Written answers

Thursday, 19 September 2002

  • Home Department

    • Pfi/PPP

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the difference was between the price offered in reaching preferred bidder stage and the final contract price for PPP contracts let by...

    • Pfi/PPP

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the difference was between the price offered in reaching preferred bidder stage and the final contract price for PPP contracts let by...

      Anglo-Italian Meetings

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

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter of 15 May from the hon. Member for Manchester, Central, regarding Mr. G S, Ref 14130/02.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter to him of 27 May from the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire, regarding Mr. Peter Elliott, a constituent.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 21 January.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter to him dated 20 June from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Faia Ali Bafadhel.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter to him dated 22 April from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Pat McGuinness.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter to him dated 30 April from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs. Sumerra Riaz.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter to him dated 10 June from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Elma Gzoub.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter to him dated 7 June from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Dave Burley.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter to him dated 10 June from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Tikka Singh and...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter to him dated 10 June from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Saran Singh Taal.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter to him dated 29 May from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs. A. Bibi.

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average waiting time is for acknowledgement of a passport when handed over the counter in Croydon.

      Border Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions have taken place on (a) common border controls for the EU and (b) action against the clandestine transportation of...

      Operation Street Cred

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of Operation Street Cred in the Wirral.

      Police Identification Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time is for fingerprint evidence to be processed in (a) England and Wales and (b) Thames Valley Police in each year since 1997.

      Police Identification Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on Identikit support in each police authority area in each year since 1997.

      Internet Sites (Paedophilia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking about UK internet sites used as an incitement to paedophilia.

      Youth Offending Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the population of the potential client group for each local authority with youth offending teams has been; how many offences have...

      Youth Offending Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will meet representatives of the Welsh Assembly Government, local authorities with youth offending teams in England and Wales, and the...

      Deaths In Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deaths in custody there were in each of the last 10 years broken down by prison service region, indicating (a) where these were...

      Offenders (Clinical Audits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the institutions being (a) built and (b) extended to deal with offenders; and whether these will be equipped with the...

      Mobile Telephone Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of robberies recorded by the police in each of the 10 robbery hotspots involved the theft of a mobile phone in the latest...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) adult males, (b) women and (c) juveniles were remanded into Prison Service custody in each of the last 12 months for which...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish for each prison the results achieved by the Prison Service on each of its key performance indicators during 2001–02.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost of providing (a) cash-only support and (b) full support was per asylum seeker in the last 12 months; and if he will...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the extra cost of providing full support to those asylum seekers currently receiving cash-only support; and if...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have been detected through the matching of fingerprints as having made two or more applications for asylum in each year...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of failed asylum seekers were removed in the last year for which figures are available; and what the benchmark is against...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers previously placed in Yarl's Wood detention centre are now detained in Her Majesty's prisons; and if he will make a...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers were dispersed to Glasgow in 2001; and how many applications for asylum since 1997 have been (a) granted and (b) refused.

      Immigration Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigration cases are awaiting allocation to a case worker following receipt of application documents; for how many years the...

      Emergency Services (Deaths)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deaths resulted from the failure of police and fire services to arrive at their destinations (a) on the day of the recent London...

      Freemasons (Police)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on Freemasons in the police force.

      Freemasons (Police)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officers in (a) the Metropolitan Police, (b) Leicestershire Police and (c) Nottinghamshire Police have declared themselves to be...

      Foreign Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign students have received visas to enter the UK to work as seasonal workers in agriculture in each of the last five years,...

      Foreign Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what regulations are in force relating to (a) the employment of foreign students as seasonal workers in agriculture, (b) the standards...

      Silverlands, Chertsey

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements are in place to recover his Department's investment in the refurbishment of Silverlands, near Chertsey, from the Department...

      West Midlands Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money has been given to the West Midlands Police Service by his Department in each of the last eight years.

      Non-Lethal Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the non-lethal weapons approved for use by police forces.

      Dr. Ali Dizaei

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will (a) estimate the cost of the investigation and (b) list the original reasons for the investigation given to the media, into Dr....

      Retail Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the correlation between (a) retail crime and street crime and (b) retail crime and drug abuse.

      Retail Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he is taking to address the problem of violence against shop staff.

      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, to the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Mr....

      Retail Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what study has been made of the link between alcohol and drug-related violent crime against retail staff.

      Emergency Services (Refits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps are being taken to ensure that all vehicles and control rooms are refitted by 2004–05 in the (a) police forces and (b)...

      Police Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many assaults on police officers there were, and what percentage were in each police authority, in 2000–01.

      Police Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of claims by police officers of adverse effects on their health since the installation of the new...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the laid down period for the Criminal Records Bureau to process an application for a disclosure; how long it is taking to process...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money is owed within the Criminal Records Bureau; and (a) by and (b) to whom it is owed.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time between receipt of a communication by the Criminal Records Bureau and an answer being sent has been in the last year.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps he has taken to improve the performance of the Criminal Records Bureau.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the costs to voluntary organisations of becoming registered bodies with the Criminal Records Bureau due to...

      EU Committees (Scottish Executive Representation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the EU Committee for the European Refugee Fund (ERF) is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have...

      Christopher Alder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set up a public inquiry into the events surrounding the death of Christopher Alder in police custody in 1998 and subsequent...

      Christopher Alder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action his Department has taken following the killing of Mr. Christopher Alder in Hull Police Station; what representations have been...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in London broken down by (a) London borough and (b) London constituency; and if she...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate has been made of the success of antisocial behaviour orders in cutting (a) vandalism, (b) crime, (c) nuisance behaviour and (d)...

      Police Telephone Response

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average waiting time is for a telephone call to a local police station which is answered by the central answering service for Avon...

      Detection Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police authorities have the (a) highest and (b) lowest detection rates in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Weekend Imprisonment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the use of weekend imprisonment in other countries.

      Chief Inspectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on pay and responsibilities for the rank of chief inspector within the police service.

      Police Ranks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) sergeants, (b) inspectors and (c) chief inspectors there were in March 2000; and how many he estimates there will be in Spring 2003.

      Police Custody Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 12 July 2002, Official Report, column 1248W, how many of the deaths resulted in (a) an internal inquiry, (b) an...

      Commercial Poppy Growing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what purpose commercial poppy growing has been licensed in Hampshire; and if he will make a statement.

      Criminal Justice and Court Services Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many parents have been imprisoned as a result of their children's truancy under the provisions of the Criminal Justice and Court Services...

      Mahmoud Abu Rideh

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he will take following the statement of Mr. Justice Collins at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission regarding the condition...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of the public service agreements of his Department set out in the document "Public Services for the Future 1998"...

      Accommodation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what child welfare frameworks and inspection regimes will apply to accommodation centres under the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill;...

      Accommodation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 3 July, on accommodation centres, when (a) he and (b) representatives of his Department have discussed the use of...

      Dublin Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the EU Committee on the system for comparison of fingerprints for the effective application of the Dublin Convention (Eurodac) is next...

      Paedophilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people were (a) reported for and (b) convicted of offences related to paedophilia and how many of the latter were repeat...

      Marsham Street

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which consultant is advising on his new Department's building in Marsham Street; and for what reasons this consultant is tendering for...

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what schemes his Department (a) has in place and (b) plans to put in place to assist refugees living in Scotland find employment.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many British passports have been issued to individuals previously citizens of the overseas territories broken down by (a) territory, (b)...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information will be held on the proposed passport card.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the number of fraudulent UK passports in existence and circulation.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what examples of passport cards in other jurisdictions he studied in his proposals for a passport card.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the US Government regarding the acceptability of his proposed passport card as a replacement for the...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the (a) European Union and (b) international standards with which a passport card must comply.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if a person may countersign a passport application if they themselves do not possess a passport.

      Volunteers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether volunteers are entitled to receive criminal records checks free of charge; and what assessment has been made of the charges made by...

      Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assistance and advice his Department provides to charities having difficulty obtaining public liability insurance after 11 September 2001.

      Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action is being taken to (a) monitor and (b) arrest and convict those involved in (i) distributing anti-semitic material and (ii)...

      Charitable Status

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list those organisations which have had charitable status withdrawn since June 2001, stating the reasons in each case.

      Police Numbers (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on recent levels of crime in areas where police have been taken away to deal with security in London.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set out for each Civil Service grade within his Department the (a) total number of staff employed and (b) the number aged (i) 16...

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the names of staff who have been seconded to his department from the private sector since May 1997, indicating (a) the names...

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of staff were employed by his Department on secondment from non-govenmental organisations in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001.

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of staff were employed by his Department on secondment from the private sector in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001.

      Union Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to answer the question of 13 February from the hon. Member for Buckingham regarding staff involvement in union duties.

      Regional Organisation

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

      Asylum Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if asylum-seeking families with dependent children may have their support removed if they (a) refuse the offer of a place in an accommodation...

      Entertainment Costs

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

      Court Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many courts he has visited since 7 June 2001.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of (a) paper and (b) other goods purchased by his Department was recycled paper in each year since 1997; what the annual...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of waste produced in his Department was (a) recycled, (b) composted and (c) re-used, broken down into (i) paper, (ii)...

      Oral Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many oral questions he has transferred to other departments in each of the last 18 months.

      Violent Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the rate of violent crime was in each Government office region at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Capital Modernisation Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide a breakdown by spending heading of the capital modernisation grant for 2001–02.

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans there are to lower the statutory age at which a person can be prosecuted for rape.

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the Government's methodology for recording crime statistics; and when this methodology was last changed.

      CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms are used for monitoring the usefulness and effectiveness of CCTV programmes.

      Attendance Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on the reform of attendance centres; (2) what plans he has to change responsibility for (a) junior and (b)...

      Overstayers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 15 July 2002, Official Report, column 88W, on overstayers, what steps he plans to take to increase the rate of...

      Parliamentary Answers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) for how long he retains documents referred to in Parliamentary Answers on his Department's website; (2) whether it is his policy to...

      Sangatte Refugee Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the arrangements made with the French Interior Minister for the closure of the Sangatte Red Cross refugee centre include, and if future...

      Travel Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what measures the UK Government are taking to encourage the recognition of (a) the Convention travel document issued to refugees and...

      Police (Ethnic Minority Gender Targets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the advantages and disadvantages of introducing ethnic minority gender targets for the police.

      Crime (Buckingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of crime prevention partnerships in reducing crime in the Buckingham constituency.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will establish a process to ensure that (a) criminal justice agencies, (b) social services departments and (c) others can learn the...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which voluntary organisations he has consulted on his policy on domestic violence; and when he last met representatives from Refuge to...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement regarding the minimum level of police cover allowed when overtime is managed down.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by how much the amount of premium pay for overtime and roster rest day working will be reduced; and what this figure is in cash terms.

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people who were detained at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre at the time of the fire on 14 February have since been removed from...

      Harmondsworth Retention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) suicides and (b) attempted suicides there have been at the Immigration Holding Centre at Harmondsworth in each of the last five...

      Anti-Semitic Attacks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will collect statistics on the numbers of anti-semitic attacks.

      Street Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the reasons underlying the recent increase in street crime in England.

      Street Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many mobile telephone thefts there were, broken down by police force area, in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Street Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the proportion of street robberies that involved mobile telephone theft in the last 12 months; and if he will...

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the reasons for the change in crime levels in Avon and Somerset over the past 12 months; and if he will make a...

      Departmental Police (Bristol, East)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Bristol, East constituency, the effects on Bristol...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the programme of exchange, training and co-operation between law...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer the question from the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South of 17 April, reference number 51632, on guidelines on sex abuse...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer the question from the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South of 22 May, ref. 58561, on police officers in Portsmouth; and if...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer the written question from the hon. Member for Chichester, tabled on 22 May, on the official travel of departmental and...

      Entitlement Identity Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will define the rigorous procedures to check (a) access to information and (b) protection from unauthorised access referred to in...

      Drugs Possession

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) arrested and (b) charged with possession of Class (i) A, (ii) B and (iii) C drugs in the West Somerset Division of...

      Drug Dealing (Lambeth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests have been made in Lambeth for (a) dealing in cannabis and (b) dealing in class A drugs in each of the last 12 months for...

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to improve the service for people who attempt to use the Immigration and Nationality Directorate hotline.

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many registered letters have been lost when sent out from the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in Croydon in the last 12 months.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the ethical guidelines that will be followed in respect of co-operation with EU National Anti-Terrorist...

      Child Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts regarding tackling the distribution of child pornography on a European-wide...

      Child Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been convicted of producing and possessing child pornography in the last year for which figures are available.

      Child Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures have been taken since 1997 to prevent the distribution of child pornography.

      Child Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officers work in the UK special paedophile unit; what their annual budget is; and what plans he has to increase staff and resources.

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the EU Committee for implementation of the action programme to tackle discrimination is next due to meet; whether representatives of the...

      Public Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of whether the PSA target to reduce the level of disorder will be met by March.

      Ethnic Minorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the ethnic groups enjoying separate monitoring; and if he will estimate the size of each such group.

      Narcotics and Psychotropics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the EU Committee for the application of the rules on the manufacture and placing on the market of certain substances used in the illicit...

      Faith Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list projects involving faith communities which are supported by his Department.

      Ecstasy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether seized ecstasy tablets are tested to see whether they are cut with other illegal drugs.

      Criminal Justice and Police Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to amend the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 with regard to the powers of the police to confiscate alcohol in sealed...

      Drug-related Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of (a) the number of (i) crimes and (ii) violent crimes committed per annum in the UK to finance the purchase of...

      Speeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers were fined and how much was paid in fines for speeding in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in (i) 2000 and...

      Operation Landmark

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on Operation Landmark and what resources are being put into it.

      Police Stations (Telephone Response)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average answering time is for someone ringing a police station directly in (a) Surrey, (b) England and (c) Wales.

      Asylum Seekers (Afghanistan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers from Afghanistan have been repatriated in each of the last 12 months.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money is owed within the probation service; and (a) by and (b) to whom it is owed.

      Throckmorton Accumulation Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the health and environmental implications of locating (a) pregnant and (b) other asylum seekers at...

      Child-related Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what strategy he has to ensure that all people who work with children have the necessary skills and experience to do the job.

      Financial Services Sector

      To ask the Minister for Women how many fair pay champions have been nominated to spread best practice in the financial services sector.

      Financial Services Sector

      To ask the Minister for Women how many financial sector employers in the (a) public and (b) private sector have carried out pay reviews with a view to ensuring equal pay since 2000.

      Revolution

      To ask the Minister for Women when the EU Committee for the action programme to promote gender equality is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General (1) what weaknesses have been identified in the CPS complaints handling procedure; what has been done to address the weaknesses; and what performance evaluations...

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she records correspondence and complaints primarily by the name of the sender; how complaints from the public have influenced the processes employed by the CPS,...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General what inquiries are being held by the CPS concerning the measures needed to enable vulnerable or intimidated witnesses to give their best evidence.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General which CPS areas have not reduced the time taken from arrest to sentence of persistent young offenders from 142 to 71 days; and what action has been taken by each...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General what training CPS staff have received in achieving Best Evidence guidance on preparing for and conducting interviews with vulnerable and intimidated witnesses; and...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General how each area has responded to the CPS action plan on diversity; and how this response addressed the issues raised in the report by Sylvia Denman and the Commission...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General what assessment she has made of the impact of training programmes on the (a) efficiency and (b) effectiveness of each CPS region.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will make a statement on the work of each CPS region in relation to the conduct of prosecutions and on the related assessments made.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General what nature of training is provided for Crown prosecutors with respect to the code for Crown prosecutors; and what assessment has been carried out on the...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General what assessment she has made of how the most qualified lawyers in the CPS have spent their time since the production of Sir Iain Glidewell's report in June 1998.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General what assessment she has carried out of (a) the quality and (b) the timeliness of production of the case files received from the police within each CPS region for (i)...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General what her estimate is of the proportion of CPS cases resulting in a non-jury acquittal in the Crown Court which are attributable to failures in the review process in...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General what estimate she has made of the proportion of Crown Prosecution Service cases dismissed on a submission of no case to answer which are attributable to failures in...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General what recent assessment has been made of the adequacy of the resources available to the Crown Prosecution Service; and what steps are being taken to increase Crown...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General as a percentage of staff employed within each CPS area and region, how many are crown prosecutors; and how many crown prosecutors within each region secured...

      Director of Public Prosecutions

      To ask the Solicitor-General when she last met the DPP; and if she will make a statement.

      Public Engagements

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many public engagements she has undertaken since 7 June.

      Departmental Waste

      To ask the Solicitor-General what proportion of waste produced in her Department was (a) recycled, (b) composted and (c) re-used, broken down into (i) paper, (ii) plastics, (iii) aluminium cans...

      Youth Justice

      To ask the Solicitor-General when she next expects to meet the CPS to discuss youth justice.

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Solicitor-General what her estimate is of the average length of time between transfer/committal and verdict for the Serious Fraud Office in each year since 1997–98; and if she...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases were handled by the Serious Fraud Office in each year since 1998–99; and if she will make a statement.

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the average time was from accepting a case to completing investigations for the Serious Fraud Office in each year since 1997–98.

      Manslaughter (Doctors)

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many prosecutions for manslaughter have been brought against doctors since 1974; and how many of them have been acquitted by the jury, and at what cost to public...

      Trial Outcomes

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many trials there were in which an offender was brought to justice in each of the last five years.

      Court Evidence

      To ask the Solicitor-General what rules of (a) procedure and (b) evidence may prevent a prosecution witness giving evidence of (i) the appearances of a defendant whom that witness has seen at the...

      Casework Review

      To ask the Solicitor-General when the thematic review of all aspects of casework having a minority ethnic dimension was published; and if this thematic review included the London area.

      Law Enforcement Agencies

      To ask the Solicitor-General what statutory law enforcement agencies and prosecuting authorities there are within the responsibility of her Department; and what complaints procedure is available...

      Advertising Campaigns

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much was spent on press and advertising campaigns in 2001–02; and what the planned expenditure is for 2002–03.

      Female Staff

      To ask the Solicitor-General what percentage of the staff of her Department are women; and what the percentage was in June 1997.

      Recyling

      To ask the Solicitor-General what proportion of (a) paper and (b) other goods purchased by her Department was recycled paper in each year since 1997; what the annual total cost of these purchases...

  • Education and Skills

    • GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of pupils achieving five or more A*–C grades at GCSE in the last year for which figures are available included an...

    • Key Stage 2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the percentage point gap is between the 2001 Key Stage 2 results separately and the statutory EDP targets for (a) English and (b) maths...

      Castle Award

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if her Department has applied for a Castle award for equal pay.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the extent to which the extra money that she provided for new pay arrangements in the further education...

      Female Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of the staff of her Department are women; and what the percentage was in June 1997.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much each local education authority spent last year on children with special educational needs; and how much of this was spent on...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Key Stage 1 classes in the maintained sector have more than 30 pupils as a result of a statement of special educational needs...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children of school age are attending specialist schools in the London Borough of Wandsworth.

      Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average absentee rate was for schools in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001.

      Departmental Report

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

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent monitoring she has undertaken of the nutritional content of school meals.

      Healthy Eating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what encouragement she provides to head teachers to ensure healthy eating patterns are developed in school canteens.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what extra funding, in addition to the education standard spending assessment, has been provided (a) directly to schools and (b) to local...

      Grammar Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her oral statement of 16 July 2002, if successful grammar schools will be eligible to take over failing schools under the...

      Demountable Classrooms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much additional funding is to be allocated to Essex County Council to replace demountable classrooms in the Colchester constituency with...

      Citizenship Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if the Citizenship Curriculum will include (a) knowledge of the flags and patron saints of the countries of the United Kingdom and (b)...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many registered (a) town planners, (b) landscape designers, (c) chartered surveyors and (d) architects work in her Department.

      Music Lessons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment has been made of access to free music lessons by school pupils from low-income families in North-West Leicestershire;...

      Public Consultations

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

      School Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether she plans to make sport in schools part of the everyday curriculum.

      Capital Investment (Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the level of capital investment is for 2003–04 to 2005–06 following the comprehensive spending review for (a) new or...

      SEN Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans her Department has to introduce a star rating system to award (a) local education authorities, (b) schools and (c) colleges who...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) dates, (b) location and (c) sources were of attributable (i) articles, interviews or contributions for the media, books or...

      St. Thomas's Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she has been consulted about the proposal by King's College London to sell the land known as Block 9 at St. Thomas's Hospital.

      Education (St. Helens)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) fixed-term exclusions and (b) permanent exclusions there were from (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools and (c) special...

      Education (St. Helens)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many students started (a) higher education courses and (b) further education courses in (i) Merseyside, (ii) the North West and...

      Education (St. Helens)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) administrative support staff to pupil ratio and (b) classroom assistance to pupil ratio was in (i) primary schools and (ii)...

      Education (St. Helens)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the truancy rates were in (a) St Helens, (b) Merseyside, (c) the North West and (d) England in (i) primary schools and (ii) secondary...

      Education (St. Helens)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the pupil/teacher ratio was in (a) nursery schools, (b) primary schools and (c) secondary schools in (i) St Helens, (ii) Merseyside,...

      University Top-up Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations she has received about university top-up fees.

      Physical Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the research used to provide the figures for the new joint Public Service Agreement with the Department for...

      Students (Taunton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of full-time students stayed in education in the Taunton constituency after the age of (a) 16 and (b) 18 years in (i) 1997...

      Exam Preparation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the recommended amount of preparation time is for year 5 pupils taking SATs exams.

      Exam Preparation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many hours (a) AS level, (b) A level and (c) GCSE students spend on average in (i) exams and (ii) mock exams.

      Exam Preparation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the recommended amount of preparation time is for Key Stage (a) 1, (b) 2 and (c) 3 SATs exams.

      Exam Preparation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much time (a) Key Stage 1 SATs exams, (b) Key Stage 2 SATs exams and (c) Key Stage 3 SATs exams take on average (i) per pupil and (ii)...

      Science And Discovery Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to assist the funding of science and discovery centres; and if she will make a statement.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of children were in receipt of free school meals in each year from 1996–1997 to 2001–02 in (a) foundation, (b)...

      Secondary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils were not allocated the secondary school of their first, second and third preference in the last three years; and if she will...

      Secondary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils who wanted co-educational secondary education were put in single sex schools in the last three years; and if she will make a...

      Special Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average time spent in special measures by English (a) secondary and (b) primary schools has been in the last five years.

      Special Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average change in annual revenue budget was for an English (a) secondary and (b) primary school placed in special measures over the...

      Special Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many English (a) secondary and (b) primary schools have been put into special measures in each of the last five years.

      Ethnic Ratios (Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the ethnic ratio is for schools in the Taunton constituency; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the activities pursued by her Department that have had a particular impact on Somerset since 7 June 2001.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent evidence she has evaluated on the improvements in educational results to be realised through (a) marginal reductions in average...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average class size is, ranked according to local education authority, at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children were excluded from school in each of the London borough education authorities as of 1 June. (65048) Question number...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children aged five, six, and seven were in infant classes of over 30 on (a) 1 May 1997, (b) 31 December 1998, (c) September 2001,...

      School Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the change has been in the number of (a) unauthorised absences and (b) exclusions in schools since 1998.

      Faith Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list projects involving faith communities which are supported by her Department.

      Autistic Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to reduce the number of exclusions from school of autistic children; how she plans to support autistic children in Autism...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to (a) help schools promote mental health and (b) support teachers and pupils in dealing with mental health problems.

      Scottish Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many formal and official inter-ministerial meetings her Department has held with the Scottish Executive since May 1999, broken down by...

      Secondary Schools, Taunton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many vacancies, unfilled with permanent staff, in secondary schools there are in the Taunton constituency; and how many there were in 1997.

      Better Public Buildings Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will name the projects the departmental Design Champion has sponsored as part of the Better Public Buildings initiative; and if she...

      Asylum Seekers (Nottingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children from families of asylum seekers are in Nottingham schools; what additional funding has gone to schools in Nottingham to...

      Pupil Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will commission independent research to establish the gap in the level of funding per pupil between school sixth forms and colleges...

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action is being taken to ensure that the national child care strategy is able to offer affordable places to all children whose parents...

      Learn Direct Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people have enrolled on learndirect plus in Portsmouth South constituency since it began; how many courses are provided in...

      Job Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many jobs under the remit of her Department in (a) the core department, (b) non-departmental public bodies, (c) executive agencies and...

      Area-Based Initiatives

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

      Learning And Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list in respect of each programme transferred to the Learning and Skills Council (a) the agency, or agencies, previously...

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the work of the Children and Young People's Unit; and what work it has done since November 2001 relating to...

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will take measures to oblige school governing bodies to give children who are the victims of alleged grossly inappropriately sexual...

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will issue guidelines to school governing bodies and local education authorities clarifying at what point grossly inappropriately...

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will instruct school governing bodies to which allegations of grossly inappropriately sexual behaviour or indecent assault have been...

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will take measures to ensure that school governors receive instruction on the handling of allegations of grossly inappropriately...

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will amend Circular 10/99 to provide greater protection for child-victims.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Accessible Communications Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure that OFCOM takes into account the rights and needs of disabled consumers and reflects best practice...

    • BBC (Fair Trading)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who takes responsibility for the enforcement of the BBCs fair trading commitment.

      BBC (Fair Trading)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received concerning the future enforcement by Ofcom of the BBC fair trading commitment,

      Princess of Wales (Memorial)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) when she will make a decision on the memorial fountain to Diana Princess of Wales; when work on the memorial fountain will...

      Area-Based Initiatives

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

      Press Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) dates, (b) location and (c) sources were of attributable (i) articles, interviews or contributions for the media, books or...

      BBC Digital Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the BBC's expenditure on digital services.

      Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the projected amount of World Class Performance funding to be distributed by (a) UK Sport and (b) Sport England in (i)...

      Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport the amount of World Class Performance funding to be distributed by (a) UK Sport and (b) Sport England in (i) 1999–2000, (ii)...

      Temporary Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many employees under contract from temping agencies worked in her Department; and how much was spent on temporary staff (a) as a...

      Better Public Buildings Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will name the projects the departmental Design Champion has sponsored as part of the better public buildings initiative; and if...

      Public Buildings Action Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which Departments have produced better public buildings action plans.

      Portable Antiquities Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action she intends to take to ensure that the Portable Antiquities Scheme is continued and that her Department will provide long...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when her Department expects to receive the Office of Fair Trading's report on the BBC's UK programme quotas; and if she will make a...

      Tourists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many tourists visited (a) Somerset and (b) Taunton Deane in (i) 2001 and (ii) 2000.

      Job Locations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many jobs under the remit of her Department in (a) the core department, (b) non-departmental public bodies, (c) executive agencies...

      Sports and Recreation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what plans she has to assess the national provision of sports and recreation facilities; and if she will make a statement; (2)...

      Sport Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will announce the next round of sport action zones; and if she will make a statement.

      Sport Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the expected increase in expenditure on sport as a result of the Spending Review is; and if she will make a statement.

      Ministerial Design Champions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the projects the Ministerial design champions for each Government Department are sponsoring.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions her Department has had with fireworks retailers regarding the period in which fireworks can be sold.

    • Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions her Department has had with fireworks manufacturers regarding the banning of aerial bangers.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations her Department has had from animal welfare organisations regarding the sale and use of fireworks.

      Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) United Kingdom, (b) EU, (c) international and (d) other regulations apply to the trading of arms.

      F-16 Fighters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what written assurances have been given in the course of issuing an export licence regarding the use in third countries of UK navigation and...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many revocations of arms export licences to Israel there were in each month since January 2000; in what categories they were; and if she...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the value is of licences granted for equipment on the military and dual-use lists to (a) Georgia, (b) Uzbekistan, (c) Kyrgyzstan, (d)...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many individual export licence applications have been outstanding for more than (a) three months; (b) six months and (c) one year.

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many arms export licences were (a) requested and (b) granted for exports to Belarus (i) from 1997 to August 2001 and (ii) since August...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many arms export licences were (a) requested and (b) granted for exports to the Ukraine (i) from 1997 to August 2000 and (ii) since August...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many arms export licences were (a) requested and (b) granted for exports to (i) Georgia and (ii) Russia in each year since 1997; and if...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the types of equipment for which export licences were granted on 8 July in respect of exports to the USA of defence-related...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many open individual export licences are valid for the export of arms to India.

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many individual export licence applications for the sale of armaments to India have been received by her Department since 1 May; and how...

      Export Credit Guarantees Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 15 May 2002, Official Report, column 659W, on the Export Credit Guarantees Department, if she will break down the...

      Export Credit Guarantees Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what investigations are being carried out by the ECGD following the judgment of Judge Cullinan in Lesotho, on British companies that received...

      Export Credit Guarantees Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total was of (a) premiums and (b) claims paid by the Export Credits Guarantee Department in the financial year 2001–02.

      Export Credit Guarantees Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total of (a) premiums earned, (b) recoveries received, (c) claims paid and (d) interest support was in Export Credits Guarantee...

      Export Credit Guarantees Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what ECGD support has been granted for (a) fossil fuel, (b) renewable energy and (c) nuclear power projects, broken down by country, in each...

      Export Credit Guarantees Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 21 June 2002, Official Report, column 588W, on ECGD, if she will break down the figures for the financial years (a)...

      Investment Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures are used to ensure that her Department is able to recover any grants awarded to overseas companies in connection with investment...

      Investment Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much of the grant money paid to Viasystems Inc group in respect of its North Tyneside plant has been recovered.

      Investment Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will ask the Comptroller and Auditor General to review the safeguards in place to ensure that grant moneys paid to overseas companies...

      General Agreement on Trade and Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the impact of GATS on trade and industry.

      Business Investment (Somerset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action the Government have taken to attract business to (a) Somerset and (b) Taunton since 1997.

      Investment (Coventry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assistance has been given to manufacturing companies in Coventry since 1997.

      Farm Bill

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

      Local Loop Unbundling Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her estimate is of the number of local loops that will have been unbundled by July; and what estimate she originally made when the local...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received with regard to (a) introducing regulation in an attempt to prevent fraud by corporate executives, and...

      Foresight Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the crime prevention panel of the Foresight projects.

      Foresight Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has for future funding of the Business Information Crime System operating under the Foresight initiative.

      Foresight Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the crime prevention panel of the Foresight projects.

      Animal Testing (Cosmetics)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the position Her Majesty's Government will take on the EU Cosmetics Directive at second reading and...

      Animal Testing (Cosmetics)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reasons Her Majesty's Government voted against (a) a complete marketing ban on new animal-tested cosmetics and (b) a full ban on...

      Business Link Inquiry Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the operating costs have been of the Business Link Inquiry Service.

      Business Link Inquiry Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many inquiries per month the Business Link Inquiry Service has handled since its launch.

      Strategic Training for Apparel and Textiles Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she is taking to secure the continuation of the Strategic Training for Apparel and Textiles programme after June 2002.

      Textile and Clothing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assistance has been given to the textile and clothing industry since 1997; what measures are in place to help the textile and clothing...

      End-Of-Life Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry who will be responsible for the end-of-life vehicles from 2007 for cars that have (a) been stolen in foreign countries and imported into the...

      End-of-Life Vehicle Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to increase the (a) number and (b) capacity of centres that can be registered as approved to treat vehicles according to...

      Motor Vehicle Distribution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the location ban clause in the European Commission's proposal for motor vehicle block exemption for motor...

      Motor Vehicle Distribution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on progress with the European Commission's proposals for a new motor vehicle block exemption for motor vehicle...

      Motor Vehicle Distribution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reason an explanatory memorandum on the new block exemption in relation to motor vehicle distribution was not produced before it was...

      Accountancy and Audit Regulator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry who the members of the co-ordinating Group on Audit and Accounting issues are; which organisations they represent; what their accountancy...

      Mail Logistics Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations she has received on the activities of Mail Logistics Ltd.

      Galileo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimates have been made by her Department on the extent to which the Galileo satellite navigation system will duplicate services...

      Universal Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the numbers of customers for the Universal Bank in (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005, (d) 2006 and (e) 2007.

      Regional Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when a decision will be taken on the future of the enterprise grant tier 3 programme of regional aid.

      Enterprises Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the percentage take up has been of each of her enterprise initiatives in the past three years.

      Business Start-Ups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what has been the annual cost of initiatives to encourage new businesses in rural areas in each year since 1997.

      Graduate Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many programmes her Department has initiated since 1997 aimed at encouraging graduates to establish their own businesses.

      Welsh Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with her colleagues in the Welsh Assembly Government concerning Welsh manufacturing.

      European Telecommunications Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what reports the Radio Agency has assessed about the role of members of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute's working group on...

      European Telecommunications Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the implications for the UK digital communications industry of applications made by Motorola Europe supported...

      European Telecommunications Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what reports the Radio Agency has assessed on Motorola Europe's licence fee policy for the use of the common technologies employed in pursuit...

      European Telecommunications Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the implications of recent Motorola Europe patent activity for the prospects for the participation of...

      European Telecommunications Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what reports the Radio Agency has assessed about the Chairman of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute's work in establishing...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what initiatives her Department has to extend the availability of broadband internet provision to rural Somerset; and if she will make a statement.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of households in the Portsmouth, South constituency have access to broadband lines; and if she will make a statement.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of homes can access ADSL broadband services; and what plans she has to ensure an increase in ADSL broadband services.

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the consultancy work being carried out by Towers-Perrin into the structure of OFCOM for her Department was put out to competitive...

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consultation is taking place with the radio industry about the future structure of OFCOM.

      Newspaper Circulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 18 July, ref. 70135, what information she has on the percentage of circulation that the five leading newspaper...

      Periodicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations she has received from the Periodical Publishers' Association on proposed changes in the charging system for...

      National Transmission System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has made to Ofgem with regards to the proposed changes to the auction system for capacity to the National...

      Digital Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) conditions and (b) restrictions will be placed on the BBC and Crown Castle in their promotion of digital television via marketing...

      Benefit Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research has been compiled on the cost savings relating to the changeover of benefit payments from payment book to ACT; with what...

      Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what date the ECGD obtained the judgment by Judge Cullinan in Lesotho in the bribery case against Masupha Sole; and how they obtained it.

      Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many allegations of corruption the ECGD has received, and how many of these allegations it has referred to, the (a) Serious Fraud Office,...

      Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the ECGD has investigated bribery allegations in the deal it between BAe Systems and the Government of Qatar; and whether it has referred...

      Bujagali Dam (Uganda)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the ECGD received an application from the company, NOR-ICIL in relation to the Bujagali Dam in Uganda; and if she will make a statement.

      Bujagali Dam (Uganda)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what grounds the application to the ECGD for support for the Bujagali Dam in Uganda was refused.

      Bujagali Dam (Uganda)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what corruption allegations the ECGD were informed of at the time of the application for support for the Bujagali Dam in Uganda; and whether...

      Bujagali Dam (Uganda)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which company was the lead contractor on the application made to the ECGD for the Bujagali Dam in Uganda.

      Bujagali Dam (Uganda)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether NOR-ICIL was named as a contractor on an application she received with regard to the Bujagali Dam in Uganda.

      Anglo-Irish Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when and where Ministers in her Department have held meetings with Ministers and officials of the Irish Government since 1 June 2000; which...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many formal and official inter-ministerial meetings her Department has held with the Scottish Executive since May 1999, broken down by (a)...

      Your Guide Pilot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Government's evaluation of the Your Guide pilot will be completed; and if she will make a statement.

      Petrol Retailers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many petrol retailers (a) are in operation and (b) have been closed and sealed since 1990, broken down by (i) oil company sites, (ii) main...

      University Business Start-Ups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information she collated on the performance of the companies that were spun out of universities in 1999–2000.

      Science and Discovery Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with other Departments about the funding of science and discovery centres; and if she will make a statement.

      Science and Discovery Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to assist the funding of science and discovery centres; and if she will make a statement.

      Biotechnology Research Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what biotechnology research projects in (a) agriculture and (b) biomedics have been supported by her Department; and what level of public...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) minimum, (b) maximum and (c) average final compensation settlements made to date in respect of (i) VWF and (ii) COPD are.

      Abandoned Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many cars were recorded as having been (a) abandoned and (b) scrapped in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement.

      Telephone Exchanges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which telephone exchanges in Somerset have been converted to DSL; and what plans there are to convert the remaining exchanges.

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many telecommunications masts in the United Kingdom there are; and what measures are taken by the Telecommunications Agency to ensure that...

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will establish a nationwide audit of telecommunications masts.

      Compulsory Purchase Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many compulsory purchase orders each regional development agency is helping to promote; what the total gap funding is each has awarded;...

      Privatised Utilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations she has received from (a) the DTLR, (b) the SRA, (c) the Office of the Rail Regulator and (d) train operating...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many cases of employers breaking the minimum wage regulations were reported in the last two years.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what plans she has to increase the level of penalties for employers who fail to comply with the minimum wage legislation; (2) what the...

      Part-Time Workers Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) one off administration costs and (b) ongoing recurring costs to May 2002 for the Part-Time Workers Directive were; and if she...

      Employment Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to review the resources available for employment rights enforcement.

      Employment Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to increase penalties for breaches of employment law.

      Sexual Harrassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she takes to ensure that women at work have suitable avenues to report sexual harrassment.

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures are in place to ensure that women are paid the same as men when they are in the same job.

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action can be taken against companies that do not enforce an equal pay policy.

      Employee Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of (a) businesses and (b) employees would be excluded if those firms with up to 10 employees were exempted from regulation;...

      SMEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many employees are employed in the UK in (a) small, (b) medium sized enterprises and (c) in total; and if she will make a statement.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many breaches of the EC Working Time Directive have been recorded to date in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) Scotland.

      Machinery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Standing Committee on the approximation of the laws of the member States relating to machinery is next due to meet; whether...

      ACMs

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

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Committee on the implementation of projects promoting co-operation and commercial relations between the European Union and the...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Advisory Committee on common rules for imports of products from third countries is next due to meet; whether representatives of...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Advisory Committee on protection against dumped imports is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Committee on defence against obstacles to trade which effect the market of the Community or a non-member country is next due to...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Advisory Committee on protection against subsidised imports is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Textile Committee (conventional regime) is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive have been members...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Coordinating Group for the Community regime for the control of exports of dual-use goods is next due to meet; whether...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Standing Committee on technical rules and standards, including rules relating to information society services is next due to meet;...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Committee for management of generalised preferences is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive have...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Committee for the harmonisation of credit insurance provisions for transactions with medium- and long-term cover is next due to...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Advisory Committee on standardisation in the field of information technology is next due to meet; whether representatives of the...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Standing Committee for the approximation of the laws of the Member States concerning pressure equipment is next due to meet; what...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Committee for the harmonisation of national legislation relating to recreational craft is next due to meet; whether...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Committee on implementation of the multiannual programme for enterprise and entrepreneurship, in particular for small and...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Advisory Committee for implementation of the Community market-access strategy is next due to meet; whether representatives of the...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Advisory Committee on common rules for exports of products is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Committee for protection against the effects of the extra-territorial application of legislation adopted by a third country, and...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Advisory Committee on restrictive practices and dominant positions is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Advisory Committee on restrictive practices and dominant positions in the transport industry is next due to meet; whether...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Advisory Committee on concentrations between undertakings is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Committee on General Authorisations and Individual Licences in the Field of Telecommunications Services is next due to meet;...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Committee on the Implementation of Open Network Provision is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Committee for the Implementation of the Multiannual Community Action Plan on Promoting the Safe Use of the Internet is next due to...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Committee for the Implementation of the Multiannual Community Programme to Stimulate the Development and Use of European Digital...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Committee for the Approximation of the Laws of the Member States Relating to Noise Emission in the Environment by Equipment for...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Advisory Committee on Telecommunications Procurement is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a)...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Committee on Security of Information Systems is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been...

      EU Committees

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

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Advisory Committee for co-ordination in the internal market field is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Committee of experts on the transit of natural gas through grids is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Advisory Committee on the development and reconversion of regions is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Committee of experts on the transit of electricity through grids is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many new pieces of legislation originating in the European Union were implemented by her Department in each of the last three years; and...

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Government policy is towards the EU Hallmarking Directive; and if she will make a statement.

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact of the EU Hallmarking Directive on UK assay offices; and if she will make a statement.

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the EU directives and regulations that have been implemented through her Department in 2002; and what was the cost of each to...

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the EU directives relating to her Department which have been (a) amended and (b) repealed in 2002.

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Committee on the directives on names and labelling of textile products is next due to meet; whether representatives of the...

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Committee for the adaptation to technical progress of directives on the removal of technical barriers to trade in the sector of...

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Committee for the adaptation to technical progress of directives on the removal of technical barriers to trade in the sector of...

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Committee for the adaptation to technical progress of directives on the removal of technical barriers to trade in the sector of...

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Committee for the adaptation to technical progress of directives on the removal of technical barriers to trade in the sector of...

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Committee for the adaptation to technical progress of directives on the removal of technical barriers to trade in the sector of...

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the EU Committee for the adaptation to technical progress of directives on the removal of technical barriers to trade in the sector of...

      Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what redundancy package has been agreed with Consignia; and if she will make a statement.

      Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how Consignia measures and calculates its quality of service targets; and if she will make a statement.

      Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what costs are associated with the (a) formation, (b) printing, (c) publishing and (d) distribution of Consignia's annual report and...

      Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what tender process was used to select companies involved in non-audit services provided to the Post Office in 2001–02; and if she...

      Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what provision has been made by Consignia to compensate modified post offices for loss of income from ACT; and if she will make a statement.

      Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many days were lost due to (a) sickness, (b) official industrial action and (c) unofficial industrial action in each of the last five...

      Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with (a) Postcomm and (b) Postwatch regarding the maintenance of the universal service obligation on the...

      Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions have taken place between the Government and Consignia to merge the services provided by "your guide" with the website...

      Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when her Department was informed of the decision to change the name of the Post Office to Consignia.

      Consignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when her Department was informed of the proposal to charge to deliver early morning mail for small businesses receiving fewer than 20 letters...

      Sub-Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with Consignia with regard to the closure of sub-post offices in Scotland.

      Rural Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research was (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated in the last 12 months on the effect of the introduction of automated credit transfer on...

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Government's target is for the number of Post Office card accounts to be operational in (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005 and (d) 2006;...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the payback period is on available photovoltaic and other domestic solar power installations; what contribution the Government's major...

      Consumer Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the review of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 will be completed; what the terms of reference of that review are; and if she will make a...

      Vehicle Fuel Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of the intelligent motor generator technology developed by Ricardo in reducing...

      Fuel Suppliers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent action she has taken with the competition authorities to ensure that a free and open market between fuel suppliers operates within...

      Electricity Generation (Mablethorpe)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessments she is making of the electricity generation programme now in place at Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire; how long she expects such...

      Fuel Reduction Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her Department's policy is on providing collaboration funding for development of fuel reduction technology with British companies; and...

      National Transmission Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average entry charges into the National Transmission Service were from each of the major UK gas terminals over the last year.

      Transco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what statutory obligations apply to Transco.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations her Department has received regarding the price imbalance exposure of (a) CHP and (b) renewable energy generators.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make it her policy to take into account the cumulative effect of large numbers of wind farms in areas of outstanding natural...

      Energy Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry by what proportion UK electricity generating capacity exceeds average peak demand in 2002.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what she estimates the carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants underwritten by the Export Credit Guarantees Department over the past...

      Nickel-Cadmium Batteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the quantity of cadmium recovered from nickel-cadmium batteries stored in the UK; and if she will make a...

      Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if it is the Government's intention that manufacturer and retailer responsibility for waste electronic and electrical equipment under the WEE...

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive regarding the licensing of nuclear power stations.

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what opinion polls her Department has initiated regarding nuclear energy since 1997; and if she will place copies of the results of such polls...

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list her Department's measures to accelerate new investment in nuclear energy.

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has held with (a) BE and (b) BNFL officials regarding the exemption of the nuclear industry from the Climate Change Levy.

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she has taken to decrease the risks associated with new nuclear stations.

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when her Department last met (a) BE, (b) BNFL and (c) UKAE to discuss the nuclear industry.

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what representations her Department has received regarding changes in carbon emissions after (a) 2020 and (b) the closing of all...

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the future of nuclear generating capacity within the United Kingdom.

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the estimated total cost is of dealing with nuclear fuel waste.

      BNFL (Fines)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the fines British Nuclear Fuels Ltd. has had to pay in each year since 2000, arising from safety and environmental breaches...

      BNFL

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the (a) percentage stake and (b) real amounts of BNFL investments in the (i) AP1000, (ii) AP600, (iii) Pebble Bed Modular...

      BNFL

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the meetings held in the last two years between representatives of BNFL and its subsidiaries and members of the United States...

      Nuclear Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations her Department has received regarding the ability of the Office for Civil Nuclear Security to vet nuclear industry...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations her Department has received regarding projected clean-up costs for the next 20 years at Sellafield after BNFL privatisation.

      Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations her Department has received regarding the prospects for lifetime extensions of (a) AGR and (b) pressure water reactor...

      Nuclear Plant Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations her Department has received regarding the eventual decommissioning costs associated with proposed nuclear plants.

      MOX Plutonium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what security measures will be enforced to ensure the safe passage of the pending shipment of MOX plutonium via sea from Japan to the United...

      Public Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will name the projects the departmental Design Champion has sponsored as part of the Better Public Buildings initiative; and if she...

      Departmental Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry with reference to Target 2 on page 16 of the 2002 Departmental report, what plans she has to issue further competitiveness indicators in each...

      Departmental Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many jobs under the remit of her Department in (a) the core department, (b) non-departmental public bodies, (c) executive agencies and (d)...

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 21 June, Official Report, column 593W, how many people from organisations outside her Department were seconded to...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff were seconded to her Department in (a) 1997–98, (b) 1998–99, (c) 1999–2000, (d) 2000–01 and (e)...

      Business Ethics Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what staff grades within her Department are given business ethics training; (2) what amount of business ethics training she has given...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) dates, (b) location and (c) sources were of attributable (i) articles, interviews or contributions for the media, books or other...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which special advisers assist her in identifying priorities for encouraging and stimulating new businesses in rural areas.

      Public Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the public consultations undertaken by her Department since 8 June 2001, indicating the (a) length and (b) number of...

      Public Consultations

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

      Law Enforcement Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what statutory law enforcement agencies and prosecuting authorities there are within the responsibility of her Department; and what complaints...

      Statutory Instruments

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

      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 will be accounted for by staff costs; what the figures...

      Departmental Policies (Wycombe)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the activities pursued by her Department that have had a particular impact on the Wycombe constituency since 7 June 2001.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will answer the question of 17 June, 2002, from the hon. Member for Maidenhead, ref 464, on the Government's policy towards the...

      Parliamentary Answers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether it is her policy to ensure that documents referred to in parliamentary answers are available via her Department's website.

      Parliamentary Answers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for how long she retains documents referred to in parliamentary answers on his Department's website.

      Parliamentary Answers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will answer the written question from the hon. Member for Chichester, tabled on 22 May, on the official travel of departmental and...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of (a) the Better Regulation Task Force and (b) the Ministerial Panel for Regulatory...

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what actions she has taken to promote the use of credit unions; and if she will make a statement.

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will include nuclear energy generation in an emissions trading scheme.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the progress the Government have made under the Ospar Convention to reduce nuclear discharges from Sellafield...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the estimated clean up costs are for each (a) current and (b) past nuclear power station.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what limit is set on the financial liability of nuclear operators for damage arising from a nuclear accident; and if she will make a statement.

      Nuclear Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the timetable for deciding on the disposal of medium-level nuclear waste.

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution's advocacy of a 60 per cent. carbon dioxide reduction by 2050.

      Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will formally reply to the RCEP's recent proposals.

      Johannesburg Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to offset the carbon emissions (a) she personally and (b) the British Government delegation will account for in their...

  • Treasury

    • Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) investigations, (b) penalties and (c) prosecutions have been instituted since 31 December 2001 in respect of working families tax credit fraud.

    • Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 25 June to the hon. Member for Havant, Official Report, column 763W, on Working Families Tax Credit, when the Inland Revenue...

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the extent of fraud in the child care element of working families tax credit; and how many (a) investigations and (b)...

      Physical Activity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of the success of the Public Service Agreement with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to raise significantly the...

  • Wales

    • Regulations (Cost-effectiveness)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Minister about the cost effectiveness of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (Electronic Communications)...

    • Public Consultations

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

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Crime Reduction Directors

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the amount allocated to each of the regional crime reduction directors.

    • Retail Crime

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will list for each Government office in the regions what proportion of the office's annual spend for 2001–02 was allocated to combating retail...

      Accommodation (Review)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library his Department's last accommodation requirements review.

      Empty Properties

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many dwellings he estimates are empty in each local authority area in (a) Essex and (b) Suffolk.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what evaluation has been made of the potential of modular assembly in the construction of affordable housing; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing Corporation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much funding has been granted to the Housing Corporation in each of the years 1990 to 2001.

      Home Extensions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what statutory restrictions there are on people who want to build extensions to their home.

      Planning Application (Seller Properties)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he received the planning application submitted to the London Borough of Southwark on behalf of Sellar Properties by Healey and Baker, registered as LBS...

      Out-of-Town Shopping Centres

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many appeals have been made concerning applications for out-of-town shopping centres; and how many have been successful since 7 June.

      Urban Allotment Land

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what action is being taken to protect urban allotment land from development; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the per capita central Government funding is for local government expenditure on (a) Surrey and (b) Durham.

      Homelessness (Castle Point)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will intervene in respect of Castle Point Borough Council to ensure that the local homelessness problem is tackled.

      High Hedges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what powers are available to local authorities to mediate in disputes involving the problems of high hedges and rapidly growing trees; and if he will make a statement.

      Job Locations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many jobs under the remit of his Department in (a) the core department, (b) non-departmental public bodies, (c) executive agencies and (d) independent...

      Public Consultations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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.

      Information Campaigns

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Westmorland and Lonsdale (Mr. Collins) of 27 February 2002, Official Report, column 1362W, if he will list the...

      Air-Conditioning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what actions his Department has taken to communicate to (a) the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers and (b) the Building Services Journal the...

      Formaldehyde Emissions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proposals he has to change the regulations on industrial formaldehyde emissions in the light of HSE advice on the levels of concentration at which strong...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Arms Exports

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the oral statement of the hon. Member for Edinburgh, South (Nigel Griffiths) of 24 June 2002, Official Report, column 635, of criterion 8...

    • Women (Consultation)

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which women's organisations have been consulted over proposed legislation by his Department during 2000–01 and 2001–02 sessions; and if...

      Communications Bill

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which Government Department will have lead responsibility for the Communications Bill when it is introduced for Second Reading.

      Departmental Report

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cost was of publishing his Department's annual report for each of the past five years.

      Departmental Report

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) whether it is his policy to ensure that documents referred to in parliamentary answers are available via his Department's website; (2) for how...

      Education Reform

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress his office has made in helping delivering reform of education services since the Comprehensive Spending Review.

      Anglo-Irish Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office on what dates ministers in his Department have held meetings with Ministers and officials of the Irish Government since 1 June 2000; where each meeting...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Special Advisers

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

    • North Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the community background is in percentage terms of those juveniles prosecuted since 1 July 2001 arising out of disturbances in North Belfast.

      Royal Prerogative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what decisions have been made by his Department in the last year under authority from the Royal Prerogative.

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the EU directives and regulations that have been implemented through his Department in 2002; and what was the cost of each to...

      Buildings Insurance

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

      Public Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the public consultations undertaken by his Department since 8 June 2001, indicating the (a) length and (b) number of responses...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much is set aside for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission for 2002–03.

      Consultation

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

      Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what has been the annual cost of the Parades Commission in Northern Ireland since its inception; and how much in allowances has been paid to...

      Departmental Press Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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;...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Pension Tax Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost to the Exchequer will be of the pension tax credit when implemented for (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05, (c) 2005–06...

    • Benefits (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost of (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit in (i) the London Borough of Enfield and (ii) Greater London was in each...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what plans he has to allow the Crown Prosecution Service to attend hearings of appeals against sentences to represent the victim's...

    • Pensions Appeal Tribunal

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when the Pensions Appeal Tribunal finds that a pension payable to a retired disabled officer was granted on account of medical...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the (a) dates, (b) location and (c) sources were of attributable (i) articles, interviews or contributions for the media,...

      Criminal Courts Review

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on the Central Council of Magistrates' response to the Criminal Courts Review.

      Cafcass

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how much money is owed within the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service; and (a) by and (b) to whom it is owed.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Press Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) full time equivalents were employed by his press office and (b) secondees were placed in his press office in the...

    • Baroness Amos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many meetings the Baroness Amos has had with hon. Members since 7 June 2001.

      Baroness Amos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visits abroad the Baroness Amos has made since 7 June 2001.

      Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answers of 1 March 2002, Official Report, column 1639W, on overseas territories if he will make a further...

      Nice Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what rules will apply to the Ambassador and staff of the British Embassy in Dublin during the forthcoming Irish referendum on...

      British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will provide support to the British Council to enable it to undertake its proposals to develop further its Connecting...

      British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will provide assistance to enable the British Council to open new regional centres in (a) Kaliningrad, (b) Banya Luka and...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Tooting (Mr. Cox) of 16 July 2002, Official Report, column 178W, on Cyprus, if he...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what factors will be taken into account by the (a) UK and (b) EU in deciding whether Cyprus will accede to membership of the...

      Crime Against International Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) the German Government, (b) representatives of the German Government in London and (c) his...

      Baku-Ceyhan Pipeline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what communications he has received in the last 10 months concerning the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline; and if he will make a statement.

      Spain/Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action the Government have taken in the European Court to address border queues between Spain and Gibraltar.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place with European colleagues over intensifying co-operation to neutralise funding for terrorist...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress in increasing co-operation between member states of the EU in the war on terrorism since...

      Anglo-Scottish Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many formal and official inter-ministerial meetings his Department has held with the Scottish Executive since May 1999,...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his latest assessment is of the situation regarding cross-border terrorist incursions into India.

      Immigration Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many immigration officers and support staff work in the Consulate in New Delhi, Mumbai, Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore when...

      East Timor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Indonesian Government on the death in East Timor in 1999 of Sander Thoenes and on...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Israel's holding of the relatives of suspected militants.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what evidence his Department has collated on political influence in prosecution decisions in Sierra Leone.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with Sierra Leone's President on (a) broadening his Government, (b) defusing ethnic...

      Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy is with regard to the use of opinion polls conducted in Bermuda on the proposed constitutional...

      Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria he proposes to use to determine whether there is consensus in Bermuda on the proposed changes to the electoral system.

      Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department will make public the UK Civil Service College review of the Bermudan Civil Service.

      Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if it his Department's policy to convene a constitutional conference to discuss proposed changes to Bermuda's constitution; and...

      Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Bermudan Government have made to his Department explaining why it wishes to reduce the size of the...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action is being taken to ensure that financial markets beyond those of the EU and Switzerland are off-limits to those...

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Burundi; and if he will make a statement.

      Sadc

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the SADC Parliamentary Forum's electoral norms and standards; and what steps the Government are...

      BAe Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what investigations have been carried out by UK agencies into the bribery allegations in the contract between BAe Systems and...

  • Transport

    • Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the answer of 10 June, Official Report, columns 781–782W, on rail safety, if he will list those occasions on which an incident...

    • "Transport 2010"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if the planned review of "Transport 2010" will be accompanied by a published environmental appraisal.

      Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the backlog of (a) maintenance and (b) renewal work on the London Underground was for each of the last three years.

      Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what powers (a) he and (b) the Mayor of London (i) have and (ii) will have to place the Tube Infracos into administration; under what legislation these...

      Air Traffic Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place a copy of the report by the Health and Safety Executive on IT systems in operation at Swanwick and West Drayton in the Library.

      Road Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will analyse the results from Holland and other countries where traffic lights have been removed in an attempt to reduce road deaths; and if he...

      Traffic lights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take powers to prevent local authorities and elected mayors from altering the timing on traffic lights other than for the purpose of...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what legal action she will take in relation to the incident in Wales last November whereby meat from the offspring of a cow...

    • Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she plans to take to ensure that the Sustainability Fund is used to deliver environmental improvements in...

      Glazebury-on-Wye Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the hon. Member for Leominster will receive a response to his letter of 29 October 2001 concerning the new flood-warning...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when her Department will answer the letter of Mr. J. C. Dixon, received on 8 November 2001, a constituent.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to reply to the letter of 29 October 2001 from the hon. Member for Leominster on behalf of a constituent, Mr....

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Fareham, dated 18 January, concerning his constituent Mr. Broadbridge.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when she intends to write to the hon. Member for Hertsmere regarding the case of Mr. T Haworth of Radlett, as referred...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will answer the letter from the hon. Member for Canterbury dated 21 December 2001, ref radiation, emissions and...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when she will reply to Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Wilcockson, constituents, regarding the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme; (2)...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letters of the hon. Member for Hexham of 19 March, ref. 167263, and 21 February, ref. 167311, in...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will respond to the letter of the hon. Member for Hexham of 7 March, ref. 167576.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will respond to the letter of the hon. Member for Hexham of 3 December 2001, ref. 160528.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the correspondence from the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed dated 15 February and 18 April...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he will respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan of 17 May regarding the future of farming.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he will respond to the letters from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan of 31 January, 10 April and 5 June regarding...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will respond to the letters of the hon. Member for West Derbyshire of 25 February, 9 April and 23 May regarding the...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter to her dated 18 June from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs....

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Totnes of 10 June about GM seeds.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Totnes of 22 May concerning EU regulations on GM foods.

      Agriculture Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what was the outcome of the Agriculture Council held in Brussels on 18 and 19 March; what the Government's stance was and how...

      GM Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment was in possession of relevant data when assessing T25 maize under...

      Warm Front Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the number of people experiencing delays when seeking improvements to their homes under...

      Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the public consultations undertaken by her Department since June 2001, stating in each case the (a) number...

      Advertising Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on press and advertising campaigns in 2001–02; and what the planned expenditure is for 2002–03.

      Sheep

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which breeds of sheep are defined by her Department as rare breeds.

      BSE in Sheep

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the Government's response to the recommendations of the Food Standards Agency's report on BSE...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what information and instructions EU member state Governments received from the European Union in respect of the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when the European Union converted its temporary suspension on South African meat imports into a formal import ban...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information the letters sent by MAFF to border inspection posts and traders after 5 January included concerning (a) foot...

      Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the introduction of a system of individual transferable quotas across the EU.

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment (a) has been and (b) is planned (i) by and (ii) for her Department on the problem of litter for (A) local...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what representations she has received regarding the consultation on radioactive waste management; and if she will make...

      GMOs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Biotech Unit will update its public register on the list of trial sites where GMOs may be released to include the...

      GMOs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether (a) scientific assessments, (b) peer reviews and (c) field scale evaluations outside the formal regulatory process...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the scientific steering committee will next meet to decide locations for the farm scale evaluations of genetically...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of GM crops authorised for commercial use in the United States her Department has DNA samples of; and if she...

      Equal Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she has established a baseline for policy appraisal against which to measure progress on equal treatment; and what...

      Women's Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the women's organisations which have been consulted on proposed legislation by her Department since its...

      Departmental Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what new data series, separated by (a) gender, (b) race, (c) disability and (d) age have been commissioned by her Department...

      Gender Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the subjects of the gender impact assessments drawn up by her Department since its creation, indicating in...

      Swill-Feeding

      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 import of pig meat and other products from countries where...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the EU Committee for the Adaptation to Technical and Scientific Progress and Implementation of the Directive on the...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the EU Committee for the adaptation to technical progress of the Directive on procedures for the surveillance and...

      Overseas Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the overseas trips on departmental business that have been undertaken in each of the last five years by...

      Nitrate Vulnerable Zone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the administrative and regulatory costs to the Environment Agency of designating (a) 55 per...

      Illegal Timber Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the illegal importation of timber from the Amazon basin.

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the revised European Waste Catalogue and Hazardous Waste list published in February 2001 will come into force in the...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is for disposal of waste by landfill for each London borough in (a) the current year and (b) each of the...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is of the available landfill waste disposal capacity for London boroughs; and if she plans to increase capacity.

      Reprocessing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the capacity is in the United Kingdom for the reprocessing of (a) paper, (b) wood and (c) plastic.

      Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many consultation documents published in 2001 in (a) electronic and (b) printed form her Department has monitored and...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the deadline is for adoption of the revised European Waste Catalogue and Hazardous Waste List into UK law.

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to issue special waste carriers licences to transport end-of-life electrical items that have been...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the new definitions of waste under the revised European Waste Catalogue and Hazardous Waste list require all...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether retailers will be able to continue to offer take-back of end-of-life electrical products through their home delivery...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate has been made of the cost to small businesses of the European Waste Catalogue and Hazardous Waste list.

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information the Government have given to (a) retailers, (b) manufacturers, (c) local authorities and (d) the waste...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what restrictions will be imposed on retailers for handling and storing end-of-life electrical products that have been...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the revised European Waste Catalogue and Hazardous Waste list will provide that retailers' special waste licences...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she has taken to ensure that civic amenity sites will be able to continue accepting end-of-life electrical...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the deadline is for adoption of the revised European Waste Catalogue and Hazardous Waste list into UK law; when it will...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the revised European Waste Catalogue and Hazardous Waste List will require retailers to have special waste licences...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information the Government have given to (a) retailers, (b) manufacturing, (c) local authorities and (d) the waste...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of the revised European Waste Catalogue and Hazardous Waste List on UK business.

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the new definitions of waste under the revised European Waste Catalogue and Hazardous Waste List require all...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received from (a) local authorities, (b) retailers and (c) waste management companies about the...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether retailers will be able to continue to offer take-back of end-of-life electrical products through their home delivery...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what restrictions will be imposed on retailers in handling and storing end-of-life electrical products that have been...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what types of waste previously not hazardous waste will be reclassified as hazardous waste; and what assessment she has made...

      Mooring (British Waterways)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) highest and (b) lowest residential mooring annual charge in London was in (i) 1996–97 and (ii) 2001–02.

      Mooring (British Waterways)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average increase in mooring rates charged by British Waterways was for each region in England in each year since 1997.

      Project Clearwater

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the terms of reference are of British Waterways Project Clearwater.

      Project Clearwater

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consultation has been carried out by British Waterways on their latest review of mooring charges.

      Project Clearwater

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria are applied by British Waterways in determining a market rent for residential and non-residential moorings.

      Project Clearwater

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what average price for (a) residential and (b) non-residential moorings was charged by British Waterways in each region in...

      Project Clearwater

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average percentage change has been in residential and non-residential mooring fees in London since 1997; and what...

      Plastic Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the health effects on (i) humans, (ii) animals and...

      Bushmeat Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received from Mr. Clive Laurence from Ciel Logistics; and if her officials intend to meet...

      EU Waste Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of the revised European Waste Catalogue and Hazardous Waste List on UK business.

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the EU Advisory Committee on waste management is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a)...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 4 July 2002, Official Report, column 607W, when members of the Scottish Executive have attended...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2002, Official Report, column 606W, when members of the Scottish Executive have attended...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2002, Official Report, column 69W, when members of the Scottish Executive have attended...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2002, Official Report, column 1124W, when members of the Scottish Executive have attended...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2002, Official Report, column 124W, when members of the Scottish Executive have attended...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 8 July 2002, Official Report, column 691W, when members of the Scottish Executive have attended...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 8 July 2002, Official Report, column 691W, when members of the Scottish Executive have attended...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 3 July 2002, Official Report, columns 368–369W, when members of the Scottish Executive have...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 9 July 2002, Official Report, column 842W, when members of the Scottish Executive have attended...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 3 July 2002, Official Report, column 371W, when members of the Scottish Executive have attended...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2002, Official Report, column 914W, when members of the Scottish Executive have attended...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2002, Official Report, column 914W, when members of the Scottish Executive have attended...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 2 July 2002, Official Report, column 248W, when members of the Scottish Executive have attended...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with regard to the answer of 26 June 2002, Official Report, column 913W, when members of the Scottish Executive have attended...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 3 July 2002, Official Report, column 370W, when members of the Scottish Executive have attended...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 2 July 2002, Official Report, column 248W, when members of the Scottish Executive have attended...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the EU Standing Committee for Foodstuffs is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have...

      Livestock Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will place in the Library the latest scientific advice that she has received on the justification for the 20-day rule...

      Livestock Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received from the Sheep Veterinary Society about the 20-day rule.

      Land Disposals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many parcels of land have been identified by the Forestry Commission for disposal in England; how many have been the...

      Disposal And Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received from (a) local authorities, (b) retailers and (c) waste management companies about the...

      GM Crop Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the conclusions were of the GM crop trials in Herefordshire.

      Chromate Copper Arsenate-treated Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health regarding the safety of CCA pressure treated wood.

      Chromate Copper Arsenate-treated Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations her Department has received regarding risk assessments of CCA pressure treated wood her Department has...

      Chromate Copper Arsenate-treated Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures her Department has undertaken to prevent the household burning of arsenic-treated waste wood.

      Chromate Copper Arsenate-treated Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations her Department has received regarding the (a) incineration and (b) landfill disposal of chromate copper...

      EU Directive on Environmental Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact on (a) British business and (b) the public sector of the draft EU Directive on...

      EU Directive on Environmental Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the Government's policy towards the draft EU Directive on environmental liability.

      Technetium-99 Leakage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what representations her Department has received regarding (a) leakage levels of technetium-99 into groundwater at...

      Technetium-99 Leakage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessement she has made of the possible environmental policy gains that would arise from the implementation of the...

      Technetium-99 Leakage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will place in the Library copies of responses to the Government's public consultation on the draft EU Directive on...

      Technetium-99 Leakage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the Council of Ministers next to debate the draft EU Directive on Environmental Liability

      Sewage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's policy is on recycling sewage sludge on land as an environmentally sustainable option; when the revised...

      French Beef Ban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has made to other member states of the European Union since the refusal of the French Government to...

      French Beef Ban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she plans to have with French representatives concerning the export of beef from the UK to France.

      Parrett Catchment Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidelines have been issued to the Parrett catchment project by the Government; and what its remit is.

      Parrett Catchment Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she has taken to ensure civic amenity sites will be able to continue accepting end-of-life electrical products...

      Area-based Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list for each area-based initiative for which her Department is responsible the amount originally budgeted for in...

      Exmoor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she will take under the CAP reforms to ensure Exmoor gets grant aid for environmental projects.

      Hydrofluorocarbons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 25 March 2002, Official Report, column 717W, what conclusions have been reached by the Sustainable...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason glass, ceramics and metals, recovered after thermal and other industrial processing, cannot be included in...

      Bottlenosed Dolphin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the future of the bottle-nosed dolphin in British waters.

      Business Diversification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what level of support her Department has given initiatives aimed at encouraging new business diversification in each of the...

      National Air Quality Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the target date for achievement of compliance with the National Air Quality Strategy objective is.

      Overcharging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Carlisle (Mr. Mathew) of 12 July 2002, Official Report, column 1233W, on...

      Overcharging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy to apply different standstill rules for movements of different species of livestock.

      Fox Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received concerning problems created by the urban fox population; and if she will make a...

      Fox Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her latest estimate is of the total fox population of the United Kingdom, by region; and what the figures were in each...

      Urban Foxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's policy is with regard to the problem of urban foxes, with particular reference to the Borough of Oadby...

      Milk Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are undertaking to improve the marketing of milk.

      Milk Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what figures she collates on the level of the urban fox population; and what the population was in each of the past five years.

      Rural Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many new enterprises her Department has stimulated in the rural economy in each of the past five years.

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if her Department has responsibility for the implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive...

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to ensure that consumers do not pay twice for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment.

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what mechanisms she is putting into place to prevent companies avoiding their responsibilities for recycling under the Waste...

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what she has done to ensure that the views of (a) environmental and consumer organisations and (b) electronics companies are...

      Faith Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list projects involving faith communities which are supported by her Department.

      Noise Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what proportion of noise complaints were caused by acoustic or non-amplified music being played in pubs, bars or...

      Modulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will hold discussions with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors on its study on The Impact of Modulation; and if...

      Committee Mandates

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

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what powers she has to impose Agenda 21, community renewable energy, and alternative energy strategies on local...

      Live Animal Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to encourage (a) the sheep farming industry to replace live animal exports with the export of...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what regional climate change scenarios have been modelled by her Department in the last five years; and if she will make a...

      Information Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department spent on information literature, advertising and campaign material in financial year 2001–02;...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) dates, (b) location and (c) sources were of attributable (i) articles, interviews or contributions for the...

      Rare Wildlife Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what penalties are available for someone caught dealing in the rare wildlife trade; and what plans she has to increase penalties.

      Endangered Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made with the review on legislation covering the trafficking of endangered species.

      Endangered Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many types of animals in the UK are on the endangered species list; and what measures she is taking to increase their numbers.

      Hendon Sewage Treatment Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the reasons for the delay in publishing the inspectors report on the Hendon Sewage Treatment...

      Light Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy to introduce anti-light-pollution legislation; and if she will make a statement.

      Waste Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to charge individual households for waste collection; and if she will make a statement.

      Johannesburg Summit on Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the final agenda is for the Johannesburg Summit on Sustainable Development.

      Rare Wildlife Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are in place to ensure that rare wildlife in the UK is protected.

      CAP Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent consultations she has had with organisations representing Scottish farmers regarding CAP reform.

      Overseas Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contracts her Department has recently awarded to (a) TNO (Netherlands), (b) IAV (Germany), (c) AVL (Austria), (d) FEV...

      Composting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many in vessel composting sites are licensed in the UK.

      Brownfield Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the regional targets are for local authorities in Yorkshire and the Humber for the construction of new dwellings on...

      EU Environmental Liability Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for a public fund to help public authorities deal with the remedying of damage on orphan sites under the...

      Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding her Department is providing for development of hydrogen fuel cell technology.

      Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the time horizons for the likely impact of hydrogen fuel cell technology on road...

      Overseas Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's policy is on providing collaboration funding for development of fuel reduction technology with British...

      Public Awareness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 3 July 2002, Official Report, column 381W, if she will place copies of the surveys of public...

      Leakage Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many water undertakings have achieved the leakage targets set by the Deputy Prime Minister in 1997.

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 4 July 2002, Official Report, column 607W, when members of the Scottish Executive have attended...

      Badger Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps will be taken to compensate land owners for damage done by unidentified people in connection with field trials...

      Badger Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what precautions badger field trials testers are taking to avoid being followed on to test sites.

      "Philomena"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she intends to have with her French counterpart over the recent attack on the British boat "Philomena,"...

      Farming Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what provision there is to provide an aid package to support UK farmers whose pasture lands have become water-logged or been...

      EU Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many new pieces of legislation originating in the European Union were implemented by her Department in each of the last...

      Species (Population Levels)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent studies have been carried out into the number of (a) rabbits, (b) hares, (c) foxes, (d) grey crows, (e) magpies,...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what new arrangements there are to deal with the disposal in the United Kingdom of (a) refrigerators and (b) tyres; and if...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of mechanical biological treatment techniques for waste disposal used in other European...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will take further measures to increase the amount of household waste which is recycled; and if she will make a...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the method of continuous sampling of dioxin emissions from waste disposal incinerators.

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial resources she has made available to local authorities in 2002–03 to help with the storage and disposal...

      Fuel Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of the intelligent motor generator technology developed by...

      Are You Doing Your Bit? Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the level of funding for the Are You Doing Your Bit? campaign was in each year since 1998; what funds have been...

      Biotechnology Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what biotechnology research projects in (a) agriculture and (b) biomedics have been supported by the Department; and what...

      Plastic Recyling Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the availability of plastic recyling facilities in (a) the South West and (b) Somerset.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent proposals he has put to European colleagues for the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.

      Departmental Jobs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many jobs under the remit of her Department in (a) the core department, (b) non-departmental public bodies, (c) executive...

      EU Agriculture Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 17 July 2002, Official Report, column 309W, which Scottish Executive Minister she met on 15 July...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent research her Department has carried out to determine the level of pesticide residues in food within the UK; what...

      Farm Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to publish her consultation paper on farm waste.

      Anglo-Scottish Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many formal and official inter-ministerial meetings her Department has held with the Scottish Executive since May 1999,...

      Illegal Meat Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what outbreaks of disease in animals in Somerset have been linked to the import of illegal meat products in the past five years.

      Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps (a) have been taken and (b) are planned by her Department to increase the number of trees planted in the South...

      Standstill Rule

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received on the 20-day standstill rule in Somerset.

      Standstill Rule

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the practical implications of the 20-day standstill order on agricultural shows in Somerset.

      Lundy Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will consult (a) hon. Members whose constituencies have fishing interests, (b) fishermen's organisations and (c)...

      Sea Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent evaluation her Department has carried out on the risk posed to seaside communities by rising sea levels; and if...

      Illegal Importation of Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action Customs and Excise are taking in Scotland against the illegal importation of meat from China.

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Environment Agency will (a) commence and (b) complete the feasibility study into the causes and relief of flooding...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 10 July 2002, Official Report, column 310W, what evaluation has taken place of the effectiveness...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what PSAs have been set for the Environment Agency regarding (a) flood forecasting, (b) flood warning and (c) flood...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what time scale is set for the Environment Agency to complete the investment in flood alleviation measures arising from a...

      RSPB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much money by way of grants and subsidies her Department has paid to the RSPB, broken down by category, in each of the...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with representatives of the farming industry on reduction of the use of pesticides.

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has had from environmental groups on pesticide residues in food.

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with (a) representatives of the food retail industry and (b) consumer representatives on...

      County and Agricultural Shows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total cost was to public funds of her Department's exhibition stands at county and agricultural shows held since 1 April.

      EU Advisory Committees

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

      Chernobyl

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what regulations remain in force to deal with the impact of Chernobyl radioactive pollution; which geographical areas are...

  • Defence

    • Scottish Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many formal and official inter-ministerial meetings his Department has held with the Scottish Executive since May 1999, broken down by (a) Scottish...

    • Temporary Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many employees under contract from temping agencies worked in his Department; and how much was spent on temporary staff (a) as a total and (b) as a...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) dates, (b) location and (c) sources were of attributable (i) articles, interviews or contributions for the media, books or other journals...

      Press Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Code of Practice on Access to Government Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if applicants requesting information under the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information are sent an acknowledgement by his Department that...

      Code of Practice on Access to Government Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to whom in his Department applicants under the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information should address their requests for information; and...

      Parliamentary Answers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether it is his policy to ensure that documents referred to in parliamentary answers are available via his Department's website; (2) for how...

      Departmental Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of publishing his Department's annual report for each of the past five years.

      Entertainment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list for 1997–98 and each subsequent financial year the amount spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its...

      Departmental Policies (Bristol, East)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Bristol, East constituency, the effects on Bristol of his...

      Professional Indemnity Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many contracts his Department has with consultants; what level of professional indemnity insurance is standard in contracts with small consultants;...

      Munitions (Dean Hill)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated monthly maintenance costs to Defence Estates are from October 2003 in respect of Dean Hill Munitions Depot.

      Munitions (Dean Hill)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether homes at DM Dean Hill will be offered to tenants at the 2000 price; and if surplus housing will be offered for sale at this price.

      Munitions (Dean Hill)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the relative advantages of (a) natural temperature and humidity controlled storage of munitions and (b) above ground...

      Munitions (Dean Hill)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are for the existing sports and social club if the closure of DM Dean Hill proceeds.

      Munitions (Dean Hill)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what weight was given to the opinions of the customer base when deciding the future of DM Dean Hill; and which customers made representations.

      Air Sea Rescue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on air sea rescue in the UK in (a) 1999–2000, (b) 2001–01, and (c) 2001–02.

      FYR Macedonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British service personnel are serving in FYR Macedonia.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the interdepartmental discussions on Criterion 8 of the Consolidated Criteria relating to sustainable development.

      Arms Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to establish a register of UK and EU arms brokers; and if he will oblige UK arms brokering and shipping agents to obtain licences for...

      Spare Military Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to sell reserve spare military equipment; and what measures are in place to monitor the availability of equipment for UK forces.

      Military Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 18 July 2002, Official Report, column 491W, if he will list companies and individuals who in each of the last five years...

      Fairford Tattoo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what air traffic control restrictions on movements into and out of RAF Brize Norton are necessitated by the air tattoo at RAF Fairford; for what reason...

      12 Mechanised Brigade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proposals he has to bring the 12 Mechanised Infantry Brigade at Aldershot up to full manpower strength.

      Army Infantry Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on allowing regular Army infantry units some special forces training in order to upgrade skills and make them more versatile.

      Manoeuvre Brigades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the shortfall in manpower is in each of the six manoeuvre brigades.

      Pay as you Dine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the MoD will begin pilot projects on the selected sites to trial Pay as you Dine for military sites.

      Military Sites (Somerset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list active military sites in Somerset.

      Land Ownership (Hampshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what sites in his Department's ownership in Hampshire are under review with regard to their continuing use by his Department; when a decision is expected...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much military service personnel housing is owned by his Department in (a) the UK and (b) overseas.

      Annington Homes Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate has been made of the (a) capital and (b) revenue loss to public funds of the sale of the Defence Service families accommodation to...

      Annington Homes Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to his answer of 11 July 2002, Official Report, column 1138W, how much has been received by the Exchequer under the Sale of Agreement...

      Annington Homes Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the (a) Defence Housing Executive and (b) Addington Housing Association are permitted to raise funds on the private market based on the rental...

      Army Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many soldiers from Scotland are included in the injury-related deaths in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and Germany between 1990 and 2002...

      Retired Disabled Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many retired disabled officers in receipt of a pension granted on account of medical unfitness attributable to military service have been assessed by...

      Retired Disabled Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many retired disabled officers in receipt of a pension granted on account of medical unfitness attributable to military service who have been...

      Medical Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which private sector providers were selected in (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002 to date for the treatment of armed forces personnel, stating in each case...

      Medical Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2002, Official Report, column 597W, on medical treatment, on what date the Rapid Treatment Initiative commenced...

      Gulf War Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Gulf War veterans in the Portsmouth South constituency have been diagnosed with symptoms connected to Gulf War Syndrome; and if he will make a...

      Nuclear Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps have been taken to test the level of UK compliance with the new REPPIR nuclear safety regulations; what requirements are set down by the...

      Nuclear Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what nuclear weapons accident exercises his Department plans to hold in the next 12 months.

      Nuclear Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what lessons were learnt from the nuclear weapons accident exercises in East Anglia conducted on 24 May.

      Nuclear Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the transfer of activities at Rolls Royce Nuclear, Derby, qualifies for its appraisal under REPPIR.

      Nuclear Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for bringing the non-legislative LAESI guidelines into line with the new REPPIR requirements in respect of the transport of nuclear...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the latest estimate is of expenditure by his Department on operations in Afghanistan.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what equipment in use with the armed forces has been procured from abroad.

      Two Operations Commitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will review the two operations commitment.

      Defence Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions have taken place with European colleagues on increasing defence manufacturing co-operation in Europe; and if he will make a statement on...

      Technology Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many defence technology centres will be created; what the cost will be; and if he will make a statement on their use in securing more (a) foreign and...

      Future Strategic Tanker AirCraft Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future strategic tanker aircraft programme; when the aircraft will come into service; and when the (a) VC-10 and (b)...

      Hospital Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the proposed timetable and specification are for the construction of the proposed two hospital ships.

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent developments have been made in submarine air independent propulsion; what the implications of this are for diesel submarines; and if he will...

      Sa80

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent in modifying the SA80; and what plans he has to (a) modify and (b) replace the rifle.

      A400m

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the German commitment to the A400M project; what problems have been encountered with compatibility with the C-130; and...

      Armoured Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures have been taken to increase the reliability of the Challenger and Warrior armoured vehicles; and what the future replacement of these...

      Fist

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what developments are to be undertaken with FIST; and if he will make a statement.

      C103J

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what additional expenditure there has been to provide load masters on RAF C103Js with protective headgear; and if he will make a statement.

      Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which unmanned aerial vehicles are being assessed by his Department; and with what countries these systems are in service.

      Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research has been done into unmanned and uninhabited aerial vehicles; how many of these vehicles the armed forces possess; and what plans there are...

      Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to conduct an impact assessment study of the influence of the Watchkeeper contract on future procurement decisions; and if...

      Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Watchkeeper programme; what funding has been allocated to it; and what its capability is intended to be.

      Air Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what air defence will be provided for the Royal Navy between 2007 and 2012.

      Military Aircraft Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of UK military aircraft manufacturing in Britain; and what measures are being taken to maintain and expand the...

      Battlefield Target Identification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will introduce ground-to-ground battlefield target identification device equipment; and if he will make a statement.

      Tracer/Watchkeeper Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost has been to date of the (a) Tracer and (b) Watchkeeper programmes.

      Galileo Satellite Navigation System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what strategic military implications he estimates the proposed Galileo satellite navigation system is likely to have.

      ScanEagle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are to use the ScanEagle system for British reconnaissance missions; and if he will make a statement.

  • Health

    • Lactose Intolerance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many lactose-intolerant children between the ages of (a) 0 to 5, (b) 5 to 11 and (c) 11 to 18 there were in each of the last 15 years.

    • Temporary Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many employees under contract from temping agencies worked within his Department; and how much was spent on temporary staff (a) as a total and (b) as...

      Looked-after Children (Portsmouth, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children have looked-after status in the Portsmouth, South constituency; and if he will make a statement.

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will rank NHS trusts in England in order of the highest waiting times for hospital operations, according to the numbers waiting (a) over six months...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when information on waiting times data from primary care trusts will be published.

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been waiting over one year for inpatient treatment in West Surrey.

      Chronic Respiratory Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department is taking to improve services for pulmonary rehabilitation for those suffering from chronic respiratory diseases.

      Hospital Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the practice of hospital appointments officers deferring putting patients on waiting lists until a time nearer an available...

      Golden Hellos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many golden hello awards of £10,000 have been paid to qualifying medical practitioners, broken down by (a) month and (b) health authority,...

      Elderly Care (Birmingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what additional (a) capital and (b) revenue will be made available to Birmingham Social Services Department to pay for services for elderly people as a...

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will consult medical experts and interested organisations with a view to conducting a review of his Department's decision not to include...

      Design Champion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 13 March 2002, Official Report, column 1140W, on the Design Champion, if he will make a statement on the Design Champion's...

      Silverlands, Chertsey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's plans are for the future use of the property Silverlands, near Chertsey.

      Sleep Apnoea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department is taking to encourage good practice in (a) the treatment at primary care level and (b) the self-management of sleep apnoea.

      Roaccutane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Medical Control Agency will report on the effects of the drug Roaccutane; and if he will make a statement.

      Early Pregnancy Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost is per pregnancy of an early pregnancy unit.

      Ectopic Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost is to the NHS of an ectopic pregnancy.

      Ectopic Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ectopic pregnancies have occurred in each of the last 10 years; and how many women have (a) been hospitalised and (b) died as a result of ectopic...

      Ectopic Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the percentage of ectopic pregnancies caused by chlamydia infections.

      Ivf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will take steps to change the HFEA's (a) code of practice and (b) operating procedures to prevent the pre-selection of physical or mental...

      Ivf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what controls are in place to prevent the importation of donor sperm to meet desired genetic physical or mental characteristics other than those necessary...

      Ivf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what safeguards there are to prevent (a) clinics and (b) prospective parents intervening in IVF treatment to manipulate the physical or mental...

      Growth Hormones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the prescribing of growth hormones for adults on the NHS.

      Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vehicles he and his Ministers have access to, broken down by vehicle type; what the annual operating costs were in each of the last three...

      Commission for Health Improvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he anticipates the Commission for Health Improvement being incorporated into the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection.

      Substance Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding is available through the NHS for education and prevention of volatile substance abuse.

      Heroin Addicts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many known heroin addicts there are in (a) Britain, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) Bassetlaw.

      Heroin Addicts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what range of treatments are available for heroin addicts in (a) England and (b) Bassetlaw.

      Heroin Addicts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many heroin addicts are undergoing treatment in (a) England, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) Bassetlaw.

      Heroin Addicts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what method his Department uses to quantify the proportion of young people using heroin in Nottinghamshire.

      Heroin Addicts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for treatment for heroin addiction was in the last 12 months.

      Drug Action Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what basis funds are distributed between the drug action teams in England.

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether primary care trusts will be required to audit the number of asthma deaths; and if he will make a statement.

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Medical Research Council to give further priority to research into asthma; and if he will make a statement.

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he plans to address the information and support needs of bereaved families affected by SUDEP and other epilepsy deaths following the...

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to train and promote (a) neurologists and (b) nurses with specialism in epilepsy.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of recent research into the measles virus and the spinal fluid of autistic children; if he will commission further research...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on research into autism since 1997; and what plans he has to increase money into research.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money was spent in the NHS on the treatment of autism in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what plans he has to increase...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assistance his Department has given to (a) the Scottish Society for Autism and (b) other organisations helping people with autism in the last 12...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of recent research into the impact on autistic children of a second dose of MMR.

      Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement about funding that his Department makes available for sports projects which improve public health; (2) if he will make...

      Mount Vernon Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to improve the provision of services at Mount Vernon Hospital.

      Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what rehabilitation services are offered to former coalminers and steelworkers in South Yorkshire.

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mandate of the Committee on the action programme on rare diseases in the framework of the action plan for public health is; how many times it has...

      Committee Mandates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mandate of the Committee for the implementation of the Decision to set up a network for the epidemiological surveillance and control of...

      Products of Animal Origin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had concerning the European Commission's draft regulation on official controls on Products of Animal Origin; and if he will make a...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the hon. Member for North Norfolk will receive a reply to his letter to the Chairman of the Food Standards Agency dated 30 January.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 3 May from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. A. Starkie.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letters from the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight (Mr. Turner) dated 4 February and 22 April to the Under-Secretary of State...

      Frictional Discharge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (1) when he expects only frictional levels of delayed discharge to be achieved; (2) how many people he estimates have experienced frictional discharge...

      Wanless Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he has taken to implement the recommendations of the Wanless report.

      Wanless Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to undertake further work as part of a whole systems approach to analysing and modelling health and social care as set out in the...

      Diagnostic and Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if a hospital previously scheduled to be built under a PFI scheme will be eligible to apply for partial funding under the diagnostic and treatment centre...

      Smallpox Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the smallpox contract awarded to Powderject and supplied by Bavarian Nordic is to be subcontracted to IDT.

      Smallpox Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how long he estimates it would have taken to complete the tendering process for the smallpox vaccine order if the usual tendering process had been used.

      Public Consultations

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

      Public Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the public consultations undertaken by his Department since 8 June 2001, indicating the (a) length and (b) number of responses received in...

      Finished Consultant Episodes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the underlying reasons are for the change in the number of finished consultant episodes between 1997 and 2001 for the treatment of (a) malignant...

      UK Clinical Products Reference Source

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he intends to put out to tender the maintenance of the UK Clinical Products Reference Source.

      NHS IT Procurement

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

      NHS IT Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he intends to require NHS trusts in the Eastern region to follow the south-west NHS IT procurement model.

      NHS IT Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he intends to introduce a single procurement process for electronic patient record systems for the Thames Valley, Kent and Birmingham area NHS trusts.

      NHS IT Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS Executive officials directly involved in the establishment of single procurement arrangements for NHS trusts in the south-west were...

      NHS IT Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he will take to ensure the fairness and transparency of the procurement processes to be used in implementation of the new NHS ICT...

      Sausage Casings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the impact on costs to the sausage industry of a ban on the use of natural sausage casings; (2) what assessment he has...

      Sausage Casings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the traceability of natural sausage casings imported into the EU from third countries.

      Fat Content (Menus)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for issuing regulations on guidance on fat content on menus in restaurants in the UK in a similar way to that on food bought in supermarkets.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he is taking to improve access to fresh and affordable food and produce in the most socially deprived communities.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research he has carried out on the effects of (a) salt and (b) fat in the diet of (i) pre-school and (ii) school age children.

      Food Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the advice of the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, issued in MAFF News Release 83/97 and in MAFF Food Safety Information Bulletin December 1998, on...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he plans to reduce levels of childhood obesity.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements are in place to raise awareness about the problem of obesity; what recent representations he has received about obesity; and if he will...

      Traumatic Brain Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the accuracy of using ICD 10 codes to record traumatic brain injury in hospital accident and emergency departments; and if...

      Newborn Hearing Screening Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which sites have been selected for the second phase of the newborn hearing screening programme; and how he intends to publicise them.

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider proposals from the NSPCC for the creation of a child safeguarding board and the establishment of multi-agency child safeguarding teams...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been given to the child protection system in each year since 1997.

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures the Government have taken (a) to make it easier for children to report abuse and neglect and (b) to raise public awareness of child abuse.

      Care Standards Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provisions of the Care Stadards Act 2000 have come into force; and when the other parts will come into force.

      Housing Tsar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many low-cost housing units for nurses in London have been found by the Department's housing tsar; and how many are now occupied by nurses.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines are issued to primary care trusts about the employment of officers responsible for establishing PFI initiatives.

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if it is the aim of his Department to encourage ways of improving the use of pesticides to minimise residues to the extent that they are not detectable at...

      Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answers of 25 April 2002 and 4 July 2002, Official Report, columns 461W and 571W, if he will reconcile the statement that his Department...

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the EU Committee for the implementation of the Community action programme on pollution-related diseases in the framework of the action plan for...

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the EU Committee for the implementation of the Community action plan to combat cancer is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish...

      0870 Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2002, Official Report, column 1205W, for what types of purposes 0870 numbers are used; and what level of payment is...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which ambulance trusts train their ambulance staff in obstetrics and gynaecological care.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he plans to introduce the provision of stab- and bullet-proof vests to ambulance services outside London.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths resulted from the failure of ambulances to arrive at their destinations on 17 and 18 July (a) this year and (b) 2001.

      Priority Setting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 16 July 2002, ref. 68313, how many priorities were set in the 2002–03 planning and priorities framework; and how many...

      Post Mortems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many post mortems took place in each of the last five years.

      Statutory Instruments

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

      Community Hospital (Malvern)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement about the future of the proposed community hospital at Seaford Court in Malvern.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to investigate cancer rates at Burnham-on-Sea.

      Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the vacancy rates are for social workers in each local authority in England at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which coastal shellfisheries the Food Standards Agency has divided the area into zones for the purpose of testing for diarrhetic shellfish poisoning.

      Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the Food Standards Agency will divide the Burry Inlet Shellfishery into zones to permit cockle gathering in the parts of the estuary testing free of...

      Wage Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the difference in wage costs between Surrey and Durham.

      Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate his Department has made of the shortfall of (a) nurses, (b) general practitioners, (c) cancer specialists and (d) consultants in (i)...

      Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much expenditure there was on mental health services in (a) the Isle of Wight, (b) Hampshire and (c) the South East in each year since 1996; what the...

      Food Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many tests have been carried out by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise on imported foods and ingredients in each of the last five years, broken down by...

      Cardiac Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the Government's support for heart failure patients.

      Cardiac Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many heart failure patients there were in the UK in each of the last three years.

      Cardiac Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with (a) patient groups, (b) doctors and (c) pharmarceutical company representatives on heart failure.

      Nice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he proposes to take to implement the Wanless report's recommendation that NICE, in conjunction with similar bodies in the devolved...

      European Medical Devices Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 12 July 2002, Official Report, column 1275W, on the European Medical Devices Directive, ref. 67637, when a response is...

      Drug Treatment Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the baseline is from which the target on increasing the participation of drug users in drug treatment programmes by 55 per cent. in the 2002 Public...

      Diabetes National Service Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will announce how much extra funding from the health budget over the next five years will be allocated to funding the Diabetes National Service...

      Lung Disease (Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the availability of pulmonary rehabilitation services for lung disease sufferers in Sussex.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when questions on conscientious objection to abortion referral and contraceptive provision to under 16s were included in local audits of general practice;...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if it is his policy to respect the conscientious objections of (a) doctors and (b) nurses to taking part in abortion operations; and if he will make...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce legislation to enable a person born live but who was damaged during an abortion prior to 24 weeks gestation to secure compensation;...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research has been carried out to test possible harm to the (a) physical and (b) psychological health of women which may be caused by the RU486 pill.

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library copies of local audits of general practice, referred to in paragraph 5.33 of the Government response to the First Annual...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who his Department consulted before responding to the First Annual report on the Independent Advisory Group on Teenage Pregnancy; and if he will make a...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the analysis of local audits of general practice referred to in paragraph 5.33 of the Government response to the First Annual report of the...

      National PAP Screening Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of UK women participated in the National PAP Screening Programme, broken down by age groups (a) under 30, (b) 31 to 49, (c) 50 to 59 and...

      HPV Pilot Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people took part in the limited implementation HPV pilot scheme in (a) Newcastle, (b) North Bristol and (c) Norfolk and Norwich in (i)...

      Smear Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of smear tests in England and Wales resulted in women being recalled as a result of inadequate smears in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002;...

      CT Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many business plans have been submitted from north-west based hospital trusts in respect of securing additional CT scanning equipment; when the...

      Prompt Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his Department's record on the payment of bills on time over the last two years.

      Newborn Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department requires primary care trusts in areas where newborn screening has been or is being implemented to allocate necessary funding to...

      Second Opinion Appointed Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the role of second opinion appointed doctors under the Mental Health Act 1983.

      Second Opinion Appointed Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what fees and allowances are paid to second opinion appointed doctors under the Mental Health Act 1983 in April of each year since 1990.

      Second Opinion Appointed Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors are required by the Mental Health Act Commission to act as second opinion appointed doctors under the Mental Health Act 1983; and how...

      Doctors (Suspensions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 11 July 2002, Official Report, column 846W, on doctors (suspensions), what data is available for the four years preceding 1...

      Podiatric Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to reduce the waiting lists for podiatric surgery.

      Podiatric Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the total cost to the NHS of suspended doctors in the last year for which figures are available.

      GPs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners were connected to NHSnet as at the end of March.

      GPs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to encourage recruitment of general practitioners to serve in the London Borough of Lewisham.

      Hospital Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes in hospital doctor productivity he anticipates over the next three years.

      Health Professionals (Vacancies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies there are for (a) nurses and (b) doctors ranked according to health authority (i) at the most recent date and (ii) 12 months ago.

      Health Professionals (Vacancies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 4 July 2002, Official Report, column 516W, on health professionals, what information is collected on the number of applications...

      NHS Dentists/GPs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for reform in the NHS regarding (a) dentists and (b) general practitioners.

      NHS Dentists/GPs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of (a) dentists and (b) general practitioners were registered with the NHS in each region in each of the last five years.

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists (a) left the NHS and (b) joined the NHS in each of the last five years; what percentage of the total number of dentists (i) left and...

      NHS Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish the Code of Practice for NHS Professionals.

      Nursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government take to promote nursing as a profession.

      Nursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action is being taken by NHS trusts to reduce assaults on nurses.

      Nursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will collate statistics on the number of (a) British and (b) foreign nurses practising in the UK who carry HIV.

      Nursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses were recruited for the NHS is each of the last five years for which figures are available from (a) Botswana, (b) South Africa, (c) Uganda,...

      Nursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 18 July 2002, Official Report, column 536W, how many of the nurse, midwife and health visitor consultant posts being approved...

      Wheelchair Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to introduce national standards for prosthetic, orthotic and wheelchair services and if he will make a statement.

      Residential and Nursing Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) residential and (b) nursing homes closed in London in (i) 1999, (ii) 2000 and (iii) 2001.

      Residential and Nursing Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contingency arrangements (a) his Department and (b) the National Care Standards Commission have made to advise care home managers concerning their...

      Residential and Nursing Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received in connection with the implementation of standards 21.3 and 22.2 of the National Minimum Standards for Care Homes for...

      Residential and Nursing Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the situation facing local authorities and the private sector with regard to care homes.

      Residential and Nursing Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many care homes have (a) opened and (b) closed in each region in each of the last five years.

      Residential and Nursing Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what figures he has collated of the average cost over the past five years, by region, for residents of a private care home.

      Residential and Nursing Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residential care home places for elderly people were closed in (a) England and (b) the NHS during the last 12 months.

      Children's Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the children's hospices in the North West region; and what grant from his Department was allocated to each children's hospice in each of...

      Child Care Co-ordinators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of NHS trusts have a child care co-ordinator.

      Children (Prescriptions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information is given to individual carers about the type of prescriptions provided to children in care.

      Health and Social Care Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the National Care Standards Commission and the Social Services Inspectorate will be abolished and their functions transfered to the Health and Social...

      Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many social workers per 1,000 population there were in (a) St Helens, (b) Merseyside, (c) the North West and (d) England in each year since 1996.

      Prisoners' Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Oxford, West and Abingdon of 15 July 2002, Official Report, column 125W, on mental health, what information...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to encourage the use of technology in improving dementia care.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average time was for appeals to mental health review tribunals to be heard in each region in the most recent year for which information is available.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he last met colleagues in the office of the Deputy Prime Minister to discuss the Social Exclusion Unit's work on mental health issues; and what...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the Newcastle Declaration made on 25 June in respect of mental health and its treatment.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much spending there was on mental health services in (a) St Helens and Knowsley Health Authority, (b) Merseyside, (c) the North West and (d) England...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding is available for (a) mental health services and (b) mental health counselling services in Buckinghamshire in the current financial year;...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what format his Department holds information regarding the (a) number of acute psychiatric beds, (b) occupancy rate and (c) delayed discharge from...

      Learning Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress in the implementation of the Learning Disabilities Strategy set out in the White Paper "Valuing People".

      Learning Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what funding is made available to provide residential care and supported living for people with a learning disability; and if he will make a...

      Learning Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements he is making to monitor the implementation of the White Paper on learning disabilities "Valuing People" by local learning disability...

      Personal Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the reports of the Personal Social Services Research Unit submitted to his Department in (a) December 2001 and (b) February...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for funding PCTs that have more GPs than the recommended average per 100,000 people.

      Primary Care (Twickenham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest estimate is of the general practitioner/patient ratio in (a) Twickenham and (b) the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames; and if he will...

      Primary Care (Twickenham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funds have been committed to improving access to primary care in Twickenham since 1997; what improvements have taken place; and if he will make a...

      Consultant Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to monitor how many patients originally referred to a NHS consultant finally receive treatment in the private sector from the same...

      Consultant Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce regulations to prevent consultants treating patients in their private practices that were originally referred to them through the NHS.

      NHS Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered (a) town planners, (b) landscape designers, (c) chartered surveyors and (d) architects work in (i) NHS Estates, (ii) NHS regional...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he has taken to publicise the fact that accident and emergency departments do not give advice over the phone.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time is in accident and emergency departments by region, before a patient gets treated in the last 12 months for which figures...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to deal with increased accident and emergency admissions in the south-west area

      Private Bed Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much revenue was earned by hospital trusts operating private bed facilities in the last 12 months for which figures are available; (2) if he...

      Private Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients were treated by the private sector in Somerset in (a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01 and (c) 2001–02.

      NHS Efficiency Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what procedures the work of the NHS Efficiency Task Force is evaluated.

      National Health Service Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget was for the implementation of the National Service Framework on (a) cancer, (b) heart disease and (c) mental health in (i) 2002–03...

      NHS Doctors (Suspensions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS doctors have been suspended under the NHS disciplinary procedure in each of the past 10 years, broken down by (a) grade and (b) speciality.

      NHS Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in developing a comprehensive policy for the National Health Service.

      NHS Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the services provided by the National Health Service for which charges may be made.

      NHS Structural Reorganization

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what structural reorganisations have taken place in the NHS since 1997; and what estimate he has made of the total cost to the NHS of structural...

      NHS Hospital Trust Mergers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria he applies when deciding whether NHS hospital trust mergers may proceed.

      Patient Environment Inspection Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the process used to grade hospitals on the 19 elements of the patient environment inspection programme, with specific...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 10 May 2002, Official Report, column 403W, on hospital acquired infection, what plans he has to make representations to the...

      Hand Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of compliance with hand hygiene protocols in NHS hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

      Laundry Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase the number of laundry and changing facilities in NHS hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

      Infection Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to (a) increase the availability of (i) isolation or (ii) single rooms in NHS hospitals and (b) increase the use of barrier nursing with...

      Infection Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes he plans to NHS infection control policy following the identification of rancomycin resistant staphylococcus aureus in the United States.

      Infection Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of methicillin resistent staphylococcus aureus were identified in (a) England and (b) each NHS region in each of the last six years,...

      Adverse Patient Incidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the Serious Hazards of Transfusion report (2000-01); and what strategy he has to reduce the number of mistakes made...

      Adverse Patient Incidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) technologies and (b) systems he plans to introduce in the NHS to reduce the risk of the wrong drugs or inappropriate quantities of drugs being...

      Adverse Patient Incidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the level of compensation to be budgeted for by the NHS in respect of adverse patient incidents in the (a) current and (b)...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on recent research regarding genetically modified DNA material from crops finding its way into human stomach bacteria.

      Vaccinated Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to prepare (a) consumers and (b) retailers for the possibility of eating or selling meat that has been vaccinated for foot and mouth disease.

      Press Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      E-government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the costs were relating to the Department's websites for the financial year ended March; which company dealt with the website development; and if he...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether it is his policy to ensure that documents referred to in parliamentary answers are available via his Department's website; (2) for how long...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average time taken by his Department to answer questions has been this Session; and if he will make a statement.

  • International Development

    • Azerbaijan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will seek the co-operation of British companies engaged in oil exploration in Azerbaijan in assisting that country to deal with...

    • HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contribution her Department is making to the efforts to achieve quality epidemiology and behavioural surveillance in the fight...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on her Department's plans to target resources at supporting HIV/AIDS projects in developing nations.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2002, Official Report, columns 883–886W, what is meant by rights-based response to...

      Yugoslavia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had recently with representatives of the Government of Yugoslavia about refugees within Yugoslavia.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the situation with regard to food and water security in rural Nepal.

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she estimates that, as a result of the G8 talks, the UK is on target to meet its millennium development goals; and if she will make...

      Commodity Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the UK intends to do with other Governments to address the effect of international commodity prices in Johannesburg.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to enable poor countries fully to participate in meetings of the World Trade Organisation.

      Development Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if she will provide a breakdown of her Department's expenditure since 1998–99 on the African Development Fund; (2) if she...

      Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how she has responded to the appeal by the UNHCR for emergency assistance for Liberian refugees; and if she will make a...

      Basic Education Project, Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial support her Department is giving in 2002–03 to the Universal Basic Education Project in Nigeria.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what efforts have been made to support the peace process in Sudan under the auspices of the Inter-Governmental Authority of Drought (a)...

      Overseas Superannuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much money was spent by her Department in each year since 1998–99 on overseas superannuation, referred to on page 98 of the...

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (1) discussions her Department has had with the UNHCR regarding the protection afforded to refugees in Kenya and the security of...

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she last visited Kenya; whom she met; what discussions she had; and when she next intends to visit Kenya.

      Human Rights (Rwanda)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what activities are being undertaken in (a) Rwanda and (b) Burundi by her Department to improve the human rights situation; and if she...

      New Partnership for Africa's Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will provide support for the British Council's plans to develop its programmes in support of the New Partnership for Africa's...

      Land Reform Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the countries in which her Department supports land reform programmes.

      Reproductive Health Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her answer of 25 February 2002, Official Report, columns 883–886W, how much money her Department has given in...

      Reproductive Health Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her answer of 25 February 2002, Official Report, columns 883–886W, how much money her Department has given to the...

      Reproductive Health Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her answer of 25 February 2002, Official Report, columns 883–886W, how much money her Department has given to (a)...

      Radioactive Floodwaters

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent reports she has received for assistance for containing radioactive floodwaters in Kyrgystan and Uzbekistan; and how she...

      Lebanon

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assistance she has given to the Government of Lebanon for the re-building of its infrastucture; and if she will make a...

      Biotechnology Research Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what biotechnology research projects in (a) agriculture and (b) biomedics have been supported by her Department; and what public...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when the EU Committee for the implementation of the Regulation establishing an Instrument for Structural Policies for Pre-accession is...

      Deforestation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her Department's policy is on deforestation.

      Commission on Intellectual Property Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) when the Commission on Intellectual Property Rights was established; what it's terms of Reference are; who its members are and on...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her answers of 9 May, 2002, Official Report, column 290W, on humanitarian assistance (Middle East), what the UK...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support Her Majesty's Government are providing in the rebuilding of Angola.

      Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of the humanitarian situation in Angola; what emergency aid is (a) being delivered and (b)...

      Central Asia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department (a) pledged and (b) delivered to (i) Kazakhstan, (ii) Kyrgyzstan, (iii) Tajikistan, (iv) Turkmenistan and (v)...

      East Timor

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much money her Department has (a) pledged and (b) delivered to (i) the new Government of East Timor, (ii) non-Governmental...

      Commonwealth Development Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the value was of CDC investments in agribusiness in (a) Africa and (b) China in (i) 1998, (ii) 1999, (iii) 2000 and (iv) 2001, (A)...

      UN Commission on Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the UK Government have provided to the UN Commission on Human Rights for each of the last five years.

      Southern Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what actions Her Majesty's Government are undertaking to extend the availability of affordable anti-AIDS/HIV drugs in Southern Africa.

      EC Advisory Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the mandate of the Committee on Economic Aid to the Countries of Central and Eastern Europe and for the Co-ordination of Aid to...

      EC Advisory Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the mandate of the Committee on the development and consolidation of democracy and the rule of law and on the respect of human...

      EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures her Department is taking to increase EU aid to poor people in the poorest countries.

      Correspondence

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

      Bali Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff from her Department will travel to Bali to participate in the mini-summit for discussion of environmental issues.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid the UK has allocated to Sierra Leone in each of the last five years.

      Press Releases

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

      Press Releases

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

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on what date her Department received reports and representations from the International Committee of the Red Cross regarding the...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent action the Government have taken to protect women in Afghanistan.

      Occupied Palestinian Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of food shortages in the Occupied Palestinian Territories; and what aid is being provided by...

      Debt Sustainability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the impact of changes in commodity prices on debt sustainability and the HIPC Initiative.

      Debt Sustainability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the impact of HIV/AIDS on debt sustainability in developing countries.

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had with the Governments of (a) India and (b) Pakistan regarding developments in Kashmir.

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent advice her Department has issued to British NGOs working in Kashmir.

      Children's Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to assist those countries which have signed up to the Convention on the Rights of the Child to...

      UNGASS Document

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what efforts her Department is making to ensure that the commitments made in the UNGASS, World Fit for Children, outcome document are...

      Unesco

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her Department's priorities are for UNESCO, including the UK's share of UNESCO's assessed budget.

      Refurbishment Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the refurbishment projects that (a) are in progress and (b) will start within the next six months; and what action is...

      Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many Liberians have fled their country following conflict between the Liberian Government forces and the rebel Liberians United for...

      Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance she has offered to the (a) United Nations and (b) Cote d'Ivoire to deal with refugees fleeing Liberia.

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had on the situtation in Malawi.

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she has reviewed the decision to freeze Britain's £12.5 million of bilateral aid to Malawi.

      Palestinian Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid has been made available to the Palestinian Authority to assist in reconstruction and regeneration.

      External Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much expenditure her Department has incurred in each year since 1997 on employing external consultants to deal with the press or...

      Hipc

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid is being provided to HIPC by the UK as a proportion of GDP; and if she will make a statement.

      Somalian Refugees

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

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