Written answers

Thursday, 28 February 2002

  • Treasury

    • Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from the tourism industry on the impact of the level of the pound against the euro since 1997.

    • Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the performance of the euro since 1 January.

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with his German counterpart on the European single currency.

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in the north-west are receiving working family tax credit.

      Voluntary and Community Sectors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to support the voluntary and community sectors.

      Competitiveness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on policy measures he intends to take by way of taxation to improve the competitiveness of the UK economy.

      Competitiveness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the impact of productivity on the UK's competitiveness.

      Competitiveness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact that changes in regulation have had on the competitiveness of UK industry since 1997.

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of the heavily indebted poor countries' debt relief process in delivering a sustainable exit from debt for...

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to discuss the reform of the HIPC initiative to ensure that debt sustainability is consistent with achieving the 2015 development goals at...

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to discuss greater and faster debt relief with (a) the International Monetary Fund, (b) the World Bank and (c) the regional development banks.

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to discuss his proposal to hold the debt repayments of those countries without agreed poverty reduction strategy papers in a trust until a...

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to discuss the reform of poverty reduction strategy papers to take account of the financial resources required to achieve the 2015...

      Polarisation (Financial Advice)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what response he has made to the Financial Services Authority's proposals to end polarisation in financial advice.

      Low Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he is taking to increase the take-home pay of those in low paid work.

      Public Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the additional public debt would be as a percentage of GDP if all capital expenditure agreed under private finance and private partnership initiatives...

      Families

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on the measures he announced in the pre-Budget report to support families.

      Productivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his forecasts are for the impact of productivity on UK economic growth over the next three years.

      Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal steps he is taking to encourage investment by British business:

      Public Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his plans for investment in public services in London.

      Public Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how he intends to fund improvements in local authority public services; and if he will make a statement.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will allocate additional resources for renewable energy in the comprehensive spending review.

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of the climate change levy on the combined heat and power industry.

      Employment Levels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on recent measures he has taken to improve levels of employment.

      Office for National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the operations of the Office for National Statistics.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on how the new integrated tax credits will affect families with children in Lancashire.

      Labour Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the estimate his Department has made of the proportion of the work force who are unemployed and economically inactive, broken...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the aggregate debt is authorised through PFI projects by the Government sine 1997.

      World Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on progress in international efforts to relieve world poverty.

      External Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will list the 30 largest contracts awarded by his Department from (a) May 1997 to April 1998, (b) May 1998 to April 1999, (c) May 1999 to April...

      Office of National Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2002, Official Report, column 1037W, if he will place a copy of the strategic marketing review in the Library.

      Office of National Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2002, Official Report, column 1037W, what action the Office of National Savings has taken, pursuant to the conclusion...

      Payroll Systems

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many small businesses have accepted the offer of a detailed health check of their payroll systems.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the trends in the number of income tax payers between (a) 1997–98 and (b) 2001–02.

      UK Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his plans to reduce poverty in the United Kingdom.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been allocated from the contingency fund to finance the military action in Afghanistan.

      Arthur Andersen

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason he selected Arthur Andersen to take the lead role in his value for money report on PFI; and how many PFI contracts have been given to (a)...

      Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many contracts were let by his Department and agencies for which he is responsible to (a) PWC Consulting or PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst &...

      Royal Mint Shareholder Panel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the process by which members of the Royal Mint shareholder panel were chosen; and if he will place the terms of reference for...

      War Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what outstanding liabilities there are to the United Kingdom of lend-lease loan facilities arranged during the Second World War; (2) what total...

      Overseas Education

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for increasing Britain's contributions towards education in foreign countries in the next three years.

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects all countries eligible for assistance with debt relief under the HIPC initiative to receive debt relief; and what plans he has to raise this...

      Devolved Administrations (Spending)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the mathematical formula he uses to decide net change to spending for devolved administrations.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 4 February 2002, Official Report, column 700W, on special advisers, if he will state the purpose of advising departmental heads...

      Small Enterprises (Allowances)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 14 February 2002, Official Report, column 579W, on small enterprise allowances, what use has been made of these allowances.

      Computer Software

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what computer software complies with the Inland Revenue's payroll software standards.

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the changes in Inland Revenue staff numbers between 1 January 2000 and 1 January 2002.

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the work of the Inland Revenue Business Support Team.

      Enterprise Schemes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of the economic impact of the Enterprise Investment Scheme and Venture Capital Trust schemes.

      Enterprise Management Incentives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many companies with fewer than (a) 16 and (b) seven employees took advantage of enterprise management incentives in 2000–01.

  • Prime Minister

    • Senior Salaries

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the report and recommendations of the Review Body on Senior Salaries.

    • Government Properties

      To ask the Prime Minister in respect of (a) the flat above No. 10 Downing Street, (b) the flat above No. 11 Downing Street, (c) the flat in 1 Carlton Gardens, (d) Flat 1 in Admiralty House, (e)...

      Government Properties

      To ask the Prime Minister how many receptions have been held at No. 10 Downing Street since 1 May 1997; and if he will list (a) the date, (b) the purpose, (c) the host, (d) the estimated number...

      Mr. Alastair Campbell

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish (a) the latest functions and (b) the salary of Mr. Alastair Campbell; and what changes have been made to them following the announcement of his new...

      Official Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the official visits within the UK outside London he made in 2001 giving for each trip (a) the origin and destination and (b) the mode of travel used; and...

      Official Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the official visits to (a) Paris and (b) Brussels made by him in 2001 and the mode of travel used; and what guidance was used on the choice of mode of...

      Catering Services

      To ask the Prime Minister what the cost was of (a) in-house canteen and (b) other catering services provided by his office in each of the last four years.

      Mr. Martin Sixsmith

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will initiate an inquiry into the conduct of Sir Richard Mottram in relation to Mr. Martin Sixsmith.

      United Nations

      To ask the Prime Minister which Minister has responsibility for UK relations with the United Nations.

      No. 10 Delivery Unit

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the names of those in the No. 10 Delivery Unit, who are responsible for overseeing the work in the areas of (a) transport, (b) health, (c) crime and...

      Business Contracts

      To ask the Prime Minister, (1) pursuant to his answer of 25 February 2002, Ref 36802, Official Report, column 701W, under what provision of the Code of Practice on Access to Government...

      Business Contracts

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will name the person or persons responsible for drafting the letter to the Romanian Prime Minister regarding LNM-Ispat International's contract for the SIDEX...

      Business Contracts

      To ask the Prime Minister on behalf of how many companies (a) in the United Kingdom, (b) on the Isle of Wight and (c) in Leicestershire he has written to overseas leaders seeking support for...

      Hammond Inquiry

      To ask the Prime Minister for what reason he decided to re-open Sir Anthony Hammond's inquiry into the Hinduja passport affair; how many representations, and from whom, he received to do so; and...

  • Defence

    • Joint Force Harrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his future plans are for Joint Force Harrier; and if he will make a statement.

    • Nimrod MRA4

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he has changed his procurement plans for the Nimrod MRA4.

      Awe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British universities have research contracts with AWE; and if he will list them.

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in respect of the publications issued by the Central Corporate Communications Division in each of the last four years, what was (a) the circulation, (b)...

      MOD Sites (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to increase the budget of department bodies to meet security needs following 11 September.

      MOD Sites (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role is played by (a) the armed forces and (b) MDP in protecting MoD sites; and if he will make a statement.

      MOD Sites (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what powers have been given to the MDP for guarding MoD sites; and if he will make a statement.

      Cluster Bomb

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment of ground conditions is undertaken before deployment of cluster bombs; and what alternative weapon is deployed where ground conditions...

      Royal Ordnance Factories and Naval Dockyards (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes in security have been made at the Royal Ordnance factories and naval dockyards following 11 September 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      Integrated Biological Detention System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the trials of the new Integrated Biological Detection System will cost; and if he will make a statement.

      Integrated Biological Detention System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what companies are involved in the initial concept of trials being run for a maritime version of the new integrated Biological Detection System; and if...

      Fast Jet Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are to obtain laser and missile approach warners part of the Fast Jet Directed Infrared Countermeasures Laser System Technology; and if...

      US Bases (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made of the security risk to US bases in the UK since 11 September 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the need for a carrier-based medium altitude/endurance unmanned air vehicle; and if he will make a statement.

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what training is given to MDP reserves; and if he will make a statement; (2) if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on its police...

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the chain of command for MOD police deployed on US bases in the UK since 11 September 2001 is; and if he will make a statement.

      Foreign Military Staff (UK Training)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military staff from (a) Macedonia, (b) Bulgaria, (c) Slovakia, (d) Slovenia, (e) Albania, (f) Romania, (g) Estonia, (h) Latvia and (i) Lithuania...

      Smart Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much money has been saved by Smart Procurement since its inception in 1998; how much it is projected to save over the next five years; and if he will...

      Deployments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Department's staff have been involved in deployments to (a) Slovakia, (b) Macedonia and (c) Bulgaria in the last five years; at what...

      Deployments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where the British Armed Forces are deployed as at 1 February.

      C-17 Globemasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many C-17 Globemasters the armed forces own; whether Globemasters are deployed in Afghanistan; what plans he has for further purchase of the...

      Framework Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what projects, if any have been designated Co-operative Armaments Programmes under the Six-Nation Framework Agreement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 19 December 2001, Official Report, column 343W, ref. 24020, when he intends to write to the hon. Member; and if he will place...

      RAF Bases (Commercial Operations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Civil Aviation Authority about the suitability of RAF Lyneham for commercial airline operations.

      RAF Bases (Commercial Operations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with Richard Branson and executives of Virgin about the commercial future of RAF Brize Norton.

      RAF Bases (Commercial Operations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the physical contours of RAF Lyneham conform to the CAA's safety requirements for commercial airline operations.

      Army HQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 17 December 2001, Official Report, column 340W, when the final assessment of the costs of moving the Army's northern...

      Tours of Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the units in the Army that have had an average interval between operational tours of (a) over 24 months and (b) under 24 months in each...

      Tours of Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the report written by Colonel Curran Snagge entitled XThe Command Structure in the UK" examining the move of the Army's northern...

  • International Development

    • LNM Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the Government's policy is on support for a further application to the EBRD by LNM Holdings for support for the takeover of Sidex...

    • LNM Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions took place between her Department and other departments regarding the Government's support for the loan application to...

      LNM Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will set out the reasons for the Government's support for the loan application to the EBRD by LNM Holdings.

      External Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations have won new contracts with (a) her Department and (b)...

      External Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the 30 largest contracts awarded by her Department from (a) May 1997 to April 1998, (b) May 1998 to April 1999, (c)...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the impact of the attack on a food aid distribution site in the village of Bien, Western Upper Nile...

      Burkina Faso

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

  • House of Commons

    • Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire (Mr. Kirkwood) representing the House of Commons Commission, how many complaints are under investigation by the Parliamentary Commissioner for...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Long-term Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidelines he has published regarding the treatment of employees returning to work after long-term sick leave.

    • Benefit Fraud Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will publish the inspection report of the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate in respect of Torbay Borough Council.

      Benefit Fraud Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will publish the inspection report of the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate in respect of the London Borough of Southwark.

      Pickering Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the original scope was of the inquiry into pensions which he asked Mr. Alan Pickering to conduct for his Department; and whether and to...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to ensure that growth in pensions is linked to growth in the economy.

      Doctors' Handwriting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what delays were caused in the hearings of appeals of disability claims to the tribunal service owing to the illegibility of doctors'...

      Accountancy Services

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

      Fair Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 19 November 2001, Official Report, column 145W, on Fair Trade goods, if he will review during Fair Trade Fortnight...

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the research his Department has conducted on the impact of the New Deal for Lone Parents on the employment rate for lone...

      Employment Zone (South Tyneside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the employment zone in South Tyneside in reducing unemployment.

      Disability Employment Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the number of Jobcentres for which each disability employment adviser is responsible, and the procedures that are in place for...

      Industrial Action (Jobcentre Plus)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many days will have been lost to industrial action since September 2001 as a result of the action taken by members of the Public and...

      Industrial Action (Jobcentre Plus)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit claimants have had personal adviser consultations postponed as a result of industrial action undertaken by Jobcentre Plus staff.

      Assaults (Benefits Staff)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's policy is for dealing with claimants who (a) verbally and (b) physically attack staff in Benefits Agency, Employment...

      Assaults (Benefits Staff)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many physical assaults there have been in the Jobcentre Plus Pathfinder Clusters since their establishment in September 2001; how many...

      Assaults (Benefits Staff)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will provide additional training for Benefits Agency staff to help them deal with individual threats.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps are taken to assess the number of entrants to the New Deal for Young People who are functionally (a) illiterate and (b) innumerate...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the Harwich constituency are in the New Deal programme; and how many were placed in employment following their participation...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time is that the Head of his Department has recommended since May 1997 between a special adviser leaving his Department and...

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Staff Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were employed in his Department in each of the last four years.

      IT Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the costs of RFR4 Modernising Welfare Delivery are in respect of information technology, computerisation and on-line technology; and how...

      Unemployment (St. Helens, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of the unemployed in St. Helens, South have been unemployed for a year or more (a) this year, (b) in 1997 and (c) in 1992.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Rail Infrastructure Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the involvement her Department has had in the proposed structure of the successor company to Railtrack.

    • Energy (Environmental Guidelines)

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

      Universal Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if funds will be made available to self-employed sub-postmasters and mistresses to cover the costs of training staff in the use of the...

      Universal Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the number of sub-post offices in which the Universal Bank will operate.

      Universal Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the sums allocated by each of the major clearing banks for investment in the Universal Bank.

      Universal Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what charges will be operated by the Universal Bank for accounts that go into overdraft.

      Universal Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the costs of training staff in sub-post offices in the use of the Universal Bank, and what sums are allocated in...

      Postal Services (Blind People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the Government will ensure that postal service for the registered blind will remain free of charge; and if she will make a statement.

      Postal Services (Blind People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will require (a) Consignia and (b) other future postal operators to provide a free mail service for the blind.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices there were in (a) the constituency of the Ribble Valley and Fulwood, (b) Lancashire, (c) the North West of England, (d)...

      Postal Services Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the annual budget was of the Postal Services Commission and its predecessor body for the financial years (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01;...

      National Manufacturing Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the manufacturers who attended the December National Manufacturing Summit; how many SME manufacturers were invited; and which...

      Arthur Andersen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 11 February 2002, Official Report, column 60W, if she will list (a) those attending and (b) the subjects discussed...

      Arthur Andersen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many contracts Arthur Andersen received from HM Government in each year since 1987; and what the aggregate value of those contracts was...

      Arthur Andersen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 11 February 2002, to the hon. Member for Eastbourne (Mr. Waterson), Official Report, column 60W, on Arthur...

      Unlicensed Radio Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many prosecutions there were of unlicensed radio stations in each of the last available five years; (2) how many prosecutions of...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 6 February 2002, Official Report, column 968W, on Consignia, what proportion of the £2 million fund to support...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the latest posting time was to achieve next-day delivery of post to the Isle of Wight from (a) Belfast, (b) Cardiff, (c) Edinburgh, (d)...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the latest posting time was to achieve next-day delivery of post from the Isle of Wight to (a) Belfast, (b) Cardiff, (c) Edinburgh, (d)...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of addresses in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales, (d) Northern Ireland and (e) the United Kingdom receive a second daily...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of the population of (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales, (d) Northern Ireland and (e) the United Kingdom live more than (i)...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the annual revenues that would be generated if the Export Credits Guarantee Department were required to generate...

      LNM Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what meetings have taken place since 1997 between ministers and officials of her Department and Mr. Lakshmi Mittal and executives of the LNM...

      LNM Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when her Department was informed of the attempt by the LNM Group to acquire Sidex.

      LNM Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the occasions on which meetings have taken place between ministers or officials and representatives of LNM Holdings in the...

      LNM Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations were made by her Department to the European Commission regarding the takeover of Irish Steel by LNM Holdings.

      LNM Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when her Department was informed of the support given by LNM Holdings for the imposition of US tariffs against overseas steel imports.

      LNM Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations her Department has received against the takeover of Sidex Steel by LNM Holdings.

      London Congestion Charge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact the proposed London congestion charge will have on Consignia's operations in the charging zone.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will increase the number of places for business people on RDA boards.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will increase regional development agency support for national parks.

      Business Contacts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has made to foreign Governments on behalf of individual companies since 7 June 2001; and which they were.

      Government Chemist

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she has received the 2001 Review of the Government Chemist.

      External Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations have won new contracts with (a) her Department and (b) executive...

      Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans there are to change the departmental expenditure limit and administration cost limits for her Department and the Office of Fair Trading.

      Shipbuilders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans her Department has for the future of British Shipbuilders.

      Regional Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many of the regional assistance grants to industry expressed (a) as a percentage and (b) in cash terms was given to the parliamentary...

      Management Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the names and present occupations of the non-executive members of her Department's Management Board.

  • Scotland

    • Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what representations she has made to the Department of Health in respect of the paper, Getting Ahead of the Curve-A Strategy for Combating...

    • National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which Scottish areas will benefit from the Fair Share National Lottery Initiative.

      Rail Access (Airports)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when she expects to publish the joint study with the Strategic Rail Authority and the Scottish Executive into the potential improvements in rail access...

      Nuclear Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what responsibility she has for the development of nuclear energy policy in Scotland.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when she last met representatives of (a) the British Tourist Board and (b) VisitScotland.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what responsibilities she has for the promotion of Scottish tourism by (a) Scottish and (b) United Kingdom-wide Government bodies.

  • Advocate-General

    • Ministerial Functions

      To ask the Advocate-General which provisions of the Scotland Act 1998 she has relied upon with respect to the development of the role of Advocate-General that she has embarked upon.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will decide whether to reappoint Christine Bell to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's involvement has been regarding the arrest in Pakistan of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh; and if he will make a...

    • Sudan

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

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the US Administration regarding their decision to suspend peace negotiations with the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Sudan regarding attacks on a food aid distribution site in the Western...

      Arab Summit (Lebanon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli Government to allow Yasser Arafat to leave Ramallah to attend the Arab summit in...

      NRZ Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if it is his policy to meet the assurances given by the British Government at the Lancaster House agreement in 1979 to NRZ...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to Chairman Arafat to encourage a halt in violence by the Fatah faction and Hezbollah.

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total area in square feet of all empty properties owned by (a) his Department, (b) his agencies and (c) other public...

      Refurbishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 17 January 2002, Official Report, column 415W, what the cost of refurbishing each Ministerial private...

  • Home Department

    • Police Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the funding available per 1,000 population for each police authority area in order of spending.

    • Human Rights Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what monitoring has been done to ascertain the effect of human rights legislation on the efficiency of police investigations into criminal...

      Crime Detection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the detection rate was for crimes in each police force in England and Wales in the last year for which figures are available.

      Immigration Service Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Immigration Service personnel have been disciplined over their treatment of visa applicants since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Police Authorities (Efficiency Savings)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and which police authorities have met the Government target of 2 per cent. efficiency savings each year in the last three financial...

      Raves

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the discussions between his Department and the Association of Chief Police Officers regarding the issue of...

      Association of Chief Police Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he last met the President of the Association of Chief Police Officers.

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost has been of the Wiltshire Constabulary investigation into allegations of past criminal activity at DSTL Porton Down; and if he...

      Police Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State (1) for the Home Department what the average number of days sickness absence per year was for (a) police officers and (b) support staff in the Cheshire...

      Victim Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when criminals in prison who are victims of a crime are informed of the criminal injuries compensation scheme; what the eligibility criteria...

      Victim Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether criminals in prison who are victims of crime receive the support of the witness service at the Crown Court.

      Police Authority Performance Indicators

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the best value performance indicators for police authorities for 2002–03; and which indicators have been (a) deleted...

      Police Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers are seconded from police authorities to (a) the National Criminal Intelligence Service, (b) the Police Staff...

      Youth Offender Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what action has been taken to launch youth offender panels; and what further action is planned; (2) in which newspapers and on which...

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether sex offenders whose offences are deemed spent after the completion of youth offender panel orders must remain on the Sex Offenders'...

      Female Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of women under sentence in prisons in England and Wales have been convicted of (a) violence against the person, (b) sexual...

      Police Authority Priorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set out the reasons underlying the changes in ministerial priorities for police authorities for 2002–03 since 2001–02.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on how many occasions since 1 May 1997 Special Advisers in his Department have travelled abroad in an official capacity; and if he will give the total cost,...

    • Civil Defence Grant

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which minister is responsible for making civil defence grants under the Civil Defence Act 1948 as amended by the Civil Defence (Grants) Act 2002.

      Refurbishment

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost of refurbishing each ministerial private office was in each year since May 1997.

  • House of Commons

    • Divisions

      To ask the President of the Council how many divisions in the House of Commons this session have been on legislation for (a) the UK, (b) Great Britain only, (c) England and Wales only, (d)...

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the President of the Council what plans he has to change the rota for oral questions.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Expenditure Limit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans there are to amend the Wales Departmental Expenditure Limit for 2001–02.

    • Working Conditions and Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 the last 12...

      Working Conditions and Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment has been made of the effect of the Working Time Directive on his Department's employees; how many employees are working in excess of 48...

      Entertainment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list for 1997–98 and for each subsequent financial year, including the current year to date, the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b)...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Litter Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the (a) attempted and (b) successful prosecutions of those accused of litter offences, broken down by...

    • Private Medical Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many employees in (a) her Department and (b) her Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies have had...

      Ozone Depleting Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the UK standards on the recovery of ozone depleting substances will be published; and if she will make a statement.

      Biosafety Protocol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she intends to ratify the biosafety protocol.

      Kyoto Protocol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she intends to ratify the Kyoto protocol.

      Nitrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the annual cost to individual farmers of the proposed implementation of the 1991 Nitrate Vulnerable...

      Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the tidal surge which hit the Thames Estuary and the North Kent Coast on 29 January, with...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason it was necessary for veterinarians to wait in excess of 24 hours before obtaining permission to slaughter...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the incubation period for the foot and mouth disease is in (a) cattle and (b) sheep.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of the foot and mouth compensation payments were made by the (a) UK and (b) EU; and if she will make a statement.

      Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total UK (a) carbon dioxide emissions and (b) other greenhouse gas emissions were; and what the percentage change...

      Precautionary Principle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her Department's policy regarding the precautionary principle.

      Refurbishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 25 January 2002, Official Report, column 1161W, what the cost of refurbishing each Ministerial...

      Fisheries (Prosecutions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many successful prosecutions were brought against fishing vessels during the last five years for (a) catching of...

      Fisheries (Prosecutions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) on how many occasions successful prosecutions have been brought against fishing vessels in the past five years for...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what budget has been employed by her Department to manage the fisheries enforcement operation in England for each year for...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much of the fines paid by fishing owners and skippers following their prosecution is paid to her Department; and...

      IACS Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of farmers who were under Form D restrictions qualify for IACS payments; and if she will make a statement.

      Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many badgers there were in (a) Gloucestershire and (b) the UK in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she is taking on the preliminary results of the trials being conducted on tuberculosis in cattle; and if she will...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on recent changes in the rate of tuberculosis in cattle in (a) Gloucestershire and (b) the UK.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many herds have been tested for tuberculosis and how many were found positive in (a) Gloucestershire and (b) England in...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many herds are under restriction through tuberculosis (a) in England and (b) in Gloucestershire; and if she will make a...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what investigations she has made of the experience in the Republic of Ireland of tuberculosis in cattle; and if she will make...

      Plastic Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what she estimates the cost will be of starting a scheme for plastic sheet recycling for farmers; (2) what the...

      Refrigerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what receipts there have been for (a) each county and (b) other waste disposal authorities of the additional moneys made...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when she will reply to question 3689; and if she will make a statement. (2) when she will reply to question 3690; and...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when she will reply to question 3534; and if she will make a statement. (2) When she will reply to question 3537; and...

      Hunting With Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the government's policy on hunting with dogs.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what proportions of slam shut carriages have been converted to the cone and cup safety mechanism; (2) if the...

    • Rail Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 17 December 2001, Official Report, column 18W, on rail passengers, what is the frequency...

      Enron

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what meetings (a) he and (b) his senior departmental officials have had with Enron and its subsidiaries in the last...

      Accounting Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many contracts were let by his Department and agencies for which he is responsible to (a) PWC Consulting or...

      Special Purpose Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will define a special purpose vehicle in the context of the railways.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which journalists, and from which publications, were invited to the briefing given on the future of the London...

      10-Year Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answers of 7 February 2002, Official Report, column 1108W, refs 33767 and 33769, on the transport...

      Social Services Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list for shire counties (1) the social services SSA for child protection, divided by the number of...

      Standard Spending Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the standard spending assessments per (a) pensioner and (b) young person under the age of 18 by...

      Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the publicity and advertising campaigns run by his Department in each of the last four years,...

      Asset Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what (a) research, (b) consultation and (c) discussions his Department has carried out since 1997 on the legal...

      Railway Network Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the network grants for railways to which his Department is contractually committed.

      Road Maintenance (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive about road maintenance contracts.

      Traffic Calming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what guidance he gives to groups of residents where the Local Government Ombudsman rules against a local authority...

      Rough Sleepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many rough sleepers were counted in market towns in the last five years for which figures are available; and if...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what information was provided to him by the administrator about the total level of (a) short-term and (b) long-term...

      Vehicle Excise Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact of the extension of the reduced rate of vehicle excise duty to cars with...

      Shoreham Port Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions by what means the current vacancies on the Board of Shoreham Port Authority have been publicised.

      Shoreham Port Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what opportunities constituents of the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham living in the vicinity of Shoreham...

      Planning Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions under what conditions he will call in planning applications in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

      Planning Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the conditions for granting industrial planning permission in an area designated as an...

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many (a) fatalities and (b) injuries have occurred involving buses and (i) other buses, (ii) other road vehicles...

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will estimate revenues from council tax and business rates (a) for the United Kingdom as a whole and (b) for...

      Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what directions have been given to Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority regarding security measures since 11...

      Local Strategic Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the outcome is of the accreditation of local strategic partnerships in the areas due to receive neighbourhood...

      Local Strategic Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what were the administrative costs of the South West Regional Development Agency in the past three years.

      Departmental Minutes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place in the Library the minutes from formal meetings which have taken place since 11 February between the...

      Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if he will list statements he made to the press about the departure of his Chief Press Officer Mr. Martin...

      Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether he will resign.

      Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the time and date of meetings which have taken place since 11 February between the Department's...

      Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will (1) make a statement on the timetable of events corresponding to the resignation from his Department on...

      Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place in the Library the letters of resignation from this Department from (a) the Department's Director of...

  • Solicitor-General

    • CPS (Case Numbers)

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases were handled by each lawyer per year, in each region, since the inception of the CPS; and of these cases how many were cases for the (a) magistrates'...

    • Legal Staff (Professional Development)

      To ask the Solicitor-General if there is a mandatory requirement for legal staff to participate in a continuing professional development programme.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Hyde Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many paying concerts and other events were held in Hyde Park in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001; (2) how much the paying...

    • National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funds each of the National Lottery Distribution Funds hold which are allocated but not yet distributed.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many buildings her Department operates; how many people work in each of those buildings; what the cost of maintaining each building...

      Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the Sport England accounts will be laid before the House.

      Television Signals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many homes, per constituency, in each of the last seven years have been unable to receive (a) digital terrestrial, (b) digital...

      Catering Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost was of (a) in-house canteen and (b) other catering services provided by her Department in each of the last four years.

      Equipment Leasing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the equipment leasing arrangements entered into by her Department in each of the last four years; and what the cost to...

      Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the publicity and advertising campaigns run by her Department in each of the last four years, specifying the (a)...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions since 1 May 1997 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental (special advisers have travelled abroad in an official...

      Special Urgency Provisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how often the Department has applied the special urgency provisions in paragraph 22 of Circular 18/84 (Development by Government...

      Broadcasting Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make an assessment of the costs to public service broadcasters of broadcasting channels via (a) digital satellite...

      Free-to-Air Channels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which free-to-air channels are available to consumers receiving their television via (a) digital satellite, (b) digital terrestrial and...

      Electronic Programme Guides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the regulations regarding access to the electronic programme guides on (a) digital satellite, (b)...

      Grassroots Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding she has given to grassroots sports in each constituency since 1992; what the most recent annual figure is; and if she will...

      External Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations which previously held contracts with her Department (a) won...

      External Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations have won new contracts with (a) her Department and (b)...

      External Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the 30 largest contacts awarded by her Department from (a) May 1997 to April 1998, (b) May 1998 to April 1999, (c) May...

      Community Buy-outs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the capital cost of each community buy-out has been since 1994, and if she will list awards to assist in community buy-outs from...

      Stadiums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding has been made available (a) from her Department and (b) from the National Lottery, for assisting in capital building...

      Targeted Lottery Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will give details of the English areas which will benefit from the targeted Lottery initiative she announced on 27 June 2001; and...

      Art Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the 2000–01 Annual report of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art will be published.

  • Education and Skills

    • Enron

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what meetings (a) she and (b) her senior departmental officials have had with Enron and its subsidiaries in the last two years.

    • Theft and Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 28 January 2002, Official Report, column 102W, on theft and fraud, if she will make a statement on the...

      Education (Stoke)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of the local education authority budget in Stoke-on-Trent has been accounted for by the Standards Fund in each year since...

      Empty Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 29 January 2002, Official Report, column 231W, what the total area in square feet of all empty properties owned...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to recall the SEN Toolkit issued earlier this year; and if she will revise its guidance on the quantification in SEN...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on how many occasions since 1 May 1997 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official...

      Pupil Attainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of those aged 16 years achieved one or more GCSEs at grade G or above, or the equivalent, in each year since 1997.

      Pupil Attainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of 16-year-olds have obtained five or more GCSEs at grades A* to G or equivalent, including English and maths...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many qualified teachers are employed by the Department and its associated agencies.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers have left posts in schools in each of the past five years to take positions with the Department and its associated agencies.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the teacher vacancy rate was in (a) nursery/primary schools and (b) secondary schools in each constituency in England (i) in 1992, (ii)...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers there were in the different age bands in each local education authority in January 2001.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will publish the volume of statistics on teachers.

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the expressions of interest in the establishment of new faith schools which have been received by her Department in (a) the...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many visits she and ministers in her Department have made since 7 June 2001 to (a) comprehensive schools without specialist status, (b)...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Children and Family Services

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when she will publish the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service's Corporate Plan for 2002 to 2006.

    • Enforcement Performance

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what steps she is taking to improve enforcement performance and if she will make a statement.

      Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if the proposed National Infection Control and Health Protection Agency will have (a) a role and (b) powers in respect of disease control in...

      Patients Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will know what change in expenditure the creation of patients' forums will require, after taking account of funding for community health councils...

      Health Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if (a) over-the-counter health remedies bought by private individuals, (b) money spent on health by charities and (c) money spent on non-NHS nursing homes...

      North Hampshire Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will deliver to the North Hampshire Hospital the additional funding for cardiac treatment which he pledged when he visited Basingstoke in May.

      Emergency Admissions (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for each NHS trust in Lancashire, what was the (a) number and (b) percentage change in emergency admissions between April and October in (i) 2001 and (ii)...

      Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with his European Union colleagues regarding strengthening restrictions on country of origin labelling.

      Health Authority Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which health authorities were in debt in (a) 1997 and (b) 2001; and what was the level of debt in each case.

      Sussex Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the response time is for the Sussex Ambulance Service in the last period for which figures are available; and what (a) the national average and (b)...

      Acute Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent assessment is of acute hospital bed availability in (a) Worcestershire, (b) Gloucestershire, (c) Herefordshire, (d) Warwickshire and...

      Elective Surgery, Buckingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to set up a dedicated fast-track elective surgery centre in the constituency of Buckingham.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued in respect of non-executive appointments to (a) primary care trusts and (b) other NHS bodies; and what role...

      Children Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on which date the extension of section 87 of the Children Act 1989 to include all boarding schools came into force.

      Overseas Trips

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list each of the overseas trips made by himself and other members of his ministerial team in each of the last four years, specifying the...

      Bed Blocking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether bed blocking at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital by clients of Birmingham City Council's Social Services Department is delaying operations for...

      Bed Blocking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason old age psychiatry beds are not included in the figures on bed blocking collected by the NHS.

      Bed Blocking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many old age psychiatry beds, and what percentage of the total, were blocked by patients waiting to enter a care home (a) in the UK and (b) in North...

      Medway Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has drawn up a shortlist of candidates to fill the post of Chair of Medway Primary Care Trust; when he expects to conduct interviews; and what...

      Private Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training of (a) doctors and (b) nurses for emergency procedures the private sector undertakes; and what help the NHS is able to provide in this regard.

      Shropshire Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people, expressed as equivalent full-time posts, are employed by Shropshire Health Authority.

      Primary Care Trusts (Chairmen)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) who draws up the criteria used by the Independent Appointments Commission to appoint the chairmen of primary care trusts; (2) what independent...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will draw up a timetable for implementation of the recommendation of the CFS/ME Working Group regarding training.

      Working Conditions and Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the effect of the Working Time Directive on his Department's employees; how many employees are working in excess of 48...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Torbay of 3 July 2001 concerning Mrs. James of Rousden Road, Chelston, Torquay.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when a substantive reply will be given to Julie Hasting's letter of 26 November 2001, concerning the Royal Commission on Long-term Care.

      EU Health Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to publicise the introduction of the EU-wide health card; and if he will make a statement.

      Form E111

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the eligibility of the self-employed is to use (Form E111) for treatment abroad.

      Ambulance Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent guidelines have been issued by his Department to ambulance trusts about protecting the confidentiality of patients involved in accidents or...

      Cancelled Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether figures recording the number of cancelled operations include (a) those operations cancelled before the day of admission and (b) the individual...

      External Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations have won new contracts with (a) his Department and (b) executive agencies...

      Beef Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will provide details of the consignments of beef imported into the UK that have been found to have contravened EU BSE regulations in the last two...

  • House of Lords

    • Joint Force Harrier

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What future plans the Ministry of Defence has for joint force Harrier.

    • Nimrod MR4

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Ministry of Defence has changed its procurement plans for the Nimrod MR4.

      Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to publish the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service's corporate plan for 2002–06.

      Magistrates' Court Penalties: Enforcement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to improve the enforcement of fines and community penalties imposed by magistrates' courts.

      Hunting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will report the progress on their policy on hunting with dogs.

      Images of England: Photographs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether English Heritage should have asked permission from the owners of Grade II listed buildings before photographs of their properties were taken; and Whether...

      Export of Works of Art Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the 2000–01 annual report of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art.

      Northern Ireland: Children of Different Faiths

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they are endeavouring to bring Northern Irish children of different faiths into mutual respect for one another.

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has carried out in recent months a survey into public awareness of a possible Bill of Rights and, if so,...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: Staffing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 4 February (WA 75), whether they had any part in devising the terms and conditions of the appointment of Mr...

      Senior Salaries Review Body Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the 2002 report and recommendations of the Review Body on Senior Salaries will be published.

      Proposals for Change: Public Consultation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the normal period of public consultation about government proposals for changes in the law or in administrative practices and procedures.

      Ministers: Travel Arrangements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Ministers are required or encouraged to use public transport when travelling on government business.

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The parliamentary question is a great way for MPs and Peers to discover information which the government may not wish to reveal. Ministers reply via written answers, a list of which gets published daily.

We let you vote on whether or not the answer given is adequate.

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