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Written answers

Thursday, 5 December 2002

  • Cabinet Office

    • Advisory Committees

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office who is on the (a) advisory committees on justices of the peace in Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside, (b) Better Regulation Task Force and...

    • Departmental Budgets

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the total budgets are of (a) the Social Inclusion Unit, (b) the Charter Mark and Beacon Unit, (c) Office of Public Services Reform, (d) Prime...

      E-Envoy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the (a) remuneration package and (b) grade is of (i) the e-Envoy and (ii) his deputy.

      Sir David Omand

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office to whom Sir David Omand reports.

      Sir David Omand

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many officials, and at what levels and for what proportion of their time are working to Sir David Omand.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Museums, Libraries and Archives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the performance of the national strategic body for museums, libraries and archives; and if she will make...

  • Defence

    • Accident Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 25 November 2002, Official Report, column 1W, on accident inquiries, how many (a) boards of inquiry, (b) unit inquiries, (c)...

    • Challenger 2 Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Army's (a) requirement, (b) total number and (c) actual operating number is of (i) Challenger 2 tanks, (ii) AS90 and (iii) Lynx helicopters; and...

      Challenger 2 Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list (a) the modifications that have been made to Challenger 2 tanks and how much these modifications cost, (b) the modifications are being...

      Civilian Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contingency plans his Department has in place for taking control of civilian ships should they be required in a war effort; and if he will make a...

      Communications Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Bowman communications system will be replaced; and if he will make a statement on the Personal Role Radio.

      Dyn Corp

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the employment policies of Dyn Corp in relation to its tendering for an MOD contract.

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the forecast in-service date for the Eurofighter was on 1 December (a) 1998, (b) 1999, (c) 2000, (d) 2001 and (e) 2002; and if he will make a statement.

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the forecast total cost of the Eurofighter project was on 1st December (a) 1998, (b) 1999, (c) 2000, (d) 2001 and (e) 2002; and if he will make a...

      Harrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what air defences the Royal Navy will have when the RN Sea Harrier is withdrawn from service; (2) how much it will cost to upgrade the RAF Harrier...

      Hercules

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what it would cost to move the Hercules C13J simulators from Lyneham to Brize Norton.

      Legal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 25 November 2002, Official Report, column 6W, on legal services, on how many occasions in each of the past 10 years the...

      Merlin Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the Government is on target to deliver the remainder of the 44 Royal Navy Merlin helicopters that are due for delivery by December 2002; what the...

      Military Bases (Legal Officers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of UK military bases have an independent legal officer on site; and if he will make a statement.

      Naval Operating Fleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list, by ship type, the Royal Navy's (a) required operating fleet, (b) total departmental fleet and (c) actual operating fleet, of ships owned...

      Naval Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the Royal Navy vessels that are unfit for active duty; and if he will make a statement.

      Overseas Deployments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many troops are deployed overseas; and how many were overseas on 25 December in each of the last three years.

      RAF Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Tornado GR1/GR1A/GR1B/GR4/GR4A/F3, (b) Harrier GR7/T10, (c) Jaguar G1B/GR3/T2A, (d) Sentry, (e) Canberra, (f) Nimrod MR2/R1, (g) C-17A...

      RGSR Respirator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progess is being made in the production of the RGSR respirator for the Army; when it will be in service; what advantages it offers over other...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on NATO's future relations with Russia.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last met the Russian Minister of Defence.

      Sea King

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are for the ASW Sea King Mk6 when it is taken out of service; and if he will make a statement.

      Sonar 2087

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what legal advice has been given (a) in each environmental impact assessment prepared in relation to the Sonar 2087 project and (b) in the independent...

      Sonar 2087

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on the Sonar 2087 project; and if he will make a statement.

      Strategic Sealift Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the quarterly cost of the strategic sealift programme is; and if he will make a statement.

      Strategic Sealift Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what services have been provided under the strategic sealift (Ro-Ro) programme; what compensation arrangements exist for breaches in the PFI contract;...

      Thermobaric Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what thermobaric weapons the British Army uses; what assessment has been made of their capability; and if he will make a statement on the extension of...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the warship building industry in the UK; and what is being done to encourage competition.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the location is of (a) HMS Ark Royal, (b) HMS Illustrious, (c) HMS Invincible and (d) HMS Ocean; and if he will make a statement.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he plans to alter the affordability rules to enable authorities in areas of high housing costs to build more affordable homes.

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the maximum amount is that the abolition of 50 per cent. discount council tax on (a) second and (b) empty homes will raise; what proportion (i) billing and...

      Devolution

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much the Government spent on start-up costs for the (a) National Assembly for Wales and (b) Scottish Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the projected expenditure is for each of the next five years on disabled facilities grants; and what has been spent to date in this financial year in...

      Empty Properties

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many unoccupied domestic properties there are in the UK; and how many are in the ownership of local authorities.

      Homes (Key Workers)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) teachers and (b) further education college lecturers have benefited from the starter home initiative for key workers; and if he will make a statement...

      Homes for Life

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has for designing bathrooms with level access showers as part of the Homes for Life programme.

      Index of Multiple Deprivation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to publish his Department's review of the Index of Multiple Deprivation; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Authority Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will estimate the amount of spending per head by each all-purpose local authority in the current financial year.

      New Towns

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what research has been undertaken to examine the effects of clawback on the sale of assets in the new towns; (2) what research has been undertaken to...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many planning appeals for developments with densities greater than the local planning authority considered reasonable have been allowed in each of the last...

      Planning System Documents

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) whether he requires the documents By Design and By Design: Better Places to Live to be material considerations in the planning system; (2) what mechanisms...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many special advisers were employed in his Department in (a) May and (b) November.

      Standard Spending Assessment Grant

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been paid to Charnwood borough council in SSA grant to compensate for student houses in multi-occupancy in the present financial year.

  • Education and Skills

    • Beacon Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of Beacon schools in raising school standards; what guidance he gives on the circumstances...

    • Disabled Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to provide assistance to schools to help them ensure that their course materials are accessible to disabled students in...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the schools in the top 10 per cent. of those with the greatest number of children who receive free school meals.

      Mixed-age Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research he has done on the effects of mixed-age teaching in primary schools.

      NVQs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students have received free tuition to study national vocational qualifications in (a) plumbing, (b) bricklaying, (c) bridge to...

      NVQs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many tutors were employed in further education colleges teaching national vocational qualifications in (a) plumbing, (b)...

      Prison Education Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much was available in each prison for education courses in each year since 1995 at current prices; and what the percentage...

      School Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations he has received concerning the closure of schools in South Shields; and if he will place these in the Library.

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of children who truanted from school in 2001–02 gained one or more GCSEs.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Furazolidone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the nitrofuran antibiotic furazolidone is banned for use in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

    • Auction Marts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the role of auction marts in increased bio-security.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evaluation is being relied upon by her Department in respect of the possible link between badgers and the spread of...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has held with her EU counterparts on proposals to introduce legislation concerning climate change; and...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the (a) schemes and (b) bodies her Department contributes funding to which are concerned with climate change.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which of the sector associations party to a Climate Change Levy umbrella agreement have supplied her with information...

      Coffee Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to support the working of the international market in coffee.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what corrections to energy efficiency targets resulting from correction to baseline data she has discussed with sector...

      Enriched Laying Cages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the cost to egg producers of a ban on the use of enriched laying cages in England; what plans...

      Enriched Laying Cages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received on a proposed ban on the use of enriched egg laying cages in England.

      Farm Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average size of farm is, broken down by (a) category and (b) region.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what United Kingdom legislation will restrict the number of days at sea for fishing vessels capturing and landing cod from 1...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many qualified valuers were paid (a) per day and (b) per valuation during the foot and mouth outbreak.

      Herbal Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government are doing to control the sale of endangered animal parts for eastern herbal medicines.

      Horticulture Research International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will end the moratorium imposed on Horticulture Research International regarding scientific staff; and if she will...

      Livestock Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her assessment is of the relative number of (a) beef, (b) dairy and (c) sheep sales being concluded (i) through a...

      Meat Imports (South Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs why the Government did not ban meat imports from South Africa between September 2000 and January 2001.

      Official Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total expenditure of (a) her Department and (b) its agencies was on official travel in 2001–02.

      Parrett Catchment Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total remuneration is of the Chairman of the Parrett Catchment Project.

      Pigswill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact upon business of the ban on pigswill; and what compensation her Department is...

      Animal Movement Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received concerning the application of the 20-day standstill period where the designated 20 days...

      Animal Movement Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received concerning the practicality of the exemption to the 20-day standstill rule granted to...

      Veterinary Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 21 November 2002, Official Report, column 300W, what measures she is taking to (a) identify...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made towards the formulation of a universal set of standards for use by the African Union for the peer...

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether G8 funding for the New Partnership for Africa's Development is conditional on the inclusion of the peer review mechanism.

      Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the status of the peer review mechanism within the New Partnership for Africa's Development.

      Avient Air

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 19 November 2002, Official Report, columns 44–50W, whether discussions have taken place in the...

      Avient Air

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions took place in (a) 1998, (b) 1999 and (c) 2000 between British Government officials and (i) Mr. Andrew Smith and...

      Bonn Conference (Afghanistan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcome was of the Bonn conference he attended on 2 December with regard to progress in Afghanistan, with particular...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place with European colleagues on financial assistance to states to assist them in implementing...

      Diamonds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the impact which the EC regulations implementing the Kimberley Process of diamond certification...

      Diamonds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) sunset and (b) territoriality provisions are contained within the EC regulations implementing the Kimberley Process of...

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's decision to increase military assistance to Ethiopia.

      Global Conflict Prevention Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what military equipment has been purchased with funds from the Global Conflict Prevention Pool in each year since the...

      Ian Stillman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Indian authorities on the case of Ian Stillman.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to open the visa centre in Jallander, Punjab, India.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Ministers have visited India since 1 January 2001; and which Department they were from.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received concerning the Anfal campaigns in Iraq in 1987–88.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the evidential basis is for his statement on page 7 of the unnumbered document Saddam Hussein: Crimes and Human Rights...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his statement on page 5 of his document, Saddam Hussein: Crimes and Human Rights Abuse, if he will name those who...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the incidence of cross-border incursions and terrorist attacks across the Line of Control in India.

      Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the compliance of the Guinean Government with the UN arms embargo on Liberia.

      Prisons (Tanzania)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what evidence has been received by his Department on the adherence to basic human rights within prisons in Tanzania.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visas were issued at (a) New Delhi, (b) Mumbai, (c) Calcutta, (d) Dhaka, (e) Sylhet, (f) Islamabad, (g) Karachi, (h)...

  • Health

    • Botox Injections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the risk from Botox injections.

    • CBRN Incidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements have been made to deal with the disposal of corpses contaminated by a CBRN attack.

      Delayed Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the costs to local authorities of the proposed fines for delayed discharge; (2) what formula he will use to distribute...

      EU Directives (Food Supplements)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations he is making to the European Commission about the proposed directives on nutritional supplements and herbal remedies; and what...

      Frictional Discharge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his definition is of frictional discharge; and what the level of frictional discharge was in the last 12 months.

      Furazolidone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to label turkeys imported from Brazil that have been treated with nitrofuran antibiotic furazolidone drug.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will initiate a large scale screening programme for hepatitis C.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of new infections of hepatitis C there will be in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his assessment is of the proportion of moderate to severe sufferers of hepatitis C who receive the mandated treatment specified by NICE.

      Herbal Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the suitability of the Medicines Control Agency as the regulatory body for herbal remedies.

      Medical Devices Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to speed clinical implementation of recommendations by the Medical Devices Agency.

      Medicines Control Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the costs arising to manufacturers from (a) Medicines Control Agency fees, (b) the costs of document preparation, (c) the...

      Mental Health (Leeds)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the specialist mental health posts in Leeds, West; and indicate which are filled.

      Norwalk Viruses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of outbreaks of Norwalk-like viruses in NHS hospitals; (2) what estimate he has made of the cost of...

      Opioid Substitution Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will undertake a study of the comparative advantages of using buprenorphine over methadone in opioid substitution treatments.

      Orthopaedic Care (Leeds)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the length of time it takes to get (a) an appointment and (b) treatment in the orthopaedic departments in Leeds Health Trust.

      Seroxat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the use of the drug Seroxat; and what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects of the drug.

      Specialised Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 27 November 2002, on specialised services, Official Report, ref 82780, if he will list the groups that attended the meeting on...

      Sporadic CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the Government are doing to investigate sporadic CJD.

  • Home Department

    • Accommodation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if the Independent Monitor of Accommodation Centres will be able to consider whether the location of a centre prevents a need of its...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what rights district councils have to stop asylum seekers coming into an area.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers he has to compel a county council to accept asylum seekers.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Folkestone is a high-dispersal area so far as asylum seekers are concerned.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department why he proposes to locate a 24-hour reporting centre for asylum seekers in Folkestone.

      Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) on how many occasions the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs met to discuss its 2002 report on the classification of cannabis...

      Care Home Registrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time was for care home managers' and owners' applications to be registered and processed by the NCSC; and how many...

      CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many urban areas are under 24-hour surveillance through the use of CCTV cameras; and what plans he has to extend the use of CCTV cameras...

      Congestion Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his oral statement of 2 December 2002, Official Report, columns 611–12, what criteria he has used to differentiate between...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the Iraqi nationals resident in the Sangatte Refugee Centre to whom he intends to offer work permits he expects to be initially...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Treasury on meeting the additional costs of (a) housing, (b) medical care, (c) education and (d) police...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his oral statement of 2 December 2002, Official Report, columns 611–12, whether it is his policy that no asylum seekers...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements he has reached with the French Government to ensure that those wishing to seek asylum and having entered France do so in...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his oral statement of 2 December 2002, Official Report, columns 611–12, how many (a) Iraqi and (b) Afghan nationals are...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what checks are made in the immigration appeal system to prevent individuals making subsequent appeals under an alias after their original...

      Public Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements he has made for members of the public, with proper training, to be involved in the strategic management of multi-agency...

      Prison Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action his Department is taking to ensure that where prisoners are enrolled in a course offering (a) education and (b) basic skills...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the expected gross increase in the National Probation Service budget is for the next financial year; how much of that increase will be...

      Substance Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on preventive measures to tackle the misuse of (a) alcohol, (b) tobacco, (c) cannabis, (d) ecstasy, (e) amphetamines, (f)...

      Visa Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of those granted visas to visit the UK, with conditions attached, failed to abide by those conditions in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • College Green Ticket Office

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what the (a) budgeted and (b) outturn cost was of the College Green ticket office.

    • New Palace Yard (Security Arrangements)

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what the cost was of the new security arrangements in New Palace Yard.

      Westminster Hall Cafeteria

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what was (a) the capital cost and (b) the gross and net annual budgeted running cost of the...

  • Minister for Women

    • EU Equality Directives

      To ask the Minister for Women what recent discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on the implementation of EU equality directives.

    • Pay Differentials

      To ask the Minister for Women what assessment she has made of the extent of differences in pay between men and women; and what her policy is towards it.

      Women (Public Life)

      To ask the Minister for Women how the work of her Department supports women in social enterprise.

      Women (Public Life)

      To ask the Minister for Women what progress she is making encouraging women to apply for posts on public bodies.

      Female Clergy

      To ask the Minister for Women what representations she has received about granting employment rights for female clergy and ministers of religion.

      Retirement

      To ask the Minister for Women what assessment she has made of the amount of financial provision women have made for retirement.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Civil Service Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the Government will implement the recommendations contained in the review of the Civil Service.

    • Supporting People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will ensure that (a) charging and (b) means testing are not introduced for those in receipt of housing support services once the new...

      University Research Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what grants were given for research to (a) Queens University, (b) St. Mary's University College, (c) Stranmillis University College and (d) the...

      Waste Water Treatment Plant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on future provision of a waste water treatment plant for Larne; and when it will come into operation.

  • Prime Minister

    • Civil Protection

      To ask the Prime Minister if there is a Minister designated as having responsibility for civil protection.

  • Privy Council

    • Publications (Library)

      To ask the President of the Council if he will make it his policy that in cases where hon. Members request that ministers place publications in the Library, a copy of the material requested is...

    • Private Members' Bills

      To ask the President of the Council if he will review the £200 allocation from public funds under the Resolution of the House of 29 November 1971, to hon. Members who have secured one of the...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the President of the Council what the (a) dates, (b) location and (c) sources were of attributable (i) articles, interviews or contributions for the media, books, newspapers or other...

  • Scotland

    • Agriculture Holdings Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive about the human rights implications of an absolute right to buy land under the Agriculture...

    • Airport Firemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations she has received on the strike by airport firemen in Scotland; and if she will make a statement.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport relating to the impact of analogue switch-off; and if she will...

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she has had with OFCOM on the impact of analogue switch-off in Scotland; and if she will make a statement.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what meetings she has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and (b) the Scottish Executive relating to the impact of analogue...

      Friends of Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list the country of residence of the members of the Friends of Scotland initiative.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Employment Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what employment rights she estimates UK workers will have by 2007 that have changed since 1997.

    • Employment Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on changes to employment rights between 1997 and 2007.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many small business start-ups there were in the last quarter of 2001.

      DRAX Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the future viability of DRAX Power Station.

      Business Taxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made on the impact of business taxes on companies' decisions to locate in the UK.

      Small Business Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the prospects for the small business sector.

      Small Business Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her policy on the small business sector.

      Coal Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much coal she expects to be produced in the United Kingdom in 20 years' time.

      Manufacturing Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress she has made in the implementation of her manufacturing strategy.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what role energy efficiency plays in the Department's energy policy.

      SMEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to support small and medium-sized enterprises.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what review her Department is conducting of the need for legislation further to control the sale and use of fireworks.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures she is taking to improve firework safety.

      Launch Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the future of launch aid.

      Science Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the allocation of science budget under the 2002 spending review.

      Shipbuilding Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she has taken in the last month to help the British shipbuilding industry.

      War Assets (Redistribution)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the progress of Lord Archer of Sandwell's committee on the redistribution of assets seized in World War Two.

      Energy Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the role of environmental considerations in the formulation of the Government's energy policy.

      Public Match Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of delivering of public match funds to EU objective one regions.

      Aircraft Exports (Zimbabwe)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer given on 27 November (Ref. 83035), whether an export licence was granted in respect of spare parts for Hawk aircraft...

      Working Conditions Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received concerning (a) the Working Conditions of Temporary (Agency) Workers Directive, (b) the Employment Status...

      Clergy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on Section 23 of the Employment Relations Act 1999 with regard to the clergy.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the (a) schemes and (b) organisations which address climate change to which her Department contributes funding to.

      Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to promote and support the right of developing countries to provide targeted protection for their local producers to...

      Electronic Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made towards the target set in 1998 for achievement in 1999 to 2002, to make the UK the best place in the world to...

      Employment Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact of (a) the Working Conditions of Temporary (Agency) Workers Directive, (b) the Employment Status in...

      Energy Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made towards the target set in 1998 for achievement in 1999 to 2002 to maintain or improve (a) levels of energy...

      French Nuclear Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she has taken to satisfy herself that (a) the normal emission levels from nuclear facilities on the northern coast of France and...

      Leg-irons and Cuffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many UK firms that have traditionally manufactured over-sized cuffs and leg-irons been subjected to inspection and investigation by her...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of sales licensed electricity suppliers are obliged to obtain from renewable sources; and what proportion they will be obliged...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of the electricity generated in the United Kingdom came from renewable energy sources in (a) 2001 and (b) to date in 2002.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the provisions in force to ensure that exporters of renewable energy goods are protected against the risks of...

      Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she has concluded a trade deal with Thailand with respect to (a) armaments and (b) poultry.

      Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made towards the target set in 1998 to increase by 50 per cent. the number of companies spun out by universities by...

  • Transport

    • Bus Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if there is special provision for ministerial cars to use bus lanes in guidelines issued by his Department.

    • East Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times he has visited east Lancashire in his official capacity; and what the purpose was of each visit.

      Future Development of Air Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many completed questionnaires have been returned following the consultation paper (a) The Future Development of Air Transport in the United...

      Manchester Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what throughputs were projected for Manchester Airport's second runway; and what the actual throughput is.

      Modes of Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what methods he uses to estimate the relative environmental impact of journeys by (a) train, (b) aeroplane and (c) ferry; and if he will make a statement.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average age of rolling stock is in each of the rail operating companies; and what proportion is (a) over 10-years-old, (b) over 20-years-old...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what type of (a) fixed speed cameras and (b) mobile speed cameras are in operation in the UK; and how much they cost.

      West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his latest estimate is of the completion date of the West Coast main line upgrade.

  • Treasury

    • BCCI

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the meeting between the Inland Revenue and the BCCI Staff Committee.

    • Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the percentage of families in the Portsmouth, South constituency who will benefit from the child tax credit from April 2003;...

      Insurance Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to institute an inquiry into the working of the insurance industry.

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many recipients of the child care component of the Working Families Tax Credit there are in (a) England and (b) each region; what percentage of...

      Tax Credit Claims

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he intends to issue Regulations under section 42 of the Tax Credits Act 2002 relating to claims by persons subject to immigration control.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Basic State Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the arrangements and procedures are for deferring the basic state pension.

    • Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of lone parents are (a) in full-time employment, (b) in part-time employment, (c) in education, (d) on a training scheme, (e)...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what data is collected on the number of persons who have entered the New Deal gateway more than once; and if he will make a statement.

      Voluntary Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the impact of the voluntary sector on the labour market.

  • House of Lords

    • Capita: Criminal Record Checks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who authorised the Criminal Records Bureau to draw up a specification for, and procure, a contract with Capita for processing criminal record checks.

    • Capita: Criminal Record Checks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who set the parameters with regard to both financial and service levels for the Criminal Records Bureau to agree a specification for, and produce, a contract with...

      Crime (International Co-operation) Bill: Schengen Convention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which articles of the Schengen acquis will be implemented by the provisions of the Crime (International Co-operation) Bill.

      Hepatitis B: Transfusion Transmitted Infection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What further measures they plan in order to reduce the level of hepatitis B transfusion-transmitted infection, stated in the SHOT annual report 2000-01 to be eight...

      West Nile Fever Virus: Blood Transfusion Risk

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of the recent discovery of West Nile virus in the United Kingdom and recent transmission issues relating to the virus in the United States (a) what plans...

      Agency Workers Directive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would be the estimated cost to the National Health Service of the additional employment rights being granted to temporary workers by the proposed new European...

      European Studies: Higher Education Institutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What increase in student numbers for courses devoted to European studies there have been in Britain's higher education institutions over the past (a) five years...

      Department for Education and Skills Special Advisers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many non-civil servant advisers have been employed in the Department for Education and Skills to assist Ministers since May 1997; and how many remain on the...

      Overseas Residents' Visits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many overseas residents' visits were made to the United Kingdom in (a) the first and (b) the second quarters of 2000.

      North/South Ministerial Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that any arrangements made in the North/South Ministerial Council during direct rule will be accountable, open and transparent and handled...

      Life Peerages

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 10 June (WA 1-2): (a) how many life peers there are in each of the three parties and on the Cross-Benches;...

      Life Peerages

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 24 July (WA 73), whether they will make it clear to all persons recommended for the grant of a life peerage...

      Speaker's Committee: Electoral Commmission Investigation into Compulsory Voting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recommendations have been made by the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission investigation into compulsory voting

      Postal Votes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 28 October (WA 2), whether, in addition to lists of successful applicants for absent votes, the...

      Age-related Tax Allowances

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide an estimate of what number and percentage of people aged over state pension age would pay (a) no tax, (b) tax at starting rate, (c) tax...

      Age-related Tax Allowances

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much was spent on age-related allowances for people aged 65 and over in 2001–02.

      Census: Under-Enumeration of Males aged 20–44

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are concerned about the apparent under-enumeration in the 2001 census among males aged 20–44.

      DVLA: Dishonoured Cheques

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total annual value and number of dishonoured cheques received by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for the last convenient period.

      Traffic Congestion: Heathrow Airport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether traffic planners in the South East are required to take special account of congestion caused by journeys to and from Heathrow; and, if so, what radius from...

      Rural Proofing: CMPS Courses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Centre for Management and Policy Services has built rural proofing into policy-making courses for civil servants; if not, what progress has been made;...

      "Best Practice" Training for Ministers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What training is provided to senior Ministers to assist them in the running of their departments; and What provision exists for the dissemination to senior...

      Fire Dispute: Performance of Armed Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the assessment on the performance of the Armed Forces over the eight-day period of industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union.

      QinetiQ

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made on the sale of QinetiQ plc.

      Typhoon

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What date Eurofighter Typhoon is expected to enter service with the Royal Air Force.

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