Written answers

Wednesday, 18 June 2003

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Regeneration (North-West)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on regeneration in the North West.

    • Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his referendum proposals for regional government in the North West.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on trends in the numbers of homeless households in priority need since May 1997.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to require property developers to provide more affordable homes in private housing schemes.

      Arson

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of fires (a) on farms and (b) in retail premises were caused by arson in each year from 1997 to 2001; and what the estimated cost to the fire...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the expenditure was by local authorities on council tax benefit administration for the financial years 1999–2000 to 2002–03.

      Equality

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans his Department has to establish a single equality body to deal with all equality issues.

      Estate Agents Act

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to amend the Estate Agents Act 1979.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the number of firefighters who will be made redundant in each fire authority in England under the new arrangements; and if he will...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effect on fire service 999 emergency response times in Harrogate and Knaresborough of the new risk management plans.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library (a) the Burchill proposed costing for each fire authority in England and (b) the fire authority costing for the proposals put...

      Home Starter Initiative

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many key sector workers were housed and what amount was spent on affordable housing in rural areas under the Home Starter Initiative since September 2001.

      Official Spelling

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make it his policy that all official (a) correspondence, (b) reports and (c) documentation from his office uses the English spelling of words where...

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent representations he has received on holding a referendum for elections to a regional assembly in Yorkshire and the Humber.

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many houses were sold under (a) the Right to Buy and (b) the right to acquire in each of the last five years; what his estimate is of those totals over the...

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many homes were transferred from local authority ownership in (a) all English local authorities and (b) rural English local authorities under (i) the...

      Rough Sleepers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress he has made in assisting local authorities to reduce the number of rough sleepers.

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the role of transport in tackling social exclusion.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Criminal Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on progress in implementing the Review of the Criminal Justice System in Northern Ireland.

  • Transport

    • Children's Car Seats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what duty there is for car hire firms when providing children's car seats to ensure that the seats meet current safety standards; and what requirements...

    • A46 and A453

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he expects construction work to begin on the planned dualling of the A46 Fosse Way between Widmerpool and Newark-on-Trent; (2) when he...

      Air Accidents Investigation Branch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average length of time is for the publication of reports by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch following the air accident under investigation.

      Air Accidents Investigation Branch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many reports have been published by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (a) within 12 months of and (b) more than 12 months after the accident...

      Air Accidents Investigation Branch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff were employed in the Air Accidents Investigation Branch in each year since 1996.

      Air Accidents Investigation Branch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many personnel, broken down by grade, are employed in the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

      Congestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what his Department's policy is on exempting motorcycles, scooters and mopeds from further congestion charging schemes; and if he will make a...

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment the Government have made of the (a) availability and (b) accessibility of designated rest areas on motorways; and how many rest areas...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list (a) Network Rail's rail land disposals, broken down by (i) date and (ii) value, and (b) the occasions on which the Rail Regulator has...

      Paper Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 23 January 2003, Official Report, column 514W, on paper supplies, whether any of the paper or paper products supplied to his...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans the Government has to amend the Railways (Safety Critical Work) Regulations 1994 in relation to the working time for train drivers; and if...

      Roadworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of roadworks was conducted by (a) utilities, (b) local authorities and (c) the Highways Agency in the last 12 months.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what impact the decision of Royal Mail to switch the transport of mail from rail to road will have on the Government's commitment to expanding the...

      South Coast Multi-Modal Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will announce his decision on the south coast multi-modal study.

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what basis the Strategic Rail Authority has intervened in negotiations and agreements which have been reached between the managements of the train...

  • Prime Minister

    • Intelligence Services (Corruption)

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what assessment he has made of levels of corruption within the British intelligence services; and if he will make a statement; (2) whether he has identified...

    • Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the officials, with their responsibilities, who contributed to the final text of the dossiers on Iraq which were published and presented to Parliament...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister what steps he will take to ensure that there is a thorough scientific examination of the quality of the evidence provided to hon. Members for the existence of weapons of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister whether persons (a) in his office and (b) in the security and intelligence services have been subject to penalty, reprimand or disciplinary action related to their...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make an assessment of the consistency with the terms of (a) the Open Government Code and (b) the Freedom of Information Act 2000 of the content of the...

      Security Services

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the system within the security services for maintaining contact with the press.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Medical Staff

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many medical staff are employed in the Palace of Westminster; what the (a) hours of...

    • September Sittings

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what estimate the Commission has made of the additional costs arising from the House sitting...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Analogue Switch-off

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of public awareness of analogue switch-off; and what percentage of the UK population she estimates are...

    • HMS Vengeance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if she will place HMS Vengeance on the Historic Ships List; (2) if she will make a statement on the criteria for eligibility to...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the percentage of residents in (a) north west England, (b) Cumbria and (c) South Lakeland who are able to...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the level of take-up of digital television services has been from 1998 to the most recent date for which figures are available,...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what percentage of (a) people and (b) households in the United Kingdom (i) receive and (ii) can receive digital television...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the Digital Action Plan, what her definition of digital television being affordable is; and what criteria she used to...

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether recent changes to the concessionary TV licence fee regulations will require people who are over 65, who previously had...

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether sheltered housing schemes which bought TV licences at full cost before 1 April will have the fees reimbursed to take account of...

  • Treasury

    • Access for Disabled People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what actions he has taken or is taking to ensure that the websites of his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are accessible to...

    • Advertising

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

      BAE Systems

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish his assessment of the proposals submitted by BAE Systems for the provision of Hawk training aircraft to the Royal Air Force; what matters...

      Birth Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children were born in 2002–03; and how many women had their first child in that year.

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the total yield in a full year of imposing capital gains tax at present rates on the disposal by individuals of their only or...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what provisions he plans to ensure that child benefit continues to be paid without interruption to the father of dependent children when his wife dies.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to allow those already in receipt of child benefit and who are eligible for child tax credit to receive the credit without resubmitting...

      Construction Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much arrears of national insurance contributions was reclaimed from employers in the construction industry in each year since 1999.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 6 May 2003 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Julie Walker; and if he will...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 1 May 2003 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Teresa Cole; and if he will...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason the cost of professional advice in executing a will subject to inheritance tax is not allowable against the value of the estate.

      Inland Revenue (Business Support Teams)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many small businesses have received assistance from the Inland Revenue's Business Support Teams in each of the last five years; and if he will make a...

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether there are restrictions on imports and exports to Iraq, save those set out in United Nations Security Council Resolution 1483.

      Millennium Development Targets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has held with other Governments on financing the Millennium Development targets.

      Motorcycle Equipment (VAT)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to reduce the rate of VAT levied on motorcycle (a) protective clothing, (b) replacement helmet visors, (c) safety equipment and (d)...

      Mutuality Principles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential of the principles of mutuality in the delivery of local government services.

      National Insurance (Top-up Payments)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total value is in (a) real terms and (b) cash terms of the total amount paid in national insurance top-up payments in each year since 1992–93.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for reducing delays for people applying for tax credits.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what target he has for the time taken to process claims for tax credits.

  • Wales

    • Agency Workers

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

    • Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what projects are being put in place in Wales to increase employment opportunities for people over 55.

      Overseas Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list (1) (a) the location, (b) the purpose and (c) the cost of each overseas visit made by members of his Department since 1999; (2) how much...

      Rural Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with (a) First Minister of the National Assembly, (b) the National Farmers Union of Wales, (c) the Farmers Union of Wales and...

      Rural Proofing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he last met the chairman of the Countryside Agency to discuss rural proofing.

  • International Development

    • Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Ituri, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    • Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what assessment he has made of (a) the availability of clean water and (b) the availability and distribution of other...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what support his Department is giving to displaced persons in Ituri, Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Export Control Act

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what discussions the Department has had with the Department of Trade and Industry on the secondary orders for the Export...

      Food Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what steps he is taking to ensure that food aid from UK charities and non-governmental organisations is reaching people in...

      Iraq

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what sources of expertise the Department has used for measures to restore water services in Iraq.

      Liberia

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development whether his Department has suspended humanitarian aid to Liberia due to the recent escalation of fighting in Liberia.

      Liberia

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what support the Department is providing to refugees who have fled recent fighting in Liberia.

      Liberia

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development whether the Department supports projects working with the Government of Liberia to reduce poverty in Liberia.

      Liberia

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development if he will make a statement on the impact of recent fighting in Liberia on the Department's work in (a) Liberia and (b)...

  • Work and Pensions

    • British Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 7 April 2003, Official Report, column 85W, on British sign language, what action is being taken to ensure that (a)...

    • Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on his policy on the eligibility of carers of people who are affected by asbestosis for carers benefit.

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria the Department has for awarding crisis loans.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimates he has made of the rate of (a) cash and (b) case compliance under the new Child Support Scheme.

  • Defence

    • Armed Services Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on renting private accommodation for armed services personnel (a) in the last financial year and (b) this financial year to date.

    • Armed Services Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much (a) single living accommodation and (b) service family accommodation was empty in each month since July 2002; and if he will make a statement.

      BSkyB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effects of the recent decision by BSkyB to turn off BBC TV and radio on the provision of a TV and radio service for...

      Colchester Garrison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements he has made for security and management matters at the Colchester Garrison resulting from the disposal for civilian occupation of...

      Colchester Garrison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 9 June 2003, Official Report, column 649W, on Colchester Garrison, (1) how many of the four-bedroomed services family houses...

      Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British troops will be deployed to the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of a United Nations peacekeeping force.

      Defence Estate (West Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the extent is of the defence estate in West Sussex.

      Environmental Monitoring (Dundrennan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on recent environmental monitoring results at Dundrennan.

      Executive Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people work for the Defence Export Services Organisation; how many are employed in Scotland; what the personnel costs of the agency are; and how...

      Executive Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people work for the Ministry of Defence police; how many are employed in Scotland; what the personnel costs of the agency are; and how these...

      Executive Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people work for the Defence Aviation Repair Agency; how many are employed in Scotland; what the personnel costs of the agency are; and how these...

      Executive Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people work for the British Forces Post Office; how many are employed in Scotland; what the personnel costs of the agency are; and how these...

      Executive Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people work for the Defence Clothing and Textiles Agency; how many are employed in Scotland; what the personnel costs of the agency are; and how...

      Executive Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people work for the Defence Engineering and Science Group; how many are employed in Scotland; what the personnel costs of the agency are; and...

      Executive Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people work for the Army Base Repair Organisation; how many are employed in Scotland; what the personnel costs of the agency are; and how these...

      Executive Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many people work for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency; how many are employed in Scotland; what the personnel costs of the agency are;...

      Executive Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place copies of the Naval Manning Agency's annual reports for 2000–01 and 2001–02 in the Library.

      Gulf Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) plans and (b) provision his Department has made for transporting troops no longer involved in active operational duties in the Gulf back to the...

      Infantry Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to reduce the number of infantry regiments.

      Iraq Survey Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to what extent the costs of the Iraqi survey group will be met by (a) coalition forces and (b) the proposed Iraqi assistance fund.

      Weapons of Mass Destruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps the Government will take to verify the origin of material linked to weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq.

      Weapons of Mass Destruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many alleged sites of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq identified by the Government are fully secured by coalition forces; and how many have yet...

      Unexploded Ordnance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department is working with NGOs in Iraq to educate the public about the dangers of unexploded ordnance.

      Medical Distribution Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the British army is doing to restore the medical distribution network in Iraq.

      Weapons of Mass Destruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the bunker-buster missiles used in Iraq were tipped with depleted uranium.

      Operation TELIC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) reservists and (b) regulars on Operation TELIC have been medically downgraded, broken down by service; what percentage of the force deployed...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in response to how many parliamentary written questions during the 2002–03 session he has decided to withhold information under the Code of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what action he has taken to support the extradition of President Taylor of Liberia; (2) what steps the Department is...

    • Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the lifting of sanctions on conflict diamonds in Sierra Leone.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the Burmese Government on their recent arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Burmese authorities about the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi; and if he will make a statement.

      Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the prospects for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with particular reference to Ituri...

      Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Government has had with the (a) Rwandan and (b) Ugandan Governments regarding the supply of arms to the...

      Aid to Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 6 May 2003, Official Report, column 567W, on democratisation, what proportion of the (a) Global...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what mechanism has been established to monitor and report on the use of Hawk fighter jets in Indonesia.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps have been taken to ensure that the international community has been given the opportunity to participate in the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken (a) to prevent indiscriminate attacks, revenge attacks, hostage taking and collective punishment...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps have been taken to restore and maintain public order and safety in Iraq since the ending of military action.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps have been taken to ensure that Iraqis serving in the police and security services are subject to a vetting process to...

  • Home Department

    • Alcohol (Public Places)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which local authorities have made use of orders banning consumption of alcohol in public places; and what percentage of local authorities...

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to curb under-age drinking as part of his strategy to tackle anti-social behaviour.

      Arson

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of those people (a) prosecuted and (b) cautioned for arson offences in (i) 2000, (ii) 2001 and (iii) 2002 were between the...

      Children (Online Safety)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he intends to take to ensure mobile phone companies provide advice and guidance (a) to parents on how to safeguard children...

      Consultation Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many consultation exercises his Department has held with a closing date of less than 90 days from the announcement date in the last 12 months.

      Emergency Vehicles (Traffic Violations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many traffic violations were committed by police vehicles answering emergency calls; and how many prosecutions arose for them in the last...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets his Department has for improving energy efficiency; and how he intends to achieve these targets.

      Entitlement/Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the analysis from the consultation on entitlement and identity cards will be complete.

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on those sections of the draft EU constitution relating to (a) tackling terrorism and (b) external order controls.

      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 on 5 to 6 June; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed,...

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what his policy is in respect of making representations to (a) the Prison Service and (b) the Commissioner for Correction, concerning...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his Answer of 11 June 2003, Official Report, column 948W, on duplicate passports, how many current passports have been issued as...

      Police Authority Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was paid in attendance allowances to members of police authorities in England and Wales in each of the last 10 municipal years; and...

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests there have been on the grounds of prostitution in the last five years in (a) England and Wales, (b) the West Midlands and...

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what strategy is in place to reduce the number of (a) young people and (b) women at risk of (i) sexual exploitation and (ii) prostitution in...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer to the honourable Member for Buckingham, of 28 April, Official Report, column 219W, on sickness absence, at what...

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police forces have seen a decline in the number of special constables employed in the last five years; and how many have seen a...

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables there were in each police force in England and Wales in each year since 1997.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment is made (a) of the environmental impact and (b) against sustainable development criteria of bids made for (i) grants and (ii)...

      Tasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what studies he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the health implications arising from the use by police forces of tasers; and if...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action is being taken to prevent UK citizens being encouraged and assisted to travel overseas to commit terrorist acts; and if he will...

      Blackpool Tower Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total costs of the Blackpool Tower project were in the first three months of this year.

      Blackpool Tower Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the Tower project in Blackpool and Burnley.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what actions the Cabinet Office, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are taking to comply with the requirements of the Control of Asbestos...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when the Paymaster General will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell of 29 April on behalf of Mrs. P. Cooper of Ewell, forwarded...

  • Minister for Women

    • Disabled Women

      To ask the Minister for Women what recent consultations she has had with the Minister for Disability about access to work for disabled women.

    • Temporary Agency Workers

      To ask the Minister for Women what the implications will be for (a) women employed as temporary agency workers in Government Departments and (b) for the Government as their employees of the...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Adults with Incapacity

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to introduce a Bill on adults with incapacity.

    • Immigration Adjudicators

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many adjudicators are in post; and how many are (a) full-time and (b) part-time.

      Immigration Appeal Tribunal

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans the Lord Chancellor has to abolish the Immigration Appeal Tribunal.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many users of legal aid have over the past five years had bills settled (a) in excess of £1 million, (b) between...

  • Health

    • Additives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to ensure food products contain (a) the name and (b) the number of additives in the list of ingredients.

    • Alcohol Dependency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place to provide a multi-agency approach to treatment for those with alcohol dependency who also have mental health and other drug...

      Cancelled Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many routine operations were cancelled by each hospital trust in the week of star rating assessments at the end of March.

      Cancelled Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS operations were cancelled in (a) March and (b) February 2003.

      Cardiac Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are being taken to assist NHS trusts and PCTs in making available latest innovations in the diagnosis and treatment of sudden cardiac death.

      Chemical Attacks (Preparations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on conclusions drawn by NHS trusts from exercises in response to a chemical, biological or radiological incident since 11...

      Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the impact on human health of (a) wood preservative and varnishing products, (b) alkylphenols, (c) brominated flame...

      Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact on human health of (a) paints containing a high amount of volatile solvents and (b) adhesives and sealants...

      Food Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which companies were found by the Food Standards Agency to be selling salami containing horse and donkey meat, which was not identified on the label.

      Food Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to prosecute retailers that are selling salami that contains horse and donkey meat where the meat is not identified on the label.

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what methodology was used in setting the upper limit for intake of vitamin B6 supplements at 10 mg.

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation took place between Food Standards Agency scientists and (a) the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and (b) other bodies with specialist...

      Hospital Treatment Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients who are Welsh residents have been treated in English hospitals in each of the last five years for which records are available; and if he...

      Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the sixth edition of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's Code of Practice will be implemented; (2) how many responses have been...

      Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been (a) interviewed and (b) visited by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority in each of the last four years.

      Mental Health (Cornwall)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been spent on mental health services in Cornwall in each of the last 10 years.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cumulative net surplus or deficit from target was for each primary care trust in (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and (c) 2005–06.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the use by NHS trusts of new funding approaches for the development of premises under public-private partnerships outside present...

      Pay Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 7 March 2003, Official Report, columns 1273–74W, on staff numbers, what the total pay costs incurred by the (a) Medical...

      Post-cardiac Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision is made in national service frameworks for post-cardiac rehabilitation.

  • Lord Chancellor

    • Transsexuals

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what plans the Lord Chancellor has to bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that transsexuals are accorded the same level...

    • World Summit on Sustainable Development

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department which United Kingdom commitments arising from the World Summit on Sustainable Development (a) have been incorporated into the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal By-products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when her Department plans to start its proposed subscription scheme to deal with carcases that can no longer be buried...

    • Animal By-products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures her Department is putting in place to ensure that under the subscription scheme to collect carcases from farms...

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the actions her Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are taking to comply with the...

      Batteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) car batteries and (b) alkaline batteries were (i) purchased and used, (ii) disposed of by (A) landfill, (B)...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases of bovine TB there have been in Cumbria in each of the last five years.

      Cement Kilns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tonnes of waste were used in cement kilns in the years 1998 to 2002; and if she will make a statement.

      PVC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent research has been conducted into the impact on the environment of the production and disposal of PVC-u; and what...

      PVC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the weight of consumer goods known to contain PVC (a) disposed of by (i) landfill, (ii)...

      Chemicals (Environmental Impact)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the environmental impact of (1) (a) alkylphenols, (b) brominated flame retardants, (c)...

      Clinical Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much clinical waste she estimates was disposed of by (a) landfill, (b) incineration and (c) other means in the last year...

      Departmental Property (Angel Group)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the properties acquired by the Angel Group and its subsidiaries from the Department and its agencies and the...

      Departmental Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what actions she has taken or is taking to ensure that the websites of her Department, its agencies and non-departmental...

      Farming Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations her Department has received about plans to use the period 2000–03 as the reference point for...

      Flood Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 7 May 2003, Official Report, column 714W, if she will publish details of the representations.

      Flood Risk Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when Ministers or officials in her Department have met representatives from the Association of British Insurers since...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to implement the recommendations of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee's Fifth Report...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the precautionary principle, set out in the EU Directive 2001/18/EC and in the Environmental Protection Act 1990, has...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received from the United States government regarding (a) the EU moratorium on the growing...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many invitations have been sent out for each of the planned debates on GM crops; (2) what assessment she has made...

      Illegal Logging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the EU action plan to address the trade in illegal logging will be discussed by the Council of Ministers; and if she...

      Illegal Logging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the next steps in the (a) development and (b) implementation of the EU action plan to address the trade in illegal...

      Illegal Logging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the UK Government will ensure that the EU action plan on illegal logging will include the introduction of legislation to...

      Illegal Logging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it is the Government's policy to support the development of EU legislation to ban the import of illegal timber into...

      Landfill Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2003, Official Report, column 877W, for what reason the Environment Agency in Leeds wrote...

      Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list locations licensed by her Department for the use of radioactive materials; and if she will make a statement.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of homes in England have (a) one material, (b) two materials, (c) three materials and (d) four materials or...

      Regulatory Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the (a) number of staff employed by and (b) budget of each regulatory body for which her Department is...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many visitors visited (a) the Brecon Beacons, (b) the Norfolk Broads, (c) Dartmoor, (d) Snowdonia, (e) Exmoor, (f) the...

      Veal Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what have been the total annual imports of veal from Holland for each year from 1985 to date.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the operator pollution risk appraisal score of each of the licensed (a) waste disposal and (b) landfill sites in (i) the...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress (a) since February 2002 towards meeting the targets of the Government's Waste...

  • Education and Skills

    • Academy for Gifted and Talented Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of pupils accepted for courses at the Academy for Gifted and Talented Children in 2003 come from the maintained sector.

    • Arson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total cost was of damage to school premises from malicious fires in each year since 1997 (a) in England and (b) by LEA.

      Arson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what targets his Department has set in relation to malicious fires on school premises.

      Capital Allocation, Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how he intends to ensure that schools in Kent can make rapid use of the devolved capital allocation announced on 15 May.

      City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list each site for which his Department has considered a city academy, indicating for each (a) the LEA, (b) the names of private...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make it his policy to recompense schools for the additional costs of searches through the Criminal Records Bureau.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what total costs schools have incurred since September 2002 as a result of the Criminal Records Bureau checks.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost to (a) schools and (b) his Department of funding Criminal Records Bureau checks in (i) 2002 and (ii) 2003.

      Departmental Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what actions he has taken or is taking to ensure that the websites of his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are...

      Beacon Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the beacon schools which have not been accepted as leading edge schools.

      Beacon Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the structural distinction between the Leading Practice programme and the Beacon school initiative.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was made available to East Sussex local education authority under the Standards Fund in each year since 1997.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when education maintenance allowance will be available to Gloucestershire.

      Ethnic/Cultural Diversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent steps his Department has taken to educate (a) primary and (b) secondary school students in (i) ethnicity and (ii) cultural...

      Examination Markers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent discussions he has had with organisations responsible for employing A level markers; what assessment he has made of whether they...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many targets and milestones are prescribed as part of the Government's FE strategy, Success for All.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action he is taking to ensure universities and colleges are collaborating effectively with schools in order to cultivate among...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to increase awareness of further and higher education opportunities amongst under-represented groups.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what additional financial assistance he intends to give to universities to enable them to provide (a) outreach work with schools and...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the amount spent in 2002–03 by universities on (a) outreach work with schools and colleges to help raise...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills to what extent his decisions on the charging of tuition fees by universities will be determined by his assessment of their admission...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to create teaching-only universities; and if he will make a statement on (a) the value of combined teaching and research...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to attract prospective entrants into the higher education profession; and what measures are in place to address staff...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the number and outcome of regional consultation workshops held in connection with the White Paper on the...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the additional resources required in each year between 2003 and 2010 in order to meet the Government's 50 per...

      Higher Education (Selby)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people from each ward in Selby district received higher education in each year since 1997.

      Independent Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what account will be taken of the position of children from lower income families in receipt of scholarships or bursaries at independent...

      Leadership Incentive Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) selective, (b) grammar and (c) independent schools have received funding under the Leadership Incentive Grant; and if he will...

      Leading Edge Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in counties in the South East of England have received funding as Leading Edge Schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Maintained Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reasons it is his policy that maintained schools must use a different external adviser each year in carrying out the performance...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list official ministerial visits made to schools, broken down by date, school and minister, since 2001.

      Nanotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether his Department has examined the extent to which nanotechnology should be part of the science national curriculum.

      Official Spelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make it his policy that all official (a) correspondence, (b) reports and (c) documentation from his office uses the English...

      Pay Rates (Non-teaching Staff)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent discussions ministers have had with UNISON about the appropriate rates of pay for non-teaching staff in schools; and if he will...

      Public-Private Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of PPP contracts for educational provision in England in the past 12 months; and if he will...

      Pupil Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list, by LEA, the future estimates his Department has made of (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupil numbers.

      Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the relationship between the Government and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority; what plans he has to...

      Rural Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps are being taken in urban-based schools (a) lessons and (b) activities to encourage greater awareness of (i) rural and (ii)...

      Rural Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many rural small schools have closed in England in each year since 1997.

      School League Tables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total cost was of producing and publishing the most recent (a) primary school performance tables of achievements in Key Stage 2...

      School League Tables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total cost of producing school and college performance tables was in 2003, including (a) data collection and analysis, (b)...

      School Funding (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many schools in Essex are running a deficit budget; (2) if he will list the schools in Castle Point that are running a deficit...

      School Governors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was paid in attendance allowances to members of school governing bodies in England and Wales in each of the last 10 municipal...

      School Workforce Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the projected cost of implementing the National Agreement on Restructuring the School Workforce is.

      Schools Finance (Cornwall)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in Cornwall have a budget deficit; and what the size of the deficit is in each case.

      Somali Schoolchildren

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his assessment is of the needs of Somali children in schools in each London borough; how many receive free school meals; and what...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 3 June 2003, Official Report, column 203W, on Excellence Schools, if he will place in the Library a copy of the...

      Student Finance

      Mr. Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been paid by students from (a) Shrewsbury and Atcham and (b) Shropshire in higher education tuition fees in each...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has for (a) a replacement graduate repayment scheme and (b) reintroduction of grants for disadvantaged students.

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what consultation he has held with (a) the Year Out Group and (b) other organisations furthering gap year arrangements for students; and...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether he intends to provide that any approved top-up fees chargeable under the proposals in the Future of Higher Education (Cm 5735)...

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans his Department has to remit the (a) tuition fees and (b) top up fees of students undertaking undergraduate teacher training courses.

      Teacher Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many vacant teacher posts there were in (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools, (c) special schools and (d) all schools as a...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many successful completers of (a) undergraduate and (b) postgraduate teaching qualifications there were as a proportion of entrants and...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to review the system of tuition fees; and if he will make a statement.

      University Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the letter referred to in paragraph 5 of Page 19 of Widening Participation in higher education from the Secretary of State to Office...

      University Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the reply of 3 June from the Minister for Higher Education to the honourable Member for Hertsmere, ref 115686, how he expects...

      University Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students have been wrongly informed by UCAS that they have lost their place at the university of their choice for 2003/04.

      University Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of sixth formers in north Shropshire went to university in (a) 1997–98, (b) 1998–99, (c) 1999–2000, (d)...

      York Minster Catalogue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money the Higher Education Funding Council for England has provided to the University of York to computerise the catalogue of York...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Arms Exports (Indonesia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what level of ECGD cover has been provided in relation to the sale of military equipment to Indonesia in each year since 1999; what amounts...

    • Assay Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what information she has collated on the number of precious metal items failing assay tests in the latest year for which information is...

      Auditors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will introduce legislation to cap the liability of auditors; and if she will make a statement.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what sums have been paid to (a) NTL and (b) BT to assist in the rollout of broadband services; when such payments were made; and if she will...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received on the compatibility of public sector broadband with EU state aid rules; and if she will issue guidance...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the reasons for poor quality of band connections in rural areas.

      Cat and Dog Fur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she is taking to prevent the trade in cat and dog fur.

      Cat and Dog Fur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make it her policy to ban the importation of cat and dog fur.

      Citizens Advice Bureaux

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many debt inquiries have been reported by the Citizens Advice Bureau in (a) the UK, (b) Tyne and Wear, (c) South Tyneside and (d) the...

      Citizens Advice Bureaux

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans the Government have to help tackle debt-related issues reported by the Citizens Advice Bureau.

      Coal Miners (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which company is providing the expert report on miners' coal health claims and private small mines; and if she will set out the timetable for...

      Community Pharmacies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many representations her Department has received relating to the effect of deregulation on community pharmacies.

      Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has held with (a) HSBC, (b) the Royal Bank of Scotland, (c) Halifax Bank of Scotland and (d) Abbey National...

      Copyright (Visually Impaired Persons) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her policy is on the Copyright (Visually Impaired Persons) Act.

      Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation)Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the vires of section 7.3 of the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003.

      Equality Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will introduce legislation to unify and extend equality law.

      Export Control Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to his answer of 16 May 2003, Official Report, column 463W, which of the Home Office guidelines (a) would and (b) would not be met if...

      Extra-territorial Jurisdiction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 16 May 2003, Official Report, column 463W, how that part of the Home Office guidelines that states that (a) not all...

      Foreign Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what incentives are being offered to encourage foreign inward investors in the UK.

      Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether it is the Government's intention to exploit all the UK's economically recoverable fossil fuel reserves.

      Government Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of Government contracts have been awarded to small business in each year since 1997.

      Government Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of government contracts have been awarded to small businesses, broken down by Government Department and agency since 1997.

      Ink Cartridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures she has taken to promote the re-use of ink cartridges used in laser and inkjet printers.

      National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she will make a statement on the Medical Research Council's proposal to close down the National Institute for Medical Research at...

      Official Spelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make it her policy that official (a) correspondence, (b) reports and (c) documentation from her office uses the English spelling...

      Partnership Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether she plans to conclude a partnership agreement with the trade unions representing the staff in her Department.

      Post Office Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the (a) reported deficit in the pension fund of Royal Mail Group and (b) treatment of the pension credit in...

      Precious Metals Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, (1) whether (a) her ministers and (b) officials have met representatives of the (i) British Retail Consortium and (ii) Consumers'...

      Precious Metals Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the policy is of the Government towards the Precious Metals Directive; and if she will make a statement.

      Printing Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she plans to take to implement the recommendations of the Office of Fair Trading report on the cost of printers and the cost of...

      Pyramid Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) place and (b) dates of the conviction were of her Department's 1987 prosecution under the Fair Trading Act 1973 and the Pyramid...

      Renewable Energy Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what types of wood and other biomass material are classified as renewable for the purposes of the renewable obligation certificates available...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will next meet the Chairman of Royal Mail.

      Small and Medium Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list sector specific guidance produced by her Department for small and medium sized enterprises since February 2002; and if she...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to ensure that first tier authorities share their plans with parish councils for dealing with terrorist incidents at...

      University Challenge Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the objectives are of the University Challenge Fund; what progress has been made towards achieving those objectives; and if she will make...

      University Challenge Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the financial benefits to the UK economy from the University Challenge Fund have been found by her Department to exceed the money...

      University Challenge Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been spent on the University Challenge Fund each year since it was started; what the projected level of expenditure is over the...

      Unsolicited E-mails

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the threat to the integrity of the internet posed by the incidence of spam e-mails; and what measures she...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with Force 9 regarding a wind farm in the Golden Valley in Herefordshire; and if she will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland: Buses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to encourage the development of bus corridors and lanes throughout Northern Ireland.

    • Northern Ireland: Planning Appeals and Approvals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what percentage of Planning Approval Commission cases in Northern Ireland since 1990 has the Department of the Environment Planning Service been represented by...

      PEACE II Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which organisations have received funding under PEACE II; where they are located; how much they obtained; and for what purpose.

      SCOPE Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What safeguards will be built in to the proposed SCOPE programme, run by the Cabinet Office Intelligence and Security Secretariat, to guarantee compliance with the...

      Northern Ireland Act 2000: Section 5

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House the draft international agreement referred to in Section 5 of the Northern Ireland Act 2000; who the states...

      Gocean Lodge Development Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the planning application for "the Gocean" development at Killyleagh was lodged; what progress has been made with regard to this application; and when a...

      The Lord Chancellor

      asked the Leader of the House: When he first became aware of the proposals to abolish the office of Lord Chancellor.

      Right-to-Buy Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish, for every housing authority in England and Wales, the rankings which underpinned their recent decision to reduce the maximum discount...

      Sexual Abuse of Minors: Standard of Proof

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the judgment in Re H and others (Minors) (Sexual Abuse: Standard of Proof) (1995), whether setting a higher standard of evidence in such cases is in the...

      House of Lords: Communications Monitoring

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have a policy on the bugging of telephone calls and monitoring of other communications of Members of the House of Lords.

      Entitlement Cards: Stand Website Submissions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How, in calculating the statistical response to the Home Office consultation on the proposal to introduce identity cards, they intend to treat the 5,029...

      Armed Forces: Campaign Medal for Service in Afghanistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether campaign medals have been issued to British service personnel who served in Afghanistan.

      Defence Storage and Distribution Agency

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

      Pilot Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether consideration has been given to increasing pilot training in areas where the climate might allow training to be completed within a shorter time.

      British Forces Post Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What key targets have been set for the chief executive of the British Forces Post Office for financial year 2003–04.

      Defence Transport and Movements Agency

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

      Free and Open Source Software Foundation in Africa

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider supporting the Free and Open Source Software Foundation for Africa, and whether they will draw this initiative to the attention of other...

      Middle East and North Africa: UK Contributions to EU Assistance Programmes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make a continuation of the United Kingdom contribution of 19 per cent of the European Union's assistance programmes for the Middle East and North...

      Housing Benefit Sanctions and Anti-social Behaviour

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to paragraph 17 of the consultation paper Housing Benefit Sanctions and Anti-social Behaviour, what meaning they attach to the phrase "any sanction must...

      Housing Benefit Sanctions and Anti-social Behaviour

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to paragraph 17 of the consultation paper Housing Benefit Sanctions and Anti-social Behaviour, whether the phrase "behaviour that the claimant could...

      Housing Benefit Sanctions and Anti-social Behaviour

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, before introducing housing benefit sanctions, they will consult the Children's Society about the possibility that parents may evict children whom they...

      Housing Benefit Sanctions and Anti-social Behaviour

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to paragraph 17 of the consultation paper Housing Benefit Sanctions and Anti-social Behaviour, whether they will consult the Attorney-General about the...

      Housing Benefit Sanctions and Anti-social Behaviour

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to paragraph 18 of the consultation paper Housing Benefit Sanctions and Anti-social Behaviour, whether their definition of hardship rests on any medical...

      Housing Benefit Sanctions and Anti-social Behaviour

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they intend to ensure that the proposals in paragraphs 23 and 24 of the consultation paper Housing Benefit Sanctions and Anti-social Behaviour are compatible...

      Housing Benefit Sanctions and Anti-social Behaviour

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to their consultation paper Housing Benefit Sanctions and Anti-social Behaviour, what rate of reduction of housing benefit is contemplated; and on what...

      Housing Benefit Sanctions and Anti-social Behaviour

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they estimate will be the reduction in housing benefit spending as a result of the sanctions set out in their consultation paper Housing Benefit Sanctions and...

      Benefit Sanctions: Hospital Admissions and Imprisonment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether those subjected to previous benefit sanctions have a higher or lower rate of admission to hospital than other people on means-tested benefits; and Whether...

      University Entrants: Socio-economic Classification

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of university entrants were from social groups C2, D and E, (a) in 2002; (b) in 1992; (c) in 1982; and (d) in 1972.

      EU Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council, 5 and 6 June

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the outcome was of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council held on 5 and 6 June; and what their stance was on the issues discussed, including...

      Equality and Diversity: Consultation Responses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent have the submissions received on their draft equality regulations argued for (a) the use of primary rather than secondary legislation, or (b) a...

      Accidental Injury Surveillance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How, following the closure of the Home Accident Surveillance System, they plan to compile accidental injury data relating to consumer products; and what measures...

      Accidental Injury Surveillance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimates they have made of the cost of home and leisure accidents; and how these compare with the cost of running the Home Accident Surveillance System.

      Accidental Injury Surveillance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they intend the United Kingdom will contribute to the European Home and Leisure Accident Surveillance System following the closure of the Home Accident...

      Accidental Injury Surveillance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What effect the closure of the Home Accident Surveillance System will have on the ability to draft British Standards relating to consumer products.

      Accidental Injury Surveillance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consultations were carried out with the major users of the Home Accident Surveillance System before it was decided to close it down.

      IT Disposal in Government Departments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in order to comply with their obligations under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive, they will consider asking Computer Aid...

      Export Controls

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To which countries sales of digital computers, machine tools, microwave components and pre-cursor chemicals have been authorised in the past five years; and...

      Genetically Modified Crops

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to: (a) the call by the British Medical Association in Scotland for trials of genetically modified crops to be stopped immediately to...

      Genetically Modified Crops

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have studied the statement by the United States Government that genetically modified crops do not increase yields; and that by the directors of Oxfam,...

      Technetium-99: Discharge into Irish Sea

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What directions they have given the Environment Agency regarding the discharge of technetium-99 into the Irish Sea from Sellafield.

      Depleted Uranium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many sites are licensed to use depleted uranium in manufacturing of any kind; and what guidance is given on waste disposal of material emanating from those sites.

      Depleted Uranium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many sites where depleted uranium has been used there have been incidents that have been investigated by the Environment Agency.

      NHS Staff: Flexible Retirement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How comprehensive are the provisions in place for National Health Service professionals to take flexible retirement; and how many have taken up this option.

      Pro-life Groups: EU Monitoring

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the scope, budget and staffing of the unit set up by the European Union to monitor the activities of pro-life groups.

      NHS National Programme for Information Technology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the budget for the National Health Service National Programme for Information Technology.

      NHS National Programme for Information Technology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any information technology staff employed by the National Health Service will be transferred to private sector companies as a part of the national...

      NHS Electronic Patient Records

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many local National Health Service electronic patient records contracts have been cancelled; and at what cost to the public purse.

      NHS Electronic Patient Records

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the status of electronic patient records projects in the National Health Service.

      NHS Electronic Patient Records

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much has been spent on electronic patient records projects in each of the three years ended 2002–03 (a) from central funds and (b) from local National...

      Neurology Registrars

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the number of (a) funded and (b) non-funded specialist registrar posts in neurology in the National Health Service in England and Wales in 1996–97;...

      Haemophiliac Patients: Access to Medical Records

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure that haemophiliac patients are given full and timely access to their medical records in order to enable them to take legal...

      Blood Products: Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What review has been carried out of the circumstances in which files relating to liability for the supply of blood products, which were compiled while Lord Owen...

      Healthcare Regulation, Audit and Inspection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which bodies are involved in healthcare regulation, audit and inspection in England; and how many employees they have.

      Postgraduate Medical Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is being done to ensure Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland health departments and academic bodies are fully represented and involved in the changes to...

      Food Safety Act 1990: Water Supply

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Health on 11 December 2002 (WA 45), in which section of the Food Safety Act 1990 the exemption in relation...

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