Written answers

Tuesday, 26 February 2002

  • Health

    • Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the level of Government support for research into the causes and treatment of dementia; and if he will make a statement.

    • Ward Refurbishments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funds have been made available to the Worthing and Southlands hospital trust over the last five years for the refurbishment of wards.

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

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

      Mortality Rate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the Government are doing to help reduce the UK's seasonal mortality rate.

      Addiction (Young People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what amount will be spent in the next financial year to assist (a) pre-teenagers and (b) teenagers in dealing with (i) alcohol and (ii) tobacco addictions.

      Multiple Sclerosis (Drug Prices)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with pharmaceutical companies which manufacture disease modifying drugs for MS concerning their pricing policy for the...

      Anorexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what further action he is taking to improve support to those diagnosed with anorexia.

      Churches Child Protection Advisory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the Churches Child Protection Advisory Service has spent the section 64 funding allocated to it by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Technology Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) remit and (b) responsibilities of the Technology Advisory Group are; and if he will list (i) the members and (ii) their declared interests.

      Perioperative Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he knew that the National Confidential Inquiry into Perioperative Death's report, "Changing the Way we Operate", would be published on 4 December...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letters of 14 November and 13 December from the hon. Member for Spelthorne about his constituent J. Packman's letter to him...

      Heart Bypass Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average wait for heart bypass operations (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) of patients in Gloucestershire was in the last 12 months; and if he...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the numbers of (a) private and (b) local authority homes that (i) have closed and (ii) plan to close due to the higher...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish guidance on those health care items which should be free at the point of delivery to people in care homes; and if he will make a statement.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residential homes have converted to nursing care homes since January 2001.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients detained under section 2 of the Mental Health Act 1983 were detained for the full 28 days without having a mental health review tribunal...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many firework-related injuries were treated by hospitals during the Christmas and new year period.

      MS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the use of Copaxone in the treatment of MS; (2) how long the decision to prescribe beta interferon and Copaxone for...

      Departmental Performance Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the performance against target in replying to letters from members of the public to his Department for each of the last 12 months.

      Private Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the regulatory regime for (a) private sector hospitals, (b) private sector general practitioners and (c) private sector...

      Electronic Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to introduce national (a) standards and (b) assessments for NHS staff who use electronic medical equipment in the NHS; (2) what...

      Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact on waiting lists of the implementation of the advice on prion transmission by the Spongiform Encephalopathy...

      Retirement Ages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the retirement ages that apply to the employees of his Department and its agencies, including how many and which categories of employees...

      Prostate Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the Wyre Forest constituency are waiting for non-urgent prostate surgery; and how long they can expect to wait.

      Care Bed Losses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nursing home and residential care beds have been lost in the last three years by region; and if he will make a statement.

      Thrombolytic Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement about the date when paramedics will commence administering thrombolytic drugs to heart attack patients in the Wyre Forest...

      Television Sets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      Lost/Stolen Property

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

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the publications issued by his Department in each of the last four years; and what the (a) circulation, (b) cost and (c) purpose of each was.

      MMR Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children received the measles vaccine in (a) each county or health authority and (b) England in each of the five years before the introduction of...

      MMR Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent guidance his Department has given to nursery schools and other providers of early years education and child care about accepting children who...

      Migraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money the Department has given to (a) research into migraine and (b) care for severe migraine sufferers in each of the past five years; and if he...

      Funding (Wigan and Bolton Health Authority)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) increases in funding have been given to the Wigan and Bolton health authority and (b) grants for specific projects have been given to the Wigan...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost was for setting up primary care trusts within the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the £100 million for maternity services has been allocated; and whether it has been spent in the way originally intended.

      Mixed Sex Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce the use of mixed sex wards in NHS hospitals; and if he will make a statement about the scale of use of such wards.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the national average has been in the last five years of the numbers of registrations to NHS dental practices.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the future resources that will be made available to NHS dentists.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of people are registered with an NHS dentist in (a) Stoke-on-Trent, North, (b) Staffordshire, (c) Stoke-on-Trent and (d) the United Kingdom.

      Drug Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residential places were available for the treatment of drug addicts in (a) 1992, (b) 1997 and (c) 2000; and if he will make a statement.

      Commission on Health Improvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is given to the Commission on Health Improvement on taking evidence from local trade union representatives when they are investigating local...

      Health Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the expenditure in each of the past three years (a) on each health action zone and (b) envisaged for 2002–03.

      Health Authority Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list health authorities by expenditure per weighted head in the last 12 months.

      HIV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the oral statement of the Under-Secretary of State for Health, the hon. Member for Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette Cooper), of 22 January...

      HIV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on HIV in the west midlands; and what measures are being taken to combat cases in Coventry.

      Hospital Virus Outbreak

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to contain the outbreak of the virus at the Victoria Infirmary and the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow.

      NHS Operations (Europe)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who pays the fares of patients travelling to Europe for NHS operations.

      Empty Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 6 February 2002, Official Report, column 1046W, what the area in square feet of the property is that has been empty since July 2000.

      NHS Operations (Private Sector)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the value for money provided by private sector contracts to perform NHS operations.

      Unmarried Couples (Adoption)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received regarding adoption by unmarried couples.

      Road Traffic Incidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of visits to accident and emergency departments in the last 12 months for which figures are available were by people injured in a road...

      NHS Patients (Overseas Treatment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria he uses to decide on whether to withhold information on the grounds of commercial confidentiality in relation to contracts abroad with...

      Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) facilities and (b) treatments are available in the NHS for sufferers of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

      Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research his Department is funding into Duchenne muscular dystrophy; (2) what support he will give to expanding research into finding a cure...

      Pharmacists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of pharmacists are employed at grades (a) D and (b) E level in (i) hospital pharmacies and (ii) PCG/PCT pharmacies.

      Pharmacists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the vacancy rates for hospital pharmacists in each hospital trust in the last 12 months.

      Pharmacists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to promote an extended role for pharmacists in performing medication review.

      Pharmacists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department is taking to minimise the handling charge imposed by pharmacists dealing with monitored dosage systems.

      Hospital Readmissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the latest available readmission rates to hospitals within two months are for (a) all patients in England and Wales and (b) each hospital trust in...

      Hospital Readmissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the type of home of over 65-year-old patients readmitted to hospitals within two months of discharge, broken down by (a) residential/...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many non-fatal cases of the MRSA superbug have been reported in each hospital trust in each of the last five years.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many inpatient deaths have been attributed to MRSA in each of the last five years.

      Leonard Cheshire Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the costs of mandatory care staff training required under the National Care Standards Regulations for the Leonard...

      Pharmacies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list those medicines which are now available via pharmacy sale rather than on a doctor prescription only basis; and what PCT areas (a) offer...

      Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has held with operators of simple hyperbaric oxygen therapy facilities in the community offering treatment for MS sufferers regarding...

      Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his assessment is of the likely compliance cost of the Care Standards to operators of simple hyperbaric oxygen therapy facilities in the community...

      Cancelled Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many operations were cancelled in each region in each of the last three years, broken down into those cancelled (a) once, (b) twice and (c)...

      Cancelled Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals he has to reduce the number of cancelled operations; and if he will make a statement.

      GPs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in calculating the ratio of GPs to local populations for qualification to the golden hello scheme, at what dates the relevant figures for GPs and patients...

      NHS Chief Executives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list those chief executives of hospital trusts awarded a zero star rating who remain in post; and on what criteria they were judged to have...

      Elderly People (Care Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what account is taken of the type of property tenure when calculating care costs for the elderly; (2) whether tenants of leasehold properties are...

      A and E Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department is taking to reduce waiting times in hospital accident and emergency departments.

      Residential Care (Elderly)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of NHS beds in the north-west of England that are occupied by elderly people who should be in residential care.

      National Care Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the number of additional nursing staff required to comply with the National Care Standards in the (a) voluntary, (b) local...

      Angiograms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce the waiting time for angiograms.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in improving mental health services.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the role of assertive outreach teams in reducing admissions to mental hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on mental health provision in London.

      Care Home Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds in care homes there were in Leicestershire in (a) 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Care Home Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the availability of care home places in south-east England.

      Children's Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve children's services in health and social care; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Inequalities (East London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in tackling health inequalities in East London.

      CT Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish the criteria which will determine the distribution of the new CT scanners.

      Delayed Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he is taking to tackle delayed discharges from hospital.

      Long-term Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many long-term care beds there were in (a) 1997 and (b) 2001 in the (i) private, (ii) voluntary and (iii) public sectors.

      Dental Health (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he is taking to improve the dental health of children in those areas where the incidence of dental decay is worst.

      Emergency Acute Services (Rural Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the requirements for emergency acute services in remote rural areas.

      Kent and Canterbury Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the downgrading of the Kent and Canterbury Hospital.

      Consultants (Contracts)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to conclude negotiations on the national health service consultants' contracts.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on steps being taken to increase the number of NHS nurses working in Worcester.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the future supply of nurses.

      Obesity (Young People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to reduce the levels of obesity in young people.

      Acupuncturists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the number of acupuncturists practising in (a) the NHS and (b) the private sector.

      NHS Plan (Birmingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the implementation of the NHS Plan in Birmingham.

      Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on statistical techniques for measuring waiting times in accident and emergency units.

      Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to visit the Royal National Hospital in Bath to discuss accident and emergency services.

      Endometriosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on services for sufferers from endometriosis.

      Poverty (Health Effects)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of poverty on health; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Funding (Surrey and Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement about funding of the national health service in Surrey and Sussex.

      Air Ambulance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure 24-hour air ambulance cover for emergency journeys from islands to mainland hospitals.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the expenditure to date on each Sure Start Scheme in London, broken down by ward and borough.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Battle of Trafalgar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar; and if she will make a statement.

    • Film Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria she uses to determine grants to the Film Council; and what proportion has been allocated to (a) independent film makers...

      Film Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the amount was of each award made by the Film Council since 1 April 2000 to organisations in which members of the Board of the Film...

      Film Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the practice of the Film Council in relation to awards to organisations in which members of the board of...

      Film Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the awards made by the Film Council since 1 April 2000 to organisations in which members of the board of...

      Film Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of the awards made by the Film Council since 1 April 2000 were made to organisations in which members of the board of...

      Film Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been paid in awards by the Film Council since 1 April 2000.

      Film Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will publish the dates of the meetings of the board of the Film Council since 1 April 2000, stating for each meeting the (a)...

      Film Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the steps taken by the Film Council to ensure that no conflict of interest existed when decisions to...

      Independent Film Makers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received concerning use of tax allowances by (a) independent film makers and (b) television producers.

      Independent Film Makers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the extent to which tax allowances have been taken up by (a) independent film makers and (b) television shows.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff left the service of her Department and its agencies in the year ended 31 March 2001; how many left before attaining the...

      Refurbishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her answer of 18 January 2002, Official Report, column 506W, what the cost of refurbishing each ministerial private office...

      Empty Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her answer of 30 January 2002, Official Report, column 339W, what the area in square feet of the property referred to is.

      Sports Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans the Government have concerning charitable status for sports clubs.

      Handheld Televisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her policy is on applying the television licence fee to handheld televisions; and if she will make a statement.

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will safeguard the £5 concessionary television licence for those living in schemes with a resident warden when a scheme...

      Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what levels of funding have been available for sport in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland, (d) Northern Ireland and (e) in total in...

      World Athletics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will publish the Government's response to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee's report, "Unpicking the Lock: the...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans there are to amend her Department's (a) departmental expenditure limit and (b) administration costs limits for 2001–02.

      Internet Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her policy is on requiring internet service providers to remove access to sites that promote graffiti writing.

  • House of Commons

    • Accountancy Services

      To ask the President of the Council what the total cost to his Department was for accountancy services in each of the last four years.

    • Mobile Telephones

      To ask the President of the Council if he will list, for 1997–98 and for each subsequent financial year, the amount spent (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad by (i) his Department,...

      E-democracy

      To ask the President of the Council what consultation he intends to undertake in introducing e-democracy to Parliament.

      Consultants

      To ask the President of the Council what the total cost to his Department was of the use of external consultants in each of the last four years.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Solicitor-General what plans there are to change the Attorney-General's Department's (a) departmental expenditure limit and (b) administration costs limit for 2001–02.

    • Mobile Telephones

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will list, for 1997–98 and for each subsequent financial year, the amount spent (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad by (i) her Department, (ii) its...

  • International Development

    • Refurbishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her answer of 17 January 2000, Official Report, column 415W, what the cost of refurbishing each ministerial private office...

    • Empty Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the total area in square feet of all empty properties owned by (a) her Department, (b) her agencies and (c) other public bodies...

      Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if the global fund for AIDS, TB and malaria will aim to treat those already infected with HIV.

      Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what procedures the global fund for AIDS, TB and malaria has in place to ensure that those with specific local knowledge of the regions...

      Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the global fund to fight AIDS, TB and malaria has an overall policy to purchase drugs at the lowest possible cost.

      Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development where and how the resources of the global fund for the alleviation of AIDS, TB and Malaria are being disbursed for health systems and...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what proportion of the humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan announced on 19 September 2001 has been disbursed; (2) what...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of the humanitarian assistance to Pakistan announced on 28 September 2001 has been disbursed.

      Sexual/Reproductive Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contributions her Department has made to sexual and reproductive health non-governmental organisations in each of the last three...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Empty Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 4 February 2002, Official Report, column 644W, what the total area in square feet of all empty properties owned by...

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the (a) percentage and number of rail journeys undertaken on first class tickets, (b) average cost of a first class journey by rail...

      Postal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what the percentage change in real postage prices is for (a) first and (b) second class letters over the last (i) five, (ii) 10 and...

      Small Businesses (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the current documents published that present concise details of the sources of funding for small businesses.

      Small Businesses (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the Competition Commission, as part of its SME banking investigation, is investigating the practice of routinely requiring personal...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her definition is of (a) the term 'rural' defined with repect to rural post offices and (b) the term 'community' defined with respect to...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry who is entitled to apply for funds from the fund which has been established to sustain community post offices; what the eligibility criteria...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what actions have been taken to prevent the avoidable closure of post offices; and what her definition is of the term avoidable closure...

      Small Business Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the Small Business Service has published a strategy for (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2002–12, with associated milestones and targets.

      Post Office Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average salary of a post office sub-postmaster is in (a) the constituency of the Ribble Valley, and Fulwood, (b) Lancashire, (c) the...

      Post Office Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many full-time equivalents are employed by Post Office Counters Ltd. in (a) the parliamentary constituency of the Ribble Valley and...

      Belize Dam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether AMEC has applied for export credit guarantees in connection with the Belize dam project.

      Small Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the performance of the UK recorded in the European Commission report, Implementation of the European Charter...

      Late Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her estimate is of the amount of interest that has been paid (a) in total and (b) to SMEs as a result of the Late Payment of Commercial...

      Late Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact of the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998.

      Late Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she plans to introduce further measures to prevent delays in paying commercial debts.

      Employee Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many enterprises there were with (a) fewer than 50, (b) between 50 and 249, (c) between 250 and 499 and (d) over 500 employees in each...

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will estimate for each of the last five years and provide forecasts where available for the next two years, the value of exported goods...

      Telecommunications (Liabilities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many companies granted a licence under section 10 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 have complied with the requirement under Condition 16...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the implications are for postal services of the judgment in Consignia plc v. Hays plc; and if she will make a statement.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Government will take to safeguard the future of postal services in rural areas.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) whether the Broadband Fund has received clearance from the European Commission as required by the state aid regulations; (2) what (a)...

      Road Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the Ministers in the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions to ensure that contractors...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how much caesium-147 is stored in above-ground tanks at the BNFL reprocessing plant at Sellafield; (2) when the tanks used to store...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations her Department has received concerning the adequacy of current security provision at BNFL's B215 facility at...

      Statutory Social and Environmental Guidelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when her Department will issue the statutory social and environmental guidelines to the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority.

      CHP

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to ensure that the Government's CHP target is reflected in her Department's aims and objectives with particular...

      Construction Industry Certification Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she will encourage the Construction Industry Certification Scheme to recognise the Rolo Scheme launched by the British Association of...

      Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when and in what format the results of the work by the World Bank on the effects of services liberalisation on developing countries, funded by...

      Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact of TRIPs royalties on developing countries' debt repayments.

      Gats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether Article VI of the GATS will apply to all service sectors.

      Gats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations her Department has made to WTO members on the drafting of a clarification of the GATS exclusion of public services.

      Domestic Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the export and trade-distorting domestic subsidies that were discussed at the Doha ministerial meeting on trade of November 2001.

      Wto

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the mechanisms by which the agreement that the WTO Special and Differential Treatment system should become a...

      Wto

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the steps necessary for the WTO to be more transparent and open and its rules easier to understand.

      Offshore Wind Farms (Fishing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the safety implications for (a) vessels and (b) wind turbines, of fishing within an offshore wind farm; and if...

      Unified Science Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will establish a unified science strategy for the UK.

      RRS Darwin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she plans to replace the RRS Darwin; and if she will make a statement.

      Queen Elizabeth's Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what representations she has received on the planned closure of the Bradmere house factory in Leatherhead by the Queen Elizabeth's...

  • Minister for Women

    • Women's Unit

      To ask the Minister for Women what budgetary provision there is for the current financial year for the cost of the Women and Equality Unit.

  • Defence

    • Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to change the departmental expenditure limits for 2001–02.

    • Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the Government have made available to his Department for urgent operational requirements for the campaign against international terrorism.

      Technology Readiness and Risk Assessment Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library an unclassified summary of the report of the Technology Readiness and Risk Assessment Programme.

      Defence Bills Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what performance targets have been set for the Defence Bills Agency for the financial year 2002–03.

      Skynet 5 Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the Skynet 5 programme.

      Service Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many married quarters in each grade (1) in the UK are available to the Defence Housing Executive; and how many service families are entitled to...

      Service Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much expenditure earmarked for single living accommodation maintenance was diverted to high priority items in the last financial year.

      Service Attributable Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many Army service personnel have been granted service attributable pensions under the armed forces pension scheme since 1973; (2) how many...

      Unmanned Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what involvement his Department has had with the development of unmanned aircraft; with which partner countries; how much has been spent in each of the...

      Unmanned Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on the (a) organic air vehicle and (b) micro air vehicle development in each of the last three years; and if he will...

      Private Military Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many private military companies have been employed by the Government since 1997; and in what capacity.

      Armed Forces Personnel (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers there were in Northern Ireland, excluding those troops under the command of the GOC NI that were based in Great Britain, at 31 December...

      Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when (a) ASRAAM, (b) Storm Shadow and (c) Brimstone missiles will be available for operational service.

      Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to purchase upgraded Tomahawk cruise missiles from the US Administration.

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date the RAF will take delivery of its Eurofighter aircraft.

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects training of pilots and ground crew to fly and service the Eurofighter to begin; and if he will make a statement.

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated final cost is of the 232 Eurofighters that have been ordered; and if he will make a statement.

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much is being withheld on the Eurofighter contract; when his Department expects the money to be released to the contractor; and if he will make a...

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Eurofighter programme agreed milestones, from development to in-service at full squadron strength; and if he will make...

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when Ministers were first informed of problems relating to foreign suppliers with regard to the Eurofighter programme; what action was taken; and if he...

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the contract penalties to the prime contractor are relating to the missing of development and contractual milestones in respect of the Eurofighter...

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contingency plans he has made in the event that the Eurofighter programme is delayed; and if he will make a statement.

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what briefings by his Department's staff have been given to hon. Members on the Eurofighter programme in the last six months; which hon. Members have...

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when his Department was first informed of delays to the Eurofighter programme; and if he will make a statement; (2) what ministerial action was...

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost to his Department of expenditure on the Eurofighter programme has been to date; and if he will make a statement.

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what variations have been made since the contract for the Eurofighter programme was first signed; and if he will make a statement.

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if BAE Systems face penalty payments in connection with the Eurofighter programme.

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what arrangements will be followed to introduce the Eurofighter into RAF service; and if he will make a statement; (2) if he will make a statement...

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if the projected in-service dates for the Eurofighter will be achieved; (2) if he expects delays to the in-service date for the Eurofighter; and...

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the cost of Eurofighter has increased; and if he will make a statement.

      Fair Trade Goods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 19 November 2001, Official Report, column 13W, on Fair Trade goods, if he will increase the amount of fairly traded goods used...

      Type 45 Destroyer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the armament of the Type 45 Destroyer will be; and what plans there are for a land attack capability for surface warships.

      RAF Chilmark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what has been the cost of (a) decontamination and (b) other identified works at the site of former RAF Chilmark.

      Directed Energy Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what evaluation has been made of directed energy weapons; what joint studies on the development of such weapons have taken place; and if he will make a...

      Floor Covering Contracts (Military Installations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what tendering process was employed prior to the award of contracts to supply floor coverings to military facilities with effect from the end of 2001.

      Floor Covering Contracts (Military Installations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason a single contract for the provision of carpeting to all military installations in the United Kingdom and overseas was awarded.

      Future Command and Liaison Vehicle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in introducing the Army's Future Command and Liaison Vehicle; and if he will make a statement.

      Post-combat Trauma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the paper published in the British Medical Journal of 8 February concerning post-conflict trauma.

      Heavy Lift Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether heavy lift aircraft in use by the RAF are equipped with defensive aids and counter measures; and whether he intends that heavy lift aircraft (a)...

      Territorial Army (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the Territorial Army reside in Scotland; and what the equivalent figure was in each of the last five years.

      Low Flying (Wind Farms)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions his Department was notified of wind-power developments proposed within low-flying training areas; and on how many occasions his...

      Firing Range Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the minimum safe distance between a live firing range and a public road.

      Surplus Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what surplus military equipment the UK has (a) given and (b) sold at discount values to (i) Estonia and (ii) Slovenia in the last three years; at what...

      Faslane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many police officers were deployed at Faslane on (a) 8, (b) 11, (c) 12 and (d) 13 February; and how many MOD Police officers have been deployed at...

      Inflight Refuelling Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to outsource the inflight refuelling services of the Royal Air Force; how many (a) aircraft and (b) service personnel are involved with...

      Offset Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many offset agreements have been negotiated in Government to Government defence export contracts and MOUs in the last three years; and what the total...

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the United States companies purchased by QinetiQ; at what cost; and if he will make a statement.

      A400m

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what meetings have been scheduled between Ministers in his Department and their German counterparts prior to 31 March in order to discuss the A400M...

      Chinook Helicopter Crash

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will make a statement on the findings of the House of Lords Select Committee on the accident to RAF Chinook HC2 ZD576.

      Deployments (Central and Eastern Europe)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) MOD staff and (b) non-military staff have been involved in deployments to (i) Estonia, (ii) Lithuania and (iii) Latvia in the last...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total cost to his Department was of the use of external consultants in each of the last four years.

    • Accountancy Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish the (a) number and (b) value of contracts awarded by his Department to (i) Arthur Andersen, (ii) Deloitte...

      Arms Dealing (Mr. John Bredenkamp)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has collated on the arms dealing activities of Mr. John Bredenkamp and companies associated with him in (a)...

      Working Conditions and Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many cases of work-related stress have been reported in his Department; how much compensation has been paid to employees;...

      Working Conditions and Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the effect of the Working Time Directive on his Department's employees; how many employees are...

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the names of staff who have been seconded to his Department from the private sector since May 1997, indicating...

      Industrial Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many days have been lost owing to industrial action by staff in his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies...

      Statutory Instruments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the statutory instruments issued by his Department in the last 12 months, indicating (a) the purpose of each and...

      Departmental Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total cost of his Department's website was in real terms in each of the last four years; and how many hits it received...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Saudi Arabia about allegations of torture in Saudi police stations,...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Saudi Arabia about recent allegations of torture of British nationals in...

      Prisoners (Afghanistan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assurances the UK Government have received from the US Administration about the treatment of prisoners transferred from UK...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) when the European Union observing team will publish its final report on the election process in Zimbabwe; (2) what plans...

      Commercial Contracts (Ministerial Endorsement)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British embassies have submitted requests for (a) prime ministerial and (b) other ministerial endorsement of commercial...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Indonesian Government following the establishment of a National Investigation Commission...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the prospect of the alleged perpetrators of violations of human rights and international...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when a substantive reply will be given to Captain Alan Croft's letter of 30 October 2001, concerning Mr. Shwe Tun Aung.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Spanish Government since 1 January on the right of self-determination for the people of...

      Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Chinese Government concerning its policy towards Taiwan; and if he will make a statement.

      Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Government of Vietnam on persecution of Christians.

      Biological Weapons Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will publish a paper making suggestions on methods of strengthening the biological weapons convention; and if he will...

      LNM Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions the hon. Member for Leicester, East (Mr. Vaz), during his term of office as Minister for Europe, met (a)...

      Private Military Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures are in place to ensure that a British mercenary is unable to be employed in activity against British interests.

      Private Military Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what regulations are in place to ensure that private military companies based in the UK are held accountable for their actions.

      EU-USA Productivity Gap

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures the Government will be proposing at the European Council in Barcelona to close the productivity gap between the...

  • Prime Minister

    • Business Contacts

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) on how many occasions in the last 12 months he has written to heads of state or Government of other countries on behalf of companies with fewer than 150 employees...

    • Business Contacts

      To ask the Prime Minister if the hon. Member for Leicester, East (Mr. Vaz) has written to him within the last two years concerning (a) Mr. Mittal of LNM Holdings and (b) that company.

      Business Contacts

      To ask the Prime Minister on how many occasions he has met Mr. Mittal of LNM Holdings.

      Business Contacts

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) when he was informed of the attempt by the LNM Group to acquire Sidex; (2) how many letters of congratulations he has sent to heads of foreign Governments for...

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many changes to the requirements have been notified to bidders for the London Underground PPP since the original...

    • London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many (a) full-time drivers, (b) full-time guards and (c) full-time station staff were employed by London...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many affordable housing units have been built in each year since 1997 (a) with social housing grant, (b) with...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps he is taking to increase the availability of affordable housing.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has for the (a) provision and (b) development of affordable housing in the Greater London area.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the accuracy of his Department's figures for annual provision of new affordable...

      Special Purpose Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what advice he has received from Arthur Andersen on establishing special purpose vehicles.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions who will make the final decision on which owner takes over Railtrack; and what criteria will be used.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had with Treasury Ministers on the definition of his proposed company limited by guarantee as...

      Rough Sleepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what time of day on average rough sleeping head counts supervised by the Rough Sleepers Unit took place during the...

      Rough Sleepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what payments the Rough Sleepers Unit have made in the last year to house rough sleepers in temporary accommodation;...

      Rough Sleepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps are taken during rough sleeping counts supervised by the Rough Sleepers Unit to ensure the personal safety...

      Housing Stock Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what guidance he gives to local authorities regarding information in publicity material about stock transfer of local...

      Housing Stock Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much was spent in 2001 and what budget is allocated for (a) 2002 and (b) 2003 for early debt redemption costs of...

      Transport Capacity Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when work will begin on the Greater Manchester capacity study.

      Transport Capacity Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on when work will begin on the West Midlands capacity study.

      Nottingham Express Transit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the Nottingham Express Transit Light Rail scheme; and when he expects it to open.

      Train Operating Companies (Fines)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what responsibilities (a) the Strategic Rail Authority and (b) the Office of the Rail Regulator have in levying fines...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many council dwellings were built in each of the past 10 years for which figures are available.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions further to his answer of 29 January 2002, Official Report, column 140, on housing associations, if he will publish...

      Council Tax (Sussex Police Authority)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the average amount of council tax is, based on the average band D dwelling, that tax-payers in East Sussex (a)...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what progress has been made on implementing the recommendations of red/green zone working—A report on the...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many (1) employees of railway companies and their contractors successfully completed safety training courses in...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many (a) fatal and (b) major injuries there were to (i) railway staff and (ii) their contractors in each year...

      Passenger Fatalities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the average number of people per 100 million passenger journeys who were (a) killed and (b) seriously injured by...

      Empty Properties (Departmental Estate)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the total area in square feet of all empty properties owned by (a) his Department, (b) his agencies and (c)...

      Cycle Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to set requirements for (a) the level of brightness and (b) the size of cycle lamps.

      Cycle Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to make the wearing of cycle helmets by cyclists a statutory requirement.

      Asylum Seekers (Housing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which housing authority will have responsibility for housing applicants for asylum approved for indefinite leave to...

      Malicious Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many malicious dwelling fires there were in each region and nation of the United Kingdom in each year since 1997;...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what regulations are in place on minimum standards for the size and quality of housing.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many houses were built in each region by housing associations in each of the last five years.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what measures he plans to put into place to encourage greater co-operation between planning and housing officers of...

      Local Government Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what increases in resources have been given to local government since 1997; what additional resources have been given...

      Exmoor National Park Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the decision of the Exmoor National Park Authority not to pursue its policy of...

      Mobile Telephone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what advice is given to local planning authorities about the distance that Tetra masts should be sited from...

      Mobile Telephone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what landscape criteria are considered in applications to site Tetra masts.

      Fishing Industry Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many fishermen who have lost their lives at sea in UK waters in each of the past five years were (a) UK citizens,...

      Fishing Industry Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many (a) accidents at sea, (b) fishing vessels lost and (c) lives lost there were in the UK fishing industry...

      Road Haulage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the total number and value of grants made under the Road Haulage Modernisation Fund is, broken down by nation or...

      Starter Home Initiative (Worthing and Adur)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what bids for starter home initiative funding have been received from organisations in Worthing and Adur since the...

      Starter Home Initiative (Worthing and Adur)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions for what reason no starter home initiative bids from organisations within Worthing and Adur were successful in the...

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what clinical evidence his Department has evaluated regarding mortality resulting from exposure to asbestos.

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the Health and Safety Executive will produce confirmed pathology of mortality from handling asbestos cement in the...

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent estimate he has made of the likely cost involved in compliance with the EU ban on white asbestos.

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the Health and Safety Executive will produce confirmed pathology for cases of mesotheliomas linked to white...

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what independent scientific reports have been used by the Health and Safety Executive in formulating their policy...

      Firefighters (Vacancies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish a list of vacancies for retained firefighters at each (a) fire station in West Sussex and East...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will introduce proposals to make (a) the developer and (b) the planning authority responsible for (i) flood...

      Road Detrunking Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions who will monitor maintenance levels of local authority roads following the completion of the detrunking programme.

      Coalfield Regeneration Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the future of English Partnerships and their responsibility for the coalfield...

      Housebuilding Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact on travel patterns of the housebuilding targets.

      Voting Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the timing and structure of the proposed review of the new voting systems for the...

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what the annual level of national housing revenue accounts load debt was in each year from 1997–98 to...

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the level of capital receipts from the sale of housing and other housing revenue assets was in (a)...

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to permit local authorities to redirect funds originating in their housing revenue accounts to (a)...

      Political Parties (Policy Development Grants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if he will estimate the amount of state funding the Labour Party will receive from the policy development grant...

      Political Parties (Policy Development Grants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many press notices his Department has issued mentioning policy development grant since his Department received...

      Transport Multi-Modal Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what transport multi-modal studies are (a) completed, (b) in progress and (c) planned; what their (i) expected...

      Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (England) Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions for what reason he used his powers under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 and the Local Government Act 1992...

      KCC Speed Interactive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2002, Official Report, column 1111W, on KCC speed interactive signs, if he will...

      Road Traffic Accidents (Mud)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what guidance is issued by his Department to farmers and landowners regarding their duty of care relating to mud on...

      High Hedges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 15 October 2001, Official Report, column 884W, on high hedges, when he estimates there...

      Business Tenancies (Reform)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will announce his conclusions on his Department's consultation paper on the reform of business tenancies in...

      Emergency Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions since 11 September 2001, what assessments have taken place on the capability of regional and city disaster plans and...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what information she has received concerning the deployment of British-made Stormer armoured vehicles to Aceh,...

  • Northern Ireland

    • IRA (Police Investigations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what police investigations are in progress into alleged criminal activities and murders by the Provisional IRA in 1972 in County Londonderry.

    • Criminal Damage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidents of criminal damage against (a) police stations and (b) police vehicles in Northern Ireland were reported in 2000.

      Criminal Assault (Fireworks)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidents of criminal assault were recorded in each year since 1997 in Northern Ireland relating to the use of fireworks.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Bland Judgment

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department in how many cases the courts have (a) considered and (b) agreed to the withdrawal of nutrition and hydration for patients in a...

    • Civilian Court Staff

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department whether civilian enforcement officers employed by magistrates courts committees have direct access to the police national computer...

      Court Orders

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department whether targets are set in respect of the time taken to execute warrants on individuals who have not complied with criminal court...

      Court Orders

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what procedures exist for dealing with the execution of a warrant in respect of an individual who has breached a community court...

      Court Orders

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department whether magistrates courts committees can execute warrants in respect of non-compliance of criminal court order if the individual...

      Empty Properties

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his answer of 29 January 2002, Official Report, column 255W, what the total area in square feet of all empty...

      Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what plans there are to change the (a) departmental expenditure limit and (b) administration costs limits for 2001–02.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • CAP Payments (North Yorkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department expects to contribute to farmers in North Yorkshire this year in CAP payments; and how many farms...

    • Regional Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 11 February 2002, Official Report, column 90W, ref. 32897, if she will list the activities being...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take action to make doorstep recycling available throughout the United Kingdom.

      Industrial Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many days have been lost owing to industrial action by staff in her Department, agencies and non-departmental public...

      Health and Safety (Computers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many employees in her Department who regularly use computers have taken up the provision of a free eye test; and how this...

      Future of Farming and Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what was the cost of printing and publishing the report of the Policy Commission on the future of farming and food; how many...

      Nitrate Vulnerable Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reasons underlie the differences in the percentage levels of designations to Nitrate Vulnerable Zones in England,...

      Farm Business Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the proportion of registered holdings which are farmed by people other than the owner or tenant...

      Farm Practices (Archaeological Sites)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to protect buried archaeological treasures from farming practices which might disturb them.

      Environment Agency Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total cost was of the advertisements for the chairmen of the Environment Agency Regional Fisheries, Ecology and...

      Farm Subsidy Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 29 January 2002, Official Report, columns 249–50W, on farm subsidy claims, how the...

      Departmental Retirement Ages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the retirement ages that apply to the employees of her Department and its agencies, including how many and...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when she will reply to the letters from the hon. Member for West Derbyshire dated 18 March and 18 June, concerning Mr....

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2002, Official Report, column 801W, when she will reply to the letter from the Surrey...

      Recreational Craft Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what agreement was reached at the Council of Ministers' meeting on 29 October on amendments to the recreational craft...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on administering the Common Agricultural Policy in the United Kingdom, and what proportion of total CAP...

      Animal Movements (Restrictions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is of the financial losses incurred by UK farmers through animal movement restrictions preventing transport...

      Departmental Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the instances in which her Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies failed to pay valid...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many press releases were issued about foot and mouth disease between 19 February and 18 March 2001; and how many refer to...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what samples were kept for further investigation of those animals slaughtered on suspicion during the recent foot and mouth...

      New Potatoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the derivation, by country, of UK cultivated new potatoes; and what measures are in place to...

      Rural Land Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on data gathering and database design for the Rural Land Register; and if she will make a statement.

      Cameraria Ohridella

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 31 January 2002, Official Report, column 477W, on cameraria ohridella, if she will state (a) how...

      Union Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff in her Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies receive paid leave to undertake union duties;...

      Fish Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) overall and (b) cumulative change in fish quotas available to UK regional fishing vessels for the past five...

      Veterinary Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will extend the role of the temporary veterinary inspector towards a territorial army of vets.

      Veterinary Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what Government- funded training is available for private veterinary surgeons to ensure that they have access to knowledge...

      Woodland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment is being made of the value of woodland in urban areas.

      Private Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research has been undertaken by her Department in respect of private sewers; and if she will make a statement.

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the impact of European directives on the supply of health supplements.

      Shellfish Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the incidents of diarrhetic shellfish poisoning in the UK the past five years, and their...

      Shellfish Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research her Department has commissioned into the causes of diarrhetic shellfish poisoning.

      Shellfish Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether diarrhetic shellfish poisoning is classified as being caused by a pest.

      Urban Green Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to receive the final report of the Urban Green Spaces Task Force.

      Rural Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans she has to carry out a rural-proofing analysis of Postcomm's proposals to reform the postal industry; and if...

  • Treasury

    • Entrust

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what Entrust's expenditure was in (a) 1998–99, (b) 1999–2000 and (c) 2000–01 for (i) the UK and (ii) Scotland.

    • Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out for each of the last five years, in total, for employment income and self-employed income, for income ranges (a) £5,000, (b)...

      Tax Returns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 4 February 2002, Official Report, column 693W, if he will update his reply to take account of the advice on the Inland Revenue...

      Consumer Debt Advice

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce financial advice bureaux to provide consumer debt advice and counselling.

      Consumer Debt Advice

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the role of the Financial Services Authority in consumer debt advice and counselling.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance he has received from the ONS on the definition of a company limited by guarantee as a replacement for Railtrack in the national accounts.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the impact of Railtrack in administration will be on the PSBR.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 4 February 2002, Official Report, column 702W, on Railtrack, in what way the disclosure of information on the consultations on...

      National Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide a breakdown of the main components of the cost of re-branding National Savings; and what the cost was of advertising the name change in...

      Film and TV Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received concerning use of tax allowances by (a) independent film makers and (b) television producers.

      Film and TV Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria he uses when determining tax allowances for (a) independent film makers and (b) television shows and soap operas.

      Transport 10-Year Plan

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 12 February 2002, Official Report, column 243W, on funding for the 10-year transport plan, whether there will be a decrease of...

      Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with which British overseas and dependent territories the United States of America has exchange of information agreements for tax purposes.

      Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions in each of the last three years British regulators and official investigators have requested information from the regulatory...

      Carter Report

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the submissions to the Carter report on payroll burdens; and if he will make a statement on the report.

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) complaints he has received and (b) errors he has detected in connection with the Inland Revenue's electronic lodgement service in each year...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much VAT revenue the Treasury has received in each of the last five years from the sale of (a) audio-visual equipment and (b) consumer electronics.

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what systems exist to enable members of the public to inform the Inland Revenue of cases of tax evasion.

      Refurbishment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 6 February 2002, Official Report, column 957W, what the cost of refurbishing each ministerial private office was in each year...

      Treasury Building

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 5 February 2002, Official Report, column 841W, on the Treasury Building PFI deal, what further operating costs there are for the...

      Treasury Building

      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...

      Empty Properties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 29 January 2002, Official Report, column 228W, what is the total area in square feet of all empty properties referred to.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the recent financial action task force plenary meeting on terrorist financing, money laundering and non-cooperative...

      Debt Rescheduling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the obstacles are which stand in the way of debt rescheduling that he refers to on page 40 of the Treasury document "Tackling Poverty, A Global New Deal".

      Suicide

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths have occurred on average each year over the last three years in (a) England and (b) each county owing to suicide.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many self-invested pension plans there were at the most recent available date; and what their total value was.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the changes in tax revenues if tax relief for pension contributions were (a) limited to the standard rate, (b) limited to the standard...

      Population Trends (Lincolnshire)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the population was of (a) Humberside, (b) North East Lincolnshire and (c) North Lincolnshire, in each year from 1990 to 2001; and what predictions have...

      Departmental Organogram

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place an organogram of HM Treasury in the Library.

      Customs and Excise (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of people promoted in Her Majesty's Customs and Excise in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years had served at their previous grade...

      Disabled Person's Tax Credit (Tooting)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in the Tooting constituency have been awarded the disabled person's tax credit in each of the last three years.

      Secondments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the names of staff who have been seconded to his Department from the private sector since May 1997, indicating (a) the names of the...

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

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

      European Investment Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the timetable and process will be for deciding on the UK's contribution to the next replenishment of the European investment bank.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will answer the question of 18 January 2002 from the hon. Member for Truro and St. Austell concerning the distribution of benefits from personal...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will answer the question of 2 February 2002 from the hon. Member for Truro and St. Austell concerning fees; and if he will make a statement.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 31 October 2001, Official Report, column 741W, on special advisers, for what reason such records of contacts with the media are...

  • Education and Skills

    • Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many full-time day-care places are available through the Sure Start initiative; and how many children are within reach of the programme.

    • Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was budgeted and what was the (a) outturn and (b) planned outturn for Sure Start in (i) 1998–99, (ii) 1999–2000, (iii)...

      Mobile Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list, for 1997–98 and for each subsequent financial year, the amount spent (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad by (i)...

      Government Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list for (a) Sure Start and (b) employment zones (i) the amount budgeted and (ii) the total expended in each financial year for...

      Teachers' Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how the teachers' pay initiative is distributed among teaching staff; and which guidelines direct this distribution.

      Children's Day Care Facilities (Lincolnshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many day care providers, broken down by type of provider, there were in (a) north-east Lincolnshire and (b) north Lincolnshire in...

      Sector Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what research within the Sector Skills Development Agency has been undertaken which reviews the occupational synergy between the gas,...

      Sector Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the implementation of sector skills councils and the arrangements to secure comprehensive coverage of all...

      Education and Youth Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the outcome was of the Education and Youth Council held in Brussels on 14 February; what the Government's position was on the issues...

      Skills Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will provide a breakdown of skills shortages in each region of the UK.

      Business Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what training provision is made to meet the needs of small and medium enterprises.

      Business Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will take steps to incorporate entrepreneurship and business skills as an integral part of the curriculum from primary school through...

      Business Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will introduce company learning accounts alongside individual learning accounts.

      Business Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will introduce fiscal incentives to encourage small businesses to invest in training.

      Training Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will take steps to increase the flexibility of soft loans to small businesses for training through changes to the restrictions on the...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 7 February 2002, Official Report, column 984W, on teachers, how many teachers will reach the age of 60 in each of...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the (a) amount and (b) date of the sponsorship of Government Department events by (a) Capita, (b) PricewaterhouseCoopers,...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the occasions on which her Department has held meetings since May 1997 with representatives from (a) Capita, (b)...

      Overseas Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what mechanisms her Department has in place to ensure that appropriate checks on overseas teachers are made prior to overseas teachers...

  • Wales

    • Theft and Fraud

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

    • Ministerial Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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.

      Lost/Stolen Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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.

      Lost/Stolen Property

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

      Television Sets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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...

      Industrial Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many days have been lost owing to industrial action by staff in his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies in each of the last four years.

      Job Losses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many job losses there were in Wales, broken down by the lowest regional level for which data are available, in each of the last five years.

  • International Development

    • Burkina Faso

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action she is taking to improve human rights in Burkina Faso.

    • Burkina Faso

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on her assessment of the levels of (a) child labour and (b) child trafficking in Burkina Faso.

  • Home Department

    • Violent Crime (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of (a) rape, (b) assault, (c) murder, (d) violent theft and (e) armed robbery there were in Wales in each year since 1997.

    • Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the publications issued by his Department in each of the last four years; and what the (a) circulation, (b) cost and (c)...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many new entrants to the civil service employed in his Department in each of the last five years were aged 50 and over.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2002, Official Report, column 302W, if he will place in the Library the two recent letters received...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consultations he has had with groups representing the interests of asylum seekers about the location of the proposed asylum...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he collates on the (a) number, (b) source, (c) destination and (d) place of residence in the United Kingdom of (i) asylum...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the cost of building and running asylum seeker accommodation centres will be met by local authorities in the localities...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of asylum seeker accommodation centres in the Netherlands.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the application of human rights legislation to illegal immigrants and asylum seekers.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if the reference to a 3,000 total capacity in asylum accommodation centres in paragraph 4.30 of "Secure Borders, Safe Haven" refers to...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if sites under consideration for an asylum accommodation centre which are not selected for one of the trial centres will be considered for...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) killings and (b) crimes causing personal injury involving all types of firearms there were in each of the last six years for...

      Police Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cells there were in police stations in England and Wales in 1999.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the appointments made by his Department since 1 May 1997 of chairmen of (a) non- departmental public bodies, (b) commissions,...

      Entry Clearance Refusals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people from (a) the European Union, (b) the Commonwealth and (c) other countries were refused entry in the UK during 2001.

      Police Complaints Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discretion the Police Complaints Authority has to publish information to inform the public of the outcome of its investigations.

      Labour Party Conference (Policing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what representations he received urging him to make available additional resources to South Wales police to deal with the costs...

      Industrial Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many days have been lost owing to industrial action by staff in his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies in each of...

      Bogus Callers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if his Department will organise a national campaign to alert people, especially the elderly, to the dangers of bogus callers to their homes;...

      Car Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will issue guidance to prevent police forces charging victims of car theft the cost of garaging their vehicles while forensic tests are...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter dated 19 December 2001 from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding his constituent Mr. N. Koudreiko...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase powers of courts to issue custodial sentences for (a) mobile phone theft, (b) car-jacking and (c) possession of...

      Immigration Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were held, by venue, under immigration law, at the latest available date.

      Family Visitor Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was (a) the gross and (b) the net income for (i) oral and (ii) paper appeals during the first year of operation of family visitor...

      Police Expenditure (East Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the per capita expenditure on police in East Sussex was in (a) 1997 and (b) 2001; and what the national average was in those years.

      West Mercia Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Government have to increase the numbers of police officers in West Mercia by the number needed for it to reach the average of...

      Police Officers (Public Health Care)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police authorities provide private healthcare for their officers; and if he will make a statement.

      Cyclists

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he issues to police forces on penalising cyclists who (a) advance over the stop line and (b) ride without rear lights.

      Drug Addicts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners who were addicts of (a) heroin and (b) cocaine continued their habits after serving their sentences in each of the last...

      Detainee Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy in relation to all deaths in police custody, prisons and immigration detention centres, to provide the family...

      Prison Hospital Suicides

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) assessment he has made of and (b) steps he has taken to ascertain the accuracy of record keeping about the monitoring of suicide...

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the process is to ensure that tetra base stations comply with relevant guidelines on limits of exposure to the public.

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets are set for replying to correspondence from members of the public to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate; and what the...

      Prison Capacity (Wymott and Garth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to (a) increase the prison population and (b) extend the site at (i) HMP Wymott and (ii) HMP Garth; and what recent...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young offenders (1) from each parliamentary constituency in the Greater London area were sentenced to custodial sentences in young...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how (1) many young offenders within each Metropolitan police divisional borough are serving custodial sentences in young offenders...

      Long Lartin Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on recruitment and retention of prison officers and other staff at Long Lartin prison.

      Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the time taken by police officers to complete the paperwork and processes necessary after arresting an...

      Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individual arrests were carried out by police forces in England and Wales during each of the last three years for which records are...

      Volunteering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made following the announcement in January 2001 of a package to develop volunteering; and if he will make a statement.

      Working Conditions and Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of work-related stress have been reported in his Department; how much compensation has been paid to employees; how many work...

      Youth Offending Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who inspects the functioning of youth offending teams; and if he will make a statement.

      City of London Corporation (Events)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list those functions, engagements and events which Ministers, his officials and advisers have attended which have been sponsored,...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people, broken down by nationality, on (a) temporary admission and (b) temporary release, applied for leave to enter on the grounds...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many nationals of (a) India, (b) Pakistan, (c) Bangladesh, (d) Ghana, (e) Nigeria, (f) Malaysia, (g) Jamaica, (h) Zimbabwe and (j) Kenya,...

      Youth Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many youth fora have been set up; and at what cost.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for the use of the private sector in the Prison Service.

      Justice and Home Affairs Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a Scottish Executive Minister will be a member of the UK delegation to the Justice and Home Affairs European Union Council of...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff left the service of his Department and its agencies in the year ended 31 March 2001; how many left before attaining the formal...

    • Disability Living Allowance (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many persons in (a) the Angus constituency and (b) Scotland have been awarded a reduced level of DLA when applying for a further award.

      Disability Living Allowance (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many persons in (a) the Angus constituency and (b) Scotland are in receipt of the mobility element of DLA at the (i) higher, (ii) middle...

      Disability Living Allowance (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many persons in (a) the Angus constituency and (b) Scotland are in receipt of disability living allowance; and what the figures are for...

      Disability Living Allowance (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many persons in (a) the Angus constituency and (b) Scotland have been refused DLA when applying for a further award.

      Visual and Aural Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that those from the deaf and blind communities are able to contact their hon. Member through the provision of...

      Visual and Aural Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with (a) the RNIB about the use of Braille by public services and (b) the RNID about the use of (i) text...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux on its implementation of fraud prevention methods,...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of claimants found to have made fraudulent social security claims were prosecuted in (a) 1999–2000 and (b) 2000–01.

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the cost to its budget since 1 May 1997 of fraud; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Exchange Trading Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice his Department is giving to local offices on the subject of local exchange trading schemes.

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the names of staff who have been seconded to his Department from the private sector since May 1997, indicating (a) the names of...

      Ministerial Boxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by what means ministerial boxes are conveyed from private offices in his Department to (a) himself and (b) his Ministers; how frequently and at...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many letters the Minister for Disabled People has received at her Department's address in the last 12 months; and how many have been passed...

      Minimum Income Guarantee Helpline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people staff the minimum income guarantee helpline; and if he will make a statement.

      Minimum Income Guarantee Helpline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the minimum income guarantee helpline cost in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Heating Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received from organisations representing disabled citizens seeking the extension of heating allowance paid...

      Heating Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will extend the heating allowance paid to senior citizens and to housebound disabled people.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many changes of circumstances affecting pensioners must be reported to his Department; how many cases of each are so reported each year;...

      Union Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies receive paid leave to undertake union duties; how many days they...

      Departmental Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost of his Department's website was in real terms in each of the last four years; and how many hits it received in each of...

      Working Conditions and Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases of work-related stress have been reported in his Department; how much compensation has been paid to employees; how many work...

      Working Conditions and Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment has been made of the effect of the Working Time Directive on his Department's employees; how many employees are working in...

      Working Conditions and Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are employed in his Department on a job share contract; and what percentage of vacant positions was advertised on this basis in...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost to his Department was of the use of external consultants in each of the last four years.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the target time is for housing benefit appeals to be heard by the Appeals Tribunal, from the date of application for appeal; and what the...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many appeals against local authority housing benefit decisions have been (a) lodged and (b) heard since the introduction of the new appeals...

      Benefit Payment Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of benefits claimants have moved to a system of (a) automated credit transfer and (b) direct payment of benefits into a bank...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseeker's allowance claimants have had their benefit reduced as result of non-compliance in basic skills courses.

      Community Sentence Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which areas are piloting the provision in the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act 2000 to reduce benefit for claimants who breach...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Emergency Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will introduce (a) a programme of emergency loans for businesses affected by disaster and (b) a disaster-planning unit to produce disaster plans for...

    • Central Office of Information

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to revise and publish the guidelines governing the political impartiality of the Central Office of Information.

      Union Duties

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many staff in his Department, agencies and non- departmental public bodies receive paid leave to undertake union duties; how many days they are allocated; and...

      Accountancy (Secondments)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish a list of the employees of (a) Arthur Andersen, (b) Deloitte and Touche, (c) Ernst and Young, (d) KPMG and (e) PricewaterhouseCoopers...

      Energy Industry

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the value was of each sponsorship of Government (a) Departments and (b) events there has been by (i) BP, (ii) Shell, (iii) Exxon-Mobil, (iv) Enron, (v)...

      Advertising

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what has been the expenditure of his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies on newspaper advertising by title in each year since 1997.

  • House of Lords

    • [The first Written Answer should have been printed yesterday.]Heavily Indebted Poorer Countries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are re-assessing the importance to the world's poorest countries of complete debt relief in the light of events since September 2001; and whether they...

    • Public Service Agreements: Opportunity for All

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, and to what extent, public service agreements for government departments for the 2001–04 spending round made provision for gender-based targets,...

      Lord Chancellor's Department DEL

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are any plans to change the Lord Chancellor's Department's departmental expenditure limit and administration costs limits for 2001–02.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office DEL

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are any plans to change the departmental expenditure limit (DEL) and the administration costs limits for 2001–02.

      Sierra Leone: UN Sanctions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What changes there have been in United Nations sanctions in relation to Sierra Leone.

      Antiquities of National Importance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the items of Bronze Age treasure referred to in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport News Release 7/02 of 22 January will now be referred to a...

      Free Television Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the annual sum now paid by them to the BBC in lieu of the free television licences that can be claimed by those households in which a person over the age...

      BBC's Digital Channels for Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the BBC is in breach of the terms of its agreement with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport over the upper limit imposed on the output of imported...

      Export of Cultural Goods

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art has since 1992 updated its terms of reference and notes of guidance in order to take account of the...

      Export of Cultural Goods

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the sterling threshold for the requirements for export licences for cultural goods; what representations have been made in the past year by either...

      National Museums and Galleries: Items on Overseas Loan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will name all items on overseas loan (not including temporary loans) from government-sponsored museums that have been outside the country for more...

      Immigration Staff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of customer-facing Immigration Service officials at: (a) Heathrow Airport; (b) Gatwick Airport; and (c) Waterloo International Station are of...

      Definition of "Britain"

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Given that the subtitle of the White Paper Secure Borders, Safe Haven refers to "Britain", what is the name of this state in (a) international law and practice;...

      Definition of "Britain"

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Given that immigration is an excepted matter under paragraph 8 of Schedule 8 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998, why the White Paper Secure Borders, Safe Haven...

      Asylum Seekers: Voluntary Departure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures are taken to ensure that those who are refused asylum and who agree to depart voluntarily actually do.

      Immigration Removal Centres

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What bail arrangements will be available at immigration removal detention centres.

      HM Prison Maghaberry: Detention of Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are satisfied with the current arrangements at HM Prison Maghaberry in Northern Ireland for the detention of those seeking asylum in the United...

      Prison Service and the Private Sector

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have for the use of the private sector in the Prison Service.

      Attorney-General's Department DEL

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are any plans to change the Attorney-General's Department's departmental expenditure limit and administration costs limit for 2001–02.

      Statins

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ask the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to advise general practitioners on prescribing statins, in view of the study by the Medical...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have had concerning the rate of progress in making the digital hearing aid available to National Health Service trusts; what percentage...

      Health Improvement Commission Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the 2000–01 Annual Report of the Commission for Health Improvement will be published.

      Prime Minister's Visit to Africa

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many planes were chartered during the visit by the Prime Minister to Africa in February; and What was the cost of chartered planes for the visit by the Prime...

      Northern Ireland Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 14 January (WA 144), whether they will make available the letter of 18 May 2001 from the Prime Minister's...

      IRA-attributed Murders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many murders are alleged to have been committed by the IRA in (a) County Londonderry, excluding the city and (b) the City of Londonderry during each year from...

      IRA-attributed Murders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of murders alleged to have been committed by the IRA from 1970 to date have resulted in successful prosecutions.

      Northern Ireland Human RightsCommission: Staffing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 4 February (WA75–76), whether the only groups consulted by Mr Peter Hosking in reviewing the work of...

      Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the decisions of the Northern Ireland Policing Board on 7 February, how best they will (a) review the mechanisms for the work of the Police Ombudsman;...

      Occupational Pension Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will make changes to the minimum funding requirement for occupational pension schemes.

      Rother District Council: Benefit Fraud Inspectorate Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the inspection report of the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate in respect of Rother District Council.

      Southampton City Council: Benefit Fraud Inspectorate Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the inspection report of the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate in respect of Southampton City Council.

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