Written answers

Friday, 2 November 2001

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the average cost to the police of applying for an antisocial behaviour order.

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) for what reason no statement was made at Home Office questions on 22 October in respect of the under-reporting of antisocial behaviour...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on plans to change the status of plain-clothed police officers to uniformed officers; and if he will make a statement.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have (a) retired and (b) joined since 1997 in (i) east Sussex and (ii) the Senlac division.

      Islamic Fundamentalists

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to review the criminal law relating to common purpose with reference to the issues of (a) terrorism and (b) the activities...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will outline the type approval process for speed cameras and publish the operational guidance he has given to the police to avoid...

      CCTV (Northamptonshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the impact of CCTV on the level of crime in Northampton.

      Car Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance has been issued to police who stop people who are using a hand-held mobile phone when driving.

      Crime Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason the goal to increase by 100,000 the number of recorded crimes for which an offender is brought to justice has not been met;...

      Crime Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to make changes to the definition of "brought to justice" for the purposes of departmental targets; and what factors will...

      Foreign Armed Forces (UK Citizens)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what statutory powers govern the rights of UK citizens to serve with foreign armed forces; (2) what statutory powers he has to take...

      Police Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the level of support within ACPO for his police reform programme, with particular reference to...

  • House of Commons

    • Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) when the Commission (a) decided and (b) announced that a Commissioner for Standards would...

    • Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commissioner will seek the views of the Commissioner for Public Appointments on the...

      Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, when the advertisement for the post of Commissioner for Standards will be published; and if he...

      Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, when the Commission (a) decided and (b) told the Commissioner for Standards that she would be...

      Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, when, and by what means, the former Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards was consulted...

      House of Commons Commission

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will make available to hon. Members the (a) agendas and (b) minutes of proceedings of the...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Religious Broadcasting (Digital Licences)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his policy is on the renewal of Premier Christian Radio's analogue licence and its replacement by a digital licence.

    • Departmental Spending (Deprived Areas)

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

      Energy Efficiency Week

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action her Department took in recognition of Energy Efficiency Week.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many publications were issued by her Department in each of the last four years.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with Fakhdar Brahimi, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Afghanistan, regarding the...

    • Third World Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans the Government have to reduce third world debt; and what information she has collated on those of other European Union...

      Summer Recess (Departmental Publications)

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

  • Northern Ireland

    • Security Normalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the direct costs are of the security normalisation measures he announced on 24 October.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Drainage Systems

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the policy of the Duchy of Lancaster is towards drainage works on tenanted agricultural land where those works are the responsibility of the landlord; and if...

    • Drainage Systems

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the budget of the Duchy of Lancaster is in respect of the maintenance, repair and replacement of drainage systems on Duchy agricultural land.

      Better Regulation Task Force

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he last met the Chairman of the Better Regulation Task Force.

      Deregulation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to (a) reduce and (b) limit the number of regulations affecting industry.

      Cabinet Office Refurbishment

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the improvements being carried out to accommodate him at the Cabinet Office indicating the cost of each item of improvement; and when he expects...

  • Trade and Industry

    • UK Gas Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent action the Government have taken to address concerns about the UK gas market; and if she will make a statement.

    • Mineshafts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Minister of State intends to meet with parliamentary colleagues to discuss the Government's response to the Herriot-Watt report on...

      Microsoft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she has taken to review the implications of (a) US and (b) EU competition policy rulings for Microsoft's operations in the UK, with...

      Car Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the cost of purchasing vehicles in (a) the UK and (b) the rest of Europe; what recent measures have been...

      Sunset Clauses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her policy is in respect of the use of sunset clauses in legislation.

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what the estimated cost to British businesses is of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive; (2) what assessment she...

      Ineos Chlor Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received regarding the future of the Ineos Chlor Chemicals plant in Runcorn; and if she will make a statement.

      Ineos Chlor Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her policy is towards granting Government assistance to the Ineos Chlor Chemicals group; and if she will make a statement.

      Electricity Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information she has collated on the proportion of electricity supply met by (a) nuclear power, (b) coal-fired generation, (c) gas-fired...

      Better Regulation Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she last met the chairman of the better regulation task force.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the holding answer of 22 October, ref: 2001/664, when the hon. Member for Walsall, North will receive a substantive reply to his...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what checks are carried out by the Health and Safety Executive prior to the (a) registration and (b) licensing of premises for the storage of...

  • Defence

    • Defence Procurement Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to merge the Defence Procurement Agency and the Defence Logistics Organisation; and if he will make a statement.

    • Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions the Government have undertaken with NATO member states about the integration of NATO missile defence research with US plans to deploy a...

      Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Government are intending to participate in the US's expressed plan to develop a missile defence to protect the US and its allies.

      Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Government's policy is on the development of a ballistic missile defence shield.

      Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what joint US-UK research projects are under development in support of the US missile defence plans; and if he will place an unclassified list of the...

      Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) US and (b) UK policy on missile defence has changed since 11 September.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many enemy lock-ons have been detected by British aircraft over Afghan airspace.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what stocks of cluster bombs are held by UK armed forces in the Afghan theatre of conflict.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost is of Exercise Saif Sareea II; how much the Government have spent in total in its operations against Afghanistan and Osama bin Laden;...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy not (a) to authorise and (b) to condone the use of cluster bombs in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria are used to settle targets for bombing in Afghanistan; what definition of fixed military target is used; how many fixed military targets...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what safeguards will be put in place to protect (a) UK and other military personnel and (b) civilians from hazardous residues from depleted uranium in...

      US Domestic Preparedness Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 24 October 2001, Official Report, column 242W, on the US Domestic Preparedness Programme, what aspects of US homeland security...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the overall expenditure by his Department in consultancy fees was in the financial years (a) 2000–01, (b) 1999–2000, (c) 1998–99,...

      Tracer Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on the Tracer programme to date; and what further expenditure is planned to the end of the programme.

      HMNB Clyde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress is being made on the contractorisation of his Department's civilians at HMNB Clyde; and what the time scale is for the change.

      Challenger II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the manufacture of ammunition for the Challenger II main battle tank.

      Disinfectants and Repellents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if disinfectants and repellents for use by HM forces in hot climates are hazardous to health; and to what extent the instructions for their use are clear...

      HMS Ocean

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when HMS Ocean came into service; how long her refit is scheduled to take; and when she will return to service.

      Golden Jubilee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans Her Majesty's Government have made for the armed forces to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty's reign; and if it is proposed to...

      Golden Jubilee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is to be the cost of issuing the Queen's Jubilee Medal to members of the armed forces with five years service; what the cost of issuing the medal to...

      Scottish Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what plans exist to house Scottish regiments in Scotland; (2) where the Scottish regiments are stationed; and where their postings will be in the...

      Defence Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what defence contracts are placed in Scotland; what is their total value; with what firms they have been placed; what is the value to each firm; and what...

      Defence Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the defence agencies, the location of each of their headquarters, the staff totals of each, the numbers of each of their staffs in...

      Defence Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the defence agencies that have trading status.

      Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the vaccinations available to service personnel as protection against chemical and biological warfare have been (a) tested and (b) improved since the...

      Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if UK military personnel involved in the conflict in Afghanistan will be obliged to be vaccinated against exposure to chemical and biological warfare.

  • Treasury

    • Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of married or cohabiting couples with children where neither partner is a higher rate taxpayer whose combined taxable income...

    • Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to improve the reliability of the conventions, assumptions and sampling methods used to calculate the (a) direct and (b) indirect tax...

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what considerations underlay the policy of the FSA and the Treasury on informing Equitable Life insurance policy holders on the sufficiency of funds within...

      National Insurance Contribution Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the average length of time taken by the contracted- out employment group of the National Insurance Contribution Office to provide figures for...

      Colorectal Cancers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths there were in (a) absolute numbers and (b) per capita of the whole population; and what the five year survival rate was of sufferers of...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the proposed date for a referendum on euro entry.

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to undertake a review of the operation of individual learning accounts to ensure that the introduction of the child trust fund or saving...

      Energy Efficiency Week

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action his Department took in recognition of Energy Efficiency Week.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many publications were issued by his Department in each of the last four years.

      Departmental Targets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish details of each Department's performance against its public service agreement targets.

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) in the first year that child trust funds are available, if he will state his target for (a) the total number of people who will take advantage of a...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether there are members of the Council of Economic Advisers on contracts that are (a) permanent, (b) temporary and (c) secondments.

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the yield of inheritance tax in each of the last four years.

      Deceased Persons (Estates)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many cases, in each of the last four years, the proceeds of the estates of deceased persons reverted to the Inland Revenue.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Bassetlaw have received working families tax credit and child credit to date.

      Service Delivery Agreements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to revise the targets contained in the service delivery agreements published in autumn 2000.

      Civil Marriages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to change the law relating to civil registration of marriages to permit reference to parents of the bride or groom to include mothers.

      Secondees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list secondees in his Department from the private sector to (a) the Inland Revenue, (b) the Office of Government Commerce and (c) Customs and Excise.

      Training Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce a tax credit for training.

      Payroll Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement on the progress of the Carter report into payroll services; (2) what plans he has to reduce the costs to business...

      Offshore Rigs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action he intends to take following the ruling in the case of Joseph Lavery v. Ian MacLeod (HMIT) relating to the foreign earnings deduction status of...

      Barnett Formula

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which areas of new comparable expenditure have been applied to Scotland under the Barnett formula and when, since 1979; and what has been the annual impact...

      Bio-fuel Incentives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to introduce fiscal incentives to encourage the use of bio-fuel to meet the EU target for 2005.

      Graduate Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what was the average post-tax income of full-time employed (a) graduates and (b) non graduates aged (i) 18, (ii) 22, (iii) 30, (iv) 40, (v) 50 and...

  • Health

    • Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the priorities of the Council for the Regulation of Healthcare Professionals relating to the harmonisation of regulatory...

    • Haemophilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to combact the shortage of recombinant clotting factors that are provided to haemophiliac patients.

      Nursing and Residential Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nursing and residential care (a) homes and (b) beds have closed in South Tyneside in each year since 1997.

      Nuchal Translucency Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the availability of nuchal translucency scans.

      Communicable Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if consultants in communicable disease control will work for (a) primary care trusts and (b) strategic health authorities.

      Social Work Recruitment (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Executive of the National Assembly for Wales regarding social worker recruitment and retention; and if he will make a...

      Bed Blocking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 16 October 2001, Official Report, column 1122W, on bed blocking, how many NHS hospital beds were subject to bed blocking by...

      Nursing Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what powers health authorities have to ensure that payments to nursing home owners in respect of assessed nursing care needs are passed on in full to the...

      NHS Staff (Pay)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the average rise in the pay of NHS staff for each year since 1996–97; and if he will make a statement.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Department of Health in Northern Ireland about the initiative to reduce waiting lists through the funding of...

      E112 Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has made to review the E112 regulations to ensure that they operate transparently and objectively.

      Treatment Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has made to monitor the quality of care for United Kingdom patients going abroad to receive NHS treatment; (2) how long it will take...

      Treatment Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what definition he uses for an unreasonable period of delay for treatment within the NHS, as phrased in the European Court of Justice ruling on treatment...

      Smallpox

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans have been made to vaccinate the United Kingdom population against smallpox; and if he will make a statement.

  • Education and Skills

    • Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 30 October 2001, Official Report, column 619W, on individual learning accounts, when she first ordered (a) an...

    • Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of specialist schools selected pupils by aptitude in each of the last five years.

      Student Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what further response to the sixth report from the Select Committee on Education and Employment she plans to publish on the Government's...

      Student Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will publish the (a) terms of reference, (b) names of participating groups or individuals and (c) the time scale of the proposed...

      AS-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many AS-level exam scripts were not formally marked by the examining boards this year; what percentage this is of the total number of...

      Civil Defence Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what new civil defence guidance has been issued to schools since 11 September.

      Language Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what are the (a) name, (b) local education authority, (c) character, (d) date of designation, (e) agreed targets for each year within the...

      Social Exclusion (Young People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made on implementing the recommendations of the social exclusion report on young people.

      School Organisation Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the impact her proposal to extend the power of the learning and skills councils to put forward...

      Cost of Living (Students)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment she has made on the cost of living for students in the United Kingdom; and if she will make a statement.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her targets are for participation in (a) higher education and (b) first degree courses for each year to 2010.

      Sure Start (Northamptonshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much Sure Start money has been allocated to the Northampton, South constituency.

      Special Measures (Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools were put under special measures in each of the past five years; how many were put under special measures for longer than...

      Departmental Spending (Deprived Areas)

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

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what changes have been made to the funding of individual sixth forms by the Learning and Skills Council, (a) excluding pure indexation and...

      Departmental Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will estimate the total annual running costs for buildings used, owned or rented by her Department for each nation and region of the...

  • Wales

    • Education Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of recent education policy changes in Wales relating to the publication of levels of attainment in schools.

    • Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the total value of (a) subsidies and (b) other payments made out of public funds was in each of the past five years to (i) farming and (ii) the steel...

      Welsh Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Prime Minister on devolving further powers to the Welsh Assembly.

      St. David's Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to assist the declaration of St. David's Day as a public holiday in Wales.

      Departmental Promotions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent on information literature, advertising and campaign material in the financial years (a) 1995–96, (b) 1996–97, (c)...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Judicial Staff

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many and what percentage of (a) High Court judges, (b) district judges, (c) magistrates, (d) recorders and (e) adjudicators...

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Hackney Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions his Department has had with Hackney borough council concerning the administrative failings of the...

    • Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if the proposed cap on the Government loan facility to the company limited by guarantee proposed as a successor...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish the minutes of the meeting between executives of Railtrack and his officials on 3 October.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when Ernst and Young LLP was given a letter of instruction from his Department about the prospective Railway...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish the supporting evidence in relation to Railtrack's railway administration order required by rule...

      Airport Car Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what regulatory approval has been sought by BAA to impose a public transport levy on users of car parks at its...

      Rail Transport Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the (a) contracts and (b) meetings between Ernst and Young LLP and his Department in relation to rail...

      Energy Efficiency Week

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what action his Department took in recognition of Energy Efficiency Week.

      TransPennine Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the new TransPennine franchise will include investment in new trains.

      Bifuel Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to reclassify bifuel vehicles representing a manufacturer's standard option, according to their...

      Vehicle Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what progress has been made in reducing the use of vehicles with non-flexible fronts.

      Jo Moore

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what records have been kept of conversations between Ministers and Ms Jo Moore since 11 September; (2) what...

      Jo Moore

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions who authorised the interview with Sky News given by Ms Jo Moore on 16 October.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will set out the process that would be followed in his Department if (a) a member of staff other than a special...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if a personal reprimand from the Secretary of State is a formal part of the disciplinary procedure applying to...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what changes he has made to the selection criteria for special advisers in his Department since 9 October.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • The Gambia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the presidential election held in The Gambia on 18 October; and if he will make a statement on...

    • UK/China Human Rights Dialogue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will make a statement regarding the objectives and criteria for evaluation of the UK/China human rights dialogue.

      UK/China Human Rights Dialogue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what issues the Government intends to raise with China regarding Tibet in the UK/China dialogue on 19 November.

      Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance has been offered to the Republic of Georgia to further the inquiries into the enriched uranium seized by...

      Immigration (Ministerial Intervention)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions Ministers have intervened in immigration cases to overturn a decision by an ECO; and at which posts.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens were living in Zimbabwe on 1 September.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make provision for Zimbabwean farmers who have had their land removed from them, and have been forced to leave their...

      Yugoslavia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent changes have been made to export controls in place against the Former Republic of Yugoslavia.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what access to consular services is available to British citizens serving with the Taliban.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the recent flooding in mid and north Essex, indicating what help the Government propose to...

    • Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on (a) flood defence in England and Wales and (b) how managed retreat will affect Somerset.

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total expenditure in England and Wales on flood defence has been for each financial year since 1990; and what the...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact the catchment abstraction management strategy proposed by the Environment Agency...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications for council tax payers in north Yorkshire of proposed Government expenditure...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the economic and flood defence benefits of sustainable urban drainage.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many DEFRA personnel (a) are working for all or most of the time in south Cumbria and (b) are based there.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will review the case for sending only locally based DEFRA personnel and vehicles to farms in south Cumbria; and if she...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many contractors have waited in excess of three months for payments due to them for work carried out on foot and mouth...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will grant greater autonomy to DEFRA officials dealing with foot and mouth outbreaks and livestock movements in south...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs since 7 June how many holdings in Cumbria have had animals slaughtered because of foot and mouth disease, broken down by (a)...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures her Department is putting in place to promote energy efficiency.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the joint public statement made on 30 July by the French and German Agriculture Ministers on...

      European Water Framework Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the implications in England and Wales of the European Water Framework Directive;...

      Dogs (Byelaw Applications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy to allow local authorities to determine byelaws banning dogs from public places without...

      Biomass Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance and opportunities exist for farmers to diversify their land use towards growing crops for the production of...

      London Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department has taken to monitor the safety of waste disposed of by London Waste; and if she will make a...

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to introduce tougher controls on emissions from existing municipal incinerators; and if she will make a...

      Scrapie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the total number of sheep in the national flock possessing the genotype susceptible...

      Scrapie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures her Department is implementing to eradicate scrapie from the national sheep flock; and if she will list the...

      Scrapie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department has taken to establish a scheme for the valuation of sheep flocks and the payment of compensation...

      Beef

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the potential for recovery in the beef export market; and if she will calculate the...

      British Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers she has to remove the (a) Chief Executive and (b) Chair of the British Waterways Board from their positions.

      Agrimonetary Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the Government will draw down the latest available amount of EU agrimonetary compensation for UK arable farmers.

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much CHP capacity has been put out of service since the new electricity trading arrangements commenced.

      Pesticides Safety 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 Pesticides Safety Directorate.

      New Forest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals she has to introduce legislation requiring the proposed New Forest National Park Authority to use its powers...

      Urban Bus Challenge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will announce the results of the Urban Bus Challenge Competition.

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