Written answers

Wednesday, 7 November 2001

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Consulate (Punjab)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made to establish the British Consulate Office in Jallander, Punjab.

    • Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many applications for a visa to visit family members in the UK were refused in each month since 1 October 2000.

      New Partnership for African Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what financial commitments the Government have made to the New African Initiative; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghan Women (Suicides)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has (a) received and (b) made concerning the number of suicides among Afghan women.

      International Criminal Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what arrangements are being made to publicise the United Kingdom's policies on international humanitarian law, with particular...

  • Education and Skills

    • Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the proportion of total education spending on primary and secondary education delivered through (a) Education Standard...

    • Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 26 October 2001, Official Report, column 456W, on education spending, what proportion of total spending on...

      Performance-related Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total cost of performance-related pay is to date, divided between (a) payments to staff and (b) administration costs; how many...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in each local authority which retains grammar schools, what proportion of children received free school meals (a) in that local authority as...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many employees of (a) her Department and (b) agencies sponsored by her Department work in (i) London, (ii) areas benefiting from EU...

      High Quality Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how she will monitor expenditure on rewarding high quality teaching over the next three years; and if she will publish the results.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list overseas visits undertaken by Ministers in the (a) Department for Education and Employment and (b) Department for Education...

      Qualified Teacher Status

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what minimum level of qualifications is required for teachers without qualified teacher status in maintained schools.

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools have (a) opened and (b) closed sixth forms since 1997.

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many sixth forms have closed since 1997.

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people, with respect to Annexe A of her Department's press release "Recruitment to Teacher Training Hits Seven Year High" of 1...

      Computer Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many cases of computer (a) hacking, (b) fraud and (c) theft her Department recorded in (i) 2000 and (ii) 2001; and on how many occasions...

      School Governors (Reports)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will reduce the level of detail required in the annual reports produced by school governors.

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills 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 last...

      Individual Learning Accounts (Bromley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people in the borough of Bromley had individual learning accounts; how many account holders were the victims of fraud; and what...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if depleted uranium has been used by (a) US and (b) British forces in Afghanistan.

    • Service Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the pension paid is to (a) a retired Gurkha and (b) a similar ranking British ex-service man, in money terms and as a percentage; (2) if he...

      A400M Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to what extent the withdrawal by Italy from the A400M project will mean a change in contribution from the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Future Aircraft Carrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much extra funding is needed for the next phase of the UK's Future Aircraft Carrier programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Army Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the compensation he proposes to pay to (a) Army pensioners, (b) Army widows and (c) estates which have wrongly had income...

      Army Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what action he will take to identify (a) Army pensioners, (b) Army widows and (c) estates which have wrongly had income tax deducted by his Department...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria he uses to determine whether Territorial Army personnel are fit for role.

  • Treasury

    • VAT (Home Repairs)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library documents relating to studies concerning the lowering of VAT for home repairs and renovations undertaken by his Department...

    • Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in respect of offences concerning excise duties in the single market how many people were sentenced; what were the total of sentences passed, broken down by...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases of strategic exports to (a) strategic and (b) other destinations were detected by HM Customs and Excise in (i) 1999–2000, (ii)...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were searched by HM Customs and Excise officers under section 164 of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 in (a) 1999–2000, (b)...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases of exports involving breaches of UN sanctions were detected by Customs and Excise in (a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01 and (c)...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the value of revenue evasion (a) generally, (b) of customs duties and (c) of common agricultural policy export refunds, that were prevented by HM...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) people were sentenced and (b) prison sentences were passed, broken down by month and what was the total of (i) court fines and costs and (ii)...

      Terrorism (Departmental Spending)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what (a) proportion and (b) amount of all spending by Departments on the action against terrorism he forecasts will be met in the current financial...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the loss to UK pension funds of the suspension of shares in Railtrack.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he was told that a decision had been taken that Railtrack was to go into administration.

      Terrorist Finance Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what additional expenditure he plans to make to support the work of the new asset tracking unit; how many staff it will have; and when it will be operational.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) persons registered for VAT, (b) repayment traders, (c) new VAT registrations and (d) VAT deregistrations there were and what the net increase...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportions of average household expenditure were (a) taxable at the standard rate of VAT, (b) taxable at the reduced rate of VAT, (c) taxable at the...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of each of the structural reliefs for VAT in (a) 1999–2000 and (b) 2000–01; and what his estimate is of the cost of each such...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total yield of (a) value added tax and (b) excise duty in each of the last four years.

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight (Mr. Turner) of 30 October 2001, Official Report, column 625W, on the working families tax...

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what advice was given to the Financial Services Authority about the Equitable Life Assurance Society; and when the FSA was given responsibility for the...

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he approved the terms and references of the FSA review of the regulation of the Equitable Life Assurance Society.

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will instruct the Personal Investment Authority ombudsman to resume investigation of complaints from policyholders of the Equitable Life Assurance...

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons Mr. Ronnie Baird and his team have no access to documents held by Equitable Life or its advisers in preparation of the FSA report on the...

      Euro Counterfeiting

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the Pericles programme will cover euro-counterfeiting in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensions Mis-selling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy that penalties imposed by the FSA on insurance companies for mis-selling should be a charge to shareholders and not to...

      Exercise Saif Sareea

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what requests were submitted to the Treasury from the MOD for funds for equipment upgrade for desert conditions relating to exercises in Oman; and if he...

      VAT Returns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money was raised by Customs and Excises in 2000–01 from penalties imposed upon VAT-registered traders for late returns of VAT forms; and what...

      Economic Cycle

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what definition of the economic cycle he employs for the purpose of calculating the cyclically adjusted budget surplus or deficit; what his assessment is of...

      Landfill Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the 65 per cent. indicative targets for diverting landfill tax credits towards sustainable waste management are mandatory; and if he will make a statement.

      Landfill Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how the performance of organisations seeking to divert 65 per cent. of landfill tax credits towards sustainable waste management projects will be measured.

      Fuel Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the latest submission from the Road Haulage Association on fuel duty.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what impact the introduction of the climate change levy has had on the net tax paid by (a) manufacturing industry and (b) the service sector.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employees have been paying national insurance contributions in each year since 1995.

      IT Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the Information Technology contracts in excess of £500,000 let by his Department or its predecessor since April 1991, giving in each...

      Self-Assessment Forms

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money was raised by the Inland Revenue in 2000–01 from penalties imposed for late returns by taxpayers of self-assessment forms; and what is...

      Corporate Tax Harmonisation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on EU plans for the harmonisation of corporate taxes by 2005.

      Tax Credit System

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of problems that recipients of the tax credit system have in understanding the system; and what steps he will take to ensure...

      National Insurance Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the balance of the national insurance fund was (a) in total and (b) above the Government Actuary's recommended margin (i) in April 2000 and (ii) in...

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in the Inland Revenue were devoted to (a) tax evasion in general and (b) offshore and international tax evasion in each year since 1996; and...

      Bee Diseases Insurance Ltd.

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if Bee Diseases Insurance Ltd. will be exempted from levy under the Policyholders Protection Act 1975; and if he will make a statement.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what comments the Treasury made to the Remuneration Committee of the FSA on the reputation of the FSA after consultation, prior to the decision of the...

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer under what circumstances an employee of the Inland Revenue is permitted to make an inquiry about a person whose tax affairs were dealt with by another...

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer under what circumstances an Inland Revenue inquiry about a person's financial circumstances is entitled to lead to further inquiries about that person's...

      Princess Diana Memorial Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the loss recorded in the Royal Mint annual report for 2000–01 includes a sum which is owed to the Princess Diana Memorial Fund.

      Princess Diana Memorial Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what sum from the proceeds of the minting of £5 coins in 1999 in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales has been paid over to the Princess Diana Memorial Fund.

      Royal Mint

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason the Royal Mint directed banks not to accept £5 commemorative coins from their customers, but to direct customers to the Post Office.

      Social Security (Scotland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the level of social security contributions in Scotland over each of the last five years (a) in total and (b) as a percentage of the United...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to encourage compliance by the fireworks industry with the voluntary code of practice on the sale of fireworks prior...

    • Sub-Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures she is proposing to prevent more sub-post offices closing in the next 12 months.

      Universal Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on progress on the universal bank.

      Universal Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the respective responsibilities are of her Department and the Department for Work and Pensions in relation to the universal bank.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received on cross-border co-operation on broadband capacity purchasing from (a) Cumbria, (b) the Scottish Borders...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress is being made towards connection of the UK's rural communities to broadband telecommunications networks.

      3G Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the (a) Treasury and (b) Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions concerning 3G mobile...

      3G Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimates her Department has made of the increase in demand for mobile phone masts that will result from the implementation of 3G...

      Retailer Code of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to introduce a retailer code of practice; and if she will make a statement.

      Corporate Insolvency Liabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures she is taking to improve directors' awareness of their corporate insolvency liabilities.

      Energy Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has in the next edition of the Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics, to publish disaggregated data for energy consumption...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with the Governments of other countries bordering Afghanistan on the need to reopen their borders to...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance she gives to the UN to enable it to co-ordinate properly the humanitarian operation; and how she will help the UN to...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what non-governmental organisations and charities her Department supports in Sierra Leone.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list her Department's spending in Sierra Leone in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department spent on information literature, advertising and campaign material in the financial years (a) 1995–96,...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the (a) humanitarian situation and (b) situation of children in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Development Awareness

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what work has been undertaken by her Department with trade unions to promote development awareness.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Lancashire Townscapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list those industrial townscapes in Lancashire that are being considered by English Heritage for protection; and if she will...

    • Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans have been made by (a) her Department and (b) institutions involved in the preparation for Holocaust Memorial Day 2002.

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the Government's policy in relation to the switchover to digital television.

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport by what date she expects (a) Channel 5, (b) digital terrestrial TV and (c) cable TV services to be available in the High Peak constituency.

      Tourism Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the outcome of her recent meeting with senior leaders of the tourism industry.

      Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport where Sport England receives its revenue from.

      Commonwealth Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost is of the compensation for the proposed use of the Commonwealth stadium in Manchester for the world athletics championships.

      BBC Knowledge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will introduce legislative proposals to apply the provisions of section 186 of the Broadcasting Act 1990 to BBC Knowledge.

      Treasure Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will announce the outcome of the review of the Treasure Act 1996.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Security Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the security situation in Northern Ireland.

    • Security Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress the Government have made towards normalising the security environment in Northern Ireland.

      Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what has been the impact of General de Chastelain's recent report on decommissioning on the implementation of the Good Friday agreement.

      Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what arrangements he will put in place to deal with decommissioning of illegally held arms after the expiry of the de Chastelain Commission.

      Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made towards decommissioning.

      Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent measures have been taken to encourage paramilitary decommissioning in Northern Ireland.

      Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the prospects for further decommissioning of illegally held weapons.

      Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the impact of de Chastelain's recent report on decommissioning has been on the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.

      Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to extend the remit of the decommissioning body.

      Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what specific reduced security measures have been enacted in Northern Ireland in response to the IRA's decision on 23 October to decommission.

      RUC Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the Chief Constable about the future of the full-time RUC Reserve.

      Peace Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has for moving the peace process forward; and if he will make a statement.

      Peace Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he next expects to meet representatives of republican groups to discuss the peace process.

      Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the policing of groups and individuals who are not part of a ceasefire.

      Violent Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the level of violent crime in Northern Ireland.

      Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on progress with the review of the Parades Commission.

      Terrorist and Criminal Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the level of terrorist and criminal violence in Northern Ireland over the last three months.

      Paramilitaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress he has made on the disarming of paramilitaries.

      Paramilitaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidents of violence attributed to (a) republican paramilitaries and (b) loyalist paramilitaries there have been since 1 January.

      Paramilitaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the position of paramilitary organisations who are not committed to a ceasefire.

      Electoral Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he anticipates the new measures to combat electoral fraud will come into force.

      Northern Ireland Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer with regard to the funding of the Northern Ireland Executive.

      IRA Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the number of weapons remaining in the hands of the IRA.

      Organised Crime Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the organised crime taskforce in Northern Ireland.

      International Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much he forecasts will be spent in the current financial year by his Department as a direct result of measures associated with action...

      Remembrance Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if the Chief Constable of the RUC issued a directive to his officers with regard to the wearing of poppies during the annual period of...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

  • Health

    • Departmental Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the number, value and location of properties newly leased in each of the last five years by his Department, broken down by leases by the...

    • Dental Treatment (Asylum Seekers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent guidance has been issued to regional and local health authorities and trusts regarding dental treatment for asylum seekers; (2) what...

      Norwich Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS trusts have contracts with Norwich Union to provide healthcare premises; and what advice his Department has given to trusts on the marketing...

      World Health Organisation Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the Government are committed to achieving the targets set out in the World Health Organisation Charter on Transport, Environment and Health.

      Brain Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent guidance he has issued in relation to (a) the recognition of acquired brain injury and (b) the planning of rehabilitation services for...

      Brain Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce a national funding mechanism for the provision of brain injury vocational rehabilitation services.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what alternatives are being considered to HSG(94)27 for providing auspices for inquiries into deaths in the mental health services; and when they...

      Bed Blocking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria were used in determining which local authorities would receive additional social services funding to tackle the problem of bed blocking; and...

      Overseas Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he has put in place to ensure adequate after care for patients treated abroad; and what measures will be taken to ensure that a patient's GP...

      Overseas Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what basis were (a) Portsmouth, (b) East Kent and (c) West Kent and East Surrey Health Authorities selected to test the treatment of NHS patients overseas.

      Logos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of creating the new logo for the (a) Social Care Institute for Excellence, (b) General Social Care Council and (c) National Care...

      Overseas Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training overseas doctor applicants to the NHS will undergo before working on the wards.

      Germedic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contact his Department has had with Germedic Gmbh.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) care homes and (b) care home places have been lost in each health authority in each financial year since 1997.

      Allied Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether uni-professionals curriculum development and course approval for regulation purposes for allied health professions will continue to involve the...

      Chiropodists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to enable the NHS to utilise the services of non-state registered chiropodists.

  • President of the Council

    • House of Lords

      To ask the President of the Council what plans he has for MSPs to sit in a reformed House of Lords; and when he expects to announce them.

  • Prime Minister

    • Tuition Fees

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the future of tuition fees.

    • Energy Efficiency Week

      To ask the Prime Minister what action his Department took in recognition of Energy Efficiency Week.

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Prime Minister what stocks of (a) antiques, (b) paintings and (c) fine wines are held by his office; if he will list such assets sold over the last three years together with the sale...

      European Delegations

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will announce the composition of the United Kingdom Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Assembly of Western European Union.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Working Time Directive (Road Transport Sector)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of the impact of the working time directive proposals on the pay levels of haulage workers.

    • Working Time Directive (Road Transport Sector)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment has been made of the impact of the Working Time Directive on the haulage industry; and if he will...

      Working Time Directive (Road Transport Sector)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the effect of the working time directive proposals to increase night-time working...

      Vehicle Excise Duty Evasion (Stingray System)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the Stingray system for combating vehicle excise duty evasion will be introduced in Scotland.

      Air Traffic Control Centre, Prestwick

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what changes have been made to the proposed plans for the new air traffic control centre at Prestwick,...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place in the Library the terms of reference for evaluation of the PPP bids for the London Underground.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he has asked external (a) consultants and (b) organisations to evaluate the PPP bids for the London Underground...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place copies of the letters of comfort issued in relation to (a) Railtrack and (b) the London Underground...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what analyses of the impact of the discount rate on the value for money calculations on the London Underground PPP...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact on London Underground fares of financing the tube improvements planned for...

      Fire Deaths (Cigarettes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many people died in the United Kingdom in 2000 in fires caused by cigarettes.

      Flood Defences (Yorkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will increase the provision for flood defences in future SSA calculations for the East Riding of Yorkshire.

      Railway Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what progress has been made in compiling a register of the assets of the railway system infrastructure.

      Railway Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many instances there have been of trains falling between rails that have spread apart in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001.

      Private Leisure Craft (Accidents)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many accidents involving private leisure craft were caused by the consumption of alcohol in the last five years.

      Council Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many council houses for rent were held on 21 April 1991 in (a) Cannock Chase, (b) East Staffordshire, (c)...

      Council Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many council houses for rent for each of (a) Cannock Chase, (b) East Staffordshire, (c) Lichfield, (d) Newcastle...

      Building Inspectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many recent complaints he has received about the work of approved building inspectors.

      Building Inspectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the quality of work carried out by the National House Building Council as approved...

      Building Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to bring into force section 38 of the Building Act 1984; and if he will make a statement.

      Rail Services (London — North Kent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on how capacity on rail services between London and north Kent can be increased; how the...

      Private Rail Tracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will take steps to ensure that private rail tracks are marked by signs placed at the border between the public...

      Local Government (Minority Party Representation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what guidance he gives to local authorities on the proportionality of minority party representation on committees;...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to introduce a third party right of appeal against the granting of planning permission.

      Rail Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the availability of new rail rolling stock; and if he will make a statement.

      European Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 31 October 2001, Official Report, column 682W, on European railways, which TSIs are now...

      Jet-skis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to bring forward proposals to improve the safety of jet-skis in coastal waters.

      Building (Flood Plains)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many houses were built on flood plains in the last year; and what percentage this is of the total number of...

      Building (Flood Plains)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of how many houses will be built on flood plains in the next (a) two, (b) five and (c) 10 years.

      Railway Stations (Disabled Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what action he is taking to ensure that adequate disabled access is being provided at railway stations in order to...

      Port Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he has completed his review of the policing of ports; and if he will make a statement.

      Commercial Floor Space

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proportion of UK commercial floor space is provided by buildings which are (a) larger than 1,000 square metres,...

      Container Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on demand for container port capacity in the United Kingdom.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fly Tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the level of fly tipping in the countryside; and if she will make a statement.

    • Live Bovine (Ear Tag)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evidence she has received of a slaughter team in Yorkshire cutting off the ear of a live bovine in order to get an ear tag.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will use the veterinary laboratories at Stormont for foot and mouth blood testing as a supplement to Pirbright;...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government have to assist small farms following the foot and mouth outbreak.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her most recent assessment is of the impact of foot and mouth disease on the economy of rural Northumberland and its...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations her Department has received in favour of treating the north of Northumberland as a foot and mouth...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many of the cases of FMD in sheep in Wales were diagnosed on the basis of clinical symptoms alone; and how many were...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations the Government have received about a public inquiry into the handling of the foot and mouth disease outbreak.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of recent research into the relationship between the number of animals slaughtered...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many individual payments have been made to farmers following foot and mouth disease of (a) £1,000,000 to...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many infected premises were identified in Powys in the foot and mouth outbreak. [R]

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many contiguous culls were started more than 48 hours after samples had been collected from infected animals on the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers the three inquiries into foot and mouth have to compel (a) Ministers and (b) officials to give evidence.

      Light Lambs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many lighter lambs the Government plan to buy in 2001.

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to ensure that incineration is only used to burn sorted, post-recycled waste and not mixed household...

      Sugar Beet Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what support is to be given by her Department to the sugar beet industry over the next five years.

      Carcase Burial Site, Petrockstowe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will state, in relation to the carcase burial site at Ash Moor, Petrockstowe, (a) what the level of the water table is...

      Compensation (Tuna Fishermen)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on compensation to UK tuna drift net fishermen for the withdrawal of their licences.

      Livestock Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans her Department has to support livestock markets in England and Wales to ensure that they have a viable future; and...

      Livestock Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what long-term plans her Department has for local collection points at livestock markets; what plans she has (a) to help...

      Devolved Administrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is with regard to (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department giving evidence to (i) Scottish...

      Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies Research Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will provide the information on her Department's TSE research programme promised in her statement of 22 October.

      Live Animal Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many exporters of live animals have been found to have breached the live transport regulations; and how many have had...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to letters from the hon. Member for Mid-Worcestershire of 3 April concerning Mr. Gale, 4 April concerning...

      Fishing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what short-term provision she will make to North sea trawlermen; and if she will make a statement.

      Fishing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate she has made of (a) current and (b) projected cod stocks for the next three years in the North sea; (2)...

      French Beef Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much French beef was imported in the last 12 months.

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her Department's relationship to the Food Standards Agency.

      Horticulture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information she has collated on (a) variations in the prices of horticultural plants in the EU and (b) the impact of...

      Apples

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much subsidy from the (a) UK and (b) EU Bramley apple growers have received in (i) Northern Ireland, (ii) Scotland,...

      Agrimonetary Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many representations she has received for arable compensation from British farmers in the year prior to the 31 October...

      Agrimonetary Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps she has taken to secure agrimonetary compensation from the European Union.

      Agrimonetary Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with EU Ministers about a replacement to the agrimonetary compensation scheme; and if she will...

      Correspondence/Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when will she reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Argyll and Bute, dated 27 July, regarding (a) import of...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects testing for TB to resume in Gloucestershire; and if she will make a statement.

      Livestock Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make provision to compensate for the cleansing and disinfecting costs involved in animal movement; and if she...

      Imported Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what further measures are being implemented to check against possible contamination of imported foods.

      Farm Woodland Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers participate in farm woodland schemes.

      Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to ensure that the code of practice on the relationship between suppliers and supermarkets is made...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Private Finance Initiative (Employees' Rights)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is on protection of employees' rights and conditions of service where PFI projects are introduced to the public sector.

    • Departmental Spending

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total spending by his Department was in each nation and region of the UK in the last year for which figures are available; what proportion of his...

      Council of the Isles

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the future programme of meetings of the Council of the Isles.

      Computer Crime

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many cases of computer (a) hacking, (b) fraud and (c) theft his Department recorded in (i) 2000 and (ii) 2001; and on how many occasions in those years...

      Consultation Documents

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many consultation documents were issued by his Department from (a) 15 October to 14 January, (b) 15 January to 14 April, (c) 15 April to 14 July and (d) 15...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were prosecuted for committing benefit fraud in financial years (a) 1997–98, (b) 1998–99, (c) 1999–2000 and...

    • National Insurance Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers have been issued; and what plans he has to review the procedures for issuing, cancelling and verifying NI...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what considerations and costs are taken into account when determining the level of jobseeker's allowance.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to increase the staff of the Child Support Agency while the new assessment procedures are implemented.

      Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time was between receipt of requests to re-examine claims for attendance allowance and their examination, in each of the last...

      Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what factors determine the length of time for a decision to be given in response to those who request that their claims for attendance...

      Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many appeals against decisions on attendance allowance have been made in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; and...

      Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time is for dealing with requests by those seeking an explanation for decisions relating to claims for attendance allowance.

      Energy Efficiency Week

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action his Department took in recognition of energy efficiency week.

      Medical Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of C grade medical reports fail to meet his Department's standards by (a) 10 per cent. and (b) five per cent. broken down by...

      Medical Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the rate of medical examinations by SEMA is in respect of (a) incapacity and (b) disability benefits.

  • Home Department

    • Passports (Confiscation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will remove the passports of individuals who have expressed an intention to go to (a) Afghanistan and (b) Pakistan to fight against...

    • Police Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to fund police pensions over the next 10 years.

      Justice and Home Affairs Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the outcome was of the Justice and Home Affairs Council held in Brussels on 16 October; what the Government's stance was on each issue...

      Police Numbers (Staffordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with the chief constable on police numbers in Staffordshire.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to collect data on the number of asylum seekers who have their asylum applications rejected on the grounds of...

      Police Numbers (Cheshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) police constables there were in the Cheshire constabulary in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2001.

      Motorcycle Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Government have to target motorcycle theft.

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the average cost of arresting and charging people for cannabis possession in the last 12 months.

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action the Government are taking to bring to justice people who traffic in human beings; and in what such action they are participating...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list the (a) local authorities which have successfully applied for antisocial behaviour orders, (b) local authorities which...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many appeals against antisocial behaviour orders have been made; and with what outcomes.

      Crimestoppers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Government have to support voluntary organisations involved in crime prevention, with particular reference to Crimestoppers.

      Experience Corps Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for members of the National Experience Corps to lead sport and exercise sessions for older people.

      Police Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will revise the income supplements provided to police officers in Sussex, based on an analysis of comparative costs of living in Kent,...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will reassess the recommendations of the Police Foundation report on drug use.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 on the levels of consumption of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine and...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests were made for the (a) possession and (b) supply of (i) heroin, (ii) cocaine and (iii) cannabis in each of the past five years.

      Centralised Custody Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what efficiency savings have been achieved, broken down by police force area, through the introduction of centralised custody centres;...

      Police Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers within the City of London there were (a) in May 1997 and (b) for the latest month for which figures are available.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Government's policy on national identity cards is; and if he will make a statement.

      Vandalism Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he collates on the annual cost of vandalism, broken down by local authority.

      Private Security Firms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he gives to local authorities on the case of private security firms; and if he will make a statement.

      Special Constables (Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables there were in (i) Sussex police and (ii) nationally in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999 and (e) 2000.

      Asylum Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers are receiving (a) accommodation and subsistence support and (b) subsistence support only from the national asylum...

      Asylum Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum-seekers and dependants have been dispersed to each of the NASS- designated dispersal areas since (a) 1 April 2001 and (b) 3...

      Women Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women prisoners were detained (a) on remand and (b) following sentence on the 1st of each month since May 1997.

      Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish guidance on the housing and care of ferrets and gerbils in breeding and supplying establishments designated under the...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Land Registry

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what percentage of the total land area of Great Britain is not registered; and when he expects all land to be registered.

    • Islamic Marriages

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if she will make it her policy to make Islamic marriages undertaken by UK citizens abroad registerable in the UK upon the return...

      Census Information

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what arrangements are being made for the general public to view 1901 Census information.

      District Judges

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many district judges (magistrates courts) sit in England and Wales, broken down by county; and what plans he has to increase...

  • House of Lords

    • International Criminal Court

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ask members of the European Union and the Commonwealth who have not yet done so to ratify the Statute of the International Criminal Court.

    • Diplomatic Premises Overseas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Of which diplomatic premises overseas they are the freehold owners.

      Diplomatic Premises Overseas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to dispose of freehold real estate overseas which is used for British diplomatic missions.

      Israel: Occupied Territories

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ask the high contracting parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention concerning the protection of civilians in time of war in the Occupied...

      Population Policies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what basis they maintain that the United Nations Population Fund monitors coercive population policies in the 47 counties referred to by Lord Grocott on the...

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the total number of United Kingdom passports in issue are machine readable and how many are not; and at which points of entry into the United Kingdom...

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many passports were reported lost or stolen in the last financial year; how many passports which have been reported lost or stolen were subsequently handed...

      Ferrets and Gerbils in Breeding and Supply Establishments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish guidance on the housing and care of ferrets and gerbils in breeding and supplying establishments designated under the Animals (Scientific...

      Asylum Applicants: Application Registration Card

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether those who have applied for asylum in the United Kingdom are entitled to travel abroad while their applications are being considered; and whether the...

      Lay Magistrates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the current allowances payable to lay magistrates who lose a day's pay in order to sit; and whether they have any proposals to change those allowances.

      Newspaper Distribution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the current system for the wholesale distribution of national newspapers serves the interests of the public and of the smaller retailers.

      Waste Rubber Tyres

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) what contingency plans they propose for the disposal of waste rubber tyres after 2003 when they will no longer be disposed of in landfill sites; and (b)...

      Foot and Mouth: Rural Recovery

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have not fully accepted the recommendations of Lord Haskins' report on Rural Recovery after Foot-and-Mouth Disease; and whether this means that they have...

      Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will provide the information on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' TSE research programme promised in their statement on 22 October.

      GLA Precept

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What increase in the Greater London Authority precept they would consider acceptable.

      Small Businesses: Rate Relief

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to introduce legislation consequent upon the proposal in the Green Paper Modernising Local Government Finance to give special rate relief to small...

      Vehicles and Railway Line Safety

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action is being taken or planned to prevent vehicles travelling along motorways or similar roads from crashing onto railway lines.

      West Coast Main Line

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether recent announcements about delays in upgrading the track on the West Coast Main Line represent any dilution of their long-term commitment to the West Coast...

      Middlesex Hospital Chapel and Murals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans there are to ensure that the chapel and the murals in the front hall of the Middlesex Hospital are preserved when the hospital buildings are permanently...

      Induced Abortion and Breast Cancer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance has been issued to hospitals and clinics offering abortion services on advising their patients of the link between induced abortion and breast cancer.

      Tourism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Tourism Initiative Group has presented its report to Ministers; and, if so, what is their response.

      Treasure Act 1996

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will announce the outcome of the review of the Treasure Act 1996.

      Terrorist Acts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they share the view of the Justice Minister of the Republic of Ireland that we are moving inexorably towards a common definition of a terrorist act; and...

      Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe: UK Delegation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: If they will announce the full composition of the United Kingdom Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Assembly of Western...

      Civil Employment under the Crown

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they intend to take to remove general restrictions as to nationality which apply to civil employment under the crown.

      Equalities Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What lessons they have learnt from the experiences of a unified single Equalities Commission in Northern Ireland; and whether there are any benefits for the...

      Anti-discrimination Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to simplify anti-discrimination legislation and bring forward a single Equalities Bill, as is the case in Northern Ireland.

      Gibraltar

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the position of talks regarding the future of Gibraltar.

      Gibraltar: European Parliament Elections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether British residents in Gibraltar will have the right to vote in the next election at the European Parliament.

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