Written answers

Tuesday, 20 November 2001

  • Trade and Industry

    • British Coal (Equal Value Pay Claim)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will place in the Library a copy of the agreement reached between her Department and the National Union of Mineworkers in April on the...

    • Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will introduce targets for reducing the number of regulations issued by her Department over the next four years and for consequent...

      Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many regulations were introduced by her Department in each year since May 1997.

      Departmental Promotions

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

      Euro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funds are available from the (a) EU and (b) UK Government to compensate the (i) industrial and (ii) service sector in Britain for losses...

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she has taken to encourage employers and trade unions to work in partnership to achieve equal pay.

      BNFL

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the purchase price paid by BNFL for each of the companies acquired in the US since 1990 was.

      BNFL

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the annual throughput capacity is of the Sellafield MOX plant; and what the original design capacity was.

      BNFL

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the final cost of the Sellafield MOX plant constructed by BNFL was.

      BNFL

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) profit and (b) loss of BNFL Inc has been in each year since the company was established.

      BNFL

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the value is of overseas contracts won by BNFL since 1990 for (a) reprocessing spent nuclear fuel, (b) shipping spent nuclear, vitrified...

      Atomic Energy Police Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many Atomic Energy police have (a) transferred to the police service and (b) been made redundant in each of the last three years; and what...

      Atomic Energy Police Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost was of operating the Atomic Energy police force in the last 12 months; and how many Atomic Energy police officers are employed.

      Financial Assistance (Blackpool, North and Fleetwood)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) financial investment and (b) other assistance the North West Regional Development Agency has put into Blackpool, North and Fleetwood...

      Unsolicited Marketing Material

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to prevent the practice by companies of sending unsolicited marketing material by fax to (a) businesses and (b) individuals.

      Departmental Spending (Scotland)

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

      Scottish Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her policy is regarding consultations prior to the publication of proposals involving the transfer of powers to the Scottish Executive by...

      Sub-post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will discuss with the Chairman of Consignia the impact on (a) rural and (b) other local sub-post offices of the sale by major retailers...

      Scottish Consumer Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has been made since 1999 of the effectiveness of the Scottish Consumer Council.

      Textile Industry (World Trade Conference)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with representatives of the textile sector on the WTO talks.

      State Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information she has collated, broken down (a) by member state and (b) by industry, on state subsidies currently authorised by the...

      Utilities Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many statutory instruments have been laid before Parliament; and what ministerial guidance notes have been issued to implement the...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on progress in the (a) development of and (b) support for thin film solar photovoltaic renewable energy technology.

      Nuclear Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in (a) decommissioning redundant facilities and (b) decontamination of radioactively polluted land at the Dounreay...

      Nuclear Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in decommissioning the Windscale plutonium production piles at Sellafield; and what is her estimate of the cost of...

      Universal Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when a decision will be made on how many customers the Universal Bank should serve.

      No-fly Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received about the establishment of no-fly zones around nuclear power stations.

      Fair Trade

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

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what provision will be made to protect SMEs which are unable to pay the aggregates levy; (2) what assessment she has made of the...

  • Defence

    • Operation Enduring Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 23 October 2001, Official Report, column 114W, to the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker), on Operation Enduring Freedom,...

    • Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many appointments he has made to public bodies since 7 June; and how many are in his gift.

      Sovereign Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions the Government have had with the Commission for Racial Equality concerning the applicability of the Race Relations Act 1976 to service...

      Sovereign Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will amend the UK armed forces policy statements on equal opportunities to make it clear that service personnel serving wholly on sovereign bases...

      Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many S10 NBC suits his Department has in stock and what is the average life expectancy from first use.

      Defence Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) academic and (b) military staff are employed at the Defence Academy.

      Defence Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) to which top level budget holder in his Department the head of the Defence Academy reports; (2) what is the administrative and budgetary...

      Widows' Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to review the pension entitlement of those second wives of ex-servicemen who become widows who are not entitled to a pension.

      Airport Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what analysis of the threats to UK airports requiring military protection he has made; and if he will make a statement.

      Major Project Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to publish the Defence Acquisition 2001 report.

      Logistic Stockholding Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the criteria which have shaped the review of the logistic stockholdings following 11 September.

      Anti-tank Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will announce the replacement to the proposed Trigat anti-tank guided weapon programme.

      Cyprus (Migrant Birds)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what action he has taken to prevent the illegal trapping of migrant birds in the sovereign base areas within Cyprus; if he will make more resources...

      Battlefield Light Utility Helicopter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the battlefield light utility helicopter programme; and what is its in-service date.

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Chief Executive of DARA first met the First Secretary to discuss the relocation of the fixed wing aircraft repair business from RAF St. Athan to...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with the German Defence Minister on providing troops for the international coalition in Afghanistan.

      RAF St. Athan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he is making of the siting of Army units at RAF St. Athan.

      Veterans' Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 13 November 2001, Official Report, column 630W, if he will publish the terms of reference he has agreed on policy development...

  • House of Commons

    • Adjournment Debates

      To ask the President of the Council if he will increase the time allocated for the Christmas, Easter and summer Adjournment debates.

  • International Development

    • Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many appointments she has made to public bodies since 7 June; and how many are in her gift.

    • Albania (Child Welfare)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had with the Albanian Government on their policies concerning the (a) welfare and (b) protection of...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assurances he can give that the stockpiles of IRA weapons and explosives have not been transferred into the possession of the Real IRA and...

    • Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement about future acts of decommissioning; and by what date he expects the process of decommissioning to be completed.

      Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what age and in what condition the illegally held weapons and explosives were which were decommissioned by the IRA; and if they can be...

      Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the percentage of the IRA's arsenal which has been put beyond use.

  • Work and Pensions

    • DHSS Leaflets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library copies of the DHSS leaflets NP32 and NP27 dating from 1983.

    • Public Servants (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many members of staff working in (a) benefit offices and (b) jobcentres were assaulted while at work in (i) 1999–2000 and (ii)...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the long-term unemployed in the pilot areas for the new deal for the long-term unemployed found (a) jobs and (b) sustained...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people joined the voluntary section option of the new deal for young people between July 1999 and October 2001; and how many of...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit sanctions were imposed on participants in the New Deal for Young People in each year since its introduction (a) nationally and...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will answer the question (No. 7981) of 8 October from the hon. Member for Hertsmere concerning the number of persons on the new deal...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on (a) the number of participants in the new deal for young people from the Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland,...

      Appeals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much additional funding was awarded to the Appeals Service relating to the increase in Disability Living Allowance appeals in 2000–01.

      Employment Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will make a statement on the Employment Service job entries of people who are included within the Welfare to Work definition in...

      Employment Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the public service agreement targets were for the Employment Service placings of the New Deal for (a) lone parents and (b) young...

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on his policy towards the establishment of a Community action plan to combat social exclusion at EU level.

      Investors in People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department applied for Investors in People; and if it has achieved it (a) in whole and (b) in part.

      Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many self-funders in (a) residential and (b) nursing homes are in receipt of attendance allowance; and what assessment his Department has...

      Work Incentives (Child Care)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to improve incentives for those with children to work; and how many people have availed themselves of them (a) in...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many older people will receive winter fuel payments this winter (a) in the UK and (b) in Middlesbrough South, and Cleveland, East.

      Social Security Fraud Act (Code of Practice)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish a summary of the responses to the public consultation on the draft Code of Practice on obtaining information under the...

      Housing Estates Refurbishment (Leicestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the Beaumont Leys Stocking Farm scheme in Leicestershire; how many people obtained work as a result of the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • International Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the membership of the coalition against International Terrorism and the contributions they are making.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representation he has received on the impact of sanctions on the access of Iraqi citizens to clean water; and if he will...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the performance of the oil for food policy regarding Iraq and the attitude of the Iraqi...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussion he has had with the Iraqi Government on no-fly zones.

      Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what provision he has made to increase intelligence on security matters since 11 September.

      Jordan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he had with King Abdullah of Jordan during his recent visit on (a) the middle east peace process, (b)...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made regarding the (a) religious make-up and (b) ethnic make-up of Afghanistan; and what is his policy on...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times he has met the (a) Head of the Cabinet's Defence and Overseas Secretariat, Robert Cooper, and (b) UN special...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what occasions he has discussed the prospect of a United Nations monitoring force for Afghanistan with the Government of...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the coalition against terrorism's proposals for UN intervention in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those countries that support the international coalition's actions in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the United Nations on the creation of a multi-national force to provide peacekeeping in...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the UN Security Council's role in relation to the international coalition's actions in Afghanistan.

      Cluster Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent consultations he has had with (a) the United Nations and (b) the International Red Cross about the use of cluster bombs.

      The Gambia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of preparations for the forthcoming parliamentary elections in The Gambia.

      Ballistic Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of existing international efforts to prevent ballistic missile proliferation,...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response he has made to the Russian suggestion to engage permanent members of the Security Council in negotiations on...

      Arms Control (Outer Space)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on arms control in outer space.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which places the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State visited during her recent visit to Zimbabwe with the Commonwealth...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter of 6 September from the hon. Member for Putney with regard to his constituent, Mr. M. Sandhu...

      Human Rights (Chechnya)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Russian Government concerning human rights in Chechnya.

      Diego Garcia (The Ilois)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent meetings have been held with the US administration of Diego Garcia on the conditions relating to the return of the...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent meetings he has held with the Government of Morocco concerning their occupation of the Western Sahara.

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what he expects the UN administration in the Western Sahara to name a date for a referendum on the future governance of the...

      United Nations Security Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the proposal of the Japanese Government to expand membership of the Security Council.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy not to accept at his meeting with his Spanish counterpart on 20 November proposals that (a) the...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what models of sovereignty he is exploring with the Spanish Government in the Brussels process.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals he has made to ensure that the people of Gibraltar enjoy the rights of citizens of the European Union; and if he...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Gibraltar about facilitating their participation in the talks with the...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Bangladesh regarding the treatment of Hindus.

      Chagos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions have been held by the the British High Commission in Mauritius with representatives of the Chagos...

      Chagos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent visits to the Chagos islands have been made by officials of the British Indian Ocean Territories during the current...

      Chagos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to receive the environmental impact assessment report on potential future settlement of the Chagos Islands by...

      Chagos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has held with representatives of the Chagos islanders concerning their legal rights of return.

      Terroism Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made with drawing up a draft convention on international terroism.

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) India and (b) Pakistan on the situation in Kashmir.

      International Criminal Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those countries that (a) have ratified and (b) have undertaken to ratify the Treaty on the International...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Cultural Objects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her policy towards 2001/C193/17, extending Council Directive 93/7/EEC on the return of cultural objects...

    • National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total value of lottery ticket sales in the Twickenham constituency has been since the National Lottery began.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) tennis clubs, (b) football clubs, (c) cricket clubs and (d) rugby clubs have received Lottery awards in each year since the...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the total value of lottery ticket sales in the Buckingham constituency since the National Lottery began.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total value of lottery ticket sales in the Cheltenham constituency is since the National Lottery began.

      National Lottery

      Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what alteration in (a) number and (b) value of lottery awards to Cannock Chase has occurred as a result of recent...

      Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the reason is for the delay in the publication by her Department of monthly figures on the number of playing fields sold off; and...

      Tourism (North-East)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to promote tourism in the coastal resorts in the north-east.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport from which (a) individuals and (b) bodies the Gambling Review Body received advice regarding problem gambling among (i) children and...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received concerning problem gambling among (a) children and (b) adults.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what estimate she has made of the impact on (a) small businesses, (b) private clubs and (c) other organisations of the...

      Staff Dispositions

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

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will make an announcement on the recommendations of the Gaming Board for Great Britain on the maximum stakes and prizes in...

      Free Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many older people will receive free television licences (a) in the UK and (b) in Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Response Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if she will place in the Library for each year since 1995 the average response time for providing a substantive answer to (a) hon. Members'...

    • Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the total amount of spending by her Department was in each nation and region of the UK, in the last year for which figures are available; what...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will estimate the number of staff employed by her Department by region and nation of the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      House of Lords Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will make a statement regarding the implications for Scotland of the proposals to reform the House of Lords.

      MSPs (Numbers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive on the operation of the Scotland Act 1998 concerning the reduction of the number of MSPs as a...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Environment Agency (Navigation Responsibilities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she has reached a decision on the review of the Environment Agency's navigation responsibilities.

    • BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish all correspondence (a) between her Department and (i) the Institute of Animal Health, (ii) the Laboratory...

      Border Inspection Posts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to record centrally (a) the number of people employed in border inspection posts and (b) where they are...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she is taking to draw up a National Contingency Plan in relation to foot and mouth disease.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has recently received from Professor Fred Brown regarding new technologies in the diagnosis of foot...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received requesting a public inquiry into the origins of the foot and mouth outbreak and the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what was the average daily fee and commission paid to (a) valuers, (b) slaughtermen and (c) vets for their work in the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what standard operating procedures based upon previous outbreaks had been established by MAFF to deal with foot and mouth.

      Air Quality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she is taking to ensure the effective monitoring of progress by local authorities on the implementation of...

      Air Quality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will establish a timetable for regular reviews of the Government's air quality standards.

      Air Quality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to widen the membership of the expert panel on air quality standards and to review its remit; and if she...

      Nitrogen Dioxide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to identify the long-term effects of nitrogen dioxide emissions on human health.

      Farmers' Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she is taking to promote farmers' markets.

      Genetically Modified Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the (a) likelihood of interbreeding of genetically modified fish and wild fish and (b)...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will make a statement on the environmental implications of the manufacture of MOX fuel at Sellafield; (2) what...

      Timber Products (Public Sector Procurement)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice the Cabinet Office gives to (a) Government Departments and (b) public sector procurement directors about the...

      Foxhunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she received the risk assessment of restarting foxhunting; and if she will publish it.

      Foxhunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what individuals and organisations have been consulted during the compiling of the Veterinary Risk Assessment report on...

      Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the illegal killing of badgers.

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice her Department is issuing to householders who face repeated flooding on (a) protecting and (b) insuring their...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what additional funding she will make available to assist local authorities with the cost of sandbags, water pumps and other...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what representations she has received from owners of properties that were flooded last year for the first time and have...

      Pay Dispute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the state of industrial relations at her Department's office in Worcester; and if she will...

      Pay Dispute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the likely implications of industrial action at her Department's office in Worcester for the...

      Local Access Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in establishing local access forums; and if she will make a statement.

      Livestock Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement about the future of livestock farming in the UK.

      Hare Coursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received regarding illegal hare coursing; and if she will make a statement.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the special advisers employed by her Department and their relevant qualifications and experience.

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the (a) buildings and (b) lands owned by her Department.

      Open Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when her head office intends holding a public open day.

      Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the components and weightings are of the economic tests applied to proposals for (a) coastal protection and (b) flood...

      Kew Gardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the report of the Quinquennial Review of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has been completed.

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Spending

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

    • Resource Productivity

      To ask the Prime Minister when the Performance and Innovation Unit will publish its report on resource productivity; and if he will make a statement.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • East Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what progress has been made regarding the extension of the east coast main line franchise.

    • Rent Restructuring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to announce his proposals for rent restructuring; and if he will make a statement.

      Inner-city Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps he is taking to encourage regeneration in the inner cities.

      Aircraft Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps he is taking to control the nuisance of aircraft noise.

      Local Government Settlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will use financial floors and ceilings in determining the local government settlement for 2002–03.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what rail infrastructure improvement targets Railtrack has met since privatisation.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) on which dates, up to one month prior to 5 October, he received advice from the Treasury indicating funds were...

      Rail Network (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on future funding of the rail network.

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the planning procedures for erecting telecommunications masts in residential areas and...

      Standard Spending Assessment (Wirral)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on his plans for the standard spending assessment for the Wirral.

      Elected Mayors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the adoption of local government constitutions involving elected mayors.

      Glas Cymru

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of Glas Cymru as a model for the new Railtrack.

      E-Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps his Department is taking to assist local authorities to deliver e-Government.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will make an announcement on the reform of local government finance.

      Private Sector Houses (Surplus)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what action his Department proposes to take to assist local authorities with large numbers of unwanted and surplus...

      Bicycle Transportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what guidance he gives light rail operators on the circumstances under which passengers may transport cycles.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what changes to local government structures he plans as part of the introduction of regional assemblies.

      North Kent Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to increase passenger capacity on North Kent rail services; and what recent representations he has...

      Local Communities (Partnerships)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps his Department is taking to encourage partnerships in local communities.

      Mobile Phones (Accidents)

      Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what evidence he has collated on the number of accidents caused by motorists using mobile phones while...

      Women in Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to encourage women to put themselves forward for election to each level of Government.

      Ten-year Transport Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which projects in the 10-year transport plan he estimates (a) will and (b) will not be open by 2010.

      Concessionary Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to extend the scope of the current legislation covering concessionary fares in England and Wales.

      Concessionary Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the answer of 14 November 2001 by the Prime Minister to the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight, Official...

      Road Traffic Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proportion of road traffic accidents occurred on or near to the calibration lines of speed cameras in the last...

      Road Traffic Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what percentage of (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries in road traffic accidents occur to passengers where they and...

      M25 Motorway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will change the variable speed limit system in operation on the M25 motorway to permit the raising of speed...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many (a) council and (b) registered social landlord properties, and what percentage of all properties in each...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many (a) council and (b) RSL properties, and what proportion of the total stock in each case, in each region in...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the percentage of (a) council and (b) RSL tenants in London whose rents will rise as a...

      Compulsory Training Directive (Minibus Drivers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact the European Directive on Compulsory Training for LGV and PCV drivers will...

      Affordable Homes (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the number of affordable homes achieved via (a) section 106 agreements and (b) unilateral...

      Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many fishing vessels of over 12 metres have had an MCA sea worthiness test in each year for the last 10 years for...

      Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many fishing vessels of over 12 metres length are registered which are liable for (a) a mandatory MCA test and...

      Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many fishing vessels of over 12 metres length have failed to pass their MCA sea worthiness test in each year for...

      Alternative Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps he is taking to prepare for the European Commission's draft directive target of 2 per cent. road fuel...

      Alternative Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what criteria he has used to assess the environmental benefits of (a) wheat grain and (b) cellulosic biomass as...

      Alternative Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent comparison he has made of the relative greenhouse gas emissions of (a) biodiesel, (b) bioethanol, (c)...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) how many stations on the London Underground will be refurbished as part of his Department's investment plans...

      School Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which local authorities in England have indicated that they have dropped the three for two rule regarding the seating...

      Planning Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will publish the Green Paper on planning reform; and whether the Green Paper will consult on a change to the...

      Cornish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the Government will complete their assessment of the case for specifying the Cornish language within the...

      Free Bus Passes (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his policy is on the provision of free bus passes for pensioners in London.

      Employment (Blackpool, North and Fleetwood)

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

      Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 13 November 2001, Official Report, column 616W, on rent levels, what information he has...

      Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the effect of rent restructuring on constituencies with high housing prices.

      Older People (Discrimination)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what action his Department has taken to tackle discrimination against older people.

      Home Ownership (Buckingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the level of home ownership in the Buckingham constituency in each of the last five years.

      Monocular Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether his Department maintains records on the safety record of monocular drivers.

      Employers' Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what statutory provisions govern the rights of employees to information on the employers liability compulsory...

      Employers' Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what statutory provisions govern the commercial confidentiality of information held by companies on employers'...

      Employers' Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many companies were prosecuted in the last five years for failing to display an ELCI certificate in the workplace.

      Employers' Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what statutory provisions govern the duty of employers to display an ELCI certificate in the workplace.

      Disabled Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on what his Department is doing to ensure that the UK transport network is accessible to...

      Traveline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the promotion and use of the Traveline website.

      Camping (Research)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was the cost to public funds of the research project conducted by Heriot-Watt University, the University of...

      Departmental Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list for each (a) area-based and (b) other regeneration-related initiative for which his Department is...

      Road Surfaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what research his Department has undertaken into the relative effectiveness of reducing noise levels of (a) porous...

      NAOMI Traffic Flow Model

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the projects for which the Highways Agency's NAOMI traffic flow model has been used in the last six...

      NAOMI Traffic Flow Model

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the NAOMI traffic flow model was introduced by the Highways Agency; and what assessment has been made of its...

      Public Transport (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent discussions he has had with the National Assembly for Wales to achieve an integrated public transport...

      Rochdale District Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the funding of Rochford district council.

      Turner and Newall Plc

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what investigations his Department has carried out into Turner and Newall plc in relation to employees' liability...

      Congestion Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to issue instructions to exempt (a) teachers, (b) fire fighters, (c) police officers and (d) nurses...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Court Service Website

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the cost in 2000–01 was of the inclusion of the Lexicon Portal in the Court Service website.

    • Court Building Programme

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the cost to public funds was in (a) 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02 of the court building programme.

      Public Trust Office

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the cost is in 2001–02 of the Complaints Unit set up by the Public Trust Office.

      "Funds in Court: Unclaimed Balances"

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on his Department's response to the National Audit Office report "Funds in Court: Unclaimed Balances".

      Statutory Instruments

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what assessment she has made of the cost to public funds of the statutory instruments introduced in 1999–2000; and if he...

      Pfi

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) if he will make a statement on the expected savings to public funds from the Private Finance Initiative contracts signed by...

      Libra Project

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the cost is in 2001–02 of the Libra project.

      Royal Courts of Justice

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on the progress of and cost saving from the public-private partnership to procure a building adjacent...

      Northern Ireland Court Service (IT Provision)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on the savings achieved by the Northern Ireland Court Service's public-private partnership agreement...

      J. W. Roberts Ltd.

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of Mr. Justice Hart's reasons for accepting the petition of J. W. Roberts Ltd. in the...

      J. W. Roberts Ltd.

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will place in the Library the list of the companies Turner and Newall put into administration as a result of the hearing and...

      J. W. Roberts Ltd.

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department on what date J. W. Roberts petitioners and Turner and Newall plc first filed its application for administration under the...

      Community Legal Service

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many (a) public, (b) private, (c) charity and (d) non-governmental organisations are involved in community legal service...

      Public Defenders

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what plans he has to develop the concept of public defenders throughout the UK.

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what progress has been made in completing the review to (a) repeal and (b) amend (i) primary and (ii) secondary legislation under...

      Scottish Executive

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what her policy is regarding consultations prior to the publication of proposals involving the transfer of powers to the Scottish...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will provide a substantive reply to the letter of 31 July about public procurement from the hon. Member for Christchurch; and what is the explanation for...

    • Appointments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many appointments he has made to public bodies since 7 June; and how many are in his gift.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many special advisers leaving the Government since May 1997 have made applications before taking employment elsewhere to the Advisory Committee on Business...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 14 November 2001, Official Report, ref. 13819, what is the Official Report reference and column number.

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what action he has taken to promote the code of practice on equal pay in (a) the public sector and (b) the private sector.

  • Home Department

    • "Findings from the Youth Justice Plans 2001–02"

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library the Youth Justice Board's report, "Findings from the Youth Justice Plans 2001–02".

    • World Cup (Licensing Hours)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with chief constables on proposals by the Magistrates Association that public houses should be allowed to serve...

      Anthrax

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on precautions to be taken by (a) Government Departments and (b) the...

      Non-lethal Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent research his Department has undertaken on non-lethal weapons for use by the police in incidents involving (a) firearms and (b)...

      Trial Drugs Policy (Brixton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the trial drugs policy in Brixton; and what plans there are to adopt a similar approach in other parts of the UK.

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the quality of (a) care and (b) treatment being offered to (i) mentally and (ii) personality disordered...

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets he has set for mandatory drug testing at each young offender institution.

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) suicides and (b) incidents of self-harm have taken place at each young offender institution in (a) 1996–97, (b)...

      Drug Addiction Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) registered addicts and (b) non- registered addicts of (i) cocaine and (ii) heroin there were in the UK in each of the last 10 years.

      Organised Crime (Russia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are in place to ensure regular Russian authority co-operation in helping to track Russian organised crime in the United Kingdom.

      Crime Prevention Schemes (North-west)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which local authorities in the north- west of England have not received funding for both CCTV and street warden schemes.

      Dr. Ali Dizaei

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many telephone conversations of Dr. Ali Dizaei, legal adviser to the National Black Police Association, were (a) recorded and (b)...

      Dr. Ali Dizaei

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if surveillance of Dr. Ali Dizaei included the recording of his telephone calls with members of the media.

      Sex Offenders (Buckinghamshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicted sex offenders are resident in the Buckingham constituency.

      Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the percentage of heroin imported into Britain that originates from (a) Taliban controlled Afghanistan, (b) Northern...

      CCTV (Dudley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the impact of CCTV on the level of crime in Dudley town centre and Sedgley.

      Salah Idris

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the role of Salah Idris in security companies engaged at sensitive sites in the United Kingdom.

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much he estimates has been payable under the firearms compensation scheme.

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he will take to ensure that lessons can be learned from incidents involving the police use of firearms.

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what statistics he collates on the time for applications for firearms and shotgun licences to be processed, from the time they are submitted...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines he issues on the number of people employed in firearms departments of police forces; and what steps he takes to ensure that...

      Departmental Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) national and (b) international awareness events his Department has participated in since June 1997 in the form of (i) sponsorship,...

      Credit Card Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government are taking to tackle debit and credit card fraud.

      Data Retention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the Horrocks report on data retention; and when it will be published.

      Women Prisoners (Pregnancies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many women prisoners had a termination to a pregnancy during 2000; (2) how many women prisoners had (a) stillborn babies and (b)...

      Metropolitan Police (Without Prejudice Payments)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Metropolitan police paid out, in the latest year for which figures are available, by way of without prejudice payments to...

      Under-age Drinking/Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effect of the (a) Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Act 1997 and (b) Criminal Justice and Police Act...

      Drug Dealers (Seized Assets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the value was of the assets seized from convicted drug dealers in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Traffic Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the outcome of his consultation on road traffic penalties.

      Atomic Energy Police Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officers in the atomic energy constabulary are licensed to use firearms; and what conditions apply to their use of firearms beyond...

  • Health

    • IT Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the total expenditure on IT management in the NHS Executive in each of the last five financial years.

    • Perinatal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many intensive care perinatal beds there were in each health authority, in each of the past 10 years.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 17 October 2001, Official Report, column 1241W, how many hospitals have received new radiotherapy equipment in the last two...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the difference in cancer survival rates between the UK and other European countries; and if he will make a statement.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of those aged 18 years and over were registered with a general dental service dentist in (a) each health authority and (b) in total in...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to increase the number of (i) dental practices and (ii) dentists in (a) Berkshire and (b) Slough; (2) how many NHS dentists there...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people are registered for NHS dental care (a) in England and (b) in the Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland East, constituency.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the proposed merger of Hampshire and Surrey ambulance services; (2) what representations he has received from...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the cost of the recent consultation on the future of Hampshire ambulance service.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to provide Government funding for the provision of air ambulance services in (a) rural areas across the United Kingdom and (b) Lincolnshire.

      NHS Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the timescale of the police investigation into the death of a patient due to a blocked oxygen pipe at Broomfield hospital, Chelmsford in July and other...

      NHS Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS has spent on providing meals for patients; and how many meals were served in each of the last three years.

      NHS Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the applicants for the national franchise for NHS Catering; and if he will name the successful applicant.

      Drug Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many persons died wholly or primarily as a result of the use of (a) alcohol, (b) tobacco, (c) cannabis, (d) heroin and (e) cocaine in the last year...

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the monthly running costs are of NHS Direct.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to establish a system of recording the performance of NHS Direct.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many members of staff are employed by NHS Direct; and if he will make a statement.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish the next set of research into safety of mobile phone masts.

      Nursing Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost is per week of (a) keeping a person in hospital and (b) keeping that person in a nursing home.

      Free Nursing Care (West Chelmsford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when those people who were receiving nursing care in the West Chelmsford constituency on 1 October will have had assessments carried out for free...

      New Opportunities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which targeted initiatives are receiving support from the £300 million provided by the New Opportunities Fund in January 1999.

      New Opportunities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of the £300 million provided by the New Opportunities Fund in 1999 to support targeted health initiatives has been (a)...

      New Opportunities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what projects are being funded from the £150 million made available from the New Opportunities Fund in September 1999.

      Small Acute Hospitals (Emergency Admissions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the use of information technology and telemedicine links in the maintenance of small acute hospitals which take emergency...

      Telemedicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the future commissioning and use of transmitted clinical images as binary code for the purpose of remote diagnosis by specialist...

      Telemedicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the future uses of new technology to conduct clinical examinations remotely and to allow specialist consultants to consult...

  • Education and Skills

    • University Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 11 July 2001, Official Report, column 554W, on university staff, (1) how many of the academic staff reported to...

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list for each (a) area based and (b) other regeneration-related initiative for which her Department is responsible (i) the...

      Literacy and Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many 11-year-olds failed to reach expected levels in (a) Maths and (b) English in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many adults have inadequate basic skills.

      Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many appointments she has made to public bodies since 7 June; and how many are in her gift.

      Scottish Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her policy is regarding consultations prior to the publication of proposals involving the transfer of powers to the Scottish Executive...

      Children's Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list those authorities receiving allocations this year under the Children's Fund, indicating the value of the allocation in each case.

      Children's Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of this year's Children's Fund allocation went to local authorities in London.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) circulars and (b) consultation documents were issued by her Department in each of the last four years.

      Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has for secondary education in Retford.

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people have taken out student loans per year since their inception; what is (a) the average amount per loan, (b) the average amount...

      Threshold Allowance Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action she will take to ensure that those teachers who crossed the payment threshold as a result of threshold allowance awards in the...

      Key Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what measures she is putting into place to ensure that key skills are integrated into all programmes of study in (a) schools, (b)...

      Key Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how the new funding arrangements for post-16 provision reflects the Government's commitment to key skills.

      PFI Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many local education authorities have had PFI school schemes approved in the first four tranches; which ones are within their approved...

      PFI Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will publish the names of the successful local education authorities for PFI schemes in the next financial year.

      Graduate Training Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many of the schools which took part in the graduate training scheme for teachers had less than 25 per cent. gain five A* to C grades at...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will take steps to allow tuition fees to be deductible against tax.

      Schools (Wycombe)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of pupils of each ethnic group in the Wycombe constituency attend (a) grammar and (b) upper schools.

      School Cleanliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 5 November 2001, Official Report, column 46W, on school cleanliness, what steps she will take to ensure that...

      Public-private Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the projects in her Department which have been considered as potential public-private partnerships since 1997 which have...

      Ministerial Visit (Brazil)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what was the (a) itinerary and (b) cost of the visit of the Schools Minister to Brazil on 6 and 7 December 2000.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many infants are taught in classes with more than 30 pupils.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information she (a) routinely collects and (b) has collected since 1 September on infant class sizes.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the percentage of school leavers (a) nationally and (b) in the Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East...

  • Treasury

    • Tax Receipts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement giving the reasons for not publishing monthly estimates of all forms of tax receipts; (2) if he will publish the monthly...

    • Fuel Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the volume of motor fuel products smuggled into Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.

      Fuel Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings have been held between (a) Ministers and (b) officials and their Irish counterparts to discuss the smuggling of petroleum products into...

      Fuel Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many vehicles have been impounded by HM Customs in each year since 1997 for alleged smuggling of petroleum products; and what was the tonnage of fuel...

      Fuel Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he is taking to tackle cross- border smuggling of petroleum products; and if he will make a statement.

      Fuel Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many successful prosecutions there have been in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997 for smuggling petroleum products into Northern Ireland.

      Inland Revenue/ Customs and Excise Research Programme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what are the (a) subjects and (b) terms of reference of the first two research studies undertaken by the Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise Joint...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the statement made by the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in the House on 13 November 2001, Official Report,...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on which dates, up to one month prior to 5 October, he sent advice to the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, that funds...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date the Office for National Statistics was asked to examine the accounting treatment of the successor organisation to Railtrack; and if he will...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the briefings his officials have given to newspapers on Railtrack in the last seven days.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he authorised the payment of £162 million from the Strategic Rail Authority to Railtrack on 1 October.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he (a) has had and (b) plans to have with the Governor of the Bank of England on the effects of and matters arising from the administration...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total corporation tax receipts were in the last financial year; and what receipts had been expected.

      Consumer Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total amount of non-mortgage consumer debt was in real terms in each year since 1992.

      Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if the Office for National Statistics authorised the use of Government-held personal records about (a) asylum seekers and (b) other categories of...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people of pensionable age there are in the Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East constituency.

      Fuel Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what taxes and excise duty are payable on fuels used by providers of internal UK passenger services by (a) bus, (b) coach, (c) local train, electrically...

      Corporate Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made in the review of corporate tax treatment of substantial shareholdings and intangible assets for large companies.

      Company Leases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason there is not a public sector accounting counterpart to the Statement of Standard Accounting Practice 21 concerning the accounting treatment...

      Capital Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if capital assets where the ownership at the end of the contract reverts to the public sector are taken into account when calculating public sector (a) net...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total VAT receipts from the corporate sector were for the last financial year; and what receipts had been anticipated.

      Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of (a) debt investment and (b) equity investment in SMEs on growth in employment and output.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to exempt coal mine methane generated power from the climate change levy.

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the Bank of England has made representations to UK mortgage lenders on current average mortgage income multiples.

      European Commission Proposals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the proposals outlined on 12 November by the President of the European Commission on (a) EU budgetary powers and (b) the...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on changes to insurance policies and premiums for small businesses since 11 September.

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the aggregates levy on the rural economy.

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assistance he will provide to those whose employment is affected as a result of the aggregates levy.

      Financial Services Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if self-insurance by companies is specifically excluded from the financial services compensation scheme; and if claimants can be denied fall back...

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date he received the formal notice from the Parliamentary Ombudsman of his intention to inquire into the regulation of Equitable Life; when he...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter of 12 October from the hon. Member for Guildford.

  • House of Lords

    • Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to require applicants for British citizenship to be given a foundation course on the duties and responsibilities of citizenship.

    • Police Use of Firearms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they will take to ensure that lessons can be learned from incidents involving the police use of firearms.

      Youth Justice System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will place in the Library the Youth Justice Board's report, Findings from the Youth Justice Plans 2001–02.

      Afghanistan: Future Government

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given and what discussions they have had with the United States and other governments regarding the nature of any future government of...

      Barnett Formula

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 7 November (HL Deb, col. 262), (a) when, (b) with what regularity, and (c) in what ways they "have been...

      Barnett Formula

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 7 November (HL Deb, col. 262), whether the fact that the Barnett formula is "updated in each spending...

      Barnett Formula

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 7 November (HL Deb, col 262), in what circumstances they would not seek an update of the Barnett formula...

      Religious Buildings: UNESCO Website

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ask UNESCO to name on its website the remaining religious buildings in the following categories: (a) Armenian churches in eastern Turkey; (b)...

      British Russian and British East-West Centres

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the annual report of the British Russia Centre and British East-West Centre will be available.(HL1396) Question number missing in Hansard, possibly truncated...

      Genetic Predisposition to Impairment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the Disability Rights Commission's call for the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to be extended to people who have a genetic...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Drug Treatment and Testing Orders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the guidance to be used by the Employment Service in determining whether jobseeker's allowance claimants who are subject to a drug...

      Minimum Income Standards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent further representations the Department for Work and Pensions has had from the chairman of the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust in relation to poverty and health...

      Can't Hear, Can't Benefit Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to the findings of the report from the Royal National Institute for the Deaf entitled Can't Hear, Can't Benefit; what response...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of winter fuel payments for each of the years 1997–98 to 2000–01, what were: (a) the estimated number of people who were entitled to make a...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they intend to take in the future to ensure people are made aware of their entitlement to make retrospective claims for winter fuel payment.

      Pensioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the latest figure for the number of households in the United Kingdom containing one or more pensioners.

      Disability Living Allowance Claimants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the latest figure available for the number of households containing one or more disabled persons receiving the higher or medium rate care component of...

      Disability Living Allowance Claimants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the latest figure available for a household containing one or more disabled persons receiving either of the higher rates of disability living allowance.

      Housing Benefit: Lone Parents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the report of the Better Regulation Task Force entitled Housing Benefit: a case study of lone parents.

      Physical Agents Directives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 1 November (WA 181), whether there will be a cost of £500 to each employer per employee who is...

      Strategic Rail Authority: Powers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What distinction they propose to make between the powers of the Strategic Rail Authority and the powers of the Department for Transport, Local Government and the...

      Heavy Goods Vehicles: Accident Statistics

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people were killed and seriously injured in road accidents involving heavy goods vehicles in the last two years for which figures are available.

      Graffiti Damage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions in the last year for which figures are available the British Transport Police successfully prosecuted offenders for graffiti damage.

      Closed List Voting System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What review has taken place of the closed party list voting system used in the last European elections; and what conclusions they have drawn about (a) the attitude...

      Mauritania: EU Fishing Agreement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements have been made to monitor the economic, social and employment consequences for Mauritania of the fishing agreement signed this year between the...

      Government Car Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Whitty on 31 October (WA 166–67): (a) whether the annual charge by the Government Car Service for providing six cars to...

      Government Car Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Whitty on 31 October (WA 166–67), what was the annual cost of garage servicing in the last year for which figures are...

      Government Car Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Whitty on 31 October (WA 166–67), what is the total cumulative annual overhead charge by the Government Car Service to...

      Environment Agency: Navigation Responsibilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a decision has been reached on the review of the Environment Agency's navigation responsibilities.

      Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the quinquennial review of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew has been completed.

      Digital Subscriber Line

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to ensure that pricing of digital subscriber line (DSL) does not act as an obstacle to its take-up.

      Summer Time

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consult other European countries, both inside and outside the European Union, with a view to securing an agreement that summer time should...

      People's Panel Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: By what date they have asked the Office for National Statistics for the report on the first three years' operation of the People's Panel; and by what date they...

      Northern Ireland Police Service: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the standard letters sent to (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful applicants at the first stage of...

      Northern Ireland Police Service: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether police officers in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland can transfer to the new Police Service of Northern Ireland; what oath they take on transfer to...

      Northern Ireland Police Service: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why advertisements for the Police Service of Northern Ireland are being shown in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland but not in other regions of the...

      Northern Ireland Police Service: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why recruitment to the Police Service of Northern Ireland is on the basis of 50/50 Catholic/Protestant and not proportionality of the population.

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the letter from the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission of 24 March in which the...

      Task Forces and Advisory Groups

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What task forces, ad hoc advisory groups and reviews established since 20 May 1997 were in existence between 1 April 2000 and 31 March 2001.

      Performance and Innovation Unit Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Performance and Innovation Unit will publish its report on resource productivity.

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