Written answers

Thursday, 22 May 2003

  • Treasury

    • Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the most recent cancer survival rates for the most common forms of cancer are in the UK; and what information he has received on survival rates in (a)...

    • Biodiesel Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will develop the tax derogation on biodiesel to support the rural economies.

      Biodiesel Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the calculations which he used to determine that £0.2710 shall be the biodiesel duty rate.

      Capital Modernisation Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 28 February 2003, Official Report, column 767W, on the Capital Modernisation Fund, why the Customs and Excise anti drug...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government is taking to tackle organised gangs funded from the proceeds of drug sales.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what targets he has for improving energy efficiency; and how he intends to achieve these targets.

      Environment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment is made (a) of the environmental impact and (b) against sustainable development criteria of the bids made for contracts awarded by his...

      Environment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment is made (a) of the environmental impact and (b) against sustainable development criteria, of the bids made for the different grants awarded...

      EU-Israel Association Agreement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress is being made with the composition of duty on goods imported to the UK claiming preference under the EU-Israel Association Agreement but where...

      Financial Statement and Budget Report

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will re-publish Table 4.2 in the Budget Red Book, HC500, to show the number of working households facing a marginal deduction rate of (a) over 50 per...

      Golden Shares

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the Government's golden shares and their value at current equity market prices.

      Illegal Food Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer, of 14 May 2003, Official Report, columns 261–62W, on food imports, (a) whether the personnel for the new mobile anti-smuggling...

      International Finance Facility

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions his Department has had with the relevant finance and development departments of other donor countries regarding the proposed...

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to change (a) duty levels on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and (b) the level of grants available for vehicles converting to LPG.

      Ministerial Correspondence Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff have been employed in the Ministerial Correspondence Unit of the Department in each of the last two years.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Department has taken to publicise its Public Service Agreement targets; and at what cost to public funds.

      Royal Mint

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the independent review of the Royal Mint will be published.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the departmental strategy for sustainable development will be published; and what steps (a) are being taken and (b) are planned to take forward the...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what remit relating to sustainable development is undertaken by his Department's (a) executive agencies, (b) advisory non-departmental bodies, (c) executive...

      Timber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department's procurement policy includes timber used in the construction of departmental building projects; and if he will make a statement.

      VAT Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what powers he has over the operations of VAT to prevent master franchises from using coercive attempts to press their franchisees into registering for VAT...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total expenditure on advertising by the Department was in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03; and what the...

    • Apples

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she has taken to prevent traditional English varieties of apple from dying out.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will ban imports of cull day-old chicks from the Netherlands and Belgium; (2) what steps she is taking to...

      Carbon Trust/Energy Saving Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what monitoring her Department has carried out to assess the effectiveness of the (a) Carbon Trust and (b) Energy Saving...

      Deer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the dates were of the recent visits by DEFRA vets to the Baronsdown Deer Sanctuary; how many deer were estimated to be...

      Duck Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will hold a public consultation on animal welfare aspects of duck farming.

      Duck Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the planned revision of the welfare code for duck farming, with particular reference to the...

      Eggs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her policy towards assisting the egg sector to offset the costs of additional Communities...

      Eggs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what analysis she has made of the effect of Green Box compatible payments following impact analysis on Council Directive...

      Animal By-products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether farmers will be entitled to make retrospective claims for the collection and disposal of fallen livestock from her...

      Fish Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what progress has been made in advising non-profit distributing fish quota trading companies whether the purchase of...

      Free-range Eggs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what restrictions are imposed on English bed and breakfasts on use of eggs produced by their own free-range chickens.

      Haskins Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to (a) receive and (b) publish Lord Haskins' review of DEFRA and its agencies.

      Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many officials in her Department have received honours; and how many honours are held by her officials, broken down by...

      Laying Hens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will make a statement on DEFRA-funded research into enriched cages for laying hens; (2) what research into...

      Laying Hens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the EU directive (1999/74/EC) in respect of height requirements for enriched cages.

      Laying Hens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what economic assessment she has made of the welfare of laying hens (a) housed in free-range systems and (b) housed in barn...

      Live Animal Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the export of livestock to France in each of the last three years.

      National Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many national parks there are; how much land they cover; and what representations she has received to (a) enlarge them...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department was consulted by Network Rail in respect of its plans to cut back vegetation along railway lines;...

      Public Awareness Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what budgets her Department has allocated for public awareness activities in each financial year to 2005–06; and to...

      Rural Payments/Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of Suckler Cow Premium Scheme payments had been made by the Rural Payments Agency for 2001–02 claims.

      Rural Payments/Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the Countryside Agency's rural policy report to be published.

      Salmon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason salmon in the Hampshire Avon are being tagged by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture...

      Skips

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the local authorities which have levied charges for licences to place skips on the highway; what changes...

      Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which of her Department's projects have received sponsorship in the last financial year; who the sponsor was in each case;...

      Veterinary Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her European counterparts in relation to the supply of veterinary medicines.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Agency Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many agency workers have been employed by the Department in each of the last two years; and at what cost to public funds.

    • English Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what finance was allocated to English Heritage in each year since 1997; and how many sites and buildings have been listed in this time.

      Film Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to her Answer, of 7 May 2003, Official Report, columns 729–30W, on film certificates, what the estimated tax cost of...

      Legal Deposit Libraries Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the National Library of Wales regarding the Legal Deposit Libraries Bill.

      Legal Deposit Libraries Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received from on-line publishers regarding the Legal Deposit Libraries Bill.

      Legal Deposit Libraries Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what financial provision she has made for legal deposit libraries arising from their new responsibilities under the Legal Deposit...

      Local Authority Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what specific or direct grants have been made by her Department to local authorities for 2003–04 (a) in England and (b) broken...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her estimate is of total government financial support for museums and galleries (a) in London and (b) in the rest of England, in...

      Regional Arts Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the savings made following the restructuring of regional arts councils in May 2001.

      Youth Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the change in financial support to funding youth football teams in Shropshire will be for the next season.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total expenditure on advertising by the Department was in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03; and what the level of planned...

    • Corporate Social Responsibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to require public limited companies to publish an annual social responsibility report.

      Atypical Workers Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what estimate the Government has made of the number of jobs that would be affected if the Atypical Workers Directive were implemented;...

      Company Auditors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to make auditors subject to a single statutory regulator.

      Company Auditors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to impose a duty of care to (a) shareholders and (b) employers on company auditors.

      Competitiveness Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the outcome was of the Competitiveness Council held on 12 to 13 May; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including...

      Travel Insurance (Deep Vein Thrombosis)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what plans she has to encourage travel insurance companies to warn their clients that they are not covered for death, personal injury or...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list (a) the names, titles and grades of the officials who sit on the EU advisory committee on employment, (b) the number of...

      Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 1 May 2003, Official Report, column 456W, on export control, if she will make it her policy to inform the...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussion she has had with the Home Department regarding the anti-social behaviour aspect of firework abuse; and if she will make a...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues in the Northern Ireland Office regarding the implementation of the Explosives...

      Garages and Car Dealers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to introduce a system of licensing for independent motor vehicle garages and franchised motor dealers; and if she will make...

      Honours

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

      KPMG

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many contracts her Department has awarded to KPMG since 1997.

      Newspaper Distribution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment she has made of the report by the OFT into the Wholesale Code of Practice on newspaper distribution; (2) if she will...

      Non-executive Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to make non-executive directors of companies subject to (a) election and (b) approval by employees.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the redesign of the pin pad for Post Office card account cardholders.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Blaby, of 16 May 2003, Official Report, column 466W, on post office subsidies, when the...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of Postwatch in resolving Royal Mail customers' complaints.

      Remuneration Packages (Senior Staff)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to give company employees a role in determining remuneration packages for senior executives and directors.

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 14 April 2003, Official Report, column 488W, on departmental secondees, if she will list (a) private sector...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent estimate her Department has made of the cost to industry and business in the UK of sickness absence; and what plans have been made...

  • Advocate-General

    • Departmental Creche Facilities

      To ask the Advocate General what creche facilities are provided by her Department; and at what cost.

    • Staff Union Duties

      To ask the Advocate General how many staff in her Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies receive paid leave to undertake union duties; how many days they are allocated; and what...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Creche Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what créche facilities are provided by her Department; and at what cost.

    • Dover House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many functions have been held in Dover House in each of the last six years.

      Entertainment Costs

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

      Staff Union Duties

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

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces (Undermanning)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the extent of undermanning in the armed forces this year; and if he will make a statement.

    • EU Defence Ministers Meeting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which US officials were invited to attend the EU Defence Ministers' meeting in Brussels on 19 May.

      EU Defence Ministers Meeting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the outcome of the Defence Ministers' Meeting in Brussels on 19 May.

      European Security and Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made of the conditions under which the UK Government would approve a military operation under the European Security and Defence...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures have been taken by British forces in Iraq to remove and make safe (a) unexploded cluster bomblets, (b) landmines and (c) depleted uranium.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will announce plans for a march past or other event of the UK Armed Forces to mark the role of the UK Armed Forces in the recent conflict in Iraq.

      Mutual Defence Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many visits of UK personnel to the US under the auspices of the 1958 Mutual Defence Agreement occurred in 2002.

      Sandhurst Military Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason officer cadets at Sandhurst Military Academy have been refused permission to play rugby league; and if he will make a statement.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's plans are for the future involvement of British forces in combating international terrorism in (a) the Far East, (b) the Middle...

  • Prime Minister

    • Attorney-General

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the occasions since 1973 on which the advice of the Attorney-General to Ministers was (a) published in full, (b) published in summary form and (c)...

    • Convention on the Future of Europe

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer to the right hon. Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr. Duncan Smith) of 14 May 2003, Official Report, column 306, what the basis is of his...

      Iraq (Cultural Heritage)

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of his reply to the letter from ICOMOS of 15 April.

      Laeken Declaration

      To ask the Prime Minister what authority was given in the Laeken declaration to draft a constitutional treaty for Europe.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Bank Account Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 31 March 2003, Official Report, column 504W, on Bank Account Access, for what reasons the Pension Service Guide to...

    • New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his Answer of 19th December, refs 85985 and 87003, if he will list Government departments and agencies that did not employ New Deal...

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department and its predecessors have spent on education and training in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Benefit Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many claimants there were of (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) incapacity benefit and (c) housing benefit in (i) Scotland and (ii) Fife...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what date he has set for (a) commencing and (b) completing the transfer of existing child support cases to the new scheme; and if he will make...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of non-resident parents who have had their driving licences removed by the courts since April 2001 as a result...

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact of this year's council tax increases upon (a) council tax benefit expenditure and (b) the numbers of...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted under the criminal offence of non- co-operation with the CSA; and what the average...

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to reduce his Department's underspend in 2003–04 from that of 2002–03.

      E-Government Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list by project the consultancies his Department and its non-departmental public bodies have used on E-Government projects since 1...

      Enhanced Pension Take-up

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what procedure the Pensions Agency has in place to alert husbands and wives to the enhanced pension for wives when a husband reaches 65; and...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the estimated level of fraud is for each benefit his Department pays.

      Honours

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

      Industrial Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to receive the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council review of the vibration white finger diagnosis criteria used by medical...

      Industrial Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will issue new instructions about the use of the cold water provocation test in diagnosing VWF following the decision of Mr. Justice...

      Industrial Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to request the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council to review the examination criteria used by medical advisers to diagnose...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what budgetary provision has been made for the annual salary and benefit package of the chief executive of Jobcentre Plus for each of the first...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish (a) the service standards set for Jobseeker Direct and (b) the performance figures for the last four quarters.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (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...

      Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the number of people eligible for the minimum income guarantee who do not claim; and if he will provide a...

      Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people have entered the employer option under the New Deal for Young People in each year since 1997; and if he will make a...

      Pension Books

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Bassetlaw and (b) Nottinghamshire are not yet in receipt of the new pensions books.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much expenditure on the pension credit is expected to be paid to people who are aged (a) 60 to 64, (b) 65 to 69, (c) 70 to 74, (d) 75 to 79...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pension credit claimants are expected to be aged (a) 60 to 64, (b) 65 to 69, (c) 70 to 74, (d) 75 to 79 and (e) 80 and over; and what...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans he has to introduce a free phone helpline for pensioners when the pension credit is introduced; (2) what action he is taking...

      Pension Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 10 March 2003, Official Report, column 95W, on top-up fees, whether his Department plans to commission independent...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if his Department will make clear in future public information campaigns that stakeholder pensions are not backed by the Government.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the procedure to be followed by someone who wishes to open a Post Office card account.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of enquiries from members of the public on automated transfer of benefits to bank accounts have enquired about the use of the...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which banks and building societies operate accounts into which direct payments of pensions and benefits may be made, and which can be accessed...

      Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the percentage of the population who have (a) no savings, (b) savings below £1,000 and (c) savings below...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list those items for which a social fund loan is available.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received about the Social Security (Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit) (Consequential Amendments) Regulations.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Prisoners (Early Release)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prisoners have been released from prisons in Great Britain under the terms of the early release of prisoners scheme drawn up under the...

    • Assaults (Hospital Staff)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many verbal and physical assaults took place on (a) nurses and (b) other staff working in areas of mental health and learning...

      Court Proceedings (Police Presence)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his policy is in relation to police officers being present in court while criminal proceedings are taking place.

      Departmental Catering Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost was of (a) the in-house canteen and (b) other catering services provided by the Department in 2002.

      Departmental Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by his...

      Downpatrick Courthouse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which organisation was responsible for security at Downpatrick courthouse on the day in the week beginning 5 May.

      General Practitioners (Ards Peninsula)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to enhance the out of hours general practice service for those living along the Ards Peninsula.

      International Fund for Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many grants were made by the International Fund for Ireland for each Parliamentary constituency in Northern Ireland in each of the last five...

      Ministerial Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland by what amount the salaries of members of the Northern Ireland Executive have been reduced since its suspension.

      Life Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to bring forward legislation on life sentences for murder in Northern Ireland.

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many non-departmental public bodies there were in Northern Ireland in April 1998; and how many there are now.

      Northern Ireland Centre for Trauma andTransformation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much public money the Northern Ireland Office has granted to the Northern Ireland Centre for Trauma and Transformation in Omagh; and for...

      Parades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost was of policing Loyalist band parades in Lurgan on 25 April and on 3 May; and how many personnel from (a) the PSNI and (b) the...

      Police Escorts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his policy is in relation to police escorts for prisoners being transported to and from courts in Northern Ireland.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of the PSNI are (a) seconded and (b) serving with police services overseas.

      Press Office (Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total costs of the press office of the Northern Ireland Office were in 2002–03, broken down by (a) staff costs, (b)...

      Secure Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to increase the number of places in secure units for children and young people in Northern Ireland.

      Secure Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many places there are in secure units for children and young people; how much is being expended on such provision in 2003–04; and what...

      Sports Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding is being given to hockey players in Northern Ireland who will be competing as part of a British team at the Olympics.

      Victim Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether it is his policy to make funding for victims' support groups available for the foreseeable future; and if he will make a statement.

      Warm Homes Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the take up has been of the Warm Homes scheme by (a) numbers of completed jobs and (b) moneys spent since its inception, in each...

      Weston Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on progress by His Honour Judge Peter Cory in the investigation of cases identified at Weston Park in July 2001.

  • Transport

    • Action Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his Answer of 8 April, Official Report, column 157–58W, on the pay review, whether his action plan on the subject will be published.

    • Agency Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many agency workers have been employed by the Department in each of the last two years; and at what cost to public funds.

      Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what health impact assessment has been undertaken of the options contained in the consultation on the Future Development of Air Transport in the UK.

      Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on EU proposals for legislation to oblige air carriers to protect passengers in the event of bankruptcy; and what discussions he has...

      Central Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 15 May 2003, Official Report, column 337W, on Central Railway, if he will invite the Strategic Rail Authority to comment on...

      Civil Contingencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what additional expenditure over and above that identified prior to 1 April 2002 (a) was spent in 2002–03 and (b) will be spent in 2003–04...

      Congestion Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many local authorities have submitted plans for the introduction of local congestion charging regimes in each of the Government office regions; and...

      E-Government Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list by project the consultancies his Department and its non-departmental public bodies have used on e-government projects since 1 January 2001.

      Efficiency Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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.

      English Regions Cycling Development Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the report of the English Regions Cycling Development team will be published.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2003, Official Report, column 47W, on London Underground, if he will provide the whole year figures for 2002–03.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he estimates passengers will experience improvements in (a) reliability and (b) comfort under the PPP contracts for the London Underground.

      Motorway Tolls

      Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the agreement setting out the basis for the determination of toll levels on the BNRR/M6 Toll was (a) made and (b) approved.

      Sars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure the safety of passengers and crew of (a) airlines and (b) passenger ships against the SARS outbreak.

      Staff Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport why he plans to increase the number of staff as measured in staff years in his Department by 190 in 2003–04 compared with 2002–03.

      Staff Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport why the number of staff measured in staff years in the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency increased in 2002–03 by 903 compared with 2001–02.

      Staff Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport why the number of staff measured in staff years in the Drug Standards Agency is planned to increase in 2003–04 by 547 compared with 2001–02.

      Stansted Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential impact of a second or third new runway at Stansted Airport on (a) the local environment, (b) the quality...

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to achieve greater transparency in relation to the SRA's use of funds.

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the SRA's assumptions and plans for rail traffic and capacity growth in the next five years.

      Sustainable Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the change in the annual number of (a) journeys and (b) kilometres travelled that will result from housing...

      Thames Gateway Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the funding of the proposed Thames Gateway river crossings.

      Thames Gateway Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress he has made in developing plans for the Thames Gateway Bridge; and to what parliamentary procedures he expects the plans will be subject.

      Thames Gateway Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if toll revenues from the Dartford Bridge will be ring-fenced for the proposed Thames Gateway river crossings.

      Thames Gateway Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether plans for the proposed Thames Gateway Bridge include segregated public transport lanes.

      Traffic/Revenue Forecasts (Rail Companies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the companies and consultancies which have undertaken traffic and revenue forecasts for (a) the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, (b) the...

      Traffic/Revenue Forecasts (Rail Companies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the companies and consultancies which are undertaking traffic and revenue forecasts for the proposed north-south high speed passenger...

      Train Operators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many train operators are running on a cost-plus basis; and what assessment he has made of the number of train operating companies that are...

      Trans-Pennine Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will review the rationale for the Trans-Pennine franchise; and if he will make a statement.

      Travel Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made towards delivering integrated travel information.

      Trunk Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the level of congestion was on the inter-urban trunk road network in (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002.

      Urban Congestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the level of congestion was in large urban areas in (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002.

      Vehicle Registration Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) objectives and (b) terms of reference are of the Modernisation of Vehicle Registration Implementation Board; what their programme of work...

      Vehicle Registration Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been raised in each of the past five years by the DVLA from the sale and auction of cherished registration numbers.

      Vehicle Registration Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the harmonisation of vehicle registration numbers across Europe.

      Vehicle Registration Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who the members are of the Modernisation of Vehicle Registration Implementation Board; and what plans they have to consult with (a) motoring...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Gaza (Waivers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Israeli Government regarding the requirement for foreigners entering the Gaza Strip to sign...

    • Aceh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the political situation in Aceh.

      Aceh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Indonesian Government regarding attacks on international observers and civilians in Aceh.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in the formation of an inclusive transitional Government for the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Egypt (Murders)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he is making to the Egyptian Government on bringing the murderers of Christians and a Muslim in El-Kosheh...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the proposed visit by Her Majesty the Queen to Gibraltar.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on recent talks between the UK Government and Spanish Government in relation to Gibraltar; and...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Government has had with the Government of Spain in relation to the territorial waters between Gibraltar and...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether the terms of imprisonment for those held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba are in accordance with...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure the implementation of UN resolution 57/232 to deploy human rights monitors in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to secure the establishment by the United Nations Security Council of an impartial commission to examine...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that the Occupying Powers in Iraq report to the United Nations Security Council their provisions...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what amendments he plans to table to the draft UN resolution on reconstruction in Iraq to enable UN expertise in post-conflict...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he is having with the Israeli Government regarding the decision not to allow (a) foreign diplomats and (b)...

      KPMG

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many contracts his Department has awarded to KPMG since 1997.

      Laos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on (a) the treatment of Christians and (b) the recent release of Christian prisoners in Laos.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the deliberations at the UN Security Council meeting on 9 April 2003 pertaining to North Korea.

      Middle East (Peace Activists)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has held with the Israeli Government regarding the safety of peace activists in the Occupied Territories.

      Middle East (Peace Activists)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government has made to the Israeli authorities on the decision to ask peace activists to sign a waiver...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Department has taken to publicise its Public Service Agreement targets; and at what cost to public funds.

      Road Accidents (France)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK citizens have been killed in road accidents in France in each of the last five years.

      Shaiboub William Arsal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what further plans he has to raise the case of Shaiboub William Arsal with the Egyptian authorities in advance of his appeal...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which United Kingdom commitments arising from the World Summit on Sustainable Development (a) have been incorporated into the...

      UN Voluntary Trust Fund (Slavery)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the UK Government are giving to the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many applications for visas to enter the UK in each of the last five years were made (a) in total and (b) at (i) Accra, (ii)...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (a) how many staff are employed, (b) how many staff are employed in the visa section and (c) how many staff in each visa section...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects the UN Secretary General and James Baker to publish their proposals for the Western Sahara.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received concerning an award by Interpol to the Commissioner of Police for Zimbabwe; and if he will...

  • Health

    • Amputations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the (a) NHS audits and (b) other statistical assessments which require records to be kept of amputations.

    • Care Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role the Commission for Health Inspection and Audit will play in assessing the quality of (a) health care and (b) clinical governance as it affects...

      Cheshire and Merseyside SHA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what arrangements are in place for reviewing the performance of the Chief Executive of Cheshire and Merseyside strategic health authority; and when,...

      Cheshire and Merseyside SHA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people applied for the post of Chief Executive of the Cheshire and Merseyside strategic health authority; and how many were interviewed.

      Children's National Service Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether performance indicators will be included in the Children's National Service Framework to measure outcomes.

      Departmental Staff

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

      Depression (Schoolchildren)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what health professionals are available in schools to deal with problems of depression among pupils.

      Drug Addiction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the clinical effectiveness of ibogaine in treating drug addiction; and what funds are available for further trials.

      Elderly People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths amongst old people in (a) Shrewsbury and Atcham and (b) Shropshire were attributed to cold in each year since 1997.

      Elderly People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of health services for an elderly person in (a) Shrewsbury and Atcham and (b) Shropshire in each year since 1997.

      Independent Complaints Advocacy Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Independent Patient Advocacy Services will be in place by the time community health councils are abolished; and if he will make a statement.

      Independent Complaints Advocacy Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 19 March 2003, Official Report, column 850W, on patient advocacy, which organisations will be invited to tender for interim...

      Independent Complaints Advocacy Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what basis individuals will be assessed to be suitable candidates to be specialist patient support providers under the Independent Complaints Advocacy...

      KPMG

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many contracts his Department has awarded to KPMG since 1997.

      Liver Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on research within the NHS into developing the technique of transplanting hepatocytes into those suffering a variety of liver...

      Medicine Usage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will launch an inquiry into how GPs and pharmacists may be better able to advise and counsel patients on how to use medicines more appropriately.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts have within their area talking treatments available for those with mental health problems on prescription from general...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial assistance has been given to primary care trusts in the last year to support mental health services in treating drug users with mental...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the percentage of service personnel returning from Iraq likely to need access to mental health services; and to what...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the address of each mental health NHS Trust in England.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will introduce provision within plans for the transition into new arrangements for NHS Dentistry contained within the Health and Social Care...

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what action he is taking to encourage dentists to continue to offer dental treatment on the NHS; (2) what action he is taking to protect patients...

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his Answer of 12th May, Official Report, column 107W, on NHS dentists, what the gross increase in the number of dentists treating NHS patients was.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental practices in (a) Shrewsbury and Atcham and (b) Shropshire accept new patients for treatment on the NHS that are (i) elderly, (ii)...

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on NHS dentistry, with particular reference to (a) Portsmouth and (b) the rest of Hampshire.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to provide additional resources to primary care trusts for commissioning dental care under the proposals set out in the Health and...

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists have been recruited from (a) within the EU and (b) other countries to work in NHS dentistry since 2000.

      NHS Trusts (North-West)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 6 May 2003, Official Report, column 66W, what informal meetings have taken place to discuss the financial problems of North...

      NHS Trusts (North-West)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when and by whom an approach was made by the Cheshire and Merseyside strategic health authority to the chair of the Five Boroughs Mental Health trust, for...

      NHS Trusts (North-West)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his Answer of 6 May 2003, Official Report, column 663W, if he will make a statement on the recovery plan agreed in June 2002 for north...

      NHS Trusts (North-West)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 6 May 2003, Official Report, column 663W, if he will place a copy of the Audit Commission's review of the recovery plan for the...

      NHS Trusts (North-West)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the average time taken by the Chief Executive of Cheshire and Merseyside SHA to respond to a request from an hon. Member that she telephone them...

      NHS Trusts (North-West)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the annual running costs are of the headquarters of the Cheshire and Merseyside SHA; and how many staff are employed there.

      Organ Removals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the removal of the brains from deceased patients without the consent of the next of kin ceased in the UK.

      Patient Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will issue guidance on setting up patients forums.

      Patient Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects patients forums to be in place.

      Pharmacies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many community pharmacies in (a) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, (b) Teesside, (c) the North East region and (d) England were (i) closed and...

      Pharmacies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to publish an interim report at the end of June on the position of his Department in relation to the OFT report on pharmacy...

      Primary Care (Greater Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the distance from target for each primary care trust in Greater Manchester for each of the three years of the current spending settlement.

      Prison Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what health services are available in prisons; how much has been allocated to the prison health service since 1997; and what action is taken when a...

      Statins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by how much on average primary care trusts charged their prescription of statins during 2002; and at what cost.

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people on NHS waiting lists died before receiving treatment in the past 12 months.

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust area were waiting for in-patient treatment in each of the last two months for which figures are available.

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust area were waiting over 13 weeks for an outpatient appointment for the latest available quarter.

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 9 April 2003, Official Report, column 334W, on waiting times, whether any of the figures for waits in the table were in excess...

  • International Development

    • Central America

      To ask the Minister of State for International Development if he will publish the outcome of the study commissioned on violence in the Central American region; and what action is proposed based...

    • Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Minister of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the killing of two UN observers in the northern Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development if he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with particular reference...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and (b) the UN...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development if he will make a statement on the possibility of deploying a rapid reaction force to the area of Ituri, Democratic Repubic...

      Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Minister of State for International Development what the estimated cost was of the reprinting of the Department's 2003 Annual Report following the resignation of the right hon. Member...

      Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Minister of State for International Development how much it cost to pulp the original edition of the 2003 Departmental Report; and for what reason the decision was taken.

      Iraq

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development how many departmental staff are employed in Iraq; and what their role in Iraq is.

      KPMG

      To ask the Minister of State for International Development how many contracts the Department has awarded to KPMG since 1997.

      Kuwait

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what recent discussion he has had with the Ministry of Health in Kuwait concerning the treatment of Ali Ismaael Abbas and...

      Middle East

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development if he will place in the Library a copy of the memorandum sent during the week commencing Monday 12 May to the Quartet envoys...

      Sub-Saharan Africa

      To ask the Minister of State for International Development what proportion of the Department's funding in sub-Saharan Africa is allocated to (a) primary health care and (b) reproductive health care.

      Third World Debt

      To ask the Minister of State for International Development what progress has been made on the eradication of third world debt during the last three years; and if she will make a statement.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Audit Commission

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the outturn expenditure of the Audit Commission was in (a) 1996–97 and (b) 1997–98; what the estimated expenditure is in the forthcoming...

    • Audit Commission

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) staff (full-time equivalent) and (b) press and public affairs staff were employed by the Audit Commission in (i) 1996–97 and (ii)...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was raised in council tax in East Sussex in (a) 2000–01, (b) 2001–02 and (c) 2002–03; and how much is expected to be raised in...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what conditions building regulations impose on the builders of new homes for owner occupation in respect of energy efficiency; and what assessment he has made of...

      Faith Advisers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many local authorities employ faith advisers; and if he will list them.

      Fire Service College

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister who the chief executive officer of the Fire Service College is.

      Hazardous Substances

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures he will bring forward to ensure that Council Directive 96/82/EC relating to hazardous substances and land use policies will be complied with under...

      Home Owners

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of the adult population were home owners in (a) 1973, (b) 1983, (c) 1993 and (d) 2000.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether, pursuant to his Answer of 16 May 2003, Official Report, column 492W, on housing, he will respond to the Cambridgeshire county council's proposed...

      Housing Associations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what role housing associations have in (a) the provision of voluntary and community services and (b) the development and delivery of policies to tackle social...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average weekly housing benefit payment to (a) a council tenant and (b) a housing association is in each region of England.

      Joint Control Room

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the (a) practicality and (b) benefits of providing a joint control room for (i) social services, (ii) fire, (iii) ambulance and...

      Local Government Ombudsman

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister who investigates complaints about the Local Government Ombudsman; and by what means that body is accountable to Parliament.

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the estimated weekly cost to the Exchequer is of the Millennium Dome.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister within what period of time he intends that decisions on planning applications for proposed regeneration of derelict sites should be made where the decision has...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the status will be of supplementary planning guidance when the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill is enacted.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which policy planning guidance notes will be (a) withdrawn and (b) revised as a result of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill; and whether the provisions...

      Regional Assemblies/Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish the results of the soundings exercise on the level of interest in each English region in holding a referendum about establishing an elected...

      Regional Assemblies/Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his Answer of 19 March 2003, Official Report, column 795W, on regional governance, if he will provide a total cost figure for the soundings exercise...

      Regional Assemblies/Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether responsibility for greenbelt under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill will lie with the regional spatial strategy.

      Regional Assemblies/Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what mechanism will exist in (a) the new Regional Spatial Strategy and (b) the new Local Development Strategy to (i) safeguard strategic transport routes and (ii)...

      Regional Assemblies/Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the time scale will be for revising (a) regional and (b) local development scheme and spatial strategy.

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the local authorities in the South East Region which have been allowed to suspend the Right to Buy; and what criteria he used in permitting...

      Risk Management

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many local fire authorities have responded to the request to draft Integrated Risk Management Plans; and what options will be considered once such plans have...

      Social Exclusion and Urban Policy Units

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many equivalent full time employees there were in the (a) Social Exclusion Unit and (b) Urban Policy Unit (i) when they were established and (ii) at 1 May 2003.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many social housing units were disposed of, by financial year, by Telford Development Corporation and its successor bodies from 1979 onwards.

      South West Regional Assembly

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much money the South West Regional Assembly will receive from central Government in 2003–04; and how much of this will be spent on its advisory role on...

      St Oswald's Park, Gloucester

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects a decision to be taken on the planning application on the proposed development of St. Oswalds Park in Gloucester.

  • Home Department

    • Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how, and for what purpose, the Invest to Save funding awarded to the Criminal Records Bureau by HM Treasury will be allocated.

    • Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what costs have been incurred to date on enhancements and improvements to the system supplied to the Criminal Records Bureau by Capita (a)...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the assessment of the Criminal Records Bureau system testing by the Office of Government Commerce referred to in the main...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of whether the documentation of the current release of the Criminal Records Bureau system is (a) complete and (b)...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the statement of 30 April by the hon. Member for Leeds Central (Hilary Benn), Official Report, column 125WH, on the Criminal...

      Prison Suicides/Self-harm

      Mr. Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) suicides and (b) incidents of self harm there were among 15 to 17-year-old girls in prison in each year since 1997.

      Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will issue the grant of status letter to Ms Nargis Shaheen (Home Office ref no s1128716).

      Gun Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes involving firearms have occurred in each of the last eight years in (a) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Constituency,...

      Heroin Addiction

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the waiting list times are for (a) residential rehabilitation and (b) treatment for heroin addiction, broken down by DAT area.

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department's (a) total managed expenditure, (b) total spending on Information Technology and (c) spending on Information Technology...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional funding will be made available to the probation service to meet the costs of the Custody Plus scheme as set out on page 133...

      Replica Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many gun crimes were carried out using replica firearms in the last year for which figures are available in (a) the Borough of...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have taken place under the Terrorism Act 2000.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits have been issued in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) occupation and (b) region of...

  • Wales

    • Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many press releases his Department has released in each month since 1999.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Consultancies

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will list, by project, the consultancies his Department and its non-departmental public bodies have used on e-government...

    • Grays Courthouse

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (1) when the appeal by Thurrock Council against the consequent closure of Grays Courthouse was lodged; when a decision will be...

  • Privy Council

    • Correspondence

      To ask the President of the Council how many staff have been employed in the Ministerial Correspondence Unit of the Department in each of the last two years.

    • Efficiency Savings

      To ask the President of the Council 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.

      Modernisation

      To ask the President of the Council if he will put forward to the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons a proposal to establish a system of ad hoc committees.

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the President of the Council how many staff in the Department have been on long-term sick leave in each of the last two years.

  • Education and Skills

    • Teachers (Temporary Contracts)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the use of temporary contracts for teachers.

    • Schools (Laboratory Technicians)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the role of laboratory technicians in schools.

      Skills Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he intends to publish his Skills Strategy.

      University Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations he has received from universities concerning the effects on university admissions of his policies on higher...

      Higher Education (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will meet Vice-Chancellors of universities in Wales to discuss the future of higher education.

      Careers Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations he has received from the business community in relation to careers advice and guidance; and if he will make a...

      Children's Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the Ninth Report of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, Session 2002–03, HC666, on The Case for a...

      Departmental Staff

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

      Departmental Underspending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to reduce his Department's underspend in 2003–04 from that of 2002–03.

      Document Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost was to his Department and its predecessor of publishing documents, brochures, leaflets and consultation papers in each of the...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans the Government have to expand drugs education for children of primary school age.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding was allocated by the Higher Education Funding Council to institutions (a) in each region of England and (b) in total in (i)...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of the ceiling on funding for South Gloucestershire Council on education funding in South...

      Education, Youth and Culture Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the outcome was of the Education, Youth and Culture Council held on 5–6 May 2003; what the Government's stance was on the issues...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) consulted on the contribution of further education to the economy.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the basis for the Government's policy on the importance of the GCSE as a certificate for all 16-year-olds.

      Honours

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

      Mental Health

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

      Part-time Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action the Government are taking to ensure an easy interface for part-time learners between higher education and (a) further education,...

      Positive Activities for Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the role of a personal adviser in dealing with young people to be targeted within the Positive Activities for...

      Positive Activities for Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the number of young people classed as at risk for the purposes of being targeted for the Positive Activities...

      Schools Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the funding of schools in Shropshire.

      Schools Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what total amount of capital funding was allocated to schools in Brighton and Hove in each year since 1996–97.

      Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the relevance of (a) materials science and (b) engineering to the development of scientific and technological...

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2003, Official Report, column 646W, if he will list the organisations to which civil servants in his...

      Student Debt and Retention Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures he plans to introduce to (a) address concerns about student debt and (b) improve retention rates in higher education.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what grant is available to head teachers to meet the cost of teachers who moved up the upper pay scale to point two from September 2002; and...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many full-time equivalent teachers were working in schools in Brighton and Hove in each year since 1996–97.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many vacancies he estimates exist within the teaching profession in schools in the Greater London area.

      School Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many unfilled places there are in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the London borough of Wandsworth.

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland Departments: Underspend

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 30 April (WA 102) concerning the underspend of Northern Ireland departments moved from 2001, 2002 and 2003,...

    • Palace of Westminster: Security

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What are the results of the latest review of the security of the Palace of Westminster.

      Iraq: Italian Support for Coalition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 28 April (WA 68), whether the Italian Government have declared publicly the nature of their...

      Guantanamo Bay: British Detainees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will request the United States Government either to determine by legal process whether British citizens detained at Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo are...

      Arms Control and Disarmament

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is now the policy towards multilateral action on arms control and disarmament with particular reference to nuclear, biological and chemical weapons; and what...

      Dalai Lama

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what occasions they have raised with the Chinese Government the case for a dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama; and what response they have had.

      Iraq: Participation of Women

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many women were invited by Mr Jay Garner to the meeting held in Baghdad on 28 April to plan the future of Iraq; and whether they will propose to Mr Garner that...

      West Bank: Security Walls

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Israeli Government in relation to the recent study, undertaken by international aid donors under the auspices of the...

      Iraq: Kuwaiti Prisoners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 10 April (HL Deb, cols 381–2), whether they have received any information since that date...

      Gulf Veterans' Illnesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the publication of the Medical Research Council's review of research into Gulf veterans' illnesses.

      Identification Friend or Foe Systems

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Successor Identification Friend or Foe system will be available for installation in ground attack aircraft, and what progress has been made in the...

      Identification Friend or Foe Systems

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) equipment is fitted to Challenger 2 tanks, Warrior Armoured Vehicles and Scimitar Reconnaissance Vehicles.

      Nuclear Premises

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what regulations the Secretary of State for Defence controls "nuclear premises", which are excluded from the Nuclear Industries Security Regulations 2003...

      Naval Manning Agency: Key Targets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What key targets have been set for the chief executive of the Naval Manning Agency for the financial year 2003–04.

      Iraq: Reservists

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to call-out further Reservists for operations in Iraq.

      Driving on a Prohibited Road: Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many offences were prosecuted in the last year for which figures are available for driving on a prohibited road.

      Secure Training Centres

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What financial penalties have been imposed on the contractors for (a) Hassockfield, (b) Medway and (c) Rainsbrook secure training centres in each of the last two...

      Secure Training Centres

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average cost per week of a place at (a) Hassockfield, (b) Medway and (c) Rainsbrook secure training centres.

      Deaths in Custody

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the review by Mr J Heavens of suicides at HM Prison Brixton; and whether they have proposals for limiting deaths in custody throughout...

      C-FAR and Youth at Risk: Financial Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are giving financial support to the non-governmental organisations C-FAR (Centre for Adolescent Rehabilitation) and Youth at Risk.

      Extradition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they are reluctant to extradite Adu Qatadar, Abu Hamza, Omar Bakri and Bashir Nafi, all of whom are thought to be involved in terrorism.

      Human Trafficking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish a Bill in draft form criminalising trafficking in people for the purposes of exploitation, other than sexual.

      Civil Partnerships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to publish their legislative proposals to create a legal framework of rights and obligations for unmarried cohabiting partners of the same sex.

      Empty Homes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to consult on proposals announced in the Sustainable Communities Plan to give local authorities powers to lease long-term empty homes.

      Tuberculosis: Slaughter of Cattle

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many cattle have been slaughtered over the past five years as part of the campaign against tuberculosis.

      Biofuels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What level of duty rebate is required for biofuel to achieve 2 per cent of the market share of the United Kingdom road transport fuels.

      Biofuels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that the United Kingdom will be able to meet the European Union indicative targets for biofuel use in 2005 and 2010.

      Biofuels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would be the annual saving in tonnes in the output of greenhouse gases if (a) 2 per cent; and (b) 5.75 per cent of United Kingdom road transport was fuelled...

      Internet Access: Get Started Campaign

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What their projections are for the take-up of government services online arising from the recent Get Started campaign launched by the Secretary of State for Trade...

      Channel Tunnel Rail Link and West Coast Main Line

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When it is planned to start the construction of the rail line linking the Channel Tunnel Rail Link to the West Coast Main Line north of St Pancras station.

      Seafarers' Welfare: ILO Provisions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 13 May (WA 29–30), whether they will list the various instruments on welfare and living...

      NHS: Cancer Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What investment they are making to improve National Health Service cancer services.

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