Written answers

Tuesday, 30 April 2002

  • Solicitor-General

    • Sentence Review

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many applications he has received in the last 12 months via (a) the CPS, (b) members of the public and (c) hon. Members for the review of unduly lenient...

  • Education and Skills

    • Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will rank each constituency in England by the percentage of school children eligible for free school meals.

    • Litigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many cases (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have defended in (i) industrial tribunals and (ii) the courts in each year since...

      Relocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to relocate executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies under the remit of her Department to Scotland.

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the ILA providers against whom complaints which remain unresolved were (a) received by Capita and (b) passed to her...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what responsibility her Department had to put the learndirect database into a form in which it could be used to accredit ILA providers; and...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money was claimed in total for individual learning account payments of more than £200 in the period from September 2000 to 20...

      Asylum Seekers (Education)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the availability of appropriate teaching staff in the proposed accommodation centres.

      Rural Bus Routes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will examine the case for subsidising councils to fund rural bus routes to schools and to help families furthest from schools.

      Pay Gap

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress the Government have made in closing the pay gap between teachers in schools and colleges.

      Education Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which children are excluded from the exercise of a local authority's functions under section 14 of the Education Act 1996.

      Further Education (Incomplete Courses)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of further education college students failed to complete their courses in the last two years.

      PFI/PPPs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will make a statement on the criteria that were used to decide on the recent allocations of PFI/PPP to local authorities; (2)...

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills by what means she will ensure that the additional payments to primary and secondary schools, referred to in the Chancellor's Budget, reach...

      Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on salaries in schools in England in 2001–02.

      Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average annual salary is for (a) a newly qualified teacher in mainstream secondary schools in England and (b) a newly qualified...

      Compensation Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what has been the total amount of compensation awards against schools and colleges in each of the past five years.

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher training places have been available in each of the past 10 years.

      Sixth Forms and Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment her Department has made of the value to teachers (a) in further education colleges and (b) in schools with sixth forms of...

      Sixth Forms and Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on teacher morale in (a) further education colleges and (b) schools with sixth forms.

      Sixth Forms and Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate her Department has made of the average number of hours per week worked by teachers in (a) further education colleges and (b)...

      Sixth Forms and Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of average class sizes in (a) further education colleges and (b) schools with sixth forms.

      Sixth Forms and Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on (a) pay scales for teachers and (b) the allocation of funds per A-level student in (i) further education...

      Press Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will list the newspapers subscribed to (a) Monday to Saturday and (b) on Sunday by her Department, stating for each...

      Digital Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many digital radios are owned by her Department for use in departmental buildings from which Ministers work; and what the (a) cost and...

      Productivity Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what performance indicators and targets she has established by which to assess her Department's contribution to the Government's objective...

      Further Education (Achievement)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of students in further education achieved the qualification for which they were studying in the last two years.

      Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made in achieving national targets for Level 2 qualifications.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of Jobcentre Plus's capacity to support her Department's policies to improve adult literacy and numeracy...

      Sector Skills Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects to announce the location for the Sector Skills Development Agency.

      Solar Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what buildings owned by her Department have solar panels installed.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many supply teachers are working in each local education authority area; and what percentage supply teachers comprise of the total...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers have passed through the performance threshold, expressed as (a) a total and (b) a percentage of these eligible to do so.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers in each local education authority were teaching a subject for which they had no relevant subject qualifications on the...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will provide a breakdown, by country of origin, of teachers in maintained schools in England without qualified teacher status...

      Maintained Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will place (a) documents, (b) circulars, (c) questionnaires and (d) consultation papers which DfEE or DES have circulated to...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many modern apprenticeships were completed in the last 12 months, broken down by local learning and skill council area.

      Teacher Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many vacant (a) deputy head teacher, (b) head teacher and (c) teacher posts existed in (i) primary schools, (ii) secondary schools and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Solar Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what Government buildings owned by his Department in the United Kingdom have solar panels installed.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the action taken by the Iraqi Government via the International Court against the UK for the use...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been made to the Iraqi Government concerning the attempted assassination of Dr. Baham Salih.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the stability of the (a) PUK and (b) KDP in Northern Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has collated about the attack sites and the weapons used by the Iraqi Government on northern Iraq.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Burma about the persecution of Christians.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage the Government of Burma to improve their human rights record.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the establishment of a human rights commission in Afghanistan; and if he will name those...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what arrangements have been put in place to ensure women's participation in the regional ballot of the emergency loya jirga,...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what part women will play in the new police force and national army being established in Afghanistan.

      Tanzania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the explanatory statement in the case of Mrs. L. Odedra, a constituent, was dispatched from Dar-es-Salaam Ref: ECR/419/00...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received from hon. Members concerning the situation in the middle east.

      Criminal Damage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost has been of criminal damage to his Department's buildings in each of the last four years.

      Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when consulate officials last met (a) Mr. Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and (b) members of his family; and if he will make a statement...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 15 March from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to...

      Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received about democratic rights for those living on Ascension Island; and if he will make a...

      Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to introduce a democratically elected Government for those living on Ascension Island; and if he will make a...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what account he will take of British public opinion before reaching decisions on the future of Gibraltar.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish the heads of agreement reached between the UK and Spain on the issue of Gibraltar.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on (a) the terms of reference and (b) the outcome of the meeting which took place on 23 April in...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will visit Gibraltar; and if he will make a statement.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) when he or his Ministers last met the Spanish Foreign Minister and his Ministers to discuss Gibraltar; where this meeting...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what funding the UK (a) bilaterally and (b) through the European Union, (i) has contributed in the last five years and (ii)...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what training the UK has (a) provided in the last five years and (b) plans to provide for Colombia's (i) customs officers, (ii)...

      Wine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much (a) UK produced wine and (b) wine produced by the rest of the world, broken down by value and volume, UK embassies...

      Wine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much (a) UK produced wine and (b) wine produced by the rest of the world, broken down by value and volume, Government...

      Council of the European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for May; and if he will list the major European...

      US Co-operation (International Appointments)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the US Government with regard to appointments to international bodies with specific...

      Bhutan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received concerning the treatment of Christians in Bhutan; and if he will make a statement.

      Chechnya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Russian authorities to register officially displaced Chechen persons in the republics...

      Chechnya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made and to whom for an independent international inquiry into violations of human rights and...

      Digital Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many digital radios are owned by his Department for use in departmental buildings from which Ministers work; and what the...

      Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has collated on the US Government's compliance with its obligations under the chemical weapons convention.

      Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Her Majesty's Government will support the efforts of the US Government to remove the Director General of the...

      Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps Her Majesty's Government are taking to encourage the UN Security Council to back OPCW's bid to persuade the Iraqi...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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,...

    • Better Quality Services Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which of the services of his Department have not been reviewed under the better quality services initiative; and when they will be reviewed.

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many net additional staff his Department has recruited in each month since June 2001 at (a) executive officer and (b) administrative level.

      Public-Private Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the difference was between the price offered in reaching preferred bidder stage and the final contract price for PPP contracts let by his Department...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the difference was between the price offered in reaching preferred bidder stage and the final contract price for the five largest PFI contracts let by...

      Energy Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on energy costs incurred by his Department in each of the last 10 years.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he has made representations to the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, regarding the full devolution of powers for the...

  • Prime Minister

    • MOD Pensions

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer to the right hon. Member for Ross, Skye and Inverness West (Mr. Kennedy), about MoD pensions, if he will make a statement on the letters the MoD...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Coin-in, Coin-out Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the value of transactions through coin-in, coin-out machines in (a) licensed and (b) unlicensed premises.

    • Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what progress she has made in the review of the procedures for reviewing the Lottery licence at the end of the prescribed licence...

      Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will provide a breakdown of amounts (a) allocated and (b) retained by each of the bodies allocating Lottery money in each of the...

      Political Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if Ministers in her Department are informed of donations to political parties made by any (a) individuals, (b) companies and (c)...

      Cultural Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the Government will accede to the UNESCO 1970 convention on the means of prohibiting and preventing the illicit import, export and...

      Voluntary Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the new award for voluntary service by groups in the community.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Policing Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans have been made for the review of Northern Ireland's policing arrangements that arose from the discussions at Weston Park; and when...

    • Independent Commissioner for Detained Terrorist Suspects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he intends to publish the ninth annual report of the Independent Commissioner for Detained Terrorist Suspects.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many terrorist-related incidents, excluding murder, have taken place in Northern Ireland from 1969 to 10 April 1998 for which no person has...

      Scheduled Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been convicted in Northern Ireland of scheduled offences committed before 10 April 1998 between (a) 11 April 1998 to 31...

      Compensation Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will announce a decision on the future of the Compensation Agency.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Departmental Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list (a) consultation papers, (b) circulars and (c) forms issued to farmers by her Department in the past 12 months.

    • Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what was the average level of compensation paid to farmers for (a) sheep, (b) cattle, (c) pigs and (d) other animals during...

      Voluntary Environmental Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received from voluntary environmental groups concerning the availability of insurance cover.

      Voluntary Service Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to support the development of voluntary service councils in rural areas.

      Energy Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she is taking to encourage the planting of energy crops; and if she will make a statement.

      Fly Tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to increase the penalties for fly tipping.

      Contaminated Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements she has made for the contaminated land exposure assessment and guidance to be made available to local...

      Recycled Ash

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the health implications of using recycled ash in building materials.

      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...

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans the Government have to introduce a levy on plastic shopping bags; (2) what recent steps her Department has...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if radioactive technetium is stored in the Sellafield B30 nuclear waste storage facility.

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received on the Sellafield MOX plant since the decision to endorse the go-ahead for the...

      Home Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of pensioners in each region are eligible for HEES Plus, within the Warm Front programme; and how many HEES...

      Composting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps have been taken by her Department to assess the risk of contamination from raw waste meat in composting;...

      Air Quality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to improve air quality standards; and what levels of emissions were recorded (a) in the Teesside...

      Air Quality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she plans to increase the number of air quality monitoring stations in the Teesside region.

      Correspondence

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

      Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the boundary definition for areas of outstanding natural beauty was last reviewed; what plans she has to review the...

      Meat Imports (Argentina)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tonnes of meat were imported into the UK from Argentina during 2001.

      Wildfowl

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures her Department undertakes to control the population of wildfowl within London; and which species it monitors.

      Canada Geese

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment her Department has made of the population of Canada geese within London.

      Fruit Growers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how negotiations are progressing over the implementation of the environmental impact assessment regulations as they affect...

      Departmental Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when the application form for (a) the licence for the movement of sheep and goats for export, (b) the individual...

      Departmental Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she plans to make it possible to download AMLS licences in Welsh from her Department's website; and if she will make a...

      Heathrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent discussions she has had with BAA regarding the prevention of water pollution from water draining from the...

      Marine Stewardship Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she intends to publish the Marine Stewardship report; and if she will make a statement.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to co-operate with developing countries on developing policies...

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 26 March 2002, Official Report, column 982W, if he will publish an itemised list of his...

    • Building Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the building projects under construction; and what coolant will be used for the building services...

      2004 GLA Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the Government's policy towards a freepost mailshot to London electors during the 2004...

      Infrastructure Charging Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what infrastructure charging research work his Department is funding.

      Fares Policy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the Strategic Rail Authority will report to his Department on its review of fares policy; and if he will make a...

      Network Railcards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he has met the Association of Train Operating Companies since 7 June 2001 to discuss ATOC's proposals for...

      Vehicle Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proportion of vehicles registered to households in (a) Dumfries and Galloway, (b) Scotland and (c) the UK are...

      Merchant Fleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the size of the UK registered merchant fleet was in each of the last five years.

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) how many road barriers have been erected to increase safety and prevent road vehicles falling onto railway...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many road to rail accidents have been recorded in each year since 1997.

      Health and Safety Executive

      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 1998.

      Construction Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many self-certification schemes are in operation relating to the construction industry; and what the cost is of...

      Construction Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what criteria the Government used to determine who should be consulted regarding the Building (Amendment) Regulations...

      Construction Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions who will be responsible for policing the self-certification schemes introduced by the Building (Amendment)...

      Construction Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how the self-certification schemes introduced by the Building (Amendment) Regulations 2002 will operate in connection...

      Vehicle Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many cars are registered on UK roads.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether his Department has formally applied for state aid approval for Network Rail.

      Alternative Road Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his policy is on the creation of a nationwide distribution network for liquid hydrogen for use in cars.

      Humber Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions for what reasons the carriageway repair work being carried out on the Humber Bridge is not being carried out on a...

      Peak District National Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) which organisations were consulted on the decision to change the policy on mineral working in the Peak District...

      Community Transport Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his oral answer of 23 April 2002, Official Report, column 137, on community transport, by what means...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the practice of local authorities writing off debts accrued by tenants in...

      Motorway Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much of the A43 between the M40 and the M1 is expected to be (a) wholly and (b) partially open by the weekend of...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions for what reason district councils are not directly involved in local public service agreements; and what plans he has...

      Disabled Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many stations have been refurbished to ensure full disabled persons' access to railway platforms; and how many...

      Solar Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what buildings owned by his Department have solar panels installed.

      E-Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the progress made by local government in the field of e-government.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received on the implications for road safety of the sale on the open market of the speed...

      Health and Safety (Computers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will take steps to amend the Health and Safety (Display Equipment) Regulations 1992 No. 2792 to ensure that the...

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which NDPBs in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland are accountable to the Government.

  • Scotland

    • Dungavel Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions she has had with the Home Office concerning Dungavel detention centre.

    • Scottish Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when she will publish the results of her consultation on the size of the Scottish Parliament.

      Asbestosis Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when she last met the insurance industry to review progress in paying compensation to asbestosis victims in Scotland.

      Drug Dealers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will make a statement on the action being taken to seize the assets of major drug dealers in Scotland.

      Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether she has recently visited Glasgow to examine economic regeneration.

      Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will make a statement on the performance of the manufacturing sector of the Scottish economy.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on the future of post office services in Scotland.

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues and others on the impact of health spending on strategies for alleviating poverty.

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment she has made about the impact of the Budget upon child poverty in Scotland.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what action is being taken against employers in Scotland who are failing to pay the national minimum wage.

      Defence Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions she has had with the Ministry of Defence about jobs in Scotland which are (a) directly and (b) indirectly related to the defence...

      Disability Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what action she is taking to promote the work of the Disability Rights Commission in Scotland.

      Small and Medium Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will make an assessment of the impact of the Budget on SMEs in Scotland.

      Future of Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps she is taking to ensure Scotland's interests are represented in the debate on the future of Europe.

      NHS (Border Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when she last met ministerial colleagues in the Department of Health and Health Ministers from the devolved Administration to discuss NHS provision in...

      Rural Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when she will next visit Galloway and Upper Nithsdale to discuss the rural economy with representatives from the farming industry.

      Rural Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions she has had with rural businesses in Scotland regarding the aggregate tax.

      Scottish Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what steps she is taking to represent Scottish interests to the Treasury in setting net borrowing attributable to Scotland; (2) what steps she is...

      Textile Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she has had about support for the textile industry in Scotland since 11 September.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive about the setting up of a public inquiry into the 2001 outbreak of foot and mouth disease.

  • Advocate-General

    • Devolution

      To ask the Advocate-General what devolution issues she has considered in respect of the Land Reform Bill and the European convention on human rights.

    • Legislation

      To ask the Advocate-General which Scottish Parliament Bills she has assessed since June 2001.

  • President of the Council

    • Members' Cars

      To ask the President of the Council what proposals he has to discourage hon. Members from bringing their private vehicles into central London.

  • Privy Council

    • Public Information

      To ask the President of the Council what proposals he plans to put before the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons for improving the system of public information relating to...

    • Select Committees

      To ask the President of the Council what steps he is taking to take forward reform of Select Committees; and if he will make a statement.

      Welsh Bills

      To ask the President of the Council what plans he has to bring forward proposals to provide more opportunities and mechanisms for the debate of Bills relating exclusively to Wales.

      People's Peers

      To ask the President of the Council when the House of Lords Appointments Commission is to take its roadshow around the country to solicit applications from aspiring people's peers.

      Modernisation

      To ask the President of the Council if he will make a statement on his proposals for reform of the sitting times of the House and the parliamentary calendar.

      Carry-over Bills

      To ask the President of the Council if he will make a statement on his proposals for carrying over Bills from one Session to another.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Child Care Facilities

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will make a statement on the progress being made to improve child care facilities on the...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Guardians Ad Litem

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what evaluation her Department has made of the effectiveness of the recent reforms of the guardians ad litem.

    • Citizenship

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what steps the Department is taking to involve magistrates in promoting citizenship initiatives for young people.

      Judges' Lodgings

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement about the current cost of judges' lodgings.

      Family Support Services

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what plans she has for CAFCASS to provide a bilingual service in Wales.

      Police Time

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on the results of co-operation between the courts and the police to ensure efficient use of police...

      QCs

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what recent discussions she has had with the Law Society concerning the procedures for appointing QCs.

      Better Quality Services Initiatives

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department which of the services of his Department have not been reviewed under the Better Quality Services Initiative; and when they will be...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many net additional staff her Department has recruited in each month since June 2001 at (a) executive officer level and (b)...

      Contact Centres

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what systems are in place to monitor the work of contact centres.

      Contact Centres

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what training is given to staff running contact centres.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when she will reply to the questions from the hon. Member for Winchester of 26 February (refs 39369 and 39370).

      Autistic Spectrum Disorders

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what guidance is given to (a) magistrates and (b) the judiciary about court proceedings involving people with autistic spectrum...

      Smart Card Technology

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on the use of smart card technology in the Department and in the areas for which it is responsible;...

      Performance Targets

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what new initiatives his Department has taken in 2001–02 to assist in achieving its Public Service Agreement targets.

      Entertainment Costs

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) if he will list for each of the last five years the total amount of money spent by Ministers in his Department on food,...

      User Consultation

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what new steps her Department took in 2001–02 to consult the users of its services about their wishes and expectations; and...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the target time will be in 2002–03 for (a) Ministers to reply to letters from hon. Members and (b) officials in his...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department which public service agreement targets scheduled to be met in 2002 will not be achieved by the due date.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) what estimate he has made of the total savings to public funds of the Private Finance Initiative contract for a Resource...

      New Deal

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many people employed by the non-departmental public bodies for which she is responsible under the New Deal for Young People in...

      Staff Pay

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the cost in 2001–02 was of the pay increase to staff in his Department, agencies and the non-departmental public bodies...

      Staff (Locally Elected Representatives)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many members of staff at his Department are locally elected democratic representatives; and if he has a strategy for his...

      Information Disclosure

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on the (a) amendment and (b) repeal under section 75 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 of...

      Death Penalty

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department whether the UK intends to sign and ratify Protocol 13 to the European Convention on Human Rights, on the death penalty, when it is...

  • Home Department

    • Children's Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to review the UK reservation on the United Nations convention on the rights of the child; and if he will make a statement.

    • Press Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost of running the Department's press office was in (a) 1996–97 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available.

      Accountancy Contracts

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

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times Ministers in his Department have travelled abroad at taxpayers' expense since March 2001; what countries they visited; and...

      Theft of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about the change in incidences of theft of identity and his initiatives to tackle this crime.

      Illegal Entrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal entrants were detained when entering the UK by truck through Dover in each quarter of 2001.

      Solar Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what Government buildings owned by his Department have solar panels installed.

      Mrs. Dayekh

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Woking dated 7 November 2001 and 9 January on the subject of Mrs. Dayekh on appeal...

      Mr. Mohamed

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason the Department has not responded to the application for consideration of political asylum for Mr. Mohamed, an Iraqi national,...

      Ms Yoko Sibthorp

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will announce his response to the outcome of the appeal by Ms Yoko Sibthorp for the right to remain permanently in the United Kingdom.

      Voluntary Sector Funding

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

      Voluntary Sector Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding the Government have given to the (a) National Council for Voluntary Organisations, (b) Northern Ireland Council for...

      Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget is for the OISC in 2002–03.

      Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints he has received concerning immigration advisers since the establishment of the OISC.

      Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the staffing arrangement is for the OISC.

      Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received from hon. Members concerning the work of the OISC.

      Experience Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of each of the regional branches of the Experience Corps was.

      Experience Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the shareholders of the Experience Corps; and what system of financial accountability is in place in relation to funds...

      Experience Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place a copy of the Financial Agreement of September 2001 between the Home Department and the Experience Corps in the Library.

      Experience Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget for communications, publicity and advertising of the Experience Corps is.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many public appointments he has made since 1 January; and if he will list the names and remuneration of those appointed.

      Drug Abstinence Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug abstinence orders have been issued.

      Drug Policy (Brixton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on progress made on the new drug policy in Brixton; (2) what plans he has to extend the drug scheme in...

      Henry Kissinger

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received from Spain concerning the visit of Henry Kissinger to the UK.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many induction, accommodation and removal centres for asylum seekers there are in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales; where they...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how detained asylum seekers are informed of rights they have to apply for bail.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many families there were awaiting a final decision on their asylum application in each of the last six months.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the most recent Ofsted inspection of education provision in each (a) detention and (b) removal centre in England took place.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) separated children and (b) children in families arrived in the UK and made an asylum application in each of the last six months.

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the outcome is of the review of parole and lifer processes announced by the right hon. Member for Brent South in February 2000.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the information-gathering powers contained in the Social Security Fraud Act 2001 will be brought into effect.

    • Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Northavon (Mr. Webb) of 29 January 2002, Official Report, column 261W, how many households are...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the average time taken by the CSA Appeals Service to deal with appeals over the last 12 months; and if he will...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what performance targets he has set for the Child Support Agency for 2002–03; and when he will publish business plans for the Child...

      Voluntary Sector Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer to the Member for South-West Bedfordshire (Andrew Selous) of 25 January 2002, Official Report, columns 1185–86W,...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will introduce proposals to require employees to pay into a joint insurance policy to underwrite employees pension schemes.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to remove company representatives from the management of pension funds.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of people who had to make a claim for the 2001–02 winter fuel payment; and of that number how many failed...

      Departmental Functions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the functions of his Department that have been (a) market tested and (b) outsourced in each of the last five years, specifying...

      Human Rights Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases have been brought against his Department under the Human Rights Act 1998; and what has been the cost in (a) legal fees to defend...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what his assessment is of (a) the incidence of fraud in Social Fund applications and (b) the cost of such fraud in the last 12 months for...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the understanding of Social Fund applicants of (i) the conditions of eligibility...

      Benefits Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Benefits Agency offices in England where the public attend have no security grilles.

      Benefits Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of prosecutions brought as a result of investigations carried out by the Benefits Agency resulted in convictions in each year...

      Departmental Expenditure (Publications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the expenditure of his Department on newspapers, magazines and periodicals in each of the last four years.

      Publicity Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the total real terms expenditure of his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies on publicity...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions further to his answer to the hon. Member for Hertsmere of 14 February 2002, Official Report, column 633W, on Jobcentre Plus offices, when he...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans the Government have to increase security at the new Jobcentre Plus centres; and if he will make a statement.

      Public-private Partnership (Consultants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total external spending by his Department was on public private partnership consultants in each of the last four years; how many...

      Newspaper Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent by his Department and its agencies on newspaper advertising, in each year since 1992.

      Better Quality Services Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which of the services of his Department have not been reviewed under the Better Quality Services Initiative; and when they will be reviewed.

      Shared Residency Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Lord Chancellor's Department regarding the effect of shared residency orders on the benefit entitlement of...

  • Treasury

    • Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what percentage of the total expenditure on working families tax credit went to each income decile in each year since the introduction of the working...

    • Contracted-out Rebates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to paragraph C48 on page 221 of the Budget Red Book, if he will provide his estimate of how much lower grant in the contracted-out rebates is...

      EU Code of Conduct

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the application of the EU Code of Conduct to the Channel Isles.

      Private Medical Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of (a) how many employees in the United Kingdom are covered by private medical insurance schemes provided by their employer and...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total UK revenue collected from direct taxes and National Insurance contributions in 2000–01.

      Pay Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) 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...

      Tax Credits

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

      Resource Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when each of the resource accounts for 2000–01 were published; what the (a) greatest, (b) median and (c) least number of days that elapsed was between...

      Business Cars

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the total cost to the Treasury will be at (a) the outset of its introduction and (b) projected in the next three years of the enhanced capital...

      Electronic Filing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons the incentives for small employers to switch to electronic filing will be introduced in 2004–05 and not 2003–04.

      Deferred VAT Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when and how he will consult on his proposal to allow approved companies to defer paying VAT on imports until they submit their VAT returns.

      Customs and Excise (Scotland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what additional resources are being provided to HM Customs and Excise in Scotland prior to the commencement of ferry services to the continent from Rosyth;...

      Customs and Excise (Scotland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Customs and Excise staff were employed in Scotland in each of the last five years; and what the staff complement is.

      National Insurance (Scotland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what value of employers' national insurance contributions was paid by employers in Scotland in the last financial year.

      Alcohol Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce a voluntary system of prior approval for legitimate import of alcohol for personal use.

      Contraband Goods (Scotland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the estimated value of contraband goods confiscated by Customs and Excise staff based in Scotland in the last three years.

      Aggregates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out the reasons for the change of policy regarding the taxation of uncrushed rock, with specific reference to armourstone; and if he will...

      Aggregates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost to the Treasury will be (a) at the outset of its introduction and (b) projected in the next three years of the introduction of a levy on...

      Underspending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on underspending against departmental expenditure limits; and if he will make a statement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letters of (a) 20 March and (b) 18 March from the hon. Member of Walsall North, regarding constituents.

      Inland Revenue (Electronic Submissions)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate how much (a) businesses and (b) the Inland Revenue will save as a result of introducing a requirement to submit information to the...

      Inland Revenue (Electronic Submissions)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses (a) use and (b) have access to computer hardware that may be updated to allow businesses to submit end of year returns to the Inland...

      Inland Revenue (Electronic Submissions)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Inland Revenue internet service for administering PAYE was introduced; and how many employers have made use of the scheme since its introduction.

      Inland Revenue (Electronic Submissions)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action will be taken against those small businesses who are unable to submit their end of year returns to the Inland Revenue by 2010.

      Vaccines, Medicines and Medical Supplies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which companies will be expected to receive tax relief on (a) research and development into vaccines and medicines for the prevention and treatment of...

      Budget Projections

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the reasons are for his projection in Budget 2002, page 217, Table C7, of a reduction of the revenue from tobacco duties in 2002–03 compared with...

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have died from hepatitis C in each of the last 10 years.

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost has been of tax relief on individual savings accounts.

      Income Inequality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the scale of income inequality in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK.

      Vehicle Excise Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost to the Treasury will be at (a) the outset of its introduction and (b) projected in the next three years of (i) the reduction in vehicle...

      Excise Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by how many months excise duty collection was delayed as stated in paragraph C50 of the Financial Statement and Budget report 2002; what estimate he has...

      Basic Skills

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made in testing how financial incentives can support employers and individuals in tackling poor basic skills and attainment to Level...

      Beer Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the total UK beer production will benefit from the 50 per cent. reduction in beer duties for small breweries.

      Sun Screen Products

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax was raised through VAT levied on sun screen products in the last year.

      Sun Screen Products

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to reduce VAT on sun creams that meet agreed standards.

      North Sea Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the Government conducted an economic assessment of the impact of the 10 per cent. North Sea tax on (a) current and (b) future (i) employment and (ii)...

      Motor Vehicle Repairs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much VAT was raised in each year since 1997 on body shop motor vehicle repairs.

      Motor Vehicle Repairs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason VAT is levied on independent motor accident repair businesses for the labour element of the service; and if he will make a statement.

      Stability and Growth Pact

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the compatibility of the plans set out in Budget 2002 with the stability and growth pact.

      Rating Appeals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many appeals have been listed in respect of entries in the 2000 Rating List; how many of these appeals have been dealt with fully; and what the cost has...

      Contaminated Land Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated value is of the contaminated land tax credit in 2002–03.

      Research and Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if the 50 per cent. tax credit on research and development into vaccines and medicines for the prevention of malaria, TB and some strains of AIDS in...

      Red Book

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the figures in Table 4.4 of the Budget Red Book include the effects of (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit; and how many people would be...

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the total cost to the Treasury will be (a) at the outset of its introduction and (b) projected in the next three years from the exemption from...

      New Deal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many officials in his Department were working on the New Deal in (a) 1998 and (b) 2001.

      Life Assurance Premium Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the size is of the accounting adjustment made in Table C13 of the Financial Statement and Budget report 2002, for life assurance premium relief; and if...

      Public Capital Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the net public capital expenditure has been in (a) cash, (b) real and (c) GDP terms in each year since 1998–99; and what the latest estimate is...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Anti-Competitive Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to introduce (a) direct and (b) rapid remedies for victims of anti-competitive practices; and if she will make a statement.

    • Coal Methane Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the extent of the scope for new jobs from electricity generation from coal methane.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will provide a breakdown by constituency of the percentage of people who live within one mile of a post office branch.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices closed in the last financial year ending 31 March, broken down by (a) whether rural and urban and (b) constituency.

      Business Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) sole traders, (b) partnerships and (c) limited companies are registered in (i) Dumfries and Galloway, (ii) Scotland and (iii) the UK.

      Research Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the outcome of the Second Stage of the Quinquennial Review of the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils will be...

      Temporary Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research she has conducted into the (a) social and (b) economic benefits of temporary work.

      Temporary Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the timetable is for the introduction of the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business Regulations.

      Temporary Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research she has commissioned into pay differentials between temporary and permanent workers.

      Budget (Effects on Cheltenham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what effect the budget of 17 April will have on business in Cheltenham.

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the complexities referred to in Towards Equality and Diversity are that require age discrimination legislation to be introduced on a...

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry with whom she is consulting on the implementation of the European Community Employment and Race Directives; how the proposed draft regulations...

      Motor Accident Repairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the percentage of repairs to accident-damaged vehicles carried out by (a) insurance-owned companies and (b)...

      Motor Accident Repairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what Government policy is on competition in the motor accident repair market; and if she will make a statement.

      Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many visits there have been to the website www. ukonline.gov.uk in each month since it was launched.

      Digital Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many digital radios are owned by her Department for use in departmental buildings from which Ministers work; and what the (a) cost and (b)...

  • Defence

    • ROROs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what options were given to the bidders for the roll-on/roll-offs for the provision of crews; (2) what the preferred crewing option of AWSR Ltd....

    • Service Personnel (Transport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what provision is made for the transportation of service men and women returning from overseas tours of duty, from their point of arrival in the UK...

      SPEAR Weapon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what discussion has taken place with the US to ensure that the development of the SPEAR weapon for the US version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter...

      Continuous Attitude Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the questions asked in the latest continuous attitude survey undertaken by the (a) Royal Navy, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Army; how...

      Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Government policy is on missile defence for the UK.

      British Forces (Gibraltar)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with (a) his Spanish counterpart and (b) Spanish officials regarding the sovereign future of the Headquarters British...

      Sea Harriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if HMG (a) has entered into and (b) intends to enter into talks with the Indian Government concerning the sale of Royal Navy Sea Harriers to that country.

      Sea Harriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost of the upgrade of the Sea Harrier fleet from FRS1 to FRS2 standard was.

      Asylum Seekers (Cyprus)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many asylum seekers have entered the sovereign base areas in Cyprus in the last 12 months; how many remain; and what is the policy of Her Majesty's...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times Ministers in his Department visited United States Government military bases and establishments on United Kingdom territory between 1...

      Naval Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to dispose of Type 23 frigates; and what discussions he has had with foreign Governments in respect of their future disposal.

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to withdraw British forces from Kosovo; and if he will make a statement.

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the first Eurofighters will be delivered to the RAF; and when they will become operational.

      Army Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by when (a) 45 Cd. RM and (b) I R Anglian will be relieved or replaced.

      Defence Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) consultants, (b) specialist registrars and (c) vocationally trained general practitioners have (i) joined the Defence Medical Services, (ii)...

      Airfields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which UK RAF airfields will experience increased air traffic volumes as a result of the closure of West Freugh airfield.

      Integrated Project Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what review has been made of the National Audit Office report on its Department's integrated project teams; what time scale has been set for pursuing the...

  • International Development

    • Lakshmi Mittal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) whether she was consulted before her Department approved the £45.7 million loan from the International Finance Corporation...

    • HIV Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much, on average, full treatment for one HIV sufferer costs over the course of a year in the last five years.

      Sidex

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what conditions to the loan to LNM/Ispat for the purchase of SIDEX were (a) sought and (b) obtained by the British representatives of...

      Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on what subjects and on which dates her Department has consulted organisations representing young people; and if she will list such...

      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 Primary Schools Education Management Development Project in...

      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 Shapla: Nursing, Medical Education and Public/Private...

      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 Humanitarian Assistance Services Projects.

      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 Restructuring Forests of the former Homeland Administrations...

      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 Family Protection Project Managers Project in Jordan.

      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 Social Marketing of Condoms Project in Mozambique.

      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 Guyana Land Administration Support Programme in Guyana.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people employed by the non-departmental public bodies for which she is responsible under the new deal for young people in each...

      Digital Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many digital radios are owned by her Department for use in departmental buildings from which Ministers work; and what the (a) cost...

      Solar Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what buildings owned by her Department in the United Kingdom have solar panels installed.

      Belize

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her answer of 20 March 2002, Official Report, column 369W, regarding Belize, when in November 2001 officials from her...

      Belize

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her answer of 20 March 2002, Official Report, column 369W, regarding Belize, when she took her decision not to grant debt...

      Press Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the total cost of running the Department's press office was in (a) 1996–97 and (b) the latest year for which figures are...

      Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement regarding the projects within her Department that aim to strengthen professional engineering in developing...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps Her Majesty's Government have taken to provide aid to Afghanistan following the earthquake in that country on 25 March.

      Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when her Department's annual report is being published.

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how the Government calculates the cut-off date for eligibility for debt relief; and what post cut-off date relief packages have been agreed.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Bushmeat

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to raise the subject of the trade in bushmeat at the Johannesburg World Summit.

    • National Insurance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his estimate is of the cost in a full year of the Budget changes to employers' National Insurance contributions to (a) his Department, (b) agencies of his...

      Civil Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the salary costs have been to each Government Department of employing staff from employment agencies to undertake work as (a) administrative assistant or...

      Civil Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the starting salary is for a civil servant employed at each level for each Government Department.

      Civil Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if his Department is running a recruitment campaign to encourage graduates to join the civil service.

      Refurbishment

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 4 March 2002, Official Report, column 58W, regarding the cost of refurbishing ministerial private offices, what has been the total cost...

  • Health

    • Fireworks

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

    • Clinicians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice he has received from (a) the Royal College of Obstetricians and (b) the Royal College of Paediatricians on the annual numbers of patients per...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with regard to the Brent Taylor report on MMR/autism, (a) what type of study was undertaken and for what purpose, (b) how many children were included in...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the number of cases of autism in East Surrey; and if he will make a statement.

      Golden Jubilee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what precautions (a) local hospitals and (b) emergency management services are planning to take in preparation for the crowds anticipated during the...

      Medical Training Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average gross cost was of training post age 18 for (a) general practitioners, (b) hospital doctors and (c) nurses.

      Cancer Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards establishing a lead clinician for cancer within each PCT as identified in the Cancer Plan.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses working for the NHS are on work permits.

      Operation Cancellations (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations have been cancelled by the NHS in Lancashire within one month of the supposed date of the operation in each year since 1997.

      Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the public health consequences of reclassifying medicines from prescription-only to pharmacy sale; and where the...

      Overseas Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many British patients have been treated by the NHS in the EEA, broken down by country of origin.

      Hospital Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were waiting over six months on the in-patient waiting list in (a) each quarter since March 1997 and (b) each month since January 2001.

      Radiography Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the waiting times were, broken down by regional health authority, for radiography treatment in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      MMR Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to release MMR vaccination rates by health authority for the final quarter of 2001.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the total savings to public funds of the Private Finance Initiative contract for a medium secure unit for the Oxfordshire...

      Sunset Clauses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which Bills introduced by his Department in the last five years have contained sunset clauses; and what plans he has for the future use of such clauses.

      Haemophilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whom his Department has consulted as part of its consideration of whether to make recombinant available to all people with haemophilia.

      Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the incidence of foetal alcohol syndrome in England and Wales.

      Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the Government have a mechanism to record the incidence of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome.

      Birth Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the Government have a mechanism to monitor the number of babies born to mothers (a) with alcohol problems and (b) who abuse illegal drugs.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to reply to the question tabled on 6 March, ref 41373, by the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston (Mr. Miller) on 25 March 2002, Official Report, column 756W, on parliamentary...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he has taken to improve the answering of written parliamentary questions by his Department since 1 November 2001.

      Social Services SSA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the process that was used to calculate the increase in social services SSA for (a) 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02.

      Intermediate Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what systems of evaluation are in place to monitor the quality of provision of (a) pre-admission and (b) rehabilitation services of intermediate care.

      Intermediate Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much additional funding has been invested in intermediate care services since 28 March 2000.

      NHS Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the (a) targets and (b) policies contained in the NHS Plan have been costed.

      Health Care Provision (Cheltenham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what effect the Budget of 17 April will have on the provision of health care in Cheltenham.

      Organ Donation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are registered as organ donors.

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when a decision will be made on whether a pilot trial of spiral CT scanning as a screening test for lung cancer will be undertaken; (2) if he will...

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential impact that a low maximum permitted level for nutrients in food supplements would have on (a) the viability...

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the criteria for setting the upper safe level of intake of vitamins and minerals under review by the EU Scientific Committee for Foods.

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure minimal cost and disruption to (a) consumers, (b) retailers and (c) manufacturers of food supplements resulting from the...

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the timetable for the publication of the final versions of the forthcoming report from the Ad Hoc Expert Group on Vitamins...

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential impact that the preparation of dossiers for submission to the EC Scientific Committee for Foods for the...

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) discussions his Department has had with and (b) submissions his Department has made to the European Commission with regard to the implementation...

      Ambulance Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Romsey (Sandra Gidley) of 27 February 2000, Official Report, column 1421W, on ambulance staff, if he will...

      Smallpox

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 13 November 2001, Official Report, column 687W, on smallpox, what recent representations he has received about smallpox vaccines.

      National Institute for Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the amount of money spent privately in the last 12 months by patients on treatments which are being assessed by NICE.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 19 March 2002, Official Report, column 309W, on care homes, what information he collates on the length of time it takes for a...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what information she has collated on the number of (a) adults and (b) children who are currently overweight or obese; and what percentage of each...

      Inventures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans Inventures has for the land it owns at Cold East hospital.

      Inventures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures have been adopted to determine if land owned and occupied by (a) PCTs, (b) acute hospital trusts, (c) health authorities and (d) his...

      Heart Valve Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if it is his policy that heart valve replacements which have been manufactured in the United States of America may be used by the NHS before they have...

      Heart Valve Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what tests his Department carried out on the St. Jude 'Regent' range of valves prior to their use by the NHS; and when the St. Jude 'Regent' range of...

      Heart Valve Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what tests his Department carried out on the St. Jude Silzone coated mitral valve prior to its use by the NHS; and when the St. Jude Silzone coated mitral...

      NHS Outcome Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his outcome targets are for the NHS for (a) 2002–03, (b) 2003–04, (c) five years hence and (d) 10 years hence; and how they have changed...

      Mental Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what resources are available for mental health in West Sussex; and what resources were available in each of the last five years.

      Residential/Nursing Home Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the number of (a) residential home and (b) nursing home beds in England provided by (i) local authorities (ii) the private sector...

      Social Services Inspection (Torbay)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the cost of the inspection conducted in the Torbay Unitary Authority area into social services; how many officials were involved in undertaking...

  • House of Lords

    • UK Population and Parliamentary Electors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the population of the United Kingdom at the time of the last general election; and what percentage of that population was eligible to vote.

    • Labour Voters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of the electorate voted Labour at the last general election.

      Paddington Tube Station: 18 April Closure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the closure of Paddington Station on 18 April arises from any factor within their responsibility.

      Galileo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Galileo is to be compatible with the United States global positioning system; and, if so, what action is being taken to ensure that this is so.

      Galileo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking with regard to the United States' concerns about the security implications of Galileo.

      Postal Votes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have yet come to a view on the desirability of introducing, in addition to the list of postal votes issued, a register, open to inspection by the...

      Postal Votes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their view on the desirability or otherwise of political parties or candidates encouraging electors to apply for postal votes to be sent to a common...

      Speed Cameras

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give consideration to placing speed limit signs alongside speed camera signs in order to remind drivers of the speed at which they should be driving.

      Airline Passengers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 11 April (WA 125) (a) to what extent health issues were taken into account alongside safety...

      Airline Passengers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 11 April (WA 125), whether they will, in addition to monitoring the way in which airlines make...

      Airline Passengers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 11 April (WA 126), whether they propose any action to reduce to zero the number of airline...

      Freedom of Information Act 2000: Section 75

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For an update on the amendment or repeal under Section 75 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 of legislation prohibiting the disclosure of information.

      Death Penalty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the UK intends to sign and ratify Protocol 13 to the European Convention on Human Rights, banning the death penalty in all circumstances including in times...

      Northern Ireland: Victim Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the recommendation of the Victims Commissioner (Sir Kenneth Bloomfield) about the creation of a fund to assist in particular children and young people...

      Northern Ireland: Victim Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the recommendation of the Victims Commissioner (Sir Kenneth Bloomfield) about the possibility of supporting efforts towards peace and reconciliation...

      Northern Ireland: Victim Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the recommendation of the Victims Commissioner (Sir Kenneth Bloomfield) about the designation of "Memorial and Reconciliation Day", if and when the...

      Northern Ireland: Victim Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the recommendation of the Victims Commissioner (Sir Kenneth Bloomfield) about a Northern Ireland memorial in the form of a beautiful and useful building...

      Omagh Bomb Victims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission will make a declaration that on 15 August 1998 in Omagh 29 people plus two unborn babies had their right to...

      Omagh Bomb Victims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ask the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to take steps to rebuild the confidence of the Omagh bomb victims' support group in the Commission.

      Omagh Bomb Victims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has not provided practical support for the relatives of the Omagh bomb victims' civil action under Section 69...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much, in total, the reuniforming, rebadging and reimaging of the Police Service of Northern Ireland is costing.

      Northern Ireland: Proposed Criminal Justice Inspectorate

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether consultation has taken place regarding a joint inspectorate for prisons, probation and police in Northern Ireland; and, if so, what is the Government's...

      China: Family Planning Abuse Allegations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the letter by the Secretary of State at the Department for International Development to the Lord Alton of Liverpool dated 26 March, what is the nature...

      Cross-Channel Illegal Migration: Anglo-French Co-operation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are making progress on: (a) discussions with the Government of France on joint initiatives and juxtaposed control for immigration and asylum purposes;...

      Sex Discrimination Act 1975

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the principle that justifies providing different burdens of proof for claims of unlawful discrimination in employment and non-employment claims under the...

      Sex Discrimination Act 1975

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will introduce amending legislation to provide for the same burden of proof for claims of unlawful discrimination in employment and non-employment...

      Late Payments Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to bring forward legislation on late payment in commercial transactions to meet the requirements of the Late Payment Directive 2000/35/EC.

      Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the outcome of the second stage of the quinquennial review of the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils will be announced.

      Education Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 25 March (WA 25), whether it will be possible under proposals set out in Clause 2 of the...

      Education Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: If under Clause 2 of the Education Bill a school were to produce proposals to raise standards by exemption from an obligation to provide children: (a) with special...

      Secondary Schools: Performance Tables

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What impact they envisage government proposals for secondary schools will have on performance tables for pupils aged 16 if: (a) many pupils take GCSEs early; (b)...

      Rural Areas: 14–19 Strategy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who will meet the logistical costs, particularly within rural areas, of pupils moving between school, college and places of work, for education under the...

      National Trust: Lottery Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What help, financial or otherwise, they have given to the National Trust in the years 1999, 2000, 2001 and to date, through (a) Heritage Lottery funding and (b)...

      Cultural Property

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will accede to the UNESCO 1970 Convention on the means of prohibiting and preventing the illicit import, export and transfer of ownership of cultural...

      Hunting, Angling and Shooting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their position on recreational activities in which animals, birds or fish are killed.

      Illegal Meat Imports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the debate on the livestock industry on 17 April (HL Deb, cols. 944–984), what is the timetable for the working party established by the Secretary...

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