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Written answers

Friday, 9 November 2001

  • International Development

    • Bribery and Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the incorporation into UK legislation of the OECD convention on bribery and corruption.

    • Computer Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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...

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Trips

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on her policy on trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of (a) military and (b) civilian casualties as a result of coalition forces bombing in Afghanistan.

    • HMS Ocean

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason HMS Ocean has been recalled to the UK; if it is being sent to Devonport for repair; what the (a) nature and (b) cost is of the repair;...

      Army Radios

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the failure rate was of Clansman radios on Challenger II main battle tanks during exercise Saif Sareea 2 in Oman; (2) what the failure rate...

      Sea Harrier Ferry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Sea Harrier ferry will leave Yeovilton; what discussions he has had with the RAF Association about the move; what the overall cost of the move...

      NBC Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what types of vehicles are used by the armed forces in connection with NBC defence; and of these, how many are operational.

      Drug Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 31 October 2001, Official Report, column 662W, on drug testing, if he will make a statement about the actions that follow when...

      Drug Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of compulsory drugs tests in the armed forces were positive in 2000.

      Ballistic Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer on ballistic missiles on 6 November 2001, Official Report, column 129W, if he will place a copy of his draft international code...

      Military Maritime Graves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what conclusions have been drawn on the consultation process into the protection of wrecked military vessels, with special reference to military maritime...

      September 11 (Financial Consequences)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will itemise the additional direct current financial year costs arising from decisions in response to the events of 11 September; and if they will...

      Apache Helicopter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what formations will be responsible for securing the logistical echelon for the Apache helicopter; and if he will make a statement regarding US studies...

      Service Personnel (Sex Discrimination)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 is applicable to service personnel serving on sovereign bases overseas.

      Balkans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what security is offered to UK forces in the Balkans to protect them from possible asymmetric assault.

      Air Traffic Control (West Freugh)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) military and (b) civil air traffic control movements have been handled by the air traffic control centre at MOD West Freugh, Wigtownshire,...

      No-fly Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures he has taken to provide for the enforcement of no-fly zones around nuclear power stations.

      Charm 3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what stocks of the armour piercing Charm 3 round are held.

      Exercise Saif Sareea 2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if local overseas allowances were made available to all personnel in Exercise Saif Sareea 2; (2) if concessions were offered in lieu of local...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans the Government have to review the eligibility criteria for pensioners' cold weather payments.

    • Christmas Bonus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans the Government have to increase the pensioners' Christmas bonus.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans the Government have to review the eligibility criteria for pensioners' winter fuel payments.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what response he has sent to the RNID report "Can't Hear, Can't Benefit" in relation to take-up of disability living allowance by people who...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what his latest estimate is of expenditure during the financial year 2001–02 on working families tax credit; and what expenditure...

  • Education and Skills

    • Higher Education Lecturers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average starting pay for higher education lecturers was in each year of the last 10 years.

    • Teacher Recruitment and Retention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment she has made of the impact of the local cost of living on teacher recruitment and retention.

      Teachers (Early Leavers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many qualified teachers left the profession, having completed between three and seven years of service in (a) 1999–2000 and (b)...

      Parental Choice (Siblings)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance is given to education authorities on the rights (a) parents and (b) step-parents have to send their children to the same...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Social Exclusion Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what work the social exclusion unit has carried out in relation to child homelessness.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Code of Practice (Retailing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what meetings her Department's officials and Ministers have had since March about drawing up the code of practice for retailers'...

    • Stop Now Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what guidance and training has been given to trading standards officers to enable them to implement Stop Now Orders; and if she will...

      Legal Profession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what arrangements have been made to consult on the OFT report on the legal profession; how many representations have been received (a) in...

      Patents (Genetically Engineered Animals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what UK patents relating to genetically engineered animals and processes for creating such animals have been (a) applied for and published...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action her Department is taking to ensure that fireworks are not sold to those under the age of 18 years.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans the Government have to review the law on the sale of fireworks; and if she will make a statement.

      South West Regional Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much public money the South West Regional Development Agency has received in each of the last three years.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letters of the hon. Member for West Derbyshire dated 18 July and 20 September, concerning the Home...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of correspondence received by her Department from hon. Members did not receive a substantive response within...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter of 6 August from the hon. Member for North Shropshire concerning the extension to the...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when she will reply to the letter of 26 June from the hon. Member for North Shropshire concerning his constituent Mr....

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter of 5 September from the right hon. Member for South-West Norfolk (Mrs. Shephard), on the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she has taken to identify the source of foot and mouth imported into the United Kingdom.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what basis she formulated her policy on implementing a public and independent inquiry into the foot and mouth outbreak.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the contribution that livestock markets made to the spread of FMD infection.

      Chemicals Charter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress he has made on adopting the regulations based on the Copenhagen charter on safer chemicals.

      River Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of arrangements made by British Waterways to manage flood control on its rivers; and if she will...

      River Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish data on volatility and volumetric flows on rivers managed by (a) British Waterways and (b) the...

      Farm Plastics Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals she has to introduce a compulsory system for dealing with the issue of waste non-packaging farm plastics.

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of damage to livestock by fox predation during the suspension of hunting with dogs due to foot...

      Organic Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial help she gives to farmers who wish to switch to organic production.

      EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with her counterparts in central and eastern Europe concerning the effect of enlargement of the...

      Regional Office (Exeter)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the complement of staff working at her Department's regional office at Exeter was on (a) 1 November 2001 and (b) 1...

      Fishing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will provide aid for the English fishing industry in similar terms to that operated in Scotland.

      Countryside Stewardship Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to increase the area of farmed land subject to Countryside Stewardship schemes.

      BSE and Scrapie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she has taken to publish scientific advice to Ministers relating to BSE and scrapie.

      Southern Water Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will conduct an inquiry into Southern Water Services Ltd. supplies to Fulston Manor and Higham grammar schools since...

      Domestic Refrigerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to encourage environmentally friendly disposal of domestic refrigerators; and if she will make a statement.

      Livestock Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial assistance she makes available for livestock movements; and if she will make a statement.

      Movement Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what investigation she has made into the operation of the single occupancy movement licences scheme; and if she will make a...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much public money was spent on flood (a) defences and (b) prevention measures in the last 12 months, brokendown by (i)...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much public money has been spent on flood warning systems in the last 12 months.

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received from the Environment Agency regarding flood (a) prevention and (b) defences.

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much private money was spent in the last four years on flood defences and flood prevention.

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much public funds were spent, broken down by local authorities, agencies and other relevant organisations on flood...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she has taken to streamline the agencies that have a responsibility for flooding matters, with particular...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government have to ensure that flood prevention is not paid for exclusively from council tax.

      Warm Front Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received regarding the level of Warm Front grants in England; and what plans she has to change...

      Sovereign Harbour (Eastbourne)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations the Environment Agency has made with respect to the building of homes at Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • London Underground (SPADs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many signal passed at danger events there were on the London Underground lines in the past five years for which...

    • Departmental Promotions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much his Department spent on information literature, advertising and campaign material in the financial years (a)...

      Train Operating Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to ensure (a) Arriva in West Yorkshire and (b) other train operating companies recruit and retain...

      Kane v. New Forest DC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the implications of the judgment in the case of Kane v. New Forest DC.

      Light Rail Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proportion of the investment outlined in the Government's 10-Year Plan is allocated to Light Rail schemes.

      Suburban Train Lines (Waterloo)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on how and when the proposed extension of trains and platforms on suburban lines into...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 25 October 2001, Official Report, column 395W, on Railtrack, if he will list the actions...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his reply of 22 October 2001, Official Report, column 94W, on Railtrack, when he met Mr. Alun Evans to...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact on the crossrail project of Railtrack being placed into administration.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the effect on the rail services to and from the Beckenham constituency of the decision...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the value of the railway stations within the ownership of Railtrack on 4 October was.

      Railways Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the occasions since 1997 when section 54 of the Railways Act 1993 has been used.

      Light Rapid Transport Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what contribution his Department is making to the light rapid transport scheme for Fareham-Gosport-Portsmouth; how...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what checks are made to ensure that affordable housing building takes place by house builders on former English...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received from civil service unions about the conduct of his special advisers since 7 June.

      Airlines (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received on (a) the deferred payment of air passenger duty, (b) the extra costs of...

      Flood Plains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what measures he is taking to ensure that house buyers are aware of the risks of purchasing a house built on a flood...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received about the effectiveness of local authority standards committees; and if he will...

      Recycling (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which London-based organisations have received grants from (a) the single regeneration budget and (b) other sources...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will reply to the questions of 22 October from the hon. Member for Edinburgh, West.

      Empty Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the impact of the Government's Flats over the Shop initiative.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many children were made homeless in (a) 1997 and (b) 2001 to date; and what proposals the Government have to...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the Government will publish (a) a response to the homelessness consultation, (b) the Vulnerable Groups...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent research has been carried out by his Department on the causes of homelessness in relation to (a) violence...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many planning decisions the Secretary of State called in from local planning authorities, and in what categories,...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many (a) planning appeals before the Planning Inspectorate and (b) planning appeals being considered by the...

      Bed-and-Breakfast Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many households living in bed-and-breakfast accommodation there were in the first quarter of (a) 1997 and (b)...

      Local Authority Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list those local authorities that are (a) debt free and (b) in debt, indicating their level of debt in (i)...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list those housing authorities that have transferred all or part of their housing stock in a large scale...

      Runway Capacity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans his Department has to increase runway capacity at (a) Heathrow and (b) Gatwick.

      Runway Capacity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the commercial use by regional air services of...

      Airport Slots (London-Inverness Route)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions his Department has had with the Scottish Executive about the use of a public service obligation on...

      Terminal 5

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when his Department will determine the application for terminal 5 at Heathrow.

      Air Movement Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what restrictions on air movements in the vicinity of nuclear power stations are in force.

  • Health

    • Care Standards (Young Adults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the national care standards for younger adults will be introduced.

    • Care Standards (Young Adults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the report findings from the consultation on national care standards for younger adults will be published.

      Haemophilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of the recent decision by the High Court to award damages under the Consumer Protection Act 1988 to 114 people...

      Royal Prerogative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ministerial decisions were made where authority for the same derived from the Royal Prerogative for the most recent calendar month for which...

      Cancer Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women have been tested for cervical cancer in Leicestershire in the last 12 months.

      Cancer Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many pilot areas there are in England for cervical screening; and what the time scale is for these pilots; (2) if he will make a statement on...

      Cancer Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the average cost of the treatment of a cervical cancer patient.

      Cancer Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the funds allocated to the treatment of (a) breast cancer, (b) cervical cancer and (c) prostate cancer.

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pieces of Government-funded research there have been on the subject of abuse of disabled children in the last five years.

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much related training material has been funded by the Government since the publication of the ABCD Pack in 1992.

      Residential Services (Special Needs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish a consultation document on national standards for residential services for adults with disabilities and special needs.

      Heart Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was, from diagnosis to treatment for heart disease in each of the last four years.

      Pharmaceutical Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expenditure per capita was on pharmaceuticals in each of the OECD countries for the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Electromagnetic Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the role of overhead powerlines in causing breast cancer.

      Electromagnetic Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the conclusions of the California Health Department report on the possible health risks associated with power frequency...

      Special Care Baby Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what Government initiatives there are to recruit and retain qualified nursing staff for special care baby units; whether there is funding available to...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effect on NHS mental health services of restrictions imposed by councils on the number of placements to be made...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which (a) voluntary and (b) independent sector groups have been involved in the planning and implementation of the national service framework for mental...

      Care of the Elderly (Buckinghamshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on funding for the care of the elderly in Buckinghamshire.

      Dry Rot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent guidance he has given to local councils on the treatment of dry rot and on which chemicals are permitted for its treatment.

      Consultation Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      MMR Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the levels of uptake among two-year olds of MMR were in each NHS region in each quarter of the last five years.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many more consultants, broken down by specialty, will be appointed by 2004, above the number in post in 2000.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health from which sources extra consultants will come in accordance with targets for 2004 detailed in the NHS Plan.

      Nursing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects the assessments to be completed on those patients who were receiving nursing care on 1 October but had not yet been assessed for...

      Nursing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the type of training being given to nurses responsible for carrying out assessments for free nursing care; and how...

      Nursing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's are not eligible for free nursing care.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Sexual and Reproductive Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the definition of equal and free access to sexual and reproductive health care as included in the Northern...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he will take to assist the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission reconcile different views on abortion in the proposed Bill of...

      Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who the line manager is for an authorised officer of the Parades Commission.

      Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many authorised officers have been remunerated over the past 12 months; how they are appointed; under what terms; and what has been their...

      Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who decides the appointment of the Parades Commission commissioners, the length of contract and level of remuneration.

      Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the Parades Commission commissioners indicating their background prior to appointment, their other remunerated public or private...

      Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the travel expenses of the Chairman of the Parades Commission have been since his appointment, broken down by (a) his first year in office,...

      Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the procedure for complaint with respect to the work of an authorised officer of the Parades Commission.

      Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many nights the Chairman of the Parades Commission has spent in Northern Ireland; and what the estimated cost of the provision of overnight...

      Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the Chairman of the Parades Commission was appointed; what his (a) length of contract and (b) level of remuneration is; and what criteria...

      Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people the Parades Commission employs, broken down by levels of remuneration.

      Paramilitary Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) punishment beatings, (b) punishment shootings and (c) murders there were in Northern Ireland in each (i) week and (ii) month from 1...

      Departmental Assets

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

      Computer Crime

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

      Departmental Publications

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

      Royal Ulster Constabulary (Overtime)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what overtime costs have been incurred each month during 2001 by the RUC dealing with public disorder.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Computer Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many cases of computer (a) hacking, (b) fraud and (c) theft his Department has recorded in (i) 2000 and (ii) 2001; and on...

    • Euro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information is being provided to British travellers about the effect of the introduction of euro notes and coins.

      San Francisco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Ministers from his Department have visited San Francisco since May 1997; and how many have stayed at the consul...

      San Francisco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Permanent Under- Secretary of his Department has visited San Francisco since his appointment.

      San Francisco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many serving Prime Ministers have visited San Francisco since 1979.

      San Francisco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consultations he has undertaken with (a) the local chamber of commerce and (b) other business organisations in San...

      San Francisco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to sell the consul general's house in San Francisco.

      San Francisco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he has consulted the DTI on the forthcoming sale of the consul general's house in San Francisco.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Departmental Assets

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's 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...

    • Departmental Publications

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how much his Department spent on information literature, advertising and campaign material in the financial years (a)...

      Community Court Order Warrants

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department which agency has responsibility for the enforcement of warrants following the breach of a community court order; and if he will...

      Community Court Order Warrants

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many warrants for breach of a community court order issued after 1 April remain unexecuted in (a) the London probation area,...

  • Treasury

    • EU Prospectus Directive

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the Government's policy is on the proposed EC prospectus directive; and if he will make a statement; (2) what representations he has received...

    • Rating Appeals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps are being taken by the Valuation Office to reduce delays in rating appeals; (2) what the average delay is in valuation officers...

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what action he took in (a) 1999 and (b) 2000 to assess whether the Financial Services Authority was in compliance with the service level agreement...

      Golden Jubilee

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if her Majesty's Government plan to issue a gold sovereign of new design in celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen.

      Treasury Supervision (Money Outlets)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to supervise the regulation of (a) bureaux de change, (b) cheque cashers and (c) money transmission agents.

      Job Vacancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when, and for what reason, he suspended the publication of job vacancy statistics; and when he expects to resume publication of such statistics.

      Job Vacancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many job vacancies there are in (a) South Shields, (b) Tyne and Wear and (c) the north-east; how many there were 12 months ago; and what is the national...

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact on the future for Equitable Life Assurance of the society compromise due to be voted on; and if he will make a...

      Student Loans

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

      Limited Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in what circumstances he will provide security for the debt of a company limited by guarantee.

      European Crime Convention

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the effect of the draft protocol to the 2000 convention on mutual assistance in criminal matters between the member states of...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • International Sporting Events (Special Needs Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what sources of funding are available to enable young people with special educational needs to participate in international sporting events.

    • National Lottery (Sales Licences)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many shops in England are licensed to sell lottery tickets; and how many of these have had a sales turnover in the last 12...

      Culture and Audiovisual Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the outcome was of the Culture and Audiovisual Council held in Brussels on 5 November; what the Government's stance was on each...

      Public Sector Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the Government will fulfil their obligations under the treaty of Amsterdam to define the role of public sector broadcasting.

      British Films

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what European Union funds are available for (a) the production and (b) the distribution of British-made films.

  • Home Department

    • Money Laundering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide a breakdown of how many convictions there have been for money laundering in total across the EU, and in each individual...

    • Overstayers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications were made under the regularisation scheme for overstayers; how many applicants have had their cases decided; and how...

      Overstayers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many caseworkers in the integrated casework directorate are engaged in considering applications under the regularisation scheme for...

      Incitement to Religious Hatred

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have taken place (a) for acts intended or likely to stir up racial hatred under sections 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 of the...

      Golden Jubilee Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to announce the conclusions of his review of his decision not to award the Golden Jubilee medal to the police; and if he will...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many newly issued passports were lost in the post in each of the last five years; how many were subsequently recovered; and how many...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letters of 9 May and 12 July, from the hon. Member for Putney, with regard to his constituent Mr. Rachid Boujelouah...

      Incitement to Religious Hatred

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the leaders of different faiths with whom he has consulted concerning the proposed law on incitement to religious hatred; and...

      Police Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans he has to introduce central purchasing of police vehicles; (2) what guidance he issues to police forces concerning the...

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