Written answers

Friday, 1 February 2002

  • Prime Minister

    • Public Relations Consultants

      To ask the Prime Minister how much was spent by his office on external public relations consultants in each of the last four years.

    • Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has for special envoys to represent him on visits to (a) Latin America and (b) Asia.

      Deputy Prime Minister

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement defining the duties of the Deputy Prime Minister.

      RMT

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on Her Majesty's Government's relationship with the RMT union.

      Lords-lieutenant

      To ask the Prime Minister what criteria he uses to appoint (a) lords-lieutenant and (b) deputy lords-lieutenant; if he will list the names of deputy lords-lieutenant for each county; and what his...

      Lords-lieutenant

      To ask the Prime Minister how many lords-lieutenant he has appointed for each county since assuming this responsibility.

      Commissioner for Public Appointments

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the Commissioner for Public Appointments is to be reappointed at the end of her term.

      Performance and Innovation Unit

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish the remit given to the Performance and Innovation Unit to make a study of the Government's sport strategy.

  • Wales

    • Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the total external spend by his Department was on Private Finance Initiative consultants in each of the last four years; how many full-time equivalent...

    • Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of the departmental expenditure limit in 2001–02 will be accounted for by salary costs and pension contributions.

      National Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has (a) to help promote the National Assembly for Wales, (b) to help improve communications between the National Assembly for Wales and...

      Departmental Leave Entitlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what has been the average annual leave entitlement of staff in his Department in each of the last four years.

  • Home Department

    • Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the public service agreement target for bench marking a single unit cost measure for operational work to establish an interim figure by...

    • Video Recordings (Criminal Prosecutions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what use is made of video recordings made on public transport vehicles in the prosecution of criminal offences including traffic offences by...

      Community Group Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what initiatives the Government have taken to (a) reorganise and (b) simplify access to state funded competitive grant schemes for (i)...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in each London borough in each three month period since their introduction.

      Mobile Phone Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will compel mobile telephony companies to register the user's home address, e-mail and landline telephone number on their SIM cards.

      Police Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the terms of reference of the Review of Police Use of Firearms being undertaken by the Police Complaints Authority will enable its...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people were charged with offences relating to the misuse of fireworks in the last six months; (2) how many complaints were...

      Police Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the proposed introduction of (a) threshold payments, (b) special priority payments and (c) bonus payments to...

      Speeding Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total sum obtained from speeding fines in the last year for which figures are available was; and what the figures were in each of...

      Gerald Mutketiwa

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has received on the treatment of Zimbabwean citizen, Mr. Gerald Mutketiwa, subsequent to his deportation of 16 December;...

      CCTV (Uxbridge)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many CCTV schemes are operating in the Uxbridge constituency.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many answers to parliamentary questions have not been answered by her Department under exemption 13 of the Code of Practice on...

    • Departmental Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff in her Department have been seconded to jobs in the (a) private and (b) public sector in each of the last four years.

      Departmental Salary Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of the departmental expenditure limit in 2001–02 will be accounted for by salary costs and pension contributions.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to review (a) disability living allowance and (b) carer's allowance for sufferers of autism and their families.

    • Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will allow all pensioners and benefit recipients automatic entitlement to a post office card account on conversion to automated credit...

  • International Development

    • Remuneration

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

    • Anti-personnel Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps her Department has taken to promote the convention on the prohibition of the use, stockpiling, production and...

      Tanzania

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what work her Department is undertaking to help improve the standard of school facilities in Tanzania.

      Departmental Salary Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of the departmental expenditure limit in 2001–02 will be accounted for by salary costs and pension contributions.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether there are United Kingdom-sponsored aid workers operating in areas of Afghanistan subject to recent attacks with cluster bombs;...

      Departmental Leave Entitlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what has been the average annual leave entitlement of staff in her Department in each of the last four years.

  • House of Commons

    • Statutory Instruments

      To ask the President of the Council whether the Government intend to improve the explanatory material supplied with statutory instruments.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on progress in the replacement of slam-door rolling stock on the railways.

    • New Train Routes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many proposals for new train routes have been presented to his officials from London local authorities in the...

      New Train Routes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what investment in new train lines is planned in each of the next five years within London.

      Rail Passenger Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) how much new money has been allocated to the rail passenger partnership in the SRA strategic plan; (2) what...

      Rail Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much investment took place in the railways in each year between 1991 and 1997; and how much was met by public funds.

      Rail Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the total level of private investment, less public expenditure supporting private investment, was in the...

      Rail Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what is the total spending on the railways each year between 2001–02 to 2010–11 as (a) allocated in the...

      Channel Tunnel Freight Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many freight services used the channel tunnel in each month since January 2000.

      Train Operating Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps his Department has taken to ensure that money received in payments from train operating companies is...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether he has received representations from parties other than Railtrack about the funding provision for Control...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 11 December 2001, Official Report, column 784W, on minimum track standards, what...

      Train Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many drivers were employed on the railways (a) immediately before privatisation and (b) at the most recent date...

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what parts of Crossrail he estimates can be implemented while Railtrack is in administration.

      Rail 10-year Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list those projects in the SRA 10-year plan that he estimates can be implemented while Railtrack is in...

      Leominster Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he plans to install disabled access to the southbound platform at Leominster station.

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the legislation which allows the prosecution of (a) train operating companies, (b) train drivers and...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the (a) date, (b) location and (c) level of penalty of all incidents of signals passed at danger that...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 10 December 2001, Official Report, column 586W, on rail safety, whether the supervision of...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps (a) his Department and (b) the Health and Safety Executive have taken to reduce the total number of...

      Railway Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the roles are of each member of staff within his Department with (a) total or (b) partial responsibility for...

      Railway Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what changes (1) have taken place since June 2001 in the (a) role, (b) organisation, (c) structures and (d) staff...

      Automatic Train Protection Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many trains were fitted with automatic train protection systems in (a) January 2001, (b) July 2001 and (c)...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many meetings he had with London Underground in December 2001.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when Transport for London is expected to take over the running of London Underground.

      Transport Projects (Uxbridge)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what transport infrastructure projects have been given formal approval since 1997 which affect the Uxbridge...

      Railways (Speed Restrictions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many speed restrictions were in place on the rail network in each week since 23 October 2000 in (a) Great Britain...

      Central Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many households were without central heating by region expressed as an (a) percentage and (b) total number,...

      Ministerial Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 29 January 2002, Official Report, column 181W, if he will list the occasions he used the...

      Widford Bridge (Chelmsford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his reply of 24 January 2002, Official Report, column 1046W, on Widford Bridge, if he will increase the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received from the Iranian Government in relation to the UK's proposed new appointment for...

    • Brussels Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 28 January 2002, Official Report, column 37W, on the Brussels Process, if he will place the minutes...

      Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the responsibilities of Ministers in his Department.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times Spanish fishing vessels have infringed upon Gibraltar's fishing waters; how many times action has been taken...

  • Defence

    • Service Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the proportion of (a) non-pensionable specialist pay and (b) basic pay is as a proportion of total remuneration for all service men and women.

    • Empty Properties

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

      Armed Forces (Marital Status)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Air Force and (c) the Royal Navy have changed from Maristat One in (i) 1999–2000, (ii)...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the ability of the Royal Navy to meet its commitments when HMS Sheffield goes into reserve in 2003.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to replace HMS Coventry.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason the fleet has been reduced to 31 ships.

      Service Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) establishment and (b) current strength is of (i) 1 East of England Regiment, (ii) the Royal Marine Reserve, (iii) the RNR/RNVR, (iv) the...

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many compensation claims from his Department's ex-service personnel for asbestos-related diseases contracted before 1987 have been refused (a) in...

      Recruitment and Wastage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the numbers of servicemen who have left at each stage after initial recruitment and before being added to trained strength...

      Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what studies have been carried out by his Department into alternatives to cluster munitions for replacement of the BL 755 when it reaches the end of its...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether guidance on the handling of prisoners in Afghanistan is issued by each coalition member for its own armed forces; and what standardisation has...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance has been given to HM forces on the status to be given to any persons they capture and detain in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the guidance on the handling of prisoners in Afghanistan issued by his Department takes into account the 1977 Additional Protocols to the 1949...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether members of Her Majesty's armed forces are operating in areas of Afghanistan subject to recent attacks with cluster bombs; and what guidance has...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether guidance on the handling of prisoners in Afghanistan was updated after the uprising at Qala-I-Jhangi fort.

      Asraam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what extra expenditure has been incurred by his Department as a result of the failure of the advanced short-range air-to-air missile to achieve its...

      Asraam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the series of improved software releases to enhance MBDA's advanced short-range air-to-air missile will cost; when the final improved software...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the UK owns nuclear weapons other than the SLBMs.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what US nuclear weapons are in the United Kingdom.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of a replacement to the Trident deterrent when it goes out of service.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many SLBMs the UK owns; and how many warheads are contained in each missile.

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent meetings he has had with European colleagues regarding US National Missile Defence.

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the US National Missile Defence.

      NCOs (Premature Voluntary Release)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many NCOs who had applied for premature voluntary release had not left the Army as at 1 December 2001.

      Astute Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the projected in-service dates of the new Astute Class of fleet attack submarines for the Royal Navy are.

      Armoured Vehicles

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

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions since 1 January 2001 British aircraft have been involved in air to ground action over Iraq.

      War Widows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to change arrangements which enable war widows to visit the graves of their husbands overseas; and if he will make a statement.

      Computer Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what work his Department has undertaken to explain the reasons for the change in the level of computer theft over the past five years.

      Naval Incident (24 January)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the incident involving a Spanish Government vessel and a British naval vessel on 24 January.

      Combat Effectiveness Gender Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will publish the outcome of the Gender Study; and if he will make a statement.

      International Security Assistance Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what terms of engagement the International Security Assistance Force will operate under; and if he will make a statement.

      Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the cost of transporting two Tornados to the Falklands by (a) Antonov 124 and (b) C-17; what assessment he has made of the...

      Defence Evaluation and Research Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the staff budget is for DERA in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland; what the value of DERA's total assets is; and what percentage of the assets are...

      Procurement Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total expenditure is for procurement for each of the services; and how much of the procurement budget for each is spent in Scotland.

      Procurement Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent in defence procurement in the last year for which figures are available in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements have been made with Paymaster to ensure that all recipients of armed forces pensions can receive benefits in cash from April 2000.

      Defence Agencies (Assets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list defence agencies and (a) the total value of their fixed assets and (b) the value of their fixed assets in Scotland.

      Atomic Weapons Establishments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people are employed at each of the atomic weapons establishments in the UK.

      HMNB Clyde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) civil and (b) military personnel are employed at HMNB Clyde.

      Defence Industry (Employment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how his Department calculates the number of people employed (a) in and (b) by defence and defence- related industries in the regions of the UK; what...

      Royal Dockyards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) civilian and (b) military personnel are employed at (i) the Royal Dockyard, Rosyth and (ii) the Royal Dockyard, Devonport.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Religious/Sectarian Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures he has taken to consult on how best to tackle religious hate crime and sectarian hatred as an aggravating factor in a range of...

    • Police/Defence Lawyers Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress the Chief Constable has made in circulating a new directive to cover the role of police and defence lawyers based on the UN...

      Code of Ethics (Police Service)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made by the Chief Constable towards the publication of a Code of Ethics for the Police Service of Northern Ireland; and...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departmental Salary Costs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of the departmental expenditure limit in 2001–02 will be accounted for by salary costs and pension contributions.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the loss of interest on notional capital required to cover Export Credits Guarantee Department claims was in each of the years 1997 to 2001.

    • South East Euro Awareness Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she will list the publications issued by South East Euro Awareness Forum, indicating (a) the number of copies produced and (b) the...

      Sub-post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to boost trade in sub-post offices following the decision to remove the ceiling on the number of post offices card...

      Crown Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the Crown Post Offices in the United Kingdom, identifying those that are running at a loss.

      Second Class Post

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to abolish the requirement for second class post; and if she will make a statement.

      Rural Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many rural post offices are barred from handling (a) driving licence and (b) passport applications.

      Manufacturing Research Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many Government sponsored Innovative Manufacturing Research Centres there are in Scotland; and what is the level of funding for each.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many answers to parliamentary questions have not been answered by her Department under exemption 13 of the Code of Practice on Access to...

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of television sets installed in the UK are able to receive digital signals; and what percentage the Government regard as a...

      Steel Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many jobs were dependent upon the steel industry in (a) 2001 and (b) 1997; what measures the Government have introduced since 1997 to help...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry further to her answers of 26 November 2001, Official Report, column 681W, and 9 January 2002, Official Report, column 866W, on miners'...

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what premium pay rates shopworkers received for Sunday working in (a) 1991 and (b) 2000.

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many shops in Scotland opened on Sunday in (a) 1990 and (b) 1998.

      Christmas Day Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many shop employees worked on Christmas day 2001 in England and Wales.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total external spend by her Department was on Private Finance Initiative consultants in each of the last four years; how many...

      Contracts (KPMG)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what contracts her Department has with KPMG; and what the value is of each one.

      No-strike Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to negotiate no-strike agreements in the public sector.

      End of Life Vehicles Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what role she (a) has played and (b) will play in the implementation of the EU end of life vehicles directive; and if she will make a statement.

      End of Life Vehicles Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what actions she has taken with respect to the EU end of life vehicles directive; and if she will make a statement.

      End of Life Vehicles Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will state the date by which she plans to make a decision on where the obligation for the costs of recycling vehicles under the EU end...

      End of Life Vehicles Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has been made of the state of the vehicle treatment industry with respect to the standards required under the EU end of life...

      End of Life Vehicles Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received from (a) car manufacturers, (b) car manufacturer associations, (c) car importers and (d) other NGOs with...

      End of Life Vehicles Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to address the financial effects of the end of life vehicles directive on local authorities in the United Kingdom.

      Theft and Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what additional security measures are planned by her Department to deter and detect theft and fraud.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what the current minimum wage level is; and what plans she has to increase this amount; (2) what the minimum wage is for employees...

      BNFL

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what independent review of BNFL's liabilities she commissioned prior to her announcement to the House on 28 November 2001.

      BNFL

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 10 January 2002, Official Report, column 153W, on BNFL, if she will list the meetings with ministerial colleagues...

      Gas-fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry who in her Department told the United States embassy in London that the moratorium on gas-fired power stations was due to be discussed at the...

      Board Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will outline the procedure by which independent members will be appointed to sit on her Department's (a) new Strategy Board and (b)...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will place a copy of the revised business case for the Rural Payments Agency in the Library.

    • Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many mistakes were made in calculating farming subsidy claims in 2001 by (a) her Department and (b) applicants.

      Rhizomania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in the review of the UK's protected zone status for rhizomania; and if she will make a statement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish figures showing the volume of correspondence received by Ministers in her Department throughout 2001,...

      Waste Composting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans she has to monitor emissions of methane from waste composting schemes; (2) what assessment she has made of...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many letters her Department has received from residents of the Buckingham constituency (a) in favour of and (b) opposed...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of (a) progress with CAP reform ahead of the mid-term review and (b) political and public...

      Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received on (a) the prevention of illegal imports of meat and food and (b) investment in animal...

      Dairy Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has made to the EU Commission to obtain a further increase in export refunds in respect of dairy...

      Modulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to introduce new sources of funding for the modulation scheme; and if she will make a statement.

      Sustainable Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her Department's policy for the development of sustainable agriculture within the United...

      Oilseed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the European Commission's decision to cut oilseed support commensurate with Agenda 2000; and...

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the registered figures are for each hunt outing this year in respect of (a) riders and (b) followers under the post foot...

  • Health

    • Stroke Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for financing research into strokes in the next three financial years; and if he will make a statement.

    • Chief Medical Officer (Annual Reports)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the dates of publication of the annual report of the chief medical officer for the past five years.

      Personal Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the level of (a) personal social services SSA per resident over 65 and (b) personal social services SSA per resident below 18 is for (i)...

      Community Pharmacists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his decision to reduce the dispensing fees paid to community pharmacists.

      Erdip

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the timetable for ERDIP sites to submit proposals under the Modernisation Enabling Project; and what plans he has to invite tenders from outside...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of (1) the cumulative percentage increases in age-standardised projected demand for care home places for older people from...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will require the new strategic health authorities to incorporate in their eligibility criteria the words of Lord Woolf in R v. North and East Devon...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure that no patient receiving free continuing care will be reassessed as falling outside the criteria for continuing care as a result of new...

      Free Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he intends to issue to the new strategic health authorities about eligibility criteria for free continuing care from April 2002.

      Lost/Stolen Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list those items valued at more than £50 which have been stolen or lost from his Department in each of the last four years.

      Bed Blocking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the problem of bed blocking in hospitals located in the Buckinghamshire health authority.

      Speech Therapy (Autism)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what measures he is taking to increase the provision of speech therapists dealing with children and adults with autism; (2) whether he will...

      Complaints Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will announce the names of the chair and panel members for the independent investigation into the handling of complaints against Dr. Kerr and Mr....

      Refurbishment

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

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average number of (a) emergency and (b) non-emergency calls per year handled by each ambulance service was in (i) England, (ii) South-west...

  • Education and Skills

    • Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many three-year-olds attended Government-funded pre-school education in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000 in the Falmouth and...

    • Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in which town each local learning and skills council is headquartered; and what are its estimated accommodation costs in the first year.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total external spend by her Department was on Private Finance Initiative consultants in each of the last four years; how many...

      University Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students attend each university in England.

      School Census

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects to publish the results of the Annual Schools' Census of 17 January 2002.

      Student Hardship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on student hardship in higher education.

      Excellence in Cities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students in 2001–02 received Opportunity Bursaries under the Excellence in Cities programme; and in which regions and local...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the purpose is of her review of the postcode premium in higher education; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Salary Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of the departmental expenditure limit in 2001–02 will be accounted for by salary costs and pension contributions.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what plans she has to increase the training of teachers and classroom assistants dealing with children with autism in mainstream...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what she is doing to promote Autism Awareness year.

      Hardship Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what arrangements are in place to ensure that higher education students' eligibility for hardship loans is consistent between institutions.

  • Treasury

    • Compliance Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what are the one year projects on taxes and duties other than VAT or corporation tax, referred to in the HM Customs and Excise website as planned for...

    • Compliance Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what were the dates on which the Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise awarded the contracts for studies of the compliance costs to UK businesses of (a)...

      Compliance Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will publish (a) the emerging findings report and (b) the final reports of (i) the VAT compliance cost project and (ii) the corporation tax...

      Compliance Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) which organisation has been awarded the contract from the Inland Revenue for a study of the compliance costs of corporation tax for UK businesses;...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will state for the VAT inspections control programme for 2000–01 (a) the number of staff years used, (b) the running costs, (c) the additional...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many VAT-registered companies and individuals became insolvent following action by HM Customs and Excise in each year since 1997; how much outstanding...

      Tax Receipts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the annual receipts derived from payment of income tax, capital gains tax, national insurance and VAT paid by the top (a) one per cent.,...

      Fuel Duty (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much duty was raised at each Northern Ireland duty point in respect of all types of fuel and diesel in (a) 1998–99, (b) 1999–2000 and (c)...

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact on the manufacturers of added value aggregate products of the introduction of the Aggregates Levy.

      Company Car Drivers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of how many incorrect tax codes have been sent to company car drivers as a result of the introduction of the carbon dioxide...

      Fuel Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fuel contracts Government Departments have with Exxon Mobil/Esso.

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has made to ensure that the first 23 countries to receive debt relief spend less on debt and more on education.

      Aggregates Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 28 January 2002, Official Report, column 8W, on aggregates tax, whether the discussions the Government have held regarding the...

      Internet Service Providers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) on what basis VAT is calculated for (a) UK-based and (b) non-UK-based internet service providers; (2) what discussions he has had with (a) UK-based...

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