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Written answers

Monday, 13 May 2002

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Listed Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the work of English Heritage in relation to listed buildings.

    • National Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when a decision will be made regarding the national stadium project.

      Sport and Leisure Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with the Department for Education and Skills and the Department for Transport, Local Government and...

      Social Deprivation (Amenities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress her Department has made in the use of sports, arts and culture in tackling social deprivation in the poorest communities.

      Sport (Ethnic Minority Participation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the efforts being made at the grassroots level to increase ethnic minority participation and...

      Film Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the impact of the Budget on the film industry.

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure choice of access for digital broadcasting services.

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what definitions of (a) access, (b) availability and (c) affordability the Government will use to determine when analogue switch-off...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many digital television sets were sold in the last financial year; and if she will make a statement.

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the impact of digital switchover on the BBC licence fee.

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the recommendations on gaming machines in the Budd report.

      Museums (North-East)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her support for museums in the north-east of England.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures she is taking to promote tourism in the west midlands region.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she last met representatives from the English Tourism Council to discuss tourism in the south-east.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of Government funding provided to each region is for tourism marketing.

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with the football authorities on the financial position of Nationwide League football clubs.

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support her Department is giving to football-based schemes levels in the coalfields.

      Regional Theatre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government are taking to support theatre in the regions.

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the role public libraries play within the Government's culture plan.

      British Grand Prix

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what studies her Department has undertaken to ensure the continuation of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

      Sports Action Zones (Cumbria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the performance of sports action zones in west Cumbria.

      Hotel Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make funding available for marketing the English hotel industry.

      Pride of Place

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if it is intended to place on sale copies of Pride of Place; (2) pursuant to the answers of 18 April 2002, Official Report,...

      Works of Art (Indemnities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many indemnity undertakings were given under section 16 of the National Heritage Act 1980 for the six-month period ended 31 March;...

      Party Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department has spent organising events at (a) the Labour party's, (b) the Conservative party's and (c) the Liberal Democrat...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Illegal Logging (Indonesia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 18 April 2002, Official Report, column 1064W, what the timetable is for negotiations with...

    • Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what payments were made in each of the last five years broken down by (a) scheme, (b) county and (c) farm size, for (i) the...

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total area of genetically modified crops to be grown in the farm scale evaluations in England in 2002 is; and how...

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the data from the farm-scale evaluations of GM crops will be available for the advisers in ACRE and ACP; and when she...

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will announce her decision on the proposals put forward by the Agriculture, Environment and Biotechnology Commission...

      Sustainable Environmental Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has made to HM Treasury in advance of the Comprehensive Spending Review on funding to assist the...

      Waste Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what levels of (a) business packaging waste recovery and (b) business packaging recycling in the United Kingdom were in each...

      Waste Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps her Department is taking to review the notice period on annual targets under the Producer Responsibility...

      Waste Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations her Department has received (a) between September and December 2001 and (b) since 1 January regarding...

      Nitrate-Sensitive Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many nitrate-sensitive areas have been designated.

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action the Government are taking to ensure that sustainable urban drainage systems are adopted and maintained by water...

      Waste Composting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if her Department plans to allow local authorities to count domestic composting towards their recycling targets; and if she...

      Kyoto Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what part a reduction in HFC emissions in the UK will play in the United Kingdom's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 10 April 2002, Official Report, column 272W, on timber, if she will place in the Library the...

      Farm-scale Biodiversity Evaluations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the time scale was set out in the voluntary agreement with SCIMAC in November 1999 for the Scientific Steering Committee...

      Refrigerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the money allocated to help local authorities deal with the storage and disposal of refrigerators has been distributed.

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what new funds her Department will provide to the statutory nature conservation agencies and Sea Fisheries Committee to allow...

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government's Review of Marine Nature Conservation will report on its findings.

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what actions BNFI has taken to stop the leaks from the sludge storage tanks in Building B24L at Sellafield; and when this...

      Rainforests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action the Government have taken to reduce the logging of rainforests and to discuss these matters with mining companies.

      Co-product Feeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate she has made of the amounts of moist co-product feeds and liquids used as feed materials by livestock...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Christopher Reeves

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will make a statement about her Department's handling of the case of Christopher Reeves, Oxford Crown court T2000/022.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Young People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on what subjects and on which dates his Department has recently consulted organisations representing young people; and if he will list such organisations.

    • Fraud

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the estimated level of losses to fraud and corruption was in (a) his Department's Vote 1 budget and (b) his Department's Vote 2 budget for (i)...

      Sustainable Timber

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library certificates showing that timber used for the doors, doorframes and window frames in the refurbishment of Norman Shaw South came...

      Balfour Beatty

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what contracts the Government have with Balfour Beatty; which ones are under way; and what the start dates are of ones on which work has not started.

  • Defence

    • Sea King AEWs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he plans to withdraw the Sea King AEW force from service.

    • Deployments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2002, Official Report, column 858W, on deployments, if he will reconcile his figure for the number of service...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what British service personnel are deployed in the Republic of Cyprus.

      Ethnic Minorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) men and (b) women from ethnic communities were serving in the British forces on 1 May.

      Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many women are serving in each of the armed forces.

      Land Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British service personnel are involved in land mine destruction; and in which countries such personnel are working.

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Gurkha troops are serving in Gurkha regiments based in the United Kingdom.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for New Forest, West (Mr. Swayne) of 22 November 2001, Official Report, column 373W, what savings accrued from...

      Navy Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the oldest ship in commission in the Royal Navy is.

      Navy Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the complement is of (a) HMS Cardiff, (b) HMS Edinburgh, (c) HMS York, (d) HMS Nottingham, (e) HMS Glasgow, (f) HMS Exeter, (g) HMS Southampton and...

      Navy Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to put into reserve HMS Cornwall, HMS Campbeltown, HMS Chatham and HMS Cumberland in Portsmouth naval base.

      Defence Logistics Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the operating costs were of the Defence Logistics Organisation in (a) 2002–03 and (b) each year since it was established.

      Split North Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to his Department was for the use of the Split North Port by British forces between September 1992 and January 2002.

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated level of losses to fraud and corruption was in (a) his Department's Vote 1 budget and (b) his Department's Vote 2 budget for (i)...

      Medial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the (a) standard of treatment (b) in-patient waiting time, (c) out-patient waiting time and (d) cost of the current...

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average length of service has been for (a) British nationals, (b) Gurkhas and (c) foreign nationals, broken down by country serving in the...

      Glencorse Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future use of Glencorse Barracks.

      Submarine Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) manning requirement and (b) strength is of the submarine service.

      Submarine Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the submarine service has sufficient manpower to crew all operational submarines; and if he will make a statement.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the supply of arms to Israel.

  • Treasury

    • Aggregates Levy

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

    • National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the impact on VAT revenues of the 1 per cent. rise in employers' national insurance contributions from April 2003; whether this...

      English GDP

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what contributions to English GDP were made in 2001–02 by the (a) farming, (b) tourism and (c) manufacturing industries (i) gross and (ii) net of...

      Advisory Committee Mandates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the mandate of the Economic Policy Committee: Working Party and Reduced Compositions is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK...

      Advisory Committee Mandates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the mandate of the Economic and Financial Committee (including alternates and working party) Working Party and Reduced Compositions is; how many times...

      Ecofin

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the outcome was of the ECOFIN Council held in Brussels on 7 May; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record;...

      Bingo

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax revenue was raised from the bingo sector in the latest year for which figures are available; and what his projections are for such revenue in...

      Home Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will increase investment in home energy efficiency to meet the improvement target proposed in the Energy Review.

      Beer Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the Treasury of extending the reduced rate of duty on beer from small breweries to those local breweries that produce...

      Orphan Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value is of orphan assets held in the life assurance sector in the UK.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans his Department has to assess the impact of the 2002 Comprehensive Spending Review on sustainable development; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the numbers of families and persons receiving (a) the working families tax credit, (b) the child care tax credit supplement to WFTC and...

      Christian Groups (Annuities)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions he has had with Christian groups on alternative provision of annuities for those who are not able to purchase an annuity because of...

      Royal Family (Tax Status)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the principles of the arrangement made between the Government and the monarchy for the payment by the royal family of (a) income tax, (b)...

      Royal Family (Tax Status)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to ensure inheritance tax is paid on the estate of the Her late Majesty the Queen Mother.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the (a) total passenger capacity and (b) the theoretical maximum capacity of London Underground was at peak...

    • London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the application of the phrase "minimum ambiguity" to deciding who is responsible for...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the results of the recent consultation regarding the proposed Private Public...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on progress made by Network Rail to raise sufficient funds to acquire Railtrack's assets.

      Network Railcard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his response is to ATOC's proposals further to limit the validity of the Network Railcard.

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what plans he has to (a) enforce and (b) improve the code which controls the distances between aircraft and...

      A1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many (a) cars, motorbikes and vans, (b) lorries and (c) camper-vans and caravans use the A1 between Newcastle and...

      Road Pricing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if there is (a) current and (b) proposed European Union guidance on the implementation of (i) congestion charging,...

      Road Pricing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if his Department produces guidance to local authorities on the recommended daily rates for (a) congestion charging...

      Road Pricing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the estimated revenue is from (a) workplace parking charges and (b) congestion charging in each year of his...

      Traffic Disruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what restrictions govern the movement of slow moving wide loads on public highways in England and Wales; and what...

      Road Safety (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will introduce a telephone hotline for members of the public who witness the carriage of children without seat...

      10-Year Transport Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to revise the 10-year transport plan to incorporate rural proofing.

      Infrastructure Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to streamline the inquiry procedures for major infrastructure projects.

      Rural Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to include rural areas in the (a) National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal and (b) Neighbourhood...

      Rural Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions his Department has had with the Countryside Agency on the application of rural proofing to the work...

      Rural Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to increase rural proofing in his Department in line with the Countryside Agency's report, "Rural...

      Rural Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what guidance he has issued to the Strategic Rail Authority on the application of rural proofing to its work.

      Rural Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what account is being taken of rural proofing in the Department's review of the Standard Spending Assessment formula...

      National Land Use Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement in respect of each of the English regions on (a) how many local authorities provided the...

      Firefighters' Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on his Department's advice to local authorities on whether they will permit widows and...

      Registered Social Landlords

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his estimate is of the comparative costs of (a) loans entered into by registered social landlords for capital...

      Emergency Services (Radio Communications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what plans he has to provide inter-operability between emergency services and their radio communications...

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proportion of tenants have bought their homes through right to buy schemes in rural areas in the last 15 years;...

      Empty Homes (South-west)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many empty homes there are in the south-west region.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps his Department has taken to monitor the incidence of mast sharing by mobile phone operators.

      St. Thomas' Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether the Government Office for London has provided him with a brief on the site at St Thomas' Hospital known as...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what new planning guidelines will be introduced on the role of regional assemblies in planning applications.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 7 May 2002, Official Report, column 24W, if he will place a copy of the analysis by Smith...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to relax the limitations on local authorities' borrowing against their assets for housing...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment the Government have made of the likely number of new dwellings that would be required in (a) London...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what recent assessment he has made of the costs of building (a) pre- fabricated houses and flats and (b)...

      Parishes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many parish councils in England have a population of (a) under 3,000, (b) 3,000 to 10,000, (c) 10,001 to 20,000,...

      Parishes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many parishes are exempt from the right to buy as a consequence of their population.

      Parishes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many parishes are able to claim business rates relief on village shops as a consequence of their population.

      Local Authority Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how he will ensure that the new finance system for local authorities will provide an effective framework within which...

      Electoral Register Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on his plans to allow local authorities to sell electoral registers to third parties.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish the names and responsibilities of (a) his special advisers and (b) special advisers of his Ministers.

      Letters of Comfort

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on how many occasions his Department has issued letters of comfort to a private sector contractor.

      Data Protection Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place in the Library copies of each version of the internal guidance which have been drawn up by his...

      Aga Khan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what meetings he has had with (a) the Aga Khan and (b) his staff in the last 12 months.

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries (Electricity)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects she has financed in the last three years to improve electricity supply in developing countries, indicating the cost of...

    • Fraud and Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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...

      Refurbishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she was informed that sapele timber had been used in the refurbishment of 1 Palace Street.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his oral statement of 29 April 2002, Official Report, column 668, on Israel, what risk assessment has been made...

    • Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his oral statement of 29 April 2002, Official Report, column 668, on Israel, what contingency plans are in place to...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) the UN and (b) other Governments on a role for international forces in peacekeeping...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the estimated level of losses to fraud and corruption was in (a) his Department's Vote 1 budget and (b) his Department's...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to the International Criminal Court regarding human rights abuses as a result of...

      Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Belarusian Government about the Iraqi military delegation visit to Minsk in October...

      Ministerial Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what publicly owned accommodation is made available to him in his official role; how many nights he has been in residence at...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs under what circumstances (a) British nationals and (b) British passport holders would receive official help to leave Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if his Department has drawn up contingency plans to help UK citizens and UK passport holders evacuate Zimbabwe in the event of a...

      Madagascar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens are resident in Madagascar; and what relationships are established between Madagascar and the United...

      Madagascar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the political agreement reached on 22 April by the rival presidential contenders in Madagascar; and...

      Visitor Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people were refused visitors' visas by British high commission offices in (a) India, (b) Pakistan and (c) Sri Lanka in...

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans his Department has to enable Ilois people to be able to visit the Chagos Islands; and if he will make a statement.

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from environmental organisations concerning the protection of the British Indian Ocean...

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what environmental impact assessments he holds concerning the effects of US military activity on Diego Garcia; and if he will...

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what income has been received from the USA for the use of Diego Garcia as a military base since its establishment; when the...

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his officials have had on the licensing of fishing for commercial purposes within the British Indian Ocean...

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what preparations have been made by his Department for the receipt of passport applications by Ilois people living in (a)...

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to authorise the processing of British passport applications from Ilois people within the terms of the British...

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to receive and publish a report on the possibility of resettlement of the Chagos Islands; and if he will make a...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress he has made with the Government of India regarding bilateral training initiatives in counter terrorism.

      British Prisoners Overseas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) men and (b) women of British nationality are serving a prison sentence in an overseas country; and in which country...

      Gibraltar

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

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he had regarding (a) shared sovereignty and (b) the Spanish claim to full sovereignty of Gibraltar with the...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he had with the Government of Gibraltar prior to announcing his intention to visit Gibraltar.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the recent findings by the European Commission of breaches by Spain of EU law which affect Gibraltar; and if he...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for each of the last five years, how much financial support and what percentage of the whole allocation her Department allocated for research...

    • Alternative Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions her Department has held with companies regarding the conversion of fleet vehicles to alternative fuels.

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Health and Safety Executive were first informed that the sludge storage tanks in building B241 at Sellafield were leaking.

      British Aerospace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much financial assistance she granted to British Aerospace, and what the purpose was of each element, in each of the last five years.

      Rural Awareness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) when her Department will have rural proofing embedded in policy-making procedures as set out in the Countryside Agency's report, "Rural...

      Refrigerants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received concerning the equity of international standards-setting guidelines for refrigerants; and if she will...

      Refrigerants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has made concerning United Kingdom Government policy on HFCs to the international standards-setting body responsible...

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will refer the matter of the sale of milk to the competition authorities.

      Directory Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the market for directory inquiries services will be open to new entrants.

      Directory Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry by what method directory inquiry calls will be routed after the market is opened to new entrants.

      Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will set out the policy issues which need to be resolved to enable final settlements to be made to chronic bronchitis and emphysema claims.

      Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 1 May 2002, Official Report, column 792W, what discussions between Consignia and parties other than the Dutch post...

      Universal Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made with discussions with the European Commission on the EU rules which forbid the Governments of member states from...

      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)...

      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)...

      Cold Calling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans the Government have to regulate the practice of cold calling.

      Business Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the grants and other help that she administers that are available to industrial and commercial businesses located in (a)...

      Postal Deliveries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many derogations there are for addresses in (a) Aberdeenshire and (b) Banffshire where Royal Mail are not obliged to provide a delivery...

      CASIM Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in the assessment and location of the CASIM project.

      Edmonton B Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will decide on the development of the Edmonton B power station.

      Unfair Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many complaints have been received by the Competition Commission in respect of unfair trading in each year since its formation.

      Electricity Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she intends to update the electricity safety, quality and continuity regulations; and if she will make a statement.

      Energy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry as a result of the recent energy review, what discussions she is having with energy providers to ensure that account is taken of local...

  • Prime Minister

    • Royal Family

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the agreement in force between the Government and the Royal Family on the payment of death duties by members of the Royal Family.

    • Royal Family

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will take steps to ensure the will of the Her late Majesty the Queen Mother is published.

      European Commission

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his policy towards the direct election of the President of the European Commission.

      Annual Government Report

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will reconsider publishing an annual Government report.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Prime Minister if the work of Professor Michael Barber contributed to his recently announced initiative to reduce child benefit payments to the mothers of persistent young offenders;...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Prime Minister how many Ministers have concluded contractual agreements with civil servants which include a clause restricting the ability of parties to the agreement to make public...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Criminal Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many construction projects are planned for use of agencies or organisations associated with the criminal justice system; for each project,...

    • De Chastelain Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if the de Chastelain process is responsible for monitoring terrorists groups' acquisitions of new weapons.

      Castlereagh Police Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the report into the break-in at Castlereagh Police Station on 17 March will be completed.

      Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) whether the Belfast International Airport Constabulary will be brought within the remit of the new Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice;...

      Departmental Spending

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

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list for 1997–98 and for each subsequent financial year, including the current year to date, the amount spent by (a) his...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Pensions

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what the annual financial effect was on the Church of England's pension arrangements of the removal of the payable...

    • Church Repairs

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what the cost was to the Church Commissioners of church repairs in the last financial year.

      Franks Allotments, Walcote

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, if he will make a statement on the proposal by the Diocese of Leicester to sell the Franks allotments in Walcote.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum Accommodation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what legislation is required to permit the construction of the proposed asylum accommodation centres; what powers his Department has to...

    • Asylum and Immigration Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish a bill on asylum and immigration; and if he will make a statement.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if it is planned that monetary support for asylum seekers through the ARC card system will be provided in cash only; and if he will make a...

      Mr. W. R. Glenie

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will instruct the Immigration Office to return the passport belonging to Mr. W. R. Glenie of Kingsbridge, Devon, lodged on 14 December...

      Unpaid Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the names of the unpaid advisers appointed by him and his predecessor since June 1997, stating in each case (a) the date of...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what new initiatives his Department has taken in 2001–02 to assist in achieving its public service agreement targets.

      UK Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to revoke the UK citizenship of a person whose name has been communicated to him; and if he will make a statement.

      Robert Brown

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken to initiate the rehabilitation of Robert Brown.

      Inter-country Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the countries from which young children up to the age of five years were allowed entry into the UK for legal adoption in the...

      National Asylum Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many supported asylum seekers received a £50 additional single payment from the National Asylum Support Service under regulation...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer the letter from the hon. Member for Torbay of 9 January concerning Hazir Ymeri.

      Mi5

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons sought to obtain agreement from the Director General of MI5 to allow them to begin paid employment outside the service in...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with other Government Departments on the (a) level of illegal meat imports to the UK and (b) effectiveness...

      Building Projects

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

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Departmental Functions

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will list the functions of his Department that have been (a) market tested and (b) outsourced in each of the last five...

  • Work and Pensions

    • PCS Union Strike

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if it is his policy that participation of staff in the PCS Union strike action be taken into account in future decisions on promotion.

    • Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the publications issued by his Department in each of the last four years; and what the (a) circulation, (b) cost and (c)...

      Housing Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the budget for the discretionary housing payment scheme is broken down by local authority; (2) what the budget was for the...

      E-business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the percentage of business transactions that are capable of being carried out electronically by his Department.

      Criminal Damage

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

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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.

      Mr. W. J. Baber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Leominster dated 27 February on behalf of Mr. W. J. Baber concerning non-payment of...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training employment advisers are given in respect of the needs of people with autistic spectrum disorders who are seeking work.

      Long-stay Patient Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in the United Kingdom are in receipt of long-stay patients' benefit; (2) how many people in the United Kingdom are in...

      Recruitment

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

      Digital Equipment

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

      Access to Work Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications have been received monthly since the creation of Access to Work; and what proportion of those applications have been (a)...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Process (Participation)

      To ask the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if he will ask the Electoral Commission to report on measures to increase...

    • Misleading Election Material

      To ask the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the effect on turnout...

      Local Elections (Administration)

      To ask the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission when the Electoral Commission will assess the operations of the local...

      Public Bodies (Scrutiny)

      To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission what extra resources the commission will provide to enable the National Audit Office to carry out more examinations of executive agencies and...

      Proportional Representation (Scotland)

      To ask the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what recent discussions the Commission has had with the Scottish Executive...

  • Education and Skills

    • Pre-school Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2002, Official Report, column 711W, on pre-school funding, when the Ofsted and QCA files referred to...

    • Criminal Damage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost has been of criminal damage to her Department's buildings in each of the last four years.

      Further Education Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the effectiveness of the outcomes of imposing efficiency targets on further education colleges since 1997.

      Further Education Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what requirements have been (a) placed on and (b) removed from further education and sixth form colleges in the last year for which...

      Work-based Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of whether there are sufficient resources in the Standards Fund for 2002–03 to improve the provider...

      Teachers' Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will award additional resources to the Learning and Skills Council to cover salary increases for (a) sixth form staff and (b) general...

      Teachers' Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will take steps to ensure parity of pay scales between teachers working in further education and teachers working in schools.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent improvements the Government have made to buildings and teaching facilities in higher education.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much more investment has been put into higher education in the current spending review than in the previous year.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her Department's definition is of higher education in the context of her Department's target for 50 per cent. of all 18 to 30-year-olds...

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children's places there were in (a) Southwark, (b) London and (c) England in (i) May 1997, (ii) May 2001 and (iii) April 2002; and...

      Engineering Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations she has received in respect of new vocational qualifications in engineering; if she will make it her policy to...

      Engineering Course

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment she has made of whether the new AVCE engineering course has been introduced as intended; and if she will make a...

      Special Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent in total by local education authorities on transport for special needs pupils in the latest year for which figures are...

      Special Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the funding allocations for special educational needs (a) in the east midlands and (b) in Nottinghamshire are in 2002–03; and...

      London Weighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to equalise the London weighting allowance for staff working in further education and tertiary colleges.

      Playground Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she has introduced to improve the safety of playgrounds at (a) primary and (b) secondary schools.

      Nursery Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children are in maintained nursery education.

      Information and Communication Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the recent Ofsted report on ICT in schools.

      Protection Rackets (Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information she has collated about the presence of protection rackets in secondary schools involving teenage pupils.

      Teacher Numbers (Worcestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers were in service in Worcestershire in (a) January 2001 and (b) January 2002.

      Teachers' Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the annual percentage increase in teachers' pensions is in the next financial year.

      Teachers' Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers applied for medically-supported retirement for the Teachers' Pension Scheme in each of the last three years; and what the...

      University Requirements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what requirements have been (a) placed on and (b) removed from universities in the last year for which information is available.

      Key Stage 2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will review the revised targets for Key Stage 2 national tests for 2004.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many local authorities operate their own schemes to supply teaching staff to schools; and if she will list the authorities which do not...

      School Governors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what new requirements have (a) been removed from and (b) been placed on school governors in the last year for which information is available.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will reply to the letter of 12 March from the hon. Member for Walsall, North regarding St. Thomas More School, Willenhall.

      National Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 14 year old (a) boys and (b) girls reached level 5 in national curriculum tests in (i) English, (b) mathematics and (c)...

      National Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of (a) boys and (b) girls reached level 4 in national curriculum tests in (i) English, (ii) mathematics and (iii) science in...

      Pupil Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average amount of (a) capital and (b) revenue spending was for (i) primary school pupils and (ii) secondary school pupils in each...

      Pupil Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average amount of (a) capital and (b) revenue spending per pupil was in specialist schools in England in each of the past five years.

  • Health

    • Christmas Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of potential risks to health caused by the chemical treatment of trees used as Christmas trees.

    • Locum Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his strategy is to boost the numbers of locum doctors available in (a) primary and (b) secondary care; and if he will make a statement.

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the programme to improve business efficiency, referred to on page 41 of the 2001 report of the Food Standards Agency.

      Dental Therapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when restrictions on dental therapists' rights to work throughout the dentistry sector are due to be lifted; (2) what efforts are being made to...

      Speech Therapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the reasons why some NHS trusts listed in the answer of 18 April 2002, Official Report, column 1185W, on speech therapists,...

      Delegated Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Retained Organs Commission Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

  • House of Lords

    • Tribunals and Courts: Awards of Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any awards of costs have been made within the past five years in respect of time spent by a party in preparing his or her case: (c) where the party was...

    • Tribunals and Courts: Awards of Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to answer the Question tabled by the Lord Wedderburn of Charlton on 9 January (HL2256), about the award of costs in tribunals and courts,...

      House of Lords Appointments: Applicants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 25 April (WA 45) what qualities or qualifications distinguished the 51 applicants to the House of Lords...

      Castlereagh Police Complex: Security

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether all domestic and support staff employed at the Castlereagh police complex are security cleared; and if so, to what level.

      Castlereagh Police Complex: Security

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it would be possible for any paramilitary group involved in the break-in to the Castlereagh police complex on 17 March still to be regarded as on ceasefire.

      Privy Council Office: Heritage Assets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 11 April (WA 133), whether they will give full details of the antique furniture and heritage...

      Provisional IRA

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether their policy changed in any way following the conviction for gun-running to Northern Ireland of Provisional IRA men in Florida; and, if so, how.

      Northern Ireland: Linguistic Diversity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Given the promise of total equality and parity of esteem outlined in the Belfast agreement of 1998, what is the policy of the Northern Ireland Office towards the...

      Peers' Expenses Scheme: Motor Mileage and Bicycle Allowances

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether the motor mileage and bicycle allowances within the Peers' expenses scheme have been uprated.

      Labour Party Manifesto Commitments 2001

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many commitments were contained in the general election manifesto of 2001 on the basis of which the Government were elected.

      Middle East

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by the Leader of the House on 10 April (HL Deb, cols. 430-431) after the Prime Minister's visit to President Bush, and pursuant to his...

      FCO Antiques Register

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Antiques Register compiled for heritage items held in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's home estate properties is available to the public; and, if...

      Zimbabwe: Former British Nationals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are in a position to extend help and advice through the British High Commission in Harare, or other agencies, to those farmers and their families who...

      Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Bill: Consultation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 24 April (WA 31-32): (d) what was the bargain between the interested parties; (e) why it is not...

      Internet "Cookies"

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the use of "cookies" to create online profiles of Internet users is contrary to the Data Protection Act 1998.

      Internet "Cookies"

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they agree with the European Parliament's Committee on Citizens' Freedom, Justice and Home Affairs that Internet users should not be warned in advance when...

      Consignia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of their commitment during the passage of the Postal Services Bill through this House, that in connection with acquisitions and disposals, the Post...

      Consignia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of their commitment during the passage of the Postal Services Bill through this House that, in connection with acquisitions and disposals, the Post...

      3G Spectrum Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they believe that there is a legitimate case for spectrum-trading between the licences for 3G spectrum.

      3G Spectrum Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is adequate scope for competition between, and innovation by, the licences for 3G spectrum; and how this is affected by the current difficulties in...

      Employment Tribunal Membership: Freemasonry Question

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the application form for lay membership of employment tribunals contains the question ''Are you a Freemason?'' when no other voluntary associations are singled...

      Mandatory Labelling Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their annual budget for programmes that help United Kingdom retailers comply with mandatory labelling schemes resulting from European Union directives; and...

      Strata Florida: Proposed Windfarm

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have registered an objection to the proposed windfarm near Strata Florida Abbey in mid-Wales; and, if so, on what grounds.

      Women Offenders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by the Lord Rooker on 29 November 2001, (HL Deb, cols 456-7), whether they have decided to establish a board responsible for women in the...

      Terrorism and International Terrorism: Definitions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will define what they understand by (i) terrorism; and (ii) international terrorism; whether their policy is the same in both cases; and what is that...

      Brigadier Stephen Saunders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made by the Greek authorities in bringing to justice those who, on 8 June 2000, murdered Brigadier Stephen Saunders, the United Kingdom...

      Russian Federation: Religious Freedom

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that any of the following events demonstrate denials of freedom of conscience and religious liberty by the Russian Federation: (a) the...

      Gibraltar

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a timetable and agenda have been set for the talks between the British Government and the Spanish Government on the negotiations on the future of Gibraltar.

      Abortion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish in the Official Report a table showing for each health authority (a) the numbers of abortions and (b) the numbers of conceptions per...

      Abortion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the number of women refused an abortion because their particular circumstances do not fit the criteria in the Abortion Act 1967.

      Abortion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the number of women who are expecting a disabled child and who have refused an abortion.

      Abortion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is their policy to promote the equal status and rights of people with disabilities including the right to life; and Whether an abortion is usually...

      Abortion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the number of selective reduction abortions in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Abortion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they require doctors performing selective reduction of pregnancies to require a certificate stating the grounds for termination of unborn babies under the...

      Abortion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total number of abortions performed since 1968; how many were to save the life of the mother; and what percentage this represents of the total.

      Birth Defects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 10 April (WA 99), why, in the light of the reported increase of birth defects attributable to the...

      Food Imports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they accept that some food imported into the United Kingdom is produced to lesser standards than required of United Kingdom farmers; and whether they will...

      NHS: Workforce Information

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the National Health Service at the end of fiscal years 1996–97 and 2001–02, what was the number, actual or estimated, of (a) all employees; (b)...

      Smallpox Vaccine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the smallpox vaccine to be supplied by PowderJect Ltd will be produced in the United Kingdom.

      Specified Risk Material

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the latest requirement to treat as specified risk material vertebral column from animals over 30 months, slaughtered under the Beef Allowance Scheme,...

      National Insurance Contributions: Charities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What calculations have been made of the costs of the proposed rise in national insurance contributions to charities providing 24-hour care, supported accommodation...

      Smoking: Public Transport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to ban smoking on all public transport.

      State Retirement Pension: Postponement of Receipt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: If a male pensioner of 65 elects to postpone receiving his old age pension until age 70, what age he will have to reach in order to recover, by way of an enhanced...

      Child Benefit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent any reduction in child benefit to a low-income family would result in an increase in other social security benefits; and which benefits would be...

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