Written answers

Thursday, 1 May 2003

  • Treasury

    • Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many couples that have applied for the child tax credit have opted for payment to (a) the mother and (b) the father.

    • Earnings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 16 December 2002, Official Report, columns 606–7W, on average earnings, what assessment he has made of what population base...

      Families With Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families with children there are in the UK.

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 19 March, Official Report, column 761W, on Iraq, what plans he has to make new funding available to the Department for...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost will be to public funds in 2003–04 of the rise in national insurance contributions on the salary bill of his Department.

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for a couple with one child under 16 and one adult in work for 35 hours a week receiving the National Minimum Wage of £4.50 an hour from...

      Regional Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to introduce regional pay for public services following his announcement that he intended to introduce a regional retail price increase...

  • Transport

    • Air Transport (Consultation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister about the effect of planning blight on domestic properties as a result of the...

    • Car Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if the Government will establish a challenge fund for local authorities for car clubs; (2) what plans the Department has for undertaking further...

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact upon CO2 emissions in 2010 of his revised forecast that car fuel costs will drop by 30 per cent.over the...

      Civil Service (People with Disabilities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in meeting targets for the proportion of people with disabilities in senior posts in the Department.

      District Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what investments have been made in the District Line in each of the last six years.

      Ministerial Transport

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

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the estimated cost is in 2003–04 to her Department, agencies and the non-departmental public bodies for which she is...

    • Pill Boxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the pill boxes which are being reviewed as part of English Heritage's Monuments Protection programme.

      Public Service Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what grades of officials are responsible for the monitoring of progress towards the public service agreement targets of her...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff in her Department were on long-term sick leave in each of the last five years.

      Special Advisers

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

  • Defence

    • Age Discrimination

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

    • Armed Forces Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what factors underlie the decisions about how MOD houses are graded; if he will make a statement on the differences between the four grades; and which...

      Armed Forces Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many MoD houses are empty; how many have been empty for more than six months; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the progress of the Department's recruitment campaign for the armed services; and what the shortfall in manpower was in...

      Benefits (Service Families)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procedures are in place to provide spouses of army personnel with (a) maternity benefit, (b) jobseeker's allowance, (c) disability allowance and (d)...

      Benefits (Service Families)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what standards have been set for the rapid resolution of benefit claims by Service families; and whether there are complaints procedures available for...

      Civil Contingencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research work is conducted into (a) civil contingency planning and (b) anti-terrorist measures; which Department is responsible; what funds are...

      Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the 2002 annual report of the Department will be published.

      European Amphibious Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what developments have been made regarding the European Amphibious Initiative; and if he will make a statement.

      European Security and Defence Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on Her Majesty's Government's policy objectives for a European security and defence identity.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the provenance of the missile which hit the al-Nassar market in the Shula area of Baghdad.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment the Government have made of the likely time scale for the administering and governance of Iraq to be put into the hands of the Iraqi...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans the Government have for the total withdrawal of British forces from Iraq.

      Military Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment his Department has made of environmental damage to (a) Woodbury Common, (b) Dartmoor and (c) Salisbury plain training areas caused...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what mechanisms are in place for monitoring the payment of national insurance by families of soldiers when living abroad; and if he will make a statement.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the objectives of Her Majesty's Government's policy towards NATO reform.

      Nordic Brigade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what developments the UK has made in respect of the Nordic Brigade; and if he will make a statement.

      Part-time Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact of the part-time Workers Directive on staff in his Department.

      Reservists Standard Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether increases to maximum levels for Reservists Standard Awards will continue to be fixed to (a) inflation levels and (b) an earnings index; (2)...

      Royal Irish Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future use of the three home battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment.

      Service Personnel (Gulf)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements have been put in place to provide support to families of armed forces personnel who have been killed or injured serving in the Gulf;...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff in his Department were on long term sick leave in each of the last five years.

  • Minister for Women

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Minister for Women if she will make a statement on the Government's plans to tackle domestic violence.

    • Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Minister for Women what action she is taking to promote the appointment of women to the boards of Regional Development Agencies.

      Corporate Social Responsibility

      To ask the Minister for Women how her work on Corporate Social Responsibility has affected women.

      Business Start-ups

      To ask the Minister for Women what measures she is taking to help women to set up their own businesses.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Manufacturing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department is taking to improve productivity growth rates in manufacturing industry.

    • Manufacturing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to increase productivity in UK manufacturing business.

      Manufacturing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans her Department has to increase the UK's productivity levels in manufacturing industry; and if she will make a statement.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the take-up of broadband internet access in the UK.

      Export Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether her Department invited submissions from the Metropolitan Police to the DTI's consultation on the secondary legislation for the Export...

      Export Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what mechanisms are in place for independent assessment of the Government's exemptions to its export control policy.

      Exports (Syria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the export licences granted in respect of exports to Syria since 1997; and if she will make a statement on exports to Syria...

      Exports (Syria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the value has been of UK chemical exports to Syria in each year since 1997.

      Inward Investment (North-West)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to promote inward investment in the North-West.

      Paternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effect of recent changes to paternity leave on small businesses.

      Retail Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the prospects for the retail sector.

      Trading Standards Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many Trading Standards Professionals were employed by local authorities in (a) 2001 and (b) 2002 and how many are budgeted to be employed...

      Universal Service Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what recent representations she has received on the Royal Mail's universal service obligation; (2) what recent discussions she has had...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the most recent annual report into the sale of antibiotics for use in animals in the UK has been published.

    • Agricultural Sludge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the consultation on Proposals to Amend the Statutory Controls for the use of Agricultural Sludge was carried out in...

      Agricultural Trade Barriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of agricultural trade barriers on legal and illegal migration to the EU.

      Agricultural Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of workers in Shrewsbury and Atcham were working in agriculture in each year since 1997.

      Fallen Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice her Department has made available to farms in Worcestershire on dealing with fallen stock.

      Fallen Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the European Commission on the subject of the regulation banning on farm burial of fallen...

      Fallen Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what opportunities her Department has to secure derogations to the on farm burial ban of fallen stock equivalent to those...

      Fallen Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice her Department has given to cooperative groups of neighbouring farmers assessing the prospect of purchasing...

      Fallen Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will make a statement on the geographical spread of rendering facilities in the UK and its effect on collection...

      Animal By-products Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will nominate a representative to take forward discussions with bio-dynamic agriculture on the subject of the animal...

      Animal By-products Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what exemptions are allowable under the animal by-products order, where agriculture involves a closed cycle of animal rearing.

      Animal By-products Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with representatives of bio-dynamic agriculture on the implications of the animal by-products order.

      Animal By-products Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the EU on the introduction of the animal by-products order, with specific reference to...

      Benzone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her Answer to the hon. Member for South Holland and The Deepings (Mr. Hayes) of 27 March 2003, Official Report,...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the prevalence of bovine TB in Buckinghamshire.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the prevalence of bovine TB in Worcestershire.

      CAP (Transitional Arrangements)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the transitional arrangements are for the Common Agricultural Policy in relation to the forthcoming EU enlargement.

      Carcase Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the impact of proposed new legislation on animal carcass disposal on pest control, with...

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the United Kingdom has the right to withdraw from the EU Common Fisheries Policy, without withdrawing from the EU itself.

      Darwin Mounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans she has to establish a no-fishing zone over the Darwin Mounds; (2) what steps the Government is taking to...

      Deer Sanctuary Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 9 April, Official Report, column 272W, if she will place in the Library the vets' report on the...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 27 March 2003, Official Report, column 311W, when final decisions will be made on the level of...

      Environment Agency Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will provide a breakdown of the Environment Agency's fee of £108 per hour for chargeable pre-application advice...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what discussions her Department had with the Scottish Executive prior to the decision of the European Commission to...

      GM Crop Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) the consent reference number, (b) the six figure grid reference, (c) the size, (d) the date of planting and (e)...

      GM Crop Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether the timing of the public consultancy over GM crops will allow the public to express views on the result of the...

      Horticulture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the future of the Horticultural Development Council.

      Horticulture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what analysis her Department has undertaken to assess the impact on the UK horticulture industry of the EU proposals for...

      Inspection Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) staff and (b) staff engaged in inspection work have been employed by (i) the Environment Agency and (ii) the...

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to publish guidance (a) defining corrosive materials in a landfill environment and (b) defining the waste...

      Offshore Natural Features

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the protection of offshore natural features.

      Organic Farmers

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

      Organophosphates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the most recent independent research commissioned by the Government into the toxic effects on humans of the use of...

      Pesticide Residues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 28 March, Official Report, column 476–7W, on pesticide residues, how many tests were carried...

      Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will attend the Environment for Europe ministerial meeting in Kiev in May; and if the UK will sign the UNECE Protocol...

      Ruddy Duck

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimates have been made of the cost to her Department of the strategy to cull ruddy ducks.

      Snares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the ability of a snare to discriminate between species.

      Snares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made as to the compatibility of the use of snares and the terms of the Bern Convention.

      Snares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 27 March 2003, Official Report, column 310W, how and when her Department is considering ways in...

      Sustainable Energy Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the progress of Cornwall's Sustainable Energy Partnership's Home Health programme...

      TB Reactors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) steps have been taken and (b) outcomes achieved to reduce the time taken to remove cattle which have had a bovine TB...

      T3327

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the wild animal poison known as T3327 is species specific; and what assessment (a) she and (b) the Central Science...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will ask the Environment Agency to examine the operation of Crabbe Yard, Wadborough, Worcestershire, for compliance...

      Waste Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of household waste was recycled in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d)...

      Water Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received about the Water Industry (Charges) (Vulnerable Group) (Amendment) Regulations.

      Wild Mammal Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what trials the Department is engaged in with the Central Science Laboratory; and whether such trials relating to wild...

      Wildlife Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what support her Department has given to wildlife rescue services in each of the past 10 years; and what recent...

  • Wales

    • Accountancy Services

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

    • Aerospace Industry (North Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the aerospace industry in North Wales.

      Building Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of UK (a) aluminium, (b) tin-plate, (c) steel and (d) timber supply originated in Wales in the last three years.

      Employment Relations Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many staff in his Department have taken time off from work in order to attend to domestic incidents as provided for by the Employment Relations Act 1999.

      Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what scale of funding was offered to LG Electronics in seeking to attract the firm as an inward investor for their operations in Newport, South...

      Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much funding was (2) how much funding was (a) offered and (b) provided to LG Semiconductors following the offer aimed at attracting the firm as an...

      Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on grant aid given to LG for their operations in Newport, South Wales.

      Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on manufacturing industry in Wales.

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many staff in his Department have used their leave entitlement under the Parental Leave Directive since it came into force.

      Public Service Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (a) how many and (b) what grades of officials are responsible for the monitoring of progress towards the public service agreement targets of his Department.

      Secondments

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

  • Advocate-General

    • Accountancy Services

      To ask the Advocate General what the total cost to her Department was for accountancy services in 2002.

    • Agricultural Holdings Bill

      To ask the Advocate General if she will publish her decision on the compatibility of the Agricultural Holdings Bill and the Scotland Act 1998.

      Industrial Action

      To ask the Advocate-General how many working days were lost owing to industrial action by staff in her Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies in 2002.

      Ministerial Transport

      To ask the Advocate General what her estimate is of the cost of (a) ministerial cars and drivers and (b) taxis for her Department in 2002.

  • Scotland

    • Shotgun Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many applications for a shotgun licence have been received during the last year for which figures are available from residents of (a) Dumfries and...

    • Accountancy Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the total cost to her Department was for accountancy services in 2002.

      Accountancy Services

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

      Civil Service Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what grades in the Civil Service in her Department are allowed to travel by air (a) first class and (b) business class at public expense when on...

      Commercial Confidentiality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what guidance her Department issues to civil servants on how to deal with claims from organisations that the information they provide to the Department...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what her estimate is of total spending on Ministers' (a) private offices, (b) entertainment, (c) UK travel, (d) international travel, (e) pay and (f)...

      Departmental Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the total cost of her Department's website was in the last 12 months; and how many hits it received in the same period.

      Entertainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the estimate is of the total spending of her Department in all forms of entertainment in each year from 1994–95 to 2002–03; and if she...

      External Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list (a) the title and subject, (b) the total cost to her Department and (c) the commissioned author or organisation of each external report...

      Ministerial Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what her estimate is of the cost of (a) ministerial cars and drivers and (b) taxis for her Department in 2002.

      Overseas Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many overseas visits have been made by Scottish Office Ministers in the last 12 months; to where and at what cost; and if she will make a statement.

      Part-time Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment she has made of the impact of the Part-time Workers Directive on staff in her Department.

      PFI Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will make a statement on the expected saving to future funds from the private finance initiative schemes due to become operational in 2003.

      Publicity and Advertising

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

      Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what policy on (a) core hours and (b) flexible working hours is operated by her Department and each agency and non-departmental public body for which...

  • Education and Skills

    • Able Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the steps he is taking to meet the learning needs of the most able pupils.

    • Advanced Education Award

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on progress with the Advanced Education Award.

      Boarding Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the reason for the recent increase in the charges for the welfare inspection of boarding schools; whether...

      Boarding Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 12 March 2003, Official Report, column 297W, on private/public boarding schools, what discussions he has had with...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what expenditure has been incurred by his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental bodies in 2002 on (i) opinion polling, (ii)...

      Education Funding (Wandsworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding has been made available to Wandsworth Education Authority in each of the last eight years.

      School Standards Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether it is his policy that schools will integrate activities funded by the Standards Fund into their base cost.

      Teachers' Pay Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment has been made of the change in cost to maintained schools in (a) the East Riding of Yorkshire and (b) England resulting from...

  • International Development

    • Civil Service (People with Disabilities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made in meeting targets for the proportion of people with disabilities in senior posts in the Department.

    • Global Health Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when her Department will come to a conclusion upon financing the next round of funding to the Global Health Fund; on what criteria this...

      Global Health Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman), 13 March 2003, Official Report, column 355W, what other...

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of Kenya's progress towards meeting World bank and IMF targets for reform and policy changes on...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) UK based fishing vessels, (b) Northern Ireland based fishing vessels and (c) foreign based fishing vessels were boarded by UK based...

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Contact Orders

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what alternatives there are to the court system for dealing with contact order disputes.

    • Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when the annual report of the Department will be published.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by how much he intends to change his Department's staffing level (a) across the UK and (b) in Gloucestershire, in each of the next three years;...

    • Means-tested Benefits (Pensioners)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the take-up rates are for (a) male and (b) female pensioners for means tested benefits in the Redcar and Cleveland council area.

      Means-tested Benefits (Pensioners)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the take-up rates for means tested benefits by pensioners in the Easington area were in 2002–03.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his Answer of 31 March 2003, Official Report, column 605W, if he will break down the number of people who will remain without...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what proportion of the over-70 population in Devon the state pension is their sole source of income.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 31 March 2003, Official Report, column 605W, if he will break down the different groups of workers who will account...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many advance applications have been received for the pension credit; and how many minimum income guarantee customers will automatically...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the number of pensioners who will benefit from changes to pension payments for long term hospital patients in 2003.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what criteria are used to assess the relative living costs of single pensioners and pensioner couples when setting the rates for the...

      Public Service Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (a) how many and (b) what grades of officials are responsible for the monitoring of progress towards the public service agreement targets of...

      Social Security Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received about the Social Security (Earnings Factor) Amendment Regulations.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Local Development Orders

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures will be implemented to encourage local authorities to use local development orders in enterprise areas, as referred to in paragraph 3.62 of the...

    • Area Cost Adjustment

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reasons he did not separate metropolitan areas in West Midlands when calculating area cost adjustment.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many employees of (a) the Social Exclusion Unit, (b) the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit and (c) the Homelessness Directorate there were in each year since their...

      Regions White Paper

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made towards the goal set out in the White Paper "Your Region, Your Choice", of (a) ensuring that regional awareness and devolution feature...

      Supporting People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the implementation of Supporting People; and which responsible authorities failed to fully implement Supporting People at the date...

      Tobacco Advertising

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions his Department has had with local authority chief executives regarding the removal of billboard tobacco advertising; and what funding has been...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to provide financial help for training of Afghans who wish to prepare for democratic elections.

    • Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) President Mubarak of Egypt and (b) Mr. Adek Ek Gazaar, the ambassador for Egypt...

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received from NGOs regarding (a) human rights in Egypt and (b) the imprisonment of Shaiboub...

      EU Constitutional Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons the Government has tabled an amendment to replace children's rights with human rights in the draft of the EU...

      EU Constitutional Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he intends to take to ensure that the rights of children are recognised in the EU Constitutional Treaty.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the names of the Executive Council of Baghdad working with the coalition; and which of the Executive Council's...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he received, from whom and when, between 1 January and 20 April, regarding the threat of looting of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures he is taking to ensure the identification and return of antiquities and cultural artefacts looted from Iraq; and...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations his Department has received from the Committee for the Release of Hostages and Detainees in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what formal structures will be created to gather evidence from former political hostages and detainees of criminality on the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the number of political detainees in Iraq still incarcerated in prisons and detention...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Iraqi women's organisations were invited to participate in the Baghdad Conference held in April to prepare the way for an...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action his Department has taken following the shooting of a British subject carrying out humanitarian work in the Occupied...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he is making to the Israeli Government over the shooting of Mr.Tom Hurndall by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip.

      Secondments

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

      US Forces (Indian Ocean)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how long US military forces will be stationed on British territory in the Indian Ocean.

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on accident and emergency services at (a) Harold Wood Hospital in the London Borough of Havering and (b) Oldchurch Hospital...

    • Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment has been made of numbers of people suffering from asthma in each year since 1997; what the average age of diagnosis was; and if he...

      Cardiovascular Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of how much money would be saved by the NHS through earlier detection of cardiovascular disease if all men with erectile...

      Chiropody Services (Buckinghamshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of chiropody services in Buckinghamshire.

      Cholesterol Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to make drugs that substantially lower cholesterol available over the counter.

      Community Health Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what additional funding he has provided to local authorities in Buckinghamshire to take on responsibilities held by community health councils.

      Desumo Information and Healthcare Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the decision of the National Care Standards Commission to de-register Desumo Information and Healthcare Ltd.; and what...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to encourage research into curing and treating diabetes.

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors have been recruited from post-graduate courses by NHS hospitals in each of the past five years.

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the (a) British Medical Association and (b) University Deans of Medicine on meeting the target of 25,000 doctors by 2008.

      EU Advisory Committees(Dental Practitioner and Nursing Training)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list (a) the names, titles and grades of the officials who sit on the EU Advisory Committee on the Training of Dental Practitioners, (b)...

      Food Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 25 February 2003, Official Report, column 510W, on the advertising of food, when he expects the review of research to be completed.

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether Department of Health funding for foundation hospitals will vary according to the revenue a foundation hospital receives from other sources.

      General Dentistry Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have used the facilities of the General Dentistry Service in Gloucestershire in each year since its inception.

      Hospital Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the amount of expenditure on the hospital building programme in each of the last five available years, excluding PFI contracts.

      Hospital Gardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital trusts contract out (a) partly and (b) completely gardening work on their estates.

      Inventures Disposals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether Southlands Hospital land in Shoreham has been included in the bulk sale of properties in the Inventures disposals; what (a) price and (b) terms...

      Inventures Disposals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of the inventures disposals which will be sold without planning permission; and if he will make a statement on...

      Looked After Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with (a) local authorities and (b) the Independent Schools Council regarding placing looked after children in boarding schools.

      Meningitis C Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the take-up of the meningitis C vaccine by targeted groups.

      Mental Health Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether all mental health hospital accommodation in Hampshire meets the criteria for the targets set in February 1998 regarding the safety, privacy and...

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were registered with NHS dentists in each of the last 10 years in the area covered by the Cotswold and Vale PCT.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints each primary care trust in Gloucestershire has received in the last year from people who cannot get access to NHS dentists.

      NHS Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money was not able to be used by the NHS by the end of the financial year 2002–03, has been handed back to the Treasury.

      NHS Litigation Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the NHS litigation costs for 2002 as estimated by the National Audit Office is related to maternity cases.

      Oldchurch Hospital, Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on staffing levels for Ward C5 at Oldchurch Hospital in the London Borough of Havering; and what discussions he has had with...

      Overseas Nurse Advice Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many calls the overseas nurse advice line has received in the last month.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham can expect answers to his questions, references: 100537 and 100499 of 26 February 2003.

      Patient Referrals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients have been referred to (a) private hospitals and (b) hospitals in European countries for treatment in each year since 1997; and what...

      Prison Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses there are with experience of professionally working in prisons in each primary care trust.

      Private Hospitals (Buckinghamshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were carried out in private hospitals in Buckinghamshire at NHS expense broken down by (a) hospital and (b) PCT area in the past year.

      Radiographers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many additional training places for radiographers have been created in each of the last six years; (2) how many radiographers have completed...

      Radiographers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacant NHS posts for therapeutic and diagnostic radiographers there were in March in (a) England, (b) each NHS region and (c) each NHS trust.

      Sheep (Spongiform Encephalopathies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the Food Standards Agency's policy on testing sheep for transmissible spongiform encephalopathies using the test developed...

      Sustainable Policies (NHS)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advances have been made in producing a sustainable transport policy for the NHS.

      Teenage Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many teenagers with cancer have been treated in adult wards in the last year at (a) Worthing Hospital and (b) Sussex County Hospital, Brighton;...

      Thoracic Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of patients waited up to (a) four weeks, (b) 13 weeks and (c) 26 weeks for their first outpatient appointment following GP referral; and...

      Tobacco Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the marketing materials not covered by the ban on tobacco advertising.

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for an out-patient appointment (a) in Greater London and (b) in England was in (i) the latest period for which figures are...

  • Home Department

    • Off-road Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will bring forward proposals for additional powers for police to confiscate vehicles used illegally off-road.

    • Accountancy Services

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

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues on combating anti-social behaviour in Wales.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his Answer of 7 April 2003, Official Report, column 35W, on command paper 5778, which groups of charities were consulted; and if...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes he intends to make to his Department's procedures for determining applications for NASS support by asylum seekers who have been...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unaccompanied asylum seeking children were deported in (a) 2001 and (b) 2002.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children of asylum-seeking families are detained.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action is being taken to keep track of the whereabouts of failed asylum seekers who cannot be deported and who no longer receive support...

      Community Punishment Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding is available for community punishment orders in each probation service area; and if he will make a statement.

      DNA Profiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of people who will be affected each year by his policy to permit the retention of DNA information...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many items of drug equipment were found in prisons in England and Wales in the last year for which figures are available.

      Firearms Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people hold (a) a firearms certificate, (b) a shotgun certificate and (c) both of the above together; and if he will make a statement.

      Hemsworth Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of (a) violent crime, (b) burglary and (c) vandalism in the Hemsworth constituency were reported to the police in...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has collated from the study to estimate the size and characteristics of the population of people with irregular...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has collated on the number of people with irregular immigration status who have children born in the UK, and the status...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the backlog of correspondence from hon. Members is at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detainees have (a) committed suicide and (b) been self-injured in each immigration removal centre in the UK in each of the last five...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those who are detained under immigration rules have been held in more than one removal centre.

      Penal System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has commissioned an inquiry into the operation and cost effectiveness of the prison and correctional system; and if he will make a...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Vale of Clwyd (Chris Ruane), 17 March 2003, Official Report, column 591W, on police, what...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours of purposeful activity prisoners engaged in at (a) HMP Altcourse, (b) HMP Rye Hill and (c) HMP Wolds in 2001–02.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 17 March 2003, Official Report, column 585W, on drugs in prisons, how many prisoners underwent detoxification in...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) convicted and (b) unconvicted immigration detainees are being held in prisons.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent teachers are employed in prisons in England and Wales.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in which prisons in England and Wales in the last two years additional accommodation has been built in response to the rising prison...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list those prisons constructed under the private finance initiatives and their public sector comparators.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisons do not have visitor centres; how many do; and, of these, how many are staffed by volunteers.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison visitor centres are financed by (a) the prison from its own funds and (b) the Prison Service.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to extend the prison visitor centre to all prison establishments; and if he will provide additional funding.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Government have to put in place a national strategy for elderly prisoners.

      Public Service Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the process of negotiation is between his Department and local police forces in the setting of local policing targets in relation to...

      Scott Veach and Darren Franey

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the letter to him from the Liverpool coroner about the death of Scott Veach and Darren Franey.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his oral answer of 28 April 2003, Official Report, column 10, on terrorism, for what reasons his Department's Press Office told...

      Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has asked the Association of Chief Police Officers to revise its guidance to forces on managing travellers.

      Visa Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long it is taking the Immigration and Nationality Directorate to process (a) straightforward and (b) non-straightforward further leave to...

  • House of Lords

    • Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What capital work is currently underway for Waterways Ireland; when contracts were sought; on what basis they were awarded and to whom; what are the related costs;...

    • Northern Ireland Departments: Spending

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the projected underspend for each Northern Ireland Department for the year 2002–03.

      Self-Contained Air Cartridge System Air Guns

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they intend to trace all the current owners of self-contained air cartridge system air guns in the event of Parliament prohibiting the import, sale, transfer...

      Self-Contained Air Cartridge System Air Guns

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the estimated 70,000 current owners of self-contained air cartridge system air guns they envisage will apply for licences following prohibition.

      Immigration Control: Algerian Nationals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What new measures are being proposed in respect of immigration control for the UK.

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they can explain why the number of United Kingdom passports reported stolen, lost or unavailable increased from 31,497 in 1998 to 114,624 in 2000 and to...

      Social Security (Incapacity Benefit) (Her Majesty's Forces) (Amendment) Regulations 2003

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to amend the Social Security (Incapacity Benefit) (Her Majesty's Forces) (Amendment) Regulations 2003.

      European Convention on Human Rights: Breaches

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will introduce legislation authorising United Kingdom courts to give direct effect to decisions of the European Court of Human Rights finding breaches...

      e-government

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether recent reports suggesting that the budget of the Office of the e-Envoy is to be reduced by nearly 20 per cent in the coming year are accurate; and, if so,...

      e-government

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they respond to the suggestion from the Institute of Public Policy Research that their target of placing all government services online by 2005 should be...

      e-government

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What methodology is in place to measure the levels of take-up of e-government services by the general public; what levels have been achieved to date; and what...

      Board of Transport Accident Investigators

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to create a Board of Transport Accident Investigators.

      Nuclear Decommissioning Agency and Nuclear Liabilities Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to a letter to the Lord Jenkin of Roding of 28 March from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Science and Innovation, what are their plans for...

      Transfusion-related Acute Lung Injury

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the reported transfusion-related acute lung injury case settled out of court by the National Blood Service, whether they plan to provide...

      Transfusion-related Acute Lung Injury

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the recent publication in Blood journal that transfusion-related acute lung injury is an under-reported reaction from plasma transfusions, what steps...

      Plasma Transfusions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will invest to prevent up to 70,000 transfusion patients each year from continuing to be put at risk from United Kingdom-sourced, non-virally...

      Pharmacies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in considering the Office of Fair Trading report on the location of pharmacies, they will accept that the presence of a neighbourhood pharmacy has an...

      Animal By-Products Regulation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What transitional measures they have requested from the European Union in connection with the Animal By-Products Regulation due to take effect on 1 May 2003 so as...

      Animal By-Products Regulation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to apply the European Union Animal By-Products Regulation to waste from fish and shellfish products; if so, to what shellfish products the...

      Endangered Species

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they issue guidance for Ministers and Officials on overseas visits with regard to the consumption at official occasions of species which are on the...

      Regional Assemblies: Functions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty (WA 35), why it took so long to quote, as an Answer, five paragraphs from a White Paper; and whether they can be...

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