Written answers

Tuesday, 19 March 2002

  • Scotland

    • Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she has had with the Scottish First Minister regarding the prevention of illegal meat imports.

    • Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what joint activities she is planning with the First Minister to intensify the campaign against drugs.

      Life Assurance Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about the role within the Scottish economy of the life assurance industry.

      Scottish Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will make a statement on the progress of her consultations on the size of the Scottish Parliament.

      Scottish Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when she last met the First Minister to discuss the operation of the electoral system for the Scottish Parliament.

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when she last met the Scottish Minister responsible for social services to discuss Government measures to alleviate poverty in Scotland.

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations she has received from the aggregates industry concerning the introduction of the aggregates levy in Scotland.

      Winter Fuel Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people in Scotland have claimed the winter fuel allowance for the 2001–02 winter.

      Winter Fuel Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many pensioners in Scotland are benefiting from the winter fuel payment scheme.

      Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps she is taking to implement the recommendations of the report of the Clyde shipbuilding taskforce.

      Cross-border Road Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive on cross-border road links, with special reference to the A1.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will make a statement about recent discussions with Scotland's farming industry about foot and mouth.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she has had with Agriculture Ministers from the Scottish Parliament on policy on foot and mouth.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what consultations she has had with Scottish Executive Ministers and European Union officials to discuss the possibility of a public inquiry into the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what consultations she has had with Scottish Executive Ministers and European Union officials on a public inquiry into the foot and mouth outbreaks in...

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when she intends to meet Health Ministers from the United Kingdom Government and the devolved Administrations to discuss NHS waiting lists.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will assess the impact of UK Government policies on the tourism industry in Scotland.

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people in Scotland are benefiting from the working families tax credit.

      Barnett Formula

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive about the calculation of the Barnett formula.

      European Capital of Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she has had with the First Minister and the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the European capital of culture...

  • Advocate-General

    • Value for Money

      To ask the Advocate-General what steps she has taken to promote better value for money in the execution of her duties at her Department.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Court of Protection

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on the progress of the court of protection pilot scheme in Preston.

    • Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on the future of Evesham magistrates court.

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what measures his Department uses to assess the work load in different magistrates' courts in England and Wales; and if he will...

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what recent representations he has received on the closure of magistrates courts in North Yorkshire.

      Auld Report

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what recent discussions he has had with the central council of the magistrates courts committees concerning the Auld report; and...

      Maintenance Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on the enforcement of maintenance agreements made by Scottish courts in English courts.

      Legal Aid Board

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what her policy is on payment of fees by the Legal Aid Board to members of the legal profession; and if she will make a statement.

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what role Community Legal Services Partnerships play in combating social exclusion.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how much money was spent on advertising the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information to the public in (a) 1998, (b)...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what assessment he has conducted of the length of time Governments in other countries have taken to implement their Freedom of...

      City Status (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when the decision was made to award city status to a second town in Northern Ireland; and on whose recommendation it was based.

      Children Act

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what plans she had to take up and implement the recommendations of the Children Act Sub-Committee of her Family Law Advisory...

      Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when she will publish HM Magistrates Courts Service Inspectorate's report of its programme of visits to the Children and Family...

      Public Guardianship Office

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what key performance measures and targets the Lord Chancellor has set for the Public Guardianship Office Executive Agency for...

      Data Protection Act

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if his Department has plans to (a) amend and (b) seek the repeal of the Data Protection Act 1998.

      Census (1901)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he plans to include Birmingham in the number of centres providing 1901 Census Online availability.

  • Privy Council

    • Modernisation

      To ask the President of the Council if he will consult the voluntary, business and trade union sectors on proposals to modernise the House of Commons.

    • Modernisation

      To ask the President of the Council if he will consult right hon. and hon. Members on the need for reform of conventions in the House.

      Modernisation

      To ask the President of the Council what consideration he has given to improving the links between young people and Parliament in his proposals for modernisation of the House.

      Private Members' Bills

      To ask the President of the Council how many private Members' Bills introduced by (a) Government Back Benchers and (b) Opposition Members have been enacted in each of the last 10 years; and what...

      House of Lords Reform

      To ask the President of the Council if he will make a statement on progress on Lords reform.

      House of Lords Reform

      To ask the President of the Council (1) when he will respond to the report of the Select Committee on Public Administration on Lords Reform; (2) how many responses were received to the White...

      Prime Minister's Questions

      To ask the President of the Council what recent representations he has received on the alteration of timing of questions to the Prime Minister.

      Traffic Disruption

      To ask the President of the Council if he will make a statement on the level of consultation between his office and the House authorities with other bodies to ensure that traffic disruption is...

      Staff Numbers

      To ask the President of the Council how many staff have been employed by his Department in each of the last 10 years.

      Sitting Hours

      To ask the President of the Council if he will make a statement on his proposals for changing sitting hours of the House.

      Accommodation Costs

      To ask the President of the Council what the cost was of hotel accommodation for departmental staff working away from home in each of the last four years.

      Equipment Leasing

      To ask the President of the Council if he will list the equipment leasing arrangements entered into by his Department in each of the last four years; and what the cost is to public funds in each case.

      Relocation Expenses

      To ask the President of the Council what his policy is on the payment of relocation expenses to staff in his Department.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on referendums held since 1972 in Gibraltar on the subject of Gibraltar's relationship with (a) the...

    • Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations have been made to him by Spain in respect of the future of Gibraltar.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations have been made to him by the Government of Gibraltar in respect of the discussions between Her...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the level of UK investment in Gibraltar has been in each of the last five years.

      General Affairs Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reason no devolved Administration Minister attended the 2416 European Union Council of Ministers (General Affairs)...

      General Affairs Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcome was of the General Affairs Council held in Brussels on 11 and 12 March; what the Government's stance was on...

      Minority Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what level of scrutiny was conducted in relation to the assessment of (a) Ulster Scots, (b) Lallands, (c) Northern Irish Gaelic...

      Convention on the Future of Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much money and what other resources the Government have allocated for debate and information about the convention on the...

      EU Information Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost is of his Department's EU information campaign; and if he will make a statement on its purpose.

      UK Citizens (France)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on the treatment of UK citizens held in prison in France, with particular reference...

      Former Yugoslavia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Her Majesty's Government's policy on the future of the International Criminal Tribunal for the...

      International Criminal Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress towards the establishment of the International Criminal Court.

      Private Simon Jeans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions since 1997 he has made representations to his Croatian counterpart regarding the killing of Private Simon...

      Holocaust Denial

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Italian Government concerning the conference on Holocaust denial to be held in Trieste...

      Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress of the UN Security Council Counter- Terrorism Committee.

      Sub-Continent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his efforts to encourage the Governments of India and Pakistan to sign up to the (a)...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what actions his Department has taken to secure the reinstatement of UN weapons inspectors in Iraq.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures he is taking to stop the violence between the Palestinians and Israelis; and if he will make a statement.

      UK-Sudan Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on UK-Sudan relations.

      Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the publicity and advertising campaigns run by his Department in each of the last four years, specifying the (a)...

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what proportion of the staff of his Department are (a) job sharing, (b) term working and (c) engaged in another...

      Diplomatic Guidelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 4 March 2002, Official Report, column 63W, what guidelines there are to inform diplomats on how to...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the European Union directives and regulations relating to her Department that have been implemented in each of the last...

    • Sports Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her policy is on the provision of financial support for international sporting events in the UK.

      Lottery Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many organisations in receipt of Lottery grants in 2000–01 were subject to special investigations arising from concerns about...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will reply to the letter of 12 December from the hon. Member for Totnes concerning Mr. C. Kelland of Dartmouth, Devon and...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will list the public service agreement targets which have been revised and those which have been introduced since the publication of the 2001 departmental report.

    • Porton Down

      To ask the Solicitor-General when the Attorney-General expects to make a decision regarding a new inquest into the death of Ronald Maddison at the Chemical Defence Establishment, Porton Down...

  • International Development

    • Engineers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many chartered engineers there are in her Department; and what grades they hold.

    • Engineers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what use her Department makes of engineers to alleviate world poverty; and if she will make a statement.

      CDC Capital Partners

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she last had discussions with officials from CDC Capital Partners regarding their investment strategy; and when she next plans to...

      CDC Capital Partners

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the countries in which CDC Capital Partners has closed its offices in the last three years.

      CDC Capital Partners

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if it is her policy to compensate those from whom investment has been withdrawn by CDC Capital Partners.

      CDC Capital Partners

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the projects from which CDC Capital Partners has withdrawn its investment in the last three years.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contingency plans she has made to deal with the consequences of the elections in Zimbabwe.

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much overseas aid is provided to the Congolese Banyamulenge community in Burundi.

      Indigenous Peoples

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the rights of indigenous peoples in her Department's development policy.

      Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of her Department's overall aid programme in Africa is provided specifically to help rural development.

      Kalahari Bushmen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations she has made to UNESCO regarding the fate of the Kalahari.

      Kalahari Bushmen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much overseas aid is provided to the Kalahari bushmen.

      Botswana

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what was the value of (a) bilateral and (b) multilateral aid provided to the Government of Botswana for the development of game parks...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the companies from which her Department has obtained timber and wood products and the total spent with each firm over...

      Lakshmi Mittal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he consulted (a) the EBRD and (b) the World Bank before signing the letter to the Romanian Prime Minister about the SIDEX steel plant.

      Lakshmi Mittal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations she has received from the Office of the Prime Minister regarding future loan applications from Mr. Lakshmi Mittal...

      Lakshmi Mittal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations she has received from Mr. Lakshmi Mittal regarding future loan applications to the European Bank for...

  • Defence

    • Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what dates Ministers in his Department have visited United States Government military bases and establishment on United Kingdom territory since 1...

    • Efficiency Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what savings have accrued from the replacement of five contracts supporting a guided missile system with a single incentivised contract streamlined...

      Efficiency Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what savings have accrued to his Department from the use of incentives in the MOD's food supply contract that require the contractor to seek improved...

      Efficiency Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which sections of his budget received extra resources as a result of money gained from efficiency savings in each of the last three years; and how much...

      Efficiency Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how the efficiency savings in each of the last three years were achieved; (2) which single efficiency measures have resulted in annual savings of...

      Efficiency Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the annual target is for efficiency savings to be made in his Department's spending; and how much was saved in each of the past five years.

      Cancelled Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost of (a) Lion Sun 15/99, (b) Tradewinds 01, (c) Hairspring 00, (d) Winter Deployment 00 and (e) Aswex 00 was before they were cancelled.

      Defence Logistics Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Defence Logistics Organisation Information Technology projects have been cancelled since 1997; and what has been the total spending to date on...

      Defence Logistics Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons work has been stopped on the Defence Stores Management Solution system; and what assessment he has made of the effect this will have on...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost has been of administering the war pension scheme in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the changes his Department is considering in the Review of Armed Forces Pension Scheme will require primary legislation to effect the changes...

      Green Howards Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what rank is held by former Privates Wayne King, Thomas Myers, Marc Hunter and Lance Corporal David White who were with the Green Howards regiment...

      Warship Maintenance Modernisation Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Warship Maintenance Modernisation Programme.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the outcome was of the investigation led by Colonel Zemary Fazil into the death of a man and injury of his pregnant wife in Kabul on the weekend of...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from his US counterpart regarding an increase in the numbers of international peacekeepers in Kabul and Afghanistan;...

      International Security Assistance Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the United Kingdom will cease to be the lead nation for the International Security Assistance Force for Kabul and its surrounding area under the...

      International Security Assistance Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has made to his Turkish counterpart regarding the takeover of the ISAF command in Kabul; and if he will make a statement.

      International Security Assistance Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what representations he has made in the last two months to his European counterparts regarding the extension of the ISAF's mandate; and if he will...

      International Security Assistance Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make a statement on the British forces' commitment to participating in the ISAF after 30 April; (2) what support the British troops...

      International Security Assistance Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are for ISAF troops to be deployed outside Kabul; and if he will make a statement.

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence further to his answer of 15 October 2001, Official Report, column 947W, on Northern Ireland, if he will provide (a) the information requested up to the...

      Engineers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the Army were (a) royal engineers and (b) royal electrical and mechanical engineers in (i) 1997, (ii) 1992, (iii) 1987 and (iv) 1982.

      Engineers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what support is given to engineers in the armed services seeking to attain chartered status.

      Engineers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many female chartered engineers, excluding reservists, there are in (a) the Royal Navy, (b) the Army, (c) the Royal Air Force and (d) the Royal Fleet...

      Engineers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many defence fellowships have been awarded to officers for the study of engineering matters since 1997.

  • Northern Ireland

    • MOX Nuclear Reprocessing Plant (Terrorism)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the need for stronger civil defence precautions in Northern Ireland to safeguard against the effects of a...

  • Treasury

    • Government Audit and Accountability

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the bodies which will be consulted about his proposed extension of audit and accountability in central Government.

    • Government Audit and Accountability

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the consultation on proposed improvements to audit and accountability in central Government will begin; and how long it will last.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Totnes dated 28 November 2001 concerning Mr. Mike Atkinson of Denbury, Devon and civil service pay.

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the inquiry by Lord Penrose into Equitable Life will be completed in 2002.

      Roberts Report

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to publish the Roberts report into the supply of scientists and engineers; and if he will make a statement.

      Data Series

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what new data series broken down by gender, race, disability and age have been commissioned by his Department since August 1997.

      Data Series

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the subject of each gender impact assessment drawn up by his Department since June 1997, indicating in each case whether the outcome has...

      Departmental Report

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the component sub-units of each unit listed on pages 10 and 11 of HM Treasury's departmental report; and if he will make a statement.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he intends to implement the changes to VAT for small business announced in his March 2001 Budget speech.

      Alcohol Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he plans to introduce to help reduce smuggling of alcohol into the United Kingdom.

      Economic Deprivation (UK)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the areas within the UK that suffer from economic deprivation.

      Ministerial Answers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average length of time taken to answer letters to Ministers has been in the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Ministerial Answers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many answers to parliamentary questions are more than (a) two weeks and (b) three months outstanding; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the 30 largest contracts awarded by his Department from (a) May 1997 to April 1998, (b) May 1998 to April 1999, (c) May 1999 to April 2000,...

      Electronic Tendering Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the result of the electronic tendering service pilot.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Territorial Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many members of staff of his Department are members of the Territorial forces; and if he has a strategy to...

    • Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what criteria he adopts in determining whether (a) to monitor and (b) to research the effects of changing...

      Press Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many people his Department's press office employs; and how many press officers have left his Department since 7...

      Press Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time employees in his Department's press office (i) there were in June 2001...

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his policy is on the tax-raising powers that elected regional assemblies will have.

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the future of local government in the north-west.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what types of premises are zero-rated for local taxation.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the (a) actual and (b) percentage change expressed in real terms was in total external support for Westminster...

      Council Tax (Newcastle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many properties there are in each council tax band in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne; and how many in each band...

      Spring Supplementary Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions for what reason the Spring Supplementary Estimates were revised; and if he will list the differences between the...

      Ring-fenced Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much has been given to local authorities in Government ring-fenced grants, broken down by local authority and...

      Housing Transfer Programme 2002

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will announce the 2002 Housing Transfer Programme.

      Parish Councillors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what procedure can be adopted in cases where a complaint against a parish councillor for non-declaration of interest...

      Pre-School Nursery Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make dedicated pre-school nursery premises zero-rated for local taxation.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to improve post offices in deprived urban areas with special reference to how the money allocated...

      Cornish Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many meetings with outside bodies he has held to consider the recommendations of his Department's commissioned...

      Cornish Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when his Department expects to complete its assessment of the case for specifying the Cornish language within the...

      Cornish Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions for how long his Department has been assessing the case for specifying the Cornish language under the provisions of...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) pursuant to his answer of 13 March 2002, ref. 42923, on rescues by the Fire Service, if he will state from...

      Firefighters (Buckinghamshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the average number of days lost through sickness absence was per firefighter at each station in Buckinghamshire...

      Firefighters (Buckinghamshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many retained firefighters there were at each fire station in Buckinghamshire in each of the last five years.

      False Alarm Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many (a) genuine and (b) malicious false alarm emergency calls were received in Buckinghamshire in each year...

      A21

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many accidents occurred on the A21 between (a) Lamberhurst and Flimwell and (b) Tonbridge and Pembury in (i) May...

      Central Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will announce a decision on the Central Railway project; and if the proposal will use the hybrid Bill route.

      Central Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what studies he has commissioned into reopening sections of the Great Central railway line.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his estimate is of the date when bids will close for Railtrack in administration.

      Railway Fencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the state of fences alongside railway lines running into Romford.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the expected annual investment spending this year is by London Underground; and what the figure was in 1996–97.

      Seamen's Certificate Requirements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether he has proposed changes in the international seamen's certificate requirements to the relevant international...

      Harbour Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions under what statutory provisions a competent harbour authority is required to ensure the safe provision of a pilotage...

      Harbour Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what legislative authority the Port Marine Safety Code carries.

      Harbour Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will review the Pilotage Act 1987.

      Sangatte

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact on freight transport movements of the closure of the facilities at Sangatte...

      Single European Sky

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his policy is on the Single European Sky.

      Air Traffic Controllers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if it was the intention of the Transport Bill of 2000 to make an air traffic controller personally responsible for...

      Airports (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what standards airport operators in the United Kingdom are required to meet regarding waiting time for passengers to...

      Aircraft Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will meet representatives of UK registered airlines to discuss the reduction of air flow by pilots in aircraft...

      Aircraft Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of a significant reduction in cabin air pressure on the health of...

      Aircraft Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will undertake an assessment of the extent to which pilots reduce air flow in passenger aircraft cabins and the...

      UK Airlines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on what emergency aid schemes have been authorised to compensate UK airlines for losses...

      Nats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions his Department had after 18 January concerning whether Swanwick should be taken into operation on 27...

      Nats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish the letter dated 8 January from HM Inspector of the Health and Safety Executive to the General...

      Nats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment has been made of the compliance of the new en-route centre at Swanwick with the (a) Display Screen...

      Nats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions for what reason the Health and Safety Executive considered issuing an enforcement order in respect of the equipment...

      Nats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the Government intend to charge NATS public private partnership interest on tax proceeds from the Airland Group...

      Nats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if the CAA commissioned a formal ergonomic evaluation of the display screen equipment at the new en-route...

      Nats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) when the promised capacity gains will be delivered by the Swanwick centre; (2) for what purpose a further...

      Nats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much public money has been paid to NATS since it became a PPP.

      Special Purpose Vehicle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what plans he has for the creation of a special purpose vehicle to undertake work in connection with the South...

      Wembley Park Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how he plans to respond to the London Development Agency/ London Underground report on the options for increasing...

      Houses in Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the reason for the delay in the drafting of legislation for the regulation of HMOs.

      Public-Private Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 4 March 2002, ref. 37622, on reputational externalities, what is the size of the...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many appointments to public bodies have been made through his Department (a) from April 2000 to March 2001 and...

      Transport and Telecommunications Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether a Scottish Executive Minister will be a member of the UK delegation to the forthcoming Transport and...

      Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proportion of (a) district, (b) county and (c) Metropolitan councils he estimates will be judged as coasting.

      Continuous Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to move to a system of continuous registration of all motor vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

      National Celebrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what arrangements his Department has made to celebrate (a) St. Patrick's Day, (b) St. George's Day, (c) St. Andrew's...

      Shoreham Harbour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish the dates and minutes of meetings of the Maritime Vision for Shoreham Harbour Steering Group since...

      Shoreham Harbour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what feasibility study he has carried out into the provision of a road link between the A259 at Shoreham...

      Fire Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many functioning fire stations there were, broken down by fire brigade area, in each year since 1997.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to reorganise his Department.

    • Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many couples getting divorced have applied to the courts to share their pension rights between them since December 2000.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the exclusion of retail businesses from the small firms loan guarantee scheme.

    • Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Small Business Service's pilot scheme.

      Trade Partners UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the (a) functions, (b) staffing and (c) funding at Trade Partners UK .

      Trade Partners UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many requests for assistance were received by Trade Partners UK in the first six months of 2001; how many were refused; and what the...

      Trade Partners UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what criteria must be satisfied for an individual or company to receive assistance from Trade Partners UK .

      Trade Partners UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the functions of Trade Partners UK include (a) assistance to individuals or companies attempting to make acquisitions overseas and (b)...

      Internal Market, Consumer Affairs and Tourism Council (Scottish representation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reason no devolved Administration Minister attended the Internal Market, Consumer Affairs and Tourism European Union Council of...

      Patent Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what powers she has to ensure that the Patent Office acts in a fair and impartial way.

      Patent Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions her Department has had with Patent Office officials regarding a campaign by the charity ActionAid.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) small and medium enterprises and (b) other companies were declared insolvent in (i) 1997, (ii) 1998, (iii) 1999, (iv) 2000 and...

      Stop Now Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many stop now orders were obtained up to 28 February; and what the subject matters were of those orders.

      Imperial Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost was of the recent prosecution of vendors using the imperial standard of measurement; and if she will make a statement on the...

      Beer Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs prior to the decision to revoke the beer orders.

      Beer Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact that the revocation of the beer orders will have on Britain's micro-breweries; and whether a...

      Wind Turbines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether she has received the findings of the study undertaken by her Department on interference to radar and navigational aid from wind turbines.

      Trips

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress she and her fellow WTO Ministers have made towards lifting the restrictions within the TRIPS agreement on poorer countries'...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what evaluation she has made of the feasibility of (a) auctioning and (b) charging a fee for licences for new post operators.

      Urban Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will place a copy of the agreement negotiated between the Post Office and the National Federation of Sub Postmasters, regarding the...

      Stolen Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 24 January 2002, Official Report, column 1071W, on stolen equipment, what criminal proceedings have been undertaken...

  • Education and Skills

    • School Computers (Pornographic Material)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 5 February 2002, (ref 31830), what the normal disciplinary procedures are that head teachers should take when (a)...

    • Capita Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public money the Capita-administered schemes within the Department have paid out.

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people took advantage of individual learning accounts in (a) the UK, (b) the north-east, (c) south Tyneside and (d) the Jarrow...

      School Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations have been received by her Department in relation to disposal of school playing fields in the London borough of Haringey.

      Education Funding (Liverpool)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much (a) capital and (b) revenue funding has been made available to schools and colleges in Liverpool in each year since 1997.

      University Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to link funding for universities to the socio-economic background of students admitted to those universities; and if she...

      School Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the level of capital investment in school buildings in (a) coalfield areas and (b) England has been since 1997.

      Pupil Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils there are in each local education authority in the South West of England.

      School Land Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 29 January 2002, Official Report, column 231W, on school land sales, what rules govern whether a local education...

      Woodmancote Primary School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had with Gloucestershire County Council about proposals to sell land of Woodmancote Primary School to developers;...

      Wired Communities Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to continue the wired communities projects.

      Wired Communities Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what evaluation she has undertaken on the wired communities projects; and if she will place a copy in the Library.

      Wired Communities Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the gender breakdown is of those involved in (a) IT for All and (b) wired communities projects.

      Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information she has collated on the number of schools which make provision for access to drinking water throughout the school day.

      Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance she has issued in respect of access throughout the school day to drinking water.

      Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding there is to meet the costs of the installation of drinking water supply to schools in Stoke on Trent, North; and if she will...

      Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what surveys she has conducted into the access to, and availability of, drinking water in schools.

      Learning Support Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many learning support units there are.

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2002, Official Report, column 236–37W on secondments, to which appointments the staff from (a)...

      Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 8 March 2002, Official Report, column 633W, what the total cost was of the Computers Within Reach pilot scheme;...

      IT Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she is taking to encourage competition (a) for departmental IT contracts and (b) for local education authority IT contracts.

      Golden Jubilee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if commemorative items will be distributed to school children in celebration of the Queen's Golden Jubilee; and if she will make a statement.

      Golden Jubilee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps are being taken to educate and prepare school children for the Queen's Golden Jubilee; and if she will make a statement.

      Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the (a) selection criteria for the engineering specialist schools, (b) time scale for selection of the schools and (c)...

      Technology Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what instruction on the acquisition of technological and information technology skills are given to primary school teachers in their training.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Beef Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has made to (a) the European Commission and (b) the French Government concerning beef exports...

    • Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 12 March 2002, Official Report, column 936W, on how many occasions, and when, members of the State...

      BSE (Sheep)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if there have been confirmed cases of BSE in sheep since 1996 in the UK.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 27 February 2002, ref. 37621, if she will list (a) the 160 sites where ash has been removed and...

      Agricultural Produce (Balance of Trade)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the balance of trade was in agricultural produce between the United Kingdom and (a) the EU, (b) the USA and (c) the rest...

      Rural Enterprise/Vocational Training Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 8 January 2002, Official Report, column 732W, if she will list the schemes which attracted (a)...

      Arable Stewardship Pilot Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) which of the options contained in the Arable Stewardship Pilot Scheme has now been applied across England; (2) what...

      Water Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the progress of the Government's Review of competition in the water industry in England and Wales.

      EU Water Framework Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when her Department expects the EU Water Framework Directive to come into force in the United Kingdom.

      Habitats Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she is taking to ensure the protection of sites designated as special areas of conservation under the Habitats...

      Parental Leave Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the (a) financial costs and (b) benefits to her Department of the Parental Leave Directive.

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what proportion of the staff of her Department are (a) job sharing, (b) term working and (c) engaged in another...

      Energy Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on energy costs incurred by her Department in each of the last 10 years.

      Rio Earth Summit (Implementation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps have been taken by the Government since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 to (a) set goals on environmental protection...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will set out for each Civil Service grade within her (a) Department and (b) Department's executive agencies the (i)...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff left the service of her Department and its agencies in the year ended 31 March 2001; how many left before...

      Engineers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many chartered engineers there are in her Department; and what grades they hold.

      Government Action Plan (Organic Sector)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when her Department will start work on the development of the Government action plan for the organic sector announced in October.

      Objective 1 (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 29 January, if she will ensure that the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly objective 1 funds will be...

      Flood Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funds have been allocated to coastal communities for flood defence work per capita in each of the past 10 years; and if...

      Abandoned Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to act upon the results of the consultation on reducing the number of abandoned vehicles; and if she will make...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what new recovery and recycling targets for packaging waste for 2002 have been decided; and if she will make a statement.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent measures have been introduced to encourage businesses to recycle waste.

      Hazardous Waste (Shoreham Harbour)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what hazardous waste has been handled through Shoreham Harbour in the last two years; and what licences were issued.

      Hazardous Emissions (Shoreham Harbour)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action has been taken to monitor dust emissions from HGVs using Shoreham Harbour on port related business.

      Waste Incineration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 12 March, ref. 42321, when she expects the Environment Agency to publish its research on the...

      Fly Tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals she is considering to strengthen the powers of (a) local authorities and (b) the Environment Agency in dealing...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what matters in respect of the future management and repatriation of German radioactive waste arising from reprocessing at...

      Ilsham Valley Pumping Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will determine the outcome of the inquiry into the compulsory purchase order of Ilsham Valley pumping station, Torquay.

      Aquatic Pursuits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 4 March 2002, Official Report, column 77W, if she will introduce new performance indicators to...

      Aquatic Pursuits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 4 March 2002, Official Report, column 77W, if she will make Environment Agency funding dependent...

      Navigation Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make Government grants to landowners who own navigation rights on fast moving inland water dependent on their...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she last met representatives of the NFU.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she next intends to meet representatives of the National Farmers Union.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will list the official visits to (a) Paris and (b) Brussels made by each Minister in her Department in 2001 and...

      Beekeepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many beekeepers were known to the National Bee Unit in (a) Essex and (b) England in each of the last four years.

  • Home Department

    • Stolen Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 22 January 2002, Official Report, columns 834–5W, on stolen equipment, what criminal proceedings have been...

    • Accountancy Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the contracts agreed by his Department with the five largest accountancy firms since May 1997; and what was the total value...

      Rail Journeys (Staff)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy that rail journeys undertaken by staff in his Department should ordinarily be on standard class tickets.

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contracts the Department has with Capita; and how much they are worth.

      Refurbishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 22 January 2002, Official Report, column 844W, what the cost of refurbishing each ministerial private office was...

      Non-departmental Government Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non- departmental Government bodies were operating in each of the last 10 years.

      Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list non-governmental organisations operating in the south-west region that receive public funds from his Department; and what...

      Crime and Disorder Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crime and disorder partnerships there are in England.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued, broken down by local authority areas, in each calendar year since their introduction.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce guidance to authorities which successfully apply for ASBOs for individuals, on other rehabilitative measures which...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which authority is responsible for meeting the cost of applying for anti-social behaviour orders.

      Independent Schools Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he proposes to respond to requests made in September 2000 by the Independent Schools Council about the visa regime for students from...

      Miscarriages of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what psychiatric aftercare is given to victims of miscarriages of justice.

      Miscarriages of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training psychologists, who have been charged to treat the problems of the victims of miscarriages of justice, are given.

      Visas (Romania)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to abolish visa requirements for visiting students from Romania; what discussions he has had with that country's Government...

      Asylum Accommodation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will begin the local consultations on the proposed asylum accommodation centres.

      Yarl's Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he had on the insurance arrangements in case of riot at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre at the time of the making of the...

      Yarl's Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether persons suspected of arson and attempted arson were transferred to Yarl's Wood detention centre prior to the major fire there; and if...

      Yarl's Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training personnel received for managing Yarl's Wood removal centre; and if he will make a statement.

      European Excellence Model

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the European Excellence Model scores were for each of the probation areas, including the National Probation Service, during the recent...

      Assisted Prison Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether eligibility for the Assisted Prison Visits scheme includes the travel costs of foreign nationals to visit relatives held in prison in...

      Regulatory Impact Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members his Department employs in its Regulatory Impact Unit; and if he will make a statement.

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional resources are made available to receiving authorities for known sex offenders who are allocated to areas other than those of...

      Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many eviction notices against groups of travellers have been served in each of the last five years; what assessment he has made of the...

      Agricultural Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the review of the seasonal agricultural workers' scheme will take into account Cornish agricultural workers.

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many road accidents involved police investigations which led to criminal proceedings in each of the last five years.

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice his Department has given to police authorities in the last two years in relation to the nature of investigations into road...

      Wheelclamping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers the proposed authority set up to control wheelclamping on private land will have under the Private Security Industry Act 2001 to...

      Criminal Justice and Police Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have been brought under section 24(2) of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 paragraph (g) as amended by section...

      "Policing A New Century"

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what responses have been received to "Policing a New Century".

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost was of employing a police constable for a year in (a) a provincial police force and (b) London in the last 12 months.

      Police Authority Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will commit money that has been made available for providing civilians with conferred police powers in a manner that recognises the...

      Police Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received on the impact on police forces of the payment of pensions to retired officers out of operational...

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the approved number of officers in the Metropolitan police force is; and when that level was last reviewed.

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which (a) members of the Metropolitan Police Authority, (b) business associates of those members and (c) companies in which such members have...

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has set improvement targets for individual Metropolitan police basic command units; and if he will make a statement.

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis about the level of crime in London; and if he will make...

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets he has set for the decrease in street robberies in the Metropolitan police force area.

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables there were, broken down by (a) police force and (b) local authority area, in each year since 1997.

      Firearms Consultative Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will lay before Parliament the eleventh annual report of the Firearms Consultative Committee.

      Mr. John Morris

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the findings were of the inquest into the death of Mr. John Morris in Luton in June 2001; how many persons have been prosecuted for...

      Drug Treatment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the availability and quality of drug treatment services.

      Vetting Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many professionals working with children were screened in each of the past 10 years; how many people have been prevented from working...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Advertisements

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the job advertisements placed by his Department in the last 12 months specifying where the advertisements were placed and the cost in each case.

    • Litigation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many cases (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have defended in (i) industrial tribunals and (ii) the courts in each year since 1997; how many were...

      Staff Numbers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many staff have been employed by his Department in each of the last 10 years.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment has been made of the percentage of (a) paid and (b) unpaid appointments to non- departmental public bodies made to women in each year since 1997.

      Government Office for London

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many whole time equivalent posts there were at the Government Office for London as at 1 April 1999 and in each subsequent year for which figures are...

  • Prime Minister

    • Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he has had with US President George W. Bush about seeking a new and specific United Nations Security Council mandate for any international offensive...

    • Engineers

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) how many chartered engineers there are in the performance and innovation unit; and how many worked on the energy study published in February; (2) how many people...

  • Health

    • Departmental Staff

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

    • Glivec

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which health authorities are providing the cancer drug Glivec; how many people are receiving the drug, broken down by health authority; at what...

      Nursing Care Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what basis the Minister decided not to follow the recommendations of the Steering Group set up to look at the way free nursing care payments...

      Medicine Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many appeals made against definitive decisions by the Committee on Safety of Medicines were heard by the (a) full committee of the Committee on Safety...

      Catering Services

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

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out for each Civil Service grade within his (a) Department and (b) Department's executive agencies the (i) total number of staff employed,...

      Unlicensed Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the annual budget is for (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002 and (d) 2003 for the Special Unit to investigate possible breaches of regulations on the...

      Unlicensed Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time members are in the Medicines Control Agency's Enforcement Group Special Unit to investigate possible breaches of...

      Unlicensed Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) supporting and (b) co-ordinating activities have been undertaken by the Medicines Control Agency for the International Forum on Pharmaceutical...

      Unlicensed Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Special Unit to investigate possible breaches of regulations on the internet was set up within the Medicines Control Agency's Enforcement Group.

      Epsom Riding for the Disabled Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 14 February 2002, Official Report, column 671W, if the district valuer has completed the work required for the Epsom Riding for...

      Repair and Maintenance Backlog

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the outstanding repair and maintenance backlog figures were (a) in each NHS region and (b) in England in each of the last five years.

      Combined SHA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the benefit to Somerset of having a strategic health authority with Dorset.

      Non-Governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list non-Governmental organisations operating in the south-west region that receive public funds from his Department; and what amount of annual...

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to recompense hospitals who face major new expenditure, if the proposed new Health and Safety Executive regulations on asbetos come into...

      Waiting Time (Avon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times for people in need of orthopaedic surgery in the Avon health authority have been in each of the last five years.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of people in (a) England and (b) each health authority were registered with an NHS dentist in (i) each year since 1997, (ii) 1979 and...

      Air Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the further research commissioned by the Department regarding public funding for air ambulances will report; and who is conducting the research.

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines his Department has given on prescribing medication to patients with arthritis.

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the level of funding for arthritis treatments and medication was in each of the last five financial years for which records are available; and what...

      Cottage Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Government have to develop local cottage hospitals.

      Foster Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures his Department has undertaken to ensure that fostering agencies are able to carry out police checks on prospective foster carers.

      Kent Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the waiting times are for in-patients needing cancer care at Kent and Canterbury hospital; (2) what assessment has been made of the cost of...

      Residential Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list for each London borough the number of elderly residents who are placed in residential and nursing homes outside London; (2) if he...

      Residential Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds in residential and nursing homes for the elderly in Greater London there were on (a) 31 March 1997 and (b) the latest available date.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how long his Department estimates it has taken for care homes to be built from the initial application being submitted to the relevant planning department...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures the National Care Standards Commission has at its disposal to enforce the minimum standard that relates to contracts between care homes and...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to reissue his Department's "Moving into a Care Home" leaflet; how many he plans to distribute; to whom; and by what means.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will issue a direction to require NHS bodies to use the central core contract for how NHS nursing contribution received by care homes is to be...

      Nursing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to compensate those self-funding residents who are eligible and received payment for free nursing care but did not have the money passed...

      Care Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out the methodology underpinning the distribution of the funding for extra intermediate care funding facilities for older people as...

      Pharmacists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase co-operation between general practitioners and pharmacists; and if he will make a statement.

      Pharmacists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce measures to increase the role of the local pharmacy in treating minor ailments.

  • House of Lords

    • Legislation: ECHR Compatibility

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 22 January (WA 169), whether the Explanatory Notes to government Bills, in so far as they relate to...

    • Legislation: ECHR Compatibility

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 22 January (WA 169), whether the Explanatory Notes to government Bills, in so far as they relate to...

      Public Guardianship Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What key performance measures and targets the Lord Chancellor has set for the Public Guardianship Office Executive Agency for 2002-03.

      Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to publish HM Magistrates' Courts Inspectorate's report of its programme of visits to the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service...

      Data Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they intend to ensure that data intercepted under the terms of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 can be accessed by data subjects under the terms...

      Firearms Consultative Committee Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to publish the 11th Annual Report of the Firearms Consultative Committee.

      Firearms Consultative Committee Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What responses they have received to the White Paper Policing a New Century.

      Pension Funds: Changes to Corporation Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much income pension funds in the United Kingdom have lost through the abolition of dividend tax credits on their holdings of ordinary and preference shares in...

      Defined Benefit Pension Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what circumstances they consider it acceptable for companies to stop their employees contributing to defined benefit pension schemes of which they are members.

      Angola: UK Business Representatives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What support they are providing to those United Kingdom businessmen operating in Angola which provide services not associated with the oil industry.

      GATS: Exhaustion of Natural Resources

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ask that the exhaustion of natural resources is placed on the list of exceptions that can apply in placing a limitation on trade under the...

      Gas Supplies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the publication of the energy review of the Performance Surveillance Unit, whether they will detail their proposed contingency plans and gas supply...

      Green Claims Panel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: lynne Further to the Written Answer by Lord Whitty on 4 December 2001 (WA 131), whether they have decided to establish a green claims panel, particularly in light...

      Food Poisoning

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many cases of food poisoning, using the definition: "any disease of an infectious or toxic nature caused by or thought to be caused by consumption of food or...

      Northamptonshire CHCs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the two community health councils for Northamptonshire now have to be line managed and employed by the West Sussex and Surrey Health Authority

      Sickle Cell Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people in Lambeth, other London boroughs and elsewhere in the United Kingdom suffer from sickle cell disease; what budget has been set aside for them; and...

      Future Healthcare

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the recent publication of the Wanless Interim Report, its recommendations for future healthcare and the medicine reclassification initiatives will impact...

      NHS Cord Blood Banks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many national cord blood banks there are in the United Kingdom.

      Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the average number of human embryos destroyed as a result of the use of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis to select a genetic match for ultimate use as...

      Breast Cancer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 16 January (WA 159), what are the assumptions made in Patrick Carroll's study entitled Abortion And...

      Hypoglycaemic Reaction in Pupils

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What studies have been made of the impact of hypoglycaemia on the peformance and behaviour of school children and university students.

      Mixed Sex Wards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to reply to the letter concerning mixed sex wards sent by Lord Stoddart of Swindon to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department...

      OECD Documents

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What reason has been given by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's sole agent for the distribution of OECD documents in the United...

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