Written answers

Thursday, 26 June 2003

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Audit Commission

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many research projects the Audit Commission commissioned in (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2002–03; and what the criteria for selection of each project were.

    • Audit Commission

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the Audit Commission has reached the level of the Commission for Racial Equality Standard for Racial Equality; and what percentage of local authorities in...

      Audit Commission

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many complaints his Department has received in the last year relating to (a) the Audit Commission and (b) the average local authority in England.

      Audit Commission

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many subscriptions to (a) digital terrestrial, (b) digital satellite and (c) digital cable television are held by the Audit Commission; and what the (i) cost...

      Audit Commission

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many voluntary leavers there were as a percentage of staff in (a) the Audit Commission and (b) the average local authority in England in the last year for...

      Audit Commission

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of waste was recycled and how many kilogrammes of waste were generated per staff member by (a) the Audit Commission and (b) the average local...

      Business Co-ordination Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the responsibilities are of the Business Co-ordination Unit; and if he will make a statement on its (a) aims and (b) performance since 1997.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what council tax business rates relief is available to homes providing residential or nursing care for the elderly.

      Coalfield Regeneration Trust

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the future funding of the Coalfield Regeneration Trust.

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many council homes have been subject to stock transfer in each year since 1997.

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average weekly rent for (a) council homes and (b) housing association properties is in each region of England.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the level of council taxes in England in financial years (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2003–04.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what contingency plans he has for consultation and legislation on transitional relief schemes in the event of a revaluation of properties for council tax purposes.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will estimate the cost to (a) his Department, (b) the Valuation Office Agency, (c) local government, (d) other departments and (e) other public bodies of...

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was spent on disabled facilities grants in each of the last 10 years in (a) England, (b) Staffordshire and (c) East Staffordshire.

      Fire Brigades Union

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will ensure that members of the Fire Brigades Union will have the opportunity to vote in secret ballot on the revised pay and conditions of employment...

      Firefighters (London Weighting)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many firefighters in (a) the Slough constituency, (b) the Beaconsfield constituency and (c) the Wycombe constituency are paid London weighting.

      Golden Jubilee Medals

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) whether he will distribute Queen's Golden Jubilee Medals to retained firefighters in Essex as soon as they are available; (2) what his policy is towards...

      Graduate Recruitment Scheme

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people applied for places on the local government graduate recruitment scheme; and what plans he has to expand the scheme.

      High Hedges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 19 May 2003, Official Report, column 626W, on the High Hedges (No.2) Bill, if the guidance will be published by 13 June 2003.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he last met representatives of the house building industry to discuss house building in England; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many new houses have been built in (a) Adur district, (b) Worthing borough and (c) West Sussex in each of the last six years; how many more need to be built...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to investigate the link between housing policy and children's health policy; and what plans there are to create a dedicated task force to...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures he has taken since 1997 to provide improvements to housing in poorer inner city areas throughout the UK; and what proposals he has to regenerate...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps his Department is planning to take to co-ordinate his recently announced housing plans for Milton Keynes and Multi-modal Study Paper with the emerging...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the operation of the Housing Density Directive; how many planning applications have been refused or called in; and which local...

      Local Authority Cabinets

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether cabinets of local authorities have responsibilities for staffing matters; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Elections

      Tony Wright: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what evaluation he has made of the effect of Comprehensive Performance Assessments on the latest local election results.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what evaluation he is carrying out of the impact of the new financial formula determining the Government settlement on local councils on (a) councils in the...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average council tax was for each local authority in England in 2003–04.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will review the Standard Spending Assessment of Rossendale borough council and other local authorities within whose areas there are a proportionately large...

      May Elections

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he has taken to increase voter turnout in the May 2003 local elections.

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the running costs of the Millennium Dome were in each of the last six months.

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost of maintaining the Millennium Dome has been since its closure; and what plans he has for its future use.

      Planning and Compulsory Puchase Bill

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how the transition will take place, and over what timescale, when county councils lose their strategic planning role under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill.

      Planning Policy Guidance 22

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the level of protection for neighbouring residents against noise and visual intrusion provided by the safeguards in paragraph 47 of...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many council homes have been refurbished under PFI schemes since such schemes were introduced.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which local authorities have signed contracts for the refurbishment of homes under PFI schemes.

      Property Portfolio

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the estimated value is of the property portfolio held by his Department.

      Public Buildings (Disabled Access)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of buildings owned by (a) the Audit Commission and (b) local authorities in England are suitable for and accessible by disabled people.

      Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what safeguards will be introduced to ensure that infrastructure is compatible with development in the Regional Spatial Strategy and local development scheme and...

      Resilience Projects

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what additional expenditure over and above that identified prior to 1 April 2002 (a) was spent in 2002–03 and (b) will be spent in 2003–04 on national...

      Sefton Metropolitan Authority

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of buildings owned by Sefton Metropolitan authority are accessible by people with physical disabilities.

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many working days were lost to sickness in (a) the Audit Commission and (b) the average local authority in England in the last year for which figures are...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people are on the waiting list to be housed in Shrewsbury and Atcham.

      South West Regional Assembly

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 22 May 2003, Official Report, column 986W, what criteria will apply in determining whether the South-West Regional Assembly will receive...

      Starter Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what categories of workers will be eligible for consideration for starter homes in the next round of the Starter Homes initiative.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the total area of land for which planning permission for waste management purposes was granted in the years 1999 to 2003 was; and if he will make a...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Creche Facilities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make a statement on the creche facilities made available by the Office to the children of its staff.

    • Government Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what representations he has received regarding the accessibility of government services via the internet.

      Performance Targets

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will list the performance targets that (a) his Office, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies are required to meet; and for each...

      Quasi-autonomous NGOs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations there are in England; and how many there were in 1997.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Commission for Architecture andthe Built Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what projects the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has been involved with in West Wiltshire.

    • Institute of Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made on the establishment of the English Institute of Sport.

      Lottery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the average length of time was from the submission of a Lottery funding bid to (a) receipt of that application and (b) receipt of...

      Lottery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many bids were made to and how much funding was (a) requested and (b) allocated by each distribution body in each of the last 10 years.

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the departmental Regulatory Impact Assessment procedure; and how many RIAs have been reviewed in respect...

      Rural Sport and Recreation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs about the impact on rural sport and...

      Sports Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made on the establishment of Regional Sports Boards; and if she will make a statement.

      Sports Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the membership of Regional Sports Board.

      Tyntesfield Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the Heritage Lottery Fund has received an application from the National Trust for funds in connection with the Tyntesfield estate.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Quality Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received regarding (a) her Department's targets for air quality and (b) the attainment of those...

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to prohibit the use of biofuels on set-aside land; and if she will make a statement.

      Bushmeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she is taking to stop the trade in bushmeat.

      Bushmeat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what legal action her Department has taken in the last four years against those who import bushmeat into the United Kingdom.

      Cartagena Protocol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's policy is on the ratification of the Cartagena Protocol on exports of genetically modified crops.

      Cod Stocks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the recent report of the International Council for the Exploration of the sea on the level of...

      Fallen Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment has been made of the cost-effectiveness of the new proposals for fallen stock collection compared with...

      Local Food Chains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under what regulatory provisions local authorities can be exempted from EU procedures on purchasing in order to encourage...

      Marine Stewardship Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Scottish Fisheries Authorities regarding the extension of her Department's Marine...

      Nitrogen Dioxide (Airports)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were exposed to nitrogen dioxide in excess of European Union limits at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick, (c)...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum Seekers

      Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish guidelines used by his Department for considering the speed and timing of the deportation of asylum...

    • Cannabis Arrests (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests have been made in (a) Lambeth and (b) other London boroughs for possession of cannabis in the last 12 months.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make it his Department's policy to conduct a further regulatory impact assessment on the Criminal Records Bureau to find out...

      Drugs Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what protocols there are for GP intervention in the treatment of his or her patient while that patient is under a Drug Treatment and Testing...

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which countries do not have reciprocal extradition arrangements with the UK.

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been extradited from the Irish Republic to the UK in each year since 1997; and how many related to terrorist offences.

      Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visits have been made by Home Office (a) officials and (b) Ministers to France to look at drug treatment regimes in the last five years.

      Public Sector Workers (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he plans to extend the legal protection afforded to police officers assaulted in the workplace to other public sector workers; (2)...

      Sex Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women from Central and Eastern European countries are estimated to be working illegally in the sex industry in Britain.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Sitting Costs

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what additional costs were incurred as a result of the House sitting after 10.30 pm on 16 June 2003.

  • Prime Minister

    • Ministerial Committees

      To ask the Prime Minister when he will publish the list of Ministerial Committees of the Cabinet.

    • EU Rebate

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the proposals discussed at the European Council on 19 and 20 June 2003 in Thessaloniki would permit a reduction in the UK rebate from EU budget contributions.

      Lord Chancellorship

      To ask the Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the consequences his proposal to abolish the Lord Chancellorship will have on the Church of England churches for which the Lord Chancellor...

      Staff Creche

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the creche facilities made available by his office to the children of his office's staff.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Biotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how much her Department has spent in each year since 1995 (a) as a Department and (b) through grants to external bodies on (i) the...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress is being made in implementation of broadband in (a) Cleethorpes, (b) Great Grimsby, (c) Scunthorpe and (d) Brigg and Goole.

      Early-day Motion 1390

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on early-day motion 1390.

      Electricity Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she last met the regulator to discuss investment criteria in the electricity transmission sector.

      Employers' Liability Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she expects to publish her Department's review of the employers' liability insurance system.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether in the last 24 months the Minister of State for Energy and Construction has received invitations to visit facilities which extract...

      Fair Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the cost to developing countries of implementation of regulations that arise from General Agreement on Trade...

      Fair Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how WTO investment rules apply to (a) multinationals and (b) national Governments.

      Gas Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reason data gathered from the testing of gas meters that have been reported as faulty by consumers are not published.

      Iso 9001:2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of ISO 9000 certified companies have (a) transferred and (b) are in the process of transferring to ISO 9001:2000; and what...

      Iso 9001:2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment her Department has made of the number of companies in the UK which are ISO 9000 certified; how many are certified by UKAS...

      Iso 9001:2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Government's policy is on change of ISO 9000 certification to the latest version of ISO 9001:2000.

      Iso 9001:2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what advice the Government is giving to ISO 9000 certified companies about the need to transfer to ISO 9001:2000, by 15 December this year.

      Mental Health

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

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when BNFL plans to return high level nuclear waste from reprocessing foreign spent fuel back to customer countries; what facilities exist at...

      Oftel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on Oftel's policy on special offers in the telecommunications market; and what mechanisms are in place to ensure...

      Oftel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether there is a statutory duty for Oftel to respond to formal complaints from alternative operators regarding uncompetitive practices from...

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many Post Office card accounts have been opened in Scotland.

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many Post Office card accounts have been opened.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans her Department has to subsidise the production of wood and wood products as a means of locking up carbon.

      Trade Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the percentage of trade with the EEC was in 1973; and what percentage of UK total trade was in 2002 with those states who were members of...

      Unscrupulous Tradesmen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) accreditation and (b) regulatory measures are in place to protect the general public, with particular reference to vulnerable groups,...

      Waste Electrical andElectronic Equipment Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will ensure that implementation of the European Union waste electrical and electronic equipment directive in respect of the re-use of...

  • Transport

    • Efficiency Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the target was in each of the last five years for efficiency savings as a percentage of total running costs for each of the non-departmental...

    • European Maritime Safety Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will put forward Rosyth as the permanent location for the European Maritime Safety Agency.

      Low-wave Radar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he is having with his EU counterparts on restrictions on the use of low-wave radar by vessels in the seas around the British Isles.

      Overcrowding (Trains)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the levels of overcrowding on trains have been in each year since 1992.

      Regulatory Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the (a) number of staff employed by and (b) budget of each regulatory body for which his Department is responsible in each year since 1997.

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on his Department's regulatory impact assessment procedure, and how many RIAs have been reviewed in respect of the...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people have (a) died, (b) been seriously injured and (c) been injured in road crashes caused by drivers with alcohol levels (i) between 50mg...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary concerning the role of the police in enforcing standards of road use. [R]

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 14 April 2003, Official Report, column 595W, on secondments, if he will name the organisations to which civil servants in his...

      Sewel Motions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list Sewel motions passed by the Scottish Parliament since May 1999 that apply to his Department's responsibilities and Government Bills he...

      Sunset Clauses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to include a sunset clause in all new legislation unless a specific case can be made to exclude a sunset clause.

      Wheel Clamping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cars were clamped by the DVLA in the Ogmore constituency (a) in the week commencing 9 June, (b) in the month preceding 9 June and (c) in the...

  • Treasury

    • Budget Report

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much production and printing of the 2003 Budget Report and its accompanying notes cost; and how many copies of the 2003 Budget Report have been sold at...

    • Council of Ministers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) on how many occasions since May 1997 the Department's vote in the Council of Ministers against a legislative proposal (a) was sufficient and (b) was...

      Drug Seizures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much illegal drugs were seized by HM Customs and Excise in the latest 12 months for which figures are available; and what the cost of such operations was.

      EU Committees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many officials in the Department serve on EU committees or working parties.

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from (a) business leaders and (b) mortgage providers in Northern Ireland regarding the proposed use of fiscal...

      Euro Roadshow

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the events he plans to attend as part of the Government's euro roadshow.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the revenue impact would be of extending the 22 per cent. income tax rate bracket to include yearly incomes of (a) £40,000, (b) £45,000, (c)...

      Labour Force Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the 10 fastest growing occupations were (a) in the UK and (b) in each of the English regions between 2000 and 2003, using Labour Force Survey...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to tax lump sum payments payable to the spouses of the pensioners who do not live for five years after their retirement.

      RAF Logistic Support Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the reasons for the treatment of RAF Logistic Support Services as a conventional management grouping for financial year...

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the Treasury's regulatory impact assessment procedure; and how many regulatory impact assessments have been reviewed in...

      Tax Credit Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many suspected cases of working families tax credit fraud there were in the last year for which figures are available, broken down where possible into...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • GCHQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what investigations have been carried out into unverified prepayments by GCHQ in respect of procurement of projects and services...

    • GCHQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps have been taken to ensure that GCHQ will be able to produce resource accounts that reflect a true and fair record of...

      GCHQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps have been taken to establish that equipment missing from the GCHQ Fixed Asset Register did not contain classified...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan of the time required to register voters in...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what funds (a) have been provided and (b) have been pledged by (i) the UK, (ii) the EU and (iii) the international community to...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the International Crisis Group report on the constitutional process in Afghanistan, published on...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government will take to ensure full account is taken of the recommendations made by non-governmental...

      Convention on the Future of Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the areas of decision-making where the current treaties require unanimity and which would move to qualified...

      Family Visit Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many family visitor visa applications were (a) received, (b) determined and (c) refused at each entry clearance post in each...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British personnel are searching for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq; and how many sites they have visited.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) mass graves and (b) bodies have been discovered by United Kingdom and United States forces in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria are to be used for the selection of members of the Iraqi council; and how many of those being considered are women.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what timescale he envisages for the establishment of the Iraqi council announced by Mr. Paul Bremer; and what issues he expects...

      Mr. Jonathan Brown

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the British embassy in Oman formally requested a complete set of the travel ban documentation that applies in the case...

      Mr. Jonathan Brown

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the British Embassy in Oman have taken to ensure that the Omani authorities regularise the visa status of a...

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Department's Regulatory Impact Assessment procedure; and how many RIAs have been reviewed in...

  • International Development

    • Colombia

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what measures are in place to ensure that (a) UK and (b) EU (i) policies and (ii) aid to Colombia comply with the human...

    • Departmental Ministers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development how many Ministers there were in the Department for International Development in each year since 1996.

      Liberia

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what assistance Her Majesty's Government has provided to civilians affected by the civil war in Liberia; and if he will make...

      Poverty and Social Impact Analyses

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what poverty and social impact analyses have been (a) commissioned and (b) completed, and for which countries, since 2000;...

      Usaid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development on what projects since 2001, and in which countries, the Department has worked in bilateral donor collaboration with USAID;...

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development if he will make a statement on the Department's contributions to the negotiations surrounding the World Trade Organisation.

  • Scotland

    • Scotland Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on which Cabinet sub-committees Scotland will be represented by (a) the Secretary of State and (b) the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State.

    • Scotland Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the projected staff complement of the Scotland Office within the Department for Constitutional Affairs.

      Scottish Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive about the Scottish Parliament building; (2) how the estimate for the Scottish...

      Scottish Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when the Secretary of State next intends to visit the Scottish Parliament.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many special advisers are employed in the Scotland Office, within the Department for Constitutional Affairs.

  • Defence

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the actions his Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies are taking to comply with the requirements of the Control of...

    • Defence White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes he plans to make to the number of infantry battalions as part of the Defence White Paper.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many convictions there were for drug-related offences among armed forces personnel in the latest year for which data are available.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of each of the armed forces tested positive for the use of controlled substances in the latest year for which data are available (a) as...

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the (a) work, (b) progress and (c) timetable for the interim storage for laid-up submarines.

      Tank Transporters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what make of tank transporter was being used to transport the Scimitar armoured vehicles involved in the accident on the M1 on 11 June; and whether this...

      Tank Transporters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the number of armoured vehicles that can be carried safely by (a) individual heavy goods vehicles and (b) specialised tank...

  • Education and Skills

    • English Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the standards of English teaching in secondary schools.

    • Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost of reaching his Department's higher education participation target.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of students in higher education are from social classes D and E; and what the proportion was in 1997.

      Teachers' Work Load

      To ask the Secretary for Education and Sills what steps he is taking to reduce the workload of teachers in schools.

      Teacher Morale

      To ask the Secretary of state for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the impact of school funding on teacher morale.

      Community Cohesion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that community cohesion is emphasised within the school environment.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 19 May from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton (Mr. Kaufman) with regard to...

      Disabled Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the (a) funding, (b) staffing and (c) activities of the National Disability Team established to promote good...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many local education authorities have failed to passport 100 per cent. of resources to schools in the present financial year.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills What representations he has received from schools about the adequacy of financial resources for 2003–04 to deliver the Government's...

      Ethnic Minority Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether Ofsted assesses ethnic minority intake as part of its inspection process in (a) school sixth-forms, (b) sixth-form colleges and (c)...

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the Department's Regulatory Impact Assessment procedure; and how many RIAs have been reviewed in respect of...

      Schools Budget (Wandsworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to use his powers under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 to compel Wandsworth Borough Council to increase its...

      School Funding Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he has taken to ensure that head teachers are represented on the interdepartmental taskforce on school funding.

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of undergraduate students undertaking courses for which annual per capita funding is less than...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what remit relating to sustainable development is required by his Department's (a) executive agencies; (b) advisory non-departmental bodies;...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures have been taken since 1997 to reduce cases of truancy from schools; and what plans he has to improve schools' links with local...

      University Research Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much of Higher Education Funding Council for England's university research funding has been distributed to universities in the...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Adjudication Panel (Bognor Regis)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost was of the Adjudication Panel hearing held at the Inglenook Hotel, Pagham, Bognor Regis, on 10 and 11 June; and how much of the total figure was for...

    • Audit Commission Corporate Governance Report

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on how many occasions the Audit Commission has held a press conference on the publication of a local government corporate governance report; and if he will list...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what additional funding he has made available to (a) Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council and (b) Shropshire County Council in respect of increased costs of...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what definition of the term empty property his Department uses.

      Social Services

      Mr. Mitchell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on per capita funding for North East Lincolnshire social services departments in the last five years; and what the per...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Automatic Punishment

      To ask the Solicitor-General what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the introduction of a pilot scheme to confer an automatic punishment on those...

    • Fly Tipping

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will make a statement on her policy on prosecuting offences relating to fly tipping.

      Exclusion Orders

      To ask the Solicitor-General what representations she has received on introducing the powers allowing for exclusion orders under section 40A of the Criminal Court (Sentencing) Act 2000.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Ambition:Construction Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have (a) been funded, (b) been trained and (c) started work having been trained by the Ambition:Construction programme since it...

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria determine the award of advance payments by the Child Support Agency in respect of arrears due to a parent with care.

      Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on recent charges in the management of advisory and support services offered by his Department to disabled people...

      Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to increase funding by social enterprises to help more disabled people obtain labour market placements and longer term...

      Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has commissioned analyses to ascertain what kinds of jobs are being created in the United Kingdom.

      Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobs created in the UK in the past 12 months can be characterised as enduring for longer than one year.

      Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of the jobs created in the UK in the last five years are characterised as (a) skilled and (b) semi-skilled.

      Employers' Liability Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of the review of Employers' Liability Compulsory Insurance; and if he will make a statement.

      Leaflet BC1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) social security offices and (b) job centres have the October 2002 edition of leaflet BC1 in stock; and how many hospitals give the...

      Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the responsibilities of each Minister in his Department.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) target population, (b) total expenditure in the last financial year and (c) the average cost of a job placement were for the (i)...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals have completed European Computer Diving Licence qualification while on New Deal placement.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will make a statement on procedures for assessment of training quality of New Deal placements; (2) how many providers of New Deal...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of those on each option of the New Deal for Young People have entered sustained employment in the East Riding of...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Chesterfield (Paul Holmes), Official Report, column 925W, how many people on the education and...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if his Department will issue guidance to local authorities discouraging them from reassessing pensioners' housing benefit entitlement in...

      Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of (a) the number of workers suffering from stress and (b) the resultant financial cost.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the factors influencing unemployment levels over the last three months; and if he will make a statement.

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what funding programmes are operated by his Department to support voluntary organisations working with young people; and what the level of...

      Welfare-to-Work Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received regarding the Government's welfare to work targets.

      Workplace Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average period of time is between visits to places of employment by health and safety inspectors in England and Wales.

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland: Sewerage Arrangement, Portrush, County Antrim

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have for a new sewerage arrangement in Portrush, County Antrim.

    • Cabinet Ministerial Committees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the list of Ministerial Committees of the Cabinet.

      Consul General, San Francisco: Residence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have decided to acquire a new Consul General's residence in San Francisco; and, if so, on what basis that decision was reached.

      Consul General, San Francisco: Residence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any Government Minister has visited San Francisco or Los Angeles for the purposes of the decision on whether to replace the Consul General's residence in...

      Consul General, San Francisco: Residence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether British Trade International believes that the new Consul General's residence in San Francisco will meet its needs.

      Consul General, San Francisco: Residence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the proposed new residence in San Francisco for the Consul General is capable of hosting functions of a size and style commensurate with those held in the...

      Consul General, San Francisco: Residence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the economic basis on which the decision to relocate the Consul General's residence in San Francisco will be made, including the dates of any property...

      United Nations Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What reports they have received from United Kingdom delegates to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, following the recent session under the chairmanship of...

      United Nations Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether United Kingdom Government delegates serving on the United Nations Human Rights Commission voted for the recent election of Cuba as a member.

      European Legislation: Compatibility with ECHR and ECFR

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 6 June (WA 196) and the Government's response to the Report of the European Union Committee...

      Parkhurst and Wandsworth Prisons: Inspection Reports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give effect to the conclusions and recommendations of H M Inspector of Prisons in relation to H M Prisons Parkhurst and Wandsworth.

      Home Office: Strategic Framework

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they plan to publish the Home Office strategic framework.

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who will be appointed as the deputy chairs and commissioners of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

      Referendums

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, given the current debate about referenda, they will establish a committee or commission to look into the topic in order to suggest rules, guidelines or...

      Lord Chancellor's Advisory Council on Public Records

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To whom the Lord Chancellor's Committee on public records should now report.

      RAF Menwith Hill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many arrests have been made in the vicinity (within one mile) of the National Security Agency station at Menwith Hill for contravention of the by-laws relating...

      South Africa: Military Aircraft and Warships Imports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether South Africa is negotiating for, or has ordered, military aircraft and warships to a value of 4.8 billion US dollars from the United Kingdom and other...

      NATO: Command Structure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What new command arrangements were agreed for the alliance at the NATO Ministerial meeting in Brussels on 12 and 13 June.

      NHS: Performance Ratings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why, of the 40-plus performance indicators announced by the Minister of State, John Hutton MP, on 31 March, none relates to specialised service provision or...

      Water Fluoridation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the statement reported to have been made recently in a letter by Health and Environment Ministers to the Deputy Prime Minister, that opponents of...

      Cochlear Implants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many adults and children were provided with cochlear implants in 2002; and how the figures compare with those in the previous five years; and Whether they will...

      Medicines for Human Use: Draft Regulations on Clinical Trials

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the main concerns expressed by the charitable and public sector in relation to the committee on the draft Medicine for Human Use (Clinical Trials)...

      Non-residential Property: Scotland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will identify the population of each postcode area in Scotland where stamp duty on non-residential property purchases has been abolished.

      Nuclear Science and Engineering: University Courses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What courses exist at United Kingdom universities for students wishing to study nuclear science and engineering; and how many of such students are studying these...

      Teachers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many extra teachers there were in England and Northern Ireland in 2002 compared with the number of teachers in 1992.

      Genetically Modified Crops

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that holding four public meetings, for ticket holders only, is a sufficient consultation of public opinion in the United Kingdom on the...

      Grey Squirrels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will authorise the importation of a quantity of grey squirrels from North America with a view to their release into the wild to establish whether the...

      Batteries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the tonnage of batteries disposed of annually in the United Kingdom, in general, and nickel cadmium in particular; what is the content of heavy metal...

      Agricultural Products: Export Subsidies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What timetable they envisage for the phasing-out of export subsidies paid by the European Union on farm products.

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