Written answers

Wednesday, 16 January 2002

  • House of Commons

    • Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what body formally employs the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.

    • Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what arrangements are in place for monitoring the work of the Parliamentary Commissioner for...

      Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, when (a) the Commission and (b) the Chairman last held a formal meeting with the Parliamentary...

      Euro

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will ensure that the House canteens, refreshment outlets and gift shops will...

  • Education and Skills

    • Returners' Bonus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers were paid the returners' bonus by 31 October.

    • Teacher Vacancies (Kirklees)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher vacancies there were in Kirklees metropolitan council area each month from January 1997 to December 2001 in (a) primary and...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils there are with SEN statements at each of the secondary schools in (a) Teesside area and (b) the Middlesbrough, South and...

      Teacher Vacancies (Hillingdon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher vacancies there were in the London borough of Hillingdon local education authority at (a) January 2001, (b) September 2001...

      Overseas Teachers (Hillingdon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many overseas teachers were working in the London borough of Hillingdon local education authority at December 2001 in (a) primary and...

      Teacher Vacancies (Chesham and Amersham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher vacancies there are in local education authority schools in Chesham and Amersham.

      Revenue Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total amount of revenue funding per pupil available for children in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Staffordshire,...

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to ensure a percentage of teacher training places are available to schools and graduates in North Staffordshire.

      Graduate Trainee Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria are set for (a) schools and (b) graduate applicants in respect of a successful application to the Graduate Trainee Programme.

      Ofsted

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Ofsted inspections have been carried out in schools in the Buckingham constituency in each year since 1997.

      Early Years Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 9 January 2002, Official Report, column 934W, on Early Years Excellence, (1) when she expects to announce the...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how the funding for the national food in schools programme has been allocated; and if she will make a statement.

  • Treasury

    • Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the level of contingency reserves in (a) departmental expenditure limits and (b) annually managed expenditure in (i) 2002–03,...

    • Local Authorities' Capital Receipts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what statistical assessment he has made of the effect of the release of local authorities' capital receipts on the public sector borrowing requirement.

      All-party Parliamentary Groups

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many all-party Parliamentary groups have received funding in each of the last four years; and how much was received in each year by each group.

      All-party Parliamentary Groups

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to change the criteria which his Department applies in awarding grants to all-party parliamentary groups.

      Public Services Productivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 11 December 2001, Official Report, column 769W, on public services productivity, how many seminars have been held on the paper;...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the increase in public expenditure in real terms in each of the last three years.

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money was lost to the Inland Revenue in each of the last 10 years as a result of tax evasion.

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give for each local authority in East Lancashire the most recent take-up rates for working families tax credit and the last available take-up...

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households in South Tyneside have benefited from the working families tax credit.

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employers have been (a) fined and (b) prosecuted for wrongly calculating employees' entitlement to working families tax credit.

      Tax and Underwriting Commission

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the proceeds were from the tax and underwriting commission in each of the last four years.

      Tax Forms

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax forms have been sent to pensioners in (a) this financial year and (b) 2000–01; how many forms have been incorrectly sent; and what is the...

      Independent Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the reduction in income tax liability has been as a result of the introduction of independent taxation over the last 12 years for (a) higher rate...

      Maintenance Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many divorced and separated partners there are where the partner in receipt of maintenance payments has an income that falls below the tax threshold and...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total cost of administering the national insurance contributions system in (a) 1980, (b) 1990, (c) 2000 and (d) 2000–01 in (i) current...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what would be the estimated full year revenue effect of abolishing the upper earnings limit for employees' national insurance contributions.

      Higher Rate Taxpayers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many higher rate taxpayers there are in 2001–02.

      Dividend Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in each of the last four years reported dividend income to the Inland Revenue.

      Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax units will be on incomes, including unearned income, in excess of (a) £30,000 (b) £50,000, (c) £75,000 and (d) £100,000 in...

      Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax units will be on income in excess of (a) £100,000, (b) £250,000, (c) £500,000 and (d) £1 million in 2001–02.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide an estimate of the number of those who will pay income tax in 2001–02; and how many people paid income tax in each of the last four...

      Transport Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the planned expenditure on transport as a percentage of gross domestic product in (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03 and (c)...

      Contingency Reserve

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list by department the sums of money that have been allocated in this financial year from the contingency reserve.

      Definitions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if the Government adhere to the national accounts definitions of capital and current expenditure except in respect of the treatment of depreciation;...

      Geoffrey Spence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what role he has given to Geoffrey Spence relating to PPPs; and if he will make a statement.

      European Accounts System

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will list the changes in the national accounts resulting from the new European system of accounts which will affect general Government...

      Prospectus Directive

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes he proposes to the draft European Union Prospectus Directive.

      Public Service Agreement Target

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will commission independent research into the appropriateness of his Department's chosen public service agreement target.

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assistance has been made available to local authorities to issue the payment of bills or services in euros; and what plans he has to review the limit...

  • Prime Minister

    • Terrorism

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with President Bush concerning the campaign against terrorism.

    • Lord Birt

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the projects worked upon by Lord Birt, pursuant to his recent appointment.

      Lord Birt

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 15 October 2001, Official Report, column 819W, what qualities he identified in Lord Birt that led him to appoint him to analyse the country's...

      Overseas Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister on how many days in each month in 2001 he was out of the country other than on holiday; and on how many days he indicated to the Deputy Prime Minister that he would be...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Paramilitary Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many punishment beatings, shootings and expulsions have been administered by the Provisional IRA over the last six months; and if he will...

    • Paramilitary Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the number of terrorist incidents and beatings in the last six months.

      Police Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the co-operation between the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Garda Síochána.

      Security Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he plans to meet Sinn Fein's hon. Members to discuss the security situation.

      Police Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many investigators employed by the police ombudsman have experience in the investigation of terrorist-related crime.

      Golden Jubilee Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many serving police officers in Northern Ireland will be entitled to receive the Golden Jubilee medal.

      Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Assembly in respect of policing.

      Belfast Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what definition he uses of the phrase parity of esteem in the Belfast agreement.

      Belfast Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the Belfast agreement to be implemented in full.

      Belfast Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on progress with the Belfast agreement.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the sale and use of fireworks in Northern Ireland.

      Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the terrorist weapons which have been decommissioned.

      Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on what date he expects the decommissioning of illegally held arms and explosives to be completed.

      Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in decommissioning; and if he will make a statement.

      Electoral Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what use is made of national insurance numbers to combat electoral fraud.

      Electoral Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the level of electoral fraud in Northern Ireland; and what measures are being taken to reduce it.

      Police Recruitment and Retention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on police recruitment and retention.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve will receive priority in applying for full-time employment in the Police Service of Northern...

      Saville Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost to date is of the Saville inquiry.

      Terrorist Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to tackle the financing of terrorist crime in Northern Ireland.

      Real IRA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the sources of (a) political and (b) financial support for the Real IRA.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Bangladesh regarding the policy towards people trafficking.

    • British Deaths Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens have been murdered abroad in each year since 1995; in which countries; and in how many cases the...

      British Deaths Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what protocols are in place to help relations of British citizens killed abroad; and if he will make a statement.

      Terrorism (Subcontinent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has received linking the Lashkar-e-Toiba group to the terrorist attack on the Indian Parliament building on...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress in raising concerns about the situation in Barrancabermeja, and Magdalena Medio with the...

      British Prisoners Overseas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK nationals, domiciled in Scotland, are held in prison in foreign countries, broken down by (a) country of...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last spoke to the President of Botswana concerning the situation in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the number of Zimbabwean residents who are planning to leave that country for refuge in the UK.

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy objectives are in respect of Kashmir; and if he will make a statement.

      EU Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for January and also the major European Union...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise the question of human rights abuses in Tibet on the occasion of the forthcoming visit of the Chinese Foreign...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in (a) Tibet and (b) China.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the reductions in human rights abuses in (a) Tibet and (b) China that have resulted from his policy of (i)...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps he has taken to determine the fate of the Panchen Lama; and what assessment he has made of the authenticity of...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2001, Official Report, column 206W, on China, what the purpose was of the proposed visit...

  • International Development

    • Botswana

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations she has made to the Botswanian Government regarding the Botswanian Government's plans to withdraw water from the...

    • Departmental Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will commission and publish an independent report on the reasons for the level of sickness absence in her Department.

  • Defence

    • Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what environmental impact assessment he carries out when considering the closure, move or expansion of a military base.

    • Cyber Attacks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the protection of MOD defence computer networks from potential cyber attacks since 11 September.

      International Security Assistance Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many non-EU troops have been committed to the International Security Assistance Force; and if he will make a statement.

      International Security Assistance Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the nations which have offered to contribute to the International Security Assistance Force; and if he will make a statement.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what work has been carried out on HMS Ocean at Devonport Dockyard; if there has been work additional to that set out before its arrival at Devonport; how...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects HMS Invincible to be surplus to Royal Navy requirements; and if he will make a statement.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on (a) the overhaul of HMS Invincible to prepare her for the new Merlin helicopters and (b) other work on HMS Invincible; and if...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the work being carried out on HMS Ocean at Devonport Dockyard to be completed; when he expects it to return to service; and if he will...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people have been killed and injured as a result of bombing raids on Iraq since 1991 and what discussions have been held with the UN co-ordinator...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions during 2001 the UK was involved in missions that involved (a) bombing and (b) firing into Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what has been the cost of enforcing the no fly zones in Iraq since the war officially ceased.

      Wind Turbines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made of (a) the potential and actual interference of radar by wind turbines and (b) the obstruction that wind turbines represent...

      RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the SBIRS radomes at RAF Menwith Hill are expected to come on line.

      RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the purpose is of the further radome at RAF Menwith Hill for which a planning application has been made.

      Low Flying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations he has received on the implications for low flying on wind power developments within designated training areas; and if he...

      Expenditure (Dumfries and Galloway)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much MOD expenditure there was in Dumfries and Galloway region; and what his assessment is of the spin-off benefit to the regional economy in the...

      Service Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what United Kingdom forces are deployed abroad, giving in each case (a) location, (b) nature of operation, (c) the end date for the deployment and (d) a...

      Nancekuke

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2001, Official Report, column 518W, what was the origin of the substance pralidoxime mesylate which was deposited into...

      Nancekuke

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what records there are of the origin of chemicals used at the chemical defence establishment, Nancekuke.

      RAF Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints he has received from local residents about (a) low flying, (b) aircraft noise and (c) night flying at (i) RAF Brize Norton and (ii)...

      RAF Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what penalty would be payable on the cancellation of the Armington Homes 100 year contract for married quarters at RAF Lyneham.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from his Canadian counterpart regarding the deployment of Canadian troops in Afghanistan; and if Canadian troops...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his (a) NATO, (b) EU and (c) US and (d) Canadian counterparts regarding the deployment of armed forces to...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role international peacekeepers will have in securing routes for aid convoys and deliveries within Afghanistan.

      Departmental Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will commission and publish an independent report on the reasons for the level of sickness absence in his Department.

      RAF Shawbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 15 October 2001, Official Report, column 1141W, on RAF Shawbury, if he will make a statement on the success of achieving...

      Reconnaissance Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when the reconnaissance regiment will move in to Bovington; (2) what plans he has to base a reconnaissance regiment at Bovington; and if he will...

      Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will submit requests from the US authorities to use RAF bases for the purpose of national missile defence to the House for prior approval.

      Service Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel working in the armed forces are married to other persons serving in the armed forces.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Departmental Staff (Benefits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will estimate the number of individuals in (a) her Department, (b) related agencies and (c) related non-departmental public bodies...

    • Euro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she will take to ensure that retail outlets accepting euro-denominated notes and coins offer customers fair exchange rates.

      Catering-ware Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what negotiations are under way in the WTO to reduce the tariff on catering-ware exports to the USA; and if she will make a statement.

      Mail Deliveries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of Christmas post, posted on or before the last posting date announced by Royal Mail, failed to be delivered before Christmas Day.

      Acquired Rights Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Government intend to take action to ensure recompense for those affected by the UK breach of its Community obligations under the 1977...

      Sub-post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to offer payments to sub-postmasters in compensation for giving up the right to offer post office services.

      Sub-post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the number of sub-post offices which are economically viable.

      Petroleum Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for South Derbyshire (Mr. Todd) of 20 July 2001, Official Report, columns 609–10W, what...

      Petroleum Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what opportunities there are for companies to acquire petroleum licences over unlicensed acreage in the North sea.

      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 overall international ranking of the science and...

      Departmental Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will commission and publish an independent report on the reasons for the level of sickness absence in her Department.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • London Boroughs (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the category and amount of each item of funding outside the revenue support grant which his...

    • Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many development schemes have been funded by English Partnerships and have secured redevelopment on sites...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the progress being made in (a) house clearance and (b) redevelopment through the...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many English Partnerships funded projects have involved housing development in the last five years in (a) Telford...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what policy was adopted in publicising and disseminating the consultation document: "Change to the Decent Home...

      English Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the total annual budget is for English Partnerships' investment activity; and what proportion is allocated in...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many trains run on the busiest sections of each line of the London Underground during (a) the busiest hour and...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the latest date is by which he estimates that the modernisation investment programme for London Underground will...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the future funding plans for the London Underground.

      Planning Appeals (Listed Buildings)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he last met the Chief Executive of English Heritage to discuss the planning appeal system involving listed buildings.

      Driving Tests (West Yorkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will estimate the (a) number of driving tests taken per year conducted at each centre in west Yorkshire over...

      Powering Future Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will give details of the Government's consultation on "Powering Future Vehicles", referred to on page 124 of...

      West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what has been the total Government spending to date on the upgrade of the West Coast Main Line.

      West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the projected total Government spending is on the upgrade of the West Coast Main Line.

      Starter Home Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assistance is available to key workers who are unable to top up their maximum borrowing potential to an amount...

      Planning Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement in respect of third-party rights of appeal in relation to planning applications.

      Social Landlords

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will bring forward legislation for a register of social landlords to be held and administered by local...

      M5 Avonmouth Bridge Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions who approved the employment of the road surfacing contractor in the recently completed road surfacing of the M5...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which local authorities are subject to a ceiling in the local government finance settlement; how much money is...

      Contract Letting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which division in his Department is responsible for ensuring compliance with regulations to the letting of controls;...

      Smoke Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many council houses in Buckinghamshire have smoke alarms that are (a) mains powered and (b) battery powered; and...

      Planning and Transportation Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list those policy initiatives his Department or its predecessor Departments have made in the field of...

      M5

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the latest forecast of the Highways Agency is of the future congestion levels around junction 25 of the M5 in...

      M5

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions for what reason a TR110 statutory notice has been served on Taunton Deane borough council by the Highways Agency in...

      External Advisers and Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the budget of his Department is for the current financial year for the use of external advisers and consultants.

      Village Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received from Tandridge district council concerning the Department's Consultation Paper...

      Roads (South-East)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if she will set out traffic levels on (a) British roads, (b) roads within the Government office for the south east...

      Local Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps the Government are taking to make local councils more autonomous.

      M6/M74

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the M6 motorway extension to the M74 will be completed.

      Local Strategic Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what guidance the Government office for the south-east has given to county councils concerning their (a)...

      Train Services (Punctuality)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will continue publication of monthly train punctuality figures.

      Air Travellers (Deep Vein Thrombosis)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the need for an inquiry into air travellers' thrombosis with specific reference to the...

      Air Travellers (Deep Vein Thrombosis)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will set up an inquiry into the incidence, extent and causation of deep vein thrombosis among air travellers.

      Government Grants (Rochford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he advised Rochford council that its grants were to be increased by 5.5 per cent.; and what is the actual...

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will announce the allocations to local authorities for disabled facilities grants in 2002–03.

      Housing Revenue Account Subsidy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the allocation of housing revenue account subsidy for housing authorities in England...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate has been made of the total amount owed to (a) creditors and (b) the Government by Railtrack plc on (i)...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 19 December 2001, Official Report, column 496W, if the reference to Railtrack being unable...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • South East Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the policy is of South East Arts for making grants to small theatre companies promoting greater understanding of Shakespeare for...

    • South East Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the grants of £50,000 or less paid out by South East Arts to organisations in the South East in (a) 2001 and (b) 2000.

      National Anthem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans the Government have to encourage the British Broadcasting Corporation to reinstate the playing of the National Anthem at the...

      Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the Heritage Lottery Fund's policy is on (a) funding retrospective conversion projects and (b) providing information on and...

      Ensemble

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for what reason funding for the ENSEMBLE retrospective conversion bid has been made dependent on the development of the BiP web interface.

      Channel 5

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to extend the Channel 5 signal to all parts of the UK.

      Analogue Switch-Off

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the proposed date is for the total analogue switch off.

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria sheltered housing complexes must meet to be exempt from payment of a television licence.

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many households in Angus (a) pay the full television licence, (b) pay a reduced licence fee and (c) receive a free television licence.

      Television Licences

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

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many residents of the London borough of Havering are in receipt of free television licences.

      Television Licences

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

      Television Licences

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

      Children's Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what level of funding was given to each children's hospice in the last year by the New Opportunities Fund.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to implement the recommendations of the committee headed by Sir Alan Budd on gambling.

      Lottery Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what her Department is doing to ensure a more equitable regional distribution of Lottery grants; (2) what her Department is doing...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will reply to the letter of 19 October 2001 from the hon. Member for Totnes enclosing one from Mrs. Christine Ashworth of...

  • Home Department

    • Prison Escapes

      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 low level escapes from prison and Prison Service escorts.

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued to date.

      Child Curfew Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many child curfew orders have been issued to date; and if he will make a statement.

      Unenforced Deportation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the number of persons resident in the United Kingdom who are the subject of an unenforced deportation order; and if...

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of funding for prison education is provided from (a) Department for Education and Skills budgets and (b) Home Office budgets;...

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners in the last year for which figures are available were studying Open university courses; and how many and what proportion...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter of 27 November 2001 from the hon. Member for Walsall, North regarding a constituent, Ref: 2123411.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of asylum seekers from Zimbabwe since 1 January 2000 (a) have been granted asylum, (b) have been deported and...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contingency plans are in place for accommodating future refugees from Zimbabwe.

      Asylum and Immigration Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy that country assessments in relation to asylum and immigration policy are undertaken by an independent body;...

      Firearm Officers (Suspension)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many firearm officers serving in police forces in England and Wales were suspended from duty in 2000; and what was the average length of...

      Immigration Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he expects to meet his target that no immigration detainees will be held in prisons by the end of January 2000.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will provide substantive answers to questions 14618, 14619 and 14622 following his holding answers on 14 November 2001.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to reduce the numbers of children aged 10 to 16 years in young offender institutions and secure units.

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the agencies (a) in the UK and (b) abroad involved in the interception and prosecution of people who traffic in human beings.

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what relationship his Department has with Interpol; and what discussions have taken place in the past three months about the trafficking of...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications were made for visa renewal in each year since 1997; and what was the (a) average and (b) upper decile time taken to...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to investigate the delays in processing the visa application Ref. N1048443, date of birth 15 May 1972; if he will...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will extend the time span for visas for those studying in this country.

      Family Visitor Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will respond to the Citizens Advice Bureaux service's response to the inter-departmental review team's discussion paper on family...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to decide on the application of 29 September by Mr. Abdul Majid of Westcliff-on-Sea, Home Office reference M 612263, seeking...

      Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce legislation to prevent occupation of public parks, sports grounds and open spaces by travellers, and for their immediate...

      Anti-terrorism Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests have been made under the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.

      Anti-terrorism Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list the names of those detained under the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Anti-terrorism Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what further action he proposes to take in respect of Abu Hamza al-Masri and the two other men arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism...

      Anti-terrorism Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been detained under the provisions of Part IV of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001; how many have...

      Hertfordshire Constabulary

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

      Phone Tapping

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

      Dual Criminality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will define the test of dual criminality.

      Medical Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have been awarded medical pensions, and what these figures are as a percentage of their local force broken down by...

      Police Conduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes he is proposing to the procedure whereby officers can resign when they are subject to sentence for criminal offences.

      Brixton Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Brixton police were accepting reports of minor crime over the telephone between 24 December 2001 and 11 January 2002.

      Illegal Raves

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has issued to police regarding illegal raves involving trespass; and if he will make a statement.

      Illegal Raves

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers are available to police to take action against owners of generator vehicles used in illegal raves on private property involving...

      Police Deployments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what statistics he collates on the number of (a) police officers on the beat and (b) police officers in administration jobs per 100,000...

      Unlicensed Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he gives to police forces on the prosecution of individuals who do not have a current MOT certificate for their vehicles.

      Police (Sickness Absence)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the latest figures are for the number of sickness days lost in UK police forces; what the latest costs are for ill-health early...

      Drug Offences (Immigration Control)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which countries refuse entry to those UK citizens who have a conviction for drug offences in the UK.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Rural Affairs Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the terms of reference for the Rural Affairs Forum.

    • Flood Insurance (Lewes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress she is making in her discussions with the Association of British Insurers to ensure that residents of Lewes...

      Refrigerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements are in place to allocate the adjustment to the Environmental Protective and Cultural Services block...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • British-Irish Council

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what was discussed at the recent meeting of the British-Irish Council; and if he will make a statement; (2) what was discussed at the recent meeting of the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value of benefits paid through the post offices was in each year since 1995.

    • Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Stoke-on-Trent, North, (b) Staffordshire and (c) England he expects to receive a guaranteed winter fuel payment of...

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if a pensioner (a) in receipt and (b) not in receipt of income support in winter 2000 was eligible for the winter fuel payment in winter 2000;...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what has been the average time he has taken to answer written questions from the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak over the past three...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of each quarterly cohort on the full-time education and training option in the new deal for young people left the new deal with the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the single person's pension has been as a percentage of average earnings in each year since 1972.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how he proposes to assess pension credit for pensioners who receive a state pension based on contribution years that do not allow a full state...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will (a) estimate the numbers of women claiming a state pension on the basis of their own contributions in each of the last five years...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what mechanisms he has put in place to enable individuals to receive combined pension forecasts giving both state and private pension details.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the percentage of employees in each decile of employee incomes who were not members of (a) occupational and (b) approved...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees in the (a) public and (b) private sectors had access to a final salary occupational pension scheme in Scotland in (i) 2000...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the role of affinity groups in the promotion of stakeholder pensions; and if he will estimate the number of...

      Income Distribution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the income distribution was in each of the last five years in each region of Britain.

      ONE Pilot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many working age clients have made a claim for a benefit other than jobseeker's allowance in the ONE Pilot areas since the introduction of...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for the City of Durham (Mr. Steinberg) of 18 December 2001, Official Report, column 180W, on the...

      Pensioner Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how the Government are helping pensioners who live in poverty; and what percentage of pensioners in the Midlothian constituency are living in...

      Disability Benefits (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Galloway and Upper Nithsdale and (b) Scotland are in receipt of (i) disability living allowance and (ii) disability...

      Benefit Payments (Lewes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of pensioners in the Lewes constituency this winter qualify for old age pension, but not for help with winter fuel payments.

      Ministerial Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he last used the railway service in connection with his official duties; what station he left from and what was the destination; and...

      Unemployment (Telford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the trends in unemployment among under 25-year-olds have been in Telford since 1997.

      Fuel Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures the Government take to promote fuel direct; and what the uptake of fuel direct has been.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the costs in (a) 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02 of the Independent Review Service for the social fund.

      Means Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of people subject to means-testing in the (a) current and (b) 2002–03 financial years.

      Third-age Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to develop third-age apprenticeships in the Wirral.

      Age Diversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if the Government will make a response to the evaluation of the code of practice on age diversity in employment; and if he will make a statement.

      Work-focused Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people attended work-focused interviews as a result of the Social Security (Jobcentre Plus Interviews) Regulations 2001 in (a) the...

      Bereavement Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for bereavement payments have been refused in each year since 1995; and how many were refused because of late claims.

      Prince's Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice is given to local jobcentres directing them to encourage young people seeking work to approach the Prince's Trust with a view to...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what changes were observed in the numbers claiming (a) unemployment benefit and (b) income support in the areas affected by foot and mouth...

      National Insurance Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recourse is open to individuals who have been allocated an incorrect national insurance number and have no record of contributions made...

      Claimant Advocates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of claimants in receipt of (a) retirement pension, (b) the minimum income guarantee and (c) attendance allowance...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action his Department takes in relation to illegal immigrants (a) to ensure social inclusion and (b) to deal with employment.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Public Guardianship Office

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many complaints have been lodged in the last five years with the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration in respect of...

    • 1901 Census

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what representations she has (a) had from and (b) made to the Public Records Office following the difficulties experienced by...

      1901 Census

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what penalty clauses for performance failure were included in the contracts for the construction, operation and support of the...

      1901 Census

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if she will place in the Library copies of the contracts awarded for the construction, operation and support of the 1901 Census...

      1901 Census

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what estimate she has made of the cost to public funds of the additional work being carried out to allow the 1901 Census to be...

      Government Documents

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what mechanism is used to determine which Government documents are (a) retained within a department, (b) sent to the Public Record...

  • Health

    • Health Care Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 8 January 2002, how much funding for health care per patient there is in the parliamentary constituencies of (a) Sedgefield,...

    • Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the (a) existing and (b) proposed NHS (i) national directors posts, (ii) commissions, (iii) offices, (iv) types of trust, (v) types of...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the additional funding to fast track the delivery of better mental health services has been spent; and where and when.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what range of services is available to someone with severe mental health problems; how much is being spent on mental health services by his Department in...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the (a) number and (b) proportion of people who suffer clinical depression (i) at any one time, (ii) during the course of the most...

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) Part VIII inquiries into child deaths and (b) inquiries into institutional abuse over the past four years have related to disabled children.

      Bed Blocking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out the basis on which he determined the relative allocations to tackle bed blocking to the social services departments of (a) South...

      Bed Blocking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when extra funding for the relief of bed blocking will be available to local authorities; and from when can local authority social services departments...

      Public Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many public consultations took place relating to the NHS last year; how many of these defined a preferred option; and in how many cases the preferred...

      Residential and Nursing Home Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residential and nursing home beds were available in (a) Essex and (b) mid-Essex in March 1997; and how many were available at the latest date for...

      Aspergillus Fumigatus Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what precautions are recommended to hospitals and other organisations to prevent the spread of aspergillus fumigatus infection.

      Beta Interferon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the Epsom and Ewell constituency suffering from multiple sclerosis have been refused treatment with beta interferon.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been (a) allocated and (b) spent on cancer prevention projects in (i) each of the financial years since 1990 and (ii) future years for...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate how many hospital bed days could be saved annually if cancer (a) in-patients and (b) out-patients, who are transfused with blood, were...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the NHS Cancer Plan in tackling smoking-related cancers; and if further measures are planned to...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been (a) allocated and (b) spent on palliative care in (i) each of the financial years since 1990 and (ii) future years for which...

      Mixed-sex Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mixed sex wards there are in NHS hospitals in each English region.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what investment has been made to improve access to NHS dentists in Staffordshire since 1997.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether referrals of NHS patients to the Dental Examination Board are based on the potential cost of the treatment.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many NHS patients were referred to the Dental Examination Board (a) in the UK and (b) in each nation and region in the last 12 months for which...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the average cost incurred by the NHS while the Dental Examination Board was considering a case which had been referred to them (a) in the UK and...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the average length of time NHS patients waited before their treatment resumed following their case being referred to the Dental Examination Board...

      Eye Tests (Burton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many free eye tests were undertaken in Burton in each year since 1995.

      Funding (Buckinghamshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding was allocated to the Buckinghamshire health authority in each year since 1997.

      Asylum Seekers (HIV Status)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the health needs of asylum seeker mothers who are HIV positive.

      Dual Energy X-ray Absorptionmetry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when NICE will issue guidelines on dual energy X-ray absorptionmetry.

      Paediatric Intensive Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list expenditure on mobile intensive care provision for children in each of the last five years.

      Smoking Cessation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he has collated on the number of people who gave up smoking on the quit date set during their participating in smoking cessation services...

      Rural Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) hospitals and (b) other health care services, by category, there were in rural areas, broken down by (i) constituency and (ii) local...

      GP Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the average waiting time to see a GP at present; and what the equivalent figure was in 1997.

      Public-Private Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress in implementing the public-private partnership in the NHS in 2001.

      European Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which Continental European hospitals are in negotiation with his Department about the treatment of NHS patients.

      Hereford County Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if all porters employed at the Hereford county hospital have the same pay and conditions of employment; and if he will make a statement.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have died from HIV/AIDS-related diseases aged (a) under 14, (b) 15 to 24, (c) 25 to 39, (d) 40 to 50 and (e) over 50 years, in each of the...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations his Department has received relating to the provision of digital hearing aids.

      Worcestershire Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the adequacy of the proposed arrangements for car parking at the new Worcestershire hospital; and if he will make a statement.

      Worcestershire Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has made for the storage of patients' clinical records in the new hospital in Worcestershire.

      Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to extend charging for (a) clinical and (b) non-clinical NHS services; and if he will make a statement.

      Children's Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he is taking to support the cost of local authority children's services in (a) Manchester and (b) the UK.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from the Local Government Association regarding financial pressures on social services.

      MMR Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of infants received the MMR vaccine in the last 12 months.

      Health Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the level of funding for health action zones will be in financial years (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04.

      Hospital Patients (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many school-age children were resident in hospitals in each of the past five years in (a) the UK, (b) Teesside and (c) the constituency of...

      Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures his Department intends to introduce to recruit more social workers.

      Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures exist to allow his Department to (a) monitor and (b) appraise the work of social workers.

      Contingency Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what moneys are available in 2001–02 under his Department's contingency fund; how much has been (a) spent and (b) allocated; and for what purposes.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients attending the accident and emergency departments at (a) Brighton general hospital, (b) Eastbourne district general hospital and (c)...

  • House of Lords

    • Development Aid: Sierra Leone

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will increase their aid, and ask the European Union to do likewise, to countries such as Sierra Leone, which could become models for their region.

    • SADC Meeting 17 December 2001

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What decisions were taken at the Southern African Development Community meeting on 17 December.

      "Raves"

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will introduce legislation to reform the present arrangements for the holding of large social gatherings, commonly known as "raves", indoors in the open.

      Sexual Offences: Reviews of Convictions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will initiate reviews of convictions for sexual offences since 1994 which were based on uncorroborated allegations.

      Asylum Seekers: Detention in Prisons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will announce their plans for the detention of asylum seekers in prisons.

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have responded in any way to the draft Bill of Rights submitted by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; and whether they will publish any...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the complaints procedure for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which individuals and organisations who believe that their human rights might have been infringed have received financial support from the Northern Ireland Human...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 11 December (WA198–99), whether the reappointment of the existing members of the Northern Ireland...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 10 January (HL2036) concerning the design of badges for the Police Service of Northern Ireland, whether...

      Deputy Prime Minister: Purpose of Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the purpose of the office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

      Animal Feed Checks: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much of the extra £7.5 million that has been made available to ensure that animal feed has been properly checked at local level will be given to: (a) each...

      Breast Cancer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 17 December (WA 21), on what basis they conclude that Patrick Carroll's study does not provide...

      Disability Rights Commission: Statement on Abortion Act 1967

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 13 December (WA 69), whether they have met the Disability Rights Commission, the medical...

      Human Reproductive Cloning Act 2001

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the provisions of the Human Reproductive Cloning Act 2001 extend to Scotland.

      Human Reproductive Cloning Act 2001

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the total expenditure in the United Kingdom on research into Alzheimer's disease in each of the past 10 years, showing separately...

      Parish Councillors: Registration of Gifts and Hospitality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the model code of conduct in the Parish Councils (Model Code of Conduct) Order 2001 (S.I. 2001/3576) requires parish councillors to give notification of...

      Parish Councillors: Registration of Gifts and Hospitality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what basis the requirement on parish councillors to declare gifts and hospitality under the provisions of paragraph 15 of the model code of conduct for parish...

      Tobacco Growing Subsidy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the last annual United Kingdom contribution to the subsidy towards the growing of tobacco in European Union countries; and to what third world countries...

      EU Environment Council 12 and 13 December 2001

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What matters were discussed and decisions made at the Environment Council held on 12th and 13th December 2001.

      Government-sponsored Museums: Policy for Loans Abroad

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Blackstone on 4 December (WA 127–128), whether they intend to draw up policy guidelines for loans abroad from...

      Historic Vessels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether their examination of the marine archaeology legislation as part of the review of statutory controls proposed in The Historic Environment: A Force for Our...

      Scottish Constituencies: Westminster Elections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the timetable for the planned reduction in the number of Scottish constituencies for Westminster elections under the Scotland Act 1998; and whether they...

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