Written answers

Thursday, 17 January 2002

  • Defence

    • Warship Support Modernisation Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the NAO's report into the organisation of the Warship Support Modernisation project to be published; if he will list the representations...

    • Forces' Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision is made for United Kingdom service personnel on active service abroad to contact their next of kin; and what assessment he has made of...

      Cluster Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has been informed by his United States counterpart of the locations in which cluster bombs have been used by US armed forces in Afghanistan...

      Cluster Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much progress was made at the Review Conference for the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons to reduce the hazard to civilians from (a)...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance has been issued by Her Majesty's Government on the handling of prisoners in Afghanistan; and on which dates such guidance was issued.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 19 December 2001, Official Report, column 336W, on special educational needs, what percentage of children in schools operated...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 19 December 2001, Official Report, column 336W, how many children of service personnel there are whose parents have...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 19 December 2001, Official Report, column 336W, on special educational needs, how many children of service personnel there are...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 19 December 2001, Official Report, column 336W, on special educational needs, if the Service Children's Education Agency holds...

      Nimrod

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of the Royal Air Force's Nimrod MR2 maritime patrol aircraft.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many TA commissions have been granted in each of the last four years; (2) how many TA places at RMA Sandhurst have been unfilled in each of...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many formed TA units have trained in Canada in each of the last four years.

      Russian Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans the Government have to facilitate the teaching of English to members of the Russian armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Radiation Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will grant the funds necessary to finance (a) blood and (b) saliva tests for radiation pioneered by Dundee university.

      Armed Services Technical Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the establishment requirement in the Royal Air Force for qualified technical personnel responsible for the maintenance of equipment...

      Armed Services Technical Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the establishment requirement in the Army for qualified technical personnel responsible for the maintenance of equipment serviceability...

      Armed Services Technical Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the establishment requirement in the Royal Navy for qualified technical personnel responsible for the maintenance of equipment...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the situation in Sulawesi, Indonesia, with particular reference to recent bombings of four...

    • Karine A

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the source of funds that financed the arms shipment on Karine A; and if he will make a...

      Plan Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the value of Plan Colombia; and what plans he has to promote a similar plan in relation to...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if it is Her Majesty's Government's intention to reach an accommodation with Spain about Gibraltar irrespective of the will of...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what Her Majesty's Government's policy is on a referendum of the residents of Gibraltar on (a) independence, (b) integration and...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will put forward proposals for further integration of Gibraltar into the United Kingdom.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on discussions on independence for Gibraltar.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what possibilities Her Majesty's Government are studying for the future status of Gibraltar similar to Ceuta and Mellia.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has for a referendum to be held in Gibraltar on an agreement with Spain about the status of Gibraltar.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what public statements have been made concerning Gibraltar by British diplomats in the last 12 months.

      James McLintock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he has been informed by the Government of Pakistan (a) on what charges and (b) in which prison James A. McLintock is...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the representations (a) made to and (b) received from the European Commission by his Department in respect of...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Coal Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on Government policy regarding the coal industry.

    • Energy Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions her Department has had with the European Commission on national energy policy.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she has taken to ensure that the universal service provision is adhered to in the UK market for postal services.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the Crown post offices which have opened since May 1997.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will publish the gross running costs of the Crown post offices in (a) 1996–97 and (b) 2000–01.

      Steel Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with steel industry management regarding the future of the steel industry.

      Aviation Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the commercial position of airports and aircraft companies following the attacks of 11 September.

      Aviation Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assistance her Department is providing to small firms affected by the downturn in the aviation industry since 11 September; and if she...

      Vehicles Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her policy on the end of life vehicles directive.

      Restrictive Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on progress with the Office of Fair Trading report into restrictive practice in the professions.

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the Government's entitlement to half of the surplus of the mineworkers' pension scheme.

      Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations she has received on the Government's share of Coal Industry Pension Fund surpluses.

      Manufacturing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to encourage research and development in UK manufacturing industry.

      Venture Capital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to increase access to venture capital funds in the regions of England.

      Miners (Medical Test Centres)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the accessibility of medical test centres to former miners in the east midlands seeking compensation for COPD.

      Clean Coal Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she intends to publish the report of the working group on clean coal technology.

      Clean Coal Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department is taking to encourage the take-up of clean coal technology.

      ALCOA Aluminium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussion she has had with the management team at ALCOA aluminium to discuss the company's proposed redundancies; and if she will make a...

      Indo UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement about the work of Indo UK Partnerships and the Indo UK Round Table.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to ensure the development of renewable sources of energy.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact on UK manufacturing of the opening of a new WTO trade round.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to encourage UK exports to China.

      Employment Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to encourage flexibility in employment practices.

      Air Traffic Control (Tanzania)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the sale of the air traffic control system to Tanzania.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much funding has been allocated to help start small businesses in Portsmouth, South in each of the last five years; and if she will make a...

      Post Office Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how the sum allocated in the Comprehensive Spending Review to preserve the post office network will be spent; how much has been spent in...

      Food Retailing (Monopolies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what powers (a) she and (b) the Competition Commission have to investigate local monopolies of food retailing; and if she will make a statement.

      Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with Consignia regarding recruitment of delivery staff in London.

      Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when a new Chairman of Consignia will (a) be appointed and (b) take up his duties.

      Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what factors will affect her decision as to whether Consignia should pay a dividend to Her Majesty's Government for the current financial year.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she took to inform businesses affected by the foot and mouth epidemic as to the financial assistance available through the regional...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many businesses affected by the foot and mouth epidemic applied for financial aid through the Business Recovery Fund in the south-west;...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 17 December 2001, Official Report, columns 472–73W, on departmental expenditure, for what reason she is...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much of the Third Generator Licence fee money has been spent on broadband infrastructure.

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the representations (a) made to and (b) received from the European Commission by her Department in respect of the Sellafield...

  • Minister for Women

    • Minimum Wage

      To ask the Minister for Women how many women have benefited from the national minimum wage.

    • Women's Issues

      To ask the Minister for Women if she will make a statement on her role on the promotion of women's issues in Government.

      Wealth Creation

      To ask the Minister for Women what steps she is taking to increase wealth creating opportunities for women in the most deprived areas.

      Working Mothers

      To ask the Minister for Women what steps she is taking to make it easier for those mothers who want to return to work to do so.

  • Wales

    • Health Consultation Document

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his answer of 18 December 2001, Official Report, column 183W, on the health consultation document, if he will request from the Welsh Assembly...

    • Ministerial Transport

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

      Departmental Sickness Absence

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

      Remuneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will estimate the number of individuals in his (a) Department, (b) related agencies and (c) related non- departmental public bodies whose annual...

      Memorandum of Understanding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the costs to public funds of the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding and supplementary agreements.

  • International Development

    • Buildings Refurbishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her estimate is of the cost of buildings refurbishment carried out by her Department in each of the last four years.

    • Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate her Department has made of the cost to its budget since 1 May 1997 of fraud; and if she will make a statement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she intends to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 3 December 2001 with regard to Mrs. K. Khan.

      Leprosy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what specific assistance she gives to help people suffering from leprosy; and if she will make a statement.

      Newspaper Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what has been the expenditure of her (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non- departmental public bodies on newspaper advertising by...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Fraud

      To ask the Solicitor-General what estimate her Department has made of the cost to its budget since 1 May 1997 of fraud; and if she will make a statement.

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General when she expects to respond to the Crown Prosecution Service inspectorate report on the CPS in London; and if she will make a statement.

  • Scotland

    • Hogmanay Celebrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment she has made of the impact on economic activity in regions beyond Lothian of Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations.

    • NHS Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she (a) has held and (b) plans to hold in the current financial year on the resources available to the NHS in Scotland with (i) the...

      Eurozone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment she has made of the impact on Scottish business of United Kingdom membership of the eurozone.

      Scottish Executive (Representation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will agree to formal representation of the Scottish Executive in Dover house.

      Scottish Executive (Representation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps she is taking to encourage greater participation by Ministers of the Scottish Executive in European Council of Ministers meetings on matters...

  • Health

    • Painkillers and Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is his most recent assessment of (a) deaths and (b) other side effects resulting from the misuse, over-use or inappropriate prescription of (i)...

    • Bristol Royal Infirmary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action has been taken in response to the named civil servant in his Department, Dr. Peter Doyle, who was criticised in the report of the public...

      Bristol Royal Infirmary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish the response to the report of the public inquiry into children's heart surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, 1984 to 1995.

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the survival rates for lung cancer are in (a) the UK and (b) other countries in Europe and the USA.

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of lung cancer were reported between 1980 and 2000 in the UK.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in what form his Department holds figures on the proportion of freight going by (a) road and (b) rail over the last...

    • London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 19 November 2001, Official Report, columns 33–34W, on London Underground, how many...

      UK-US Aviation Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) when and where officials from his Department last met US officials to discuss (a) an open skies agreement and...

      UK-US Aviation Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the state of bilateral negotiations between the USA and the UK on open skies.

      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 495W, ref 23221, if this information will be...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to ensure that worn-out train wheels are identified and replaced.

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place a copy of the October 2001 rail safety report by Ove Arup, prepared for Railtrack, in the Library;...

      Housing (Illegal Immigrants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what account his Department takes regarding illegal immigrants' housing needs.

      Housing Stock Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 9 January 2002, Official Report, columns 848–49W, what guidance he gives to (a)...

      Multimodal Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the report dates for the multimodal studies undertaken by the Government.

      Smoke Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what percentage of dwelling fires attended by fire brigades in the Buckingham constituency occurred where a smoke...

      Matthew Elson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he met Matthew Elson prior to his appointment as transport adviser in the No. 10 Policy Unit.

      National Rail Model

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place a copy of the specification issued to interested parties for the contract to develop a national rail...

      PFI Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of the proportion of PFI contracts made by his Department where an amount in excess of 90...

      South Central Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the present position in respect of the South Central franchise.

      Market Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what expenditure has been incurred by his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in each...

      Braer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the seaworthiness of the tanker the Braer when she left the Norwegian port of Mongstad...

      Braer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the opportunity the captain of the Braer was given of commenting on the Marine...

      Accident Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make it his policy to publish the technical evidence along with the inspector's findings in future...

      Director of Government and Political Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he last met the Director of Government and Political Relations; and what was discussed.

      Gas Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many prosecutions were initiated by the Health and Safety Executive under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use)...

      Physical Agents (Vibration) Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent discussions he has had with industry regarding the physical agents (vibration) directive.

      Uniform Business Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many businesses paid uniform business rates in the Uxbridge constituency in each of the last five years.

  • Education and Skills

    • Youth Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the Government will respond to the UK Youth Parliament's Manifesto.

    • Youth Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will respond to the UK Youth Parliament Manifesto; and if she will make a statement.

      Youth Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money has been allocated to the UK Youth Parliament in (a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01 and (c) 2001–02; and what grant...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much Capita Services has been paid by her Department in respect of its work on individual learning accounts; and what payments...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 11 December 2001, Official Report, column 814W, on the Individual Learning Account centre, (1) how many shifts...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will accept students for registration under the individual learning accounts scheme who could not register by the deadline of 7...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what meetings she has had with those representing providers of training under the Individual Learning Accounts scheme since 23 October 2001;...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 13 December 2001, Official Report, column 959W, on Individual Learning Accounts, whether further arrests have...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many people were employed by her Department on 23 November on the supervision of the contract between his Department and Capita...

      LEAs (Repairs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the cost of estimated repair or renewal work needed over the next five years for each local education authority, as listed...

      Occasional Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will publish the number of occasional teachers working in each LEA area on the date of the 2002 census of teachers in service giving...

      Teacher Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) when she will publish the number of teacher vacancies in maintained schools in each local education authority area in January; (2)...

      Teacher Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information she has collated on the number of teaching vacancies which have to be re-advertised.

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will compensate those students who have started their course after the introduction of tuition fees but who will not benefit from...

      Teachers (Hillingdon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers have left the London borough of Hillingdon education authority in each of the past...

      Student Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects to introduce a new system of student support for students in higher education.

      Education Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects the East Manchester Education Action Zone accounts for the year ended 31 March 2001 to be published.

      Education Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which education action zones have not published their accounts for (a) the year ended 31 March 2000 and (b) the year ended 31 March 2001.

      Education Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what time limits are set down for the production of accounts by education action zones.

      Education Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what reasons underlie the length of time taken to publish the East Manchester Education Action Zone accounts for the year ended 31 March...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made on the evaluation of the Sure Start programme begun in 2001; and if she will make a statement.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when Warrington will be invited to submit a bid for another Sure Start project.

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to abolish the requirement for schools to raise £50,000 from local sources before securing specialist status; what...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools have taken on specialist status in each quarter since May 1997, broken down by different specialist areas chosen; and if...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what financial provision her Department has made in the next three years to support additional specialist schools; what her estimate is of...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list schools which have been granted specialist status without having to raise £50,000 themselves from local private...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the application process for the next round of specialist school awards.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to extend the education maintenance allowance pilot scheme to the London Borough of Hillingdon.

      Connexions Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on enrolment of personal advisers for the Connexions Service.

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many foundation degree places are available; and what proportion of them have been filled.

      Examination Results (Somerset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the proportion of pupils achieving (a) one or more A* to C, (b) five or more A* to C and (c) five or more A* to G grades was (i) in the...

      Local Network Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will announce the areas that will receive funding in the second and third waves of the Local Network Fund.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Investment Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the cost in 2001–02 of the Departmental Investment Strategy.

    • Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what are the projected additional annual costs at current prices for each of the next 35 years for (a) the annual uprating of the minimum...

      Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what is the take-up rate for the minimum income guarantee for pensioners.

      State Retirement Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value was of the state retirement pension as a percentage of the average weekly wage in (a) 1971, (b) 1978, (c) 1981, (d) 1988, (e)...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who no longer receive (a) one and (b) more than one means-tested benefit due to the...

      Consultation Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 23 October 2001, Official Report, column 179W, if he will list the consultation papers released by his Department...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to reply to the question of 3 December, ref. 21339, from the hon. Member for Buckingham on sickness absence.

      Industrial Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of occasions on which (a) an interview, (b) a benefit claim and (c) a claim review has been delayed as a result...

      Industrial Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many days each (a) Employment Service office, (b) Benefits Agency office and (c) JobCentre Plus office has been closed as a result of the...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations his Department has made to Her Majesty's Treasury concerning the treatment of the receipt of digital hearing aids funded...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of those leaving the new deal for the long-term unemployed left the new deal for unsubsidised sustained jobs; and how many did not...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he intends to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 27 November 2001 with regard to Miss C. Fryar.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he intends to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, dated 3 December 2001 with regard to Miss A. Steeles.

      Self-administered Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the costs of registration of trustees under the Data Protection Act 1998 for self-administered pension schemes.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will provide a breakdown of the forecast cost of the pension credit by (a) 2010, (b) 2020, (c) 2030 and (d) 2040.

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the (a) number and (b) cost of publicly funded child care places in each of the last 10 years.

  • Home Department

    • Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent by the Home Office on advertising in the past two years; what the cost and purpose of each advertising campaign was;...

    • Environmental Audit Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes he has made to his Department's practice in respect of environmental appraisals to reflect the recommendations contained in the...

      Green Minister

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the work completed by the Green Minister with his Department since the general election.

      Police Force Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what police force expenditure has been for each police authority (a) in total and (b) per head of population in each year since 1989.

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Government's policy is in relation to deciding which airline should be used for a deportation; and if he will make a statement.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent research his Department has commissioned into the effect on race relations of illegal immigrants.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated cost to his Department was of illegal immigrants in the last 12 months.

      Prostitutes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 9 January 2002, Official Report, columns 893–95W, if he will make a statement explaining the nature of the...

      Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when Part 12 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 will take effect.

      Asylum and Immigration Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of Judicial Reviews on asylum decisions have been successful since the Asylum and Immigration Act 1999 came into force.

      Departmental Staff (Home Working)

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

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the UK Government have made a financial contribution to the Global Programme Against Trafficking in Human Beings launched by the...

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of asylum seekers who enter the UK as a result of third party traffickers...

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions his Department has had in the past six months with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe about...

      Crime Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to publish Lord Birt's report on crime.

      Zimbabwean Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Zimbabwean citizens seeking asylum in Britain have been deported since June 2000.

      Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the change in the availability of heroin on Britain's streets if the Government bought the stockpiles and new...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Television Licences (Prosecutions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many defendants were proceeded against at magistrates courts in England and Wales for offences under the Wireless and Telegraphy...

    • Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of the millennium dome is, broken down by category of expenditure, from conception to the date for which the most recent...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent on fees for advisers to the (a) Government and (b) New Millennium Experience Company for the Dome project.

      Departmental Sickness Absence

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

      Ministerial Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she last used the railway service in connection with her official duties; what station she left from and what was the destination;...

      Sports Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to instruct local authorities to reduce rates and rental on sports clubs occupying sites in the ownership of their...

      Sports Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to direct local authorities not to take into account improvements made to sports clubs occupying sites in the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Sustainable Development Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals she has made for inclusion on the agenda of the World Summit on Sustainable Development; and which of these...

    • Electricity Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the most cost-effective ways in which (a) industry and commerce and (b) domestic consumers...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will issue advice on the storage of waste refrigeration equipment before 1 January 2002.

      Home Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many homes have benefited from completed warm front scheme installations; how many homes are in the process of being...

      Home Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what provision there is within the warm front schemes to allow the most vulnerable households who are in immediate danger of...

      Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will exempt re-usable wood packaging from the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 1997.

      Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the cost of compliance to the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste)...

      Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 1997 on...

      Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of companies evading the producer responsibility obligations (Packaging Waste)...

      Bird Populations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the percentage changes in British bird populations in the last three years, broken down by county.

      Compost Bins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list those local authorities which provide compost bins (a) free of change and (b) on payment to households in...

      Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimates she has made of the cost to (a) public funds and (b) land managers of the Environmental Impact...

      Carcase Burial

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her decision to apply for planning permission for the mass burial of animal carcases at Great...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the age and status are of children in a household for that household to be deemed vulnerable under the UK Fuel...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many regulatory impact assessments have been produced by his Department since August 2001; and if he will list those produced (a) following initial...

  • Prime Minister

    • Archbishop of Canterbury (Appointment)

      To ask the Prime Minister by what means bishops are asked whether they wish to be considered for appointment as Archbishop of Canterbury.

    • Civil Service Pay

      To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to increase civil service pay.

      Energy Review

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the progress of the Energy Review.

      James McLintock

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what representations he has made to the Government of Pakistan on the case of James A. McLintock; (2) whether he raised the case of James A. McLintock with the...

      Chief Surveillance Commissioner

      To ask the Prime Minister when the annual report of the Chief Surveillance Commissioner appointed under section 91(1)(a) of the Police Act 1997 will be laid before the House; and if he will make...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) how many magistrates courts have closed in (a) England and Wales and (b) Yorkshire or Yorkshire and Humber since 1972; (2)...

    • Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what is the average distance travelled by an accused person attending trial at a magistrates court over the last 12 months.

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many (a) magistrates clerks and (b) people were employed in magistrates courts in each of the last 25 years.

      Marriage and Relationship Support Programme

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how much has been requested in grants from the Lord Chancellor's Department's marriage and relationship support programme for...

      Pension Sharing Orders

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many pension sharing orders have been made to date.

      Judges

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many judges he has admonished for falling asleep on the bench in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Fraud

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what estimate her Department has made of the cost to its budget since 1 May 1997 of fraud; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Sickness Absence

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if she will commission and publish an independent report on the reasons for the level of sickness absence in her Department.

  • House of Lords

    • Eritrea

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of Eritrea about the incommunicado detention of 11 persons since 19 September.

    • Firearms Control Protocol

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What support, either bilateral or multilateral, will be given to help to implement the protocol on firearms control, signed in Malawi in August 2001.

      UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the outcome of the Review Conference for the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons which was held in December 2001; and, if the...

      Afghanistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that difficulties already experienced in getting access for food supplies to the remoter areas of Afghanistan are overcome;...

      Suspected Terrorists: Decisions on Extradition to Stand Trial

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that suspected terrorists are not extradited to a requesting state to face trial for a terrorist offence before a tribunal that fails to...

      Criminal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What amount of criminal compensation has been paid since 1994, following convictions for sexual offences based on uncorroborated allegations; and whether they will...

      Balkans: Small Arms Proliferation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that the Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South-East Europe has sufficient staff and resources to prevent trading and...

      Balkans: Small Arms Proliferation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the weapons destruction facility in Kosovo will be kept open with a view to serving neighbouring countries.

      European Union: Forthcoming Council Business

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for January, and what are the major European Union events for the period between 31 January...

      Convention on the Future of Europe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements will be made to select the United Kingdom's national parliamentary representatives to the Convention on the Future of Europe.

      Environmental Statements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many applications for consent they expect will be made during 2002 under the Environmental Impact Assessment (Uncultivated Land and Semi-natural Areas)...

      Waste Recycling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What levels of waste recycling have been achieved in each local authority; what targets they have set these authorities for the future; and how, in detail, they...

      Waste Recycling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether building waste and composting of garden waste are components of the recycling target; and, if not, why not.

      Waste Recycling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What quantity of composted recycled garden waste they expect to be generated annually by local authorities over the next five years; and what is the current market...

      Pennine Cycleway

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress is being made on the creation of the proposed Pennine cycleway; and what are the targets for achievement in 2002.

      Street Works

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the speech by Lord Filkin on 19 December 2001 (HL Deb, col. 346), where in the Street Works (Charges for Occupation of the Highway) (England)...

      Bus Lane Contravention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are in a position to give a date by which consultation will commence under Section 144 of the Transport Act 2000 to enable local authorities outside...

      Bristol Royal Infirmary

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the response to the report of the public inquiry into children's heart surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary 1984–1995.

      Language Learning: Ministers and Officials

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which (a) Ministers and (b) officials took lessons in foreign languages as part of the European Year of Languages in 2001; whether any formal qualifications were...

      Equality of Treatment: Election Candidates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 17 December (WA 32), whether they consider that a qualifying registered party, within the meaning of Part...

      Chief Surveillance Commissioner's Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the annual report of the Chief Surveillance Commissioner appointed under Section 91(1)(a) of the Police Act 1997 will be laid before the House.

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