Written answers

Tuesday, 10 December 2002

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Feroz Abbasi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects Mr. Feroz Abbasi, a constituent, will return to the UK; and whether Mr. Abbasi is being offered legal representation.

    • Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Governments of India and Pakistan on Kashmir.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he has taken to help the Iranian authorities to improve their human rights record.

      Middle East Peace Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of recent developments in Israel on the peace process.

      Middle East Peace Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the roadmap process for peace in the middle east.

      Middle East Peace Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress is being made towards establishing a Middle East Peace Conference to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what help he is offering to further the reconciliation process in Sudan.

      No Fly Zones (Iraq)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on allied action in the event of Iraqi attack against allied airplanes in the no-fly zone.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on UN plans for a settlement in Cyprus.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the removal of Turkish troops from Cyprus as part of a settlement.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice his Department provides to UK nationals of the Greek Cypriot community wishing to claim compensation for loss of...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is with regard to the granting of compensation to those Greek Cypriots who lost land as a consequence of the...

      Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has held with the Government of the People's Republic of China about Taiwan.

      West Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of France on relations between the UK and France in West Africa.

      Central Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the situation in Rwanda, the Congo and the Great Lakes region.

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on proposals to alter the basic law on Hong Kong, with particular reference to Article 23.

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Bangladeshi Government over religious persecution in that country.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the way commercial oil interests would be affected by a war against Iraq.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the human rights position in (a) Tibet and (b) China.

      Visas (China)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the new regime in China with respect to progress with changes to the visa regime.

      Amina Lawal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Nigerian Government in the case of Amina Lawal.

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to visit Turkey to discuss Turkey's relations with the EU; and if he will make a statement.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the report of the UN Export Panel in respect of the exploitation of resources of the Democratic...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the UK is doing to secure international action to help prevent war crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      UN Counter-Terrorism Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the work of the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the United Nations.

      EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a further statement on EU enlargement.

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance his Department's posts have given to British companies seeking to export to South East Asia in the last six months.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Sierra Leone.

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the status of the ceasefire talks between CNDD-FDD and the transitional Government of Burundi.

      Iraq (Human Rights)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the evidential basis is for his statements on pages 4, 8 and 9 of his document XSaddam Hussein: Crimes and Human Rights...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what PFI/PPP projects each of the security services has been engaged in; and if he will make a statement.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Clergy

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners if he will ask the Church Commissioners to benchmark the employment rights of UK clergy in comparison to those in...

    • Tenancy Rights

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners if he will make a statement on the tenancy rights of clergy who live in church properties.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will name those persons she appointed to public bodies in October.

    • Broadband Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the application of Nolan Rules to the appointment of (a) a city councillor and (b) deputy chairman of a...

      Carbon Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding has been allocated by the Carbon Trust; and who has received allocations.

      Counterfeit Goods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been for trading counterfeit goods, broken down by type, under the Trademarks Act...

      Counterfeit Goods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been for trading counterfeit goods, broken down by type, under the Trade Descriptions...

      Departmental Posts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many ethnic minority persons are employed at each grade in her Department.

      Foreign Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the recent comments of the Chief Executive of British Trade International, regarding the effect on foreign...

      Insurance Premiums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what plans she has to meet representatives of the building, construction and roofing industries to discuss the level of insurance...

      Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what facilities exist for the promotion of trade between the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand; which Australian companies have over #10...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the installed capacity for combined heat and power in the UK is; and how many combined heat and power plants in the...

    • Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will announce the funding for the Horticultural Research Institute for the next five years.

      Cod Stocks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research she has evaluated into the effect of the three-year-old cod recovery programme in the Irish Sea on cod stocks.

      Coffee Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will raise the coffee rescue plan at the forthcoming International Coffee Organisation meeting.

      Departmental Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the grants funded by her Department for which individual members of the public and organisations may apply;...

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who sets the annual Environment Agency budget in the Wessex region; and who is responsible for controlling budgets in regions.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will calculate the total percentage reduction in the number of days at sea proposed by the European Commission...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements are proposed by the European Commission for 2003 to restrict fishing effort for the capture of cod and...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what restrictions are being proposed by the European Commission to the number of days at sea during 2003 for vessels under 10...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what restrictions are being proposed by the European Commission for 2003 for vessels capturing and landing cod within the UK...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which sections of the Fisheries Act 1981 and its amendments and attachments will be used to continue the present fisheries...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tonnes of (a) sand eel and (b) Norway pout Norway has been allowed to catch in European Union waters in each of the...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she intends to take to prevent the killing of dolphins in UK waters as a result of fishery bycatch.

      Flooding Incidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many incidents of flooding have occurred in the last three years where raw sewage was involved in the contamination of...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the United Kingdom greenhouse gas emissions were in (a) 1990 and (b) in each year since 1997; what percentage of these...

      Horticulture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her strategy for horticultural renewal and development.

      Horticulture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish Professor Sir Colin Spedding's XVision for Horticulture".

      Horticulture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost was of the East Malling Organic Horticultural Research Unit; and when it was completed.

      Horticulture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) cost and (b) annual salary will be of restructuring HRI after its quinquennial review.

      Organic Farming Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 20 November 2002, Official Report, column 166W, on organic farming schemes, if she will list the...

      PSA Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will set out (a) financial resources against PSA targets and (b) staff numbers against PSA targets in her Department.

      Raw Sewage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason raw sewage was pumped into the River Wylye Special Area of Conservation and SSSI at Hanging Langford near...

      Rural Checklist

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish her Rural Checklist for other Government departments; and if she will list those rural officers in other...

      Rural Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what rural transport projects have been funded by the Countryside Agency in each of the last three years; what the average...

      Slurry Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) pursuant to her answer of 20 November 2002, Official Report, column 169W, on slurry contamination, how many fines were...

      Trawling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it the policy of the Government to outlaw (a) industrial trawling and (b) pair trawling for pelagic species.

      Urban Foxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the RSPCA and other animal welfare groups on the release of captured urban foxes into the...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimates she has made of the use of (a) waste incineration, (b) landfill dumping and (c) recycling of household waste...

      Water Abstraction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to what extent she intends the proposed Water Bill to include a duty on abstractors to use water efficiently, as required by...

  • Privy Council

    • Degrees

      To ask the President of the Council what recent discussions he has had with private institutions and organisations on the award of degrees.

  • Transport

    • Airfield Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent representations he has received concerning security at small airfields in the UK; and if he will make a statement; (2) what measures...

    • Additional Runway (Heathrow)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will hold a public exhibition of the proposals for an additional runway at Heathrow in Spelthorne during the extended period of consultations.

      Advanced Motorcyclists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made by his Department of the role, process and standards of advanced level training for motorcyclists; what discussions have...

      Advisory Group on Motorcycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will set out the (a) terms of reference and (b) results of the Advisory Group on Motorcycling.

      Air Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which five airports in the United Kingdom had the (a) highest and (b) lowest growth of passenger traffic in the last five years.

      Air Transport Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many responses to the National Consultation on the Future of Air Transport in the UK he had received, broken down by region, by 30 November.

      Air Transport Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what gas pipelines are routed through the location of the Midlands New Site set out in the National Consultation on the Future of Air Transport...

      Air Transport Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the air transport consultation process, if he will place in the Library the extrapolated passenger figures for Birmingham Airport for...

      Airports (Homeowner Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to compensate homeowners for the loss in value of their homes, should new airports be built.

      Airports Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he will take to ensure that the eventual recommendations for aviation based on Birmingham Airport will be consistent with the Government's...

      Airports Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimates his Department has made of the number of residents that would be subjected to levels of pollutants above EU limits, were three...

      Airports Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessments his Department has made of the viability of an offshore airport.

      Airports Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the consultancy firms and consultants he is using to collate the responses to the future of air transport consultation; and what steps...

      Aviation Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes there have been to the standards for (a) noise limits, (b) minimum flying heights and (c) monitoring of noise levels for aircraft...

      Central Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will announce a decision about the report by the Strategic Rail Authority on Central Railways' freight proposal; and if he will make a statement.

      Channel Tunnel Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on the High Speed Channel Tunnel Link between the tunnel entrance and Fawkham Junction; what the expected date is of...

      Cliffe Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will hold a Cliffe Airport proposal exhibition in Thurrock.

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made of the impact of cost inflation within the rail industry on Crossrail; and if he will make a statement.

      Disabled Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many recent representations he has received from (a) hon. Members and (b) members of the public regarding disabled persons' difficulties in...

      EQUASIS Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the role and success of the EQUASIS database in reducing the number of sub-standard ships registered by flag...

      Integration of Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what financial support has been provided by (a) his Department and (b) Transport Direct for schemes relating to the integration of transport for (i)...

      Integration of Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the (a) number of, (b) location of and (c) number of passengers using each scheme relating to the integration of transport for (i)...

      Local Authority Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made by his Department since 19 January 2001 of the (a) safety and maintenance standards and (b) works of the local authority...

      Offshore Oil Industry (Secretary of State's Representative)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 3 December 2002, Official Report, column 673W, whom he has appointed; what facilities he has at his disposal; and what budget...

      PlusBus Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations his Department has received on the PlusBus scheme; what support his Department and Transport Direct have provided; what assessment...

      PPP

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his Answer of 2nd December, Official Report, column 498W, if he will place in the Library the calculations upon which his long-term grant...

      Primary Rail Routes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent calculations he has made of the average cost to the passenger per mile of travel on each of the primary rail routes.

      Railway Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimates his Department has made of the feasibility of using type 365 rolling stock on railway lines between London, Bishop's Stortford and Cambridge.

      Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans there are for increasing capacity at (a) Clitheroe and (b) Preston railway stations.

      Road Building Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made of the value for money to (a) his Department and (b) the other public funds of road building schemes, including those...

      Road Building Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road building schemes using the design, build, finance and operate contracting method are (a) completed and (b) under construction; what the...

      School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what regulations governing the safe transportation of children to and from school on public transport; and if he will make a statement.

      Shipping Criteria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the level of (a) submission and (b) publication of self-assessment forms from flag states on shipping...

      Single Hull Tankers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many single hull oil tankers were registered in each flag state in each year since 1990.

      Stingray Mobile Camera System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cases of vehicle excise duty evasion have been recorded by the Stingray mobile camera system, broken down by region, since its introduction.

      Stingray Mobile Camera System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what revenue has been generated from enforcement action against vehicle excise duty evasion through detection by the Stingray mobile camera system...

      Stingray Mobile Camera System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what has been the total running cost for the 11 units of the Stingray mobile camera system since October 2001.

      Supplementary Credit Approvals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which local authorities received supplementary credit approvals related to roads maintenance and repair in each financial year since 2000–01; and...

      Traveline Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the contract to run the traveline website was awarded; to whom it was originally awarded; who holds this contract; what the length and cost of the...

      Trunk Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trunk road excavations there have been in each Shropshire constituency in each year since 1997, and what the cost was in each case.

      Waterloo-Exeter Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact of the decision to award a franchise to South West Trains on the Waterloo to Exeter line on (a) track...

      West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the operation of the franchise for the west coast main line.

  • Defence

    • Airbus 400

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by how much, and by what percentage, the unit costs of each Airbus 400 ordered for the RAF will change as a result of Germany's decision to reduce its...

    • Aircrew

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many aircrew in the United Kingdom forces were born in Scotland; how many are pilots of (a) combat aircraft, (b) transport aircraft and (c)...

      Apache

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 26 November 2002, Official Report, column 171W, on the Apache, what assessment he has made of the cost of upgrading the...

      Atomic Weapons Establishments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people are employed by the Atomic Weapons Establishments at (a) Aldermaston, (b) Burghfield and (c) Blacknest.

      Barracks (Infantry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans exist to increase barrack accommodation in Scotland for infantry units; and at what locations.

      Challenger 2 Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank; and when desert modifications will be complete.

      Combat Assault Boot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 2 December, Official Report, column 473W, what steps he has taken to discover whether individual soldiers have failed to be...

      Combat Assault Boot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to his answer of 27 November 2002, Official Report, column 473W on the combat assault boot which company manufactures the combat assault...

      Contracts (Foreign Companies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of work he requires to be carried out in the UK on contracts awarded to foreign companies.

      Defence Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people work for the (a) British Forces Post Office, (b) Central Data Management Agency, (c) Defence Analytical Services Agency, (d) Defence...

      Defence Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) civil and (b) military personnel are employed at (i) the Clyde Submarine Base, Faslane and (ii) the Royal Naval Armaments Deport, Coulport.

      Dera

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) total staff budget for DERA and (b) the staff budget for DERA in Scotland was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Dockyard Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) civilian and (b) military personnel are employed at (i) the Dockyard, Rosyth and (ii) the Royal Dockyard, Devonport.

      Foxhunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the terms of the licence under which fox hunting occurs on his Department's land.

      Future Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of steel required for the future carriers will be produced in the UK.

      Guards Battalions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many trained officers and soldiers serve in the Guards battalions, broken down by nationality; (2) what the (a) establishment and (b) current...

      International Defence Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list aborted international defence projects to which the United Kingdom has subscribed development costs since 1997; what the cost was to the...

      MOD Staff (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the Department's civilian jobs are in Scotland, broken down by location.

      MOD Staff (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff are employed in Scotland by (a) his Department and (b) executive agencies responsible to his Department; where these staff are located;...

      Nimrod MRA4

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Nimrod MRA4 to enter service; and what delays have been encountered with this project.

      RAF Lynham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his latest estimate is of the recent possession valuation of the RAF Lyneham site after contamination re-evaluation.

      Smallpox

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what training and exercises have been carried out to prepare for the deployment of the armed forces in the event of an outbreak of smallpox; and if he...

      Weapons Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military (a) units and (b) personnel are trained to deal with nuclear, chemical or biological incidents within the UK.

  • International Development

    • Clean Water

      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 (a) Zambia, (b)...

    • Development Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with the Department for Education and Skills regarding the inclusion of development education in the...

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial contribution has been made by (a) the UK Government and (b) the EU to (i) the WFP's appeal for Ethiopia and (ii) the...

      Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made in the research and development of new vaccines for developing countries under GAVI; and if she will list...

      Global Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department has contributed to the Global Fund to fight Aids, TB and Malaria in 2002; and how much she plans to contribute...

      Global Health Fund (Grants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of the grants allocated by the Global Health Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria have been for (a) HIV prevention and...

      Rape (Democratic Republic of Congo)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken to (a) reduce incidents of rape and (b) provide support for rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much financial support the United Kingdom Government has given to (a) the International Criminal Tribunal Court and (b) the...

      Sexual Abuse (Zimbabwe)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress is being made in (a) investigating allegations and (b) reducing incidents of sexual abuse in the Tongogara refugee camp...

  • Wales

    • Coalfields Regeneration Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what sum is paid to Wales under the Coalfields Regeneration Trust; and what the budget is for England and Wales.

    • Pay Differential

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the pay differential between Wales and the rest of the UK in the last 12 months.

      Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the average personal salary is in (a) Wales and (b) the rest of the United Kingdom.

  • Home Department

    • Accommodation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about his powers (a) to make proposals for and (b) to select sites for an accommodation centre, with special...

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what animal experiments licensed by the Home Office have involved the feeding of genetically modified crop plants to farm animals and poultry...

      Anti-social Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action is being taken to tackle anti-social behaviour.

      Anti-social Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what forecasts have been made of the likely impact of new (a) licensing and (b) anti-social behaviour provisions in (i) the North West, and...

      Anti-social Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the prevalence of anti-social behaviour; and if he will make a statement.

      Asylum Seeker Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his reply of 3 December 2002, (ref 84175) on asylum seekers, how many asylum seekers have been housed by Clearsprings Management...

      Benefits Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the implications for (a) patterns and (b) levels of crime of the phased withdrawal of payable order books for...

      Burrell Case

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 25 November, Official Report, column 98W, regarding the Burrell Case, when he was informed that the trial would...

      Chelmsford Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the approved number of places is at Chelmsford Prison; and how many prisoners are housed there; (2) what proposals he has to...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Edinburgh, West of 5 November 2002, regarding airport security; and for what...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of criminal injuries compensation budget for 2002–03 was allocated in the first six months of the financial year.

      Criminal Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to publish (a) Criminal Statistics England and Wales 2001 and (b) Prison Statistics England and Wales 2002.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in which Indian cities the outsource of personnel of the Criminal Records Bureau is located.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he last discussed with the Chief Executive of the Criminal Records Bureau the performance of the Bureau; and if he will make a statement.

      Custody Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the cost of (a) introducing and (b) running the custody plus scheme.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on the prevalence of domestic violence within different categories of family configuration and marital...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what statistics regarding domestic violence are tracked at UK level.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if there is a standard model for the role of domestic violence officer in the UK.

      Drugscope

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much central government funding was provided to Drugscope in each of the last five years.

      Emergency Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what responsibilities he has for emergency planning and the co-ordination of the work of emergency planning authorities; and how his exercise...

      Emergency Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many local agreements have been established between fire authorities and health authorities at local level in relation to the handling of...

      Emergency Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions Ministers have met under his chairmanship in the past six months to discuss civil protection.

      Entertainment Venues

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress he has made in developing arrangements under which entertainment venues would contribute to the policing and public order costs...

      Exceptional Leave to Remain

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his policy regarding exceptional leave to remain.

      Firefighters' Dispute

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of police officers who will be removed from normal duties to escort Green Goddesses during the...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for permanent leave to remain have been made since January; how many were made in (a) 2001 and (b) 2000; what the...

      Immigration (Removals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were removed by his Department in November.

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the backlog of cases is in each division at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate.

      Internet Child Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional resources are available to the police to deal with the recent names given to them by US detectives investigating internet...

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Metropolitan Police officers there were in each of the last 10 years.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he intends to make performance data relating to police basic command units publicly available; and if he will make a statement.

      Police (Staffordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) civilian police workers there were in Staffordshire in each of the last 10 years.

      Police Service Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the targets he has set which apply to the police service.

      Police Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of police recruits who commenced training completed their probation service in each police authority area in each year since 1995.

      Post-Release Supervision

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take measures to make the extended post-release supervision mandatory for ten years for sexual and violent offenders.

      Prison Health Service (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in transferring funding responsibility for prison health services to the NHS in Wales.

      Prison Releases (Drug Addicts)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of people leaving prison were drug addicts in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000 and (e) 2001.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact of the rise in the prison population on (a) the assault rate on (i) prisoners and (ii) staff, (b)...

      Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the policing and public order costs generated by entertainment venues in Romford town centre.

      XSecure Borders, Safe Haven" White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to proceed with the proposals contained in paragraphs 7.6, 7.10 and 7.11 of the White Paper XSecure Borders, Safe Haven".

      Sexual Offenders Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are on the Sexual Offenders Register; and how many were on the register in 1997.

      Violent Crime (Havering)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of violent crime were recorded in the London borough of Havering in the last year, broken down into (a) offences of...

  • Education and Skills

    • Beacon Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what mechanism is in place to have funds returned from beacon schools in the event of their closure.

    • Examination Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he will publish the 2002 GCSE results for (a) Chesham Park Community College and (b) other secondary schools.

      Laboratory Technicians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what extra grant he has made available to schools for laboratory technicians.

      Official Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the total expenditure of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies was on official travelling in 2001–02; (2) what the total...

      Per Capita Allocations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much the Government allocates per year to educate a child aged 11 to 16 years in the Portsmouth, South constituency; and if he will make...

      University Merger (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 2 December, Official Report, column 731W, on University Merger (London), what reply he gave to the President of...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Disabled Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will implement the recommendation of the Steering Group of the Joint Fundamental Review of the Housing Adaptations Service on the...

    • East Antrim Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the progress towards providing a new East Antrim Institute building on the Larne Campus.

      Emergency Rehousing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of NIHE tenants who have sought alternative emergency re-housing in Northern Ireland due to intimidation...

      Further Education Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent by each Northern Ireland further education college on (a) consultancy fees and (b) audits in the last three years.

      Primary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list Northern Ireland primary schools which have an enrolment of 30 pupils and under, together with the current enrolment at each...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadcasting Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to regulate the provision of subtitles, signing and audio-description of broadcasts to ensure the maintenance of...

    • Church Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received on introducing additional licence fees for churches that stage plays and concerts; and if she will...

      Community Fund Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which projects in the Sedgefield constituency have benefited from community fund grants.

      Entertainment Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the cost of the licensing provisions to churches and chapels; and if she will make a statement.

      Entertainment Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what consultations she has had with representatives of faith organisations about the Government's proposals for entertainment licences...

      Entertainment Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if the licensing of religious buildings for entertainments under the provisions of the Licensing Bill extends to (a) churchyards and...

      Ladbrook Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will publish the Ladbrook Report on BBC News 24; whether the report has been sent to the BBC; and whether she plans to initiate...

      Lottery Funding (Sport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to increase the amount of Lottery funding available for sport.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many oral questions her Department has answered on sport in each parliamentary session since May 1997.

      Pigeons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Greater London Authority regarding a proposed fine for feeding pigeons in Trafalgar Square; and if...

      Social Inclusiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures her Department has taken to extend social inclusiveness by increasing the involvement of identified priority groups in...

      Sports (Recognition)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the sports recognised by her Department.

      Underwater Archeology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment has been undertaken of the impact of the Government contract with Marine Odyssey Inc. for commercial salvage on an...

      Wrecks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what English Heritage's role is in relation to proposed salvage operations on the wreck believed to be that of the 17th century warship,...

      Wrecks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her policy is on the protection, management and care of historic wrecks of non-UK origin located in the UK's domestic waters.

  • Treasury

    • Bio-ethanol Fuel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from (a) British Sugar, (b) the National Farmers Union, (c) the Country Land and Business Association and (d) other...

    • Business Support

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to devolve business support services to regions other than the north-west, east midlands and west midlands.

      Childcare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the take-up rates were for child care tax credit in each year since it was introduced.

      Credit Unions

      To ask TheChancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government is taking to encourage the development of credit unions and community banking; and whether the Government has set targets for the...

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the trends in growth of credit unions and the community banking sector have been since (a) 1997 and (b) 1992.

      Ecofin

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the outcome was of the ECOFIN Council held on 3 December; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and if...

      Economic Tests

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the pre-Budget report November 2002 (Cm 5664) Box 2.3, what technical work needed to enable assessment of the five economic tests has been completed.

      Enterprise Areas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which of the 2000 enterprise areas announced in the Pre-Budget Report fall within (a) Roxburgh and Berwickshire and (b) the Scottish Borders.

      Enterprise Areas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions officials from his Department have had with representatives of local government regarding the relaxation of requirements for detailed...

      Firefighters

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the increase in the net value of firefighters' pensions which would result from a 1 per cent. increase in the current annual...

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the infant mortality rate in the families of members of the armed forces has been in each year since 1990.

      Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last met representatives from the insurance industry to discuss the impact of the level of insurance premiums on the building and construction...

      Insurance Premium Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was received from insurance premium tax (a) in the first year it was levied and (b) last year.

      Insurance Premium Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when he last reviewed insurance premium tax; (2) what plans he has to (a) reduce and (b) cap insurance premium tax.

      Mental Health (Children)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Office for National Statistics will publish its report on children's mental health services.

      Modern Apprenticeship Taskforce

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) remit, (b) terms of reference and (c) guidance are for the new Modern Apprenticeship Taskforce.

      Oil Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the impact on his projected GDP growth in 2003 and 2004 of an average oil price of (a) $30 in 2003 and 2004, (b) $40 in 2003...

      Pensions Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the review of pension contribution statistics by the National Statistician has been completed; what conclusions have been reached; and if he will...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what safeguards he proposes to put in place to prevent inappropriate or low quality developments as a result of the relaxation of requirements for detailed...

      Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what definition the government uses of (a) relative and (b) absolute poverty as applicable to government policy; and what plans the government has to review...

      Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the use of a version of the budget standards model to define poverty; and what assessment he has made of the effect on poverty of the...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask The Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total revenue from stamp duty was in each year since 1997.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the stamp duty thresholds were in each year since 1997.

      Training and Management Courses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions officials from his Department have had with small businesses regarding expanding training and management courses; and if he will...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Area Cost Adjustment

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish the evidence he employed to choose which areas he has placed within those entitled to area cost adjustment.

    • Asylum Seekers (Rough Sleeping)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what arrangements he has made for contact assessment outreach workers in the rough sleepers unit to record the number of destitute asylum seekers sleeping rough.

      British-Irish Council

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on matters discussed and decisions taken at the meeting of the British-Irish Council on 22 November; if he will place in the Library...

      Emergency Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what responsibilities he has for emergency planning and the co-ordination of the work of emergency planning authorities; and how his exercise of such...

      Local Government Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the impact of his proposals for reform of local government on enhancing (a) accountability, (b) openness and (c) probity; and what...

      Mobile Phone Network

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will review his Best Practice guidelines on mobile phone network development to take account of the results of the Deloitte and Touche review of the...

      Pathfinder Projects

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was originally budgeted for each national pathfinder programme in (a) 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02; what funds budgeted for were not spent in each...

      Regional Government (Exmoor)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the effect of regional government on Exmoor, with special reference to funding for the national park.

      Rent Restructuring

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will set out the formula that (a) RSLs and (b) local authorities will need to implement as a minimum to reach the target rents set under his rent...

      Showmen

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what support he will provide to local authorities for the provision of winter quarters for showmen.

      Student Houses

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the number of student houses in multi-occupancy in Charnwood borough council.

      Water Measurements (Wards)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list those wards, grouped by counties and unitary wards or metropolitan authorities, in England and Wales whose boundaries contain estuaries, rivers...

      Westminster/Kensington and Chelsea (Support)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much external financial support was given to (a) Westminster and (b) Kensington and Chelsea in each year since 1992, giving the percentage change in each case...

      Westminster/Kensington and Chelsea (Support)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was granted from each source of support within his Department to (a) Westminster city council and (b) the Royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea,...

      Youth Provision (Battersea)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what housing assistance is available to young people resident in Battersea who have left care homes or foster parents (a) over the age of 16 and (b) over the age...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Carlson v. Townsend

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what action she has taken as a result of the judgment in the Court of Appeal in the case of Carlson v. Townsend.

    • Equal Access Workshops

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when workshops to examine difficulties of equal access to legal services took place; what the (a) cost and (b) purpose of each...

      Local Boundaries (Wales)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department whether the review of local government boundaries in Wales will report in December.

      Medical Reports

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if the Lord Chancellor will issue directions to regulate the use of agreed medical reports.

      Personal Injury

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what monitoring has taken place on the Personal Injury Pre-action Protocol.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Automated Credit Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department's plans to conduct a customer information campaign on the change to automated credit transfer payment will start; what form...

    • Bereavement Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on his policy towards claims for backpayments of bereavement benefits following the judgment given by the European...

      Bereavement Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to extend the deadline for claiming bereavement payments; whether the change will be retrospective; and if he will make a...

      Children's Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what benefits are available to children with mental health problems.

  • Prime Minister

    • Lord Birt

      To ask the Prime Minister when Lord Birt began working as an adviser to the Prime Minister on transport issues; when this role is due to end; and what the expected (a) date and (b) nature of the...

    • Catherine Meyer

      To ask the Prime Minister when he sent the letter to the Chancellor of Germany concerning the case of Catherine Meyer; and when the reply was received.

  • Health

    • A and E

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) role and (b) grade is of Mr. Richard Woodfield within the Medicines Control Agency; and what assessment he has made of the performance of Mr....

    • Acute Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients died while waiting on ambulance trolleys at acute hospitals in the past 12 months.

      Adverse Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on current research into adverse events in hospitals.

      Adverse Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of NHS patients affected by adverse events in British hospitals in the last 12 months.

      Ambulance Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the turnover rate for ambulance staff is, broken down by trust area.

      Ambulance Staff (Vacancies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies there are for (a) paramedics and (b) ambulance staff, broken down by NHS trust area.

      Broadband Connectivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to provide pharmacies with broadband connectivity; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Dental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of children with tooth cavities in (a) Lancashire and (b) the north-west of England; in each of the previous five...

      Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance the NHS gives to trusts about the replacement time for computer equipment.

      Congenital Malformation Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research has been conducted into the United Kingdom congenital malformation database since it was established.

      Consultants' Contract (Press Releases)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library copies of press releases made by his Department regarding slide 9 of the XA New Consultant Contract—The Framework...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letters from the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, dated 11 June and 24 July 2002 , concerning new prescription policing...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for his Department to improve the response rate to letters to hon. Members on behalf of their constituents.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many replies remain outstanding to letters from hon. Members which were sent by them before 3 December 2001.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to reply to the letter of Ronnie Cairnduff of Hampshire Care dated 31 July.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the reasons for the 17 month delay in responding to a letter from the hon. Member for Totnes dated 27 June 2001 concerning...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the honourable Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter of 22 October regarding a constituent, Departmental Ref PO1018138.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will answer the letter of 5 September to him from the hon. Member for Beaconsfield concerning Mr. and Mrs. C. Brewster.

      Delayed Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the total cost to NHS ambulance trusts of delayed admissions to accident and emergency departments in the last 12 months.

      Delayed Ambulance Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on delayed transfers from ambulances to accident and emergency departments.

      Delayed Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the #100 million for social services that is being taken from NHS budgets will be ring-fenced for tackling delayed discharge.

      Dental Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to make periodontal treatment available on the NHS in all dental practices; (2) what steps he is taking to ensure that the full...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the provision of dentistry treatment on the NHS; and how many dentists in each PCT are (a) practising, (b) offering the...

      Depo Provera

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received from general practitioners about the adequacy of supplies of depo provera injectable contraceptive; and what...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to publish the National Service Framework for Diabetes.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the value of the use of digital television in the modernisation of the NHS.

      Emergency Admissions Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on admissions from ambulances to accident and emergency departments.

      Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on linkage between emergency ambulance services and the fire services.

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what submissions his Department has received from organisations representing epilepsy (a) patients, (b) carers and (c) service providers as part of its...

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how and to what extent the views and opinions of epilepsy patients and their carers are being taken into account as part of the review of commissioning...

      Firefighters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on the length of training required to train firefighters to fulfil...

      Firefighters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what contribution his Department made to the Bain report, with special reference to firefighters taking on paramedic duties; (2) what recent...

      Five-a-day Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health where the pilot schemes for the five-a-day initiative took place.

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether Sunderland and Homerton NHS trusts will be granted foundation status.

      General Practitioners (Age)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors were seeking locum work (a) in May 1997 and (b) at the latest available date in (i) North Yorkshire, (ii) York and (iii) England.

      Herbal Remedies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce simplified registration schemes for herbal remedies under the provisions of the amendments made by the European Parliament...

      Herbal Remedies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the Government are doing to regulate herbal remedies that they estimate could endanger people's health if taken in large enough quantities.

      HFEA Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason respondents to the questionnaire on the HFEA's consultation document, XSex Selection: Choice and responsibility in human reproduction" are...

      Hospitals (Hotel Charges)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on hotel charges for hospital services; (2) if he will make a statement on charging patients for hospital food; and...

      Human Genetics Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the procedures are for (a) appointing (i) members and (ii) chairpersons of working groups for the HGC and (b) addressing potential conflicts of...

      Improving Design Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on how he intends to implement the recommendations in the joint OGC/CABE report, Improving standards of design in the...

      Laundry Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the role of effective laundry practice in preventing health care associated infections.

      Levonelle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he intends to take to prevent unauthorised sales of the contraceptive pill Levonelle.

      Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of malaria were diagnosed in the UK in 2001; and what the cost was to the NHS of treating them.

      Medical Research Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list Government funded medical research projects, their objectives and projected completion dates.

      Medicines Control Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are employed by the Medicines Control Agency at each major salary grade; what the total wage bill of the agency is; what its total income...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients with mental health problems detained due to a risk of suicide had a face to face assessment by a mental health professional within seven...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of mental health services following the introduction of the Mental Health Act 1999.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what performance targets his Department sets for monitoring mental health services to deaf people.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the length of time spent by GPs on mental health training; (2) what proportion of (a) GPs and (b) practice nurses...

      NHS Appointments (Political Affiliations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in each year since 1996 who have been appointed to a position within the NHS have declared a political interest, broken down by political...

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the running costs of NHS Direct were in 2001–02.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors, (b) administrators and (c) nurses are employed by NHS Direct.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients spoke to a doctor within an hour of contacting NHS Direct, in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of callers to NHS Direct spoke to a qualified health professional in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      NHS Litigation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many caseworkers are employed by the national health service litigation authority; and how many were employed in each year since 1998.

      NHS Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the proposed review of the workings of NHS Professionals.

      NHS Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many non-medical employees of the national health service were paid a salary of more than #80,000 in each year since 1997–98.

      Nice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is his policy that compulsory NHS funding will not be required for older NICE-approved technologies where they are superseded by newer, more...

      Nice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the National Institute for Clinical Excellence's recommendations to the NHS in England and Wales...

      Nice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the National Institute of Clinical Excellence's decision-making process, with particular reference to the effect of the speed of its...

      Nice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 2 December 2002, Official Report, column 512W, on NICE, if he will list the NICE appraisals that have received appeals.

      Non-Barrier Textiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the extent of the use of cotton and other non-barrier textiles in operating theatres in the NHS.

      Occupational Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the waiting times are for occupational therapy services for children in (a) Birmingham health authority, (b) Birmingham and Black Country strategic...

      Patient Discharge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Bethnal Green and Bow (Ms King) of 28 November 2002, Official Report, column 413W, on patient discharge,...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many PCTs have signed head leases on GP surgeries; and if he will make a statement.

      Psychiatric Emergency Re-admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the reasons underlying the failure to meet the public sector agreement of the rate of psychiatric emergency readmissions by...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of primary care trusts have a trained healthcare professional to support those wishing to give up smoking.

      Treatment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 2 December 2002 to the right hon. Member for West Dorset (Mr. Letwin), Official Report, column 597, if he will break down by...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spends on educating the public about prevention and awareness of tuberculosis.

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department has taken to reduce waiting times for admission to accident and emergency departments from ambulances.

  • House of Lords

    • Election Material: Post Office Box Numbers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a Post Office box number meets the imprint requirements for election leaflets.

    • Personal Injury Cases: Conditional Fee Arrangements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any savings have been made in legal aid expenditure since the introduction of the Conditional Fee Agreements Regulations in April 2000; and, if so, how much.

      Special Immigration Appeals Commission Cases: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to change the way the Legal Services Commission funds cases which are heard before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission.

      Privately-funded FE and HE Institutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) how many privately-funded institutions of further and higher education there are in the United Kingdom; (b) how many students are enrolled in these...

      Oxford and Cambridge and Russell Group of Universities: Honours Degrees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of students who gained their first degrees in 2002 from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge and each member of the Russell group of...

      Passive Smoking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether exposure to tobacco smoke for people with asthma often leads to more severe symptoms such as reduced lung function, lower quality of life and increased use...

      Abortion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What type of material is supplied to a woman contemplating an abortion in the National Health Service; and whether they will place in the Library of the House...

      Northern Ireland Block Grant

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7 November 2002 (WA166) concerning the Northern Ireland block grant, what is the underspend for the year...

      Newtownstewart By-pass

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether vehicles will be able to travel along the new Newtownstewart by-pass in Northern Ireland before Christmas; and when this by-pass will be opened.

      Northern Ireland Railways: Funding forNew Trains

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the former Minister for Regional Development in the Northern Ireland devolved executive requested an allocation of £48 million to this department for...

      Irish Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7 November (WA174), how many representatives of the Ulster Protestant, Ulster Scots, and Ulster Unionist...

      Northern Ireland: Digital Hearing Aids

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they propose to make digital hearing aids available in Northern Ireland on the National Health Service.

      Carry-over of Bills

      asked the Leader of the House: What progress has been made to ensure that Bills carried over from one Session to another are subject to a specified time limit.

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