Written answers

Thursday, 15 May 2003

  • Defence

    • Counselling Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements are made in his Department to allow staff to access counselling services.

    • Army Strength

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) establishment and (b) strength of the (i) Royal Corps of Signals, (ii) Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and (iii) Royal Armoured...

      Army Strength

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) establishment and (b) strength of the (i) Royal Engineers, (ii) Army Corps of Music, (iii) Adjutant General's Corps and (iv) QARANC was (A)...

      Army Strength

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the targets were for the trained strength of the Royal Electrical and Military Engineers battalions in each year since 2000; and if he will make a...

      D-Day Anniversary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans the Government has to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of D-Day; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Attachés

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the countries in which UK defence attachés are in place.

      Document Classification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many documents are held by his Department that are subject to security classification, broken down by category of classification.

      Equipment and Maintenance Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) establishment and (b) strength of REME and RE trades relating to the maintenance of equipment is, stating in each case the (i) trade and...

      Family Aftercare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance is available for commanders on how best to address family after-care and advice in cases of bereavement or serious training injury; what...

      Halton Army Training Camp

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to sell the Halton Army Training Camp in Lancaster; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans exist to release reservists serving in the Iraq theatre.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what efforts are being made to return TA soldiers serving in the Gulf to their employers at the earliest opportunity.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many of his staff have taken sick leave due to mental health problems in the last year; (2) how many sick days were lost over the last year by...

      Ministry Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list (a) improvements to and (b) restrictions placed upon access to land owned by his Department since 1997.

      Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the call out notices issued by his Department, broken down by type of notice, for the call out of reserves in each year since 1997,...

      Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the (a) Territorial Army, (b) Royal Naval Reserve, (c) Royal Auxiliary Air Force, (d) Royal Marines Reserve and (e) Regular Reserve...

      Retention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the retention rates were for (a) male and (b) female NCOs in each of the services in each of the last five years.

      Service Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Committee headed by General Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank will report on the review of the issuing of a Medal to those who served in the Suez...

  • Transport

    • Alconbury Airfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the proposed airfield at Alconbury would be suitable for use by 747 Jumbo aircraft.

    • Aviation Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will press the Council of Ministers to refer proposals by the European Parliament for increased flying hours to the European Aviation Safety Agency.

      Central Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what additional information he is awaiting before responding publicly to the report of the SRA on Central Railway; and from whom.

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his estimate is of the preparatory and planning costs incurred on the proposed crossrail link in London.

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects an announcement to be made on the future of Crossrail; and if he will make a statement.

      East London Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to make a statement on the future of the East London line extension.

      Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many officials in his Department have received honours; and how many honours are held by his officials, broken down by category of honour.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what limitations have been placed on Infracos involved in the refurbishment of the London Underground in passing further work to third party contractors.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of his staff have taken sick leave due to mental health problems in the last year.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many sick days were lost over the last year by his Department through staff mental health problems.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures will be taken by his Department to reduce noise levels emitted from the M5 for Hucclecote residents in the Gloucester constituency.

      National Rail Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received covering the introduction of a national rail card to promote railway travel at off-peak times throughout the network.

      Pay Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his Answer of 5 March 2003, Official Report, columns 1030–31W, on DVLA, what the total pay costs incurred by the Driver and Vehicle...

      Pay Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his Answer of 3 February 2003, Official Report, column 46W to the hon. Member for Bath (Mr. Foster), on railway staff, what the total pay...

      Port Developments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will determine the applications for port developments at (a) Dibden Bay, (b) London Gateway (Shellhaven) and (c) Bathside Bay together.

      Public Service Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what EU legislation sets out a safety framework for public service vehicles, with particular reference to (a) non-fluorescent lighting and (b) low...

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the major infrastructure developments are expected on the Cheltenham to London rail line, with special reference to resignalling.

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's policy is on station re-opening, with special reference to parkways.

      Rail Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list payments made by the Strategic Rail Authority to train operating companies to compensate for income lost due to industrial action over...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents involving motor cycles there were resulting in (a) death and (b) serious injury in each of the last five years; and how...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents caused by drivers under the age of 17 years resulted in (a) death and (b) serious injury in each of the last five years.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents there were in each of the last five years; and how many resulted in (a) death and (b) serious injury.

      Transport Statistics (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what figures he has collated on (a) average traffic speeds, (b) air pollution and (c) bus usage in central London since 17 February; and if he will...

      Warsaw Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to amend the Warsaw Convention in light of recent court judgments in England and Australia.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Anglian Water Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her action to monitor the compliance of Anglian Water Group with consumer standards regulations; and what the...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of households in (a) Birmingham, Erdington, (b) the West Midlands and (c) the UK have taken up broadband connectivity.

      Construction Industry (Liability Insurance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the work being carried out by Davis Langdon Consultants on insurance in relation to the construction industry;...

      Construction Industry (Liability Insurance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the number of businesses in the construction industry which are operating without employers' liability...

      Domestic Energy (Mis-selling)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many cases of energy sales mis-selling there were in each local authority area in the last year for which figures are available; if she...

      Electricity Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what compensatory measures to other electricity generators are contained within the British Energy restructuring package submitted by the...

      Employment Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans her Department has to prevent foreign citizens who are not based in the UK from making a tribunal claim under the Employment Rights...

      End of Life Vehicles Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the End of Life Vehicles Directive.

      LPG

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many liquefied petroleum gas outlets there were in the UK (a) in 1997, (b) in 2001 and (c) on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the timetable is for the creation of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with (a) DEFRA, (b) the industry and (c) green groups on the storage of nuclear waste.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the services to be funded by the resources allocated to the local network category in the small business section on page 96...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food Imports (Animal Welfare)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to encourage the inclusion of animal welfare considerations in bilateral agreements on food imports.

    • Agriculture Discussions (Welsh Assembly)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to visit Cardiff to discuss agricultural issues of mutual interest with the First Secretary and other...

      Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the consultation process for GM crops.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of progress in reforming the Common Agricultural Policy.

      Waste Incinerators (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will visit Colchester to inspect sites put forward by Essex county council for waste incinerators.

      Waste Incinerators (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Environment Agency on smells affecting communities.

      Farming (Upland Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the prospects for farming businesses in upland areas.

      Steel Industry (Carbon Dioxide Emissions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of carbon dioxide emissions was attributable to the steel industry in each of the last three years.

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received regarding the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy.

      Animal By-product Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with retailers about proposals to classify uncooked meat and fish as animal by-product waste.

      Darwin Mounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she will take to protect the Darwin Mounds.

      Farm Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average income of farming families in Shrewsbury and Atcham was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Fishing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries, Water and Nature Protection will visit Brixham to discuss with fishermen the...

      GM Field Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the Ministers who will be involved in deciding the Government's response to the results of the GM field trials.

      Harbinson Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the Harbinson draft framework agreement on agriculture recently published by the WTO.

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many co-disposal hazardous waste sites will close as a result of the United Kingdom's implementation of the EU Landfill...

      Ofwat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to review the penalties that Ofwat may impose on water companies to improve customer service and satisfaction.

      Ofwat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers Ofwat has to insist that water companies should backdate refunds or rebates to 1 April 2000.

      Packaging Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list those European Union measures, pursuant to Directive 94/62/EC on Packaging and Packaging Waste, which are...

      Pay Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 8 April 2003, Official Report, column 133W, on the pay review, if she will place a copy of her...

      Salmon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has made to the Scottish Executive on preventing the crossbreeding, disease and pollution of wild...

      Salmon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps have been taken with the Scottish Executive to jointly manage the Tweed and its tributaries to protect wild salmon...

  • Education and Skills

    • Schools (Barnet)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations he has received from headteachers in Barnet on their ability (a) to set a standstill budget this year and (b) to fund...

    • Counselling Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what arrangements are made in his Department to allow staff to access counselling services.

      Pupil Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the per pupil spending figure was in (a) South Tyneside, (b) the North East and (c) England in each year since 1997.

      Schools Assessment Criteria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria are used to assess the gap between the best and worst performing (a) secondary and (b) primary schools; whether this gap is...

      Skills Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what figures he collated for annual expenditure on skills development for persons over 16 (a) by publicly-financed and (b) by private sector...

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what percentage supply teachers represent of the total number of teachers in (a) Jarrow, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear and (d)...

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of the total number of teachers in (a) the Bury St. Edmunds constituency, (b) Suffolk, (c) Norfolk, (d) Essex, (e)...

      Standards Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money has been provided through the Raising Standards Fund in each year since the fund began for each maintained school in the East...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Antiquities Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the (a) United Nations, (b) the United States and (c) others regarding the effect on trade in...

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of regional variations in staff turnover in her Department.

      Iraq

      Mr. Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to her Answer of 7 May 2003, Official Report, column 730W, on Iraq (Cultural Heritage), what progress has been...

      KPMG

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many contracts her Department has awarded to KPMG since 1997.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many organisations in the Birmingham, Erdington constituency have (a) applied for and (b) claimed awards from the Arts Council in...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the spending per capita for National Lottery grants was in (a) Birmingham, Erdington, (b) Birmingham and (c) the West Midlands in...

      Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which of her Department's projects have received sponsorship in the last financial year; who the sponsor was in each case; what the...

      Sport (Women)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what assessment she has made of the development by Sport England of women's participation in (a) football, (b) rugby and (c)...

      Sport (Women)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Football Association on developing a professional women's football league; and what support she is...

      Statutory Instruments

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

  • Prime Minister

    • Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the personal statement of 12 May 2003, Official Report, column 36 to the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood (Clare Short), if he will publish the...

  • Privy Council

    • Appointments Commission

      To ask the President of the Council (1) how many times the House of Lords Appointments Commission has met in the last 12 months; (2) what the annual cost is of running the House of Lords...

    • Departmental Report

      To ask the President of the Council what the cost was of the publication of the 2001 Departmental Report.

      Honours

      To ask the President of the Council how many officials in his Department have received honours; and how many honours are held by his officials, broken down by category of honour.

  • Advocate-General

    • Departmental Events

      To ask the Advocate General if she will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by her Department and which took...

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Advocate General what progress has been made with the pay review in her Department, with particular reference to the gender pay gap; and if she will make a statement.

  • Scotland

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much the Department spent on advertising in Scotland in each year since 1999 on (a) television, (b) newspapers, (c) radio, (d) magazines, (e)...

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his Department's total spending was on advertising and promotional campaigns between April 2002 and March 2003; and what the cost of each campaign...

      Age Discrimination

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

      Commemorative Plaques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what the average cost was of erecting a blue commemorative plaque in the last 12 months; (2) who (a) sets the criteria of selection and (b) is...

      Departmental Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will provide a breakdown by formal job description of the total establishment at the Scotland Office.

      Departmental Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by her Department...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Report

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

      Departmental Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when the Scotland Office Departmental Report will be published.

      Departmental Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will make a statement on the (a) cost of and (b) number of visitors to each website operated by her Department and each agency and...

      Employment Relations Act

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

      Exhibitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list events at which her Department and each agency and non-departmental public body for which her Department is responsible have exhibited...

      NHS Treatment Delays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health and the Scottish Parliament concerning a definition for an unreasonable period of...

      Parliament Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will introduce legislation to allow voters whose principal residence is in England but who own property and businesses in Scotland to vote in...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list the (a) funded and (b) unfunded public sector pension schemes for which her Department, its agencies and its non-departmental public...

      Public Service Agreement

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

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average council tax is per dwelling this year in (a) England and (b) Newark and Sherwood District Council.

    • Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the 2002 annual report of his Department will be published.

      Fire Brigades Union

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has held with the Women's Action Committee of the Fire Brigades Union about family-friendly modernisation of working hours.

      Fire Statistics

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many false alarms per 100,000 population there were in each fire authority in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many deaths from...

      Honours

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many officials in his Department have received honours; and how many honours are held by his officials, broken down by category of honour.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures he plans to take in the next two years to tackle the housing shortage in Luton.

      Local Authority Cabinets

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many local authorities have appointed assistants to Cabinet members and given the assistants additional responsibility allowances.

      Local Education Authorities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent representations he has received concerning the allocation of funds to local education authorities.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether high performing local authorities granted new freedom and autonomy by the Government and who bid successfully for ring fenced, specific grants are able to...

      Remote Controlled Aircraft

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what regulations are in place to control the (a) size, (b) speed and (c) height of remote controlled planes and other leisure aircraft flown in public areas.

      Rent Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will allow the Rent Service to publish local reference rent determinations on its website.

  • Treasury

    • Child Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which elements of his strategy for relieving child poverty contain measures to increase family incomes.

    • Construction Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 22 January 2003, Official Report, column 409W, on the construction industry, what estimates he has made since May 1997 of the loss...

      Discounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Truro and St. Austell (Matthew Taylor) of 18 March 2003, Official Report, columns 674–76W, what the...

      Efficiency Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the target is for efficiency savings in 2003–04 expressed (a) in money terms and (b) as a percentage of the Department's expenditure limit.

      Employers Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to use the increased tax revenues resulting from higher insurance premiums to set up a fund to cover employers against remote risks.

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact on manufacturing in (a) Wales and (b) the United Kingdom if the UK does not become part of the Eurozone.

      European Central Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is towards the proposed changes in the (a) voting and (b) decision making procedures of the European Central Bank. May

      Financial Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the number of financial advisers who are operating without professional indemnity insurance.

      Consumer Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the impact on the measurement of inflation of moving from the RPIX method to the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices method in...

      Heavily Indebted Poor Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what measures have been taken by his Department to increase creditor participation in debt alleviation for heavily indebted poor countries; (2)...

      Heavily Indebted Poor Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress the World Bank and the IMF have made in developing a HIPC-to-HIPC trust fund.

      Heavily Indebted Poor Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress there has been on organising an international conference on innovative mechanisms for providing debt relief, as advocated by the HIPC...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate how much revenue would have been raised in the financial year 2002–03 by a 50 per cent. rate of tax on taxable income over...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in residential care homes in England and Wales pay income tax.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money the Inland Revenue holds from overpayment of income tax.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people who overpaid income tax in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Inflation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average levels of inflation of (a) public and (b) private sector costs have been in each year since 1997 on (i) goods, (ii) services and (iii) labour.

      Low Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he is taking to increase the take-home pay of those in low paid work.

      Manx Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what issues his Department has discussed with the Manx Government since the beginning of 2002.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many women pay reduced rate Class I National Insurance Contributions; what estimate he has made of their level of earnings; and what their percentage...

      Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect of SARS on (a) the economy in Asia and (b) the world economy.

      Stability and Growth Pact

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of recent reforms to the Stability and Growth Pact.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to make an assessment of the performance of the working tax credit and child tax credit helpline; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what advertising and publicity has been devoted to the Inland Revenue's helpline for the new tax credit system; and at what cost.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the average time has been since the introduction of working tax credits from application to first payment in (a) Angus constituency and (b)...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people applied for the new tax credits in Northern Ireland by 1 April; and what the average time taken to process applications was.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of an increase in the amount of tax credit received by an individual on their (a) housing benefit and (b) council...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Birmingham, Erdington have taken up the Child Tax Credit.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Working Tax Credit Helpline; (2) how many telephone lines are dedicated to dealing with...

  • International Development

    • Africa

      To ask the Minister of State for International Development what plans the G8 has to publish progress reports on the implementation of its G8 Africa Action Plan (a) after the Evian Summit and (b)...

    • Millennium Development Goals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the UK Government in consultation with other donor countries will be doing to achieve the 2005 Millennium Development Goals on...

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the Millennium Development Goals on universal primary education gender parity in access to primary and secondary education will...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate her Department has made of the total cost of the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of the impact of the security situation upon the distribution of food in Afghanistan.

      Aid (Developing Countries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what level of aid is being provided to uprooted people in developing countries; and to what extent the Government has acted upon the...

      Argentina

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what resources her Department has allocated in response to the severe flooding in northern Argentina.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid is being made available to the People's Republic of China in regard to the SARS outbreak.

      Coffee

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had regarding support programmes for coffee farmers facing poverty following the collapse of coffee prices;...

      Coffee

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial resources her Department has allocated to helping coffee producers gain organic certification for their coffee; and to...

      Coffee

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial resources her Department has allocated to enable small coffee producers in developing countries to diversify into...

      Coffee

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial resources her Department has allocated to enable coffee farmers to form co-operatives; and if she will make a statement.

      Commonwealth Development Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of total investments by the Commonwealth Development Corporation were in the agricultural sector in each of the last...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to her answer of 7 April 2003, Official Report, column 44W, on departmental pay, if she will list the areas requiring further...

      Education for All Fast Track Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what resources her Department has allocated to expand the Education for All Fast Track Initiative to enable all low-income countries...

      Education for All Fast Track Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when the UK Government will follow up on commitments made at the IMF and World bank spring meetings on the Education for all Fast Track...

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what resources her Department has allocated in response to the appeal made by the Ethiopian Ministry of Health for medical assistance...

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid has been sent to help those suffering from drought in Ethiopia.

      Delivery

      To ask the Minister of State for International Development whether the OECD Development Assistance Committee has produced practical guidance on how to (a) reduce the costs for recipients of aid...

      HIV/AIDS (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what level of assistance is being given by the Government to education projects regarding AIDS and HIV in Africa.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the impact on health services in India of the recruitment by NHS hospitals of nurses from India; and if...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what steps she is taking to ensure that Iraqi women and Iraqi womens' organisations are included in all stages of preparation for...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial help her Department is proposing to give to Iraq for health and education services with special reference to young...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many schools are open in Iraq; who is responsible for the running of them; and what discussions her Department is having with this...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the level of disease among the population of (a) southern Iraq and (b) Basra.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans she has to adjust levels of overseas aid contributions following the war in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether training sessions have been established for food agents in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what efforts are being taken to increase the use of domestically produced food in the rations provided by the Oil for Food Programme;...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessments she has made of the agricultural sector in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what resources her Department has allocated for clearing unexploded cluster munitions in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what impact the allocation of resources to Iraq is having on decisions by her Department on whether to accept external bid s for...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of the increase in cases of gastroenteritis among children in Iraq; and what resources are in...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to (a) support local markets and (b) encourage local purchase of goods in the reconstruction of Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of how long food stocks will last in (a) Northern Iraq and (b) Central and Southern Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what medical assistance is being given to hospitals in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department plans to give to combat (a) diarrhoea, (b) gastro-enteritis and (c) dehydration among young children in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department intends to give to combat cholera in southern Iraq; and what assessment she has made of the scale of the...

      Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to make anti-malaria drugs available (a) cheaply and (b) in sufficient quantities to African countries...

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the amounts of financial aid given to Malawi over the last 12 months; and when they were given.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many of her staff retired on medical grounds due to mental health problems in the last year.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how many sick days were lost in the last year by her Department through staff mental health problems; (2) how many of her staff...

      Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid and assistance she has provided to the government of the Philippines in the last three years.

      Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of the potential consequences of an outbreak of SARS in Sub-Saharan Africa.

      South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes she supports which aim to prevent South African children becoming infected with HIV through the use of dirty needles.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many scholarships have been awarded to Sri Lankan students to study in the United Kingdom in the last year for which figures are...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of students in Sri Lanka go on to university (a) in Sri Lanka and (b) abroad.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid was given to the education sector in Sri Lanka for (a) primary education, (b) secondary education, (c) higher education...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she is having with the Sudanese Government regarding sector wide approaches to (a) health and (b) education in that...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress is being made in providing education to the children of Southern Sudan.

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with the Government of Turkey regarding the recent earthquake in Southern Turkey.

      Waste Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department has taken to encourage the treatment of domestic and village waste in the most impoverished countries.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Market Research

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what expenditure has been incurred by his (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental bodies in 2002 on (i) opinion polling, (ii) focus groups...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Alice Coy/Nick Durie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the situation of Alice Coy and Nick Durie who are being held by the Israeli authorities near Eretz.

    • Antarctica

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects agreement to be reached with the Antarctic Treaty nations on the future of the secretariat; and if he will make...

      Arms Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in which countries Ministers in his Department conducted arms promotion activities in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003 to date; and if he...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the Member for Walsall, North will receive a reply to his letter of 10 April 2003 concerning a constituent.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 14 April 2003, Official Report, columns 369–70W, on departmental pay, if he will place a copy of...

      Departmental Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost was of the publication of the 2001 Departmental Report.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of regional variations in staff turnover in his Department.

      ICMB 2003 Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library the set of criteria established for the Information and Communication 2003 Multi-beneficiary...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his US counterparts concerning safeguards to monitor the performance of the Bechtel Group in...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the scale of looting in schools in southern Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) the contents and (b) the value of the contents of (i) Iraqi Government documents and (ii)...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken to obtain (a) intelligence and (b) military and other Iraqi Government and Ba'ath party documents in...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what arrangements there are for the Coalition partners to make available to each other on a reciprocal basis copies of military...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his statement of 12th May 2003 on Iraq, how and when invitations will be issued for the national conference; and...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received concerning the killings at (a) Nadimarg, Kashmir on 23 March 2003 and (b) Chatisisingpurol in March...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made from information published by the Government of North Korea of whether the DPRK possesses nuclear...

      Peace Activists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Israeli authorities on the subject of their treatment of peace activists.

      Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had on the level of bombing in the Philippines.

      UN Firearms Protocol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK has ratified the UN Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, their Parts and...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Disability Living Allowance

      Mrs. Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate (a) the additional cost and (b) the number of beneficiaries of reforming attendance allowance by (i) reducing...

    • Pension Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of working-age (a) adults, (b) men and (c) women in the (i) North West of England and (ii) the UK are members of a pension plan.

      Special Advisers

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

  • Health

    • Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to provide specific funding for the implementation of the Government's commitment to end ageism in the NHS.

    • Anti-social Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial assistance has been available from his Department in each of the last five years for initiatives to tackle anti-social behaviour.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to implement the National Autism Plan for Children; and if he will make a statement.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to ensure that the rights of autistic people are protected under the Mental Health Acts.

      Benzodiazepine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Committee on the Safety of Medicines 1988 Guidelines that benzodiazepines should not be...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the transition of nursing care costs in care homes from local councils to the NHS in St. Helens.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 7 April 2003, Official Report, column 96W, on care homes, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the package...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether a person placed in a care home found on a first assessment not to be eligible for continuing care will be reassessed periodically.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of care homes are (a) privately owned and run, (b) publicly owned and privately run and (c) publicly owned and run.

      Care of Elderly (Hemsworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on funding for care of the elderly in the Hemsworth constituency in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03.

      Cheshire and Merseyside SHA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people from each parliamentary constituency in the area (a) applied and (b) were interviewed for the post of chair of Cheshire and Merseyside...

      Cheshire and Merseyside SHA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what payments were made to the chair of the Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority in the last year for which figures are available.

      Cheshire and Merseyside SHA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the names and job titles of those who served on the interviewing panel when the current chair of the Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic...

      Cheshire and Merseyside SHA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many requests for meetings the Chief Executive of Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority has received from individual hon. Members since...

      Cheshire and Merseyside SHA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the annual salary is of the Chief Executive of Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority; and how much was claimed in expenses by the Chief...

      Cheshire and Merseyside SHA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average time taken by the Chair of Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority to reply to letters from hon. Members has been in the last...

      Cheshire and Merseyside SHA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority spent on recruitment consultants during 2002–03; how much is budgeted for...

      Cheshire and Merseyside SHA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff members of the Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority have cars provided as part of their package of remuneration; and at what cost.

      Cheshire and Merseyside SHA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Cheshire and Merseyside Health Authority spent on (a) contracted architectural services and (b) controlled chartered surveyors in...

      Cheshire and Merseyside SHA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many visits to EU countries have been made by officials on behalf of the Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority during 2002–03; what...

      Cheshire and Merseyside SHA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many visits to non-EU countries have been made by officials on behalf of the Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority during 2002–03;...

      Cheshire and Merseyside SHA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many employment tribunals are in progress for (a) staff and (b) former staff of the Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority.

      Cheshire and Merseyside SHA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff directly employed by the Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority are in receipt of performance-related pay; what the total cost...

      Cheshire and Merseyside SHA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority spent on entertaining during 2002–03.

      Cheshire and Merseyside SHA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many meetings the chair of Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority has had with (a) hon. Members, (b) regional public bodies and (c)...

      Child Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what adjustments have been made to central Government financial support for councils to enable them to assume obligations for children in prisons...

      Children's Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 14 April 2003, Official Report, column 605W, on children's trusts, when the pilot schemes will begin; how long they will run...

      Children's Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 14 April 2003, Official Report, column 605W, on children's trusts, if he will list the criteria that his Department will use to...

      Choice of Doctor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions his Department has held with the Southend-on-Sea Primary Care Trust on the application of the Choice of Doctor Regulations 1998;...

      Choice of Doctor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he will take to ensure that residents in Castle Point affected by closure of the Walker Drive general practitioners practice are given a...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letter to him of 7 April 2003 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms Marion Ratnor.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to provide additional financial support towards care costs of sufferers of dementia.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether persons suffering from dementia are tagged in (a) NHS hospitals and (b) nursing homes; and if he will make a statement.

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts have fitted digital hearing aids; and how many they have fitted.

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 14 April 2003, Official Report, column 606W, on doctor numbers (Lancashire), when the number of doctors per 100 beds in each of...

      Electronic Magnifiers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to make electronic magnifiers available on the NHS.[R]

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health to which NHS trusts he will give approval to apply for first-wave NHS foundation trust status.

      Home Adaptations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the number of individuals who are unable to return home from hospital because of the need for adaptations to their homes in...

      Mental Health

      Mr. Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of his staff retired on medical grounds due to mental health problems in the last year.

      Mental Health

      Mr. Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of his staff have taken sick leave due to mental health problems in the last year.

      Mental Health Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish a summary of the responses his Department has received on the consultation for the draft Mental Health Bill; and if he will make a...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total expenditure per head for mental health services was in each English county in the last five years; and how many (a) consultants and (b)...

      National Care Standards Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the unit cost of each category of inspection undertaken by the National Care Standard Commission (a) was in 2002–03 and (b) will be in...

      National Care Standards Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the views of consumers are obtained by the National Care Standards Commission; and how those views influence its work.

      National Patients Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish the results of the first national patients' survey; and how much the survey cost.

      NHS Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many training places are available in 2003–04 for (a) dentists, (b) dental therapists, (c) dental hygienists and (d) dental nurses; and what the...

      NHS Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) dentists, (b) therapists, (c) hygienists and (d) nurses work in dental practices in which NHS dentistry is available.

      NHS Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of training programmes to meet future levels of demand for NHS dentistry.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses there were per head of population in (a) Lancashire and (b) the North West of England in each year since 1997.

      Over-Medication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken since 4 December 2001 concerning over-medication of older people; and what progress has been made on the points listed...

      Petitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many parliamentary petitions were referred to his Department in the last 12 months; and on how many were no government observations issued.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to reduce waste in prescription arrangements, with particular reference to carrying out investigations as to how patients may avoid...

      Prison Health Services

      Mr. Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for each prison the average amount of time available each week to give dental treatment to prisoners by qualified NHS dentists.

      Prison Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for each year since 1997 the percentage of (a) women and (b) girls aged 15 to 17 years in prison with (i) drug problems and (ii) alcohol...

      Prison Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the mental health services available to girls aged 15 to 17 in prison.

      Registered Nursing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many self-funders there are in each of the bands of registered nursing care.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Education (Capital Spending)

      Mr. Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much public funding has been allocated for capital expenditure projects to the maintained and controlled education sectors in...

    • Health and Personal Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) clinical staff and (b) non-clinical staff are employed on health and personal social services in Northern Ireland.

      Job Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many jobs have (a) been created and (b) disappeared in Northern Ireland in the last five years.

      Learning Difficulties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what after school provision exists in Northern Ireland for young people with moderate learning difficulties; and what assessment he has made of...

      Manufacturing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the impact of the Budget on manufacturing industry in Northern Ireland.

      Nursery Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will increase the level of funding for nursery scheme places in the private and voluntary playschool sector.

      Primary School Transfer Tests

      Mrs. Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to ensure consistency in the marking of the transfer tests for pupils attending all types of primary...

  • Home Department

    • Ali Serir

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the proposed deportation to Algeria of Ali Serir; and whether his marriage to Karen Serir is recognised.

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the accuracy and consistency of data on anti-social behaviour collected by constabularies; and if he will make...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to reduce the backlog in asylum claims.

      Asylum Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 3 March, Official Report, column 824W, on asylum support, what the 3 digit postcode location is of the...

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community support officers will be funded by his Department in North Yorkshire; how long the community support grant will last; and...

      Distraction Burglaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reported incidences of distraction burglary there were in each of the last five years; and what estimate he has made of the number...

      European Union Vignettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will announce which company has been awarded the tender for provision of a system to issue European Union vignettes.

      G8

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the outcome was of the Meeting of G8 Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs in Paris on 5 May; and what the Government's stance was on...

      Immigration Rules

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, following the recent changes made to paragraph 284 of the Immigration Rules, he will take steps to make it clear that the holder of...

      Immigration Rules

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when, following the recent changes made to paragraph 287 of the Immigration Rules, the current holder of a 12 month duration spouse visa...

      Israeli Embassy Bombing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what conclusions the British scientists investigating the 1994 Israeli embassy and Balfour house bombings reached on (a) the type and amount...

      Justice and Home Affairs Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the outcome was of the Justice and Home Affairs Council held in Veria on 28 and 29 March 2003; and what the Government's stance was on...

      Mosques

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action his Department is taking to monitor attacks on mosques in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Mosques

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what change there has been in the incidence of attacks on mosques in the last three months; and if he will make a statement.

      Oakington Reception Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to improve the directional signing to the Immigration Reception Centre, Oakington, from the A14.

      Oakington Reception Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects no longer to require the use of the barracks at Oakington, Cambridgeshire, as an immigration reception centre.

      Oakington Reception Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he intends to change the legal status of the Immigration Reception Centre at Oakington.

      Oakington Reception Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to protect staff and residents at the Immigration Reception Centre, Oakington, from the risk of transmission of the...

      Oakington Reception Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 8 May, Ref 112425, what plans he has to increase expenditure on security at Oakington Immigration Reception Centre.

      Passport Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice his Department gives to members of the public on posting passports to the Passport Agency.

      Passport Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many claims for lost passports the Passport Agency has received in each of the last five years.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 28 April 2003, Official Report, column 202W, on the police, what the total expenditure by the Metropolitan Police...

      Stolen Goods

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to reduce the market in stolen goods.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Land Registration

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how much (a) agricultural and (b) other categories of land are not registered in the United Kingdom.

  • House of Lords

    • G8 Meeting, Evian, 1 to 3 June 2003

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What priority they will give to the war on world poverty at the forthcoming G8 meeting in Evian, France, from 1 to 3 June, with particular reference to: (a) fair...

    • Iraq

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimates have been made of the cost of providing an effective penal system in a rehabilitated Iraq; and what measures they are advocating to ensure the...

      Offending Rates and Social SecurityBenefits/Sanctions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the difference in the rate of offending among those in receipt of full social security benefits and those subject to benefits and those subject to benefit...

      Suicide

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to prevent the use of the internet to promote suicide.

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