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Written answers

Wednesday, 15 May 2002

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • National Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what the cost will be of the athletics platform referred to in the Sport England report on athletics in Wembley stadium; and how...

    • National Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when (a) her Department's officials and (b) she received Sport England's report on the technical evaluation of athletics proposals for...

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for what reasons the proposed contents board was not included in the original Bill to set up the Office of Communications; what the...

      Queen's Jubilee Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if the Queen's Jubilee medal will be issued to the Royal Parks Constabulary in time for the Jubilee weekend; and if she will make a...

      Queen's Jubilee Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the Queen's Jubilee medal will be issued to the qualifying groups that will receive it.

      Golden Jubilee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will seek a financial contribution to public funds from Her Majesty the Queen towards the costs of Jubilee celebrations.

      Landmark Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the answers of 25 March 2002, Official Report, column 576W, on landmark projects, when she will write to the hon. Member...

      Digital Television (Audio Description)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures the Government are undertaking to enable the reception of audio description digital terrestrial television programmes.

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of the losses suffered in each of the past five years by the British film, music, retail and...

  • House of Commons

    • Prefabricated Buildings

      To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee when the prefabricated buildings to the north of the House of Commons adjacent to Bridge street will be removed; and if he will make a...

  • Defence

    • Gulf War Veterans (Illness)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Gulf War veterans (a) are suffering and (b) have suffered from renal cancers.

    • Gulf War Veterans (Illness)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Gulf War veterans (a) are suffering and (b) have suffered from scarring to the (i) kidneys and (ii) liver.

      Private Gray

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when civilian authorities were advised of the death of Private Gray in Deep Cut camp on 17 September 2001; who was advised; by whom; and if he will make...

      Recruitment

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

      Young People

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

      Ministerial Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much has been spent by his Department on training in leadership skills for Ministers and officials in each of the last five years; (2) how...

      Digital Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Press Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will list the newspapers subscribed to (a) Monday to Saturday and (b) on Sunday by his Department, stating for each subscription the (i)...

      Solar Panels

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

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what financial provision has been made for the training of Territorial Army units in the Greater London area in 2002–03; and if he will list each...

      C-17s

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was (a) the estimated purchase price, (b) the overall contract price to lease the aircraft for five years, (c) the number of original target flying...

      Ministerial Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what publicly owned accommodation is made available to him in his official role; how many nights he has been in residence at each of these properties in...

      Service Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 22 April 2002, Official Report, column 9W, with reference to paragraph 5.14 of the Armed Forces' Pay Review Body 31st report...

      Remote Ammunition Facility, Tamar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the estimated date is of completion of the remote ammunition facility in Tamar; (2) what the estimated cost is of construction of the remote...

      RAF Landing Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what average landing fees were paid by the RAF in respect of aircraft landing at (a) RAF airfields and (b) airfields operated under licence by third...

      Aircraft Movements (West Freugh)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many aircraft movements were handled by air traffic control at West Freugh airfield in each of the last 10 years.

      Royal Ordnance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of Royal Ordnance.

      BUTEC and Rona Ranges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer of 10 April 2002, Official Report, column 31W, what his policy is on the inclusion in the arrangements, negotiated with QinetiQ,...

      Armed Forces (Media Interviews)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance is issued governing the giving of media interviews by serving members of the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Army Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Army's policy is on the tethering of horses; and if he will make a statement.

      Retirement Ages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to make an announcement concerning flexible retirement dates for his Department's civilian personnel.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many wind farm proposals his Department has opposed in the last three years; and where those proposals were situated.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which areas are unsuitable for the building of wind farms because of the effect on radar and low- flying aircraft.

      Sea Harriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Sea Harriers have been equipped with JTIDS; and at what cost.

      Bowman System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when operational field trials of the Bowman system will commence.

      Airborne Stand-off Radar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on progress on the ASTOR programme; and when each of the five aircraft will be delivered to the RAF.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many bids have been received for the sale of an equity share in QinetiQ; and what proportion of the equity is proposed for sale.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whom he has appointed as non-executive chair of QinetiQ; and what other interests the person has.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the bids for an equity share in QinetiQ will be judged against (a) commercial, (b) industrial and (c) strategic considerations; and if he will...

      Pregnant Service Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) RAF are pregnant; what rules and regulations govern the treatment and deployments of pregnant...

      Army Landrovers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who manufactures the engines for the 200 series Army Landrovers; and where they are based.

  • Education and Skills

    • Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills 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...

    • Education Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 7 May 2002, ref 53890, how many prosecutions have taken place for offences under the Education Act 1996 in each...

      Standard Assessment Test

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment has been made of the impact on SAT results of greater inclusion in mainstream schools.

      Further Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to increase the funding of further education colleges in England over the next five years.

      Funding Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what efficiency gains have been factored into funding awards proposed for (a) further education colleges, (b) sixth-form colleges and (c)...

      Applied Science and Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many vacancies for academic staff teaching applied science and technology subjects at (a) further education colleges, (b) sixth-form...

      Applied Science and Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the median salary for the academic staff teaching applied science and technology subjects was in England, broken down by region at (a)...

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what capital investment her Department is making in prisoners' education; and if she will make a statement.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Throckmorton Carcase Disposal Site

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will respond to the requests made by the hon. Member for Mid-Worcestershire for a meeting to discuss compensation...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the hon. Member for North-East Derbyshire will receive a reply to his letter of 12 November, as acknowledged on 16...

      Technetium-99

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the costs of (a) introducing technetium-99 abatement technology and (b) storage facilities in...

      Stolen Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 23 January 2002, Official Report, columns 926–27W, on stolen equipment, what criminal...

      Ambient Noise Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the targets are for her Department's ambient noise strategy.

      Staff Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost in 2001–02 was of the pay increase to staff in her Department, agencies and the non-departmental public...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the written questions asked of her between (a) 1 to 30 June 2001, (b) 1 to 31 July 2001, (c) 1 to 30...

      Public Liability Cover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received about the cessation of public liability cover for local community groups; if she will...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures have been introduced since 1997 to reduce the amount of poisonous fumes people breathe in, with specific...

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of how the production of an integrated assessment of the state of the seas, as proposed in the...

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps have been taken in the Government's marine stewardship reports to balance social, economic and environmental...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent guidelines have been introduced to monitor pesticides on vegetables and fruit.

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the amount of pesticide sprayed in each of the last five years on UK fields.

      Countryside Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of farms taking part in the countryside stewardship scheme staff from the (a) Rural Payments Agency and (b)...

      Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on Forest Enterprise procurement procedures for forestry harvesting and transport equipment.

      Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the value is of contracts awarded by Forest Enterprise to Mechanical Engineering Services in each of the last three years.

      Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what procedures are in place for ensuring fair competition for contracts issued by Forest Enterprise.

      Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what procedures are in place in Forest Enterprise for ensuring best value in (a) procuring and (b) disposing of forestry...

      Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many vehicles operated by Forest Enterprise are (a) cars and vans and (b) other forestry vehicles; and how many are...

      Dairy Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to call upon further agrimonetary compensation to compensate dairy farmers for a fall in milk prices.

      Director-General, Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the removal from role of the Director- General, Fisheries.

      Deer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals she has to amend Schedule 2 of the Deer Act 1991 to permit the use of a rifle of a calibre less than .240...

      Packaging Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the United Kingdom's performance was in 2001 against the recovery and recycling targets in the EC directive on packaging...

      New Forest Official Verderer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the appointment of the Official Verderer for the New Forest.

      Fishing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress she has made in negotiating a derogation for the UK inshore fishing fleet, comparable to the Norwegian...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will calculate the number of ewes with lambs at foot slaughtered under (a) disease control restrictions and (b) the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter of 11 June 2001 from Mrs. M. Edmunds of Low Lorton, Cumbria concerning foot and mouth disease.

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many heating installations undertaken by (a) TXU Warm Front Ltd. and (b) Eaga Partnership were completed in each of the...

      Chinese Honey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if (a) chloramphenicol and (b) streptomycin have been found in Chinese honey imported by the UK.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Packaging Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what basis the targets under the packaging waste directive were established for (a) plastics, (b) aluminium, (c) steel, (d) glass and (e) paper.

    • Export Credit Guarantees Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to which companies the Export Credit Guarantees Department has paid moneys as part of its credit guarantees to that company in each of the...

      Career Packages (R and D)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to improve the career packages offered to scientists and engineers working in research and development; and if she...

      Council of Ministers (UK Delegation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether a Scottish Executive Minister will be a member of the UK delegation to the forthcoming Internal Market, Consumer Affairs and Tourism...

      Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what targets her Department uses to measure productivity in the UK (a) for year on year growth, (b) in comparison with other EU countries and...

      Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations she has received from businesses regarding the 2002 Budget statement; and if she will make a statement.

      Rail Freight (Channel Tunnel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will support the complaint made by EWS to the European Commission relating to France and the treaty of Rome free movement of goods...

      UK Competitiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations she has received from businesses regarding the competitiveness of the UK in comparison to (a) EU countries and (b)...

      Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what EU block exemption is available for franchises between 1990 and 2000; and whether this block exemption contains definitions for...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many wind farm proposals her Department has opposed on the basis of advice from the Ministry of Defence in the last five years; and where...

      Electricity Supply Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with representatives of consumers about future legislation relating to the electricity supply industry.

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many days of sick leave were taken in her Department last year; how many related to employees suffering (a) stress and (b) other mental...

      East of England Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the composition is of the board of the East of England Development Agency; and on what basis each member was appointed.

      East of England Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the powers are of the East of England Development Agency.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what changes have been made to the 2002–03 allocations of the regional development agencies since 16 April.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many ministerial visits were made to Rwanda between 1979 and 1997; and how many have been made since 1997.

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter dated 26 September 2001 from the hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell relating to Mr. Jones of 1...

      Coolants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the climate change impact will be of the use of HFC 134A to chill the water at the new GCHQ building.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment has been made of the independence of the judiciary in Zimbabwe.

      Exports to Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what goods subject to strategic controls have recently been approved for export to Iraq.

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action has been taken by United Kingdom representatives at the United Nations to ensure the people of the Western Sahara...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to change the status of Gibraltar; and if he will make a statement.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the outcome of his discussions with the Spanish Foreign Minister on 15 May.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the situation of Mr. Ayub Masih, a Christian citizen in Pakistan; and if he proposes to monitor...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 of 22 November 1967; and if he will make a statement.

      Belarus (Weapons Export Contracts)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what weapons export contracts have been signed by UK companies with Belarus since August 2001; what weapons and services were...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of damage caused to, and the likely costs of repair to, projects in the west bank and Gaza which are...

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the mandate of the Technical Adaptation Committee on the introduction of measures to encourage improvements in...

    • Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the mandate of the Committee on the system of charging for the use of transport infrastructure is; how many...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the mandate of the Committee for granting community financial aid in the field of trans-European transport...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on aids to transport by rail, road and inland waterway is; how many times...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the mandate of the Committee on the adaptation to scientific and technical progress of legislation concerning...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the mandate of the Committee on the development of trans-European transport networks is; how many times it has...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the balance was between (a) favourable and (b) unfavourable responses to the proposal in the planning Green...

      Spoiled Ballot Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place in the Library a list of the number of ballots rejected owing to want of an official mark in the...

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how the Government intends to combine simplification of the coastal development regulatory system with continuing to...

      Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what performance targets he has set the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre Executive Agency for 2002–03.

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what impact his Department's policies have had on the Stalybridge and Hyde constituency since 1997.

      Departmental Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he plans to publish his Department's annual report.

      Nesscliffe Bypass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the completion of the Nesscliffe bypass on the A5 road.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proportion of public bus services in England have been operated by Arriva in the last three years for which...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much public subsidy has been paid to Arriva to maintain public bus services in England in the last three years...

      Road Bridges (Railways)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what action he takes to ensure that contractors accessing pylons are not endangering road bridges over railways.

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much has been raised in England and Wales from the issuing of parking tickets in the last financial year for...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when Network Rail's business plan will be published.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if EU state aid rules allow the Government (a) to provide initial financial support to Network Rail and (b) to...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether the Strategic Rail Authority expects Network Rail's business plan to require an interim review.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions through what mechanisms Network Rail's management will be held to account for their performance.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) which members of Network Rail's management team have previous management experience in the heavy rail industry;...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what information he has received from the Office of National Statistics about the status of debt raised by Network Rail.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions who took the decision to recruit each of the directors of Network Rail; and if he will list the directors.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much surplus office space London Underground has.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects (a) London Underground and the infrastructure companies to complete their draft final contracts for...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the legal status of the financial guarantees by the Government to the Railtrack administrator will be if...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he estimates that the target to end Railtrack administration by the end of July will be met.

      Air Pollutants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment his Department's Health committee on the medical effects of air pollutants has made to aldehydes in...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason service invalid pensions are classed as occupational pensions when deciding the benefit entitlement from incapacity benefit;...

    • Parliamentary Questions

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

      Pension Entitlements (Public Sector)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what powers he has to intervene against public sector employers who withdraw pension entitlements from their work force.

      Benefits Decision Makers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average length of time that decision makers involved on benefit entitlement have remained in their posts before being...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for making personal advisers available for social fund applicants.

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the companies from which his Department has obtained timber and wood products and the total spent with each firm over the last...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many United Kingdom companies have ended their final salary pension schemes in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000, (e) 2001 and (f) 2002.

      Industrial Action (Jobcentre Plus)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research has been undertaken by his Department into the effectiveness of security screens in preventing physical assault upon staff in...

  • International Development

    • Ethical Trading Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action she is taking to strengthen the work of the Ethical Trading Initiative in promoting core labour standards in developing...

    • Ethical Trading Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support her Department is providing to the ethical trading initiative in 2002–03.

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress is being made on debt relief for poor countries.

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress is being made on debt relief for poor countries.

      Peacekeeping Units (Balkans and Chechnya)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with the MOD over restoring payments from her budget to military units engaged in peacekeeping for local...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to her oral statement of 17 April 2002, Official Report, column 558, on Afghanistan, what action she has taken to provide...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress is being made with the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many refugees have returned to Afghanistan from (a) Iran and (b) Pakistan in the last six months; and what proportion of these have...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of the poppy fields used for drug cultivation in Afghanistan have been destroyed.

      Kaliningrad

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions her Department has had about programmes to support the development of civil society and to combat social problems in...

      Developing Countries (Political Systems)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support her Department is giving to strengthening political systems in developing countries.

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the work of her Department in Malawi.

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action she is taking to improve food distribution by NGOs in southern Africa, with particular reference to Malawi.

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the level of cholera in Malawi; and what is being done to reduce levels of cholera.

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the prospects for famine in Malawi; and if she will make a statement.

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with the (a) European Union and (b) United Nations about a co-ordinated response to the humanitarian...

      United Nations Children's Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what was agreed at the UN children's summit.

      EU Aid Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress is being made in reforming the EU aid budget.

      Georgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what further steps she plans to take to assist Georgia.

      Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what reforms she plans to support the heavily indebted poor countries initiative when the issue is discussed at the autumn meetings of...

      Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action her Department is taking to address the issue of debt sustainability for those countries which have qualified under the...

      Developing Countries (Effective Negotiation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department is giving to help developing nations negotiate effectively in international organisations; and if she...

      EU Development Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what improvement there has been in the way EU development funds are allocated since 2000.

      Debt Cancellation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress towards cancellation of unpayable debt owed by the poorest countries to the IMF and World Bank she expects from the G8...

      Investment (Social Responsibility)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action her Department is taking to help promote socially responsible business practice by UK companies that invest in developing...

      Trade Barriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations her Department has made to the EU with regard to removing barriers to trade for developing countries.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid her Department is providing to Zimbabwe; for what purpose; and what steps they are taking to ensure that it reaches the...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to reduce levels of HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the New Partnership for Africa's Development in bringing good Government to Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she last held meetings with officials from the Government of (a) South Africa and (b) Nigeria to discuss the political situation...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she last held discussions with representatives from the Movement for Democratic Change in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to improve food security levels in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what policy her Department is pursuing to encourage the restoration of democratic Government to Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what NGOs and charities her Department supports in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the levels of political violence in Zimbabwe; and if she will make a statement on her Department's...

      Palestinian Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on how much aid has been given to the Palestinian Authority.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support she plans to give to Sierra Leone.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the impact of recent Israeli military actions on British and EU-funded development projects in the west...

      Criminal Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by her Department since 1997.

      Southern Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid is being provided to each country in southern Africa this year (a) through her Department's bilateral aid budget and (b)...

      Southern Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what actions her Department is taking to prevent the occurrence of famine in southern Africa this year.

      Southern Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the possibility of famine in southern Africa this year.

      Montserrat

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations her Department has received on the siting of an airport for Montserrat.

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what recent discussions she has had with the Israeli Government regarding the destination of UK funds provided to the Palestinian...

      Child Soldiers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what organisations her Department supports which are working for the disarmament, demobilisation and rehabilitation of child soldiers.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what actions she is taking to promote democracy in Burma following the release of Aung San Suu Kyi.

      Palestinian Refugee Camps

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what Palestinian refugee camps in (a) Lebanon and (b) Syria are (i) run directly by her Department, (ii) run by organisations...

      Departmental Staff (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many and what percentage of (a) civil service, (b) executive agencies and (c) non-departmental public body jobs under the remit of...

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action she plans to take at the Development Council Meeting at the end of May to promote the pursuit of the millennium development...

  • Home Department

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will indicate the whereabouts of the Home Office file on a constituent of the hon. Member for Vauxhall (Home Office reference:...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer the letters from the hon. Member for Ashford of 16 January and 21 March, concerning the site of the former Aldington prisons.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to review legislation governing police powers and procedures.

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what change to international conventions and treaties on refugees it is his policy to promote; and if he will make a statement.

      Mobile Telephones

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

      National Insurance Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the cost in the next 12 months of the budget changes to employers' national insurance contributions to (a) his...

      Family Visitor Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to publish the report of the inter-departmental review of family visitor appeals.

      Damilola Taylor

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the actions that he plans to take as a consequence of the Damilola Taylor case.

      Christopher Edwards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will establish a public inquiry into the death of Christopher Edwards at Chelmsford Prison; (2) if he will make a statement on...

      Policing Costs (Commonwealth Games)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will announce his decision on the funding of policing costs which will be incurred by Greater Manchester police in connection with...

      Prisoners (Suicide Risks)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the last review was undertaken of procedures to be followed in prisons, for inmates considered as possible suicide risks; and if he will...

      Life Sentence Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the range is of life sentence tariffs; and what the average tariff for (a) women and (b) male prisoners convicted of murder is.

      Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the laws governing the ownership of lost property; and if he will review them.

      Released Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assistance is provided for (a) prisoners being released after serving their sentence and (b) prisoners who are released as a result of...

      Private Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the privately run prisons in England and Wales.

      Conviction Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many women in prison in the United Kingdom are convicted of (a) murder and (b) manslaughter of male partners and former partners;...

      Animal Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to reduce the number of safety tests where animal testing is required by law.

      Animal Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the extent to which animal tests provide a reliable model on which to estimate likely reactions in humans.

      Yarl's Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department further to his statement of 25 February 2002, Official Report, column 442 on the Yarl's Wood fire, if he will list the different expert...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has collated on asylum seekers leaving the premises allocated to them under the National Asylum Support Service and...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the contract to carry out forced removals of asylum seekers whose applications have been refused.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Coroners (Maternity Leave)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on the entitlement of coroners to maternity leave.

    • Rural Awareness

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when her Department will establish rural targets and monitoring as part of overall rural proofing measures as set out in the...

      Rural Awareness

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when her Department will introduce measures to raise rural awareness through staff (a) training, (b) development and (c)...

      Consultation Document (Making Decisions)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will list those organisations and individuals who have been sent copies of the consultation document "Making Decisions:...

      Consultation Document (Making Decisions)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what assistance she received from the Voluntary Euthanasia Society prior to publication of the consultation document, "Making...

      Jury Service (Exemptions)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many people summoned for jury trial last year were excused on the basis of the statutory exemption of their profession.

      Ministerial Papers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department in what circumstances the 10-year rule applies with regard to the pulping of ministerial papers; how long the rule has been in...

      Crown Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what options are being considered by the Courts Service for improving the quality of Crown court accommodation and for the...

      Crown Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what plans his Department has for the future of the Crown Court buildings in Aylesbury.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Terrorist Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which organisations have claimed responsibility for terrorist or criminal acts in Northern Ireland since Good Friday 1998; and for which acts.

    • Paramilitary Beatings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many paramilitary beatings were carried out between 31 March and 30 April by (a) Loyalists, (b) Republicans and (c) others.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what efforts are being made to encourage more women and members of ethnic communities, with particular reference to the Chinese community, to...

  • Prime Minister

    • Ms C. Booth

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will make a statement on the role he has asked Ms C. Booth QC to play in connection with Government policy formulation; (2) if he will list the official...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Social Exclusion (Transport)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress the Social Exclusion Unit has made in its project on transport and social exclusion.

    • Child Care

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 24 April 2002 to the hon. Member for Don Valley (Caroline Flint), Official Report, columns 315–16, on the National Child Care...

      Ministerial Training

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

      Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral statement of 9 May 2002, what proportion of the £730 million annual budget for a regional assembly in the north-west would be...

      Consultation Exercises

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues about the conduct of consultation exercises; and if he will make a statement about conformity with...

      Parliamentary Branch

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will list the responsibilities of the Cabinet Office Parliamentary Branch; (2) if he will list the Cabinet Office Parliamentary Branch's (a) planned...

      Internet Access

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many households, broken down by (a) class, (b) age and (c) region, have a PC; and what figures he has collated on other major European countries in terms of...

      Sponsorship

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will list the occasions when departments have sought his Department's guidance in accordance with paragraph 8 of his Department's guidance on the...

  • Treasury

    • Higher Rate Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if it is his policy to freeze the level of the threshold for the higher rate of income tax in 2003–04.

    • National Insurance Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many records of individuals were stored in the national insurance record system as at 31 December 2001; how many of these records concerned individuals...

      Small Firms

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the taxation of small firms that trade as (a) limited companies and (b) unincorporated businesses.

      Lone-parent Families

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children are in lone-parent families in (a) London, broken down by borough and (b) in the Battersea constituency.

  • Health

    • Intermediate Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his Department's guidance HSC/LAC (2001) 1 Intermediate Care, if he will publish a breakdown of the allocation of the £900 million...

    • Young People

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

      GP Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to make a statement on the review process of the qualification level for health authorities to receive the extra golden hello funding...

      Solar Panels

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

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to review dental services in England.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been spent on NHS dental treatment in each of the past five years in each of the health authorities of the north-west of England.

      Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what were the percentage changes in the incidence of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus in (a) the NHS and (b) the private sector in each of the...

      Smallpox Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason it was decided to establish a national stockpile of smallpox vaccine; who took the decision; and on what date.

      Smallpox Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doses of smallpox vaccine have been procured; at what cost; and how was the number of doses determined.

      Smallpox Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the smallpox vaccine to be supplied by Powderject will be trialled.

      Smallpox Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which population of humans will be targeted in clinical testing of smallpox vaccines; and what tests will be used to determine immunity protections.

      Smallpox Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 25 April 2002, Official Report, column 460W, on the smallpox vaccine, who the members of the specially convened sub-group of...

      Smallpox Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he plans to issue information on smallpox vaccination quantities and deployment to (a) local authorities, (b) local hospitals and (c) the police.

      Smallpox Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how long it will take Powderject to develop the plant and methodology to produce smallpox vaccine.

      Smallpox Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contact his officials have had with Impfstoffwerke Dessau Tornav in connection with the supply of smallpox vaccine.

      Smallpox Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health where the smallpox vaccine to be acquired under the contract with PowderJect Pharmaceuticals is to be manufactured; and which company will be responsible...

      MMR Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of eligible children in Surrey were vaccinated with the MMR vaccine in (a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01 and (c) 2001–02.

      Vasectomy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Under-Secretary of State for health, the hon. Member for Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette Cooper), will reply to the letter from the hon. Member...

      Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role the Department of Health plays in the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition's review of the evidence on salt; in what form the SACN will...

      Violence (Hospitals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) red cards and (b) yellow cards were issued in each hospital taking part in the trials to reduce violence; and what changes have taken place...

      NHS Staff (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many assaults there have been on NHS staff in Surrey in each of the past five years.

      Health Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) crisis resolution teams, (b) early intervention teams and (c) assertive outreach teams have been set up since the NHS Plan; and how many such...

      Treatment Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what rights an NHS patient has to demand treatment overseas as a result of the recent European Court ruling.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes have taken place to invoicing arrangements for care homes since the introduction of payments for nursing care.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what requirement there is in the new National Care Home Standards for minimum corridor widths; and how this will apply to homes in older properties.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has commissioned the website www.nhsonline.net to provide an internet directory of care homes.

      Medical Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on incentive schemes that are (a) in place and (b) planned to encourage the study of medicine by students.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Ashford of 10 April 2001, 16 July 2001 and 17 December 2001, on Ehlers Dantos Syndrome.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letter of 28 January concerning Mr. Wong of Chelmsford from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of (a) the cost to (i) local authority social services and (ii) North Yorkshire county council social services, of...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will give priority in the provision of digital hearing aids to former service men whose hearing was damaged during the course of their service...

      Rheumatologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of rheumatologists per head of population.

      Bed Blocking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds are blocked in Surrey hospitals because patients cannot be discharged; and what the average cost is per bed per day of these blocked beds.

      Hospital Discharges (Elderly People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what power local authorities will have over hospital discharges when the penalty system on local authorities for delays in discharging elderly...

      Hospital Discharges (Elderly People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to set targets for the reduction in delayed discharges of elderly patients from hospitals for each local authority.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the funding by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight health authority of proposed crisis and home treatment services for...

      East Cheshire Hospice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will provide extra funds to Cheshire Social Services and the Eastern Cheshire Primary Care Trust to enable them to increase support for the East...

      Mid Essex Hospital Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area have been waiting (a) over 12 months and (b) over 15 months for treatment.

      Mid Essex Hospital Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) general practitioner and (b) practice nurse vacancies there are within the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area.

      Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations have been cancelled at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford in the last available month; and what percentage of the cancelled operations...

      Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the (a) income and (b) expenditure of the Ashford and St. Peter's hospitals was during the financial year ended on 31 March; (2) how much...

      Prescription Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to ensure students are informed about their eligibility to pay medical prescription charges when they arrive at university.

      Health and Social Care Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to implement Part IV of the Health and Social Care Act 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      Chelmsford Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the prescribing budget is for the Chelmsford PCT in 2002–03.

      Pesticide Residues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to publish the results of the monitoring programme for pesticide residues in fruit supplied to the National School Fruit Scheme.

      Military Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many military hospitals have been used in the past two years to supplement the national health service.

      Asbestos-related Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the levels of compensation received by (a) mesothelioma sufferers and (b) those suffering from the effects of asbestos.

      European Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list those European hospitals which have received official visits from his Department since 1 January 2001.

      Human Cloning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many human cloning research licence applications have been received to date by the HFEA; in whose name the applications have been made; who the grants...

      Organ Donation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of the organ donation campaigns targeted at the Black and Asian communities.

      Ministerial Training

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

      Colorectal Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representatives concerned with treatment of colorectal cancer sit on NICE appraisal panels assessing drugs used to treat colorectal cancer.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures the Government have taken to encourage people to walk more and use cars less for health reasons.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals have specialist units for treating obesity; and what plans he has to increase their numbers.

      Oral Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what correlation he has calculated exists between the incidence of undetected oral cancer and the number of NHS dentists in a given locality ; and if he...

      Children's Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 22 April 2002, Official Report, column 108W, if he will make a statement on the differences between the role of a children's...

      Shellfish Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what notification he has received as to the proposed dates for the visit by the European Commission Health and Consumer Directorate regarding shellfish...

      Beta Interferon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if the health service across England will be ready to implement the prescription-plus-monitoring scheme for beta interferons from its start date of...

      Sheppey Community Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to announce the appointment of new GPs to the GP surgery attached to the Sheppey Community Hospital.

      Health Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what information he has collated on changes in health levels of residents within health action zones; and if he will make a statement; (2) if he...

      Speech Therapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 18 April, Official Report, column 1184W, if he will provide equivalent figures for unfilled vacancies for speech therapists.

      Clinical Negligence

      Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what were the (a) legal costs of defending clinical negligence claims against the NHS and (b) estimated costs of administration and...

      Clinical Negligence

      Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost of clinical negligence claims paid by the NHS was for 2001–02.

      Clinical Negligence

      Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish a White Paper on clinical negligence.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to reduce the number of suicides by young men.

      Expenditure (NHS Bodies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if, on the basis of the information currently available to his Department in respect of the 2001–02 outturn figures, he will list the NHS trusts and...

      Expenditure (NHS Bodies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much of the allocation for 2002–03 for each primary care trust is earmarked for (a) mental health, (b) coronary heart disease, (c) cancer,...

      Expenditure (NHS Bodies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much, in terms of (a) value and (b) percentage, of the budget for 2002–03 of each primary care trust is expected to be spent on (a) specialist...

      Expenditure (NHS Bodies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if, on the basis of the information currently available to his Department in respect of the 2001–02 outturn figures, he will list those NHS trusts...

      Expenditure (NHS Bodies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if, on the basis of the information available to his Department in respect of the 2002–03 budgeted or projected figures, he will state which NHS...

      Allocations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total increase in allocations for 2002–03 is for the NHS; and how much of that, in (a) value and (b) percentage terms, is accounted for by...

  • House of Lords

    • Capital Punishment: Forums for Discussion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, given the length of time since this was last discussed, they will place on the agenda for future meetings of the Law Ministers of the Commonwealth the...

    • Indonesia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is any international monitoring of progress in removing the militants of Laskar Jihad from the Molucca Islands; and whether they consider that...

      Burma

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will continue to press for the release of political prisoners detained in Burma.

      Police Powers and Procedures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to review legislation governing police powers and procedures.

      Organic and Non-fossil Fuels: Duty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the charging of duty on non-fossil fuels is compatible with or counter-productive to the non-fossil fuel obligation and the need arising from their...

      Tax System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the self-assessment tax system is functioning adequately.

      Tax System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people in the last year for which statistics are available had to pay fines for late submission of tax returns under the self-assessment system.

      Tax System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: By how much the self-assessment system has decreased or increased the cost of the Inland Revenue.

      Tax System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the tax system deals fairly with both rich people and poor people; and whether they have studied the examination of these questions in the Guardian...

      WHOIS Database

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they support the principle that the WHOIS database of web domain owners should be open to access by the general public; and, if so, what representations...

      Consumer Safety

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 25 March (HL3356), whether they will now consider collating statistics on the number of prosecutions...

      Ricability Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to the Ricability report commissioned by Age Concern on the sales practices used by some companies in selling aids and...

      School Attendance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are considering withdrawing benefits from families whose children are out of school because of the failure of the local education authority to provide...

      Defence Capabilities Initiative

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps are being taken to ensure that the arrangements which are to be made to replace the European Defence Capabilities Initiative are adequately monitored.

      Army Training: Track Mileage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What track mileage provision has been agreed between the Army's Land Command and the Defence Logistics Organisation, or HQ Quartermaster General, for this training...

      Armed Forces Pensions: Payment Methods

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evidence there is of possible fraud in the payment of Armed Forces pensions through the Post Office; and Whether they consider that paying Armed Forces...

      Public Guardianship Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What additional income is expected by the Public Guardianship Office in 2002–03 and 2003–04 arising from the changes to fees for (a) enduring powers of...

      Public Guardianship Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the difference between the work that is undertaken by the Public Guardianship Office in relation to the registration of an enduring power of attorney at a...

      Public Guardianship Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the cost to the Public Guardianship Office of registering (a) an uncontested enduring power of attorney and (b) a contested enduring power of attorney.

      Public Guardianship Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the former office of the Public Trust Office/Public Guardianship Office at Stewart House in Kingsway was sold; at what price it was sold; and how the sale...

      Mental Incapacity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will introduce a mental incapacity Bill.

      Magistrates' Court Closures: Avon and Somerset

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether decisions have yet been taken concerning proposed closures of magistrates' courts in Somerset at Frome, Wells and Minehead; if so, how they justify them;...

      Northern Ireland Court Service: Ulster-Scots

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many times, on what occasions and on what topics the Northern Ireland Court Service has sought advice from the Ulster-Scots Agency concerning the...

      Human Rights: State Department Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are content with the United States State Department's report on human rights in Britain; and whether they plan to make any representations to the...

      French Presidential Election

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of Article 7(1) of the Treaty on European Union as amended at Nice, they believe M Le Pen's success in the first round of the French...

      Russia: Freedom of Expression

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that the fines recently imposed on the Newspaper Novaya Gazetta are contrary to Russia's international obligations to the Council of Europe...

      Gibraltar

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a timetable for a referendum in Gibraltar will be incorporated into any agreement between Britain and Spain on the future status of Gibraltar.

      Gibraltar

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who would have control of the naval base at Gibraltar in any agreement with Spain.

      Gibraltar

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any agreement with Spain on the future of Gibraltar would mean that the Spanish Government would give up its claim to full sovereignty over Gibraltar.

      Livestock Industry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the debate on the livestock industry on 17 April (HL Deb, cols 944-984), when they propose to debate and act upon the recommendations in the Report of...

      Rural Proofing Targets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 25 April (WA 55), whether the phrase "in most Departments there is more to do" implies that any department has...

      Livestock Shows: Biosecurity Rules

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, and if so on what scientific evidence, new biosecurity rules have been imposed on agricultural shows with regard to animal dung; whether they have the...

      Cumbria: Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Ministers in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have read Cumbria's Story—Chronicle of a Crisis, published in March by The...

      Packaging Waste Recovery

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the United Kingdom's performance was in 2001 against the recovery and recycling targets in the EC Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste.

      Combined Heat and Power

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Government's strategy for combined heat and power will be published.

      London Underground

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will immediately place in the Library of the House the final version of the letters of comfort underwriting 95 per cent of the third party debt for...

      London Underground

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money will be borrowed under the cover of the letters of comfort underwriting 95 per cent of the third party debt for London Underground; for how long a...

      London Underground

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 8 May (WA 184), why they stated that they had placed in the Library of House a copy of an updated...

      London Underground

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In relation to the share purchase agreements signed on 8 May between London Underground and Tube Lines Ltd and the Metronet consortium, what is the difference...

      London Underground

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In relation to the share purchase agreements signed on 8 May between London Underground and Tube Lines Ltd and the Metronet consortium, what would be the...

      Medical Toxicology Unit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 7 March (WA 37), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of each of the annual...

      NHS Hearing Aids

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people with a hearing loss have a National Health Service-supplied analogue hearing aid.

      Teenage Pregnancy Strategy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to revisit their teenage family planning strategy in the light of research conducted by David Paton of the University of Nottingham Business...

      Department of Health: Written Answers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the average time taken by the Department of Health in replying to Questions for Written Answer tabled by Lords in the past two years; and in how many...

      Quality Protects Management Action Plans

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the outcomes of the evaluation of the Quality Protects Management Action Plans submitted to the Department of Health by local authorities.

      Northern Ireland: Linguistic Diversity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In view of the equal status afforded in the Belfast agreement of 1998 concerning the languages of Irish and Ulster-Scots, what instructions they are giving to all...

      Boundary Commission Paliamentary Constituency Changes: Members Resettlement Grants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether at any time Members of the House of Commons have received compensation when their constituency ceased to exist or as a result of changes made by the...

      House of Lords Select Committee Reports: Government Responses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they aim to respond to reports of House of Commons Select Committees and the House of Lords European Union Committee within two months but only aim to respond...

      Northern Ireland: Office of the Oversight Commssioner

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the total cost of the Office of the Oversight Commissioner of the Police Service of Northern Ireland since it came into existence.

      Palace of Westminster: Restoration

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What steps are being or will be taken to complete the cleaning and restoration of the exterior of the Palace of Westminster.

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