Written answers

Wednesday, 21 November 2001

  • Church Commissioners

    • Retired Clergy

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, if he will make a statement on housing provision for clergy on their retirement.

    • Ministers

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, how many (a) full-time, (b) part-time and (c) non- stipendiary ministers there are in each diocese.

      Churchwardens Measure

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, if he will make a statement on the Churchwardens Measure.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if his officials informed executives of Railtrack plc, at their meeting on 3 October, of the reasons the payment due...

    • Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place in the Library the powers of the Railtrack administrator; when he expects to receive the...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what substantial investment projects Railtrack was planning; and what is (a) their current status, (b) the current...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his estimate is of the cash needs of Railtrack plc in administration.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the average daily rate of (a) loss (PBT) and (b) cash outflow at Railtrack plc in administration has been since...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what investment expenditure was planned for the period from the end of September to 31 March (a) 2002 and (b)...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the (a) Board and (b) auditors of Railtrack sought a letter of comfort concerning payments to Railtrack Group and...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what money was budgeted to be given to Railtrack (a) Group and (b) plc in 2002–03 prior to the decision to...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much Railtrack plc spent on investment in (a) 2000–01 and (b) between 1 April and being placed in...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much the Government have paid to Railtrack Group plc (a) directly and (b) via the SRA in 2001–02; and how...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what money is available for the successor Railtrack company in (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03 and (c)...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his estimate is of the fees of the administrator for Railtrack plc.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 13 November 2001, Official Report, column 614W, on Railtrack, for what reason he did not...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much a single share in Railtrack has earned in dividends and other payments from privatisation to 1 October.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was the average value of one Railtrack share from privatisation to 1 October.

      Public Appointments

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

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what has been the total cost to date to (a) the Treasury and (b) the National Lottery of the Millennium Dome.

      Rail Services (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many miles of new track were laid in each year between 1992 and 1999 relating to new rail lines in Scotland.

      Rail Services (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many miles of rail track were upgraded to allow for increased capacity in Scotland in each year between 1992 and 1999.

      Rail Services (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much was spent in support of rail services in Scotland in each year from 1992 to 1999.

      Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many representations have been received by the Government on the privatisation of Air Traffic Control; and of...

      Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what protocols have been implemented between NATS and the MOD to ensure safety between civilian and military air traffic.

      Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) when the partners' investment will be committed to the NATS PPP; and how much it will be; (2) when he expects...

      Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the timetable is for invitations to tender for (a) Prestwick and (b) West Drayton air traffic control centres;...

      Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when EU clearance is expected for the NATS PPP.

      Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much the employees' share of the NATS PPP is expected to be; and when it will be available to them.

      School Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what powers (a) the Vehicle Inspectorate and (b) the Health and Safety Executive have to investigate passenger safety...

      School Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what regulations govern seating, standing and the use of seat belts on (a) school contract bus services and (b)...

      Stagecoach

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what breaches of transport regulations have been committed by Stagecoach plc since 1997; and what action was taken by...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions who will be liable for any cost overruns incurred in modernising London Underground under PPP.

      Road Haulage Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on skill shortages in the road haulage industry.

      Expenditure (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list, in real terms, for each year since 1979 (a) the total sums of money spent directly by his Department...

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he last met Sir Alastair Morton, Chairman of the Strategic Rail Authority.

      Driving Test Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what research his Department has commissioned into the connection between the closure of driving test centres and the...

      Silverlink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact that the PUG2 Agreement will have on the interests of South West...

      Railway Sleeper Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the potential growth in demand for sleeper services between the north of England and...

      East Midlands Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what recent representations he has received on night flights at East Midlands Airport; and if he will make a...

      Channel Tunnel Rail Link

      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...

      Channel Tunnel Rail Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment his Department has made of the likely effect the new Channel Tunnel Rail Link will have on (a)...

      Channel Tunnel Rail Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what track access charges will be paid by Eurostar for use of tracks (a) on the new Channel Tunnel Rail Link and (b)...

      Chainsaws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact on the environment of exhaust fumes produced by the use of chainsaws.

      Chainsaws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of draft EU regulations relating to catalytic converters on chainsaws; and if he will...

      Windfarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to reduce the delay in planning affecting on-shore windfarms; and if he will make a statement.

      Brit Disc

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to introduce the Brit disc for foreign trucks; and if he will make a statement.

      Aviation Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the United Kingdom's Government's policy for reducing emissions from international aviation was approved at the 33...

      Waverley Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the current status of the Waverley Line railway proposals between Edinburgh and Carlisle.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what procedure is followed when concerns are communicated to his Department about the propriety of the conduct of his...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 22 October 2001, Official Report, columns 93–94W, on departmental staff (1) if he...

      Statutory Off-road Notification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many fines have been imposed for failure to make a statutory off-road notification since the scheme's inception.

      Statutory Off-road Notification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the performance of the statutory off-road notification scheme in reducing vehicle...

      Air Travel (Deep Vein Thrombosis)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what contribution his Department will make to the World Health Organisation study into deep vein thrombosis and air...

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the progress made by the Ordnance Survey towards anticipating and meeting the needs of...

      British Midlands Flights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what slots have been offered to British Midland to fly from Heathrow following the withdrawal of services by other...

      Biodiesel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what action he is taking to encourage the availability of biodiesel for motorists.

      Nitrogen Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what plans he has to fund research into using urea in diesel vehicles to reduce nitrogen emissions; (2) what...

      M4 Bus Lane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement about the M4 bus lane.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces (Retirement)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service men have retired from the armed forces in each of the last five years.

    • Mineseeker

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will meet the managing director of the Mineseeker organisation to discuss the removal of landmines.

      Mineseeker

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will respond to the letter he received recently from the managing director of the Mineseeker organisation.

      Mineseeker

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had on the Mineseeker operation with its patrons.

      Defence Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the Defence Academy's budget is allocated for administration.

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to improve recruitment to Gurkha regiments.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the roulement of the British forces deployed to Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which United Kingdom ships are tasked to assist the international coalition in Afghanistan; and where they are situated.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many sorties have been flown by aircraft of the international coalition in Afghanistan and for what purpose since the beginning of November.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ensure that the UK military presence in Afghanistan includes women personnel.

      Exercise Saif Sareea 2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what effects environmental conditions had on Army and Fleet Air Arm helicopters during Exercise Saif Sareea 2; and if he will make a statement.

      Electronic Data Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason the contract between his Department and EDS for army payroll services was rewritten; and if he will make a statement.

      Electronic Data Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which risks that his Department considered transferred in the contract between his Department and EDS are disputed by EDS; and if he will make a statement.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which (a) type 22 frigates, (b) type 42 destroyers, (c) type 23 frigates, (d) aircraft carriers and (e) fleet submarines are (i) operational, (ii) in...

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to make a decision on the (a) STOVL and (b) CV variant of the Joint Strike Fighter; and if he will make a statement.

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which helicopters are under consideration for the SABR programme.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which firms are providing his Department with (a) expertise and (b) advice with respect to the flotation of QinetiQ.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's budget is for professional advice on the flotation of QinetiQ.

      Defence Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to employ more civilians in the Defence Fire Service; and if he will make a statement.

      Fast-track NHS Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make a statement on the fast-tracking of treatment for service personnel within the NHS; (2) how many armed forces personnel have had...

      11 September

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what meetings he has had since 11 September with his counterparts in the EU.

      Future Aircraft Carrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made with the Assessment Phase of the Future Aircraft Carrier procurement programme.

      EU Capabilities Improvement Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he attended the EU Capabilities Improvement Conference in Brussels on 19 November; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Housing Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what Key Targets have been set for the Defence Housing Executive for the financial year 2001–02.

      Parliamentary Questions

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

  • Trade and Industry

    • Older People (Discrimination)

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

    • Methane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent estimate she has made of the potential benefits of the use of coalmine methane to generate energy.

      Public Appointments

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

      Tropical Fruit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she had with the Philippines authorities (a) at the last World Trade Organisation Conference and (b) recently elsewhere on...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to link more closely the work of the RDAs and that of the Government offices, with particular reference to the Government...

      Miners' Compensation (Amber Valley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many former miners in Amber Valley have (a) claimed and (b) received payments in compensation for chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

      Miners' Compensation (Amber Valley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many former miners in Amber Valley have (a) claimed and (b) received payments in compensation for vibration white finger.

      Petrol Retailers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she last met representatives of the Petrol Retailers Association to discuss wholesaler and retailer relations; what the outcome was of...

      Freedom of Information Act

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

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its sponsored bodies have made with the production of equal pay action plans.

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many like work equal pay cases have been considered by employment tribunals in the period between 1995 and 2000; and what was the outcome...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the Government carry any liability for potential damage in respect of investments they support in Ukraine.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if Ukraine is off cover for official UK export credits.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the UK has indicated to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development that it is interested in the financing of a nuclear power...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what applications have been received for export credit support in respect of the KZR4 nuclear power station in Ukraine; and if she will...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the total level of Government financial support to the renewable energy sector in each year since 1990, broken down by (a) research...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what date her Department began to record the basic facts of meetings between Ministers in her Department and outside interest groups as...

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many cases were heard by employment tribunals in each of the last 10 years.

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many cases are awaiting a hearing before an employment tribunal.

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the average time before a case is heard by an employment tribunal over the last 12 months.

  • International Development

    • Heavily Indebted Poor Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the progress of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative.

    • Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on her Department's work in Sierra Leone.

      Expatriate Remittances

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the (a) actual and (b) potential value of remittances from expatriates working in the UK as a...

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the World Trade Organisation's response to the proposal in paragraph 229 of her White Paper,...

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on her priorities in the latest WTO round regarding the reduction of world poverty.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the implications of the outcome of the WTO 4 ministerial conference for developing countries.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to implement resolutions of the WTO meeting at Doha to promote fairer terms of trade for developing countries.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the implications of the Doha ministerial meeting on trade for her Department.

      East and Central Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on UK aid to east and central Africa.

      Serbia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to promote development and poverty reduction in Serbia.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department is giving to the UN to enable the co-ordination of humanitarian relief to Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action her Department is taking to ensure that aid going to Afghanistan is reaching Afghan refugees.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to her oral statement of 1 November 2001, Official Report, column 1100, what proposals she has for the collection of...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support the Government are planning to provide to de-mining operations in Afghanistan.

      Poor Counties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the connection between poverty and poor governance.

      Ministerial Meeting

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on her recent meeting with the presidents of Uganda and Rwanda.

      UN Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she next expects to meet the Secretary-General of the UN to discuss the effectiveness of UN humanitarian aid.

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to tackle high levels of infant mortality in poorer countries.

      EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action her Department is taking to improve the quality and transparency of EU aid programmes.

      Aid Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of her Department's spending on humanitarian and other reliefs in Afghanistan and Pakistan is (a) new additional spending and...

      Trade (Developing Countries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures her Department is taking to enhance developing countries' capacity to trade.

      Subsidised Food Dumping

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which developing countries' domestic agricultural systems are threatened by subsidised food dumping from the industrial world; which...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she last met representatives of (a) each of the national museums and galleries sponsored by her Department, (b) the British...

    • Public Appointments

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

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the funds made available by (a) her Department and (b) other agencies for the marketing of England as a...

      World Athletics Championships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which Minister in her Department has Ministerial responsibility for the hosting of the 2005 World Athletics Championships.

      World Athletics Championships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what venues were considered by her Department as possible venues for the hosting of the 2005 World Athletics Championships after...

      Girls' Rugby and Football Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action she has taken to encourage schools to set up girls' rugby and football teams with trained coaches.

      Stadium Projects Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if she will publish the dates of all telephone conversations her Department has had with Patrick Carter since 1 January; and if...

      Stadium Projects Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if she will publish the criteria by which Patrick Carter's appointment to conduct a review of (a) the National Stadium project and...

      Supporters Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will extend Government funding to Supporters Direct to enable them to assist supporters of Rugby League clubs; and if she will...

      Gaming Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she will take to implement the recommendations by the Gaming Board for Great Britain on the maximum stakes and prizes in...

      Cultural Exchanges (Argentina)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions her Department has had to develop cultural exchanges between the United Kingdom and Argentina; and if she will...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government have to compensate farmers whose cattle reached over 30 months of age as a direct result of the...

    • Illegal Waste Dumping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the problem of illegal waste dumping; and what co-ordination there is with the...

      Scottish Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is regarding consultations prior to the publication of proposals involving the transfer of powers to the...

      Smog Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the recent European Environment Agency analysis of smog levels in Europe; and if she will...

      Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to introduce comprehensive pollution inventories.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff at her Department's office in Worcester performing comparable duties are on different rates of pay; what is...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many of the employees in (a) her Department and (b) agencies sponsored by her Department work in (i) London, (ii) areas...

      Organic Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish a comprehensive breakdown of the numbers of certified organic farms by (a) county and (b) borough in...

      White Goods Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements she has made for the disposal of unwanted fridges and freezers from 1 January 2002 under European Directive...

      Food Borrowing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the level of borrowing in the agricultural industry.

      Waste Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she is taking to improve co-ordination between public bodies with special reference to local councils, over...

      Rural White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are being used to assess the programme of protecting and enhancing the countryside as set out in Objective 11...

      Farm Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) total income from farming and (b) total off-farming income was in rural areas in the United Kingdom in (i) 1996,...

      Rural Parishes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the latest date for which figures are available, what proportion of parishes in the countryside were classified as (a)...

      Rural Deprivation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of people living in rural wards in the United Kingdom were in low income bands compared to the national...

      Business Start-Ups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many new business start-ups there were in rural areas in the United Kingdom in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999,...

      Rural Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases of reported crime by category there were in rural areas in the United Kingdom in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999,...

      Local Education Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which local education authorities in England and Wales are classified as rural.

      Rural Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of people between 16 and 60 years old in rural areas in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000 and...

      Market Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of market towns are classified as (a) thriving, (b) stable and (c) declining at the latest date for which...

      Civic Amenities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of households in the United Kingdom were within 4 km of (a) food shops, (b) post offices, (c) cash points,...

      Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the progress of the hake recovery programme in (a) area VII and (b) area VIII.

      Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when she expects to introduce a shellfish licensing scheme for those fishing areas under her authority; (2) what...

      Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of (a) fishing stock health and viability and (b) indicative quota for 2002 by (i)...

      Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of progress in meeting the objectives of the cod recovery programme in the North sea.

      Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to extend the work of the (a) Irish Sea Management Committee, (b) cod recovery programme and (c) hake...

      Rural Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the remit of the Rural Task Force.

      Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 7 November 2001, Official Report, column 306W, if she will make it her policy to send a copy of...

      Dangerous Wild Animals Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent guidance she has issued to local authorities in respect of their powers and duties under the Dangerous Wild...

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government's CHP strategy will be published.

      UK Fuel Poverty Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the final version of the UK Fuel Poverty Strategy will be published.

      Rural Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government have to provide door-to-door public transport services for those unable to walk to rural bus stops.

      Rural Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of households in rural areas lived within 10 minutes walk of at least hourly bus services in (a) 1996, (b)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many letters he has received from residents of the Buckingham constituency (a) supporting and (b) opposing military action...

    • European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his policy towards the establishment of a pan-Union referendum following the next...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from the European Women's Lobby concerning (a) its campaign and (b) receiving EU funding.

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his policy towards a second chamber of the European Parliament.

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date his Department established a working group of officials to prepare his Department for the implementation of the...

      Biological Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs under what powers individuals can be (a) prosecuted and (b) extradited for activities involving biological weapons.

      EU Documents (Security Classification)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the requirements for EU documents to receive security classification, broken down by security grade.

      Macedonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made regarding the role of an elite police unit in Trebos, Macedonia, during its recent deployment.

      International War Crimes Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people have been charged with offences before the International War Crimes Tribunal; and how many have been (a)...

      Solomon Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of preparations for the forthcoming elections in the Solomon Islands; and if he will make a...

      Tuvalu

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

      EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made by (a) Hungary, (b) Poland, (c) the Czech Republic, (d) Cyprus, (e) Slovenia, (f) Malta, (g)...

      Conflict Diamonds (al-Qaeda)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on links between Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda and the conflict diamonds trade in Sub-Saharan Africa.

      11 September (British Victims)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list known British victims of the terrorist attacks of 11 September.

      Tanzania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the (a) number and (b) impact of refugees from Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to encourage the Government of Sudan to promote human rights for all its citizens.

      Entry Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the case of Mrs. Nawani, Bombay, case reference AP/01/05/158.

      British Dependent Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 14 November 2001, Official Report, column 744W, if he will list the British Dependent Territories...

      Trade Liberalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what work has been undertaken by Government officials with the LOTIS Committee and the LOTIS Group on NGO objections to the...

  • Prime Minister

    • Performance and Innovation Unit

      To ask the Prime Minister what additional projects are planned for the Performance and Innovation Unit; and if he will make a statement.

    • Public Appointments

      To ask the Prime Minister how many appointments to public bodies he has made (a) between 1 May 1997 and 7 June 2001 and (b) since 7 June 2001; and how many are in his gift.

      Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has made to (a) India, (b) Russia, (c) South Korea and (d) the USA on reducing their declared stockpiles of chemical weapons.

      Lord Birt and Lord Levy

      To ask the Prime Minister what steps he intends to take to improve the public accountability of (a) Lord Birt and (b) Lord Levy; if he will take steps to enable them to answer parliamentary...

      Delivery Unit

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the targets selected from current departmental public service agreements which are being monitored by the Delivery Unit in (a) health, (b) education, (c)...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • British-Irish Council

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many meetings of the British-Irish Council there have been since December 1999, broken down by meeting format; and what subjects were discussed at each meeting.

    • Special Advisers and Press Officers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers were employed (i) full-time, (ii) part-time and (iii) on a contract basis by his Department in each year...

  • Education and Skills

    • Children and Young People Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will publish the consultation document on the Government's new strategy for children and young people.

    • Investors in People (Buckingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which companies located in the Buckingham constituency received Investors in People awards in (a) 1997–98, (b) 1998–99, (c)...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on average class sizes in secondary schools in Buckinghamshire local education authority in (a) 1997–98,...

      Statemented Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the expenditure on statemented pupils in the last five years was in (a) Durham and (b) England excluding pupils in special schools.

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will publish the guidance for schools advising them how to apply for specialist school status in maths and computing; and what the...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) name, (b) character, (c) date of designation, (d) agreed targets for each year within the period of designation and (e) unmet...

      Early Years Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, (1) pursuant to her answer of 12 November 2001, Official Report, column 539W, what criteria were used in deciding which new early...

      Fast-Track Teacher Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which company was awarded the contract to run the Fast-Track Teacher Recruitment Scheme; what the cost and duration of the contract is; what...

      Fast-Track Teacher Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total cost was for each existing fast-track student of recruiting them to the Fast-Track Teacher Recruitment scheme; and what the...

      Online Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many UK online centres in each constituency are to be funded by level 3 Capital Modernisation Fund; (2) when she will provide an...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has held with the Scottish Executive concerning continued payment of attendance allowance to those recipients who will...

    • ONE Pilot Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of cases of violence against staff working in the ONE pilot offices.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many payments by absent parents have been written off as irrecoverable in the last 12 months; what the average and upper decile value of...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which organisations have responded to the consultation documents on (a) the pension credit and (b) invalid care allowance.

      Pensions (British Citizens Overseas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many British citizens living abroad are in receipt of the British state retirement pension.

      Departmental Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the total unallocated funds within his departmental expenditure limit (a) in the start of the financial year and (b) to date.

  • Scotland

    • Proceeds of Crime Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive on putting before the Scottish Parliament the changes proposed in the confiscation provisions...

    • Proceeds of Crime Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive on proposed changes to the Proceeds of Crime Bill.

      Proceeds of Crime Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps have been taken by her Department to ascertain the views of the Scottish Parliament on the changes proposed to the confiscation provisions of...

  • Home Department

    • GHB

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to reclassify gamma hydroxy butyrate as a drug; and what recent representations he has received on this issue.

    • Sex Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his timetable is for the implementation of the recommendations of his Department's consultation paper entitled, "Setting the boundaries:...

      Passports (Confiscation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 7 November 2001, Official Report, column 315W, on passports, whether clear evidence of a proposed intention to go...

      Gulf War (Detentions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) Iraqis and (b) other persons of middle eastern origin were detained during the Gulf war as potential threats to national...

      Riot Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made on establishing closer co-operation across the European Union in the field of riot policing.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures are being followed in respect of awarding the contract for smart cards for asylum seekers.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the value of the contract for providing smart cards for asylum seekers.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers have been returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1 May 1997.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for political asylum were waiting to be heard on 1 February 2000.

      Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many places are available in (a) residential and (b) other centres for the treatment of heroin addiction.

      Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many addicts are receiving methadone replacement treatment for heroin addiction.

      Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his latest estimate is of the number of heroin users in the UK.

      Overseas Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the countries from which young children up to the age of five years were allowed entry into the United Kingdom for legal...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter of 25 September from the hon. Member for Putney with regard to his constituent Mrs. Kulsoom Begum Gill...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to secure a substantive reply from the National Asylum Support Service reference IMG/01247/1385/587 in relation to the...

      Aylesbury Young Offenders Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on progress with work on the perimeter fencing at Aylesbury Young Offenders Institution.

      Aylesbury Young Offenders Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the future of the healthcare centre at Aylesbury Young Offenders Institution.

      Aylesbury Young Offenders Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his response to the annual report for 2000–01 of the board of visitors of Aylesbury Young Offenders...

      Sentencing Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the results of the public consultation on the review of sentencing.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many reported incidents of injuries to (a) domestic pets and (b) other animals due to the sale of fireworks have been reported (i)...

      Royal Parks Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many civilian and uniformed staff of the Royal Parks constabulary have left employment in police service on grounds of ill health or...

  • Treasury

    • Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list for the financial years (a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01 and (c) 2001–02 to the most recent date for which information is...

    • Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many regulations were introduced by his Department in each year since May 1997.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made in introducing zero rates of stamp duty in deprived areas.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to reform stamp duty on shares.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the impact of stamp duty on shares on financial exclusion.

      Financial Services and Markets Act

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the impact on the status of friendly societies of the coming into force of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.

      EU Moneys (Scotland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list for each year since 1979 in (a) cash terms, (b) real terms and (c) as a percentage of the UK total, the total value of EU moneys spent in...

      Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what involvement his Department has had with the renegotiation of the Ministry of Defence contract with EDS for the Armed Forces Personnel Administration...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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,...

      Earnings Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what were the hourly earnings of women as a proportion of the earnings of men for graduates who graduated in the years (a) 1990, (b) 1991, (c) 1992, (d)...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the average loss to private shareholders as a result of the administration of Railtrack.

      International Tax Recoveries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 25 October 2001, Official Report, column 374W, on international tax recoveries, if the two recoveries of over £100 million...

      Clergy (Working Families Tax Credit)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of clergy claiming working families tax credits.

      BCCI

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what proposals have been made for the settlement of the BCCI action against the Bank of England; (2) what the cost is of the litigation by the...

      Special Purpose Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many special purpose vehicles to facilitate public- private finance the Treasury has approved in the last 12 months.

      Friendly Societies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if changes in the status of friendly societies arising from the coming into force of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 will affect the liability...

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from the Public and Commercial Services Union on his Department's proposal to privatise the Inland Revenue's distraint...

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact on the quality of public service which would result from the privatisation of the Inland Revenue's distraint work...

  • Health

    • Coronary Heart Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the incidence of coronary heart disease among women and men, broken down by UK standard region, was (a) in the last 12 months and (b) (i) 10, (ii) 20...

    • Fire-safe Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of fire-safe cigarettes.

      Fluoride

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of whether proposals to raise the level of fluoride in drinking water involve the use of hexafluorosilic acid.

      Social Workers (North-East)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action the Government are taking to recruit additional (a) psychiatric and (b) approved social workers in the north-east.

      Children At Risk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the reasons that children's names are removed from the at risk register; and if he will make a statement.

      Children At Risk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the reduction in the number of children added to the at risk register between 31 March 2000 and 31 March 2001.

      Bed Blocking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes have been made to the calculation of bed blocking since 1997.

      Cane Hill Secure Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve the security at the disused Medium Secure Unit at Cane Hill, Coulsdon, Croydon; and if he will make a statement.

      Nursing Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are in hospital in England awaiting nursing accommodation at the latest available time.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department on what date his Department established a working group of officials to prepare his Department for the implementation of the...

    • Asset-freezing Order

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many requests for legal aid have been received from persons disputing through the courts an asset-freezing order relating to...

  • House of Lords

    • Minority Groups: Representation in Public Life

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking in response to the observations about disproportionately low levels of participation by members of minority groups in the Government and...

    • Sentencing Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the results of the public consultation on the review of sentencing. [HL Question number missing in Hansard, possibly truncated question.

      Afghanistan: Cluster Bombs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the United States authorities with regard to the use of cluster bombs in Afghanistan; and what is the Government's policy...

      Afghanistan: Cluster Bombs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In view of their dual objectives of winning both the military and humanitarian campaigns against terrorism based in Afghanistan, whether they will review the use...

      Afghanistan: Unexploded Ordnance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment has been made of the impact of unexploded ordnance in Afghanistan on (i) the civilian population of Afghanistan and (ii) any non-Afghan armed...

      Future Rapid Effect System: Reconnaissance Element

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In view of the cancellation of the Tracer programme, when the reconnaissance version of the future rapid effect system will be able to replace the current armoured...

      Tactical Radio Communications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to equip the Army with reliable radio communications before the issue of Bowman in 2004.

      Apache Helicopter

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether sufficient helicopter pilots are being trained to keep pace with the production issue of the Apache.

      Helicopter Blades

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure helicopter blades are more resistant to desert conditions.

      Challenger 2: Desertisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to bring Challenger 2 tanks up to the required performance for desert conditions; and whether they will modify the tanks to meet these...

      RAF Calendar

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the cost of producing the large Royal Air Force 2002 calendar; and, in particular, the cost of distributing it to Members of one or both Houses of Parliament.

      A400M Military Transport Aircraft

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What new capability the A400M military transport aircraft will provide that cannot currently be obtained from a combination of C17s, C130Js and C130Ks.

      A400M Military Transport Aircraft

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any new benefits provided by the A400M will be outweighed by the support costs of the Royal Air Force having a third type of transport aircraft in service.

      A400M Military Transport Aircraft

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration has been given to forming a European military strategic airlift organisation to operate and support all A400M aircraft; and What consideration...

      A400M Military Transport Aircraft

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken to prevent partners in the A400M project buying fewer aircraft than they proposed in the plans that originally secured them a share of...

      Fuel Poverty Strategy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the final version of the United Kingdom Fuel Poverty Strategy will be published.

      DEFRA: Aims and Objectives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What changes the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs intends to make to its published draft aims and objectives as a result of the consultation it held.

      Flood Defences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are satisfied with the progress made in improving flood defences in view of reports that insurers are unwilling to provide cover in flood-prone areas.

      Permanent and Severe Disability

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the number of people in the United Kingdom who are permanently and substantially handicapped by disability; and what is their estimate of...

      Old Age Pensioners and Severely Disabled People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the number of old age pensioners and the number of severely disabled people.

      Old Age Pensioners and Severely Disabled People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of heavy goods vehicles and public service vehicles fitted with speed governors have been found to have defective governors at annual tests or at...

      Driving Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many United Kingdom driving licences are currently valid; and how many of these are machine-readable.[HL1210] Lord Falconer of Thoroton: There are 38.9 million...

      Driving Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What bids have been received to date in respect of the rescheduled auction of 28 Ghz radio spectrum.

      Driving Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received (a) about the delayed publication and implementation of the Diabetes National Service Framework; (b) about Diabetes UK's...

      Driving Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the reason for the delay by a year of the publication and start of implementation of the Diabetes National Service Framework, and Whether they are devoting...

      Driving Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Diabetes National Service Framework (NSF) has been delayed; and what is now the expected date of publication.

      Driving Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will name the acute hospitals which will have implemented a level 3 Electronic Patient Record by April 2002; and what proportion of all acute...

      Performance and Innovation Unit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What additional projects are planned for the Performance and Innovation Unit.

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