Written answers

Wednesday, 30 April 2003

  • Privy Council

    • Age Discrimination

      To ask the President of the Council what steps the Department is taking to address the issue of age discrimination.

    • Sickness Absence

      To ask the President of the Council how many staff in his Department were on long-term sick leave in each of the last five years.

  • Treasury

    • Accountancy Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost to his Department was for accountancy services in 2002–03.

    • Benefits Uprating

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to adjust the index by which pension and other benefit levels are uprated.

      Budget Data Sources

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a file of Budget data sources.

      Charitable Organisations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which charitable organisations his Department has funded in each year since 1997.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out the basis for his calculations of increased corporation tax receipts, as summarised in paragraph C46 of Budget 2003.

      Early Retirement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on economic modelling conducted by his Department to show the impact of early retirement on the economy for the next 10 years.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement, in relation to his Department and each agency and non-departmental public body for which his Department is responsible, on (a)...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list (a) the names, titles and grades of the officials who sit on the EU committee on the harmonisation of the compilation of gross national...

      Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent consultations he has had with (a) the Governor and (b) officers of the Bank of England on the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices.

      Income Tax Regulations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received about the Income Tax (Sub-contractors in the Construction Industry and Employments) (Amendment) Regulations.

      Inflation Indicator

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on (a) the progress and (b) the scope of the Treasury's review of the detailed implications of changing the indicator of...

      Inflation Indicator

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the (a) current and (b) future use of the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices as a measure of inflation in the United Kingdom.

      Inflation Indicator

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what contingency plans he has to adjust the inflation target for the Monetary Policy Committee in the event of a move from RPIX to HICP.

      Inflation Indicator

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions officials from his Department have had with representatives of (a) the European Union, (b) EU member states and (c) the European...

      Oil Price

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the price of a barrel of Brent Crude oil at the time of each budget since 1997.

      Retirement Benefit Schemes Order

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received about The Retirement Benefit Schemes (Indexation of Earnings Cap) Order.

      Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes there have been over the last decade in the amount of money placed in private savings by those aged between 20 and 30 years of age.

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in his Department were on long-term sick leave in each of the last five years.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps he is taking to address hardship caused by delays in the payment of child tax credit to claimants previously in receipt of working family...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many families are receiving (a) child tax credit and (b) amounts equivalent to child tax credit through income support or jobseeker's allowance...

      Tax/Social Security Changes (Budget)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out the basis for his calculations of increases in net taxes and social security contributions as a percentage of GDP in the years to 2007 as...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research he has commissioned into the relationship between (a) direct and (b) indirect taxation and an individual's incentive to work; and if he will...

      Two-year Test

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 14 April 2003, ref. 109148, on the two-year test, if women on the reduced rate of national insurance contributions who were out of...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the annual report of her Department will be published.

    • Departmental Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) other conferences sponsored by her...

      Employment Relations Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff in her Department have taken time off from work in order to attend to domestic incidents as provided for by...

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cubic metres of low-grade nuclear waste from decommissioned power stations have recently been identified by the...

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what definition of nuclear waste was used as the criterion for inclusion in the Government inventory of nuclear waste.

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what method is to be used to dispose of the low-level nuclear waste recently identified by the Radioactive Waste Management...

      Organic Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many organic farmers have been registered in North Yorkshire in each year since 1997.

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff in her Department have used their leave entitlement under the Parental Leave Directive.

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff in her Department were on long term sick leave in each of the last five years.

      TB Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what efforts her Department makes to trace the source of a bovine TB reactor in cases where the cattle was (a) not born on...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Budget (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the statement in paragraph 3.22 of the Budget report encompasses Scotland.

    • Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had on marking Gibraltar's 300th anniversary with a commemorative stamp issue for 2004; and what representations were...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the salary bill was for special advisers in her Department in 2002–03; and what it is expected to be in 2003–04.

      Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the effect on the UK economy of the growth of multinational supermarket chains.

      Trading Standards Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many scholarships were awarded to Trading Standards professionals under the Department of Trade and Industry's Modernisation Fund in (a)...

  • Wales

    • NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will meet the First Secretary to discuss NHS dentistry.

    • Digital Terrestrial Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to meet colleagues in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to discuss the roll out of digital terrestrial television in Wales; and...

      Departmental Report (Objective 3)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what meetings he attended in 2002–03 to secure objective 3 of the Wales Office as set out in the departmental report for 2002.

      CAP Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary on the impact of CAP reform in Wales.

      Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales regarding agriculture in Wales.

      Barnett Formula

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary on reform of the Barnett formula.

  • Home Department

    • British Citizenship Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful appeals there were against a refusal of British citizenship in each of the last five years.

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter to him dated 4 March 2003 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Paul Kirby.

      Immigration Removal Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff there were at each immigration removal centre in the UK in each of the last five years, broken down by grade.

      Immigration Removal Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will review the ban on paid employment for immigration detainees held in removal centres.

      Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what studies his Department has undertaken on the impact of the withdrawal of public indemnity insurance liability by insurance companies on...

      Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with (a) the Department for Education and Skills, (b) the Local Government Association and (c) representatives of...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports have been mislaid by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate over the past three years; and how many of these have...

      Study Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visas have been issued for children of parents who have been given permission to study in the UK in each of the past 10 years.

  • Defence

    • Biological Agents (Testing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many defence analytical laboratories in the UK have the (a) equipment and (b) expertise to provide a testing service for (i) anthrax, (ii) botulism,...

    • Service Personnel (Deaths)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what financial and other assistance is available to the families of servicemen who have died in combat or training; if he plans to increase support; what...

      Civil Contingency Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his Department's (a) responsibilities and (b) assets with regard to civil contingency planning; what funds are committed;...

      Cluster Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the use of cluster bombs in urban areas of Iraq; how many cluster bombs have been used by British forces in the campaign;...

      Defence Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the exit rates were for (a) GPs, (b) consultants and (c) trainees in each of the defence medical services in each year since 1981 (i) at the end of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which British officials will serve in the US Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures his Department is taking to ensure the International Committee of the Red Cross gain access to all prisoners of war in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment is being made of the quantity of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases being emitted as a result of UK military activities in the...

  • International Development

    • Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many individuals have been seconded to her Department from (a) the private sector, (b) NGOs and (c) other, in each case listing (i)...

    • Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many civil servants have been seconded from her Department to (a) the private sector, (b) NGOs and (c) other, broken down by (i)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Accountancy Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total cost to his Department was for accountancy services in 2002–03.

    • British Embassy (Dubai)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the reasons for Raul Fernandes' dismissal from his employment at the British Embassy in Dubai on...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list (a) the names, titles and grades of the officials who sit on the EU committee on the introduction of a uniform...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications of the draft European Constitution's proposals on the area of freedom, justice...

      Interfaith Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much money has been allocated annually to interfaith initiatives in each year since the inception of this policy; and what...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the terms of reference are for the US Office of Humanitarian Assistance and Reconstruction in Iraq; and if he will list the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the organisations invited by the USA to attend a conference to discuss the Iraqi Interim Authority; and which...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of the people flown back to Iraq by the US to work with Ahmad Chalabi are women.

      Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what budget in financial year 2002–03 his Department has for outside public relations and marketing.

  • Transport

    • Aeroplane Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to encourage aviation companies to replace older and noisier aeroplanes with aeroplanes with the latest technology low-noise engines...

    • Air Transport (Consultation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will publish a summary of responses to the National Consultation on the Future of Air Transport in the UK, broken down by (a) region and...

      Firstgroup Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will set out the reasons for excluding the Firstgroup rail franchise from bidding for the new Greater Anglia rail franchise.

      Meole Brace Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are being taken to increase the level of public transport provision for those people affected by the closure of Meole Brace post office in...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many PFI contracts his Department or its agencies (a) have with and (b) are being tendered for by (i) Amey plc and (ii) consortia involving Amey...

  • Prime Minister

    • Air Transport

      To ask the Prime Minister how many representations have been received by 10 Downing Street on the National Consultation on the Future of Air Transport in the UK.

    • Gibraltar

      To ask the Prime Minister what plans the Government have to celebrate Gibraltar's 300th anniversary (a) in the UK and (b) in conjunction with the Government of Gibraltar.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister how many United Kingdom and United States inspectors have been deployed in Iraq to search for weapons of mass destruction; what expertise those from the United Kingdom...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • New Millennium Experience Company

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list appointees on the New Millennium Experience Company.

    • Planning Policy Guidance 22

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has and over what time scale to revise Planning Policy Guidance 22.

      Public Indemnity Insurance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to prevent the closure of services provided in association with local government by the voluntary sector due to the unwillingness of insurers to...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Child Contact Centres

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many child contact centres are in operation; and what plans he has to extend the use of child contact centres as neutral...

    • Contact Orders

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what measures his Department has taken to combat the breach of contact orders between separated parents.

      Criminal Defence Service

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what representations she has received about the Criminal Defence Service (Funding) (Amendment) Order.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the salary bill was for special advisers in her Department in 2002–03; and what it is expected to be in 2003–04.

  • Education and Skills

    • Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many representatives from local business are members of management boards for each of the Connexions partnerships.

    • Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations he has received from (a) teachers and (b) organisations representing teachers on the work of Connexions.

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how he monitors the success of Connexions in meeting service targets and objectives; and if he will make a statement of Connexions' success...

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how the Connexions service is marketed; what the total expenditure on marketing the Connexions service has been to date; and what assessment...

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many clients of the Connexions service are aged (a) 13, (b) 14, (c) 15, (d) 16, (e) 17, (f) 18, (g) 19 and (h) over 19; and what...

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what involvement young people have had in the design and delivery of services provided by Connexions; and through what mechanisms this...

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what strategy the Connexions service has to enhance the effectiveness of voluntary organisations working with young people.

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he has taken to encourage the participation of local businesses in the delivery of Connexions.

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what safeguards are in place to ensure confidentiality for young people who share information with Connexions service personal advisers.

      Nannies (Registration Scheme)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to introduce a comprehensive registration scheme for nannies.

      Accessibility Strategies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which Local Education Authorities in England and Wales have not published accessibility strategies and accessibility plans under...

      Accountancy Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total cost to his Department was for accountancy services in 2002–03.

      City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills where the accounts of city academies will be recorded.

      City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools have become City Academies in each year since 1997, broken down by local education authority.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average class size in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools, broken down by school year and LEA, was in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many bodies received some or all of their funding from his Department; how much funding was received by each body; and who the chief...

      Departmental Staff

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

      Domestic Repair Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) plumbers, (b) joiners and (c) electricians were employed doing domestic repair work in Greater London in 1993; and how many...

      Education Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total budget was for each school in (a) Norfolk, (b) Suffolk, (c) Kingston-upon-Hull and (d) Durham in each year since 1977.

      Education Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total budget is for each school in (a) Norfolk, (b) Suffolk, (c) Kingston upon Hull and (d) Durham for the financial year...

      Education Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the amount spent per pupil is in the financial year 2003–04 for each school in (a) Norfolk, (b) Suffolk, (c) Kingston upon Hull...

      Education Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total budget was for each local education authority in England for each year since 1997, showing (a) the amount and (b) the...

      Examination Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (1) the breakdown of grades achieved by students who sat the GCSE (a) English, (b) mathematics and (c) science examination prior to...

      Excellence in Cities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many excellence in cities projects in England (a) opened, (b) closed and (c) were operating in each year since 1997, broken down by...

      Excellence in Cities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding has been provided to each Excellence in Cities project in each year since 1997, broken down by local education authority.

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools that select some or all of their pupils on the basis of faith have (i) opened and (ii) closed...

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools selected some or all of their pupils on the basis of faith in each year since 1997, broken...

      General Teaching Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to review the categories of teachers exempted from the General Teaching Council fee payable as a result of the Teaching...

      General Teaching Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding was received by the General Teaching Council from his Department in each year since its creation.

      Learning Support Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many learning support units in England (a) opened and (b) closed in each year since 1997, broken down by local education authority.

      Learning Support Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding each learning support unit has attracted in each year since 1997, broken down by local education authority.

      Parental Choice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children failed to gain a place at the school of their choice in (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools, (c) special schools...

      Prince's Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much his Department has spent on schemes operated by the Prince's Trust in each of the past 10 years.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many PFI contracts his Department or its agencies (a) have with and (b) are being tendered for by (i) Amey plc and (ii) consortia...

      Pupil Absences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential liability incurred by schools or local education authorities in the event of pupils coming to...

      Pupil Absences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the number of half days missed through (i) unauthorised and (ii)...

      Pupil Absences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many children have played truant in each month of this academic year, broken down by local authority; (2) what figures he has...

      Pupil Absences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many officials in his Department are employed on projects and initiatives to reduce truancy.

      Pupil Absences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been spent on projects and initiatives to reduce truancy in schools since 1997.

      Pupil Setting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 3 April 2003, Official Report, column 818W, on pupil setting, by what measures his Department has encouraged the...

      Pupil Setting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his Answer of 3 April 2003, Official Report, column 818W, on pupil setting, what the frequency was of the use of setting in (a)...

      Pupil:Teacher Ratio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the pupil to teacher ratios are for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) North Shropshire and (ii) England.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made by his Department towards the aim in the White Paper, "Your Region, Your Choice", of encouraging applicants to...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress the Department has made towards the aim in the White Paper, Your Region, Your Choice, of assessing the balance of staff...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress his Department has made towards the goal set out in the White Paper, "Your Region, Your Choice", of (a) ensuring that regional...

      School Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many hours pupils spent on average per week studying (a) English, (b) mathematics, (c) physical education, (d) music and (e) history...

      School Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what figures he has collated on the percentage of children who learn about poverty in developing nations at school.

      School Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) temporary and (b) permanent exclusions were made by (i) primary, (ii) secondary schools and (iii) all schools in each year...

      School Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools have (a) opened and (b) closed sixth forms since 1997.

      Schools Access Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools in the Hemsworth constituency benefited from the Schools Access Initiative in (a) 2000–01, (b) 2001–02 and (c)...

      Skilled Workers (Hemsworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) plumbers, (b) joiners, (c) electricians and (d) gas installers were employed doing domestic repair work in the Hemsworth...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many cases concerning schools in the Hemsworth constituency were heard by Special Education Needs Tribunal in 2001–02; and in how...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many former grant-maintained schools have gained (a) specialist, (b) beacon and (c) city academy status in each year since 1997, broken...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools have become specialist schools in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) specialism and (b) local education authority.

      Staff Salary Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the salary costs were for each LEA of (a) all staff, (b) all school staff, (c) school teaching staff and (d) school non-teaching staff...

      Student Loans Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many errors in the repayment of student loans have been lodged with the Student Loans Company by (a) members of the public and (b) hon....

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many supply teachers are working in (a) the Hemsworth constituency and (b) England; (2) what percentage supply teachers represent...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many supply teachers were provided each month, broken down by (a) LEA and (b) teacher supply agency in (i) 2000–01, (ii)...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of teachers in England employed in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools are (i) under and including the age of 35...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers were subjected to (a) verbal and (b) physical attacks in schools in Shrewsbury and Atcham in the last year.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers have been attacked by (a) pupils and (b) parents, broken down by education authority, in each academic year since 1997.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers have been dismissed from their posts since June 2001.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) head teachers, (b) deputy head teachers, (c) teachers and (d) classroom assistants have been suspended for misconduct from (i)...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what estimate his Department has made of the amount of time spent by (a) deputy head teachers and (b) classroom assistants (i) reading...

      University Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what levels of support are available to students in serious financial difficulty; and what proportion of students did not pay tuition fees...

      Voluntary Aided Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that voluntary aided schools and LTCs are included in the London wide admissions programme; and if he will...

      Young Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools have specially identified teachers to respond to the needs of young carers on their school register.

  • Health

    • Medicines (Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what he is doing to help poor people get access to essential medicines.

    • Beta Interferon and Glatiramer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of HSC 2002/004 regarding the prescription plus scheme for Beta Interferon and...

      Accountancy Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost to his Department was for accountancy services in 2002–03.

      Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to address the issue of age discrimination.

      Ambulance Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2003, Official Report, column 76W, on ambulance trusts, what information in relation to A&E waits by ambulances his...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made in identifying a vaccine to help asthma sufferers.

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on Government policy towards sufferers from asthma.

      Control and Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the results of the review by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence of the control and restraint techniques used in health settings will be...

      East Kent Acute Hospital Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the terms of reference are of the referral of the future of East Kent acute hospital services to the independent reconfiguration Panel.

      Market Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated level of saving to the Department is from the use of market testing in 2002–03.

      MLX 291

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research his Department has undertaken on the implementation of MLX 291 by the Medicines Control Agency and its effect on (a) morbidity and (b)...

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people suffer from Parkinson's disease in Shrewsbury and Atcham.

      Parkinson's Disease

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

      Prescription Charges (Fraud)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the total cost to the NHS in England of (a) prescription charge evasion fraud and (b) measures to help reduce prescription charge...

      Regions White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress his Department has made towards the aim in the White Paper, Your Region, Your Choice, of assessing the balance of staff between the...

      Shrewsbury Hospital Merger

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the respondees to the consultation on merger between the Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal Hospitals were (a) in favour of and (b) against...

      Shrewsbury Prison (Healthcare Manager)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the appointment by Shropshire primary care trust of a healthcare manager from HM Prison Shrewsbury.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Indian Government and (b) the National Asylum Seekers Service on tackling tuberculosis.

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients waited more than (a) three months, (b) six months, (c) nine months and (d) 12 months for (i) heart operations, (ii) cancer treatment and...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether the Child Support Agency is able to make deduction from earnings orders against liable persons where their address is not known...

    • Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what procedures are in place to claim child support from liable persons not resident in the United Kingdom; and in how many cases these have...

      Housing payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of local authorities spent their total allocation for Discretionary Housing Payments in 2001–02; how many claimants...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the expected saving to public funds from the private finance initiative schemes due to become operational in 2003.

      Regions White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress his Department has made towards the goal set out in the White Paper, Your Region, Your Choice, of (a) ensuring that regional...

      Third Age Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the progress his Department has made in respect of the Third Age Service.

      Winter Fuel Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many appeals against decisions on the payment of winter fuel allowance have been heard in each financial year since its inception; how many...

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland Departments: Underspend

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 11 March (WA 168) concerning underspend from the Northern Ireland departments for the year 2001–02,...

    • Cross-Border Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord Privy Seal on 25 March (WA 72 and WA 73) concerning Cross-Border Implementation Bodies, what are the details of the...

      Cross-Border Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any of the chief executives of the Cross-Border Implementation Bodies have had cars provided for them as part of their remuneration; and, if so, what types...

      Foyle Railway Museum

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What type of insurance cover has been provided for the railway artefacts at the Foyle Railway Museum in Londonderry.

      Northern Ireland Arts Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the appointment of the chairman of the Northern Ireland Arts Council has been postponed.

      North/South Ministerial Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the North/South Ministerial Council spent in 2000–01, 2001–02 and 2002–03; how much each government contributed; how much was spent on...

      Boyle Harbour Slurry Wall

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many contractors applied for the contract from Waterways Ireland for the recent installation of a slurry wall at Boyle Harbour; whether Pearse-Bachy made the...

      Limerick Harbour

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many moorings have been created in Limerick by Waterways Ireland as a result of a major scheme to enter the Shannon Navigation into Limerick City.

      Ulster-Scots Future Search Conference

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the cost of the Future Search for the Ulster-Scots conference which was held by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure in 2002; what were the...

      China: North Korean Refugees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What negotiations they have had with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Government of China about treaty obligations to provide sanctuary...

      Overseas Travel: Young People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What initiatives they are planning to ensure that young people are better prepared when travelling abroad.

      Drug Offenders: Court Review Process

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their policy on drug courts.

      Drug Offenders: Court Review Process

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What further plans they have to increase the "pilots" of drug courts in England and Wales.

      Drug Offenders: Court Review Process

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment has been made of the effectiveness of drug courts.

      Drug Offenders: Court Review Process

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent discussions they have had with the Council of Europe on the effectiveness of drug courts.

      Iraq: UK Treatment of Prisoners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the United States Government about the treatment of prisoners captured by British and United States forces in Iraq; and whether...

      Defence Bills Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the key targets are for financial year 2003–04 for the Defence Bills Agency.

      Defence Vetting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to carry out a review of the defence vetting process.

      Chemical Protection Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information they have provided to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons about the United Kingdom's chemical protection programme for 2002.

      Pay and Personnel Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the key targets are for financial year 2003–04 for the Pay and Personnel Agency.

      Gulf Region: British Armed Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to withdraw British Armed Forces from the Gulf region.

      16 to 19 Year-olds: Cross-government Review of Financial Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What will be the terms of reference for the cross-government review of financial support for 16 to 19 year-olds; and who will be represented among those who...

      Child Poverty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the new measure of child poverty mentioned in paragraph 5.9 of the Budget report (HC500) will attempt to assess the numbers on levels of poverty below 40...

      Teenage Pregnancy Strategy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Chief Medical Officer will, as requested by St George's Hospital Medical School, revise the January 2003 Chief Medical Officer's update 35 relating to...

      Haemophilia: Factor VIII and Factor IX Blood Products

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many adverse incidents relating to the use of Factor VIII and Factor IX blood products used for haemophilia treatment were reported in each year from 1970 to...

      West Sussex Social Services: Safe House

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the safe house for children at risk of trafficking for sexual exploitation, managed by West Sussex social services, is in danger of closing; and, if so,...

      Traditional Chinese Medicine: Postponement of International Conference

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they regret the postponement of an international conference on traditional Chinese medicine at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre on 25 April because...

      Sars

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What advice they would give to the Chinese community in the United Kingdom to avoid the fear and alarm which was generated by severe acute respiratory syndrome...

      Fresh Frozen Plasma

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the recent discontinuation of human-derived follicle-stimulating hormone (Metrodin High Purity) by the Committee on Safety of Medicines because of...

      Genetically Modified Crops

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will describe the timetable for decisions to be made about the commercial growing of genetically modified crops, the public debate and research being...

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