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Written answers

Monday, 3 December 2001

  • Defence

    • Suez Campaign Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has had in the last five years regarding the issue of a medal for those who saw active service in Egypt between 1951 and 1954.

    • Rotorcraft Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his plans for the support, amphibious and battlefield rotorcraft procurement.

      Parliamentary Ombudsman

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

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to introduce further measures to monitor DARA's ability to control the agency's progress in improving turnaround times.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many and what proportion of letters received by his Department between 20 June and 20 July were replied to (a) in under 15, (b) in under 20,...

      Service Families Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the work of the Services Families Taskforce.

      Cluster Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has been informed by his United States counterpart of the locations in which cluster bombs have been used by US armed forces in Afghanistan.

      Cluster Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with the US Defence Secretary over the use of cluster bombs.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the closest operational NATO (a) air base and (b) port available to UK forces to Gibraltar is; and if he will make a statement.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what additional operational restrictions are imposed on (a) Royal Navy and RFA Ships, (b) RAF Aircraft and (c) UK troop deployments (i) on visits to and...

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) armour piercing and (b) hard target penetrator warheads containing depleted uranium have been tested in Wales in each of the last 10 years.

      War Pensions Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the recommendations of the War Pensions Agency's 1999 DMA study were implemented in 2000–01.

      War Pensions Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the recommendations of the 1999 War Pensions Agency Prior Options Review relating to the regulations of the War Pensioners Welfare Service and the...

      War Pensions Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the service performance standards published in the War Pensions Agency's Service First Charter were achieved in 2000–01.

      War Pensions Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the War Pensions Agency met its target to generate efficiency during 2000–01 to absorb the effect of pay and price pressures.

      War Pensions Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel have applied to the War Pensions Agency for a war pension; and if he will make a statement.

      Unallocated Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the total unallocated funds within his departmental expenditure limit (a) at the start of the financial year and (b) to date; and...

      Benchmark Capabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to reassess the benchmark of capabilities set out in the Strategic Defence Review; what the timescale is for this re-assessment; and if...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the proposed supporting role of the Territorial Army in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the decision process for determining which line infantry battalions should be put on increased alert for deployment in...

      Transferred Employees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the number of cases that have occurred whereby workers have transferred from an external employer to his Department; and...

      Major Projects Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the capability shortfalls in the areas highlighted by the major projects report 2001, page 13, section 1.25; what steps are being taken...

      Personnel (Credit Ratings)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps are being taken to ensure that service personnel are not (a) given a poor credit risk rating and (b) denied credit as an effect of their...

      Army Recruiters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance he has given to the MOD on the employment of soldiers on regimental duty to act as recruiters.

      Honorary Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of issuing the Queen's Golden Jubilee medal to holders of the George cross and Victoria cross; and if he will make...

      Honorary Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the convention under which holders of VC and GC decorations are awarded honorary medals.

  • Prime Minister

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) how many letters he received from right hon. and hon. Members between 20 June and 20 July; (2) how many and what proportion of letters received by him between 20...

    • General Service Medals

      To ask the Prime Minister when he expects the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals to put forward its recommendations in respect of general service medals for those who...

      Intelligence Services Commissioner

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will make a statement on the circumstances in which the Intelligence Services Commissioner could uphold a complaint to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal; (2)...

      Cuba

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with the US President on the US blockade of Cuba.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Internet Access (Clergy)

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, if he will increase stipends to take account of the additional costs to the clergy of going on-line.

    • Child Care

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what resources have been provided to assist the development of child care provision in communities in the past 12...

      Vandalism

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what recent discussions he has had with Church leaders in relation to the vulnerability of churches to vandalism.

      Poverty

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, if he will make a statement on levels of poverty among clergy with particular reference to those clergy who are...

      Church Repairs (VAT)

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor on the reduction of VAT on church repairs.

      Church Repairs (VAT)

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what guidance has been issued in respect of value added tax concessions and listed church buildings.

      Bishop of Chichester (Palace)

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, how much is being spent on the refurbishment of the Bishop of Chichester's palace; for what reason rooms hitherto...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Euratom Treaty

      To ask the Solicitor-General what steps Her Majesty's Government intend to take in respect of the reply by the European Commission on 3 September to written question number E-1828/OIEN rejecting...

  • Wales

    • Fair Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what fairly traded products, other than tea and coffee, have been purchased by his Department in each of the last five years; and what was their value.

    • Fair Trade

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

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many letters his Department received from right hon. and hon. Members between 20 June and 20 July.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many and what proportion of letters received by his Department between 20 June and 20 July were replied to (a) in under 15, (b) in under 20, (c) in...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Plastic Baton Rounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish the phase II report by the steering group appointed to lead the research programme aimed at finding an acceptable, effective...

    • Murder Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) ethnic and (b) religious murder campaigns have taken place in Northern Ireland since 1971.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the allocation of central Government funds to (a) Aylesbury Vale district council and...

    • Channel Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 17 July 2001, Official Report, column 97W, on the channel tunnel, whether the draft...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many delays have been caused by signal failures on the Jubilee line since January; and what is the total length...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 23 November 2001, Official Report, column 493W, on London Underground, for what reason the...

      Aviation Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to increase support for the airline industry; and if he will make a statement.

      Aviation Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to give financial aid to compensate (a) airlines and (b) airports for the four day period after 11...

      Channel Tunnel Rail Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) how much Government (a) expenditure and (b) investment there has been on (i) research for and (ii) building...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many letters his Department received from right hon. and hon. Members between 20 June and 20 July.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many and what proportion of letters received by his Department between 20 June and 20 July were replied to (a) in...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) when he will reply to the letter to him dated 20 September from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton...

      Rail Regulator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) when he last met the Rail Regulator since 5 October; and if he will make a statement; (2) when he last met the...

      London-Norwich Rail Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what rail improvement projects are included in the Railtrack Network Management Statement on the London to Norwich...

      Vehicle Design Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will take steps to limit vehicle performance by the introduction of mandatory design standards for vehicles.

      RenewCo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what advice the ONS gave his Department on the treatment of RenewCo in the national accounts.

      Rent Restructuring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what further plans he has to consult tenants regarding the introduction of rent restructuring from April 2002; and if...

      Best Value

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what assessment he has made of the relative success of best value performance indicators which depend on the...

      Best Value

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what timetable he has set for implementing the results of his review of the operation of best value for local government.

      Best Value

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was the estimated cost in the latest available year of the best value regime to (a) central Government...

      Light Rail Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the average cost is in (a) overall terms and (b) cost per mile of light rail schemes (i) under consideration by...

      Light Rail Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 23 November 2001, Official Report, column 498W, on light rail and tram schemes, which...

      Light Rail Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the average estimated length of time is from first submission of a proposal to the Department to completion of a...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on Railtrack's cashflow position.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if Railtrack will be permitted to raise investment funding from any other source apart from the Government during the...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what public subsidy to Railtrack in administration has been requested by the administrator for the period 7 October...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimates the Railtrack administrator has made of the final cost of completing the west coast main line...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was the most recent estimate by Railtrack of the total cost of the west coast main line modernisation prior to...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what procedures the Government are putting in place to ensure that routine (a) track and (b) signal maintenance is...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 23 November 2001, Official Report, column 496W, on Railtrack, what his Department's...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 21 November 2001, Official Report, column 277W, on Railtrack, what his Department's...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what is the credit rating of Railtrack bonds.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 26 November 2001, Official Report, column 606W, on Railtrack, how many Railtrack shares...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the average Railtrack shareholding of individual investors was in each year since flotation.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in (a) cash and (b) percentage terms, what profit including dividends received a Railtrack investor would have made...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proportion of Railtrack shares were held by institutional investors on (a) 1 May and (b) the first of each month...

      Airtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his policy is on the Airtrack proposal.

      Speeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he intends to publish revised guidance to highways authorities on speed policy.

      Local Authority Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what action his Department recently has taken to promote good practice in the creation and development of local...

      Energy Saving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent measures he has taken to ensure that buildings insulation targets are met.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the special advisers in his Department.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to spend the £920 million that was allocated to his Department for 2000–01 but not spent.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will estimate the total unallocated funds within his departmental expenditure limit (a) at the start of the...

      Train Operating Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of the revenue lost (a) to each of the train operating companies and (b) in total in each...

      Portable Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in relation to Statutory Instrument 2718 and the accompanying guidelines, what discussions his Department has had...

      Bus Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what criteria determine the number of passengers permitted to stand on a scheduled bus; and how many people standing...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had with other Government Departments on the (a) level of illegal meat imports to the UK and...

      Holiday Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was the total number of dwellings in each local authority in England and Wales in the last four years for which...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what level of total council tax discount was made in each local authority in England and Wales for the last five...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the anticipated average percentage change in Band D council tax in England in...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the likely use of his reserve powers to regulate council tax set by English local...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the circumstances in which the Government would use their reserve powers to regulate...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what impact the heightened state of alert against terrorism will have on the level of council tax in English local...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what action the Government are taking in respect of the charging of council tax on empty homes.

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will curtail the right to buy in areas covered by urban regeneration initiatives.

      Road Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the road schemes costing more than £5 million initiated in England and Wales since 1997 which...

      A41

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what assessment he has made of the Highways Agency's plans to cut back vegetation obscuring vision at the A41...

      Fire Authorities (Radio Systems)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what advice his Department issues to fire authorities on the need to ensure interoperability of radio systems with...

      Roads (SSAs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the changes made to the (a) measurements and (b) methodology used for determining the length of roads...

      Roads (SSAs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish the total mileage of roads for each local authority used for the purposes of calculating standard...

      Road Safety (Horses)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on road safety and horses; and whether he plans regulating changes on this subject.

      Air Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his estimate is of the downturn in transatlantic air traffic in the period between September 2001 and September 2002.

      Radioactive Material

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many crashes occurred involving (a) road vehicles, (b) aircraft and (c) trains carrying radioactive material in...

      Rural White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew) of 27 November 2001, Official Report, columns...

      Rural White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew) of 27 November 2001, Official Report, columns...

      Rural White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew) of 27 November 2001, Official Report, columns...

      Rural White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew), of 27 November 2001, Official Report, columns...

      Rural White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew), of 27 November 2001, Official Report, columns...

      Rural White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew), of 27 November 2001, Official Report, columns...

      Flood Defence Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will base SSA in respect of the flood defence levy on actual payments requested in 2002–03.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what measures there are to provide accommodation for elderly people who are homeless.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if consultation draft PPG25 will apply planning applications originally submitted before its introduction.

      Low-carbon Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the Government's proposed action to deliver a low-carbon transport system.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Sport (Rural Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the provision of opportunities for sporting activities in rural areas.

    • Digital Services (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the regulation of digital services in Wales.

      Digital Boxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make available digital set top boxes free of charge to (a) pensioners and (b) others on low incomes.

      Supporters Direct Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on funding available to sports clubs through the Supporters Direct scheme.

      Swimming Pool (Upminster)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the plans for a new swimming pool at Central park, Harold Hill, Upminster, sponsored by Sport England.

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the standard of public library provision.

      New Millennium Experience Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement about the cost of running the New Millennium Experience Company since 1 January and its future plans.

      Eden Centre (Cornwall)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the performance of the Eden centre in Cornwall.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on gambling legislation.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) evidence and (b) advice the Gambling Review Body considered before including Recommendation 70 in its recent report.

      Sports (Yorkshire and the Humber)

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

      Sports Participation (Young People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action she is taking to encourage and assist participation in sports by young people.

      Sports Participation (Young People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on how she encourages sport among young people in the community.

      Regional Theatres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action her Department is taking to support regional theatres (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) in London.

      Regional Theatres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support her Department is giving to regional theatres in the east midlands.

      Sports Facilities (Havering)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her support for sports facilities in the London borough of Havering.

      Tourism (Balance of Trade)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the balance of trade is on tourism.

      BBC (Digital Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her recent decision on the BBC's new digital services.

      Football Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with the Football Association; and what matters were discussed.

      Channel 5

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has for expanding the coverage of Channel 5 to all areas of Great Britain.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what guidance she gives to Camelot on the designation of Lottery outlets; (2) what representations she has received from...

      Film Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the films which were made in the UK; and how many shot footage in the Teesside region in the last five years.

      Departmental Expenditure Limit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will estimate the total unallocated funds within her departmental expenditure limit (a) at the start of the financial year and...

      Derek Casey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how the amount paid to Sport England's former chief executive, Derek Casey, upon the termination of his contract, was determined; what...

      Sports Action Zone (West Cumbria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what projects the Sports Action Zone in West Cumbria has initiated in (a) Allerdale, (b) Barrow and (c) Copeland; what sum of money is...

      Sports Action Zone (West Cumbria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the Needs Assessment and Action Plan for the West Cumbria Sports Action Zone will be published; and if she will make a statement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many and what proportion of letters received by her Department between 20 June and 20 July were replied to (a) in under 15,...

      Sport Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her proposals to enable talented, young sports students to develop their skills.

      Sports Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what major sports projects in 2002 her Department is promoting in London.

      School Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to apply the money for the new opportunities fund investment in school sports.

      Royal Palaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her answer of 13 November 2001, Official Report, column 634W, on royal palaces, which persons residing in royal palaces...

      Royal Palaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her answer of 13 November 2001, Official Report, column 634W, on royal palaces, which members of the royal family occupy...

      Royal Palaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her answer of 13 November 2001, Official Report, column 634W, on royal palaces, which persons residing in royal palaces...

      Royal Palaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her answer of 13 November 2001, Official Report, column 634W, on royal palaces, if she will list the commercial occupants...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Brazilian Mahogany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to support the Brazilian Government's moratorium on trade in mahogany.

    • Omega, Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to assist the development of the Omega site in Warrington; and if she will make a statement.

      Economic Development (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of (a) the number of jobs created, (b) the number of jobs created to be taken up by residents of communities in...

      Economic Development (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received from the North-West development agency in relation to the bid put forward by Lancaster city council for...

      Lune Industrial Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received from the North-West development agency on access to the Lune industrial estate.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with Consignia on the proposal to charge customers for post and delivery before 9.30 am.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the proposed abolition of the second postal delivery.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the management of Consignia on charging for the second postal delivery.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with Consignia; and if she raised the issue of industrial relations.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the Government's policy on the ending of the second post, with special reference to rural areas.

      Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration

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

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many applications to employment tribunals were (a) upheld, (b) dismissed and (c) withdrawn in the last year for which information is available.

      Transatlantic Radio Signal (Centenary)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with her counterparts in Canada and the US in respect of arrangements to celebrate the centenary of the...

      Transatlantic Radio Signal (Centenary)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what arrangements her Department has made to support the celebration of the centenary of the first transatlantic radio signal.

      Recruitment Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what criteria were used to select the Recruitment and Employment Confederation as the main negotiator for the UK employment industry.

      Recruitment Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average cost is for an information technology staffing agency to provide an IT professional to a client.

      Recruitment Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of temporary information technology staff operate through personal service companies.

      Recruitment Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what evidence she has received that demonstrates that the quarantine period proposed in the draft of the conduct of employment agencies and...

      Recruitment Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she has completed a regulatory impact assessment on the proposed draft of the conduct of employment agencies and employment business...

      Recruitment Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she is planning to undertake further consultation on the draft of the conduct of employment agencies and employment business regulations 2001.

      Recruitment Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many IT agencies operate in the UK; and what percentage of these have a turnover in excess of £2 million per annum; (2) what...

      Recruitment Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with (a) representative organisations and (b) individual companies in the recruitment industry.

      Recruitment Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she will list the (a) companies, (b) organisations and (c) individuals who have been invited to discuss the proposed draft of the...

      Recruitment Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she has received representations from the IT industry about the proposed draft of the conduct of employment agencies and employment...

      Recruitment Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what specific concerns prompted the review of the Employment Agencies Act 1973; (2) if she will she make a statement on the aspects of...

      Recruitment Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what studies have been conducted into the number of temporary employees who have taken up permanent employment in the (a) nursing, (b)...

      Recruitment Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she last met the Association of Technology Staffing Companies; and if she will make a statement.

      Recruitment Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry by what date she expects to lay the draft of the conduct of employment agencies and employment business regulations 2001.

      Galileo Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the next stage of funding for the Galileo project was discussed at the November European Space Agency ministerial meeting; what commitments...

      Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will consult on (a) employment and (b) goods and services in age discrimination legislation.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many letters her Department received from hon. and right hon. Members between 20 June and 20 July.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her policy is on the proposed takeover of Railtrack by WestLB.

  • Treasury

    • Pre-Budget Report

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish disaggregated figures for the (a) Customs and Excise duties and (b) other taxes and royalties shown on lines 8 and 10 of table B8, page...

    • Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason the FSA took two months to issue a public statement after being informed on 24 September of a previously undisclosed letter dated 1 April...

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has received a copy of the report requested in the letter of 16 October from the Economic Secretary to Sir Howard Davies; and if he will publish it.

      London Underground

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what involvement officials from HM Treasury have had in the value for money assessment of the public-private partnership for the London Underground; if he...

      Treasury Investment Appraisal Guidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes he plans to make to Treasury investment appraisal guidance; and if he will make a statement.

      Cross-border Bank Transfers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the average charge for a cross-border bank transfer of 100 euros (a) in the Euro zone and (b) involving a UK bank; and if he...

      Capital Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 20 November 2001, Official Report, column 270W, on capital assets, (1) if he will place in the Library the classification of...

      Regional Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the expenditure was (a) under the single regeneration budget, and its equivalents, (b) under the housing capital programmes outside the SRB, (c) under...

      Regional Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to allow regional development agencies to issue regional bonds as a regional investment facility.

      Asian Community Events

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Asian community events he has attended within the last 12 months.

      Residents (Tyne and Wear)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the numbers of residents of each authority in Tyne and Wear in each year since 1991 (a) in total and (b) the percentage in the age...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many girls resident in Birmingham, Northfield registered (a) the conception and (b) the birth of a child before the age of 16 years in each year since 1997.

      House Sales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average cost of charges to (a) sell and (b) buy a house has been in each of the last five years broken down by region.

      Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects all 2001 Census forms to be (a) processed and (b) analysed.

      Export Credit Guarantees Department

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will proceed with the second stage of the independent review of the implementation of the recommendations made by KPMG in December 1999 on the...

      Public Service Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to increase public service pensions from April 2002.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which tax credits he defines as public expenditure.

      Council Tax Payers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many council tax payers there were in each year since 1997; and what his estimate is of this figure for the 2001–02 financial year.

      Mortality Ratios

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the standard mortality ratios for each (a) parliamentary constituency in Scotland and the north-eastern Government office region of England...

      Economic Activity and Employment Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate (a) the economy activity rate and (b) the employment rate of those aged over 21 years and up to pensionable age in each region and...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many letters his Department received from right hon. and hon. Members between 20 June and 20 July.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of letters received by his Department between 20 June and 20 July were replied to (a) in under 15, (b) in under 20, (c) in...

      Landfill

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what effects the proposed changes in the landfill tax credit scheme will have on parish council-led regeneration projects.

      Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what further steps are being taken to reduce the levels of illegal imports of (a) beer and (b) alcohol.

      Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions he has had with Commissioner Bolkestein regarding distortions to the working of the Single Market caused by the level of UK excise...

      Vehicle Seizures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what records HM Customs and Excise are required to keep of the number of private cars seized by them; and what plans he has to change that requirement.

      Vehicle Seizures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much compensation was paid in each year since 1995 to drivers and their families from costs arising from cars wrongly impounded by Her Majesty's Customs...

      Vehicle Seizures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what procedures are in place for the audit and reporting of (a) the number of private cars impounded by HM Customs and Excise at Channel ports, (b) personal...

      Vehicle Seizures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue from the disposal of private cars and personal possessions in those cars was retained by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise in each of the...

      Vehicle Seizures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what procedures are in place for (a) handling tax discs and (b) disposal of personal possessions in private cars which have been disposed of by Her...

      Vehicle Seizures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many private cars were impounded by HM Customs and Excise at channel ports in each year since 1995; and how many have been released to their owners by...

      Vehicle Seizures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was raised from the disposal of personal possessions in private cars disposed of by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise in each of the last...

      Scout Uniforms (VAT)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the imposition of VAT on certain scout uniforms.

      Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 20 November 2001, Official Report, column 272W, on Equitable Life, if he will inform the hon. Member for Christchurch as soon as...

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidelines the FSA has issued to companies about reinsurance practices following the disclosure of Irish European Reinsurance Company's involvement...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he intends to publish the next departmental report and expenditure plans for HM Customs and Excise.

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he intends to publish the annual report 2000–01 for HM Customs and Excise.

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 19 November 2001, Official Report, column 135W, on Equitable Life, if he will give the total cost of the review; what is the sum...

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to publish draft regulations to implement the aggregates levy.

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the rate of aggregates levy (a) imposed and (b) planned by each member state of the European Union.

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely differential impact of the aggregates levy on each of the regions of the United Kingdom.

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if imported concrete products will be subject to the aggregates levy.

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what arrangement he plans under the aggregates levy for bad debt relief.

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how he plans to regulate the relationship between the aggregates levy and existing contracts for aggregates.

  • Education and Skills

    • Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the public service agreement targets for a 1 per cent. reduction in unit spending per full-time equivalent...

    • Women Role Models

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps have been taken to provide female students at all levels with women role models who have succeeded in traditionally male...

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many registered supply teachers there are in England and Wales.

      Hardship Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was allocated for hardship funds for universities in the United Kingdom, broken down by university, in (a) 2000–01 and (b)...

      Further Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the operating costs were of (a) the Further Education and Funding Council and (b) the training and enterprise councils in relation to...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many, and what percentage of, pupils entered higher education at age 18 from the Isle of Wight in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 8 November 2001, Official Report, column 511W, on higher education, if she will break down the data given to (a)...

      School Trips (Risk Assessment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what duty is placed on (a) schools and (b) local education authorities to undertake a risk assessment when organising school visits by...

      National Curriculum Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if the results of individual primary schools in national curriculum tests for (a) reading and (b) mathematics at age seven years are...

      Streaming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what recent assessment she has made of the continental European system of advancement from year to year based on academic performance...

      School Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to promote sport and PE in schools.

      Nursery Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what level of funding has been made available to Leicestershire to provide free nursery places to three-year-olds; and what assessment she...

      Early Years Development Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance her Department gives to local education authorities on their relationship with early year development partnerships.

      Early Years Development Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance her Department gives to local education authorities about providing additional funding to early year development partnerships...

      Teacher Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the source was of the figures she used which illustrate the gap between the supply and demand of teachers in her speech on the social...

      Teacher Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher vacancies there were in Bedfordshire in October (a) 1997 and (b) 2001.

      School Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Government initiatives offer additional funding which require schools to lodge specific applications.

      School Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of total school spending in England and Wales is spent on schemes and improvements instigated by her Department.

      School Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of total school spending in England and Wales is allocated to teacher salaries and related costs.

      Teacher Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent discussions she has had with local authorities on teacher housing; and if she will make a statement.

      Autistic Spectrum Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to increase funding allocated to deal with children diagnosed with difficulties in the autistic spectrum disorders.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance she provides to schools to help education professionals identify students affected by the impact of domestic violence.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what support she offers to education professionals to help them deal with the impact of domestic violence on their students.

      Education Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information she has on which schools, in education action zones in which McDonald's has been a partner, have used that company's...

      Education Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in which education action zones McDonald's has been a partner.

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what facility exists to pay off the outstanding balance on a student loan.

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to require the Student Loans Company to issue regular statements to individuals about the outstanding balance, repayments...

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to improve the information available by the Student Loans Company about the balance on an individual's outstanding loan.

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many student loans have been issued; and what is the total value of student loans issued, broken down by each LEA area.

      Education Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many statutory (a) plans and (b) reports (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools complete annually; (2) how many new education...

      Sex Discrimination (Single-faith Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will ensure that existing sex discrimination legislation is enforced in respect of single-faith schools.

      Departmental Underspend

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects to spend the £1.44 billion that was allocated to her Department for 2000–01 but not spent.

      "Curriculum Online"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will publish the Government's conclusions following the consultation paper, "Curriculum Online"; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Expenditure Limit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will estimate the total unallocated funds within her departmental expenditure limit (a) at the start of the financial year and (b) to...

      University Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to include university interaction with the community when assessing the allocation of resources to universities.

      Student Drop-outs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the first year student drop-out rate was in new universities in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000.

      Primary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will allow the redesignation of primary schools as three to 11 year-old schools at the request of local education authorities.

      Higher Education Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the terms of reference are for the higher education review.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what initiatives her Department has in place to reduce class sizes in English secondary schools.

      Teachers' Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she intends to make provision for increases in employers' contributions to teachers' pension costs in 2002–03 in her support to...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was raised in sponsorship by each specialist school since its year of designation.

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what is the average (a) pupil-teacher ratio in secondary schools in England and (b) pupil- teacher ratio for specialist schools.

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the various means of selection used by those specialist schools which select a proportion of their intake;...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list those specialist schools which select a proportion of their pupils by aptitude for their specialist subjects; and what...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many specialist schools (a) allow primary schools to use their facilities and (b) provide specialist teaching in neighbouring primary...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many specialist schools allow their local community to have free use of the specialist facilities.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many letters her Department received from hon. and right hon. Members between 20 June and 20 July.

      Recruitment and Retention Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reason the recruitment and retention fund is limited to two financial years.

      Recruitment and Retention Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria were used to allocate the recruitment and retention fund.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much she forecasts will be spent in the current financial year by her Department as a direct result of measures associated with the...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many letters her Department received from hon. and right hon. Members between 20 June and 20 July.

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many and what proportion of letters received by her Department between 20 June and 20 July were replied to (a) in under 15, (b) in under 20, (c) in under 30, (d)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations (a) his Department and (b) international organisations to which the UK belongs, have made to the Government...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many letters his Department received from hon. and right hon. Members between 20 June and 20 July.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what proportion of letters received by his Department between 20 June and 20 July were replied to (a) in under 15,...

      Joint Entry Clearance Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken (a) to assess the extent of and (b) to raise awareness of institutional racism with entry clearance...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Sudan about the recent bombing of civilian and humanitarian facilities in...

      Royal Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions in the past five years members of the Royal Family, other than Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Philip and...

  • International Development

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how many letters her Department received from right hon. and hon. Members between 20 June and 20 July; (2) how many and what...

    • Tuvalu

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department is making available to the people of Tuvalu.

      Animal Health Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement about the future of the Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.

  • House of Commons

    • Correspondence

      To ask the President of the Council (1) how many letters he received from right hon. and hon. Members between 20 June and 20 July; (2) how many and what proportion of letters received by his...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many and what proportion of letters received by his Department between 20 June and 20 July were replied to (a) in under 15, (b) in under 20, (c) in under 30,...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many letters his Department received from hon. and right hon. Members between 20 June and 20 July.

      Islamic Society of Britain

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what inquiries he made about the credentials, impartiality and political record of the Islamic Society of Britain before signing its Pledge to Muslims on...

      Islamic Society of Britain

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will state what steps were taken by the Cabinet Secretary to check the credentials, impartiality and political record of the Islamic Society of...

      Unallocated Funds

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will estimate the total unallocated funds within his departmental expenditure limit (a) at the start of the financial year and (b) to date; and what was the...

  • Scotland

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many letters her Department received from right hon. and hon. Members between 20 June and 20 July.

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many and what proportion of letters received by her Department between 20 June and 20 July were replied to (a) in under 15, (b) in under 20, (c) in...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what percentage of parliamentary questions replied to by the Scotland Office were the subject of a holding answer in the last three Sessions of Parliament.

      West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she has had with Railtrack, since 5 October, concerning the timing of upgrades to the west coast main line.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Genetically Modified Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the views expressed by the Director General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, on 7...

    • White Goods Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what grounds a local authority can refuse to take away used white goods where no other form of waste disposal exists.

      White Goods Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations her Department has received from (a) retailers, (b) local authorities and (c) environmental groups...

      White Goods Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps have been taken to ensure that there are alternative recycling routes for used fridges and freezers.

      White Goods Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many used fridges and freezers have been taken back for recycling by UK retailers in 2001 prior to 17 November.

      White Goods Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans there are to build a recycling plant capable of removing CFCs from fridges and freezers under EC regulation 2037/2000.

      White Goods Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress is being made in respect of (a) finalising measures to manage waste refrigeration equipment and (b) announcing...

      White Goods Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance has been issued to local authorities informing them of their obligation to meet EC regulation 2037/2000 when...

      White Goods Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures her Department is taking to ensure that the UK conforms to EC regulation 2037/2000.

      White Goods Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance she has issued on the safe disposal of goods containing CFCs as required by EC regulation 2037/2000.

      White Goods Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions her Department has had with European recycling plants in preparation for the implementation of EC regulation...

      White Goods Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice she has issued to local authorities on the maximum charges that can be levied on consumers for collecting bulky...

      White Goods Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding is being made available for local authorities to re-process end-of-life refrigerators under the Draft...

      White Goods Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the storage facilities that local authorities, as waste disposal authorities, will need in...

      Critical Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance she gives to water companies on the expected asset life of critical sewers; and what action she will take to...

      Nuclear Risk Assessment (France)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the dangers of a civil emergency arising out of nuclear contamination consequent upon a...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 26 October 2001, Official Report, column 409W, on energy efficiency, (1) what analysis of overall...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of her Department's budget is spent on promoting energy saving.

      Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in encouraging companies to reduce packaging.

      Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the timetable to publish the implementation of European Commission packaging directives.

      Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will publish the report of the freight study group on the potential usage of the waterway system for the carriage of...

      Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements her Department has for co-ordinating policy relating to canals with the Department for Transport, Local...

      River Quality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 23 November 2001, Official Report, column 517W, on river quality, what chemical levels of (a)...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what proportion of letters received by her Department between 20 June and 20 July were replied to (a) in under...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many letters her Department received from hon. and right hon. Members between 20 June and 20 July.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter of 12 September from the hon. Member for Hexham regarding assistance to Tyredale council to...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the efficiency and promptness of her Department's staff in responding to...

      Rural White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew) of 27 November 2001, Official Report, columns 859–60W,...

      Rural White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew) of 27 November 2001, Official Report, columns 859–60W,...

      Rural White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew) of 27 November 2001, Official Report, columns 859–60W,...

      Rural White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew) of 27 November 2001, Official Report, columns 859–60W,...

      Rural White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew), 27 November 2001, Official Report, columns 859–60W,...

      Rural White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew) of 27 November 2001, Official Report, columns 859–60W,...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many asylum applications have been granted in each of the past two years in Northern Ireland; and how many applications await...

    • Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the number of suspected terrorists who he expects to be detained under the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill; and...

      Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library copies of legal advice, received by his Department, which relates to the obligation to respect private lives...

      Suspicious Financial Transactions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many referrals relating to suspicious financial transactions have been referred to NCIS in each of the last three years; and how many...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on progress towards the public service agreement target for increasing the numbers of asylum decisions.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will instruct the Integrated Casework Directorate of the Immigration and Nationality Department to acknowledge the letters from the...

      Muslim Fundamentalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the level of support for Muslim fundamentalism within the United Kingdom.

      Muslim Fundamentalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the continuing threat of Muslim fundamentalist terrorism in Britain after the destruction of the...

      European Arrest Warrant

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the Government's policy on protection of the principle of speciality in the Council Framework Decision on the European arrest...

      European Arrest Warrant

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if it is his intention to apply the dual criminality test to offences listed under Article 2.4 in the Belgian Presidency's draft text of the...

      European Arrest Warrant

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to include in the Framework Decision on the European arrest warrant power for a person who is due to be...

      Kainos Wings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has given the Prison Service regarding the closure of Kainos wings; and if he will make a statement.

      Sense in Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many responses his Department has received following its consultation, Sense in Sentencing; and if he will list those who have responded.

      Young Offenders Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the number of (a) mentally and (b) personality disordered prisoners now held in young offenders institutions.

      Immigration Hotline

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will improve the quality of service of the hon. Members' hotline for immigration matters.

      Drug Treatment and Testing 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 drug treatment and testing orders.

      Terrorism Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons have been arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000 since its enactment in connection with (a) Northern Ireland-related...

      Dual Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take powers to collect statistics relating to the number of UK citizens with dual nationality with (a) Pakistan, (b) Bangladesh...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional steps he is taking to make UK passports more difficult to (a) forge and (b) alter; and if he will make a statement.

      Asian Community Functions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the Asian community functions (a) he and (b) his Ministers have attended since 7 June.

      Heather Arnold

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will determine the parole application of Heather Arnold.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Community Legal Service

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what (a) number and (b) percentage of advice providers listed in the Community Legal Service Directory have failed to make a...

    • Community Legal Service

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when she intends to remove advice providers without Quality Marks from the Community Legal Service directory; and what target she...

      Community Legal Service

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what estimate she has made of the (a) cost and (b) burden to an advice provider of applying for a Quality Mark; and what plans she...

      Cafcass

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) what steps she has taken by the Children and Family Courts Advisory and Support Service to negotiate with NAGALRO and...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many letters her Department received from right hon. and hon. Members between 20 June and 20 July.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many and what proportion of letters received by his Department between 20 June and 20 July were replied to (a) in under 15,...

      Ministerial Visits (North-East)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many times since November 2000 Ministers from the Lord Chancellor's Department have visited (a) the Teesside area and (b)...

      Parliamentary Ombudsman

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to her answer of 28 November 2001, Offical Report, column 1005W on the Parliamentary Ombudsman, what the circumstances...

      Parking (Royal Family)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what special arrangements (a) the Royal family and (b) spouses of the Royal family have for parking in London when not on official...

      Referral Fees

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what assessment he has made of the proposal by the Law Society to enable solicitors to pay referral fees.

      Employment Tribunals (North Wales)

      Gareth Thomas: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what plans he has to provide a permanent location for Employment Tribunals in North Wales.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the proportion of total claims for incapacity benefit paid in respect of the main relevant medical conditions.

    • Ageism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will make a statement on recent measures he has introduced to tackle age discrimination; (2) what measures there are to get more...

      Benefits (Birmingham, Northfield)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in Birmingham, Northfield claim (a) both disability living allowance and income support and (b) a disability premium as...

      Benefits (Birmingham, Northfield)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit claimants in Birmingham, Northfield are not in receipt of income support but are in receipt of (a) housing benefit and (b)...

      Benefits (Birmingham, Northfield)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Birmingham, Northfield claim the minimum income guarantee.

      Benefits (Birmingham, Northfield)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in Birmingham, Northfield have children in receipt of free school meals.

      War Pensions Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what additional cost savings measures referred to on page 75 of the 2001 departmental report were taken to enable the War Pensions Agency to...

      Benefit Reductions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what reductions are applied to a liable person's liability to pay (a) rent and (b) council tax during a period of in-patient hospital treatment.

  • Health

    • Health Authority Modernisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place a copy of each health authority's local modernisation review for 2002–03 in the Library as soon as they are received.

    • Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) from what date East Somerset health trust will be included in the modernising NHS hearing aid services project; (2) which NHS health trusts will be...

      Religious Circumcision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS trusts make provision for religious circumcision.

      Associate Specialists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to ensure that associate specialists in the UK obtain equal treatment to those from the EU (a) in gaining entry to the Specialist...

      Statins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the prescribing of statins; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Service Staff (Leicestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses were employed in the national health service in Leicestershire in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2001.

      Nurses' Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the (a) purpose and (b) aims of the cost of living allowance for nurses; (2) which counties in the (a) south west,...

      Blood (Cancer Patients)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what specific blood substitute therapies will be made available for treating cancer patients with anaemia- related fatigue following the adoption of...

      Anti-TNF Drug Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if NICE will issue interim guidance to health authorities on anti-TNF drug treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.

      Head Injury Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to commission further research on provision of services for patients with head injuries.

      Acquired Brain Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what joint working arrangements are in place with other Government Departments regarding the provision of rehabilitation services for people with acquired...

      Acquired Brain Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve the provision of rehabilitation services for people with acquired brain injury.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he is taking to improve the five year survival rates for (a) lung, (b) breast and (c) prostate and (d) colon cancer sufferers in the...

      Years of Life Lost

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to review the use of the Years of Life Lost formula for allocating health service resources; and if he will make a statement.

      MacFarlane Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many HIV sufferers have received compensation under the MacFarlane Trust since its establishment.

      Local Bodies

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

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimates have been made of the number of NHS employed nurses who work as agency staff during their holidays to supplement their income in (a)...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average annual cost of an (a) A, (b) D and (c) F grade NHS employed nurse is; and what the equivalent cost of an agency nurse at each grade is.

      Primary Care Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of establishing primary care groups has been.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the in-patient waiting list was, expressed per 1,000 of weighted population for the Isle of Wight in March (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000 and...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish his final guidance for local authorities on charging for social services.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of general practitioner practices in the (a) Leigh constituency, (b) Wigan borough and (c) Greater Manchester are below minimum standards.

      IT Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer, of 20 November 2001, Official Report, column 243W, on expenditure on IT, if he will publish such information as he has on expenditure.

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the use of interferon beta and glatiramer in the treatment of multiple sclerosis; and if he will make a statement.

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the number of dentists providing NHS treatment in Huntingdon; and if he will make a statement.

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the adult population in (a) England, (b) Cornwall and (c) the United Kingdom were registered with NHS dentists in (i) 1997–98,...

      Labels and Leaflets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent representations he has received from the pharmaceutical industry about compliance with the Labels and Leaflets Directive (Directive...

      Smear Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average turnaround time is for cervical smear tests within the NHS in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Bed Blocking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds were unavailable in the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Health Authority to incoming patients as a result of their...

      Dentistry (Fareham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists accepted NHS patients in Fareham in (a) 1995, (b) 1996, (c) 1997, (d) 1998, (e) 1999 and (f) 2000.

      Prescription Pricing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for each health authority area, what was the September forecast by the Prescription Pricing Authority, indicating projected overspending or underspending...

      Health Care (Performance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the NHS South East Regional Office's Atlas of NHS and Social Care Performance.

      Acute Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute beds there are per 1,000 residents in (a) the Buckinghamshire Health Authority area and (b) England.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients admitted to hospital in October via an accident and emergency department had to wait more than four hours for a bed; and what proportion...

      Children (Local Authority Care)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the average time during which looked after children were held in care under the responsibility of local authorities in the last 12 months; and if...

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what basis he judges whether local authority social services departments are adequately providing services related to adoption and adoption support;...

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what organisations he has met this year to discuss the Adoption and Children Bill.

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely cost of implementation of the Adoption and Children Bill to (a) local authorities, (b) voluntary adoption...

      Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on what powers local authorities have to treat attendance allowance as a means-tested benefit for the purpose of social care...

      Nurses (Portsmouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many additional nurses can be employed by the Portsmouth hospitals NHS trust as a consequence of the recent award of additional funds to the trust;...

      Waiting Times (Cosham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were waiting for treatment more than four hours from arrival at the Queen Alexandra hospital at Cosham at the end of each quarter in (a)...

      Accident and Emergency Units (Portsmouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses were employed in the accident and emergency units run by the Portsmouth hospitals NHS trust at the end of each quarter of (a) 2000 and (b)...

      Social Care Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the ability of a local authority to impose social care charges upon an individual living at home who is receiving...

      Health Authority Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the per capita funding by each health authority in England in (a) 1995, (b) 1996, (c) 1997, (d) 1998, (e) 1999 and (f) 2000.

      Acute Beds (Portsmouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute beds the Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust had at (a) the most recent date for which figures are available, (b) 31 December 2000, (c) 31...

      Motor Racing (Tobacco Sponsorship)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the Government's policy is on the European Commission's draft proposals relating to tobacco sponsorship of Formula 1 motor racing.

      NICE Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards establishing the review of NICE; when the review will commence; who will conduct the review; what the terms of...

      Non-tobacco Goods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimates he has made of the value of the UK market for non-tobacco goods which share tobacco branding.

      Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish the Government's response to the Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to the hon. Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew), 27 November Ref 19267...

      Preserved Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been allocated to local authorities in England for 2002–03 in relation to the transfer of responsibility for preserved rights...

      Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to implement the National Service Framework for Older People, with particular reference to Standard Six on falls and osteoporosis.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assistance he plans to give to people who take the responsibility of looking after elderly family members and are not able to work.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assistance he will give pensioners to help with the costs of long-term care.

      Care for the Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the costs of home care for the elderly and what choice old people have in what service they receive.

      Care for the Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on (a) primary and (b) intermediate care for the aged.

      CT/MRI Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the allocation of the next 50 CT and MRI scanners; and if he will state (a) when allocations will be announced and (b) what...

      Young Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he is taking to ensure that the current information campaign for carers' rights will include young carers.

      Young Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he is taking to ensure the needs of young carers will be targeted as part of his Department's funding of mental health services.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish the Diabetes National Service Framework; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • 1911 Census

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Lord Chancellor has responded to the letter of 23 April from the chairman of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee requesting him to open the...

    • Community Service and Probation Orders: Arrests for Breaches

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many arrests for breaching community service and probation orders remain outstanding; and how many warrants have been withdrawn for criminals who have avoided...

      Northern Ireland: Crowd Control Policing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission will stop stating that plastic baton rounds are used by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (incorporating the...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: Meetings with Ministers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which Ministers of the Northern Ireland Office have met the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission since June; what were the agendas for any such meetings; and...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: Membership

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Angela Hegarty from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; by how many new members; and...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: Membership

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have asked the present commissioners of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission if they wish to be reappointed; if so, when; and why there have...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: Membership

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the procedure to be used in the selection of members of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; and whether they will undertake to ensure that the...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether an equivalent number of Protestant applicants into the new Police Service of Northern Ireland would have to be removed from training if a number of Roman...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 12 November (WA 52) concerning applications to join the Royal Ulster Constabulary in February, whether any...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: New Service Badge

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is still their policy, as outlined by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on 19 January 2000, that a new service badge will be introduced for...

      House of Lords: Medical Services for Members

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What progress has been made to provide medical services for members of the House of Lords which are comparable to those already available in the House of Commons

      Palace of Westminster: Acoustics

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What steps he is planning to take to improve the acoustics of rooms in the Palace of Westminster which are used for briefings and consultations.

      Hong Kong: Anti-Discrimination Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to their six-monthly report on Hong Kong January-June 2001 (July 2001), whether they will continue to encourage the Special Administrative Region (SAR)...

      Egypt: Representations about Nightclub Arrest

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations from (a) officials and (b) Ministers have been made to the Egyptian Government in each month since May regarding the arrest on Friday 11 May...

      British Overseas Territories Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the British Overseas Territories Bill will give any right of residence in the overseas territories to British citizens.

      Iran: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that their policy of constructive engagements and dialogue with Iran has been able to decrease the numbers of: (a) executions (including the...

      FCO: Departmental Expenditure Limit and Administration Costs Limit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are any plans to change the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's departmental expenditure limit (DEL) and administration costs limit for 2001–02.

      Judicial Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What previous attempts have been made to restrict the right to judicial review by parliamentary statute; and what have been the results of such attempts.[HL873]...

      Detention Centre Rules 2001

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Detention Centre Rules, which became law in April, will be implemented at Tinsley House, the detention centre for Gatwick Airport.

      Detention Centre Rules 2001

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the document promised in Rule 4(1) of the Detention Centre Rules, setting out the responsibilities and rights of detainees and their proper channels for...

      United States National Missile Defence Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will refuse permission to the United States Government to develop radar facilities in this country to enable the use of their national missile defence...

      Britannia Royal Naval College: Uniform Procurement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any proposals to shorten the delay in providing new entrants to the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth with the full range of equipment desirable...

      War Pensions and Allowances

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the new rates of war pensions and allowances proposed to be introduced from April 2002.

      European Parliamentary Elections 2004: Gibraltarians' Franchise

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that Gibraltarians can vote in the 2004 elections to the European Parliament.

      ECHR: Report of Evaluation Group

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they agree with the report of the Evaluation Group to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on the European Court of Human Rights, of 27...

      ECHR: Report of Evaluation Group

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider the projections made by the Council of Europe's internal auditor, referred to in the report of the Evaluation Group to the Committee of...

      ECHR: Report of Evaluation Group

      asked her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish their response to the Report of the Evaluation Group to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on the European Court of...

      Animal Disease Prevention: UK Veterinary Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they took following the warning from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations on 22 September 2000 that Xwithout effective...

      Energy Crops

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 16 November (WA 108), why it has taken over 12 months to spend or commit only one-seventieth of the £30...

      DEFRA: Devon Foot and Mouth Inquiry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs did not give evidence to the Devon foot and mouth inquiry.

      Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000: Appeals Inspectors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who they are engaging to conduct appeals in relation to the provisional maps issued under Section 11 of Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000; whether the appeals...

      Special Advisers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will list the names of all those that they have appointed since May 1997 to ad hoc posts or positions bearing the names of XAdvocate", XAdviser",...

      Special Advisers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 22 October (WA 113), what are the criteria for exceptions to the rule of two special advisers...

      Senior Civil Service: Diversity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the most up-to-date numbers and percentages of full-time senior civil servants by gender, disability, age-bands, race and ethnicity; and what progress...

      Prime Minister's Office: Baroness Morgan of Huyton

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Baroness Morgan of Huyton is being given a contract as a special adviser in connection with her duties in the Prime Minister's office; and What post...

      Prime Minister's Office: Baroness Morgan of Huyton

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Baroness Morgan of Huyton will have authority within the Prime Minister's office to give instructions to civil servants.

      Millennium Dome: Payments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish in the Official Report a table showing separately each payment made by the Millennium Commission to the New Millennium Experience Company...

      Millennium Dome: Payments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What payments, if any, have been made by English Partnerships to Cardew & Co in relation to public relations work for the Millennium Dome.

      Structure Planning

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in their review of the arrangements for structure planning, they will ensure that major decisions on such matters as green belts, minerals extraction and...

      Heathrow Airport: Flights from Inverness

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the planning permission, just granted for Heathrow Terminal Five, guarantees in any way that flights from Inverness Airport to London will land at Heathrow.

      Rent Restructuring

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in view of the complexity of the changes to be made under the rent restructuring proposals for local authorities together with the need for adequate...

      Pupils: Reintegration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they are doing to ensure that boys who have dropped out of school, or been excluded, receive the full-time education they need and the motivation to make the...

      School Sport Alliance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many times in 2001 the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has hosted meetings of the School Sport Alliance; when was the last occasion when such a meeting...

      Social Fund Computer System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In paragraph 39 of the reply by the Government to the Third Report of the Social Security Select Committee (Cm 5237), what is meant by the words Xenhancement to...

      Vaccine Damage: Disability Benefits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the rules relating to claims for disability benefits arising from vaccine damage; and under what circumstances the rules restrict consideration of claims...

      London Heart Hospital

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have for the continued operation and use of the bi-plane angiography machine in the cardiac catheterisation laboratory of the London Heart...

      NHS Hearing Aid Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will shortly make an announcement about the specific funding available to the 20 National Health Service trusts currently providing digital hearing...

      Haemophilia Patients

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What differences in provision for haemophilia patients now exist in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, taking into account differences in (a)...

      Haemophilia Patients

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people with haemophilia now rely on the National Health Service for their medical treatment; and How many haemophilia patients have now died after...

      Haemophilia Patients

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many haemophilia patients have now died after infection with HIV by contaminated National Health Service blood products; and how many more are now (a)...

      Haemophilia Patients

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate they have made of the number of people with haemophilia whose National Health Service-prescribed treatment has included blood from donors who have...

      Haemophilia Patients

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What study the Department of Health has made of the case of the schoolboy with haemophilia, a patient at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Pendlebury, who...

      Healthcare Professionals: Right of Appeal to Judicial Committee of the Privy Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to introduce legislation to abolish the right of appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council for members of the healthcare professions.

      Measles, Mumps and Rubella Immunisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the measles, mumps and rubella immunisation rates have been in each of the past five years (a) in England, and (b) in London.

      Measles, Mumps and Rubella Immunisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What incentives are provided to general practitioners to encourage measles, mumps and rubella immunisation amongst their patients.

      Measles, Mumps and Rubella: Incidences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the incidences amongst children of (a) measles, (b) mumps, and (c) rubella in each of the past five years (a) in England, and (b) in London.

      Human Cloning

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What response they intend to make to the resolution of the European Parliament of 14 November which stated that Xresearch activities aiming at human cloning for...

      Human Cloning

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What costs from public funds have been incurred to date as a result of contesting the challenge to the use of statutory instruments to permit human embryos to be...

      Autism: Costs to Community

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What research they have undertaken or commissioned on the total costs to the community of autism.

      Adverse Drug Reactions: Autism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether degeneration into autism is now recorded by the Medicines Control Agency as a potential adverse event after vaccination.

      Adverse Drug Reactions: Autism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance the Department of Health has given to general practitioners and other health professions on filing Yellow Card reports to the Medicines Control...

      Sexual Health and HIV Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they are intending to resource the new National Strategy for Sexual Health and HIV beyond the first two years of its 10-year lifetime to enable commissions to...

      Long-term Care Residents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the level of the weekly personal expenses allowance for people living in a long-term care setting will be from April 2002; and what is the method by which the...

      Long-term Care Residents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What conditions have to be met before a person in long-term care is eligible to receive National Health Service-provided continuing care; and how these differ from...

      Residential and Nursing Care: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people aged over state retirement age live in (a) residential care homes and (b) nursing homes, quantified by number and proportion for (i) self-funders...

      Residential and Nursing Care: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate they have made of the number of people who were forced to sell their main home to pay for long-term care fees in 2000–01.

      Intermediate Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money was allocated to intermediate care in 2000–02; how it has been distributed; and what amount and proportion will be or has been spent by social...

      National Institute for Clinical Excellence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total annual budget of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence; and what is the total remuneration of the institute's directors.

      National Institute for Clinical Excellence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which directors of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), if any, are paid over £100,000 per annum; and whether such directors are in the...

      National Institute for Clinical Excellence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the annual budget of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence was spent on staff, administration and accommodation costs in 2000–01.

      National Institute for Clinical Excellence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: By what percentage the number of staff employed by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence increased between April 2000 and April 2001.

      National Institute for Clinical Excellence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what grounds Chelsea and Westminster National Health Service Trust took over processing of payments to creditors by the National Institute for Clinical...

      Independent Healthcare Providers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the results of the survey carried out in October of the work undertaken by independent healthcare providers for all National Health...

      NHS Information Network

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 13 November (WA 72): (a) what proportion of laboratories and radiology departments will be capable...

      Information Management and Technology: Health Authorities' Local Implementation Strategies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether agreed local implementation strategies for information management and technology exist for all health authorities; and how and by which organisations those...

      Electronic Patient Record Level 3

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 21 November (WA152), what is the status of the target set in Information for Health of 35 per cent...

      Integrated Primary Care and Community Electronic Patient Records

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in implementing integrated primary care and community electronic patient records in health authorities; and whether they expect to meet...

      Nursing Staff: Retirements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many nursing staff on or above grade F retired in each of the past five years before completing 40 years' service and below the age of 60; and how many of the...

      Physical Activity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their plans to publish a national physical activity strategy; and What is their response to the recommendation by the National Audit Office that the...

      Advisory Group on Teenage Pregnancy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Advisory Group on Teenage Pregnancy will publish its first annual report.

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