Written answers

Monday, 10 June 2002

  • Wales

    • Craig Goch Reservoir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what representations he has received regarding the proposed expansion of the Craig Goch reservoir in the Elan valley; and if he will make a...

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of ordinary written questions for his Department were answered within a week of tabling in each month since June 2001; and what proportion...

      Departmental Sponsors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the duties are of hon. Members appointed as sponsors to his Department; and what assistance is given by officials in his Department to them in...

      Departmental Sponsors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which hon. Members have been appointed as sponsors to his Department since 7 June 2001; and when each of them were appointed.

      Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if his Department has a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age.

      Refurbishment Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the refurbishment projects that (a) are in progress and (b) will start within the next six months; and what action is being taken to ensure...

  • International Development

    • WTO Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans she has to discuss with EU colleagues research on the proposal to introduce a development box in the WTO agreement on...

    • WTO Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on her Department's policy on the proposal to introduce a development box in the WTO agreement on agriculture.

      WTO Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what research her Department has carried out on the proposal for introducing a development box in the WTO agreement on agriculture; and...

      WTO Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans she has to discuss with EU colleagues the findings of the research paper by Oxford Policy Management, commissioned by her...

      WTO Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what research her Department has carried out on the proposal for introducing a development box in the WTO agreement on agriculture.

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid her Department plans to make available to Burundi in the next five years.

      Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures have been taken to ensure that international aid is given to known MDC supporters as well as Zanu-PF supporters.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimates she has made of the number of children who have been moved from primary schools in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funds the Government have made available to the Zimbabwe Government to implement the land reform programme that complies with the...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which organisations that assist evicted farm workers' families in Zimbabwe have (a) sought and (b) received assistance from (i) her...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimates she has made of the extent to which the reported famine in Zimbabwe results (a) from natural causes and (b) from...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of ordinary written questions for her Department were answered within a week of tabling in each month since June 2001;...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was spent by her Department on paying pensions to retired employees of her Department in 2001–02; if she will estimate...

      Poverty Reduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the progress of the Africa trade and poverty programme; and what the UK Government's policy aims to...

      Gujarat

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will offer assistance to the Indian Government to provide (a) general aid and (b) food supplies, to those made homeless in the...

      Performance Targets

      Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the performance targets that her Department, its agencies and non- departmental public bodies are...

      Great Lakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what help she provides to assist the development of primary education in the Great Lakes Region.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding her Department has allocated in 2002–03 for projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and if she will list them.

  • Privy Council

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the President of the Council 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 official...

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the President of the Council what proportion of ordinary written questions for his Department were answered within a week of tabling in each month since June 2001; and what proportion of...

      Joint Committee on the Communications Bill

      To ask the President of the Council how many e-mail responses have been received by the mediator of the pre-legislative scrutiny regarding the Joint Committee on the Communications Bill's first...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Sentence Referrals

      To ask the Solicitor-General what assessment she has made of the system for seeking to have sentences reviewed on the grounds of undue lenience.

    • Sentence Referrals

      To ask the Solicitor-General what steps her Department has taken to ensure that victims of crime and other interested parties are routinely informed of the procedures and timescale for requesting...

  • Defence

    • Military Spectrum (Spare Capacity)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the spare capacity in the military spectrum for commercial use; and if he has valued that spare capacity.

    • Military Spectrum (Spare Capacity)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason he has not answered the question from the hon. Member for Buckingham tabled on 12 November 2001 asking what assessment he has made of the...

      Defence Medical Services (Afghanistan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which (a) regular and (b) reserve personnel of the Defence Medical Services broken down by specialty have been deployed to Afghanistan in support of (i)...

      Defence Medical Services (Afghanistan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements exist for the medical treatment of UK personnel undertaking (a) Operation Fingal and (b) Operation Jacuna, stating in each case the...

      Private Sector Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions the MOD has contracted private sector hospitals to provide medical services in each of the last 12 months; and what the total cost...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answers of 19 December 2001, Official Report, column 343W and 28 February 2002, Official Report, column 1462W, on correspondence, when...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many letters were received by each Minister in his Department in each month since June 1997.

      Medical Categories (Armed Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 8 May 2002, Official Report, column 181W, if he will list the medical categories used by the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c)...

      Strategic Sealift Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 24 April 2002, Official Report, column 259W, what discussions he had with ministerial colleagues regarding the financial and...

      Terrorist Attack (Emergency Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) consultation he has had with and (b) guidelines he has issued to the emergency services about dealing with large-scale terrorist attacks; and if...

      Nuclear Test Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many claims by ex-service men for pensions claimed as a result of ill health stemming from their service on (a) Christmas Island and (b) other...

      Nuclear Test Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what target time scale he has for payment of backdated sums awarded by the Pensions Appeal Tribunal to ex-service men who have successfully appealed...

      Air Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how far limitations on the use of C17s have been compensated for by the lease of heavy lift civilian aircraft; and what the costs have been for...

      Flying Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the NATO standard of flying hours per year per pilot is.

      HMS Albion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when HMS Albion will enter into service with the Royal Navy.

      Defence Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the impact on spending on the Defence Medical Services of the Chancellor's recent announcement on NHS funding.

      Land Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what communications his Department has had with the Chemring Group in respect of the manufacture of fragmentation land mines; and if he will list the...

      Former Royal Navy Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from the Canadian Government on the state of purchased former RN submarines; what the cost was of estimated repairs;...

      Former Royal Navy Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to preserve serving (a) aircraft carriers and (b) landing craft platforms for the nation; and if he will establish such as the basis...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the strength is of the Territorial Army in Scotland; and what the MOD is doing to recruit more soldiers into the TA.

      Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assistance his Department has (a) offered and (b) given to the Government and armed forces of Angola with regard to the planned integration of...

      Regional Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what regional organisation his Department has; and if he will list the counties and unitary authorities in each region in (a) 1997 and (b) 2002;...

      BioReliance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what purpose officials from his Department visited BioReliance in Stirling at the end of 2001; what other organisations were visited on the same...

      Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many press releases have been issued by his Department in each month of 2002.

      Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many press releases were issued by his Department (a) in each month between May and December 1997 and (b) in each year from 1998 to 2001 inclusive.

      Skill Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the pilot Skill Force scheme.

      Devonport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if the Trident refit complex at Devonport, Plymouth has received all the necessary certificates from the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate; (2)...

      Urban Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research programmes are being carried out by the Government (a) unilaterally and (b) in partnership with other Governments into the development of...

      Basil Hill Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to dispose of the underground facilities at Basil Hill Barracks at Corsham.

      Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if cadets at the RMA Sandhurst are to receive the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal.

      Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what projects have been undertaken by management consultants on behalf of his Department since 1997, stating in each case (a) the title of the project,...

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many payments he has made in the past three years to members and former members of HM armed forces in compensation for ill-treatment, bullying or...

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Special Investigation Branch investigations into bullying and harassment are in progress; and what regiments are involved.

      Missing Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what conclusions he has reached following the RMP investigation into the theft of an automatic pistol from Grosvenor Barracks in February; what weapons...

      Initiation Rites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress he has made in halting degrading and demeaning initiation rites and ceremonies in HM armed forces; and in what regiments these practices...

      Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of members of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers have applied to leave the regiment in the past two years.

      Howe Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints have been received concerning the conduct of off duty RIR soldiers from the Howe Barracks in Kent; how many soldiers have been...

      Absence Without Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (a) how many and (b) what proportion of soldiers in each regiment of HM forces went absent without leave in (i) 1999, (ii) 2000 and (iii) 2001; and what...

      Absence Without Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (a) how many and (b) what proportion of soldiers going absent without leave in the last 12 months for which figures are available have alleged that they...

      Departmental Sponsors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which hon. Members have been appointed as sponsors to his Department since 7 June 2001; and when each of them were appointed; (2) what the duties...

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy vessels are at sea without their Lynx helicopters; and what the shortfall is in helicopters for the Royal Navy.

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures the Government are taking to (a) increase the lives of rotor heads for helicopters, (b) decrease the manufacturing period and (c) ensure...

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with the DLO to increase helicopter performance and numbers.

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what effect the shortfall in operational helicopters has had on front-line forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many helicopters under the Joint Helicopter Command are grounded; and for what reason.

      Defence Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with which countries the Government have Memoranda of Understanding on defence procurement.

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what written instructions the Chief Executive of the Defence Aviation Repair Agency has given to employees of that agency on speaking to their Members of...

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost is to QinetiQ of its sponsorship of the QinetiQ1 manned space balloon.

      Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age.

      Armed Forces Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what legal advice he has sought on the administration of armed forces pensions, regarding section 315 of the Income and Corporation Tax Act 1988 and...

      Armed Forces Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to ensure that individuals who have been identified as having been incorrectly taxed on retired pay awarded since...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many animal experiments, broken down by recorded category, were carried out at Porton Down in 2001.

      Chinook ZD576

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the parameters provided to Boeing for its simulation of the final five seconds of Chinook ZD576.

      Chinook ZD576

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he estimates that the heading and track of Chinook ZD576 was represented with complete accuracy in the simulation conducted by Boeing; and if he will...

      Chinook ZD576

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's estimate is of the speed and rate of climb of Chinook ZD576 (a) 30 seconds prior to the initial point of impact, (b) five seconds...

      Chinook ZD576

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he estimates that the all-up weight of Chinook ZD576, including variables, was represented with complete accuracy in the simulation conducted by...

      Chinook ZD576

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's estimate is of the heading and track of Chinook ZD576 (a) 30 seconds prior to the initial point of impact, (b) five seconds prior...

      Chinook ZD576

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement setting out the reasons why a simulation was commissioned for the investigation into the final flight of Chinook ZD576.

      Chinook ZD576

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will publish the information, other than the parameters issuing from the AAIB technical report, that was provided to Boeing for the purposes...

      Chinook ZD576

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who commissioned the original Boeing simulation of the final seconds of the flight of ZD576.

      Canberra PR9

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the replacement of the capabilities provided by the Canberra PR9.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what British-made military equipment has recently been supplied to Israel.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date his Department received reports and representations from the International Committee of the Red Cross regarding the conditions of fighters...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether aircrew and aircraft maintenance staff on non-UK aircraft leased for the transport and supply of UK forces in Afghanistan are security-cleared.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what acclimatisation measures are necessary for operations in mountain terrain; what acclimatisation measures were taken by Royal Marines in preparation...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps have been taken to ensure that logistics and supply of forces in Afghanistan are not compromised by unserviceable C17 transport aircraft; what...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civilians have been (a) killed and (b) injured in the military action in Afghanistan to date; how many of these have been children; and if he...

      NLAW Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the decision to award the Saab Bofors Dynamics team the preferred supplier status for the NLAW programme.

      NLAW Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the anti-armour capability is of British Army infantry regiments.

      Jtids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which (a) present and (b) future Royal Air Force and Fleet Air Arm aircraft will be fitted with JTIDS; and at what cost.

      Tornado F3 Fleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what further upgrade work will be undertaken on the Tornado F3 fleet; and what the planned cost is of this upgrade work.

      Harrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the length is of the training period required for Harrier GR7 pilots to qualify for flying operations from aircraft carriers.

      Harrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the maximum number of Harrier GR7 pilots is that can be trained for aircraft carrier flying operations at any one time.

      Harrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether all new Harrier GR7 pilots will be trained for aircraft carrier flying operations.

      Harrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Harrier GR7 pilots are trained for operations from aircraft carriers; and what plans he has to increase the numbers of Harrier GR7 pilots...

      Harrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken, following the announced early retirement of the Sea Harrier FA2 from service, to ensure that the Royal Navy and the Royal Air...

      Harrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost per aircraft is of upgrading the Harrier GR7 to GR9 standard.

      Harrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when work to upgrade Harrier GR7 to GR9 will commence; how many aircraft are planned to be upgraded; and what the yearly delivery schedule is for the...

      Harrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what action he has taken to identify the author of the letter published in The Times on 13 May signed as from Paul Hamblin and Don Holland.

  • Prime Minister

    • Recruitment

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

    • Pensions

      To ask the 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 be...

      MOD Pensions

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 30 April 2002, Official Report, column 658W, if MOD pensioners may continue to draw cash at post offices if they have an account with the...

      Age Discrimination

      To ask the Prime Minister if his Office has a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age.

  • Transport

    • Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Airline Group about the (a) technical issues at and (b) the financing of NATS.

    • Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the implications for future air traffic volumes if NATS delivers its investment plan; (2) if he will make a...

      Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the status is of negotiations to increase investment by other parties in NATS; and what commitments the Government have made in connection with...

      Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many reports the HSE has issued in connection with the NATS in (a) 2002, (b) 2001, (c) 2000 and (d) 1999.

      Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions in (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001 and (d) 2002 the HSE has been notified of problems at NATS.

      Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the reports by the Health and Safety Executive on IT systems in operation at Swanwick and West Drayton.

      Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will make a statement on the effects of the IT patterns at the Swanwick air traffic control centre on air traffic volumes; (2) what...

      Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when Swanwick will assume responsibility for all air traffic services from the centres at Manchester and West Drayton; and what conditions will need to...

      Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with and representations he has received from (a) the Health and Safety Executive, (b) the Health and Safety...

      Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what impact the financial position of National Air Traffic Services is having on the building of the new air traffic...

      Manchester Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent approaches Manchester Airport plc has made to his Department to alter departure routes from Manchester airport.

      Aviation Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment the Government have made of (a) the draft EU regulation on establishing common rules in the field of...

      Infrastructure Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proposals for (a) airports, (b) runway extensions and (c) airport terminal extensions of which he has been...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what work his Department has done into the technical feasibility of additional runway capacity at Heathrow.

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action the Department will take in relation to the OECD's Maritime Transport Committee's proposals to eradicate substandard shipping.

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the length of time taken by the Maritime Coastguard Agency in approving stability information on the ferry P&OSL...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2002, Official Report, column 149, how many of the merchant ships which have joined the UK shipping register have met...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will review the regulations governing ship classification societies regarding the inspection and certification of oil tankers entering British...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many groundings of boats in Scottish waters have been attributed to the watchkeeper falling asleep in (a) 1995, (b) 1996, (c) 1997, (d) 1998, (e)...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made of trends in the number of lives lost at sea in UK waters.

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many lives have been lost at sea in UK waters in each year since 1990.

      Merchant Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proportion of the cost of upgrading and revalidation of maritime certificates of competence for unemployed...

      Merchant Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many persons resident in Scotland have received assistance through the Merchant Navy Training Provider to upgrade...

      Braer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will commission an independent third party to review the evidence available concerning the loss of the tanker Braer.

      Ferry Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 14 May 2002, Official Report, column 519W, on ferry services, on what dates and in what...

      Multi-Modal Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the costs are of the London to South West and South Wales Multi-Modal Study, broken down by (a) staff and (b) other costs.

      Multi-Modal Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will respond to the MIDMAN multi-modal study.

      Aerial Tramways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment his Department has made of the viability of aerial tramways in the UK.

      Severn Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what policy guidance exists on procedures for restrictions of traffic and closures of the M48 Severn crossing; whether the closures of the M48 Severn...

      Park and Ride Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on promoting park and ride schemes; and if he will make a statement.

      Cherished Plates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cherished plates have been transferred in (a) Angus and (b) Scotland in each of the last five years.

      Road Risk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to implement the recommendations of the Work-Related Road Safety Task Group concerning occupational road risk.

      Cones Hotline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many calls the Cones Hotline received in each year since 1995, how many staff were employed on full-time and...

      Birmingham North Relief Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what the total projected cost was of the Birmingham North Relief Road agreed between his Department and the...

      Environmentally Friendly Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent discussions his Department has had with vehicle manufacturers to encourage the development of more...

      Biodiesel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proportion of fuel sold in the UK in 2001 was biodiesel; and what proportion of overall fuel sales his...

      Biodiesel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what percentage of new cars sold in the last 12 months (a) were capable of running on biodiesel and (b) had diesel...

      Road Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which current proposals for road schemes in excess of 30 kilometres in length are (a) in the targeted programme for...

      Mobile Home Owners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions further to his answer of 16 May 2002, Official Report, column 802W, on mobile home owners, since when compensation...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many names and addresses of vehicle owners and keepers have been disclosed by the DVLA to third parties by virtue...

      Vehicle Registration Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to allow third parties to be granted entitlement to a retained vehicle registration number; and if he will make a statement.

      Vehicle Registration Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what was the value of sales by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for the sale of cherished number plates in each year since 1997.

      Vehicle Taxation (Disabled People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the criteria are for eligibility for exemption from taxation of vehicles used by disabled people; whether such...

      A5 (Road Accidents)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many people have been (a) killed and (b) injured in road traffic accidents along the A5 road between Shrewsbury...

      M25

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the accident record of junction 13 of the M25 over the last five years.

      M4

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of the M4 bus lane on (a) motorcyclists, (b) traffic speeds at off-peak hours and (c) congestion...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the cost of making junction 20 of the M6 fully directional; (2) what assessment he has made of the cost of...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many children have been (a) killed and (b) seriously injured in each year since 1997 in road traffic accidents as...

      Vehicle Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on pedestrian protection in relation to the tests developed by the European Enhanced Vehicle Safety Committee.

      Drivers' Hours Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact of the EU draft regulations on drivers' hours on the UK livestock industry.

      Drivers' Hours Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what meetings he has had with his counterparts in the other nations of the EU to discuss the impact of the EU draft...

      Drivers' Hours Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the (a) Scottish Executive, (b) National Assembly for Wales and...

      Safety Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the new criteria are for the siting of safety cameras under the netting off scheme; on what research the new criteria were based; and if he will...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if it is his policy to restrict the siting of speed cameras to sites where serious accidents have already taken place.

      ILO Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the UK's compliance with its obligations under the International Labour Organisation Convention 147.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the right hon. Member for North-West Cambridgeshire will receive a substantive reply to his letter of 28 March on behalf of his constituent Mr. J....

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many non-PFI capital projects fall under the responsibility of his Department and related NDPBs; and what the...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many PFI capital projects fall under the responsibility of his Department and related NDPBs; what the capital...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the mandate of the EC-Bulgaria 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 Committee on the movement of air or sea passengers' baggage (principles) is; how many times...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what guarantees concerning (a) the state of the track and signals and (b) future safety are being sought by the...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if it is his policy to modify the provisions of the Railways Act 1993 in relation to Railway Administration.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the requirement in the Commercial Loan Agreement for the Railtrack administrator to...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact of the number of trained staff in Scotland on the implementation of the...

      Rail Service (Edinburgh)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects passenger rail services to begin between Edinburgh Waverley and the proposed Edinburgh Park station.

      Island Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has for adding the Island Line to the London to Portsmouth railway franchise.

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the answer of 29 April 2002, Official Report, column 567W, on Crossrail, who the key stakeholders...

      Road Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what measures he intends to take to improve road bridges over railway lines as a result of the Great Heck accident.

      Rail Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made with the risk assessment of rail bridge safety he ordered as a result of the Great Heck incident.

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions his Department has had with British Transport Police regarding possible incidents involving track...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the proposed railway safety body will be established; what its remit is; what the role of (a) contractors and...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the proposed rail accident investigation body will be established; what its remit is; what the expected role of...

      Rail Safety

      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 at level crossings there have been in...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what changes are proposed to the remit of the HMRI in relation to railway (a) inspection, (b) safety cases and (c)...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what recent representations he has received in relation to the role of contractors in (a) inspection, (b)...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the proposals for establishment of a railway industry safety body; and if he will place the consultation papers in the...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the programme of safety tours that the chief executive officer of Railtrack undertakes.

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings he has had with Railtrack officials since the Southwell rail accident.

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the primary legislation required to set up the Railway Accident Investigation Branch will be published.

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if his Department is represented on the Railtrack Safety Executive.

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if the development group meetings of key stakeholders of the rail industry safety body will be open to the public.

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what initiatives and management systems the rail industry use to ensure employee involvement in safety issues.

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) timescale, (b) terms of reference and (c) costs are of the consultation exercise on the establishment of an independent rail accident...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many children were injured on railway lines in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Cullen Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if the results of the centralised training and development team formed by Railtrack, as reported in the Cullen report, will be made publicly...

      Cullen Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the shortcomings are in the scope of contract documentation reported in the Cullen report on the Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry.

      Cullen Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what maintenance delivery and other improvements are being followed up by Railtrack as reported in the Cullen report on the Ladbroke Grove Rail...

      Cullen Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the 10 strategic maintenance principles developed by Railtrack that involve Railtrack directly managing inspection, appraisal and key...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what assessment he has made of the circumstances in which Railtrack has imported rail track components that are...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) how many posts in Railtrack Scotland are unfilled; and what impact these vacancies are having on Scotland's...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if the results of the enhanced basic questionnaire for prospective Railtrack contractors will be made available to the public.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the deferred timescales of Railtrack for the revised selection process for prospective contractors.

      Railway Lines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 22 May 2002, Official Report, column 349W, if he will (a) provide a breakdown of the table...

      Rail Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the allocation of the money under the 10-year transport plan for rail investment, broken down by region, including (a)...

      Railway Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) terms of reference, (b) timescales and (c) job description are for the successful candidate applying for the position of director in Her...

      Railway Industry Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the terms of reference are for the two additional members of the Railway Industry Advisory Committee; and from which areas nominations are accepted.

  • Home Department

    • Millennium Stadium (Cardiff)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide additional funding to pay for the policing of major national events at the Millennium stadium, Cardiff.

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers are awaiting a final decision on their application; and what the average waiting time for a decision was over the...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes he proposes on the criteria for admission to the UK of asylum seekers.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if asylum seekers whose appeal against a refusal of support fails will be able to ask for a judicial review of this decision.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of those seeking asylum were convicted of criminal offences in each of the past five years.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Government's criteria will be for the allocation of permanent addresses to those asylum seekers awarded leave to remain while...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers are estimated to have entered Britain from France on freight trains in the weeks of (a) 1 March 2001, (b) 11 November...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the management of Landmark and Inn on the Park in Everton, Liverpool in housing asylum...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the performance of NASS in relation to its monitoring of contracts for asylum seekers in Liverpool.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what circumstances asylum seekers applying for accommodation can exercise choice over the (a) type and (b) location of their accommodation.

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the proposed role of community support officers.

      Police (North-East)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on police numbers in the north-east.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to prevent antisocial behaviour.

      Prisoner Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to assist the rehabilitation of prisoners.

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his policy towards prosecuting people for possession of cannabis.

      Drug Testing Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on recent drug testing pilot schemes.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how he intends to reduce domestic violence in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will review the one year concession in immigration rules in relation to domestic violence.

      Victims of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the support his Department is giving to the victims of crime.

      Asylum Accommodation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the proposed locations for the asylum accommodation centres.

      Asylum Accommodation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sites were considered for asylum accommodation centres before the shortlist of eight was agreed; and if he will list the other sites...

      Asylum Accommodation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, (1) pursuant to his answer of 8 May 2002, Official Report, column 234W on asylum seekers, if he will define suitably qualified staff for...

      Asylum Accommodation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will respond to the public petitions presented in the House on plans for an accommodation centre for asylum seekers near Bicester.

      Asylum Accommodation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long planning authorities will have to respond to notification from his Department about proposals to build an asylum accommodation...

      Asylum Accommodation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long Wychavon District Council will have to consider the planning notification for the proposed asylum accommodation centre at...

      Asylum Accommodation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reach a conclusion on the suitability of RAF Turnhouse as a site for an asylum seeker accommodation centre; what factors...

      Trespass

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to review the law in relation to occupation of private land by travelling people.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for a guideline body to encourage consistency in sentencing; and how it will interact with the Sentencing Advisory Panel.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received from the police on sentencing policy.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his action on guidance for magistrates on sentencing.

      Drug Treatment and Testing Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the contribution of the NHS to the effectiveness of drug treatment and testing orders.

      Prisoners' Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on funding for prisons to achieve the health targets set out in each prison's health improvement programme.

      Police (Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on police numbers in Sussex.

      Street Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the progress of his safe street campaign in the Yorkshire region.

      Street Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how he intends to tackle street robbery.

      Language and Citizenship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his plans to offer language and citizenship education to those settling long term in the UK.

      Drug-Related Crime (North-East)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department is doing to break the link between drugs and crime in the north-east.

      Racist Newspaper Articles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received on the publication of racist articles in foreign language newspapers distributed in the United Kingdom.

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables there are in England and Wales; and how many there were on 1 May 1997.

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase the number of special constables.

      Child Disappearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children up to the age of 16 years have disappeared within the UK during each of the last five years and have not been found.

      Terrorist Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the Government have classified (a) Al-Amn al-Ri'asah, (b) the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, (c) the Popular Front for...

      Terrorist Attacks (Emergency Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding will be given to extra training of emergency services staff to deal with the possible threat from large scale terrorist...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the mandate of the Committee on the introduction of a uniform format for visas is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months;...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets he sets for his Department to respond to a request for information from an overseas post in cases for applications for a...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time is for a response to a request for information from the Democratic Republic of Congo in cases for applications for a...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Guildford of (a) 14 December 2001, (b) 7 April and (c) 10 April.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letters of 11 February, 12 March and 21 April from a constituent, Ronald Glover of Minster.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the letter of 6 December 2001 from the hon. Member for Torbay regarding Mr. Ian Broom of Torquay.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter of 25 April from the hon. Member for Woking concerning Morreale, ref M1098006.

      Asylum Seekers (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what sums have been made available to London boroughs to cover the additional costs of asylum seekers returning to London.

      European Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the nature of activities envisaged under paragraph 17 of the Laeken Conclusions, referring to the Specialist...

      Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people are held under the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001; how long each has been held; how many face formal legal...

      Plane-spotters (Greece)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the issue of the British plane-spotters tried in Greece was discussed by Ministers or officials with the Greek Justice Minister on...

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the backlog of cases is at IND; and what the estimated length of time is that IND takes to reply to a letter from hon. Members.

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many letters are unopened at his Department's Public Enquiry Office in Croydon.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to secure a bilateral agreement with the French Government to permit the immediate return of cross-Channel illegal...

      Police Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in Greater London have less than two years' experience, broken down by borough; and if he will make a statement.

      Police Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many trainee Metropolitan police officers are housed in non-police force accommodation; what accommodation is being used; and if he will...

      Video Identification

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on video identification as a replacement for identification parades.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the impact of the decision to end the Special Voucher Scheme on the UK's obligations under the Fourth Protocol...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to introduce legislation to enable the UK to ratify the Fourth Protocol to the ECHR.

      Parliamentary Advisers

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

      Security Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the establishment figure for (a) linguists, (b) administrative assistants, (c) generalists and (d) technicians in the security service...

      Security Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase the salary of administrative assistants working in the Security Service.

      Yarl's Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detainees were present at Yarl's Wood Immigration Detention Centre on the evening of 14 February.

      Yarl's Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what basis detainees who were present at Yarl's Wood Immigration Detention Centre on the evening of 14 February were selected for...

      Yarl's Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detainees who were present at Yarl's Wood Immigration Detention Centre on the evening of 14 February have been (a) selected for...

      Volunteering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the provision of free checks for volunteers wishing to work with young and vulnerable people in the voluntary...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he next plans to visit India and Pakistan.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • City of London Corporation (Events)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those functions, engagements and events which Ministers, his officials and advisers have attended which have...

    • UK Passport Holders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will estimate how many UK passport holders are in permanent employment elsewhere in the EU.

      European Union Satellite Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the role of the European Union Satellite Centre, with particular reference to co-operation with...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has recently raised the matter of the possession of nuclear weapons by Israel with the Israeli Government.

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent by his Department on paying pensions to retired employees of his Department in 2001–02; if he will...

      Unpaid Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 10 April 2002, Official Report, column 62W, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of unpaid...

      Yasser Arafat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what Her Majesty's Government's policy is towards the title and status of Mr. Yasser Arafat.

      International Labour Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what issues will be given priority by the Government's representatives on the UK delegation to the International Labour...

      International Labour Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action the Government have taken to implement the resolution on Myanmar adopted at the 88th session of the International...

      International Labour Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action the Government are taking to ensure that states sign the fundamental conventions of the International Labour...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the legal status will be within the EU of the 13 Palestinians who were brought out of Palestine following the end of the...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what action he is taking to bring to justice those who have murdered British citizens during the recent disturbances in...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent presidential and parliamentary elections in Sierra Leone.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on permitting police officers charged with human rights abuses who request visas to come to the UK for...

      EU Armaments Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his policy on Spanish proposals for an EU armaments programme.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions between 31 March 2001 and 31 March 2002 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have...

      Detained Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what restrictions there are concerning visitors to those Palestinians under the supervision of British wardens in Jericho;...

      Detained Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the conditions of detention of those Palestinians under the supervision of British wardens in Jericho.

      Seville Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the stage they wish the enlargement process to have reached by the European Council's meeting...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of ordinary written questions for his Department were answered within a week of tabling in each month since June...

      Yugoslav Federation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he had at the recent EU General Affairs and Defence meeting in Brussels on 13 and 14 May concerning progress on...

      Yugoslav Federation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent report he has received concerning the progress on implementing the accord reached by Serbia and Montenegro to...

      Departmental Sponsors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the duties are of hon. Members appointed as sponsors to his Department; and what assistance is given by officials in his...

      Departmental Sponsors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which hon. Members have been appointed as sponsors to his Department since 7 June 2001; and when each of them were appointed.

      East Timor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last raised the imprisonment of Ngawang Sangdrol with his Chinese counterpart.

      G8 Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what preparations the Government have made in advance of the G8 Summit in June, with regard to (a) Zimbabwe and (b) Nepal.

      Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he will take in relation to reports of Liberia's violations of the UN arms embargo on it.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what further proposals he has to apply pressure to the Zimbabwean Government to respect human rights and property rights.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimates he has made of the number of persons (a) killed and (b) injured as a result of politically motivated violence in...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimates he has made of the number of members in farm workers' families who have been evicted from their homes in Zimbabwe...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the farms from which he is aware of farm workers' families being evicted in Zimbabwe since January 2001.

      Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list for each NDPB and agency sponsored by his Department (a) the maximum retirement age adopted for most employees...

      Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Gibraltar's legal status within the European Union; and what recourse Gibraltar has with regard...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received concerning the case of Dr. Salai Tun Than, a prisoner held in Insein Prison, Rangoon...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on plans for international monitors to be sent to Burma to assess the human rights situation...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with representatives of the United States Administration concerning human rights...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what reports his Department has received concerning the case of Paw U Tun, a prisoner held by the Burmese Government in...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received concerning ASEM meetings Burma has (a) attended and (b) not attended in the past three...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of how many Burmese nationals attended university in Britain in 2000–01; and how many of these...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department (a) has had and (b) plans to have with the Governments of (i) Malaysia, (ii) Thailand, (iii)...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action his Department is taking to encourage Burmese students to attend universities in Britain.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which members of the Burmese Government are on the European Union targeted sanctions list; and what reports his Department has...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action his Department is taking to promote free and fair elections in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs under what circumstances members of the Burmese Government on the European Union targeted sanctions list are allowed to enter...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with representatives of the European Union concerning human rights in Burma; and...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with representatives of the Burmese National League for Democracy following the release...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise human rights abuses in Burma at the Foreign Affairs, Industry and Energy meeting on 6 and 7 June in Madrid.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received concerning cases in which an ASEM meeting has been boycotted by a member nation as a...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received concerning human rights abuses by the Burmese Government against the (a) Karen, (b)...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what the mandate of the Joint Committee (EEC-Yemen) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the mandate of the Committee for Protection Against the Effects of the Extra-territorial Application of Legislation Adopted...

      Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the contributions that have been made to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons...

  • Treasury

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if it is intended to publish the contents of the council tax lists on the internet.

    • Financial Transactions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will next publish details of United Kingdom financial transactions with European Community institutions.

      Juvenile Sex Abusers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures his Department takes to address the needs of children and young people who sexually abuse; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent staff of HM Customs and Excise were based in each county of the United Kingdom (a) in 1997 and (b) in 2001.

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 20 May 2002, Official Report, column 90W, on customs officers, to what he attributes the rise in the proportion of complaints...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the activities pursued by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise that have had a particular impact on the Isle of Wight since 7 June 2001.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 17 May 2002, Official Report, column 806W, on national insurance contributions, if he will calculate for married women paying...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much he expects to raise from employers' national insurance contributions by nation and region of the UK for 2002–03.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the total amount paid by Scotland's (a) health trusts and (b) local authorities in employers' national insurance contributions...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons the number of records on the National Insurance Recording System is lower than the number of national insurance numbers in existence.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much he expects to raise from national insurance contributions from employers for the years 2001 to 2004 in (a) Scotland, (b) Northern Ireland, (c)...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taking to ensure that there is parity of treatment between men and women in the application of the NIC rules.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much he expects to raise from national insurance contributions from employees for the years 2001 to 2004 in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Northern...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of British overseas trade takes place using the euro.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Financial Services Authority about changes in fees charged to WI markets under the Registrar of Friendly Societies.

      Public Consultations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the public consultations undertaken by his Department since June 2001, stating in each case the (a) number of respondents and (b) percentage...

      Bee Diseases Insurance Ltd.

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from Bee Diseases Insurance Ltd. regarding the impact of tax and regulatory costs.

      Population Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of men and women in England who will be at each age from 18 to 30 years in 2010.

      Population Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the numbers of (a) men and (b) women in England at each age from 18 to 30 years.

      Population Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the percentages of 17 year olds in England who reside (a) with both their natural parents, (b) with one parent and a step-parent, (c)...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the changes to the tax burden on unincorporated small businesses and of that on incorporated small businesses since 1997.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to publicise the increased children's tax credit for families in which a child has recently been born.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people he expects to start claiming (a) the child tax credit and (b) the working tax credit, in (i) April 2003, (ii) October 2003 and (iii) April 2004.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on double taxation treaties of disallowing the discounting of financial costs against the supplementary charge on...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to extend the reduction in corporation tax to small companies that trade as unincorporated businesses; and if he will make a statement.

      Gas Pipelines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the various rates of taxation for gas pipelines within the United Kingdom and on the rationale for the differences.

      Gas Pipelines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue the Treasury has received from tax on gas pipeline tariffs in each year since 1997–98; and how much revenue the Treasury predicts it...

      North Sea Oil and Gas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how the Treasury adjusted its oil revenue predictions after the discovery in January of the Buzzard field.

      North Sea Oil and Gas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason he did not formally consult the oil industry prior to announcing changes to the fiscal regime in the 2002 Budget.

      North Sea Oil and Gas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what incentives exist for oil companies to increase their exploration and appraisal drilling in the North sea.

      North Sea Oil and Gas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with which companies he has had discussions regarding planning to build new gas pipelines to Bacton.

      North Sea Oil and Gas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 21 May 2002, Official Report, column 28W, on oil and gas industry (taxation), if he will publish data that have been agreed by...

      Vehicle Excise Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the vehicle excise duty on cars according to the carbon dioxide rating.

      Vehicle Excise Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what vehicle excise duty concessions are allowed to owners of cars with a cc rating of less than 1549; and if he will make a statement.

      Vehicle Excise Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 30 April 2002, Official Report, column 732W, on excise duties, what the level was of receipts associated with forestalling of...

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue the Treasury predicts it will raise from the aggregates levy by (a) nation and (b) region of the UK for 2002–03.

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if a review date has been set when the effectiveness of the aggregates levy at increasing the use of recycled aggregate will be assessed.

      Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full time staff members at HM Customs and Excise have responsibility for ensuring that questions from quarry operators regarding the provisions of...

      Scottish Devolution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to transfer the administration of reserved powers and functions of the Treasury, its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies...

      Scottish Devolution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many representations the Scottish Executive has made to his Department since May 1999 broken down by (a) Scottish Executive Department, (b)...

      Regional Organisations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what regional organisation his Department has; and if he will list the counties and unitary authorities in each region in (a) 1997 and (b) 2002.

      Whisky Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is being done to bring whisky duty in to line with other alcohol tariffs by level of alcohol content.

      Government Borrowing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated effect would be on UK net borrowing for the current year if the UK GDP grows at (a) 1.75 per cent., (b) 1.5 per cent. and (c) 1 per cent....

      Government Borrowing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Treasury classes as a prudent and acceptable level of (a) deficit spending for the UK Government and (b) total national debt as a percentage of GDP.

      Government Borrowing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what UK net borrowing was in each year since 1992; and what the predicted UK net borrowing in each year from the current year to 2008 is.

      2001 Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest assessment is of the results from the 2001 Census; and if he will make a statement.

      2001 Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will include a question on British Sign Language usage in the 2011 census, in the format of Question 9 in the 2001 census.

      Credit Card Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average credit card debt owed by an adult in the UK.

      Office for National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses have been required to supply information on their returns to the Office for National Statistics in each of the past three years.

      Office for National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information businesses are required to supply to the Office for National Statistics; and in which legislation this requirement lies.

      Still Births

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to amend the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953 to allow the parents of children who die between 18 and 24 weeks gestation to...

      Adoption Orders

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many adoption orders were made in each year since 1991.

      Family Historians

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to increase the availability of the Registrar General's information to family historians.

      Birth Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) boys and (b) girls were born in England in each year from 1980 to 1992.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many letters were received by each Minister in his Department in each month since June 1997.

      Broadband

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Office of Government Commerce Broadband Feasibility Group's report on the aggregation of public sector demand will be published.

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of additional households which will become eligible for the working families tax credit when the children element of the tax...

      Ministerial Direction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times in each year since 2000 his Department has been notified of a ministerial direction as provided for in the procedures set out in paragraphs...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons paragraph 42 of his Department's guidance notes on parliamentary questions dated March states that briefings should include supportive...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of draft parliamentary answers that his Department prepared in January were amended by special advisers prior to final approval by the...

      Departmental Sponsors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) which hon. Members have been appointed as sponsors to his Department since 7 June 2001; and when each of them was appointed; (2) what the duties are...

      LIBRA Project

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what basis the LIBRA project was described as completed in his Department's evidence to the Treasury Committee in January 2000; and if he will make a...

      White Papers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions in the past 12 months confidential final revise proof copies of White Papers have been made available under embargo to (a) the Lobby...

      Public Services Productivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 13 March 2002, Official Report, column 1106W, on public services productivity, what seminars his Department plans on the paper;...

      Growth and Stability Pact

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the French Government about the operation of the growth and stability pact.

      Greater London Economy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with business representatives on the performance of the Greater London economy; and if he will make a statement.

      Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the role of international trade in the reduction of poverty in the poorest countries.

      Capital Modernisation Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what total funding allocation has been awarded to the Capital Modernisation Fund for the financial years (a) 2000–01, (b) 2001–02, (c)...

      Performance Targets

      Tony Wright: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the performance targets that his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are required to meet, apart from...

      Invest to Save Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what total funding allocation has been awarded to the Invest to Save Budget for the financial years (a) 2000–01, (b) 2001–02, (c) 2002–03...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on the Community's own resources is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the mandate of the Confidentiality of Statistics Committee is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is;...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the mandate of the Committee on monetary, financial and balance-of-payments statistics is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the mandate of the Committee on the European Communities Statistics Programme is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the mandate of the European Advisory Committee on statistical information in the economic and social spheres (CEIES) is; how many times it has met over...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the mandate of the EEC-Latvia Customs Co-operation Subcommittee is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the mandate of the Committee on the harmonisation of the compilation of gross national product at market prices is; how many times it has met over the...

      Suicides

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many suicides took place (a) on the Isle of Wight and (b) in (i) England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales and (iv) Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.

      Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many penalty notices for £0.00 have been issued by the Inland Revenue in respect of late submission of self-assessment forms in each year for which...

      The Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out the amounts (a) in current prices, (b) in constant 2000–01 prices and (c) as percentages of personal income taken by (i) income...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are expected to pay income tax in each of the next four years.

      Consultation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many consultation documents and consultative drafts of legislation have been issued by his Department since January 2001; and what proportion of these...

      Royalty Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what legislative arrangements are necessary for the abolition of royalty tax on UK oil and gas production.

      Energy Efficiency

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

      Tax Concessions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Nottingham, North (Mr. Allen) on 24 April 2002, Official Report, column 336W, on tax concessions, what the...

      Earnings and Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many non-domiciled residents of the UK are residents for tax purposes in the UK and have earnings and income in other tax jurisdictions.

      National Insurance Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the surplus in the National Insurance Fund was in each of the last five years.

      Self-employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of self- employed likely to incorporate as a result of the corporation tax changes and changes to national insurance...

      Self-employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the non-revenue benefits for (a) the self-employed and (b) the Treasury which derive from the trend of greater incorporation...

      Industrial and Provident Societies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the policy of the Government on changing the fees paid by industrial and provident societies; and if he will make a statement.

      Highly Indebted Poor Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money is held in trust for highly indebted poor countries.

      Projected Revenues

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 2 May 2002, Official Report, column 933W, on projected revenues, what proportion of the change in forecast capital receipts is...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 1 May 2002, Official Report, column 886W, on stamp duty, how many properties in financial year 1999–2000 were sold in...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the European Commission investigation into stamp duty relief for deprived areas; what steps are being taken to ensure a...

      Fuel Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research his Department has carried out to ascertain whether fuel duty differential encourages people to buy more environmentally friendly cars.

      Labour-only Subcontractors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many labour-only subcontractors are registered in the United Kingdom; and how many were registered in (a) 2000 and (b) 1999.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total revenues were he would have received during 2001–02 as a result of the climate change levy, had all those eligible paid the levy at the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • "Open to Change"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the "Open to Change" advertisements have cost to run in national and local media; and if he will make a statement.

    • Rail Journeys (Staff)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy that rail journeys undertaken by staff in his Department should ordinarily be on standard class tickets.

      Entertainment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by departmental special advisers on food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for official entertainment purposes in each of...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance he issues on the proportion of money allocated to training under the new deal to be spent on (a) administration and (b) training...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Battersea constituency found permanent employment as a result of New Deal for (a) long-term unemployed 25 plus, (b) lone...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Battersea constituency have benefited from the New Deal.

      Benefit Administration Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the (a) total cost and (b) cost per claimant of administering (i) retirement pension, (ii) winter fuel payments, (iii) free...

      Advisory Commission Mandate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the mandate of the Audit Board of the Administrative Commission on social security for migrant workers is; how many times it has met over...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans he has to amend regulations to provide benefits to survivors of domestic violence subject to the one year immigration rule;...

      Verification Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 23 April 2002, Official Report, column 202W, on the verification framework, if he will place a copy of 'The Cost of...

      Automated Credit Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has in place to educate benefits claimants regarding the use of automated credit transfer when it is introduced for...

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many families with children in Glasgow, Cathcart constituency have moved out of poverty since 1 May 1997.

      Departmental Sponsors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which hon. Members have been appointed as sponsors to his Department since 7 June 2001; and when each of them were appointed.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will answer the questions regarding SchlumbergerSema and his plans to publish the Department's report on medical services' performance...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will reply to the question from the hon. member for Northavon, of 17 April, ref, 50989.

      Public Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the public consultations undertaken by his Department since June 2001, stating in each case the (a) number of respondents and...

      Retirement Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list for each NDPB and agency sponsored by his Department (a) the maximum retirement age adopted for most employees and (b) their...

      Retirement Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department enforces a maximum retirement age for most staff; and whether it has a policy of not considering applications for...

      British Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to recognise British Sign Language as an official language; and if he will make a statement.

      British Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to have British Sign Language recognised as an official language.

      British Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will commission an independent study of the demography of the British Sign Language community.

      British Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many British Sign Language interpreters there are in the UK.

      Benefit Payment Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to pay state benefits weekly into bank or building society accounts; and if he will make a statement on his policy in this regard.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what representations he has received to review the operation of housing benefit rules, with specific reference to the clawback threshold;...

      New Direct Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the answer of 20 May 2002, Official Report, column 48W, on the New Direct Bank, what the basis was for the statement by Baroness...

      Pension Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Greenock and Inverclyde (David Cairns) of 20 May 2002, Official Report, column 32W, on the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost of the basic state pension in (a) 2010, (b) 2020, (c) 2030, (d) 2040 and (e) 2050 if increased in line with (i)...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by his Department on paying pensions to retired employees of his Department in 2001–02; if he will estimate the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the starting salary is for a decision maker within the Department.

  • Scotland

    • Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans her Department has to regulate counselling, psychotherapy and clinical psychology services provided in Scotland.

    • Scottish Criminal Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will place in the Library a copy of the annual report of the Scottish Criminal Review Commission.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Petrol Retailers Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) when the Minister of State will write to the Director of the Petrol Retailers Association following the meeting held at Stormont on 24...

    • Petrol Retailers Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the outcome was of the meeting between the Petrol Retailers Association and the Minister of State on 24 September 2001; and if he will make...

      Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Claims)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in settling post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychiatric illness claims; what method he has adopted to...

      Accommodation Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost was of hotel accommodation for departmental staff working away from home in each of the last four years.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many special advisers were employed by him (a) between 1 May and 31 December 1997 and (b) in each year from 1998 to 2001 inclusive; and what...

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the number of subscriptions to (a) digital terrestrial, (b) digital satellite and (c) digital cable television held by his...

      Project Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which of his Department's projects have received sponsorship since 1997, including (a) details of the sponsor, (b) the nature of the project,...

      999 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his answer of 16 April 2002, Official Report, column 839W, on 999 calls, how many 999 calls for each emergency were received at...

      HM Inspectorate of Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on what basis Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary makes visits to Northern Ireland; how many visits inspectors have made in each of the...

      Rosemary Nelson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the duties are of Colin Port; how many officers and staff are assigned to assist him in each duty; how many arrests have been carried out...

      Rosemary Nelson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost is to date of the investigation of the murder of Rosemary Nelson; to whom the written report of the investigation will be sent;...

      Disclosure of Interests

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

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent by his Department on paying pensions to retired employees of his Department in 2001–02; if he will estimate the...

      Forensic Science Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the target staff complement is of the Forensic Science Agency; how many vacancies and at what levels are unfilled; and how many individuals...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the impact of the merger of MAFF and DOE on her spending plans for research and development,...

    • Capita Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the contracts that have been awarded to the Capita Group by the Department.

      Capita Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many contracts the Department has with Capita; and how much they are worth.

      Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on Article VIII of the International Convention in the Regulation of Whaling.

      Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent activities have been undertaken by her Department to improve scientific knowledge about whale numbers.

      Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what preparations her Department made for the International Whaling Commission annual meeting in Japan; (2) what...

      Future of Farming and Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Treasury about funding for the recommendations of the Policy Commission on the Future...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many households had benefited from the New Home Energy Efficiency Scheme by the end of 2001.

      Press Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total cost of running the Department's press office was in (a) 1996–97 and (b) the latest year for which...

      Press Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many press releases were issued by her Department or its predecessor (a) between 1 May and 31 December 1997 and (b) in...

      Press Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many press officers there were in her Department on (a) 1 May 1997 and (b) the latest available date.

      Press Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were employed in a press or public relations function in her Department and its predecessor on 1 January in...

      LGC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 11 February 2002, Official Report, column 584W, on LGC, if she will list (a) the dates of each...

      Countryside Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) cost per point of priority score, (b) average agreement cost and (c) average area for the Countryside...

      Countryside Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of priority score data for approved countryside stewardship agreements was not logged on the Countryside...

      Countryside Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the administrative costs of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme as a proportion of its total expenditure have been in...

      Swietenia Macrophylla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she has received a copy of the memorandum dated 26 March from the European Commission concerning imports of swietenia...

      Mahogany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she is taking to publicise the opinion of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species...

      Mahogany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information she has received concerning action taken by Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands in relation to trade in...

      Mahogany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if big leaf mahogany (swietenia macrophylla) is classified as an endangered species; and what measures she is taking to...

      Mahogany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she was notified of the Brazilian Environment Agency's ban on trade in swietenia macrophylla.

      Mahogany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many reports of swietenia macrophylla there have been since 19 October 2001; and what the volume of imports was on each...

      Veterinary Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were for the illegal use of veterinary medicines by (i) type and...

      Veterinary Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many veterinary surgeons have (a) entered and (b) left the Department and its predecessor in the last 10 years; and if...

      Imports of Exotic Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many import licences she has authorised for the import of consignments of exotic animals, broken down by month, in each...

      Bali Pre-conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the criteria are for the (a) level and (b) cost of hotel accommodation for the Ministers and officials travelling to Bali.

      Bali Pre-conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many hotel rooms have been booked for the WSD Conference in Bali by (a) her Department and (b) the UK delegation; and at...

      Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the annual investment plan for spending is (a) on maintenance of flood defences, (b) to meet the guideline defence...

      Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 11 April 2002, Official Report, column 598W, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of...

      Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many special advisers were employed by her and her predecessor (a) between 1 May and 31 December 1997 and (b) in each...

      Advisers

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

      Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the number and expected cost to her Department of special advisers in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03.

      Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times special advisers have accompanied Ministers on overseas visits in each of the last five years; which countries...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Standing Committee on zootechnics 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 seeds and propagating material for agriculture, horticulture and forestry is;...

      Committee Mandates

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

      Committee Mandates

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

      Committee Mandates

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

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Management Committee of the common organisation of agricultural markets for milk and milk products...

      Committee Mandates

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

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Community Committee on the farm accountancy data network is; how many times it has met over the last...

      Committee Mandates

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

      Committee Mandates

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

      Committee Mandates

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

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Joint Meetings of Management and/or Regulatory Committees in the promotion of agricultural products...

      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 wines is; how many times...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Implementation Committee on aromatised wine-based drinks is; how many times it has met over the last...

      Committee Mandates

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

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Committee for the adaptation to scientific and technical 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 of 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 group of experts appointed by the Euratom Scientific and Technical Committee to address radioactive...

      Committee Mandates

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

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Management Committee of the common organisation of agricultural markets for fresh fruit and...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Management Committee of the common organisation of agricultural markets for products processed from...

      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 agriculture markets for raw tobacco is; how many...

      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 live plants and...

      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 bananas is; how many...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the mandate of the Management Committee for the Fisheries and Aquaculture sector is; how many times it has met...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Committee on evaluation and control of the risks of existing products is; how many times it has met...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Committee for the adaptation to scientific and technical progress of the directive on water intended...

      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 provisions on the removal of technical...

      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 agriculture markets for hops is; how many times...

      Committee Mandates

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

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on the transportation of radioactive waste (surveillance and control) is; how many...

      Committee Mandates

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

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of public attitudes towards the commercial growing of genetically modified crops; and if...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many GM crop trials are being carried out in each nation and region of the UK; (2) which GM crops are being...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent meetings she has had with the Scottish Executive Department of Rural Affairs on the subject of GM crops; and if...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive regarding plans to change the procedure for approval of GM foods and...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if live samples of the foot and mouth virus have been legally imported into the United Kingdom in the last four years.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letters sent to her on 12 and 21 March written on behalf of Devon County Council regarding the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2002, Official Report, column 727W, with reference to the note to table iv, from which...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what quantity of ash resulting from foot and mouth pyres was buried on farms in (a) England, (b) Devon and (c) Cornwall; what...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice her Department has received on the desirability of re-incinerating ash from foot and mouth pyres before disposal.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much meat and bonemeal was generated as a result of the foot and mouth disposal process; how much of this is stored; and...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what quantity of animal hides was disposed of as a result of foot and mouth; by what means; and at what cost.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total value is of goods and materials recovered by her Department's value recovery team in the wake of foot and...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much coal and timber was recovered unused from foot and mouth operations and how much (a) was resold, (b) was landfilled...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received on her Department's interim contingency plan for foot and mouth; and if she will place...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) number and (b) value of claims for foot and mouth disease compensation are outstanding in respect of animals subject...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 2 May 2002, Official Report, column 938W, on foot and mouth, if she will list the road haulage...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when her Department will make a decision regarding the future use and full restoration of (a) the Ash Moor site, (b) the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if a Minister from her Department will meet Devon county council to discuss the future use and full restoration of (a) the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Congleton dated 29 January on behalf of Anthea McIntyre of...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what has been the cost of storing and disposing of meat and bonemeal since the over 30 months scheme began; and when the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to (a) amend and (b) lift the 20 day standstill requirement that was introduced following the foot and...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her most recent estimate is of the total cost of establishing, operating, managing and monitoring the foot and mouth...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will respond to the letters from the hon. Member for Croydon, South of 16 August 2001, November 2001 and January...

      Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers enforcement officers have been given to stop suspected illegal meat importers.

      Beef Ban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the French ban of British beef; and what action her Department is taking to encourage the...

      Press Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the newspapers subscribed to (a) Monday to Saturday and (b) on Sunday by her Department, stating for each...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidelines have been provided to the Chief Nuclear Inspector in respect of the information the Nuclear Installations...

      Agriculture Policy (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what formal procedures are in place for consulting the Scottish Executive's Environment and Rural Affairs Department on...

      Forest Enterprise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the depreciation policies used in respect of Forest Enterprise capital equipment and vehicles.

      Forest Enterprise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether vehicles owned by Forest Enterprise, exempt from vehicle excise duty under section 183 of the Road Traffic Act 1988,...

      Forest Enterprise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total value of capital equipment owned by Forest Enterprise disposed of by (a) public auction, (b) open tender and...

      EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance is available to farmers to facilitate development of potential new markets to be opened by EU enlargement.

      Pollution (River Ribble)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on pollution in the River Ribble.

      Farm Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what income was received by farms in each of the past three years (a) before deductions of wages paid to farmers and their...

      Curry Report (Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average cost per annum per average family would be if the cost of the proposals in the Curry report were added to...

      Sewage Plant (Foreness Point)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times during the past 12 months for which details are available raw sewage has been released into the sea from the...

      Throckmorton Airfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on changes in land ownership since 1992 at and adjacent to Throckmorton airfield with reference...

      Land Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the land that her Department is (a) offering for sale and (b) plans to offer in the next 12 months, giving...

      Disclosure of Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what rules apply to the disclosure of interests on the part of those serving on public bodies which are responsible to her...

      Ancient Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action the Government are taking to protect ancient forests.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what priority she accords to high standards of animal welfare in her Department's strategy for the future of farming.

      Beef (Argentina)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what basis she proposes increasing the importation of beef from Argentina under the European Community's import tariff...

      Agrimonetary Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the next deadline is for applications for agrimonetary compensation; how much she plans to claim; how that will be...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the Commission Communication, "A European Union Strategy for Sustainable Development", with...

      Biological Diversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the Government have responded to the recommendation of the Conference of Parties (5) to the convention on biological...

      Enriched Laying Cages

      Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she proposes to allow the use of enriched laying cages beyond 2012.

      Farming Advisory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to deliver a national, integrated advisory service to provide support and training for...

      European Union Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the European Union directives and regulations relating to her Department that have been implemented in each...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals she has put forward to the EU Agricultural Council regarding reform of the CAP.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reforms have been made to the Common Agricultural Policy since 1997.

      Castle Award

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if her Department has applied for a Castle award.

      Carbon Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the rules are for carbon trading for companies participating in climate change agreements; and what the timetable is for...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent by her Department on paying pensions to retired employees of her Department in 2001–02; if she will...

      Departmental Sponsors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) which hon. Members have been appointed as sponsors to her Department since 7 June 2001; and when each of them were...

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Minister of Rural Affairs in the Scottish Executive regarding the Common...

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she estimates that the European Commission will publish its proposals on the future of the European Common Fisheries...

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with (a) the European Commission and (b) each other EU member state regarding the Common...

      Twelve-mile Limit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the status of negotiations to extend the lifespan of the 12 mile limit derogation; which...

      Coral Reefs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps her Department has taken to protect coral reefs.

      Broiler Chickens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the quantity and type of therapeutic and non-therapeutic drugs given to broiler chickens.

      Regional Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average (a) time and (b) cost has been for registering a regional food in the last 12 months; and what assistance...

      Regional Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many regional foods are registered in (a) Angus, (b) Scotland and (c) the UK.

      Regional Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice is given by her Department to organisations wishing to register a regional food.

      Regional Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many regional foods are registered in each other EU member state.

      Animal Transportation Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the effect of the proposed EU directive on animal transportation to the UK livestock...

      Agriculture Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she next intends to meet representatives of (a) the Royal Agricultural Society and (b) the Royal Welsh Agricultural...

      EU Agriculture Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she last represented the United Kingdom at the European Union Agriculture Council; and what was discussed.

      Seed Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to amend the Seed (National List of Varieties) Regulations 2001; and if she will make a statement.

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to tighten controls on imports of beef and beef products from the EU relating to the risks posed by BSE.

      Agricultural Shows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the veterinary assessment of the risk to bio- security posed by cow-pats at agricultural shows; and if...

      Animal Gatherings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason no regulatory impact assessments were carried out by her Department before publication of the (a) Animal...

      Animal Gatherings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans her Department has to provide financial support for biosecurity measures under the Animal Gatherings (Interim...

      Animal Gatherings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with interested individuals and organisations regarding the Animal Gatherings (Interim Measures)...

      Carcase Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will apply for a derogation from the EU Animal By-Products Regulations (off-farm carcase disposal) in respect of...

      Carcase Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the cost to the farming industry of complying with the EU Animal By-Products Regulations for off-farm...

      Carcase Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the proportion of farm businesses which have no facilities for arranging off-farm carcase disposal.

      Recycling and Waste Recovery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what targets she has set her Department for (a) business packaging waste recovery and (b) business packaging recycling; and...

      Refrigerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what conclusions of relevance to the future implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive her...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to publish a domestic energy efficiency strategy.

      Waste Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what (a) gases and (b) emission levels have breached legal limits in each of the last five years from the Edmonton...

      Waste Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she will take to improve the regulatory framework in which energy from waste incinerators operate in order to...

      Waste Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action is being taken by the Environment Agency to reduce emissions of gases from energy from waste incinerators; what...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many and what type of composting facilities are in operation in each local authority; and if she will make a...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if catering waste as defined in the Animal By-Products Order 1999 includes waste from domestic kitchens; and if she will make...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice and funds her Department is making available to local authorities to (a) devise and (b) implement zero waste...

      Farm Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will give farmers in England an option to apply the 20 day standstill only to animals brought onto the farm and to...

      EU Habitats Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the letter signed by the hon. Member for Scunthorpe of 7 April 2002, what progress is being made in the drafting...

      Scottish Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many representations the Scottish Executive has made to her Department since May 1999, broken down by (a) Scottish...

      Scottish Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times her Office has made representations to the Scottish Executive since May 1999, broken down by (a) department...

      Scotland Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to transfer the administration of reserved powers and functions of her Department, its executive agencies...

      Ministerial Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what publicly owned accommodation is made available to her in her official role; how many nights she has been in residence at...

      Departmental Policies (Wycombe)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the activities pursued by her Department that have had a particular impact on the Wycombe constituency since...

      Heat Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken to promote schemes which would encourage heat generation from renewable or coppiced wood crops.

      Heat Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken to promote ethanol production from renewable or coppiced wood crops.

      Abandoned Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the companies and their location contracted to take abandoned cars collected by local authorities in (a)...

      Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the population was exposed to noise levels of (a) 55–65 dBLAeq over 24 hours and (b) over 65 dBLAeq...

      Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many domestic noise complaints were received by local authorities in each of the last three years.

      Bee Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what support she offers the bee keeping industry in relation to bee disease; and if she will make a statement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter of 2 July 2001 from the hon. Member for Torbay concerning the welfare of pigs in indoor...

      WEEE Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what new arrangements will be necessary to meet the recovery monitoring requirements outlined in the EU WEEE Directive;...

      Departmental Logo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on designing and producing a new logo for her Department; for what reason a new logo was needed; and if...

      Canoeing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Environment Agency has published research into the impact of canoeing on (a) fish and (b) the environment; and if...

      Fishing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has of the (a) value and (b) destination of EU grants for (i) new fishing vessels and (ii) decommissioning...

      Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received on anti-competitive practices in the purchasing of horticultural produce by...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Age Discrimination

      To ask the Cabinet Office if (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age.

    • Public Consultations

      To ask the Cabinet Office if he will list the public consultations undertaken by his officials since June 2001, stating in each case the (a) number of respondents and (b) percentage of those...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department on how many occasions between 31 March 2001 and 31 March 2002 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have...

    • Public Consultations

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will list the public consultations undertaken by her Department since June 2001, stating in each case the (a) number of...

      Public Record Office

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement about Government policy on the acquisition of additional Public Record Office storage space to...

      Public Record Office

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the provisional timetable is for the transfer of the (a) 1921, (b) 1951, (c) 1961 and (d) 1971 decennial population census...

      1901 Census

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when the technical enhancements on the 1901 Census Online site will be completed.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the average (a) cost for legal aid for and (b) number of briefings in contested private law contact or residence proceedings...

      Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Services

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how much funding was provided for Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Services supporting the provision of (a)...

      Departmental Sponsors

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) which hon. Members have been appointed as sponsors to her Department since 7 June 2001; and when each of them were...

      Regulatory Impact Unit

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many people her Department employs in its Regulatory Impact Unit; and if she will make a statement.

      Regional Organisation

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) which of the agencies and NDPBs sponsored by her Department have a regional organisation; and if she will list the counties...

      Golden Jubilee

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department whether the Union flag will be flown at the new Laganside Court complex on 1, 3 and 4 June for the official celebration of Her...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department whether those who seek class actions in the courts are entitled to legal aid.

      Certified Timber

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will list the refurbishment projects that (a) are in progress and (b) will start within the next six months; and what...

      "Married Life"

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if the Lord Chancellor will place a copy of the most recent "Married Life" magazine in the Library.

      Withheld Records

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many and what percentage of records relating to the Royal Family eligible for release under the 30 year rule in (a) 1997, (b)...

      Pensions

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how much was spent by her Department on paying pensions to retired employees of her Department in 2001–02; if she will...

      Jury Intimidation

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to her answer of 12 February 2002, Official Report, column 158W, on jury intimidation, when she intends to publish...

      Green Travel Plans

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what green travel plans are in place for the (a) Public Record Office and (b) the Northern Ireland Court Service.

      Green Travel Plans

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what green travel plans are in place for (a) the Official Solicitor's Office, (b) the Council on Tribunals, (c) the Statutory...

      King Edward VIII

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what recent representations she has received about the release of official papers relating to the abdication of King Edward VIII;...

      Medical Examinations

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what discussions she has had with the Appeals Service in North Wales about contractual arrangements for the provision of a medical...

  • Minister for Women

    • Civil Service

      To ask the Minister for Women what the Government are doing to decrease the pay differential between men and women in the Civil Service.

    • Gender Pay Gap

      To ask the Minister for Women what steps the Government have taken to decrease the pay differentials between men and women.

      Gender Sharing

      To ask the Minister for Women what assessment she has made of the rehousing criteria of housing authorities with respect to gender sharing and the effect this has upon young women and their...

      Female Councillors

      To ask the Minister for Women what estimate she has made of the number of female councillors.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Minister for Women what sources are employed by her Department for the statistics on domestic violence.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps have been taken by BNFL since October 1993 to remediate the leakage from the B241 storage tanks at Sellafield; and what her...

    • Accident (Sellafield)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry at what time she was informed of the accident at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant on 8 February; at what time and how she alerted the...

      Nuclear Reprocessing Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if her Department was represented at the hearings on the report published by the European Parliament's STOA programme on possible toxic...

      BNFL

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in monitoring BNFL's performance as a liabilities manager.

      Nuclear Reactors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her Department is doing to support the development of low cost, low waste nuclear reactors.

      MOX Fuel Shipments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the faulty MOX fuel due to be returned from Japan to Sellafield will be categorised as radioactive waste; and if she will make a statement.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what meetings she has had with environmental groups on nuclear power since 1 January 2001.

      Nuclear Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she intends to take on the Royal Society's recommendation that there should be an urgent safety review of nuclear waste management...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of the UK's electricity in the last 12 months has come from (a) wind power, (b) wave power, (c) solar power, (d) coal-fired...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money her Department spent on research and development (a) of wind power, (b) into sources of renewable energy and (c) of wave power...

      Energy Consumption and Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of energy consumed in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland was provided by (i) nuclear power, (ii)...

      Energy Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent research her Department has undertaken into the comparative costs of alternative methods of electricity generation; and what...

      Wave Power Station (Outer Hebrides)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much her Department plans to spend to support the proposed Outer Hebrides wave power station.

      Wave Power Station (Outer Hebrides)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much energy the proposed Outer Hebrides wave power station is expected to produce; and which areas its energy will serve.

      Employment Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what procedures her Department has in place to monitor companies accused of ignoring Government guidelines regarding employment law; and what...

      Office of Fair Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will bring forward measures to allow companies which are complained about to the OFT to see the nature of the complaint made against...

      Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if Consignia has ended first collections in Epsom.

      Consignia Chief Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations she has made to Consignia about the future of the current chief executive; and if she will make a statement.

      Economic Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether she has made a response to the Scottish Executive's discussion paper on Scottish economic development in the light of its cohesion report.

      Maladministration

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

      Eastern England Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether county councils are required to adopt planning targets laid down by the Eastern England Development Agency.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what monitoring her Department has in place to ensure regional development agencies meet their statutory commitments to sustainability.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what investment regional development agencies are making in (a) 2002, (b), 2003 and (c) 2004 to meet their environmental commitments.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) powers and (b) responsibilities are of regional development agencies with regard to (i) land use planning, (ii) transport issues...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) guidelines are given to and (b) requirements are placed on regional development agencies, with regard to their allocation of...

      Oil and Gas Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many times her Department's personnel in the Oil and Gas Directorate have travelled from London to Aberdeen to meet representatives of the...

      Oil and Gas Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many of her Department's Oil and Gas Directorate posts have been relocated from Aberdeen to London since 1997, broken down by grade.

      Oil and Gas Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the oil and gas fields in the UK Continental Shelf which are overseen from (a) the London office of the Oil and Gas...

      Written Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many consultation documents and consultative drafts of legislation have been issued by her Department since January 2001; and what...

      Consultation Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many consultation exercises the Department has launched in each year since 1997.

      Express Newspapers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will ask the Office of Fair Trading to publish, in accordance with current practice, the advice given to the Secretary of State on the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was spent by her Department on paying pensions to retired employees of her Department in 2001–02; if she will estimate the...

      Automated Credit Transfer System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact on the incomes of sub-postmasters of the switch to the payment of pensions and allowances through...

      European Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much venture capital the European Investment Bank has made available to small businesses since the European Council's meeting at Lisbon;...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list items exported to Zimbabwe from the UK since June 2001 of military use, with particular reference to Hawk parts.

      Export Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the net cost or profit was of the fixed rate export finance scheme in each of the last three years excluding (a) transactions that were...

      Export Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which coal-powered plants British businesses have been involved in for which they have received ECGD support; and what was (a) the name and...

      Export Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much financial assistance was provided by the ECGD for British companies involved in the Sual power plant in the Philippines while it was...

      Export Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which UK companies the Export Credits Guarantee Department (a) has and (b) is supporting regarding their involvement in the Sual plant since...

      Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action the Government have taken in relation to breaches of OPCW financial regulations by other member states.

      Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the answer of 9 May 2002, Official Report, column 304W, what Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons regulation...

      Work-related Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 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...

      Work-related Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims for work-related illness were settled by her Department in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost...

      Work-related Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many employees of her Department retired through work-related ill-health in the last year for which records are available; and what the...

      North Sea States Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the recent conference of the North Sea states in Norway; which members of her Department attended it; what...

      Air Pollutants Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what EU air pollutants limits the UK has not transposed into national law.

      Funding (Luton, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what moneys have been provided (a) directly and (b) via agencies for which the Department has responsibility to the Luton South constituency...

      European Space Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much the UK has contributed to the European Space Agency budget in each of the last five years.

      Transparency Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she intends to publish the Transparency Review.

      Foresight Round

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if industrial participation in the new Foresight Round will be greater than in the previous round.

      Foresight Round

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how the main themes for the new Foresight Round were chosen.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of full and final offers her Department aims to make to former miners seeking compensation in 2002 in the Cynon Valley.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what range of post-medical assessments procedure offers on vibration white finger and respiratory disease have been made in the Cynon valley.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of miners' compensation claims registered in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) the Cynon valley have been settled...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures have been taken in South Wales to speed up the compensation process for former miners.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage and what number of live claimants have undergone the full medical assessment process in the Cynon valley.

      Coal Health Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will express the full and final offers of compensation for respiratory disease and vibration white finger as a percentage of live and...

      Coal Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many miners were employed in the coal industry in each year since 1990 in (a) Scotland, (b) England and (c) Wales.

      Coal Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much coal was imported into England in each year since 1997.

      Coal Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much anthracite has been produced in Wales in each year since 1997.

      Coal Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much deep-mined coal has been produced in (a) Scotland, (b) England and (c) Wales in each year since 1997.

      Coal Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people were employed in opencast production in each year since 1997 in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) England.

      Coal Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much opencast coal has been produced in (a) Scotland, (b) England and (c) Wales in each year since 1997.

      Meeting (Detroit)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the G8 nations meeting in Detroit; which members of her Department attended; what discussions took place; and...

      Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what further measures she plans to take to tackle corruption in the arms trade involving UK individuals and companies; and if she will make a...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many letters were received by each Minister in her Department in each month since June 1997.

      Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department is taking to comply with Government policy on age discrimination.

      Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age.

      Launch Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to review the future of Launch Aid.

      General Agreement on Trade in Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement specifying Government commitments made under current negotiations for the WTO's General Agreement on Trade in...

      Pipeline Capacity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how much free capacity there is in each pipeline in St. Fergus; (2) what the Government are doing to ensure that existing pipeline...

      North Sea Fiscal Regime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions regarding the change in the North sea fiscal regime were conducted with PILOT prior to the announcement of the 2002 Budget.

      North Sea Fiscal Regime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how the Government have assessed the likely effects of reduced industry cash flow due to North sea taxation changes on exploration and...

      Reserved Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to transfer the administration of reserved powers and functions of its executive agencies and non-departmental public...

      Scottish Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many representations the Scottish Executive has made to her Department since May 1999, broken down by (a) Scottish Executive...

      Light Source CASIM Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what location is being considered for the Fourth Generation Light Source CASIM project; and if she will make a statement.

      Credit Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to what extent export credit support is conditional upon a percentage of sourcing of UK content; how that content is measured, assessed and...

      Dimethyl Ether

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the potential use of dimethyl ether as a fuel in vehicles.

      Dimethyl Ether

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research her Department has commissioned into the use of dimethyl ether.

      Bio-diesel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many forecourts in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland sell bio-diesel.

      Better Public Buildings Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what guidelines her Department has issued to the regional development agencies on delivering the commitments set out in the Prime Minister's...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff in her Department and what proportion of the total workforce are aged (a) over 50 and (b) over 60.

      Departmental Employment Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what procedures she has put in place to ensure employment opportunities in her own Department.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many employers in Scotland have failed to pay the national minimum wage to the 18 to 21 age group since its introduction.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will abolish the lower rate of the minimum wage.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people aged (a) between 18 and 21 and (b) over 21 years are receiving the national minimum wage in Scotland, broken down by...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people in Strathkelvin and Bearsden are receiving the minimum wage.

      Liabilities Management Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry who has been appointed as a partner contractor for the Liabilities Management Unit; and if she will make a statement.

      Liabilities Management Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) when she will publish the Bill to establish the Liabilities Management Authority; and if she will make a statement; (2) when she...

      Liabilities Management Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff, by grade, are (a) planned for and (b) appointed to her Liabilities Management Unit; and what its budget will be (a) this year...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent measures she has taken to ensure that new regulations do not place an unnecessary burden on small business.

      Subcontractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps are being taken to amend the regulations governing labour-only subcontractors.

      Start-up Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to improve access to finance for start-up companies.

      Trade Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how the Export Credits Guarantee Department's financial support for British industry complies with the Government's policy of world trade...

      Trade Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how she proposes to achieve the phasing out of subsidies by the Export Credits Guarantee Department.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans the Government have to introduce legislation to restrict the sale of fireworks.

      Tyres (Disposal)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what incentives she has given to encourage (a) recycling and (b) cascade use of scrapped tyres.

      Tyres (Disposal)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures she has put in place to ensure that whole tyres will be properly disposed of once they are banned from landfill sites.

      Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proposals she has to assist aerospace businesses and their employees made redundant since 11 September 2001.

      Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many jobs have been lost in aerospace since 11 September 2001, broken down by constituency; and when she plans to visit those constituencies.

      Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether she will seek the co-operation of other European Ministers to establish a co-ordinated programme of assistance for areas suffering the...

      New Direct Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 20 May 2002, Official Report, column 48W, on the new direct bank, for what reason she was unable to provide...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the mandate of the Committee on statistics relating to the trading of goods between member states 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 statistics relating to the trading of goods with non-member countries is; how many times it has met over...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the mandate of the Contact Committee on combating money laundering 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 what the mandate of the Committee for the Adaptation to Technical Progress of the Directive on the Removal of Technical Barriers to Trade in...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on Restrictive Practices and Dominant Positions 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 for the Adaptation to Technical Progress of Directives on the Removal of Technical Barriers to Trade in the...

      Committee Mandates

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

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the mandate of the Committee for the Harmonisation of National Legislation Relating to Recreational Craft is; how many times it has met...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the mandate of the Advisory Committee for the implementation of the general framework for Community activities in favour of consumers is;...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the mandate of the Co-ordinating Committee on Fusion Energy EC-USA is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK...

      Saltwood Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the closure of Saltwood post office is consistent with her policy on rural post offices.

      Saltwood Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the classification by Consignia of Saltwood post office as an urban post office is in accordance with her policy.

      Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when information relating to post office closures ceased to be made available on a constituency basis; and for what reason this was done.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices there were in each constituency in each year since 1995; and how many in each constituency in each year covered a...

      Postcodes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received regarding requests from communities to change their postcode; and if she will make a statement.

      Disclosure of Interests

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

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Golden Jubilee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with Southwark council on flying the Union Flag to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee; and if she will...

    • Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will provide a breakdown by site owner type/category of planning consultations received by Sport England in relation to change of...

      Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many consultations were received by Sport England in (a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01 and (c) 2001–02 in relation to...

      National Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what payment was made to CITEX/ Sport Concepts for their report to Sport England on athletics' provision at the English National...

      Internet Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria she uses to ensure fair competition in the provision of internet services by broadcasters.

      Broadcasters (Fair Trading)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria she uses to ensure the observance of the fair trading commitment by broadcasters.

      Delegations (Scottish Representation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether a Scottish Executive Minister will be a member of the United Kingdom's delegation to the Culture/Audiovisual European Union...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has made to the Department of Trade and Industry about the support regional development agencies should give to...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her answer of 10 May 2002, Official Report, column 385W, what her latest assessment is of the wage costs of the tourism...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to strengthen the role of local authorities in tourism development.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what bilateral discussions she has had with Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on the importance of...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to assist organisations investing in tourism infrastructure projects to secure funding from the European Union.

      Regional Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Transport about the expansion of regional airports.

      Digital Broadcasting

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

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what key tasks she has set for her Department for improving access to digital television; and if she will make a statement.

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many new digital television installations there were in 2001; and if she will make a statement.

      Architecture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the contribution made by the Commission for Architecture in the Built Environment to (a) reducing school...

      Architecture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of projects (a) approved and (b) rejected by the Commission for Architecture in the Built Environment involved the...

      Funding (Luton, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what moneys have been provided (a) directly and (b) via agencies for which her Department has responsibility to the Luton, South...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the administrative costs as a percentage of National Lottery income for each of the National Lottery distributing...

      Land Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the land that her Department is (a) offering for sale and (b) plans to offer in the next 12 months, giving its (i)...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of ordinary written questions for her Department were answered within a week of tabling in each month since June 2001;...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many letters were received by each Minister in her Department in each month since June 1997.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what research her Department undertook into the risk of an increase in problem gambling before it published "A Safe Bet for Success".

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many meetings her Department held with groups working with problem gamblers before the publication of "A Safe Bet for Success".

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what consultation her Department had with groups working with problem gamblers before the publication of "A Safe Bet for Success".

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures her Department have taken to ensure that gambling deregulation does not lead to an increase in (a) problem gambling and...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Barnsley West and Penistone, of 13 May 2002, Official Report, column 411W, on gaming...

      Reports and Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's policy is on releasing reports and documents that (a) it and (b) its agencies, have commissioned; how long after...

      Capital Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many PFI capital projects fall under the responsibility of her Department; what the capital value and nature of each project is; and...

      Capital Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many non-PFI capital projects fall under the responsibility of her Department and related NDPBs; and what the capital value and...

      Certified Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the refurbishment projects that (a) are in progress and (b) will start within the next six months; and what action is...

      Religious Broadcasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she informed the BBC of the Government's proposal to lift the ban on ownership of a digital audio broadcasting programme licence by...

      International Sports Federations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the international sports federations and organisations on which United Kingdom nationals hold senior positions, stating...

      International Sports Federations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on progress made towards the method used to determine the Government's target number of United Kingdom...

      Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time employees were at the Fire Service College in (a) 2001 and (b) 2002.

    • Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many people applied to the Fire Service in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) age, (b) gender and (c)...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the proposals for consultation on the SSA for the Fire Service, announced in his oral answer of 23 October 2001, Official Report, column 131, will be made...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what subsidies have been provided in the financial year 2001–02 to public sector key workers for housing; and...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of where the cost of providing affordable housing in sites suitable for market-price...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many affordable empty homes there were in each London borough in each of the last 10 years.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much of the Budget allocated for housing in 2003–04 will be allocated to (a) the south-west region and (b) North Somerset county council.

      Funding (Luton, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what moneys have been provided (a) directly and (b) via agencies for which the Department has responsibility to the...

      Regional Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which of the agencies and NDPBs sponsored by his Department have a regional organisation; and if he will list the...

      Regional Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what regional organisation his Department has; and if he will list the counties and unitary authorities in each...

      Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is on the imposition of a regional assembly upon a shire county if a majority of its population rejected it in a referendum.

      Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make it his policy that the people of Hertfordshire will be able to choose the region they wish to be a part of in his plans for regional governance.

      Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate his Department has made of the impact on employment in the East of England region should an existing tier be abolished as outlined in his plans for...

      Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what minimum participation level will be required in referenda to determine the establishment of a regional assembly.

      Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on what basis his Department estimates the cost of running a regional assembly.

      Neighbourhood Wardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in what areas neighbourhood wardens operate; and what access other areas have to opportunities to develop such schemes.

      Neighbourhood Wardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to announce the next round of bidding for neighbourhood warden schemes; and if he will make a...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which local authorities have debt-free status and have retained their housing stock.

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) whether the announcement of proposals for the reform of local government funding will include indicative...

      Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) how many domestic fires were recorded by each fire authority in each of the past 10 years; (2) how many (a)...

      Fires

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many house fires there were in which people were (a) killed, (b) injured and (c) both, broken down by (i) deliberate and (ii) accidental fires, in the last...

      Data Matching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in relation to data matching exercises undertaken by the Audit Commission and local authorities, how many...

      South-west Regional Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many civil servants and public officials carry out activities on behalf of Government departments in the South...

      South-west Regional Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list those agencies and public bodies (a) for which an elected south west regional assembly would have...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many women have been classified as having a priority need for accommodation as victims of domestic violence under...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what discussions he has had with the ministerial group on domestic violence regarding local government policy on...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the advice issued to local government regarding housing allocation for victims of...

      Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much investment is committed to neighbourhood renewal programme in the next five years; and how that budget is...

      Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of Government's spending on urban regeneration over the next five years; and what levels...

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions whether he has made an estimate of how many extra mobile phone masts operators will require to complete their...

      Parish Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what requirement there is for parish councillors to sign the Code of Conduct as individuals in cases where their...

      Single Regeneration Budget

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what information he collects on the application of grants paid through the single regeneration budget, their efficacy and effectiveness.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress the Homelessness Directorate has made with regard to tackling homelessness.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the administration costs for the (a) National Homelessness Directorate, (b) Bed and Breakfast Unit and (c) Rough Sleepers Unit were in the last 12 months.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of the money allocated to the (a) Bed and Breakfast Unit and (b) Rough Sleepers Unit by him for the current financial year is expected to be spent...

      Sound Insulation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent estimate he has made of the number of households affected by poor sound insulation.

      Adapted Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to increase the provision of specially adapted housing for the elderly and the disabled.

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the future of the Millennium Dome.

      Council Tax Discount

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made regarding the consultation on the Government's proposals to give local authorities the discretion to reduce the 50 per cent. council...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many letters were received by each Minister in his Department in each month since June 1997.

      Land Sales

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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.

      Universal Banking Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many times the Ministerial Committee on the Universal Banking Service has met over the past year; and when.

      Universal Banking Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what consultations the Ministerial Committee on the Universal Banking Service has had with outside organisations.

      Expenditure Authorisation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on (a) the circumstances in which an accounting officer should seek a direction from a Minister before authorising expenditure, (b)...

  • Education and Skills

    • Capital Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many local education authorities award PFI credits for capital investment into new buildings and major refurbishments have been made;...

    • Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether a Scottish Executive Minister will be a member of the UK delegation to the Education and Youth Affairs European Union Council of...

      Race Relations Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the additional workload for teachers and heads arising from the new statutory requirement to (a) publish a...

      Race Relations Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action the Government will take in respect of schools which do not have a written statement of race relations policy in place by 31 May.

      Race Relations Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of (a) number and (b) percentage of (i) secondary and (ii) primary schools which will have a written statement of...

      Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools had over (i) 10 per cent., (ii) 25 per cent. and (iii) 50 per cent. of pupils who were asylum...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent by her Department on paying pensions to retired employees of her Department in 2001–02; if she will estimate the...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research her Department has conducted into the levels of awareness of HIV/AIDS among 10 to 24-year-olds between 1987 and 2002.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average age is at which children in the UK learn about HIV/AIDS in school; and what guidelines are given to teachers on the context...

      Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many press releases have been issued by her Department in each month of 2002.

      Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many press releases were issued by her Department (a) in each month between May and December 1997 and (b) in each year from 1998 to 2001...

      Free School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information she has collated on levels of non-attendance by (a) Asian girls, (b) Afro- Caribbean boys, (c) white working class boys and...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to provide appropriate educational facilities for children with autism; and if she will make a statement.

      Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if her Department will issue guidance to schools as to the circumstances in which (a) permanent exclusion and (b) fixed period exclusion are...

      British Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many British Sign Language tutors there are in the UK; and what are their qualifications.

      British Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to offer British Sign Language as an option for an additional language as a vocational certificate of education or an...

      Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the public consultations undertaken by her Department since June 2001, stating in each case the (a) number of respondents...

      Anglo-Italian Meetings

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

      Equal Treatment

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

      Equal Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she has established a baseline for policy appraisals against which to measure progress on equal treatment; and what progress has been...

      Equal Treatment

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

      Education and Youth Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the outcome of the EU Education and Youth Council held on 30 May.

      Racist Attacks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information she collects by LEA on racially motivated attacks in schools.

      Local Education Authority Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list, for the most recent year in which both sets of information are available, (a) the targets agreed by each LEA with her...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will list those initiatives of her Department which have been applied in (a) Lewisham and (b) the Isle of Wight, indicating the...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the activities pursued by her Department that have had a particular impact on the Wycombe constituency since 17 June 2001.

      PhD Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many PhD students are studying in universities in England and Wales, broken down by (a) university and (b) course; and what the...

      Behaviour and Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the basis is for her statement that £60 million was spent on behaviour and truancy by the last Government.

      Departmental Sponsors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the duties are of hon. Members appointed as sponsors to her Department; and what assistance is given by officials in her...

      Special Advisers

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

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many nurseries there were; and what proportion of these were located in rural areas, broken down by region in each of the last 10 years.

      Pupil Referral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many places will be available in pupil referral units for pupils of each age cohort in each local education authority in September.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of ordinary written questions for her Department were answered within a week of tabling in each month since June 2001; and...

      Staff Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what have been the total salary costs of each of the non-departmental public bodies for which she is responsible in each of the last five years.

      Staff Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost in 2001–02 was of the pay increase to staff in her Department, agencies and the non-departmental public bodies for which...

      Teachers' Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to reduce the pay gap between school teachers and college lecturers.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what strategy she has in place to recruit and train new staff in further education colleges.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans the Government have to change the balance in pay levels between further education colleges and secondary schools.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many further education colleges have not implemented the 2001 pay award for further education lecturers.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many additional places for 16 to 19 year old students in full-time further education will be created in Warrington in 2003; and what the...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of those students in higher education who carry the post code premium were assessed to pay (a) full tuition fees and (b) no...

      Work-related Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many employees of her Department retired through work-related ill health in the last year for which records are available; and what the...

      Sixth Forms (Hendon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what amounts were allocated for sixth forms to each of the secondary schools in Hendon for academic year 2001–02; and what amounts are...

      Nursery Provision (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many nursery staff have been in service in Lancashire in each year since 1997.

      National Child Care Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will indicate the proposals in the national child care strategy which will most benefit Londoners.

      National Child Care Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will report on progress with the child care strategy.

      Assisted Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students are on assisted places in the 2001–02 academic year; how much is being spent on these places; and if she will make a...

      Departmental Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of her Department's budgets for the current financial year remain unallocated; and under what budget headings this money falls.

      Print and Design Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much her Department spent on print and design costs in 2001–02.

      Regional Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what regional organisation her Department has; and if she will list the counties and unitary authorities in each region in (a) 1997 and (b) 2002.

      Higher Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to raise the 10 per cent. postcode premium recognised in higher education funding to 20 per cent.

      Scottish Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many times her Office has made representations to the Scottish Executive since May 1999 broken down by (a) Department approached,...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the mandate of the Tempus Committee is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the mandate of the Co-ordination Group to promote uniformity of application of the general system for the recognition of higher...

      Social Exclusion Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the answer from the Deputy Prime Minister of 20 July 2001, Official Report, columns 461–62W on the Social Exclusion Unit,...

      Overtime Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her policy is on overtime payments for staff in her Department.

      Vocational Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the answer of 16 April 2002, Official Report, column 895W, and with reference to Sir Gareth Robert's Review 'Set for...

      Vocational/Academic GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the answer of 16 April 2002, Official Report, column 895W, how (a) vocational and (b) academic GCSEs are defined.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which of the agencies and NDPBs sponsored by her Department have a regional organisation; and if she will list the counties and unitary...

      Special Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what types of specific (a) handicap and (b) special needs are defined as constituting special needs; and how many children there are with...

      Special Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children with special educational needs there are at each of stages one to four of the Code of Practice.

      Special Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children have been statemented in Gloucestershire in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if she will...

      Special Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children with statements of special educational need were taught in (a) maintained special schools and (b) other maintained schools...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average class size was in (a) schools and (b) secondary schools broken down by school year and local education authority in each...

  • Health

    • NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from health authorities, PCTs and NHS trusts about the obligation to fund NICE-approved treatments.

    • NHS Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what were the percentage changes in (a) all NHS costs and (b) NHS drugs costs in each of the past five years.

      Dental Amalgam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will commission research to ascertain whether the kinetics of mercury determined from occupational studies are applicable to patients with...

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the population of England was registered with an NHS dentist in each year since 1992, broken down by (a) region and (b) health authority.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there are per head of population in (a) Boston and Skegness, (b) Lincolnshire and (c) each other English county.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there are per head of population in (a) the Chesham and Amersham constituency, (b) Buckinghamshire and (c) each other English county.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in the Chesham and Amersham constituency take NHS patients.

      Myotonic Dystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of research into the (a) causes and (b) treatment of myotonic dystrophy.

      X-ray Plates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the number of X-ray plates exposed in the NHS in each of the last five years.

      Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the NHS would be of providing (a) free prescriptions and (b) free dental care to students in full- time education; and if he will make a...

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the contribution voluntary organisations make to the running of the national health service.

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Buteyko method of asthma treatment.

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost would be of providing free medication to all asthmatics irrespective of age; (2) what plans the Government have to provide free...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when Ministers from his Department last met representatives from the World Health Organisation to discuss the issue of asthma; and what plan of action was...

      Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths owing to heroin overdose there were in each of the last three years in (a) England and (b) Bassetlaw.

      Health Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what means of assessing the success of the Government's programme for health checks for the over-75s are available.

      Anti-TNF

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure health authorities implement NICE's recommendations on the prescription of anti-TNF for children and adults with severe...

      Prevenar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the possible (a) side effects, (b) benefits and (c) risks of prescribing the pneumococcal vaccine Prevenar to children who...

      Performance Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the business of his Department is undertaken electronically with regard to the relevant PSA targets.

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assistance his Department has been given to research into arthritis since 1997; what new treatments have become available for arthritis sufferers;...

      Enbrel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether Enbrel will be prescribed for arthritis on the NHS.

      Alcohol Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been achieved towards the target of implementing the national strategy to tackle alcohol misuse by 2004.

      Value for Money

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 8 May 2002, Official Report, column 269W, on value for money, if he will publish the information used to establish that the...

      Homeless People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) number and (b) proportion of people (i) sleeping rough and (ii) living in temporary accommodation were looked after by local authorities when...

      Reconfiguration Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when will appointments to the reconfiguration panel be completed; and whether (a) Kent and Canterbury, (b) Royal Hospital Haslar, (c) Solihull hospital,...

      NHS Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2002, Official Report, column 451W, what significant and complex issues have been found by the Department with regard...

      Hospital Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 17 April 2002, Official Report, column 1017W, in what format the results of PEAT evaluations of hospital food will be published.

      NHS Menus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many leading chef dishes are on the new NHS menus; what they are; and how many hospitals have introduced each dish.

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the NHS estate was compliant with fire safety requirements in each of the last five financial years; and what the outstanding cost is...

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the NHS estate was compliant with health and safety requirements at the end of each of the last five financial years; and what the...

      Littlemore Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) assessment beds, (b) rehabilitation beds and (c) beds in pre-discharge flats there are in the medium secure unit at the Littlemore...

      Funeral Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 7 March 2002, Official Report, column 545W, what the Department's definition of a permanent memorial or marker is.

      Pharmacies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pharmacies were covered by the essential small pharmacies scheme in each of the last five years.

      Pharmacies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pharmacies there were in rural areas in each of the past five years.

      Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many NHS wheelchairs were in use in each of the last five years; (2) what the average proportion of the cost of a wheelchair covered by a...

      Intensive Treatment Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many intensive treatment units there are in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland.

      Traditional and Alternative Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on evaluating (a) traditional and (b) alternative medicines in each of the past five years.

      Health Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many homes in Tyne and Wear have been insulated as a result of health action zone campaigns.

      Staff Numbers

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

      Staff Numbers

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

      Staff Numbers

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

      Staff Numbers

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

      Cane Hill, Coulsdon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which agency in his Department owns Cane Hill, Coulsdon.

      Speech Therapy Service (Southampton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement about the nature and effect of staff shortages at the speech and language therapy service based at the Central Health Clinic...

      Juvenile Sex Abusers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many meetings he has had with ministerial colleagues in the last two years with regard to children and young people who sexually abuse.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of a (a) hospital intensive care bed and (b) hospital surgical bed was in the last 12 months, broken down by trust.

      Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average wait for an audiology appointment (a) at the Northern Devon healthcare trust and (b) in England has been in (i) each of the last...

      Drug Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he takes to ensure, in the testing of drugs for potential carcinogenicity, commercial companies do not select animal species and strains of...

      Road Accident Casualties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money NHS hospitals have claimed from motor insurance providers to recover the cost of treating road accident casualties in each of the last 10 years.

      MMR

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children have suffered (a) febrile convulsions and (b) other adverse effects within 14 days of receiving the MMR vaccine.

      Mount Vernon Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will publish an assessment of the quality of cancer services provided at Mount Vernon Hospital; (2) what assessment he has made of the...

      Haemophilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what clotting factors are available in recombinant products for people with haemophilia; and what assessment he has made as to whether all clotting...

      Biobank UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission an independent body to undertake an independent scientific peer review of the scientific protocol for Biobank UK.

      Blood Donation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 25 March 2002, Official Report, column 771W, what assessment the Department has made of the reasons underlying the forecast...

      BCG Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason BCG vaccinations are not offered in (a) Oxfordshire, (b) Avon and (c) York and Selby.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what prior advice is given to patients on the potential adverse effects of radiotherapy in their treatment for breast cancer; (2) what procedures...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the availability of the new breast cancer drug Xeloda in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer.

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department is taking to increase the educational awareness of skin cancer in (a) children and (b) adults.

      Cancer Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what sum was made available for cancer treatment in the financial year 2002–03 at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust; what sum for cancer...

      Oesophageal Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made about possible links between the use of chemicals in vegetables and cancer of the oesophagus.

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of people in England diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer were entered into clinical trials in each of the last five years for which...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence he has collated on whether sex selective abortions are taking place in the UK.

      Taiwan (World Health Organisation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if Taiwan has been granted observer status in the World Health Organisation; and if he will make a statement.

      Myalgic Encephalitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people suffer from myalgic encephalitis in England, broken down by region.

      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress with support and treatment for people suffering with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

      EC Decisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list those organisations (a) within and (b) without the UK that will receive information under Commission Decision 2002/253/EC; (2) if...

      EC Decisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the criteria for the selection of communicable diseases under Commission Decision 2002/253/EC.

      EC Decisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the post-analysis action to follow the sharing of data under Commission Decision 2002/253/EC.

      EC Decisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has (a) received and (b) called for, with respect to Commission Decision 2002/253/EC, from civil rights organisations; and if he...

      Health Care

      Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects to produce proposals for reform of the complaints procedure used in the NHS when adverse medical events occur; (2)...

      Health Care

      Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals he has to amend the way in which provision for clinical negligence cases is made in the NHS accounts for England.

      Organ Donation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Glasgow, Baillieston (Mr. Wray) of 25 February 2002, Official Report, column 963W, on organ donation, when...

      Coronary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals have specialist heart treatment units; and what proposals he has to increase this amount.

      Coronary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has gone into research of drugs to aid in the treatment of heart failure; and which of these drugs have become available since 1997.

      Coronary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures have been taken since 1997 to address the incidence of heart failure; and if he will make a statement.

      Linear Accelerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the recommended number of linear accelerators per one million population is.

      Linear Accelerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS health authorities provide treatment through linear accelerators; how many linear accelerators are operational within those trusts; and how old...

      Linear Accelerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the recommended replacement age of linear accelerators is; and how old each linear accelerator in service within each NHS health authority that...

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to investigate the use of (a) ultrasound and (b) biochemical tests in combination with Dexa scanning for identifying osteoporosis in (i)...

      Bounty Pack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place a copy of the bounty pack issued to new mothers in the Library.

      Patient Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in relation to the Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002, what steps he will take to inform patients about (a) the disclosure...

      Patient Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he proposes to take if health professionals refuse to provide personal data to cancer registries and the like without the consent of the...

      Still-born Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the certification and registration of still-born babies of between 18 and 24 weeks gestation.

      Care Home Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement about the change in the number of care home beds in Somerset since 1997.

      Personality Disordered Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how ongoing support and supervision will be arranged for personality disordered offenders discharged into the community and managed primarily by health...

      Personality Disordered Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what requirement there will be on those in the health service providing supervision and treatment to personality disordered offenders in the community to...

      Personality Disordered Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that chartered psychologists are able to make a leading contribution to (a) the development of services for personality...

      Oral Tobacco Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Government have to introduce legislation to ban the import of oral tobacco products.

      Work-related Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many claims for work-related illness were settled by his Department in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost was in...

      Work-related Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many days of sick leave were taken by employees in his Department in the last year for which records are available; what proportion of those were due...

      Work-related Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many employees of his Department retired through work-related ill-health in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost was to...

      GP Exercise Referrals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what funding is allocated for general practitioner exercise referrals in the financial year 2002–03; (2) what assessment he has made of the...

      Mixed-sex Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he expects to meet his target on mixed-sex wards by December.

      Managing Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is part of the job of the director of finance of the NHS Executive to ensure that up-to-date management information is made available to the...

      NHS Executive (Finance Director)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the name and salary is of the finance director of the NHS Executive.

      Nurses Agencies Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the timetable is for the nurses agencies regulations upon which he has been consulting.

      Parliamentary Advisers

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

      Trust Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many executive directors of NHS trusts were (a) made redundant and (b) retired early in 2001–02 as a result of reorganisations and mergers of...

      Casualty Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was in (a) 1997 and (b) 2001 to be seen by a doctor for treatment in casualty.

      Casualty Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many casualty units have been modernised since 1997.

      Sun Protection Cream

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer given to the hon. Member for West Chelmsford (Mr. Burns) 24 April, Official Report, column 68W, on sun protection cream, how many...

      Clinical Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on clinical negligence claims faced by the NHS; and how many claims there have been in each year since 1995.

      Clinical Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of medical negligence the NHS Litigation Authority is (a) investigating and (b) defending against compensation claims brought against...

      Clinical Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish the proposed White Paper on clinical negligence indicated in the Department of Health's response to the Kennedy report published in...

      Clinical Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated net value of outstanding clinical negligence claims against the NHS in England was at 31 March 2000.

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost to the NHS is of providing a patient with (a) a hearing test and (b) a digital hearing aid; and if he will make a statement.

      Repair and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money budgeted for repair and maintenance was not spent (a) in each NHS region and (b) in England, in the most recent year for which figures are...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average number of hours worked per week by general practitioners is.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 29 April, Official Report, column 631W, whether the findings of the Department's policy research programme and the health...

      Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what evidence he received of drug trials often not being carried out on older patients so drugs would not be designed to meet their needs, as...

      Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what further work his Department is undertaking to ensure that he receives greater detail about individual policy age discrimination, as set out in...

      Victoria Climbie Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when Lord Laming will respond to the Victoria Climbie inquiry; and if he will make a statement.

      Fair Access to Care Services Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish the Fair Access to Care Services guidance.

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many sudden unexpected deaths from epilepsy there were in (a) Blackpool, (b) the north-west and (c) the UK in each of the last five years for which...

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what facilities and support are available to epilepsy sufferers and their families in the Blackpool area.

      Accommodation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the proposed accommodation centres will be required to register with the Care Standards Commission.

      Accommodation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if children in accommodation centres will have access to local child and adolescent mental health services.

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children are in (a) public and (b) private foster care in each authority; and of those, what proportion are out-of-area placements.

      Multiple Sclerosis Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines are in place for the appointment of MS nurses.

      Multiple Sclerosis Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects that the NICE guidelines on MS services will be issued.

      Communication Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many adults with physical disabilities have been supplied with communication aids by community equipment stores in (a) 2001 and (b) 2002.

      Communication Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to ring-fence funding for communication aids within extra funds provided for community equipment.

      Equipment Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the funding allocation to the Equipment Service has been spent on physical equipment.

      Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost of establishing the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection.

      Legal Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to address the issue of increasing legal claims against the NHS.

      Anti-TNF Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list each health authority area where anti-TNF therapy is (a) available and (b) unavailable; (2) what plans he has for increasing access...

      Unpaid Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 18 April 2002, Official Report, column 1177W, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of unpaid advisers who have...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress to increase staff retention among midwives.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the likely main incentives for attracting former midwives back into the profession.

      Smallpox Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what selection criteria the contract to produce smallpox vaccine for the UK Government were awarded.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when a substantive reply will be given to Mrs. S. J. Havis's letter of 19 March, concerning child abuse deaths.

      School Nursing Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many qualified nurses are employed by the school nursing service in each PCT; (2) how many PCTs operate pupil drop-in surgeries by school...

      Biological Parents (Tracing Rights)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on enabling children conceived using donated sperm to trace their biological fathers.

      School Fruit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer given to the hon. Member for Woodspring (Dr. Fox) on 29 April 2002, Official Report, column 624W, on school fruit, what guidance...

      National Institute for Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated to each department within each NHS trust for NICE recommended treatments, drugs and technologies.

      Missed Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what methodology was used by his Department to quantify how much money it was costing the NHS from patients missing GP appointments each year.

      Locums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has issued to hospital trusts when negotiating for locum contracts for doctors and nurses with private agencies.

      NHS Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS consultants retired in each year since 1997.

      Overseas Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer on 29 April 2002, Official Report, column 626W, on overseas treatment, what the estimated number of patients for the next six...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures are in place to encourage members of the public and NHS staff to report suspected incidents of fraud in the NHS.

      Psychiatric Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many psychiatric nurses have been recruited to NHS mental health authorities in each year since 1997.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the new primary care trusts have a mental health specialist responsible for commissioning mental health services.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recourse is available to people requiring particular mental health services at primary care level, when those services are not accessible (a) through...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts have commissioned (a) counselling, (b) cognitive therapy, (c) psychotherapy, (d) complementary therapy and (e) exercise on...

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what resources have been allocated for the public relations strategy to reduce suicide.

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mandate of the Advisory Committee for the Transparency of Measures Governing the Pricing of Medicinal Products for Human Use is; what the annual...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mandate of the advisory committee on the training of chemists 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 Health what the mandate of the Committee on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provision of the member states concerning the...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mandate of the Committee on the Community action programme on injury prevention is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the Community action programme on health promotion, information, education and training is;...

      Genetic Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the Government will introduce legislation for the protection of personal genetic information before members of the public are asked to donate blood...

      Retained Organs Commission

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

  • House of Lords

    • Life Peers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) how many life peers there are in each of the three parties and on the Cross Benches; (b) if no further life peers are created, what statistically would the...

    • Appellate Committee of the House of Lords

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they favour the creation of a supreme court of the United Kingdom, independent from the House of Lords; and, if not, why not.

      Northern Ireland Customs Staff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why there was a decline of 55 full-time staff employed by HM Customs and Excise in Northern Ireland from 1 April 1993 to 1 April 2002.

      Procurement Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the answer by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 22 May (HL Deb, col. 764), which government departments they contacted in preparing the answer.

      G8 Summit, Kananaskis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they will seek to make in strengthening global economic growth at the forthcoming G8 summit in Kananaskis.

      Privy Council Silver

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on Privy Council silver on 16 May (WA 64), whether they are satisfied that the National Audit Office can...

      Treasury Silver

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on Treasury silver on 16 May (WA 84), whether they will give details of the (a) date; (b) maker's mark;...

      Treasury Silver

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on Treasury silver on 16 May (WA 64), whether the 16 items of silverware will attract a capital charge...

      Newly Released £5 Notes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated cost to the taxpayer of the fault in the new (Elizabeth Fry) £5 note, enabling serial numbers to be rubbed off and making it necessary...

      Newly Released £5 Notes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will encourage the Bank of England to issue many more of the previous (George Stephenson) £5 notes while the issue of the new (Elizabeth Fry)...

      Exchange Rates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 27 May (WA 128), what evidence they have for their belief that stability of: (a) exchange rates; and...

      Banknotes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Bank of England banknotes of £5, £10, £20 and £50 respectively were in circulation on 28 February in each of the past 10 years.

      Deaths from Suicide: Young People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information they have about the numbers of young people aged beween 16 and 21 who have taken their own lives in the course of each of the years 1994 to 2002...

      Detention Centres and Prisons: Insurance

      asked her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give details of any changes in the provision of insurance cover to detention centres and privately managed prisons since January 2000.

      Ministry of Defence Procurement

      asked her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions since 1997 the Ministry of Defence has procured goods or services other than by competitive tender on the grounds of national security.

      Public Telephones: Theft of Cash

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ask telephone companies to increase the frequency of collection of coins from telephone coin boxes so as to reduce the incentive to theft.

      DTI: Question for Written Answer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the longest time taken to reply to a Question for Written Answer in the House of Lords about an issue within the responsibilities of the Department...

      Director-General of Fisheries Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the European Commission's Director General of Fisheries was transferred to alternative responsibilities; and whether there was any pressure from the Spanish...

      TSE Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What provision there is for an owner of a sheep or goat slaughtered under Regulation 81 or 82 of the TSE (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I. 2002/843) to object to...

      Countryside Stewardship Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to vary the number of staff in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who administer the access element of the Countryside...

      Countryside Stewardship Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was their budget, region by region, in 2000, 2001 and this year for administration and monitoring of the Countyside Stewardship scheme; and whether they plan...

      Kitchen Waste

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the amount of kitchen waste being composted has increased or decreased since 1999; and whether the amount of waste being disposed of by this method is...

      Defra: Scientific Advisory Committees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has given to its scientific advisory committees on the updating of members' declarations of...

      Foreign Veterinary Surgeon Questionnaire

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Whitty on 9 May (WA 193), when they will make available the findings relating to the foreign veterinary surgeon questionnaire.

      BSE

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total number of recorded cases of BSE so far in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland.

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the total number of beasts deemed to have suffered foot and mouth disease in the recent outbreak in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland...

      Agri-environment Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What agri-environment schemes are or have been in operation over the past three years; and what is the total amount of grants (a) offered and (b) paid for each of...

      China: British Tourist Authority

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements are in place in China to handle inquiries from those wishing to travel as tourists to the United Kingdom.

      British Tourist Authority: Grants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What grants or resources have been given to the British Tourist Authority to support its work in (a) Europe, (b) the United States and (c) Australia during the...

      English Tourism Council: Grants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What grants or resources have been given to the English Tourism Council to support its work in promoting tourism in England during the years 1999, 2000, 2001 and...

      British Resorts Association: Grants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What grants and resources have been given to the British Resorts Association during the years 1999, 2000, 2001 and in 2002 to date.

      World Conference on Women in Sport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackstone on 22 May (WA 106), which Minister took the decision that the United Kingdom would not be represented by a...

      Cabinet Office: Assets of Cultural Significance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give full details of the "non-operational art and antiques situated in Whitehall buildings" that are held by the Cabinet Office and valued at...

      Cabinet Office: Assets of Cultural Significance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give full details of the "non-operational assets donated to serving Prime Ministers, past and present" that are held by the Cabinet Office and...

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