Written answers

Thursday, 7 November 2002

  • Cabinet Office

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he will reply to the hon. Member for New Forest West's letter of 24 September regarding Mr. Douglas Alexander.

    • Public Consultations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what public consultations have been commenced by his Department in each month since 10 July; and what the (a) start date, (b) closing date and (c)...

  • Prime Minister

    • Honours Scrutiny Committee

      To ask the Prime Minister, what the responsibilities are of the Honours Scrutiny Committee.

    • Royal Prerogative

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 17 October, Official Report, column 78W, on royal prerogative, if he will make a fuller statement of the reasons for his statement that the...

      Prime Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the towns in the UK he has visited in his official capacity during this Parliament.

      European Council

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the German Chancellor on proposals for reform of the European Council; and whether it is his policy to pursue a joint position on these...

      India

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his recent meeting at Chequers with the Prime Minister of India; and when he next plans to visit India.

      London Mayor

      To ask the Prime Minister when he last met the Mayor of London in an official capacity.

      European Convention on the Future of Europe

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the European Convention on the Future of Europe.

      Swaminarayan Hindu Mission

      To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has received from the Swaminarayan Hindu Mission concerning their dispute with Brent Council.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister how many (a) Parliamentary Questions and (b) letters to him from hon. Members in this session remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i) one month old, (ii)...

      Missile Defence Programme

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions took place during his most recent meeting with President Bush about the United Nations national missile defence programme; what agreements were reached;...

      House of Lords Appointment Commission

      To ask the Prime Minister what consideration the House of Lords Appointment Commission has been asked to give to increasing the representation of Sikhs in the House of Lords.

      Sikh Community

      To ask the Prime Minister, which Government Departments have put in place mechanisms to monitor the provision of public services to the British Sikh community.

      Ministerial Assessment

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the procedures under which he receives reports from civil servants on the performance of junior ministers.

  • Transport

    • Aviation Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 22 October 2002, Official Report, column 158W, on aviation fuel, if he will estimate the total United Kingdom air passenger...

    • Cliffe Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason residents of South Essex with homes falling under the Cliffe Airport 5th runway, were not consulted on the Cliffe Airway proposal.

      Car Sharing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with agencies of Local Agenda 21 on the subject of car sharing.

      Potters Bar Rail Accident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made in addressing the findings and recommendations of the Health and Safety Executive concerning the Potters Bar derailment;...

      Potters Bar Rail Accident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to receive the next interim report from the Health and Safety Executive on the Potters Bar rail accident.

      Air Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many copies of the (a) main document and (b) summary of the (i) National and (ii) regional consultation documents on Future Development of Air...

      Air Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to his Department has been of (a) the exhibitions promoting the consultation documents on the Future Development of Air Transport in the...

      Air Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many responses had been received by 28 October in response to (a) the consultation document, Future Development of Air Transport in the United...

      Air Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many copies of the (a) main document and (b) summary of the consultation documents (i) Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom: A...

      Dual-use Pathogens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what mechanisms there are to allow the Government to monitor, regulate and ensure the security of the transport of dual-use pathogens (a) within the...

      Congestion Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information is collated by his Department on average traffic speed in central London between 07.00 and 18.30 in each of the past five years; and...

      Matlock-Buxton Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to re-open the railway line from Matlock to Buxton; and if he will make a statement.

      Bletchley-Bicester Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to bring into use the railway line from Bletchley to Bicester; and if he will make a statement.

      Cycling (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimates he has made of the (a) number of regular cyclists and (b) number of cycle miles travelled in Greater London in each year since 1997.

      Rail Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what plans he has to change the number of trains operating companies in the South West; (2) if he will make a statement on the status of the...

      Central Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to (a) complete and (b) publish his response to the Central Railways proposed freight line.

      Better Public Buildings Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will name the projects the departmental design champion has sponsored as part of the Better Public Buildings initiative; and if he will make a...

      Motorway Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what data is collated by his Department on the incidence of motorway traffic accidents involving left-hand drive heavy goods vehicles; and what...

      Motorway Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will commission research on safety aspects of the use of left-hand drive heavy goods vehicles on motorways, with particular reference to...

      Uckfield Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library a copy of the B003 Allen Report on the electrification of the Uckfield line through Edenbridge.

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for ransport, how many (a) parliamentary questions and (b) letters to him from hon. Members in this Session remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i) one...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what public consultations have been commenced by his Department in each month since 20 July; and what the (a) start date, (b) closing date and (c)...

  • Defence

    • Nato Deployments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what UK facilities have been made available to NATO forces for out of area activities during the past year.

    • Nuclear Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of pensions offered to service personnel of other states who participated in UK nuclear tests.

      Nuclear Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of financial support from the New Zealand Government for the nuclear test veterans of that country to support research into...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) parliamentary questions and (b) letters to him from hon. Members in this Session remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i) one...

      A400m

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with his French counterpart about the future of the A400M programme.

      A400m

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what indications he has received that Germany will order fewer than (a) 73 and (b) 60 A400M aircraft; (2) what assessment he has made of the...

      A400m

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if she will make a statement on what progress is being made on the delivery of the A400M; and what discussions she has had with the German Government to...

      Ballistic Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his statement in the debate on defence in the world on 17 October 2062, Official Report, columns 503–04W, how he plans to facilitate...

      Ballistic Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department spent on technological and other appraisals of ballistic missile defence options, in each year since 1997.

      Gulf War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many requests by service personnel for access to their medical records there have been since the Gulf War; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Gulf War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the incidence of reduced blood levels of the paraoxenase enzyme in Gulf War veterans.

      Gulf War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the use of magnetic resonance spectroscopy brain scanning as applied to UK Gulf War veterans.

      Gulf War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the rate of death of (a) UK Gulf War veterans and (b) other members of the public by motor vehicle accidents was in each year since 1992.

      Gulf War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces have retired from their employment on medical grounds in each year since their service in the Gulf war; and what the...

      Army Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many Army regiments are running at more than five per cent. below their recommended complement of enlisted men; and if he will make a...

      Medical Reservists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many medical specialists, and in which specialisations, there are in the Reserves.

      Medical Reservists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to include medical staff in a call up of reservists in respect of planned military action against terrorism.

      UK-owned Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions his Department has had with the governments of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and the...

      Armed Forces' Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list by country the manufacturing supply source of (a) boots and (b) berets used by United Kingdom armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when each of the Type 42 destroyers will decommission.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of HMS Portland, HMS Kent and HMS St. Albans was.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to make a decision on the Warship Modernisation Project; how the announcement will be made; and if he will make a statement.

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the new STOVL Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.

      Future Integrated Soldier Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on progress on the Future Integrated Soldier Technology programme.

      Rotorcraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Royal Navy's Surface Combatant Maritime Rotorcraft requirement.

      Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Army indicated when last questioned that they believe that (a) harassment, (b) discrimination and (c) bullying are problems in...

      Future Aircraft Carrier Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when an announcement will be made as to the successful tender for the Future Aircraft Carrier programme.

      Future Aircraft Carrier Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Future Aircraft Carrier programme.

      Future Aircraft Carrier Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many jobs he estimates will be created through the design and manufacture of the Future Aircraft Carriers in the UK.

      Future Aircraft Carrier Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what aircraft will be for the Future Aircraft Carrier programme.

      Ageism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what strategies his Department has to ensure that there is no ageism in recruitment and retention processes.

      Ageism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of new recruits to his Department in the past two years were aged 50 and over.

      Invincible Class Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the steps being taken by the Government to ensure that bids to build the replacement for the Invincible Class Carriers take account of UK...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent in recruiting staff to his Department in (a) London and (b) the south east in each year since 1997.

      Aircraft Landings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civilian aircraft landings and take-offs were recorded at RAF Machrihanish during each of the last five years.

      Research Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list research projects his Department (a) has funded in the last five years and (b) is funding into the health outcomes of (i) service...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost to date is of maintaining British troops in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of UK operations in Afghanistan has been since 11 September; and if he will make a statement.

      Diversification Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Defence Diversification Council has been established; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Export Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when Mr. Tony Edwards resigned as Head of Defence Export Services.

      Gates of Remembrance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with representatives of the Gates of Remembrance Appeal; and what discussions he has had with the (a) Royal British Legion,...

      Scientific Advisory Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the members of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council, and in each case his or her employer.

      PFI Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) start and (b) end dates are of the (i) material handling equipment, (ii) TAFMIS, (iii) defence fixed telecommunications service, (iv) hawk...

      Deepcut Barracks

      Mr. Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what professional mental health assistance is given to recruits at the Deepcut barracks; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Weapons Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what papers have been published (a) in referred journals and (b) as departmental monographs on the health impact on observers of British atmospheric...

      European Rapid Reaction Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assistance his Department has provided foreign countries to develop tank ammunition and weaponry composed of depleted uranium, and depleted uranium...

      European Rapid Reaction Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent progress has been made toward the establishment of a European Rapid Reaction Force; and what recent discussions he has had with his European...

      European Rapid Reaction Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much depleted uranium was used in bombing campaigns by UK forces in (a) Kosovo during the recent conflict, (b) Serbia during the conflict over...

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what stocks of weapons containing depleted uranium are held in (a) United Kingdom bases and (b) by United Kingdom forces operating in Iraq.

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much depleted uranium was used in bombing campaigns by United Kingdom forces in (a) the 1990–91 Gulf War and (b) bombing campaigns over Iraq...

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information he has collated on the effects of depleted uranium exposure on the (a) military personnel and (b) civilian population in Iraq since...

      Nuclear Test Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what negotiations have been undertaken with the representatives of nuclear test veterans; what compensation has been offered; what agreement has been...

      Volunteer Reservists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many volunteer reservists have enlisted as sponsored reserves since the programme's inspection; and what the recruitment targets were for sponsored...

      Nuclear Installations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the meaning of the phrase "strengthen the arrangements for consequence management," in paragraph 27 of the Government...

      Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimates have been made of the cost of United Kingdom participation in national missile defence; and if he will make a statement.

      Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations have been received from research bodies on peace campaigns concerning national missile defence; and if they will be published by his...

      Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions have been held with other NATO member states on the cost, timescale and purpose of national missile defence.

      Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what expenditure has been incurred at (a) RAF Fylingdales and (b) Menwith Hill in connection with National Missile Defence; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost to date is of maintaining the British force in support of the no-fly zone in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations have been received from the government of Cyprus or members of the Cypriot public concerning the use of United Kingdom sovereign...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many RAF sorties over Iraq there have been (a) north of 30th parallel and (b) south of 30th parallel not covered by the no-fly zone in the last year...

      Enron

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what meetings (a) he and (b) his senior departmental officials have had with Enron and its subsidiaries in the last two years.

      Volunteers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of his staff in each of the past two years have been granted a day's paid leave to work as a volunteer; and if he will make a statement.

      Television Sets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) analogue and (b) integrated digital television sets his Department has purchased in each of the last 24 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many contracts the Department has with Capita.

      Criminal Damage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost has been of criminal damage to his Department's buildings in each of the last four years.

      Thematic Networks Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures are taken to ensure that EU funding provided to Israel under the Thematic networks programme is not used for projects which could have...

      Saville Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what costs have been incurred since 19th December 2001 by his Department in connection with the Saville Inquiry; and what his estimate is of the final...

      Radio Spectrum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 16 November 2001, Official Report, column 917W, on the radio spectrum, if the review has reported to Ministers; if he will...

      Entertainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent by Ministers in his Department on food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for entertainment purposes in each of the last five years.

      Entertainment

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the number and expected cost to his Department of special advisers in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on how many occasions between 31 March 2001 and 31 March 2002 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in...

      Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel are paying (a) nothing or (b) a discounted rate for accommodation on the ground of its being below standard; and if he will...

      Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) service family accommodation and (b) single living accommodation units were of (i) grade one, (ii) grade two, (iii) grade three and (iv)...

      Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the latest figures are for both establishment and strength for each service and their respective reserve forces.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the cost in 2001–02 was of the pay increase to staff in his Department, agencies and the non-departmental public bodies for which he is...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of his departmental budget he estimates is spent on staff pay; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces (Health Care)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many armed forces personnel have been treated in the private sector under (a) the ATRA secondary health care initiative, (b) the Waiting List...

      32 (The Royal) Squadron

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much per hour the RAF charges other Government departments for flying with 32 (The Royal) Squadron; and what proportion of this charge represents the...

      32 (The Royal) Squadron

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many flight hours Government ministers have flown during each year since 1997–98 using the jets of 32 (The Royal) Squadron based at Northolt;...

      Defence Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the financial and organisational support provided by the Defence Export Services Organisation to UK industry attending the (a) Aid and...

      Combat Helmets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to provide a combat helmet of the same standard of ballistics protection as the rest of NATO forces.

      C-17 Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many C-17 aircraft are being leased; what plans he has to alter that number; and if he will make a statement.

      Nimrod MRA 4

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the compensation due from BAE Systems for the slippage in the in-service date of the Nimrod MRA4.

      Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many missiles were fired out to sea in the UK in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001.

      Coalfield Constituencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of his Department's establishments are located in coalfield constituencies.

      Accountancy Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the contracts agreed by his Department with the five largest accountancy firms since May 1997; and what was the total value of contracts...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many appointments to public bodies have been made through his Department (a) from April 2000 to March 2001 and (b) since 31 March 2001; and how many...

      Market Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the functions of his Department that have been (a) market tested and (b) outsourced in each of the last five years, specifying the (i)...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the companies from which his Department have obtained timber and wood products and the total spent with each firm over the last five years.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the 30 largest contracts awarded by his Department from (a) May 1997 to April 1998, (b) May 1998 to April 1999, (c) May 1999 to April...

      Royal Irish Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what differential there is between the statutory employment rights enjoyed by (a) personnel serving with the Royal Irish Regiment and civilian staff...

      Army Utilities Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what savings have accrued from the improvements to the Army's utilities management in Germany.

      Justices of the Peace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of staff at his Department are justices of the peace; and if he has a strategy for his Department to encourage members of staff to...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Private Finance Initiative projects have been subject to refinancing after the contracts have been signed; and what has been the financial...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the products of PFI projects will be used by private companies and hired out to the armed services when they are needed; and what arrangements will...

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what have been the total salary costs of each of the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible in each of the last five years.

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the target has been in each of the last five years for efficiency savings as a percentage of total running costs for each of the non-departmental...

      UN Peacekeeping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his written answer of 20 March 2002, Official Report, column 558W, on UN peacekeeping, how many students have to date attended the Army's...

      Smart Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the use of smart card technology in his Department and in the areas for which it is responsible; and what discussions he...

      Water Coolants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the building projects under construction; and what coolant will be used for the building services water chilling system for such projects.

      Defence Missions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the operations that have been undertaken under each of the defence missions outlined by the Strategic Defence Review in each year since...

      Departmental Jobs (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of (a) Civil Service, (b) executive agencies and (c) non-departmental public body jobs under the remit of his Department are...

      Law Enforcement

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

      Anglo-Italian Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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.

      Pensions

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

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much money was spent by the relevant pension fund on paying pensions to retired members of the armed forces in 2001–02; if he will estimate the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many applications for war disablement pensions were made by (a) members of the Mercantile Marine and (b) other eligible branches of the armed forces...

      Work-related Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many claims for work-related illness were settled by his Department in the last year for which records are available; and what the cost was in...

      Redundant Nuclear Warheads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what opportunities exist for United Kingdom defence companies and research bodies to assist Russia in (a) the dismantling of its redundant nuclear...

      Luton, South

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

      Tax Refunds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence why calculations of tax refunds being made to individuals identified as having been taxed incorrectly on retired pay awarded since 1952 does not take...

      Tax Refunds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason calculations of tax refunds being made to individuals identified as having been taxed incorrectly on retired pay awarded since 1952 have...

      Written Questions

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

      Staff Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the Department has spent on staff training and development in each of the last five years.

      Performance Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what has been the (a) cost and (b) saving from the pursuit of the Department's Public Service Agreement targets in each year since they were...

      Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which organisations which were in receipt of a grant from him in 1997–98 no longer are; what the annual saving is; which organisations which were...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Ministers and officials had meetings with representatives of (a) the Confederation of British Industry, (b) the Engineering Employees Federation,...

      Official Photographers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions during the last 12 months an official photographer has accompanied (a) him and (b) other Ministers in his Department on official...

      Competitive Tendering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions in the last 12 months the requirement to engage in a competitive tendering process has been waived by his Department due to...

      Statutory Instruments

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

      Energy Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated (a) level and (b) cost of energy use in his Department and associated agencies was in each year since 1997; what proportion of energy...

      Public Inquiries (Phone Lines)

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

      Buildings Insurance

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

      Public Service Agreements

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

      Empty Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the empty residential properties in each London borough in the ownership of his Department and its agencies, giving (a) the type of...

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many jobs will be created in Portsmouth by making it the home for new aircraft carriers; and if he will make a statement.

      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.

      Education and Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what has been the annual cost of education and training in each service in each year since 1997.

      Employment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what are the employment costs, including benefits, of (a) all ministers representing his Department and (b) special advisers and their support staff...

      Anglo-French Discussions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent discussions ministers and officials have had with the French Government about French participation in the United Kingdom aircraft...

      SA80 Rifles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if SA80 rifles have been withdrawn from his Department's stocks for export.

      HMS Albion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what technical difficulties have been encountered in the construction of HMS Albion; and if he will make a statement.

      Medical Specialists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many medical specialists, and in which specialisations, there are in the Reserves; [78319b] (2) what plans he has to (a) call up and (b) put...

      Military Equipment (Gifts)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what items of military equipment have been given as a gift to another state, and when, since June 1997; and what the estimated value of the gift was in...

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many orders have been received for the Eurofighter (Typhoon).

      Mercantile Marine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many applications for war disablement pensions were made by members of the Mercantile Marine, in each of the last 20 years for which figures...

      Unexploded Ordnance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what changes there have been to the British Army's practice in clearing unexploded ordnance in foreign training grounds used by our forces since...

      Unexploded Ordnance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to contract clearance of unexploded ordnance at foreign military training sites used by British forces to specialist firms with...

      Unexploded Ordnance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Kenyan nationals are locally employed in assisting the British Army to clear unexploded ordnance at the Archer's Post training ground in Kenya;...

      Unexploded Ordnance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision the British Army has made to educate Kenyan civilians who live and work near the military training ground at Archer's Post about...

      John Bredenkamp

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contacts his Department's officials have had in the last three years with (a) John Bredenkamp and (b) companies controlled by or associated with...

      State Opening of Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel took part in the ceremony for the State Opening of Parliament in 2001; and how many he estimates will take part in 2002.

      Servicemen (Absenteeism)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many servicemen are absent without leave from their units; and what the figure was on 1 October 2001.

      Eurofighter Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Eurofighter Typhoons will be ordered by the armed forces; and when the armed forces will take delivery of the Eurofighter Typhoon.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will answer the question of 22 July from the hon. Member for Lewisham, Deptford.

      Public Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what public consultations have been commenced by his Department in each month since 10 October; and what the (a) start date, (b) closing date and (c)...

      Royal Ordnance (Bishopton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the NAO report on the Royal Ordnance factory at Bishopton will be published.

  • Health

    • GP Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the average general practitioner list in Worthing West.

    • NHS Staff (Confidentiality)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish his Department's new code of practice on confidentiality and consent for people working in the National Health Service.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many representations he has received in the past 12 months about obesity matters from (a) hon. and right hon. Members, (b) organisations and (c)...

      NHS Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the average NHS patient list size for (a) general practitioners and (b) dental practitioners, broken down by each primary care trust in England.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department is doing to improve its performance in providing replies to (a) letters and (b) questions from hon. Members.

      PSA Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what processes are in place to inform men that they can ask their general practitioner about the PSA test and the issues that surround it.

      Nuclear Installations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations his Department has received concerning the health implications of working and living in the vicinity of a nuclear power station.

      Cancer Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that every cancer patient within the NHS receives treatment from surgeons and physicians who are...

      Cancer Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations his Department has received concerning delays in obtaining NICE guidance on cancer treatments.

      Cancer Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of non-listed cancer patients require (a) diagnostic X-ray examinations, (b) ultrasound investigations for gynaecological and obstetric...

      Cancer Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place to ensure uniform reporting standards in cancer care; and if he will make a statement on cancer care data reporting standards.

      Cancer Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms he has in place to ensure the efficacy of cancer care data gathering measures.

      NHS Trust Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for each NHS trust, the value of land and buildings disposed of in the last three years; what targets he has set for the next three years;...

      Health Professions Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to allow more representatives from the professional advisory committees onto the Health Professionals Council; and if he...

      Out-Patient Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many out-patient consultations with private patients were held in NHS hospitals in each NHS region in each of the last six years.

      Seroxat

      Mr. Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what investigation he has made into the (a) side effects associated with and (b) general safety of Seroxat; (2) what...

      Teenage Pregnancy Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions have been performed on girls (a) under the age of 16 and (b) under the age of 18 since commencement of the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy;...

      Teenage Pregnancy Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many sexually transmitted infections have been recorded in girls (a) under the age of 16 and (b) under the age of 18 since commencement of the Teenage...

      Teenage Pregnancy Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which (a) pharmacies and (b) supermarkets in England and Wales are authorised to provide emergency contraception, including the so-called morning after...

      Teenage Pregnancy Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many conceptions have been recorded in girls (a) under the age of 16 and (b) under the age of 18 since the commencement of the Teenage Pregnancy...

      Teenage Pregnancy Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which schools in England and Wales are authorised to provide (a) contraception and (b) emergency contraception to their pupils; since when each school has...

      Hospital Chaplain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 15 October 2002, Official Report, column 795W, what access to information on a patient's religious affiliation a hospital...

      Ghana

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings Ministers have had with representatives of the Ghanaian Government in 2002.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if nurses operating on NHS Direct are able to give only pre-set answers to queries.

      Jams Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the organisations being consulted by the Food Standards Agency about the revision of the Jams Regulations.

      Jams Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the Government did not secure reserved descriptions in the EC Jams Directive (2001/113/EC) for (a) curd, (b) flavour curd, (c) lemon...

      Poultry Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement about the incidence and the levels of nitrofurans detected in poultry meat imported from Brazil.

      PET Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many PET scanners there are in England and at which hospitals; (2) What the cost is of a PET scanner to the National Health Service.

      Hospital Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals (a) he and (b) his Ministers visited since June 2001.

      Hormone Replacement Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of taking HRT long term on (a) the incidence of (i) breast cancer and (ii) osteoporosis and (b) the quality of...

      Prescription Dispensary Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on developing a national specification for automated prescription dispensary systems.

      Reporting Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the reporting rates are to the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre by (a) public health laboratories and (b) NHS microbiology laboratories.

      Public Health Laboratory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the preparedness of systems to replace the Public Health Laboratory Service.

      Public Health Laboratory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact on the existing effectiveness of the National Network of Microbiology Laboratories of the proposed changes to...

      Public Health Laboratory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when new replacement managed pathology networks are proposed to be established and effective to replace the Public Health Laboratory Service.

      Phsyical Activity Pilot Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish further details of the physical activity pilot projects announced in May; and when the #2.5m funding for the projects is to be made...

      Alcohol Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to reduce the waiting time for treatment for alcohol abuse; and if he will make a statement.

      Alcohol Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths from alcohol abuse of (a) women and (b) men there were in each year from 1997 to 2001.

      Drug and Alcohol Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the results of the separation of support for drug and alcohol reduction strategies; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase funds to hospices (a) in the UK and (b) in Lancashire.

      Emergency Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to implement the recommendations of the Reforming Emergency Care document in respect of addressing the recruitment and...

      Infection Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to adopt similar proposals to those introduced in Scotland on the development of training packages for NHS staff groups on...

      Nursing Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department collates on how many applications for pre-registration nursing courses are rejected on the ground that the supply of...

      Beef Assurance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list abattoirs in the South West and South East of England which will slaughter animals over the age of 30 months but less than 42 months...

      Community Health Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects community health councils to be abolished.

      Heart Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 23 October to the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham, column 400W, whether NHS patients will have a choice of all the...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) NHS and (b) private clinics are licensed to perform abortions up to birth; and if he will list them.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs were practising in England and Wales in each of the last five years, broken down by region.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many salaried (a) general practitioners and (b) dentists are employed in the Camden and Islington area.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's estimate is of the average number of patients allocated to each general practitioner in the Camden and Islington area.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of nurses starting work in the NHS in the last year were trained overseas.

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has established a foundation trust consultative group.

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his formulation of foundation status for hospitals has involved consideration of a voucher system for patients or GPs.

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many three star trusts have indicated an interest in becoming foundation trusts.

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to announce which 12 NHS trusts have been chosen to be foundation trusts.

      Angiograms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals (a) include and (b) exclude angiograms from (i) inpatient and (ii) outpatient waiting lists; and if he will make a statement.

      Job Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many job vacancies there were at (a) administrative assistant or equivalent, (b) administrative officer or equivalent, (c) administrative executive...

      Waiting List Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to extend waiting list targets to psychologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

      Sheep Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to ban from the food chain meat from the breeds of sheep that are susceptible to scrapie.

      Ambulance Response Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of ambulance response times to category A calls by the East Midlands Ambulance Trust in (a) the county of Rutland and (b) the Melton...

      Vitamin B6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the strength of Vitamin B6 when used for (a) countering heart disease and (b) female hormone control, in the light of the...

      Over-30-Months Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to review the Over-30-Months Scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Care Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate how many health care assistants work in the NHS and list the titles they work under; and if he will make a statement.

      Imported Meats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of the Food Standards Agency in terms of assessing the safety of imported meat.

      Professional Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the proposal for a Directive on the recognition of professional qualifications, with reference to its impact on (a) the...

      Birthweight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the incidence of low birthweight by county in descending order, for the most recent year for which available figures exist.

      Birthweight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the percentage incidence was of low birth weight babies, by local authority; for each of the last 20 years.

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many neurologists and paediatric neurologists with a specialism in epilepsy there are in the UK.

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) neurologists, (b) paediatric neurologists and (c) nurses with a specialism in epilepsy there are in the UK.

      Diagnostic Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations his Department has received concerning the cost of repeating diagnostic tests unnecessarily.

      Cancer Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to (a) adopt on-call arrangements, (b) extend working hours during the week and (c) operate a 24-hour service for cancer services...

      Travel Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assistance is made available by each health authority to patients travelling for treatment.

      Spinal and Orthopaedic Surgeons

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of additional spinal and orthopaedic surgeons that will be needed within the next 10 years;...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of the patents on breast cancer genes owned by Myriad Inc on testing for hereditary breast cancer; and what...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on objections made to the European patent office to the patents on breast cancer genes owned by Myriad Inc.

      Breast Cancer

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the target population for breast cancer screening was changed; and what percentage of the target population was screened in (a)...

      MRI Scanner (Pembury Hospital)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to announce whether to site a replacement permanent MRI scanner at Pembury hospital.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what further steps he plans to take to increase provision of NHS dental services in Lancashire; and if he will make a statement.

      Speech Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many children with severe learning difficulties received help from a speech therapist in each year from 1997 to 2001; (2) how much money was...

      Meningitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the measures to increase awareness of meningitis and their allocated funding have been for each year since 1997; (2) what measures are in...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of cancer patients are comorbid; and (a) how many and (b) what proportion of cancer patients there were in each year since 1998.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what instruments have been developed to classify different comorbid diseases; and whether a comorbidity index is a cancer registry requirement.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the data reporting standards for cancer, broken down by stage.

      Fragile X Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation has been undertaken with people with Fragile X syndrome and their families in connection with the Valuing People White Paper.

      Nursing Care Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what conditions are applied to payments of (a) attendance allowance and (b) payments towards nursing care; (2) what right of appeal care home...

      A and E Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to ensure that funding, made available to ease the burdens in accident and emergency departments, is reaching the front-line to...

      Sight Loss

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what additional investment is planned for (a) prevention, (b) detection and (c) rehabilitation of sight loss.

      Sight Loss

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in each of the nations of the UK have a sight problem.

      Laming Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the Laming Report has not yet been published; and when and how it will be published.

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are waiting for assessment for (a) homecare aids, (b) adaptations and (c) equipment in each social services department area in the UK; and...

      Breast Feeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on Government policy on encouraging breastfeeding.

      Shared Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the timing of NHS trust moving over to using shared financial services centres.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of health authorities have complaints procedures for mental health patients.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of mental health patients are delayed from hospital discharge in 2001–02 and what the reasons are for the delays; and if he will...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding was given to children's mental health services in each year since 1997.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the progress made to replace Shelton Hospital with a new mental health hospital.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of health authorities have a written care plan for mental health patients; (2) what proportion of mental health patients have been...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of community treatment orders on reducing the number of homicides by people diagnosed by mental health...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of schizophrenics have asked for, but been refused, hospital admission in the last 12 months.

      Testicular Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of testicular cancer; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Weapons Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with counterparts in other countries whose nationals have participated in the monitoring of atmospheric nuclear weapons...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate how many (a) children and (b) vulnerable adults that will be cared for by adults who had not received a Criminal Records Bureau check...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects (a) nurses supplied by agencies and (b) staff supplied by domiciliary care agencies will be required to have Criminal Records Bureau checks.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of asylum seekers in each London borough who do not have access to a general practitioner; and if he will make a...

      Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is putting in place to ensure the protection of vulnerable adults following the postponement of Criminal Records Bureau checks for people...

      Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how long he expects the postponement of the implementation of the protection of vulnerable adults lists provided for in the Care Standards Act 2000...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 15 October 2002, Official Report, column 810W, on care homes, which national providers he has written to regarding the failure...

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from hospital trusts or health bodies in the Camden and Islington area concerning the development of foundation...

      Day Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 29 October 2002, Official Report, column 742 W. what steps he will take to ensure day surgery facilities remain in Lichfield...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letters of 9 July and 16 September from the right hon. Member for Tonbridge and Malling regarding MRI scanning services in West Kent.

      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 (a) dated 23 November 2001, concerning lens solutions and (b) dated 22...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will reply to the letter written to him on 18 January by the hon. Member for Solihull, on behalf of his constituent Mr. Colin Reynard, of...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will write to the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam regarding his answer of 14 October 2002, Official Report, column 481W, concerning the number of...

      Smallpox Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list (a) the meetings between (i) ministers and (ii) officials in his Department with Powderject concerning the smallpox vaccine and (b) the...

      Overseas Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health at what intervals nurse recruitment agencies which have signed up to the ethical foreign nurse recruitment campaign will be reviewed.

      National Clinical Director of Primary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP surgeries have been visited by the GP tsar in that capacity since his appointment.

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the organisations which have advised him on the development of foundation hospitals; and if he will list the fees incurred by his...

      Organ Retention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many organs are retained at Leicestershire hospitals from deceased persons.

      Devolution

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

      General Chiropractic Council

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

      Public Health Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements will be in place to require local laboratories (a) to report to and (b) respond to requests from the Communicable Disease Surveillance...

      Departmental Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the schemes and initiatives sponsored by his Department and its agencies which are not the subject of national roll out, showing (a) the...

      Commission for Health Improvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) NHS trusts and (b) health authorities have failed service reviews conducted by the Commission for Health Improvement; and if he will...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the incidence of asthma in West London is including percentage change over the last five years; and if he will make a statement on the latest...

      Voluntary Organisations and Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which voluntary organisations and charities departmental Ministers have met since the beginning of June.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what central Government targets have been set for ambulance services; and what assessment has been made of whether they are being met.

      Independent Sector Usage Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he intends to publish the results of the Independent Sector Usage Survey.

      Stem Cell Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many applications the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has received for stem cell research; and how many have been awarded.

      Paddington Basin Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had in the last six months with the management of the Paddington Health Campus.

      Paddington Basin Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial recompense has been provided to Mr. Eric Sorenson the former project director of the Paddington Health Campus following his resignation on...

      Drugs (Storage and Transport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines have been given to (a) pharmacists and (b) primary care trusts to ensure that biological drugs are kept within recognised safe...

      Drugs (Storage and Transport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to ensure that biological drugs brought into the UK by parallel importers maintain their temperature integrity during transport.

      Biological Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to compel pharmaceutical companies who manufacture biological drugs to ensure their delivery to patients maintain the drugs within...

      Patient Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) quantity and (b) proportion of patient records are computer-based; and what (i) quantity and (ii) proportion of cancer patient records are...

      Patient Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training requirements are in place for new doctors to enable them to handle electronic patient records.

      Recruitment and Retention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what strategies his Department has to ensure that there is no ageism in recruitment and retention processes.

      Recruitment and Retention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of new recruits to his Department in the past two years were aged 50 and over.

      Winter Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has (a) carried out and (b) funded into excess winter mortality in other European Union countries.

      Biomedical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 14 October 2002, Official Report, column 498W, on biotechnology research projects, what proportion of (a) the medical research...

      CFS/Me

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research his Department has commissioned into the causes of myalgic encephalomyelitis.

      NICE Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the total cost to the NHS of guidance issued to date by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.

      Agency Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost to the NHS of agency nurses was in each of the last six years in (a) England (b) each NHS region; (2) How much was spent by the NHS...

      Neonatal Services Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish the neonatal services review; and if he will place a copy of (a) the review and (b) plans to change the configuration of services in...

      Cancelled Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were cancelled (a) on the day of admission and (b) before the day of admission at Wythenshawe Hospital in each quarter since 1997.

      Mobile Decontamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS acute trusts do not have mobile decontamination facilities available.

      Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies there were for (a) medical and dental staff, (b) qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff and (c) professions allied to...

      GP Access Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of GP practices met the 24 and 48 hour access targets set out in the NHS Plan in (a) England, (b) each NHS region and (c) each primary...

      Hospital Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on 24 May 2002, Official Report, column 1197W, on hospital transport if he will make a...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will answer questions 76287 and 75990 from the hon. Member for Yeovil; and if he will make a statement.

      Age-Related Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the annual cost was in 2001–02 to the NHS to social services of supporting people who suffer vision loss as a result of wet age-related...

      Age-Related Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of patients newly diagnosed with wet age related macular degeneration have access to photodynamic therapy for age-related macular...

      NHS Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how his Department plans to hold strategic health authorities to account for the performance of the NHS within their area as set out in paragraph 7.2 of...

      Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2002, Official Report, columns 128–9W, on social workers, what the provisional figures are for the numbers of...

      Silicone Cosmesis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what sums were allocated for expenditure on silicone cosmesis for artificial limbs from the NHS community services budget in (a) 2001–02, (b)...

      Prison Service (Mental Health)

      To ask the Secretary for Health when he expects the Prison Service mental Health teams to have completed their review of the physical cell environment to reduce ligature points in (a) young...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Sponsorships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the schemes and initiatives sponsored by her Department and its agencies which are not the subject of national roll...

    • Sport (Social Agenda)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the contribution sport can make to meeting the Government's social agenda; and how much investment the...

      Sustainable Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her answer of 2 July 2002, Official Report, columns 260–61W, on recycling, if she will make a statement on how her...

      Ageism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what strategies her Department has to ensure that there is no ageism in recruitment and retention processes.

      Recruitment (over 50s)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of new recruits to her Department in the past two years were aged 50 and over.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 15 October from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Tony Bowyer.

      Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures she is introducing to secure the future of (a) independent television broadcasters and (b) local programmes in Northern...

      Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what role ITV will be required to play in sustaining local programming under the new ITV Charter for the Nations and Regions.

      Extreme Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with stakeholders concerning regulating extreme sports.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with interested parties on the practicalities of a London bid for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many football games Ministers in her Department have attended since 1 June 2001 in their official capacity; and where those games...

      Racist Incidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with (a) European colleagues, (b) the FA and (c) other interested parties regarding recent racist incidents...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) parliamentary questions and (b) letters to her from hon. Members in this session remain unanswered, broken down by those...

      Queen Alexandra Hospital Site

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what conditions on development were laid down by her Department when it gave the former Queen Alexandra hospital site in John Islip...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her answer of 24 May 2002, Official Report, columns 648–9W, how many visits have been conducted by each parliamentary...

      British Board of Film Classification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the members of the British Board of Film Classification.

      Sport Grants

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will announce the level of grant to (a) Sport England and (b) UK Sport for financial year 2003–2004;...

      Public Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what public consultations have been commenced by her Department in each month since 20 July; and what the (a) start date, (b) closing...

      Film Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Film Council is taking to increase the number of films that are (a) subtitled and (b) audio-described.

      Alcohol Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how she estimates the removal of licensing jurisdiction from the courts to the local authorities will contribute to the Government's...

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to assess the safety practices of bungee jumping.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • GM Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what is her Department's position on acceptable thresholds for the adventitious presence of genetically modified organisms...

    • GM Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will set out her policy towards draft EU proposals for new seed regulations.

      Organic Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answers on 29 October (76252, 76253 and 76254), if she will place the correspondence to and from her...

      Illegal Food Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many non-statutory inspections were carried out for illegal food imports in each of the last 10 years, broken down by...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will support the European Commission's proposal that financial assistance should be given to farmers to help them...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will support the European Commission's proposal to link the payment of Common Agricultural Policy subsidies to...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the welfare of milking cows.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) live sheep and (b) live pigs have been exported from the United Kingdom to date in 2002 for (i) slaughter, (ii)...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many live sheep were exported from Dover to continental Europe on (a) 17 October, (b) 18 October, (c) 20 October...

      Home Energy Conservation Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representation her Department has received from local authorities (a) prior to and (b) following the withdrawal of the...

      Rural Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many funding commitments were launched by her Department and across the Government following the publication of the Rural...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many illegal meat imports were identified by Customs and Excise entering the UK in each of the last 10 years, broken...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which of the notifiable diseases mentioned in Schedule 2A of the Government's Animal Health Bill 2001 she estimates are able...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many prosecutions there have been since January 2000 of persons found to be selling illegally imported meat products.

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many extra staff have been appointed to detect illegally imported meat at ports of entry to the UK since the outbreak of...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 11 April 2002, Official Report, column 585W, on illegal meat imports, what progress has been made...

      Biosecurity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; if she will list the biosecurity measures, introduced by the Government at UK air and seaports since the 2001 foot and mouth...

      Forest Stewardship Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding the Government has allocated to the Forest Stewardship Council in each year since 1997.

      Electrical Appliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research has been conducted by her Department on assessing the role of consumer choice in product purchase and its...

      Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the extent of antibiotic use in agriculture, and if she will make a statement.

      African Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the price was at 1st October of one kilo of (a) unprocessed cocoa Beans, (b) unprocessed coffee beans, (c) unprocessed...

      Environment Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what was the outcome of the Environment Council on 17 October; what the Government's stance was on each issue discussed,...

      Local Agenda 21

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information on the work of Local Agenda 21 groups is received in her Department; and what efforts are made to...

      Game Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the availability of Emtryl to the UK game bird rearers.

      Haskins Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the terms are of the recently announced inquiry to be headed by Lord Haskins relating to her Department.

      Agency Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the budget is for the (a) Countryside Agency, (b) Environment Agency, (c) Central Science Laboratory, (d) Veterinary...

      Pigswill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what proportion of responses received to the pigswill consultation were in favour of (a) tightening controls, (b)...

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) , whether the subsidy from the European Union aims to provide free school milk for children aged up to (a) seven and (b)...

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) , what measures she has taken to encourage supermarket chains to increase the purchase of milk from dairy farmers; (2)...

      Parrett Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, where the Chairman of the Parrett catchment project has visited overseas on official business in the last two years.

      Parrett Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, what theChairman of the Parrett catchment project has been paid in out-of-pocket expenses over the last two years.

      Heathrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects (a) the new DEFRA inspection team and (b) the sniffer dogs to be deployed at Heathrow.

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many claims for payment under (a) the beef special premium scheme 2001 and (b) the suckler cow premium scheme 2001 have...

      Dairy Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimates she has made of consumption of (a) dairy products and (b) milk in each nation of the UK in each of the last...

      Dairy Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many animals there were in each dairy herd in each nation of the United Kingdom in each of the last 10 years.

      Dairy Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what milk yields were; what percentage milk represented of final agricultural product; and what average milk prices were,...

      Dairy Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dairy farmers there were; and what the average dairy herd size was, in each nation of the United Kingdom in each of...

      Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Government will introduce legislation to compel the use of biodegradeable materials for packaging of goods.

      Animal Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason the United Kingdom made no application to the EU for a share of its 2003 funding programme to control animal...

      Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on completing the Shrewsbury flood defence scheme.

      Cod

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer to the hon. Member for Argyll and Bute at European Standing Committee A on 23 April 2002 column 7,...

      Cod

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the hon. Member for Argyll and Bute at European Standing...

      Cod

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate her Department has made of the weight and value of cod discarded in each of the fish management areas in...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much in outstanding claims against her Department is owed in respect of clean-up operations on farms affected by foot...

      Microlisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans she has to provide match funding for microlisation; and if she will make a statement; (2) what steps she...

      Fly Tipping and Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with farmers about fly tipping and landfill taxes; and if she will make a statement.

      TB Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to increase the rate of TB testing in Gloucestershire; and if she will make a statement.

      20-Day Standstill Rule

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to review the 20 day standstill rule; and if she will make a statement.

      GM Seeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which GM crop varieties started national seed listing trials in September 2002; if she will give their (a) locations and (b)...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many climate change levy underlying agreements within the meaning of paragraph 48 of Schedule 6 to the Finance Act 2000...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many climate change agreements within the meaning of paragraph 47 of Schedule 6 to the Finance Act 2000 and variations,...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the outcome of the Climate Change Conference in New Delhi; and if she will place in the...

      Waste Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her estimate is of the stock pile of waste tyres in England in each of the last five years.

      Waste Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what research she is undertaking into the environmentally safe disposal of waste tyres; (2) what assessment she has...

      Organic Cattle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a grant to Mr. Richard Smith of Sharpham, Totnes, Devon, to make good the failure of the Beef Assurance...

      Public Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what public consultations have been commenced by her Department in each month since 20 July; and what the (a) start date,...

      Welbeck Tip

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to be able to answer the letters sent to the Environment Minister on 5 October 2001 and 20 February 2002 by...

      Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what agreements were reached at the recent World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg relating to chemicals.

      Plastic Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her latest estimate is of the value of non-recyclable plastic waste used for (a) landfill and (b) incineration for each...

      Animal Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what changes have been made in the 20 day rule on animal movements since its introduction; and if she will make a statement.

      Animal Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an amendment to the 20 day standstill rule in the event of livestock being brought to feed for a period...

      Horticulture Research International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding has been allocated to Horticulture Research International in each of the last 10 years.

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which of the GM farm scale trials of maize, oil seed rape and beet planted between Autumn 2001 and Spring 2002 (a) ran until...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will place the tender documents for the biodiversity monitoring on the farm scale evaluations on sugar beet and...

      Farm Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, what the average farm incomes, by sector, were for each year since 1992 for farms within Shrewsbury and Atcham.

      Agricultural Wages Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 21st October (75916) what relevant qualifications Professor Ian Smith and Mrs Jacquie Findlay had...

      Earth Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to circulate Local Agenda 21 groups on the Government's evaluation of the Earth Summit held in Johannesburg.

      Aflatoxin Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many incidents there have been of aflatoxin infections in each of the last five years.

      Capital Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environmental Food and Rural Affairs, what the estimated total cost is of delivering a 10 year 70,000 solar PV roof programme, funded by 50 per cent capital...

      Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, what changes have taken place in the (a) gross and (b) net incomes of the (i) top and (ii) bottom deciles of farmers in each...

      Non-devolved Posts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many non-devolved posts were advertised in the Press in each year from June 1999; and what percentage of them were...

      Energy Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with energy conservation authorities regarding her policy on home energy conservation.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) pursuant to the Answer of 15 October, Official Report, columns 581–2W, on energy efficiency, to the hon....

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Contaminated Land

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the amount of contaminated land that has been restored for beneficial use on an annual basis was, broken down by local authority area, in England and Wales...

    • Census

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the population was of each local authority in England based on the 2001 census; what the change was in the population of each authority since the mid year...

      Littering Offences

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many fixed penalty notices were issued in England and Wales broken down by local authority area since 1997.

      Advantage West Midlands

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if she will list the members of Advantage West Midlands; from what areas they are drawn; what their function is; how they were chosen; how they can be dismissed;...

      EU Equal Treatment Directive

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he intends to publish draft regulations and draft consolidated legislation on the age strand of the consultation Equality and Diversity: The Way Ahead with...

      Mayoral Elections

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been spent by (a) his Department, (b) local councils and (c) other bodies on mayoral elections and referenda since January 2001.

      Pathfinders Housing Allowance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list those constituencies in which Pathfinder for Housing Allowance is being made available.

      Firefighters' Strike

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he has contingency plans to allow the Armed Forces access to standard fire service fire engines during Fire Service strikes.

      Firefighters' Strike

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he has taken to provide for emergency cover in the event of floods during any strike by fire brigade personnel.

      Firefighters' Strike

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what his estimate is of the number of fire fighting emergency vehicles which will be available in Somerset in the event of a firefighters strike; how many...

      Firefighters' Strike

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what preparations he has made to ensure the safety and continuity of service to the public in Cambridgeshire in the event of a firefighters' strike; and what the...

      Firefighters' Strike

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) when the Independent Review Commission looking at firefighters' pay is expected to report; and if he will make a statement; (2) if he will list the members...

      Ageism

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what strategies his Department has to ensure that there is no ageism in recruitment and retention processes.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister what role his Department expects local government to play in the delivery of (a) objectives agreed at the recent World Summit on Sustainable...

      Community Halls (Grants)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what grants his Department has allocated to community halls for the cost of installing disabled toilets in each of the last three years; what funds his...

      Post Office Network

      To ask the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister what criteria will be used to define deprived areas in relation to the Post Office Urban Network Re-invention Programme.

      Home Safety

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what firm his Department has commissioned to gather data from individual householders about safety in the home; and if he will make a statement.

      Urban Summit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much (a) money, (b) departmental time and (c) other resources the Government has expended on the Urban Summit.

      Urban Summit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which urban councils not controlled by the Labour Party were represented at the Urban Summit on 31st October to 1st November.

      Urban Summit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which (a) district councillors and (b) officers from urban councils which are not controlled by the Labour Party were invited (i) to speak and (ii) to chair...

      Urban Summit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the (a) regeneration initiatives and (b) publications launched by his Department at the Urban Summit in Birmingham; what the cost was of holding...

      British-Irish Relations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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 took...

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many planning appeals his Department has decided on mobile phone masts and base stations; and what the outcome of the appeals were in each of the last three...

      Starter Homes Initiative

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many applications have been approved under the Starter Homes Initiative since its introduction, broken down by local authority area.

      Regions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what were the administrative costs of (a) regional development agencies, (b) government offices for the regions and (c) regional chambers, in each region, this...

      Regions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many written representations he has received in the last 12 months expressing support for elected regional assemblies; and if he will make a statement.

      Overseas Visits

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list each overseas visit undertaken by himself and his Ministers along with the cost of each trip.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many discussions ministers have held with (a) Sir George Bain and members and officers of the Bain Inquiry since September and (b) representatives of the Fire...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the commencement date of each review undertaken in respect of the Fire Service; and in each case, whether (a) the findings have been...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many(a) homeless priority acceptances, (b) people living in temporary accommodation, (c) people living in bed-and-breakfast accomodation and (d) children...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his estimate is of the number of homeless (a) individuals and (b) families accommodated in (i) bed and breakfast and (ii) hostels in each London borough; and...

      Ministerial Discussions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many discussions Ministers have held with (a) councillors, (b) devolved Administrations and (c) the Mayor of London since May; what subjects were discussed at...

      Housing Stock

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many dwellings were transferred under large scale stock transfers in each year since 1997, broken down by local authority area; and if he will make a statement.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much affordable housing there was in each region in England and Wales in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many respondents to the Consultation Paper on a Decency Standard for Social Housing supported the view that the proposed minimum standards required under the...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many successful asylum applicants were subsequently housed in social housing in each Government Office region in each year since 1999.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many of those recognised as refugees and granted indefinite leave to remain or exceptional leave to remain were later accepted as being owed a duty by a local...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which of his Department's Public Service Agreements relate to fuel poverty reduction; and what progress has been made to date in achieving them.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will estimate the number of fuel-poor households who occupy dwellings that meet the Thermal Comfort criteria of the Decent Homes Standard; and how many...

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what information he has collated on the number of council dwellings sold under right-to-buy in each of the past five years in each London borough; and the number...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the special advisers serving in his Department, and their salary bands; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing Fitness Standards

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the timescale is for the full implementation of the Housing, Health and Safety Rating System; and what mechanisms exist to ensure compliance with its...

      Land Ownership (Public Authorities)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment has been made by his Department of the total development land owned by public authorities in each London borough; and what advice he gives on its...

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans his Department has to decentralise non-departmental public bodies that are affiliated to his Department and devolve their responsibilities to local...

      Parliamentary Questions/Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) parliamentary questions and (b) letters to him from hon. Members in this session remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i) one month old,...

      Houses in Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to bring forward legislation to ensure that homes in multiple occupation meet satisfactory standards, with particular reference to energy efficiency.

      Council Rents

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what estimate he has made of the cumulative additional rent paid in real terms over the 10 years rent restructuring period by council tenants in London in...

      Council Rents

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to ensure that the proceeds of the increased rents in real terms paid by council tenants in London over successive years as a result of rent...

      Agricultural Buildings (Rates)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the benefit accruing to agriculture from the exemption of agricultural buildings from payment...

      Decent Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made at 2002–03 prices of (a) the national total and (b) totals broken down by Government Office region for the investment required to...

      Housing Receipts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will set out for each year from 1997–98, and including estimates for 2002–03, (a) the totals of set-aside housing receipts and (b) the...

      Revenue Grant Distribution

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many representations he has received from residents of (a) Cheshire and (b) Congleton constituency registering their response to his Department's review of...

      Shropshire Waste Plan

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the objectors to sites SA 22 and 23 in the Shropshire Waste Plan produced by Shropshire County Council; and if he will place copies of the...

      Renewable Energy

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the steps which he is taking to promote building integrated renewables, with special reference to solar thermal...

      Seaside and Country Homes Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 22 October 2002, Official Report, column 283W, on the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme, if he will commission research into (a) the...

      Seaside and Country Homes Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library the location of the dwellings used under the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme.

      Housing (Overcrowding)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what legislation is in force relating to overcrowding standards in housing; and when each provision came into force.

      Housing (Overcrowding)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 22 October 2002, Official Report, column 284W, on overcrowding, if it is his policy (a) to end the practice of counting living rooms as...

      Local Authority Finance

      To ask the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of spending by (a) Hampshire County Council, (b) Fareham Borough Council, (c) English county councils and (d) English district...

      Public Consultations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what public consultations have been commenced by his Department in each month since 10 September; and what the (a) start date, (b) closing date and (c) website...

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the impact of the introduction of Supporting People; and whether a community care assessment will be required for residents living...

      Urban Regeneration

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to encourage urban regeneration.

      Urban Regeneration

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many of the recommendations by Lord Rogers of Riverside's Urban Task Force have been implemented.

      Fly Tipping

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the cost of fly tipping to local authorities in (a) Greater London and (b) England and Wales in each of the last five years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Moscow Theatre Siege

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to establish whether the gas used by the Russian Government to end the Moscow theatre siege contained...

    • EU Documents (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions there have been breaches of security with respect to security covered EU documents in the last three years.

      Consular Assistance (Tourist Resorts)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many requests have been received for consular assistance during the last 12 months in (a) Tenerife, (b) Corfu, (c) Majorca,...

      European Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those cases over the past 10 years where a staff member of the European Commission has been suspended; on what...

      Departmental Staff (Ethnic Minorities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals he has to increase the level of representations of black and Asian people in his Department.

      (Over-50s) Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of new recruits to his Department in the past two years were aged 50 and over.

      Deaths (UK Nationals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many deaths of UK nationals have been notified to his Department (a) in Greece and (b) the island of Rhodes in the last 12...

      Burma (International Aid)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department has collated regarding the Thai authorities' destruction of international aid destined for...

      Singapore

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Singapore regarding the imprisonment of the leader of the Singapore...

      Singapore

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has held with the Government of Singapore regarding freedom of speech and human rights issues.

      Child Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many cases of prevention of access to children of British Nationals living in Germany have been reported to each of the...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the right of the people of Western Sahara to self-determination; and what steps it is taking...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what definition of internal repression is used in considering applications for export licences.

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what definition of internal repression is used in considering applications for export licences.

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how United Kingdom citizens may obtain copies of the draft report of the Convention on the future of Europe; and what steps he...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his policy towards qualified majority voting for deciding when national parliaments should be...

      Ministerial Meeting (Indian Foreign Minister)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his recent meeting with Mr. Yashwant Sinha, the Indian Foreign Minister.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contributions the United Kingdom has made through the EU to the North Korean light water nuclear reactor programme; and...

      Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on democratic development on Ascension Island.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the application for an export licence for the supply of two de-mining vests to the United Nations...

      Council of the European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for November and major European Union events for...

      Malaysia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been made to the Government of Malaysia concerning the operation of the Internal Security Act and its...

      Malaysia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations have been made to the Government of Malaysia concerning the imprisonment of the former Deputy Prime...

      National Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent meetings have been held with the US Deparments of (a) State and (b) Defense on the United Kingdom's contribution to...

      Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to ensure that the Boundary Commission in Bermuda has properly discharged its duty to invite...

      Sikhs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations have been received by Her Majesty's Government from the Indian Government concerning the separate ethnic...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the sale by the wife of the Zimbabwe National Army Commander, of crops seized from Chakoma...

      Anglo-French Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) which country first proposed an Anglo-French Summit to take place in the last three months of this year; (2) when a place...

      UK Consulates (California)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact on the (a) diplomatic and (b) business role of the United Kingdom Consulates in...

      Charter of Fundamental Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if it is his policy to make the Charter of Fundamental Rights enforceable in law.

  • President of the Council

    • European Scrutiny

      To ask the President of the Council, what plans he has to bring forward proposals to give further powers to Select Committees to take evidence on matters relating to European policy and European...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with autism and Asperger's Syndrome applied for disability living allowance in 2001; how many were (a) successful in their...

    • Private Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with (a) the pensions industry (b) employers and (c) trades unions to ensure that the public is better informed...

      Private Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many final salary pension scheme closures there were over the last five years.

      HSE Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the impact of the recent change in the annual number of Health and Safety Executive inspections.

      HSE Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the level of investigations by the Health and Safety Executive into deaths and major injuries of (a) the public...

      HSE Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the levels of prosecution following investigation by the Health and Safety Executive into deaths and major...

      HSE Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many accidents were (a) reported to and (b) investigated by the Field Operations division of the HSE in (i) 1998 99, (ii) 1999–2000,...

      HSE Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans he has to increase the proportion of (a) dangerous occurrences and (b) major injuries investigated by the Health and Safety...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether housing benefit will continue to be paid four weeks in arrears in the housing benefit reform pilot areas.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the report made to him on housing benefit at Swale Borough Council.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how he will indentify those vulnerable people he intends to safeguard in the housing benefit reform pilot areas; and what form these...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how mobility within and between neighbourhoods of differing housing quality and cost will be monitored in the housing benefit reform...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people are receiving housing benefit in respect of private sector tenancies, (a) in Great Britain and (b) each of the smallest...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have had their housing benefit restricted to below the level of rent payable as a result of the local reference rent; and how...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact of Swale borough council's housing benefit procedures on homelessness in Sittingbourne and Sheppey.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in receipt of housing benefit in the private sector in Wandsworth have to make up the difference between the amount received...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of gainers in the housing benefit reform pilot areas are likely to benefit from the removal of housing benefit restrictions...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what reasons underlay his decision on the length of the period before landlords can begin receiving housing benefit directly if a tenant gets...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on how the rapid re-claim facility for housing benefit will operate; and what targets have been set for the time...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by what means information will be made publicly available about (a) the size and boundaries of localities determined by the Rent Service to...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many persons have been found to have been claiming benefits pending an asylum application in the UK and Eire at the same time in each...

      Job Advertisements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many posts were advertised in the press in each year from June 1999; and what percentage of them were advertised in the Scottish press.

      Goodwin and I v. UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the answer of 24 July, concerning the case of Goodwin and I v. UK, Official Report, col 1308W, if he will list the several...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will reply to the letters dated 28 August and 20 September from the hon. Member for Buckingham.

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many current CSA assessments would be altered by implementation of the proposed changes in procedures.

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average payment made in child support maintenance by the non-resident parent under the CSA system for (a) one child, (b) two children...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average child support maintenance assessment is for (a) all, (b) employed and (c) unemployed non-resident parents for (i) one, (ii)...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the timetable for the introduction of the proposed changes in the CSA; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, (1) if he will update his estimates of gainers and losers from his proposed reforms to child support; (2) what estimates he has made of the...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will estimate the (a) percentage and (b) number of non-resident parents who will see (i) an increase and (ii) a decrease in their...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been paid in compensation for Child Support Agency maladministration in each of the last five years; and how many cases have been...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 28 October 2002, Official Report, column 649W, on child maintenance, what proportion of parents with care on income...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints and queries have been dealt with by the Child Support Agency in each of the last five years; how many absent parents were...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what income sources his Department includes when measuring progress towards the Government's target on increasing the balance of spending on...

      Harrow Benefits Agency

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints have been received about late payment of benefits by the Harrow Benefits Agency in the last 12 months;...

      Disability Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disabled benefit recipients have failed his Department's tests in each of the last five years for which records are available; and...

      Jobcentre PWS Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many (a) income support, (b) incapacity benefit, (c) invalid care allowance, (d) bereavement benefit and (e) severe disablement...

      NIRS2 Recalculation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average (a) underpayment and (b) overpayment for (i) retirement pension, (ii) widow's benefit, (iii) bereavement benefit, (iv)...

      Unemployment and Sickness Benefit (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are claiming (a) unemployment related and (b) sickness-related benefits in each local authority in Wales.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what circumstances incapacity benefit is means tested; and whether the incapacity benefit is reduced if a man aged 61 has an occupational...

      Occupational Deafness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will publish the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council report on occupational deafness.

      Focus Group Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what use he and his Department have made of focus group research since June 2001; if he will identify for each research project the topics...

      Pay Offer Pack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost was of the Pay 2002 information pack circulation; and if he will make a statement in respect of targeting information to recipients

      Jobcentres (Wiltshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees there are broken down by function at (a) Avon House Jobcentre, Salisbury, (b) Amesbury Jobcentre and (c) Summerlock House,...

      Jobcentres (Wiltshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of his staff at (a) Avon House Jobcentre, Salisbury, (b) Amesbury Jobcentre and (c) Summerlock House, Salisbury were (i) threatened,...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost would be of extending winter fuel payments to those families who receive disability living allowance.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if the departmental computer error affecting the entitlement to the winter fuel payment of residents in separate tenement flats at the same...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects pensioners to receive the winter fuel allowance this winter.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much money has been paid as winter fuel allowance to UK citizens living abroad since the allowance was introduced.

      Pensions (Employer Contributions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees with personal pension plans receive an employer contribution into their pension of (a) 0 (b) less than 3 per cent. (c) 3 to...

      Pensions (Employer Contributions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many employees in defined benefit occupational pension schemes receive an employer contribution into their pension of (a) 0, (b) less...

      Recruitment (Over-50s)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of new recruits to his Department in the past two years were aged 50 and over.

      Telephone Helplines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the telephone helplines run by his Department and its agencies including (a) the relevant telephone numbers and (b) how many...

      Supported Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which disability-specific national programmes his Department is funding for supported employment; and what plans he has to fund a national...

      Stakeholder Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the take up of stakeholder pensions.

      Special Advisers

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

      Public Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what public consultations have been commenced by his Department in each month since 10 June; and what the (a) start date (b) closing date and...

      Public Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 28 October 2002, Official Report, column 632W, on post offices, what alternative methods he is assessing to pay...

      Jobcentre Plus Staff (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the latest quarterly figures are for incidents of violence against staff in Job Centre Plus offices.

      Outset Ltd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what process he went through to satisfy himself of the solvency and fitness for purpose of the company Outset Ltd before it was contracted to...

      Pensioner Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of projected pensioner poverty.

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost would be of extending the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme to Families with disabled children.

      Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Works and Pension, what the maximum permitted levels of radiation exposure are for (a) workers in the nuclear industry and (b) members of the public; and how...

      Blind/Partially Sighted People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of (a) blind and (b) partially sighted people in each of the nations of the UK are unemployed.

      Payment Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Harwich (Mr. Henderson) of 21 October 2004 Official Report, column 14, on the Universal Bank,...

      Payment Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which benefits he intends to transfer from cash payments to direct bank transactions in April 2003; and of these (a) what proportion of...

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it is possible for somebody to become financially worse off as a consequence of moving from a position of receiving income support and...

      Anti-fraud Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff are employed by Jobcentre Plus on anti-fraud work; and how many people were employed in total on this work in the two...

      Anti-fraud Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the rate of staff turnover in each of the last three years in (a) benefit fraud inspection work and (b) his Department as a...

      Employers' Liability Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of companies conducting business without employers' liability insurance.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will review the rules that require family members not on qualifying benefits to pay for funerals, rather than receiving help from...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will make a statement on his policy on the future availability of Social Fund loans and their extension to a wider group of people...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will change the eligibility criteria to allow people who qualify for the maximum child credit and working tax credit to apply for help...

      Social Fund

      To ask the the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will ensure that from April 2003, people who qualify for maximum child credit and/or who qualify for Working Tax Credit are eligible...

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will review the arrangements for the granting and collection of Crisis Loans, with particular reference to accessibility in rural areas.

      Budgeting Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will ensure that regular statements are issued showing the outstanding balance on any budgeting loan; (2) if he will amend the...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the membership is of the Organised Crime Task Force in Northern Ireland.

    • Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what funds have been allocated specifically for tackling organised crime in Northern Ireland.

      Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the terms and conditions are of the appointment of Professor Ronald Goldstock as an adviser to the Secretary of State on organised crime;...

      Academic Selection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Pursuant to the answer of the Minister of State on 28 October, Official Report, column 513W, on the 11-plus, on what evidence he bases the...

      Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he received the Quigley review of the operation of the Parades Commission; when he transmitted the report to the (a) Government of...

      Blind/Partially Sighted People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland suffer from (a) serious sight loss and (b) blindness.

      General Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what (a) area is covered by and (b) the greatest travelling time between doctor and patient is in each general practice out of hours...

      General Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) doctors and (b) practices are involved in each of the general practice out of hours co-operatives in Northern Ireland.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action he is taking to increase screening for children and adults in cases where a family member has already been diagnosed as being diabetic.

      European City of Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what measures he proposes to advance the application of Belfast to be named European City of Culture.

      Personal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the report of the Inter-Departmental Group on Personal Care will be completed; when he expects to publish the report; and what public...

      Castlereagh Break-in

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many police officers have had to move home in response to the security threat arising from the break-in at Castlereagh Police Station; and...

      Business Manifesto

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the Business Manifesto issued by the Confederation of British Industry for Northern Ireland; and if he will make...

      Law and Order Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the terms of reference are of the Law and Order Task Force; what its membership is; how frequently and where it will meet; what resources...

      European Court Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will place in the Library a copy of the paper delivered on 8 October to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in relation...

      Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost was of organising and publicising the PSNI New Directions conference; what monies were expended on external consultancies and...

      Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what consultancy fees (a) the Policing Board, (b) The RUC/PSNI and (c) the Northern Ireland Office have paid in (i) 2000 and (ii) 2001 and to...

      Parliamentary Boundary Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will announce the name of the newly appointed member of the Northern Ireland Parliamentary Boundary Commission.

  • International Development

    • East Timor

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the creation of a UN International Tribunal to bring to justice the major perpetrators of crimes...

    • Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the arrest and subsequent release of the leader of the opposition in Malawi; and what...

      Health and Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the UK's overseas aid budget is allocated to a) basic health provision and b) education.

      Rwanda/Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the outcome of the meeting between President Museveni and President Kagame in London last week.

      Water Supplies (Palestinian Territories)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the water security situation in the Palestinian Territories; and if she will make a statement.

      Lira Refugee Camp

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the overcrowding in the refugee camp in Lira, Uganda; what discussions her Department has had with...

      Ageism

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what strategies her Department has to ensure that there is no ageism in recruitment and retention processes.

      European Bank of Reconstruction and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial support her Department has given to the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development in each of the last five years;...

      Intellectual Property Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if the Government will recommend extending TRIPS implementation deadlines for all developing countries.

  • Minister for Women

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women, what assessment she has made of the impact of the Government's policies on reducing the disparities between men and women's pay.

  • Home Department

    • War Memorials

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to protect war memorials in England and Wales.

    • Race Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will publish the third edition of Race Equality in Public Services.

      Smoking (Public Places)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to ban smoking in public places.

      Passports (Hong Kong)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received from Sir James Hodge concerning the status of BNOCO BDTC passports in Hong Kong.

      Immigration Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to improve immigration control to ensure that people coming into the United Kingdom do so in accordance with the...

      Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to meet Governor Ridge, the Head of Homeland Security, on his visit to the United Kingdom, and if he will make a statement.

      National Insurance Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the Department of Work and Pensions to make progress in respect of delays in issuing national insurance numbers and...

  • Scotland

    • Firefighters' Strike

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what preparations she has made to ensure the safety and continuity of service to the public in the event of a firefighters' strike; and what the cost is...

    • Skills Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will make a statement on the impact of regional gross domestic product disparity of skills migration.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) parliamentary questions and (b) letters to her from hon. Members in this session remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i) one...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimates her Department has made of the sectors which have contributed to the change in unemployment in Scotland in the last seven months.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture Regulations

      Mr. Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many regulations have been introduced in each year since 1992 related to agriculture.

    • Focus Group Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what use she and her Department has made of focus group research since June 2001; if she will identify for each research...

      Community Rail Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent by her Department on Community Rail partnerships in rural areas in (a) 2000–01, (b)...

      Rural Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 28 October 2002, Official Report, column 587W, on rural expenditure, to the hon. member for...

      Organic Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what legislation governs the sale of products labelled as organic; and what bodies are responsible for (a) implementation of...

      Farm Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average farm income was (a) in 1997 and (b) at the most recent available date in real terms.

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what support and assistance she is providing to dairy farmers.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research her Department has undertaken to investigate funding of doorstep recycling schemes.

      Home Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment has been made by her Department of the cost and potential savings at a different initial levels of...

      Home Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will estimate how many households would be taken out of fuel poverty if their properties were to be improved by...

      Abattoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent by her Department on supporting small and medium sized abattoirs in (a) 2000–01, (b)...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she received the latest annual report from the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee; what response she has...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the list of prospective sites for the disposal of radioactive waste drawn up by NIREX.

      Weeds Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the amount of ragwort growing in the UK; and if she will propose amendments to the Weeds Act...

      Parliamentary Questions/Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) parliamentary questions and (b) letters to her from hon. Members in the current session remain unanswered,...

      Plant Health Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on Directive 2002/36/EC (OJ L116, 3 May 2002) as it relates to measures in the United Kingdom;...

      Agricultural Wages Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she plans to abolish the Agricultural Wages Board; and if she will make a statement.

      ARBRE Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is towards the recovery of grants paid to ARBRE Energy in respect of the Eggborough power station.

      British Cattle Movement Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what investigation she has made of delays in sending out claims forms by the British Cattle Movement Service; and if she will...

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her most recent estimate is of annual emissions of carbon dioxide in the UK; and what the level was in 1997.

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what future reductions in CO2 emissions are expected by 2010 as a result of Government policy in (a) the domestic sector, (b)...

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will commission an independent analysis of the likelihood of current Government policies being able to deliver a 20...

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what her assessment is of the change in carbon dioxide emissions that will result from households switching to digital...

      Cold Sector (Energy Efficiency)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what Energy Efficiency Index targets have been set for the United Kingdom cold sector as part of the market transformation...

      Cold Sector (Energy Efficiency)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) discussions she has had, (b) representations she has received and (c) meetings she has attended in relation to...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she intends to reply to the letter dated 4 March from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding his constituent,...

      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 25 April, ref 168998.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will answer the letters of 11 June and 13 August from the right hon. Member for Penrith and The Borders on behalf of...

      Countryside Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the budget for the Countryside Agency is for 2002–03; and how it is allocated among the Agency's main projects.

      Countryside Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the next review of the Countryside Agency's funding will be.

      Energy Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will publish the White Paper on Energy Policy.

      Farm Mapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what procedure will be followed if farmers disagree with field size calculated by digital mapping.

      GM Fish

      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 continuing development of GM fish.

      Halons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has undertaken to ascertain whether halons from fire-extinguishing systems made illegal after...

      Halons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tonnes of Halons remain in service in the United Kingdom, and of this tonnage, how much comprises (a) H1301 and (b)...

      Halons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to ensure atmospherically friendly products are being promoted as a preferable option to...

      Household Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times a week she recommends household rubbish collections should take place; and what measures are in place to...

      Household Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many local authorities have systems for recycling household waste from the doorstep; where they are located; and what...

      Market Transformation Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will place in the Library copies of the minutes from meetings of the Market Transformation Programme, attended by her...

      Peninsular Proteins Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will make a decision in respect of an appeal by Peninsular Proteins Ltd. against a refusal to grant a licence to...

      Plastic Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals she has for reducing householders' use of plastic products that are not biodegradeable.

      Plastic Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consultation she is undertaking on the introduction of a charge for plastic bags given out in shops; and if she will...

      Sellafield Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,what action will be taken to eliminate the discharges of Technetium-99 from Sellafield into the Irish Sea.

      SF6 Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how her Department regulates the use of SF6 and its emissions in electricity transmission and distribution in the United Kingdom.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) assessment has been made and (b) discussions have taken place, or are planned by her Department, of the political...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions her Department has had with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in relation to the role of local...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason the UK did not have a stand at the Umbuntu Village and the NASREC exhibition space at the recent World Summit...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps have been taken to develop national coalitions to assist in the delivery of (a) outcomes of the recent World...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans her Department has to (a) attend and (b) support events relating to outcomes of the recent World Summit on...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which individuals and organisations who were consulted by her Department in relation to (a) Prepcom meetings and discussions...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department has taken to (a) develop a system for monitoring of and (b) produce guidelines for Type II...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list Type II agreements in place relating to the delivery of (a) sustainable development and (b) outcomes of the...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent measures her Department has taken to ensure that the National Building Standards (Government Works) standard has...

      Veterinary Surgeons and Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many unqualified people have been found guilty of impersonating a veterinary (a) surgeon and (b) student in each of the...

      Village Halls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she is taking to improve funding arrangements for village halls; and if she will make a statement.

      Waste Dumping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what regulations there are and how they can be enforced by (a) the Environment Agency and (b) local councils, to prevent...

      Waste Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many waste incinerators are planned by waste disposal authorities; what the capacity is of each incinerator planned; and...

      Web Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the web site links associated with her Department, including sites now dormant or closed, and indicating...

  • Education and Skills

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what action she is taking to raise the educational standards of children in care.

    • Firefighters' Dispute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what preparations she has made to ensure the safety and continuity of service to the public in the event of a firefighters' strike; and...

      Ethnicity Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how ethnicity is measured by schools and local education authorities and what checks are carried out to ensure the accuracy of those figures.

      Connexions Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the estimated annual cost is of the Connexions card; and what the card has cost so far.

      Connexions Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which third party organisations and companies have (a) received and (b) bought information contained on the Connexions card.

      Connexions Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether information held on individuals who have Connexions cards has been passed on to third parties (a) for no consideration and (b) for...

      Connexions Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many Connexions cards have been issued.

      Connexions Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how old the youngest person is who has received a Connexions card.

      Connexions Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information can be held on an individual who uses a Connexions card.

      Recruitment (Over 50s)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of new recruits to his Department in the past two years were aged 50 and over.

      Parliamentary Questions/Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) parliamentary questions and (b) letters to him from hon. Members in this session remain unanswered, broken down by those which...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many staff have been employed at his Department in each year from 1995–6 to 2002–3; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what public consultations have been commenced by his Department in each month since 10th July; and what the (a) start date, (b) closing...

      Departmental Funding (Huntingdon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the projects to which his Department has allocated funding in the Huntingdon Constituency since 1997, indicating the amount...

      Online Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many United Kingdom online centres (a) have been and (b) are intended to be established in Scotland.

      LEA Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his answer of 23 October, Official Report, column 383W, on LEA costs, what, in real terms, was (a) the total cash not devolved...

      Bramwood County Primary School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he expects to be able to give Surrey County Council section 77 consent in respect of approval for sale of the former Bramwood County...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the abolition of Criminal Records Bureau checks for school governors.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what amendment he intends to make to the School Governance (Constitution) Regulations to abolish the requirement for Criminal Records...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school governors have (a) received and (b) not received a Criminal Records Bureau check.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when his Department will publish guidance to registered bodies about the postponement of Criminal Records Bureau checks as set out in the...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school days were lost owing to teachers being unable to gain clearance from the Criminal Records Bureau before the first day of...

      School Staff (Legal Actions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will make a statement on the settlement reached in the case of Higginson v. Cheshire County Council; (2) what guidance he has...

      Modern Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress he has made in increasing the use of modern apprenticeships.

      IT Skills Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent representations he has received from (a) right hon. and hon. Members, (b) trade associations and employers organisations and...

      Grant-maintained Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the former grant-maintained schools which are parties to operating leases in respect of buildings.

      Examinations (Irregularities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many cases of irregularities with SATs results and tests were reported to the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority in each local...

      School Boredom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the causes of the boredom suffered by British secondary school pupils in the classroom.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the members of the board of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Council of the Learning and Skills Council, indicating (a)...

      Graduate Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students graduated from university and how many graduates gained employment in the region in which they graduated, broken down by...

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his estimate is of the gross administrative costs of his Department in (a) cash and (b) real terms in each year from 1995–96 to...

      Education Finance (Cheshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many representations he has received from residents of (a) Cheshire and (b) Macclesfield constituency registering their response to his...

      Student Bursaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many opportunity bursaries have been awarded to students from each Government Office region in the academic years (a) 2001–02 and...

      Child Care Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) day nurseries, (b) childminders and (c) out of school clubs there were on 31 March and what percentage of these were provided...

      Child Care Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much of the Sure Start Rural Fund was spent in (a) 2000–01, (b) 2001–02 and (c) 2002–03 to date, broken down by project.

      Ageism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what strategies his Department has to ensure that there is no ageism in recruitment and retention processes.

      Staff Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much has been spent in recruiting staff to his Department in (a) London and (b) the south east in each year since 1997.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the annual real terms funding per student in higher education has been in each year since 1997; (2) what projections he has made...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he will publish his annual grant letter to the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the overall financial position of the higher education sector in each of the last three years; and how many...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research he collates on the correlation between higher education expenditure and changes in Gross Domestic Product.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will calculate the (a) amount spent per pupil on primary and secondary education by Cheshire County Council and (b) average amount...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many representations he has received from residents of (a) Cheshire and (b) Congleton constituency registering their response to his...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students were attending a full-time degree level course or its equivalent in each year since 1990, broken down by local education...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will consult (a) students and (b) parents of students living in Cambridgeshire on the findings of the review of higher education.

      Schools (Cambridgeshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will ensure that no schools in Cambridgeshire have a cash budget cut in the next financial year.

      Schools (Cambridgeshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many representations his Department has received in connection with the funding of (a) schools and (b) school pupils in Cambridgeshire...

      Schools (Cambridgeshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools in Cambridgeshire had a cash budget cut in this financial year.

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) when the Government will publish its review of student funding; (2) To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if the...

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average funding per pupil is in (a) Swindon and (b) England in 2002–03

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much his Department spent in 2001 on each (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupil in (i) Staffordshire and (ii) Hertfordshire.

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much additional funding has been provided to secondary schools in (i) Staffordshire and (ii) Hertfordshire in the current financial year.

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many representations on the funding of education in Staffordshire his Department has received since June 2001.

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was spent on each (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupil in (i) 2001–2 and (ii) 2002–3 in (A) Cambridgeshire, (B)...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of students from families resident in each government office region were (a) exempt from tuition fees, (b) paying less than...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will place in the Library the research analysis that led to his conclusion that a graduate had lifetime earnings #400,000 greater...

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the (a) stock and (b) net annual investment is of student loans; and what the additional cost would be at full market rate of interest.

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive regarding his Department's review of post-16 student support; (2) what...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Paul Burrell

      To ask the Solicitor-General what discussions her Department had in the case of Regina v. Paul Burrell with the Crown Prosecution Service concerning the making of an application for a public...

    • Paul Burrell

      To ask the Solicitor-General, if she will investigate the circumstances surrounding the decision of the CPS to prosecute Paul Burrell; and what the cost of the action was to public funds.

      Paul Burrell

      To ask the Solicitor-General, if she will undertake an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the collapse of the court case Regina v. Paul Burrell.

      Paul Burrell

      To ask the Solicitor General, what plans she has to review the procedure for issuing public interest immunity certificates.

      Paul Burrell

      To ask the Solicitor-General, which Ministers signed PII certificates in the case of Regina v. Burrell; and which categories of information these certificates covered.

      Paul Burrell

      To ask the Solicitor-General, if she will make a statement on the discussions between the Attorney-General and the Director of Public Prosecutions about the prosecution of Paul Burrell prior to...

      Robert Hamill

      To ask the Solicitor General, when the Department of Public Prosecutions in Northern Ireland received papers on the investigation into the death of Robert Hamill and when he expects a decision on...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the pesticides and pest repellent chemicals that have been withdrawn from use in commercial products following EU directives...

    • Aggregate Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much aggregate has been imported in each of the last five years.

      Offshore Transmission Grid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she plans to publish her response to the PB Power Report Concept Study-Western Offshore Transmission Grid published in February.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the estimated cost is of delivering a 100,000 solar PV roof programme funded by 50 per cent. capital grants by 2010; and if she will make...

      Nuclear Liabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the public consultation held on the proposals for a nuclear liabilities management authority; how many...

      Energy White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the purpose, agenda and attendance of each workshop held with stakeholders on the energy White Paper; and if...

      Magnox Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the (a) technical feasibility and (b) cost of converting the dry store for spent magnox fuel at Wylfa into a...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much capital grant funding is available from 2002 to 2006 for the (a) offshore wind, (b) biomass and (c) solar PV industries as a result...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the progress made in implementing regional assessments and targets for renewable energy provisions; and what...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many applications to develop (a) onshore and (b) offshore wind farms her Department has received in each year since 1997; and how many of...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Harrow, West (Mr. Thomas) of 17 October 2002, Official Report, c. 891W, what criteria are being...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of the United Kingdom's energy is generated from wind energy; and what percentage it will have to be if the Renewables...

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research is under-way into the health and safety issues surrounding the siting of mobile telecommunications masts.

      Regulatory Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate her Department has made of the cost to business of the draft regulations to outlaw discrimination on the grounds of (a) sexual...

      Trade Liberalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what role her Department played in the development on the non-paper on trade liberalisation at the recent World Summit on Sustainable...

      Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what financial assistance was provided by the Government to the (a) Shipbuilding Intervention Fund and (b) Home Shipbuilding Credit Guarantee...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Totnes (Mr. Steen) of 22 October 2002, Official Report, column 250W, how the #30 million...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the cost arising from broadband interference caused by powerline telecommunications to high frequency radio...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she is taking to minimise broadband interference caused by powerline telecommunications to high frequency radio transmissions by...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the Government's policy toward internet access via powerline telecommunications.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many applications were considered and by whom for the position of DTI South West Regional Broadband Advisor; and if she will make a...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps will be taken in respect of the decommissioning dismantling and clearance of Nuclear Magnox Reactors in Great Britain.

      Parliamentary Questions/Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) parliamentary questions and (b) letters to her from hon. Members in this Session remain unanswered, broken down by those which...

      Parliamentary Questions/Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the answer from the Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, of 19 September 2002, Official Report,...

      Consumer Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of (a) United Kingdom GDP and (b) the United Kingdom work force the consumer goods and business and consumer services sector...

      Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much was spent on the UK's subscription to the (a) WTO, (b) Energy Charter Treaty Secretariat, (c) International Energy Agency, (d)...

      BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the answer of 17 June 2002 Official Report, column 28W, on BAE Systems, if she will list the meetings she and her ministers have...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will estimate the number of domestic animals which received veterinary treatment as a result of an accident involving a firework during...

      Miners Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many mining compensation claims resolutions she estimates are being held up by delays in releasing to solicitors the chronic...

      British Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what criteria British Energy will have to meet in order for them to gain an extension to their loan agreement with the Government.

      British Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry under what terms the Government loan was agreed with British Energy; and whether these terms are under review.

      British Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what interest rate was attached to the recent loan made to British Energy; and what contingencies have been put in place in the event that...

      British Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what communications she has had with the European Commissioner Monti in respect of the loan provided to British Energy.

      Women in Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to publish the Greenfield Report.

      Women in Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) when she will publish the Greenfield Report on women in science; (2) when she will publish her responses to the recommendations in the...

      Women's Enterprise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what she is doing to increase the number of women setting up their own business; and if she will make a statement.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry who holds the contracts to provide the IT system to run the post office card system for ACT.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the (a) start date, (b) planned completion date, (c) current expected completion date, (d) planned cost and (e) current estimated cost...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether Horizon swipecard software will be used to support the Post Office Card account.

      Engineering Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what measures she is taking to promote British engineering; (2) what measures she is taking with the Department of Education and Skills...

      Engineering Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the number of engineers educated in the UK who were working abroad in each of the last five years.

      Recruitment (Over-50s)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of new recruits to her Department in the past two years were aged 50 and over.

      Lighter Refills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action she will take in accordance with European legislation to allow cigarette lighter refills to be limited to a 25ml can size.

      Environmental and Social Responsibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many of the FTSE 350 companies have reported on the environmental and social implications of their activities since January; and...

      Environmental and Social Responsibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how the Government will ensure that its corporate policies on social and environmental responsibility of companies help meet its sustainable...

      Environmental and Social Responsibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the answer of the Prime Minister on 16 October 2002, Official Report, c. 310, what discussions her Department has held regarding...

      Miners Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average pension paid to members of the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme is in (a) Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) England; and...

      Miners Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average pension paid to members of the miners pension fund is in (a) Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) England; and what the average...

      Insolvency Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress she has made on introducing new pay scales for the Insolvency Service; and what recent discussions she has had with the Treasury...

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the brief was of the British civil servant who accompanied the Ghanaian delegation to the Doha talks.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how the staff of the World Trade Organisation are selected; and what the process was by which the deputy director generals were recently...

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will introduce banding of renewable obligation certificates under the Renewables Obligation; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which of her Department's Public Service Agreements relate to fuel poverty reduction; and what progress has been made to date in achieving them.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the proposals put forward by the European Commissioner de Palacio to the Commission on 6 November concerning...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what additional resources have been made available to her Office of Civil Nuclear Security following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the public consultation on the proposed revisions to civil nuclear security arrangements; how many responses...

      Liabilities Management Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost of creating and operating the Liabilities Management Unit has been to date; and what the projected cost of the LMU until its...

      Women's Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and Minister for Women what assessment her Department has made of the recent Economic and Social Research Council Report on disparities in...

      Women's Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on (a) the work of the UN Commission on the Status of Women and (b) her Department's financial support for the...

      Trade Partners UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will place in the Library a copy of the standard contract letter which is drawn up between Trade Partners UK and secondees from private...

      General Agreement on Trade in Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Morley and Rothwell (Mr. Challon) of 31 October 2002. Official Report, 989, if she will define...

      Special Advisers

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

      Corporate Governance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has made on the European Commission's plans to enhance regulation on corporate governance.

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to visit Turkey.

      EU Agency Workers Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will place in the Library a copy of the EC legal appraisal of the competence of the proposed agency workers draft directive to cover...

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make provision to enable employment tribunal cases to be heard in North Staffordshire; and if she will make a statement.

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many cases were referred to the employment tribunals in Shrewsbury for dispute resolution from Stoke-on-Trent in each of the last five years.

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will revise the map advising those travelling to the employment tribunal in Shrewsbury to include details of how to arrive by car and...

      Electricity Disruption (Herefordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will set up an inquiry into the response of the electricity industry to the situation in Herefordshire caused by the storms of 26 and...

      Intellectual Property Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will seek to lift restrictions on the export of generic drugs within the TRIPS Agreement at the WTO mini-ministerial meeting in Sydney...

      Intellectual Property Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has following the Commission on Intellectual Property rights report to call for a substantive review and revision of TRIPS;...

      Airship Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the answer of 31 October 2002, Official Report, c.963W, what support has been given to British companies in the development of...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many new regulations were imposed on UK businesses in each year since 1997–98.

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many licence applications for the export of mass spectrometers to Iran have been made in each year since 1997; how many applications have...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many high-risk products/dual use pathogens and component materials related to the production of chemical and biological warfare...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what applications for export licences have been made by BAE Systems/the British Aerospace group, and for which destinations, in the last five...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what export licences have been issued, when and for which destinations, for (a) Hawk aircraft and (b) spare parts for Hawk aircraft in the...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what export licences have been issued in the last 10 years for (a) arms and (b) military supplies to Zimbabwe.

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what applications for arms export licences have been made by (a) John Bredenkamp and (b) companies controlled by John Bredenkamp, and for...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what applications have been made in the last five years for licences for the export of (a) arms and (b) military supplies to the Democratic...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what applications for export licences have been received in the last five years for (a) arms and (b) military supplies to Zimbabwe.

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many British export licences to Iraq have been authorised in the last 12 months.

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many British export licences have been issued, and to which countries, in the last 12 months.

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her assessment of the need for end-user controls within UK legislation on arms; and whether she plans...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the consultation period on secondary legislation on the Export Control Act 2002 will begin.

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what plans she has to propose legislation on arms covering the activites of UK arms brokers wherever they are located; and if she will...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many licence applications for the export of furnaces to Iran have been made in each year since 1997; how many applications have been...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many licence applications for the export of inertial equipment using accelerometers to Iran have been made in each year since 1997; how...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many licence applications for the export of maraging steels to Iran have been made in each year since 1997; how many applications have...

      Training Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has taken place of (a) Stockholding 2000, (b) Export Strategy and (c) Benchmarking club training initiatives; what costs were...

      John Bredenkamp

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussion her Department's officials have had in the last three years with (a) John Bredenkamp and (b) companies controlled by John...

      Ageism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what strategies her Department has to ensure that there is no ageism in recruitment and retention processes.

      Departmental Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the schemes and initiatives sponsored by her Department and its agencies which are not the subject of national roll out,...

      Public Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what public consultations have been commenced by her Department in each month since 10 September; and what the (a) start date, (b) closing...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many successful prosecutions for failure to pay the national minimum wage there have been in (a) the London Borough of Enfield, (b)...

  • Treasury

    • Fuel Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer If he will make a statement on his policy on the rates of duty on biodiesel and bioethanol.

    • Tax Incentives (Pensions)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on tax incentives for occupational pension schemes.

      Tax Incentives (Pensions)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to change tax incentives for pensions provision.

      Small Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry regarding the impact of taxes and his deregulation policy on small...

      Dividend Tax Credits (Pension Funds)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the long-term implications are of the abolition of dividend tax credits for pension funds; and if he will make a statement.

      Dividend Tax Credits (Pension Funds)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has with other Ministers on the effects of his policies on pension funds.

      EU Stability Pact

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with other EU finance Ministers about the stability and growth pact.

      EU Stability Pact

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made on his five economic tests for euro entry of the effect of the operation of the stability and growth pact.

      EU Stability Pact

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the differences between his rules governing the level of public spending and those operated within the stability pact adopted...

      Manufacturing Employment (North-West)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the change in the manufacturing employment in the North West in 2001.

      BCCI

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received concerning the settlement arrangements for the creditors and ex-employees of BCCI.

      Overseas Aid Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the UK Overseas Aid Development budget to reach the UN target level of 0.7 per cent. of gross national income.

      Debt Relief (Africa)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on debt relief in respect of those countries affected by famine in Africa.

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to expand the role for credit unions.

      Company Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Confederation of British Industry regarding the impact of company taxation on state UK businesses.

      Employment, Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the future prospects for employment in Scotland.

      Environmental Taxation

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the need for further changes to the taxation system to help deliver reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

      Tax Concessions (Sports Clubs)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress he has made implementing his tax concessions scheme for community and amateur sports clubs.

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his plans for landfill tax.

      National Insurance (Women)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Minister for Women and the Department of Work and Pensions regarding the position of women who paid national insurance...

      Deprived Communities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to sponsor investment and enterprise in deprived communities.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Warwick and Leamington will benefit from the introduction of the working tax credit.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the implications for levels of social exclusion of any inability of individuals in low income employment to access Tax...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on measures to raise the standard of living of Britain's poorest pensioners.

      Unemployment (London)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the 12-month change in the claimant measure of unemployment in London.

      Tax Residence and Domicile Rules

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of foreign investment in the UK that results from the non-domicile tax rules.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will publish the full results of the retrospective application of the revised Treasury technical note, How to Account for PFI Transactions; and if...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate by how much public borrowing as a percentage of GDP would have to be raised to cover the capital expenditure of all current and past...

      Partnerships UK

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the members of Partnerships UK and their interest in companies involved in past privatisation projects in each case.

      Mapeley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) which IR and C and E buildings are owned by (a) Mapeley UK Ltd, (b) Mapeley Steps Ltd, (c) Mapeley Steps Contractor Ltd and (d) Mapeley Columbus Ltd;...

      Mapeley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what renegotiation is taking place on the Inland Revenue Customs STEPS contract with Mapeley; and who initiated it.

      Social Fund Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will increase the Social Fund budget, with particular reference to (a) the Community Care Grant and (b) the Budgeting Loan budgets.

      Alternative Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce fiscal incentives to encourage consumers to purchase and use combined electric and petrol engine powered vehicles.

      Alternative Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal incentives he has made available for the wider use of alternative fuels for motor vehicles.

      VAT Compliance Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 23 October 2002, Official Report, column 352W, on VAT, for what reason he is unable to give a publication date; and if he will...

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Excheque what the value of shares given in Gift Aid was in the last tax year.

      Regional GDP

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government are taking to decrease disparities in regional gross domestic product per capita; and which Minister is in charge of these efforts.

      Third World Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on recent measures he has taken to reduce third world debt.

      Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the groups recognised in Census 2001 with numbers of less than 700,000 as recorded in the 1991 Census; which groups other than Sikhs...

      Tax Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the present practice of the Board of Inland Revenue is with regard to instituting criminal proceedings in cases of suspected serious tax fraud.

      Royal Mint

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 10 July 2002, Official Report, column 1030w, on the Royal Mint; if he will make a statement on progress on the independent review.

      Royal Mint

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many meetings each of the Royal Mint's non-executive directors have attended in the last 12 months.

      Royal Mint

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the (a) statutory, (b) economic and (c) security reasons preventing the Treasury from splitting its contract for circulating...

      Royal Mint

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the Royal Mint's fixed costs are covered by its Treasury contract for UK coin production in 2001–2002.

      Royal Mint

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) statutory and (b) security issues preclude the Treasury from putting out to tender its requirement for (i) UK circulating coins and (ii)...

      Royal Mint

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which joint ventures have been (a) concluded and (b) disbanded by the Royal Mint in the period since December 1999.

      Royal Mint

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what the (a) sales and (b) revenue forecasts for (i) UK and (ii) overseas coin sales the Capital Investment Programme for the Royal Mint in 1997 to 2000...

      Royal Mint

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions the Royal Mint has bought in coin blanks in the last five years, and what the quantity has been in each of these cases.

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer to my hon. Friend Member for Truro and St. Austell Matthew Taylor of 15 October 2002, Official Report, column 600W, on inheritance...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's projected income from stamp duty on share transactions is for (a) the current financial year and (b) each of the next three financial...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the European Commission on stamp duty.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many applications have been received for relief from stamp duty on houses worth less than #150,000; (2) what he estimates the total amounts of...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate to how many purchases last year his proposed policy of abolishing stamp duty on commercial properties in rundown areas would have...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what provision he has made to encourage urban regeneration in the event that the European Commission rejects his proposed policy of abolishing stamp duty on...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much tax revenue he estimates the Treasury saved last year through purchasers failing to apply for relief from stamp duty on purchases of...

      Information Technology

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the new contractor will be required to ensure that the service remains (a) unified, (b) accountable and (c) within the United Kingdom under the...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many agency agreements HM Customs and Excise have in place with private companies whereby Customs are paid to police intellectual property rights on...

      Prostate Cancer Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many male deaths from prostate cancer there were in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Student Top-up Fees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by how much, in their current ratios, the small companies and mainstream rates of corporation tax would have to rise to yield the current revenues of...

      Suicide Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many suicides of young men aged 15 to 24 years there were in each year from 1979; and if he will make a statement.

      IT Skills

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations his Department has received from (a) right hon. and hon. Members, (b) trade associations and employers organisations and (c)...

      IT Skills

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to review the financial assistance to, and tax treatment of, individuals in employment who choose to meet the costs of their own training...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy further to promote energy efficiency in (a) new buildings and (b) existing buildings.

      Nirs2

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the value was of duplicate National Insurance payments made into personal pension plans triggered by the NIRS2 computer system; and if he will...

      Nirs2

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many personal pension plans received duplicate National Insurance payments triggered by the NIRS2 computer system; (2) how many personal pension...

      Research and Development Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 24 October 2002, Official Report, column 429W, on small firms, what assessment he has made of the impact of the research and...

      Tobacco Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what advice he took from health experts before deciding to change the personal allowance for tobacco imports.

      Office Rents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much rent was paid by (a) Inland Revenue and (b) Customs for their offices in the last nine months of 2001; to which companies; and if he will give the...

      Annuities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether Inland Revenue regulations, as they relate to annuities, preclude an annuitant to transfer from one provider to another; and what plans he has to...

      Public Consultations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what public consultations have been commenced by his Department in each month since 20 July; and what the (a) start date, (b) closing date and (c) website...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list Government statements and publications that demonstrate how adoption by the United Kingdom of the euro would alter its power to manage the...

      Company Auditors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on his plans to implement Commission Recommendation 2002/590/EC on Statutory Auditors' Independence.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) parliamentary questions and (b) letters to him from honourable Members in this session remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i)...

      British Museum

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations his Department received prior to the announcement of the revenue increase for the British Museum.

      Share Indices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received regarding the impact of Treasury policy on the performance of (a) the FTSE 100 and (b) the all share index with...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the discount rate of 6 per cent. For HMG PFI projects was calculated.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what funding has been authorised in each financial year since May 1997 for raising capital via the Private Finance Initiative, broken down by Department;...

      Spinning (Investment Banks)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from the Financial Services Authority regarding the alleged practice of spinning by investment banks; and if he will...

      Tax Havens

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether account is taken in PFI and PPP contracts of whether bidders are based in tax havens; and what assessment is made in awarding such contracts...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Court Accommodation (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department whether she is yet in a position to announce their proposals relating to court accommodation in Northern Ireland.

    • Damages

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary Lord Chancellor's Department how the Lord Chancellor intends to take forward proposals which she consulted on in her consultation paper, XDamages for Future...

      Public Consultations

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary Lord Chancellor's Department what public consultations have been commenced by her Department in each month since 20 July; and what the (a) start date, (b)...

      Better Public Buildings Initiative

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary Lord Chancellor's Department if she will name the projects the departmental design champion has sponsored as part of the Better Public Buildings Initiative; and...

      Ageism

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what strategies her Department has to ensure that there is no ageism in recruitment and retention processes.

      Child Abduction

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many cases of prevention of access to children of British Nationals living in Germany have been reported to the Child...

      Lay Justices

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when the national strategy on the recruitment of lay justices to achieve benches that reflect the community they serve will be...

      Local Management Boards

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what role is envisaged for magistrates in the proposed local management boards; which agencies will sit on such boards; and who...

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary Lord Chancellor's Department when will the next annual report of the chief inspector, Magistrates Courts Service Inspectorate, be published.

      Rape Cases

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) which of the (a) High Court and (b) Crown Court judges who hear rape trials are criminal law specialists; and of those who...

      Rape Cases

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) what training for trying cases of rape and sexual assault is given to High Court Judges (a) on appointment and (b) at a...

      Contact Orders

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, the Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to her Answer of 11 July (Official Report, column 1200W) on contact orders, what amendments are proposed to court...

      Columbus House, Newport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for the Home Office leased building at Columbus House on the Langstone Business Park in Newport, South Wales; and if it...

      Recruitment (Over-50s)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what percentage of new recruits to her Department in the past two years were aged 50 and over.

  • Home Department

    • Prison Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to reduce overcrowding of prisons.

    • Prison Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effect of prison overcrowding on the treatment of remand prisoners.

      Asylum Seekers (Private Contractors)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the private contractors providing accommodation and support for asylum seekers that have been dropped since 1997 because of...

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of how the additional funds dedicated to information technology to promote closer working and streamline case...

      Animal Experimentation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding has been allocated each year since 1997 to develop alternative tests to replace animal experimentation; to which Departments it...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his Answer of 16 October, Official Report, column 872W, on NHS staff, which countries will be included in the Criminal Records...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he expects the Criminal Records Bureau to have completed its backlog of checks on (a) teachers and (b) classroom assistants in...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long it is taking on average for checks on care workers to be completed by the Criminal Records Bureau at the latest available date.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many care home staff who would have required Criminal Record Bureau checks for existing staff before 1 April have had checks postponed...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research was undertaken by (a) his Department and (b) Capita to determine the (i) likely level of demand for Criminal Records Bureau...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department will publish guidance to registered bodies about the postponement of Criminal Records Bureau checks as set out in the...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for criminal record checks have been made using the Criminal Records Bureau's telephone checking service; and what...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) teaching and (b) non-teaching staff have been subject to Criminal Records Bureau vetting; and (i) how many and (ii) what...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) appeals and (b) overturned Criminal Records Bureau checks for each local authority for (i) social workers and (ii)...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to publish the final report by Patrick Carter into the Criminal Records Bureau.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) value of contract and (b) evaluation mechanism for successful delivery of contract are in the running of the CRB by Capita; and...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many outstanding Criminal Records Bureau checks there were on childminder applicants in England and Wales on 23 September.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) nurses supplied by nurses agencies and (b) staff supplied by domiciliary care agencies will no longer have to have Criminal...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what compensation his Department will offer to (a) staff, (b) private care homes, (c) voluntary organisations and (d) local authorities for...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his Answer of 16 October, Official Report, column 868W, on Criminal Records Bureau checks, how many checks on (a) social workers,...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) teaching and (b) non-teaching staff who had received Criminal Records Bureau clearance prior to the start of the school term...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those subjected to checks by the Criminal Records Bureau as a result of their employment in schools have contested the factual...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long it has taken on average for checks on care workers to be completed by the Criminal Records Bureau in the last six months.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will estimate how many persons caring for (a) children and (b) vulnerable adults will now not have Criminal Records Bureau...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long it took on average over the last period for which figures are available to carry out Criminal Records Bureau checks on taxi drivers.

      Prison-building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his Department's proposed spending plans on new prison building in 2003–04.

      Prison-building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he will take to ensure that the contractors in the expanded prison building programme comply with Government requirements...

      Racial Equality (Sikhs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department will have in place means to monitor Sikhs separately with respect to (a) employment and (b) the provision of public services.

      Racial Equality (Sikhs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will amend the statutory Code of Practice on the Duty to Promote Race Equality so that it requires public authorities to monitor Sikhs...

      Racial Equality (Sikhs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many public authorities are monitoring Sikhs as a separate ethnic group following the issue of the statutory Code of Practice on the Duty...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on consistency of approach to sentencing; (2) when he will implement the...

      Sentencing Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which magistrates' powers will be increased to allow their sentencing powers to be raised (a) to 12 months and (b) subsequently to 18 months...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what research he has taken into the threat to departmental computer systems from e-terrorist attack; (2) what assessment he has made...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what request for assistance he has received from the FBI concerning the links of a UK Moslem cleric with James Ujaama, currently under arrest...

      Ageism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what strategies his Department has to ensure that there is no ageism in recruitment and retention processes.

      Air Support (Surrey Police)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will grant the application by Surrey police authority for funding to assist with the purchase of a new EC135 helicopter for use in...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders have been made in each local authority area in England since May 1997; how many of these orders have...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders and acceptable behaviour contracts have been issued, broken down by police authority area in England...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in (a) Hampshire and (b) Portsmouth South in the last six months; and if he will make...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued since their introduction, broken down by local authority area; and if he will make a statement.

      Area-based Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for each area-based initiative for which his Department is responsible the amount originally budgeted for in (a)...

      Arrests (Portsmouth, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been arrested in the Portsmouth, South constituency in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Asylum Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many applicants under the expedited appeals process (a) between 1 April 2001 and 31 March 2002 and (b) since 1 April 2002 received...

      Asylum Reception Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library the results of his research to examine asylum reception policies and practice of Sweden, Denmark, the...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent research he has commissioned on the factors which are attracting asylum seekers and illegal immigrants to Britain.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on asylum towards those seeking refuge from slavery in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to employ independent consultants to assess the effectiveness of asylum accommodation centres that are opened...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to invite contractors to tender for the construction and operation of the trial asylum accommodation centres.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had about the provision of (a) a floating asylum accommodation centre with possible suppliers of such facilities and...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers there are in Blackburn; and how many are resident in (a) private accommodation and (b) publicly provided accommodation.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to provide new accommodation for asylum seekers in Newport, South Wales.

      Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals he has to deal with the bailing of prolific offenders especially where there is a history of non-compliance; if he will offer...

      Brixton Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 11 February, Official Report, column 56W, on Brixton Police, for what reasons staff were absent during the periods...

      Burglar Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many false burglar alarm call outs there were in each police force in England and Wales, and what the percentage increase or decrease was...

      Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the clear-up rate by police force was for burglaries in (a) urban, (b) rural and (c) suburban areas in each year since 1979; (2)...

      Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many burglaries with entry per 10,000 households in (a) 2000–01, (b) 2001–02 and (c) 2002–03 took place in (i) urban...

      Care Home Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated waiting times were in each of the last six months for (a) new care home staff, (b) registered care home providers, (c)...

      Category D Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Category D prisoners have been transferred from an open to a closed prison for breaching prison regulations in each year since 1997.

      Commission for Racial Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with (a) Ms Beverley Bernard and (b)Mr. Trevor Phillips about the chairmanship of the CRE.

      Police Service (Civilian Staff)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the policy of the Government is in relation to the police service employing civilian staff with (a) spent and (b) unspent convictions.

      Community Court Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community court orders were not allocated to probation officers in England and Wales in the last 12 months.

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons have been imprisoned following breach proceedings in respect of criminal community orders (a) during 2001–02 and (b)...

      Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many computers were replaced in his Department, including those used by regional staff outside the central departmental offices in each...

      Constabulary (Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many police officers have left Sussex constabulary in the last 12 months because of (a) retirement, (b) early retirement, (c)...

      Cookham Ward Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the total savings to public funds of the private finance initiative contract for Cookham Ward (Medway) Secure...

      Corporate Killing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on progress towards the introduction of an offence of corporate killing.

      Corporate Manslaughter

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to introduce an offence of corporate manslaughter; and if he will make a statement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Torbay of 18 June concerning Mr. Elias Massif Bousaleh.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department will send a full response regarding a constituent, Miss Barker; and if he will make a statement on his handling of the...

      CRB and Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to receive the report from Patrick Carter on the strategy and operations of CRB and Capita.

      Crime Reduction (Portsmouth, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list (a) those schemes which have received funding under the targeted policing initiative, (b) the amount received and (c) the...

      Crime Reduction Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the participation by the London borough of Islington and the police in a crime reduction strategy.

      Crimestoppers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the number of crimes which have been solved as a direct result of Crimestoppers in the last 12 months.

      Criminal Convictions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many convictions there were of those prosecuted in magistrates courts in England and Wales, broken down by local authority area since 1997.

      Criminal Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many criminals have been brought to justice in each of the last 20 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Criminal Justice White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will propose that any bill arising from the Criminal Justice White Paper is subject to pre-legislative scrutiny on-line.

      Criminal Justice White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the responses to his Department on the consultation on the Criminal Justice White Paper, and place them in the Library.

      CS Spray

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the follow-up studies into the long-term effects on persons sprayed with CS spray have been commissioned; what the specification for these...

      Television Licences (Non-payment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people received a custodial sentence in 2001 for non-payment of the BBC licence fee.

      Daniel Bishop

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what form the investigation into the case of Daniel Bishop, who was released in error from Cardiff prison in March, is taking; and if he will...

      Day Prison Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which types of criminal he proposes should be eligible for day release from prison; what sort of work inmates will carry out if they are on...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) capital and (b) revenue underspend in his Department is expected to be in the financial year.

      Departmental Expenditure (Televisions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) analogue and (b) integrated digital television sets his Department has purchased in each of the last 24 months; and if he will...

      Departmental Job Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many job vacancies there were at (a) administrative assistant or equivalent, (b) administrative officer or equivalent, (c) administrative...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent in recruiting staff to his Department in (a) London and (b) the south-east in each year since 1997.

      Detection Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of reported crime the North Wales police detected in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001.

      Detection Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish a league table of police forces in England and Wales by detection rates.

      Disability Discrimination (Prisons)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to start applying the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to prisons and prisoners.

      Domestic Violence and Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evidence he has collated of variations between different police force areas in England and Wales in (a) recorded instances of rape, (b)...

      Drug Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been arrested for possession of (a) cannabis, (b) ecstasy and (c) heroin in each of the last five years; and if he will...

      Drug Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total annual cost per drug treatment place, broken down by treatment type, is in 2002–03.

      Drug Treatment and Testing Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people have been imprisoned for breaches of drug treatment and testing orders; (2) how many drug treatment and testing orders...

      Drug Treatment and Testing Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance has been given to judges and magistrates on the enforcement of drug treatment and testing orders in relation to prison overcrowding.

      Drug Treatment Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug treatment places were available in each year since 1997, broken down by treatment type.

      Drugs (Government Targets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his most recent assessment is of the progress made in achieving Government targets on drugs use and harm announced in 1998.

      Drugs Education Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) Operation CHARLIE and (b) other anti-drugs education programmes in reducing drug use...

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicted persons were subject to electronic tags as at (a) 30 September 2001 and (b) 30 September 2002.

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance is given to (a) judges and (b) magistrates on the imposition of sentences involving electronic tagging; and if he will make a...

      Emergency Telephone Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research has been done into the provision of a second emergency telephone number to work in conjunction with 999.

      EU Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on the award of EU citizenship to individuals from third countries residing inside the European Union.

      Evangelical Lutheran Church of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans his Department has to grant dispensation to the member churches of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England to register under...

      Feltham Young Offenders Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young people are detained at Feltham Young Offenders Institute; and if he will provide a breakdown of this figure by ethnic origin.

      Female Prison Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to what he attributes the recent rise in the female prison population.

      Rural Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what impact he estimates the focus on the fight against urban crime will have on policing rural areas.

      Fine Default

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women were jailed in England and Wales for fine default in each year since 1990.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of damage to property were caused by fireworks in (a) the last 12 months and (b) each of the preceding five years.

      Focus Group Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what use he and his Department has made of focus group research since June 2001; if he will identify for each research project the topics...

      Football (Banning Orders)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK citizens were given banning orders prior to England's international football match in Slovakia; and of these how many did not...

      Football Matches (Policing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average cost to public funds was for policing at (a) Premiership, (b) Nationwide league and (c) non-league football ground on...

      Handcuff Cleaning

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what protocols are in place for cleaning handcuffs used on different prisoners (a) in prisons and (b) by police forces.

      Identity Parades

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will issue a general guidance to chief constables that citizens who help the police and the prosecuting authorities by attending...

      Illegal Immigrants (Use of Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policies are on the use by illegal immigrants of (a) the UK's benefits systems, (b) the NHS and (c) the education system.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines he has issued to CIOs at the ports on their dealings with hon. Members.

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department intends to reply to the letter of 1 August from Mrs. S. Jakobi of Stoke Mandeville acknowledged by his Department's...

      Immigration Offences (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were detained by the PSNI and RUC on immigration offences during each of the last three years.

      Incitement Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the guidance he plans to issue to police on enforcing the proposed incitement law covering religious and...

      Job Advertisements

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

      Lay Observers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, (1) if he will publish his responses to Lay Observers' Panels reports, and subsequent recommendations; (2) when he received the last...

      Auld Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of recommendation 321 of Lord Auld's Review of the Criminal Court in respect of access by the prosecution to...

      Market Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to issue guidance to local authorities on controlling market research canvassing in town centres.

      Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent meetings Ministers and officials in his Department have held with the United States Administration Head of Homeland Security.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when mental health charity MACA can expect an answer to its letters of 22 August 2001, 16 October 2001, 19 December 2001 and 30 January 2002...

      Metropolitan Police (Training)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recruits have entered training for the Metropolitan Police in each month since 1 July 1999.

      Metropolitan Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers working shifts at (a) Kennington Police Station and (b) other police stations inside the congestion charging zone...

      Ministerial Transport Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the cost of (a) ministerial cars and drivers and (b) taxis for his Department in each of the last four years.

      Mobile Phone Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Government is doing to combat mobile phone theft.

      Money Laundering (Egmont Group)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports have been made (a) to the UK and (b) from the UK to other countries under the Egmont Group arrangements; and if he will make...

      Moving Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what statutory powers a non-uniformed police constable may report a driver for a moving traffic offence.

      North Sea Camp Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many category D prisoners from HMP North Sea Camp have been found to have been in breach of their community visit licences for violations...

      North Sea Camp Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many category D prisoners from HMP North Sea Camp have been issued in the past 12 months with community day visit licences restricting...

      North Sea Camp Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library a copy of the rules and of the standard licence governing the community visit licences of category D...

      North Sea Camp Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many category D prisoners from HMP North Sea Camp have been transferred to category A, B and C category prisons as punishment for...

      Notifiable Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the number of (a) notifiable offences, (b) convictions and (c) convictions as a percentage of notifiable offences for...

      Offenders (Safety)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the safety of and conditions for offenders kept in court cells and transported in prison vans in London is being monitored while...

      Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will review the regime in open prisons; and if he will make a statement.

      Parliamentary Questions and Letters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) parliamentary questions and (b) letters to him from hon. Members in this session remain unanswered, broken down by those which...

      Passport Agency Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the total savings to public funds of the Private Finance Initiative contract for Passport Agency contracts by...

      Police (Civilian Employment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many civilians per thousand population are employed by each police force; (2) how many civilians are employed by each police force.

      Police (Overtime)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average overtime rates were per officer for each police force in the UK in the last year for which figures are available; and what...

      Police (Pay)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on progress in the Police Negotiating Board towards reform of police pay and allowances; what the timetable is...

      Police Checks (Vehicles)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate his Department has made of the percentage of police checks on vehicles that have failed due to vehicles not being registered...

      Police Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to promote the introduction of palm top personal computers in police forces.

      Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on the maximum distance between the place of arrest and a custody suite persons in police custody should be transported.

      Police Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will rank police forces in order of expenditure per thousand population in each police force area.

      Police Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the proposed increase in the sparsity component to one per cent. As one of the possibilities for change to the...

      Police Major Disaster Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who funds (a) Centrex and (b) the Police Major Disaster Advisory Team; and for what reason British Transport Police Superintendent Tony...

      Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will rank police forces in order of the number of police officers per thousand population in each force area.

      Police Patrols

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of police officers are patrolling in (a) the Metropolitan Police force and (b) the United Kingdom.

      Police Powers (Confiscation of Alcohol)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to give further powers to the police to confiscate unopened bottles and cans of alcoholic drinks from youths gathered in...

      Police Standards Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the head of the Police Standards Unit will be eligible for a bonus; and what the criteria are for the award of this bonus.

      Police Standards Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the pay and conditions of service and secondment arrangements are for the Head of the Police Standards Unit.

      Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of progress in each of the five policing priority areas in England and Wales.

      Policing (Rural Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will issue guidance on policing in areas where children frequently play.

      Policing Charges (Football)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his Answer of 28 October 2002, Official Report, column 640W, on policing charges, when the Working Group on Football will meet;...

      Prison Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons died in each (a) prison and (b) young offenders institution in (i) 2001 and (ii) 2002.

      Prison Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his Answer of 26th June, Official Report, column 959W, on prison farms, if he is now able to make a statement about the proposed...

      Prison Governers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on discretionary powers available to prison governors.

      Prison Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people now in prison have committed (a) 10+, (b) 25+, (c) 50+, (d) 100+, (e) 200+ and (f) 1,000+ previous notifiable offences; and...

      Prisoner Exchanges (Australia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will open discussions with his Australian counterpart on a prisoner exchange arrangement.

      Prisoner Exchanges (Australia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on prisoner exchange arrangements between the UK and Australia.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what his policy is on securing (a) town visits, (b) home leave and (c) early release under the tagging system in respect of (i)...

      Prisoners (Privacy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will review the guidance on rules to protect the privacy of prisoners from identification in publications by other prison inmates.

      Prisoners (Release)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were released in error from prisons in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the National Probation Directorate is taking to set priorities for the workloads of probation staff.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of each of the 42 budgets for probation areas in England and Wales is being allocated to the National Probation Directorate's...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the performance data on enforcement and breach for probation areas in England and Wales meet national standards.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the establishment for probation officers is in Kent; how many Kent has; and how many of these are (a) fully qualified main-grade...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, (1) how many trained probation officers left the Probation Service in England and Wales in each financial year since 1997–98. (2)...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Probation Service's national budget was for (a) 2000–01, (b) 2001–02 and (c) 2002–03.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many court reports have not been prepared in the specified time by the Probation Service in England and Wales in the last 12 months.

      Public Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what public consultations have been commenced by his Department in each month since 20 July; and what the (a) start date, (b) closing date...

      Re-offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he has taken to implement the recommendations relevant to his Department in the Social Exclusion Unit report Reducing...

      Registered Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many registered charities there are in (a) England and Wales, (b) Northern Ireland and (c) Scotland.

      Registered Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Gates of Remembrance Appeal is a registered charity.

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Coventry, South of 4 July, Official Report, col. 533–4W, what form the consultation on...

      Retail Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has collated on how many shops in high street shopping centres in England and Wales have CCTV systems.

      RoadPeace

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what actions he proposes to take to respond to the representations from RoadPeace following their meeting with Ministers on 10 October; and...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will ensure that the National Policing Plan for England and Wales includes the requirement for road safety to be a priority...

      Schemes and Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the schemes and initiatives sponsored by his Department and its agencies which are not the subject of national roll out,...

      Schengen Information System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information on UK nationals is held on the Schengen Information System; and how many nationals this covers.

      Security Operation (Barrow-in-Furness)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what costs were incurred by (a) Cumbrian police and (b) his Department in the security operation at Barrow-in-Furness for the docking of the...

      Sentencing Proposals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to put forward new sentencing arrangements for motorists who (a) kill and (b) seriously injure a cyclist.

      Service Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision has been made in contracts and specifications to cover service failures by (a) Capita and (b) the Criminal Records Bureau that...

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 22 October 2002, Official Report, columns 221–22W, on sex offenders, what the reasons were for the delay in...

      Sexual Offences (Protected Material) Act 1997

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress his Department is making towards implementation of the Sexual Offences (Protected Material) Act 1997.

      Sikhs (Kirpans)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what basis Sikhs are required to remove their kirpan when entering his Department's buildings.

      Staff Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the working target is for the average number of days absence per staff year in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what figures he has collated on the extent of stalking of women; and how many women aged 16 to 24 years old have been stalked in the last...

      Statistics Commission (Management Information)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library his reply to the Statistics Commission correspondence on the release of management information following the...

      Stray Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will issue guidance to police forces on appropriate temporary housing for stray dogs.

      Street Crime Action Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the role of the Street Crime Action Group.

      Street Crime Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the figures for burglary and violence against the person were for (a) April, (b) September and (c) in four week periods in the...

      Superintendent Ali Dizaei

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of the Independent Advisory Group were consulted by the Metropolitan Police Service when investigating Superintendent Ali Dizaei.

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the non-public service agreement targets for his Department.

      Television Purchases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) integrated digital and (b) analogue television sets have been bought by his Department in each of the last 24 months; and if he...

      Thames Valley Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers transferred out of Thames Valley Police in each year from 1998–99 to date.

      Thames Valley Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) civilian police employees were recruited by Thames Valley Police in the most recent period for which...

      Throckmorton

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason he has delayed submitting the notification of the proposed development of an asylum accommodation centre at Throckmorton to...

      Treatment Programmes (Prisons)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many treatment programmes operate in prisons in England and Wales for (a) drug dependency, (b) alcohol dependency and (c) self-harm; and...

      Turnberry Bilderberg Meeting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests were made in connection with security arrangements for the Turnberry Bilderberg meeting; if the status of one arrested...

      Vacancies (Probation Service)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vacancies there are in the (a) London, (b) Sussex and (c) Kent probation services.

      Women's Prison, Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to build a women's prison in Wales.

      Work Permit Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact on the Work Permit Initiative for teachers on the shortage of teachers in the United Kingdom.

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young offender institutions do not possess in-house child protection protocols and committees.

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which agency is responsible for investigating deaths in custody which take place while in young offender institutions.

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many assaults on children under the age of 16 have occurred at each young offender institution in each of the past five years; (2)...

      Payment by Giro Order Book

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the implications for crime rates of the phased reduction in use by the Department of Work and Pensions of...

      Scottish Executive

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

      Recorded Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the annual change in total recorded crime has been in (a) Avon and Somerset and (b) England from 1985–86 to 2001–02; and if...

      Street Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether street crime (a) fell and (b) rose (i) in London and (ii) nationally in each September since 1997, compared with (A) the preceding...

      Cambridgeshire Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate (a) the total funding given by him to Cambridgeshire police in each of the last three years and (b) the real terms change...

      Air Conditioning (Refrigerant)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the climate change impact will be of the refrigerant to be used in the air conditioning in his Department's new building in Marsham Street.

      Crime (Harrow)

      Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much (a) street crime and (b) burglary was committed in each year since 1996 in Harrow; (2) how many crimes were...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will provide a breakdown of young offenders by (a) types of offence and (b) length of sentence in the last 12 months; (2) what...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Development Projects (UK)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what development projects in the UK receive funding from the (a) European Investment Bank and (b) European Regional Development Fund, and when these projects will...

  • House of Lords

    • PFI/PPP Contracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they know the total extent of off balance sheet borrowing and contingent liabilities of national and local government bodies through private finance...

    • PFI/PPP Contracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 23 October (HL Deb, cols. 1329–32), whether they will explain how the additional interest cost involved...

      Unfunded Public Service Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated liability represented by unfunded public service pensions over each of the next five years.

      Emu

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, if a referendum on the euro is called, the sterling/euro entry rate will be announced before the referendum takes place, or, if the result is in favour of...

      Fire Authorities: Terrorist Attacks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, what additional responsibilities were placed on fire authorities; what progress fire authorities have made in...

      Mortgage Costs as a Percentage of Gross Household Income

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion total mortgage payments represented of total household income in 2001, 2000, 1999, 1996 and 1991 in each of the regions and nations of the United...

      Local Authority Election Voting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a citizen who is registered to vote in two local authorities may vote in elections held in each local authority on the same day.

      Perfume Manufacture: Safety

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they regulate the safety to the public of the chemicals used by perfume manufacturers.[HL6221] The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade...

      e-greeting Cards: Unsolicited Commercial e-mail

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What their policy is towards the marketing technique, closely allied to the practice of spamming and recently reported in the media in respect of e-greeting cards,...

      Unsolicited Sales or Polling Faxes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether senders of unsolicited sales or polling faxes are required to display their names, addresses and telephone numbers; and whether the recipients of such...

      Energy-supplying Wind Farms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any more energy-supplying wind farms are planned for north west England.

      Education Spending: IT Projects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion and value of the budget of public sector education was spent on information technology projects and procurement in each of the last five years.

      BBC: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether in view of the BBC's obligation to be politically impartial they will discuss with the Chairman of the BBC the placing of job advertisements only in the...

      Treasury Silver: Loan to V & A

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will reclassify the Treasury silver on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum as a non-operational heritage asset.

      Government Services On-line: Functional Modules

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the implications are for data privacy of the e-Delivery Team's advocacy of functional modules engines as one of the means of delivering all government...

      Public Bodies: Ministerial Appointments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, and if so in what way, the provisions of the Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies will ensure independent, transparent and...

      NHS: Elecronic Patient Records

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the target date for the implementation of electronic patient records in England and Wales, Scotland and Norther Ireland.

      Morning-after Pill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they agree with the finding of a study published in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy in March that omitting to inform women of the potential pre-implantation...

      Gillick v. West Norfolk and Wisbech Health Authority

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the ruling of Gillick v. West Norfolk and Wisbech Health Authority applies to any areas of treatment, other than abortion and family planning services.

      GPs: Conscientious Objection to Abortion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a General Practitioner with a conscientious objection to abortion is still required to give advice to patients and perform the preparatory steps to arrange...

      NHS Spending: Primary Care Trusts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish their estimates of the amount of National Health Service spending per head of population analysed by primary care trust for 2002–03.

      NHS: EU Procurement Rules

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 22 July (WA 26), how many advertisements for international establishment projects have been placed in...

      Primary Care Trust Patients' Forums

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the basis for their estimate of the number of staff that will be required by primary care trust patients' forums to enable them to carry out their...

      Abortion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they agree with the report of the United Nations Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women on Estonia of January which stated that "as far...

      Abortion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they agree with the report of the United Nations Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women on Estonia of January which stated that repeat...

      Abortion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information they have about links between abortion and physical or sexual abuse.

      Pregnant Women: Smoking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they are currently undertaking against the smoking of tobacco and cannabis by pregnant women.

      NHS: Overseas Clinical Team Initiative

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many overseas doctors were working within the National Health Service in the week commencing 21 October under the scheme to get overseas teams of doctors to...

      NHS Recruitment Housing Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that the high cost of housing in some parts of the country is frustrating the ability of National Health Service trusts to recruit doctors...

      Adoption Support Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate they have made of the number of families likely to benefit from the ring-fenced funding of £70 million for adoption support services announced...

      In Vitro Fertilisation: Health Effects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For how long the Department of Health has known about dangers inherent in in vitro fertilisation and other assisted reproductive technologies; and What...

      In Vitro Fertilisation: Health Effects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What account has been taken of dangers to public health in in vitro fertilisation procedures when considering the use of human embryos for the purpose of...

      HFEA: Human Embryos

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many human embryos have been: (a) created; (b) frozen; (c) destroyed; (d) implanted; and (e) experimented upon since the passage of the Human Fertilisation and...

      Care Home Sector: Red Tape

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the correspondence between the chairman of the Better Regulation Task Force and the Secretary of State for Health in respect of excessive...

      UK Food Processors: Food Safety

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the current outbreak of salmonella and the deaths of two people, when they will ensure that food processors are compelled to use raw materials produced...

      NHS Funding Formula

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received a report from the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation dealing with changes to the funding formula for the National Health Service;...

      NHS Funding Formula

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to consult about any changes to the funding formula for the National Health Service that would take account of health inequalities.

      NHS Budget: IT Projects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion and value of the budget of the National Health Service was spent on information technology projects and procurement in each of the last five years.

      Patient and Public Involvement in Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they will take in order to ensure that the good will, skills and experience of existing Community Health Council staff are retained to help run the...

      NHS: Regulatory Requirements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the level of regulatory burdens placed on the National Health Service and on private sector organisations which deal with the National Health Service is...

      Hepatitis C

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 9 October (WA 26), why the National Health Service has not yet responded to the last appraisal by the...

      Hepatitis C

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 9 October (WA 26), what funding is to be made available to implement their proposals outlined in the...

      Hepatitis C

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 9 October (WA 26), whether the National Health Service policy in England for the treatment of chronic...

      Statins

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 26 February (WA 227), whether they have now considered whether further guidance is necessary on...

      National Schedule of Reference Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place a copy of the National Schedule of Reference Costs for 2001–02 in the Library of the House of Lords.

      Environmental Management Systems

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs press release of 25 July on sustainable development, whether environmental management systems...

      Radiation Monitoring: North West England

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What monitoring of levels of radiation takes place in North West England.

      Cod Fishing in the Irish Sea

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the present European Union Commission proposals for the fishing of cod in the Irish Sea; what is the perceived impact of these proposals on the Northern...

      Sustainable Development

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish their response to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee's Fourth Report of Session 2001–02, Measuring the Quality of...

      Attorneys General: Warnings to Editors about the Possibility of Contempt of Court

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions in the last seven years the Attorney-General has warned editors of newspapers about the possibility of contempt of court; and what were the...

      House of Lords: Composition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 10 June (WA 1-2) (a) what statistically the number in each party would be likely to be in each of the next...

      Data Protection Act 1998: Costs of Compliance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made any assessment of the costs of compliance with data protection legislation; and if so, what are the costs of (i) inception of data...

      Magistrates' Courts Service Inspectorate: Chief Inspector's Annual Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the next annual report of the chief inspector, Magistrates' Courts Service Inspectorate, will be published.

      Data Protection Act 1998: Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prosecutions, sorted by category of offence, there have been for breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 in each year since the legislation came into...

      Northern Ireland: Court Accommodation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are yet in a position to announce their proposals relating to court accommodation in Northern Ireland

      Damages for Future Loss

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they intend to take forward proposals which were consulted on in the consultation paper Damages for Future Loss: Giving Courts the Power to Order Periodical...

      Turkey

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will raise with the European Union the issue of education in the Kurdish language for pupils in state schools and for university students in those...

      Turkey

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are discussing with the Turkish Government: (a) the implementation of recently announced improvements in the treatment of suspects after arrest; and,...

      Ascension Island

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make an announcement on democratic development on Ascension Island.

      EU: Forthcoming Council Business and Major Events

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for November, and what are the major European Union events for the period 30 November 2002...

      Exercise Saif Sareea II

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the maximum number of personnel deployed on Exercise Saif Sareea II allocated to: (a) the Joint Force Air Component; (b) the Joint Force Logistic...

      Gulf War Veterans: Correspondence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House (a) the ministerial correspondence relating to variants of Gulf War syndrome sent to Dr Brian Iddon MP, as...

      Gulf War Veterans: Correspondence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What response they are making to Professor Robert W Haley's offer of assistance in his letter of 16 September commenting on the ministerial correspondence sent to...

      Major (Retired) Christine Lloyd

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 16 October (WA 52-53) about the case of Major (Retired) Christine Lloyd, a Gulf war veteran, what further...

      Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, Section 11

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they are making towards resolving the concerns of the Internet Service Providers Association in respect of Section 11 of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime...

      Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, Section 11

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Falconer of Thornton on 29 October "why full implementation of Section 11 of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001,...

      Racist Rallies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether racist rallies are unlawful; and what enforcement action may be taken to prevent them.

      Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000, Section 36(2)

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to amend the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 in order to make it an offence for anyone who is disqualified from working with...

      National Policing Plan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made with the drafting of the National Policing Plan; what discussions have been held with the voluntary sector about its content; and to...

      War Memorials

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to take steps to protect war memorials in England and Wales.

      Race Equality Advisory Panel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the terms of reference of the Race Equality Advisory Panel; how often the panel meets; and what is the cost per annum of this initiative.

      Race Equality Advisory Panel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will name the members of the Race Equality Advisory Panel; what is each individual's age; how the panel was selected and appointed; and what is the...

      Asylum Applications: Doctors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their policy concerning trained medical doctors who arrive in the United Kingdom and apply for asylum; and also towards those who have exhausted the legal...

      Race Equality in Public Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to publish the third edition of Race Equality in Public Services.

      Immigration Control

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to improve immigration control to ensure that people coming into the United Kingdom do so in accordance with the Immigration Rules.

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When and why they decided that the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission needed members with community and grass-roots involvement or with political astuteness...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who appointed Ms Inez McCormack and Professor Christine Bell to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

      North and West Belfast Police Raids

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether confidential information recovered by the Police Service of Northern Ireland as a result of recent raids in Stormont, north and west Belfast contains (a)...

      Northern Ireland Block Grant

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the projected current underspend for the Northern Ireland block grant for the year 2002–03.

      Belfast Agreement: Cross-Border Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the current salary scales, expenses and pension provisions for the chief executives of all cross-border bodies set up under the Belfast Agreement; whether...

      Belfast Agreement: Cross-Border Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the financial accounting year for the cross-Border implementation bodies set up under the Belfast Agreement of 1998; whether there are any other accounting...

      Belfast Agreement: Cross-Border Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many full-time employees there were in each cross-Border body set up under the Belfast Agreement of 1998, taking the Irish Agency and the Ulster Scots Agency...

      Belfast Agreement: Lighthouses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, and if so when, the Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission will acquire responsibility for all lighthouses around Ireland, as agreed in the...

      North/South Ministerial Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When was the most recent meeting of the North/South Ministerial Council in any format; whether issues relating to the Language Implementation Body was discussed;...

      North/South Ministerial Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many joint communiques concerning the language sector have been issued by the North/South Ministerial Council since its creation under the Belfast Agreement of...

      North/South Ministerial Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that the text of all documentation from the North/South Ministerial Council, as set up in the Belfast Agreement of 1998, refers to the two...

      Irish Government: Human Rights Commmission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Irish Government have established a Human Rights Commission equivalent to that within Northern Ireland, as required under the Belfast Agreement; and,...

      Irish Government: Employment Equality Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made by the Irish Government to enhance employment equality legislation, as required by the Belfast Agreement; and whether knowledge of the...

      Irish Government: Equal Status Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made by the Irish Government in introducing equal status legislation, as required by the Belfast Agreement.

      Irish Government: Respect for Traditions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made by the Irish Government to demonstrate the respect for the different traditions in the island of Ireland; how the status of the Orange...

      Northern Ireland Executive: Drivers and Bodyguards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether all drivers and bodyguards for the Northern Ireland Executive are security checked, including for illegal weapons, at the entrance to government buildings,...

      Irish Language Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any money has been paid directly to the Irish Language Agency, set up under the Belfast Agreement of 1998, by the Government of the Republic of Ireland...

      Omagh Bombing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they became aware of allegations, published in the Sunday Times of 20 October, that the Irish police authorities had advance knowledge of the Omagh bomb of...

      Belfast Agreement: Food Safety Promotion Board

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what equality legislation the Food Safety Promotion Board, set up under the terms of the Belfast Agreement of 1998, acts; and what is the gender and...

      Northern Ireland: Private Hospital Beds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the number of private hospital beds in Northern Ireland per 100,000 population.

      Northern Ireland: Post-primary Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In how many electoral wards in Northern Ireland citizens were consulted on the subject of transfer from primary to secondary education; and in how many of these...

      Northern Ireland Office: Security Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What changes they propose to make to levels of security checking of all staff employed in the Northern Ireland Office as a result of the recent alleged breach of...

      Northern Ireland: Consultant Vacancies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the shortage of doctors, by specialty, in Northern Ireland. Question number missing in Hansard, possibly truncated question.

      Honours Scrutiny Committee

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the responsibilities of the Honours Scrutiny Committee.

      Prime Minister: Visits to Countryside

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 31 October (WA39), whether they will provide details of the Prime Minister's visits in an official capacity...

      Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is still the view, expressed in the Green Paper Partnership in Pensions (1998), that the balance spent on pensions by the state and private sectors will...

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