Written answers

Tuesday, 5 March 2002

  • Church Commissioners

    • Burial Arrangements

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what discussions he has had with leaders of the Muslim community about allowing burials in Church of England...

    • Ordained Women

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, if he will estimate the total cost of the compensation scheme for those priests unwilling to accept the Ordination...

  • Wales

    • Ministerial Trips

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

    • Entertainment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list for 1997–98 and each subsequent financial year the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental...

      Statutory Instruments

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

  • Trade and Industry

    • Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2002, Official Report, column 86W, Ref 36818, what was the length and purpose of the overseas visit and...

    • Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will publish the Government's response to the Competition Commission's report on small business banking.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the barriers that stand in the way of effective competition between the relatively small and the relatively...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the mission statement of small business/Europe is.

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of the regulatory impact assessments which are relevant to small businesses have attracted comments from the Small Business...

      Engineering Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the earnings on the services account by engineering consultancies and the proportion of exports from the...

      Engineering Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the statement of the working group set up by the Hawley Review in the report "Universe of Engineering" on the...

      Transaction Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact of the level of transaction costs in the provision of equity finance to private business.

      Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received on helping the aerospace industry since the incidents of 11 September 2001; and if she will make a statement.

      BNFL

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) pursuant to the answer of 20 November 2001, Official Report, columns 163–64W, for what reason the profit and loss figures of BNFL...

      Smurfit Corrugated, Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department is taking to ensure that people who lose their jobs at Smurfit Corrugated, Warrington, are helped to find...

      Pay Differentials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average gap between men's and women's pay in the Stafford constituency is.

      Pay Differentials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average gap between men's and women's pay is in Milton Keynes, South-West at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether her scheme to compensate British fishermen for the loss of fishing when Iceland extended her fishing limit to 200 miles applies to...

      Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims for compensation for the loss of Icelandic fishing jobs have been submitted from (a) Fleetwood, (b) Grimsby and (c) Hull; how...

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what calculation has been made of the amount of carbon dioxide produced by the nuclear energy industry; and what estimate has been made of the...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her policy is on reducing nuisance caused by fireworks.

      Global Crossing (Ministerial Hospitality)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the dates that Ministers in her Department have received hospitality in their ministerial capacities since 1 January 1999...

      Paragon Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received about the activities of Paragon Finance following the judgment in the case of Paragon Finance plc v....

      Loan Sharks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to reform the Consumer Credit Act to tackle loan sharks; and if she will make a statement.

      British Steel Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she is taking to facilitate the export of British steel products to the USA.

      LNM Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if her Department was consulted by the Prime Minister's Office on the letter sent by the Prime Minister to the Romanian Government supporting...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the hon. Member for Walsall, North will receive a reply to his letter of 17 December 2001 regarding fireworks.

  • Home Department

    • Cheshire Police Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on (a) the level of deducted grant taken from the Cheshire police authority 2001–02 baseline and (b) the...

    • Police and Judiciary (Training)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government are taking to ensure that (a) the police force, (b) the Crown Prosecution Service and (c) judges take part in...

      Police Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many police houses are empty; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many police houses, other than right-to-buy houses, were...

      Police Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the cost borne by the Dorset police authority of secondments to (a) the NCIS, (b) the Police Staff College, (c)...

      Lancet Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers he has to seek reimbursement of the costs of the Lancet inquiry.

      Brixton Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 11 February 2002, Official Report, column 56W, on Brixton police, how many staff were absent during the period;...

      Brixton Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 11 February 2002, Official Report, column 56W, on Brixton police, if he will list the periods during 2001 when...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will make a substantive reply to the letter of 29 January from the hon. Member for Thurrock concerning his constituent, Andrew Palmer...

      Humberside Police

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

      Yarl's Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps were taken to alert residents of Thirleigh and Clayham, Bedfordshire, that an escape of detainees had taken place at the Yarl's...

      Yarl's Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will ensure that Bedfordshire county council is not financially disadvantaged by the destruction of the Yarl's Wood Detention Centre.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers there are in each unitary or borough in Essex broken down by (a) country of origin and (b) gender.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he plans to revise his target of 30,000 removals per year of failed asylum seekers.

      "Secure Borders, Safe Haven"

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the responses to the various consultation exercises announced in his White Paper "Secure Borders, Safe Haven".

      Car Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with car manufacturers about reducing the incidence of car theft.

      Private Medical Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 11 February 2002, Official Report, column 57W, on private medical insurance, how many police authority employees...

      Chelmsford Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the maximum capacity is for prisoners at Chelmsford prison; and how many prisoners are housed in the prison; (2) what plans he...

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police authorities within England and Wales have been involved in cases of child abuse; what resources have been utilised to service...

      Asylum Seekers Accommodation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people he plans to accommodate in accommodation centres for asylum seekers; what length of average stay is planned; and what range...

      Asylum Seekers Accommodation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the sites that have been identified as potential sites for accommodation centres for asylum seekers.

      Asylum Seekers Accommodation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to locate all residential asylum facilities in areas with ready access to the emergency services.

      Asylum Seekers Accommodation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 11 February 2002, Official Report, column 57W, on asylum accommodation centres, what the distance to the nearest...

      Police Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on changes made to the recruitment criteria for police officers in England and Wales in the last five years; and...

      British Overseas Citizens

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes he plans to make to the special voucher scheme.

      Attacks on Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated annual cost is of prosecuting individuals who have carried out criminal attacks on pensioners in each of the last three years.

  • Defence

    • Departmental Retirement Ages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

    • Mobile Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Nuclear Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what expenditure he incurred on the decommissioning and clean-up of nuclear materials, equipment and facilities in each year since 1997; and how much he...

      Refurbishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of refurbishing each ministerial private office was in each year since May 1997.

      Refurbishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his estimate is of the cost of buildings refurbishment carried out by his Department between 1992 and 1997.

      Refurbishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost is of the public private partnership for the redevelopment of his Department's main building in Whitehall.

      Defence Housing Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many families are waiting for accommodation broken down by region; and if he will make a statement; (2) whether the Defence Housing Executive...

      The Defence Evaluation and Research Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many lawyers are employed by DERA; and at what cost in the last 12 months.

      Special Urgency Provisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how often the Department has applied the special urgency provisions in paragraph 22 of Circular 18/84 (Development by Government Departments) to a...

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent guidance has been given to the MDP on the compatibility of their responsibilities for guarding (a) civil and (b) defence sites; and if he...

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when it is planned that each of the S and T class fleet submarines will be paid off.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost was to QinetiQ of its proposal to base the future strategic tanker aircraft fleet at Boscombe Down airfield.

      RAF Chilmark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what have been (a) the costs to date of achieving certificated explosive ordnance clearance, (b) the revenue from sale of part of the site and (c) the...

      Axis Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the classification of documents relating to the dumping of Axis chemical weapons in the Baltic Sea by the Allies after...

      War Cemeteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has made to the French Government about plans to build on war cemeteries for a new Paris airport.

      War Cemeteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has made to the Belgian Government on plans to extend the A19 over war cemeteries.

      US Visiting Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total strength is of US visiting forces based in the UK; and where they are located.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Rothwell/Desborough Bypass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when construction work will commence on the A6 Rothwell/ Desborough bypass.

    • Heathrow Terminal 5

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact of the proposed terminal 5 at Heathrow on the air services of the nations...

      Airport Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to review his strategy for airport development in relation to local council borrowing.

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what progress is being made on implementing the recommendations of the Cullen report.

      Local Authorities (Performance Assessment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what changes he proposes to introduce to the performance assessment for local authorities.

      Road Links (Mid Wales and West Midlands)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had with the Environment Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales on improving road links...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what percentage of the debt of the PPP deal for London Underground will be guaranteed by the Government.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the cost of capital is for each PPP contract on the London Underground.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he or his Department is due to make a recommendation on the arbiter for the PPP of London Undergound; what the...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how he intends to improve the accountability of the successor to Railtrack to its passengers.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the Strategic Rail Authority has notified his Department of valuations of rail assets in the United Kingdom...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the EU has placed conditions on the provision of state aid to Railtrack in administration.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if his Department has placed an estimated valuation on rail assets in the United Kingdom; (2) if his...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, (1) pursuant to his answer of 25 February 2000, Official Report, column 783W, ref 36311, if he will list the...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether the guarantees that he will provide to secure commercial funding for the Railtrack administrator are...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 25 February 2002, Official Report, column 782W, ref 30239, whether the Ford Motor Company...

      West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the level of investment projected for the west coast main line as included in the...

      West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what agreement has been reached on the allocation of capacity on the west coast main line.

      Housing Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what measures he intends to take to monitor and cap salaries of registered social landlord chief executives.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if, in referendums to establish a regional assembly, he will make it his policy to require a majority of the votes...

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether regional assemblies will levy a precept on council tax.

      Community Transport Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will introduce regulations to extend fuel duty rebate to community transport services.

      Transport (North-West)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what research his Department has undertaken to ascertain the transport needs of the north-west for the decade from 2001.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the amount of empty private sector housing in particular local authorities.

      Councillors (Allowances)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proposals he has to review allowances for councillors; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government (Voting Methods)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to introduce new methods of voting in local government.

      Council Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps he is taking to increase the number of council houses being built (a) for and (b) by local authorities.

      Deprivation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent assessment he has made of Government policies to tackle small areas of deprivation.

      Local Government White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the proposal for reform of capital financing for local government contained in the...

      Regional Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans his Department has to increase the role of regional planning.

      Eurostar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the provision of direct Eurostar services between Scotland and continental Europe.

      Train Travel (South-East)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the demand for train travel in the south-east over the next 10 years.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what measures he is taking to tackle antisocial behaviour among tenants in the private rented sector.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what measures he is taking to improve roadside safety outside schools.

      Housing Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many housing authorities have been designated consistently as band I authorities since this designation was...

      Planning Green Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations from environmental groups he has received concerning the planning Green Paper.

      Departmental Overseas Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many overseas visits have been undertaken by Parliamentary Private Secretaries in his Department at departmental...

      Airline Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the Government expect to receive the £35 million from the Airline Group for deferred sale proceeds.

      Local Authority Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the investment by English local authorities in new build of homes for rent in the past year; and if...

      Trunk Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which roads have been de-trunked in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement on de-trunking.

      Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list non-governmental organisations operating in the south-west region that receive public funds from his...

      Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in relation to the New En Route Centre at Swanwick (a) what was the final commissioned cost, (b) how many extra air...

      Transport Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) for what purpose the funding budgeted but not used in the 2000–01 financial year for transport has been...

      Shoreham Port Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on what criteria members of the Shoreham Port Authority are appointed by him.

      Housing Market Renewal Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the proposed housing market renewal fund.

      Volunteers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many members of his staff in each of the past two years have been granted a day's paid leave to work as a...

      Fair Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether fair trade products are sold in his Department.

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what scientific evidence has been received in respect of white asbestos and the proposed control of asbestos at work...

      Departmental Policies (Cities of London and Westminster)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the...

      Business Rates (Greater London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much revenue was raised from the business rate in the Greater London area during (a) the last 12 months and (b)...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact of increasing the number of council tax band rates; and if he will make a...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the change in levels of band D council tax since 1997.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the average band D council tax level in (a) Greater London and (b) the City of Westminster for each...

      Housing (Supporting People Grant)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the funding streams that are being consolidated into the supporting people grant.

      Housing (Supporting People Grant)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what additional funds his Department has provided to local authorities and other agencies to fund the one-off...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of the total cost to local authorities of implementing Best Value in (a) monetary terms and...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) when he expects to provide updated guidelines to local authorities on future applications for e-Government...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much public money has been provided for the London borough of Haringey since 1997.

      Statutory Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the statutory plans that each local authority is required to produce.

      Green Belt Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in what circumstances his Department does not call in planning consents granted by local authorities for green belt land.

      MOT Test

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what information he has about the number of cars which failed an MOT test in 2000–01.

      Bus Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when his Department will consult on CCTV enforcement of bus lanes; and if he will make a statement.

      Rough Sleepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how those conducting the count, for the latest rough sleeping head count conducted by the RSU, chose the areas of the...

      Rough Sleepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how it was determined whether someone on the streets during the latest rough sleeping headcount conducted by the...

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 14 February 2002, Official Report, column 551W, on concessionary travel schemes, if it is...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what assessment he has made of the cost of extending Local Government Pension Scheme benefits to the partners...

      Coalfields Regeneration Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the work of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust with particular reference to (a) the...

      Congestion Charging (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what powers there are under European legislation for an environmental assessment to be conducted into the effects on...

      Park and Ride

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many park and ride sites in England have been supported with Government funding in the last five years; how many...

      A12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans his Department has to introduce measures to reduce traffic noise on the A12 by Margaretting, Chelmsford;...

      Affordable Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many new affordable homes were provided in the south-east in 2001, broken down by (a) housing associations,...

      Affordable Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the Housing Corporation allocation was for shared ownership in each year since 1997.

      Affordable Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will introduce a definition of affordable housing related solely to rental and shared ownership houses provided...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many people from Warrington, North he has appointed to non-departmental public bodies since 1997.

      River Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will report on progress in implementing the recommendations of Lord Justice Clarke's inquiry into river safety.

      Chiltern Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what timeframe has been agreed for the investment programme in the Chiltern Line; and what the timeframe was in the...

      Rail Strategic Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 25 February 2002, Official Report, column 795W, ref 36451, for what reason this work was...

      Rail Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) how many passengers, on average, board trains each day at each station on the (a) LTS Rail Line and (b) First...

      Rail Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place in the Library the memorandum submitted to him on the future of the rail industry by Sir Alistair...

      Rail Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the total public and private investment, not including public resource expenditure, allocated (a) in...

      Railway Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department last met officials of the RMT Union to discuss industrial relations...

  • Health

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the time taken to reply to written questions tabled for answer by his Department.

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what grounds the Health and Safety Executive is proposing to tighten regulations governing the presence of white asbestos in buildings.

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish the evidence that white asbestos is dangerous to human health.

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the cost to local authorities of the proposed new Health and Safety Executive regulations on asbestos.

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the likely cost to business of the proposed new Health and Safety Executive regulations on asbestos.

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if white asbestos, or chrysotile, is chemically distinguishable from talcum powder.

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what threat to human health is posed by chrysotile, or white asbestos.

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he plans to pay compensation to workers who can prove exposure to white asbestos.

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many local education authorities in England are implementing an asthma policy.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • DPP

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many and in what proportion of cases in the last year where police have issued charges the DPP decided to discontinue prosecution.

    • RUC Sergeant A

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what reasons have been given by the DPP for NI for not prosecuting RUC Sergeant A for the killing of Pearce Jordan in 1992.

      Marriage Value Taper

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what her policy is on setting a marriage value taper in respect of the provisions of the Commonhold and Leasehold Bill.

      Pre-trial Publicity

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when he will publish a consultation paper on proposals to amend the law in relation to payments to witnesses and pre-trial publicity.

      Information Commissioners

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if his Department will place a notice on its website warning businesses about fraudulent organisations that claim to have...

      Volunteers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many members of her staff in each of the past two years have been granted a day's paid leave to work as a volunteer; and if...

      Director of Public Prosecutions

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the annual budget of the DPP is in Northern Ireland; and what his estimate of the additional sum required to finance...

      Resident Magistrates

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many resident magistrates serve in Northern Ireland; what the average number of sitting days is at which each magistrate...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many family applications have been made for legal aid for representation at an inquest since 1997; and how many have been granted.

  • House of Commons

    • Correspondence

      To ask the President of the Council what the average response time was for responding to departmental correspondence; what percentage of letters took longer than one month for a response; and...

  • Treasury

    • Pesticides

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the success of the voluntary approach to the regulation of pesticides against the criteria set by his Department; (2)...

    • Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment is taking place to evaluate the effect of the climate change levy; and if he will place the relevant documentation in the Library.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what advice has been tendered by his Department to British contributors (a) already resident abroad and (b) about to take up residence abroad as to the...

      Progressive Beer Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received about giving brewers producing up to 200,000 hl a reduction in their standard duty rate in respect of progressive beer duty.

      Progressive Beer Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what considerations will inform his decision regarding volume criteria when introducing a system of progressive beer duty; and if he will make a statement.

      Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what HM Customs and Excise procedure is with regard to the policy of seizing private vehicles at UK ports for offences relating to the smuggling of tobacco...

      Seminars

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 25 February 2002, (ref 37050), how many seminars were conducted; what the title and date of each seminar was and which firms...

      Excise Duties (Tobacco and Alcohol)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the Government have formally responded to the formal request for information received from the European Commission relating to excise duties on tobacco...

      Conscience Money

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much conscience money was received by the Exchequer in each financial year since 1979.

      Spending Reviews

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the comparability percentages for each Government Department, used in each spending review from 1979.

      Devolved Administrations

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

      Devolved Administrations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish comparability percentages used when deciding the net change to all three devolved Administrations for (a) each Government Department and...

      Volunteers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many members of his staff in each of the past two years have been granted a day's paid leave to work as a volunteer; and if he will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Union Duties

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

    • Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) explanation he has requested and (b) assessment he has made of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh being held in custody for a week...

      Krishna Maharaj

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response has been received to the request to Florida State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle that she not proceed to...

      Volunteers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many members of his staff in each of the past two years have been granted a day's paid leave to work as a volunteer; and if...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of links between the Nepalese Maoist insurgents, and other non-Maoist terrorist organisations...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support the British Government have given to the Nepalese peace process since July 2001.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the visits to Nepal made by his Department's Ministers, by date, since 1 January 1999; and what plans Ministers...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Nepal regarding the recent unrest and Maoist violence in that country.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the interim Afghan administration's ability to apprehend drug traffickers.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what targets have been set for the reduction of opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan; and if these targets have been met.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress there has been towards creating alternative sources of credit for poor Afghan farmers who rely on drug traffickers...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what acreage of the opium poppy crop has been destroyed as part of the Bonn conference agreement.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the role of regional leaders, who operate outside the control of the Afghan Interim Administration, in...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the number of drug traffickers apprehended by the interim Afghan administration.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Afghan poppy farmers have participated in crop substitution projects since the fall of the Taliban.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the (a) EU and (b) UN since the demise of the Taliban on the destruction of (i) heroin...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the level of heroin stockpiles in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support the international community is providing to the authorities in Herat in their efforts to disrupt the drugs trade.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what crop substitution incentives the international community has in place to encourage Afghan farmers to destroy their current...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the progress towards the destruction of heroin stockpiles in Afghanistan.

      Montagnard Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions he has had with his European counterparts regarding the persecution of Christians, with particular...

      British Prisoners (Guantanamo Bay)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if it is his policy to ensure that British prisoners being held at Camp X-Ray be brought to face trial in the United Kingdom;...

      British Prisoners (Guantanamo Bay)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment has been made of the (a) living and (b) physical conditions of the British detainees in Camp X-Ray,...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what steps are being taken to ensure compliance by Zimbabwe with the terms of the Lancaster House agreement in relation to...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Government Building Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what incentives for excellence in design she is proposing for Government building procurement.

    • Government Building Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what incentives for sustainability she is proposing for Government building procurement.

      Market Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what expenditure has been incurred by her (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in each of the...

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff in her Department have been seconded to jobs in the (a) private and (b) public sector in each of the last four...

      GM Maize

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what further information has been obtained from the European Commission following the suspension of the public hearings on...

      Recycling (Refrigerators and Freezers)

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

      Fishing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her counterparts in (a) EU countries and (b) Norway to protect the future of...

      Fishing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the requirements of the Sea Fisheries Committee in relation to (a) their regulatory...

      Fishing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her counterparts in EU member states on the impact of (a) minimum mesh sizes and (b)...

      Fishing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her counterparts in (a) the EU member states and (b) Norway to secure a long term...

      Fishing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress she has made in securing a plan for the long-term sustainability of the North sea cod industry beyond spring 2003.

      Fishing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether the Government's fishing decommissioning scheme will be funded through budgets solely within the gift of her...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many appeals have been (a) heard and (b) upheld against (i) livestock culls and (ii) contiguous culls since 20 February 2001.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether a request was made to Northumberland county council on behalf of her Department to close the road to the Hemscott...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the criteria for a confirmation of foot and mouth disease; and whether the criteria for identifying an...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the monitoring procedure to assess foot and mouth status in farm animals; and if she will...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been paid in compensation to councils in the UK in respect of damage to roads and infrastructure during the foot...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the most recent assessment was of the contribution of wild brown rats to the spread of foot and mouth; and what the...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the (a) timetable and (b) practical requirements of delivering CAP payments to British...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs at which European Council meeting the decision was taken to replace the ECU as the common currency for the Common...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much of the CAP underspend related to arable farming in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many new entrants to the civil service were employed in her Department in each of the last five years; and how many in...

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with other EU countries concerning monopolies with respect to milk marketing; and if she...

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has made to the European Commission on the proposed milk quota allocation for applicant EU member...

      Lessons Learned Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what transport was arranged for DEFRA official Mr. Tim Render to return home after the public hearing in Okehampton on 23...

      Lessons Learned Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what transport was arranged for the chairman of the Lessons Learned inquiry to return home after its public hearing in...

      Dolphins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many dolphins have been drowned through being caught in fishing nets in each of the last three years in the EU; and if...

      Dolphins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans she has to press for the compulsory introduction of new fishing nets with an escape hatch for dolphins...

      Dolphins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has made to the (a) French, (b) Spanish and (c) Portugese Governments on the issue of dolphins being...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the UK strategy is with respect to the EU Landfill Directive, for the disposal of liquid waste; and what the locations...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government have to extend the principle of producer responsibility to other groups who benefit from the sale,...

      Empty Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 29 January 2002, Official Report, column 240W, what the total area in square feet of all empty...

      Weeds Act 1959

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what resources her Department is devoting to enforcement of the Weeds Act 1959 in the current financial year.

      Vets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many vets are employed in Somerset; and how many were involved in the foot and mouth epidemic in the South West.

      Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps her Department has taken to assist local authorities with inspection of polluting processes.

      Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to ensure that local authorities conduct the inspection of...

      Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the results of the local authority pollution control statistical survey since...

      Aquatic Pursuits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action the Environment Agency has taken to improve access to waters for canoeists.

      Aquatic Pursuits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which members of the Environment Agency Board have had interests in (a) angling and (b) boating/canoeing.

      Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reports (a) she and (b) Parliament receive from the (i) Ports Authority, (ii) HM Customs and Excise and (iii) Foods...

      Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the interaction of the Ports Authority, HM Customs and Excise and the Foods Standards Agency...

      Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of meat imports are checked on entry to the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many prosecutions for importing illegal meat have been carried out in each of the last three years.

      Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what new resources she is putting into inspections at ports and airports to track illegal meat imports.

      Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) beef and (b)lamb is produced annually in the UK; what the annual consumption of these products in the UK is; how...

      IACS Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will pay interest to farmers who have received their IACS payments late.

      IACS Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of IACS payments due were made before 31 January 2002 (a) in Gloucestershire and (b) in England.

      IACS Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will investigate the time taken for payment of IACS in Gloucestershire; and if she will make a statement.

      IACS Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average time taken is for making IACS payments to farmers (a) in the UK and (b) in other EU countries; and if she...

      Wheat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average price of wheat has been in the UK in each of the last five years for which figures are available; what the...

      Fly Tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of the landfill tax on fly tipping; and if she will make a statement.

      Agrimonetary Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to claim agrimonetary compensation from the CAP; and if she will make a statement.

      Volunteers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many members of her staff in each of the past two years have been granted a day's paid leave to work as a volunteer; and...

      Organophosphate Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what economic assessment has been made of the cost of banning Thinsec (Carbaryl) for the top fruit industry.

      Organophosphate Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs why the use of Thinsec (Carbaryl) for top fruit has been banned.

      Organophosphate Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on the decision to ban Thinsec (Carbaryl) for UK top fruit producers;...

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to improve the public image of farming in England; and if she will make a statement.

      Social Exclusion (Transport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on what research the Countryside Agency has launched into social exclusion and transport; and...

      Countryside and Rights of Way Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when Section 47 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 will be implemented.

      Village Halls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Countryside Agency on the subject of village halls.

      Cattle Feed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to review the importation of cattle feed into the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Veterinary Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will define suitably qualified persons who may sell animal medicines for food-producing animals under EU directive...

      Veterinary Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the Government define veterinary surgeons as the only suitably qualified professionals to sell animal medicines, under the...

      Livestock Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received on the future of auction marts.

      Agricultural Tenancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the Government's approach to the review of farm business tenancies.

      Meat and Plant Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many checks on meat and plant imports were carried out in each of the last five years; and how many imports were found to...

      EU Fruit Marketing Standard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if a decision has been taken on proposals to amend the EC Marketing Standard for Apples and Pears.

      Scottish Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason a devolved administration minister did not attend the 2410 European Union Council of Ministers meeting...

      Horticulture (Climate Change Levy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of the climate change levy upon the (a) profitability and (b) competitiveness of...

      Private Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action is being taken in respect of private sewers.

      Waste Water Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made to review and identify further areas under the Urban Waste Water Treatment (England and Wales)...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what regulatory impact assessment she has made of the (a) Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive and (b)...

  • Education and Skills

    • Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on what date she and her Ministers last met the Education Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales.

    • Departmental Website

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

      Individual Learning Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement in respect of the progress of her investigations into alleged fraud and abuse concerned with the individual...

      Individual Learning Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on what date the new registration scheme for ILAs was (a) commissioned of and (b) delivered by Capita; when the new scheme was announced and...

      Capita Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the Cap Gemini report on the operation of the ILA scheme was commissioned; when it was due for delivery; when it was delivered; and...

      Capita Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the contracts that have been awarded to the Capita Group by the Department.

      Capita Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list all contracts awarded by her Department to Capita since 1997, including (a) start and finish date of contract, (b) value of...

      Sector Skills Council (Sport and Fitness Industry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to ensure the creation of a sector skills council for the sport and fitness industry.

      Refurbishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 25 January 2002, Official Report, column 1131W, what the cost of refurbishing each ministerial private office was...

      Teachers (Performance Management)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the cost has been of the performance related pay threshold assessment, broken down by (a) pay given to teachers, (b)...

      Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her definition is of a high-ranking university as mentioned in Chapter 4 of "14–19: extending opportunities, raising standards";...

      Civil Servants (Employment With Consultants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the dates and indicate the nature of the guidance given by her Department to Government Departments since May 1997 with...

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many staff were seconded between (a) Capita, (b) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (c) WS Atkins, (d) Nord Anglia, (e) Cambridge Education...

      Pupil Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reason the Government are collecting the names and addresses of all children; and how this information will be used.

      Special Urgency Provisions

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

      School Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) number and (b) percentage of half days missed each year was in (i) maintained primary schools, (ii) maintained secondary...

      Special Educational Needs (Autism)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on autistic education in each year since 1997 in (a) South Tyneside, (b) the north-east and (c) the UK.

      Special Educational Needs (Autism)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action is being taken to promote Autism Awareness year.

      National Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list those maintained schools which are known not to be offering the full national curriculum.

      Amy Gehring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2002, Official Report, column 746W, on Amy Gehring, if she will make a statement on the content of...

      Amy Gehring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2002, Official Report, column 746W, on Amy Gehring, on how many occasions in each of the past three...

      Amy Gehring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2002, Official Report, column 746W, on Amy Gehring, on what date the contents of the letter were...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers were at each point on the pay band in each local education authority in January 2001.

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent steps she has taken to improve security in (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools, (c) colleges and (d) universities; and if...

      School Expenditure (Leeds)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total spending was on schools in Leeds local education authority in each of the last 10 years in (a) cash and (b) real terms; and...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to promote the level of apprenticeships in the UK.

      Cambridge Education Associates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what restrictions she has placed on the information which Cambridge Education Associates can publish.

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of supply teachers working in maintained schools for periods over one week but less than one month...

      School Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many applications for permission to develop on school playing fields have been (a) submitted to her Department, (b) approved and (c)...

      Television Sets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many (a) analogue and (b) integrated digital television sets her Department has purchased in each of the last 24 months; and if...

      Science, Engineering and Mathematics Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what initiatives the Government have in place to increase the number of students taking mathematics and physics A-level.

      Science, Engineering and Mathematics Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the retention rate of students (a) on engineering-based GNVQ courses and (b) on non engineering-based GNVQ...

      Science, Engineering and Mathematics Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the effect the student funding system is having upon engineering and science graduates choosing to continue...

      National Training Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to ensure that (a) National Training Organisations discharge their outstanding legal and professional obligations...

      Drug Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations her Department has received from (a) schools, (b) local education authorities and (c) the police regarding the...

      Literacy and Numeracy Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if literacy and numeracy hours will be compulsory in schools with (a) earned autonomy and (b) exemptions related to innovation.

      School Exclusions (Drugs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations her Department has received regarding exclusions from school in connection with possession of, or dealing in, illegal...

      Mobile Phone Thefts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria are used by school authorities in determining whether to report offences involving the theft of mobile phones to the police.

      Mobile Phone Thefts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many cases involving the theft of mobile phones were dealt with by school authorities, without the involvement of the police, in the...

      Timeplan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if her Department is reviewing Timeplan's licence to operate.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Royal Commissions

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will list the Royal Commissions undertaken since 1978, the terms of reference and the total costs for each one.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people from Warrington, North he has appointed to non-departmental public bodies since 1997.

    • Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of public sector employees are in (a) funded occupational pension schemes, (b) non-funded schemes and (c) neither.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on the operation of section 67 of the Pensions Act 1995; and whether this will fall within the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many retirement pensioners are resident abroad, broken down separately for each country with more than five per cent. of the total, and for...

      SERPS (Publicity)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what further plans he has to publicise the rule changes to inherited SERPS.

      Fraud and Error

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

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Volunteers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many members of his staff in each of the past two years have been granted a day's paid leave to work as a volunteer; and if he will make a statement.

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister further to his answer of 7 February 2002, Official Report, column 1130W, on civil service entrants, what is being done to publicise the fast stream development...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister at which graduate fairs the fast stream development programme was publicised last year.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what is being done to make the senior civil service more representative of the population; and how this is publicised across Government.

      Working Conditions and Practices

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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 months.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list those employees, executives and directors of (a) Tesco, (b) J. Sainsbury, (c) Safeway, (d) Asda and (e) other food retailers who have been...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Car Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cars there were with current licences in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.

    • Ministerial Boxes

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

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will publish the notes taken by her officials at the meeting on 14 June 2001 between the chairman of Sport England and the...

    • Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) on what date the Minister for Sport was informed of Mr. Derek Casey's resignation as chief executive of Sport England; (2) on...

      Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will publish the (a) date and (b) subject of (i) meetings and (ii) telephone calls between the Minister for Sport and (A) the...

      Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will publish the date of the events, other than meetings, at which the Minister for Sport and the chief executive of Sport...

      Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if she will publish the correspondence between the Minister for Sport and the chairman of Sport England in which the resignation...

      Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the official visits to (a) Paris and (b) Brussels made by each Minister in her Department in 2001 and the mode of...

      Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the official visits within the UK outside London made by each Minister in her Department in 2001, giving for each (a)...

      Museums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what Government funding has been made available in each of the last five years for museums in (a) London, (b) the South East, (c)...

      Royal Parks Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what progress has been made on the recommendations made on the Royal Parks Police by Tony Speed and Dan Foley; and when changes...

      New Millennium Experience Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her answer of 14 February 2002, Official Report, column 592W, for what reason ownership of the sculpture did not accrue to NMEC.

      Ice Sports (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to site new ice sports facilities in Gloucestershire; and if she will make a statement.

      Sports Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received concerning funding for sports training for those aged 16 to 18 years; and if she will make...

      Sports Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what financial assistance is provided by the Government for sports training for those aged 16 to 18 years.

      Sports Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her answer of 13 February 2002, Official Report, column 409W, on sports clubs, if she will list those sports representative...

      Press and Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people were employed in a press or public relations function in her Department on 1 January in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999,...

      Listed Places of Worship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make it her policy to include church organs as part of the fabric of the building for the purposes of the listed places of...

      Radio Licences (Religious Broadcasters)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what basis radio licences are allocated to religious broadcasters.

      United Christian Broadcasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many representations have been received in support of the removal of existing prohibitions on United Christian broadcasters.

      Lottery Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list for the end of each financial year from establishment of the fund to the latest date for which figures are available,...

      Golden Jubilee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what meetings have taken place to discuss sponsorship of events related to the Golden Jubilee celebrations; which (a) members of...

      Television Licensing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) under what powers Television Licensing Authority officers visit households seeking permission to enter those premises; (2)...

      Culture Online

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many users she expects the Culture Online project to have (a) from its launch and (b) in each year until 2010; (2) if she...

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the (a) number, (b) type and (c) value of items that have been accepted by the Inland Revenue in lieu of tax (i) since...

      Free Museum Entry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what impact free museum entry in London has had on admission numbers.

      Free Museum Entry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proposals are being considered to expand the programme of free museum entry across the United Kingdom.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which television channels are subject to a must-carry requirement on (a) digital satellite, (b) digital terrestrial and (c) digital cable.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what her Department's timetable is for the upgrading of digital television transmitters to widen the distribution of digital...

      English Tourism Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to give the English Tourism Council a marketing budget in order to market England; and if she will make a statement.

      Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) unique visitors and (b) page impressions have been received by (i) the DCMS website and (ii) the Golden Jubilee website.

      Job Advertisements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the job advertisements placed by her Department in the last 12 months specifying where the advertisements were placed...

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many publications her Department has published in each of the past seven years; if she will list those publications; what the total...

      Tobacco Sponsorship (Darts)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the outcome has been of the Government Task Force set up to help sports find alternative sources of revenue to replace tobacco...

  • Health

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of Health when he will reply to the question from the hon. Member for Birmingham, Edgbaston to which he gave holding replies in July.

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to his Department between 15 October and 5 November; and what proportion of these...

      Parliamentary Questions

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

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of UK medical graduates entered general practice in the last five years.

      Tobacco Policy Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department met the smoking czar, Nikki Wade.

      Body-building Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been treated in the NHS for illnesses caused by the overuse of body building drugs in each year since 1997.

      Health Authority Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was (a) the total bill for salaries and expenses for board members, (b) the administrative operating costs and (c) the total annual budget in the...

      Private Finance Initiative Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total external spend by his Department was on private finance initiative consultants in each of the last four years; how many full-time...

      NHS Operations (Private Sector)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were carried out under the NHS and performed in the private sector in the last 12 months.

      Public Appointments

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

      Wanless Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of the recommendations for future health care in the interim report by Derek Wanless and the medicine...

      Public-Private Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which public-private partnerships with a capital value in excess of £1 million are under negotiation by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Speech Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many students (a) successfully completed speech and language therapy courses and (b) were recruited to courses in speech and language therapy in 2001.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what qualifications short of professional training are available to health care assistants and unqualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff.

      Mixed Sex Mental Health Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets he has set as regards the ending of mixed sex mental health wards; what progress has been made; and if he will make a statement.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on chemotherapy in the UK per head of the population in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list each NHS health authority in England and Wales that (a) does and (b) does not (i) conduct non- emergency operations relating to cancer on...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of cancer patients have developed neutropenia while receiving chemotherapy in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women in each NHS health authority in England and Wales were screened for breast cancer in (a) the year prior the implementation of the NHS...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the NHS health authorities in England and Wales that (a) are and (b) are not meeting the target in the NHS cancer plan of a maximum one...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce a system of therapy and counselling for (a) patients and (b) families of patients who have been diagnosed as having cancer;...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) lung, (b) breast, (c) prostate, (d) ovarian and (e) leukaemia cancer patients who have been initially diagnosed as suffering from...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average population served by each UK hospital offering specialised cancer care was in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if...

      NHS Treatment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of each NHS treatment with a patient by (a) a GP, (b) a nurse, (c) a consultant and (d) a chiropodist or podiatrist was in the last...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the HIV prevention moneys allocated to health authorities for 1999–2000 was used for targeted prevention work with (a) people...

      General Practitioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he has taken to reduce the prevalence of HIV infections in heterosexual males; and if he will make a statement.

      General Practitioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what appeal procedures will be open to general practitioners who disagree with the conclusions of the proposed annual appraisals.

      General Practitioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated cost is of the proposed annual appraisal of general practitioners.

      General Practitioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what opportunity there will be for patients to make representations about their general practitioners for use in annual appraisals.

      General Practitioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what standards will be used against which GPs can be measured in making annual appraisals.

      General Practitioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what sanctions will be available for use against general practitioners who fail the proposed annual appraisal.

      Public Health (Municipal Incinerators)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence he has evaluated concerning the impact on children's health of the proximity of municipal incinerators.

      Health Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for (a) Great Britain and (b) each health authority area, the expenditure on health by weighted head of population, expressed in real...

      European Health Care Integration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his policy towards the impact of European integration on member states' health care systems with reference to paragraph 30...

      Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if stakeholders were (a) contacted by the SACN and (b) asked to submit evidence to the review on salt.

      Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the remit is of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition's review of the evidence on salt since 1994.

      Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition will publish the evidence received from the stakeholders (a) during and (b) after the outcome of...

      Hospital Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues to health authorities on handling situations where patients released after delayed discharge refuse to leave the hospital.

      Health Authority Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list in (a) percentage and (b) cash terms the amount by which the funding allocation of each health authority exceeded or fell short of the...

      Cancelled Operations (Mid-Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were cancelled in the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust area in (a) each of the last five years and (b) each of the last nine months for which...

      NHS Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) adults and (b) children living in the Greater London area are registered with an NHS dentist; and what the figures were in May 1997.

      NHS Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists were practising in the NHS in Greater London (a) in May 1997 and (b) at the latest available date.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department's statistics on care home beds in England include beds in individual domestic dwellings.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds in care homes have been lost and how many new beds there have been in care homes in England since May 1997.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list, by each health authority in England, the number of (a) beds lost in care homes and (b) care homes that have closed since November 2001.

      Hospital Waiting Times (Mid-Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were waiting (a) over six months, (b) over nine months, (c) over 12 months, (d) over 15 months and (e) over 18 months for in-patient...

      Hospital Waiting Times (Mid-Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust area are waiting for treatment; and how many people have been waiting 13 weeks or more for out-patient...

      Chlamydia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) men and (b) women have been diagnosed with chlamydia in each of the last 20 years.

      Chlamydia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many partners of those diagnosed with chlamydia have been traced in each of the last 20 years.

      NHS Procurement Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the NHS pilot procurement initiative ProCure21 in the north-west and the midlands; and what the time-frame is for the...

      Vaccines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who the unsuccessful bidders were and what the size of their bids were for the contract to provide anti-TB vaccines.

      General Practitioners (Vocational Training)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures have been put in place to ensure an increase in the number of vocational training places for general practice; how many places have been...

      Powderject

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS contracts are held by Powderject; and what their value is.

      Overseas Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have travelled to EU countries specifically for NHS funded treatment in each of the last four months.

  • House of Lords

    • Police Reform Bill [HL]

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House Lord Rooker's reply to the letter from the Constitution Committee about the Police Reform Bill [HL].

    • Mr Colin May: Treatment by Police

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many police officers have been disciplined in the case of the treatment of Mr Colin May of Erith in Bexley; and what has been the nature of the discipline applied.

      British Overseas Citizens: Special Voucher Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to make any changes to the special voucher scheme which relates to British overseas citizens.

      Ruminants: Feeding of Mammalian Protein

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In which European Union member states farmers are still feeding their cattle meat and bone meal which was banned in 1994.

      Bushmeat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many spot checks for bushmeat on United Kingdom inbound flights were made in each of the past three years; what amount of bushmeat was seized in total; and how...

      Illegal Importation of Food

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to their poster campaign at ports and airports to highlight the illegal importation of food, whether they will relax the rules which require health...

      CPS: Determination of Charge

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps are being taken to assess the feasibility of implementing the recommendation made by Sir Robin Auld that the Crown Prosecution Service should take over...

      Stonehenge

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current status of the Stonehenge Master Plan Steering Group; who sits on it; and by whom the members were appointed.

      Stonehenge

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the United Kingdom is obliged by the World Heritage Convention to protect and conserve the whole of Stonehenge, Avebury and associated world heritage...

      Ireland: British Passport Applications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 12 February (WA 133), whether, in the spirit of the Belfast Agreement and in the interests of equality and...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which organisations have received financial support from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; how much; and why.

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