Written answers

Thursday, 22 November 2001

  • Defence

    • Overseas Entertainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision has been made for UK forces' overseas entertainment in the current financial year; and if he will give equivalent figures for each of the...

    • "Rapid Effects"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place a copy of the Director of Land Warfare's "Rapid Effects" paper in the Library.

      RAF Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel are based at (a) RAF Lyneham and (b) RAF Brize Norton.

      RAF Lyneham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will guarantee the long-term future of RAF Lyneham; and if he will make a statement; (2) if he will provide an assurance that he has no...

      RAF Lyneham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many medically downgraded personnel are serving at RAF Lyneham; if they may be deployed in the Falklands; and how that policy of deployment differs...

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Army's Lynx AH7 helicopters will be withdrawn from service.

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Army's Gazelle helicopters will be withdrawn from service.

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what are the oldest airframes of the (a) Sea King HC4, (b) Sea King HAR3 and (c) Puma HC1 operational with Her Majesty's forces.

      Warship Deployment (Caribbean)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which warships will be in the Caribbean on anti-drugs patrol from mid-November to mid-February.

      HMS Cromer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons HMS Cromer has been decommissioned; and what plans there are to dispose of her.

      Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases of racial discrimination have been brought against the (a) Army, (b) RAF and (c) Navy in the last 12 months.

      Medical Downgrading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel who have been medically downgraded (a) have continued to be and (b) have subsequently been employed in operational areas in...

      Medical Downgrading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel were medically downgraded in each service in each month of the last 12 months.

      Hercules Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many air-to-air refuelling probes have been purchased for the C130J; and how many aeroplanes will be operational by 1 January 2002.

      Hercules Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the Defensive Aids Suite capabilities on the C130K Hercules aircraft; how it compares with the US equivalent; and what...

      Hercules Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to acquire a secure communications system for the C130J.

      Hercules Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of (a) the fulfilment by Lockheed Martin of the terms and conditions of the contract for the supply of C130J spares and (b)...

      Hercules Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence until what date a Defensive Aid Suite was designated as essential for deployments of Hercules aircraft in the middle east; and for what reason this...

      Hercules Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when 16 Air Assault Brigade last exercised with Hercules aircraft; and if he will make a statement.

      Hercules Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) personnel and (b) tonnes of freight have been carried by Hercules aircraft from RAF Lyneham in the last 12 months.

      Hercules Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the operations upon which Hercules aircraft have been deployed over the last 12 months; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Hercules Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the serviceability in percentage terms is of the RAF fleet of Hercules (a) C130Hon. and (b) C130J; and if he will make a statement outlining the...

      Defence Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many clinicians have (a) joined and (b) left the Defence Medical Services in each of the last 10 years.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the changes he is making to the advertising account for the Territorial Army.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 7 November 2001, Official Report, column 250W, on the Territorial Army, if he will make a statement about the reasons for...

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many exercises involving tactical air transport have been (a) cancelled and (b) reduced over the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the military exercises that have been cancelled in the last 24 months together with the reason for cancellation.

      Combat Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what physical tests were included in the combat effectiveness gender study; and if he will publish the (a) male and (b) female failure rates.

      Somme Battlefields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information he has collated on proposals to exhume British and Commonwealth war dead and clear cemeteries in the Somme battlefields in connection...

      Air-to-Air Refuelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to bring in air-to-air fuel replenishment for special forces helicopters.

      Tactical Air Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the annual allocation of hours for tactical air transport training; and what is the actual number of hours training achieved in the last 12 months.

      Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel have been absent without leave in each of the last 10 years, broken down by service.

      Reservists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the most recent figures, by service, for those reservists on full-time reserve service.

      C-17s

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had about the effectiveness of the C-17; whether he has considered buying the four C-17s which are leased; what plans he...

      F35

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to sponsor trials of the F35 in connection with developing UK requirements; what trials of the aircraft will take place in the UK; and...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the countries, and the number of troops they have promised, as part of their commitment to the international coalition's actions in...

      SS Somali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if diving operations have been (a) carried out and (b) authorised by the Ministry on the wreck of the SS Somali since 1971; and if he will give details...

      MOD Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what statutory powers govern the operation of the Ministry of Defence Police Service's Police Committee.

      MOD Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to ensure that the MOD police receive training in dealing with members of the public.

      MOD Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is (a) the establishment and (b) the current strength of the MOD police.

      MOD Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what mechanisms exist for measuring the efficiency and performance of the MOD police.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the UK pays to NATO as its share of NATO's overall costs, broken down into budget headings.

      Osama bin Laden

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the recent discovery of notes for the design of nuclear weapons in houses captured from al-Qaeda in Kabul.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Train Operating Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations have been received from train operating companies about the conditions imposed by rolling stock...

    • Rail Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 1 November 2001, Official Report, column 782W, on rail freight, if the Draft Directions...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which members of the London Transport or London Underground boards have at any time within the period since 1990 (a)...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many escalators on the London Underground system are out of service; where they are located; and for how long...

      Standards Board for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place in the Library copies of all guidance so far issued by the Standards Board for England.

      Standards Board for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish the criteria by which he selected people to be appointed members of the Standards Board for England.

      Standards Board for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what (a) remuneration and (b) superannuation is paid to board members of the Standards Board for England.

      Standards Board for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was the cost of the establishment of the Standards Board for England; and what is its continuing operating cost.

      Standards Board for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish the Code of Conduct signed by the board members of the Standards Board for England, giving the...

      Standards Board for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions who are the board members of the Standards Board for England; and what are their relevant (a) experience and (b)...

      Rail Services (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many railway stations were opened in Scotland in each year between 1992 and 1999.

      Route Management Strategies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list (a) route management strategies under way and (b) those which are planned to commence.

      Roads (Surrey)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much his Department has spent on roads in Surrey in each of the past seven years.

      Urban Bus Challenge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will announce the criteria and timetable for the Urban Bus Challenge; and if he will make a statement.

      Gner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions for what reason he rejected the advice of the SRA to grant a 20 year franchise to GNER.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what is the (a) procedure and (b) timetable for consideration of the bids for Railtrack; and what is the cut-off date...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what financial guarantees the Administrator of Railtrack plc has sought from the Government concerning new investment...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on (a) voluntary and (b) compulsory redundancies planned by Railtrack in administration.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much of the financial guarantee to Railtrack in administration represents cash spent; and how much remains as a...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the investment projects over £5 million in value awaiting decision by the administrator of...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many separate rail investment projects are awaiting decision by the administrator of Railtrack; and what their...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which (a) creditors and (b) contractors of Railtrack plc have approached the Government for (i) letters of comfort...

      Railtrack

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

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which investment projects have been approved by the administrator since taking over Railtrack plc.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when bids will close for the (a) assets and (b) liabilities of Railtrack plc in administration.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what action he has taken with respect to the plan to cut costs at Railtrack plc drawn up by the board before the...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the forecast is of the investment expenditure of Railtrack in administration and its successor for (a) the...

      Railways (Consultants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the external (a) consultants and (b) advisers which the Government have used in the last year on...

      Aviation Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had since 11 September with the European Commission on state aid to airlines to compensate...

      Evergreen Hedges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what action the Government proposes to take in response to the final report of the Building Research...

      Health and Safety Laboratory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the Health and Safety Laboratory intends to publish its annual report and accounts for 2000–01.

      Birmingham Northern Relief Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the Birmingham Northern Relief Road will be opened to the public; and what toll charges will be made for its use.

      Local and Regional Airports (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what additional security measures have been (a) implemented at and (b) recommended to local and regional airports...

      Dibden Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many representations have been made to his Department (a) in favour of and (b) in opposition to the building of a...

      Dibden Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what action his Department intends to take in respect of the petition to Parliament from residents of the New Forest,...

      Dibden Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the proposal to hold the public inquiry into the application for permission to build a...

      Dibden Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will require the public inquiry into the application for permission to build a container port at Dibden Bay to...

      Gas Explosion (Newton Heath)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received on the promptness of the response of the Health and Safety Executive following...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of Consignia's profits will be paid to the Government this financial year.

    • Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much BNFL paid the UK Atomic Energy Authority Constabulary for the police it provided to protect the MOX fuel exported to Japan.

      Hartlepool Nuclear Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she has taken since 11 September to guard against a terrorist attack on the Hartlepool AGR nuclear power station; and if she will...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the total amount of interest paid to sick miners and their dependants who have experienced delays in the payments of the amounts...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many former miners from the north Somerset coalfield have (a) applied for and (b) received compensation awards.

      Miners' Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage increases have been awarded annually to pensioner beneficiaries under the (a) mineworkers' pension scheme and (b) British Coal...

      Fuel Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what incentives the Government are providing for the expansion of energy generation from fuel cells; and if she will make a statement.

      Fuel Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what targets she has set for the use of fuel cells.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the NETA in assisting the suppliers of renewable energy; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made on the review of her Department.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Plastic Baton Round

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in phase II of the research programme to find alternatives to the plastic baton round; what the estimated cost is of...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many organisations made submissions to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission calling for the right to access to abortion to be...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will announce the new appointments to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; and when he will announce whether or not the...

      Departmental Events

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

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Heritage Lottery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many churches in the Buckingham constituency have (a) applied for and (b) received awards from the Heritage Lottery Fund in each...

    • Ageism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action her Department has taken to tackle discrimination against older people.

      English Tourism Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the English Tourism Council spent on marketing when it harmonised the grading standards in 1999.

      Film Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the Film Council will be made subject to the (a) rules and (b) methods of accountability of the civil service.

      Press Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to assess the operation of the Press Complaints Commission.

      Television Licences (Residential Homes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she intends to amend the regulations governing the Accommodation for Residential Care Concessionary Television Licence Scheme to...

      Sports Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the objectives are of (a) the regional Sport England bodies and (b) the regional New Opportunities Fund for Sport bodies; and if...

  • Public Accounts Commission

    • National Audit Office

      To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission what resources of the NAO are directed to the follow-up of qualifications to (a) agency and (b) departmental accounts; and if he will make a...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • FCO Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will introduce legislation to ensure that British companies seeking to send workers abroad inform employees of relevant...

    • Northern Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Turkish Government regarding recent statements by the Turkish Prime Minister, and the...

      Treaty of Nice

      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 the Treaty of Nice.

      Entry Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the backlog of cases is for each group in (a) Islamabad, (b) Karachi, (c) Lahore, (d) Bombay, (e) New Delhi, (f) Colombo,...

      Poland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action the Government have taken to facilitate the entry of Poland into the European Union; and if he will make a statement.

      Poland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the parliamentary election in Poland on 23 September.

      Subcontinent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are for a future meeting between the Indian Prime Minister and the Pakistani President as a follow up to their...

      Subcontinent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the content of his discussions on (a) nuclear safety, (b) stability in Kashmir and (c) the future...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are to extend the military action in Afghanistan to other countries.

      Al-Qaeda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the role of states other than Afghanistan in having assisted Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda; and if...

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government are opposed in principle to an EU constitution; and if he will make a statement.

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had about the inclusion of a possible EU constitution in the forthcoming Laeken declaration on the...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many employees of (a) his Department and (b) agencies sponsored by his Department work in (i) London, (ii) areas benefiting...

      Chechnya Murders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what evidence he has received about the involvement of Osama bin Laden in the deaths of three UK citizens in Chechnya in 1998;...

      Chechnya Murders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will ask the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis to reopen his inquiries concerning the deaths of three UK citizens...

      Chechnya Murders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department took to ensure that Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice given to Granger Telecom and BT in 1998 on...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made on Zimbabwean farmers and President Mugabe's decree amending the Land Acquisition Act.

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those countries which have made extradition requests to the UK in respect of their nationals who are alleged...

  • Scotland

    • Island Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was expended by the Government in the last three years prior to the introduction of devolution for Scotland on the maintenance of transport...

    • Skye Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if she will publish the full details of the agreement between the Government and the Bank of America in relation to the Skye bridge; (2) if the...

      Fair Trade

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

      London Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will estimate the total value of London weightings and London living allowances for her Department; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Staff

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

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many and what proportion of each civil service grade in her Department is located in each region and nation of the UK, what the average salary is...

      Fuel Prices (Rural Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment she has made of the impact of the level of fuel prices on the economy of rural Scotland.

      Fuel Prices (Rural Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when she last discussed with the Chancellor of the Exchequer the impact of fuel taxes on the economy of rural Scotland.

      Scotland Week

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which organisations she met during her participation in Scotland Week in Brussels.

      Proceeds of Crime Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will give an undertaking that the confiscation provisions of the Proceeds of Crime Bill in so far as they relate to Scotland will not be...

      Proceeds of Crime Bill

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

  • Health

    • Smallpox Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to ensure that every United Kingdom citizen has access to a vaccine against smallpox to protect against possible...

    • Hospital Trusts (Rating System)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the usefulness of the star rating system for hospital trusts; and if he will make a statement.

      Overseas Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many doctors since 1 May 1999 have been entitled to participate in induction courses for overseas doctors; and how many have done so; (2) what...

      Overseas Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he intends to take to change the residence requirements for funding of GP training for overseas doctors; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Funding (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to provide new resources for (a) Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals and (b) the Havering Primary Care NHS Trust; and if he will...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the expected saving to public funds from the private finance initiative schemes in (a) Carlisle, (b) Dartford and...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance he has issued to those hospital trusts making strategic outhouse case bids for PFIs; and what scoring criteria will be used to measure...

      Personal Injury Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he has estimated the potential cost to the NHS of the Lord Chancellor's decision to reduce the discount rate to 2.5 per cent. for damages in personal...

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list in (a) rank and (b) alphabetical order of NHS trust in each region the (i) proportion and (ii) number of patients waiting (A) over 12...

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients there were on in-patient waiting lists waiting over 12 months for the quarter ended (a) March 1997 and (b) September 2001; (2) if...

      National Institute for Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the balance in the work programme of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence between (a) technology...

      National Institute for Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out for each technology appraisal undertaken by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence the (a) final recommendation and (b) cost...

      National Institute for Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to undertake a review of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.

      National Blood Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which experts from outside the National Blood Service Appropriate Use of Blood Working Group is consulting.

      Blood Use (Overseas Hospitals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had about the use of blood and blood transfusions for NHS patients who take up treatment in overseas hospitals with Ministers from...

      Relenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many health authorities in the north-west region have drawn up patient group directions for Relenza; (2) what advice he has given to health...

      NHS (IT Policy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 26 October 2001, Official Report, column 423W, on IT policy in the NHS, if he will place a copy of the CISCO E-Compliant...

      Nursing and Midwifery Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will publish the representations he has received on the proposal to leave health visitors out of the title of the Nursing and Midwifery...

      Tilt Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the implementation of the recommendations of the Tilt report concerning security at special hospitals and the amount of...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the occupancy rate of beds is in acute mental health wards in each London hospital in respect of (a) detained patients and (b) voluntary patients.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in the mapping of local mental health services; and if he will publish the results.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to commission the development of a tool kit to support mental health services in promoting mental health for people from ethnic minority...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health at what age mental health services users are transferred from adolescent to adult services.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) medium and (b) low secure beds there are for mental health patients.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average annual cost is per patient to the NHS of a person with a diagnosis of severe mental illness.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures are in place, and what changes are planned, to ensure that mental health-related calls to NHS Direct are handled in such a way that those...

      Student Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many student nurses received (a) hardship loans and (b) NHS hardship grants in each of the last three years, and how many have been made in the...

      NHS-funded Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the timetable is for the review of student funding policy in relation to NHS-funded students.

      National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he intends to table amendments to the National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Bill; and if he will make a statement.

      Patient Priority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department gives to clinicians for the purposes of determining the priority of patients to be treated.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she intends the slaughter provisions in the Animal Welfare Bill to apply to pet animals.

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will propose amendments to the Animal Health Bill to cover failures by (a) DEFRA officials, (b) army personnel and (c)...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress her Department has made in implementing the recommendation in the Performance and Innovation Unit report on...

      PCSU Industrial Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the dispute between her Department and the Public and Commercial Services Union; and if she...

      Public Transport (Rural Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government have to fund public transport interchanges at train and bus stations in rural areas.

      Rural Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which local authorities in England and Wales she classifies 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...

      Farm Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what was the population of farm birds in rural areas in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000 and (f) 2001.

      Countryside Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the level of spending by visitors to the countryside in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d)...

      Ozone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the levels of ozone in rural areas in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000 and (f) 2001.

      Rural Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of people in rural areas claimed to feel safe from crime in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000...

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were employed in agriculture in the United Kingdom in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000, and...

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the (a) subsidies paid to agriculture, (b) environmental costs of agriculture and (c)...

      Rural Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of rural bus services ran over the weekend in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000 and (f) 2001.

      Agrimonetary Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funds are available from the (a) EU and (b) UK Government to compensate agriculture in Britain for losses caused by the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) which countries have used inoculation as a preventive tool in trying to combat foot and mouth disease breakdowns over...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if her Department has identified the origins of the outbreak of foot and mouth disease.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contingency plans and resources were established within MAFF to deal with foot and mouth disease before the outbreak...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which office in her Department is responsible for co-ordinating policy on foot and mouth; and how many civil servants are...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what instructions have been issued by her Department to the chairmen of the foot and mouth disease inquiries (a) to...

      Appeal Mechanism (Farmers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will establish an independent appeal system for farmers in disagreement with her Department over the processing,...

      Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of progress in management of fishing effort in the Irish Sea.

      Coastal Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in her discussions with the Environment Agency on coastal protection, what definition she has used for the phrase, Coastal...

      Flood Defences (Suffolk)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent on sea and river defences in Suffolk between and including the rivers Blyth and Stour in each of the...

      Flood Defences (Suffolk)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to protect Suffolk environmentally sensitive areas from flooding due to bad weather.

      Flood Defences (Suffolk)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the shingle bank that protects the Alde and Ore estuary will be recharged.

      Flood Defences (Suffolk)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the annual cost is of shingle bank recharge between and including the rivers Blyth and Stour estuaries; and what the...

      Flood Defences (Suffolk)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the loss of habitat in environmentally sensitive areas of Suffolk as a result of breached sea...

      Pig Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 15 November 2001, Official Report, columns 976–77, if she will make a statement on the...

      Rural Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the conclusions of the Rural Task Force.

      Rural Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date it was planned for the Rural Task Force to be wound up.

      Prawn Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has held with the European Commission regarding prawn quotas.

      Special Advisers and Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers were employed (i) full time, (ii) part time and (iii) on a contract...

      Movement of Livestock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the unavailability of Welsh medium forms for use by local authorities in Wales at the...

      Movement of Livestock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received from the National Beef Association and other farming organisations on her Department's...

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of those cattle tested for BSE are (a) fallen stock, (b) casualty animals and (c) over 30 months old; and...

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the number of cattle tested for BSE in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; what plans...

      Poultry Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on the planning guidance...

      Farm Assurance Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what further steps her Department plans to take to promote public awareness of the red tractor symbol and related farm food...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the (a) efficiency and (b) promptness of the tasks carried out by the Rural Payments Agency;...

  • Home Department

    • Scottish Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is regarding consultations prior to the publication of proposals involving the transfer of powers to the Scottish Executive...

    • Osama bin Laden

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate his Department has made of the extent of support for Osama bin Laden by (a) organised groups and (b) individuals within the...

      Osama bin Laden

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has collated on the extent to which the views and values of Osama bin Laden have been promoted in public within the...

      Immigration Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of applications received by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate are sent by recorded delivery; if those sent by...

      Immigration Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost is of keeping a person in an immigration detention establishment in England and Wales.

      Extremist Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment he has made of the activities and statements of Abu Abdullah of the Mosque of Piety, Leicester; and if he will make a...

      Hirst v. United Kingdom

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government will introduce legislation to comply with the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights in Hirst v. United Kingdom.

      Women Prisoners (Mother and Baby Units)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if women received into (a) Holloway and (b) Brock Hill prisons are advised that they may apply for a place in a mother and baby unit.

      Women Prisoners (Mother and Baby Units)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women who already had babies and were sentenced or remanded to (a) Holloway and (b) Brock Hill prisons applied for a place in a...

      Appointments

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

      GHB

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the recommendation of the Drug Advisory Council with regard to the classification of GHB.

      Deportation (National Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people his Department has sought to have deported from the United Kingdom on national security grounds, broken down by the country...

      Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if it is his intention that belief in (a) the teachings of Osama bin Laden, (b) Muslim fundamentalism and (c) the Reverend Moon are religious...

      Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the scope of the expression "particular circumstances" in clause 109 7(b) of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill.

      Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will prepare a register of the religious beliefs to which part 5 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill applies.

      Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance has been issued to transport companies concerning proposals in the new anti-terrorism legislation on the collection and...

      Criminal Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many criminal offences punishable with imprisonment in excess of two years have been created by statutory instrument in each of the last...

      Special Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners have been transferred to NHS mental health facilities on temporary licence since 13 July 2000; and if he will make a...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to reply to the letter of 14 May from the hon. Member for Aylesbury to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate about his...

      Drug Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on the Government's 10-year strategy for tackling the misuse of drugs. (2) what progress is being made...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the planned timetable is for the implementation of smart cards for asylum seekers.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of asylum seekers who have remained in the United Kingdom after their claims have been rejected in...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the (a) scope and (b) nature of advice and help for asylum seekers that will operate at (a) induction centres and (b) accommodation...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to ensure the provision of legal advice for asylum seekers at induction centres.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long asylum seekers will remain at (a) induction centres and (b) accommodation centres.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Scottish Devolution

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

    • Call Centre Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the cost of the improved telephone call centre services referred to on page five of his Department's report 2000.

      ONE Pilot Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the cost of the launch of the ONE service in pilot areas.

      New Deal (Buckingham)

      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 Buckingham constituency in the last 12...

      Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disabled people have found regular consistent employment under the Government's New Deal for Disabled People since its inception,...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensions were paid to (a) married couples, (b) single males and (c) single females; and what was the cost of their payment (i) in each...

      Acquired Brain Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action he is taking in conjunction with the Department of Health to improve employment prospects for those who have an acquired brain injury.

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases of (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit fraud have been detected and how many successful prosecutions have been...

      SchlumbergerSema

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the duration is of the contracts for the supply of medical services by SchlumbergerSema; and if he will make a statement.

  • Education and Skills

    • Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has for increasing funding to further education colleges; and if she will make a statement.

    • Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment she has made of the quality of teaching in further education.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she is taking to increase participation in further education.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations she has received on the recruitment of further education lecturers in England; how many vacancies exist in...

      Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what preparations remain to be completed prior to the introduction of citizenship as a curriculum subject.

      Research Assessment Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to review the working of the research assessment exercise.

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will reinstate individual learning accounts.

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations she has received on the ending of individual learning accounts.

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to introduce a new scheme to replace individual learning accounts; when she plans to introduce it; and if she will make a...

      Area Cost Adjustment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent discussions she has had about the area cost adjustment.

      Higher Education (Participation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to increase participation in higher education.

      Teacher Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent action she has taken to increase teacher recruitment.

      Nursery Places (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to increase the number of nursery places available in Lancashire.

      Pupil Attainment (Secondary Education)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to improve the attainment of pupils in the early years of secondary education.

      GCSE Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the latest set of GCSE results.

      Maintenance Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will restore maintenance grants to attract students to universities from less well-off backgrounds.

      Competitive Team Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to increase competitive team sports in schools.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance she has given to learning and skills councils on the financial support of post-16 education in schools.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her estimate is of the operating costs of the Learning and Skills Council in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03.

      Class Sizes (Key Stage 1)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress she has made with implementing the Government's class size policy for key stage 1.

      Teaching Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent meetings she has had with the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers to discuss the number of teacher...

      Teaching Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher vacancies there are in secondary schools; and if she will make a statement.

      Education and Business Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to provide closer links between further and higher education establishments and business.

      Excellence in Cities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of changes in standards of achievement in excellence in cities areas.

      Teaching Expertise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department is taking to ensure that teachers in secondary schools do not teach a subject in which they have no expertise.

      Pupil Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps are being taken to reduce the disparity in funding per pupil between local education authorities.

      Advanced Skills Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the work of advanced skills teachers.

      Education Authority Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to improve funding of the lowest-funded education authorities.

      Learning Support Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many learning support units have been established in schools; and if she will make a statement.

      Special Advisers and Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers were employed (i) full-time, (ii) part- time and (iii) on a contract basis by her...

      Departmental Co-ordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what mechanisms and procedures are in place to ensure there is effective co-ordination between her Department and the National Assembly for...

      Trailblazer Sector Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will place in the Library a list of organisations invited to submit expressions of interest in becoming Trailblazer sector skills...

      Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much her Department has spent in real terms on advertising campaigns to promote training and education policy in each of the last 15 years.

      Key Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reason the addendum to key skills guidance issued in September by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority to ease the...

      Specialist Schools and Colleges

      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...

      Specialist Schools and Colleges

      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...

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she is taking to train teachers to challenge stereotypes in the classroom; and if she will make a statement.

      Out-of-School Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment she has made of youth provision outside school hours; and if she will make a statement.

      Female School Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she has taken to encourage female school students to study subjects likely to lead to high earning power.

      Young People (Communication Skills)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the material produced by the (a) Children's Society's, Ask Us project and (b) Triangle and National Society...

      Teaching Reforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to continue funding the reforms to the teaching profession after the initial two year period.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Ministerial Interests

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many Ministers in his Department have submitted lists of interests to the Permanent Secretary, pursuant to paragraph 115 of the Ministerial Code.

    • Civil Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to relax regulations prohibiting members of the senior civil service from holding public office.

      Business Co-ordination Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many small and medium-sized enterprises, by region, have been assisted in meeting Government Ministers through the work of the Business Co-ordination Unit;...

  • Treasury

    • Nirs2

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place legal advice on the position of the NIRS2 contract in the Library.

    • Railtrack

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the average loss to save as you earn schemes invested in Railtrack by employees of Railtrack since October.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Local Government, Transport and the Regions regarding the bid for Railtrack from WestLB.

      EU Fraud and Waste

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what response the Government have made to the EU Court of Auditors' report of 12 November on fraud and waste.

      Share Dealings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with EU Finance Ministers in relation to the impact of respective national taxes on share dealings on the development of the...

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the time scale needed by the mining and quarrying industry, after the aggregates levy legislation is enacted, to put in...

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what areas of the aggregates levy legislation remain to be prepared; and when the process will be completed.

      Psychiatric Illness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will receive the results of the repeat psychiatric morbidity survey conducted in 2000; and if he will publish the report.

      Suicide Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the proportion of young men who commit suicide who are black or from ethnic minorities.

  • Prime Minister

    • Special Advisers and Press Officers

      To ask the 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 since 1992.

    • Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Prime Minister what recommendations he has made with regard to the timetable on which the rights of access in the Freedom of Information Act 2000 will come fully into force; and if he...

      World Summit on Sustainable Development

      To ask the Prime Minister what the composition and terms of reference are of the new Cabinet Committee on the preparation for the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

      Government Information

      To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to bring forward prospects to increase the powers of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration with respect to the Code of Practice on Access...

      Ministerial Code

      To ask the Prime Minister what consultations he had prior to revising the Ministerial Code in July.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on progress in meeting the public service agreement target of reducing in real terms the unit cost of...

    • Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on (a) the criteria for assessment of and (b) progress towards meeting the public service agreement...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on progress in meeting the Public Service Agreement target for the reduction of sickness absence in...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on performance in (a) 1999–2000 and (b) 2000–01 against the Public Service Agreement...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on progress in meeting the Public Service Agreement target for the extension of the work of the...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on progress in meeting the Public Service Agreement target of halving the time from arrest to sentence...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on progress in meeting the Public Service Agreement target of increasing the proportion of (a)...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on the public service agreements which apply to magistrates courts.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on the Public Service Agreement target for the proportion of (a) witnesses and (b) victims giving...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on progress in meeting the Public Service Agreement target of increasing the (a) number and (b)...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on the baseline for the Public Service Agreement target of reducing in real terms the unit cost of...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on the (a) baseline for and (b) redress for the failure to achieve the Public Service Agreement target...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on the reason for the non-specification in the 2001 departmental report of performance indicators for...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what further resources were (a) sought and (b) obtained to enable the achievement of the Public Service Agreement target on the...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on progress towards meeting the Public Service Agreement target for the cost of publicly funded...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on progress towards meeting the Public Service Agreement target for the reduction of courtroom...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on the failure to achieve the Public Service Agreement target for the average cost of an act of...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department which Public Service Agreement targets for 2001 to 2004 support the Government's objectives in relation to family law.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on progress towards meeting the Public Service Agreement target for the use of (a) BACS to achieve...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on progress in meeting the Public Service Agreement target for the proportion of ministerial and...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on the series of targets which have replaced the Public Service Agreement target of (a) three per...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on the Public Service Agreement target of contracting for civil and family legal services solely with...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on the failure to achieve the Public Service Agreement target for the average cost of the duty...

      Energy Savings

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the savings were in (a) 1998–99, (b) 1999–2000 and (c) 2000–01 from energy efficiency in her Department.

      Mediation

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on the (a) cost and (b) savings in 2000–01 of the pilot scheme at Leeds combined court offering...

      Criminal Justice Strategy Committees

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the cost is in (a) 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02 of the Area Criminal Justice Strategy Committees.

      Circuits for Part 51 Work

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what additional resources, referred to on page 10 of the departmental report 2001, have been directed to the circuits for Part 51 work.

      Absence

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the cost was in 2000–01 of absence through sickness in her Department.

      Resource Accounts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will publish the unqualified audit opinion that was obtained on her Department's 1999–2000 resource accounts.

      "Criminal Justice Working Together"

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what savings have been achieved in (a) 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02 as a result of her Department's response to the...

      Capital Grants

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how much her Department gave in capital grants to the private sector in (a) 1998–99 (b) 1999–2000, (c) 2000–01...

      Unallocated Reserve

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on the initiatives funded from the unallocated reserve established for that purpose.

      Cost Recovery

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on progress towards his Department's objective of achieving full cost recovery in the civil courts.

      Dispute Resolution Methods

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many copies of her Department's information booklet on dispute resolution methods were issued in 2000–01; and what the...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Conflict

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Written Answer by Baroness Amos on 30 October (WA 152) means that the United Kingdom is legally at war; and, if so, with whom.

    • Asylum Seekers: Voucher Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the joint evidence of the British Medical Association and the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture in relation to the...

      Barnett Formula: European Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the comments by Lord McIntosh of Haringey about European funding during the debate on the Barnett formula on 7 November (HL Deb, cols. 258–63):...

      Parental Responsibility

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to implement the recommendations in the Utting Report People Like Us which states, "The responsibilities of parents are not clearly stated in...

      House of Lords Reform

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend the list system for the choice of elected Members of the House of Lords to be (a) a closed list system or (b) an open list system or (c) a...

      House of Lords Reform

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each of the last 10 Parliaments, what would have been the number of members of each political party who would have been directly elected under the proposals in...

      Lords of Appeal in Ordinary

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the maximum number of Lords of Appeal in Ordinary who were Members of the House at any one time during each Parliament since 1945.

      Oil Prices and Security Arrangements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What studies they have undertaken into real oil prices per barrel from the Middle East and the Gulf when the cost of security arrangements and deployment have been...

      Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Lines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many asymmetric digital subscriber lines (ADSL) had been installed to end users by 31 October; and whether they are satisfied with the levels of take-up.

      Ofcom: Information Service Activities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent the Office of Communications Bill is concerned with the regulation of information services.

      Ofcom: Information Service Activities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent the establishment of Ofcom will represent a requirement of a general nature relating to the taking up and pursuit of information service activities.

      Ofcom: Information Service Activities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the justification, content and purpose of the Office of Communications Bill is devoted in whole or in part to controlling information service activities.

      Ofcom: Information Service Activities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by Baroness Blackstone on 29 October (HL Deb, col. 1187), whether in respect of Ofcom and its remit for regulation of information...

      Respiratory Disease Compensation Scheme Contracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will agree to the disclosure of contracts in respect of the Department of Trade and Industry's respiratory disease contracts with AON-IRISC and Healthcall.

      10GHz and 40GHz Radio Spectrum

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When and in what way they anticipate that 10GHz and 40GHz radio spectrum will be made available to the industry.

      Miners: Respiratory Disease Claims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Given the number of years since Mr Justice Turner's judgment in 1998 in favour of miners suffering from respiratory disease, (a) whether it is acceptable for those...

      Miners: Respiratory Disease Claims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they will effectively tackle the bottlenecks which have created the present backlog of approximately 170,000 respiratory claims by miners.

      Miners: Respiratory Disease Claims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, after the compensation is in place, they now accept a timetable of years, rather than months, before miners' respiratory claims are settled.

      Miners: Respiratory Disease Claims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Department of Trade and Industry has retained Mr Mark Pyeman of Shell to act as a management consultant and to investigate and prepare a report on the...

      Refrigerators and Freezers:Disposal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their policy on the destruction and processing of redundant refrigerators and freezers.

      Bushmeat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What conclusions they have reached from the study they commissioned Bushmeat—A Pilot Study; and what action they will be taking as a result.

      British Bird Population: Effects of Slug Pellets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Whitty on 12 November (WA 59) whether they take the view that the risk from pellets and treated slugs to British birds, and...

      Tourism: Regulation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they received at the Tourism Summit regarding the need for deregulation in the tourism industry; and what action they intend to take as a...

      Football Dispute

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are considering any help in resolving the dispute between the Professional Footballers' Association and the football bodies on a basis fair to...

      Community Care Grants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the percentage change in real terms in Social Fund expenditure on community care grants since 1997.

      Sustainable Development: Cabinet Committee

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the composition and terms of reference of the new Cabinet Committee on the preparation for the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

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