Written answers

Thursday, 8 November 2001

  • Trade and Industry

    • Refrigerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact on small businesses of the requirement to take refrigerators to scrap yards after 1 January 2002.

    • Conference on Nuclear Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representatives her Department had at the International Atomic Energy Agency's conference on nuclear terrorism in Vienna; what...

      Departmental Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if initial findings submitted to the strategic steering group as part of the Helping the UK get to the Future First and Business Support...

      EU Research Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the outcome of the Research Council held in Brussels on 30 October was; what the Government's stance on each issue discussed, including...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many meetings Ministers have had with the Institute of Directors in each of the last five years.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many meetings Ministers have held with the Institute of Management in each of the last five years.

      Objective 1 Regions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her policy is in relation to the provision of (a) operating aid, (b) employment aid and (c) investment aid in the Objective 1 regions...

      Fossil Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what has been the installed capacity of fossil fuel generation for each fossil fuel type in the UK in each year since 1990.

      Fossil Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what has been the total amount of electricity generated from fossil fuel sources (a) in total and (b) for each fossil fuel type, in the UK in...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what has been the total installed capacity of renewable energy generation in the UK in each year since 1990.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what has been the proportion of electricity generated from (a) renewable and (b) UK-based renewable sources since 1990 (i) in total and...

      Postal Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures she proposes to improve the postal service; and if she will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of the bodies found in the mass grave at Dragodan, Pristina have been identified, broken down by (a) ethnic background...

    • High Commission and Embassy Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total cost was of running (a) British high commission offices and (b) British embassy offices in each of the last three...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the consequences of a failure of the Government of Gibraltar to participate in the Brussels process.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he (a) last met and (b) next plans to meet representatives of the Spanish Government to discuss the future of Gibraltar.

      Gibraltar

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

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his policy relating to the sovereignty of Gibraltar.

      South and Central America

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what arrangements were made for discussions with representatives of (a) Government, (b) industrial, (c) commercial and (d) other...

      Plan for Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution his Department has made to the Plan for Africa.

      Private Military Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will publish his Green Paper on private military companies.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will meet representatives of Save the Children to consider what action can be taken by the Government to reunite separated...

    • Pakistan (Refugee Camps)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what she is doing to ensure that refugee camps in Pakistan comply with internationally agreed standards; (2) if she will make a...

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Physical Agents Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of (a) the impact on British businesses of the proposed physical agents directive and (b)...

    • Property Blight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on compensation payable to residents for property blight arising from the construction of...

      Building Inspectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement about the system of buildings inspection by approved inspectors.

      Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what measures he proposes to encourage people to travel by air. [R]

      Croydon Tramlink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the future of Croydon Tramlink.

      Port Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the expenditure on Port Health was in each of the last five years and what the estimated outturn is for the next...

      Bypass Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what European Union guidelines he uses in evaluating the environmental impact of proposed bypass schemes.

      Civil Aviation Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what (a) action he is taking and (b) further plans he has to support the civil aviation industry following the...

      Aircraft Seating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what plans he has to increase the minimum distance between the seat back cushion and the back of the seat in...

      Aircraft Seating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to commission prospective research together with clinical and basic scientific support, into the...

      Aircraft Seating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to introduce compulsory foldaway foot leg rests in all UK-registered aircraft over 5,700 keg MTWA...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his policy is on providing financial guarantees to the successor company to Railtrack; and if he will make a...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what changes he has made in the financial provision for transport services as a result of Railtrack's going into...

  • Wales

    • Objective 1 Money

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of current allocated Objective 1 money has been spent in Wales; and what percentage is committed to projects in Wales.

    • Objective 1 Money

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what meetings he has attended in the last 12 months on Objective 1 money with (a) HM Treasury, (b) the Department of Trade and Industry, (c) the European...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many publications were issued by his Department in each of the last four years.

      Joint Committee of Health Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Cardiff, Central (Mr. Jones), on 17 October 2001, Official Report, column 1153, what the conclusions were of...

      Computer Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • World Athletics Championships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her answer of 10 July 2001, Official Report, columns 449–50W, on the World Athletics Championships, what indications...

    • Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many parliamentary written questions regarding the Millennium Dome have been tabled since 1 May 1997; and how many answers to such...

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the commercial value of the spectrum which will become available following the switch-off of analogue...

      European City of Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many applications she has received for membership of the advisory committee on the selection of the European City of Culture 2008;...

      Consultation Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many consultation documents were issued by her Department and its predecessors from (a) 15 October to 14 January, (b) 15 January to...

      Commonwealth Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Government money has been given to the Commonwealth stadium in Manchester.

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures she has taken to ensure that the mailing of households not recorded as holding television licences by the Television...

      Computer Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for North Thanet on political bias by broadcasting stations; and if she will make...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter to her dated 14 June, from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Miss...

    • Foxhunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of job losses in the countryside if foxhunting does not restart before Christmas.

      Foot and Mouth

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

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance the Arthur Rank Foundation is giving to farmers in Chorley affected by foot and mouth.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Murder Investigations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he has taken to appoint a judge of international standing from outside the jurisdiction to undertake the investigation of allegations...

    • Reproductive Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) individuals and (b) organisations made submissions to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission calling for the inclusion of a...

  • Health

    • National Organ Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of the population have joined the national organ register.

    • Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients died in each year from 1995 to 2000 while on the waiting list for (a) heart, (b) heart and lung, (c) lung and (d) liver...

      Pneumococcal Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to (a) provide and (b) promote pneumococcal vaccine for pensioners aged over 65 years; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

      Pneumococcal Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the clinical and cost effectiveness of implementing an age-based pneumococcal vaccine campaign; (2) which health...

      National Care Standards Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist pharmacist inspectors the National Care Standards Commission plans to have in its establishment; how many will be in post from 1 April...

      Maternity Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which health authorities have midwife-led maternity units.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many publications were issued by his Department in each of the last four years.

      NHS Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the number of dentists providing treatment on the national health service in each health authority in England and Wales in...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the success of trials involving digital hearing aids in the 20 trial...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what preliminary evaluation of the first wave sites in the digital hearing aid trial he has received; and if a copy will be placed in the Library.

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what timescale his Department is working under to extend the pilot programme of provision of digital hearing aids to the rest of the NHS; and what plans...

      BMA Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his policy relating to the British Medical Association's guidance on withholding and withdrawing life-prolonging medical...

      North Durham NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list the (a) individuals invited for interview by the NHS Appointments Commission for the post of chair of the North Durham NHS Trust and...

      Smoking-related Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of expenditure in each of the last three financial years on NHS treatment of smoking- related illnesses.

      Air Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations he has received regarding public funding of air ambulance services; and if he will make a statement; (2) which air ambulance...

      Social Services Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 29 October, Official Report, column 559W, on the community care services special grant, if he will list the sources of the...

      Hospital Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost per hospital meal is (a) before and (b) after the implementation of the Government's better hospital food programme; and if he will...

      Human Organs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what Government bodies and agencies deal with matters referred to in the Chief Medical Officer's advice of January relating to the removal,...

      CT Scanner (Blackpool Victoria Hospital)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will provide funding for an additional CT scanner at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

      Zyban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice he has received in the last six months on the safety of bupropion (Zyban).

      Delayed Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what definition of a health and social care change agent is used in relation to investment in reducing delayed discharges.

      NHS Magazine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many copies of the NHS Magazine are sold per issue; and how many copies are distributed free of charge.

      NHS Magazine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what involvement Ministers have in (a) writing the editorial page of the NHS Magazine and (b) sanctioning the content of articles.

      NHS Magazine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of is of producing NHS Plan News.

      NHS Magazine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of publishing the NHS Magazine is.

      Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the departmental public service agreements will be updated to reflect the commitments contained in the NHS National Plan.

      Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to allow GPs to override telephone protocols when making emergency requests for ambulances.

      Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) guidance and (b) instructions on performance levels have been given to the Isle of Wight ambulance service this year; and when, distinguishing...

      Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the target response time for non-urgent ambulance responses is; and what the average response time has been in the last 12 months for which figures...

      Mixed Sex Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital beds were in mixed sex wards in each of the last five years.

      Chest Pain Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the locations of the rapid access chest pain clinics.

      Public Health Laboratory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the expenditure on the Public Health Laboratory Service for each of the past five years.

      Welfare Foods Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the detailed expenditure plans of the welfare foods scheme.

      Occupational Health and Safety Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on establishing the Occupational Health and Safety Service for general practitioners.

      GPs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress he is making on achieving 48-hour access to general practitioners.

      Overseas Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the legislation required to enable health authorities and primary care trusts to send patients abroad for routine treatment.

      Overseas Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what tests of linguistic aptitude will be taken by doctors from EU countries applying to work in the NHS.

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve research and development in each of the NHS regions.

      Widdrington Health Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions have taken place between NHS officials and the district valuer about the planned Widdrington Health Centre, Northumberland; and whether...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Correspondence/Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will place in the Library for each year since 1995 the average response time for providing a substantive answer to (a) hon....

    • Workstep Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the workstep programme, with particular reference to (a) progression to open employment and (b) maintenance of...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many left the new deal for lone parents whose youngest child is aged (a) five to 11 and (b) 11 to 16 years in each year since the inception...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which is the most accessible pathfinder jobcentre available to residents in the Vale of York; and if he will make a statement on the type of...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in the new Jobcentre Plus offices (a) have been fully trained, (b) are undertaking training programmes and (c) are waiting to...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received regarding safety procedures and safety precautions in Jobcentre Plus Pathfinder offices; and if he will...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations his Department has received about the layout and furnishings of the new Jobcentre Plus offices.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what resources will be available to staff in the new Jobcentre Plus offices to ensure that claimants are made aware of their full benefit...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training programmes have been initiated in order to ensure that all staff in the new Jobcentre Plus offices are able to provide claimants...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to discuss recent trends in occupational pension provision with the occupational pension industry; and if he will make a...

      Social Security Regulations

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

      Social Security (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what was the level of spending on social security in Scotland in each of the last five years (a) in total and (b) as a percentage of the United...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases of forgery of the standard acknowledgement letters issued to asylum seekers have been detected in the last 12 months; and what...

  • Defence

    • HMS Fearless

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the new date for the withdrawal of HMS Fearless is; and if he will make a statement.

    • Tanks (Desert Conditions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of converting the tanks of 1 UK Armoured Division for desert conditions.

      Exercise Saif Sareea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the type and number of UK armoured vehicles and tanks that were in Oman for Saif Sareea II, stating in each case the percentage of those...

      Exercise Saif Sareea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the percentage rate of serviceability of helicopters on exercise Saif Sareea was; what the principal cause of helicopter non-serviceability was; and...

      Exercise Saif Sareea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to publish the conclusions of the evaluation of equipment deployed in Operation Saif Sareea.

      Sea Harriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from ground support staff at Yeovilton about the proposal to relocate the Sea Harriers; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Installations (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to deploy (a) armed forces personnel and (b) reservists for key point duty to guard nuclear power stations; and if he will estimate the...

      Nuclear Installations (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with the US Defence Secretary on the issue of air exclusion zones over civil nuclear plants; whether there is to be a...

      Support Amphibious and Battlefield Rotorcraft Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to announce an initial acquisition contract for the SABR project; and if he will make a statement.

      Recruitment (Ethnic Minorities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about (a) the composition of and (b) the work of the Specialist Ethnic Minority Recruiting and Diversity Action Teams.

      European Security and Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department has taken to meet the capability requirement of the European Security and Defence Policy's Headline Goal.

      European Security and Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the next meeting between the European Security and Defence Policy's political and military committees and their NATO counterparts will take place.

      Fylingdales and Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the role of (a) Fylingdales and (b) Menwith Hill in performing communications services in connection with action against...

      Defence Aviation and Repair Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the outcome was of the investment appraisal conducted by the Defence Aviation Repair Agency into options to provide modern infrastructure for its...

      UK Service Men (Race Relations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what advice his Department provides to UK service men to inform them of their rights under the Race Relations Act 1976 when working on sovereign bases...

      UK Service Men (Race Relations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if it is possible for UK service men serving on sovereign bases overseas to bring a case against the Ministry of Defence under the Race Relations Act 1976.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what allowance he has made for using existing aircraft on the new aircraft carriers.

      Gibraltar Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to recruit from the Gibraltar regiment in order to offset the shortfall in armed forces personnel.

      Armed Forces (Non-married Partners)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many servicemen and women are living with partners to whom they are not married but who are recognised as falling within the scope of benefits...

      Armed Forces (Non-married Partners)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces occupy married quarters with partners to whom they are not married.

      Armed Forces (Non-married Partners)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the rules governing death-in-service benefits for the non-married partners of servicemen and women are within the scope of the review of the Armed...

  • Home Department

    • HMP Downview

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will decide on whether HMP Downview will be a local prison; and if he will make a statement.

    • HMP Downview

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his estimate of the costs broken down to include overtime, detached duty allowances and hotel costs arising from employment of female...

      HMP Downview

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate he has made of the cost of renovating C wing at HMP Downview to be suitable for female remand prisoners; and what...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of racial harassment were reported to the National Asylum Support Service's Investigations Team by asylum seekers,...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum applicants were removed from the UK in each month since 1 April; and how many of these were (a) principal applicants...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum appeals, having been received by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, are awaiting onward transmission to the...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of racial harassment were reported to the National Asylum Support Service's Investigations Team by asylum seekers,...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken from receipt of an asylum appeal to the Immigration Appellate Authority is, (b) determination of the appeal by an...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applications are awaiting an initial decision by the Home Office Immigration and Nationality Directorate.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum applicants were removed from the UK in each financial year since 1993–94.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what instructions have been issued to National Asylum Support Service caseworkers investigating incidents of racial harassment regarding...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the administrative costs of the introduction of the voucher scheme for asylum seekers were.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what status is given to unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the United Kingdom who are found not to qualify for (a) asylum and (b)...

      Immigration Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) individuals and (b) organisations giving immigration advice for profit are registered with the Office of the Immigration...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the value of (a) compulsory and (b) voluntary identity cards in combating terrorism in the United Kingdom.

      Rape Crisis Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the funding of rape crisis centres.

      Police Fraud Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the (a) size and (b) case load of police fraud teams in each year since 1996.

      Police Authority Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he gives to police authorities on the purchase and hire of road vehicles.

      Forensic Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the average length of time it took each of the national forensic laboratories to complete an investigation, from referral to...

      Forensic Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many forensic scientists were employed by the national forensic laboratories in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what stocks of (a) antiques, (b) paintings and (c) fine wines are held by his Department; if he will list such assets sold over the last...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to review the working and implementation of antisocial behaviour orders; and if he will make a statement.

      Fly Tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals were convicted of fly tipping in England in each year since 1997.

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will receive a determination on applications M 1103515 and M 1103516 from the Immigration and Nationality Directorate.

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has reviewed the 1997 Her Majesty's inspectorate of contabulary conclusion that special constables should not be paid; and if he will...

      Race Relations Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will make changes to the authorisation under section 19D of the Race Relations Act 1976 concerning discrimination of the basis of...

  • Scotland

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she had with the hon. Member for Glasgow, Anniesland (John Robertson), prior to Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland held...

  • Advocate-General

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Advocate-General what discussions she had with the hon. Members for Glasgow, Anniesland (John Robertson) and for Edinburgh, North and Leith (Mr. Lazarowicz), prior to Questions to the...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when the extended magistrates' sitting hours pilots in Manchester and London are expected to commence; what funding has been...

    • Judiciary

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if the figures for women and men barristers who were judicial appointees at each level of the courts in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c)...

      Judiciary

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many (a) men and (b) women appointees to the judiciary in (i) 1999, (ii) 2000 and (iii) 2001 were Queen's counsel at the time...

      Judiciary

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many (a) men and (b) women appointees to the judiciary in (i) 1999, (ii) 2000 and (iii) 2001 were solicitors at the time of...

      Judiciary

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the average ages were of (a) women and (b) men appointees to the full-time Crown court judiciary in the last 12 months.

      Judiciary

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many (a) men and (b) women appointees to the judiciary in (i) 1999, (ii) 2000 and (iii) 2001 were single parents at the time...

      Judiciary

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many (a) women and (b) men appointed to the judiciary in (i) 1999 and (ii) 2000 had previously taken an employment break in...

      Judiciary

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what plans she has to put in place creche facilities associated with the courts with the aim of encouraging younger women with...

      Judicial Review

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many and what proportion of applications for leave to apply for judicial review were (a) heard in court and (b) upheld in the...

      Hereford Crown Court

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when he intends to renew the lease on Hereford Crown court; and if he will make a statement.

  • Treasury

    • Government Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the cost of servicing Government debt in each of the last five years.

    • Contingency Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for further allocations to spending Departments from the contingency fund during the remainder of this financial year.

      Terrorist Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he is putting in place to tackle the financing of international terrorism.

      Third-world Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the role of the UK in pressing for reductions in third-world debt.

      Student Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the future of student loans.

      Banking Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made in implementing the findings of the Cruickshank report on UK banking.

      Tax and Benefit Integration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what further plans he has to integrate the tax and benefit systems.

      NHS Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has had from health professionals in the NHS on public investment in health services.

      Discount Rate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason the Treasury discount rate is set at 6 per cent. in real terms.

      Discount Rate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent analysis his Department has undertaken of the influence on the relative values of public sector comparators and public-private partnership costs...

      September 11

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to minimise the impact of the terrorist attacks on 11 September and the bombing of Afghanistan on the British economy and business...

      September 11

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what revisions he has made to his estimates for economic growth and tax revenues in 2001–02 and 2002–03 following the events of 11 September.

      Productivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the competitiveness of the UK economy in terms of productivity.

      Public-private Partnerships

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received from interested organisations regarding public-private partnerships.

      Public-private Partnerships

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the viability of future public-private partnership schemes.

      Public Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on what recent measures he has taken to promote the improvement of public services.

      Housing Market

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the impact of the level of interest rates on the housing market.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent research he has commissioned on the impact of his policies on the economic plans of the Regional Development Agencies.

      Single European Currency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the Government's plans to hold a referendum on joining the single European currency.

      Census Returns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of forms from the (a) 2001 and (b) 1991 Census were returned.

      Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent measures he has put in place to help charities.

      Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent meetings he has had with the Governor of the Bank of England regarding interest rates; and if he will make a statement.

      VAT Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what evaluation he has made of HM Customs and Excise's strategy to tackle trader-based intra-EU VAT fraud.

      Individual Pension Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 5 November 2001, Official Report, column 71W, on individual pension accounts, how many individual pension accounts have been...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on HM Customs and Excise proposals to employ staff in mobile anti-smuggling squads; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff were (a) employed in Customs and Excise investigation and fraud teams and (b) engaged in counter-smuggling activities in each year since...

      Broadband Tax Incentives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the introduction of regional tax incentives for broadband communications in the Objective 1 areas.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reason guidance to officials in his Department on drafting replies to parliamentary questions requires them to offer commentary on the motivation of the...

    • Cabinet Office Properties

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the number, value and location of properties newly leased in each of the last five years by the Cabinet Office, including and distinguishing...

  • Education and Skills

    • Failing LEAs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list, for each local education authority found to be failing by Ofsted, (a) the date of inspection, of report, and of receipt of...

    • Primary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what was the average funding per pupil provided to (a) primary schools in Cheshire, (b) secondary schools in Cheshire, (c) primary schools...

      GCSE Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the 100 secondary schools with the worst GCSE examination results in England in order of their performance indicating in...

      Local Education Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the local education authorities which are (a) partly and (b) wholly run by private sector entities; which they are; and if...

      State Schools (Private Firms)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which state schools in England have had their management taken over by private firms.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of children, on average, were receiving free school meals in (a) specialist schools and (b) other secondary schools in the...

      Independent School Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations she has received on her policy relating to the provision of support towards the cost of independent school fees...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 26 October 2001, Official Report, columns 469–70W, on teacher recruitment, what was the allocation of the...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her written answer of 26 October 2001, Official Report, column 461W, on teachers, if she will list the (a) age profile and (b)...

      Student Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students there are in the (a) further education and (b) higher education sector.

      Student Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many higher education students are in their (a) first, (b) second, (c) third and (d) fourth of study.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teaching staff have been employed (a) full-time and (b) part-time in higher education in each of the last five years.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many unfilled vacancies there were in the higher education sector for all grades of lecturer posts in (a) 1995 and (b) 2000.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what monitoring is carried out by her Department of the payment by higher education institutions of nationally recommended pay awards.

      Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) male and (b) female university teachers are aged (i) 20 to 25, (ii) 25 to 30, (iii) 31 to 35, (iv) 36 to 40, (v) 41 to 44, (vi)...

      Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the (a) recruitment and retention of university staff and (b) total funding figures for universities in...

      Teacher Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if the forthcoming allocation of funds to local education authorities for 2002–03 will be adjusted to reflect cost of living issues...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many specialist schools there were in each local education authority in (a) 1996, (b) 1998 and (c) 2000; and how many there were in each...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his answer of 31 October 2001, Official Report, column 711W, on special educational needs, what written responses she has...

      Fast Food and Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on her policy on the provision of fast food and drinks machines in school corridors.

      Publications (Charges)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the publications provided by her Department and the National Centre for Literacy and Numeracy where charges will be levied...

      Secondary Schools (Norfolk)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which secondary schools in Norfolk had unfilled teacher posts at the latest available date.

      Secondary Schools (Norfolk)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which secondary schools in Norfolk had no spare capacity to admit new pupils at the latest available date.

      Pupils (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the cases of (a) state primary and (b) state secondary school teachers who have been (i) suspended and (ii) convicted for...

      Schools Reorganisation (Merton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on progress by the schools reorganisation programme in the London borough of Merton towards its completion date...

      Funding (Music)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria her Department uses to allocate varying levels of support from the Music Standards Fund to local education authorities.

      Funding (Music)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if the amount allocated to local education authorities for Music Standards Fund grants in 2001–02 will be paid in full.

      School Provision (Hackney)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions her Department has had with the Commission for Racial Equality, with regard to the trust which is to run schools in Hackney.

      Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which organisations her Department has identified to be approached as possible trailblazer sector skills councils; and what discussions her...

      Further Education (Lecturers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to bring further education lecturers' pay into line with that of teachers; and if she will make a statement.

      Further Education (Lecturers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to discourage the practice of employing lecturers on a part-time basis in further education colleges; and if she will...

      Further Education (Lecturers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research she has evaluated into the effects of part-time lecturers' employment on support offered to students at further education...

      Advanced Skills Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many advanced skills teachers there are in each local education authority; and if she will make a statement.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on her plans for further public investment in schools.

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools in Northamptonshire, have been granted funding for teacher training, indicating in each case their (a) phase and (b) location.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many individual courses have been (a) commenced and (b) completed in further education each year since 1997–98.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the cost was of the Further Education Funding Council (a) for all purposes and (b) for administration in the last year of its...

  • House of Lords

    • Burma

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What response they have made to the call by the International Labour Organisation for member states to bar all investment in Burma.

    • Burma

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent representations they have made to the Burmese military regime over human rights abuses against the Karen, Karenni and Shan people.

      Race Equality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consultation took place with the black and minority ethnic communities prior to the laying of the statutory instrument that provides directions under the Race...

      Extradition: Death Penalty in the USA

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is their policy to refuse extradition of persons to the United States where the offence for which such persons would be tried by American courts could...

      Young Offenders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any detention and training orders have yet been imposed on young offenders; if so, how many; and what plans exist for imposing such orders in the coming...

      Young Offenders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In relation to offenders under 18 years of age, what plans they have (a) to increase the use of suspended custodial sentences, whether or not in conjunction with...

      Young Offenders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have introduced or will introduce independent lay representation for people under 18 years of age in custody, whether on remand or following sentence,...

      Oakington Detention Centre

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under the proposals for reform of the system for receiving asylum seekers, is it intended that Oakington Detention Centre will become one of the new-style "open...

      Asylum: Unaccompanied Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What status is given to unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the United Kingdom who are found not to qualify for (a) asylum and (b) exceptional leave to remain...

      Immigration: Specified Groups

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will make changes to the authorisation under Section 19D of the Race Relations Act 1976 concerning discrimination of the basis of ethnic or national...

      House of Lords Reform

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they accept Recommendation 103 in the Report of the Royal Commission on the Reform of the House of Lords that life peers created between the publication of...

      Armagh City Courthouse: Union Flag

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether arrangements are in place to fly the Union Flag at the Courthouse in Armagh City on the designated days each year; and whether it will be flown on...

      MoD Ranges: Security

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why, at the time of heightened tension, the Ministry of Defence is downgrading security at its munitions factories.

      Belfast Agreement 1998

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in their discussions with the Government of the Irish Republic, they have raised that Government's failure to implement that part of the Belfast Agreement...

      Nuclear Weapons: ICJ Ruling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the ruling of the International Court of Justice in The Hague on 8 July 1996 concerning the use of nuclear weapons.

      Cyprus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is proposed to retain the United Kingdom's role as a Guarantor Power if Cyprus becomes a member of the European Union.

      Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure the continued effectiveness of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

      Companies Registration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 16 October (WA 81), how many companies and limited partnerships have changed their registered...

      Redundancies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the answer by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 30 October (H.L. Deb., col. 1297), how many redundancies have been notified in the terms defined to the...

      Redundancies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the observation by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 30 October (H.L. Deb., col. 1299) that the Department of Trade and Industry's figures for announced...

      Research Council, 30 October

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the outcome of the Research Council held in Brussels on 30 October was, and what the Government's stance, including their voting record, was on each issue...

      Foot and Mouth: Inquiries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the three inquiries set up following the foot and mouth outbreak will have the power to command the compulsory attendance of former Ministers and civil...

      BSE: Confirmed Cases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish an updated table showing the number of cases of BSE confirmed in Britain each week during the calendar year 2001 to date, together with...

      BSE: Tissue Samples

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following their statement on 22 October, whether they have evidence of any other occasions when material from sheep and cattle brains used in research has been...

      BSE: Tissue Samples

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the research conducted on prions in relation to BSE, where the "brainpool" for testing the efficacy of rendering processes was assembled and by whom.

      BSE: Tissue Samples

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the research conducted on prions in relation to BSE, how many samples of the "brainpool" were subject to rendering by Prosper de Mulder or some other company.

      BSE: Tissue Samples

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether in 1997 the Institute of Animal Health was given "brainpool" samples which had not been rendered as well as those that had; and what labelling those...

      BSE: Tissue Samples

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Given that the Veterinarian Laboratories Association did not receive a sample of the material held by the Institute of Animal Health for the "brainpool" tests...

      UN World Assembly on Ageing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have for the United Nations World Assembly on Ageing to be held in Madrid in spring 2002.

      Profoundly Deaf People: Interpreters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they propose to take under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 when employers and the providers of services fail to make reasonable provision of...

      Heron Tower

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much they estimate it is costing English Heritage to prepare and conduct all aspects of the forthcoming planning inquiry of the Heron Tower of the City of...

      House of Lords: Management and Services

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Further to his Answer of 1 November (WA 183–4), what is the membership of the Working Group on Management and Services; and what are its terms of reference.

      Armed Forces Personnel Serving Overseas: Taxation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to amending the income tax treatment of Armed Forces personnel serving overseas so that they are taxed on a similar basis to...

      "Boom" and "Bust"

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of the remarks about "boom" and "bust" made by Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 25 October (H.L. Deb., cols. 1095–97), what is their definition of...

      Privy Council Silver Collection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will set out the criteria that they use to decide on the sale of works of art in possession of government departments; and On which date the decision...

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