Written answers

Tuesday, 13 November 2001

  • Treasury

    • Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average rate of sickness absence was in HM Customs and Excise in (a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01 and (c) 2001–02 to the latest date...

    • Terrorism (Financing)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide a breakdown of the expected cost to Her Majesty's Government over the current financial year of the measures to combat the financing of...

      Impounded Vehicles (Smugglers)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what legal basis Customs and Excise sell the impounded vehicles of individuals who have used them to breach their personal allowances for the importation...

      Impounded Vehicles (Smugglers)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was derived from selling vehicles impounded by Customs and Excise because they were used to breach personal allowances for the importation...

      Impounded Vehicles (Smugglers)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many motor vehicles were seized on the grounds that they were being used for the illegal importation of spirits, wines, beer or tobacco products in...

      Departmental Underspending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 30 October 2001, Official Report, column 642W, on departmental budgets, if he will provide a breakdown for each listed Department...

      Departmental Underspending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he plans (a) to introduce corrective procedures for underspend of Final Department Expenditure Limit and (b) to examine the financial procedures in the...

      Departmental Underspending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health regarding under-spend in the Department of Health.

      Public-private Partnerships

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the projects in his Department which have been considered as potential public-private partnerships since 1997 which have not been undertaken...

      Private Consultancy Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Government have spent on private consultancy since 1997; and what review of such expenditure has been conducted to assess its value for money.

      VAT (Nursing Homes)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement about the impact of the charging of VAT on the residential costs of nursing home care.

      Employee Share Ownership Plans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employees of (a) mutual, (b) co-operative and (c) employee trust award companies would benefit if the present rules were changed to permit such...

      Employee Share Ownership Plans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employees in the different sectors of the economy (a) are benefiting from and (b) are entitled to receive money under the employee share ownership...

      Female Employment (Statistics)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the female population (a) is of working age, (b) is in work or seeking work and (c) is seeking work in each county.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many (a) Protestant and (b) Roman Catholic applicants to the new Police Service of Northern Ireland were successful in being selected...

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Machinery Operators (EU Legislation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received regarding proposed EU legislation to prohibit machinery operators from driving...

    • Consultation Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many consultation documents were issued by his Department and its predecessors from (a) 15 October to 14 January,...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he held talks about affordable housing on the Eaves Green site; and who was involved in the talks.

      Pedestrian Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the results were of the European new car assessment pedestrian tests based on EEVC Working Group 10 tests.

      Pedestrian Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if he will publish the advice available to him from the Transport Research Laboratory on the effects of Phase...

      Pedestrian Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if active pedestrian protection measures offered by car manufacturers are compatible with each of the choices of...

      Pedestrian Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in what year the experimental safety vehicle of the Transport Research Laboratory demonstrated the feasibility of...

      Pedestrian Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in what year in-depth pedestrian accident research work started at the Transport Research Laboratory in contributing...

      Pedestrian Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the Government first proposed to the European Commission that a directive on safer car fronts for pedestrians...

      Pedestrian Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the ability of the European car industry to achieve working group 17 pedestrian tests...

      Pedestrian Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will estimate the pedestrian fatality reduction potential of the Phase 1 tests in the draft negotiated...

      Pedestrian Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how it is intended that the car industry will work to agreed longer-term targets for pedestrian protection if Phase 2...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when an announcement will be made on the future of the Dome; and what the monthly cost of the Dome is to the Exchequer.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what advice he has received on the level of payments on debt that would (a) be required annually if the rating...

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many planning inquiries there have been into applications for telecommunications masts over 15m by commercial...

      Road Surfaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions for what reason the Highways Agency no longer takes responsibility for the surfaces of major roads in London; what...

      Housing Provision (Doncaster/Barnsley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many council houses were sold in (a) Doncaster and (b) Barnsley in each of the last 10 years.

      Housing Provision (Doncaster/Barnsley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many new social rented houses were built in (a) Doncaster and (b) Barnsley in each of the last 10 years.

      Rent Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions at what date the 1 per cent. rise in levels above the rate of inflation will commence under his restructuring...

      Rent Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what his estimate is in relation to his proposals for the restructuring of local authority rent levels, of...

      Rent Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions under his proposals for the restructuring of local authority rent levels, what account the restructured levels will...

      M6 (Morecambe and Heysham Port)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to improve road access to Morecambe and Heysham Port from the M6 Motorway.

      Fire and Civil Defence Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what guidance he will issue regarding the level of fire and civil defence authority precepts for 2001–02.

      Fire and Civil Defence Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the progress achieved by fire and civil defence authorities in metropolitan areas...

      Business Rate System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations have been received on the reform of the business rate system.

      Dvla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will review the resources and the priority being deployed by DVLA to answer telephone inquiries from members of...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the costs have been of operations undertaken by his Department in connection with events following the 11...

      Regeneration (West Midlands)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to promote the regeneration of deprived areas in the west midlands.

      Terminal 5

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the cost was of the planning inquiry into the application to build a fifth terminal at Heathrow Airport.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on job losses at Heathrow Airport as a result of the events of 11 September.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions who (a) was invited to meet and (b) met the Minister of State during his visit to Heathrow Airport on 5 November.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was the average length of the contractual working week for London Underground (a) drivers and (b) station staff...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proportion of the annual service charges to be paid by Transport for London for the London Underground...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was the annual average leave entitlement of London Underground (a) drivers and (b) station staff in each year...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what arrangements have been put in place to take account of the change in the length of the working week of the...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will ask the National Audit Office to examine the value for money aspects of the London Underground...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when, for each line of London Underground, new trains will be introduced under the terms of the public-private...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what capacity increase, for each line of London Underground, will be achieved under the terms of the public-private...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish the names of (a) companies in each of the consortia selected as preferred bidders for each London...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how, under the terms of the proposed public-private partnership for London Underground, companies will be...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if, under the proposed contracts for the public-private partnership for London Underground, senior managers of...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what is the cost to London Transport of the recent London Underground advertising campaign to promote the public-...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to sign the final contracts for the London Underground public-private partnership; and when control...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if (a) his Department, (b) Transport for London and (c) London Underground intend to undertake further advertising to...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much was spent by (a) his Department and its predecessors, (b) London Transport, (c) London Underground and (d)...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many London Underground (a) drivers and (b) station staff there were in each year since 1991.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions who are the members of the boards of (a) Transport for London and (b) London Underground, and what are their (i)...

      Local Government Modernisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if he will place in the Library all (a) guidance and (b) other documentation (i) published and (ii) otherwise...

      Local Government Modernisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what are the criteria by which members of the local government modernisation team were selected.

      Local Government Modernisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions who are the members of the local government modernisation team; and what are their relevant (a) experience and (b)...

      Local Government Modernisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what is the cost of (a) the establishment of the local government modernisation team and (b) its continuing operating...

      Local Government Modernisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what remuneration and superannuation is paid to members of the local government modernisation team.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what action he has taken to improve the quality of bus services with respect to (a) reliability of service and (b)...

      Deprivation (Lancaster)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which are the 12 most deprived wards in the Lancaster City district, with reference to the Index of Local Deprivation.

      Regeneration (Morecambe and Lunesdale)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what funding he has provided (a) to encourage employment opportunities and (b) to regenerate industrial estates in...

      Luneside Industrial Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had with (a) the Government Office for the North West and (b) NWDA about improving access to...

      Regional Investment Funding (Lancaster)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which wards in the Lancaster City Council District are eligible for Objective 2 priority 3 strategic regional...

      Wessex Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on his proposed timetable for the renewal of the Wessex Rail Franchise.

  • Defence

    • QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to divest QinetiQ; and when the funds derived from the sale will be credited to his Department's budget.

    • Veterans Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the Veterans task force meeting held on 7 November.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are for the inclusion of the Territorial Army in the operations against Afghanistan; and (a) how many will be deployed and (b) how they...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to disarm unexploded cluster bomblets used by Allied coalition forces in the conflict in Afghanistan.

      Aircraft Scrambles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions and in what circumstances planes have been scrambled to deal with perceived emergencies at nuclear or other installations since 11...

      No-fly Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many instances there have been in each year since 1991 of military aircraft accidentally breaching no-fly zones over (a) nuclear power plants, (b)...

      Nuclear Installations (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations his Department has received in respect of the security of nuclear installations since 11 September.

      Exercise Saif Sareea 2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the progress of Exercise Saif Sareea 2 in Oman; and how successful it has been in developing the United Kingdom's Joint...

      Chinook Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many spare gearboxes for Chinook helicopters are kept in stock; and where the Chinook gearboxes are supplied from.

      Chinook Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Chinook helicopters (a) are in operation, (b) were deployed in Exercise Saif Sareea 2 and (c) are grounded because of a shortage of spare parts.

      Apache Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Apache helicopters there are in the United Kingdom; and how many he plans to buy.

      Apache Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Apache operating manuals there are in the UK; if Apache operating manuals may be consulted by non- military personnel in the UK; and if DERA...

      Apache Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if DERA personnel had access to the Apache Operating Manual before DERA was privatised; and if he will make a statement on the changes that have occurred...

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what British involvement there is in the manufacture of the cockpit frame for Eurofighter; what proportion of the parts of the Eurofighter cockpit are...

      Royal Naval Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Naval Reserve personnel are serving on operations.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Promotions

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

    • Youth Hostels Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received concerning the financial situation of the Youth Hostels Association; and if she will make a...

      Royal Palaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her answer of 25 October 2001, Official Report, column 355W, on the occupation of flats in the royal palaces, if she will...

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action her Department is taking to promote digital television to consumers who do not wish to take out a pay TV subscription.

      Creative Partnerships (Disadvantaged Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the Government will fulfil its commitment to establish creative partnerships linking schools with arts organisations in...

      BBC Chairman (Ethnic Minority Candidates)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many black and Asian people were shortlisted for the post of Chairman of the BBC.

      Seaside Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to implement the Resorts Taskforce report on seaside towns, "Sea Changes".

      Seaside Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will consider the (a) establishment and (b) funding of a Seaside Regeneration Trust modelled on the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

      Seaside Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to improve the infrastructure of British seaside resorts.

      New Opportunities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the number of beneficiaries in the Buckingham constituency from the new opportunities fund.

      Communications White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will publish the Government's response to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee's report on the Communications White Paper.

  • Home Department

    • Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has made to the BBC concerning the televising of Holocaust Memorial Day 2002; and if he will make a statement.

    • Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received regarding the BBC televising the Holocaust Memorial Day national event; and if he will make a statement.

      Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact that the televised commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day had on the understanding of the general...

      Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement concerning the local events to be held for Holocaust Memorial Day 2002.

      Prisons (Filming)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests have been made in the last two years to visit and film in (a) prisons and (b) institutions for young offenders and other...

      Interdepartmental Ministerial Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the work of the interdepartmental ministerial group established following disturbances in Bradford, Burnley...

      Police Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of policing expenditure in (a) 1992, (b) 1997 and (c) the last year for which figures are available was spent on police...

      Distraction Burglary Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list those projects which have been funded by his Department as part of his distraction burglary strategy; what the amounts...

      Sexual Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to introduce legislation to strengthen the law in relation to protecting children and vulnerable people from sexual abuse;...

      Category A Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women were classified as category A prisoners in prisons in England and Wales on 1 November

      Community Court Order Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if warrants for breach of a community court order are systematically withdrawn after 12 months have elapsed; and if he will make a statement.

      Community Court Order Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many warrants for the breach of a community court order have been withdrawn since 1 January; and if he will make a statement.

      Bedfordshire Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effect of salary differences and the free rail travel offer to those officers within a 70-mile radius of...

      Deportations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been deported from the United Kingdom since 1 January.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many convictions there were against persons who have injured others with fireworks in each of the last five years in (a) Scotland...

      Elderly Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many frail elderly (a) men and (b) women at present are serving prison sentences in England and Wales.

      Disabled Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women serving prison sentences in England and Wales are confined to a wheelchair.

      Prison Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the prisons being constructed in England and Wales, and the date when these prisons are expected to come into use.

      Al-Muhajiroun

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will investigate (1) the links between (a) Medina Ltd, TransGlobal Security International, Mark Yates and Paul Field and (b) Sakina...

      Al-Muhajiroun

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will investigate the alleged terrorist training camps (a) in the north of Scotland and (b) at Yetgoch in Hebron, Wales; and if he will...

      Immigration Status

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 24 October 2001, Official Report, column 285W, when he formed his policy of not answering questions on immigration...

      Vivisection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will establish a royal commission into vivisection.

      Metropolitan Police (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much additional funding has been made available to the Metropolitan Police Authority to finance the additional security duties of the...

  • Trade and Industry

    • "Your Guide"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the future funding of the "Your Guide" pilot scheme.

    • Anthrax (Mail Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the Post Office regulator on the impact of anthrax scares on the performance of the Royal Mail.

      Anthrax (Mail Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact of anthrax scares on Consignia's quality of service targets.

      Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what volume of mail was handled by Consignia and its predecessor in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999 and (e) 2000.

      Nuisance Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consultation she has had with (a) Oftel, (b) the Information Commissioner's Office, (c) BT's nuisance calls bureau, (d) NTL's nuisance...

      Retail Petrol Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list by (a) grade and (b) number the officials employed in her Department monitoring the retail petrol market in Scotland.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) thefts and (b) unexplained losses of (i) letters and (ii) parcels were recorded by the Post Office and how much compensation was...

      Caravan Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will publish a regulatory impact assessment of the effect on holiday caravan parks of the proposal by Ofgem to change the arrangements...

      End of Vehicle Life Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her policy is on the application of the End of Vehicle Life Directive to manufacturers whose market share has grown significantly since...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to increase investment in renewable energy.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to increase the target of energy generated from green sources.

      Financial Assistance (Chorley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) financial investment and (b) other assistance the North-West regional development agency has put into Chorley in each of the last...

      Unsolicited E-mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the Government's position on the Telecoms Data Protection Directive (97/66/EC) in relation to unsolicited e-mail.

      Ministerial Visit (China)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement about the recent visit to China of the hon. Member for Cunninghame, North (Mr. Wilson).

      Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what quantity of coal was consumed in the UK in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      State Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will set out by (a) colliery and (b) company the amount of state aid made available in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001.

      Road Fund Licences (Post Office Sales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many new contracts for the sale of road fund licences were made with sub-post offices in the last 12 months.

      Road Fund Licences (Post Office Sales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many sub-post offices which sold road fund licences closed in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Airline and Aerospace Industries (Assistance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what advice and assistance she is giving to the (a) airline and (b) aerospace industries in coping with the aftermath of 11 September; and if...

      Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many regulations her Department has proposed to Parliament since June; what regulatory impact assessments have been made for those...

      Developing Countries (International Trade)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) pledge cards and (b) representations she has received from members of the public regarding international trade with developing...

      Gas Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made on the three-point strategy in relation to gas price increases and their effect upon UK industry.

      Heysham Industrial Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assistance she is providing for the (a) clearance and (b) remediation of (i) derelict and (ii) contaminated land on the Heysham...

      Regeneration (Morecambe and Lunesdale)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding has been allocated to the Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency by the regional development agency for economic regeneration.

      Luneside East Industrial Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much funding the North West Development Agency has allocated to Luneside East industrial estate; and for what purpose.

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the cost of electricity generated by nuclear power in pence/kilowatt hour, broken down into (a) building costs,...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the (a) total amount of electricity generated from nuclear generators in the UK and (b) proportion of all electricity used in the UK...

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received from the nuclear industry requesting exemption from the Climate Change Levy; and if she will make a...

      Nuclear Power

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

      Neta

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent meetings she has had with the Regulator to discuss the impact of New electricity trading arrangements on (a) the Combined heat and...

      Neta

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received from the British Wind Energy Association regarding the impact of NETA on trading in renewable energy;...

      Neta

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received from the (a) Combined Heat and Power Association, (b) British Association for Biofuels and Oils, (c)...

      Neta

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will take steps to encourage companies to provide a consolidation service within NETA for small generators; and if she will make a...

      Departmental Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the projects in her Department which have been considered as potential public-private partnerships since 1997 which have not...

      Embedded Generators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will take steps to introduce electricity Distribution Charging Arrangements which (a) reduce the capital cost of connecting new...

      BCCI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she next plans to meet the liquidators of BCCI.

      BCCI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will call a meeting of the creditors of BCCI.

      Sub-post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many sub-post offices closed in the second quarter of the current financial year.

      Glass Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact the (a) aggregates tax and (b) climate change levy have had on the competitiveness of the British...

      Job Losses (Relocation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the number of jobs lost this year as a result of UK-based firms relocating production overseas.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many incidents involving injuries with fireworks have occurred in the last five years (a) prior to 5 November, (b) on 5 November and (c)...

      Aggregates Tax Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in reviewing arrangements to refine the way the aggregates tax fund works.

  • House of Commons

    • House of Lords Reform

      To ask the President of the Council what assessment he has made of the number of MLs who may be appointed under the Government's proposals for reconstituting the upper House, based on the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Lord Ashcroft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 20 July 2001, Official Report, column 484W, on Lord Ashcroft, when the official of his Department...

    • Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the security situation in Sierra Leone.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the numbers of UK citizens held prisoner by (a) the Northern Alliance and (b) countries...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the numbers of UK citizens killed or injured in Afghanistan while with (a) al-Qaeda and (b) the...

      Soviet Bloc (Weapons of Mass Destruction)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the risk of former Soviet bloc (a) nuclear and (b) chemical/biological warfare...

      Entry Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the level of staffing is at the Joint Entry Clearance Unit.

      Ambassadors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has for advertising the posts of ambassadors.

      Mordecai Vanunu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he raised the matter of the continued imprisonment of Mordecai Vanunu in his recent meeting with his Israeli counterpart.

      UN Sanctions (Amendments)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent changes there have been to United Nations sanctions against (a) Somalia, (b) the former Republic of Yugoslavia and...

      General Affairs Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcome was of the General Affairs Council held in Luxembourg on 29 October.

      Biological and Toxin Weapons Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the failure of the negotiations for a compliance and verification protocol to the...

      Biological and Toxin Weapons Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will be attending the Biological and Toxin Weapons Conference in Geneva.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent actions of Libyan military personnel in Zimbabwe; what role they have; and how many...

  • Prime Minister

    • Overseas Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister how many overseas visits he has undertaken and to which countries, since 11 September.

    • Meetings

      To ask the Prime Minister which (a) Prime Ministers and (b) heads of state he has met since 11 September; when he met each of them; and where the meetings were held.

      Kyoto Protocol

      To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has made to President Bush about signing up to the Kyoto agreements; and if he will make a statement on the results of these representations.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Civil Servants (Remuneration)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the cost of implementing the proposals of the First Division Association for the remuneration of senior civil servants.

  • Health

    • GP Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether Swale primary care trusts have undertaken an audit of GP needs in the constituency of Sittingbourne and Sheppey.

    • Whittington Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will complete the evaluation of the proposals for refurbishment of the Whittington Hospital.

      NHS Staff Morale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what initiatives he has in place to improve the morale of the staff in the health service.

      NHS (East Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure the NHS in east Lancashire remains focused on service delivery during the process of organisational changes.

      Heart Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the number of heart operations carried out in the NHS in the past 12 months.

      Hospital Cleanliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress on raising standards of hospital cleanliness.

      NHS Cancer Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress has been made on improvement of diagnosis and treatment for cancer patients in the NHS.

      TNF Alpha Blockade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on variations in practice relating to the prescription of TNF Alpha Blockade.

      Care Home Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds there were in elderly care homes in (a) 1997 and (b) the last year for which figures are available.

      Homeopathic Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which health authorities fund GP referrals for homeopathic treatment on the NHS; and what plans he has to improve equality of access for such treatment.

      Blood Transfusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the national blood supply was used on cancer patients as part of their treatment; and, on average, how old that blood was when it was given to...

      Private Finance (NHS)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the use of private finance within the NHS.

      Private Finance (NHS)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the use of private finance within the NHS.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the use of agency nurses in the NHS.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps he has taken to improve the recruitment and retention of nurses in the NHS.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on improving the efficiency of accident and emergency departments in London.

      MRI Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to ensure that more hospitals have access to an MRI scanner.

      MRI Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on waiting times for MRI scans in the hospitals in Newark and Retford.

      Orthopaedic Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on orthopaedic waiting times.

      Ashworth Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on long-term stay patients at Ashworth hospital.

      School Children (Health)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he last had discussions with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills about the health of school children.

      Cardio-thoracic Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what needs he has recently identified for a further cardio-thoracic surgical unit in the east of England.

      NHS Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the number of (a) general and (b) acute beds in NHS hospitals.

      Barnet Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement about Barnet hospital.

      Psychiatric Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were admitted to psychiatric hospitals in 2000–01.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in Shropshire were registered with a NHS dentist in (a) 1990, (b) 1997 and (c) 2000; and how many remained unregistered in the same year.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what are the (a) parliamentary constituencies and (b) NHS health trusts in which there are no NHS dentists taking new adult NHS patients; and if he will...

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dental practitioners there were on the Isle of Wight in each year since 1997.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS trusts have an advocacy scheme for users of mental health services; and what proportion of trusts this figure represents.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by how much the NHS underspent on mental health in 2000–01.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of clinical outcomes in mental health in the UK in comparison to other EU countries.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he supports closer partnership working between statutory services and the Churches in the field of mental health; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what implications the EU working-time directive has for the staffing of acute mental health wards; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his assessment is of the number of people with severe mental illness who could benefit from assertive outreach; and if he will make a statement.

      Lung Cancer (Photodynamic Therapy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to make photodynamic therapy for lung cancer sufferers available throughout the NHS.

      Drugs Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the level of spending against their drugs budget by (a) PCTs and (b) health authorities this year.

      Drugs Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account he will be taking of the level of spending against their drugs budgets by (a) PCTs and (b) health authorities this year when determining...

      Electro-convulsive Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) mental health and (b) other patients, broken down by reason for their admission to hospital received ECT (i) having given informed consent in...

      Electro-convulsive Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department last undertook an evidence review into the use and efficacy of ECT that drew on (a) UK and (b) international research.

      Electro-convulsive Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance has been issued to doctors relating to who should (a) administer and (b) receive ECT in hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what targets his Department has set for the reduction of under-nutrition; and what progress has been made to reach the targets; (2) what strategies...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health to what extent each ambulance service in England met Government performance targets in the most recent year for which information is available; what the...

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (1) pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for North Devon (Mr. Harvey), on 25 April 2001, Official Report, columns 171–72W, on hearing aids,...

      National Blood Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which organisations and individuals make up the National Blood Service's appropriate use of blood and blood components group.

      Traditional Medicines Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representation he intends to make to the European Commission about the proposed traditional medicines directive.

      Psychosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if it is his policy that by 2004 all young people who experience a first episode of psychosis should be offered the choice of being prescribed atypical...

      Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he last met the (a) chairman of the council of the BMA, (b) president of the Royal College of Physicians, (c) president of the Royal College of...

      NHS Budget (Hertfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the amount by which Hertfordshire will overspend on the NHS budget in the current financial year.

      Hampshire and Surrey Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of the consultation exercise on the proposed merger of Hampshire and Surrey ambulance services.

      Smallpox

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the World Health Organisation regarding contingency plans for combating an outbreak of smallpox in the UK.

      Stoke Mandeville Merger

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is his policy towards the proposed merger of the Stoke Mandeville Hospital and South Buckinghamshire NHS Trust.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements have been made for the transfer of funding streams from district health authorities to PCTs .

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements have been made to ensure the continuity of employment of staff transferring from district health authorities to component PCTs.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to make decisions regarding the confirmation of primary care trusts in Cambridgeshire.

      Social Services Staff Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to overhaul training courses available to social services staff.

      GP Recruitment (Financial Incentives)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reason Worthing is not included in areas eligible for his new incentive scheme for recruiting GPs to work in areas of high shortages; (2)...

      Public-private Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list those public-private projects being negotiated within the national health service.

      General Practice Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many practice nurses worked in general practice surgeries in each of the last five years; and what were their full-time working equivalents.

      National Clinical Director for Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the change of name to the National Clinical Director for Children.

      New Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new hospitals and significant hospital buildings, as defined by his Department, were (a) in progress in May 1997 and (b) opened during 1997.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Jury Service

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what is the Government's policy on the eligibility for jury service of hon. Members and Members of the House of Lords.

    • Freedom of Information Act

      Tony Wright: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when he will bring the Freedom of Information Act 2000 into force.

      Lord Chancellor's Apartments

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how much money has been raised for charity by granting permission for outside bodies to use the Lord Chancellor's apartments in...

      Law Society

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when he next plans to meet the President of the Law Society.

      Terence MacSwiney

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will arrange for the release of all official documents relating to Mr. Terence MacSwiney, former Lord Mayor of Cork; and if...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Livestock Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact on animal welfare of the implementation of the licensing provisions for the...

    • Sheepmeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) additional finance and (b) new marketing initiatives her Department is providing to reinforce consumer confidence in...

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to publish the veterinary risk assessment report on the risk of spreading foot and mouth disease via the...

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to propose legislation in respect of hunting with dogs.

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will lift the restrictions placed on hunting with dogs as a consequence of the outbreak of foot and mouth.

      Regional Office (Exeter)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) on what date she was informed of (a) missing equipment and (b) the suspension of personnel at her Department's regional...

      Farm Diversification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to encourage more diversification of farmed land into (a) fuel growing, (b) aqua culture, (c) coppicing,...

      Live Animals (Export)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to ensure that all livestock vehicles transporting animals for over eight hours are required to...

      Flood Risk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations the Government have received on the level of insurance premiums being demanded of homeowners whose...

      Flood Risk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the efficacy of the flood risk area analysis, conducted by the Environment Agency; and if she...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Properties

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

    • National Insurance Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many surplus national insurance numbers have been removed from his Department's Central Index since 1997; and what plans he has to tackle...

      Stakeholder Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) by what means he will ensure that smaller companies provide stakeholder pensions to their employees; (2) how many companies with 50 or...

      Stakeholder Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action he is taking to improve access to free or low-cost advice to those intending to take out stakeholder pensions.

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures he has taken to ensure that local authorities have implemented their action plans drawn up in response to reports by the Benefit...

      Benefit Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) appeals and (b) successful appeals there were in respect of each centre processing (i) disability benefit claims and (ii)...

      Benefit Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what were the total running costs in respect of each centre of (a) processing disability benefit appeals and (b) processing incapacity benefit...

      Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Morley and Rothwell are receiving the Minimum Income Guarantee; and how many pensioners he estimates are entitled to it.

      Agency Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the cost of the launch of the new agency to bring together the work of the Employment Service and parts of the...

      Carers' Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will lay the orders implementing changes in carers' benefits.

      Pension Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if his Department will hold discussions with the Law Commission on a review to clarify the ownership and distribution of pension fund surpluses.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which Scottish local authorities had received a report from the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate on the administration of housing benefit by 8 November.

  • Education and Skills

    • Student Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the projected funding levels are per full-time student in (a) sixth forms and (b) further education colleges for each of the next two years.

    • Student Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much her Department has spent per student in higher education in each year since 1990, excluding contributions from outside the public...

      Student Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what is the timetable for an announcement on the new proposals for higher education funding; if representatives of the National Union of...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many individual learning accounts have been opened (a) in total and (b) in each region and nation of the United Kingdom, (i) in absolute...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 30 October 2001, Official Report, column 620W, on Individual Learning Accounts, on what date her Department first...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 30 October 2001, Official Report, column 619W, on Individual Learning Accounts, what evaluation she has made of...

      Departmental Promotions

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

      Student Maintenance Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimates she has made of the cost of reintroducing a student maintenance grant; and at what levels.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of pupils entered higher education at 18 (a) in authorities which retain grammar schools and (b) in authorities which are...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students are in full-time studies in universities in England and Wales.

      Consultation Documents

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

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what consultations she has had with the devolved Administrations about her review of student finance; and if she will make a statement.

      Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures the Government are taking to combat age discrimination in the provision of skills training.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make it her policy to publish data on class sizes in league tables of school examination results.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what funding she has set aside for (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03 and (c) 2003–04 to reduce class sizes in primary...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what changes have been made to the criteria qualifying primary school children for special needs status in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d)...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the funding regime for primary school pupils with special needs status was in (a) England and (b) Shropshire in (i) 1997, (ii) 1998,...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the average percentage of children with special needs status in (a) English and (b) Shropshire primary schools was in (i) 1997,...

      Education (Leeds)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what is the cost to Leeds City council of the contract awarded to Capita.

      Education (Leeds)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what additional financial support will be awarded to Leeds City council to implement Capita's educational policies.

      Education (Leeds)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what is the salary paid to Mr. Peter Ridsdale in his capacity as Chairman of Education Leeds.

      Internet Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the cost of internet access so far achieved in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the last 12 months.

      Literacy/Numeracy Strategies.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost is of the (a) National Literacy Strategy and (b) National Numeracy Strategy in 2001–02.

      Schools Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost is in 2001–02 of the office of the schools adjudicator.

      Teachers (Pay Structure)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what is the cost of the new pay structure for teachers; and what effect it has had on recruitment and retention of staff.

      National College for School Leadership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the cost of the national college for school leadership.

      Fast-track Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the cost of the fast-track scheme.

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost is in 2001–02 of the funding of initial teacher training recruitment.

      Child Care Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the cost of the 350,000 child care places planned for 2003.

      Education Maintenance Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the cost of the pilots of education maintenance allowances.

      Public Service Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost will be of the public service agreement target of increasing provision of nursery places for three year olds from 34 per cent....

      Public Service Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will make a statement on progress made on the public service agreement targets for objective 2 which are described on page 8 of...

      LEA Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on expenditure per pupil in (a) Buckinghamshire local education authority and (b) other local education...

      Qualifications Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost is in 2001–02 of the qualifications budget.

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell of 7 November 2001, Official Report, column 246W, if she will make a...

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to allow schools with sixth forms to make direct representations to local Learning and Skills Councils regarding sixth...

      Student Finance Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what submissions she has received for the review of student finance following her announcement of such a review; if she will list those...

      Student Finance Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will call for submissions to her review on student finance from (a) the National Union of Students, (b) Universities UK, (c) the...

      Student Finance Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had with other Government Departments in relation to her review of student finance; if she will place such...

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what submissions she has received recently on the student loans system; if she will list such submissions; and if she will make a statement.

      Basic Needs Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria are used by her Department for the allocation of basic needs grants to schools.

      State Schools (Private Management)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what are the statutory provisions that govern schools in the state sector being run by private sector firms.

      State Schools (Private Management)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools in the state sector are run by private firms.

      State Schools (Private Management)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations she has received in the last year from local education authorities wanting to hand the running of a state school over...

      Performance-related Pay (Teachers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to allocate funds for schools to pay teachers awards on the upper spine of performance-related pay.

      School Threshold Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will guarantee funding of threshold payments to schools beyond 2004.

      School Threshold Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in what proportion of cases the threshold assessment made by a head teacher has been overturned.

      Learning Support Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many learning support units for children with challenging behaviour there were in schools in 1997.

      Re-marked Exam Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will state the percentage of re-marked papers at (a) GCSE, (b) AS-level and (c) A-level which resulted in marks being (i) increased...

      Pupil Sickness Rate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of levels of sickness among pupils at key stages four and five since the introduction of the AS-level syllabus.

      Value-added Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what is the basis on which value- added measures have been developed for pilot publications in 2001–02.

      LEA Intervention (Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what was the (a) direct cost and (b) the cost of external contractors and advisers to her Department of each local education authority...

  • House of Lords

    • National Convocation of Religious Leaders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take the initiative in calling together a national convocation of religious leaders in an effort to secure greater understanding among...

    • Extradition Arrangements with Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there have been any problems in relation to extradition between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland caused by the dual criminality requirement;...

      Embarkation Control

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 5 November (WA 2), whether they will answer this question using plain English.

      Passport Fees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will announce new passport fees.

      Economic Developments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the most recent survey of the consumer confidence barometer, with particular reference to the impact on the survey of recent...

      Freedom of Information Act 2000: Implementation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have decided not to bring the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 into force in relation to central government departments until 2005;...

      General Affairs Council, Luxembourg, 29 October

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the outcome was of the General Affairs Council held in Luxembourg on 29 October.

      EU Intergovernmental Conference: Representation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the answer by Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 18 October (HL Deb, cols. 701–3), whether they agreed that the views of those who do not wish the...

      IRA: State Funeral

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of the Irish Republic about the appropriateness, given recent global events, of a recent re-burial of 10...

      Fireworks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to reduce the risk or the nuisance arising from the use of fireworks; and what advice they have received about this matter from the...

      Abortion Act 1967

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the recent statement from the Disability Rights Commission that Section 1(1)(d) of the Abortion Act 1967 (as amended), in authorising...

      Burden of Proof

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the remarks by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 2 November (H.L. Deb., col. 1705), to which sections of which Acts he was referring when he said that he...

      NHS Information Network

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 5 November (WA 4): (a) what minimum functionality will be provided for all clinical staff by way of...

      NHS Information Network

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of appointment bookings, referrals, radiology and laboratory tests and results will be capable of being made through the use of NHSnet by April 2002.

      NHS Information Network

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether all general practitioner practices will be connected to NHSnet by April 2002.

      NHS Information Network

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much was spent by the National Health Service on information technology in 2000–01; and how much is planned to be spent in each of the years...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what way the scheme for individual learning accounts was strengthened during the summer.

      Individual Learning Accounts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consultation took place and with whom before the decision to cease awarding individual learning accounts (ILAs).

      Individual Learning Accounts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will set out how many complaints were received about individual learning accounts in each month following the introduction of the scheme.

      Specialist Schools

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many schools wishing to become specialist schools are in the process of raising £50,000.

      Specialist Schools

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many teacher vacancies there are in specialist schools.

      Specialist Schools

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the further 79 schools announced on 21 June (HC, Col. 196) have managed to raise their £50,000.

      Specialist Schools

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any schools have been debarred from specialist status because they have been unable to raise £50,000; and if so, how many.

      Northern Ireland Police Service: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the ranking, by religious background, of all the qualified applicants placed in the merit pool for recruitment to the Royal Ulster Constabulary; which...

      Northern Ireland Police Service: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that all recruitment to the Royal Ulster Constabulary is based on merit.

      Northern Ireland Police Service: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any orders have been made by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland under Section 46 of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000.

      Northern Ireland Police Service: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland proposes to review reverse discrimination in favour of Roman Catholics.

      Northern Ireland Police Service: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many persons responded to the advertisements for new recruits to the Royal Ulster Constabulary in February; how many returned completed applications; and what...

      Northern Ireland Police Service: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the applicants to the Royal Ulster Constabulary in February were placed in the merit pool of qualified applicants provided for in Section 44(5) of the...

      Wales: Objective 1 Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are satisfied with the arrangements for Objective 1 funding in Wales.

      Palace of Westminster: Items of Historic Interest

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether all items of historic interest either stored or displayed in the Palace of Westminster are in the best possible circumstances for their preservation.

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