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Written answers

Tuesday, 4 March 2003

  • Defence

    • European Security and Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last discussed progress on the European Security and Defence Policy with the German defence minister.

    • Export Licence (Sudan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Alenia Marconi System used the F680 procedure to receive preliminary Government advice on the likely prospects for approval on their export...

      Honours and Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he received the recommendations of the Sub-Committee of the Honours and Decorations Committee, on the issue of a medal for UK servicemen who were in...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the MOD expects to award the contract for the Future Infantry Soldier Technology Programme; what capabilities the new equipment will have; when the...

      Separated Service Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in what circumstances unmarried service personnel deployed to the Gulf receive longer separated service allowance.

      Separated Service Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which categories of service personnel are eligible for longer separated service allowance; and under what circumstances it is awarded.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the (a) number and (b) percentage of (i) single males, (ii) single females and (iii) couples (A) over 60 and (B) over 75...

    • File Stores

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of operating his Department's filestores in each year since 1997.

      Housing Benefit (Rent Restrictions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of total housing benefit expenditure on private accommodation used for housing families in temporary accommodation in...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Government's plans are to introduce a standard local housing allowance to replace housing benefit; when the plan's changes will be...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to provide an alternative method to people to drawing their pension in person, when they suffer from sudden illness, from April.

      Pensions (Casual Agents)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people draw their pensions through post offices using casual agents.

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he will take to advertise the benefit of the post office card accounts to those recipients of (a) war pensions and (b) child benefit...

      University Students (Work Placements)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many university students his Department and associated agencies have supported or sponsored with a work placement in the last year; what...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Abandoned Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many abandoned vehicles there were in the UK in each year since 1992; and how many are projected for the next five years...

    • Abandoned Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps she is taking to ensure that (a) abandoned and (b) end of life vehicles are disposed of in a sustainable...

      Illegal Bush Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action her Department is taking to tackle the illegal importation of bush meat

      Domestic Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what investigations she has carried out into the amount of household domestic waste which has been separated for recycling by...

      Environment Agency (Fines)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment has been made or is planned of the effectiveness of fines levied by the Environment Agency on polluters...

      Exercise Action Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what local exercise action pilots have been introduced by the Countryside Agency in collaboration with Sport England and the...

      Fly Tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimated total volume of waste she estimates was illegally flytipped in each year since 1992, broken down by the nature...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what role the Minister of State for the Environment and Agri-Environment has in the Government's consideration of policy...

      Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the industries and activities which have moved (a) from a Part B process to a Part A process and (b) from a...

      Mobile Recycling Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many mobile recycling plants there are in operation in the UK; and what their total weekly capacity is, broken down by region.

      Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many disposable nappies she estimates were (a) used and (b) disposed of by (i) landfill, (ii) incineration and (iii)...

      Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the annual emission was of (a) NOx, (b) SOx, (c) particulates and (d) CO2 at (i) London Gatwick Airport and (ii) London...

      Refrigerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when proposed new recycling plants related to the recycling of refrigerators will come online; and what their capacity will...

      Refrigerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many refrigerators and freezers are being stored by each local authority pending disposal or recycling.

      Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tyres were (a) purchased, (b) reused and (c) disposed of by (i) landfill, (ii) incineration, (iii) illegal fly...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total volume of (a) domestic, (b) commercial and (c) other waste was in each region in each year since 2000 and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Central America

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his United States counterpart in respect of United States involvement in the democratic...

    • Cote d'Ivoire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures his Department is taking to prevent violence between forces of the Government of Cote d'Ivoire and Liberian refugees.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to promote a settlement in Cyprus.

      EU Accession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent communication he has had with the governments of the EU applicant countries regarding their accession to the...

      EU Candidate Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps remain to be taken before candidate countries become members of the EU.

      EU Candidate Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with European counterparts regarding the Turkish application to join the EU; and what talks...

      Foreign Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many agreements were reached between the UK Government and foreign powers in 2001; and of those, how many were agreed...

      Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the (a) environment, (b) education and (c) human resources grants funded by his Department for which individual...

      General Affairs and External Relations Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcome was of the General Affairs and External Relations Council held on 24–25 February; what the Government's...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans his Department has to celebrate the 300th anniversary of British sovereignty over Gibraltar; and what representations...

      Human Rights Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have been held with non-governmental human rights groups in preparation for the forthcoming UN Human Rights...

      Human Rights Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who the United Kingdom representatives will be at the United Nations Human Rights Conventions to be held in Geneva from 17 March...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the United States Government in respect of the United States registered companies shown to...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure the widest possible support for the UK sponsored draft resolution on Iraq at the UN; and if he...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what evidence there is to support his statement, 26 February 2003, Official Report, column 270, that the United Nations Security...

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his European colleagues on the final status of Kosovo; and if he will make a statement.

      Moroccan Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations his Department has made to the Algerian Government on the condition of Moroccan prisoners in...

      Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a written statement in the Official Report following each (a) ministerial meeting and (b) meeting of the...

      Palestinian Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to press Israel to implement United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194 of 1948 on the right of...

      Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his discussions with the Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs since her appointment.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received regarding the civil war in Sudan, with specific reference to the bombing campaign of the Sudanese...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what end-use monitoring agreements relating to the export of military products are in place with Sudan; and what end-use...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has held with UN officials concerning the date of a referendum on the future of the Western Sahara; and if...

  • Treasury

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many animals are used by customs and excise authorities in the UK, broken down by species.

    • Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 7 January 2003, Official Report, column 195W, on the Climate Change Levy, why no estimate is available of levy receipts the...

      Departmental Policies (Northampton)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of his Department's measures to tackle income inequality in Northampton.

      Home Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to stop mortgage lenders charging fees when customers switch their home insurance.

      Insurance Mediation Directive

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what representations he has received on the decision that the Insurance Mediation Directive will be administered by the Financial Services Authority...

      Manufacturing Exports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates he has made of the value of manufacturing export from companies within the Dumfries and Galloway region in the last 10 years.

      Middle East

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he plans to allow tax concessions for Britons who have been advised to leave the middle east because of the political situation in the region.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will meet the hon. Member for Nottingham, North to discuss the Strelley/Broxtowe Sure Start and its loss of underspends caused by building delays.

      Taliban

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the Taliban assets in the UK which (a) are frozen and (b) were frozen in October 2001; when assets were frozen of the Afghan National Credit...

      Tax (Non-residents)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals were considered to be non-domiciled for tax purposes in the UK in each year from 1980–81 to 2001–02; and if he will make a...

      Trust Ports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if trust ports classified as public corporations are required to remit an annual dividend to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

      Trust Ports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 16 December 2002, Official Report, column 597W, if he will place in the Library the information held by the Office of National...

      Unpaid Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the amount of unpaid tax in each year since 1993–94, broken down by (a) income tax, (b) VAT, (c) customs duties, (d)...

      VAT Exemption

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he has estimated the net change in value added tax revenue which would result from the proposed VAT exemption for welfare services provided by...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Social and Environmental Reporting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to make social and environmental reporting mandatory for medium and large companies.

    • Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations she has received from bodies representing the accountancy profession on the use of the term Accountant.

      Age Diversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when her Department completed its diagnostic review for compliance with the Government's Code of Practice for Age Diversity in Employment; and...

      Bottled Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many incidences and what total volume of bottled water has been withdrawn from sale in the United Kingdom since 1992, broken down by...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the Employment Tribunals Service makes payment and administers the arrangements for the provision for a sign language interpreter or...

      Fur Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans her Department has to enforce the (a) accurate and (b) specific labelling of fur used in consumer goods; and if she will make a...

      Newspapers (Carriage Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent assessment she has made of the progress being made by the Office of Fair Trading investigation into the carriage costs charged by...

      Part-time Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to ensure that part-time workers receive (a) the minimum wage and (b) appropriate levels of paid leave.

  • Cabinet Office

    • E-Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make a statement on progress with the introduction of e-government.

    • Civil Service (Ethnic Diversity)

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent progress has been made in improving ethnic minority recruitment into the civil service.

      Civil Service Legislation

      Tony Wright: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress has been made on proposals for civil service legislation.

      Health Sector Targets

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what discussions he has had in recent weeks with the Delivery Unit about Government targets in the health sector.

      Government Websites

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many Government websites comply with W3C standards.

      Government Websites

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many Government websites have a PCIS rating.

      Online Nation Campaign

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when the Government plans to launch the Online Nation campaign.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Cafcass

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what her estimate is of the efficiency savings that will be made by CAFCASS over the next 10 financial years.

    • Constituency Boundaries

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when he expects the boundary commission to complete its review of constituency boundaries; and when the review will be implemented.

      Jury Service

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department for what reason payment for jury service increases after five days' service.

      Public Record Office

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what assessment she has made of the effect on net government spending on the Public Records Office of introducing additional...

      Public Record Office

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what reasons underlie the change in total public spending on the Public Record Office between 1998–99 and 2003–04; and...

      Work Placements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many university students her Department and associated agencies have supported or sponsored with a work placement in the last...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Audit Commission (Inspectors)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many inspection staff have been employed by the Audit Commission responsible for inspecting local authorities in each year since 1997.

    • Community Empowerment Fund

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much funding Leeds city Council has received from the Community Empowerment Fund; which organisations manage the fund; what projects have been developed; and...

      External Finance/Council Tax (Increases)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list for each local authority the percentage increase in (a) aggregate external finance and (b) council tax from (i) 1997–98 to 2002–03 and...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what figure for the percentage increase in fire service productivity over the past 10 years was submitted to the Bain Inquiry by the Fire Service employers.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which Fire Brigades have introduced an integrated personal development system with the agreement of the FBU (a) as a pilot scheme and (b) in full.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost would be to the fire service employers of the implementation of the recommendations contained in the Bain review.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what overtime hours were worked by firefighters, in each fire brigade area, in the last period for which figures are available.

      GLA (Elections)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to reduce the numbers of spoilt ballot papers at the 2004 elections for the Greater London Authority.

      New Deal

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many employees of New Deal for Communities projects (a) have been made redundant and (b) had a contract terminated early in each of the last five years.

      Sustainable Communities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the funding for Housing—London, East and South East and Housing—other regions in 2003–04 identified in the table on page 66 of...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Aggregates Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures he has put in place to assess the impact of the aggregates tax on companies in Northern Ireland.

    • Areas of Special Scientific Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the European-recognised Area of Special Scientific Interest sites in Northern Ireland.

      Banking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reasons banking institutions in Northern Ireland were excluded from examination and control by the Director General of Fair Trading,...

      Belfast City Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether public consultation will take place prior to the proposed increase in flights into and out of Belfast City Airport.

      Competition Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the recommendations of the Competition Commission in respect of the eight clearing banking institutions in the United Kingdom will apply...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the cost of diabetes and its associated complications to the health service in Northern Ireland.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to tackle domestic violence in Northern Ireland.

      Education Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions have occurred between the Department of Education and the Department of Employment and Learning regarding development of a...

      Energy Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to introduce provisions to enable the buyout of long-term energy contracts through (a) a bond mechanism, (b) low-cost loans...

      Foetal Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals have received compensation in each of the last five years as the result of disability from injuries incurred while in the...

      Legal Action (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on what grounds the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment has been granted public funding to pursue private...

      Legal Action (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many civil servants in each of the past 15 years have been granted public funds to pursue libel actions.

      Linguistic Diversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to whom the draft linguistic diversity policy of the National Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland has been presented.

      Manufacturing Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many jobs were lost in each sector of the manufacturing industry in Strangford in each of the last 10 years; and how much government funding...

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the latest available scientific research on the safety of mobile phone masts.

      Nurse Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new nurses have taken up their post in each board area in Northern Ireland over the last two years.

      Railway Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his plans are for the future of the Whitehead to Larne railway line.

      Rohypnol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the availability of Rohypnol in Northern Ireland; and what mechanisms are in place to ensure that Rohypnol is...

      Teachers' Pay Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if the pay settlement reached in the Review of Salaries for Principals and Vice Principals will be extended to (a) teaching and (b) non-teaching...

      Trolley Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average trolley waits in Daisy Hill Hospital were in (a) November 2002, (b) December 2002 and (c) January 2003.

      Trolley Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average trolley wait was in each hospital in Northern Ireland in January.

      Vehicle Fleets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he has issued guidelines to local authorities in Northern Ireland on the introduction of facilities for the provision of (a) retail and...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the term Baltic dancers appeared in the application made in summer 2002 for a group work permit for lap dancers for the Movie Star Café.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions the Department of Employment and Learning had with Work Permits UK on the application made for a group work permit for lap...

      Work Placements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many university students his Department has supported or sponsored with a work placement in the last year; what his policy is on work...

  • Transport

    • A46/A47 Link Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the A46-A47 Link Road.

    • Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his strategy is for encouraging greater reliance on bus transport in areas where bus services are deregulated.

      New Airport (Rugby)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the Environment Agency's submissions on the proposed site of a new airport east of Rugby.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement about the level of investment in the national railway infrastructure in the last financial year.

      Road Works Obstructions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the cost to businesses of the overrunning of road works contracts which obstruct entry to business premises in the last...

      Cycling Projects Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the Cycling Projects Fund.

      Roads (Eastern Region)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to improve road links in the eastern part of the eastern region.

      Congestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made by his Department on the effect of the central London congestion charge on (a) traffic levels, (b) traffic speeds, (c)...

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what basis the valuation of Highways Agency assets in the National Asset Register was made; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospitality Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's hospitality budget (a) is in 2002–03 and (b) was in each of the last three years; and how much was left unspent at the end...

      Light Rapid Transit Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on progress of the Light Rapid Transit project for Fareham-Gosport-Portsmouth.

      Maritime Oil Cargo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent measures he has taken with his European colleagues to improve the safety of transport of oil cargo in European waters.

      Maritime Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made since 1997 in reducing pollution in UK waters; what proposals he has to further reduce these levels; and if he will make a...

      Nats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what measures he is taking to address the shortcomings in the provision of safety information by NATS to general aviation; and what assessment...

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trains travelling from Worcester to Hereford have been prematurely terminated at (a) Malvern and (b) Ledbury stations in the past six months;...

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to ensure sufficient passenger capacity on cross country trains.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Communications Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received on the impact on employment in regional newspapers of the provisions of the Communications Bill.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will make a statement on the role of the Crown Prosecution Service in domestic violence cases.

    • Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Solicitor General how many staff worked for the Serious Fraud Office in each year from 1988–89 to 2003–04 (planned); and if she will make a statement.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Car Parking

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what estimate he has made of the revenue forgone in each of the last five years from providing...

    • Public Expenditure

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what total public spending on the House of Commons was in each year from 1992–93 to...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions her Department has had with his US counterparts on the reconstruction of Afghanistan; and if he will make a...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate her Department has made of the number of Afghans who suffered hunger-related deaths in 2001.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial resources have been allocated to HIV/AIDS projects in each year since 1992.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment her Department has made of the impact of HIV/AIDS on the economic development of (a) Swaziland, (b) Malawi, (c)...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which HIV/AIDS education programmes her Department is supporting, broken down by continent.

      Humanitarian Contingency Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what contingency plans have been made to assist the civilians of Iraq in (a) water supplies, (b) food and (c) medical treatment after...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures her Department will take to support the Iraqi ration distribution system in the event of military intervention in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department will take to aid the re-establishment of links between families in the aftermath of possible war in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of the number of people who will be displaced within Iraq in the event of conflict.

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made in Kosovo of (a) health services and indications and (b) education services.

      Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment her Department has made of the humanitarian situation in the refugee camps in Montserrado county in Liberia.

      Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate she has made of the number of Liberians who have fled into Sierra Leone following the upsurge of hostilities between...

      Meningitis Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate the World Health Organisation has made of the number of doses of meningitis vaccine required and how many have been...

      Mine Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was spent on (a) humanitarian mine clearance, (b) commercial mine clearance (c) military initiatives, (d) mine awareness, (e)...

      Mine Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what organisations the Government gave money for mine clearance in 2002–03; and how much was given in each case.

      Mine Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the expenditure was on humanitarian mine clearance in each year since 1997, broken down by country.

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the estimated amount of food aid in the Occupied Territories is; and how much has been distributed.

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of the impact of a war against Iraq on the routes of humanitarian aid to the Occupied...

      Palestinian Authority Area (Living Conditions)

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action she is taking to help those living in the Palestinian Authority area to (a) secure employment, (b)...

      Police Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what consultation takes place with (a) the OSCE, (b) the United Kingdom's mission to the OSCE, (c) other regional international...

      World Food Programme Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of the impact of the Israeli Defence Force's activities on World Food Programme supplies.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many named day written questions were tabled to the Department between 15 October 2002 and 24 February 2003; how many that received...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on foot and mouth disease in Zimbabwe and assistance from the UK in supplying vaccines.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much producing her Department's latest annual report cost; how many copies were printed; how many copies of it were sold at its cover price; to whom...

    • Gaelic Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many Gaelic speakers there are in Scotland; and what proportion this is of the Scottish population.

      Gaelic Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans her Department has to protect and promote the Gaelic language, with specific regard to broadcasting; and if she will make a statement.

      Gaelic Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much money the Government are giving to support the Gaelic language in Scotland in the areas of (a) education and (b) cultural organisations in...

  • Education and Skills

    • Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the Sure Start programmes in operation, and their budget.

    • Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list Sure Start programmes which have ceased operating.

      A-Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer to question 97151, what his assessment is of the interrelation of the finding in Mike Tomlinson's final report into A...

      Assisted Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of (a) the number and (b) the percentage of undergraduate students at UK universities who had been recipients of...

      Classrooms (Yeovil)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether (a) Westfield Secondary School and (b) Grass Royal Junior School in Yeovil will be required under the departmental school net...

      Exam Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what impact his federation of schools proposal will have on the availability and publication of each school's exam results.

      Higher Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on higher education in England, in real terms at 2000–01 prices, in each year from 1989–90 to 2003–04...

      Learndirect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his policy is on Learndirect selling its products free of charge; and what assessment he has made of the impact of this on competition.

      Local Authority Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list for each local education authority in England and Wales, for each year since 1997, their (a) total spending, (b) spending...

      Playing Field Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to prevent the sale of school playing fields provided for under-eights; and if he will make a statement.

      Pupil Deprivation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what factors are taken into consideration in assessing deprivation in pupils.

      School Circulars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the circulars that have been sent by (a) the Office for Standards in Education, (b) the Qualifications and Curriculum...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his Department's policy is towards the Specialist Schools (Selection by Aptitude) Bill.

      Sure Start (Harwich)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding has been allocated to the Harwich constituency under the Sure Start scheme.

  • Home Department

    • Angel Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list the contracts which the Angel Group and its subsidiaries have agreed with local authorities for the provision of...

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent assessment he has made of the reliability of animal experiments relating to behavioural neuroscience; (2) what recent...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what sources of in-country information about (a) Afghanistan, (b) Iraq and (c) Somalia are used in contesting appeals against refusal of an...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many asylum seekers awaiting a decision on their application have stated that they fought for or supported the Taliban; (2) how...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department after what period benefit payments are stopped in respect of asylum seekers who are refused asylum.

      Carter Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish the Carter Report into the Criminal Records Bureau.

      Carter Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date he received the report of the independent team led by Patrick Carter into the operation of the Criminal Records Bureau; when the...

      Charity Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he has taken to implement the recommendations in the Strategy Unit report Private Action, Public Benefit; and what the timetable...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter of 13 September 2002 from the hon. Member for Eccles concerning Ms Weyni Abraha, which his Department has...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Broxbourne of (a) 25 October 2002, (b) 18 November 2002, (c) 20 December 2002 and...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the honourable Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter of 8 January regarding a constituent ref. 7113.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department why he has not replied to the letter to him dated 4 November 2002 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to adjust the budget for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority for 2002–03.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff have been redeployed to the Criminal Records Bureau from the Passport Agency in each month since the introduction of the...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the inquiry headed by Patrick Carter into the Criminal Records Bureau will cost; and who will be responsible for the costs.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which local authorities in England and Wales have a written and publicly available policy on domestic violence; when each local authority's...

      Drug Treatment and Testing Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 5 February 2003, Official Report, column 328W, in what circumstances drug treatment and testing orders are revoked;...

      Drug Treatment and Testing Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicted offenders were assessed as having drug problems in the last year for which figures are available; and what proportion of...

      Extradition Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) clauses and (b) schedules were (i) fully debated, (ii) partly debated and (iii) not debated during the committee stage of the...

      Hit-and-run Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the maximum fine is that can be levied on a hit-and-run driver without insurance.

      Hit-and-run Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for he Home Department how many (a) hit-and-run accidents, (b) hit-and-run accidents whose driver did not have insurance and (c) hit-and-run drivers taken to court...

      Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what hospitality has been offered at public expense in the last 12 months, by each Minister in his Department to outside interest...

      Leave to Remain

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in each quarter since January 1997, (a) how many applications for leave to remain on the basis of marriage were received, (b) what the normal...

      London Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women have been assessed for drug treatment in each London prison during the last 12 months.

      Multi-agency Public Protection Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons are under the supervision of each multi-agency public protection panel in England and Wales; whether there is a central...

      Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list IT contracts in his Department above £50 million in each of the last 10 years; what the inception date for each system...

      Police Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners are held in police cells; and if he will make a statement.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost of the Prison Service was in real terms at 2000–01 prices (a) in total and (b) per prisoner, in each year from...

      Prison Training Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to (a) promote and (b) provide financial assistance to corporate socially responsible training programmes in prisons...

      Prisoner Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of (a) the nutritional needs of prisoners in HM prisons and (b) the need for supplements to be issued; and if he...

      Prisoners (Drugs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of offenders serving sentences of (a) under 12 months and (b) over 12 months tested positive for (i) heroin, (ii) crack...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what performance targets are set for the National Probation Service in England and Wales.

      Reconvictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 13 February to question 98141, what the reconviction levels were between 1995 and 2002; and what estimates he has...

      Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners undergoing drug treatment were offered continuing treatment on release into the community; and how many prisoners took up...

      Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on drug rehabilitation for (a) offenders in prison and (b) prisoners on release in each of the last five years.

      Secure Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his latest estimate is of the cost per year per inmate of (a) local authority secure units, (b) secure training centres and (c) young...

      Traffic Accidents (Havering)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many road traffic accidents were reported last year in (a) the London Borough of Havering, (b) the London Borough of Redbridge, (c) the...

      Voluntary Organisations (Vulnerable Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans his Department has to support the establishment and development of voluntary organisations using the model and approach of 'Kids...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of sentence (a) issued and (b) served for those young offenders sent to (i) local authority secure units, (ii) young...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) local authority secure units, (b) young offenders' institutions and (c) secure training centres have been in operation in each...

  • Health

    • Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research has been carried out into the impact of endocrine-disrupting chemicals on human health.

    • Attention Deficit Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of (a) junk food and (b) additives in food on (i) ADD and (ii) ADHD; and if he will make a statement.

      Cancer Services (Investment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the findings of the exceptional tracking exercise on the additional investment in cancer services will be published (a) in full and (b) on...

      Cloning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has held with his European counterparts on cloning; and if he will make a statement.

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to revise the notes for guidance on continuing care in the light of the case of R v North and East Devon Health Authority ex parte...

      Contraception

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many girls aged (a) under 16, (b) under 18 and (c) under 20 have been given the morning-after pill under Patient Group Directives in each year in...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many digital hearing aids have been issued by the NHS in the London Borough of Havering in the last 12 months; (2) if he will make a statement...

      Drug Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what clinical trials there have been on heroin treatment using (a) methadone, (b) buprenorphine, (c) naltraxone, (d) psychotherapy and (e) residential...

      Drug Users

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many problematic drug users were in treatment in each of the last five years.

      Drug-eluting Stents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which NHS hospitals provide drug eluting stents to private patients but not to NHS patients; (2) which NHS hospitals which provide drug eluting...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department will have stocks of (a) The Score: Facts about drugs, (b) Drugs-The Facts A6 booklet, (c) A parent's guide to drugs and (d) drugs...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how long the Department has been out of stock of (a) The Score: Facts about drugs, (b) Drugs the facts A6 booklet, (c) A parent's guide to drugs and (d)...

      Elder Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received from the Community and District Nursing Association on elder abuse.

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) medical consultant and (b) nursing specialist posts specifically concerned with the treatment of epilepsy there are in the United Kingdom.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average patient roll is for each general practitioner in the Camden and Islington area; what he expects the number to be in 2003–04; and if...

      Health Protection Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to agree the National Assembly of Wales funding for the Health Protection Agency.

      Health Service Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent providing (a) occupational and physiotherapy, (b) home help and (c) district nursing services in England in each of the last five years.

      Health Services (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which module within the National Services Framework for children will include targets for improving the treatment of enuresis and paediatric continence.

      Health Services (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce training for (a) commissioners and (b) managers on managing comprehensive Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in...

      Health Services (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to monitor the child and adolescent mental health targets set out in his Department's publication "Improvement, expansion and reform:...

      Heart Choice Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients have (a) been eligible and (b) applied for treatment elsewhere under the Heart Choice Scheme; (2) how many patients have received...

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to implement the hepatitis C strategy for England, published in consultation form in August 2002.

      Homoeopathic Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans his Department has to encourage the use of homoeopathic treatments, where their effectiveness has been proven; (2) what studies he has...

      Hospital Mergers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 11 February 2003, Official Report, column 666W, on hospital mergers, if he will (a) name and (b) publish the study covering...

      Long-term Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people who may have been obliged to sell their homes to pay for care, following the report by the Health...

      Long-term Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the report by the Health Service Ombudsman on NHS funding for long term care; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether consideration of the responses to the Draft Mental Health Bill consultation has been completed; and when a re-drafted bill will be presented...

      MMR Immunisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the immunisation rates were for MMR in each of the last five years.

      MMR Immunisation (Kent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the immunisation rates were for MMR in each of the last five years for Tunbridge Wells and West Kent.

      Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what targets are being set to reduce diagnosis time for people suffering from motor neurone disease; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

      Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to place motor neurone disease in the national service framework; and if he will make a statement.

      National Service Framework for Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 7 February 2003, Official Report, column 474W, on the National Service Framework, what methods are being used to monitor the...

      Nurses and Nursing Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam (Mr. Burstow) of 28 January 2003, Official Report, column 822W, on nurses' recruitment, how...

      Older People (Falls Prevention)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the progress of local health authorities against the National Service Framework for Older People's 2003 milestone on falls...

      Overseas Nurse Advice Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 5 February 2003, Official Report, column 317W, on the overseas nurse advice line, if he will break down the calls received by...

      Overseas Nurse Advice Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 5 February 2003, Official Report, column 317W, on the international nurses advice line, if he will set out its objectives.

      Overseas Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who the members are of the group set up to identify problems faced by overseas nurses; what budget the group has; what findings it has so far presented;...

      Patient Choice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many choices of alternative hospital patients in London waiting more than six months for elective surgery will have.

      Patient Choice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many choices of alternative hospital patients in Greater Manchester waiting six months for orthopaedic treatment, ENT treatment or general surgery...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the income per capita of the population is for primary care trusts in (a) Wiltshire, (b) Hampshire and (c) Berkshire.

      Public Health Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the additional resources to be provided when NHS trusts receive laboratories from the public health laboratory service will match the additional...

      Queen Alexandra Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the approved affordability is of the private finance initiative at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham; (2) what the expected annual cost is of...

      Radiation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the recent research published by the European Commission on Radiation Risk and the implications for human health.

      Radiation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the health implications arising from the operation of the nuclear industry.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department plans to give to its employees on actions to take on No Smoking Day.

      Social Care Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the grants funded by his Department for social care for which individuals may apply; how much funding was made in the last financial year;...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when (a) he, (b) the head of the tuberculosis unit of the Public Health Laboratory Service and (c) senior officials from his Department last met NHS trust...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements are made to inoculate NHS staff against TB.

      Waiting Times (Hull and East Riding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list (a) the number of patients and (b) the length of waiting time for smear test results in Hull and the East Riding in the past 12 months.

  • House of Lords

    • Iraq

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What contingency plans are now being prepared in liaison with intergovernmental and non-governmental humanitarian agencies for co-ordinated humanitarian operations...

    • Pakistan: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Baroness Amos on 4 November 2002 (WA75), 6 November 2002 (WA103) and 25 November 2002 (WA17) about human rights in Pakistan and...

      Angola: Publish What You Pay Initiative

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made with the Publish What You Pay initiative in Angola; and whether they will propose to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and...

      Congo: UN Expert Panel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1457, they are now investigating those United Kingdom companies and individuals listed in Annex...

      Capita: FCO Contracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What contracts have been awarded to the Capita Group by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

      Reproductive Healthcare

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Amos on 13 February (WA132), whether their statement that they "do not provide assistance to stabilise population growth"...

      Zimbabwe: EU Aid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much bilateral aid is paid to Zimbabwe by each European Union member state; and how much was given to Zimbabweans through the European Commission's Conflict...

      Occupied Territories: Use of UK-supplied Equipment by Israel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there have been any breaches of the Israeli assurances about the use of United Kingdom-supplied equipment in the Occupied Territories exported under...

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 6 February (WA42) concerning equality, what is the position as regards functions which cannot be...

      Northern Ireland: Smoking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to reduce (a) smoking in public places in Northern Ireland; (b) the number of pregnant women smoking; and (c) passive smoking involving young...

      Motoring Offences: UK Citizens Abroad

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What investigations they have conducted to ensure United Kingdom motorists receive access to justice in foreign courts; and In what circumstances a United Kingdom...

      Armed Forces Overseas Allowances: Gulf Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether reserve members of the Armed Forces who are called up for service in the Gulf will be entitled to overseas allowances; and, if not, why not; and Whether...

      Gulf Service Units: E-mail Facilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many e-mail terminals will each service unit in the Gulf possess for welfare e-mails; and whether there will be any security censorship of these messages.

      Challenger 2 Tanks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How long the remaining modifications to convert the Challenger 2 tanks for desert operations will take on arrival in the Gulf theatre.

      MoD Test and Evaluation Requirements: QinetiQ LTPA

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Ministry of Defence has now signed the long-term partnering agreement with QinetiQ for the delivery of its test and evaluation capability.

      Reservists: Operations in Sierra Leone and DRC

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements are in place to allow reservists to be called out to support operations in Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

      Tall Buildings: Guidance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they welcome the joint good practice guide on tall buildings produced by English Heritage and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.

      Licensed Premises: Town and Country Planning Use Classes Order

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent decisions they have taken in relation to the Town and Country Planning Use Classes Order following the consultation exercise last year and the...

      NHS: Mattresses and Fire Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any mattresses which do not meet the standards laid down in the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 have been purchased by, and are...

      Asylum Practitioners: Standards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received any reports from the Legal Services Commission, the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors and the Office of the Immigration Services...

      Absences from Work

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they accept the Work Foundation's findings (on 27 January 2003) that overall absence rates in 2002 were 1.5 per cent in the information technology sector;...

      Burma/Myanmar: British Companies and Export Credits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What amounts of export credit were given to British companies trading with Burma/Myanmar during the years 1998 to 2002; and whether there is any government policy...

      Syria

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they believe that Syria possesses weapons of mass destruction.

      OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will list the submissions made to the United Kingdom national contact point for complaints against breaches of the Organisation for Economic...

      VAT: Housing and Construction Work

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that a reduction in the rate of VAT charged for repair, maintenance and improvement of buildings is likely to improve the balance between...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the 600 alleged seizures of illegal meat by sniffer dogs in the last six months, how many persons have been prosecuted; and Why there have been so...

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