Written answers

Friday, 30 November 2001

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • "Time for Reform" Consultation Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects legislation to be introduced to implement the recommendations of the "Time for Reform" consultation exercise.

    • Ministerial Visits (North-East)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many times since November 2000 Ministers from her Department have visited (a) the Teesside area and (b) Middlesbrough, South and...

      Film Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent action she has taken to support and develop the UK film industry.

      Sports Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about tax relief for community and amateur sports clubs.

  • Defence

    • Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the UK will pay to NATO as its share of NATO's overall costs in (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03 and (c) 2003–04; and what the...

    • Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how often the NATO-ESDP Working Groups on capabilities have met; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to publish a report on his Department's performance during financial year 2000–01.

      Operation Veritas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he expects that the extra £100 million allocation announced in the Chancellor's pre-Budget report will fully cover the costs associated with...

      European Security and Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which defence projects in the EU have been (a) initiated and (b) brought forward as a result of the aspiration to achieve the objectives of the European...

      EU Defence Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the EU member states which are increasing their defence spending in real terms over the next three years.

      HMS Gannet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the reasons were for the timing of the decommissioning of Squadron 819 at RNAS Prestwick.

      HMS Gannet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy personnel are based at HMS Gannet; and what was the cost of their (a) accommodation and (b) subsistence for each of the last 12 months.

      HMS Gannet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy personnel will be based at HMS Gannet, Prestwick from April 2002; and how they will be accommodated.

      HMS Gannet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost is of the lease of the HMS Gannet site at Prestwick airport; and how long the lease has to run.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many employees of (a) his Department and (b) agencies sponsored by his Department work in (i) London, (ii) areas...

    • Street Warden Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which areas in London were successful in their bids under the street warden scheme; and which were unsuccessful.

      Terminal 5

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his statement of 20 November, on Terminal 5, if he will set out the terms of reference of the research...

      Homeless People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proportion of lettings were made available to homeless households in priority need by local authorities; what...

      Homeless People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list (a) by region and (b) by size of property in terms of number of bedrooms the proportion of (i) secure...

      Homeless People

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

      Homeless People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many (a) permanent and (b) temporary homeless people there were in rural areas broken down by local authority in...

      Public Transport (ME Sufferers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to provide for the subsidisation of public transport use for ME sufferers.

      Home Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many home zones are (a) in force and (b) under preparation or development, broken down by local authority.

      House Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of the home search and survey process in the house sale market; and...

      Planning Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many planning applications were subject to an appeal against refusal; what percentages of appeals were (a) wholly...

      West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the time scale for introducing high speed trains on the west coast main line.

      West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the upgrade of the west coast main line.

      Social Housing (Rural Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 26 November 2001, Official Report, column 693W, on social housing, if he will list the...

      Social Housing (Rural Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the answer of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, of 26 November 2001,...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many of the planning issues called in last year were rejected.

      Affordable Housing (Planning Guidance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on how section 106 agreements can be made to encourage cross-boundary co-operation...

      Affordable Housing (Planning Guidance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what checks his Department makes to ensure that there are consistent determinations through the planning process with...

      Flood Plains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list those planning applications that have been agreed for development in the flood plains since the...

      Nats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what assessment he has made of the ability of the NATS PPP to provide for the (a) debt repayment and (b)...

      Nats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if an application has been made to alter the strategic agreement for National Air Traffic Services; and if he will...

      Nats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to review the structure of the NATS PPP following the events of 11 September.

      Nats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how the costs of voluntary redundancies at NATS will be met; and what assessment he has made of the effects on the...

      Nats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if Service Level Agreements with NATS engineers will be guaranteed following the engineering review.

      Nats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what report he has received from the Economic Regulator on cost cutting measures for NATS.

      Atlantic House, Prestwick

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what progress has been made in replacing the oceanic system at Atlantic House in Prestwick; and what is his estimate...

      Atlantic House, Prestwick

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what is his estimate of the lifespan of the upgraded radar system being installed at Atlantic House, Prestwick.

      Rough Sleepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will make an announcement of the rough sleepers unit's progress towards meeting the target to reduce the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will publish the inspection report of the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate in respect of Birmingham city council.

    • Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the extent of benefit fraud in (a) Scotland and (b) the United Kingdom on an annual basis.

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library the legal advice received by his Department on the disclosure of databases of personal data held by third...

      Pension Forecasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the manner in which the Government will provide information to individuals about combined state and private...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what resources are being targeted to help people aged (a) 50 and over and (b) under 25 years who are not working, to set up their own businesses.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what alternative to individual learning accounts is offered to new deal 50 plus participants reaching the end of their 52 weeks on employment...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in East Devon are on the new deal programme, broken down by each category of the new deal.

      Mortgage Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of working age households in each English region were receiving mortgage support through their income support in (a) March 1997...

      Hospitalisation (Deduction of Benefits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if his Department's regulations governing deduction of benefits for people admitted to hospital for six weeks or more include consideration or...

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what work his Department has carried out in dealing with child poverty in the last three years.

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will make a statement on what plans he has for existing Child Support Agency customers to be progressed on to the new regulations...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will outline his policy towards disclosure under CSA regulations; how he plans to change it after April 2002 in respect of departures;...

  • Trade and Industry

    • End of Life Vehicles Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will place copies of the responses to her Department's consultation paper on the End-of-Life Vehicles Directive in the Libraries of...

    • End of Life Vehicles Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what criteria she will use for the regulatory impact assessment of the End-of-Life Vehicles Directive; and if she will make a statement.

      Strategy Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) when she expects to appoint her Department's Strategy Board; and if she will make a statement; (2) what criteria will be used to select...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Countryside Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) for what reason the Countryside Agency Leisure Day Visits Survey (a) did not take place during 2001 and (b) will take...

    • Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the potential dangers of transmission of foot and mouth disease from the travelling of...

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the economic impact on the rural economy of the temporary suspension of hunting.

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information is required from landowners before permits are issued allowing the resumption of hunting with dogs on their land.

      Industrial Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 22 November 2001, Official Report, column 422W, on industrial action, if she will list the level...

      Agrimonetary Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 23 November 2001, Official Report, column 519W, on departmental costs, if she will list the...

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research is being carried out by her Department for which moneys from the budgets for (a) 2000–01, (b)...

      Rural White Paper

      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 local education authorities, and of 26 November...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what changes her Department is proposing on animal movement restrictions for those herds subject to 12-month test intervals...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made in the last six months of the threat of tuberculosis to (a) human and (b) animal health.

      Organic Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress on the Organic Action Plan; what organisations she has met to discuss the Organic...

      Organic Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps her Department is taking to encourage UK supermarket companies to increase the level of purchasing of...

      Organic Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will calculate (a) the area of fully organic UK farmland and (b) the number of companies licensed to produce organic...

      Organic Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the profitability of organic enterprises.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many applications she has received for interest for late payment of foot and mouth compensation.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made about when Devon will be given disease free status from foot and mouth.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will pay interest for the late payment of foot and mouth compensation to Mr. Whittal Williams, a constituent.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the methods used to control the foot and mouth epidemic in Mongolia and of the lessons for...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what further measures the Government plan to ensure a rapid ban on livestock movement should another outbreak of foot and...

      Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the applicability of the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 to her Department.

      Farmers' Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to encourage the development of farmers' markets.

      Sheep Export Ban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the ban on the export of sheep from the United Kingdom will be lifted.

      Contaminated Food (Border Inspections)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to increase the number of inspectors at ports to detect contaminated food; and if she will make a statement.

      Fishermen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her policy on extending MAGP IV by a year; and what measures she will take to assist payments...

      Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much new public money has been spent in 2001 on improving flood defences in (a) York, (b) Uckfield, (c) Yalding, (d)...

      Food (Pesticide Residues)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the Government are undertaking a comprehensive study of the effects of pesticide residues in food; and if she will make a...

      Ministerial Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many ministerial engagements (a) were cancelled between 1 January and 31 May and (b) have been cancelled since 1 June.

      Flood Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to spend some of the money for flood relief announced by the Deputy Prime Minister when he visited Upton...

      Pig Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to introduce special movement pig licences for farmers in Devon.

      Livestock Movements (Departmental Website)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what dates and at which times the autumn movement of livestock scheme website at www.fmdamll.defra.gov.uk/logon.asp has...

      Agricultural Supply Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what support her Department has given to the agricultural supply industry following the outbreak of foot and mouth disease.

      Research (GM Animals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many GM animals were being used in research at the latest date for which figures are available, broken down by species;...

  • Prime Minister

    • European Arrest Warrant

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent representations he has received from (a) the European Criminal Bar Association of Defence Lawyers and (b) Fair Trials Abroad, concerning the European arrest...

    • Security

      To ask the Prime Minister what plans there are to create a Cabinet Minister for United Kingdom Security; and if he will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much money Coalition members have given to the Northern Alliance and its supporters since the beginning of the conflict in...

    • Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with EU ministers concerning Israel's export to the EU of goods manufactured in Israeli...

      Euro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 19 November 2001, Official Report, column 27W, on the Scottish Executive, if the Minister of State...

      NATO Parliamentary Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the composition of the United Kingdom Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Sudan on the (a) creation and (b) restoration of churches in the north of the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's approach to peace in the Sudan, with particular reference to democratic consent...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with other African Governments on proposals to bring peace to the Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with Christian Solidarity on the subject of slavery and abduction in the Sudan.

      European Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his position towards the establishment of conventions for joint information activities between...

      European Security and Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the outcome of the recent talks held with the Turkish Government in Ankara about the European...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Contested Hearings

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many either-way cases heard in magistrates courts have been contested in each year since 1987.

    • Contested Hearings

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many (a) wholly and (b) partly-contested cases there were, and how many acquittals there were in each case, for (i)...

      Contingency Fees

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what assessment she has made of contingent fees; and what plans she has for their introduction.

      Community Legal Service

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much funding the Community Legal Service has received in each year it has been in existence; and what (a) amount and (b)...

      Court Buildings (Wales)

      Gareth Thomas: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to improve court buildings in Wales.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Ethnic Community Religious Groups

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what recent discussions he has had with the Church Commissioners on providing funding to ethnic community...

  • Health

    • Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Independent Advisory Group on Teenage Pregnancy will publish its first annual report.

    • HIV (Health Care Workers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the outcome of the review of policy on patient notification exercises relating to HIV-infected health care workers.

      General Medical Council (Disqualifications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to introduce a ban from registration with the GMC of (a) GPs and (b) consultants who have been banned from practising in (i) EU,...

      NHS Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what are the approved AVC providers under the NHS pension scheme; how many outstanding AVC contracts there are with these providers; when these AVC...

      Hospital Performance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of (a) a Commission for Health Improvement report and (b) the star-ratings as indicators of a hospital's performance.

      NHS Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the total annual (a) surplus and (b) deficit for each NHS trust in England in each year since 1997 for which figures are available.

      NHS Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he gives to NHS trusts on ordering their priorities between waiting (a) lists and (b) times.

      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 absorb the cost...

      Oldchurch Hospital (A and E)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time is for an A and E patient to see a doctor at Oldchurch hospital in Romford; and if he will make a statement.

      Oldchurch Hospital (A and E)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve waiting times for patients waiting to see a doctor in the A and E department of Oldchurch hospital in Romford.

      Respiratory Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce a national service framework for respiratory disease; and if he will make a statement.

      Capital Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for major capital projects over £50 million in his Department, at what discount rate the value for money test would recommend that (a) a publicly...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what changes have been made to the designations of hospital beds since 1 May 1997; (2) changes have been made to the methods of counting bed...

      Patient Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he gives to (a) dentists and (b) general practitioners on removing from their lists patients who have not attended for a period of time; and...

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement about Government support for research into (a) child and (b) adult epilepsy.

      Welfare Foods Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will announce the funding for the welfare foods scheme for 2002.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish the national service framework for diabetes; and if he will make a statement.

      GPs (Computers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the proportion of general practitioners using a computer as part of their daily work.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps are being taken to promote awareness of prostate cancer nationally; and if he will make a statement; (2) what percentage of men (a) in...

      Personal Social Services Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the change in the level of local authority personal social services grants from 2001–02 to 2002–03.

      Hospital Providers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to draw up a list of approved hospital providers in the EU.

      Hospital Providers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the Commission for Health Improvement will assist him in drawing up a list of approved hospital providers in the EU.

      Hospital Providers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with which hospital providers he has (a) had meetings and (b) corresponded in (i) Austria, (ii) Belgium, (iii) France, (iv) Greece, (v) the Netherlands,...

      Treatment Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he notified the European Commission of his decision to amend domestic legislation to clarify that health authorities and trusts may commission...

      Golden Hello Scheme (GPs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money was discharged to general practice under the Golden Hello scheme up to and including 16 November.

      Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have waited for more than one year for (a) in-patient and (b) out-patient treatment at the Good Hope hospital, Sutton Coldfield, in each...

      Hillingdon Local Modernisation Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 19 November 2001, Official Report, column 112W, when he expects the Hillingdon local modernisation review to publish its...

      Randomised Controlled Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to restrict treatments available in the NHS which have not been subjected to randomised controlled trials.

      Cutlass Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the results of the Cutlass review.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what investment has been made in each health authority area in respect of (a) the mental health national service framework and (b) the mental health...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will answer the question of 1 November on respiratory disease (UIN: 12691) from the hon. Member for Cardiff, West.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the question of the hon. Member for Liverpool, Riverside, of 12 November on the future of cleft lip and palate services for the...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will answer the question tabled by the hon. Member for Taunton on 17 July (ref: 5667) on STI-571.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Online Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of his and other Government Department's progress in meeting the Government's targets for providing services online.

  • Education and Skills

    • Schools Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which categories of expenditure she proposes shall count as (a) schools budget, (b) individual schools budget and (c) local education...

    • Schools Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will list the aggregate for England of (a) local education authority budgets for education, (b) their local schools budgets,...

      School Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information is available from asset management plans on school building condition needs.

      Secondary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on progress towards the introduction of the literacy and numeracy hours into secondary school curriculum; and...

      Head Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent discussions she has had with representatives of head teachers' organisations.

      Head Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on how performance-related pay will affect the salaries of head teachers.

      Homework Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made in the promotion of homework clubs in schools; and if she will make a statement.

      Admissions Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the estimated cost is of setting up admissions forums under the Education Bill.

      TNC Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost is to public funds of the implementation of the TNC Credit (New Category of Provider) Regulations 1999.

      Instructors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time instructors were employed in (i) primary, (ii) secondary and (iii) special schools in each of the...

      Free School Dinners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will rank local education authorities according to the percentage fall in the proportion of children attending day schools who are...

      School Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment she has made of (a) school places and (b) the shortage of teachers in the Buckingham constituency.

      School Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what latest assessment she has made of the shortage of (a) school places and (b) teachers in Arundel and South Downs.

      Pupil Attainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if data showing average attainment level of pupils entering (a) individual primary and (b) individual secondary schools (i) are and (ii)...

      School Performance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement in respect of the recent findings of the National Foundation of Educational Research in respect of average...

      Investors in People (Slough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which organisations in Slough received Investors in People awards in each year since 1997.

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she plans to introduce a replacement scheme for ILAs.

      Infant Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action her Department is taking in relation to infant classes of 31 or more.

      Threshold Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the estimated total cost of threshold pay is in 2001–02.

      Threshold Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations she has received on the cost to schools and LEAs of threshold pay.

      Threshold Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 20 November 2001, Official Report, column 259W, on threshold allowance awards, how many teachers received...

      Lecturers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the latest figures are for the average pay of university lecturers; and what plans she has to increase this amount.

      Lecturers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of university lecturers are employed on a part-time basis; and what plans she has to increase the use of part-time lecturers.

      Teaching Reforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 22 November 2001, Official Report, column 465W, on teaching reforms, for what periods the (a) current and (b) new...

      School Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance she gives to local education authorities to enable them to determine the allocation of funds to schools.

      White Paper Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will summarise the responses to all consultations associated with the Education White Paper, including (a) the number of responses to...

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will place in the Library copies of representations received in connection with the Department plans for faith schools.

      Teacher Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list (a) the amount being paid under the additional moneys for recruitment and retention, (b) how many teacher vacancies there...

      Exam Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will make a statement on the relative examination performance of (a) faith and (b) non-faith schools since 1997; (2) what are...

      High Quality Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 7 November 2001, Official Report, column 245W, on high quality teaching, how much funding is provided to support...

  • Treasury

    • Pre-Budget Report

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if table 4.3 of the pre-Budget report includes the effects of (a) income tax, (b) housing benefit withdrawal and (c) council tax benefit withdrawal;...

    • Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what studies his Department has undertaken on the impact of working families tax credit on the levels of (a) income tax paid, (b) national insurance paid...

      International Tax Recoveries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answers of 25 October 2001, Official Report, column 375W, and 21 November 2001, Official Report, column 360W, on international tax...

      Statutory Maternity Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of those businesses providing statutory maternity pay to their employees have made a claim to be reimbursed in each financial year since 1996.

  • Home Department

    • Immigration and Nationality Directorate, Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on (a) delays at Liverpool office of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, (b) their cause and (c)...

    • Residency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 12 November 2001, Official Report, column 558W, when his officials received an application on behalf of Mrs....

      Charity Commission Investigations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what organisations are being investigated by the Charity Commission for possible (a) terrorist links and (b) money laundering activities.

      Wrongfully Convicted Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the Question of the hon. Member for Liverpool, Riverside, of 29 October on the publication of his Department's report...

      Wrongfully Convicted Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish his Department's report on after-care for wrongfully convicted prisoners.

      Vivisection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to establish a Royal Commission on vivisection; and if he will make a statement.

      Asylum Seekers

      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 asylum decision times.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent consultations he has undertaken with local authorities about proposals for levels of funding for asylum seekers.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many local authorities have indicated that their costs of supporting asylum seekers exceed (a) current and (b) proposed grant levels.

      Kainos Programme Evaluation Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library a copy of the recommendations made by the Kainos Programme Evaluation report.

      Kainos Programme Evaluation Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the cost and effectiveness of the Kainos units in prisons.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were granted in 2000 and in which categories.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many footballers have been granted work permits in each year since 1997.

      Prison Officers (Ethnic Minorities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of prison officers are from black and ethnic minorities; and what is the proportion of those employed in prisons operated by...

      Justice and Home Affairs Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the outcome was of the Justice and Home Affairs Council held in Brussels on 16 November; what the Government's policy was on each issue...

      Parenting Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the cost to public funds in (a) 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02 of parenting orders.

      Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which Hindu groups he has consulted on the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill.

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which countries have reciprocal extradition arrangements with the United Kingdom, and to which countries he is unable to (a) deport and (b)...

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) deportation orders and (b) extradition orders are subject to judicial review; how many have been subject to a judicial review in...

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons (a) have been in the past year and (b) are subject of extradition proceedings; and from which countries.

      Yacht Harbours and Marinas (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what security measures are applied at yacht harbours and marinas to counter (a) illegal immigration, (b) drugs trafficking and (c) terrorism;...

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