Written answers

Wednesday, 28 November 2001

  • House of Commons

    • Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

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

  • International Development

    • Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations she has made to the Government of Uzbekistan regarding their policy on British and French humanitarian aid...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the outcome was of the international meeting held in Washington on 20 November on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan; and...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans she has in place to assist Afghan refugees when they return to their home towns inside Afghanistan; and what plans she has...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on her work with (a) serving and (b) former child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

      Global Patent Rules (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action she is taking with respect to Africa to prevent global patent rules having a negative effect on health.

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial assistance has been given to Turkey by her Department in each of the last three years; what was the amount of funding;...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what actions her Department is taking to alleviate the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe; and what assessment she has made of the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Uprating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the new rates of benefit proposed from April 2002. Question number missing in Hansard, possibly truncated question.

    • Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to change the (a) departmental expenditure limit and (b) administration costs limit for 2001–02.

      New Deal for Communities (Leicester Braunstone)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the operation of the Braunstone Community Association in respect of the new deal; what the cost is of the...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Terrorism

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what action he is taking to co-ordinate departmental policies on mass terrorist threats.

    • Social Exclusion

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with the Government office for the east midlands to ensure that projects designed to tackle social exclusion take into account...

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what policy projects the social exclusion unit is working on.

      Rural Policy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the co-ordination of rural policy.

      E-Government Initiative

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the progress of the e-Government initiative.

      Civil Service Pay

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his policy on civil service pay.

      Civil Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his oral statement of 31 October 2001, Official Report, column 866, what action he has taken to introduce legislation to give constitutional...

      Agriculture

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the regional co-ordination of assistance for the...

      Government Departments (Co-ordination)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent steps he has taken to improve co-ordination between Government departments in connection with the Better Regulation Task Force and the delivery unit.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what visits to Government regional offices Cabinet Office Ministers have made since 7 June.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on how many occasions the Cabinet Secretary has visited (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland since his appointment.

      Social Exclusion Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the work of the social exclusion unit.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of public appointments made since 1997 have been women; and if he will make a statement.

      Access to Official Information

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will respond to the report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration of 13 November on Access to Official Information.

      New Deal (Civil Service)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people have been employed in the civil service under the new deal for the young and unemployed.

      Departmental Expenditure Limit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to change the Cabinet Office departmental expenditure limit and the administration cost limit for 2001–02.

      Departmental Policies (Women)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how his Department monitors the impact of its policies on women.

      EU Regulation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made by the Mandelkern Group on better regulation since the last report to this House in March.

      Civil Partnership Registration Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans the Government have to introduce a civil partnership registration scheme.

  • Prime Minister

    • Security and Intelligence Agencies (Departmental Spending Limits)

      To ask the Prime Minister what plans there are to change the (a) departmental expenditure limit and (b) administration costs limits for 2001–02 for the security and intelligence agencies.

    • Delivery Unit

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the work of the Delivery Unit.

      Delivery Unit

      To ask the Prime Minister what guidance he has provided to inform the work of the Delivery Unit.

      Travel Costs (Concorde)

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Linlithgow (Mr. Dalyell), of 14 November 2001, Official Report, column 783W, on travel costs, for what reasons the...

      PIU Energy Review

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the number of organisations, bodies and individuals who have made a submission to the PIU Energy Review.

  • Defence

    • Plastic Baton Rounds (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many plastic baton rounds have been fired by military personnel in Northern Ireland; and what percentage of the total number of plastic baton round...

    • Armed Forces (Drugs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of each of the armed forces tested positive for the use of controlled substances in each of the years since testing began, expressed as...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what new measures he has introduced to recruit into the armed forces since 11 September.

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the opening of Army careers offices and armed forces careers offices on Saturday mornings.

      Challenger

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average life expectancy of air filters used in those Challenger 2 tanks which participated in Operation Saif Sareea 2 was.

      Spain (Officers Exchange)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officers on exchange between the UK and Spain are serving in (a) UK armed forces and (b) Spanish armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Active Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) armoured regiments, (b) infantry battalions, (c) artillery regiments, (d) signals regiments and (e) RAF squadrons have seen active service...

      Civil Affairs Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the composition and capabilities of the Civil Affairs Group.

      Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to change the departmental expenditure limits for 2001–02.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are for personnel involved in Exercise Saif Sareea 2 to be deployed to Afghanistan to aid in the operations in Afghanistan; and if he...

      September 11

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact of 11 September on (a) NATO, (b) the EU and (c) the UK's regional interests; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax-free Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) pensioners, (b) widows of pensioners and (c) their estates were identified as entitled to tax free pensions under the pre-1973 Attributable...

      Defence Logistics Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the sums provided for (a) capital expenditure and (b) current expenditure for the Defence Logistics Organisation in the current financial...

      Tornado GR1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to (a) replace and (b) upgrade the Tornado GR1 aircraft; and if he will make a statement.

      Regimental Running Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is his estimate of the running costs of (a) an armoured regiment and (b) an artillery regiment, for the latest year for which figures are available.

      EU Rapid Reaction Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the use of the EU rapid reaction force for (a) crisis management and (b) war- fighting.

      Ex-service Men (Rough Sleepers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the number of ex-service men who are rough sleepers; and if he will make a statement.

      Armoured Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what types of armoured vehicles are in service; and what are the (a) mid-life extension programmes dates and (b) anticipated withdrawal from...

      MOD Police Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the merits of the MoD police purchasing vehicles through a central purchasing agency.

      MOD Police Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what policy the MOD police adopts towards supporting British manufacturing when purchasing vehicles.

      NATO Defence Capabilities Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the NATO Defence Capabilities Initiative will report; and if he will make a statement.

      Far East Prisoners of War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the pick-up rate broken down by condition of the medical screening programme for Far East prisoners of war; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the total revenue his Department has received in each of the last 10 years as a result of providing places on UK military courses to overseas...

      Divorce (Service Men)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service men occupying married quarters were divorced in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to renegotiate the public service agreements signed with the Treasury for 2001 to 2004.

  • Education and Skills

    • Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when her Department first received warnings from training providers that the individual learning account scheme was open to fraud.

    • Gender Stereotyping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance has been issued to careers teachers to challenge preconceptions about girls' and boys' subjects and employments.

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many specialist schools have closed since 1997 in (a) England and (b) east Devon.

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many specialist schools have closed since 1997 in Arundel and South Downs.

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for each specialist school and college in (a) Nottingham and (b) Nottinghamshire, what were its (i) targets associated with specialist...

      Jean Monnet Chairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the Jean Monnet (a) chairs and (b) chair occupants funded in the UK by European Community money.

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in relation to youth services in each local education authority how many hours of provision are made (a) directly by the LEA (b) on behalf...

      Rural Education Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how she proposes that the work of rural education action zones be carried forward following the transfer of responsibility for EAZ schools...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the specialist schools in education authorities which retain the 11-plus, indicating which are (a) grammar and (b)...

      GCSE Results (Arundel and South Downs)

      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...

      Higher Education (East Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans there are to establish a new (a) university and (b) higher education college in East Sussex.

      GCSE Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will provide a nationwide breakdown of GCSE results in 2001 by gender.

      School Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils were excluded (a) permanently and (b) temporarily from schools in each year since 1997.

      School Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils in each age group were excluded (a) permanently and (b) temporarily from schools in the most recent year for which...

      Education Maintenance Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how (a) participation rates and (b) attainment levels (i) of pupils and (ii) of areas benefiting from education maintenance allowances...

      Connexions Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what are her quantitive targets for the Connexions service.

      Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many formal notices her Department has received in the last year from the Parliamentary Ombudsman expressing an intention to carry out...

      Departmental Spending Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to change the departmental expenditure limit and administration cost limits for 2001–02.

      Lecturers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the ability of part-time lecturers to provide quality support to their students.

      School Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance she has issued to (a) local education authorities and (b) schools in respect of (i) their responsibilities for the...

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Wychavon District Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent assessment he has made of the improvement in the performance of the planning department of Wychavon...

    • West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what are the (a) original and (b) latest estimates of the (i) cost and (ii) longevity of the West Coast Main Line...

      Street Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if local transport plan funding in 2002–03 will include funding for street lighting.

      Motorway Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list those sections of motorway that have (a) a 50 mph limit, (b) variable speed limits and (c) other...

      Planning Appeals (Buckingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many appeals against refused planning applications he has received in 2001 in respect of sites in the Buckingham...

      Railway Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many railway workers have made representations to him since 5 October; and on what subjects.

      Rent Restructuring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish representations he has received from (a) the local authority associations, (b) organisations...

      Rent Restructuring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the estimated savings to the Treasury are in the next financial year following implementation of the...

      Parking Charges (Central London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was the estimated gross income from parking charges received by (a) Camden, (b) Kensington and Chelsea, (c)...

      Road Accidents (Somerset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many (a) fatal and (b) serious road traffic accidents have taken place in (i) Somerset and (ii) the constituency...

      Road Accidents (Bassetlaw)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many road users in the Bassetlaw constituency had accidents in the last year for which figures are available; and...

      Regional Airports (Flight Surcharges)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will abolish flight surcharges from regional airports.

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the outcome of the Quinquennial Review of the Ordnance Survey.

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he has concluded his consideration of the formal review of the Ordnance Survey Framework Document 1999 undertaken...

      Public Transport (Greater London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to increase the allocation of funding for public transport in the Greater London area.

      Buses (Safety)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what powers the Transport Commissioners have to investigate bus services that are deemed to be unsafe.

      Stagecoach

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the outcome of the investigation by the Traffic Commissioner into the operation of bus services by...

      Transport Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the total UK public expenditure, broken down into (a) capital and (b) revenue, including EU grants, was in each...

      Newly Qualified Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will introduce a probationary period for newly qualified drivers in the United Kingdom.

      Fishing Communities Regeneration Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list, by region, the communities that have received funds under the Fishing Communities Regeneration...

      Braer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if he has received the new evidence gained from re-examination of the Braer's surviving logbooks by two...

      Dangerous Items (Airport Sales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps he has taken to ban the sale of dangerous items in airside shops at airports; and how these restrictions...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what effect the credit rating of Transport for London will have on the future cost of the public-private partnership...

      Transport (Arundel and South Downs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made as to the adequacy of (a) rail services and (b) bus services between Arundel and South...

      Traffic Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the number of traffic schemes in London approved by him in each of the last three years relating to...

      National Air Traffic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what representations he has received from the Airline Group for financial assistance to support its operation...

      National Air Traffic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many jobs within the National Air Traffic Control Services he expects to be shed over the next three years.

      Housing (West Wiltshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact of changes in the supply of low-cost homes on the housing situation in West...

      Housing (West Wiltshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of (a) the number of new households in West Wiltshire for each of the years from 1995 to...

      Empty Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what measures he is taking to ensure that authorities in England publish empty homes strategies.

      Voting (Postal Strikes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans the Government have to change the rules on (a) postal and (b) absentee voting to take into account postal...

      M6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans his Department has to improve the M6 between Birmingham and Manchester.

      M6/M56

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects work to begin on the motorway link between junction 19 of the M6 and the M56.

      Cheshire Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many persons were employed in the Cheshire Fire Service in (a) 1997 and (b) 2001.

      Speed Limits (Residential Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of the average cost to local authorities of introducing 20 mph zones in residential areas.

      Traffic-Calming Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much local authorities have spent on traffic-calming measures from 1992 up to the last year for which figures are...

      East Devon-London Transport Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the adequacy of (a) rail services and (b) bus services between east Devon and London;...

      Housing PFI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the status of the housing PFI pathfinder projects.

      Housing (West Midlands)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the number of new homes constructed in the west Midlands by local authority area using...

      Housing Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) which local authorities have transferred their housing stock to new registered social landlords and if he will...

      Planning Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many public inquiries into planning applications have lasted more than (a) one month and (b) three months in each...

      Quarry Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent assessment he has made of the environmental performance of the UK quarry industry in comparison with (a)...

      Rural Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the development of a rural road hierarchy, as required by the Transport Act 2000.

      Rural Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 21 November 2001, Official Report, column 327W, on rural bus services, how much of the...

      Rural Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 21 November 2001, Official Report, column 327W, on rural bus services, if he will specify...

      Council Tenants (Poole)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 14 November 2001, Official Report, column 738W, on cash incentive scheme payments, if he...

      Local Strategic Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the powers the local strategic partnerships will have to carry out their tasks.

      Local Strategic Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions by what methods the local strategic partnerships assess needs of the local people and find those who are often excluded.

      Transport (Disabled Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what measures he has taken to increase the number of buses which have disabled access ramps: and if he will make a...

      Neighbourhood Renewal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what guidelines govern the eligibility of local authorities for neighbourhood renewal funding.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he intends to review guidance to local planning authorities on securing affordable housing through the planning...

      New Deal for Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on his assessment of the performance of New Deal for Communities programmes.

      Planning Applications (Processing Times)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what the average turn-around time is for processing by a local authority of a correctly submitted planning...

      Rough Sleepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what progress the Social Exclusion Unit has made in reducing the number of rough sleepers.

      Chemical Sites (Access to Information)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to restrict public access to information on major chemical sites held on public registers on...

      Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether there are plans to change the departmental expenditure limit and administration costs limits for 2001–02.

      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;...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he prepared the emergency legislation to prevent an application for interim review from Railtrack.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the specialist areas in which his Department has sought external advice in handling Railtrack over...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many new stations were opened by Railtrack.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many railway infrastructure projects stand (a) cancelled and (b) postponed, following Railtrack being placed in...

      Corsham Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what impact Railtrack's entry to receivership will have on the opening of the new station at Corsham.

      Rail Services (Buckingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent assessment he has made as to the adequacy of rail services between stations in the Buckingham...

      Rail Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what research the Government are funding into rail track laying and maintenance technologies.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which planning authority will be charged with (a) monitoring and (b) enforcing compliance with the flights ceiling...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact on levels of aircraft movements at regional airports of the completion of...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact on levels of aircraft (a) movements and (b) noise in Beckenham of the...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will (a) start and (b) conclude the review of westerly preference for incoming aircraft at Heathrow in...

  • Home Department

    • 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 correspondence responded to within agreed targets.

    • 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 a reduction in the level of re-offending by drug...

      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 completions of nationality applications.

      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 shortening the time taken in dealing with persistent...

      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 evaluation of probation and court referral...

      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 efficiency of procurement in his Department.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many letters he has received in 2001 from residents of the Buckingham constituency on asylum policy.

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which public sector organisations have applied to him to be allowed to demand Communications Data under the Regulation of Investigatory...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many certificates he has signed with respect to Section 28 of the Data Protection Act 1998 since coming to office; if he has renewed...

      Graduates (Work Permits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the immigration status is of persons who are graduates of UK universities and holders of non-EU passports who have been invited to take...

      Drugs Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was (a) the budgeted amount and (b) the actual spend for the drugs misuse allocation for England for each of the last three years.

      Visa Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the handling of the visa application of Mrs. Grace Allen, Ref A1127781.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provisions are made for teaching English as a second language to asylum seekers in the UK.

      Immigration Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons are in detention under immigration legislation.

      Immigration Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons have been detained under the Immigration Act 1971 in each of the past five years; and in each year, how many detained...

      Heroin Imports (Afghanistan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 20 November 2001, Official Report, column 237W, on imports of heroin to Britain, what is his estimate of the...

      Mi5

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what circumstances MI5 may decide that major decisions it takes need not be communicated to him; and what mechanism exists to ensure...

      Cross-channel Illegal Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he next intends to meet with French authorities to discuss the operation of checks conducted at French ports to prevent illegal...

      Cross-channel Illegal Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received in relation to the operation of checks conducted at French ports to prevent illegal immigrants entering...

      Indefinite Leave to Remain

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the length of time taken to respond to a request for an upgrade of exceptional level to remain to indefinite leave.

      Entry Clearance (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what circumstances (a) British nationals and (b) those with indefinite leave to remain would find their children under the age of 18...

      Access to Official Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the Fourth report of the Parliamentary Ombudsman, Session 2001–02 on Access to Official Information:...

      Asset Recovery Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish the Government's Asset Recovery Strategy.

      Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to issue a modified code of practice for authorised officers in relation to his proposal to widen the scope of the cash...

  • Wales

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if she will list those public bodies to which her Department appoints members and which are not listed in "Public Bodies 2000";...

    • Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what financial support was provided by the Government for tourism in England in each month of the financial year (a)...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the impact of the foot and mouth crisis on tourism in the south-west.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effect on tourism in east Devon of transport links with London.

      Tourism

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

      Disadvantaged People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how her Department defines those members of society considered to be the most disadvantaged.

      Lottery Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received concerning the accountability of (a) the lottery distributing bodies and (b) their application...

      Lottery Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment she has made of the variation in expenditure, relative to revenue received, of the lottery income distributing...

      Lottery Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how outdoor adventure facilities will be affected in the west midlands by the new opportunities for school and community sports lottery...

      Lottery Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance she has offered to education authorities regarding (a) who should be consulted in the west midlands regarding the spending...

      Lottery Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what arrangements she has made to monitor (1) the impact of the new opportunities for school and community sport lottery moneys on...

      Lottery Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how she will monitor the provision of new opportunities for school and community sport in disadvantaged areas.

      Lottery Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the provision of sports facilities for children with disabilities under the new opportunities for school...

      Lottery Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how she will ensure that money from the new opportunities for school and community sport will provide more opportunities for young...

      Pornographic Satellite Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent recommendations she has received from the ITC regarding the proscription of pornographic satellite television channels.

      Pornographic Satellite Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take action to proscribe the Satisfaction Channel.

      Pornographic Satellite Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action she plans to control pornographic satellite television channels; and if she will make a statement.

      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 Arundel and South Downs in each of the last five...

      Playing Fields

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

      Football Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding her Department will give the Football Foundation in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03.

      Sport and Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what arrangements she has made to monitor the impact of the new opportunities for school and community sport has on the fight against...

      Motorsport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what representations she is making in advance of the FIA Motorsports World Council meeting on 13 December to secure the retention...

      Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many formal notices her Department has received in the last year from the parliamentary ombudsman expressing an intention to carry...

      Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proposals she has to amend her (a) departmental expenditure limit and (b) administration costs limits for 2001–02.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Spending Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans she has to change the Scotland Office (a) departmental expenditure limit and (b) administration costs limit for 2001–02.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if the post of Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland will be advertised internationally.

    • Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on what date his Department established a working group of officials to prepare his Department for the implementation of the Freedom of...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Solicitor-General what plans she has to change the Attorney-General's Department's (a) departmental expenditure limit and (b) administration costs limits for 2001–02.

  • Health

    • Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 16 July 2001, Official Report, column 70W, what proportion of total NHS spending was used to provide mental health services in...

    • Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Norwich, North (Dr. Gibson) of 23 October 2001, Official Report, columns 144–45W, on mental health,...

      Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the breakdown of the cost of other services referred to on page 51 of his Department's annual report 2001.

      Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what items fall within the category of net capital expenditure of £1.5 million in 2001–02, referred to on page 30 of the 2001 departmental report.

      New Opportunities Fund (Cancer Care)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) breast, (b) lung, (c) stomach and (d) prostate cancer sufferers have been helped by allocations from the new opportunities fund since 1999.

      NHS Walk-in Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost is of the NHS walk-in centres in (a) 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02.

      Cleft Lip and Palate Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what were the recommendations of the Clinical Implementation Group in respect of cleft lip and palate services for the North West Region.

      Waiting Lists

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

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients are waiting for admission for orthopaedic treatment at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust; how many were waiting in November (a) 2000, (b) 1999,...

      Performance Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which organisations have received allocations from the Performance Fund; and how much in each case.

      "Sold on Health" Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress with implementing the recommendation in the "Sold on Health" report; and what savings to public funds (a) are...

      Invest to Save Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expected saving is to public funds from the projects of his Department in Round 2 of the Invest to Save Budget.

      Modernisation Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Modernisation Agency was established; and what its cost to public funds is in 2001–02.

      GP Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expected cost to public funds is of enabling all patients to have GP appointments within 48 hours.

      Transsexual People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines his Department issues on the provision of care for transsexual people.

      NHS Dental Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to ensure that all those who want to are able to register for NHS dental care.

      NHS Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the performance of NHS trusts in (a) 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02 in meeting their responsibility to break even on...

      NHS Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on NHS trusts' planned costs for (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03 and (c) 2003–04.

      Best Value

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the savings (a) in 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02 arising from the application by his Department of Best Value.

      NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the funding of the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03; (2) if he will make...

      NHS Pensions Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the savings arising from the procurement of a private sector partner for contractorisation of the non-core services of the...

      NHS Management Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on NHS management costs in (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03 and (c) 2003–04.

      Out-of-area Treatment System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what statistics his Department collates on the operation of the out-of-area treatment system.

      Mental Health Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he has received the report on the second phase of work on guardianship under the Mental Health Act 1983; and if he will publish it.

      Pneumococcal Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 19 November 2001, Official Report, column 131W, on the pneumococcal vaccine, if he will set out (a) the remit and aims of the...

      Residential Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nursing and (b) residential care (i) homes and (ii) beds have closed in the Buckingham constituency in each year since 1997.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what priority he places on the treatment of diabetes; (2) what plans he has to review the national treatment standards for diabetes sufferers; and...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of new drugs to treat type 1 diabetes; and if he will make a statement.

      Children at Risk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 21 November 2001, Official Report, columns 364–65W, on children at risk, if he will set out separately the number of...

      Wheelchair Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what are the growth pressures on the wheelchair service; in which geographical areas these are unusually intense; and if he will make a statement on...

      Care Home Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice he is offering local authorities on the impact of the closure of care homes.

      Private Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will launch an initiative to provide help and advice for private care home users through (a) a telephone hotline service and (b) local health/social...

      Health Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the future of health action zones; and when he will announce the funding for future years.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 31 October 2001, Official Report, column 828W, on asylum seekers, if he will list the local authorities participating in the...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 14 November 2001, Official Report, column 875W, on asylum seekers, what representations he has received to extend the Children...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to amend the Food Standards Agency (a) departmental expenditure limit and (b) administration costs limit for 2001–02.

      Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to amend his Department's (a) departmental expenditure limit and (b) administration costs limit for 2001–02.

      Doctors and Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the latest figures are for the shortfall in (b) doctors and (b) nurses in the NHS.

      Doctors and Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average annual rate of pay is for (a) nurses and (b) doctors (i) in the NHS and (ii) in the private sector.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target of a reduction in the death rate from cancer amongst people aged under...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress towards meeting the public service agreement target of a reduction in the death rate among people aged under 75...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on success in meeting the public service agreement target for procurement savings by NHS trusts in 2000–01.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress towards meeting the public service agreement target that everyone with suspected cancer should be able to see a...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress towards meeting the public service agreement target for the reduction of levels of staff absence due to sickness...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the public service agreement target for reducing the number of children re-registered on a child protection register.

      Health Providers (Shropshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been made available to health providers in Shropshire other than the health authority in 2001–02 to date.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his recent discussions with President Musharraf about the situation in Pakistan.

    • Overseas Territories Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the meetings (a) his predecessor and (b) he had with representatives of the Governments of (i) Anguilla, (ii)...

      Terrorist/Freedom Fighter Definition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's definition is of (a) an international terrorist and (b) a freedom fighter; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will list those public bodies which are the responsibility of his Department and which are not listed in Public...

      Local Bodies

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

      Bulgaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he anticipates Bulgaria will have completed negotiations to enter the EU.

      UAE-Iraq (Trade)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the United Arab Emirates-Iraq free trade agreement on 2 November; and what plans he has for the...

      "Never Again" Leaflet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost was of producing the "Never Again" leaflet; and to whom it has been distributed.

      Ceuta and Melilla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what indications he has received from the Spanish Government of its intention (a) to transfer sovereignty of Ceuta and Melilla...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next plans to visit India.

      Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to change his (a) Department's expenditure limit and (b) administration costs limits for 2001–02.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on evidence he has received concerning attacks on opposition MDC (Movement for Democratic Change)...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish evidence he has received indicating violations of human rights by Government Ministers in Zimbabwe.

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will give details of the issues he raised with regard to Tibet during the meeting with the Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister...

  • Trade and Industry

    • UK Atomic Energy Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will announce the outcome of the Quinquennial Review of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority.

    • Refrigerators (Recycling)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what advice she is giving to (a) retail outlets who previously have collected old refrigerators when supplying new refrigerators to customers...

      British Trade International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what changes will be made to the Resource Departmental Expenditure Limit of British Trade International.

      Cammell Laird

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what date A&P made their submission to the Office of Fair Trading supporting their purchase of Cammell Laird shipbuilders.

      Export Control Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reason reference to sustainable development does not appear in the long title of the Export Control Bill.

      Cowboy Builders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in her schemes to combat cowboy builders; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to change the departmental expenditure limit and administration cost limits for (a) her Department, (b) the Office of Fair...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what inquiries she has made into the competition practices of National Rail Supplies, Railtrack and Railtrack's contractors.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to develop renewable energy.

      Overseas Commercial Activities (Accountability Legislation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to discuss with her European counterparts the introduction of legislation to hold companies accountable for their...

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of how many post office card accounts there will be on the basis of existing plans.

      Postal Deliveries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of first class letters from (a) Eastbourne and (b) Wealden postcode areas were delivered by (a) first and (b) second post the...

      Postal Deliveries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with Consignia about changes to the second daily Royal Mail delivery.

      Postal Deliveries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of (a) first and (b) second class mail was delivered as part of a second daily delivery in the last 12 months.

      Public Service Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which air routes in Britain benefit from a public service order.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effect of climate change levy after rebates on the manufacturing sector in (a) the United Kingdom and (b)...

  • President of the Council

    • Grand Committees

      To ask the President of the Council on how many occasions the Northern Ireland Grand Committee has met in Northern Ireland (a) in the five years prior to devolution and (b) since devolution.

    • Grand Committees

      To ask the President of the Council on how many occasions the Scottish Grand Committee has met in Scotland (a) in the five years prior to devolution and (b) since devolution.

      Grand Committees

      To ask the President of the Council on how many occasions the Welsh Grand Committee has met in Wales (a) in the five years prior to devolution and (b) since devolution.

      House of Lords Appointments Commission

      To ask the President of the Council what the cost is to date of the House of Lords Appointments Commission.

      Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the President of the Council whether there are any plans to change (a) the departmental expenditure limit and (b) administration costs limits for 2001–02.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many formal notices his Department has received in the last year from the Parliamentary Ombudsman expressing an intention to...

    • Complaints

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what progress is being made with the case of a complaint by Mr. Paul Bayliss of Lloyds & Cooper.

  • Treasury

    • National Enterprise Campaign

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the progress of the National Enterprise Campaign.

    • Tourism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what analysis his Department has undertaken on the impact of the slow down in the world economy on tourism.

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average income multiple for mortgages agreed in the last financial year was for (a) individuals and (b) couples.

      Youth Unemployment

      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 Arundel and South Downs.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rates and thresholds of the (a) working families tax credit and (b) disabled person's tax credit will be from April 2002.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place a copy of the responses to the tax credits consultation document in the Library.

      Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to change Customs and Excise (a) departmental expenditure limit and (b) administration costs limits for 2001–02.

      Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to amend the Inland Revenue (a) departmental expenditure limit and (b) administration costs limit for 2001–02.

      Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to amend the Office for National Statistics (a) departmental expenditure limit and (b) administration costs limit for 2001–02.

      Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to change HM Treasury's (a) departmental expenditure limits and (b) administration costs limits for 2001–02.

      Tax Receipts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to improve the short-term forecasting of tax receipts.

      Tax Receipts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will publish for each month of the current financial year the error rate occurring between the projected tax and VAT receipts and those which...

      Tax Receipts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff are used by the Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise to produce the monthly short-term forecasts of tax receipts; and what the annual...

      Tax Receipts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the (a) sections and (b) those of grade 3 and above in the Treasury which receive copies of the Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise...

      Tax Receipts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the methodology used to produce the levels of current receipts shown in table C4 of Budget 2001 and show how this related to the contents...

      Tax Receipts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the way in which the Treasury uses the short-term forecasts of tax receipts provided by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise and...

      Tax Receipts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement listing the facts and information used by (a) the Inland Revenue and (b) Customs and Excise to produce the short-term forecasts...

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to privatise the distraint work of the Inland Revenue; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Authority Debt Repayment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what rules govern annual debt repayments by local authorities in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Financial Regulation (Overseas and Dependent Territories)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the British overseas and dependent territories with which exchange of information agreements have been agreed (a) for tax and (b) financial...

      Exchange Rate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps he has taken to ensure a competitive sterling to euro exchange rate.

      Exchange Rate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from manufacturers about the rate of sterling in the last six months; and if he will make a statement.

      Stamp Duty

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

      Manufacturing (East Midlands)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what analysis he has made of the impact of the slow down in the world economy on manufacturing in the east midlands.

      Higher Rate Taxpayers

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

      Income Data

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) of those self-employed aged between (a) 18 and 35, (b) 36 and 45, (c) 46 and 50, (d) 51 and 55, (e) 56 and 60 and (h) 61 and 74 years, if he will...

      Income Tax (Young People)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he plans to remove 16 and 17-year-olds from the income tax systems; and if he will make a statement.

      Benefits (Buckingham)

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

      Brazilian Mahogany

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the seizure by Customs and Excise of Brazilian mahogany and mahogany products shipped to UK ports.

      Impounded Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 14 November 2001, Official Report, column 766W, on impounded vehicles, what are the security reasons which prevent the...

      Impounded Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 14 November 2001, Official Report, column 766W, on impounded vehicles, with which bodies Customs and Excise has made contract...

      Departmental Bodies and Reviews

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) task forces and (b) policy reviews with external members have been established by his Department since January 2000; and what (i) sub-groups, (ii)...

      Departmental Bodies and Reviews

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the date of establishment was for all task forces and policy reviews with external members established by his Department since January 2000; which of...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the outstanding balance is of (a) income tax and (b) national insurance that has been deferred as a result of foot and mouth disease in (i) Dumfries...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Rural Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 21 November 2001, Official Report, column 320W, on rural parishes, if she will list those parishes...

    • Rural Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 21 November 2001, Official Report, column 319W, on the rural White Paper, if she will list the...

      Business Start-ups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 21 November 2001, Official Report, column 321W, what work (a) has previously been done and (b) is...

      Business Start-ups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 21 November 2001, Official Report, column 327W, how much of the £92 million outlined in the...

      Business Start-ups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 21 November 2001, Official Report, column 321W, on rural employment, if she will list the jobs by...

      Business Start-ups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 21 November 2001, Official Report, column 322W, on civic amenities, how many (a) food shops, (b)...

      Market Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 21 November 2001, Official Report, column 322W, on market towns, what has been the progress of the...

      Countryside Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take into account the financial situation of rural enterprises in setting target dates for payments under the...

      Countryside Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will announce the target date for the payment of amounts under the countryside stewardship scheme at the end of this...

      Countryside Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has had regarding timely payment of amounts under the countryside stewardship scheme; and if she...

      Foxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the size of the fox population in England (a) at the latest available date and (b) in...

      Foxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the impact on fox populations of the existence of artificial earths; (2) what...

      Agricultural Development Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will announce the outcome of bids for funding under round three of the Agricultural Development Scheme.

      Pitsea Tip

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what poisonous substances have been deposited at Pitsea tip; over what period; and from which source.

      Genetically Modified Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the Food and Agriculture Organisation's recent paper, "State of the World's Fisheries and...

      Genetically Modified Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she takes to ensure genetically modified salmon cannot escape from confinement into the wild.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Scottish Minister regarding Scotland's contribution to United Kingdom targets on...

      Rural Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to introduce the concept of Rural Ministers in different Government Departments.

      Departmental Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's latest annual efficiency target is; and if it has been achieved.

      Beef

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has made to (a) her French counterpart and (b) the European Commission regarding proposals to ban...

      Dry Stone Walls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to extend additional protection to dry stone walls.

      Biodiesel Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she is taking to support the development of biodiesel technology; and if she will make a statement.

      Energy Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of the money announced by the Government in October 2000 to promote the growth of energy crops has already...

      River Thames (Adjacent Land)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will outline the policy of the Environment Agency with regard to (a) the provision of car parking on (i) land...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many animals have been used in live experiments tests within the EU in the last year; and how many have been used...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the EU proposals for laboratory testing of household chemicals on animals.

      Sheep/Lamb Producers (Returns)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will calculate the average annual return for individual sheep and lamb producers in the UK in each of the last 10...

      National Parks Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who the members of the task force on national parks are; on what occasions Ministers have met the task force; and how many...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the comparative position of the United Kingdom in relation to each other EU country regarding...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to develop central monitoring of the amount of waste collected for recycling which ends up in landfill sites.

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she is taking to enable each local authority to provide doorstep collection of recyclable waste.

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to encourage a reduction in non-domestic waste.

      Departmental Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many working days have been lost through strikes by departmental staff since 1 June; and if she will make a statement.

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are being taken to ensure that (a) Eaga Partnership Ltd. and (b) Eastern HEES Ltd. monitor the independent...

      Radon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many residential dwellings have been tested for radon emissions since 1988 in (a) Devon and (b) England and Wales; and...

      Fresh Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the adequacy of the fresh water supply available to the UK.

      Fresh Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs where are the UK's main water sources; and what plans there are to create desalination plants.

      Incinerator Ash (Dioxins)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will make a statement on the quality of the Environment Agency's methods of testing incinerated material for...

      Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to change the (a) departmental expenditure limit and (b) administration costs limits for 2001–02.

      Global Warming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on Government responsibilities on (a) global warming and (b) Kyoto.

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the impact of the moratorium on new gas-fired power stations on carbon dioxide emissions (a) to...

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the percentage of carbon dioxide emissions derived from (a) transport, (b) domestic sources and...

      Greenhouse Gases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on current station lifetime plans, what projections have been made of the production of greenhouse gases if electricity...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason her Department was not represented at the public inquiry into foot and mouth disease in Devon.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what changes there were to the criteria for the payment of slaughter premium during the foot and mouth outbreak.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what basis slaughter premium is payable on cattle slaughtered as a result of foot and mouth disease.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to implement the recommendations of Professor Mercer's report into the foot and mouth crisis in Devon; and...

  • House of Lords

    • European Arrest Warrant

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they share the view of the Justice Minister of the Republic that Xwe are moving inexorably towards a European Union Arrest Warrant" and, if so, what...

    • European Arrest Warrant

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the question asked by Lord Pearson of Rannoch on 19 November (HL Deb, col. 979), whether the United Kingdom is still able to refuse to participate in...

      Machine-readable Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which countries currently issue machine-readable passports; and which European Union countries currently record electronically the arrival of non-European Union...

      Offenders: Work-experience

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are making provision for work-experience for previously unemployed convicted offenders and for those leaving penal institutions without jobs to go to:...

      Thames Valley Police: Firearms Licensing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many applications have been made by the Chief Constable of the Thames Valley police force for additional staff in the firearms licensing department; and how...

      Retail Crime Survey

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What data they have, for each of the last five years, on (a) the cost to retail traders resulting from customer theft, robbery and till snatches, and (b)...

      Passport Applications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what proportion of applications for United Kingdom passports a check is made on the credentials of referees for the applicants.

      Passport Applications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many applications were made in the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available for United Kingdom passports, showing separately (a) the number...

      Passports Lost or Stolen

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many current United Kingdom passports remain missing from those which have been reported lost or stolen.

      UK Passport Holders: Notification of Death

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 14 November (WA 82), whether it is the case that in less than 10 per cent of cases of deaths of holders of valid...

      Extradition: Application of Death Penalty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which are the countries to which the United Kingdom might not extradite persons due to the death penalty.

      Abu Hamsa Al Masri

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Yemen has asked for the extradition of Abu Hamsa Al Masri to Yemen; whether they will (a) allow him to remain free in the United Kingdom, (b) find a...

      Asset Recovery Strategy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the Government's Asset Recovery Strategy.

      Asset Recovery Strategy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to issue a modified code of practice for authorised officers in relation to their proposal to widen the scope of the cash seizure powers in...

      Airborne Launch Platforms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have asked Airbus if the A340 could be adapted to fulfil a military role equivalent to that carried out for the United States by the B52.

      Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the joint services unmanned aerial vehicle study will be completed.

      Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many unmanned aerial vehicle flights were flown and how many were lost during Exercise Saif Sareea II.

      Defence Exercises: Cancellation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many training excursions for the Armed Forces have been cancelled in 2000 and 2001.

      Defence Exercises from Gibraltar

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many training exercises have been carried out for the Armed Forces in and from Gibraltar during the last three years.

      Kosovo: UK Civilian Policing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the level of the United Kingdom's civilian policing commitment to the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).

      Law Officers' Departments DEL

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are any plans to change the Law Officers' departments departmental expenditure limit and administration costs limits for 2001–02.

      Foot and Mouth: Environmental Regulatory Framework Personnel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the answer by Lord Whitty on 6 November (HL Deb, col. 131), whether they will clarify the number of Department for the Environment, Food and Rural...

      British Woodland Owners: Government Contracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that British woodland owners and timber-processors are able to quote for all government and statutory contracts for which their products...

      Swill Feeding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to ban the practice of feeding swill (otherwise known as catering waste) to pigs and other agricultural animals; and, if so, when.

      Rural White Paper

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in implementing the Rural White Paper.

      Greening Government

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they next intend to report on progress with Greening Government.

      Northern Ireland: Gas TransportationTariff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have calculated the negative impact on Northern Ireland consumers and business of the gas transportation tariffs in the United Kingdom.

      Northern Ireland: Gas TransportationTariff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, with respect to Northern Ireland, they will refer Centrica plc and its implementation of the gas transportation tariffs in the United Kingdom to Ofgem.

      Healthcall Contract

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Considering that Healthcall, one of the two contractors to the Department of Trade and Industry, was recently subject to acquisition by another Company, Nestor...

      Higher Education Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the amount provided by the state, through public sector funding (both national and local) to higher education in each of the last 20 years, expressed as a...

      Measles, Mumps and Rubella Immunisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the measles, mumps and rubella immunisation rates were in each of the London health authorities (a) in the latest year for which figures are available, and...

      Measles, Mumps and Rubella Immunisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the costs to the National Health Service are of 10,000 doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine; and what the costs to the National Health Service...

      NHS Information Network

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 13 November (WA 73): (a) how much was invested by the National Health Service in information...

      Health Department DEL

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are any proposals to amend the Department of Health departmental expenditure limit and administration cost limit for 2001-02.

      Tourism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which regional development agencies are giving practical and financial support to initiatives which aim to generate domestic tourism; and what is the nature of...

      Equality of Treatment: Election Candidates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend the exceptions made by the Sex Discrimination (Election Candidates) Bill to Parts II to IV of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 to be read and...

      Civil Partnership Registration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made any assessment of the impact on the societies of (a) Belgium, (b) Denmark, (c) France, (d) Germany, (e) Norway, (f) Iceland, (g) Spain, (h)...

      Baroness Morgan of Huyton

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Baroness Morgan of Huyton will be paid from Labour Party funds in connection with her duties in the Prime Minister's office.

      Baroness Morgan of Huyton

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Baroness Morgan of Huyton acquired pension rights as a result of her service as a Minister; and, if so, on what financial basis those rights were granted.

      Mandelkern Group Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made by the Mandelkern Group on better regulation since the last report to this House in March.

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