Written answers

Friday, 23 November 2001

  • Solicitor-General

    • Bona Vacantia

      To ask the Solicitor-General what plans she has to reform the application of bona vacantia.

    • Bribery

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many United Kingdom citizens have been prosecuted in the United Kingdom in the last five years for offences of bribery committed abroad.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will report on recent progress with prosecuting perpetrators of domestic violence.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will make a statement on the operation of the Crown Prosecution Service; and how it is affected by the location of magistrates courts.

      Gamma-hydroxybutyrate

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many successful prosecutions there were in the last 12 months of people accused of rape who used GHB.

      Child Sexual Abuse

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the policy of the Crown Prosecution Service is in connection with allegations of child sexual abuse.

  • House of Commons

    • Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what discussions he has had with the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards over the decision...

    • Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what recent consultations he has had with the Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public...

      Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the words were of the advertisement for the post of Parliamentary Commissioner for...

      Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the previous Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards was offered a renewal of his contract.

      Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, on what the assessment of the work of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards is based;...

      Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what (a) written and (b) other sources of advice on best practice were relied on in agreeing...

      Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what representations have been received on the performance of the Parliamentary Commissioner...

      Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what has been the average annual number of cases which the present Parliamentary Commissioner...

      Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, for what reason the new contract for the post of Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards will...

      Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, when it was decided (a) to drop and (b) to reinstate the option of reappointment of the holder...

      Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, for what reason the Parliamentary Commissioner has not been offered an extension to her contract.

      House of Commons Commission

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will make it his policy henceforth that the Commission will (a) meet in public and (b)...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with the European Union about its contribution to humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan; and what was the...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on (a) recent developments in the supply of humanitarian resources in Afghanistan and (b) her priorities...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with (a) her counterparts in other Governments and (b) the United Nations High Commission for Refugees on...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with UNHCR about the adequacy of provision for refugees outside Afghanistan.

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the status of the New Africa Initiative with respect to Ethiopia.

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on bilateral agreements between the UK and Ethiopia.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if she will list her Department's aid contributions specifically aimed at human rights issues and eliminating gender disparity in...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list her Department's actual and as a percentage of GNP overseas expenditure on (a) human resources, (b) technical aid (c)...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list her Department's overseas aid contribution for (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and projected...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list her Department's overseas aid contributions for the years (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list her Department's aid contribution to emergency relief aid in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if she will list those public bodies which are the responsibility of her Department and which are not listed in Public Bodies...

      Sexual and Reproductive Health Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list her Department's individual aid contributions to international sexual and reproductive health NGOs via the Civil...

      Sexual and Reproductive Health Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if she will list her Department's sexual and reproductive health aid contribution, actual and as a percentage of GNP, for (a)...

      Sexual and Reproductive Health Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list her Department's individual aid contributions to international sexual and reproductive health NGOs in (a) 1997, (b)...

      Sexual and Reproductive Health Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list her Department's emergency relief aid contributions to sexual and reproductive health programme work for (a) 1997, (b)...

      Refrigerator Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action she is taking to ensure that exports of refrigerators to the third world comply with the European regulations which come...

      Departmental Staff

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

      Cipro

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether she supported the move by the United States Government for a compulsory licence to negotiate a lower price for the anti-anthrax...

      Drug Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development in what circumstances she has supported developing countries seeking a compulsory licence to negotiate lower drug prices; and if she...

      TRIPS Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if it is her policy that the TRIPS agreement should not impede developing countries from taking measures to protect their public...

      TRIPS Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her policy is on a moratorium on formal WTO disputes over TRIPS.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Government Car Pool

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many vehicles in the Government car pool are electric-powered; and what plans there are to increase this number.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Channel Tunnel Rail Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what the cost was to the Strategic Rail Authority's budget (a) in total and (b) in each year since 1997, of...

    • London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place in the Library a copy of the instructions given to Ernst & Young to prepare the review of the...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions who is financing the current advertising campaign on the London Underground relating to the benefits of the...

      Trans-European Networks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if it is Government policy that all trans-European network roads should be dual-carriageways.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the value was of one share in Railtrack at (a) the time of privatisation and (b) at 1 October for each year...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what advice the Government sought about the timing of an announcement to the stock exchange of the changed plans for...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his estimate is of the legal fees for advice to his Department (a) incurred so far and (b) likely to be incurred...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what accountancy advice he took on the financial position of Railtrack in connection with the petition for administration.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what (a) guidance and (b) instruction has been issued to Railtrack in administration by the Government on employment...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 7 November 2001, Official Report, column 289W, on letters of comfort, if he will make it...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what arrangements are in place for private investors to invest in the not-for-profit company replacing Railtrack; and...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to her answer of 30 October 2001, Official Report, column 571W, what recent ministerial meetings there have...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 19 November 2001, Official Report, column 31W, on Railtrack, if he will set out the basis...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what information regarding the financial position of Railtrack was received by his Department between (a) 28...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what comparative assessment he has made of the likely impact on the public finances of a takeover of Railtrack by (a)...

      Rail Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which representatives of financial institutions he has met to discuss the future of the rail industry since June.

      Rail Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on what occasions since 1997 the Government have refused a request to use section 54 of the Railways Act 1993.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he has received a letter from Mark Fowler, Managing Director of Nottingham City Transport, of 8 November; and if...

      Planning (Buckingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received in 2001 on bypasses from residents of Buckingham constituency.

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many names and addresses of vehicle owners/keepers have been disclosed to third parties by virtue of that party...

      Corsham Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the new station of Corsham will open; and what delay there has been in its opening.

      Light Rail and Tram Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the (a) light rail and (b) tram schemes which are planned and which could be open by 2010.

      Regional Assembly (South-west)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many written representations he has received from electors in the east Devon constituency expressing support for...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on progress towards the public service agreement target for reducing the incidence of...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on progress towards the public service agreement target for implementing fire cover standards.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions for what reason the public service agreement target for reducing the incidence of fire-related deaths in the home in...

      Registered Vehicle Keepers (Buckingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many registered vehicle keepers there are in the Buckingham constituency.

      Street Warden Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many applications, of what total value, were received in each region of England under the street warden scheme;...

      Train Companies (Subsidies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what subsidies have been paid to (a) Connex South Central, (b) Go Via/Goahead and (c) Thameslink to assist them with...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 15 November 2001, Official Report, column 832W, on homelessness, if he will specify what...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 15 November 2001, Official Report, column 832W, on homelessness, if he will specify what...

      Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will launch a road safety campaign aimed at reducing the number of HGV drivers of vehicles with a maximum...

      Fair Trade Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what fairly traded products, other than tea and coffee, have been purchased by his Department in each of the last...

      Fair Trade Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps he has taken to encourage the use of Fair Trade products by local authorities.

      South East England Regional Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was (a) the cost of establishing, (b) the running costs since it was established and (c) the costs this year of...

      South East England Regional Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many people have been employed by the South East England Regional Assembly (a) this year and (b) in each year...

      Fire Service (East Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which fire stations have been closed in East Sussex since 1997.

      Fire Service (East Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many firefighters are (a) in active service and (b) on long-term sick leave in East Sussex Fire Brigade this...

      Travel Concessions (Middlesbrough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what travel concessions are available, and how many people are eligible per group, (a) in total, (b) in Teesside and...

      Rough Sleepers Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much money from the rough sleepers unit has been invested (a) in total and (b) broken down by area since the...

      Special Purpose Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what plans he has for special purpose vehicles to be created to undertake works in connection with the...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to publish the Green Paper on planning.

      Domestic Sprinklers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent representations he has received on the use of domestic sprinklers to prevent death and damage by fire in...

      Vehicle Specification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what decision he has reached following the consultation exercise on the European Commission's proposal to introduce...

      Council Tax Discounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will consult on the proposed changes to the council tax discounts on second and long-term empty homes.

      Planning Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the latest annual figures for the number of planning applications under the Town and Country Planning...

      Fridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps the Government are taking to ensure that local authority schemes for recycling and disposing of fridges...

  • Defence

    • Defence Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the job specification drawn up for the appointment of the head of the Defence Academy.

    • Defence Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the charter of the Defence Academy and list the members of the advisory board and constituent parts of the Academy.

      RAF Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civilian staff are employed at (a) RAF Lyneham and (b) RAF Brize Norton.

      September 11

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has made to the Energy Review Group regarding security at nuclear power stations following the events of 11 September.

      September 11

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has made to the Nuclear Inspectorate regarding security at nuclear installations following the events of 11 September.

      Royal Marines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many recruits there were to the Royal Marines this year; and how many of these were (a) invalided out and (b) discharged for disciplinary reasons,...

      Royal Marines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people were recruited this year to the Royal Marines, by rank, at (a) 16 years old, (b) 18 years old and (c) 21 years old.

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) guns and (b) gun barrels used for the test firing of depleted uranium shells at Eskmeals have been removed to another range not licensed for the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Greenpeace/Friends of the Earth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she last met representatives of (a) Greenpeace and (b) Friends of the Earth; and what matters were discussed.

    • Scientific Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list those agencies or laboratories which have conducted scientific research on behalf of her Department in the...

      Countryside Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by what means she is monitoring the types of visits people undertook to the countryside in the 12 months since November 2000.

      Utilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to review the statutory rights of utilities; and if she will make a statement.

      Organic Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she will take to protect potential organic farms from the effects of wind-blown contamination from nearby GM crop...

      Convention on Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the (a) issues discussed at and (b) outcome of the seventh meeting of the subsidiary bodies...

      Coal Mine Methane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate she has made of the benefits to the environment of capturing coal mine methane and using it to generate...

      Rivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of rivers were (a) good, (b) fair and (c) poor quality in (i) 1996, (ii) 1997, (iii) 1998, (iv) 1999, (v)...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many households in the Isle of Wight spent over 10 per cent. of their household income on fuel and were living in fuel...

      Rural Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what was the turnover of businesses based in rural areas in the United Kingdom in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e)...

      Air Quality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many air quality incidents have been recorded (a) in the UK, (b) in the north-east and (c) in Teesside; and what was the...

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will provide a breakdown of the cost of (a) settling the dispute between her Department and the Public and Commercial...

      Flooding (Insurance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with insurance companies about the provision of services to people who live on flood plains; and...

  • Education and Skills

    • Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the location of the sure start programmes which (a) are in operation, (b) are in the process of being implemented and (c)...

    • Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to extend sure start to all local education authorities; and if she will make a statement.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the cost and performance of the sure start programme (a) nationally and (b) the boroughs of Middlesbrough...

      Village Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what factors militate against the presumption against closure of village schools.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many asylum seekers' children are being educated in UK schools; and what is the (a) local education authority, (b) country of origin and...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money is allocated to UK schools for each asylum seeker child in their school.

      South Tyneside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools in south Tyneside have been granted funding for teacher training.

      Education Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on what date she took a decision to end the education action zone programme.

      Education Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will publish proposals for future development of former education action zones in (a) rural and (b) suburban areas.

      Education Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the costs of winding up education action zones will be.

      Education Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what changes to the excellence in cities scheme she proposes to accommodate former education action zones.

      Education Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the education action zones which (a) have and (b) have not achieved their objectives.

      Student Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the members of the working group established to serve on her Department's review of student support; and if she will make a...

      Student Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research she has commissioned as part of her Department's review of student support; and if she will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Western Sahara (Referendum)

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

    • Oil for Food Policy (Iraq)

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

      Iraq (Sanctions)

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

      International Coalition (Afghanistan)

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

      EU Political and Social Affairs Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on activities being undertaken by the EU Political and Social Affairs Committee.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if it is his policy that change in the constitutional status of Gibraltar will occur only after the agreement of the majority of...

      Poland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Government of Poland about their expulsion of the representative of the US Federal Bureau...

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings he has had since October regarding the future of Kosovo; and if he will make a statement on the result of the...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford of 26 July on his constituent Mr. Grant Davis.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what instructions will be given to British troops relating to the protection of local people from violence perpetrated by future...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Consultation Documents

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

    • Plastic Bullets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many plastic bullets were procured for the (a) Royal Ulster Constabulary and (b) Police Service of Northern Ireland in each year from 1995...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Sport (East Midlands)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her plans to develop grassroots sports in the east midlands.

    • Gambling Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many representations she has received on the gambling review report.

      Gambling Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to implement the Gaming Board's triennial review recommendations on machine stakes and prizes.

      Gambling Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what role the Minister for Tourism will have in assessing the impact of the Budd report into gambling on seaside resorts before her...

      Gambling Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many representations she has received about recommendation 75 of the Gambling Review; and how many supported the recommendation.

      Gambling Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what assessment she has made of the impact on employment if recommendation 75 of the gambling review is initiated; (2) what...

      Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will publish the figures produced by her Department's monitoring unit on the sale of playing fields for (a) April 2000-March 2001...

      Offshore Wind and Biomass Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money has been allocated from the new opportunities fund for offshore wind and biomass projects; and if she will make a statement.

      New Opportunities Fund for Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her answer of 12 November 2001, Official Report, column 501W, what are the regional administration costs of establishing...

      Sports Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what role Sport England will play in the assessment of grant applications for school sports projects funded by the new opportunities fund.

      Lottery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what is the level of lottery funding expected for competitive sport for (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03; and what was the level...

      Television Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will announce the television licence fees that will come into force next year; and if she will make a statement.

      Media Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will publish her proposals to reform the existing rules on media ownership.

      Medically Therapeutic Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the joint initiatives and funds that are applied to the provision of leisure and sporting activities that are classed...

      Sports Action Zone (West Cumbria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made by the sports action zone in West Cumbria; what targets have been reached; what new investment has taken...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefits Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on the services of each recruitment specialist engaged by the Benefits Agency in the last financial year.

    • Benefits Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many attacks on Benefits Agency staff have resulted in staff absence of (a) up to a week, (b) up to a month, (c) up to six months and (d)...

      Appeals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of cases dealt with by the appeals service had not been resolved after six months or more in each year since 1996–97.

      Non-State Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 19 July 2001, Official Report, column 414W, to the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field), how much was...

      Capital Rules

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the level of the capital rules if they had been uprated in line with (a) prices and (b) earnings, since May 1997.

      Benefits Agency (Medical Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 19 July 2001, Official Report, column 418W, on the Benefits Agency Medical Services, what contract targets have been...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures he is implementing to provide Benefits Agency staff with training in issues relating to housing benefit; and how he intends to...

      Sema

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library the revised contract with SEMA.

      Consultation Documents

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

      Welfare Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the reports the Government have published since 1997 evaluating the effectiveness of the welfare reform programme.

      Invalid Care Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost of abolishing the overlapping benefits rule for those over pension age in the case of invalid care allowance.

      Invalid Care Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost, net of savings on means-tested benefits, of increasing the rate of invalid care allowance to the level of the...

      Expenditure (Initiatives)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list for (a) sure start and (b) employment zones (i) the amount budgeted and (ii) the total expended in each financial year for the...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on (a) the number of participants in the new deal for young people from the Wycombe constituency in the last 12...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have entered the new deal gateway (a) once, (b) twice and (c) three times or more in east Devon in respect of the (i) new deal...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people on the new deal for young people in east Devon joined (a) the subsidised employment option, (b) the environmental task force...

      Winter Fuel Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the case to extend winter fuel allowance to those under pensionable age in receipt of (a) the medium or...

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) deaf and (b) hard of hearing people who have received funding for digital...

  • Home Department

    • Police Numbers (South Tyneside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were in south Tyneside on 1 May (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001; and what the projected figures are for 1 May (i)...

    • Salha Idris

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the links between Mr. Salha Idris and security firms providing equipment to Government sites.

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what translation services he ensures are available to (a) prisons and (b) probation services in (i) England and (ii) Staffordshire; and what...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reported cases of the use of illegal drugs there were in prisons in England and Wales in 2000.

      Recidivism (Buckinghamshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on recidivism rates for prisoners released from (a) HMP Grendon and (b) HMP Springhill in the Buckingham...

      Kainos

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on Christian Kainos wings in HM Prisons.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research is being undertaken into the compatibility of the proposed system of smart cards for asylum seekers with other smart card...

      Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people have been jailed for possession of heroin in each of the last five years; (2) how many people have been jailed for...

      Cyclists

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give guidance to police forces that they should give greater priority to penalising cyclists riding on pavements.

      Cyclists

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to introduce proposals to increase the level of fines imposed on law-breaking cyclists.

      Aylesbury Young Offenders Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects work on C wing, Aylesbury young offenders institution to be completed.

      CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received with regard to applications for CCTV in locations where property crime and drug offences are closely...

      Special Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans he has to reappraise the role of the Special Constabulary; and how many special constables there are in Cleveland; (2) what...

      Warden Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans he has to increase the powers conferred upon the warden force; and how these plans have changed since 11 September; (2) if...

      Suspicious Activity Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 19 October 2001, Official Report, column 1398W, on suspicious activity reports, how many of the reports from the...

      Police Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the pilot schemes for the new complaints system are expected to report their progress; and whether the four schemes are identical.

      Police Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what role civilian investigators will have in the proposed independent police complaints system.

      Police Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in the creation of a independent police complaints system.

      Suspects (Mental Illness)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training is given for police officers to deal with suspects who suffer from mental illness.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Cycle Loans

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the cost in 2001–02 is of her Department's (a) interest-free loans for cycles and cycling equipment and (b) cycle...

    • Touch Screen Kiosk Service

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the cost in 2001–02 is of the touch screen kiosk service to be implemented in Shropshire.

      E-mails

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the cost in 2001–02 is of the facility which enables e-mail applications to be made to Preston county court.

      Video Conferencing

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the cost is in 2001–02 of the video conferencing project linking the Royal Courts of Justice with (a) Leeds Combined...

      Online Claims Issues

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the cost in 2001–02 of the pilot scheme is for the online issue of claims.

      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 for 2002 for the proportion of service...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on progress in achieving the Land Registry's Public Service Agreement target of a 6 per cent. return...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the Public Service Agreement target was in 2000–01 for the number of lay magistrates (a) appointed and (b) recommended...

      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 improvement of the rights of...

      Asset Sales

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will provide a detailed breakdown of the accruals to public funds in (a) 1999–2000 and (b) 2000–01 from the...

      Community Legal Service

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many people have accessed the Community Legal Service website since its creation; and on what issues people most frequently...

      Freedom of Information

      Tony Wright: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what representations he has received from the Information Commissioner on a recommended timetable for implementing...

      Libra Project

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his answer of 12 November 2001, Official Report, column 7521W, on the Libra project, how many MCCs with office...

      Libra Project

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his answer of 12 November 2001, Official Report, column 564W, on the Libra project, if stand-alone terminals will be...

      Selim Ferhan Onal

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when she expects her adjudicators to decide on the appeal for entry clearance by Selim Ferhan Onal.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in what circumstances a butcher's shop could be liable for payments under the climate change levy.

    • Small Businesses (Chorley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much funding has been made available to start small businesses in Chorley in each of the last five years.

      Languages for Exports Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many entrants there were in the 2001 competition for Languages for Exports Awards, broken down by (a) nation and (b) region.

      Scottish Trade Delegations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for how many trade delegations from Scotland to (a) the Czech Republic, (b) Poland, (c) Hungary, (d) Slovenia, (e) Estonia, (f) Lithuania, (g)...

      Fur Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what quantities of material classified as other fur were imported into the UK from (a) China, (b) the Philippines, (c) Korea and (d) Hong Kong...

      Fur Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average value is of material classified as (a) other fur and (b) all fur imported into the UK from (i) all countries and (ii) China...

      Fur Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what quantities of fur have been imported into the United Kingdom as parts of made-up garments for the last five years; and if she will list...

      Fur Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what quantities of domestic (a) dog and (b) cat fur have been imported into the UK over the last five years.

      Fur Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will ban the trade in domestic (a) dog and (b) cat fur.

      European Charter for Small Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in implementing the principles behind the European Charter for Small Enterprises in the United Kingdom.

      European Charter for Small Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the principle embodied in the European Charter for Small Enterprises relating to the exemption of small...

      Export Licences (Israel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many standard individual export licences have been issued for exports to Israel during (a) May, (b) June, (c) July, (d) August, (e)...

      Ministerial Visit (China and Japan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the people met by the Energy Minister on his recent visit to China and Japan; and if she will place in the Library copies of...

      Regional Venture Capital Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what response her Department has made to points raised by the Commission regarding United Kingdom practice in regional venture capital funds...

      Atomic Energy Police Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many and what makes of vehicles are operated by the Atomic Energy police force; and what is the purchasing policy on UK-built vehicles by...

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of BNFL's liabilities for (a) radioactive waste and (b) decommissioning is attributed to THORP; and what proportion of the...

      Miners' Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what sums the Government have obtained annually as guarantors from surplus arising from the (a) mineworkers' pension scheme and (b) British...

      Miners' Compensation

      Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average level is of (a) interim and (b) final payments made to date to former miners and their estates under the...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research the Government are conducting into underwater tractors used to plant wind farms off the Dutch coast.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research her Department is conducting into the problems of off-shore wind turbines, with particular reference to fatigue caused by waves...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research is being conducted by her Department into designing a lattice tower that can change its stiffness and resonant frequency by...

      Aggregates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much (a) aggregate and (b) concrete product by weight was imported to Britain in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Wave Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will (1) list the proposed wave power developments awaiting planning permission in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d)...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the annual (a) running cost and (b) budget for each of the regional development agencies.

      Power Station (Plymouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what estimate she has made of when construction of the power station at Langage, Plymouth will commence; (2) what steps will be taken...

      Nuclear Installations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the remit of the Energy Review Group has been extended to include the consideration of security at nuclear power stations.

      Nuclear Installations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations the Energy Review Group have received in relation to security at nuclear power stations following the events of 11 September.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of the UK's electricity was generated by nuclear power in (a) 1995, (b) 1996, (c) 1997, (d) 1998, (e) 1999 and (f) 2000.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of Scotland's electricity was generated by nuclear power in (a) 1995, (b) 1996, (c) 1997, (d) 1998, (e) 1999 and (f) 2000.

      Medicine Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she will take to (a) extend the partial agreement on access to medicines for developing nations reached at Doha and (b) reach...

      Overseas Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received on introducing legislation to ensure that employees are informed of Foreign and Commonwealth Office...

      Ilisu Dam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the recent decision by Balfour Beatty to withdraw from the Ilisu Dam project.

      White Goods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has for promoting improvement of energy standards of white goods in the European Union.

  • Health

    • Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was (a) the average annual income and (b) the average working week of dentists in (i) the NHS and (ii) private practice in the last 12 months.

    • Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the results of the collaboration between the Mental Health Act Commission, the Sainsbury centre for mental health and the...

      Computer Crime

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

      Lymphoedema

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what clinics exist (a) in the UK and (b) in Gloucestershire to treat lymphoedema; what resources are provided for the treatment of that disease in (a) and...

      NHS Dentistry (Wiltshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the availability of NHS dentistry in Wiltshire.

      Accident and Emergency (Staffing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase the number of nurse practitioners in accident and emergency departments.

      Anti-TNF Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on NHS circular HSC/1999/176 with respect to the duty of health authorities to develop policies for the managed...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the Public Service Agreement target to improve the educational attainment of children looked after by local authorities by...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the Public Service Agreement target is for 2001–02 for the proportion of children in local authority care to have three or more placements in...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress towards meeting the Public Service Agreement target of a reduction in the death rate from accidents by at least 20...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress in meeting the Public Service Agreement target for reducing the national average emergency psychiatric...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress in meeting the Public Service Agreement target of reducing the per capita rate of growth in emergency admissions...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on success in meeting the Public Service Agreement target of reducing to no more than 16 per cent. the proportion of children...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress towards meeting the Public Service Agreement target of a reduction in serious accidental injury relating to...

      Appointments

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

      NHS Magazine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total costs were to his Department of producing the NHS magazine in the last 12 months.

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has conducted into the reasons for the change in the number of children looked after by local councils since 1997.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people he estimates to be suffering from diabetes in each health area; (2) if he will make the treatment of diabetes a higher priority;...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expenditure on diabetes was in each year since 1996 in the Leicestershire health authority.

      Smoking Cessation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will announce his decision in respect of funding for smoking cessation for (a) 2002–03 and (b) subsequent years in respect of the North...

      Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department has taken to tackle discrimination against older people.

      Prescription Pricing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the breakdown of the costs to public funds in 2001–02 of the Prescription Pricing Authority.

      Patient Advocates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to public funds is in 2001–02 of the patient advocates in hospitals.

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward legislation to allow medicinal cannabis to be prescribed in the same way as heroin.

      Pneumococcal Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to make the pneumococcal vaccine more widely available to the under 65 age group; and if he will make a statement; (2) in...

      National Institute for Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what monitoring his Department has undertaken to ensure that NICE guidance is fully implemented for each technology appraisal undertaken by NICE where the...

      Small Acute Hospitals (Emergency Admissions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons regarding the future of smaller acute hospitals which take emergency...

      Nuffield Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the Nuffield Trust report, "Local Medical Emergency Units: Learning Set Interim".

      Beef Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are taken to ensure that beef imported from other countries, from which spinal cord tissue has not been removed, is safe.

      Ward Housekeepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ward housekeepers were in post using the most recent figures available, broken down by (a) region and (b) health authority.

      Winter Plan 2001

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish the 2001 winter plan.

      Tuberculosis Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of 10 to 14-year-olds are inoculated against tuberculosis in each health authority in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Consultant Neurologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many consultant neurologist (a) vacancies and (b) posts there were in 2000; and how many of the consultant neurologists in post in 2000 were (i)...

      Cirencester Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions he has had with (a) East Gloucestershire health trust, (b) Cotswold and Stroud primary care group and (c) Gloucestershire...

      Medicines (Side Effects)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the circumstances in which a medicine with severe side effects would cease to be licensed; (2) what steps he is...

      National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the changes in administrative work resulting from the implementation of Clauses 1 to 4 of the National Health Service...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the (a) existing and (b) proposed NHS (i) national directors posts, (ii) commissions, (iii) offices, (iv) types of trust, (v) types of...

      Patients Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what increase in public expenditure the creation of patients forums would require, after taking account of current funding allocations to community health...

  • Treasury

    • British Tourist Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to reduce the levels of irrecoverable VAT incurred by the British Tourist Authority in the current financial year; and if he will...

    • Tax Burdens

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what in real terms was the tax burden in (a) 1997–98 and (b) the most recent year for which information is available on the lowest quintile of...

      Bankruptcy and Winding-up Orders

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many (a) bankruptcy orders and (b) winding-up orders were granted to HM Customs and Excise in (i) 1999–2000, (ii) 2000–01 and (iii)...

      Venture Capital

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the total venture capital investment was in real terms in the last year for which information is available in each region of the United Kingdom;...

      Venture Capital

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total venture capital investment was as a percentage of GDP in the last year for which information is available in each member state of the...

      Venture Capital

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the competition authorities of the European Commission on the Community investment scheme for venture capital subsidies in...

      Venture Capital

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how he will define disadvantaged areas in relation to the operation of the community investment scheme for venture capital subsidies in deprived areas.

      Investment Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the deadweight take-up of the community investment tax credit in its first full year of operation; and what measures he will take to...

      White Papers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions in the last 12 months, confidential final revise proof copies of White Papers have been made available under embargo to (a) the Lobby...

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has made to other European Union countries on the introduction of an aggregates levy broadly comparable with that proposed in the...

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the impact on the international competitiveness of the United Kingdom's quarry industry of the introduction of the...

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what representations he has received on the distribution of the sustainability fund derived from the proposed aggregates levy; (2) what part will be...

      Working Hours

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 6 November 2001, Official Report, column 154W, on working hours, if the raw data provided by staff are provided on a monthly...

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