Written answers

Tuesday, 30 October 2001

  • Defence

    • Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of the retrospective recognition of pre-1975 military service for pension purposes.

    • Service Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the overall standard of Single Living Accommodation.

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress he has made in publicising and demonstrating assistance offered to veterans of the armed services by central and local government.

      Chinook Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list (a) by date and (b) by aircraft serial number, all incidents of uncommanded flight control movements in Chinook helicopters since 1...

      Chinook Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list each occasion on which pilots have temporarily lost control of RAF Chinook helicopters during an uncommanded flying control movement.

      Defence Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his estimate is (1) of the level of UK defence spending as a share of UK gross domestic product for each year from 1973–74 to 2002–03;...

      Sovereign Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the status of Sovereign Bases under UK law.

      Frigates and Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the predicted total number of frigates and destroyers will be in the Royal Navy after the final type 45 destroyer comes into service.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made by his Department in implementing each of the decisions of the NATO Defence Capabilities Initiative.

      Helicopter Accident (Sierra Leone)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the recent fatal helicopter accident in Kenema, Sierra Leone.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many additional appointments are to be made to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; and on what date these appointments will be made.

    • Semi-automatic Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the criteria are for the granting of a licence for a semi-automatic weapon in Northern Ireland.

      Semi-automatic Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many applications have been registered for semi-automatic weapons in the last 12 months in Northern Ireland; (2) how many licences...

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Railway Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much public money has been invested in the railway network in each of the last 10 years.

    • Thameslink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the timetable of the Thameslink investment programme will be affected by Railtrack going into administration.

      Ministerial Visit (Brazil)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was (a) the itinerary for and (b) the cost of the Minister for Housing's visit to Brazil of 4 to 8 November 2000.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what research his Department has conducted into the impact a not-for-profit Railtrack will have on rail safety,...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he made of the financial position of Railtrack before deciding to apply for an administration order.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what meetings he held with officials from the IPPR to discuss their model for a not-for-profit trust prior to his...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the Safety and Standards Directorate of Railtrack will be transferred to the new railway industry safety body.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he has received confirmation from the European Commission that his plans for Railtrack are compatible with...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if Railtrack's administrators will be permitted to dispose of non-operational assets and return the proceeds of any...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what information was given by his officials to Railtrack executives in their meeting on 3 October about his...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place in the Library (a) a copy of written statements from Railtrack substantiating its requests for extra...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when and how he informed the Strategic Rail Authority of his decision (a) to put Railtrack into railway...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received from City firms about future private investment in the national railway network...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will provide Railtrack plc with sufficient funds to complete the modernisation of train protection systems.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much private money was invested in equity share issues by Railtrack; what is the cumulative value of dividends...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent meetings he has had with the Strategic Rail Authority to discuss recent developments affecting Railtrack.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions under the new arrangements proposed for Railtrack and the railway sector, to what extent (a) train operating...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the implications for the planned improvements to the east coast main line of the...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to compensate Railtrack employees holding shares in Railtrack plc.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place in the Library the calculation supporting the statement he made on 15 October that Railtrack would...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his estimate is of the cash needs of Railtrack plc (a) between now and its next year-end and (b) for the...

      Services for Deaf People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if local authorities are obliged to adhere to a minimum standard of service provision with regard to providing...

      Services for Deaf People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to implement a London-wide translation service for deaf residents.

      Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much funding is necessary to provide the signalling and safety equipment suggested by the Cullen Inquiry into the...

      Rail Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much investment has been made in the (a) east coast main line and (b) west coast main line in each of the last 15...

      Mandatory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will introduce greater freedom for local councils to charge for mandatory services.

      Housing Stock (Borrowing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proposals he has to allow local authorities to borrow against the value of their housing stock; and if he will...

      Public Interest Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what meetings were held by officials of his Department to discuss (a) Project Ariel and (b) not-for-profit public...

      Vehicles (Pedestrian Protection Standards)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish a chronology of (a) research undertaken by and (b) proposals for pedestrian protection standards...

      Vehicles (Pedestrian Protection Standards)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what parliamentary procedure he will adopt for (a) the proposed mandatory test standards for vehicles protection for...

      Vehicles (Pedestrian Protection Standards)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when COREPER will discuss pedestrian protection standards for vehicles; what the UK objectives are at COREPER on this...

      Vehicles (Pedestrian Protection Standards)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make it his policy to adopt the highest proposed standard for pedestrian protection standards for vehicles.

      Road Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which major road schemes each highway authority has included in its full local transport plan and first annual...

      Road Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when (a) English Nature, (b) the Countryside Agency and (c) English Heritage (i) were and (ii) will be consulted on...

      Road Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if he is presented with appraisal summary tables for each of the options before deciding whether to approve a...

      Road Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the major new road schemes submitted by local authorities for funding (a) by 31 July and (b) after 31...

      Road Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the New Approach to Appraisal applies to (a) national and (b) local major road schemes which are financed by...

      Chiltern Line Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to reach a final decision on the renewal of the Chiltern line franchise; and if he will make a statement.

      Travel Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if he will include travel concessions on Isle of Wight ferries in forthcoming legislation; (2) what further...

      Pensioner Journeys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what information he has collated on the annual number of pensioner journeys (a) by train, (b) by coach, (c) by...

      10-Year Plan for Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what provision has been made for local road maintenance in the 10-Year Plan for Transport.

      Housebuilding (Hertfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received from councillors concerning housebuilding targets for Hertfordshire.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what is the target, in tonnes, of the delivery of food to Afghanistan; by what means the food is being delivered; and what obstacles...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the dietary content is of the foodstuff being delivered to Afghanistan; and who assesses it.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contribution her Department made to the World Food Programme and other agencies for famine relief and food distribution in North...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures are taken by the World Food Programme and other multilateral agencies that distribute famine relief in North Korea to...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are taken to monitor the distribution of food for famine relief by the agencies responsible in North Korea.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Terrorist Attacks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the economic impact on (a) the UK aerospace industry and (b) UK airlines of the events of 11 September.

    • Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment the Government have made of the impact of the events of 11 September on the aerospace industry; (2) what action the...

      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 regarding fireworks being stored in unlicensed...

      Regulations (Consultations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which regulations issued by her Department since 27 November 2000 have been subject to a consultation period of less than 12 weeks.

      Enterprise Insight Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will outline the steps the Enterprise Insight Campaign will take to promote enterprise.

      Small Business Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the priorities are for the Small Business Service in the coming year.

      Small Business Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much funding has been made available to companies by the Small Business Service.

      Business Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how the (a) high technology venture capital fund and (b) incubator workspace loan fund will assist business.

      Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to introduce legislation to combat age discrimination; if she will outlaw mandatory retirement ages; and what powers the...

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the impact of the climate change levy on British industry.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations she has received from industry about the effects of the climate change levy.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations she has received about the climate change levy from the engineering sector.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what representations she has received from the Association of Electricity Producers concerning energy from waste in the renewables...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she expects gasification and pyrolysis plants to be ready to operate commercially using mixed waste as a fuel.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she expects gasification and pyrolysis plants, as specified in the draft Renewables Obligation Order, to be ready to operate commercially...

      Gas Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry by what date she expects Norway will be unable to meet further UK demand for gas; and if she will make a statement.

      Utilities Working Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the members of the joint working group of her Department and Ofgem to monitor security of supply; and what its terms of...

      Aggregates Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received about the effects of the aggregates tax upon the construction industry.

      End of Life Vehicles Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list which countries in the EU have decided on the start date for the implementation of the End of Life Vehicles Directive; and if...

      End of Life Vehicles Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he plans to start implementing the end of vehicles life directive.

      Depleted Uranium Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what approval her Department has given for the import of (a) depleted uranium and (b) products containing depleted uranium, over the last 10...

      Colliery Canteen Workers (Bassetlaw)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress his Department has made in the investigation of equal pay claims made by colliery canteen workers in Bassetlaw.

      Oil Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what contingency plans she has to deal with an oil shortage.

      Late Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for each year from 1990 to 2001, what proportion of commercial payments have been late.

      Universal Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what are the latest estimates of the cost of the Universal Bank for (a) the predicted 2 million and (b) the 6 million prospective customers.

      Universal Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in establishing the Universal Bank; and which commercial banks are collaborating with the scheme and in what way.

      Export Licence Application (P.W. Allen)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will make a decision on granting export licence application 27282, submitted on 10 September, by P.W. Allen and Company, Tewkesbury.

      Employment Profile (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of the population in Lancashire were employed in the (a) manufacturing sector and (b) service sector for each of the last five...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fly Tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what change there has been in the incidence of fly tipping following the increase in the level of the landfill tax since...

    • Countryside and Rights of Way Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the regulations arising from the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 will be introduced which enable an authority to...

      BSE in Sheep (Research)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will set out the latest position on (a) the research programme and (b) current monitoring of sheep brains for evidence...

      Organic Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to ensure that the planned increase in funding for organic conversion will keep up with the projected...

      Countryside (Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to increase accessibility to the countryside for those living in inner cities.

      Energy Efficiency Week

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action her Department took in recognition of energy efficiency week.

      Edmonton Incinerator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action has been taken in respect of allegations made by the "Newsnight" programme on 3 July concerning the dioxin...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the total cost of nuclear production.

      Food Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the safety of United Kingdom produced lamb products in baby foods.

      Pure Agriculture Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many students enrolled this year as (a) undergraduates and (b) postgraduates on a pure agriculture course as in each of...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Expenditure

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

    • Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the economic state of the tourism sectors in (a) Wales, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland and (d)...

      Tate Modern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what Government funding has been given to the Tate Modern Gallery.

      Galleries and Museums (Concessionary Admissions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to encourage concessionary admission for pensioners to galleries and museums in the UK.

      TV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many reminders are sent by the TV Licensing Authority to households that are not recorded as holding licences and at what cost in...

      Lottery Bids (Stoke)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many bids to the National Heritage Lottery Fund have been received from the Stoke-on-Trent unitary authority since 1997.

      Listed Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many buildings were (a) listed and (b) delisted in each year since 1990; and how many had their listing changed (i) from Grade 1 to...

      Millennium Commission Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which projects that have been awarded a grant from the Millennium Commission specifically relate to the ethnic minority communities; and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Illegal Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with coalition partners relating to the international traffic in illegal drugs.

    • International Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with foreign Governments on international terrorism since 11 September.

      International Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the current condition of the alliance of nations engaged in the fight against terrorism.

      International Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met the Secretary-General of the United Nations to discuss the war against international terrorism; and if he will...

      International Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures to combat terrorism he has discussed with the other member states of the European Union since 11 September.

      International Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Belgium regarding the international coalition against terrorism.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with Commonwealth colleagues on the situation in Zimbabwe.

      Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on measures being taken by his Department to ensure greater peace and security in Africa.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the latest developments in the middle east peace process.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on policy towards establishing a stable Government in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his recent discussions with Lakhdar Brahimi, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contacts were maintained by his Department with the Taliban regime in Afghanistan prior to 11 September.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with representatives of the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan; what assessment he has...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that representatives of Afghan women's organisations are involved in the discussions about the...

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his policy on national missile defence.

      Barcelona Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take to promote the Barcelona process following the events of 11 September.

      World Cup 2002

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what help his Department will give the England football team in Korea and Japan for the World cup 2002.

      Pakistan (Visas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what provision he has made for visa applications to be submitted in Pakistan and neighbouring countries affected by the military...

      International Criminal Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in ratifying the statutes establishing the International Criminal Court.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he has taken following the recent bombings in Bahrel Ghazal in Sudan; and if he will make a statement.

      Albania

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

      Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the current situation in Angola.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many discussions he has had with representatives of the Government of Pakistan since June.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Pakistan on restoring elected democratic government.

      Nice Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made by member states of the European Union in ratifying the Nice treaty.

      European Foreign and Security Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on national Parliament scrutiny of European common foreign and security policy.

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his estimate is of the number of (a) Serbs and (b) Kosovo Albanians killed in Kosovo since 1 January.

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when exhumation will begin at the Suva Reka mass grave site; and what indication he has as to the ethnic identity of the bodies...

      Entry Clearance (Bombay)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the case of Jayeshkumar Jethalal Javia, Bombay case ref: R/01/7052.

      Entry Clearance (Bombay)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress of the case of Sajanji Jivaji Odedra, Bombay ref: R/99/224–5-6; and when the...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what activities Her Majesty's Government have been involved with in Colombia in the last six months; and if he will make a statement.

      Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) representations he has received and (b) discussions he has held with the Government of Australia concerning their...

      Commonwealth Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what ministerial contacts there have been since 1997 with Commonwealth countries suspended from membership.

      Diego Garcia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what arrangements the US has made with the UK Government over their use of Diego Garcia; what British forces are stationed on...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Racial Hatred

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many people have been (a) charged and (b) convicted for incitement to racial hatred in each year for which figures are available.

  • Prime Minister

    • Prime Minister's Powers

      To ask the Prime Minister further to his reply of 15 October 2001, Official Report, columns 818–19W, on the Prime Minister's powers, if he will list the 50 specific references in statute to...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he has had with President Bush on the use of cluster bombs by coalition forces in Afghanistan; and what restrictions were agreed on their use.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will consult President Bush on initiating talks with the Government of Iraq concerning the Taliban and Osama bin Laden.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what, for each month of (a) 1998, (b) 1999, (c) 2000 and (d) 2001 to date, was the total number of Afghanistan nationals who have (i) applied...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers in Spelthorne borough are funded by the Government.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional provision is being made available for asylum-seeker women who are HIV positive, who are not able to breastfeed their...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people he estimates are resident in this country on the basis of (a) indefinite leave to remain, (b) exceptional leave to remain...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recent representations the national asylum support service has received in relation to management and support services at Landmark...

      Criminal Injuries (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were awaiting an award decision at the end of each quarter; what was the average time it took to process an award; how many...

      Yarls Wood Immigration Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people are employed at Yarls Wood immigration detention centre, broken down by (a) contractors employed by outside firms, (b)...

      Immigration Snatch Squads

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations his Department has received about the proposed operation of immigration snatch squads; what assessment he has made of...

      Islamic Fundamentalists

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received from France concerning the activities of Islamic fundamentalist extremists in the United Kingdom with...

      Mr. Aril Tuysug

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the administrative handling of the case of Mr. Aril Tuysug of north-east Bedfordshire, with particular...

      Language Analysis Pilot

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will make an authorisation under section 19D of the Race Relations Act 1976 on a language analysis pilot.

  • Education and Skills

    • Unqualified Teachers (Maintained Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of unqualified teachers in maintained schools in each of the last five years.

    • Teachers (Age Profile)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of teachers in work are due to retire in the next (a) five years, (b) 10 years and (c) 15 years.

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many complaints have been received about the Individual Learning Accounts scheme.

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has of the cost of the abuse of the operation of the Individual Learning Account scheme; and if she will make a statement.

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many complaints had been received in relation to the operation of Individual Learning Accounts (a) before 31 July and (b) at the latest...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what allegations of criminal conduct have been received by her Department in relation to the operation of individual learning accounts.

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many complaints about the Individual Learning Accounts scheme have been upheld when investigated by an external body.

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what controls her Department put in place at the commencement of operation of the Individual Learning Account scheme; how the scheme was...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to order an inquiry into alleged abuse of the operation of the individual learning accounts scheme; and if she will make...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what evidence she has that the Individual Learning Account scheme was being abused by offering low value, poor quality learning; and if she...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to discover the extent of the abuse of the operation of the Individual Learning Account scheme; and if she will...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on what date she was first informed of complaints concerning the operation of the individual learning account; and what action she took at...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if arrests have been made in relation to the operation of individual learning accounts; and if she will make a statement.

      Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many employed classroom assistants worked in schools in England and Wales (a) at the latest available date, (b) in 1996 and (c) in 1997.

      Teacher Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the scope and content is of the research project she is commissioning into the reasons why teachers are leaving the profession.

      Ofsted

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many former employees of local authorities transferred to Ofsted on 1 September; how many of those who transferred are (a) women and (b)...

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers there were in training in each year since 1 May 1997.

      Teachers (East Yorkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what provision she will make to ensure the recruitment of 600 new teachers in the East Riding of Yorkshire; and if she will make a statement.

      Specialist Status

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what average length of time it takes schools to raise the necessary sponsorship to gain specialist status.

      Literacy and Numeracy Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what inquiries her Department is undertaking into the premature disclosure of literacy and numeracy test results in September; and if she...

      New Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what guidance she proposes to issue on determining the need for the creation of new schools; (2) what guidelines she plans to give to...

      Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list for (a) 1997–98, (b) 1998–99, (c) 1999–2000 and (d) 2000–01 each fund stream for which (i) primary...

      Surplus Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will abolish the surplus places rule.

  • Treasury

    • Retirement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of (a) private sector employees and (b) all employees are due to retire in the next (i) five, (ii) 10 and (iii) 15 years.

    • Community Sports Clubs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to HM Treasury of giving charitable status to community sports clubs.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library the terms of reference of the Mott MacDonald study of PFI; when he expects it to reach its conclusions; and if he will make...

      VAT Payers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many taxable persons were registered for VAT in each of the financial years since the introduction of VAT in 1972 (a) in total and (b) broken down into...

      Customs' Estate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the current estimate is of (a) the completion date and (b) the final cost of the (i) Southampton Rationalisation, (ii) Dorset House and (iii) Glasgow...

      Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many smugglers' vehicles were (a) seized and (b) restored to their owners by HM Customs and Excise in (i) 2000–01 and (ii) 2001–02 to the...

      Partnerships UK

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage stake in Partnerships UK has been sold to private investors; and how much has been raised by the sale of shares to date.

      Landfill Tax Credit Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the HM Treasury review of the landfill tax credit scheme will be completed; and if he will make a statement.

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps are taken to ensure that parents do not enrol their children in nursery on a temporary basis in order to claim working families tax credit.

      Tax Revenue (Football)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate how much tax revenue was generated from football in the last 12 months.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when his Department was involved in the discussions between Railtrack and the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions after 1 July on...

      Brownfield Sites

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the uptake has been of the advance payable tax credit for clearing and developing brownfield sites; and if he will make a statement.

      Manufacturing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement on the impact of business tax and regulation upon the profitability of British manufacturing; (2) if he will make a...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Northavon of 9 August regarding a lorry belonging to Westfield International Transport seized by...

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage share of (a) UK gross domestic product and (b) the total to be raised by the climate change levy, the UK engineering industry will...

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessments he has made of the costs of the climate change levy to British industry.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was raised from the engineering industry by the climate change levy in the first six months of its operation.

      Aggregates Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide an estimate of the revenues the Government will receive from the aggregates tax in the current financial year.

      Aggregates Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an estimate of the revenues the Government will receive from the aggregates tax in the next financial year.

      Aggregates Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the impact of the aggregates tax upon the construction industry.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in the Morley and Rothwell constituency are benefiting from the minimum wage.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people employed in the agricultural sector have benefited from the introduction of the national minimum wage; (2) how many (a) men and (b)...

      Manufacturing Sector Redundancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many redundancies there were in the manufacturing sector in (a) Wales, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) the UK as a whole in each year since 1997.

      GDP

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of gross domestic product was generated by the (a) manufacturing sector and (b) service sector in each of the last five years.

      GDP

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list, in descending order, the GDP per head of each (a) county council, (b) unitary and (c) metropolitan area by (i) actual amount and (ii)...

      Manufacturing and Service Sectors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the population was employed in the (a) manufacturing sector and (b) service sector for each of the last five years.

      Job Losses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many jobs were lost in the (a) tourism, (b) agriculture, (c) fishing and (d) defence-related industries in Devon and Cornwall in the last 12 months for...

      Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what national allowance he will make for unreturned census forms; and how this allowance will be calculated; (2) if he will list Government and...

      Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the reasons for changes in the percentage of households that failed to return Census forms in the last 10 years.

      Commercial Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will investigate the role of collections units of the commercial banks, with particular reference to their policies towards pensioners and those soon...

      Exchange Rate Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his exchange rate policy.

      Motoring

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to ensure that taxes on motor fuel cover the congestion and environmental costs of motoring.

      EC Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to Article 9 of the Council Decision on the system of the European Communities' own resources on 29 September 2000, what his interpretation...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what work his Department has undertaken to assess progress on meeting his five economic tests; which independent economists have been invited to contribute...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish assessments made by the Treasury since 1997 of the economic consequences of UK membership of the euro.

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the reasons for the United Kingdom not joining the euro.

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if it is his policy to publish an assessment of the consequences for UK fiscal policy of (a) joining and (b) preparing to join the euro, in advance of a...

      Bank of England/FSA Joint Committee

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Joint Treasury/Bank of England/FSA Standing Committee met in 2001; who the Treasury representative on the Committee was; what the titles are of the...

      Financial Stability

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Financial Stability Forum met in 2001; who were the Treasury representatives; what issues were raised at the forum; and if he will make a statement.

      Liberalisation of Trade in Services Committee

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from the Liberalisation of Trade in Services Committee in the last 12 months.

      Electronic Communications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made towards delivering all of his Department's services electronically by 2005; and what services are provided online by HM Treasury...

      Productivity Gap

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the latest trends in the productivity gap in terms of GDP per worker between the UK and the US.

      Savings Ratio

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of the UK's savings ratio on the imbalances in the UK economy between consumption spending and internationally...

      Growth Competitiveness Index

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the reasons for Britain's changed position between 2000 and 2001 in the growth competitiveness index published by the World...

      Pension Policies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his written answer of 23 October 2001, Official Report, column 203W, on pensions policies, if he has asked Lord Penrose to investigate.

      Labour Force Survey

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the latest trends in Labour Force Survey unemployment; and how he expects these trends to develop in the next two quarters.

      Income Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide a breakdown of the percentage real terms increase in disposable income for the lowest earning quintile in each year since 1992.

      Departmental Budgets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the amount by which budgets were over or under spent in each financial year since May 1997 in the (a) Department for Education and...

      Departmental Budgets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide a breakdown of budget underspend so far in the current financial year in (a) the Department of Health, (b) the Department for Education...

  • Work and Pensions

    • State Earnings-Related Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter from his Department to those people who will be unaffected by the changes in inherited...

    • Benefit Repayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what powers exist to recover benefits paid to those ineligible to receive such benefits by reason of (a) fraud and (b) mistake.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of United Kingdom citizens have a National Insurance number.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures the Government will take to prevent an increase in the level of child poverty in areas not subject to Government targets.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what reason was given to him by the Social Security Advisory Committee for its decision not to enforce the Social Security (Jobcentre Plus...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what further assistance the Government plan to give to those who cannot work owing to disability, health problems, caring duties and...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Civil Service Pension Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what are the approved additional voluntary contribution providers under the Civil Service Pension Scheme; how many outstanding contracts there are with each...

  • Health

    • Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to reform the Mental Health Act 1983; and if he will make a statement.

    • Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase recruitment of mental health professionals in London.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much money the Government have spent on the Mind Out for Mental Health campaign; and what steps have been taken; (2) how many of those with a...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the success of guardianship under section 7 of the Mental Health Act 1983; and if he will make a statement.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if the transfer of maternity services from Hemel Hempstead hospital to Watford will be temporary; (2) if he will make a statement on the transfer...

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the full cost is of providing a hearing aid.

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many child deaths have been notified under Part 8 reviews under the "Working Together" Guidance under the Children Act 1989 in which domestic violence...

      Beta Interferon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his written answer of 15 October 2001, Official Report, columns 1027–28W, on beta interferon, what estimate he has made of the annual...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in England have been waiting more than (a) six, (b) 12, (c) 18 and (d) 24 months for an (i) out-patient and (ii) in-patient appointment...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) ambulances, (b) paramedics and (c) ambulance medical technicians there were in Sussex in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reason ambulance services in Hampshire are to be reorganised; (2) how many organisations in the Hampshire health economy favoured...

      Anthrax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he has concerning the possible continuing incidence of anthrax at the former Thanet Isolation (Haine) hospital; and if he will make a...

      NHS Boards (Disabilities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the chairs and non-executive directors of NHS boards have a disability.

      NHS Appointments Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the names of the chair and members of the new Independent NHS Appointments Commission and indicate how they were (a) selected and (b)...

      Endometriosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cases of endometriosis have been treated within the Dorset health authority in the last 12 months; (2) how many cases of endometriosis the...

      Private Sector Concordat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what has been (a) the total cost to the NHS of treatment under the concordat with the private sector, (b) the average cost of treatment per patient and...

      Private Sector Concordat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact on delayed discharges in acute hospitals of treatment under the concordat with the private sector.

      Private Sector Concordat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been treated under the concordat with the private sector since its implementation.

      Bed Blocking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the extent of bed blocking in each health authority and trust at the most recent available date; what was the basis on which the social services...

      Blood Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has received from the National Blood Service of the effect on the number of blood donors of testing for vCJD; and what plans he has to...

  • House of Lords

    • Freedom of Information Act Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the timetable for the training of Ministers and civil servants to give effect to the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and by whom is such training to be...

    • Judicial Appointments Annual Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to publish the third Judicial Appointments Annual Report.

      Court Service Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to begin the quinquennial review of the Court Service.

      Medical Records: Subject Access

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to keep under review the fee for individuals to gain access to their medical records under the Data Protection Act 1998.

      Convicted Prisoners: Change of Plea

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their policy on reviewing the convictions of prisoners who change their pleas from guilty to not-guilty after their conviction.

      Asylum: Language Analysis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will make an authorisation under Section 19D of the Race Relations Act 1976 on a language analysis pilot.

      Armed Conflict

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Question by Lord Strathclyde (H.L. Deb., col. 283) and the reply by Lord Williams of Mostyn (H.L. Deb., col. 286) on 8 October, whether it is...

      Development Strategies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action is being taken to ensure that development strategies will not be disrupted following the World Bank's recent economic assessment that the September 11...

      Kuwaiti Missing Files

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the latest information on the whereabouts and well-being of Kuwaiti and other prisoners of war still unaccounted for by Iraq; and what recent initiatives...

      Joint Strike Fighter Contract

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in the selection of the prime contractor for the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the joint strike fighter programme.

      Aviation Security

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have consulted the United States Federal Aviation Authority as to further measures to be taken to deter hijackers; and, if so, with what results.

      Scotland's Railway

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What importance they place on the linking of the reopening of the Stirling Alloa Dunfermline railway with the creation of a European ferry terminal at Rosyth; and...

      Scotland's Railway

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, with particular reference to Longannet Power Station, it is a perverse incentive that a railway re-opening project which reduces freight train mileage is...

      Pedestrian Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any estimate has been made of the percentage reduction in pedestrian deaths and serious injuries that would have occurred if the requirement set out by the...

      Railtrack Land Holdings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the names, locations and approximate areas of land holdings of over five hectares adjacent to or connecting to railway lines owned on 7 October by (a)...

      Railtrack Land Holdings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that no lands owned by Railtrack plc or Railtrack Group on 7 October are disposed of for non-transport purposes without consultation with...

      Strategic Rail Authority Contracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 16 October (WA 90), in respect of each consultancy contract valued at over £50,000 for work...

      People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consult the Advertising Standards Agency with a view to helping it to combat the activities of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals...

      Early Literacy Support Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in view of alleged flaws in the early literacy strategy, the scheme will be withdrawn.

      Early Learning Framework: Montessori Qualifications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions have taken place with the Montessori schools prior to the active consideration, referred to by Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 22 October (H.L.,...

      AS-level Examinations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What modifications have been made to AS-level courses and examinations for the current year.

      AS-level Examinations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What advice has been given to schools and to students who will be taking AS-levels in the current year.

      Abandoned Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many vehicles are abandoned in the United Kingdom each year; and what is the net cost of disposing of them.

      Livestock Diseases: Insurance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether or not they are still considering requiring farmers to insure against future outbreaks of animal disease.

      Edmonton Incinerator: Dioxin Content of Ash

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action has been taken in respect of allegations made by the Newsnight programme on 3 July 2001 concerning the dioxin content of ash used for construction from...

      Universal Banking Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are proposing to restrict the number of people who can access the universal bank.

      Universal Banking Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the original estimated cost of setting up the universal bank; and what was the original estimated running cost of the scheme per year.

      Palace of Westminster: Works of Art

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Who is the legal owner of works of art and other artefacts in the Palace of Westminster; and who would be able to decide to sell any such articles.

      Social Exclusion Unit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the Social Exclusion Unit in ensuring that the joined-up problems of social exclusion receive a joined-up...

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