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Written answers

Tuesday, 7 May 2002

  • Trade and Industry

    • Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will provide a breakdown of the investment her Department made in 2000–01 to the programmes designed to improve the...

    • Better Quality Services Initiative

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

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how the draft EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive will be applied in the UK in respect of (a) foreign manufactured...

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the Government will seek to prevent adoption of the draft EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive in the form recently...

      Research Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 18 March 2002, Official Report, column 86W, on the Research Council, what the Government's policy was on the work...

      Recruitment

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

      Young People

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

      Construction Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what progress her Department is making in establishing a quality mark scheme for the construction industry; (2) what action she is...

      Westfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the dates since 1 May 1997 when (a) Ministers and (b) officials have met representatives of Westfield.

      Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total value of imports of (a) paper, (b) cloth, (c) chemicals, (d) foodstuffs, (e) medical supplies, (f) fruit, (g) grain, (h) cars,...

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions her Department has had with UK firms bidding for work on the US-initiated programme of National Missile Defence; and...

      Office for Civil Nuclear Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, (1) pursuant to her answer of 22 October 2001, Official Report, column 7, to my hon. Friend the Member for Bury, North, (Mr. Chaytor) when...

      Overtime Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the Government will introduce improved safeguards to stop employers requiring their employees to work overtime without payment.

      Holiday Entitlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the Government will introduce legislation to require employers to agree holidays with their employers on an annual basis.

      Icelandic Trawlermen (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make it her policy to accept sworn statements from those wishing to make claims under the Icelandic waters trawlermen compensation...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assistance the Government have given to small businesses to help them through the global downturn.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 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...

      Liquid Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what measures her Department is taking to encourage the use of liquid petroleum gas; (2) what incentives her Department offers to...

      Beer Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total annual UK production of beer is in pints.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Data Protection Act

      To ask the Solicitor-General 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 January 1999 to assist staff in...

    • Sentence Referrals

      To ask the Solicitor-General on how many occasions in each of the last five years for which figures are available her Department was unable to complete the usual procedures in handling requests...

      Sentence Referrals

      To ask the Solicitor-General what deadlines and time limits exist on the referral of sentences to the Court of Appeal on the grounds of undue lenience; and if she will make a statement.

      Sentence Referrals

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will make a statement on the procedure undertaken by her Department upon receipt of a request to refer a sentence to the Court of Appeal on the grounds of...

      Sentence Referrals

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many requests to refer sentences to the Court of Appeal on the grounds of undue lenience her Department has received in each of the last five years for which...

      Sentence Referrals

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many sentences have been referred to the Court of Appeal on the grounds of undue lenience following representations from (a) the CPS and (b) other sources in each...

      Dublin Monaghan Bombing

      To ask the Solicitor-General what funds have been set aside to conduct a defence in proceedings brought by families of victims of the Dublin Monaghan bombing.

      Dublin Monaghan Bombing

      To ask the Solicitor-General what solicitors he has appointed to represent the Government in proceedings brought by families of victims of the Dublin Monaghan bombing.

      Sovereign Immunity

      To ask the Solicitor-General in how many Northern Ireland conflict-related cases sovereign immunity has been sought since 1980; what reasons were given in each case; and what rulings were...

  • Prime Minister

    • Sellafield

      To ask the Prime Minister how many pieces of correspondence in connection with the Irish Government campaign with regard to Sellafield he has received; what recent discussions he has had with the...

    • Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on (a) security issues and (b) nuclear weapons in respect of his visit to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in January; and what representations...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Prime Minister what meetings he plans to hold with the Prime Minister of Spain to discuss the future of Gibraltar within the Brussels process; and what discussions he has had with the...

      Meetings

      To ask the Prime Minister when he next plans to meet the Prime Minister of Spain; and what will be on the agenda for discussion.

  • International Development

    • 1 Palace Street

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if sapele wood was used in the recent refurbishment of 1 Palace street.

    • International Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the value is of bilateral debt repayments to the United Kingdom for (a) 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02, broken down by each...

      International Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which countries she expects to reach decision point under the HIPC initiative in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.

      International Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the value was of payments made by the United Kingdom towards the HIPC Trust Fund to contribute towards multilateral debt relief...

      International Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if she will list the multilateral institutions which received payments from the HIPC Trust Fund to cover their provision of debt...

      International Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the bilateral debt owed to the United Kingdom by each of the HIPC eligible countries (a) has been written off and (b) is...

      Health Aid Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the proposals to increase health aid budgets contained in the World Health Organisation's report by the...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made toward the 2015 targets for reducing poverty.

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had with the representatives of the island of St. Helena on assisting with financial provision for...

      Donations (Tax Relief)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what role her Department will play in deciding whether tax relief on donations of medical supplies and equipment to developing...

      Chechnya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in Chechnya; and if she will make a statement.

      Commonwealth Development Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) investments were held and (b) new investments were made by the CDC in (i) South Asia, (ii) Sub-Saharan Africa, (iii)...

      Poland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the value for money achieved by the Rural Development Project in Poland.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Local Authority Capital Receipts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the proposed changes in the rules relating to the use of right to buy receipts; from...

    • Planning Policy

      Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will publish a report on the progress on adoption of area-wide local plans and unitary...

      Planning Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which proposals in the planning Green Paper would require (a) primary legislation and (b) secondary legislation to be...

      Planning Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact of the Court of Appeal decision in Newport BC v. Secretary of State for...

      Planning Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether the appointment of consultants to advise on the responses to the Planning Green Paper was subject to a...

      Planning Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will publish a Planning White Paper.

      Planning Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which consultants were appointed to analyse the responses to the Planning Green Paper; and what are (a) their terms...

      Planning Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights on the proposals in...

      Mobile Telephone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many planning applications for mobile phone masts have been determined under delegated authority in each of the...

      Mobile Telephone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent discussions his Department has had with telecom operators on the shared use of mobile phone masts.

      Local Public Service Agreements

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

      Flood-risk Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many houses (a) have been built in areas deemed as high risk of flooding in each year since 1997 and (b) are...

      Assisted Living Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many assisted living units per local authority there were in England in each of the last five years.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to issue guidance to commissioning bodies under the Supporting People scheme on partnerships with...

      British Red Cross

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what financial support his Department has given since 1 April 2000 to projects in the UK run by the British Red Cross.

      Public Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps he is taking to ensure that district authorities have the flexibility to fund and deliver high quality...

      Public Transport Workers (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assistance is given to public transport workers who are assaulted at work.

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his policy is on the installation of a train protection system; if he will make a statement on the recent report...

      Rail Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) when the contracts resulting from the SRA's freight innovation competition were signed with (a) Blue Circle...

      Rail Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 29 April 2002, Official Report, column 569W, what contractual arrangements exist for...

      Deep Sea Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the average cost to hauliers to transfer freight onto (a) the rail network and (b) the...

      Road Signs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his policy is on the use of kilometres on road distance indicator signs in the UK.

      Fuel-cell Powered Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to support the development of a hydrogen infrastructure for fuel-cell powered vehicles; and if he...

      Vehicle Registration Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the average time taken to replace lost vehicle registration documents was in the last 12 months.

      A1 (Newark)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) when he expects the carriageway repairs on the A1 south of Newark to be completed; (2) what reasons the...

      Vehicle Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many households with (a) one and (b) more than one vehicle there were in (i) St. Helens, (ii) Merseyside, (iii)...

      Airport Capacity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had regarding a new airport in the Thames estuary area; and if he will make a statement.

      Deep Vein Thrombosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the composition is of the Aviation Working Group looking into deep vein thrombosis; and when it will report.

      Flight BA 2069

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what progress has been made in reviewing the circumstances of the incident on board flight BA 2069 on 29 December.

  • Treasury

    • Part-time Workers (Pensions)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the implementation of ECJ decisions concerning the eligibility of part-time public service employees to participate in their...

    • Financial Services Authority (Registration)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many firms of (a) solicitors and (b) chartered accountants in (i) Scotland and (ii) England and Wales were registered with the Financial Services...

      Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what subjects and on which dates his Department has consulted organisations representing young people; and if he will list such organisations.

      Milk

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the UK's current balance of trade in (a) milk and (b) milk products.

      BCCI

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much money the Bank of England has spent on legal fees to date in defence of the proceedings against it by the liquidators of BCCI SA; (2) if he...

      United Kingdom GDP

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the contribution made by immigrants to United Kingdom GDP since 1972; and if he will make a statement.

      Community Development Venture Capital Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Department will be administering the new Community Development Venture Capital Fund announced in the Budget; who the intended recipients of this fund...

      Terrorist Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he will take to implement Recommendation VII (information whose originator to be included in funds transfer messages) of the Financial Action...

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) men aged over 65 years and (b) women aged over 60 years are in full-time employment.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) men and (b) women have benefited from the introduction of the national minimum wage.

      Greater London (Migration)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of migration of people into the Greater London area from the rest of the UK was in the last three years.

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what impact his Department's policies have had on the Stalybridge and Hyde constituency since 1997.

      Advertising

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the publicity and advertising campaigns run by his Department in each of the last four years, specifying the (a) purpose, (b) cost to public...

      VAT Schemes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses participate in the VAT Annual Accounting Scheme; what his estimate is of the total number of businesses eligible to participate; and if...

      VAT Schemes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimates are of (a) the number of businesses eligible to participate and (b) the revenue that would be forgone in a full year, if the upper...

      VAT Schemes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses have participated in the farmers flat rate VAT scheme in each of the last three years; what his estimate is of the total number of...

      Budget (Responses)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many letters he has received (a) in favour of and (b) critical of his Budget.

      Fuel Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the origin was of the motor fuel seized by HM Customs and Excise in November 2001 on the M6; and how much fuel was seized.

      Fuel Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many vehicles, with what carrying capacity, have been seized by HM Customs for alleged smuggling motor transport fuels into Northern Ireland in each...

      Fuel Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the origin was of the motor fuel seized by HM Customs and Excise in Basildon in February; and how much fuel was seized.

      Fuel Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he is taking to stop cross-border smuggling of motor transport fuels into Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Fuel Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings have been held between Ministers or their officials and their Irish counterparts since 1997 to discuss the smuggling of petroleum products...

      Fuel Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the evidence submitted to HM Customs and Excise by the fuel retail industry on the smuggling of motor fuel oils into Northern...

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Department has spent on encouraging members of the public to report tax evasion in each of the last 10 years.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps are being taken to develop economic instruments which may be used to improve household energy efficiency; and if he will make a statement.

      Energy Efficiency

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

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2002, Official Report, columns 127–28W, if he will make a statement on (a) the management and (b) the funding of...

      Vehicle Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of changes announced in Budget 2002 in relation to (a) fuel duty, (b) vehicle excise duty, (c) enhanced capital...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by how much income tax would have to rise if all local government expenditure currently funded via council tax and business rates was transferred to income tax.

  • Defence

    • Colchester Garrison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the modifications to the Colchester Garrison are on schedule; if they have remained within his Department's estimated budget; and if he will make a...

    • Armed Forces (Deployment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Army, (b) navy and (c) RAF personnel are (i) assigned to operations but not deployed and (ii) are assigned to or deployed on public duties.

      Manning Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many soldiers subject to manning control were subsequently offered short-term (S-type) engagements in each of the last five years; and if he...

      Foreign Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many foreign military personnel, and from which countries, have been involved in military training in the United Kingdom in the last 12 months.

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many submarines are operational in the Royal Navy.

      Service Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 25 April 2002, Official Report, column 425W, on service personnel, how many service personnel (a) with children and (b)...

      Service Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what pay, conditions of service and pension rights are offered to recruits from Commonwealth countries that differ from those offered to UK-born...

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will estimate the additional annual cost to his Department if Gurkhas were offered the same pay, conditions of service and pensions as UK...

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Gurkhas are in service in the UK armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former Gurkhas drawing an armed forces pension are resident in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) Nepal and (c) elsewhere; and if he will make a statement.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British armed forces are stationed in Sierra Leone.

      RAF Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many successful applicants for RAF pilot officer have been unable to secure a flying training position in each of the past three years.

  • Scotland

    • Gaelic Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will make a statement on the future of Gaelic broadcasting following consultations on the Milne Committee report and the publication of the draft...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for additional testing of sheep in relation to possible BSE infection; and what representations she has...

    • Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when copies of (a) the report of the Rural Task Force and (b) Lord Haskins' report were made available to the media.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what instructions regarding preparations for foot and mouth were issued to the Meat Hygiene Service between 1 December and 1...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what effect foot and mouth had on the Krebs experiment.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to develop goals and targets to confront negative environmental economic and social...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter dated 3 December 2001 from the hon. Member for Leominster on behalf of constituents Mr. and...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Parliamentary Secretary intends to reply to the letter dated 25 January from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many letters received by her Department since June 2001 received a substantive response in (a) less than four weeks, (b)...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the question tabled by the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland on 12 February, Ref. 36001.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the impact on (a) employers in rural areas and (b) agricultural and related industries of the...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is of the cost in the next 12 months of the budget changes to employers' national insurance contributions...

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the letter of the Minister for the Environment, Ref. 162822, of 26 March 2002, what the outcome is of the...

      Packaging Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons the Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste sets different targets for different materials in the...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will to make a further announcement about a vaccine for bovine TB; and if she will make a statement.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farms have had animal movement restriction orders placed on them due to bovine TB in each year since 1980.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the latest research she has commissioned on the linkage between bovine TB and badgers.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average interval was between tests for TB in dairy cattle over the last 12 months; what the longest time recorded...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many herds of cattle were overdue their six or 12-month test for bovine TB in each of the last 12 months; how many herds...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact on carbon dioxide emissions of the freeze in the rate of the Climate Change Levy...

      Energy Efficiency

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

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when her Department will consult on the treatment of waste oil used as a fuel; and if she will make a statement.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact on carbon dioxide emissions of (a) an exemption from the climate change levy of...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact on carbon dioxide emissions of the extension of the 5 per cent. rate of VAT to...

      Coalbed Methane Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact on (a) air quality and (b) greenhouse gas emission targets of the venting of...

      Nitrate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will (a) make a statement on the mg/litre threshold for permissible nitrate levels contained in the Nitrate Vulnerable...

      Nitrate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the Environment Agency's data on nitrate levels in rivers located in the Macclesfield...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the grid references are of locations in which T-25 genetically modified maize (a) has been and (b) is the subject of...

      Marine Stewardship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the Marine Stewardship Report.

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she (a) has made and (b) plans to make of the impact of the aggregates levy on (i) the development and use of...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Equipment Leasing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the equipment leasing arrangements entered into by his Department in each of the last four years; and what the cost is to public...

    • Television Sets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) analogue and (b) integrated digital television sets his Department has purchased in each of the last 24 months; and if he will make...

      Volunteers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of his staff in each of the past two years have been granted a day's paid leave to work as a volunteer; and if he will make a...

      Departmental Functions

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

      New Deal

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

      Police Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the breakdown is by outcome of cases dealt with by the police ombudsman.

      Criminal Damage

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

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if the (a) Police Authority and (b) Royal Ulster Constabulary targets for reducing sickness absence by police officers and civilians were met by...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he estimates the target for reducing average sickness absence rates for departmental staff in 2001–02 will be achieved.

      Saville Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the staff serving the Saville Inquiry and give (a) the annual full cost of their employment to his Department, (b) their...

      Prisoner Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland by what percentage the differential between the cost per prisoner place in Northern Ireland and that in England and Wales has changed in...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if the 2001 target for women's participation in the Northern Ireland Civil Service was met on time.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he expects the 2002 target for women's participation in the Home Civil Service to be met on time.

      Code of Practice (Victims)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if the review of the Code of Practice for victims was conducted in 2001 as undertaken in the 2001 Departmental report; and what the outcome was.

      Performance Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what new initiatives his Department has taken in 2001–02 to assist in achieving its Public Service Agreement targets.

      Motor Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many UK-duty paid litres of motor fuel products have been sold in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list all the outstanding appointments that (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have to make, stating for each one...

    • Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what subjects and on which dates her Department has recently consulted organisations representing young people; and if she will list...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the cost to (a) community and amateur sports clubs and (b) the fitness industry of the proposed increase...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her estimate is of the changes that took place in real terms in income of the British tourism industry in (a) 1999–2000, (b)...

      Commonwealth Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what has been the total public expenditure for each financial stage, by (a) Government, (b) Sport England, (c) the National Lottery and...

      Football League Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the economic contribution of Football League clubs to the (a) local and (b) national economy.

      Sports Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what help she is giving community and amateur sports clubs in applying for the tax reliefs announced in the Budget.

      Sports Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how the money from the Capital Modernisation Fund to provide new or refurbished community sports facilities will be allocated.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has held with UK Sport and the Greater London Authority regarding a future London Olympic bid.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money from the National Lottery has been distributed to projects related to ethnic minorities in each of the last five years.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to increase the share of lottery proceeds given to the Community Fund for distribution; and if she will make a...

      National Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement about the National Stadium project.

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what impact her Department's policies have had on the Stalybridge and Hyde constituency since 1997.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Access to Information

      Tony Wright: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will list the administrative manuals and internal guidance which his Department has made public as required by...

    • Legal Aid (Asylum Seekers)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how much money has been spent on legal aid for asylum seekers in each of the last three years; how much of this was for the...

      Legal Aid (Asylum Seekers)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the costs have been for legal aid granted to the Afghans who landed at Stansted in February 2000 in a hijacked aircraft; and...

      Census (1901)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what contingency plans exist in the Public Records Office to keep the 1901 census online in the event of financial failure at QinetiQ.

      Ministerial Training

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department 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 Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how much has been spent by his Department on training by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts for Ministers and officials in each of...

      Census Online

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what value of pre-payment vouchers for 1901 Census Online sold by the Public Record Office (a) has been refunded, (b) is eligible...

      Census Online

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when internet access will be restored for 1901 Census Online.

      Census Online

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how much revenue the Public Record Office has received from the sale of pre-payment vouchers in connection with the 1901 Census...

      Census Online

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will instruct the Public Record Office to consult their counterparts in Scotland on lessons to be learned from the launch...

      Families of Murder Victims

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what financial assistance for legal action is available to families of murder victims where the convicted murderer is related to...

      Access to Information

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how much his Department is planning to spend on advertising the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information to the...

      Young People

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department on what subjects and on which dates her Department has consulted organisations representing young people; and if she will list...

      Immigration Advice

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will provide a breakdown of the number of (a) solicitors' firms and (b) not-for-profit advice providers holding a Legal...

      Television Licences

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will list the (a) number and (b) total cost of television licences paid for by her Department.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many subscriptions to (a) digital terrestrial, (b) digital satellite and (c) digital cable are held by her Department for...

      Registered Enduring Powers of Attorney

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many registered enduring powers of attorney there were in each year since 2000.

      Digital Radios

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many digital radios are owned by her Department for use in departmental buildings from which Ministers work; and what the (a)...

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department under what circumstances schedule 1 sex offenders are allowed unsupervised contact with children.

  • Privy Council

    • Members' Pensions

      To ask the President of the Council if he will make a statement on progress made on hon. Members' pensions.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Whitehall Refurbishment

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if outstanding orders of sapele timber for the refurbishment of 22 Whitehall have been cancelled; (2) if he will set out the steps which he took to ensure...

    • Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list those regulatory impact assessments published during the latest six-month period.

      Public Servants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his definition is of the term "wider public servants" used in the Cabinet Office publication Taskforces and the Advisory Groups and Reviews published in...

      Public Bodies

      Tony Wright: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which public bodies have been (a) set up, (b) abolished, (c) announced but not yet established and (d) targeted for future abolition since 1997.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what are the levels of pensions as a proportion of average weekly earnings in (a) the UK and (b) each other EU member state.

    • Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action he is taking in conjunction with the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority to monitor and control pension liberation schemes.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will list the countries in which UK recipients of the state retirement pension do not receive regular upratings; and what the...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the percentage difference in maintenance between the new child maintenance formula and the formula currently...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the target time will be in 2002–03 for (a) Ministers to reply to letters from hon. Members and (b) officials in his Department to...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will reply to the letters dated 28 February and 3 April from the hon. Member for Edinburgh, West.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the number of subscriptions to (a) digital terrestrial, (b) digital satellite and (c) digital cable television held by his...

      Ministerial Travel

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

      Efficiency Savings

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

      Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of time is spent by personal advisers (a) on advising on benefits claims and (b) advising job seekers.

      Rent Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, (1) pursuant to his answer of 16 April 2002, Official Report, column 888W, if he will place in the Library the information received from the...

      Rent Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many localities the Rent Service has used to determine local reference rents in each year since their introduction.

      Access to Work Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications have been made to the Access to Work scheme in the last five years; and whether the scheme will be open to those small...

      Disability Discrimination Act

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

      Benefits Decision Makers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will remove the overall responsibility from decision makers on benefit entitlement to more senior officials; and if he will make a statement.

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the ratio of income support and its precursor to basic retirement pension for a single person was in each of the last 30 calendar years.

      Pension-related Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of how much money would be accrued by the delay in payment of pension-related benefits by two years at age 67 years.

  • Education and Skills

    • Under-fives Provision (Liverpool)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding she has made available for provision for under- fives in Liverpool in each year since 1997; and how much she plans to make...

    • Head Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the new requirements (a) placed on and (b) removed from head teachers in the last year for which information is available.

      Wanless Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the costs to further and higher education of the expansion of the NHS set out in the Wanless report.

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what formula the Learning and Skills Council uses to determine future funding for school sixth forms.

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many sixth forms the LSC expects to experience budget reductions in the current financial year.

      Employers' National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations she has received from British universities about the impact of the increase in employers' national insurance contributions.

      Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information she collates on the average earnings of (a) graduates and (b) non-graduates with equivalent A-level or similar qualifications.

      Work-based Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to ensure that the Learning and Skills Council has adequate funds to widen successful participation in work-based...

      Work-based Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had with the Adult Learning Inspectorate on the use of unpublished benchmarks to measure achievement in work-based...

      Work Force Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects the Learning and Skills Council to publish its work force development strategy; and which organisations have been consulted...

      Work Force Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of referrals from Business Links to local learning and skills councils in respect of work force development...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much on average the Learning and Skills Council will allocate in 2002–03 to each member of its staff for personal development purposes.

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans the Learning and Skills Council has to support the training of child carers for 2002–03.

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department is taking to support National Childcare Month.

      Teachers' Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average annual increase in teachers' salaries has been in each of the last 10 years.

      Citizenship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures are being taken to improve education for international understanding, as part of the UK programme of citizenship education.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she has introduced since 1997 to aid recruitment and retention of lecturers in higher education.

      School Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the proportion of a school's budget in the current financial year which is available as discretionary spending...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the reason for the change in the number of retirements due to ill-health by teachers since 1997.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her written answer of 29 April, Official Report, column 572W, where such assets are held if the scheme is unfunded.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what happens to the money paid by teachers and employers as pension contributions if their pension fund is unfunded.

      School Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many prosecutions have taken place for non-attendance at school in each year since 1997; how many have resulted in convictions; and what...

      School Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in what circumstances the obligations under education legislation (a) to provide schooling and (b) for parents to ensure school attendance...

      Local Education Authority Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 23 April 2002, Official Report, columns 163–67W, on LEA funding, what the comparable figures are for each...

      Local Education Authority Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what post-16 budget support grant is payable to each local education authority in England; and in each case what the category is under which...

      Truancy (Surrey)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the truancy figures are for secondary schools in Surrey for each year since 1997; and how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions for...

      Selection (Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment she has made of the relative performance of non-selective schools in areas with grammar schools, by comparison with...

  • Health

    • NHS Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Royal College of Surgeons, (b) BMA and (c) Royal College of Nursing over pay; and if he will make a statement.

    • NHS Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many consultants were working in the NHS in 1997; and what the latest available figure is.

      Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many incidents of sexual abuse and harassment have been reported since the NHS guidance "Safety, privacy and dignity in mental health units" was...

      Patient Lists

      Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the right of GPs to remove patients from their list.

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals are in place to develop the roles of Area Child Protection Committees.

      Anti-smoking Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to promote the use of laser therapy to assist smoking cessation.

      NHS Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will reduce the number of management priorities set for the NHS.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he will take to increase recruitment and retention of NHS staff.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to encourage more people to become nurses and doctors.

      Pharmacists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on dispensing fees for pharmacists.

      Residential Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds for elderly people there were in residential homes in (a) May 1997 and (b) April 2002.

      Haemophiliacs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the availability of recombinant treatment to adults with haemophilia.

      Small Pharmacies Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on future funding levels for the essential small pharmacies scheme.

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the Government plan to ensure more stability for looked-after children.

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been waiting 13 weeks or more to see a consultant; and what the figure was on 31 March 1997.

      NHS Dental Services (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on NHS dental service provision in Lancashire.

      NHS Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the increase in funding for the NHS announced in the Budget will be used to write off the debts of those health authorities and NHS trusts that are in debt.

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress towards a reduction in hospital-acquired infections.

      Patient Referral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will restore patients' rights to seek referral by their general practitioners for publicly funded treatment in any NHS hospital.

      Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will increase funding for hospices to compensate for higher national insurance contributions.

      Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of in-patient hospice services are provided by the independent charitable sector.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what incentives are given to dentists to practise within the NHS in socially deprived areas.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) children and (b) adults in England are registered with an NHS dentist.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on NHS dental services.

      Senior Health Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to establish an international centre of excellence for the training of senior health managers.

      Property Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of rising property prices on the number of private nursing and residential care homes.

      Alcohol Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the costs to the national health service in this financial year of alcohol abuse; and if he will make a statement.

      Alcohol Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on steps he is taking to deal with alcohol abuse and its impact on health services.

      Alcohol Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the availability of alcohol care services.

      Dispensing Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on dispensing fees for pharmacists.

      Maternity Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what maternity statistics the Government plan to publish; and by what means and when user organisations will be involved in discussions on this.

      Variant CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he has assessed the costs to the NHS of instruments destroyed following the CJD incident panel consultation report.

      Health Checks (Over-75s)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve take-up of over-75 health checks.

      Cataract Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reduction in waiting times for cataract operations there has been in South Staffordshire since 1997.

      Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve access to medical services for individuals whose first language is not English.

      Accident Response Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average response times were for the medical services to reach an accident on (a) a motorway and (b) an A-road in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Functions

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

      Hospital Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many in-patient admissions there were to Shropshire hospitals in (a) 1997–98, (b) 1998–99, (c) 1999–2000 and (d) 2000–01.

      Child and Family Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are employed in the Child and Family Support Service.

      Hospitals (Shropshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what were the budgets for (a) the Royal Shrewsbury hospital, (b) the Princess Royal hospital, Telford and (c) the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt hospital in...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of adults smoked in each year since 1992 (a) in total and (b) by social class.

      Whistleblowers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place to ensure that district general nurses have protection if they blow the whistle on care homes that are suspected of failing...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the total savings to public funds of the Private Finance Initiative contract for the Energy Management Scheme for the North...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the total savings to public funds of the Private Finance Initiative contract for the Graylingwell hospital reprovision for...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the total savings to public funds of the Private Finance Initiative contract for the Patient Management Centre for the North...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the total savings to public funds of the private finance initiative contract for the MRI Scanner for the North Hampshire...

      Parliamentary Questions

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

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letter of 11 March from the hon. Member for Altrincham and Sale, West enclosing correspondence from Mrs. Galloway.

      NHS (Adverse Incidents)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to issue guidance to implement a new system for independent investigations and inquiries into adverse incidents in the NHS; and whether this...

      Marfan Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been invested in research into Marfan syndrome since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Strokes and Dysphasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what speech therapy treatment is available to patients recovering from strokes and sufferers from dysphasia who are under 65 years of age in the New...

      Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total level of Government funding for research specifically related to Duchenne muscular dystrophy in the last six years has been; and what...

      Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much funding went into research that is directly related to finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy in the last 12 months; (2) what...

      Alcohol Awareness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to raise awareness of the issue of alcohol consumption among children of primary school age.

      Alcohol Awareness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Government's alcohol strategy will include a framework for raising awareness of the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption when pregnant.

      Alcohol Consumption (Students)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had regarding binge drinking and excessive alcohol consumption among the UK student population; and what plans he has to...

      Student Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer given to the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham on 8 January 2002, Official Report, column 674W, on student doctors, how...

      Personal Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on augmenting the personal allowances from pensions payable in care homes to take into account the level of savings of the individual...

      Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many ambulances there are in (a) England, (b) the West Midlands and (c) Coventry; and how many on average have been operational at any one time...

      Health Services (Solihull)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate (a) the additional revenues accruing to Her Majesty's Government in national insurance contributions from the constituency of Solihull...

      Capital Allocations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out for each (a) NHS region, (b) health authority and (c) NHS trust for each quarter of each of the last four years the (i) monetary value...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to page 37 of the 2001 report of the Food Standards Agency, what are the wider enforcement issues of relevance to the agency and its...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the quality of the website of the Food Standards Agency.

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the new cross-cutting arrangements for dealing with food incidents referred to on page 34 of the 2001 Food Standards Agency report were in place to...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action has been taken by his Department further to the Service Delivery Agreement target of the Food Standards Agency to publish a consultation...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many open fora of the Food Standards Agency have been held since 31 May 2000.

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the agreed recommendations of the Pooley report which are within the remit of the Food Standards Agency have been implemented.

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the result was of the discussions referred to on page 42 of the 2001 report of the Food Standards Agency, between the Food Standards Agency and...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action has been taken following the publication in February 2001 of the final report on the consumer surveys of attitudes towards food issues and the...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the extent to which the Food Standards Agency has met its service delivery agreement to increase the availability of its...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if the target date of April 2001 for the development of the IiP action plan for the Food Standards Agency was met; (2) if he will make a statement...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the consultation (a) began and (b) ended on the hazard analysis and critical control points strategy prepared by the Food Standards Agency; (2)...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what action has been taken following the Research Review Group chaired by Sir John Arbuthnot review of the Food Standards Agency's future strategy...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what improvements have been made by the Food Standards Agency to hygiene assessment scores, as referred to on page 28 of the 2001 report of the Food...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on development work around diversity issues, referred to on page 41 of the 2001 report of the Food Standards Agency; (2)...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the introduction of 360-degree feedback for the senior civil service, referred to on page 41 of the 2001 report of the Food...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what unannounced State Veterinary Service audits have been conducted by the Food Standards Agency in fresh meat establishments as referred to on page 28...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the service delivery agreement referred to on page 26 of the 2001 report of the Food Standards Agency, what new approaches that harness...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which outside specialists, referred to on page 26 of the 2001 report of the Food Standards Agency, have been appointed to carry out qualitative consumer...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of local authorities have been covered by the Food Standards Agency's targeted audit programme encompassing law reforming...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if electronic transmissions of the quarterly returns of local authorities to the Food Standards Agency is undertaken by all local authorities.

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the pieces of independent advice to Ministers which have been published by the Food Standards Agency since its inception.

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the outcome was of the national programme of Food Standards Agency seminars arranged for January to March 2001 to improve the quality of local...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the results of the baseline survey by the Food Standards Agency of salmonella in UK retail poultry.

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the 2000 spending review service delivery agreement targets, if an audit unit within the Food Standards Agency in Scotland and an agreed...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action has (a) been taken and (b) is planned, following the informal consultations by the Food Standards Agency on a proposal for an agency register...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the latest annual survey of consumer attitudes towards food issues and the Food Standards Agency published by the Food...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the Welsh translation of the Food Standards Agency teaching packs "Aliens in our Food", and "The Adventures of Safe-T and the H-Squad" has been prepared.

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to 2000 spending review service delivery agreement targets referred to on page 28 of the 2001 report of the Food Standards Agency, what...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the service delivery agreement target of the Food Standards Agency to develop a new framework agreement with local authorities by 1 April 2001 to...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the upgrade of the Food Standards Agency website, referred to on page 40 of the 2001 Food Standards Agency report, has been completed.

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the performance of the Food Standards Agency in encouraging local authorities to publish local information about hygiene...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many board meetings of the Food Standards Agency have been held in public.

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Local Authority Enforcement Liaison Group in reviewing the operation of the framework agreement...

      Respiratory Syncytial Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent on respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) immunisations (synergis) in the last three years for which figures are available.

      Respiratory Syncytial Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he provides to hospitals and health authorities on (a) whether to immunise at risk infants against RSV and (b) which infants would benefit...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 7 February 2002, Official Report, column 1153W, on teenage pregnancy, which of the recommendations in the Social Exclusion...

      Patient Advocacy and Liaison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list those trusts which have not established patient advocacy and liaison services.

      Staff Magazines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the magazine publications aimed at staff produced during the last year, and the cost of producing each one.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to deliver a world class mental health service as described on page 115 of "Securing Our Future Health: Taking a Long-Term View".

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were on the waiting list for Tier 3 child and adolescent mental health services in each locality team in Birmingham at the end of the...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total expenditure was on child and adolescent mental health services in (a) Birmingham, (b) West Midlands and (c) England in each of the last six...

      Non-Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost in 2001–02 was of the pay increase to staff in his Department, agencies and the non-departmental public bodies for which he is...

      Non-Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what have been the total salary costs of each of the non- departmental public bodies for which he is responsible in each of the last five years.

      Empty Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 6 February 2002, Official Report, column 1046W, regarding the cost and value of empty properties, if the property that has been...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer on 26 March 2002, Official Report, column 943W, regarding the National Care Standards Commission, how many applications had been...

      Town/Village Greens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list those sites which are part of NHS hospitals on which applications have been made to be registered as town or village greens; which of...

      National Patient Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the cost of the National Survey of NHS Patients being carried out by the National Centre for Social Research.

      Alcohol Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what statistics the Government collect on alcohol consumption (a) by gender, (b) by age and (c) by region.

      Meat Hygiene Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if the Food Standards Agency has met its service delivery agreement target to set new targets for the Meat Hygiene Service; (2) with reference to...

      Meat Hygiene Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if the new targets for the Meat Hygiene Service, referred to on page 36 of the 2001 Food Standards Agency report, have been met; (2) if the service...

      Natural Health Therapies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to include natural health research and therapies in policies aimed at tackling cardiovascular disease and cancer.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of mycobacterium bovis (bovine TB) there have been in humans in each year since 1987; and how many fatalities there have been.

      Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition reviewing the available evidence in relation to salt in the diets of adults and children plans to...

      Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations have been presented to the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition's sub-group on salt, other than the submissions sent to the...

      Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition's sub-group on salt plans to produce an interim report of its review on the evidence on salt.

  • Home Department

    • Mobile Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list, for 1997–98 and for each subsequent financial year, the amount spent (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad by (i)...

    • Yarl's Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will install a warning signal for use in the event of escapes from detention and remand centres; if he received representations to...

      Court Transcripts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to whom court transcripts are provided free of charge; and what the cost of purchasing court transcripts is.

      Sexual Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of sexual abuse were heard by the Court of Appeal; of these how many were (a) upheld and (b) discharged in each year since...

      Overtime Payments

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

      Staff (Locally Elected Representatives)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of staff at his Department are locally elected democratic representatives; and if he has a strategy for his Department to...

      Justices of the Peace

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home 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 members of...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which public service agreement targets that are scheduled to be met in 2002 will not be achieved by the due date.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people employed by the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible under the New Deal for Young People in each of the...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many private finance initiative projects have been subject to refinancing after the contracts have been signed; and what has been the...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether the running of accommodation centres for asylum seekers will be contracted out to the private sector; (2) who will be...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people he expects to be employed at each accommodation centre for asylum seekers; and what estimate he has made of the salary costs...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sites are under consideration for the provision of the pilot asylum seeker accommodation centres.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assistance will be provided to local authorities and other providers of public services in whose areas asylum seeker accommodation...

      Street Robberies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many street robberies there have been in each of the London boroughs in the last three years.

      Voluntary Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate the Government have made of the level of direct European Union funding for the voluntary sector in the United Kingdom in the...

      Special Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the strength was of the special constabulary for each of the 43 police authorities in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      Golden Jubilee

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers serving in the Humberside police authority will be eligible for the Golden Jubilee Medal.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight dated 21 March concerning antisocial behaviour orders.

      Vehicle Speed Detection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) to what extent the VASCAR vehicle speed detection device relies on human inputs. (2) if he will make a statement about the accuracy of...

      Police Discretion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the police have discretion whether to record a reported crime; and whether a complainant may be requested to attend a police station...

      Merseyside Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) police standard spending assessment and (b) Home Office provision were for Merseyside police in (i) 1995–96, (ii)...

      Offences (DNA)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what class of offences DNA samples are (a) taken and (b) held even where prosecution does not proceed.

      Press Subscriptions

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

      Press Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the magazines and periodicals subscribed to by his Department, stating for each subscription (i) the number of copies taken,...

      Police Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of each police authority's total budget was accounted for by police pensions in the financial years (a) 1998–99, (b)...

      Operation Antler

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the cost in each year, to (a) his Department and (b) Wiltshire Constabulary of Operation Antler, including salary and support...

      Police Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police force members there were in (a) Avon and Somerset police force, (b) the south-west region and (c) England and Wales in each...

      Justice and Home Affairs Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the outcome was of the Justice and Home Affairs Council held in Brussels on 22 April; what the Government's stance was on the issues...

      Community Wardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the powers of arrest given to community wardens under the Police Reform Bill.

      Families of Murder Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the procedure is for distribution of homicide information packs by family liaison police officers to families of murder victims....

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have left Sussex constabulary in the last 12 months through (a) retirement, (b) early retirement, (c) injury and (d)...

      Sirius Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the progress of the Sirius project; and what contingency plans his Department has for the project not being...

      Data Protection Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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...

      Asylum Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken to accelerate the asylum application process; and what steps he has taken to ensure that the asylum application...

      Racism and Xenophobia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what definition of (a) racism and (b) xenophobia is used by his Department.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Coolants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what coolant will be used for the building services water chilling system for the new GCHQ building.

    • Ministerial Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent by his Department on training by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts for Ministers and officials in each...

      Ministerial Training

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

      Ministerial Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent by his Department on voice coaching for Ministers and officials in each of the last five years.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in other European Union countries on seeking compensation from the...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with European and United States counterparts about the situation in Israel.

      Fiji

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people from Fiji have received entry clearance to reside in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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...

      Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times his Department has discussed the two Whitehall budgets for conflict prevention, referred to by the Parliamentary...

      Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the two Whitehall budgets for conflict prevention, referred to by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in a speech to...

      Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries have benefited from the two Whitehall budgets for conflict prevention, referred to by the Parliamentary...

      Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from which existing funds the money for the two Whitehall budgets for conflict prevention, referred to by the Parliamentary...

      Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans his Department has to spend the two Whitehall budgets for conflict prevention, referred to by the Parliamentary...

      Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) size and (b) nature is of the two Whitehall budgets for conflict prevention, referred to by the Parliamentary...

      Plane-spotters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Dutch Government concerning co-operation regarding the British and Dutch plane-spotters in...

      Greece

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will next meet his Greek counterpart on a bilateral basis.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs further to his answer of 30 April 2002 to the hon. Member for Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (Mrs. Humble), Official Report,...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what requests his Department has made since 10 December 2001 for information concerning smuggling between Gibraltar and...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his visit to Gibraltar on 3 May.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he has asked Spain to relinquish its claim to full sovereignty of Gibraltar as part of the talks under the terms of the...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the Government of Gibraltar was advised of his intention to visit Gibraltar in May.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice his Department is preparing for UK citizens who will visit Greece (a) this summer and (b) for the Athens 2004...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department was first informed of the arrest of the Britons related to bombing incidents in Saudi Arabia; and when he...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department was informed of the sentences passed on the Britons accused of the bombing campaign in Saudi Arabia; and...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will widen the scope of the UK/EU travel ban against Zimbabwean officials to include businessmen.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with European colleagues regarding military action against Iraq; and which European countries...

      Lockerbie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs at which meetings of the UN Security Council Professor Hans Koechler's report on the appeal proceedings at the Scottish Court in...

  • House of Lords

    • Freedom of Information Act Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the estimated costs of training Ministers and civil servants in preparation for the coming into force of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

    • Freedom of Information Act Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the current plans for the training of Ministers and civil servants in preparation for the coming into force of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Freedom of Information Act Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What training has been completed by Ministers and civil servants in preparation for the coming into force of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Development Assistance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many countries attending the Monterrey summit in Mexico have made firm commitments to an increase in their overall official development assistance towards the...

      Victor Bout

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there have been any recent developments concerning Victor Bout, following the allegations made in Air Cargo News of 15 April.

      Home Office: Assets of Cultural Significance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Home Secretary on 8 November 2001 (HC Deb, 391), whether the antiques and paintings listed are included in the Home Office's...

      Street Crime

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of those convicted of mugging and street robbery were at the time subject to sanctions on means-tested benefits; and what proportion of convicted...

      Terrorist Offences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many persons at the most recent date have been (a) arrested, (b) charged and (c) convicted under each of the Terrorism Act 2000 and the Anti-Terrorism, Crime...

      Army Training Exercises

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Medman exercises have been carried out at the Army's training area in BATUS, Canada, over the last 10 years; and what is the future programme; and What is...

      Army Training Exercises

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many army exercises have been carried out in Poland, at battle group level or higher, over the last six years; and what is the future programme.

      Gulf War Illnesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the response of Lord Grocott to Lord Morris of Manchester on 10 April (HL Deb, col 407), whether maintaining "closest contact with our American friends"...

      Warship Support Modernisation Initiative

      asked Her Majesty's Government: 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 modernisation initiative.

      Defence Equipment Exports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What instructions they have given to British military attachés to verify that licensed exports of arms and equipment are in fact used for the purposes for...

      Explosive Remnants of War

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their policy in respect of the main recommendation in the Landmine Action report Explosive Remnants of War, namely that the users of explosive munitions...

      Explosive Remnants of War

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will meet representatives of Landmine Action to discuss the issues raised in its recent report Explosive Remnants of War.

      Biological and Toxin Weapons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they are making in their consultations with states parties to the 1975 Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention on how to achieve a binding agreement...

      Information Security Breaches

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to address the problem that half of companies and four out of five large businesses fell victim over the past year to viruses, hacking...

      Information Security Breaches

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they collect data on the average cost to companies of an Internet security breach; and if so, what was that average as of 1 April 2002.

      Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which regulations have been consolidated by the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (England) Regulations 2002.

      Terrorist Crimes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many individuals who (a) have warrants or outstanding prosecutions against them; or (b) are suspects who have failed to answer their bail, are still within the...

      Benefits Paid through Post Offices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the use of sub-post offices by pensioners and other people in order to receive pensions and state benefits is monitored; and, if so, what are the numbers...

      Meat Imports: Presence of Spinal Cord

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they will take following another discovery of meat containing spinal cord being imported into England, this time from Spain.

      Haemophilia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 10 April (WA 99), when they expect to be able to respond to the Question for Written Answer tabled by...

      Smallpox Vaccine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they had decided to purchase the Lister strain of smallpox vaccine before they discussed their purchasing needs with potential suppliers.

      Smallpox Vaccine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will be meeting the costs of clinical trials for smallpox vaccine to be supplied by PowderJect Pharmaceuticals; and, if so, how much these are...

      National Specialist Commissioning Advisory Group

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the National Specialist Commissioning Advisory Group last issued an annual report on its activities.

      Digital Terrestrial Signal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: jenny What are their plans to increase the strength of the digital terrestrial signal so that the reception is improved.

      BadTrans Virus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they have taken to protect government websites from the BadTrans virus.

      Cabinet Meetings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions Cabinet met in each of the Sessions 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000 and 2000–01; and what was the average length of each...

      Spectator Article

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the basis of the Prime Minister's complaint to the Press Complaints Commission about Mr Peter Oborne's article in the Spectator about alleged...

      Evening Standard: Purchase for House of Lords Library

      asked the Chairman of Committees: How many copies of the Evening Standard are bought each day for the House of Lords Library; how this compares with The Times, the Daily Mail and the Guardian;...

      Golden Jubilee Medal: Palace of Westminster Collection

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether he will arrange for The Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal to be displayed alongside the Silver Jubilee Medal in the Palace of Westminster Medal Collection.

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