Written answers

Monday, 26 November 2001

  • Northern Ireland

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will introduce legislation to extend antisocial behaviour orders to Northern Ireland.

    • Holy Cross Protest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what type of complaints he has received from (a) Ardoyne road and (b) Glenbryn road residents relating to the Holy Cross protest.

      Community Groups (North Belfast)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what Government grants have been allocated to local community groups in north Belfast; and for what purpose, since 1998.

      Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the impact of the incitement to religious hatred clause of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill on...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which prison establishments in Northern Ireland do not use the Royal prefix.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what colours will be used in the new uniform of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, excluding those used in the badge.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan following the ejection of the Taliban from key centres and of...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on her response to the proposals by the Mineseeker Foundation on a scheme to clear mines in Afghanistan.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations she has received from the Ugandan Government about buying arms.

      Women's Leadership Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much money her Department has spent on women's leadership training in (a) newly democratic and (b) developing nations in the last...

      Women's Leadership Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proposals her Department has for funding leadership training for women in Afghanistan once stability has been restored.

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had with EU Ministers about EU aid to Ethiopia; and if she will make a statement.

      Illiteracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if she will list her Department's aid contribution specifically aimed at reducing illiteracy in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d)...

      World Trade Rules

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the proposals put forward by non-governmental organisations in the development and environmental...

      Hurricane Michelle

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department has offered to the Caribbean countries hit by Hurricane Michelle.

      Doha Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussion there was in Doha about the impact of the patent system on health systems in developing countries; and which proposals...

      Doha Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the outcome of the WTO conference in Doha with respect to developing countries.

      Generic Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans she has to encourage increased access of developing countries to generic drugs.

  • Education and Skills

    • Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the future of individual learning accounts.

    • Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when her Department was first notified of possible fraud related to individual learning accounts.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils have been excluded by (a) constituency and (b) local education authority in each year since 1991.

      Departmental Staff

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

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding was given to the higher education sector in each year since 1990 (a) in total and (b) per student; and what the forecasted...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how she defines higher education for the purposes of the Government's target for 18 to 30-year-olds experiencing higher education by the end...

      Private Sector Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money was raised from private sector sponsorship for higher education in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000 and (e) 2001; and...

      Learning and Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the total cost of administration in each of the local learning and skills councils in the current financial year.

      Standards Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list (a) the total budget for the Learning and Skills Council's Standards Fund, (b) the total number of funding streams within...

      Pregnant Teenagers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what specialist support is available to young women who are (a) pregnant, (b) have children and (c) have other caring responsibilities to...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will reply to the letter of 11 October on bullying from Reverend Alan Burgess of New Milton.

      Gender Stereotyping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she is taking to eliminate gender stereotyping throughout the curriculum; and if she will make a statement.

      Substance Abuse (Education)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance has been issued to schools on the best way of informing students of the problems of tobacco, drug and alcohol addictions; and...

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she is taking to tackle bullying in schools; and if she will make a statement.

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to review the implementation of anti-bullying policies.

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the Government policy is on bullying in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools.

      Sure Start Birkenhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 16 November 2001, Official Report, column 927W, what the original allocation for 2000–01 was for Birkenhead.

      South Tyneside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of children in south Tyneside remained in education after the completion of their GCSEs in the last year for which figures...

      Performance-related Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the operation of performance-related pay for assistant head teachers, with particular reference to the...

      Performance-related Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the differences in the operation of performance-related pay for (a) heads, (b) deputy heads, (c) assistant...

      University Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 22 October 2001, Official Report, column 44W, on university staff, how many of the academic staff reported to...

      Student Finances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what was the average (1) loan taken out by students over the lifetime of their higher education in the last three years; (2) what the...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money was raised from tuition fees in England and Wales in the last 12 months.

      University of Buckingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to visit the University of Buckingham.

      School Place Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the shortage of school places (a) in England and (b) in east Devon.

      Teacher Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the shortage of teachers in (a) England and (b) east Devon.

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on difference in performance at GCSE between state secondary schools (a) with and (b) without a sixth form in...

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Train Operating Companies (Insurance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many train operating companies are operating without interruption insurance; and if public funds would be used to...

    • Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when his Department prepared the contingency plan relating to Railtrack.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on what date he sought legal advice on the price at which it would be necessary to compensate shareholders if...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he expects Railtrack administration to last no more than six months.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 16 November 2001, Official Report, column 898W, on Railtrack, what advice the agencies...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 16 November 2001, Official Report, column 899W, on Railtrack, if he will place copies of...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the value on 5 October of Railtrack shares held by (a) local authorities as part of a...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when press officers in his Department were first briefed about the possibility that Railtrack would be put into...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what advice he received prior to 5 October on the status of the financial facilities held by Railtrack with the banks...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many and what proportion of Railtrack shares were owned by institutional investors (a) at privatisation and (b)...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on how many days following privatisation Railtrack shares were worth (a) more and (b) less than their opening price;...

      Highways Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to legislate for changes in highways legislation, following the judgment in Goodes v. East Sussex...

      Station (Wootten Bassett)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what consideration he has given to a new station at Wootten Bassett; and if Railtrack's receivership will delay its...

      Central Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will announce his decision on Central Railway's application for a hybrid Bill.

      Renewco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if he will list correspondence between his Department and the SRA concerning Renewco (a) since 5 October and...

      Local Councillors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many local councillors there are; and what their political affiliation is.

      Leylandii

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many letters he has received in 2001 concerning leylandii from residents of the Buckingham constituency.

      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 increasing public...

      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 improving fire service efficiency.

      Regulatory Impact Assessment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the gross costs were of the regulatory impact assessment for (a) the Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences)...

      Index of Multiple Deprivation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the (a) programmes and (b) funding streams to which the Index of Multiple Deprivation applies (i)...

      Index of Multiple Deprivation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to review the methodology underpinning the Index of Multiple Deprivation with specific reference to...

      Bus Passengers (Nottingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had with Nottingham City Transport on bus passenger numbers following the reorganisation of...

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to revise the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, Schedule 2,...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the average reduction in road speed as a result of the introduction of speed cameras.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of how many police constabularies are in favour of the use of speed cameras.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the reduction in (a) fatalities and (b) serious accidents as a result of the...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many requests he has received for additional funding for speed cameras since January.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many speed cameras there are in the United Kingdom.

      Traffic Calming Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was the cost of damage to emergency vehicles sustained from cushion-style road humps in the last year for which...

      Traffic Calming Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many 20 miles per hour zones have been adopted in England.

      Traffic Calming Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what guidance his Department gives on the (a) height, (b) length and (c) width of cushion-style road humps.

      Traffic Calming Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what advice he gives on the introduction of traffic calming measures on (a) trunk and (b) residential roads.

      Train Accidents (Farm Animals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many trains hit farm animals straying on to the track in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Airline Group (NATS)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what approaches he has received from the Airline Group concerning its ability, following 11 September, to invest the...

      Fuel Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent representations he has received regarding the price of petrol and diesel in England and Wales.

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many people have been (a) killed and (b) injured on the roads as a result of accidents involving (i) bus, (ii)...

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many road accidents have involved (a) coach, and (b) bus and (c) lorry drivers in each of the last three years...

      Passenger Vehicle Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the maximum permitted number of passengers is that can be carried on a scheduled (a) 48 seater and (b) 53 seater...

      Passenger Vehicle Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the investigations by the Vehicles Inspectorate into breaches of regulations concerning (a) scheduled...

      Rural Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to amend the Competition Act 1998 to facilitate arrangements between bus companies, with particular...

      Cranford Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to review the Cranford Agreement.

      Gatwick Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans exist for a special purpose vehicle to be created to undertake works in connection with Gatwick Station;...

      Channel Tunnel Rail Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans exist for a special purpose vehicle to be created to undertake works in connection with the Channel Tunnel...

      Deprivation (South-West)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish in rank order the 100 most deprived wards in the Government Office South West region indicating...

      Young Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many of those who passed the driving test in each of the past five years were under 21 years of age.

      Young Drivers

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

      Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many heavy goods vehicles have been inspected while driving on roads in the UK in the last 12 months.

      Housing Revenue Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement about rent restructuring and the housing revenue account subsidy allocation for 2002–03.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will estimate (a) the number of council tax exempt properties on grounds of occupation by student households in...

      Rail Services (Huntingdon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many times the West Anglian Great Northern railway service between Huntingdon and King's Cross and King's Cross...

      Rail Services (Huntingdon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what revision there has been of the timetable for planned track improvements between Huntingdon and King's...

      Rail Services (Huntingdon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what improvements are planned to Huntingdon and St. Neots railway stations; (2) what revision has been made to...

      Rail Services (Huntingdon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many passengers travelled on the Huntingdon to King's Cross and King's Cross to Huntingdon services in each of...

      Rail Services (Huntingdon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to introduce a high-speed rail link between Huntingdon and King's Cross.

      Neighbourhood Renewal Oldham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will announce his decision on additional neighbourhood renewal fund resources for Oldham.

      Planning Application, Lymm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what steps he intends to take to ensure that the guidance in PPG3 is complied with following the inspector's...

      Glasgow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps are being taken to review the security and safety arrangements in Glasgow airport with regards to the...

      River Lune (Northern Bypass)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had on modifications to the proposed Northern Bypass to include an additional bridge over the...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in the last year for which figures are available how many planning applications (a) were decided by local...

  • Prime Minister

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 6 November 2001, Official Report, column 197W, which British Muslim organisations have specifically expressed support for the coalition's...

    • Islamic Society of Britain

      To ask the Prime Minister when he last met representatives of the Islamic Society of Britain; and what plans he has to do so in future.

      Islamic Society of Britain

      To ask the Prime Minister if the Islamic Society of Britain has signified its support for the Coalition's military action against the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

      Cabinet Secretary

      To ask the Prime Minister what factors he will take into account when deciding who to appoint as Cabinet Secretary; whether the successful applicant will be drawn from the civil service; and if...

      House of Lords

      To ask the Prime Minister whether individuals appointed by him to the House of Lords to act as Ministers following further reforms will be expected to serve a minimum time in that capacity in...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Expenditure (Scotland)

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

    • Local Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list those local bodies which were set up under legislation which is the responsibility of her Department and its...

      World Athletics Championships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who made the decision to support the staging of the 2005 World Athletics Championships.

      Regional Arts Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what schemes and programmes are available to support and encourage the development of artists and musicians in the regions, with...

      Regional Arts Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the support provided by her Department for the arts in the regions.

      Listed Places of Worship (Grant)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) when she intends to announce details of the grant scheme for listed places of worship; (2) if she has selected a preferred bidder...

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many older people are in receipt of a free television licence in the Tynemouth constituency.

      Lottery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the average lottery funding to date is for parliamentary constituencies in (a) England and (b) the United Kingdom.

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many football matches she has attended since 7 June in her official capacity.

      Giant's Causeway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what responses she has made to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre regarding the Giant's Causeway.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many public appointments she has made and to what position in the last 12 months.

  • Treasury

    • Railtrack

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Financial Services Authority is undertaking investigations into potential insider dealing regarding Railtrack shares in the period immediately...

    • Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total current gross liabilities are of the public sector under PFI and PPP scheme, (a) set up since 1996–97 and (b) that are planned.

      Compliance Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what studies he has commissioned since April 2000 on the compliance costs imposed on businesses by the tax system; and when these studies will be published.

      Compliance Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the administrative cost to British business of the UK tax system; and if he will make a statement.

      Cigarette Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 19 November 2001, Official Report, column 141W, on cigarette imports, on what basis the minimum indicative level of 800 was...

      VAT (Sixth-form Colleges)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to re-assess the charging of value added tax on purchases made by sixth-form colleges; and if he will make a statement.

      Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many vehicles were seized for illegally importing alcohol or tobacco in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001; and how many were destined for (i) the north-east and...

      VAT (Medical Equipment)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is regarding the recovery of VAT by (a) doctors' surgeries and (b) local patients' participation groups on the purchase of medical equipment.

      Gambling Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact on tax revenue if recommendation 75 of the gambling review is initiated.

      Gambling Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made, following the publication of the Budd report into gambling, of the impact on Government revenue if (a) all the recommendations,...

      Gambling Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the loss of income to the Treasury that would ensue if all local authorities used their powers under Recommendation 43 of the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information he collates on the proportion of assets in funded public sector pension schemes represented by companies subject to regulation as utilities.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the value of the tax relief given in respect of individual pension accounts in the current financial year.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) of the members of the post-1989 private occupational pension schemes, if he will estimate the numbers of members earning (a) up to £25,000 per...

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received in support of the climate change levy; and from whom.

      National Insurance Numbers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 12 November 2001, Official Report, column 538W, on national insurance numbers, if he will disaggregate the payroll errors found...

      Leukaemia

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases of leukaemia have occurred in (a) adults and (b) children over the last 10 years in (i) Plymouth and (ii) Devon; and how these figures...

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the ability of mortgage lenders to implement the new regulatory regime for the selling of mortgages by August 2002.

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations have been received on the proposal for mortgage lenders to monitor mortgage brokers' adherence to the new rules for regulating the...

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Financial Services Authority regarding the implementation of the new regulatory regime for mortgages; and...

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will modify his proposals for mortgage regulation by (a) limiting the circumstances in which pre-application disclosure will apply and (b) putting...

      Insurance (Genetic Information)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance he issues on the use of individual genetic information by insurance companies.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance (a) has been and (b) will be given to regional offices of the collector of taxes as regards collection of (i) income tax and (ii) national...

      Departmental Promotions

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

      VAT Registrations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the (a) stock and (b) net change to stock of businesses as measured by VAT registrations in each region and nation of the UK in each...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of administering and collecting (a) stamp duty on shares, (b) stamp duty on property and (c) inheritance tax in the last financial year.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of stamp duty on shares on the competitiveness of the UK financial services industry.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what additional revenue he raised in 2000–01 from property and land transactions in the East Devon constituency as a result of the increases in stamp...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what additional revenue he raised in 2000–01 from property and land transactions in the Buckingham constituency as a result of the increases in stamp...

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the growth rate was of the (a) urban and (b) rural economy (i) in the last financial year, (ii) in the last five years and (iii) in the last 10...

      Suicides

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the (a) total and (b) percentage of suicides in each year since 1988, broken down by (i) teenage men, (ii) teenage women, (iii) doctors, (iv)...

      European Commission

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his policy towards European Community support for the (a) A Soul for Europe project and (b) Ecumenical Centre in Brussels.

      European Commission

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the nature of the (a) United Kingdom and (b) European Community support for (i) Caritas Europe, (ii) the Churches' Commission...

      European Commission

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what European Community funds have supported the organisation 200 Jeunes pour une citoyenneté Européenne de l'an 2000; and what is the UK share...

      EU Economic Reform Proposals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement listing the United Kingdom's progress in implementing each of the economic reform proposals agreed at the Lisbon Summit.

      EU Fraud and Waste

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on combating fraud and waste in the EU's budget following the Court of Auditors report of 12 November.

      Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of census forms have been returned.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list those local bodies which were set up under legislation which is the responsibility of his Department since May 1997.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will list those public bodies which are the responsibility of his Department and which are not listed in Public Bodies 2000; (2) if he will...

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what were the gross costs of the regulatory impact assessment for (a) The Insurance (Fee) Regulations 2001, (b) the Credit Unions (Increase in Limits on...

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what were the gross costs of the regulatory impact assessment for (a) the Value Tax (Conversions of Buildings) Order 2001, (b) Starting Up in Business, (c)...

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much of the total annual running cost to firms of administering the working families' tax credit he estimates is borne by firms with no working...

      Higher Rate Taxpayers (Folkestone and Hythe)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many higher rate taxpayers there were in the constituency of Folkestone and Hythe for each year since April 1997.

      Higher Rate Taxpayers (Buckingham)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many higher rate taxpayers there were in the Buckingham constituency in each year since April 1997.

      Unemployment (Buckingham)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people aged 18 to 24 were unemployed for more than six months in each year since May 1992 in the Buckingham constituency.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate is provided by the Government Actuary's latest survey of occupational pension schemes on (a) the proportion of such shares which undertake...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to publish the report of the Government Actuary's Department 2000 survey of occupational pensions.

      Global Downturn

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures introduced since 1997 have enabled the United Kingdom to become better placed to withstand a global downturn; and if he will make a statement.

      Oil Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the sensitivity of revenues to oil price changes.

      Departmental Stress Audit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library the conclusions on his Department's stress audit presented to the Treasury Management Board in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001.

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what costs his Department has incurred in achieving EMU compliance.

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on planned expenditure in the United Kingdom from the Pericles programme to cover euro-counterfeiting; and if Europol officers...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what analysis he has made of the establishment of monitors of price stability during the currency switchover period in Eurozone countries; who will...

      Fair Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what fairly traded products, other than tea and coffee, have been purchased by his Department in each of the last five years; and what was their...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Overseas Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK nationals are detained in overseas prisons.

    • Appointments

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

      Language Charter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress the Government have made in reviewing the case to specify the inclusion of additional UK languages within the...

      Council of Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Council of Europe (a) conventions, (b) charters and (c) other agreements the United Kingdom (i) has signed and responded...

      British Dependent Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on (a) health care facilities and (b) education provision in each of the British Dependent Territories.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish details of the recent discussions he has had with the Russian Government concerning NATO expansion in (a) the...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to assist the economies of (a) Israel, (b) Jordan, (c) Syria, (d) the Palestinian Territories and (e) Lebanon.

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria he will apply to determine whether a future Palestinian state is viable.

      Diplomatic Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will give hon. Members diplomatic passports on the same basis as British Members of the European Parliament.

      Representation Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will open representation offices for the devolved Administrations.

      Entertainment Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish his Department's entertainment budget for the last financial year.

      Northern Ireland Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the United Kingdom Representation at Brussels has extended to the Northern Ireland Executive in helping them to...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the support given by (a) Zimbabwean and (b) other SADC parliamentarians for the electoral...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what international efforts are being made to encourage the Government of Zimbabwe to implement the recommendations on elections...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he has taken to support the SADC Parliamentary Forum proposals for elections in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations (a) his Department and (b) international organisations have made to the Zimbabwe Government to ensure that...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what British representations have been made to the Government of Zimbabwe relating to (a) free access for all parties to up to...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the South African Government about the situation in Zimbabwe; and if he will make a...

      Data Protection Act (Notifications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the notifications of the Intelligence Service and GCHQ in relation to Part III of the Data Protection Act 1998 are up to...

      British Council Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to establish permanent offices of the British Council in (a) Bishkek, (b) Astana and (c) Yerevan.

      Diplomatic Representation (Central Asia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to change the permanent diplomatic presence in (a) Dushanbe, (b) Bishkek, (c) Ashgabat and (d) Tashkent.

      Diplomatic Representation (Central Asia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to enhance diplomatic representation in Central Asia.

      Drugs Liaison Officer (Tashkent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will appoint a full-time drugs liaison officer to Tashkent.

      NATO Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact on the security of intelligence within NATO arising from (a) the recent changes in...

      Russia (International Coalition)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the assistance rendered to (a) British and (b) other coalition forces by Russia since 11 September.

      Muslim Fundamentalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the threat of Muslim fundamentalism to the political stability of countries bordering...

      Commonwealth Heads of Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the next Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting will be held.

      Chechnya (Al-Qaeda)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the involvement of al-Qaeda in the murder of three British hostages in Chechnya in 1998.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria he will apply in deciding to recognise the new Government of Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the role of the former King of Afghanistan (a) in the future constitution and (b) in the future Government...

  • Defence

    • Bicester (Defence Estate)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of the defence estate at Bicester.

    • Aldermaston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes he has made to the level of Ministry of Defence police security at AWE Aldermaston since 11 September.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British troops are in Sierra Leone.

      RNAS Yeovilton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will take a decision on the future role of RNAS Yeovilton.

      Exercise Saif Sareea 2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of exercise Saif Sareea 2 was.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will give unmarried couples serving in the armed forces pension rights equivalent to those enjoyed by married couples.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the terms of reference of the review of the armed forces pension scheme.

      International Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his plans for the future involvement of British forces in combating international terrorism.

      International Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his plans for the future involvement of British forces in combating international terrorism.

      International Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the role of the Royal Marines in the coalition against terrorism.

      International Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his NATO counterparts on international terrorism.

      Gender and Racial Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent steps the armed forces have taken to promote (a) gender and (b) racial equality within the services.

      Test Ban Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with (a) the US and (b) Russia in relation to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

      Strike Fighter Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the securing of design authority with reference to the joint strike fighter project.

      Prisoners of War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many applications for the ex gratia payment to former prisoners of the Japanese announced on 7 November 2000 have been (a) accepted, (b) rejected and...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the deployment of members of the armed forces to assist the humanitarian effort in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many women are on active duty as part of the Afghanistan campaign.

      European Defence Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made to encourage NATO to share information with the European defence initiative.

      Cadet Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the strength of cadet forces.

      Armed Forces Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total establishment of the armed forces is; and how many vacancies are unfilled.

      Armed Forces Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes there have been to rates of recruitment and retention in the armed forces since 11 September.

      Low Flying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements are in place to monitor low flying by the RAF.

      Capabilities Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the defence capabilities initiative.

      Land Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on new technology to detect and remove land mines; and if he will make a statement.

      RAF Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the contribution made by RAF Lyneham to the local economy.

      RAF Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many planes are based at (a) RAF Brize Norton and (b) RAF Lyneham; and how this total will change in the next five years to reflect (i) the...

      RAF Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many vacant rooms there are at RAF Brize Norton (a) officers accommodation and (b) other ranks accommodation.

      RAF Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what square footage of (a) hangers for aircraft maintenance and repairs and (b) apron parking there is at (i) RAF Lyneham and (ii) RAF Brize Norton; and...

      RAF Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officers and other ranks live in single accommodation at (a) RAF Lyneham and (b) RAF Brize Norton.

      RAF Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many married quarters' houses there are at (a) RAF Lyneham and (b) RAF Brize Norton; and how many married quarters houses at RAF Brize Norton are...

      RAF Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what length the runway is at (a) RAF Lyneham and (b) RAF Brize Norton.

      British War Graves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on the maintenance of non-world war I and world war II war graves overseas in each of the last 10 years for which...

      British War Graves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contribution his Department has made to the South African Heritage Resources Agency for the maintenance of British war graves in each of the last 10...

      British War Graves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his annual departmental budget is for the maintenance of non-world war I and world war II war graves overseas.

      British War Graves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements are in place for the maintenance of British war graves overseas of servicemen who perished in conflicts other than world wars I and II;...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans the Defence Procurement Agency has to centralise the information on the number of small and medium enterprises with which his Department has...

      Swift Sword II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions the Army used (a) civilian contractors and (b) the Omani armed forces for the purpose of transporting tanks in connection with...

      Swift Sword II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many tank transporters were unserviceable during exercise Swift Sword II; and if he will make a statement.

      Suez Campaign Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 5 November 2001 to the hon. Member for Coventry, South (Mr. Cunningham), Official Report, column 26W, on the Suez campaign,...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will list those public bodies to which his Department appoints members and which are not listed in Public Bodies 2000; (2) if he will list...

      Ex Gratia Pension Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make ex gratia pension payments to non-commissioned members of the armed forces who served prior to 1975 and did less than 22 years service.

      September 11

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what are the major changes in the Strategic Defence Review following (a) 11 September and (b) the campaign against international terrorism; and if he...

      Commonwealth War Graves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of Commonwealth war graves in France in relation to the construction of the proposed new airport at Chaulnes.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what joint exercises have been held between UK and Spanish forces over the past five years; which have used facilities at Gibraltar; and if he will make...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what UK forces visited Gibraltar (a) on their way to and (b) returning from (i) Exercise Saif Sareea and (ii) Operation Veritas; and if he will make a...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what UK forces are deployed in Gibraltar; and if he will make a statement.

      RAF Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 19 November 2001, Official Report, column 20W, on the Defence Estates, Aylesbury, which Government accounting rules require...

      MOD Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been received from the US authorities towards the costs of MOD police activities in the financial year 2000–01.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Special Advisers and Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 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...

    • Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will name the (a) grants and (b) laboratories awarded Medical Research Council funds for research into hepatitis C in the last five...

      Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what mechanisms she has put in place to ensure that individual farmers and other food suppliers are protected from the effects of...

      Post Delivery (Bexhill)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she will take to tackle the problems with the postal delivery service in Bexhill.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will introduce plans to ban the sale of fireworks to the general public.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action her Department is taking to restrict the sale of those category 3 fireworks which cause excessive noise pollution.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the operational wind farm sites in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland, giving their output in...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the proposed wind farm sites awaiting planning permission in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland,...

      Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the downturn in the aerospace industry since 11 September.

      Westinghouse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which division of Westinghouse is now a part of BNFL.

      Energy Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the effect of deregulation and privatisation of the energy industry.

      Gas Transportation Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has made to (a) Ofgem and (b) Centrica plc concerning the gas transportation tariffs in the United Kingdom, with...

      Centrica plc

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she last met the Managing Director of CEMG, Centrica plc; and what was discussed.

      Economic Development Zone (Lancaster)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what concerns were identified as part of the EOI Review about Lancaster city council's priority 3 economic development zone bid.

      Online Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many small businesses trade online in the constituency of East Devon.

      Clean Coal Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total level of investment, in real terms, has been into research into clean coal technology from her Department since 1997.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much of her Department's allocation was spent in the constituency of East Devon (a) in real terms and (b) as a percentage of the total...

      Steel Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with (a) the UK steel industry, (b) the European Commission and (c) the US Government, concerning tariffs...

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what were the gross costs of the regulatory impact assessment for (a) the Weights and Measures (Intoxicating Liquor) (Amendment) Order...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made to resolve the potential liability for compensation to those who suffered injury from dust from working in surface...

      World Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with her counterparts in other nations represented at the World Trade Organisation mechanisms on reviewing the...

      Fair Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the value of fairly traded (a) tea and (b) coffee used in her Department in each of the last five years.

      Nuclear Installations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate has set up a special group to look at the question of security at nuclear power stations and nuclear...

      Nuclear Installations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate have received in relation to security at nuclear installations following the...

      Nuclear Installations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she has instructed the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate to consider the security at nuclear installations following the incidents on 11...

      Telecom Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has made to (a) Oftel and (b) BT regarding transfer of existing telephone numbers from former customers of Atlantic...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of the total cost of electricity generation by (a) gas, (b) coal and (c) nuclear is accounted for by the primary fuel source...

      Space Technology Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment her Department has made of the economic importance of the UK space technology sector in terms of (a) the extent to which it...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which (a) local authorities, (b) privatised industries and (c) pension funds held shares in Railtrack prior to the company being taken into...

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what amount of pre-cast concrete products was supplied to Great Britain from Northern Ireland by weight in the last 12 months for which...

      Profitability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the level of profitability of United Kingdom industry was (a) in total for the last 12 months, (b) per quarter since 1997 and (c) by...

      Manufacturing Jobs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) management and (b) shop floor jobs in manufacturing have been lost in (i) Lancashire and (ii) the United Kingdom in each of the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many households in the Isle of Wight have benefited from the (a) Home Energy Efficiency Scheme and (b) HEES Plus since 1 June.

    • Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints have been received in (a) England, (b) the South East and (c) the Isle of Wight in respect of work...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many households have made a financial contribution to work carried out under the home energy efficiency scheme since 1 June.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many households in (a) England and (b) the Isle of Wight have qualified for the full grant of £2,000 in respect of...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the annual energy savings which would result from the application of minimum energy...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 9 November 2001, Official Report, column 452W, on warm front grants, if her Department has...

      Foxhunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact on the fox population of the ban on hunting during the foot and mouth crisis.

      Ovine BSE (Research)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when she first was informed of the results of the tests conducted by the Laboratory of the Government Scientist in...

      Educational Attainment (Rural Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of young people living in rural areas in the United Kingdom gained five GCSEs at grade levels A* to C...

      Educational Attainment (Rural Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of young children living in rural areas in the United Kingdom did not reach the national average for Key...

      Lord Haskins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she has taken to ensure that the responsibilities of Lord Haskins within the Prime Minister's office are...

      Agriculture Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the outcome was of the Agriculture Council held in Brussels on 20 November; what the Government's stance was on each...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what was the average time taken between the initial identification of positive cases of foot and mouth disease and (a)...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the risks of spreading foot and mouth disease associated with (a) fox hunting with dogs, (b)...

      Green Minister's Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will publish the next Green Minister's report.

      Jet Skis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the insurance industry about compulsory third party cover for jet skis operated in coastal...

      Jet Skis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with her European counterparts about the regulation of jet skis operated in coastal waters.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much social housing by local authority defined as rural was available to rent in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999,...

      Photo-voltaic Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she is taking to support the development of photo-voltaic technology.

      Fuel Cell Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she proposes to support the development of fuel cell research.

      Refrigerants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance and guidance she has given to local councils for the disposal of refrigerators after 1 January 2002.

      Countryside Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of people travelled by (a) private transport, (b) train, (c) bus and (d) other forms of transport to the...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Embezzlement of Public Funds

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what assessment he has made of the costs to public funds of (a) criminal damage and (b) embezzlement of public funds and...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on progress towards the public service agreement target for reducing asylum appeals decision time.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on the public service agreement target for the respect of the rights of defendants and their fair...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on progress towards the public service agreement target for reducing delay in the criminal justice system.

      Nottingham Crown Court

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what assessment the Lord Chancellor has made of the support available to barristers who are disabled at Nottingham Crown court;...

  • Home Department

    • Warden Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has (a) to assess the success of the warden force within the Metropolitan police area and (b) to reproduce it in police forces...

    • Chemical or Biological Attack (Civil Defence)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received on establishing (a) a local emergency and (b) civil defence services to deal with a chemical or...

      Emergency Strategies (Yorkshire and Humber)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on emergency planning strategies in Yorkshire and the Humber.

      Communications Interception

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests he has received to approve a warrant for the interception of a person's communications in each of the years since 1997; and...

      Police Specials

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police specials are working in the police service.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target (1) for the reconviction rate for offenders serving...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of whether the notification of the Security Service in relation to Part III of the Data Protection Act 1998 is...

      Police Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on whether he takes into account (a) actual and (b) anticipated levels of external funding to police forces for...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the cost in (a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01 and (c) 2001–02 of anti- social behaviour orders.

      CARATS Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the cost in (a) 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02 of CARATS programmes in prisons.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to change male prisons to female use.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Fair Employment

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what fair employment measures his Cabinet Secretary has put in place in each Government Department to encourage applications from Northern Ireland.

    • Fair Trade Goods

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

      Energy Review

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if the (a) Scottish Executive and (b) Scottish Parliament are represented on the Advisory Group for his review of the UK's future energy needs; (2) if the...

      Energy Review

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the progress of the Energy Review.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Disability Discrimination Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when a code of practice on the final phase of the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 on access to goods, facilities and...

    • New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Hertsmere (Mr. Clappison), of 12 November 2001, Official Report, column 569W, on new deal...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the pre-April 2001 entrants to the new deal for the long-term unemployed who undertook the full time education and training...

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what changes have been made to housing benefit to support the policy that 16 to 17-year-old lone parents should be housed in semi-independent...

      Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place a copy of the new piloted minimum income guarantee claim form in the Library.

      Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the new minimum income guarantee claim form will be introduced for all applicants; and if he will place a copy in the Library.

      Pension Fund Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to ensure pension providers transfer funds from one provider to another in a timely and proper fashion.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if the CSA is required to recalculate maintenance liabilities back to the beginning of a claim in cases where a parent with care is shown to...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints have been made to the Child Support Agency in each of the last five years by hon. Members on behalf of their constituents.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what is the average waiting time between submission of the complaint and completion of the investigation of CSA cases referred to the...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what was the backlog of Child Support Agency cases awaiting the attention of the Independent Case Examiner at (a) 1 January 2000, (b) 1 July...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent representations he has received on delays in estimation of absent parents' contributions to child support; (2) what measures...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many child benefit payments have been (a) suspended pending further inquiries and (b) terminated as a consequence of this summer's identity...

      Benefit Take-up

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the total annual amount of unclaimed benefit, broken down by individual benefits, in (a) Scotland and (b)...

      Benefit Take-up

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how the reports on (a) take-up of income-related benefits and (b) households below average income in 1999–2000 can be accessed through...

      Disability Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disability benefit claimants there are in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) the constituency of Gordon; and how many disability benefit...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many representations he has received from individual local authorities, local government associations and pressure groups on the...

      Medical Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the work conducted by SEMA doctors on behalf of his Department in Cambridgeshire; and if he will make a statement.

      Medical Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the extension of SEMA's contract.

      Basic Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to review the £85 pension threshold for clawback of incapacity benefit.

      Disabled People (Heating Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent studies he has (a) conducted and (b) commissioned into the exceptional heating costs of different categories of disabled persons.

      Hospital Downrating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many persons had their state pensions cut as a result of a hospital stay of more than (a) six weeks and (b) 52 weeks in each year since May...

      Automated Credit Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 26 October 2001, Official Report, column 442W, on benefit payouts (ACT), what information is collected about benefit...

      Public Appointments

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

      Income-related Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people living in the Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East constituency were in receipt of income-related benefits in each of the...

      Social Exclusion (Wycombe)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men, (b) women and (c) children of each ethnic group in the Wycombe constituency are classified as socially excluded.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much benefit was paid by the Department of Trade and Industry to the Department of Social Security and the Department of Work and Pensions...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will answer question no. 11496, tabled on 26 October, relating to disability claimants; and for what reason it was not answered on the...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will reply to WPQ numbers (a) 13442 and (b) 11001.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been paid to the private sector in refunded contributions on account of opted-out occupational pensions schemes in each of the...

      State Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what is the average state pension for (a) men and (b) women.

  • Health

    • Anti-bioterrorism Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to inform the medical profession of the Government's anti-bioterrorism strategy.

    • Anti-bioterrorism Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the role of vaccination in countering terrorist biological threats.

      Halifax Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the original estimate was of the cost of the new Halifax hospital; and what the latest estimate is of the total cost.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to reduce waiting lists in Boston and Skegness.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were cancelled in Oxfordshire in each of the last five years.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people in contact with specialist mental health services are able to access crisis resolution services at any time.

      Secure Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have moved from high secure hospitals to more appropriate accommodation in the current financial year.

      Additional Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) early intervention teams, (b) crisis resolution teams and (c) assertive outreach teams (i) have been and (ii) will be established in the...

      Insulin Pumps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the supply of insulin pumps to people with uncontrolled diabetes.

      National Institute for Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the work of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.

      Local Authority Performance Indicators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the methodology was used in determining the local authority social services departments' performance rating announced on 19 October; which social...

      Hospital Trusts (North West)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for each acute hospital trust in the north west region, what is (a) the size of population it serves, (b) the number of CT and MRI scanners available, (c)...

      Health Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts receive funding centrally at an (a) regional and (b) sub-regional level to meet the cost of expensive drugs or treatment.

      Prescribed Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the numbers of individuals who have been prescribed heroin in each of the past 12 years.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of patients presenting with breast cancer are seen within 14 days when GP written referral request was received within 24 hours for (a)...

      Scottish Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is regarding consultations prior to the publication of proposals involving the transfer of powers to the Scottish Executive by (a) primary...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals he has to ban smoking in (a) the workplace and (b) all public places.

      Carers and Disabled Children Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to monitor the duties of local authorities in implementing the Carers and Disabled Children Act 2000; (2) what research he has...

      Child Psychiatric Posts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies there are in consultant child psychiatric posts (a) nationally and (b) in north-west Lancashire.

      Beta Interferon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will complete his discussions with the pharmaceutical industries on the provision of beta interferon for relapsing-remitting MS sufferers.

      Porton Down (NHS Data)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what dates since 3 August officials in his Department have held meetings with the Medical Research Council regarding the provision and confidentiality...

      Blood Donors (South Tyneside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people gave blood in South Tyneside in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001; how many are projected to do so in 2002; and what plans he has to...

      Medicines (Safeguards)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the safeguards in place in (a) care homes, (b) NHS hospitals and continuing care, (c)...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he gives to medical practitioners on prescribing medicines for those suffering from mental illness, in relation to obtaining patients'...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many nurses (a) in the mental health field and (b) in total left the NHS in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many nurses worked in mental...

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what private sector companies were used to (a) design, (b) provide facilities for and (c) manage the modernising NHS hearing aid services project.

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the timetable is for the allocation of funding for the purchase of digital hearing aids; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many salaried dentists have been employed in each health authority area in England since the publication of the Government's plan for NHS dentistry.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what central Government funding programmes will be available to support NHS dentistry after March 2002.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support his Department is giving to health authorities and individual practices to provide NHS dental services.

      Information Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how data quality for information management purposes is managed within the NHS.

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which body within the Department of Health has responsibility for drawing up information technology strategy.

      Professor Denis Protti

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has received the assessment of Professor Denis Protti of the information for Health Strategy; and if he will make a statement.

      Dental Care Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which health authorities benefited from the dental care development fund in 2000–01; and how much finance was awarded in each case.

      Care Homes for Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received about the planned national standards for care homes for young people.

      Registered Nursing Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered nursing beds in (a) general and mental nursing homes, (b) private hospitals and (c) clinics there were in the North Yorkshire Health...

      Registered Nursing Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residential and nursing home beds are available in Kent; and how many were available in 1997.

      Community Care Plans (Replacement)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to launch the consultation on replacing community care plans; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts provide psychiatrists and other staff to prisons.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practices provide primary care services to prisons; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners (Mental Health)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prisoners have been transferred to NHS mental health facilities on temporary licence since 13 July 2000; and what funding arrangements have been...

      Atypical Anti-psychotic Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of patients not receiving atypical anti-psychotic drugs who could benefit from them.

      Mind Out for Mental Health Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he intends to continue to provide funding for the Mind Out for Mental Health campaign in 2002–03.

      Mind Out for Mental Health Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the availability of leaflets for employers under the Mind Out for Mental Health campaign.

      Working Minds Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes in employers' policy and practice the Working Minds programme seeks to achieve; and if he will make a statement on how he intends to monitor...

      Heart Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) longest and (b) shortest waiting times were for heart operations (i) in South Tyneside and (ii) nationally in (A) 1997, (B) 1998, (C) 1999,...

      Social Services (Winter Pressures)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list by local authority the money allocated to social services to alleviate winter pressures for (a) winter 2000–01 and (b) winter...

      Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to waive the requirement for applicants for posts in the Ambulance Service to hold a category D1 driver's licence.

  • House of Lords

    • Individual Petition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which member states other than the United Kingdom have failed to accept the right of individual petition under (a) the United Nations Convention on the elimination...

    • Republic of Ireland: British Passport Applications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many applications they have received from residents in the Republic of Ireland for British passports (a) in each year since 1990 and (b) during the period 1...

      Great Lakes Region

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have studied the report of the visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo last August by the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Great Lakes and...

      Air Travel: Identity Checks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What requirements they intend to introduce to check the identities of those travelling by air within the United Kingdom.[HL956]

      Asylum Applications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give a breakdown of the 79,000 applications for asylum received in the past financial year showing: (a) the countries of origin; (b) the number...

      Thames Valley: Gun Licensing Revenue

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What money from firearms and gun licence applications has been paid into the general police fund in the Thames Valley for the most recently available accounting period.

      Heavy Goods Vehicles: Speeding Offences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) how many speeding offences involving heavy goods vehicles and public services vehicles have involved speeds in excess of national limits for the vehicles in...

      Prisons: Male and Female Use

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to change prisons for men to female use.

      Red Diesel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 31 October (WA 162)— (a) which categories of off-road vehicles (including railways) qualify for...

      Freedom of Information Act: Implementation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received from the Information Commissioner about the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.[HL Question number...

      Freedom of Information Act: Implementation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What obstacles, if any, are impeding the bringing into force of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 by October 2002 in relation to central government departments.

      Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will accept the recommendations by the United Nations Human Rights Committee in its concluding observations of 29 October, on the fifth periodic...

      Turkey

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what occasions in the present calendar year they have taken up with the Turkish authorities the prohibition on certain British citizens entering Turkey; what...

      Livestock Welfare (Disposal) Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Whitty on 24 October (WA 134) about the cost to public funds of the foot and mouth epidemic, when they will be in a position...

      Youth Unemployment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What initiatives they have taken since June to reduce youth unemployment.

      Housing Benefit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to improve the administration of housing benefit; and, in particular, whether they have any plans to reduce reduplication of forms by better...

      Unemployment: Claimant Count

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people were excluded from the claimant court for unemployment during the past month as a result of benefit sanction.

      Social Housing Sector Rents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the answer by Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 18 October (HL Deb, col. 707): (a) when they intend to bring forward proposals to reform social housing...

      Rent Restructuring

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their proposals for rent restructuring and the housing revenue account subsidy allocation for 2002–03.

      Social Services: Charging Policies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they now expect to publish the Department of Health's guidance to local authorities on charging for social services; and what plans they have for charging...

      Diabetes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to publish the Diabetes National Service Framework; and when they expect the framework to reach full service implementation.

      Air Pollutants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to increase their research funding on the effects of air pollutants on health to take account of the annual costs of adverse health impacts and...

      Prostheses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are any circumstances when depleted uranium is used in the manufacture of prostheses.

      Headlice Treatment and Organophosphates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When shampoos for the treatment of headlice in which the active ingredient was an organophosphate were first marketed; and which organophosphates were licensed.

      School Playing Fields

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many applications have been received to sell off school playing fields in (a) 1997–98; (b) 1998–99; (c) 1999–2000; and (d) 2000–01; and...

      National Lottery Money and the Millennium Dome

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of the annual total money raised by the National Lottery has been made over to the New Millennium Experience Company for purposes connected with...

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have discussed with the Government of the Republic of Ireland (a) the fact that, under the first paragraph 9 of the Rights, Safeguards and Equality of...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Given that under Schedule 2 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998, human rights is an excepted matter in Northern Ireland, why the Department of Education in the...

      Northern Ireland: Road Casualties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many road casualties there have been in Northern Ireland since 1969.

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they increased the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission's annual grant of £750,000 in 2001–02 by £352,000; what is the purpose of this...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission Report on the Rights of Lesbians, Gays and Bi-sexual Persons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to respond to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission's report on the rights of lesbians, gays and bi-sexual persons published in August...

      Northern Ireland: Post of Chief Constable

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the post of Chief Constable of the Northern Ireland Police Service will be advertised internationally.

      Ministerial Travel: Hire of Aeroplanes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much they have spent on hiring commercial aeroplanes since 12 September, and What was the cost of hiring Concorde for the Prime Minister's recent visit to America.

      Peers' Reimbursement Allowance Scheme

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What steps were taken, and when, to inform the House of the new maximum rates of allowance, applicable from 1 August, payable under the Peers' Reimbursement...

      Peers' Reimbursement Allowance Scheme

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether Peers who have claimed reimbursement in respect of the sittings of the House in September and October 2001, up to the maximum rates pertaining up to the...

      Peers' Reimbursement Allowance Scheme

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether he will in future arrange for increases in the maximum allowances payable under the Peers' Reimbursement Allowance Scheme to be notified to Peers at the...

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