Written answers

Monday, 17 December 2001

  • Church Commissioners

    • Bishop of Exeter

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, whether the Church Commissioners have provided support to the Bishop of Exeter in connection with his role as...

    • Commission of the Bishops' Conference

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, which European Community-funded bodies receive funding from the Church Commissioners, with particular reference to...

  • House of Commons

    • Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, who first briefed the media of the contents of the recent letter to the Chairman of the...

    • Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, when members of the Commission or the Chairman's office was informed of the Parliamentary...

      Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will establish an inquiry into reports of briefing against the Standards...

      Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, when the Commission was first informed of reports of campaigns against the Standards...

  • International Development

    • Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the aid that her Department is giving to Kenya; and what projects are benefiting from that aid.

    • Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial assistance the UK is giving to Sudan.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial assistance her Department has given to aid agencies working in Somalia in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001; and if she will list...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment her Department has made of the humanitarian situation in Somalia.

      Refugees (Former Yugoslavia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the humanitarian problems in the refugee camps in Bosnia Herzegovina; if she will provide funding...

      Commonwealth Development Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the (a) number and (b) value of deals completed by the Commonwealth Development Corporation in each of the last five...

      Yugoslavia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on changes in the levels of humanitarian assistance to Serbia in the post-Milosevic era.

      Yugoslavia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her Department is doing to support (a) internally displaced persons and (b) refugees within the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support her Department is giving to civil society organisations in Zimbabwe.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Fishing Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions by how much each regional development agency's budget was reduced to provide money for the Fishing Communities...

    • Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his estimate is of per capita Government public expenditure on regeneration in each of the regions of England in...

      West Dorset Council (Freemasons)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what action was taken by the Government Office for the South West following the Southern Eye documentary, 'Anything...

      SSA Methodology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish figures showing the effect of each of the changes in SSA methodology introduced in 1998 on (a)...

      Housing (Barnet)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what will be the actual cap levels for formula rents for registered social landlords and council housing in Barnet in...

      Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of the impact of formula rents on local authority housing revenue accounts; and if he will...

      Local Government Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what time scale is set for the Local Government Commission to undertake a structural review of a local authority in...

      Train Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what account he will take of train operators assuming a right to require staff to work their leave days unless...

      New Deal (Young People)

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

      Local Government Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will outline the financial support given by his Department to the Local Government Association; and how this...

      National Association of Local Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will outline what (a) financial and (b) other support he gives to the National Association of Local Councils.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment was conducted by his Department into the value of (a) assets and (b) separate groups within Railtrack...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to provide funding to Railtrack from the roads budget as (a) loans and (b) other financial arrangement.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps he is taking to improve the arrangements by which train operating companies (a) purchase and (b) lease...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what arrangements are in place to assist train operating companies with the (a) purchase and (b) lease of new rolling...

      Light Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proportion of the allocated public funds for light rail under the 10 year transport funds has not been committed.

      Motorway Service Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what research his Department has conducted into the relative merits of on-line and junction motorway service areas.

      Motorway Service Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on what basis he decided that the planning inquiry into motorway service areas on the M4 and M40 should be treated as...

      Freight Factory Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what freight factory grant money has been awarded to (a) the Port of Tyne and (b) DFDS since 1979.

      HMOs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the local authorities in England who operate a discretionary registration scheme for houses in...

      Lincolnshire County Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the KPMG public interest report on Lincolnshire county council will be (a) issued to those named in the report...

      Bus Services (Buckingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of local bus services in the Buckingham constituency; and if he...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the changes were in the average real fare on London Underground in each year since 1990–91.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his estimate is of the total cost of advisory fees in respect of the London Underground PPP.

      Local Education Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list by local education authority in England, the amounts that he has (a) deducted for existing statutory...

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 10 December 2000, Official Report, column 580W, in what way he has significantly...

      Uninsured Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proposals he has to assist victims of road crashes caused by drivers who are not insured; and if he will make a...

      Uninsured Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of the number of uninsured drivers using the roads; and what plans he has to reduce this number.

      Residential Gardens (Dumping)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proposals he has to extend the scope of the planning acts to enable local authorities to deal with residential...

      Cherished Number Plates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much money was collected by the sale of cherished number plates in the past five years.

      Uniform Business Rate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many businesses paid uniform business rates in the Buckingham constituency in each year since 1997; and what was...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answers of 5 December 2001, Official Report, column 382W, on the Millennium Dome, for what reason...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will (1) list each proposal to lease the Millennium Dome that has been received indicating (a) the date it...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many expressions of interest have been received by (a) people and (b) undertakings interested in holding an event...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many people have visited the Millennium Dome since 1 July, indicating the nature and purpose of each visit.

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many (a) guests and (b) staff of English Partnerships have been invited to attend the Ministry of Sound's new...

      Rail Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps his Department has taken to improve the accountability of (a) customer views and (b) customer satisfaction...

      Out-of-town Shopping Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many out-of-town shopping centres have received planning consent since 1997.

      New Homes (Greater London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many new homes were built in Greater London between 2000 and 2001; and how many are (a) planned and (b) proposed...

      Worcestershire SSA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the adequacy of Worcestershire's standard spending assessment for fire services; and...

      Boundary Changes (Deprivation Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact of boundary changes on eligibility for deprivation related funds; and what...

      Boundary Changes (Deprivation Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had with other departments on the impact of boundary changes on eligibility for deprivation...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to deter motor vehicle drivers from using mobile phones while driving.

      Satellite Television Dishes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the planning restrictions on the siting of satellite television dishes on residential...

      Neighbourhood Renewal Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what reports the neighbourhood renewal unit is planning to publish on (a) social exclusion and older people and (b)...

      South West Regional Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether the South West regional assembly has provided support to the South West regional convention; and if he will...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he proposes to consult on procedures for involving Parliament in speeding up the processing of major...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the planning Green Paper will propose that spatial development strategies no longer be decided at county council level.

      Revenue Support Grant (West Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what weighting was given in the recent provisional revenue support grant figures for West Sussex county council to...

      Remote-controlled Model Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the use of remote-controlled model aircraft in areas used by the general public.

      Flood Plains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make an assessment of the need for special consideration where water from a site drains to a flood plain...

      RAF Staff College, Bracknell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the calculation of his inspector in the report on the Bracknell Borough Local Plan...

      RAF Staff College, Bracknell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will limit the built area of the site at the RAF staff college site, Bracknell, to 25 hectares.

      RAF Staff College, Bracknell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the Inspector's report on the Bracknell Borough Local Plan, relating to the impact on...

      Postal Votes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many votes were cast by post during the 2000 Greater London Authority elections (a) in absolute terms, (b) as a...

      Fire Service (Shropshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will (a) introduce a spatial factor and (b) increase the total for fire service funding for Shropshire and The...

      Local Government (Electronic Delivery)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will set out the allocations he intends to make available next year under the local government Online project.

      Nuclear Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate she has made of the financial costs involved in disposing of nuclear waste and decommissioning nuclear...

  • Treasury

    • e-tendering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on progress towards meeting the target on e-tendering for Government business.

    • Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to introduce the experimental reduced VAT rate scheme for labour intensive services agreed in October 1999; and if he will make a statement.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information he has collated on which EU countries have elected to use the experimental reduced VAT rate scheme for labour intensive services.

      Tax Credits Bill

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assumptions concerning (a) rates and (b) tapers were used in preparing the regulatory impact assessment for the Tax Credits Bill.

      Defence Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the £100 million on defence expenditure he cited in his pre-Budget statement is the same money as the £107 million announced in the Ministry of...

      Departmental Underspending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much underspend there was in real terms in each year between May 1997 and April 2000 in the (a) Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions...

      National Health Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if it is his policy to raise the level of one tax in order to pay for increased expenditure on the national health service.

      International Tax Recoveries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answers of 25 October 2001, Official Report, column 374W, 21 November 2001, Official Report, column 360W, and 30 November 2001, Official...

      Taper Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what will be the cost of taper relief for financial years (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04.

      Taper Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the reasons for the change in the cost of taper relief for financial years (a) 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02 between...

      Social Security Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the reason for the change in the seasonal pattern of social security contributions in (a) 2000–01 and (b)...

      R and D Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration the Chancellor is giving to a regional enhancement to his research and development tax credit for the assisted areas; and if he will make...

      Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the recommendation of the Tax Law Committee's memorandum relating to the tax law on transfer of assets between spouses...

      Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the extent to which the lower rate of income tax has achieved its objective of reducing in-work poverty; if he...

      Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change in tax liability for a median taxpayer if the lower rate and basic rate of tax were amalgamated at 22 per cent.; and...

      Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the opinion of the Tax Law Committee on the impact of the number of tax rates; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the opinion in the memorandum on tax reform by the Tax Law Committee on the taper relief system for capital gains tax and...

      Uninsured Drivers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the loss incurred to public funds as a result of drivers not being insured in the past five years.

      Beer Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on progress towards introducing a system of progressive beer duty.

      Airline Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2001, Official Report, column 328W, on the airline industry, if he will extend the scheme beyond January.

      Inward Investment (US)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to assure US investors that public-private partnerships in the UK are attractive investment opportunities.

      Public Spending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what factors underlay the decision to review the consistency of (1) incentives to budget holders with guidance to budget holders through the Green Book,...

      Development Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what development assistance spending has been as a percentage of gross national product in each of the last 20 years.

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the reduction in the level of capital gains tax receipts in each of the next five years as a result of the reduction in the capital...

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the effect on the yield from the upper income tax rate of 40 per cent. as a consequence of the introduction of a capital gains tax...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the total number of (1) employees with earnings above the national insurance contribution ceiling; (2) earnings by employees in...

      War-risk Insurance (Airline)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money has been given to each airline to underwrite their third party war risk insurance.

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 4 December 2001, Official Report, column 203W, on working families tax credit, how many people are in receipt of the various...

      Business Administration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses in the Buckingham constituency are (a) administering working families tax credit, (b) providing access to stakeholder pensions and (c)...

      Exchange Rate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the 2001 IMF Article IV, consultation Concluding Statement, assessment of the impact of the level of the pound on the...

      Benefits (Fareham)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in the Fareham constituency (a) received and (b) were entitled to (i) WFTC, (ii) DPTC and (iii) child tax credit in (A) 2000–01 and...

      Journalists

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what EU funds are available to (a) train and (b) facilitate the activities of journalists; and what representations he has made on them.

      Annuities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will amend the rules governing annuities so that it is not compulsory for pensioners to translate all relevant funds into an annuity at the age of 75.

      Carbon Trust

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the forecast cost of the Carbon Trust over (a) the present and (b) the subsequent three financial years.

  • President of the Council

    • Staff Numbers

      To ask the President of the Council how many people were employed in his Department in each of the last four years.

    • Departmental Sickness

      To ask the President of the Council how many days were lost owing to sickness absence by staff in his Department in each of the last four years.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many regulations her Department has proposed to Parliament since June; what regulatory impact assessments have been made for those...

    • BBC3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what date she received the revised proposals from the BBC for BBC3; by what process she will determine her decision on the new...

      Ecotourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government have taken to participate in the International Year of Ecotourism 2002; and if she will make a statement.

      Free TV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many pensioners over 75 in the Buckingham constituency receive a free television licence.

      Digitally Originated Graphics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her answer of 6 December 2001, Official Report, column 502W, on digitally originated graphics, what assessment she has made...

      Culture Online

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will make an announcement on the funding arrangements for Culture Online; and when it will open.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 6 November from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Ms...

      Pirate Tapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the costs (1) to (a) the television industry and (b) the Exchequer of illegal copying in each of the...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the Government intend to respond to the recommendations made in the report on its effectiveness submitted by the Northern Ireland Human...

    • Departmental Sickness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many days were lost owing to sickness absence by staff in his Department in each of the last four years.

      Electoral Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to use national insurance numbers to help eliminate electoral fraud in Northern Ireland.

      European Court Judgments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if the Government intend to change the law to comply with the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights delivered on 4 May in the cases of...

      Saville Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of the Saville inquiry is to date; and what estimate he has made of the cost of the whole inquiry.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Departmental Sickness

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many days were lost due to sickness absence by staff in her Department in each of the last four years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Council of Ministers (UK Delegation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs at which Council of Ministers' meetings since May 1999 National Assembly Ministers have (a) been present and (b) led the United...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of European involvement in dealing with the flow of illicit narcotics from post-Taliban Afghanistan;...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what changes to the constitution of Gibraltar will be subject to primary legislation in the United Kingdom.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target to prepare an overseas estate...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target for the British Council to keep overheads as...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target performance indicator for the percentage of...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target for making savings through improved...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target for securing alignment of financial...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress in 2000–01 towards meeting the Public Service Agreement target performance...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target for the consolidation of business units that...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target for the proportion of business undertaken...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target for progress towards implementation of the...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress in 2000–01 towards meeting the Public Service Agreement target performance...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target for BBC World Service efficiency savings in...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the use of a scorecard approach for monitoring progress with the Public Service Agreement target...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target for reducing accommodation running costs in...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress towards the performance indicator of posts fulfilling consular action plan targets based...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target performance indicator for the percentage of...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress towards the Public Service Agreement target for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target for prompt payment for goods and services.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what practical benefits have resulted from achieving the Public Service Agreement target for obtaining commitments from other...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target to achieve full cost recovery by the...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target for reform of the EU's structural funds.

      Diplomatic Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 20 July 2001, Official Report, column 485W, on diplomatic staff, what reference is made in setting...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations the Government have made to the South African Government in respect of the situation in Zimbabwe.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the outcome of the EU General Affairs Council with respect to the middle east.

      Greece

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will issue fresh advice to UK citizens travelling to Greece on the activities that may lead to arrest.

      Scottish Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on how arrangements are made between the Scotland Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter of 18 June from the right hon. Member for South-West Norfolk concerning Manwai Ahmed.

  • Education and Skills

    • Teacher Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers there are, broken down by age, school results and local education authorities.

    • Head Teacher Vacancies (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many vacancies there are for head teachers at schools in each of the London education authorities.

      Teachers (East Yorkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the shortfall in the number of supply teachers is in the East Riding of Yorkshire (a) for the current academic year and (b) for...

      Teaching Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of teachers in maintained secondary schools did not have an appropriate subject qualification for the subject...

      Pupil Spending (Bassetlaw)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what has been the change in spending per (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupil in Bassetlaw since 1997; (2) what the average...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action she plans to take in respect of individuals who have been defrauded of their individual learning accounts when they have applied...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of learning providers who have ceased business as a result of the ending of the individual learning...

      Teachers Earnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will estimate the average weekly earnings of (a) a fully qualified teacher, (b) a primary school head teacher and (c) a secondary...

      Departmental Staff (Home Working)

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

      New Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new schools were opened in each of the last 10 years.

      Education Standard Spending Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list for each of the years 1995–96 to 2001–02 (a) the total amount of education SSA provided to local education...

      Schools (Buckingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools have operated four day weeks in the constituency of Buckingham in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001.

      Teachers (South Tyneside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers were working in South Tyneside local education authorities on 1 May; and what are the...

      Standards Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list by local education authority in England the amount per pupil in (a) primary and (b) secondary education paid out of the...

      Formula-funded Allocations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list by local education authority in England, the amount per pupil for (a) primary and (b) secondary education of the...

      Schools Revenue Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportions of her Department's Schools Revenue Budget for 2002–03 are (a) special grant, (b) standards fund and (c) formula-...

      Teachers' Superannuation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what contributions local education authorities have been required to make to the Teachers' Superannuation Scheme in each of the last three...

      Children's Fund Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the Children's Fund budget for 2001–02 will be spent on, broken down into categories.

      Landscape Contracting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had with the British Association of Landscape Industries about training and certification of qualifications; and if...

      Landscape Contracting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the arrangements for training in the landscape contracting sector.

      Construction Industry Training Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what responsibility the Construction Industry Training Board has for the landscape contracting sector; and if she will make a statement.

      Construction Industry Training Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what is the eligibility of the landscape contracting sector for payment of the Construction Industry Training Board Levy; and if she will...

      Local Education Authorities (West Midlands)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which local education authorities in the West Midlands have access to sources of European funding to supplement the grants they receive from...

      Pupil Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the per pupil standard spending assessment is for (a) secondary and (b) primary pupils of (i) shire counties, (ii) other local...

      Education Funding (Worcestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make it her policy to bring spending per pupil in Worcestershire closer to the average for the shire counties; and if she will...

      Sex Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria the Government follow in determining the suitability of (a) publications and (b) materials to be used in the teaching of sex...

      Education Funding (South Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reason South Gloucestershire has a negative SSA for post-16 education in 2002–03; how many other authorities are in the same...

      Returnees Bonus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers have (a) applied for, (b) been rejected for and (c) received the returnees bonus for teachers; and if she will make a...

      Special Education Grant (Worcestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to pay a special education grant to Worcestershire for 2002–03 financial year; and if she will make a statement.

      Student Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to consult with Universities UK on the new system of student support.

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what advice she has received from Ofsted on the performance of specialist schools; and when the advice was received.

  • Defence

    • Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much new equipment has been purchased in the last financial year.

    • Fair Trade Goods

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

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the cost of repairing the sewerage and water systems of RAF St. Athan.

      Defence Jobs, Ilford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of jobs that are dependent on defence spending in the Ilford, North constituency.

      Troop Deployment (Christmas and New Year)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the (a) RAF, (b) Army and (c) Royal Navy he expects to be (i) serving abroad and (ii) deployed on front-line duties between 24...

      Armed Forces Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on the review of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme; what restrictions have been placed on the review in respect of its...

      C-17 Globemaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many C-17 Globemasters are owned by the British armed forces; if Globemasters are deployed in Afghanistan; what plans his Department has for further...

      Smart Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much Smart Procurement has saved his Department since its inception; how much it is projected to save over the next five years; and if he will make a...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 15 November 2001, Official Report, column 823W, on Porton Down, if further staff from his Department are to be assigned to...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 19 November 2001, Official Report, column 10W, on Porton Down, on what dates the in-depth searches of his Department's...

      Tactical Training Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions his Department has made a formal objection to the siting of wind turbines in tactical training areas; which sitings were objected...

      Tactical Training Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's policy is regarding the siting of wind turbines in tactical training areas.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the Territorial Army were involved in assisting the regular Army with operations during the foot and mouth outbreak in Scotland.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the Territorial Army from Scottish bases have been called upon to assist the Army in overseas operations in each of the last five...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on coalition plans for the removal of unexploded ordnance from Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many children have been (a) killed and (b) maimed by cluster bombs in Afghanistan since 11 September.

      RAF Staff College Site, Bracknell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the timescale for disposal of the RAF staff college site, Bracknell.

      Lynx Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to convert further Lynx helicopters from Mark 3 to Mark 8 standard; and if he will make a statement.

      Aircrew Retention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the outcome of the comprehensive review of aircrew retention.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals he has to (a) assess and (b) publish the variation in applying for antisocial behaviour orders between different police forces.

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the measures he has taken to encourage parents to take greater responsibility for the anti-social...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the number of antisocial behaviour orders made in the last year in (a) Dyfed Powys and (b) Wales.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many magistrates courts have used antisocial behaviour orders.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to tackle persistent youth disorder.

      Active Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to promote (a) community engagement and (b) active citizenship.

      Asylum System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to reform the asylum system.

      Police Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to reform police pensions.

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he last met the president of the Association of Chief Police Officers to discuss funding for special constables.

      Police (Upminster)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the level of police resources in Upminster.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy not to extend the asylum seekers' identity cards to the population as a whole.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress he has made on his targets for the (a) deportation and (b) removal of failed asylum seekers and illegal immigrants.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum applicants have been removed from the country in the last 12 months.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he has granted permission to the Angel Development Corporation to house asylum seekers at the Centrex site at High Ercall,...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many places are being sought to accommodate asylum seekers around the country; and how many have so far been filled; (2) what...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department's policy is towards asylum seekers from Zimbabwe in spring 2002.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to what locations the asylum seekers who left Cardiff prison last month were dispersed.

      Legal Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to provide controlled legal migration routes into the UK.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about the quality of management in the prison service.

      Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision he has made for the internment without trial of persons covered by the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.

      Banning Order Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many appeals have been held against banning orders under existing anti-terrorist legislation in the last six months.

      Remand Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made with the installation of safe cells for remand prisoners.

      Prison Health Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in improving links between the prison health service and the NHS.

      Drug Testing and Treatment Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the introduction of drug testing and treatment orders.

      Crime (Christmas Holiday)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he is taking to reduce crime over the Christmas period.

      Police Auxiliaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to appoint (a) police auxiliaries and (b) neighbourhood wardens in the Metropolitan police area.

      Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase the number of police officers.

      Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on training and into work schemes undertaken by the correctional services to help rehabilitate offenders.

      Victims of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his oral answer of 19 November 2001, Official Report, column 7, on victims of crime, if he will publish figures on the time it...

      Re-offending Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has collated on re-offending rates of discharged prisoners who have served sentences of more than two years, broken down...

      Rape Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he has in place to provide support to victims of rape; and what funding he provides to support rape victims.

      Schengen Information System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on United Kingdom participation in the second generation Schengen information system.

      Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals are waiting to be extradited from the UK; and what is the longest period such a person has been waiting.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Twickenham of 7 August regarding Mrs. Muriel Mason and family (ref. GV 100/52417);...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter of 10 September from the hon. Member for Putney with regard to his constituent Mrs. Marva Corrodus (Ref....

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letters of 11 and 25 October from the hon. Member for Putney with regard to his constituent Ms Megen Muller (Ref....

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will reply to the letters of 18 September and 17 October from the hon. Member for Manchester, Central regarding his constituent Mrs. S....

      Dr. Dizaei

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the officers monitoring Dr Dizaei's telephone conversations on the police telephone network between September 1999 and January 2001 were...

      Forced Marriages

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what help is available in the Government's action plan to those who do not wish to make public the fact that they are being forced into marriage.

      Forced Marriages

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures in the immigration rules protect British Muslims from being sent abroad to marry against their will.

      War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his policy towards the establishment of a European Network of Contact Points in Respect of Persons Responsible...

      Departmental Expenditure Limit

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

      Departmental Expenditure Limit

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

      Competitive Bidding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the schemes administered by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies where funds are allocated by a competitive bidding...

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the application from Mrs. Susan Crwys-Williams, a constituent of Cheltenham, sent by recorded delivery (Ref: RB13663205GB) on 15...

      Conviction Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what definitions are used for (a) convicted after trial rate in Crown courts in quarterly Business Information and (b) percentage of those...

      Corporate Manslaughter

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to review the criminal justice system as it relates to corporate manslaughter.

      Resource Allocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give (a) the reasons for the projected change in net provision of money for fire and emergency planning in 2001–02, (b)...

      Explosives Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions have been recorded for offences under the Explosives Acts in each of the last five years.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the Public Service Agreement target to plan and meet electronic Government needs was achieved.

      Departmental Sickness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many days were lost due to sickness absence in his Department in each of the last four years.

      Crime and Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will announce the budget allocations for local crime and disorder reduction partnerships under the safer communities initiative.

      Joint Entry Clearance Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he next plans to visit the Joint Entry Clearance Unit.

      Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the trend in the incidence of youth disturbance involving the intake of alcohol in the last three years.

      Illegal Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his meeting with the French Minister for the Interior at the United Kingdom-France summit held on 29 November...

      Victim Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the victim support scheme.

      Contingency Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representatives from (a) devolved Administrations, (b) local authorities and (c) London have been invited to sit on the (i) Civil...

  • Wales

    • Public Bodies

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

    • Heart Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Health Secretary in the National Assembly about steps to reduce the waiting time for a heart operation similar...

      Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many days were lost due to sickness absence in the Department in each of the last four years.

      New Deal (Young People)

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

      Departmental Expenditure Limits

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

      Departmental Staff (Home Working)

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

      Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on how many regulations his Department has been consulted by other Government Departments since June; what regulatory impact assessments have been made by...

  • Scotland

    • Ferry Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which businesses were consulted by Steer Davies Gleave while they were compiling, on her behalf, the feasibility study for a ferry service between...

    • Scottish Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what weight will be given to public opinion in Scotland in completing her consultation on MSP numbers; (2) when she intends to conclude her...

      Scottish Executive Officers (International Arrangements)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if the Government give direct financial support to fund Scottish Executive officers working internationally under arrangements made with the Scotland...

      Friends of Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people outside the United Kingdom have signed up to the Friends of Scotland initiative since it was launched.

      Friends of Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many Scotland Office staff members are working full-time in the Friends of Scotland unit.

      Friends of Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many target overseas participants the Scotland Office has for the Friends of Scotland initiative in the first (a) six months and (b) 12 months of...

  • Prime Minister

    • Capital Punishment (USA)

      To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has made to the state of Georgia, USA, regarding the proposed execution of British national Tracey Housel; and if he will make a statement.

    • Project for the Successor Generations

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on contacts since 1 May 1997 between Ministers and the British/American project for the successor generations.

      Policy Announcements

      To ask the Prime Minister if his undertaking that announcements of Government policy should be made in the first instance in Parliament prevents (a) special advisers and (b) civil servants...

      Waste Policy

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the published review of waste policy being undertaken by the performance and innovation unit will constitute formal planning guidance to waste disposal authorities.

      Minister for Retail

      To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to create a Minister for retail.

      BioIndustry Association

      To ask the Prime Minister how many times he has met Mr. Simon Best, deputy chairman of the BioIndustry Association; and what the purpose of each meeting was.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Lobbying

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance is provided to Government bodies in respect of the expenditure on funds on lobbying activities; and if he will make a statement.

    • E-envoy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the annual report from the e-envoy will be published.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on progress with the Public Service Agreement target for introducing new development and training packages for Departments' staff.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department which magistrates courts in England and Wales closed in each year since 1992; what plans there are for future closures; and if he...

    • Justices of the Peace

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what is the payment made to justices of the peace for a daily loss of earnings; and when this payment was last (a) reviewed and...

      Departmental Sickness

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many days were lost due to sickness absence by staff in her Department in each of the last four years.

      Gravesend County Court

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many cases were dealt with by Gravesend county court in each six-month period beginning from January 1999.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations she has received to amend the Equal Pay Act 1970 to allow for an extension of the time limit beyond six months...

    • Telecom Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to introduce regulations to ensure that customers of telecoms companies can transfer existing numbers between suppliers of...

      Grant Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she will list the grant schemes administered by her Department; (2) if she will list the grant schemes to be administered by her...

      Energy Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total (a) direct and (b) indirect Government support for the energy sector, including oil and gas production, was in each year since 1990.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will reply to the letter of 22 October from the hon. Member for West Derbyshire on Harrington Generators International.

      Departmental Strategy Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if there will be engineers on her Department's Strategy Board.

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the savings have been resulting from hedging the cost of interest make-up on fixed rate export finance loans offered by the Export...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the reasons for which the annually managed expenditure of the Export Credit Guarantees Department has risen.

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent assessment she has made of the impact of the processes of and terms offered by the Export Credits Guarantee Department on the...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what power projects planned in (a) the Philippines and (b) Thailand, the Export Credits Guarantee Department has agreed to support; and...

      Combined Heat and Power Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what proportions of energy supply is supplied by combined heat and power schemes; (2) what proportion of the UK's energy requirements...

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what discussions she has had with BNFL regarding identification of new storage sites for nuclear waste; and if she will make a...

      Liabilities Management Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when (a) Thorp and (b) the Sellafield MOX plant will be transferred to the Liabilities Management Authority; and if she will make a statement.

      Liabilities Management Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what financial contribution BNFL will make towards the decommissioning of (a) Thorp and (b) the Sellafield MOX plant; and if she will make a...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she has taken to encourage the development of offshore wind farms in the United Kingdom.

      BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions the Government have had with BAE Systems about job losses at their Woodford site; and if she will make a statement.

      E-commerce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the need for international agreements on the practice of e-commerce.

      Energy Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the need for Government subsidy of the energy industry.

      Energy Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent assessment she has made that the projections in Energy Paper 68 remain credible; and what plans she has to produce new projections.

      Energy Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on how many occasions during the last 24 months the monthly average price of (a) oil, (b) gas and (c) coal has been within the range of the...

      British Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to review the arrangements for apportioning surpluses in the pre- privatisation pension schemes for the former employees of...

      Power Lines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment she has made of the information contained in recent correspondence from the hon. Member for Vale of York on the health...

      Enron

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment the Secretary of State has made of the implications of the new ownership of the former Enron power station in Teesside; and if...

      Gas Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage loss of gas supply (a) during a 1 in 20 peak demand and (b) during an average peak demand on the gas system in (i) winter...

      Gas Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what contingency planning her Department undertakes with (a) the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets, (b) Transco, (c) the National Grid...

      Gas Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the emergency gas stockholding capacity is in days of use at full levels of generation for each of the combined cycle gas turbine power...

      Telecommunications Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the outcome was of the Telecommunications Council held in Brussels on 6 and 7 December; what the Government's stance was on each issue...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what EU legal requirements governed the transfer of 70,000 telephone lines from Spain to Gibraltar.

      Gender Pay Gap

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of equal pay legislation; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Staff (Home Working)

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

      BP

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the occasions since 1 January 2000 when (a) she and any of her predecessors, (b) Ministers within her Department and (c)...

      Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of the regulations affecting businesses introduced in the last financial year originated in European legislation.

      Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of (a) the number of and (b) the financial cost to (i) small businesses, (ii) SMEs and (iii) businesses in...

      Research Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the outcome was of the Research Council held in Brussels on 10 December; what the Government's stance was on each issue discussed,...

      Manufacturing Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the outcome of her Department's Manufacturing Summit held on 5 December.

      Scottish Enterprise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she made of the impact of Scottish Enterprise on the business birth rate when deciding to increase the amount of money given...

      Regional Venture Capital Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what business birth rate targets have been set for each of the regional venture capital funds; and how much additional private investment the...

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many competitive grant schemes administered by her Department and its agencies were open in each of the last 10 years to...

      Disability Discrimination Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans the Government have to issue guidance to businesses concerning compliance with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination...

      EU Chemicals Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for South Swindon (Ms Down) on 10 December 2001, Official Report, column 653W, what information and...

      Pulmonary Disease Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many chronic obstructive pulmonary disease medical assessments have been made by Healthcall in each of the coalfield areas, showing the...

      Foreign Direct Investment (Buckingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the amount of foreign direct investment in the constituency of Buckingham in each year since 1997.

      Broadband (Buckingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of (a) the availability and (b) the take-up of broadband services by (i) individuals and (ii) businesses in the...

      Business Support (Buckingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what business support services funded by her Department are based in the constituency of Buckingham.

      Small Business Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) individuals and (b) small businesses from the constituency of Buckingham have written to the Small Business Service in the last...

      Small Business Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) individuals and (b) small businesses for the constituency of Buckingham have used the Small Business Service in each quarter...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on progress with the Public Service Agreement target on foreign direct investment.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on progress with the Public Service Agreement target on support for exporters, quality of service, exports and...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on progress with the target to operate a zero.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on progress with the target on payment of presented bills within 30 days of receipt of goods or a valid invoice.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on progress with the public service agreement target on the number of companies spun out from universities.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on progress with the target on key services on-line.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on progress with the target on unit cost reduction on document registration.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on progress with the target on measures of efficiency.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on progress with the target on services and activities as set out in the handbook Better Quality Services.

      Universal Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on progress with the implementation of universal banking services.

      South West of England Regional Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the South West regional development agency has provided support to the South West regional convention; and if she will make a statement.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will answer the question tabled by the hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam on 26 November 2001.

      Sub-Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on moneys available under and progress on the urban development fund for urban sub-post offices.

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she has taken to encourage business associations to produce guidance on voluntary equal pay reviews.

      Flooding (Ilford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment her Department has made in the last 12 months of the impact of flooding of the River Roding on businesses in Ilford, North;...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Live Animals (Export)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many live (a) sheep and (b) pigs were exported for (i) slaughter, (ii) further fattening and (iii) breeding in 2001,...

    • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the areas of outstanding natural beauty in the Buckingham constituency.

      UK Fuel Poverty Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the UK Fuel Poverty Strategy specifies a target date for achieving the objective of ensuring that as far as...

      Household Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what measures she is taking to reduce household waste; (2) what incentives exist to encourage households to reduce the...

      Sheep (Ear Tagging)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the farming community about the proposed ear tagging schemes for sheep.

      Sheep Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make additional financial assistance available to UK sheep farmers.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government have to promote a national recycling strategy, with particular reference to the targets set for...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the Government will achieve the packaging waste recovery and recycling targets for 2001.

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the current review of the levels of HEES grants, with particular regard to (a) the scope of...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the efficiency and promptness of the tasks carried out by the Rural Payments Agency; and if...

      Portland Cement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of waste derived fuels constitute total kiln fuels consumed by Portland cement manufacturers in (a) the UK...

      Livestock Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many employees of livestock markets have been made redundant since their closure under foot and mouth regulations.

      Organophosphates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the economic impact on brassica growers of the revocation of licences to use (a) carbofuran and...

      Organophosphates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the scientific basis is for the ban on the use of chlorfenvinphos and carbofuran in pesticides; and if she will make a...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the working relationships of the UK Xenotransplantation Interim Regulatory Authority, the...

      Flood Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to improve flood protection in the Portsmouth area.

      New Deal

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

      White Goods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government have to improve the consistency of local re-use projects for white goods.

      White Goods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government have to increase the capacity of local projects to recondition white goods appliances.

      White Goods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if the Government plan to continue to encourage the re-use of whole white goods appliances to supply to people on low...

      Sustainable Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research the Government are conducting into the use of sustainable timber.

      Sustainable Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the progress of the Government's plans to use sustainable timber only, whenever possible, as...

      Sustainable Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of her Department in encouraging Government Departments to take part in the...

      Sustainable Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to implement her Department's policy of using only sustainable timber for public buildings.

      Departmental Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to reduce the cost of administering departmental payments; and if she will make a statement.

      Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions (1) her Department has had with the Treasury about fiscal incentives to reduce consumer demand for...

      Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans her Department has to consider the tethering of horses; and if she will make a statement.

      Form OTM22

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what changes she plans to introduce to the requirement of form OTM22 for the signature of the producer of the animals; and if...

      Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many regulations her Department has proposed to Parliament since June; what regulatory impact assessments have been made...

      Farm Workers (Security of Tenure)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many farm workers and other rural tied workers have no security of tenure; (2) what representations she has...

      Refrigerator Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many recycling plants in the United Kingdom are equipped to handle fridges under the new regulations being introduced on...

      Refrigerator Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will make a statement on the methodology employed to determine the additional sum of money required to deal with...

      Agriculture Concordat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the operation of the concordat between the Scottish Executive and the UK...

      Departmental Staff (Home Working)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to encourage staff to work from home; and how many staff do so on a regular basis.

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will seek the support of her European colleagues to press the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for a worldwide ban on...

      Wild Mammals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to improve the monitoring of the wild mammal population.

      Water Leakage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how far each United Kingdom water provider has reduced water leakage from the supply system; and which companies have met the...

      Farm-based Horse Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps she has taken to assist farmers diversifying into farm-based horse enterprises; what representations she...

      Farm-based Horse Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on changes in the numbers of abandoned vehicles in England over the last three years.

      Farm-based Horse Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what allowance has been made in the Revenue Support Grant for 2002–03 for the November 2000 floods in North Yorkshire.

      Scottish Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what channels of communication she will have with the Water Industry Commissioner for Scotland after the formation of...

      Scottish Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what responsibility her Department will have concerning the level of water bills in Scotland after the formation of...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the number of all categories of staff devoted to tuberculosis in cattle will be returned to their pre foot and mouth...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research has been commissioned into finding a vaccine for tuberculosis in cattle; what plans there are to increase...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases of tuberculosis in cattle have been reported in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) each month this year.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the geographical spread of tuberculosis in cattle in the last three years.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the resumption of (a) full road traffic survey and testing of dead badgers and (b) full scale TB99 questionnaire forms...

      Agriculture Select Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the financial projections contained in Annexe A of the Government's response to the Agriculture Select Committee, Session...

      Mink Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many breeding female mink there were at UK mink farms on 28 February.

      Game Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the number of game licences sold in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Game Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will list the costs of issuing the game licence for the last year for which figures are available; (2) how many...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration she has given to instituting specific procedures to check on the background, including criminal...

      Livestock Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the restrictions on the movement of livestock will be further relaxed.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has assessed for the year 2000 the impact of the economic link measures introduced for the fisheries sector on 1...

      Illegal Timber Logging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent measures she has taken to promote an international code to combat illegal timber logging.

      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 11 September from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of blood tests taken from animals slaughtered in efforts to eradicate foot and mouth disease were later...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what scientific evidence there is that vaccination can prevent the spread of foot and mouth disease.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will calculate Her Majesty's Government's annual expenditure on foot and mouth vaccine research in each of the last 10...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of alternatives to mass slaughter of livestock in the event of further outbreaks of foot and...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the risk of the transmission of foot and mouth disease from the consumption by dogs of fallen...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her oral statement of 12 November 2001, Official Report, column 578, on what basis she stated the number of...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the changes in foot and mouth (a) management and (b) eradication policy since the previous significant...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is towards the request for pre-action disclosure of departmental papers relating to the Government's handling...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what moneys remain outstanding to auctioneers and valuers subcontracted to MAFF in Scotland during the foot and mouth...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many vets work for the State Veterinary Service; and how many were employed at the outbreak of the current foot and mouth...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total cost of employing temporary veterinary inspectors during the foot and mouth outbreak was.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many temporary veterinary inspectors, by area, were taken on during the foot and mouth epidemic.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will answer the letter from the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight concerning HF Holidays and letters from HF...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he will answer the letter dated 8 August from the hon. Member for Banbury concerning Mr. Rodney Thompson and those...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter of the hon. Member for Wealden of 26 July relating to a petition on genetically modified foods.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter (1) from the hon. Member for West Derbyshire dated 4 July concerning Mr. and Mrs. Don...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter from Mr. V. Patrick, of Woodmancote, Gloucestershire, a constituent, which was acknowledged...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letters of 14 May and 3 September from the hon. Member for Mid-Worcestershire concerning his...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Derbyshire of 20 August concerning the foot and mouth disease...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter dated 10 October from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding livestock movement and...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions further to his answer of 16 October 2001, Official Report, columns 1209–10W, if he will commission an up-to-date assessment of the...

    • New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of those who have entered work through the new deal programme have commenced unsubsidised employment in (a) Scotland and (b) the...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the proportion of those leaving for sustained jobs from (a) the new deal for young people and (b) the new deal...

      New Deal (Loughborough)

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

      Pensioner Poverty (South Tyneside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress he has made in combating pensioner poverty in South Tyneside in the last 12 months

      Benefit Take-up

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action he is taking to improve take-up of benefits by older people

      Benefit Take-up (Wycombe)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women in each ethnic group living in the Wycombe constituency were in receipt of income-related benefits in each of...

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans he has to review the arrangements for the level of deductions from income support based upon an individual's capital limit;...

      ONE Pilot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the benefits included on the integrated claim form piloted in the ONE-callcentre pilots.

      Departmental Bodies and Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the date of establishment was for all (a) taskforces and (b) policy reviews with external members established by his Department...

      Parliamentary Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions since 1997 the Parliamentary Ombudsman has written to him asking for redress on the grounds of equity to be made to...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what is (a) take-up of winter fuel payments by males over 60 years not in receipt of a retirement pension and (b) the average delay between...

      Stakeholder Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on take-up of stakeholder pensions among the target group.

      Pension Up-rating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost of the minimum state pension up-rating guarantee in 2004–05 for each half a per cent. if the September...

      Income Related Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people living in Regent's Park and Kensington, North were in receipt of income-related benefits in each of the last four years.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when he intends to reply to the letter of 7 November from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. L. J. Sullivan;...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he intends to reply to the letter of 2 November from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. M. Willingham.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of appeals against the rejection of applications for incapacity benefit were successful in each year since 1997.

      National Insurance Contribution Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how long his Department keeps records of people who have signed on as unemployed and in respect of which they have received national insurance...

      Pension Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on preparation for the introduction of the Pension Service with particular reference to (a) access to services for...

      Job Centre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees of the Benefits Agency and job centres have been assaulted at work in each of the past three years; and what impact the...

      Staff Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what reasons underlay his decision not to engage in discussions with the PCS Union on their concerns about the safety of staff; and if he will...

      Employment (Over-50s)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress is being made to help the over-50s find work in areas of high unemployment; and what incentives are available to potential...

      Patients Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he intends to allow clients (a) receiving means tested benefits and (b) subject to work and availability tests to participate fully in...

  • Health

    • Cholera Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions since 1971 children have been injected with cholera vaccines in place of ones relating to whooping cough, diphtheria and tetanus;...

    • Beta Interferon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letter of 24 August from the hon. Member for North Shropshire, concerning the issue of beta interferon and multiple sclerosis...

      Orthopaedic Surgeons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) average and (b) maximum waiting times were (i) to see an orthopaedic surgeon and (ii) between seeing an orthopaedic surgeon and having an...

      Orthopaedic Surgeons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what use is being made in the NHS of orthopaedic physicians to reduce waiting times for orthopaedic surgeons.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letter of 5 October (his ref POH(4)5332/24) from the hon. Member for Northavon regarding a constituent, Mr. Wilcox.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Broxbourne of 6 August, 21 September, 25 October and 29 November relating to correspondence...

      Youth Helplines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what money the Government have made available to UK-wide youth helplines in the last 12 months.

      Falls (Older People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and the management of hip fractures will be included in the clinical guidelines on the assessment...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the private care homes industry.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportions of the provision of residential and nursing home bed spaces are (a) public sector and (b) private sector in (i) England and (ii)...

      Nurses Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with local authorities on housing for nurses; and if he will make a statement.

      Protection of Children Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many individuals have been vetted under the Protection of Children Act 1999; (2) how many individuals from organisations which may vet but are...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the start dates for those commissioning abortion services; and if he will monitor the process.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what resources have been committed to the improvement of abortion services following the National Strategy for Sexual Health and HIV.

      Public Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the criteria which have to be met before a public inquiry is set up within the health service.

      NHS Walk-in Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase the number of NHS walk-in centres in Lancashire.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment of the psychological effects of terrorism on the general public he has commissioned; and if he will make a statement.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve the retention of general practitioners in the national health service.

      Cleft Lip and Palate Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 28 November 2001, which single north-west regional centre for cleft lip and palate services the clinical implementation group...

      Xenotransplantation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement of the possible use of GM animal tissue and organs for xenotransplantation.

      Haemophilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether a safer recombinant treatment product will be made available to haemophilia sufferers in England and Northern Ireland.

      Trainee Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) female and (b) male trainee nurses have been recruited into the NHS in the last 12 months.

      Medical Robotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what advice is available to NHS trusts on the medical and cost benefits of using medical robotics; (2) what assessment he has made of the cost...

      Betts Way Children's Residential Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the NSPCC's report on Betts Way Children's Residential Centre, SE20; and what plans he has to review the law on evidence...

      Childhood Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department is taking to tackle obesity in children; and if he will make a statement.

      Learning Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has given to the learning disability partnership boards regarding the need to establish intentional community provision in...

      Wanless Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the identified spending for mental health referred to in the Wanless report will be allocated to (a) preventive interventions, (b) increased...

      Mental Health (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many school-age children suffer from mental health problems; and if he will make a statement.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the proposed funding for diabetes care outlined in the interim Wanless report is broken down; and if he will make a statement.

      Anti-TNF Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement about the availability of anti-TNF therapy within the NHS.

      Health Pay Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the reports and recommendations of the health pay review bodies.

      Psycho-geriatricians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many psycho-geriatricians there were in England in each of the last five years; and how many will be in post by 2004.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to persuade the de facto authorities in Afghanistan to observe the Geneva Conventions; and whether they will ask those authorities to...

    • Metropolitan Police

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the numbers of police officers (in all ranks) in the Metropolitan Police for each of the last five years, including 2001.

      Sri Lankan Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many applications for asylum have been made by citizens of Sri Lanka since 1990; how many applications have been allowed by the Secretary of State,...

      Trafficking in Human Beings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they are taking to reduce levels of trafficking in human beings, especially children.

      Red Diesel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 26 November about the categories of off-road vehicles which qualify for the privileged use of red...

      Single-parent Families

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the figures for children growing up in single-parent families in England and Wales compare with those in other European Union countries.

      Gross Domestic Product

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What contribution each of the following sectors made to the gross domestic product of the economy in the year 2000: sport and recreation; land-based industries;...

      Consolidated Fund Bill: Human Rights Act Statement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a statement has been made under the Human Rights Act 1998 in connection with the Consolidated Fund Bill.

      Armed Forces Aircrew Retention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the outcome of the comprehensive review of Armed Forces aircrew retention.

      European Union

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are aware of any proposals which might lead to the European Union acquiring legal personality; and, if so, what is their response to such proposals.

      Tourism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much has been paid by way of loans through the Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme to tourism businesses which are suffering from cash-flow problems.

      Railtrack

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 31 October (HL Deb, Col. 1486) that the appointment for a meeting between the chairman of Railtrack and...

      Local Authority Contracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they believe that it is necessary to keep Section 17 of the Local Government Act 1988 in place; and, if so, why.

      Council Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is (a) the average annual percentage increase in council tax levied in England and in Wales respectively for each year since it was introduced; and (b) the...

      Business Tenancies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to introduce legislation to implement the recommendations of the Law Commission made in 1992 to amend Part II of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954,...

      Channel Tunnel: Rail Freight Facilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assurances were given by the promoters during the Select Committee hearings on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Bill that they would provide suitable alternative...

      London Underground

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate has been made of the extent to which London Underground has failed to operate its planned services in recent months; and to what cause any reduction...

      London Underground

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What investment was made in the London Underground system during the year 2000; and how this compares with the amount needed to provide a modern metro.

      Infrastructure Projects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they propose to consult on proposed parliamentary procedures for speeding up the processing of major infrastructure projects in the planning system.

      National Tree Week

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they intend to support the aims and objectives of National Tree Week which is being promoted by the National Tree Council.

      Foot and Mouth: Slaughter Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the instances where the courts did not uphold the decisions of Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food or Department for the Environment, Food and...

      Foot and Mouth Restrictions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In which counties or parts of counties foot and mouth disease access restrictions still apply to footpaths and open countryside; and when they intend, or...

      Environmental Management Systems

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which Government Departments and agencies have in place an Environmental Management System as suggested in 2.13 of their publication Building a Better Quality of...

      Defra Logo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that the expenditure of £20,000 on designing a new logo for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs represents value for...

      Defra Logo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On whose authority the decision to design a new logo for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was taken.

      Defra Logo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they believe that the design of a new logo for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will have the effect of boosting the department's image.

      Defra Logo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the decision to design a new logo for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was put out to competitive tender.

      Norwegian Salmon

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much Norwegian salmon has been imported during each of the last five years.

      Refrigerators: Disposal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many redundant refrigerators they forecast will have to be disposed of during the 12 months from 1 December; what proportion they estimate will need to be put...

      Countryside Stewardship Payments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the rates of payment made under Countryside Stewardship for (a) the 2 metre arable grass margin scheme and (b) the arable reversion scheme are sufficient...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there have been no recorded outbreaks of foot and mouth disease in the United Kingdom since 1 October.

      Farming and Rural Conservation Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the 2000–01 annual report for the Farming and Rural Conservation Agency.

      Fisheries: Economic Link

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the impact of the economic link measures introduced for the fisheries sector on 1 January 1999 have been assessed for the year 2000.

      Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Group

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the psychiatrists on the Chief Medical Officer's Working Group on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis have withdrawn; and if so, for what...

      Haemophilia Patients: vCJD

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps have been taken to inform haemophilia patients whose NHS-prescribed treatment included blood from donors who subsequently died of vCJD; and further to...

      Health Expenditure and GDP

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide a service breakdown of health expenditure per capita and as a percentage of gross domestic product (1998) in the United Kingdom as...

      Breast Cancer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the findings of Patrick Carroll of the Pension and Population Research Institute that "the main cause of the fast increase in...

      Podiatry Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the contribution of podiatrists in the non-state registered sector towards (a) the early identification of diabetes, (b) the...

      Podiatry Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made (a) of the likely impact of the draft Health Professions Order on the future availability of podiatry services in the independent...

      Nurses from Abroad: UKCC Registration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why there is such a long delay for qualified nurses coming from abroad gaining their United Kingdom registration from the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing.

      Embryonic Stem Cell Research

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they are taking to prevent commercial exploitation of human embryos by companies seeking to derive stem cell lines from them; and what consulation...

      Embryonic Stem Cell Research

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any research applications have been received by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority for embryonic stem research since the Human Fertilisation...

      Embryonic Stem Cell Research

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the increased personnel and budgetary implications for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority following the passage of the Human Reproductive...

      Golden Jubilee Medal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many celebratory occasions a Jubilee medal has been awarded to members of the police force. When they will announce the result of their review of their...

      Sports Tourism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the value of sports tourism to the economy of the United Kingdom; and on what research they base their estimate of that value.

      BBC3 Television Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were their reasons for refusing to approve the BBC3 television service for 16 to 34 year-olds; and what deadline they have given to the BBC for the...

      Hospitality Industry: Work/Life Balance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they are taking to give advice to those who work in the hospitality industry on how to deal with the problems of achieving a satisfactory work/life...

      Tourism: Impact of Terrorist Attacks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the impact of the terrorist attacks of 11 September on the tourism industry of the United Kingdom; how this estimate compares with the...

      Lottery Funds: Isle of Gigha

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have a system for monitoring the use of National Lottery funds; and, if so, whether they have been advised how much of the £3.5 million...

      DCMS: Freedom of Information Act

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken to ensure that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has made adequate and appropriate preparations for the implementation of the...

      Osborne House

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Given that the statutory requirement under the Osborne Estate Act 1902 to devote part of Osborne House for the benefit of members of the Armed Forces and the Civil...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 13 November (WA 74) and 15 November (WA 101-102), given that the first information about...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any information that terrorists either individually or as part of an organisation have been involved with illicit applications either as...

      Investors in People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will enlarge the remit of the Investors in People Award Scheme to include consideration of the policy and practice of each business in relation to (a)...

      DfES: Education Initiatives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are all the education initiatives, together with their cost, which are funded by the Department for Education and Skills from the overall education budget.

      DfES: Staffing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many staff are currently employed directly, and how many are funded indirectly, by the Department for Education and Skills.

      Education Budget

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of the overall education budget is spent on (a) schools; (b) Department for Education and Skills running costs and centrally funded initiatives;...

      Citizenship, Parenting and Relationship Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure (a) that there is an adequate supply of teachers for citizenship, parenting, sex and relationship education and (b) that both...

      Equality of Treatment: Election Candidates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 28 November (WA 56), what are their reasons for considering that being a Member of Parliament is not an...

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