Written answers

Monday, 4 February 2002

  • Minister for Women

    • Women's Unit

      To ask the Minister for Women what budgetary provision has been made for the cost of the Women's Unit in the first financial year of its existence.

    • Women's Unit

      To ask the Minister for Women if she will make a statement on how the responsibilities of the Women's Unit differ from the responsibilities of the departmental Ministers for Women.

      Carers

      To ask the Minister for Women what plans she has to make representations to the Department for Work and Pensions to secure improved arrangements for carers.

      Devolved Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister for Women which matters devolved to the Scottish Parliament her office has involvement in.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Empty Properties

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

    • Departmental Expenditure (Publications)

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

      MSP Exhibitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what support has been provided by Trade Partners UK, or its predecessors, to assist military, security and police companies (a) to attend and...

      Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations she has received regarding her Department's work to encourage inward investment to the UK.

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people from the Warrington, North constituency were members of employment tribunals or the Employment Appeals Tribunal (a) in 1997...

      Humber Pilots Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reason two officials from her Department visited the offices of Humber Pilots Ltd. on 18 January.

      Clothing/Textile Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if it is her Department's policy (a) to adhere to the timetable agreed at the Uruguay Round for the phasing out of MFA restrictions and (b)...

      Employee Pension Entitlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims were made by those seeking part-time employee pension entitlements following a ruling in May 2000 by the European Court of...

      Ecgd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the net cash outflow was from the Export Credits Guarantee Department attributable to defence exports in the financial years (a)...

      Ecgd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the level of Export Credits Guarantee Department coverage for arms sales was in the financial years, (a) 1997–98, (b)...

      Oil Fabrication Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the prospects for the downstream fabrication industry over the next five years.

      Oil Fabrication Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she last met (a) UKOOA and (b) LASCOF to discuss the future for oil fabrication.

      BP Clair Field

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what economic assessment she has made of a bid by a British company for a platform for BP's Clair field in terms of employment and economic...

      BP Clair Field

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the timescale involved for the granting of the contract to build the platform for the BP Clair field.

      BP Clair Field

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to promote British oil fabrication yards in their bid for downstream work from the BP Clair field.

      Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the National Audit Office report on Consignia.

      Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research her Department has commissioned on the effects of (a) rural post-offices, (b) post-buses and (c) directly employed Consignia...

      Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list those businesses overseas which have been acquired by Consignia over the last five years, together with the price paid.

      Enron

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the ultimate parent company of Wainstones Plc is Enron.

      Space Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what measures have been introduced since 1997 to assist the British National Space Centre and the European Space Programme; (2) if she...

      Space Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent meetings she has had with European colleagues on space research and exploration.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Criminal Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the independent cross-community and lay element incorporated into the complaints mechanism available for juveniles in the criminal justice...

    • Criminal Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applications have been received by the Criminal Cases Review Commission in each year since its creation; what the proportion of...

      Criminal Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on what date the Criminal Justice Board established a Public Information and Education Sub- Group; who comprises this group; what its terms of...

      Theft and Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what additional security measures are planned by his Department to deter and detect theft and fraud.

      Departmental Salary Costs

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

      Departmental Leave Entitlements

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

      Victims of Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding has been made available to support the victims of terrorist violence in Northern Ireland since 10 April 1998.

  • International Development

    • Television Sets

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) integrated digital and (b) analogue television sets have been bought by her Department in each of the last 24 months; and...

    • Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on her Department's aid priorities in Burundi.

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the instances in which her Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies failed to pay valid invoices within...

      Ispat International

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations she has received from employees or directors of Ispat International between May 1997 and December 2001; and if she...

      Goma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress is being made with the distribution of food to those people in Goma affected by the recent volcanic eruptions.

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations she has made on the state of refugee camps in Rwanda.

      Departmental Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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.

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations she is making to the IMF on the need to include financing free basic education in the public spending targets they...

  • House of Commons

    • Wheelchair Access

      To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee if he will assess the accessibility for persons in wheelchairs of positions for advisers to Ministers in (a) Committee rooms and (b)...

    • Television Sets

      To ask the President of the Council how many (a) integrated digital and (b) analogue television sets have been bought by his Department in each of the last 24 months; and if he will publish the...

      Computer Equipment

      To ask the President of the Council how many installations of computer equipment in hon. Members' offices (a) within the parliamentary estate and (b) elsewhere since the inception of the current...

      Computer Equipment

      To ask the President of the Council how many hon. Members have had computer equipment installed in offices (a) within the parliamentary estate and (b) elsewhere since the inception of the current...

      Computer Equipment

      To ask the President of the Council how many contractors have been retained to install computer equipment in Members' offices (a) within the parliamentary estate and (b) elsewhere since the...

  • Wales

    • Golden Jubilee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what events (a) he is and (b) other Ministers in his Department are planning to attend as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations; and what events his...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to tackle antisocial behaviour and disorder in communities.

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the use of antisocial behaviour orders in south Wales.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to help the police tackle antisocial behaviour in small towns and villages.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been successfully applied for in the area covered by the Lancashire constabulary.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to ensure that those at risk of persecution are not returned to Zimbabwe.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he is taking to tackle persistent youth offending.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisons in the juvenile estate provide a pre-release scheme.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young offenders aged 10 to 16 years are in institutions by region according to their home address expressed as (a) a percentage and...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on recent changes in policy on prosecution for possession of cannabis.

      Graffiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action his Department is taking against graffiti.

      Crime Detection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the crime detection rate.

      Sex Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase child protection through new sentences for sex offenders.

      Home Detention and Curfew Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase the use of home detention and curfew orders; and if he will make a statement.

      Police Morale

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the state of police morale.

      Crime (Gwent)

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

      Car Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the (a) rates of detection and (b) impact on victims of car crime.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his plans to amend sentencing policy.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he took to ensure that the views of young people were considered in his consultation on sentencing reform and the criminal courts.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish a summary of the responses to the public consultation on the review of the sentencing framework.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 22 January 2002, Official Report, column 843W, on prison sentences, if he will break down the numbers of prison...

      Police Retention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his policy to improve the retention of police officers.

      British Crime Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the level of crime recorded by the British Crime Survey.

      Police (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria he applied in deferring the provisional funding settlement for police authorities in 2002–03.

      Police Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the future of the office of police constable.

      Police Expenditure (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what role his Department has in relation to decisions by the appropriate Secretary in the National Assembly for Wales to (a) set limits on...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his plans to reform the system of financial support for asylum seekers.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time has been over the last six months for individuals granted refugee status to have their grant confirmed in writing.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with children's organisations on how the proposals in the forthcoming asylum White Paper will affect...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detainees and asylum seekers will be kept in Winchester prison as of 31 January.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans he has to implement the increase in the cash allowance for asylum seekers supported by NASS; (2) what plans he has for the...

      Drug Awareness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what initiatives he is taking to promote drug awareness.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the number of Gibraltarians resident in the UK.

      Monaghan Bombings Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will expedite the provision of relevant material relating to the 1974 Monaghan bombings to the Committee of Inquiry; and if he will...

      Environmental Appraisals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials from his Department have attended the environmental appraisal and integration into policy training course run by the Civil...

      Board of Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications to see a member of the Board of Visitors have been made since April 2000.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 10 December 2001 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr....

      Police Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if contributions to the Police Pension Scheme made before 5 April 1978 took into account provision for a pro rata pension for widows; and for...

      Police Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers are claiming a retirement pension; and how many of those retired before 5 April 1978.

      Police Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers who retired before 5 April 1978 remarried after that date; and what estimate he has made of (a) the average pension...

      Internet and Computer Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent meetings he has had on an international level to discuss the problems of internet and computer crime.

      Internet and Computer Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been arrested and charged with internet and computer crime since 1997; and what sentences they have received where convicted.

      Internet and Computer Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures have been introduced since 1997 to combat Internet and computer crime; and if he will make a statement.

      Police Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints have been made about police officers in each police area in each of the last five years; and how many have been upheld.

      Traffic Wardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the training which would be required to ensure traffic wardens could effectively discharge the extended powers...

      Police Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the level of training direction and guidance given to police officers driving to emergency incidents.

      Police Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) deaths and (b) incidents of serious injury involving police vehicles have been recorded in each of the past five years.

      Asylum White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to involve asylum seeking children and young people in the consultation on the forthcoming Asylum White Paper.

      Internet Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures have been introduced since 1997 to combat Internet pornography.

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were murdered by use of a firearm in 2001.

      Fingerprinting (Training)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the training standards for fingerprint experts were last reviewed.

      Police (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in Lancashire in (a) 1997 and (b) 2001.

      Burglary (Uxbridge)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding has been awarded to schemes under the Reducing Burglary Initiative in the Uxbridge constituency in the last 12 months.

      Drug Deaths (Reading)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the change in the number of drug deaths in Reading in the last 12 months and his strategy to combat the spread...

      Child Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) local authorities and (b) police services have applied to introduce a local child curfew; how many local child curfews have been...

      Air-guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase controls on the (a) use and (b) ownership of (ii) air rifles and (ii) air pistols.

      Hampshire Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will raise the cost of living allowance for Hampshire Police.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment the Government have made of the effectiveness of legislation prohibiting and punishing human trafficking; and if he...

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of his policy on signing the 1990 UN Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and...

      Essex Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assistance he is giving to Essex Police to increase the numbers of officers.

      Police Officers (Length of Service)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the ratio between police officers of less than a year's experience and those of more than a year's experience in each police...

      CID Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of CID officers were recruited in 2001 as a ratio against those who left.

      Police Earnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the average earnings of a police officer in (a) London and (b) Surrey.

      Police Earnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the ratio is between the average earnings of (1) a superintendent and the average house price in (a) Surrey, (b) London, (c) Yorkshire...

      Police Earnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the ratio is between the average earnings of a chief inspector and the average house price in (a) Surrey, (b) London, (c) Yorkshire and...

      Police Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2002, Official Report, column 846W, on police houses, in what circumstances such an officer who...

      Community Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions his Department has had with the Department of Health and the Department for Work and Pensions about the...

      Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests have been made in 2002 under the terms of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.

      Afghan Hijackers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the hijackers of the Afghan jet which landed at Stansted airport (a) have been deported and (b) remain in the UK.

      Household Burglaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many household burglaries there were by region, expressed as (a) a percentage and (b) the total number, ranked in descending order...

      Asylum and Immigration Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to improve the processing of (a) asylum and (b) immigration cases.

  • Defence

    • European Capabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on which of the expert panels taking work forward on the Helsinki Headline Goal the UK will chair; and if he will make a statement.

    • European Capabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of the Helsinki Headline Goal will be contributed to by non-EU countries; what negotiations have taken place to secure such contributions; and...

      European Capabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are to pursue bilateral arrangements along the lines of the UK/Netherlands Amphibious force with other European countries; and if he...

      European Capabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many troops are being pledged to meet the Helsinki Headline Goal; and if he will make a statement.

      European Capabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the gaps in capability to meet the Helsinki Headline Goal; and if he will make a statement.

      European Capabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the maximum geographical range of EU-led operations with existing strategic airlift capability; and if he will make a...

      Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of the defence budget is represented by salaries; what the total sum is for (a) the uniformed services and (b) his Department's civilian...

  • Prime Minister

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 21 January 2002, Official Report, column 594W, on special advisers, how many special advisers have left his Department since May 1997; on how...

    • Arthur Andersen

      To ask the Prime Minister what the total cost to his Department has been of services provided by (a) Andersen and (b) Accenture, Andersen Consulting for (i) accountancy services, (ii) consultancy...

      Energy Industry

      To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has received from (a) BP, (b) Shell, (c) Exxon-Mobil, (d) Enron, (e) Conoco, (f) Texaco and (g) TotalFinaElf with regard to the Performance and...

      Energy Industry

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the occasions since 1997 when he has discussed UK energy policy with members of the American embassy in London; and if he will make a statement.

      Energy Industry

      To ask the Prime Minister on what occasions he and his Department have held meetings since May 1997 with representatives from (a) BP, (b) Shell, (c) Exxon-Mobil, (d) Enron, (e) Conoco, (f) Texaco...

      Energy Industry

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the occasions on which he has met senior executives of energy companies since 7 June 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      Energy Industry

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 19 November 2001, Official Report, column 102W, on BP, for what reason his normal practice did not apply in respect of Enron; and if he will...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Prime Minister what information from the Railtrack administrator he has received to indicate that they have uncovered greater financial difficulties at the company than had previously...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister what guidance he has given to Ministers on the time taken to respond to written parliamentary questions.

      Broadcasting

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the work of his special adviser with responsibility for issues relating to the broadcasting industry.

      Broadcasting

      To ask the Prime Minister how many (a) integrated digital and (b) analogue television sets have been bought by his Department in each of the last 24 months; and if he will publish the guidance...

      Broadcasting

      To ask the Prime Minister who is responsible for making the decision about the switch off of the analogue television signal.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Prime Minister in relation to the meeting that he had on 2 December 1999 with Lou Gerstner, what the criteria were according to which that meeting was arranged; what its outcome was;...

      UK-Japan 21st Century Group

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish the agenda for the February conference of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group.

      Acquis Communautaire

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement defining his interpretation of the acquis communautaire.

      Ispat International

      To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has received from employees or directors of Ispat International between May 1997 and December 2001; and if he will list them by date and subject.

      Ispat International

      To ask the Prime Minister what meetings have taken place and on which dates between (a) himself, (b) officials within the Prime Minister's office and (c) special advisers within the Prime...

      Golden Jubilee

      To ask the Prime Minister what events he is planning to attend as part of the golden jubilee celebrations; and what events his Department is planning to arrange to celebrate the golden jubilee.

  • Treasury

    • Independent Financial Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what effect the defined payment system as outlined in the Financial Services Agency's polarisation paper will have on the number of independent financial...

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list his Department's total expenditure by month in each financial year since 1997–98.

      NDPBs (Payments)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the instances in which his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies failed to pay valid invoices within 30 days or after the...

      Tax Returns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households completed neither a tax return nor a tax credit claim form in (a) 1998–99, (b) 1999–2000 and (c) 2000–01.

      Tax Returns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the concession under which the penalty for not submitting a return on time will not be charged if the Revenue reject a return as incomplete and the...

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the (a) full and (b) partial regulatory impact assessments published in respect of the proposed change in the tax system since May 1997.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people (a) only paid tax at the rate of 10p in the pound and (b) would have done so if they had not claimed the children's tax credit in 2000–01.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the yield would be of increasing (a) the higher rate and (b) the standard rate of income tax by 1p.

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the capital gains tax rate would be if the current yield was maintained but taper relief was abolished.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the question from the hon. Member for Tiverton and Honiton (ref 27653) of 10 January, on gross receipts of the windfall tax on Railtrack.

      Beer Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce a progressive beer duty to assist small-scale brewers.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the most recent quarterly statistical returns are of the number of awards for (a) working families tax credit, (b) disabled persons tax credit and (c)...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families eligible for receipt of the child tax credit have yet to claim their entitlement.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many changes there have been in the scope of VAT since May 1997.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate of VAT would be if the yield were maintained but all goods and services currently exempt or zero rated were classified as being standard rated.

      Customs/Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff were employed by (a) the Inland Revenue and (b) Customs and Excise at (i) 1 May 1997, (ii) 31 December 1997, (iii) 31 December 1998, (iv) 31...

      Accounting

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes he has made in accounting for (a) taxes and (b) spending since May 1997; and what the impact of these changes has been.

      Exchange Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact on the economy of a fall in the value of sterling relative to (a) the US dollar, (b) the euro and (c) the yen by...

      Personal Care (VAT)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether VAT is payable on the wages element of home care provided by private sector organisations; and if he will make a statement.

      Duty-free Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is Government policy to seek to achieve greater convergence between EU countries on those goods which may be purchased outside the EU and...

      Capital Housing Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he intends to remove capital housing debt from local authorities in Scotland.

      Credit Statistics (Scotland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money was borrowed (a) in 2001, (b) 10 (c) 20 and (d) 30 years ago on (i) credit cards, (ii) bank loans and (iii) mortgages in Scotland.

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Government have spent in making preparations for entry to the European single currency.

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the nature of the preliminary technical work being undertaken on the five economic tests and how many officials are involved...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures have been introduced to assist businesses that want to trade in euros; and how much they have cost.

      Prospectus Directive

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made in negotiations on the proposed prospectus directive to minimise the disclosure costs of issuers.

      Inland Revenue (Internet Access)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when officers of Inland Revenue in the (a) Special Compliance Office Bristol, (b) Large Business Office Bristol and (c) Business Tax Group of International...

      Private Medical Insurance (Buckingham)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many residents in the Buckingham constituency have private medical insurance.

      Demography

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of (a) men and (b) women aged (i) 60 to 64, (ii) 65 to 74, (iii) 75 to 79 and (iv) 80 years or above, in each region of the UK.

      Demography

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate how many women aged (i) 60 to 64, (ii) 65 to 74, (iii) 75 to 79 and (iv) 80 years or above (a) are married, (b) are widowed, (c) are...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the record kept under Clause 9 of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers of contacts between his special...

      Earnings Statistics (Greater London)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average earnings were for (a) men and (b) women working in the Greater London area at the latest available date.

      Public Spending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has made to the IMF to ensure that public spending targets account for the need to finance free basic education in developing countries.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the (a) number and (b) value of Government contracts awarded to (i) Arthur Andersen, (ii) Deloitte and Touche, (iii) Ernst & Young,...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the impact of stamp duty rate increases on the housing market.

      Enron

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy that the report prepared by Arthur Andersen accountants on the private finance initiative will not be considered by the...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the cost of (a) ministerial cars and drivers and (b) taxis for his Department in each of the last four years.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer under which section of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information he withholds information on consultations on draft legislation prepared by...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 6 December 2002, Official Report, column 522W, on private finance initiative projects, when the revised guidance from the Office...

      Departmental Leave Entitlements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the average annual leave entitlement of staff in his Department in each of the last four years.

      Amateur Sports Clubs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 11 December 2001, Official Report, column 773W, on community amateur sports clubs, how many such clubs (a) in the UK and (b) in...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the balance of trade between Gibraltar and the UK in the last five years.

      Productivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 11 December 2001, Official Report, column 765W, on productivity, what steps he is taking to raise productivity growth to the...

      Engagements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library his official diary for July 2001.

      Tobacco Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was raised through tobacco sales in each year since 1999.

      Tax Receipts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the proportion of total receipts from income tax, VAT and national insurance paid by the top (a) 1 per cent., (b) 5 per cent. and (c) 10...

      Reputational Externalities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 15 January, Ref. 27602, on reputational externalities, for what reason he has not undertaken to place his Department's internal...

      Reputational Externalities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to his letter of 11 December 2001, to the hon. Member for Truro and St. Austell, for what reason his Department used reputational...

      Geoffrey Spence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 16 January 2001, Official Report, column 296W, on Geoffrey Spence, if he will place a copy of Mr. Spence's (a) terms of...

      Arthur Andersen

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many of his Department's PFI contracts Arthur Andersen has been an adviser; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Underspends

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 17 December 2001, Official Report, column 27W, on departmental underspends, whether he estimates that underspends will be higher...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people working in the Greater London area receive the national minimum wage.

      Ecofin

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on what his policy will be during discussions on Germany's projected budget deficit at ECOFIN on 12 February.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Overseas Trips

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list each of the overseas trips made by himself and other members of his ministerial team in each of the last four years, specifying the purpose and...

    • Civil Defence Grants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the settlement for civil defence grants for 2001–02, broken down by authority.

      Terrorism (Contingency Plans)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how the Government plan to consult external scientists to ensure that contingency plans for responding to a terrorist attack using chemical, biological,...

      Departmental Leave Entitlements

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what has been the average annual leave entitlement of staff in his Department in each of the last four years.

      Relationships (Civil Registration) Bill

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the impact enactment of the Relationships (Civil Registration) Bill would have on his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Television Sets

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) integrated digital and (b) analogue television sets have been bought by his Department in each of the last 24 months; and if he will publish the...

      Computer Hacking

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on how many occasions in 2001 attempts were made to gain unauthorised access to computers in his Department by hacking; and of those how many were successful.

      Lost/Stolen Property

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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.

      Regulatory Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the Government's regulatory reform action plan will be published.

  • Scotland

    • Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what preparatory work has been completed in the building of the new air traffic control centre at Prestwick; (2) what plans she has to hold...

    • Television Sets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) integrated digital and (b) analogue television sets have been bought by her Department in each of the last 24 months; and if she will...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what proposals he has for reviewing the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and what representations he has...

    • IT Consultants

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much his Department spent on IT consultants in 1992–93, 1993–94 and 1994–95.

      Criminal Justice Policy

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what proposals he has for the reform of criminal justice policy.

      Criminal Justice Policy

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what estimates his Department has made of the costs of the proposals by Lord Justice Auld for reorganisation of the criminal...

      Magistrates Courts (Merseyside)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what his budget for the magistrates courts was on Merseyside in each year since 1992–93.

      Magistrates Courts (Merseyside)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what recent representations he has received about the operation of magistrates courts on Merseyside.

      Departmental Audit

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what proposals she has for auditing the efficiency of (a) her Department and (b) the agencies for which she is responsible; and if...

      Census Online

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when she estimates the Census Online service will be made available to the public; and what will happen to the profits arising...

      Census Online

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the contractual arrangements are between QinetiQ and Census Online and the Public Record Office; if she will place copies of...

      Census Online

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the estimated cost is to QinetiQ of carrying out the enhancements to the 1901 Census Online project.

      Criminal Courts Review

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many internet users have attempted to access the Public Record Office online site for the 1901 census; and if she will make a...

      Criminal Courts Review

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the results were of the evaluation undertaken by the Review of the Criminal Courts Regional Discussion Events which have...

      Criminal Courts Review

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many people (a) attended, (b) registered but did not attend and (c) were refused registration at each of the Review of the...

      Transsexuals

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what steps she has taken to implement the recommendations of the Home Office report of the Interdepartmental Working Group on...

      Private Finance Initiative (Consultants)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the total external spend by his Department was on Private Finance Initiative consultants in each of the last four years; how...

      Queen's Counsel

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what account she is taking of the Office of Fair Trading recommendations on the appointment of Queen's Counsel in the current...

      Magistrates

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many magistrates have been appointed since 7 June 2001; and how many are (a) women, (b) black and (c) Asian.

      Juvenile Offenders

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many 17-year-old defendants were dealt with by the courts in Northern Ireland in 1998.

      Court Service

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when the Court Service issued a notice concerning its policy on the declaration of "God Save the Queen"; and if she will place a...

  • Education and Skills

    • Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the registered providers of individual learning accounts.

    • Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reason information concerning the availability of a disc containing personal details and identification numbers of individual...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when an alternative scheme to the individual learning accounts will be put in place.

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will announce a successor to the individual learning accounts scheme; and if she will make a statement.

      Pre-school and After-school Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) day nurseries, (b) playgroups, (c) child minders, (d) out of schools clubs and (e) holiday schemes have been provided in the...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of higher education entrants in 2000–01 and 2001–02 (a) from Dartford and Gravesham and (b) in England were from...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of students from socio-economic classes IIIm, IV and V she estimates higher education institutions will accept by (a) 2005...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her definition is of higher education.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria the Government use for determining which higher education courses qualify for meeting the university participation target of...

      Sixth-forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the transfer of responsibility for post 16 education from Coventry city council to the Learning and Skills...

      New Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the new schools built since 1997; and if she will list those granted funding to be built in the next two years.

      School Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 30 November 2001, Official Report, column 1209W, on school places, what application her Department has received...

      National Grid for Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 8 January 2002, Official Report, column 712W, what the average National Grid for Learning funding has been per...

      Government-supported Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people were on Government training schemes in each of the last 10 years.

      Sector Skills Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the new Sector Skills Development Agency will be created.

      Schools (Harwich)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding has been given to (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the Harwich constituency for the refurbishment of school...

      School Sports Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools have private sports facilities built on school grounds.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools have sold land to mobile phone companies to build mobile phone masts since 1997.

      Class Sizes (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many five, six and seven-year old children were taught in classes of more than 30 pupils in Lancashire in (a) 1997 and (b) 2001.

      Union Learning Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the growth and development of the Union Learning Fund.

      Mature Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the proportion of (a) part-time and (b) full-time mature students entering higher education in (i) 1999,...

      School Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total expenditure per pupil was in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Westminster, (ii) Kensington and Chelsea and (iii)...

      Coalfield Areas (Educational Attainment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the Government's strategies to raise educational attainment in present and former coalfield areas.

      Pupil Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she (a) has introduced and (b) plans to implement in response to the report of the Migration Research Unit into the effect of...

      Departmental Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the instances in which her Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies failed to pay valid invoices within 30...

      Teacher Training Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students failed to complete their teacher training courses; and what percentage of all the students on such courses this...

      AS Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many representations her Department has received since June 2001 critical of the AS Levels from (a) school governing bodies, (b)...

      Maintenance Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much grant was paid to higher education students in 1979.

      Key Stage 4

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to deregulate Key Stage 4; and if she will make a statement.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Open Skies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if it is his policy to seek to conclude a treaty between the UK and the USA on open skies before 31 January;...

    • Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on what assumptions about future fare levels the 10-year plan and the SRA strategic plan are based.

      East London Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will make a further statement on the East London line.

      East London Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimates he has made of the availability of network capacity to run East London line trains to Croydon.

      Central Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the situation concerning the Central Railway proposal.

      South Central

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions who will have executive responsibility for establishing the special purpose financing vehicle for investment in...

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will take steps to promote crossrail through a hybrid bill.

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether the promoters of crossrail will be able to bring forward and construct the scheme earlier than envisaged in...

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he last met the Mayor of London to discuss crossrail.

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what status the Crossrail project has within the Strategic Rail Authority plans up to 2010; and if he will make a...

      Tyne and Wear Metro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if it is his policy to allow mixed use of lines by heavy and light rail services on routes, in a similar way to the...

      Rail Strategic Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 30 January 2002, Ref 30261, Official Report, column 324W, if he will list the...

      Rail Strategic Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions where the development work on the 10-year plan identified 23 per cent. spare capacity on the rail network in forming...

      Rail Strategic Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the level of unallocated financial reserves in the total allocation for the 10-year...

      Rail Strategic Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 30 January 2002, Official Report, column 321W, ref 31540, what proportion of the funding...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 30 January 2002, Official Report, column 321W, ref 31541, if he will make a statement on...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 30 January 2002, Official Report, column 320W, ref 26291, what took place between the...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 30 January 2002, Official Report, column 321W, ref 31540, if he will make a statement on...

      Multi-modal Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the estimated cost is of multi-modal studies initiated since 1997.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in which financial years the additional finance for the railways announced on 29 January will be allocated and spent.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions by what means he has set a target figure for private investment in rail under the 10 year plan.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what additional projects he will bring forward following the additional finance for the railways announced on 29 January.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 23 January 2002, Official Report, column 872W, what the annual public investment in...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether the PPP scheme for London Underground will deliver additional capacity at a faster rate than projected...

      Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the total public sector investment in transport was between 1987 and 1997; and what the figure is in 2002 prices.

      Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much public money was invested in the railways in each year from 1990.

      Rail Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of the cost of setting up a special purpose financing vehicle; and from what source funding...

      Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list his official engagements since 16 November 2001; and what mode of transport he used to get to...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 13 December 2001, Official Report, column 1018W, on the millennium dome, what advice he...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 17 December 2001, Official Report, column 17W, on the Millennium Dome, if he will state...

      Central Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what feasibility study has been carried out into the construction of a new Central line station at Bishopsgate; and...

      Satellite Television Dishes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 17 December 2001, Official Report, column 20W, on satellite television dishes, if he will...

      Golden Jubilee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what events (a) he is and (b) other Ministers in his Department are planning to attend as part of the golden jubilee...

      Government Expenditure (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the total Government expenditure in each London borough (a) was in each of the past five years and (b) is...

      Rail Delays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of the cost to business of rail delays in each of the past five years.

      Housing (Birmingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his estimate is of the change in annual revenue available for financing investment in Birmingham's council...

      Rail Speed Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the (a) location and (b) line where temporary speed restrictions are in force on the railway.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what entitlement there is to social housing for British citizens leaving Zimbabwe because of the internal situation...

      Concessionary Coach Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which coach companies have agreed to participate in the national concessionary coach travel scheme for pensioners.

      Train Protection Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will estimate the (a) lives that would be saved and (b) track worker lives lost over 10 years by the...

      Local Authority Housing (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was (a) the actual and (b) percentage change in the number of council and RSL homes available to let between...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many public appointments he has made since 7 June 2001; and if he will list the names of the persons appointed.

      Shipping (Safety)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what measures have been introduced since 1997 to improve the safety of seamen involved in merchant shipping and fishing.

      Shipping (Safety)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proposals he has to strengthen the rules on flags of convenience.

      Marine Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the importance of the marine industry; and what support the Government have provided.

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment has been made of the proportion of motorists who exceeded the speed limit in 2001.

      Merchant Ships' Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what action the Government plan to improve recruitment and retention of merchant ships' officers.

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of Ordnance Survey's progress in facilitating the work of Government by collaboration...

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what operations Ordnance Survey carries out in partnerships with private sector bodies; and if he will make a statement.

      Passenger Transport Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to allow representation of transport users on passenger transport authorities.

      Passenger Transport Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on levels of remuneration of PTA members.

      SRA Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proportion of Strategic Rail Authority spending will be made in (a) London, (b) the south-east of England and...

      Bellwin Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will modify the Bellwin scheme to allow unitary authorities to recoup costs incurred by flood damage.

      Integrated Ticketing/Transport Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 19 December 2001, Official Report, column 534W, on totaljourney.com, what assessments he...

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 19 December 2001, Official Report, column 529W, if he will (a) place in the Library and...

      Telecommunication Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many applications for planning permission for mobile phone masts were made in South Tyneside; and how many mobile...

      Toll Bridges and Tunnels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the (a) bridges and (b) tunnels in the United Kingdom subject to tolls; and what is the rate payable...

      Marine Accidents Investigation Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was the (a) average time and (b) maximum permitted time taken to complete an investigation by the Marine...

      Marine Accidents Investigation Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to publish the report by the Marine Accidents Investigation Board into the sinking of the Solway...

      Mobile Phones (Car Drivers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations his Department has received on the banning of mobile phone use by car drivers.

      Community Transport Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 29 January 2002, Official Report, column 202W, on community transport schemes, what...

      Planning Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he has completed his review of the effectiveness of the changes to the planning appeal procedures implemented on 1...

      Greater London Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what level of general grant he will set for the Greater London Authority in 2002–03.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Transport Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the extent to which the provisions as outlined in the European directive on animal transport...

    • BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what operational changes have resulted in changes in the number of cases of BSE confirmed by active surveillance.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many days of (a) moderate, (b) high and (c) very high air pollution there were recorded at Lullington Heath, East Sussex,...

      Racial Unrest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to act on the analysis in the Sustainable Development Commission Review of last summer's racial unrest in...

      Refrigerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many applications there have been for recycling plants for refrigerators and freezers in Buckinghamshire area; and when...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to enable (a) farmers and (b) non-farmers to have access to funds available for rural recovery...

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of the sustainability fund set up as a result of the aggregates levy will be controlled and allocated at a local level.

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of international agreements on the disposal of radioactive waste at sea; whether these...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements there are for the (a) concealing and protected disposal of radioactive waste for which the UK Government...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which (a) national and (b) international regulations and agreements apply to the disposal of UK originated radioactive waste...

      Sewage Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to clarify the powers which local authorities have to act in respect of smell nuisance from sewage...

      Countryside and Rights of Way Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what studies she has conducted into the implications for wildlife of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 since its...

      Environmentally Beneficial Land Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what incentives are being provided by her Department to farmers and landowners practising environmentally conscious methods...

      Water Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the impact of competition in the water industry.

      Central Heating (Pensioners)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance is available to pensioners to upgrade inefficient central heating systems; and if she will make a statement.

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the time scale for stage 2 of the feasibility assessments for combined heat and power under...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs why the Department of Environment in Northern Ireland was not consulted prior to the decision to commission the mixed oxide...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of EU proposals to introduce a traceability system that ensure all GMOs can be identified...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many GM crop sites there are in the United Kingdom; and if she will make a statement on GM crops.

      Insulation Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many insulation grants have been made in each of the last 10 years.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of...

      Wye Navigation Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress is being made in regard to the Wye navigation order.

      Noise Nuisance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy to achieve the community noise level of 60dBa for an outside noise event.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are unemployed in the Greater London area; and if he will make a statement.

    • Fraud and Error

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the proportion of claims for the children's premium in income support and jobseeker's allowance which have been...

      Fraud and Error

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the expected saving in 2001–02 from the security and control programme.

      MSPs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases have been raised with his Department by Members of the Scottish Parliament since 1 July 1999.

      New Deal (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of those who have entered work through the new deal programme have commenced unsubsidised employment in (a) Wales and (b) the Cynon Valley.

      Departmental Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in which years since 1972 his Department and its predecessors have had accounts qualified by the Comptroller and Auditor General due to...

      Care Homes (Expense Allowances)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to increase the expense allowance for pensioners living in old people's homes.

      Care Homes (Expense Allowances)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the number of pensioners in the Loughborough constituency living in old...

      Care Homes (Expense Allowances)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance he has given to local authorities on the provision of expense allowances to pensioners living in care.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incidents of (a) physical and (b) verbal assault have been recorded in Jobcentre Plus offices since their introduction.

      Social Fund Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the budget for the social fund Inspectorate was in each of the last 10 years; (2) how much was claimed from the social fund in each...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of persons aged 18 to 24 years who are (a) unemployed, (b) unemployed for more than six months, (c) unemployed for more than 12...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans there are to establish a job transition service in the Cynon Valley.

      Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many press officers there were in his Department in each of the last four years; and what was the annual cost of their remuneration over...

      Benefit Take-up

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action has been taken by each local authority in each of the last three years to increase benefit take-up; and how much each campaign has cost.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employers, having advertised vacancies with the Employment Service, have subsequently been found to have breached the minimum wage...

      Muslim Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 11 January 2001, Official Report, column 1045W, on Muslim women, what research he has commissioned on the...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures he is putting in place to meet targets for the answering of written parliamentary questions.

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the Child Support Agency costings required by his Department's Euro Programme.

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the timetable for implementation of the new Child Support Agency maintenance laws; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what additional resources have been allocated to the Independent Case Examiner in anticipation of the child support reforms.

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff have worked for the Independent Case Examiner Service in each year since its creation.

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the budget of the Independent Case Examiner has been in each year since its creation.

      Parental Leave (Income Support)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many parties have claimed income support during parental leave in each year since its introduction.

      WAN Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 19 December 2001, Official Report, column 302W, on benefit fraud, if he will state the exact contract price of the...

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 12 December 2001, Official Report, column 899W, on the 2001 departmental report, how much and what proportion of the...

      Departmental Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the instances in which his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies failed to pay valid invoices within 30 days...

      Hospital Stays (Benefit Downrating)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many NHS patients were subject to hospital downrating of benefits in the last three years; what were the average delays in days between (a)...

      Fuel Direct Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has (a) allocated and (b) spent on the fuel direct scheme in each of the last four years; how many people have...

      State Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will set out the basis for the statement by Baroness Hollis on 24 January 2002, Official Report, House of Lords, column 1642, regarding...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to restrict the winter fuel allowance to those of pensionable age; and if he will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • European Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on amendments to the nature and direction of the EU overseas aid package.

    • Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what report he has received on the numbers and conditions of detention of UK citizens held by the United States (a) at the...

      Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received from the International Committee of the Red Cross and other NGOs on the treatment of prisoners held...

      Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has received from the United States Government concerning the treatment of prisoners captured in the...

      Diego Garcia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reason US television networks were not permitted to film a recent forces show at the US base on Diego Garcia.

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the areas of the European Union's institutions' exclusive competence in the European Union.

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the areas of member states' exclusive competence in the European Union.

      Overseas Posts (Publications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what publications are produced by (a) the British Embassy, (b) British consulates and (c) British Council offices in (i) Poland,...

      KPMG

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contracts his Department has with KPMG; and what the value is of each one.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to visit (a) China, (b) Taiwan and (c) South Korea.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to visit (a) Singapore, (b) Malaysia and (c) Indonesia.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to visit the Gulf states.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to visit Poland.

      Gibraltar

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

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress of the interim Afghanistan Government in implementing democratic reforms.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent changes there have been to United Nations sanctions against Afghanistan.

      UK-Japan 21st Century Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his Department's involvement with the UK-Japan 21st century group.

      UK-Japan 21st Century Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representation he will have at the February conference of the UK-Japan 21st century group.

      Echelon Interception System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the European Parliament report of the Temporary Committee on the Echelon interception system.

      Computer Hacking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions in 2001 attempts were made to gain unauthorised access to computers in his Department by hacking; and of...

      British Expatriates (Spain)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 28 January 2002, Official Report, column 36W, on British expatriates in Spain, what figures are held...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on recent allegations made by Britain in the United Nations Sanctions Committee that Syria has...

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Kenyan Government about the imposition of import duties on goods being sent from the...

      Golden Jubilee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what events (a) he is and (b) other Ministers in his Department are planning to attend as part of the golden jubilee...

  • Health

    • HIV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he will ensure that priority is given to HIV prevention work after April.

    • Audiology Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients aged (a) 16 to 59, (b) 60 to 75 and (c) over 75 years have been waiting for (i) less than one year, (ii) more than one year and (iii)...

      North Staffordshire Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the health spending per head of population was in the North Staffordshire health authority in (a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01, (c)...

      Arthur Andersen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many of his Department's PFI contracts Arthur Andersen has been an adviser; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list his Department's total expenditure by month in each financial year since 1997–98.

      Rape Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he has in place to provide support to victims of rape; and what funding he provides to support rape victims.

      Breast-feeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to promote breast- feeding.

      GPs (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs are practising in Greater London; and what the figure was in 1997.

      Hospital Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many paediatric patients who received hospital treatment in each health authority area between 1 September 2000 and 1 September 2001 waited (a) under...

      Hospital Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is towards the suspension from hospital waiting lists of patients recovering from the first stage of a bilateral procedure.

      Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the side effects of tricyclic antidepressants and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors; and what evidence he has...

      International Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 8 January 2001, Official Report, column 647W, on international recruitment, by what means he monitors the results of the...

      NHS Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for each three star NHS trust in England the estimated value of assets held in (a) land and (b) buildings at the latest date for which...

      Hospital Performance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of (a) the effect of under investment and (b) the poor performance of management with regard to persistently failing NHS...

      Hospital Performance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take into account (a) social, (b) economic and (c) demographic data when assessing an NHS hospital's (i) success and (ii) failure rate.

      Drop-in Body Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the proposal by private firms to offer drop-in body scans claiming to identify cancer and heart disease; and what (a)...

      Health Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will announce the level of funding for health action zones for the financial year 2003–04.

      Staff Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment has been made of staff shortages of (a) doctors, (b) nurses, and (c) scientific personnel in the Portsmouth and South East...

      Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his policy is on the purchase by health authorities of wheelchairs and mobility products made in Britain; (2) if he will take steps to ensure...

      Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to review the level of safety standards on wheelchair and mobility products being purchased by health authorities.

      Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he takes to monitor the safety and quality of wheelchairs purchased by health authorities.

      Huntington's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what specialist facilities are available for sufferers of Huntington's disease in (a) Northumberland, (b) Durham, (c) Cumbria, (d) North Yorkshire, (e)...

      National Radiological Protection Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on the functions currently carried out in Scotland by the National Radiological Protection...

      Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to implement the recommendations contained in the report, Getting Ahead of the Curve-A Strategy for Combating Infectious Diseases.

      Head Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average age was of an individual sustaining a head injury in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Head Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the classifications for determining the severity of a head injury are.

      Head Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will reclassify brain injury rehabilitation as a specialist service within the NHS.

      Head Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals have sustained a head injury in each of the past five years.

      Head Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the National Service Framework for long-term conditions will cover vocational rehabilitation for people with acquired brain injury.

      Head Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will change the Government's response to the Health Committee's Third report of Session 2000–01 into Rehabilitation Following Head Injury, to...

      Head Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of individuals who survived a head injury who (a) returned to work within a year, (b) return to work within...

      Head Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce further measures to simplify the funding streams available to organisations offering vocational rehabilitation services to...

      Silicone Cosmesis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been allocated by his Department to individual health authorities in the (a) current and (b) previous financial years for the provision...

      Health Authority Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (1) pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2002, Official Report, columns 63–64W, on health authority expenditure, if he will publish the latest...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many psychiatrists are employed by the NHS to diagnose and treat autistic spectrum children; (2) what plans he has to allow autistic spectrum...

      Overhead Power Cables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the number of cases of (a) leukaemia, (b) skin cancer and (c) lung cancer which may be attributed to overhead power cables...

      Midwifery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of the availability of funding for full-time midwifery degrees in Scotland from August on the numbers of English...

      Meningitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people suffered from group C meningitis and septicaemia in each year since 1997 in each health region.

      Food Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the regulation of food imports.

      Health Authorities (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the latest forecasts are of the (a) underspending or ovespending for the present financial year, (b) funding pressures which impact on the...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the £7 million research funding on mobile phones will be used to examine the safety of mobile phone masts.

      Royal Sussex County Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the findings of the Commission for Health improvements investigations at the Royal Sussex County hospital, Brighton.

      GP Services (Isle of Sheppey)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which organisation will be responsible for the GP after hours service on the Isle of Sheppey after the present contract comes to an end.

      Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will undertake a review into the way children's hospices are funded with special reference to the funding regime and level of funding given to adult...

      Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when his departmental budget received the new money for hospices announced in the Chancellor's last Budget; when he (a) intends to and (b) has...

      Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons hospices for children receive less financial support per patient from Government than hospices for adults; and if he will take steps to...

      NHS Structural Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the impact on Portsmouth and South East Hampshire health authority of the structural reforms proposed for the NHS; and if...

      Organ Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase public awareness of donor cards and the Donor Registry.

      Organ Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to encourage councils to include organ donor registration forms in their electoral registration form.

      Organ Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce an opt-out scheme for organ donorship.

  • House of Lords

    • Industrial Disputes: Interim Injunctions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the practice (in the High Court or in the Court of Session) of not holding hearings in public for interim injunctions or interdicts in industrial disputes...

    • Judicial Review: Immigration Appeals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many applications for judicial review or leave to apply for judicial review were granted during 2001 in cases to which the provisions of paragraph 15(2) of the...

      Prison Service: Management of Sex Offenders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will establish a sex offenders management unit within the Prison Service in England and Wales.

      Sentencing Framework Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish a summary of the responses to the public consultation on the review of the sentencing framework.

      Immigration Decisions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, for the purposes of immigration control, there are any "non-removable nationalities".

      Immigration Decisions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many asylum seekers whose claims have been refused and who have exhausted all appeal procedures have been returned to Somalia, Liberia, Iraq, Afghanistan and...

      Internet Access Packages: VAT

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why some companies providing unmetered Internet access in the United Kingdom have to charge VAT on their subscriptions while others do not; and when they intend to...

      National Survey of Time Use

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they intend to achieve by the National Survey of Time Use and the People, Families and Communities Survey 2001.

      Sports Clubs: Tax Relief

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What Treasury guidelines will determine whether or not sports clubs will be able to qualify for 80 per cent business rate relief and for exemption from tax on...

      Sea Fishing: Net Mesh Sizes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will issue guidance to sea fishermen's organisations to clarify the latest European Union directive on the sizes of net meshes.

      Foot and Mouth Outbreak: Cost

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide a breakdown of the total costs of the foot and mouth outbreak to date.

      Sheep Farming

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have plans to increase the sheep annual premium which was devalued for 2001 by the impact of foot and mouth disease on the United Kingdom export trade...

      Sheep Farming

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have plans to bring the real returns of United Kingdom farmers up to equivalent levels enjoyed by sheep farmers elsewhere in the European Union.

      Sheep Scab

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress is being made in the research to find a vaccine to protect sheep from sheep scab.

      Marine Environment: Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to stengthen the law and penalties applying to international or reckless disturbance, damage or destruction to or of any elements of...

      Marine Environment: Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure that relevant United Kingdom or devolved Ministers have the power to introduce restrictions and controls on activity on land...

      Marine Environment: Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure that relevant United Kingdom or devolved Ministers have the power to make emergency and stop orders to restrict activities...

      Marine Environment: Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether effective penalties are applied for all illegal activities affecting the marine environment, including fines, confiscation of equipment and restoration...

      Marine Environment: Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to strengthen monitoring, inspection and law enforcement in order effectively to protect the marine environment.

      Marine Environment: Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to improve the effectiveness of co-ordination between the relevant law enforcement authorities involved in protecting the marine...

      Marine Environment: Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to establish a representative network of nationally important marine protected areas within the United Kingdom's 200 nautical mile...

      Marine Environment: Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to establish special management areas in the marine environment; and what priority they are according the protection of significant...

      Marine Environment: Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking (a) to review the criteria for the selection of protected species and the biodiversity action plan to ensure that the precautionary...

      Marine Environment: Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to prioritise the designation and sustainable management of special areas for conservation and special protection areas in the marine...

      Marine Environment: Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure effective legislation in support of a national bycatch response strategy designed to reduce bycatch of protected species to...

      Bovine TB

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What additional control measures have been introduced to control the possible spread of bovine TB after the foot and mouth disease outbreak.

      Farm Incomes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: If they will make a statement on farm incomes.

      Agricultural Merchants and Saddlers: Medicines Registration Fees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the fees to be paid by merchants and saddlers for registration in 2002-03 with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain under the Medicines...

      Dr Kerr and Mr Haslam

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will announce the names of the chair and panel members for the independent investigation into the handling of complaints against Dr Kerr and Mr Haslam.

      Commissioner for Public Appointments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Commissioner for Public Appointments is to be reappointed at the end of her term.

      Northern Ireland: Right to March

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish all their correspondence, including e-mails, with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission concerning the issue of the right to march...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: Staffing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the appointment of Peter Hosking to undertake a review of the work of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission was in accord with government guidelines...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: Staffing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who prepared and authorised the terms of reference for the independent evaluation and review of staffing of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; on what...

      Statutory Instruments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to improve the explanatory material supplied with statutory instruments.

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