Written answers

Friday, 16 November 2001

  • Solicitor-General

    • Fair Trade

      To ask the Solicitor-General what her Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of Fair Trade goods.

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Solicitor-General what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions that received a holding answer between 15 October and 5 November received the substantive answer...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to her Department between 15 October and 5 November; and what proportion of these have received holding...

  • President of the Council

    • Fair Trade

      To ask the President of the Council what his Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of fair trade goods.

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the President of the Council what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to his Department that received a holding answer between 15 October and 5 November received...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the President of the Council how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to his Department between 15 October and 5 November; and what proportion of these have received...

  • Prime Minister

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to his Department between 15 October and 5 November; and what proportion of these have received...

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on Government representation on the board of the successor company to Railtrack.

    • Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his oral answer of 23 October 2001, Official Report, column 195, on documents relating to the Railway...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 1 November 2001, Official Report, column 781W, what advice the agencies gave officials...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many save as you earn schemes are held by employees of Railtrack.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of the impact on take-up of employee share ownership schemes resulting from the devaluation...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place the notes of his meetings with (a) the Chairman of Railtrack on 25 July and (b) the Rail Regulator...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place copies of his Department's correspondence with the Strategic Rail Authority regarding negotiations...

      Central Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had with Central Trains about providing an improved service between Grantham and Skegness.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was the estimate of the interest charged to support the PPP for the London Underground at 1 October; and what is...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects the Health and Safety Executive to complete consideration of the safety case for the PPP for London...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions at what level of cost overrun under the PPP for the London Underground infracos will be able to demand additional...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) how the budget for London Underground step-in inspection and maintenance powers will be set; who will be...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will deem approval by the HSE of the safety case for the London Underground PPP arrangements to be a guarantee...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proposals he has to request the National Audit Office to review, prior to the award of the contracts, the value...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions under the (a) actual and (b) proposed (i) contracts and (ii) understandings, what level of compensation will be...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what definition of a fair return on investment is being used for the private sector infracos investing in the London...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what projections he has made as to fare increases after the London Underground PPP contracts are signed; and if he...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of (a) the management structures proposals for London Underground PPP from the point of...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what contingency plans he proposes to put in place in the event of insolvency by one or more of the infracos in the...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will indicate (a) for each year of the first seven and a half year period and (b) for the total of the first...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had with London Underground on the future membership of its board post PPP; and if he will...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement as to the phasing of works under the London Underground PPP between different tube lines...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement as to the guarantees under the London Underground PPP which will ensure (a) replacement...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions the Government have had with the National Audit Office over the value for money of the London...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement as to which risks will be transferred to the private sector under the London Underground...

      Transport for London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the credit rating is of Transport for London; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Name Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the total cost has been to public funds of re-branding his Department to accommodate its name change following...

      Westminster City Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what has been the cost to public funds of the Westminster Auditor's inquiry into Westminster city council's...

      Train Toilets

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

      Rosyth Ferry Terminal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on what date his Department first informed the European Commission of plans for the Rosyth ferry terminal; what...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate the Government have made of the value of the Millennium Dome site.

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the Government will publish the requirements for potential buyers of the Millennium (a) Dome and (b) site.

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions by what date the Government expect to have sold the Millennium Dome.

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what plans the Government have to allow residential building on the Millennium Dome site; (2) what plans the...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what assessment he has made of the factors which will influence the costs incurred by the Millennium Dome after...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans the Government have to regenerate the Greenwich peninsula; and what role it expects the Millennium Dome to...

      Runway Capacity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps he will take to make runway capacity available for increased regional air (a) services and (b) routes.

      Regional Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what change there has been in the amount of regional air travel in the last six weeks.

      Air Passengers (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he is making of the impact of low-cost airlines on the running costs of airports; and what impact...

      Homelessness (Greater London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many homeless people there are in the Greater London area; and what the figure has been in each of the last three...

      Stagecoach Bus Service (Monmouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if she will request (a) the Health and Safety Executive and (b) the Vehicles Inspectorate to undertake an assessment...

      Port Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will give a breakdown of the spending on Port Health in each of the last three years for which centrally...

      Airline Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent representations he has received from the airline industry on levels of employment following the incidents...

      Housing Capital Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will announce the results of the consultation exercise on the needs indices to be used in the allocation of...

      Pedestrian Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will estimate the additional average cost of providing pedestrian protection in the Honda Civic car; which car...

      Roadworks (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what plans his Department has for road works on the A12 between Hatfield Peverel and Mountnessing in the next...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to his Department that received a holding...

      Physical Agents Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent meetings he has had with representatives of the (a) haulage, (b) construction and (c) engineering sectors...

      Fair Trade Goods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of Fair...

      Local Government Finance Settlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will make a statement on the Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement 2002–03.

      New Track

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he intends to allow assets of the not-for-profit company known as New Track to be made available as security to...

  • Treasury

    • Departmental Underspending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions he has had with the Prime Minister regarding underspend in the Department of Health; (2) what measures he is taking to reduce...

    • Scottish Devolution

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

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will quantify in real cash terms the total change in the amount of income tax paid by higher rate taxpayers between May 1997 and the latest date for...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the cost of lowering the higher rate of income tax by 1 pence.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to his Department between 15 October and 5 November; and what proportion of these have...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to his Department that received a holding answer between 15 October and 5 November...

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to improve fiscal incentives for the development of combined heat and power plants.

      Illegal Drugs (Hull)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to (a) increase and (b) improve illegal drugs interception by Customs and Excise at the Port of Hull; and if he will make a statement.

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the quarrying industry on the design of the proposed aggregates levy.

      Illegal Food Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many, and what percentage of flights arriving at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick, (c) Stansted and (d) other airports in the UK were checked, in the latest...

      Advanced Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the total cost to local government pension schemes resulting from the abolition of advanced corporation tax relief on pension funds.

      Radio Spectrum

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the possibility of selling or licensing the military spectrum to the private sector.

      Freedom of Information

      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...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Direct Selling (Utilities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to tighten the regulation of direct selling by utilities.

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to her Department between 15 October and 5 November; and what proportion of...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to her Department that received a holding answer between 15 October and 5...

      Energy Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the total (a) direct and (b) indirect Government support for the energy sector, excluding oil and gas production, in each year since 1990.

      Postcomm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many licences have been issued by Postcomm within the reserved area; and what assessment she has made of their impact on Consignia's...

      Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action Consignia is taking to improve recruitment and retention in areas where this is more difficult.

      Postal Services Regulatory Regimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received on the services condition of the European Union and UK postal services regulatory regimes.

      Fur Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what measures exist to ensure that consumers are not sold items made of or containing domestic (a) dog and (b) cat fur by (i) mistake...

      Nuclear Installations (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consultations her Department has had with independent experts in respect of the security of nuclear facilities since 11 September.

      Community Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the role of community post offices in the post office re-invention programme.

      Postal Deliveries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many first class letters from (a) the PO postcode area and (b) the Isle of Wight achieve delivery (i) by first post the following day and...

      Road Fund Licences (Post Office Sales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimates he has made of the costs associated with allowing all post offices to sell road fund licences.

      Postmasters (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to (a) assist and (b) compensate sub-postmasters in Northern Ireland, with special reference to owners of rural post...

      Sub-post Offices (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many sub-post offices have been (a) opened and (b) closed in each of the London borough authorities in each of the last three years; and...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much Government investment there was in the north-west Regional Development Agency (a) in 1999, (b) in 2000, (c) in 2001 and (d) is...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on levels of Government investment in all regional development agencies in (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Al-Qaeda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what evidence he has that the hijackers who crashed the commercial airliners in the United States on 11 September were trained...

    • Organised Crime (Russia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what resources have been offered to the Russian Government to help it to combat organised crime in Russia.

      EU (New Members)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries seeking membership of the European Union he has visited during the last 12 months.

      European Union Chapters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many European Union chapters have been approved by the EU in each of the countries seeking membership; and if he will list them.

      Your Britain, Your Europe Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list all publications issued under the Your Britain, Your Europe project; and what the (a) print run and (b) cost has...

      Bird Protection (Cyprus)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of the Republic of Cyprus regarding the trapping and eating of protected...

      European Commission (Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many committees and advisory groups are funded by the European Community to advise the Commission; and at what cost.

      British Russia Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the annual reports of the British Russia Centre and British East-West Centre will be available.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to his Department that received a holding answer between 15...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to his Department between 15 October and 5 November; and what...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the UN Special Rapporteur for Sudan's recent comments to the UN General Assembly on the links...

      Fair Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of fair trade goods.

  • Education and Skills

    • Sure Start, Birkenhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much of the (a) revenue and (b) capital allocation awarded to Birkenhead for the first year of its Sure Start programme was used.

    • Private School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average extra funding per primary school pupil in (a) the UK, (b) England and (c) Shropshire was in (i) 1997, (ii) 1998, (iii)...

      Students (Living Expenses)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 2 November 2001, Official Report, column 898W, on costs of living, what estimates the research gave of total...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to examine the role of Capita in the operation of their contract to run individual learning accounts; and if she will...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of individual learning account credits was spent on IT-related skills.

      Internet Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans her Department has to increase internet access to those without computers.

      Educational Maintenance Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what plans she has to extend educational maintenance allowances to all areas of all local education authorities; (2) what evaluation...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to her Department between 15 October and 5 November; and what...

  • Scotland

    • Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if she will list all official overseas visits undertaken by Ministers in her Department in each year since May 1997, indicating (a) the cost in...

    • Ministers (Evidence to Committees)

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

      Royal Prerogative

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

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to her Department between 15 October and 5 November; and what proportion of these...

  • International Development

    • Fair Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of fair trade goods.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if, in liberated parts of Afghanistan, she will take steps to arrange for children who are seriously injured as a result of the...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she will publish a detailed humanitarian aid strategy document for Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the Government's commitment to provide humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan; and how services...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to her Department between 15 October and 5 November; and what...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what were the total (a) publication and (b) advertising costs for the Department in each of the past four years.

      Development and Co-operation Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the outcome was of the Development and Co-operation Council held in Brussels on 8 November; what the Government's stance was on...

      Military Planners

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what contact her Department has had with military planners at US Central Command in Tampa, Florida, to enhance humanitarian aid...

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on what date her Department established a working group of officials to prepare her Department for the implementation of the Freedom of...

      "Trade Matters"

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what was the cost of producing the Departmental publication, "Trade Matters, Eliminating World Poverty, Information Pack"; and how many...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to his Department between 15 October and 5 November; and what proportion...

    • Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was recovered, in the last year for which information is available, of the benefits paid to those ineligible to receive such benefits...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much a person must have in savings to receive interest equal to the value of (a) the average income support entitlement and (b) the average...

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many winter fuel payment claims for winter 2000 have been received since the deadline of 31 March; how many of these claims have been...

      New Deal (Young People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many former participants in the new deal have become (a) personal advisers and (b) senior advisers in the new deal for young people.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much he has forecast for expenditure on the pension credit in its first full year.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many responses to the pension credit consultation document he has received; who they are from; and if he will make them available in the...

      Sema

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how he monitors compliance by SEMA with its latest guidelines; and if he will make a statement.

      Sema

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the service credit arising from SEMA's performance against targets up to 31 March.

      Job Losses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the numbers of (a) jobs lost and (b) jobs under threat by the events of 11 September; and if he will make a statement.

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the West Chelmsford constituency have been caught involved in (a) social security benefit fraud and (b) housing benefit...

      Benefit Claimant Count

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the impact on Government expenditure of a change in the claimant count of 50,000.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans he has to award maximum child benefit to all siblings of a multiple birth; (2) if he will review the provision of child...

      Stakeholder Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter sent to companies to remind them of their obligation to offer access to a stakeholder pension.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Murder Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish details of the arrangements for the inquiries into the murders of (a) Chief Superintendent Breen, (b) Superintendent...

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to his Department between 15 October and 5 November; and what proportion of these...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to his Department that received a holding answer between 15 October and 5...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Fair Trade

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what his Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of fair trade goods.

    • Jury Rooms (Smoking Ban)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his answer of 31 October 2001, Official Report, column 752W, on smoking in jury rooms, if he will give instructions...

  • Wales

    • Fair Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what his Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of fair trade goods.

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to his Department between 15 October and 5 November; and what proportion of these have...

  • Health

    • SNOMED System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements are in place for independent scrutiny and evaluation of the SNOMED system; if the results of that scrutiny will be published; and if he...

    • Intermediate Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy from 1 April 2002 to give people an enforceable right not to be charged for intermediate care services.

      Intermediate Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken in evaluating the baseline figures for intermediate care to audit compliance with the criteria set out in paragraph 7...

      Intermediate Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the definition of intermediate care in HSC 2001/01: LAC (2001).

      Statutory Instruments (Explanatory Notes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the mechanisms for ensuring that Explanatory Notes to Statutory Instruments issued by his Department are comprehensible,...

      Beta Interferon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the decision by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence not to recommend beta interferon to be supplied by the...

      Coronary Heart Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health at how many places it was possible to treat coronary heart disease (a) in each health authority and (b) in total in England for the last two years for...

      Pneumococcal Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the value of pneumococcal vaccination in reducing the winter burden on the NHS; (2) if he will reduce the target age...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to proceed with the reforms of the Mental Health Act 1982 outlined in the White Paper, "Reforming the Mental Health Act"; and if he will...

      Nursing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much each (a) primary care trust and (b) health authority paid in respect of free nursing care up to 31 October; and how many nursing home...

      Nursing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the projected cost is of providing free nursing care for the elderly in England in the next three financial years.

      EU Food Supplements Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in negotiations regarding the draft EU food supplements directive in protecting the interests of the UK health food industry.

      Cutlass Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the timetable is for the Cutlass review of medicines; (2) how many patients have been recruited to the Cutlass review (a) to take the existing...

      Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if it is his policy that treatments should not be available in the NHS unless they have been subjected to randomised controlled trials; (2) what...

      Antipsychotic Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made as to the likely occurrence of (a) tardive dyskinesia and (b) other side effects from the use of (i) atypical...

      Patients (Testing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) under what circumstances it is lawful for patients to be tested without their knowledge or consent; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

      Endometriosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cases of endometriosis diagnosed at (a) Dorset County, (b) Poole General and (c) Royal Bournemouth hospitals in the 1999–2000 data...

      NHS Reconfiguration Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the composition of the NHS reconfiguration panel; when he expects appointments to this body will be made; what the remit of...

      Electro-convulsive Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the trends have been in the use of electro-convulsive therapy in the last 15 years; and what research his Department has undertaken into the trends.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been waiting more than 13 weeks for an out-patient appointment (a) on the latest day for which figures are available and (b) for the...

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were (a) waiting for inpatient treatment and (b) waiting more than 12 months for inpatient treatment, on the latest day for which figures...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the July 2000 NICE guidance on NHS audiology services and digital hearing aids was published before the financial contract for the NHS bulk purchasing...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will set out the timetable for the evaluation of digital hearing aids under the 20 first wave sites; (2) what guidance his Department has...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to monitor the number of people who have decided to purchase digital hearing aids from overseas.

      NHS Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the sponsors for the public consultation to confer on the NHS plan referred to in Annex E (p112) of the Department's Annual report 2001.

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he will take to encourage primary care organisations to consider the recommendations in "Primary Care Strategy for Falls and...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to his Department between 15 October and 5 November; and what proportion of these have...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to his Department that received a holding answer between 15 October and 5 November...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the decision of the BBC not to televise Holocaust Memorial Day 2002.

    • European Year of People with Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her plans for the 2003 European Year of People with Disabilities.

      WPC Kaur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) at the employment tribunal hearing of the claim by WPC Kaur, how many days were taken (a) by the claimants' case and (b) by the...

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her plans are for representation for Scotland on the proposed Ofcom; and if she will make a statement.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to her Department between 15 October and 5 November; and what...

      Fair Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of fair trade goods.

  • Defence

    • HMS Ocean

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, (1) pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for New Forest, West (Mr. Swayne) of 30 October 2001, Official Report, column 659W, for what reason the...

    • Public-private Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the projects in his Department which have been considered as potential public private partnerships since 1997 which have not been...

      RAF St. Athan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of RAF St. Athan; and if he will make a statement.

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence of those recruited to the armed forces, how many have successfully completed initial training at depots in each of the last 10 years.

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Defence Aviation Repair Agency requested the assistance of the Welsh Development Agency to facilitate the relocation of the fixed wing aircraft...

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the cost of retaining four sites within the Defence Aviation Repair Agency.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 2 November 2001, Official Report, column 874, on Afghanistan, what his estimate is of how many civilians have been killed as a...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the deployment of British forces in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 2 November 2001, Official Report, column 874W, on Afghanistan, how many claims of damage to civilian life and property have...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 2 November 2001, Official Report, column 874W, on Afghanistan, how many battle damage assessment reports he has received; and...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value of his Department's assets holdings is, broken down by asset holder, under the headings of (a) Land & Buildings Scotland, (b) Land...

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many troops have been stationed in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

      Swift Sword II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many battle groups exercised within 1 Armoured Division during exercise Swift Sword II.

      Short Service Commissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the conversion rate of short service to regular commissions in each of the last 10 years.

      Cluster Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what evaluation has been made by (a) the UK and (b) its allies of the use of cluster bombs in Kosovo, with particular respect to the impact of these...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to his Department between 15 October and 5 November; and what proportion of these have...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to his Department that received a holding answer between 15 October and 5 November...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Review Bodies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what task forces, ad hoc advisory groups and reviews established since 2 May 1997 were in existence between 1 April 2000 and 31 March 2001.

    • Pension Mis-selling

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his estimate is of the total lump sum cash payment received by the civil service pension schemes from transfers back into such schemes as a result of the...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to his Department between 15 October and 5 November; and what proportion of these have...

      People's Panel

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister with effect from which date the People's Panel has been wound up.

      Regeneration

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for each (a) area-based and (b) other regeneration-related initiative for which his Department is responsible, what is (i) the amount budgeted and (ii) the total...

      Regional Schemes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what regional schemes are in operation in the Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East constituency.

      Regional Schemes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what regional schemes are managed by the Government Office for the North East; how long they will run; and how much investment is involved.

      48-hour Week (Waivers)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many civil servants in each Department have signed waivers to work voluntarily more than 48 hours per week; for how many the Minister has rescinded such a...

      Technologies Advisory Group

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what is (a) the remit and (b) the membership of the Technologies Advisory Group.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the cost to local authorities of seeking antisocial behaviour orders.

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the time taken to obtain antisocial behaviour orders broken down by the time taken to (a) collect evidence,...

      Dyfed-Powys Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Ceredigion of 24 October 2001, Official Report, column 67W, on police suspensions, what is the...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to his Department that received a holding answer between 15 October...

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many special constables there were in the (a) City of London and (b) Metropolitan police area in (i) May 1997 and (ii) for the...

      Islamic Radicals (Extradition)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions since May 1997 requests for extradition of Islamic radicals based in the United Kingdom have been turned down; and if...

      Police Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many resignations there were from the police force in the year to March (a) 1997 and (b) 2001 due to (i) medical and (ii) other reasons.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list, by police authority, the number of reported incidents of domestic violence for each of the last three years for which...

      Alcohol (Young People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he had with the police prior to the amendment of the Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Act 1997 to the effect that...

      Cemeteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is with regard to the provision of new cemeteries.

      Illegal Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the relationship between the street price and purity of (a) cocaine and (b) heroin in the last 10 years.

      Police Numbers (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) actual and (b) funded police officers there are in the county of Essex for the latest available date; and what were the same...

      Fraud (Police Staff Levels)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff were employed (a) in each police fraud squad, including the City of London police fraud squad, and (b) in the economic and...

      Police Numbers (Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have left Sussex constabulary since March 2000 through (a) retirement, (b) early retirement, (c) injury and (d)...

      Police Numbers (Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many new police officers have been taken on in each division of the Sussex constabulary since March 2000 under crime fighting fund funding.

      Religious Hatred

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consultations he has had with (a) the Law Society, (b) the Bar Council, (c) the Justices' Clerks, (d) the District Judges (magistrates...

      Public-private Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the projects in his Department which have been considered as potential public-private partnerships since 1997 which have not...

      Communications Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to make data retention compulsory for internet and communications service providers.

      Anti-terrorist Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with internet and communications service providers about new anti-terrorist legislation.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with his European counterparts about dealing with European nationals apprehended in Afghanistan taking arms...

      Fair Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of fair trade goods.

      Departmental Publications

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

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the abolition of the Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce and the progress towards...

    • Illegal Food Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy to reduce the number of bodies involved in controlling illegal imports of food.

      Scrapie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on how the Government will test for scrapie-causing agents in apparently scrapie-resistant sheep.

      Animal Health Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the level of consultation on the Animal Health Bill before its publication.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to her Department between 15 October and 5 November; and what...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to her Department that received a holding answer between...

      Mink Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many mink farms were inspected during the slaughter period in November and December 2000; and what were the methods of...

      Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her priorities are for the reform of UK agricultural policy.

      Vets (Domestic Pets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what information she has collated on (a) how many vets in each of the last five years have been struck off or...

      Over-30-months Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent discussions she has had with the European Commission on the continuation of the OTMS scheme; (2) what time...

      Over-30-months Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle were slaughtered under the Over 30 Months Cattle Scheme in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000 and (e) 2001.

      Over-30-months Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost was of the over-30-months cattle scheme in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000 and (e) 2001.

      Border Inspection Posts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the establishment of border inspection posts in the United Kingdom by the European Commission...

      Common EU Fisheries Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress made towards a common EU fisheries licence, with respect to communitarisation of...

      Fisheries (Derogation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the state of negotiations to extend the derogation on six and 12 mile limits.

      Fishing Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of Council Regulation (EC) No. 1936/2001, laying down control measures applicable...

      Live Export Refunds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her policy regarding live export refunds for cattle; and if it is her policy to support their...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in what percentage of cases livestock owners who resisted an animal culling order were subsequently informed that their...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what regulations govern (a) the export of game, and (b) compensation for game exporters whose business was affected by foot...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the protocols and guidance for the removal of ash from a foot and mouth disease burn site.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under what powers the foot and mouth contiguous cull was carried out.

      Laptop Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many laptop computers held by her Department have been (a) stolen and (b) lost; how many have been recovered; and what is...

      Departmental Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will publish her departmental plan.

      It

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what problems have been identified in the (a) installation and (b) management of her Department's IT programmes.

      It

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of her Department's budget is for IT.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many civil servants there are in each division of her Department.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many civil servants (a) are employed in her Department and (b) were employed by its predecessor department at the latest...

      PFI Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the PFI contracts which (a) have been agreed and (b) are under consideration.

      Vets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many vets were employed by (a) the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in May 1997 and (b) her Department in...

      Flood Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what communications have been received from local authorities in respect of the availability of resources to implement flood...

      Managed Retreat Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for managed retreat schemes in Essex; and if she will make a statement.

      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 helpline has been unavailable; and if she will make a...

      Movement of Livestock Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the autumn movement of livestock scheme applies to movements between different parcels of land held by the same person.

      Movement of Livestock Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the help available from her Department to local authorities to deal with the backlog of...

      Potato Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the annual output of the UK potato industry in each of the last 10 years for which figures are...

      Land Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of land in England was (a) under cultivation for crops and (b) used for animal rearing in (i) 1975, (ii)...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the principal changes her Department is seeking on reform of the common agricultural policy.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford of 29 May on behalf of his constituent Mr. J....

      Farming Assistance (Exmoor)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she is taking to speed up the process of the collection of cattle and assist farmers with welfare problems in Exmoor.

  • House of Lords

    • House of Lords Reform

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the comment by Lord Alexander of Weedon in the Denning Society Lecture on 30 October that "the category of life peer should be abolished...

    • Personal Injury Cases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish or place in the Library the advice given to the Lord Chancellor by the Government Auditor as to the appropriate percentage interest rate...

      State of Emergency: Concept in Law

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is any concept of a state of emergency (other than to do with interference consequent upon strikes) in United Kingdom law, as suggested by the...

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will derogate from some European Convention on Human Rights articles in Great Britain, but not in Northern Ireland, as recommended by the Northern...

      Northern Ireland Police Service: Lateral Entry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why members of the Garda Siochana are being transferred to the Police Service of Northern Ireland; whether there is a reciprocal arrangement for members of the...

      Northern Ireland: Casualties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many members of: (a) the Armed Forces; (b) the police service; and (c) the public, have been sectarian casualties in Northern Ireland since 1969.

      Millennium Dome

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many companies or individuals have entered bids to buy the Millennium Dome site; and when they will announce the result of their analysis of these bids; and....

      Millennium Dome

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What bids they have received for the use of the site of the Millennium Dome for events during the period 5 November 2001 to 5 December 2002.

      Millennium Dome

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With how many bidders or potential bidders for the Millennium Dome site they or English Partnerships were negotiating on 1 July 2001, 1 October 2001 and now.

      Energy Crops

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the £31 million announced in October 2000 to encourage the growing of crops for use in generating energy in power stations has been spent;...

      Rural Payments Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made on the abolition of the Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce and towards agency status of the Rural Payments Agency; and whether...

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