Written answers

Tuesday, 23 October 2001

  • Defence

    • Merlin Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many Merlin helicopters will be delivered to the Royal Navy in each of the next three years; (2) how many pilots have been trained to fly the...

    • Defence Aviation Repair Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what key targets have been set for the Defence Aviation Repair Agency for 2001–02.

      Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the contracts being administered by Serco on behalf of his Department.

      Biological Detection Devices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will open for public inspection at the Public Record Office the files located at DEFE 55/97 and DEFE 55/100 regarding tests of biological detection...

      Biological Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many simulated exercises have been carried out in respect of biological and chemical weapon attacks on the UK in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to amend the armed forces pension scheme to allow benefits to be paid to partners of service men and women killed on active service;...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list those sites operated by (a) his Department and (b) contractors responsible to his Department, which are (i) required to comply with and...

      Civilian Contractors (Insurance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements his Department has made to provide insurance for civilian contractors deployed on operations; and if he will make a statement.

      Anti-anthrax Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the supply chain, from MOD stockpile to NHS hospitals, of anti- anthrax drugs.

      RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the memorandum of understanding between the UK and US Governments in respect of RAF Menwith Hill was signed; and what expiry date was set for this...

      Operation Enduring Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what has been the total cost to date of Operation Enduring Freedom; and how much of the total cost has been met from pre-set departmental budgets.

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the states with which reciprocal arrangements exist for the exchange of material and information relating to them held at Porton Down.

  • Education and Skills

    • CITB Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reason the CITB levy is imposed on tool hire companies and rental companies who are not engaged wholly or mainly in the...

    • CITB Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reason the CITB levy is not imposed on builders merchants.

      CITB Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the Government will review the Industrial Training Act 1982 in respect of the CITB; and if she will make a statement.

      CITB Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will assess the case for the tool hire sector's liability to pay the CITB levy; and if she will make a statement.

      CITB Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reason there is no distinction between plant hire and tool hire in respect of the CITB levy.

      CITB Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reason there is no opt-out clause for the CITB levy scheme; and if she will make a statement.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of children are eligible for free school meals in schools where less than 25 per cent. of the pupils achieve five or more...

      Student Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on details of the remit of the Government's review of student support.

      Ministerial Visit (Brazil)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what is (a) the itinerary for and (b) the cost of the visit of the Schools Minister to Brazil of 6 and 7 December.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Scottish Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library minutes and details of the date and venue of meetings held with Scottish Executive (a) Ministers...

    • Women's Rights (Palestine)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Palestinian Administration about human rights abuses relating to women.

      Iraqi Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries have indicated (a) support for (b) opposition to the UK proposal to alter the interval between the price fixing...

      Iraqi Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if his proposal to the United Nations to alter the interval between the price fixing of Iraqi oil from 30 days to 10 days would...

      Fundamentalist Paramilitary Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what efforts he is making to establish the number of UK citizens involved with fundamentalist paramilitary groups in (a)...

      Natural Disasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Department is responsible for making applications for aid from the budget of the EU for natural disasters in the UK.

      Colonel Gaddafi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis sought advice from the British Government on his Government's proposed trip to...

      Entry Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for each quarter that an appeal has been available against a refusal of a visa or entry clearance to visit the United Kingdom,...

      Entry Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for each year from 1990 to 2000, how many applications were made for a visa or entry clearance to visit the United Kingdom of...

      Biological Weapons Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions have taken place with other Governments on the ratification of the verification protocol amendment to...

      Botswana

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations the Government have made to the Government of Botswana concerning their policy of resettling the...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is being done to hold President Mugabe to the Abuja Accord.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the situation in Zimbabwe.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement regarding the release of Israeli soldiers by the Lebanese Hizbollah.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the recent report compiled by Earthrights International regarding the activities of Premier Oil...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his Pakistani counterparts concerning the sentencing to death of Dr. Yunis Shaikh for...

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on (a) the most recent talks between the EU and Chinese regarding Tibet and (b) the situation of...

      Dublin and Monaghan Bombings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if his Department has responded to requests for information from the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the Dublin and...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many arms export licences for arms sales to Sri Lanka have been rejected in each of the past five years.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list how many arms export licences have been granted in each of the past five years for arms sales to Sri Lanka; if...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many overseas visits and to which destinations have been undertaken by the Minister for Science over the last three years; and how they...

    • Summer Recess

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) press notices and (b) consultation documents were issued by her Department during the summer recess.

      End of Life Vehicles Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment his Department has made of the implementation of the End of Vehicle Life Directive on MG Rover.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the administrative budget is of each of the English regional development agencies in the current financial year.

      Textile Industry (Climate Change Levy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with representatives of the textile industry regarding the climate change levy; and if she will make a...

      Hearing Aid Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will review the Code of Practice of the Hearing Aid Council relating to protection of persons who purchase a hearing aid in...

      Departmental Staff

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

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will estimate the number of staff employed by her Department by region and nation of the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she will place in the Library for each year since 1995 the average response time for providing a substantive answer to (a) hon....

      Business Recovery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many applications for grants were made under the business recovery fund; and how many have been allocated, for each Regional...

  • Prime Minister

    • Strategic Communications Unit

      To ask the Prime Minister what the cost was of running the Strategic Communications Unit in the financial year 2000–01.

    • Special Envoys

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the overseas missions undertaken on his behalf since 7 June by (a) Lord Levy and (b) the right hon. Member for Hartlepool (Mr. Mandelson), listing in...

      Special Envoys

      To ask the Prime Minister in respect of visits abroad undertaken on his behalf by (a) Lord Levy and (b) right hon. Member for Hartlepool (Mr. Mandelson), and if it is his policy to inform the...

      Regional Government

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the allocation of ministerial responsibilities for aspects of regional Government.

  • Health

    • Alcohol Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish his alcohol strategy.

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to provide a screening service for asylum seekers arriving in Kent; and what finance is being made available.

      Care Home Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance the Government will provide on assessing the physical and mental fitness of (a) a registered provider, (b) a registered manager and (c) care...

      Chiropodists and Podiatrists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the training places for professions allied to medicine relate to chiropodists and podiatrists in each of the years from 2001 to 2004.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which targets in the National Service Framework for Mental Health (a) have been met and (b) are yet to be met.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of progress in implementation of the National Service Framework for Mental Health; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the extra money for child and adolescent mental health services announced in February 1999 has so far been spent; and where and when.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many secure mental health beds there were (a) in April 1997, (b) in April 2001 and (c) at the latest available date.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of progress in meeting the Public Service Agreement Target of reducing nationally the emergency psychiatric readmission rate;...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of progress in meeting his mental health target to reduce the 1997 death rate from suicide and undetermined injury; and if he...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of young people experiencing a first episode of psychosis received early and intensive support in 2000–01; and if he will make a...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women-only mental health day centres have been established under the NHS Plan.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many early intervention mental health teams have been established.

      Social Services (Client Information)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will require social service authorities to request transfer of information from other authorities when clients move from area to area.

      Community Care Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will require social services authorities to meet targets for the completion of community care assessments.

      Waiting Lists (Leicestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are on waiting lists for operations in each specialty in Leicestershire.

      Pain Control Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to ensure that pain control clinics are in place in every primary care trust area; and if he will make a statement.

      MRI Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals he has to reduce waiting times for MRI scans (a) in Gloucestershire and (b) nationally.

      Nursing and Midwifery Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with rank and file health visitors on the proposals not to include health visitors in the title for the new Nursing and...

      National Institute for Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the budget in 2001–02 for the National Institute for Mental Health in England; and how much has been spent.

      Expenditure Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expenditure per head on health was in (a) Tamworth, (b) Telford, (c) Kidderminster and (d) Redditch in each year from April 1996 to April 2001.

      Mr. Barrie Such

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the progress made in the case of Mr. Barrie Such, pursuant to the undertaking given in the Adjournment debate on 7 December...

      Solihull Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the future status of the accident and emergency facilities at Solihull Hospital.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review processes by which public consultation is undertaken on primary care trusts, and the reorganisation of health authorities.

      Assertive Outreach Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mental health crisis resolution teams and assertive outreach teams have been established; and how many people are receiving assertive outreach...

      GPs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs there are in post in Leicestershire in the current financial year.

      Weighted Capitation (Leicestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the extra resources required to bring Leicestershire up to a 100 per cent. of its weighted capitation in (a) cash and (b)...

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will recommend the use in England of "Pathways to Sexual Health", published by the Lothian Health Board; (2) if he will recommend the use of...

      Mobile Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial provision has been made for the mobile telecommunications health research programme.

      Mobile Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research projects will be undertaken by the mobile telecommunications health research programme.

      Hospital Waiting Times (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust area were waiting for inpatient treatment for (a) more than 18 months, (b) up to 18 months, (c) up to 15...

      Age-related Audits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish for each NHS trust the results of the age-related audits required by the National Service Framework for Older People; and if she will...

      Delayed Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 15 October 2001, Official Report, column 1036W, on delayed discharges, for what reason his Department ceased to collect figures...

      National Service Frameworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will ensure that voluntary organisations are funded to play a full part in the preparation of National Service Frameworks; (2) if his...

      Non-residential Services (Charging Guidance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish guidance relating to charging for non-residential services; when the closing date for consultation on the draft guidance was; and...

      Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will write to the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam concerning the National Service Framework for Older People according to the undertaking given...

      Nursing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the bonds set out in the guidance for free nursing care will be uprated annually.

      Neurology Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to establish the baseline (a) prevalence levels of neurological conditions and (b) position of services for people...

      Community Care Services Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) to what extent social services departments in receipt of the community care services grant are able to commit expenditure in subsequent years; (2)...

      Dementia Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce plans to speed up the diagnosis of dementia sufferers needing personal care.

      Dementia Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what specialist dementia care services in Coventry have been developed recently.

      Dementia Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent measures have been introduced to support the elderly suffering with dementia.

      Elderly People (Charitable Support)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assistance he has provided to charitable providers of housing, care and support for the elderly in the last year.

      Summer Recess

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) press notices and (b) consultation documents were issued by his Department during the summer recess.

      Consultants' Secretaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the provision of secretarial cover to hospital consultants during periods of absence by permanent secretarial staff.

      Care Standards (Young Adults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many representations have been made concerning the national care standards for younger adults.

      Residential Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make financial provision for owners of residential care homes to assist them in complying with the requirements of the Residential Care Act 2000.

      Residential Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals have sold their homes since 1 May 1997 to fund their (a) residential home care and (b) residential nursing home care.

      Residential Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many residential nursing homes have closed since 1 May 1997; and how many beds have been lost; (2) how many residential home beds (a) in the...

      Residential Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals in each year since 1 May 1997 to the latest available date were living in (a) residential care homes and (b) residential nursing care...

      Residential Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average length of stay of a resident in an (a) residential care home and (b) residential nursing care home is in the last 12 months.

      Genetics and Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Government will publish their response to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee fifth report of Session 2000–01 on Genetics...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Waste Incineration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to reduce the proportion of waste disposed of by incineration over the next five years.

    • Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the last case was of foot and mouth disease in the Longtown area; and when restrictions on farms in that area will be lifted.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's latest assessment is of the necessity to use vaccination in efforts to eradicate foot and mouth disease.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many businesses have (a) applied for and (b) received rates relief in relation to the economic impact of foot and mouth...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the removal of toxic ash from the Hernscott Hill foot and mouth incineration site in Northumberland has been completed;...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated cost to public funds of the foot and mouth disease outbreak is so far.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will take steps to reduce the time taken to lift the D notice restrictions; (2) if she will take steps to...

      Foot and Mouth

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

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the risks concerning the control of foot and mouth disease involved in permitting a...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's responsibilities are in relation to land use, planning and management.

      Sheep Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government plan to publish their sheep strategy.

      Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with supermarkets about their relationship with suppliers; and if she will make a statement.

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what controls the Government have implemented on emissions from incinerators in the last three years; and if she will make a...

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment the Government have made of levels of dioxin emissions from incinerators in the last 12 months; and if she...

      Municipal Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much municipal waste has been collected in each year since 1996; and if she will make a statement; (2) what...

      Municipal Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of UK household waste was disposed of through landfill in the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement.

      Slaughtermen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what are the qualifications and licensing arrangements required of (a) professional slaughtermen and (b) persons slaughtering...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of councils in the United Kingdom have separate recycling collections; and if she will make a statement.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what measures the Government have taken to meet their target of recycling two thirds of all household waste by 2015;...

      Unadopted Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent research she has commissioned into the scale of and problems associated with unadopted sewers.

      MOX Plant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the timing of the announcement of the approval for the MOX plant in Sellafield.

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to increase payments to contractors operating under the home energy efficiency scheme.

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the maximum payment is per housing unit available to contractors operating the home energy efficiency scheme in (a)...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many properties have benefited from the home energy efficiency scheme since June 2000; and what is the target number for...

      Agenda 21

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the impact of the introduction of Agenda 21 in the UK.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her Department's policy towards the use of short rotation coppice/forestry in renewable energy.

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will made a statement on her Department's support for the generic campaign to support milk drinking; and what...

      Condensing Boilers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to promote the use of environmentally efficient condensing boilers

      Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list by country of origin the meat imports into the United Kingdom over the last 12 months; and if she will make...

      Hunting with Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the views of veterinary surgeons on hunting with hounds; and if she will make a statement.

      Lamb and Sheep Meat (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has made to the EU Veterinary Standing Committee with regard to the lifting of the export ban on...

      Royal Prerogative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many ministerial decisions were made where authority for the same derived from the royal prerogative for the most recent...

      Wildlife Protection

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

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she plans to take to enforce the Cabinet Office Guidance on Codes of Practice for Board Members of Public Bodies.

      Haskins Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she next plans to meet the Chancellor of the Exchequer to discuss the Haskins report.

      Haskins Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason the Haskins report, dated 2 October, was not published until 18 October.

      Haskins Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement about the work of Lord Haskins in assessing and making recommendations about the impact of foot...

      Pollution (Warehouse Fires)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the damage to the environment through (a) airborne pollution and (b) pollution of water courses...

      Airports (Landing Charges)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list the (a) landing charges for airliners at the main United Kingdom and international airports and (b) changes...

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to require planning permission to be sought for the erection of telecommunications masts less than 15...

      Water Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if her Department has tested and analysed the quality of (a) the holding lakes either side of Faggs Road and Princes Lake,...

      Milk (Packaging Waste Directive)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the implications of the EU Packaging Waste Directive for doorstep milk deliveries and the use...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what monitoring of glufosinate ammonium is being carried out in water courses and supplies in the vicinity of GM crop trials.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to increase the 25p addition for pensioners aged over 80.

    • Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to enable the Disability Rights Commission to support disabled individuals wishing to sue under the Human Rights Act 1998.

      Staff Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training was given to his Department's staff with regard to the regulations under the Social Security (Incapacity Benefit) Miscellaneous...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what consultations he has had with groups representing people with disabilities regarding the proposed changes to the eligibility...

      Disability Discrimination Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans he has to change the rules that exclude disabled people from protection under the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act 1995 if...

      Summer Recess (Departmental Publications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) press notices and (b) consultation documents were issued by his Department during the summer recess.

      Stakeholder Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what action has been taken since 8 October against employers who have not made a stakeholder pension scheme available to their employees;...

      Social Security Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to what extent discretion may be exercised by those charged with taking decisions on the application of the social security legislation such...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the efficiency of the service offered to child support claimants by the Office of the Independent Case...

      Cold Weather Payments Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will announce the outcome of the annual review of the cold weather payments scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Elderly People's Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many local authority elderly people's homes have closed since the introduction of the Care Standards Act 2000.

  • Wales

    • Summer Recess (Departmental Publications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) press notices and (b) consultation documents were issued by his Department during the summer recess.

    • Royal Prerogative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many ministerial decisions were made where authority for the same derived from the royal prerogative for the most recent calendar month for which...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Devolved Administrations

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

    • Sports Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many unannounced tests taken on premises not owned by a professional football club have been undertaken in each of the last five years.

      Sports Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many erythropoietin and human growth hormone tests have been undertaken in the last three years by Sport England; if the method of...

      Sports Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many tests for banned substances have been undertaken on footballers playing in the (a) Premier League and (b) Football League in...

      Sports Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she commissioned a review of blood tests for the drugs erythropoietin and human growth hormone; and if she will make a statement.

      Rowing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to meet representatives of the Amateur Rowing Association to discuss their plans for the new training centre at Caversham.

      Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the funds available to Sport England to support voluntary sector sports clubs over the next five years.

      Athletics Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if the Sports Aid Foundation grant responsible for the funding of elite athletics is to be curtailed by Sport England.

      Media Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to reform the existing rules on media ownership.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Regional Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he last met the Chancellor of the Exchequer to discuss proposals for the reform of regional government.

    • London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will indicate the expected annual rate of return for investment of the infrastructure companies in London...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will allocate substantial resources over the next two years to develop clean renewable biofuels for road transport.

      West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the latest estimate by Railtrack of the upgrade of the west coast main line; and if he...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the recent discussions he has had with representatives of local government on...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent discussions he has had with local authority associations on the formula for allocating local government...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the discussions he has had with representatives of local government on improving local...

      Bed-and-Breakfast Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of people in local authority paid bed-and-breakfast...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps he is taking to improve bus services to disadvantaged communities in rural areas.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much subsidy is provided to bus services in west Kent.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on speed management on the roads.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps his Department is taking to improve road safety.

      Passenger Rail Franchising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on passenger rail franchising.

      Rent Restructuring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on his proposals for rent restructuring.

      Local Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on local transport plans.

      Road Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the introduction of quieter motorway surfaces.

      Automatic Train Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on progress towards installing automatic train protection across the rail network.

      Rail Franchise (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the implementation of the single rail franchise for Wales.

      Key Worker Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the provision of homes for key workers.

      London Underground (Northern Line)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans there are to improve services on the Northern line.

      East Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on how many occasions in (a) 2001 (b) 2000 and (c) 1999 services on the east coast main line have been disrupted...

      Elected Mayors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his policy is on introducing directly elected mayors in London boroughs.

      Railway Interoperability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the (a) timetable for and (b) cost implications of meeting European regulations on...

      Speed Signs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement about the rules which prevent repeater 30 mph signs from being used in 30 mph zones.

      Detrunking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to allocate specific funds for North Yorkshire county council to detrunk the roads; and if he will...

      Local Government Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the progress of his Department's review of local government funding.

      PFI Road Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 18 July 2001, Official Report, column 203W, on PFI road schemes, what the total points...

      Night Flights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the adequacy of controls on night noise at UK airports.

      Airport Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what funding his Department has made available for research into improving airport security in the last year; and...

      Mobile Phones (Motorists)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on motoring offences and the use of hand-held mobile phones.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what meetings he held to discuss alternatives to putting Railtrack plc into administration with (a) Railtrack and (b)...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place in the Library his assessment of the financial position of Railtrack plc which led to the...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the structure and funding of the company limited by guarantee which he will propose...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what advice he has received regarding the value of the first phase of CTRL to Railtrack Group plc.

      Abandoned Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when his review of policies relating to abandoned vehicles is expected to report.

      Summer Recess (Departmental Publications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many (a) press notices and (b) consultation documents were issued by his Department during the summer recess.

      Standard Spending Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his estimate is of the standard spending assessment for highways and transport per kilometre of (a) principal...

      Terminal 5

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what studies have been made in the last five years of the effect of the proposed Terminal 5 at Heathrow on flooding...

      Civil Aviation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he has appointed a new chairman to the Civil Aviation Authority; and if he will make a statement.

      Central Railway Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place in the Library a copy of the Strategic Rail Authority's report on the Central Railway project.

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he plans to announce the successor to Sir Alistair Morton as Chairman of the SRA.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Libel Laws

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on the compatibility of the libel laws and Articles 6 and 10 of the Human Rights Convention.

    • Summer Recess (Departmental Publications)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many (a) press notices and (b) consultation documents were issued by her Department during the summer recess.

      Children Act

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will review the Children Act 1989 to grant automatic parental responsibility status to unmarried fathers; and if she will...

      Sarwar v. Alam

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on the implications of Sarwar v. Alam for funding arrangements of accident cases.

      HMS Thetis

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will place in the Library a copy of the Admiralty and Secretariat case papers relating to the loss of HM Submarine Thetis,...

  • Treasury

    • Impounded Goods

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the operation of the appeals procedure used by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise in respect of the impounding of goods and...

    • Institutional Property Market

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to develop the securitisation of the institutional property market.

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which London banks were found by the FSA to have handled funds stolen from Nigeria by General Sami Abacha; and which banks were criticised for lax money...

      Pension Policies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement about the implications of the Equitable Life situation on his policy towards the regulation of with-profits pension policies.

      Suspicious Financial Transactions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many referrals relating to suspicious financial transactions have been referred to NCIS in each year since 1997; and how many prosecutions have resulted...

      Article IV Reports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if it is the policy of the Government to publish the UK's article IV reports to the IMF in future.

      Bank Disclosures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action he will take to ensure disclosure by the banking sector of their lending patterns in under-invested communities; and if he will make a statement.

      Working Hours

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress his Department made towards achieving a declining trend in excessive hours worked over the years 1999 and 2000.

      Sudden Death Syndrome

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his latest estimate of the number of people who die each year from sudden death syndrome.

      Aid (Natural Disasters)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many applications for financial aid for natural disasters in the UK have been made to the EU in each of the last five years.

      Abu Qatada

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what countries have sought the freezing of assets in the UK held by Abu Qatada; and if he will make a statement.

      General Abacha

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures the Government are taking in response to the allegations of money laundering by General Abacha, relating to the use of banks for which the UK...

      Guaranteed Annuities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps are being taken to ensure that the full record of exchanges between the Government Auditor, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Treasury...

      Aggregates Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much VAT he forecasts will be raised by the imposition of the aggregates tax in the first full year of its operation.

      Aggregates Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide a breakdown of how much is forecast to be raised by the aggregates tax in its first full year from (a) low specification aggregates, (b)...

      Aggregates Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the impact which the aggregates tax will have on the cost of housing construction; (2) what will be the cost of the...

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the total impact so far on UK carbon dioxide emissions of the reduction in VAT on domestic supplies of fuel and power from 8 per cent. to 5...

      EU Tax Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list those EU countries which operate taxes broadly comparable to (a) the aggregates tax and (b) the climate change levy.

      Disabled Person's Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to extend the Disabled Person's Tax Credit to people who work less than 16 hours per week; and if he will make a statement.

      Royal Prerogative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many ministerial decisions were made where authority for the same derived from the royal prerogative in the most recent calendar month for which...

      European Court of Justice Judgments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the implications for (a) UK tax law and (b) Government revenue of the 9 October Judgment of the European Court of Justice in...

      Helpline

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the progress made towards the establishment of a virtual call centre structure to support the proposed national helpline for...

      Pension Fund Surpluses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to review legislation governing pension fund surpluses; and if he will make a statement.

      Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what constraints will be placed upon parents' investment decisions on behalf of their children in respect of money made available through the Child...

      Taxpayers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many UK taxpayers were subject to an income tax rate of 40 per cent. or more on the first day of tax years (a) 1979–80, (b) 1997–98 and (c)...

      Tax Returns (Penalties)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many incorrect penalties were issued to taxable persons who had completed and sent off tax returns on time for the tax years (a) 1996–97, (b)...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement about the continuation of deferred tax collection from businesses affected by the foot and mouth outbreak in Cumbria.

      VAT (Small Firms)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which organisations have responded to HM Customs and Excise's consultation on a flat-rate VAT scheme for small firms.

      VAT (Small Firms)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library the responses to HM Customs and Excise's consultations on a flat-rate VAT scheme for small firms.

      VAT (Small Firms)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to change Government policy following HM Customs and Excise's consultation on a flat-rate VAT scheme for small firms.

      Scottish Bus Group

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had since June relating to Scottish Bus Group pensioners.

      Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to increase excise duties.

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Baird report on Equitable Life was made available by the Treasury to Lord Penrose. [R]

  • Home Department

    • Mrs. Sally Clark

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he intends to refer the case of Sally Clark to the Court of Appeal.

    • Absence

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

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the special advisers in his Department and (a) their date of appointment and (b) their responsibilities; if any of them are...

      Prisoners (Purposeful Activity)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the average time per week spent by prisoners in purposeful activity in each category of prison.

      Prisoners (Purposeful Activity)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if it is his policy to consider the availability of appropriate training courses in allocating prisoners to particular institutions.

      Coroners Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will review the workings and practices of coroners courts; and if he will make a statement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department will reply to the letter dated 14 September from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding his constituents, Mr. and...

      Victim Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what help his Department makes available to victim support.

      Prisoner Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets he has set HM prisons for the rehabilitation of offenders; and if he will make a statement.

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables there were in the West Midlands Police Force in (a) 1971, (b) 1981, (c) 1991 and (d) 2000, respectively; how many...

      Police Marksmen (Civilian Casualities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been shot by police in each of the last 10 years; how many (a) died and (b) were seriously injured; and how many of...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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 make a statement.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the number and proportion of asylum seekers to the UK who (a) are educated to (i) degree level, (ii) higher A-Level or...

      Departmental Spending

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

      Crown Court Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of (a) either-way cases and (b) all cases heard in magistrates courts were sent to Crown court for sentencing in each of the...

      Crown Court Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of those who elected for trial in Crown court in either-way cases, including those found not guilty, had previous convictions.

      Refurbishment Projects

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

  • House of Lords

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