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Written answers

Tuesday, 11 December 2001

  • Health

    • Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of recent research into the causes and treatment of dementia.

    • Private Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the state of the private care home sector.

      Cancer Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in the improvement of care for cancer patients.

      Cancer Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress has been made on speeding up diagnosis and treatment of cancer for patients.

      Cancer Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress towards achieving the Government's target for the percentage of referred cancer patients seen within 14 days.

      Children's Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase funding to children's hospices.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the timing of the (a) publication and (b) implementation of the National Service Framework for diabetes.

      General Practitioner Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recommendations his Department makes to general practitioners regarding the amount of time that should be made available for consultation per...

      NHS Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health to what extent NHS spending has been (a) over and (b) under planned levels in the (i) financial year 2000–01 and (ii) first half of this financial year.

      Falls (Older People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of progress with respect to the (a) prevention of falls and (b) treatment of older people who suffer injury through falls.

      Hospital Star Ratings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made following the publication of hospital star ratings.

      Smallpox

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the WHO on the guarding of smallpox virus stocks.

      Barnsley Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the projected deficit of Barnsley area health authority for 2001–02.

      HIV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on how HIV prevention work will be commissioned after 1 April 2002.

      HIV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on how specialist commissioning for HIV prevention and treatment will be carried out after 1 April 2002.

      Delayed Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he is taking to tackle delayed discharges from hospitals.

      Delayed Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on reducing delayed discharges from hospital.

      Delayed Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the level of delayed discharges.

      Health Authority Funding Criteria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what factors other than population are taken into account in calculating the payment made annually to each health authority.

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received about waiting times for NHS treatment.

      Bed Blocking (East Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on bed blocking in East Sussex.

      Deep Vein Thrombosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice he issues to air travellers concerning the risk of deep vein thrombosis.

      Health Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to collect and publish regular statistical information on the general state of health of the population.

      Anti-impotence Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the prescribing of anti-impotence drugs on the NHS.

      Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received regarding the chairman of Worcestershire acute hospital trust.

      Care Home Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many care home beds there were in (a) December 2000 and (b) December 2001.

      CT and MRI Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria will be used to distribute the next 50 CT and MRI scanners.

      York Health NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many York Health NHS Trust beds were occupied on average on each day of the last month for which figures are available by patients awaiting discharge...

      Edgware Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement about progress on services at the new hospital at Edgware.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the National Health Service spent on hiring agency nursing staff in the last 12 months.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimates he has made of the impact of staff shortages on NHS capacity.

      Adult Stem Cell Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the progress and effectiveness of adult stem cell research in treating health disorders.

  • Prime Minister

    • Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his policy on (a) sanctions against and (b) bombing of Iraq.

    • Civil Service

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will make a statement on his discussions with the civil service commissioners about the terms of appointment of the next head of the civil service; (2) what...

      Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the Prime Minister what action he instituted on and before 9 December into reports of a campaign by persons in Government to undermine the reputation of the Parliamentary Standards...

  • Defence

    • New Deal (Young People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people are employed by the Department under the new deal for young people; and at what cost to public funds.

    • RAF Finningley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when Manchester Airport submitted an expression of interest in acquiring the RAF Finningley site for development as a civil passenger airport; what...

      Defence Employment (Glasgow)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people in Glasgow are employed in defence work.

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Type 45 destroyers will be constructed in Scotland.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many training exercises have been carried out by the armed forces (a) in and (b) from Gibraltar during the last three years; and how many of these...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy ships have docked in Gibraltar in the last three years.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British troops are based in Gibraltar.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the effect in military activity in and around Gibraltar as a result of the Brussels process.

      Terms of Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in what respects the terms of service of (a) regular servicemen and (b) reservists, including members of the Territorial Army, on full-time service differ.

      Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many regulations his Department has proposed to Parliament since June; what regulatory impact assessments have been made for those regulations his...

      RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his Department's policy to draw up a specific memorandum of understanding governing the presence of the USVF at RAF Menwith Hill.

      Promotions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) executive and (b) administrative officers in his Department may be promoted at the age of 58 years or over.

      Age Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the compulsory retirement age is for (a) executives and (b) administrative officers in his Department, if the MOD's policy on retirement of (i)...

      Departmental Staff (Home Working)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to encourage staff to work from home; and how many staff do so on a regular basis.

      Defence Sites, Corsham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people are employed in the Basil Hill and Copenacre sites in Corsham by (a) the Defence Communication Services Agency and (b) other units; how...

      Cruise Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cruise missiles have been used in the conflict in Afghanistan by (a) Britain and (b) the United States.

      Far East Prisoners of War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason the definition of "British" as it applies to civilian former prisoners of the Japanese was clarified; when the need for clarification was...

      Army Cadet Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to reinstate the use of barrack trousers as part of the Army Cadet Force standard uniform; and if he will make a statement.

      Army Cadet Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures there are to increase cadet participation in Regular and Territorial Army exercises.

      Army Cadet Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cadets in the Army Cadet Force there have been in each year since 1997; and how many Army Cadet Force units have been (a) opened and (b) closed...

      Army Cadet Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the procedure that is to be taken when promoting an army cadet within the Army Cadet Force; and what qualifications a...

      Army (Ethnic Minorities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers from ethnic minorities there are in each of the Guards regiments; how many soldiers from ethnic minorities there are in the British...

      HMS Glorious

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent revisions he has made to the account of the sinking of HMS Glorious.

  • International Development

    • Bushmeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the impact the trade in bushmeat has on the environment in West and Central Africa.

    • China

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what investigation she has made into the funding provided by (a) the United Nations Population Fund and (b) the International Planned...

      British Council Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many British Council scholarships have been awarded to students from Southern Sudan in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001.

      War Against Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how she expects her Department's development policy to be affected by the war against terrorism.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the work of her Department in Sierra Leone.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the oral answer from the Minister for Sport on 3 December 2001, Official Report, column 14, who (a) attends and (b) chairs...

    • Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which (a) museums, (b) theatres, (c) art galleries and (d) sporting events (i) she and (ii) other Ministers in her Department have...

      Football (Safe Standing Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will place in the Library a copy of the Football Licensing Authority report of 5 March relating to safe standing areas at...

      Tourism (Euro)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the impact on the UK tourism industry of Britain not being part of the Eurozone in January 2002.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Superintendent Ali Dizaei

      To ask the Solicitor-General (1) when the Crown Prosecution Service received the file from the Metropolitan police investigating Superintendent Ali Dizaei; (2) what action she has taken to...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Terrorists

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

  • Trade and Industry

    • Wireless Telegraphy Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what communications she has received from the European Commission concerning the draft Wireless Telegraphy (Control of Interference from...

    • Home Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what representations she has received on the financial and other costs of fraudulent homeworking schemes on (a) the legitimate...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2001, Official Report, column 306W, on small businesses, if she will identify the title of the...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what structures exist to facilitate communication between her Department and small businesses.

      Manufacturing Summit (Birmingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the (a) Ministers, (b) Government officers, (c) Members of Parliament and (d) delegates attending the Manufacturing Summit in...

      Broadband Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to encourage the wholesale market for broadband capacity in areas with no current broadband infrastructure.

      Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with Consignia about proposed changes to the delivery of the mail.

      Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the financial position of Consignia for the current financial year; what resulting action she has asked the...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what decisions she has made about the future membership of the boards of the eight regional development agencies outside London; and if she...

      Atlantic Telecom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had regarding the collapse of Atlantic Telecom; and if she will make a statement.

      Miners' Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the pension rights of miners dismissed during the 1984–85 strikes.

      Miners' Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much the Government received from mining pension fund surpluses in 2000–01; and if she will make a statement.

  • Treasury

    • RenewCo

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date the Treasury (a) provided new information to the Office for National Statistics on the structure of RenewCo; and (b) subsequently requested...

    • Railtrack

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what advice the Treasury has received from the office for national statistics on the treatment of Government loans to Railtrack while in administration in...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of the effect on risk premium which will have to be budgeted for in future partnerships with the private sector, following the...

      Public Sector Net Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of public sector net investment was as a share of GDP in (a) 1998–99, (b) 1999–2000, (c) 2000–01 and (d) 2001–02;...

      Public Sector Net Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the level of public sector investment as a share of gross domestic product in each year from 1978–79 to 2002–03; and if...

      Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the growth of current expenditure in the total departmental expenditure limit, in real terms, for the period 1998–99 to...

      Savings Gateway and Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what has been the cost of consultation on the (a) Savings Gateway and (b) Child Trust Fund; (2) what he expects to be the cost of (a) the Savings...

      Savings Ratio

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his forecast is of the savings ratio for the next two quarters.

      New Deal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are employed by the Department under the new deal for young people; and at what cost to public funds.

      Absence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many days were lost due to sickness absence in the Department in each of the last four years.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the saving to public funds in 2000–01 from achievement of the Public Service Agreement target for the reduction of surplus buildings on the...

      Productivity Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the level of productivity growth in (a) the UK and (b) other members of the G7 and the OECD over the last three years.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 2 July 2001, Official Report, column 66W, on the climate change levy, if the CCL will lead to additional VAT receipts of about...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide a breakdown for each of the last two Parliaments of the change in the number of 18 to 24-year- olds unemployed for over six months.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of people over the age of 16 in rural areas had been unemployed for over 12 months in June of each of the last four years.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of people between 16 and 60-years-old in rural areas had been unemployed for (a) six, (b) 12 and (c) 18 months in (i) 1996, (ii) 1997, (iii)...

      Capital Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 20 November 2001, Official Report, column 270W, on capital assets, what his estimate is of the contribution to public sector net...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 31 October 2001, Official Report, columns 741–42W, on records kept under Clause 9 of the Code of Conduct for Special...

      Crown Estate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Crown Estate has spent on corporate hospitality in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001.

      Crown Estate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Crown Estate spent on corporate sponsorship in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001.

      Royal Finances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps he has taken to distinguish, for the purpose of treatment of royal finances, between the private wealth of the sovereign and that held in...

      National Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of national income is spent on (a) work and pensions, (b) health, (c) national debt, (d) defence, (e) education and skills, (f) trade and...

      Public-Private Venture Capital

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to achieve his target of £1 billion of public-private venture capital funding; and what proportion of this target he expects to be (a)...

      Benefits (Portsmouth, South)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people received (a) tax credits and (b) means- tested benefits in the constituency of Portsmouth, South in the last 12 months for which figures are...

      Tax Credits (Glasgow)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Glasgow have received (a) the working families tax credit, (b) the child care tax credit and (c) the disabled persons tax credit.

      Public Services Productivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to publish the paper on public services productivity mentioned in paragraph 1.13 of 'Productivity in the UK: The evidence and the Government's...

      Employment Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of how the employment tax credit could be combined with training to increase the earnings potential of the low paid.

      Employment Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment the Government have made of the relationship between incentives to work for a second earner and the introduction of the employment tax credit.

      Capital Modernisation Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason the Capital Modernisation Fund made no allocations in 2001.

      Ecofin

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the outcome was of the ECOFIN Council held in Brussels on 4 December; what the Government's stance was on each issue discussed, including its voting...

      Pension Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the cost to public funds of the pension tax credit in each of the next three years.

      Contingent Risks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the reference to contingent risks as set out in Treasury guidance document: "Appraisal and evaluation in central Government", paragraph 4.42 includes...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason Ulgham was not included in the list of disadvantaged wards in Northumberland eligible for stamp duty relief; and whether it was his policy...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what structures exist to facilitate communication between his Department and small businesses.

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the air passenger duty has been since 1997.

      Tax and Excise Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average proportion of the purchase price of a bottle of whisky that is accounted for by tax and excise duty.

      Tax and Excise Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average proportion of the purchase price of a litre of unleaded petrol that is accounted for by tax and excise duty.

      Tax and Excise Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the revenue to the Exchequer was in each of the last four years from tax and excise duty on (a) alcohol, (b) tobacco and (c) fuel.

      X-ray Equipment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance is issued to officers of HM Customs and Excise on the use of bulk X-ray equipment.

      Alcohol Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people entering the UK were questioned by HM Customs and Excise in each of the last five years on suspicion of alcohol smuggling; how many were...

      Amateur Sports Clubs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will announce his policy on charitable status for community amateur sports clubs.

      Trader Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the cost to public funds of value-added tax missing trader fraud in each of the last four years.

      Trade Balance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the balance of trade in (a) food products and (b) meat products for the last 12 months for which figures are available.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 23 November 2001, Official Report, column 539W, on winter fuel allowance, (1) by what factors and measures the (a)...

    • Parliamentary Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been paid in compensation in each year since 1997 as a result of cases related to his Department decided by the Parliamentary...

      Random Assignment Evaluation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how he intends to ensure informed consent to participation in random assignment for those with (a) learning disabilities and (b) mental...

      Random Assignment Evaluation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the study "A Review of the Use of Random Assignment" will be completed; and if he will place it in the Library.

      Pension Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement about the siting of the Phase 2 Pension Service locations.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will make a statement on the Jobcentre Plus computer system; and when he expects it to be fully operational in the new offices; (2)...

      Public Service Agreement Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will make a statement on the public service and service delivery agreements developed in the corporate serving directorate of his...

      Housing Benefit Help Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) in which local authorities the housing benefit help team has intervened since its creation; and when; (2) how many repeat visits the...

      Housing Benefit Help Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the cost in (a) 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02 of the Expert Help Team set up to assist in the improvement...

      Integrated Inquiry Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place the report he has received from Affinity on the Integrated Inquiry Service in the Library.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will answer (a) questions 10435 and 10434, on the Child Support Agency, tabled by the hon. Member for Northavon on 23 October, (b)...

      State Pension (Hospital Stays)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to review the practice of docking state pensions as a result of a hospital stay of more than six weeks; what representations...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints his Department has received in each of the last five years from members of the public in respect of the work of the Child...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how he will identify eligible recipients for the pension credit who are above state pension age; and if he will make a statement.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Housebuilding (Floodplains)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what action he has taken to ensure that local planning authorities follow Government guidelines regarding...

    • Housebuilding (Floodplains)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the amount of brownfield land available for development which is located in areas...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which advisers were present at the meeting convened by his Department on 13 September to discuss Railtrack.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) how much money the administrator of Railtrack has said will be required for renewals, maintenance and operating...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many contracts for (a) lawyers, (b) accountants, and (c) consultants have been (i) let and (ii) advertised since...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether the Railtrack pension fund was in surplus or deficit and by how much immediately prior to Railtrack...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent assessment he has made of the morale of Railtrack employees.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what representations he has received from (a) individuals, (b) non-governmental organisations and (c) companies...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was the (a) length and (b) proportion of track not meeting the minimum required standard for each month between...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had regarding the possible safety implications of (a) the Administration and (b) a possible...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what requests he has received for funding additional to those detailed in section 2 of the commercial loan agreement...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what benchmarks are used to assess budget variations in section 8.1.6 (a) of the commercial loan agreement with the...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what management accounts have been supplied by the Railtrack administrator under section 8.1.6 (a) of the commercial...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what financial forecasts have been made by the Railtrack administrator under the terms of section 8.1.6 (f) of the...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what rate of interest is being received by the Government under section 4.2 of the commercial loan agreement with the...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much money has been made available as (a) cash, (b) loan and (c) guarantee to Railtrack in administration.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what action has been taken to ensure high safety standards by Railtrack in administration.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what reports he receives from Railtrack in administration concerning (a) finance and (b) safety; and how often he...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many miles of track are subject to speed restrictions pending repair or renewal; and how many speed restrictions...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the turnover of London Underground staff has been in each of the past six years.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how frequently London Underground carries out detailed surveys of its track; and if he will make a statement on the...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the register of assets held by London Underground.

      Rents (Barnet)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many properties in Barnet will not reach the formula rent cap level for the unit size for (a) registered social...

      Rents (Barnet)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many households in Barnet in (a) registered social landlord and (b) local authority accommodation will have...

      Polling Booths (Disabled Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to ensure that all polling booths are accessible to people with physical disabilities.

      Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many days were lost due to sickness absence in the Department in each of the last four years.

      Train Operating Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent research his Department has (a) conducted, (b) commissioned and (c) made reference to with regard to the...

      Railway Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many staff worked within his Department's Railway Inspectorate in each month since June 1997; and what changes in...

      Signal Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many reported signal failures there were on the railway infrastructure controlled by Railtrack for each month...

      Railway Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received regarding (a) the merger of and (b) closer co-operation between the Strategic...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will give details of the progress made in respect of each recommendation made by the Health and Safety...

      Housing (Portsmouth)

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

      Rail Regulator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to meet the Rail Regulator.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what road safety awareness schemes he plans in the next 12 months; and if he will estimate their cost.

      A1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans his Department has to upgrade the A1.

      A1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what further plans he has to improve the A1 motorway.

      Unitary Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what was the average cost associated with (a) job losses, (b) removal costs, (c) informing the resident...

      Unitary Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) how many unitary authorities are buying in services from neighbouring authorities; and what the net effect is...

      Unitary Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish the total amount of Government funding to the unitary authority of Torbay since its creation.

      Local Government Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the members of the Local Government Commission from its inception to the present date.

      Local Government Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if he will list the factors taken into consideration by the Local Government Commission when conducting a...

      Local Government Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on what basis he will ask the Local Government Commission to undertake a structural review of an existing local authority.

      Local Government Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish the research supporting the decision to amalgamate the Local Government Commission into the...

      Local Government Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list (a) biographical details, (b) professional qualifications, (c) political affiliations and (d) salary,...

      Local Government Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what powers he has to change the local government structure in England and Wales; and on what basis he will exercise...

      Local Government Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent research the Government have commissioned on the financing of changes in local government structure; and...

      Local Government Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the next round of periodic structural reviews for local authorities in England and Wales will take place.

      Local Government Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the Government will publish plans to change the local government structure.

      Physical Agents Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the outcome was of the meeting of Coreper on 16 November on the Physical Agents Directive in respect of vibrations.

      Departmental Staff (Home Working)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps his Department is taking to encourage staff to work from home; and how many staff do so on a regular basis.

      Rough Sleepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish the figures for rough sleeping for each local authority area in England that are available, with...

      Homeless People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact central Government action has had on reducing the number of (a) priority...

      Uniform Business Rate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the average annual increase was in (a) parish and (b) town council precepts in (i) each of the five years before...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the prospects for a greater regionalisation of the railways.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent discussions he has had with European Transport Ministers on greater co-operation between the different...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will bring forward legislation to give the people of Gibraltar the right to vote in the 2004 European...

      Enron

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received about the deaths of employees at Enron power station, Teesside; and what recent...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on what annual data in respect of (a) population and (b) council tax base he has based his calculations of standard...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the effect will be on (a) the standard spending assessment and (b) the revenue support grant allocation, by...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether he intends to use his reserve capping powers this year in respect of any local authorities' council tax increases.

      Aviation Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will review the information available on the aviation organophosphate information website; what estimate he has...

      Education Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list for each of the years 1995–96 to 2001–02 the (a) total amount of education SSA provided...

      Council Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what figures he has collated on the average salaries in 2001–02 of the leader and other cabinet members of each...

      English Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what means he proposes to keep hon. Members informed of the progress and outcome of the Government's Quinquennial...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the figure for the council tax base of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead given in tables accompanying...

      Council Running Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what figures he has collated on (a) the total cost and (b) the cost per capita in the last year for which figures are...

  • Scotland

    • Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many appointments she has made to public bodies since 7 June; and how many are in her gift.

    • Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what proportion of the increase in the departmental expenditure limit from 2001–02 to 2002–03 will be accounted for by wage costs.

      Long-term Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she has had with members of the Scottish Executive since 3 May on free care for the elderly in Scotland; and what was the outcome of...

      Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many press officers are employed by the Scotland Office; and how many are located in London at Dover House.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Absence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many days were lost due to sickness absence in the Department in each of the last four years.

    • Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the public service agreement target for the answer of correspondence to Ministers.

      Local Authority Websites

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what measures are being taken to ensure that local authority websites are accessible to those with a range of disabilities; and which organisations have...

  • Education and Skills

    • Teacher Retention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers, (a) in total and (b) by local education authority, left the teaching profession within two years of qualification in each...

    • Teacher Retention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if work has begun on the research project into why teachers leave the profession.

      Pre-schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pre-schools have closed since 1997 in (a) England and (b) the Buckingham constituency.

      Pre-schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pre-schools have closed since 1997 in (a) England and (b) Arundel and South Downs.

      Nursery Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance her Department has given to (a) local education authorities and (b) Early Years Development Partnerships on the distribution...

      Nursery Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of three-year-olds in Leicestershire will receive free nursery places in 2001–02; and what is the national average.

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when ILA providers will receive funding for learners booked into the system before the programme was shut down.

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what arrangements are in place for students who have started ILA courses but were not booked into the system before the programme was shut down.

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects to launch a successor to Individual Learning Accounts.

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her oral statement of 6 November 2001, Official Report, column 122–32, what arrangements she has made to enable people...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills under what powers she shut down the individual learning account programme on 23 November without notice to individual learning account (a)...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what is her estimate of the number of holders of individual learning accounts who had not used them by 23 November; and what arrangements...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what financial advice is being provided by her Department to firms which have suffered loss as a result of the closure of the individual...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people were employed in the individual learning account centre on 23 November; how many are employed; and whether the closure of...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what compensation is being offered to holders of individual learning accounts who had intended to use them on or before 7 December 2001 but...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many letters were sent out to holders of individual learning accounts to advise them that the accounts must be used on or before 7...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance is given to those students whose applications for individual learning accounts had been submitted prior to the deadline of 7...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the impact on (a) learning provider companies and (b) applicants of her decision to close the individual...

      Out-of-school Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the Government's strategy to develop out of school and holiday schemes for 11 to 14-year-old children.

      Higher Education Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of higher education lecturing staff are on non-permanent contracts.

      Higher Education Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average turnover has been of teaching staff in higher education institutions in each year since 1997.

      Astra Group Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what actuarial assessment has been made of the shortfall in the Astra Group pension scheme; and if she will make a statement.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information she collates on the educational attainments of young people with disabilities and special educational needs compared with...

      Post-16 Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list for each local education authority (a) the sum spent on post-16 education in 2000–01, (b) the sum budgeted for...

      Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she is taking to upgrade the standards and status of vocational education.

      Education Maintenance Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the findings of the pilot areas for education maintenance allowances; and when the scheme will be extended...

      University Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to (a) monitor and (b) improve the standard of teaching in universities.

      Homework Clubs (Portsmouth)

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

      Further Education Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list each college of further education subject to a recovery plan, together with the allocation to each college from the...

      Further Education Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list (a) the criteria used for categorising the financial health of further education colleges and (b) the number of colleges,...

      Education Standard Spending Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list for each of the years 1997–98 to 2001–02 (a) the name of each local education authority where education SSA...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many publications were issued by his Department in each of the last four years.

    • Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the constitutional arrangements agreed between the UK and the Irish Republic involving joint decision-making in the affairs...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if an agreement to offer Spain any joint decision-making over the affairs of Gibraltar will be put to a referendum of the people...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which aspects of agreement on the future status of Gibraltar with Spain (a) will and (b) will not be subject to a referendum in...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next plans to enter into discussions with Spain over the future status of Gibraltar.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next plans to raise the issue of border delays with the Government of Spain.

      Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of the increase in the departmental expenditure limit from 2001–02 to 2002–03 will be accounted for...

      New Deal (Young People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people are employed by the Department under the new deal for young people; and at what cost to public funds.

      Departmental Staff (Home Working)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to encourage staff to work from home; and how many staff do so on a regular basis.

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions he has had with the Indonesian authorities regarding the actions of Laskar Jihad in the Christian...

      Al-Qaeda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2001, Official Report, column 404W, on al-Qaeda, if he will rule out support for military...

      Suicide Terrorists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 5 December 2001, Official Report, column 315W, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what evaluation his Department has made of the role of Russia in the decision by the Northern Alliance to occupy Kabul.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the expected nature and extent of Russian influence in post-conflict Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will support an investigation into events at Mazar-i-Sharif to establish (a) whether adequate steps were taken at the...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the UK will be involved in setting up procedures for the (a) safe surrender, (b) disarming and (c) detention of captured...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the UK Government and their coalition allies in Afghanistan provide logistic support to ensure the humane treatment of...

      EU (Public Information)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps have been taken to inform people about the law-making process in the European Union.

      EU (Public Information)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps have been taken to inform people about the meaning of the European Union treaties.

      British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many indemnity undertakings were given by his Department in respect of loss or damage to works of art loaned to the British...

      International Judicial Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what judicial procedures will be set up to try those in custody accused of (a) war crimes, (b) crimes against humanity and (c)...

  • Home Department

    • Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the public service agreement target for efficiency in the criminal justice system.

    • Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assistance his Department provided in 2000–01 to those charities which are on the central register of charities but did not...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if the public service agreement target to ensure by March 2001 that charities are able to operate for their proper purpose by...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of failed asylum applicants who will be removed from the UK in (a) 2001 and (b) 2002.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to reform the asylum system, particularly in terms of the effects on the provision of housing.

      Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for changes to the departmental expenditure limit and administration cost limit within his responsibility.

      Illegal Drugs (Prisons)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent surveys have been undertaken by his Department on how illegal drugs enter prisons in England and Wales.

      Leave to Remain

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time is that applicants wait between being granted (a) indefinite and (b) finite leave to remain in the UK and...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reporting centres for conducting immigration interviews have been set up in the north-east since January 2000; how many appeals by the...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the implications of the Biocidal Products Regulation for animal testing.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department has taken to assess the effects of genetic modification in laboratory animals on the animals' welfare.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of each type of animal have been used in laboratory testing in each year since 1997.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Government have invested in developing alternatives to animal testing in the last five years.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Home Office inspectors there are with responsibility for scrutinising the impact of the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986; and...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many licences have been issued for the use of GM (a) mice and (b) other animals in laboratory testing in each year since 1977.

      Illegal Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action his Department is taking to deal with the illegal employment of those who have entered the country illegally.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if bid and tender documents relating to the (a) design, (b) build and (c) management of prisons are published; and if he will make a statement.

      Drug Abstinence Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Drug Abstinence Order pilots began in each pilot area; how many Orders have been (a) commenced and (b) breached in each area; and if...

      Extended Court Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements have been made for individuals to be received by local prisons beyond normal hours in pilot areas for extended court hours;...

      Extended Court Hours

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what are the (a) start and (b) expected completion dates for extended courts sittings hours pilots; what the planned extended...

      HMP Wold

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to what extent the costs incurred for developing the bids for the running of HMP Wold by each bidder are included in the overall tender;...

      Anti-drugs Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average annual administrative cost of the UK Anti-Drugs Co-ordination Unit in the Cabinet Office was over the last three years.

      Assets Recovery Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what financial steps his Department has taken to prepare for the (a) setting up and (b) running costs of the proposed Assets Recovery Agency.

      Young Offenders (Statistics)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many 15 and 16-year-old boys were remanded in custody during (a) 2000 and (b) January to June 2001, broken down by age and ethnicity, on...

      EU (Co-decisions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the basis upon which the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, the hon. Member for Wallasey (Angela Eagle),...

      Prison Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison ships are in use; and what plans there are to increase the number.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Freedom of Information

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when members of the public will have rights to access information held by public authorities as set out in the Freedom of...

    • Judges' Lodgings

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his answer of 29 November 2001, Official Report, columns 1135–36W, on judges' accommodation, what (a) sporting,...

      Judges' Lodgings

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his answer of 29 November 2001, Official Report, columns 1135–36W, on judges accommodation, what assessment has...

      Judges' Lodgings

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his answer of 29 November 2001, Official Report, columns 1135–36W, on judges' accommodation, if he will list...

      Conditional Fee Arrangements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on the savings in 2000–01 resulting from the introduction of conditional fee arrangements.

      Mental Capacity Legislation

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will publish in draft her proposed legislation on mental capacity.

      Crown Leaseholders

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what effect the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Bill will have on the rights of Crown leaseholders (a) to enfranchise and (b) to...

      Electronic Conveyancing

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when he will publish the analysis of the responses to the consultation paper, "Electronic Conveyancing: A Draft Order Under...

      Correspondence

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

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Portland Cement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the location of British Portland cement manufacturing plants accredited to the EU eco-management and audit...

    • Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the increase in the departmental expenditure limit from 2001–02 to 2002–03 will be accounted...

      Industrial Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 30 November 2001, Official Report, column 1172W, on industrial action, if she will list the...

      Institute of Animal Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to recover the public money committed to the Institute of Animal Health study into sheep TSEs.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance was issued to valuers with regard to the calculation of slaughter premium when valuing cattle for slaughter...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farms included in the foot and mouth cull but not recognised as infected premises have had laboratory tests...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will instruct her Department's offices in Leeds to involve (a) local practising veterinarians and (b) other...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the lines of communication between her Department and the farming...

      Fishing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the negotiating position of the UK delegation to the December EC Fisheries Council will be determined.

      Fishing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the relative importance of the fishing industry to (a) Scotland and (b) the rest of the UK.

      Fishing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who will lead the UK delegation to the EC Fisheries Council in December.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter of 18 July from the hon. Member for West Derbyshire concerning dormant quarries in the Peak...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when she will reply to the letter of 8 October from the hon. Member for West Derbyshire on the export of sheep and...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will ensure that outstanding correspondence with her Department will receive a reply by 19 December.

      Rural White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost is of each research project to determine measures for the headline indicators as set out in the Rural White...

      Rural White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research she has commissioned concerning (a) the Rural White Paper indicator measures and (b) other indicator measures...

      Argentinean Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what imports of Argentinean meat have entered the UK food chain in the last 12 months; if the meat is from vaccinated...

      Livestock Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the conditions which need to be fulfilled to allow the reopening of livestock markets.

      Sugar Beet Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she is taking to promote the viability of the British sugar beet industry.

      National Forest Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will publish the financial management and policy review of the National Forest Company.

      Fluvial Trent Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on the Fluvial Trent Strategy; and if she will make a statement.

      Administration Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of her Department's budget in 2001–02 is spent on administration costs; and if she will make a statement.

      Post-Weaning Multisystemic Wasting Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she will take to compensate farmers whose pigs have been infected by Post-Weaning Multisystemic Wasting Syndrome.

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she has taken to tighten security at (a) airports and (b) sea ports to ensure that illegal meat is not smuggled...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she has taken to create a properly funded single regulatory body to apply best international practice at UK sea...

      Animal Health Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will ensure (a) that the Animal Health Bill will not impose a regulatory burden on the farming community and (b) that...

  • House of Lords

    • British Council Exhibitions: Indemnity Undertakings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many indemnity undertakings were given by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in respect of loss or damage to works of art loaned to the British Council for...

    • Immigration Statistics

      asked her Majesty's Government: How many immigrants were admitted to the United Kingdom in 2000; how many have so far been admitted in 2001; and how many of those immigrants in each year were...

      National Insurance Contributions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the pension uprating statement this year did not include any reference to uprating national insurance contributions; and whether they have any intention of...

      Ministerial Briefings: Acoustics

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are planning to take to improve the acoustics of rooms in various ministerial buildings which are used for briefings and consultations.

      Turkey: Copenhagen Criteria

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the European Union Commission's annual report on European union applicant states in respect of Turkey.

      EU/Israel Association Agreement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the response of the European Union General Affairs Council to the alleged breach of Article 2 of the European Union/Israel Association Agreement at its...

      European Union Law-making

      asked her Majesty's Government: Whether they have taken any recent steps to inform people in the United Kingdom about the law-making process in the European Union.

      European Union Treaties

      asked her Majesty's Government: Whether they have taken any recent steps to inform people in the United Kingdom about the meaning of European Union treaties.

      Renewables Obligation Order

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to implement the Renewables Obligation Order.

      Renewables Obligation Order

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they believe that any further consultation is envisaged prior to the implementation of the Renewables Obligation Order.

      Renewables Obligation Order

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect the European Commission to grant state aid approval for the draft Renewables Obligation Order.

      Renewables Obligation Order

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are inconsistencies between the Renewables Obligation Order and the Renewables Obligation Order (Scotland).

      Shipbuilding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many times and at what cost the shipbuilding and ship repair innovation and technology support scheme has been used in each year since 1997.

      Shipbuilding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many times and at what cost the shipbuilding credit guarantee scheme has been used in each year since 1997.

      Shipbuilding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What schemes they have introduced to assist the shipbuilding and ship repair industries since 1997.

      Shipbuilding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to set up a high-level interdepartmental working group to consider a maritime policy for the United Kingdom embracing shipping,...

      Northumberland: Foot and Mouth Status

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will designate the Berwick Borough and Alnwick District areas of Northumberland as foot and mouth disease-free areas.

      Hound Trailing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider, at an early date, issuing licences to permit the training of puppies in the Lake District, bred and kept solely for the sport of hound...

      Defra: Strike Action

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many working days have been lost to strike action in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs since the department was launched.

      Defra: Staffing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the current levels of staffing within the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

      Rent Restructuring: Local Authorities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to publish examples of the impact of rent restructuring on individual authorities.

      Safeway: Plough Lane Application

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will announce their decision relating to the planning application by Safeway plc on land at Plough Lane, London SW19; and what has been the reason for...

      English Speakers of Other Languages Teachers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect the completion of the development of a package of training and support materials for English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) teachers; and...

      EU Applicant Countries: Jean Monnet Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they are doing to help young people in European Union applicant countries to attend European Union studies courses, under the European Commission Jean Monnet...

      Individual Learning Accounts: Animal Rights Organisations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any information that animal rights organisations may have been involved with illicit applications either as providers for, or recipients of,...

      Schools: Food Skills Teaching

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are reviewing or intend to review how issues about food and nutrition are taught in primary and secondary schools.

      Schools: Food Skills Teaching

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are content with the level of knowledge about food and nutrition gained at school by children up to the age of 16.

      Early Literacy Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the materials used to support the early literacy support were tested on representative samples of matched experimental and control children with pre and...

      Leisure Pursuits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has taken in response to the recommendations of the National Heart Forum that policy initiatives...

      Public Entertainment Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average cost of making an application for a public entertainment licence as borne by (a) the licensee; (b) the police; (c) the courts; and (d) the...

      Diabetes National Service Framework

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What will be the date of the publication and implementation of the Diabetes National Service Framework; and whether this represents a delay.

      Autism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to improve services for children with autism.

      Rheumatoid Arthritis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the National Institute for Clinical Excellence will take account of the social and economic costs of rheumatoid arthritis in its assessment of anti-TNF...

      Rheumatoid Arthritis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 20 November (HL Deb, col. 999), what action they have taken to discover why three times more women than men...

      Rheumatoid Arthritis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the national service framework for coronary heart disease includes phase two diabetes but not rheumatoid arthritis, which is an equal contributor to coronary...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the statement about the National Health Service provision of digital hearing aids by John Hutton MP, Minister of State for Health, to Dr Evan Harris MP in...

      Lords of Appeal in Ordinary

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what dates since 1945 the maximum number of Lords of Appeal in Ordinary has been revised; to what figure on each occasion; and whether the number in office has...

      Electronic Conveyancing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to publish the analysis of the responses to the consultation paper Electronic Conveyancing: A draft order under section 8 of the Electronic...

      Crown Leaseholders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What effect the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Bill, if enacted, will have on the rights of Crown leaseholders to enfranchise and to acquire a new or extended...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked her Majesty's Government: What legal power under the Northern Ireland Act 1998 was used by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission when it criticised the United Kingdom's fifth...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide details of the case against the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, referred to at point 3.7 in the commission's published minutes...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the staff of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission have any responsibility for policy, as indicated by the commission's published minutes of...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, prior to the recent reappointment of members of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission for the next three-year period, these positions had been...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they reappointed eight of the existing members of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, including the Chief Commissioner, Professor Brice Dickson, on...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the appointments of 22 November to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission are in accord with the code of practice for public appointments; and...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked her Majesty's Government: Whether it is the case that there have been no appointments to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission from the Ulster Scots community, or from those who for...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have undertaken to make the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission representative of the entire community; and, if so, whether this undertaking has...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measurement they have used to calculate the success of the work of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and of its individual members.

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: During the assessment of applicants for the vacancy which occurred in the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in early 2001, what information was required of...

      Northern Ireland Police Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will inform applicants for the Police Service of Northern Ireland of their score and place in the recruitment pool; and if not, why.

      Northern Ireland Police Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date, and in what form, the tender for the proposed badge design for the Police Service of Northern Ireland was issued; by whom it was issued; how many...

      Written Question HL753

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they took so long to provide an Answer to HL753 tabled on 4 October.

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