Written answers

Monday, 15 October 2001

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what measures the Government plan to take to meet the humanitarian needs of Afghan refugees still in Afghanistan; (2) what...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what (a) bilateral and (b) multilateral aid has been provided in Afghanistan in each of the last three financial years and in the...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures (i) the British Government and (ii) the EU had already taken to help refugees from Afghanistan who crossed the borders,...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures the Government (a) have taken and (b) intend to take to co-ordinate the delivery of humanitarian aid to Afghan refugees.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what policy her Department has to deal with members of the public who wish to make a contribution to humanitarian aid administered to...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what levels of (a) bilateral and (b) multilateral aid have been provided to Pakistan in each of the last five financial years and in...

      Civil Servants (Retirement Age)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the compulsory retirement ages which apply to employees of her Department and of executive agencies and other public...

      Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the (a) humanitarian situation and (b) situation of children in Angola.

      Weapons Eradication

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much money the UK has allocated to UN agencies for weapons eradication; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the number, value and location of properties newly leased in each of the last five years by her Department, broken...

      Sub-Saharan Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her policy is towards (a) the operation of NGOs in sub-Saharan Africa, (b) the substitution of western for local cultural norms by...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Valetta Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what estimate has been made of the amount of funding required for projects unable to be conducted by volunteer archaeologists...

    • Valetta Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what measures she plans to put in place to enable amateur archaeologists to continue with their work without contravening Article...

      Valetta Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment has been made of the implications of the Valetta Convention on archaeology for the licensed activities of metal detector...

      Valetta Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment has been made of whether the provisions of the Valetta Convention would be in contravention of the Human Rights Act 1998.

      European City of Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the advisory committee referred to in the guidelines for the European City of Culture will be appointed; who will appoint...

      Absence

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

      TV Subtitling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to extend subtitling requirements to digital, cable and satellite television.

      Royal Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what species and number of animals have been culled under licence in each of the Royal Parks during the last three years.

      Departmental Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to reform the system of allocating funds from her Department between regions.

      Sport Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria will be used to select the next group of Sport Action Zones; and how many will be designated in the next (a) 12 and (b) 24...

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport by what date all households in Essex will be able to receive digital television by (a) cable and (b) terrestrial distribution systems;...

      Refurbishment Projects

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

      Refurbishment Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects are planned by her Department in (i) the current year and (ii) the next financial year;...

      Civil Servants (Retirement Age)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the compulsory retirement ages which apply to employees of her Department and of executive agencies and other public...

      Network Z Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the likely impact of the proposed Network Z radio services on existing commercial provision.

      Network Z Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what information the BBC furnished her, in its application to establish Network Z, about the views of (a) the BBC's legal, finance and...

      Premier Christian Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the Government's plans to ensure that Premier Christian Radio is able to apply for a new licence.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make it her policy to make funds available to organisations representing the rural tourist industry to publicise the lifting...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the value of financial assistance from Government to the tourist industry in England has been since the start of the foot and mouth...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the loss in revenue to the tourist industry in England as a result of foot and mouth since the start of...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much expenditure was incurred by her Department in (a) publicising the closure of rural tourism areas during the foot and mouth...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures her Department is taking to reverse the impression that tourist areas formally restricted because of foot and mouth, and...

      School Terms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if her Department was consulted by the then Department for Education and Employment on the implications for the tourism industry of...

      Regional Theatres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her policy towards the maintenance of regional theatres in England.

      Jackpot Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if she will make a statement about proposals by the Gaming Board to remove jackpot machines from members' social clubs; (2) what...

      Concessionary TV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the timetable is for granting concessionary television licences to sheltered and community accommodation.

      London Weighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will estimate the total value of London weighting and London living allowances for her Department; and if she will make a statement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what was, for each year since 1995, (1) the total number of (a) letters from hon. Members, (b) letters from members of the public and...

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will estimate the total annual running costs for buildings used, owned or rented by her Department for each nation and region of...

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made in the establishment of OFCOM.

      World Athletics Championships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what spectator capacity a stadium requires in order to meet the IAAF's specifications for a standard capable of hosting the World...

      World Athletics Championships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the accommodation requirements are for (a) athletes and (b) officials in a city in order to meet the IAAF's specifications for a...

      World Athletics Championships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what analysis her Department has made of Sheffield's transport facilities.

      World Athletics Championships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when it became Government policy to support the staging of the 2005 World Athletics Championships in Sheffield.

      World Athletics Championships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions (a) ministers and (b) officials in her Department have had with the IAAF on the prospect of staging the 2005 World...

      National Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) Lottery and (b) Treasury money has been spent on the project to build a national athletics stadium at Picketts Lock.

      National Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) when the Carter report into Wembley Stadium and Picketts Lock was commissioned; (2) when she will publish the Carter report into...

      National Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what is her policy on support for (1) a single national stadium for (a) football, (b) rugby and (c) athletics; (2) national stadia...

      Tourism Incentive Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the progress of the Tourism Incentive Group.

      BBC Chairman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will publish the membership of the Advisory Panel which is considering applications for the chairmanship of the BBC.

  • Prime Minister

    • Global Temperatures and Rainfall

      To ask the Prime Minister what estimates he has made of the percentage increase in global temperatures and rainfall by 2100; and if he will make a statement on the recent discussions he has had...

    • Government Policy (Presentation)

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will estimate how much time he spent on dealing with issues of presentation of Government policy in the media in the last 12 months.

      Global Population

      To ask the Prime Minister what estimate he has made of global population by 2050; how many people there will be affected by (a) drought and (b) flooding; how many are so affected now; and if he...

      Terrorist Attacks

      To ask the Prime Minister what preparations he has made to defend key UK landmarks in the light of recent terrorist attacks in the USA; and if he will make a statement.

      Life Peers

      To ask the Prime Minister how many life peers have been created since 1 May 1997; and how many of those were nominated by him in his capacity as leader of the Labour Party.

      Prime Minister's Powers

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will introduce legislation to give statutory definition to the powers of the Prime Minister; and if he will make a statement; (2) if he will list those of...

      Departmental Changes

      To ask the Prime Minister what his policy is on advising Parliament of changes in (a) Departmental structures and responsibilities and (b) ministerial changes.

      Policy Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister for what reason his private secretaries have been redesignated as policy advisers; and what assessment he has made of the implications for civil service neutrality...

      Lord Birt

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the qualities and achievements of Lord Birt which led him to appoint Lord Birt to the forward strategy unit.

      Civil Service

      To ask the Prime Minister when he will introduce a bill to define the role of the civil service.

      Kyoto Protocol

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent discussions he held with the US President concerning the Kyoto protocol; and if he will make a statement.

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent discussions he held with the US President concerning National Missile Defence; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Prime Minister if the military intelligence that has been shared with key partners in the military alliance for action in Afghanistan has been shared with the UN Secretary-General.

      Tourism (Departmental Responsibility)

      To ask the Prime Minister for what reason responsibility for the tourism industry is allocated to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; and for what reason this responsibility is exercised...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Prime Minister prior to his decision on the nature and terms of reference of an inquiry into foot and mouth disease, if he will consult (a) parish, district and county councils in...

      G8 Summit

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the G8 summit.

      Argentina

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his visit to Argentina.

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the representations and discussions he has had since 19 July relating to the status of the Falkland Islands.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will place in the Library for each year since 1995 the average response time for providing a substantive answer to (a) hon. Members' correspondence, (b)...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will list all official overseas visits undertaken by Ministers in his Department in each year since May 1997, indicating (a) the cost in (i) cash and (ii)...

      Cruse Bereavement Care

      To ask the Prime Minister what correspondence he has had with Cruse Bereavement Care in the past four weeks; and if he will make a statement.

      Chechnya (Human Rights)

      To ask the Prime Minister what representations he made to President Putin concerning human rights abuses in Chechnya during his recent visit to Russia.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Employment Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of employment zones in reducing unemployment.

    • Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the amount of money lost in benefit fraud in 2000–01.

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to set targets for reducing benefit fraud in Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit.

      Social Deprivation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to help people back into work in areas of acute social deprivation.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when new carers over the age of 65 will be eligible to apply for carers' benefits.

      Disability Benefit Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to simplify benefit application forms, with particular reference to benefits for people with disabilities.

      Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has to ease the transition from welfare to work for mothers with young children.

      State Benefits (Collection)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on his plans to make it easier for pensioners to collect their state benefits through private bank accounts.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to improve co-ordination between the benefits system and the support given to help people find work.

      Pensioners' Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of GDP has been spent on pensioners' benefits on average since 1997.

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many eligible men have not received backdated Winter Fuel Payments in respect of previous years.

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason he has brought forward the qualifying week for the 2001 Winter Fuel Payment.

      Jobseekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to enable the hardest-to-help jobless people find work.

      Jobseekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to help people in deprived areas in West Yorkshire find work.

      Pensioners (Long-term Care)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on the incomes of pensioners while they are in long-term hospital care.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress is being made with the Government's commitment to reduce child poverty by half.

      Unemployment (Over-50s)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to help unemployed people over 50 years of age back into work.

      World Economies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the effect on employment in the UK of the state of the world and UK economies.

      Women (Return to Work)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what studies she has undertaken to identify obstacles facing women returning to work.

      Stakeholder Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what categories of people it will be advantageous to take out a stakeholder pension.

      Stakeholder Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if those who take out a stakeholder pension will be compelled to use their savings to purchase an annuity at the age of 75 years.

      Stakeholder Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to increase the take-up of stakeholder pensions by people on lower incomes.

      Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the number of applications and approved applications for the Minimum Income Guarantee.

      Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost is to date of advertising the Minimum Income Guarantee for pensioners; how many applicants there have been; how many have...

      Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the annual cost of administration of (a) the Minimum Income Guarantee, (b) State Pensions, (c) Child Benefit and (d)...

      Unemployment (Southend)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the impact of his Department's policies on unemployment levels in (a) Southend, East and (b) Southend, West.

      Ethnic Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the need for ethnic monitoring of benefit claims and appeals.

      Fixed-term Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much he expects the incapacity benefit case load to fall as a result of his announcement about fixed-term claims.

      Unclaimed Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value of unclaimed benefits was in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) Scotland in each financial year from 1995.

      Fibromyalgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many sufferers from fibromyalgia are receiving disability living allowance; how many of these are in receipt of this benefit for...

      Disability Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will set out for Q3 and Q4 2000–01 and Q1 2001–02 (a) how many people were awaiting an appeal for (i) Disability Living and...

      Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for vehicles were dealt with by Motability and of these how many were (a) for replacement vehicles, (b) successful new...

      Preserved Rights (Residential Homes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents in care homes are covered by preserved rights; and what estimates his Department has made of the number there will be on 1...

      Pension Fund Surpluses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to reform the regulatory and legislative framework regarding the distribution of pension fund surpluses; and if he will make...

  • Treasury

    • Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) of 10 July 2001, Official Report, column 501W on public service agreements, what the (a)...

    • Independent Insurance Company

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what plans he has to assist those companies who were policyholders of the Independent Insurance Company and who face liquidation as a result of the...

      Independent Insurance Company

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential conflict of interests faced by Herbert Smith Solicitors in their capacities as solicitors to the (a)...

      Independent Insurance Company

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the FSA were informed that Independent Insurance Company's reinsurance contract of £278 million with Ireco was partially reinsured by...

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when details of the proposed Child Trust Fund and Saving Gateway will be published; and what consultation has been undertaken in respect of this.

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what increase there has been in the number of ISA holders who are (a) standard rate taxpayers and (b) higher rate taxpayers, over personal equity plan...

      Voluntary Sports Clubs (Business Rates)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his plans to assist voluntary sports clubs with their business rates.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what additional revenue he raised in 2000–01 from property and land transactions in (a) the UK and (b) the Henley constituency as a result of the...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will publish details of those areas of deprivation which will benefit from reductions in stamp duty on property.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) amount of stamp duty revenue collected was in accordance with the provisions of SI 1997/1156, on the transfer of units in unit trusts and...

      Barnett Formula

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 19 July 2001, Official Report, column 425, to the right hon. Member for Gateshead, East and Washington, West, (Joyce Quin), over...

      Barnett Formula

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date he expects convergence in public spending levels between Scotland and England to be obtained through the operation of the Barnett formula.

      Barnett Formula

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the additional resources that would be available to the Scottish block over each of the next three years if the Barnett formula had...

      Deep Vein Thrombosis

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many deaths in the last three years deep vein thrombosis has been a cause; and how many of these relate to air travel.

      Migration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate, for the last 10 years for each nation of the UK, (a) inward and outward migration by (i) UK citizens and (ii) non-UK EU citizens, (b)...

      Manufacturing Jobs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many manufacturing jobs have been lost since May 1997.

      Excess Winter Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of excess winter deaths which occurred in 2000–01 in (a) each English region, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Great...

      Domestic Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people employed (a) legally and (b) illegally in domestic service in each of the last five years.

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the role of lightly regulated financial regimes overseas in allowing money laundering in support of international drug...

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that the international community acts in concert to eliminate money laundering.

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which countries he has identified as encouraging facilitating money laundering; and what progress has been made in persuading them to impose proper...

      Means-tested Benefits and Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact on the savings ratio of means-tested benefits and tax credits introduced since May 1997.

      Trade in Goods Deficit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the deficit on trade in goods for the UK was in 2000; and what his forecast is for 2001.

      Scottish Bus Group Pension Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what representations he received from the Scottish Executive prior to the decision being taken to transfer moneys from the Scottish Bus Group pension...

      Scottish Bus Group Pension Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ensure Scottish Bus Group pension fund holders affected by the decision to transfer moneys from the Scottish Bus Group pension fund surplus to...

      Scottish Bus Group Pension Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason the National Bus Group Pension Fund has been treated differently from the Scottish Bus Group pension fund; what his policy is on payment of...

      London Weighting

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the total annual value of London weightings and London living allowances for his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      R and D Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on levels of R and D tax credits in Objective 1 areas; and if he will make a statement.

      R and D Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to (a) extend the research and development tax credit programme and (b) remove employers' national insurance contributions on stock options.

      Money Transmission System

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to set up a regulator for the money transmission system.

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what feasibility study he has undertaken of making the euro legal tender in the UK in tandem with the pound sterling.

      PSBR

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes to the definition of PSBR have taken place since May 1997.

      Civil Servants (Retirement Age)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the compulsory retirement ages which apply to employees of his Department and of executive agencies and other public sector bodies for which...

      Integrated Tax and Benefits System

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the introduction of an integrated tax and benefits system for the United Kingdom.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how projections for future growth of the UK economy have been revised as a result of the foot and mouth disease.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) companies and (b) non- incorporated businesses have applied to defer payments of (i) corporation and personal tax and (ii) value added tax as a...

      Tax Returns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure a reduction in the number of errors made by the Inland Revenue when amending self-assessment tax returns.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 19 July 2001, Official Report column 412, to the hon. Member for Arundel and South Downs (Mr. Flight), on what date officials of...

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate of the yield from climate change levy is in (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03 and (c) 2003–04.

      Departmental Properties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the guidelines are for Government bodies, including and distinguishing between Departments, Next Steps agencies and non-departmental public bodies,...

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will establish a scheme to compensate policyholders of Equitable Life for losses sustained by them as a result of regulatory failure.

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions the FSA held with Equitable Life about their decision to cut the value of with-profits pensions by 16 per cent.

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates he has made of the amount and likelihood of public liability in the case of Equitable Life.

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the Penrose inquiry will investigate allegations of maladministration by the DTI and Treasury in relation to regulation of Equitable Life; and if he will...

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what target date has been given to Lord Penrose for the completion and publication of his report.

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when a decision will be taken on the date of publication of the report by the FSA into Equitable Life; (2) when the Treasury will receive the report...

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if Lord Penrose will be working full-time in the conduct of the inquiry of which he is chairman.

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when Lord Penrose began work on his inquiry into Equitable Life; and what resources have been made available to him.

      Business Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his forecast of the level of business investment is for (a) 2002 and (b) 2001.

      Pheasants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he takes to ensure (a) pheasant- rearing operations and (b) pheasant shooting do not avoid (i) business rates and (ii) VAT through...

      Food Sales (VAT)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if it is his policy that hot food sold by supermarkets should be charged at the standard rate of value added tax.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by how much would the Government have to increase (a) Working Families Tax Credit and (b) child benefit to achieve each of the Government's targets on child...

      Balance of Payments Deficit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest forecast is for the balance of payments deficit for 2001.

      Balance of Payments Deficit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on the balance of payments deficit and its consequences for the economic outlook.

      Women Entrepreneurs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to ensure that more women are provided with start-up finance by financial institutions, and that potential women entrepreneurs are not...

      Foster Carers (Allowances)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the Inland Revenue's future plans for the taxation of the different types of allowances payable to foster carers.

      Capital Gains Tax Receipts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact the present decline in market values will have on his forecast revenue from Capital Gains Tax receipts in...

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the key objectives listed in the Treasury guidance for the forthcoming spending round; and what incentives his Department has put in place...

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the total annual running costs for buildings used, owned or rented by his Department for each nation and region of the UK, and estimate...

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total amount of spending by his Department was in each nation and region of the UK, in the last year for which figures are available; what...

      Petrol Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the amount of petrol that was smuggled into (1) north-west England from the Irish Republic in each of the last five years;...

      Private Medicine (VAT)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much VAT was raised at current prices from expenditure on private medical insurance and private medical care in the last financial year.

      Urban Regeneration Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if it is his policy to ensure that urban regeneration companies benefit from (a) corporation tax credits and (b) other reductions in tax liabilities.

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his latest estimate is of the yield from air passenger duty for 2001–02; and if he will make a statement; (2) what assessment he has made...

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to reduce air passenger duty.

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received since 11 September from the aviation industry about air passenger duty.

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of air passenger duty came from (a) commercial passengers and (b) non-commercial passengers in the last financial year.

      Lear's Macaws

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the Customs and Excise investigation into the three Lear's Macaws seized in November 1998, indicating what steps are being...

      Counter-terrorism (Customs and Excise)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement on the contribution of Customs and Excise to the Government's counter-terrorism policy; (2) what plans he has to (a)...

      Vehicle Tax Discs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on extending the age exemption for tax discs applicable for cars over 25 years old to those aged 30 years old and over.

      Advance Corporation Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of the abolition of advance corporation tax credits on dividend income for (a) pension funds and (b) the amount...

      Enhanced Capital Allowances Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received about the available funding for the Enhanced Capital Allowances Scheme.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was, for each year since 1995, (1) the average response time for providing a substantive answer to (a) hon. Members' correspondence, (b)...

      Financial Services and Markets Act (Regulated Activities Order)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what method he will use to update the Financial Services and Markets Act (Regulated Activities Order) 2001 to ensure that changes are made in such a way as...

      Flooding (Insurance)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to secure an extension to the agreement reached with the Association of British Insurers in respect of insurance cover available to...

      Pool Re

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the annual premiums collected and payments made have been in each year since the establishment of Pool Re.

      UK Economic Outlook

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received concerning the effect on individual sectors of the UK economy of the terrorist attacks on the US.

      UK Economic Outlook

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if Treasury officials are planning to revise UK GDP growth projections downwards to 1.5 per cent. this year; (2) what assessment he has made of the...

      Terrorist Bank Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action he has taken in respect of known terrorists' bank accounts since 11 September.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to reform the Private Finance Initiative.

      Financial Exclusion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he is taking to reduce financial exclusion among persons without a bank account.

      Bureaux de Change

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's proposals are for regulating bureaux de change; and what plans he has for (a) consultations with the industry, (b) the timetable for...

      Wind-powered Electricity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much income has been received by the Crown Estate from wind-powered electricity generating installations situated offshore in the 2001–02...

      Partnerships UK

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) which companies successfully bid for 51 per cent. of Partnerships UK; and what are the shareholdings of each such company; (2) what advice was sought...

      Property Leases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the number, value and location of properties newly leased in each of the last five years by the Treasury, including and distinguishing...

      Annuities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to amend the obligation for pension holders to take out an annuity.

      Devolved Assemblies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is with regard to (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department giving evidence to (i) Scottish Parliament, (ii) Welsh Assembly and...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) on how many occasions in each year since 1992 non-commercial flights were used by Ministers in his Department for official overseas visits; what the...

      Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of women born between 24 September and 25 December 1941 who are alive.

      Income Tax Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have benefited from income tax relief as a result of purchasing a stakeholder pension.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the number of staff employed by his Department by region and nation of the UK; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many and...

      Higher Rate Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide a breakdown of (a) how many persons paid income tax at the higher rate in each financial year since April 1997 and (b) how much was...

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Transport Infrastructure/House Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his Department's responsibilities are in relation to the environmental impact of (a) transport infrastructure...

    • Farmers' Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received regarding existing planning constraints on the development of farmers' markets.

      Electoral Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make it Her Majesty's Government's policy to provide all hon. Members with the full report of the...

      Elections (Turnout)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had on Her Majesty's Government's policy for increasing turnout at elections; and when he...

      Vehicle Excise Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps he plans to take to improve enforcement against vehicle excise licence offences; and if he will make a...

      Fishing Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the answer of 19 July 2001, Official Report, column 320W, on fishing communities, if he will list the...

      Civil Servants (Retirement Age)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the compulsory retirement ages which apply to employees of his Department and of executive agencies...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what records are kept of temperatures in carriages on London Underground trains.

      Section 28

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to repeal Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the implications of the Human Rights Act 1998 for planning appeals and, in particular,...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what powers local authority planning officers have to require those proposing to convert existing buildings into...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many planning applications have been refused by local authorities and the planning inspectorate on the basis of...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many planning applications in Hampshire have been called in by him on grounds relating to the proposed housing...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what average time was taken by the Secretary of State to decide upon a planning appeal against a decision made...

      Train Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the refranchising of South West Trains to Stagecoach was agreed by the SRA; and when it is planned to sign the...

      Night Flights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what plans he has to assess the environmental disbenefits of night flights; (2) what plans he has to assess...

      Housing Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the average expenditure on capital improvements of (a) council and (b) registered social landlords in each year...

      Housing Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his estimate is of the cost of holding housing stock transfer ballots per dwelling affected by local authority...

      Housing Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list for each of the past five years the total housing stock for English local authorities held by (a)...

      Housing Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what information he has collated on the number of (a) families in bed and breakfast, (b) families in other temporary...

      Housing Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will estimate the average investment by (a) registered social landlords and housing companies and (b) local...

      Cycle Routes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his estimate is of the total length of dedicated cycle routes in each London borough; and what the figures were...

      Single Regeneration Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what monitoring of the accountability of single regeneration budgets is undertaken by his Department.

      Single Regeneration Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what has been the expenditure to date of the Finsbury Park single regeneration budget; what its planned expenditure...

      Government Office for London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his estimate is of the annual cost of administration of the Government Office for London; and what his estimate...

      Tufnell Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions have been held with Railtrack and Silverlink concerning the opening of a station at Tufnell Park on...

      Ebley Wharf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will call in the planning application at Ebley Wharf, Stroud district following his announcement on building in...

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what consultations with interested parties he has had in relation to damages claims arising out of the impact of...

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will review planning guidance on mobile phone masts taking account of the decision of the Austrian high court...

      Best Value

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his latest estimate is of (a) the cost and (b) the cash benefit to local authorities of implementing best value.

      Local Transport Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the cost of (a) preparing and (b) implementing local transport plans.

      Local Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what funds are available to enable local authorities to upgrade local roads to deal with the changes in traffic...

      High Hedges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will introduce legislation to control high hedges in residential areas.

      High Hedges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will introduce legislation to give local authorities the power to fell nuisance cupressocyparis leylandii on...

      Prestwick Air Traffic Control Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what assessment he has made of the impact on European and British air traffic cover of the postponement of the...

      Nats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what discussions he has had with the Airline Group since 11 September on the future of National Air Traffic...

      Nats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his estimate is of the effect on Exchequer revenues of the sell-off of the National Air Traffic Services; and if...

      Central Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement about the Government's policy towards the Central Railway project.

      Bus Usage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the total number of passenger miles travelled by bus in each of the last four years.

      Jet-Skis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many accidents including injury or fatalities to humans have taken place around the British coastline involving...

      Key Worker Housing Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list those bids he has received from local authorities under the key worker housing grant scheme involving...

      Swanick Air Traffic Control Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the Government's latest estimate is of the opening date of the Swanick air traffic control centre.

      Council Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many council houses were built in London in the years (a) 1995–96, (b) 1996–97, (c) 1997–98,...

      Infrastructure Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will introduce proposals for a statutory duty to consult local residents on major infrastructure projects.

      Infrastructure Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what definition of a Crown development is used by his Department in relation to infrastructure projects.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will reply to the letters of the hon. Member for West Derbyshire dated 26 July and 10 September about...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will reply to the hon. Member for Chatham and Aylesford's letter of 26 February regarding channel tunnel rail...

      National Homelessness Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on what date the responses to the consultation national homelessness strategy will be published.

      Regional Chambers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the (a) expenditure in each of the last five years was and (b) budgets for the years 2001–02 and...

      Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has for the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact of the working time directive on the road haulage industry.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact of the working time directive on the bus and coach industry.

      Aviation and Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he intends to publish a White Paper on aviation and airports.

      Night Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact on peak hour congestion of an eight-hour limit on night working for mobile...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans the Government have to improve safety measures on (a) trunk roads and (b) roads extensively used by heavy...

      East-West Transport Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the relative (a) cost and (b) environmental impact of upgrading east-west (i) road...

      East-West Transport Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to upgrade east-west road links from (a) Huntingdon to Cambridge, (b) Cambridge to Bedford, (c)...

      Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he plans to bring forward legislation to amend the law affecting mobile homes.

      Gazumping and Gazundering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proposals he has to prevent gazumping and gazundering by house buyers and sellers.

      Harbour Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what measures are in place to ensure that a harbour authority's powers and duties are not exercised to the detriment...

      DL Registrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many DL registrations remained unissued at 1 September 2001 in each of the following series (a) two letters, up...

      Seller's Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proposals he has to reintroduce legislation requiring seller's packs to be produced by those selling houses.

      House Sales and Purchases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to introduce to England elements of the Scottish system of house sales and purchases.

      Refurbishment Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects are planned by his Department in (i) the current year and (ii) the...

      Transport Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the location and cost of transport projects over £1 million was in each region and nation of the United...

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will estimate the total running costs for buildings used, owned or rented by his Department for each nation and...

      London Weighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will estimate the total value of London Weightings and London living allowances for his Department; and if he...

      Housing Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if he will list those local authorities which have applied to HM Treasury for moneys to pay off overhanging...

      Second Home Owners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will estimate the total revenue which would be raised by local authorities as a result of a change in law...

  • Home Department

    • Prisoner Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners (a) committed suicide, and (b) died in custody in 2000–01.

    • Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total expenditure was on education in prisons in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; what was the real terms...

      Prisoners' Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time out of cell was for prisoners in 2000–01.

      Prisoners' Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of (a) the adequacy and (b) the equal availability of education and training facilities for inmates in Her...

      Asylum Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women are being held in detention in England and Wales pending the hearing of their asylum appeal; and if he will...

      Oakington Reception Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of asylum applications sent to Oakington reception centre who have a negative initial decision, have had that decision...

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions his Department has had with the Department for International Development on policies to support the rural economy in Kosovo...

      Cleansing Tablets (Prisons)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the evaluation of the pilot project into the provision of cleansing tablets in prisons to reduce transmission of HIV and hepatitis...

      Condoms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will list the prisons in England and Wales that distributed condoms to inmates in the last year for which figures are available.

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables were recruited in the Thames Valley force; and how many special constables left the force, in each year from 1996...

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what roles are performed by special constables in the West Midlands Police Force.

      Private Finance Initiative

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

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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...

      Life Sentence Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many life sentence prisoners are being held in prisons in England (a) whose last place of residence before sentence was in Wales or...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans he has to modify the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 following developments in genetic modification; (2) what...

      HMP Swansea

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of and timetable for the planned programme of capital works are at HMP Swansea; when it will be completed; and what plans exist...

      Private Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions private prison operators have been (a) fined and (b) had payments withheld for breaking contract conditions; if he will...

      Private Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the basis is on which financial penalties imposed on contractors of privately managed prisons are calculated; and if he will make a...

      Private Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many former Home Office officials and Prison Service staff have taken paid employment with private companies involved in the operation,...

      National Address Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Government are making to create a single national address database; what the expected timescale is for the implementation of...

      Police (Child Protection)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what key performance indicators have been set by or for the police in respect of child protection.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the rates of sickness absence in the Prison Service were in each of the last four years.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the revenue expenditure was per prisoner of the Prison Service (a) nationally, (b) in the southern area and (c) for Isle of Wight...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the capital budget was of HM Prison Service (a) nationally, (b) in the southern area and (c) for Isle of Wight prisons, for each year...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the management of the Prison Service facilities for juveniles and young adults.

      Prison Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff are employed on governor grades as a percentage of the total number of prison officers in each prison.

      Prison Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of violence to prison officers have been recorded (a) nationally, (b) in the southern area, and (c) in Isle of Wight...

      Prison Governors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional discretion in the conduct of their duties has been devolved to prison governors over the last four years; and if he will make...

      Prison Reprofiling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the prisons which have been reprofiled in the last four years; and what change there was in the number of jobs recommended in...

      Police (Absence)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many days off sick were taken by police officers in (a) 1996–97, (b) 1997–98, (c) 1999–2000 and (d) 2000–01; and...

      SO19 Specialist Firearms Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the manpower available to the Metropolitan Police SO19 specialist firearms unit.

      Policing (Civilians)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his plans to allow civilians to carry out policing and detection tasks.

      Drug Dealers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to create a national register of drug dealers; and if he will make a statement.

      Essex Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many serving constables there were in the Essex police force (a) in 1997 and (b) on the most recent date for which figures are available.

      Case Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines have been issued to police forces on the criteria used in determining cases to be reviewed because of new evidence becoming...

      Women Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women were sent to prison by courts in England and Wales during each of the last three years.

      Bilking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many petrol station bilking incidents in each of the last five years in which police were involved occurred in (a) England and (b)...

      Wide Loads (Police Escorts)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was to the Metropolitan police of escorting wide loads in each year since 1997.

      Feltham B Young Offenders Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on conditions at Feltham B Young Offenders Institution.

      Feltham B Young Offenders Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has held with the Chief Inspector of Prisons with regard to the management of Feltham B Young Offenders Institution; and...

      Feltham B Young Offenders Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many average hours of purposeful activity there were at Feltham B Young Offenders' Institute in (a) 1999–2000 and (b)...

      Home Detention Curfew

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 25 June 2001, Official Report, column 43W, on the home detention curfew scheme, if he will make a statement on the...

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate he has made of the effect on the level of police paperwork of the requirement to record all stops; and if he will make a...

      Chief Inspector of Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the role of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons.

      Ouseley Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the findings of Sir Herman Ouseley's report on the impact of segregated schools on the riots in Bradford.

      Prisoners (Meditation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the benefits of meditation practices to prisoners.

      Congestion Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the use by police forces for unconnected purposes of information collected as part of congestion charging...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences involving the use of firearms have been recorded for each of the last five years where the offender was (a) under 10, (b)...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to restrict the (a) sale, (b) possession and (c) use of air guns and rifles.

      GM Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason no data is collected in respect of (a) deaths occurring prior to birth during the production of genetically modified animals...

      Dr. Ali Dizaei

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on developments in the investigation of Dr. Ali Dizaei, including its costs.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of illegal immigrants employed in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years.

      Digital Television (Prisons)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what expenditure has been (a) incurred to date and (b) budgeted for in (i) monthly and (ii) quarterly subscriptions for digital...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applicants have been dispersed to the borough of Trafford in each of the last five years.

      Enforcements (Immigrants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many enforcements were made on immigrants in each month from May; what the nationalities of those removed was; how many of those removed...

      Asylum Voucher System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish his review of the operation of the asylum voucher system; and if he will make a statement.

      Immigrant Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were detained under immigration rules at the end of (a) July, (b) August and (c) September; what the nationalities of those...

      Abu Hamza and Omar Bakri Mohammed

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will review (1) the immigration status of Abu Hamza; and if he will make a statement; (2) the indefinite leave to remain status of...

      Race Hate Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce proposals to amend race hate laws to include an offence of incitement of race hatred outside the UK through statements...

      National Asylum Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the efficiency and accountability of the National Asylum Support Service.

      Police Force Boundaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the advantages and disadvantages of the introduction of a police force based on local authority district...

      Unauthorised Encampments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to review the law on unauthorised encampments.

      Unauthorised Encampments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to review guidance to police forces about the enforcement of public order legislation on travellers' camps.

      Long Lartin Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for further development at Long Lartin prison; and if he will make a statement.

      Youth Justice Board Review 2000–01

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of publication and circulation of the Youth Justice Board Review 2000–01; and to whom the document was circulated.

      Miscarriages of Justice (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent changes have been made to the method of calculation of compensation to be awarded to victims of miscarriages of justice; if he...

      Strip Searches (Holloway)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what method the number of strip searches is recorded at HMP Holloway; how many searches carried out in (a) the last year and (b) each of...

      South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people arrived from South Africa and took advantage of their eligibility to live in the United Kingdom in (a) 1999 and (b) 2000.

      Exclusion Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library a list of the individuals who are excluded from entering Britain because exclusion orders have been served on...

      Prison Education Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on the rationale for the transfer of responsibility for purchasing and commissioning prison education...

      Prison Education Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) NVQs and (b) other nationally recognised qualifications have been achieved by prisoners in each year since 1997.

      Offending Behaviour Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offending behaviour courses have been completed by prisoners (a) nationally, (b) in the southern area and (c) in Isle of Wight...

      Category C Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many category C prisoners are held in category B establishments (a) nationally, (b) in the southern area and (c) in Isle of Wight prisons...

      Mentally Ill Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research has been conducted to identify the incidence of drug-induced psychosis among mentally ill prisoners; and if he will make a...

      Non-life-Sentenced prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements are in place to plan and monitor the prison career of non-life-sentenced prisoners.

      Terrorist Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will (a) list those organisations which he regards as terrorist and (b) make a statement on the strategies he proposes to deploy to...

      Unaccompanied Luggage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reported cases of (a) unidentified, and (b) other unaccompanied luggage arriving at British airports there have been since 11...

      City Status

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he expects the announcement will be made on which town has been granted city status to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Her...

      City Status

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who will sit on the committee which will consider applications by towns which wish to be granted city status to commemorate the 50...

  • Defence

    • Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a list of the titles and dates of films held by the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment, Porton Down which...

    • Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many MoD police officers have been involved in Wiltshire Constabulary inquiries into events at CBD Porton Down; what has been the cost to his...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if a representative of the Porton Down Veterans Support Group will be invited to the seminar in October at the head office of the Medical Research...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what dates the independent Ethics Committee of the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment, Porton Down, scrutinised the study which took place...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of the reports produced by the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment, Porton Down (a) in 1972 entitled,...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the protocol drawn up by the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment, Porton Down, to carry out the study...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the report produced by the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment, Porton Down in 1973 entitled "A...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the report arising out of the study in August 2000 involving RAF volunteers at the Rapier Detachment Engagement...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what dates staff of his Department held meetings with the Medical Research Council prior to 21 November 2000 to discuss seeking advice from the...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason the War Pension Agency started on 19 February to identify as separate records claims for war pensions from service personnel who took...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if his Department will transfer films from the archives of the Chemical Defence Establishment, Porton Down, to the Imperial War Museum.

      Service Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many courts martial there were in each service in (a) 1980, (b) 1990 and (c) 2000.

      Service Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the costs and benefits of (a) maintaining the courts martial system and (b) maintaining services disciplinary processes...

      Service Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when there was last a review of the courts martial system.

      Type 42 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date the last of the type 42 destroyers is scheduled to be withdrawn from active service.

      Type 42 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what age is the oldest type 42 destroyer still in active service with the Royal Navy.

      Married Quarters Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who decides the priority of need in (a) the upgrade programme and (b) the routine maintenance programme at the Larkhill married quarters estate.

      Married Quarters Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the Larkhill married quarters estate is included in the upgrades proposed by Project Allenby.

      Married Quarters Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the grading of dwellings in the Larkhill married quarters estate is.

      Married Quarters Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the planned maintenance programme for the defence married quarters estate includes provision for (a) gutters, (b) downpipes, (c) underground pipes,...

      Married Quarters Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on (a) the budget and (b) the management of the planned maintenance programme for the married quarters estate.

      Married Quarters Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason the target for completion of the married quarters upgrade programme has been made 2005.

      Married Quarters Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he expects the married quarters upgrade programme to be completed by the end of 2005.

      Married Quarters Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the budget for (a) property refurbishment and (b) property maintenance in the Larkhill married quarters estate for (i) 2000, (ii) 2001...

      Married Quarters Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the relationship is between the functions of (a) the Larkhill Garrison Commander, (b) area 6 of the Defence Housing Executive, (c) EWC Ltd., (d)...

      Married Quarters Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what money is budgeted in (a) 2001 and (b) 2002 for (i) refurbishment and (ii) maintenance of the married quarters estate within Larkhill garrison as a...

      Married Quarters Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if annual checks on all hot water and central heating boilers required under health and safety legislation have been completed this year in all service...

      Married Quarters Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when work will commence to upgrade the roads at the former married quarters estate at Boscombe Down; and if he will make a statement.

      Menwith Hill and Fylingdales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what defence role in the security of the United Kingdom is played by (a) Menwith Hill and (b) Fylingdales; and if he will make a statement.

      Widows' Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will amend the rules governing the entitlement to benefit of widows of retired servicemen to allow them to receive pension in respect of service...

      Air Squadrons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which UK air squadrons are at full complement; what proportion this represents of the total; and if he will make a statement.

      Canal Zone Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on progress on the establishment of a medal for those who served in the Canal Zone campaign 1951–54.

      Refurbishment Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects are planned by his Department in (i) the current and (ii) the next financial year; and what the costs...

      Civil Servants (Retirement Age)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the compulsory retirement ages which apply to employees of his Department and of executive agencies and other public sector bodies for...

      Anti-armour Weapon Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the value of the British Army next generation anti-armour weapon contract is; when the tender closing date is; when the contract start and...

      Anti-armour Weapon Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when MBT-Law UK's British Next Generation anti-armour weapon will be ready for service; what the projected cost of this contract is; and if he will make...

      Australian Bushmaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to purchase Australian Bushmaster infantry mobility vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers have (a) died and (b) been injured as a result of firearms discharged on army property since the IRA ceasefire; on what dates; what the...

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish, for every year since the first paramilitary ceasefires for which it is possible (a) figures on the frequency and duration of (i)...

      Independent Assessor of Military Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what response he has made to the 8th annual report of the Independent Assessor of Military Complaints with particular reference to the recommendations of...

      HMS Dryad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of HMS Dryad.

      Kursk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the United Kingdom has been of helping to raise the Russian submarine Kursk; and if he will make a statement.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of QinetiQ's research and development projects will be focused on (a) defence technologies, (b) telecommunications, (c) health care and...

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much QinetiQ's new medium wave infra-red telescope cost to produce; and if he will make a statement.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much QinetiQ's new submarine research and technology centre cost to build; what alternative sites were explored; and if he will make a statement.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the US State Department has given its approval to amend the manufacturing licence for the UK Apache Attack Helicopter to enable QinetiQ to access US...

      RAF Chilmark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he intends to dispose of the former RAF Chilmark site; and if he will make a statement.

      Hunting Plc

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the (a) total cost, (b) life span and (c) cost to his Department of each contract with Hunting PCC in the past five years; and if he will...

      Indian Armed Forces (Training)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of India's armed forces have been in the UK for training over the last four years; what the cost to his Department has been; and if he...

      Overseas Procurement Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what support his Department has given to United Kingdom-based companies bidding for the New Zealand MoD contract for light armoured vehicles; and if he...

      Overseas Procurement Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which United Kingdom companies his Department supported in a bid for the Polish MoD contract for a new 8x8 wheeled armoured carrier; and if he will make...

      Stevens Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former members of the Force Research Unit (a) have been interviewed by the Stevens Inquiry team, (b) have refused to be interviewed and (c) are...

      Departmental Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the number, value and location of properties newly leased in each of the last five years by his Department, including and distinguishing...

      Armaments Procurement Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which armaments procurement contracts, with a value greater than £1 million, will (a) go out to tender and (b) have contracts signed, in the...

      Nuclear Weapons Accident Response Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many exercises to test procedures for dealing with accidents involving nuclear weapons will be held in 2001; what the (a) dates and (b) locations are...

      RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value is of contracts let in connection with RAF Menwith Hill in (a) 1998, (b) 1999, (c) 2000 and (d) 2001; how many such contracts have been...

      RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the complement was of Ministry of Defence police at RAF Menwith Hill on (a) 1 January and (b) 15 July; and what percentage of the cost of these...

      RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many alleged breaches of security have occurred at RAF Menwith Hill in each year from 1990 to date.

      RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many MoD personnel at RAF Menwith Hill are under the operational control of US visiting forces.

      Defence Research and Development Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the projects and European countries involved in collaborating with the MoD on specific defence research and development projects.

      Weather Modification Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on weather modification experiments undertaken on behalf of his Department.

      Roving Sands Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Lewes, of 16 July 2001, Official Report, column 7W, what scenario was assumed in this year's Roving Sands...

      RAF Fylingdales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) UK and (b) US (i) military and (ii) civil personnel are deployed at RAF Fylingdales.

      RAF Feltwell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how he ensures, in the absence of RAF personnel at RAF Feltwell, that the activities undertaken at the base are consistent with the UK national interest.

      Fishing (Luce Bay)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how long he expects the ban on fishing extending across Luce Bay in Wigtownshire to remain in place due to unrecovered ordnance left by the RAF after...

      Fishing (Luce Bay)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to agree compensation provisions for fishermen excluded by MOD restriction orders from fishing grounds in Luce Bay, Wigtownshire.

      Dundrennan Range, Kirkcudbrightshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are for future capital investment by his Department at Dundrennan Range, Kirkcudbrightshire.

      Strategic Defence Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to reduce the size of the (a) regular and (b) Territorial Army beyond the levels envisaged in the Strategic Defence Review.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Territorial Army units are commanded by (a) Regular Army and (b) Territorial Army officers.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) two-star generals and (b) generals above this rank serving in the Army are Territorial Army officers.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) establishment and (b) actual strength was of the Territorial Army on 1 July.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which the most undermanned unit is in the Territorial Army, expressed as actual strength as a percentage of establishment strength.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much money has been realised by the sale of Territorial Army centres since May 1997.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officers have been commissioned in the Territorial Army in the last three years.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officers have left the Territorial Army, including those transferring to the long-term reserve list, in the last three years.

      Royal Navy Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the strength was of the Royal Naval Reserve on 1 July.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if it remains his policy to maintain a one Army concept for the Regular and Territorial Armies.

      Salisbury Plain Training (Accidents)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the result was of the investigation into the cause of the fatal accident to a Challenger II tank on Salisbury Plain on 11 July; (2) how many...

      Japanese PoWs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many compensation applications have been received for former PoWs held by the Japanese under his Department's new scheme; how many have been...

      London Weighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the total value of London weightings and London living allowances for his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total amount of spending by his Department was in each nation and region of the UK, in the last year for which figures are available; what...

      Departmental Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the total annual running costs for buildings used, owned or rented by his Department for each nation and region of the UK, and...

      Legal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the numbers of qualified lawyers and support staff in each of the armed services' legal departments, identifying where possible those...

      Training (Canada)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK service personnel have been involved in training in Canada in each of the last three years; how many have been (a) killed and (b) seriously...

      Terrorist Attacks (USA)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) NATO and (b) the European Union on the United Kingdom's response to the events in the USA on 11...

      Terrorist Attacks (USA)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the criteria to be used to determine terrorist targets to be attacked by NATO in response to the American World Trade...

      Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of each civil service grade in his Department is located in each region and nation of the UK; what the average salary is for...

      Royal Navy Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Royal Navy vessels are (a) ready for active service, (b) currently undergoing refit and (c) out of service but not currently undergoing refit; what...

      Awareness Events

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

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • BBC World Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he was consulted on the ending of shortwave broadcasting by the BBC World Service to North America and Australasia; and if he...

    • Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to Pakistan regarding their use of the death penalty to enforce their blasphemy laws.

      Coalition against Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the United States Government regarding the role of (a) Iran and (b)...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is regarding the situation in Kashmir.

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the prospects for the people of Kashmir following the meeting between Indian and Pakistani leaders.

      Kashmir

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

      Royal Prerogative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the occasions since 26 July when he has exercised his powers under the royal prerogative.

      Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the (a) ministerial visits and (b) visits by officials to Brazil in the last year.

      Civil Servants (Retirement Ages)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the compulsory retirement ages which apply to employees of his Department and of executive agencies and other...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has collated about the number of civilians killed in Aceh, Indonesia, since the commencement of the current...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received concerning the use of British-made armoured vehicles by the North Sumatra Military Command, Bukit...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to encourage the Indonesian Government to invite UN experts on (a) extrajudicial executions, (b)...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what monitoring of the human rights situation in Aceh and West Papua is being undertaken by the British Embassy in Indonesia;...

      Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the prospects for peace in Angola; what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of UN...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions UK representatives have had with the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

      Morocco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been made to the United Nations and the Government of Morocco concerning the holding of an independent...

      International Army Fair

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visitors, and from which countries, were granted entry to the United Kingdom, under immigration law, to attend the...

      Chechnya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what monitoring of the human rights situation in Chechnya is being undertaken by UK representatives; and if he will make a statement.

      Chagos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what visits to the Chagos Islands have been facilitated for the Ilois people by the High Commissioner; and if such visits...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Burma concerning human rights abuses and political freedoms.

      Visas (Subcontinent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the main reasons for refusal of applications for family visit visas in (a) Islamabad and (b)...

      Settlement Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many applications for settlement visas were made by those wishing to live in same-sex relationships with UK citizens in each...

      Fundamentalist Paramilitary Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the number of UK citizens involved with fundamentalist paramilitary groups in (a) Afghanistan,...

      Terrorist Attacks (USA)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) NATO and (b) the European Union on the United Kingdom's response to the...

      Terrorist Attacks (USA)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received on the role of the security services in (a) the United States of America, (b) the United...

      Terrorist Attacks (USA)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the implications for international security of the recent atrocities in New York, Washington and...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will estimate total annual staff costs for his Department and its agencies by nation and region of the UK; and if he will...

      London Weighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will estimate the total annual value of London weightings and London living allowances for his Department; and if he will...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what was, for each year since 1995, the total number of (a) letters from hon. Members, (b) letters from members of the...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) EU member states and (b) the accession countries about reform of the Common...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the application for an export licence for the supply of one Bedford refuelling tanker to Blue...

      European Governance White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the publication of the European Commission's White Paper on European Governance.

      Lord Ashcroft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date his Department received a letter from Lord Ashcroft and Carlisle Holdings regarding alleged remarks made by the...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he expects a draft constitution for the European Union produced by one of the Union's institutions to be brought to the...

      Departmental Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects are planned by his Department in (i) the current year and (ii) the next...

  • Trade and Industry

    • London Weighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will estimate the total value of London weightings and London living allowances for her Department; and if she will make a statement.

    • Departmental Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will estimate the total running costs for buildings used, owned or rented by her Department for each nation and region of the UK, and...

      Departmental Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects are planned by her Department in (i) the current year and (ii) the next financial year; and...

      Departmental Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the number, value and location of properties newly leased in each of the last five years by her Department, broken down by...

      Xinjiang-Shanghai Pipeline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to encourage the Chinese authorities to undertake social and environmental impact assessments in connection with the...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many export licence applications have taken (a) up to one month, (b) two to three months, (c) three to six months and (d) over six months...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she has taken to ensure that advice and assistance given to exporters to (a) Pakistan and (b) China is consistent with the...

      Office of Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the estimated cost of setting up and running the shadow Ofcom is.

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many applications were registered by the Employment Tribunal Service in 2000–01; how many of these cases were disposed of; in how...

      Airline Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to ask the Office of Fair Trading to investigate competition between UK airlines, and between UK and overseas airlines,...

      Indonesia (Saladin Armoured Vehicles)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many export licences for Indonesia for components and associated equipment for Saladin armoured vehicles have been (a) applied for, (b)...

      Regulations (Consultation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which new regulations issued by her Department since 1997 have been subject to a consultation period of less than 12 weeks.

      Local Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to implement the recommendations in the recent Better Regulation Task Force report, 'Local Shops; A Progress report on...

      Independent Company Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will consult on the recommendations made in the report of the independent company law review.

      Broadband Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on broadband provision throughout the UK in (a) 2001 to 2003 and (b) 2003 to 2006.

      Sakina Security Services Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will investigate the activities of Sakina Security Services Ltd; and if he will make a statement.

      Info 2000 Software Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on progress with the action being taken concerning Info 2000 Software Ltd.

      Action against Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will introduce fast track procedures to close down companies believed to be involved in supporting terrorism at home and overseas; and...

      Booking Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if it was the intention for the Employment Business Regulations 2001 in relation to individual booking agents to apply to employment agencies...

      Booking Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will take steps to outlaw rebooking clauses whereby an agent procures a number of bookings for an artist in a venue for a period of time.

      Consumer Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what plans she has to tighten the regulation of advertising relating to consumer credit; (2) what proposals she has to update the...

      Dolphin Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when officials from the Radiocommunications Agency met representatives of Dolphin Telecommunications Ltd. of Basingstoke to discuss television...

      Timber Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make it a legal requirement that timber products imported and sold in the United Kingdom should have an independent chain of...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what autonomy is given to RDA boards to spend their own budgets on a local basis.

      Equal Pay (British Coal)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the recent representations she has received about the equal pay claims of female canteen workers and cleaners against the...

      Equal Pay (British Coal)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many payments have been made and what is the total amount paid to settle the equal pay claims between female canteen workers and cleaners...

      Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the supermarkets' voluntary code of practice toward suppliers in preventing monopoly...

      Sub-Post Offices

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

      Enterprise Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to publish an Enterprise Bill; and if she will make a statement.

      Phoenix Fund Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action the Small Business Service is taking to promote the availability of Phoenix Fund grants in deprived areas.

      Devolved Administrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her policy is with regard to (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department giving evidence to (i) Scottish Parliament, (ii) Welsh...

  • Education and Skills

    • Cerebral Palsy Sufferers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding streams are available to voluntary organisations providing conductive education to children with cerebral palsy.

    • Language Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if (a) GCSE, (b) A levels and (c) AS level qualifications are available in (i) Gujarati, (ii) Hindi, (iii) Somali and (iv) Urdu; which UK...

      Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to encourage more students to enter sixth form education; and if she will make a statement.

      Primary School Pupils (Travel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many primary age pupils are obliged to travel more than three miles to school; and how many did so in the school year before key stage 1...

      School/College Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of education spending is taken up by home to school/college transport; and if she will make a statement.

      Teacher Training Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of teacher training students in England and Wales completed their courses successfully in each of the past 10 years; and if...

      School Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to review the 14 to 19 curriculum.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) on how many occasions in each year since 1992 non-commercial flights were used by Ministers in her Department for official overseas...

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the funding mechanism is for faith schools; and what the cost to public funds of such schools was in the last year for which figures...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children of compulsory school age were (a) statemented for special educational needs or (b) assessed for special educational needs...

      School Building Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were kept out of school at the beginning of the autumn term owing to uncompleted building work.

      Maintained Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimates she has made of the total sum of money raised by maintained schools from (a) parental contributions, (b) business sponsorship...

      School Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimates she has made of the number of pupils of compulsory school age who had (a) not been offered a school place and (b) not...

      State School Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of pupils attending state schools outside their own local education authority area in September.

      School Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of schools with sixth forms which have received no funding from their local education authority for...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools have been awarded specialist status in each of the last five years in each category of specialists.

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of schools seeking specialist status which have been unable to raise sufficient funds for this purpose.

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools have applied for specialist status in each category in (a) the last academic year and (b) the current academic year.

      Teaching Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will state the ratio of pupils to teaching assistants in (a) Key Stage One and (b) Key Stage Two in each of the last five years.

      Education (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent discussions her Department has had with the Northern Ireland Education Minister relating to (a) selective education and (b)...

      General Teaching Council Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the benefits of General Teaching Council registration which will be available to teachers who pay a registration fee but...

      General Teaching Council Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of teachers in maintained schools have paid the General Teaching Council registration fee.

      Grammar School Ballots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations she has received calling for the threshold for triggering a grammar school ballot to be lowered.

      Grammar School Ballots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many petitions for grammar school ballots have been initiated in each of the last six school terms.

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will bring forward proposals for a new system of financing schools in 2002–03.

      Head Teachers (Threshold Application Training)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of head teachers in need of training to assess threshold applications.

      Head Teachers (Threshold Application Training)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many training seminars have been held in the last year funded by her Department to train head teachers who are new in their posts to...

      Head Teachers (Threshold Application Training)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what costs were incurred by her Department in connection with training courses for head teachers to improve their ability to assess...

  • Solicitor-General

    • RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases have been presented by the MoD police to the Crown Prosecution Service in connection with alleged breaches of byelaws at land (a) on and (b) close to...

    • Departmental Properties

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will list the number, value and location of properties newly leased in each of the last five years by the Law Officers' Department, broken down by those leased...

      Departmental Properties

      To ask the Solicitor-General what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects are planned by her Department in (i) the current and (ii) the next financial year; and what the costs will be of each...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will list the top 10 companies to which her Department contracted out their construction and refurbishment work in the last 12 months.

      Bilking

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will estimate the cost of the legal services in prosecution of bilking at petrol stations in each of the last five years for (a) England and (b) Luton.

      Christian Sweeting

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will make a statement on the handling by the criminal justice system of Mr. Christian Sweeting who was arrested on 16 April.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Civil Servants (Retirement Age)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the compulsory retirement ages which apply to employees of his Department and of executive agencies and other public sector...

    • Terrorist Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with Northern Ireland political parties regarding the implications of the war on terrorism on terrorist activities...

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what assessment he has made on the impact on religious intolerance in Northern Ireland of the separation of children of different faiths...

      HM Inspector of Explosives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reasons HM Inspector of Explosives did not include in his annual report statistics on prosecutions and convictions for offences...

      Departmental Contracts

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

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how long it takes foot and mouth blood samples to be processed at the Stormont Laboratory.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects are planned by his Department in (i) the current and (ii) the next financial year; and what the...

  • House of Commons

    • Pre-legislative Scrutiny

      To ask the President of the Council if he will list the pre-legislative scrutiny of Bills which has taken place since May 1997.

    • Pre-legislative Scrutiny

      To ask the President of the Council if he will introduce proposals to enable Parliament to subject all bills to pre-legislative scrutiny.

      Pre-legislative Scrutiny

      To ask the President of the Council what discussions he has had on putting future pre-legislative scrutiny on the internet in order to facilitate public interaction in the pre-legislative...

      Summer Recess

      To ask the President of the Council what proposals he plans to bring forward to improve scrutiny of the Executive during the annual summer recess.

      Select Committees

      To ask the President of the Council how many representations he has had from hon. Members on the future of Select Committees in the last six months.

      Select Committees

      To ask the President of the Council when he intends to bring forward proposals to change the method of election to select committees.

      Ministerial Consultation

      To ask the President of the Council what discussions he has had with the shadow Leader of the House since his appointment; and if he will make a statement.

  • Wales

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will place in the Library for each year since 1995 the total number of (a) letters from hon. Members, (b) letters from members of the public...

    • Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Secretary with regard to aid to tourism in Wales after the effects of foot and mouth.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list all official overseas visits undertaken by Ministers in his Department in each year since May 1997, indicating (a) the cost in (i) cash and...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Refurbishment Projects

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects are planned by his Department in (i) the current year and (ii) the next financial year; and what the costs will...

    • Devolved Administrations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is with regard to (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department giving evidence to (i) Scottish Parliament, (ii) Welsh Assembly and (iii)...

      Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on what date he plans to issue a White Paper on Elected Regional Government.

      Duchy of Lancaster Tenants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is towards farm improvement schemes proposed by Duchy of Lancaster tenants with farm business tenancies.

      Duchy of Lancaster Tenants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures have been taken to assist Duchy of Lancaster tenants whose businesses have been affected by the economic impact of foot and mouth disease.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what was, for each year since 1995, (1) the average response time for providing a substantive answer to (a) hon. Members' correspondence, (b) correspondence...

      London Weighting

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will estimate the total annual value of London weightings and London living allowances for his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) on how many occasions in each year since 1992 non-commercial flights were used by Ministers in his Department for official overseas visits; what the (a)...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many and what proportion of each Civil Service grade in his Department is located in each region and nation of the UK; what the average salary is for each...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will estimate the number of staff employed by his Department by region and nation of the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Civil Servants (Retirement Age)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the compulsory retirement ages which apply to employees of his Department and of executive agencies and other public sector bodies for which it is...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Magistrates (Essex)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many people applied to be magistrates in the north Essex area in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

    • Departmental Properties

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will estimate the total running costs for buildings used, owned or rented by his Department for each nation and region of...

      Departmental Properties

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will list the number, value and location of properties newly leased in each of the last five years by her Department,...

      London Weighting

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will estimate the total value of London weightings and London living allowances for her Department; and if she will make a...

      Staff Costs

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will estimate total staff costs for her Department and its agencies by nation and region of the UK; and if she will make a...

      Civil Service

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many and what proportion of each Civil Service grade in his Department is located in each region and nation of the UK; what...

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the total amount of spending by his Department was in each nation and region of the UK, in the last year for which figures...

      Contested Cases

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) what the average delay was in hearing contested cases in (a) magistrates' courts and (b) Crown courts in each of the last...

      Contested Cases

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what percentage of (a) wholly contested and (b) partly contested cases are acquitted in (i) magistrates courts and (ii) Crown courts.

      Either-way Cases

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many either-way cases heard in magistrates courts were contested in each year since 1999.

      Either-way Cases

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many either-way defendants were elected for trial in the Crown court in each year since 1999.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the total expenditure was on (a) advertising, (b) polling, (c) focus groups, (d) design consultants, (e) caterers, (f)...

      Contract Staff

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers were employed (i) full time, (ii) part time and (iii) on a contract basis by...

      Refurbishment Projects

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects are planned by his Department in (i) the current and (ii) the next financial...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will list the top 10 companies to which the Lord Chancellor's Department contracted out their construction and refurbishment...

      Disputes Resolution

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how her Department will report to Parliament on progress with the Government's commitment to use alternative dispute resolutions...

      Access to Justice Act

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what progress has been achieved under the provisions of the Access to Justice Act 1999 in persuading suppliers of legal services...

      Act of Settlement

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the terms of the Act of Settlement 1701 with Articles 9 and 14 of the Human...

      Judges' Lodgings

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what progress he is making in reviewing the use and cost of judges' lodgings; and if he will make a statement.

      Lay Magistracy

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on recruitment, retention and training and service obligations for the lay magistracy.

      City Status Competition

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on the timetable for the competition to determine city status to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen's...

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what financial and other assistance is available to people who would normally be summoned to appear before Salisbury magistrates...

      Civil Servants (Retirement Age)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will list the compulsory retirement ages which apply to employees of her Department and of executive agencies and other...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) if she will place in the Library for each year since 1995 the average response time for providing a substantive answer to...

      Criminal Courts Review

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when he will publish the report of Lord Justice Auld relating to the court and criminal justice system.

  • Health

    • Beta Interferon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the likely annual additional cost of prescribing beta interferon to the same percentage of MS patients as the EU average.

    • Beta Interferon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will make his decision on the provision of beta interferon to MS patients.

      Rural Minds and Diverse Minds Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received regarding the funding of the rural minds and diverse minds programmes.

      Civil Servants (Retirement Age)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the compulsory retirement ages which apply to employees of his Department and of executive agencies and other public sector bodies for...

      Hospital Waiting Times (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the most recent figures for the last three months on the total number of people waiting for in-patient treatment in the Mid Essex...

      Patient Security (Medical Devices)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are being taken in (a) Middlesex and (b) the rest of England to tighten up procedures and security to prevent accidents or sabotage from...

      Spinal Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people attended out-patient clinics at spinal injuries units in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000.

      Whittington Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the costs have been of preparing PFI bids for the Whittington hospital redevelopment.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines his Department has issued in respect of the treatment of eating disorders.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average response time has been for him to respond to letters from hon. Members in the last two months.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letter of the hon. Member for West Derbyshire dated 25 July about the proposed closure of Staunton Harold hall.

      Nursing Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) qualified and (b) unqualified nursing staff were working in the NHS in each year between 1990 and 2000 who were aged (i) under 25, (ii) 25 to...

      Parkside NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what investigation his Department has made into the risk of violence to health visitors in Parkside NHS trust as a result of implementing trust...

      Social Services Standard Spending Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list in rank order for each local authority (a) the total standard spending assessment for social services and (b) the standard spending...

      PFI Pilot Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what timescale he intends to take forward the three PFI pilot projects which include the contracting-out of the management of ancillary services.

      Fibromyalgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent representations he has received on fibromyalgia; and what provision exists for the diagnosis and treatment of this disease; (2) what...

      Special Advisers and Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers were employed (i) full time, (ii) part time and (iii) on a contract basis by his Department in each...

      London Weighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the total value of London weightings and London living allowances for his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Antipsychotic Medication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned in the last four years into prescribing of (a) traditional and (b) atypical antipsychotic medication to...

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (a) how many appeals were lodged against decisions under continuing care criteria, (b) how many appeals resulted in the NHS assuming funding...

      Delayed Discharge (Elderly Patients)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged 75 years and over (a) experienced delayed discharge, (b) experienced delayed discharge due to awaiting residential placement and (c)...

      Delayed Discharge (Elderly Patients)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for (a) NHS regions and (b) health authorities, the number of elderly people aged 75 years and over for each quarter from Q1...

      Free Nursing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what arrangements he has made to deal with appeals against assessment decisions under his Department's free nursing care guidance; how nursing home...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many licensed residential homes and nursing homes in England and Wales are operated (a) privately, (b) by local authorities and (c) by voluntary...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list those local authorities which operate residential care homes in England and Wales.

      Health Authorities (Deficits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the deficit for the 2001–02 year was as at 30 September for each health authority in England and Wales; and what deficits have been carried...

      Out-patient Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of patients fail to keep out-patient appointments in each of the five years.

      Private Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital trusts have contracts with private health care providers; and how much has been spent on such contracts in each of the last four years.

      Hospital Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list those hospital trusts which have gained zero stars in the new rating system where the trust chief executive has been in place for more...

      NHS Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on inflationary pressures on NHS budgets.

      Medical Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been paid out in medical negligence claims in each of the last four years, together with the cost of accompanying legal fees.

      Hospital Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement regarding recent changes to NHS food menus; and how much has been paid to outside consultants to advise on menus since 1997.

      Cancer Treatment (Waiting Times)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time between general practitioner referral and clinical treatment was for (a) breast cancer cases, (b) lung cancer cases and (c)...

      Overseas Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he anticipates issuing guidelines to health authorities and doctors enabling them to sign contracts with providers of medical care in other European...

      "Removing Barriers"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how his Department ensured that the report, "Removing Barriers", published by the Local Government Association, was taken into account during the...

      Intermediate Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to build hospitals devoted to intermediate care.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners (a) left and (b) were recruited into the NHS in each of the last four years.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of patients in each health authority in England have been waiting for treatment for more than 12 months.

      Epoetin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what information his Department has collated on the availability of Epoetin to treat anaemia in renal disease in England; and if he will make a...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish the diabetes National Service Framework.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • High Hedges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the Government will introduce legislation to regulate the size of high hedges.

    • Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers the Government have to stop monopolistic practices by supermarkets in respect of farmers.

      Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the division of responsibility for climate change between Ministers in her Department and the...

      BSE, Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government will publish the European Commission report into BSE risks in Japan.

      Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the likely cost to the taxpayer of replacing the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food...

      Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment the Government made of the impact of separating responsibility for rural affairs and land use planning into...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have to visit international conferences relating to climate change in...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what role she intends to take in negotiations at the international climate change talks in Bonn in July; and if she will make...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) assessment and (b) monitoring her Department plans of the impact of the climate change levy her Department has made...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contribution to the reduction in greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide under the climate change strategy is expected from...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress her Department has made towards meeting the objectives of the Government's climate change strategy; and if she...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the recent Royal Society report, "The Role of Land Carbon Sinks in Mitigating Global Climate...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her Department's plans in respect of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with members of the (a) US and (b) Japanese Administrations on the Kyoto targets; and if...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations her Department has received from (a) the Department of Trade and Industry, (b) the Department for...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if her Department will adopt all the targets set by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in their public service...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she takes to ensure that the building of incinerators does not undermine the viability of local recycling schemes.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list, in order of rank, recycling rates achieved by each OECD country.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what initiatives the Government plans to encourage local authorities to raise waste recycling targets; (2) what...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what initiatives the Government have to make the public more aware of the importance of waste recycling.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will make a statement on her target for recycling household waste; (2) what plans she has to set higher targets...

      Livestock Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will investigate reports of outbreaks of blisters in the mouths of sheep and cattle unrelated to foot and mouth...

      Livestock Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the implications of D notice restrictions for the movement of farm animals in Worcestershire;...

      Livestock Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to restrict the long-distance movement of farm animals.

      Livestock Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to review the livestock movement restrictions; what is the timetable of such a review; and if she will...

      Livestock Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the differences between livestock movement restrictions in England, Scotland, Wales and...

      Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many contractors have had their contracts terminated because of (a) incompetence, (b) financial irregularities and (c)...

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what dates her Department hired or used helicopters in the last six months; and what the purpose was of each use.

      Classical Swine Fever

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what precautions the Government have taken to ensure that the United Kingdom is not subject to a further outbreak of...

      Imported Wheat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what checks are made on the quality of imported wheat; and if she will make a statement.

      Moles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment her Department has made of the methods used by other EU countries to control moles; (2) if her...

      Incineration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list the locations of incinerators in England and Wales (a) which are operational, (b) where permission has been...

      Incineration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans her Department has to (a) conduct and (b) commission research into the environmental and health impact of waste...

      Incineration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what level of dioxins is considered potentially lethal; what dioxins are produced in incineration of waste; and if she will...

      Incineration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's policy is on large-scale waste incineration.

      Incineration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to compensate those living in the vicinity of proposed municipal incinerators; and if she will make a...

      Incineration

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

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she last travelled on the London Underground in the course of her official duties.

      Motorcyclists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to curb the use of roads in areas of outstanding natural beauty as race tracks by organised gangs of...

      Disinfection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent changes have been made to the disinfection regime.

      Wind Farms (Fleetwood)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effects of the proposed wind farm developments off the shore of Cleveleys, Lancashire on...

      Cattle Grazing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the effects of the controls on movement of cattle on the ecological management of wetlands...

      BNFL

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information she has received on progress made in the BNFL stakeholder dialogue; and what assessment she has made of the...

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she attended initial discussions regarding her Department's planned consultation paper on nuclear waste; and if she will...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what targets her Department has set for reductions of (a) carbon dioxide and (b) greenhouse gas emissions for (i) 2010 and...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what part the UK Government intend to play to meet the royal commission report on Environmental Pollution recommendations of...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list for the UK the changes in the levels of production of greenhouse gases in each year since 1990.

      Sewer Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the incidence of sewage flooding in Lancashire in the last five years.

      Sewer Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers she has to require (1) North West Water to stop flooding in people's homes through faults in sewage systems;...

      Sewer Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the powers of Ofwat to compel water companies to carry out their statutory duties with regard...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many prosecutions have been recorded in respect of offences concerning cruelty to animals in each of the last five years.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many animals were killed under licences issued by her Department, broken down by species, in each of the last three years.

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many batches of seed have been (a) recalled and (b) stopped from growing this year because of the presence of...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research is being carried out on soil ecology at the farm scale evaluations of GM crops.

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's policy is on a threshold for the presence of authorised GM varieties.

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will list the parish and community consultations to be held ahead of the autumn-sown farm scale trials of GM...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the contracts her Department has with the National Institute of Agricultural Botany in respect of GM (a)...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the public inquiry will be reconvened into the proposed inclusion of Chardon LL genetically modified fodder maize on to...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contacts her Department has had with the European Commission since October 2000, in respect of proposed listing of the...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in establishing a compensation scheme for those affected adversely by the growing of GM crops.

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many acres of land are set aside for farm scale evaluations of GM crops in (a) Pembrokeshire, (b) Wales and (c) the...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers she has to intervene when disposal guidelines are not adhered to in relation to land used in farm scale...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if the Government have implemented the recommendation from the Working Group on the Application of Genetics in...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the timetable for implementing EU Directive 2001/18 into UK law.

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will pilot schemes for pyrolysis, gasification and anaerobic digestion as techniques of waste disposal; and if she...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will introduce statutory separation at source of household waste in England and Wales; and if she will make a statement.

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will accept the recommendation of the Fifth report of the Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the advantages and disadvantages of restricting incineration to those facilities of less than...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures the Government plans to introduce to facilitate the tracking of dioxins in ash mixtures.

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria the Environment Agency applies in deciding to apply the legally binding sanctions available to them to locate...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what procedures are in place to ensure that the Environment Agency can distinguish between leachates from the Hilts...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is, for each of the past five years, for each London borough, of the proportion of (a) household and (b)...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions in each of the last five years (a) the Environment Agency and (b) local authorities have exercised...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government intend to take to reduce fly-tipping of tyres.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) PFI and (b) PPP contracts have been agreed by her Department over the last five years; how many have been...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many PFI transactions have been overseen by her Department in each of the last 10 years; what her estimate is of the cost...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the economic penalties imposed on private sector firms in each of the last five years for failures to...

      Fruit Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to introduce a more transparent system of labelling for top fruit.

      Horticulture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to exempt horticulturists from pesticide taxes.

      Cleanaway Site, South Ockendon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the accepted background level of dioxins in the environment is; what the deemed safe level is; what levels the...

      Cleanaway Site, South Ockendon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what information the Environment Agency has collated as to how much fly ash deposited in the past 20 years in the...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the performance of the Eaga partnership in delivering under the Home Energy Efficiency...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if energy efficiency targets set by the Government as part of the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme are being met; and if she...

      Live Cattle Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost has been to UK public funds of subsidising the export of live cattle from the EU to the middle east and North...

      Departmental Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) national and (b) international awareness events her Department has participated in since June 1997 in the form of...

      DEFRA Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost was of converting the MAFF website into the new DEFRA website.

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers in (a) England and (b) Cumbria do no other farming activity except letting out their grass.

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals she has to assist farmers whose only business is letting out their grass.

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to represent non-farming and conservation interests on her Department's Policy Commission on the Future of...

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to reduce the level of bureaucracy for farmers.

      Absence

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

      Viral Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what work has been undertaken by her Department on infection control of viral organisms in the last five years.

      Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the advantages of using sniffer dogs at points of entry to the UK to detect illegal meat imports.

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of landfill tax will be given to the local authorities which are responsible for waste management, in order...

      Southern Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will instruct Ofwat to require Southern Water to review the main sewer system in the Little Stove and Nailbourne...

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the installed capacity for CHP is; and what she expects this to be in (a) 2005 and (b) 2010.

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what further measures the Government plans to introduce to encourage the installation of CHP to ensure that the target of 10...

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the current installed capacity is for CHP; and what she expects this to be in 2005 and 2010.

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what further measures the Government will introduce to encourage the installation of CHP to ensure that the target of 10 Gwe...

      Green Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the Green Minister for each Government Department.

      Environmental Appraisals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many environmental appraisals have been produced and held on DEFRA's central database since it was established, broken...

      Power Plants (Fish)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what research the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science has undertaken to evaluate the success of...

      IACS Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy not to impose penalties on farmers where errors on integrated administration and control...

      Winter Feeding Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will provide financial assistance to farmers to help with feeding their animals over the winter.

      Agricultural Development Advisory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the average cost is to public funds, per journey, of ADAS monitoring transport from farm to slaughterhouse; and...

      Slaughter and Disposal Scheme Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many applications under (a) the over-30-months scheme and (b) the welfare scheme have been outstanding with her...

      Livestock Welfare Disposal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if interest will be paid on payments outstanding following the 21-day window for slaughter under the Livestock Welfare...

      Livestock Welfare Disposal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the steps she intends to take to speed up payments made under the Livestock Welfare Disposal...

      Fodder and Grazing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the price and availability of (a) fodder and (b) grazing for livestock (i) nationally and...

      Set-aside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much farming land is in set-aside land in the UK.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the right hon. Member for North-West Cambridgeshire will receive a reply to his letter of 26 March on behalf of his...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what target she has set for the length of time her Department takes to answer letters from (a) hon. Members and (b) members...

      MAFF Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many officials previously employed by MAFF were not transferred to her Department.

      Building Materials (Dioxins)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the report into the dioxin levels in building materials will be published; if she will place the report in the Library;...

      Lambs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government have taken to address the impact on animal welfare of farmers being unable to sell this year's...

      Lambs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has held with the Rural Affairs Secretary at the National Assembly concerning the likely trend in lamb...

      Lambs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Government estimate, the buying up of lighter lambs will cost in (a) 2001 and (b) 2002 (i) in total and (ii) per...

      Farmland Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to seek to increase the numbers of farmland birds.

      Fly Tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment the Government have made of the occurrence of fly tipping; and if she will make a statement.

      Wetlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when a water Bill, including provision to protect wetland habitats, will be introduced; and if she will make a...

      Wetlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of which breeds of birds depend on wetlands for survival in the United Kingdom.

      Wetlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which breeds of birds are at risk from threats to wetland areas.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the top 10 companies to which her Department contracted out their construction and refurbishment work in the...

      Organic Produce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with EU partners on ensuring common standards for organic produce; and if she will make a statement.

      Milk Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to increase the price of milk.

      Reprotech

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many complaints to the Environment Agency have been made since 1997 in respect of the Reprotech site at Pebsham,...

      Wildlife Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will refer proposed changes to the bird registration system, under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, to the...

      Abandoned Vehicles (Stroud)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many vehicles have been abandoned and had to be disposed of in each of the last two years in the Stroud district; and...

      Live Animal Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the Government's policy on the transport of live animals.

      Officials (Practical Experience)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many officials in her Department (a) in London and (b) in Leeds have (i) working and practical experience of farming and...

      Refurbishment Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects are planned by her Department in (i) the current and (ii) the next financial...

      Pheasants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she intends to take to ensure that animal welfare standards applicable to agricultural practice apply equally to...

      Metal Deposits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment her Department has made of threats posed by the metal deposits to (a) humans and (b) livestock; (2)...

      Fisheries Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what volume of fish was (a) landed and (b) discarded in (i) the United Kingdom and (ii) the European Union in the last year...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what impact the foot and mouth outbreak has had on (a) regular tuberculosis testing of cattle and (b) the culling of badgers...

      Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the guidance given by (a) DEFRA and (b) the Environment Agency to district councils and county councils to...

      Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the extent and division of Governmental responsibility for flood prevention; and if she will...

      Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will announce the conclusions of her review of the effectiveness of the Flood Defence Committee arrangements.

      Rural Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many rural businesses have closed since 3 May.

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much illegal meat was (a) imported into the UK and (b) confiscated from ports and airports in the last six months.

      Departmental Staff Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what training is given to DEFRA staff who are in direct contact with the public.

      Animal Disease Scientific Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the scientific study into animal disease to make its recommendations.

      Diversification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farms have diversified in 2001 to date.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what role nuclear power will play in the UK's climate change strategy; and if she will make a statement.

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list (1) the contracts for the supply of MOX fuel from Sellafield; (2) the customers who gave information to...

      Pennine Bridleway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the progress of the Pennine Bridleway in Cumbria.

      Country Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate the Government have made of the financial value of country sports in the last financial year.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the official scientific advice on the cause of the Settle/Clitheroe foot and mouth hotspot has been revised since a...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when she proposes to visit (a) the Great Orton site, (b) the Hespin Wood site, (c) Longtown, (d) Wigton, (e) Penrith,...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what participation United Kingdom officials had in the Office International des Epizooties meeting on foot and mouth disease,...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what advice her Department gives farmers on how to clean a field that has held infested livestock; (2) on what basis...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much financial compensation has been paid to farmers as a result of the foot and mouth outbreak at the latest date for...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what levels of dioxin releases were experienced from the burning of animal carcases during the foot and mouth crisis; and...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many animals have been slaughtered in the categories (a) infected premises, (b) direct contacts, (c) contiguous...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contingency plans she has to stop the spread of foot and mouth disease in (a) Vale of York, (b) North Yorkshire and (c)...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Farm Assured British Beef and Lamb inspection policy will be revised to reflect the difficulties encountered by...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what proportion of livestock slaughtered from the outbreak of foot and mouth disease to 30 June (a) from holdings...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the locations of the (a) burial sites, (b) rendering plants, (c) incinerators, (d) licensed landfills and...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what records are maintained of visits to farms by her Department's vets carrying out precautionary inspections; (2)...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will make a statement on lifting the form D notices in (a) south Lancashire and (b) Lancashire; (2) if she will...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the risk of the new foot and mouth outbreak in Brecon spreading to Herefordshire and...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to raise the level of insurance cover against future foot and mouth and other animal disease...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what measures she will take to ensure that local roads are closed when culling is taking place; (2) what...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food purchased railway sleepers prior to the foot and mouth outbreak; (2)...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the contingency plans which have been put in place in the event of a significant increase in the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will review the compensation arrangements for farmers who have not had an outbreak of foot and mouth disease, but are...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the animal welfare implications of the methods of disposal chosen for animals culled under the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contingency plans were in place for vaccination prior to the foot and mouth outbreak; and when those plans had been made.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the contractors under contract to her Department in (a) Cumbria and (b) England.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to respond to the recommendations of the task force of the hills; and if she will make a statement.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much foot and mouth has cost the rural economy to date.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much financial assistance is available to businesses in Cumbria to help them survive foot and mouth disease.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the damage to the agricultural and tourism sectors of the foot and mouth outbreak.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what scientific advice the Government have commissioned that contradicts aspects of the Government's foot and mouth...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the money generated annually from country shooting her Department estimates will be lost this year as a...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) date, (b) location and (c) numbers are of all deer found (i) dead and (ii) slaughtered on suspicion of foot and...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information she has collated on the susceptibility of deer to foot and mouth.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost is of producing and delivering the new foot and mouth disease biosecurity video.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evidence she has collated about the ability of (a) crows, (b) seagulls, (c) geese, (d) pigeons, (e) pheasants, (f) foxes...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if ring vaccination for foot and mouth actively was considered by her Department in the first week of the epidemic.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what instructions were given to the Post Office about disinfection of vehicles in foot and mouth risk areas.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions her Department has contacted farmers to inspect animals for foot and mouth which had been slaughtered.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Department first gave detailed advice to farmers on foot and mouth bio-security.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what farmers were involved in an advisory capacity in the production of the foot and mouth disease bio-security video.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the contractors used by her Department in Carlisle on (a) 1 March, (b) 1 April, (c) 1 May, (d) 1 June and...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason washing soda was not included on the list of suitable foot and mouth disease disinfectants for washing...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the advantages and disadvantages of using vaccination against foot and mouth.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the detailed information on foot and mouth bio-security available on the MAFF website was circulated to farmers in hard...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list in descending order the main ways in which the foot and mouth virus spreads.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many European vets have been taken off foot and mouth duties because of complaints from farmers about their (a) ability...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farm pyres in Cumbria have had to be re-lit with the use of diesel oil; and on how many occasions.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many vaccination shots against foot and mouth are available for use in the UK; and if she will describe the vaccine.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the work being done with animal carcases at the Hallburn site, Longtown, Cumbria.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received concerning (a) co-ordination by her Department's officials of efforts to combat foot...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received requesting a full public inquiry into the foot and mouth crisis.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made towards producing contingency plans for preventing the spread of foot and mouth through (a) the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farms were visited by a vet from her Department before contracting foot and mouth disease during the current outbreak.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will set out in detail the steps taken by her Department to process claims for animals slaughtered on an infected...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers in Cumbria have been notified that the numbers of sheep collected by lorries in the voluntary cull were less...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much compensation has been paid to date to people affected by foot and mouth in East Devon.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what restrictions are placed on the import of meat from countries in which foot and mouth disease is endemic; (2) in...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what help will be provided to farmers affected by foot and mouth disease to enable them to return to farming.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much compensation has been paid to date to people affected by foot and mouth disease in south Lancashire.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers have yet to receive compensation for the slaughter of their animals resulting from the foot and mouth...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many of Britain's abattoirs she estimates will close due to the foot and mouth crisis.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria she will use in deciding when the foot and mouth outbreak is over.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what audit procedures are undertaken on authorised contractors to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food who are...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she has taken to ensure that British agriculture is protected in case of a resurgence of foot and mouth disease.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 19 July 2001 (4135), Official Report column 396W, what is the nature of the help being offered by...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of officials her Department needs to manage the foot and mouth outbreak.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many businesses have received financial assistance through grants offered to businesses affected by foot and mouth...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date guidance was sent to Forest of Dean district council concerning grants and assistance to tourism businesses...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when it is expected that businesses in the Forest of Dean, which have met the criteria for obtaining grants to assist them...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the criteria are for obtaining a grant for a business affected by foot and mouth disease; who set the criteria; and on...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many businesses in (a) Gloucestershire and (b) Herefordshire have received financial assistance through grants offered to...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when information and guidance was issued to Gloucestershire Business Link about grants and assistance to businesses affected...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been awarded to Business Link Gloucestershire for grants to offer assistance to businesses affected by foot and...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average length of time is between application and award by (a) Gloucestershire Business Link and (b) Herefordshire...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government have to increase awareness among rural businesses of the financial aid available due to the foot...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will introduce a UK national top-up to the sheep annual premium scheme to offset the reduction in premiums arising...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the import into Britain of livestock products is allowed from countries in which foot and mouth is endemic.

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the landfill tax receipts to be collected in each of the next five years.

  • House of Lords

    • Terrorism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that any move they make against terrorism, their bases, weapons and funds will include all groups operating in the United Kingdom.

    • Asylum Seekers Voucher Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they have made in their review of the voucher scheme for asylum seekers; and what changes they propose to make.

      Paul Wright and Zahid Mubarek

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the deaths in official custody of Paul Wright (1996) and, Zahid Mubarek (2000) will now be the subject of inquiries satisfying the five criteria laid down...

      Trafficking in Human Beings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to publish legislation penalising trafficking in persons; and whether they will do so in draft.

      Gibraltar: Ministerial Level Talks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have agreed a date with Spain for the resumption of ministerial level talks on Gibraltar under the Brussels Process.

      Wilton Park Executive Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the Wilton Park Executive Agency performed against the targets agreed for 2000-01; and what are the agreed targets for the current year.

      Antarctic Treaty Secretariat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there has been any decision on the location of the proposed Antarctic Treaty Secretariat.

      Lord Ashcroft

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Dr Denis Macshane on 20 July (H.C. Deb., 484W), whether they will place in the Library of the House any correspondence the...

      Electricity from Renewables

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the objective, advocated by Greenpeace and others, of achieving 100 per cent electricity from renewables within 40 years.

      Children's Education: Parental Responsibility

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the statutory or other basis for the statement in paragraph 3.38 of their White Paper, Schools Achieving Success, that "Parents are responsible for...

      Combined Heat and Power

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to encourage combined heat and power schemes as a means of reducing carbon dioxide emissions; what percentage of United Kingdom...

      Heart and Lung Transplant Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent developments there have been in relation to selecting the fourth national cardiothoracic transplant centre; and when they now expect to announce a decision.

      Health Service Comparisons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they accept the accuracy of the information published in the Sunday Times on 22 July showing how European continental health services compare with those in...

      Millennium Bridge

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they expect the Millennium Bridge to reopen; and, if so, when.

      Royal Parks Agency Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will respond to the recommendations in the report on the five year review of the Royal Parks Agency.

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will implement the recommendations of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission's report on effectiveness made to the Secretary of State in February.

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to amend the Northern Ireland Act 1998 to empower the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commisson to intervene as a third party in any court,...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to amend the Northern Ireland Act 1998 to empower the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to compel the giving of oral or written evidence...

      Northern Ireland: Plastic Bullets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What individuals or organisations requested the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to make its call of 18 July for the Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: Chief Commissioner

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether and when the Chief Commissioner, Professor Brice Dickson, of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, will accede to the request to resign, made by...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Abuses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has taken since 1 March 1999 to highlight human rights abuses carried out by republican and loyalist...

      Omagh Bombing: Victims' Relatives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has done since 1 March 1999 to help the relatives of the victims of the Omagh bomb on 15 August 1998.

      Northern Ireland: UFO Crash

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What search operation took place following reports of the crash of an unidentified object in Northern Ireland on 13 February 2001.

      Northern Ireland: Prisoner Sentence Plans

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many hours per week of (a) education and training and (b) work were carried out by prisoners in Northern Ireland in the most recent years; by how much this...

      Public Sector Ombudsmen Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 11 July (WA 82), whether they expect to be able to set out their conclusions in relation to the...

      Broadband in the UK

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 11 July (WA 81), whether any new or revised targets in respect of government services online and UK...

      Old Palace Yard

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What is the cost of the road pavement reconstruction works in Old Palace Yard already undertaken and planned for the future.

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