Written answers

Thursday, 19 June 2003

  • Transport

    • Mobility Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from operators of mobility vehicles about the withdrawal of mobility breakdown cover by motoring organisations;...

    • Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to encourage the development and use of practical alternatives to permanent tints of less than 50 per cent. light...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans there are for changes in the level of rail services in Scotland.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his Answer of 12 May 2003, Official Report, column 128W, on railways, whether Thameslink has asked for approval from (a) the SRA and (b)...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what remit relating to sustainable development is (a) required of and (b) undertaken by his Department's (i) executive agencies, (ii) advisory...

      Uninsured Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 10 June 2003, Official Report, column 743W, on uninsured drivers, what the overall cost of uninsured driving was in Great...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Age Discrimination

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

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many asylum seekers are living in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) Belfast, South.

      Departmental Underspend

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much of the underspend by Departments in Northern Ireland for the year ending 31 March 2002 will not be carried forward to the next...

      Efficiency Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

      Northern Ireland Civic Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what costs were incurred by the Northern Ireland Civic Forum in the last 12 months; and how many times the body met during the same period.

      Pay Audits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made on completing a pay audit in his Department and its non-departmental public bodies to measure any disadvantage in...

      Peace II European Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on progress on funding for organisations under the Peace II European Initiative in North Belfast.

      Reform and Reinvestment Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the interest rate for borrowings is under the Reform and Reinvestment Initiative; and what the interest rate for PPP projects is.

      Reform and Reinvestment Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether water charges are included for the purposes of determining convergence with local taxation in Great Britain under the Reform and...

      Reform of Public Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made on the review called Reform of Public Administration.

      Strategic Investment Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who has been appointed to the Strategic Investment Board; and what the terms of their appointments are.

      Website Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the actions he (a) has taken and (b) is taking to ensure that the websites of his Department, its Agencies and non-departmental...

      Unsolved Murders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons lost their lives in conflict-related incidents in each year since 1973 and were the subject of a murder investigation conducted...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what differences there are between the death-in-service gratuities payable under the armed forces pension scheme and those payable in similar...

    • Armed Forces Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to announce the outcome of the reviews of the war pensions and armed forces pensions scheme.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what military assets, including personnel, in Iraq are being applied to provide medical treatment for Iraqi civilians; and for how long they will remain...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what tonnage of unexploded ordnance used in the recent invasion of Iraq has been cleared up by UK-funded operations.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the capacity of British medical assets in Iraq to deal with the needs of the Iraqi people.

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role DSACEUR will play in EU operations in the Congo region.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the (a) maximum and (b) average length of deployment is of TA consultants serving in the Defence Medical Service; and if he will make a...

      Defence Attachés

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 15 May 2003, Official Report, column 329W, on defence attachés, how many defence attachés are in place in each of the...

      Executive Agencies

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

      Executive Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who the top level budget holder owner has been of each of his Department's agencies since financial year 1997–98.

      Executive Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many full-time equivalent (a) military and (b) civilian staff were employed in the (i) Defence Analytical Services Agency in financial years...

      Fylingdales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether anti-ballistic missiles will be located in the UK once the Fylingdales radar base has been upgraded.

      Fylingdales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of upgrading the Fylingdales radar base will be; and what contribution to the upgrade the UK will be required to make.

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library (a) background papers, interim reports and the final report from the 1997 and 1999 Ministry of Defence reviews of the...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to resume nuclear testing (a) to measure nuclear warhead stockpile stability and (b) to produce new design of nuclear weapons.

      Official Spelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Service Manning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the critical manning groups which have been identified in (a) the Army and (b) the RAF; and what the shortfall against requirement was in...

      US Bases (Protesters)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what rules of engagement apply to (a) the American National Guard and (b) the US security police personnel concerning protesters found on bases in the UK.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Royal Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who owns Clarence House.

    • Royal Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Swansea, West (Mr. Williams) of 16 December 2003, Official Report, column 531W, if...

      Royal Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Swansea, West (Mr. Williams) of 16 December 2003, Official Report, column 531W, if...

      Royal Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who authorised the refurbishment and redecoration works at Clarence House, and on what date.

      Royal Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with whom the contents of Clarence House are insured; how much this costs per annum; and whether the cost is met by the civil list.

      Royal Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the inhabitants of Clarence House in each year from 1997 to date.

      Royal Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what has been the total rental income received from inhabitants of Clarence House from 1997 to date.

      Royal Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the sums allocated to professional fees in respect of refurbishment and redecoration of Clarence House have been placed...

      Royal Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who decides the annual allocation of funds provided through the grant-in-aid.

      Royal Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the annual sum provided to the grant-in-aid has been in each year from 1979 to date.

      Royal Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps are in place to ensure moneys allocated to grant-in-aid are spent in an environmentally responsible manner.

      Community Sports Coaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many community sports coaches will be created under the Community Sports Coaches Scheme in (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005 and (d) 2006.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the statement by the Minister for Sport on 28 February 2003, Official Report, column 543, when the regulatory impact...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the statement on 28 February 2003 by the Minister for Sport, Official Report, column 542, if she will make available in the...

      Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her Department's annual funding allocation to Sport England for (a) 2002–03, (b) 2003–04,...

      Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) actual and (b) projected Sport England staff numbers are for (i) 2002–03, (ii) 2003–04 and (iii) 2004–05.

      Sustainable Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what initiatives her Department is taking to promote sustainable tourism in rural areas.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bushmeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to control the trade in bushmeat.

    • Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the European Commission's proposals for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the likely impact of the current Common Agricultural Policy reform proposals on the number of...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the delegations which Ministers have met to discuss support for farmers of unsupported crops prior to the...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect on family outgoings of (a) farm subsidies, (b) the effect of the Common...

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her policy to combat fly-tipping.

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the progress of the GM Public Debate.

      Waste Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are planned (a) to discourage incineration of waste and (b) to encourage maximum recycling and recover.

      Bridleways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received regarding the use of bridleways by (a) motorcycles and (b) four-wheel drive vehicles.

      Agricultural Shows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the agricultural shows which will be attended by Ministers this season; and if she will make a statement on...

      Agricultural Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy to abolish export subsidies for agricultural produce.

      Foodstuffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent by British consumers on foodstuffs in each of the last ten years, broken down by type of foodstuff.

      IACS Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people in (a) the Bury St. Edmunds constituency, (b) Suffolk, (c) Norfolk, (d) Essex and (e) Cambridgeshire are...

      Race Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in her Department and non-departmental public bodies on implementing the requirements of the Race...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what remit relating to sustainable development is required by her Department's (a) executive agencies, (b) advisory...

  • Education and Skills

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he has had on introducing broadband to schools on Exmoor in Somerset to comply with the Government's aim of all schools...

    • Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what measures are in place (a) to prevent bullying in schools and (b) to punish those found to be harassing their peers; (2) what...

      Criminal Records Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many enhanced checks (a) have been carried out and (b) remain to be carried out in the academic year 2002–03 by the Criminal...

      Eco-schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what arrangements his Department has for the dissemination of educational information regarding environmental matters by way of the...

      Education Support Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many education support staff have been employed in each year since 1997; and what duties they carried out.

      Efficiency Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the target is for efficiency savings in 2003–04 expressed (a) in money terms and (b) as a percentage of the Department's...

      Excluded Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much it cost to educate excluded children through (a) pupil referral units, (b) home tuition, (c) emotional and behavioural disorder day...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what change there has been an increase in applications for free school meals since the introduction of new rules in April.

      Hayfever

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance he has issued to examining boards on the account which should be taken of the effects of hayfever on the performance of...

      Modern Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills who the 10 largest providers of Modern Apprenticeships were in 2002–03; how many contracted places there were with each of those...

      Modern Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the full achievement rates for Modern Apprenticeship Frameworks for 2002–03 will be issued; and how those rates will be made...

      Pay Audits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made on completing a pay audit in his Department and its non-departmental public bodies to measure any disadvantage...

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many staff have been employed in Prison Education in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) teaching staff and (b) non-teaching staff.

      Pupil Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list, by LEA, total pupil numbers in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools since 1990.

      Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his Answer of 17 March 2003, Official Report, column 567W, what the average time taken for a qualification to be approved by the...

      Research Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how universities qualify for research funding; what measures are in place to ensure that funding is fairly distributed to smaller...

      School Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students living in catchment areas in north-east Lincolnshire attend schools outside the north-east Lincolnshire LEA area.

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what help is given to school leavers who wish to attend non-university courses and apprenticeships; and what financial assistance is...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of (a) nursery/primary and (b) secondary school qualified teachers who are not employed in the...

      Top-up Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) letters, (b) faxes, (c) phone calls, (d) e-mails and (e) petitions have been received by his Department since 2000 (i) in...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on his strategy for the proposed increase in workplace-based learning.

      Veterinary Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many places for veterinary science were offered by UK universities in each of the last five years; and how many applications there were...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Correspondence

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

    • Sally Clark

      To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to her answer of 8 April 2003, Official Report, column 154W, whether she is now in a position to make a statement on the implications for the Crown...

      Departmental Events

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) other conferences sponsored by her Department and which took place on...

      Departmental Running Costs

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the running costs in 2002 were of (a) her private offices separately identifying expenditure on staff, and (b) the Attorney General's Department.

      Discontinued Trials

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will examine the causes behind the decision to discontinue the trials of Adrian Pasareanu, Lulezim Balliu, Alin Turcu and their two co-defendants; and if she...

      Discontinued Trials

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will estimate the cost, to the public purse, of the abortive trials of Adrian Pasareanu, Lulezim Balliu, Alin Turcu and their co-defendants.

      Document Classification

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many documents are held by the Law Officer's Departments that are subject to security classification, broken down by category of classification.

      Efficiency Savings

      To ask the Solicitor-General 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.

      EU Directives

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will list the EU Directives and Regulations which have been implemented by the Law Officers' Departments since 17 April 2002.

      Industrial Action

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

      Mental Health

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many of her staff retired on medical grounds due to mental health problems in the last year.

      Trupti Patel

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much the case against Mrs. Trupti Patel cost public funds.

      Pay Audits

      To ask the Solicitor-General what progress has been made on completing a pay audit in her Department and its non-departmental public bodies to measure any disadvantage in terms of remuneration...

      Pay Review

      To ask the Solicitor-General what progress has been made with the pay review in the Law Officers' Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies for which she is responsible, with...

      Public Sector Pensions

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will list the (a) funded and (b) unfunded public sector pension schemes for which the Attorney General's Department is responsible; when the last actuarial...

      Public Service Agreement

      To ask the Solicitor-General what steps the Department has taken to publicise its Public Service Agreement targets; and at what cost to public funds.

      Sellafield

      To ask the Solicitor-General what main points the Attorney General made at the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea tribunal on the dispute with the Republic of Ireland over the...

      Work Placements

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many university students her Department and associated agencies supported or sponsored with a work placement in the last year; what her policy is on work...

  • Treasury

    • Employment Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the employment rate is of (a) men aged between 50 and 65 and (b) women aged between 50 and 60 broken down by each year of age.

    • Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date he expects the Penrose report into Equitable Life to be published; and if he will make a statement.

      Civil Service (New Entrants)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many new entrants to the Civil Service were employed in his Department in each of the last five years; and how many in each year were aged 50 or over.

      Contributions Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who the head of the Contributions Agency was in 1998; how many meetings the head of the Contributions Agency had with Ministers in the Department of Social...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he will set a limit on the transition costs to Government Departments of joining the euro; (2) what his expenditure has been on (a) the...

      Financial Advice

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will develop a system of generic financial advice for those on lower incomes.

      Financial Advice

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate has been made of the number of independent financial advisers whose independent status will be lost as a result of depolarisation.

      Financial Advice

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment has been made of the number of independent financial advisers who have been refused professional indemnity cover.

      Financial Advice

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints of mis-selling of (a) endowment policies and (b) other financial products by (i) tied agencies and (ii) independent financial advisers...

      Inflation Measures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what advice has been received from the RPI Advisory Committee regarding his intention to give the Bank of England an inflation target as measured by the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much financial assistance he has set aside for reconstruction work in Iraq; and what areas of reconstruction the Government (a) is financially...

      Parliament Buildings (VAT)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much VAT the Treasury has received from the construction of the Scottish Parliament; and how much VAT the Treasury is expected to receive in total...

  • Home Department

    • Appeal Processing Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the backlog of cases at the Appeal Processing Centre is; and how many people are employed at the centre.

    • British Overseas Citizens

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been granted citizenship who were previously British Overseas Citizens.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff have been employed in the Ministerial Correspondence Unit of the Department in each of the last two years.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when a substantive reply will be sent to the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed regarding his letter to the Minister of State of 4...

      Entitlement/Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to introduce a national identity card; what information it will hold; what services it could access; whether it will be...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the names, titles and grades of the officials who sit on the committee for the European Refugee Fund, the number of times and...

      Extradition Requests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many outstanding extradition requests have been made to the United Kingdom by each member of the European Union and EU accession states;...

      Interface with Faith Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) women and (b) men there are amongst the faith community members of his Department's Working Group which is reviewing the...

      Race Relations Amendment Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in his Department and non-departmental public bodies on implementing the requirements of the Race Relations...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on steps he is taking to meet the commitments set out in his Department's framework for sustainable development.

  • House of Commons

    • Portcullis House

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what the total cost was of Portcullis House.

  • Prime Minister

    • Department for Constitutional Affairs

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the functions of the Department for Constitutional Affairs; and what the statutory authority is for the (a) exercise of the Lord Chancellor's functions...

    • Department for Constitutional Affairs

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs will receive the pension entitlement of the Lord Chancellor (a) during the planned transition period before the...

      English Devolution

      To ask the Prime Minister which department is responsible for English devolution.

      Intelligence and Security Committee Report

      To ask the Prime Minister when he expects to lay the Government's Response to the Intelligence and Security Committee's annual report for 2002–03 before Parliament.

      Official Spelling

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

      Regulatory Reform

      To ask the Prime Minister which Cabinet Minister has overall responsibility for regulatory reform.

      US Foreign Policy

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his Answer of 11 June 2003, Official Report, column 870W, on US foreign policy, if he will list the occasions since January 2001 when he has disagreed with...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development how many hospitals in Afghanistan have shortages of (a) nurses, (b) doctors, (c) drugs and (d) beds.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development who will be responsible for the appointment of Iraqi delegates to the interim Iraqi Administration.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what procedures her Department employs to ensure the swift reply to parliamentary questions.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Agency Workers Helpline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how the telephone number of the Department's helpline for agency workers is advertised; (2) how many calls the Department's helpline...

    • BCCI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she last met the liquidators of BCCI.

      BCCI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will meet the honourable Member for Leicester, East and a delegation of creditors to discuss the cost of liquidation of BCCI.

      BCCI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total cost of the liquidation of BCCI is.

      Biomass Renewable Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to develop biomass renewable projects.

      Company Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to amend legislation protecting the pay and conditions of employees in cases of companies being taken into administration.

      Company Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to limit the costs charged by liquidators in insolvency cases.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the managers of Royal Mail Group regarding the company's policy of transferring the transport of mail...

      San Francisco Consulate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact on British business of the proposed sale of the consular residence in San Francisco by the Foreign...

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has held with (a) the Department for Education and Skills and (b) individual universities on the development of a...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many wind farms are in operation in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland; (2) how many sites have been...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Asylum and Immigration Cases

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the expenditure on legal aid relating to judicial reviews of asylum and immigration cases was in (a) 2000–01,...

  • Scotland

    • British Electricity Trading andTransmission Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment has been made of the costs to Scottish energy producers of the delay in legislation for a UK market in electricity through the British...

    • Constitutional Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many staff within the Department for Constitutional Affairs will be dedicated to Scottish affairs.

      Discussions (First Minister)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on his predecessor's discussions with the First Minister on 16 June 2003.

      Ferries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions her Department has had with (a) P & O and (b) Stena Line on the employment implications of a merger on the North Channel crossing...

      Local Government Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans she has to review the breadth of the franchise at local government elections in Scotland.

      Scottish Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what revised guidance has been issued to Government Departments in respect of their dealings with the Scottish Executive since 12 June 2003.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the UK is spending on combating the opium trade in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many new entrants to the Civil Service were employed in his Department in each of the last five years; and how many in each...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is on the agenda of the aid donors meeting on Colombia to be held on 10 July 2003; and whether military and security...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is his policy to seek joint sovereignty over Gibraltar with the Government of Spain.

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the High Court's statement on whether the situation of detainees in Camp X-Ray complies with...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the US Government about their plans for the future of detainees held...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what legal (a) protection and (b) status the British citizens detained in Camp X-Ray have.

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received from the US Government on when the UK citizens held at Guantanamo Bay will be (a) charged and (b)...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the US Government about expediting the process of determining what is to happen to the UK...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the US Administration on access by British officials to UK citizens detained at...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British juveniles are being detained in Guantanamo Bay.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 19 May 2003, Official Report, column 553W, if he will make a statement on the range of Iraqi opinion,...

      Palestinian Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many new settlements he estimates have been built in the Palestinian Occupied Territories since 1993 to 2003.

      Consular Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the proposed new consular residence in Presidio Terrace, San Francisco, is governed by restrictions that will prevent...

      Consular Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 9 June 2003, Official Report, column 647W, when the present Permanent Under-Secretary visited the...

      United Nations Security Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which states have signed bilateral impunity agreements following Resolution 1422 of the United Nations Security Council; and how...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Claims/Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the duration of claims of (a) those on incapacity benefit, (b) those on other disability benefits, (c) lone parents on income support and...

    • Benefit Claims/Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 9 June 2003, Official Report, column 387, on the payment of benefits, how many pensioners have (a) received...

      Carers Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 3 June 2003, ref 115917, what the cost would be and how many beneficiaries there are of extending the carers premium...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his target date is for implementing the new system of assessment on all cases within the CSA.

      Employment Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will make a statement on how carers can be assisted into new learning and work opportunities; (2) what strategies he plans to...

      European Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the projects in the South-West Bedfordshire constituency on which European Social Fund money has been spent in the last three...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many council tax benefit claimants live in properties in Band F and above where council tax benefit is not restricted, broken down by (a)...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for the pension credit have been received from pensioners in Scotland broken down by (a) local authority and (b)...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what discussions he has had with other Governments in protecting final salary pension schemes; and if he plans to introduce a compulsory...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his response of 7 May 2003, Official Report, column 701W, (1) whether his Department has conducted research to assess the public...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his response of 7 May 2003, Official Report, column 701W, what conclusions his Department has made about whether private pension...

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many customers have (a) been invited to take part in direct payment and (b) failed to respond to such an invitation, in respect of each benefit.

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to change the definition of poverty he uses.

      Women's Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action he has taken to ensure that women who paid the married woman's national insurance contribution will receive a full pension.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Supported Living Schemes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the Government issued guidance to providers about supported living; when the deadline for funding such schemes is; and if he will make a statement.

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many affordable housing units have been built in each year since 1997 (a) with social housing grant, (b) with local authority social housing and (c) with no...

      Arson

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many homes were deliberately set on fire each day on average in each year from 1997 to 2001; and what the estimated cost to the fire service was in each year.

      Arson

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many malicious car fires occurred in (a) 1997, (b) 1998 and (c) 1999; and what the estimated cost to the fire service was in each year.

      Arson

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost to the UK economy was of arson in each year since 1997.

      Bed and Breakfast

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many Castle Point families were housed in bed and breakfasts (a) in each of the last five years for which figures exist and (b) on 1 April 2003.

      Departmental Website

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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 partially...

      E-Voting

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to include e-participation in future e-voting pilots.

      Graffiti

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions his Department has had with representatives of the statutory undertakers about graffiti on their street furniture or other property; and if he...

      Housing (Young People)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what advice he provides on obtaining housing for young people in housing need; and if he will make a statement.

  • Health

    • Buprenorphine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Government have for a trial of buprenorphine in (a) British prisons and (b) heroin addicts seeking to stabilise.

    • Supported Living Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the eligibility criteria are for supported living schemes; and if he will make a statement.

      Accident and Emergency Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of A and E patients were admitted, transferred or discharged in less than four hours in (a) England, (b) Diana Princess of Wales Hospital,...

      Advocacy Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and (b) representatives of the lottery funding bodies about...

      Advocacy Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Department has to fund citizens' advocacy groups, other than through the British Institute of Learning Disability; and if he will make a...

      Advocacy Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to give adults with communications difficulties the right to representation by (a) a citizen's advocate and (b) another responsible...

      Agency Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each NHS trust spent on agency (a) doctors and (b) nurses in each of the past five years.

      Cleft Lip and Palate Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of specialist services for cleft lip and palate at Alderhey Hospital, Liverpool; (2) what plans he has for consultation...

      Alzheimer's

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in England suffer from Alzheimer's disease.

      Antipsychotic Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has commissioned a study of the long-term financial costs of (a) implements and (b) not implements the NICE recommendations in...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people had asthma in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear and (d) the UK (i) in 1980, (ii) in 1990, (iii) in 2000 and...

      Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice his Department is issuing to schools regarding the risks to hearing associated with loud music.

      Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what treatments are available to the hard of hearing on the NHS; and what support is given to deaf groups to assist people who have recently lost their...

      Autistic Spectrum Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to change the provision of (a) supported and (b) sheltered accommodation for those suffering from autistic spectrum disorders.

      Bridlington Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many accredited training posts are in place at Bridlington Hospital; and what changes are planned to this number.

      British Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many British Sign Language interpreters are provided by the NHS to teach and assist with treatment of people hard of hearing.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cancer treatment centres there are (a) in the UK and (b) in each GO region; how many people were treated at each centre in 2002; and what...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money is being allocated to cancer services in 2003–04 in North Yorkshire; and how much was allocated in 1997–98.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money was allocated to cancer services in Cornwall in each of the last 10 years.

      Care Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations the Department has received from local authorities about the payment of the 12-week property disregard since the Care Standards Act...

      Care Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements his Department has made to implement section 91 of the Care Standards Act 2000.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will establish a means of monitoring the quantity and quality of breaks for carers.

      Children's Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much is available from the (a) Carer's Special Grant and (b) Quality Protects Programme to fund respite care at children's hospices; and how many...

      Clinical Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health to what extent the NHS retains liability for compensating patients for clinical negligence suffered whilst undergoing treatment abroad under the Patient...

      Commission for Social Care Inspection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the advice given to him by the Commission for Social Care Inspection.

      Community Equipment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a progress statement on integration of community equipment services and additional funding for these services.

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 8 May 2003, Official Report, column 867W, on continuing care, what plans he has to place results of the exercise in the public...

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists take patients in the (a) private sector, (b) public sector and (c) public and private sector in (i) England and (ii) the Durham constituency.

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients were registered with a dentist in each of the last five years in (a) England and (b) the City of Durham.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were treated for diabetes (a) in England and (b) in each constituency in the last year for which figures are available.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his target is for the number of diabetes specialists per head of population; what the current ratio is; and if he will make a statement.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the number of diabetes specialists needed to cover the (a) Essex Strategic Health Authority and (b) Essex Rivers Healthcare Trust...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the medical advantages of the provision of insulin pump therapy for type I diabetics; (2) what plans he has to make...

      Enuresis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on research into enuresis and the effects on long-term mental health.

      Hospital Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funds were made available to (a) Newark Hospital, (b) Ashfield Community Hospital, (c) Mansfield Community Hospital and (d) the Kings Mill Centre for...

      Genetic Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who is being consulted and what guidelines are planned to ensure that patients who take advantage of genetic testing to identify and combat hereditary or...

      Hayfever

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research he has carried out to establish the extent to which the incidence of hayfever can be ascribed to environmental causes.

      Hayfever

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of hayfever sufferers in each year since 1997, broken down by county; and if he will make a statement on current...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on why, under Clause 73 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill, the Commission for Social Care...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons, under Clause 81 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill, the Commission for Social Care Inspection must...

      Kidney Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to reduce the period between (a) the emergence of symptoms and (b) diagnosis, and referral to nephrologists for kidney patients;...

      Health Services (Leeds)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) in-patients and (b) out-patients (i) the Leeds acute teaching hospitals NHS trust and (ii) its predecessor acute trusts treated in each year...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what level of funding per capita is being spent by (a) South Sefton Primary Care Trust and (b) Southport and Formby Primary Care Trust on services for...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on mental health services in the London borough of Wandsworth in each of the last three years.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals, and how many per 1,000 of the adult population, were detained under the provisions of the Mental Health Act in each local authority...

      Neurology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on neurology services.

      Newark Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes there have been in the services offered by Newark Hospital over the last three years.

      Newark Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans there are to create a paediatric facility at Newark Hospital.

      Newark Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans there are to change acute services offered in Newark hospital in the immediate future.

      NHS Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the (a) early intervention teams, (b) crisis resolution teams and (c) assertive outreach teams proposed in the NHS plan are in place; and...

      NHS Trusts/MPs Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times (a) North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust and (b) Warrington Primary Care Trust have met each Member of Parliament in their area in the past year.

      Nursing Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he has taken in the last 12 months to inspect nursing homes in the private sector.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health why the hon. Member for West Chelmsford's written question No. 118905 received a holding answer when the information required was published by the...

      Patient Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he plans to make additional funding available to strategic health authorities to meet the cost of recompensing patients who are found to have been...

      Patient Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimates he has made of the possible costs to individual (a) strategic health authorities and (b) primary care trusts of recompensing patients found...

      Pay Audits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on completing a pay audit in his Department and its non-departmental public bodies to measure any disadvantage in terms of...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much a pharmacist received for processing a prescription in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Renal National Service Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress has been made on the renal National Service Framework; and if he will make a statement; (2) what estimate he has made of the costs...

      Rheumatoid Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many PhD students, involved in rheumatoid arthritis research, are funded by (a) public and (b) charitable funds.

      Rheumatoid Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list the primary care trusts that do not fund anti-TNF therapy for patients with rheumatoid arthritis where that treatment is clinically...

      Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) NHS and (b) non-NHS staff are employed by the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital Trust, broken down by department.

      Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost per week to each department of the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital Trust is of employing non-NHS staff.

      Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans there are to change services available in each of the four hospitals comprising Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust.

      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 the most recent month for which he has statistics.

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) North East Lincolnshire PCT and (b) North Lincolnshire PCT waited over 12 months for an operation in each quarter from 31 March 2002.

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the most recent quarter's statistics on accident and emergency waiting times will be available.

  • House of Lords

    • Judicial System: Consultation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consultation they will undertake on (a) the creation of a supreme court, (b) the establishment of a judicial appointments commission, (c) the future of the...

    • Northern Ireland: "Period of Transition"

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by the Prime Minister on 30 April (Official Report, Commons, col. 298), what was meant by a "period of transition" for terrorists in Northern...

      Questions for Written Answer

      asked the Leader of the House: Whether he has noted that on 11 June there were 82 Questions for Written Answer which had lain on the Order Paper for over three weeks without an Answer, while two...

      Intelligence and Security Committee: Annual Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to lay before Parliament their response to the Intelligence and Security Committee's annual report for 2002–03.

      Mozambique: Customs Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Mozambique customs service is terminating its contract with the Crown Agents; whether the management objectives have been met; and what has been the...

      Iraq: Equipment Used by British Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What new weapons, weapon systems or items of significant equipment were used in Iraq in recent hostilities; and what assessment has been made of their effectiveness.

      EU Expansion: Information about Poland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider the statement in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office poster "Did you know? The E.U. is expanding." that "Poland has its fair share of famous...

      Trans-border Crime: South-East European Cooperative Initiative

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are supporting, both financially and by sharing information and other practical help, the South-East Europe Co-operation Initiative for combating...

      Trans-border Crime: Independent Republics of the Caucasus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, following the seminar in Yerevan of November 2002, they will propose to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe the establishment of a...

      Small Arms and Light Weapons: Illicit Trade

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What practical and detailed issues they will be raising at the biennial review of the United Nations programme of action on illicit trade in small arms and light...

      Middle East: Construction of Fences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What view the Quartet takes on the wall and fences being erected by the Government of Israel, and in particular the cutting off of the town of Qalqilya from both...

      Sierra Leone: Diamonds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there has been a cessation of the diamond embargo against Sierra Leone.

      Justice and Home Affairs Council, 5 and 6 June

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the outcome was of the Justice and Home Affairs Council held on 5 and 6 June and what their stance was on the issues discussed, including their voting record.

      Civil Contingencies: Draft Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the draft Civil Contingencies Bill.

      Ian Huntley: Self-harm

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures have been implemented following recent events at HMP Woodhill.

      Yarl's Wood: Events of 14 and 15 February

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made into the investigation of events at Yarl's Wood Removal Centre on 14 and 15 February 2003.

      Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: Annual Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they are publishing the first annual report of the appointed person under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

      Private Sector Landlords

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish details of the pilot projects announced in the Sustainable Communities plan to tackle problems associated with private sector landlords in...

      Environment Agency: Proposed Development at Peasmarsh

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With reference to the proposed development on land adjacent to the otter channel, Wittersham Road, Peasmarsh, described in planning application RR/2003/1208: (a)...

      Housing Benefit: Sanctions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether mental illness will be a defence against the imposition of housing benefit sanctions.

      Prize Competitions: Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking following the review of the law on prize competitions by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

      UK and European Parliaments: Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the annual cost of maintaining the European Parliament, the House of Commons and House of Lords, including: (a) salaries, pensions, travelling allowances,...

      Cruise Liner Terminals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any new terminals for cruise liners are planned within the next five years in England.

      Rail Passenger Demand Forecasting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the Rail Passenger Demand Forecasting Handbook, published by the Association of Train Operating Companies.

      Drivers: Defective Eyesight

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will itemise and quantify the "cost and intrusion" mentioned by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey in Grand Committee on the Railways and Transport Safety...

      Rural Bus Subsidy Grant

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent the rural bus service grant is meeting its aims.

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