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Written answers

Tuesday, 27 November 2001

  • Solicitor-General

    • Fair Trade

      To ask the Solicitor-General what is the value of fairly traded (a) tea and (b) coffee used in her Department in each of the last five years.

    • Fair Trade

      To ask the Solicitor-General what fairly traded products, other than tea and coffee, have been purchased by her Department in each of the last five years; and what was their value.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to (a) receive and (b) publish the Ernst & Young report on the value for money of the proposed...

    • London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 7 November 2001, Official Report, column 289W, if he will place in the Library the...

      New Deal for Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to commence the funding mechanism that will replace the new deal for communities programme; and if he...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on what date he instructed parliamentary drafters to draft (a) the Railway Administration Order Rules 2001 and (b)...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will announce the (a) board of (b) financial backers of and (c) advisers to the proposed not-for-profit...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he has made a revised estimate of the total cost of the rail element of the 10-year transport plan since the...

      Street Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what progress he has made in developing (a) comprehensive inventories, (b) risk management strategies and (c)...

      Street Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to deal with street lighting dereliction; and if he will make a statement.

      Homeless Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was the average cost in the last 12 months of housing a homeless family in (a) bed and breakfast and hostel...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the methodology changes made since 1997 to the formulae for calculating the standard lending...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 16 November 2001, Official Report, column 914W, on the local government finance...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer, 15 November 2001, Official Report, column 832W, on homelessness, if he will list by (a) bed...

      Automatic Train Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the automatic train protection equipment built in to Pendolino trains will be fully operable following the...

      Departmental Intervention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made with regard to possible interventions by (a) his Department, (b) Department of Health and...

      Underground Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the formulas (a) stated for the calculation of the state of the Underground...

      Housing (London Boroughs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many (a) private rented units, (b) social rented units and (c) owner-occupied units there were in each London...

      Local Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list those local bodies which were set up under legislation which is the responsibility of his Department...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if he will list those public bodies which are the responsibility of his Department and which are not listed in...

      Fair Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what is the value of fairly traded (a) tea and (b) coffee used in his Department in each of the last five years.

      Smoke Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 19 November 2001, Official Report, column 43W, what smoke alarm installation work he...

      Supporting People Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much money is being given to local authorities to fund the Supporting People Strategy; and if he will make a...

      East Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans exist for special purpose vehicles to be created to undertake works in connection with the East Coast Main...

      Terminal 5

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his statement of 20 November 2001, on Terminal 5, what the first date would be on which (a) a new regime...

      Children's Social Services (Seaside Authorities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the ability of the children's social services SSA to meet the demands found in seaside...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what guidance he provides for local authorities regarding their procurement of timber and timber products which have...

      Parish and Town Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the average level of precept was for (a) parish and town councils, (b) parish councils and (c) town councils in...

      Voting Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he plans to grant 16-year-olds the vote; and if he will make a statement.

      Aviation Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assistance he is giving to (a) airports, (b) airlines and (c) other service providers in respect of insurance...

      Challenge for Home Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will announce the successful bids under the Government Challenge for Home Zones.

      A556

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many (a) road fatalities and (b) road accidents there were on the A556 in each of the last 10 years.

      Detling Beacon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether the air corridor either side of Detling Beacon in Kent has been altered since 11 September.

      Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what he estimates to be the maximum capped rent payable in 2002–03 at current prices for tenants in (a) four...

      Parliamentary Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many formal notices his Department has received in the last year from the Parliamentary Ombudsman expressing an...

      Motorway Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to impose 50mph speed limits on motorways; and if he will make a statement.

      Motorway Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on reducing speed limits on motorways in order to...

      Motorway Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what factors underlay the decision to introduce variable speed limits on motorways.

      Physical Agents (Vibration) Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of the costs to British business of the Physical Agents (Vibration) Directive.

      Press Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the press interviews he gave between 5 and 12 October.

      RenewCo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the decisions outstanding on the establishment of RenewCo as at 1 October.

      Housing (Radon Emissions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what financial provision his Department gives local authorities and housing associations to undertake remedial work...

      Mushrooms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in how many instances trading standards officers have discovered since December 2000 Dutch mushrooms being sold in...

  • Defence

    • HMS Renown

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he has reached a decision on the proposals to dismantle HMS Renown; and if he will make a statement.

    • Plastic Baton Rounds (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to bring guidelines covering the use of plastic baton rounds in Northern Ireland into line with the regime governing use of these...

      September 11

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to consult the public on work to meet the additional challenges posed by asymmetric threats following 11 September; and if he will make...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what legal protection is available for individuals detained by Her Majesty's armed forces engaged in duties in or around Afghanistan; what facilities are...

      Royal Marines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers in the Royal Marines have been discharged for drug offences in each of the last four years.

      Fair Trade

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

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many depleted uranium shells have been used in the Afghan conflict.

      Service Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many vacancies there are at present in the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) Air Force; and if he will make a statement.

      "Survive to Fight"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when the new edition of "Survive to Fight" will be (a) published and (b) distributed throughout the armed forces; (2) if he will make a statement...

      Local Bodies

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

      Territorial Army (Civil Defence)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the role of the Territorial Army in civil defence since 11 September.

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many have been recruited through Operation London Soldier.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK ships or aircraft have been (a) refused entry and (b) had additional operational restriction placed on them by the Spanish Government in the...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what deployments outside Gibraltar have been made in the past five years by the Royal Regiment of Gibraltar; and if he will make a statement.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the visits to HM Base Gibraltar over the past two years by NATO forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many citizens of (a) Spain and (b) Gibraltar applied to join HM armed forces over the past five years; and if he will make a statement.

      RAF Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department gave instructions to their agents to submit a planning application to Aylesbury Vale district council in respect of the Princess Mary...

      RAF Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason his Department has submitted two identical planning applications to Aylesbury Vale district council in respect of the Princess Mary...

      Defence Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many defence contracts made between 1997 and 2001 are expected to over-run in (a) cost and (b) time.

      Defence Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the use of cost-plus contracts.

      Defence Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on (a) partnering, (b) smart acquisition, (c) post-costing and (d) should-cost- data in UK defence procurement.

      Defence Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of defence procurement deals were put to competition in the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what are the responsibilities of the integrated project teams in procurement; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of contracts (a) had an agreed fixed price at the start and (b) arrived to cost and on schedule in the last 12 months.

      Cluster Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what types of cluster bombs are used by the British Army; and what stockpiles of each are held.

      Veterans' Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 13 November 2001, Official Report, column 630W, if he will list the representatives of the veterans community who attended his...

      A400m

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is (a) the preferred and (b) the minimum length of runway for the A400M; and what discussions he has had with his (i) German and (ii) French...

      Defence Exports (Employment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many jobs are dependent on defence exports in (a) the regions of England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland.

      Ballistics Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is his Department's budget for developing techniques for ballistics protection.

      Ballistics Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was spent by his Department on developing techniques for ballistics protection in each of the last 10 years.

      Military Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects his Department's report into financial support for military exports will be published.

      Aircraft Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his future procurement objectives in relation to (a) fixed wing aircraft and (b) helicopters.

      Defence Equipment Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what has been the cost to his Department of providing armed service personnel support to defence equipment demonstrations in the financial years...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will give further details of the proposed review of the Parades Commission.

    • Terrorist Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland by what process suspected terrorists who are wanted for alleged crimes are having prosecutions against them stopped; and if he will list their...

  • International Development

    • Conflict Diamonds

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action her Department is taking to address the issue of (a) conflict diamonds and (b) exploitation of other minerals from conflict...

    • Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations she has made to the Government of Zimbabwe regarding their involvement in mineral exploitation in the Democratic...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations she has made to the Government of Zimbabwe regarding their policy on allowing aid agencies to distribute emergency...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans the Government have to provide long-term support to de-mining operations in Afghanistan.

      Agricultural Export Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the impact of agricultural export subsidies of (a) the EU and (b) other countries in the developed...

      Tariff/Quota-Free Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans she has to act to make developed countries' exports for the developed world (a) tariff and (b) quota free.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the UN Addendum report on the illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Democratic Republic of...

      Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if the Government will increase financial assistance to humanitarian projects to provide basic health care assistance and clean water...

      Street Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial help is being given by her Department to organisations who work with street children.

  • Education and Skills

    • Ageism

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

    • Buckingham

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

      New Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what provision has been made in budgetary planning for new schools in areas of new housing development in south east England in the last...

      New Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) new and (b) replacement (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools were built in (A) 1997, (B) 1998, (C) 1999 and (D) 2000.

      Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations she has received from Ofsted about the use of classroom assistants.

      PPP/Pfi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) local education authorities and (b) individual schools and colleges have applied for PPP/PFI funding in the past three years.

      PPP/Pfi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of capital spending on education will come from PPP/PFI sources (a) in 2001–02, (b) 2002–03 and (c) estimated...

      Polling Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the schools in each local education area which were (a) closed and (b) partly closed for use as polling stations on 7 June.

      Special Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools have been placed in special measures in each of the last three years for which figures are available, broken down by local...

      Special Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of schools placed in special measures have been closed by the local education authority in each of the last...

      Special Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what guidance she gives to local education authorities about consultation on closure before (a) an action plan to help a school in...

      Special Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what is the minimum (a) number of lessons, (b) number of teachers and (c) percentage of lessons to be deemed unsatisfactory for a school to...

      Special Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the average score in (a) England and (b) Essex County Council was for Key Stage 2 in (i) mathematics, (ii) science and (iii)...

      Special Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average length of time a school stays in special measures is.

      Special Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what guidance she issues to local education authorities on the retention of staff while a school is in special measures; (2) what...

      School Children (Statistics)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children there were in each school year in England in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      School Grants (Shropshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what are the total grants made by her Department in 2001–02 to date to schools administered by (a) Telford and Wrekin council and (b)...

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proposals she plans to introduce to combat bullying in post-16 education.

      A-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information she has collated on the length of time it is taking to re-mark A-levels on appeal; and if she will make a statement.

      School Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what advice she gives to local authorities on acceptable time limits for pupils to spend out of school following permanent exclusion for (a)...

      Drugs (Disciplinary Guidance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to issue revised guidance to schools and local education authorities regarding disciplinary arrangements for pupils found...

      Key Stage Test Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects her Department's inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the release of the 2001 Key Stage results to conclude; and if...

      Local Education Authority Performance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what options her Department can take in respect of a local education authority which does not address problems highlighted by Ofsted to her...

      Local Education Authority Performance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether her Department has been approached by Torbay Unitary Authority for support following the Ofsted report into the performance of...

      Online Centres (Norfolk)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills who the applicants were for Phase 3 Capital Modernisation Fund funding to establish United Kingdom online centres in the North Norfolk...

      Expenditure Per Pupil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if data showing the expenditure per pupil in individual schools (a) are and (b) could practicably be made available centrally to her Department.

      Teacher Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher vacancies there are at each (a) primary and (b) secondary school in the Tatton constituency.

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations she has received from (a) Pitman Training and (b) the Association of Computer Trainers on solutions to the problems...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Stop Now Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what (a) training and (b) additional resources have been given to bodies, other than trading standards departments, towards the (i)...

    • Airlines (Competition)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what research her Department has undertaken to evaluate the effect the proposed alliance between British Airways and American Airlines...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on current station lifetime plans, what her Department's projections are for the percentage contribution nuclear power will make to...

      CFCs (EC Regulation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assistance is being offered by her Department to retailers to allow them to continue to take back used fridges and freezers as part...

      Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the future of the EU block exemption of the selective and exclusive distribuiton of motor vehicles.

      Gas and Electricity Consumer Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps to ensure the Gas and Electricity Consumer Council provide more staff at the Energywatch office in Birmingham to deal...

      Galileo Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment her Department has made of the European Commission's estimate of the number of jobs that would be created directly and...

      Liabilities Management Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the objectives of the proposed Liabilities Management Agency.

      European Energy Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she is taking to encourage competition in the energy market in Europe.

      Pyrolysis and Gasification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what are the location of the pilot plants using (a) pyrolysis and (b) gasification.

      Spacecraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her policy is on (a) the location and movement of satellites and (b) the movement of spacecraft; and if she will make a statement.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with other Departments and Government bodies to encourage them to increase their use of renewable energy.

      Electrical Goods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on how many power stations would not need to be used if everyone stopped leaving their televisions and computers...

      Public Service Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to extend the provision of public service orders.

      Public Service Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what criteria have to be met in order for a route to be granted a public service order.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many publications were issued by her Department in each of the last four years.

    • Consultation Documents

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

      Scottish Borders Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will make a statement on the ability of Scottish Borders Council to carry out its statutory functions in relation to reserved matters.

      Nuclear Installations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what representations she has made to the Nuclear Inspectorate relating to security at nuclear installations in Scotland following the events of 11...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Sports Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what European Union funding schemes are available to sports clubs in the United Kingdom for (a) capital and (b) training projects.

    • Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many playing fields were disposed of in each of the last five years.

      Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) school and (b) community playing fields have been sold for development in East Devon in each of the last five years.

      Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) community and (b) school playing fields have been sold for development in the Buckingham constituency in each of the last...

      Sports Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her latest estimate is of the funds available annually through the Sports Lottery Fund for community sports projects.

      Museum Attendance (South Tyneside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the level of museum attendance in South Tyneside was in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001; and what is the projected figure for 2002.

      Gambling Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many responses the Government have received to Recommendation 43 of the gambling review report; of these, how many (a) supported,...

      Gambling Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what assessment the Government have made of the compatability of Recommendation 43 of the Gambling Review report with the Human...

      Voluntary Athletics Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans her Department has for providing further support for voluntary athletics officials; and if she will make a statement.

      Resorts Task Force Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how often the resorts task force group has met since its creation; (2) what work has been undertaken by the Resorts Task Force...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effect on tourism in the Buckingham constituency of (a) the foot and mouth disease outbreak and (b)...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made as to the effect on tourism in Arundel and South Downs of (a) the foot and mouth disease outbreak and (b)...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the level of Government grant-in-aid was to the (a) English Tourism Council, (b) Welsh Tourist Board, (c) Scottish Tourist Board...

      Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made on the Quinquennial Review of Sport England; and if she will make a statement.

      Lottery Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) at the end of each financial year from establishment of the fund to the latest date for which figures are available, how much...

      Lottery Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what the average period was between a project being approved for lottery funding and first payment being made to the project, for...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's intentions for encouraging the involvement of the female population in a post-...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his recent meeting with United Nations special envoy to Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the prospects for Government in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

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

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the role of the UN in the future Government of Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's intention to support a post-Taliban Government in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has received from Afghan women about their role in the future Government of Afghanistan.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with Muslim regimes in the middle east about their response to terrorism.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his recent discussions to take forward negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action his Department is taking to ensure greater peace and stability in the middle east.

      Greece

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next intends to meet the Foreign Minister of Greece to discuss bilateral relations.

      Euro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how widely he circulated the leaflet published by his Department giving information to British travellers on the introduction of...

      World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Governments of Japan and Korea about the organisation and security of the FIFA world cup in...

      Zimbabwe

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

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met the Secretary General of the Commonwealth to discuss the situation in Zimbabwe.

      EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress is being made towards the enlargement of the EU.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Iraq about (a) bombing and (b) sanctions.

      EU Subsidiarity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in returning sovereignty to member states of the EU since the introduction of the subsidiarity...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about international diplomatic efforts against terrorism.

      Rough Diamonds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress of the Kimberley process and the implementation of an effective global certification...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to foster good relations with Russia.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his recent discussions with the Spanish Government over Gibraltar.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Spanish counterpart concerning the sovereignty of Gibraltar.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on relations with Nigeria.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of China's commitment to the global campaign against terrorism.

      Balkans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's recent actions in the regeneration of the Balkans.

      Israeli Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has been made of Israel's responses to post-verification requests by the EU in respect of imports suspected...

      Israeli Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Israeli authorities have responded fully to EU post-verification requests for certificates of origins for goods alleged...

      Israeli Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what mechanisms are available to the EU to review the operation of the EU-Israel Association Agreement.

      Israeli Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what deadlines the EU has placed for full responses by the Israeli authorities to EU post-verification requests for certificates...

      Israeli Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps were considered by EU foreign Ministers at the 19 November General Affairs Council to stop the import into the EU...

      Israeli Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the results of the EU-Israeli Association Council held on 20 November in respect of the...

      Israeli Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he had made an assessment by the time of the EU-Israel Association Council of 20 November of Israel's responses to post...

      Israeli Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Israeli authorities responded fully to EU post-verification requests for certificates of origin for goods alleged to be...

      Chemical Weapons Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to formulate a co-ordinated strategy to ensure compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention; and if he will...

      Drugs Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the international effort to reduce the drugs trade in Colombia and Bolivia.

      Mongolia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to encourage exchange of young professionals and students between the United Kingdom and...

      Mongolia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance his Department is providing for English language teaching in Mongolia.

      International Criminal Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been made to the United States following the passage of the International Criminal Court Act 2001;...

      Scottish Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 23 October 2001, Official Report, column 117W, on the Scottish Executive, at which Council of...

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the level is of the UK's civilian policing commitment to the United Nations Mission in Kosovo.

      Mi6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs under what circumstances MI6 may decide that major decisions it takes need not be communicated to him; and what mechanism exists...

      Lorry Drivers (France)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) assessment he has made of and (b) representations he has received in relation to incidences of physical attacks on...

      Czech Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the Czech Republic concerning the reasons behind the number of...

      Bulgaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made with Bulgaria's EU accession negotiations.

  • Prime Minister

    • Energy Policy

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what plans he has (a) to publish and (b) otherwise to distribute the PIU report on energy policy when he receives it; (2) when she expects the Performance and...

    • Campaign Against Terrorism

      To ask the Prime Minister what arrangements he has made for ministerial oversight of the campaign against terrorism.

      Honours System

      To ask the Prime Minister what action has been taken to reform the UK honours system since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Workforce Development

      To ask the Prime Minister when the performance and innovation unit's report on Workforce Development will be published.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Poverty

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what recent assessment he has made of the extent of poverty amongst the clergy.

  • House of Commons

    • Early-day Motions

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what his latest estimate is of the cost of (a) printing and (b) administering early-day motions.

  • Home Department

    • Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on progress towards meeting the public service agreement target for the long run rate of growth of crime.

    • 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 for drug action teams to name comprehensive programmes...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the public service agreement target of a reduction of 3 per cent. in the proportion of arrestees testing...

      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 for the seizure of class A drugs.

      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 for increasing the amount of assets (a) identified from...

      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 for the rate of positive results from mandatory random...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on progress towards the 2002 target for the number of (a) face-to-face arrest referral schemes and (b)...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the public service agreement target for the number of offenders dealt with for supply offences in respect of...

      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 for increasing ethnic minority representation in the Home...

      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 for the reduction of sexual offences.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on progress towards the public service agreement target for reducing the conviction rate of children and...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the progress towards the public service agreement target for the support of police trials for drug recognition...

      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 for reducing the level of disorder.

      Police Officers (Ethnic Minorities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of police officers in each authority are (a) black and (b) Asian, broken down by grade.

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the cost to public funds of implementing the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 in (a) 2000–01...

      Drugs Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the performance of the agencies involved in getting money allocated for drugs services to front-line services,...

      Drugs Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budgeted amount is for the pooled drug treatment plan allocation for England in the current financial year.

      Blasphemy Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if it is his intention to abolish the law against blasphemy.

      Religious Hatred and Blasphemy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent consultations his Department has had with religious leaders in respect of (a) proposals to outlaw the generation of religious...

      Internet Access (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he issues on the means by which a child's age may be proven when using the internet.

      Sodexho

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the decision to award a contract to Sodexho to run two private female prisons.

      Sentencing Advisory Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the cost to public funds in 2001–02 of the Sentencing Advisory Panel.

      Referral Order Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the cost to public funds of the pilots for referral order panels.

      Communities Against Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the allocation of funding for Communities Against Drugs is for each of the three years from 2000–01.

      Aggravated Possession (Drugs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is towards the creation of a new offence of aggravated possession of prohibited drugs.

      Community Development Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the outcome is of Stage 1 of the quinquennial review of the Community Development Foundation.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how NASS (a) monitors and (b) inspects the accommodation into which they place (i) asylum seekers and (ii) refugees; and if he will place the...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) asylum seekers and (b) refugees placed by NASS in accommodation outside the Greater London area have returned to the Greater...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) asylum seekers and (b) refugees have been placed by the NASS in (a) private sector, (b) local authority and (c) housing...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefits Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training is given to Benefits Agency staff to deal with aggressive claimants.

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will explain the delay by the Child Support Agency in dealing with the case of Ms Elaine Lanchbury, a constituent.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement about the time taken to award contracts by the Child Support Agency for undertaking bailiff action.

      Benefits Agency (Scottish Parliamentary Liaison Unit)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many cases have been referred by Members of the Scottish Parliament to the Scottish Parliamentary Liaison Unit of the Benefits Agency...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will give updated quarterly figures on new claims for incapacity benefit and the total case load.

      New Deal (Copeland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the impact of the New Deal for Young People in the Borough of Copeland in the year to September, giving the (a)...

      Sickness-Related Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of men of working age were claiming sickness-related benefits by constituency in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1990, (e)...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the final cost of each of his Department's advertising campaigns was in 2000–01, broken down into (a) advertising media and...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answers of 29 October 2001, Official Report, column 525W, on departmental advertising and 31 October 2001, Official Report,...

  • Health

    • Written Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason the consultation period for the discussion document "Involving Patients and the Public in Healthcare", was six weeks; what consideration...

    • Poultry Feed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of poultry feed (a) deliveries and (b) movement in the United Kingdom was traceable in (i) 1998, (ii) 1999, (iii) 2000 and (iv) 2001; and...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will provide a substantive answer to PQ No. 11888 on scanners in acute hospitals in the north west region.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Oldest Legislation

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will list the 10 oldest pieces of legislation that are in force.

    • Gravesend County Court

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many (a) liquidated and (b) unliquidated default summonses were issued by Gravesend county court in (i) 1999, (ii) 2000 and...

      Gravesend County Court

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many default summonses were issued by Gravesend county court (a) between 1 October 1998 and 31 March 1999, (b) between 1 April...

      Gravesend County Court

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many cases were dealt with by Gravesend county court in each six month period beginning from January 1999.

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the gross costs were of the Regulatory Impact Assessment for the (a) Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2001, (b) Land...

      Civil Claims

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what recent representations she has received on the inability of people to pursue civil claims because of the lack of public...

      Government Information

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department on how many occasions the conclusions of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration on a question of disclosure of...

      Fair Trade

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what is the value of fairly traded (a) tea and (b) coffee used in his Department in each of the last five years.

      Fair Trade

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what fairly traded products, other than tea and coffee, have been purchased by his Department in each of the last five years; and...

      Jury Service

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many people were (a) called for jury service and (b) served on juries in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to her Department that received a holding answer between...

      Lay Magistracy

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will state the (a) cost in 2001–02, (b) objectives and (c) components of the national strategy to raise the profile of...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on the public service agreement target for increasing public confidence in the fairness of the...

      Magistrates (Huntingdon)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many people applied to become magistrates in Huntingdon in each year from 1996; and how many were women.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Parliamentary Ombudsman

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his responsibilities in respect of the Parliamentary Ombudsman.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • GM Foodstuffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of (a) pigmeat, (b) sheepmeat and (c) beef products consumed in the UK was from animals reared on foodstuffs...

    • Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list by county (a) the total amount, (b) the number of individual payments and (c) the highest and lowest...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in how many infected premises in Powys in the foot and mouth outbreak samples from animals diagnosed as having foot and mouth...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many compensation payments in the foot and mouth epidemic were (a) over £1 million, (b) between £500,000 and...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases of fraudulent claims have been proven against farmers during the outbreak of foot and mouth disease.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list by county the number of cases of resistance by farmers to culling during the foot and mouth outbreak which...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will publish the findings on the source of the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the United Kingdom.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress her Department has made with the disposal of carcases infected with foot and mouth disease.

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date her Department established a working group of officials to prepare her Department for the implementation of the...

      Low Emission Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she last met representatives of the distribution industry to discuss the use of low emission fuels.

      Landfill Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her plans for meeting the requirements of the Landfill Directive; and if she will make a...

      Belfast City Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will meet representatives of Belfast city council to discuss sustainable development and procurement policies.

      Belfast City Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of Belfast city council's procurement and recycling policy.

      Green Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she has met Green Ministers from other Government Departments since May.

      Green Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) plans and (b) targets she has agreed with Green Ministers for each of the next three years.

      Swine Fever

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what standard operating procedures and contingency plans have been established by her Department based upon the experiences...

      Swine Fever

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish her Department's contingency plan for combating future outbreaks of (a) foot and mouth disease and (b)...

      British Beef

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her French counterpart on the imposition of a ban on the import of British beef into...

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what targets she has set to remove the backlog of cattle due for slaughter under the over-30-month-scheme.

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many incidences of BSE there have been in the last 12 months in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) France and (c) Germany.

      Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for flood protection in the Newark area.

      Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment the Government have made of flood defence preparations for those properties most at risk in the United...

      Energy Efficiency (Government Departments)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans there are to improve the energy efficiency of Government Departments.

      HFCs (Government Buildings)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much money has been spent on HFC driven machinery in Government buildings in each of the last three years.

      Combined Heat and Power Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the consultation on the combined heat and power strategy will be completed; and when the final combined heat and power...

      Combined Heat and Power Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on Government plans to encourage the use of combined heat and power.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many letters she has received in 2001 on animal welfare from residents of the Buckingham constituency.

      Farm Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to visit the Buckingham constituency to meet farmers.

      Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the amount of illegal meat imports which entered the UK in each of the last three years.

      Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is of the tonnage of meat that was imported into the UK (a) legally and (b) illegally in each of the last...

      Agricultural Wages Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to reform the agricultural wages board.

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which areas of England and Wales can resume hunting and at what date; what precautions they must take; and what the timetable...

      Household Waste (Needles)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice her Department issues to (a) local authorities and (b) other parties on the disposal of household waste including...

      Household Waste (Needles)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the potential hazards to refuse collectors posed by the inclusion of needles used...

      Regulatory Impact Assessment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the gross costs were (1) of the regulatory impact assessment for (a) the Prohibition of Fishing with Multiple Trawls...

      Livestock Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when livestock markets will reopen for the sale of (a) sheep and (b) cattle; and if she will make a statement.

      Livestock Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many weeks after the last confirmed case of foot and mouth disease will livestock markets be reopened for the sale of (a)...

      Livestock Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contingency plans she has made for permanently closing livestock markets and compensating their owners.

      Livestock Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what notice period will be given for the re-opening of livestock markets for the sale of (a) sheep and (b) cattle.

      Livestock Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the restrictions and regulations that will be in force on livestock markets when they re-open which were not...

      Animal Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what restrictions her Department has kept in force in the movement under licence into Northumberland from Scotland of cattle...

      Farming Sub-tenants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will take steps for protect security of tenure of farming sub-tenants following the case of Barratt v. Morgan;...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list those public bodies (1) which are the responsibility of her Department and which are not listed in Public...

      Local Bodies

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

      Veterinary Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Veterinary Medicines Directorate intends to publish the minutes of the Advisory Group on Veterinary Residues (1995...

      Devonport Royal Dockyard Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to make a decision on the application from Devonport Royal Dockyard Ltd. to increase the level of...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to WPQ numbers (a) 12430 and (b) 12431.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the action the Government are taking on bovine TB with special reference to the dairy herds...

      Pesticide Residues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many 250 g samples of withdrawal diet were obtained from the feeding system for poultry by category in the United Kingdom...

      Pesticide Residues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for East Surrey (Mr. Ainsworth) of 29 October 2001, Official Report, columns...

      Pesticide Residues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for East Surrey (Mr. Ainsworth) of 29 October 2001, Official Report, columns...

      Pesticide Residues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for East Surrey (Mr. Ainsworth), on 29 October 2001, Official Report, columns...

      Poultry (Medicinal Residues)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of poultry in the United Kingdom were slaughtered before the end of the medication withdrawal period for (a)...

      Poultry (Medicinal Residues)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the permitted concentrations of (a) nicarbazin, (b) lasalocid and (c) dimetridazole residues in poultry are which...

      Poultry (Finisher Feed)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of poultry was slaughtered in the United Kingdom before the withdrawal period for finisher feed was completed...

      Ovine TSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much funding was set aside to test for transmissible spongiform encephalopathies in sheep in (a) 1999–2000,...

      Ovine BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 16 November 2001, Official Report, column 972W, what was (a) the number of scrapie-resistant sheep...

      Correspondence Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many members of staff work in the correspondence unit of her Department; and if she will make a statement.

      Scrapie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 16 November 2001, Official Report, column 972W, how many representations she has received (a) from...

      Agricultural Regulatory Licensing System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to bring forward legislation (a) introducing a regulatory system of licensing for farmers wishing to grow...

      Contaminated Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent measures she has taken to clean up contaminated land sites in England and Wales; if she will take steps to...

      Farmers (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list by region the amounts paid to farmers in Scotland for each of the (a) CAP and (b) UK schemes for which she...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's policy is on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy; how these reforms will be beneficial to...

      Animal Health Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the Government's use of the Animal Health Act 1981 to act against the importation of animal...

      Rural White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in implementing the Rural White Paper.

      Livestock (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to increase the compensation payable to farmers for livestock they have been unable to move in the...

      Cleansing Services Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will make a decision on the holding of a public inquiry into the explosion at Cleansing Services Group Ltd. at...

      Rural Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of the population in local authorities defined as rural were assessed as being in priority need for housing...

  • Treasury

    • Folkestone and Hythe

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

    • Tax Credits and Benefits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people received (a) tax credits and (b) means- tested benefits in the constituency of Folkestone and Hythe for each year since April 1997.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Inland Revenue National Insurance Contributions Office will respond to the request made by Mr. Welch of Burton, Christchurch to be able to make...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has completed his review of national insurance contributions for 2002–03.

      Aggregates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has further to encourage the recycling of aggregates (a) by means of the aggregates levy and (b) by other means.

      Aggregates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the environmental (i) costs and (ii) benefits of the supply of aggregates from...

      Aggregates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the direct environmental (a) costs and (b) benefits arising from the introduction of the aggregates levy; (2) what...

      Aggregates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with representatives of the aggregates industry regarding the proposal for a green discount on the introduction of the...

      Development Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with his US counterparts regarding an increase in their development assistance budget in relation to their gross national...

      VAT (Church Repairs)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on churches' liability to pay VAT on repair work when situated within a designated conservation area.

      Child Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if it is his policy that recipients of the proposed integrated child credit will be required to have their payments paid into a bank account.

      Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimates are of the levels of smuggling and fraud affecting tobacco duty and other indirect taxes.

      Tax Documents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to publish the next Tax Ready Reckoner and Tax Reliefs document; and if he will make a statement.

      Customs and Excise (Consultation)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consultations with businesses were carried out by his Department with regard to the (a) Excise Duty Points Regulations 2001 and (b) HM Customs' revised...

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate how many children have been lifted out of poverty in each region of England since 1997; and what this represents as a percentage of...

      European Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what Community money was (a) available and (b) distributed to both sides in the Irish referendum on Nice.

      European Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the Declaration of the Heads of State and Government Review of the Economic Situation (SN 4298/2/01, 19 October 2001), with...

      Compliance Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has received a final copy of the study by Professor Anne Hansford into the compliance costs to business of the UK tax system; and when he will publish...

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have expressed any view to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission about its refusal to extend the period of consultation on its draft bill of...

    • Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission advised that the United Kingdom should appeal in the four European Court of Human Rights cases of 4 May,...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have asked the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to draft a strategic plan for 2002–05; and whether any new commission appointed from 1...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is the view of the Chief Commissioner for Human Rights for Northern Ireland that it is possible to remove proposals from the commission draft document...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In which countries officers of the Police Service of Northern Ireland are on duty; and whether they will consider allowing the Police Service of Northern Ireland...

      Sex Discrimination Act: XFather Christmas" Advertisements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is legal under sex discrimination legislation to advertise for a XFather Christmas".

      International Terrorism: Review of Government Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements have been made for ministerial oversight of the campaign against terrorism.

      Adult Skills: Performance and Innovation Unit Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Performance and Innovation Unit's report on workforce development will be published.

      Decennial Census 1911

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will review current policy that prevents public inspection of the 1911 decennial census because censuses for England and Wales are closed for 100 years.

      Quarry Products: Aggregates Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What range of quarry products will be taxable under the forthcoming aggregates tax; and at what amount per tonne.

      Redundancies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 8 November (WA 40), what were the comparable figures for proposed redundancies for the...

      Miners: Respiratory Disease Claims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide a full breakdown of their costs and expenses in connection with miners' respiratory claims, since Mr Justice Turner's judgment of January...

      Challenger 2 Tank Air Filters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Challenger 2 tank air filters were used during Exercise Saif Sareea II; and how many are now held in stock.

      Education Action Zones

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish any evaluation there has been of education action zones.

      Education Action Zones

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who was consulted and over what period about the abolition of education action zones.

      Special Educational Needs: Collection of Data

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to conduct an annual schools census in England and Wales requiring enumeration of the numbers of pupils with autism and other...

      Benefit Fraud Inspectorate Report: Hastings Borough Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to publish the inspection report of the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate in respect of Hastings Borough Council.

      Convicted Prisoners: Disfranchisement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they accept the recommendation by the United Nations Human Rights Committee in its concluding observations of 29 October on the Fifth Periodic Report...

      Millennium Dome: Sale

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the first call on funds from the proceeds of the sale of the Millennium Dome will be the repayment of moneys provided by English Partnerships or of moneys...

      Millennium Dome: Sale

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the net sum, after expenses of sale, raised from the sale of the contents of the Millennium Dome; and how this sum has been used.

      New Millennium Experience Company and English Partnerships: Legal Liability for Debts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have legal liability for any debts of the New Millennium Experience Company and English Partnerships respectively.

      Greenwich Millennium Village

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the expenditure of public funds to date on the Millennium Village at Greenwich, together with a breakdown of the main source of such funds.

      Insecticides

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When waxed fly strips containing Dichlorvos were first marketed under the trade name XVapona"; whether a licence was required; and what toxicity tests were the...

      Insecticides

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When aerosol insect sprays for use in domestic situations in which the active ingredients were organophosphates were first introduced into the United Kingdom; and...

      Phenols: Health and Safety Executive Advice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Health and Safety Executive advice about the use of phenols has been changed recently; if so, why; and to whom the advice has been communicated.

      Mox Development: Consideration of Security Implications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the security implications of proceeding with the Mox development at Sellafield were last considered; and what was the outcome of that consideration.

      Meat Imports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What quantity of meat products have been imported into the United Kingdom from countries that have endemic foot and mouth disease over the last twelve months.

      Waterfowl: Ban on Shooting with Lead Shot

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they have monitored the ban on the shooting of waterfowl and other similar species with lead shot; and what prosecutions for infringements of the ban have been...

      Waterfowl: Ban on Shooting with Lead Shot

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which bodies or organisations police the ban on the shooting of waterfowl and similar species with lead shot in order to enforce the existing legislation.

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