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Written answers

Monday, 22 July 2002

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Digital Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the awarding of digital licences by the Independent Television Commission.

    • School Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she last discussed the subject of sport and physical education in schools with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills.

      School Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding is available to local councils for sports facilities for schools.

      Theatres (Barnsley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received regarding theatre provision in Barnsley.

      Sydonia Swimming Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to promote the reopening of Leominster's Sydonia swimming pool.

      Arts (North-East)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on Government support for the arts in the north-east.

      Arts Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the changes proposed to the regional structure of the Arts Board.

      Sport (Young People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with Sport England and other sports councils in the UK to discuss provision made to nurture sporting...

      Lord Nelson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to (a) purchase and (b) put on public display the collection of Lord Nelson's personal artefacts to be auctioned...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the tourism industry's recovery since the foot and mouth outbreak and 11 September last year.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to support tourism in Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds; and if she will make a statement.

      Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures she will take to promote music as a cultural and economic activity.

      Summer Play Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support her Department is giving for summer play schemes involving sport.

      BBC Charter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she plans to announce the timetable for the review of the BBC Charter.

      Crime Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department is doing to support the Government's street crime and robbery initiative.

      Euro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she has recently met the English Tourism Council to discuss the acceptance of euro notes and coins.

      Tennis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with the Lawn Tennis Association and the All England Lawn Tennis Club on developing access to tennis...

      Historic Buildings (Public Access)

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his answer of 3 July 2002, Official Report, column 314W, how many of the properties (a) grant aided...

      Historic Buildings (Public Access)

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his answer of 3 July 2002, Official Report, column 315, for what reason there is no automatic access...

      Historic Buildings (Grant)

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what requirements are placed on the owners of buildings of historical interest who are grant-aided by English...

      Drugs (Sport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to create an independent body responsible for drug-testing in sport.

      South Bank Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the South Bank centre has spent on (a) accountants, (b) legal advisers, (c) planning consultants and (d) other professionals,...

      Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which consultation documents published by her Department in 2001 carried the consultation criteria as recommended in the Cabinet Office...

      Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many consultation documents published in (a) electronic or (b) printed form in 2001 her Department has monitored and evaluated in...

      Pride of Place

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the answer of 13 May 2002, Official Report, column 414W, how many copies of "Pride of Place" have been sold.

      Spectrum Scarcity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her policy is on spectrum scarcity in the digital environment; and what implications her policy has for the continuation of a...

      S4C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the cost of the 10 hours of programmes provided by the BBC for S4C each week in each of the last five years.

      Information Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department spent on information literature, advertising and campaign material in financial year 2001–02; if she will...

      Creative Partnerships Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the progress of the Creative Partnerships Programme.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Totnes dated 28 June about the number of road and carriageway closures in...

      Sport (Chorley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her plans to develop sport in the Chorley constituency.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • European Parliament Elections

      To ask the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what consideration is being given by the Commission to the merits of the...

    • Local Government Elections (Wales)

      To ask the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what work the Electoral Commission plans to undertake on electoral...

      Local Government Elections (Wales)

      To ask the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what consultations he has had with the Electoral Commission on...

      All-Postal Voting

      To ask the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if the Committee will ask the Electoral Commission to undertake research on...

      Franchise

      To ask the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, whom he will be consulting on the question of reducing the voting age to 16.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what separation distances she recommends should be imposed between GM and non-GM or organic crops of (a) sugar or fodder...

    • GMOs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will publish her detailed response to the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission report; and if she...

      Committee LIFE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the mandate of the Committee on the Financial Instrument for the Environment (LIFE) is; how many times it has met over...

      Swillfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact on British businesses of the ban on swillfeeding.

      Animal Feed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the risk to animal health from the use of waste cooking oil as an additive in animal feed.

      TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the scope, progress, timetable and conclusions of her Department's research projects on TB in...

      Water Level Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many water level management plans have received grant aid for implementation from her Department in each of the last five...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many feasibility studies have been (a) commissioned and (b) completed by the Environment Agency following the flooding of...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on flood defences in England broken down by (a) constituency and (b) Government regional development...

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) who will be responsible for the policing of the baseline/12 mile limit zones under the proposals for post 2002 in (a)...

      Bushmeat Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if her Department has approached Governments in countries in Central and West Africa to establish mechanisms to control the...

      Bushmeat Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to raise the issue of the unsustainable bushmeat trade at the Convention on the International Trade in...

      Bushmeat Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has made to the Department for International Development to establish a joint approach to tackling...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if her Department plans to support Type 2 Initiatives arising from the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

      Plastic Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what waste products are produced when plastic products are disposed of by (a) incineration and (b) burial in landfill sites.

      Organic Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what controls are in place on the spraying of organic foods with chemicals by (a) wholesalers and (b) retailers.

      Countryside Stewardship Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what countryside stewardship schemes are available for small dairy farmers.

      New Forest National Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will delay the commencement of the public inquiry into the proposed New Forest national park until the current public...

      Vehicular Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the criteria by which roads and pathways will be categorised under the Countryside, England...

      Village Halls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many village halls were built in England between 1997 and 2002.

      Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost was of publishing her Department's annual report and those of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food...

      Pesticides Safety Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will publish the 2001–02 Annual report for the Pesticides Safety Directorate.

      Banned Pesticides/Plant Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the five pesticides and plant treatments which are banned in the United Kingdom but most widely used elsewhere.

      Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what formal consultation has (a) taken place and (b) is planned relating to the EU Directive 2002/15/ED; and if she will make...

      Timber Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what impact the draft EU public procurement directive will have on the ability of the EU to ensure that all timber procured...

      Timber Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions there have been relating to proposed European Directive on public procurement, Article 53 so as to ensure...

      Energy Shortfall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to address the future shortfall in energy from traditional sources.

  • House of Commons

    • Recycling

      To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee, pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2002, Official Report, column 1277W, on recycling, if she will publish the monthly data; if she will add...

    • Computer Access

      To ask the Chairman of the Information Committee if he will enable hon. Members to log onto their systems via hon. Members' computers in the Library.

  • Privy Council

    • Press Office

      To ask the President of the Council how many (a) full time equivalents were employed by his press office and (b) secondees were placed in his press office in the last five years; and if he will...

    • Parliamentary Pensions

      To ask the President of the Council, pursuant to his answer of 15 July 2002, Official Report, column 83W, to the right hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Mr. Forth), on parliamentary...

      Privy Council

      To ask the President of the Council who was present at the meeting of the Privy Council on 26 June; and what business was transacted.

  • International Development

    • Commonwealth Education Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what initiatives her Department has taken in 2002 in connection with education projects within the Commonwealth.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of the number of attacks on aid workers in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with the Defence Secretary regarding his Department's assistance in reconstruction work in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of pledges made to fund Afghanistan's reconstruction at the Bonn Conference have been met.

      Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to support civil society groups in Liberia.

      Heavily Indebted Poor Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what she estimates the main benefits were for heavily indebted poor countries arising from the recent G8 talks.

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will provide a breakdown of how money was spent by her Department in each year since 1998–99 on each programme listed in...

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will provide a breakdown of how money was spent by her Department in each year since 1998–99 on each programme listed in...

      Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the impact the use of child labour in the diamond trade of the Central African Republic is having on...

      Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action she is taking to bring good governance to the Central African Republic.

      Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to ensure that HIV/AIDS detection facilities are available in the Central African Republic.

      Food Shortages (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the money allocated by the Government for the procurement of maize meal in Lesotho has been spent; and if she will make a...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance she has offered to the President of Sierra Leone to ensure the provision of basic services in the country.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes the Government are funding to fight AIDS in Africa; how much the Government are planning to spend on this in the next...

      African Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support her Department intends to give to the new African Union.

      African Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the African Union.

      Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects have so far received funding from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.

      Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the progress made by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria in fighting AIDS.

      Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether she intends to continue to fund the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria in the next financial year.

      Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with the United Nations regarding the protection afforded to internally displaced people in Angola.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what priority her Department accords the promotion of human rights in its development policy.

      Environmental Know How Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Gordon (Malcolm Bruce) of 10 July 2002, Official Report, column 959W, what proportion of...

      Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to monitor the effectiveness of voluntary corporate social responsibility strategies of United Kingdom...

      Departmental Press Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) full-time equivalents were employed by her press office and (b) secondees were placed in her press office in the last five...

      Information Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department spent on information literature, advertising and campaign material in financial year 2001–02; if she will...

      CDC Capital Partners

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list CDC Capital Partners' investments by (a) sector, (b) size and (c) country since 1997.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Hunting With Dogs

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, if the Church of England has contributed to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs consultation on...

    • Clergy (Terms and Conditions)

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, when he expects to make an announcement about terms and conditions of service for the clergy.

      Church Property

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what role (a) English Heritage and (b) the chancellors of each diocese have in approving schemes of work on church...

  • Wales

    • Statutory Instruments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many statutory instruments have been (a) introduced, (b) removed and (c) amended by his Department since 1 January; and what the (i) cost and (ii)...

    • Building Value

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the buildings owned by his Department and estimate the market value of each of them.

      Sunderland Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with Welsh Assembly Government colleagues concerning the Sunderland Commission.

      Information Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent on information literature, advertising and campaign material in financial year 2001–02; if he will list the campaigns...

      Departmental Press Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) full time equivalents were employed by his press office and (b) secondees were placed in his press office in the last five years; and if he...

  • Cabinet Office

    • IT Procurements

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the Government policy is on the use of open source software to enable increased value for money in IT procurements across the public sector.

    • Centre for Management and Policy Studies

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he will publish the annual report and accounts for the Centre for Management and Policy Studies.

      Executive Agencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the outcome is of the review of policy towards executive agencies.

      E-Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what research has been carried out to assess the level of (a) awareness in the population analysed by socio- economic group, (b) usage by the population...

      E-Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the budget is for the website www.ukonline.gov.uk in respect of (a) site development and maintenance, (b) marketing and (c) other matters for the...

      E-Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much has been spent on the website www.ukonline.gov.uk for (a) design and build prior to launch, (b) development and maintenance since launch, (c)...

      E-Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the savings which have arisen for each Government Department as a result of the website www.ukonline.gov.uk

      Emergency Planning

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans he has to introduce new framework legislation on emergency planning; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Servant (Definition)

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how the Government define the term "public servant"; if he will provide a list of who is included in this definition; and what the average annual salary...

      Civil Service Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans he has to introduce new pension arrangements for the Civil Service; and if he will make a statement.

  • Transport

    • EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the EC-Bulgaria Joint Transport Committee is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members...

    • EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the EEC-Slovenia Joint Transport Committee is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the EC-Romania Joint Transport Committee is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the European Energy and Transport Forum is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the EC-Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Joint Transport Committee is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a)...

      Workplace Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on his plans to implement a code of practice on smoking in the workplace; and what consultation there has been with trade...

      Residential Property Record

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library his Department's departmental-owned residential property record.

      Travel/Retail Information Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place a copy of the final report on research conducted for his predecessor Department by Cap Gemini Ernst and Young on Travel Information...

      Departmental Press Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his Department intends to establish an e-mail press release service similar to that previously provided by the former Department of Transport,...

      Flight Paths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes have been made to aircraft flight paths and altitudes over London and the south-east in the past five years.

      Airport Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) received on the economic consequences of building new (i) airports and (ii)...

      Ten-Year Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the impact of the increased spending announced in the spending review will be on the 10-year plan, in terms of (a) public investment expenditure,...

      Journey Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the answer of 2 July 2002, Official Report, column 221W, on journey times, what research reports have been produced by (a) the Highways...

      Transport Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on recent changes to Transport Direct.

      Transport Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research has been conducted for his Department on Transport Direct; and if he will make a statement.

      Transport Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will set out the timescale for achievement of the delivery reform measures to which transport funding increases announced by the Chancellor of...

      Transport Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will set out the criteria to be used in assessing whether the connection between national objectives for transport and local delivery have been...

      Transport Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will set out the delivery reform measures to which the transport funding announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 15 July is linked.

      A404(M)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 16 July 2002, Official Report, column 143W, when work to widen the approach to the M4 from the A404(M) will start; how long...

      Road User Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the position is of the road user charging research project to be carried out in Leeds; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of (a) the current condition of local roads and (b) the condition of local roads as at July 2000.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of the road network in (a) England and (b) Great Britain was at 100 per cent. or greater stress in (i) 1996, (ii) 2000, (iii) 2001 and...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will define the major local road improvements, other than bypasses, as given in para 6.61, page 65, of the 10-Year Plan.

      Roadworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research has been conducted (a) by and (b) for (i) his Department and (ii) the Highways Agency in relation to the (A) M60 J5–8 widening, (B)...

      Roadworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research has been conducted for his Department and the Highways Agency on the differential costs between programmed maintenance and ad hoc...

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were (a) killed and (b) seriously injured in road accidents on all roads in each of the last three years.

      Road and Bridge Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 15 July 2002, Official Report, column 7W, on road and bridge maintenance, if he will make a statement on the methodology...

      Road Improvements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the major local road improvements, as given in para 6.61, page 65, of the 10-year plan (a) started and (b) completed since July 2000.

      Road Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicle kilometres were travelled on roads in (a) England and (b) Great Britain in 1996.

      Fuel Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the level of fuel duty rebate available to community transport services.

      Strategic Road Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) proportion and (b) length of the strategic road network requires maintenance.

      Strategic Road Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the slight casualty rate was on the strategic road network in each year from 1994 to 2002; and what the annual average was for 1994 to 1998.

      Strategic Road Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were (a) killed and (b) seriously injured on the strategic road network in each of the last three years.

      Traffic Lights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a direction under section 30(7) Greater London Authority Act 1999 in relation to the phasing of traffic lights in Greater London.

      Drink-Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many serious injuries have resulted from crashes caused by drivers with (a) more than 80 milligrammes alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood in...

      Drink-Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many crashes on roads in England and Wales involving multiple fatalities were caused by a driver who was over the drink-drive limit in each of the...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 10 July 2002, Official Report, column 976W, on bus services, if he will list those traffic commission areas in which bus...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of households in rural areas were within 13 minutes walk of an hourly or better bus service for the last (a) quarter and (b) year, for...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the powers of bus compliance officers with regards to (a) setting operators' punctuality targets and (b) enforcing...

      Twyford Railway Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when work on the Twyford railway bridge will be completed.

      Train Operating Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total cost of safety case work undertaken by the Health and Safety Executive in relation to the (a) re-letting and (b) extension of train...

      Potter's Bar Crash

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the (a) contractors and (b) sub- contractors involved in accident investigation into the Potter's Bar crash under the supervision of...

      Railways Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance and directions have been given by his Department to the (a) British Transport Police, (b) Health and Safety Executive and (c) railways...

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made as to the effect of changing the guidance issued to the SRA on the SRA's obligations under the funding package to be...

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his letter of 22 March to Richard Bowker Esq, concerning the Railtrack successor body, his letter of 21 June to Nick Newton Esq,...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 4 July 2002, Official Report, column 465W, on Railtrack, on what date he expects to authorise the change of control; and if...

      Central Railway Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he received the SRA's latest assessment of the Central Railway Project; and when he expects to publish the Government's response.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimates he has made as to the change in capacity on London Underground resulting from the PPP proposal; and if he will make a statement.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made as to the loss of station capacity resulting from work planned under the proposed PPP; and if he will make a statement.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on what powers (a) he and (b) the London Mayor (i) have and (ii) will have in order to place the Tube Infracos into...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will set out the criteria for assessing journey times on London Underground services for the purposes of judging performance against the PSA...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 8 July 2002, Official Report, column 668W, on London Underground, if he will publish (a) the data and (b) the calculations,...

      EU Committees (Scottish Executive Representation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the EU Committee on the movement of air or sea passengers' baggage (principles) is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish...

      Chemical/biological Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place in the Library copies of guidance provided for (a) the public, (b) local education authorities, (c)...

  • Defence

    • Private Military Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made of the checks needed to (a) ensure accountability, (b) avoid human rights violations and (c) avoid legal actions by the...

    • Private Military Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what private military companies have been granted licences to operate from the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British servicemen have been waiting for more than one month for (a) an NHS operation or consultation and (b) admittance to a waiting list.

      Overseas Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the overseas trips on departmental business that have been undertaken in each of the last five years by officials in his Department; and...

      Comprehensive Spending Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff have contributed to his Department's input to the Spending Review.

      British Troops (Accidents and Reparations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps are taken to minimise the possibility of an accidental attack on civilians by British troops on active service; and what his policy is on...

      Service Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, (1) pursuant to his answer of 4 July 2002, Official Report, column 525W, on married quarters, if he will make a statement on the safety attribute used...

      Service Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total amount spent on renting private accommodation for armed services personnel was (a) in 1999, (b) in 2000, (c) in 2001 and (d) since January...

      Service Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 16 July 2002, Official Report, columns 159–60W, on service accommodation, what plans he has to improve the standard of...

      Service Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much (a) single living accommodation and (b) service family accommodation was released to Annington Homes Ltd. in each month of 2001; what grade...

      Bowman Radio System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost has been of developing the Bowman tactical radio system; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what charges are made for (a) food and (b) accommodation for British armed forces personnel serving in Afghanistan.

      Defence Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps have been taken to (a) ensure that the Defence Medical Services are able to deal with the problems of service men while still in the armed...

      Veteran Rough Sleepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps are being taken to help the ex-services Mental Welfare Society locate veteran rough sleepers in the UK.

      Duchess of Kent Psychiatric Hospital, Catterick

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the reasons for the closure of the Duchess of Kent Psychiatric Hospital, Catterick in April 2003; what will happen to the...

      Service Psychiatric Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service psychiatric hospitals there are in the UK; and what proposals there are to open more hospitals for service men.

      Harriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the variation in maintenance costs between the engines on the Harrier GR8 and the GR8a.

      ECGD Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will publish his review of ECGD funding for defence projects.

      Army Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what total expenditure has been on the Army website for (a) construction and (b) maintenance; and if he will list total traffic on the home page for each...

      Royal School of Artillery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many overseas students were sent to the Royal School of Artillery in each year since 1997 broken down by country of origin.

      Royal Military Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list his Department's total expenditure relating to Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in each year since 1997.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of Her Majesty's forces are assigned to tasks in Colombia; and from which units these personnel are taken.

      Portsmouth Naval Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to dispose of land occupied by the Portsmouth naval base; what the time scale is for the process; how the land will be...

      Land Disposal (Portsmouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what use for land disposed of within the Portsmouth naval base would be acceptable to his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Sa80a1/Sa80a2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many injuries have occurred to service men and service women as a result of the SA80A1's reliability problems.

      Sa80a1/Sa80a2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what faults have been reported with the (a) SA80A2 and (b) SA80A1.

      Sa80a1/Sa80a2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what investigations his Department has made into the reliability and accuracy of the rifle grenade- launching capability of the SA80 A2; and what impact...

      Sa80a1/Sa80a2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the (a) SA80A1 and (b) SA80A2 rifles to be admitted to the NATO nominated weapons list.

      Sa80a1/Sa80a2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what proportion of the SA80A2 rifles failed to meet the target of 10,000 rounds before failure during testing in Kuwait under hot/dry conditions;...

      Sa80a1/Sa80a2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what inquiries were made by his Department into whether the use of the stabiliser developed by Warminster was considered in SA80 modifications.

      Phoenix UAVs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if UK Phoenix UAVs were deployed in recent operations in Afghanistan.

      Heavylift Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on hiring heavylift aircraft since 1 July 1998 for use in UK defence or aid-related activities.

      HMS Nottingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are for the future of HMS Nottingham.

      HMS Nottingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if warships will be brought out of (a) reserve and (b) extended readiness to replace HMS Nottingham while she is out of service.

      HMS Nottingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Royal Navy warship will be deployed to replace the duties undertaken by HMS Nottingham.

      HMS Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the repairs to HMS Southampton cost following her accident in the Gulf in 1988; and how long the repairs took to make.

      Fleet Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he plans to extend the service life of fleet submarines.

      C-17 Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if the RAF's C-17 aircraft have exceeded the flying hours agreed under the terms of their lease; and if he will make a statement; (2) what the...

      C-17 Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the cost of leasing four C-17 aircraft is greater than purchasing individual C-17 aircraft; and if he will make a statement.

      Type 23 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Chilean Government have expressed an interest in existing type 23 frigates or new build vessels; and if he will make a statement.

      Army Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of Army cadets in Bridgwater, Somerset.

      RAF Navigators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the redeployment of navigators when the Tornado is replaced by the Eurofighter.

      HMS Fearless

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on HMS Fearless; and what plans he has to bring the ship back into service while the launch of HMS Albion is delayed.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact of the development of large scale wind farms in the North sea on (a) existing radar defence and (b) the UK's...

      Information Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on information literature, advertising and campaign material in financial year 2001–02; if he will list the campaigns...

      Royal Military Music School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list his Department's total expenditure relating to the Royal Military Music School, Kneller Hall, Twickenham for each year since 1995.

      Overseas Deployments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many United Kingdom soldiers were deployed overseas on (a) peacekeeping missions and (b) active service operations in each year since 1997; and how...

      Mine Countermeasures Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many mine countermeasures vessels are operational.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when Ministers in his Department have held meetings with Ministers and officials of the Irish Government since 1 June 2000; when and where each meeting...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Overseas Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the overseas trips on departmental business that have been undertaken in each of the last five years by...

    • Botswana

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what scrutiny has taken place of spending on the programme for supporting and improving protected reserves agreed between the...

      G8 Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are for developing a market access initiative for all least developed countries at the G8 level.

      G8 Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are for taking forward the commitments made at the G8 summit to support African peace keeping capacity building.

      Thai Airways Crash

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library the crash investigation report into Thai Airways flight TG261; and if he will make a statement.

      Thai Airways Crash

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when (a) he last met and (b) plans next to meet representatives of the Kingdom of Thailand in relation to the British nationals...

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the President of Kenya's proposal to change the law allowing an extension of his presidential...

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Turkish Government with regard to the political situation in Turkey; and if he will make a...

      Mr. Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will press the Pakistani authorities to commute the death sentence passed on Mr. Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh; and if he will...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what EU funding, which is not available to the people of Gibraltar, will be made available in the event of an agreement to share...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the next round of talks under the terms of the Brussels Process will take place.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 16 July 2002, Official Report, column 181W, if he will place in the Library his letter to the Board...

      Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 16 July 2002, Official Report, column 175W, on Overseas Territories, which seven Overseas Territories...

      Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 16 July 2002, Official Report, column 175W, on Overseas Territories, if he has assessed the recent...

      Kamp van Zeist

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what the total capital costs were of providing the Kamp van Zeist facilities; and what percentage of those costs were met...

  • Scotland

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many times special advisers have accompanied Ministers on overseas visits in each of the last five years; which countries were visited; and what the...

    • Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many times Ministers in her Department have travelled abroad at taxpayers' expense since March 2001; what countries they visited; and what the total...

      Overtime Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what her policy is on overtime payments for staff in her Department.

      Staff Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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.

      Departmental Expenditure Limit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much and what proportion of the departmental expenditure limit for 2002–03 had been spent by 31 May; what the figures were for 2001–02;...

      Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which organisations and outside bodies which were in receipt of grant in 1997–98 no longer are; what the annual saving is (a) individually and (b)...

      Public Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what her policy is on using 0870 telephone numbers for inquiries by the public to the Department and its agencies.

      Building Values

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list the buildings owned by her Department and estimate the market value of each of them.

      Gender Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list the subjects of the gender impact assessments drawn up by her Department since June 1997, indicating in each case whether the outcome...

      Data Series

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what new data series, separated by (a) gender, (b) race, (c) disability and (d) age have been commissioned by her Department since August 1997.

      Equal Treatment

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

      Open Source Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what her policy is towards using open source software; and what percentage is used in her Department.

      Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list the public consultations undertaken by her Department since 1997, indicating for each consultation (a) if copies were available...

      Departmental Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the cost was of publishing her Department's and its predecessor's annual report for each of the past five years.

      Departmental Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) full-time equivalents were employed by her press office and (b) secondees were placed in her press office in the last five years; and if...

      Information Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much her Department spent on information literature, advertising and campaign material in financial year 2001–02; if she will list the...

  • Advocate-General

    • Overtime Payments

      To ask the Advocate-General what her policy is on overtime payments for staff in her Department.

    • Departmental Expenditure Limit

      To ask the Advocate-General how much and what proportion of the departmental expenditure limit for 2002–03 had been spent by 31 May; what the figures were for 2001–02; and if she will...

      Building Values

      To ask the Advocate-General if she will list the buildings owned by her Department and estimate the market value of each of them.

  • Education and Skills

    • Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the effect the pay and conditions of service of further education lecturers has on her strategy for raising...

    • Student Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the unit of funding was for each student in FE and HE in each of the years 1992–93 to 2001–02 as expressed at 2001–02...

      Medical Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2002, Official Report, column 674W, on medical degree places, how many students applied for medical...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total GCSE points score for (a) all pupils, (b) pupils in the upper quartile and (c) pupils in the lower quartile was in (i)...

      Information Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much her Department spent on information literature, advertising and campaign material in financial year 2001–02; if she will list...

      Youth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the EU committee for the implementation of the Community action programme concerning co-operation policy in the youth field, including...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many asylum-seeking children (a) entered and (b) left school in each Government Office region, broken down by (i) age profile and (ii)...

      Overseas Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the overseas trips on departmental business that have been undertaken in each of the last five years by officials in her...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) post offices and (b) sub-post offices closed in Scotland in each year since 1997, broken down by local authority area.

    • Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 13 June 2002, Official Report, column 1388W, on the Post Office, if she will make a statement on the level of...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures are being proposed for Post Office staff and customers to deal with (a) balance disputes, (b) lost or stolen cards and (c) lost...

      Genetic Modification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what responsibilities she holds in respect of genetic modification; how this connects with (a) DEFRA and (b) the Department of Health; and if...

      Mineworkers' Pension Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she expects to complete her review of the usage of the surpluses of the two mineworkers' pension funds.

      Farm Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she is making to the US Government on the proposed Farm Bill; and if she will make a statement.

      US Steel Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the US steel tariffs.

      Child Labour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proposals she has to control imports of goods produced by child labour.

      Russian Federation (G8 Assistance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what budget she has allocated for 2002–03 to implement the G8 agreement on assistance to the Russian Federation with nuclear security...

      Russian Federation (G8 Assistance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much financial support was granted to the Russian Federation for nuclear security and decommissioning, broken down by title of each...

      Employment Relations Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to review the Employment Relations Act 1999.

      National Business Debtline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many businesses have received advice from the National Business Debtline; if the pilot project will be extended beyond three years; and if...

      Information Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the costs were of the survey, in October 2001, to measure the success of the advertising campaign in the autumn regarding the Business...

      Information Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the costs were of the advertising campaign in autumn 2001 to promote the Business Link brand.

      Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much debt is guaranteed by the Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme; and if she will make a statement.

      Business University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made on plans to create a business university for business support.

      Venture Capital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations she has received regarding the encouragement of venture capital in the UK.

      Export Credits Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of export credit guarantees in 2001 was for environmental technology or services exports.

      Export Credits Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made towards establishing a trading fund for the Export Credits Guarantee Department.

      Industrial Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which industrial sectors within the UK she estimates have the greatest growth potential.

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list those countries which have during the last 12 months imported defence equipment from the USA which incorporates equipment...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will determine export licence application 33863 in respect of (a) an order for CHAFF and (b) a repeat order for defensive infra-red...

      E-Commerce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what steps she is taking to encourage the private sector to invest and participate in the consumer market for e-commerce services; and...

      Open Source Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her policy is towards using open source software; and what percentage is used in her Department.

      Computer Hacking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many cases of computer hacking her Department has recorded in 2002; and on how many occasions in 2002 her Department's computer systems...

      Policy Review of Fusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Government will publish the findings of the Policy Review of Fusion.

      BNFL

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the viability of BNFL's business plan of 2000.

      Uranium Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations she has received from (a) UK non-governmental organisations, (b) non-UK non-governmental organisations and (c)...

      Uranium Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent information she has received and what measures she has in place to monitor the health and safety of workers and environmental...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the Government's policy regarding unfulfilled overseas nuclear fuel contracts; and what the expected cost...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations her Department has received regarding (a) current leakage levels of technetium-99 into groundwater at Sellafield and (b)...

      Nuclear Reactor Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations her Department has received concerning nuclear reactor safety regulations reform; and if she will make a statement.

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) at what intervals reviews are conducted of the level of nuclear industry liability in respect of a nuclear accident; and when the next...

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what criteria are applied in varying the salary of the BNFL chairman.

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proposals her Department has received regarding the extension between refuelling periods for nuclear reactors.

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations her Department has received regarding the continued operation of BNFL magnox stations.

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations her Department has received concerning the adequacy of security provision in the event of (a) an accident and (b)...

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many tonnes of nuclear waste was imported and reprocessed in the UK in each year since 1997; and what the projected amount is in (a) 2002,...

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much nuclear waste was (a) generated and (b) reprocessed within the UK in each year since 1997.

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many tonnes of nuclear waste were transported by rail in the UK in each year since 1997; and what was (a) the source and (b) the...

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department has taken to (a) review and (b) increase security measures for (i) nuclear facilities and (ii) transportation of...

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations her Department has received concerning the length of time a train carrying nuclear waste may safely be left...

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what security measures are employed, and at what cost, during the transportation of nuclear waste within the UK.

      Ofgem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry under what statutory powers Ofgem operates.

      Downstream Oil Industry Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the terms of reference are of the Downstream Oil Industry Forum; who the members of the forum are; when the first meeting of the forum...

      Carbon Dioxide (Underground Sequestration)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the sites under consideration for underground sequestration of carbon dioxide.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of the United Kingdom's electrical power came from wind power in the last year for which figures are available; and what is...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many proposals to develop (a) onshore and (b) offshore wind farms her Department has received in 2002.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her Department's renewable energy supply target is for 2020.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which factors have added uncertainty to her predicted future generating costs of power from (a) wind power and (b) photovoltaic cells.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations she has received regarding the intermittency of renewable energy.

      Company Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the information that companies are required to provide her Department, indicating where these items are subsequently published.

      Ministerial Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the annual cost was of ministerial salaries in her Department in (a) 1997–98 and (b) 2001–02.

      Comprehensive Spending Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff have contributed to her Department's input to the Spending Review.

      Departmental Expenditure Limit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much and what proportion of the departmental expenditure limit for 2002–03 had been spent by 31 May; what the figures were for...

      Departmental Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost was of publishing her Department's annual report for each of the past five years.

      Entertainment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost was of the Department's 2001 staff Christmas Party; and how many people attended.

      Secondees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost was of secondees from her Department to British embassies and consulates overseas in the last 12 months.

      Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 13 June 2002, Official Report, column 1376–77W, on stationery, when the next tender process is due to take...

      Building Values

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the buildings owned by her Department and estimate the market value of each of them.

      Buildings Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost of buildings insurance to her Department was (a) before and (b) after 11 September 2001.

      RDA (Newspapers and Magazines)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money each RDA spent on newspapers and magazines over the last two years.

      Public Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2002, Official Report, column 1092W, if she will make a statement on the nature of the business...

      Written Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether her Department has a designated consultation co-ordinator in accordance with the Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Written Consultations.

      Written Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in what format her Department has published the results of its 2001 written consultations.

      Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which consultation documents published by her Department in 2001 were not made available as paper copies.

      Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many consultation documents published in 2001 in (a) electronic and (b) printed form her Department has monitored and evaluated in...

      Area-based Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list for each area-based initiative for which her Department is responsible the amount originally budgeted for in (a)...

  • Minister for Women

    • Financial Services Sector

      To ask the Minister for Women what the take-up has been of equal pay questionnaires by women within the financial services sector.

    • Returning to Work

      To ask the Minister for Women what recent bilateral discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on access to training for women returners to work.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Noise

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidelines he has sent to local authorities on the procedures for notifying those against whom complaints have been made about excessive noise prior to an...

    • Crime Reduction Directors

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been allocated to each of the 10 regional crime reduction directors.

      Retail Crime

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of each Government office in the regions' annual spending for 2001–02 was allocated to combating retail crime.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Magistrates

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many magistrates have resigned from the bench since 1 May 1997 other than for reasons of age.

    • Consultation

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will list the public consultations undertaken by her Department since 1997, indicating for each consultation (a) if copies...

      Departmental Reports

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the cost was of publishing his Department's annual report for each of the past five years.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on the review process for a freedom of information complaint.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what legislation governs individuals' freedom to request information from the Government.

      Rape

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to the answer of 9 July 2002, Official Report, column 832W, on rape, if he will place in the Library the content of the...

      Rape

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, whether the Serious Sexual Offences seminar is attended by judges (a) before and (b) after they are authorised to hear rape trials.

      Rape

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, who teaches the Serious Sexual Offences seminars to judges authorised to hear rape cases.

      Rape

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what steps he will take to ensure improved education for judges into the gender issues in rape trials.

      Rape

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) by when the Judicial Studies Board will have considered the comments made on rape trials by the HMIC/CPSI Thematic report;...

      New Cities

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) what criteria she uses to determine city status for local authorities; (2) how many new cities she expects to create in the...

      Departmental Press Office

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many (a) full-time equivalents were employed by The Lord Chancellor's press office and (b) secondees were placed in his press...

      Information Campaigns

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how much his Department spent on information literature, advertising and campaign material in financial year 2001–02; if he...

      Public Record Office

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on the nature and status of the Public Record Office projects which were to have been funded by...

      Public Record Office

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) what proportion of the testing programme for the 1901 census website has been completed; (2) whether a million users per...

      Public Record Office

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) what changes QinetiQ has made to the 1901 census website; (2) when QinetiQ started to make changes to the capacity of the...

      Public Record Office

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) if she will make the agendas and the minutes of the Public Record Office Online Services Advisory Panel available (a) in the...

      Public Record Office

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) if she will make a statement on progress with the Public Record Office's plans to digitise the 1881 and 1891 censuses; (2)...

  • Prime Minister

    • Recycling

      To ask the Prime Minister what proportion of (a) paper and (b) other goods purchased by his Office was recycled paper in each year since 1997; what the annual total cost of these purchases was;...

    • Galileo

      To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has received from the US Government regarding the proposed Galileo satellite navigation system.

      Refrigerants

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the proposed refurbishment of numbers 10 and 11 Downing street will include the (a) extension and (b) alteration of air-conditioning facilities; and if he will...

      Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Prime Minister what action he takes in ensuring that senior civil servants maintain proper standards of conduct while carrying out their duties.

      Catherine Meyer

      To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has made to the German Chancellor concerning the case of Catherine Meyer.

      Government's Annual Report

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will resume publication of the Government's Annual report.

      GP Practices

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his oral answer of 3 July 2002, Official Report, column 219, what evidence he has evaluated that a move away from single-handed general practitioner...

      Downing Street (Expenditure)

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will set out the methods by which expenditure on the fabric of (a) 10 Downing street and (b) 11 Downing street is (i) formally agreed and (ii) made publicly available.

      Johannesburg Summit

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make an assessment of the total amount of carbon emissions that will be accounted for by the attendance of the British Government delegation at the earth...

      Johannesburg Summit

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will set out the UK Government's priorities for his attendance at the World sustainability summit in Johannesburg in September; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Press Office

      To ask the Prime Minister how many (a) full time equivalents were employed by his press office and (b) secondees were placed in his press office in the last five years; and if he will make a...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will instruct the Secretary of State for Health to reply to the letter to him dated 25 April from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Miss...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefits Claimants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what format the information provided to benefits claimants regarding their choice of means to access their entitlement will be given; and if...

    • Benefits Claimants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much it will cost a benefits claimant to collect their entitlement in cash from a post office using (a) a Post Office card account, (b) a...

      Benefits Claimants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research has been compiled on the cost savings relating to the changeover of benefit payments from payment book to ACT; and if he will...

      Benefits Claimants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has made for emergency benefit payments if the system for providing benefit claims collapses; and if he will make a statement.

      Benefits Claimants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when and what information will be given to benefit claimants regarding their choice of means to gain access to their entitlement; and whether...

      Benefits Claimants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he plans to place an explanatory leaflet in post offices before the introduction of the universal bank, explaining to customers the...

      Benefits Claimants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for enabling the temporary collection of benefit payments by persons other than the benefit recipient; and if he will make a...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) Benefits Agency staff, (b) Jobcentre Plus staff and (c) council officers have been (i) disciplined, (ii) suspended, (iii)...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the average cost to a local authority of a prosecution for suspected benefit fraud in the last year for which figures are...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the baseline figure is for assessing progress in meeting his target of reducing fraud and error in housing benefit by 25 per cent. by...

      Automated Credit Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if benefit claimants who receive payments by order book and who already have a bank account will have the option under automated credit...

      Automated Credit Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress has been made on the implementation of a national call centre to deal with emergency payments following the introduction of ACT;...

      Automated Credit Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Government propose to start the advertising campaign to promote the new ACT procedures due to come into operation in April 2003; how...

      Benefit Payment Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) which Minister in his Department is responsible for monitoring the risk presented by the modernisation of payments; (2) at what level in...

      Benefit Payment Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of benefit recipients receive payments via bank or building society accounts or girocheque broken down by benefit type.

      Benefit Payment Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 26 June 2002, Official Report, column 1058W, to the hon. Member for Isle of Wight (Mr. Turner), on benefits (payment...

      Social Security Fraud Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment the Government have made of the impact of the Social Security Fraud Act 2001 on (a) the public and (b) the private rented...

      Green Minister

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions who his Department's Green Minister is; when they (a) have attended and (b) plan to attend meetings of the Green Ministers' Committee; what the...

      Disability Advice Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disability advice officers are employed by (a) the Benefits Agency and (b) the Employment Service; and how many of them are able to...

      Jobcentres (New Forest)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement about proposals to close jobcentres in the New Forest district.

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents were on Income Support in the Portsmouth, South constituency in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Offices (Gosport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether replacement offices for the present Gosport jobcentre and the Gosport Social Security office will be located within Gosport.

      Care Home Claimants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the number of children leaving local authority care homes that go on to claim social security benefits in the...

      Consultation Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has a designated consultation co-ordinator in accordance with the Cabinet Office code of practice on written consultations.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many recipients of Disability Living Allowance there are aged under 16 years broken down by local authority in Scotland; (2) how...

      Post Office Banking Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans the Government have to persuade banks which have not already done so to offer cheque clearing facilities at post offices without...

      Benefit Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many claimants had benefits sanctioned for failure to comply with a community service order in the last 12 months; what the sanction...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the CSA will reply to the letter of 28 May from the hon. Member for Walsall, North regarding a constituent, ref. 1040714323.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 19 April 2002, Official Report, column 1215W, on the Child Support Agency, what estimates he has made of the costs...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have had their driving licence withdrawn for failure to pay arrears to the Child Support Agency.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress has been made in the implementation of new computer systems in the Child Support Agency.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when quarterly statistical information on the performance of the Child Support Agency was last placed in the Library; and whether he plans to...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases have been referred to the special payments department by the CSA over the past three years; and if he will make a statement.

  • Treasury

    • Sickness Absence (Public Sector)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has succeeded in delivering on the Government's plans in Cm 4011 to reduce public sector sickness absence by 20 per cent. between 1998 and 2001;...

    • Network Rail

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library copies of the documents which have been studied by the Office for National Statistics in deciding on the classification of...

      Office for National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 8 July 2002, on the ONS, if he will place in the Library the recommendations that ONS made on each classification considered...

      Office for National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the ONS annual report and accounts for 2001–02 to be published.

      Zanu-PF

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many United Kingdom bank accounts have been frozen as a result of the EU selective sanctions against leading members of ZANU-PF; and what the value is...

      Shooting Rights

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what figures he collates relating to VAT raised from the sale of shooting rights; and if he will place them in the Library.

      Information Campaigns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on information literature, advertising and campaign material in financial year 2001–02; if he will list the campaigns...

      Press Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) full-time equivalents were employed by his press office and (b) secondees were placed in his press office in the last five years; and if he...

      Double Taxation Convention

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the draft Order in Council and schedule containing the new Double Taxation Convention between the United Kingdom and the United States of America will...

      Community Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will be publishing the statement on the 2002 Community Budget.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of the decision of the London VAT tribunal in the Kingscrest case on the implementation of free nursing care...

      Game Bird Farms

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many game farms were registered for game bird rearing in the UK; and how many initiatives there were to identify the valuation relating to game bird...

      Game Bird Farms

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many properties which were identified as operating as a game farm had not been assessed for non-domestic rates; and what proportion of those properties...

      Airport Construction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) received on the economic consequences of building new (i) airports and (ii) runways.

      Public Service Monitoring

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 2 July 2002, on public service monitoring, which targets are considered value for money targets for each Government Department;...

      Financial Advisers (VAT)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimates he has made of the amount of VAT (a) due on commission payments to independent financial advisers and (b) on commission payments to...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the 2000 Spending Review PSAs as referred to in paragraph 1.15 of Public Service Agreements 2003–06, Cm 5571, before 24 July; and...

  • Home Department

    • Street Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 11 March 2002, Official Report, column 634, on street crime, what resources are available to the Metropolitan...

    • Mobile Phone Theft and Crime Figures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of offences of (a) theft and (b) robbery relating to mobile phones in the last three years have involved both offenders...

      Crime Reduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what capital resources are made available for initiatives to change the physical arrangement of an area to reduce crime in residential...

      Speeding (Surrey)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many motorists have been caught speeding by police cameras in Surrey in each of the last five years.

      Police Reform Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the timetable is for the implementation of section 31A, part 4 of the Police Reform Bill.

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the (a) central and (b) local government contracts with Capita whose performance was reviewed by his Department prior to...

      Drug Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the impact of the use of urine samples for detection of illegal drugs on the types of drugs used by prisoners;...

      Prison Suicides

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many suicides of (a) women and (b) men occurred in prison in England in the (i) last six years and (ii) most recent year for which...

      Prison Suicides

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 26 February 2002, Official Report, column 1239W, on prison hospital suicides, if he will make a statement on the...

      Police Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many functioning police stations there were, broken down by (a) police force and (b) local authority area, in each year since 1997.

      Police Numbers (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many extra police officers have been drafted into London after the events of 11 September.

      Jurors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent research he has commissioned on (a) improper influence of jurors and (b) intimidation of jurors.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been made in south Tyneside.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he plans to publish a report on the use and effectiveness of ASBOs; (2) what evaluation of ASBOs he has carried out; and what...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether Work Permits (UK) has approved permit applications on the grounds of shortage occupations criteria when the specific skills...

      Informal Warnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to what extent informal warnings are used against people under suspicion of committing an offence.

      Life Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women are serving a life sentence in prisons in England and Wales.

      Life Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women in prisons in England and Wales are serving a life sentence for sexual offences.

      Police Vice Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police authorities in the United Kingdom have a vice unit.

      Female Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women serving a prison sentence have their children with them in prison; and how many children are living with their mother in...

      Prison Inmates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) male and (b) female prison inmates under the age of 21 years were serving a prison sentence in England and Wales on 1 July.

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what policies there are to assist people who have been trafficked into the UK; what financial support is given by the Government to promote...

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of trafficking of people for the purpose of sexual activities have been investigated by police authorities in the United...

      Prison Governors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many number one governors in prisons in England and Wales are women; and in which prisons they are in place.

      Prison Governors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women from an ethnic minority background hold the rank of prison governor in prisons in England and Wales.

      Care Home Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many letters his Department has received from (a) care home owners and (b) hon. Members with regard to delays in the vetting of care home...

      Deputy Chief Constable of Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the early retirement of the Deputy Chief Constable of Sussex.

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what he plans to do in response to the recommendations of the Joint Inspectorate Domestic report on rape; and if he will make a statement.

      Police Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has recently had with the Police Federation with regard to changing the pay and terms and conditions of police...

      Drug Rehabilitation Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been in drug rehabilitation programmes in the Portsmouth, South constituency in each of the last three years; and if he...

      Retail Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of money drawn from the Criminal Justice Reserve will be allocated to retail crime reduction.

      Derek Jack Tully

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason, in relation to the case of Derek Jack Tully, the Parole Board has imposed the parole condition of non-marital residence...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visits from local probation officers prisoners in category B prisons are expected to receive in advance of release; and how many...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisons he has visited; and when these visits took place.

      Policing (Christmas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were required to be on duty on Christmas day, as a percentage of the normal staffing levels.

      Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what format his Department has published the results of its 2001 written consultations.

      Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether consultation documents published by his Department in 2001 carried the consultation criteria as recommended in the Cabinet Office...

      Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department has a designated consultation co-ordinator in accordance with the Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Written Consultations.

      Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many consultation documents published in 2001 in (a) electronic and (b) printed form his Department has monitored and evaluated in...

      Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints his Department has received about its 2001 consultations in (a) electronic and (b) printed form.

      Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which consultation documents published by his Department in 2001 were not made available as paper copies.

      Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long his Department allowed for consultation on each consultation document it published in 2001 in (a) electronic and (b) printed form.

      Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the public consultations undertaken by his Department since 1997, indicating for each consultation (a) if copies were...

      Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what public consultations have been commenced by his Department since 1 April; and what the (a) closing date and (b) website address of each were.

      Police Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for each English police authority, how many specialist police houses have been sold in the past three years.

      Cyber-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received regarding the cyber-terrorism threat to the energy industry; and what assessment has been made of NISCC...

      Murder and Manslaughter Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people, convicted of (a) murder and (b) manslaughter who have been released from prison or other custodial institutions, have...

      Computer Hacking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of computer hacking UNIRAS has recorded in 2002; and on how many occasions in 2002 his Department's computer systems have been...

      Road Traffic Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department plans to publish its response to the road traffic penalties consultation; and if he will make a statement.

      London Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is towards the requirement for preparation of pre-sentence reports by the London Probation Service; and if he will make a...

      London Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) budget and (b) spending has been of the London Probation Service since 1994; and if he will make a statement.

      London Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the ratio is of staff to clients operated by the London Probation Service.

      London Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) sex offenders, (b) drug abusers, (c) domestic violence offenders and (d) mentally ill persons are being dealt with by the London...

      Prison and Probation Service Investigations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason the target to close 70 per cent. of prison and probation service investigations within 12 weeks was not met.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the financial position of Bull/Integris was taken into account before the standard technical environment for the Probation Service...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many computer terminals are operational within the National Probation Service in England and Wales.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the maintenance charges are for the probation STEPS contract during normal working hours; what the charge is (a) between 6.00 pm and...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason the target for the proportion of cases under Probation Service supervision where the service responds to a breach of...

      Child Protection (Sport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what meetings he has had with Ministers in other Departments with regard to (a) child protection in sport and (b) inter-agency working...

      Child Protection (Sport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the status is of (a) referees and umpires, (b) referees' assistants, (c) match officials and (d) others who receive remuneration...

      0870 Telephone Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 9 July 2002, Official Report, column 896W, if he will list the services accessed by the public for which 0870...

      Metropolitan Police Trainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many trainee Metropolitan Police officers have had their 18 weeks' training extended to allow them to repeat written and practical...

      Police (Negotiations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the timing of the publication of the conciliation details following negotiations with the Police Federation,...

      Prisoners (Feltham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many qualified teachers are employed at Feltham Young Offenders Institute on (a) full-time permanent contracts, (b) part-time permanent...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many cases involving domestic violence have been brought to court in each of the past five years; (2) how many men have been...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what consultation he intends to undertake in respect of guidance to police authorities on dealing with perpetrators of domestic...

      Press Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) full time equivalents were employed by his press office and (b) secondees were placed in his press office in the last five...

      Police Numbers (North-West)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time police officers there were in 1997 and each subsequent year in (a) Preston, (b) Blackburn, (c) the north west of England...

      Police and Crime Reduction Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the proposed transfer of money from police and crime reduction funds to research and statistics current...

      Police Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate, for each police force in England, the number of policing plan targets (a) set and (b) achieved for (i) 1999–2000,...

      Pre-Sentence Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason the target for the percentage of pre-sentence reports done within the 15-day national standard has not been met.

      Race Hate Literature

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to improve liaison between the police and the CPS regarding the prosecution of those responsible for race hate...

      Darren Cowdrey

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what investigations have taken place into the injuries suffered by Darren Cowdrey, prisoner HJ 5552, in Wandsworth prison.

      Kainos Rehabilitation Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if Kainos rehabilitation units have been closed; if he will list the closure dates of such units; and if he will make a statement.

      Wandsworth Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what use is made of (a) safety nets and (b) CCTV to reduce prisoner harm and self-harm in Wandsworth Prison.

      Voluntary Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average number of voluntary constables was in each of the past 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners (Literacy and Numeracy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of prisoners discharged from their sentence were at level 1 or below for literacy and numeracy skills in each year since 1998...

      Investigatory Branch CIB 3

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints of breaches of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 by the investigatory branch CIB 3 have been received in the last...

      Police Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the functions and compatibility of the Standards Unit and HMIC.

      Police Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to encourage former officers to rejoin the police service; and if applications from such people will be treated in...

      Crime Reduction Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list each initiative in each year since the start of the Crime Reduction Fund, indicating (a) the amount budgeted for each...

      Heathrow (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis concerning thefts and robberies at Heathrow; and if he will...

      Operation Rose

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with respect to Operation Rose in Northumbria, how many individuals were (a) suspected of child abuse and (b) arrested in connection with...

      Police Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will define working at the sharp end, as quoted in the Home Office police briefing, January 2001.

      Immigration

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his policy where family ties are claimed to the UK in third country cases.

      Public Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish the first multi-agency public protection annual report; and if he will make a statement on the publication of local area...

      Nuclear Installations (Policing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the cost of policing nuclear sites from terrorist attacks for the years (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001 and (d) 2002.

      Nuclear Installations (Policing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the costs of his proposals to create a civil nuclear constabulary.

      Retail Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 14 May 2002, Official Report, column 605W, on retail crime, if he will list for each regional crime reduction...

      Retail Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 14 May 2002, Official Report, column 605W, to the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Mr. Lepper), on retail...

      Medical Confidentiality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what priority is given to protecting medical confidentiality in combating abusive sexual relations.

  • Health

    • Contraception

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many courses of contraception and contraceptive devices have been prescribed (a) to persons over 16 and (b) to persons of each age group under 16 in...

    • NHS Trust Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what positions the (a) Chief Executive and (b) Director of Performance Management at the South Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust, criticised...

      Regional Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which of the agencies and NDPBs sponsored by his Department have a regional organisation; and if he will list the counties and unitary authorities in each...

      Hospital Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2002, Official Report, column 740W, on hospital discharges, (1) where and when the target for a reduction in the...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when his Department last reviewed guidance on hospital discharge with respect to carers' needs; and what arrangements are in place to monitor...

      Psycho-surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has undertaken into psycho- surgery in the last five years.

      Consultant Psychiatrists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the vacancy rate was for consultant psychiatrists in (a) England and (b) each region in each of the last six years.

      Overseas Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases have been referred from the health authorities in Kent for operations abroad in the last 12 months; and of those completed (a) what...

      Overseas Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the total cost to date has been of treating NHS patients abroad under contract; (2) what assessment he has made of the complication rates...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Health Ministers of the devolved Administrations on the use of PFI and PPP in the health service.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many elderly care homes were (a) publicly and (b) privately funded in the last five years, broken down by region.

      London Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was allocated to assist the provision of community mental health services by London health authorities in (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002;...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) under what circumstances the moment (a) when an employee is confirmed in post, (b) when a provisional offer of a job is given and (c) any offer of...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who has responsibility for (a) co-ordinating the international recruitment efforts throughout England's eight regions, (b) ensuring consistent standards...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to his answer of 4 February 2002, Official Report, column 781W, on international recruitment, how many international nurse recruitment...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many international recruitment co-ordinators there are in each NHS region; and what their budget is for (a) 2000–01, (b) 2002–03 and (c)...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the performance of the Director for International Recruitment in 2001–02.

      NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency will publish their annual report and accounts.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list those mental health trusts which have (a) expanded and (b) reduced the numbers of physiotherapists in the last 12 months.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received regarding the role of physiotherapy in the treatment and rehabilitation of mental health patients; and if he will...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many physiotherapists are employed in mental health trusts in each strategic health authority.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions the Mental Health Care Group Workforce team has had regarding the role of physiotherapy in the treatment of mental health patients...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the planned closure of the specialist mental health physiotherapy team at Oxleas NHS Trust accords with the Government's national health service...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the evidence base for the value of physiotherapy in the treatment of mental health patients.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether PFI contracts for mental health service schemes valued over £1 million have been signed since 13 February.

      Gulf War Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients claim to have Gulf War Syndrome; and what funds are available in 2002–03 for research into its cause and cure.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the correspondence from the right hon. Member for Berwick upon Tweed dated 11 February and 18 April, with regard to the implications...

      Sausage Casings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Food Standards Agency complied with its obligation to consult those directly affected in the case of its proposed ban on sheep intestine on...

  • House of Lords

    • Algeria

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether human rights issues were raised with the Algerian authorities by the European Union mission during their recent visit to Algeria and whether the mission...

    • Iceland: Visit by Chinese President

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any British citizens or residents were prevented from flying to Iceland by Chinese government action during the recent visit of the President of China to...

      Hong Kong

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that the action of police in Hong Kong in March and April, when they arrested and charged 16 Swiss and local practitioners of Falun Gong,...

      Iran

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What specific steps they and the European Union have taken in the past year to counter the use of capital punishment, torture and other means of repression in Iran.

      Wilton Park

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the Wilton Park Executive Agency performed against the targets agreed for 2001–02; and what are the agreed targets for the current financial year.

      Diplomatic Immunity: Serious Offences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many serious offences were committed in 2001 by persons entitled to immunity by virtue of their employment by Diplomatic Missions or an international...

      Home Security Industry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What regulation is in place for the home security industry providing fire alarm, burglar alarm and similar services to the residential market.

      Mental Health Bill, Clause 6 (4)

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their best estimates, based on what evidence, of the numbers of people who would fall within Clause 6 (4) of their draft Mental Health Bill (a) in total,...

      Firearm Certificates: Gwent and Hampshire

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In each of the last three years, what was the average time taken to process (a) shotgun and (b) firearm certificate applications, renewals and variations in the...

      Criminal Cases: Prosecution Disclosure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What hitherto has been the attitude of the criminal courts to the subsequent discovery of "human error" affecting full disclosure in criminal cases.

      Abnormal Loads on Motorways

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What further progress has been made regarding the self-escorting of abnormal loads on motorways and linked dual carriageways since the House of Lords debated the...

      Bus Drivers: Use of Mobile Phones

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is any offence committed on which the police can take action when a bus full of passengers is driven safely down Oxford Street with the bus driver...

      MAPPA Annual Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to publish the first multi-agency public protection annual report.

      Government Departments: Data Series for Anti-discrimination Purposes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of the Home Office, the Department for Education and Skills, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department for Culture, Media...

      Sexual Exploitation of Women

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each of the last five years, what sum has been recovered by way of confiscation for those prosecuted for involvement in the sexual exploitation of women.

      Sangatte

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the reasons for not taking up the offer by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to help resolve the problems arising from the presence of...

      Afghanistan: Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the conditions in Afghanistan that have led them to the conclusion that it is now safe to return asylum seekers to that country.

      Asylum Seekers: Third Country Cases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What their policy is where family ties are claimed to the UK in third country cases.

      Government Agencies: Requirement for Original Documentation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which government agencies require the submission of originals of passports, driving licences or birth certificates with applications for official documents.

      House of Lords Reform: Creation of Life Peers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that any new Life Peers should be created pending the report of the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform and decisions on phase two...

      Investment in Industry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House the evidence in support of the statement of Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 11 July (HL Deb, column 830) that...

      Heavily Indebted Poor Countries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which of the world's heavily indebted poor countries have had their debts written off; how much of the total debt has so far been cancelled; and what further...

      Civil Defence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the proposed civil defence organisation will commence; and in which locations it will operate.

      Kosovo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will seek to ensure that the United Nations Mission in Kosovo and KFOR and their personnel are required by law to comply with the international human...

      Retirement Age

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to introduce legislation to replace compulsory retirement ages with more flexible arrangements; and, if not, why not.

      Broadband: Lane Rental

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they conducted any research or consultation as to the impact of there ''lane rental'' policy on the installation cost and take up of broadband; and whether...

      Nuclear Facilities: Security Checks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is a backlog of security checks at nuclear facilities in the United Kingdom; and if so, what are the reasons.

      Home Improvement Sector: Quality Mark Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in developing the quality mark scheme designed to eliminate "cowboy" builders in the domestic home improvement sector.

      Veterinary Medicines Directorate Targets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What targets they have set the Veterinary Medicines Directorate for 2002–03.

      Central Science Laboratory Targets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What targets they have set the Central Science Laboratory for 2002–03.

      Serious Fraud Office Annual Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Director of the Serious Fraud Office will publish her annual report.

      Law Officer's Review of the Year

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Law Officers will publish their Review of the year.

      Housing Benefit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they accept the findings of the Audit Commission's report Housing Benefit—the National Perspective in relation to the need to simplify the housing...

      Stakeholder Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What £1,000 in a stakeholder pension invested in a "tracker fund" when the scheme was introduced is now worth.

      Warrington: Pensioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) how many pensioners in Warrington are on the minimum income guarantee; (b) how many pensioner households in Warrington receive the winter fuel allowance; (c)...

      School Exclusions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are monitoring, by collecting statistics: (a) the use of "managed moves" as referred to in paragraph 5.6 of the Department for Education and Skills...

      School Children: Ofsted Consultation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have received on improving the emotional well-being of school children in response to their consultation on Ofsted's framework Inspecting...

      People with Learning Disabilities: Older Carers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to the report The Housing Time Bomb, recently published by MENCAP, on the difficulties faced by people with a learning...

      East Kent NHS Trust: Consultant Cardiologists

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the establishment of consultant cardiologists in the East Kent National Health Service Trust; and how many full-time and how many part-time consultants are...

      Disability Equipment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken to ensure that money they intended for disability equipment is going to equipment services; and What discussions they have held with the...

      Asylum Seekers: Healthcare

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Beverley Hughes MP on 1 July (HC Deb 188W), whether rural encampments of asylum seekers, who "have access to NHS care in the same...

      Early Abortion Procedures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to extend the pilot scheme, whereby the abortion pill RU 486 will be made available from selected family planning centres, to family planning...

      NHS: EU Procurement Rules

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the National Health Service will comply with European Community procurement rules when contracts to deliver patient care in England are entered into with...

      Community Equipment Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they accept the opinion of the Audit Commission in its report Fully Equipped 2002 that "for the most part, equipment services remain in a parlous state"...

      NHS Bodies: Key Financial Duties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the management information held by the Department of Health in respect of the performance of individual National Health Service bodies...

      Voluntary Hospices: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What increases in funding for voluntary hospices have been made in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and what further increases are...

      NHS Estate

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will detail, borough by borough, the land and property belonging to the Department of Health, or any National Health Service trust, that has been sold...

      Shipman Inquiry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the first report on the Shipman inquiry.

      NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency Annual Report and Accounts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency will publish its annual report and accounts.

      Appointment of Archbishop of Canterbury

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they would support the choice of Archbishop of Canterbury being made by the Church of England without the intervention of the Prime Minister of the day;...

      Appointment of Archbishop of Canterbury

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What political and religious criteria are used by the Prime Minister in deciding how to advise Her Majesty about the appointment of a new Archbishop of Canterbury.

      Afghanistan: Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations the Prime Minister has received from Right 2 Vote Limited regarding the repatriation of Afghan refugees to Afghanistan; on what date any...

      Questions for Written Answer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the problems were that resulted in the noble Lord, Lord Lipsey, having received no Answer to his Question for Written Answer which was put down on 14 January...

      Questions for Written Answer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the dates of correspondence, emails and telephone calls which have been made between parliamentary and government officials, including the titles of those...

      Northern Ireland: Illegal Guns

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many illegal guns have been captured in Northern Ireland in each of the last seven years.

      Northern Ireland Parades Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the Northern Ireland Parades Commission has cost the United Kingdom taxpayer since creation.

      Cabinet Office: Assets of Cultural Significance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 10 June (WA16), by what criteria the Cabinet Office distinguishes "antique furniture" from the furniture...

      Business Appointments Advisory Committee

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received the fifth report of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, who are the members of the committee, and whether they will make a...

      Transport Infrastructure Projects: European Investment Bank Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to improve the United Kingdom's disproportionately low share of the European Investment Bank's overall funding of transport infrastructure.

      Goods Vehicles: Community Authorisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How quickly and by what means United Kingdom enforcement authorities can determine whether a goods vehicle, ostensibly registered in another European Union state,...

      Goods Vehicles: Community Authorisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How quickly and by what means United Kingdom enforcement authorities can determine whether a vehicle, ostensibly registered in another European Union state, is in...

      London Underground: Air Conditioning

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 18 July 2001 (WA130), what is the progress of the review on air conditioning on the London...

      Road Congestion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they intend to achieve the outputs from the public service agreement announced on 15 July in respect of reducing road congestion on interurban trunk roads and...

      Railways: Public Service Agreement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of the intention in page 9 of the public service agreement announced on 15 July to "secure improvement in rail punctuality and reliability with a 50 per...

      Network Rail: Contingent Liabilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their proposals to incur contingent liabilities in respect of Network Rail, as set out in the minutes laid before Parliament on 27 June.

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