Written answers

Thursday, 21 November 2002

  • Cabinet Office

    • IT Security

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he has taken to review the security of his Department's IT system; and how many digital attacks there were on his Department's system in (a)...

  • Defence

    • Brigadier Gordon Kerr

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make a statement on the basis for his policy on Brigadier Gordon Kerr's giving evidence and otherwise co-operating with the inquiry...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel are deployed in Afghanistan; and how many of these are reserves.

      Army (Non-British Citizens)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the British Army is comprised of soldiers who are not British citizens.

      Baton Rounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what technologies are available to assist the accuracy of the plastic baton round; what he estimates the comparative advantages of L18A1 (a) optical...

      Baton Rounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what post-development studies have been carried out on the medical effects of the use of the L21A1 baton round; (2) what progress has been made in...

      Baton Rounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many hours of additional training is required to enable personnel to discharge a baton gun to be fired in situations other than public disorder; what...

      Business Information Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide a breakdown of the money announced in the Spending Review for modernising business information systems across defence.

      Chiefs of Defence Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the periods of office for the last five (a) Chiefs of Defence Staff, and (b) First Sea Lords after 1972.

      Civilian Firefighters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civilian firefighters are (a) employed and (b) resident in Army barracks in (i) Great Britain and (ii) Northern Ireland.

      Continuous Attitude Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel in the (a) Army, (b) RAF and (c) Royal Navy were sent the last Continuous Attitude Survey and encouraged to answer; what proportion of...

      Defence Attaché

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the role and mandate of UK defence attachés posted overseas.

      Defence Logistics Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people have been employed by the Defence Logistics Organisation in each year since its creation.

      Defence Logistics Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what computer systems he plans to procure for the Defence Logistics Organisation.

      Departmental Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procedures he intends to follow so that the programme for the development of his Department's three sites at Northolt, Woolwich and Uxbridge will be...

      Departmental Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will make a further announcement about consultation and approval procedures in respect of his Department's three sites at Northolt, Woolwich and...

      Departmental Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which areas of each of the three sites at Northolt, Woolwich and Uxbridge will be developed as announced by his Department on 29 October; and what the...

      Devonport Dockyard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who was responsible for the security of Devonport Dockyard on Friday 15 November; if he will make a statement on a breach of security involving Trident...

      Farmers (Thailand)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representation he has received regarding the Minute between the UK and Thailand Government signed on 19 October concerning those clauses that will...

      Fijian Soldiers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to make it easier for Fijian soldiers serving in British regiments to travel freely while on leave.

      Fire Tenders (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Department first used the term Yellow Goddess to describe a liveries military fire tender in Northern Ireland; and what other colours are...

      Firefighters' Dispute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under what powers the Government have authorised the employment of members of Her Majesty's armed forces for fire fighting duties; and if he will make a...

      Firefighters' Dispute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to train defence personnel in the use of civilian fire equipment; and what estimates have been made of the time required to train...

      Firefighters' Dispute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) soldiers, (b) sailors and (c) airmen are (i) deployed on firefighting activities, (ii) trained to use civilian fire equipment and (iii)...

      Gurkha Welfare Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what financial assistance his Department gives to the Gurkha Welfare Trust; and if he will make a statement.

      L104A1 Anti-riot Gun

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the means are of assessing a candidate applying for a competency qualification to fire the L104A1 anti-riot gun; what the minimum number of rounds...

      Medical Down-Grading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of Her Majesty's forces are medically down-graded.

      MOD Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the implications for other parts of his Department's estate in London of the proposed development announced by his...

      Nuclear Test Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many representations on compensation he has received from nuclear test veterans since June 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      Operation Sandcastle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will break down the expenditure on Operation Sandcastle under headings.

      Operation Sandcastle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff worked on Operation Sandcastle; what their grades were, and for how long each member of staff worked.

      Perisher Submarine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Perisher submarine training exercises have taken place in each of the past five years.

      Picket Lines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under what circumstances members of the armed forces can cross trade union picket lines.

      Recruitment (Over-50s)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people employed in his Department are aged over 50.

      Reservists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to ensure that embodied regular reservists are given the same promotion opportunities as their regular army counterparts.

      Royal Hospital, Haslar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department has had with the Borough of Gosport as planning authority about the long-term use of the site of the Royal hospital Haslar.

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the strength of the Royal Navy is.

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy ships are (a) on operations and (b) in port.

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the senior officials who have left his Department since April 2000 to take up posts in the private sector, stating in each case the name,...

      Service Establishments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times establishment targets for the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) RAF have changed since 1998; and what the rationale was for the change each time.

      Spending Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what capabilities or facilities he intends to procure with the new capital announced in the Spending Review; and if he will list the five capabilities...

      Stores Management System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in developing the defence stores management system; and how much has been spent on the project to date.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the efficacy of the definition of affordable housing; and what plans he has to alter that definition.

    • Affordable Housing (Chesham and Amersham)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many units of affordable housing have been built in the Chesham and Amersham constituency in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Compulsory Purchase

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which (a) Government agencies and (b) regional bodies have compulsory purchase powers.

      Council Rents (Greater London)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average increase in council rents in the Greater London area has been in each of the last three years.

      Hare Krishna Temple (Hertfordshire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received from the Hare Krishna Temple at Letchmore Heath, Hertfordshire concerning their application for planning permission to extend...

      Housing Policy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of Government funds allocated for housing is specified for the sound proofing of ageing council and housing association properties; and what...

      Thames Gateway Initiative

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recognition the Government give to the Thames Gateway initiative; and what financial and other support the Government provide.

      Urban White Paper

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many funding commitments have been launched by his Department and across the Government following the publication of the Urban White Paper in November 2000;...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Athletics Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the oral answer by the Minister of Sport on 18 November 2002, Official Report, column 350–51 whether every sporting...

    • Athletics Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to her oral answer of 18 November 2002, Official Report, column 350–51 to the hon. Members for Surrey Heath (Mr. Hawkins)...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what consultations took place before the decision was taken to lift the restriction on the number of digital channels operated by...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the digital channels operated by BBC Worldwide, through UKTV, which have been given approval by her Department.

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she has taken to ensure that digital channels operated by BBC Worldwide through UKTV do not unfairly compete with existing...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures she has taken to ensure that the BBC's programmes do not adversely affect existing commercial (a) radio and (b) television...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her policy is on the future financing of the BBC.

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the relationship between BBC Worldwide and Flextech has been scrutinised by the BBC's external auditors.

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what measures she is taking to ensure that the BBC abides by the Fair Trading Commitment; (2) whether OFCOM will have...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will place in the Library a copy of the documents issued in November 2000 that gave permission for the BBC to extend its range of...

      Bletchley Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has for the future of the Code Breaker Museum at Bletchley Park.

      Elite Sport Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the funding for elite sportsmen and sportswomen will be in cash terms under her three-year future funding plans in (a)...

      History Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she has satisfied herself that UK History is distinctive from the History channel and will not compete unfairly with it.

      History Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will publish the approval given in 2000 to UKTV for the UK History channel.

      Independent Production Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) when the independent production quotas for television will apply across all media including the internet; and when the independent...

      Millennium Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment she has made of the continuing viability of the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

      Museum of Moving Image

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans there are to (a) reopen the Museum of Moving Image; and (b) open a new Museum of Film and Television in London.

      School Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many planning applications affecting school playing fields were (a) referred to Sport England and (b) objected to by Sport England...

      Seconded Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what work has been (a) researched and (b) implemented jointly by her Department and (i) the Broadcasting Standards Commission and (ii)...

      TV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people were given custodial sentences following a failure to pay a fine for TV licence evasion in each of the last 20 years.

      TV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether a television licence is required for a personal computer capable of receiving television broadcasts.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the United States Government about the use of US manufactured military equipment...

    • Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what arrangements are being made by (a) the UK Government, (b) the Commonwealth and (c) the European Union to provide observers...

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the situation in (a) Rwanda and (b) the Great Lakes region.

      UK Ambassador (Washington)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when Sir David Manning will take up his position as the new UK ambassador to Washington; and when Sir Christopher Meyer is due...

  • Health

    • Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals he has to improve the interdependence and effectiveness of advocacy and support services for children in residential care and their...

    • Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to help sufferers of arthritis.

      Bed Occupancy (Buckinghamshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average bed occupancy rate was at NHS units in Chesham and Amersham in each of the last six years since 1 May 1996; (2) if he will make a...

      Cardiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated cost to date is of the introduction of the Cardiology NUF; and what estimates have been made of future cost implications.

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of the population in the Fareham and Gosport Primary Care Trust area is registered with dentists in the national health service; (2)...

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the payment to dentists under the national health service relates to the time involved and costs incurred by the dentist.

      Fertility Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department makes a regular assessment of the fertility rate of young males.

      Health Professions Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received about the proposed fee increases for the Health Professions Council; and if he will make a statement.

      HFEA Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the annual report of the HFEA for 2002 will be published.

      IVF/DI Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the IVF/DI data for 2002 will be available.

      Junior Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average hours of junior doctors were in 1997; and what they were at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation his Department undertook before publishing the draft Mental Health Bill.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he has assessed the work of the Mental Health Institute.

      Mid-Essex Hospital Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are waiting for in-patient treatment in the mid Essex hospital services national health service area.

      NHS Administration (Buckinghamshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many staff were employed to carry out the administration for NHS services for residents of (a) Chesham and Amersham and (b) Buckinghamshire in...

      NHS Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the progress made in establishing the NHS Bank; and how much money it has lent.

      North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust and its predecessor, Warrington Hospital NHS Trust, spent on public relations in each of the last five years.

      Nursing and Residential Care Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to review the level of capital limits with respect to the cost of (a) nursing home care and (b) residential care.

      Overseas Visitors Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what systems are in place to (a) identify and (b) collect payment from illegal immigrants and others who use the national health service and are...

      Patient Prospectus Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures the Department in conjunction with the strategic health authorities are overseeing with regard to the delivery of the patient prospectus...

      Patient Prospectus Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department estimates has been spent by each primary care trust on the patient prospectus initiative.

      Physiotherapy/Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the action he has taken to protect titles for physiotherapists and chiropodists.

      Poultry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many samples of poultry, by category, had a water content of (a) 0–10 per cent., (b) 11–20 per cent., (c) 21–30 per cent, (d)...

      Prescribing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on anticipatory prescribing following the observations made by the Commission for Health Improvement following publication of...

      Pre-Payment Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what is the time taken to issue pre-payment certificates for NHS prescription charges is; and if he will make a statement. (2) when the issuing of...

      Royal Hospital, Haslar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the financial cost of (a) retaining services at the Royal Hospital Haslar and (b) bringing such services together on the...

      Royal Hospital, Haslar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the development of a Diagnostic and Treatment Centre at the Royal hospital Haslar.

      Sex Selection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what factors underlay his recent decision to ask the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to consult on the subject of sex selection for...

      Sickness Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many working days in the NHS were (a) lost and (b) lost in each of the past 10 years due to sickness of less than three days' duration in each of the...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the cost to public funds of making non-residential social services free of charge for (a) people aged over 65 and (b)...

      Warrington PCT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of (a) the production and (b) the distribution of the leaflet entitled 'Your Guide to Local Health Services' recently distributed by...

  • Home Department

    • Air and Pellet Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans he has to launch an inquiry into the misuse of air and pellet guns; (2) what plans he has to further restrict the sale of...

    • Cyclists

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) on how many occasions in each of the last five years cyclists have been prosecuted for exceeding the speed limit; (2) how many...

      Deer Hunting Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what grounds the Home Office Project Licence to the Joint Universities Study on Deer Hunting was refused.

      Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the annual consumption of heroin was in each year since 1992; (2) how many people have been convicted of dealing in heroin in...

      Road Traffic Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish the results of the consultation on road traffic penalties.

  • International Development

    • Burma (Refugees)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much humanitarian assistance her Department provides for refugees in Burma.

    • Magistrates Courts (Greater Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the UK Government and other key donors are taking to address the shortfall in funding to the Afghan Government for promoting...

      Magistrates Courts (Greater Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the UK Government and other donor countries are taking to address the shortfall in funds to the WFP and UNHCR in Afghanistan.

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the assistance given by her Department to increase the provision of clean water to the people of Malawi.

      Ministerial salaries

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

      Overseas Development Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations she has made to other international donors regarding the untying of overseas development assistance.

      Pharmaceutical Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans her Department has to increase world pharmaceutical sales (a) to the developing countries and (b) to Africa.

      Staff Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much and what proportion of the Departmental expenditure limit for 2002–03 will be accounted for by staff costs; what the...

      Zimbabwe (Food Aid)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her strategy is for delivering food to vulnerable communities in Zimbabwe when the Government of Zimbabwe obstructs food aid.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Mr Peter Jewell

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when the Lord Chancellor intends to reply to the letter dated 3 September from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with...

    • Rape

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) what steps the Lord Chancellor will take to ensure that the Court of Appeal adopts the recommendations of the Sentencing...

  • Northern Ireland

    • British Irish Joint Secretariat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is the total cost per annum of the British Irish Joint Secretariat, based at Windsor House in Belfast; and how the cost are allocated...

    • British Irish Joint Secretariat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many staff are employed by the British Irish Joint Secretariat at Windsor House in Belfast; and what proportion of these staff members are...

      British Irish Joint Secretariat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what are the main functions of the British Irish Joint Secretariat based at Windsor House in Belfast.

      Congestion Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the policy is of his Department in relation to the reimbursement of Central London road user charges incurred by its employees.

      Congestion Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the estimated cost is to his Department of the Central London Road User Charging Scheme for (a) 17 February 2003 to 31 March 2003, and (b)...

      Electoral Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the percentage take-up among electors of the new electoral identity cards.

      Petrol Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what information he collates on the average price of petrol paid by motorists in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland;...

      Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prison officers have been informed they are on the intelligence list stolen by SF/IRH, how many have been accepted on to the S.P.E.D....

  • Prime Minister

    • Downing Street Air Conditioning

      To ask the Prime Minister what coolant is used in the air conditioning recently installed in Downing Street.

    • Gifts

      To ask the Prime Minister what rules govern the retention of gifts given to members of the Royal Family when they are undertaking official tours.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Firefighters' Dispute

      To ask the Solicitor General what discussions she has had with the Attorney-General, the Home Secretary, the Lord Chancellor and the Deputy Prime Minister about the legal aspects of the fire...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Bilateral Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what the total level of bilateral trade was with each EU applicant country in the last 12 months; (2) what the level of bi-lateral...

    • BNFL

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make it her policy to seek a reduction in the movements of (a) high-level and (b) intermediate-level radioactive material by BNFL.

      Business Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost is of the Business Link advertisement campaign broken down by (a) newspapers, (b) radio and television.

      Car Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many car parking spaces are available to (a) employees of her Department and (b) visitors to her Department within the proposed Central...

      Congestion Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the policy is of her Department in relation to the reimbursement of Central London road user charges incurred by its employees.

      Congestion Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the estimated cost is to her Department of the Central London Road User Charging Scheme for (a) 17 February 2003 to 31 March 2003, and...

      Debt Swapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her policy towards debt swapping and the rainforest.

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Government's policy is on the responsibility of employment agencies to interview and assess those responding to job advertisements,...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she next plans to visit India.

      Industrial Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the time it takes for industrial tribunals to hear individual cases; and if she will make a statement.

      Parliamentary Answer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the Member for South Norfolk (Mr. Bacon) of 10 June if he will place details of...

      UK Solar Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many jobs have been created in the UK Solar PV industry since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

  • Transport

    • Minicabs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research he has undertaken into the links between illegal and unlicensed mini-cab touting and other crimes; and what the findings were.

    • A249

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement about progress with the A249 Iwade to Queenborough improvement, with special reference to the (a) start date, (b) finish...

      Airport Staff (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what security checks are being undertaken on airport-related staff on recruitment of (a) baggage handlers, (b) dispatches, (c) security staff and (d)...

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what cost benefit analysis has been conducted by his Department or is planned of the (a) economic, (b) social and (c) environmental costs and benefits...

      Modal Shifts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what (a) discussions his Department has had or plans to have and (b) representations have been received by his Department with regard to the past...

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent guidelines he has issued on the use of bus lanes by cars.

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the percentage occupancy is of the UK bus fleet on normal timetable services.

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research has (a) been conducted and (b) is planned by his Department on the effects of marketing upon bus usage.

      Camera Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to permit camera systems to be used to aid enforcement against illegal turning movements by vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

      Channel Tunnel Rail Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the channel tunnel rail link to be fully operational; and if he will make a statement.

      Cycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people in the United Kingdom own pedal cycles.

      Cycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate how many people used a pedal cycle at least once a week in each of the last five years.

      Diesel Trains (Stopping Distances)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the safe braking distance is for a diesel commuter train to stop from a speed of 70mph.

      Diesel Trains (Stopping Distances)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the safe braking distance is of a 125 mph diesel train to stop from maximum speed.

      Dvla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the accuracy of the information held by the DVLA.

      Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what emissions of (a) carbon monoxide, (b) hydrocarbons, (c) oxides of nitrogen and (d) particulates are generated by (i) a four car new DMU train on a...

      Heathrow (Land Values)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made by his Department or is planned of the potential value of land at Heathrow for uses other than aviation; what other (a)...

      IT Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to review the security of the Department's IT system; and how many digital attacks there were on the Department's system in (a)...

      London Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people enter London by (a) the M1 and (b) the Great Northern railway between 8 am and 9 am on a working weekday morning.

      London Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people enter London by (a) the Great Western Railway and (b) the M4 between 8 am and 9 am on a working weekday morning.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on his restructuring of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency; and what further plans he has to restructure it.

      Merchant Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to encourage recruitment of (a) British officers and (b) cadets in the Merchant Navy.

      Ministerial Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cars are (a) owned and (b) leased by the Department for the use of Ministers and employees.

      New Roads and Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of new road are under construction in London and the South-East under the supervision of the Highways Agency.

      New Roads and Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent in each year from 1990 on the construction of (a) new roads and (b) new railway lines, excluding in both cases the...

      New Roads and Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of (a) new railway line and (b) new dual carriageway road he plans in (i) 2003–04 and (ii) 2004–05.

      New Roads and Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of (a) new dual carriageway road and (b) new railway line have been constructed in the last two years.

      New Station (Wokingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the project for a new station at Wokingham will begin on the ground.

      Paddington Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trains an hour can enter Paddington from the west; and what his plans are for capacity for Paddington.

      Rail Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list those projects from the Strategic Rail Authority's Strategic Plan launched in January which have been (a) amended, (b) dropped and (c)...

      Road Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list those major road schemes in the local transport settlements for 1999 to 2001 which were (a) provisionally approved and (b) considered...

      School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research has (a) been conducted and (b) is planned by his Department; and what research has been assessed by his Department on the steps needed to...

      School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research (a) has been conducted and (b) is planned by his Department on the implications on (i) road safety, (ii) congestion and (iii) pollution...

      School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State (1) for Transport what funding mechanisms are available directly from his Department to (a) local authorities and (b) other education bodies for improving school...

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to reduce speed limits in urban areas; and if he will make a statement.

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance exists for the erection of 30mph repeaters in lit streets.

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport to whom the (a) Chairman and Chief Executive of the Strategic Rail Authority, (b) Directors of the Strategic Rail Authority and (c) Organisation of the...

      Traffic Lights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many traffic lights in London have been replaced in the last two years.

  • Treasury

    • Bankers (Northern Ireland) Act

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what general or special licences have been issued under section 2 of the Bankers (Northern Ireland) Act 1928 in the past five years.

    • Budget Projections

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the reasons for the difference between the Budget projections of 2001–02 and the projection based on actual receipts in...

      Company Cars

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the use of fuel-efficient company cars following changes to the taxation of company cars introduced on 1 April; what steps...

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what action is being taken by the Financial Services Authority to address the problems caused by the collapse of the professional indemnity insurance...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department has had with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister regarding funding sources for a possible increase in firefighters' pay.

      Firefighters' Dispute

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost of a national firefighters' strike to the UK economy per day.

      Firefighters' Dispute

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much an (a) 11 per cent., and (b) 40 per cent., increase in firelighters' pay would cost HM Treasury over the next five years.

      London Underground

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department has had with representatives of Amey concerning the delayed public-private partnership of London underground; and if he will...

      Military Action Costs (Middle East)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made regarding the cost to HM Treasury of military action in the Middle East; and what discussions his Department has had with the...

      National Air Traffic Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of a national air traffic controllers' strike to the UK economy.

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will publish the research his Department undertook before deciding on the level of the national minimum wage; (2) what recent representations...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the Government's interests in Network Rail, taking into account the UK accounting principles.

      Office for National Statistics

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the data series produced by National Statistics to which Ministers in his Department have had privileged access prior to publication since...

      Pensions Dividend Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of Government policy on pensions dividend tax in relation to the value of stocks and shares listed on the (a)...

      Public Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date the revised accounting treatment for PFI transactions will be recorded in the government accounts; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to introduce external auditing of PSAs; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to publish statistics this autumn to fulfil his pledge in the 2002 Budget to publish bi-annual reports of departmental progress against...

      Public-private Partnerships and PFI

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether his Department is reviewing the use of the Private Finance Initiative and public-private partnerships; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Public-private Partnerships and PFI

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much of the off-balance-sheet borrowings funding projects on the Private Finance Initiative and public private-partnerships are (a) fully guaranteed and...

      Public-private Partnerships and PFI

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many letters of comfort his Department has issued in association with the public private-partnership financing scheme.

      Public-private Partnerships and PFI

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what checks and balances are in place to ensure that investment through public-private partnership and Public Finance Initiative offers value for money for...

      Public-private Partnerships and PFI

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement on the Government's system for accounting for public-private partnerships and the Private Finance Initiative; (2) if he...

      Suicide

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people committed suicide in each year since 1992.

      Terrorist Funds

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made in co-operating with other European Treasury Departments in neutralising terrorist funds.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Annuities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of annuitants had annuitised over #100,000 of pensions savings in each of the last five years; and if he will estimate what the...

    • Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on (a) contributory and (b) non-contributory benefits in the last 12 months.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consultations have been carried out with benefit recipients on the advantages and disadvantages of (a) the basic bank account and (b) the...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost per transaction will be of paying (a) the basic state pension and (b) child benefit through (i) the basic bank account and (ii)...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of (a) the likely take-up of the Post Office card account and (b) the cost to the Department thereof.

      Serps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to how many recipients of his initial letter regarding changes to the rules regarding inherited SERPs he plans to send a further letter of...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to encourage families, nurseries and hospitals to switch to traditional cotton nappies.

    • Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she proposes to maximise the potential development for combined heat and power plants.

      Pig Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement about the pig industry scheme for Outgoers.

      Agrimonetary Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with her European Union counterparts on a succession scheme to agrimonetary compensation.

      EC Fisheries Council Meeting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who will head the UK delegation at the next EC Fisheries Council Meeting.

      Corporate Environmental Reporting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department has taken to encourage corporate environmental reporting.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the Government's strategy for combating bovine TB.

      Recycling (Inner London Boroughs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action the Government are taking to increase the level of recycling in waste by boroughs in inner London.

      Illegal waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress in the Environment Agency's role in tackling the dumping of illegal waste.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affiars if she will make a statement on the changes in the levels of air pollution in large cities over the past five years.

      Doorstep Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what help she is giving to local authorities to improve doorstep recycling

      Waste Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to amend the Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Regulations 1991.

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the Voluntary Initiative on pesticides use.

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many food samples by type were tested for pesticide and other residues in each of the last 10 years.

      Landfill Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress is being made by the UK in meeting the EU Landfill Directive.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on her policy on vaccinating against foot and mouth disease.

      Brassenthwaite Lake

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Evironment Agency has to deal with the environmental problems suffered by Brassenthwaite Lake

      Fishing Industry (Scotland)

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

      Vehicle Registration and Licensing Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on what steps have been taken and are planned to tackle the problem of abandoned cars.

      Collection of Flood Event Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to improve the collation of flood return statistics.

      Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she is taking to prevent trade in ivory products; and if she will make a statement.

      Arable Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals she has to ensure fair competition for British arable farmers in the international grain trade.

      Cattle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the losses incurred by farmers as a consequence of the disappearance of cattle passport...

      Fallen Livestock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the collection of fallen livestock for disposal and its relationship with existing...

      Flood Plains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration has been given by the Environment Agency to identifying and preparing suitable areas of flood plains,...

      Functional Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what regulations are in place to ensure that new functional foods claiming to improve mental and physical well-being are...

      Functional Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what has been done in the past two years to promote scientific research into (a) the claims of functional foods and (b) their...

      GM Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how she plans to assess public opinion regarding GM technology and commercialisation,

      Imported Offal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tonnes of (a) sheep, (b) cattle, (c) pig and (d) poultry offal have entered the UK from (i) Latin America, (ii)...

      Mobile Slaughtermen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's policy is towards the practice of home kills by mobile licensed slaughtermen.

      Poultry Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action her Department has taken to ensure that poultry imports meet the same (a) animal welfare, (b) chemical contact...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding has been allocated to the Rural Payments Agency in each of the last five years.

      TB Reactor Cattle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated cost is of maintenance of TB reactor cattle per day while awaiting slaughter; and if that cost is met by...

      Veterinary Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many veterinary practices and surgeries are (a) registered and (b) not registered with the RCVS in the UK.

  • House of Lords

    • Freedom of Information Act 2000

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the codes of practice under Sections 45 and 46 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 will be laid before Parliament.

    • Committee on Standards in Public Life: Eighth Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to receive the eighth report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

      Drug Abstinence Orders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many drug abstinence orders have been made by the courts in England and Wales.

      Temple Mills Maintenance Facilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the expected capital cost of moving the Eurostar maintenance facilities from North Pole to Temple Mills in London; and who would be responsible for the...

      Temple Mills Maintenance Facilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment has been done of the costs and benefits of moving the Eurostar maintenance facilities from North Pole to Temple Mills in London, and compared with...

      Temple Mills Maintenance Facilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who financed the creation of a new refuelling facility for EWS Railway at Temple Mills; why it was necessary; how much it cost; and what was the date of opening.

      Temple Mills Maintenance Facilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they imposed a compulsory purchase notice on EWS Railway's new refuelling facility at Temple Mills on the date that it opened; what alternative refuelling...

      Railway Overbridges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which organisations are responsible for funding the programme of railway overbridge strengthening now being undertaken; what is the total cost; and what is the...

      Safety Cameras

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consultation took place in advance of the issue of the new safety camera partnership handbook which came into force on 30 June.

      New Car Registrations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What data they have on the numbers of new cars registered per head of population in each of the past five years for which records are available, analysed by region...

      Apsley House

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the passage of the Contracting Out (Functions in relation to Apsley House) Order 2002 in February, when they will announce the name of the body to which...

      Disabled Children: Local Authority and NHS Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average cost for each disabled child in residential care; and what is the average cost of the financial and physical support given by local authorities...

      Disabled Children: Local Authority and NHS Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which 10 local authority and National Health Service areas provide the most help (financial and physical) to disabled children living at home; and which 10 local...

      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What initiatives are being taken in (a) England and (b) Wales to ensure that there are no delays in access to assessment and to treatment for attention deficit...

      Nutrition Information: Catering Establishments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the Food Standards Agency estimates to be the cost of inspecting and regulating eating establishments if its recommendation that the calorific value of all...

      Local Council Children's Homes: Staff Qualifications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the staff currently employed in local authority children's homes for residential care have a relevant professional qualification in residential...

      Class Size

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether reliable information is available as to the effects of creating reduced-size classrooms in state-maintained schools for children from low-income families;...

      Primary and Post-primary Schools: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in reducing any disparity of funding between primary schools and post-primary schools in (a) England and Wales and (b) Northern Ireland...

      Employment: Cumbria

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there should be a programme of research to provide an improved understanding of the relationship between economic activities and the creation of jobs in...

      Veterinary Risk Advice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they believe that there should be closer co-ordination in the veterinary risk advice that is provided nationally by government and regionally through State...

      Animal Disease Control Legislation: Advice and Assessments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, as a matter of policy, all changes by government in animal disease control legislation requiring implementation by local authorities should be supported...

      Rural Affairs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the recent urban summit, whether they intend now to hold a rural summit.

      Rural Regeneration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will set up rural regeneration companies to match the 11 urban regeneration companies that they have created.

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