Written answers

Thursday, 6 December 2001

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Fire Brigade, East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will increase East Sussex Fire Brigade's SSA budget in 2002 in order to help meet the demands placed on the...

    • House Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many private homes were sold in each of the last five years, broken down by region.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the elements of the £3.5 billion needed by Railtrack plc in administration, including that sum...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list (a) track, (b) signals and (c) other infrastructure, operated as part of the London Underground,...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the supplementary note to the original notes of his meeting with John Robinson, as sent to the Transport Sub-...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which (a) officials and (b) special advisers in his Department were consulted on the content of the supplementary...

      Bus Operators (Fuel Duty)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the criteria are for paying fuel duty rebate to bus operators providing scheduled services; and in what...

      Housing (Isle of Sheppey)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent infrastructure analysis has taken place of (a) general practitioners, (b) police, (c) school places and...

      On-Shore Windfarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps the Government have taken to reduce the delays in planning decisions concerning on-shore windfarms.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answers of 29 October 2001, Official Report, column 479W on housing, and of 13 November 2001,...

      Track Lines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions for what reasons the SRA have stopped publishing punctuality figures for track lines.

      M4

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on what reasons he based his decision that it would be inappropriate to widen the M4 between junctions 3 and 4b; for...

      Electoral Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether local authorities applying to run electoral pilot schemes in the May 2002 elections will be required to...

      Electoral Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether his Department intends to initiate discussions with disability organisations over the accessibility of...

      Electoral Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether the e-voting equipment to be procured by his Department for the electoral pilots in the May 2002 local...

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make statement on the SRA's responsibility for providing electrical power.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the London Underground activities for which he is responsible; what responsibility he has for London...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment his Department has made of the Deloitte and Touche report on the PPP for the London Underground's...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what maintenance teams London Underground has dedicated to working around the clock to clean (a) buildings and...

      Underground Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 27 November 2001, Official Report, column 750W, on the underground environment, if he will...

      Underground Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 27 November 2001, Official Report, column 750W, on the underground environment, what are...

      Electric Train Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list by region for each of the next 10 years the planned change in electrical power available to power...

      Electric Train Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he list by region for each of the last 10 years the electrical power available to power electric train units.

      Rate Relief (Village Businesses)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, (1) pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2001, Official Report, columns 1094–95W, on rate relief (village...

      Rough Sleepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on what date the most recent head count of rough sleepers took place; and what requests were made by her Department...

      Pensions (Fire Authorities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what consideration he has given to the future pension costs of English fire authorities; if he will list the total...

      Local Authority Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if he will list those local authorities that have failed to sell assets at best value within the last 10 years;...

      National Association of Local Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had with the National Association of Local Councils on the subject of developing...

      National Association of Local Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had with the National Association of Local Councils on the question of restoring a share of...

      Amateur Sports Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what financial help his Department is giving to local authorities who grant (a) mandatory and (b) discretionary rate...

      Galileo Global Satellite

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement about the UK's membership of the Galileo global satellite navigation system.

      Night Flights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will ask the Civil Aviation Authority whether there has been an increase in (a) air traffic using and (b) night...

      Unitary Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many local councillors there are in each unitary authority with a population of less than 100,000.

      Unitary Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what is the applicable community charge or council tax charged by each unitary authority with a population of less...

      Ministerial Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will resign.

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the condition of the lining of the Millennium Dome; and what the estimated cost is of...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on what dates (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department have visited (i) the Millennium Dome and (ii) the site...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which of the unsuccessful bidders for the Millennium Dome have had (a) any and (b) all of their costs reimbursed; and...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans the Government have to use the Millennium Dome over the Christmas period; and if he will open it as a...

      Primary School Location (Road Speed Limits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of how many primary schools in England are on roads with speed limits in excess of 30...

      Fire Appliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) how many available fire appliances are (a) less than one, (b) between one and three, (c) between three and five...

  • Education and Skills

    • School Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of levels of indiscipline in (a) state primary and (b) state secondary schools since the abolition of corporal...

    • Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children there were in classes of 30 or more, by year group, in each of the last five years.

      Schools Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the right of hon. Members to make representations to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator about...

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools (a) opened a new sixth form and (b) closed their sixth form in each of the last three years; in which learning and skills...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria she has established for the distribution of the Learning and Skills Council's standards fund in 2002–03.

      School Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assistance is available to schools wishing to establish links with other schools in the (a) European Union and (b) Commonwealth.

  • Defence

    • Combat Arms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on undermanning in the Army's combat arms.

    • Students (Defence Research)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements his Department has in place to assist school students researching defence topics.

      Army Recruitment (Scottish Regiments)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) establishment strength, (b) actual strength and (c) level of undermanning in percentage terms of establishment against actual strength was...

      Defence Spending (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of the defence budget was spent in Scotland in the most recent year for which figures are available (a) in actual terms and (b) as a percentage...

      Operation Veritas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the number of RAF flying hours accrued for Operation Veritas.

      Polish Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received on the exclusion of Polish pilots from the Battle of Britain war memorial at Dover; and if he will make a statement.

      Dara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what studies have been carried out in the Defence Aviation Repair Agency which recommends the closure of (a) Fleetlands, (b) St Athans and (c) Sealand in...

      C-17s

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if C-17s have the capacity to drop cargo by parachute.

      C-17s

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if paratroop insertion for C-17s is possible.

      C-17s

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many flying hours are permitted per annum for C-17s.

      C-17s

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the operation of the C-17s is constrained by the Health and Safety regulations; and if he will make a statement.

      Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what dense metals are used in the hard-target penetrators of the (a) GBU-24, (b) GBU-32 (upgraded), (c) GBU-37, (d) AGM-86D, (e) AGM-65G, (f) AGM-154C...

      Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what dense metals (a) are and (b) have been used in the (i) development, (ii) testing and (iii) operational use of the BEe/RO BROACH MWS warhead systems.

      Forces Personnel (Health Care)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many armed forces personnel have been treated in the independent health care sector at his Department's expense in each of the last eight...

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will set out the time scale for ratification of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; and what plans the...

      Key Point Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment of key point defence he has made since 11 September; what the outcome was (a) in Scotland and (b) in the rest of the UK; and what...

      Nuclear Liabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is his estimate of the value of liabilities owed by his Department arising from radiological contamination at or arising from (a) nuclear submarine...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what communications British military personnel located in Afghanistan have had with the US Marines based near Kandahar.

      Saif Sareea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of desert-proofing equipment used by the UK military in Oman; and if he will make a statement.

      SA80 Mk II Rifle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the deployment of the SA80 MK II rifle in the Army.

      Early Warning Radar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what work is to be undertaken under the programme for upgraded early warning radar support in the UK, allocated to the US ballistic missile defence...

      Armed Forces Headquarters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the dispersal of (a) brigade and (b) divisional permanent headquarters.

      Transport Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his estimate is of the cost of placing the order for four new roll-on, roll-off transport ships for the Royal Navy; and if he will make a statement.

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on (a) the Eurofighter and (b) the Joint Strike Fighter and when they will be in service.

  • Trade and Industry

    • British Trade International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will announce details of the overseas trade fairs, seminars and outward missions programme to be supported by British Trade...

    • Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what guidance she has given to trading standards officers in local authorities throughout the United Kingdom to ensure that fireworks comply...

      Government Office for the North-West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) advice and (b) support was provided to Thomas Whitter Ltd. by the Government office for the north-west after the company was taken...

      Government Office for the North-West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what decisions were taken by the north-west development agency in relation to support for Thomas Whitter Ltd. following the actions taken by...

      Government Office for the North-West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 29 November 2001, Official Report, column 1047W, on the Government office for the north-west, what (a) support and...

      Government Office for the North-West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what files the Government office for the north-west holds on concerns raised by hon. Members on behalf of local companies.

      Government Office for the North-West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what are the criteria for companies to receive (a) advice and (b) support from the Government office for the north-west when placed in...

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on standards of conduct and competence concerning the advertising and...

      Consumer Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to change consumer protection legislation relating to the purchase of motor insurance policies following the provisional...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to encourage the growth and development of small businesses in areas of high unemployment.

  • International Development

    • Human Rights (Nigeria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment her Department has made of human rights in Nigeria; and what actions her Department is taking to improve human...

    • African Trade and Poverty Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which African countries will benefit from the UK's contribution to the African Trade and Poverty Programme; and what criteria were used...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the aid agencies that are active within Afghanistan; where they are operating; and what level of food aid they are...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what discussions are taking place between the Government and aid agencies on how to gain entry to Taliban-controlled areas; (2)...

  • House of Commons

    • House of Lords Appointments Commission

      To ask the President of the Council what recent discussions the House of Lords Appointments Commission had concerning the criteria they use for selecting people's peers with the objective of...

    • House of Lords Appointments Commission

      To ask the President of the Council how many civil servants and at what grade are working (a) full-time and (b) part-time for the House of Lords Appointments Commission.

      House of Lords Appointments Commission

      To ask the President of the Council how many days per month members of the House of Lords Appointments Commission devote to their Commission duties.

      House of Lords Appointments Commission

      To ask the President of the Council when the printed version of the annual report for 2000 of the House of Lords Appointments Commission will be lodged in the Library.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Contract Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers were employed (i) full time, (ii) part time and (iii) on a contract basis...

    • Royal Prerogative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many ministerial decisions were made where authority for the same derived from the royal prerogative for the most recent...

      Unallocated Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will estimate the total unallocated funds within his departmental expenditure limit (a) at the start of the financial year...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs further to his answer of 5 November 2001, Official Report, column 1W, on departmental assets, if he will make a statement on...

      Nuclear Reprocessing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what was the basis of the criticisms of the competence of the authors of the report prepared for the European Parliament's...

      Overseas Territories Consultative Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Government Ministers attended the Overseas Territories Consultative Council meeting in September; on what basis and for...

      Catherine Meyer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to assist Catherine Meyer to be reunited with her sons.

      Andorra

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with Andorran (a) parliamentarians and (b) officials in the last three years.

      Azerbaijan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Azerbaijan on journalists' freedom.

      Azerbaijan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Azerbaijan on their compliance with the founding principles of the...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the responsibilities of the Governor of Gibraltar concerning the policing of Gibraltar.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many inquiries his Department has received concerning the future of Gibraltar since 7 June.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Governor of Gibraltar about delays in crossing the border with Spain.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had about the dual use of Gibraltar's airport.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Governor of Gibraltar on Spain's access to the airport in Gibraltar.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what monitoring systems are in place to guarantee that UK manufactured and licensed equipment, components and spares are not...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to encourage the setting up of an international monitoring presence in Israel's Occupied...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the role the Government are playing at the Bonn Conference on the future of Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Russian Government on its decision to place troops within Afghanistan.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many appeals have been lodged since October 2000 by overseas visitors against refusal of visas; of these, how many have...

  • Scotland

    • Petrol Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations she has received over (a) the retail price of petrol distributed through the oil companies' own forecourts and (b) the wholesale...

    • Special Advisers and Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers were employed (i) full time, (ii) part time and (iii) on a contract basis by her Department in each...

      Departmental Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will estimate the total running costs for buildings used, owned or rented by her Department for each nation and region of the UK, and estimate...

      Housing Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland under what Treasury heading, and by what mechanism, moneys would be paid by HM Treasury to (a) the City of Glasgow council and (b) the Scottish...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much of the cost to the economy of foot and mouth disease has been incurred in (a) Scotland and (b) Dumfries and Galloway.

  • Home Department

    • Communications Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests last year there were by the Metropolitan Police of (a) British Telecom and (b) other private sector communications...

    • Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegally-held firearms were (a) recovered other than by seizure and (b) seized by police forces, in each year since 1990.

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will extend the scope of section 1 of the Firearms Act 1968 to include airguns.

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) financial, (b) personal and (c) administrative resources are available to the regulation of investigatory powers tribunal to enable...

      Prisoner Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of (a) men and (b) women in prison in England and Wales on 10 June in each of the past three years were jailed for (i) fine...

      Downview Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many occupants of Downview prison have been transferred (a) to more secure category prisons or (b) out of the south-east in the last 12...

      Downview Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what rehabilitation and education programmes were being run at HMP Downview on 17 July; how many prisoners were on each programme; and where...

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many electronically tagged offenders there are (a) in the UK, (b) within Teesside and (c) within Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East...

      Stalkers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures have been taken in the past five years to strengthen the protection from stalkers available for women.

      Police Authorities (Civilian Staff)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many civilian staff were employed by each police authority in England in each year since 1979 (a) in total and (b) per head of population.

      Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) operational police officers per head of population there are in each police authority in England.

      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 concerning the model to assess the levels and routes of...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on progress towards the public service agreement target for the efficiency of the Probation Service in (a)...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target for completions of accredited offender behaviour...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on progress towards the public service agreement target of reducing violent crime against vulnerable...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on progress towards the public service agreement target for the Crime Reduction Programme.

      Offending Behaviour Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the cost in 2001–02 of the Accredited Offending Behaviour Programme.

      Prison Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the prison population for each prison; and what overcrowding there is in each prison.

      Merseyside Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in Merseyside police in each year since 1992.

      Special Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the implementation of the recommendations of the Tilt report concerning security at special hospitals and the...

      Police Shootings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the Police Complaints Authority review of police shootings since 1998 will take into consideration the need for appropriate procedures...

      Police Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training is given by police forces in England and Wales to help their officers deal with mental health crises.

      Best Value

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the cost in the latest available year of the best value regime to (a) his Department and (b) police authorities.

      Stolen Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many stolen vehicles have been recovered through use of the Schengen Information System.

      Credit Card Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what guidance he gives to credit card issuers on reporting credit card fraud; (2) what estimate he has made of the level of...

      Proof of Age Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will give approval for a proof of age card in a standardised format.

      Court Appearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time was between arrest and court appearance of a person charged with an offence in England or Wales in the last 12 months.

  • Health

    • Commission for Health Improvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the change in expenditure and manpower that will result from the CHI's proposed new functions.

    • Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to share with the Scottish Executive the interim evaluation results of the 20 First Wave NHS trusts that are providing...

      Stem Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the operation of commercial services to members of the public to collect and freeze blood from umbilical cords...

      Patient Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued on the recommended average length of patient consultation times with (a) general practitioners and (b) hospital...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanism is used to reallocate health funding to effect changes in population levels predicted in the Government's housing targets.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (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, (c)...

      Pathology Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health where pathology services will be placed in the new NHS structures under the NHS Reform and Health Care Professions Bill.

      NHS Reform and Health Care Professions Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if draft orders emanating from the NHS Reform and Health Care Professions Bill will be published before 18 December.

      Health Service Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on which health services he defines as world class, indicating what their characteristics are.

      Nurses Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the average weekly earnings of a qualified nurse in 2001–02.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Violence Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list those persons who have (a) died and (b) been injured in suspicious circumstances since the Belfast Agreement was concluded,...

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the implications are for other recruits in the event of Catholic recruits to the Police Service of Northern Ireland failing to complete...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when she first learned of Professor Bostock's concerns about the possible contamination of samples of sheeps' brains on...

    • Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list by county the number of applications for livestock movement licences under the foot and mouth disease...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the information given in the letter of 4 August from the Under-Secretary of State to the hon. Member for...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will update and publish the information given in the letter of 8 August from the Under-Secretary of State to the hon....

      SSSIs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of sites of special scientific interest were in (a) good, (b) fair and (c) poor condition in (i) 1996, (ii)...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what impact impending EU legislation will have on the UK waste management strategy.

      Livestock Industry (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government have to support the Welsh livestock industry.

      Bathing Water Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of the Bathing Water Directive on (a) rural beaches and (b) tourism policies.

      White Goods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice has been issued by her Department to consumers on buying fridges and freezers before the issue concerning the...

      Hunting with Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of the temporary cessation of hunting with dogs on the level of predation of...

      Portland Cement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage the British manufacturers of Portland cement has agreed to improve their energy efficiency by 2010 under...

      Portland Cement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which of the British producers of Portland cement have signed a climate change agreement; and what percentage of that...

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the Government's fisheries policies, and in particular on the common fisheries policy of the EU.

      Livestock Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects that livestock markets will be reopened.

      Flood Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many local authorities have completed their review of flood defence assets and provided that data to the Environment Agency.

      Rural Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 29 November 2001, Official Report, column 1090W, on rural affairs, how many people received...

      Rural Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 29 November 2001, Official Report, column 1091W, on rural affairs, which organisations received...

      Rural Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to introduce a rural equivalent of the Excellence in Cities scheme; and if she will make a statement.

      Veterinary Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she is taking on the EU's proposals to make veterinary medicines dependent on prescription; and what assessment...

      Rural Business Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received from the UK Rural Business Campaign concerning the level of compensation...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Websites

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he has taken to ensure that Government and agency websites are easily accessible to disabled users.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Ministerial Decisions (Appeals)

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will list each of the statutory provisions where a person wishing to appeal against a decision of a Minister must, when lodging the appeal, pay the Minister a...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Free Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) single pensioners have taken out free television licences, (b) pensioner couples have taken out such licences, (c)...

    • Free Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what percentage of households in the United Kingdom (a) pay for and (b) receive a free television licence.

      Office of Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure all regions of the United Kingdom are represented on the content board of the Office of Communication.

      Office of Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what appointment criteria she proposes for the content board of the Office of Communication.

      Historic Buildings (Disabled Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action the Government are taking to facilitate the provision of accessible WCs for people with disabilities visiting historic buildings.

      Television Sets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her estimate is of the (a) number and (b) percentage of people living in the United Kingdom who have a television at their primary...

      Television Sets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her estimate is of (a) the number and (b) the percentage of (i) people and (ii) households in the United Kingdom that (A) receive...

      Television Sets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what is her estimate of the number of (a) analogue and (b) digital television sets bought in each of the last five years; and how...

      Digitally Originated Graphics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the use of on-screen digitally originated graphics to identify and promote (a) television channels, (b)...

      BBC Charter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on (a) the process and (b) the timing of the renewal of the BBC Charter.

      Digital Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her estimate is of the (a) number and (b) percentage of (i) people and (ii) households in the United Kingdom that can receive (A)...

      Films (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will (a) make a statement on (i) direct and (ii) indirect Government funding of films and (b) publish a list of films that have...

      BBC Broadcast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to announce her decision on plans for BBC Broadcast.

      Apsley House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what provisions exist for the private hire of Apsley House; and which events have been held there in the last 10 years.

      Apsley House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make it her policy to exclude members of the Wellesley family from sitting on the proposed private trust for Apsley House.

      Apsley House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what annual financial contribution is made by the Wellesley family towards the upkeep of Apsley House.

      Apsley House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what accommodation is provided for the Wellesley family in Apsley House; and what rent is paid.

      Pools Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what percentage of pools industry money went to the (a) Foundation for Sport and Arts and (b) Football Foundation in (i)...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Judges' Lodgings

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what was the average cost of running judges' lodgings per judge accommodated for financial years (a) 1997–98, (b)...

    • Judges' Lodgings

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what was the average cost of running judges' lodgings per night of accommodation provided for the following financial years (a)...

      Judiciary (Corruption)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many members of the judiciary (1) were convicted of corruption in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999 and (e) 2000; (2)...

      Departmental Expenditure Limit

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what proportion of the increase in the departmental expenditure limit from 2001–02 to 2002–03 will be accounted for by...

      House of Lords (Reform)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when he will publish the series of background papers on reform of the House of Lords promised in the Government's White Paper,...

      House of Lords (Reform)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department for what reasons the Government have not established a Joint Committee of both Houses to consider the reform of the House of...

      Victims of Crime

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department in which types of cases victims' personal statements may be used in court cases since 1 October.

  • Prime Minister

    • Performance and Innovation Unit

      To ask the Prime Minister what legislation has resulted from the establishment of the Performance and Innovation Unit.

    • NHS Spending

      To ask the Prime Minister if it is his policy to increase the level of spending on the NHS to the European average level by 2005; and if he will make a statement.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish (a) the standard form of contract for and (b) the disciplinary procedures for special advisers; and if he will state where these differ from those of...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Stakeholder Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information he collates on the amount and frequency of payments into stakeholder pension schemes.

    • Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pension schemes have been closed to new members in each year since 1997; and what the size is of each of the schemes that has been closed.

      Deaf Awareness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research his Department is undertaking into the take-up of disability living allowance among deaf adults.

      Deaf Awareness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that disability living allowance medical reports based on assessments in which (a) a deaf examinee was not...

      Deaf Awareness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will amend the Decision Making and Appeals Regulations so that appeals from deaf claimants which are heard without the requisite...

      Deaf Awareness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will ensure that the Appeals Service is prepared to fund appropriate communications support for deaf applicants to hold preliminary...

      Deaf Awareness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will ensure that each disability benefit centre within the Disability and Benefits Covers Directorate works towards accreditation with...

      Deaf Awareness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will ensure that all those making decisions on awards of (a) disability living allowance and (b) attendance allowance receive appropriate...

      Hospital Patients (Long Stay Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to review the rules relating to the pensions and benefits of people who stay in hospital for more than six weeks.

      Hospital Patients (Long Stay Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the annual costs to his Department of reducing the pensions and benefits of people who have long stays in...

      Hospital Patients (Long Stay Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proposals he has to (a) alleviate the administrative burden and (b) reduce the delays that pensioners leaving hospital following a stay of...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals in each of the last 10 years have applied for a formal determination of their national insurance contributions by the...

      Pensioners (Statistics)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners he estimates there will be in the United Kingdom by 2010.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average cost is of processing an application for disability living allowance when it is resolved following (a) receipt of the...

      Outsourcing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will make a statement on the saving from the ACCORD contract for strategic outsourcing of IS and IT services; (2) if he will make...

      SchlumbergerSema

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress has been made on formalising the extension of the medical services contract with SchlumbergerSema.

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of (a) the workforce and (b) the finance sector is employed in organisations that have carried out equal pay reviews.

  • Treasury

    • Overseas Development Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with Finance Ministers of other countries on the level of overseas development assistance.

    • Public-Private Partnerships

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the expansion of public private partnerships; and if he will make a statement.

      World Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the role of the United Kingdom in pressing for co-ordinated international action to tackle world poverty.

      World Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with Finance Ministers from other countries to press for co-ordinated international action to tackle world poverty.

      Manufacturing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last met the Governor of the Bank of England to discuss the state of United Kingdom manufacturing.

      Manufacturing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received from business men in the United Kingdom on manufacturing productivity; and if he will make a statement.

      Manufacturing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change in the tax burden on manufacturing industry since 1997.

      Manufacturing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action he is taking to create an economic environment that encourages investment in manufacturing industry.

      Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the level of public sector net investment as a proportion of national income over the period of the first comprehensive...

      Development Assistance Target

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the Government to reach the United Nations development assistance target of 0.7 per cent. of gross national product.

      Monetary Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last met the Governor of the Bank of England to discuss monetary policy.

      Aviation Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal measures he is considering to lessen the economic effects of international terrorism on the aviation industry.

      PSBR

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the role of the public sector borrowing requirement in deciding on monetary union.

      Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to improve the minimum income guarantee for the poorest pensioner households.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will exempt combined heat and power from the climate change levy; and if he will make a statement.

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will include the achievement of a competitive and sustainable final exchange rate of the pound against the euro in his assessment of the economic...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the recent meetings he has had with the Prime Minister to discuss the introduction of the euro.

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Truro and St. Austell (Matthew Taylor), of 19 July 2001, Official Report, column 381W, what exchange rate...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the extent to which the pound sterling was overvalued against the euro on 27 November; and if he will make a statement.

      Research and Development Tax Breaks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the utilisation of research and development tax breaks.

      Exports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the impact the economic slowdown in Europe will have on UK exports in the next 12 months.

      Commissioner Bolkestein

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last met European Commissioner Bolkestein; and if he will make a statement on the issues discussed.

      Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the proportion of the market share of UK consumed cigarettes accounted for by smuggled product for the latest year for which...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 19 November 2001, Official Report, columns 143–44W, under what exemptions of the Code of Practice on Access to Government...

      Working Age Inactivity Rate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the change in the working age inactivity rate over the past 12 months; what reasons underlie this change; and if he will make a...

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates he has made of the level of capital gains tax paid in each year from 1997–98 to 2002–03; and if he will make a statement.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what are his latest estimates of the level of non-North Sea corporation tax for each of the years 1997–98 to 2002–03; how these estimates vary...

      Employment Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of (a) single childless people and (b) childless couples who will be entitled to the proposed employment credit.

      Government Receipts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the total receipts from income tax were in each year since 1989; (2) what were the total Government receipts from all sources minus national...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide a breakdown in current prices of the total sum raised in (a) employers' national insurance and (b) employees' national insurance in each...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of levels of (a) employers' and (b) employees' national insurance contributions on labour productivity.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the amount of money that would be raised by abolishing the upper earnings limit on national insurance contributions.

      Uncertificated Securities Regulations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what use has been made of the powers in the Uncertificated Securities Regulations 2001 to delegate functions to the Financial Services Authority.

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the removal of tax relief on self-funded vocational training.

      PFI Projects

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to increase value for money in private finance initiative projects.

      National Health Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what impact the additional costs resulting from measures taken in response to the events of 11 September have had on plans for funding the expansion of the...

      Borrowing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which assumptions underlying his forecasts for public borrowing have been designed to be deliberately cautious, due to high levels of uncertainty; and if he...

      Borrowing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of public sector net borrowing for the fiscal year 2001–02 to date; what the position was at the same stage of the fiscal...

      Borrowing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assumptions and calculations he has made in order to derive the lower estimates for financial company profits which are used to calculate the new...

      Borrowing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates of the growth of total managed expenditure for 2004 to 2007 underlie the forecasts for public borrowing as set out in Table B2, page 165, of...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish his latest assessment of each Government Department's performance in relation to its public service agreement targets; and if he will...

      Wanless Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his plans to consult with patients and others on the conclusions of the Wanless Review of Long-Term Health Trends.

      Contingency Reserves

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what allocations have been made from the Government's contingency reserves for (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Burden

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his estimate is of net taxes and social security contributions as a share of gross domestic product for each year from 1999–2000 to...

      Privatisation Proceeds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates he has made for privatisation proceeds over the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Budgetary Forecasts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the size is of the safety margin built into future borrowing forecasts, referred to in paragraph B3, page 164, of the pre-Budget report, for each of...

      Budgetary Forecasts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assumptions for the level of unemployment in (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003 and (d) 2004 were used in drawing up the economic and budgetary forecasts...

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will announce his decision on the future of the distraint work of the Inland Revenue; and if he will publish his assessment of the financial...

      Output

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the change in the trend growth of output in the UK since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Productivity Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of (a) whole economy productivity growth and (b) manufacturing productivity growth for each year from 1975–76 to 2001–02;...

      Labour Productivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the change in the trend growth of labour productivity since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Spending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is his policy to raise taxes to increase NHS spending; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Spending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his pre-Budget Statement of 27 November 2001, Official Report, column 829, whether it is the policy of his Department to increase expenditure...

      Debt Interest

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of debt interest payments by central Government in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03; what effect there has been on these...

      Council Tax Revenues

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the percentage increase in council tax revenues between 2001–02 and 2002–03; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of total expenditure on all forms of tax credit in each year from 1998–99 to 2004–05; and if he will make a statement.

      Employees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimates he has made of financial sector employee bonuses for upper rate taxpayers for each of the years (a) 1998–99, (b) 1999–2000,...

      Receipts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to request that the National Audit Office should carry out an audit of all assumptions underlying the changes in the current...

      Equity Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the effects on the public finances of a 10 per cent. increase in UK equity prices; and if he will make a statement.

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter of 8 November from the hon. Member for West Derbyshire on the working families tax credit.

      Department of Health (Underspend)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the reasons for the underspend in the Department of Health in the last financial year.

      Renewco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Office for National Statistics determined that Renewco would be classified as the public sector.

      Unitary Authorities (Populations)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many unitary authorities have a population of less than 100,000; and if he will list them together with their respective populations.

      Departmental Expenditure Limit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons his Budget 2001 estimate of total departmental expenditure limit spending was £3.4 billion higher in 2000–01 than the estimate...

      Departmental Expenditure Limit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out his latest estimates of the underspends by each departmental expenditure limit for 2000–01; and if he will make a statement.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the forecast cost over the (a) current and (b) next three financial years of the stamp duty exemption for SIPs.

  • House of Lords

    • House of Lords Reform

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the series of background papers on reform of the House of Lords, promised in the Government's White Paper The House of Lords—Completing the Reform (Cm...

    • Baroness Morgan of Huyton

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the duties of Baroness Morgan of Huyton as Deputy Minister for Women, equality co-ordinator across Whitehall and Minister of State in the Cabinet Office...

      Toys Supplied with Foodstuffs: Safety

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evidence there is that small toys in breakfast cereal packs and chocolate eggs have caused death and injury to children within the European Union single...

      HM Prison Blantyre House

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current categorisation of HM Prison Blantyre House; and Whether they have any plans to alter the current categorisation of HM Prison Blantyre House;...

      Football (Disorder) Act 2000: Detentions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many individuals have been detained under the provision of the Football (Disorder) Act 2000; and how many convictions have resulted.

      Sentencing Policy and Prison Occupancy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, given that 23 local prisons are over-crowded to the extent of some 5,000 prisoners, they will: (a) ask the courts to minimise the use of short prison...

      RAF Gliders: Location

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether in principle decisions on the possible resiting of gliders from RAF Bicester to RAF Upper Rissington have yet been taken; if so, when they were taken; and,...

      RAF Gliders: Location

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the key factors under consideration in relation to the possible resiting of gliders to RAF Upper Rissington from RAF Bicester.

      Port Services: Proposed EU Directive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their stance on the proposed European Union Port Services Directive, introducing competitive tendering for cargo handling and related services.

      Bus Lane Contraventions: Penalty Charges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date they expect to commence consultations under Section 144 of the Transport Act 2000 to enable local authorities outside London, which have taken...

      Mobile Phones: Use while Driving

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider it possible for a driver to exercise proper control over a vehicle while driving it at the same time as holding a mobile telephone to his or...

      Strategic Rail Authority: Freight Competition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Strategic Rail Authority's freight competition has been completed.

      Porton Down: Security

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any break-ins have taken place at Porton Down within the past 18 months; if so, what was taken; what actions were subsequently taken by the relevant...

      Rheumatoid Arthritis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether rheumatoid arthritis features in any National Health Service research and development programmes; and Whether rheumatoid arthritis features in any...

      Hardwood and Softwood Thinnings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to increase the use of home-grown hardwood and softwood thinnings of less than saw-mill size; and what recent success they have had.

      Foot and Mouth: Appeal Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the total costs to the taxpayer of the court cases involving appeals against decisions by Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food or Department for...

      DEFRA: Exeter Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the total number of permanent staff employed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs at its Exeter Office at the time when 18 members of...

      Noise Pollution: Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will define the responsibilities and powers of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in relation to noise pollution in areas of...

      Rural Payments Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total amount of payments that are outstanding due to the industrial action being taken by the Rural Payments Agency, how many tenant farmers have been...

      Ofcom: Disabled and Elderly Consumers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by the Baroness Blackstone on 29 October (HL Deb, cols. 1225-1226), how they intend to ensure that— (a) the board of the Office of...

      Ofcom: Disabled and Elderly Consumers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they will respond to the view of the Royal National Institute for the Blind that the Office of Communications's future duties in respect of disabled peple...

      Physical Activity for the Over-50s:Cross-departmental Group

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recommendations have been made by the cross-departmental group led by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport whose remit is to consider ways of promoting...

      Works of Art: Government Indemnity Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answers by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 27 February (HL Deb, col. 395) and the Baroness Blackstone on 27 June (HL Deb, col. 12) on works of art,...

      Business Tourism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they wil help promote business tourism in the United Kingdom and within the European Union.

      XMusic in Europe" Initiative

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether last October's XMusic in Europe" initiative under the Belgian Presidency of the European Union was designed to preserve, enhance and extend Europe's...

      Regional Cultural Consortiums

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's review of the regional cultural consortiums has been brought forward from the middle of 2002; what are the terms...

      World Athletics Championships 2005

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their plans to assist a British bid to host the 2005 International Amateur Athletic Federation World Championships.

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