Written answers

Monday, 29 October 2001

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Rail Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which schemes will be completed within the period of the 10-Year Plan for rail; and if he will make a statement on...

    • A449

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the A449 in Worcestershire will cease to be a trunk road; and if he will make a statement.

      Electoral Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if he will publish a list of submissions by local authorities to participate in electoral pilot schemes in...

      Car Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of the effects of implementing EEVC-WG17 on (a) child and (b) adult pedestrian casualties...

      Belfast/London Air Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will ensure that there is continuity of service throughout the day between Belfast International and London...

      Regional Air Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what action has been taken by his Department to introduce Public Service Obligation protection for the slots used for...

      Regional Air Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the White Paper for UK Aviation will include proposals for at least one new runway at (a) Heathrow and (b) Gatwick...

      Neighbourhood Renewal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions who the representative of the Scottish Executive is on the National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what evidence his Department has received concerning the link between speed cameras on roads and improved road...

      National Air Traffic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if it is his policy that National Air Traffic Services operated at Manchester will be moved to Atlantic House,...

      Coastguard Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many representations the Government have received from (a) individuals in the coastguard service and (b) others...

      Coastguard Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps the Government will take to maintain a comprehensive coastguard service for south-east Scotland.

      Channel Tunnel Rail Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the latest estimate is of the cost of building the next phase of the channel tunnel rail link between Ebbsfleet...

      Station Refurbishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what funding will be made available from the Government for the planned improvements to Bexhill and Cooden...

      GoVia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the impact of the recent Railtrack developments on the timetable and content of...

      Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will ask Lord Cullen to review his recommendations set out in "The Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry, Part 2" report...

      Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he informed Lord Cullen of the possibility of Railtrack being placed in railway administration and being replaced...

      Transport Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how he intends to deliver the planned private investment in the railway set out in the 10-year transport plan.

      Stingray Camera System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what has been the total cost of the Stingray camera system for combating vehicles excise duty evasion.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much land owned by English Partnerships designated for affordable housing units has been sold without a...

      Pedestrian Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the organisations consulted by his Department in the recent consultation on pedestrian protection;...

      Vehicle Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of the additional manufacturing costs for each vehicle if all new cars were to meet the...

      East-west Transport Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 15 October 2001, Official Report, column 892W, on east-west transport links, if the London...

      Empty Homes (East Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many empty homes there are in east Sussex broken down by sector.

      Rail Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many wheeltappers were employed by the railway industry in (a) 1990 and (b) 2000.

      European Single Sky Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what criteria were assessed when deciding to sign the European Single Sky Agreement; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Tenants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in what way (a) new and (b) existing social tenants will have greater choice over their housing in the choice-based...

      Housing Construction Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many new housing construction programmes since 1997 have built houses on (a) brownfield sites and (b) greenfield...

      Key Worker Housing Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 19 October 2001, Official Report, column 1367–68W, what the successful bids from (a)...

      Isle of Wight (Trunk Road Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will urge the highway authorities for Portsmouth and Southampton to consult with the Isle of Wight council on...

      Light Rapid Transit Scheme (Fareham-Gosport-Portsmouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on progress with the Light Rapid Transit scheme for Fareham-Gosport-Portsmouth, with...

  • House of Commons

    • Al Jazeera Television Channel

      To ask the Chairman of the Information Select Committee if he will make arrangements for the al-Jazeera television channel to be available on television monitors in hon. Members' offices; and if...

    • Family Friendly Hours

      To ask the President of the Council what proposals he has for making the dates of parliamentary Sessions more family friendly.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the annual administration costs were in the last financial year of (a) each of the national museums and galleries sponsored by her...

    • Al-Qaeda Broadcasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the policy relating to broadcasts in the UK of statements by al-Qaeda through the al-Jazeera network.

      Galleries and Museums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much new Government investment funding was given to galleries and museums in each of the last three years.

      Film Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what public funds were provided for the production and distribution of the film "Enigma".

      Film Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funds she provides for the distribution of UK-produced films in the UK.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much she forecasts will be spent in the current year by her Department as a direct result of measures associated with the war on...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Racial Hatred

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many successful prosecutions for incitement of racial hatred there have been.

  • Wales

    • Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he has taken to offset the effect in Wales of the worldwide economic slowdown.

    • Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many secondments there were from his Department to a business in the private sector; how many secondments there have been from the private sector to...

      Departmental Account Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the measures his Department is taking to improve its record in the prompt payment of accounts, with special reference to...

  • International Development

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her policy is towards (a) the operation of non-governmental organisations in Bangladesh, (b) NGOs promoting western concepts of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Summer Recess (Departmental Publications)

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

    • British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on changes to the budget for the British Council between 1997 and 2001.

      Weapons of Mass Destruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which laws prohibit the use, production, possession and transfer of nuclear, chemical, biological and radiological materials...

      Liberalisation of Trade in Services Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from the Liberalisation of Trade in Services Committee in the last 12 months.

      "Everything but Arms"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the EU's "Everything but Arms" policy on those countries not classified as least...

      Joint Entry Clearance Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will seek a report from the British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia on the response of the Embassy in Riyadh to information...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if the pause on extradition proceedings mentioned in his statement of 24 October 2001, Official Report, columns 302–04, was at the...

    • Population Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list those enumeration districts which are in the top 5 per cent. measured by (a) reduction in population in the last 10, 20 and 30...

      Prisoner Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list those persons released from prison as a result of the Belfast Agreement, indicating for each (i) the date of release, (ii) the...

      Electoral Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with Sinn Fein on the Electoral Fraud (Northern Ireland) Bill.

      Electoral Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the results are of his quantitative survey of the scale of electoral fraud in Northern Ireland; and if he will place his report in the Library.

      Bill of Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what additional resources have been allocated to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to support the consultation process they are...

      Bill of Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how his Department intends to respond to the consultation process on a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland as it relates to proposed criminal...

  • Home Department

    • Europol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if foreign employees of Europol are immune from prosecution while on duty in the UK.

    • Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visas for temporary stays in the United Kingdom (a) were issued and (b) have expired in each year since 1997; and of the latter (i)...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how soon he would be able to bring forward legislation to legalise cannabis following a recommendation to that effect arising from...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if the Metropolitan Police intend to extend its policy on not arresting cannabis users in Lambeth to other parts of London; (2) what...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers whose applications were refused during (a) 1999 and (b) 2000 have now left the country; and what proportion this...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to introduce a system enabling the Government to monitor the whereabouts of asylum seekers who are not detained; and if he...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Civil Nuclear Installations (Security Threat)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the security threat posed by civil nuclear installations and processes as objects of terrorist attacks.

    • Small Businesses (Data Protection)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she is taking to make small businesses aware of their obligation to register the use of CCTV equipment under the Data Protection Acts.

      Small Business Service Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is a SMART award in relation to the Small Business Service; and how the 581 companies granted the award qualified for it.

      Post Offices (Scotland)

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

      Legal Action (Associated Newspapers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the cost met from public funds of the legal action taken by the previous Secretary of State, the right hon. Member for Tyneside,...

      Public Telephones (Deaf People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the difficulties faced by the deaf population with regard to the use of public telephone kiosks, with special...

      Transport and Telecoms Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the outcome was of the Transport and Telecommunications Council held in Brussels on 15 October; what the Government's stance was on each...

      First Class Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of first class mail was delivered the next day by postcode for the most recent quarter for which figures are available.

      Icelandic Trawlermen (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims for compensation for Icelandic trawlermen have been rejected; and how many remain to be decided.

      Icelandic Trawlermen (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the (a) number and (b) total amount of compensation claims paid to Icelandic trawlermen, broken down by port.

      Icelandic Trawlermen (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims for Icelandic trawlermen's compensation are not yet dealt with; and what legal advice she has received on the validity of this...

      Post Offices (Wales)

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

      Wind Turbines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she expects to receive the findings of the study which her Department is undertaking on interference to radar and navigational aid from...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the number of Employment Tribunal applicants employed by Royal Mail/Consignia in each of the last three years;...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many working days were lost through industrial action in the Post Office in each of the last 10 years.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total number of employees in the Post Office was in each the last five years.

      Euro (Business Invoices)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many British businesses invoice in euros.

      Postal Workers (Safety)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures she is taking to protect postal workers from exposure to material contaminated with biological or chemical agents.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the current security situation in Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the implications of the military action in Afghanistan for future defence policy.

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress the veterans forum has made in addressing the needs of veterans; and if he will make a statement.

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his strategic priorities as Minister for Veterans Affairs are.

      Royal Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total value is of (a) operating and (b) planned private finance initiative/public- private partnership contracts relating to the Royal Air Force.

      Operation Veritas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on Operation Veritas.

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Gurkha soldiers are serving in the British Army; and with which units.

      Army Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Army to reach its full manning strengths.

      Ethnic Minority Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures the armed forces are taking to improve recruitment in the armed services of people from minority ethnic communities.

      Exercise Saif Sareea II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British troops have taken part in Exercise Saif Sareea II.

      Exercise Saif Sareea II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what programme is in place to assess the success of Exercise Saif Sareea II.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his Russian counterpart on international terrorism.

      Macedonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his NATO counterparts on operations in Macedonia.

      A400m

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the progress of the A400M programme.

      European Security and Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about progress in implementing the European security and defence policy.

      Recruitment (Young People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has for promoting careers in the armed forces to young people.

      International Peacekeeping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the future role of British forces in international peacekeeping.

      Tactical Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in improving tactical communications for the armed forces in the last 12 months.

      Armed Services Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the manpower strength is of each of the armed services.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes have been made to procurement priorities since the strategic defence review was published.

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in the selection of the prime contractor for the engineering manufacturing development phase of the joint strike fighter...

      Service Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact on the recruitment and retention of service personnel of the standard of accommodation.

      Recruitment (Commonwealth Countries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to recruit more people from Commonwealth countries to the armed forces.

      Overseas Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will give the operational name, location and strength of all operations under way by UK armed forces overseas; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Spending (Deprived Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of the expenditure by his Department in each of the years (a) 1996–97, (b) 1997–98, (c) 1998–99, (d) 1999–2000, (e)...

      Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussion he has had with the Meat and Livestock Commission about the sourcing of meat for consumption by the armed forces from United Kingdom...

      Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much (a) beef, (b) lamb and (c) pork was purchased since 1 January 2000 for consumption by the armed forces; how much of it was sourced from the...

      Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will instruct procurement officers responsible for the supply of meat to British service personnel stationed in the Falkland Islands to buy...

      Tungsten

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the military value of tungsten as an alternative to depleted uranium.

      Sovereign Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights is applicable to servicemen serving on sovereign bases.

      Biological and Chemical Threats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of measures to detect biological and chemical threats to British forces.

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what use of depleted uranium has been authorised by his Department for use in the production of military equipment or materials of any kind within the...

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what immediate changes to armed force deployment in Northern Ireland he plans; and if he will make a statement.

      Service Complements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects each of the three Services to reach their full manning strengths.

  • Treasury

    • Payroll Services Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when Mr. Patrick Carter's review of payroll services will be completed.

    • Expenditure (Scotland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 17 October 2001, Official Report, column 1261W, how much money in real terms has been spent in Scotland on policy areas which are...

      NHS Funding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research his Department is conducting into different mechanisms for funding the national health service; and if he will make a statement.

      National Changeover Plan

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to date has been of the Government's national changeover plan.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what revenue would be forgone if full exemption from the climate change levy were applied to combined heat and power plants.

      Frozen Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what will happen to the assets that were frozen by the Government from the bank accounts under UN Resolutions 1267 (Taliban), and 1333 (Usama bin Laden).

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) for what reason it was decided to dispose of items of silver originally ordered for the Privy Council; and if he will make a statement; (2) if he...

      Health Spending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his target of increasing health spending to the EU average includes raising non-Government health spending to average EU levels.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Policy Announcements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what changes in policy relating to (a) issuing press notices and (b) making other forms of announcements he has put into effect since 11 September.

    • Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria he used to determine the pathfinder areas for the introduction of the Jobcentre Plus work- focused interviewing scheme.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what specific measures he has proposed to allow those living in rural constituencies without a jobcentre nearby access to personal advice from...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received regarding his plans to remove protective screens for Benefits Agency staff; what risk assessment has been...

      Benefits Take-up

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what date he received the 'Take-up of Income Related Benefits: Statistics for 1999–2000' report which was published on 27 September;...

      Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the financial accounts made to him by Motability Finance Ltd. for each of the last five years; and if...

      New Deal (Young People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many persons left the new deal for young people for (a) unsubsidised jobs and (b) sustained unsubsidised jobs in small and medium...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research he has undertaken to ensure that the pension credit is sufficiently easy to understand by the target market.

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the final cost of each of his Department's advertising campaigns was in 2000–01, broken down into (a) advertising media and...

      Means-tested Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent in respect of each means-tested benefit, on (a) benefit up take advertising and (b) anti-fraud advertising;...

      Benefits Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees formerly employed by the Benefits Agency have left to join the Pensions Service since its creation.

      Benefits Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what date he received the BFI report on the Benefits Agency which was published on 28 September; and what arrangements he made for the...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of (a) monetary error and (b) fraud in (i) Income Support, (ii) Jobseeker's Allowance and (iii) Housing Benefit for...

  • Prime Minister

    • White Papers

      To ask the Prime Minister on how many occasions in the last 12 months confidential final revise proof copies of white papers have been made available under embargo to (a) the Lobby and Upper...

    • Muslim Community

      To ask the Prime Minister how many times he has met representatives of the Muslim community since 11 September; and if he will make a statement.

      India

      To ask the Prime Minister when he plans to make an official visit to India.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Islamic Marriages

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will require Islamic marriages entered into by persons who are UK citizens to be registered in the UK.

    • Judges (Transport Arrangements)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what recent changes he has made to judges' transport arrangements applying to those using judges lodgings to make them more...

  • Education and Skills

    • Music Standards Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was paid to each local education authority in England from the Music Standards Fund in each year since 1999.

    • Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the official meetings between Ministers and officials in her Department and representatives of the Local Government...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will estimate the cost of the abolition of tuition fees in the 2002–03 financial year; what plans she has to review the impact...

      Anglia Polytechnic University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many applicants were accepted for a place at the Anglia Polytechnic University at the beginning of the current academic year and in each...

      School Financing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she plans to announce her proposals to introduce a new system of finance for schools; and if she will make a statement.

      University Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 22 October 2001, Official Report, columns 42–44W, on university staff, when the information was first made...

      Learning and Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of employees (a) there are, (b) were transferred from the former training and enterprise councils, (c) were...

      Education SSA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what factors will be included in the standard spending assessment formula for education in Worcestershire; if she will consult on the...

      Education SSA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what transitional arrangements she plans to make during the move to a new standard spending assessment formula for education in...

      Pupil Performance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the relative performance of year seven and year eight pupils in secondary and middle schools in the last...

      Key Stage 1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information is (a) collected by her Department and (b) published on the performance of individual schools at key stage 1; and what...

      Music Lessons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many primary pupils indicated a wish to learn a musical instrument in the last 12 months; and how many did so.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent research she has commissioned on the relationship between participation in higher education and economic performance.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when her review of the combined heat and power strategy will be published.

    • Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy to exempt combined heat and power from the climate change levy.

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many individual generators there were; what was the installed capacity of combined heat and power; and how much total...

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what further measures the Government will introduce to encourage the installation of combined heat and power to ensure...

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government's combined heat and power strategy will be published.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which councils have introduced user-friendly domestic and commercial waste recycling programmes; and what plans the...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress towards meeting the requirements of the EU directive on the recycling of household waste.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason the recycling of domestic composting is not counted when assessing local authority performance against...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on methods used for recycling industrial waste.

      Sheep Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she proposes to implement the increased sheep premium payments to the herds recommended by the European Parliament.

      Rhizomania Epidemic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contingency plans she has for (a) a rhizomania epidemic in sugar beet crops and (b) potato brown rot.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what basis municipal incineration is classified as a renewable energy source.

      Regional Advisory Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to reinstate the former MAFF regional advisory panels.

      Biomass Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many hectares of UK farmland produced biomass in the last 12 months.

      Landfill Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tonnes of (a) glass, (b) paper, (c) metals and (d) textiles which are collected for recycling were disposed of in...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what was the average length of time taken for her Department to provide substantive replies to letters from hon. Members in...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases are being investigated by her Department for (a) fraudulent claims and (b) the deliberate transmission of foot...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she is taking to ensure animal welfare in areas defined as high risk in relation to foot and mouth disease.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason further blood tests are carried out in protection zones after blood test results from the infected premises...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the (a) safety and (b) marketing in the UK of milk and meat from animals vaccinated against...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reports she has received of bovine body parts being found in the countryside on land where animals have not previously...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to promote support schemes for those affected by the foot and mouth crisis, in accordance with the twelfth...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when farmers can continue with normal farming practice after their land has been used for the incineration of livestock as...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment the Government have made of pollution of land where incineration of livestock took place as part of the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) holdings and (b) other premises in Cumbria (i) refused to give up sheep for the 3 km cull and (ii) still have...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will set out the number of payments to farmers following foot and mouth disease of (a) less than £100,000,...

      Kyoto Protocol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress towards ratification of the Kyoto Protocol.

      Quota Hopping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent action she has taken to prevent quota hopping.

      Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to improve flood defences.

      Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has held with the Environment Agency regarding measures to stop flooding of the (a) Ouse, (b) Uck and...

      Organic Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the proportion of UK agricultural land under organic production is; and what the proportion is in (a) the EU member...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her Department's responsibilities in relation to food hygiene.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's responsibilities are in relation to the environment of inner city areas.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her Department's policy towards nuclear power and the disposal of nuclear waste.

      Departmental Properties

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

      Food (Pesticide Residues)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of (a) vegetables, (b) fruit, (c) cereal products and (d) meat products available for consumption in the UK...

      Livestock Movements Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff in Worcestershire Trading Standards Department are working with her Department on issuing autumn livestock...

      Nuclear Power Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the environmental impact of nuclear power generation.

      CAP Dairy Regime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her priorities are for the next reform of the Common Agricultural Policy dairy regime.

      Farm Veterinary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the ability of farmers to afford adequate veterinary care for their animals.

      Sheep

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she is considering in relation to the traceability of sheep; and if she will make a statement.

      Sheep

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consultation she has had with the livestock auction industry in relation to the traceability of sheep; and if she will...

      Voluntary Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to improve support for the voluntary sector in rural areas. [R]

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what post-trial procedures are in place to (a) ensure destruction of the root system, (b) ensure the soil is free from GMOs,...

      Summer Recess

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) press notices and (b) consultation documents were issued by her Department during the summer recess.

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason the announcement of the results of her Department's tests into evidence for BSE in sheep has been postponed.

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the reasons for testers confusing sheep and bovine brains.

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to commission further research into sheep brains and BSE.

      Contagious Disease (Animals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what importance she attaches to traceability with regard to prevention of outbreaks of contagious disease in animals; and if...

      EU Agrimonetary Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many Scottish arable farmers have been compensated from European agrimonetary compensation.

      Hill and Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to reinstate the task forces on hill and dairy farming and the supply chain; and when she expects them to...

      Farm Worker Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the effect of the crisis in agriculture on farm workers' annual incomes.

      Nicarbazin and Dimetridazole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the Government's policy in relation to the proposals from the European Commission to remove...

      Agricultural Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were employed in the agricultural industry in a (a) paid and (b) unpaid capacity, and (i) full-time and (ii)...

      Milk Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average daily consumption of milk was in the UK in July.

      Food Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she proposes to ensure that scientists involved in public research into food safety are adequately qualified.

      Food Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will made a statement on the safety of British lamb.

      Beef Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance the Government issues to consumers wishing to avoid imported beef when it is included in products that do not...

  • Health

    • Overseas NHS Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of his Department's budget for the current financial year has been earmarked for NHS operations to be carried out overseas.

    • Hospital Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital doctors left the NHS in each of the last four years on grounds of (a) retirement, (b) early retirement, (c) ill health and (d) taking up...

      Aventis T25 Maize

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will hold an open public investigation into the health implications of the currently approved trials of Aventis T25 maize.

      Heart Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients waiting for NHS heart surgery in the west Midlands he estimates have (a) had their operations performed privately or (b) died while...

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons and at whose request his Department increased the level of fine upon conviction of a person other than a registered midwife or registered...

      Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to ensure the promotion of breastfeeding in health regions; and when he will publish the results of the study his Department is...

      Mental Illness (Employment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of those with a diagnosis of severe mental illness were in employment in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000 and (e) on the latest date...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the ethnic minority monitoring exercise in respect of mental health services announced on 24 October 2000.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on talking treatments for those with a diagnosis of severe mental illness; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) available beds and (b) staffed residential places for mentally ill people there were in each of the years since and including 1995–96,...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of calls to NHS Direct are associated with mental illness.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce a statutory right to advocacy for users of mental health services.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the money to improve wards and conditions for psychiatric patients announced on 6 April has been spent; and where and when.

      Pharmacies and Dispensing Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to support pharmacies and dispensing practices in rural areas.

      GPs (Retirement)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average age at retirement of GP principals was in each year since 1974.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 19 July 2001, Official Report, column 434W, on the private finance initiative, if he will state the average savings as a...

      Social Services Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the source is of the moneys to be allocated to social services departments through the community care services specific grant.

      Coventry and Warwickshire University Hospital Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure improvements take place in the running of Coventry and Warwickshire University Hospital Trust following the publication...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many digital hearing aids have been fitted under the NHS's pilot project on hearing services to date; (2) what change there has been to the...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent estimate his Department has made of the cost of making digital hearing aids universally available among the hard of hearing; (2) what...

      Tourette's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people under the age of 18 are diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome in the UK.

      Tourette's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what basic level of support is offered to the parents of young people with Tourette's Syndrome.

      Free Personal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Care, with specific reference to the provision of free personal care; and if...

      Overseas Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to speed up the processing of the registration of overseas nurses at Yeovil District Hospital by the United Kingdom Central...

      Health Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date he expects to meet his target of raising the share of national income spent on health in England to the average level of the other countries...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards meeting his targets of reducing waiting times to (a) a maximum of six months by the end of 2005 for in-patients and...

  • House of Lords

    • Parole

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their practice in reviewing the need to continue the imprisonment of offenders after they have served 15 years.

    • Immigration Appeals: Human Rights Claims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current position with regard to human rights representations against immigration decisions served before 2 October 2000.

      Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take measures to reinforce the United Kingdom's ability to combat money laundering and particularly terrorist financing, not only within the...

      Equal Treatment Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will introduce legislation to amend the Race Relations Act 1976 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to match the amendments to the Sex...

      Railtrack: Successor Company

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To which "certain assets" and which "certain people" the Lord Falconer of Thoroton was referring in his answer to a question on the Railtrack Statement on 15...

      London Underground: Future Investment Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the High Court decision to place Railtrack plc into administration and to replace it with a not-for-profit company with powers to raise money for...

      London Underground: Timetable for Transfer of Ownership

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When, under the terms of the Greater London Authority Act 1999, they intend to hand over ownership of London Underground Limited to Transport for London; and...

      Railtrack: Thameslink 2000 Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they will recover the £800 million paid to Railtrack to construct Thameslink 2000, which has not yet been started.

      BSE Inquiry: Government Response

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking following the recommendation in the report of the inquiry into BSE that there should be more openness in government.

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