Written answers

Wednesday, 9 January 2002

  • Prime Minister

    • Euro

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 10 December 2001, Official Report, column 624W, on the euro, whether the results of a future referendum on UK membership of the euro will be...

    • International Criminal Court

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his letter of 11 December to the hon. Member for Linlithgow in relation to the letter from the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, what encouragement...

      Honours

      To ask the Prime Minister in what circumstances he would recommend the removal of the honour of OBE; and if he will make a statement.

      Missile Defence

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with the President of the United States concerning missile defence; and if he will make a statement.

      Members' Communications

      To ask the Prime Minister what rules govern the approval of monitoring of communications of hon. Members.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Prime Minister what the impact of the Performance and Innovation Unit's review of energy needs will be on renewable energy generation.

      Max Mosley

      To ask the Prime Minister on what dates he has (a) met, (b) spoken by telephone to and (c) written to the President of the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile; and if he will place a copy...

      House of Lords Appointments Commission

      Gareth Thomas: To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the future of the House of Lords Appointments Commission.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Emergencies

      To ask the Minister of State for Cabinet Office how his Department co-ordinates with other Government Departments in planning for civil emergencies.

    • Regional Governance

      To ask the Minister of State for Cabinet Office what recent discussions he has had with (a) regional development agencies and (b) regional authorities and chambers about his Department's...

      Regional Governance

      To ask the Minister of State for Cabinet Office when he last met Ministers of the devolved institutions to discuss issues relevant to regional government in England.

      Regional Governance

      To ask the Minister of State for Cabinet Office what plans he has to change the function of Government offices in the regions.

      Regional Governance

      To ask the Minister of State for Cabinet Office how many of the Government offices of the regions the Deputy Prime Minister has visited since June.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Minister of State for Cabinet Office what his policy is on setting a maximum limit to the number of special advisers employed by Government Departments.

      Regulations

      To ask the Minister of State for Cabinet Office what steps are being taken to ensure that assessments of the impact of regulations are consistent between Government Departments.

      Rural Policy

      To ask the Minister of State for Cabinet Office what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and others on the co-ordination of rural policy.

      Staff Dispersal

      To ask the Minister of State for Cabinet Office what measures he is taking to encourage the dispersal of civil servants and Ministries from London to the regions.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Minister of State for Cabinet Office what the role of his office is with regard to (a) climate change and (b) international climate change discussions.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Minister of State for Cabinet Office if he will set out the part his Department has played in co-ordinating Government work on climate change in the last month.

      Regeneration

      To ask the Minister of State for Cabinet Office if he will second an official from the Cabinet Office to the North Staffordshire Partnership to assist in the regeneration of the region.

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Minister of State for Cabinet Office if he will list the projects being undertaken by the social exclusion unit.

      Government Office for Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Minister of State for Cabinet Office what recent meetings his Ministers have had with the Government Office for Yorkshire and Humberside.

      Relocation

      To ask the Minister of State for Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the scope to relocate Executive functions of (a) Government Departments and (b) public agencies to the nations and...

      Internet

      To ask the Minister of State for Cabinet Office if he will make a statement on the work of the e-envoy in expanding the use of the internet among the population.

      Government Car Service

      To ask the Minister of State for Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the annual report of the Government Car Service.

      Neighbourhood Renewal

      To ask the Minister of State for Cabinet Office what role his Department is playing in promoting neighbourhood renewal in the most disadvantaged communities.

  • Defence

    • Naval Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the nature, time scale and cost of repairing the defect which was discovered on HMS Sceptre, HMS Sovereign and HMS Superb.

    • British Forces (Deployment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British troops are serving overseas and in which countries; and what proportion of United Kingdom military forces are (a) overseas and (b) in...

      Hearing Loss (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many retired members of the armed forces have claimed compensation for service-related Noise Induced Sensorineural Hearing Loss since 1990; how many...

      Hearing Loss (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many claims by retired members of the armed forces for compensation for service-related noise-induced sensorineural hearing loss since 1990 were...

      Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made since 11 September on the potential value of national missile defence for the United Kingdom.

      Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what considerations he is giving to the development of a ballistic missile defence system for the UK.

      Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the NATO theatre ballistic missile defence feasibility studies to conclude.

      Warship Repair Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for (a) increased efficiency in and (b) modernisation of the UK's warship repair facilities.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints have been reported in his Department under paragraph 11 of the Civil Service Code since 13 May 1999, and how many of them related to...

      Call-out Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many call-out orders he signed during 2001; what plans he has for further call-outs; and if he will make a statement.

      Reserve Surgical Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made by his Department in exploratory talks with the NHS on the provision of sponsored reserve surgical teams.

      Technology Readiness and Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when he will place an unclassified version of the report of the Technology Readiness and Risk Assessment in the Library; (2) pursuant to his...

      Smallpox

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to immunise the armed forces from smallpox and its variants.

      Falcon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Falcon project.

      Falcon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes have taken place in forecast expenditure on Falcon since 30 October.

      Falcon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when, and for what reason, a decision was taken to reduce expenditure on the Falcon project.

      Falcon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what expenditure is forecast for the Falcon project in (a) 2004, (b) 2006 and (c) further phases; and if he will make a statement.

      Falcon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement outlining the extent to which Bowman is dependent upon replacing the current Ptarmigan system with Falcon.

      Chemical and Biological Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what new expenditure he plans for defence against chemical and biological warfare in (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03 and (c) 2003–04.

      European Security and Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what review of the ESDP will be conducted to establish if it meets the needs of the changed international climate.

      European Security and Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the operations in which he expects the new ESDP to operate.

      European Security and Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he had at Laeken about the application of qualified majority voting to EU defence policy.

      Topmast Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what issues are being assessed by the Topmast inquiry; and when he plans to publish the Topmast recommendations.

      Army Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ensure that there is no reduction in the planned size of the Army.

      Defence Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what was the total value of bids submitted for the 2002 short-term programme; and what resources will be available for STP 02; (2) what was the...

      Defence Planning Structures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when ESDP and NATO planning structures will be assimilated.

      Defence Ministers (Greece and Turkey)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he next plans to meet the (a) Turkish and (b) Greek Defence Minister.

      War Graves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department has had with the Belgian Government about the impact on British war graves of the plans to build the A19 road through the...

      Laeken Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on (a) the defence and security implications of the Laeken summit and (b) on the operationality of ESDP within the agreement...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is undertaking to improve numbers in the TA.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many TA Intelligence Corps personnel he is mobilising; and if he will make a statement; (2) where he plans to deploy TA Intelligence Corps...

      Allied Rapid Reaction Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the possibility of transferring the running of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps to France or Germany.

      Allied Rapid Reaction Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the importance of modernising Army communication systems to maintain UK running of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps in the...

      Army Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason the budget for modernising army communications has been reduced.

      Army Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many telephone lines are being rented to make good deficiencies in the Army Ptarmigan system.

      Army Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what additional equipment is being provided by signal requirements to make good deficiencies in the Army Ptarmigan system.

      Decontamination Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what NBC (a) detection and (b) decontamination equipment is available to (i) RAF bases, (ii) naval bases and (iii) Army bases; what plans he has to...

      Service Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service pensioners there are; and if he will make a statement.

      Service Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many non-commissioned officers and enlisted personnel have served more than 10 years but less than that required for a full pension, in each of the...

      Service Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service widows qualify for service pensions; and if he will make a statement.

      Training Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many training exercises have been carried out by the armed forces in and from (a) Spain, (b) Portugal, (c) the Netherlands, (d) Germany, (e) Norway...

      Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to review the internal complaints procedure for harassment experienced by armed forces personnel during training; and if he will make a...

      Nuclear Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future (a) operation and (b) organisation of Britain's nuclear base on the River Clyde.

      Heavy Equipment Transporter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to take receipt of the first heavy equipment transporter; and who is the prime contractor.

      Armoured Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Challenger II tanks, (b) Warrior, (c) Saxon, (d) FV430, (e) Sabre, (f) Scimitar, (g) Striker, (h) Spartan, (i) Sultan, (j) Samson and (k)...

      Weu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military planning officials from the WEU will be transferred to the EU military planning section.

      A400m

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many A400M's have to be ordered by EU member states for the programme to be cost effective.

      Aircrew Retention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the series of issues affecting retention that the working party on Aircrew Retention has been examining.

      Royal Navy Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the present deployment of Royal Navy ships.

      Strategic Defence Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will publish the new chapter of the Strategic Defence Review.

      Submarines (Female Personnel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he proposes to allow female personnel to serve in submarines.

      Departmental Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Department's homes have been empty in each year since 1990; what action is being taken to reduce their numbers; and if he will make a...

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 5 December 2001, Official Report, column 349W, on Kosovo, what plans he has to investigate the failure on 6 November to meet...

  • International Development

    • Bushmeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what plans her Department has to tackle the trade in bushmeat; (2) what funding (a) has been granted by her Department to...

    • Bushmeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions her Department has held with representatives of African Governments regarding the trade in bushmeat.

      Bushmeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has held with logging and mining companies operating in West and Central Africa that operate in areas of...

      Bushmeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assessment she has made of the impact Department-funded infrastructure projects in West and Central Africa have on the trade...

      Trypanosomiasis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what her Department is doing to support research and development into new drugs to combat African trypanosomiasis; (2) what her...

      Refugee Camps (Pakistan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on (a) the provision of aid to and (b) the standards in refugee camps in Pakistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on food distribution in Afghanistan.

      Displaced People (Tora Bora)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the number of displaced people in Tora Bora region; and what assistance is being provided to those people.

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what proportion of her Department's (a) bilateral and (b) multilateral spending in the Palestinian territories goes towards...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the (a) charities and (b) NGOs she funds which work in the Palestinian territories.

      Transnational Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department is providing to developing countries wishing to (a) ratify and (b) implement the UN convention against...

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department provides to displaced people in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia.

      Cities Alliance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much money her Department has (a) allocated and (b) given to Cities Alliance.

      European Council (Laeken)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions her Department had at the European Council's meeting in Laeken; and if she will make a statement.

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action her Department has taken in response to (a) the recent outbreak of ebola in Gabon, and (b) the cases reported in Kenya,...

      Great Apes Survival Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support her Department is offering to the Great Apes Survival Project.

      Infrastructure Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if an environmental impact assessment is carried out on every infrastructure project funded by her Department.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her policy is on the future delivery of United Kingdom humanitarian aid in Sierra Leone; and if she will make a statement.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her assessment is of links between Sierra Leone and Liberia and the effect of these on the delivery of United Kingdom humanitarian...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what level of representation by her Department in Sierra Leone she considers appropriate.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will respond to the request from the Army to have a senior official from her Department at the same senior decision-making level...

      Departmental Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her policy is on the need for her Department's officials in-country to have equivalent decision-making powers and be at the...

      Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans she has to link future aid to Vietnam to improvements in human rights.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many complaints have been reported in her Department under paragraph 11 of the Civil Service Code since 13 May 1999; and how many...

      Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial assistance is provided to Angola; what proportion is used to promote reconciliation in that country; and if she will...

      Tanzania

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations she has received from the World Bank and Oxfam regarding the impact of the pending sale of a military air control...

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact of rent increases in 2003–04 as a result of the formula rent on the...

    • London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 11 December 2001, Official Report, column 102W, for what reason it is not possible to...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish the system-wide average mean distance between failure figures for trains operated by London...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place in the Library a detailed breakdown of the 48 per cent. of costs not subjected to sensitivity...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the reliability of the Circle line.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on how many days in 2001 platform announcements were made advising passengers awaiting Circle line services to take a...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what has been the cost of maintaining the Charing Cross branch of the Jubilee line since it was closed to passenger...

      Departmental Expenditure Limit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the reasons for the difference between the final voted departmental expenditure limit...

      Bull Bars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what assessment the Government have made of (a) the benefits associated with the fitting of bull bars to...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment the Government have made of the number of people using mobile phones while driving, since the...

      Housing Stock Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish rules of conduct for stock transfer ballots that include rules to govern the issue of lists of...

      Housing Stock Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the legal status of offer documents sent to council tenants prior to a ballot on the transfer of housing to a...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement about the change in Band D council tax in the last four years.

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries were caused by (i) taxi drivers and (ii) mini-cab drivers in each of the...

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many disabled facilities grants have been made, and how much has been spent on average in each of the past five years.

      Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had with the chemical industry on the implementation of the proposed amendments to the...

      Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of the time scale for companies in the chemicals industry to implement the proposed...

      Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent representations he has received from companies in the chemical industry about the impact of the proposed...

      Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the costs to the chemistry industry of implementing the proposed amendments to the...

      Westminster City Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had with Westminster city council concerning the recovery of the money due from Dame Shirley...

      A14

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the Highways Agency is (a) to start and (b) to finish its review of the plans on the A14 road improvements; when...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 18 December 2001, Official Report, column 225W, on social housing, if he will list the...

      European Transport Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his policy is on the European Union White Paper, "European Transport Policy for 2010: Time to Decide".

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many written representations he has received in the last 12 months from people in the Wealden constituency...

      Housing Fitness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the cost was of the development and piloting of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System and of version 1 of...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the local authorities subject to capping in the local government finance settlement; the amount...

      Corporate Governance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the methodology used to carry out corporate governance reviews of local authorities;...

      Corporate Governance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list those local authorities who have (a) completed, (b) are undergoing and (c) will start in the year to...

      Social and Economic Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what arrangements are in place to ensure joined up working to deliver the social regeneration and economic...

      Parish Polls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make it his policy to restrict the subjects raised in parish polls to matters for which the council...

      Parish Polls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to increase the threshold of the numbers of voters required to request a parish poll in large...

      Enron

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 17 December 2001, Official Report, column 800W, on Enron, if new ownership of the former...

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list each (a) public relations and (b) advertising firm that has been employed by his Department and its...

      Councillor Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what is the average length of time taken by district auditors to respond to complaints by councillors in the...

      Local Government Settlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact of the GLA precept on the council tax of London boroughs in reaching the...

      Local Government Settlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, (1) pursuant to his oral answer of 10 December 2001, Official Report, column 137, what impact the change in grant...

      Local Government Settlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his oral statement of 4 December 2001, Official Report, column 168, if he will set out his reasons for...

      Sewage Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what action he is taking to monitor health and safety standards for sewage workers.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will encourage police and highways authorities to post on their websites details of the location of speed...

      Rough Sleepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what progress has been made by the Social Exclusion Unit to reduce the number of rough sleepers.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps his Department has taken to encourage Railtrack to reverse its decision to withdraw from the redevelopment...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) whether the proposed company limited by guarantee will need to secure adequate commercial loan facilities to...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 13 December 2001, Official Report, column 1014W on Railtrack, if the Government's policy...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to bring forward proposals to establish a company limited by guarantee to take over the functions...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps Railtrack plc is taking to ensure that structural faults, with particular reference to the masonry of the...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many signal failures were reported in November on (a) the UK rail network, (b) Railtrack's southern zone, (c) the...

      Passenger Rail Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many passenger rail franchises he estimates will be contracted in line with the original timetable for renewals.

      Railways (Winter Estimates)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the change in gross provision for other railways in the winter estimates.

      Railways (Winter Estimates)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if he will make a statement on the change in gross provision for the Strategic Rail Authority in the winter...

      European Directive (Railways)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if he will make a statement on the implications of Directive 91/440/EEC for the future structure of railways;...

      Channel Tunnel Rail Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representation he has made of the European Commission concerning the impact on intra-community trade of the SNCF...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions who has responsibility for (a) setting and (b) enforcing the maximum capacity of railway carriages in order to...

      Rail Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place in the Library the analysis that his Department has undertaken regarding the proportion of the cost...

      Train Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the minimum time is after which a newly recruited train driver would be permitted to drive a train (a) at...

      Rail Services (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what representations he has received relating to the vertical integration of rail services and the railway...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many export licence applications were received by her Department from companies based in the Buckingham constituency in each year since...

    • Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what weight she places on the protection of jobs in areas of high unemployment when considering (a) Form 680 applications and (b) export...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the value of business covered (a) by Form 680 applications and (b) by export licence applications (i) granted...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many and what proportion of people over 60 years of age live in households that are fuel poor; (2) what her estimate is of the...

      Instruments of Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what controls she places on the (a) manufacture and (b) export of instruments of torture; and if she will make a statement.

      Steel Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the factors which underlay the recent loss of jobs in Newport at Corus and Alcan plants, with particular...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average time scale is between an application by a miner for compensation and the awarding of compensation; and if she will make a...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many miners have applied for compensation; how many have been given compensation; how much has been given in compensation to date; and if...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in assigning a job code to those working as instructors and training officers in relation to mineworkers'...

      Coal Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what has been the total amount paid in operating aid to the UK coal industry under the current scheme; and if she will give details of how it...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) when Commission Regulation 3227/76 on nuclear facility safeguards came into force in the United Kingdom; and if she will make a...

      Ofgem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 5 December 2001, Official Report, column 303W, on Ofgem, if he will place copies of the consultation responses in...

      Central Asia Pipeline Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the United Kingdom companies which hold an interest in the Central Asia Pipeline Ltd. (CentGas) Consortium.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the progress of the "Think Small First" strategy for supporting small businesses.

      BNFL

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what arrangements she is proposing for the transfer of contracts held by BNFL to the Liabilities Management Authority; and if she will make a...

      Specific Interest Swap Transactions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what date and on whose advice the decision was taken by the Export Credits Guarantee Department to purchase the interest swaps referred to...

      Specific Interest Swap Transactions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will provide a breakdown of the details of the specific interest swap transactions which were used to hedge the cost of interest...

      Specific Interest Swap Transactions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will provide a breakdown of the details of the specific interest swap transactions which were used to hedge potential interest make-up...

      Tanzania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what basis the decision was made to grant an export licence to BAE Systems for its Military Air Traffic Control system to be sold to the...

      Tanzania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has been made of the World Bank's study into the technology of the Military Air Traffic Control System; and if she will make a...

      Tanzania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with other Government departments regarding the sale by BAE Systems to the Government of Tanzania of an air...

      Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what schemes targeting urban regeneration needs are managed by her Department; how much each scheme has available to invest; what issues each...

      Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what arrangements are in place to ensure joined up working to deliver the social regeneration and economic regeneration of the most deprived...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Government's forecast is for growth in each type of renewable energy generation.

      Neta

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the Ofgem review of NETA on small generators' (a) profit and (b) output since the introduction of the scheme.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will publish biographical details of each board member of each RDA in England, giving in each case the (a) party political links and...

      Serco Assurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representation she has received from employees of Serco Assurance at Winfrith, Dorset, about the loss of full index linked pensions that...

      Aerospace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research her Department has conducted into Government research and technology support offered to the aerospace sector in (a) the United...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Expenditure Limits

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

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on progress in 2001–02 with the target for response to correspondence within 15 days of receipt.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many homes in Wales are defined as fuel poor households; and how many of these include (i) pensioners and (ii) children.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many complaints have been reported in his Department under paragraph 11 of the Civil Service Code since 13 May 1999; and how many of them related to...

  • Scotland

    • Local Bodies

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

    • New Deal (Young People)

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

      Departmental Staff (Home Working)

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

      Channel Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment she has made of the effects on Scotland of the SNCF restriction of channel tunnel rail freight services.

      Golden Jubilee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans she has for celebrating the Queen's Golden Jubilee in Scotland.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many complaints have been reported in her Department under paragraph 11 of the Civil Service Code since 13 May 1999; and how many of them related to...

      "Government Expenditure and Revenue in Scotland"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on what date she received the Scottish Executive document, "Government Expenditure and Revenue in Scotland"; and on what date she publicised its contents.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Solicitor-General in what matters she deputises for the Attorney-General.

  • House of Commons

    • Euro

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what arrangements are being made for the use of euro notes and coins in restaurants and...

    • Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to his answer of 18 December 2001, to what extent the commitment to provide the...

      Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to his answer of 17 December 2001, Official Report, column 2W, on the Parliamentary...

      Parliamentary Proceedings (Webcast)

      To ask the Chairman of the Broadcasting Committee how the pilot project to webcast parliamentary proceedings on the internet may be viewed within the parliamentary estate.

      Portcullis House (Water Feature)

      To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee on how many days since Portcullis House opened the water feature has been (a) operational and (b) out of operation.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Staff

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

    • Rubber/Plastic Bullets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) rubber and (b) plastic bullets have been used since their introduction; how many have been purchased in each year and at what cost;...

      Omagh Bombing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress he has made in seeking to identify the source of the leak of the Northern Ireland police ombudsman's unfinished report into the...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what action he has taken to co-ordinate the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 by Government Departments.

    • Private Landlord Evictions

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what figures he has collated on how many people have been (a) legally and (b) illegally evicted by private landlords in each of...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Staff Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people were employed in her Department in each of the last four years.

    • Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many libraries (a) nationally and (b) in the Buckingham constituency are linked to the National Grid for Learning; (2) how...

      J. M. W. Turner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans there are to commemorate the 150th anniversary of J. M. W. Turner's death; and what plans there are to create a single...

      Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will set out for each of the conclusions in section 6.4 of the Performance and Innovation Unit report, "Winning the Generation...

      Euro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what efforts her Department (a) has made and (b) is planning to put into effect to assist the English tourist industry to deal with the...

      Hotel Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how she monitors prices charged by private hotels for accommodation in different regions of the United Kingdom.

      Sports Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the implications of the proposed restriction on coaching set out in the Charity Commissioners'...

      Online Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how the Budd report recommendation to prevent under-age online gambling will be implemented; who will police it; how it will be policed;...

      Max Mosley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what dates (a) she and (b) others in her Department have (i) met, (ii) spoken by telephone to and (iii) written to the President of...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will give a substantive answer to a letter from Dr. Paul Arnison-Newgass of Dartmouth, Devon, a constituent, and which was...

  • Treasury

    • Manufacturing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many jobs in manufacturing were lost between the second quarter of 1997 and the latest date for which figures are available.

    • Analytical Methodology

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the different methods of analysis of gross domestic fixed capital formation used by (a) the Treasury and (b) the Central...

      Shareholders

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the total value of shares were owned by individuals and what the total value was (a) in the latest year for which figures are available...

      Revenue Report

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the annual report by the Commissioners of Inland Revenue for the year ending 31 March 2001 will be published.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2001, Official Report, column 199W, if the impact on business of the Tax Credits Bill will be known before he has...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2001, Official Report, column 199W, when he will publish the evaluation of the updating of the impact of the working...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on where the Treasury will source the funding for the increase in the net cash requirement of the Export Credits Guarantee...

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of the working families tax credit on the income levels of the poorest working families in the Greenock and...

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 17 December 2001, Official Report, column 33W, on working families tax credit, how many families had an increase in net income...

      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, 30 November 2001, Official...

      Urban Regeneration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what schemes targeting urban regeneration needs are managed by his Department; how much each scheme has available to invest; what issues each scheme aims to...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what plans he has to lower the duty on biodiesel to the same rate of tax as that levied on road fuel gases; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

      Film Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who the beneficiaries were of tax breaks to the film industry in the last 12 months; and what sums were involved.

      Industrial and Provident Societies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list by local authority area those industrial and provident societies with registered addresses in London.

      Oils Fraud (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last met his Irish counterpart to discuss action against oils fraud in Northern Ireland; and what the outcome of those discussions was.

      Bushmeat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment HM Customs has made of the volume of trade into the United Kingdom of bushmeat.

      Tobacco Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the Customs target for 2000–01 for asset seizures resulting from action against tobacco smuggling; what was the sum total of such asset...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider the flexibility to cope with economic change of EU institutions and economies within the euro zone in his assessment of the economic...

      African Trypanosomosis

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the tax exemptions for research into diseases of the developing world announced in the 2001 Budget will include African trypanosomosis.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many written parliamentary questions to his Department in the past 12 months had not received a full answer within five weeks of the question being tabled.

      Tax Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many investigations for tax fraud were carried out in each year since 1997; and what was the success rate of those investigations.

      Treasury Publications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to make all Treasury publications available to hon. Members through the Vote Office.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many VAT inspection visits are planned for (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2001–02.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer from how many businesses Customs and Excise have withdrawn use of the VAT cash accounting scheme in each of the last five years for which statistics are...

      Terrorist Organisations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will freeze the assets of organisations in the United Kingdom that finance (a) Hamas, (b) Fatah and (c) other Palestinian and middle east terrorist...

      Earnings Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average earnings of full-time employees were in the Buckingham constituency in the most recent years for which figures are available.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the savings to the Exchequer which would result from restricting the tax relief to individuals on (a) defined benefit, (b) defined...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers are being held in Northern Ireland in each (a) prison and (b) other location permitted to do so.

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have been detained for more than six months in Northern Ireland.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals seeking asylum in the UK have been located in the Buckingham constituency since the introduction of the Government's...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people under the age of 16 years from overseas countries have entered the UK during the last 12 months and have claimed political...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of asylum seekers had degrees in each of the last 10 years.

      Iranians

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances Iranian citizens with family in the United Kingdom are allowed to visit the country.

      UK Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on the standard of proficiency in spoken English from ethnic minorities who seek citizenship of the United Kingdom should...

      Legal Assistance (Russia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests for legal assistance in criminal investigations were received from Russia in (a) 2000 and (b) to date; how many responses...

      Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many prisoners who were initially released from prison under the tagging system have committed further offences following their...

      Murder Victims (Young People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in the age groups (a) 0 to 7, (b) 8 to 13 and (c) 14 to 18 years were murdered in each of the last five years for which...

      Prisoners (Drug Testing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total number of days added to sentences on the basis of positive mandatory drug tests on prisoners was in each of the last five...

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the implications of the Jany v. Staatsecretaris van Justitie case of the European Court of Justice Case C...

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the Immigration and Nationality Department to be able to accept e-mails from hon. Members.

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how far the UK has fulfilled its commitments under the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons.

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress is being made in relation to the recommendations in his Department's report, "Stopping Traffic", published in 2000.

      Sexual Offences Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to introduce legislation based on the recommendations in the sexual offences review report, "Setting the Boundaries".

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many rape (a) complaints, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions there were (i) in total and (ii) in each county in England and Wales in...

      Downview Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which prisons received prisoners from Downview between 17 July and 1 September.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average waiting time taken to renew a one year student visa was in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to enable individuals to retain their passports while their visa renewal applications are being processed.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were released from prison without accommodation to go to in the last 12 months.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of women were refused bail by the courts in each of the last five years on the grounds that (a) they would fail to surrender...

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Government have to sign and ratify the 1990 UN convention on the protection of rights of all migrant workers and their families.

      Court Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many court cases have collapsed during the last five years because of technical law procedures.

      Driving Offences (Mobile Phones)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions for (a) dangerous driving, (b) failing to have proper control of the vehicle and (c) careless and inconsiderate driving...

      Driver Improvement Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the driver improvement scheme in reducing road traffic accidents; if he plans to assist...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to review the options for further decentralising handling of forestry policy and management.

    • Timber Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent measures she has taken to ensure that the Government procure only sustainable and legally felled timber.

      Timber Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures her Department is taking to promote the viability of (a) the hardwood and (b) the softwood timber growing...

      LGC/Cellmark Diagnostics Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the responsibility of LGC and Cellmark Diagnostics Ltd. was in relation to errors in tests of sheep and cow brains; and...

      Laboratories (Departmental Arrangements)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to (a) review and (b) assess her Department's arrangements with (i) its own and (ii) other laboratories;...

      Livestock Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Tewkesbury of 27 November 2001, Official Report, column 860W, on livestock...

      Hills Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will respond to all aspects of the Hills Task Force report; and if she will make a statement.

      TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many TB breakdowns of cattle there were in the Gloucester Division in each year from 1990 to 2000; and what the projected...

      TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when full TB testing of herds will resume; what the priority order is for testing cattle to monitor the spread of bovine TB;...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evaluation has been made of the ability of the Environment Agency to undertake its statutory duties relating to...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what in the allocation of revenue support grant for 2002–03 reflects the cost of the floods in autumn 2000 for (a)...

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether departmental staff processing permits from hunts on Saturday 15 December usually work at weekends.

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many (a) fox and (b) hare hunts have applied for a temporary permit for hunting with dogs; and how many of these...

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what special conditions have been attached to licences giving permission to hunt to the (a) Worcestershire Hunt, (b) Croome...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the question, ref 22779, tabled on 10 December, for what reason replies to letters from the hon. Member for the...

      Organic Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what further steps the Government are taking to encourage the growth of organic farming.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which household chemicals have been permitted to be tested on animals in live experiments in the UK in the next two years.

      Farm Assurance Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to encourage (a) supermarkets and (b) consumers to buy produce from farm schemes which are (i)...

      Ministerial Meeting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on (a) matters discussed and (b) points agreed and disagreed in her meeting on 17 December with...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her Department's discussions with EU institutions in the last six months regarding the reform...

      Skimmed Milk Powder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of the worldwide slump in skimmed milk powder consumption on the UK milk producing...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in how many confirmed cases of foot and mouth disease samples were subjected to laboratory testing.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Entertainment Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the entertainment budget for each British embassy and consulate for financial year 2000–01.

    • Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many commercial aircraft have been diverted en route to Gibraltar due to (a) inclement weather and (b) restrictions by the...

      European Security and Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the ESDP's readiness to take on (a) a peacekeeping role, and (b) a humanitarian aid relief role.

      European Security and Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will estimate the cost to the EU of EU structures that there have been created to support the ESDP in (a) the current...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress he expects to be made before the expiry of the MINURSO mandate by the UN on a referendum on the future of the...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about Britain's relationship with Ukraine with reference to the enlargement of the EU.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria will be used in determining the date for resuming the EU-Sudan dialogue; if he will outline the criteria by which...

      Telephone Bugging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether hon. Members and peers have their office and home telephone conversations (a) recorded and (b) listened to on the...

      Macedonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the situation on the borders of Macedonia and the progress of British forces there.

      Fiji

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent decision of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group to readmit Fiji to the Councils...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contacts his Department has had with UK nationals in Zimbabwe concerning their safety during the present unrest.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has received concerning the arrest of Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai; and what...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what account he is taking of the Democracy and Economic Recovery Act 2001 in his policy towards Zimbabwe.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have received from coalition partners concerning the decision by the Israeli Government to...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department has received concerning the development of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq since 1999; and...

      Drug Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what further measures he is proposing to combat international drug trafficking.

      EU Accession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact on British (a) business and (b) jobs of the next wave of EU enlargement.

      EU Accession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role Britain is playing in helping to prepare countries applying for accession to the EU.

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the recent elections in Kosovo.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what impact the recent conflict in the occupied territories has had on (a) the Lebanon, (b) Syria, (c) Jordan and (d) Egypt; and...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with President Bush's Administration about their present and future role in securing peace in...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made towards the Israeli Government regarding the peace process in the middle east.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the recent meetings in the last 12 months that have taken place between British Government Ministers and the...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the individual terrorist organisations which operate within (a) Syria and (b) Iran.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of which organisations were responsible for the terrorist attack on a bus in the West Bank on...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of which organisations were responsible for the terrorist attack in the Israeli town of Afula on...

      Ivory Coast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations Her Majesty's Government have made to the Government of the Ivory Coast to implement the recommendation of...

      Romania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Romanian Government regarding their embargo on inter-country adoption which prohibits...

      Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his latest assessment is of likely political developments in Liberia; and if he will make a statement.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is towards Sierra Leone; and if he will make a statement.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Colombian Government about the situation in Barrancabermeja and Magdalene Medio.

      Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to support national reconciliation in Angola; and if he will make a statement.

      Entry Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he intends to commission a formal study of the pre-sift system at overseas posts.

      Entry Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if guidance has been sent to overseas posts about the authenticity of documents with (a) spelling and (b) grammatical errors as...

      Entry Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he has taken in response to the proposal by the independent monitor that future statistics on entry clearance...

      Palestinian Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to Chairman Arafat regarding terrorism emanating from within the Palestinian Authority.

      Palestinian Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the number of terrorist attacks carried out by members of the Fatah from within the Palestinian...

      Great War Battlefields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Belgian counterpart concerning the preservation for posterity of landscape features...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action the Government are taking to ensure that prisoners taken during the fighting in Afghanistan are protected from...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to reform the workings of the Child Support Agency.

    • Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many prosecutions for social security fraud there were in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000; (2) how many claimants were...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures social security offices use to ensure claimants of means-tested benefits do not have capital at levels which would render them...

      Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what were the average processing times for claims to (a) disability living allowance, and (b) attendance allowance, in each month since...

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children were living in poverty in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Sarccidosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the number of sarccidosis sufferers in receipt of disability living allowance.

      Departmental Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list (i) the start date, (ii) the planned completion date, (iii) the actual completion date, (iv) the planned cost and (v) the...

      Benefits Take-up

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Daventry, (Mr. Boswell), of 19 November 2001, Official Report, column 152W, how take-up of...

      Bereavement Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made on the financial impact of the introduction of the bereavement on allowance on women under 55 years of age...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints have been reported in his Department under paragraph 11 of the Civil Service Code since 13 May 1999; and how many of them...

  • Health

    • Paediatric Pathologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many paediatric pathologists practise in England; and how many practised in 1997.

    • Medical Facilities (Sharing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what initiatives have been funded by his Department to promote greater sharing of medical facilities between PCTs and health authorities using the internet.

      Health Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total expenditure for the Camden and Islington health action zones has been since its inception; and what spending is planned for this financial year.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the average waiting time was from seeing a GP on (a) in-patient and (b) out-patient lists for cardiology patients in the last 12 months for which...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to develop national occupational standards in mental health; and if he will make a statement.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many care home establishments have (a) closed and (b) opened in East Sussex in each of the past five years for which figures are available.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what grants are available to (a) local authorities and (b) private nursing and residential homes to assist in the provision of additional places in such...

      Surplus Estate Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's standard guidance for good practice in the advertising and sale of surplus estate.

      Stoke Mandeville Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the progress and timescale of the PFI scheme for additional doctors' and nurses' accommodation at Stoke Mandeville hospital.

      Stoke Mandeville Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the legal status is of the land at Stoke Mandeville hospital which was sold to Persimmon Homes in 1998; (2) what the receipts were of the sale...

      GPs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what health authority areas in England have recently identified difficulties in recruiting general practitioners; (2) what steps his Department...

      GPs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Department has made of the standard of general practitioner surgery; and what percentage have full disabled access and...

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dental practices there are in Stafford constituency; and how many are accepting new NHS patients.

      Ward Improvements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what examination he has made of the use made by acute hospital trusts of the money given to ward managers for ward improvements.

      Lung Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to establish a national service framework for lung disease; and if he will make a statement.

  • Education and Skills

    • Departmental Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will estimate the total annual value of London weightings and London living allowances for her Department; and if she will make a...

    • School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list each initiative by her Department that has attracted additional funding for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools between...

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average real term base line funding per pupil was at (a) primary and (b) secondary level in each of year between 1997–98 and...

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total amount of additional funding made available by the DFEE/DFES per pupil was at (a) primary and (b) secondary level between...

      Early Years Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 21 November 2001, Official Report, column 345W, on Early Years Excellence, (a) on what date and (b) by what means...

      Departmental Underspend

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 3 December 2001, Official Report, column 81W, on departmental underspend, if she will break down the main...

      Departmental Underspend

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 3 December 2001, Official Report, column 81W, on departmental underspend, on what specific purposes the remaining...

      Graduate Earnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information she has collated about changes to average graduate earnings since 1997.

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of recipients of student loans are in arrears with their repayments.

      Pupil Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupil vacancies there are in secondary schools in London; and if she will make a statement.

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of applications for specialist school status have been successful where the school in question is (a) a grammar school, (b)...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list applications for specialist school status which have been made by grammar schools; and what the subject specialism and the...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria she uses in determining the briefing information she provides to external organisations about hon. Members when seeking...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to increase participation in higher education.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils from the Buckingham constituency went on to higher education in each year since 1999.

      Learning Mentors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Learning Mentors are working in secondary schools in the constituency of Buckingham.

      Secondary Schools (Hertfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what was the average (a) class size and (b) pupil:teacher ratio in secondary schools in Hertfordshire in each year since 1983.

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will fully reimburse colleges which have honoured courses applied for before the deadline for students with individual learning awards.

      Pupils (Herefordshire)

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

      Special Education Grant

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

      Urban Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what schemes targeting urban regeneration needs are managed by her Department; how much each scheme has available to invest; what issues...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what plans she has to extend the education maintenance allowance to the whole of England; (2) what assessment she has made of the...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she proposes to give commencement approval to the plan submitted to her in July for a Sure Start scheme for Blakelaw and Cowgate,...

      Pupil Exclusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils were excluded permanently from school in each local authority in Greater London in each year since 1997.

      Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the drop-out rate for first year students at English universities in each of the last three years was; and if she will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • House of Lords Appointments Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have for the House of Lords Appointments Commission.

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 3 December (WA 80) about the Police Service of Northern Ireland, what has happened to the candidates who...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 11 December (WA 202) indicating that there was no tendering process for the design of badges for the Police...

      Northern Ireland: Decommissioning

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they expect further IRA decommissioning to take place before the end of February 2002; and how they will respond if further decommissioning does not take place.

      Parliament: "Webcasting" of Proceedings

      asked the Chairman of Committees: How the pilot project to "webcast" parliamentary proceedings on the Internet may be viewed within the parliamentary estate.

      Special Advisers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to introduce a Bill to set out and clarify the role and functions of governmental special advisers.

      Ministerial Travel: Hire of Aeroplanes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 26 November (WA 19), why they will not provide the information requested when it is due to be...

      Asylum Seekers: Deaths

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they keep records of the number and causes of deaths of asylum seekers (a) while held in detention centres and prisons; (b) while in National Asylum...

      Prison Service Standards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What person/organisation is responsible for auditing prison standards; who they will consult in ascertaining whether the standards are observed; and what action...

      Trafficking in Human Beings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 17 December (WA 3-4), which countries have failed to sign the Trafficking Protocol to the United Nations...

      Trafficking in Human Beings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 17 December (WA 3-4), when it is anticipated that the European Union Framework Decision is likely to be adopted.

      Trafficking in Human Beings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 17 December (WA 3-4), whether they could give some estimates of the levels of trafficking in the United Kingdom...

      Trafficking in Human Beings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 17 December (WA 3-4), what has been the level of United Kingdom contribution to the European Union STOP...

      Trafficking in Human Beings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 17 December (WA 3-4), what level of funding they are providing for prevention projects aimed at, amongst other...

      Trafficking in Human Beings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 17 December (WA 3-4), what arrests and convictions have arisen to date out of the Reflex Project.

      Faith Schools: Joint Activities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they are promoting joint cultural, sporting and adventure activities among faith schools of different religions.

      Greek Air Force

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What types of military aircraft are available to NATO from the Greek air force.

      Railway Stations: Future Development of Sites

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) which railway stations within Greater London, owned by Railtrack or any of the companies formerly constituting Railtrack, and (b) which adjoining or...

      Strategic Rail Authority

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the resignation of Mike Grant as chief executive of the Strategic Rail Authority, and the announcement that Richard Bowker will take on the role of...

      Strategic Rail Authority

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For how long Richard Bowker will be excluded from any involvement in the negotiations between Virgin, other train operators, Railtrack (in administration) and the...

      Silverstone

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they expect the Silverstone village bypass on the A43 to be finished in time for the British Grand Prix weekend of 5 to 7 July 2002; and whether they will...

      Traffic Pollution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent studies have been conducted to assess the relationship between traffic-calming measures and emissions of pollutants from motor vehicles; and whether...

      Traffic Pollution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any recent studies have established a link between increased pollution and slowing of traffic due to street works or traffic calming measures.

      Millennium Dome

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they conducted to determine the value of the Dome site without the Dome; and what the projected value was.

      Millennium Dome

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the maximum and minimum amounts they project that English Partnerships will receive from the joint venture with Meridian Delta Limited.

      Millennium Dome

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the total costs of the Dome are projected to be, including costs borne by the taxpayer and lottery funding bodies.

      Millennium Dome

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether their development plans for the Dome site are acceptable to, and have been agreed by, the local authority and the Mayor of London.

      Millennium Dome

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What outside advisers they are using to advise on the proposed deal with Meridian Delta Limited regarding the Dome.

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