Written answers

Monday, 28 January 2002

  • Solicitor-General

    • Terrorism Act

      To ask the Solicitor-General, pursuant to her answer of 3 December 2001, Official Report, column 106W, how many and what prosecutions have been initiated under section 54 of the Terrorism Act...

    • Terrorism Act

      To ask the Solicitor-General, further to the Secretary of State for the Home Department's answer of 3 December 2001, Official Report, column 106W, on the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2000, (a) how...

  • President of the Council

    • Ministerial Transport

      To ask the President of the Council 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...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Public Bodies

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

    • Local Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list those local bodies which were set up under legislation which is the responsibility of his Department since May 1997.

      Dublin Bombing (1974)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what request he has received for assistance from the Irish Government's Independent Commission of Inquiry into the 1974 Dublin bombing; when the...

      Electoral Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will begin the review of the electoral and structural arrangements deriving from the Good Friday Agreement; and if he will make a statement.

      Electoral Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will next meet David Ford, leader of the Alliance party of Northern Ireland, to discuss matters relating to electoral arrangements for...

      Trial Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how long trial records are kept for those charged with terrorist acts; what difference there is between the records kept for those found (a)...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid to Afghanistan for reconstruction will be given (a) bilaterally and (b) through the European Union.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will report on the outcome of the Afghanistan Reconstruction Conference held in Tokyo on January 21 and 22, with particular...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contributions the United Kingdom (a) has made and (b) has committed itself to make to the costs of creating and supporting the...

      Departmental Expenditure (Publications)

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

      World Bank Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations she has received on replacing World Bank loans to the world's poorest countries with grants.

      Debt Reduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the role of debt reduction in achieving 2015 goals on poverty reduction.

      Volcanic Eruption, Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with the Foreign Office concerning the recent volcanic eruption in Goma; and what steps her Department is...

  • Treasury

    • Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer from the inception of the working families tax credit to date, what the average number of working days for the processing of applications for working...

    • Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many applications for working families tax credit from families in the Perth constituency in the last 12 months have not been dealt with within the...

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what has been the average sum paid out by way of compensation to applicants for working families tax credit in the Perth constituency in the last year...

      VAT (Sports and Leisure)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to introduce further relief from value added tax for local authority sport and leisure facilities; and if he will make a statement.

      Aggregates Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has discussed with the Scotland Office the implementation of the aggregates tax in Scotland.

      Budget Statement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he intends to deliver his Budget Statement.

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are claiming benefits relating to unemployment; and if he will make a statement.

      Drug Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent action he has taken to prevent and deter drug smuggling from Jamaica to the United Kingdom.

      Accidental Deaths (Children)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children died in accidents away from home, other than road deaths, in each of the last five years for which figures are available in the age groups...

      Accidental Deaths (Children)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children died in accidents in the home, other than fire, in each of the last five years for which figures are available in the age groups (a) zero...

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) individuals and (b) businesses were investigated for tax evasion in the constituency of Buckingham in each year since 1997.

      Public Works Loan Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Public Works Loan Board's interest rate on new loans is and what the rate has been in each of the last five years.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide a list of organisations whose assets have been frozen under powers taken following 11 September with the reason for the action in each...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the freezing of assets of an organisation whose administration address is a house in Leyton.

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Barnsley, East and Mexborough received the recent increase in the national minimum wage.

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Motherwell and Wishaw received the recent increase in the national minimum wage.

      Ministerial Transport

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 8 January 2002, Official Report, columns 797–98W, on employment in the Buckingham constituency, what the average figures...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many C130Ks are being used in the deployment in Afghanistan; how many flying hours per week they are flying; and whether that can be increased.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements he has made to enable parcels to be sent to forces in Afghanistan.

      Fixed-wing Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence further to his answer of 5 December 2001, Official Report, column 359W, on fixed wing aircraft, how many and what type of fixed wing aircraft there were...

      Combatants (Minimum Age)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the youngest age is at which someone can (a) join the armed forces and (b) take part in operations.

      Army Complement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) the official complement and (b) the actual numbers in post in the Army are, broken down by regiment and other section headings.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate has been made of the cost to the Armed Forces Pension Scheme of maintaining the early pension point; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to assist ex-service men who were unable to join a pension scheme during their Army careers; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) RAF and Royal Marine officers, (b) Navy officers and (c) Army officers have retired before receiving a full pension, after serving for over...

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what impact the commitment of British troops in Afghanistan will have on his plans for recruiting more Gurkhas.

      Armed Forces (Marital Status)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of serving military personnel in (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Air Force and (c) the Royal Navy are (i) single, (ii) married, (iii)...

      Plastic Baton Rounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 27 November 2001, Official Report, column 760W, on plastic baton rounds, what reasons HM forces have given for requiring...

      Plastic Baton Rounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 27 November 2001, Official Report, column 760W, on plastic baton rounds, how many plastic baton rounds have been fired in each...

      Plastic Baton Rounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many plastic baton rounds have been procured since 1981; and at what cost.

      Gulf War Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria have to be met in order for British Gulf war veterans to be eligible for compensation from the UK Government.

      Tendering Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on encouraging the employment of local contractors for new build projects on the UK mainland.

      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 married accompanied service personnel,...

      Defence Intelligence and Security Centre Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what were the conclusions and recommendations of Phase I of the Quinquennial Review of the Defence Intelligence and Security Centre Agency; how many and...

      Departmental Expenditure (Publications)

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

      Atomic Weapons Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the purpose is of AWE's Billi-G project; what its cost is; and if he will make a statement.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has decided to extend the life of the Trident warhead beyond the expected service life; and what plans he has to extend the life of the...

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost is of the inter-site transportation of components and material in the Defence Aviation Repair Agency in the last 12 months.

      Anti-tank Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the MOD's balance of investment of anti tank missiles study will be completed; and if he will make a statement.

      Anti-tank Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the existing Milan system for medium range anti-tank missiles; and if he will make a statement.

      Colchester Garrison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 21 January 2002, Official Report, column 557W, on Colchester Garrison, when the temporary living accommodation for soldiers at...

      Civilian Work Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will announce the results of his analysis of his Department's civilian work force; and what effect this will have on the age of retirement.

      Civilian Work Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures his Department has put in place to aid civilian recruitment where there is a shortage of people for the appropriate grades.

      RAF Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who owns the freehold of (a) RAF Brize Norton, and (b) RAF Lyneham.

      RAF Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what plans he has to redevelop RAF Wroughton; (2) if he will make a statement on the future of RAF Wroughton.

      RAF Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what medical equipment there is in RAF Wroughton; and what plans he has to re-deploy it elsewhere.

      Army Units (Germany)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the establishment against actual strength of British Army units in Germany; and how many requests for transfer there are for each of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what British aircraft, and how many, are patrolling the no fly zones in Iraq; and how many times they have been (a) locked on to by surface-to-air...

  • Prime Minister

    • Ian Stillman

      To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to make representations to the Indian Government with respect to the case of Ian Stillman; and if he will make a statement.

    • Single European Currency

      Tony Wright: To ask the Prime Minister if he plans to follow the precedent of the 1975 referendum on membership of the Common Market in respect of the Government's agreement to differ in a...

      Energy Review

      To ask the Prime Minister on what date he received the final report of the Energy Review from his Performance and Innovation Unit; and on what date he intends to publish the report.

      Defence Sales (India)

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he had with Indian Ministers, on his recent visit, about the United Kingdom selling (a) armaments and (b) war planes to the Indian Government.

      Lost/stolen Property

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list those items valued at more than £50 which have been stolen or lost from his office in each of the last four years.

      Camp X-Ray

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the assurances Her Majesty's Government have obtained from the Americans that those captured in Afghanistan are being humanely treated include assurances that...

      New Year Honours List

      To ask the Prime Minister how many persons in each county were (a) knighted or equivalent and (b) admitted to each rank of the orders of chivalry in the recent New Year's Honours List.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on (a) the number of UK citizens arrested in Afghanistan for alleged terrorist activity by (i)...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens have been detained by (a) United States, (b) United Front and (c) other local forces in Afghanistan;...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK is being consulted about the handling of prisoners in custody in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information British troops in Afghanistan have gathered on the fate of the women of Kabul who were taken by the fleeing...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 15 January 2002, Official Report, column 132W on Afghanistan, if he will make a statement on the...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the (a) centres at which prisoners from the conflict are being held in Afghanistan and (b) nationalities of...

      Safiyatu Hussaini

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Nigerian Government in support of Safiyatu Hussaini in advance of her appeal hearing on...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to support reform of the judiciary, police force and detention facilities in Sierra Leone.

      Western Hemisphere Institute for Security and Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to monitor the connections between the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security and Co-operation, the...

      Empty Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his estimate is of the (a) annual cost and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by (i) his Department, (ii) his...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will postpone the Brussels talks with his Spanish counterpart until proceedings on the new constitutional proposal before...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what mechanisms will be put in place to ensure a referendum in Gibraltar resulting from any bi-lateral agreement between Spain...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions are taking place with Spain to allow re-directed aircraft from Gibraltar to land in Spain.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions have taken place with Spain on (a) direct sailings of cruise ships from Gibraltar to Spain, (b) direct...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs under what statutory powers action can be taken against Spain in respect of (a) the open skies policy, (b) air safety and (c)...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions have taken place on including Gibraltar in the EU Open Skies Agreement.

      Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what legal action he plans to take against Spain about (a) mobile telephone roaming and (b) border queues.

      UK Nationals (Cuba)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if members of the UK delegation who visited the UK nationals being held by US forces in Cuba will be involved in the...

      UK Nationals (Cuba)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if UK nationals held by US forces in Cuba were informed before they left Afghanistan that they were to be taken to Cuba and of...

      UK Nationals (Cuba)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if there were United Kingdom nationals among the wounded prisoners who arrived at the US base in Cuba in the week beginning 21...

      UK Nationals (Cuba)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if members of the UK delegation who visited the UK nationals being held by US forces in Cuba discussed allegations of sensory...

      UK Nationals (Cuba)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will ensure that Parliament is kept informed on a regular basis of the conditions under which UK nationals are being held...

      UK Nationals (Cuba)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the US Government about the tribunals by which the UK nationals who are being held by US...

      UK Nationals (Cuba)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the UK Government were notified that the first planeload of prisoners to the US base for prisoners in Cuba included UK...

      UK Nationals (Cuba)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will name the officials who were members of the UK Government delegation who visited the UK nationals held by US forces in...

      UK Nationals (Cuba)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if US personnel were present at the meetings held between the UK delegation and the UK nationals being held by US forces in Cuba.

      UK Nationals (Cuba)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what charges have been laid against the UK nationals held by US forces in Cuba; whether their legal rights have been discussed...

      UK Nationals (Cuba)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from foreign Governments on the conditions in which prisoners are being held by US forces...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to name the new ambassador to Iran; and if he will make a statement.

      British Expatriates (Spain)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK citizens live permanently in Spain.

      Morocco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the Government of Morocco regarding the Spanish enclaves of (a) Ceuta and...

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made as to which Governments (a) provide support to Hamas terrorists and (b) allow Hamas to operate...

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact on the middle east peace process of the intention of the Hamas terrorist group to wage...

      Greenpeace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the case of the 17 Greenpeace activists and two journalists who were arrested near Vandenberg...

      Brussels Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what agenda has been set for future discussions under the Brussels Process; and if he will make minutes of the meeting under the...

      Al-Aqsa Brigades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the links between the Palestinian Authority and the Al-Aqsa Brigades who have claimed...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to introduce the pension credit.

    • Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures he will put in place to ensure the application procedures for the pension credit are transparent and easily understandable.

      Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the savings ratio with respect to pension schemes.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many uncancelled national insurance numbers there are in issue.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to make the new deal for young people more responsive to the needs of (a) young people and (b) employers.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps are taken to safeguard the training needs of the long-term unemployed on new deal projects when the Department terminates training...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will extend the new deal to 14 to 18-year-olds; and if he will make a statement.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have entered work through the new deal since May 1997.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to review the taper formula for occupational pensions.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on his plans to reform benefits for carers.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action he is taking to help carers.

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on progress in tackling fraud in the benefit system.

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many prosecutions his Department has authorised, pursuant to the Targeting Fraud campaign.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners holding annuities are making claims for a non-disability benefit paid by his Department.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures he plans to assist long-term unemployed people in deprived areas.

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who became 60-years-old before 25 December 2001 were not entitled to the winter fuel payment.

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people living in tenements in Scotland have received only half their winter fuel entitlement because of a computer error; what action...

      Universal Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his oral answer of 10 December 2001, Official Report, column 578, on the Universal Bank, if he will make a statement on the...

      Mining Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to enable more people in former mining communities to move off benefit and into work.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress has been made towards achieving the Government's objective of halving child poverty by 2010.

      Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to assist disabled people who wish to secure employment.

      Pension Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the new Pension Service to come into operation.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the CSA is owed in outstanding maintenance payments.

      Disability Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the number of cases brought under Parts II and III of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

      Disability Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to commission research into the effectiveness of the awards against employers and service providers for discrimination...

      Disability Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to review the use of county and sheriff courts and their jurisdiction in cases under Part III of the Disability...

      Disabled Households

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many families in the Midlothian constituency include a disabled person; how many of these families have income support as their main...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for disability living allowance were received from applicants in Perth constituency for the period 31 May 2000 to 31 May...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy in respect of a claimant in receipt of a higher rate mobility component of disability living allowance who claims...

      Stakeholder Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many reports Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority has received of companies that failed to designate a stakeholder pension in time...

      Retirement Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has to improve awareness of the need for retirement planning.

      Cervical Spondylosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to designate cervical spondylosis as a registered industrial injury.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the changes that individual benefit offices in the Jobcentre Plus areas have been asked to make to ensure they are accessible...

      Job Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what use is made of (a) Jobpoints and (b) Employer Direct for the advertisement of vacancies in Government Departments.

      Departmental Staff

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

      Retirement Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many men and women over the age of retirement are in employment; what allowances there are for men and women over the age of 60 looking to...

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Landfill Tax Credit Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which community projects based in the Buckingham constituency have benefited from the landfill tax credit scheme...

    • Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what interest liability the Railtrack administrator has incurred under the commercial loan agreement.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he estimates that increased operating costs that Railtrack has experienced post-Hatfield will have an impact on...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what powers he has to end the Railtrack administration through a refinancing package for the existing company.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made on the impact of (a) Railtrack administration and (b) the move to two year franchise...

      Rail Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many miles of railway he expects to be electrified under the 10-year plan.

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proportion of track has been inspected in each of the last five years for which records are available under...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many children died in railway accidents (a) as passengers and (b) through trespass misadventure in each of the...

      Rail Subsidy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the total (a) direct and (b) indirect projected public subsidy to the railways (i) was in each of the past five...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many (a) redeployments, (b) retirements and (c) absence of London Underground staff on medical grounds there were...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish the level of absence and the reasons for absences on each London Underground line and in total for...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the meetings he has had in the last 10 months with the Health and Safety Inspectorate to discuss...

      Departmental Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list all (a) funding resources and (b) initiatives sponsored by his Department for (i) the private sector,...

      Housing Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the advantages are of stock transfer for housing authorities under the proposed local prudential capital...

      Former Railway Routes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will protect former railway routes for future railway use.

      Rail Services (South-west)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what assessment he has made of the impact the proposed investment in rail services in the south-west will have...

      Rail Services (South-west)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent representations he has received regarding investment in branch lines in Cornwall.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 10 January 2001, Official Report, column 976W, on affordable housing, what representations...

      Waverley Station, Edinburgh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects detailed plans for the investment in Waverley station in Edinburgh will be brought forward.

      SRA Strategic Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) how much of the proposed expenditure announced in the SRA strategic plan will be spent in Scotland (a) in...

      SRA Strategic Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many of the proposals announced on 14 January in the SRA strategic plan that relate to Scotland had been...

      Airport Rail Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the rail links to Glasgow and Edinburgh airports will be completed by 2010.

      Train Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many train drivers (a) in total and (b) subdivided by train operating company worked on Britain's railways for...

      Road Fuel (Consumer Information)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans his Department has to give consumers information relating to the (a) fuel consumption and (b) carbon...

      Secure Stations Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the stations accredited as of 16 January, or the latest date for which information is available under...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions at what stage negotiations are with Meridian Delta over the sale of the Millennium Dome; when he expects negotiations...

      Deep Vein Thrombosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what financial assistance the Government have given to the World Health Organisation's study into deep vein...

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many letters his Department has received from residents of the Buckingham constituency (a) in favour and (b)...

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many mobile phone masts there were in Buckingham constituency in each of the last five years.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what powers he has to ensure that mobile telecommunication companies share masts.

      English Nature

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he plans that English Nature should remain a statutory consultee on proposed regional spatial strategies, local...

      Tenancy Deposit Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if it is his policy to continue the Tenancy Deposit Scheme.

      Overnight Parking (Residential Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to extend to smaller lorries and vans the ban on parking overnight in residential areas; and if he...

      English Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which organisations have made submissions to stage 1 of the English Partnerships review; and if he will place the...

      Campaign Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will review the eligibility of the merchant seamen who served while on convoy to Russia for a campaign medal;...

      Regional Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what the total cost to his Department was of producing regional planning guidance for the English regions; (2)...

      Train Operating Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the projected requirements are for public subsidy to the train operating companies over the period of the 10...

      National Rail Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which organisation has responsibility for taking the lead in establishing the national rail academy.

      National Rail Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his oral statement of 14 January 2002, Official Report, columns 30–5w, what progress has been made...

      National Rail Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects the proposed national rail academy to commence operations.

      Low-cost Airlines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has made to the German Government about access to the German marketplace for low-cost airlines.

      European Interoperability Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many stations would require alteration works to enable Britain to comply fully with European interoperability...

      Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which UK ports levy port charges; and what the level of the fees is in each case.

      St. Kevin's Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will review Knowsley borough council's proposals for St. Kevin's playing fields in Kirkby following changes to...

      Council Housing (Birmingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what information he has collated on the average (a) market value based on right to buy sales, (b) adjusted vacant...

      Neighbourhood Renewal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment has been made by the Government of the administrative requirements on voluntary and community...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what powers he has to intervene in planning proposals in cases where he has already made a determination on outline...

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to amend the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988.

      Road Signage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to issue new guidance on road signage to (a) the Highways Agency and (b) other highway authorities.

      Urban Stock Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his policy is on help towards debt breakage costs for urban stock transfers; and what plans he has to change it.

      Green Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if it is the Government's policy to allow the re-use of green waste on farms without a requirement for planning...

      Local Government Finance Report (England) 2002–03

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received on the local government finance settlement for 2002–03; and what...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Gender Pay Gap (Northern Region)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the ratio of female to male earnings in the northern region.

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she expects to answer the letter of 28 December from the hon. Member for Erith and Thamesmead regarding tobacco smuggling and the...

      Tanzania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received from the International Civil Aviation Organization on Tanzania's export control licences.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of (a) first and (b) second class mail was delivered within the target time in the (i) UK, (ii) HP postcode area and (iii) MK...

      Post Office Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Gordon (Malcolm Bruce) of 19 December 2001, Official Report, column 1034W, on sub-post offices,...

      Post Office Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of Consignia's strategic plan to close post offices in rural communities; and if she will make a statement.

      Post Office Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) post offices and (b) sub-post offices there are at present in Britain; how many post offices and sub-post offices have closed...

      Post Office Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will publish the strategic plan for the future of the post office network recently submitted to her by Consignia; what proposals are...

      Business Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many businesses used business links in each year since 1995, broken down by region; and how many of these inquiries were the result of...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was (a) the total bill for salaries and expenses for board members, (b) the administrative operating costs for each and (c) the total...

      Fixed Term Work Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her plans to implement the European directive on fixed term work.

      Government Payment Performance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the average number of days from the date of invoice to date of payment taken by Government Departments and...

      Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many new regulatory measures in relation to business the Government have introduced in the last year; and how many have ceased to have effect.

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her estimate is of the net change in employment levels in the telecommunications and telecommunications equipment industries in 2002.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to ensure that by 2005 Britain will have the most competitive and extensive broadband network in the G7.

      Recruitment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of recruitment agencies specialise in (a) IT recruitment, (b) secretarial recruitment, (c) health care recruitment and (d)...

      Recruitment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the Recruitment and Employment Confederation has withdrawn support for the proposals in the draft regulations on the Conduct of Employment...

      Recruitment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many representations her Department has received on her proposals for quarantine periods in the legislative framework governing agency...

      Recruitment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which individuals and organisations will be invited to respond to the further consultation on the draft Conduct of Employment Agencies and...

      Recruitment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what studies her Department has conducted into the length of time an IT professional placed through a personal services agency must be in post...

      Recruitment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to exempt from the draft Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business Regulations those temporary staff who...

      Recruitment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to meet representatives of the Association of Technology Staffing Companies during the further consultation period for the...

      Recruitment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she will make a statement on the length of time it has taken to draft the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business...

      Recruitment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recommendations the Better Regulation Task Force has made on revising the existing Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business...

      Recruitment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with the Recruitment and Employment Federation on the temporary recruitment industry.

      Icelandic Trawlermen (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims for compensation have been paid to former Icelandic trawlermen, since her Department's decision on the post-79 issue; and how...

      Icelandic Trawlermen (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many payments have been made to former Icelandic trawlermen; and what the total amount of compensation claims paid is, broken down in each...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact of the national minimum wage in the (a) Cleethorpes and (b) Grimsby constituency.

      Faulty Goods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to introduce legislation to require retailers and manufacturers to repair faulty goods within a given time scale; and if...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total sum is of (a) premiums received by the Export Credits Guarantee Department, and (b) claims paid out by the Export Credits...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 10 December 2001, Official Report, column 671W, on public appointments, if she will list the bodies with the names...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 18 January 2001, Official Report, column 508W, on departmental expenditure, if she will state the calculation by...

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her estimate is of the net cost of the climate change levy to the manufacturing sector.

      Government Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Government's policy is regarding credit checking its supplier companies and traders.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Transfer of Functions

      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...

  • Home Department

    • Council Tax (Police Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list, by police authority, the police element of council tax per head for each year since 1995–96 and the percentage change...

    • Police Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how he plans to allocate police grant in 2002–03; and what the final funding allocations for police authorities will be for that year.

      Mi5

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many MI5 files were extant at 31 December 2001; how many were categorised as (a) green, (b) amber and (c) red in each category; and how...

      Immigration Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) individuals and (b) organisations giving immigration advice for profit are (i) registered and (ii) in the process of registering...

      Immigration Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) individuals and (b) organisations giving immigration advice for profit have been refused registration with the Office of the...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff were employed by the National Probation Service by division and function (a) on the last date for which figures are available...

      Either-way Criminal Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the either-way criminal offences; and if he will make a statement.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his plans to extend the interim regulations for the support of asylum seekers for another two years.

      Skilled Migrant Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his plans to attract skilled foreign workers to the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Police Personnel Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the quality of data in recent police personnel statistics publications.

      Ministerial Group on the Family

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the Ministerial Group on the Family has met since (a) its formation, (b) the publication of Supporting Families and (c) 7 June...

      Family Visitor Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the net annual income is from family visitor appeals in the first year of its operation.

      Police (Early Retirement)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on Government policy towards police officers taking early retirement while disciplinary charges are pending.

      Violence Against Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps have been taken to include violence against women in his Department's recent policy initiatives on violent crime.

      Police Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Police Federation on proposals to change the pension provisions for police officers.

      Police Terms and Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with the Association of Chief Police Officers on the terms and conditions for the employment of police...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the level of youth crime in the London borough of Havering.

      Children (Supervision Orders)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children who are the subject of supervision orders issued by each local authority in England and Wales are resident in institutions...

      Police Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact of his proposal to reduce police officers' enhanced overtime rates on the morale of frontline officers.

      Nuclear Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reviews of the preparedness for terrorist attack against (a) chemical industry plants and (b) nuclear industry facilities have been...

      Chief Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the length of service as chief constable is of each chief constable in England.

      Crime Fighting Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Crime Fighting Fund officers were projected to be allocated to Hampshire in 2001–02; how many officers were allocated; how...

      Domestic Violence (Buckingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of domestic violence were investigated by the police in the Buckingham constituency in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001.

      Security Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what have been the costs of extra activities undertaken by his Department in connection with events following the 11 September terrorist...

      Police Numbers (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish (a) the most recent figures, (b) the figures for May 1997 based on the old boundaries and (c) estimated figures for May...

      Advertising Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the advertising campaigns commissioned by his Department since May 1997, showing for each (a) its objectives, (b) its...

      CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will offer separate funding for local closed circuit television schemes apart from the Safer Communities Initiative.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Jane Coker Case

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the total cost was for all Departments arising from the case of Jane Coker v. The Lord Chancellor considered by (a) the...

    • Jane Coker Case

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department for what reason there was no application for costs on her behalf in the case of Jane Coker.

      Colchester Magistrates Court

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when the new courthouse at Colchester will be opened.

      Colchester Magistrates Court

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement about the upgrading of cells at Colchester magistrates court; what the cost involved is; and when he...

      Shared Residency Orders

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many families in the UK in each of the last three years have been granted shared residency orders in cases where parents have...

      Census Website

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement about the initial performance of the 1901 Census website.

      Waltham Forest Court

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when it is proposed to notify the hon. Member for Leyton and Wanstead of the closure of Waltham Forest court; for what reason the...

      Electoral Documentation

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what steps her Department has taken to provide an audit trail when marked registers are sent from the returning officers to her...

      Saville Inquiry

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what costs have been incurred by the Lord Chancellor's Department in connection with the Saville inquiry; and what her estimate is...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Civil Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many Civil Service staff are on loan from each of the devolved Administrations to UK Government Departments, broken down by UK Government Departments; and...

    • Civil Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the progress which has been made in delivering the strategy to increase the numbers of (a) women and (b) ethnic minorities in...

      Saville Inquiry

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what costs have been incurred by his Department to date in connection with the Saville inquiry; and what his estimate is of the final cost to his Department.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what account is taken of political affiliation in making appointments to non-departmental public bodies.

      Arms Sales (BAE Systems)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received from BAE Systems concerning the sale of arms to (a) South Africa and (b) India.

      Arms Sales (BAE Systems)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to visit India; and if he will raise the issue of BAE Systems bid to supply Hawk jets with his Indian counterpart.

      Ministerial Properties

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the properties used by Ministers for (a) residential and (b) business purposes that are owned by Government organisations.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Industrial Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the latest figures for working days lost through industrial action within her Department and its agencies...

    • Environmental Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the progress FTSE 350 companies had made by the end of 2001 towards reporting on their...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many instances there were in each English region in each month since June 2000 of (a) HEES and (b) HEES Plus grant being...

      England Rural Development Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list those companies which have received processing and marketing grants under the England Rural Development...

      EU Environment Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the outcome was of the Environment Council held in Brussels on 29 October; what the Government's stance was on each...

      Litter Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what changes she plans to make to allow local authorities more easily to issue on-the-spot fines for litter.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what rules govern whether waste may be (a) composted and (b) directly applied on farms without (i) planning permission and...

      Food Labelling (GMOs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will support the European proposal not to label foods that contain up to one per cent. of an unapproved GM variety in...

      Packaging Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what monitoring is taking place for the application of revenues from packaging waste exports.

      Packaging Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what controls are being applied to monitor the quality of packaging waste exports.

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if it is her policy to ensure that radioactive waste arising from the reprocessing of spent fuel for overseas customers under...

      Nitrate Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of research results which have shown that nitrate does not cause eutrophication in rivers and...

      Farming and Food Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government expects the Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food to publish its report.

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will consult on revised statutory guidance to the Environment Agency.

      Home Energy Conservation Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will propose amendments to the Home Energy Conservation Bill to give powers to the National Assembly for Wales for the...

  • Education and Skills

    • Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many investigations there have been to date into fraud by individual learning account holders.

    • Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when access to the ILA website for providers of ILA courses will be restored.

      Theft and Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills 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.

      Theft and Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her estimate is of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in each...

      Standard Spending Assessment (Cambridgeshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list for Cambridgeshire (a) the difference between the education department budget and that county's education service block SSA...

      White Hart Lane School, Tottenham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what grants she has made to the White Hart Lane school in Tottenham to teach pupils in languages other than English; and if she will make a...

      Modern Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the development of Modern Apprenticeships.

      LEA Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will provide additional 100 per cent. funded grants to local education authorities within the F40 Groups.

      Special Education Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make additional funds available to compensate for the costs of supplying services to special needs children in sparsely...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools have been granted specialist status on the basis of their first application for such status (a) in total and (b) in each...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) joint and (b) associated applications for specialist school status have been received since May 1997; and how many of these...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many bids for specialist school status have been received from each local education authority area since May 1997; what proportion of...

      Central Pupil Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) which organisations and individuals will have access to the personal details of pupils stored on the central pupil database; (2) who...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which constituencies have no higher education establishments within their boundaries.

      Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the administrative cost was of those functions of her Department concerned with schools in each year since 1997; and how much that sum...

      Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the administrative cost was of those functions of her Department concerned with (a) further and (b) higher education in each year since...

      Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the administrative cost was of those functions of her Department concerned with early years in each year since 1997; and how much that...

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the administrative cost was of those functions of her Department concerned with adult education and basic skills in each year since...

      Student Profiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the social class breakdown was in 2001 of students who (a) applied for and (b) were successful in obtaining places on degree courses at...

      Special Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list (a) the name and corresponding local education authority of each school placed under special measures since May 1997 and...

      Financial Resources and Initiatives (Dorset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the financial resources and initiatives sponsored by her Department in the last 12 months for Dorset which are additional...

      Direct Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the direct grants for schools in north Lincolnshire and north-east Lincolnshire in (a) 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02.

      Standards Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the Standards Funds received by schools in north Lincolnshire and north-east Lincolnshire for the years (a) 2000–01...

      Standards Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2002, Official Report, columns 587–89W, on Standard Funds, if she will list the amounts...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average (a) class size and (b) pupil:teacher ratio in (i) primary schools and (ii) secondary schools in (A) Yeovil constituency,...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average pupil:teacher ratios for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools were for each of the shire counties in the last year for...

      Pupil Referral and Learning Support Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 8 January 2002, Official Report, column 713W, on pupil referral and learning support units, how many people are...

      Early Learning Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 5 December 2001, Official Report, column 415W, how many new free part-time early learning places will be made...

      Pupil Achievement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of pupils achieved Level 5 or above at Key Stage 3 (a) in England and (b) from schools based in the Buckingham constituency...

      Pupil Achievement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of pupils achieved Level 2 or above at Key Stage 1 (a) in England and (b) from schools based in the Buckingham constituency...

      Departmental Expenditure (Publications)

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

      Assaults on Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 19 December 2001, Official Report, column 402W, how many assaults there were on teachers in each LEA in each year...

      Education Spending (Portsmouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the Portsmouth local education authority spending on education (a) above SSA per pupil for the primary and secondary...

      Teachers (Returners' Bonus)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money has been allocated for returners' bonuses for people returning to the teaching profession.

      Standard Spending Assessment (Swindon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what Swindon's SSA per pupil for (i) post-16 and (ii) four-year-olds was for 1997–98 to 2002–03; and what the average figures...

      Student Financing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will compensate students and former students who started their degrees in the years 1998 to 2002, if the review of student financing...

      School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the study of post-16 school transport arrangements was completed; what indications it gave as to the number of education authorities...

      Deregulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what deregulatory measures have been taken by the DFEE and the DFES in each of the last five years.

      Coalfield Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to extend education maintenance allowances to each English coalfield area.

      Golden Jubilee

      Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans there are to give school children a commemorative mug to mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

      School Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools have closed since 1997.

      School Pupils (Extended Holidays)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) legislation and (b) guidance requires a head teacher to take off a school's roll pupils taking extended holidays outside the United...

      Examination Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent communications she has had from (a) the Edexcel examination board and (b) the QCA about (i) that board's history A-level...

      Examination Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many complaints and appeals were lodged with the Edexcel examinations board relating to the A-level history (syllabus code 9267)...

      Examination Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what performance targets she sets and performance standards she expects of examination boards; when they were last reviewed; and what...

      Examination Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average time taken by each examination board to handle appeals and requests for re-marking was in the last 12 months.

      FE Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the implications for FE colleges of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

      FE Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to change the proportion of own resources further education colleges have to find for large capital projects.

      FE Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will review the levels of auditing and evaluation to which FE is subject to.

      Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on how schools are marking Holocaust Memorial Day.

  • Health

    • Performance Ratings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on NHS trusts given a zero star rating in the 2000–01 NHS performance ratings.

    • Hospital Waiting Lists (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list each month since March 1997 when in-patient waiting lists in the mid Essex hospital trust area have been lower than in March 1997.

      Hospital Waiting Lists (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects in-patient waiting lists in the mid Essex hospital trust area to fall below the level of March 1997.

      Long-term Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the number of pensioners in resident nursing homes receiving expense allowances of £16.05 or less in (a) Great Britain and (b)...

      Long-term Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) residential and (b) nursing home care (i) were self-funders, (ii) paid a proportion of the cost toward their care and (iii) had all...

      Long-term Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on changes in bed numbers in the care home sector in Worcestershire since 1997.

      Long-term Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 16 January 2002, Official Report, column 379W, on residential nursing home beds, how many residential and nursing home beds...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 18 January 2002, Official Report, column 545W, on correspondence, when he transferred the letter referred to to the Secretary...

      Meat Hygiene Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the numbers of meat hygiene service staff available in abattoirs in the south- west.

      CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the relevant data available to his Department which have not been made available to the CJD Incidents Panel.

      CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if it was his intention, when commissioning the study by Dr. David Hurrell on hospital sterilisation procedures, to publish its findings; (2) for...

      CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will publish the letter of the 28 September from the Head of NHS estates to Dr. Hurrell; (2) if he will publish correspondence between the...

      Schizophrenia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people living in the community with schizophrenia are on long-term medication.

      Social Services Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of preparing and producing the new Social Work and Social Care website.

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he will ensure that chief executives designate of the new strategic health authorities involve local communities and primary care trusts in the...

      Hearing Aid Services Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health from what date the Hillingdon/Harrow health trust will be included in the modernising NHS Hearing Aid Services Project.

      Ashworth Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many incidents of assault by members of staff at Ashworth hospital on (a) patients of Ashworth hospital, (b) visitors to Ashworth hospital and (c)...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of PFI contracts made by his Department where an amount in excess of 90 per cent. of the capital value of the...

      General Practitioners (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioner vacancies there are in (a) Tendring primary care trust and (b) Colchester PCT.

      Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to address barriers to effective implementation of Government policy on age discrimination; (2) if he will implement the...

      Children's Rights Director

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to his answer of 1 May 2001, Official Report, column 575W, on the Children's Rights Director, what the terms of reference are of the position of...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what further action he is taking to help carers.

      Neurological Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made with preparing the National Service Framework for neurological conditions; and if he will make a statement.

      Pulmonary Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many pulmonary rehabilitation centres there are in England and Wales; (2) what his policy is on the provision of pulmonary rehabilitation...

      Pulmonary Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the training of specialist respiratory nurses and physiotherapists.

      Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to allow continuous statistical comparisons to be made between (a) existing health authorities, (b) new primary care trusts and...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the age standardised mortality rates for all cancers for men and women in each health authority in England were in each year since 1995.

      Electromagnetic Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the letter from the Under-Secretary, the hon. Member of Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette Cooper), of 20 December 2001 (ref POH (3)5653/13),...

      MMR Inoculations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many letters he has received on MMR inoculations from residents of the Buckingham constituency.

      NHS Trusts (Foundation Status Applications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether NHS trusts seeking foundation status will be permitted to hire the services of management consultants, accountants, valuers and other professions...

      NHS Trusts (Foundation Status Applications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many civil servants he expects will be deployed on assessing applications by NHS trusts for foundation status.

      Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 18 January 2002, Official Report, column 530W, on social workers, how many social services staff were agency and temporary...

      Health Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 16 January 2002, Official Report, column 376W, on health care funding, how much funding for health care per patient there was...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the additional expenditure incurred by general practitioners who have registered significant numbers of asylum seekers as...

      Physiotherapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he is taking to ensure that numbers of physiotherapists working in the NHS rises from 15,600 to 24,800 between 2000 and 2009; and if he will...

      Overseas Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimates he has made of the cost of treating patients sent abroad for treatment until the end of March 2002; (2) if he will publish the...

  • House of Lords

    • Speed Limits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether John Denham is correctly reported to have said that, "our aim is not to catch speeding motorists"; if so, whether they intend to enforce any speed limits;...

    • Cohesive Communities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action is being pursued, and by whom, in order to tackle the adverse effects of emerging racial segregation occurring in some towns and cities.

      British Crime Survey: Victims of Racist Crimes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have undertaken victim satisfaction surveys of victims of racist crimes; and, if so, whether they will publish the results of the surveys.

      Suspected Terrorists: Decisions on Extradition to Stand Trial

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 17 January (WA 171), whether they consider that they are under international obligations to ensure that...

      Northern Ireland: Aggregates Tax Levy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to suspend the aggregates tax levy in Northern Ireland, considering that area's geographical circumstances.[HL2396]

      Northern Ireland: Aggregates Tax Levy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they will ensure that sufficient resources are available in Northern Ireland to ensure that the aggregates tax levy is imposed.

      Northern Ireland: Aggregates Tax Levy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the imposition of the aggregates tax levy in Northern Ireland is contributing towards a more dynamic economy and a cleaner environment.

      Scotland: Personal Care for Elderly People

      asked Her Majesty's Government What financial assistance they are giving to the Scottish Executive in the plan to make free in Scotland, from 1 July, personal care for elderly people in their own...

      Scotland: Animal Health Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to persuade the Scottish Executive to introduce, in the near future, legislation relating to the control of foot and mouth disease in...

      Common Land

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the White Paper on common land.

      Common Land

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to publish draft regulations on vehicular access over common land in accordance with Section 68 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

      Marine Environment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to organise a comprehensive survey of the United Kingdom continental shelf and to strengthen sustained marine science and monitoring...

      Marine Environment

      asked Her Majesty's Government What action they are taking to clarify the roles of statutory agencies with respect to the marine environment and to harmonise their monitoring and information...

      Marine Environment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to establish a unified marine planning system to manage the demands of existing and proposed activities which affect the marine...

      Marine Environment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure a strategic environmental assessment of all relevant plans, policies and programmes, including those for fisheries, which...

      Water Framework Directive and Devolved Coastal Management Strategies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure consistency in devolved coastal management strategies and the implementation of the Water Framework Directive in consultation...

      Abandoned Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What rules apply to the removal from public highways of burned-out and other demonstrably abandoned vehicles; where responsibility lies, including that for the...

      Rural Payments Agency:Risk Management Plan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make public their comprehensive Payments Agency risk management plan, which is due to be completed by 31 March 2002.

      Environment Agency:Revised Statutory Guidance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will consult on revised statutory guidance to the Environment Agency.

      Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food: Publication of Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When do the government expect the Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food to publish its report.

      Parades Commission for Northern Ireland: Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to publish the results of the review of the Parades Commission for Northern Ireland; and in what form.

      Drumcree

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What their current plans are to reach an agreed solution to the continuing issue of Drumcree; and whether they consider there is sufficient urgency in reaching...

      Drumcree

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What level of consultation and co-operation they have sought from the Government of the Republic of Ireland in seeking a solution to the Drumcree issue.

      Drumcree

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have given sufficient reassurance to those engaged in the commercial and social life of Portadown about their efforts to resolve the Drumcree...

      Northern Ireland: Proposed Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the presentations made by the Ulster Unionist Party and Arts for All on a proposed Bill of Rights to the Northern Ireland Human Rights...

      Zimbabwe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Amos on 21 January, whether the President of the Council of the European Union received the letter from the...

      Convention on the future of Europe:UK Government's Representative

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who the Government will appoint as the National Government Representative to the Convention on the Future of Europe.

      Commonwealth War Graves: Pilckem Ridge

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of Belgium in respect of the proposed road construction at Pilckem Ridge, part of the Ypres Salient in the...

      Commonwealth War Graves: Pilckem Ridge

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the Government of Belgium concerning the plans of the Flemish regional government to construct a road system related to the A19...

      Royal Air Force Hercules C130K Fleet

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current planned retirement date for the Royal Air Force's Hercules C130K fleet; and whether Jane's Defence Weekly of 27 June 2001 is correct in...

      Taliban and Al'Qaeda Militants Captured in Afghanistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Taliban and Al'Qaeda militants were captured in Afghanistan with the direct involvement of Her Majesty's Armed Forces and are currently detained by forces...

      Taliban and Al'Qaeda Militants Captured in Afghanistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, as at 15 January, they are detaining any Taliban and Al'Qaeda militants captured in Afghanistan.

      Lord Birt: Forward Strategy Unit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the role and responsibility of the Lord Birt in relation to the preparation of a government transport strategy; and how this relates to: (a) the...

      West Coast Main Line

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps are being taken to finalise work on (a) track and (b) signal repairs on the West Coast Main Line.

      West Coast Main Line

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many stations are to be upgraded on the West Coast Main Line.

      Southport Station

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans there are to upgrade Southport rail terminals.

      Taxi Occupant Fatalities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many (a) drivers and (b) passengers in taxis have been killed in accidents during the last five years for which records are available; and how many and what...

      Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Strategic Rail Authority will be the project manager for the re-opening of the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine railway; and, if not, who will be.

      State Pension

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage and number of (a) men and (b) women who are eligible for a state pension are entitled to receive the full basic state pension; and What percentage...

      Communications Data Protection and Privacy Directive: Website Operators' Use of Cookies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are confident that the privacy in electronics communications directive will, in its final form, allow the use of cookies; and, if so, what...

      Wales: Wind Power Stations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations were received by the Minister for Energy from the National Assembly for Wales before granting his consent for the erection of the Cefn Croes...

      Wales: Wind Power Stations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what statutory basis the Minister for Energy was permitted to grant consent for the Cefn Croes wind power station in mid Wales.

      Wales: Wind Power Stations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the assessment of environmental impact including visual pollution considered by the Minister for Energy before granting consent for the...

      Wales: Wind Power Stations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make it their policy to devolve to the National Assembly for Wales the process whereby all decisions are reached upon proposals for the erection...

      Wales: Wind Power Stations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will have a policy for the protection of the Welsh landscape in light of the increasing number of proposals for the erection of wind power stations in...

      Northern Ireland:Gas Transportation Tariff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the effects of the increase in gas transportation tariff on Northern Ireland was discussed when the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry met...

      Broadband Fixed Wireless Licences in the 28GHz Spectrum

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many bids for broadband fixed wireless licences in the 28GHz spectrum have been received by the Radiocommunications Agency in the three months since the...

      Broadband Fixed Wireless Licences in the 28GHz Spectrum

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the reserve limit for bids for broadband fixed wireless licences in the 28GHz spectrum.

      Mineworkers' Compensation: Emphysema and Bronchitis Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) how many applications for compensation under the emphysema and bronchitis scheme for mineworkers or former mineworkers have resulted in full or transitional...

      Ownership of Cultural Property:1970 UNESCO Convention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to complete the procedures for the ratification by the United Kingdom of the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting the Illicit...

      Piers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many seaside resorts still maintain piers; how many of those piers are listed buildings or structures and how many piers have received grants from public funds...

      Children's Television Viewing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether parents should be responsible for the television viewing of their children; and, if so, what action they are taking to establish whether or not their...

      Images of England Website

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is English Partnerships's intention that pictures of all listed properties, regardless of whether or not they are open to the public, should be placed...

      Images of England Website

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the proposed intention of English Partnerships to place pictures of all listed properties on the Images of England website, regardless of whether or not...

      Abortion Act 1967

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 13 November (WA 69), how they believe disability and non-disability can be valued equally when...

      Chiropodists

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information the Department of Health has on the range of conditions treated by: (a) state registered chiropodists; and (b) unregistered chiropodists.

      Chiropodists

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many individuals declared chiropody or podiatry to be their main occupation in the census conducted in 2001; and, if this information is not yet available,...

      vCJD

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the total expenditure from public funds on (a) research into vCJD and (b) treatment of patients with vCJD, in each of the past 10 years.

      Embryonic Stem Cell Research

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 13 December 2001 (WA 235) and 17 December (WA 23), whether those individuals who donated embryos...

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