Written answers

Monday, 7 April 2003

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much of the aggregates levy sustainability fund has been spent in relation to (a) the freight facility grant and...

    • Agricultural Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many regulations relating to agriculture were extant (a) in 1997 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Local Environmental Problems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will include railway property in future reviews of (a) public litter problems and (b) the effects of degraded environment.

      Fur Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what measures she proposes to take as a result of the Court of Appeal's recent ruling regarding compensation for fur...

      Fur Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she intends to take as a result of the judicial review into the Government's fur farming compensation scheme; how...

      Iacs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers registered for the purpose of IACS there were in 1997; and what the current corresponding figure is.

      Landfill Tax Credit Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many of the stakeholders she consulted over changes to the landfill tax credit scheme recommended (a) no changes,...

      Landfill Tax Credit Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much money she estimates will be lost from the sustainable waste sector as a result of funding formerly distributed...

      Landfill Tax Credit Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she will take to guarantee transparency in a successor to the landfill tax credit scheme.

      Landfill Tax Credit Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consultations she has held to ascertain the (a) nature and (b) scale of (i) the transitional rump fund and (ii) the...

      National Air Quality Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement about how the National Air Quality Strategy will be applied to coal fired power stations.

      National Emissions Reduction Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her proposals for the National Emissions Reduction scheme; and if she will make a statement.

      Pollution (Buckinghamshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many successful prosecutions have been undertaken since 6 February 2002 by the Environment Agency concerning pollution in...

      Refrigerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding her Department has allocated to (a) Buckinghamshire county council and (b) Aylesbury Vale district council...

      Rural Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total subsidies awarded to (a) farms and (b) non-farming rural businesses were in each of the last five years.

      Tyre Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for increasing the proportion of tyres recycled using carbon neutral methods.

      Union Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff in her Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies receive paid leave to undertake union duties;...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to set up a strategic waste forum to ensure co-ordination between (a) Government Departments, (b) local...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Government's policy is on the possibility of NATO taking over operations of the ISAF in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

    • Anti-personnel Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the potential use of anti-personnel mines in a conflict with Iraq.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his estimate is of the expenditure of his Department on newspapers, magazines and periodicals in 2002.

      Departmental Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the grants funded by his Department for which individual members of the public and organisations may apply; and if he will make a...

      Departmental Running Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the running costs in 2002 were of (a) his Ministers private offices, separately identifying expenditure on staff, and (b) his Department.

      Eufor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many interpreters are serving with the EUFOR in Macedonia.

      Friendly Fire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his oral answer of 26 March 2003, Official Report, column 300, what steps he is taking to ensure that procedures to prevent friendly fire...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements are being made to enable members of the public to send support parcels to troops in the Gulf.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate has been made of the number of troops required to deliver humanitarian relief in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to enable people in the UK to send parcels to service personnel serving in the Gulf free of charge once the situation...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Iraqi PoWs are under the jurisdiction of British forces.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the extra money announced for the prosecution of war in Iraq will be allocated to (a) mental health services and (b) counselling...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many coalition services personnel have been injured in operations in Iraq, broken down by country; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the status of (a) military and (b) civilian personnel captured by UK forces in the Gulf; and whether they will all enjoy...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the daily handling capacity of each of the ports in southern Iraq is; what the estimated daily required (a) military supplies and (b) humanitarian...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the role of NATO in post-conflict operations in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the order of battle for the Iraq theatre of war.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) British military personnel and (b) US military personnel have lost their lives in friendly fire incidents in Iraq; and how many of these...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the hazard posed by unexploded cluster munitions to the reconstruction of Iraq following military action there.

      Military Activities (Animals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cetaceans, broken down by species, have been used by the Navy in each of the last 10 years; if he will list the activities carried out by such...

      Operation Fresco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the recent announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister that troops taking part in Operation Fresco have been stood down, whether these troops...

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what financial resources are allocated to the Royal Navy to patrol the waters between Haiti and Turks and Caicos.

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether possible ship losses are taken into account in his Department's policy on the requirement for Royal Navy warship and submarine numbers.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Refrigeration

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what coolant is used in the new House of Commons chillery.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Arbre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the latest situation regarding the future of ARBRE.

    • Arms Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent estimate she has made of the cost of (a) establishing and (b) administering an end-use arms control system.

      Arms Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent estimates her Department has made of the number of deals concluded each year in military and paramilitary equipment by UK...

      Arms Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what arms export licences have been approved for the sale of weapons to Ethiopia in the last year.

      Business Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many individuals and businesses have been assisted in Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire in (a) 2001–02 and (b)...

      Credit Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the licensed money credit agencies in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Employment Rights Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2003, Official Report, column 341W, to the hon. Member for Bolton, South-East, by the Chancellor of the...

      Entertainment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she has entertained Labour hon. Members at public expense in the last 12 months; and at what cost.

      Export Licences (India)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what criteria she uses to establish whether replacement component parts for nuclear power stations in India are capable of being diverted to...

      Nuclear Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the adequacy of resources held by the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate to carry out its additional...

      Nuclear Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which institution will hold the site licence for (a) the Sellafield MOX plant and (b) THORP, when their ownership is transferred to the new...

      Nuclear Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the policy commitment to transparency in the White Paper on the proposed nuclear liabilities management arrangements will apply to the...

      Nuclear Waste Liabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total cost to store Britain's nuclear waste in sites around the country was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices there are in each parliamentary constituency; and how many of them transact more than 40 per cent. of their work from...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) post offices and (b) sub-post offices there were in (i) the United Kingdom and (ii) each region in March (A) 1999, (B) 2000, (C)...

      Utility Disconnections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many households (a) in England and Wales and (b) in the Buckinghamshire constituency have been disconnected by (i) water companies, (ii)...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Solicitor General when she will reply to the Question from the hon. Member for Cynon Valley of 24 February on a meeting on the prosecution of leading members of the Iraqi regime.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Lord Chancellor's Apartments

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how much public money has been spent on the acquisition of artefacts for the Lord Chancellor's apartments in each year from 1997...

    • Staff Numbers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many staff were employed by her Department in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03.

  • Public Accounts Commission

    • National Audit Office

      To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission what plans he has to increase the budget of the National Audit Office to enable it to examine off-balance sheet Government accounting.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Rights of Way

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners if he will make a statement on the implications of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 for church-owned land...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Lottery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will take steps to introduce a distribution of National Lottery funding aimed at tackling social exclusion and regenerating...

    • Press Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she last met the Press Complaints Commission to discuss its work.

      Press Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what powers OFCOM will have over the Press Complaints Commission.

      Cricket (Disabled People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her Department's support for cricket for people with disabilities.

      Children's Play Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what neighbourhoods will be prioritised in the review of children's play facilities for the New Opportunities Fund.

      Sport Facilities (Rural Colleges)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assistance she is giving to support access to sporting facilities in rural colleges.

      Entertainment Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to promote the use of live music in pubs and clubs by reducing the cost of entertainment licences.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and sport how the distinct identities of the Celtic nations will be promoted by the new UK-wide tourist body.

      Churchill Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will provide support for plans to build a Churchill Museum in the Cabinet War Rooms.

      Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the annual report of the Department will be published.

      Entertainment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she has entertained Labour hon. Members at public expense in the last 12 months; and at what cost.

      Entertainment Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether it is her policy that common areas in (a) sheltered accommodation, (b) residential homes and (c) day centres should be subject...

      Market Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the estimated level of saving to the Department is from the use of market testing in 2002–03.

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding was allocated in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03 from the DCMS/Wolfson Public Libraries Challenge.

      Sport (Deprivation and Youth Crime)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her Department's policies to help tackle deprivation and youth crime through sport.

      Staff Union Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff in her Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies receive paid leave to undertake union duties; how many...

      Sunset Clauses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the sunset clauses included in legislation from her Department since 1997.

      TV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when her Department will introduce the preserved rights scheme for TV licences in sheltered housing.

  • Prime Minister

    • British Detainees (Saudi Arabia)

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent representations he has made to the Saudi Government on behalf of the British citizens imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for alleged terrorist offences; whether he...

    • Cabinet Meetings

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the start and finish time of each meeting of the full Cabinet is recorded.

      Document Classification

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list each document requested by hon. Members and Members of the House of Lords that have been withheld from public disclosure under the Code of Practice...

      Exhibitions

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list events at which his Department and each agency and non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible have exhibited in each of the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent assessment he has made of whether Iraq has (a) nuclear, (b) chemical and (c) biological weapons.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral answer of 2 April, Official Report, column 918, what the evidential basis was for his statement that the damage done to the holy sites at Najaf...

      Syria /Iran

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what plans he has to meet the leaders of Syria and Iran; and what issues he plans to discuss; (2) what recent discussions he has had with the US administration...

      Websites

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the (a) cost of and (b) number of visitors to each website operated by his Department and each agency and non-departmental public body for...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Prime Minister what action he intends to take to address the political problems in Zimbabwe.

  • Treasury

    • Banking Services (Teenagers)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research he has (a) conducted and (b) evaluated on the availability of (i) insurance and (ii) banking services to teenagers recovering from cancer.

    • Blood Products

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to bring the level of VAT on recombinant blood products in line with that in other European countries.

      Communications Data

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2003, Official Report, column 178W, on data access powers, how many applications for access to communications data...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will meet the wine, spirit and beer sector to discuss the future application of HM Customs and Excise throughput rules for bonded warehouses;...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether officials from (a) the Inland Revenue and (b) HM Customs and Excise who have access to records relating to electronic contacts between individuals...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made with the pay review in his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible, with particular...

      Economic Activity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what rates of economic activity were recorded in each of the last five years in (a) the UK and (b) each region, broken down by (i) age and (ii) sex.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what fiscal measures or instruments he plans to use to encourage (a) registered social landlords, (b) private landlords, (c) local authorities and (d)...

      EU Directives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the EU Directives and Regulations which have been implemented by his Department since 17 April 2002.

      Fair Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce concessions for Fair Trade companies for (a) capacity building activities and (b) capital investment programmes.

      Health Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the impact on low income families of his decision to end the tax exemption of trading surpluses of non-mutual,...

      Higher Rate Tax Payers (Buckingham)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many higher rate tax payers there were in the Buckingham constituency in (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002–03.

      No. 11 Downing Street

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times No. 11 Downing street has been used for charitable causes in the last year; which organisations were involved; and how much was raised.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the percentage of pensioners in the population of each parliamentary constituency.

      Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the total cost of income tax collection in the latest year for which information is available per self-assessment taxpayer.

      Staff Numbers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff were employed by his Department in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received about the Tax Credits (Interest Rate) Regulations.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Service (Training)

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will arrange for each member of the civil service to be trained in the provisions and application of the (a) Freedom of Information Act 2000 and...

    • EU Directives

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will list the EU Directives and Regulations which have been implemented by his Department since 17 April 2002.

      Staff Union Duties

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many staff in his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies receive paid leave to undertake union duties; how many days they are...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum Seekers (Bela River)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals he has to use the former Bela River prison camp, between Milnthorpe and Holme in Cumbria, as a dispersal centre for asylum seekers.

    • Command Paper 5778

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which (a) departments, (b) local authorities and (c) voluntary organisations his Department consulted in drafting Command Paper 5778.

      Entitlement Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many submissions were made to the Entitlement Cards consultation; and if he will place copies in the Library; (2) whether he...

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the EU Directives and Regulations which have been implemented by his Department since 17 April 2002.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on funding of non-territorial police forces.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) overspend and (b) underspend was for each police authority in England and Wales in each year since 1996–97.

  • International Development

    • HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what efforts the UK Government is making to improve the understanding by overseas governments of the challenge facing the states of...

    • HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support her Department is giving to (a) governments and (b) non-governmental organisations in Africa to combat the spread of HIV...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support her Department is giving to international efforts to overcome the threat of starvation in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support her Department is giving to (a) the Government and (b) non-governmental organisations in Zimbabwe to combat the threat of...

      Advertising Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her Department's total spending was on advertising and promotional campaigns between April 2002 and March 2003; and what the cost...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much money was pledged by donors in Tokyo for Afghan reconstruction in 2002; how much money has been received for Afghan...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the slum areas arising around Kabul, Herat and other Afghan cities, with particular reference to the...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the rights of Afghan women outside Kabul.

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of (a) political stability and (b) the humanitarian situation in Burundi.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made with the pay review in her Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies for which she is...

      Departmental Running Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the running costs in 2002 were of (a) her Ministers' private offices, separately identifying expenditure on staff, and (b) her...

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the EU Directives and Regulations which have been implemented by her Department since 17 April 2002.

      Global Health Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development further to her answer of 13 March, Official Report, column 354W, how her Department will measure the effectiveness of the Global Health...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her Department is doing to tackle (a) human trafficking and (b) trafficking of women.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs regarding humanitarian aid to Iraq...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what humanitarian aid has been delivered in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had with the United Nations regarding humanitarian aid to Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2003, Official Report, column 353W, why officials from her Department were not previously in a...

      Staff Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff were employed by her Department in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03.

      Staff Union Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff in her Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies receive paid leave to undertake union duties; how many...

      Statutory Instruments

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the statutory instruments issued by her Department in the last 12 months, indicating (a) the purpose of each and (b)...

      UNHCR (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of her Department's funding for the UNHCR has been allocated to support (a) Afghan refugees and (b) Iraqi refugees.

  • Transport

    • Air Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers on average (a) arrived and (b) departed from UK airports from (i) North America, (ii) mainland Europe, (iii) the Middle East and...

    • Air Travel and Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 25 March, Official Report, column 114W, on air travel and health, if he will place a copy of the review in the Library.

      Aircraft Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures have been undertaken to minimise the effects of aircraft noise on people in the South East region of England.

      Aircraft Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what change there has been in the last year in the number of people affected by aircraft noise in the South East region of England.

      Aston Clinton Bypass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his latest estimate is of the completion date for the Aston Clinton Bypass.

      Bicycle Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money was set aside for maintenance of bicycle lanes in Britain in (a) 1998, (b) 2000 and (c) 2002.

      Bridges and Tunnels Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost implications are of the Trunk Road Charging Scheme (Bridges and Tunnels) (Keeping of Accounts) (England) Regulations.

      British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what additional funding the British Transport Police receive for duties undertaken in respect of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001; and...

      British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the funding of the British Transport Police.

      Bus Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many journeys were taken by bus passengers in each passenger transport authority area in each of the last three years.

      Car Ringing (Wimbledon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what reports he has received on the arrest of DVLA employees based in Wimbledon in connection with alleged car ringing activities.

      Central Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the timescale is for the opening of the remaining stations on the Central Line.

      Central Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) report and (b) recommendations of the Strategic Rail Authority regarding the proposed Central Railway...

      Chancery Lane Derailment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the meetings that have taken place between Ministers in his Department and London Underground Ltd. to discuss the consequences of the...

      Dartford Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what plans the Government has to refurbish the Dartford Tunnel; (2) if he will make a statement on the condition of the Dartford Tunnel.

      Mersey Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the policing of the Mersey Tunnel, with special reference to the deaths of Darren Franey and Scott Veach.

      Mersey Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on who sets the performance standards for the Mersey Tunnels Police Force; and what relation they have to the Police...

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what risks he has identified in (a) permanent removal and (b) variable removal of a hard shoulder on a motorway; (2) what steps he will take to...

      Rail Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the role of rail freight in the UK freight market.

      Rail Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the (a) amount and (b) source of funding (i) paid, (ii) contracted and (iii) agreed to be paid by non Strategic Rail Authority sources,...

      Rail Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the total level of Rail Passenger Partnership funding to be paid by the Strategic Rail Authority during the financial...

      Rail Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will list the (a) amount and (b) source of funding (i) paid, (ii) contracted and (iii) agreed to be paid by non Strategic Rail Authority...

      Rail Schemes

      Mr. Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the Rail Passenger Partnership scheme applications received by the Strategic Rail Authority in (a) 2000–01 and (b)...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the proposal submitted to him by London Regional Metro for an east-west rail link for London; and if he will...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which railway lines have had ETCS installed in the last 10 years.

      River Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether income from the M25 Dartford river crossings will be used to fund (a) the refurbishment of the (i) Blackwall and (ii) Rotherhithe tunnels and...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on accepting road safety research conducted overseas as being valid for the United Kingdom; and whether this policy is applied...

      Seafarers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what pay safeguards UK seafarers have on UK registered ships outside UK waters.

      Staff Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff are employed by his Department.

      Telecommunication Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance he has given to Network Rail about the erection of telecommunication masts on railway land in areas of outstanding natural beauty.

      Transport 2000 Speech

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place a copy of the speech made by the Minister to Transport 2000 on 27 March in the Library.

      Staff Union Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff in his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies receive paid leave to undertake union duties; how many days they are...

      Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the progress of the National Walking Strategy for England; and what timetable he has set for its (a) public consultation...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Convention on the Future of Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from ministerial colleagues on areas of concern to their Departments in respect of the...

    • Departmental Running Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the running costs in 2002 were of (a) his Ministers private offices, separately identifying expenditure on staff, and (b)...

      European Working Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress with achieving transparency in respect of the European working groups for which his...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions there have been between his Department and the Ministry of Defence regarding the commemoration of 300 years of...

      Ivory Coast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the recruitment by Northbridge Services Group of mercenaries to operate in the Ivory Coast; and...

      Latin America

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to Governments of Latin American countries about the problems experienced by street children;...

      PFI Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the expected saving to public funds from the private finance initiative schemes due to become...

      Seal Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what progress has been made since representations by his Department in February 1999 to the Canadian Government in...

      Security Council Resolutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the Security Council resolutions (a) which have been vetoed by the United States in the last 30 years and (b)...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will carry out an urgent investigation into cases of torture in the Sudan.

      Tasmania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to mark Tasmania's bicentenary.

      Tel Aviv Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received concerning allegations of intrusive searches and harassment of UK citizens at Tel...

  • Education and Skills

    • Referred Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people are listed on the Department's List 99 of referred workers.

    • Award Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the award schemes in (a) 2001 and (b) 2002 promoted by the Department; what their scope was; when the relevant participating...

      Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the completion rate for degrees was in each academic year since 1997; (2) what the completion rate was for students from (a) I...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his estimate is of the expenditure of his Department on newspapers, magazines and periodicals in 2002.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the outcome was of the evaluation of the Education Maintenance Allowance pilot scheme.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cash value is of loans granted to higher education students by the Student Loans Company in each year since 1997.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his latest estimate is of (a) the annual cost to public funds of increasing participation in higher education to 50 per cent. over the...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his latest estimate is of the capital value of the higher education estate; and what proportion he estimates was paid for by public funds.

      League Tables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will assess the value of league tables for GCSE and A level results.

      Literacy/Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many adults are studying (a) basic literacy and (b) basic numeracy in further education colleges; and what proportion this represents of...

      Ministerial Office Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the running costs in 2002 were of (a) his Ministers' private offices, separately identifying expenditure on staff, and (b) his Department.

      Neighbourhood Renewal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost is in 2002–03 of the implications of recommendations in the Social Exclusion Unit's report on neighbourhood renewal.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many bids were received under the recent PFI Capital bid.

      Pupils (Leeds)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average amount spent per pupil in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Leeds was in each year since 1996.

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what effect he estimates specialist schools have had on the increase in secondary school students receiving five GCSE passes or more over...

      Staff Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost was of travel by train by staff in his Department in 2002.

      Standards Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) local education authorities and (b) schools were in receipt of the maximum entitlement under the standards fund in 2002–03.

      Standards Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to review the proposed changes to the Standards Fund for 2004–05 in the light of this year's experience.

      Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his estimate is of the time needed to repay a student loan after 2006 on the assumptions of (a) a top-up fee of £3,000 a year, (b)...

      Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many BEd students were in their fourth year of studies in each of the last five years.

      Telephone Helplines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his Answer of 6 February 2003, Official Report, column 360W, on telephone helplines, how many calls were made to each helpline...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will publish the evidence his Department has collated from (a) the United States, (b) Australia, (c) Canada and (d) New Zealand on the...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much student university tuition fees have been in each year since 1998; and if he will make a statement.

      University Admissions Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how he will ensure that universities will accept as entry criteria qualifications achieved through the Government's proposals...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to tackle the growing levels of homelessness in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

    • Learning Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made by the inter-departmental working group to develop a strategy for the support of people with learning disabilities...

      Learning Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in bringing forward new legislation on special educational needs and disability in Northern Ireland.

      New Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to increase the number of new homes being built by the public sector in Northern Ireland.

      Omagh Bombing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Irish Government about the decision of the Garda Commissioner to refuse permission to the Police Service of...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Job Retention and Rehabilitation Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much has been spent so far on the job retention and rehabilitation pilots; if he will list the pilots and their (a) costs and (b)...

    • Age Diversity

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

      British Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which organisations in Cornwall will receive part of the funding recently allocated for raising awareness of British Sign Language; and if he...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress has been made with the pay review in his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible,...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff are employed by his Department.

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the EU Directives and Regulations which have been implemented by his Department since 17 April 2002.

      Exhibitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list events at which his Department and each agency and non-departmental public body for which his Department is responsible have...

      External Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) pursuant to his answer of 31 March 2003, Official Report, column 598W, on external consultants, what the total cost of external...

      Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners were in receipt of the minimum income guarantee (a) in total and (b) in each parliamentary constituency for each of the...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Yeovil, of 13 February 2003, Official Report, column 967W, what his estimate is of the gross...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether legislation arising from the consultation process on the recent Pensions Green Paper, Cm 5677, will include a commitment to protect the...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners aged 80 or over are in receipt of the 25p per week pension supplement; and what the cost is of administration of this scheme.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his letter to hon. Members of 17 March on the Pension Service and the Pensions Credit, how many personal direct mail packs his...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for how many pensioner households he holds verified address information; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures have been taken to reduce pensioner poverty since 1997; and what proposals he has to ensure that these measures are fully implemented.

      Serps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps are being taken to inform British people living abroad of the reduction in inherited SERPS, including the transitional arrangements...

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures are in place to reduce social exclusion among older people and to enable them to take a fuller part in society.

      Sunset Clauses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the sunset clauses included in legislation from his Department since 1997.

  • Health

    • AAT Deficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to speed up the time it takes to identify people with AAT Deficiency.

    • Agency Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the (a) Association of Directors of Social Services and (b) local authorities regarding the cost to them of the need to...

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the incidence of Alzheimer's disease in each of the last 10 years.

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to improve services for people with asthma; and if he will make a statement; (2) what the average amount spent in...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to ensure that people with asthma have their inhaling technique monitored on a regular basis; and if he will make a statement.

      Care Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to encourage people to take up jobs as care assistants caring for (a) elderly and (b) disabled people.

      Care Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with (a) local authorities and (b) care agency companies regarding shortages of care assistants.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 21 March 2003, Official Report, column 963W, on care homes, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of writing to care...

      Child Abandonment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assistance is available to families (a) in difficulty and (b) with a child with disability to prevent potential abandonment.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has undertaken into the wraparound model for caring for looked after children.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 31 March 2003, Official Report, columns 39–40WS, on children in care, what the outcomes are for...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 31 March 2003, Official Report, columns 39–40WS, on children in care, what targets will be set for...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 31 March, on children in care, whether a child who has entered a period of foster care is classified as a...

      Community Pharmacies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many community pharmacies in the Buckinghamshire health authority (a) closed and (b) opened in 2001–02.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued on the (a) minimum and (b) optimum number of consultants needed to staff an accident and emergency department; and...

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what levels of professional indemnity cover (a) dentists from EU countries practising in England and (b) dentists trained in England receive.

      Departmental Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the internal departments, agencies and other public sector organisations which receive funding from his departmental budget.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the expenditure of his Department on newspapers, magazines and periodicals in 2002.

      E-prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what model his Department intends to roll out for e-prescriptions; what timetable has been set for the roll out; and what the budget was in each of the...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that GP practices have systems for reviewing medicines prescribed to older people; and what assessment he...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what policies are in place to encourage GP surgeries to open for longer hours and at weekends.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent guidance he has issued to primary care trusts on longer opening hours for GP surgeries.

      Gulf War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what impact the deployment of NHS professionals to the Gulf has had on the provision of services in accident and emergency departments.

      Gulf War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he expects the deployment of NHS staff to the Gulf to affect levels of NHS activity.

      Health Care (Somerset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many disabled people are registered in England; how many have learning difficulties; how many NHS registered wheelchair users there are; and how many...

      Health Care (Somerset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what help is given to local authorities to help place elderly people in care homes.

      Health Services (Deaf People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to make additional resources available to implement the recommendations of the review Sign of the Times; and how his Department...

      Health Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the vacancy rate was for (a) radiographers and (b) biomedical scientists in the NHS in (i) England, (ii) each NHS region and (iii) each NHS trust in...

      Home Helps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many home helps were employed in each local authority in England in the last year for which figures are available.

      Hospital Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what incentives are proposed so as to increase standards for the worst performing hospitals.

      Hypothyroidism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of a possible link between ADD/ADHD and hypothyroidism; and if he will make a statement.

      Hypothyroidism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of children who fail to recover from ADD/ADHD by the time they reach adulthood.

      Malpractice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the health service budget is used to settle cases of malpractice.

      Meningitis C Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research is being conducted into meningitis; and what support is available from the Department of Health to encourage it.

      Mental Health Services(Children and Adolescents)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the total number of people who required access to Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services in each of the last three years.

      Ministerial Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of (a) ministerial cars and drivers and (b) taxis for his Department was in 2002.

      National Service Framework for Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many structures identifying nursing leaders with responsibility for older people have been developed as part of the milestones set out on page 172 of...

      Neonatal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the report of the review of neonatal intensive care provision will be published.

      NHS Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were registered with national health service dentists in each of the last 10 years in the area covered by the York and Selby Primary...

      NHS Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on (a) TV and (b) press advertising to publicise the "Join the team, make a difference" NHS recruitment campaign.

      NHS Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have taken up jobs within the NHS as a direct result of the "Join the team, make a difference" NHS recruitment campaign.

      NHS Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) calls the NHS Careers Hotline and (b) hits the NHS Careers website have received since the recruitment campaign, 'Join the team and make a...

      Nursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many self-funders there are in each registered nursing care band; (2) how many self-funders have been subject to a review of their entitlement...

      Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) specialist multi-disciplinary teams and (b) interfaces for care for older people throughout hospitals have been identified as part of the...

      Organ Donation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the supply of (a) kidneys and (b) other donor organs within the NHS.

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase the awareness amongst women and girls of the risks of osteoporosis.

      Overseas Medical/Dental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria dentists from (a) countries about to join the EU and (b) EU countries have to meet before being able to practise in England.

      Overseas Medical/Dental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what checks there are to ensure that dentists from abroad wishing to practise in England have appropriate language skills to enable them to do so.

      Overseas Medical/Dental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria doctors from (a) EU countries and (b) those countries about to join the EU have to meet before being able to practise in England.

      Prison Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the responsibilities of hospital officers in prison health care facilities.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the practice of automatic detoxification within prisons of patients previously stabilised in the community on substitute prescriptions has been...

      Respiratory Diseases (Emergency Admissions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many emergency admissions to acute hospitals in (a) the West Midlands (South) Strategic Health Authority area and (b) the Worcestershire Acute...

      Social Services/NHS Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) over 65 year olds, (b) under 18 year olds and (c) 18–65 year olds used (i) social services and (ii) the NHS each day in each of the...

      South Worcestershire Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with (a) the West Midlands (South) Strategic Health Authority and (b) the South Worcestershire Primary Care Trust on the...

      South Worcestershire Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the South Worcestershire Primary Care Trust to (a) bring its annual expenditure into balance and (b) eradicate its cumulated deficit; what...

      Student Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to maintain students at the best performing hospitals within the present NHS structure.

      Travel Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of travel by train by staff in his Department in 2002.

      Treatment Guidelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the guidelines for doctors issued by the British Medical Association and the General Medical Council on withdrawing tube feeding and...

      Type 2 Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of Type 2 diabetes were recorded in school children in each year since 1997.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what resources are being made available to reduce waiting lists for knee operations; and if he will make a statement on waiting times in North Staffordshire.

      Worcester Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 27 March 2003, ref 104986, what the latest date is which he will accept for the eradication of the cumulated deficit of the...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the level of council taxes in England for the 2003–04 financial year.

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average rate of council tax increase was in each financial year since 1996–97.

      Crime

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps his Department is taking to combat the fear of crime among (a) women, (b) men, (c) the elderly and (d) young people.

      Grants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 18 March 2003, Official Report, columns 743–8, how much has been provided each year, in aggregate, for grants aimed at (a) ethnic...

      Aggregates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) when he will publish the review of the draft national and regional guidelines for aggregates provision in England 2001–16; (2) if he will publish the...

      Inspectorates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) staff and (b) staff engaged in inspection work have been employed by (i) the Single Housing Inspectorate and (ii) the Planning Inspectorate in each...

      Local Authority Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to adjust formula spending share of local authorities to reflect different costs and savings incurred in modernisation of the Fire Service.

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what contamination there is under the Dome site; (2) what remedial action has been undertaken to clear the land of the Dome site; (3) what the cost is of...

      Mineral Land Banks

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to reduce the required mineral land bank for Berkshire for the period between 2001 and 2016.

      Tuberculosis (Homeless People)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many homeless people in London who have had health checks last year were found to be suffering from tuberculosis.

  • House of Lords

    • Human Rights Obligations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are considering the possibility of introducing legislation to limit the role of the judiciary in interpreting international human rights obligations...

    • Northern Ireland: Queen's Counsel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who is responsible for appointing Northern Ireland barristers to the office of Queen's Counsel. .

      Northern Ireland: Barristers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the rights of audience of barristers and advocates from the other member states of the European Community who wish to appear in the courts of Northern...

      Lord Chancellor's Pension

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the pension of the Lord Chancellor will be based on the salary to which he is entitled or that which he currently chooses to accept.

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who has been appointed to the North/South implementation bodies set up after the Belfast agreement; and for what period.

      Northern Ireland: Sexual Offences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received seeking a review of the law on sexual offences in Northern Ireland; and what representations they have received favouring...

      Northern Ireland Implementation Bodies: Business Plans

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the North/South Ministerial Council received copies of the business plans for the implementation bodies; when they were supplied to the appropriate...

      Questions for Written Answer: Northern Ireland Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will send expert advisers into the Northern Ireland Office to help with replies to Questions for Written Answer, since 11 out of 16 outstanding...

      Pensions: Local Authority Members

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What changes they have made to provision for allowances and pensions for members of local authorities.

      Satellite Terminals: Planning Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they are doing to honour the commitment made in the UK Online Annual Report 2001 to review the planning regulations for satellite terminals.

      Fire Authorities: Risk Management

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to publish the Fire Service circular on fire authority integrated risk management plans and commence the consultation on the guidance.

      Prison Service Budget: Young Offenders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who is responsible for the administration of the budget given to the Prison Service for young offenders aged 18 to 21.

      Destitute Asylum Seekers: Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the new levels of support to be provided by the National Asylum Support Service to destitute asylum seekers will come into effect.

      Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When Section 4 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 will come into effect.

      Asylum Induction Centres

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Coniston Hotel and the Grand Ocean Hotel will be used as induction centres for asylum seekers.

      Life Satisfaction

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the conclusion of the Strategy Unit in its report Life Satisfaction: the state of knowledge and implications for government, published in December 2002,...

      Motorway Driving

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are considering action against the practice of drivers on motorways with carriageways cutting in from the right hand lane, overtaking one or more...

      Leeds to Glasgow Railway Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they oppose the proposal to withdraw the direct Leeds to Glasgow limited passenger railway service and to replace it with a Leeds to Carlisle stopping service.

      EU: Forthcoming Business

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for April: and what are the major European Union events for the period between 1 May and 31...

      Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary: Visit to United States

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the outcome of the visits to the United States by the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary from 20 to 27 March.

      Electronic Communications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to implement Directive 2002/52/EC on privacy and electronic communications.

      Educational Recording Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What methodology was used to establish the differentials in tariffs payable to the Educational Recording Agency Limited in primary school, secondary school, and...

      Workplace Smoking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have not yet published their regulatory impact assessment on the Health and Safety Commission's proposed approved code of practice (ACoP) on passive...

      Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what grounds the Health and Safety Executive introduced the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 requiring experienced drivers of...

      Asthma

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether managers and staff of restaurants and public houses where people are able to smoke are required to be trained in treating asthma attacks, given that the...

      Iraq: Humanitarian Relief

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What funds will be made available to support humanitarian relief efforts in Iraq; and how much they intend to pledge towards such relief efforts in new money,...

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