Written answers

Wednesday, 11 December 2002

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Quality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what monitoring arrangements are in place for air pollution across the United Kingdom; and how this information is publicised.

    • Air Quality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to which local authorities since 1997 her Department and its predecessors have issued directions requiring air quality...

      Air Quality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the individual measures against which air quality is assessed in the United Kingdom what the level of each...

      Beaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the (a) bathing and (b) non-bathing beaches in the United Kingdom which are (i) measured and (ii) not...

      Bird Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of how many small businesses will be affected by proposals contained in her Department's review...

      Bird Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason no changes were made to the bird registration scheme following the consultation on Review of Bird...

      Bird Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the costs of implementing her Department's bird registration scheme were in (a) 1991, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001; and what...

      Bird Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) birdkeepers, (b) zoological gardens/bird parks, (c) birdkeeping magazines, (d) falconry centres, (e) police...

      Bird Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department took in framing the bird registration scheme to the effect on conservation of wild birds.

      Bird Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what meetings she had with the Joint Nature Conservation Committee during the preparation of her Department's review of bird...

      Bird Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration her Department gave to the views of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee during the peparation of its...

      Bird Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the likely effects of removing bird species from Schedule 4 of the Wildlife and Countryside...

      Bird Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of how removing bird species from Schedule 4 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981...

      Cattle Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many representations from (a) Lancashire and (b) the north-west of England she has received regarding the loss of...

      Cattle Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what actions she has taken regarding the loss of cattle-passport slips by the Cattle Movement Service; and if she will make a...

      Cattle Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of differences between (a) the data held on the British Cattle Movement Service Online Tracing...

      Cattle Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the relationship between the Rural Payments Agency and the British Cattle Movement Service;...

      Digital Mapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what help will be given to farmers to accommodate to the change over to digital mapping with special reference to the...

      Fisheries Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the outcome was of the Fisheries Council held in Brussels on 27 to 29 November; what the Government's stance was on the...

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what costings have been done to assess whether a similar campaign to the Keep Britain Tidy campaign would be (a) timely and...

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received about the environmental impact of increased littering and tipping of household waste in...

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Keep Britain Tidy campaign cost after 1972; and what assessments were made of its impact on reducing litter.

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the maximum potential for anaerobic digestion systems to remove waste from the waste stream;...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan (Drugs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the effect of bombing in Afghanistan on the (a) production of and (b) trade in drugs.

    • Compulsory Purchase (Spain)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to the Government of Spain in relation to compulsory purchase of property...

      Entry Clearance Independent Monitor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met the Independent Monitor.

      EU Enlargement (Agricultural Production Quotas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the Danish Presidency's latest offer on agricultural production quotas to the candidate...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next intends to visit Gibraltar.

      Pakistan (Minority Groups)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Pakistan concerning the plight of minority groups, with specific...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what public appointments he has made in November 2002.

      Visa Centres (Indian Sub-Continent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to open additional visa centres in the Indian sub-continent.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the objectives of the Government's plans for modernisation of working practices in the Fire Service, with special reference to the...

    • Havering

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the impact of the proposed changes to local government finance on (a) the London Borough of Havering and (b) schools within the...

      Irish Forum for Peace and Reconciliation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representation he had at the Irish Forum for Peace and Reconciliation; and what assessment he has made of this initiative.

      Regional Government Officers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 2 December, Official Report, column 517W, on regional Government officers what guidelines within the Code of Practice on Access to...

      Sprinklers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures he is taking to ensure that all new schools, public buildings and commercial premises are fitted with sprinklers.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Clergy Office Holders

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners if he will make a statement on the clergy's status as office holders.

    • Local Authorities

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what representations the Commissioners have received concerning the proposed enforcement of local authority...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Assets Recovery Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) police officers and (b) civil servants have been seconded to work with the Assets Recovery Agency in Northern Ireland.

    • Fire Dispute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the answer of 2 December 2002, ref 84475, on which occasions, and by whom, representatives of the Fire Service of Northern Ireland...

  • Education and Skills

    • Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills by what means parents of children with mental health problems excluded from school, are able to influence the level and type of education...

    • Primary Schools, Wycombe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils entered primary schools in the Wycombe constituency in each year since 1997, broken down by ethnic group.

  • Trade and Industry

    • British Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent independent advice she has received on the decommissioning costs of British Energy's facilities.

    • British Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her estimate is of the (a) discounted present value and (b) undiscounted cost of decommissioning British Energy's nuclear facilities; and...

      British Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the estimated implication is for (a) public expenditure and (b) revenue receipts over the next five years, of the renegotiated BNFL...

      British Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consultations took place between officials of her Department and the European Competition Commissioner in advance of her statement on the...

      Door-to-door Lenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures the Government is taking regarding extortionate interest rates used by door-to-door lenders.

      Annual Statutory Audits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment she has made of the cost to small business over the past two years of the increase in the turnover threshold above which...

      Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the proportion of debt to income of different socio-economic groups in the United Kingdom.

      Energy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the (a) engineers and (b) scientists that have provided responses to the Energy Review.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many letters she has received in the last three months from (a) hon. Members and (b) Members of the public regarding fireworks.

      Plutonium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what quantities of plutonium owned by Swiss customers are held at Sellafield; in what form it is stored; and what arrangements exist for its...

      Plutonium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information her Department has (a) received and (b) sought from BNFL Westinghouse in the United States on its plutonium immobilisation...

      Plutonium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what financial investment has been made by BNFL into immobilization of surplus plutonium at Sellafield; and if she will make a statement on...

      Textile Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to assist the British textile industry.

      Wind Farms

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research her Department has funded into the impact of wind farms on (a) military and (b) civilian radar.

  • Treasury

    • Alcohol

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average (a) nominal and (b) real price of each form of alcohol with a separate duty regime was in each year since 1996; and what the consumption...

    • Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are employed by HM Customs and Excise at Newhaven.

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many representations from Scotland concerning debt relief for developing countries were received by his office in 2002.

      Public Sector Regulations

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what actions he will take in the event of the Office of Fair Trading finding proposed public sector regulations to have deleterious effects on competition.

  • International Development

    • Developing World (Water Shortages)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the threat of long-term water shortages to the developing world.

    • Africa Action Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with colleagues from G8 member governments regarding the implementation of the Africa Action Plan.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the recommendations set out in the UN Panel of Experts' report on the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Afghanistan (Health and Welfare)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the importance of professional armed forces in the process of rebuilding the health and welfare...

      Ethiopia (Famine)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the famine in Ethiopia.

      Less-developed Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what research she has conducted into the factors determining levels of private investment in less-developed countries.

      Karenni People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance the Government are providing to the displaced Karenni people on the Thai-Burmese border.

      Gats

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how the GATS agreement will affect a local community's ability to control the provision of services in their area.

      Algeria (Refugee Camps)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the total expenditure is in the current year by her Department on support for Western Sahara refugees in camps in Algeria.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the humanitarian implications of a conflict with Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions her Department has had with the UN regarding humanitarian contingency planning for a potential war in Iraq.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she will next visit Uzbekistan to discuss aid to Uzbekistan; and if she will make a statement.

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Malawi.

      Nagorno-Karabakh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department is providing to Armenia and to help with the refugee problem in Nagorno-Karabakh; and if she will make a...

      CDC Investments

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans she has to reduce the target rates of return for CDC investments.

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on humanitarian aid to Palestinians in the occupied territories.

      World Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action she is taking to ensure that programmes for tackling world poverty continue after the deadline for achieving the Millennium...

      Africa (Famine)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development What help her Department is giving to those countries in Africa that are suffering from famine.

      West Africa (Cocoa Production)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures her Department is taking to assist those employed in West African cocoa production.

      Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in Angola.

      Zimbabwe (Governance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on her policy on aid to Zimbabwe, with special reference to promotion of good governance.

      HIPC (World Bank)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her Department is doing to increase the transparency of World Bank decisions affecting poverty in heavily indebted poor countries;...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what efforts the Government are making to assist in the process of having open and democratic elections in Afghanistan in December 2003.

      Argentina

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what humanitarian aid she plans for Argentina; and if she will make a statement.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans her Department has to increase its total spending on HIV/AIDS projects over the next three years.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department spent on HIV/AIDS programmes in (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002 through (i) bi-lateral, (ii) NGOs and (iii)...

      Tanzania (Prison Overcrowding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations she has made to the Government of Tanzania regarding prison overcrowding in the country; and if she will make a...

  • Defence

    • Challenger Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contracts he has had with Vickers for the desertification of Challenger tanks; what components are covered under these contracts; what the date of...

    • Compensation Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many claims from (a) UK and (b) non-UK citizens for compensation are outstanding against his Department for accidents; how many claims have...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the value is of each agency's fixed assets (a) in Scotland and (b) elsewhere; and if he will make a statement; (2) what the value is of his...

      Departmental Employees (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of each of Her Majesty's forces are stationed in Scotland; how many of his Department's civilians are (a) working in and (b) based in...

      Information (Exemptions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his Answer of 3rd December (ref 84133), under which subsection of Exemption 1 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information he...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what total expenditure for research and development was in the last year for which figures are available, how much of it is spent in Scotland, broken...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Current Affairs Broadcasting (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive regarding current affairs broadcasting in Scotland.

    • Darts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action she is taking to enable darts to be recognised as a sport.

      Films (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many films which have received funding from the Film Council have been screened with subtitling and audio description provision.

      Listed Places of Worship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been paid out under the Listed Places of Worship grant scheme.

      Listed Places of Worship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been given by English Heritage in grant-in-aid to listed places of worship in the last five years.

      National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many grants of #48,000 or more were made by NESTA in each year since 1998; and if she will make a statement.

      Public Entertainments Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if there will be a difference in cost between a premises licence which incorporates permission to provide entertainment and one which...

      Public Entertainments Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what is the cost of a public entertainments licence in each local authority; (2) how many public entertainments licences were...

      Licensing Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to her answer of 4 December, ref.84617, what criteria were used to decide on which organisations to consult on the White Paper,...

      Licensing Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will publish the guidance to be issued to local authorities under the Licensing Bill [Lords].

      Licensing Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the financial impact on the hospitality industry of the measures included in the Licensing Bill [Lords].

  • Transport

    • A49

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on extending the speed restriction south of Bayston Hill on the A49.

    • Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many letters he has received (a) supporting and (b) opposing the (i) Midlands New Site Option contained within the National Consultation on the...

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department will take to ensure that those who have responded to the consultation are (a) informed of the forthcoming Gatwick...

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the implications of airport policy options for the South East for the (a) rail and (b) road networks.

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Edinburgh West of 8 November on Edinburgh airport; and for what reason the reply has...

      Central Railway Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place a copy of the Strategic Rail Authority's report to him on the Central Railway Scheme in the Library.

      Concorde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what checks are carried out on Concorde to ensure its structural integrity; and if he will make a statement.

      Gaul Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total legal costs to date have been of the inquiry into the sinking of the Hull trawler, Gaul; and if he will make a statement.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the original estimate supplied to his Department was of the PPP consultancy costs for London Underground.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the NAO about the Government's decision to accept liabilities relating to tube PPP.

      Motorcycling (Emissions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made by his Department of the European Emission Standard Directives on motorcycling; what discussions have taken place; what...

      Oil Tankers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of proposals from the International Maritime Organisation to phase out single hull tankers, following the Erika...

      Oil Tankers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken since October 2000 to (a) accelerate the phasing out of single hull oil tankers and (b) amend the MARPOL...

      Oil Tankers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the risk of large oil spills from single hulled oil tankers in UK waters.

      Oil Tankers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times the Prestige oil tanker has docked in the UK in the last 10 years; what safety measures are in place governing entry into UK docks for...

      Pollution Incidences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the incidences of (a) marine, (b) oil and (c) other pollution incidences recorded in United Kingdom waters in each year since 1990 from...

      Pollution Incidences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on changes in the frequency of monitoring of pollution incidences from shipping in United Kingdom waters.

      PPP

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 2 December 2002, Official Report, column 498W, if he will place in the Library the calculations upon which his long-term...

      Railway Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the (a) collisions, (b) derailments and (c) SPADs involving Mark 1 passenger carriages in each of the last four years, broken down by...

      Railway Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when all Mark 1 passenger carriages will be replaced, broken down by (a) vehicle stock and (b) train operating company.

      Stingray Mobile Camera System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the final cost was of the implementation of the Stingray mobile camera system, broken down by (a) purchase of equipment, (b) staffing and (c)...

      Transport Projects Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for which transport projects awards for funding under the European Communities Objective 1 programme have been made for the period 2000 to 2006; and...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many court actions have taken place against offenders who have broken the terms of their antisocial behaviour order; and if he will list...

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the (a) remit, (b) composition and (c) work programme of the Home Office Anti-Social Behaviour Unit.

      Asylum Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he plans to issue to clarify the circumstances in which an in-country asylum applicant should be considered to have made their...

      Asylum Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers from (a) Somalia and (b) Iraq have had their applications (i) approved and (ii) refused in each of the last 12 months.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers from Somalia have been deported in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long it has taken on average since 1997 for the successful asylum seeker to receive his or her official status letter, once indefinite...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the prison service is holding asylum seekers in prisons in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 27 September from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department will answer the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend, East's letter of 26 May, about Mr. Ahmed, reference A1031630; and...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he anticipates the Criminal Records Bureau will reach its performance targets for processing applications.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those presenting themselves at each port of entry were seeking to reside in Britain in each of the past 10 years.

      Female Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of female prisoners have been prescribed mental health drugs in each of the last five years.

      Female Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many suicide attempts there have been among female prisoners in each of the last five years; and how many suicides there have been by...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact of the measures contained in the Queen's Speech on prison occupation in England and Wales.

      Prisons (Children's Act)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the introduction of the Children's Act 1989 into prisons following the High Court ruling on 29 November; and...

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what follow-up is planned to the Action Plan to implement the recommendations of the HMCPS/IHMIC joint investigation into the investigation...

      Shoplifting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women were imprisoned for shoplifting offences in each of the last five years.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) 15-year-olds and (b) 16-year-olds were remanded in prison in each year since 1997.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children have been held in prisons outside the juvenile estate in each of the last twelve months; and in which prisons.

      Youth Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many youth courts there are in England and Wales; and what jurisdictions they cover.

  • Privy Council

    • Members' Salaries

      To ask the President of the Council by what percentage hon. Members' salaries have increased in each year since 1997.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Pecheney Plant Redundancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support he will provide for redundant workers at the Pecheney plant in Workington constituency.

    • Benefit Applications (Signing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will provide funding to allow existing Jobcentre Plus staff to receive British Sign Language training; and if he will make a...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the new CSA IT system to be fully tested; and if he will make a statement.

      Action Teams for Jobs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many unemployed people have received support through the Action Teams for Jobs initiative; how many found work as a consequence of the...

      Action Teams for Jobs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the budgets were for each Employment Action Team in the last five years; and what the outturn expenditure was to April.

      Employment Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what were the results of the discussions in January with the Cabinet Office and the NHS Executive about the advertisement of vacancies on the...

      Employment Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are involved in (a) stage 1 and (b) stage 2 of the Employment Zone scheme in each of the Employment Zone areas.

      Health and Safety (Work Place)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of failures in health and safety in the workplace in each year since 1997.

      Health and Safety (Work Place)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was to the Exchequer of workplace accidents and illnesses in each year since 1995–96.

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many health and safety executive staff are pursuing cases against the executive on equal pay grounds.

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many HSE staff are suffering from (a) stress and (b) RSI; and what estimate has been made of the cost of meeting claims by staff in future...

      Health and Safety Legislation (Breaches)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the Crown censures which have been issued in respect of breaches of health and safety legislation in the last five years.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will list, by region, incidents of assault in Benefits Agency, Employment Service and Jobcentre Plus offices for 2002; (2) if he...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answers of 27 November, Refs 82508, 82511 and 82513, if he will place in the Library the written information about job entry...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people have taken up a place on the Environmental Task Force option of the New Deal to date; what has been the (a) total and (b)...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of persons on the New Deal have left the New Deal and returned to benefits in each year since its establishment.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information is available in the New Deal Evaluation Database; and if he will make a statement.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of (a) subsidised and (b) unsubsidised sustained employment starts under the New Deal have been in the...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what evaluation has been made of the New Deal for Disabled People; and if he will make a statement.

      Non-working People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the numbers of people of working age who are able and willing to work, but are neither working, nor registered...

      Winter Fuel Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) residential care and (b) nursing care receive the #100 winter fuel allowance.

  • Prime Minister

    • Bali Bombing Report

      To ask the Prime Minister when he expects to lay the Intelligence and Security Committee's report into the terrorist bombings on Bali.

    • Engagements

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for 11 December.

      Euro

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what steps he plans to take to acquaint the public of the pros and cons of the euro; and if he will make a statement; (2) what timetable he plans for a euro...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he had with the Prime Minister of Spain concerning Gibraltar at the NATO summit in Prague; what was agreed there on the future of the Brussels process;...

      India

      To ask the Prime Minister when he last met the Leader of the Congress party of India.

      Landfill Tax Credit

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 4 December, Official Report, column 903, which community schemes near his constituency have benefited from the landfill tax credit.

      Peter Foster

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will ask the Cabinet Secretary to conduct an inquiry into the extent of the (a) propriety, (b) completeness and (c) accuracy of (i) attributable and (ii)...

      Social Chapter

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 4 December to the hon. Member for North-West Norfolk, Official Report, column 898, which areas of social policy have been influenced by signing...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Cleveland Magistrates Court

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what grants have been given to the Cleveland Magistrates Court Service in each of the last five years.

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many hours training judges receive on domestic violence (a) per year and (b) during the course of their term.

      James Shepherd

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when the Office of Public Guardianship intends to release court documents to the family of James Shepherd.

      Speed Cameras (Cleveland)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many (a) trials and (b) convictions based on speed camera evidence have taken place in the Cleveland Magistrates Court Service...

  • Health

    • Admission Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes his Department has made to admission procedures to accident and emergency departments since 1997 through (a) statutory instrument and (b)...

    • Ambulance Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the change in the amount of time spent by ambulance crews in accident and emergency departments as a result of the...

      Area Child Protection Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to put area child protection committees on a statutory footing.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what arrangements he has made to ensure that local authorities monitor the number of asylum seekers who make a claim for social services assistance...

      Benefits Uprating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his oral statement of 18 November on benefit uprating, what will be the entitlement of a single person receiving contributory JSA in...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure that benchmarking standards for NHS trusts promote support for carers; and if he will make a statement.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) carers and (b) young carers of school age there are in (i) the Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside and (iii) Tyne and Wear; and what...

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children (a) suffered child abuse and (b) were killed in each parliamentary constituency in each of the last five years.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford of 8 August, reference PO1014287; and if he will make a statement on the reasons...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department intends to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Manchester, Central of 24 September regarding Miss AL, reference PO1016982,...

      Deaf Children (Mental Health)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on mental health services for deaf children in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement on his Department's strategy for...

      Deep Vein Thrombosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many NHS patients treated for (a) a hip replacement, (b) a knee replacement and (c) a hip fracture contracted a deep vein thrombosis in each of...

      Delayed Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many delayed admissions from ambulances to accident and emergency departments there were, in each ambulance trust in each of the past five years.

      Delayed Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health from where within the NHS budget the extra #100 million for social services budgets for tackling delayed discharge will come.

      Delayed Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will provide a breakdown on the other reasons for the national and regional summaries of delayed discharge as referred to in Annex A of...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what facilities there are in each hospital in the North Cheshire hospitals trust for the treatment of diabetes; how many dedicated beds there are;...

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals he has for increasing the number of doctors employed by the national health service; and if he will make a statement.

      Drug Addiction (Fareham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many drug rehabilitation places are available to registered drug addicts in Fareham; and how many registered drug addicts in Fareham are receiving (a)...

      Drug Addicts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered drug addicts there were in (a) Fareham, (b) Hampshire and (c) England in each year from 1997.

      Drug/Alcohol Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residential drug and alcohol treatment centres are operated by the NHS; and how many are proposed to be closed.

      Ebixa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the availability to NHS patients of the drug Ebixa for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease; when the National...

      General Practitioners (Age)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the level of applications for partners in GP practices was in (a) England, (b) York and (c) North Yorkshire on (i) 1 May 1997 and (ii) 1 September 2002.

      General Social Care Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what fee levels for social workers the general social care council will charge; what revenue will be generated from such fee levels; and if he will make a...

      Health Authority Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for each health authority (a) the number and (b) the proportion of board members from (i) ethnic minorities and (ii) the disabled.

      Hospital Trolleys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the definition is of a hospital trolley for statistical purposes.

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which IT projects being undertaken by (a) his Department and (b) the NHS Executive are (i) running over budget and (ii) have been subject to a significant...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of primary care organisations have a board member dedicated to promoting mental health services.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time to receive (a) counselling, (b) cognitive therapy and (c) psychotherapy was in each health authority in the last year for...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of primary care organisations' written training plans for staff on mental health issues.

      Mental Health Services (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department will publish its report on its study of children's mental health services.

      Mental Health Services (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much it will cost to transfer all children who are mental health patients from other in-patient units to specialist child and adolescent mental health...

      Mental Health Services (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of local joint strategies between local social services and child and adolescent mental health services have been approved by his Department.

      Mr. Sorenson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when Mr. Eric Sorenson ceased to be project director of the Paddington Health Campus; how much compensation has been paid to Mr. Sorenson; when a new...

      NHS Resource Allocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if it is his intention to consult on the proposed new formula for allocating NHS resources following the review by the Advisory Committee on Resource...

      NHS Services (Legal Entitlement)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people who used the NHS but were not entitled to use it in each year since 1997.

      NHS Services (Legal Entitlement)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision creates the legal entitlement for use of the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Services (Legal Entitlement)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of (a) the number of people using the NHS who are not entitled to do so and (b) the cost of the treatment of those people to the...

      Nosocomial Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the proportion of premature deaths in England in 2001 attributed to nosocomial infections.

      Paramedics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what length of time is recommended for the training of paramedics.

      Personal Medical Services Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs in the Adur, Arun and Worthing Primary Care Trust work to personal medical services contracts.

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) new cases and (b) new cases per head of population there were of (i) HIV/AIDS, (ii) syphilis, (iii) gonorrhea, (iv) chlamydia and (v) other...

      Silicofluoride Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason silicofluoride chemicals classified as medicinal substances under the Codified Pharmaceutical Directive are, exempt from such...

      Suspended Consultants (Leeds)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many consultants employed by the Leeds health authority and its trusts are suspended; and for how long they each have been suspended.

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is his policy that NHS acute trusts should take over responsibilities for local transportation from ambulance services.

      Wheelchair Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will define, in reference to the wheelchair services collaborative programme, the phrase 'all teach, all learn' in his Department's press release of...

  • House of Lords

    • Irish Civil Servants: Diplomatic Immunity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether civil servants from the Republic of Ireland who are operating in a part of the United Kingdom, namely Northern Ireland, have diplomatic immunity: and, if...

    • Fines under Articles 226-9 of the EC Treaty.

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What sanctions exist if European Union member states refuse or fail to pay fines levied under Articles 226-229 of the treaty establishing the European Community.

      Fines under Articles 226-9 of the EC Treaty.

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What penalties, apart from fines, could be applied to member states under Article 229 of the treaty establishing the European Community.

      Burma

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider the confidence-building dialogue between the State Peace and Development Council in Burma and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of the National League for...

      Burma

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to combat Burma's status as one of the largest producers in the world of opium for illicit consumption and as a major supplier of...

      Dublin: British Citizenship Applications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many applications their Embassy in Dublin has had for British citizenship in each month since 1 January 1999; how many were accepted; and how many were rejected.

      Brussels Process

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the next meeting is scheduled under the Brussels process.

      Gibraltar

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the complaints made to Her Majesty's Government by the Spanish Government about Gibraltar.

      Gibraltar

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who is responsible for the supervision of financial services in Gibraltar.

      Arms Control and Disarmament (Inspections) Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 25 November (HL Deb col 613), whether they will make available additional briefing about the Arms...

      Rural Proofing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Rural Proofing report, whether all departments have now made arrangements to include a short rural proofing section within their annual departmental...

      The Tote

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have for the future of the Tote; and over what timescale they intend to achieve this change.

      Chinook ZD576

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether in the five years preceding the Chinook ZD576 crash there was one, or more than one, Chinook accident in the Royal Air Force; if so, on which dates; and...

      Broadband

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 25 November (WA 22), who are the current and prospective users of the 2 GHz band; what they use it...

      Broadband

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they believe there are any lessons to be learned from the Broadband Wales programme for the promotion and take-up of broadband in England.

      British Energy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money they expect British Energy to pay to Enron under the proposed standstill agreements described on page 6 of the announcement of restructuring...

      British Energy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the terms and the duration of the amount of the out of the money power purchase agreements and contracts for differences between British Energy and Enron...

      British Energy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the British taxpayer is underwriting an agreement which will enable payments to be made to Enron.

      British Energy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following their estimate of an annual cost of £150–£200 million for the next 10 years, what is their estimate of the annual cost to the Government...

      British Energy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 28 November (HL Deb col 916), what is the limit of the commitment by the Government to underwrite the...

      Tyne and Wear Brain Injury Centre

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent representations the Deparment for Work and Pensions has received from Rehab UK about the future of its Tyne and Wear Brain Injury Centre; and what...

      Fires: Death and Injury

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) How many firemen died in 2001; (b) how many firemen were injured in 2002; and (c) how many civilians died in fires or as a result of fires in 2001.

      Fire Service: Workforce Diversity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 27 November (WA 42), whether they are satisfied with the proportion of women and ethnic minorities working in the...

      Local Government: Comprehensive Performance Assessments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action the Government are taking to follow up the results of the comprehensive performance assessments for London, unitary, metropolitan and county councils...

      Irish Language Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What funding or resources have been made available to the Irish Language Agency, similar to that referred to in the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 6...

      Irish Language Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 6 November (WA 120) concerning the appointment of two assistant editor posts for the Irish Language Agency,...

      Bali: Terrorist Bombings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to lay the Intelligence and Security Committee's report into the terrorist bombings on Bali.[HL Question number missing in Hansard, possibly...

      Young People Detained in Adult Prisons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people under 18 years of age are currently detained in adult prisons; and when the Government intend to apply the Children Act 1989 to such cases.[HL...

      Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much funding has been provided annually for crime and disorder reduction partnerships since their establishment.

      Fire Dispute: Additional Police Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the additional daily cost to the police of the firefighter's strike.

      Special Constables

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many special constables there are.

      Prison Service Orders: Availability

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that copies of prison standing orders and instructions are available to prisoners through prison libraries.

      Private Residential Care Homes: Complaints Procedure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they have taken to ensure that families and elderly residents in private residential care homes have complaints fully investigated; what actions...

      NHS Professionals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether National Health Service Professionals has a finance director who holds a recognised accountancy qualification.

      NHS Professionals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the accountability and governance arrangements for National Health Service Professionals; and What objectives have been set for National Health Service...

      World Health Organisation Director General

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements they are advocating to ensure that the election of Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland's successor as director general of the World Health Organisation is...

      Prescribing Budgets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much prescribing budgets are being overspent by region; and to what extent this is affecting health services.

      National Health Service Workforce

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people were employed in the National Health Service in 1997: and how many are employed in 2002.

      NHS IT Projects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 7 November (WA 147), whether no spending from central government on National Health Service...

      NHS IT Projects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What funds have been committed by central government to (a) the Integrated Care Records System (ICRS), (b) the National Health Service National Programme, (c) the...

      Department of Health: External Consultants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the total expenditure incurred by the Department of Health on work carried out by external consultants during each of the financial years 1997–98,...

      Fluoridation of Water

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hayman on 12 May 1999 (WA 148), how the medicinal claims made for fluoridation in respect of caries prevention are...

      Fluoridation of Water

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hayman on 30 June 1999 (WA 39–40), whether, following the systematic scientific review on the evidence for...

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