Written answers

Tuesday, 5 February 2002

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the economic circumstances of Palestinians living in the occupied territories.

    • Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Archbishop of Canterbury about his meetings with other faith leaders and their implications...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the current situation in the middle east.

      Serb Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what efforts are being made to ensure the safe return of Serbs who were forced to flee (a) Krajina and (b) Kosovo.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent action he has taken to support the peace process in Colombia.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what diplomatic steps he is taking to secure the safe transportation of food and the essential supplies throughout Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the capacity remaining for a base for international terrorism in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions the Government have had with Afghan women's organisations on women's rights.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the UK Government are taking to ensure the protection of women from violence in Afghanistan, with particular...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the UK Government are taking to (a) recognise and (b) act on the demands of Afghan women addressed to the...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the UK Government and the international community are taking to ensure that the interests and role of women are being...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what training is funded by the UK Government for staff involved in projects working with women in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the UK Government and the international community are taking to ensure that the monitoring of the reconstruction work...

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the island of St. Helena.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the President of Iran on bilateral relations.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on preparations for the Geneva conference on human rights in March.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to help ensure that elections in Zimbabwe will be fair.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the role the United States will play in finding a political solution in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the EU concerning imposing smart sanctions upon Zimbabwe.

      Central Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress in the Lusaka accord and moves to bring peace to the countries of central Africa.

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the US Administration about the future of the ABM treaty.

      Gibraltar

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

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking within the UN to promote human rights in Sierra Leone.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to establish a special court for human rights abuses in Sierra Leone.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the recent peace agreement in the Sudan.

      Georgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in the Republic of Georgia.

      British Detainees (Guantanamo Bay)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the statement of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State of 21 January 2002, Official Report, column 623, what...

      British Detainees (Guantanamo Bay)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will request that the report of the ICRC into conditions at Camp X-Ray be made available to the British Government.

      British Detainees (Guantanamo Bay)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the International Committee of the Red Cross has had access to detainees held at centres other than Bagram and Kabul.

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Pakistani Government about terrorism in Kashmir.

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Indian Government about human rights in Kashmir.

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with European Union Ministers on introducing a new constitutional settlement for the European...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of refusals for overseas visitors visas have been overturned by appeal by post since October 2000.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many complaints have been received regarding applications for student visas by students from (a) China, (b) Russia, (c)...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many persons from (a) the Czech Republic and (b) Turkey have been refused entry to the United Kingdom at ports of entry in...

      Southern Rhodesia Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what power HM Government retain to make orders under section 3(1)(b)(i) of the Southern Rhodesia Act 1979.

      Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the supplementary report of the monitoring mechanism on Sanctions against UNITA appointed,...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 21 January 2002, Official Report, column 581W, which senior management structure positions are held...

      Business Ambassadors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many new business ambassadors he has appointed since 7 June 2001; and if he will list them.

      Ministerial Visits

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

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has for further joint visits with EU foreign secretaries.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to visit other countries when he attends the CHOGM Conference in Brisbane.

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the principal obstacles are to the opening of Turkey's accession negotiations to join the EU.

      British Foreign Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the aims and objectives of British foreign policy.

      British Overseas Territories [Lords] Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken to issue new passports once the British Overseas Territories [Lords] Bill is enacted.

      Azerbaijan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Resolution 1272(2002) adopted on 24 January, what recent...

      Azerbaijan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations it has made to the Government of Azerbaijan concerning the conscription into the military of Fazil...

      Azerbaijan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Government of Azerbaijan concerning allegations that local authority permission is needed...

      CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT Free Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many over 75-year-old pensioners in Shrewsbury and Atcham have received free television licences.

      Gambling Review Body

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for West Lancashire (Mr. Pickthall) of 21 January 2002, Official Report, column 620W, when...

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the members of the viewers panel established to advise the Government on the consumers' view on digital switchover who...

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her answer of 6 December 2001, Official Report, column 501W, what advice has the Government given to the BBC and ITC in...

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for South Suffolk, of 25 January 2002, Official Report, column 1113W, on analogue switchoff,...

      Television

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

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what dates the viewers panel established to advise the Government on the consumers' view on digital switchover has met; and how many...

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the television without frontiers directive.

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many copies of the leaflet "Digital TV Information for Landlords" have (a) been printed and (b) been distributed, stating for each...

      Lottery Grant (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many lottery grant applications were made by organisations in Gloucestershire, broken down by parliamentary constituencies (a)...

      Public Service Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what information she has (a) received and (b) is seeking about the definition of public service broadcasting in (i) other EU states and...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she (a) has made and (b) will make of the numbers of licence fee payers who are able to access BBC online at their place...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what assessment she (a) has made and (b) plans to make of the (i) benefits and (ii) disadvantages to licence fee payers of (A) BBC...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will include methods other than the licence fee to fund the BBC as part of the process leading to a decision on the renewal of...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she (a) has made and (b) will make of the numbers of licence fee payers who are able to (i) receive and (ii) view (A)...

      Lottery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the ventures in the Edinburgh, West constituency that have benefited from lottery money within the last...

      Golden Jubilee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) applications have been made to and (b) grants have been awarded by the lottery-funded awards for all grants programme, to...

      Golden Jubilee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received on the resignation of Lord Levene from his responsibilities for co-ordinating the Queen's Golden...

      Golden Jubilee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if she will publish (a) the terms of reference, (b) the instructions and (c) other guidance Lord Levene of Portsoken was given by...

      Golden Jubilee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when (a) she, (b) other Ministers in her Department and (c) other Government Ministers have visited the Golden Jubilee Office; and what...

      Golden Jubilee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when information about Lord Levene of Portsoken's resignation from the role to oversee aspects of the Golden Jubilee celebrations was...

      Golden Jubilee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff (a) work and (b) have stopped working (i) at their own request and (ii) at the request of others in the Golden Jubilee...

      Golden Jubilee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when Lord Levene of Portsoken resigned from his role to oversee aspects of the Golden Jubilee celebrations.

      Golden Jubilee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions (a) she, (b) other Ministers in her Department and (c) officials in her Department have had with Ministers and...

      Departmental Leave Entitlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what has been the average annual leave entitlement of staff in her Department in each of the last four years.

      Broadcasting (Ministerial Audiences)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if she will list the television programmes which (a) she and (b) other Ministers in her Department have viewed in an official...

      Broadcasting (Ministerial Audiences)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the recordings of (a) television and (b) radio programmes which (i) she and (ii) other Ministers in her Department have...

      Analogue Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what advice she has (a) received and (b) plans to seek about when the conditions that need to be fulfilled before the analogue...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the meetings which (a) she and (b) other Ministers in her Department have had with representatives of broadcasters...

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her answer of 17 December 2001, Official Report, column 37W, on digitally originated graphics, if she will make an...

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the (a) benefits and (b) disadvantages to consumers of receiving digital television by (i) digital...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Outsourcing (IS/IT Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 6 December 2001, Official Report, column 514W, on outsourcing, what the estimated size is of the reduced cost to his...

    • Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what amount of rental income is disregarded from income support calculations when heating is included in the rent of a sub-tenant.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of disability living allowance benefits appeals were won by claimants after the medical examination in (a) the West Midlands...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of claimants for disability living allowance have been refused benefit after they have been receiving disability living...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many representations he has received over the last 12 months about the Benefits Agency's use of inadequately qualified and experienced...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what was the average time taken for a review of disability living allowance in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Leave Entitlement

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

      Performance and Verification Frameworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which local authorities have implemented the Verification Framework; how much the expert Help Team has cost; how many local authorities have...

      Correspondence

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

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Electoral Modernisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish the names of those authorities that have been approved to run electoral modernisation pilot...

    • Electoral Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his estimate is of the proportion of ballot papers which were the product of forgery and were not counted in the...

      Electoral Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the official mark as a safeguard against electoral fraud; and...

      Electoral Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what research he has undertaken into security and the prevention of ballot rigging in the evaluation of the...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many contracts and what fees in each financial year since 1997–98 (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Cap...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 24 January 2002, Official Report, column 1041W, on special advisers, how many special...

      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...

      Standard Spending Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the average SSA is in 2002 for councils and local authority areas in England.

      Noise and Nuisance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much funding his Department has allocated to tackling noise and nuisance in Buckinghamshire in each of the last...

      High Hedges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to publish his Department's guidance on disputes between neighbours about high hedges and overhanging...

      Departmental Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many studies initiated since 1997 have covered subjects that have previously been the subject of studies by his...

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the total public sector subsidy for buses was, at current prices, in each year between 1991 and 2001.

      Essen 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 31544, if it is his policy to build a...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place in the Library legal advice received by his Department about the use of repeater signs in 30mph...

      Roads Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what total public sector investment was in roads, at current prices, in each year between 1991 and 2001.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to introduce a law compelling cyclists to have bells.

      Urban Capacity Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on how many local authorities have produced urban capacity studies (a) before 7 March...

      Airport Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps he is taking to monitor the security of airports abroad and to publish advice on this issue to British...

      British Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on what powers British Waterways has to grant itself planning permission and to carry out...

      Greenfield Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on whether the Government had carried out a national audit of greenfield allocations to...

      Greenfield Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many hectares of greenfield land previously allocated for housing in local plans and unitary development plans...

      Starter Home Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how the building land for the Starter Home Initiative is being sourced.

      Starter Home Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many people in the Epsom and Ewell constituency have benefited from the Starter Home Initiative for key workers;...

      Worcestershire Structure Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on what grounds Government Departments may disregard the Worcestershire Structure Plan when considering the location...

      Community Transport Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the proposed regulations extending fuel duty rebate to community transport services will come into force.

      Concessionary Fare Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what the gross cost is in each local authority of concessionary fare schemes at the most recent date for which...

      Concessionary Fare Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list by local authority those areas in which pensioners travel concessions are available (a) offering nil...

      Ferries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the ferry crossings from mainland Great Britain that are in receipt of central Government financial...

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether it is his policy to allow funding for Crossrail to be raised through a public bond issue.

      Channel Tunnel Freight Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what plans he has to increase the number of freight services using the channel tunnel; and if he will make a...

      Rail Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many coaches are operating on the rail network; and how many are projected to be in operation in 2005.

      Selby Rail Crash

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement regarding the application made by North Yorkshire Police Authority under the Bellwin...

      Strategic Rail Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether public investment in the Railways under the 10-year plan includes the public sector contribution to projected...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the total (a) loan facility and (b) working capital facility drawn down by the Railtrack Administrator under the...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether the additional money originally announced on 14 January for the railways includes the additional funding for...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 17 December 2001, Official Report, column 9W, on Railtrack, for whom the assessment of...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether Railtrack needed to raise more money during the current financial year than was envisaged in its business plan.

  • Treasury

    • Treasury Building PFI Deal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total costs involved in the Exchequer Partnership bond issue for the Treasury Building PFI deal were including total fees paid to banks,...

    • Treasury Building PFI Deal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total (a) refurbishment and (b) operating costs are of the Treasury building, broken down by the principal cost headings used.

      Treasury Building PFI Deal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for the 10 years prior to the Treasury Building PFI deal, how much the Treasury has paid in annual rent for the Treasury Building.

      Treasury Building PFI Deal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assumptions have been made about inflation in the Treasury Building PFI deal.

      Treasury Building PFI Deal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discount rate was used for the Treasury Building PFI deal; and, using this discount rate, what the total net present cost is of the annual unitary...

      Treasury Building PFI Deal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer under the terms of the Treasury Building PFI deal, who owns the freehold of the Treasury Building.

      Treasury Building PFI Deal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total capital sum involved in the Treasury Building PFI deal was, broken down by (a) equity and (b) the different layers of debt.

      Treasury Building PFI Deal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total annual operating costs were for the Treasury Building in each of the four years prior to the Treasury building PFI deal, broken down by (a)...

      Treasury Building PFI Deal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Treasury Building PFI deal ends, how much at current prices he estimates the Treasury will pay in annual rent.

      Treasury Building PFI Deal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what he estimates the total amount of cash paid by the Treasury to Exchequer Partnership over the lifetime of the Treasury Building PFI deal would have been...

      Treasury Building PFI Deal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what will be the total amount of cash paid by the Treasury to Exchequer Partnership over the lifetime of the Treasury Building PFI deal assuming no inflation.

      Treasury Building PFI Deal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer at the time of issue of the Exchequer Partnership bond for the Treasury Building PFI deal, what the total extra cash paid by the Treasury to Exchequer...

      Treasury Building PFI Deal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by how much he estimates the bond spread of the Exchequer Partnership bond issued for the Treasury Building PFI deal would have had to widen before the...

      Treasury Building PFI Deal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer using the Treasury's inflation assumptions for the Treasury Building PFI deal, what he estimates the total amount of cash paid by the Treasury to Exchequer...

      Treasury Building PFI Deal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what he estimates the total amount of cash paid by the Treasury to Exchequer Partnership will be over the lifetime of the Treasury Building PFI deal...

      Treasury Building PFI Deal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what he estimates the total net present cost of the annual unitary payments by the Treasury to Exchequer Partnership over the lifetime of the Treasury...

      Treasury Building PFI Deal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) gross and (b) net proceeds were from the Exchequer Partnership Bond issue.

      Amateur Sports Clubs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures have been introduced since 1997 to give tax and rate relief to amateur sports clubs; and what plans he has to give further assistance.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2001, Official Report, column 890W, on the Financial Services Authority, (1) what new regulations will apply to...

      Uk GDP

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the performance of the UK recorded in the Eurostat reports, Statistics in Focus, General Statistics, No. 1/2002, "Regional...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2002, Official Report, column 438W, for what reasons he will not list the (a) officials, (b) special advisers and (c)...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2002, Official Report, columns 438–39W, (1) if he will list the names of the members of the cross-party HM...

      Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for a common prosecution policy for tax credit fraud and benefit fraud.

      Tax Returns (Electronic Filing)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of (a) individuals and (b) companies filed their tax returns electronically in 2000.

      Tax Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the (a) yield of, (b) cost of collection of and (c) number of employees collecting (i) the climate change levy, (ii) the aggregates levy, (iii)...

      Tax Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what studies of tax compliance costs have been completed by the Inland Revenue since May 1997.

      Inland Revenue (Informers)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claims for rewards by informers were made to Inland Revenue in each of the last three years ended 31 March 2001; of those claims, what proportion...

      Inland Revenue (Informers)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with regard to section 32 of the Inland Revenue Regulation Act 1890 and Inland Revenue's current practice, what is the process employed by Inland Revenue,...

      Labour Productivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 6 December 2001, Official Report, column 521W, on labour productivity, if he will make a statement on the recent reforms which...

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints he has received from (a) hon. Members and (b) members of the public about the loss of working families tax credit for people on sickness...

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2001, Official Report, columns 323–24W, on the working families tax credit, what the total value was of the 478...

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many working families have (a) claimed and (b) been awarded the working families tax credit in Shrewsbury and Atcham; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Sector Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the percentage difference has been between the increase in public sector pay and private sector pay in each of the last five years.

      Public Sector Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the percentage increase in public sector pay has been in each of the last five years; and what the cost of that increase was.

      Family Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) working families with children and (b) childless people in work had incomes below the tax threshold at the latest date for which information is...

      Contingency Reserve

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his policy on the level of the contingency reserve in each of the next three years.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much money has been spent on external consultants in the tendering process of the Private Finance Initiative in each of the last four years (a) in...

      Annuity Reform

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to publish the consultation document on annuity reform.

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to receive the Inland Revenue report on benchmarking the level of fraud in the working families tax credit; what his timetable is for...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2001, Official Report, column 197W, how many instances of potentially fraudulent or improper claims to tax credits...

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Hamilton, South (Mr. Tynan) of 24 January 2002, Official Report, column 980W, on child poverty, if he will...

      Pension Schemes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on delays in making the annual payment to the pension schemes of those who have opted out of SERPS.

      Gus O'Donnell

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who produced, and at what cost to his Department, the four cartoons released by his Department on 17 January 2002, in the selection of slides presented by...

      Gus O'Donnell

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons UK productivity growth was described as lacklustre in the slides presented by Mr. Gus O'Donnell at a seminar with students on 30 November...

      Departmental Secondments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 15 November 2001, Official Report, column 845W, on departmental secondments, if he will list the company employing each secondee...

      Arthur Andersen

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what contracts his Department has had since 1997 with (a) Arthur Andersen and (b) Accenture for (i) accountancy, (ii) audit and (iii) consultancy work; and...

  • House of Commons

    • Parliament Square

      To ask the President of the Council what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues and others over proposals to pedestrianise part of Parliament Square; what steps he intends to take to...

    • Parliamentary Television Service

      To ask the Chairman of the Information Select Committee if he plans to facilitate the broadcast of proceedings of the National Assembly for Wales and the Scottish Parliament on the parliamentary...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Credit Card Fraud

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many prosecutions were instituted by the Crown Prosecution Service in England and Wales in respect of fraudulent credit card transactions by use of the Internet...

  • Defence

    • Low Flying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints he has received regarding low flying military aircraft by constituency in the past year.

    • Throckmorton Airfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make a statement on the ownership of land at Throckmorton airfield; and what plans his Department has for the disposal of this land (a)...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total expenditure by his Department is on research and development; and how much of the total is spent in Scotland.

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding has been allocated in the current financial year for research and development in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland; what proportion of the...

      Service Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement listing the changes in tax legislation the interpretation of which has led to the mistaken tax treatment of some war...

      Service Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many retired armed service officers and their widows in (a) the East Riding of Yorkshire and (b) Hull have been identified as paying tax on retired...

      Tempest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the complete work and modifications on the Tempest mine protected vehicles will cost; and if he will make a statement.

      Strategic Defence Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British universities have contracts awarded under the auspices of the 1985 Strategic Defence Initiative Memorandum of Understanding; and if he...

      Mutual Defence Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the reply to the hon. Member for Nottingham, South (Mr. Simpson) of 22 January 2002, Official Report, column 733W, on the Mutual Defence...

      Arthur Andersen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what fees were paid to Arthur Andersen and Company for their work on the privatisation of DERA to QinetiQ.

      Arthur Andersen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answers of 8 January 2002 to the hon. Member for New Forest, West (Mr. Swayne), Official Report, column 563W, on QinetiQ, on what date...

      Army Pensioners (Cumbria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his estimate is of the number of Army pensioners who have lost income through the taxation EMV who are resident in (a) Cumbria and (b) the...

      Defence Employees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff are employed in Scotland by (a) his Department and (b) executive agencies responsible to his Department; where these staff are located;...

      Research Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has awarded in research contracts by region in the most recent financial year.

      Service Accommodation (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many single accommodation places exist for each of the services in Scotland for (a) officers and (b) other ranks, by location.

      Getfitta Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role Ministers plan to play in the getfitta scheme launched on his Department's website.

      Armed Forces (Medical Downgrades)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) RAF were considered to be medically downgraded on 1 February, stating in each case the (i) number...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Cleaner Coal Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will publish the conclusions of her review into the case for Government support for cleaner coal technology demonstration power plant.

    • Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on progress with the target on total overhead costs.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many employers in Stathkelvin and Bearsden constituency have breached the national minimum wage regulations.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Police (Northern Ireland) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what guidance the Chief Constable has issued under section 51.2 of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2002; how many officers have responded; and...

    • PHOENIX Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what information contained on the PHOENIX database is accessible by police in Northern Ireland; what authorisation is required for an officer to...

      Plastic Baton Rounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his answer of 9 January 2002, Official Report, column 878W, how many plastic baton rounds are held for training and potential use...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Central Office of Information

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will report on the outcome of the quinquennial review into the Central Office of Information.

    • PPP Contracts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to ensure that the terms of PPP contracts are in the public domain; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Payments (Euros)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many Government Departments will, during the next 12 months, be paying costs for European services in euros.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of senior civil servants have held civil service posts based outside London.

      Ministerial Guidance (Energy Industry)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what guidance has been given by his Department to Government Departments and agencies since May 1997 with respect to (a) contacts between civil servants and...

  • Prime Minister

    • Hammond Inquiry

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) under what circumstances official inquiries can be reopened; (2) at whose request the Hammond Inquiry concerning the application for naturalisation by Mr. S. P....

    • Hammond Inquiry

      To ask the Prime Minister what is the estimated cost to the public funds arising from the reopening of the Hammond Inquiry into the application for the naturalisation by Mr. S. P. Hinduja in 1998.

      Hammond Inquiry

      To ask the Prime Minister what role was played by (a) Ministers, (b) civil servants and (c) special advisers in contributing to the story in the Sunday Times, edition 3 February, concerning the...

      Hammond Inquiry

      To ask the Prime Minister what the terms of reference are for the reopened Hammond Inquiry; who will be able to give evidence to this inquiry; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Prime Minister what key issues he raised with the group of Afghan women on his recent visit to the region; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Department

    • Police Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he takes to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of chief constables and police authorities.

    • Police Service (Devon and Cornwall)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many special constables there were in Devon and Cornwall constabulary in (a) 1992 and (b) 1997; and what the latest available...

      Fingerprinting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fingerprint experts have had training to deal with the non-numeric standard.

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on Government plans to increase the number of officers in the Metropolitan police.

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officers there are in the Metropolitan police; what the budgeted work force target is; and what the figures are for detective officers.

      Police White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many representations he has received from members of the police force regarding the Home Office White Paper; and how many of these...

      Police Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his policy on the award of early pensions on medical grounds to serving police officers.

      Revenue Support Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the category and amount of each item of funding outside the revenue support grant which his Department made available to (a)...

      Child Curfew Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the circumstances in which the issue of child curfew orders is appropriate.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what target has been set for responding to hon. Members' letters to the Immigration Department.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to provide a substantive reply to the letter of 25 September from the hon. Member for Christchurch about alcohol and...

      Crime (Coventry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to combat gang violence and the gang culture in young people (a) in Coventry and (b) in the UK.

      Burglary

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

      Jamie Nicol Connolly

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) for what reason Jamie Nicol Connolly was refused entry to the United Kingdom at Heathrow on 26 October 2001; and if he will make a...

      Voluntary Sector Compact

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the outcome of the second annual meeting to review the compact on relations between the Government and the...

      Animal Procedures Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he proposes to reappoint Professor Michael Banner as Chairman of the Animal Procedures Committee.

      National Identity Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the cost of introducing a national identity card.

      National Identity Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received on a national identity card.

      Murder Trial Witnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the practice is in regard to the provision of holidays and other benefits given to witnesses in murder trials by the (a) police and (b)...

      Air-guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received from ACPO regarding the Brocock Air Cartridge pistol; and what action he has taken.

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his plans to legislate on trafficking people; and if the Government will incorporate the definition set out in...

      Police Training (Street Patrols)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the minimum time period for elementary training of a police recruit before he or she is permitted to take part in a street patrol.

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answers of 25 January 2002 of the hon. Member for Sheffield, Central (Mr. Caborn), Official Report, column 1112W, on...

      Theft and Fraud

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

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many increases there have been in the cost of passports in the past 10 years; and what those increases have been.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether additional financial commitments for the Prison Service resulting from the Prison Service pay review will be met through additional...

      Non-Human Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in (a) establishing an EU register of non-human primates in breeding, supply and research establishments and (b)...

      Non-Human Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps have been taken to ensure that non-designated overseas breeding and supply establishments of non-human primates supplying...

      Non-Human Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what grounds the ban on the use of great apes in research and testing in the UK was made; and if he will make a statement.

      Immigration Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the maximum delay he allows between the Secretary of State receiving appeal decisions under rule 15(2) and 16(5), and 18(9A) and...

      Immigration Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the new arrangements for service of appeal decisions under rules 15(2), 16(5), 18(9A) and 19(6) will come into operation.

      Exceptional Leave to Remain

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to come to a decision on the recommendation of the adjudicator on 17 October 2000, relating to the possibility of exceptional...

      Exceptional Leave to Remain

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals were granted exceptional leave to remain in the UK in 2001.

      Immigration Service Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what disciplinary measures are in place for Immigration Service personnel who do not treat visa applicants with a basic level of courtesy;...

      Asylum Accommodation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment was made of the advantages and disadvantages of (a) rural and (b) urban sites for the proposed asylum accommodation centres.

      Asylum Accommodation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact on local public services, with specific reference to (a) health and (b) police, of the construction...

      Asylum Accommodation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when work began on identifying the possible sites for the proposed asylum accommodation centres.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements are made for members of the public to visit the offices handling visa applications.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will announce to Parliament when the average time taken for completing applications for student visas has reached his target figure of...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what changes are being introduced to improve the administration of the issuing of student visas; (2) what assessment has been made of...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will issue guidance to staff dealing with student visas on the importance of providing a fast, efficient and courteous service.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training is given to staff who deal directly with the public who visit the visa issuing office.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the processing of one year student visas will achieve the target of completion in three weeks for 70 per cent. of applications.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 18 January 2002, Official Report, columns 550–51W, on visas, how he will calculate the average waiting time...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training staff receive in answering telephone queries on visa applications.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans NASS has to exclude the children of asylum seekers from mainstream education; and if he will make a statement.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for how long NASS placed asylum seekers in the Landmark Tower buildings in Liverpool.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time has been over the last six months that NASS has taken to respond to (a) telephone inquiries and (b) written inquiries...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time has been over the last six months that NASS has taken to process a claim for emergency accommodation under section 98...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans NASS has to extend the deadline for appeal against a NASS decision to (a) refuse and (b) withdraw support from asylum seekers.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applicants who have been offered dispersal placements outside London have declined the offer of support in each of the last...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unsuccessful asylum applicants have been removed in each of the last six calendar months.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time has been over the last six months that NASS has taken to process an application for asylum; and if he will make a statement.

      Asylum Seekers

      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.

      Citizenship Application

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the application for citizenship made by Mrs. Mehar of Southend, which was acknowledged by the IND of 28 February 2001,...

      Immigration Office, Croydon

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department If he will make a statement on the delays involved in the treatment of post received at the Immigration Office, Croydon.

  • Education and Skills

    • Investors in People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent consultations she has held with the Learning and Skills Council and other interested parties concerning the future financing and...

    • Schools (Harwich)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new primary and secondary schools were opened in the Harwich constituency between 1979 and 1997; and what proposals have been made...

      Skills Shortages (Construction)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of recent research by Communities Scotland on skill shortages in the construction industry; and what steps she...

      Temporary Classrooms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2002, Official Report, column 1006W, if he will publish the latest available information on the...

      Theft and Fraud

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

      School Computers (Pornographic Material)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what systems are in place to monitor school computer systems for misuse by staff or students with particular reference to pornographic...

      Prisoners Learning and Skills Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects the prisoners learning and skills unit to complete its review of the funding procurement and delivery of prison education.

      Student Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average annual funding per student aged 16–18 is in 2001–02 in (a) school sixth forms, (b) sixth form colleges and (c)...

      Graduate Teacher Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how the funding for the graduate teacher scheme has been allocated; how many places are being provided on the scheme; and how many people...

      Graduate Teacher Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when schools were given details of the number of places on the graduate teacher scheme.

      Graduate Teacher Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the number of teachers taken on by schools who have not received funding under the graduate teacher scheme.

      Trailblazer Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what consultation he has with (a) the Department of Trade and Industry and (b) regional development agencies when determining Trailblazer status.

      Trailblazer Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which sector skills councils were awarded Trailblazer status; and what is the (a) budget and (b) location of each.

      Ceramic Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will meet the Chairman for Ceramic Training and Development to discuss options for the ceramics industry in respect of sector skills...

      School Standards Fund (Kensington and Chelsea)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the Standards Fund received by schools in Westminster and in Kensington and Chelsea in (a) 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02.

      Threshold Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of difficulties experienced by schools in going from Threshold 1 to Threshold 2; and if she will make a statement.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to announce the final disposal arrangements and plans for intermediate and high level nuclear waste; and what...

    • Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she set up the Radioactive Waste Management Information Needs Research Project; what arrangements are in place for its...

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what basis she calculates how many hours of inspectors' time is appropriate for landfill sites, with particular reference...

      Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she next intends to meet the Fishermen's Association Ltd. to discuss their concerns on proposed changes in the...

      Livestock Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what regulations govern the transport of live animals; and what penalties can be imposed upon those who do not comply with them.

      Sheep Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of the European Commission's decision on the levels of (a) the sheep annual...

      Sheep Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the level of the sheep annual premium that would be payable to United Kingdom sheep producers...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how CAP funding is spent in the United Kingdom broken down by (a) types of schemes and (b) nations.

      Throckmorton Airfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the (a) Ministry of Defence and (b) Home Office about the proposed asylum accommodation...

      Departmental Leave Entitlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what has been the average annual leave entitlement of staff in her Department in each of the last four years.

      Departmental Salary Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the departmental expenditure limit in 2001–02 will be accounted for by salary costs and pension...

      Theft and Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what additional security measures are planned by her Department to deter and detect theft and fraud.

      Aquatic Mammals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her latest estimate is of the population of (a) grey seals, (b) common-seals and (c) dolphins in the waters around...

      Aquatic Mammals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the trends over the past 20 years in the populations of (a) grey seals, (b) common seals and...

      Marine Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action the Government are taking to implement proposals for the comprehensive reform of UK marine law and policy.

      Environmental Protection Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many individuals have taken action against (a) Buckinghamshire county council and (b) Aylesbury Vale district council...

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people in Buckinghamshire were prosecuted for littering in each of the last five years; and in how many cases they...

      Water Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many water meters were installed in houses (a) in England and Wales and (b) in the Buckingham constituency in each of the...

      Noise/nuisance Complaint

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) noise and (b) nuisance complaints were investigated by (i) Buckinghamshire county council and (ii) Aylesbury...

      Dog Fouling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fines for dog fouling were issued by (a) Buckinghamshire county council and (b) Aylesbury Vale district council in...

      Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many successful prosecutions have been undertaken by the Environment Agency concerning pollution in Buckinghamshire in...

      Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints have been received by the Environment Agency concerning pollution in the Buckingham constituency in each...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the cost savings resulting from energy efficiency measures introduced by (a) Buckinghamshire...

      Maize

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the UK's fodder maize is grown in (a) England and (b) each region.

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many working days were lost within the Rural Payments Agency between 16 November 2001 and 31 January 2002 as a result of...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) total and (b) percentage were of arable payments made by the Rural Payments Agency to arable farmers in the 16...

      Arable Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) level and (b) percentage were of arable payments made to farmers at her Department's Exeter office within the...

      Refrigerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what advice she will give to councils in setting their budget for 2002–03 in advance of the Government deciding...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the target time is for a response from her Department to a farmer's claim for compensation.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the reports produced by the cattle plague commissioners following the outbreak of cattle plague in the 1870s were...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her policy on public access to (a) the Disease Control System Database and (b) the Veterinary...

      Animal Movement Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether all the passports of offspring under restriction on 21 January have been collected; what steps have been taken to...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what assessment he has made of the impact of incorporating the ECHR in the UK domestic judicial system.

    • Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the budget for the Legal Services Commission in the current financial year is; and what is her forecast for each of the next...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many staff employed on data protection are employed outside London; and in which locations.

      Data Protection

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what is being done to protect businesses from companies which use threatening and confusing letters to demand excessive amounts of...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what representations he has received about the regulatory burdens imposed by data protection legislation.

      Theft and Fraud

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what additional security measures are planned by her Department to deter and detect theft and fraud.

      Land Registry

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many complaints he has received about the accuracy of the Land Registry in the last 12 months.

      Land Registry

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many staff from the Land Registry are employed outside London; and in which locations.

      Land Registry

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what representations he has received on reform of the Land Registry.

      Public Guardianship Office

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what functions the Public Guardianship Office performs; and what her estimate is of its running costs.

      Public Guardianship Office

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what targets she has set for reply to (a) letters from hon. Members and (b) letters from members of the public to the Public...

      Public Guardianship Office

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many properties the Public Guardianship Office controls on behalf of people for whom they take responsibility.

      Public Guardianship Office

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many people are under the protection of the Public Guardianship Office.

      Public Guardianship Office

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what official foreign visits officials from the Public Guardianship Office have been made since it was established; at what cost;...

      Website

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what arrangements he has in place for monitoring and updating his Department's website.

      Law Commission

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many Law Commission bills have been introduced but failed to gain Royal Assent since 1979.

      Law Commission

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will list the recommendations of the Law Commission that have been rejected by the Government since 1979.

      City Status (Golden Jubilee)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when the successful applicants for city status in celebration of Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee will be announced.

      Departmental Salary Costs

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department 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 Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what has been the average annual leave entitlement of staff in the Lord Chancellor's Department in each of the last four years.

      Court Service

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many persons are employed in the Court Service.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what humanitarian aid is being provided by the United Kingdom Government to prisoners in Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many refugee camps have been set up in Afghanistan; and what estimate she has made of the total number likely to be required.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many international troops are currently deployed to protect aid convoys in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate she has made about the amount of aid required in Afghanistan; and how much has been delivered.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the programmes funded by the UK Government which are targeted to support women's needs and interests in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support her Department plans to give to micro-credit schemes for women in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people in her Department worked on Afghanistan in (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001 and (d) January 2002; and on what tasks and in...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in remote areas of Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much food aid has been deployed in Afghanistan since 11 September 2001 utilising UK Government resources.

      DFID Office (Kabul)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the personnel appointed to her Department's Office in Kabul by (a) rank and (b) gender.

      Central Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what help the Government are giving to (a) the people of Goma and (b) the Governments of Congo and Rwanda.

      Fairtrade Fortnight

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to encourage participation by her Department in Fairtrade Fortnight from 4 to 17 March.

      Global Health Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what further funds her Department will direct towards the Global Health Fund and from which part of her Department's budget.

      Global Health Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what work her Department is undertaking to ensure the Global Health Fund meets its pledge to leverage additional financial resources.

      Global Health Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress was made at the first board meeting of the Global Health Fund in Geneva; and if she will make a statement.

      Great Lakes Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what resources are available to the Great Lakes region through the Africa conflict prevention pool.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list her Department's total expenditure by month in each financial year since 1997–98.

      Departmental Secondments (Energy Industry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff were seconded between (a) BP, (b) Shell, (c) Enron, (d) Exxon- Mobil, (e) Conoco, (f) Texaco and (g) TotalFinaElf and...

      Tanzania

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had with (a) the Department of Trade and Industry, (b) the Ministry of Defence and (c) the Foreign...

      Tanzania

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will place a copy of the letter dated 8 November 2001 from the International Civil Aviation Organisation to the World Bank...

      Zambia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action her Department is taking to divert resources into free primary education in Zambia to assist poor parents with the cost of...

      Ghana

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations she has made on the education fees charged to rural families in Ghana.

      Theft and Fraud

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

      Overseas Service Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what figures are held on the number of people recruited to the Overseas Service Aid scheme who had children born overseas while they...

  • Health

    • Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Food Standards Agency annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 March 2001 will be published.

    • Young Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were born to women under the age of 18 years, per year, between 1990 and 2001 (a) in the UK and (b) in Bassetlaw.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the Public Service Agreement target of efficiency and other value for money gains in the NHS equivalent to 3 per cent. per...

      NHS Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the fee paid to community pharmacists for dispensing NHS prescriptions.

      Bioaerosols

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the effect of the inhalation of bioaerosols on human health.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) named day written questions and (b) ordinary written questions to his Department tabled before 30 November 2001 have yet to receive a...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason he has not replied to the written question on stroke research ref. 14028, from the hon. Member for Coventry, South.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will state (a) the reasons why he has not replied to question 19322 tabled by the hon. Member for Aylesbury on 26 November 2001 and (b) when he...

      Out-patient Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list in (a) rank and (b) alphabetical order of NHS trust, by NHS region, the (i) proportion and (ii) numbers of patients waiting (A) over 12...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from Leicester University hospitals about the timescale for delivering a diabetes national service framework; and if...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have (a) been tested for digital hearing aids and (b) had them fitted under the NHS in (i) England and (ii) Middlesbrough, South and...

      Critical Care Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many funded critical care beds were closed in (a) each health authority area and (b) England at the latest available date.

      Elderly Patients (Emergency Re-admissions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the level of emergency readmissions of elderly patients for each quarter of the last five years.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will inquire of the NHS acute trusts in London in order to ascertain the occupancy rate of beds in acute mental health wards in each London...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of (a) men and (b) women aged over 65 years have clinical depression; (2) what proportion of (a) men and (b) women aged over 65...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the UK have dementia; and how many of them are (a) over and (b) under 65 years.

      "Winning the Generation Game"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out for each of the conclusions in section 6.4 of the Performance and Innovation Unit report, "Winning the Generation Game", (a) what...

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) men and (b) women in England suffer from Alzheimer's disease.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the average time taken to answer NHS Direct's telephones (a) at weekends, (b) between 6 pm and 11 pm, (c) between 11 pm and 6 am and (d) during...

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many calls NHS Direct received in each of the last six months.

      St. John Ambulance Volunteers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times in 2001 St. John Ambulance volunteers carried out duties normally the responsibility of London ambulance service personnel.

      Head Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans there are to increase support and training for head injury survivors.

      Head Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Government have to compile up-to-date epidemiological data on the extent and severity of traumatic brain injury.

      Hospital Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria will be used to assess the need for franchised management of persistently failing hospitals.

      GPs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to attract back retired general practitioners to work in the medical profession; and if he will make a statement.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria he has used in the evaluation of primary care groups in their applications to become primary care trusts; and if he will make a statement.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his definition is of other sensitive sites referred to in the Stewart report on "Mobile Phones and Health"; and whether this includes sites directly...

      Mortality Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out for each NHS (a) region, (b) health authority and (c) trust the mortality rate (i) in hospital and (ii) within 30 days of discharge of...

      Lister Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the future of the accident and emergency department at the Lister hospital.

      Primary Care Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what instructions he has given to health authorities on the distribution of funding to (a) primary care groups and (b) primary care trusts for...

      Epsom Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which postcodes are included in the catchment area for Epsom hospital's maternity unit; and how many patients came from each of those postcode areas in...

  • House of Lords

    • Gibraltar

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the outcome of the talks held on 4 February under the Brussels Process.

    • Afghanistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent changes have there been to United Nations sanctions against Afghanistan.

      Metropolitan Police Numbers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they did not respond until 17 December to the Written Question tabled by Baroness Hanham on 30 October regarding the numbers of Metropolitan Police between...

      Asylum Seekers Held in Prison

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Zimbabwean asylum seekers are in prison in the United Kingdom; and when they are to be released; and How many asylum seekers were being held in United...

      Animal Procedures Committee Chairman

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to reappoint Professor Michael Banner as chairman of the Animal Procedures Committee.

      Compact on Relations between the Government and the Voluntary and Community Sector

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the outcome of the second annual meeting to review the compact on relations between the Government and the voluntary and community sector.

      Annuity Reform

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to publish the joint Inland Revenue and Department for Work and Pensions consultation document on annuity reform; and what will be the earliest...

      Medical Practitioner Services: VAT

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have considered the implications for the charging of VAT on services other than therapy by medical practitioners of the recent ruling in the case (D...

      Trafficking in Human Beings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Rooker on 17 December (WA 3-4) and 9 January (WA 113), whether they intend to incorporate the definition of trafficking from...

      Trafficking in Human Beings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer about Project Reflex by Lord Rooker on 9 January (WA 115), whether they will distinguish how many of the arrests and convictions...

      Badger Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ask the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary to investigate an allegation on BBC's Newsnight involving the shooting of a badger contrary to Section...

      Sheep Lice Treatment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What advice has recently been offered by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to sheep farmers as first line treatment against infestation by...

      Animal Disease Control

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to bring forward during the passage of the Animal Health Bill through this House any "important emerging recommendations" as mentioned in the...

      Rural: Definition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Whitty on 18 January (WA 183), whether it is now their intention to have a single definition of the word "rural"; and, if so,...

      Agriculture Council, 21 January

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What matters were discussed and decisions made at the Agriculture Council held on 21 and 22 January.

      Fetal Abormalities:Informing Parents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 13 November (WA 69), what guidance has been issued to hospitals and clinics following the publication...

      Macular Degeneration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much was spent in each of the last five years for which figures are available on research directly funded from the Department of Health and through the Medical...

      Care Leavers: Higher Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of children in care, or formerly in care, currently enter higher education; and What proportion of children in care they expect to be entering...

      Blood Products: Safety Initiatives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people with haemophilia have now been infected with hepatitis C and HIV respectively by contaminated National Health Service blood products; and what is...

      Independent Healthcare Providers to the NHS

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 3 December (WA 111), whether they will now publish the results of the survey carried out in October...

      Headlice Treatment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What advice is offered by the Department of Health as the means for treating infestation by headlice in children.

      Nursing Staff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made any estimate of the number of man-days or hours worked within the National Health Service by directly employed and agency nursing staff...

      Oral Anticoagulation Therapy: Testing Strips

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What contracts the Department of Health has had with the British Cardiac Patients Association and the Children's Heart Federation about making available on...

      Stem Cell Research

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 12 November 2001 (WA 57), whether the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has issued a...

      Food Standards Agency Report and Accounts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Food Standards Agency Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2001 will be published.

      Benefit Claimants: Post Office Card Accounts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How benefit claimants will be transferred from the current paper-based Post Office system to the new electronic Post Office card account; and Whether benefit...

      Benefit Claimants: Post Office Card Accounts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether claimants to more than one benefit will be transferred to an electronic Post Office card account earlier or later than claimants to a single benefit.

      Benefit Claims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Mr Wicks on 17 January (HC Deb, 361W), how much of the £54 billion of benefits paid in 2000–01 through the Post Office...

      Belfast: European Capital of Culture Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport will visit Belfast soon in connection with that City's European Capital of Culture 2008 bid.

      Parliamentary Estate: Accommodation for Sinn Fein Members

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representation they received from the Government of the Republic of Ireland concerning the provision of office accommodation in the Parliamentary Estate for...

      Drumcree Protest: Cost of Security Arrangements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current cost of security arrangements associated with the continuing dispute at Drumcree.

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