Written answers

Thursday, 19 December 2002

  • Church Commissioners

    • Clergy

      To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what plans there are to establish clergy on civil service terms.

    • Statutory Employment Rights

      To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners (1) if he will make a statement on the timetable for the Commissioners' response to the DTI's discussion...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Contingency Planning

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what discussions his Department has had with the Local Government Association and Emergency Planning Society regarding funding levels for emergency planning.

    • Contingency Planning

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the principal and common medium is for effective and secure communication between emergency services involved in contingency provision, with...

      Contingency Planning

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what arrangements are in place to ensure that emergency services are able to efficiently and effectively liaise and work together in the event of a...

      Government Car Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many cars manufactured outside the United Kingdom are used by the Government car service, broken down by manufacturer.

  • Wales

    • Christmas Expenses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many departmental Christmas cards he and his Ministers intend to send in 2002; how much these cards will cost (a) to buy, (b) to post and (c) in...

    • Cockle Industry (Burry Inlet)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received in relation to the cockle industry in the Burry Inlet.

      Spending Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list for his Department (a) those Comprehensive Spending Review 1998 targets that were outstanding at the time of the statement on the...

      Statutory Instruments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many Statutory Instruments subject to negative procedure made by his Department (a) came into force and (b) were considered by a delegated legislation...

  • Minister for Women

    • Transsexual People

      To ask the Minister for Women what her policy is on including the treatment of transsexuals who are now women within her Department's work.

  • Defence

    • Accident Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 5 December 2002, Official Report, column 926W, on accident inquiries, whether his Department records the results of boards of...

    • Accident Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many accidents in each of the last five years in which damage was done to MOD property or equipment cost over #100,000 to repair; and if he will make...

      Alcohol/Drug Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to reduce (a) alcohol and (b) drug misuse in the armed forces.

      Defence Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total expenditure on defence procurement was for the last year in which figures are available; and how much of it was spent in Scotland.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contingency plans he has for emergency medical procedures being carried out in the field to troops encountering (a) biological and (b) chemical...

      Legal Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has (a) spent on legal fees as a result of cases brought against his Department, (b) paid out in out of court settlements and (c)...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 5 December 2002, Official Report, column 930W, on military bases (legal officers), what welfare and support services there are...

      Military Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the enforcement of preventing public access on byelawed land when military training takes...

      Nuclear Weapons Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on progress in the clean-up and environmental restoration of the contamination caused by nuclear weapons testing on Christmas...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Adulterated Food

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many successful prosecutions have been brought since 1997 against persons who have doctored and sold on to retailers...

    • Transsexual People

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what plans he has to amend the genuine occupation requirements included in the Sex Discrimination (Gender Reassignment)...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Military Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has in respect of military exports to ensure that end-use certificates specify final user and destination.

    • Nuclear Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the progress of the UK's contribution to clearing-up nuclear materials in the former Soviet Union.

      Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to which bodies her Department makes appointments; how many members there are (a) in total and (b) in each body; and how many of those...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many civil servants are employed by his Department; and how much money was spent by her Department in the last 12 months, broken down by...

      Debt Advisory Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the rates of interest charged by debt advisory agencies is included in her review of customer credit legislation.

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the (a) items and (b) value of the items, exported under the open individual export licences (i) Bolivia, numbers 1 to 9, (ii)...

      Intellectual Property Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she has recently consulted trade bodies and user groups about proposals to change the UK's powers over intellectual property rights in...

      Intellectual Property Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to recommend changes to the division of responsibilities for intellectual property rights between the EU and the UK.

      Small Business Charter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the implementation of the Small Business Charter, announced at the Lisbon summit.

  • International Development

    • Abuja Talks

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the outcome of the talks in Abuja, Nigeria, organised by the African Development Bank and the United...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with regard to health programmes in Afghanistan, what monies (a) her Department has pledged, (b) her Department has delivered, (c)...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions her Department has had with government ministers in Afghanistan to ensure the safety of Afghan girls attending...

      African Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions her Department has had with the US Government about the role of the Millennium Challenge Corporation in Africa; and if...

      African Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions her Department has had with the members of the New Partnership for Africa's Development, regarding the role of the US...

      African Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which member states of the African Union have adopted the Declaration on Democracy, Political, Economic and Corporate Governance.

      Good Governance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions her Department has had with the Treasury on the interaction between the new US Government programme to reward emerging...

      Health Care and Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development in which countries her Department has financed (a) health care and (b) education projects that have involved an element of privatisation.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which countries have benefited from the investment by the Department of International Development on HIV/AIDS related bilateral work...

      Information Communication Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the progress of the work of the United Nations Development Programme in information and communications...

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of levels of food security in north-west Kenya; and if she will make a statement.

      New Partnership for Africa's Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made on the African Peer Review Mechanism within NEPAD on (a) economic values, (b) governance values and (c)...

      Poverty Reduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial assistance her Department is providing in 2002–03 to (a) Bolivia, (b) Pakistan and (c) India in support of policy...

      River Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2002, Official Report, column 62W, on the River Congo, what preventive measures are being taken...

      South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much money her Department is giving in 2002–03 to provide safe water for the people of South Africa; and if she will make a...

      South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the US Aid Padco Report on water privatisation in South Africa.

      South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions her Department has had on water privatisation in South Africa with (a) the South African Municipal Workers Union and...

      Southern Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what efforts there have been to overcome delays to food imports in Zambia caused by the issuing of import licences.

      Southern Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made by the World Food Programme in completing the contract for the transportation of food aid to southern Africa.

      Sustainable Crops (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance the UK is giving the underdeveloped countries of Africa to produce sustainable crops.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of the plans for privatisation of water in towns in Uganda; and if she will make a statement.

      Urban Sewage Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much money her Department is giving to urban sewage projects in (a) Africa, (b) Asia and (c) Latin America in 2002–03.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the total amount of UK bilateral aid to Uzbekistan was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Working Group on Access to Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what research and development into medicines and vaccines her Department's Working Group on Access to Medicines has undertaken since it...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made on the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper of the Yemen.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her Department is doing to work with the Government of Yemen (a) on their basic education programme and (b) reproductive health.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much money her Department will give to the Yemen in 2002–03 and if this will increase within the Framework of the Resource...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken to encourage school attendance in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the answer of 10 July, Official Report, columns 957–8W, on HIV/AIDS, how money has been (a) allocated and (b) spent...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the impact which the decision of the Zimbabwean Government to ban the milling of GM maize has had on...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what impact the break in food aid in the first two weeks of December has had in (a) Zimbabwe and (b) Zambia.

  • Scotland

    • Civil Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list the civil defence grant allocations by local authority, in (a) cash and (b) real terms; and if she will make a statement on civil...

    • Expenditure Limit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to her Written Ministerial Statement of 27 November 2002, Official Report, column 29WS, whether the Scotland Office is running a budget...

      Expenditure Limit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to her Written Ministerial Statement of 27 November 2002, Official Report, column 29WS, what factors account for the increase in the Scotland...

      Industrial and Provident Society Law

      Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive about amending industrial and provident society law; and if she will make a...

      Official Travel

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

      Organic Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how the target for increasing the market share of UK-produced organic foods over organic imports in the DEFRA Organic Action Plan will apply in Scotland.

      Rail Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive regarding the proposed plans to redevelop a rail link between Edinburgh and the Scottish...

      Sustainability Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the sustainability strategy is for her Department; and if she will make a statement on how it has changed since the World Summit on Sustainable...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Canoeing

      Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to increase access to water for canoeing; and if he will make a statement.

    • Foetal Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what obligations there are on employers to provide protection for an unborn child at the mother's workplace.

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will meet the National Association of Local Councillors (Northern Ireland Region) to discuss (a) members' allowances, (b) the future of...

      Sickness (Teachers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures are in place to reduce the number of teacher sickness absences in Northern Ireland.

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what efforts he is making to ensure that schools in Northern Ireland give priority to offering supply teaching vacancies to young unemployed...

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much is being spent in 2002–03 on youth service provision in (a) North Belfast, (b) East Belfast, (c) South Belfast and (d) West...

  • Treasury

    • National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it Government policy not to (a) employ and (b) award contracts to a financial institution which uses offshore arrangements intended to avoid...

    • Annual Convergence Programme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to submit an updated, annual Convergence Programme, as required by the Stability and Growth Pact.

      Community Care Grant and Budgeting Loan

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will increase the amount of money available to (a) the Community Care Grant and (b) the Budgeting Loan budget.

      Ecofin

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the outcome was of the Special ECOFIN Council held on 11 December 2002; and what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its...

      Economic Activity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the 50 local authority areas with (a) the lowest and (b) the highest rates of economic inactivity.

      Insurance Premium Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 10 December 2002, Official Report, column 263W on insurance premium tax, what material he has published reviewing insurance...

      North Sea Oil Profits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the revenue from corporation tax on North Sea oil profits was in each year since 1997.

      Pension Contribution Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will give a breakdown of line H of the table on page 31 of the ONS Review of Pension Contribution Statistics published on 10 October between...

      Postcodes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what use his Department and its agencies make of postcode areas for (a) the collection and publication of data, (b) devising formulae for the distribution...

      Pre-Budget Report Leaflet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many summary leaflets entitled Steering a steady course: Delivering stability, enterprise and fairness in an uncertain world were printed to publicise...

      Programme Budgets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with ministers on Government Departments and their Agencies taking advantage of full end-year flexibility in relation to their...

      Public Sector Productivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what private sector benchmarks the Government use to set targets for productivity gains of public sector employees.

      Recycling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what appraisal he has made of the case for the introduction of an incineration levy to encourage future reuse and recycling of waste.

      Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportions of taxpayers who completed their self-assessment forms by 30 September 2002, and who are entitled to have additional tax due reflected in...

      Sheriff Officers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much expenditure was incurred by the Inland Revenue through using sheriff officers in each of the last three years; and what proportion of that...

      Thalidomide

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 17 December, (ref, 87375) on the Thalidomide Trust, what categories of information on beneficiaries he holds.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of increases in landfill tax on the role of incineration in waste management strategies.

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when take-up figures for the working families tax credit will be published, and if they will include take-up figures for child care tax credit.

      Workless Households

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many workless households there were in each year since 1997; how many of these are lone parent households with dependent children; and how many (a)...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Car Dumping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her policy on controlling the dumping of cars in cities.

    • Coastal Erosion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her action to deal with coastal erosion.

      Bee-keeping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the impact of EC Directive 92/65 on British bee-keeping.

      Illegal waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice she has given to the Environment Agency on its measures to deal with illegal carriage of waste and disposal by...

      Water Framework Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action her Department is taking to implement the water framework directive.

      Agricultural Wages Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations she has received on the future of the Agricultural Wages Board.

      Dairy Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the profitability of the dairy sector.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many homes in Leeds, North-West have benefited from the Government's warm front scheme.

      20-day Rule

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effects of the 20 days animal movement rule on reducing the spread of animal infections.

      Earth Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on steps being taken by her Department to meet the outcomes of the Earth Summit in Johannesburg.

      Flood Plains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in which of the areas affected by flooding in autumn 2000, it is her Department's proposal that the main solution is the...

      British-produced Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to promote British-produced food.

      Waste Refrigerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the ability of local authorities to deal with waste refrigerators.

      Farmers (Entry-level Payments)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whom she has consulted about the proposed entry level scheme for payments to farmers; and how the scheme links with other...

      Coastal Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs at how many public inquiries on coastal protection proposals her Department has been represented in the last year for which...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evidence has been obtained to establish a link between badgers and bovine tuberculosis.

      Cap

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with her French and German counterparts regarding the mid-term review of the Common Agricultural...

      Countryside Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total area of farm holdings is in England and Wales which are part of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme; and if she...

      Farmers (Retirement)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to introduce a means-tested retirement scheme for farmers.

      Fuel Poverty Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the report of the fuel poverty advisory group.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what (a) guidance and (b) advice is provided to Government Departments regarding the disposal of (i) printer cartridges...

      Spending Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list for her Department (a) those Comprehensive Spending Review 1998 targets that were outstanding at the time of...

      Technetium-99

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her written statement of 11 December 2002, Official Report, columns 20–22WS, on technetium-99, whether...

      Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what commitments concerning agricultural produce the Government has entered into as part of or in association with the trade...

      Water Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to ensure the timely implementation of the water directive.

  • Prime Minister

    • Christmas Expenses

      To ask the Prime Minister how many departmental Christmas cards he intends to send in 2002; how much these cards will cost (a) to buy, (b) to post and (c) in staff time to sign, address and place...

    • Christmas Security

      To ask the Prime Minister how much will be spent on (a) entertaining, (b) Christmas decorations and (c) other festive activities this Christmas season by his Department and Government agencies...

      European Policy

      To ask the Prime Minister whether his speech in Cardiff on 28 November 2002, entitled XA Clear Course for Europe", represents Government policy towards the European Union; and whether the (a)...

      European Policy

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on (a) the occasion and (b) the audience of his speech in Cardiff of 28 November 2002 entitled XA Clear Course for Europe".

  • Transport

    • Aircraft Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what measures have been put in place within the air traffic control system to deal with the threat posed to civil aircraft by surface-to-air...

    • Christmas Expenses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many departmental Christmas cards he and his Ministers intend to send in 2002; how much these cards will cost (a) to buy, (b) to post and (c) in...

      Christmas Expenses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much will be spent on (a) entertaining, (b) Christmas decorations and (c) other festive activities this Christmas season by his Department and...

      Dredging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the effect on the environment of dredging in the Dee Estuary.

      Highway Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what funding has been allocated to local authorities for highway maintenance for each financial year from 1997–98 to 2005–06 (a) in...

      M6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the economic impact of traffic congestion on the M6.

      Motorway (South Preston and Warrington North)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what part of the motorway between South Preston and Warrington North will remain three lanes; and which council areas will be affected; (2) what...

      New Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of new (a) motorways and (b) trunk roads have been constructed in each of the last five years.

      Redhill Aerodrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he intends to include a proposal to develop Redhill Aerodrome in his consultation on airport capacity in the South East; and if he will make a...

      Road Improvements (Yorkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will include ways of improving traffic flows on both A614 and A165 in the further studies on road improvements in Yorkshire announced on 10 December.

      Road Signs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to introduce metric distance signs on roads; and if he will make a statement.

      Spending Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list for his Department (a) those Comprehensive Spending Review 1998 targets that were outstanding at the time of the statement on the...

      Surface-to-air Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how he assesses the threat posed to British civil airlines from surface to air missiles; and what actions he proposes to take.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Firefighters' Dispute

      To ask the Solicitor-General what role the Attorney-General plays in relation to the firefighters' dispute.

    • Postcodes

      To ask the Solicitor-General what use her Department and its agencies make of postcode areas for (a) the collection and publication of data and (b) the delivery of services; and when such usages...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Christmas Expenses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many departmental Christmas cards he and his ministers intend to send in 2002; how much these cards will cost (a) to buy,...

    • Citizenship Applications

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs where records of applications for registration as a citizen of the UK and its colonies submitted at the...

      European Union

      Mr. Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the acquisition of full legal personality by the European Union.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which British (a) individuals and (b) companies were identified in the Iraqi declaration to the United Nations Security Council...

      Oil Revenues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the volume is of unspent oil revenues allocated for Iraqi Kurdistan in the escrow account of the UN oil-for-food...

      Sandy Mitchell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what talks he has had with the Saudi Arabian government on the imprisonment of a constituent, Sandy Mitchell.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last discussed human rights with representatives of the Government of Uzbekistan.

  • Privy Council

    • Christmas Expenses

      To ask the President of the Council how many departmental Christmas cards he and his ministers intend to send in 2002; how much these cards will cost (a) to buy, (b) to post and (c) in staff time...

    • Christmas Expenses

      To ask the President of the Council how much will be spent on (a) entertaining, (b) Christmas decorations and (c) other festive activities this Christmas season by his Department; and of this sum...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Amateur Sports Clubs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of introducing 80 per cent. mandatory rate relief for all community amateur sports clubs via the Local Government...

    • Asylum Seekers (Rough Sleeping)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the impact on the number of rough sleepers of the coming into effect of section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylums Act...

      Bain Inquiry

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much is to be paid to the individual members of the Bain Inquiry into the fire service.

      Bain Inquiry

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost is of the Bain Inquiry into the Fire Service.

      Business Co-ordination Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when a Minister from his Department last visited a business in (a) West Sussex and (b) East Worthing and Shoreham as part of the work of the Business...

      Business Improvement Districts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what systems he has assessed for voting in relation to business improvement districts; and how the Government proposes to ensure that the system is simple.

      Christmas Expenses

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many departmental Christmas cards he and his Ministers intend to send in 2002; how much these cards will cost (a) to buy, (b) to post and (c) in staff time to...

      Christmas Expenses

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much will be spent on (a) entertaining, (b) Christmas decorations and (c) other festive activities this Christmas season by his Department and government...

      Deprivation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will indicate the level of deprivation which exists in each local council area.

      Empty Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his Department's performance in the disposal of empty homes in the last year for which figures are available.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries as a result of fire there were in each of the last five years; and what proportion occurred (i) between 11pm and 6 am...

      Firefighters' Dispute

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the average response time to emergency fire calls during (a) the recent firefighters' strike and (b) full firefighter cover.

      Firefighters' Dispute

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many emergency fire calls were not answered during the recent firefighters' strike.

      Green Belt (West Midlands)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures are in place to retain the green belt areas in the West Midlands.

      Home Ownership

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 3 December 2002, Official Report, column 711W, what assessment he has made of the ability of each group to access home ownership.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of lettings were made available to homeless households in priority need by (a) local authorities and (b) registered social landlords, broken down...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was given to Cambridge City Council towards relieving homelessness in each of the last five years.

      Housing (Black and Minority Ethnic People)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what research he has commissioned into the use of rent assessment panels by BME tenants in the private rented sector, following the recommendation in the DTLR...

      Housing (Black and Minority Ethnic People)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of (a) African, (b) Afro-Caribbean, (c) Chinese and Vietnamese, (d) Bangladeshi, (e) Indian and (f) Pakistani households are in overcrowded...

      Housing Associations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to help local authorities (a) promote stock transfer and (b) improve council tenants' knowledge of housing associations.

      Housing Need (Somali Community)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what information his Department has collated on the housing needs and experiences of the Somali community in the UK.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much in grants the Government is proposing to allocate to each local authority.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what use his Department and its agencies make of postcode areas for (a) the collection and publication of data, (b) devising formulae for the distribution of...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the proposed floors and ceilings in the new funding system for local government will be removed.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the level of council tax rates in each authority.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much each local authority has spent below its SSA in the current financial year.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the impact which the new local government funding system will have on each authority's council tax levels.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister by how much each local authority will be over and under funded if his Department's new proposed funding changes for local government are introduced.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) in the local government finance proposed settlement for 2003–04, for what reason Worcestershire is combined with Herefordshire in the assessment of...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to include an element of resource equalisation in local government settlements from 2004–05 onwards.

      Local Sport

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to make sport a statutory duty for local authorities; and if he will make a statement.

      Overcrowded Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on how many occasions since 1985 he has (a) received a report from a local housing authority and (b) directed a local housing authority to prepare and submit a...

      Planning Applications

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 3 December 2002, Official Report, column 688W, on planning applications, what will happen to the planning applications not dealt with...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many appeals against the valuation of a property being sold under the right to buy scheme were submitted in London in each year since 1992, broken down by...

      Social Inclusion

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to encourage use of public procurement contracts to achieve greater social inclusion; and if he will make a statement.

      Starter Home Initiative

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 3 December 2002, Official Report, column 711W, how many key workers there are in each of the groups; and how many key worker shortages...

      Tenancy Deposit Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to consult on making the Tenancy Deposit Scheme compulsory.

      Visually Impaired Children

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures are in place to ensure that families with visually impaired children have the same priority as other disabled children when allocating housing; what...

      Wandsworth Development Plan

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the timetable is for Wandsworth borough council to deposit a new draft revised (second stage deposit) unitary development plan incorporating the...

      West Midlands Regional Assembly

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which organisations he is consulting in Worcestershire as part of his soundings exercise on the possibility of holding a referendum on a West Midlands regional...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Annual Reports (Production Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of production was of the (a) Community Fund's Annual Report, (b) Sport England Annual Report, (c) Heritage Lottery Fund...

    • Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to which bodies her Department makes appointments; how many members there are (a) in total and (b) in each body; and how many of those...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will publish the revised version of the proposed changes to the BBC Agreement; and if she will make a statement.

      Broadcasting Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which regulations govern the broadcasting of programming material by (a) digital satellite, (b) digital terrestrial, (c) digital cable...

      Christmas Expenses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many departmental Christmas cards she and her Ministers intend to send in 2002; how much these cards will cost (a) to buy, (b) to...

      Licensing Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the cost of the impact of the Licensing Bill on (a) churches, (b) village halls, (c) voluntary...

      Licensing Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions took place between her Department and religious authorities as part of the consultation on licensing reform.

      Licensing Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the additional costs which will be incurred by churches as a result of the provisions of the new...

      Ministerial Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many engagements were undertaken outside London (a) by her or her predecessor and (b) by ministers in her Department in January (i)...

      Postcodes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what use her Department and its agencies make of postcode areas for (a) the collection and publication of data, (b) devising formulae...

      Public House Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the number of public house licence holders that will be required to undergo a Criminal Records Bureau...

      Spending Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will list for his Department (a) those Comprehensive Spending Review 1998 targets that were outstanding at the time of the...

      Television Subtitling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer given on 4 July, Official Report, column 514W, on television subtitling, whether the code produced by Ofcom...

  • Education and Skills

    • Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills to which bodies his Department makes appointments; how many members there are (a) in total and (b) in each body; and how many of those...

    • Connexions Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the Connexions Card will have an electronic purse to (a) manage payments from Education Maintenance Allowances paid by LEAs and (b)...

      Connexions Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the Connexions Card is to be launched.

      Connexions Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many personal advisors worked for the Connexions Service in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03.

      Education Maintenance Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many 16 to 19-year-olds used their allowance for (a) travel costs, (b) books and equipment and (c) other living costs during the...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he plans to change the criteria for qualification for free school meals; and if he will make a statement.

      Language Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many primary schools in the UK teach languages; how many secondary schools do not teach languages; which languages are taught in...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he last attended a ministerial meeting with European Union Ministers for Education.

      Plant Hire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of employees in the plant hire industry who have received educational and other benefits from the...

      Post-16 Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research his Department has undertaken to ascertain the extent to which school sixth form and college access funds are used for (a)...

      Postcodes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what use his Department and its agencies make of postcode areas for (a) the collection and publication of data, (b) devising formulae for...

      Progress Files

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of secondary schools have used Progress Files for pupils aged 13 and over in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03.

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria will be used to allocate the new fund to assist schools applying for specialist status which have encountered difficulties in...

      School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will issue new guidelines to local education authorities on school transport contracts on overcrowding and use of seatbelts.

      Visually Impaired Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures are in place to ensure that visually impaired children have access to adequate primary and secondary education; and what...

  • Home Department

    • Accreditation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department is doing to support the Government's policy on accreditation.

    • Air Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce a licensing scheme for the purchase of air weapons.

      Air Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will raise the age limit for the use of air weapons to 18 years.

      Children's Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the report on the UK by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to what extent each local authority has used powers under Section 33 of the Police Act 1966 to help fund new community support officers; and...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 31 October from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. S. Pickup.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 4 November from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs. Nazia Butt.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 4 November from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Kahim...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 24 October from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Nisar Ahmed.

      Crime and Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what funding the Government have made available for community support officers in Lancashire since the initiative began; (2) what...

      Crime and Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests have been made in Chorley in the last 12 months; and which custody suites have been used.

      Crime and Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps he is taking to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in Chorley; (2) what Government funding has been made available for...

      Crime and Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reported crimes there were in the Chorley council area in the last three years, broken down by ward.

      Crime Figures (Lancaster)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reported crimes there were in the Lancaster city council area in 2001, broken down by ward.

      Crime Reduction Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list each initiative under the Crime Reduction Fund, indicating (a) the amount budgeted for each initiative and in total in...

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list for each police force in each year since 1997, (a) the number of offences recorded broken down by major category, (b) the...

      Criminal Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were brought to justice in each of the Criminal Justice System areas in the last three years.

      Crown Court Juries

      Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the effect of interference with juries on the outcome of prosecutions in the Crown court in...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Government's policy is on funding research into the prevalence of (a) child abuse in the home and (b) domestic violence that breaks...

      Examining Officers' Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans he has to enable an examining officer to request from the owner of a ship or aircraft specified information even if that...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many calls were received by the immigration reporting line; how many prosecutions resulted; and what the cost was of the service during...

      Local Authority Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was granted from each source of support within his Department to (a) Westminster City Council and (b) the Royal Borough of...

      Local Volunteer Development Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to provide funding for local volunteer development agencies to assist these organisations to register as an umbrella body...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of parliamentary written answers from his Department in the last session consisted of a promise to write to an hon. Member.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many parliamentary written questions last session were responded to within (a) a week, (b) two weeks and (c) three weeks.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) parliamentary questions and (b) letters from hon. Members in Session 2001–02 remain unanswered, broken down by those which...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were within the City of London and Metropolitan Police force areas, broken down by London borough (a) at the...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the change in police (a) pay and (b) pension costs to be met by police authorities between 2002–03 and...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the whole-time equivalent police officer establishment was for (a) 1992, (b) 1997, (c) 2000 and (d) 2002, in each London borough, giving...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons have been recalled to custody following a breach of a prison licence in each month since March 2001.

      Replica Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will prohibit the sale of replica firearms.

      Secure Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans his Department has for expanding (a) local authority secure units, (b) young offenders institutions and (c) secure training...

      Secure Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the forecast budget is for (a) local authority secure units, (b) young offenders institutions and (c) secure training centres in (i)...

      Spending Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list for his Department (a) those Comprehensive Spending Review 1998 targets that were outstanding at the time of the statement on...

      Street Robberies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many street robberies took place in the Greater London area during the last 12 months.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households living in (a) Liverpool, (b) Birmingham, (c) Newcastle and (d) the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham who are in...

    • Fairground Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many fatal accidents there have been at fairgrounds in each of the last 10 years; (2) what changes in the regulation of fairground...

      Access to Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on his Department's response to the recommendations in the report of Policy Action Team 14 on Access to Financial...

      Ageism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proposals he has to tackle age discrimination in the workplace; and what options are open to older people who have been discriminated...

      Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to which bodies his Department makes appointments; how many members there are (a) in total and (b) in each body; and how many of those...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed (a) Jobseeker's Allowance, (b) child-related benefits, (c) winter fuel payments and (d) sickness-related benefits in...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) income support claimants and (b) incapacity benefit claimants there were in each year since 1997.

      Child Support Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress is being made to speed up the introduction of the proposed changes to the method of calculating child support payments for (a)...

      Christmas Expenses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many departmental Christmas cards he and his Ministers intend to send in 2002; how much these cards will cost (a) to buy, (b) to post and...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many civil servants are employed by his Department; and how much money was spent by his Department in the last 12 months, broken down by...

      Community Care Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what change in real terms spending power was provided by the cash rise in the community care grant budget from 1997–1998 to...

      Community Care Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the standard of decision-making on community care grant applications.

      Community Care Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will change the rules and guidance for community care grants and crisis loans to ensure that applicants without (a) a cooker and (b) a...

      Community Care Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will extend the eligibility for community care grants and budgeting loans from the Social Fund to people (a) whose sole income is (i)...

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the arrangements are for customers to apply for and receive a crisis loan when they live a long way from the office that decides upon...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of his Department's staff have been sent on (a) training days and (b) training weekends in the last 12 months; and what the total cost...

      Drug Addicts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many former drug addicts are in paid employment.

      Economic Inactivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged between 50 and state pension age were economically inactive in each year since 1998.

      Employment Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people have been helped into sustained employment via the Employment Zone scheme (a) in each year since its introduction and (b)...

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many inspections per band 3 inspector are made on average in the North West Division of the Health and Safety Executive each working...

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what formal qualifications the (a) Director General and (b) Deputy Director General (Operations) of HSE have in health and safety management.

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many companies were (a) investigated by the Health and Safety Executive and (b) convicted of health and safety offences in 2001–02 in...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions under what circumstances a person making a fresh claim for housing benefit in one of the proposed pilot areas for housing benefit reform after...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate (a) how many and (b) what percentage of housing benefit claimants' housing benefit entitlement meets less than 100 per...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many claimants have been in receipt of incapacity benefit payment for (a) six months or less, (b) between six months and one year,...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on paying incapacity benefit for fixed terms; and if he will make a statement.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate has been made of the proportion of incapacity benefit claimants who are also eligible for income support; and how many people in...

      Individual Learning Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what alternative arrangements have been made by his Department in respect of those persons on the New Deal who would previously have received...

      Intermediate Labour Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many intermediate labour market programmes have received funding over the last five years; and how much they have received.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) which local authority areas have been selected to receive additional points in respect of the Jobcentre Plus Job Entry Target set by his...

      Ministerial Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many engagements were undertaken outside London (a) by him or his predecessor and (b) by Ministers in his Department in January (i) 2000,...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people (a) aged (i) over 50 and (ii) under 30, and (b) people with disabilities have signed up to the New Deal in the Taunton Constituency.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of persons leaving (a) the gateway period and (b) each of the options in the New Deal entered (i) unsubsidised jobs and (ii)...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many parliamentary questions to his Department were not answered during the last parliamentary Session.

      Retirement Ages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 27 November, Official Report, column 321W, on retirement ages, what the average age of retirement is for (a) women,...

      SchlumbergerSema

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list (a) the key performance targets and (b) other performance measures, and the levels of performance against those measures, (c)...

      Serps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of recent trends in the number of people who are contracted out of SERPS and the State Second Pension; and if he...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the administrative costs of the Social Fund were in each of the last five financial years; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Fund Repayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will commission research into the impact of Social Fund repayments on the (a) standard of living and (b) indebtedness of recipients of...

      War Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the #10 earnings disregard for war disablements pensioners in receipt of income support was last uprated; and what has been the cumulative...

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) persons and (b) households in the Wansbeck constituency will receive the winter fuel payment for 2002–03.

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of extending the winter fuel payments to those under 16 years is; and what percentage this represents of the total social...

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people entitled to one or more backdated winter fuel payments as a result of the European Court decision have received one; and how...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Claimants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit claimants have been sanctioned because they have refused to take part in the pilot scheme to improve the literacy and numeracy...

    • Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans he has to assist with child care arrangements to enable parents to take up employment; (2) what plans his Department has to...

      Christmas Expenses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much will be spent on (a) entertaining, (b) Christmas decorations and (c) other festive activities this Christmas season by his Department...

      Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to help disabled people back to work.

      Employment (Disability)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what financial assistance he makes available to specialist employment providers and agencies in the fields of (a) physical disability, (b)...

      Gas Pipes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of the gas mains network operated by Transco is over (a) 30, (b) 50 and (c) 75 years old.

      Gas Pipes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment the Heath and Safety Executive has made of Transco's system of record keeping for the gas mains network; and if he will make a...

      Habitual Residence Test

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) decisions were made and (b) appeals were submitted in relation to the habitual residence test in respect of the area covered by...

      Jobcentres (Advertisements)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what circumstances names and addresses of employers advertising in jobcentres are withheld; and why.

      Jobseekers Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been refused all Jobseekers Allowance payments after interview in the last year for which figures are available; and what...

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of lone parents are in work in (a) the Scottish Borders, (b) Scotland and (c) the UK.

      Maxwell Communications Pension Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the outcome of his Department's discussions with representatives of the Maxwell Communications Pension Plan.

      Medical Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what procedures are in place to assess the performance of doctors employed by Schlumberger Sema to carry out medical assessment of benefit...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many New Deal participants have found (a) employment and (b) sustained employment in the Civil Service in each year of the New Deal...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of the New Deal for Lone Parents.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the effect the new deal has had on youth unemployment.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) pursuant to his answer of 11 December, Official Report, column 377W, on the New Deal, what adjustment has been made to the Government's...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 11 December 2002, Official Report, column 377W, on the new deal, (1) how many of the 6,800 young people who secured...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people on New Deal 25 Plus schemes (a) left after the initial advisory stage, (b) progressed to follow-through and (c) returned to...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to publish the evaluation of the New Deal for Lone Parents; 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 participants in the New Deal for Young People from Ethnic Minorities found (a) jobs and (b) sustained jobs in...

      Official Travel

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

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many parliamentary questions have been tabled to his Department for written answer on a named day since 1 October 2002; and what percentage...

      Unemployment (Copeland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were unemployed in Copeland in (a) May 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available; what proposals he has...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) discussions his Department has held with the Treasury and (b) sanctions have been imposed on his Department in respect of his...

      State Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have opted to defer receiving their state pension, and how many pensioners in total have received increments in each year since...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if the figures for tax credit expenditure in the benefits expenditure table at http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/Table1 are gross and include all...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on progress on the target to halve unemployment among 18 to 24 year olds by 2010 throughout the European Union, set...

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many men aged 60 to 64 received a winter fuel payment in each of the last two winters; and how many men in this age group have applied for...

      Work Opportunities (Older People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress he has made in supporting work opportunities for older women.

  • Health

    • Abattoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which abattoirs in the South West have a licence to remove and test the spinal columns of animals slaughtered under the Beef Assurance Scheme.

    • Accident and Emergency Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what instructions his Department issued to acute trusts on planning bed allocations to reduce the length of waiting times in accident and emergency units.

      Acute Hospitals (Nurse Training)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of NHS nurses are trained to deliver minor injury and assessment services in acute hospitals.

      Acute Trusts (Nurses)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the level is of nurse understaffing in England's acute trusts.

      Adult Placement Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received about the regulation of adult placement schemes; and if he will make a statement.

      Agency Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the figures for spending on agency nurses by the NHS in 2001–02 will be available.

      Alcohol Reduction Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many responses he has received to the national alcohol reduction strategy consultation paper.

      Antipsychotic Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the age-standardised prescription ratio was of (a) atypical and (b) typical antipsychotic drugs in each primary care trust area in each month during...

      Assisted Dying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the frequency of assisted dying in the UK in the last 10 years.

      Bed Availability (Worcestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds were available within the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust on (a) 2 December, (b) 11 December and (c) the most recent date for which...

      Blood Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many years in retrospect the Government will ban recipients of blood from donating blood in the future; and when he will publish his findings on this...

      Body Part Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will extend the licensing regime for the importation of human body tissue to corpses and other body parts; and if he will make a statement.

      Cancer Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to extend screening programmes to forms of common cancers other than breast and cervical.

      Care Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost per week is of (a) keeping a person in hospital and (b) keeping a person in a nursing home.

      Care Homes (Insurance Cover)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will provide assistance to care homes whose (a) premiums for public and employer's liability insurance cover have risen significantly and (b) cover...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who is reviewing public service agreements relating to the educational achievements of children in care.

      Children in Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what regular health checks are carried out on children living in temporary accommodation.

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received NHS chiropody services in each year from 1997 to 2002.

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the National Institute for Clinical Excellence has issued guidance on chiropody services; and what plans the NICE has to issue guidance on NHS...

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what framework governs standards of provision of chiropody services in the NHS.

      Community Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many community five-a-day initiatives have been established since the five pilot sites reported.

      Continuing NHS Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that health authorities comply with guidance issued in booklet 252535 that a written care plan is to be given to...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 31 October 2002 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Andrew Evans.

      Denturism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the legislative process for the legalisation of denturism will be completed; when he last met the General Dental Council to discuss this; and if he...

      Christmas Expenses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much will be spent on (a) entertaining, (b) Christmas decorations and (c) other festive activities this Christmas season by his Department and...

      Electronic Patient Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS Trusts in the south west have introduced electronic patient records.

      EU Food Supplements Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what powers the Government has to modify the implementation plans for the EU Food Supplements Directive.

      Food Imports (Banned Substances)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on food imports which contain substances banned by the EU.

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the food supplements accepted as safe by the Food Standards Agency that will become illegal under EU law during 2003.

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the success of the foster carer recruitment campaign launched in July 2000; and if he will make a statement.

      GP Registers (Patient Removal)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what rules govern the right of doctors to remove patients from their registers.

      Health Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are affected by (a) obesity, (b) depression, (c) coronary heart disease, (d) stroke and (e) poor nutrition, in each health authority; and...

      Homeless People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of homeless people suffered from tuberculosis in each year since 1997.

      Homeless People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment his Department has carried out on the longevity of homeless people.

      Homeless People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of homeless people used accident and emergency units at hospitals in the last 12 months.

      Homeless People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of homeless people suffered from (a) chest infections (b) leg sores and (c) asthma in the last 12 months.

      Homeless People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in NHS hospitals are homeless, broken down by health authority.

      Homeless People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure that homeless people are able to register with a general practitioner; (2) if it is his Department's...

      Homeless People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of homeless people suffered from diabetes in the last 12 months.

      Homeless People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients whose address was listed as no fixed abode were admitted to NHS hospitals between (a) December 1998 and January 1999, (b) December 1997...

      Homeless People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the dates since 1997 when he and his officials have met representatives of homeless charities and voluntary organisations to discuss the...

      Homeless People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to encourage a greater take-up of GP services by homeless people.

      Medical Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) administrative, (b) managerial, (c) clerical and (d) other non-practicing medical personnel are employed in (i) the Department of Health,...

      Merseyside Regional Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health why the remuneration package of the previous chief executive of Merseyside regional ambulance service, Mr. Todhunter, was not published in the MRAS...

      Mixed-sex Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he measures the number of mixed-sex wards in NHS trusts; and how many mixed-sex wards there are in (a) each region and (b) England.

      NHS Dentistry (Shropshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists are accepting NHS patients in (a) Shrewsbury and Atcham and (b) Shropshire.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much training is provided to those manning the call centre of NHS Direct.

      NHS Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost to date of NHS Professionals.

      NHS Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 10 December 2002, Official Report, column 303W, on NHS Professionals, whether the findings of the assessment team will be (a)...

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS (a) doctors and (b) nurses there were in each year since 1992.

      Nurse Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people left early from courses leading to a nursing qualification in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001.

      Overseas Nurse Advice Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend next year in advertising the NHS overseas nurses advice line; and what form this advertising...

      Patient Deregistration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will ensure that GPs give written reasons why a patient is deregistered; and if he will make a statement.

      Personal Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library the contact details and objectives of the personal medical services pilot schemes in each primary care trust that were...

      Port Medical Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the last 12 months who came to the UK and resided for more than six months (a) received and (b) did not receive a medical screening on...

      Port Medical Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many medical staff were employed in each port medical unit in each of the last 10 years; and how many were (a) doctors and (b) nurses.

      Poultry Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who carries out tests for furazolidone in turkeys impounded at border inspection posts in the EU; whether such tests are conducted on all poultry imported...

      Prisons (Health Needs Assessment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the prisons that have not completed a health needs assessment.

      Prosecutions (Contaminated Blood)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he is taking to protect doctors in the UK from being prosecuted for prescribing contaminated blood.

      School-age Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of each of the current LEA byelaws on the employment of school age children.

      Secure Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) high secure beds, (b) medium secure beds, (c) low secure beds and (d) long-term secure beds there were in each year since 1997.

      Specialist Register (Overseas Applicants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what level of scrutiny of training will apply to overseas applicants to join the UK specialist register.

      Surgical Specialties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to increase the number of additional funded Higher Surgical Training next year; (2) what plans he has to increase the number of...

      Thrombolysis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of heart attack victims in (a) Wiltshire, (b) the south west and (c) England received thrombolysis within 30 minutes in the most recent...

      Woodside Adolescent Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the estimated total annual cost is of the new adolescent unit at Springfield hospital combined with the estimated annual cost of maintaining...

  • House of Lords

    • Cluan Place/Clandeboye Interface

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why a gap on top of the wall between Cluan Place in East Belfast and its neighbouring areas used by a sniper to shoot into the Cluan Place community on the night...

    • IRA Ceasefire

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 6 November (WA 118), who are the parties to the IRA ceasefire; what was its date; whether there any written...

      Bills and Acts of Parliament: Format

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the recently introduced practice of omitting the full stop after clause and section numbers in Bills and Acts of Parliament respectively makes the...

      Northern Ireland: Palliative Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who is responsible for the delivery of palliative care for the Northern Ireland Hospice.

      Northern Ireland: Palliative Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are satisfied that the inquiry team into Northern Ireland hospice care will have sufficient power to ensure that all parties act upon the recommendations.

      Houses of Parliament Visitor Centre

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Why the House of Commons Commission in setting up an initial feasibility study for visitor facilities for the Houses of Parliament did not do so in conjunction...

      Fire Dispute: Attorney-General

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What role the Attorney-General plays in the firefighters' dispute.

      Turkey: EU Accession Negotiations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they anticipate that a start date will be given to Turkey for accession negotiations to the European Union; and whether the new United Kingdom-Turkey Action...

      Cyprus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response, as guarantor power, to the fact that the settlement for Cyprus proposed by the United Nations does not provide for input by the United...

      Cyprus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, as guarantor power, they have no input or responsibility for minority religious groups in both northern and southern Cyprus.

      Cyprus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the present United Nations proposals for a Cyprus resettlement recommend that there be two police services operational in northern Cyprus: (a) one under...

      China: North Korean Refugees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action has been taken by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees or Her Majesty's Government's representatives in China on behalf of North Korean...

      President Al-Assad of Syria: Visit to UK

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will seek assurances from President Assad of Syria that he will (a) take all measures within his power to shut down terrorist bases and training camps...

      President Al-Assad of Syria: Visit to UK

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current state of British-Syrian relations in the light of President Assad's visit to the United Kingdom.

      President Al-Assad of Syria: Visit to UK

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why President Assad of Syria will meet (a) Her Majesty the Queen in Buckingham Palace and (b) the Prince of Wales.

      International Centre for Prison Studies: Dissemination of Handbook for Prison Staff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide copies of the Handbook for Prison Staff, recently published by the International Centre for Prison Studies, to British missions overseas,...

      Middle East

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Quartet engaged in the Middle East peace process has accepted the Taba proposals of January 2001 as a starting point, if not, which members of the...

      Middle East

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Taba proposals gave the Israeli government control of main roads and strategic communications in the West Bank and Gaza; and whether such control would...

      EU: Consolidated Treaties Publication

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken, or intend to take, to publish or distribute an authenticated and consolidated version of the core Treaties of the European Community...

      Christopher Pasipamire: Visa

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by Baroness Amos on 10 December (HL Deb, col. 105), on what date the visa granted to Chris Pasipamire was issued; and what length of stay in...

      Lockerbie Disaster

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the outcome of the meeting on 17 December between the Foreign Secretary and relatives of the Lockerbie victims.

      NATO Parliamentary Assembly: UK Delegation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What changes have been made in the composition of the United Kingdom delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

      UK and EU Sanctions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent changes have been made to (a) the United Nations sanctions against Angola (UNITA) and Sierra Leone; and (b) the European Union sanctions against the...

      Committee on Standards in Public Life

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the ages of the members of the Committee on Standards in Public Life; and whether they will encourage the committee to include members' ages in future...

      Parliamentary Written Answers: Reference to Webpages

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Questions for Written Answers that refer the questioner to a website for the relevant information are an appropriate and effective way of disseminating the...

      EU Transport Council, 5–6 December

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the outcome of the EU Transport Council on 5-6 December.

      Electoral Modernisation Pilots

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the structure of the team conducting recent e-voting trails commissioned by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions; and whether...

      Emergency Fire Cover

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Armed Forces will remain deployed to provide emergency fire cover over Christmas.

      Fire Services Act 1947: Section 19

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to repeal Section 19 of the Fire Services Act 1947, as recommended by the Bain review.

      Racially Motivated Offenders: Behavioural Programmes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Of those convicted of racially motivated offences who are either on probation or in custody, how many are on behavioural programmes run by the Probation Service,...

      Prisons: Operational Capacity and Staff Numbers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the operational capacity in all the prisons in England and Wales and in Wandsworth Prison respectively at the beginning of 2002 and at the latest...

      Meteorological Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the first stage of the quinquennial review of the Meteorological Office has been completed.

      Stem Cell Research

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much of the additional £40 million funding for stem cell research recently announced by them will be devoted exclusively to adult stem cell research.

      Rural Sub-Post Offices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they expect rural sub-post offices to remain open if the universal bank accounts scheme is cancelled.

      NHS Provision of Digital Hearing Aids: Lancashire

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In which areas of Lancashire digital hearing aids are provided by the National Health Service; what are the criteria for making decisions on whether they are...

      Pathology Modernisation Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the objectives of their pathology modernisation programme; and how these compare with what has been achieved by the managed network of public health...

      Public Health Laboratories

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the public health laboratories scheduled for transfer to their local National Health Service trusts provide food, water and environmental services to...

      Public Health Laboratories

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the public health laboratories scheduled for transfer to their local National Health Service trusts hold contracts for providing support to National...

      Public Health Laboratories

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment has been made of the likely impact on public health of the transfer of public health laboratories to their local National Health Service trusts.

      Public Health Laboratories

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of public health laboratories have adopted standard methods; and what are the comparable figures for National Health Service microbiology laboratories.

      Public Health Laboratories

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many public health laboratories scheduled for transfer to National Health Service trusts hold Clinical Pathology Accreditation accreditation; and how this...

      Public Health Laboratories

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What number of public health laboratories report to the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre; what are the comparable figures for National Health Service...

      Pathology Services: Strategic Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been achieved as a result of the strategic review of pathology conducted by the Department of Health in 1995.

      Misuse: Alcohol

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that the spending on alcohol prevention and treatment is commensurate with the level of alcohol-related harm.

      Misuse: Alcohol

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate they have made of the number of deaths directly attributable to alcohol misuse in each of the years from 1994 to 2001.

      HFEA: Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When was the first licence for embryonic stem cell research issued by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority; to whom; and for what purposes.

      HFEA: Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many licences have been issued to date by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority for embryonic stem cell research; to whom; and for what purposes.

      HFEA: Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many licences have been issued to date by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority for the creation of human embryos via cell nuclear replacement; to...

      HFEA: Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether or not they intend to direct the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to communicate to the public: (a) all licence applications received by the...

      Blood Donors: vCJD

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What details they have of the blood donor in Scotland found recently to have vCJD and from whom plasma had been used to manufacture haemophilia treatment by the...

      Health Visitors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many health visitors are trained to offer advice and support to young parents and prospective parents in relation to the emotional needs of young children; and...

      NHS Trusts: Retained Deficit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which National Health Service trusts had an income and expenditure deficit in their 2001–02 annual accounts; and what was the amount of each trust's deficit...

      Health Protection Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much transitional funding will be provided for the Health Protection Agency as it takes over the responsibilities currently provided by the Public Health...

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the sixth report on the pharmaceutical price regulation scheme.

      Branded Medicines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the joint Department of Health and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry study into branded medicines.

      NHS Franchising Register of Expertise

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the names of the organisations on the NHS franchising register of expertise and announce the names of the NHS trusts to be franchised...

      International Phonetic Alphabet

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will arrange for all children to learn the international phonetic alphabet before they reach school leaving age.

      Recycling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What advice they would offer to a waste collection or disposal authority that is currently achieving a recycling level of over 25 per cent if it wishes to...

      Recycling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they are making in reconciling their desire to see organic domestic waste recycled by waste authorities with the difficulties posed by the Animal...

      Recycling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to give incentives to householders to participate in kerbside recycling schemes, or to penalise those who do not.

      Recycling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to encourage at-home recycling as envisaged by Waste not, Want not and how they propose to adjust waste authority recycling targets to...

      Sport and Physical Activity: DCMS/Strategy Unit Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to publish the joint Department for Culture, Media and Sport/Strategy Unit report on sport and physical activity.

      Video-on-Demand Industry: Self-Regulation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made by the video-on-demand industry in establishing a self-regulatory system that will ensure adequate protection for children when...

      UK Youth Parliament Manifesto and Agenda for Action 2000

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish their response to the United Kingdom Youth Parliament's Manifesto and Agenda for Action 2002.

      Local Delivery of Central Policy: Better Regulation Task Force Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What response they have made to the report by the Better Regulation Task Force published in July on local delivery of central policy.

      Local Delivery of Central Policy: Better Regulation Task Force Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the recommendation in the July report by the Better Regulation Task Force on the local delivery of central policy that the Treasury and Regional...

      Local Delivery of Central Policy: Better Regulation Task Force Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the recommendation in the July report by the Better Regulation Task Force on the local delivery of central policy that a review to map and re-engineer the...

      Local Delivery of Central Policy: Better Regulation Task Force Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What response they have made to Recommendation 4 in the July report by the Better Regulation Task Force on the local delivery of public services that the Office of...

      Public Sector Workers: London Weighting Allowances

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give details of the London weighting allowance paid to each category of public sector worker; whether the differences in the amounts paid are...

      Euro: Transfer of Powers and Prerogatives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the powers and prerogatives formerly within the powers of the national parliaments or assemblies and governments, respectively, of each member state of...

      Income Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will estimate, in respect of the most recent year for which information is available, what would have been the additional revenue from income tax if...

      Financial Services Authority

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will, from 30 September 2003 or earlier, split the role of the chairman of the Financial Services Authority into the posts of non-executive chairman...

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