Written answers

Wednesday, 14 November 2001

  • House of Commons

    • Lager Sales (Refreshment Department)

      To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee how many barrels of Carlsberg Lager and Carlsberg Export Lager were sold by the House of Commons Refreshment Department in 2000.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Walton Group Plc

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much money is owed to his Department by Walton Group Plc in respect of Exchange Flags Liverpool; and if he will...

    • Yellow School Bus Pilot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what plans he has to extend the yellow school bus pilot; and if he will make a statement; (2) what research...

      PowerShift Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will publish the amended version of the PowerShift Register to incorporate the extension of the LPG...

      New Deal for Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has for a further round of New Deal for Communities funding to assist the regeneration of...

      Concessionary Fares (Coaches)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent meetings he has had with representatives of coach operators to discuss proposals for a half-fare...

      Local Government Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 24 October 2001, Official Report, column 228W, on best value, how many building direct...

      Local Government Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to reform local government final salary pension schemes.

      Local Government Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was the total cost of local government final salary pensions in the last financial year.

      Public-Private Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the projects which have been considered as potential public-private partnerships since 1997 which...

      English Partnerships Land Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the scale of English Partnerships land holdings is; and which proportion is earmarked for new housing in (a)...

      Planning Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was the average period for a planning application from date of application to decision by the local authority...

      Planning Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the latest annual figures for the number of planning applications under the Town and Country Planning...

      Planning Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was the average period for the consideration of an appeal to a planning application, up to a refusal to grant...

      Planning Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the average cost is to the Government of hearing planning appeals under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990;...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which local authorities do not have (a) speed cameras and (b) plans for their early introduction.

      Street Warden Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which local authorities in the north-west of England were successful in bidding for Street Warden funding; and which...

      Polling Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will review the advice to returning officers regarding conduct at polling stations to accommodate the beliefs...

      Homelessness (West Wiltshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on homelessness in west Wiltshire.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will take steps to give local people stronger powers to block the inappropriate siting of mobile phone masts.

      Formby Fire Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the implications of the findings of the National Joint Council on Formby Fire Station...

      Rail Services (North Kent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when work will begin to improve the electricity supply to allow 12-car trains to run on the North Kent rail lines.

      Rail Services (North Kent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the railway stations in the North Kent lines that need to be lengthened to accommodate 12 car trains;...

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will arrange for every registered keeper of a motor vehicle to be invited to take part in consultations in...

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the cost is of the consultation taking place on the future of the M1 motorway; who is carrying out the...

      Departmental Service Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what monitoring arrangements are in place to ensure that his Department and its agencies give prompt and proper...

      Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will publish the results of research by Heriot-Watt University into the effectiveness of the Government...

      Overcrowding (Trains)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment his Department has made of the safety risks posed by overcrowding on trains.

      Train Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many offences were recorded on trains from Preston to Blackpool in the most recent year for which figures are...

      Train Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment his Department has made of the need to control drunkenness on trains.

      Road Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will introduce a mandatory requirement for highway authorities to publish a winter plan listing the roads it...

      Road Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether highway authorities in England and Wales will continue to hold responsibility for keeping roads safe in...

      Road Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will issue guidance to highway authorities in England and Wales on the importance of pre-salting roads in winter.

      Road Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent discussions he has had with highway authorities to take reasonable steps to pre-salt roads in winter and...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) when Ernst and Young LLP was approached about the possibility of giving advice on Railtrack; (2) if he will...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will deposit in the Library a list of all the stations owned by Railtrack and their estimated value.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he ordered the drafting of legislation (a) prior to and (b) following his meeting with the Rail Regulator on 5...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when, after 1 August, his Department received advice from the Treasury that it was unlikely that additional public...

      No-fly Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many instances there have been in each year since 1991 of (i) commercial and (ii) privately operated aircraft...

      Car Registration Revenue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much has been raised in each year since 1998 from the first licence fee payable at the first registration of a...

      Fire Services (Merseyside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will call for a report from Her Majesty's Fire Services Inspectorate on management practices in the Merseyside...

      Fire Services (Merseyside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the recommendations in the National Joint Council report on the staffing arrangements...

      Central Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place in the Library the report he received from the Strategic Rail Authority on the proposed lorries-on-...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact of the events of 11 September on insurance premiums to be paid by local...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if London Underground is a member of the COMET international metro benchmarking network; and what are the rules under...

      London Underground

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

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the next issue of the Bus Quality Indicators Bulletin will be published.

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what are the terms of the brief given to the Finsbury Public Relations firm in relation to his Department's...

      Council Tenants (Cash Incentive Scheme)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many council tenants in England have taken advantage of cash incentive scheme payments in order to buy a home in...

      Planning Guidance (Flooding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent discussions he has had with the Environment Agency regarding planning policy guidance on building in...

      Planning Guidance (Flooding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what criteria he uses to determine the calling in of planning applications, with specific reference to development in...

      Ebley Wharf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish the reasons for the decision not to call in the planning application of Ebley Wharf in Stroud.

      Social Housing Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what level of social housing provision there was in each of the last 10 years.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish the minutes of his meeting with the Rail Regulator on 5 October.

      Electoral Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what progress has been made on the transfer of the functions of the Local Government Commission for England to the...

  • Defence

    • Departmental Spending

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

    • Defence Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make statement on the quinquennial review of Defence Medical Services.

      Defence Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when Brigadier Tim Taylor's report on Deployable Medical Capability will be complete; and if he will place a copy in the Library.

      Defence Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place a copy of the report, "Defence Medical Services, Strategy for the Future", in the Library.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the strategic role of Gibraltar.

      Nuclear Bunker, Cotswolds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with English Heritage over conferring listed status to the former Government's nuclear control and operations bunker in the...

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he made of the effect of the removal of the cannon from the Eurofighter on the RAF's future capability to deter civilian aircraft from...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what military airlift provision is directed to delivering aid to Afghanistan.

      Search and Rescue Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to provide search and rescue services through a private finance initiative when the helicopters used in SAR operations are replaced.

      Arms Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the annual report on the implementation of the EU joint action, of 17 December 1998, on the European Union's contribution...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Zimbabwe about terrorist acts against landowners.

    • Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of sanctions which could be imposed by (a) the UK and (b) the Commonwealth against the Zimbabwe...

      International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance his Department has given to the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague in connection with the recent...

      Israel (British-made Military Components)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether British-made components are being used in the Israeli-occupied territories by the Israeli...

      Israel (British-made Military Components)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the system for monitoring the end-use of British-made military components and equipment exported...

      Overseas Territories (Reciprocal Rights)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which overseas territories have agreed to offer reciprocal rights for UK citizens to work and reside in UK territories.

      Overseas Prisoner Repatriated

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK nationals detained in overseas prisons have been repatriated to the UK in the last 12 months.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans Her Majesty's Government have to provide economic compensation to surviving family members of non-combatant civilians...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what resolution he proposed on Afghanistan at the session of the UN Security Council on Tuesday 13 November.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent decision by the EU to lift the arms embargo on the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan.

      Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the case of Miss Truong Vy Pham, Hanoi (Ref. P402281).

      Biological Weapons Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what his Department's policy is on the establishment of national oversight mechanisms for (a) security and (b) genetic...

      Biological Weapons Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with its United States counterparts with regard to the United States' recent...

      Biological Weapons Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will make a statement on his Department's policy at the forthcoming biological and toxic weapons convention Review...

      Government Wine Cellar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his estimate is of the number of bottles of (a) wine and (b) other alcoholic beverages contained within the Government wine...

  • Scotland

    • Prestwick Air Traffic Control Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the most recent projection of the number of jobs that would be created by the completion of the new air traffic control centre at Prestwick airport is.

    • Prestwick Air Traffic Control Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the projected capital cost of the proposed new air traffic control centre at Prestwick airport is; and how much of this budget had been spent as at...

      Prestwick Air Traffic Control Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what financial assistance the Government allocated for the building of the new air traffic control centre at Prestwick airport (a) before and (b)...

      Prestwick Air Traffic Control Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent assessment the Government have made of the delay in building the new air traffic control centre at Prestwick on (a) Ayrshire's economy and...

      Prestwick Air Traffic Control Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many meetings she has had with the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions regarding the delay in building of the new air traffic...

      Scottish Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what her policy is regarding consultations prior to the publication of proposals involving the transfer of powers to the Scottish Executive by (a)...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Al-Jazeera

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what arrangements are in place for the al-Jazeera television station to be broadcast in this country with English subtitles; and if she...

    • Lottery Grants (Morley and Rothwell)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many applications for lottery grants have been made, in each year since 1997, by organisations and individuals based in Morley and...

      Football Dispute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with (a) the Premier League and (b) the Professional Footballers Association regarding the dispute between...

      Football Clubs (Financial Support)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many football clubs have received financial support from Sport UK in the last 12 months.

      Elite Sports Funding Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to implement the findings of the Cunningham report; and if she will make a statement.

      Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the funding and role for Sport England within the regions.

      Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what resources were available to Sport England from (a) the Exchequer and (b) the lottery in each region in each of the last two years.

      Sports Schools and Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the role of her Department in the development of specialist sports schools and colleges; and what help...

      Sports (Community Development)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she plans to take and with which other Government Departments she is co-operating in order to enhance community development...

      Sports (Participation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how her Department measures participation rates in sport; and what information she collates on (a) an age related and (b) a regional basis.

      Sports (Co-ordination)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had to ensure that there is greater co-ordination within different sports at (a) international, (b)...

      Sports (Rural Regeneration)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the role of sport in regeneration, with specific reference to rural areas.

      Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Minister for Sport's answer to the hon. Member for Surrey Heath on 5 November 2001, Official Report, column 4, what was...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what plans she has to heighten public awareness of (a) the dangers of fireworks and (b) the effects of fireworks on animals; (2) what...

    • Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department has taken to reduce accidents from fireworks.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many reported incidents involving injuries with fireworks in each of the last five years have involved (a) minors and (b) adults as...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what further plans she has to regulate the sale and use of fireworks for purposes other than organised displays.

      Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the circumstances in which she will accept continued state aid from the EU for the UK coal industry.

      Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures she has taken to support the competitiveness of British manufacturing since 7 June.

      Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures have been undertaken by her Department since 1997 to assist British manufacturing.

      Electricity Trading Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the new electricity trading arrangements.

      BSkyB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the initial findings of the Office of Fair Trading's inquiry into BSkyB's position in the pay TV market will be made public.

      Gas Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effect of increased gas prices on (a) the expansion of combined heat and power plants and (b) future...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the total level of Government financial support to the nuclear industry in each year since 1990, including (a) research grants, (b)...

      Financial Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the total amount of public money given to support (a) farming, (b) the steel industry and (c) all manufacturing industries in each of...

      End of Life Vehicles Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the cost implications of the End of Life Vehicles Directive for car manufacturers; and if she will make a...

      End of Life Vehicles Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the implications of the End of Life Vehicles Directive; and if she will make a statement.

      Structural Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) amount and (b) proportion of overall EU objective 1 budget for the UK has been (i) committed and (ii) spent according to the latest...

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many equal value claims have failed for being over the six-month time limit rule since the Equal Pay Act 1963 became law.

      Photovoltaic Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement about the sale price of photovoltaic energy for national grid purposes; and how this price compares with those in...

      Employment Tribunal Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the number of employment tribunal claims in the last five years; and what steps her Department is taking to...

      Routes to Resolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the responses received to her consultation document, "Routes to Resolution".

  • Wales

    • Bus Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales about co-ordinating measures to facilitate bus travel for...

    • Bus Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales about measures to facilitate bus travel for pensioners and the disabled.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales concerning the influx from English border areas of pupils with...

      Manufacturing Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales about levels of manufacturing employment in Wales.

      Objective 1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Treasury with regard to the Government's policy on the provision of investment aid in the west Wales and the...

      Health (Waiting Lists)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary for Health and Social Services in the National Assembly regarding the number of people waiting for...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the measures taken by the Government to tackle crime in Wales.

      QinetiQ (Aberporth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with Government and National Assembly Secretaries regarding the future of QinetiQ, Aberporth.

      Wrexham Incinerator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with members of the Assembly about the proposed Wrexham incinerator and its potential cross-border effect on English constituencies.

      Livestock Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the operation of the autumn movement of livestock scheme...

      Manufacturing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent representations he has received concerning the future of manufacturing industry in Wales.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the operation of the new deal in Wales.

      Further and Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Secretary concerning further and higher education in north-east Wales.

      Barnett Formula

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the operation of the Barnett formula relating to health provision.

      Farmers Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding extra funds for the National Assembly for Wales to assist those farmers in Wales...

      School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will meet the First Secretary of the National Assembly to discuss the legal obligations placed on local authorities relating to home-to-school transport.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent meetings he has had with UK Government Departments to represent the interests of small businesses in Wales.

      Violent Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Home Secretary about tackling violent crime in Wales.

  • Treasury

    • Departmental Spending (Deprived Areas)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much of the expenditure by his Department in each of the years (a) 1996–97, (b) 1997–98, (c) 1998–99, (d) 1999–2000, (e)...

    • Impounded Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance is given to Customs and Excise officials on the (a) impounding and (b) disposal of impounded vehicles used to breach personal allowances for...

      Impounded Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what sites are used to store vehicles impounded by Customs and Excise officials on the grounds that they were being used to breach personal allowances for...

      Staff Shortages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 23 October 2001, Official Report, column 202W, how many instances have been brought to his attention by Her Majesty's Customs and...

      Automotive Fuel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax was raised in each year since 1997 from the retail sale of automotive fuel.

      Motor Vehicles (Tax Income)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax was raised in each year since 1997 from (a) the sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories, (b) the sale of...

      Public Sector Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of the growth of public sector pay in 2001 on the level of public expenditure.

      Civil Service Pay Negotiations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact on (a) public expenditure and (b) recruitment and retention within the civil service of the devolution to...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the impact on public expenditure on non-military priorities of the commitment to military expenditure in the conflict in...

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Treasury is taking to monitor the impact of the climate change levy on (a) manufacturing industry and (b) the service sector; and if he will...

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to exclude the nuclear power industry from the climate change levy.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what percentage of the climate change levy is paid by engineering; and if he will estimate the percentage of economic output produced by engineering;...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many firms have paid corporation tax at no more than the 10p rate in each year since its introduction.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to simplify the administration of corporation tax.

      Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce targets for reducing the number of regulations issued by his Department over the next four years.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the level of higher rate taxation as a factor in attracting senior management to the UK (a) public and (b) private sectors.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to introduce new anti-avoidance measures in respect of stamp duty.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from interest groups representing the elderly regarding (a) the marginal tax rate in the pension credit and (b) the...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions regarding pre-Budget representations received from interest groups...

      Insurance Premium Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been raised on insurance premium tax in each year since May 1997.

      Private Medical Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been raised by the abolition of tax relief on private medical insurance in each year since its abolition.

      Employee Share Ownership

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money was raised in the last financial year from penalties imposed on firms where employees have cashed in employee share ownership schemes too early.

      Prospectus Directive

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has made to the European Commission regarding the proposed Prospectus Directive.

      Hawala

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action is being taken to bring the Hawala exchange system within the scope of his new arrangements to combat the funding of international terrorism;...

      Share Incentive Plan

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of how employee share ownership can be encouraged in sectors of the economy with relatively high employee turnover.

      Share Incentive Plan

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on, and what plans he has to reduce, the qualifying period for SIPs.

      Occupational Pension Funds Directive

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has made to the European Commission regarding the proposed directive on occupational pension funds.

      Labour Supply

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of national insurance rates on the supply of labour.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what percentage of the combined burden of taxation on motoring is borne by industry; (2) what percentage of the total tax burden was borne by...

      Manufacturing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many manufacturing jobs have been lost since April.

      Mortality Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people died from (a) meningitis and (b) carbon monoxide poisoning, excluding suicides, in each of the last four years.

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date his Department established a working group of officials to prepare his Department for the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act...

      Working Hours

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 6 November 2001, Official Report, column 154W, on excessive working hours, if he will place in the Library the results from the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last met trade union representatives to discuss (a) miners' pension issues and (b) pension funds surpluses; and if he will make a statement.

      Professional Contractors Group

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many meetings he has had with the Professional Contractors Group in the last 12 months.

      IR35 (Training Provision)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement on how IR35 will affect training provision for IT contractors; and what new incentives are available to increase this...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the DFES regarding the decision to end individual learning accounts, with specific reference to training for IT contractors.

      Income Tax (Pensioners)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people over the age of 65 years pay income tax.

      Double Taxation Conventions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will submit to the House the double taxation conventions that the Government recently concluded with Jordan and Lithuania; and if he will make a...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish figures indicating the effective upper earnings limit on the equivalent of national insurance contributions for each EU member state in...

      Tax/National Insurance Receipts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the receipts of (a) income tax, (b) corporation tax and (c) national insurance for November and December and January 2002.

      Smuggling (Motor Fuel Products)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the fuel duty and VAT lost in each year since 1997 through the smuggling of motor fuel products into Northern Ireland.

  • International Development

    • Ministerial Visit (Pakistan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whom she met and what discussions she had during her recent visit to Pakistan.

    • Caribbean

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will set out the conclusions her Department reached in its examination of further support to the CARICOM-sponsored regional plan...

      Caribbean

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will set out how the funding for the second phase of the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre Project has been allocated and itemise...

      Ivory Coast

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which (a) non-Governmental organisations and (b) charities the Government support in the Ivory Coast.

  • Home Department

    • Ethnic Minority Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish the second annual report on progress on his race equality employment targets for ethnic minority staff in his Department...

    • Amarjit Singh

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the case of Mr. Amarjit Singh, stating for what reason he has been detained.

      Downview Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners there were at HMP Downview on 26 October; and, of these, how many were (a) UK and (b) Jamaican citizens convicted of...

      Government Bunkers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the former Government bunkers sold to private purchasers since 1990.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the hon. Member for Putney will receive a substantive reply to his letter of 8 October, for which he received an acknowledgement on 7...

      Nationality Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for British nationality are under consideration by his Department.

      Security Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the extra cost to the Security Service of activities in connection with events following the 11 September...

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison education departments have obtained a Basic Skills Agency Quality Mark.

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many prisoners have achieved (a) Entry Level Wordpower and Numberpower and (b) Level One Wordpower and Numberpower since December...

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will state the names of contractors (a) providing prison education and (b) who have failed to reach the minimum standard required...

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of prisoners assessed as having literacy and numeracy skills below level two on entry to prison have achieved nationally...

      Prison Welfare-to-Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of prisons operate welfare-to-work programmes.

      Prison Welfare-to-Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of prisoners have successfully completed the welfare to work programme in each year since its introduction.

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the backlog of cases is in each division at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate; and what the waiting time is for...

      Prison IT Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prisons and (b) young offenders institutions use IT systems which have not been networked.

      Consultation Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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...

  • Prime Minister

    • Travel Costs (Concorde)

      To ask the Prime Minister what was the cost of his travel on Concorde on 7 November; and if this was at a reduced rate.

    • US Visit

      To ask the Prime Minister what is his estimate of the cost of his visit to the United States on 7 November; which officials and Ministers accompanied him; and if he will make a statement.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • People's Panel

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the evaluation of the People's Panel will be (a) completed and (b) published.

    • People's Panel

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the People's Panel's contract with MORI expires.

      Scottish Devolution

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is regarding consultations prior to the publication of proposals involving the transfer of powers to the Scottish Executive by (a) primary...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the value of benefit fraud; and how much fraudulently obtained benefit has been repaid following detection...

    • Widows' Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans he has better to publicise the time limit for making applications for widows' payments; (2) what plans he has for relaxing...

      Benefit Services (Performance Standards)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions he has used his statutory powers to direct improved standards of performance following persistent failures to deliver...

      Employment Advisory Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what projects will be undertaken by the Employment Advisory Panel; what its budget is; how many support staff it will have; to whom it will...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much unpaid benefit is due in areas where Jobcentre Plus staff are undertaking strike action; and what his Department's estimate is of the...

      Performance Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the principles which underlie the Performance Framework; in what ways it differs from the system of Best Value;...

      ONE Pilots (Benefits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what lessons he has drawn from the ONE pilots about the administration of housing benefit and council tax benefit; and what new guidance to...

      Benefit Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what representations he has received from local government ombudsmen in England, Wales and Scotland about the administrative complexity...

      Appeals Service (Housing Benefit)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact of the transition from housing benefit review boards to the Appeals Service.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to fix housing benefit awards for set periods.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans he has made to simplify the non-dependent deduction scheme; (2) what plans he has to reform the rate at which housing benefit...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the reform of the housing benefit extended payment scheme.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans he has to simplify the rent limitations mechanism in the private rented sector; (2) what plans he has to reduce the number of...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of the housing benefit verification framework on the increase in formal...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to divide the housing benefit caseload into age-related client groups.

      Integrated Inquiry Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the reasons for abandoning the Integrated Inquiry Service.

      Integrated Inquiry Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what level of fees he expects to have to spend to commission alternative proposals to the Integrated Inquiry Service; and who has been...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Inquests

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) when the Legal Service Commission will publish its guidance on the circumstances in which legal aid funding may be made...

    • Translation Services

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what translation services the Lord Chancellor ensures are available to courts in (a) England and (b) Staffordshire.

      Departmental Projects

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will list the projects in his Department which have been considered as potential public-private partnerships since 1997...

  • Health

    • Biological Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contingency plans he has developed to protect the public against anthrax, botulism and attacks with other biological agents; and if he will make a...

    • Biological Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what public health measures there are to deal with large-scale anthrax contamination in the UK; and what consideration has been given to the use of a...

      Breast Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measure she is taking to assess the efficacy of the breast screening programme.

      Waiting Times (Bath)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on trends in waiting times for (a) orthopaedic out patient appointments and (b) orthopaedic operations at the Royal United...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses were (a) employed by the NHS, (b) recruited and (c) left the NHS in (i) 1993, (ii) 1997 and (iii) 2001.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the in-patient waiting list is, expressed as per 1,000 head of weighted population, for (a) each health authority and (b) in total in England for the...

      Cancelled Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) cancelled operations in total, (b) operations cancelled on the day of operation and (c) operations cancelled and not readmitted within one...

      Rural Recruitment (Consultants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to recruit (a) general consultants and (b) consultants in neurology in rural areas.

      Private Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many private beds were available in each of the last five years; (2) how many private hospitals there were in each of the last five years.

      Private Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been admitted to NHS hospitals from non-NHS hospitals in the last five years.

      Chiropodists and Podiatrists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if chiropodists and podiatrists in private practice will be represented on the Health Professions Council; and if he will make a statement.

      Chiropodists and Podiatrists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if podiatrists and chiropodists in private practice will be recognised for the purposes of state registration; and if he will make a statement.

      Contaminated Blood Transfusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the recommendations of the Scottish Executive's Health and Community Care Committee regarding financial assistance to...

      NHS (Overseas Staff)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of how many (a) refugees and (b) those with special immigration status with medical qualifications have been prevented from...

      NHS (Overseas Staff)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the contribution that could be made to the national health service by (a) refugees and (b) those with special immigration...

  • Education and Skills

    • Education Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which categories of person having regard to age, marital status, duration of residence in the UK, immigration status, nationality and other...

    • Early Excellence Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the location of the early excellence centres which (a) are in operation, (b) are in the process of implementation and (c)...

      Teachers (Ethnic Minorities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 5 November 2001, to the hon. Member for Harrogate and Knaresborough, Official Report, column 54W, on teachers...

      Teacher Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the teacher vacancy rate was in (a) nursery/ primary schools, (b) secondary schools and (c) all schools in (i) the constituency of...

      Foreign National Teachers (Surrey)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many foreign nationals were employed as (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers in Surrey during the (i) 2000–01 academic...

      Teacher Vacancies (Surrey)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary teacher vacancies there were in Surrey on 1 September in each year since 1997.

      Performance-related Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance she has issued to schools regarding assessment of teachers for the upper spine of performance-related pay.

      Teachers (Maintained Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of permanent teaching posts in maintained schools which were not filled on the first day of the...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her written answer of 7 November 2001, Official Report, columns 245–46W, on ministerial travel, what was the (a) purpose,...

      Staff Retention (Secondary Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the rates of staff retention in (a) secondary schools with sixth forms and (b) secondary schools without sixth...

      Qualified Teacher Status

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her written answer of 31 October 2001, Official Report, column 714W, how many full-time equivalent teachers there were without...

      Overseas Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimates she has made of the number of teachers in maintained schools who were not British citizens in each term of the last four years.

      Overseas Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many overseas teachers employed in maintained schools are not covered by the overseas trained teacher scheme.

      Teachers (Huntingdon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary teacher vacancies there were in Huntingdon (i) on 31 March and (ii) in each year since 1996.

      Teachers (Huntingdon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers were employed in Huntingdon (i) on 31 March and (ii) in each year since 1996.

      Teachers (Age Profile)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) male and (b) female teachers in each year between 1990 and 2001 were aged (i) under 25, (ii) 25 to 29, (iii) 30 to 34, (iv) 35...

      Pupil Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what was the average revenue funding per pupil in (a) foundation and (b) voluntary aided schools in (i)1997, (ii) 1998, (iii) 1999 and (iv) 2000.

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will maintain funding for school sixth forms in real terms in 2003–04.

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills to whom indicative budgets for individual school sixth forms in Worcestershire have been made available; and if she will publish them by 5...

      Teachers' Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will publish the average (a) starting and (b) top scale teachers' salaries in real terms in each of the last 20 years, in (i) primary...

      Teachers' Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will publish comparative figures for (a) starting and (b) top scale teacher salaries in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and...

      Early Years Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of early years settings employ a qualified teacher; and what the cost would be of placing a qualified teacher in every early...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Haskins Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which hon. Members were given (a) notice of and (b) briefing on the content of Lord Haskins report prior to 12.30 pm on 18...

    • Agrimonetary Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to claim agrimonetary compensation from the EU; and if she will make a statement.

      Mink Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many mink farms were operating in England and Wales on 28 February; and if she will list their locations by county.

      Mink Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list all movements of farmed mink that took place in England and Wales during (a) 2000 and (b) 2001.

      Mink Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what dates each of the mink farms operating in England and Wales were inspected during 2001; and what plans there are to...

      Mink Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) breeding female and (b) other mink were present at each of the mink farms operating on 28 February; and if she...

      Mink Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many mink farms were operating and contained live mink in England and Wales on 1 October; and if she will list their...

      Energy Performance (Buildings)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many responses were received to the Government's consultation on the proposed EU directive on the energy performance of...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is of the percentage of FMD cases where transmission of the disease was (a) from animal to animal, (b)...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what differences there are between the guidance given to Herefordshire council about grants to assist businesses affected by...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of jobs lost in the agricultural sector as a result of the foot and mouth outbreak.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what requirements farms must comply with in order to qualify for (a) cleansing and (b) restocking following a foot and...

      Sheep and Goats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) the National Farmers Union and (b) others about the National Farmers Union's...

      Agriculture Revenue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the income of the United Kingdom Agriculture industry was that derived from (a) EU common agricultural policy funds,...

      Entrust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when and how often Entrust provides financial reports to HM Customs and Excise.

      Entrust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for the future role of Entrust, as a result of the proposed reform of the landfill tax credit scheme.

      Entrust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are taken by Entrust to conduct audits into applications for grants for environmental projects as part of the...

      Entrust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what remuneration packages are available to executives of Entrust; and if she will make a statement.

      Zoo Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on (a) the conditions in which zoo animals are kept and (b) the consequences for the safety of...

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made in financial terms of abuse related to the landfill tax credit scheme.

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance she is providing to the (a) London borough of Redbridge and (b) Environment Agency to protect properties at...

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to allow fox hunting to resume; and if she will make a statement.

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of the total UK volume of radioactive wastes has been produced by the nuclear power sector in the last five years.

      Movement of Livestock Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs at what dates and times the autumn movement of livestock scheme website has been unavailable; and if she will make a...

      Fox Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what risk assessments have been completed on the recommencement of fox control in Wales following the foot and mouth...

      Beef Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of beef consumption was (a) UK produced and (b) imported in each of the last 10 years for which figures are...

      Vets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many vets were employed by the state veterinary service in each year since 1997.

      Sheepmeat Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the commencement of sheepmeat exports; and if she will list those countries free from foot and mouth disease...

      GM Crop Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will make it her policy that no new farmscale GM crop trials will be licensed within cross-pollination distance...

  • House of Lords

    • House of Lords Reform

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the forthcoming White Paper on House of Lords reform will fulfil their 2001 manifesto pledge that "we have given our support to the report and conclusions...

    • House of Lords Reform

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether and, if so, how the next phase of House of Lords reform will re-engage the electorate, in view of the fact that 41 per cent of eligible voters did not vote...

      House of Lords Reform

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the primary reasons why they do not support an elected or substantially elected second Chamber of Parliament.

      European Arrest Warrant Framework Decision: ECHR Compatibility

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration has been given to the question of the compatibility with the Human Rights Act 1998 of the Council framework decision on the European arrest...

      Extradition Arrangements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration has been given to creating, as the basis for extradition between all European Union member states, arrangements along the lines of those which...

      Boeing 727 Hijack: Asylum Applications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the passengers on the Ariana Boeing 727 aircraft hijacked to Stansted in February 2000 applied for political asylum; how many of their applications...

      UK Passport Holders: Notification of Death

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they started to seek to establish arrangements for the Government to receive routine notifications of death of United Kingdom passport holders; and when they...

      UK Passport Holders: Notification of Death

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many passports of decreased United Kingdom passport holders were returned for cancellation during the most recent 12-month period for which records have been kept.

      Machine-readable Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the 43,855,981 valid British passports are machine readable; and whether they will start to record electronically the departures and arrivals of...

      Somalia, FRY and Sudan: UN Sanctions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there have been any recent changes to UN sanctions against Somalia, the Former Republic of Yugoslavia and Sudan.

      Euro Notes and Coins

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information they are providing to British travellers about the effect of the introduction of euro notes and coins.

      Contractors Tax: Inland Revenue Leaflet

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the new leaflet from HM Treasury, IR2003, adequately explains liability to the IR35 contractors tax.

      Home Office: Race Equality Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the second annual report on progress on their race equality employment targets for minority ethnic staff in the Home Department and its...

      Mr Alun Evans

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 24 October (WA 132) (a) when Mr Alun Evans took office as Director of Information at the...

      Mr Alun Evans

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 24 October (WA 132) whether Mr Alun Evans, or any other information officer at the Department for...

      Mr Alun Evans

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 24 October (WA 132), whether, in the light of the remarks of the Lord Peyton of Yeovil on 23...

      District Council Elections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which district councils in England usually hold elections for a third of the council but will hold an all-out election next May as a result of the introduction of...

      Heavy Goods Vehicles: Inspections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many additional vehicle examiners and traffic examiners have been deployed in the last two years to make "on the road" checks on heavy goods vehicles.

      Heavy Goods Vehicles: Inspections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many "on the road" checks on heavy goods vehicles were made by enforcement officers during each of the last three years for which figures are available; and Of...

      Buses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their latest appraisal of the public information available to bus users through PTI2000 in terms of (a) availability, and (b) standard of service provided.

      Buses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Apart from the rural bus grant and the Travel Concessions Eligibility Bill now before Parliament what new initiatives they have in mind to promote the use of buses.

      Railway Inspectorate

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) How many inspectors were employed by the Health and Safety Executive on matters concerned with railway safety in each year from 1997 to 2001, (b) and at what cost.

      Railtrack

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consulted the Strategic Rail Authority before putting Railtrack into administration.

      Strategic Rail Authority Contracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 30 October (WA 155-6), in respect of each contract for professional advice valued at over...

      Vibration Directive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of the negative cost benefit analysis resulting from the Regulatory Impact Assessment on the vibration directive proposal, they will not...

      Driving Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements exist for the cancellation of driving licences of deceased persons.

      Physical Agents Directives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 1 November (WA 181), what percentage of the replies given by those who responded to the...

      Local Government Commission for England: Transfer of Functions to Electoral Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made on the transfer of the functions of the Local Government Commission for England to the Electoral Commission.

      Rural Recovery Co-ordinator: October Meetings with DEFRA

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether (a) any Minister at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (b) the Prime Minister, or (c) any special adviser at the Department for...

      Timber Procurement Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the announcement made by Michael Meacher, Minister for the Environment, that they will "examine how best we can combat illegal logging, including export...

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