Written answers

Thursday, 2 May 2002

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Regional Governance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will publish the White Paper on English regional governance.

    • United Nations Equator Initiative

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if the UK supports the aims of the United Nations Equator Initiative.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the written questions asked of him between (a) 1 to 30 June 2001, (b) 1 to 31 July 2001, (c) 1 to 30 September 2001, (d) 1 to 31 October 2001, (e)...

  • Prime Minister

    • Aga Khan

      To ask the Prime Minister when he last met (a) the Aga Khan, (b) the Aga Khan development network and (c) the Aga Khan Foundation; what the subject matter of the meeting was; and what discussions...

    • St. Thomas's

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what recent representations he has received on the sale of the St. Thomas's old medical school site; (2) what recent discussions he has had on the St. Thomas's...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the written questions asked of him between (a) 1 to 30 June 2001, (b) 1 to 31 July 2001, (c) 1 to 30 September 2001, (d) 1 to 31 October 2001, (e) 1 to...

  • Home Department

    • Departmental Staff

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

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by departmental special advisers on food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for entertainment purposes in each of the...

      Statutory Instruments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 4 March 2002, Official Report, columns 42–45W, on statutory instruments, what assessment he has made of the...

      Drug Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug cases were dealt with in magistrates courts in the Greater London area in each of the last three years.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 18 March from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Gul Hargus.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 18 February from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. A Khilei.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 22 February from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Debbie Esho.

      British Overseas Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people he estimates hold British overseas citizenship; and what information he holds about their countries of residence.

      Suicide and Voluntary Euthanasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the research commissioned by him in the last five years on (a) suicide, (b) assisted suicide and (c) voluntary...

      Domestic Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much of the £50 million provided for domestic security responsibilities since 11 September 2001 has been spent.

      Belmarsh Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what religious beliefs have been declared by prisoners held in the special secure unit at HMP Belmarsh; what pastoral care is available for...

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to offer victims of people- trafficking a reflection delay in order to make an informed decision regarding the pressing of...

      Disability Discrimination Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what adjustments have been made to his Department's premises following the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995; and what...

      Racial Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will ask the CRE to extend the deadline for parish councils which received the consultative document on the draft code of practice on...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the UK and EU travel ban on Zimbabwean officials is enforced by (a) individual airlines and (b) immigration officials at ports of entry.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which Zimbabwean nationals, subject to a travel ban by the United States, have recently passed through United Kingdom ports en-route to the...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many pilot accommodation centres for asylum seekers he is seeking to secure; when they will be identified; when they will be announced;...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the development of all asylum seekers accommodation centres will require planning consent.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how it is proposed that planning applications for asylum seekers' accommodation centres will be handled.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines he proposes to issue to private companies proposing asylum seeker accommodation centres as to the standards expected of them...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what characteristics he seeks in the sites suitable for asylum seekers' accommodation centres.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to provide information to local communities where proposals to develop asylum seeker accommodation centres are made.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many expressions of interest he has received from (a) private landowners and (b) private sector prospective operators of asylum seeker...

      Yarl's Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if Ministers were informed that a decision had been made not to fit a sprinkler system to the premises at Yarl's Wood detention centre; and...

      Yarl's Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the latest estimated cost is of the Yarl's Wood fire; and how much is expected to be borne by the Exchequer.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many miles of new railway track have been commissioned in the last six months.

    • Budget (Effects on Cheltenham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what effect the Budget of 17 April will have on the transport system in Cheltenham.

      Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on what subjects and on which dates his Department has consulted organisations representing young people; and if he...

      Ministerial Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much has been spent by his Department on training by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts for Ministers and...

      Ministerial Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much has been spent by his Department on voice coaching for Ministers and officials in each of the last five years.

      Ministerial Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much has been spent by his Department on training in leadership skills for Ministers and officials in each of the...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what assessment his Department has made of EC Treaty Articles 81, 82, 87 and 88 with regard to the PPP of...

      Construction Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations have been made to his Department, and by whom, following the introduction of Building...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much council tenant rent was written off in each of the last five years in each local authority.

      Road Pricing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what technology pilots into road pricing schemes his Department is involved with.

      Tyneside Multi-modal Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the conclusions of the Tyneside multi-modal study will be published.

      Rail Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what protection is given to rail freight operators against increases in track access charges by the Rail Regulator.

      Chiltern Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on section 44.4 of the Chiltern franchise agreement, with particular reference to...

      Chiltern Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if it is his policy to continue the provision for train operating companies to be reimbursed by the Government...

      Seaports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the security of seaports since 11 September.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will reply to the letter to him dated 13 March 2002 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with...

      Rural Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 27 November 2002, Official Report, column 861W, on rural housing, how many households were...

      Emergency Calls Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what plans he has to review back-up mechanisms in the event of a 999 telephone failure; and if he will make a...

      Emergency Calls Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the level of service of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight 999 services on Thursday 25...

      Railtrack Successor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the categories and value of payments made to, by and on behalf of the proposed Company Limited by...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his estimate is of the cost in a full year of the Budget changes to employers' national insurance contributions...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the written questions asked of him between (a) 1 to 30 June 2001, (b) 1 to 31 July 2001, (c) 1 to 30...

  • Education and Skills

    • New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people have been employed by her Department in each of the last three years under (a) the New Deal for Young People, (b) the New...

    • School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of school children travelled by (a) foot, (b) bus, (c) car, (d) bicycle, (e) train and (f) other form of transport to rural...

      Business Development Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the work of the Business Development Unit; and what her estimate is of the financial value of sponsorship...

      Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils are studying (a) mathematics, (b) physics, (c) chemistry, (d) biology, (e) history, (f) English literature, (g) French, (h)...

      Ofsted

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what requirements were (a) placed on and (b) removed from the Office for Standards in Education in the last year for which information is...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what reasons underlie the changes in the number of teacher training places since 1997.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the written questions asked of her between (a) 1 to 30 June 2001, (b) 1 to 31 July 2001, (c) 1 to 30 September 2001, (d) 1...

      Manufacturing (Skills)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to raise the level of skills in UK manufacturing.

  • International Development

    • Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what the value is of the bilateral debt repayments held in trust by the UK; (2) how many of the bilateral debt repayments held...

    • Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the impact of natural disasters on levels of debt sustainability of heavily indebted poor countries.

      Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the total is of public and publicly guaranteed external debt owed by all developing countries; and what proportion of this is owed...

      Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what human development indicators are taken into account when debt sustainability levels are calculated; and how; (2) whether...

      Childhood Immunisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the value of childhood immunisation in developing countries.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her estimate is of the cost in a full year of the Budget changes to employers' national insurance contributions to (a) her...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the written questions asked of her between (a) 1 to 30 June 2001, (b) 1 to 31 July 2001, (c) 1 to 30 September 2001,...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding her Department has allocated in 2002–03 for projects in the Sudan; and if she will list them.

      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 National Agency for the Development and Implementation of...

      African Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken to ensure that the interests of African farmers are being secured with regard to intellectual property rights.

      Cambodia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of children's (a) participation in primary education and (b) access to health services in Cambodia.

      Cambodia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid is being directed to Cambodia by (a) the UK and (b) the EU.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how her Department defines the principle of additionality with regard the distribution of lottery funds; and if she will make a statement.

    • National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will estimate the cost in the next 12 months of the Budget changes to employers' national insurance contributions to (a) her...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the cost to museums, galleries and arts organisations of the proposed increase in national insurance...

      Recruitment

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

      National Heritage Memorial Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will ensure that the National Heritage Memorial Fund publishes a breakdown of the funds that have been allocated, indicating (a)...

      World Tourism Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her policy on the United Kingdom joining the World Tourism Organisation.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the written questions asked of her between (a) 1 to 30 June 2001, (b) 1 to 31 July 2001, (c) 1 to 30 September 2001,...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Small Business Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effect the measures announced in the Budget will have on enterprise in the small business sector.

    • Lisbon Agenda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on how the Lisbon agenda is being pursued following the Barcelona summit.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to assist the roll-out of broadband infrastructure in Monmouthshire.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on progress towards the Government's target for broadband access.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many homes and businesses have a broadband connection.

      Workplace Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what she is doing to promote among all companies the common characteristics shared by what she considers the best managed workplaces in the UK.

      Rural Communities (Utilities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assistance her Department provides to rural communities wishing to secure connections to the principal utilities.

      Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the operation of European safeguards introduced to protect the British steel industry.

      Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent consultations she has had with the steel industry.

      Advantage West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with Advantage West Midlands about promoting Telford as a business location.

      Energywatch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures she has put in place to monitor the effectiveness of Energywatch.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when her Department will respond to the performance and innovation unit report on future energy provisions.

      Corporate Social Responsibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of companies have adopted corporate social responsibility policies; and if she will make a statement.

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures she is taking to guarantee the future of all three platforms for delivery of digital broadcasting.

      Coal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has held with EU partners about a replacement coal aid scheme.

      BCCI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the meeting between the hon. Member for Leicester, East and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary at her...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will estimate the cost in the next 12 months of the Budget changes to employers' national insurance contributions to (a) her...

      Scientific Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her action to promote scientific research in the UK, with special reference to research and development...

      Business Contacts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what occasions in the last 12 months she has lobbied in other countries in support of specific contracts; and with what results.

      BP

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in what work Mr. Bob Saunders will be involved at her Department while on secondment from BP.

      Disabled Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what adjustments have been made to her Department's premises following the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995; and what...

      Telephone Systems (Hampshire and Isle of Wight)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she will instigate an inquiry into the service level of the telephone system in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight on 25 April and its...

      Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has made to the Treasury on the review of the Export Credits Guarantee Department on the impact of changes to the...

      Older Women

      To ask the Minister what assessment she has made of the contribution that women aged over 50 years make to UK prosperity.

      Returning to Work

      To ask the Minister if she will make a statement on the steps she is taking to help mothers return to work.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Press Office

      To ask the Solicitor-General 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.

    • User Consultation

      To ask the Solicitor-General what new steps her Department took in 2001–02 to consult the users of its services about their wishes and expectations; and if he will publish the findings.

      UK Crown Prosecutions

      To ask the Solicitor-General what criteria the CPS uses in determining whether to seek to prosecute in the UK courts, UK nationals accused of committing serious offences abroad; and if she will...

      Ministerial Training

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much has been spent by her Department on voice coaching for Ministers and officials in each of the last five years.

      Ministerial Training

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much has been spent by her Department on training by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts for Ministers and officials in each of the last five years.

      Young People

      To ask the Solicitor-General on what subjects and on which dates her Department has recently consulted organisations representing young people; and if she will list such organisations.

      Ronald Maddison

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will place in the Library a copy of the request from Her Majesty's Coroner for Wiltshire and Swindon for a fresh inquest into the death of Ronald Maddison.

      CPS

      To ask the Solicitor-General when the annual report by HM chief inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service for 2000–01 will be published.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Victor Bout

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent developments there have been concerning Victor Bout.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of unaccounted for stocks of Iraqi precursor chemicals, chemical agent and special munitions, based...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations Her Majesty's Government have made to the Government of Uganda about human rights with specific...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on referring the issue of self-determination of the Gibraltar people to the International Court of Justice...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Derby, North on 11 April 2002, Official Report, column 525W, on Gibraltar,...

      Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 1 March 2002, Official Report, column 1638W, on racism, what further progress has been made in...

  • Treasury

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many civil servants were employed in each of the past 10 years; and what changes have taken place in real terms in their total remuneration.

    • Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact on the competitiveness of the UK aerospace industry of recent changes to the Export Credits Guarantee Department.

      Pension Contribution Holidays

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will amend the pension rules to remove the ability of companies to take contribution holidays from their employees' pension scheme.

      Pornographic Films

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether film tax relief is available for pornographic films made in the UK (a) before and (b) after the restrictions on film tax relief introduced in the...

      Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list in cash terms (a) at 2002–03 prices and (b) and as a percentage of gross domestic product, the net taxes and social security...

      Vehicle Seizures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if HM Customs and Excise will change its vehicle seizure policy in relation to alcohol and tobacco smuggling as a result of the Court of Appeal decision in...

      Scotland Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the implication of his Budget statement for the Scotland Office DEL.

      Property Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what projected change in property prices underlies the revenue assumptions in Table C8 of the Financial Statement and Budget report 2002; and if he will...

      Projected Revenues

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the reasons are for the change in projected revenues from (a) air passenger duty and (b) capital taxes since the Budget of 2001 shown in Table C8 of...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the (a) costs and (b) savings to HM Treasury in developing a modern mental health service.

      Computer Terminals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many on-line computer terminals were available in each division of Customs and Excise in each of the last three years; what assessment was made of...

      Climate Change Levy

      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 (i) an exemption from the...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the written questions asked of him between (a) 1 to 30 June 2001, (b) 1 to 31 July 2001, (c) 1 to 30 September 2001, (d) 1 to 31 October...

      Energy Efficiency

      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 extension of the 5 per...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • "Agriculture in the United Kingdom"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the latest volume of "Agriculture in the United Kingdom" will be published.

    • EU Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if it is the policy of her Department to claim the outstanding agrimony compensation from the European Commission; and if she...

      Water Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government will publish its response to the draft Water Bill consultation; and if she will make a statement.

      Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on recent changes to the regulations on meat imports; and what action her Department has taken...

      Solar Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what buildings owned by her Department have solar panels installed.

      Rural Proofing Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what was the cost of (a) drafting, (b) printing and (c) distributing the rural proofing report drafted by the countryside agency.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average amount of compensation paid by her Department to individual farmers as the result of the recent foot and...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what different types of compensation have been paid to farmers by her Department as the result of the recent foot and mouth...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much compensation has been paid by her Department to farmers in (a) the Montgomeryshire constituency and (b) Powys as the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total value was of road haulage contracts for the removal of foot and mouth carcases in Northumberland; what the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what claims against her Department remain unsettled in respect of damage to roads and infrastructure in Dumfries and Galloway...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received from (a) the Scottish Executive and (b) Dumfries and Galloway council for the recovery...

      Pigs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the size of the national pig breeding herd in (a) 2001, (b) 2000 and (c) 1999.

      Mr. Robert Watson and Hans Blix

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the United Kingdom will support (a) Mr. Robert Watson continuing as Chairman of the InterGovernmental Panel on Climate...

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent studies on the transmissibility of BSE she has commissioned; and if she will make a statement.

      Regional Advisory Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the conditions for the setting up of regional advisory councils in connection with the Post...

      Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of the farm workforce is aged under 35 years in each European Union member nation; and how much financial aid...

      Newspaper Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2002, Official Report, column 829W, on newspaper advertising, how many advertisements...

      Staff Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what have been the total salary costs of each of the non-departmental public bodies for which she is responsible in each of...

      Rural White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2002, Official Report, column 355W, on the Rural White Paper, what proportion of...

      Rural White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will place the study (a) to identify the key drivers of economic development and social exclusion in rural areas and...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers were waiting for bovine TB tests, broken down by constituency, in each month since January 2001.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of changes to the geographical incidence of reported cases of bovine TB in herds in the last...

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals the Department has made at EU level to reform the common fisheries policy.

      Press Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the magazines and periodicals subscribed to by her Department, stating for each subscription the (a) number...

      Incinerators (Animal Disposal)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the names, locations and percentage out of the total number of those commercial incinerators deemed adequate...

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it is the policy of her Department to allow the Environment Agency to (a) reduce the resources devoted to freshwater...

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to ensure that the Environment Agency BRITE proposals do not result in a transfer of funding and...

      Agrimonetary Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average time that agrimonetary compensation payments were overdue in (a) England, (b) the south-west and (c)...

      Curry Moor, Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when Curry Moor in Somerset was registered as a reservoir; what consultation, and with whom, there was ahead of the...

      Organic Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent steps have been taken to encourage composting of organic (a) kitchen and (b) garden waste from (i) domestic...

      Flood Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what future plans there are to increase funding to the Environment Agency for flood defence.

      Rural Areas (Budget)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of the Budget on rural areas.

      Battery Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she intends to ban the beak trimming of birds kept in battery cages; and if she will make a statement.

      Ministerial Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent by her Department on training by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts for Ministers and officials in...

      Ministerial Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent by her Department on training in leadership skills for Ministers and officials in each of the last...

      Ministerial Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent by her Department on voice coaching for Ministers and officials in each of the last five years.

      Energy Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the (1) (a) past and (b) future impact on carbon dioxide emissions of the enhanced capital...

  • Privy Council

    • Overtime Payments

      To ask the President of the Council what his policy is on overtime payments for staff in his Department.

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the President of the Council if he will list the written questions asked of him between (a) 1 to 30 June 2001, (b) 1 to 31 July 2001, (c) 1 to 30 September 2001, (d) 1 to 31 October 2001,...

  • Wales

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the written questions asked of him between (a) 1 to 30 June 2001, (b) 1 to 31 July 2001, (c) 1 to 30 September 2001, (d) 1 to 31 October...

    • Rheumatology Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had about the provision of rheumatology services in Wales.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Delegated Legislation

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) what assessment she has made of the cost-effectiveness of the High Court and County Courts Jurisdiction (Amendment) Order...

  • Scotland

    • European Union Directives

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

    • Scottish Financial Enterprise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when she plans to meet Scottish Financial Enterprise; and how many times she has met them since becoming Secretary of State.

      Parental Leave Directive

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

      Access to Information

      Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list the administrative manuals and internal guidance which her Department has made public as required by Part 1 of the Code...

      Scottish Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps she has taken to represent Scottish interests to the Department for Work and Pensions on pensions issues.

      Shipyards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive on helping shipyards in Scotland to market themselves (a) abroad and (b) within the UK.

      Whisky Strip

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what representations she has received from the tourist industry in Scotland on the impact of the whisky strip on miniature whiskies produced for...

      Smart Card Technology

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

      Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many pensioners in Glasgow, Pollok are receiving the minimum income guarantee; and what estimate she has made of the numbers of those who are...

      Tartan Week

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what involvement her Department had in the Tartan Week celebrations in the USA.

      Grangemouth Refinery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she, her Ministers and officials have held with BP over future plans for the Grangemouth refinery since January; and if she will make a...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list the written questions asked of her between (a) 1 to 30 June 2001, (b) 1 to 31 July 2001, (c) 1 to 30 September 2001, (d) 1 to 31...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people employed by her Department under the New Deal for Young People in each of the last four years have subsequently (a) found unsubsidised...

  • Defence

    • 84 Squadron

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to withdraw the Wessex helicopters in service with 84 Squadron; and what aircraft will be used to replace them.

    • National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the cost in the next 12 months of the Budget changes to employers' national insurance contributions to (a) his Department, (b)...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the full year cost of Budget changes to national insurance to the MOD in the first year of its operation.

      Transport Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many transport aircraft have been chartered and leased to operate on behalf of British armed forces (a) for ISAF and (b) as part of the operation...

      Service Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the responses, by percentage in each category of answer, from members of the (a) Royal Navy, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Army in the...

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the total requirement of the Royal Navy, broken down by ship type, in (a) 1997, and (b) 2002 and planned for (c) 2007, (d) 2012 and (e)...

      Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the total requirement of the (a) RAF and (b) Royal Navy, broken down by aircraft type in (i) 1997, (ii) 2002 and planned for (iii) 2007,...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what capabilities have been developed to verify the reduction in nuclear weapons since July 1998; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Diplomacy Mission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the enhanced arms control programme set up under the Defence Diplomacy Mission of the strategic defence review; how many...

      Naval Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to put further Royal Navy vessels at states of low readiness.

      Army Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Army training regiments will accept their last infantry recruits.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the in-year requirement for UK trained Army, Naval Service and Royal Air Force personnel has been in each of the past five years; and what the...

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) EU member states and (b) the EU Commissioner for External Relations, regarding a European Union...

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what agreements have been made with the USA regarding the use of UK facilities at (a) Fylingdales and (b) Menwith Hill.

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions his Department has had with UK firms bidding for work on the US-initiated programme of national missile defence; and if he will...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the number of civilians who have been killed in Afghanistan since the commencement of international coalition military action against...

      Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the prospects are for a missile defence system that can cover the European countries of NATO; and if he will make a statement.

      Sea Harriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 16 April 2002, Official Report, columns 823–4W, on Sea Harriers, if he will estimate the value of the savings to which...

      Medical Treatment (Waiting Times)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) officers and (b) other ranks are awaiting medical treatment; and how many of these have been waiting over three months.

      Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut (Fatalities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what special inquiries have been undertaken in relation to two recent deaths from bullet wounds at Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut, near Camberley,...

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel (a) with children and (b) without children in the (i) Army, (ii) Royal Navy and (iii) RAF are earning under £92.90 per...

      Warship Support Modernisation Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assurances will be given on the terms and conditions for the staff to be transferred to the private sector as part of the Warship Support...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of single male pensioners aged (a) 70 and under, (b) 71 to 75, (c) 76 to 80 and (d) over 80 years had an income below 60 per...

    • Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will set out the differences in eligibility criteria for each category of people claiming the (a) basic state pension and (b) state...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of pensioner couples where the age of the head of the household was (a) 70 and under, (b) 71 to 75, (c) 76 to 80 and (d) over...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of single female pensioners aged (a) 70 and under, (b) 71 to 75, (c) 76 to 80 and (d) over 80 years had an income below 60 per...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of single male pensioners aged (a) 70 and under, (b) 71 to 75, (c) 76 to 80 and (d) over 80 years had an income in (i) the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of pensioner couples had an income below 60 per cent. of the median income in each of the last 10 years where the head of the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of single female pensioners aged (a) 70 and under, (b) 71 to 75, (c) 76 to 80 and (d) over 80 years had an income in (i) the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of pensioner households had an income below 60 per cent. of the median income in each of the last 10 years.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Social Fund limits were last increased; and if he will make a statement as to when he next expects them to be increased.

      Staff Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff have been employed by his Department in each of the last 10 years.

      Solar Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what buildings owned by his Department have solar panels installed.

      Royal Mail Benefit Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many local authorities are operating the Royal Mail "Do Not Redirect" benefit mail scheme.

      Family Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will disregard family allowances in benefit calculations.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of claims for incapacity benefit were unsuccessful in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed incapacity benefit in the York and North Yorkshire area in (a) 1997, (b) 1999, (c) 2000 and (d) 2001.

      Information and Communication Sector (Vacancies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information he has concerning the total number of vacancies which arise annually for higher level skilled employees in the information and...

      New Deal for Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by what means Employment Services assess the costs required to provide different kinds of training in allocating funds to new deal for young...

      Training Providers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of the implementation of formula funding on the general level of funds available to training providers.

      Andrew Palmer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when the Chief Executive of the Child Support Agency will send a substantive reply to the letter of 29 January from my hon. Friend the...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) each of the CSA's monthly Business Information Bulletins since April 2001, (b) the CSA Board's...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many assessments have been made by the Child Support Agency within (a) one month, (b) two to six months, (c) seven to 12 months, (d) one to...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what was the average number of employees working for the Child Support Agency in each of the last five years; (2) what the staff...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many non-resident parents the CSA calculates have (a) 0 per cent. maintenance liability and (b) a net income of less than £100...

      Vinyl Chloride Monomer

      To ask the Secretary for Work and Pensions when he is due to receive the report of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council on whether vinyl chloride monomer should be added to the prescribed...

  • Health

    • Child and Family Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has gone into the Child and Family Support Service since 1997.

    • Child and Family Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Child and Family Support Service; and what plans he has to increase cooperation with local...

      Mount Vernon Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS agencies (a) own the Mount Vernon hospital estate and (b) are responsible for services provided there; and if he will list the chief executive...

      Mount Vernon Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to sell off part of the Mount Vernon estate.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department gives to directors of public health and general practitioners about the appropriate use of (a) traditional diets, (b)...

      Drug Inquiries (Liaison)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether NICE and Scottish NICE are allowed to liaise with each other about similarities and parallel inquiries into a particular drug.

      Speech Therapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many posts for speech therapists in (a) the national health service and (b) each relevant trust are unfilled.

      Anaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the advice from the British Committee for Standards in Haematology relating to blood transfusions and patients with...

      Smallpox

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the amounts of smallpox vaccine necessary to treat the whole population in the event of a terrorist biological attack.

      Smallpox

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the population would be expected to contract smallpox on a transmission ratio of (a) 4 to 6 and (b) 10 to 12.

      Hospital Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what safeguards are in place to maintain standards for waiting times and other services for patients of the host hospital trust when two trusts enter into...

      Organ Donation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the benefits of conducting targeted campaigns to encourage organ donation.

      Organ Donation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Black and Asian organ donors there were in each of the past 10 years.

      Pariamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many named day written questions were tabled between 1 November 2001 and 26 March 2002; and how many that received a holding answer were given a...

      Ministerial Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by his Department on training in leadership skills for Ministers and officials in each of the last five years.

      Ministerial Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by his Department on training by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts for Ministers and officials in each of the last five years.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the National Suicide Prevention Strategy will address the issue of assisted suicide; and if he will make a statement.

      Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many MRI scanners there are in London.

      Disability Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that no elderly or disabled person should have to wait more than six months for aids and adaptations to enable them to take...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many care home places there were in Wiltshire in (a) 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what change there has been in the number of care home beds in the Eastern Cheshire Primary Care Trust area since 1997.

      British Red Cross

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial support his Department has given since 1 April 2000 to projects run by the British Red Cross.

      Press Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the newspapers subscribed to (a) Monday to Saturday and (b) on Sunday by his Department, stating for each subscription (i) the number of...

      Prescription Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the percentage of prescriptions incurring a charge which were not dispensed in the last three years.

      Matrons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many matrons have been recruited since his Department's announcement on the issue, broken down by (a) PCT areas and (b) age.

      Princess Royal Hospital (Haywards Heath)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what occupational therapy is available for patients of the Villa psychiatric ward at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath; (2) what work...

      Princess Royal Hospital (Haywards Heath)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what security arrangements are in force for protection of medical records for psychiatric patients at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.

      MMR

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures have been taken by his Department to maintain records of children who have been vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella by separate...

      Antenatal maternity Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many antenatal maternity units have been modernised since 2001.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of people infected with hepatitis C in the United Kingdom.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the main common characteristics of those suffering from hepatitis C in the United Kingdom.

      Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses have been recruited to Worthing and Southlands Hospitals Trust; and, of these, how many have been recruited from overseas and from which...

      Acute Services (East Kent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made with the review of acute services in East Kent; and when he expects it to make a decision.

      Kent Ambulance NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason he has forbidden the Kent Ambulance NHS Trust to recruit substantively to senior management positions.

      Kent Ambulance NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made with the review into the Kent Ambulance NHS Trust; and when it is expected to be complete.

      Nursing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how the allocation of free nursing care outside hospital is monitored; (2) what avenues exist for individuals and their relatives to appeal when...

      BCG Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which health authorities do not provide the BCG vaccination.

      NHS Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that accurate comparisons can be made of the costs of NHS Professionals and commercial nurses' agencies.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes he plans to make to the development of private finance initiative schemes.

      Locums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress with including locums on health authority supplementary lists.

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for routine endoscopies was in the last 12 months.

      Cancelled Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to broaden the definition of cancelled operation to include operations cancelled the day before admission.

      Nursing and Midwifery Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent advice his Department has given to the Nursing and Midwifery Council on registration procedures.

      General Practitioner Appraisals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he plans to announce the recruitment of further GP appraisers.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason the fees for the re-registration of nurses have increased in the last year.

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the new investment in the NHS is to be devoted to (a) workplace health and (b) the development of the occupational health service.

      Primary Care Trusts (Leeds)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what level of extra funding each primary care trust in Leeds may receive as a result of the changes announced in the Budget statement.

      Primary Care Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care premises have been improved in (a) England and (b) each health authority since March 1999.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list which individuals and bodies he understands to be represented by the phrase "all concerned" in Sir William Wells' letter to him of 28...

      NHS Staff Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies there were for (a) occupational therapists, (b) physiotherapists and (c) speech and language therapists in each NHS region in each year...

      NHS Staff Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) occupational therapists, (b) physiotherapists and (c) speech and language therapists were employed in the NHS in each NHS region in each year...

      Ambulance Service Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish a list of ambulance service reviews carried out in south-east England in the last five years, stating (a) when each began, (b) when...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost of the 1 per cent. increase in national insurance payments for each NHS trust in its first year of application.

      Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many franchising bids he has received for the post of Chief Executive of the Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust.

      Anti-TB Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the commercial basis of the decision to award the anti-TB vaccination contract to Powderject was.

      Doctors' Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the starting salary for (a) junior house officers and (b) senior house officers in (i) the north-west, (ii) the south-east, (iii) the north-east,...

      GP and Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) general practitioners and (b) dentists were located (i) within five, (ii) five to 10, (iii) 10 to 15 and (iv) more than 15...

      Acute Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list those parties which have indicated interest in providing franchised management services for acute hospitals.

      Negligence Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many negligence claims have been made against the NHS in each of the last five years; what the cost was to the NHS from negligence claims over that...

      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...

  • House of Lords

    • Israel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consequences will follow if Israel disregards the request to withdraw from Palestinian towns and villages made by the United Nations, the United States, the...

    • Iraq

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which diplomatic mission in London looks after the interests of Iraq; and what facilities are given to that mission for material originating in Iraq to be brought...

      FCO Posts Overseas: Assets of Cultural Significance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the records of antiques that are held in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's posts overseas, as described in the National Asset Register, are available...

      Abu Sayyaf Group

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have evidence of recent attacks on civilians in the Philippines by the Abu Sayyaf group, which is connected to Al-Qaeda.

      Chittagong Hill Tracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What development activities are being considered by the European Commission in the Chittagong Hill Tracts region, as mentioned in its country strategy paper...

      East Timor

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure that reconciliation will take place in an independent East Timor after 20 May; that refugees return safely; and that...

      Tax Credits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they budget for 100 per cent take-up of public expenditure and tax reliefs under tax credits.

      Customs and Excise: Vehicle Seizure Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: If HM Customs and Excise will change its vehicle seizure policy in relation to alcohol and tobacco smuggling as a result of the Court of Appeal decision in the...

      Treasury Solicitor's Department: Assets of Cultural Significance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give full details of the antique furniture held by the Treasury Solicitor's Department at 9 Buckingham Gate.

      Consignia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether as the sole shareholder they had prior knowledge of and approved of the opening of negotiations, which subsequently proved to be abortive, for the sale of...

      Consignia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the name Consignia has now been wholly changed back to "The Post Office"; and, if so, at what cost.

      Consignia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: As the sole shareholder in Consignia, whether they were consulted by the management of Consignia in connection with the change of name of the company to and from...

      Post Office Network

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What criteria are used when considering the closure of sub-post offices in urban areas such as Birkenhead and its districts including Oxton.

      Galileo Signals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action is being taken to ensure that the European Galileo system will not suffer from signal interference.

      Island Goods Vehicles: Excise Duty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the rates of vehicle excise duty for "island goods vehicles", as defined in paragraph 18 of Schedule 1 to the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994;...

      Foot and Mouth Disease: Cleansing and Disinfection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many cleaning and disinfecting payments arising from the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease are still outstanding; and whether they will list the...

      Food Production

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they agree with the views of the Minister for Animal Welfare, given to the British Columbia veterinary association Council in 1999 and quoted in the...

      Countryside and Rights of Way Act: Mapping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of the number of responses received from the consultation on the draft maps following from the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, they...

      Countryside and Rights of Way Act: Mapping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much Ministry of Defence land has been shown as open to public access on the draft maps produced pursuant to the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

      Radioactive Waste

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Whitty on 17 April (WA 158), whether they will estimate the date by which they will be able to announce plans for the next...

      Feakin Family Claims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether members of the Feakin family are threatening to sue the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; and, if so, on what grounds.

      Canal Network Grant

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the £24 million granted in 1999 over three years to British Waterways in support of the canal network has been spent; whether the backlog of overdue...

      MAFF v Winslade

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evidence was made available to the court in the case of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food v Winslade in May 2001; and whether they consider that...

      NHS Patients Treated Abroad

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which European and non-European countries have already accepted or are in the process of accepting patients from Britain for medical care.

      PowderJect Pharmaceuticals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What previous government contracts have been awarded to PowderJect Pharmaceuticals; and what have been the outcomes of those contracts.

      Obesity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they recognise the problem of obesity, especially among young people; and, if so, what proposals they have to establish a campaign about nutritious food...

      BSE and vCJD

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is any unassailable scientific evidence linking BSE in cattle to nvCJD in humans.

      Mixed-sex Wards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 16 April (WA 154), whether they will now answer the Question asked, namely, "why the Department of...

      Age-Related Macular Degeneration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that National Health Service patients suffering from "wet" age-related macular degeneration (AMD) have ready access to licensed...

      Healthcare Resource Groups

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of National Health Service (a) acute activity and (b) non-acute activity is covered by health resource groups.

      Intermediate Care Capacity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How intermediate care capacity is measured; who is responsible for the creation of such capacity; and how much such capacity exists at present.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the terms of reference and timetable for the Medical Research Council to produce its broad strategy for advancing biomedical and health...

      Gaming Machines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why, in paragraph 4.10 of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's report A Safe Bet for Success, there is a proposal to allow amusement-with-prizes (AWP)...

      Gaming Machines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is any official or reliable information on how many gaming machines operate in the United Kingdom; how much is spent on gaming machines; how many...

      Gaming Machines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the chairman of the Gaming Board stated on 11 April that amusement-with-prizes (AWP) gaming machines should not be allowed generally in unlicensed and...

      Government Reports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that all reports produced or initiated or commissioned by a government department carry the date of the publication on the body of the...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, since the appointment of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, they have received representations concerning the representative nature of the...

      Northern Ireland: Victim Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the result and cost of the Northern Ireland Office Victims Liaison Unit Clio evaluation of victim's core funding; and what was their response to the...

      Northern Ireland: Victim Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the conditions set for the Northern Ireland Voluntary Trust in the distribution of European Union Funding for victims and prisoners.

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