Written answers

Monday, 12 November 2001

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions were held with Sport England on the establishment of the new opportunities fund for sport.

    • Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) start up and (b) operating costs are of the new opportunities fund for sport.

      Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to merge the New Opportunities Fund for Sport organisation with Sport England; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his answer of 1 November 2001, Official Report, column 802W, on departmental assets, if he will estimate the value of the...

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Rough Sleepers Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the Rough Sleepers Unit will compile information about the number of hotel places in major centres of population.

    • West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on how many occasions in (a) 2001, (b) 2000 and (c) 1999 services on the west coast main line have been disrupted...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he has asked the National Audit Office to evaluate the PPP bids for the London Underground once the final bids...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what assumptions regarding the cost to the public sector of cost overruns he is planning to include in the...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what information he collates on the incidence of crime in underground stations.

      Motorway Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations have been made by the police in the past five years in respect of raising the maximum speed...

      Area Cost Adjustment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what external validation (a) will be and (b) has been applied to the use of New Earnings Survey statistical...

      Dry Rot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent guidance he has given to local councils on the treatment of dry rot and which chemicals are permitted for...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the operation of the working time directive in respect of HGV drivers.

      Pedestrian Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what (a) proportion of seriously and fatally injured pedestrians received their injuries from being hit by the fronts...

      Noise Mitigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will publish the timetable for the implementation of the ring-fenced budget for noise mitigation measures.

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which light rail projects have received support from the Strategic Rail Authority since it was established.

      Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what information he has collated on the number of US states which have banned the use of methyl tertiary butyl ether;...

      Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his policy is on the use of methyl tertiary butyl ether; what plans he has to review the policy; and if he will...

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what translation services he ensures are available to local authorities in (a) England and (b) Staffordshire.

      Seller's Pack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to re-introduce legislation to make a seller's pack compulsory.

      Aviation Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the airline and aerospace industries.

      Central Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proportion of services provided by Central Trains in the last 12 months ran on time.

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many households in (a) council housing and (b) registered social landlord having in each local authority area in...

      Overcrowding (Trains)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what assessment his Department has made of the level of overcrowding on trains on routes between Blackpool and...

      Empty Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the latest estimate is of (a) the number of empty homes and (b) the number of homeless; and what steps the...

      Airport Slots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to submit proposals to the European Commission in relation to regulations 248/92 and 95/93...

      Airport Slots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on demand for slots at Heathrow and Gatwick over...

      Health and Safety Laboratory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of the costs of the Health and Safety Laboratory's estates in Sheffield and Buxton in...

      Health and Safety Laboratory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of the annual costs of the Health and Safety Laboratory's estates under the proposed PFI...

      Housing Association Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) how many do-it-yourself shared-ownership scheme purchases there were by each housing association in each of the...

      Contingency Plans (West Midlands)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what contingency plans he has made to improve transport services in the west midlands if a national stadium is placed...

      Health and Safety Inspections (Hotels)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many hotels in (a) London and (b) the UK have failed health and safety inspections in the last 12 months; and...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many vacancies there are for fire personnel in the UK; and what steps he has taken to encourage more people into...

      Train Toilets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what regulations exist to oblige train operating companies to make working toilets available to passengers on trains;...

      Train Toilets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what powers the Strategic Railway Authority has to oblige train operating companies to make working toilets available...

      Airport Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessments he has made of security procedures as they apply to (a) general aviation and (b) regional airports...

      Rating Appeals (Hertfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the cost to industry in Hertfordshire of delays in the consideration of rating appeals...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 6 November 2001, Official Report, column 135W, on Railtrack, what action he will take to...

      Road Traffic Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many (a) fatal and (b) serious, road traffic accidents involving monocular commercial drivers there were in each...

      Rosyth Ferry Terminal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the (a) short-term, (b) medium-term and (c) long-term plans for the proposed Rosyth...

      Rosyth Ferry Terminal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place in the Library the proposals for the ferry terminal at Rosyth including (a) the initial investment...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many people at or above state retirement were placed in (a) bed-and-breakfast accommodation and (b) temporary...

      Abandoned Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimates his Department has made of the number of abandoned cars dumped in England in (a) 2000 and (b) 1997.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Consultation Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many consultation documents were issued by his Department from (a) 15 October to 14 January, (b) 15 January to 14 April, (c)...

    • India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with representatives of the Indian Government since 11 September; and if he will make a statement.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the change in the internal stability of Pakistan since 11 September; and if he will make a...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy not to alter the sovereignty of Gibraltar without the consent of the people of Gibraltar.

      Foreign Debt (Serbia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if it is his policy to support the demands of the Serbian Government to write-off two thirds of the country's foreign debt.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Violent Incidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the serious violent incidents attributed to (a) the IRA and proscribed Republican groups and (b) proscribed Loyalist terrorist...

    • Police Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the most recent recruitment campaign for the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

      Francis Devlin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures will be taken in response to the European Court of Human Rights decision in favour of Francis Devlin on 30 October; what...

      Criminal Justice Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will publish the Government's response to the criminal justice review.

  • Defence

    • Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment has been made of the capability of each of the territorial infantry battalions to be deployed on operations as formed units. [R]

    • Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment has been made of the capability of the TA to provide the framework for the rapid expansion of the forces; and if he will make a...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Territorial Army units he has available with anti-aircraft capability.

      Summer Recess

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

      Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment is being made of the impact of improved communications on the ability of subordinates to take the initiative; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Promotions

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

      Medical Preparedness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish in full the Three Services Board of Inquiry report into medical preparedness prepared by the Surgeon General's Department; and if he...

      Defence Diversification Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list Scottish firms that have had negotiations with the Defence Diversification Agency since its inception.

      Consultation Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Defence Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will review the criteria for determining the award of a defence medal for service personnel.

      Defence Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will instruct the Adjutant General's Office to instigate a review of the rules covering the issue of the defence medal.

      Defence Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will create an accessible Board of Appeal for the award of defence medals, in order that evidence that is acceptable to a Court of Law is not...

      Defence Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he delegates to the Officer-in-Charge, Army Medal Office, full authority for the decision making process for medal applications.

      Golden Jubilee Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received to grant the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal to service men who were injured during World War Two; and if he will make...

      War Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 28 June 2001, Official Report, column 132W, on war pensions, if he will state (a) how many expert caseworkers there are and...

      Saif Sareea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many missions or training packages involving UK armoured vehicles and tanks as part of Saif Sareea II were (a) cancelled and (b) reduced in package...

      Saif Sareea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason logistical aspects of Saif Sareea 2 were carried out in non-tactical settings.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what has been the cost of the munitions used in each week of the Afghanistan campaign.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of cluster bombs used in Afghanistan did not explode on impact.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what communications have taken place between his Department and operational commanders involved in military actions in Afghanistan in respect of the...

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 29 October 2001, Official Report, column 519W, which categories of nuclear weapons contain depleted uranium; and what the...

      Procurement Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with how many small and medium enterprises his Department has signed procurement contracts.

      Smallpox Antidote

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what levels of smallpox antidote are held by his Department.

      Military Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by whom the review of military supplies will be conducted; and if he will make a statement.

      Bowman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date he expects the Bowman personal role radio to be in service.

      Nuclear Warfare Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the UK's nuclear warfare strategy.

      Indirect Fire Precision Attack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Indirect Fire Precision Attack project.

      UK Airports (Military Protection)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what military protection is being offered to UK airports; and if he will make a statement.

      Civil National Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to deploy (a) armed forces personnel and (b) reservists to protect critical elements of the civil national infrastructure, other than...

      Forces Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which divisions of his Department are contributing to the Forces Review; and if he will make a statement.

      Desert Combat Suits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many desert combat suits are held at command ordnance depots.

      Army Foundation College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which MOD sites are under consideration for the siting of a new Army Foundation College.

      Strategic Defence Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procurement spending commitments implicit in the Strategic Defence Review he will meet.

      Defence Imports (Israel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at what stage is the proposed purchase from Israel of the Gill-Spike anti-tank missile; what the results are of the tests of the missile by his...

      Defence Imports (Israel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the (a) quantity and (b) category of defence equipment purchased from Israel for each year from 1997.

      Overseas Entertainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the (a) acts and (b) costs of artists performing for UK forces overseas, in the past five years.

      RAF Coltishall, Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the security of personal items of service men at RAF Coltishall, Norfolk; and if he will make a statement.

      Challenger 2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if halt drills for Challenger 2 require filters to be cleaned.

      Challenger 2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes in halt drills have taken place since the introduction of Challenger 2.

  • Treasury

    • Pensioners (Buckingham)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people of pensionable age there are in the Buckingham constituency.

    • Unemployment (Buckingham)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of unemployment was in the Buckingham constituency in (a) September 2000 and (b) September 2001.

      Nirs2

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the NIRS2 computer system to be fully operational.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much additional VAT revenue was secured by shadow economy teams in (a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01 and (c) 2001–02 to date.

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average case value was of cases of VAT fraud investigated by HM Customs and Excise under the civil penalty procedure in (a) 1997–98, (b)...

      Budget Allocations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what additional budget allocations have been made since 11 September to (a) the UK security services, (b) the Ministry of Defence, (c) the Department...

      Tax Deduction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the basis is for the policy of allowing tax deducted from bank and building society deposits to be reclaimed, but not from dividends paid on shares and...

      Fuel Duties (Greater London)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received as to the effect of fuel duties on businesses in the Greater London area in the last 12 months.

      Occupational Pension Schemes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if part-time employees or ex-employees who have been awarded backdated access to their occupational pension schemes, will be permitted to take the relevant...

      Customs and Excise (Officer Suspensions)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Customs and Excise officers are suspended over allegations relating to a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice; and in which areas of the...

      Heroin Seizures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much heroin seized in the last year in the United Kingdom was supplied from Pakistan; and whether this includes controlled deliveries by Customs and...

      Customs and Excise (Controlled Deliveries)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many operations conducted by HM Customs and Excise in relation to controlled deliveries are under legal review by independent counsel.

      Debt Write-off

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to write off debts owed by the poorest countries; and if he will make a statement.

      Cigarette Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the interpretation of the phrase, for own consumption, when applied to the import of cigarettes from the EU into the United...

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimate is of the cost of the Penrose inquiry in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03.

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff are employed on the Penrose inquiry (a) full-time and (b) part-time.

      Manufacturing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures are being taken to help improve manufacturing employment and the share of GDP produced by the manufacturing sector.

      Tax Burdens

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) discussions he has had with and (b) representations he has received from the social exclusion unit regarding the tax burden on families in the...

      Post Office Closures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact on financial exclusion among persons in the lowest income quintile resulting from sub-post office closures in (a)...

      Consultation Documents

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

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the impact on (a) Government expenditure and (b) tax revenues of a 0.1 per cent. change in the economy's rate of growth (i) in...

      Privy Council Silver

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much Bonham and Brooks charged by way of (a) cancellation and (b) otherwise in respect of the withdrawal from their auction of 30 November of certain...

      Graduate Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 31 October 2001, Official Report, column 888W, to the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight (Mr. Turner), on graduate incomes, if he...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the survival rates are for victims of breast cancer in (a) North Yorkshire, (b) Nottinghamshire, (c) Cumbria and (d) the United Kingdom at the latest...

      Reserves

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much money remains in the reserves; and what plans he has to increase the funds available in the reserves over the course of the current financial...

      Business Payroll Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will publish the Carter review of payroll costs to business; and if he will make a statement.

      Bank Disclosures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 23 October 2001, Official Report, column 204W, on bank disclosures, what information he has received on the lending patterns in...

      Construction and Refurbishment Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the top 10 companies to which his Department contracted out their construction and refurbishment work in the last 12 months.

      Motor Fuel Producers (Tax Income)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was raised in tax on motor fuel producers in each year since 1997.

      Business Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to review the method for calculating business rates for small rural public houses.

      Mr. James Sharp

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will refer the case of Mr. James Sharp, a constituent, to the Treasury Solicitor.

      Mr. James Sharp

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the decision of the East Wales Valuation Tribunal in the case of Sharp v. Valuation Office.

      ECOFIN Council

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the outcome was of the ECOFIN Council held in Brussels on 6 November; what the Government's stance was on each issue discussed, including its voting...

      Ir35

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to review the 5 per cent. ceiling for tax exempt expenses under IR35.

      Business Compliance Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how the Inland Revenue will measure compliance costs to business as referred to in Cm 407; and if he will make a statement.

      National Insurance Numbers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many checks on national insurance numbers will have been completed by the end of 2001.

  • Education and Skills

    • Local Education Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the role (a) the private sector and (b) the not-for-profit sector can play in the running of (i) English...

    • Music Standards Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many local authorities are receiving grants from the Music Standards Fund to provide instrumental tuition for pupils.

      Early Years Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will announce the result of the bid by Somerford Infant School and the Grange Neighbourhood Nursery Partnership for an early years...

      GCSE Grades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of children achieved five or more GCSEs at A* to C grades in (a) schools with sixth forms and (b) schools without sixth...

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will give a breakdown of the number of lone parents leaving the New Deal for Lone Parents for employment who have (a) at least one...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Civil Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many full-time employees work in the civil service.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Computer Crime

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

    • Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to extend the no-fly zone at Sellafield.

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the B215 building at the Sellafield site has been designed to resist a plane crash.

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received on the draft Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2001; what assessment...

      Paternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement about the provision of paternity leave for fathers of multiple births.

      Royal Ordnance (Chorley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what priority the Royal Ordnance site has been given in order to promote the use of a brownfield site.

      Royal Ordnance (Chorley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment the North West Regional Development Agency has made of the benefits involved with the use of the Royal Ordnance site in Chorley.

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has for the future use of the site at Bradwell power station.

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations she has received proposing the building of new nuclear power stations; and what plans she has for the construction...

      Universal Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if all those in receipt of benefit pension and tax credit payments will be automatically eligible for a Post Office card account after the...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices there are in each parliamentary constituency; and how many of them derive more than 40 per cent. of their income from...

      Ilisu Dam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the Prime Minister in relation to export credit guarantee to underwrite the Ilisu Dam project; and when the...

      Ilisu Dam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment she has made of the human rights impact of the Ilisu Dam project in Turkey; (2) what assessment she has made of the...

      Flexible Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to give employees the right to request flexible working hours; and if she will make a statement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make it her policy to ensure that all letters sent by Ministers in her Department to hon. Members are signed by the Minister...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will reply to the letters dated 21 July and 25 September from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding Whitelink Seafoods,...

      Sub-post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the funding of sub-post offices.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list those parts of the country in which the Royal Mail has withdrawn a morning collection in the last 12 months.

      Nuclear Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to ensure the security of nuclear power stations.

      Greenhouse Gases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in setting up a greenhouse gases emissions trading scheme.

  • Prime Minister

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent representations he has received from the Performance and Information Unit regarding progress towards meeting the Government's targets for renewable energy...

    • Public Policy

      To ask the Prime Minister what the (a) names and (b) functions are of the units dealing with the formulation and the delivery of public policy which are answerable to (i) the Prime Minister, (ii)...

      Policy Co-ordination

      To ask the Prime Minister how many civil servants working directly for (a) the Prime Minister, (b) the Deputy Prime Minister and (c) Ministers in the Cabinet Office are responsible for the...

      Departmental Changes

      To ask the Prime Minister in respect of each Government Department which has been renamed or had its responsibilities altered since the last general election, what the purpose of the changes was;...

      European Leaders

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his meeting with European leaders at No. 10 Downing street on 4 November.

      Fishery Harbours

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on departmental responsibility for fishery harbours.

      Work Force Development

      To ask the Prime Minister when he will publish the Performance and Innovation Unit report on work force development.

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the Performance and Innovation Unit's review of the legal and regulatory framework for voluntary organisations.

  • Health

    • Care Standards (Young Adults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the financial impact will be on individual homes and local authorities of implementing national care standards for younger adults.

    • GPs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new GPs were recruited in 1999–2000 and 2000–01.

      Student Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the timetable of his review of funding for student nurses.

      Head Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to commission research into the incidence and prevalence of head injury.

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 years...

      Eye Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve access to NHS eye tests.

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health within which statutory format the proposed strategic health authorities will operate from April 2002.

      MRI Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the sources of expenditure were on new linear accelerators and MRI scanners in each of the last two years.

      NHS Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with which EU nations his Department has had discussions over the treatment of NHS patients.

      Nursing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons (a) the consultation process on free nursing care arrangements ran for four weeks and (b) the consultations on care standard regulations...

      Nursing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health authorities, primary care groups and primary care trusts had not appointed (a) a nursing home co-ordinator and (b) a lead nurse by 1 November.

      NHS Trusts (Franchises)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria he will use to determine when an NHS trust might be made subject of a franchise arrangement.

      GP Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many applicants there were on average for a general practitioner's partnership in 1985; how many there were on average in the last 12 months; what...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many low cost housing units for nurses in London have been found by the Department's housing tsar.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nursing posts there are (a) in the UK and (b) in London; and how many unfilled vacancies there are.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the NHS budget was spent on mental health in (a) 1997–98, (b) 1998–99, (c) 1999–2000, (d) 2000–01 and (e) the...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the incidence of methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus in hospitals was in each of the last five years.

      Health Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the UK is spending on health as a percentage of GDP in the current financial year; and what the comparable figures are for (a) Spain, (b) France,...

      NHS Trusts (Franchises)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what performance measures will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of a franchise arrangement.

      National Blood Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the National Blood Service's appropriate use of blood and blood components group contingency plans for prolonged periods of blood shortages will be...

      National Blood Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the National Blood Service's appropriate use of blood and blood components group plans to minimize the risk of transfusion-transmitted vCJD.

      National Blood Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what kind of blood substitute therapies and alternatives to blood transfusions the National Blood Service's appropriate use of blood and blood components...

  • Home Department

    • DNA Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on the creation, maintenance and retention of DNA databases in combating terrorism in the United Kingdom.

    • Strangeways

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the handcuffing of a prisoner at Strangeways during his chemotherapy treatment for cancer at North Manchester...

      Imitation Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to restrict the availability of imitation firearms.

      Anthrax Attacks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hoax anthrax attacks have been reported since 11 September; and if he will make a statement.

      Passport Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on passport fees.

      Departmental Publications

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

      Youth Offender Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase the use of youth offender panels; what steps he has taken to increase participation in the scheme; and if he...

      Youth Offender Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for which offences teenagers may be referred to a youth offender panel.

      Youth Offender Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the extent is of the powers of youth offender panels; and how binding their judgments are.

      Residency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many applications for residency on behalf of sponsors of British citizens were granted in 2000; how many such applications were...

      Residency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his officials received an application on behalf of Mrs. Melissa Gryspeerdt of Chippenham, Wiltshire; when they expect to process it; and...

      Sex Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his plans in relation to reforming the law on sex offences and the recommendations of the report, "Setting the...

      Computer Crime

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

      Asylum

      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 in (a)...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Sri Lankans have sought political asylum in the UK in each of the last three years.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum were made in each of the last 12 months by (a) Afghans, (b) Sri Lankans, (c) Somalians and (d) Iraqi Kurds;...

      Nick Tucker

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the investigation by the Criminal Cases Review Commission into the case of Mr. Nick Tucker to report.

      Badger Baiting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make badger baiting a recordable crime.

      Paramilitary Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will put in place measures to ensure that children and young people are prevented from participating in paramilitary style training...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the impact on the criminal injuries compensation scheme of the decision in R v. CICAP ex parte August and ex...

      Corporate Manslaughter

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on progress in bringing forward proposals for a new offence of (a) corporate manslaughter and (b) corporate killing.

      National Black Police Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will update the information given in his answer to the hon. Member for Worthing, West of 19 July 2001, Official Report, column 345W,...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Jurors

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) what measures there are to protect the identity of jurors in court; (2) what rules restrict the names of jurors being read...

    • Libra Project

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his answer of 31 October 2001, Official Report, column 752W, on the Libra project, how many of the magistrates courts...

      Money Claims

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if the Lord Chancellor will introduce legislation to change the law so that if a claim is made against a first defendant and a...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Jobcentres (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department plans to take to deal with violent assaults on Jobcentre staff.

    • Learning Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support his Department is giving to help those with learning disabilities to get back into work.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on progress with preparation for the changes to the Child Support Agency which will come into effect in April 2002.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the qualifications of the Auditor General to the 2000–01 accounts of the Child Support Agency; and if he...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much is owed to the Child Support Agency in outstanding child maintenance payments; how much of this is deemed uncollectable; and if he...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the annual budget of the Child Support Agency has been in each year since 1993; (2) how many cases the Child Support Agency has...

      Workers (Rehabilitation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with private sector insurers about the rehabilitation of workers.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the impact the new deal has had on youth unemployment.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the new deal for disabled people.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the new deal for 50 plus; and if he will make a statement.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the effect the new deal has had on long-term unemployment in Birmingham, Erdington.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many persons have left the new deal for young people since its inception; how many of them have left to enter (a) jobs lasting less than 13...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants in the new deal for lone parents have obtained places on (a) Employment Service programmes, (b) work based learning for...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many places were (a) available and (b) taken up on (i) the employment option and (ii) the full-time education and training option on the...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions further to his answer of 15 October 2001, Official Report, column 904, on unemployment advice, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b)...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of the long-term unemployed have been subjected to sanctions in respect of the new deal for the long-term unemployed since its inception.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost to date has been of (a) publications on and (b) advertising of new deal programmes for the unemployed.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants in the new deal to date have been placed on a computer skills course as part of the Ambition: IT partnership.

      Universal Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people he estimates will receive benefits through the universal bank.

      Manufacturing Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the monthly changes in the number of people employed in the manufacturing sector since 1998.

      Pensioners Credit Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment the Government have made of the contribution the pensioners credit scheme will make to the income of pensioners in the United...

      Over-50s

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what strategy his Department is developing to help people aged over 50 into work.

      Social Deprivation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to help people back into work in areas of social deprivation in St. Helens, North.

      Jobs (Peterborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the impact of measures to create jobs in Peterborough since 11 September.

      Jobfinder Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the role of compulsion in jobfinder plus.

      Employment Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had recently with employers to discuss the Government's employment programmes.

      Training Providers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what was the average length of time taken by his Department to release funds to training providers following audit in the latest six-month...

      Maternity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the operation of sure start maternity benefit.

      Employment Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of employment zones in reducing unemployment.

      Tax Credits (Pensioners)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what further plans he has to introduce tax credits for pensioners.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on the status of the basic state pension within overall pension provision in the United Kingdom.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 24 October 2001, Official Report, column 242W, on pensions, if he will provide quarterly figures on the sales of...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the feasibility of using the administrative mechanisms that he uses to ensure that women receive their...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have responded to the recent winter fuel payment advertising campaign; and what steps have been taken to evaluate the...

      Inter-agency Liaison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to improve liaison between the Benefits Agency and the Employment Service.

      Pensions Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) cases were referred to OPAS, (b) complaints about OPAS were referred to the Pensions Ombudsman, (c) other complaints were referred...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training has been undertaken by staff commencing work in the new Jobcentre Plus offices.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which Jobcentre Plus offices provide the facility for benefit claims to be made over the telephone; what length of time he estimates such...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of the new Jobcentre Plus offices (a) have been risk assessed and (b) are awaiting risk assessment to determine the necessary level of...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions at what level of risk assessment it will be deemed necessary to provide a Jobcentre Plus office with security staff; and how many security...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consultation with Benefits Agency staff was undertaken before the decision to remove glass security screens from new Jobcentre Plus...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions who is responsible for carrying out risk assessments in the new Jobcentre Plus offices; and if this process is subject to reassessment...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's estimate is of the costs involved in equipping all new Jobcentre Plus offices with (a) CCTV, (b) panic alarms and (c)...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre Plus offices have opened (a) with and (b) without protective screens; and what contingency plans the Government have to...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what personal safety advice has been given to Jobcentre Plus staff following the removal of glass security screens in new offices.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions according to what criteria new Jobcentre Plus offices will be risk assessed; and what protection will be offered to staff in offices determined...

      Benefits Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many security staff are employed in Benefits Agency offices; and what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of such...

      Benefits Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's policy is for dealing with claimants who act in a threatening or violent manner towards Benefits Agency staff.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proposals he has to end child poverty; and how many children living in poverty there were in (a) June 1997 and (b) June 2001.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he plans to extend the use of the application registration cards for asylum seekers to all benefit claimants.

      Attendance Allowance (Care Homes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the entitlement of self-funded residents of nursing and care homes to receive attendance allowance; and if he...

      Combined Pension Statement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he intends to introduce the combined pension statement.

      Devolved Administrations

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

      Departmental Spending (Staff)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate total staff costs for his Department and its agencies by nation and region of the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Job Losses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job losses have occurred in the UK as a result of the terrorist attacks of 11 September.

      Jobcentres (Electronic Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many jobcentres have had electronic jobpoints fitted; how many jobs are accessible through this service; and what assessment has been...

      ONE Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the findings of his Department's research report number 149 "The Medium-Term Effects of Voluntary Participation...

      Job Opportunies (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action the Government are taking to help create new job opportunities in East Central Scotland.

      National Insurance Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if his Department completed the planned checks on national insurance numbers in 2000; and how many of those checks resulted in anomalies that...

      National Insurance Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate how many national insurance accounts exist where no contributions are being made; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Departmental Staff (Disability)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of staff in his Department had a disability in each year since 1992; and what targets are in place to increase the recruitment...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) Wales, (b) England, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland who receive incapacity...

      Disability Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to uprate the disability income guarantee in line with earnings; and if he will make a statement.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the part played by the resistance by farmers to the slaughter of their stock in the spread of...

    • Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to review licensing arrangements for animal movements following the recent foot and mouth disease outbreaks.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the amount of FMD vaccine (a) held in the UK and (b) available from elsewhere in Europe.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the (a) number and (b) value of contracts (i) negotiated and (ii) yet to be negotiated in...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to lift the three kilometre D notice in the infected area in Leominster.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what is the total number of animals, by species, slaughtered under the Livestock Welfare (Disposal) Scheme since 19 February.

      Chernobyl

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many sheep, on how many farms, are subject to restrictions resulting from the fallout of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster...

      Crustastun

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what support her Department is giving to Bristol University and to Silsoe Research Institute in Bedford for the development...

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is of the annual cost of clearing up litter in the UK in each of the last three years.

      Rural Recovery Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of the money committed to rural businesses as part of the rural recovery programme following the FMD crisis has been...

      Computer Crime

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

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list those members of the Carbon Trust Board who represent (a) the energy supply industry, (b) the energy...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what was the total level of Government financial support made available to energy efficiency measures in each year since 1990.

      Aaps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will draw down the EU share, and pay the UK share, of the (a) first and (b) second tranche of aid on AAPS 2000...

      Livestock Disease Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the future viability of livestock markets in England and Wales; and what steps she has taken...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will commission a study on the efficacy of marketing animals (a) over the internet and (b) via video link in reducing...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what response her Department has made to the European Commission's proposal to reclassify medicines for food-producing...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessments she has made of the proposals by the European Commission that medicines for food-producing animals will...

      Compensation (Tuna Fishermen)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received regarding compensation for UK fishermen who (a) have had and (b) will have their...

      Recycling (Refrigerators)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the cost to local authorities involved in storing refrigerators and deep-freezers awaiting...

      Farm Business Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the waiting time is for access to the three-day farm business advisory services for farmers in (a) England and (b) the...

      Farming (Diversification)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding is available to farmers to diversify into tourism outside objective 1 areas.

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the steps taken by the public bodies involved to reduce the risk of flooding in the south of...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures the Government have taken to reduce the risk of flooding to one in 100 in high risk areas.

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will provide funding for a flood defence scheme in Milby and Langthorpe.

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what preventive measures she has taken to ensure that the Ouse does not flood as a result of rivers to the north flowing into it.

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will provide funding towards construction of a land drainage pumping station in Rawcliffe; (2) what measures...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on flood (a) warning and (b) prevention arrangements.

      Livestock Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to enable livestock to reach their winter accommodation before winter weather sets in.

      Livestock Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received relating to her Department's advice to farmers on the licensing provisions for...

      Livestock Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of animals over 30 months old which have not been transported owing to movement...

      Livestock Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what investigations she has carried out into her Department's animal health division with respect to the delay in the...

      Animal Health Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she plans to propose amendments to the Animal Health Act 1981 to give the Government powers to seize and destroy any...

      Farm Study (Shropshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if a decision has been made to grant a cash contribution to Shropshire county council's Farm Study for Shropshire.

      Live Animal Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to ensure that once the foot and mouth disease export restrictions have been lifted UK animals...

      Live Animal Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make representations to other EU countries to end the payment of export refunds on the export of live cattle from...

      EU Agrimonetary Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the Government will claim the available EU agrimonetary compensation for arable farmers before 31 October.

      Dioxins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many maximum tolerable daily doses of dioxin, as defined by the WHO, 1.1g represents.

      Scrapie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans her Department has to bring forward legislation to provide for compulsory powers to cull sheep from flocks...

      Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the volume of (a) food imports and (b) agricultural imports into the United Kingdom in the...

      Tenanted Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the future viability of local authorities' tenanted farms.

      Ragwort

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many horses have died from ingesting ragwort in each of the last 10 years.

  • President of the Council

    • Legislation

      To ask the President of the Council how many (a) Budgets have been introduced and (b) Government sponsored Bills have reached the statute book since 1997.

  • International Development

    • World Summit on Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures she is taking to ensure that water and sanitation issues are considered by the world summit on sustainable development;...

  • House of Lords

    • Magistrates' Courthouses: Closures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many magistrates' courthouses have been closed in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years for which statistics are available; and what are the locations...

    • Magistrates' Courthouses: Closures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many magistrates' courts are currently under consideration for closure; and what are the locations of the same.

      Freedom of Expression

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that it is appropriate behaviour for the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to threaten a Member of the House...

      Northern Ireland: Police Recruitment Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they still accept the claim made in paragraph 15.11 of the report by the Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland A New Beginning: Policing...

      Northern Ireland: Police Recruitment Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why reverse discrimination is necessary for Roman Catholics, who were under-represented in the Royal Ulster Constabulary (but over-represented among senior...

      Northern Ireland: Police Recruitment Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How, and by whom, applicants to the Royal Ulster Constabulary in February were shortlisted; what tests were performed; whether the applicants were interviewed;...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: Proposed Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, and, if so, when, they received preliminary advice from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission concerning a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland.

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: Proposed Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they granted an additional £352,000 to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission on top of its annual grant of £750,000.

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: Proposed Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they support the suggestion that the chapter on social, economic and environmental rights in the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission's proposed Bill...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: Proposed Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many (a) organisations, and (b) individuals made submissions to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission either (i) calling for, or (ii) opposing the...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Provisions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would be the consequences for the United Kingdom's international obligations if they directly incorporated the European Convention on Human Rights into...

      Sierra Leone

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the latest situation in Sierra Leone following British military intervention and provision of aid and training; in particular: (a) what percentage of the...

      Asylum Seekers: Use of Smartcards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the proposal to provide asylum seekers with smartcards will in any way change the number, range and identity of the shops in which they can be used...

      Young Offenders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they agree with the recent guidelines that advocate greater leniency for young offenders.

      Treason Offences: Prosecutions and Penalties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which criminal offences, if any, still attract the death penalty; and how many prosecutions for treason have occurred since 1900 other than when the United Kingdom...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What number and percentage of patients seen at National Health Service accident and emergency departments are (a) aged over the state pension age; (b) aged 18 to...

      Nursing Home Residents: Free Nursing Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they have taken to inform residents of nursing homes of their entitlement to free nursing care.

      Stem Cells

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to follow the example of the United States National Institutes of Health in collecting centrally information about the import and use of stem...

      Welsh Sunday Licensing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the decision of the National Assembly for Wales in favour of ending septennial voting on whether public houses should remain open on a Sunday or...

      English Heritage: Employment of Children's Education Officers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much English Heritage will spend this year on direct employment of children's education officers.

      DEFRA: Receipt of Rural Recovery Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When Ministers at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and specifically the Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Lord Whitty, were first made aware of...

      DEFRA: Exeter Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the grades of the members of staff suspended in the Exeter office of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 13 August as part of an...

      British Bird Population: Effects of Slug Pellets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What research has been, or is being, undertaken to evaluate the effects of slug pellets on the British bird population, especially on species such as the song thrush.

      Nitrate Vulnerable Zones

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have completed their review of grants for repairing storage facilities outside nitrate vulnerable zones; and, if not, when they expect to do so.

      Badger Culling: Trials and Audit Reports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the badger culling trials will be fully operational again; and whether they have yet appointed an external auditor to check field operations.

      Import Inspections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 24 October (WA 133): (a) how many designated United Kingdom border inspection posts there are; (b) when the...

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