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Written answers

Wednesday, 1 May 2002

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will issue guidance to waste disposal authorities to advise them not to enter into long-term waste disposal contracts...

    • Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the average fine imposed on people who imported illegal meats into the country has been in each of the past 10...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if radioactive waste material is used to produce (a) consumer goods and (b) other products within the UK; and which...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many net additional staff her Department has recruited in each month since June 2001 at (a) executive officer level and...

      Veterinary Laboratory (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will establish a dedicated veterinary laboratory for Scotland.

      Horticultural Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the breakdown is of Government-financed horticultural research, by crop.

      Horticultural Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial support for horticultural research the Government have provided in each year since 1990.

      Horticultural Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs through which organisations Government support for horticultural research is provided.

      Horticultural Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the research and development budget is for horticulture in the next three years; and if she will make a statement.

      Horticultural Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of Government financed horticultural research is initiated by her Department.

      Agro-chemical Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she is making in respect of EU plans to review active ingredients in agro-chemical products; and if she...

      Common Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will respond to the consultation on greater protection and better management of common land in England and Wales.

      Common Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in how many cases in England and Wales common land grazing rights have been sold separately from the land they were...

      Common Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications of the House of Lords ruling in the case Bettison v Langton and others for...

      Fruit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will ban imports of fruit treated with Carbaryl (Thinsec); and if she will make a statement.

      New Forest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (1) pursuant to her answer of 10 April, Official Report, column 281W, on the New Forest, what criteria will inform her...

      Fishing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many meetings officials from her Department had with representatives of the Cornish fishing industry in (a) March and (b)...

      Fishing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the effects multilateral consultation will have on the legislative power of sea...

      Farming Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) bankruptcies and (b) people employed there were in the farming industry in (i) 1999–2000, (ii)...

      British Beef

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the French ban on British beef.

      Bristol Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to monitor the illegal dumping of waste by shipping in the Bristol channel.

      Rural Proofing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the timetable is for implementing the range of rural proofing measures set out in the Rural White Paper and referred to...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Staff Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what have been the total salary costs of each of the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible in each of the...

    • Private Simon Jeans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions in the last three years consular staff in (a) London and (b) Zagreb have offered help to the family of...

      Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken since 1 January to assist Catherine Meyer regain custody of her sons through the German courts.

      Recruitment

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

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of (a) the Diplomatic Service and (b) British ambassadors and high commissioners attended (i) Oxford or...

      European Commission (Phase-in Proposals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's position is on the European Commission's phase-in proposals for the receipt by newly admitted member...

      Czech Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether the Benes decrees in the Czech Republic are compatible with the acquis communautaire.

      Slovakia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will remove the visa requirements imposed on Slovak nationals for travel to the UK; and if he will make a statement.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Chartered Engineers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many chartered engineers there are in her Department; and what grades they are.

    • ITV Digital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the future of ITV Digital.

      ITV Digital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what level of financial support Granada and Carlton have received from her Department for introducing digital services.

      Pride of Place

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many copies of "Pride of Place" have been (a) sent to end recipients and (b) sold.

      West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the effect on tourism in the north-west of proposed closures of the west coast main line; and if she will...

      Solar Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what buildings owned by her Department have solar panels installed.

      Sport (Female Participation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action the Government are taking to increase female participation in sport.

      Data Protection Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will place in the Library copies of each version of the internal guidance which have been drawn up by his Department since 1...

  • Defence

    • RAF Benson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many married quarters there are at RAF Benson; and how many of them are (a) under repair and (b) waiting repair; (2) if he will make a...

    • Arms Sales (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was the value of arms sales to individual countries in Africa in each year since 1997.

      Parachute Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many training jumps from (a) balloons and (b) aircraft recruits to the Parachute Regiment are required to make as part of their training; (2)...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) titles and (b) classmarks are of documents placed in the Public Record Office by his Department since 1972 regarding an official inquiry in...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what dates between 1 January 1997 and 1 January 1999 the Independent Ethics Committee overseeing human experiments at the Chemical Defence...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the report produced by the Chemical Defence Establishment, Porton Down in 1987 entitled 'A Quantitative...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the report produced by the Chemical Defence Establishment, Porton Down in 1985 entitled 'Evaluation of...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the protocol drawn up by the Chemical Defence Establishment for the experiment which was recorded in 1973 in...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 20 March 2002, Official Report, column 316W, regarding Porton Down, if he will place in the Library a copy of the protocol...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what dates since 1 January 1999 the Independent Ethics Committee overseeing human experiments at the Chemical Defence Establishment, Porton Down has...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of the documents held by his Department relating to a meeting on 5 February of representatives from his Department...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 17 December 2001, Official Report, column 72W, regarding Porton Down, which agencies conducted the searches of his...

      Primary Casualty Receiving Ship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on progress with the introduction of the primary casualty receiving ship.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 23 April 2002, Official Report, column 194W, on nuclear weapons, upon what evidence he relies for his statement on the wide...

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in developing a test for depleted uranium for Gulf and Balkans veterans; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners (Afghanistan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance has been issued to United Kingdom armed forces undertaking (a) Operation Jacana and (b) Operation Fingal with regard to the status of...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the effect that Post Office redundancies will have on the communities in Lancashire; and what the Government...

    • Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the effect that Post Office redundancies will have on the communities in Wales; and what the Government will...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) urban and (b) rural post offices are facing closure in Northern Ireland.

      Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether her Department has had talks with the Dutch postal company TPG in the past year.

      Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she was notified by the management of Consignia of negotiations which have taken place within the last 12 months regarding a potential...

      Postcomm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what negotiations have taken place with Postcomm on the sale of postal services.

      The Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what changes the Budget of 17 April will make to business in Herefordshire.

      Business Promotion (Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what has been done since 1997 in the West Midlands to promote business in schools.

      Newspaper Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) when the Office of Fair Trading will publish its response to the consultation on the review of the Newspaper Supply Code of Practice;...

      Sub-post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what training is available to new entrants to the sub-post office network (a) prior to them taking on a business, and (b) following the...

      Sub-post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with the National Federation of Sub-Postmasters.

      Motor Accident Repairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many complaints have been received by the Office of Fair Trading concerning the motor accident repair market since January 2001.

      Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she will make a statement on how each of the points in the OFT's letter of remedy on supermarket/supplier relations is met in the...

      Motor Body Repairers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many insurance company-owned motor body shop repairers there are in England and Wales.

      Motor Body Repairers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many independent motor body repairers there were in England and Wales in each year since 1997.

      Golden Jubilee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the number of employees who will not receive payment for the forthcoming Queen's Golden Jubilee bank holiday.

      TRIPs Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what plans there are to revise the WTO TRIPs agreement to allow staple food crops to be patented; (2) if she will make a statement on...

      EU Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of the United Kingdom's (a) visible and (b) invisible imports come from the European Union; and what their value was in the...

      EU Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportions of the United Kingdom's (a) visible and (b) invisible exports go to the European Union; and what their value was in the last...

      EU Structural Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proposals the Government are putting to the European Commission on structural funds in the European Union for its third report on...

      EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans the Government have to inform (a) business and (b) the public about the implications of EU enlargement for the United Kingdom.

  • Education and Skills

    • Sixth Forms and Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many A-level pass certificates were awarded to students in (a) sixth forms in mainstream schools and (b) colleges of further...

    • Education Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what corrections have been made to the Statistics of Education in England (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001 editions; if she will list the...

      Teenage Pregnancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of girls excluded from full-time education were pregnant, broken down by regions in each of the last 10 years.

      Public-private Partnnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) for what reason she rejected Surrey county council's PPP application; (2) if she will list the local education authorities which...

      Teachers' Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what cost of living allowances will be paid, over and above basic salaries, to teachers in (a) Surrey and (b) London in this financial year.

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to encourage entry into the teaching profession in areas where the cost of living is high.

      South Middlesbrough Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the answer of 11 April 2002, Official Report, column 519W, what conditions have been attached to the sponsorship by Sir Peter...

      Specialist Status Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the targets agreed by Sir John Cass's Foundation Redcoat School, London borough of Tower Hamlets local education authority,...

      Specialist Status Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the targets agreed by Millais School, West Sussex local education authority, at the time of its acquisition of specialist...

      Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the (a) new requirements placed on and (b) requirements removed from Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools in the last...

      Sector Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what steps she is taking to ensure that delays in the establishment of sector skills councils do not result in the loss of key staff...

      Barcelona European Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what resources have been allocated to implement the conclusions for education made by the Barcelona European Council in March; and what...

      Teacher Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Department's publication of figures relating to teacher vacancies, how many vacancies there are at Key Stages (a) one and...

      Teacher Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers left the profession in each of the last five years, broken down by the reason given for leaving.

      Teaching Pay Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if funding for the teaching pay initiative will continue beyond 2003–04.

      Young People's Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how the Government promotes innovation in services for young people.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many children under 16 are living in bed and breakfast accommodation; what steps are being taken to reduce the...

    • Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his policy is on the number of times an applicant can delay consideration of a planning appeal.

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 22 April 2002, Official Report, column 46W, on right to buy, who has been commissioned to...

      Construction Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the cost will be to small businesses within the construction industry of complying with self-certification...

      Replacement Windows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in relation to statutory instrument No. 440, regulation 16A, what assessment he has made of the direct cost to...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what stage negotiations have reached with Meridian Delta on the sale of the Millennium Dome; when negotiations will...

      Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to require local planning authorities to inform (a) his Department and (b) the DCMS monitoring...

      Low Demand Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which wards of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne are included in the pathfinders study of housing in low demand.

      Local Authority Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much residual debt has been written off in each of the local authorities where housing stock transfers have taken...

      Local Council Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to lay regulations enabling local authorities to switch to alternative year elections where they have...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps he will take to ensure that the new finance system for local authorities provides an effective framework...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what total external support is received in 2002–03 by (a) local authorities covering the Waverley area and (b)...

      Disability Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the reports he receives from local councils on the use of the financial support which...

      Electronic Voting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions by what means, when voting electronically, a voter can ascertain whether his vote has been recorded and counted.

      Electronic Voting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) when he will notify applicants for electronic votes in the May elections whether their proposals have been...

      Electronic Voting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what arrangements will be in place to prevent personation of persons voting electronically.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of the cost to (a) county councils, (b) district councils and (c) borough councils of the 1...

      Disabled Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what adjustments have been made to his Department's premises following the introduction of the Disability...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many net additional staff his Department has recruited in each month since June 2001 at (a) executive officer...

      Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many complaints were registered against his Department and its predecessor Departments in (a) 1990 to 1996 and...

      Public Transport Workers (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what action the Government have take since 1997 to protect (a) bus workers and (b) other public transport staff from...

      Public Transport Workers (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proposals he has to ban members of the public from using public transport if they assault staff.

      Channel Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps he is taking to ensure that rail freight facilities through the channel tunnel return to the pre-November...

      Track Safety Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 24 April, ref. 52041, about Railtrack's random checks of personal track safety...

      Croxley Rail Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the progress of the proposals for the Croxley Rail Link.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions the Government have had with (a) Connex South Eastern and (b) other rail operators to discuss the...

      Deep-sea Port Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the level of deep-sea port traffic expressed in containers per annum has been in each of the last 10 years.

      Roads (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what additional resources he will make available to Gloucestershire county council to maintain the A40 following...

      Bus Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he proposes to make regulations under the Transport Act 2000 to amend the transfers of liability to vehicle...

      Night Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proposals the Government have to increase the number of night buses and night bus routes.

      Vehicle Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 29 April 2002, ref. 53199, on processing by the DVLA, what the average time taken was to...

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many NDPBs have ceased to exist since 1997.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the Afghans who landed at Stansted in February 2000 in a hijacked aircraft are in Britain; and what their immigration status is.

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many dependants joined applicants for asylum after an initial decision on their case and are not included in the published total of...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are taken to ensure that those who are refused asylum and who agree to depart voluntarily do so.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applicants have been dealt with under the backlog clearing exercise; and how many of them were granted (a) asylum and (b)...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which Government Departments provided support for asylum seekers in (a) 1999–2000 and (b) 2000–01.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applicants were (a) finally refused and (b) removed in (i) 1999–2000 and (ii) 2000–01.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of accommodating asylum seekers and those already granted asylum and exceptional leave to remain in the financial year...

      Arranged Marriages

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if an entry clearance officer who has grounds to suspect that a proposed marriage is primarily for the purpose of evading immigration...

      Refugee Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps would be necessary for Britain to withdraw from the 1951 Refugee Convention and from subsequent related commitments.

      Resource Allocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how he will use the additional resources allocated to his Department in the Budget statement.

      Sentence Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to inform members of the public of their right to ask the Attorney- General to review unduly lenient sentences under...

      Young Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what minimum daily calorie level is recommended for juveniles held in prisons and courts.

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many juveniles in prisons are looked- after children.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued since their inception in (a) Hampshire, (b) Fareham, (c) Gosport and (d) Portsmouth.

      Firearms Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his target is for police forces to deal with applications for (a) new and for (b) variations of firearms certificates; and what the...

      Contracts

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

      Departmental Staff

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

      Accommodation Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of hotel accommodation for departmental staff working away from home in each of the last four years.

      Mr. Mustapha Sekhi

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to make a decision on the asylum application of Mr. Mustapha Sekhi, reference B1039408.

      Criminal Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the criminal offences which have been (a) created in each year since 1997 and (b) abolished.

      Criminal Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what class of offences bail is (a) automatically refused and (b) automatically allowed.

      Jury Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the exemption of medical professionals from jury service; and what plans he has to alter this.

      Immigration Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what process there is to enable monitoring to take place concerning the speed and methods of transit of appeal bundle files from UK missions...

      Leave to Remain Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals have made applications this year for leave to remain in the UK; how long an application for leave to remain in the...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of (a) prisoners and (b) re-offending prisoners in UK prisons were excluded from school while of school age.

      Smart Card Technology

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

      Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date the ASS of his Department forwarded the papers in the case of Fuzal-Ur-Rahman post ref ISB-/E425 to the IAA.

      Child Safety/Parenting Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) child safety and (b) parenting orders have been made to date in each police force area in England and Wales; how many have been...

      Cyclists (Fixed Penalties)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many substantive fixed penalties were issued against cyclists in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001, by police force, broken down by the reasons of issue.

      Raves

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will amend the definition of raves under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 to give police more powers to prevent and stop...

      Animal Experimentation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in the establishment of a Royal Commission into animal experimentation; and if he will make a statement.

      Belmarsh Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the procedure is for vetting visitors to remand prisoners held in the special secure unit at HMP Belmarsh; what the target is for number...

      Belmarsh Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements have been made for the maintenance of family relationships of (a) convicted and (b) remand prisoners held in the special...

      Belmarsh Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what education and training facilities are available for (a) remand and (b) convicted prisoners held in the special secure unit at HMP...

      Belmarsh Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners are held in each special secure unit, stating (a) the number of prisoners held on remand and the nature of crimes for...

      Prison Pay Review Body

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the recommendations of the Prison Pay Review Body are; and when they will be implemented.

  • Prime Minister

    • Visit (North Down)

      To ask the Prime Minister if he plans to visit North Down in 2002.

    • Engagements

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 1 May.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress there has been in the past six months in the fight against organised crime in Northern Ireland.

    • Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent action has been taken to tackle (a) smuggling and (b) other forms of organised crime.

      Tolerance and Inclusivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in meeting his objective of promoting tolerance and inclusivity in Northern Ireland since the Belfast agreement.

      School Anti-drugs Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of the anti-drugs campaigns being mounted in schools by the police service of Northern Ireland.

      Community Safety Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the Government's proposed community safety strategy.

      Community Safety Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on community safety campaigns being mounted in schools by the police service of Northern Ireland.

      Community Safety Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the promotion of crime prevention and community safety in Northern Ireland.

      Devolved Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the devolved institutions in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months; and if he will make a...

      Devolved Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on progress with the decommissioning of weapons by paramilitary groups.

      Devolved Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effectiveness in the past year of the devolved institutions in Northern Ireland.

      Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the latest act of decommissioning by the IRA.

      Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to bring about further decommissioning of weapons.

      Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment has been made of the amount of IRA weapons recently put beyond use as a proportion of the estimated total IRA weapons arsenal.

      Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many weapons the IRA has put beyond use; when this process was completed; what confirmation he has received from General John de Chastelain...

      International Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on links between terrorist groups in Northern Ireland and terrorist organisations in other countries.

      Fugitives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement about his policy on fugitives from justice.

      Prisoner Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prisoners have been released under the Good Friday agreement; and what groups those prisoners have been affiliated with.

      Saville Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost has been to date of the Saville inquiry.

      United States (Community Support)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the US Government on US support for communities in Northern Ireland.

      Competition Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the action he has taken in the last 12 months on competition policy in financial services in Northern Ireland.

      Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on community safety campaigns being mounted in schools by the police service of Northern Ireland.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what regulations cover the sale of fireworks in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Terrorist Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Government are taking to tackle the financing of terrorism in Northern Ireland.

      Terrorist Amnesty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his policy is on amnesty for convicted terrorists at large.

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions his Department has had with the Criminal Assets Bureau regarding Government co-operation initiatives on the recovery of the...

      District Policing Partnership Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the establishment of the District Policing Partnership Boards in Northern Ireland; and what the reason for the delay in their...

      Solar Panels

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

      Oversight Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will publish the latest report received from the Oversight Commissioner.

  • International Development

    • Fair Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will instruct Government Departments to investigate how they might increase the number and value of fair trade products that...

    • Departmental Overseas Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many overseas visits have been undertaken by parliamentary private secretaries in her Department at departmental expense in each of...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contingency plans she has to replace DFID-funded projects in the west bank and Gaza Strip damaged by Israeli attacks.

      Energy Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on energy costs incurred by her Department in each of the last 10 years.

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her answer of 17 April 2002, Official Report, column 994W, on Palestine, what assessment she has made of the cost of...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many times special advisers have accompanied Ministers on overseas visits in each of the last five years; which countries were...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many special advisers there were in her Department; and what their salaries were in each of the last five years.

      Ministerial Travel

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

      Entertainment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how much was spent by departmental special advisers on food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for entertainment purposes in...

      Part-time Employees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many and what proportion of the staff of her Department are part-time employees.

      Palestinian Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what information she has collated concerning the destruction by Israeli military forces of aid projects (a) funded and (b) supported by...

      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 Project Management Agency Support for Regional Trade...

      Overseas Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what recent assessment she has made of the value for money achieved by the Transmission Institutional Strengthening 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 Support for Improving Corporate Services and Management 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 Rural Access Programme in Nepal.

      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 Technical Co-operation Training-Nigeria, Cameroon and the...

      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 Improving Rural Livelihood in North and East Uganda project.

      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 Support for Improving Tax Administration in the Rwanda...

      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 Technical Assistance for Public Enterprise Reform in Orissa...

      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 Technical Assistance for the Introduction of Value Added Tax...

      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 Western India Rainfed Farming Project Phase II.

      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 Russian President's Management Training Initiative: Main Phase.

      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 Provision of Technical Co-operation Training Services...

      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 Smallholder Dairy Project Phase II in Kenya.

      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 Bulgaria: Solid Waste Management Project.

      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 Privatisation and Capital Market Development Project in Bosnia.

      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 Caribbean Overseas Territories Government Accounting Reform...

      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 Technical Co-operation Training Programme, 1999–2000...

      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 Adult Morbidity and Mortality Project Phase II in Tanzania.

      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 Jamaica Performance Improvement Project.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department is giving to help reconstruction in the Gujarat region of India following the earthquake in January 2001.

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the value for money achieved by the Financial Management Academy Project in Bangladesh.

      West Bank and Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the value for money achieved by the Assistance to the Palestinian Negotiations Affairs...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the value for money achieved by the Integrated Lake Management Project in Uganda.

      Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what discussions she has had with developing country Governments during the last six months regarding definitions of debt...

      Heavily Indebted Poor Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of the debts owed by heavily indebted poor countries constitutes debts owed to the IDA.

      Heavily Indebted Poor Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what action her Department is taking to ensure that the costs of the structural adjustment programmes of the HIPC Initiative are...

      Heavily Indebted Poor Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assessment she has made of the impact of falling commodity prices on debt sustainability; and whether she has changed her...

      Heavily Indebted Poor Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what recent discussions she has had with World bank officials regarding the structural adjustment programmes of the HIPC...

      Budget Allocations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will break down her Department's budget for 2000 and 2001 into the amount allocated for (a) the HIPC initiative, (b) bilateral...

      Data Protection Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will place in the Library copies of each version of the internal guidance which have been drawn up by her Department since 1...

      African Development Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with the directors of the African Development bank regarding their lending policy.

      Chechnya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support her Department gives to aid agencies working in Chechnya.

      Chechnya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the conditions in Chechen refugee camps in Ingushetia.

      Chechnya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of health needs in Chechnya, with special reference to the prevalence of tuberculosis.

      Bilateral Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of total UK bilateral aid each low-income country received in (a) 1999–2000 and (b) 2000–01; and how much...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how many staff were involved in each of the last three years in preparing draft answers to written parliamentary questions; (2)...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures she is taking to ensure that Palestinians are able to access essential medical care and treatment during the current crisis.

      Performance Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the target has been in each of the last five years for efficiency savings as a percentage of total running costs for each of the...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Justices of the Peace

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many members of staff at his Department are justices of the peace; and if he has a strategy for his Department to encourage...

    • Performance Targets

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the target has been in each of the last five years for efficiency savings as a percentage of total running costs for each of...

      1901 Census

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what trigger points exist in the contract for the 1901 Census website for the Public Record Office to end the contract with...

      1901 Census

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what estimate the Department has for the date for the re-launch of the 1901 Census website.

      1901 Census

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on the availability of the 1901 Census online.

      King Edward VIII

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what plans he has to release the remaining records relating to King Edward VIII.

      Ministerial Training

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how much has been spent by her Department on training in leadership skills for Ministers and officials in each of the last five years.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what her estimate is of the cost in the next 12 months of the Budget changes to employers' national insurance contributions to (a)...

      Criminal Damage

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the cost has been of criminal damage to her Department's buildings in each of the last four years.

      Delegated Legislation

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) what assessment she has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Greater London Magistrates' Courts Authority (Funding)...

  • Work and Pensions

    • European Union Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the European Union directives and regulations relating to his Department that have been implemented in each of the last four...

    • Community Service Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have lost benefit as a result of breaching their community service orders; and what the average loss of benefit has been,...

      Community Service Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on the pilot scheme to reduce the benefits of people who breach their community service orders.

      Benefits Offices (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) deaths, (b) serious injuries and (c) recorded incidence of verbal abuse there were in Benefits Agency offices in each of the last...

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many families with at least one child below the age of five years were living in poverty in (a) 1997, (b) 1999 and (c) 2001, defined as...

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children in (a) 1997, (b) 1999 and (c) 2001 were living in households with an income below 60 per cent. of median.

      Family Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost was of administering family credit in its last full year.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what order existing CSA cases will be moved over to the new system once it is implemented.

      Benefit Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many families in (a) Alyn and Deeside and (b) Delyn are claiming (i) child benefit and (ii) income support.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total value was of council tax benefit payments made in Scotland in each of the past three years.

      Child Benefit Centre (Tyne and Wear)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of telephone calls to the Child Benefit Centre in Washington, Tyne and Wear were charged at (a) national and (b) local call...

      Automated Credit Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Government will save following the introduction of automated credit transfer for the delivery of benefits payments from 2003; and...

      War Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what pensions and benefits are available for war veterans.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Central Office of Information

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff have been employed at the Central Office of Information in each year since 1997; and at what cost.

    • Public Appointments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people since May 1997 have placed themselves on the register for public appointments maintained by the Cabinet Office; how many of these have received a...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his responsibilities relating to senior and public appointments; and what progress has been made towards the Cabinet Office...

      Sponsorship

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 10 March 2002, Official Report, column 432W, on sponsorship, if he will place in the Library a copy of the internal sponsorship...

      Ministerial Private Offices

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the running costs were of (a) his Ministers' private offices, separately identifying expenditure on staff, and (b) his Department in each year from May 1997...

  • Health

    • Meat Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many incidents of spinal cord and other banned meat products have been detected in imported meat in the last three years.

    • Glivec

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Scottish First Minister about Scottish NICE advice about glivec.

      Care Home Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what measures he proposes to take to overcome delays in processing applications for screening criminal records of care home workers; (2) what...

      Care Home Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many applications for screening for criminal records of care home workers have been (a) made, (b) completely processed and (c) awaiting...

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Government plan to publish their Options for Change: NHS Dentistry proposals; if he will make a statement.

      Blood Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many blood donations there were in (a) 2001 and (b) 2000.

      Blood Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Woodspring (Dr. Fox) of 25 March 2002, Official Report, column 770W, on blood donations,...

      MMR Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures his Department is taking to contact parents of children who have not received (a) the MMR vaccination and (b) appropriate single injections...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with central and eastern European Governments on sharing smoking cessation campaigns information.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what national guidance his Department has issued to combat the hepatitis C virus.

  • Treasury

    • Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average income tax paid per household was in each of the last four years in (a) current and (b) 1997 prices.

    • Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much more in income tax the average pensioner would pay if all the spending increases announced in the 2002 Budget were funded from income tax...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2002, Official Report, column 851W, what the value was of the 18 penalties imposed as a result of allegations of...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases of fraud have been exposed during the past 12 months in relation to the child care tax credit system.

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) investigations, (b) penalties and (c) prosecutions have been instituted since September 2001 in respect of working families tax credit fraud.

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason (a) a widow's pension is and (b) maintenance payments are not taken into account in assessing eligibility for working families tax credit.

      Ministerial Private Offices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the running costs were of (a) his Ministers' private offices, separately identifying expenditure on staff and (b) his Department in each year from May...

      Staff Numbers

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Relocation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to relocate executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies under the remit of his Department to Scotland.

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures have been introduced since 1997 to reduce tax evasion by the use of offshore accounts.

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated cost of tax evasion was in each of the last 10 years.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many forward contracts have been agreed by the Inland Revenue to allow taxpayers to negotiate a fixed regular payment of tax in place of the...

      Better Quality Services Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which of the services of his Department have not been reviewed under the Better Quality Services Initiative; and when they will be reviewed.

      Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints were registered against his Department in (a) 1990 to 1996 and (b) 1997 to 2002; how many are current; and what proportion were (i)...

      Budget Red Book

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to table 4.4 on page 79 of the 2002 Budget Red Book, if he will provide figures for each column in respect of marginal deduction rates (a)...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of companies that will gain in 2002–03 from the exemption from corporation tax of companies with taxable...

      Wanless Report Team

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in respect of each member of the team listed in the Wanless report on the Future of the NHS, whether they are Treasury officials; and of those that are (a)...

      Recruitment

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

      Terrorist Suspects

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action he is taking to freeze the assets of a person whose name has been communicated to him consequent on the G7 summit; and if he will make a statement.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2002, Official Report, columns 127–28W, what percentage of revenue raised by the climate change levy in...

      Data Protection Act

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library copies of each version of the internal guidance which have been drawn up by his Department since 1 January 1999 to assist...

      Departmental Underspends

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much departmental underspend was carried over from financial years (a) 2000–01 to 2001–02 and (b) 2001–02 to 2002–03 (i) in...

      Departmental Underspends

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he plans to allow underspend to be carried forward to Departments other than the initial recipient Department.

      Departmental Underspends

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the underspends were in the financial year 2001–02; for the Departments of (a) Health, (b) Education and Skills, (c) Defence, (d) Home and (e)...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage share of expenditure from the national insurance fund was allocated to (a) the NHS, (b) each category of contributory benefit expenditure...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer following his account of classification of personal tax credits on page 216 of the Budget Red Book, how much of the expenditure on the WFTC in the latest...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many properties per annum he expects to benefit over the next three years from the exemptions from stamp duty for properties in disadvantaged areas...

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the lung cancer mortality rates were in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

      Emigration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many UK citizens emigrated in each of the last five years.

      Pornographic Films

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether film tax relief has been extended to pornographic films made in the United Kingdom since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which Ministers, Members of the Opposition and senior officers have visited Afghanistan; when these visits took place; and how long was each visit.

    • Community Service Orders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give the total hours of community service handed down by the courts in each of the last five years, showing the figures for England, Scotland and...

      Wandsworth Prison: Healthcare Centre

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the planned hospital/healthcare centre at Wandsworth prison will be built to replace the present facility.

      Biofuels: Excise Duty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 22 April (WA 2), what rate of duty should be paid on a biofuel when it is being used exclusively in...

      Channel Islands and Isle of Man: Taxation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are free to arrange their own tax regimes.

      Channel Islands and Isle of Man: Taxation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they react to the letter of 12 April from the President of the Jersey Policy and Resources Committee, Senator Horsfall, to the Paymaster General on the...

      Business Taxation: EU Code of Conduct

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the state of play on the European Union Code of Conduct on Business Taxation and Directive 2001/400.

      Business Taxation: EU Code of Conduct

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether under the European Union Code of Conduct on Business Taxation or Directive 2001/400 they propose to treat Jersey differently from Guernsey, the Isle of Man...

      India and Pakistan: Export of Nuclear-related Goods

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their policy regarding exports of nuclear and nuclear-related materials and services to users in India and Pakistan and on contacts with India and Pakistan...

      Biological and Toxin Weapons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the Green Paper on strengthening the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention and countering the threat from biological weapons.

      Lord Chancellor's Department: Assets of Cultural Significance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Mr Wills on 9 November 2001 (HC Deb, 487W) whether they will give full details of the 484 antiques and 78 paintings held by the...

      Gulf War: Vaccines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will list all the vaccines that were given to members of Her Majesty's Armed Forces immediately prior to and during Operation Granby.

      Afghanistan: Depleted Uranium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What equipment, if any, British troops in Afghanistan have to detect the presence of depleted uranium in their area of operations.

      Afghanistan: Depleted Uranium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information British troops in Afghanistan have concerning the use of bombs containing depleted uranium by the United States air force in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Depleted Uranium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information is available concerning the amount of depleted uranium in the so-called bunker-busting bombs.

      Afghanistan: Depleted Uranium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What instructions have been given to British troops in Afghanistan concerning the wearing of NBC (nuclear, biological, chemical) masks while engaged in sweep...

      Gulf and Balkans Veterans: Depleted Uranium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in developing a test for depleted uranium for Gulf and Balkans veterans.

      CPS: Damilola Taylor Case

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to learn the lessons from the Crown Prosecution Service handling of the Damilola Taylor case.

      Railways

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the report which they commissioned from consultants Mercer into the future structure of the railways will be complete; and whether a copy will be placed in...

      Planning Green Paper

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 17 April (HL Deb, cols. 1020-26) and the answer by Lord Falconer of Thoroton on the Green Paper on...

      GCSE Syllabuses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the syllabuses for all new GCSEs which are to be introduced in September 2002 are with the schools now; and whether the schools have the necessary...

      Cattle: TB Tests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many herds of cattle and how many individual animals are contained in the current backlog of tuberculosis tests; and when they expect this backlog to be reduced.

      Cattle: TB Tests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to increase the frequency of routine herd tests for bovine tuberculosis in (a) Wales or (b) the rest of the country; and, if so, what...

      Marine Stewardship Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to publish the forthcoming Marine Stewardship Report.

      NHS: Funding for Treatment of Individual Patients

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there has been any change in the policy of the Department of Health, as stated by Baroness Hayman on 27 January 1999 (HL Deb, col. 1009) that "we do not...

      Sheep Meat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to keep ovines over 12 months of age out of the food chain.

      Aquariums

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many aquariums have been opened in the years 2000, 2001 and to date, with the help of lottery funding.

      Coarse Fishing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to introduce legislation in respect of coarse fishing based on the concept of "cruelty and utility"; and, if not, why not.

      Online Gaming

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to introduce some form of regulation or self-regulation to allow legal Internet gaming in the United Kingdom prior to introducing primary...

      Gambling Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their plans for the transition from the Gaming Board to the proposed gaming commission; and how they propose fully to use the accumulated skills and...

      Gambling Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who will fund the proposed new gaming commission during its start-up period before it generates its own funding.

      Prime Minister: Holiday in Egypt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether statements by his spokesman that the Prime Minister had paid for his own Christmas holiday and that of his extended family in Egypt are accurate.

      Ulster Scots Language

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their interpretation of the concepts enunciated in the Belfast Agreement of 1998 which offered total equality and parity of esteem, as far as it concerns...

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