Written answers

Monday, 19 November 2001

  • House of Commons

    • House of Commons Passes

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many ex-hon. Members have been allowed a House of Commons pass; how long an hon. Member...

  • International Development

    • Zimbabwe (NGOs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations she has made to the Government of Zimbabwe regarding their decision to prohibit non-governmental organisations...

    • Older People (Discrimination)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action her Department has taken to tackle discrimination against older people.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Export Licences (Russia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many export licences have been issued to (a) Russian companies to the United Kingdom and (b) United Kingdom companies to Russia in the...

    • 3G Licensing Sale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact of the 3G licensing sale conducted by her Department on (a) employment, (b) growth and (c) debt in...

      WTO Conference (Doha)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive with respect to the preparation of the position of the UK Delegation to the 4 World...

      WTO Conference (Doha)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if a representative of the Scottish Executive formed part of the UK Delegation to the fourth World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference...

      WTO Conference (Doha)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking at the WTO Ministerial meeting in Doha to meet the concerns of the least developed countries.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to restrict the sale of fireworks to those organising professional fireworks displays; and if she will make a statement.

      Ilisu Dam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received on the Ilisu Dam project from the Secretary of State for International Development.

      Ilisu Dam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will place in the Library copies of the consultants' reports on the Environmental Impact Assessment report and the Resettlement Action...

      Ilisu Dam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions there have been on the Ilisu Dam project; and if he will make a statement.

      Consultation Documents

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

      Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many Consignia staff are employed at the Nine Elms Royal Mail sorting office; and what plans she has for the future of this sorting office.

      Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she has taken to encourage Consignia to make greater use of rail freight for mail deliveries.

      Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of mail was carried by (a) road and (b) rail in each of the last five years.

      Consumer Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total costs were for operating (a) the National Consumer Council, and (b) the Scottish Consumer Council in (i) 1996–97, (ii)...

      Consumer Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the salaries are of (a) the chairman and members of the National Consumer Council, and (b) the chairman and members of the Scottish...

      Consumer Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the salaries are of the chief executive of the (a) National Consumer Council and (b) Scottish Consumer Council.

      Consumer Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement about the role of the Scottish Consumer Council since 1999.

      Solicitors' Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total solicitors' costs to her Department was of the action of the right hon. Member for Tyneside North (Mr. Byers) against...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many employees of (a) her Department and (b) agencies sponsored by her Department work in (i) London, (ii) areas benefiting from EU...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many publications were issued by her Department in each of the last four years.

      Aviation Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has (a) to underwrite insurance premiums and (b) to seek suspension of the operation of airline passenger duty following the...

      Bonus Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average increase in the earnings index in the 12 month period to February was as a result of bonus payments; and (a) what proportion...

  • Defence

    • Alternative Landing Ships Logistic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made with placing a contract for the additional two alternative landing ships logistics.

    • Defence Aviation Repair Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the consultant's report recommending the relocation of the fixed wing aircraft repair business of DARA from RAF St. Athan to Cardiff...

      RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost has been to his Department of the use of MOD police in connection with RAF Menwith Hill since 5 July; and what the preset departmental...

      Missile Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what missile trials involving live firing of missiles have been undertaken by (a) HMS Marlborough, (b) HMS Lancaster and (c) HMS York in the past three years.

      Missile Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what missile trials involving Trident class submarines have taken place in the past three years.

      Departmental Sites (Planning Applications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is towards submitting planning applications for his Department's sites the use of which is already subject to a local plan public inquiry.

      Defence Estates Disposal Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he has conducted a review this year of Defence Estates' disposal programme; what was the conclusion of that review; and if he will make a statement.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment has been made of the capability of the Territorial Army to provide aid to the civil powers.

      Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made as to the suitability of former civilian aircraft being purchased or leased directly by his Department for conversion to the...

      Porton Down Volunteers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many individuals have contacted the Porton Down volunteers helpline since February 1998.

      Porton Down Volunteers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officials at the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down, are employed to answer queries in the form of letters and telephone calls by...

      Porton Down Volunteers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make ex-gratia compensation payments to service volunteers who took part in experiments at the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down,...

      Porton Down Volunteers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel have visited the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down, to inspect records of their experiments and discuss their test...

      Porton Down Volunteers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the War Pensions Agency is being kept informed of the plans to set up an epidemiological study to explore the health of volunteers who took part in...

      Porton Down Volunteers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times since 9 April staff at the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down, have supplied information about former volunteers to the War...

      Porton Down Volunteers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 11 May 2001, Official Report, columns 415–16W, regarding Porton Down, if his Department's officials conducting the...

      Porton Down Volunteers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if Professor Ian Kennedy will meet representatives of the Operation Antler team of Wiltshire Police as part of his supervision of the comprehensive...

      Porton Down Volunteers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 15 October 2001, Official Report, columns 936–37W, regarding Porton Down, if he will place in the Library papers...

      Porton Down Volunteers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a list of the titles and dates of films held by the chemical and biological defence establishment, Porton Down, which...

      Porton Down Volunteers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in Library a list of the (a) common and (b) chemical names of the eight nerve agents which have been tested on service volunteers at the...

      Porton Down Volunteers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the report produced by the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down, in 1972 entitled, The Effect of Wind...

      Porton Down Volunteers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the report produced by the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down in 1984 entitled, Experience in Man with...

      Far East Prisoners of War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people were detained in Japanese camps in World War Two as British but have now been ruled as ineligible for compensation because of a lack of a...

      Far East Prisoners of War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on restrictions placed by Her Majesty's Government on the eligibility for compensation of former British civilian internees...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the letter of 24 October from the hon. Member for Buckingham to the Under-Secretary of State, the hon. Member for Kirkcaldy (Dr. Moonie), will be...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what lessons learned have been made available to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs based upon the Army's experience of the foot and...

      Fair Trade Goods

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

      Naval Hospital, Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has in relation to the naval hospital in Gibraltar.

      Exercise Saif Sareea 2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the causes of breakdown in armoured vehicles on exercise Saif Sareea 2; when such breakdowns had been anticipated in advance by (a) his...

      Sovereign Bases (Equal Opportunities Legislation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to his answer of 8 November 2001, Official Report, column 380W, on the application of the Race Relations Act 1976 to service personnel, if...

      Defence Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the personnel operational and retained task requirement for each medical specialty within the Defence Medical Services, indicating the...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his estimate is of the number of Afghan civilians killed as a result of allied coalition use of bombs and missiles since military action began; and...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance has been provided to the (a) print and (b) broadcast media in respect of the (i) publication and (ii) broadcast of details of the...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what languages were used for the labelling of (a) cluster bombs, (b) food parcels and (c) leaflets dropped in Afghanistan; (2) what assessment his...

      MOD Police Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the purchasing policy of the MOD police on UK-built vehicles is; how many MOD police vehicles are operated; and what makes of vehicles are used by...

      NBC Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what liaison takes place between his Department and the NHS regarding preparations for nuclear, biological and chemical attack.

      Defence Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will list the names and appointments held by the board selecting the head of the Defence Academy; (2) what the (a) salary and (b) budget of...

      Low Flying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the next review of warplane low-flying practice zones covering North York Moors and East Cleveland area will be held.

      Vaccines Research Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the total cost to date of research conducted by (a) his Department and (b) consultants on behalf of his Department, into the health effects of...

      Battlefield Surveillance Capability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when Thales Sensors enhanced battlefield surveillance capability will be operational; and if he will make a statement.

      Princess Mary Hospital Site, RAF Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many homes Defence Estates was seeking permission to build on the site of the Princess Mary hospital, RAF Halton, in (a) its evidence to the...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Benefice Glebe

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, when a list of landholdings specified in the legislation transferring parish glebe land to the Church of England...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Wembley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures Sport England will take to retrieve money given to the Wembley project.

    • Royal Parks Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what is the legal basis of the power of arrest of officers in the Royal Parks Constabulary.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money is held in the national lottery distribution fund which is not committed to projects; and if she will make a statement.

      All-seater Football Stadiums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will consider relaxing regulations requiring football stadiums to be all-seated.

      Gambling Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received concerning the proposals to remove gambling machines from non-profit-making members' clubs.

      Gambling Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received on the recommendations of the Gambling Review Body.

      New Opportunities Fund (Middlesbrough)

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

      World Athletics Championships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which (a) Ministers and (b) officials from (i) her Department and (ii) other Departments attended the 2001 World Athletics Championships...

      World Athletics Championships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will publish the programme of all (a) events and (b) activities that the Minister for Sport attended at the 2001 World Athletics...

  • Wales

    • Employment Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what (a) representations he has received and (b) communications he has had with the First Minister of the National Assembly for Wales in respect of the...

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many employees of (a) his Department and (b) agencies sponsored by his Department work in (i) London, (ii) areas benefiting from EU objective 1 status,...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he is taking regarding the treatment of Christians in the Moluccas region of Indonesia; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on information literature, advertising and campaign material in the financial years (a)...

      Uranium Testing (Northern Cyprus)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the evidence in the trial of Jamal al Fadl relating to the military testing of uranium in 1994 by...

      Russian Federation/EU Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from applicant states concerning close co-operation between the Russian Federation and the...

      Russian Federation/EU Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his policy towards Kaliningrad in the context of the expansion of the European Union.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress made with the Spanish Government over the future of Gibraltar.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if it is the policy of Her Majesty's Government that there shall be self- determination of the people of Gibraltar.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on plans to offer the people of Gibraltar a referendum on the subject of a change to the status of...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received from the people of Gibraltar about the future status of their territory.

      Scottish Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which members of the Scottish Executive the Minister for Europe met on his most recent visit to Scotland; and what subjects were...

      Israeli Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the EU Association Council of 20 November will consider to stop the import into the EU under preference of goods...

      Israeli Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who will represent the British Government at the EU Association Council of 20 November reviewing the EU-Israel Association Agreement.

      Israeli Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library, the agenda for the meeting of the EU Association Council to be held on 20 November to renew the...

      Al Barakat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his United States counterpart regarding the United States decision to freeze the assets of...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Sudan on the UN Special Rapporteur's report on human rights abuses in...

  • Scotland

    • Campbeltown to Ballycastle Ferry Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when and where she will meet Scottish Executive and Northern Ireland Executive Ministers to discuss the operation of a ferry service between Campbeltown...

    • Campbeltown to Ballycastle Ferry Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when she expects to finalise the evaluation of the expressions of interest received to operate the ferry service between Campbeltown and Ballycastle.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Police Emblems and Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the draft Police Emblems and Flags Regulations provided for in section 54 of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000 will be issued for...

    • Criminal Justice Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reasons he has not set an eight week period of consultation on the Government's response to the Criminal Justice Review.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many injuries from fireworks there were in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidents of criminal damage were recorded in each year since 1997 in Northern Ireland relating to the use of fireworks.

      Police Recruitment Quota

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what estimate he has made of how long the recruitment quota for the Police Service for Northern Ireland will be necessary; what criteria...

  • President of the Council

    • Departmental Promotions

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

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • M25

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when work is due to commence on the next phase of widening the M25.

    • Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what contingency plans he made to provide extra resources to Railtrack prior to 5 October.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his estimate is of the revenue that could have been raised from brought-forward payment of track access charges...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he had with the European Commission prior to his decision on placing Railtrack in administration.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 14 November 2001, reference 14783, on what basis his Department determined the value of...

      Road Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will take steps to introduce similar obligations to those in Scotland on highway authorities to take reasonable...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many council properties in London have rents above £100 per week; and how many he estimates will have target...

      Town Centre Housing Incentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the incentives he provides for people to live in town centres; and if he will make a...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what contingency plans are in place for the London Underground in the event that PPP is found not to be value for money.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was the annual average excess waiting time for passengers buying a ticket at the 10 stations on the London...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many lost passenger hours were incurred by each of the shadow infrastructure companies of the London Underground...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was the (a) basic pay rate and (b) average annual earnings of London Underground (i) drivers and (ii) station...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions at which London Underground stations where new escalators have been installed within the past 10 years, these...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on what date re-signalling of the Central Line was completed; how many signal failures on the Central Line there were...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if any train sets in use on the (a) Central, (b) Jubilee and (c) Northern lines of the London Underground have, in...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was the average annual mean distance between failure of trains on each line on the London Underground for (a)...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what, for each line of London Underground, was the average number of failures of (a) points, (b) signals and (c)...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was the London Underground weighted annual (a) predicted average passenger journey time and (b) passenger excess...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what average annual percentage of peak hour trains ran on each line of the London Underground in (a) each year since...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans his Department has to increase the number of CCTV cameras in stations and train carriages on London...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will ask London Underground to install the moving block computerised system in order to replace current...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many rolling stock failures have been reported on (a) the Jubilee Line and (b) the Northern Line in the past month.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many trains are run on (a) the Jubilee Line and (b) the Northern Line by London Underground.

      Fire Officers (Long-service Award)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what the estimated cost is per medal of providing a 30 year long-service award for fire officers; (2) how many...

      Rail Improvements (Wycombe)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the revisions to the timetable for planned improvements to the (a) track and (b) stations in the...

      Local Government Funding (Buckinghamshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the allocation of central Government funds to (a) Wycombe district council and (b)...

      Local Government Funding (Hackney)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what changes have taken place in Government support for the London borough of Hackney, using 1994–95 as the...

      East London Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what progress has been made by the Strategic Rail Authority in their investigation into the possibility of a third...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the number of registered social landlord homes (a) built and (b) approved for building by London...

      Electoral Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to establish an independent review of local government electoral arrangements in England.

      Manchester — Leeds Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to encourage freight traffic on the Manchester to Leeds trans-Pennine rail links.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to give objectors more rights in the planning process; and which of those arise from the Human...

      EU-financed Projects (Greater London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what European Union financed projects are under way in the Greater London area.

      Home Improvement Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will increase the funding available for home improvement grants.

      Smoke Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he has made a cost-benefit assessment of fire services making smoke alarms available free to households in their area.

      Deprived Areas (Newcastle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place in the Library the rankings of (a) Newcastle City council and (b) each ward of Newcastle City...

      Regeneration Projects (St. Pancras)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what research his Department has (a) conducted and (b) commissioned concerning the (i) economic, (ii) social, and...

      Euston-Northampton Rail Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he next plans to meet the Euston-Northampton Rail Forum.

      Flooding (River Roding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what assessment his Department has made of the impact of inundation of the River Roding on transport in Ilford,...

      EU Physical Agents Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the medical basis for the European Commission's proposed physical agents directive;...

      EU Physical Agents Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent representations the Government have made to the European Commission regarding the proposed physical...

      EU Physical Agents Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent assessment he has made of the impact of the European Commission's proposed physical agents directive on...

      Lewes-Uckfield Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the representations his Department has received since 1 May 1997 (a) in favour of and (b) against the...

      Lewes-Uckfield Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the status of, and progress being made on, in the feasibility study being undertaken...

      Rail Freight (Newhaven Railhead)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will ask the SRA to consider the potential for switching freight from road to rail following the development of...

      South Coast Multimodal Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the South Coast multimodal study is permitted to consider the impact of fare reductions on train services,...

      Highways (Consultation Exercise)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the (a) organisations and (b) individuals who responded to the consultation on the New Roads and...

      Hostel Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many hostel beds were available in (a) London and (b) the rest of the country in each of the last 10 years.

      Local Authority Repairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many landlords have been prosecuted for disregarding local authority repairs notices since 1990.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which councils operate private leasing of unsold homes as a means of housing homeless families; and how many families...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many homeless people there were in each of the last 10 years.

  • Education and Skills

    • Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of school leavers (a) in the Buckingham constituency and (b) nationally entered higher education in each of the last four years.

    • Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the cost of the sure start programmes for parents and children in deprived areas in the last 12 months.

      University College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations she has received on the denial of a full-time position to a senior cancer researcher at University college, London; and...

      Public Service Agreement Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the public service agreement targets for children to have normal spelling and language development at (a) 18...

      Early Excellence Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost is of the early excellence centres under her Department's pilot programme; and what assessment she has made of their value for...

      Head Teachers (Misconduct)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list, for each of the last five years, the number of (a) primary head teachers and (b) secondary head teachers dismissed on the...

      Head Teachers (Misconduct)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list, for each of the last five years, the total number of (a) primary head teachers and (b) secondary head teachers found...

      School Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations her Department has received from parents who have been denied a school place for their child as a result of the class...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 7 November 2001, Official Report, column 239W, on education spending, for what period this information is available.

      School Exchanges (Russia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information she has collated on how many school exchanges there have been between United Kingdom and Russian schools (a) in the current...

      Learning and Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many people with political affiliations sit on learning and skills councils, broken down by major political party; (2) what...

      Training and Enterprise Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the total cost of administration of each of the former training and enterprise councils in each of the last three years.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of school leavers (a) in the Wycombe constituency and (b) nationally entered higher education in each of the last four years.

      Teachers' Salaries (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will publish the average salary of a teacher in London over the last 10 years.

      Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his estimate is of the number of children who were judged to be illiterate on leaving school in England in the last three years; and if...

      Fast-track Teacher Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many applications were received; how many applicants were accepted; how many applicants commenced training; and how many have failed to...

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what was the cost of providing an internet- based application system for post-graduate teacher training.

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many rejected applicants for fast-track teaching were subsequently placed on other post-graduate teacher training programmes...

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students took part in the graduate training scheme for teachers in (a) 1998, (b) 1999, (c) 2000 and (d) 2001.

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many applications were received by the Graduate Teacher Training Register for postgraduate teacher training for the year 2001–02;...

      Road Noise (Classrooms)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidelines she sets for the maximum level of background road noise in (a) classrooms and (b) classrooms in schools with special needs.

      Education School Standards Framework Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to reform the Education School Standards and Framework Act 1998; and if she will make a statement.

      Graduate Training Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools took part in the graduate training scheme for teachers in (a) 1998, (b) 1999, (c) 2000 and (d) 2001.

      School Admissions (Religious Practice)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance she gives on school admissions arrangements that require children and their families to have practised a specified religion.

      Teacher Vacancies (Maintained Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher vacancies there were in maintained schools in each local education authority area at the beginning of the current school term.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance she gives to (a) schools and (b) local education authorities on the course of action to be adopted where it appears necessary...

      Fair Trade Goods

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

      Neighbourhood Renewal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost is in 2001–02 of the implementation of recommendations in the social exclusion unit's report on neighbourhood renewal.

      Internet Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the number of schools with internet access (a) nationally and (b) in boroughs of (i) Middlesbrough, (ii)...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the latest OCNS advice on the manufacture and transportation of nuclear material to and from the MOX site...

    • Meat Hygiene Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of Meat Hygiene Service charges on the profitability and operation of small to...

      Cod Stocks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent measures she has taken, and what further measures she plans to take, to preserve cod stocks.

      Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the annual grant to the Environment Agency for flood defence work has been in each of the last four years in (a) current...

      British Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to visit rivers managed by British Waterways.

      Livestock Welfare Disposal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to change the level of the payments made under the livestock welfare disposal scheme; and if she will make...

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is of the total financial support from public funds for (a) United Kingdom and (b) English agriculture (i)...

      Hill Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of hill farmers in England who have second jobs outside...

      Animal Health Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she has taken to consult (a) the farming community, (b) conservation groups and (c) the Royal Society for the...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the numbers of fuel poor households in England containing people aged 60 years or over under...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of English households containing people who are aged 60 years...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of households containing people aged 60 years and over in England who do not have...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of the £260 million of funding for the home energy efficiency scheme has been spent on people living in fuel...

      Water and Sewerage Services (Worcestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications of recent price settlements imposed by Ofwat on investment in water and...

      Condensing Boilers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the (a) energy saving and (b) pollution cutting potential of replacing conventional boilers in...

      Border Inspection Posts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers she has to monitor the effectiveness and performance of border inspection posts.

      Countryside Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the separate commencement dates made under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 to allow access to the...

      Water Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent action she has taken to promote water conservation; and if she will make a statement.

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what environmental projects have been successfully completed as a result of revenue from the landfill tax credit scheme in...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent action the Government have taken to minimise waste in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the International Energy Agency report, Spain 2001, in relation to the ability of EU member...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she has taken to encourage United States participation in the climate change negotiations in Marrakech.

      SSSIs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many sites of special scientific interest there are in the Buckingham constituency.

      SSSIs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many sites of special scientific interest there are in the Wycombe constituency.

      Water Supplies (Chemical or Biological Attacks)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the water companies and the MoD about the protection of water supplies from chemical...

      Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will set targets to reduce the release of (a) cancer-causing chemicals and (b) other harmful chemicals.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if Ministers will give evidence in person to Professor Anderson's inquiry into the foot and mouth outbreak; (2) what...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many local areas are conducting their own inquiries into the recent foot and mouth disease breakdown; and what response...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what help is available to farmers who lost stock owing to the recent foot and mouth outbreak.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the guidelines on access to holdings which lost stock owing to the recent foot and mouth outbreak, with...

      Refrigerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what emergency measures she is considering for the disposal of refrigerators after 1 January 2002.

      Refrigerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she is expecting to announce details of financial assistance to local councils for the disposal of refrigerators after 1...

      Sub-standard Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she has taken to ensure that sub-standard meat is not permitted to enter the UK.

      Animal Movement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what changes she proposes to make to the licensing provisions for animal movements.

      Auction Marts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received on the future of auction marts.

      Beef Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the prospects for beef exports to (a) Germany, (b) the Netherlands, (c) Italy and (d) France;...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the (a) functions performed, (b) numbers of staff employed for each function and (c) proportion of staff...

      Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many appointments she has made to public bodies since 7 June; and how many are in her gift.

      Scottish Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list, in real terms, for each year since 1979 (a) the total sums of money spent directly by her Department in...

      Capture Bird Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will implement the European Commission's decision of 16 October 2000 relating to imports of wild caught birds.

      Genetically Modified Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what account she has taken of the views of the Royal Society in determining her policy in respect of the rearing of...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made in climate change negotiations.

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what is the total cost to public funds of answering the questions tabled on 12 November by the hon. Member for Buckingham (Mr. Bercow) for answer on the 14 November.

      Social Exclusion Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the key priorities are for the Social Exclusion Unit in the next 12 months.

      Labour Force Statistics

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will disaggregate by (a) age and (b) sex the information given in Figure 3.7 of the document "Winning the Generation Game".

      Departmental Publicity

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

      Equality Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the importance of (a) equality of opportunity and (b) equality of outcome in the Equality Unit's strategy; and how they relate.

      Delivery Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the purpose of the Delivery Unit is; and what its aims, objectives and workplan are for (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03.

      Delivery Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the material published in relation to the work of the Delivery Unit; what his policy is in respect of the publication of such material; and if he...

      Delivery Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the budget is for the Delivery Unit in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03; and how many (i) officials and (ii) special advisers are in this unit.

  • Home Department

    • Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made on improving liaison between the prison education service and the University for Industry.

    • Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about the future of HM Prisons Downview and High Down.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to monitor the performance of antisocial behaviour orders.

      Police (Havering)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on police numbers in Havering in each of the last four years.

      Police (Havering)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what change there has been in police numbers in Havering since May 1997.

      Violent Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on trends in violent crime since 1995.

      Off-road Motor Bikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he plans to bring forward to enable the police to curb the illegal use of off-road motor bikes.

      Policing (Bromley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis about policing in the London borough of Bromley.

      CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to make further announcements on developing more CCTV in local communities; and if he will make a statement.

      CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which local authorities in the north-west of England have been unsuccessful in bidding for his Department's funds for CCTV schemes.

      Seaside Towns (Policing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions his Department has had with chief constables about recognising (a) transience and (b) visitor numbers when allocating...

      Police Numbers (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were in post in the county of Essex at the latest available date.

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the reclassification of cannabis as a class C drug.

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the changes in the numbers of people using recreational cannabis in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) other Council...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the additional costs to the Metropolitan Police Authority of tackling the threat of terrorism.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms are in place to prevent suspected terrorists from claiming asylum.

      Police Support Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase the role of support staff in the police.

      Police Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to meet the Police Federation to discuss police pensions.

      Drugs Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to focus the drugs strategy on class A drugs.

      Rural Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his policies to tackle crime in rural areas.

      Police Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how he intends to reduce the level of administration to be carried out by police officers.

      Drugs Treament and Testing Orders (North-East Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to assess the effectiveness of drug treatment and testing orders in north-east Wales.

      Khat

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has conducted into the importing of khat into the UK and its re-exporting to countries in which it is a banned substance.

      Policing (Bromley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of policing in the London Borough of Bromley was in each of the last five years, indicating how much of this comes from (a)...

      Arrests (Evesham and Droitwich Spa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many custody arrests were made in (a) Evesham and (b) Droitwich Spa in the last three years.

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of 999 calls made in London over the past 12 months were dealt with by the police as emergencies; how many were made...

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to charge people for accidentally calling 999; and if he will make a statement.

      Metropolitan Police (Administrative Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the administrative costs of the Metropolitan Police Authority for (a) last year and (b) this year.

      Baton Rounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to extend the availability of baton rounds for use by the police; and if he will make a statement.

      Distraction Burglary Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what projects have been funded by his distraction burglary strategy which involve the first check point scheme to combat cowboy builders.

      Crime Reduction (Northamptonshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will announce the results from Northampton's participation in the On Track crime reduction programme.

      Terrorism (Internet Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the security implications of access by terrorists to UK media reports via the internet.

      TETRA Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research has been done to evaluate the potential health risks caused by TETRA masts; and if he will make a statement.

      Police (Early Leavers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the percentage of police officers who leave the police force after (a) two years, (b) five years and (c) 10 years.

      Police Numbers (Nottinghamshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on police numbers in Nottinghamshire.

      Terrorism (Civil Response)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his Department's plans for co-ordinating the civil response to a major terrorist attack.

      Women Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the prospects for the rate of change in the number of women prisoners since 1 May 1997 to be sustained; what...

      Women Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the capacity of each women's prison in the United Kingdom.

      Women Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to (a) ensure that adequate provision has been made for the accommodation of women prisoners, (b) reduce the risk of...

      Metropolitan Police Informers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Metropolitan Police paid out to informers in the last year for which figures are available; how many informers received...

      Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set out the (a) essential characteristics and (b) definition of religious belief for the purposes of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and...

      Indefinite Detention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about his powers in relation to persons detained indefinitely.

      Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact on availability of street heroin in the United Kingdom of the collapse of the Taliban regime.

      Kainos Community Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library a copy of the Prison Service's assessment of the Kainos community projects.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government are taking to tackle prostitution; and if he will make a statement.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are being taken to prevent people from entering prostitution; and if he will make a statement.

      Chemist Inspection Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the work of chemist inspection officers in police forces.

      Golden Jubilee Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received about the award of a Golden Jubilee medal to police; and if he will make a statement.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Censuses

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on the saving to public funds to be achieved by her Department's Private Finance Initiative contract...

    • Public Record Office

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the cost in 2000–01 was of the appointment of a health officer in the Public Record Office; and what it will be in...

      Public Record Office

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the level of absenteeism was in the Public Record Office in (a) 1999–2000 and (b) 2000–01.

      Public Record Office

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on the Public Record Office's Private Finance Initiative contract with a private supplier to provide...

      Newcastle University Research (Family Law Act)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on the £110,000 awarded in 2001–02 as grant in aid to Newcastle University for research...

      Jury Deliberations

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will lift the ban on research into the deliberations of juries.

      Queen's Counsel

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many (a) male and (b) female members of ethnic communities are Queen's Counsel.

      Asylum Appeals

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what proportion of the additional money granted to the Lord Chancellor's Department to clear the backlog of asylum appeals will be...

  • Prime Minister

    • Sellafield

      To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has received since September from his Irish counterpart in respect of Sellafield; and what response he has made.

    • Sellafield

      To ask the Prime Minister what response Her Majesty's Government have made to the request by the Government of the Republic of Ireland on 26 October for a voluntary suspension of the...

      Peoples' Peers

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his plans for peoples' peers.

      Anji Hunter

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will list the dates on which he was informed of offers of employment made by BP to Anji Hunter; (2) when he was informed of Anji Hunter's intention to leave...

      BP

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the dates since 1 May 1997 on which (a) he, (b) one or more of his special advisers, (c) one or more civil servants based at 10 Downing street and (d)...

      Legal Appointment

      To ask the Prime Minister when he expects the announcement of the appointment of the Lord President of the Court of Session and Lord Justice General of Scotland to be made.

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Prime Minister to what extent the events of 11 September have changed the assessment of protection afforded by the proposed national missile defence system.

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the Outer Space Treaty with the proposed US national missile defence programme as it applies to use of UK bases.

      Hydrofluorocarbons

      To ask the Prime Minister what percentage of plant and equipment installed in 10 Downing Street in the past 12 months contains HFCs.

      Ministerial Meeting (Indian Prime Minister)

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his discussions with the Prime Minister of India in London on 12 November.

      Forward Strategy Unit

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the methods by which public accountability of the Forward Strategy Unit is achieved.

      Forward Strategy Unit

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what the purpose of the Forward Strategy Unit is; and what its aims, objectives and workplan are for (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03; (2) what mechanism...

      Forward Strategy Unit

      To ask the Prime Minister in respect of the Forward Strategy Unit, what the budget is for (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03; and how many (i) officials and (ii) special advisers are...

      Official Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister which constituencies he has visited on official duties since 1 May 1997; and on how many occasions in each case.

      Shipping Services (Scotland)

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on departmental responsibility for financial assistance to shipping services between a port within Scotland and one outside Scotland.

  • Health

    • Special Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if residential special schools have to be registered with his Department.

    • NHS Underspend

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how will the underspend in the NHS this year be allocated in the next financial year.

      NHS Underspend

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest estimate is of the level of underspending by the NHS in the last financial year.

      NHS Specialists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the national shortage of (a) psychiatrists, (b) occupational therapists, (c) speech and language therapists, (d) GPs and...

      Health Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the level of spending on health per weighted head of population was in each English health authority area in 2000–01; (2) what the...

      Health Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for each health authority area in England, the expenditure on health, by weighted head of population, expressed in real terms for each of...

      Nursing and Midwifery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will amend the draft Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 to include health visiting in the title of the new Nursing and Midwifery Council; and if...

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what means the published figures for the proposed establishments for (a) GPs, (b) nurses and (c) consultants are collated; and what account is taken of...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many unfilled consultant posts there are within the NHS in England and Wales, broken down by region.

      Nice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the average length of time taken by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to report on the cost effectiveness of drugs referred to them...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to encourage the retention of nursing staff.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what impact the cost of living supplement has had on the recruitment of nurses in (a) qualifying and (b) non- qualifying health authorities.

      Northwood and Pinner Community Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what further proposals to develop services at Northwood and Pinner Community Hospital he has considered; and if he will make a statement.

      Overseas Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which professional and representative medical bodies he has consulted concerning the practicalities and consequences of NHS patients receiving treatment...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to satisfy the health needs of asylum seekers.

      Royal United Hospital (Waiting Times)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the trends in waiting times for MRI scans at the Royal United hospital, Bath in the last 12 months.

      National Service Frameworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria the Government uses to decide the order in which national service frameworks are commissioned and released.

      Beta Interferon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the annual cost of prescribing beta interferon to all patients who need it under the pilot scheme.

      Anti-TNF Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the refusal of Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth NHS to fund anti-tumour necrosis factor treatment for a patient living in...

      Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) midwives and (b) health visitor training is dedicated to breastfeeding support; and how many hours training this involves.

      Cranial Osteopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement about the provision of cranial osteopathy in the NHS.

      Post-natal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement about the post-natal care of mothers of multiple births.

      Red Card Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals are taking part in the red card scheme; how many (a) red and (b) yellow cards have been issued; and what changes have been observed in...

      Impotence Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many responses to the public consultation on eligibility for impotence treatments were (a) against and (b) in favour of the current restrictions in...

      Repair and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the outstanding repair and maintenance backlog figures in each health authority in England are for each of the last two years.

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies per health authority there were in England, broken down by (a) dental and medical staff, (b) nursing and midwifery staff and (c)...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners, expressed as whole-time equivalents per 100,000 weighted population, there were for (a) each health authority and (b) in...

      Public-private Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the projects which have been considered as potential public-private partnerships since 1997 which have not been undertaken because the...

      Trolley Waits (Leicestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Leicester, East, 24 October 2001, Official Report, columns 306–07W, what statistics are kept on the...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the cost of the delay since June to private finance initiative schemes for hospitals.

      Consultants' Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what change in the required number of NHS consultants would result if they were to work only contracted hours; (2) what assessment he has made of...

      Consultants' Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the change in work load for NHS consultants as a result of the Calman report and the new deal.

      Annual Budget Settlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the amount of each item of funding over and above the annual budget settlement, made by his Department to (a) Shropshire health authority...

      GP Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs there were in (a) Berkshire and (b) the Slough primary care trust area in (i) 1992, (ii) 1997 and (iii) 2001.

      NHS Funding Formula

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on how the higher travel costs and average basic pay of health workers in rural areas is reflected in the NHS funding formula.

      NHS Funding Formula

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for including rurality as a factor in the NHS funding formula.

      Strategic Outline Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 5 November 2001, Official Report, column 118W, regarding major capital projects, when he expects to invite the next round of...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the local authorities which reached the PSA target for the proportion of children in local authority care who had three or more placements...

      Residential Care Homes (Havering)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the closure of residential care homes in Havering.

      Surgical Procedures (Cost)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 1 November 2001, Official Report, column 828W, by what date he expects to complete his review of activity and costs in the...

      Residential Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the new care standards for residential care homes in order of date required for implementation.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letters from the hon. Member for West Derbyshire of 10 September concerning care home fees.

      Social Services Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what basis social services departments will be graded with star ratings in accordance with his speech to the recent local government conference at...

      Pneumococcal Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 8 November 2001, Official Report, column 349W, on pneumococcal vaccine, when the Joint Committee on Vaccination and...

      Overseas Nursing Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the savings obtained from the abolition of bursaries for overseas nursing students.

      Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which care trusts he expects to be in operation by the end of 2002.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the main barriers to those contemplating suicide receiving the treatment they need.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to implement a national suicide prevention strategy.

      GP Surgeries (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many assaults were committed on (a) doctors and (b) other staff in GP's surgeries in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if he...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he can take to encourage national health service trusts to fully adopt last year's recommendations of the Pay Review Body in respect of...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps can be made to encourage midwives who have left the profession to return.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the statutory instruments required for the implementation of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, due to come into place in April 2002, are to be laid...

      Flooding (Ilford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the impact of flooding of the River Roding on public health in Ilford, North; and what steps he has taken in...

      Regional Health Boundaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his proposals to redraw regional health area boundaries so that they are coterminous with regional Government boundaries.

  • Treasury

    • Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to public funds was of the review by the Financial Services Authority of its role in the regulation of Equitable Life.

    • Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many representations he has received about Equitable Life from policy holders resident in the Buckingham constituency.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money would be raised for the Exchequer at current prices over one financial year as a result of the removal of the upper earnings limit on...

      Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many appointments he has made to public bodies since 7 June; and how many are in his gift.

      Green Fuel Challenge

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to announce the result of the green fuel challenge.

      Fuel Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what account he takes of greenhouse gas emissions when determining excise duties for (a) biodiesel, (b) bioethanol, (c) compressed natural gas and (d)...

      Single-parent Families

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many single parent families have more than (a) one child, (b) two children, (c) three children and (d) four children.

      Drug Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many deaths have been attributed to benzodiazepines in each year for the last 10 years for which records are available; (2) how many deaths have...

      Balance of Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the significance of the balance of payments deficit in goods in the second quarter of this year.

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received in response to his proposals for (a) the new regulatory regime for mortgages and (b) the date for N3.

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what will be the role of (a) the mortgage code and (b) the Mortgage Code Compliance Board under the proposed new regulatory regime for mortgages.

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the consumer benefits accruing from the proposed implementation of Rule 4.7.1(1) in the draft mortgage sourcebook...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the euro on stability in the UK housing market.

      Consumer Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last discussed the level of consumer debt with the Governor of the Bank of England.

      Consumer Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of all non-mortgage consumer debt is held by each income quintile in the last year for which figures are available.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage and what amount in real terms of stamp duty paid by private investors on shares was paid by each income quintile for the last year for which...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what percentage and what amount in real terms of inheritance tax was paid by each income quintile in the last year for which figures are available;...

      Diesel Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how tax relief attaching to diesel fuels applies in the case of fuels comprising both diesel and biodiesel.

      Fair Trade Goods

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

      Public-private Partnerships

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason the Government do not count incurring of liabilities through public-private partnerships as the incurring of financial liabilities in the...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has held with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills regarding the impact of fraud on tax credits for (a) education and (b)...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the likely cost in financial year 2002–03 of (a) an incremental research and development tax credit for all...

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the average excess charge for all companies paying the climate change levy with an excess charge over and above NI rebates in the last year for...

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the proportion of companies paying the climate change levy which will pay an excess charge over and above NI rebates.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer from how many (a) companies and (b) business organisations he has received pre-budget representations regarding the impact of the climate change levy.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of administering the (a) aggregates tax and (b) climate change levy in their first full year of operation.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representatives he will send to the manufacturing summit to explain the operation of the climate change levy.

      Cannabis

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate how much revenue would accrue annually if cannabis were taxed in the same way as tobacco, assuming consumption by 2 million users.

      Cigarette Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 12 November 2001, Official Report, column 531W, if he will specify how many cigarettes Customs and Excise guidelines state would...

      Aggregates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total weight of aggregates used by public or public/private projects in the last financial year for which information is available in (a) road...

      Tax Credits Consultation Paper

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which organisations have responded to the tax credits consultation paper issued by the Inland Revenue.

      Ethnic Groups (Wycombe)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people of each ethnic group (a) live in the Wycombe constituency and (b) have been living there during the past four years.

      Unemployment (Wycombe)

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

      Earnings (Wycombe)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average (a) weekly wage, (b) weekly earnings, (c) income per head and (d) household income of (i) men and (ii) women was in each ethnic group in...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when, after 1 August, the Treasury sent advice to the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions that it was unlikely that additional public...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if (a) Ministers and (b) officials from Her Majesty's Treasury attended meetings on 27 July between representatives from Railtrack and the Department...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Nursing and Residential Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will set out the most recent figures he has for the proportion of preserved rights residents in (a) nursing homes, (b) residential homes...

    • Disability Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what studies he is conducting into new systems for assessing entitlement to disability living allowance and attendance allowance.

      Fair Trade Goods

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

      Benefit Eligibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the procedural steps for assessing eligibility, reviewing, appealing and making payment of (a) severe disablement allowance,...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre Plus pathfinder offices have been subjected to, or threatened with, industrial action; for what reasons industrial action...

      Pension Awareness Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason the pension awareness advertising campaign was (a) stopped and (b) restarted.

      Stakeholder Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, (1) pursuant to his answer of 28 June 2001, Official Report, column 158W, when figures showing the number of people who have bought a...

      Stakeholder Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by what means he plans to (a) monitor and (b) police employers, with 50 or fewer workers, who do not register to promote a stakeholder pension...

      Industrial Injury Disablement Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applicants have successfully claimed industrial injury disablement benefit for prescribed disease for primary neoplasms of the...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his plans are to reform housing benefit.

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 20 July 2001, Official Report, columns 689–90W, on IT projects, (1) if he will list individual Department of...

      Computer Crime

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

      Benefits (Northampton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the Northampton, South constituency have been in receipt of (a) income support, (b) disability living allowance, (c)...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many publications were issued by his Department between 8 June and 26 October.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what his Department's estimates are of the number of people who will (a) find work and (b) be moved from incapacity benefit to...

      Public-private Partnerships

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

      Pension Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what would have been the value of the basic pension for a single person and a married couple in each year from 1998–99 to 2002–03...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disabled children qualify for Disability Living Allowance; what the percentage take-up of benefit is; and if he will make a statement...

      Touch Screen Kiosks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the cost of touch screen kiosks for job search in jobcentres.

      Benefits (Buckingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people living in the Buckingham constituency were in receipt of income-related benefits in each of the last four years.

      Benefits Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many cases of vandalism were recorded in Benefits Agency offices in each year since 1997; and how many successful prosecutions were...

      Social Security (Modernisation Budget)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what items the budget for modernising the delivery of the social security system allocated in the 2000 Spending Review has been spent; and...

      Benefit Expenditure (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent request he has received from the Scottish Executive to transfer benefit expenditure to the Executive; and what consequential...

      Pension Clawback

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what was (a) the total annual clawback of pensions arising from downgrading owing to hospitalisation and (b) the estimated total arising from...

      Departmental Name Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost has been to public funds of re-branding his Department to accommodate its name change following the last general election.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what measures he has taken to ensure that advice is available to benefit recipients on the interaction between housing/council tax...

      "Removing the Barriers"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam of 6 November 2001, Official Report, columns 195–96W, on "Removing the...

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what date his Department established a working group of officials to prepare his Department for the implementation of the Freedom of...

      Pensioners (Wycombe)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women in each ethnic group of pensionable age there (i) were in the Wycombe constituency and (ii) have been in each of...

      Personal Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if incapacity benefit claimants who make a claim at a Jobcentre Plus office are assigned a personal adviser immediately.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children were living in poverty in each of the last 15 years; and what estimate he has of the number of children that will be living...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people aged under 25 years have been (a) killed and (b) injured while on new deal schemes in each of the last three years.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of persons classified as leaving the New Deal for Young Persons to unknown destinations who left for...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people left the Environmental Taskforce option of the New Deal for Young People between July 1999 and October 2001 for (a) an...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the answer from the Minister for Work to the hon. Member for Vale of York (Miss McIntosh) of 12 November 2001, Official Report,...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many persons have left the New Deal for Young People for (a) employment and (b) sustained employment lasting more than 13 weeks in...

  • House of Lords

    • Overseas Aid: Coercive Population Programmes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by Lord Grocott on 25 October (HL Deb, col. 1120), whether and in what circumstances a ban on the use of United Kingdom overseas aid in...

    • Overseas Aid: Coercive Population Programmes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by Lord Grocott on 25 October (HL Deb, col. 1120), which organisations currently in receipt of United Kingdom overseas aid implement HIV...

      Overseas Aid: Coercive Population Programmes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by Lord Grocott on 25 October (HL Deb, col. 1121), on what basis he stated that this year the United States Government had increased their...

      Afghanistan: Opium Poppy Cultivation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by Baroness Amos on 5 November that "in July last year the Taliban effectively banned opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan" (HL Deb,...

      UN World Conference Against Racism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the outcome of the recent United Nations World Conference against Racism.

      Kainos Community Prison Wings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the reoffending rate among prisoners discharged since 1996 from wings of three prisons in Dorset, Kent and Suffolk managed with the help of the...

      Trafficking in Human Beings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they are making, in co-operation with European Union and other partners, to deter and punish those who traffic foreign women into the United Kingdom...

      Broadband Technologies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the recently-announced target from Oftel of making the United Kingdom the best environment for e-commerce by the end of 2002 is consistent with their own...

      Broadband Technologies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they can provide a geographical breakdown of Oftel's recent assertion that 60 per cent of United Kingdom households have access to digital subscriber line (DSL)

      Broadband Technologies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What data transfer speeds they use to determine whether an Internet connection can be defined as "broadband" (a) in respect of the commercial market and (b) in...

      Nuclear Industry Policies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to publish their plans for the development of the nuclear power industry.

      Fuel Poverty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of households containing one or more pensioners are in fuel poverty.

      Fuel Poverty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What criteria define the households considered to be in fuel poverty.

      Fuel Poverty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which national survey is the source of information on the households in fuel poverty.

      Northern Ireland Electricity Market

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the effective exclusion for the next six years of Northern Ireland from trading in renewables obligation certificates is intentional.

      Northern Ireland Electricity Market

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will erase sub-clause 4(5)(d)(iv) from the draft statutory instrument that implements the renewables obligation arrangements.

      Northern Ireland: Renewable Energy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will negotiate with the Northern Ireland Assembly to implement a renewables obligation similar to that currently in draft for Great Britain or under a...

      Euratom Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that by signing the Euratom Treaty a member state recognises the legitimacy of civil nuclear establishments in other member states so long as...

      General Practitioner Lists

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they ensure general practitioner lists are kept up-to-date so that GPs do not claim capitation fees for patients who have (a) moved overseas; (b) moved to a...

      Long-term Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they are giving to the call for everyone who requires long-term care to be afforded the same provision and standard of care wherever they live...

      Tourism: Assistance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assistance is being given to tourism in (a) London and (b) nationally, to counter the adverse effects on the industry resulting from (i) the outbreak of...

      Tourism: Marketing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackstone on 7 November (WA 25) regarding the marketing of English tourism to the domestic market, which areas of...

      Landing Ships Contract

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made with regard to placing a contract for an additional two alternative landing ships logistic.

      Foot and Mouth Inquiries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which committees of inquiry have been established to examine the foot-and-mouth epidemic; who are the chairman and members of each inquiry; what is the date on...

      Parliamentary Website

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What assessment he has made of the Parliamentary website in terms of (a) content, (b) design, (c) accessibility, and (d) commitment to open government; and what...

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