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Written answers

Tuesday, 11 February 2003

  • Transport

    • Aeroplane Pilots (Drug Testing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the system of drug and alcohol testing in relation to persons in charge of an aeroplane; and if he...

    • British Airports Authority (Cross-subsidisation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on his Department's policy towards BAA's cross-subsidisation of Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.

      Bus Services (Leeds)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding will be provided by his Department for improving bus services in the city of Leeds in each of the next five years.

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of, and how many, reminders sent by the DVLA for drivers to renew their road fund licence, were returned to DVLA as (a) addressee moved...

      East London Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the proposals made in the Strategic Rail Authority's Strategic Plan 2003 Route Descriptions on the East London Line project.

      Energy Savings Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what Government grant has been given to the Energy Savings Trust in each of the last three years; and what proportion of that grant (a) was allocated...

      Honiton/Ilminster Road Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the determinations of environmental issues considered by the public inquiry into the Honiton/Ilminster road improvement, with which he...

      Low Emission Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on encouragement of the introduction of (a) compressed and (b) liquefied natural gas vehicles.

      Low Emission Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of government funding for the Energy Savings Trust is allocated as PowerShift grants for lower emission vehicles.

      Low Emission Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of total road vehicles in the UK received PowerShift grants in each of the last four years.

      Low Emission Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what financial assistance in the last four years his Department has given to encourage the promotion by local authorities of low emission zones;...

      Low Emission Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on encouragement of the introduction of (a) electric vehicles and (b) hybrid low emission vehicles.

      Low Emission Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) vans and (b) other vehicles have received PowerShift grants over the last four years by (i) category of vehicle, (ii) type of power unit...

      Low-cost Airlines (Consumer Protection)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to increase existing levels of consumer protection for flight only customers of low-cost airlines; and if he will make a statement.

      New Transport Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the availability of low interest loans from the European Investment Bank for (a) financing repair and renewal of London...

      Overweight Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents there were on UK roads where overweight vehicles were a factor in the accident in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001.

      Rail Officials (Conduct Rules)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what rules govern the conduct of the (a) chairman of the Strategic Rail Authority, (b) Head of Planning of the Strategic Rail Authority and (c) Rail...

      Road Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles were found to be overweight at weigh-bridges in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001; and how many prosecutions were pursued against...

      Ryanair (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the Civil Aviation Authority's role will be in ensuring compensation for those affected by the cancellation of Buzz Flights by Ryanair; and if he...

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library copies of the letters of comfort issued in relation to the Strategic Rail Authority.

      TransportEnergy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the reason was for the re-branding of TransportAction as TransportEnergy; and what the total cost was to the Energy Savings Trust broken down into...

      Unlicensed Vehicles

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many DVLA staff are employed in monitoring unlicensed vehicles on the public highway in the London borough of Harrow.

      Unlicensed Vehicles

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action he is taking to speed up the process of impounding unlicensed vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

      Unlicensed Vehicles

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to grant the DVLA further powers to remove unlicensed vehicles from the road; and if he will make a statement.

      Wales and Borders Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what requirements his Department has made of companies bidding for the Wales and Borders franchise as to the minimum level of service provision...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Boundary Commission

      To ask the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what work the Electoral Commission is undertaking to develop policy on the...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the international security assistance force in Afghanistan; what reports he has received...

    • Armed Forces (Deployments)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what effects the use of military personnel for cover during the fire strike has had on the timing of deployments to the Gulf.

      Armilla Patrol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Armilla Patrol vessel has been on station in the past year.

      Atlantic Patrol (North)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Atlantic Patrol (North) vessel has been on station in the Caribbean since September 2002.

      Biochemical Attack (Gulf)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what monitoring procedures will be available to UK troops in the Gulf in the event of (a) biological and (b) chemical attack.

      British Military Powerboat Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the potential of the British Military Powerboat Trust for raising public awareness of the (a) role and (b) history of UK...

      Civilian Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what security checks are made of crews of civilian ships chartered for military operations; (2) what vetting has taken place of crews of vessels...

      Congestion Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of reimbursement of the Registration Fee and Congestion Charges for Service Personnel at Wellington Barracks.

      Congestion Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department will reimburse Service Personnel accommodated in publicly funded accommodation within the Congestion Charging Zone the tax payable...

      Defence Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his estimate is of defence spending in each year from 1990–91 to 2004–05 in (a) cash terms and (b) real terms using 2001–02 prices.

      Field Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many beds there are in each (a) regular and (b) reserve field hospital.

      Field Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel in each reserve field hospital unit have been paid an efficiency bounty.

      Fire Dispute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) officers and (b) other ranks are scheduled to remain on HM ships (i) Exeter, (ii) Glasgow, (iii) Newcastle, (iv) Lancaster, (v) St. Albans...

      Friendly Fire Casualties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consultations he has had with United States officials concerning the prevention of friendly fire casualties in joint US/British military operations;...

      Gas Masks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what supplies of filter cannisters for gas masks are available; and whether there are sufficient stocks to replace all time-expired cannisters.

      Gulf Deployment (Equipment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) desert T-shirts, (b) shower bags and (c) mosquito nets are part of standard equipment issued to Royal Engineers on deployment to the Gulf.

      Gulf Deployment (Equipment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether members of the Royal Engineers about to be deployed to the Gulf have been required to purchase (a) desert T-shirts, (b) shower bags and (c)...

      Gulf War (Veterans Illnesses)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the budgetary provision for 2002–03 for expenditure on Gulf War veterans' illnesses research projects is, excluding current and planned...

      Gulf War (Veterans Illnesses)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to set up a central database of illnesses suffered by Gulf veterans in the UK.

      Gulf War (Veterans Illnesses)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the incidence is of (a) lymphoma, (b) motor neurone disease, (c) diabetes, (d) renal cancer and (e) lymphocytic leukaemia in Gulf War veterans.

      HMS Nottingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 28 January 2003, Official Report, column 747W, on HMS Nottingham, how the cost of transportation will be funded from existing...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the strategic lift capability of the armed forces available in the event of a conflict with Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people he estimates have been killed by UK and US forces enforcing the no-fly zone in Iraq.

      Naval Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent co-operation there has been between former Eastern bloc countries and the (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Marines.

      Operation Resinate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the rules of engagement for RAF units deployed to Operation Resinate.

      Recalled Soldiers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers discharged under QR 9.413 have been recalled for service in the contingency plans for the Gulf; and if he will make a statement.

      Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers took (a) premature voluntary retirement and (b) SNLR from the (i) Footguards, (ii) Scots Division, (iii) Queen's Division, (iv) King's...

      Russian Warship Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what talks his Department has had with Russian officials about possible Russian warship deployments to the Persian Gulf.

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to improve security at his Department's facilities and bases; and if he will make a statement.

      Service Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces are warned-off for deployment to the Gulf; and how many of these are in receipt of station specific pay, broken down...

      Tactical Trainer Simulator Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which units have made use of the combined arms tactical trainer simulator centre at Warminster.

      Vaccine Schedule (Gulf Deployment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the anthrax vaccine being administered to UK troops deploying to the Gulf is freshly manufactured.

      Vaccine Schedule (Gulf Deployment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many troops deploying to the Gulf have been vaccinated with smallpox vaccine.

      Western Isles (Rents)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the rents received by (a) the Ministry of Defence and (b) Defence Estates for the use of its properties in the Western Isles, broken down...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Arsenic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent air and land assessments have been made at United Mines in Cornwall to ascertain levels of arsenic.

    • Brazilian Meat Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the quality of Brazilian (a) pigmeat and (b) poultry meat exported to the United Kingdom.

      Environmental Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on (a) the take-up of environmental grants under the modulation arrangements and (b) the...

      Environmental Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the administrative procedures required to claim environmental grants under the modulation...

      EU Minimum Air Quality Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the legislation from the EU on Minimum Air Quality is expected to take effect; and how DEFRA is preparing for this.

      Farm Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on applications for on-farm incinerators to dispose of specified risk material.

      Farm Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many applications her Department received in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03 to operate incinerators to dispose...

      Flood Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received from the insurance industry during the last six months about the flood defence and...

      Flood Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy to give local authorities a power to require riparian owners to take reasonable measures to...

      Flood Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the lessons for policy in England and Wales of the Scottish arrangement for local...

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures her Department is looking at to tackle littering arising from the use of plastic and other non-biodegradable...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times since 2001 she has taken flights on departmental duties in the UK; how many of these were (a) charter flights,...

      National Parks and Marine Nature Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress the Government has made since 1997 in the creation of new national parks and marine nature reserves.

      Nuclear Accident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's role is in the event of a nuclear accident.

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what she estimates the volume in cubic metres will be of (a) high level, (b) intermediate level and (c) low level stocks of...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether British Nuclear Fuels has provided her Department with a timetable of dates on which radioactive waste arising from...

      Regional Agencies (Eastern Region)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the locations of the offices of regional bodies and agencies in the Eastern region for which her Department...

      Theft and Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Buckingham (Mr. Bercow), 20 January 2003, Official Report, column 103W, if she...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when all government suppliers will be issued with guidance regarding government requirements to procure timber from legal and...

      Village Halls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many village halls there are (a) in the UK, (b) in the north-west of England and (c) Lancashire; and how many village...

      Village Halls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many village halls have been in operation every year since 1997 in (a) the East of England, (b) Suffolk and (c) the...

      Waste Incinerator Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many waste incinerators in the UK emit levels of dioxins and other pollutants above those permitted by the EU Waste...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Local Government Funding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of total public spending consisted of spending by local authorities in each of the past five years.

    • Unfair Terms Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) local authority and (b) housing association tenancy agreements have been received by the OFT for investigation under the Unfair Terms in Consumer...

      Unfair Terms Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (a) how many terms and (b) what type of terms were revised in the Blyth Valley Borough Council tenancy agreement, as reported in the Office of Fair Trading's...

  • Treasury

    • Independent Financial Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the number of independent financial advisers unable to secure professional indemnity insurance.

    • Independent Financial Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of capacity within the professional indemnity insurance market for independent financial advisers.

      Independent Financial Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the proportion of independent financial advisers unable to secure professional indemnity insurance who have been...

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received from professional bodies relating to the use of solicitors' offices as centres for money laundering.

      Barnett Formula

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to (a) review, (b) revise and (c) replace the Barnett Formula for the allocation of public expenditure to (i) Wales, (ii) Scotland and...

      Child Care Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to extend the child care tax credit to informal carers of children.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which definition of poverty the Government will use to assess progress in meeting its targets to reduce child poverty.

      Compulsory Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his policy on making individual pension schemes compulsory.

      Computer Misuse

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what safeguards are in place to prevent misuse of the Inland Revenue computer database of individuals' tax records; (2) what plans he has to...

      Disabled Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to make an economic analysis of the investment required to ensure that government programmes aimed at lifting children out of poverty...

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what indications he has received from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration on when he can expect to receive his report into Equitable Life.

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 3 February 2003 Official Report, column 29W, on the euro, for what reason he was unable to state who is undertaking the background...

      Formal Economy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people the Inland Revenue moved from the informal to the formal economy in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Landfill

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what modelling his Department has carried out on the level of landfill tax necessary to meet the legal obligations of the landfill directive (a) to reduce...

      Non-compliance Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much additional revenue has been raised in each of the last 10 years as a consequence of non-compliance action taken by the Inland Revenue, broken down...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes in unit payments for electricity have resulted from the switch by (a) Customs and Excise and (b) the Office for National Statistics to...

      Stability and Growth Pact

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of whether Britain's fiscal stance meets the Stability and Growth Pact.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the likely effect of abolition of stamp duty on (a) share transactions and (b) the UK economy.

  • International Development

    • Commonwealth Development CorporationVehicle Fleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) at what annual rate the Commonwealth Development Corporation renews its vehicle fleet, broken down by volume and percentage for...

    • EU Aid Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures are in place to ensure that the annual aid budget of the European Union is spent properly.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what changes in unit payments for electricity have resulted from the switch by her Department to purchasing renewable energy which is...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of reports from Zimbabwe that maize earmarked for starving Zimbabweans is unaccounted for; what...

  • Prime Minister

    • Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister what the basis is of his assertion in his statement on Iraq on 3 February that the disarming of South Africa of its nuclear weapons, along with the verification of this...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Accountancy Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research she (a) commissioned and (b) plans to commission into the effectiveness of the Accountancy Foundation in regulating the...

    • Accountancy Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the investigation and discipline board of the Accountancy Foundation will be established; and what research she will be commissioning...

      Intellectual Property Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with the (a) Bar Council and (b) Law Society on the European Commission's proposal for a directive to...

      Arms Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her estimate is of her Department's financial support for arms exports in each year from 1992–93 to 2004–05; and if she will...

      Defence Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her estimate is of her Department's total expenditure on defence research and development in each year from 1992–93 to...

      Space Programmes Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her estimate is of her Department's total spending on space programmes in each year from 1990–91 to 2004–05 (planned); and if...

      Manufacturing Advisory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her estimate is of the cost of the Manufacturing Advisory Service for each year from 1999–2000 to 2004–05 (planned).

      Chemical Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her estimate is of her Department's spending on support for the chemical industry in each year from 2000–01 to 2004–05...

      Chemical Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her estimate is of total spending by British Trade International in each year from 1990–91 to 2004–05 (planned).

      E-Commerce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total volume was of UK e-commerce transactions in (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002.

      E-Commerce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the aims of the 1999 DTI report to make Britain the best environment in the world for e-commerce by 2002, set out in "e-commerce @...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many times since 2001 she has taken flights on departmental duties in the UK; how many of these were (a) charter flights, (b) first or...

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much (a) low, (b) intermediate and (c) high level waste will be produced as a result of BNFL's continued reprocessing of spent fuel from...

      Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) rural and (b) urban post offices have closed in each of the last 12 months (i) in total and (ii) broken down by region.

      Post Offices (Yorkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the financial loss to post offices in (a) Haltemprice and Howden and (b) the East Riding of Yorkshire as a...

      Stop Now Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many Stop Now Orders (EC Directive) Regulations injunctions have been sought against companies and individuals since March 2002, broken...

      Vehicle Fleets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what progress has been made, by (a) volume and (b) percentage for each (i) category of vehicle, (ii) type of power unit and (iii) type...

      Waterloo Road Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what she estimates will be the effect on the Waterloo area of the closure of the Waterloo Road Post Office.

  • Health

    • Barnet Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on services at Barnet hospital.

    • Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to extend foundation status to all hospitals in England and Wales;

      Hospital Mergers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what studies he has undertaken on the effect of hospital mergers on clinical performance.

      NHS Administrators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many administrators are employed in the NHS.

      Consultants Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on consultants contracts.

      Worcestershire Royal Acute Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the bed capacity at Worcestershire Royal Acute hospital.

      NHS Dentistry (Somerset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the provision of NHS dentistry in Somerset.

      Bowel Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce screening for bowel cancer; and what assessment he has made of its effectiveness.

      Children (Sport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of children undertook at least one hour's sporting activity each week on average each year since 1997.

      Clinical Negligence Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the reason is for the delay in implementing the reform proposals outlined in the Government's response to the Committee of Public Accounts 37th...

      Community Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on how he plans to distribute the £100 million to offset the impact of the fines on local authorities arising from the...

      Contractor Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for health pursuant to his answer of 20 January 2003, Official Report, column 120W, on contractor fraud, how much money has been recovered in each of the last three...

      Erythropoietin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the use of erythropoietin will be referred to NICE for consideration.

      Ethics Committee Administrators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many local research ethics committee administrators resigned between (a) 1 April 2001 and 31 March 2002, and (b) 1 April and 30 November 2002.

      Ethics Committees Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) membership and (b) purpose of the UK Ethics Committees Authority are; and if he will make a statement.

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the implications for (a) specialist manufacturers, (b) specialist retailers and (c) consumer choice of the requirement to...

      Food Supplements/Herbal Remedies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he last met representatives of the food supplements and herbal remedies industry; and when he next plans to do so.

      Fraud and Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been lost by his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies through (a) fraud and (b) theft for each year since...

      Kava-kava

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what comparative risk assessment he has conducted of kava-kava.

      Kava-kava

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether massage oils containing extract of kava-kava plant applied to the scalp for relief of stress will be exempt from the terms of the Medicines for...

      Modernisation Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget of the Modernisation Agency is in (a) 2002–03 and (b) subsequent years which have been allocated.

      National Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many consultations he has received in response to the National Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy.

      NHS Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of operations carried out by NHS hospital trusts in England in the last year which have resulted in retained...

      NHS Productivity Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department routinely uses output data from the NHS to estimate overall trends in NHS productivity growth.

      NHS Staff (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 28 January 2003, Official Report, column 820W, on NHS staff assaults, what the levels of sickness absence resulting from...

      NHS Staff (Disease Testing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he proposes to extend testing for all new NHS staff for diseases other than HIV and hepatitis; (2) when he proposes to introduce HIV and...

      Prescribing Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on costs of prescribing.

      Publicity and Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) his Department and (b) each agency and non-departmental public body sponsored by his Department spent on (i) publicity and (ii) advertising...

      Research Ethics Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Central Office for Research Ethics Committees will make funds available to local research ethics committees for the training of their members.

      Research Ethics Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who the members are of the independent group drawn from local research ethics committees, multi-centre research ethics committees, health authorities,...

      Research Ethics Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how and where the posts of director of corporate affairs and director of operations of the Central Office for Research Ethics Committees were advertised;...

      Research Ethics Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Central Office for Research Ethics Committees became responsible for research ethics committees in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) the United Kingdom.

      Research Ethics Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment was made of the need for regional offices for research ethics committees; what consultations were held; and what his estimate is of the...

      Research Ethics Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the ability of local research ethics committees to improve their performance as set out in the recommendations of the...

      Research Ethics Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many local research ethics committees received (a) all or (b) part of their funding from health authorities prior to 1 April 2002; how many local...

      Research Ethics Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the reasons are for the delay in the issuing of a common application form for researchers to use when applying to a research ethics committee; and by...

      Research Ethics Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment COREC made of commercially available software options designed to provide administrative support to research ethics committees; and what...

      Research Ethics Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many letters were received from local research ethics committees by the Central Office for Research Ethics Committees from (a) 1 January to 31...

      Research Ethics Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health to what extent the training strategy for research ethics committee members developed by COREC matches that recommended in the report on the training needs...

      Research Ethics Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether COREC followed the guidelines for making public appointments when appointing (a) an adviser on training research ethics committees and (b) an...

      Theft/Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in 2002.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to her answer of 3 December 2002, Official Report, column 780W, on broadcasting, if she will list the targets set for BBC...

    • Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to her answer of 9 January 2003, Official Report, column 51W, on Capita, if she will set out his reasons for having no further...

      Digital Television (Rural Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what reports she has (a) commissioned and (b) examined into the barriers the public in rural areas face in the take-up of digital television.

      Ethnic Minority Cultural Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding (a) her Department and (b) its agencies provide to support ethnic minority cultural events.

      Hyde Park (Public Meetings)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what discussions she has had with the (a) Metropolitan police, (b) Royal Parks police, (c) Stop the War Coalition and (d) the...

      Ministerial Meetings (Scottish Land Fund)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive to determine the demands for future funding from the Scottish Land Fund after...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Hansard

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what the cost was of reprinting the daily Hansard of 4 February.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Ministerial Cars

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many Ministers are entitled to the allocation of a car; and how many Ministers in each year from 1997 have chosen not to avail themselves of one.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Airport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many occasions and to what extent the RUC and PSNI has trained and supervised constables of the Northern Ireland Airport Police in...

    • Airport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what joint consideration the Home Office, the Department for Transport and the Northern Ireland Office have given to the contents of Sir John...

      Airport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on which occasions the RUC and PSNI have been consulted by the management of the Belfast International Airport about reductions in policing...

      Airport Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the last occasion was on which the RUC and PSNI formally agreed the level of security at the Belfast international airport, in accordance...

      Airport Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he has made the owners of Belfast International Airport aware of their responsibility under the original sales prospectus to meet appropriate...

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to what extent and on which occasions, since the enactment of the Airports (Northern Ireland) Order 1994, the RUC and PSNI has monitored the...

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on which dates since the enactment of the Airports (Northern Ireland) Order 1994 the Northern Ireland Airport Police has been subject to an...

      Belfast Airport (Policing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much per annum the PSNI charges Belfast City Airport for the cost of policing; and if he will make a statement.

      Belfast City Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many occasions in the past six months (a) customs officials, (b) airport management and (c) other airport officials have requested...

      Belfast City Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if, prior to the sale of the Belfast city airport, he will arrange for the PSNI to review (a) policing requirements and (b) financial charges to...

      Belfast International Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what safeguards and strict monitoring arrangements the Government put in place in order to ensure that the commercial interests of the...

      Security Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the name of the security committee is, referred to on 14 February 1994, Official Report, column 692, by the Under-Secretary of State; what...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Advertising Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much (a) his Department and (b) each agency and non-departmental public body sponsored by his Department spent on (i) publicity and (ii)...

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the implementation of the new CSA IT system.

      Deferred Annuities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the current providers of deferred annuities, as referred to in paragraph 81, page 65 of the Green Paper Simplicity, security...

      Departmental Running Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the running costs of (a) the Department and (b) each of its sponsored agencies were in (i) 1997 and (ii) the most recent year for which...

      E-Mail Addresses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by what e-mail address members of the public may contact (a) him and (b) each of the Ministers in his Department; and for each e-mail address...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the latest figures for housing benefit processing times are, broken down by local authority.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times since 2001 he has taken flights on departmental duties in the UK; how many of these were (a) charter flights, (b) first or club...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assumptions underlie the calculation that pensioners on £150 a week will gain £1,100 a year from the pension credit, as set out...

      Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [pursuant to his answer 18 December 2002, Official Report, column 859], whether the data on the number of pension schemes that have completed...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are estimated to be deferring claiming their state pension, broken down by (a) men and (b) women; and how many of each category...

      Pensions Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for additional ways of publicising the pensions credit.

      Portsmouth, South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were awarded increments for deferring their state pension in the last year for which data are available, broken down by (a)...

      Unemployment Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many unemployed people in Tamworth are claiming unemployment benefit; and what the change in the number of unemployed since 1997 is.

  • Education and Skills

    • A*-G Grades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of pupils achieved five or more A*-G grades in each year from 1995 to 2001.

    • A*-G Grades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of pupils achieved one A*-G grade in each year from 1995 to 2001.

      Area Cost Adjustment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which counties qualify for the education area cost adjustment; and how much they receive on average in 2002–03 per student in (a)...

      Baccalaureat Technique

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the French (a) Baccalauréat Technique and (b) Baccalauréat Général systems.

      Construction Industry Training Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his estimate is of the cost in 2003–04 to the construction equipment hire industry of the imposition of levies to the...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on his Department's expenditure plans for 2003–04 and 2004–05.

      Deprivation (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria he uses to define deprivation for the purposes of the education funding formula; and how they differ from the deprivation...

      English-style Baccalaureat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how the (a) content and (b) academic standard of his proposed English style Baccalaureate will compare with those of (i) the German Abilus...

      Finance (Leeds)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what SSA allocation the City of Leeds received in (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03, (c) 2003–04; and what was (i) the LEA spend...

      Government Offices for the Regions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what responsibilities the Government offices for the regions have relating to education.

      Key Stage 4

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the national standard of teaching at Key Stage 4.

      Modern Apprenticeship Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the completion rates were for the modern apprenticeship programmes in each year since their inception.

      Ofsted

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funds his Department has allocated to OFSTED in (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and (c) 2005–06, (i) in cash terms and (ii)...

      Primary Schools (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what security guidelines he issues to local education authorities with regard to primary schools; (2) what advice he gives local...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funds his Department has allocated to each public body sponsored by the department in (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and (c)...

      School Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the value of school buildings in England; and if he will make a statement.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average price of a school meal was in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each local authority area in England and Wales in...

      Sector Skills Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria he used to judge the relevant expertise of appointments to the board and senior management of the Sector Skills Development...

      Specialist Status Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 3 February 2003, Official Report, column 783W, on specialist status schools, what assessment he has made of the...

      Student Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment he has made of (a) continuous assessment and (b) examinations as alternative mechanisms for student appraisal.

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many initial teacher training places funded by his Department have not been filled by the Teacher Training Agency in each subject for...

      Teacher Workload

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will make a statement on the reforms designed to reduce teacher workload, as outlined in the November 2002 Teachers report, with...

      Teachers Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average teacher's wage paid in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools is, broken down by LEA.

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department is taking to combat truancy in schools.

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the estimated incidence of truancy is in secondary schools broken down by local authority area, in the last year for which figures are...

      Undergraduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of undergraduates failed to complete their degree courses in each year since 1997.

  • Home Department

    • Air Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many criminal activities involving air pellet guns were successfully prosecuted in each year since 1990; what the average age was of...

    • Air Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) convictions and (b) cautions there were for persons under 17 years having an air weapon in a public place in each year...

      Air Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals he has to restrict the use of air guns by minors.

      Algerian Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many asylum seekers from Algeria were (a) granted asylum, (b) rejected for asylum and in subsequent appeal and (c) were removed...

      Algerians

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Algerians have been granted (a) temporary leave to stay and (b) permanent leave to stay in the UK in each of the last 10 years.

      Asylum Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of the asylum process, including appeals, was for individuals who arrived in the UK in 2002.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applicants for asylum, broken down by country of origin, have had their applications refused since 22 October 2001; and how many are...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have been refused support by NASS on the basis of not having made their claim as soon as is reasonably practicable...

      Car-jacking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many car-jackings have taken place in the Greater London area in each of the last three years.

      Commissioners and Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff are (a) employed, and (b) planned to be employed, by each of the commissioners and tribunals which have been created by the...

      Communications Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the voluntary code of practice which relates to the retention of communications data.

      Communications Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of (a) the number of officials who will be allowed to demand access to communications data and (b) the number of...

      Congestion Charge

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions have taken place between law enforcement agencies and the (a) Mayor of London and (b) Information Commissioner concerning...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department why he has not replied to the letter to him dated 28 November from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr. S. Singh.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 14 December from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mrs. Emilia...

      Cremation (Amputated Limbs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to review the Regulation as to Cremation 1930, SR & O 1930/1016 to allow amputees to arrange for the cremation of their...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 21 January 2003, Official Report, column 291W, on the Criminal Records Bureau, what the cost was of the independent...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department has taken to inform applicants to the Criminal Records Bureau that ex-gratia payments can be made if there has been...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library copies of the monthly Business Sector data reports that his Department has received in each of the last six...

      Data Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce legislation to revoke the powers of NHS bodies to undertake surveillance; and if he will make a statement.

      Drug Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the report commissioned by him and prepared by Steven Pudney of the University of Leicester on possible links...

      Empty Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many empty homes his Department (a) had five years ago and (b) has now, by region; if he will establish an empty homes strategy within...

      Experience Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are members of the Experience Corps scheme; and how many have left.

      Infanticidal Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Criminal Cases Review Commission has to review the cases of mothers convicted of murdering their infant children.

      Misuse of Drugs Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the responses he has received to the consultation on the draft guidelines in implementing the changes to section 8 of the...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals claimed their new passports were lost in the post in 2002; in how many of those cases the Passport Agency issued a...

      Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many press releases have been issued by his Department in each (a) year and (b) quarter from 1995–96 to 2002–03; and if he...

      Surveillance Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to respond to the observations on the powers of the police to undertake surveillance made by the Surveillance...

      Surveillance Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce legislation to remove the powers of parish councils to undertake surveillance as recommended by the Surveillance...

      Surveillance Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to review the draft Codes of Practice which relate to surveillance to take account of the observations made by the...

      Surveillance Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to address the observations on NHS Scotland, made by the Surveillance Commissioner in paragraph 8.12 of his Annual...

      Surveillance Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many communications surveillance warrants were issued in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland in each year since 1990.

      Telephone Helplines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many telephone helplines are sponsored by his Department; and which of these helplines are charged at (a) national rate, (b) premium rate...

      Temporary Visa Holders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visas for temporary stays in the United Kingdom (a) were issued and (b) have expired since 29 October 2001; and of the latter (i)...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent advice his Department has issued to procurement staff regarding the procurement of timber from legal and sustainable sources.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list those countries from which citizens do not require a visa to enter the UK, but to which UK citizens do require a visa to gain...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many sites have been referred by the Government on the basis of intelligence as having weapons of mass destruction to the UN...

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many searches were initiated by UK intelligence of the 100 sites investigated in Iraq by UN weapons inspectors.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress his Department has made in meeting its public service agreement target on reducing opium production in...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) the US Government, (b) the Turkish Government and (c) the German...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the estimated amount of opium produced in Afghanistan was in each year from 1997 to date.

      American Prisons (UK Nationals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK nationals are held in (a) prison, (b) custody and (c) detention in the United States of America; and if he will make...

      Balkans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to visit the Balkan countries to assess the progress that has been made towards peace and security in the...

      Diplomatic Representation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) embassies and (b) high commissions there are abroad; and how many have been (i) closed and (ii) opened in each year...

      EU Accession Anniversary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the costs were of events and publicity sponsored and organised by his Department in the United Kingdom and abroad to...

      EU Association Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what sanctions are available to the EU in the event of a non-EU state breaching the terms of an Association Agreement with the EU.

      Guantanamo Bay (British Prisoners)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure British prisoners detained at Guantanamo Bay are treated in accordance with international law.

      Guantanamo Bay (British Prisoners)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the US Administration to arrange the (a) repatriation and (b) trial of British prisoners...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what occasions since 21st October 2002 UK Ministers have raised with Israel in (a) bilateral meetings and (b) correspondence...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his Answer of 3 February, Official Report, column 8W, on Israel, whether proposals have yet been produced by Israel...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which European capital cities the Minister for Europe has visited since his appointment; and which European capital cities he...

      Palestinian Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the use made by the Palestinian Authority of funding supplied to it by the European Union; and...

      Saudi Arabia (British Detainees)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment the Department has made of whether there is forensic evidence that incriminates the British detainees charged...

      Serbia and Montenegro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the decision by the Yugoslav parliament to loosen ties between Serbia and Montenegro;...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the sale of the Alenia Marconi Systems radar system to the Government of Sudan and its use by...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on arms exports to Sudan; and what steps it has taken to support the EU...

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with European Union Member States on the opportunity for human rights observers to visit Abdullah...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when Her Majesty's Government was approached by the French Government to seek agreement for a relaxation of the European Union...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the Foreign Secretary was informed of the French Government's intentions to request a visa waiver for Mr. Robert Mugabe to...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the British Government was first informed by the French Government that the French Government wished to invite President...

  • House of Lords

    • Stakeholder Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to extend the 1 per cent cap on fees chargeable for stakeholder pensions to unit trusts and investment bonds.

    • Irish Republic: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 9 January (WA 231) concerning human rights in the Irish Republic, what is the measurement which indicates...

      Detention Centres: Chaplaincy Arrangements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether sensitive and caring chaplaincy arrangements for members of all faiths are important in preventing violence, self-harm and suicide in all immigration,...

      Asylum Seekers: Accommodation Centres

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any further consideration has been given to potential sites for accommodation centres.

      Cambridge University Marmoset Projects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the report by the Chief Inspector of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Inspectorate of his review following allegations made by the...

      Asylum Appeals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the most recent 12-month period for which figures are available, what is the total number of asylum cases which went to appeal and the total sum in legal aid...

      Environmental Offences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which United Kingdom companies were prosecuted in 2002 for serious environmental offences which resulted in a fine of over £1,000; what were the nature of the...

      NHS Foundation Trusts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 15 January (WA 45), whether the existence of a private finance initiative contract has any bearing on...

      Television Licence Fees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will announce the television licence fees that will come into force this year.

      Public Libraries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have about the role of public libraries.

      Royal Parks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in the proposed change of status of the royal parks from an agency to a non-departmental public body.

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