Written answers

Monday, 3 February 2003

  • Church Commissioners

    • Clergy Pensions

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, if he will make a statement on the future pensions provision for clergy.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Data

      To ask the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission if he will make a statement on the methods by which the decision of an...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what evaluation she has made of the impact of a UK Olympic bid on sport.

    • Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's latest estimate is of the likely cost of a successful London Olympic bid; what her Department's assessment is of...

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many public libraries have been put online.

      BBC Charter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she last met the Chairman of the BBC to discuss the provisions of the BBC Charter relating to TV advertising.

      Concessionary Television Licence(Sheltered Housing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will introduce regulations to amend the concessionary TV licence scheme for sheltered housing.

      Press Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with the Press Complaints Commission on standards in the press.

      Lottery Funding (West Chelmsford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money was made available to good causes in the West Chelmsford constituency for the latest available period.

      Performance Licensing(Village Halls and Churches)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her policy on the licensing of performances in (a) village halls and (b) churches.

      Coronation Anniversary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has for a national celebration of the 50th anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen's Coronation; and what discussions she...

      Local Arts Strategies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the measures her Department takes to assist the development of local arts strategies.

      Renewable Energy (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money the national lottery has given to renewable energy projects in Northern Ireland in each of the last four years.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Delivery Unit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many people have been employed by the Delivery Unit in each year since its inception; (2) what the cost has been of the relocation of the...

    • Gateway Review

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many information technology projects have been through the Office of Government Commerce Gateway Review process.

      Local Councillors (Ethical Framework)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many town, parish and community councillors have resigned or retired citing the effect of the new ethical framework; how many have refused to sign their code...

      Ombudsmen Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) full time and (b) part time staff have (i) left and (ii) been recruited to the (A) Office of the Health Service Ombudsman, (B) Office of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Alcoholic Beverages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the estimated value is of central Government's stock of alcoholic beverages; how many bottles of (a) wine, (b) beer, (c)...

    • Croatia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Government has had in the past three months with (a) the European Commission and (b) European partners on...

      Croatia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Croatia's readiness for EU membership, with particular reference to Croatia's co-operation with...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received further information from the UN Security Council with respect to the allegations set out in the Panel of...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo about the skinning alive of cats...

      Equatorial Guinea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the opportunities for British business in Equatorial Guinea; and what steps are being taken to...

      EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if those countries due to accede to the EU in 2004 will have the same rights as the current member states at the next IGC; and...

      Health and Safety Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department and its agencies have met the commitment arising from Action Point 13 of the June 2000 strategy statement...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to Israel to ensure that goods produced in Israeli settlements are not imported to the EU under...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations Her Majesty's Government has made to the French Government and to President Chirac regarding Robert...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions have taken place with members of the Commonwealth over the situation in Zimbabwe.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government have received official documentation on the charges, evidence, transcript of the trial and sentence of...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's latest evaluation is of the stability of Sierra Leone; and what progress has been made since British...

      Strategic Exports Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the next Annual Report on Strategic Exports will be published.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the basis was for his assertion in his statement on terrorism on 21 January 2003, Official Report, column 176, that the...

      North Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the effect on the UK of terrorism in North Africa and the measures he is taking to combat this.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Business Improvement Districts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions his Department has had with representatives of small businesses on the creation of business improvement districts.

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the (a) schemes and (b) bodies to which his Department contributes funding that are concerned with climate change.

      Deprivation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the claim in the recent Greater London Enterprise report, Developing new approaches to the measurement of deprivation, as to the...

      Green Belt

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to give further protection to the green belt against developers purchasing agricultural land and selling it on in plots without planning...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if his Department will revise the 6 per cent. reduction in the Government's social services formula for the London Borough of Brent.

      New Developments (Thames Gateway)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport with regard to planned developments in the Thames Gateway.

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what (a) non-departmental public bodies and (b) executive agencies affiliated to his Department are responsible for providing advice or services in London,...

      Pathfinder Report

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister who commissioned the Pathways reports; for what reason the Government commissioned the Pathways review; when he expects to publish its findings; how the draft...

      Pensioners (Free Travel)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make resources available for local authorities to introduce free travel for pensioners on public transport.

      School Uniforms (Clothing Grants)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which local authorities pay a clothing grant to low-income families to assist in the purchase of school uniform.

      South West Region

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people are employed by the (a) South West Regional Development Agency, (b) Government Office for South West and (c) South West Regional Assembly.

      South West Region

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what has been the annual budget of the (a) South West Regional Development Agency, (b) Government Office for South West and (c) South West Regional Assembly since...

  • Prime Minister

    • Downing Street

      To ask the Prime Minister how much has been allocated in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04 for (i) improvements to and (ii) maintenance of Downing Street.

    • Fraud

      To ask the Prime Minister how much money has been lost by his Departments and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies through (a) fraud and (b) theft in each year since 1996–97.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he had with the Secretary of State for Wales and the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on higher education funding in advance of the...

      Human Rights Act

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent assessment he has made of the effects of the Human Rights Act 1998; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has received since October 2002 against war with Iraq; and from which organisations and individuals.

      Lord Birt

      To ask the Prime Minister whether Lord Birt has completed his work as unpaid strategy adviser.

      Minister without Portfolio

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will set out the responsibilities of the Minister without Portfolio in respect of (a) freedom of information and (b) the European Convention on Human Rights.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Prime Minister what the policy of the Government is on responding to requests for meetings from right hon. and honourable Members.

      Official Business

      To ask the Prime Minister how many nights in 2002 he spent in (a) the UK and (b) overseas, on official business; and of those in the UK how many were at (i) Downing Street, (ii) Chequers, (iii)...

      Overseas Private Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister which elements of the costs of private visits made overseas by the Prime Minister are met by (a) the Government and (b) himself.

      Paper Supplies

      To ask the Prime Minister who the suppliers are of his office's (a) paper and (b) paper products.

      Special Advisers and Press Officers

      To ask the Prime Minister how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers have been employed by his Department in each year from 1994–95 to 2002–03; and at what cost in each year.

      Statute of Westminster

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will invite heads of Governments of the appropriate Commonwealth countries to Westminster to review the Statute of Westminster 1931, in relation to the law...

      Weapons of Mass Destruction

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 22 January 2003, Official Report, column 318W, on weapons of mass destruction, when such assistance has been made available; and if he will...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what studies she has conducted on the relative cost effectiveness of renting versus purchasing accommodation for her Department in...

    • Heavily Indebted Poor Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will estimate the cancellation cost of Heavily Indebted Poor Countries' debts to the UK.

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of the belief in and fear of supernatural phenomena in southern Malawi; what assessment her...

      Plan Pueblo Panama

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects are being funded in the Plan Puebla Panama by her Department; what support she has given the Plan Puebla Panama within...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Solar Energy Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many solar PV roofs had been delivered by the end of December 2002 by the United Kingdom solar programme; and if she will make a statement.

    • Structural Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what effect she expects the redefinition of what constitutes an island by statisticians working for the European Commission to have on the...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the value of Government spending is on the development of wind power in England and Wales.

      ACARE Strategic Research Agenda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if the Government will implement the programmes recommended by the Advisory Council for Aeronautical Research in Europe to meet the...

      Animal Cloning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her policy is on the retail sale of products derived from cloned animals.

      British Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what she estimates the total extra cost will be for each year from 2003 to 2033 arising from the provisions in the Electricity (Miscellaneous...

      Broadband (Rural Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what initiatives her Department has undertaken to encourage broadband Internet access in rural areas.

      Broadcasting Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reason there are different regulations for images accessed (a) through a television broadcast and (b) through a broadband internet...

      Coal-fired Energy Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what account she has taken in reviewing the Government's long-term energy proposals of the need for coal-fired generation as an effective...

      Consumer Affairs Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the agenda is for discussion for the next meeting of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council on 28 February.

      Electricity Industry

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 22 January 2003, Official Report, column 367W, on the electricity industry, why Modification...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Leominster of 12 November 2002, on behalf of Mr. Andrew Stobart, concerning...

      Mains Gas Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many homes in mainland Britain cannot have access to the national mains gas network; and what percentage of the population this represents.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her estimate is of the total expenditure by her Department on ministerial travel (a) in the UK and (b) abroad, in each year from...

      New Nuclear Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make it her policy to refuse licences for new nuclear technologies.

      Power Plants (Desulphurisation Technology)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to support flue gas desulphurisation technology in power plants.

      Power Plants (Desulphurisation Technology)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures she has taken to encourage coal burn in power plants equipped with sulphur dioxide abatement equipment.

      Service Delivery Agreement

      Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when (a) the Export Credits Guarantee Department's and (b) British Trade International's service delivery agreements for 2003 to...

      Service Delivery Agreement

      Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when her Department's service delivery agreement for 2003 to 2006 will be published.

      Steel Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the level of production of steel in the UK in each year since 1997.

      Wind Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what studies the Government have made into the savings in greenhouse gases in respect of wind energy produced by onshore wind turbines.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Departmental Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list her Departmental budget for each year since its creation.

    • Farmers (North West)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial support and assistance she is able to provide to farmers in the North West; and what grants are available for...

      Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action her Department is taking on producing flood plain maps that take into consideration existing and planned flood...

      Paper Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who the suppliers are of her Department's (a) paper and (b) paper products.

      Public Service Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when her Department will publish efficiency targets for each year from 2003 for each business area in the Department, as...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to resolve the issue of delayed payments from the Rural Payments Agency due to Mr. Peter Taylor of...

      Special Advisers and Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers have been employed by her Department in each year from 1994–95 to...

  • Treasury

    • Barnett Formula

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what plans he has for replacing the Barnett Formula as a method of distributing public expenditure; (2) what plans the Government have to review the...

    • Business Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of levels of investment of businesses in (a) the services sector, (b) the financial sector and (c) the manufacturing sector; and...

      Capital Modernisation Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place evaluation reports for completed Capital Modernisation Fund projects in the Library; and if he will make a statement.

      Capital Modernisation Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of allocations from (a) round one, (b) round two, (c) round three, and (d) the first tranche of round four of the Capital Modernisation Fund...

      City Job Losses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the effect job losses in the City of London have on the employment market in (a) Greater London, (b) the...

      Delivery Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when the permanent secretary in his Department last met members of the Delivery Unit; (2) when Ministers from his Department last met with (a) the...

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent discussions Ministers and officials have had with Lord Penrose concerning Equitable Life; (2) what recent discussions Ministers and...

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate his Department has made of the number of policy holders affected by the problems at Equitable Life; (2) what recent discussions...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 20 January 2003, Official Report, column 54W, on the euro, when the Treasury will next update its estimate; and if he will make a...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) of 22 January 2003, Official Report, column 411W, regarding the euro, whether he has...

      Financial Advertising

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what change the Financial Services Authority plan to make to the public complaints procedure for financial advertisements; (2) what plans the...

      Financial Advertising

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what response his Department will give to the call by the Financial Services Consumer Panel on 24 January for a review of the law on financial...

      Gold Disposals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average price received was during HM Treasury's recent programme of gold disposals.

      House Market Volatility

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the links between macroeconomic and housing market volatility; and if he will make a statement.

      Income Drawdown Policies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures his Department has taken to ensure that consumers are given adequate warnings about the risks associated with income drawdown policies.

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the latest value of Inland Revenue total fixed assets, broken down by (a) land, (b) buildings and (c) other assets; and if he will...

      Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 22 January 2003, Official Report, column 412W, on insurance, what plans he has to discuss the development of a new insurance...

      Insurance Brokers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has made an assessment of the likely impact of the Financial Services Authority assuming responsibility for regulating insurance brokers; and if he...

      Insurance Brokers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions officials from his Department have had with representatives of insurance brokers regarding the Financial Services Authority's assumption of...

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in the landfill tax credit scheme on the economic viability of (a) incineration of waste and (b)...

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will consult on proposals for the landfill tax escalator rate.

      Occupational Pensions Survey

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when the Government Actuary will publish the full results of the 11th occupational pensions survey 2000; (2) when the Government Actuary expects to...

      Public Service Agreement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the money allocated to Departments by HM Treasury is directly dependent upon Departments achieving the targets set in their public service agreements.

      Revenue Qualifying Regime

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what response he has made to observations from the Association of Friendly Societies on the effect on the savings of those on low incomes of the...

      Service Delivery Agreement

      Tony Wright: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when (a) HM Customs and Excise's, (b) the Inland Revenue's, (c) the Office for National Statistics', (d) the Office of Government Commerce's...

      Westminster Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will exercise his power to ensure a local census is undertaken in the City of Westminster in order to provide a more accurate figure than the 2001 count.

  • Transport

    • Airport Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ensure that there is parity of treatment between police forces and airports on the charges forces make to airport operators for providing...

    • Light Dues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received concerning light dues; and if he will make a statement.

      Light Dues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent assessment he has made of the impact of light dues on (a) the UK economy, (b) the UK maritime industry and (c) UK ports. (2) if he...

      A14

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate he has made of the change in freight usage of the A14, by reason of the proposed expansion of the container port at Felixstowe; (2)...

      A21 Bypass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what on-site investigations have been undertaken by the Highways Agency in surveying the geology of the proposed route for an A21 bypass at Hurst...

      Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what advertising is displayed on his Department's website from other Government Departments and agencies; on what other Government Department websites...

      Air Marshals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the need for air marshals on aeroplanes, with specific reference to (a) the number stationed on a plane during a flight,...

      Air Transport Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many copies of the National Consultation on the Future of Air Transport in the UK have been issued (a) by hard copy and (b) by website download,...

      Air Transport Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many completed questionnaires and other responses to the National Consultation on the Future of Air Transport in the UK he has received, broken...

      Airports (Midlands)

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

      British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the (a) prevalence and (b) causes of occupational stress in the British Transport Police.

      Car Navigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures the Department is taking to ensure that (a) commercial in car route management systems and (b) the Highways Agency's variable message...

      Chancery Lane Underground Derailment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement about the Chancery Lane Underground derailment; and what investigations are taking place into its causes.

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he will respond to the proposal submitted by London Regional Metro; (2) if he has received a costed funding proposal for the SRA/TfL...

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many applications for short period licences were received in 2002; and how many were determined later than (a) one month, (b) three months...

      Gatwick Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to release the supplementary paper to the National Consultation on the Future of Air Transport in the UK: South East regarding Gatwick;...

      Hawarden Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) passenger flights and (b) passengers used Hawarden airport in each year since 1995.

      Hydrogen Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many cars have been converted from petrol to hydrogen fuel in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement; (2) what steps he has...

      Infrastructure Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost was of the largest UK infrastructure project funded without Government support since 1973.

      Leisure Flights (Fuel Consumption)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the fuel consumption, in passenger miles per gallon, of a typically loaded leisure airline flight from London to Orlando;...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what statutory body has power, and under what statute, to ensure effective co-operation and liaison between the planned operating companies of...

      Ministerial Meeting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Under-Secretary of State for Transport, the hon. Member for Plymouth, Devonport (Mr. Jamieson) last had an official meeting with the General...

      Multi-modal Study (Cambridgeshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will make his decision on the proposal for a guided bus system submitted by Cambridgeshire County Council constituting the public transport...

      Multi-modal Study (Cambridgeshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether he plans that the major A14 improvements included in the Preferred Plan of the Cambridge to Huntingdon Multi-Modal Study will be (a)...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will reply to the question (ref 92574) from the hon. Member for Vale of York on rail freight and targets.

      Public Transport (Birmingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress is being made to create effective park and ride facilities at Longbridge station in Birmingham.

      Rail Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the target of 80 per cent. growth in rail freight set out in the 10 Year Transport Plan.

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the decision of Virgin to withdraw Cross Country services.

      Rail Services (Birmingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received in respect of possible extensions to the Birmingham cross-city railway line to serve Frankley; and if he will make...

      Railway Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff were employed by (a) the Office of the Rail Regulator, (b) Strategic Rail Authority, (c) Her Majesty's Railway Inspectorate, (d) other...

      Railway Stations (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the railway stations in Wales that have opened or reopened since 1 May 1997.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the breakdown was of spending in each nation and region in the UK of the 10 year Rail Passenger Partnership Funding programme announced in...

      Road Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions the Government have taken a decision not to proceed with a road scheme which has entered the Targeted Programme of Improvements.

      Road Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether it is Government policy to build the road schemes included in the Targeted Programme of Improvements.

      Service Delivery Agreement

      Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his Department's Service Delivery Agreement for 2003 to 2006 will be published.

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the rate of staff (a) absenteeism and (b) sickness was in his Department, its predecessors and each of its agencies and non-departmental public...

      Taxi Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were successfully prosecuted for running a taxicab without a taxi licence in each year since 1990; what the average sentence was for...

      Transport Interchanges (Toilet Provision)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received regarding the (a) availability and (b) quality of toilet provision at transport interchanges; and if he will make...

      Unused Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many newly commissioned (a) engines and (b) carriages lie unused in sidings within the south-eastern rail network, with particular reference to...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on (a) the levels of deployment to and (b) pattern of activities in Afghanistan of Royal Marines since 2001.

    • Anthrax Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the discovery of phials of anthrax vaccine on beaches in Hampshire and Dorset on 20 January.

      Anti-submarine Warfare Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if Fleet Air Arm anti-submarine warfare helicopters have been taken out of storage for use as troop carriers.

      Armed Forces (Inoculations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which (a) Army (b) Royal Navy and (c) RAF units have been (i) warned to deploy and (ii) deployed for possible operations against Iraq have been given...

      Armed Forces (Transport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many personnel were transported around the United Kingdom by each of the armed forces by (a) road, (b) rail and (c) air, broken down by (i)...

      Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if she will list the hon. Members who have completed the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme.

      Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if she will list the hon. Members who have completed the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme and who have reserve liabilities for Operation Fresco.

      Army Boot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research has been carried out on the standard issue Army boot and its effect on feet.

      Astute Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to fill the capability gap arising from the late delivery of the Astute class submarines.

      BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was discussed at his meeting with the chief executive of BAE Systems on 22 January.

      Courtesy Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the terrorist threat to the Royal Navy since 2001 has (a) restricted public access to RN warships paying courtesy calls and (b) reduced the number of...

      Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what studies led his Department to take the view that to preserve, sustain and develop essential technical capabilities found in Dstl a critical mass of...

      HMS Fearless

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when HMS Fearless was last at sea as an operational vessel.

      Fighting Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the armed forces indicated when last questioned that they had confidence in their fighting equipment; what percentage of respondents...

      Firefighters' Dispute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on pay differentials between Royal Navy personnel engaged on firefighters duties during the present strike and the striking...

      Friendly Fire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British service personnel were (a) killed and (b) injured by friendly fire from US forces in the Gulf War.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to commemorate 300 years of British sovereignty in Gibraltar.

      Harrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Harrier GR7s have recently been subject to engine problems.

      Heritage Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what sales of heritage assets and antique assets have been made by his Department since May 1997; and if he will list such assets; and if he will...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for how long the (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Marines components of the Middle East Task Force will be able to maintain the deployment.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the practicability of Iraqi (a) aircraft and (b) missiles using (i) chemical weapons and (ii) biological agents to...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) chemical and (b) biological weapons have been identified as parts of Saddam Hussein's chemical and biological warfare arsenal since the end of...

      John Hall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether an official from his Department attended the inquest of John Hall of Shetland Road, Leicester.

      John Hall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what involvement his Department had in the examination of the brain of the late John Hall.

      Media Representatives (Gulf)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements will be put in place for press and broadcast media representatives covering military activities in the Gulf.

      Military Bases (Seaward Defence)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the capability of the Royal Navy to mount a seaward defence of British military bases (a) in Gibraltar and (b) in Cyprus...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many flights by (a) his Department's Ministers and (b) other Ministers were made last year using aircraft belonging to his Department; and how many...

      Naval Air Squadrons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the (a) newest and (b) oldest helicopter airframe in service with (i) 847 NAS, (ii) 846 NAS and (iii) 845 NAS.

      Naval Air Squadrons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in what operations (a) 847 NAS, (b) 846 NAS and (c) 845 NAS have been involved in the past five years.

      Non-lethal Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions have taken place with United States military representatives on the development of non-lethal weapons; and if he will make a statement.

      Ocean Class Commando Carrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when HMS Ocean is due to undergo her next refit.

      Ocean Class Commando Carrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to fulfil the landing platform helicopter role when HMS Ocean is not available.

      Operational Capacity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the capacity of the (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Marines to engage in operations other than in the Gulf with the personnel...

      Qinetiq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what safeguards were built into the partial sell-off of QinetiQ to protect intellectual property rights held by DSTL.

      Qinetiq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what process was used by his Department to determine the balance of debt and equity in the sell-off of QinetiQ.

      Qinetiq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what formula was used by his Department to calculate the value of QinetiQ prior to its partial privatisation.

      Qinetiq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what expenditure was incurred in the sell-off of QinetiQ (a) in consultancy payments by his Department, (b) by DERA, (c) by QinetiQ, (d) by DSTL and (e)...

      Qinetiq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what formula was used by his Department to calculate the contaminated land liabilities associated with the assets held by QinetiQ; and if he will make a...

      Radio Mast (Lagopatria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 21 January, Official Report, column 209W, when the Italian authorities declined to grant the use of a viable radio frequency...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in which countries the UK is recruiting personnel for service in the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Reserve Call-up

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the Territorial Army called up for service in the Middle East have not completed their basic training.

      Royal Navy Firefighters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy firefighters are (a) with the task force and (b) on each ship; what the required number is of firefighting personnel on each ship;...

      Royal Navy Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason HMS Fearless was withdrawn from service prior to HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark entering service.

      Royal Ordnance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is supplied from ROF Chorley; and what the length is of each contract.

      S-type Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers in the last 10 years have been employed on an S-type contract, broken down by (a) reason, (b) regiment, (c) those still serving on...

      Service Personnel (Gulf)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the food that is being sent to the Gulf with (a) the Naval Task Force and (b) the land forces deployment by (i) type, (ii) quantity and...

      Service Personnel (Gulf)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost is of providing United Kingdom military forces and medical auxiliaries deployed to the Gulf with prophylactic measures against (a) chemical...

      Service Personnel (Gulf)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what help is being given to companies that are supplying the uniform for the troops on deployment to the Gulf.

      Service Personnel (Gulf)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost is of uniforms procured for troops deployed to the Gulf.

      Service Personnel (Gulf)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when (1) he expects desert (a) jackets, (b) trousers, (c) boots and (d) helmets to be delivered to troops deployed to the Gulf.

      Service Personnel (Gulf)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what uniform in addition to the standard issue is being ordered for use by troops deployed to the Gulf.

      Service Personnel (Gulf)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what socks supplied for use by the Army are being modified for use by troops deployed to the Gulf.

      Survey Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Royal Navy (a) paid off each of its ocean and coastal survey ships and (b) brought into full operational service HMS Echo and HMS Enterprise.

      Swiftsure Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the operational status is of each of the Swiftsure class submarines; and when each is expected to be paid off.

      Tanker Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Royal Navy (a) paid off each of the O-class RFA tankers and (b) brought into full operational service their Wave-class replacements.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the terrorist threat to (a) Royal Navy and Royal Marines recruitment offices and (b) Royal Navy and Royal Marines museums...

      Type 23 Frigate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will fit Goalkeeper or Phalanx systems to Type 23 frigates.

      Uniforms (Procurement)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proposed improvements to uniforms issued to HM forces are being studied by the Defence Procurement Agency.

      Uniforms (Procurement)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who is responsible for future strategy on the procurement of uniforms for HM forces.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum Reception Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what due diligence was carried out on the company Accommodata, which is to operate the refugee and asylum reception centre at the Coniston...

    • Asylum Reception Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions NASS has had with the owners of the Coniston Hotel about its plans for a refugee and asylum reception centre.

      Asylum Reception Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what undertakings the Home Office gave to Kent county council with respect to agreeing not to open further refugee and asylum reception centres.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people formerly resident in the Sangatte camp have been given permission to enter the UK since the closure of the camp.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of asylum claims received a decision within two months in the last period for which figures are available.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list hotels and guesthouses in Horley, Surrey which are providing accommodation to asylum seekers; how many individuals are...

      Caythorpe Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will meet the right hon. and learned Member for Sleaford and North Hykeham in the next three days in order to discuss Home Office plans...

      Child Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with banks and credit card companies to request (a) that they proactively seek out child pornography sites, (b)...

      Child Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been arrested in the course of Operation Ore; and how many have been charged.

      Conviction Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the performance of each constabulary in recording conviction data on the police national computer under the court results 90...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many ex-gratia payments have been made by the Criminal Records Bureau to customers because of maladministration.

      Custodial Sentences (Women)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women received a custodial sentence in each of the last five years; what the average length of sentence was in each year; and what...

      Entitlement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures have been taken to publicise the entitlement card consultation.

      Graffiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to tackle graffiti.

      Immigration (Members Hotline)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many telephone calls were received by the hon. Members' hotline at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in each of the last six weeks.

      Mrs. Gemmell

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the application by Mrs. Gemmell of Christchurch to transfer her visa from an old passport to a new one will be dealt with; and for what...

      National Asylum Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress is being made to increase the number of contracts NASS has with organisations and local authorities in Scotland to provide...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will reduce the (a) length and (b) complexity of the forms used to apply for passports.

      Prison Officers (Vacancies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vacancies there are for prison officers in prisons in England and Wales; and what the rate of sickness absence for (a) prison...

      Prison Service Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy that there should be a consolidated Prison Service Order encapsulating best practice on safer custody; and if...

      Prisoner Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 26 November 2002, Official Report, column 252W, on prisoner data, whether the Inmate Information System allows (a)...

      Prisoner Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 28 November 2002, Official Report, column 428W, on prisoners, whether his Department will make it its policy to put...

      Prisoners' Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what security checks are carried out on prisoners' mail in UK prisons.

      Prisons (Mother and Baby Units)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women are held in each of the prison service mother and baby units.

      Prisons (Mother and Baby Units)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women prisoners applied for a place on a mother and baby unit in each of the last five years; and how many applications were successful.

      Reconviction Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of women prisoners have been reconvicted within two years of release in each of the last five years.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the transfer of work permits from the Northern Ireland Department of Education and Research to his Department take place.

      Young Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will bring forward proposals to reform custodial arrangements for 18 to 20-year-old prisoners; and if he will make a statement.

  • Education and Skills

    • University Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students, from which colleges, have obtained university degrees in each of the last three years in (a) fashion knitwear, (b) surf...

    • Advanced Extension Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the subjects offered in the Advanced Extension Awards; and what plans he has to extend the range of subjects on offer.

      Advanced Extension Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the student take-up of Advanced Extension Awards was in 2002; and what percentage of those candidates were in each grade boundary.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many civil servants have been employed by (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies and non-departmental bodies in each year from...

      Degree Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of curriculum changes at secondary level on the future duration of the undergraduate degree course.

      Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 4 November 2002, Official Report, column 24W, on examinations, whether the sums include the cost of (a)...

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many universities will be involved in the Foundation Degree Forward network.

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many universities his Department has consulted on the Foundation Degree Forward scheme.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the ratio between students and lecturers in the further education sector was in each of the last three years expressed in terms of...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of (a) full-time and (b) part-time lecturers in further education colleges had a recognised teaching qualification in each...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of pupils sitting GCSE last year achieved grade C or higher in all three core subjects of English, mathematics and science...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his statement of 22 January 2003, Official Report, column 303, on higher education, what his definition of participation is; and...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his definition is of experience of higher education in respect of the target for 50 per cent. of all 18 to 30-year-olds to experience...

      Higher Education (West Cumbria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what funding he has allocated for the provision of access to degree level higher education courses for West Cumbrians locally; and...

      Higher Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the review of funding for higher education.

      Key Stage 2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many schools administered the Key Stage 2 English and mathematics tests to Year 7 pupils in 2002; (2) how many Year 7 pupils took...

      Lifelong Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action he will take to assure potential users of the quality of provision of information, advice and guidance on lifelong learning for...

      Lifelong Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will promote a national brand to market information, advice and guidance on lifelong learning for adults.

      Lifelong Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he is making of whether the level of (a) resources and (b) funding for information, advice and guidance on lifelong learning...

      Local Education Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the use of his powers to intervene in local education authorities as to the amount such authorities spend on...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total education formula spending for Essex was for 2003–04; and what the standard spending assessment for education for Essex...

      Ofsted

      Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when OFSTED'S service delivery agreement for 2003 to 2006 will be published.

      Ofsted

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what mandatory jurisdiction OFSTED has over independent schools; (2) what jurisdiction OFSTED has over the (a) accommodation and (b)...

      Post-16 Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) when 16 to 18-year-olds in Redcar constituency will become entitled to education maintenance allowances; (2) if he will give priority...

      School Buildings (Kirklees)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list building improvement projects and their value in each school in Kirklees in each year since 1997.

      School Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many pupils left school at 16 years in each local education authority area in each academic year since 1990; (2) how many pupils...

      School Places (Dewsbury)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) applications and (b) available places there have been for schools in Dewsbury for (i) the next academic year, (ii) the current...

      Schools (East Riding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) applications and (b) available places there were for schools in the East Riding for (i) the next academic year (ii) the current...

      Schools (Vocational Curriculum)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much flexibility schools will have under his proposals for a vocational curriculum.

      Schools (Wycombe)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list each school in the Wycombe constituency that has been in special measures in each year since 1997.

      Scottish Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his statement of 22 January, Official Report, columns 301–19, what steps he has taken to institute monitoring of the...

      Scottish Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his statement of 22 January, Official Report, columns 301–319, what impact he estimates his policy will have on Scottish...

      Service Delivery Agreement

      Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when his Department's service delivery agreement for 2003 to 2006 will be published.

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many individuals have loans outstanding with the Student Loans Company; and how many are (a) compliant, (b) deferred, (c) overdue and...

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the qualification threshold for the minimum income earned by a graduate before they need to pay back their student loan be raised to...

      Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assumptions are made about student numbers in figure 3 in the White Paper, "The Future of Higher Education".

      Teacher Vacancies (Wandsworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many vacancies for teachers there are in the London borough of Wandsworth.

      Teaching and Learning Research Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the Teaching and Learning Research programme, with particular reference to its (a) progress since its...

      Teaching Profession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the (a) prevalence and (b) causes of occupational stress among teachers.

      Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of English domiciled students in secondary education aged 18 from each local education authority were accepted through the...

      University Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how he intends to help universities to build up endowment funds, as announced in the Government's "The Future of Higher Education"...

      University Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students he estimates will be eligible for the full £1,000 maintenance grant announced in the Government's "The Future of...

      University Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what studies his Department has undertaken with regard to the disincentive effects of debt on students considering a university education.

      University Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimates he has made of how many universities will charge the full fees available to them as announced in the Government's "The Future...

      University Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what estimates he has made of the amount of debt that will be experienced by a university student on (a) a three year course, (b) a...

      University Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills to what extent students will be selected for university places on the basis of (a) parental income and (b) school performance.

      University Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what financial incentives the Government will offer students whose parents are receiving (a) benefits and (b) tax credits following the...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that pupils participating in vocational training schemes are guaranteed work placements with commercial...

  • Health

    • Alcohol Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy in the alcohol strategy to ensure that young people with underlying emotional or mental health problems are fully assessed...

    • Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the practice of placing grandchildren with their grandparents rather than in care in the event of a family crisis; and...

      Abortions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many abortions have been performed on girls aged 12 and under in each of the last five years; at what age each girl having the abortion was; in...

      Abortions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 13 January 2003 to the hon. Member for Romsey (Sandra Gidley), Official Report, column 480W, on abortions, if he will...

      Accidents and Emergencies (Waiting Times)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the target for a four-hour maximum accident and emergency waiting time by 2004 was set; what the baseline was for this target; and what figures he...

      Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions an ambulance has been despatched to a 999 call at the request of a first responder vehicle in each of the last 12 months.

      Ambulances (Oswestry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of running ambulances for (a) elective and (b) non-elective cases from the Oswestry area to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in 2002.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress on the consultation exercise on National Minimum Standards for Care Homes for Older People and National Minimum...

      Child Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which agency has responsibility for overseeing the conduct of a Part 8 Review following the death of a child.

      Fertility Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 21 November 2002, Official Report, column 241W, on fertility rates, when the two studies into male fertility will be published.

      Genito-urinary Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the requirement for more professional staff in genito-urinary services with special reference to drop-in centres; what...

      Health Protection Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the long-term director posts in the Health Protection Agency will be openly advertised.

      Health Protection Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for health how many staff will be transferred to the HPA after 1 April; and how many staff employed by the component organisations of the HPA will not be...

      Health Protection Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for health what contingency funds he is making available to cover unforeseen costs during the establishment of the HPA.

      Health Protection Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the responsibilities will be of the HPA in Wales; and what the relationship will be between the HPA and the Wales Centre for Health.

      Health Protection Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes there have been to resignation rates from the component organisations of the HPA during each of the past 12 months.

      Health Protection Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what proportion of his time Sir William Stewart is working for the Health Protection Agency; when he will decide on the constitution of the...

      Health Protection Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what additional resources have been provided to the HPA Steering Group in response to the Report to the Steering Group.

      Health Provision (Budgets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budgets of the (a) Public Health Laboratory Service, (b) National Radiological Protection Board and (c) Microbiological Research Authority were...

      Hospital Nutrition Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the work of the Hospital Nutrition Policy.

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many wards in hospital trusts were subject to restrictions on visiting due to hospital-acquired infections affecting patients during December 2002.

      Industrial Action/Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many working days have been lost in his Department due to (a) industrial action and (b) illness in each year since 1997.

      Infection Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the additional funding announced in January 2001 for infection control has been spent.

      Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were waiting for inpatient treatment within the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust for each of the last five years.

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to fund, in conjunction with the Medical Research Council, screening trials for lung cancer, with particular reference to screening for...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the NHS budget has been spent on mental health in each year since 1997.

      MMR

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the availability is of the individual measles, mumps and rubella vaccines in each local health authority in England.

      MMR

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people are (a) vaccinated against and (b) not vaccinated against (i) measles, (ii) mumps and (iii) rubella in each health authority in...

      Mobile Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the use of mobile dental services; and what plans he has to expand such services.

      Mobile Telephone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the risks associated with non-ionising electromagnetic radiation emanating from mobile telephone masts.

      NHS Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of people in (a) England, (b) each NHS region, (c) each strategic health authority and (d) each primary care trust were registered with an...

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he intends to fund the expansion of NHS Direct to start handling out-of-hours calls for GPs throughout the country from 2004.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to abolish double triage at NHS Direct.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what feedback individual nurses employed by NHS Direct receive about their decision making.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how often NHS Direct has to call on GP cooperatives to assist when it gets busy; and what will be done in the event that GP cooperatives are no longer...

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which regions of the United Kingdom NHS Direct helplines are operating; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Modernisation Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the annual budget of the NHS Modernisation Agency.

      NHS Modernisation Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clinical staff are employed by the NHS Modernisation Agency.

      Primary Care (Portsmouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funds have been received by the Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust from his Department other than those paid through primary care trusts.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what health provision his Department provides to prisons in Greater London; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Health Laboratory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the risk that those public health laboratories transferring to NHS trusts will lose accommodation currently used for public...

      Public Health Laboratory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the media production operations of the Public Health Laboratory Service once legislation is passed to wind up the organisation.

      Public Health Laboratory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for health what the status will be of the PHLS's current liabilities after 1 April; and what proportion of the liabilities will be transferred to the HPA on 1 April.

      Public Health Laboratory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to create a replacement for the vaccine development programme conducted by the PHLS.

      Public Health Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many public sector workers have in-house occupational health care.

      Secure Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) male and (b) female inmates are being held in Rampton and Broadmoor secure hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

      Telemedicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will introduce telemedicine to the NHS; and what development work he has done in this area.

      Waiting Time Standard (NHS)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultations his Department undertook before adopting the two-week waiting time standard as set out in The New NHS-Modern Dependable.

      Worcestershire Acute Hopitals Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Commission for Health Improvement will publish its report on the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trusts; and what arrangements will be made to...

      WRVS

      To ask the Secretary of State for health what contracts his Department has entered into for the provision of services by the Women's Royal Voluntary Service; what is the (a) value and (b)...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Asbestos Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to issue guidance on the frequency of air tests in buildings containing asbestos where construction or repair work is being...

    • Care Packages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) nursing care packages and (b) residential care packages have been awarded in respect of applications made since 1 April 2002 in the...

      Civil Servants (Community Origin)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the numerical and percentage breakdown by perceived community origin of staff employed by (a) the Ministry of Defence, (b) the Inland...

      Consumer Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in implementing a new consumer strategy for Northern Ireland.

      Culture, Arts and Leisure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether, since suspension of the Assembly, the Northern Ireland Office has adhered to the financial proposals made by the Northern Ireland...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people claimed disability living allowance in each of the last three years; how many DLA appeals were heard; and what the average...

      Dry Homes Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to implement a dry homes scheme, in parallel with the Warm Homes Scheme delivered by the EAGA Partnership, to low income...

      Home Start/Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) Home Start and (b) Sure Start projects supported by departmental or trust funding were provided in 2002–03 in each district...

      Hospitals (Trolley Waits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average trolley waits were in all hospitals in (a) November and (b) December 2002; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospitals (Trolley Waits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps were taken to prevent patients having to wait on trolleys in accident and emergency departments at (a) the Ulster, (b) Belfast City,...

      Hospital Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients have been on hospital waiting lists in Northern Ireland for (a) more than 12 months and (b) more than 18 months.

      Hub Arts Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the preferred developer will be paid for the Hub Arts Centre; and how the Government will ensure value for money.

      Hub Arts Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether a preferred developer has been appointed for the Hub Arts Centre in the Cathedral Quarter; and what process is followed for making such...

      Hub Arts Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the proposals for the Hub Arts Centre in the Cathedral Quarter; what partnerships are envisaged to deliver the...

      Into The West Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether individuals will face disciplinary procedures following the departmental investigations regarding the Into The West scheme.

      Landfill Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Government spent on rural regeneration in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years.

      Motorcycle Road Races

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to secure the future running of the annual motorcycle road races at the North West 200 at Portrush and the Ulster...

      Giant's Causeway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much grant aid is being offered to Moyle district council to help it rebuild its visitor centre at the Giant's Causeway in County Antrim.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the operation of the NHS Direct helpline and when it will be provided in Northern Ireland.

      Planning Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if it is his policy that no change should be made to planning policy for the Down District Council area pending the outcome of the public...

      Public Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the Department of Social Development's estimates were for the amount of public sector housing to be built in Northern Ireland in each year...

      Public Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many public sector housing completions there were in each year since 1999.

      Public Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reasons the Northern Ireland Housing Executive is no longer permitted to build public sector housing; and in what circumstances the...

      School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on funding for transport for pupils living in rural areas of Northern Ireland.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his plans are for the future of the railway lines north of Ballymena.

      Rheumatoid Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the Department of Health and Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland will approve for those deemed medically appropriate new...

      Rheumatoid Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the list for consultation with the arthritis consultant in the Northern Health and Social Service Board area was closed; and when...

      Rheumatoid Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding was allocated during 2002–03 for new drug treatment for severe rheumatoid arthritis; and how much has been spent to date.

      Rheumatoid Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals in Northern Ireland (a) suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and (b) are receiving Beta Interferon to treat this condition.

      Rheumatoid Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients in Northern Ireland are being treated for rheumatoid arthritis with (a) Enbrel and (b) Remicade.

      Rogue Traders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to protect consumers in Northern Ireland from the activities of rogue traders.

      Small Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps have been taken to reduce the burden of bureaucracy on small businesses in Northern Ireland.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what Northern Ireland's total tourism budget is for 2002–03; how much of it is spent by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board; and how much...

      Ulster Scots Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made by the Ulster Scots Agency to appoint a chief executive; and when the successful candidate will be announced.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was given to (a) wind energy projects and (b) all renewable energy projects in Northern Ireland in (i) 2001 and (ii) 2002.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reason the issue of work permits was returned to the Home Office.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Data Protection

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what representations she has received about companies claiming status as specialist registration agencies for implementation of...

    • Health and Safety Strategy

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, (1) whether the Lord Chancellor's Department and its agencies have met the commitment arising from Action Point 13 of the June...

      Occupational Stress

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what assessment he has made of the (a) prevalence and (b) causes of occupational stress among officials in the Magistrates' Court...

      Press Releases

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many press releases have been issued by her Department in each (a) year and (b) quarter from 1995–96 to 2002–03;...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assistance his Department provides for people whose main disabling condition is deafness when requesting help with the disability...

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans there are subsequent to the activities for managing life system trials to bring people whose main disabling condition is deafness...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many participants left the New Deal programmes in each year since their establishment; and of those, what proportion obtained...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make arrangements to refer calls to the Benefit Fraud hotline and the Targeting Fraud website, which relate to Asylum Support Fraud,...

  • House of Lords

    • Sudan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What support they have given to education in southern Sudan during each of the past five years; and what form this took.

    • Queen's Counsel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 7 January (WA 167), why direct and personal answerability by the Lord Chancellor to Parliament is...

      Clinical Negligence Claims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they agree with the figures published by the Legal Services Commission which show that successful claims in publicly funded clinical negligence cases have...

      Gulf War: US and UK Contribution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they required the United States to pay for support, help and use of facilities as a result of the Gulf War in the 1990s.

      Pilots in the Armed Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current shortfall of pilots in the Army, the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy.

      Northern Ireland: Property Valuation Procedures involving Public Servants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the valuation process to assess the market value for a residence in Cultra in North Down which they sold to a former senior civil servant in the...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many applications were received from (a) Roman Catholics and (b) non-Roman Catholics for each recruitment competition to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many successful applications were accepted from (a) Roman Catholics and (b) non-Roman Catholics for each recruitment competition to the Police Service of...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many (a) Roman Catholic and (b) non-Roman Catholic recruits to the Police Service of Northern Ireland have successfully completed all elements of the training...

      Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to a Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 7 January (WA168), whether they will list all the feature films which the Northern Ireland Film and...

      Gosford Castle: Disposal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what terms Gosford Castle in County Armagh was disposed of by the Department of Agriculture; whether those terms required certain remedial works to be...

      Gosford Castle: Disposal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the terms of disposal of Gosford Castle in County Armagh included a provision which would allow for new building works to take place outwith the current...

      London Congestion Charge: Payment Arrangements in Palace of Westminster

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What arrangements there will be for payment of the London congestion charge to be made within the precincts of the Palace of Westminster.

      Conduct of Departmental Business

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidelines apply to interventions in administrative procedures within Whitehall by ministerial offices, special advisers and press officers.

      Police Authority Grants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to publish the allocations of grant for police authorities in England and Wales.

      Decontamination Guidance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance has been published for the emergency services and other responding agencies on the decontamination of people exposed to chemical, biological,...

      Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will draw to the attention of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews requirement 4.7 of the United Kingdom Sports Council's guidelines for the...

      Licensing Bill: Regulated Entertainment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will review the policy set out in the Licensing Bill with regard to regulated entertainment taking place in churches and other places of public...

      Gats

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they think any of the British regulatory regimes may be regarded as "more burdensome than necessary" for the purpose of the General Agreement on Trade in...

      Gats

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they believe that local government services which a local authority currently provides in partnership with a private or not-for-profit sector body would...

      Hydrogen

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that the need for hydrogen as an energy source is likely to develop considerably over the next decade; and what action they are taking to...

      British Energy plc

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the statement on British Energy on 28 November 2002 (HC Deb, col. 488), what payments Mr Robin Jeffrey, the former chairman, has received as a director...

      Wind and Nuclear Power

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the cost of a unit of electricity produced by wind power compares with a unit produced by a nuclear power station.

      Employment Act 2002 Draft Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to provide the drafts of regulations to be proposed under Parts 2 and 3 of the Employment Act 2002.

      National Union of Students: Role in White Paper on Future of Higher Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the arrangement with the National Union of Students described in paragraph 4.5 of their White Paper The Future of Higher Education was submitted to...

      Prisoners: Housing Benefit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why housing benefit is not available to those serving prison sentences of more than 13 weeks; and whether they will make it available, at least where the offender...

      Haemophiliacs with Hepatitis C: Correspondence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What reply the Secretary of State for Health will make to the correspondence from Louella Houldcroft of the Newcastle Journal, sent to him on 22 January, about...

      National Institute for Clinical Excellence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to conduct a quinquennial review of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence; if so, when this will take place; and what the parameters...

      Severely Disabled Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the present number of severely disabled children; and how many there were in 1970; and How many severely disabled children are (a) living in institutions...

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