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Written answers

Thursday, 23 May 2002

  • Education and Skills

    • Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will require local education authorities to implement an asthma policy; and if she will remind them of her Department's 1996...

    • Standard Spending Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how standard spending assessments for education take into account the impact of large movements of pupils with differing needs across local...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what impact the increased national insurance contributions announced in the Budget will have on special needs schools.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell (Chris Grayling) of 29 April 2002, Official Report, column 571W, how much the...

      Youth Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action she is taking to improve the quality of and resources for the Youth Service.

      Medical Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans the Government have to provide more financial support for medical students in higher education, with particular regard to...

      School Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what policies are in place to tackle poor behaviour and promote discipline in schools.

      Student Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proposals she has to increase student funding.

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of money provided to schools by her Department is allocated to specific purposes and activities.

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what extra funding she has made available to schools with classes of 8, 9 and 10-year- olds containing more than 30 children in the last 12...

      Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the measures that she has taken to increase the number of young people taking AS and A-level mathematics.

      Centres of Vocational Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the new centres of vocational excellence.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the results from the inspections of further education colleges in the last 12 months.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations she has received about funding and other support for further education colleges.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on funding for further education.

      Sector Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on progress in the establishment of sector skills councils.

      University Entrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to encourage university applications from pupils from lower socio-economic groups.

      University Entrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the number of university applications for the coming year.

      Reception Classes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidelines she issues on ensuring that parents do not come under inappropriate pressure to enrol their children in reception classes...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the reasons teachers leave the profession.

      Higher Education Funding Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects to announce the findings of the Government's review of higher education funding.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what support her Department gives to local education authorities seeking to raise standards in meeting special educational needs.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children per 1,000 are issued with a statement of special needs in (a) Boston and Skegness, (b) Lincolnshire and (c) England.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what provision for special educational needs statementing will be in place for children in accommodation centres (a) on arrival at the...

      Sixth Form Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects that the funding for students at sixth form colleges will be raised to the same level as for students in school sixth forms.

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total income was from student tuition fees in (a) 1996–97 and (b) each of the subsequent five financial years.

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of claims made by learning providers, following the closure of the Individual Learning Account scheme, have been paid; when...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether she has been notified of closures of small firms providing learning or training following the closure of the Individual Learning...

      Sick Leave

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

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the mandate of the Socrates Committee (and Erasmus and Comenius Subcommittees) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months;...

      Applied Science and Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the percentage increase in funding per year per student studying applied science and technology subjects was, using 1997 as a base of...

      Law Enforcement Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what law enforcement agencies and prosecuting authorities designated with legislation there are within the responsibility of her Department;...

      Juvenile Sex Abusers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures her Department takes to address the needs of children and young people who sexually abuse; and if she will make a statement.

      Juvenile Sex Abusers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what mechanisms are in place for information- sharing between social services and schools regarding children and young people who sexually abuse.

      Deaf Young People (Education)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of young people who are profoundly deaf went into further and higher education in each of the last three years.

      Work-related Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many days of sick leave were taken by employees in her Department in the last year for which records are available; what proportion of...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many recorded truants have missed more than 33 per cent. school days in the past year, broken down by local education authority.

      Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans the Government have to make use of courses run by the dyslexia treatment centres; and what assessment she has made of the...

      School Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school exclusions of one term or more there have been in the past year, broken down by local education authority.

      School Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the numbers of pupils excluded from schools.

      Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will discuss with software companies whether they would be prepared to waive rights and let licences be passed from one user to...

      Unpaid Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 10 April 2002, Official Report, column 129W, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of unpaid advisers...

      Breakfast Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what evaluation she has made of the value of breakfast clubs in enhancing the attendance and achievement of school pupils.

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the impact of the establishment of the Learning and Skills Council on the funding arrangements for school...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will examine ways of achieving more effective representation by the CPS in handling breaches of antisocial behaviour orders.

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General what action she has taken to introduce anti-discrimination policies within the Crown Prosecution Service.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General what arrangements she has made for the Crown Prosecution Service to support the Government's aim of reducing street crime.

      Witness Intimidation

      To ask the Solicitor-General what steps the Crown Prosecution Service is taking to identify cases of witness intimidation.

      Death in Custody

      To ask the Solicitor-General what plans she has to seek the involvement of the CPS in giving advice immediately following a death in custody.

      Crime Statistics (North Yorkshire)

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will make a statement on levels of (a) reported crimes and (b) successful prosecutions brought in North Yorkshire since 1996–97.

  • Prime Minister

    • Euro

      To ask the Prime Minister what opinion polling has been carried out into the public's attitude to the euro since June 2001; what the cost has been of such polling; if he will publish the results;...

    • Constituency Data

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the Members who have requested statistical data, since 1 May 1997, on the effects of the Government's policies pertaining to their own constituency; what...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Weston Park Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which Northern Ireland political parties endorsed the Weston Park Agreement.

    • Organised Crime Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement about the work of the Organised Crime Task Force during the last 12 months.

      Kinetic Energy Projectiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what research has been undertaken on (a) the energy attenuation features for future kinetic energy projectiles in order to reduce the severity...

      Provisional IRA Ceasefire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the present status of the provisional IRA ceasefire in relation to the theft of intelligence information from...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces Personnel (Deaths on Military Premises)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members or employees of Her Majesty's armed forces have died by self-inflicted injuries in and around military premises in each of the past...

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many violent incidents involving (a) injury and (b) death of Her Majesty's forces personnel stationed or present at the Deepcut barracks have been...

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his plans for the privatisation of QinetiQ.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the information memorandum sent to potential bidders for QinetiQ; and if he will make a statement.

      RAF Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will announce the outcome of the study into the future of RAF Lyneham, Brize Norton and St. Mawgan.

      Service Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people there were in the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) Air Force in (i) 1980, (ii) 1985, (iii) 1990, (iv) 1995 and (v) 2000.

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made regarding the ratification of the optional protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; and what plans the...

      Air Services (RAF)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make it his policy to consult local interests before agreeing to the operation of scheduled services by commercial airlines from RAF...

      Meteorological Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what key targets have been set for the Meteorological Office for financial year 2002–03.

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date Eurofighter is expected to enter service with the Royal Air Force; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Test Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what have been the legal costs to his Department of opposing claims by ex-service men for pensions claimed as a result of ill health stemming from their...

      Nuclear Test Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what has been the cost to his Department of claims by ex-service men for pensions claimed as a result of ill health stemming from their service on...

      Parliamentary Advisers

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

      European Security and Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the dispute between Greece and Turkey concerning the relations between ESDP and NATO has been resolved; and if he will make a statement.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the mandate of the Committee for the application of the regulation authorising voluntary participation by undertakings in the industrial...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will answer the letters dated 14 November 2001 from the hon. Member for Canterbury regarding Pipeflex Limited-funding.

      Export Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what her policy is towards the offer of export credits for the support of offset in defence deals arrangements; (2) what her policy is...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to improve the management of the post office network.

      Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to consult on draft regulations in respect of new maternity, paternity and adoption rights.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of regional development agency boards are made up by (a) business representatives, (b) councillors, (c) trade union members,...

      Redundant Oil Installations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what arrangements are in place to ensure that redundant oil installations from the North sea are properly disposed of onshore.

      Coal Industry Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost is of the Government's guarantees associated with the report of the asset liability study carried out by the Mineworkers Pension...

      BCCI Sa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total retained interest earned on the moneys held by the ISA since 5 July 2001 is.

      BCCI Sa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what the total fees levied by the ISA were in the English liquidation of BCCI SA from 5 July 1991 to date; (2) what moneys are held on...

      Telecommunications Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she has yet received a report by the Director General of Telecommunications for 2000, as required under section 55 of the...

      Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many press releases were issued by her Department in each month between May and December 1997.

      Cefn Croes Windfarm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will take her decision on the application to build a windfarm at Cefn Croes, Ceredigion.

      Edmonton Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will announce her decision on London Waste Ltd.'s application to extend the Edmonton energy-from-waste power station.

      Carlton House Terrace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what organisations are located in Carlton House Terrace and have the rent paid by the Government.

      Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what the budget is for the website www.ukonline.gov.uk in respect of (a) site development and maintenance, (b) marketing, (c) other and...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Rio Earth Summit (Implementation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps have been taken by the Government since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 to (a) set goals on environmental protection...

    • Kyoto Clean Development Mechanism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many projects British oil and gas companies have initiated under the Kyoto Clean Development Mechanism; what the location...

      Country Land and Business Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she (a) last met and (b) will next meet representatives of the Country Land and Business Association to discuss issues...

      Waste Composting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate she has made of the proportion of household waste which (a) could potentially be composted and (b) is...

      Waste Composting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps her Department is taking to introduce best practice guidelines and safety regulations for the composting of...

      Illegal Timber Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what actions her Department is taking to ensure that no illegally logged timber enters the United Kingdom.

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what extra resources her Department will provide to meet the objectives of the Government's Marine Stewardship report.

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether spatial planning of the marine environment will take account of the review of regulations affecting development in...

      Hinkley Point A

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what level of nuclear waste will be created as a result of Hinkley Point A power station in Somerset; and what plans she has...

      Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department plans to take to tackle diffuse pollution from (a) agricultural sources and (b) other sources.

      Landfill Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when her Department will publish interim and final results from studies on possible health effects associated with...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Committee on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (habitat) is; how many...

      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 conservation of...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Committee on implementation of the Directive establishing a Community policy regarding water is; how...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the Directive on the incineration of hazardous waste is; how many...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the Directive concerning integrated pollution prevention and...

      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 of the Directive on procedures for the...

      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 the implementation of the Directive on the...

      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 and implementation of the directive...

      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 methods of...

      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 of the decision establishing a common procedure...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Management Committee on application of the directive on the standardisation and rationalisation of...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Advisory Committee for the implementation of the directive on the limitation of volatile organic...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Management Committee for the control and production of substances that deplete the ozone layer (SAO)...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Committee for the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade is; how many...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Scientific review group for the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade is;...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Group of experts appointed by the Euratom Scientific and Technical Committee to address basic...

      Committee Mandates

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

      Farm Films Recovery Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assistance her Department gives to support recycling of used silage films; (2) if she will make a statement on...

      Village Pub Diversification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many requests have been made for information on village pub diversification, broken down by region.

      Rural Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on (a) parish plans, (b) community service grants and (c) parish transport grants, broken down by...

      Endangered Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the review of the Control of Trade in Endangered Species (Enforcement) Regulations 1997 will be completed.

      Bali Pre-conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) first class, (b) club class and (c) economy tickets have been booked for (i) Ministers, (ii) officials and (iii)...

      Bali Pre-conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's budget is for the Bali pre-conference.

      Bali Pre-conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total budget is for the UK delegation to the Bali pre-conference.

      Bali Pre-conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people will accompany her at public expense on her forthcoming trip to Bali; and what the total cost of the visit...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government will publish their response to the Environmental Audit Committee's First report of Session 2001–02,...

  • Transport, Local Government and the Regions

    • Maladministration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many findings there have been of maladministration by ombudsmen with responsibility for agencies under the remit...

    • Parish Councillors (Data Protection)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether the Register of Parish Councillors' interests are covered by the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.

      Statutory Law Enforcement Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what statutory law enforcement agencies and prosecuting authorities there are within the responsibility of his...

      Train Protection and Warning System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the estimated cost is of the implementation of the new train protection warning system on Scotland's rail...

      Housing Repairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of the backlog of disrepair of (a) local authority, (b) RSL, (c) private rented and (d)...

      Commercial Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the criteria are for determining the lowest permissible altitude of commercial aircraft operations around...

      Unpaid Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the answer of 10 April 2002, Official Report, column 85W, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities...

      "The New Humber Pilotage Service"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions from which sources his Department derived its information in preparing the document "The New Humber Pilotage Service".

      Potters Bar Derailment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to publish the report from the formal investigation into the Potters Bar rail derailment by the...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the major orders (a) won and (b) lost this year by the Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh; what...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent research the Government have commissioned under the Pathfinder studies into fire brigades; what the...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what investigations he has commissioned in the current year into aspects of the (a) financial and (b) other forms of...

      Regional Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to support and facilitate the expansion of regional airports.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what importance he attaches to the needs of tourism in his plans to improve England's road network.

      Rural Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2002, Official Report, column 798W, on the rural population, if he will estimate...

      Starter Home Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2002, Official Report, column 799W, on the starter home initiative, how many key...

      PFI Housing Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what advice he provides to local authorities on developing their outline business case for submission in bidding...

      PFI Housing Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what criteria are used by the inter-departmental Project Review Group in assessing bids from local authorities for...

      Construction Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what further self-certification schemes are being planned for the construction industry; and whether they will be...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the cost of maintaining the Millennium Dome, including security costs, has been (a) since its closure and (b) in...

      English Regions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if it is his policy that regional tourist boards should remain independent of regional assemblies created under...

      Groundwork

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on progress in establishing a Lancashire-wide groundwork.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to commission research into the dangers posed by the use of hands-free mobile phones while driving.

      In-flight Air Quality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to meet the airlines to discuss the quality of cabin air in domestic and international flights.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the answer of 14 May 2002, Official Report, column 520W, on road works injuries, what safety guidelines...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what research his Department has commissioned into the prevention of rail failures and accidents.

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what alterations were made to Railtrack plc's safety case following the appointment of an administrator.

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received over the past six months about the condition of the railway track between...

      Terrorist Activity (Railways)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many incidents of (a) terrorist activity and (b) suspected terrorist activity have been recorded by (i) the...

      Railway Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proposals he has to combat acts of vandalism on railway lines; and if he will make a statement on the...

      Railway Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many (a) incidents of and (b) prosecutions there were for (i) vandalism, (ii) informed vandalism and (iii)...

      Mass Decontamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list those groups and individuals from which he has taken advice in preparing the UK's strategy for mass...

  • Wales

    • Data Protection Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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...

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on how many occasions between 31 March 2001 and 31 March 2002 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an...

      Sick Leave

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

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Visitor Tours

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what further consideration the Commission has given to visitor tours.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the basis was for the reference in her advertisement for the post of National Governor (Wales) of the BBC to a substantial...

    • Listed Buildings (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) Grade I and (b) Grade II listed buildings there are in (i) Greater London and (ii) the London Borough of Enfield; what...

      Gaelic Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many hours of Gaelic programmes per year are required of (a) the BBC, (b) Grampian Television and (c) Scottish Television under the...

      Communication Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which Ministers have met representatives of (a) the BBC, (b) ITV, (c) Channel 4 and (d) Channel 5 to discuss Government communication...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the advice that her Department gives people in receipt of Lottery funds on conflicts of interest.

      Equal Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what new data series separated by gender, race, disability and age have been commissioned by her Department since August 1997.

      Wage Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her answer of 2 May 2002, Official Report, column 919W, what her latest assessment is of the wage costs of museums,...

      Television Licence Fee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will abolish the television licence fee; and if she will make a statement.

      Sports Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many publicly owned playing fields have been sold in each of the last 15 years.

      Sports Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent by local authorities on sport facilities in each of the last 15 years.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will publish her response to the recent report of the Tourism Alliance commissioned by her.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what funding will be allocated to the regional development agencies in support of the tourism industry in the year 2002–03...

      Prize Competitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action the Government are taking in respect of its commitment in paragraph 4.53 of "A Safe Bet for Success" to carry out a separate...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the Community action programme concerning co-operation policy in the youth...

  • International Development

    • Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to his answer of 11 April 2002, Official Report, column 616W, on Israel, what the final cost of the damage to projects in the...

    • Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to his answer of 11 April 2002, Official Report, column 616W, on Israel, what the outcome was of the meeting between the Task...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with other countries about co-operating in paying for the damage caused to Palestinian areas during the...

      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 Joint Committee (EEC-Côte d'Ivoire) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK...

      Parliamentary Advisers

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

      HIV

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether there will be an open call from the European Commission for non-Governmental organisations to present proposals targeting HIV...

      Reproductive Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when the European Commission is planning to issue calls for projects in 2002 for budget line B7–6312 Aid for Population and...

      Somalian Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many Somalian refugees are believed to be camped in (a) Kenya and (b) Ethiopia.

      Somalian Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action the Government are taking to assist the Government of Kenya to deal with Somalian refugees from the town of Bula Hawa.

      Somalian Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations the Government have made to the Government of Kenya for Somalian refugees from the town of Bula Hawa to be allowed...

      Peru

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance the Government will be offering Peru following the announcement by President Alejandro Toledo diverting military...

      Anglo-Italian Meetings

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

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with the Committee for Internally Displaced Karen People regarding the provision of humanitarian aid to...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action the Government are taking to get (a) food and (b) medical supplies to internally displaced Karen, Kaenni and Shan people in...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on progress towards creating a Government of National Unity in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      UN Aid Pledge

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps her Department has taken to meet the UN pledge of wealthy countries to spend 0.7 per cent. of national income on...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Mongolia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to promote trade with, and United Kingdom investment in, Mongolia; and if he will make a statement.

    • Grenade Licence Application

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) legal and (b) human rights factors were taken into account before 1998 when his Department considered export licence...

      Foreign and Defence Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what was discussed at European Union Foreign and Defence Ministers' meeting at Brussels on 13 and 14 May; what conclusions were...

      Bali Pre-conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people from his Department will travel to Bali to participate in the mini- summit for discussion of environmental issues.

      World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) the Football Association and (b) the England Supporters Club on the advice to be given to...

      World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Japanese Government on British prisoner transfer arrangements during the course of and...

      Single Currency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on discussions which have taken place between officials in his Department and those from Sweden on...

      Information Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his policy towards projecting plurality of opinion on the future direction of the EU in his...

      Nagorno-Karabakh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on forced movement of ethnic Armenians from Nagorno- Karabakh by the Azerbaijan authorities.

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the waiting time is for the spouse of a British national applying for a settlement visa in the UK from Kinshasa, Democratic...

      Hague Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Chief Prosecutor at the Hague Tribunal over funding of the Prosecutor's Office.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the (i) level of risk posed by and (ii) stage of...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Libyan authorities about the crash report on flight LAA1103.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with foreign Ministers in other countries about future strategies to be adopted in...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he plans to impose sanctions against Burma as a result of military action on behalf of the Burmese Army against Karen, Kaenni...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action the Government are taking to help bring democracy to Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his latest estimate is of the number of Karen, Kaenni and Shan people (a) internally displaced and (b) killed as a result...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the level of military action taken by the Burmese Army against the Karen, Kaenni and Shan people...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last made representations to (a) the Burmese Government and (b) other interested parties about the treatment of the...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the planned prime ministerial and ministerial meetings with the Spanish Prime Minister and Spanish Ministers in...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 1 May 2002, Official Report, column 830W, on appeals on what date (a) the appeal papers were...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will call upon the Australian Government to ban President Mugabe and his Ministers from attending the Commonwealth...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he will recommend his Commonwealth colleagues take regarding the present situation in Zimbabwe during the...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the European Union observers who have recently returned from Zimbabwe will publish a report on their findings.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy not to engage in dialogue or attend meetings with President Mugabe during the Commonwealth Heads...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the implications of Council Common Position 2002/203/CFSP of 11 March, repealing 2001/83/CFSP,...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reason the European Community has banned exports of electronic jamming equipment designed to prevent the detonation by...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Legal Profession

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when he will publish his consultative paper on the OFT report on the legal profession; and if he will make a statement.

    • Immigration Appeals

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the estimated waiting time is for an immigration appeal to be heard.

  • Scotland

    • Statutory Instruments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to her answer of 7 March 2002, Official Report, column 512W, on statutory instruments, what assessment she has made of the cost effectiveness...

    • Statutory Instruments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what assessment she has made of the cost effectiveness of the Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) (Amendment) Order 2001; and if he will make a...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when she will answer the questions from the hon. Member for Isle of Wight of 1 March, Ref 39912 and 40038.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefits Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the staff turnover in (a) administrative officer and (b) administrative assistant grades in the Benefits Agency was in each year since...

    • Head Injury Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans he has to assess the availability of vocational rehabilitation services for people who sustain a head injury; (2) what recent...

      Departmental Report

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

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons the letter from the hon. Member for Ilford, North on behalf of Mrs. C. A. Beadle of Tomswood Hill, Ilford dated 2 July 2001...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will amend the housing benefit regulations to take into account those individuals whose financial circumstances have changed...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library copies of each version of the internal guidance which have been drawn up by her Department since 1 January 1999...

      Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will make a statement on his plans to extend SchlumbergerSema's contract for the supply of medical services; and if he will list...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of the staff employed undertaking specific work on counter fraud policy issues on 1 April had less than (a) six months, (b) 12 months,...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many prosecutions for fraud involving housing or council tax benefit were undertaken by local authorities in (a) 1997–98, (b)...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the applicable amount for housing benefit and council tax benefit will be increased to take non-pensioner tax credits into account.

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on incentives in the field of employment is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the mandate of the Committee of the European Social Fund is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation...

      Disability Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his programme to enable people receiving disability benefit to take employment.

      Pensioner Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the (a) number and (b) percentage of single pensioners with gross weekly incomes of between (i) £78 and £134 and...

      Pensioner Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact on payment to pensioners and those in receipt of other benefits of Consignia's plans for urban...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) for each of the past five years, how many people were contracted out of SERPS; and what proportion of the workforce were contracted out;...

      Pension Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice and information will be provided by staff in the new pension centres to encourage (a) new and (b) existing pensioners to (i) claim...

      Final Salary Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the company practice of dishonouring final salary pension schemes.

      E-Envoy (Contractors)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list by (a) date, (b) value and (c) contractor contracts for consultancy and research into (i) smart card and (ii) e-business which...

  • Home Department

    • Wrongfully Convicted Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has concluded his consideration of the report of the working group on an advice service for wrongfully convicted prisoners; if he has...

    • Juvenile Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to apply electronic monitoring technology to juveniles released from the custodial part of the detention and training order.

      Annie Millhouse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to take a decision on the application for leave to remain on the basis of marriage of Annie Millhouse (Home Office ref: M718839).

      Alisa Masokha

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to issue a travel document to Alisa Masokha (Home Office ref: J1052415).

      Naturalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long people granted naturalisation on grounds of (a) residence and (b) marriage in April or the latest month for which figures are...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many probation and drugs treatment services have adopted oral fluid testing for drug abuse.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug treatment or testing orders have been made which require the use of Naltrexone.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the economic cost of drug misuse in the last year for which figures are available.

      Throckmorton

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the scope of the environmental impact assessment in relation to the proposed asylum accommodation centre at...

      Throckmorton

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the timetable for the planning process in relation to the application for the asylum accommodation centre at...

      Asylum Accommodation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what date he estimates the first asylum accommodation centre will be open.

      Asylum Accommodation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate his Department has made of the number of dependants of asylum seekers under 18-years-old who will be housed in pilot...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to deter applications for asylum from citizens of countries that have democratic benign Governments.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he plans to establish an independent documentation centre to provide information about countries from which people have fled.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill will allow families with children who are seeking asylum to be detained at the beginning of...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what research his Department is conducting on the return of dispersed asylum seekers to the Greater London area; (2) how many asylum...

      Ms Gracie Allen

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department will lodge an appeal about the adjudicator's decision over the visa application by Ms Gracie Allen (HO ref A1127781;...

      European Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his policy towards the initiative of Spain setting up a European network for the protection of public figures...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Totnes of 17 April about Mrs. Roberta Parr and Miss Dominyka Gajauskite regarding...

      Drugs Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been serving prison sentences for drugs offences in each year since 1979; and what percentage of the prison population...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of animal experiments carried out in the last year for which figures are available were mandatory, pursuant to legislative...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to require the numbers of animals bred for experimentation purposes but subsequently found to be unsuitable for...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Committee Mandates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the mandate is of the Advisory Committee on the implementation of the Community Action Programme to combat social exclusion; how many times it has met over...

    • Committee Mandates

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

      Recruitment

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many net additional staff his Department has recruited in each month since June 2001 at (a) executive officer level and (b) administrative level.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many job vacancies there were at (a) administrative assistant or equivalent, (b) administrative officer or equivalent, (c) administrative executive officer,...

      Electronic Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what is being done to increase the usage of Government Departments and agencies websites and the take-up of their electronic services.

      Electronic Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made by each Government Department and agency towards the Prime Minister's target for electronically available services by 2005.

      Electronic Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps are being taken to encourage Government sector agencies to put in place management information to monitor usage of their websites and electronic...

      Electronic Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister of the central Government Departments and agencies required to meet the Prime Minister's target for electronically available services by 2005, how many hits the...

      Electronic Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the role played by the development of electronic public services in making the UK a congenial location for e-business and...

      Electronic Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what information he publishes about the development of central Government services on the web.

      Disclosure of Interests

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what rules apply to the disclosure of interests on the part of those serving on public bodies which are responsible to his Department.

      Pensions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was spent by his Department on paying pensions to retired employees of his Department in 2001–02; if he will estimate the corresponding amounts to...

      Temporary Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many employees under contract from temping agencies were working in his Department and how much was spent on temporary staff (a) as a total and (b) as a...

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many days of sick leave were taken in his Department last year; how many related to employees suffering from (a) stress and (b) other mental health problems;...

  • Treasury

    • Unpaid Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 10 April 2002, Official Report, column 246W, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of unpaid advisers who have assisted...

    • Disclosure of Interests

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what rules apply to the disclosure of interests on the part of those serving on public bodies which are responsible to his Department.

      National Insurance (Care Homes)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the increased revenue from national insurance employees' contribution from the care home sector.

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the mandate of the Committee on the mutual assistance in customs and agricultural markets, including operation of the CIS is; how many times it has met...

      Mortgage Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average mortgage rate was in each of the last 20 years.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will restore the 1979 methods of calculating the official level of unemployment; (2) if he will estimate the level of current unemployment...

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to review the tonnage tax.

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the land that his Department is (a) offering for sale and (b) plans to offer in the next 12 months, giving its (i) location and (ii) size.

      European Council Decisions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his policy towards Recital 22 of Council Decision 2002/177/EC (OJ L60, 1 Mar 02), on making visible a gender perspective...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the (a) size of fleet and (b) type and age of vehicles was in each division of Customs and Excise in the last three years; (2) what percentage...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff were employed at the HM Customs and Excise Coventry International Hub in each year since 1995.

      Funding (Luton, South)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what moneys have been provided (a) directly and (b) via agencies for which the Department has responsibility to the Luton, South constituency since 1997.

      Negative Equity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of mortgage holders experiencing negative equity in each of the last 20 years.

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the objective of the preliminary technical work on the five economic tests which is being carried out by the Treasury is; and if he will make a statement.

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many times the Cross-party Committee on Euro Preparations has met since 7 June 2001; what meetings are planned over the next six months; and if he...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) special advisers have had since 1 January with Conservative hon. Members on the subject of the euro; and if...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the time it will take to assess whether the five economic tests for euro entry have been met, from the time when the...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will publish the preliminary technical work so far completed on the five economic tests for the euro; and if he will make a statement; (2) if...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many individuals within HM Treasury were working on the preliminary technical work on the five economic tests on the latest day for which...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what opinion polling has been carried out by his Department since 7 June 2001 into public attitudes to the euro; what the cost has been of such polling; if...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the outside academic work which has been commissioned since June 2001 by HM Treasury as part of the preliminary work on the assessment of...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had since 1 January with Ministers from the Department of Trade and Industry about the Government's plans for the euro; and if he...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had since 1 January with (a) trade unionists, (b) business leaders and (c) the CBI, about Government policy on the euro; and if he...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had since 1 January with other EU Governments about British policy on the euro; and if he will make a statement.

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals from the Bank of England are seconded to HM Treasury to work on the preliminary technical work on the euro; and if he will make a statement.

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the relative positions in the economic cycle of the United Kingdom in relation to the economy of the euro zone; and if he...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are employed within the euro preparations section of HM Treasury; how many were employed on (a) 31 December 2000 and (b) 31 December 2001;...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made recently of the competitiveness of the pound against the euro; and if he will make a statement

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the implications of British membership of the euro for British fiscal policy autonomy; and if he will make a statement.

      Growth Rate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he predicts that the Scottish GDP growth rate will match the overall UK GDP growth rate.

      Growth Rate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what levels of growth the Scottish GDP would have to attain in 2002–03 to keep pace with the projected EU average.

      Growth Rate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how he devised the UK GDP growth rate that was announced in the Budget.

      Growth Rate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the GDP growth rate for Scotland was in each of the last five years for which data was available; what it is projected to be for this year; and if he...

      National Insurance Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the size of the usable surplus in the national insurance fund; and what restrictions there are on the future use of the fund.

      Offshore Tax Havens

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent research his Department has commissioned on the effects of company offshore tax havens on United Kingdom tax revenue.

      EU Tax Harmonisation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on tax harmonisation within the European Union.

      EU Stability and Growth Pact

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress his Department is making in working with other EU Governments to reform the Stability and Growth Pact; and if he will make a statement.

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the final report by Lord Penrose into Equitable Life; and if he will make a statement.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer under what circumstances special advisers within his Department see draft answers to parliamentary questions; whether they make comments on these; and if he...

      Bank of England Governor

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he proposes to announce the appointment of the next Governor of the Bank of England; and if he will make a statement.

      Temporary Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employees under contract from temping agencies were working in his Department and how much was spent on temporary staff (a) as a total and (b) as a...

  • Health

    • Mobility Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce a statutory code of practice governing the sale of mobility products for elderly people.

    • Job Advertisements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the job advertisements placed by his Department in the last 12 months specifying where the advertisements were placed and the cost in each...

      RSV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness, (b) cost-effectiveness and (c) affordability of a programme of RSV immunisation for (i) all...

      Oral Contraceptive Pills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many oral contraceptive pills were dispensed to teenage girls in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) age and (b) region.

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how long the average wait has been to receive an NHS hearing aid in each of the past 10 years; and if he will make a statement; (2) how old the...

      Mount Vernon Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors and nurses have worked in each service provided at Mount Vernon hospital in each of the last 10 years; and how many doctor and nurse...

      Mount Vernon Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what services are provided at Mount Vernon hospital; how many patients were treated as (a) out- patients and (b) in-patients in each of the last five...

      Smoking Czar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 5 March 2002, Official Report, column 276W, when (a) he and (b) his Ministers last met Nikki Griffiths of his Tobacco Policy Team.

      Renal Transplant Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the relative benefits of transferring renal services from St. George's to St. Helier hospitals.

      NHS Appointments (Non-attendance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will rank in order of non-attendance the level of failed appointments in each health authority for each hospital in the last 12 months for which...

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to increase the number of dentists taking NHS patients in the Boston and Skegness constituency.

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the maximum waiting time for radiotherapy in Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells has been in the last 12 months; and what the target is for maximum waiting...

      Hospital Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many emergency patients attending Oldchurch A and E department received in-patient treatment in (a) each half-yearly period from 1994–95 to date...

      Hospital Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients failed to attend for in-patient and day-care treatment in each of the past 10 years in England.

      Hospital Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people attended the A and E department at Oldchurch hospital in Havering in (a) 1992–93 and in each subsequent year to 2000–01 and...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mandate of the advisory committee on training in nursing is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mandate of the advisory committee on medical training is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is;...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mandate of the advisory committee on the training of dental practitioners is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mandate of the advisory committee on the training of midwives is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation...

      GPs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of general practitioners he estimates will opt out of 24-hour responsibility.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women were screened for breast cancer in each of the last five years.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2002, Official Report, column 1121W, on waiting lists, when the results of the regional office reviews of the listed...

      Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of running each of the high security infectious diseases units in each of the past five years.

      Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients in each of the last five years were treated in the high security infectious disease units in (a) London and (b) Newcastle; (2)...

      48-hour Access Target

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the NHS Plan 48-hour access target will apply in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland.

      Vaccine Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the value was of contracts awarded for supply of (a) BCG vaccines, (b) Tuberculin PPD solutions and (c) influenza vaccines in the last 12 months.

      Staff Numbers

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

      Staff Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many staff were employed in the General Osteopathic Council at 1 April; and what proportion of those staff have clinical contact with NHS...

      Speech Therapists (Vacancies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies there are for speech and language therapists; and if he will make a statement.

      Surgical Outsourcing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rate of outsourcing of surgical interventions has been in the last 12 months.

      Smear Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women have failed to make appointments for their regular smear test in each of the last three years; how many appointments for smear tests have...

      Paediatric Pathologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to address the shortage of paediatric pathologists.

      Food Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have died as a result of a food allergy in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Food Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the UK have been diagnosed as having a potentially fatal food allergy.

      Physiotherapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many physiotherapists there are per head of population in each of the National Health Service trust areas in England.

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase the numbers of persons entering training as chiropodists.

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has issued to strategic health authorities and primary care trusts on the provision of chiropody services; and if he will make a statement.

      Violent Incidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish figures for violent incidents against NHS staff.

      Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many MRI scanners the NHS has.

      Flu Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the take-up rates for flu vaccine were at (a) 1 November and (b) 1 December 2001 for each health authority.

      MMR

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason children given measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations singly have the rubella vaccination first.

      MMR

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if MMR is included in the research into the causes of autism undertaken by his Department.

  • House of Lords

    • Rights of the Child: Optional Protocol

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to ratify the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and...

    • India and Pakistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to prevent the possibility of a nuclear war over the escalating tension between India and Pakistan along the line of control and...

      Juvenile Offenders: Electronic Monitoring

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to apply electronic monitoring technology to juveniles released from the custodial part of the detention and training order.

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What re-appointments or appointments are to be made to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

      Wrongfully Convicted Prisoners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have concluded their consideration of the report of the working group on an advice service for wrongfully convicted prisoners and whether they have...

      Lymphoma

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the latest figures for the incidence of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) and Hodgkin's disease in the United Kingdom, categorised by sex and age; and what is...

      Aid and Development

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the European Commission proposal for an international air transport tax to finance aid and development; and whether such a tax would be...

      CI7 Transport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much they anticipate saving (a) in the current financial year and (b) in subsequent financial years from the discovery that Tornado aircraft can be loaded...

      Rights of the Child: Optional Protocol

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to ratify the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict.

      Eurofighter

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What date Eurofighter is expected to enter service with the Royal Air Force.

      Postal Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 30 April (HL Deb, col. 569), whether they will list the countries to which Lord Sainsbury referred which...

      New Forest

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to set up a local inquiry to consider the designation order for a New Forest national park.

      Traffic Lights at Intersections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the criteria for the installation of traffic lights at intersections on trunk roads; and whether the intersections in Derbyshire of the A6 and the B5023...

      Bishopsgate Goodsyard

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Given that the East London line project lacks a private funding partner and that the construction start date is still some way off, whether they consider that the...

      English Regions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the recent publication of their White Paper Your Regions, Your Choice: Revitalising the English Regions, how they will gauge whether or not there is...

      Civil Aviation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether new regulations dealing with civil aviation in the United Kingdom will no longer come before the British Parliament when the European Safety Agency is...

      Theatres: Lottery Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many London theatres have received lottery or heritage help during the years 1999, 2000, 2001 and in 2002 to date; and How many theatres in North West England...

      Belfast Agreement: Parity of Esteem

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they accept the concept of parity of esteem and parity of treatment for the two traditions on the island of Ireland as set out in the Belfast Agreement of...

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