Written answers

Tuesday, 18 December 2001

  • Defence

    • Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has concerning the deployment of British troops in Sierra Leone.

    • Tankers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what decision his Department has reached with regard to a replacement for the (a) Rover and (b) Leaf class tankers; when these replacements will be...

      Harrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if it is planned that the (a) Sea Harrier FA2 and (b) Harrier GR7 will be able to operate from the CVFs; and if he will make a statement.

      Cruise Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many cruise missiles have been fired by Britain since 1983 (a) in conflicts and (b) for testing purposes; (2) if he will list the conflicts in...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his estimate is of the annual running costs of the Trident submarines; and if he will make a statement.

      Joint Strike Fighters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Joint Strike Fighters the United Kingdom is planning to buy; what the projected cost and final delivery date is; and if he will make a statement.

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much British involvement in the design, development and production of the Eurofighter has cost; what plans his Department has to purchase...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the report produced by the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down in 1973, entitled "Wind Speed and...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what dates the Health and Safety Executive has conducted formal inspections of the chemical and biological defence establishment, Porton Down, since...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer 9 April 2001, Official Report, column 364W, on Porton Down, if former service volunteers invited to visit Porton Down to view the...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 15 November 2001, Official Report, column 824W, on Porton Down, if he will place in the Library copies of the (a) minutes, (b)...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel who took part in experiments at the chemical defence establishment at Porton Down have been given copies of technical reports...

      Third Airport (Paris)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has made to the French authorities about the proposed building of a third airport for Paris on the Somme battlefields.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was the total cost to the taxpayer in respect of the construction, including the amount paid to the shipyard and the cost of weapons and sensor...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list those (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) Airforce bases (i) whose closure has been announced since 1997 and (ii) where significant amounts of...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has with other Government Departments when considering the (a) closure, (b) partial sale and (c) move of a military base.

      Sea Wolf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Sea Wolf systems are to be upgraded as part of the Sea Wolf MLU programme.

      Royal Ordnance Factories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role the Royal Ordnance factory in Chorley will play in defence contracts; and if he will make a statement.

      Shegaird Radar Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the Shegaird radar tests affected low flying in west Somerset; and how many low flying aircraft were caught.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what deployment of British military personnel there is in Somalia; and if he will make a statement.

      Exercise Saif Sareea II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the operational welfare package for servicemen and women not based at camps South and Sha'ata during Exercise Saif Sareea II.

      MOD Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the Quinquennial Review of the Ministry of Defence Police Agency.

      Medical Downgrading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to what he attributes the increase in servicemen medically downgraded between August 2000 and November 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      Far East Prisoners of War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, (1) pursuant to his answer of 12 December 2001, Official Report, column 861W, on prisoners of war in the Far East, if he will state the assumptions on...

      Aldermaston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will establish an inquiry into the suspension of private contractors working at the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston, following a police...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many employees of (a) her Department and (b) agencies sponsored by her Department work in (i) London, (ii) areas benefiting from EU Objective 1...

    • Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if she will list those public bodies which are the responsibility of her Department and which are not listed in Public Bodies 2000; (2) if she...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans she has to propose legislation to permit the Scottish Parliament to amend the abortion law in Scotland.

      Scottish Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to her answer of 6 November 2001, Official Report, column 91, to my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, Anniesland (John Robertson), when she...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what his estimate is of the money owed to parents by absentee parents in the City of Durham; (2) what his estimate is of how many CSA...

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will set out an action plan to address the concerns expressed by the Comptroller and Auditor General in qualifying the 2000–01...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the cost in (a) 1999–2000 and (b) 2000–01 of compensation payments for maladministration by the CSA.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the performance target was for the CSA to reduce its outstanding work by 31 March; and if it was achieved.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if the CSA met its performance target in 2000–01 for the accuracy of the cash value of all assessments.

      Ring-fenced Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what funds allocated by (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies are ring-fenced for specific purposes; and if he will list the...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the report of the Quinquennial Review of the Independent Living Fund will be published.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Criminal Justice Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the Government intend to publish a Bill to implement the recommendations of the report of the Criminal Justice Review of Northern Ireland,...

    • Paramilitary Attacks (Hospital Treatment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list (a) the number of patients treated at hospitals in Northern Ireland as a result of paramilitary attacks, broken down by type of...

  • Wales

    • Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the level of child poverty in (a) Wales and (b) the United Kingdom.

    • Health Consultation Document

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish an analysis of the responses to the consultation document, "Improving Health in Wales—Structural Change in the NHS in Wales".

      Government of Wales Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received from the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales in respect of section 1 Part 1(1) of the Government of...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will list those public bodies which are the responsibility of his Department and which are not listed in Public Bodies 2000; (2) if he will...

      Public Bodies

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

      Objective 1 Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of whether the distribution of grants is proceeding at a sufficient rate to ensure that all objective 1 money allocated to west...

      Objective 1 Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary on which projects in the Cynon Valley have been funded by west Wales and Valleys...

      Objective 1 Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary as to whether sufficient match funding can be allocated to enable the full use of objective 1...

  • International Development

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action her Department is taking to support non-Burman ethnic groups in Burma.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate she has made of the number of Afghan children in danger of dying this winter; and what steps she has taken to provide...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of the security situation in Afghanistan and its effect on the delivery of humanitarian aid.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the (a) protection and (b) assistance her Department is providing for Afghan refugees.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the outcome of the Reconstruction Afghanistan Conference in Islamabad; and if she will make a statement...

      Staff Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people were employed in her Department in each of the last four years.

      Child Soldiers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which countries that allow child soldiers to be used in conflict within their countries receive financial assistance from the UK for...

      Street Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the countries with which her Department works on the issue of street children.

      Children (Welfare and Protection)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions her Department has had with the Council of Europe to develop joint policies for the welfare and protection of...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial assistance has been given by her Department to Sri Lanka in each of the last two years; for what projects; and where in...

      Land Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department is giving to countries in the clearance of anti-personnel land mines; and if she will list the countries...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial aid and advice her Department gives to countries to counter the spread of HIV/AIDS; and if she will list (a) the...

  • Treasury

    • Mr. Graham Mills

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times Mr. Graham Mills, a professional clay pigeon competitor has (a) been stopped by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise and (b) had his house raided...

    • Comprehensive Spending Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out spending plans for the NHS beyond 2005–06 in the 2002 Comprehensive Spending Review; and if he will make a statement.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the yield from the upper rate of income tax for each of the years (a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01, (c) 2001–02, (d)...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action he plans to take in order to avoid avoidance of income tax liabilities by individuals who pay tax at the upper income tax rate of 40 per cent....

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to allow the maturation, bottling and packaging of Scotch whisky to qualify for the climate change levy rebate scheme.

      Holding and Movements Directive

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to seek an amendment to the Holding and Movements Directive to permit spirits producers a defence of due diligence when...

      Employee Share Schemes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how the capital gains taper relief announced in the pre-Budget report will operate in relation to employee share schemes.

      Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action he has taken in response to the 1998 IMF Article IV, Consultation Concluding Statement, regarding tax expenditures; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the 2001 IMF Article IV consultation, Concluding Statement, regarding broadening the tax base; and if he will make a statement.

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to reform inheritance tax.

      Health Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the expected cost to public funds is of raising United Kingdom expenditure on health to the EU average by 2005–06.

      Economic Stability Document

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the cost of printing, publishing and distributing the HM Treasury publication, "Reforming Britain's Economic and Financial Policy:...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the cost of each tax credit for each of the years 2001–02 to 2005–06; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) two parent families and (b) lone parents (i) claimed and (ii) were eligible for child care tax credit in the last 12 months for which figures...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households ceased to claim WFTC during 2000–01 due to an increase in income.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many recipients of (a) the WFTC and (b) DPTC worked (i) 30 hours and over and (ii) 16 hours and over in (A) 1999–2000 and (B) 2000–01.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost will be of replacing the national income from savings and investment with actual income earned in the calculation of tax credits.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment of the cost of child care he has used to determine the rate of the child care tax credit.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost will be of extending the child tax credit to those who cannot claim the children's tax credit.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of (a) WFTC , (b) DPTC and (c) child tax credits on (i) wage rates and (ii) incentives for those in work to move...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the child care tax credit on child care costs.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the cost of new (a) IT and (b) telephone systems to deliver the proposed new tax credits.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assumptions the regulatory impact assessment on the Tax Credits Bill made about the number of claimants of (a) the working tax credit and (b) the child...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of administering (a) the child tax credit and (b) the working tax credit.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the fiscal impact of the Tax Credits Bill in accordance with section 23(b) of the Code for Fiscal Stability.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what factors he will take into consideration when determining (a) the taper and (b) rates of the different elements of the working tax credit and child tax...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he made of the number of reassessments a claimant of (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit would make in a year, in calculating the...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the impact of the Tax Credits Bill on the targeting of support for families with children.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the impact on the number of claimants of (a) increasing and (b) decreasing by 10 per cent. the top rate for (i) WFTC, (ii) DPTC...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the level of discrimination suffered as a consequence of employees claiming DPTC.

      Wanless Report

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many representations he has received on the interim conclusions of the Wanless report on health funding; what representations he has received from other...

      Civil Service Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received in respect of the harmonisation of civil service pay and conditions; what proposals he is considering in respect of the...

      Phone Bills (VAT)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will reduce the VAT payable on telephone bills for pensioners; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Law Rewrite Project

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what further developments there have been in the Tax Law Rewrite Project.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Listed Places of Worship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what is the estimated cost of administering the listed places of worship grant scheme over its first year.

    • Apsley House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when Apsley house was handed to the nation by the Wellesley family; and how much has been spent out of public funds to (a) maintain and...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action she is taking to encourage UK holiday makers to take holidays in the UK over the coming year.

      Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what efforts she has made to increase the use of book-lending facilities in public libraries; and if she will make a statement.

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of the Government Art Collection is open for viewing by members of the public.

      New Opportunities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the impact of boundary changes on eligibility for deprivation related funds, with particular reference...

      New Opportunities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what basis the average funding per pupil under the New Opportunities for PE and Sport Fund was determined in respect of (a)...

      Free Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many pensioners over 75 in the Epsom and Ewell constituency received free television licences.

      Free Television Licences

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

      Arts Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimates she has made of the savings to be made by making changes proposed in "Working Together for the Arts"; what evidence she...

      Arts Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria she has set for the Arts Council of England to meet to ensure her Department's continued support for the proposals ACE...

      Performing Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she last met representatives of (a) Equity, (b) the Writers Guild and (c) other bodies representing the performing arts.

      Network Q Rally

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she plans to have with the Motor Sports Association in connection with their investigation into the accident during the...

      British Grand Prix

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations have been made by the Government to secure the continuation of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

      New Millennium Experience Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when a liquidator will be appointed for the New Millennium Experience Company.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Gibraltar

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

    • China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what was discussed at the human rights dialogue held between the United Kingdom and China in November.

      Tajikistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to open an embassy in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representatives of which (a) governmental and (b) quasi-governmental organisations his officials are in contact with in...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contacts his officials have had with (a) representatives of Iraqi Kurdish groups, (b) the Kurdish Parliament and (c) the...

      Victims of Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps UK posts abroad are taking to ensure that copies of the Home Office pack for Victims of Homicide, 3rd edition, are...

      Entry Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will investigate the application for entrance to the UK made by an individual whose name has been communicated to him, to...

      Weapons of Mass Destruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries (a) hold and (b) are suspected of holding stocks of (i) chemical weapons, (ii) biological weapons and (iii)...

      Public Service Agreements

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

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the present relationship between the Zimbabwean Government and the Southern African Development...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking in conjunction with the international community to ensure those engaged in violence and murder in...

      Moluccas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the situation of Christians in the Moluccas Islands.

      European Journalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on UK participation in (a) the European Journalism Centre Maastricht, (b) l'Association pour la...

      Association Jean Monnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his policy towards European Community (a) financial and (b) other support towards the Association...

      EU Info-Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the locations of (a) EU Info-Points and (b) Rural Information and Promotion Carrefour in the UK; what (i) EU and...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he is taking to ensure that the protection of children's rights is incorporated into the international communities...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made on the use of capital punishment against people who transgress blasphemy laws in Pakistan.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Government Ministers have visited Pakistan in each of the last three years.

      Permanent Secretary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the names of persons who were on the shortlist for the position of Permanent Secretary of the Foreign and...

      Race Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many race discrimination cases there have been against his Department in the last four years.

      International Criminal Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made in ratifying the statutes establishing the International Criminal Court.

  • House of Commons

    • Refreshment Department

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, (1) how many people have been employed by the Refreshment Department in each year since 1990;...

    • Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, (1) what information is available to the Commission of the average standard days worked each...

      Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the Commission intended to make the contents of the recent letter from the...

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Housing (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his estimate is of the total cost of necessary capital works in public sector housing in (a) the London borough...

    • Rural Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to improve the ability of rural local authorities to provide services.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to reform the planning system.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to reform local government finance.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to reform local government finance.

      Roadworks (Utilities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what guidance he gives to local authorities on minimising traffic disturbance connected to roadworks undertaken by...

      Train Delays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what percentage of trains were subject to delay in (a) September and (b) November.

      Council House Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will take steps to allow the phased release of receipts from council house sales to the appropriate local...

      Housing (Deprived Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to improve public housing in areas of high deprivation.

      Transport (Christmas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to maintain the effective operation of the transport system during the Christmas period.

      Rail Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent assessment he has made of the progress made with investment programmes within the rail sector.

      Business Rates (Domestic Properties)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to exempt office space in domestic properties from business rates.

      Unitary Authorities (Coastal Towns)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent assessment he has made of the performance of unitary authorities in seaside and coastal towns.

      Electoral Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to establish an independent body to review the electoral system for local government elections in...

      Car Free Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what involvement his Department had in European car free day 2001.

      Train Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on levels of reliability of train services; and what the levels were (a) one and (b) two...

      Trunk Roads (Norfolk)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has for upgrading Norfolk's trunk roads; and if he will make a statement.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will release the minutes of the meetings that took place between 1 July and 30 September between the...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the sum that would need to be granted to (a) Railtrack plc and (b) Railtrack Group to...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what were the sums (a) agreed in 2000 and (b) at the latest date for which information is available for payments to...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what legal requirement will be placed on the administrators of Railtrack under the strategic plan drawn up by the...

      Air Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to limit the vectoring off from approved routes by National Air Traffic Control when residential...

      Rail Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what response he has given to proposals from train franchisees to acquire and run vertically integrated operations.

      Rail Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what guidance his Department gave to the Strategic Rail Authority on the renewal of rail passenger franchises in (a)...

      Rail Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the rail franchise renewal process.

      East of England Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent discussions he has had with the East of England Development Agency on the region's transport infrastructure.

      Euston-North Wales Rail Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when his Department last met the office of the Rail Regulator to discuss the quality of the service provided by...

      Regional Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had with the Strategic Rail Authority on devolving rail services on a regional basis.

      Antisocial Tenants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what interdepartmental co-ordination there is on speeding up the eviction of antisocial tenants.

      Local Authority Grant Settlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received from local authorities in country districts on the grant settlement for...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what progress has been made in relation to the future use of the Millennium Dome.

      Lincolnshire County Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether the National Standards Board is investigating complaints about the establishment of a local standards...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will give the total investment in the core London Underground infrastructure in each year since 1990–91;...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the comparative international data available to London Underground as a result of their membership of...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 3 December 2001, Official Report, columns 14–15W, if his Department (a) is testing...

      Cherished Number Plates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how the income generated by the sale of cherished plates is distributed among (a) Government Departments and (b)...

      Rough Sleepers Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans the rough sleepers unit has to improve support and services provided during the day for street homeless people.

      Rents (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many properties (a) in London as a whole and (b) in each London borough have rents above the relevant rent cap...

      Rents (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many RSL tenants in (a) Battersea and (b) Wandsworth (i) pay rent above £100 per week and (ii) would have...

      Rent Restructuring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the oral statement of 5 December 2001, Official Report, column 136WH, (a) how he has calculated his...

      West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 5 December 2001, Official Report, column 383W, on the west coast main line, whether the...

      Planning Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many planning applications were called in by him in the last 12 months.

      Planning Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what percentage of planning applications served with an article 14 holding direction have been subsequently called in...

      Channel Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the impact of the security situation at Frethun on railfreight traffic through the...

      Channel Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent representations he has made to his French counterparts on security measures on rail freight using the...

      Rail Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place in the Library copies of (a) the documentation related to the railway safety cases for mark 1...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proportion of social housing built in 2000–01 was funded entirely by the public sector.

      Housing Targets (South-East)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the basis on which applications for new housing resulting from Government housing...

      Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he has responsibility for civil contingency facilities underneath the QE2 Conference Centre.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what is the anticipated average percentage increase in Band D council tax across England for 2002–03, based on...

      Planning Applications (East Devon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many outstanding planning applications there are in the East Devon constituency.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list each new publication issued by his Department since 1997; and what the total cost to the Department...

      Major Road Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the major existing road schemes in the Local Transport Settlement that are due to be carried out in...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had with (a) the HSE, (b) Railtrack plc, (c) the administrator of his staff and (d) Mr. Alan...

      Road Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to fund by PFI (a) new and (b) existing major road schemes announced in the Local Transport Capital...

      Regeneration Projects, Islington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the regeneration projects (a) wholly and (b) partly funded by the Government in Islington since May...

      Jo Moore

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will reply to the letter of 16 November from the hon. Member for Maidenhead regarding his special adviser Jo...

      Ring-fenced Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what funds allocated by (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies are ring-fenced for specific purposes; and...

      Government Advisory Group for Motor Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether the Government Advisory Group for Motor Cycling has been disbanded.

      River Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what progress he has made in implementing the recommendations of Lord Justice Clarke's inquiry into the Marchioness...

      Multi-Modal Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what measures are being taken to speed up delivery from multi-modal studies.

      Boundary Commission for Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he intends to invite the members of the Boundary Commission for Wales to serve a second term; and if he will make...

  • Home Department

    • Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) civilian staff there are (i) in total and (ii) for each police force in England and Wales at the latest...

    • Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on plans to integrate (a) cultural exchanges with the Islamic world and (b) the Barcelona Process into the fight...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the willingness of terrorists to commit suicidal acts to inflict substantial loss of life was taken into account in the drafting of...

      Commissioners for the Exhibition of 1851

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he expects to receive the next report of the Commissioners for the Exhibition of 1851; (2) if he will list the Commissioners for...

      Neighbourhood Watch Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding was provided by central Government to the neighbourhood watch scheme in each of the last three years for which figures are...

      Pfi

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 24 October 2001, Official Report, column 288W, on PFI transactions, what is the (a) aggregate of cost savings...

      Police Patrols (Private Minibuses)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the number of occasions on which private minibuses have been hired for police patrol purposes; and what...

      Forensic Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the total funding by his Department for the national forensic laboratories in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      Asylum Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of initial refusals of applications for asylum on the grounds of non-compliance were upheld on appeal for each of the last...

      Assisted Prisoner Visits Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the annual budget for the Assisted Prison Visits Unit in respect of visits to (a) British nationals and (b) foreign nationals; and...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on progress towards the Public Service Agreement target for the number of offenders completing accredited...

      Board of Visitors Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Board of Visitors annual reports for prisons in England and Wales for 2001 have been received by his Department.

      High-risk Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for legislation to reduce the dangers posed to the public by people with a demonstrable history of high-risk offending.

      Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders have been sentenced under (a) section 109, (b) section 110 and (c) section 111 of the powers of the Criminal Courts...

      Prison Estate Services (Privatisation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to publish the inquiry into the scope for further privatisation of services within the prison estate; and if he will make a...

      New Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for future contracts for new prisons to be agreed on the basis of private sector design and building and public sector...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to put to tender local probation service facilities; and what consultation has taken place with employers and employees...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the criteria used are in assessing whether local probation services facilities should be the subject of tendering; and if he will make a...

      Anti-terrorism Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what preparations he has made to accommodate suspected international terrorists in the event of legislation before the House being enacted;...

      Northumbria Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were in post in the Northumbria police area in (a) May 1997, (b) September 2001 and (c) each reporting period in between.

      Policing (Merseyside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding has been allocated for policing in Merseyside in each year since 1997, broken down into budget headings.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much of the £11 million allocated for running costs and service development work in 2001–02 in respect of new places in the...

      Police (North Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were employed in North Wales in each of the last 10 years; and how many he estimates will be employed over the next...

      Fingerprinting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many errors in fingerprint identification have been discovered in (a) the UK and (b) the Greater Manchester area in the last five years.

      Terrorist Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are serving a prison sentence (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) in Northern Ireland for acts of terrorism.

      Anti-crime Strategies (The Elderly)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what strategies are in place to protect the elderly from becoming the victims of burglary and violent crime; and if he will make a statement.

      Charity Check

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will withhold grants to charities which do not comply with good practice as laid down by Charity Check.

      Police Service (Devon and Cornwall)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police stations were closed in Devon and Cornwall, in each year since 1997; and what plans he has to help rural communities benefit...

      Rough Sleepers Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what communications (a) his Department and (b) affiliated organisations have had in the last four years with the Department of Transport,...

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the range and provision of education to prison inmates; and what type of work is made available in prisons.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letters of 14 August and 3 October from the hon. Member for Putney on behalf of his constituent Ms Saeeda Dualeh...

      Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent guidance he has issued to police forces on the handling of travellers and traveller encampments.

      Blantyre House

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if the report on allegations of bullying at Blantyre House will be published before the end of the year; (2) if he will list the (a)...

      Blantyre House

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget was for education at Blantyre House in (a) 2001 and (b) the preceding three years.

      Blantyre House

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours were spent by inmates at Blantyre House in colleges of further education outside the prison in 2001; and what the figures were...

      Blantyre House

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many resignations there have been by members of staff at Blantyre House in the last 12 months; and if he will list them.

      Blantyre House

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the ratio of short-term to long-term inmates at Blantyre House is; and what the ratio was in (a) 2000 and (b) 1999.

      Police Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the percentage change in funding allocation to each police authority per head of resident population in each police authority...

      Gulf War (Detentions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 21 November 2001, Official Report, column 350W, on detentions, how many of the (a) Iraqis and (b) Palestinians...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list those public bodies which are the responsibility of his Department and which are not listed in Public Bodies 2000.

      Recidivism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to collect and publish information on reoffending rates by penal institution.

      Child Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action his Department is taking to tackle child pornography on the internet.

      Internet Chat Rooms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action his Department is taking to raise public awareness of the dangers of children being targeted by paedophiles using internet chat rooms.

      Crime Reduction Funding

      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 police and crime reduction in 2001–02, (b)...

      Publicity Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total costs to date are of publicity campaigns for (a) police recruitment and (b) vehicle crime prevention.

      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 criminal policy and programmes in 2001–02, (b)...

      Blakenhurst Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contract price was agreed by the Prison Service when the public sector took over HMP Blakenhurst at Redditch; and what additional sums...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 5 November 2001, Official Report, column 84W, on asylum seekers, what categories of data to be stored on the...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many bed spaces the Landmark company is contracted to provide for asylum seekers.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department concluded the last contract with the Landmark company in respect of asylum seekers; and which properties this was in...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the administrative costs of the policy of dispersing asylum seekers were.

      International Development Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the progress of the Charity Commission investigation into the International Development Foundation.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Permanent Secretaries

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the merits of recruiting from the private sector to fill vacancies at permanent secretary level.

    • Civil Service Code

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many complaints have been reported under paragraph 11 of the civil service code since 13 May 1999; how many of these related to special advisers; and how many...

      Devolved Administrations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans the Government have to publish a revised edition of the Memorandum of Understanding between the UK Government and the devolved Administrations.

      Government Car Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list, by manufacturer and country of manufacture, the composition of the Government Car Service fleet for (a) 1994–95, (b) 1995–96, (c)...

      Staff Numbers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people were employed in his Department in each of the last four years.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Government Bills (Human Rights)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will provide more specific information about the consideration given to human rights issues by Government Bills.

    • Public Guardianship Office

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what additional key performance targets have been agreed for the Public Guardianship Office.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the size is of the eligibility package for legal aid for (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03; and when it will take effect.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Monument Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions her Department has had with representatives of Monument Oil in the last 12 months.

    • Correspondence

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

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many, and what proportion of letters received by the Department from right hon. and hon. Members between 20 June and 20 July were replied...

      Manufacturing Advisory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many local firms are involved in the Manufacturing Advisory Service in Portsmouth, South.

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many combined heat and power schemes are under construction.

      Law of the Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she plans to consult the (a) Executive of the National Assembly for Wales, (b) Scottish Executive and (c) Executive of the Northern...

      Law of the Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the documentation Her Majesty's Government plans to exchange with the Government of the Republic of Ireland on Sellafield as...

      Business Grants (Buckingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many companies in the constituency of Buckingham have received funding from (a) Smart, (b) the Phoenix Fund, (c) the Enterprise Fund, (d)...

      Online Trading (Buckingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the number of small businesses in the constituency of Buckingham that are trading online.

      Pulmonary Disease Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many chronic obstructive pulmonary disease claims have been registered, broken down by coalfield area; how many live claimants there are;...

      Pulmonary Disease Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many miners claiming chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have been diagnosed by Health Call to be suffering with asthma, broken down by...

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the timetable is for the renewables obligation.

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reason a distinction is not made in the draft Renewables Obligation between conventional mixed waste incineration and energy from...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is being done to ensure that manufacturers are (a) promptly and (b) accurately informed of what stage their applications for export...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to aid manufacturers that are attempting to obtain export licences; and if she will make a statement.

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the difficulties faced by manufacturers with regard to their applications for export licences.

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment her Department has made of the effects of delays in the processing of applications for export licences.

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she is taking to speed up the procedure for the processing of applications for export licences.

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment she has made of the criteria that need to be met by British manufacturers, with special reference to the obtaining of...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of actions manufacturers can take to speed up the process by which their applications for export licences are...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the process by which export licences are granted to manufacturers.

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the security threat posed by the granting of export licences to manufacturers selling their products to states...

      Enron

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the implications of the problems faced by Enron for the UK electricity market, with particular reference to...

      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 UK performance in transposition of EU single market measures.

      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 successful high growth business start ups.

      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 productivity and profitability of small and medium sized...

      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 performance against a set of competitiveness indicators.

      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 productivity gap relative to other industrialised...

      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 UK small and medium sized enterprises...

      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 electronic trading.

      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 the Radio Communications Agency financial efficiency, between 1998–99 and...

      Non-Fossil Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry under what circumstances operators are permitted under the NFFO transfer provisions to aggregate two or more existing NFFO contracts from...

      Non-Fossil Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many requests to amend NFFO contracts to enable implementation Ofgem has (a) received, (b) granted and (c) refused; and in cases where...

      Non-Fossil Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what guidance she has provided to (a) the Non-Fossil Purchasing Agency and (b) to Ofgem defining the criteria for the transfer of NFFO contracts.

      Non-Fossil Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the roles are of (a) her Department, (b) the Non Fossil Purchasing Agency and (c) Ofgem in approving requests for NFFO contract amendments.

      Non-Fossil Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many NFFO contracts which would otherwise have failed she expects to be brought to fruition through the new arrangements for site...

      Non-Fossil Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the contracts under the Non Fossil Fuel Obligation which have been transferred from one site to another since March.

      Telephone Lines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if it is her objective that the minimum service standard for mainland telephone lines in the UK should be ISDN; and if she will make a statement.

      Broadband Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much of the fund for broadband development has been allocated; and over what period it is expected to be fully allocated.

      Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with Consignia concerning its business prospects; and if she will make a statement.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what advice she gives to UK companies considering investment in Sudan.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reasons the European Union has increased the quota allocation for imports from Pakistan's clothing and textile industry; and what...

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether it is her policy to cap the number of post office card accounts; and if she will make a statement.

  • Health

    • Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to publish the fifth report to Parliament on the pharmaceutical price regulation scheme.

    • Health Authority Boundaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to announce the outcome of the recent consultation on proposed boundaries for new health authorities in England.

      Mental Health Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will bring forward the draft Bill for reform of the Mental Health Act 1983.

      Hospital Patients (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what educational provision exists for over 16-year-old children in hospital; and if he will make a statement.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to letters dated 2 August and 10 September from the hon. Member for Weston-super-Mare on foot and mouth...

    • Landfill Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when she issued guidelines on the proximity of landfill sites to housing; and if they are retroactive; (2) if she has...

      Livestock Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what is the legal basis for the current closure of livestock markets; and when that legal basis has to be reviewed.

      White Goods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her Department's plans to improve energy efficiency standards in white goods.

      White Goods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress the Government have made to date in improving the energy efficiency standards of white goods.

      Household Appliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent research has been commissioned by the Government into the effects of not leaving electrical appliances on standby...

      Farming Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers are waiting for subsidy payments from the Rural Payments Agency (a) in Norfolk and (b) in England.

      Farming Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what percentage of subsidy payments were paid within three weeks in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001; (2) for what reasons there...

      Uncultivated Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many responses she has had to the consultation on the proposed regulations concerning environmental impact assessments on...

      Organic Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial support there is for farmers who grow organic crops; and if she will make a statement on organic farming.

      Council Borrowing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what is the total borrowing figure for Solihull district council.

      Council Borrowing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what is the average annual contribution to council tax per council tax payer in England and Wales that is attributable to...

      Council Borrowing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average total borrowing is for (a) all and (b) district councils in England and Wales.

      Water Recreation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she intends to publish the findings of the research contract about access to water for sport and recreation.

      Rural White Paper

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

  • Education and Skills

    • Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list specialist schools by constituency and specialism at the most recent date.

    • Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools applied for specialist school status in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001.

      Student Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what support will be available to students in England and Wales in the academic year 2002–03.

      Student Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will publish information by family income bands showing the average contributions of parents to the student support and tuition fee...

      Teachers' Earnings (Inner London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information her Department has on the movement in earnings for teachers in inner London in each of the last three years, broken down...

      Further Education Funding Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the total cost of administration of the former Further Education Funding Council in each of the last three financial years.

      Learning and Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many (a) teachers and (b) head teachers there are on each learning and skills council; (2) what proportion of those who sit on...

      Learning and Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much VAT it is estimated that the Learning and Skills Council will pay in the current financial year.

      Learning and Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the projected staff numbers were for the Learning and Skills Council in its first year of operations, and how many staff are in post.

      Learning and Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total projected spend this financial year is on the LSC (a) administration and (b) staff budget and what percentage of its total...

      Learning and Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on what date her Department received the LSC request for an increase in its administration budget.

      Fair Trade

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

      Threshold Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers are receiving threshold pay; and how many are expected to be eligible in 2002–03.

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the heads of secondary schools with sixth forms who sit on each Learning and Skills Council.

      Education SSA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to reform the education standard spending assessment.

      Teenagers (Health Education)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to ensure that health support and advice is made available through schools to young people in their teenage years.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Ofsted-inspected pre- school nurseries and playgroups have closed in each of the past three years.

      Small Businesses (Communications)

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

      Faith Schools

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

      Schools (Buckingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils have been excluded from schools in the Buckingham constituency in each year since 1997.

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many letters she has received in 2001 on tuition fees from residents of the Buckingham constituency.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children have been statemented as having special educational needs in the constituency of Buckingham.

      Class sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what was the average size of classes in primary schools in (a) the UK, (b) the North East and (c) South Tyneside at the most recent date for...

      Standards Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the amounts (a) allocated to and (b) spent from the Standards Fund in each of the last three years.

      Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list, for each university, (a) the number of undergraduate students admitted and (b) the number of units of student...

      Education Funding Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information she has collated on the proportion of total expenditure on (a) education, (b) higher education and (c) higher education...

      Education Funding (Worcestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the sources of funding for schools and local education authorities paid by her Department to schools and local education...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reason the individual learning account system was not accessible by learning providers between 4.15 pm and 6.30 pm on Friday 23...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) to ask the Secretary of State for Education, which learning providers attended the individual learning account focus group meeting at...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether her Department has written contracts with training organisations providing services to ILA holders.

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many arrests have been made in connection with fraud of the Government's individual learning accounts scheme.

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 11 December 2001, Official Report, column 814W, on individual learning accounts, if she will enable the...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 11 December 2001, Official Report, column 814W, on individual learning accounts, if she will make it her policy...

      Delegated Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what percentage of Leicestershire LEA's education budget was delegated to schools in the financial years (a) 1999–2000 and (b)...

      Education Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what meetings she has had with Ofsted to discuss the performance of schools within education action zones.

      Education Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what meetings she has had with Ofsted to discuss her decision to abolish education action zones.

      Education Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent meetings she has had with the National Union of Teachers to discuss the performance of schools within education action zones.

      Keystage 2 (Leaked Results)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the joint inquiry by her Department and the Office for National Statistics into the leak of keystage 2 results during the week of 11...

      Teachers' Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what directions she is giving (a) local education authorities and (b) schools on how to finance the higher pay scale for teachers due in 2002.

      Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to announce the quinquennial review of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.

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