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Written answers

Thursday, 16 May 2002

  • Northern Ireland

    • Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the budget is for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission for the financial year 2002–03.

    • Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will publish the Government's response to the recommendations made by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission under section 69(2)...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what level of remuneration is paid to members of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; and what time commitment is required of them.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Register of Interests

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, for what reason the register of interests relating to the Church Commissioners is not available for public...

  • International Development

    • Unesco

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether her Department takes the lead in policies connected with UK membership of UNESCO; and if she will make a statement concerning...

    • Temporary Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost to her Department was of employing staff in (a) London and (b) the south east from employment agencies in each year since...

      Global Environmental Facility

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much assistance the Government have given to the Global Environmental Facility in each of the last five years.

      Global Environmental Facility

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which countries have received assistance from the Global Environmental Facility in each of the last five years; and how much they received.

      Water Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department has spent on research into innovative water technologies and water conservation techniques for the agriculture...

      Water Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial assistance her Department gave to (a) South Africa, (b) Uganda and (c) Nigeria for sustainable water supplies and...

      Anti-corruption Bureaux

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much assistance her Department provided in (a) 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02 to support anti-corruption bureaux in developing...

      Trade and Poverty Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the progress of the Africa trade and poverty programme.

      Ungass

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her assessment was of the outcomes of the UN Special Session on Children (UNGASS) which took place in New York in May.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made towards the implementation of national strategies for sustainable development for developing countries; and...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the mandate of the European Development Fund Committee is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on the Special System of Assistance to traditional ACP Suppliers of Bananas is; how many...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the mandate of the Committee on Food Security and Food Aid is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the mandate of the Committee on Implementation of Humanitarian Aid Operations is; how many times it has met over the last 12...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the mandate of the Committee on Financial and Technical Assistance and Economic Co-Operation with Developing Countries in Asia and...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the mandate of the MED Committee Financial and Technical co-operation between the Community and Mediterranean non-member countries...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the mandate of the Committee on aid for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the...

      Timber (Departmental Refurbishment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will place in the Library certificates showing that timber used for the doors, doorframes and window frames in the refurbishment...

  • Education and Skills

    • Census Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, (1) pursuant to the answer given by the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department on 23 April 2002, Official Report, column...

    • Deaf Young People (Education)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many deaf children were taught (a) with British sign language and (b) without access to British sign language in the last 12 months for...

      Deaf Young People (Education)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of profoundly deaf young people achieved (a) five A to C GCSE grades and (b) five A to G GCSE grades, broken...

      Learning Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the future of learning partnerships.

      Teachers (Buckinghamshire)

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

      Ministerial Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been spent by her Department on training by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts for Ministers and officials in each of the last...

      Ministerial Training

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

      Ministerial Training

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

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to make education maintenance allowances available to young people in Warrington, North; and if she will make a statement.

      Rural Awareness

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

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Parthenon Marbles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with the Government of Greece concerning the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens.

    • European Capital of Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will announce the name of the person chosen to be Chairman of the European Capital of Culture 2008 Advisory Panel.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effect of the current allocation process for lottery funds on the accumulation of unspent funds; and...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what factors underlay the decision to reject the recommendation of the Rothschild Commission on Gambling that a charitable foundation...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make it her policy to ensure that all young people aged seven to 21 years have the opportunity to participate in arts and...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the impact of the underspend of Lottery money for good causes on long-term sales of tickets; and if she...

      Crystal Palace Sports Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on Sport England's plans in respect of Crystal Palace sports stadium, with special reference to the...

      Anglo-Italian Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions in the last six months members of her Department have met their Italian counterparts; and what subjects were discussed.

  • Defence

    • Medical Officers (Reservists)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether medical officers from the reserve forces are to be called out for mobilised service in support of deployed operations; and if he will make a...

    • Data Protection Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of each version of the internal guidance which have been drawn up by his Department since 1 January 1999 to assist...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what further plans he has to place warships in extended readiness or on standby in the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Army (Foreign Nationals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many foreign nationals left the British Army in each of the last 10 years broken down by nationality; and what their average length of service was.

      Army (Foreign Nationals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many foreign nationals were recruited to serve in the British Army in each of the last 10 years, broken down by country from which recruited.

      Throckmorton Airfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what value he estimates attaches to the Throckmorton airfield within QinetiQ's property portfolio (a) as currently developed, (b) with an asylum...

      Throckmorton Airfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make a statement on the ownership of land at Throckmorton airfield; and what plans his Department has for the disposal of this land (a)...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what basis the decision was made to include Libya as one of the four main countries of concern to the UK in her Department's memorandum on the...

      Strategic Defence Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which medical elements of the Strategic Defence Review have not been implemented; and if he will make a statement.

      Mine Counter-measures Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to withdraw mine counter- measures vessels from service; and if he will make a statement.

      Naval Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many crew are serving on HMS Fearless.

      Naval Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what maintenance work is being carried out on HMS Monmouth.

      Naval Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the planned refits are for (a) HMS Invincible, (b) HMS Illustrious and (c) HMS Ark Royal before the end of their service lives.

      Naval Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if HMS Sheffield will have further refits before the end of her service life.

      Army Pay and Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the compatibility of the pay and conditions of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment and other regiments in the British Army,...

      Temporary Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to his Department was of employing staff in (a) London and (b) the south-east from employment agencies in each year since 1997.

      Sea Harrier Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance is given to serving officers on the submission of letters to newspapers for publication; if the letter from Flight Lieutenant D. Holland...

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Gurkhas were recruited to serve in the British Army in each of the last 10 years; and how many are serving.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what decisions she has made about the membership of the boards of the regional development agencies outside London.

    • ISA Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to which Government Department, and to which account, the ISA's fees and retained interest are credited.

      Office of Fair Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to review the working of the Office of Fair Trading; and if she will make a statement.

      Export Licences (Israel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) Standard Individual Export Licences and (b) Open Individual Export Licences have been issued for exports to Israel in each month...

      Newspaper Distribution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her Department's policy on (a) competition and (b) regulation in the newspaper distribution industry.

      Manufacturing Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the Government's manufacturing strategy.

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the target date is for her Department in responding to export licence applications; and if she will make a statement.

      Rotherham Rugby Club

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will direct the Office of Fair Trading to examine (a) the reasons why Rotherham RFU club has been denied access to the Zurich Premier...

      Temporary Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 30 April 2002, Official Report, column 739W, on temporary workers, whether all parties who submitted responses to...

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Anglo-Italian Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on how many occasions in the last six months (a) he and (b) his officials have met their Italian counterparts; and...

    • Temporary Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the cost to his Department was of employing staff in (a) London and (b) the south east from employment agencies...

      Press Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many members of his Department's press office are (a) under investigation and (b) suspended; and if he will make...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on access for Community air carriers to intra-Community air routes is; how...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the mandate of the Committee on application of the legislation on access to the ground handling market at...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the mandate of the Committee on the transfer of ships from one register to another within the Community is; how...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the mandate of the Committee on the harmonisation of technical requirements and administrative procedures in the...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on unfair pricing practices in marine transport is; how many times it has...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on the definition and use of comparative technical and operating standards...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the mandate of the Committee for the adaptation to technical progress of recording equipment in road transport...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the mandate of the committee for a transparent system of harmonised rules for restrictions on heavy goods...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on Transport is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the mandate of the Committee on implementation of Protocol 9 to the Act of Accession of Austria concerning...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the mandate of the EU-Switzerland Transport Committee (rail and road) is; how many times it has met over the...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the mandate of the Advisory Committee for the application of uniform principles on costing for railway...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the mandate of the Committee on the driving licence is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the mandate of the Advisory Committee for the harmonisation and comparability of the accounting and annual...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the mandate of the Committee for the adaptation to technical progress of roadworthiness tests of vehicles is;...

      Green Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what measures he has introduced to support environmentally friendly transport, with particular reference to rural areas.

      Public Service Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has (a) to update the Public Service Vehicles (Conduct of Drivers, Inspectors, Conductors and...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the maximum annual bonus is that he estimates will be achievable under each of the three PPP contracts; and what...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much the Strategic Rail Authority has spent (a) on its own account and (b) in grants to organisations on...

      Disabled Access (Railway Stations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what cost estimates have been prepared by the Strategic Rail Authority in relation to ensuring that all stations...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he will publish the draft legislation to take forward the recommendations of Lord Cullen's inquiry into rail safety.

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many people died as a result of railway crashes in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) how many people died as a result of road crashes which occurred on (a) 10 January, (b) 10 February, (c) 10...

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the impact of noise on schools is part of the criteria used to consider noise reduction programmes on motorways.

      Number Plates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many refusals of transfer of cherished plates have been made, and on what basis refusals were made, in the latest...

      Number Plates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many cherished number plates were transferred and how much was received by the Government for transfer of...

      Vehicle Licensing and Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what targets he has set for the (a) Drivers' Standards Agency, (b) Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, (c) Vehicle...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the role of bus services in the delivery of the Government plans for transport in London.

      Councillors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he intends to make regulations under the Local Government Act 2000 in relation to handling at local level any...

      Pathfinder Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what support is being made available to the low demand pathfinder project announced on 10 April.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the new national procurement for radio systems in the fire service will replace the regionally based system of...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if the national procurement for radio systems in the fire service will provide funding for infrastructure and...

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many staff were employed in the Health and Safety Executive at 1 April; and what proportion of those staff have...

      Flood Plains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to revise planning guidance in relation to flood plains to conform with the recent findings of the...

      Rural Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will estimate the proportion of the population increase projected by his Department that relates to rural...

      Starter Home Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many key workers will receive financial support from the Starter Home Initiative; and how much will be allocated...

      Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 2 May 2002, Official Report, column 903W, on emergency calls services, how many...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what information his Department has collated on the number of ex-local authority tenants who have exercised the...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what information his Department has collated on levels of under-occupancy in social housing in London.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what information his Department has collated on the range of initiatives, apart from the cash incentive scheme and...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities and the Housing Corporation since 1 May 1997 on offering...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 30 November 2001, Official Report, column 1162W, on social housing, how many homes were...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to (a) receive and (b) publish the research which he has commissioned into shared ownership schemes...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 26 February 2002, Official Report, column 1162W, on affordable housing, if he will provide...

      Mobile Home Owners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what provisions there are to ensure that mobile home owners are aware that they do not have the same rights for...

      Road Safety (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many prosecutions there have been in each of the last 10 years for carrying children unprotected in the front or...

  • Treasury

    • Teenage Pregnancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many teenage pregnancies there were in each of the last five years in (a) Lambeth, (b) Southwark and (c) Lewisham.

    • National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated additional cost is to (a) Plymouth city council, (b) South Hams district council, (c) Devon county council and (d) Torbay unitary...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what he estimates to be the extra revenue generated for the Treasury due to the rise in employer national insurance rates for companies employing...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out the basis for the assessment made in para 2.28 of the Taylor report "The Modernisation of Britain's Tax and Benefit System: Number Two"...

      Construction Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what centrally set targets are in place for monitoring employment status in the construction industry; and on how many occasions these targets have been met...

      Construction Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures are in place to monitor the employment status of subcontractors in the construction industry to ensure the status adheres to Inland Revenue...

      Law Enforcement Agencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what law enforcement agencies and prosecuting authorities designated with legislation there are within the responsibility of his Department; and what...

      Aviation Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what agreement has been reached for aviation insurance terrorism cover from 1 April.

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the total revenue received by the Exchequer was in inheritance tax in each of the past five years; (2) how many people were liable for...

      Anglo-Italian Meetings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions in the last six months (a) he and (b) his officials have met their Italian counterparts; and what subjects were discussed.

      Social Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to commission a study of the trends affecting social care.

      Departmental Staff (Scotland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of (a) civil service, (b) executive agencies and (c) non-departmental public body jobs under the remit of his Department are...

      Red Book

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 1 May 2002, Official Report, columns 882–83W, on the Budget Red Book, if he will provide figures for each column in respect...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has for ministerial visits to (a) Syria, (b) Lebanon, (c) United Arab Emirates, (d) Oman and (e) Qatar.

    • Criminal Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by his Department since 1997.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the meetings held between (a) himself, (b) the staff at his Department and (c) British diplomatic staff with...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the failure of the proposed UN fact-finding mission to Jenin on the future avoidance of conflict...

      Film Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the UK Film Council to increase its profile abroad.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on United Kingdom citizens detained in Saudi Arabia.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with Spain concerning joint command of Britain's naval base in Gibraltar.

      Convention on the Future of Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what position the Government will be taking on the proposal in the Convention on the Future of Europe that the Charter of...

      Convention on the Future of Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what position the Government will be taking on the proposal in the Convention on the Future of Europe that the European Union...

      Rough Diamonds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made with the establishment of a global certification scheme for rough diamonds.

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the mandate of the Committee on Implementation of the Programme of Assistance to Promote the Transition to a Market Economy...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her policy on compensation to those indirectly affected by the foot and mouth disease...

    • Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many overnight stays were undertaken by her officials working on the foot and mouth epidemic.

      Parish Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the categorisation of the activity of parish councils as set out in the recent rural White...

      Sustainable Development Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the consultations she is undertaking prior to the world summit on sustainable development.

      Sustainable Development Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress in domestic and global preparations for the world summit on sustainable development.

      Mink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the control of mink.

      Sheep

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the sheep quota national reserve for 2003.

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she is taking to protect the marine environment of the seas around the United Kingdom.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the fuel poverty strategy.

      Waste and Packaging Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on discussions between her Department and the European Commission regarding the implementation...

      Draft Water Bill

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

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she will take to ensure that timber procured by Government is from well managed, sustainable sources.

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government adopted their timber procurement policy.

      Waste Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with local councils regarding the meeting of waste recycling targets.

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the timetable for the reform of the common fisheries policy.

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the European Commission's proposals for the reform of the common fisheries policy.

      Fruit Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on Government support for the fruit industry.

      Small Farms Produce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her action to improve opportunities for small farmers to market their produce.

      Biosecurity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the role to be played in improved biosecurity measures by the state veterinary service.

      Biosecurity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the financial impact of movement and biosecurity regulations on agricultural shows; and if...

      Agriculture (West Country)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she plans to visit this year's Royal Bath and West show to discuss the state of agriculture in the west country.

      Dairy Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the prospects for the dairy industry.

      Agrimonetary Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her Department's policy on agrimonetary compensation.

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when her Department will analyse the data from the farm-scale evaluations of GM crops.

      Abandoned Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Government are taking to support local authorities in dealing with abandoned vehicles.

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress she has made in implementing the power to close rights of way.

      Tenant Farmers (Retirement Scheme)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to introduce a retirement scheme for tenant farmers.

      Game Shooting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the economic value of game shooting; and if she will make a statement.

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Committee on geographical indications and protected designations of origin for agricultural products...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Committee on certificates of specific character for agricultural products and foodstuffs is; how many...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Standing Committee on agricultural research is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months;...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Management Committee of the common organisation of agricultural markets for natural fibres is; how...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Committee for the adaptation to technical progress and application of the Community award scheme for...

      Countryside Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 18 April 2002, Official Report, column 1071, on the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, on what basis...

      Countryside Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers in the United Kingdom have participated in the Countryside Stewardship scheme in each year since it started.

      Wastepack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date her Department was first informed of an (a) potential and (b) actual problem with Wastepack meeting its...

      Cites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will seek greater protection for big leaf mahogany under CITES.

      Cites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what preparations her Department is making for the CITES 12 meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

      Kyoto Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with US officials about the ratification of the Kyoto treaty.

      Veterinary Residues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the membership of the Advisory Group on Veterinary Residues between 1995 and 2001; and if she will give...

      Veterinary Residues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the guidelines relating to the establishment of the Advisory Group on Veterinary Residues in 1995 and the...

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she (a) has made and (b) plans to make of the role and impact of the sustainability fund in England; how this...

      Maladministration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many findings there have been of maladministration by ombudsmen with responsibility for agencies under the remit of her...

      Refrigerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish details of the methodology used to determine the size of the moneys given to local authorities to further...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she intends to include representatives of the devolved Administrations in the UK delegation to the World Summit on...

      Voluntary Sector (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for South-West Bedfordshire of 25 January, Official Report, columns...

      Dairy Producers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to support organic yoghurt and cream farm producers.

      Meat and Livestock Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will set up a public inquiry into Meat and Livestock Commission invoices sent to the Intervention Board in 1998 and 1999.

      Sewage Discharges (Whitburn and Hendon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to publish the report of the inquiry into sewage discharges from Whitburn and Hendon; and if she will make a...

      Marine Stewardship Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government have to bring forward legislation to implement the policy objectives of the Marine Stewardship reports.

      Waste Composting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received on statutory safety regulations in the UK for the composting of household waste; and if...

      Illegal Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to increase the penalties for people who (a) fly tip and (b) throw refuse from vehicles.

      BNFL

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what meetings (a) she and (b) other departmental ministers have held recently with senior executives from BNFL.

      Cerrie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer, of 20 March 2002, Official Report, column 372W, she will list the consultants appointed to the...

      Water Framework Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the extent to which the proposals set out in the draft Water Bill are necessary in order to...

      Water Framework Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to produce a new Regulatory Impact Assessment of the Water Framework Directive.

      Water Framework Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to implement the no deterioration duty under the Water Framework Directive.

      Nitrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the amount of environmental damage likely to occur in areas which would be excluded from...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many contractors under the Warm Front scheme are based in each county in the south of England.

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the findings of investigations carried out by her Department on the risks posed to animal...

      Common Land (Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will lay draft regulations before Parliament under section 68 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 relating...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received on the impact climate change will have on flooding in the United Kingdom.

      Wildlife Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on what her Department is doing to tackle crime relating to wildlife.

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps she has taken to ensure that there is no contamination of drinking water from the leaks from the sludge...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) whether unpaid special advisers who are appointed for less than a year are obliged to sign the Official Secrets Act in circumstances where advisers, both...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when the 2002 departmental report will be published.

    • National Insurance

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

      Cosla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations her Department has received from COSLA regarding the impact of (a) the aggregates levy and (b) the rise in employers' national...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list by local authority the level of (a) rent and (b) council tax arrears in each year since 1993 in Scotland.

  • Advocate-General

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Jury System

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will list the representations he has received in favour of the jury system.

    • Jury System

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many (a) men and (b) women from ethnic minority backgrounds were selected for jury service at courts in Greater London during...

      Criminal Offences

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by his Department since 1997.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department whom he has identified as the contact points in each department for human rights issues.

      Hague Child Abduction Convention

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the return rates (a) to and (b) from the UK under the Hague Child Abduction Convention were for each of the last two years...

      Spouse Murderers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many parents convicted of murder against a spouse have been deprived of parental rights over children in the last five years.

      Wardship Orders

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many wardship orders were made in each year since 1990.

  • Home Department

    • Greater Manchester Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide a breakdown of one-off ring-fenced grants to Greater Manchester police by constituency since 1997–99, and if he will...

    • Police Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the shorter pay scales for the federated ranks will be.

      Police Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how a police officer will be eligible for the new competence-related pay.

      Police Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how the funding will be provided for the £500 to £5,000 annual payment to police officers at the sharp end; (2) how the...

      Police Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average annual increase in police pay has been in each of the last 10 years.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many black and Asian officers there are in the (a) Metropolitan police, (b) Leicestershire police and (c) Derbyshire police; and at which...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police were assigned to Operation Patrol in Uniform in Wales in each year since 1997.

      Crime Prevention/Weston-Super-Mare

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to offer funding to local crime prevention initiatives in Weston-Super- Mare.

      Policing Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the average annual cost of employing (a) a police officer and (b) a police constable in (i) a provincial force and (ii)...

      Police Performance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will rank the performance of each police force in England according to the Best Value Performance Indicators relating to (a) violent...

      Class A Drugs (Tunbridge Wells)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) in total and (b) under the age of 25 years in Tunbridge Wells were found in possession of Class A drugs in each year...

      Police Service (Religion)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will collect statistics on the religious affiliation of civilian and uniformed staff in the Police Service with special reference to...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued to date.

      Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the changes in his Department's guidelines to the police relating to the seizure of alcohol from young people.

      Recorded Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 7 May 2002, Ref. 52335, whether before 1 April, the police had discretion to record a reported crime; and if he...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many incidents of domestic violence there were in each year since 1997 in Wales; (2) how many incidents of domestic violence there...

      Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many burglaries have been committed in Wales in each year since 1997; (2) how many burglaries have been committed in Lancashire in...

      Common Assault

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of common assault have been committed in Lancashire in each year since 1997.

      Young Offenders' Diet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent research he has carried out into potential links between the behaviour of people detained in young offenders' institutions and...

      Law Enforcement Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what statutory law enforcement agencies and prosecuting authorities there were within the responsibility of his Department; and what...

      Dangerous Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures have been introduced by the Government against (a) dangerous drivers and (b) those who consistently offend.

      Animal Rights Protests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made by the (a) Ministerial Committee on Animal Rights Extremism and (b) police unit within the National Crime Squad...

      Retail Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much of the money allocated to his Department in the Budget will be used to tackle retail crime.

      Retail Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures his Department is taking to tackle retail crime.

      Retail Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to offer funding to local retail crime prevention initiatives in town shopping centres and secondary shopping areas.

      EU Arrest Warrant

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the proposed EU arrest warrant will apply to extradition requests by military tribunals.

      National Criminal Intelligence Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Beaconsfield (Mr. Grieve) of 9 May 2002, Official Report, column 322W, how many and what...

  • Prime Minister

    • Ministerial Statement

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the statement of the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions of 9 May 2002, Official Report, column 303, if (a) he, (b) his...

    • Nepal

      To ask the Prime Minister what further discussions he plans with the Prime Minister of Nepal about the Gurkhas.

      Nepal

      To ask the Prime Minister if he introduced Mrs. Blair to the Prime Minister of Nepal on his visit on 13 May.

      Lord-Lieutenant of Essex

      To ask the Prime Minister what the arrangements are for the appointment of the next lord-lieutenant of Essex; who is serving on the committee considering names; and who appointed them.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) pursuant to the answer of 23 November 2001, Official Report, column 534W, on non-state pensions, how the figures for 2000 were calculated...

    • Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 2 May 2002, Official Report, column 978W, if he will provide information on male pensioners on the same basis.

      Pension Annuities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many replies were received in the course of the Government's consultation on pension annuities; and how many were in favour of reform.

      Employment Agencies Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to publish draft legislation for new regulations under the Employment Agencies Act 1973 relating to agents for the acting...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average response time was for responding to departmental correspondence; what percentage of letters took longer than one month for a...

      Departmental Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the 2002 departmental report will be published.

      HIV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will propose amendments to the Liability Discrimination Act 1995 to protect people with HIV from discrimination at the point of diagnosis.

      Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to improve access to jobcentres in rural areas under the new deal arrangements.

      Direct Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the (a) percentage and (b) amount of funding that (i) the Government and (ii) the banks will invest to establish the new...

      International Social Security Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when each international reciprocal social security agreement was entered into; and what the extent of the reciprocity is in each case.

      Maladministration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many findings there have been of maladministration by ombudsmen with responsibility for agencies under the remit of his Department since 1997.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many newly qualified pensioners have lost part of their state retirement pension in each of the past five years on account of failure to...

      Anglo-Italian Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions in the last six months (a) he and (b) his officials have met their Italian counterparts; and what subjects were discussed.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to reduce non-attendance at personal capability assessment examinations for incapacity benefit.

      Benefit Fraud Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will publish the inspection report of the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate in respect of Derby city council.

  • Health

    • Design Champion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the reasons were for the selection of Lord Hunt of King's Heath as the Department of Health's Design Champion.

    • Homeless People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) number and (b) percentage of people who are considered homeless have been diagnosed with mental health problems.

      Litigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have defended in (i) industrial tribunals and (ii) the courts in each year since 1997; how many...

      New Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what new hospital schemes were given the go-ahead in (a) 2001 and (b) 2002.

      St. Ebba's Hospital, Epsom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has for the residual mental health service on the St. Ebba's hospital site in Epsom; (2) if he will build a village community on the...

      Pfi

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

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his estimate is of delays in PCT investment due to the need to obtain private sector partners; and if he will make a statement; (2) if he will...

      Riding for the Disabled Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the timetable for finalising agreement with the Epsom Riding for the Disabled Association for the sale of land in Epsom.

      Health Care International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients of English health authorities were treated in the last year at Health Care International at Clydebank.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to publish performance statistics for individual consultants for work carried out in (a) the NHS and (b) the private sector; and if he...

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings he has initiated with Health Ministers from devolved Administrations in the last two years.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many out-of-hours services have opted out of NHS Direct in the past 12 months.

      Intensive Care Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many intensive care beds were counted in the critical care census in each census since it began in 1999; and whether these beds were recorded as...

      MLX 282 Consultation Document

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many responses were received by the Medicines Control Agency in response to the MLX 282 consultation document issued on 13 February; what percentage...

      Natural Health Therapies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the adoption of EU Directive 2001/83/EC into UK law and its impact on the use of natural health therapies.

      Maintenance Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the backlog maintenance cost to each estate code B was in (a) England and (b) each NHS region in the most recent year for which figures are available...

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what incentives his Department offers to keep dentists in NHS practices.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimates he has made of the leaving rate of dentists from NHS to private practices in the last three years.

      Carson Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the recommendations of the Carson report will be implemented by 2004; and if he will make a statement.

      Alcohol (Women)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of women were recorded as being dependent on alcohol in each of the last five years.

      Alcohol (Women)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of women aged between 16 and 24 years who drank more than the recommended daily benchmarks in (a) the most...

      Alcohol (Women)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of women who (a) drank more than the recommended daily benchmarks at least once a week and (b) drank more than...

      Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many persons died primarily as a result of the use of alcohol in the last year for which figures are available.

      Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been treated by the NHS for alcohol-related illness in (a) England and (b) each region in each of the last five years.

      Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost to the NHS of treating alcohol-related illness in each of the last five years.

      Portsmouth Hospital Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the new system of management at Portsmouth hospital trust will be in place; what other assistance the Department is giving to the trust; and if he...

      Operating Theatres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to require existing hospitals with only one operating theatre to upgrade by the addition of extra theatres; and if he will make a statement.

      Operating Theatres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints he has received in the latest 12 months for which figures are available from medically qualified NHS personnel concerning the...

      Consultant Surgeons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the position of consultant surgeons on 10/11 contracts with the NHS; and what the average time is they spend personally...

      Treatment Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been treated overseas at the expense of the NHS in the past six months.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the hon. Member for Leominster (Mr. Wiggin) will receive a response to his letter of 24 January, about the distribution of funds raised from the sale...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letter of 24 October 2001 from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford (Mr. Burns) concerning Mr. Stubbins and pneumococcal...

      Criminal Offences

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

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients received drug therapy on the NHS for infection with hepatitis C in each of the last five years.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has commissioned into the (a) short, (b) medium and (c) long-term future of (i) the residential care home sector, (ii) the nursing home...

      Anti-psychotic Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the oral statement by the Secretary of State for Health of 13 February 2002, Official Report, column 112WH, if he has completed consideration...

      Children's Diets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent research his Department has carried out into potential links between ADHD in children and food supplements, food colouring and mineral...

      Children's Diets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were diagnosed with ADHD in each of the past 10 years.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if it is his policy under the Government's new proposals for out-of-hours medical cover that general practitioners will be able to conduct their own...

      Temporary Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to his Department was of employing staff in (a) London and (b) the south east from employment agencies in each year since 1997.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will next consider proposals for research projects on mobile phone masts.

      Anglo-Italian Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions in the last six months (a) he and (b) his officials have met their Italian counterparts; and what subjects were discussed.

      Shellfish Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to meet the European Commission's Health and Consumer Protection Directorate when it visits the United Kingdom to discuss shellfish hygiene.

      Mount Vernon Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to establish a diagnostic and treatment centre at Mount Vernon Hospital; (2) what plans he has to modernise the (a) in-patient...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on Medical Devices is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is;...

  • House of Lords

    • Firearm Certificate Register

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 22 January (WA 195), whether they still expect the design and development of the central register of persons who...

    • TV Investigation into Firearms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether personnel from Meridian TV and BBC TV Kent were authorised by the Home Secretary to possess and use weapons prohibited by Section 5 of the Firearms Act...

      Privy Council Silver

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which Minister or Ministers made the decision that the lots of Privy Council silver withdrawn from auction on 29 October 2001 should not be classified as heritage...

      Treasury Silver

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 29 April (WA 65), what are the full descriptions and individual valuations for the 16 items of...

      Treasury Silver

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 29 April (WA 66), why, in light of the fact that the sale will be "confined to institutions willing...

      Treasury Silver

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 29 April (WA 66), whether the Treasury is proposing a private auction of the Privy Council silver,...

      Tax Returns: Penalty Notices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of the tax year 2000–01, how many penalty notices for late tax returns were issued by the Inland Revenue in error; and what procedures have been...

      Tax Returns: Penalty Notices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money has been received by the Inland Revenue in respect of penalty notices for late tax returns for the 2000–01 tax year issued in error.

      Ministry of Defence Police

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will list: (a) the countries outside the United Kingdom where officers of the Ministry of Defence police are currently serving; (b) the number of...

      Intellectual Property Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to make the findings of the committee of intellectual property rights available for public debate when it reports later this year.

      Waste Electrical Equipment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the extra costs which will be incurred by local authorities when the waste electrical equipment directive is implemented.

      Vehicular Access over Common Land

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to lay draft regulations before Parliament under Section 68 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 relating to vehicular access over common...

      Mineral Levels in Crops

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of research published in the April edition of Medicines Now showing that fruit and vegetables grown by traditional organic methods contain much larger...

      Emergency Contraception

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that the decision by a major supermarket to make the morning-after pill available to girls under 16 encourages them to commit an offence of...

      Emergency Contraception

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they believe that widespread use of the morning-after pill will reduce the rate of unplanned pregnancy; and, if so, what has led them to that conclusion.

      Abortion and Infertility

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many women in Great Britain are unable to have children as a consequence of having an abortion; and whether they will investigate the issue.

      Cancer Treatments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether £17 million of National Health Service funding has been ring-fenced for the provision of the breast cancer drug Herceptin; and how much National...

      Cancer Treatments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to research findings of the Lymphoma Association that one person an hour is diagnosed with lymphoma in the United Kingdom; and how much...

      Pesticide Residues in Fruit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans the Department of Health has to publish the results of the monitoring programme for pesticide residues in fruit supplied to the National School Fruit Scheme.

      Museums and Galleries: Public Appointments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to resurrect their proposals (contained in last Session's Culture and Recreation Bill (HL)) for regulating the trustees of the great...

      Society Lotteries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have decided to restrict the frequency of draws in society lotteries to "no greater than one a day" (paragraph 4.43 of the Department for Culture, Media...

      Special Advisers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the pay bands for special advisers, indicating the minimum and maximum pay levels in each band, from the date of their introduction in 1998–99 and...

      Special Advisers

      asked her Majesty's Government: Whether special advisers are paid (a) overtime, or (b) bonus payments; and what was the amount of such payments in (i) 1998–99; (ii) 1999–2000; (iii)...

      Special Advisers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which special advisers were outside the pay band structure in (a) 1999–2000; (b) 2000–01; and (c) 2001–02.

      Northern Ireland Constituencies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the size of the electorate in each of the 18 constituencies in Northern Ireland; and what it was in each of these constituencies five years ago.

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