Written answers

Thursday, 1 November 2001

  • Defence

    • Devolved Administrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is with regard to (a) Ministers And (b) officials in his Department giving evidence to (i) Scottish Parliament, (ii) Welsh Assembly and...

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on bringing forward the programme for the new aircraft carriers.

      Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what action his Department is taking to ensure sub-contracting work for the alternative ships logistics to be built on the Rivers Tyne and Clyde is...

      Technology Readiness and Risk Assessment Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the development of the Technology Readiness and Risk Assessment Programme; and if he will place a copy of an unclassified...

      Type 45 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions the Government have undertaken with the United States regarding the possible use of type 45 frigates as part of the USA's plan to...

      Light Armoured Vehicle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the need for a light armoured vehicle for the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Swift Sword II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if units have adequate fresh rations for the purposes of Swift Sword II; and if he will make a statement.

      Future Carrier Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will make a down select decision on the Future Carrier Programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effects of the use of cluster bombs in Afghanistan; and how many of these have been used in the conflict.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent estimate is of the cost to the United Kingdom of the military action in Afghanistan; what estimate he has made of the weekly cost to...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what modifications are required to be made to British helicopters in order to enable them to undertake operations in Afghan air space.

      Hawk Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on the sale of Hawk aircraft to India; when he expects contracts to be signed; what other medium to long-term prospects he...

      Hawk Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration he has given to advancing an order for Hawk 127s as part of the RAF's Military Flying Training System.

      Body Armour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much Kevlar is stocked by British manufacturers of body armour; where Kevlar is manufactured; and if he will make a statement.

      Body Armour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the tendering companies for body armour are British-based.

      Body Armour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if body armour can be constructed of materials other than Kevlar.

      Body Armour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many suits of body armour are on order by his Department; and what estimate he has made of the need for body armour in view of land operations in...

      Body Armour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what tenders are open for the supply of body armour; when they will be concluded; and how many companies he expects to tender.

      Eurofighter Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how he will provide the cockpit training environment needed to train pilots for the Eurofighter Typhoon.

      FADEC System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was (a) the mean time between failure rate of the FADEC system on the Chinook Mk2 in its first year of operational service and (b) the target figure...

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on (a) the reasons for and (b) the circumstances relating to the departure of the deputy head of the Ministry of Defence Police.

      Combat Effectiveness Gender Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Combat Effectiveness Gender Study will be published.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the number of staff employed by his Department by region and nation of the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what biological or biologically derived samples have been supplied by the Defence and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down to (a) USA, (b) France, (c)...

      Batch Two Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the costings are for the Romanian acquisition of the two ex-Royal Navy 22 Batch Two frigates; how much the reactivation, refits training and...

      Cluster Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to recommend a ban on the manufacture of cluster bombs by UK companies.

  • International Development

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she will answer the question tabled by the hon. Member for Yeovil on 20 July [ref. 422].

    • Cheap Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations (a) her Department made to the Department of Trade and Industry and (b) she will make to the WTO Summit on...

      Devolved Administrations

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

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will urge the WTO to commit itself to achieving the international development targets at the next round of WTO negotiations.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proposal the United Kingdom Government plans to make at the next multilateral round of WTO negotiations to ensure that it is a...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on food security in southern Sudan for the next six months.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans she has to visit southern Sudan.

  • Education and Skills

    • Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many companies have registered to be learning providers under the Individual Learning Account scheme.

    • Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her estimate is of the proportion of state secondary schools which will be specialist schools by the end of 2003; and if she will make...

      Post-16 Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what arrangements have been made to ensure that schools with post-16 students do not lose income as a result of the Learning and Skills...

      Energy Efficiency Week

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action her Department took in recognition of Energy Efficiency Week.

      Communities Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department plans to take to ensure community access is maximised in respect of wired up communities projects.

      School Performance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what percentage of students achieved five A to C grades at GCSE in each local education authority in England in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001;...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the changes which have taken place within the export credit guarantee arrangements in the last four years.

    • Energy Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her Department's submission to the performance and innovation unit's review of future energy needs.

      Fixed Term Contracts Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her policy on implementation of the EU fixed term contracts directive.

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action her Department is taking to reduce the pay gap between men and women.

      Universities and Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to encourage co-operation between universities and the business community.

      Sole Trader Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what help she makes available for a person who wishes to start a business as a sole trader.

      Anti-discrimination Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will introduce anti-discrimination legislation required by the EU directives.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent assessment she has made of the miners' compensation scheme.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of miners' compensation claimants have received interim payments.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the progress being made in processing miners' compensation claims.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many retired coal miners in each of the last five years died before industrial illness compensation was paid to them.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what further action she is taking to promote renewable energy.

      Competitiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures she is taking to ensure the future competitiveness of British manufacturing industry.

      Glas Cymru

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the potential of Glas Cymru to be a model for social enterprise.

      Textile Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assistance her Department is giving the textile sector.

      Competitiveness (North-West)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action her Department has taken to support the regional economic competitiveness of the north-west after 11 September.

      Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many sub-post offices have closed since April.

      Small Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what support she gives to small businesses.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures the Government have taken to expand broadband cabling at competitive rates in Wales.

      Rural Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has for improving the rural post office network.

      Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what additional measures she plans to take to assist manufacturing industry.

      Embedded Generation Working Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the function of the Embedded Generation Working Group is.

      Biological Weapon Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she has taken to ensure that pharmaceutical companies in the United Kingdom are not engaged in the production of biological weapons.

      Newspaper Distribution Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what recent representations she has received on restrictive agreements in the newspaper distribution industry; and if she will make a...

      Multinational Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with her EU counterparts regarding the mandatory use of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and...

      Trade Trends

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the trends are in the export and import of goods in the current year; and if she will make a statement.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action her Department took in recognition of Energy Efficiency Week.

      Registered Designs Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she will propose an amendment to the law to provide a definition of "Royal Family" for the purposes of Section 1(1)(c) of Schedule A1...

      Electricity Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make an announcement on the Government's response to Ofgem's reports, 'The New Electricity Trading Arrangements-Review of the...

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the number of cases dismissed by employment tribunals on the grounds that they were scandalous, frivolous or...

      Icelandic Trawlermen (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims under the Icelandic Trawlerman's Compensation Scheme have not been processed due to claimants sailing on Icelandic water...

      Aggregates Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) benefits and (b) costs to the construction industry are of the aggregates tax.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the occasions on which guidance has been given to Railtrack by Ministers or statutory bodies at...

    • Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he had meetings with the Chairman of Railtrack between 25 July and 5 October.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of the level of reserves the successor to Railtrack will require to support a BBB credit rating.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the total amounts paid by Railtrack to (a) directors and (b) shareholders were in each year since privatisation.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had with (a) Moodys, (b) S & P, and (c) other credit rating agencies concerning Railtrack...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he plans to seek parliamentary approval for a voted loan to Railtrack plc in administration.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will ensure the separation of the safety regulation from the ownership of the rail network following the...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what meetings his Department has held with financial institutions since the Railtrack administration announcement.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions with which institutions holding Railtrack bonds his Department has held discussions since the administration order;...

      Rail Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what is the most recent guidance he has given to the Strategic Rail Authority on the 10 year plan target for rail...

      Rail Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he informed the Strategic Rail Authority of his Department's discussions with (a) passenger rail franchisees and...

      Rail Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the first special purpose vehicle for investment in the rail infrastructure will be in operation.

      Rail Safety (Vehicle Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what safety improvements have been suggested by Railtrack and the Highways Agency following the incidences of...

      M5 (Junction 10)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to announce a decision on implementing two-way access to the M5 at junction 10; and if he will make a...

      Heathrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on Heathrow Terminal 5.

      Heathrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will announce the Government's decision on Terminal 5.

      Heathrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had with the aviation industry regarding the safety of residents living under flight paths...

      Pollution (Aircraft)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to reduce environmental pollution from aeroplanes and aircraft fuels.

      Stingray

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what targets have been set by the Government for cutting evasion of vehicle excise duty from the introduction of the...

      Stingray

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the Stingray system is to be used throughout the country.

      Stingray

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the estimated cost is of implementing the Stingray system in (a) Scotland and (b) the rest of the UK.

      Stingray

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what savings he estimates will arise from the introduction of the Stingray system.

      Stingray

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the estimated cost is of the advertising campaign for the introduction of the Stingray system.

      Stingray

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans the Government have to monitor the effectiveness of the Stingray system; and if he will make a statement.

      Stingray

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the estimated running costs are for the Stingray system.

      Airport Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much of the £1.67 million allocated for research into methods for improving transport security has been...

      Vehicles (Pedestrian Protection)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what expert advice he has received on the conclusions of the German Federal Research Organisation BaST on the...

      Vehicles (Pedestrian Protection)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what expert advice he has received on the conclusions by the Dutch Ministry of Transport on the option by the EU for...

      Vehicles (Pedestrian Protection)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the draft negotiated agreement on vehicles designed for greater pedestrian protection will permit manufacturers to...

      Departmental Policies (Northampton, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Northampton, South...

      Planning Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the planning applications for housing development in Northampton on greenfield sites (a) which he has...

      Planning Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many planning decisions he has called in since 7 June; and when he will determine them.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the contracts awarded to (a) AEA Technology and (b) Amey Vectra Ltd. by his Department and its...

      New Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to require all new homes to be built equipped with (a) fire alarms and (b) sprinkler systems.

      New Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to require all new homes to be built as homes for life.

      Housing Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proportion of housing development has been undertaken on brownfield land since the Government adopted the 60 per...

      Leicester Mayor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects a referendum to be held regarding the election of a Mayor for Leicester.

      Overhead Powerlines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will introduce a moratorium on the erection of overhead powerlines (a) in general and (b) near houses in rural...

      Road Schemes (East Anglia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment his Department has carried out of public opinion on (a) the building of a new motorway between the...

      Road Schemes (East Anglia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the recommendation by its advisory body regarding proposals for a new motorway from...

      Domestic Sprinkler Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent estimate he has made of the value of domestic sprinkler systems in preventing deaths and injuries arising...

      Aviation Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the Government's action to support the aviation industry and communities dependent on...

      Community Transport Services (Fuel Duty Rebate)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will publish plans for extending fuel duty rebate to a wider range of community transport services; and what...

      Cycle Carriage (Railways)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if the level of cycle carriage on trains of a minimum of six cycles is specified in railway franchise...

      Affordable Housing (Key Workers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to grant local authorities greater powers to specify quotas of affordable housing for key workers;...

      Bed-and-breakfast Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many children in local authority care were placed in bed-and- breakfast accommodation alone in the last year,...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Chief Crown Prosecutors

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many and what percentage of chief Crown prosecutors are (a) black, (b) Asian and (c) women.

    • Treasury Solicitors Panel

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many members of the Treasury Solicitors Panel are (a) black, (b) Asian and (c) women.

      Bar Council Complaints Committee

      To ask the Solicitor-General what assessment she has made of the handling of complaints submitted to the Bar Council Complaints Committee; what redress she intends to put in place for those who...

  • Treasury

    • EC Prospectus Directive

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the impact which the proposed EC Prospectus Directive will have on (a) the listing cost of small and medium size...

    • Company Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has held with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry regarding the European Commission's proposals for a single consolidated...

      Company Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he supports the European Commission's plans for a consolidated EU company tax base announced in Brussels on 23 October.

      Company Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the need for further EU-level reforms of company taxation to achieve the economic goals established at the Lisbon European...

      Company Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the European Commission's proposals for the introduction of a consolidated company tax base across the EU would be introduced by qualified majority voting.

      Company Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of the variation in effective company tax rates across the EU.

      Company Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a breakdown of the effective company tax burden in each EU state.

      Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what forecasts he has made on the level of investment into the UK over the next three years.

      Double Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has held with European finance ministers regarding proposals for changes to EU-wide double taxation.

      Former Nationalised Industries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement regarding shareholding for employees in former nationalised industries.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate how much the climate change levy will cost British industry in the first year of its operation.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what provision is made for Railtrack in the 2000–01 Government budget.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what revision he has made to his public expenditure provision for Railtrack in 2000–01, following the decision to put the company into administration.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much of the planned £30 billion public investment in the railway industry in the 10-Year-Plan is in the budget for the next three years; and how...

      Registered Designs Regulations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason it was necessary to include the provisions of section 1(i)(c) of schedule A1 of the Registered Designs Regulations 2001.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • International Swimming Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what stadiums there are in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) London capable of holding international swimming events under the...

    • World Cup 2002

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to introduce a deregulation order to allow more flexible liquor licensing during the football World Cup Finals in 2002.

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what stocks of (a) antiques, (b) paintings and (c) fine wines are held by her Department; if she will list such assets sold over the...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list those regulatory impact assessments published during the latest six-month period.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Foxhunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Masters of Foxhounds Association about the restarting of foxhunting.

    • Institute for Animal Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will list the places of origin of cattle tested in error during the recent work undertaken by the Institute for...

      Arable Agrimoney

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received from the First Minister for Scotland, about the payment of arable agrimoney; and...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the Council for the Protection of Rural England's report on the handling of the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the independent inquiries into the foot and mouth outbreak will make recommendations.

      Veterinary Medicines Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what has been the outcome of the Quinquennial and Better Quality Services Reviews of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate.

  • Scotland

    • Prestwick Air Traffic Control Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she has had with representatives from the National Air Traffic Services about the effects of the downturn in air travel on the...

    • Boundary Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when the Boundary Commission for Scotland will release its initial report.

  • Prime Minister

    • Standards in Public Life

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister on what criteria salaries of particular special advisers are decided.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will give the reasons for the decision of the prison service in Northern Ireland to withdraw the royal prefix from letter headings of H.M....

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the export of a water purification unit to Uruguay for ultimate end-use in the Democratic...

    • Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to (a) the Rwandan Government and (b) the Ugandan Government concerning their...

      EU Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the (a) forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for November and (b) major European Union...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent killings of Christians in Pakistan.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Pakistani Government with regard to human rights abuses against Christians.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Sudan regarding the bombing of Bahr al Ghazal in southern Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to meet John Garang, leader of the SPLA in Sudan; and if he will make a statement.

      Diamond Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made with the establishment of a global certification scheme for rough diamonds.

      North Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made with the (a) Sudanese IGAD peace process and (b) Egypt-Libya initiative.

      UN World Conference Against Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what financial contribution he made to the preparation and running of the UN World Conference against Racism; and if he will...

      Biological Weapons Protocol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the draft text of the biological weapons protocol; and if he will make a...

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice he is offering to schools who have arranged visits for pupils to Egypt and neighbouring countries.

      European Single Sky Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of excluding Gibraltar from the European single sky agreement.

      Sierra Leone

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

      Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans have been made by (a) his Department and (b) institutions involved in the preparations for Holocaust Memorial Day 2002.

  • Health

    • Care Home Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will (a) list the groups consulted on the drafting of care home standards; (b) publish the representations he received from those consulted, (c)...

    • Winter Pressures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what additional resources he plans to provide to (a) Worcestershire county council and (b) Worcestershire health authority to relieve winter pressures and...

      Hospital Beds (Worcestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the number of beds inappropriately occupied in (a) acute hospitals and (b) community hospitals in Worcestershire;...

      Pharmacies (NHSnet)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to connect pharmacies to NHSnet.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff vacancies there are in the mental health sector of the NHS (a) nationally and (b) in each region.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women-only mental health day centres (a) have been established and (b) are planned to be established (i) in the current financial year, (ii) in...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the work of the Anam Cara mental health crisis house in Birmingham; and if he will make a statement on the efficacy of such...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many out of area crisis mental health admissions which are not clinically indicated have taken place in each month of 2001 to date.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what local reviews of mental health services (a) have so far taken place and (b) are proposed in the current financial year.

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 22 October 2001, Official Report, column 28W, on continuing care, if he will set out for each of the last five years (a) the...

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if health authorities are required to comply with the judgment of Coughlan v. North Devon health authority before coming to a decision on eligibility...

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements health authorities are required to put in place for the provision of independent advice for patients in NHS beds when they are asked to...

      In-patient Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list in (a) rank and (b) alphabetical order of health authority, the proportion of patients waiting a year or more for in-patient treatment (i)...

      Suicides (Mentally Ill People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in reducing the suicide rate among severely mentally ill people since 1997.

      Maternity Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average cost to the NHS of deliveries in (a) midwife-led maternity units and (b) acute units.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in achieving maximum target wait times of one month from diagnosis to treatment for breast cancer by 2001; and to what stage...

      Private Sector Concordat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of patients treated under the concordat with the private sector are at state retirement age.

      Private Sector Concordat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessments he has made of future activity levels under the concordat with the private sector.

      Nottingham Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the additional resources required to bring the Nottingham health authority up to 100 per cent. of its weighted capitation in...

      Community Mental Health Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many additional community mental health staff (a) have been employed and (b) will be employed in the current financial year

      Mental Health (Prisoners)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prisoners with serious mental illness (a) have left prison and (b) will leave prison in the current financial year without (i) a care plan and...

      Mental Health (Prisoners)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of prisoners with severe mental illness are in receipt of treatment.

      NHS Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the change in the NHS deflator measure of cost increases for each of the last 10 years; what the annual increase in the retail...

      Health Services (Somerset and Dorset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to establish a new, unified health authority for Somerset and Dorset; what plans he has to site the headquarters of the new health...

      NHS Funding Mechanisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has commissioned into alternative funding mechanisms for the national health service; if he will publish this research; and if he will...

      Surgical Procedures (Cost)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research his Department has undertaken into the relative cost differences between surgical procedures carried out in the public and private...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many asylum-seeking children were supported under (a) section 17 and (b) section 20 of the Children's Act 1989 in the year to June 2001; (2)...

      Beta Interferon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 17 October 2001, Official Report, column 1240W, on beta interferon (No. 7427), what assessment he has made of the cost of beta...

      Knee Replacement Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the average waiting times in each English hospital trust for knee replacement operations in each of the last three years.

      Operation Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been waiting for (a) in-patient and (b) out-patient operations for each reporting period over the last 20 years; what proportion of...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Interview (Travelling Expenses)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on his Department's policy towards recompensing interviewees for their travelling expenses.

    • Social Security Expenditure (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much money was paid in benefits, pensions and other associated services in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK during the (i) 2001–02...

      Departmental Properties

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

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will estimate the number of staff employed by his Department by region and nation of the UK; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total amount of spending by his Department was in each nation and region of the UK, in the last year for which figures are available;...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of those leaving the New Deal for Lone Parents left to enter (a) jobs lasting less than 13 weeks, (b) sustained jobs and (c)...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many persons (a) were eligible and (b) entered the New Deal for the Long-Term Unemployed under the early entry provisions in each year...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of those entering (a) the environmental task force option and (b) the voluntary sector option in the New Deal for young people...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discretionary payments can be made from the Advisers Discretionary Fund; and if he will make a statement.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of (a) personal advisers and (b) senior advisers in the new deal for young people are members of an ethnic minority, broken...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many personal advisers in the new deal for young people have left in each year since its inception; how many of these have left as a result...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average cost per place on each of the four options in the new deal for young people in the last 12 months was.

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of women who in 2001 will reach the age of 60 years after the qualifying week for Winter Fuel Payment...

      Civil Servants (Retirement Age)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if his Department can invite staff to remain in post beyond the normal retirement age; and what is the final age at which such staff must retire.

      Stakeholder Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Northavon (Mr. Webb), on 26 October 2001, Official Report, column 438W, on stakeholder pensions,...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who are working and claiming benefits fraudulently.

      Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on investigation into the Warwick Group Pension Scheme, the Debenholt Pension and Life Assurance Scheme and the...

      Pensions (Employees)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many full-time employees (a) were in occupational pension schemes and (b) subscribed to personal pensions in each of the last five years.

  • Home Department

    • Hawalla Banking System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the potential misuse by terrorists of the Hawalla banking system; and if he will make a statement.

    • Terrorist Threat

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of measures taken to counter the terrorist threat to Government buildings in Westminster...

      Security Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what further measures he plans to take to regulate the security industry.

      Overseas PhD Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many overseas PhD students in science disciplines are in the UK on work permits.

      Child Curfew Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many child curfew orders have been issued in the Greater London area in the last 12 months under the provisions of the Crime and Disorder...

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to improve the pay and conditions of Metropolitan police civilian security staff at the Houses of Parliament; and if he...

      Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 23 October 2001, Official Report, column 213W, whether targets for rehabilitation are published for each prison;...

      Data Retention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the John Horrocks data retention report commissioned by his Department will be published.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many speed cameras there are, broken down by county at the most recent date available; and what percentage in each case are operational.

      Community Against Drugs Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the extent of consultation on the Community Against Drugs initiative.

      Crime and Disorder Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have been made of racially aggravated offences under Part II of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

      Race Relations Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have been made by the police under section 70 of the Race Relations Act 1976 in respect of material or actions likely...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unaccompanied minors who are classified as asylum seekers are under the protection of local authorities; and if he will make a statement.

      Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans have been made by (a) his Department and (b) institutions involved in the preparations for Holocaust Memorial Day 2002; and if he...

      Probation Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many probation officers there were in England and Wales at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Childhood Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent assessment he has made of the physical and mental health of men and women in prison who have suffered childhood abuse; (2)...

      Media Briefings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions since 10 June his Department gave briefings to the national media on announcements before their formal release; and if...

      Prison Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the present level of the prison population; and if it is his policy to increase this further.

      Police Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list for each local authority area in London (a) police establishment as of 31 March 1993, (b) police establishment as of 31 March...

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many care homes have been investigated since 1997 in the historical abuse investigations in each police authority area; (2) what...

      Cannabis Plantations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many legal cannabis plantations there are in the UK; and what plans there are to increase this number.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Morganatic Marriages

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make it her policy to introduce legislation further amending the Regency Act 1937, and to amend the Royal Marriages...

    • Community Legal Service Funding

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what plans he has to change the way applications for exceptional Community Legal Service funding are handled; and if he will make...

  • House of Lords

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Exports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there have been any recent exports of military listed equipment for end-use in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    • Northern Ireland: Terrorist-related Murders

      asked her Majesty's Government: How many terrorist-related murders had not been dealt with by the courts on 31 August 1994; how many court cases have been brought as a result of those murders;...

      Northern Ireland: Terrorist-related Murders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many terrorist related murders have taken place each year since 1995; how many court cases have been brought as a result; and how many convictions have been made.

      Northern Ireland: Baton Rounds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the proposal in the report of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council, cited by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in its call...

      Omagh Bombing Inquiry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In view of the current moves against international terrorism, what representations they have made to the Government of the Irish Republic concerning the handing...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: Freedom of Speech

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps have been taken by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to ensure free speech following the recent murder of a journalist.

      Committee on Standards in Public Life

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any new member has been appointed to the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

      Human Rights Act 1988

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor of 14 September (WA 38), whether they consider that the Human Rights Act 1998 will be sufficiently bedded down...

      Magistrates' Courts Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to publish the annual report of the Chief Inspector of the Magistrates' Courts Service.

      Exceptional Community Legal Service Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to change the way applications for exceptional Community Legal Service funding are handled.

      Road Policing and Traffic

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When HM Inspectorate of Constabulary will follow up its Road Policing and Traffic Inspection Report 1998.

      Police Officers: Retirement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many man-years of service are currently unavailable due to police officers taking early retirement; and what are the comparable figures for 1996 and 1991.

      Police Officers: Retirement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many man-years of service would be gained by the police service in England and Wales if the normal retirement age was 60 instead of after 30 years' service.

      IRA and the FARC in Colombia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have had discussions with the United States Government about the implications for international terrorism of co-operation between the IRA in Northern...

      European Union: Forthcoming Council Business

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for November, and what are the major European Union events for the period between 31 December...

      Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many written communications they have received since 1 July asking: (a) for the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill to be introduced in the current...

      Genetic Tests in Insurance: Moratorium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Secretary of State for Health's support for a moratorium on the use of genetic tests in insurance is for a voluntarily based or legally enforceable system.

      Patient Information and Data Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps have been taken to ensure the continuity of provision by the National Health Service of information useful in epidemiological and pharmaceutical...

      Patient Information and Data Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What research is being carried out or funded by the National Health Service into the development of health information, with particular regard to the production of...

      Salisbury/Yeovil Railway Line

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 16 October (WA 89) about the railway line between Salisbury and Yeovil, whether they consider single...

      Road Projects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For all new road projects costing over £50 million, what are the location, the anticipated cost, the date of public inquiry, the actual or planned date of...

      Damaged Lights on Traffic Islands

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What data they have on the time taken to replace damaged lights on traffic islands; and whether the time taken has increased.

      Physical Agents Directives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which businesses, by category, besides farming and forestry, would be affected by the proposed physical agents directive.

      Physical Agents Directives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the likely financial implications for the agriculture, quarrying and road haulage industries of the proposed physical agents directive.

      Physical Agents Directives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What will be the likely implications for national and local government of the proposed physical agents directive.

      Physical Agents Directives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What will be the likely implications for the utilities industries of the proposed physical agents directive.

      Physical Agents Directives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consultations have taken place with business likely to be affected by the proposed physical agents directive.

      Veterinary Medicines Directorate

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the outcome of the quinquennial and better quality services reviews of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate.

      Historic Environment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the recommendations of the report The Power of Place published by the Historic Environment Review Steering Group in December 2000.

      Constitution Hill: Memorial Gates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether work to erect gates on Constitution Hill is being carried out by night; if not, why not; and when the work will be completed and full traffic flow restored.

      Public Order Act: Incitement to Racial Hatred

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been in England and Wales for incitement to racial hatred in each year since the Public Order Act 1986...

      House of Lords: Management and Services

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What progress has been made with regard to the report by the Steering Group on Management and Services.

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