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Written answers

Wednesday, 8 May 2002

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures her Department has taken since 1997 to encourage energy efficiency in (a) the domestic sector, (b) the...

    • Eggs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Lion Code of Practice and Lion Quality Mark in (a) reducing...

      Dairy Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to simplify the administration of milk quotas; and if she will make a statement on the benchmarking in the...

      Dairy Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals she has to encourage greater co-operation and communication between participants in the dairy supply chain...

      Fruit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress is being made in negotiations to amend the EU marketing standard for apples and pears.

      Red Cross

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial support her Department has given since 1 April 2000 to projects in the UK run by the British Red Cross in...

      Wood Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals she has to introduce tariffs and labelling on wood imports.

      Financial Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the financial support schemes sponsored by her Department and its agencies for (a) horticulture, (b)...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether drinking water is extracted from the groundwater under Sellafield.

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what dates (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department held meetings with the Irish Government to discuss the...

      Arable Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to ensure that there is parity of support for arable farmers across the UK.

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she is taking to prevent illegal meat imports.

      Pigs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much post-weaning multisystematic wasting syndrome has added to the production costs of pig meat in the last 12 months.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the reasons were for the delay in answering the question, Ref 288, tabled by the hon. Member for South Suffolk on 25...

      Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funds exist to enable the Forestry Commission to assist employees with their council tax payments; and if she will make...

      Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many Forestry Commission employees are being assisted with the payment of council tax; and if she will make a statement.

      Scottish Fishermen's Federation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she last met representatives of the Scottish Fishermen's Federation.

      Future of Farming and Food Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the total level of funding required to implement the recommendations of the Policy Commission...

      Flax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what forms of financial assistance are available to farmers intending to grow flax; what assessment she has made of the...

      Welfare of Laying Hens Directive

      Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the proposed date of implementation of European Directives on the Welfare of...

      Animal Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of (a) the reopening of livestock markets and (b) other increased animal movements...

      Animal Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contingency plan her Department has to deal with two or more separate animal disease epidemics at the same time; and if...

      Animal Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much compensation has been (a) allotted and (b) paid for bovine TB for (i) slaughtering and (ii) restriction of movement...

      Silk Stream Flood Defence Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress with the Silk Stream Flood Defence project in the Hendon constituency.

      Veterinary Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of private veterinary surgeons have received training for each notifiable disease from her Department and its...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish her Department's strategy for coping with a new outbreak of foot and mouth.

      Dangerous Dogs Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to the taxpayer of keeping dogs under the provisions of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 has been in the last 12 months.

      Dangerous Dogs Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average length of time dogs have been held by the police under the provisions of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 was.

      Dangerous Dogs Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to review the terms of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

      Dangerous Dogs Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many dogs are held by the Metropolitan police service under the provisions of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

      Dangerous Dogs Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what has been the total cost of keeping dogs under the provisions of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

      Scrapie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she intends to introduce a compensation scheme for rams devalued owing to culling under the National Scrapie Plan.

      Scrapie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for the future funding of the National Scrapie Plan.

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received in respect of proposals to change the planning system as they refer to radioactive...

  • Prime Minister

    • Commonwealth Games

      To ask the Prime Minister what events he plans to attend during the Commonwealth games in Manchester.

    • Performance and Innovation Unit

      To ask the Prime Minister what additional projects are planned for the Performance and Innovation Unit; and if he will make a statement.

      Delivery Unit

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 28 February 2002, Official Report, column 1450W, on the No. 10 Delivery Unit, if he will list the names of the full-time and part-time civil...

      Security Services Employees

      To ask the Prime Minister how many applications were referred by the Cabinet Secretary to the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments in respect of employees or former employees of (a) MI5,...

  • Wales

    • Voting Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on reducing the minimum voting age in elections to the National Assembly for Wales to 16 years.

    • Public Sector Workers (Recruitment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues about recruitment of public sector workers by Government Departments in Wales.

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues and the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales about integrated policies to...

      Euro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what evaluation his Department has made of Wales' preparations for possible UK adoption of the euro.

      Manufacturing Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on changes in manufacturing employment in Wales in the past 12 months.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Department for Trade and Industry regarding renewable energy production in Wales.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the National Assembly for Wales to ensure that Wales plays its part in achieving the UK Government's target to produce 10...

      Student Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on student debt in Wales.

      Health Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues regarding the audit body proposed to oversee health spending in Wales; and if he will make a...

      Health Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales about the impact of the Budget on health spending in Wales.

      Film Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he is having with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales on measures to promote the film industry in Wales; and if he will...

      Health and Social Care (Monmouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will meet the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales to discuss the proposed health and social care facility for Monmouth.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales regarding improvements in the provision of social services...

      European Union (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the value in 2001–02 of (a) EU structural funding and agricultural support payments in Wales and (b) the share of the...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in the use of the cultural and heritage assets of Wales in encouraging...

      Pensioners (Transport Use)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consultations he has held with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales about the use of transport by pensioners in Wales.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Treasury about fiscal measures to assist small businesses in Wales.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Treasury about measures to assist small businesses in Wales.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about measures to assist small businesses in Wales.

      Small and Medium Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the encouragement of small and medium enterprises in Wales.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had on provision of NHS dental treatment in Wales.

      Brussels (Welsh Representation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with colleagues in the National Assembly in relation to official Welsh representation in Brussels.

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the devolution settlement.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues about the impact of the climate change levy on manufacturing employment in Wales.

      Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on what subjects and on which dates his Department has recently consulted organisations representing young people; and if he will list such organisations.

  • Education and Skills

    • Departmental Policies

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

    • Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the (a) private finance initiative and (b) public private partnership projects which have been delayed.

      Better Quality Service Programme

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

      Building Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the building projects under construction; and what coolant will be used for the building services water chilling system for...

      National Insurance Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her estimate is of the cost in the next 12 months of the budget changes to employers' national insurance contributions to (a) her...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many special needs places are available in special schools in England and Wales; and what the equivalent figure was in 1997.

      Red Cross

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

      Disabled Access

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

      Work-based Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what plans she has to compensate families who lose benefits when their child undertakes vocational work-based training; (2) what...

      Private Tuition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what plans she has to introduce a system of inspection for the private tuition industry; and if she will make a statement; (2) what...

      Henry Box School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what targets were agreed by Henry Box school, Oxfordshire, at the time of its acquisition of specialist status; and which have not yet been...

      Ofsted Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the reports she expects Ofsted to publish in the next six months.

      Teacher Work Load

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the School Teachers' Review Body's special review of approaches to reducing teacher work load.

  • Defence

    • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the development of unmanned aerial vehicles.

    • Army Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the latest estimate is of the number of cases affected by the mistaken taxing of certain categories of Army pensions; and what he estimates the...

      Complaints

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

      Defence Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of the £950 million provided for defence since 11 September 2001 has been spent.

      A400m

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when aircraft designs for the A400M will be finalised; when contracts for the A400M will be signed off; when production of the A400M will start; and if...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether personal letters from lords-lieutenant to him are (a) treated officially and (b) delegated to junior ministers; (2) if he will make a...

      Defence Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with front-line commanders about the effects of medical limitations on their ability to deploy troops with particular...

      Defence Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will (a) complete and (b) publish the Medical Manning and Retention Review; which outside organisation and individuals he will consult in the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many widows of Royal Air Force service men have been affected by his Department's error in deducting tax wrongly from their pensions; (2) how...

      Overnight Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under what regulations it is permissible for non-service personnel to be given overnight accommodation at MOD bases; who has to agree to the stay; what...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to implement the recommendations of the second report of the Defence Committee, HC 348, on the threat from terrorism.

      Nuclear Weapons Tests (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on compensation claims made by former service men in respect of exposure to radiation in atmospheric nuclear weapons tests.

      Western European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with the President of the Western European Union; and what issues were discussed.

      Private Gray

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2002, Official Report, column 260W, when his Department was informed by Surrey police of the re-opening of the...

      War Cemeteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 5 March 2002, to the hon. Member for Tewkesbury (Mr. Robertson), Official Report, column 166W, on war cemeteries, if he will...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are to use SHAPE military experts for planning a Turkish-led ISAF in Kabul.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from his (a) Turkish and (b) EU counterparts regarding the possibility of using SHAPE's military experts for...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what conditions need to be met by his Department prior to Turkey agreeing to lead ISAF in Kabul.

      Fluorescent Particle Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer of 29 April 2002, Official Report, columns 535–36W, on fluorescent particle trials, if he will place in the Library the...

      Defence Analytical Service Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Quinquennial Review of the Defence Analytical Service Agency will take place.

      Medical Categories (Army)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the Army are in the medical categories (a) FE, (b) FT, (c) LE, (d) LT, (e) BE, (f) BT, (g) HO, (h) HO (UK), (i) HONI and (j) HO (UK)...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) men and (b) women are serving in the Territorial Army.

      Medical Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to make the short-term measure announced in December 2000 temporarily to supplement NHS treatment of armed forces personnel with private...

  • Treasury

    • Newspaper Advertising

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the expenditure of his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies on newspaper advertising by title in each year...

    • Sickness Absence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the levels of sickness absence were in each of the last three years in (a) Customs and Excise as a whole and (b) each division and regional collection...

      Rural Awareness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when his Department will establish rural targets and monitoring as part of overall rural proofing measures as set out in the Countryside Agency's report,...

      Rural Awareness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when his Department will have rural proofing embedded in policy-making procedures as set out in the Countryside Agency's report, Rural Proofing in 2001–02.

      Terrorist Suspects

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 29 April 2002, Official Report, column 541W, on terrorist suspects, if he will identify the individuals and organisations...

      Insurance Premiums

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will request the OFT to investigate the change in insurance premiums in areas at risk from flooding since autumn 2000.

      Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the percentage of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine and (c) cannabis that escaped detection and was imported into the United Kingdom in each...

      Money Laundering Terrorist Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what extra expenditure is planned this year, and in which Departments and agencies of Government, to tackle (a) money laundering and (b) the financial...

      Taxation (Millionaires)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many millionaires in the United Kingdom had a nil tax contribution in 2000–01.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter to him dated 2 April from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. I. Hesketh.

  • Trade and Industry

    • UK Master Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 25 March 2002, Official Report, column 695W, on trading scheme exemptions, whether her Department determines that...

    • Textile Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) whether her Department has carried out an assessment of the impact on the textile industry in the UK of the worldwide economic downturn...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) surplus and (b) deficit was passed to the Exchequer in the form of Government receipts during the course of the ECGD's trading...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been spent by the administration section of the Export Credits Guarantee Department under code B4 (Grant and transfers: current)...

      MOX Fuel Shipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what date she expects the ships carrying the faulty MOX fuel from Japan to Sellafield to enter UK territorial waters.

      MOX Fuel Shipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what additional security measures have been ordered for the return of the faulty MOX fuel from Japan to Sellafield as a result of the events...

      Maladministration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what payments have been made to individuals following findings of maladministration by ombudsmen with responsibility for agencies under the...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the estimated level of losses to fraud and corruption was in (a) her Department's vote 1 budget and (b) her Department's vote 2 budget...

      Military Exports (Israel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many SIELs have been issued, and in what categories, for military exports to Israel since 18 February; and if she will make a statement.

      Private Medical Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many employees in (a) her Department and (b) her Department's agencies and non-departmental public bodies have had private medical...

      Departmental Policies

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

      Arms Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement about increased powers which the Export Control Bill will give to her to ensure that exported arms are not used...

      Broadband/Highband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what meetings her Department (a) has had and (b) is planning to have with the DTLR regarding the impact of the line rental scheme on...

      Departmental Retirement Ages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the retirement ages that apply to the employees of her Department and its agencies, including how many and which categories...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Damilola Taylor

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will make a statement on the actions that she plans to take as a consequence of the Damilola Taylor case.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Accountancy Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost to his Department was for accountancy services in each of the last four years.

    • Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the appointments made by his Department since 1 May 1997 of chairmen of (a) non- departmental public bodies, (b) commissions,...

      Departmental Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost of his Department's website was in real terms in each of the last four years; and how many hits it received in each of those...

      Publicity Expenditure

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

      Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with Northern Ireland Ministers and the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the arts community there.

      Political Dialogue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action he is taking to help prevent Northern Ireland becoming what he has termed a "cold house for Unionists"; and if he will make a statement.

      Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) if he will list the official visits to (a) Paris and (b) Brussels made by each Minister in his Department in 2001 and the mode of travel...

      Gender Pay Gap

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the extent of the gender pay gap among staff in his Department.

      Relocation Expenses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his policy is on the payment of relocation expenses to staff in his Department.

      Public Service Agreements

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

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the target is for reducing sickness absence by police officers and civilians in 2001–02; and if he estimates it will be met.

      Ministerial Travel

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

      Press Office

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

      New Deal (Young People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

      Part-time Employees

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

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he has made a decision on the future of forensic science in Northern Ireland.

      Empty Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his answer of 4 March 2002, Official Report, column 57W, regarding the cost of empty properties, if his Department has owned...

      Staff Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

      Petrol Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what meetings he and his officials have held with their Irish counterparts since July 2001 to discuss the smuggling of petroleum products into...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the (a) private finance initiative and (b) public private partnership projects which have been delayed.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Staff

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

    • Press and Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people were employed in a press or public relations function in her Department on 1 January in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001...

      Gender Pay Gap

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment she has made of the extent of the gender pay gap among staff in her Department.

      Job Advertisements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list the job advertisements placed by her Department in the last 12 months specifying where the advertisements were placed and the cost in...

      Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what her Department's policy is towards age discrimination.

      Accessible Documentation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if all documentation provided by her Department is available in formats accessible by the visually impaired.

      Unpaid Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list the names of the unpaid advisers appointed by her and her predecessors since June 1997, stating in each case (a) the date of their...

      Property Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what new measures her Department took in 2001–02 to protect its property from theft or damage.

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list the number of subscriptions to (a) digital terrestrial, (b) digital satellite and (c) digital cable television held by her Department...

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list the (a) number and (b) total cost of television licences paid for by her Department.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to her answer of 22 April, Official Report, column 66W, on appointments, whether the only public appointments she makes are to the Boundary...

      Digital Equipment

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

  • Advocate-General

    • Property Protection

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

  • Church Commissioners

    • Redundant Churches

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, how many redundant churches have been sold in each of the last five years.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Entertainment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list for 1997–98 and each subsequent financial year the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its...

    • Benefit Recipients

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

      Equal Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he has established a baseline for policy appraisal against which to measure progress on equal treatment; and what progress has been achieved;

      Data Series

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what new data series separated by (a) gender, (b) race, (c) disability and (d) age have been commissioned by his Department since August 1997.

      Creche Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what creche facilities are provided by his Department; and at what cost.

      Fraud and Error

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent annual estimate is of the accrued amount of benefits overpaid due to (a) customer error, (b) official error and (c) fraud...

      Fraud and Error

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases there were and what the value of cases was where his Department had deemed that there was (a) high and (b) low suspicion that an...

      Public Bodies

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

      Mobility Allowance (Wandsworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the London Borough of Wandsworth are in receipt of the mobility allowance.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which categories of carer will be credited into the state second pension; and for each of those categories, who will be (a) credited...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many UK pensioners in receipt of pensions are living abroad, broken down by country of residence.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have personal pension funds.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that the new grant formula that will replace SSA will (a) be improved and (b)...

    • Parish Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the financial impact on parish councils of the 1996 Accounts and Audit Regulations;...

      Parish Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he plans to introduce an internal audit requirement for parish councils; and if he will make a statement.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will set out his definition of the amenity grounds on which local authorities may refuse planning applications...

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what research his Department has commissioned into planning guidance on the siting of mobile phone masts in other...

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what action has been taken to carry out the Stewart report recommendation to appoint an ombudsman to examine...

      Rural Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 29 January 2002, Official Report, column 172W, on rural housing, what representations he...

      Housing (Redbridge)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list, by project, the total investment in housing capital improvements in the London borough of Redbridge,...

      Affordable Housing (South-West)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many affordable housing units in (a) south Somerset, (b) Somerset and (c) the south-west region have (i) been...

      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...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) whether the Government will provide legally binding guarantees to support the finance raised by Metronet and...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many underground stations will be improved up to 2009; and how many were planned to be improved in the original...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects the final safety case for the London Underground PPP to be completed.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what capacity increases the PPP scheme will lead to during the first seven and a half years of operation.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what rights the PPP providers have to withdraw from the contracts at the end of the first seven and a half year period.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on progress with plans for modernisation of the London Underground.

      West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations have been received from the Scottish Executive regarding the upgrade of the West Coast Main Line.

      West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his latest estimate is of the cost of upgrading the West Coast Main Line (a) North and (b) South of the...

      Rail Freight Operators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what protection exists, and whether it is his policy that protection should exist, to protect rail freight operators...

      Deep Sea Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what guidelines he issues to ensure that planning gain for transport is balanced between rail and road modes when...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many complaints were registered with each passenger transport authority against bus operators, broken down by...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the total bus subsidies paid in each of the past four years were in (a) urban and (b) rural areas.

      School Transport (Safety)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions for what reason the law compelling children on school coaches to wear seat belts does not apply to children on double...

      Bus Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if he will introduce regulations to require bus operators to install and keep in good order bus radio/alarm...

      Bus Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will convene a meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee to ensure a co-ordinated approach with the devolved...

      MI (Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions for what reason he is allowing the rebuilding of the motorway services at junction 15A of the M1 motorway on a site...

      M27

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) when the roadworks on Junctions 2 to 4 on the M27 will be completed; (2) if he will make a statement on the...

      MOX Fuel Shipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place in the Library a copy of the approval documents he has issued to British Nuclear Fuels for the...

      MOX Fuel Shipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the approval process for the transport package which will be used to transport the faulty MOX fuel from Japan to...

      Dangerous Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will implement the recommendations contained in the report, Dangerous Driving and the Law; and if he will make...

      Aviation Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will make an announcement about the provision of new airport capacity in the south-east.

      Aviation Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps he is taking to encourage best practice in the types of airport consultation that are required under...

      Aviation Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent assessment he has made of the implications of the practice of foreign airliner wet-leasing by United...

      Transport Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent guidance he has issued to the operators of public service vehicles in relation to reasonable precautions...

      Transport Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on his Department's review of the organisational arrangements for transport safety.

      Channel Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will bring an action against the French Government for their record in observing the free movement of...

      Planning Appeal, Willaton Work House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will determine the outcome of the appeal on the Workhouse in Willaton, Somerset.

  • Home Department

    • Policing Costs (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what studies he has recently commissioned regarding the costs of policing the London metropolitan area; and what studies he has taken into...

    • Government Funding

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

      Criminal Responsibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement regarding the age of criminal responsibility.

      Hare Coursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will establish a power of arrest for persons found committing an offence under the Game Act 1831; (2) what plans he has to amend...

      Recruitment

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

      Street Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the level of street crime in each Metropolitan Police division between January and March in each year from 1997 to 2002.

      Crime (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on trends in crime levels in Wales in the last 12 months.

      Police Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the ability of police officers to cross police authority boundaries when pursuing suspected criminals.

      Wolvercote Clinic

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if it is his policy that the Wolvercote clinic should close.

      Air Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the cost of introducing a certification regime for the holding of air weapons.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Government have to introduce new measures to tackle antisocial behaviour.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to public spending was of the diversity training programme within the prison service; and how long it will take for all...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his department has contributed to the gays and lesbians in the prison service support group.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many men held in prisons in England and Wales who are serving a sentence of over five years were charged with offences involving (a)...

      Car Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cars have been stolen in the past two years for which figures are available; and what steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of...

      Prison Albany

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason the Prison Service's application for planning permission to extend HMP Albany was made under emergency procedures.

      Racial Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evaluation he has made of the quality of the consultation by the CRE on the draft code of practice on the duty to promote racial...

      Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the recent anti-Semitic attacks on Jews and Jewish property in London.

      Europol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps he plans to take to improve the democratic accountability of Europol; (2) if he will make a statement on the Communication...

      National Criminal Intelligence Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional resources are planned to be made available to NCIS for the anticipated increase in money laundering reporting by...

      National Criminal Intelligence Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the length of time is before solicitors, accountants and financial advisers who report suspected money laundering to NCIS receiving...

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women are on the sex offenders register.

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women who are on the Sex Offenders Register reside in (i) Spelthorne and (ii) Surrey.

      Sex Offenders

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

      Child Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the national arrangements are in the gathering of information on children involved in cases of child pornography.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the (a) nationality and (b) future rights of those no longer eligible for the special voucher scheme.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consultation was carried out prior to the abolition of the special voucher scheme.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which detention centres for asylum seekers (a) provide and (b) have provided on-site education; for each centre that provided on-site...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost per pupil of education provision in detention centres has been in the last year for which figures are available.

      Prison Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes have occurred in the (a) numbers and (b) percentages of (i) women and (ii) men imprisoned in each of the past 10 years; and what...

      Prison Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the total prison population per 100,000 of the population; and what the comparable figures are for each of the past...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to ensure that the educational needs and progress of prisoners are assessed before they are transferred between prison...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to assess the individual educational needs of prisoners when they first enter custody; what plans he has to replace the...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to give prisoners over 16 years a statutory right to receive education while in custody.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women were serving custodial sentences in each of the last three years, broken down by location.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners who are Irish citizens have died in United Kingdom prisons in each year since 1996.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young prisoners have been subjected to restraint under Rule 52 of the Rules for Young Offenders Institutions since April 2000; and...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress he has made on developing policies for the aftercare of wrongfully convicted prisoners; and what plans he has to consult on his...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to notify hon. Members of proposals for prisons in their constituencies.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which prisons have sprinklers fitted in the residential parts of the prisons.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Departmental Functions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the functions of his Department that have been (a) market tested and (b) outsourced in each of the last five...

    • National Insurance Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his estimate is of the cost in a full year of the budget changes to employers' national insurance contributions to (a) his...

      Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will make a statement on the reasons for the Government's decision to vote in favour of a vote of no confidence in...

      Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons the United Kingdom voted on 22 April at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for the...

      Jordan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Jordanian authorities concerning the case of the Siham Suleiman Moussa Qandah.

      Shafiq Rasul

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the health of Shafiq Rasul in Camp X-ray; and what steps he has taken to ensure that...

      Pakistan (Christians)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received concerning the situation of (a) Ayub Masih and (b) other Christians in Pakistan; and...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when Her Majesty's Government were informed of the discriminatory pensions practices of Gibraltar that he reported to the House...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the discriminatory pensions practices of Gibraltar that he referred to in the House on 16 April 2002, Official...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he was informed that the European Commission was embarking on an investigation into potentially illegal practices in...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what occasions Ministers have informed the Committees of the House about the discriminatory pensions practices of Gibraltar...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on which dates the discriminatory pensions practices of Gibraltar have been formally raised with the Gibraltar Government in the...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he informed the Government of Gibraltar prior to referring in the House on 16 April 2002, Official Report, column 453, to the...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the oral statement of the Minister for Europe on 16 April 2002, Official Report, column 433, on pension scams and...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the answer of the Secretary of State for International Development to the hon. Member for Richmond Park (Dr. Tonge)...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will discuss with the Saudi ambassador to the UK the poem he has published praising a Palestinian suicide bomber;...

      East Timor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how the United Kingdom will be represented in East Timor after independence.

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date and by what means he plans to restore citizenship rights to the St. Helenians.

      British Overseas Territories Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the British Overseas Territories Act 2002 Commencement Order will be made.

      Arms Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department takes to ensure that the export of arms is to countries which will only use the arms for approved...

      Lockerbie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the offer of compensation made by Libya for the families of those killed in the Lockerbie bombing.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on relations with Libya with particular reference to sanctions.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which individuals in Zimbabwe have bank accounts which have been frozen by the European Union and the United States, broken down...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Copyright Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures her Department proposes to take to combat video, DVD and internet piracy.

    • Copyright Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions her officials have had with officials in other departments on combating video, DVD and internet piracy.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was paid from public funds to support the British Tourism Industry in (a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01 and (c) 2001–02.

      ITV Digital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received from ITV Digital since the company's entry into administration on 27 March.

      National Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she has received (a) Patrick Carter's report into the National Football Stadium and (b) the other information from the Football...

      Rural Awareness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when her Department will establish rural targets and monitoring as part of overall rural proofing measures as set out in the Countryside...

      Rural Awareness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when her Department will introduce measures to raise rural awareness through staff (a) training, (b) development and (c) secondments as...

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what mechanisms the Government will implement to ensure that (a) consumers on low incomes, (b) consumers who live in rural areas and (c)...

      Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment has been made of the impact of the work of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.

      Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her future funding intentions are for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.

      Performance Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment she has made of whether the target for the reduction of running costs as a proportion of the departmental...

      Press Subscriptions

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

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Census 1901

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if the costs of enhancement of the 1901 Census website since 2 January will be met by QinetiQ; and if the contract with QinetiQ...

    • Family Visitor Appeals

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will provide a breakdown of the number of family visitor appeals (a) determined, (b) allowed and (c) dismissed by the...

      Family Visitor Appeals

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will provide a breakdown of the number of (a) oral and (b) paper-only family visitor appeals received by the Immigration...

      Bailiff Law

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what progress has been made on the Green Paper "Towards Effective Enforcement—A Single Piece of Bailiff Law and Regulatory...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister by what criteria he judges whether the cost of a parliamentary question is disproportionate; and what guidance he gives to Departments.

    • Age Equality Commission

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will establish an age equality commission; and if he will make a statement.

      Expenditure Authorisation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on (a) the circumstances in which an accounting officer should seek a direction from a Minister before authorising expenditure, (b)...

  • Health

    • Digital Equipment

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

    • Recombinant Factor VIII

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the charging mechanisms for providing recombinant factor VIII to haemophiliacs under the age of 20 but over the age of 16.

      Riding for the Disabled Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role his Department envisages for the Riding for the Disabled Association in the rehabilitative treatment of children with musculo-skeletal disorders.

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on genito-urinary medicine in each of the past five years.

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason analogue hearing aids continue to be fitted in hospitals involved in the modernising hearing aid services projects.

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when PCTs and NHS trusts in the south-east that have been allowed to make digital hearing aids available will be given another chance to bid for...

      MMR

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he intends to give to nursery schools and other providers of early years education on accepting children who have not received their MMR...

      MMR

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the level of MMR vaccination is in Darlington.

      Alcohol Awareness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's procedures are for ensuring that every woman is made aware of the dangers of drinking alcohol while pregnant.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the total savings to public funds of the Private Finance Initiative contract for the Nottingham university CHP...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the care home sector of additional employers' NI contributions as summarised in the Budget statement.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the cost in a full year of the Budget changes to employers' national insurance contributions to (a) his Department, (b) agencies...

      Dental Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the dental care plans by dental practitioners and the impact this has on access to dental care; (2) what...

      Clinical Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what income his Department (a) has received and (b) plans to receive from the sale of anonymised clinical information.

      Eastbourne and Hastings Hospital Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the newly merged Eastbourne and Hastings hospital trusts will pay in additional national insurance contributions in the year 2002; (2) how...

      Mixed Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients were treated in hospital in mixed wards in each year from 1995 to 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospital Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were waiting more than six months to see a consultant for the first consultation in Lancashire in each year since 1997.

      Reconfiguration Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions the independent reconfiguration panel has met.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the availability of the latest generation of medicines to those who suffer mental illness.

      Endometriosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will make a decision on the application by the SHE Trust for DOH Section 64 funding of a comparative survey of endometriosis.

      Learning Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to encourage the involvement of the (a) independent and (b) charitable sectors in the provision of care for adults...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what dates (a) ministers and (b) officials in his Department held meetings with the Irish Government to discuss the British Nuclear Fuels plant at...

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on lung cancer treatment in each year since 1997.

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of cases of lung cancer in the last five years can be attributed to smoking.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many nursing home residents previously funded under preserved rights have moved from their existing care home as a result of their reassessment;...

      Oxfordshire SSA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations his Department have made to other Departments on the SSA in relation to Oxfordshire.

      Comprehensive Spending Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations his Department has made to other Departments on funding for social services spending by counties in preparation for the Comprehensive...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with representatives of general practitioners in respect of the additional costs related to the healthcare of the...

      NHS Appointments Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 23 April 2002, Official Report, column 120W, what discussions he has had with the NHS Appointments Commission on the reason the...

      NHS Plan (Newcastle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reasons underlay the rejection of the bids from Newcastle Primary Care Trust and the City of Newcastle upon Tyne for support from the NHS Plan...

      Lymphoedema

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training doctors receive in the diagnosis and treatment of lymphoedema; and if he will make a statement.

      Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many adverse incidents involving (a) electrically powered and (b) manual wheelchairs have been reported to the Medical Devices Agency in each of the...

      Press Subscriptions

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

      Anti-TNFa Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice he has issued to strategic health authorities and primary care trusts on (a) the implementation timetable for anti-TNFa drugs and (b) the...

      Non-executive NHS Trust Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the requisite period of notice is for non- executive directors of acute NHS trusts in cases of trust merger.

      Non-executive NHS Trust Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who the non-executive directors of each of the strategic health authorities are; and how many and what percentage of the total are members of ethnic...

      Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost has been to date to the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS trust of the suspension of the transfer of health services between Crawley...

      Wessex Neurological Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he will take to restore operations on the neurosurgical lists of the Wessex Neurological Centre; and if he will make a statement.

      Anthrax Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what facilities are available in the United Kingdom for anthrax vaccine production; and if it is produced by biotechnological methodologies.

      Coronary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients who received a bare stent in a percutaneous coronary intervention were readmitted for a repeat re-stent or coronary bypass grafting...

      Coronary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if readmission procedures for in-stent restenosis are recorded as separate patient episodes.

      Heart Bypass Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many heart bypass operations have been carried out in the NHS in each of the last 10 years.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what projections were provided by his Department to the Wanless Review Team for (a) the prevalence of diabetes in the years to 2010–11 and (b)...

      Renal Failure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the principal causes for the increase in end stage renal failure in the last five years. the Minister of State, Department...

      Warrington Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many applications were received for the post of Chairman of Warrington PCT from (a) Warrington, North constituency and (b) Warrington, South...

      Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received from local authorities on the funding of the ambulance services; and if he will make a statement.

      Building Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the building projects under construction; and what coolant will be used for the building services water chilling system for such projects.

      Value for Money

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list, in percentage terms, the value for money changes in the operation of his Department in (a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01 and (c)...

      NHS Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was (a) the income from those NHS prescriptions which are paid for and (b) the cost of administering free NHS prescriptions during the last year for...

  • House of Lords

    • House of Lords Reform

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 27 March (WA 45) whether they will now make an announcement that they intend to seek to implement...

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In view of the incident in November 2001 when the police escort for the President of the Irish Republic was required to remove Remembrance Day poppies, what...

      Paramilitary Organisations: Ceasefires

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider an organisation to be on ceasefire if in recent years it has carried out any of the following: murders, beatings, identification of targets,...

      Paramilitary Organisations: Ceasefires

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give examples of activities for which paramilitary organisations could be deemed to be breaking their ceasefires.

      Paramilitary Organisations: Ceasefires

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they propose to take in relation to Sinn Fein if the IRA is linked to the ongoing targeting of individuals or installations.

      Paramilitary Organisations: Ceasefires

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been their response to representations from the Government of the Irish Republic concerning breaches of the IRA ceasefire.

      Northern Ireland Executive: Members' Pledge of Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they consider to be the meaning of the Pledge of Office for Members of the Northern Ireland Executive in Annex A, Section B of the Belfast agreement of 1998...

      Provisional IRA

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they believe there are still active Provisional IRA training camps in the Irish Republic; and, if so, what representations they have made to the Government...

      Performance and Innovation Unit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What additional projects are planned for the Performance and Innovation Unit.

      Street Crime Initiative: CPS Involvement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Attorney General will comment on the role of the Crown Prosecution Service within the Government's street crime initiative.

      Private Single-Sex Clubs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to bring in a Bill to ban all clubs from excluding female membership.

      Enforcement Services and Bailiff Law

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made on the Green Paper Towards Effective Enforcement—A single piece of bailiff law and regulatory structure for enforcement.

      Zimbabwean Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Zimbabwean asylum seekers are being detained; whether the policy of the Government is not to return them to Zimbabwe; and if so, why these people are not...

      Asylum Seekers: Maternity Benefits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will require the National Asylum Support Service and local authorities to ensure that women asylum seekers who are pregnant receive free milk and...

      Asylum Seekers: Maternity Benefits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that women asylum seekers who are pregnant are informed about the maternity grant and are helped to claim it, if possible before giving birth.

      Immigration Service Operational Enforcement Manual

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 19 March 2001 (WA 127) and by the Lord Rooker on 11 April 2002 (WA 111), what work needs to be...

      Iraq: UNSCOM Findings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of unaccounted stocks of Iraqi precursor chemicals, chemical agents and special munitions, based on the findings of the United...

      Export Licences: Arms and Military Equipment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of Part 12 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, they will make export licences for arms and military equipment conditional on the...

      "Ms B" Case: Legal Advice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the independent legal advice received by the management of the National Health Service trust involved in the judicial case of "Ms B" supported the position...

      NHS Hearing Aids

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of those who possess a National Health Service analogue hearing aid would benefit from a digital hearing aid supplied by the National Health Service.

      Smallpox Vaccine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the advice that they received which led to their decision to purchase the Lister strain of smallpox vaccine rather than the NYCBH strain.

      Smallpox Vaccine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, when they awarded the contract for smallpox vaccine to PowderJect Pharmaceuticals, they were aware that the company did not intend to manufacture the...

      Smallpox Vaccine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was meant by the Prime Minister's statement (HC Deb, 17 April, col. 567) that "many companies were asked to tender" for the smallpox vaccine contract.

      Medicines Control Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the high-level targets for the Medicines Control Agency for 2002–03.

      Culture Online

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the press release issued by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on 24 April stating that a "delivery mechanism for Culture Online would be in...

      SPC. org

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider the Arts Council's support of Greenwich Internet Arts organisation spc.org, which has provided a timetable and location for demonstrations in...

      Benefit Sanctions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people are now subject to sanctions on means-tested benefits; and what percentage of (a) the adult population and (b) the total population this figure...

      Department for Work and Pensions:Cost of Workshops

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the overall cost, including accommodation, of the programme of workshops to be carried out on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions between now...

      Tunnels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What inspections are made of road tunnels in England and Wales; and how frequently they are carried out.

      Tunnels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What inspections are made of rail tunnels in England and Wales; and how frequently they are carried out.

      Tunnels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What inspections have been carried out on the Kingsway and Queensway tunnels under the River Mersey in the years 2000, 2001 and 2002 to date; and what were the results.

      Tunnels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many tunnels in England (road and rail) are specifically fitted with fire precautions; and how many are not so fitted.

      National Air Traffic Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) What is the present financial position of National Air Traffic Services; (b) for how long the Government short-term loan has been made available; (c) what...

      Freight Wharves

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What financial support is available to assist with (a) the creation and (b) the improvements of freight wharves and support facilities on inland waterways.

      Local Government Grant Distribution Formula

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What account they will take of the extra cost of providing public services in rural areas in the local government grant distribution formula in England for...

      London Underground

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made with the plans for the modernisation of London Underground.

      Countryside Access: Zoonoses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the increased risk of zoonoses as a result of their granting greater access to the countryside; and what is the extra cost to farmers to insure against this.

      Specified Risk Material Incinerators

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many specified risk material incinerators are more than 10 miles from a licensed landfill site; and where they are located.

      Veterinary Science Research:DEFRA/MAFF Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the level of funding by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and its predecessor to veterinary science research by category for each of...

      Veterinary Science Research:DEFRA/MAFF Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much was given by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and its predecessor to (i) universities and (ii) institutes for veterinary science for...

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