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Written answers

Wednesday, 22 May 2002

  • Prime Minister

    • Electronic Databases

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the electronic databases created for No. 10 Downing Street since June 1997 for the purpose of storing parliamentary questions and answers, stating in...

    • European-Latin American/Caribbean Summit

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the Second European-Latin American and Caribbean Summit.

      Establishment Responsibilities

      To ask the Prime Minister which Departments have lead responsibility for (a)(i) Royal, (ii) Church and (iii) hereditary issues and (b) lords- lieutenant.

      Parliamentary Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of parliamentary advisers appointed to serve his Department.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Prime Minister when he last met the Spanish Prime Minister to discuss Gibraltar.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Standing Committee on propagating material and ornamental plants is; how many times it has met over...

    • Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Committee for Community protection of plant variety rights is; how many times it has met over the...

      Committee Mandates

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

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Standing Committee on propagating material and plants of fruit genera and species is; how many times...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Committee for the Fisheries and Aquaculture sector is; how many times it has met over the last 12...

      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 and scientific progress of the Directive on the quality of...

      Committee Mandates

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

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Management Committee of the common organisations of agricultural markets for seeds is; how many times...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Committee on the supply of agricultural products to the population of the former Soviet Union is; how...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Committee on the conservation, characterisation, collection and utilisation of genetic resources in...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Scientific and Technical Research Committee (CREST) is; how many times it has met over the last 12...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Committee for the approximation of the laws of the member states relating to noise emission in the...

      Genetically Modified Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research (a) her Department and (b) its predecessors have undertaken in the last five years to assess and measure the...

      Consultation Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many consultation documents and consultative drafts of legislation have been issued by her Department since January 2001;...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he will respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Eastleigh dated 18 March, regarding the funding for supply chain...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer on 19 April 2002, Official Report, columns 1192–93W, if she will investigate the whereabouts of...

      Over-30-months Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of cattle presented to the over-30-months scheme were rejected for lack of proper document in the last 12...

      Over-30-months Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much over-30-months scheme compensation has been paid in each year since its inception.

      Colorado Beetle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on steps being taken to prevent the spread of the Colorado beetle.

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated level of losses to fraud and corruption was in (a) her Department's vote 1 budget and (b) her Department's...

      Agrimonetary Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government have to claim agrimonetary compensation in the next six months.

      Dairy Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will make a statement on the price of milk that dairy farmers receive in Lancashire; (2) if she will make a...

      London Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the Review of the London Markets.

      Tidal Flows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what planning legislation exists to protect tidal flows in rivers from the construction of barrages and weirs.

      Atrazine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement about the safety of Atrazine.

      Atrazine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate she has made of the extent of the use of Atrazine as a fertiliser.

      Foodstuffs Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the level of strategic reserves of staple foodstuffs in the UK; and how many weeks supply of...

      Pet Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received from Eurostar on pet passports and guide dogs.

      State Veterinary Service (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many veterinarians are employed by the state veterinary service in Scotland; and where they are based.

      State Veterinary Service (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many laboratories are operated by the state veterinary service in Scotland; and where they are located.

      Coley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the amount of coley (saithe) that was discarded back in the sea by British registered vessels during 2001.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Civil Defence and Emergency Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State what steps he is taking to improve co-ordination of Government policy in respect of civil emergencies.

    • Civil Defence and Emergency Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State if he will make a statement on Government support for local authority emergency planning.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State what role his Department has (a) in providing guidance to other Departments on the answering of parliamentary questions and (b) in...

      Government Regional Offices

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State if he will make a statement on the future role of Government offices for the regions.

      Ministerial Code of Conduct

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State what recent representations he has received on declarations made under the ministerial code of conduct.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State what proportion of public appointments were filled by women over the last five years.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State what representations he has made on the marine environment for the consideration of the world summit on sustainable development.

      European Employment Directive

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State what co-ordinating role his Department is taking in the implementation of the European employment directive in respect of age...

      Administrative Dispersal

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State what his policy is for dispersing Government Departments to the regions.

      Civil Service Pensions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State if he will make a statement on the percentage increase in civil service pensions in each of the past three years; and on which basis...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State what plans he has for travelling abroad to represent the United Kingdom at conferences in his capacity as Deputy Prime Minister.

      Joined-up Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State what progress is being made with the implementation of the joined-up Government project.

      Discrimination

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the action programme to tackle discrimination is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months;...

      Parliamentary Advisers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of parliamentary advisers appointed to serve his Department.

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Regional Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what benefits he estimates regional government will bring to the regions of England.

    • Regional Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which body is responsible for (a) the regulation and (b) the auditing of expenditure of the regional assemblies.

      Local Councils (Auditing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the arrangements for internal and external auditing of local councils.

      Mobile Telephones

      Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to review the operation of road traffic law in relation to the use of mobile...

      Mobile Telephones

      Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent assessment he has made of the number of road accidents in which the use of mobile...

      Population Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what Her Majesty's Government's policy is for reducing population growth in the south east of England relative to...

      Pneumoconiosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether the medical assessment procedure set up under the compensation scheme for pneumoconiosis may be accessed by...

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact on 3G cellular telephony roll-out of different models of planning controls...

      Modular Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if new modular homes will be available to people on low wages in the private sector; (2) how many new modular...

      Emergency Services (Communications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proposals there are to provide a link between the fire service national radio communications system and the...

      Fire Service College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in relation to the fire service college, Moreton-in-Marsh, how many orders of over £1 million have been (a) won...

      Fire Service College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the status is of the review of the framework document on the fire service college, Moreton-in-Marsh; in drawing...

      Fire Service College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the studies and investigations, including audit investigations, instigated and commissioned by his...

      Fire Service College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to review the future direction and funding of the fire service college; and if he will make a statement.

      Government Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how he intends to ensure effective communication between regional assemblies, the devolved institutions of the United...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the mandate of the EC-former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Joint Transport Committee 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 EC-Hungary Joint Transport Committee is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months;...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on restrictive practices and dominant positions in air transport is;...

      Committee Mandates

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

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the mandate of the Standing Committee on the Harmonisation of National Legislation on Cableway Installations...

      Parliamentary Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of parliamentary advisers appointed to serve his Department.

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the (a) safety precautions in force and (b) material used to transport MOX fuel from...

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the recommendations made by the Health and Safety Executive since 1997 which should have been...

      Disabled Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what evidence he has collated on UK airports as to the levying of differential handling charges for disabled...

      The New Humber Pilotage Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if Humber Pilots Limited were consulted in the preparation of the document The New Humber Pilotage Service.

      Freight Movement (Channel Tunnel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps he is taking to secure the restitution of normal freight services using the Channel Tunnel; and if he will...

      Oil Tankers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the effect of Regulation (EC) 417/2002 (OJ L64, 7/3/02), on the sales of oil tankers...

      Transport Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much (a) private capital and (b) public money was spent on transport during the first year of the 10-year plan.

      Aviation White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the proposed aviation White Paper will be published; and if he will make a statement.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the latest estimated date is for the handover of the operation of the London underground to the Mayor of London;...

      Railway Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish the findings of the administrator as vendor on the condition of Railtrack assets.

      Railway Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what incentives he proposes for rail safety in the scheme for a company limited by guarantee to take over the railways.

      Railway Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to hold discussions with the Strategic Rail Authority concerning the re-routing of the main railway...

      Railway Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if he will list the consultants and external advisers used by the Government in the last year on railway...

      Railway Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many animals have been (a) killed, (b) injured and (c) retrieved from railway lines in each year since 1997; and...

      Railway Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many incidents of motor vehicles colliding with trains on railway lines there were in each year since 1997; in...

      Railway Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the final report into the rail accident at Hatfield in October 2000 was originally planned to be published; when...

      Railway Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the extent is of the legal relationship between the Strategic Rail Authority and Network Rail; and if he will...

      Railway Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his oral answer of 13 May 2002, Official Report, column 508, on rail safety, if he will place in the...

      Minibuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how often (a) non- PSV minibuses and (b) PSV minibuses will be subject to a seat belt installation check.

      School Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what measures he intends to take to encourage wider take-up of the yellow bus transport to school schemes.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • New Millennium Experience Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the grounds on which the identity of the individual acting as the Government's shareholder in the New...

    • New Millennium Experience Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her answer of 25 March 2002, Official Report, column 578W, what was the method by which the shares in the New Millennium...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the mandate of the Contact Committee for Implementation of the Television without frontiers Directive is; how many times it has met...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the training programme for professionals in the European audiovisual...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the programme establishing a single financing and programming instrument for...

      Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to create an accurate record of playing field losses and their cause over the last five years.

      Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the Playing Fields Monitoring Group first met; how often it has met; and when the details of playing field losses will be published.

      Tourism (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to promote tourism in (a) Greater London and (b) Enfield; and if she will make a statement.

      Channel 5

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the management of Channel 5 television as to the feasibility of extending the range of their analogue...

      Channel 5

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of the (a) population and (b) land mass of (i) Scotland, (ii) Wales, (iii) Northern Ireland and (iv) England are able to...

      Unpaid Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the answer of 10 April 2002, Official Report, column 306W, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of unpaid...

      Equal Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the subject of each gender impact assessment drawn up by her Department since June 1997, indicating in each case...

      Equal Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she has established a baseline for policy appraisal against which to measure progress on equal treatment; and what progress has been...

      Equal Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the women's organisations which have been consulted over the proposed legislation by her Department during the...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions between 31 March 2001 and 31 March 2002 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled...

  • Education and Skills

    • School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 2 May 2002, Official Report, columns 905–06W, what the average (a) distance and (b) time travelled by...

    • School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 2 May 2002, Official Report, column 905W, on school transport, how many children were included in the National...

      Schools (Private Sponsors)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what approaches she has made to individuals, organisations and companies to sponsor academies and city academies; and what criteria are used...

      Schools (Private Sponsors)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what arrangements she has made to ensure that private sponsors of academies and city academies do not have a majority of places on the...

      Schools (Private Sponsors)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what powers and benefits can be received where an organisation or individual provides substantial sponsorship to an emerging school.

      Church Schools Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when her Department invited the Church Schools Company to sponsor the proposed Moss Side City Academy; which other schools have been offered...

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills where an Academy is created involving the (a) Church Schools Company and (b) other faith-based organisations, what control they will be able...

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills where an existing school is taken over by (a) a faith-based organisation and (b) a group sponsored by a faith-based individual, what...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if teachers who teach in accommodation centres for asylum seekers will be required to have completed initial teacher training.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the vacancy rates for each of the last five years for (a) primary teachers and (b) secondary teachers in each of the eight...

      Teacher Training Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost was of producing the new logo of the Teacher Training Agency.

      Juvenile Sex Abusers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what provision is made within initial teacher training to provide trainee teachers with assistance in responding to children and young...

      Teacher Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will identify the local education authorities whose information on teacher vacancies had not been validated when the statistical...

      Parliamentary Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of parliamentary advisers appointed to serve her Department.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Parliamentary Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of parliamentary advisers appointed to serve his Department.

    • José Bustani

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the United States Government about their stance on the position of José Bustani in the...

  • Wales

    • Parliamentary Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the (a) names and (b) the responsibilities are of parliamentary advisers appointed to serve his Department.

  • Defence

    • Overseas Military Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what training courses run by his Department have been attended by overseas military personnel from (a) China and (b) Zimbabwe since May 1997.

    • Armed Forces (Women)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will publish the outcome of the study into the employment of women in the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the United Kingdom's (a) possession and (b) use of nuclear weapons and the basis for this policy.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the contribution of nuclear weapons to the security of the United Kingdom.

      RAF Bases (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what investigation has been carried out into the security implications of the suggested commercial use of RAF bases in Scotland; what the outcome...

      Departmental Main Building (PFI Project)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the total professional fees were for the redevelopment of his Department's main building, broken down by the (a) payer and (b) payee; (2)...

      Exercises (Spending)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total spend has been on exercises for each of the services in the past four years.

      Annington Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the houses sold back to Annington Homes have been (a) grade 1, (b) grade II, (c) grade III and (d) grade IV since 1996; how much was...

      Flying Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average number of flying hours in each of the last 12 months for pilots in (a) 9 Squadron, (b) 12 Squadron, (c) 14 Squadron, (d) 31 Squadron,...

      Macedonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the European Union will be ready to take over in the autumn Operation Amber Fox in Macedonia.

      Weapons of Mass Destruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what types of weapons of mass destruction are held by the United Kingdom.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the United Kingdom armed forces from the (a) Royal Navy, (b) RAF and (c) Army are assigned to operations in and around Afghanistan;...

  • Solicitor-General

  • International Development

    • Global Environmental Facility

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how much assistance the Government have given to the global environmental facility since 1997; (2) which countries have received...

    • Debt Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the impact of vulture funds on debt relief for countries; what action she is taking on this issue; and...

  • Treasury

    • Cocaine

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what further steps are being taken to combat the smuggling of cocaine into the UK by air passengers from Jamaica.

    • Contracts

      Gareth Thomas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement on the continued use of retentions in relation to public procurement contracts; (2) whether Government...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library the Treasury's calculations for establishing the total cost to the public sector of the 1 per cent. rise in employers'...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the percentage of additional class 1 secondary national insurance contributions to come from (a) public sector...

      Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received since June 2001 on delays in crediting (a) contracting-out rebates and (b) employers' contributions to pension schemes;...

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on discussions which have taken place between officials in his Department and those from Sweden on the timing of referenda on...

      Exotic Animals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many consignments of exotic animals HM Customs and Excise have checked and inspected, broken down by month in each year since 1997; and if he will...

      E-Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the development of e-procurement in Government purchasing.

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the mandate of the Contact Committee European economic interest grouping is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK...

      Parliamentary Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of parliamentary advisers appointed to serve his Department.

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue has been collected by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise from Customs (Import) duty and VAT charges paid by United Kingdom recipients of...

      Private Members' Bills

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many written representations he has received from hon. Members in support of the (a) Industrial and Provident Societies Bill and (b) Employee Share...

      National Insurance (Scotland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the total cost to Scotland's (a) health trusts and (b) local authorities of the payment of the revenue in employees' national...

      Oil and Gas Industry (Taxation)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value is of the threshold of profitability referred to in paragraph five of the paper he published as part of his letter to the hon. Member for...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families are expected to be eligible for the increased children's tax credit because they have a child born during 2001–02.

      Voluntary Sports Clubs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what sports are not eligible for the Inland Revenue tax exemptions and charitable status for voluntary sports clubs; and if he will make a statement.

      Environmental Taxes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans the Government have to review UK environmental taxes and their impact both on (a) business and (b) the environment.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list non-governmental organisations operating in the south west region that receive public funds from his Department; and what...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects a reply to be sent to the letters to the Minister of State for Pensions dated 31 October 2001 and 2 July 2001 concerning Mrs....

      Medical Services Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what further progress has been made on formalising the extension of the medical services contract with SchlumbergerSema.

      Rural Awareness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when his Department will establish rural targets and monitoring as part of overall rural proofing measures as set out in the Countryside...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are in receipt of higher rate disability living allowance on the basis of autism-related disruption during the night.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are in receipt of disability living allowance in respect of autism.

      Property Protection

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

      Unpaid Advisers

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

      Savings Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether it is his intention that pensioners receiving the savings credit should receive the same amount of housing benefit and council tax...

      Parliamentary Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of parliamentary advisers appointed to serve his Department.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the script used by staff at Pensions Service call centres to respond to new telephone claims for...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many prospective pensioners have received combined pensions forecasts to date; and what his target number is of recipients for each of the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will update his estimates based on the Family Resources Survey 1999–2000 of (a) median pensioner incomes, excluding means-tested...

      Benefit Claimants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of (a) disability living allowance and (b) incapacity benefit in (i) West Dunbartonshire and (ii) the UK have taken up work...

      Benefit Claimants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of (a) disability living allowance and (b) incapacity benefit in (i) West Dunbartonshire and (ii) the United Kingdom have...

      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.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Fraud

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

    • Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prisoners can be accommodated at each prison in Northern Ireland; and how many prisoners are in each prison.

      Parliamentary Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of parliamentary advisers appointed to serve his Department.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the mandate of the Committee for the Implementation of the Multiannual Community Programme to stimulate the development and use of...

    • Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the mandate of the Committee on Projects of Common Interest in the field of trans- European telecommunications networks (TEN-telecom) is;...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the mandate of the Committee for granting community financial aid in the field of trans-European telecommunications networks is; how many...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the mandate of the Committee on security of information systems (SOS-GIS) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the mandate of the Committee on electronic signatures is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the mandate of the Committee for the Management of Generalised Preference is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the mandate of the Committee on fees, implementation rules and the procedure of the boards of appeal of the Office for Harmonisation in...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what the mandate of the Textile Committee (Conventional Regime) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on state aid for the application of Articles 92 and 93 of the EC Treaty to certain categories...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on Protection against Subsidised Imports is; how many times it has met over the last 12...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the mandate of the co-ordinating Group for the Community Regime for the Control of Exports of Dual-use Goods is; how many times it has...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the mandate of the Committee for the development of the internal market in postal services and the improvement of the quality of service...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on public contracts is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what the mandate of the Committee for granting community financial aid in the field of trans-European energy networks is; how many times...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on the implementation of open network provision (ONP) is; how many times it has met over the last...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the mandate of the Committee on economic outward-processing arrangements for textiles is; how many times it has met over the last 12...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the mandate of the Committee on general authorisations and individual licences in the field of telecommunications services is; how many...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of state for Trade and Industry (1) what the mandate of the Committee on the rational and efficient use of energy resources (SAVE) is; how many times it has met over the...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the mandate of the Committee on product safety emergencies is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the United Kingdom...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what the mandate of the Customs Code Committee dealing with tariff quotas is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what...

      Arms Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what export licences have been granted since 2 May 1997 for the export of the E100 series integrated grenade system manufactured by PW Defence.

      Arms Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what export licences have been granted since 2 May 1997 for the export of (a) the fragmentation grenade E105 and (b) the fragmentation grenade...

      Solar Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reasons solar energy schemes are precluded from the Major Photovoltaics Demonstration Programme's allocation of grants to support the...

      Solar Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what initiatives her Department has instigated to encourage the use of solar energy schemes in (a) domestic properties and (b) commercial...

      Export Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what rules are applied by the ECGD to the offer of export credit support where the British contribution to an export is less than 100 per...

      Export Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her policy is towards export credit and the apportionment of liabilities, projects and equipment produced on a multi-national basis and...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will respond to correspondence arising from Mr. David Harrison of the Government office for the north-west in connection with Mr....

      Construction Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with the construction industry and UCATT about the abuse of C154 cards; what estimate she has made of the...

      Plutonium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent communications her Department has had with NIREX in respect of options for the long-term management of plutonium.

      Euratom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what United Kingdom policy is in respect of proposals contained in the European Commission proposal document Com (2002) 99 for a Council...

      State Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what reduction there has been in the level of state aid since the European Council's meeting in Lisbon in (a) the European Union and (b) the...

      Business Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what visits to promote British business Ministers from her Department have made to the candidate countries of the European Union in the last...

      Mauban Power Plant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which United Kingdom companies the Export Credits Guarantee Department (a) is supporting and (b) has previously supported regarding the (i)...

      Criminal Offences

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

      Parliamentary Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of parliamentary advisers appointed to serve her Department.

      Land Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what investigations she has made into the manufacture and foreign sale of fragmentation grenade land mines by P.W. Defence Ltd.

      Energy Products Tax Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her policy towards Commission proposals for the adoption of an energy products tax directive.

  • Advocate-General

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Advocate-General (1) what the cost was to her Department of answering written parliamentary questions in 2001; and how that cost was calculated; (2) how many staff were involved in...

  • Scotland

    • Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list the publicity and advertising campaigns run by her Department in each of the last four years, specifying the (a) purpose, (b) cost to...

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what the cost was to her Department of answering written parliamentary questions in 2001; and how that cost was calculated; (2) how many staff...

      Sunset Clauses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which Bills introduced by her Department in the last five years have contained sunset clauses; and what plans she has for the future use of such clauses.

      Road Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what studies she has carried out into availability of motor transport fuels in rural areas; and if she will make a statement; (2) what...

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many applications have been received by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission; how many have been processed; how many have been referred to...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 for (i)...

      Disclosure of Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what rules apply to the disclosure of interests on the part of those serving on public bodies which are responsible to her Department.

      Oil and Gas Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what meetings she has had since the Budget with representatives of the North sea oil industry in north-east Scotland to discuss the impact of the new...

      Parliamentary Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of parliamentary advisers appointed to serve her Department.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department 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...

    • Stolen Equipment

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2002, Official Report, columns 805–07W, on stolen equipment, what criminal proceedings...

      Taxi Fares

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what criteria have to be met in order for a taxi journey by the Lord Chancellor to be paid for from public funds.

      Taxi Fares

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how much has been spent on taxi fares for the Lord Chancellor in the last year for which figures are available.

      Taxi Fares

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if the expenditure by her Department on taxi fares in the last year has been audited; and if she will make a statement.

      Taxi Fares

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how much has been spent by her Department on taxi fares in the last financial year.

      Fraud

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department 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...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when the Lord Chancellor will answer the letter from the hon. Member for Canterbury dated 21 December 2001, ref Womans Aid Federation.

      Immigration Advice

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to her answer of 7 May 2002, Official Report, column 72W, on immigration advice, how many of the matter starts have been...

      Open Government

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on promotion of open government.

      Court Buildings

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many court houses have closed since 1997; and how many have had improvements made to them.

      Crown Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the cost in 2000–01 was of (a) the maintenance of each of the Crown courts in England and (b) administering each of the...

      Royal Family

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what her policy is on the release of papers from the Public Record Office relating to the royal family; how these rules differ...

      Euro Conversion Costs

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what assessment she has made of the (a) cost (b) new equipment needed and (c) modifications needed to existing IT software to...

      Marriage and Relationship Support

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what support was given to this year's National Marriage Week by her Department.

      Withheld Records

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many and what percentage of records eligible for release in 2001 under the 30-year rule were withheld; and for what reasons...

  • Privy Council

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the President of the Council what formula is used to determine the average cost of answering a parliamentary question.

  • Health

    • Cancer Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the opportunity costs of the Cancer Plan.

    • Cancer Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the allocation in the NHS Cancer Plan for palliative care has been spent on hospices for (a) children and (b) adults in 2001–02; how...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP practices do not have a connection with NHSnet.

      Vaccination Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what incentive payments are available to general practitioners meeting vaccination targets.

      Renal Transplant Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the costs of siting renal transplant services at (a) St. George's and (b) St. Helier hospitals.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what community provision is made for diabetes sufferers in Bradford.

      Staff Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff were employed in the National Care Standards Commission at 1 April; and what proportion of those staff have clinical contact with NHS patients.

      Juvenile Sex Abusers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what protocols are in place for child and adolescent mental health services in dealing with children who sexually abuse.

      Juvenile Sex Abusers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to conduct further research into children and young people who sexually abuse.

      Juvenile Sex Abusers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made by his Department in implementing a multi-agency model to address (a) the risks posed by and (b) the needs of children and...

      Juvenile Sex Abusers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding was available for programmes to address the needs of children and young people who sexually abuse in (a) 1998, (b) 1999, (c) 2000 and (d) 2001.

      Public Inquiries (Child Abuse and Neglect)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many public inquiries have been held into child (a) abuse and (b) neglect cases since 1990.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many whole-time equivalent nurses are responsible for assessing patients for free nursing care.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people have been waiting (a) less than one month, (b) over one month and less than two months, (c) over two months and less than three...

      Hospital Stays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he has taken since 1997 to ensure that people (a) are not discharged from hospital too early and (b) do not stay in hospital longer than...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new mental health units have been built since June 2000.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are being taken to adapt older mental health units to match the criteria laid down for the building of new mental health units.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will carry out an audit of the opinions of mental health service users in hospitals regarding mixed and single-sex wards.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what benefits exercise referral schemes offer in the field of mental health treatment.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of children who have been in care homes in the last five years have been convicted of an offence.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the National Strategy report on hepatitis C will be published.

      Nurse Prescribing Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account he took of the need to tackle antibiotic resistance before deciding to extend the nurse prescribing scheme to include nine oral antibiotics.

      Disability Equipment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to implement the recommendations of the Audit Commission's "Fully Equipped" report on the provision of disability equipment...

      Intermediate Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 10 April 2002, Official Report, column 486W, on intermediate care, how many people in each quarter of 2001 who were (a)...

      Intermediate Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 16 April 2002, Official Report, column 926W, on community hospitals, how many intermediate care beds there were in (a)...

      Free Nursing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) representations and (b) letters he has received from (i) hon. Members and (ii) members of the public regarding the failure of care homes to...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact on the care home sector of mergers and acquisitions of care homes in the last five years.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the information his Department collects centrally; and what steps the Department takes to obtain the desired information to...

      MMR

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP practices have failed to meet targets for MMR vaccination rates and missed out on target payments.

      Overseas Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets have been set for the director of international recruitment for health services for the number of foreign recruited nurses working for the NHS.

      Foot Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the number of episodes of care in respect of tissue breakdown infection and/or ulceration of the foot by region in each year since 1997.

      Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (1) pursuant to his answer of 14 May 2002, ref. 56283, on expenditure, what assessment he has made of the money necessary to meet (a) increases in pay,...

  • Home Department

    • Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the Criminal Justice Joint Planning Unit was established; (2) how many members of staff are employed by the Criminal Justice...

    • Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the remit is of the Corporate Management Unit; (2) what the cost of the Corporate Management Unit was in the last 12 months; (3)...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the remit is of the Offenders and Corrections Unit; (2) what the cost of the Offenders and Corrections Unit was in the last 12...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the Accounting and Finance Unit was established; (2) what the remit is of the Accounting and Finance Unit; (3) how many members...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many members of staff are employed by the Audit and Assurance Unit; (2) what the cost of the Audit and Assurance Unit was in the...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the Immigration and Community Care Unit was established; (2) how many members of staff are employed by the Immigration and...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what is the remit of the Correctional Policy Unit; (2) when the Correctional Policy Unit was established; (3) how many members of...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the remit is of the Commercial and Procurement Unit; (2) when the Commercial and Procurement Unit was established; (3) what the...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many members of staff are employed by the Police Leadership and Powers Unit; (2) how many members of staff are employed by the...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the Animal Procedures and Coroners Unit was established; (2) how many members of staff are employed by the Animal Procedures and...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many members of staff are employed by the Mental Health Unit; (2) what the cost of the Mental Health Unit was in the last 12...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the Criminal Justice Integration Programme was established; (2) what the remit is of the Criminal Justice Integration Unit; (3)...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the European and International Unit was established; (2) how many members of staff are employed by the European and International...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many members of staff are employed by the Corporate Support Services Unit; (2) when the Corporate Support Services Unit was...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the remit is of the farm policy unit; (2) when the farm policy unit was established; (3) how many members of staff are employed...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the Human Resources and Equality Unit was established; (2) how many members of staff are employed by the Human Resources and...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the remit is of the Science and Technology Unit; (2) what the remit is of the Police Leadership and Powers Unit; (3) what the...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the cost of the Finance and Planning Unit was in the last 12 months; (2) how many members of staff are employed by the Finance...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the remit is of the Business Support Unit; (2) what the cost is of the Business Support Unit; (3) when the Business Support Unit...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the Sentencing and Offences Unit was established; (2) what the remit is of the Sentencing and Offences Unit; (3) what the cost...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the Criminal Justice Reform Unit was established; (2) what the cost of the Criminal Justice Reform Unit was in the last 12...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the Group Resources Unit was established; (2) what the remit is of the Group Resources Unit; (3) how many members of staff are...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the Police Resource Unit was established; (2) when the Police Leadership and Powers Unit was established; (3) when the Science...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the Crime and Criminal Justice Unit was established; (2) what the cost of the Crime and Criminal Justice Unit was in the last 12...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the cost of the Business Support and Communication Unit was in the last 12 months; (2) when the Business Support and...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the cost of the Buildings and Estate Management Unit was in the last 12 months; (2) when the Buildings and Estate Management Unit...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the cost of the Sirius Programme Management Unit was in the last 12 months; (2) when the Sirius Programme Management Unit was...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the cost of the Judicial Co-operation Unit was in the last 12 months; (2) how many members of staff are employed by the Judicial...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the cost of the Performance and Strategic Management Unit was in the last 12 months; (2) what the cost of the Police Leadership...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the cost of the Policing Organised Crime Unit was in the last 12 months; (2) when the Policing Organised Crime Unit was...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the Policing and Reducing Crime Unit was established; (2) how many members of staff are employed by the Policing and Reducing...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many members of staff are employed by the national police training unit; (2) what the remit is of the national police training...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many members of staff are employed by the Active Community Unit; (2) when the Active Community Unit was established; (3) what the...

      Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the Economics and Resource Analysis Unit was established; (2) what the remit is of the Economics and Resource Analysis Unit; (3)...

      Prison and Probation Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the prison and probation ombudsman was established; (2) what the remit is of the prison and probation ombudsman; (3) how many...

      Strategic Policy Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many members of staff are employed by the Strategic Policy Team; (2) when the Strategic Policy Team was established; (3) what the...

      Animals (Scientific Procedure) Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the Animals (Scientific Procedure) Inspectorate was established; (2) how many members of staff are employed by the Animals...

      National Technical Assistance Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many members of staff are employed by the National Technical Assistance Centre; (2) what the cost of the National Technical...

      HM Inspectorate of Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many members of staff are employed by HM Inspectorate of Prisons; (2) what the remit is of HM Inspectorate of Prisons; (3) what...

      Financial Crime Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the cost of the Financial Crime Team was in the last 12 months; (2) what the remit is of the Financial Crime Team; (3) when the...

      Legal Adviser's Branch

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the remit is of the Legal Adviser's Branch; (2) how many members of staff are employed by the Legal Adviser's Branch; (3) what...

      National Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the cost of the National Probation Service was in the last 12 months; (2) when the National Probation Service was established;...

      Departmental Directorates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which directorates and units of his Department cited on his Department's website at http:// www.homeoffice.gov.uk/direct.htm were created...

      Drug Treatment and Testing Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug treatment and testing orders have been made since they were introduced; and what appraisal has been made of their effectiveness.

      Drug-related Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the change in the amount of drug-related crime since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Illegal Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimates have been made by his Department of the street prices of illegal drugs in each year since 1990–91.

      Illegal Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the street price of crack cocaine in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years; and if he will make a...

  • House of Lords

    • Schengen Agreement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have conducted, or will now conduct, a cost benefit examination of the advantages and disadvantages of full United Kingdom accession to the Schengen...

    • Rehabilitation of Offenders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What stage has been reached in the review of legislation on the rehabilitation of offenders; and when announcements or decisions may be expected.

      Women in the Armed Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the outcome of the study into the employment of women in the Armed Forces.

      School Places

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the extent of the demand on schools for places by newcomers into particular areas; and what steps are being taken to secure education provision for all...

      Schools: Pupil Participation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the result of consultations inside and outside the Department for Education and Skills on the participation of young people in decisions which affect...

      Personation of Voters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any evidence that personation of voters is a problem in any part of the United Kingdom outside Northern Ireland.

      Regional Government

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the cost of the restructuring reviews of local government which would be required if regional government was to be introduced by region.

      Millennium Dome

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the explanation for the monthly increase in cost of maintaining the Millennium Dome from £251,000 in January to £287,000 in February.

      Millennium Dome

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the cost of the telephone calls made from the Millennium Dome during January and February 2002; by whom they were made; and for what purpose.

      Building Regulations: Approved Document B

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place a limit on the compartment size for single storey warehouse, distribution or storage premises within the Building Regulations and Approved...

      Building Regulations: Approved Document B

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the guidance on the use of sandwich panels contained in the 2000 edition of Approved Document B is mandatory; and what powers are provided to building...

      Bovine TB

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the total numbers of animals culled following tuberculosis testing for each of the years 1997 to 2002; and in which countries is the current infection at...

      State Veterinary Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' (a) overtime and (b) time off in lieu policies for the State Veterinary Service.

      BSE

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish an updated table showing the number of cases of BSE confirmed in Britain each week during the calendar year 2001 and the year 2002 to...

      Abortion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the report produced by the deVeber Insitute in Toronto, Canada, entitled Women's Health After Abortion: The Medical and Psychological...

      Smuggling of Illegal Drugs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total cost of the Customs and Excise service in preventing the smuggling of illegal drugs into the United Kingdom, and What is the total annual...

      Women in Sport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Question by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 8 May (HL Deb, col. 1223), which Minister or Ministers will attend the World Conference on Women in Sport...

      Women in Sport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Question by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 8 May (HL Deb, col. 1223), what action have they taken to encourage sporting bodies to sign up to the...

      Historical Sites: Excavation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many historical sites in England are at present undergoing excavation and exploratory work.

      Treasury Solicitor's Department

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, following his acceptance of the recommendations of the recent quinquennial review of the Treasury Solicitor's Department, the Attorney-General has made or...

      Belfast Agreement: Early Release Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 10 April (WA 104) concerning the Belfast Agreement of 1998 and a suggestion of amnesty for all terrorists,...

      Northern Ireland: Paramilitary-style Assaults

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider any murders and beatings to be linked to the Provisional IRA since 31 August 1994; and, if so, how many.

      Northern Ireland: Paramilitary Organisations and Ceasefire

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether involvement in the international drug trade on the part of a paramilitary organisation is compatible with being on ceasefire; and What they consider is...

      Northern Ireland Prison Officers: Attacks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Northern Ireland prison officers or their properties have been subject of attack in each month since 1 January 2000.

      Prime Minister: Holiday in Egypt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 1 May (WA 132), whether statements by the Prime Minister's spokesman that the Prime Minister had paid for...

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