Written answers

Monday, 22 April 2002

  • Solicitor-General

    • Departmental Functions

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will list the functions of her Department that have been (a) market tested and (b) outsourced in each of the last five years, specifying the (i) money saving...

    • Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Solicitor-General what recent assessment she has made of whether the PSA target to reduce unit costs per case in real terms by 1.3 per cent. by March will be met.

      Property Protection

      To ask the Solicitor-General what new measures her Department took in 2001–02 to protect its property from theft or damage.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many times Ministers in her Department have travelled abroad at taxpayers' expense since March 2001; what countries they visited; and what the total cost of each...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many times special advisers have accompanied Ministers on overseas visits in each of the last five years; which countries were visited; and what the total cost of...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much was spent by departmental special advisers on food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for entertainment purposes in each of the last five years.

      Performance Targets

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the target has been in each of the last five years for efficiency savings as a percentage of total running costs for each of the non-departmental public bodies...

      New Deal

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many people employed by the non-departmental public bodies for which she is responsible under the New Deal for Young People in each of the last four years have...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Solicitor-General on what time scale she expects to reach conclusions in relation to the inquiry by Wiltshire Police into experiments at Porton Down, with special reference to (a) the...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • National Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps will be taken to recover the £120 million of Lottery funding invested in the project should the decision be taken not to...

    • National Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what plans she has to withdraw her Department's support for the National Stadium project; what assessment she has made of the...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she last attended a Nationwide Football League match.

      Voluntary Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for South-West Bedfordshire of 25 January 2002, Official Report, columns 1185–86W, on...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the running costs were of each of the Lottery distributors in the last 12 months.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money has been distributed (a) in total and (b) to voluntary organisations by each of the Lottery distributors in each year of...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the (a) grant schemes and (b) other mechanisms by which each of the Lottery distributors distribute funding to...

  • Defence

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times RAF aircraft (a) were fired upon and (b) responded with fire in Iraqi airspace in the last 12 months.

    • New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people employed by the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible under the new deal for young people in each of the last four...

      Overtime Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on overtime payments for staff in his Department.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the cost was to his Department of answering written parliamentary questions in 2001; and how that cost was calculated; (2) how many staff...

      Mountain Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which units of the Army are trained for mountain warfare; and if he will make a statement.

      Deep Cut Army Camp

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) where the incident that led to the death of Private Cheryl James in 1995 within the Deep Cut Army Camp took place; where the death took place; and...

      Deep Cut Army Camp

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) where the incident that led to the death of the soldier Shaun Benton in 1995 within the Deep Cut Army Camp took place; where the death took place;...

      Deep Cut Army Camp

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) where the incident that led to the death of Private James Collinson in 1995 within the Deep Cut Army Camp took place; where the death took place;...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK military personnel are stationed in Gibraltar; and if he will make a statement.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of the RAF station in Gibraltar.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his Spanish counterpart regarding the future of the Headquarters British Forces Gibraltar under the Brussels...

      Blue Danube Atomic Bomb

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when drawings and specifications of the Blue Danube atomic bomb were placed in the Public Records Office; and if he will make a statement.

      Blue Danube Atomic Bomb

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from the US Government regarding publication of details of the Blue Danube atomic bomb.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the maximum number of warheads loaded on to the individual Trident D5 missiles currently deployed; and what is the maximum number of warheads...

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps were taken to ensure that the bidding process for contractors in respect of QinetiQ was conducted in accordance with his Department's rules;...

      Senior Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 25 March 2002, Official Report, column 552W, on senior members of the armed forces, how many officers of the rank of general...

      Service Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) service family accommodation and (b) single living accommodation units were of (i) grade one, (ii) grade two, (iii) grade three and (iv)...

      Service Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) married quarters and (b) single living accommodation quarters have been inspected for health and safety in the last 12 months; how many have...

      Service Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many repairs have been made to (a) service family accommodation and (b) single living accommodation in each year between 1997 and 2001; how many of...

      ABRO (Staff Rights)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the steps taken by his Department to protect staff rights in connection with service with ABRO, with special reference...

      Donna Nook Range

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the annual cost of inspections of the Donna Nook range conducted by Explosives Ordnance Disposal personnel from RAF Coningsby has been in the last...

      Military Aviation Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military aviation accidents involving RAF and other countries' air forces occurred in the UK (a) from 1990 to 1997 and (b) from 1997 to the...

      Service Personnel (Transport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what official guidelines there are concerning travel time for service personnel returning to their home base from overseas; and if he will make a statement.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how she proposes to modify the voluntary status of the UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme 2002 to comply with the...

    • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she intends that the use of sinks and forest sequestration will be allowed as part of the UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the rules her Department has drawn up to ensure that the UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme 2002 delivers...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress with the UK Emissions Trading Scheme.

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will state the baselines for the average emissions in (a) 1998, (b) 1999 and (c) 2000 for each of the direct...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which of the direct participants of the UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme 2002 fall under (a) integrated pollution...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken to develop mechanisms (a) to prevent an increase in GM presence in conventional seeds and produce...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the external organisations set up by her as part of the Government's strategy to combat climate changes...

      European Environmental Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information she has collated in respect of the time taken to implement European environmental directives since May 1997.

      Marine Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost is of her Department's two-year pilot project for regional marine conservation in the North sea.

      Noise Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of noise pollution in the London borough of Havering.

      Endangered Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the World Wildlife Fund about the protection of endangered species; and if she will...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what radioactive and toxic waste was dumped in the Irish sea from 1 May 2001 to 28 February 2002; what the origin of this...

      Farm Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government will publish the DEFRA consultation paper on farm waste.

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she is taking to reduce radioactive waste from the British Nuclear Fuels, Sellafield plant.

      Rhinoceros

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the threat to the rhinoceros population in Zimbabwe from illegal poaching.

      Local Agenda 21

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the implementation of Local Agenda 21; what steps her Department is taking to promote its...

      Packaging Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 3 April 2002, Official Report, column 1027W, on packaging waste, when the percentage levels of (a)...

      Lead Shot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the outcome was of the consultation on the recommendations of the Lead Shot Legislation (England) Review Group; and...

      Moduletron

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the cost to public funds of implementing in full the proposals for moduletron contained in the...

      Nitrate Vulnerable Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consultation she undertook, and with whom, prior to determining the methodology for designating nitrate vulnerable zones.

      Air Pollutants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures the Government have put in place to reduce the levels of the air pollutants (a) sulpher dioxide, (b) NOx and...

      Organic Pollutants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress with regard to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will place in the Library copies of the (a) United Kingdom submissions and (b) submissions by other nations relevant...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government plan to take (a) nationally, (b) Europe-wide and (c) internationally towards launching a mechanism...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Press Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff in his Department's press office have received (a) termination and (b) redundancy payments in each of the last...

    • Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he has established a baseline for policy appraisal against which to measure progress on equal treatment; and what progress...

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the subject of each gender impact assessment drawn up by his Department since June 1997, indicating in each case...

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what new data series separated by gender, race, disability and age have been commissioned by his Department since August 1997.

      Justices of the Peace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many members of staff at his Department are justices of the peace; and if he has a strategy for his Department to encourage...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consideration the United Kingdom has given, in consort with European Union partners, to establishing sanctions against...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to Israel in respect of the use of British-supplied military vehicles by the Israeli army in...

      Staff Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost in 2001–02 was of the pay increase to staff in his Department, agencies and the non-departmental public...

      Entry Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to clear the backlog of cases being sent by entry clearance officers.

      Entry Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) when the appeal proposed in the case of Baljides Singh (post ref 819403/0115-New Delhi) arrived in London; (2) on what...

      Professional Indemnity Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many contracts his Department has with consultants; what level of professional indemnity insurance is standard in contracts...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he has obtained an undertaking from the Government of Spain to abide by the results of referendums held in Gibraltar on its...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals are being discussed with his Spanish counterpart in relation to the future status of Gibraltar.

      Civil Service (Recruitment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what percentage of policy entrants were educated at (a) public school, (b) Oxford university and (c) Cambridge university...

      General Affairs Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reason no devolved administration Minister attended the 4121 European Union Council of Ministers (General) meeting on...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff left the service of his Department and its agencies in the year ended 31 March 2001; how many left before...

  • International Development

    • Sunset Clauses

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which Bills introduced by her Department in the last five years have contained sunset clauses; and what plans she has for the future...

    • Overseas Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the value for money achieved by the Resource Centre for the Social Dimensions of Business...

      Overseas Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what recent assessment she has made of the value for money achieved by the Mine Action Programme 2000 in the former Yugoslavia;...

      Catering Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her answer of 6 March 2002, Official Report, column 341W, on catering services, for what reason there were increases from...

      Arms Proliferation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her written answer of 26 March 2002, Official Report, column 885W, if she will list the projects which constitute her...

      Government Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for South-West Bedfordshire (Mr. Selous) of 25 January 2002, Official Report, columns...

      Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many complaints were registered against her Department and its predecessor Departments in (a) 1990 to 1996 and (b) 1997 to 2002;...

      Departmental Public Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on how the public spending plans of her Department have been affected by the Budget.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to tackle disorder and antisocial behaviour in the north-west.

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to tackle antisocial behaviour.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been approved in Lancashire; and what recent representations he has received on their implementation.

      Police Patrols

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he collates on the proportion of police officers involved in patrolling public places on (a) foot and (b) in vehicles.

      Police Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the role of police stations in fighting crime.

      Police Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his policy on the sale of dedicated police housing by police authorities.

      Trial Delays

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to reduce delays in bringing criminal cases to trial.

      Police Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about the number of initiatives and targets in relation to the police since 1997.

      Entry Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the procedures for screening applications to enter the United Kingdom.

      Street Crime (Wandsworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will make a statement on (a) Operating Safer Streets and (b) the Robbery Reduction Initiative as they affect London, with...

      Police Morale

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on police morale.

      Violent Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of changes in the levels of violent crime in the last 12 months.

      Juvenile Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport about plans to reduce crime...

      "Secure Borders, Safe Haven" White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what responses he has received to his paper "Secure Borders, Safe Haven—Integration with Diversity in Modern Britain"; and if he will...

      Street Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the 10 force street crime initiative.

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department will consider a further round of applications for funding for community support officers to assist the police.

      Criminal Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to reform the criminal justice system.

      Volunteering (Older People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to promote volunteering by older people.

      Re-offending

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the incidence of re-offending of those sentenced to (a) community sentences and (b) fines in the last five years.

      Youth Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his plans to reduce youth crime.

      Dungavel Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on conditions for asylum seekers at the Dungavel detention centre.

      Prison Suicides

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners have committed suicide in the last year for which figures are available; and how many of these occurred in safe cells.

      Public Sector Workers (Attacks)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to prevent attacks on public sector workers.

      Home Detention Curfew

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make an outline statement on his Department's policy on home detention curfew for prisoners released before the end of their sentence.

      999 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many 999 calls have been made to Suffolk Constabulary since July 1997; and how many of these calls needed an emergency police response.

      Tagged Offenders (Norfolk)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many tagged offenders have re-offended in Norfolk following release from prison.

      Prisoners (Education)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what work his Department is undertaking to raise the educational achievements of serving prisoners.

      Football Hooligans

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he gives on policing Football League games in England.

      Football Hooligans

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals, by club, who purport to support English Nationwide and Premier League football teams are classified as football...

      Prisons (Education)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to improve reading and writing skills of those in prison.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department why full 10-year passports are the only form of passport available.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Ministerial Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the running costs were of (a) her Ministers' private offices, separately identifying expenditure on staff and (b) her Department in each...

    • Entertainment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how much was spent by Ministers in her Department on food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for entertainment purposes in each of the...

      Telecommunications Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the outcome was of the Telecommunications Council held in Brussels on 25 to 26 March; what the Government's stance was on the issues...

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reason no devolved Administration Minister attended the 2417 European Union Council of Ministers (Research) meeting on 11 March;...

      Post Office Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) warrants and (b) cheques for each benefit were cashed in the post office network in each year since 1997.

      Sub-post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the sub-post offices which have closed since May 1997, indicating for each (a) whether it is rural or urban, (b) whether it is...

      Bank Holidays (Payment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the number of employees who do not receive payment for bank holidays.

      Seeda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether SEEDA has undertaken an audit of the infrastructure needs of the communities of the North Kent Coast, with particular reference to the...

      Radioactive Waste Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the priorities in respect of radioactive waste research set out in the European Commission's Multi-Annual...

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Hse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what technical support contracts were awarded by the Health and Safety Executive between 1 January and 31 December 1999.

    • Hse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 26 March 2002, Official Report, column 983W, on HSE, what technical support services were...

      Public Service Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what public service agreement targets were due to be met by his Department by 31 March; how many of these have been...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many people employed by the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible under the New Deal for...

      Foreign Seafarers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps he is taking to ensure the enforcement and application of international conventions covering pay,...

      Performance Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent assessment he has made of whether the PSA target to make 1 million more buildings cheaper to keep warm...

      Performance Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent assessment he has made of whether the PSA target to increase the number of passenger miles travelled on...

      Use Classes/Temporary Use Provisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what steps he plans to take to take account of the views of local authorities, other organisations and...

      Rough Sleeping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 15 April 2002, Official Report, column 734W, on rough sleeping, if he will list those...

      Garden Hedges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to introduce proposals to give local authorities the power to intervene in neighbour disputes about...

      Windows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what research the Government have commissioned into alternative glass suppliers that will meet the criteria set under...

      Windows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if there will be exemptions for listed buildings where the design of windows could make it difficult to comply with...

      Windows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the total estimated compliance costs are to (a) local authorities, (b) builders of new homes and (c) all...

      Windows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what enforcement measures will be taken against those who do not comply with S.I. 440.

      Windows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the Government will withdraw S.I. 440 and introduce a kitemark system in new windows for the glass and frames that...

      Windows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what measures will be put in place to prevent sole suppliers of hard-coat thermal efficient glass abusing their...

      Disabled Facilities Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will raise the income thresholds for eligibility under the disabled facilities grant scheme.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2002, Official Report, column 977W, on housing, which local authorities were...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent assessment the Government have made of the number of new dwellings needed in London and the South-east to...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2002, Official Report, column 977W, what figures his Department has collated on...

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) published on the right to buy scheme since 1 May 1997.

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what information he has collated on the activities of commercial property companies offering local authority tenants...

      Housing Stock Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many units of housing stock have been transferred from local authority control to (a) housing associations and...

      Fire College, Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in relation to the fire college at Morton-In-Marsh, Gloucestershire, when he received the report of the internal...

      Arson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, (1) pursuant to his answer of 25 March 2002, Official Report, column 675W, on the Fire Service, if he will place...

      Telecommunication Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what powers he has to intervene in decisions on the installation of a telecommunication mast in a residential area...

      Telecommunication Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his Department's policy is on the siting of mobile phone masts; what recent discussions he has had on the siting...

      Local Government Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to publish the conclusions of the review of the local government pension scheme announced in Local...

      Council Tax Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what requirements there are on councils with regard to the wording of council tax bills in respect of precepts by...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of the total savings of the Private Finance Initiative contract for the (a) M1/A1 Link...

      Road Designation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his Department's definition is of (a) a trunk road and (b) a strategic route.

      Road Designation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the reasons why the A683 link to the M6 is designated a strategic routeway; and if he...

      Road Designation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the reasons for and provide an analysis of the factors which led to the proposal to detrunk the A585.

      A14

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the timetable is for improving the road safety of the A14 crossroads at Rookery.

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent discussions the Government have had with the transport industry on concessionary travel for those under...

      Scotrail (Industrial Dispute)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he last had discussions with the Scottish Executive regarding the industrial dispute by employees of Scotrail;...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on progress towards upgrading the South Central network; and in what timeframe work will...

      Rail Performance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell (Chris Grayling), of 26 March 2001, Official Report,...

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his reply of 25 March 2002, Official Report, column 664W, on the Strategic Rail Authority, if he will...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what advice his Department received from (a) SwiftRail and (b) Network Rail about the amount of time needed to...

      National Air Traffic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on how many occasions in the last six months there has been a significant computer failure at National Air Traffic...

      Pilotage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 25 March 2002, Official Report, column 671W, on pilotage, when he will place a copy of the...

      Port Marine Safety Code

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the statutory harbour authorities in the UK broken down by (a) companies, (b) local authorities and...

      Port Marine Safety Code

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 25 March 2002, Official Report, column 671W, on marine and port safety, what subjects were...

      Port Marine Safety Code

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent changes there have been in the (a) measurement of and (b) legal duties for the safety of navigation by...

      Port Developments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what guidance his Department issues on how alternatives to port developments should be assessed where adverse...

      Port Developments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions by what means his Department intends to measure port productivity and efficiency to establish what scope there is for...

      National Flag Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps he is taking to ensure that the UK takes advantage of EU state aid guidelines to encourage national flag...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the changes to (a) cost and (b) coverage of the proposed pension credit if the withdrawal rate of the savings credit were...

    • Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of single pensioners entitled to the pension credit are expected to be in receipt of less than the full rate of the state...

      Appeal Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many appeal tribunals in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK have been adjourned as a result of the Tribunal of Commissioners decision in...

      Appeal Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when an Appeal Tribunal is adjourned, what costs have to be met for personnel and services; and what these have amounted to on average in the...

      Mr. Mark Preedy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will ensure that officials in her Department examine the case of Mr. Mark Preedy.

      State Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people above state pension age have (a) reduced entitlement to the basic state pension and (b) no entitlement at all to a basic state...

      State Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people failed to claim their state pension within three months of reaching state pension age; what the total amount of state pension...

      Contributory Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are (a) active members, (b) deferred members and (c) retired members of employers' contributory pension schemes.

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the policy of his Department is regarding recruitment and employment of people over 55; (2) what the policy of the Benefits Office...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost in 2002–03 of increasing the weekly basic state retirement pension for couples by (a) £8 for those...

      Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints were registered against his Department and its predecessor Departments in (a) 1990 to 1996 and (b) 1997 to 2002; how many...

      Justices of the Peace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many members of staff at his Department are justices of the peace; and if he has a strategy for his Department to encourage members of...

      Departmental Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) reviews, (b) task forces and (c) advisory groups have been established by his Department since May 1997; what their membership is; and...

      Data Protection Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the longest period of time elapsed is between receiving (a) the administration fee and providing the information requested and (b) a...

      Data Protection Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many responses to requests for information under the Data Protection Act 1998 have been completed (a) within 40 days, (b) between 40...

      Data Protection Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many requests the Department has received under the Data Protection Act 1988 for (a) electronically held information and (b) paper...

      Data Protection Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the period of time elapsed is for the oldest outstanding request for information under the Data Protection Act 1998, since receipt of the...

      Data Protection Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the average cost of processing each information request under the Data Protection Act 1998 in the last 12 months.

  • Scotland

    • Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the public bodies are to which she has a right to make appointments since 1 July 1999; and when she will next make appointments to each of them.

    • Ferry Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what progress has been made on devolving powers to the Scottish Executive on ferry transport.

      Scottish Enterprise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when she last met the chief executive of Scottish Enterprise; and what was discussed.

      Friends of Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people have registered as Friends of Scotland.

      MSPs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when she will publish the result of her consultation on MSP members.

      Shipping Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what response she has received from the Scottish Executive to her consultation about transferring functions to the Scottish Ministers regarding...

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment she has made of the total real terms expenditure of her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies on publicity in each...

      Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many complaints were registered against her Department and its predecessor Departments in (a) 1990 to 1996 and (b) 1997 to 2002; how many are...

      Volunteers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 she will make a statement.

      Civil Servants

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

      Rail Journeys

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

      Job Sharing

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

      Press Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many staff in her Department's press office have received (a) termination and (b) redundancy payments in each of the last four years.

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what legal costs have been incurred by her Department in each of the last four years.

      Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) 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 travel used;...

      Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans she has to visit the Baltic states.

      Union Duties

      To ask the Advocate-General how many staff in her Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies receive paid leave to undertake union duties; how many days they are allocated; and what...

      Union Duties

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

  • Wales

    • Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many complaints were registered against his Department and its predecessor Departments in (a) 1990 to 1996 and (b) 1997 to 2002; how many are current;...

  • Education and Skills

    • Staff Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many staff have been employed by her Department in each of the last 10 years.

    • User Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what new steps her Department took in 2001–02 to consult the users of its services about their wishes and expectations; and if she...

      New Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans her Department has to build new (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in Lancashire.

      New Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new schools have been built in each of the local authorities of England in each of the last five years.

      Education Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average amount spent per pupil was in (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools and (c) sixth form colleges in (i) St. Helens,...

      Emmanuel College, Gateshead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils who gained entry to Emmanuel college in Gateshead LCS achieved level (a) 4, (b) 5 and (c) 6 in Key Stage 2 (i) maths, (ii)...

      Sunset Clauses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which Bills introduced by her Department in the last five years have contained sunset clauses; and what plans she has for the future use of...

      Sector Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what meetings her Department has had with the sector skills councils since their inception.

      Oil and Gas Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has for a sector skills council for the oil and gas industry.

      IT Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2002, Official Report, column 257W, on IT contracts, whether the competition being run by Becta to...

      Smart Card Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the use of smart card technology in her Department and in the areas for which it is responsible; and what...

      School Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in each of the Inner London boroughs have school playing fields; and if she will list them.

      City of Bradford Metropolitan Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the City of Bradford metropolitan council was invited to submit a bid for the latest round of PFI projects; when the bid was received;...

      Educational Psychologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the average waiting time between a child being referred by his school to an educational psychologist and the first consultation...

      Speech Therapy Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance she has given to schools and local education authorities about gaining access to speech therapy services for children with...

      Education Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which children are not treated as part of the population of a local authority area for the purposes of section 13 of the Education Act 1996.

      School Standards and Framework Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which children are not included as being part of a local education authority's area, for the purposes of section 118 of the School Standards...

      Performance Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what performance indicators and targets local education authorities are expected to agree with her Department for (a) 2001–02 and (b)...

      Performance Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what are (a) the agreed performance targets for (i) unauthorised absence, (ii) exclusions, (iii) key stage 2 tests, (iv) GCSEs and (v)...

      Student Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills who is responsible for providing funding for transport for post-16 students in Essex; and how much funding is being provided for transport...

      Sixth Form Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress her Department has made on equalising funding for sixth form funding for schools and colleges.

      Community Champions Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what awards have been made under the Community Champions Funds to projects in (a) the Buckingham constituency, (b) Buckinghamshire and (c)...

      Teacher Trainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher trainees are enrolled on (a) part-time PGCE courses and (b) school centred initial teacher training

      Teacher Trainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher trainees are enrolled in two-year full-time subject conversion PGCE courses; and how many of these trainees are in their...

      Teacher Trainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher trainees are enrolled in flexible postgraduate teacher training provision.

      Secondary Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her estimate is of the number of secondary teachers that will be needed in schools in England in 2005.

      Education Policy Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her estimate is of the cost in (a) 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02 of the (i) National Literacy Strategy and (ii) National Numeracy...

      School Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many physical assaults by pupils on other pupils occurred in (a) primary, (b) secondary, (c) special and (d) all schools in England in...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Gender Pay Gap

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what assessment she has made of the extent of the gender pay gap among staff in his Department.

    • Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many Private Finance Initiative projects have been subject to refinancing after the contracts have been signed; and what has...

      PFI/PPPs

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will list the (a) private finance initiative and (b) public private partnership projects which have been delayed.

      Immigration Tribunal

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when she last visited the Immigration Tribunal.

      Departmental Report

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when the 2002 departmental report will be published.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Civil Service (Recruitment)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the percentage of successful applicants to the Civil Service Selection Board who were educated at (a) public school, (b) Oxford University and (c)...

    • Government Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to co-locate Government services in locations accessible to (a) parents of young children, (b) old people and (c) those without access to...

      Civil Contingencies Secretarial

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the Civil Contingencies Secretariat comprehensive review of the country's plans for dealing with emergencies will be published.

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost in 2001–02 was of the pay increase to staff in his Department, agencies and the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible;...

      Consultation Documents

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which consultation documents published by Government Departments and their agencies in 2001 did not carry the consultation criteria as recommended in the Cabinet...

      Government Documents

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of the consultation documents published by Government departments or their agencies in 2001 were made available on the internet.

  • Treasury

    • Form DOM1

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many completed versions of Form DOM1 the Inland Revenue has received in each of the last five fiscal years; and if he will make a statement.

    • State Pension

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action the Treasury has taken to quantify unfunded state pension liabilities in Britain and the European Union since 1996; if he will publish figures...

      Pension Rights

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to public sector pension schemes of the House of Lords' ruling in February 2001 on the pension rights of part-time workers.

      Small Businesses (Greater London)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the economic prospects for small businesses within the Greater London area.

      Heavily Indebted Poor Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 11 April 2002, Official Report, column 576W, on heavily indebted poor countries, if he will estimate the proportion of the...

      EU Energy Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had at EU level on the proposed EU energy tax; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the (a) total cost and (b) cost per claimant to businesses for administering (i) working families tax credit, (ii) children's tax...

      Tax Liability

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on recent action which he has taken to ensure that the full tax liability is paid by very wealthy individuals.

      Delegated Legislation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the Utilities Contracts (Amendment) Regulations; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

  • Health

    • GP Registrars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the number of GP registrars intending not to work full-time on qualifying.

    • Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of responses was achieved to (a) Category A calls within eight minutes and (b) category B calls within 14 minutes in (i) Q4 2000–01,...

      Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the average turnaround times for ambulance crew for (a) England, (b) NHS trusts and (c) each NHS region in the last 12 months for which...

      Agency Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what transitional arrangements he intends to introduce to enable criminal records checks to be made in respect of agency nurses in the first year of...

      Health Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) general practitioners, (b) nurses, (c) cancer specialists and (d) consultants per 1,000 head of population there were in (i) St Helens and...

      Cancelled Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the steps being taken to reduce the number of operations cancelled at short notice.

      Commissioner for Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he plans to introduce a Commissioner for Children in England.

      National Care Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people responded to the consultation on national care standards; how many welcomed the introduction of new standards; and how many did so subject...

      NHS Plan News

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many copies of NHS Plan News were returned for recycling by NHS premises.

      Rheumatoid Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment has been made by the NICE on the effectiveness of TNF alpha blockers in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis; (2) whether TNF...

      Patients Charter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Patient's Charter provides commitments to detained patients.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimates he has made of delays in cases waiting for a mental health review tribunal hearing; and how many patients are waiting for a mental health...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding is allocated to mental health care per capita (a) for patients in prisons and (b) for patients who are not in prison, in the last 12 months...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clinics (a) in London and (b) in England offer electric shock therapy for forms of mental illness.

      Schizophrenia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans the Government have to improve training and support for families and close friends of people suffering from schizophrenia; (2) what...

      Schizophrenia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research (a) has been carried out since 1997 and (b) is planned to assess (i) the importance of swift treatment for patients suffering from...

      Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on (a) the statutory responsibility for public health matters, (b) the responsibility for preventative action in support of...

      Cataracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for cataract extraction in (a) England and (b) each NHS trust for each year since 1997–98; and if he will make a...

      Underspend

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) capital and (b) revenue underspend in his Department is expected to be in the financial year 2001–02.

      Fire Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money he intends to make available this year to improve fire safety in the NHS.

      Worcestershire Royal Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of car parking facilities at the new Worcestershire Royal hospital.

      Adult Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 26 March 2002, Official Report, column 941W, regarding protection of vulnerable adults, if he will list the relevant...

      Residential Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the average daily number of available beds in residential care for (a) mental illnesses and (b) learning disabilities in (i) St. Helens and...

      Residential Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to review the eligibility criteria for people with dementia towards help in meeting their costs should they require residential care;...

      Stroke Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which general hospitals have plans to introduce a specialist stroke service by April 2004; (2) what action he will take to ensure that general...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the target date of April 2001 for the establishment of new performance appraisal arrangements for all staff of the Food Standards Agency was met.

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the result is of the examination by the Food Standards Agency, in co-operation with the Public Health Laboratory Service and others, of the best...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds were available in (a) England and (b) each NHS trust in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the average daily number of (a) available beds open overnight and (b) occupied beds for wards open overnight for (i) acute wards, (ii) geriatric...

      Advisory Group on Radiation, Risk and Society

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the reply to the hon. Member for Vale of York (Miss McIntosh) on 20 March 2002, Official Report, column 438, what the membership is of the...

      Dental Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he plans to introduce free dental care to those who are unemployed or on low incomes; (2) what NHS dental services have to be paid for and by...

      Dental Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the provision of NHS dental care; and what measures the Government have taken to increase this provision; (2) how...

      Glenthorne Youth Treatment Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 26 February 2002, Official Report, column 1082W, regarding the square footage of the property that has been empty since July...

      Senior House Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he received Professor Temple's report on the modernisation of the Senior House Officer grade; and when he will publish it.

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects NHS trusts in Lancashire to provide digital hearing aids; and if he will make a statement.

      Warrington Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the names and areas of residence of those people who formed the interviewing panel for the appointment of non-executive directors of the...

      Warrington Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with (a) local and (b) national bodies on the failure of the Warrington PCT to appoint a chief executive; and if he will make...

      Warrington Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 17 January, (1) if he will make a statement on whether the board membership of the Warrington PCT is considered to reflect...

      Warrington Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the number of applications for posts as non-executive directors of the Warrington PCT which were not acknowledged.

      Warrington Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Warrington PCT is taking to tackle health inequalities in Warrington; and if he will make a statement.

      Warrington Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with board members of the Warrington PCT on their priorities for action; and if he will make a statement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to correspondence dated 26 November 2001, from the hon. Member for Leominster on behalf of a constituent, Mr. Andrew P. Shaw,...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 27 February 2002, Official Report, column 1415W, on asylum seekers, what evaluation he has made of the protocols put in place...

      Photodynamic Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the number of people who will purchase photodynamic therapy privately in each of the next four years.

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much ring-fenced money was made available for spending on mental health services on the Isle of Wight in financial years (a) 2000–01, (b)...

      Infant Vaccines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to require NICE to give comprehensive assessments of new infant vaccines.

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research into health the Government have initiated following the recommendations of the Stewart report in respect of telecommunications masts.

      Health Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average health expenditure per person was in (a) St. Helens, (b) Liverpool, (c) Manchester, (d) London, (e) England and (f) Wales in (i) 1998,...

      Pertussis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what factors underlay the period time available to general practitioners to introduce the pre-school pertussis booster in 2001.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham can expect answers to his Questions Ref. (a) 7597 (holding answer 15.10.01), (b) 7600 (holding answer...

  • House of Lords

    • Fairtrade Foundation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What support they have given to the Fairtrade Foundation, financially and in other ways, during the last two years; and what support they are giving in the current...

    • Anti-social Behaviour Orders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What advice they have given to the courts for dealing with breaches to anti-social behaviour orders; and whether the sentences being passed on such offences are a...

      Nuisance Caused by Young People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the trend in the number of incidents involving nuisance caused by young people which are recorded by the police; and whether police forces are giving this...

      Biofuels: Excise Duty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the classification of road fuels wholly derived either from oilseed rape or from refined used cooking oil as "mineral oils" is correct.

      Scottish Parliament Building

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent HM Treasury is due to contribute towards paying the cost of the Scottish Parliament building; and what is the latest estimate of the total cost.

      Privy Council Silver

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 12 February (WA139), whether a date has been set for the sale of the Privy Council silver that was...

      Gulf Veterans: Exposure to Organophosphates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What scientific papers are available on the health consequences of exposure of Gulf War veterans to organophosphates and carbamates (including pyridostigmine bromide).

      Gulf War: Depleted Uranium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether depleted uranium was contained in shells or other missiles used by the allies in the Gulf War, in addition to those used in anti-tank weapons.

      Manchester War Memorials

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations the Ministry of Defence has received from Manchester City Council on the updating of war memorials to include the names of servicemen and...

      MoD: Equal Opportunities Surveys

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What new data series separated by gender, race, disability and age have been commissioned by the Ministry of Defence between June 1997 and the present.

      MoD: Equal Opportunities Surveys

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Ministry of Defence has established a baseline for policy appraisal against which to measure progress on equal treatment; and what progress has been...

      Zimbabwe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Zimbabwe was discussed during the recent EU General Affairs Council on 15 April.

      Fireworks: Depleted Uranium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether depleted uranium is present in any fireworks, whether manufactured in the United Kingdom or manufactured elsewhere and imported.

      Homeless Families: Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress the national Bed and Breakfast Unit has made since 1 October 2001; and whether they consider the target of removing all homeless families with...

      Homeless Families: Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many homeless households were in bed and breakfast accommodation at the most recent date.

      Homeless Families: Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the annual cost of providing bed and breakfast accommodation for homeless people.

      Sporting Events: Temporary Use Provisions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evidence they have to show that the 28 days a year planning rule, under which many sporting events take place, is not operating satisfactory.

      Aviation: Economic Impact

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they intend to take into account the contribution of general and business aviation to local economies as they develop an aviation policy for the next 30 years.

      Aviation: Economic Impact

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider strengthening the provisions of Planning Policy Guidance 13 (PPG13) in respect of general aviation aerodromes and in particular the...

      Pesticides Incidents Appraisal Panel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 27 March (WA 61), whether they will list all the cases dealt with by the Pesticides Incidents...

      Pesticides Incidents Appraisal Panel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 27 March (WA 61), what lessons have been derived from the cumulative information on pesticide...

      Safety on Roads: Warning Signs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a highway authority's responsibilities for safety of the road under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 would oblige it to provide and...

      Safety on Roads: Warning Signs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Health and Safety Executive intends to prosecute Lincolnshire County Council for a failure to ensure the safety of the road at Nocton.

      Safety on Roads: Warning Signs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of the accident at Nocton in Lincolnshire on 28 February, whether there had ever been a road barrier in place since the under-bridge was removed 33...

      Railway Safety

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will list the number, type and result of prosecutions in the last five years for failure to ensure the safety of a railway.

      Merseyside Waterfront Development Plan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the first projects of the Merseyside waterfront development plan will start.

      Witham: Advertising Hoardings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ask Braintree District Council to cease using land adjacent to the A12 trunk road at Witham for advertising hoardings, which are contrary to...

      Green Ministers Cabinet Sub-Committee

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which Ministers sit on the Green Ministers Cabinet Sub-Committee; and how many times the sub-committee has met since 7 June 2001.

      Maize: GM Farm Scale Trial

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the definition of the maize crop which is part of the genetically modified farm scale trial; whether this is different from the so-called Bt Maize; and why...

      EU Meat Plants Exporting to the UK

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) what are the numbers of meat plants which export meat into the United Kingdom from the European Community; and (b) how often European Union veterinarians...

      Lead Shot Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the outcome was of the consultation on the recommendations of the Lead Shot Legislation (England) Review Group.

      Emissions Trading Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made with the implementation of the UK Emissions Trading Scheme.

      NHS Trusts: Ethical Decisions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the recent judicial case of Ms B, whether they will advise every National Health Service trust to establish an ethics committee with lay membership.

      NHS Trusts: Ethical Decisions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What general lessons have emerged from the recent judicial case of Ms B as regards the handling of difficult ethical decisions by the management of National Health...

      Northern Ireland: EU Support Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which prisoners' and ex-prisoners' organisations benefited from the European Union Special Support Programme for Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland and...

      Northern Ireland: Victim Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the recommendation of the Victims Commissioner (Sir Kenneth Bloomfield) that organisations meeting the needs of victims require more funding has been...

      Northern Ireland: Victim Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the recommendation of the Victims Commissioner (Sir Kenneth Bloomfield) that some form of truth and reconciliation commission could benefit peace and...

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