Written answers

Tuesday, 7 January 2003

  • Work and Pensions

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost to business of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002; and if he will make a statement.

    • Adviser Discretion Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 27 November 2002, Official Report, column 316W, on the adviser discretion fund, how many persons have received...

      Departmental PCs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of the new PCs recently installed in his Department; how the PCs that these computers replaced were disposed of; and what the...

      Employers' Liability Premiums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Government last reviewed employers' liability legislation.

      Fairground Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Showman's Guild regarding fairground safety; (2) what recent discussions he has had with the...

      Gas Pipes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of mains gas pipes Transco agreed to replace by 1 January 2003; and what percentage of this work had been achieved by 1 December.

      Gas Pipes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the terms were of the agreement between Transco and the Health and Safety Executive for the replacement of metal gas pipes; and if Transco...

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of the Regional Directors and Operational Managers in the Health and Safety Executive possess a formal qualification in management.

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether above standard hours of working have been ended in HSE at each grade.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of the population in (a) Birmingham, (b) the West Midlands region and (c) the London region claimed housing benefit in each of...

      New Deal (Disabled People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disabled people were found jobs through the New Deal for Disabled People in (a) 2001 and (b) 2002 in (i) the United Kingdom and (ii)...

      ONE Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of lone parents participating in the ONE programme have obtained employment; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensions

      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...

      Pneumoconiosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many men have been awarded incapacity benefit and have successfully claimed payments due to pneumoconiosis since 1962; (2) how many...

      Poverty (Definition)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what definition of poverty will be used to measure success in the joint Public Service Agreement with the Treasury on reducing child poverty by...

      Workplace Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what projections he has made of likely trends in the number of (a) work-related accidents and (b) work-related diseases in the next three years.

  • Environment

    • Agri-environmental Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the development of an entry-level agri-environment scheme; and what consultation there has...

    • Agricultural Co-operatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many agricultural co-operatives are registered in England and Wales representing (a) arable farms and (b) livestock...

      Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to which bodies her Department makes appointments; how many members there are (a) in total and (b) in each body; and how many...

      CHP Plant

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry about the...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of farming on the Government's climate change strategy.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will place in the Library copies of (a) information supplied to her by sector associations party to climate change...

      Departmental Logo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total cost was to the Department of the introduction of the new logo.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will place in the Library copies of information supplied to her indicating that the proportional improvements in...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what targets she has on improving energy efficiency; and how she intends to achieve these targets.

      EU Sugar and Dairy Regimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on reform of the EU (a) sugar and (b) dairy regimes.

      European Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when there will be full and immediate access to European markets for exports from the least developed countries through the...

      Farm Products Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's policy is towards reintroduction of a levy scheme on agricultural farm products on a (a) compulsory and...

      Cap

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total annual cost of the common agricultural policy was to (a) consumers and (b) taxpayers in the United Kingdom in...

      Cap

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers received total payment from the common agricultural policy of less than #500 in the last 12 months for which...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many licences were granted for bass fisheries in south west waters in (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002; and how many have...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) the total number of days at sea and (b) the total kilowatts of engine power was for vessels over 10 metres in length...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will invite the Fishermen's Association Ltd. to participate in future discussions on fisheries.

      Flooding

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she (a) has taken and (b) will be taking to prevent flooding in the Hatch End area of the...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance she will give to the Environment Agency in the event of large-scale floods.

      Food Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what was the (a) volume and (b) value of processed food imported from developing countries into the UK in each of the last...

      Green Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which Minister in her Department is the nominated Green Minister; how often she has attended meetings of the Green Ministers;...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what additional measures she has installed at United Kingdom ports of entry to prevent the illegal importation of illegal...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many successful prosecutions were instituted in the United Kingdom against persons accused of the importation of illegal...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the measures being taken to detect small quantities of meat being imported illegally by...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the use of dogs in enforcing restrictions on meat imports; and what plans she has to increase...

      Import Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what rules exist to ensure that airlines inform passengers of import controls.

      Milk Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of the European Court of Justice ruling relating to non-producing milk quotas on...

      Ministerial Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many engagements were undertaken outside London (a) by her or her predecessor and (b) by Ministers in her Department in...

      Morecambe Coastal Protection Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the state of the Morecambe Coastal Protection Scheme.

      Parrett Catchment Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what provision is contained in the constitution of the Parrett Catchment Project to remove the Chairman if he does not meet...

      Parrett Catchment Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what notification she has received from the Chairman of the Parrett Catchment Project of his plans to go overseas on business...

      Parrett Catchment Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many bodies similar to the Parrett Catchment Project have been set up in England and Wales.

      Pigmeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of the United Kingdom retail pigmeat market was supplied from (a) the United Kingdom, (b) Denmark, (c) the...

      Pigmeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of total United Kingdom pigmeat sales were sold through supermarkets in each year from 1990 to 2001.

      Pigs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the rate of piglet death in (a) farrowing crates and (b) non-crate systems.

      Pollution Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list her Department's policies that have as one of their objectives helping the UK meet its Kyoto carbon dioxide...

      Rare Animal Breeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she takes to ensure that rare breeds of animals do not die out.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken to increase recycling rates from (a) household and (b) business and industry waste.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals she has to develop a market for recycled plastic; and if she will make a statement.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what schemes exist to recycle (a) Christmas trees and (b) Christmas wrapping paper; what incentives exist to encourage such...

      Refuse Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding has been allocated by central Government to promote kerbside collection of refuse in each of the last 10 years.

      Rural Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many applications there have been for the (a) Community Service Fund, (b) fund to refurbish rural sub-post offices, (c)...

      Sheep Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many live sheep were exported from Dover to continental Europe on (a) 21 November, (b) 24 November and (c) 30 November;...

      Suffolk Punch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to protect Suffolk Punch from extinction.

      Suffolk Punch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many Suffolk Punch breeding (a) herds and (b) mares there are in the United Kingdom.

      Sustainable Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will, in consultation with the Sustainable Development Commission, develop a range of indicators to assess progress...

      Sustainable Produce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to promote demand for sustainable produce.

      Trade Discharge Consents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of trade discharge consents was reviewed by the Environment Agency in each region of England in each of the...

      Trade Discharge Consents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what budget allocation she has made to the Environment Agency in respect of reviewing trade discharge consents in each of the...

      Trade Discharge Consents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of technological developments on the adequacy of the Environment Agency's...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in relation to the Warm Front Scheme administered by Eaga partnership, how many applications have been received; how many are...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Westminster Hall

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to his answers of 5 December 2002, Official Report, column 981W, what the (a) capital...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Green Minister

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which Minister in her Department is the nominated Green Minister; how often he has attended meetings of the Green Ministers; and which...

    • Soccer Academy (Christchurch)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action he is taking in response to the representations of the Mixer Soccer Academy in Christchurch about the restrictions on school...

  • Education and Skills

    • Centres of Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of industry support for Centres of Vocational Education.

    • Construction Industry (Levy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he last met representatives of the plant hire industry to discuss the Construction Industry Training Board's training levy; and when...

      Construction Industry (Levy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action he intends to take as a result of the judgment in Gibbon Equipment Hire and the Construction Industry Training Board.

      Further Education Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many 14 to 16-year-olds spent one day per week or more at a further education college in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03; how...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on outstanding Individual Learning Accounts, with special reference to (a) the sums cleared for payment, (b) the...

      Online Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many hours per week each UK online centre is used for community use; and if he will list each UK online project in Luton, South.

      Online Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many UK online centres there are; how many hours on average they are used per week; and if he will list the location of each centre.

      Online Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the (a) number of participants, (b) numbers receiving qualifications at each level, (c) socio-economic status of each...

      Public Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to amend the charitable status given to public schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Pupil Profiles (Leeds)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Leeds, West aged (a) 0 to 5, (b) 5 to 11, (c) 11 to 16 and (d) 16 to 18 were diagnosed as having (i) severe learning...

      Spending Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills by how much (a) central and (b) local government spending will increase, on average, per child in (i) primary and (ii) secondary education...

      Statutory Instruments

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

  • Treasury

    • Christmas Expenses

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

    • Productivity

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to publish the paper on public services productivity to which paragraph 1.13 of Productivity in the UK: The Evidence and the Government's...

  • Defence

    • Absent without Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel have been reported absent without leave in each of the last five years.

    • Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 appointed are (i)...

      Armed Forces Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of (a) the Army, (b) the Naval Service, (c) the RAF and (d) the Welsh Guards have applied to leave the armed forces in (i) the last...

      Catterick Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many persons constitute the capacity of Catterick Barracks; how many (a) self-inflicted deaths and suicides and (b) other deaths have occurred in...

      Chemical and Biological Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make a statement on the development of chemical and biological detection technologies to deal with the threat posed by chemical and...

      Civil Contingencies Reaction Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Civil Contingency Reaction Forces to be ready for deployment.

      Civil Servants and Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 local...

      Convicted Servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 9 December 2002, Official Report, column 20W, how many persons have been permitted to remain or return to service in HM armed...

      Devonport Dockyard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the nuclear refit complex at Devonport has received its certification for the Nuclear Installation Inspectorate.

      Dockyard Development (Portsmouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has claimed back from the developers at the (a) HMS Vernon and (b) Gunwharf sites in Portsmouth since its original sale because...

      Financial Dynamics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department directed UBS Warburg to hire Financial Dynamics; whether (a) he and (b) officials from his Department met employees of Financial...

      Fire Brigades Strike

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact on (a) the general readiness of the armed forces for military operations and (b) the seagoing readiness of...

      Future Aircraft Carrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of a hybrid solution allowing both vertical and conventional landing aircraft to operate simultaneously...

      Fylingdales and Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent increases in security there have been at (a) Fylingdales and (b) Menwith Hill in Yorkshire.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he plans to use the advanced short-range air-to-air missile as part of the UK's commitment to monitor the no-fly zones over Iraq.

      Landing Craft Utility Mk10

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the contract with BAE Systems for the 10 Landing Craft Utility Mk10 will be completed; what the outturn cost of this contract against the tender...

      Laser Target Locator Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to procure laser target locator systems.

      Logistics Stocks (Gulf)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what logistics stocks are (a) in and (b) in transit to the Gulf region.

      Management Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of Ministry of Defence (a) head office and (b) other management costs in (i) 1997 and (ii) in the last 12 months; and what the...

      Ministerial Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many engagements were undertaken outside London (a) by him or his predecessor and (b) by ministers in his Department in January (i) 2000, (ii) 2001...

      Nimrod and Astute Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions (a) Sir Robert Walmsley and (b) other Defence Procurement Agency officials have had with BAE Systems relating to monetary amounts...

      Nimrod and Astute Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Sir Robert Walmsley negotiated with officials of BAE Systems about issues arising from the Nimrod and Astute contracts; and how many meetings Sir...

      Overseas Postings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average time for notice of new addresses given to service families on posting has been over the last 12 months.

      Procurement Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which major procurement projects are behind schedule; and what the costs of the over-runs are (a) expressed as a percentage of the original estimated...

      Records Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if (a) he and (b) his Ministers and officials have met the British Legion and ex-servicemen and women's organisations to discuss his Department's...

      Records Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what organisations he has consulted on his Department's proposals for a private finance initiative scheme for the Ministry of Defence records service.

      Sea Harrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Sea Harrier FA2 in providing air supremacy protection for the Harrier GR7/9 when conducting...

      Service Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on Project SLAM.

      Service Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the Army's single living accommodation is in need of modernisation; what progress has been made with modernisation; when he expects...

      Surplus Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what barrack accommodation is surplus to requirements in Scotland and awaiting disposal; and if he will estimate the potential (a) married and (b) single...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he plans to increase the number of TA soldiers equipped and trained for nuclear, chemical and biological warfare.

      Terrorist Incidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many more reservists need to be recruited to allow the reserves to play a role in dealing with a major terrorist incident.

      Terrorist Incidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what extra training reserve forces have received over the past 12 months in dealing with a terrorist incident involving (a) chemical, (b) biological and...

      Terrorist Incidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of brigades with full personnel protective equipment which would be needed to deal with a major terrorist...

      Terrorist Incidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent training the Territorial Army has been given to deal with a major terrorist incident.

      Terrorist Incidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what training has been conducted in the last 12 months in each of the armed forces in dealing with a terrorist attack involving chemical or biological agents.

      Terrorist Incidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make a statement on the stock of equipment to deal with a chemical or biological incident; and what plans he has to increase this stock;...

      Terrorist Incidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consultations he has had with the Department of Health about the response to a terrorist attack using biological agents.

      Terrorist Incidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures have been taken to ensure that the communications between the armed forces and emergency services are compatible in the event of a...

      Training Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the independent training review programme; and what actions he intends to take on the decisions of the programme.

      Warship Deployments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when (a) HMS Albion and (b) HMS Bulwark will be ready for active deployment in the Royal Navy; what the original contract dates were; and if he will make...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent trials have been conducted on warship hulls in respect of blast-cleaning techniques.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on discussions between his Department and Mr.Nigel Farrow in respect of blast-cleaning techniques for warship hulls.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) the differences and (b) the similarities are between blast-cleaning techniques for warship hulls (i) employed by his Department and (ii)...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what legal costs have been incurred by his Department in consequence of its disagreement with Mr. Nigel Farrow in respect of his claim of breached patent...

      Wind Farms

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his Department's objections to wind farm proposals 18 kilometres from the RAF Odiham base; and if he...

      Wind Farms

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the time taken by his Department to object to a proposal for a wind farm in the Nunney area in...

  • International Development

    • CDC Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when CDC Capital Partners offices will close in each country in (a) South Asia, (b) South east Asia, (c) Africa and (d) Latin America;...

    • CDC Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much third-party capital is under the management of CDC Capital Partners, broken down by (a) investment and (b) country.

      CDC Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what CDC's (a) investments and (b) disposals have been since June.

      CDC Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many CDC Capital Partners offices closed in each country in (a) South Asia, (b), South East Asia, (c) Africa and (d) Latin America...

      CDC Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) opening and (b) running costs were of CDC Capital Partners offices operating in (i) Asia, (ii) Africa, (iii) Latin America...

      CDC Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the costs are of (a) opening and (b) closing CDC offices in (i) South Asia, (ii) South East Asia, (iii) Africa and (iv) Latin America.

      Famine (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when her Department received information from NGOs warning of the famine in Ethiopia; and which NGOs gave the information.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Hague Conference

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department whether the Government will be making a contribution to the Hague Conference Supplementary Budget XLVIII (2002–2003) for the...

    • King Edward VIII

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what progress she is making on the review of releasing the records relating to King Edward VIII.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when he will answer the questions from the hon. Member for Woking of 20 November (refs.82097, 82096), on the night session at Bow...

  • Home Department

    • Corporate Killing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the introduction of health and safety legislation to deal with corporate killing;...

    • CABs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the publications produced by his Department that refer people to the Citizens Advice Bureau Service for advice and...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the French and the United Kingdom Governments will conclude a formal legal agreement to enable United Kingdom immigration...

      Peter Foster

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what discussions Home Office officials other than those referred to in the Home Office Statement on Peter Foster had with (a) the Chief...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the IT developments within the Prison Service completed in the past two years; what developments are in production stage; and...

  • Advocate-General

    • Devolution

      To ask the Advocate-General what devolution issues have been raised since 26 November 2002.

    • Devolution

      To ask the Advocate-General what devolution issues she has considered since 1 December 2002.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Advocate-General in how many cases she has intervened since 1 October 2002 on human rights issues.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Clerks

      To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission how many (a) Clerks of the House and (b) Clerks of Committees are (i) black and (ii) Asian.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Judicial Appointments

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary Lord Chancellor's Department what steps the Lord Chancellor is taking to amend the appointments system to increase the diversity of the judiciary.

    • Access to Children (Germany)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will take steps to contact parents who have reported prevention of access to their children in Germany to the Child...

      Access to Children (Overseas)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will take actions against countries that deny British parents reasonable access to their children held abroad.

      Child Abduction

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if the Lord Chancellor's Department will produce a yearly report presenting the results of legal proceedings abroad sought to...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will list legislation involving protection for survivors of domestic violence which has not been brought into force,...

      E-voting

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what measures the Lord Chancellor intends to take to ensure e-participation is included in e-voting pilots.

      Immigration Appellate Authority

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the average length of time was from explanatory statement receipt to the fixing of a hearing date by the Immigration...

      Land Tribunal

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many cases have been brought before the Land Tribunal in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement.

      Returning Officers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what regulations there are on the supply by returning officers of labels containing electors' details to political parties or...

      Small Claims Court

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what plans the Lord Chancellor has to review the (a) rules governing and (b) guidance offered to judges presiding in the Small...

      Weekend Voting

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what assessment she has made of the feasibility of weekend voting.

  • Privy Council

    • Divisions

      To ask the President of the Council what plans he has to propose steps to reduce time taken to record votes in the House.

    • House of Lords Reform

      To ask the President of the Council if he will make a statement on proposals for further reform of the House of Lords.

      Parliament

      To ask the President of the Council (1) if he will bring forward proposals for changing the arrangements for the recall of Parliament; (2) if he will bring forward proposals to improve the...

      Parliamentary Accountability

      To ask the President of the Council if he will bring forward proposals for enhancing the role of Parliament in decisions to deploy British forces in armed conflict overseas.

      Pre-legislative Scrutiny

      To ask the President of the Council what steps he is taking to alert Departments to the new opportunities for pre-legislative scrutiny of Bills for next session's legislative programme.

  • Scotland

    • Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment she has made of the benefits for employment and enterprise in Scotland arising out of the Copenhagen summit.

    • Business Insolvency (North-East Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment she has made of the trend in small business insolvencies in north-east Scotland.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she has had with small business representatives in Scotland regarding the development of broadband services in rural areas.

      Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will make a statement on shipbuilding on the Clyde.

      European Union Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what efforts she is making to ensure that the (a) Scottish Executive and (b) Scottish Parliament are fully informed of European Union matters.

      Postcomm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions she has had with Postcomm regarding deregulation of postal services in Scotland.

      Manufacturing Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what action she is taking in conjunction with business and industry interests to tackle the problems faced by the manufacturing sector in Scotland.

      Scotland Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when she will announce the proposed operating costs of the Scotland Office for the financial year 2003–04.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Millennium Bug

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how much was spent on the Millennium Bug Campaign in each year from 1990; and if he will make a statement; (2) what evaluation has taken place of...

    • Paper Purchases

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how the Cabinet Office defines sustainably managed sources, in relation to purchasing paper supplies.

      Postcodes

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what use the Cabinet Office and its agencies makes of postcode areas for (a) the collection and publication of data, (b) devising formulae for the...

      Staff Bonuses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how much each Government Department has paid in bonuses to staff who achieved personal targets in this financial year; (2) how many Departments...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • ARC Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when a decision will be made on preserved rights and beneficiaries of the ARC scheme.

    • BBC (Production Quota)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if she will reform the independent production quota for the BBC to (a) minimise exclusions to qualifying hours and (b) calculate...

      Children's Hospices (Lottery Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the progress of allocating Lottery funding for children's hospices.

      Licensing Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she made of the compatibility of the objectives of the Licensing Bill with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human...

      Lottery Funds (West Cumbria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what Lottery funds have been given to the towns of Workington and Maryport in West Cumbria.

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to her answer of 2 December 2002, Official Report, column 539W, on museums and galleries, if she will place the efficiency...

      Sporting Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she has plans to increase the number of major sporting events which must be shown on terrestrial television; and if she will make a...

      Sustainable Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how her Department defines sustainable procurement, in relation to its Environmental Management System.

      TV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she plans to change the cost of a TV licence for students; and if she will make a statement.

  • Defence

    • Appointees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list current appointees on the (a) board of the RAF Museum, (b) board of the Royal Marines Museum, (c) board of the Royal Navy Submarine...

    • Brave Millennium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the recommendations arising out of the 1999 Integrated Contingency Planning exercise Brave Millennium have been accepted by his Department;...

      British Nuclear Tests (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been paid in compensation to ex-servicemen and medical auxiliaries who attended British nuclear tests and have suffered consequent illness.

      Challenger 2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made with the development of camouflage nets for the Challenger 2 tank; what estimate he has made of the costs of development; and...

      Cruise Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Cruise missiles are available for operations; what logistics and support operations are required; and if he will make a statement.

      Hostage Taking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 9 December 2002, Official Report, column 16W, if the considerable and compelling evidence of systematic and continuous grave...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of Iraq is covered by no-fly sanctions; and if he will make a statement.

      MOD Land (Inglis Barracks)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to put on the market MOD land used by BFPO on its two sites at Inglis Barracks; what arrangements will be made for the role of the land,...

      Operation Fresco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) weekly and (b) total cost of Operation Fresco has been, since it began.

      Organophosphates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to ensure that British service personnel are not exposed to organophosphate pesticides when on operations in the Middle East.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the plans of the Sea Technology Group and their impact in relation to the funding, operation and staffing levels of QinetiQ.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the recent funding decisions by (a) his Department and (b) the Sea Technology Group which affecting QinetiQ.

      Royal Navy Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent IT upgrades have been made to Royal Navy vessels; how this improves capability; and if he will make a statement.

      Subcontractors (Prompt Payment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements are in place to guarantee prompt payments to subcontractors working on Defence Estates projects.

  • Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture and Fisheries Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the outcome was of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council held in Brussels on 16–19 December; what the Government's...

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many live sheep were exported from Dover to continental Europe on 11 December; when and where health certification...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent legislation ensures the protection of the welfare of animals during transport abroad; and what penalties can be...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many badgers have been slaughtered as a result of the Krebs' trial to investigate the relationship between badgers and...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether Her Majesty's Government funding under European Union Public Aid rules will be given to areas of the United Kingdom...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 10 December 2002, Official Report, column 193W, on fisheries, if she will calculate the total...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what flooding studies were conducted by the Environment Agency in 1999; and of these studies, what recommended work (a) has...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the Government will provide flood insurance cover for those homes unprotected to the minimum standard of the Association...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in which of the areas affected by flooding in autumn 2000 the Government is recommending the removal of buildings on the...

      Krebs Trial

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Krebs' trial is being carried out in 10 triplet sites as originally planned.

      Late Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the policy is of the Rural Payments Agency in respect of interest payable on late payments; and if she will make a statement.

      Milk Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many milk quota holders there were in the UK in each of the last five years; and how many of those quotas were non-producing.

      Pigmeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total weight was of pigmeat sales in the United Kingdom in each year from 1972 to 2001.

  • International Development

    • Child Soldiers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken to reduce the numbers of children involved in armed conflict, following the report by the UN Secretary...

    • Côte d'Ivoire

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Côte d'Ivoire; what the Government's policy is on humanitarian aid...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations she has made to the Committee for International Investment and Multinational Enterprises to consult with (a) NGOs...

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the food aid requirements of Eritrea.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what development projects her Department has supported in Iraq since the Gulf war in the rehabilitation of the country; and how...

      Ivory Coast

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions her Department has had with the UNHCR on refugees fleeing the Ivory Coast into Liberia.

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had on the humanitarian situation in Malawi.

      Mozambique

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what potential there is for the replacement of maize by sorghum as the staple crop of southern Mozambique.

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the total UK aid to the Palestinian Authority was in each year since 1999.

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the recent report by Catherine Bertini on the level of UK development funds allocated to Palestinians.

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what emergency funds are being made available by the UK to assist Palestinians impoverished by Israeli military actions.

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contributions her Department has made to assist UNRWA in its work with Palestinians in the Occupied Territories; and if she will...

      Peru

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether her Department selected the agencies to oversee the (a) management and (b) distribution of the recent grant to the Department...

      Zambia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had on the humanitarian situation in Zambia.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what impact fuel shortages are having on the transportation of food aid in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had on the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe.

  • Prime Minister

    • EU (Institutional Change)

      To ask the Prime Minister what progress has been made on the proposals for EU institutional change pursued in his joint letter with Chancellor Schröder of 25 February 2002; and what steps he...

    • EU Enlargement

      To ask the Prime Minister what his policy is on the further extension of European Union membership into Eastern Europe and North Africa; and if he will make a statement.

      EU Structure

      To ask the Prime Minister to whom his speech of 28 November on the future structure of the European Union was distributed prior to delivery; and whether it has been presented to the Convention on...

      Turkey (EU Accession)

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the European Council decision to postpone negotiations on Turkey's accession to the EU; and what steps he plans to take to assist Turkey's...

      Written Constitution

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had on establishing a written constitution for the UK.

  • Transport

    • Aircraft Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to improve security checks on aircraft users from non-UK based airlines, flying into the UK; and if he will make a statement.

    • Airport Capacity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the outside consultancy firms which have been appointed to undertake work in connection with his consultation on airport capacity in...

      Airport Capacity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many people have responded to his consultation on the future of airport capacity in the south-east in the form of (a) petitions, (b) letters,...

      Broadway-Honeybourne Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure that no developments prejudice the re-opening of the railway line between Broadway and Honeybourne; and if he will make...

      Certificates of Equivalent Competency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many certificates of equivalent competency have been issued to foreign seafarers by the UK maritime administration in each year since the scheme...

      Commercial Aircraft (Terrorism)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of terrorist threats to British commercial aircraft from handheld ground to air missile launchers; and what advice has been...

      Commercial Aircraft (Terrorism)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the British fleet of commercial aviation will be protected by electronic counter measures equipment over and above Goodrich video surveillance...

      Community Transport Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representation he has received in respect of amending regulations relating to community transport schemes so as to facilitate their development.

      Community Transport Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what provisions are in force for the exemption of community transport vehicles from vehicle excise duty when (a) they are used exclusively by disabled...

      Concorde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the life expectancy of Concorde is; and if he will make a statement.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2002, Official Report, column 30W, who the specialist consultants in event management were who were commissioned...

      Cycleways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will meet representatives of SUSTRANS to discuss protection of the trackbed of disused railway lines for possible re-opening when planning cycleways.

      Flying (DVT)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what incentive airlines are offering their passengers to complete questionnaires on behalf of researchers involved in the WHO study into DVT and...

      Foreign Seafarers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many foreign seafarers have been employed on UK-registered merchant ships in each of the past five years.

      Green Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which Minister in his Department is the nominated Green Minister; how often he has attended meetings of the Green Ministers; and which official has...

      Illegal Minicabs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many illegal minicabs have been stopped this year for (a) having no tax disc and (b) being unroadworthy; and what penalties were imposed; (2)...

      Local Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to increase the level of local bus services that are not profitable for bus operators.

      M20

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what decibel level was predicted on the M20, junctions 8 and 9, at the time of the public inquiry prior to the construction of the motorway.

      Marine Surveyors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many marine surveyors were employed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in each of the past five years.

      Open Skies Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans the UK has to denounce the open skies agreement with the USA in accordance with the recent European Court of Justice judgment.

      Port Developments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations his Department has received on proposed port developments at (a) Southampton, (b) Shell Haven, (c) Felixstowe and (d) Harwich.

      Port State Control Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many port state control inspections were carried out by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in each of the last five years; how many ships were...

      Rail Passengers (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action he is taking to ensure that there is clear responsibility and accountability for personal security design standards in new rolling stock to...

      Rail Passengers (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research (a) has been carried out in the past five years and (b) is in hand to identify issues connected with passenger personal security and...

      Rail Passengers (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to require future editions of the annual report, Railway Safety, to incorporate data and performance measures concerning the...

      Rail Passengers (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will issue guidance to the Strategic Rail Authority that personal security is a key aspect of their responsibilities for safety; and if he will...

      Road Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what evaluation has been undertaken of pilot schemes to allow local authorities to fine and remove vehicles without a valid road tax certificate; and...

      Sandy-Bedford rail link and Bedford-Milton Keynes canal link.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate he has made of changes to the annual net level of CO2 emissions in the United Kingdom that would result from the operation of (a)...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of speed cameras in reducing (a) speed and (b) accidents.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of how many speeding motorists have (a) been caught as a result of speed cameras and (b) caused accidents by sudden...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions have been held with other relevant departments about the (a) guidelines for siting of and (b) design and visual acceptability of speed...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many residents near and adjacent to speed cameras were consulted about the positioning of each camera on average in the last year for which figures...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what procedure is in place for consulting residents about siting of speed cameras.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many speed cameras have been erected with authorisation by the Highways Agency.

      Speed Cameras (Residential Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what redress is available to residents whose homes are situated adjacent to speed cameras which they deem visually unacceptable.

      STCW 95 Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many seafarers have been detected by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to be in breach of the STCW 95 Convention requirements since February 2002.

      Strategic Rail Authority (Consultants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the technical and financial consultants employed by the Strategic Rail Authority, the nature of the assignment for each consultant, and...

      Wyre Piddle Link Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what central Government funding is available to assist in the construction of the western Wyre Piddle link road.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to reform the planning system in such a way as to promote the supply of good quality affordable housing.

    • Boundary Committee

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether ministerial guidance to the Boundary Committee acting under the proposed Regional Assemblies Act will allow for the creation of unitary authorities with a...

      Business Improvement Districts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what input will be expected from private landlords in the business improvement districts.

      Fire Dispute

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2002, Official Report, column 702W, if he will place in the Library e-mails containing information given by his officials to...

      Fire Dispute

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the timetable for the publication of the fire cover review pathfinder document.

      Fire Dispute

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to publish the pathfinder review of the fire service.

      Fire Dispute

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the likely impact of a reduction in fire personnel during night hours on the number of (a) deaths and (b) injuries resulting from fire.

      Pathfinder Report

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the Central Fire Brigades Advisory Council will consider the Pathfinder report.

      Pathfinder Report

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish the Pathfinder review of the fire service.

      Housing (Black and Minority Ethnic People)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will commission research into the concerns raised in the DTLR (Housing Directorate) Action Plan, addressing the needs of BME people, on the impact of the...

      Housing (Health and Safety)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has (a) to license houses in multiple occupation and (b) to introduce a new housing, health and safety system.

      Housing Consultants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what regulations are in place to evaluate (a) the quality of housing need and (b) the house condition assessment provided to councils by consultancies.

      Housing Need

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the level of housing need is in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) the UK.

      Open Spaces

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps the Government is taking to provide additional funding to local authorities to improve the standard of public open spaces.

      Rented Accommodation (Overcrowding)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to modernise legal standards relating to overcrowding in rented accommodation.

      Sheltered Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many extra-care sheltered housing places were available in (a) 1997 and (b) 2001; how many are expected to be available in 2005; and what information he has...

  • Education and Skills

    • Medical Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many medical students left their medical courses early in each of the last five years

    • Medical Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the gender balance is in the intake of medical students.

      Academic Staff (Universities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many academic staff are employed by UK universities; and how many are of ethnic minority origin.

      Christmas Expenses

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

      Development Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how agreements between the LSC and each college will be reached for the three year development plan; who will advise whether the targets set...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proposals he has to change the method of calculating entitlement to educational maintenance allowance for students whose parents live apart.

      Educational Attainment Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how the educational attainment of school children in current and former coalfield areas compared with the national average in each year...

      Exam Markers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost of recruiting additional exam markers, following the recommendation of Mike Tomlinson's final report...

      FE Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether there will be a ceiling to increases in funding for FE colleges that continually exceed their targets; and whether the premium rate...

      GCSE (Performing Arts)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what advice his Department has received from the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority regarding the introduction of a GCSE in performing...

      Green Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which Minister in his Department is the nominated Green Minister; how often he has attended meetings of the Green Ministers; and which...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) A-level and (b) non A-level students entered higher education in each year since 1997.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of higher education students in 1997 completed their courses; and what the proportion was in each subsequent year for which...

      Higher Education Student Profiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on participation rates broken down by socio-economic class of parents of higher education students in each year...

      Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what applications have been made for exemptions related to innovation under the Education Act 2002; and in each case (a) when the...

      Language Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what range of languages are included within the Government's plans to make foreign language learning standard in primary education.

      Language Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what additional IT resources he will provide to assist primary schools in the development of language teaching at key stage 2.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the common funding approach to be adopted by the Learning and Skills Council for 2003–04 and subsequent...

      Public Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to review the charitable status given to public schools; and if he will make a statement.

      School Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the responses received to the consultation on Revised School Admissions and Admission Appeals Codes of Practice and...

      School Budgets (Unspent Balances)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what unspent school balances were clawed back using the funding formula set out by Mr.S.Bishop in his letter to chief education officers of...

      School discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research he has commissioned into disciplinary problems in schools, related to juvenile drug abuse.

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the additional cost if the number of specialist schools rose to (a) 50 per cent., (b) 75 per cent....

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the specialist schools which have lost specialist status, with the date of the decision in each case and the reason for it.

      Standards Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the elements of the standards fund for each of the next two years showing budgeted expenditure under each head for each year.

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his response was to recent representations on targets connected with (a) the implementation of asset management plans by local...

      Temporary Workers Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what costs he estimates will fall on (a) local education authorities and (b) other public education providers resulting from recent European...

      University Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the criteria which he will use to allocate planned extra resources for student places to particular (a)...

      University Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students from Leeds West obtained places at a university in (a) 2002 and (b) 1997; and what percentage of those who had sat A...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the lifting of sanctions against the UNITA group in Angola.

    • Christmas Expenses

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

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will specify the adjustments to the UN plan for Cyprus which were ratified to the parties on 10th December; if he will...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the Final Report of the UN Panel of Experts on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural...

      Draft EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the clause in the EU draft constitution produced by the Convention on the Future of Europe...

      Draft EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the current draft of the European Constitution produced by the Convention on the Future of Europe contains a clause...

      Draft EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish (a) the latest draft EU constitution produced by the Convention on the Future of Europe and (b) the UK response.

      EU Borders (Immigration)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions took place at the Copenhagen summit regarding the securing of EU borders to illegal immigration.

      European Union Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether money and resources will be provided by the British Government for campaigning in referenda to be held in the various...

      Green Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Minister in his Department is nominated Green Minister; how often he has attended meetings of the Green Ministers; and...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Hawk components or production equipment exported to India under the open licence issued on 6 September 2001 have...

      Statutory Instruments

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

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what investigation he has made into the number of changed appointment times brought about by the visa section of the British...

      UN Headquarters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the potential move of the United Nations London headquarters to another European capital.

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice he is giving to (a) British expatriates living in Caracas and (b) British companies with interests in Venezuela on...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum-seeking unaccompanied minors were (a) returned to their country of origin prior to their 18th birthday in (i) 1999, (ii)...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there will be changes to the process for families who apply for asylum in-country claiming support following implementation of...

      Children Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he intends to take to implement the decision of the High Court on 29 November that the Children Act 1989 applies to children held...

      Children in Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children are held in prison, broken down by type of offence.

      Drug Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding he has targeted on preventative programmes to tackle (a) drug use and crime and (b) youth offending; what funding is...

      Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce legislation to create a separate offence of assault on members of the emergency services.

      Floating Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which are the mainland locations closest to the floating accommodation that are being planned; (2) what recent representations his...

      Prison Inmates (Hospital Treatment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions in 2002 prison inmates have been taken to hospital for medical treatment and have been shackled while in hospital; and...

      Prisoners (Thrombolysis)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of heart attack victims in the prison population received thrombolysis within 30 minutes in the most recent period for which...

      Suicides (Youth Detention)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) young people and (b) women have committed suicide in youth detention in each year since 1997; (2) how many suicides there...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consultations he has had with European partners on changes to immigration and asylum policy in the fight against terrorism.

  • Northern Ireland

    • High Hedges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to introduce legislation for Northern Ireland to deal with high hedges.

    • Transport Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the potential for enhanced rail, air and sea transport links between Scotland and Northern Ireland.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Gats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what organisations have been consulted in the UK public consultation on GATS; and what measures have been taken to maximise public...

    • Nuclear Facilities (Safety)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what advice he has given to civil nuclear facilities regarding security.

      Arbre Biomass Renewable Energy Plant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she received (a) from and (b) in relation to the Arbre Biomass renewable energy plant; and if she will make a statement.

      ASW Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will publish the communications she has received from (a) Members and (b) officials of the Welsh Assembly about (i) ASW Steel and (ii)...

      ASW Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what date she was informed that (a) ASW Steel had gone into receivership, (b) the Cardiff plant was closed by the receivers and (c) Celsa...

      ASW Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions her Department had with (a) Members, (b) officials of the Welsh Assembly, (c) officials and (d) receivers of (i) ASW Steel...

      ASW Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her Department's involvement in the sale of ASW Steel to Celsa.

      ASW Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what grants have been made to (a) ASW Steel, (b) Celsa, (c) ASW's Cardiff site, and (d) ASW's Sheerness site in each of the last two years,...

      British Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the financial implications to BNFL of the rescue package for British Energy; and if she will make a statement.

      Broadband Satellite (SEEDA)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was spent on the SEEDA's policy to introduce broadband by satellite; and why the scheme was discontinued.

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has been made of the role of regional development agencies in promoting growth of child care in industry; and if she will make...

      Christmas Expenses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 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 post and...

      Coal Health Compensation Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been spent on the coal health compensation schemes; and what percentage of the total has gone to (a) claimants, (b) solicitors...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will reply to the letter of 16 October regarding car imports from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will reply to the letter of October 2002 regarding mis-selling of pensions from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan.

      Embedded Generation

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress she has made in encouraging embedded generation; and if she will make a statement.

      Further and Higher Education Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had on the needs of employers with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in connection with formulation of...

      Green Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which Minister in her Department is the nominated Green Minister; how often she has attended meetings of the Green Ministers; and which...

      Icelandic Trawlermen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will include the Erimo on the list of eligible vessels for the purpose of the compensation scheme for former Icelandic water trawlermen.

      Investment Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the terms of reference are for the Investment Committee; and if she will make a statement.

      Knowledge Transfer Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money her Department will spend on knowledge transfer initiatives in (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and (c) 2005–06...

      Ministerial Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many engagements were undertaken outside London (a) by her or her predecessor and (b) by ministers in her Department in January (i) 2000,...

      Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much of the time she spent in the last six months working as a Minister was spent on issues relating to her role as (a) Secretary of State...

      Nimrod/Astute Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether her Department hired UBS Warburg to advise it and the MoD on issues arising from the Nimrod and Astute contracts with BAE Systems.

      Post Office Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what reports she has made to the Prime Minister on progress in implementing the recommendations made by the PIU for modernising the Post...

      Post Office Benefit Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she has taken to facilitate the distribution to customers by sub-postmasters of material produced by their trade association...

      Post Office Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the financial position of the Post Office Group.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will set out the timetable for (a) testing and (b) installing the software systems for operating the new Post Office card accounts.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Post Office will advise about banking services at Post Offices.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices are being run by modified sub-postmasters, working on (a) short-term, (b) temporary contracts and (c) long-term...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 16 December 2002, Official Report, columns 542–43W, on post offices, when she expects the first proposals for...

      Post Offices (Benefits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will estimate the change in revenue of the average Post Office branch as a result of changes to the method of paying benefits from...

      Post Offices (Chorley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when Chorley council area post offices will be ready to use post office customer card accounts.

      Post Offices (GP Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her plans for Government general practitioner services to be provided in post offices.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her policy is on the maintenance of universal postal service provision at a uniform price.

      Power Generation (State Aid)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the admissibility of state aid to the power generation industry under EU regulations; and what recent...

      Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research has been conducted by her Department into the relationship between expenditure on research and development and productivity.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what business support is provided by regional development agencies.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which projects involving renewable energy sources have been accepted for generation export since May 2001.

      Retired Mineworkers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many retired mineworkers have received a lump sum payment as compensation for low level payments from the Mineworkers Pension Scheme; and...

      Retired Mineworkers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many retired mineworkers from the Forest of Dean coalfield have been turned down for the compensatory lump sum payment to the Mineworkers...

      Retired Mineworkers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to assist those retired mineworkers from the Forest of Dean coalfield who are not eligible for the lump sum payment as...

      Single Mail Delivery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the Post Office's (a) proposal to move to a single mail delivery and (b) decision to cancel late collections...

      Small Retail Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimates she has made of the number of people employed in small retail businesses in (a) the UK, (b) Lancashire, (c) the north west and...

      Solar Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people have applied for a grant to aid the installation of solar panelling for their domestic electricity; and how much money has...

      Solar Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proposals she has to improve the promotion of solar panels.

      Solar PV Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what criteria are being used to decide which large scale project bids under Stream 2 of her Department's solar PV major demonstration...

      Solar PV Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will begin the process of determining whether phase one of the solar PV major demonstration programme has been a success.

      Telecommunications Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the outcome was of the Telecommunications Council held in Brussels on 5 December: what the Government's stance was on the issues...

      TUPE Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will respond to the consultation on the reform of TUPE Regulations, with particular reference to the treatment of occupational...

      Undersea Cables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the likely cost of undersea cables to take power from northern Scotland to southern England, down the west and...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on how the Government plans to reach its aim of 6 per cent. of Britain's electricity to be provided by wind power...

  • Treasury

    • Bank Clearance System

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when power will be granted to the Office of Fair Trading to allow it to regulate the bank clearance system; and if he will make a statement.

    • Productivity Performance Figures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the productivity performance figures were in each year since 1992 for (a) output per worker and (b) output per hour.

      Central Government Accounts

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on progress towards publication of the first consolidated Central Government accounts for 2003–04.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the anticipated receipts are during the current fiscal year from those companies subject to negotiated agreements under climate change levy.

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on further debt relief additional to that currently available.

      Departmental Sickness Absence

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures have been taken to reduce sickness absence in his Department in line with Spending Review 2000 SDA Target E2.1, as described on page 33 of the...

      Departmental Targets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what formula is being used to measure (a) annual efficiency gains and (b) savings of running costs within his Department in order to meet the targets...

      Departmental Working Hours

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the percentages of excessive hours worked within his Department were in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001.

      E-procurement

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if his Department has purchased an e-procurement system.

      Earnings Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the ratio was of female to male full-time equivalent earnings for (a) non-manual, (b) manual and (c) all workers in the last 12 months for which...

      Enterprise Areas

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the new enterprise areas announced in the Pre-Budget Report are; how they were chosen; and if he will make a statement,.

      External Suppliers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the external suppliers used by his Department for training purposes, as stated on page 37 of the HM Treasury departmental report 2002; and...

      Film Production (Tax Relief)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the income tax receipts forgone, since 1997, as a result of Her Majesty's Government's policy of making tax relief available...

      Government Borrowing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 12 December, Official Report, column 472W on government borrowing, what the evidence is of the effect of government borrowing on...

      Honours and Dignities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will break down by main spending heads HM Treasury's payments towards (a) the Civil List and (b) honours and dignities, as listed in the table on page...

      House Price Inflation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the accuracy of the estimates he used of house price inflation from (a) major mortgage providers and (b) the Land Registry;...

      Household Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take further steps, in addition to those presented in the pre-Budget report, to reduce the division in household income between England's...

      Import Controls

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many staff posts and how much money is being transferred to HM Customs, and to the Department of Food, Agriculture and Rural Affairs in view of the...

      Landfill

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of schemes funded by tax foregone under the landfill levy would be eligible for funding under the terms of the allocation of funds for...

      Landfill

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many environmental projects which are funded by the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme and that contribute to achieving the United Kingdom biodiversity action...

      Landfill

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Government will make a decision on the criteria or scope of the replacement spending scheme for the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme which runs until...

      Life Insurance Companies

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what proposals he has for changing the rules for taxing life insurance companies.

      Non-domicile Tax Laws

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates have been made of the amount of foreign investment in the UK resulting from non-domicile tax laws.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to improve his targets for responding to Named Day Parliamentary questions.

      Pollution Targets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the economic measures which he has taken that have as one of their objectives helping the UK meet its Kyoto carbon dioxide emissions targets.

      Privately Operated Tolls

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the privately operated tolls which will be subject to VAT from 1st February.

      Privately Operated Tolls

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Written Ministerial statement of 19 December, on VAT on privately operated toll roads, how he intends to ensure that tolls will not increase...

      Privately Operated Tolls

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will define the expression 'privately operated' in relation to toll roads in his Written Ministerial Statement of 19th December.

      Privately Operated Tolls

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Written Ministerial Statement of 19 December, on VAT on privately operated tolls, if the Central London road user charge will bear VAT; and...

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on the use of public procurement contracts to reduce social exclusion; what plans he has to...

      Transaction Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his Department's progress towards a reduction in transaction costs by 2004.

      Website Relaunch

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the relaunch of the www.euro.gov.uk website in March 2001 cost.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he intends to implement targets for take-up of the minimum income guarantee.

    • Asw

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to pay funds into the pension schemes of the ASW workers at Sheerness and Cardiff.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases are being dealt with by the Child Support Agency; and how many cases were received in each of the last five years.

      Community Care Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what is the average amount by which community care grant payments have fallen short of the amounts applied for in the last four years for which...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much housing benefit is unclaimed so far this financial year; and what impact he expects the implementation of the Supporting People...

      Occupational Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the change in the number of occupational pension schemes since the abolition of the right for employers to make...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of pensioner benefit units have been in receipt of income-related benefits in each of the last five years, including the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the net present value is of the Government's liability for pensions to be paid to its employees in (a) the public sector as a whole and...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what up-rating assumptions for the pension credit were used when calculating the spending on pensions as a proportion of gross domestic product...

      Stakeholder Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 26 November 2002, Official Report, column 212W, which companies were registered as stakeholder pension providers on 6...

  • Health

    • Child Protection Staff (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) social workers and (b) health visitors were assaulted in 2002 in their duties in child protection.

    • XChanging Habits"

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many of the Audit Commission recommendations from their report Changing Habits, have been adopted by the Government.

      XValuing People" White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress made delivering the commitments in the White Paper 'Valuing People', published in March 2001, with particular...

      Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of minor injuries services in A and E departments are nurse-led.

      Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the additional accident and emergency nurses announced by his Department on 23 October 2001 have been recruited; and where they are located.

      Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria are used for streaming patients on waiting lists in A&E units.

      Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the additional Accident and Emergency consultants envisaged in the Government's strategy document have been recruited.

      Acute Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cleaning contractors have lost their contracts as a result of non-performance in acute hospitals in each of the past three years.

      Adverse Drug Reactions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many adverse drug reactions have been reported by nurses to the electronic yellow card scheme in each of the last three months.

      Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it the policy of the Government that access to the NHS ambulance service should be available to patients travelling to private hospitals...

      Ambulance Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which ambulance trusts he and his ministerial colleagues have visited in the past year.

      Ambulance Turnaround Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the ambulance turnaround times were in (a) England, (b) each NHS region and (c) each ambulance trust in each of the last six years.

      Ambulance Turnaround Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many 999 calls for ambulances received a response within eight minutes in the last 12 months.

      Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department collects on the growth in resistance of staphylococcus aureus to antibiotics.

      Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department collects on the number of new discoveries of antibiotics each year.

      Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 appointed are (i)...

      Bed Availability (Worcestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contingency arrangements he has made to enable hospitals in Worcestershire to find sufficient beds in the event of (a) a major influenza epidemic,...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent measures have been introduced to support informal care by carers and other groups.

      Chefs Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes to catering in acute hospitals resulted from the leading chef initiative; how many recipes developed by leading chefs for the NHS are used in...

      Chefs Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent on the leading chefs initiative.

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ask for an urgent meeting with the Home Office regarding child protection to discuss implications of the Newham Area Child Protection Committee...

      Children's Vision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to extend entitlement to NHS vouchers to children who are prescribed coloured spectacle lenses without a power for the purpose of...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of children in care have been listed as missing since 1997.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children in local authority voluntary agency care were adopted in (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002; and what percentage these represent of the...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children in (a) local authority and (b) voluntary agency care were awaiting foster homes on 31 March in (i) 1979, (ii) 1987, (iii) 1997 and (iv) 2002.

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he last met the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists; and what plans he has to meet the society in the near future.

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the findings of the Feet First II review; and if he will make a statement.

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients on average were awaiting an appointment with an NHS chiropodist in England in 1997; and what the figure was at the last date for which...

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he plans to review the provision of chiropody services in the NHS.

      CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the link between vCJD, BSE and rogue prions.

      Commission for Health Improvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what medical (a) qualifications and (b) background are required in those engaged in clinical governance reviews carried out by the Commission for Health...

      Community Health Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance and assurances have been given to Community Health Council staff relating to the forthcoming abolition of community health councils.

      Community Health Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he has set a date for the cessation of community health councils; and if he will make a statement.

      Continuous Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether all strategic health authorities and local authorities have agreed eligibility criteria for continuous care in line with current guidance.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford of 16 July, Ref PO1012753, concerning NHS Professionals, the National Framework...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Eastbourne of 6 August, relating to constituents, Mr. and Mrs. Ryder.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letter sent to him by Mr.Mark Heyes, of Lathom, Lancashire, relating to Ormskirk hospital.

      Delayed Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what conclusions his Department has reached concerning its examination of the effect of the Direction on Choice on delayed transfers.

      Departmental Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      EDS Hotmail System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he made of alternative systems prior to the decision to contract EDS to supply a hotmail system to the National Health Service; when the...

      Electronic Patient Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department plans to issue initial applications for tenders to supply the NHS with smart card technology for personal medical records.

      Emergency Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of admissions to accident and emergency units have to wait more than four hours for treatment.

      Emergency Readmissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list (a) the number and (b) the rate of emergency psychiatric readmissions in each of the last five years.

      Feeding Patients (Guidance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance nursing staff in acute hospitals receive about feeding patients unable to feed themselves; and how many complaints the NHS has received in...

      Five-a-day Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much it has cost to introduce the five-a-day nutritional logo; and which outside bodies were involved in the creative process.

      Food Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent advice he has received from the Food Standards Agency on the safety of eating meat from animals which have been vaccinated against foot and...

      Frozen Embryos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals he has to give women greater rights in respect of the use of their frozen embryos; and if he will make a statement.

      Genetic Lifestyle Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the sale of genetic lifestyle tests by private companies in the UK; and what his policy is on the sale of self-administered...

      Health Protection Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the future of the Public Health Laboratory Service; (2) what his policy is on the future of the National...

      Herbal Medicines Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what level of fees the Medicines Control Agency will charge under the proposed Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive for considering...

      Herbal Medicines Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of how the pharmaceutical production and testing standards for products under the draft Traditional Herbal Medicinal...

      Herbal Medicines Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what effect the proposed Traditional Herbal Products Directive will have on the choice of herbal products available to the consumer.

      Herbal Medicines Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what opportunities exist for new herbal products under the proposed Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive; (2) how many routes to the...

      Home Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the average waiting time and how many people are currently waiting for (a) assessment and (b) delivery and installation of home aids and...

      Homeless Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Treasury to seek new funding directly to meet the support needs of homeless children to ensure that their education...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the health effects of homelessness; and what progress has been made to improve health care for homeless people following...

      Horton Hospital (Land Sales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that the increase in land values in Epsom does not prevent the sale of land at Horton Hospital to Rosebery Housing...

      Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will reimburse (a) in full and (b) in part the costs to the hospice movement of the impact of the increase in contributions to the NHS...

      Hospital Cleanliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints the NHS has received in the past 12 months about standards of cleanliness in acute hospitals.

      Hospital Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will next publish figures on the level of deaths in British hospitals from infections resulting from hospital treatment.

      Legal Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been required to pay cash to the health authority where a legal case for damages against a health authority has been lost or...

      Licence Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his Department's answer to honourable Member for Newcastle-under-Lyme of 7 November, what mechanisms his Department uses to review the...

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many looked after children there were in each of the last five years.

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many looked after children were convicted of criminal acts in each of the last five years.

      Laming Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when Lord Laming will publish his report on the Victoria Climbié inquiry.

      Medical Devices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he has taken with the Medical Devices Agency to improve public confidence in the effectiveness and reliability of self-testing diagnostic...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what has been the cost of treatment with drugs for child and adolescent mental health patients (a) since 1 January and (b) in each of the previous five years.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his assessment is of the adequacy of mental health provision in Leeds West; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of carers of mental health patients in Shropshire have been given a carer's assessment.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the underlying reasons for the recent change in numbers of prisoners transferred under the Mental Health Act 1999 from...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he is putting in place to ensure that users of mental health services are treated in a respectful manner.

      Ministerial Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many letters to him from (a) hon. Members and (b) members of the public remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i) over six months, and...

      MMR Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will lift the limit on the daily quota for vaccine for the single MMR injection.

      Monitored Dosage Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to keep the use of monitored dosage systems for elderly patients free at the point of demand; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the NHS takes to provide varied meal options in hospitals for patients from different ethnic backgrounds.

      NHS Cleaning Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS cleaning contractors have lost their contracts in each of the past five years.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to encourage recruitment of NHS dentists.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists are accepting NHS patients in (a) Morecambe, (b) Lancaster and (c) Carnforth.

      NHS IT Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average time taken between the initial advertising of NHS IT contracts with a value of more than #5 million and the final contract award has been...

      NHS IT Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has issued basic standards and specifications as part of the NHS IT programme.

      NHS IT Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what testing has been carried out on the procurement model for the NHS IT programme.

      NHS IT Programme

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

      NHS IT Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the implications of a moratorium in localized IT purchasing by the NHS for the viability of smaller suppliers.

      NHS IT Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress in implementing the NHS National IT Strategy.

      NHS Net

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of (a) GP surgeries and (b) other surgeries were connected to NHS net in each of the last four years.

      NHS Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list targets set by his Department in 2002 for the NHS in the last year.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to reply to written questions refs. 80495 and 80496 tabled by the hon. Member for Newcastle-under-Lyme on 13 November 2002.

      Patient Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received from (a) ambulance unions and (b) other representatives of ambulance workers about delays in the admission of...

      Physical Health of Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the prison population are (a) smokers and (b) overweight.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the progress made by primary care trusts in carrying out their roles; and if he will make a statement; (2) whether...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the Diabetes National Service Framework Delivery Strategy before primary care trusts plan their expenditure for future years.

      Prisons (Mental Health)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prisoners with mental health problems there were awaiting transfer to secure hospitals in each prison in each year since 1997.

      Prisons (Mental Health)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of health professionals working in prisons have received training in mental health issues.

      Prisons (Mental Health)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he last met the Director General of the Prison Service to discuss mental health provision in the UK Prison Service.

      Public Health (Proposed Committee)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what input his Department has had into the proposed committee of senior officials on public health; and what his policy is on the proposed committee.

      Public Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 17 December 2002, Official Report, column 783W, for what reason accurate information is not currently available for letters from...

      Rampton/Broadmoor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in increasing the number of in-patient beds at (a) Rampton and (b) Broadmoor prison.

      Runaway Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of children who ran away from home since 1997 he estimates suffered from (a) physical abuse and (b) mental abuse.

      Secure Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what definition he uses of (a) high secure beds, (b) medium secure beds, (c) low secure beds and (d) long-term secure beds in relation to hospitals.

      Sheltered Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission a cost-benefit analysis of care villages and other forms of extra-care or very-sheltered housing.

      Sight Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have had their sight tested following the extension of eligibility for NHS sight tests to those aged 60 and over.

      Social Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his targets are for the assessment and provision of social care; and what measures are in place to ensure that these targets are met.

      Social Services (Targets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list targets set by his Department in 2002 for social services.

      South Worcestershire PCT Deficit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that measures taken to address the deficit of the South Worcestershire Primary Care Trust do not lead to long-term...

      Thrombolysis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to improve the delivery of thrombolysis in acute hospitals since March 2002.

      Tinnitus Research Consortium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in establishing the Tinnitus Research Consortium agreed by the then Minister on 11 July 2000.

      Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his Answer of 11 December 2002, Official Report, column 401W, on wheelchair services, if he will make a statement on the wheelchair services...

  • House of Lords

    • Queen's Counsel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the answer by the Lord Chancellor on 12 December (HL Deb, cols 377–78), why the power to recommend to the Sovereign who should be appointed...

    • Strangford: Schools

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the present enrolments in each of the primary, secondary and grammar schools in the Strangford constituency; and what were the equivalent figures five...

      Northern Ireland Film and TelevisionCommission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Since the creation of the Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission, how much it has grant aided films from an Irish background and how much from an Ulster...

      Northern Ireland Arts Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 6 November (WA 121) concerning the funding provided by the Northern Ireland Arts Council to Irish and...

      Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 17 December (WA 99), whether they intend to lay a statutory instrument before Parliament, in relation to...

      Ministers and Civil Servants:Home to Office Travel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is their policy to encourage Ministers and Permanent Secretaries to use public transport to make their daily journeys to and from their departments.

      Northern Ireland Civil Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the implementation of recruitment policies and practices in the Northern Ireland Civil Service is satisfactory; and whether the same criteria are applied...

      Irish Language Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 28 November (WA 66) concerning the chief executive of the Irish Language Agency, what was the memorandum...

      Irish Language Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that the recent appointment of a chief executive of the Irish Language Agency, for which proficiency in Irish was a requirement,...

      Irish Language Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Irish Language Agency has recruited employees for its offices in Northern Ireland; whether Irish language proficiency was a requirement; if so, why;...

      Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure: Linguistic Diversity Branch

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 6 November (WA 123) concerning the Linguistic Diversity Branch of the Northern Ireland Department of...

      Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure: Linguistic Diversity Branch

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps Linguistic Diversity Branch of the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, has taken to advance the status of Ulster-Scots under the...

      Ulster Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7 November (WA 171), whether a new board member was appointed to the Ulster Scots Agency; whether...

      Ulster Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the interim chief executive of the Ulster-Scots Agency prepared a chief executive's job description during 2000; who else was involved in its preparation;...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Regarding the equality scheme of Waterways Ireland referred to in its annual report of 1999–2000, who were the more than 300 people and organisations...

      Northern Ireland Hospice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the level of expertise in specialist palliative care can be maintained during the proposed inquiry into the work of Northern Ireland Hospice Care.

      Shannon Navigation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made on the Shannon navigation by Waterways Ireland; what is the total cost to date; and when it will be completed.

      Belfast Agreement: Cross-Border Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 9 December (WA 1) which indicated that there are no pension provisions currently for chief executives of...

      Food Safety Promotion Board

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on the 12 December (WA 48) concerning the Food Safety Promotion Board, when the North/South Ministerial...

      Aid to Post-conflict Countries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the figures contained in CARE Afghanistan's report published on 30 September that in the four recent post-conflict settings, of Bosnia, Kosovo, Rwanda and...

      Reproductive Health: DfID Funding for International Organisations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the Department for International Development gave in each of the past five years to (a) Marie Stopes International; (b) International Planned Parenthood...

      Reproductive Health: DfID Funding for International Organisations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their current policy towards providing funds to Marie Stopes International.

      Reproductive Health: DfID Funding for International Organisations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the bilateral funding commitments of the Department for International Development to reproductive health services by country for the year 2001–02.

      China: Reproductive Health Programmes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are aware of any involvement by Marie Stopes International in the Chinese one-child policy.

      China: Reproductive Health Programmes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of China's now below-replacement fertility rate and ageing population, whether they will cease supporting population growth containment in China.

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assistance, if any, they are offering to the starving population of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

      Ethiopia: HIV and AIDS

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the impact of HIV and AIDS on Ethiopia.

      Global Health Fund: HIV and AIDS

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment on the performance of the Global Health Fund in tackling HIV and AIDS.

      Iraq

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that in any military intervention in Iraq the 1949 Geneva Conventions and their additional Protocols will not be breached,...

      Iraq

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evaluation they have made of food and water security in Iraq; and of the vulnerability of the supply system for food and water.

      Iraq

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What analysis has been made of the relative costs of (a) an adequately staffed and resourced United Nations inspectorate in Iraq to contain the possibility of any...

      Iraq

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their policy objectives on Iraq.

      Smallpox

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that adequate safeguards are in place to prevent the further sale of the smallpox virus following its sale by the United States to Russia and...

      Highways: Winter Maintenance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what basis they make their assessment of the number of winter "gritting days" for highways authorities in Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and West...

      Persons Granted Exceptional Leave to Remain in the UK: Housing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What temporary housing is available to those whose exceptional leave to remain has expired and who then become homeless before the date of their removal.

      Single Currency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House the titles of each Act of Parliament, and part thereof, concerning the powers and responsibilities of (a) the...

      Gift Aid: Works of Art

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider extending Gift Aid to include works of art as recommended in part 1:56 of the 48th report of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of...

      Legal Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they are taking to ensure that the changes to the future delivery of legal services proposed in their consultation paper In the public interest? do...

      Discrimination: Enforcement Powers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that strategic law enforcement should be given a high priority in tackling all forms of unlawful discrimination, as envisaged by the White...

      Discrimination: Enforcement Powers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that the Commission for Racial Equality, the Disability Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunities Commission should perform their...

      Wideroe Airlines Plane Crash

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are planning to give evidence to the new inquiry initiated by the Government of Norway into the circumstances surrounding the crash of the Wideroe...

      Major (Retired) Christine Lloyd: MoD Communications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 7 November (WA 161), what reply they are sending to the further representations made to them by Major (Retired)...

      Eurofighter Typhoon Aircraft

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the delay in the entry to service of the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft to the end of 2002 announced in Parliament on 23 May (HC Deb, 477W) and the further...

      Computer Misuse Act: Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 26 March (WA 36), whether figures are now available for the number of prosecutions under the Computer Misuse Act...

      Cultural Property: Offences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to counter the increasing scale of art crime; and what progress the Home Office is making with the establishment of a stolen objects...

      Hunting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by Lord Whitty on 3 December (HL Deb. cols. 1048-51), whether they will identify the "incontrovertible evidence" that deer hunting has no...

      Timber Products

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What success they have had in recent years in increasing demand for home-grown timber, and in particular thinnings; and how they view prospects for wood products...

      Pigeons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether their use of trained birds of prey to remove pigeons from government buildings is compatible with their policies towards animal rights and welfare.

      Environment Agency: Cost Recovery

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Given that the Environment Agency is required to operate a full cost recovery regime, how much do the size and cost of the work feature in the calculations of the...

      Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control: Inspections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the new body, IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control), has the necessary experience of agriculture to carry out inspections at reasonable speed...

      Family Visitor Appeals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have plans to review family visitor appeals in the light of the concern expressed by the citizens advice bureau.

      Deportation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have taken legal advice on the practice of deporting people who have children born in this country and are therefore British subjects and ineligible...

      Deportation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether an order of deportation confers authority on those who execute it to deny deportees access to their possessions; and whose property such possessions are...

      Local Authorities: Administrative Errors and Enforcement Agents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the suicide of Mr Watson living alone in Southwark and receiving jobseeker's allowance, as reported by the Local Government Ombudsman, what action they...

      Asylum Seekers: Health Screening

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What screening of asylum seekers for HIV/AIDS is being done.

      Asylum Seekers: Health Screening

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the cost to the taxpayer of screening asylum seekers for tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.

      Legionella Outbreak in Barrow-in-Furness: PHLS Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What support the Public Health Laboratory Service provided during the recent legionella outbreak in Barrow-in-Furness.

      Local Authority Children's Homes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to take action to ensure that local authority childcare homes have adequate funding and enough appropriately trained staff to provide the care...

      Antenatal Clinics

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many professionals are employed in antenatal clinics and are trained to offer advice to prospective parents on the emotional needs of young children; and what...

      NHS: Research and Development Budget

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the research and development budget for the National Health Service in each of the past five years; and what percentage of the total National Health...

      Mental Health: Black and Minority Ethnic Groups

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a draft strategy to improve mental care of black and minority ethnic groups has been produced by a national reference group working to the Mental Health...

      Hospices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 9 December (WA 14), what proportion of the additional funds intended for hospices has reached...

      Potters Bar Points 2182A:Communications and Responsibilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What communication took place during the week beginning 4 November between the Department for Transport and the Health and Safety Executive, and between the...

      Procurement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they oppose the European Parliament amendments to the proposals for revision of the European Union Public Procurement Directives, which would permit wider use...

      Procurement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will review their position in the light of the recent European Court of Justice ruling in the Helsinki Concordia Bus case (C513-99) which reinforces...

      Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will list all the categories of persons to whom the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal is being distributed, other than the categories included in the...

      National Lottery: New Opportunities Fund and Community Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions have been held by Ministers or officials to consider a merger of the New Opportunities Fund with the Community Fund; and On what basis they would...

      Export of Works of Art

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will update the United Kingdom's Open General Export Licence limits as recommended in Part 1:42 of the 48th report of the Reviewing Committee on the...

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