Written answers

Friday, 25 January 2002

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Road Traffic Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to amend the Road Traffic Act 1984.

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 8 January 2002, Official Report, column 584W, on departmental consultants, if he will set...

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 15 January 2002, Official Report, column 208W, on piracy, what assessment he has made of...

      Nuclear Materials (Transportation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the condition of railway lines leading to nuclear power stations.

      Nuclear Materials (Transportation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the requirements are for local authorities to prepare emergency plans for incidents involving trains carrying...

      Nuclear Materials (Transportation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many incidents there have been where flasks carrying radioactive material on trains have been found to be over...

      Nuclear Materials (Transportation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the incidents in which trains carrying (a) radioactive material and (b) other nuclear materials have...

      Nuclear Materials (Transportation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the Department's definition is of 'no significant radiological safety implication', as used in the report,...

      Train Protection Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what percentage of trains using Paddington station have (a) ATP and (b) TPWS in place.

      Council Tax Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many officials responsible for the policy for council tax enforcement in his Department have, as part of their...

      Local Tax Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many warrants for committal to prison owing to local tax arrears were issued in 1999.

      Local Authority Statutory Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent guidance his Department has issued on the publication of statutory notices by local authorities in the...

      Allotments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what recent guidance his Department has issued on consultation on (a) supplementary planning guidance and (b)...

      Bus Ticketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to improve the inter-changeability of bus tickets on routes served by different bus companies.

      Rural Bus Challenge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will announce the results of the 2001 Rural Bus Challenge Competition.

      Refrigerator Disposal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what arrangements he has made with regard to the allocation of the adjustment to the Environmental, Protective and...

      Ozone Depleting Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether he intends to match the costs in the next financial year to Hertfordshire county council in complying with EC...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Foreign Language Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what plans she has to encourage the provision of foreign language programmes on independently owned (a) television channels and...

    • Departmental Expenditure (Publications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her estimate is of the expenditure of her Department on newspapers, magazines and periodicals in each of the last four years.

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) when she last met representatives of the Football Association to discuss matters relating to violence associated with the game on...

      Analogue Switch-off

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Uxbridge, of 16 January 2002, Official Report, column 340W, on analogue switch-off, how...

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans the Government have to make a UK bid for the 2012 Olympic Games; and if she will make a statement.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces Pay Review Body

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the appointment to the Armed Forces Pay Review Body of a replacement for Vice Admiral Sir Toby Frere KCB.

    • Atomic Weapons Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many United States personnel have visited the Atomic Weapons Establishment in each of the last three years; and from which United States departments...

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many regulatory impact assessments have been produced by his Department since August 2001; and if he will list those produced (a) following initial...

      Joint Working Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the Joint Working Groups operating under the auspices of the 1958 Mutual Defence Agreement; and how many Joint Working Group meetings...

      Joint Working Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which United States departments and establishments were represented at the October 2000 meeting of JOWOG 32.

      Gulf Veterans Medical Assessment Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what level of medical examination and assessment is required from those former and existing service personnel who are on the Gulf Veterans Medical...

      Gulf Veterans Medical Assessment Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to put the Gulf Veterans Medical Assessment Programme into independent administration.

      Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much money has been allocated (a) to improve armed forces single living accommodation and (b) to upgrade married quarters in the last three years.

      Medically Downgraded Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Army and (b) RAF personnel were medically downgraded on 1 April 2001; how many of these have postings which would require them to be...

      Washington Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the practical consequences resulting from bringing terrorism countermeasures within the remit of Article 5 of the...

      Nancekuke

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 16 January 2002, Official Report, column 317W, on Nancekuke, whether there are records of equipment and materials being...

      MOD Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 21 January 2002, Official Report, column 555W, what criteria are laid down whereby operational requirements for the purchase...

  • Health

    • Hospital Developments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects each of the 12 hospital developments, announced on 15 February, to be completed.

    • Private Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many private beds have been used by the NHS in the last five years.

      Operation Cancellations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations have been cancelled in each quarter since 1997.

      MMR Vaccinations (Buckinghamshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of eligible children were vaccinated with the MMR vaccine in South Buckinghamshire in (a) 1998–99, (b) 1999–2000 and (c)...

      Hospital Waiting Lists (Buckinghamshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the percentage was of patients waiting for in-patient treatment in the South Buckinghamshire health authority on 1 January in each of the years 1997...

      Hospital Treatment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost is to the national health service of treating an in-patient in a national health service hospital for one week.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies for new NHS dental patients are available in the Gosport constituency.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which trusts have more than 10 per cent. of patients waiting on in-patient lists placed on suspended lists and more than 2 per cent. of patients waiting...

      Emergency Contraception

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which areas the morning-after pill is available to (a) girls aged 14 and 15, (b) girls aged 12 and 13 and (c) girls under-12 without a doctor's...

      Bristol Royal Infirmary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been set aside to compensate the children who survived the Bristol heart case affair.

      Bristol Royal Infirmary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases where children were left mentally disabled resulting from the Bristol heart cases (a) have been settled and (b) are outstanding.

      Bristol Royal Infirmary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been paid out to date by way of compensation to families resulting from the Bristol heart cases.

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what process will be used to select managers for the proposed foundation hospitals.

      Health Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate health spending per head of population by health authority in (a) 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02.

      Napp Pharmaceuticals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health following the Competition Commission Appeal Tribunal's upholding of the Office of Fair Trading's findings against Napp Pharmaceuticals, what assessment he...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Staffing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will make a statement on the change in the number of civil servants working within the Scotland Office in the last 12 months.

  • Advocate-General

    • Devolution

      To ask the Advocate-General what criteria she takes into account in deciding to intervene in devolution issues; and what consideration she gives to the cost to public funds.

    • Devolution

      To ask the Advocate-General on how many occasions she has raised proceedings in the Scottish courts on a devolution issue since the creation of her office.

      Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Advocate-General what proposals she has to review the role and function of the Advocate-General.

      Scots Law

      To ask the Advocate-General if she will list occasions she has been requested by the Government to give advice on Scots Law since the general election.

      Legislation

      To ask the Advocate-General how many Bills of the Scottish Parliament she has referred to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council since the creation of her Office.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Advocate-General what the total cost of her Office has been in each year since its creation.

      Court Proceedings

      To ask the Advocate-General on how many occasions she has (a) defended and (b) intervened in court proceedings raised by other parties.

      Scotland Office Website

      To ask the Advocate-General how many hits there were on the Advocate-General's page of the Scotland Office website between the general election and 1 January 2002.

      Law Officers' Advice

      To ask the Advocate-General on how many occasions she has been requested by the (a) Attorney-General and (b) Solicitor-General to give advice on a matter of law since the creation of her Office;...

      Legal Secretariat

      To ask the Advocate-General if she will list the Government Departments for whom the Legal Secretariat has provided legal services.

      Legal Secretariat

      To ask the Advocate-General how many (a) advocates and (b) solicitors have been employed in the Legal Secretariat in each year since the creation of her office.

      Legal Secretariat

      To ask the Advocate-General if she will list the matters in which the Legal Secretariat participated in discussions between the UK Government and the Scottish Executive since the general election.

      Court Appearances

      To ask the Advocate-General on how many occasions she has appeared in court as Advocate- General since the general election.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Advocate-General how many pieces of correspondence her office has answered from non-government sources since the general election.

      Office of the Solicitor to the Advocate-General

      To ask the Advocate-General how many (a) advocates and (b) solicitors have been employed in the Office of the Solicitor to the Advocate-General in each year since the creation of her office.

  • Education and Skills

    • External Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent by (a) her Department and (b) bodies for which it is responsible on external public relations consultants in each of the...

    • Market Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what expenditure has been incurred by her (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non- departmental public bodies in each of the last four...

      Refurbishment

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

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many regulatory impact assessments have been produced by her Department since August 2001; and if she will list those produced (a)...

      Specialist Designation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether there is a barrier to a school's PFI partner sponsoring a bid for technology status by that school.

      Pupil Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect of pupil mobility on educational attainment.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 5 December 2001, Official Report, column 426W, if she will break down the figures by vacancies in (a) nursery,...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will publish her latest estimates of the percentage of secondary school pupils who are in specialist schools in each local education...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many specialist schools have received assistance from public funds in order to raise the money needed to submit a development plan; how...

      Independent Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the independent schools removed from the register of independent schools in each year from 1996.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will reply to the hon. Member for Harrogate and Knaresborough's question of 18 December 2001 concerning asset management plans.

      Revenue Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total amount of revenue funding available for children in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools has been in the last five years in...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what translation services he ensures are available to (a) Benefits Agency and (b) Employment Service staff in (i) England and (ii) Staffordshire.

    • Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will quantify the public service agreement target for employment over the economic cycle.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the national staffing requirements for Jobcentre Plus, and the average wage per employee will be; what the combined national staffing...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what is the value of the extra investment in help to the unemployed represented by the new Jobcentre Plus pilot offices in Inverclyde.

      Industrial Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of letters that (a) his Department and its agencies, (b) Employment Service offices, (c) Benefits Agency offices...

      Industrial Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of complaints that (a) his Department and its agencies, (b) Employment Service offices, (c) Benefits Agency...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will estimate the number of incapacity benefit claimants who have been required to attend repeat Benefits Agency medical assessment...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the arrangements for transfer to incapacity benefit of unemployed persons of working age who are involved in one...

      Lone Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action the Government will take to facilitate the provision of (a) housing and (b) council tax benefit to lone mothers raising children on...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to PQ 01/20232 and PQ 01/20233, 8 January 2002, Official Report, column 687W, if he will publish the syllabi of the training...

      Newspaper Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what has been the expenditure of his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies on newspaper advertising by title in...

      Pension Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received concerning the value of pension funds since 1 January 2001.

      Pension Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average delay was in making payment to state earnings related pension schemes for contributions due in the year to April 2001; what...

      Me

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance he has issued to the Benefits Agency concerning the acceptance of a clinical diagnosis of ME as grounds for an entitlement to benefit.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received on the funding arrangements due to come into voluntary operation on 1 April about the sector option of New...

      Winter Fuel Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Newbury (Mr. Rendel) of 10 December 2001, Official Report, column 589, how people can apply for...

      Benefit Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 12 December 2001, Official Report, columns 896–97W, when the Statutory Instrument referred to was revoked; and...

      Stakeholder Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how often, on average, people with stakeholder pensions make contributions towards their pension.

      Medical Assessment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on recent changes in the standards for delivery of medical assessment services contracted by his Department.

  • Treasury

    • Insider Trading

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have been prosecuted for insider dealing in each of the last 10 years.

    • National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many cases in the last year direct debits of national insurance contributions by self-employed persons suspended during payment of incapacity benefit...

      Duty-Free Shopping

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect on job numbers of the ending of duty-free shopping within the EU.

      Temporary Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) executive agencies supervised by his Department have been employed on temporary contracts of (i) 51 weeks...

      Warehoused Goods Regulations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions in (a) 1999–2000 and (b) 2000–01 an owner of warehoused goods failed to comply with the Warehouses and Owners of Warehouse...

      Digitised Products (Taxation)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proposals the Government are making within the European Community for alternatives to the Commission's paper COM (2000) 349.

      Alcohol and Tobacco Fraud Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Ministers received the draft Alcohol and Tobacco Fraud Review report containing the paragraph on resources cited in paragraph 9.3 of the Rogues report.

      Alcohol and Tobacco Fraud Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the recommendations of HM Customs and Excise on the level of additional resources needed to combat fraud and evasion that...

      Comprehensive Spending Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to consult service users on options and priorities for the Comprehensive Spending Review.

      Market Research

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what expenditure has been incurred by his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in each of the last four years on (i) opinion...

      Young People (Income Tax and National Insurance)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what percentage of persons aged (a) 16 and (b) 17 years paid (i) income tax and (ii) national insurance in each of the last five years; (2) how much...

      Green Technology Challenge

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) on what basis (a) air pollution from industry, (b) cleaning up polluted land, (c) oil spills, (d) waste treatment and (e) recycling are excluded from...

      World Bank Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with US Treasury spokesmen on replacing World bank loans to the world's poorest countries with grants.

      VAT (Care Services)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost in the current financial year of altering the VAT treatment of fees paid by individuals to nursing homes and registered...

      VAT (Care Services)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects Customs and Excise to issue details of the proposed extra statutory concession in respect of VAT on supply of services agency workers for...

      Sport

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received concerning the Promoting Sport in the Community consultation; to whom the consultation document was circulated...

      Census Data

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate has been made of the impact that the raising of the minimum threshold for publication of census data from 50 persons/20 households to...

      Taper Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the increase in business investment due to taper relief in each year since its introduction; and if he will make a statement.

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Barnsley, East and Mexborough are benefiting from the implementation of the working families tax credit.

      Public-private Partnerships

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library the technical guidance given to civil servants in his Department on how to define PPPs as finance or operating leases; and...

      Construction Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what criteria the Inland Revenue determines which firms in the construction industry are subject to an investigation of the employment status of their...

      Construction Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many visits have been made by the Inland Revenue compliance staff to firms in the construction industry to investigate the employment status of their...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will ask the Parliamentary Secretary for her Department in the House of Lords, to answer the letters of 13 August and...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the correspondence from the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed to the Minister for the...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when her Department will clear outstanding correspondence with hon. Members.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many letters from hon. Members to her Department did not receive substantive replies within (a) one month, (b) three...

      Fly Tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 21 November 2001, Official Report, column 315W, if she will adopt a policy on fly tipping similar...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the likely charge per unit waste disposal authorities will make to householders for the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the chairmen of the independent inquiries into the consequences and lessons of the foot and...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what communications she has had with hon. Members drawing their attention to the commencement of the independent inquiry into...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the uncompensated losses suffered by farmers through foot and mouth are; and how those losses are calculated.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the current situation regarding (a) foot and mouth disease and (b) other livestock-related...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has made (a) to the European Commission and (b) to the OIE regarding the reinstatement of foot and...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of her Department's staff remain employed directly in dealing with the 2001 outbreak of foot and mouth...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the firms of contractors employed by her Department and its agencies to assist with clean-up work during the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of hill farmers who have recently left the industry as a result of foot and mouth...

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the contribution farm subsidies make in reducing the cost of food in the UK.

      Beam Trawlers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action the Government are taking to monitor the damage caused to sea beds by beam trawlers; and if she will make a statement.

      Hill Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of the average income of hill farmers was provided by (a) Government and (b) European funding in each year...

      Water Framework Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimates she has made of the potential cost (a) to businesses and (b) to public funds of implementing the EU water...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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.

      Food Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what additional impact control measures have been introduced since the resolution of the blockade of foreign food imports at...

      Refurbishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is of the cost of buildings refurbishment carried out by her Department in each of the last four years.

      Flood Protection (Hillingdon)

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

      Nitrate Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals she has to provide financial assistance to farmers having to expend on increased slurry storage facilities as...

      Sea Fisheries Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the (a) operation and (b) cost of funding of sea fisheries committees; and what proposals she...

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has received from the Chief Veterinary Officer concerning changes in the threat to livestock from...

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the use of combined heat and power systems in the horticultural sector; and what assessment...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will support the European proposal to maintain a Community register of genetically modified food and feed; and if this...

      Animal Slaughter (Jedburgh)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 8 January 2002 to the hon. Member for East Surrey (Mr. Ainsworth), Official Report, column 756W,...

      Suckler Cow Premiums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when farmers will receive their suckler cow premiums; for what reason farmers have not received payment of the premiums; and...

      IACS Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason farmers did not receive IACS payments due in October 2001 until December 2001.

      Scrapie Research Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the progress of the Scrapie Research Project; and what steps are being taken to speed up the...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list by each local authority area in England and Wales the concentration of the pollutants (a) benzene, (b) 1,3...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent investigations have been undertaken by her Department on the impact of air pollution on health.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she last reviewed the air quality strategy; and what the main findings of the review were.

      Reed Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evaluation she has made of the potential use of reed beds as a way of alleviating foul sewerage problems exacerbated by...

      Farming Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will (a) devote a minimum percentage of farming subsidies to sustainable rural development and (b) negotiate on this...

      Biosecurity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what grounds under the clauses in the Animal Health Bill the Government will withhold part of the compulsory purchase...

      Agrimonetary Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to apply for agrimonetary compensation for the livestock sector in April; and if she will make a statement.

      Agricultural Co-operatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to improve the competitiveness of agricultural co-operatives in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list research projects associated with bovine TB, indicating for each (a) the cost in 2001–02 and (b) the...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the merits of reintroducing the bovine TB programme; and if she will make a statement.

      Tenant Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will seek a revision of the definition of agriculture within tenancy legislation to include rural development and...

      Tenant Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will move funds from agricultural price support towards environmentally sustainable agricultural and non-agricultural...

      Zoos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment her Department has made of (a) public awareness relating to potential disease risks between humans and...

      Hens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to improve the welfare of egg laying hens before battery cages are prohibited in 2012; and if she will...

      Broiler Chickens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of broiler chickens' welfare; and if she will make a statement.

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases of BSE have been confirmed in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK in each of the last three years.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress has been made in reforming the CAP.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government have to means-test CAP subsidy payments to farmers.

      Producer Support Estimate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what is the most recent estimate of the value of agricultural producer support for (a) the EU and (b) each country thereof.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Refurbishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his estimate is of the cost of buildings refurbishment carried out by his Department in each of the last four years.

    • Ministerial Transport

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

      South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to visit South Africa; and if he will raise the issue of arms sales with his South African counterpart.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will visit Gibraltar before he next meets his Spanish counterpart under the auspices of the Brussels Process.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance he plans to give to the Royal visit to Gibraltar in 2002.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions have taken place with Spain on roaming rights of Gibraltar mobile telephones; and under what statutory...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures he is taking against Spain in respect of freedom of movement of UK citizens on the Gibraltar border.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if independence for Gibraltar has been discussed during talks under the Brussels Process.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the integration of Gibraltar with the UK has been discussed during talks under the Brussels Process.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will next meet representatives of the Government of Spain to discuss the future status of Gibraltar.

      Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has made to the Government of Bangladesh concerning measures to combat people trafficking, with...

      Convention on the Future of Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whom the Government will appoint as the National Government representative to the Convention on the Future of Europe.

      Camp X-Ray

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when Foreign Office officials first arrived at Camp X-Ray.

      Camp X-Ray

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) when he was first informed of the conditions of the prisoners held in Camp X-Ray; (2) when he first had communications...

      Camp X-Ray

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he first had communications with US officials concerning the conditions of prisoners in Camp X-Ray.

      Camp X-Ray

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what charges Mr. Abbasi is being held at Camp X-Ray in Cuba and under what jurisdiction; if he has received legal...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what items will be discussed at his next meeting with his Spanish counterpart.

      Christians (China)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Chinese Government regarding the persecution of Christians in south east China, with...

      Brussels Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what date has been set for the next round of talks under the Brussels Process; and what the time scale is for the end of talks.

      Brussels Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement to Parliament following the next round of talks under the Brussels Process.

      Commonwealth Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support from his Department is being given to overseas territories to compete in the Commonwealth games; and which overseas...

      Spanish Residents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Spanish people live and work in the UK.

  • Prime Minister

    • Honours

      To ask the Prime Minister how many non-citizens of the United Kingdom have been knighted in each year since 1990.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many answers to parliamentary questions have not been answered by the Lord Chancellor's Department under exemption 13 of the...

    • Crown Court Proceedings

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what proportion of defendants who appealed against conviction in a magistrates court and whose case was reheard in the Crown court...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what procedures are in place to inform local authorities about the withdrawal of PFI credits from projects under his Department's...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, on how many occasions since 1997 PFI credits have been withdrawn from projects under his Department's remit; and what were the...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what procedures his Department has for local authorities to make representations to the Project Review Group on a decision to...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Transfer of Functions (Costs)

      To ask the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission if the additional costs relating to the transfer of the functions of the...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Ministerial Transport

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

    • Information and Consultation Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations she has received regarding the information and consultation directive.

      Electronic Signatures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on progress on implementing the European electronic signatures directive.

  • Home Department

    • Justice and Home Affairs Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 14 January 2002, Official Report, columns 89–92W, concerning the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 6 and 7...

    • Departmental Spending Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans his Department has to appraise the environmental implications of its Spending Review submission to the Treasury.

      Departmental Spending Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what way sustainable development objectives are reflected in his Department's bids for the 2002 Spending Review.

      Environmental Appraisals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many environmental appraisals have been published by his Department since 1 January 2001; and if he will list the last four.

      Environmental Appraisals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures his Department has to ensure environmental appraisals are undertaken prior to (a) administrative and (b) policy decisions...

      Fear of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to reduce the fear of crime in (a) London and (b) the London borough of Havering; and if he will make a statement.

      Either-way Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what percentage of either-way cases defendants elected for jury trial in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if...

      Either-way Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in (a) how many and (b) what percentage of either-way cases (i) magistrates declined jurisdiction, (ii) defendants consented to magistrates...

      Police Budget (Nottinghamshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the anticipated police budget is for Nottinghamshire for (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004.

      Community Group Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether the Government keep a record of the overall number of state funded competitive grant schemes available to voluntary and...

      Missing Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he will take to ensure that police forces place details of missing children on the uk.missingkids.com website as soon as possible...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what weight he gives to sustainable development objectives in his Department's (a) public services agreements and (b) service delivery agreements.

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the recorded crimes per head of population for each police authority in England and Wales and the average figure for these...

      Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what statistics he collates on the average number of police officers (a) at headquarters establishments and (b) per 1,000 population.

      Police Corruption (Cleveland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have been charged with corruption in the last five years in the Cleveland police force.

      Naturalisation Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for naturalisation are (a) outstanding and (b) awaiting input to the INS database.

      Visa Renewal Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for visa renewal are (a) outstanding and (b) awaiting input onto the INS database.

      Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the planned expenditure on policing as a percentage of gross domestic product in (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03...

      Police White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received on the White Paper on the Police.

  • House of Lords

    • Gibraltar: Telephones

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the use of GSM mobile telephones in Gibraltar is made difficult as a result of the official approach adopted by Spain.

    • Gibraltar: Telephones

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are still difficulties when telephone contact with Gibraltar is sought using the 350 code.

      Gibraltar: Diverted Aeroplane

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 14 January (WA 134), whether the aeroplane which was en route to Gibraltar and was diverted to...

      UK Passport Applications to the Dublin Embassy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of passport applications made by United Kingdom residents in the Irish Republic to the Dublin Embassy, what is the average time taken to process the...

      Illicit Trade in Cultural Property

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to make it a criminal offence to import, deal in or possess stolen or illegally removed cultural objects, as proposed in the report of the...

      North-west: Grant Aid for Sites of Historic Interest

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many sites of historic interest are receiving grant aid in the north-west of England.

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