Written answers

Tuesday, 16 October 2001

  • Prime Minister

  • Health

    • Public-private Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many meetings he has had with trade unions since 7 June to discuss public/private partnerships in the NHS.

    • Public-private Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about the availability of public capital for hospital building programmes.

      Cervical Cancer Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on cervical cancer screening in the NHS.

      Health and Social Care Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the provisions of section 49(2) of the Health and Social Care Act 2001 will be implemented; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS/Private Sector Concordats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to review the concordats between the NHS and the private sector.

      Beta Interferon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the NICE report on the availability of beta interferon for MS sufferers.

      Beta Interferon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the clinical benefits of beta interferon for MS sufferers.

      Health and Social Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his plans are for improving co-operation between health and social care.

      Diagnostic Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for increasing the use of diagnostic testing in health care.

      Cloning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to introduce legislation to ban the cloning of human beings; and if he will make a statement.

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support his Department is giving for services to help people with osteoporosis.

      NHS Staff (Child Care)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he has taken to improve child care for NHS staff.

      Health Authorities (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the merger of health authorities in Lancashire.

      Bed Blocking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress in tackling bed blocking in the health service.

      Bed Blocking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the amount of NHS hospital beds subject to bed blocking, broken down by each hospital trust in England and Wales, shown in...

      NHS Dental Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dental practices there are in Pendle and Burnley; and how many are accepting new NHS patients.

      NHS Dental Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to ensure that NHS dentistry is accessible in all areas.

      NHS Dental Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the availability of NHS dentists in the rural districts of North Yorkshire.

      Health Inequalities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to tackle health inequalities; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress with the establishment of a university of the NHS.

      Cancer Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve cancer services.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress in the creation of Primary Care Trusts.

      Radiotherapy Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase the availability of radiotherapy equipment.

      Osteopaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many treatments have been provided by osteopaths on the NHS in each year since 1992.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish a new contract for general practitioners.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the requirement for general practitioners in Huntingdon to take account of anticipated house building in the area until 2011.

      Staff Retention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve the retention of staff working in the professions allied to medicine.

      Coppice Family Doctor Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will authorise the Coppice family doctor practice in Rustington, West Sussex to replace a full-time partner with two part-time doctors.

      Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what clinical grounds parents seeking separate vaccinations for their children are being advised to give rubella vaccination first.

      Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children in each of the last five years were given separate vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella.

      Transplant Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) by what date changes to the network of transplant units will be implemented; (2) what period of consultation will be allowed following the...

      Retirements (NHS)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of staff working in the NHS are due to retire in the next (a) five years, (b) 10 years and (c) 15 years.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many young persons are in care and how many of those are (a) fostered and (b) otherwise cared for separately from their natural parents in each social...

      NHS Treatment (Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which categories of person, on the basis of age, marital status, duration of residence in UK, contribution record, immigration status, nationality...

      Drugs (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of drugs being used for the treatment of children which are not licensed for that purpose; (2) what assessment...

  • Defence

    • Army Strength

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the strength and complement is of each regiment in the UK.

    • Type 45 Destroyer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if the type 45 destroyer will regularly operate a helicopter; (2) where the new type 45 destroyers will have their home port; (3) if the forward...

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what support the Government are providing to those countries seeking to join NATO in building up their armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Sustained Hypersonic Flight Experiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the Sustained Hypersonic Flight Experiment programme is expected to cost; for how many years the programme is projected to last; and if he will...

      Small Arms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to which countries the UK has exported small arms; how much revenue was generated from such sales in each of the past five years; and if he will make a...

      Long Range Strike Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will increase spending on long range strike weapons; and if he will make a statement.

      Meteor Air-to-Air Missile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the projected cost is of his Department's collaborative effort to develop, produce, and support the Meteor Beyond-Visual-Range-Air-to-Air Missile;...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will list the official overseas visits undertaken by Ministers in his Department in each year since May 1997, indicating (a) the cost in (i)...

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish an annual report on (a) future DU test firing proposals and (b) environmental testing results from the previous 12 months at the DERA...

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the projected cost is of building the Royal Navy's two new aircraft carriers; where the assembly plant is; and if he will make a statement.

      Battlefield Light Utility Helicopter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the upgrade of the British Army's Battlefield Light Utility Helicopter is projected to be completed; and if he will make a statement.

      Weapon Modification Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which companies bidded for the individual weapon and light support weapon modification programme; and if he will make a statement.

      A400M Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many jobs Airbus UK's wing design development role in the A400M project is expected to create; and if he will make a statement.

      Ordnance Board Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the Ordnance Board report Board Project G/220A dated 23 February 1982.

      Wessex Helicopter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the job losses at RAF Shrewsbury in connection with work on the Wessex helicopter.

      Aircraft Manufacture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the United Kingdom's ability to continue to manufacture aircraft.

      Future Offensive Aircraft Capability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he intends to approve the development of the Future Offensive Aircraft Capability.

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which companies are developing technology capable of integrating the US Navy's co-operative engagement capability into the UK Royal Navy's surface fleet;...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Speakers' Corner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received concerning the impact of pop concerts on activities at Speakers' Corner.

    • Football Fixtures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received calling for international football fixtures taking place in England to continue moving between...

      British-made Films

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many British-made films have been made as part of European co-productions in the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if she will list all official overseas visits undertaken by Ministers in her Department in each year since May 1997, indicating...

      World Athletic Championships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if it is Government policy to underwrite the 2005 world athletics championships; (2) if it is Government policy that Sheffield...

      Lottery Proceeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the total grants paid by each organisation responsible for allocating lottery proceeds, broken down by county in both...

      English Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she intends to undertake a review of English Heritage.

  • Wales

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) 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...

    • Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the total expenditure was on (a) advertising, (b) polling, (c) focus groups, (d) design consultants, (e) caterers, (f) production of departmental...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 Spending (Staff)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will estimate total staff costs for his Department and its agencies by nation and region of the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Business Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the total amount of business rates collected in Wales in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Probation Board for Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the Probation Board for Northern Ireland's annual report for 2000–01 will be published.

    • Electoral Research Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish the results of the electoral research project recently commissioned on the district council and parliamentary elections which...

      Oversight Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish the latest report received from the Oversight Commissioner.

      Northern Ireland Policing Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the members of the Northern Ireland Policing Board; and if he will publish the names of those bodies consulted by him under the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Regional/Minority Languages Charter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the appointment will be made of the UK member to the Committee of Experts for the Council of Europe European Charter for...

    • G8 Summit, Genoa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if, in the aftermath of the G8 summit held in Genoa on 20 July, consular officials from other EU countries were able to gain...

      United Nations Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the United States' paying its United Nations subscriptions.

      UN Resolution 1373

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on UN Resolution 1373 (2001).

      Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what proportion of each civil service grade in his Department is located in each region and nation of the UK, what...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) on how many occasions in each year since 1992 non-commercial flights were used by Ministers in his Department for official...

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Sellafield (MOX Facility)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on security arrangements at the MOX facility at Sellafield.

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if it is her policy to allow funds available to support renewable energy to be used towards projects involving energy from waste plants.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of UK electricity was produced from renewable resources in the last 12 months; and what percentage of that was produced from...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was spent in each of the last five years by her Department into the investigation of renewable energy resources.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make it her policy to support the construction of renewable energy sources rather than nuclear power stations; if she will...

      Civil Service (Retirement Age)

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

      Export Control Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what secondary legislation the Government plan to introduce under the Export Control Bill; if the Government will hold a public consultation...

      Wind Turbines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to encourage the generation of electricity using wind power.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money the Government plan to spend on promoting the generation of electricity in the year 2002–03.

      Electricity Trading

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

      Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many sub-post offices closed in the Huntingdon constituency in each financial year since 1995–96.

      Sub-post Offices (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans are (a) in place and (b) under consideration to compensate proprietors of sub-post offices whose businesses become unprofitable...

      Broadband Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what targets she has set for the percentage of the UK population able to gain access to broadband telecommunications by the end of this decade.

      Broadband Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the Government's plans to extend broadband telecommunications to rural areas throughout the UK.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the likely impact of the European Commission's latest proposals on future PFI projects.

      Gas Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many billion cubic metres of gas she expects to be imported by 2010; and if she will make a statement; (2) when she expects the UK...

      Gas Energy Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of the UK's energy she expects to be sourced from gas by 2020; and what by percentage the countries of origin of the gas will be.

      Gas Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what plans he has to amend legislation to provide an incentive for (a) pipe laying and (b) gas supply companies to extend gas supplies...

      Intellectual Property Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress she has made in appointing the new Intellectual Property Advisory Committee.

      Low Pay Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the Low Pay Commission has been given its new terms of reference.

      Fuel Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what emergency measures have been put in place in the last 12 months to deal with fuel shortages brought about by industrial action.

      Fuel Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has been made of reserve petrol supplies since 11 September.

      Fishing (Iceland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what requests she has made to the Icelandic authorities for information regarding UK fishing vessels that may be entitled to compensation as...

      Mining Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many ex-miners in the Elmet constituency have been compensated for (a) respiratory diseases and (b) white finger vibration (i) in full and...

      Mining Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims for compensation have been made in respect of vibration white finger and chronic bronchitis and emphysema in (a)...

      Mining Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much compensation has been paid to claimants in (a) Nottinghamshire and (b) nationally in respect of (i) chronic bronchitis and emphysema...

      Kyoto Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessments she has made of the likely growth in fossil fuel use in (a) the USA and (b) developing nations over the next 20 years; what...

      Nuclear Reprocessing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her policy is on future nuclear reprocessing capacity in the United Kingdom; what estimate she has for the volume of nuclear (a) storage...

      Bilking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with petrol companies on their contributions to the cost of prevention of bilking at petrol stations.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • A3 Hindhead Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what implementation plan he has drawn up to (a) commence and (b) complete the A3 Hindhead tunnel; (2) if he...

    • Aviation Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what commitments have been given to UK airlines since 11 September about (a) insurance cover for terrorist risk, (b)...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish punctuality and reliability figures for each of the London Underground lines for each of the past...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what has been the total cost to Her Majesty's Government of the delay in the public-private partnership for...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish the assessments of the costs of the proposed private-public partnership for London Underground,...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will give a breakdown of the money granted to Railtrack from public funds since the Hatfield disaster.

      PCV Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the number of PCV (passenger carrying vehicle) driving examiners; and what steps the...

      Nats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what income the Government have received from the sale of National Air Traffic Services.

      Training Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of the EU training directive on the road haulage industry; (2) what...

      Public Expenditure Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will publish his Department's public expenditure review.

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps have been taken to improve rail safety since the publication of the second part of Lord Cullen's report.

      Transport 10-Year Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what reassessment will be made of public expenditure in the transport 10-year-plan to deal with the effects of terrorism.

      Terminal 5

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he intends to make a statement on Heathrow terminal 5.

      General Election (Spoilt Ballot Papers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many spoilt ballot papers there were, and what percentage they represent of the total number issued, in each...

      Dunstable Bypass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will visit Dunstable in order to assess the need for a bypass.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he intends to publish his proposals on the reform of local government finance.

      Birmingham Northern Relief Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what provision has been made for canal access in respect of the Birmingham northern relief road; and if he will make...

      Abandoned Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on his proposal to reduce the number of abandoned cars.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many complaints about Housing Benefit have been received from each local authority area by the local government...

      Polling Stations (Disabled Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the accessibility of polling stations to disabled people in the general and local...

      Cambridge to Huntingdon Multi Modal Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received from individuals and organisations in Cambridgeshire about the recommendations...

      Cambridge to Huntingdon Multi Modal Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to be able to make a decision on the recommendations of the Cambridge to Huntingdon Multi-Modal Study.

      Coach Services (Huntingdon/London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to encourage the restoration of a coach service from Huntingdon to London.

      Isle of Wight Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what grants have been paid to the Isle of Wight council for the years (a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01 and (c)...

      English Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he proposes to review the future of English Partnerships.

  • Education and Skills

    • Education SSA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for each year since the area cost adjustment was introduced, what the standard spending assessment for each pupil was in (a) Bedfordshire,...

    • Free School Meals

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

      Teachers' Pay Differentials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to restore the pay differential between school teachers and lecturers in further education.

      Education Provision (Huntingdon)

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

      Education Provision (Huntingdon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the class sizes were for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Huntingdon (i) on 31 March and (ii) in each year since 1996.

      Education Provision (Huntingdon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many lecturer vacancies there were in further education in Huntingdon (a) on 31 March and (b) in each year since 1996.

      School Governors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many governors have been appointed under the School Governors' One-Stop shop scheme since its inception; (2) what the cost per...

      Graduate Teacher Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to increase the number of places available under the Graduate Teacher Programme.

      Threshold Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to reduce the administrative burden on headteachers of the threshold training and supervision of their staff.

      New Opportunities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to reduce the administrative burden on teachers and cost to schools of the New Opportunities Fund training.

      School Funding (Havering)

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

      Veterinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many places to study veterinary medicine will be available in England and Wales in (a) 2001, (b) 2005 and (c) 2010.

      Broadband Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to extend the broadband network to schools and universities; and over what time period.

      Curriculum 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance has been issued to universities about Curriculum 2000.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) employment practices and (b) colleges there are in the further education sector; and what implications these figures have for...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what consideration she has given to nationally agreed pay scales in the further education sector.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff there were in further education in each of the last five years.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many further education colleges were categorised by the FEFC as financially weak in each of the last three years.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assistance will be given to category C colleges to pay recommended pay awards in full.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her estimate is of the rate of returns of PFI contracts in schools in England and Wales.

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total amount of spending by her Department was in each nation and region of the UK, in the last year for which figures are...

      Dyslexic Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her estimate is of the number of primary school age children (a) who are dyslexic and (b) whose condition has been helped by special...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what was, for each year since 1995, the average response time for providing a substantive answer to (a) hon. Members' correspondence,...

      Religious Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make it a requirement to include teaching on the non-religious ethical life stance alongside the major faiths in multi-faith...

      Religious Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will extend Government guidelines on multi-faith religious education in community schools to all maintained religious schools.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in each of the last five years were excluded from sitting SATS because they were (a) statemented for special educational...

      AS-Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will publish further details of the revised arrangements for AS-level examinations and assessment in the academic year.

      Literacy and Numeracy Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her Department's targets are for literacy and numeracy levels at age 11 in each of the next five years; and what steps she proposes to...

      Emotional Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make the development of emotional intelligence part of the national curriculum; and if she will make a statement.

      School Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many exclusions from schools relating to drug-related incidents there were in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Staffordshire...

      Neighbourhood Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment has been made of the results of the Neighbourhood Support Fund.

      Neighbourhood Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to extend the Neighbourhood Support Fund; and if she will make a statement.

      Morning-after Pill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the maintained schools in which the morning-after pill is dispensed to pupils.

      Examination Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 15 year old pupils achieved five or more (a) grade A*—A at GCSE/GNVQ in (i) comprehensive schools, (ii) grammar...

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will publish statistics on homophobic and racist bullying within (a) schools and (b) colleges; and if she will make a statement.

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the Government's strategy to deal with homophobic and racist bullying within schools and colleges.

      Teacher Shortages (Surrey)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of teacher shortages in Surrey; which are the shortage subjects and age groups; what steps she has taken to...

      Golden Jubilee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans her Department has to distribute (a) coins and (b) other commemorative items to school children to mark the Golden Jubilee of Her...

  • Home Department

    • Police Complaints Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will announce new appointments to the Police Complaints Authority.

    • Drug-related Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support he has given to Cambridgeshire constabulary to tackle drug-related crime.

      Drug-related Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of criminal offences were drug-related in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Huntingdon Life Sciences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to visit Huntingdon Life Sciences.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applicants for asylum, broken down by country of origin, have had their applications refused in the last four years; and how many...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have been housed in cluster areas in Essex by the National Asylum Support Service in the last 12 months; and what...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the most recent information he has concerning the detention of asylum seekers under immigration law; and how many were detained,...

      Trenchard House

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to consult the local community before putting on the market the police accommodation at Trenchard House, London.

      Occupational Health (Police)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on occupational health in the police force.

      Policing (North Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he last received a report on policing in North Wales from the Chief Constable of North Wales Police.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners in each prison establishment are held (a) two to a cell in a single cell and (b) three to a cell in a double cell.

      Forged Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will investigate the action taken by his Department on matters relating to a forged passport reported under the reference...

      Football Clubs (Police Charges)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the police charges paid by each London professional football club in seasons 1999–2000 and 2000–01.

      Essex Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received from Essex police regarding his proposals to reform police pay and conditions.

      Essex Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the projected number of serving constables is in the Essex police force for (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03.

      Crime Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of people aged 60 years or over reported, in the most recent national crime survey, that their lives are greatly affected by...

      Community Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evidence he has collated on the likely effect of community sentences on rates of re-offending; and if he will make a statement.

      Victims of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to bring forward legislation relating to the rights of victims of crime; and if he will make a statement.

      Police Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision the Government have made for long-term police housing in rural areas; and if he will make a statement.

      Thames Valley Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many working hours were lost by Thames Valley police due to sick leave in the last year for which figures are available.

      Thames Valley Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many constables are available for ordinary duty in Henley; and how many there were in 1997.

      Bradford (Disorder)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the cost to West Yorkshire police of payments to other police forces for assistance in policing the recent...

      A4OM (Census)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will evaluate the effectiveness of using police resources to stop car drivers on Westbourne Terrace off the A40M on 16 July, to...

      Under-age Drinking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he will bring forward to reduce the incidence of under-age drinking and associated nuisance in public places.

      Alcohol-related Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he will take to enable the police to deal more effectively with alcohol-related violence and disorderly behaviour.

      Departmental Contracts

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

      Treason Felony Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to ensure that the Treason Felony Act 1848 is used to prosecute those contravening it.

      Police (Racial Fairness)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent reports he has received from the police inspectorate on racial fairness in the police services.

      Police (Racial Fairness)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the extent of fair treatment on the basis of race in police employment; and if he will make a statement.

      Civil Servants (Retirement Age)

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

      Ministerial Travel

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

      London Weighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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.

      Youth Custody Orders (Wirral)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many youth custody orders have been issued in each of the last four years in each of the four constituencies on the Wirral.

      Violent Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what further information he has collated on violence (a) against women by men and (b) by women against men in addition to that contained in...

      Community Safety Partnership (Wiltshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list (a) the members of the Board of the community safety partnership for Wiltshire, (b) the executive teams and their functions...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) antisocial behaviour orders and (b) curfew orders have been made in (i) Salisbury district and (ii) Wiltshire since the...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) antisocial behaviour orders and (b) curfew orders have been made in (i) Worthing borough, (ii) Adur district and (iii) Sussex...

      Police Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many cells in police stations have been closed in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many...

      Crime (North Yorkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received on the increase in crime north of York in recent months; and if he will make a statement.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the number of those persons gaining and losing from the introduction of new child support mechanisms from 2002.

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what target he has set for the accuracy of (a) maintenance assessment, (b) maintenance assessment debts and (c) full maintenance balances...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of non-resident parents who make child maintenance contributions to the Child Support Agency chose to terminate their...

      Means-tested Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will provide a breakdown of how many people were in receipt of means-tested benefits and tax credits for each year since May 1997.

      Benefit Take-up

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of non-take-up of Income Support among the over-60s, for (a) those under 75 and (b) those over 75.

      Benefit Take-up

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the uptake was in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales in (i) 1996–97, (ii) 1997–98, (iii) 1998–99, (iv)...

      Benefit Take-up

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what representations he has received regarding the impact of the proposed incapacity benefits reforms on the Scottish Executive's...

      State Retirement Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the Government's plans for changing the state retirement age.

      New Deal (Huntingdon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Huntingdon are in the New Deal programme; and how many were placed in employment up to June.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what consultation process was followed in regard to the insurance industry of the Social Security (Incapacity Benefit) Miscellaneous...

      Pension Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the timetable is for the phased abolition of the minimum funding requirement applicable to pension funds.

  • Treasury

    • Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the projected cost is to (a) UK and (b) Scottish industry of implementation of the climate change levy over the next three years.

    • Thalidomide Trust

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from the Thalidomide Trust about issues arising from the Diageo Covenant.

      Frozen Assets (Afghanistan)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the Taliban assets in the UK which are frozen; when assets of the (a) Afghan National Credit and Finance and (b) the National Trading...

      Terrorist Bank Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what global resources he has proposed since 11 September and to which bodies in respect of the use of off-shore bank accounts by terrorists and others.

      Health and Education Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a breakdown of the proportion of total gross domestic product spent by EU states on health and education in the most recent...

      Airline Industry (State Aid)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussion he has had with the (a) DTI, (b) European Commission and (c) representatives of UK airlines regarding possible state aid for the airline...

      Census Data (Bromley)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when the full census data for Bromley will be published; (2) when the summary census results for Bromley will be published; (3) what measures will...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Incineration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on specifically requiring county councils to include incineration in their waste plans.

    • Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the loss in revenue to the farming industry in England as a result of foot and mouth since the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will visit Throckmorton to discuss the implications for the local community of the carcase disposal site.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the United Kingdom's balance of trade was in (a) livestock, (b) meat products and (c) all foodstuffs for the years since...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when her Department first received an offer from hunt staff to assist in the foot and mouth slaughter process; and when the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many reports her Department has received of (a) crows, (b) foxes and (c) other wildlife eating in the open carcases...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to ensure that restrictions imposed on rural areas are lifted on a consistent basis.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason restrictions are being maintained on farms around the Hallburn site, Longtown, Cumbria.

      Cereals (EU Aid)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she has applied for EU aid to the cereals sector; and if she will make a statement.

      Milk Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Milk Task Force has resumed its considerations; and when it is expected to report.

      Peat Extraction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps the Government are taking to protect UK peatlands; and if she will make a statement on the practice of peat...

      Food and Farming Policy Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Policy Commission on Food and Farming is expected to make its recommendations.

      Rural White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received from Cambridgeshire in respect of the Rural White Paper.

      Civil Servants (Retirement Age)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the compulsory retirement ages which apply to employees of her Department and of executive agencies and...

      Livestock Movement Licences (Somerset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many applications for livestock movement licences were made in Somerset in the period 24 September to 4 October; and how...

      Animal Movement Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many applications for animal movement licences are outstanding.

      Tenant Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she last met representatives of tenant farmers.

      Overhead Powerlines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received on the environmental implications of overhead powerlines; and if she will make a...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Civil Service Fast Stream

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will publish the next report on recruitment to the fast stream of the civil service.

    • Government Annual Report

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much it would cost to send a summary of the Government's annual report to each taxpayer.

      Government Annual Report

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will continue to publish an annual report from Government.

  • House of Lords

    • Police Complaints Authority

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When will they announce new appointments to the Police Complaints Authority.

    • Limited Liability Partnerships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why a limited partnership whose registered office is in England must declare that it is in "England and Wales", whereas limited partnerships whose registered...

      Opposition Parties: Costing of Policies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why completed costings of policies of opposition parties are filed on the Cabinet Office's Panagon system under folders relating to special advisers.

      Northern Ireland: Illegal Sale of Diesel and Petrol

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much of their revenue is lost annually by the illegal selling of diesel and petrol in Northern Ireland; and how many people have been charged during the last...

      Foot and Mouth: Assistance to the Countryside

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What allocations have been made from the Social Fund Contingency Reserve to meet costs arising from the epidemic of foot and mouth disease.

      Snaefell Mountain: Suspected Light Aircraft Crash

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the allegation that on 14 January 2001 an unidentified object struck the communications mast at the summit of Snaefell Mountain on the...

      Northern Ireland: UFO Crash Report

      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.

      Sonic Boom Report, North East of England

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the incident on 21 February 2001 when a sonic boom was reported in the north east of England.

      Rendlesham Forest Incident

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the United States Air Force investigated and photographed a site in Rendlesham Forest where it was alleged that an unidentified flying object had landed in...

      Bow Street Police Station Site

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date planning permission was granted to develop the site of the former Bow Street Police Station.

      Arson Control Forum

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What effect on the work of the Arson Control Forum will arise as a result of the recent transfer of responsibility for the fire authorities to the Department for...

      Fire Safety

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of the 1st Report of the House of Commons Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Select...

      Millennium Dome Site

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the New Millennium Experience Company Limited, English Partnerships, the Millennium Commission or a government department is accountable for achieving...

      Underground Rail Transport: Fare Comparisons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish statistics to enable consumers to make an accurate comparison of fares on metropolitan underground rail transport services in the United...

      Concessionary Bus Fares for Young People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the basis of their calculation that the extension of concessionary bus fares to young people up to the age of 19 years in full-time education will cost...

      Planning System Reform

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish a Green Paper on reform of the planning system in England and Wales.

      Aviation Security

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will encourage the introduction of an international standard in passenger aircraft requiring pilots and other aircrew to be totally isolated from...

      Aviation Security

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What provisions are being made to increase cockpit security in passenger jets.

      Aviation Security

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What items of cutlery and glass are now considered dangerous for in-flight use.[HL Question number missing in Hansard, possibly truncated question.

      Aviation Security

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that locks on Boeing aircraft cockpit doors are customised to individual aircraft rather than remaining universal as is currently the case.

      Aviation Security

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ban the use of long-stemmed wine glasses on all flights

      Salisbury/Yeovil Railway Line

      asked Her Majesty's Government: By what date they expect that the railway line between Salisbury and Yeovil will be of twin tracks throughout its length.

      Local Authorities: Promotion of Well-being

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will issue the necessary financial regulations to allow local authorities to make charges for the "promotion of well being" under Part 1 of the Local...

      Road Deaths

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the number of deaths on the roads in the United Kingdom for each of the 10 years 1991 to 2000.

      Strategic Rail Authority Contracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will list, in respect of each consultancy contract valued at over £50,000 let by the Strategic Rail Authority, the name of the company, the scope...

      Night Flying

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they intend to take in respect of restricting night flights to airports following the decision of the European Court of Human Rights on 2 October that...

      London Underground Signalling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What improvements have been made to the signals and signalling equipment of London Underground since the private finance initiative was first discussed.

      English Partnerships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they propose to review the future of English Partnerships.

      English Heritage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will undertake a review of English Heritage.

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they invited the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to prepare a draft bill of rights or to offer advice; and whether they will accept advice from...

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