Written answers

Friday, 26 October 2001

  • House of Commons

    • Portcullis House

      To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee for how many days in the last six months the water feature in Portcullis House has had no water in it; and if he will make a statement.

    • Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the President of the Council what percentage of (a) House of Commons staff and officers and (b) hon. Members' staff are in receipt of Working Families Tax Credit.

  • Wales

    • Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions regarding the establishment of a single all-Wales...

    • Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what discussions he has had with the Education Minister of the National Assembly for Wales regarding the recommendations of the Rees report on...

      Hospitals (Staff-patient Communication)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what measures are in place to improve the capacity of (a) doctors and (b) nurses to communicate with and understand patients in hospitals in the...

      Departmental Properties

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

  • Defence

    • Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what (a) the overall wastage level from the Territorial Army and (b) the target level was in each of the last 5 years; and if he will make a...

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) trained strength and (b) trained requirement is of the (i) Army, (ii) Naval Service and (iii) Royal Air Force.

      Sovereign Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to make a statement on the implications of the case of Lt. Colonel Surinder Nath Saggar of Brompton on Swale, North Yorkshire.

      Sovereign Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases have been brought against the Ministry of Defence under the Race Relations Act 1976 by service men serving on sovereign bases overseas;...

      Service Men (Commonwealth and Republic of Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service men are from (a) Commonwealth countries and (b) the Republic of Ireland.

      Chemical and Biological Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures he has put in place to protect his Department's and armed services personnel from mail that may be contaminated with chemical or biological...

      RAF Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the fully trained and operational requirement is for (a) RAF pilots to fly Sea Harriers and (b) Fleet Air Arm pilots to fly Harrier GR7; and how...

      Defence Logistics Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the sum provided was for the Defence Logistics Organisation at the start of the current financial year; and what the latest projected outturn figure is.

      Gulf War Veterans (Pensions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former service men who served in the Gulf are in receipt of war pensions; and if he will indicate the rank of the pensioner and the number in...

      Apache Helicopter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 22 October 2001, Official Report, column 4W, on the Apache helicopter programme, (a) how many personnel are being trained in...

      Army (Light-armoured Capability)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will identify the components which make up the Future Rapid Effects System; (2) if he will make a statement on the Army's future light...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will provide a substantive reply to the question from the hon. Member for South-East Cornwall, to which a holding reply was...

    • Marconi Transmission Centenary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans her Department has made to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first successful wireless transmission across the Atlantic...

      Gambling Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many responses she has received following publication of Sir Alan Budd's gambling review; and how many of these refer to...

      Gambling Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the likely impact of implementing recommendation 70 in Sir Alan Budd's gambling review.

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what dates (a) she and (b) other Ministers in her Department have visited the Millennium Dome since 8 June.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how the foot and mouth disease relief funding announced on Thursday 18 October will be allocated; (2) which Regional...

    • Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when farmers who have been promised compensation relating to foot and mouth disease will receive it; when outstanding...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will provide financial help to assist farmers with feeding animals over the winter period on farms affected by foot...

      Gait Barrows National Nature Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps English Nature is taking (a) to ensure that Gait Barrows National Nature Reserve is not damaged by the Lunesdale...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the overall improvements in energy efficiency as reported by each energy conservation authority in...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to take further steps to control the spread of bovine TB.

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment her Department has made of the implications for the Government's Climate Change Strategy of...

      Biomass Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to increase the use of biomass as a fuel for energy production.

      Biomass Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) meat and bone meal, (b) coppiced wood and (c) other biomass was burnt in order to provide a direct source of...

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to use the methane gas emitted from landfill sites as a potential fuel source.

      Electricity Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance is available to businesses to reduce electricity consumption; and if she will make a statement.

      Dog Ban Bye-laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is towards bye-law applications seeking to ban dogs from (a) beaches, (b) public parks and (c) other areas;...

      Dog Ban Bye-laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many bye-law applications from local authorities her Department has turned down that sought to ban dogs from (a) beaches,...

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many incinerators have been built in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government have to change the amount of household municipal waste generated in the United Kingdom; and if she...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to (a) strengthen regulations and (b) transpose European Community directives with regard to waste...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to alter paragraph 19 of the Waste Management Licensing Regulations 1994; and if she will make a statement.

      London Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the implications are for her policy on waste disposal of the recent court case against London Waste.

      Milk Bottles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on proposed EU plans to prohibit the recycling of milk bottles.

      Reconstituted Building Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to encourage the use of reconstituted building materials.

      Campylobacter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of retailed chickens were positive for (a) campylobacter and (b) campylobacter serotypes of public health...

      Food Safety Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on how food products from those parts of the EU where regulation is poorly applied will be...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Staff Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) secondments there were from her Department to a business in the private sector; and (b) secondments there have been from the...

    • Departmental Spending (Deprived Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much of the expenditure by her Department in each of the years (a) 1996–97, (b) 1997–98, (c) 1998–99, (d)...

      Policy Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what role the Institute of Management and the Institute of Directors play in contributing to policy decisions.

      Stem Cell Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many stem cell lines are available for research in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) the United States of America.

      Liberalisation of Trade in Services Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received from the Liberalisation of Trade in Services Committee in the last 12 months.

      Foreign Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for each year between 1979 and 2001, what was (a) the total and (b) the proportion in world terms of accumulated foreign investment in (i)...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many full-time staff are employed by each of the English regional development agencies.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received from the firework industry regarding illegal storage of fireworks in (a) the west midlands, (b)...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what checks are undertaken (a) at ports of entry to ensure that bulk supplies of fireworks entering the UK are destined for licensed storage...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received from (a) the firework industry and (b) local authorities on (i) the 14-day rule allowing storage of...

      Salesmen (Vulnerable People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action the Government are taking to protect (a) dementia sufferers and (b) other vulnerable groups from door to door and telephone...

      Salesmen (Vulnerable People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations the Government have received from (a) organisations and (b) individuals, calling for greater protection of (i) dementia...

  • Health

    • Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are planned to ensure that food imported into the United Kingdom meets UK standards on food labelling.

    • NHS International Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients have been treated in European countries under the NHS international scheme this year .

      NHS International Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what finance his Department is able to make available to NHS patients travelling to EU countries for treatment under the NHS international scheme in the...

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will delay consideration of the candidates for the chairmanship of the new strategic health authorities until after he has confirmed the boundaries...

      Multiple Sclerosis Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on NICE's report on glatiramer acetate for multiple sclerosis.

      Multiple Sclerosis Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects NICE to publish its final appraisal determination on the appraisal of glatiramer acetate and beta interferon for multiple sclerosis;...

      IT Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the total (a) revenue and (b) capital expenditure on the Read codes version 3 in each of the last five years.

      IT Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the estimated (a) revenue and (b) capital expenditure planned to be spent on Read codes in financial years (i) 2001–02, (ii) 2002–03...

      IT Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements have been agreed for financial compensation from SNOMED if the SNOMED CT coding system is not delivered to the NHS on time.

      IT Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the total expenditure on coding departments in NHS trusts in the last financial year for which figures are available.

      IT Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what stage of development SNOMED clinical terms project has now reached; when he expects the project to produce a final version; and if he will make a...

      IT Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has made for compensation to be paid to NHS trusts and suppliers who have invested in Read based IT systems.

      IT Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the target date for the SNOMED system to produce automatic mappings to ICD and OPCS codes.

      IT Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice he has given existing users of Read codes about the use of legacy data following their adoption of the SNOMED clinical terms system.

      IT Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the total (a) revenue and (b) capital expenditure to date on (i) the SNOMED CT system, (ii) the SNOMED RT system and (iii) earlier version of the...

      IT Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Government received advice from CISCO about IT policy in the NHS; and if he will place copies in the Library.

      NHS Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS trusts he now expects to achieve EPR level 3 by 2004; how many have already purchased relevant systems; and how many have now submitted...

      NHSnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of GPs' surgeries were intended to be connected to NHSnet by the target date of March 2001; what proportion were connected; what...

      NHSnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when in the last year key services forming part of NHSnet failed for more than 24 hours consecutively; what the causes of such failures were; and if he...

      NHSnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the back up system for NHSnet performed to expectations during recent losses of service.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Services for the Deaf

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many quality marked community legal service providers are able to provide interpreting services for deaf clients; and what...

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much public money has been granted to Railtrack in total; and if he will make a statement.

    • Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if Railtrack will honour its outstanding debts to its creditors; and if he will make a statement.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he has received an undertaking from the Treasury to guarantee finance required by the successor company to...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the nature of the approaches made by West LB relating to Railtrack.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he first advised (a) Treasury officials and (b) officials in his Department that his preferred option was to put...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on what date he first obtained legal advice regarding the possibility of putting Railtrack into administration.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what meetings his officials held with Ernst and Young to discuss whether Railtrack plc should be put into...

      Social Housing (Rural Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on plans to speed up the development of social housing in rural areas.

      Social Housing (Rural Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will estimate (a) the number of council houses sold in south Gloucestershire in each of the last 10 years and...

      Regional Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what are the administrative costs of (a) regional development agencies, (b) Government offices for the regions and...

      Regional Air Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the consultation for Regional Air Services and the South East and East of England Air Services reviews will be...

      National Air Traffic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will made a statement on the NATS investment programme and the safety of the UK air traffic management system.

      National Air Traffic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if he will made a statement on the timetable for opening the new NATS en-route centre at Swanwick; and if the...

      National Air Traffic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had with the Chief Executive of NATS about whether the Airline Group has sufficient financial...

      Bombardier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will ensure that subsidies paid to Bombardier in Belfast cannot be used by that company to cross-subsidise its...

      East Midlands Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will take steps to control aircraft noise at night from East Midlands airport by designating the airport under...

      Public Assets (Borrowing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to amend the rules covering borrowing against public assets; and if he will make a statement.

      Driving Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the annual gross cost of the Driving Instructors Agency is; and what the income generated by the agency in test...

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to review the capping of the discount available to residents wanting to buy their homes; and if he...

      Boundary Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the timetable for (a) publication and (b) implementation of the Boundary Commission...

      Physical Agents (Vibration) Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussion has taken place with business about the proposed EU Physical Agents (Vibration) Directive; and if he...

      Physical Agents (Vibration) Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the Government's policy is towards the EU Physical Agents (Vibration) Directive; and if he will make a statement.

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what non-financial requirements will be made of the purchaser of the Millennium Dome; (2) what criteria have...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what his estimate is of the value of the Millennium Dome and site; (2) when he will publish details of plans...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will provide a detailed breakdown of the costs of the Millennium Dome since the closure of the Millennium...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on what date (a) he, (b) other Ministers and (c) officials in his Department, first spoke to (a) representatives of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Kuranze Ranch, Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he will take to assist Mrs. Eileen Williams' attempts to secure the title to land owned by her late parents at...

    • General Affairs Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcome was of the General Affairs Council held in Brussels on 17 October; what the Government's stance was on each...

      Baltic States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what dates the (a) President and (b) Prime Minister of (i) Latvia, (ii) Estonia and (iii) Lithuania visited the UK in the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the USA on the subject of Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has collated on how many Sudanese are refugees in neighbouring countries; and how many are refugees in camps...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Sudanese Government on the cases of the human rights activists Ghazi Suleiman and Ali...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish evidence he has received that links the Sudanese Government to the East African embassy bombings.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the access of non-governmental organisations to the Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he had with the Sudanese Government on the imposition of Sharia law in largely Christian areas.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met representatives of the Kenya-based peace secretariat to discuss a peace deal in the Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Sudanese Government to encourage it to co-operate with the International Committee of the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's policies towards the Sudan; and what plans he has to help encourage the Sudanese...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Sudanese Government on (a) female genital mutilation, (b) slavery, (c) people trafficking,...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last discussed the human rights record of Sudan with the Sudanese Government.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent contact he has had with representatives of the Sudanese People's Liberation Army or the Sudanese People's Liberation...

      Moluccas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will make a statement on the situation in the Moluccas; (2) if he will take steps to clarify the approach of the...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the inter-religious conflict that has erupted in the Jos area of Nigeria.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Nigerian Government on the imposition of Sharia law in parts of the country.

      Selim Ferhan Onal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will make a decision on the appeal for admittance made by Selim Ferhan Onal.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Stakeholder Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if the target group for stakeholder pensions is as set out in the 1998 Green Paper, "Partnership for Pensions".

    • New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the targets he has set in respect of the New Deal.

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will estimate the total advertising costs for anti-benefit fraud campaigns in financial years (a) 1997–98, (b) 1998–99,...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what checks are undertaken on benefit claimants who arrive in the UK from abroad to establish if they have been found guilty of benefit fraud...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if private fraud investigators contracted by local authorities have the same access to Department for Works and Pensions staff as in-house...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures he intends to take to combat fraudulent benefit claims from people who spend the majority of the year abroad, once compulsory...

      Cheney Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the progress of investigations into the Cheney Pension Scheme and the actions of Kevin Gordon Sykes.

      Invalid Care Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to introduce legislation to continue invalid care allowance for up to eight weeks after the death of the person being cared...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to review the level of Housing Benefit payable to under-18 year olds; and if he will make a statement.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if Jobcentre Plus offices will be set targets for reducing the number of people dependent on Incapacity Benefit.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women claiming Incapacity Benefit and its predecessors received credits only in each year from 1984.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if an Incapacity Benefit claimant taking part in the New Deal for Disabled People in a pilot area for the Social Security (Jobcentre Plus...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which categories of Incapacity Benefit recipients will be automatically exempt from work focused interviews.

      Benefit Payments (Automated Credit Transfer)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if all benefit recipients will be able to choose their frequency of payment once automated credit transfer becomes compulsory; and which...

      Benefit Payments (Automated Credit Transfer)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit recipients who did not receive their benefit via automated credit transfer when their current claim began have voluntarily...

  • Treasury

    • Independent Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received concerning the former employees of Independent Insurance; what assessment he has made of the employment rights of...

    • Scottish Transport Group Pension Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to use money paid to the Exchequer from the Scottish Transport Group pension fund to make payments to Scottish Transport Group...

      Scottish Transport Group Pension Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in what way the circumstances of the National Bus Group pension fund differ from those of the Scottish Transport Group pension fund as far as taxation of...

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact which the climate change levy has had on employment in the manufacturing sector since its introduction.

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the progress made in implementing the new IT infrastructure for HM Customs and Excise.

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of telephone calls to designated inquiry points in HM Customs and Excise were answered within 20 seconds in (a) 2000–01 and (b)...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in respect of (a) the financial year 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02 to the most recent date for which information is available, how many Customs...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will increase the number of Customs and Excise officers in the Orkney and Shetland Isles.

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Customs officers are in post at each port in the United Kingdom.

      Environmental Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much environmental taxation has been collected by the Treasury in each of the past five financial years broken down by type of tax.

      Child Pornography

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many detections of indecent or obscene material featuring children were made by Customs and Excise in 2000–01.

      Dredging

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much income has been raised by the Crown Estates from dredging licences issued in respect of dredging offshore in each of the last five years; and if he...

      Public Expenditure (Scotland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for each year since 1979, what the total sum was, in real terms, of public expenditure spent by the (a) Scottish Office, (b) Scotland Office and (c)...

      Productivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry regarding the effect on UK productivity of (a) the regulatory burden...

      Tax Revenues

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if tax revenues predicted for the current financial year are so far on target; and if he will identify specific shortfalls or surpluses.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will announce conclusions on the proposals for extended relief for business rates and VAT for businesses affected by the foot and mouth outbreak, as...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will answer the question tabled by the hon. Member for Yeovil on 20 July 2001 [ref 200].

      Self-assessment Tax Returns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the data for each month since 1 October 2000 on how many self-assessment tax returns were (a) issued, (b) received, (c) waiting to be...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will list the persons who accompanied her on her visit to Brazil from 30 July to 1 August; and what was the cost of the visit.

  • Home Department

    • Policing (Bromley) Child Curfew Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many curfew orders have been imposed on young people in the London borough of Bromley.

    • Religious Hatred

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to extend offences which involve aggravation by racial hatred to include aggravation by religious hatred; and if he will...

      Metropolitan Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many officers were serving in the Special Branch of the Metropolitan police on (a) 1 August and (b) 1 October; (2) how many police...

      Police Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his proposals for the future role of police constables.

      Police Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his proposals for the use of non-police personnel for policing tasks.

      Security Situation (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis about extra funding to cover the present security situation;...

      Closed Circuit Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what extra funds are available for the extension of CCTV programmes in (a) town centres and (b) urban areas.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Criminal Records Bureau will start operating; on what date it was planned to start operating; what the reasons are for the delay;...

      Special Constables (West Midlands)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables (a) were recruited to and (b) left the West Midlands force in each of the last five years.

      Sporting Events (Fireworks)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce legislation to make it a criminal offence for members of the crowd at sporting events to set off fireworks; and if he...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of those under antisocial behaviour orders have breached the terms of the orders since the commencement of the scheme; and if...

      Gatwick Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received from Sussex police concerning budgetary implications of additional policing requirements at...

      Hijacking (Stansted)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the passengers from the plane hijacked from Afghanistan to Stansted who were neither charged in relation to the hijacking nor are...

  • Education and Skills

    • Teacher Vacancies Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will publish the results of the telephone survey about vacancies conducted by her Department during September.

    • Early Years Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations she has received from Leicestershire about early years development funding in this financial year; and if she will make...

      Early Years Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many places were provided in early years settings for (a) three-year-olds and (b) four- year-olds; how many were taken up; and how many...

      Education Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of total spending on education in the UK is devolved to schools and colleges.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average pupil funding per head was in each local education authority in each of the last three years.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children received a statement of special educational needs in (a) Nottinghamshire and (b) England in the last year.

      School Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action is being taken to increase the level of (a) curricular and (b) extra curricular sports activities in schools.

      Emergency Contraception

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her written answer of 16 October 2001, Official Report, column 1188W, on the morning- after pill, (a) how many times school...

      Blenheim High School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the discussions that have taken place between Department officials, Surrey county council and Blenheim high...

      Teachers (Disabilities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers with disabilities have entered the profession in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      School Bus Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has for the introduction of (a) free school bus travel and (b) school busing.

      School Counselling Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance is provided for head teachers and school governors on the provision of counselling services based in schools.

      Teachers (Maintained Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of teachers in maintained schools who left their employment at a school during the course of each...

      Refurbishment Projects

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

      Departmental Properties

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

      Sixth Form Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will publish the formula used to calculate the new funding arrangement for school sixth forms in (a) Worcestershire and (b) other...

      Teacher Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will take steps to ensure that the UK upper secondary school teachers starting salary meets the OECD mean average; and if she will...

      State and Independent Schools (Shared Facilities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she has introduced to encourage the sharing of facilities between state and independent schools; and what assessment she has...

      Worcestershire Local Education Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to make special additional payments to the Worcestershire local education authority for the 2002–03 financial year.

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what extra training has been made available for teachers intending to teach one of the new vocational GCSEs.

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many post-graduate teacher training places were available in each of the years (a) 1997–98, (b) 1998–99, (c) 1999–2000...

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many trainees commenced the graduate training programme and registered training programme in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in...

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many undergraduates have started full- time teacher training courses each year since September 1998 broken down by subject.

      Asset Management Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the results of the local authority Asset Management Plans will be published.

      Special Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of pupils with special educational needs attended or are attending special schools in (a) 1995, (b) 1996, (c)1997, (d) 1998,...

      Special Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if any special schools have notified her Department that they are under immediate threat of closure.

      Teacher Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many extra full-time qualified teachers have been recruited into the profession since 1997.

      Teacher Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if the Government will provide additional financial support to Surrey county council to help it to tackle teacher shortages.

      Teacher Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teaching places in the United Kingdom are vacant.

      Teacher Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher vacancies there were in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools across the country in September.

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of children attending (a) language, (b) sports, (c) technology and (d) arts specialist schools have SEN statements.

      Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many classroom assistants are employed in primary schools in England and Wales; and what proportion have formal qualifications.

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what is the average amount of funding per student received by (a) specialist schools and (b) community schools, in the current academic year.

      Catch-up Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will publish an analysis of findings from the Government's pilot programmes of catch-up provision and summer schools; (2) what...

      Advanced Skills Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many advanced skills teachers are working in primary, secondary and special schools, or are centrally employed broken down by subject.

      Teacher Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) full and (b) part-time overseas teachers were employed in (i) primary, (ii) secondary and (iii) special schools in each of the...

      Illiteracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people are illiterate in (a) Wales and (b) England.

      Devolved Administrations

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

      Civil Servants (Retirement Age)

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

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