      Bed Blocking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to reduce the level of bed blocking in Worcestershire.

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes discussed the Aventis study entitled "The Effect of Glufosinate-Resistant Corn on the Growth of...

      Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what level of funding was allocated by his Department between 1996 and 2001 for research into benign prostatic hyperplasia.

      Worcestershire Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on performance related pay increases agreed for executive directors of the Worcestershire health authority in (a)...

      Medicines Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish the annual report of the Medicines Commission for 2000.

      Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Government's response to the Health Select Committee's second report on Public Health will be published.

      Health Visitors and District Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health visitors and district nurses were employed in NHS hospital and community health services in each of the last three years for which figures...

      Health Visitors and District Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of health visitors and district nurses employed in NHS hospital and community health services are aged (a) over 50 and (b)...

      NHS Complaints Procedure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost to the NHS has been of claims made against it by patients for negligence, broken down by (a) amount of compensation paid to patients...

      NHS Complaints Procedure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost has been to the NHS of operating its complaints procedures in each of the last 10 years.

      Geriatric Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list health authorities in England in order of the highest number of patients aged 75 years and over admitted for emergency treatment.

      GPs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the remuneration paid to hospital practitioners to ensure that it is sufficient to fund the necessary locum cover for the general...

      Clinical Staff Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his target is for the number of (a) nurses and (b) doctors in the NHS for each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if it is his policy to increase expenditure on health services up to the European Union average as a percentage of gross domestic product; and if he will...

      Biomedical Scientists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to recruit more biomedical scientists to the NHS, and increase staff retention.

      Neonatal Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will announce a timetable for the national roll-out of the 20 universal neonatal hearing screening pilots.

      Breast Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) screening and (b) non-screening pilot schemes his Department has established since May 1997; and how many have now been completed and (i)...

      Kidderminster Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the projected costs of the inquiry into elective surgery at Kidderminster Hospital.

      Trivax Vaccines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money his Department has paid in compensation to families whose children are believed to have been damaged as a consequence of inoculation with...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Pickett's Lock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the impact of a new athletics facility at Pickett's Lock on existing international standard facilities...

    • BBC Digital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will publish the correspondence between her Department and the BBC concerning the BBC's proposals for new digital services.

      BBC Digital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will publish recent representations made by the independent television sector concerning proposed new BBC digital services; and...

      Lottery Funding (Films)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her answer of 2 July 2001, Official Report, column 72W, on lottery funding of films, what the net income is from all...

      The Maltings, Farnham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what advice was given by the South East Arts Board on the Maltings lottery application; what response the Arts Council of England...

      Bletchley Park Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will provide financial assistance to the Bletchley Park Trust.

      Television (Consumer Choice)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when consumers will be able to choose the specific television channels they wish to purchase without having to take other channels as...

      Private Finance Initiative

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

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many PFI transactions have been overseen by her Department and its predecessors in each of the last 10 years; what her estimate is...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the economic penalties imposed on private sector firms in each of the last five years for failures to deliver in...

      Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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...

      Departmental Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) national and (b) international awareness events her Department has participated in since June 1997 in the form of (i)...

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the annual cost would be of charging a television licence fee to all pensioners below the age of 75 years of (a) £25 and (b)...

      Agencies (Staff)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what is the total number of employees of (a) the New Opportunities Fund, (b) UK Sport, (c) the National Endowment for Science,...

      Digital TV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport by what date every household in Worcestershire will be able to receive digital television by cable or terrestrial distribution systems;...

      Films

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many films were refused British certification in (a) 2001, (b) 2000, (c) 1999 and (d) 1998; (2) what was the average time...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the disposal of the contents of the dome; and if she will indicate the sum raised.

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how souvenir items for sale to visitors at the dome were disposed of following the closure of the dome; and for what value.

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the role played by Lord Levy in facilitating sponsoring arrangements for the Millennium Dome.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action her Department is taking to combat gambling by young people; and if she will make a statement.

      Television News Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to monitor the award of the new independent television news contract and to ensure continued plurality of news sources.

      Sporting Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will respond to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee's report on the staging of international sporting events.

      Lottery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress is being made to ensure that community groups and local authorities in disadvantaged areas receive an increased share of...

      Alcohol Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what further measures she intends to take to prevent the sale of alcohol in licensed premises to those already intoxicated.

      Sir Walter Raleigh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has for the relocation of the statue of Sir Walter Raleigh from Raleigh Green, Whitehall.

      The Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total value of (i) Government assistance and (ii) lottery assistance since 1997 has been in cash and real terms to (a) opera...

      Music Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what specific assistance she has given to the promotion and development of popular music initiatives; what specific schemes she has put...

      Sporting Events (Government Assistance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total value of assistance provided by the Government to the (a) English FA bid for the 1996 European Championships, (b) UK bids...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effects of the foot and mouth outbreak on tourism in Henley; and if she will make a statement.

      Independent Football Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the appointment of the Chairman of the Independent Football Commission will be made.

      Royal Parks Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will respond to the recommendations in the report on the five-year review of the Royal Parks Agency; and if she will make a...

      New Millennium Experience Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will publish the annual report and financial statements of the New Millennium Experience Company for the period ending 31...

      Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made on the review of Sport England.

      Royal Parks (Culling)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many foxes have been removed from the Royal Parks in each of the last four years; and what the method employed was; (2) how...

  • Education and Skills

    • Building on Success

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will place in the Library the written responses she has received to the Green Paper "Building on Success".

    • Head Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on her Department's proposals to give extra responsibilities to head teachers.

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of students (a) paid the full cost of, (b) paid the partial cost of and (c) were exempt from contributing...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what discussions she has had with the Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning in the Welsh Assembly regarding the conclusions of...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the benefits of abolishing tuition fees throughout England and Wales; and if she will make a statement.

      Academic Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on her plans to increase recruitment into academic medicine.

      Teachers (Early Leavers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers left the profession in the last year for which figures are available; and what percentage of the total this represents.

      SATs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of seven-year-old children in Sure Start areas achieved level 1 or above in key stage 1 English and maths tests in (a)...

      School Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of pupils were excluded in 1999–2000.

      School Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance her Department provides to schools and local education authorities concerning temporary and permanent exclusion policies.

      School Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to collect statistics on the number of children and young people who receive fixed-term exclusions from schools.

      Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of 19-year-olds had at least one level 2 qualification or equivalent in 2000.

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of the first 1 million child care places provided under the National Childcare Strategy were taken up by under-fives using...

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her Department's estimate is of the number of full-time child care places in the United Kingdom for children up to 5 years.

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate has been made of the proportion of families that require full-time day care for one or more children at some point in their...

      Pupil Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent per pupil in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in each English local education authority in each year since 1990.

      Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills 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...

      Student Hardship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information she has collated on the earnings of (a) female graduates and (b) male non-graduates; and if she will make a statement on...

      Medical Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) men and (b) women are training to become medical doctors at medical schools in the Greater London area.

      School Buildings (North Somerset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money has been allocated for (a) new school building and (b) school building repairs and improvement in north Somerset for each...

      School Buildings (North Somerset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the condition of school buildings in North Somerset; and if she will make a statement.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of exclusions from schools that arose from drug-related incidents in each year since 1997.

      Newly Qualified Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of newly qualified teachers have left the teaching profession in each of the last five years for which information is available.

      Education Funding (North Somerset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the 2001–02 Education SSA for North Somerset Council would be if the real terms percentage increase were the same as the...

      Teachers Numeracy Test

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reason teachers in England are required to pass the national numeracy test before being qualified to teach.

      Teachers Numeracy Test

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reason teachers who have qualified in Scotland or Wales are allowed to teach in England without passing the national numeracy test.

      Schools (Oxfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which secondary schools in Oxfordshire have applied for specialist status; and what awards have been made to date.

      Schools (Oxfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher vacancies there were in Oxfordshire in each of the years from 1997 to 2001.

      Graduates (Salaries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her most recent estimate is of the average salary of graduates in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) Wales upon leaving education.

      Performing Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the levels of applications for performing arts courses and the funding available to such students; and if...

      Computers within Reach Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the Computers within Reach scheme; and if she will make a statement.

      Youth Education and Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of 16 to 18-year-olds were in education or training in (a) 1998, (b) 1999 and (c) 2000.

      Maintained Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers were employed in maintained schools in England in each year since 1997, (a) in absolute terms, (b) expressed as full-time...

      Maintained Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers have taken early retirement from maintained schools in England in each year since 1997, (a) for health reasons and (b) for...

      Maintained Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers from maintained schools in England have left the profession for each year since 1997.

      Acting and Dance Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list all acting and dance schools approved by her Department for grant purposes; if she will list all those applying for this...

      Bullying Online

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what help she plans to give from public funds to the charity Bullying Online.

      Education (Henley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the supply of (a) teachers and (b) school places for the next academic year in Henley.

      School Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the shortage of school places for the next academic year in (a) England and (b) Billericay.

      Teachers (Billericay)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the shortage of teachers for the next academic year in (a) England and (b) the Billericay and district...

      Chief Inspector of Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she has taken to appoint a permanent Chief Inspector of Schools.

      General Teaching Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills from whom she has received recent representations about the General Teaching Council's Code of Practice; and if she will make a statement.

      Teacher Recruitment and Retention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had with the National Union of Teachers about teacher recruitment and retention; and if she will make a statement.

      School Buildings (Colchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the condition of the school buildings in the Colchester constituency; and if she will make a statement.

      Teacher Vacancies (Colchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher vacancies there were in (a) Essex and (b) the Colchester constituency in each year from 1997 to 2001 in (i) infant schools,...

      Specialist Schools (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which secondary schools in Essex have applied for specialist status; and what awards have been made to date.

      Performance-related Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total cost of performance-related pay is for each of the years (a) 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02; what the cost of assessing...

      Graduation Certificate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the graduation style certificate proposed by her Department at the end of June; and what the cost...

      Advanced Vocational Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proposals she has for amendments in the testing regime in advanced vocational qualifications with a view to reducing their...

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will publish the guidance given by her Department to LEAs on the passporting of funds from the Learning and Skills Council to schools...

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what work her Department has undertaken on the formula for top-slicing funding from LEAs to fund school sixth forms under the new...

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools have seen a fall in the number of pupils in their sixth forms in each of the last three years; and if she will list those...

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on differences in performance at GCSE between state secondary schools (a) with and (b) without a sixth form.

      Connexions Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people appointed as advisers and in other capacities under the Connexions scheme, are qualified teachers; and of these how many...

      Connexions Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on developments in the Connexions Service.

      Connexions Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will set out the salary levels for personal advisers/mentors under the Connexions Scheme.

      Education Maintenance Allowance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the time scale is for the review of the Education Maintenance Allowance scheme; and if she will amend the financial assessment process...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what studies she has conducted into the implications of phasing out GNVQ Foundation on intermediate qualifications in favour of vocational...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what studies he has conducted into the comparative burden of administration and regulatory compliance by (a) further and (b) higher...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what studies she has conducted into fringe imports between (a) areas piloting educational maintenance allowances and (b) those outside into...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) full-time and (b) part- time students there were in the further education sector in (i) 1993, (ii) 1997, (iii) 2000 and (iv) 2001.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the average level of funding was per full-time equivalent student in the further education sector in England in (a) 2001, (b)...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the unit of funding for full-time equivalent students in further education is in 2001–02; and what it was in the two previous...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to reduce the number of sources from which (a) further education colleges and (b) schools have to bid for funds.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what has been the percentage increase in the amount of funding per full-time equivalent student in the further education sector since (a)...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to encourage improvements in the pay and status of non-lecturer staff in the further education sector.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many further education colleges to date have (a) cleared arrangements for incentive payments under the teaching pay initiative and (b)...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on progress with the Learning and Skills Council and local LSCs.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the LSC will publish its funding allocation framework.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what arrangements have been made to secure financial accountability by the further education sector to the Learning and Skills Council.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of staff posts have been filled by (a) the Learning and Skills Council and (b) local LSCs.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to relate teaching pay initiative moneys in further education to performance indicators.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when her Department will next publish figures for (a) teacher vacancies and (b) admission appeals.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers in England have applied for performance-related pay; how many of these received such a payment; what percentage of...

      Education Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what target she has set for the share of national income which is spent on education for each of the next five years; and if she will make a...

      Construction Industry Training Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the benefits of aligning the levies for the CITB and the ECITB.

      Construction Industry Training Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations she has received from tool hire companies regarding the CITB requiring them to pay the CITB levy.

      Construction Industry Training Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will review the operation of the CITB levy in order to identify if there are operations which are required to pay the levy but do not...

      Construction Industry Training Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of the CITB levy raised is spent on training provision within tool hire companies.

      Construction Industry Training Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations she has received from companies paying the levy regarding the forthcoming review of the CITB levy.

      Welsh Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students from the UK were educated at Welsh universities in the last five years.

      Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidelines have been issued to schools and local education authorities concerning the rights of children and young people to...

      School Management (Pupil Participation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance documents are available to schools and local education authorities concerning pupil participation in the management of schools.

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations she has received about uncompetitive practices operating within the provision of agency supply teachers to maintained...

      Excellence in Cities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on delays in funding projects for Excellence in Cities City Learning Centres Phase 3; and if she will provide...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what targets for a reduction in (a) primary and (b) secondary school class sizes she has set for each of the next five years; and if she...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding is available to schools with special educational needs; and how much is available under each stream.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children with special educational needs were on roll in each local education authority in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000...

      Grant-maintained Schools

      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...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many PFI transactions have been overseen by her Department in each of the last 10 years; what her estimate is of the cost savings made...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the economic penalties imposed on private sector firms in each of the last five years for failures to deliver in relation...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the (a) type, (b) length and (c) value of contract of each Private Finance Initiative in England and Wales; and if she will...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many private finance initiatives have been underestimated, detailing in each case the amount by which the original cost expectation was...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the top 10 companies to which her Department contracted out their construction and refurbishment work in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) national and (b) international awareness events her Department and its predecessors participated in since June 1997 in the form of...

      Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many days on average were lost per employee in her Department because of sickness, and how many officials retired early from her...

      Medical Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the number of A-level students applying to medical schools in each of the last three years; and if she will...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the impact of withdrawing social security benefits from adults unwilling to have their basic skills levels...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Justices of the Peace (Ethnic Minorities)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many (a) men and (b) women from ethnic communities were appointed justice of the peace for magistrates courts covering the...

    • Damages Act

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the average gross redemption yield on Index Linked Government stock was for the three years to 8 June.

      Damages Act

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his answer of 27 June 2001, Official Report, column 115W, on the Damages Act 1996, what account was taken of the...

      Damages Act

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his answer of 27 June 2001, Official Report, column 115W, on the Damages Act 1996, what method was used to calculate...

      Damages Act

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his answer of 27 June 2001, Official Report, column 115W, on the Damages Act 1996, what consultation was conducted...

      Mediation Services

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the cost of Government funding to the mediation services was in England in each of the past five years.

      Mediation Services

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what steps she is taking to ensure that mediation services in England receive adequate funding to continue their work.

      Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department 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...

      Departmental Events

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what (a) national and (b) international awareness events the Lord Chancellor's Department has participated in since June 1997 in...

      Juries

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what guidance he has issued on the composition of juries in areas with high proportions of ethnic minorities; and if he will make...

      Religious Discrimination

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what progress he has made in reviewing changes to anti-Catholic terms contained in the Act of Settlement 1701 and the Bill of...

      Queen's Golden Jubilee

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when the competitions for civic honours to mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee will be launched; and if she will make a statement.

      Advisory Board on Family Law

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when she will publish the Fourth Annual Report of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Board on Family Law.

      Tribunals

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when she will publish the report of Sir Andrew Leggatt's review of tribunals.

      Property Rights

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will introduce legislation so that greater protection is given to unmarried partners following the break-up of a...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if his plans for further powers for regional Government in England will entail other changes to the local government structure.

    • Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has for reforming local government.

      Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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 (b) in London.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations were made, and when, to Government Departments on behalf of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Authority regarding the applications for work...

      Departmental Units

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the cross-departmental and other units run from within his Department, listing in each case (a) the reports which they have published to date and...

      Green Ministers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will set out the terms of reference for the role of the Green Minister in his Department; and if he will make a statement; (2) on what date a Green...

      Green Ministers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on what dates his Department's Green Minister attended meetings of the Green Ministers' Committee during the current Session of Parliament; on what dates...

      Electronic Communications

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans the Cabinet Office has to revise the guidance to Departments on the use of electronic communications at work.

      e-Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made on the second e-Government International Benchmarking Study.

      Archway Tower

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the rental income is for Archway Tower N19; what the expenditure by public sources was in the last 12 months; and how much capital expenditure there has been...

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